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Thief breaks window to steal laptop from car JOHNS CREEK, Ga. — A woman contacted Police Aug. 1 around 10:15 p.m. after someone shattered the rear window of her Kia Sorento. The car was parked at Stoney River on State Bridge Road. The victim said she parked the car around 7 p.m. She locked the car and put her company laptop behind the passenger seat. When she returned to the car, the Dell laptop and a set of AirPods were missing.

Movers suspected of stealing liquor JOHNS CREEK, Ga. — A family contacted police July 31 after several items went missing while they were in the process of moving from Roswell to Johns Creek. The family said two bottles of Ciroc, several mini alcohol bottles, a silverplated dinnerware set, professional wine opener and several shot glasses, totaling $308 in value, were missing after their move on July 20 and 21. The family said they suspected the movers, hired through the app Thumbtack, may have had something to do with the missing items. The company’s profile on the app had been deleted.

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Wallet stolen from car in Glenhurst driveway JOHNS CREEK, Ga. — A man contacted Johns Creek Police Aug. 1 after he discovered his wallet had been stolen from his Toyota Prius parked in the driveway of his Glenhurst Pass home. The victim said he left the car around 9 p.m. the prior night and discovered it had been rummaged through around 5 a.m. He was not sure whether it had been locked overnight. His son’s car, also parked in the driveway, appeared disturbed but nothing was missing.

Woman falls victim to online ticket scam JOHNS CREEK, Ga. — A Johns Creek woman contacted police after she paid someone $100 for a ticket she never received. The victim found a Craigslist post offering Shawn Mendez tickets. The victim contacted the seller and sent $100 through the app Send Owl. She never received the tickets as promised.

Home nurse accused of stealing bracelet JOHNS CREEK, Ga. — Police are investigating an incident in which a $3,000 gold bracelet was stolen between July 21 and 22 from a Hedgerow Trace home. The homeowner told police she suspected one of her daughter’s home nurses because this nurse had only been working for them around half a

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Man falls victim to employment scam JOHNS CREEK, Ga. — A man contacted police Aug.1 after he lost nearly $4,000 to a fraudulent check scam. The man was contacted July 27 by a person who offered him a production assistant job. He said he was told to cash a check for $4,950 and then to write personal checks for $2,905 and $811. The man followed the instructions and mailed the checks to Chicago and California addresses. He then learned the original check was fraudulent.

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Council debates Medlock Bridge repaving By CARSON COOK JOHNS CREEK, Ga. — The Johns Creek City Council has thrown into question GDOT’s Medlock Bridge Road resurfacing plans while it decides whether to proceed with a proposal to reduce lane width. The council spent a significant part of its Aug. 5 work session and council meeting debating whether to ask the Georgia Department of Transportation to change its plans to reduce lane widths along the Medlock Bridge corridor, also known as Ga. 141, from 12 feet to 11. GDOT is resurfacing the state route for five miles from the Gwinnett County line at the Chattahoochee River north to the Forsyth County line at McGinnis Ferry Road. The schedule for work will run through February 2020. In April, the Johns Creek Public Works Department requested that GDOT, as part of the resurfacing project, reduce lane width. GDOT agreed to make the change, which would allow for a wider shoulder, at no additional cost to the city. The Public Works Department said a wider shoulder would create a number of safety benefits: more space to maneuver if drivers need to avoid an accident, a place to pull over if their car breaks down and more space for emergency vehicles to navigate traffic. Police Chief and Interim City Manager Ed Densmore said a shoulder would have a “significant” impact in the ability for public safety teams to improve traffic flow after an accident. “By the time you put one police car, the ambulance, a [Traffic Response Vehicle], a wrecker and a firetruck, there’s no place for us to put all that,” Densmore said. “When you can clear that stuff off and open up the roadway faster, you’re actually going to expedite it.” The Public Works Department also planned to request that GDOT lower the speed limit from 55 to 45 mph along the road, which it said would further improve safety. Public Works Director Lynette Baker said the odds of GDOT approving the speed limit change without narrowing the lanes were “very low.” With the 11-foot lanes, Baker estimated there was a “75 to 80 percent” chance GDOT would accept the speed limit change. “As the Public Works director, I think it’s incredibly important to reduce the speed where we can in highly congested areas,” Baker said.

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Mayor Mike Bodker, left, speaks in favor of 11-foot lanes on Medlock Bridge Road to Councilman Chris Coughlin and other council members Aug. 5. The Public Safety Department endorsed the speed limit recommendation. “I’ve never understood why it went from 45 to 55 through Johns Creek,” Densmore said. “From an enforcement perspective, when you’re talking 55 that’s really 65 ... which to me, traveling through a residential area, is ludicrous. You shouldn’t be traveling that fast.” GDOT was receptive to the Johns Creek Public Works Department’s suggestions and was prepared to move forward with the resurfacing, when Councilman John Bradberry put forward a resolution that would ask GDOT to ignore the 11-foot request and repave the road at its current configuration. “We have a desire to keep the look and feel as it is,” Bradberry said. “Going to 11-foot lanes would change that to a more urban feel.” Councilwoman Stephanie Endres also put forward a resolution, though hers did not favor either 11-foot or 12-foot lanes. Instead it criticized the process — that the city staff submitted the request to GDOT without running it by the City Council first — and reiterated that the repaving would not impact the number of lanes.

Election qualifying is Aug. 19-21 Three City Council posts will be up for election in November 2019. The qualifying period for those wishing to run will be Aug. 19 to 21. The seats up for election will be Post 2, currently held by Jay Lin; Post 4, held by Chris Coughlin; and Post 6, held by Steve Broadbent. In Johns Creek, all City Council members represent the city at-large. The qualifying dates will be Monday through Wednesday between 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Qualifying will be held in the City Clerk’s office on the third floor of Johns Creek City Hall, 11360 Lakefield Drive. To qualify, a citizen must be at least 21 years old, have lived within Johns Creek for 12 months immediately preceding elections, and be registered and qualified to vote in Johns Creek Municipal Elections. If elected, the council member must continue to live in

Mayor Mike Bodker agreed that the council should have been informed about the lane-width change sooner, but he stood by the 11-foot recommendation. “I don’t like how we got here,” Bodker said. “I’ll admit that, but why would I penalize the outcome because I didn’t like the process? We can correct the process in the future.” Bodker said that allowing GDOT to continue with 11-foot lanes would potentially save the city money, would marginally move light pollution and noise away from homes along the road, would lead to the safety benefits of a wider shoulder and would help justify lowering the speed limit. Ultimately the City Council did not pass either of the resolutions Aug. 5, in part because two council members were absent, but they plan to continue the discussion at their next meeting Aug. 19. GDOT has begun working on the road — prepping the equipment, patching and milling — but is still weeks away from laying down new pavement. There will be time for GDOT to take into consideration whatever the council decides Aug. 19, but ultimately the lane width will be up to the state department. Johns Creek for their four-year term. The candidate must also comply with the Georgia Election Code and the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission. The qualifying fee is $450 for each council seat. Any further questions can be addressed to the City Clerk at 678-512-3212.

Correction The article “Assessment notices befuddle some homeowners” in the August 1 Johns Creek Herald contained an error in calculating a property’s taxable value. The article stated that a $400,000 home would have a taxable value of $100,000. The correct figure is $160,000 — 40 percent of the market value. | Johns Creek Herald | August 15, 2019 | 5


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Fulton County commission rolls back property tax rate By CARSON COOK FULTON COUNTY, Ga. — In a 5-1 vote Aug. 7, Fulton County commissioners rolled back the rate on property taxes. For 2019, the general fund property tax rate, also known as a millage rate, will be 9.899 mills, or $9.90 in taxes for every $1,000 of assessed value. The levy is a reduction from last year’s rate of 10.2 mills. “I think the fact we had no public comment speaks volumes,” Commissioner Liz Hausmann said. “Mad people tend to show up and let us know their thoughts on something, so I would assume the silence here indicates we’re on the right path with the millage rate.” Commissioner Marvin Arrington cast the sole dissenting vote. For most North Fulton residents, county property taxes make up a greater portion of their tax bill than city taxes, but far less than what they pay in school taxes. This year the school board is considering a rate of 17.796 mills. City taxes are much lower. Alpharetta has set a property tax rate of 4.82 mills for its general fund. Other

North Fulton cities are expected to set their property tax rate later this month. Roswell officials have indicated support for a rate of 4.955 mills. Johns Creek is considering a rate of no greater than 4.042 mills, and Milton is looking to raise its millage rate to 4.731 mills, the rate the city held from 2006-17. County commissioners agreed to this year’s rate with little discussion. It was a stark contrast to last year, when commissioners Hausman, Bob Ellis and Lee Morris had supported a rate of 9.77 mills, the minimum needed to fund the budget. But the Finance Department recommended a higher rate, 10.2 mills, as a means of maintaining reserves and securing millage rate reductions over the next four years. At the time, the opposing commissioners, who all represent North Fulton, were skeptical the county would follow through on the plan to continue to lower the rate. However, this year’s rate is lower than the Finance Department had predicted last year. It had predicted the county would need a rate of 10.12 mills this year, about .2 mills more than what was eventually passed.

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Fulton County reduces municipal election costs By CARSON COOK FULTON COUNTY, Ga. — The Fulton County Commission adopted a resolution Aug. 7 that will give cities a reprieve in costs of municipal elections. The resolution, put forward by Commissioner Liz Hausmann and cosponsored by Commissioner Bob Ellis, has the county absorb more of the cost for the elections. It takes away the 10 percent administration fee and overhead costs that cities were to be charged, and instead sets a rate of $2.96 per registered voter for the initial election and $2.46 per voter in a run-off. “Basically, this is just the cost for this year’s actual election that does not include any of our normal operating costs for the department that was included in some of the original estimates,” Hausmann said. The resolution will only impact this year’s municipal elections and will be reevaluated next year when the state adopts new election equipment. Earlier this summer, many cities had sticker shock when they saw what Fulton County would be charging for the administration of the municipal election. In Alpharetta, the cost was to be $202,000, almost twice the $124,000 charged in 2017. In Roswell and Johns Creek, the estimates were closer to $500,000.

The apparent reason many cities were facing higher bills this year was because the City of Atlanta had no seats up for election and the county usually spreads out the expense to cities based on their population. About a week after the original estimates were sent out, the county went back to the cities with updated quotes, lowering the cost of elections by limiting early voting. Still, some city officials were upset with the payment scheme. “I continue to be disappointed in the way Fulton County treats its cities as it relates to this,” Johns Creek Mayor Mike Bodker said Aug. 5. “I think it is entirely punitive to have the citizens pay these kind of amounts and still pay the same general fund amount to Fulton County, when all the other counties in the area charge the equivalent of an administrative fee to run a November off-year election.” Bodker said he supported Hausmann’s proposal and urged other city officials to do the same. The Fulton resolution passed 5-1, with Commissioner Marvin Arrington opposed. “I was getting pushback from the southern cities about the bill being exorbitant,” Arrington said. “I’m in support of taking some measures to reduce it, but I would rather have it uniform than to try to say we’re going to do this in odd years, and this in even years.”


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Let’s talk aging and bladder control While it is normal to feel uncomfortable or embarrassed discussing bladder issues such as incontinence, it is important to understand just how common these problems are for aging women. The involuntary loss or leaking of urine is a common syndrome that affects at least 1 in 3 older women, according to the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). Symptoms may range from minor issues such as slight bladder leaks to the need for the protection of an adult diaper to prevent the complete and sudden loss of bladder control. Chief of Surgery for Emory University Hospital and Division Director for Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery, Gina Northington, MD, PhD informs her patients that while common, “Bladder leakage is NOT normal aging. There are often functional problems of the nerves and muscles within the pelvic floor that can be treated to improve bladder control.” Sana Ansari, MD who treats patients at both Emory Johns Creek Hospital and Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital agrees, “No matter the severity of the urinary incontinence, if the incontinence is affecting your life and relationships in any way, then it’s time to take control and do something more about it.”

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Letters to the Editor

Sandy Hook Promise Neighbors, Our children and community deserve real action to stop the epidemic of gun violence in our country. We’re not alone and we’re not helpless. There are many seemingly simple, yet powerful things we can do today! Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) is a national nonprofit organization based in Newtown, Connecticut. SHP is led by several family members whose loved ones were killed in the tragic mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 14, 2012.  SHP’s mission is to prevent gun violence and other forms of violence and victimization BEFORE they can happen by creating a culture of engaged youth and adults committed to identifying, intervening, and getting help for individuals who might be at risk of hurting themselves or others. SHP is a moderate, above-the-politics organization that supports sensible program and policy solutions that address the “human side” of gun violence by preventing individuals from ever getting to the point of picking up a firearm to hurt themselves or others. There is reason to have hope that we can prevent gun violence before it hap-

pens through sensible gun safety laws and programs in our schools and communities that help us identify the signs and signals before a shooting happens and intervene. To keep this hope alive and bring the change we need, I am asking everyone to take two simple actions today. First, email your member of Congress, Lucy McBath, today and let her know that you want her continued focus and support of gun violence prevention legislation to keep guns out of dangerous hands. Congresswoman McBath’s son was a victim of gun violence himself in 2012 at the age of 17. You can use this link to email her: Secondly, make the Promise at and help bring Sandy Hook Promise’s no-cost, violence prevention programs to our schools and community. Colin Stroumpis Johns Creek

Faith leaders speak out on recent mass shootings Dear friends, We, the members of the Johns Creek Interfaith Alliance, a group of clergy and religious leaders representing houses of worship in Johns Creek, express our

deepest sorrow at the news of the shootings this past week in Gilroy, Calif., El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio. These horrific acts of violence are, tragically, only the latest in a long line of acts of violence and terror, coming from a place of hate and prejudice, that have afflicted places of public gathering, schools, businesses, churches, mosques and synagogues. In the Hebrew Bible, we read: “I called on your name, O Lord, from the depths of the pit. You heard my plea: ‘Do not close your ears to my cry for relief.’ You came near when I called you and you said, ‘Do not fear’” (Lamentations 3:55-57). The New Testament recalls the teaching of Jesus who said, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself’” (Matthew 22:3640). The Quran teaches us that “whoever kills a is as if he had slain humankind entirely, and whoever saves one, it is as if he had saved humankind entirely” (5:32) It is our belief that because our trust in God is a major part of the equation in bringing good into the world, we must be partners, not only in belief but also

in action. This action is based upon our partnership with each other to be good, do good, and bring about goodness. For only if we take an active role in bringing healing and not harm into the world, will we be able to truly “love our neighbors as ourselves.” It is through this love that we will truly be able to bring peace to creation, spread the message of hope and justice that our traditions teach and work to see a day when all people will understand that each individual is created by and loved by God. It is through this love that we will be able to ascend from the pit and truly not fear. May God comfort the mourners and bring healing to the wounded. Let us truly work together for the day when all of humankind can be saved from violence and hate. And as we offer this prayer, we call on our civic leaders as well as each individual to work for a day when we will no longer have to feel the scourge of violence in our communities. With peace, The Johns Creek Interfaith Alliance Rabbi Jordan Ottenstein, Naeem Mulla, the Rev. Brian Daoust, David Brewer, the Rev. Shaun King, the Rev. David White, Tareef Saeb, the Rev. Jim King, the Rev. Gray Norsworthy, the Rev. Neal Kuhlhorst and Imam Wali Allah Khan

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Johns Creek ends contract for Buice Road improvements By CARSON COOK JOHNS CREEK, Ga. — Johns Creek officially terminated its contract with CMEC for work on Buice Road on Aug. 5, after the engineering firm allegedly endangered drivers in the area. According to the Public Works Department, there was inadequate signage and unqualified traffic control personnel that resulted in at least three near-miss, head-on collisions. In May, the City Council approved a $590,000 contract with CMEC to remove the speed tables on Buice Road, which were deemed inappropriate for the speed and character of the road, and install other traffic calming measures. The new measures were to include roundabouts at Pinehollow Court and Pinewalk Drive and landscaped medians at certain points in the road. The work was supposed to be completed between July 1 and October. As part of the contract, BM&K Construction and Engineering was hired for inspection services. Within eight working days, BM&K alerted the city staff to the safety issues at the site.

According to staff reports, the construction crew did not provide adequate signage or certified personnel directing traffic. Within eight days, BM&K and the city documented three near-miss collisions that would have been head-on. Public Works Director Lynette Baker said CMEC demonstrated “poor judgment” and “poor workmanship.” The contractors reportedly cut an unmarked AT&T fiber line while prepping to pour new sidewalk. While disrupting utilities can happen in these projects, Baker said, CMEC did not notify the project manager, city or utility company, and poured concrete over the cut line. AT&T notified the city to the issue after residents along the road experienced outages in their service. The city also found concrete was poured during rainy conditions and will need to be redone. City staff issued a stop work order on July 19, and last week the council officially terminated the contract. The original contract allowed for immediate termination if the contractor jeopar-

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Planners advance proposal for surgery center in Tech Park Jones Bridge development also in city’s zoning pipeline By CARSON COOK JOHNS CREEK, Ga. — The city is set to consider a land use petition that would allow an ambulatory surgery center at an existing office building in Tech Park. If the proposal is approved by the City Council, the top two stories of 11315 Johns Creek Parkway would be converted to medical offices, including radiology imaging, pharmacy, an ambulatory surgery center and pathology labs. The four-story building at 11315 Johns Creek Parkway would not host emergency surgery or overnight stays. The only exterior modification planned is a new pick-up/drop-off area at the northwest entrance to the building. Aug. 6, the Johns Creek Planning Commissioners voted 7-0 to recommend approval of the request with the staff’s conditions, which limited the square

footage of the property. There was no public comment in opposition to the land use petition. In other zoning matters, there was a public input meeting Aug. 7 for two properties. These meetings are the public’s first opportunity to hear details and ask questions before they go before the Planning Commission. The first was a land use petition to allow for a 32,230- square-foot shopping center with restaurants and retail space. This project, at 6650 McGinnis Ferry Road, had been altered from its original proposal in June, when petitioners cited a need to address oil issues and redesign elevation plans. There was also a proposal to rezone three properties along Jones Bridge Road from agricultural (AG-1) to singlefamily homes (R-4). Proposed by TDS Holdings, the preliminary plans envision building eight detached homes on the lots between Orchards at Jones Bridge and Long Indian Creek Both projects are scheduled to go before the Planning Commission on Oct. 1.

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Figure 2: When these very small blood vessels become diseased they begin to shrivel up and the nerves begin to degenerate.

Figure 1: Notice the very small blood vessels surrounding each nerve.

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3) Decrease brain-based pain The treatment to increase blood flow utilizes a specialized low-level light therapy (not to be confused with laser therapy) using light emitting diode technology. This technology was originally developed by NASA to assist in increasing blood flow. The low level light therapy is like watering a plant. The light therapy will allow the blood vessels to grow back around the peripheral nerves and provide them with the proper nutrients to heal and repair. It’s like adding water to a plant and seeing the roots grow deeper and deeper.

NOTE: Once you have sustained 85% nerve loss, there is likely nothing that we can do for you. 3) How much treatment will your condition require?

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Alexander Spine Center 11705 Jones Bridge Rd., Suite D101 Johns Creek, GA 30005 Figure 3: The blood vessels will grow back around the nerves much like a plant’s roots grow when watered.

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Senior village to host veterans’ benefit seminar

Attendance benefits can provide monthly income to those who need assistance with activities of daily living. Lunch will be served. RSVP by Aug. 11 by calling 770-232-3008. Discovery Village at Sugarloaf is at 1220 Satellite Blvd. NW in Suwanee. PuzzleJu

SUWANEE, Ga. — Discovery Village at Sugarloaf will host a veteran’s benefit seminar Aug. 13 at 11:30 a.m. Guests will participate in an interactive discussion with experts from Brannon Napier Elder Law. Topics will include how Veterans Affairs Aid and Dunwoody Crier 8/15/19 Crossword

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Brick-and-mortar travel company provides edge over online By JULIA GROCHOWSKI ALPHARETTA, Ga. — In an age where more and more services move online for convenience, Aladdin Travel Services co-owner and CFO Richard Gerber says customers can find more offers and security in person. Both woman- and veteran-owned, Alpharetta-based Aladdin Travel Services has been serving the Atlanta area since 1987 when it was started by co-owner and President Valerie Gerber. It provides a variety of travel services, including air travel, cruises, wellness and relaxation trips, safaris and more. They haven’t slowed down since the start. Richard estimates the company processes about 180,000 bookings each year for individuals and corporate clients, including film agencies. The success is partially because of the advantages a brick-and-mortar travel company has over online versions, he said. One of the biggest issues the company has seen is misrepresentation online. “They try to be ethical, I think, and they try to do things with integrity,” Richard said. “But there are occasions where people run into problems, and there’s no recourse… Online, once you send, you send, and you’re finished. If you run into any problems, you’re out of luck.” Leisure and film agent Kelli Hardy said she has seen many cases where someone books a trip, but when they get to the hotel, the room’s flooded, or there’s cockroaches everywhere, or the property is not at the waterfront as advertised. And there’s often no options


From left are Aladdin Travel Services employees Renata Pavan, Linda Frazier, President Valerie Gerber and CFO Richard Gerber, and employees Kelli Hardy and Hedva Wiener. in such situations for online bookings, she said. Aladdin Travel Services, however, can provide help in such cases. “There’s always going to be problems with travel, but we can minimize that and intercede on your behalf,” Richard said. “We can act as an intermediary and take care of things if you have a problem, because we know the people at the properties, the vendors involved.” Security, likewise, is a big part of

their business, especially for their corporate clients, and it can’t be found with online companies, Richard said. “We can ensure that wherever you go, we are aware of any precautions that need to take place, and we can advise you on that,” Richard said. “If there is any issue that takes place, we can extract you and get you to a safe place.” A brick-and-mortar travel company can also help people save money, Richard added.

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As a member of several travel associations, Aladdin Travel Services has access to special discounts and promotions through suppliers. “We have buying power to leverage deals you can’t find online,” Richard said. Similarly, the company employs travel agents specialized in different areas who are familiar with various companies and can plan entire trips. “They take you on a more intimate experience,” Richard said. “Whatever you want to do, it can be customized for you.” Customized trips, for example, can include cooking classes in a rustic setting that help immerse travelers in that country’s culture. Some of the company’s more popular trips and tours are off the beaten path, in places like Iceland, Ireland and Croatia. Yoga retreats to areas like Southeast Asia have also taken off in the past few years. “There’s so many places in the world,” Richard said. “The hardest part is deciding where you want to go and what you want to do.” With every booking, Richard and his team provides several travel documents along with information like packing checklists, the destination’s currency and voltage, and sites to see. “Why do people travel?” Richard said. “They want to escape. They want to be with their families. They want to learn and challenge themselves… It’s eyeopening and makes you appreciate how these other cultures live. It expands your horizon and makes you more sensitive to the way the world is.” For more information about Aladdin Travel Services, visit

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My neighborhood is cooler than your neighborhood

Negotiating terms with your suppliers

Is your neighborhood cool? Is there a there, there? I stumbled upon a website called The Culture Trip. It’s kind of a travel site with an Anthony Bourdainish tint to it. You type in a city and it Geoff smith tells you what is cool Assurance Financial, there. The article I was reading was titled “The Coolest Neighborhoods in Atlanta.” Brenda and I lived in Atlanta 20 years ago in a neighborhood called Candler Park. There was not a lot to do in Atlanta back then, other than the big attractions. You had a small handful of restaurants on Crescent Avenue in Midtown, the Virginia Highlands and the eclectic Little Five Points. Our very small duplex was within walking distance to Little Five Points, and we would go there for music, dinner or a coffee. In terms of defined entertainment districts back then, Little Five Points was the coolest thing we had. With roots going back to being the local headquarters for the Hippie hang-out, it carried that creative and fun vibe through the years. We still never knew exactly what we were going to run into in the way of street entertainment back then. It was right around that time though that people started flooding back into Atlanta and energizing neighborhoods that had before been considered run-down. The Old Fourth Ward was a neighborhood that you only ended up in after you took a wrong turn somewhere. And now it has Ponce City Market, the Beltline running through it and was considered the second coolest spot in Atlanta in the article. East Atlanta was trying to become something and at the time seemed to be centered around a dive-bar that always had really, really strange movies playing in an upstairs loft area. According to the article, it was on the top of the cool list. After a couple years there, we decided to get married and set up camp back in

Every small business has vendors and suppliers they work with to provide them with products and services. Negotiating terms is a critical component to ensure they are dick jones getting the best Founder & President Jones Simply Sales payment terms for what they are buying. How are you negotiating terms with your vendors and suppliers? Negotiating the right deal with your suppliers doesn’t mean getting what you want at the cheapest possible price. There are many other criteria beyond price that should be considered when negotiating terms with your suppliers. Increasing the number of days you have to pay for the product or service you bought could have a big impact on improving your working capital. For example, if you currently have 30-day terms and can extend this time to 45 or 60 days, you’ll have more time to pay the bill and create a positive impact to your cash flow. Getting a discount on your purchases is also a point of negotiation for supplier terms. Suppliers will typically offer a percentage discount, like taking a 1% discount off your invoice, if you pay them quicker. This could help you reduce your costs of goods sold, which translates to more profit for your business. Renegotiating your supplier terms, especially with those that you are doing more business with, may help you on both payment timing and discounts. Creating a win/win scenario where your supplier is getting paid quicker and you are getting a bigger discount is one example of how this might work. Negotiating terms with your suppliers should be an ongoing process in any small business as there is a direct correlation to improving working capital, cash flow and profits.

Canton Street in Roswell my hometown of Roswell. Our intown friends feigned excitement for us. But every time we tried to get back together, we were usually the ones making the trek, back into Atlanta. Canton Street hadn’t taken off yet and when friends did come up, we entertained in our home. Since then though, Roswell, like many suburban cities, has grown to develop several different areas that have what Gertrude Stein called a there, there. Canton Street is, well, Canton Street. The neighborhoods are developing their own character. If you’re lucky enough to be invited to hang out in the Brookfield County Club Clubhouse on a Saturday during college football season, bring the children, you are in for a real treat. There is a real vibe swelling just east of Ga. 400. Martin’s Landing, where I grew up, sprawls along the Chattahoochee River. There are protected woods with trails, a lake, all three pools are popping during the summer, and there is going to be an all-day music festival this October. Big Creek Park is a mile away and is one of the most visited mountain biking destinations in the area, and an awesome farm-to-table restaurant and brewery called From the Earth Brewing Company hosts quality live music, serves great food and beer. It has helped turn the Connexion shopping center into a sort of town center for the immediate area. From the Earth boasts beers named after songs by Widespread

Panic, the Grateful Dead and the Allman Brothers, to name a few, and has inspired the Roswell Food & Beverage Festival this coming October 27. Stories like this are happening all over the metro area. A lot of communities that were developed back in a time when our planning and development policies were nowhere near as sophisticated as they are today. They weren’t looking hard to create a “sense of place.” It was more like a refugee camp of whitecollar workers moving by the thousands to Atlanta, and they were just trying to figure out where to put them all. Residents today want more. They want a town center. They are developing their own style and sense of place. To my intown friends, many of whom are still in Atlanta, while you and The Culture Trip may not see beyond the 12-laned I-285, we’ve got cool out here now. Feel free to make the trip. Geoff Smith is a mortgage banker with Assurance Financial focusing on residential home loans for refinances and home purchases. Geoff Smith 770-674-1433 Personal: NMLS#104587 Business: NMLS#70876 *The views and opinions expressed in this column do not necessarily reflect the views of Assurance Financial Group

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The annual Mayor’s Corporate Challenge will begin and end across from City Hall in downtown Alpharetta. Food trucks and live music begin at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 22, followed by a free kids’ run at 6:30 p.m. and the 5K run at 7 p.m. Awards will be given at 8 p.m. $30 registration. Funds will go to local and international charities supported by Alpharetta Rotary. For more information and to register, visit

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What: Comedy on the Clay features comedians Cyrus Steele, Mandal and Andrew Stanley for a night of family-friendly comedy in Downtown Duluth. When: Friday, Aug. 16, 8-9:30 p.m. Where: Red Clay Music Foundry, 3116 Main St., Duluth Cost: $20 More info and tickets:


What: To celebrate the arrival of the new director Ben McDaniel, the chorus will open up rehearsal to welcome prospective singers for a special guest night. When: Tuesday, Aug. 20, 7-9 p.m. Where: Peachtree Corners Baptist Church, 4480 Peachtree Corners Circle, Peachtree Corners Info:


What: Scout Expo is a one-day event organized by the Northern Ridge District to bring together scouts and youth and show them the fun of scouting. For ages 5-10. When: Saturday, Aug. 24, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Where: Johns Creek United Methodist Church Sports Field, 11180 Medlock Bridge Road, Johns Creek Cost: $5 More info:

When: The theme of this art show is “Southern Summer” and will showcase a wide range of artists and media. When: July 1-Sept. 27 Where: Alpharetta Arts Center, 238 Canton St., Alpharetta More info:


What: The story-telling magic of ABBA’s songs propels this tale of love, laughter and friendship, creating a show following a young woman’s search for her birth father. When: Sept. 5-29, times vary Where: Tams School Street Playhouse, 101 School St., Cumming Cost: Tickets start at $27 More info and tickets:


What: Thirty-two classes are offered and include history, art, sports, religion, genealogy, music and more. Registration is open. When: Classes meet Tuesdays and Thursdays, Sept. 17-Nov. 7 Where: Roswell United Methodist Church, 814 Mimosa Blvd., Roswell Cost: $55 for unlimited classes More info and registration:


What: Bring your resume and be ready to meet businesses face to face. Multiple job opportunities including full-time and part-time positions. Staffing companies will also be onsite. When: Friday, Aug. 16, 10 a.m.noon Where: The Place of Forsyth County, 2550 The Place Circle, Cumming More info:

AN AFTERNOON OF DISCOVERY, MOONLIGHT, MUSIC PEACE AND PURPOSE AND MARTINIS What: Rachel Macy Stafford, New York Times best-selling author, will share an awareness strategy on keeping yourself from drifting from your best life. Proceeds benefit All About Cats Rescue. When: Sunday, Aug. 25, 2-5 p.m. Where: Mt. Pisgah High School Cafeteria, 9875 Nesbit Ferry Road, Johns Creek Cost: $20 or $35 with a copy of “Only Love Today.” Book signing afterward. Info and tickets: onlylovetoday.

What: Join for live music, a full moon, martinis and heavy hors d’oeuvres in Bulloch Hall’s garden on the hill. When: Friday, Aug. 16, 7:30 – 10 p.m. Where: Bulloch Hall, 180 Bulloch Ave., Roswell Cost: Reservations are $40 per person and include one drink ticket More info and tickets:


What: Join the Dunwoody Nature Center for a day of fun with butterflies, crafts and performances throughout the day. When: Saturday, Aug. 17, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Where: Dunwoody Nature Center, 5343 Roberts Drive, Dunwoody Cost: Ticket sales begin closer to the event date Info:


What: Join for a free outdoor showing of “Toy Story” with Chick-fil-A meals for purchase. When: Saturday, Aug. 17, 6 p.m. Where: Donaldson-Bannister Farm, 4831 Chamblee Dunwoody Road, Dunwoody More info:


What: Visit the Fiesta of Hope and enjoy food, live music, games and giveaways. When: Saturday, Aug. 17, noon9 p.m. Where: Maverick’s Cantina, 11030 Medlock Bridge Road, Johns Creek Cost: $40 for adults and $15 for children 12 and under More info: maverickscantina. com/cancare


What: Sample more than 20 local restaurants from Johns Creek. There will be an Art Walk. Enjoy live music, local entertainment and children’s activities. When: Monday, Aug. 19, 4-9 p.m. Where: Chattahoochee High School, 5230 Taylor Road, Johns Creek Cost: Tastes between $1 to $4 More info:


What: Everyone new to the area or looking for a new place is invited to join the Alpharetta/ Roswell Newcomers Club. When: Wednesday, Aug. 21, 10 a.m. Where: Hembree Park Rec Center, 850 Hembree Road, Roswell More info:


What: Barrington Hall hosts lectures on the Civil War and other areas of interest to local residents. This week’s lecture will be on “Camp Oglethorpe: Macon’s Unknown Civil War Prisoner of War Camp, 18621864” by Stephen Hoy. When: Wednesday, Aug. 21, 7-9 p.m. Where: Barrington Hall, 535 Barrington Drive, Roswell Cost: $5 suggested donation More info:


What: Enjoy a peek behind the ropes at Bulloch Hall while learning facts about the house, grounds and family. Learn about the construction of the house in 1839 and view architectural details unique to the period. When: Thursday, Aug. 22, 2 p.m. Where: Bulloch Hall, 180 Bulloch Ave., Roswell Cost: Admission is $10. Free for members. More info:


What: Watch a free viewing of “Spiderman: Into the SpiderVerse” under the stars. Lawn chairs, picnics and character costumes welcome. Food trucks and activities available. When: Friday, Aug. 23, 6 p.m.; movie begins at dusk Where: Green at City Springs, 1 Galambos Way, Sandy Springs More info:


What: Practice various riding techniques including body and pedal position shifting and learn about communication skills and mountain biking trail etiquette. Mountain bikes will be provided if needed. When: Saturday, Aug. 17, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Where: Haw Creek, 2179 Echols Road, Cumming More info:


What: Join for a free group exercise class with Fitness in the Park. All classes are weather-permitting and open to the public. When: Saturday, Aug. 17, 9-10 a.m. Where: Roswell Town Square, 610 Atlanta St., Roswell More info:


What: Classes are free and for all levels. Bring a mat and a bottle of water. Hosted by the City of Alpharetta and features Lift Yoga teachers. When: Saturdays, 9 a.m., through October, weather permitting Where: Brooke Street Park, 2 Park Plaza, Alpharetta More info:



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


What: Browse through more than 25 vendors and help contribute to the success of local farmers and businesses. When: Saturdays, 8:30 a.m.noon, through September Where: Brook Run Park, 4770 North Peachtree Road, Dunwoody Info:


What: This foodie event, complete with live music, features a variety of new and different offerings each week. When: Thursdays, 5-8 p.m. through Oct. 24 Where: Brook Run Park, 4770 North Peachtree Road, Dunwoody Info:


What: Fridays at the Fairgrounds is a community event with an array of different food trucks each month, as well as entertainment and fun for the whole family. Every third Friday through October. When: Friday, Aug. 16, 5-10 p.m. Where: Cumming Fairgrounds, 235 Castleberry Road, Cumming More info:


What: Find homegrown produce and best-selling flavors of the season at this pop-up farmer’s market. When: Fridays, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., through September Where: Kaiser Permanente Forsyth Medical Office, 1400 Northside Forsyth Drive #350, Cumming More info: 770-869-3999


What: Features small businesses, locally-grown foods and hand-made items. When: Tuesdays, 5-7 p.m. Where: 118 Lakeshore Drive, Mountain Park More info:


What: Dr. Bill Brown from Columbia Theological Seminary will explore the various landscapes of creation portrayed in the Bible and discover how they speak to us today. All are welcome. When: Sundays in August, 9:30 a.m. Where: Where: Alpharetta Presbyterian Church, 180 Academy St., Alpharetta More info: or 770-751-0033


What: GriefShare is a weekly support group for people grieving the death of someone close. Limited to 20 people. When: Mondays, 6:45-8:30 p.m., through Aug. 26 Where: Alpharetta First United Methodist Church, 69 North Main St., Alpharetta Cost: $20 for materials More info and registration:


What: GriefShare is designed to help bring healing to those grieving the death of a loved one. The group is designed to offer comfort and encouragement. When: 14-week cycle begins Tuesday, Aug. 13, 6:30 p.m. Where: Dunwoody Baptist Church, 1445 Mt. Vernon Road, Dunwoody Cost: $20 for materials More info and registration: 770-458-4311


What: Debra K. Yaun will be exhibiting her scratchboard art. All artwork is from the artist’s own photos from her travels to U.S. nature centers, parks, zoos and Costa Rica as well as on her own property in Georgia. When: August and September 2019 Where: Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest St., Roswell More info:


What: Don’t miss the opening day of the Roswell Farmers and Artisans Market. Mix and mingle with friends, shop for wonderful fresh items and enjoy talking to the vendors. When: Saturdays, 8:30 a.m.noon, through Oct. 26 Where: Roswell City Hall, 38 Hill St., Roswell More info: | Johns Creek Herald | August 15, 2019 | 17


What: Come out and rock with the Andrews Brothers Dueling Pianos. They will play crowd favorites all night. When: Friday, Aug. 16, 9 p.m.-midnight Where: Rosati’s Pizza and Sports Pub, 415 Peachtree Parkway, Cumming Cost: $10 Info:


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


What: Gain health benefits from relaxing yoga that emphasizes strength and flexibility. No experience necessary. Taught by an advanced certified yoga instructor. When: Wednesdays, 9:45-11 a.m. Where: Roswell United Methodist Church, 814 Mimosa Blvd., Roswell More info: or 770261-1705

WEDNESDAY NIGHT SUPPERS What: Make and grow faithbased 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: Spruill Gallery presents its Student and Faculty Juried Exhibition. When: Through Aug. 24 Where: Spruill Gallery, 4681 Ashford Dunwoody Road, Atlanta More info:


What: Join Tracey Varrone of the Brick and Ivy Studio for a storytime presented in American Sign Language and English. When: Saturday, Aug. 17, 1:153 p.m. Where: Post Road Library, 5010 Post Road, Cumming More info:


What: Accompanying the Museum of History and Holocaust Education’s traveling exhibit, Andrea Miskewicz will cover a broad overview of the Holocaust (1933-1945), as well as stories of children who were victims and survivors of the Nazi regime. When: Saturday, Aug. 17, 3-4 p.m. Where: Sharon Forks Library, 2820 Old Atlanta Road, Cumming More 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 Iinfo:


What: Learn how to play Mah Jon during this six-week course. When: Saturday, Aug. 17, 10 a.m.-noon Where: Milton Library, 855 Mayfield Road, Alpharetta More info: or 404-6134402


What: Help children get a kick start in coding. Bring a laptop/ notebook computer. For rising fourth and fifth graders. When: Saturday, Aug. 17, 2-5 p.m. Where: Milton Library, 855 Mayfield Road, Alpharetta More info:

FUNDAMENTALS OF AIR FRYING What: Cooking with an air fryer is a healthy alternative to deepfrying food. Join Chef Lynn of Custom Gourmet Solutions as she breaks down how this appliance works, what foods you can fry, and what’s the best air fryer to purchase. When: Monday, Aug. 19, 6-7:30 p.m. Where: Alpharetta Library, 10 Park Plaza, Alpharetta More info:

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Local bookstore to host Southern authors By CARSON COOK JOHNS CREEK, Ga. — Johns Creek Books and Gifts on Medlock Bridge Road is set to host several Southern authors in the upcoming weeks. Saturday, Aug. 24, Sarah Lyu, who grew up near Johns Creek, will be at the store to celebrate her debut novel “The Best Lies.” Told in alternating timelines, the twisty psychological thriller tells the story of a toxic friendship that turns deadly and will keep readers questioning each viewpoint. From 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Lyu will sign books, read from the novel and answer questions. Saturday, Sept. 7, poet Eve Hoffman will visit the store to discuss her poetry compilation “Memory and Complicity.” Hoffman grew up on a dairy farm in what is now Peachtree Corners, and she was named by Georgia Trend as one of 100 influential Georgians. “Memory and Complicity” draws inspiration from Hoffman’s childhood while exploring identity, anti-Semitism, racism and Southern American culture. From 10:30 to 11:30, Hoffman will read selections from the book of poetry followed by conversations with the audi-


Johns Creek Books and Gifts on Medlock Bridge Road is set to host several Southern authors in the upcoming weeks.

ence where she invites them to share their own experience. Sept. 26, the book store will host Tena Clark, author of “Southern Discomfort.”

Clark is a drummer and music producer who has worked with Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder and Natalie Cole. “Southern Discomfort” is a memoir

about Clark’s childhood in rural Mississippi during the Civil Rights era and her relationship with the black nanny who cared for her. Johns Creek Books and Gifts is at 6000 Medlock Bridge Road. For more information, visit

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Smiles and service: members of American Commerce Bank’s Johns Creek staff are teaming with Rotary to promote financial literacy. Pictured are Soraya Kenney, branch manager, Gary Lochbaum, lender, Carlos Laverde, market president, Pat Thomas, customer service and Karen Chavarria, personal banker.

Local bank offers Financial Literacy seminars Local banks succeed as their communities succeed. American Commerce Bank is partnering with the Rotary Club of Alpharetta to provide financial literacy seminars for area residents. “Financial literacy can mean a lot of different things”, says Bob Koncerak, an EVP at the bank who will be leading the presentations. “For these sessions, it means learning the basics of credit, banking, budgeting and saving. These are ‘fundamentals’ sessions that cover topics people pretty much have to know in order to manage a stable life”. Koncerak has presented financial seminars to a variety of audiences over his 30-year career in finance and banking. “I used to feel that topics like these were best suited to high school and college-aged people, but not anymore! With the astonishing number of choices we have now to send money, pay bills and access credit, it’s worth everyone’s time to understand personal finance and make good financial decisions. I’ve received great feedback from adults and seniors over the years with these programs as well as from younger participants”. The program will take place in two one-hour sessions with a 10-minute break. Topics include credit scores, bank accounts, basic budgeting, borrowing and savings among others. The semi-

nars have been sponsored by Southern Bank Equipment and the Rotary Club of Alpharetta as a fundraiser that Rotary is undertaking for a clean water service project in Tanzania later this year. Presentations have been scheduled at the Isakson Family YMCA from 2-4PM on Sunday September 15th and at Alpharetta Presbyterian Church on Wednesday September 18th from 6:308:30PM. An earlier session will be held at the American Commerce Bank branch in Johns Creek from 6:30-8:30PM on Wednesday August 28th. There is no cost to attend and handouts will be provided. For more information, contact the Johns Creek branch of American Commerce Bank at 470-422-1200. American Commerce Bank specializes in high-touch service for consumer and commercial banking customers. The bank offers market-leading deposit rates as well as convenient on-line banking and treasury management services. By structuring terms to the specific needs of business borrowers, ACB offers industry-leading solutions for customer success. For more information about American Commerce Bank, stop by the branch located at 10690 Medlock Bridge Road, or visit www.AmericanCommerceBank. com.

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I hate running; I love having run. By CONNER EVANS  I started running again recently, and running is probably the task where time off hurts you the most. Running after just a month or so off hurts my pride, my thighs, my confidence, my calves, my brain, my chest and my relationship with neighbors who don’t wave back at me. It takes a lot for me to get myself ready to run, as I’m sure most can relate to. I wake up, maybe throw some water in my bedhead, stretch for far too long, and get the right shirt, pants, shoes, headphones and finally hit play on the right podcast. I am more obsessed with music than really anything else in my life, but when I run, I need someone to just talk in my ear about anything that is not running. Bassy hip hop, loud punk, soothing folk rock, none of it distracts me enough from the task at hand. I need something where I find the conversation engaging, or can ask myself if I agree with the host’s takes, and invariably it’s a podcast about NBA basketball or movies or the author John


Green. Everyone has their thing. Essentially, I need my mind to be somewhere other than just counting mailboxes while every inch of me hurts and wants to call it quits early. There are a lot of things about running that I do enjoy. I like getting myself up early (the only possible time to run in this state is before 9 a.m.). I like getting outside a little, because my job and hobbies mostly put in me in a seat with air conditioning running. I also like the idea that I, a short, stocky kid with bad knees, am a runner. Or at least that I am someone who runs. I am someone who runs without much of a reason anymore. I no longer have to get in shape for high school lacrosse practices or pass a presidential fitness test. I do like the idea that I can maybe look slightly better and more fit if I continue this long enough. But mostly I like getting up and trying to get a little farther than I did the previous day, and even if I do little other activity for the rest of the afternoon, I can at least feel pride in the fact that I have moved my feet across a

long stretch of asphalt with the sun on my back, up and down hills, around the cruel circle of my neighborhood’s main drag and got home sweaty and tired. I don’t believe in what lunatic long distance people refer to as “runner’s high.” I don’t think I will ever do this seriously enough to achieve that, and I mostly just feel like I’m going to die when I get done running a couple miles, but I do believe in feeling better after I have run, simply because I have run.

Also, I don’t always get farther than I did the previous day. I remind myself that growth is not always linear. Sometimes (okay, often times) I have to walk for a stretch when I get to the worst hill in the subdivision. That feeling is not great. Walking is not the goal of running. But it can be part of progress. One of my English professors once said that they hate writing, but they love having written. I hate running. I love having run.


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Transforming lives, strengthening community The Assistance League — exceptional philanthropy By LEE CHADWICK Guest contributor Many charitable organizations focus on one area of need, but The Assistance League, formed in California in 1919, tackles many at once, very successfully. Chadwick Operation School Bell is the one universal national program operating in all 120 regional locations. In 2018, in Atlanta alone, Operation School Bell distributed wardrobes through 235 elementary and middle schools to provide 14,707 students with every item needed for a full week of changes of brand new clothing, as well as contributions of hygiene kits, shoes and a backpack. This work is replicated in all 120 chapters across America. All work is accomplished by volunteers, serving others, on the scale of a federal program! On an annual basis these committed citizens from all the surrounding suburbs generate as much as $60 million to invest in their individual regions. Add 3.5 million hours of volunteer service, worth another $50 to $70 million, and it is easy to see their influence is far-reaching and life changing. Beyond the national program, members conduct a detailed “needs assessment” in each of their own regions in order to develop responses to impact the problems they uncover. In Atlanta these programs, funded by a much-loved thrift shop in Norcross, called “Attic Treasures” include all of these: • New Beginnings — Help for 34,000

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homeless and abused adults and children in the Atlanta area by radically expanding existing services. • Shepard Center Patient Support — Provides specially designed clothing and durable medical devices for 280 severely injured plus patients annually. • WEE Help — Delivers brand new complete infant layettes to mothers in need in co-operation with 10 area hospitals.

• Waste Not — The distribution of suitable items in support of other non-profit organizations, like prom dresses to The Foster Care Support Foundation’s “Prom-a-Palooza,” in this case serving vulnerable high school juniors and seniors from all over the state. • Links To Education — Provides scholarships to seven Georgia colleges. Atlanta has generated and given away $800,000 in needs-based scholarships since 2003. • Bears for Kids — Provides huggable bears to kids in crisis through hospitals, police, and fire departments to comfort them in various traumatic circumstances. The Atlanta members say they build lifetime friendships within the organization, sharing their remarkable achievements, as they might golf, or bridge.

In 2018, in Atlanta alone, Operation School Bell distributed wardrobes through 235 elementary and middle schools to provide 14,707 students with every item needed for a full week of changes of brand new clothing. Why not make an impact? How about joining these folks and their 250 community partners? Instead of embracing your inhibitions, join retirees, working individuals and couples alike Dive into something new that really matters! Regardless of what your own personal skills or interests are this organization has a place for you, where your strengths will be valued and wisely utilized.


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Roswell gives update on Holcomb Bridge traffic relief project By JULIA GROCHOWSKI ROSWELL, Ga. — Roswell is at a crossroads with one of the largest transportation projects it has ever undertaken: Big Creek Parkway. The $58.5 TSPLOST project, approved by voters November 2016, would improve connectivity and reduce congestion along Holcomb Bridge Road by constructing another road that crosses Ga. 400 with an overpass. City staff is now pouring over two potential options for the project, and on Aug. 8, held an open house to present them to the public. Hundreds of residents met at City Hall to give their thoughts on the designs. Roughly 70,000 vehicles use the Holcomb Bridge Road and Ga. 400 interchange each day. A new two-lane road just to the north would help reduce that number by about 8-10 thousand vehicles, Deputy Director of Transportation Rob Dell-Ross said.

“Is building Big Creek going to solve Holcomb Bridge? Absolutely not,” DellRoss said. “Traffic on Holcomb Bridge is going to be here as long as the foreseeable future. What Big Creek does is it is a backdoor to Holcomb Bridge. It’s a way for resident to get from one side of the city to another without having to interact with that interchange. Because the ramps at Ga. 400 is what creates the congestion.” He added that Big Creek Parkway will play a similar role to Alpharetta’s Encore Parkway. The original alignment plans for Big Creek Parkway were approved by the Roswell City Council in 2013. However, earlier this year, Roswell came up with a plan that could save millions on Big Creek Parkway and funnel that savings to improve traffic flow at the Holcomb Bridge Road and Ga. 400 interchange. The city approached GDOT about a potential partnership to redesign and

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Hundreds of Roswell citizens met with city staff Aug. 8 at City Hall to discuss alignment options for the Big Creek Parkway project. The $58.5 TSPLOST project would improve connectivity and reduce congestion along the Holcomb Bridge Road and Ga. 400 interchange by providing another east-west route over Ga. 400. The redesign is tied to a potential agreement with GDOT to improve the Holcomb Bridge Road and Ga. 400 interchange. replace the interchange as part of the state’s Ga. 400 express lane project. With a potential partnership on the table, Roswell City Council asked staff to come up with a way to save TSPLOST money on Big Creek and, as a result, staff proposed the current modified version, Dell-Ross said.

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Arts Center to host anti-bullying movie, discussion By JULIA GROCHOWSKI


Alpharetta resident Mike Buchanan cowrote the 2010 book “The Fat Boy Chronicles” and was the screenwriter for its movie adaptation.

ALPHARETTA, Ga. — It’s no secret that bullying is an issue students face daily. And with a new school year underway, local author and screenwriter Mike Buchanan is helping students, especially bystanders, take a stand against bullying. Buchanan, who taught for 32 years in high school, will offer a free screening of his movie, “The Fat Boy Chronicles,” followed by a discussion on Wednesday, Aug. 28 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Alpharetta Arts Center, 238 Canton St. The movie, based on a book Buchanan cowrote with Diane Lang, follows fictional student Jimmy Winterpock as he deals with bullying because of his weight. “It’s the world students live in,” Buchanan said. “Kids connect with it. They understand the pain of being picked on. If it’s not for being overweight, it’s for being too smart, too skinny, for wearing glasses — everybody has something that

potentially makes them a target.” He added that students see themselves somewhere in the narrative, whether it’s the student that gets picked on, the student that bullies or the bystander. It’s the last group that’s the largest and the one he tries to address in school talks. “They’re the ones that you need to get in the mix, because they can make the biggest difference,” Buchanan said. “If there’s five kids saying, ‘Hey, that’s not cool,’ or if the athletes decided that they don’t want a culture of bullying, it can change everything in the school. Because, right or wrong, it’s the athletes who tend to be the most respected kids in many schools.” The movie and discussion will also cover topics like mental health, cutting, abuse and suicide. “We didn’t write the book thinking we were going to address these issues,” Buchanan said. “We just wrote a story, with much of it based on our own experiences.” Winterpock’s story is largely based off of the true account of a student named Doug Hennig who struggled with his weight-loss journey, bullying and suicidal thoughts. Buchanan said Hennig approached him and Lang to tell them his story. “He told me about how difficult it was,” Buchanan said. “He told us, ‘If you


“The Fat Boy Chronicles,” now both a book and movie, tells the story of Jimmy Winterpock, an obese high school student, as he deals with and overcomes bullying.

could write a book that talks about what it’s like to be the overweight, picked-on kid and have a hopeful ending, I know it would help a lot of people.’” The story is told through a series of journal entries for English class that include lighthearted school tales as well as more serious, introspective sections. The title, originally “Please Don’t Read This Page,” changed after critiques from a pediatric doctor and other writers. “[The doctor] said most of the problems that teens have, that people have, is that everybody dances around the topic instead of just confronting it head on,” Buchanan said. The response to the book and movie, Buchanan said, has been overwhelmingly positive. The book has become required reading at some of the local high schools. And he regularly speaks at screenings and schools across the nation about “The Fat Boy Chronicles” and its anti-bullying messages. “It’s very frustrating when people don’t want to admit that they have a problem,” Buchanan said. “Every school has issues, and I’ve been at some schools where they’ve been really proactive. But the schools that have bullying problems don’t want to admit that they do.” This is the first time a movie has been screened at the Arts Center, and staff is planning to host similar events more often. Buchanan said staff is already looking to show his most recent work, a historical movie about Alpharetta called “Farmhouse,” in the coming months. For more about “The Fat Boy Chronicles,” visit



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which plan the city moves forward with, Roswell would still provide bike lanes, sidewalks and multi-use trails on the new road. “GDOT’s express lanes project, building two lanes in each direction, is moving forward completely separate from our Big Creek Project,” Dell-Ross said. “Arguably, it’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. It’s hard to imagine we’re ever going to have another opportunity like that. Do we want to find a way to make that partnership work?” The answer to that question is time sensitive. The city has been talking with the state about the project for years now, and it has less than a year to decide on a partnership with GDOT, he added. The original planned alignment includes two phases. Plans for Phase 1 have already begun and include widening Warsaw Road from two to four lanes and adding second leftturn lanes at the Holcomb Bridge Road and Warsaw Road intersection. Construction is expected to begin on that portion in early 2020. “It’s a much-needed intersection improvement,” Dell-Ross said. “It will help solve a lot of the existing congestion issues we have out there right now.” Phase 2 has two options — the original and the revised plan. The first option, the original alignment, includes a new two-lane road from Warsaw Road east over Ga. 400 to Old Alabama Road. It also includes a new two-lane connection road from Big Creek Parkway south to Old Holcomb Bridge Road. Other improvements include a ossword roundabout on Warsaw Road at the new Big Creek Parkway and a complete street on Holcomb Woods Parkway, east of Old Alabama Road. The newly proposed plan calls for using the existing Old Holcomb Bridge Road to make a new connection west Solution over Ga. 400 to Old Alabama Road on V A T S









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the east. The entire road would be a complete street. But, unlike the original plan, the new route would connect to Holcomb Bridge Road on the west side of Ga. 400, instead of Warsaw Road. The new proposal will decrease Holcomb Bridge traffic by 10 percent more than the original plan and will provide several options for future upgrades and connections, including a tie to Warsaw Road, Dell-Ross said. The original alignment plans would create a shorter route but is $15$20 million more expensive than the proposed alignment, in part because it goes through 8-10 apartment buildings that would be expensive for the city to acquire. The original plan also includes an expensive bridge over wetlands, while the proposed alignment reduces impacts on the wetlands, Dell-Ross said. The Roswell City Council has not made any formal decisions about the

next steps for Big Creek Parkway. They were scheduled to discuss the project and potential options at an Aug. 12 work session.

For more information about the project, visit or email RDOT at transcustomerservice@roswellgov. com.

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29 annual Rivers Alive Cleanup returns to Roswell th

ROSWELL, Ga. — Rivers Alive, Georgia’s annual river cleanup, comes to Roswell on Sept. 28. The event is presented by Keep Roswell Beautiful and the City of Roswell. Georgia has more than 70,100 miles of rivers and streams. Homeowners associations, Scout troops, schools, churches, clubs and


service organizations are being asked to pull together to make a difference for the Chattahoochee River and its tributaries. The cleanup will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Riverside Park. Volunteers are needed to pick up litter along local roads and in the river, remove privet (an invasive plant species) at Riverside Park and mark storm drains in surrounding neighborhoods. Participants will need to bring their

own watercraft. Awards will be given at the end of the cleanup for the most trash collected and most unusual item found. For information or to register to volunteer, visit All volunteers must register and have the Rivers Alive volunteer waiver form completed and signed before arrival. For information, please contact Vicki Culbreth at 770-641-3742.

Alpharetta announces Wire & Wood Music Festival headliners ALPHARETTA, Ga. — The Wire & Wood Alpharetta Music Festival returns to downtown Alpharetta for its seventh year, 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Oct. 11 to 12. The free festival will showcase more than 20 musicians performing on seven outdoor and indoor stages. This year’s festival will feature headliners G. Love & Special Sauce and Maggie Rose. Fans may also enjoy food from local restaurants and food trucks at the festival. The event will feature multiple stages across the downtown landscape including main stages on Milton Avenue, at The Green and a special venue inside Alpharetta City Hall. Additional music stages are being sponsored and hosted by Ceviche, Citizen Soul and Central City Tavern, which opens in late August. The festival will feature Maggie Rose on Friday night performing songs such as “Change the Whole Thing,” “Love Me More” and “Pull You Through.” Rose’s sound draws influence from rock, soul, rhythm and blues, and gospel.  Saturday night, the festival will showcase G. Love & Special Sauce performing their songs “Sunday Vibe,” “Baby’s Got Sauce” and “Blues Music. The band is celebrating its 25th year together and has released 15 records, featuring a blend of delta blues, hip hop, funk, rock and roll, and jazz.  Additional artists performing include Matt Mayes, Great Peacock, Sam Burchfield, Channing Wilson, Banditos, The Josephines, Josh Roberts & The Hinges, Parker Gispert, Mermaid Motor Lounge, Book Club, The Haraway Brothers, Bradley Cole Smith, Ben Chapman, Mike Killeen, Chris Canterbury, Wesley Cook, Baily Ingle, Cat Ridgeway, Greg Fortune, Josh & Leslie Roberts and more to be announced. For details on the 2019 Wire & Wood Alpharetta Music Festival, visit

Road: Continued from Page 9 dized the safety of motorists. The city reached out to the next lowest bidder on the project, Proterra Development. Proterra agreed to honor their quoted price and make every effort to deliver within the project schedule. The City Council approved a new contract with Proterra for $630,000, which is less than the $700,000 budget for the project. The vote to terminate the contract was unanimous. Council members Chris Coughlin and John Bradberry voted against the Proterra contract as they voted against the project in May.

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‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof’ comes to the Georgia Ensemble Theatre

ROSWELL, Ga. — Georgia Ensemble Theatre will open its 27th season this September with a southern classic from Tennessee Williams, “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.” The production will be directed by the theater’s Associate Artistic Director James Donadio and will run Sept. 12 to 28 at the company’s home in the Roswell Cultural Arts Center. The Robert W. Hagan Family Foundation is sponsoring this show. In this Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Tennessee Williams, a wealthy Southern family faces a shattering truth that will strip all pretenses away from their lives. Cotton tycoon Big Daddy is dying of cancer, but as the family members gather at the patriarch’s Mississippi plantation for his 65th birthday, they keep the fact hidden from him as they fight for their own piece of the family inheritance. The cast features Kate Donadio MacQueen as Maggie, Joe Sykes as Brick and John Maxwell as Big Daddy. Karen Howell will play Big Mama, with Topher Payne as Gooper, Kelly Criss as Mae, Peter Hardy as Doctor Baugh and Jacob Jones as Reverend Tooker. Ticket prices for the play start at

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The Georgia Ensemble Theatre will perform Tennessee Williams’ “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” this season, running from Sept. 12 to 28. $29. Senior and student discounts are available for select performances. Groups of 10 or more are welcome with discounts available. Tickets are on sale now at, or by calling the box office at 770-6411260.

Ana Maria Peterson (née Alamo) passed away August 2, 2019, in the presence of her loving family, including her husband of 32 years, Kevin Peterson, and their children, Rebecca M. and Kevin A. Peterson. Also present was Rebecca’s husband, Roby Lynn. Ana was born on August 13, 1962, to Beatriz and Arturo Alamo in Miami, Florida. She attended Catholic schools until college, where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Systems from Florida International University. It was during those college years that Ana met and married Kevin, the great love of her life. Together, they started a family. Ana’s career path eventually led to her becoming a Spanish teacher at River Trail Middle School, where she educated and enlightened students for more than 11 years.

Ana always had the biggest smile in the room; she brought the sunshine wherever she went. She truly cared for her students, always lending a sympathetic ear and striving to be someone they could trust. Ana loved spending time with her family and many friends, all of whom will miss the cheerful, warmhearted person she was. In addition to her husband and children, Ana is survived by two sisters, Laura Krebs and Betty Alamo, and three brothers, Arturo, Andy, and Alex. She is also survived by a large, loving, extended family. She was predeceased by her parents and brotherin-law, Gustav Krebs. Beloved by all, she will be greatly missed.

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Tech school to open 2nd Georgia location on Jones Bridge Road JOHNS CREEK, Ga. — The Coder School, a Silcon-valley based technology school, will open its second Georgia location in Johns Creek on Aug. 17. With the motto, “Learn to code. Change the world,” the Coder School teaches children aged 7 to 18 to develop computer programming skills. The new location, 5025 Jones Bridge Road, will be owned and operated by Jerry and Kim Massey, who opened the East Cobb location in 2017. The couple saw the success of their first location and a growing need for the concept in the Atlanta area, and they ultimately plan to open 10 additional schools throughout the greater Atlanta metro. “We are thrilled to bring The Coder School to Johns Creek,” Jerry said. “We are so pleased with the success we’ve seen in less than two years at our first location and are excited to open the opportunity to even more students in the Atlanta area.” The Coder School uses a variety of platforms to teach various coding languages, including HTML, CSS, Python and Javascript. Every code lesson is customized with the help of trained “code coaches” who use a 2-on-1 approach to teaching. “When finding and building relationships with franchise partners, our goal is always to find those who are truly passionate about setting kids up with a positive, life-long relationship with technology and coding,” founder Hansel L ynn said “Jerry and Kimberley care deeply about this mission, and we are confident they will bring our level of commitment to kids and parents in Johns Creek and show the community just how fun learning to code can be.” The Coder School has more than 35 schools operating in 12 states. For more information, visit www.thecoderschool. com.



After-school learning center to open in Johns Creek

SUWANEE, Ga. — The Art of Problem Solving will offer after-school and weekend courses in advanced math and language arts for grades 2 to 12 beginning this fall. AoPS Academy Johns Creek opened in July and will kick off its academic year classes later this month. This is the school’s first location in Georgia. “AoPS Academy provides a rigorous and supportive learning environment for today’s brightest minds and helps prepare them for the multi-faceted challenges of tomorrow,” AoPS Academy Johns Creek Director Vincent Gil said. “Our students frequently compete in national and international academic competitions and go on to enroll at some of the nation’s most prestigious universities such as MIT and Harvard.” Course offerings will include elementary mathematics and language arts, as well as Pre-Algebra, Algebra, Geometry, Pre-Calculus, Calculus and Advanced Language Arts seminars. Art of Problem Solving began as a math education center for high-performing students in 1993. Today, the school operates campuses in eight states. AoPS offers online, in-person and blended learning programs. AoPS Academy Johns Creek is at


Benjamin Hamilton Bannister, 84, of Cumming, passed away August 3, 2019. Arrangements by Ingram Funeral Home & Crematory. Gloria Louise Brooks, 70, of Cumming, passed away July 16, 2019. Arrangements by McDonald & Son Funeral Home.


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Metro Water District announces 18th annual water essay contest ATLANTA — The Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District is calling for metro Atlanta students in grades 6-8 to enter its 18th annual Water Essay Contest. This year, participants are asked to answer the question, “How do you value water?” The average metro Atlantan uses around 50 gallons of water a day at home, most of which is used for drinking, bathing, washing clothes and dishes, and flushing toilets. Huge amounts of water are used to produce the food, energy and other products we use daily. This contest challenges students to consider the value of water deeply. All students in grades 6-8 in the 15 counties that make up the Metro Water District are invited to participate by submitting 300-500 word essays by Oct. 25. One winner from each county and the city of Atlanta, as well as an overall winner and runner-up, will receive prizes and be honored at a reception at the state Capitol in December. Find information at

Ellen Fisher, 93, of Cumming, passed away August 6, 2019. Arrangements by McDonald & Son Funeral Home. Marjorie Ruth Gandolfi, 75, of Cumming, passed away August 3, 2019. Arrangements by McDonald & Son Funeral Home. Ronald L. Gough, 83, of Roswell, passed away July 28, 2019. Arrangements by Roswell Funeral Home and Green Lawn Cemetery.


Doris Groceman, 93, of Alpharetta, passed away August 2, 2019. Arrangements by Northside Chapel Funeral Directors &

Frances O. Hames, 95, of Cumming, passed away August 6, 2019. Arrangements by Ingram Funeral Home & Crematory.

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North Fulton’s Only On-Site Crematory Richard W. Kohl, 88, of Roswell, passed away July 26, 2019. Arrangements by Roswell Funeral Home and Green Lawn Cemetery. Charlotte Faye Johnson, 2 months old, passed away August 2, 2019. Arrangements by Ingram Funeral Home & Crematory. Allene Maggi, 88, of Cumming, passed away August 7, 2019. Arrangements by McDonald & Son Funeral Home. Betty Perkins, 85, of Cumming, passed away July 31, 2019. Arrangements by Ingram Funeral Home & Crematory. Hugh Martin Reynolds, 84, of Cumming, passed away August 5, 2019. Arrangements by Ingram Funeral Home & Crematory.

Rory Roberts, 35, of Cumming, passed away August 5, 2019. Arrangements by McDonald & Son Funeral Home.


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Michael Glynn Scarce, 60, of Cumming, passed away July 29, 2019. Arrangements by McDonald & Son Funeral Home. Frank Lee Smith, 75, of Cumming, passed away August 2, 2019. Arrangements by McDonald & Son Funeral Home. M.J. Traylor, 93, of Cumming, passed away August 6, 2019. Arrangements by Ingram Funeral Home & Crematory.

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