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Volume 2, Issue 10



22 Readers’ Choice Winners

Your choices for the best local businesses revealed.

30 Spring Festivals 34 & 35 On the Cover Eyes on Providence. Dr. Mital Patel. Photo by Liz Blount, Studio 7 Photography.

Some great ideas for enjoying springtime in Atlanta.


Voters choose to continue SPLOST.

Listing of sports, day, overnight and specialty camps

50 Annie Get Your Gun

Around Walton.......................... 6 Celebrations............................ 12 Community Calendar............... 20 Everyday Angels...................... 36 Houses of Worship.................. 54 School Information.................. 56

43 Summer Camps A digital version of the magazine, along with information on how to contact us, submit a story or photo, or advertise is available at

In Every Issue

WHS Drama program performs a classic.

Elected Officials....................... 57 Clubs & Organizations.............. 58 Recent Home Sales.................. 60 Community Numbers.............. 61 Walton Community Map......... 62 Advertiser Directory................ 64

Contributing Writers Judson Adamson.............................16

Kara Kiefer.......................................32

Claudia Aguirre................................46

Lisa Malice......................................46

Kim Anker.......................................40

Olivia Malice...................................51

Mary Kay Boler................................33 Nora Borne......................................28 Greg Cavellier..................................19 Dr. Cristi Cheek................................38 Ben Clark.........................................15


Marietta Plastic Surgery...................38 Zett Quinn.......................................18 Dawn Reed......................................26 Doug Rohan.....................................14

Lindsay Greene................................30

Margot Swann.................................29

Sen. Judson Hill...............................11

Scott Sweeney.................................49

Jennifer Jarosick..............................25

Bryant Wright..................................52

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Our Community Board

Around Walton

Your Community, Your Magazine in East Cobb


Doug Rohan — Doug is a bi-lingual attorney and owner of Rohan Law, PC. Doug can be reached at doug@

AroundAbout Local Media, Inc.

Executive Editor

Kara Kiefer (770) 615-3309

Dr. Cristi Cheek — Cristi is a dentist and owner of Cristi Y. Cheek, D.M.D., P.C. Dr. Cheek can be reached at

Title Editor

Lynne Lysaght (770) 615-3306

Art Director

Michelle McCulloch (770) 615-3307

Caroline Whaley — Caroline is the past President of the Junior League of Cobb-Marietta and serves on the boards of five nonprofit organizations. Caroline can be reached at caroline.whaley@gmail. com. Judy McNeill — Judy is the Principal at Walton High School. Judy can be reached at (770) 578-3225, x229.

Judson Adamson — Judson is a 24-year veteran of the Atlanta Real Estate Industry. Judson can be reached at (770) 240-2001. Dawn Reed — Dawn Reed is a Certified Senior Advisor and the owner of Aloha To Senior Solutions Consulting. Dawn can be reached at Mary Stephens — Mary currently serves as Media Director for Right From The Heart Ministries. Mary can be reached at (678) 388-1862. Zett Quinn — Zett is the owner and founder of Quality Craftsmen. Zett can be reached at (404) 483-7446.

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James Ball (770) 615-3310 Around Walton is a publication of AroundAbout Local Media, Inc., a monthly community magazine. The magazine’s goal is to build a sense of community and pride in the Walton area by providing its residents with positive stories and timely information. It is distributed free, by mail and rack distribution, to homes and businesses throughout the Walton community Around Walton welcomes your comments, stories, and advertisements. The deadline is the 20th of the preceding month. Subscriptions are available for $24 per year. Send payment to the address below. The viewpoints of the advertisers, columnists and submissions are not necessarily those of the Editor/Publisher and the Publisher makes no claims as to the validity of any charitable organizations mentioned. Around Walton is not responsible for errors or omissions. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means without written permission from the Publisher. All rights reserved. © Copyright 2013. Around Walton 2449 Towne Lake Parkway, Woodstock, GA 30189 For Advertising (770) 615-3311 Website: Powered by TrustWorks, Inc.


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AROUND WALTON by Lynne Lysaght

The People, The Places and The Pleasures that make Walton

I want to share a story of our community members reaching out to help others. A.J. Durkee, a fifth grader at Mt. Bethel Elementary and a Boy Scout in Troop 797, wanted to do something to help others in the community. His mother Donna had spoken often about the wonderful children at Norton Park Elementary School in Smyrna, and that gave A.J. the idea of what to do. A.J. wanted Lynne is the Editor to build raised garden beds for of Around Walton the special needs classes to enjoy magazine. She has lived in the school’s courtyard. in the Walton community for the last nine years. A.J. and his brother Cole, a She has three sons Kyle, Cub Scout in Pack 797, set a goal Logan and Camden. of raising $1,000. Over the next year, they collected and saved their allowances and birthday gifts and solicited donations from family members, friends and organizations, including Southeastern Trust for Parks and Land. The project became known as A.J.’s Garden and had its own Facebook page. After the fundraising goal was met, CoreScapes, LLC generously agreed to provide materials at cost and the labor to prepare the areas and build the wooden structures for the beds. A.J., Cole and volunteers of Den 8 of Cub Scout Pack 797, led by A.J’s dad, Chris, built four raised garden beds, with one high enough to be accessible to children in wheelchairs. The beds were filled with beautiful plants and delicious vegetables for the children to see out of their classroom windows and visit in the courtyard. A.J., Cole and the members of Pack 797 Den 8 have become known at Norton Park Elementary as “Super Scouts” for their contribution to the local community.

Being the editor of this magazine has provided me with the opportunity to learn so much about the good things happening all around us, and I love sharing it with you. Please continue to send in your contributions. For our May issue, we are looking for pictures of Mom to celebrate the great mothers in our community. We would also like to feature a pictorial from the Walton High School Prom, so send in those gorgeous photos. On a personal note, my son Kyle was a passenger in that terrible car accident that occurred recently at Johnson Ferry and Woodlawn Roads. The outpouring of compassion and kindness from the community has been overwhelming, and my family and I want to thank you all. Kyle continues to improve daily, but it will be a long recovery from the serious injuries he sustained. Your prayers, positive thoughts and acts of kindness have done more than I can say. Thank you.

What’s Coming? Michaels, the largest arts and crafts retailer in the U.S., is relocating to the Avenue East Cobb, 4475 Roswell Road, and will move into the space formerly occupied by Borders bookstore. The new store will have a larger classroom and a framing kiosk, and it plans to offer a new product mix of floral, jewelry-making and scrapbooking supplies. Yes, the rumor we reported months ago is now official. The store is expected to open in the fall. Stem, a wine bar is coming soon to Merchant’s Walk, 1311 Johnson Ferry Road. Doug Turbush, the owner of Seed Kitchen and Bar, is opening a 39-seat wine and cocktail bar next to his restaurant. Stem will serve a large variety of wines priced from $7 to $22 per glass and small seasonal plates of food to accompany the wine. For more information, visit eatatseed. com.

What’s Moved? Club K9 has relocated to 42 Oak Street in Roswell behind the Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, moving from its former location on Lower Roswell Road. For more information, call (770) 977-9595.

What’s Being Renovated? The Shell gas station located at 680 Johnson Ferry Road is currently closed during renovations.


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YOUR LOCAL NEWS Connecting Cultures: Host a Student from Spain For the last 15 years, Walton High School (WHS) students have studied in Salamanca, Spain. They have learned in classes at the Universidad Pontificia de Salamanca and by staying with host families in a total immersion into the Spanish language and culture. This year, for the first time, WHS and the ISA (International Spanish Academy) program will host 43 students from Salamanca, Spain to immerse them in the English language and American culture. These students will stay with host families in the community and attend an immersion camp at WHS from July 1–28. Share your family and your normal day-to-day life by hosting one or two students. In return, make a connection that can last a lifetime! Host families will provide breakfast and supper and transportation to and from WHS, 1590 Bill Murdock Road. The students will attend Immersion English Language and Culture Camp Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.–1p.m., followed by lunch and afternoon activities with local excursions most afternoons. WHS students can earn community service hours by helping with the camp. If you would like more information on becoming a host family, please contact Marina Garcia at or Dr. Hester Vasconcelos at hester. To learn more about the camp, visit

Couponers Help MUST Ministries Two volunteers at Smyrna Program Services of MUST Ministries are creatively helping feed those in poverty. Deb Chamblee and Stacey Brown have teamed up for the past 18 months to study and clip coupons and help bring in significant donations to the busy food pantry. “We really wanted to help people, so we started comparing and collecting coupons,” the two volunteers explained. Both have helped at MUST for about three years and became friends through volunteering. “This all started when I was in my grocery store and the cashier offered me coupons for free Chef Boyardee products,” Deb explained. “I told her I don’t eat those meals and didn’t need the coupons. She said, ‘But don’t you volunteer at MUST?’ I walked out of there with 27 free cans of food and realized I could really help. Now people bring us coupons and we commit to spending $5 apiece each week, yet people are amazed at how much we bring in.” The couponers look intently for anything useful they can get free or inexpensively. While helping others, they’ve cut their own grocery bills by about 50 percent. They have learned that it doesn’t take a lot of effort or a lot of money to make a big impact in someone else’s life. For more information on how to get involved at MUST Ministries, go to

Host Families Needed for French Students Twenty-five French teens from professional French families (ages 14–18) will be coming to the Atlanta area from July 9–29, and retired French teacher Linda Farmer is looking for host families who will show their student warmth and hospitality. These French teens from Paris to Provence want to experience American life firsthand and be totally immersed in the English language. Ms. Farmer, along with a French chaperon, will oversee the program. LEC (Loisirs Culturels à l’étranger), the Paris-based sponsor, 8

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provides these students with comprehensive medical insurance and gives host families compensation for room and board. All come with ample spending money for expenses outside of the home and each has had three to six years of English. An excursion bus will take the French teens on sightseeing trips once per week. No French language skills are needed. For more information, contact Linda Farmer at (770) 973-2452 or or visit


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Taste of East Cobb 2013 East Cobb families will celebrate spring on Saturday, May 4 with great food, live music and family fun at the eighth annual Taste of East Cobb at the Fountains of Olde Towne shopping center (located on Johnson Ferry Road just north of Lower Roswell Road). This outdoor food festival for tasters of all ages is a “can’t miss” event that has become an annual East Cobb tradition. Known as “The Most Delicious Saturday of the Year,” this year’s Taste will once again be packed full of great food and plenty to see and do, including: • A delicious variety of menu items from the area’s finest restaurants • Great entertainment, featuring live music performed throughout the day by Walton High School’s jazz bands and other ensembles • The Kid’s Zone, a family favorite, with giant inflatables and fun hands-on activities suitable for all ages, including sand art, spin art and face painting • Unique products and services offered by dozens of local vendors • A raffle and a silent auction • The “Best of Taste of East Cobb” competition • And much more! Admission to this must-eat event for foodies and families is free! Individual taste tickets will be 1$ each, and all restaurant-


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featured “tastes” will be offered at only 1 to 5 tickets per serving. Tickets can be purchased in advance from Walton High School Band students or on-line at, and on the day of the event at the festival (cash and credit/debit cards). Deadlines are quickly approaching, but Taste of East Cobb is currently still accepting restaurants and non-restaurant vendors as well as corporate sponsors. The festival offers restaurants the perfect environment to attract new diners by showcasing their most delicious menu items to the entire East Cobb community. Non-restaurant vendors can leverage the low entry fee to promote their offerings to the huge crowd of festival attendees. Corporate sponsors can take advantage of the festival’s extensive marketing and public relations campaign to put their brands in front of thousands of upscale consumers from East Cobb and the surrounding areas. For more information on these opportunities, please visit or see Taste of East Cobb on Facebook and Twitter. Taste of East Cobb has quickly become an important part of the fabric of the Walton community, and the annual community-wide celebration seems to just keep getting bigger and better every year! Be sure to mark your calendars now for The Most Delicious Saturday of the Year, May 4, at the Fountains of Olde Towne. Don’t miss it!

A Balanced Budget is a Fundamental Obligation by Sen. Judson Hill (R-Marietta)

There was a fundamental belief instilled in me long ago to spend less money than I brought in with each paycheck. Each one of us has a budget, with the principle obligation being to keep it balanced, and in order to maintain a balanced budget, it comes down to simple arithmetic. We simply can’t spend more than what we have. Our nation has entered an era of an uncertain future as years Sen. Judson Hill serves of indulgent spending and selfas Chairman of the Finance Committee. He vindication have created represents the 32nd large cracks in the Senate District, which foundation of the includes portions of Cobb United States. and Fulton counties. The federal tax He may be reached by phone at (404) 656-0150 and spending or by email at judson. policies have buried our country in massive debt— over $16 trillion. Reality has set in, and it is clear that if we don’t change the course of action that our children’s financial freedom is in jeopardy. This economic hemorrhage has greatly faded the American spirit of big, audacious dreams and optimism—The American Dream. How can an enterprise—large or small, public or private—survive without a financial reservoir and with a practice of borrowing money with no way of paying it back? We always want to be able to provide the next generation with a better way of life and the tools for success, but in the process, our nation has created self-inflicted wounds through irresponsible actions. I am proud to say that I serve a state that knows the importance of balancing a budget. The Georgia General Assembly works tirelessly on a line-by-line budget analysis each year to ensure the prosperity of Georgia. Our economy is finally seeing some growth and declining unemployment, but we are still navigating our way out of a national recession. Governor Mitch Daniels discussed the importance of purpose behind each tax dollar in a recent speech. The state should never take a single dollar from its citizens without having a productive use for that dollar. It is better to leave the money in a taxpayer’s pocket rather than in the government’s

“The state should never take a single dollar from its citizens without having a productive use for that dollar.” without a good purpose. It’s time our federal government takes a page from Georgia’s playbook and starts practicing fiscal responsibility. Prosperity through taxation and indulgent spending are dangerous ideals to perpetuate to young Americans. Unless the federal government balances the budget and finds solid financial footing, there is no doubt in my mind that we will experience great fiscal destruction. During the 2013 legislative session, I introduced SR 245— a resolution to urge Congress to draft a balanced budget amendment for ratification by all 50 states. No group other than the states can pressure the federal government to start spending within its means. This cycle of perpetual debt will continue until the states tell the federal government that enough is enough. I will continue the fight to get the federal government to present a balanced federal budget, and I will continue to speak out on the behalf of Georgians who have recognized that spending money we don’t have and avoiding bills we can’t pay will bankrupt our nation. Georgia and several other states have seen what can be accomplished through responsible spending and sound budget analysis. It is time we put our country on the right track to a brighter future. I hope you will stand with me, my family, and many others to demand responsible government and responsible use of citizen’s tax dollars.

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Happy Birthday!

Alex Cook Age 5 on April 2 Happy Birthday, Alex! Xoxo, Mom, Dad and Jackie

Harrison Hawkins Age 8 on April 7 Happy Birthday to our sweet boy! We love you very much, Daddy, Mommy, Oliver and Elliott

Grant Jordan Age 9 on April 20 Happy Birthday Buddy! We love you very much! Mom, Dad and Grace


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Bailey Bevers Age 10 on April 10 Happy Birthday Bailey! You’re a decade old! Now SLOW down! Love, Mom

Triton Tennyson Age 11 on April 13 Happy Birthday! From Dad, Mom and Sister

Eloise Maxey Cunningham Celebrating April 27 Happy Birthday to a senior citizen From her darling husband and his dog Betsy

Norah Kuykendall Age 1 on March 30 Happy first birthday! We couldn’t love you more! Mommy, Daddy and Mallory

Marie Jordan Celebrating on April 16 Happy Birthday, Mommy! Love, Skylar and Shanley

Rob Cagle Daniel Willis Celebrating on April 7 Age 10 on April 23 Happy Birthday, Rob! Happy Birthday, Daniel! The best husband and father We love you – Dad, Mom, you could ask for! Ashlyn and Julia Love, Patti, Cristen, Jason and Alex

Carl “Groucho” Whitmire Age 59 on April 20 Happy 59th! Tick, tock…60 is coming!! Never a dull moment! We love you, Gayle, Ashley, John, Rachel and Olivia

Laura Koch Celebrating on April 4 Happy Birthday, Laura! We love you! Susan, Brit, Bert, Whitley, Zach and Preston

Trina and Blake Bonner celebrated their sixth anniversary on March 16

Marilyn and Roger Camp Celebrated 50 years on February 19 Happy Anniversary from daughters Kimberly Dias and Kristen Sleboda and families!

Birth Anniversary

Ryland Sean Davis Born Feb 19, 2013 7 lbs, 12 oz 21-1/2 inches Son of Brittany (Giddens) Davis and Ricky Davis Grandson of Lauren Giddens and Sandy Davis We love you Ryland!





Celebrations Wyatt Nathanael Nordin Born November 26, 2012 in Kansas 5 lbs, 1 oz, 16 3/4 inches Welcomed to our family through the miracle of adoption on December 31, 2012. Son of Penny and Lars Nordin Brother of Lukas Grandson of Lilian and Dale Nordin and Dot Parker Great Grandson of Louise Parker

Brandy and John Paul Maricle will celebrate their first anniversary on April 28.

Alison Thalmann and Nathan (Kit) Furderer became engaged on November 24, 2012. They will be married in 2014 in Kauai, Hawaii.

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Lessons of Trayvon Martin - When and Where Deadly Force Can be Used for Self Defense by Douglas B. Rohan, Esq. ROHAN LAW, PC

Last month, we discussed where you can carry your firearm with a license and without a license. Unfortunately, I did make an error in my article and need to clarify that at the outset. If you do not have a weapons license, you are allowed to carry your weapon in your home, in your business (if you are the owner or have the permission of the owner) and in your car. Prior law required the weapon in Doug Rohan lives in your car to be unloaded and in the Walton community with his wife, Julia, and a closed compartment, but that three daughters. He is a has changed; now you can have a bi-lingual attorney and loaded weapon anywhere in your owner of Rohan Law, vehicle (or business) without a PC specializing in auto weapons license. accidents, workplace injuries and criminal So you have made the decision defense. He is a member to obtain your weapons license of the Around Walton and now carry your weapon with Community Board. You you when allowed by law. So at can email him at doug@ what point are you legally entitled to use it? Most people are aware of the right to defend your home from an intruder. However, the case of Trayvon Martin, the black teenager killed by the community watchman in Florida last year, has shined the spotlight onto the use of deadly force. For starters, the State of Georgia has liberalized the rules on use of deadly force and how they apply to your dwelling, motor vehicle and place of business. The use of deadly force to defend these three locations requires an intruder who is not a member of the family or household, is breaking in in a violent or tumultuous manner, and when such intruder appears intent on committing an assault or a felony crime (O.C.G.A. 16-3-23). A second instance where deadly force is permitted is in defense from a forcible felony. A person is justified in using such deadly force only if you are in fear of great bodily injury, as was claimed by the community watchman in the Trayvon Martin case. Interestingly, the Georgia law allows you to use deadly force in defense of a third person as well, not just yourself. However, you are not justified in using this force if you were the original aggressor or if you were in the commission of a felony yourself (O.C.G.A. 16-3-21). The third instance where deadly force can be used is in


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“The third instance where deadly force can be used is in defense of property other than a habitation, but only where it is necessary to prevent the commission of a forcible felony.” defense of property other than a habitation, but only where it is necessary to prevent the commission of a forcible felony. So we’ve used that term twice - it must mean something special. Pursuant to O.C.G.A. 16-11-131(e), a “forcible felony” is: murder, burglary, robbery, armed robbery, kidnapping, hijacking of an aircraft or motor vehicle, aggravated stalking, rape, aggravated child molestation, aggravated sexual battery, arson in the first degree, the manufacturing, transporting, distribution, or possession of explosives with intent to kill, injure, or intimidate individuals or destroy a public building, terroristic threats or acts of treason or insurrection. Importantly, the state has codified the fact that there is no duty to retreat if you find yourself in one of the situations described above. Under O.C.G.A. 16-3-23.1, a person who avails themselves of the right to use deadly force under the code sections above has no duty to retreat first. This is where the language “stand your ground” comes from. Under the above sections, you would be immune from prosecution, which presumably keeps you from even having to mount a costly defense. As Florida is showing, the realities of the situation can dictate a different result than what is contemplated on paper. Finally, there are a few other limitations on the use of a firearm: • It is unlawful to point a weapon (loaded or unloaded) at another individual other than for the purpose of defending life, health, and property. • It is unlawful to discharge a firearm within 50 yards of a public road other than for the purpose of defending life, health, and property. • It is unlawful to discharge a firearm on someone else’s land without the express permission of that landowner. As I closed the last article, you must invest your time in becoming a responsible gun owner through education and training. Special thanks to, and the staff at Georgia Firing Line and Sandy Springs Gun Club for their contributions to this article.

Help Yourself Reduce Investment Stress Provided by Ben L. Clark, CFP®, ChFC®, AAMS®, Edward Jones Financial Advisor

Ben Clark, CFP®, ChFC® and his wife June live in the Walton community. They have two grown daughters and six grandchildren. Ben is a seasoned financial advisor and his Edward Jones office is located at 1050 East Piedmont Road, Ste 122. You may contact him at (770) 977-4229.

You probably aren’t too worried about it, but April is Stress Awareness Month. Each year, the Health Resource Network sponsors this “month” to inform people about the dangers of stress and to share successful coping strategies. Obviously, it’s important to reduce stress in all walks of life, including your investment activities. How can you cut down on the various stresses associated with investing?

Here are a few possible “stress-busters:” • Know your risk tolerance. If you’re constantly worrying about the value of your investments, your portfolio may simply be too volatile for your individual risk tolerance. Conversely, if you’re always feeling that your investments will never provide you with the growth you need to achieve your long-term goals, you might be investing too conservatively. • Know what to expect from your investments. Uncertainty is often a leading cause of stress, so when you purchase investments that are mysterious to you, you shouldn’t be surprised if they perform in ways that raise your stress levels. Never invest in something unless you fully understand its characteristics and risk potential. • Be prepared for market volatility. Over the long term, the financial markets have trended upward, though their past performance can’t guarantee future results. Yet for periods of months and even years, these same markets can sputter and decline. So when you invest, be aware of this volatility; if you’re prepared for it, you won’t be shocked when it happens, and you should be able to better keep stress at bay.

“If you think your investments are going to earn a very high rate of return year after year, you are more than likely going to be disappointed — and you could easily get ‘stressed out.’” • Maintain realistic expectations. If you think your investments are going to earn a very high rate of return year after year, you are more than likely going to be disappointed — and you could easily get “stressed out.” You’re much better off, from a stress standpoint, not to expect eye-popping results. • Diversify your portfolio. If you were only to own one asset class, such as growth stocks, and that particular segment took a big hit during a market drop, your whole portfolio could suffer, and it could take years to recover, causing you no end of stress. But if you spread your investment dollars among a range of vehicles — stocks, bonds, government securities and so on — your portfolio has a better chance of weathering the ups and downs of the market. (Keep in mind, though, that while diversification may help you reduce the effects of volatility, it can’t prevent losses or guarantee profits.) • Think long term. If you only measure your investment success by short-term results, you can feel frustrated and stressed. But when you stop to consider your objectives, you may find that the most important ones, such as a comfortable retirement, are all long-term in nature. Consequently, it makes more sense to measure the progress you’re making with your investments in periods of years or even decades rather than days or months. Instead of fretting over your monthly investment statements, compare where you are today versus where you were 10 or 15 years ago. The results may well surprise and help “de-stress” you. Stress Awareness Month will come and go, but by making the right moves, you can help take some of the stress out of investing for a long time to come. This article was written by Edward Jones for use by your local Edward Jones Financial Advisor.

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The Real Estate Market - Transitioning And Exciting! by Judson Adamson

After 25 years in the Atlanta Real Estate market, as surprised as I was by the severity of the Housing Downturn, I am equally as surprised at the speed of the Housing Recovery in many parts of the city. With the number of homes for sale at its lowest level since 1999 according to the National Association of Realtors, and rapidly rising buyer demand, in many situations potential Judson Adamson is the homebuyers are finding President/CEO of Atlanta Communities Real Estate themselves in multiple-offer Brokerage serving the bidding wars. Realtors and buyers Walton community. have to prepare themselves for He also is a member this market and make sure they of the Around Walton don’t get caught up in a red-hot Community Board. He can be reached at (770) seller’s market and make poor 240-2001. decisions. Home sellers must not get overconfident when putting their homes on the market just because everyone is telling them we are in a seller’s market. Their home still needs to be priced realistically, shown well, and marketed properly in order to receive top dollar in the least amount of time. Appraisals continue to be the biggest challenge in getting home prices back up. Appraisals generally lag market conditions, and more strict guidelines in recent years continue


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“Rising prices helped lift 1.7 million homes above water in 2012 and another 5 percent gain in home prices could lift 1.8 million additional homes into a state of positive equity...” to be a problem. Hopefully, appraisers are beginning to feel more comfortable in looking at the entire picture (multiple offers, pending sales, other homes on the market, etc.) and not just sold homes in reflecting the current market. As prices begin to rise, more and more homeowners that were underwater are seeing the return of equity for the first time in years. Rising prices helped lift 1.7 million homes above water in 2012 and another 5 percent gain in home prices could lift 1.8 million additional homes into a state of positive equity, according to a report released by real estate and technology firm CoreLogic. There is some improving news on the tight credit underwriting requirements that have slowed the housing recovery. Home buyers may be able to purchase a home with a lower down payment than the 20 percent, which has mostly been the requirement for too long. Loan programs with down payment requirements as low as 3 percent are now available for qualified buyers. Also, many lenders are beginning to make loans to buyers who went through a foreclosure much sooner than in previous years, especially if the foreclosure was the only negative in their credit picture.

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Transform Your House into Your Dream Home by zett quinn

Zett Quinn is the founder of Quality Craftsmen, offering more than 20 years of experience in the construction and renovation business. To learn more, visit www. or contact him at (404) 483-7446.

Do you love your view, yard and neighborhood…but not your house? Sometimes a house requires a total makeover to meet the needs of the family that lives there. There may be severe issues (like water damage or electrical dangers) or design issues (like updating the flooring or making the space more usable). Either way, a remodel project can make a house more comfortable, practical and enjoyable. An example of this is a 35-year-old house in the Walton community that was in rough shape. The previous homeowners weren’t able to keep up with the maintenance, and time took its toll. Termites infested the back porch. Bathrooms had never been updated. Closets were small. There was water damage

in the basement. The question wasn’t which project to undertake…but which one to tackle first. The first step was preventing water from leaking into the home and causing further damage. The backyard was regraded, French drains were installed and


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new pipes were added all to direct rain away from the house. New gutters and gutter covers were added to keep the system free from debris to help the water flow. Inside the home, the water damage was fixed, and there were additional plumbing projects, like replacing leaky pipes. The next priority was the master suite. The size of both the master closet and bathroom were doubled for a dramatic transformation. New carpeting in all the bedrooms added a warm and cozy atmosphere. To ensure the comfort of guests, the hall bathroom was enlarged by adding space from a closet. The kitchen is the heart of the home, so it should be welcoming, practical and attractive. Luckily, the cabinets were in good shape, so they didn’t need updating. Other items were replaced, including granite countertops, a sink, faucets and appliances. By moving the appliances into a more user-friendly configuration, counter space doubled. New hardwood floors throughout the downstairs created a warm, updated ambiance. To increase living space, the patio was converted into a screened porch and doubled in size. Now the nearly 300-square foot area is usable most months of the year, thanks to two ceiling fans. With a sitting area and dining table, it’s ideal for entertaining. Does your home fit your family? If not, meet with a certified, insured remodeling contractor to transform your house into your dream home.

Are You Getting All Your Discounts? By Greg Cavellier

Greg Cavellier is an Allstate Agent living in East Cobb. His agency provides people in the area Home, Auto, Life and Small Business Insurance to fit their individual needs. He can be reached at (678) 403-1825, or via email: gregcavellier@allstate. com.

According to, Georgia has the third highest auto insurance rates in the country. This is due to many factors such as the number of accidents in a given area, the cost of those claims filed, insurance laws that vary by state and even the type of car you drive to name a few. While this is not exactly good news in the current economic climate, there are ways you can reduce your insurance premiums. Here are a few common ways you can lower your insurance bill: • Pay your bill in full for the policy term • Maintain a claims-free history • Pay your bill on time • Drive safely

There can be as many as 20 or more different ways to receive a discount on your auto insurance. This will vary depending on your insurance company and which discounts you might qualify for, but most companies offer plenty of ways for their customers to save. One of the biggest discounts insurance companies offer is to bundle your home and auto policies together. By doing this, you will be able to save money on both policies, which can amount to hundreds of dollars per year.

“A defensive driving course is an often overlooked discount.” A defensive driving course is an often overlooked discount. Most insurance companies will give you a discount for this, and it’s relatively easy to do. You can take the course online or through a driving school. AARP charges $19.95 for an online course, and the discount can last for 2–3 years depending on your Insurance Company. The easiest way to make sure you are receiving all of the discounts that you’re entitled to is to call your agent and ask them to check. Your situation may have changed, and you may now be entitled to additional discounts that you weren’t qualified for at the time the policy was written.

We Will Be Celebrating Moms in our May Issue! At Around Walton, we feel that each and every mom is her family’s “Mother of the Year.” For this reason, we would like to honor as many of our moms as possible for our May issue with a special pictorial celebrating all mothers! We are looking for photos of our Walton area moms with their children. The photos can be from babyhood through present day. If you don’t have children, we also would love to share your photos of you and your mom, even if it was in the 70s! 1. Please ensure all submitted photographs have identifications listed for each person in the photo. 2. Please submit the photos via email to 3. The deadline for submissions is April 20. around walton | April 2013



April/may EVENT CALENDAR April 20–21

Apple Pop-Up Museum Time: April 20: 9:30 a.m.–7:30 p.m.; April 21: 9:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m. Location: 1425 Market Blvd., Suite 200, Roswell Information: The Apple Pop-up Museum tells the story of how a small start-up company founded in a garage became the leading consumer electronics and personal computer company in the world. Tickets will be $10 for adults 18 and older or a two-day adult pass will be $15. Children 17 and younger will be free when accompanied by parent or guardian. For more information, visit

April 20

Laughs and Libations for Habitat Time: 8:30 p.m. Location: Temple Kol Emeth, 1415 Old Canton Road Information: Rabbi Bob Alper, one of the funniest rabbis in the business, will help Temple Kol Emeth celebrate three members being honored for service to the community, and the proceeds from the show will benefit Habitat for Humanity. Advance tickets will be $36 and includes two adult beverages and access to a silent auction, including items of a Costa Rican getaway and a chance to swim with the Georgia Aquarium’s gentle giants. Purchase tickets online at tkeavodahcomedyshow. For more information, call (770) 973-3533 or visit

April 25

Ask the Nurse Practitioner Time: 10:30–11:30 a.m. Location: Catholic Church of St. Ann, 4905 Roswell Road, La Sallette Hall Information: Aloha to Aging will present a program with Tina Macauley, Geriatric Nurse Practitioner from Ridgeview Institute, to provide information and answer participants’ questions. RSVP by Tuesday, April 23 to (678) 439-1177.


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May 3–18

The Dining Room Time: May 3, 4, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18: 8 p.m.; May 12: 2:30 p.m. Location: Stellar Cellar Stage, St. James’ Episcopal Church, 161 Church Street Information: Polk Street Players will present the acclaimed comedy/drama “The Dining Room” by A.R. Gurney, directed by Mary Nimsgern. Seven actors will portray 58 characters in this funny, ultimately moving play. Tickets will be $12.50-$20 (Saturday dinner shows May 4 and 11). For reservations call the Box Office at (770) 218-9669 or for more information, visit

May 4

Teen Driving Academy Time: 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Location: Cobb Galleria Centre, Two Galleria Parkway, Atlanta Information: The annual SafeTeen Driving Academy is a driving safety expo produced by the Safe America Foundation. Teens aged 14 or older and their parents or guardians will experience distracted driving and “fatal vision goggles” simulations, learn about impaired driving, trauma care and car maintenance. The cost will be $20 per parent/teen pair. Each additional attendee will be $10. To learn more, visit www.safeamerica. org/drive2013.

May 4

Bullying and Predator Prevention Seminar Time: 2 p.m. Location: 4880 Lower Roswell Road, Suite 610 Information: Each first Saturday of the month, PRO Martial Arts will host a free parent seminar to educate parents about keeping kids safe from bullying and predators. This is sensitive course material. All attendees must be over the age of 18. Space is limited. Parents must RSVP for the seminar by calling PMA at (404) 474-2350. For more information, visit

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Around Walton is proud to announce the winners of the 2013 Readers’ Choice awards. Our readers were invited to vote for their favorite businesses in a wide variety of categories. Congratulations to all the winners!

Restaurants All-Around Restaurant Seed Kitchen and Bar

Fine Dining Seed Kitchen and Bar

Asian Fuji Hana (Johnson Ferry location)

Italian Capozzi’s

Bakery Publix, Woodlawn Barbecue Place Sam’s BBQ 1 Breakfast Place J. Christopher’s Coffee Shop Starbucks (Johnson Ferry location) Dessert Place Yogli Mogli (Johnson Ferry location) Ethnic Mediterranean Grill Fast Food Chick-fil-A (Johnson Ferry location)

Kid-Friendly Chick-fil-A Lunch Place Moxie Burger Mexican Tijuana Joe’s New Restaurant Moxie Burger Pizzeria Mellow Mushroom (Johnson Ferry location) Seafood Marietta Fish Market Sports Bar Marlow’s Tavern

Retailers Boutique Casabella (Merchant’s Exchange)

Hardware Store Home Depot (Roswell Road location)

Children’s Clothing Store Kohl’s (Merchant’s Walk location)

Jeweler David Douglas Diamonds & Jewelry

Drug Store CVS Pharmacy

Liquor Store Sherlock’s

Florist Carithers Frame Shop Michael’s (Roswell Road location) Furniture Store Woodstock Furniture Outlet Garden Center Pike Family Nurseries Gift/Home Décor Store Casabella Grocery Store Publix Super Markets

Music Store Ken Stanton Music Pet Supply Store PetSmart Shoe Store DSW Shoe Warehouse Specialty Foods Trader Joe’s Sporting Goods Dick’s Sporting Goods Tire Store Georgia Tire Depot Toy Store Target (Johnson Ferry location)

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Services Auto Repair BP Quick Lube & Car Care Center Car Wash Cactus Carpet/Upholstery Cleaner Zeroez Caterer Proof of the Pudding Chiropractor Bradford Family Chiropractic CPA Mobley & Associates Day Care/Preschool Johnson Ferry Baptist Wee School Day Spa Renew Day Spa Dentist Dr. Cristi Cheek

Dry Cleaner Merchant’s Cleaners

Lawn Care Team Turf

Pest Control Arrow Exterminators

Electrician Mr. Sparky

Medical Doctor Dr. Mark Winoker, EC Urgent Care

Pet Boarding Best Friends - Johnson Ferry

Nail Salon Nail Eagle

Pet Groomer PetSmart

Ophthalmologist Dr. Posner, Marietta Eye Clinic

Photographer Jodi Crane Photography

Orthodontist Dr. Johnston

Physical Therapist Resurgens Orthopaedics

Painter 5th Generation Painting

Plumber Superior Plumbing

Financial Institution/Bank Wells Fargo Bank Hair Salon Intrigue Home Improvement/ HVAC Reliable Heating & Air Home Improvement/ Flooring Quality Craftsmen Home Improvement/ Roofing Findlay Roofing Home Improvement/ Handyman Quality Craftsmen Insurance Agent (tie) Don Johnson – State Farm Ron Sprouse – State Farm

Pediatric Dentist Dr. David Bradberry Pediatrician Dr. Marisa Gadea

Tutoring Angus Services Veterinarian Montrose Animal Hospital

Recreation Dance Studio Dance Stop Studios

Gymnastics Center YMCA (McClesky-East Cobb)

Fitness/Health Club East Cobb Jazzercise

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Dynasty Wealth Management is an independent financial services firm that was founded by Kevin R. Myers, Managing Director and Investment Advisor Representative to serve a select client base. Myers has held several positions over his 30 years in the financial services industry. He started his career in banking at a local savings and loan bank in Myrtle Beach, SC in 1983 and has held various positions in the regional banking and national brokerage firms such as First Union, Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley and Smith Barney. Myers quickly learned that his passion was to help clients meet their financial goals, to help increase and preserve their wealth and to save taxes. He wanted to develop a unique value proposition for his clients by having the benefit of a trusted financial advisor to advise them on all of their financial affairs. He quickly distinguished himself to help two groups of clients, business owners and individual families. Myers helps advise business owners with providing retirement plans such as 401(k)’s, Self Employment Plans otherwise known as SEPs, defined benefit plans and developing long term strategies for their business. He has also helped individual families with managing their everyday affairs such as financial planning, investment of assets, referring mortgage financing, life, health and disability insurance, college savings for kids, and trust and estate planning. Because of the many tasks involved with handling these complex issues, Myers uses experts in their respective fields such as the client’s CPA, attorney, and other key financial service providers to create a wealth management model by coordinating these services. Myers is an Investment Advisor Representative with Cetera Advisors LLC. Cetera Advisors provides all the back office support and custody of assets through Pershing, LLC and Cetera Investment Services. Myers chose the name of Dynasty Wealth Management with the thought of “Standing the Test of Time” which dates back to the Ming Dynasty created in the early 14th century. Utilizing a family’s legacy through collaboration, education and planning, a client will be afforded the opportunity to put his or her entire financial house in order. Myers graduated from the University of South Carolina with a BS Degree in Finance. He holds the Series 7, 63, 65 securities registrations is licensed to sell life, accident, health insurance and annuities. He is an Eagle Scout and serves as a member of the Finance Committee for the East Cobb Business Association. He also serves on the Production Team at Buckhead Church. He is a member of the American Sailing Association and the Financial Services Institute. He enjoys traveling, sailing, golf, and tennis. Myers lives in East Cobb with his wife Tammy and three children. Myers can be reached at his office number (678) 401-6102 or visit his website at Securities and Advisory services offered through Cetera Advisors LLC. member FINRA/SIPC. Cetera is under separate ownership from any other named entity


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Kevin R. Myers

Offering its Services to Business Owners and Families in East Cobb


Selling a House…When You Have Kids by Jennifer Jarosick

Recently, we put our house on the market, and the experience of being ready for a showing at any given time has been educational. I asked my agent, Barry Wolfert, and a few friends for tips on how to keep the house ready to show when there’s laundry that needs folding, little kids with sticky fingers and a trail of Before staying home with toys throughout the house. her children, Jennifer was a Their advice made a huge kindergarten teacher and a kindergarten/first grade reading difference, and I’ve also teacher. She also served as learned a few things on my co-president and board member own. of a local MOMS Club chapter. Before you put the house Jennifer and her husband on the market, de-clutter, Martin have four children. If you have any comments, feel de-clutter, de-clutter. Not free to contact Jennifer at just a little, a lot! Donate to Goodwill, rent a storage space or a portable storage unit and fill it up with everything you don’t absolutely need for the next six months. Then, while the kids are not at home, pack up the larger toys and those that they don’t often use. It’s amazing— the toys they don’t see, they don’t miss. Having fewer toys around also makes it easier to quickly clean up for a showing. De-personalize the house. Take all the cute photos and reminders off the fridge and replace family photos with framed artwork, even some of your children’s artwork. After you’ve de-cluttered, de-personalized and tended to other necessary projects, declutter one more time. Then, when each room is “photo ready,” you are ready. After you put the house on the market, the challenge is keeping it “show ready.” Some quick tips: get the bedrooms ready as soon as everyone is up; clean the dishes right away and stay on top of the laundry with daily loads so you’re not throwing dirty clothes in the trunk of your car. When preparing to show the house, give each child a job such as turning on all the lights, putting away the toys or vacuuming the rugs. Don’t forget to clean the windows just before you walk out the door; gooey finger prints spread

“When preparing to show the house, give each child a job such as turning on all the lights, putting away the toys or vacuuming the rugs.” quickly and happen fast! For when you’re out of the house, make sure your car is stocked with activities, including snacks and outdoor toys so you won’t have to quickly pack a bag each time your house is shown. It’s also a good idea to have a friend or family on standby as a place to visit, especially since showings sometimes run later than expected. Besides all of that, have fresh flowers in the house, and if you have time, bake a few ready-to-cook chocolate chip cookies about 30 minutes before you leave. Not only will these make the home look and smell good, but the cookies make a great treat for the kids when they are out of the house. I hope these tips help; good luck in selling your home.

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The Future Is Now by Dawn Reed

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When it comes to savings, we understand we should save for our “old age.” We have also been conditioned to believe there will be government aid available to us for care when our own funds run out. What we often fail to appreciate is the overall understanding of the levels of care and services needed when we reach a point where Dawn Reed is the founder of multiple medical diagnoses Aloha To Aging, Inc., a 501c3 take affect and impact our nonprofit, which provides the lifestyle and livelihood. Aloha Day Club (adult day When something happens respite), caregiver education, unexpectedly compromising monthly Parkinson’s and caregiver support groups. She our health, especially before is also the owner of Aloha To retirement, many of us would Senior Solutions Consulting. do all we can to prevent the She can be reached at (678) reoccurrence or worsening 777-7241 or at dawn@ of the new physical concern. We might try occupational or physical therapy, surgery, a new medication, lifestyle change, diet restriction, etc. At this stage in life, we realize how our health insurance is certainly of great value. But you may need additional care over and above your health insurance coverage. What about when you’re retired and don’t have the income or emotional and physical support you have now? How will you find transportation to your doctors’ appointments, prepare the nutritious or diet restricted meals you need or retrofit the bathroom features so you can move around safely on your own? The idea of aging and/or something unexpected happening to our physical well being is not a reality most us want to face. Somehow we feel this time in our future is so far off, but it’s not. There is a good chance many of us will utilize these multiple care services sometime in our future. Recently I contemplated how I was going to help take care of myself if something happened to my physical health in the future. I chose to bite the bullet and buy Long Term Care Insurance. Now, let me just say, I am not endorsing it nor am I saying it’s for everyone, but I am saying I see first hand how options like this have made a significant impact in the level and amount of care individuals are able to afford to receive. Unfortunately, I often see people going without the care level they need due to the inability to pay. Often this leads to their condition worsening and ultimately the individual needing a higher-level care, which is even more expensive. So, please, don’t be one of these people. Take heed in terms of preparing for your future! Your future is now!

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Spring Forward with Bold Trends by Nora Borne

Trends this spring and summer are dramatic and bold, providing a very modern twist to clothing and accessories. What makes these styles appealing is that they can be worn head to toe for a striking effect or just one piece at a time for an understated look. Intense color is at the forefront of bold trends, making their way into shops and boutiques for spring. Separates Nora Borne is a personal such as blouses stylist and has had a and pants in passion for fashion her entire life. She lives in shades of bright the Walton Community yellow, blue and with her husband, Darrell, green can be and daughters, Emma purchased to and Sarah. She will help wear together you create a look of your own that celebrates as one strong your personality and silhouette inner beauty. She can be or worn contacted at (678) 427individually to 5359 or at noraborne@ add a punch to everyday basics. Tunic tops with matching pants are a fun way to add some color to your wardrobe and can be quite versatile when mixed and matched. Color blocking continues to be popular, with bold use of color side by side in tops, dresses and even jackets and sweaters. This look can also be accomplished by placing one colored piece on top of another, such as a bright yellow top with a fuchsia skirt. Black and white is always on-trend, but it takes center stage this spring with interesting patterns in polka dot, stripes and color blocking. One very modern and graphic look is a black sweater or top with a contrasting white collar and cuffs. Another possibility is to keep your look streamlined and classic with a pair of white jeans and a black cashmere sweater. Powerful and playful prints are wonderful option to boost your wardrobe this spring. Nothing says spring like a floral print. Animal prints also continue to make a showing in everything from accessories to tops and dresses. Camouflage and paisley are other lively options.


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A more subtle way to add something bold to your look this season is with jewelry. Add a pair of huge bangles to your wrists – one on each arm. Multiple or stacked jewelry can also be interesting. Combine a variety of bracelets to create a unique look or wear several rings on one hand. Chunky necklaces are another easy way to make a statement. However you choose to spice up your wardrobe this season, have fun and be BOLD!

Ask Margot by Margot Swann

Margot Swann is the Founder and CEO of Visions Anew Institute. She established this nonprofit to provide resources, education, and support for people going through divorce. Send your divorce questions to margot@, call (770) 953-2882 or visit

Dear Margot, Divorce is imminent and I’m very concerned. My soon-to-be former wife and I have decided it’s hopeless to resurrect our disintegrating marriage of 12 years. We agree on our child issues but have different outlooks about dividing our money. And, by the way, we only have a couple of thousand dollars that we can spend on a divorce. What is the best way to keep our costs down and do our divorce well? Concerned Concerned, you are wise to realize that there might be some good methods for saving money on legal fees during your divorce. It might well save divorce pain. Asking a family law firm like Stearns-Montgomery & Proctor could shed some light on the subject.

The best way to handle this is for you to hire an experienced divorce attorney. Ask the attorney to prepare an agreement in writing, together with the other necessary documents needed to complete the divorce that is ready for the court to sign off on and approve. With regards to the terms of you and your

“With regards to the terms of you and your wife, be honest with your attorney as to the differences and ask your attorney to make a suggestion on how best to offer a compromise on the issues.” wife, be honest with your attorney as to the differences and ask your attorney to make a suggestion on how best to offer a compromise on the issues. Incorporate those terms into the comprehensive documents to be presented in the divorce. Deliver those documents to your spouse and suggest that she carefully review those documents with a separate, experienced divorce attorney. Ideally, your attorney’s suggestion concurs with her attorney’s suggestions on the areas of compromise, or at least within close proximity. There may be one or two changes, but hopefully they will be minimal. Your attorney can complete the minor changes for your spouse to sign off on, and the rest should be a mere formality. Concerned, I hope this advice from Stearns-Montgomery & Proctor was helpful. For more information and insight, Visions Anew Institute offers our Hot Shots Seminars, a Divorce Survival Weekend, June 14–16, and ongoing free Divorce Support Groups. Remember, no one ever expects to divorce. If it is unavoidable, do it with good information, with integrity and with a team of experts. You don’t have to divorce alone.

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Change of Scenery by Lindsay Greene

Feeling Festive? It’s the Season for Spring Festivals!

Lindsay Greene lives in the Walton community with her husband and son. When not working as Vice President, Marketing & Member Services for Community Bankers Association of Georgia (CBA), Lindsay enjoys writing and discovering new places.

The spring weather, dogwood trees in bloom, and bright yellow jonquils raising their heads can only mean one thing ... it’s festival season! From crafts and artwork, to music, history and the never-ending search for the perfect turkey leg or Funnel Cake, Atlanta’s festivals offer something for every age and interest. Here’s a sampling of a few festivals taking place this spring. Atlanta Dogwood Festival April 19–21, 2013 in

Piedmont Park The Atlanta Dogwood Festival is Atlanta’s annual celebration of the blooming of its native dogwood trees. For more than 75 years, the Dogwood arts festival has filled Midtown Atlanta’s Piedmont Park with live music, arts and crafts, food booths and family-friendly activities. The festival was ranked number 35 by Sunshine Artist Magazine in 2012 featuring the best 200 fine arts festivals in the United States. • Free admission • Piedmont Park, located near Piedmont Avenue and 10th Street • (404) 817-6642 /


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Everyone needs a change of scenery every now and then. We will feature interesting places to visit not too far from home, including museums, historical sites, family friendly activities and outdoor adventures. Send ideas and suggestions for Change of Scenery to lindsay.greene@

Big Shanty Festival April 20–21, 2013

The 38th Annual Big Shanty Festival combines the best of the rich heritage of Kennesaw and the Civil War era with today’s fun filled activities. More than 70,000 attendees will enjoy the more than 250 booths with arts and crafts, food vendors, merchants and live entertainment. • Free admission • Downtown Kennesaw • (770) 423-1330/

The Georgia Renaissance Festival April 13–June 2, 2013

For eight weekends every spring, The Georgia Renaissance Festival brings a 16th-century European country fair to the Atlanta area. With nearly 1,000 characters wearing period costumes, the renaissance festival offers a variety of activities from jousting tournaments to glass-blowing demonstrations to sword-swallowing shows. Performers include acrobats, jugglers, magicians, dancers and wandering minstrels. The Southeast Tourism Society recognizes The Georgia Renaissance Festival as one of the top 20 events in the Southeastern U.S.

• Open Saturdays, Sundays, and Memorial Day • Tickets range in price from $8.95 to $19.95. • Located off of I-85 (exit 61 for Fairburn and Peachtree City), approximately eight miles south of Atlanta’s HartsfieldJackson Airport • (770) 964-8575 /

Inman Park Festival April 26–28, 2013

Taste of East Cobb May 4, 2013

The East Cobb community will come together at The Fountains of Olde Towne to enjoy great food, live music and family fun at the annual Taste of East Cobb. Advertised as “The Most Delicious Saturday of the Year,” Taste of East Cobb is an outdoor food festival for tasters of all ages that in only a few years has become a “can’t miss” event and annual East Cobb tradition. The festival showcases many of the area’s favorite restaurants. Tastes are from $1–$5 and funds raised support the Walton High School Band Program. • Free admission • 11 a.m.–5 p.m.; The Fountains of Olde Towne/ Johnson Ferry Road • (404) 932-3399 /

The Inman Park Festival in Atlanta takes place in one of the city’s oldest and most striking neighborhoods and is considered one of the area’s most colorful celebrations. Inman Park Festival highlights include a well-known street market featuring local art, the Inman Park Tour of Homes showcasing the stunning Victorian homes of the late 1800s, a 5k run where runners are encouraged to come in costume and the famed Inman Park Festival parade of eclectic fun. • Free admission • Historic Inman Park neighborhood; approximately two miles east of downtown Atlanta • (770) 635-3711 /

Spring Jonquil Festival April 27–28, 2013

The City of Smyrna welcomes all for the Spring Jonquil Festival in Village Green in downtown Smyrna. The festival has a history of over 24 years and will feature over 175 hand-made arts and crafts booths, local non-profits, sponsors, puppet shows, live music, plenty of festival foods, local entertainment and all types of children’s activities. • Free admission • Downtown Smyrna, Market Village • (770) 423-1330 /

As you can see, the options are endless, so get out and enjoy! For more information on other upcoming festivals in the metro-Atlanta area, such as the Atlanta Jazz Festival, Buckhead Spring Arts & Crafts Festival, Fiesta Atlanta, Atlanta Caribbean Festival, Shaky Knees Festival, Decatur Arts Festival, Sweet Auburn Springfest and more, visit festivals.

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The Stump by Kara Kiefer

To say my son and I think differently is an understatement. He has always been a “highspirited” child with a mind of his own. To his credit, he’s a tenacious problem solver and is reluctant to give up…. especially when he’s saving money to buy something. His first major purchase was a truck, and now that he has the truck, his primary goal is accessorizing it. He has a laundry Kara Kiefer is the Executive list of things he wants to do to it Editor at AroundAbout Local Media. She lives in and buy for it. He works two jobs southwest Cherokee with in order to accomplish his goal, but her husband Mike and sons apparently, he felt he needed to Brandon and Garrett. do more. That’s when he called me at work one day asking if I knew where he could buy a stump. This was his idea: He would get a stump and carve a logo or design into it and sell this piece of art on Ebay. Remember, we don’t think anything alike. He’s more entrepreneurial in spirit than I am, so he’s thinking this is a great way to make some extra money. I’m thinking, “Who in the world would buy a stump off Ebay?” I can’t even imagine buying one of those carved bears I often see for sale in mountain towns, much less a stump. And my second thought is how does he plan on shipping a stump? I keep my thoughts to myself and tell him that our neighbor has a stump he said we could have. And so the project begins. A few hours later, I return home and my son is in the garage


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with his stump and a hacksaw. He’s feverishly working at cutting all the bark off the stump and creating a canvas for his carving. He even has sketched out his design and knows exactly how he wants it to look. Granted, a hacksaw was not the best tool for the job, and eventually, he grew weary and decided to take a “break.” The “break” turned into two hours, then days and now months. The half “shaved” stump remains in the garage, awaiting its transformation. We suggested this stump be part of his upcoming Senior Project. He wasn’t too impressed with that suggestion. Anyone want a stump?

Working Smarter by Mary-Kathryn Boler

Mary-Kathryn Boler is the owner of Catapult Strategic Consulting, LLC (www., located in the Walton area. Her proven approach to creating business strategies and action plans has helped hundreds of entrepreneurs grow their businesses faster and more profitably than they thought possible.

Entrepreneurs by nature are doers and problem solvers. Most are self-confident and are comfortable handling a wide range of business details. They thrive on being in control and multitask well. These characteristics serve owners well in a venture’s infancy, when functional areas are not well defined. As the business grows, more time and greater specialization are needed to manage parallel business activities such as marketing, business development and finance. While letting go of tasks is very difficult, entrepreneurial success depends on it. Managing a company requires 30 distinct leadership roles, from vision setting, purchasing and contract negotiations to hiring,

quality control and technical support, meaning entrepreneurs can spend an average of just 12 days per year on each function. Often a “jack-of-all-trades” can juggle responsibilities by carefully prioritizing during the start-up phase; however, it is not possible for one individual to develop marketing and sales programs, draft proposals, deliver goods and services, bill and collect fees, and monitor quality and profitability in a rapidly growing firm. I get tired just thinking about it! Likewise, start-ups usually do not require the depth of knowledge required in more mature firms. Initially, you may be able to create a simple website and prepare your own taxes. Managing a social media campaign and preparing financial statements, however, require far more specialized – and very different - expertise. Acquiring the necessary expertise does not necessarily mean hiring full time employees. Consider engaging specialized service providers, such as marketing professionals, web site designers and accountants. Part-time employees are another strong option if you need onsite help during predictable hours with tasks such as administration, production, and product delivery. continued on page 63

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Seeing is Believing

fter visiting an optometrist and wearing newly prescribed lenses, a new eyeglasses owner’s first comment often is, “Wow, I had no idea what I was missing!” Dr. Mital Patel (pronounced Meethal), the new owner of Eyes on Providence, experienced this first hand when she was in first grade. Her teacher sent a note home to her parents stating Mital was having trouble seeing the board in the classroom, and she might need glasses. Her parents took her for an eye exam and soon after, Mital had a new pair of spectacles and a new perspective. With her new glasses, she was amazed at all the things that she could see that had not been clear before. “From then on, every year when I went for my eye exam, I looked forward to going and knew that I would be able to see even better.”

doing this, and I wanted to help people see better and experience what I did the first time I put on glasses.” Mital earned her Doctorate of Optometry from the Illinois College of Optometry in 2008. During her fourth year of optometry school, while doing rotations, she spent time focused on pediatric optometry, contact lenses and ocular disease, which helped her to narrow down her specific interest. After graduating, Dr. Patel chose to move to Atlanta to complete her residency in ocular disease with Omni Eye Services.

From the time Mital was in high school, she knew that she wanted to work in the medical profession. “Because seeing the eye doctor was always such a pleasant experience, I became interested in optometry.”

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She was born and raised in Mississippi and attended Louisiana State University (LSU) where she earned a B.S. in Biological Sciences. While at LSU, Mital shadowed an optometrist and said, “I could really see myself


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Mital met her husband, Ankit, while in Atlanta. Ankit is from Nashville, Tennessee and attended Georgia Tech. When Ankit’s job took them to Cleveland, it wasn’t long before they knew that it was not the right place for them. They missed the great weather of the south they had grown up with and started looking to make a move. They wanted to be near a big city, in the south and within driving distance of their parents. Mital researched opportunities and found an optometrist practice in Marietta called Eyes on Providence that was for sale. The previous owner wanted to move to Alaska after having built the practice for the past nine years. After working for large retail eye glass firms, Mital was drawn to private practice. In the large practices, she would see 30 patients in a day and go home at the end of the day feeling like she had not had the time to spend with a patient to do a thorough job, learn his/her specific needs and to truly help her patient see better. As the owner of Eyes on Providence, Dr. Patel is able to serve her patients, take the time to get to know them and how their lifestyle affects their visual needs and gives each patient personal attention to ensure optimal visual health. She allows time between appointments in order to do a thorough examination. She has upgraded to state-of-the-art equipment for the practice to provide the most comprehensive exams and eye care.

When it is time to select your new glasses, Eyes on Providence offers some exclusive frame lines such as Oliver Peoples, Tom Ford and Paul Smith. Mital chose to carry these particular brands because of the outstanding quality and unique designs available. All types of eyeglass lenses are available, including the latest in progressive lens technology, which allows for a smoother transition between focus zones and a wider corridor of vision. And don’t forget the need for sunglasses to protect from the damaging rays that can lead to cataracts. Mital and her staff can help patients select

the perfect frame style for their face. In addition to eye glasses, the practice carries a wide variety of contact lenses. Dr. Patel has found that the reason many people stop wearing contacts is because of discomfort, and she offers more options and takes the time to get the fit right for a patient. Rigid, gas permeable lenses and multifocal lenses are just two of the many choices available. In literature, the eye is described as the window to the soul, but perhaps more accurately, it is the window to our health. Having regular eye exams is an important part of our health care and can lead to early detection of major health issues such as high blood pressure, artery blockage, high cholesterol, diabetes and more. Dr. Patel’s expertise in diseases of the eye allows her to provide treatment from the very simple such as pink eye to very complex like glaucoma. She can also provide pre and post-operative follow-ups for Lasik and cataract surgery and more. Eyes on Providence is a one stop shop for eye exams and eyewear. It has the feel of a boutique and the personal attention to your care and comfort that is Dr. Patel’s hallmark with prices comparable to the large retail eye glass stores. Call (678) 560-8065 to schedule an appointment today or visit to learn more.

3535 Roswell Road, Suite 8 Marietta, GA 30062 (678) 560-8065

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Everyday Angels would like to thank our readers for lifting up last month’s feature family – the Austins. As you may recall, Tim Austin lost his life in a bicycle accident. While faith and time is necessary when dealing with a sudden, tragic loss of a loved one, our community’s love and support has offered great comfort and encouragement. The Austins are grateful. Few things warm the heart more than witnessing young teens rally together to help someone in need. Everyday Angels received a call regarding a young student who is being raised by her disabled grandmother. This girl had outgrown her clothes and was in desperate need of basic necessities. After hearing this young girl’s background and all that she has endured in her short life, a group of high school girls from Hillside UMC were eager and excited to help. With the young lady’s sizes in hand, the girls went shopping that next weekend. They collectively shopped on a budget while chipping in with their own funds to ensure this student had a few outfits, shoes, undergarments, toiletries and make-up. It was difficult to tell who was more excited – the givers or receiver! Needless to say, the young girl was thrilled for her new clothes that finally fit, and was touched by the love from the girls. Understanding the importance of compassion and having a heart for others is more of what this world needs. We must teach our young children, through example, that it is better to give than to receive. Thank you, girls! You know who you are, and God does too. After all, it isn’t about photos, recognition or acknowledgement - it is about the blessing that now resides in your hearts, under His proud gaze. Keep up the good work! This past month, with the help of our readers’ support, Everyday Angels helped a single mom with two girls keep their power on, purchased food for a family of four who was eating Ramen noodles for each meal, and purchased clothing for someone in need. While we feature one main story most months, there are many other needs met behind the scenes, thanks to your continued support.

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Health & Wellness

Preventing Tooth Decay with Fluoride by Dr. Cristi Cheek, D.M.D.

Dr. Cristi Cheek, D.M.D., is the owner of Cristi Y. Cheek, D.M.D., P.C., Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in the Walton community. Dr. Cheek is also a member of the Around Walton Community Board. You may contact her at (770) 993-3775 or visit

In 1909, a dentist in a city in Colorado noticed that many children were developing brown spots on their teeth. Those children also had fewer cavities than children living in other areas. It was later discovered that these children were receiving high concentrations of natural fluoride. As rain water ran down the mountain, fluoride was released from the rock and flowed into the water reservoir. Studies found that children in nearby towns who drank water with lower fluoride concentrations (around 1ppm) had no staining of the teeth but also had the benefit of fewer cavities than children in areas farther away with water containing little to no fluoride. Since then, the American Dental Association has endorsed the

fluoridation of community water supplies, finding evidence of a reduction in cavities by 20-40 percent. Many cities in the U.S., including Marietta and Roswell, have regulated levels (around 0.8 ppm) of fluoride in the water supplied to their residents. Today, however, many of us are consuming less tap and more bottled water. The majority of bottled waters on the market do not contain optimal levels (0.7-1.2 ppm) of fluoride. And some types of home water treatment systems can reduce the fluoride levels in water supplies. Well water does not have the benefit of regulated fluoride levels. The appropriate amount of fluoride is essential to help prevent tooth decay, but like a lot of things in life, it is possible to get too much of a good thing. Too much fluoride creates a risk for enamel fluorosis in teeth during their development before they erupt through the gums. Enamel fluorosis affects the way the teeth look but does not affect their function. In most cases, it may be evidenced by faint white lines or streaks on the tooth enamel. In severe cases like those seen in Colorado, these fluorosis spots may appear brown and pitting of the enamel may be evident. Swallowing excess fluoride can cause not only enamel staining or streaking, but can also be toxic, causing nausea, diarrhea, continued on page 63

Springtime is the Perfect Time for Skin Rejuvenation by Marietta Plastic Surgery

The spring is the perfect time to kick-start your facial skincare routine so that you can truly put your best face forward. With age, we produce less collagen and our bone structure begins to change—things that can cause our facial skin to sag. Outside of surgery, many people wonder if there are less invasive options to revive our appearance. There are, but it can be challenging to discern which ones are truly effective and safe and will give you the results you want. It’s important to work with a board-certified plastic surgeon that has had many years of dedicated plastic surgery training and is an expert on what course of treatment may give you the results you desire. Some “minimally-invasive” options include: Fraxel Laser: This is a breakthrough in skin resurfacing because it provides superior results with minimal downtime. The technology softens fine wrinkles and improves skin texture and tone with little to no discomfort. Plastic surgeons appreciate the benefits of the Fraxel Laser as it produces predictable results and is extremely versatile. BOTOX® Cosmetic Injections: BOTOX® targets simple forehead and crow’s feet lines. With a series of injections, BOTOX® temporarily weakens facial muscles that control forehead and crow’s feet wrinkles, softening or eliminating their appearance. Results last for three to four months or longer. 38

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Facial Fillers: Dermal fillers, such as Juvéderm®, Restylane®, Sculptra® or Radiesse®, fill in deeper lines and improve facial volume. Often, they target the “parenthesis” lines around the mouth that get deeper with age. A board-certified plastic surgeon can give you the best treatment advice because not all facial fillers provide the same results. Fillers usually last at least six months, often much longer, and the results are immediate. Skin Care and Resurfacing: A

Board-certified plastic surgeons Dr. Keith West*, Dr. Michael McNeel*, Dr. Thaddeus Fabian*, Dr. Keith Hanna* and Dr. John Symbas of Marietta Plastic Surgery practice out of both the Woodstock and Marietta locations. *members of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons continued on page 63

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Health & Wellness

Stave off a Stroke By Kim Anker, RN, BSN, Director of Neuroscience at Northside Hospital

Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death among Americans and the number one cause of disability in adults. That’s the bad news. The good news is that 80 percent of strokes are preventable. The following tips can help prevent a stroke and keep you happy and healthy for years to come. • Control high blood pressure. Hypertension is the most potent risk factor for stroke. It may run in the family, but you can manage your blood pressure by cutting down salt, exercising and increasing potassium intake by eating more fruits and veggies. Your doctor may also prescribe some medicines to help lower your blood pressure. • Quit smoking. Yes, we all know smoking is bad, but puffing away can increase your chance of stroke by nearly four times. The nicotine in cigarettes raises blood pressure while the carbon monoxide from smoking reduces the amount of oxygen your blood can carry to the brain. Cigarette smoke


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also makes your blood thicker and more likely to clot. All of these increase your risk for stroke and provide even more incentives to kick the butt(s) for good. • Manage diabetes. You may think this disorder only affects the body’s ability to process sugar, but it also can cause destructive changes in the blood vessels throughout the body- including the brain. Treating diabetes can delay the onset of complications that increase the risk of stroke. • Shed the extra pounds. Having a waistline measurement equal to or above the acceptable cutoff measurement (40 inches for men, 35 inches for women) increases the risk of having a stroke three fold. Even a five percent loss of body weight can greatly reduce your chance of stroke. For more information about your stroke risk, upcoming free stroke screenings and support groups, go to strokecenter.



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Dr. Christopher Rechter and Dr. Justin Fierro are the doctors of HealthQuest Chiropractic. They have worked together since graduating from Life University, providing outstanding care to the families of East Cobb for the last 13 years. The importance they place on patient relationships has led to treating families across as many as four generations. Their family wellness practice specializes in sport and accident injury and continues to help patients reach and maintain optimal health. And now, the doctors have expanded their practice. At their relocated, spacious new office, they have the ability to serve more patients and offer additional services. HealthQuest is the perfect place for patients that are looking for a noninvasive, natural approach to health and wellness. Both Dr. Chris and Dr.

Justin agree that their first concern is for the individual patient’s needs. Taking a holistic approach, they spend time learning as much as possible about the patient and different factors that affect the individual’s overall wellness, including lifestyle, injuries, past and present health conditions and stresses, and the patient’s personal health goals. With the comprehensive services Healthquest offers, it should be a patient’s first stop in healthcare and can save patients both time and money. From the first visit the focus will be learning all about the patient, and developing a plan with optimal recommendations for chiropractic care, nutrition therapy, massage and rehabilitation/exercise to lead to a lifetime of wellness. Each patient will start with a thorough health history followed by a comprehensive exam including digital x-rays if needed. This x-ray is just one of the new additions to the practice that can pinpoint patient’s needs more precisely. An antioxidant scanner helps the doctors better understand a patient’s nutritional status, which can assist in determining how well the body tissues are able to repair, and if adjustments to diet may help increase the body’s natural healing abilities. A computer scan that measures nerve function is also part of the exam. On the second visit, Dr. Chris or Dr. Justin will take the time to educate the patient on the exam results and will outline a plan to meet his or her health goals. The treatment is completely driven by the patient’s choices, and the doctor will work closely with the patient to determine a customized care program. If care is needed outside of HealthQuest, Dr. Chris and Dr. Justin have developed resources within the healthcare community and can provide

the appropriate referrals. HealthQuest’s doctors have diverse expertise, which allows for a variety of services to be offered. Traditional chiropractic care, light-force adjustment, extremity care for shoulder, knee, TMJ, etc., massage, kinesiotaping, nutrition therapy and the newly added exercise equipment for on-site rehabilitation are all services available to patients. Educating patients is extremely important to the doctors and they will offer programs at the new office on health and wellness for the community. The doctors are committed to their community, participating regularly over their years in local events like the Mt. Bethel Elementary School Fun Run, the Dodgen Middle School and Sope Creek Elementary Health Fairs, Walton High School events, the Taste of East Cobb and others. They are very grateful for the opportunity to care for their East Cobb patients and love to give back to continue to improve the overall health and well-being of the community. HealthQuest 1000 Johnson Ferry Road, Suite D-100 Marietta, GA 30068 (770) 509-3400 “Chiropractic care is more than just making the pain disappear. It is about learning, understanding and taking care of yourself to improve your quality of life,” stated Dr. Chris and Dr. Justin. If you are ready to start on the road to a lifetime of wellness, not just alleviating symptoms, but correcting and maintaining the level of health that you desire, call the doctors at HealthQuest Chiropractic today and schedule an appointment at (770) 509-3400. around walton | April 2013


School & Sports

Voters Choose to Continue SPLOST By John Loud, Co-Chair United 4 Kids

The Cobb County voters came out to vote on the continuation SPLOST Referendum and to support the 116,147 students in our county as well as the 14,500 employees who dedicate themselves to the children of our community. During the UNITED 4 KIDS campaign, I came to realize most citizens do not realize how SPLOST funds can and cannot be used. Because this is a continuation, let me share with you what has been accomplished with the past ED-SPLOST. • 22 new schools have been built • More than 2,300 new classrooms added • More than 550 portable classroom trailers have been eliminated. • More than 46,000 computers have been replaced • Major security and safety upgrade projects have been completed • More than 5,000 total projects completed as promised to voters ....and the best part...... the Cobb County School district is 100 percent debt free.

Prior to ED-SPLOST, such improvements were paid for by the school district with issued bonds that had to be paid back over many years with interest and resulted in property tax increases. For example, a $221 million bond issued in 1995 for school construction was paid back with an additional $92 million in interest. This ED-SPLOST program has saved taxpayers an estimated half a billion dollars in bond interest payments that we did not have to make. Please be aware that 32 percent of all Cobb County schools are more than 40 years old. We currently have 112 schools with 116,147 students enrolled. We all realize that timely maintenance and renovations today will prevent much more costly infrastructure emergency expenses in the future. This ED-SPLOST will raise an estimated $717 million for the Cobb County School District and $55 million for the Marietta City Schools. Cobb County residents enjoy a high quality of life resulting from the value created by relatively low tax rates and relatively high academic performance from local schools. What happens at Cobb schools has a direct Here is the problem: The impact on your children’s District’s operating budget is education and an indirect not sufficient to fund capital impact on our community improvements, or even and home values. regular building renovations With a sales tax, those who and repairs. Approximately do not pay property tax and/ 90 percent of the District’s or live out of the county, but operating budget, which is work and play in Cobb, will supported by state funding support our schools by paying and local property taxes, a significant portion of the goes to pay the salaries of ED-SPLOST. Estimates say teachers, administrators, 30 percent or more of the bus drivers, food server revenue comes from those employees, custodians, and who do not pay property SPLOST supporters catch passerby’s attention on day of vote. other staff. The other 10 taxes. percent pays for items such There are many highlights as textbooks and supplies, as well as utilities such as fuel, gas, with this ED-SPLOST including a new career academy for those electricity and water. State funding and local property taxes do students that may choose a different direction than college not provide for regular building maintenance or for technology and the rebuild of both Osborne and Walton High Schools. The enhancements. SPLOST money can not be used for operating Marietta City Schools will be able to pay off their remaining debt budget items and money in the operating budget can not be and become debt-free. used for capital improvements. With the passage of this ED-SPLOST, the voters said, “Yes” Let me remind you that Cobb County is one of the only for no new taxes, continued economic development, continued counties in Georgia that exempts all seniors 62 years and older community pride and good property values and for a continued from paying any school property tax. commitment to the children in our community


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summer camps

Sports Camps Walton High School Cheer Camp Dates: May 29 -31 Ages/Times: 6th - 8th grade, 9 a.m. - noon (snack time) K - 5th grade, 1 – 4 p.m.(snack and craft time) Cost: $75 Location : Walton High School ,1590 Bill Murdock Road Information: Tara Wilson or (770) 330-5673 Atlanta Swim Academy Themed Summer Swim Camps Dates: Weekly May 28th - August 9th Time: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. with extended care option available until 6 p.m. Ages: 4-12 Location: 732 Johnson Ferry Road Information: visit or call (770) 973-3120. Johnson Ferry Baptist Church Impact Cheer Camp Dates: June 3-7 Ages: 4 (by March 1) – completed 7th grade Location: Johnson Ferry Activities Center, 955 Johnson Ferry Road Rising Stars Basketball Camp Dates: June 24-28, full & half day Ages: Boys and girls 5 – 13 Location: Johnson Ferry Baptist Church Gym, 955 Johnson Ferry Road Flag Football Camp Dates: July 15-19 Ages: Rising 1st - 8th grade boys Location: Johnson Ferry Fields, 955 Johnson Ferry Road, across from Dickerson Middle School Challenger British Soccer Camp Dates: July 29 – August 2 Ages: 4-16 Location: Johnson Ferry Fields, 955 Johnson Ferry Road, across from Dickerson Middle School Information on all Johnson Ferry Baptist Sports Camps: Visit

Walton High School Walton Fun Camp Dates: June 3-6 Ages: Boys and girls 6-12 Walton Fundamental Football Camp Dates: June 17-19 Ages: 6-14 Location: Walton High School, 1590 Bill Murdock Road Information: Contact Coach Rocky Hidalgo at Rocky.Hidalgo@ YMCA Full Day Sports Camp Dates: Weekly, May 28 – August 2 Ages: 6-12 Half Day Tennis Camp Dates: Weekly, May 28 – August 2 Ages: 5-12 Location: McCleskey-East Cobb Family YMCA, 1055 East Piedmont Road for Sports and Tennis Camp. Northeast Cobb Family YMCA, 3010 Johnson Ferry Road for Sports Camp. Information: Sports Camp not available every week at Northeast Y. Visit or call (770) 977-5991 for McCleskey Y and (678) 569-9622 for the Northeast Y.

Day Camps Camp Gan Israel- Chabad of Cobb Dates: June 24 – 26 Camp Gan Izzy Ages: Rising K – 5th grade. Boys’ Sports Camps Ages: Rising 3rd – 5th grade Kiddie Camp Ages: 2–4 Dates: July 15-26 Girls Cooking Camp Ages: Rising 6th – 8th grade Location: All camps, 4450 Lower Roswell Road Information: Visit or call (770) 565-4412 YMCA Explorer Camp Dates: Weekly, May 28 – August 2 Ages: 5-8

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summer camps continued

Camp High Harbour on Lake Allatoona Dates: Weekly, May 28 – July 26 Ages: 9-13 Location: McCleskey-East Cobb Family YMCA, 1055 East Piedmont Road. Camp High Harbour campers are bused to lake from McCleskey YMCA. Information: Themes change weekly. Visit or call (770) 977-5991. Wood Acres School Camp Wood Acres Dates: Weekly, June 3 – August 2 Ages: Rising Kindergarten – 3rd grade Location: 1772 Johnson Ferry Road Information: Themes change weekly. Visit woodacresschool. org or call (770) 971-1772. Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta Camp Isidore Alterman Traditional and Specialty Camps Dates: Weekly, May 28 – August 9 Ages: Rising pre-K – 9th grade Location: Zaban Park, 5342 Tilly Mill Road, Dunwoody Information: Free bus transportation from Walton community. Visit, call (678) 812-4004 or email camps@ Johnson Ferry Baptist Church Winshape Dates: July 22-26 Ages: Rising 2nd – 7th grade Location: Johnson Ferry Baptist Church, 955 Johnson Ferry Road Information: Visit Chattahoochee Nature Center Camp Kingfisher Dates: One and two week sessions, May 28 – August 9 Ages: Rising Kindergarten – 7th grade Location: Chattahoochee Nature Center, 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell Information: Visit or call (770) 992-2055 ext. 222.

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Location: McCleskey-East Cobb Family YMCA, 1055 East Piedmont Road and Northeast Cobb Family YMCA, 3010 Johnson Ferry Road Information: Themes change weekly, camps not offered every week at Northeast Y. Visit or call (770) 977-5991 for McCleskey Y and (678) 569-9622 for the Northeast Y. Wood Acres School Camp Wood Acres Dates: Weekly, June 3 – August 2 Ages: Rising Preschool 3 – 4 year olds Location: 1772 Johnson Ferry Road Information: Themes change weekly. Visit or call (770) 971-1772.

Overnight Camps Camp Juliet Lowe Dates: One and two week sessions, June 9 – August 3 Ages: Girls 7 -17 Location: 321 Camp Juliette Low Road, Cloudland, GA 30731 (two hours north on Lookout Mountain) Information: Visit or call (770) 428-1062 or email to Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta Camp Barney Medintz Dates: Two and four week sessions, June 1 – August 1 Ages: Boys and girls 8-16 Location: 4165 Highway 129 N., Cleveland, GA 30528-2309 Information: Visit or or call (678) 812-4004. Johnson Ferry Baptist Church Camp Kulaqua Dates: July 8 – 12 Ages: Rising 4th – 6th grade Location: 23400 NW 212 Avenue, High Springs, FL 32643 Information: Visit


Bits, Bytes and Bots Dates: Weekly, June 3 – July 29 Times: Half day 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Full day 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Ages: 6 and older Locations: Various throughout Cherokee and Cobb counties Cost: Half day $125 Full day $325

Information: Creative technology camp including LEGO robotics, stop-motion animated movie making, computer animation and more. Register at or call (770) 826-0449

Special Needs Camps

Specialty Camps

Step it up— designed to enhance basic academic skills Dates: Weekly, June 10 -July 19 Ages: 5-15 Time: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Cost: $350/week

Huntington Learning Center East Cobb Fundamentals of Writing I Dates: June 10 – 13 July 15 -18 Ages: 4th — 5th graders Fundamentals of Writing II Dates: June 17 – 20 Ages: 6th – 8th graders Location: Both camps will meet at Huntington Learning Center, 4381 Roswell Road, Suite 240. Information: (770) 977-2800. Johnson Ferry Baptist Conservatory Meet the Strings Family Date: June 24-28 Time: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Ages Rising 1st grade – 5th Location: Johnson Ferry Baptist Church 955 Johnson Ferry Road Cost: $95 Information: Designed to introduce campers to members of the musical strings family. Visit or call (770) 795-3239. Act3 Arts Academy Theater Education Happily Ever After Ages: Rising Pre-K – 3rd grade Dates: June 3 – 7 Time: 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Afternoon enrichment 12:30 – 3 p.m. Location: 6285 Roswell Road Cost: $225, $395 with enrichment Information:

Greater Atlanta Speech and Language Clinics and MDE School are providing enrichment camps for children with communication disorders and developmental disabilities.

Camp Exploration— designed to incorporate social skills and language concepts Dates: Fridays, June 14- July 19 Ages: 3-5 Time: 9:30 – 11 a.m. Cost: $300 Spatial Aerobics — offer increased understanding of spatial concepts Dates: Wednesdays, June 12-July 19 Ages: 5 and older Time: 10 – 11 a.m. Cost: $250 PALS (people, adaptive, life and social skills) — assist with life and social skills Dates: July 15-19 Ages: 5 and older Time: 9 a.m. – noon Cost: $250 Information: All camps will be held at 1000 Johnson Ferry Road, Suite A100. Call (770) 977-9457 or visit www.

The Little Mermaid JR Date: July 8- August 1 Ages: 4th – 12th grade Cost: $330 Information: Audition April 25 for three week musical theater intensive workshop with performances July 26-28 and August 2-4. Visit

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School & Sports

Make an Academic Spring and Summer Break Plan by Claudia Aguirre with C2 Education, East Cobb

RAISING MONEY-WISE KIDS: Family Fun and Learning During “Screen-Free Week” by Lisa Malice, Ph.D.

While planning your list of activities during spring and summer break, be sure to leave some time open for opportunities that will get you ahead for high school and college. There are five ways to use your school breaks effectively: college visits, scholarship applications, internships, volunteer work and studying. If you will be going on vacation in another city, visit the local Claudia Aguirre has been colleges in the area. You don’t an education specialist and director at C2 Education in have to be a senior to make East Cobb for the past four appointments to visit colleges; years. You may contact her even freshman should start regarding ideas for future doing research. Expose yourself articles at eastcobb@ to different campuses, and you will soon find that each college has its own unique campus life and culture. Note: many colleges such as Georgia Tech keep track of how often students visit their campus. This can be considered an indication of interest, which can be an asset to your application. If you already have an idea of the degree that you will be pursuing in college, breaks offer prime time to do an internship. Realistically, this will probably not be a paid internship, but the experience will be useful and it will build your high school resume. Keep in mind that colleges do look at your extracurricular activities and summer programs. Their hope is to see that students are using their free time constructively. If you will be interested in scholarships for college, now is the perfect time to browse websites such as Use the break to work on the applications and essays. The last thing you want is to run out of time or miss the deadlines. School breaks are the perfect time to begin a short-term volunteer project. Whether you join an organization and volunteer abroad or start your own community project, make sure you keep a log of the community service hours. It is recommended that the average high school student participate in 100–200 hours of service outside of school. Last but not least, utilize this time to study. If you are struggling with classes, you should study and catch up; if you are taking a rigorous curriculum, you can preview material. There are also AP exams to get ready for as well as SAT’s and ACT’s.

Family time during the last few decades has steadily decreased for a lot of reasons, but for most people, finding extra time for meaningful family activities is as simple as pressing the “off” button on all electronic media. Turn off the TV, stop texting, shut off the computers, tablets, and iPads and unplug your family during “Screen-Free Week” (formerly known as “Turn Off TV Week”) April 29 - May 5. Use Lisa Malice earned her some of the free time you’ll have Ph.D. in Organizational Psychology from Georgia to play some old-fashioned board Tech. She served as a PTA games with your kids that can leader at the local and help them better understand state levels for ten years. personal finance. She lives in the Indian The Allowance Game ($24.99) Hills subdivision with her husband and two children. and Money Bags ($16.74): These Contact her at lisa@ games, available at, are perfect for younger kids just learning the basics of earning money through doing household chores, making decisions to save or spend and practicing money changing skills. Life: The classic game of personal finance! Your goal in Life is to choose a career, raise a family, avoid unexpected financial setbacks and earn bonuses for doing good deeds and helping your community. You win by retiring with the most money. The classic board game sells for $13.99 at Target; save the Zapped Edition ($24.99), which uses an iPad app to play, for after Screen-Free Week. Pay Day: Another classic game, the Pay Day board is set up as one calendar month with the challenge to get through the month to payday while wisely managing financial bonuses (e.g., lottery win) and pitfalls (e.g., unexpected bills). Play as many months as you like, and whoever has the most money at the end wins the game. (Toys R Us, $15.99) Budget: Before each trip around the game board, players plan a budget and receive $2,000. Real-life economics await players as they buy a home, pay insurance costs, make investments, and otherwise manage their money. Players collect a bonus on payday for being on-budget. (, $26.99) Thrive Time: This game teaches teens financial and business decisions relative to starting, growing, and selling part-time student businesses. Teens “thrive” when they make good decisions. (, $29.95) continued on page 63


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School & Sports News Dodgen Robotics and Mt. Bethel Elementary Girl Scouts

WHS Star Students and Teachers Honored

The Dodgen Middle School robotics team met with Mt. Bethel Elementary Girl Scout Junior troops 7810 and 2045 to promote STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) studies. Their goal was to introduce the scouts to robotics and show them some fun ways that science and math can be incorporated into their everyday lives. The team demonstrated one of its robots, showed a video describing First Robotics, and then worked with the girls on creating “hexahexaflexagons,” which are hexagons that can fold in on themselves and then open up a new side.

The Kiwanis Club of Metropolitan Marietta recognized many of Cobb County’s top performing students during its 46th annual STAR Student and Teacher banquet. The club honored a student from each public and private high school in Cobb for having the highest SAT score achieved on any single date. STAR students must also be among the top 10 percent or top 10 students in their class based on grade point average. Three CCSD schools – Allatoona, Pope, and Walton – were among five with ties for STAR student. Each STAR student also selected a STAR teacher who inspired them during their high school experience to attend the banquet and be recognized alongside them. WHS had two STAR students, Catherine Niu and Alex Wu. Catherine chose former WHS English teacher Kelly Bryan as her STAR Teacher and Alex chose WHS Science teacher Dr. Tina Link as his STAR Teacher. Catherine and Alex were chosen as regional STAR Students and received $500 cash awards and will advance to the State level STAR student selection.

Junior Girl Scout troops 7810 and 2045 and Dodgen Ninjas, front row (from left): Jillian Bolgla, Lindsey Papst, Amanda Erno, Katie Valley, Megan Woody, and Jace Hoffman. Second row: Sydney Kiser, Olivia Slack, Lucy Lansdowne, Adrienne Bradley, Abby Priest and Sophie Lieth. Third row: Ariel Goldt, Grace Bunke, Mara Bosnak and Hannah Bowen. Fourth row: Alex Vitales, Chloe Carlson, Christian Kolowich and Nicholas Hong. Sixth row: Madelyn Willis, Will Sanford and Alex Hatch.

DMS Student Wins Spelling Bee Dickerson Middle School (DMS) student Jules McNeice won the District 2 Spelling Bee after advancing with a win at the Cobb County Spelling Bee. Jules qualified to participate in the county bee after finishing in first place at the DMS spelling bee. The win at the District bee earned Jules a spot in the State Spelling Bee. Jules has been a great speller for quite a number of years. She came in second in last year’s DMS spelling bee and four years ago, at age eight, she placed third in the District bee.

STAR teacher Kelly Bryan, WHS Counselor Anne Carlson, Kiwanis Club Member, STAR student Catherine T. Niu, STAR student Alex Wu, STAR teacher Dr. Tina Link, WHS Princial Judy McNeil, and WHS Counselor Christine Wise.

Kindergarten Celebrates 100th Day of School To celebrate the 100th day of school, kindergarten classes from Mt. Bethel Elementary set a goal of collecting 100 cans each to donate to MUST Ministries. More than 550 cans were collected. The students also used this activity to practice several math lessons that included adding, sorting, counting and problem solving. The students could not wait each morning to add their totals up for the day. This was a great way to learn and give back to the community.

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School & Sports

MBCA Choir Receives Superior Ratings Mt. Bethel Christian Academy’s (MBCA) fourth and fifth grade Eagle Choir received Superior Ratings in all areas of adjudication for the Georgia Music Educators Association District XII Large Group Performance Evaluation. The 30-member choir was judged on tone, pitch, rhythm, ensemble, diction, interpretation and appearance. The students performed two songs: “Kyrie Eleison,” sung in Greek, by Sonja Poorman and a spiritual, “Marchin’ With the Saints,” by Greg Gilpin. “I am proud of the students’ hard work and their commitment to the choir,” said Karen Poe, MBCA’s Lower School Music Director. “The students practiced after school in preparation for their performance evaluation.” This is the sixth year that the MBCA choir has earned Superior ratings under the direction of Karen Poe.

Timber Ridge ES Goes Readioactive Timber Ridge Elementary School became a “Readioactive Laboratory” where an experiment was conducted to determine what grade level could create the greatest chain reaction of reading in one month’s time. Reading time of every student and faculty member were recorded in 15 – 30 minute increments on chain reaction slips. The chain reaction slips were then turned into giant chains decorating the school and representing the many thousands of minutes read celebrating the power, knowledge and food for the brain that comes from reading.

Walton and Lassiter Chorus Performs with ASO A very special concert was held showcasing the talents of the joint chorus of Walton High School (WHS) and Lassiter High School (LHS) with musical accompaniment by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO). The concert was conducted by Dr. Jana Williams, Director of WHS Chorus, Brian Williams, Director of LHS Chorus and Jere Flint, the Conductor of the ASO. The concert was performed in the Lassiter Concert Hall. Photos by Marietta Dr. Jana Williams, Director of Daily Journal Staff Emily Barnes. WHS Chorus Mr. Brian Williams conducts Atlanta Symphony Musicians with Walton and Lassiter Joint Chorus.


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Fullers Park Improvements Fullers Park in East Cobb received some safety improvements from SPLOST dollars. Existing cross tie walls that have deteriorated and fallen were removed and replaced with new segmented block walls.

The Future of Educational Funding by Scott Sweeney

What does renewal of the special purpose local option sales tax for education (Ed-SPLOST) mean for the Around Walton community? Most importantly, funding for school district capital expenditures will be continued. In addition to a new facility, theater and gymnasium at Walton High School, major projects will be funded at various schools within the community and throughout Cobb County. It also Scott Sweeney is Chairman means that the Cobb district will of the Cobb County Board of Education and represents rely less on its operation budget Post 6. Scott may be for capital expenditures. contacted at ssweeney. Since 2008, the Cobb district boardmember@cobbk12. has added more than 900,000 org or (678) 646-2470. For square feet of building space more information, visit largely due to Ed-SPLOST funding. Older, costly-to-maintain facilities have been replaced or renovated. New facilities have been added. The district had more than 475 portable classrooms at the end of the 2007 school year and expects to have fewer than 90 by fall. The “Operations and Maintenance of Plant” category from the General Fund shows expenses incurred in keeping the physical buildings open, comfortable and safe for use and keeping the grounds, buildings, and equipment in effective working condition. While building space has increased since 2008 by 5.96 percent, the General Fund Operations and Maintenance of Plant expense has actually decreased by $450,000 and fallen by 6.34 percent on a per square foot basis. You may have read or heard by now that the Cobb school district’s projected budget deficit is more than $86 million. School districts incur significant annual expenditures for items such as buses, textbooks, technology, printers and copiers, and new heating/air-conditioning units. For the Cobb school district, annual expenditures may be $20 to $50 million for these items. Without an independent capital funding source such as Ed-SPLOST, these expenditures would be paid

from the district’s operating budget. The projected 2013–2014 school year budget shortfall would likely have grown to more than $100 to $130 million, leaving even less funds available for employee salaries. The result would be fewer teachers, more students per classroom and more furlough days than already forecast. The future of educational funding within Cobb will continue to be very challenging. Until there is robust economic growth, continued state austerity cuts should be expected. Since 2003, these measures have cost the district more than $430 million in revenue. The cut for the current school year alone is $72 million or 90 percent of the projected $86 million budget shortfall. Expect increased expenses for health care and other benefits, leaving even fewer dollars for the delivery of curriculum and instruction. Modest home value increases will be the trend, meaning it will be several years for the county’s tax digest to return to peak values. While I’m very happy Ed-SPLOST passed and extremely thankful for this community’s powerful support, I remain very concerned about the future of education funding. I encourage you to become very involved in this discussion within your community and with recognized community leaders.

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WHS Drama Presents Annie Get Your Gun Members of the Walton High School (WHS) Drama program recently presented the musical Annie Get Your Gun to the community. Annie Get Your Gun is a fictionalized account of the life of Annie Oakley, a sharpshooter who starred in Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show and her romance with fellow sharpshooter Frank Butler. The show features music and lyrics written by Irving Berlin and is based on a book by the brother/sister team of Herbert and Dorothy Fields. According to Dori Hicks, copresident of Walton Drama Booster Club, “The show was a labor of love for the WHS students that included 34 cast members

and 23 crew members, 2 faculty directors, 1 faculty costumer, many Booster Club members and parent volunteers. The entire cast/crew and directors would like to thank the community for supporting the show.” The show has been nominated for The Shuler Awards, which are awards for High School Musical Theater, in five areas. Nominations are in Costumes, Lighting, Tech Execution, Choreography and Music Direction. Honorable Mentions for Lead Actress, Kalli Hicks and Scenic Design were also given to WHS’s Annie Get Your Gun. Congratulations and good luck at the Shuler Awards.

Left: Cullen Lilley as Frank Butler, Kalli Hicks as Annie Oakley and Cast.

Kalli Hicks as Annie Oakley.

Below: Kalli Hicks as Annie Oakley and Cullen Lilley as Frank Butler.

Above: Annie with her sisters and brother. Left to right: Kalli Hicks as Annie Oakley, Caroline Cavitt as Jessie, Aliya Kraar as Nellie, and Seth Robbins as Little Jake. Right: Left to right: Reed Plumb as Buffalo Bill Cody, Kalli Hicks as Annie Oakley, Luke Henderson as Charlie Davenport, and Cullen Lilley as Frank Butler. 50

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Above: Katie Hollenshead as Winnie Tate and Reed Plumb as Buffalo Bill Cody.

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Walton Robotics Team Heads to World Championships By Olivia Malice

The Walton Robotics Team earned its third straight invitation to the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics World Championship Tournament April 24 – 27 in St. Louis by winning the prestigious Chairman’s Award at the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) Peachtree Regional Tournament. The award recognizes the Walton High School team as a model team Olivia Malice is a senior for its local, regional and global at Walton High School, and a member of the community outreach efforts to robotics team, Team inspire respect and recognition of WALT. Olivia serves as the Science, Technology, Engineering Communications Director and Math (STEM) as well as and the team photographer. encouraging youth to see STEM as Visit for more information or to fun, rewarding and as a pathway contact Team WALT. to a bright future. “We expanded our reach into the community each year with robotics demonstrations, LEGO robotics tournaments and summer camps, and our own world-travelling robot version of Flat Stanley – ‘Flat Walt,’” noted senior Alyx Falis, Executive Director, who was also honored with the Dean’s List Award for her contributions to her team over the last four years. “This year we took our efforts to a whole new level with programs like Destination Einstein and Girls FIRST, both of which foster learning, cooperation and collaboration between teams at every level of FIRST to help every team and every student excel.” Chairman’s Award judges were impressed by the team’s ability to drive culture change in its own community. “We’re pretty popular with the elementary school crowd. The youngest kids love cheering us on in the East Cobber Parade and really have

fun when we bring our robots to their schools,” commented Stephanie Niu, Community Outreach Director. “But we really captured the enthusiasm and respect of our own high school this year. Whenever our robots performed at a Walton school event, like a football game or pep rally, the crowd would end up chanting, ‘Robotics! Robotics!’ It’s finally cool to be a nerd.” The Peachtree Regional Tournament was held March 15–16 at Gwinnett Center in Duluth and drew 60 high school level robotics teams from Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas to play a robotic version of Ultimate Frisbee and climb a pyramid-shaped ladder. The team finished the qualifying rounds as the sixth seeded team with a 7-2 record and the second highest points total. It finished the tournament in fifth place. “The robot had almost no mechanical issues throughout the competition, and I think it’s safe to say that this robot has shown itself to be the best one we’ve built yet,” said Chief Engineer Gil Goldshlager. The team traveled to the Washington, DC Regional Tournament, competing against teams from Brazil, Israel, the District and eight other U.S. states before heading to St. Louis in April for the FIRST World Championships, where they will be among nearly 400 FRC teams from all across the globe vying for top honors, including the Chairman’s Award and the World Championship competition trophy.

Above: The Walton High School Robotics team, designated as FIRST Robotics team 2974 for competitions, won the Chairman’s Award at the Peachtree Regional competition held recently in Duluth, which qualifies the team for the world championship tournament in St. Louis. Left: Team WALT’s Robot for the 2013 competition season

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The Return of Jesus - False Teachings? by bryant wright

Bryant Wright is the Senior Pastor of Johnson Ferry Baptist Church and the founder and chairman of Right from the Heart Ministries. He is the past President of the Southern Baptist Convention. He can be reached at (770) 9736561 ext. 2962.


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But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will also be false teachers among you, who will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing swift destruction upon themselves. Many will follow their sensuality, and because of them the way of the truth will be maligned; and in their greed they will exploit you with false words; their judgment from long ago is not idle, and their destruction is not asleep. —2 Peter 2:1 Jesus tells us that one of the “signs” His coming is near is an increase in false prophets. That is surely true in our day. It was interesting that in 2005, Lifeway published an article on the

explosive growth of cults in the United States, and they said this: “The growth of cults and new religions is exploding across our nation with an estimate today of up to 3,000 cults active in the United States involving nearly 20 million people in America.” We hear about the “Health and Wealth Gospel” or “Prosperity Theology,” and the thousands of preachers saying you give to God in order to get. It really should be called “The Gospel of Greed.” Or if you really pray hard enough, God will heal your disease. Give money to this or that ministry and you’ll get rich. It’s this false idea that God won’t let you suffer and wants you to be rich. That is heresy. That is a false teaching that has permeated the church. It’s taking a certain passage of scripture and building your whole life around it, while ignoring other passages that give us the full picture of God’s truth. Other false prophets say that there are no absolute truths; that Christ is just a man; that the Bible is not true and always trustworthy. We shouldn’t be surprised about this. Jesus and God’s Word tells us to expect it. So, how can you keep from being deceived by a false prophet or leader? The key is in knowing Jesus and His Word. Then ask these questions: continued on page 63

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WALTON AREA COMMUNITY OF FAITH Anglican The Church of Our Redeemer 2625 Canton Road (770) 421-1928 Rector: Fr. James Danford

Apostolic Northside Apostolic Church 2115 Northfield Court, (770) 975-3001

Baha’i Faith Baha’i Faith of Marietta 2601 Sandy Plains Road, (770) 509-0070


Mt. Arbor Baptist Church 2235 Morgan Road, NE, (770) 971-9339

Christian and Missionary Alliance

New Life Baptist Church 4010 Canton Road, (770) 592-6880 Pastor: Roger Brink

Marietta Alliance Church 1787 E. Piedmont Road, (770) 973-2189 Pastor: David Hayes

New Providence Baptist Church 3740 Providence Road, (770) 971-3519 Pastor: Dr. Hugh Johnson

Christian Science

Northside Primitive Baptist Church 5265 Roswell Road, (678)481-2793 Pastor: Jason Solomon

Church of Christ

Bible Baptist Church 2025 Eula Drive, NE, (770) 592-2660 Pastor: D.L. Cooper

Piedmont Baptist Church 570 Piedmont Road, Marietta, (770) 422-2566

Chattahoochee Baptist Church 375 Johnson Ferry Road, (770) 977-2058 Pastor: Rick Shoup

Sandy Plains Baptist Church 2825 Sandy Plains Road, (770) 971-8525 Pastor: Dr. Alvin Southerland

Cornerstone Baptist Church 1506 Sawyer Road, (770) 422-3579 Pastor: Carl George Crossview Baptist Church 1100 Piedmont Road, (770) 973-0063 Pastor: John E. Johnson East Cobb Baptist Church 1940 Shallowford Road, (770) 928-2233 Pastor: David York Eastside Baptist Church 2450 Lower Roswell Road, (770) 971-2323 Pastor: Dr. David H. Chauncey Eastwood Baptist Church 1150 Allgood Road, (770) 973-9011 Pastor: Mike Hatton Elizabeth Baptist Church 315 Kurtz Road, (770) 427-3325 Pastor: Steve Echols Galilee Baptist Church 2050 Bentley Lake Road, (770) 422-6487 Holt Road Baptist Church 675 Holt Road, NE, (770) 971-3052 Johnson Ferry Baptist Church 955 Johnson Ferry Road, (770) 973-6561 Pastor: Bryant Wright Liberty Hill Baptist Church 1053 Liberty Hill Road, NE, (770) 422-1406 Pastor: Amos Williams


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Sewell Mill Baptist Church 2550 Sewell Mill Road, (770) 971-3746 Pastor: David Watson Shady Grove Baptist Church 1654 Bells Ferry Road, (770) 428-0216 Shallowford Free Will Baptist 1686 Shallowford Road, (770) 926-1163 Pastor: Len Blanchard


Holy Family Catholic Church 3401 Lower Roswell Road, (770) 973-0038 Pastor: Darragh Griffith St. Ann’s Catholic Church 4905 Roswell Road, (770) 552-6400 Pastor: Tom Rielly Transfiguration Catholic Church 1815 Blackwell Road, (770) 977-1442 Pastor: Monsignor Patrick Bishop


Atlanta Chinese Christian Church Northwest 1837 Bill Murdock Road, (770) 971-1837 Pastor: Rev. Christopher Pu Chestnut Ridge Christian Church 2663 Johnson Ferry Road, (770) 971-8888 Pastor: Byron Wells Walking By Faith Christian 1821 Kinridge Road, (678) 560-1144

Christian Science Churches & Reading Rooms 2641 Old Sewell Road, (770) 565-7271

Church of Christ-Piedmont Road 1630 Piedmont Road, (770) 971-9933 Minister: Neil Richey East Cobb Church of Christ 5240 Roswell Road, (770) 587-5888 Pastor: Ray Hawkins Emmanuel Tabernacle Christ Church 2692 Sandy Plains Road, #A32, (770) 422-3268 Pastor: Dwight Graves North River Church of Christ 320 Austin Avenue, (770) 792-8133

Church of God Church of God of Prophecy 3393 Canton Road, (770) 427-5923 First Church of God 592 Shannon Drive, (770) 461-1925 Mount Paran North 1700 Allgood Road, (770) 578-9081 Town Center Church of God 1040 Blackwell Road, (770) 424-4004

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints 3195 Trickum Road, NE, (770) 509-9074 Pastor: Bishop Ho Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints — Paper Mill Ward, 95 Holt Road, (770) 578-8734

Community Churches Cobb Community Church at Highlands 4649 Sandy Plains Road, (770) 992-3330 Pastor: Alan Daniels Shallowford Falls Community Church 3662 Shallowford Road, (770) 565-7468 Pastor: David White

Vineyard Community Church 2692 Sandy Plains Road, #A25, (770) 565-1505 Pastor: Tommy Papevies


Holy Trinity Lutheran Church 2922 Sandy Plains Road, (770) 971-4600 Pastor: Ronald Grunke

Restoration Life Church 2692 Sandy Plains Road, (770) 509-1481 Pastor: Ken Kessler

Episcopal Church of St. Peter & St. Paul 1795 Johnson Ferry Road, (770) 977-7473 Rector: The Rev. Dr. Robert G. Certain

Lutheran Church of Incarnation 1200 Indian Hills Parkway, (770) 971-2738 Pastor: Rev. Jerry Reynolds

Episcopal Church-Annunciation 1673 Jamerson Road, (770) 928-7916 Rev. Paul McCabe

Lutheran Church of Resurrection 4814 Paper Mill Road, (770) 953-3193

St. Elizabeth Orthodox Church 2263 East Cherokee Drive, (770) 485-0504 Priest Frederick Watson



East Cobb United Methodist 2325 Roswell Road, (770) 971-3643 Pastor: Brian Germano

Christ Presbyterian Church 495 Terrell Mill Road, (770) 956-7572 Pastor: Legree Finch

Holy Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church 3431 Trickum Road, NE, (770) 924-8080 Rev. Father Panayiotis Papageorgiou

Mount Bethel United Methodist Church 4385 Lower Roswell Road, (770) 971-2880

Jehovah’s Witness

Mountain View United Methodist 2300 Jamerson Road, (770) 928-0050 Pastor: Bill Burch

East Cobb Presbyterian 4616 Roswell Road, (770) 973-4114 Pastor: Richard Holmes

St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church 571 Holt Road, NE, (770) 971-2839 Rev. Jim Nixon

Greek Orthodox

Jehovah’s Witness 2065 Bells Ferry Road, (770) 427-1881 Pastor: Hope Torkornoo

Jewish Chabad of East Cobb 4450 Lower Roswell Road, (770) 565-4412 Congregation Etz Chaim 1190 Indian Hills Pkwy, (770) 973-0137 Rabbis Shalom Lewis and Paul Kerbel Temple Kol Emeth 1415 Old Canton Road, (770) 973-9205 Rabbi: Stephen Lebow

Korean Bethany Korean Presbyterian Multi-cultural (Korean, Brazilian and American) 4644 Sandy Plains Road, (770) 643-1459 Pastor: Byeongho Choi Korean Covenant Presbyterian 2100 Sandy Plains Road, (770) 565-4777 Pastor: Paul Sim Korean United Methodist Church 945 Old Canton Road, (770) 321-0020

Lutheran Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church 2240 Shallowford Road, (770) 928-7919 Pastor: John Guse Faith Lutheran Church 2111 Lower Roswell Road, (770) 973-8877 Pastor: Carl Schneidert

Mt. Zion United Methodist Church 1770 Johnson Ferry Road, (770) 971-1465 Pastor: Dr. Joe Peabody Powers Ferry United Methodist Church 245 Powers Ferry Road, (770) 973-5271 Pastor: Jane Nugent Sacred Tapestry UMC 3000 Johnson Ferry Road, (770) 605-5083 St. Andrew United Methodist Church 3455 Canton Road, (770) 926-4961 St. Paul United Methodist Church 244 Kurtz Road, (770) 422-1089 Pastor: Dana Overton-Garrett Wesley Chapel United Methodist 4495 Sandy Plains Road, (770) 993-4919 Pastor: Jimmy Hood

Non-Denominational Marietta Vineyard Church The New Market Center, 2060 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta, (770) 977-9496 Pastor: Ron Wallace North Atlanta Church 2800 Johnson Ferry Road, (770) 518-0303

Overcomers World Church 2300 Shallowford Road, (770) 924-0607 Pastors: Allison and Isaac Crawford


Eastminster Presbyterian Church 3125 Sewell Mill Road, (770) 977-2976 Pastor: Dr. Tim McConnell Geneva Orthodox Presbyterian 3605 Sandy Plains Road #240-161, (404) 786-9815 Pastor: John Fesko Hope Presbyterian Church 4101 Sandy Plains Road, (770) 971-4673 Pastor: Martin Hawley John Knox Presbyterian Church 505 Powers Ferry Road, (770) 973-5050 Pastor: Fritz Bogar Ray-Thomas Memorial Presbyterian Church 4644 Sandy Plains Road, (770) 998-9321 Pastor: Carrie Scott

Unitarian Universalist Emerson Unitarian Universalist 2799 Holly Springs Road, NE, (770) 578-1533 Pastor: Rev. Jeff Jones

United Church of Christ Pilgrimage Church UCC 3755 Sandy Plains Road, (770) 971-0007 Pastor: Kimberleigh Buchanan

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SCHOOL INFORMATION Elementary Schools East Side Elementary School 3850 Roswell Road, Marietta, GA 30062 (770) 578-7200 Principal: Elizabeth Mavity Mount Bethel Elementary School 1210 Johnson Ferry Road, Marietta, GA 30068 (770) 578-7248 Principal: Joan Johnson Murdock Elementary School 2320 Murdock Road, Marietta, GA 30062 (770) 509-5071 Principal: Cynthia Hanauer Sope Creek Elementary School 3320 Paper Mill Road SE, Marietta, GA 30067 (770) 916-7085 Principal: Martha Whalen Timber Ridge Elementary School 5000 Timber Ridge Road, Marietta, GA 30068 (770) 642-5621 Principal: Dr. Tracie Doe

Middle Schools Dickerson Middle School 855 Woodlawn Drive, Marietta, GA 30068 (770) 578-2710 Principal: Dr. Carole Brink Dodgen Middle School 1725 Bill Murdock Road, Marietta, GA 30062 (770) 578-2726 Principal: Robin Lattizori

High School Walton High School 1590 Bill Murdock Road, Marietta, GA 30062 (770) 578-3225 Principal: Judy McNeill

School Websites: School District Website Pinnacle Picasso Meal Pay 56

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Private Schools East Cobb Christian School At East Cobb Presbyterian Church 4616 Roswell Road, Marietta, GA 30062 (770) 565-0881, Grades: K — 8 Principal: Teresa Staley Eastside Christian School 2450 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta, GA 30068 (770) 971-2332, Grades: K – 8 Head of School: Judy Cripps Faith Lutheran School 2111 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta, GA 30068 (770) 973-8921, Grades: Pre-K – 8 Principal: Jack Hibbs Mt. Bethel Christian Academy 4385 Lower Roswell Road Marietta, GA 30068 (770) 971-0245, Grades: K – 8 Head of School: Jim Callis Lower School Principal: Vivian Lovett Middle School Principal: Jack Grimm

2012-2013 School Calendar at-a-Glance April 22-May 1 CRCT (Criterion-Referenced Competenct Testing) for 3rd8th grades May 23 – 25 High School Graduations May 23 Last Day of School May 24 Walton High School Graduation at KSU Convocation Center June 4 Report Cards Elementary & Middle Schools

Omega Private Academy 2960 Shallowford Road, Marietta, GA 30066 (770) 529-1717, Grades K – 12, Certified Teachers, SACS Accredited/GSNS Approved Director: Kathy Keeton Shreiner Academy 1340 Terrell Mill Road, Marietta, GA 30067 (770) 953-1340, Grades: Toddler – 8 Director: Sarah Walker Woodacres School 1772 Johnson Ferry Road , Marietta, GA 30062 (770) 971-1880, Grades: Pre-K – 8 Head of School: Judy T. Thigpen

ELECTED & APPOINTED OFFICIALS United States Government: President Barack Obama (D) 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue Washington, D.C. 20500 Website:

(202) 456-1414 fax: (202) 456-2461

Senator Saxby Chambliss (R) 100 Galleria Parkway, Suite 1340 Atlanta, GA 30339 Website:

(202) 224-3521 GA: (770) 763-9090 fax: (770) 226-8633

Senator Johnny Isakson (R) 1 Overton Park, Suite 970 3625 Cumberland Blvd, Atlanta, GA 30339 Website:

(202) 224-3643 GA: (770) 661-0999 fax: (770) 661-0768

Rep. Tom Price (R), District 6 (202) 255-4501 85-C Mill Street, Ste 300, Roswell, GA 30075 GA: (770) 565-4990 Website: fax: (770) 565-7570 e-mail: Rep. Phil Gingrey (R), District 11 219 Roswell Street Marietta, GA 30060 Website: e-mail:

(202) 225-2931 GA: (770) 429-1776 fax: (770) 795-9551

State Government: Governor Nathan Deal (R) 203 State Capitol Atlanta, GA 30334

(404) 656-1776 fax: (404) 657-7332

Director of Juvenile Court Services Michele Marchant-Wellmon

(770) 528-2290 fax: (770) 528-2214

Solicitor General, Barry E. Morgan

(770) 528-8500 fax: (770) 528-8578

District Attorney, Vic Reynolds (R)

(770) 528-3080 fax: (770) 528-3030

Cobb County Coroner Brian Frist (770) 528-2200 150 North Marietta Pkwy, Marietta, GA 30060 Cobb County Board of Commissioners 100 Cherokee Street Marietta, GA 30090

(770) 528-3300 fax: (770) 528-2606

Commissioners: Tim Lee, Chairman

(770) 528-3305

Helen Goreham, District 1

(770) 528-3313

(770) 528-3316

Bob Ott, District 2

JoAnn Birrell, District 3

(770) 528-3317

Lisa Cupid, District 4

(770) 528-3312

Cobb County Tax Commissioner Gail Downing

(770) 528-8600

Senator Judson Hill (R), District 32

(770) 565-0024

Rep. Sharon Cooper (R), District 43

(770) 956-8357

Rep. Don L. Parsons (R), District 44

(770) 977-4426

Rep. Matt Dollar (R), District 45

(404) 656-0254

Cobb County School System Superintendent, Dr. Michael Hinojosa 514 Glover Street, Marietta, GA 30060 (770) 426-3453 fax: (678) 594-8559

Superior Court Judge Reuben Green

(770) 528-1800

Board of Education Kathleen Angelucci, Post 4

Magistrate Court Chief Judge Frank R. Cox

(770) 528-8900

David Banks, Post 5

Probate Court Chief Judge Kelli Wolk

(770) 528-1900

Scott Sweeney, Post 6

Juvenile Court Presiding Judge James Whitfield

(770) 528-2220

County Government:

Cobb County Sheriff’s Office Sheriff Neil Warren 185 Roswell Street, Marietta, GA 30060

City of Marietta:

Mayor Steve Tumlin

(770) 499-4600

(770) 794-5501

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WALTON AREA CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS Business Organizations APICS, The Association for Operations Management Meeting: 3rd Tuesday for 5:30 p.m. networking; 6:15 - 8 p.m. dinner & speaker Location: Villa Christina, 4000 Summit Blvd, Atlanta Contact: or programs@ East Cobb Business Association Meeting: 3rd Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. Contact: Susan Hampton, (404) 218-6216 East Cobb Open Networking A referral network for professionals Meeting: Fridays at 7:30 a.m. Location: Capozzi’s NY Deli, 4285 Roswell Road Contact: Tim Langley, (770) 289-9711 East Cobb PowerCore Team Meeting: Thursdays at 7 a.m. Location: IHOP, 3130 Johnson Ferry Road Contact: (404) 816-3377 Northeast Cobb Business Association Meeting: Third Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. Location: Piedmont Church, 570 Piedmont Road Contact: or (678) 229-2893

Cobb County WWII Veterans Meeting: 2nd Tuesday at 1 p.m. Location: Windy Hill Senior Center East Cobb AARP Meeting: 1st Thursday at 1:30 p.m. Location: East Cobb Senior Center 3332 Sandy Plains Road East Cobb Civic Association, Inc. Meeting: Last Wednesday at 7 p.m. Location: See website for location. Contact: Jill Flamm, President East Cobb Civitans Meeting: 2nd and 4th Thursdays at 12 noon Location: Old Towne Athletic Club, Marietta Contact: Mary Karras, (770) 422-6485 East Cobb Community Friends for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Meeting: 3rd Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. Contact: Suzanne Strickland, (770) 992-2882 East Cobb Lions Club Meeting: 2nd and 4th Tuesdays at 7 p.m. Location: Eastside Baptist Church 2450 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta Contact: Susan Hampton, (404) 218-6216

Y Business Network Y membership not required. Meeting: Every other Friday, 7:30-8:45 a.m. Location: Northeast Cobb Y, 3010 Johnson Ferry Road Contact: Rosemary Macmillan, (678) 569-9622

East Cobb Optimist Clubs Meeting: Mondays at 7 p.m. Location: Shillings on the Square 19 N. Park Square NE, Marietta Contact: Jim David, (404) 683-0196

Charitable Organizations

Kiwanis Club of East Cobb Meetings: Wednesdays at 7 p.m. Location: Paradise South of the Border 3605 Sandy Plains Rd. Contact: Johnny Johnson, (770) 977-2026

Aloha To Aging, Inc. Support Programs for Seniors and their families. Contact: Dawn Reed, (678) 439-1177 Animals Deserve Better, Inc. Animal rescue and adoptions Contact: Kimberly Brenowitz, (770) 402-0297 Boys and Girls Clubs Contact: (770) 427-0418 Foundation for Hospital Art Contact: Scott Feight (678) 324-1695 Meals on Wheels Contact: Shelia Perkins, (770) 528-5381 MUST Ministries Contact: (770) 426-7667 SafePath Children’s Advocacy Center, Inc. Contact: Elizabeth Underwood (770) 801-3465

Civic Organizations American Legion Post 29 Meeting: 2nd and 4th Wednesday and Saturday at 11 a.m.. Location: 921 Gresham Ave. NE. Contact: (770) 427-5900 Cobb American Association of University Women Meeting: 2nd Tuesday at 7 p.m. Contact:


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Kiwanis Club of Marietta — Golden K Meetings: Thursdays at 10 a.m. Location: East Cobb Senior Center 3332 Sandy Plains Rd. Contact: Joe Van Horn, Sr., (770) 428-3419 League of Women Voters of Marietta-Cobb Meeting : 2nd Monday Location: Various Contact: or Elizabeth at (770) 592-0625 President’s Club Toastmasters Meeting: 1st, 3rd, and 5th Wednesdays at 7 p.m. Location: East Cobb Government Services Building, 4400 Lower Roswell Road Contact: Judi Rogers, Rotary Club of East Cobb Meeting: Wednesdays at 7 — 8 a.m. Location: Indian Hills Country Club Contact: (770) 971-2605 VFW Post 2681 Location: 140 Powers Ferry Road Contact: (770) 977-2088

Political Organizations Cobb County Democratic Party Committee Meeting: 2nd Saturday at 9 a.m. Location: Piccadilly Cafeteria, 536 Cobb Parkway Contact: (770) 420-7133 Cobb Democratic Women Meeting: 2nd Thursday at 6 p.m. Contact: Beverly McMurry, (770) 426-6916 Cobb Young Democrats Meeting: Wednesdays at 12 noon Contact: Cobb County Libertarian Party Meeting: 1st Thursday at 7:30 p.m. Location: Council Chamber Marietta City Hall Contact: Ted Skirvin, (770) 795-1331 Cobb County Republican Party Meeting: 1st Saturday at 8:30 a.m. Location: Williamson Bros. BBQ, Marietta Contact: Billy Dendy, (770) 272-0458, Cobb County Republican Women Meeting: 4th Friday at 11:30 a.m. Location: Marietta Conference Center 500 Powder Springs Street Contact: (770) 785-2522, East Cobb Democratic Alliance Meeting: 3rd Thursday at 7 p.m. Location: Delkwood Grill, 2769 Delk Rd. Contact: Tom Barksdale (770) 592-9424

Recreation and Hobbies American Needlepoint Guild Meeting: 2nd Tuesday at 6:45 p.m. Location: Mountainview Library, 3320 Sandy Plains Road Contact: Penny Boswinkle, (770) 394-0065 Bridge Club Meeting: Mon. – Fri. 10:30 a.m., Mon. – Sat. 7:30 p.m. Location: 1089 Roswell Road Contact: (770) 973-7717 Cobb Alley Cats People who help stray cats Contact: Sue Verner, (770) 436-6758 Cobb County Special Olympics Contact: (770) 819-3223 Cobb County Stamp Club Meeting: 2nd and 4th Sundays at 1:30 p.m. If new to club, call contact below. Location: Atlanta Ballet Studio, 2000 Powers Ferry Rd. Contact: C. Rejent, (770) 330-0790 Dog Hikers of Georgia Meeting: Sundays at 10 a.m. Contact: Dan Batchelor, (770) 992-2362

Sope Creek Garden Club Meeting: 1st Wednesday at 10 a.m. Contact: Karin Guzy, (770) 955-1303

Support Groups Al-Anon Meeting: Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. Location: Johnson Ferry Baptist Church 955 Johnson Ferry Road Contact: (770) 794-2978 Alzheimer’s/Caregiver Support Group Meeting: 1st Monday at 10:30 a.m. Location: Aloha to Aging, Mt. Bethel Community Center, 4608 Lower Roswell Road Contact: (678) 439-1177 Alzheimer’s/Dementia Support Group Meeting: 1st Monday at 6 p.m. Facilitated by Dawn Reed of Aloha to Aging Location: Arbor Terrace at East Cobb, 886 Johnson Ferry Road Contact: Shelly Ealey, (770) 977-4420 Autism Support Group Meeting: 3rd Thursday at 9 a.m. or 7 p.m. Location: Mount Bethel United Methodist Church, 4385 Lower Roswell Road, Room F002 Contact: (770) 971-2880 Blended Families Support Group Meeting: 3rd Sunday at 7 p.m. Location: Mount Bethel United Methodist Church, 4385 Lower Roswell Road Contact: (770) 971-2880 Breast Cancer Support Group Meeting: 1st and 3rd Thursdays at 7 p.m. Location: St. Andrew United Methodist Church 3455 Canton Road Contact: Sandy, (770) 926-3488 Cancer Support Group Meeting: 2nd and 4th Mondays at 7 p.m. Location: Johnson Ferry Baptist Church 955 Johnson Ferry Road Contact: (770) 794-2978 Career Quest Ministry Meeting: Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. Location: St. Ann’s Catholic Church, 4905 Roswell Road Contact: (770) 552-6400 x 6104 Codependents Anonymous Meeting: Monday and Thursdays at 7:30pm Location: Unity North Church, 4225 Sandy Plains Road (Administration Bldg upstairs) Contact: Janet D. 770-578-6368 : Compassionate Friends Support group for bereaved parents, grandparents and siblings. Contact: Chapter Phone Line (404) 539-4287 or email Website: Dad 2 Dad For stay-at-home dads Contact: Richard Collins, (770) 579-5445 Diabetes Support Group Contact: Wellstar, (770) 793-7828 East Cobb CHADD For parents with children who have ADHD. Contact: Website: Families Anonymous (FA) Support group for families who have loved ones

struggling with addiction. Meeting: Every Tuesday at 7:30 Location: Mt. Zion United Methodist Church Youth Center, 1770 Johnson Ferry Rd. Contact: Family Caregiver Support Group Meeting: First Thursday at 10:30 a.m. Location: St. Ann’s Catholic Church, 4905 Roswell Rd Facilitator: Dawn Reed, (678) 777-7241 Foundation for Ensuring Access and Equity Contact: Mychal Wynn, (678) 395-5825 or (678) 620-3685 Website: Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Meeting: 2nd and 4th Tuesdays at 7:15 p.m. Location: Transfiguration Catholic Church Blackwell Road Contact: Jeannie DeCarlo, (770) 919-9275 Grief Support Group Meeting: First Tuesday at 10 a.m. Location: Aloha To Aging, Inc. , Mt. Bethel Comm. Center, 4608 Lower Roswell Rd. Contact: (678) 439-1177. JACS (Jewish Alcoholics, Chemically Dependent, and Significant Others) Meeting: 1st and 3rd Tuesday Location: Congregation Etz Chaim, 1190 Indian Hills Pkwy., in the library Contact: (770) 928-2523, Job Seekers Meeting: 1st and 3rd Saturdays at 8 a.m. Location: Eastminster Presbyterian Church, 3125 Sewell Mill Road Contact: (770) 977-2976 Moms In Prayer (formerly Moms In Touch) for parents of East Side Elementary students Meeting: Thursdays at 10:00 a.m. Contact: Rachel Bloom, (770) 973-4705, Moms In Prayer (formerly Moms In Touch) Dickerson Middle School Meeting: Thursdays at 1 p.m. Contact: Movita Stallworth, (770) 321-1783

Northwest Atlanta Moms of Multiples Club Meeting: 2nd Monday at 7 p.m. Location: North Metro Church on Barrett Pkwy. Contact: (678) 404-0034, Overeaters Anonymous Meeting: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 10 a.m. Location: St. Ann’s Catholic Church, 4905, Roswell Rd Contact: Betsy, (404) 226-4931, Parents of Prodigals Children with self-destructive lifestyle. Meeting: 2nd and 4th Thursdays at 6:45 p.m. Location: Johnson Ferry Baptist Church 955 Johnson Ferry Road Contact: (770) 794-2978 Parkinson’s Disease Support Group Meeting: 2nd Sunday at 4 p.m. Location: Roswell UMC, 814 Mimosa Blvd., Bldg. A Contact: Robin Cleveland, (678) 819-3915 Parkinson’s Disease Support Group Meeting: First Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. Location: Aloha to Aging, Mt. Bethel Community Center, 4608 Lower Roswell Road Contact: (678) 439-1177 PASA (Parents of All Stages and Ages) Meeting: Fridays at 10 a.m.Free child care available Location: East Cobb UMC Lower Level Activities Building, 2325 Roswell Road Contact: Lisa Hunt (770) 984-0699 Road to Recovery Divorce Support Group Meeting: Wednesdays at 6:45 p.m. Location: Mount Bethel United Methodist Church 4385 Lower Roswell Road Mission House Contact: (770) 971-2880 Sexual Assault Support Group Meeting: Mondays at 7 p.m. Location: YMCA of NW GA, 48 Henderson St, Contact: Marie Mertilus, (770) 423-3589 Single Adult Ministry Location: Mount Bethel United Methodist Church, 4385 Lower Roswell Road Contact: (770) 971-3447,

Moms In Touch — Walton High School Meeting: Tuesdays at 1 p.m. Contact: Cynthia Eller (770) 578-6301

Single’s Ministry Location: Johnson Ferry Baptist Church 955 Johnson Ferry Road Contact: (770) 973-6561,

Mothers and More Meeting: 2nd and 4th Tuesdays at 7 p.m. Location: Saint Catherine’s Episcopal Church, 681 Holt Road Contact:

Treasures in Heaven (miscarriage/infant death) Meeting: 4th Monday at 7 p.m. Location: Johnson Ferry Baptist Church 955 Johnson Ferry Road Contact: (770) 794-2978

National Alliance for Mental Illness Family Support Group Meeting: Second & Fourth Tuesdays, 7 — 8:30 p.m. Location: Hillside United Methodist Church Contact: Robin (770) 928-2762, Terri (678) 497-5657 Website: Newcomers of Cobb County Meeting: 3rd Tuesday at 10 a.m. Location: John Knox Presbyterian Church, 505 Powers Ferry Rd. Contact: (770) 234-5068 Next Century Youth, Inc. Location: 791 Mimosa Boulevard, Roswell Contact: Mary Brooks Green, (678) 278-9278 Website:

VOICE Today Survivors of child sexual abuse Meeting: 1st & 3rd Tuesday at 7 p.m. Location: Johnson Ferry Baptist Church Room 334 Contact: Tom Scales, (678) 578-4888 Website: Widowed Helping Others Meeting: Twice each month Location: St. Ann’s Catholic Church, 4905 Roswell Rd Contact: Marguerite Williamson, (770) 977-8438 Women’s Divorce Support Group Meeting: 1st Thursday & 3rd Wednesday, 7 - 9 p.m. Location: East Cobb Government Center, 4400 Lower Roswell Rd. Contact: Facilitated by Visions Anew, (770) 953-2882 Website: around walton | April 2013



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COMMUNITY INFORMATION Emergency — 911 • Around Walton (770) 615-3311 Cobb County Chamber of Commerce Driver’s License Health Department Post Office Recycling Center

Cobb County Government:

Business License CCT Bus Service Commissioners Engineering Office Traffic Signals Extension Office Jury Phone — State Court Jury Phone — Superior Court Keep Cobb Beautiful Planning and Zoning Senior Services Tax Assessors/Evaluation Taxes: License Plates/Tags Property Tax Voter Registration

(770) 980-2000 (678) 413-8400 (678) 784-2180 (800) 275-8777 (770) 528-2500

(770) 528-8410 (770) 528-8465 (770) 528-1000 (770) 528-1616 (770) 528-1600 (770) 528-4070 (770) 528-2626 (770) 528-1804 (770) 528-1135 (770) 528-2004 (770) 528-5355 (770) 528-3100 (770) 528-8247 (770) 528-8600 (770) 528-2581


Aloha to Aging, Inc. Family Caregiver Support

(678) 439-1177 Child and Adolescent Services (770) 514-2300 Child Support Enforcement (770) 528-2410 Department of Family and Children’s Services (770) 528-5000 Meals on Wheels (770) 528-5381 Mothers Making a Change (770) 499-2422 Next Steps (Child/Adolescent) (770) 514-2300 MUST Ministries (770) 427-9862 YMCA of Northwest GA, Rape Crisis Center (770) 427-3390


AARP Kiwanis Club Lions Club Rotary Club

Public Service:

Fire Departments: 2905 Library Lane 4431 Trickum Road 3892 Oak Lane Georgia State Patrol Non-Emergency 911 Sheriff’s Department


North Fulton Hospital Northside Hospital Atlanta WellStar Kennestone Hospital

(678) 290-9895 (770) 912-9632 (404) 218-6216 (770) 422-7551

Hotlines — 24 Hour Help Lines:

Cobb Judicial Victim Assistance Domestic Violence Unit Drug Tip Poison Control Center Public Outreach/Programs

(770) 528-3047 (770) 499-4665 (770) 590-5520 (404) 589-4400 (770) 499-4719


East Cobb Library East Marietta Library Gritter’s Library Mountain View Regional Library

(770) 509-2730 (770) 509-2711 (770) 528-2524 (770) 509-2725

Parks and Recreation:

Aquatic Centers: Mountain View Sewell Park East Cobb Park Fullers Park Harrison Park Harrison Tennis Center Main Office Mount Bethel Park Sweat Mountain Park YMCA

(770) 509-4927 (770) 509-2741 (770) 591-3160 (770) 509-2737 (770) 591-3150 (770) 591-3151 (770) 528-8800 (770) 509-2748 (770) 591-3160 (770) 977-5991


Animal Control Animal Shelter and Pet Adoptions Cobb County Animal Control Cobb County Humane Society Emergency Veterinary Clinic Good Mews Animal Foundation

(770) 499-4136 (770) 499-4136 (770) 499-4136 (770) 428-5678 (770) 424-9157 (770) 499-CATS


Board of Education

(770) 426-3300

Utilities: (770) 528-8000

(770) 205-5400 (770) 499-3900 (770) 499-4600

(770) 751-2500 (404) 851-8000 (770) 793-5000

AT&T Broadband/Comcast

AT&T Residential Phone Service Atlanta Gas Light Co. Cobb County Water System Cobb EMC Georgia Power Water Emergency

(404) 266-2278 (888) 757-6500 (770) 907-4231 (770) 423-1000 (770) 429-2100 (888) 660-5890 (770) 419-6201 around walton | April 2013


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The Return of Jesus - False Teachings?

Preventing Tooth Decay with Fluoride

1. Would Jesus say that? 2. Would Jesus do that? 3. Is what this person is saying consistent with Jesus and His Word?

and vomiting. Unless advised to do so by a dentist or other health professional, parents should not use fluoride toothpaste for children ages two and younger. Children over two should use only a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste at each brushing. In addition, children should always be supervised while brushing and taught to spit out, rather than swallow, toothpastes and fluoride mouth rinses. Whether you drink fluoridated water from the tap or buy it in a bottle, you’re doing the right thing for your oral health.

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Working Smarter continued from page 33

How do you decide what to do yourself and what to delegate? Ask yourself the following questions: 1. How critical is the job to the success of your business? The more critical the task, the less likely you are to delegate it. 2. Am I the best at it? If others can perform the job better than you can, let them. 3. Do I like doing it? I strongly urge you to consider outsourcing jobs you don’t like. We tend to avoid jobs we despise, so these tasks are less likely to get done without assistance. Do not torture yourself over them. Many entrepreneurs consider delegating a sign of weakness. Instead, it is a sign of a strong leader. Bringing others on board will enable you to accomplish more, grow faster, achieve economies of scale and focus on your strengths, all of which translate into a more profitable and rewarding business.

Family Fun and Learning During “Screen-Free Week” continued from page 46

Awesome Island: The price tag on this game is steep ($79,, but it is an award-winning educational game by a Financial Education Teacher of the Year that introduces teens to all aspects of personal finance, including salary, investments, credit, debt, and philanthropy with an emphasis on decision-making and the effect choices have on net worth. Learning about money will never be as much fun!

Springtime is the Perfect Time for Skin Rejuvenation continued from page 38

facial cleans the skin, providing nutrients for the skin and removing the outermost layer of dead cells, a process known as exfoliation. A facial peel is designed to remove more dead skin cells than a facial. Peels can be very mild, using fruit acids, or they can be powerful, using stronger forms of acid. Mild peels are designed to rejuvenate and fortify generally healthy skin while more extreme peels are used to combat serious wrinkling, sun damage, discoloration, scars, even pre-cancers of the skin. Non-chemical forms of exfoliation, including microdermabrasion and laser skin resurfacing, are also effective in brightening up your complexion and smoothing out the skin. Microdermabrasion uses tiny crystals to gently wear away the outer layer of skin. Laser skin resurfacing uses a laser to remove the outer layers of skin. If you want to brighten up your appearance this spring, one of these minimally-invasive skin care and resurfacing procedures may be right for you. A board-certified plastic surgeon can help you navigate this road safely and effectively.

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Advertisers Directory attorneys/legal services Rohan Law, P.C. (404) 923-0446,


Banking/Financial Services Angel Oak Funding-Rick Fantucci (404) 637-0361


Dynasty Wealth Management 24, 29 (678) 401-6102 Edward Jones Financial Advisor: Ben Clark 53 (770) 977-4229 1050 East Piedmont Rd Suite 122, Marietta Southeastern Mortgage Solutions, Inc. Travis Johnson, (404) 786-5859


chiropractic HealthQuest Chiropractic Center, PC 41 (770) 509-3400, 1000 Johnson Ferry Rd, Suite D-100, Marietta

Cleaning Services Carpet Dry-Tech (678) 368-5991


Computers That Computer Chick (770) 509-5321 4401 Shallowford Road, Roswell


TrustWorkz, Inc. Inside Back (770) 615-3275,

Dentists Cristi Y. Cheek DMD, P.C. Inside Front. (770) 993-3775,

Education/ Instruction/ Youth Bethany Christian Services 53. (770) 455-7111, Bits, Bytes and Bots (770) 826-0449


Connective Tutoring 17 (470) 377-4809, 255 Village Pkwy, Ste 520 Johnson Ferry Children’s Camp


Health & Beauty Acupuncture & Wellness Center Dr. Li Hua Shu, TCMD (678) 560-7978


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Fit for Life 21 (770) 321-4550, Get In Shape for Women 40 (770) 605-8788, 3822 Roswell Road, Ste. 114, Marietta Nail Eagle 1255 Johnson Ferry Road #32 (770) 565-5634 Women’s Premier Fitness 4961 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta (770) 565-5450



Home & gARDEN A-1 Concrete Leveler (770) 591-6500


Exact Comfort Air Conditiong & Heating (770) 912-0552,


Northside Hospital Cancer Institute


Northside Sleep Disorder Center (404) 851-8135


Marietta Plastic Surgery (770) 425-0118 823 Campbell Hill Street, Marietta


Pearle Vision 1401 Johnson Ferry Road, (770) 509-8480


Plastic Surgery Center of the South (770) 421-1242

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WellStar (770) 956-STAR,


Real estate

Findlay Roofing Inside Front (770) 516-5806,

Atlanta Communities Real Estate 17 (770) 240-2000,

G-VAC Gutter Cleaning Specialists 1-877-703-4822,

Atlanta Communities Real Estate -Lynne Davis 27 (678) 910-1811,


Landscape Matters (770) 403-5813


Plumbing Doctor, The (770) 516-9000


Quality Craftsmen 5 (404) 483-7446, Studio AFN — Architect (404) 966-9977

Sugar Benders Bakery (678) 665-2211 255 Village Parkway, Ste. 240A, Marietta



Retail /Miscellaneous services Able Investigations 19 (770) 789-9250,

Insurance Keeton Insurance Services (770) 971-8900

REstaurants/Food/Beverages Fuji Hana 7 (678) 560-8071,


Greg Cavellier — Allstate Back Cover (678) 403-1825, 3535 Roswell Rd., Suite 49, Marietta

Photographers Studio 7 (770) 685-7391,


Raymond Werner Design & Photography (404) 444-8203


Physicians & Medical Services Eyes on Providence Cover, 34, 35 Dr. Mital Patel 3535 Roswell Road, Suite 8, Marietta (678) 560-8065

Kiwi Getaways 40 (770) 317-2521, Quick Lube (770) 973-1643


Taste of East Cobb


Senior Services Aloha to Seniors (678) 777-7241


Parc at Piedmont — East Cobb 999 Hood Road, Marietta, GA 30068 (770) 565-8828


Sterling Estates 39 4220 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta, (678) 946-4454,

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