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May 2013

Volume 2, Issue 11



Features 24 Celebrating Moms

22 & 23 On the Cover Findlay Roofing

Happy Mother’s Day

28 Summer Break Activities

Great ideas for fun filled summer days!

32 International Spanish Academy

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

Students benefit from cultural experiences outside of class

35 WHS Prom

Juniors and seniors looking fabulous for the prom

In Every Issue Around Walton.......................... 6 Celebrations............................ 10 Community Calendar............... 17 Houses of Worship.................. 38 School Information.................. 41 Clubs & Organizations.............. 42 Elected Officials....................... 46 Recent Home Sales.................. 44 Community Numbers.............. 45 Advertiser Directory................ 48

36 Trailblazer Award

WHS Senior Bridget Smith

Contributing Writers Judson Adamson.............................15 Claudia Aguirre................................34 Mary-Kathryn Boler.........................26 Nora Borne......................................30 Greg Cavellier..................................13 Dr. Cristi Cheek................................27 Ben Clark.........................................13 Dr. Justin Fiero.................................27 Lindsay Greene................................20 Sen. Judson Hill...............................11 2

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Jennifer Jarosick..............................28 Lynne Lysaght..................................36 Stephanie Niu..................................34 Zett Quinn.......................................16 Dawn Reed......................................18 Dr. Christopher Rechter...................27 Doug Rohan.....................................12 Margot Swann.................................25 Bryant Wright..................................40

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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@

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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

Changes are taking place all around us. My backyard is full of activity, with many varieties of birds, several chipmunks and at least three rabbits frolicking on the grass, enjoying the spring weather and looking for food. The kids are already counting down the days until summer vacation or graduation day. For some, it is the ending of one path and the beginning of a new one. Some parents will be facing the Lynne is the Editor challenges of readying a child of Around Walton (and themselves) to leave for magazine. She has lived college, and some parents will in the Walton community for the last nine years. embark on the adventure known She has three sons Kyle, as high school next fall. For Logan and Camden. some, the end of the school year brings a less hectic commute to look forward to for a brief ten weeks. In this issue, you will find a wonderful list of activities to keep the whole family busy over summer vacation contributed by Jennifer Jarosick, mother of four. I hope you all have the opportunity to enjoy some time together and get out there and have some fun.

What’s New? The Collage Boutique has opened a store in Merchant’s Walk at 1311 Johnson Ferry Road, Suite 528. The store carries women’s clothing and accessories from 19 countries and includes jewelry, shoes, bags, gift and décor items. For more information, visit or call the store at (770) 321-5777. Rescued Too! Home Furnishings and Décor opened recently in Paper Mill Village at 255 Village Parkway, Suite 740. All profits from the resale store will go to Mutt Madd-ness, a no-kill dog rescue organization in East Cobb. Everything donated is tax deductible. For a list of gently used donations accepted, to see what’s just in for purchase, or for more information, visit www. or call (770) 226-9858.

This adorable puppy came to Mutt Maddness from the DeKalb Animal Control with three other orphaned pups. If you are interested in adopting, volunteering or donating, please visit www. for more information. 6

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HANDYPRO of Northwest Atlanta, which provides highly customized home renovation services for Walton area senior residents, opened recently. Common modifications include automatic door openers, ramps, safety bars, bathroom transfer systems, stair lifts, and specialized tubs/showers. HANDYPRO also handles all traditional home repairs and remodeling to enhance and maintain the value and beauty of customers’ homes. HANDYPRO is owned by local resident Maureen Lamar. For more information, call (770) 225-1715 Visions Anew Institute (VAI) recently announced Candy Sugarman as its new executive director. Candy has worked with Partnership Against Domestic Violence and the Shepherd Center in Atlanta’s non-profit sector. VAI is a non-profit organization located in East Cobb which provides divorce resources, education and support for men, women and families who are going through the divorce process. For more information about VAI, visit Whole Foods located in Merchant’s Walk is having an open market on Sundays from 12 – 4 p.m. featuring various vendors. One vendor that reader Karen Morabito wanted to make sure the community knew about is the 2B Whole European Bakery, which provides gluten-free baked goods including breads, calzones, focaccia, scones and muffins. For more information on the bakery, visit

What’s Closed? The Southern Food and More retail store located in Paper Mill Village, 255 Village Parkway, Suite 510 has closed but will continue to serve its customers online at www.southernfood. com. For more information, call (770) 635-8324. The Caribou Coffee located in East Cobb beside Einstein Bros Bagels at 1275 Johnson Ferry Road has closed, along with the other Marietta location on Powers Ferry Road. The company recently announced the closure of 80 stores nationwide. The closest location that remains open is at 4520 Roswell Road, inside the perimeter.




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YOUR LOCAL NEWS Cobb Interfaith Habitat Coalition Wins Award The Cobb County Community Relations Council awarded its annual Creating Community Award for District 2 to the Cobb Interfaith Habitat Coalition. The Community Relations Council received 19 nominations for the award, and an independent selection committee picked one winner from each of Cobb’s four commission districts. The interfaith coalition has built houses with Northwest Metro Atlanta Habitat for Humanity for more than a decade, bringing different religious groups together to contribute labor and money to help Cobb County families become homeowners. “Our coalition team was recognized for our service to the Cobb community and the diversity and acceptance that we support as a part of our ongoing group efforts,” said coalition chairman Henry Hene, who also serves as Temple Kol Emeth’s senior vice president for operations. Temple Kol Emeth is one of the founding members of the coalition. District 2 Commissioner Bob Ott said, “Cobb Interfaith Habitat Coalition’s selection as the District 2 Creating Community Award recipient is a testament to the tremendous collective service being provided to citizens in need. The coalition’s work shows how, regardless of faith or financial status, people can come together and help their neighbor.” Other members of the Cobb Interfaith Habitat Coalition include Bethany Church, Faith United Methodist Church, Log Cabin Church, Unity North Atlanta Church, St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, First United Lutheran Church, St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church, East Cobb Islamic Center, Islamic Center of Marietta, Temple Beth Tikvah, Congregation Etz Chaim and corporate sponsors Pinkerton & Laws, Drew Eckl Farnham and Wells Fargo. The coalition’s motto is “We Build to Coexist, We Coexist to Build.”

Cobb Community Relations Council Chairwoman Patty Smitherman and District 2 Cobb Commissioner Bob Ott (right) present the Creating Community Award to Cobb Interfaith Habitat Coalition Chairman Henry Hene.


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WHS Graduate Nominated for CPAC Award Angela Morabito, a 2009 graduate of Walton High School, was nominated for Best Activism Blog at CPAC (Conservative Political Action Committee) this year. She is the Public Relations Director for as well as a regular contributor. Her articles have appeared in the Wall Street Journal. Angela was a member of the Georgetown Delegation chosen to attend the Republican National Convention in Tampa. She is a 2012 Cum Laude graduate of Georgetown University, School of Foreign Service and is employed by GU as the Program Associate for Executive Education at the McDonough School of Business. Angela is the daughter of Karen and John Morabito of Marietta. Angela Morabito is greeted by Rep. Tom Price at BlogBash 2013 at CPAC in Washington, D.C.

Circle for Children’s Havana Nights Fundraiser More than 250 guests and volunteers attended The Circle for Children’s “Havana Nights! A Caribbean Casino!” 86th Annual Fundraiser to benefit The Center for Children and Young Adults held recently at Atlanta Country Club. The event was hosted by B98.5 FM morning radio host, Kelly Stevens. The Circle for Children, founded in 1927, is one of Atlanta’s oldest charitable women’s organizations. The Circle’s mission is to “give aid and encouragement in promoting the education and welfare of children in the state of Georgia.” The Circle contributes 100 percent of funds raised to worthy children’s organizations and toward college scholarships. Elected Officials attending included Cobb County Commissioner Bob and Judy Ott, Georgia Congresswoman Sharon and Dr. Tom Cooper, and United States Congressman Phil and Billie Gingrey. The event was sponsored by Northern Trust, Tom and Peggy Cannon, Bill and Martha Bechtel, Fred and Donna Aycock, Coca Cola, Bob4Cobb, Steve and Diane Robinson, and Bill and Stephen and Melinda Stuk (left) and Sue Baer’s Baldino’s Giant Fred and Doris VanWagenen attend Havana Nights! Jersey Subs.


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Happy Birthday!

Lynn Graham Celebrating May 1 Happy Birthday to the BEST Nana! We love you, Madison and Reagan

Ethan Harb Cutler Embry Age 12 on May 6 Age 5 on May 5 Happy Birthday E-Dog! Happy 5th Birthday Sweet You’re one amazing kid that Cutler! we love a ton! Lots of love, Keep making us laugh! Mommy, Daddy and Max Love, Dad, Mom, Jacob and Sydney

Lauren Chu Age 6 on May 21 Happy 6th Birthday, Lauren! We love you! You are our sweet granddaughter YeYe and NaiNai

Bennett Welch Age 18 on May 21 Happy birthday sandpiper! Looking forward to watching you write all the new chapters in your life. We love you! Mom and Daddy

Tasha Wisehart Age 30 something on May 14 Happy Birthday Tasha! We love you! Marc, Carson and Emma

Reagan Rooks Age 2 on May 25 Happy Birthday Reagan! I love you every lil bit! Love, Momma

Oliver Hawkins Age 6 on May 17 Happy birthday to our precious little boy! We love you very much, Daddy, Mommy, Harrison and Elliot

Katherine Mittleider Age 12 on May 27 Happy Birthday! Love, Mom, Dad and Jonathan


Chloe Park Born March 2, 2013 Granddaughter of Kay and Dok Song We love you Chloe!

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Celebrations Carl and Gayle Whitmire Celebrating 33 years on May 17 Congratulations and Happy Anniversary!

Nicholas Bradigan Age 8 on May 21 Happy Birthday to Motes! Love, Mom, Dad and Savannah

Joseph Greene Age 10 on June 3 Happy Birthday Joseph Greene! We love you! Mom, Dad and Jet

Facing Georgia’s Challenges in 2013 by Sen. Judson Hill (R-Marietta)

Sen. Judson Hill serves as Chairman of the Finance Committee. He represents the 32nd Senate District, which includes portions of Cobb and Fulton counties. He may be reached by phone at (404) 656-0150 or by email at judson.

In January, the Georgia State Senate started the first term of the 152nd legislative session of the Georgia General Assembly with a challenging task list. Almost 230 bills were introduced in the Senate alone, and while some have already been signed by the Governor, others face a more uncertain future. Since this is only the first term of a biennial year, any bill that did not pass both chambers is eligible for consideration during the second term in 2014. However, that does not mean that those bills will remain untouched until next January since study and sub-committees will meet to further review some of the most important issues. I created one such sub-committee to explore viable, fiscally responsible options to eliminate the state income tax as well as to implement a state

fair tax. Georgia will benefit from several pieces of legislation that passed in 2013, including a solution to the anticipated Medicaid shortfall, an overhaul of the state’s juvenile courts, a large step towards ethics reform and a measure to prevent unions from taking advantage of employee members. SB 24: Also known as the Hospital Medicaid Financing Program Act, SB 24 will authorize the Department of Community Health to establish a financial structure to protect Georgia’s healthcare system and obtain additional federal funding for the state’s Medicaid program. SB 24 will allow the Department of Community Health to continue assessing an existing small fee – not to exceed the percentage of net patient revenues as allocated by the state budget – in order to ensure Medicaid rates remain at current levels and give Georgia the flexibility needed to react quickly to changes in federal health care policy. SB 62: This legislation creates a standing legislative overview committee comprised of eight legislative members split between the Senate and House. This committee will meet regularly with Georgia’s health agencies to examine innovative measures to improve access to healthcare, improve and reform state and federally administered programs, and to provide a closer relationship between our health agencies and the legislature. These agencies administer nearly 25 percent of our state taxpayer dollars. HB 106: The Georgia General Assembly is constitutionally mandated to revise the current fiscal year’s budget and set the general budget for the following fiscal year during every legislative session. The finalized version of the FY 2014 budget

“Georgia will benefit from several pieces of legislation that passed in 2013, including a solution to the anticipated Medicaid shortfall, an overhaul of the state’s juvenile courts, a large step towards ethics reform and a measure to prevent unions from taking advantage of employee members.” is set at $19.9 billion and includes an added $146.6 million for K-12 enrollment growth. It also reflects a $2.6 million in Medicaid and Peach Care savings by eliminating hospital reimbursements for preventable admissions. HB 142: One of the most debated issues this session was the ethics legislation and the effort to cap lobbyist gifts. The House and Senate came to an agreement on HB 142 on Day 40 that sets a cap of $75 on lobbyist expenditures and completely bans gifts such as golf outings, concert tickets and international travel while also preserving the First Amendment rights of citizens expressing personal views. I was proud to see the House and Senate work together to negotiate a final agreement, and although it is not a perfect solution, it is certainly a big step in the right direction. HB 242: This landmark juvenile justice reform bill calls for substantial changes in the state’s juvenile court proceedings. Based on recommendations and years of work by the Governor’s Special Council on Justice Reform, the legislation calls for well-defined articles outlining a juvenile’s right to procedural due process, family preservation and proper representation based on the specific reason for juvenile court intervention. By updating an outdated juvenile code, focus can be placed on the proper rehabilitative measures needed to move children out of the juvenile court system permanently. HB 242 modernizes existing code to create a more efficient system for the rehabilitation and counseling of youth and families within the system. Overall, the 2013 legislative session was one that will benefit Georgia and District 32 for years to come. However, there are times when the Georgia General Assembly fails to reach consensus on good bills, and this year was no exception. Although it’s disheartening, I anticipate that many of these bills will be brought back for discussion during the second term of the biennial legislative session in 2014. I am looking forward to the continued review of these bills and the introduction of other measures that will improve Georgia’s status as a great place to live, work and play. around walton | May 2013



Bicyclists on the Roadway by Douglas B. Rohan, Esq. ROHAN LAW, PC

The beautiful spring weather rouses us from our long winter hibernations, entices us off our couches and sweeps us out the front door to enjoy outdoor activities once again. After months of darkness setting in at what seemed like 4:30 in the afternoon, the light now stretches out later into the evening, so much so that my kids complain of going to bed while it’s still light outside. Neighbors are gathering Doug Rohan lives in in cul de sacs and front yards, the Walton community with his wife, Julia, and baseball season is firing up and three daughters. He is a before long, the final pièce de bi-lingual attorney and résistance will occur: the opening owner of Rohan Law, of the neighborhood pool! PC specializing in auto One of my favorite warm accidents, workplace injuries and criminal weather activities around East defense. He is a member Cobb is bicycle riding. However, of the Around Walton it seems that, for the most part, Community Board. You there is a hate/hate relationship can email him at doug@ around metro Atlanta between motorists and bicyclists. Atlanta motorists have a terrible track record when it comes to bicycle and pedestrian safety. According to one study, Georgia ranks 45th nationally in the category of pedestrian and bike safety, and yes, that’s still out of 501. However, it does not appear that we are mean spirited about bicyclists. A 2011 University of Georgia study found that 92 percent of adult Georgians agree that encouraging bicycling is a long-term investment in a higher quality of life in their community, and more than 4 out of 5 Georgians say they would ride a bike more frequently if their community had better bike facilities2. Clearly, the momentary frustration we feel as a driver when stuck behind a cyclist on a two-lane road is outweighed by the fact that we recognize increased bicycle traffic improves both the health and appearance of our local community. The UGA study went on to show that 66 percent of respondents believed more driver education about the rights of bicyclists is either “extremely important” or “very important.” So here is that requested knowledge. I will provide the polite reminder that bicyclists are obligated to observe the rules of the road. Georgia considers a bicycle to be a “motor vehicle” with the bicyclist encompassing both roles of rider and motor. These obligations include observing and obeying stop signs and traffic control devices. In fact, I have represented a cyclist who was pulled over for failure to stop at a stoplight. Interestingly, the


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“According to OCGA 40-6-55, a motorist must yield the right of way to a bicyclist in a designated bicycle lane.” law specifically precludes the application of DUI and Reckless Driving charges to bicycles. Perhaps something to consider the next time your designated driver backs out on your plans for an evening of revelry. Though maybe riding your bike while intoxicated at night along the roadway is not in your best interest. So what are the rules that motorists need to understand? According to OCGA 40-6-55, a motorist must yield the right of way to a bicyclist in a designated bicycle lane. An example of this would be the new bike lane on Johnson Ferry Road, crossing the Chattahoochee River south of Columns Drive. If you are driving south and want to turn right onto Riverside Drive, a bicyclist traveling straight in the bicycle lane would have the right of way, and you would need to stop and wait for them to continue through the intersection before you made your right hand turn onto Riverside Drive. Another regulation applies to motorists’ concerns about the distance between car and cyclist. According to OCGA 40-6-56, when you are over-taking a bicyclist traveling in the same direction, you must maintain a minimum safe distance of at least three feet. What are the duties of the cyclist? Some specific rules apply: According to OCGA 40-6-294, cyclists must stay to the right side of the roadway except when turning left or to “avoid a hazard to safe cycling.” A group of cyclists cannot ride more than two abreast unless they are in a designated bicycle lane, which is wide enough for more than two. According to OCGA 40-6-296, bicycles operated at nighttime must be equipped with a white headlight that is visible from 300 feet away. The rear of the bicycle must have a red light that can be seen from 300 feet away or instead must have a simple red reflector. According to OCGA 40-6-296(e), all operators or passengers under the age of 16 must wear a bicycle helmet. I love living in a state that has such a strong emphasis on outdoor activities, and I especially love the rolling hills and trees that surround us here in East Cobb. Hopefully, following these simple steps will continue to allow bicycles and cars to exist safely and simultaneously. Bicycling and Walking in the U.S.: 2012 Benchmark Report by the CDC and the AARP 2011 Statewide Survey on Bicycling Issues, Governor’s Office of Highway Safety and UGA.

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Be Aware of the Need for Disability Insurance 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.

May is Disability Insurance Awareness Month, and you might agree that such a month is useful, when you consider the following: • Three in ten workers entering the workforce today will become disabled before retiring, according to the Social Security Administration. • At age 42, you are 4 times more likely to become seriously disabled than to die during your working years, according to National Underwriter Life & Health. • Disability causes nearly 50 percent of all mortgage foreclosures, according to Health Affairs, a health policy research journal.

The Life and Health Insurance Foundation for Education (LIFE) sponsors Disability Insurance Awareness Month to encourage Americans to address their disability income needs. Of course, you may not be totally unfamiliar with disability income insurance; if you work for a large employer, a group disability policy may be part of your employee benefits package. If so, you should certainly accept the coverage, which may be offered to you free, or at minimal cost. However, this coverage might be inadequate to replace the income needed to allow your family to maintain its lifestyle without dipping into your investments. Here are some tips on purchasing an individual disability insurance policy: • Look for a policy that is “non-cancellable” until you reach age 65. With a non-cancellable policy, your policy premiums can’t be changed, provided you pay them on time. • Pick the right waiting period. Typically, disability insurance policies don’t start paying benefits immediately; there’s usually a waiting (or “elimination”) period ranging from 30 days to 2 years. You may be able to give yourself the flexibility of choosing the longer waiting period if you have created an emergency fund containing 6 to 12 months’ worth of living expenses. • Avoid overly restrictive policies. You may want to avoid an “accident-only” policy or one with a limited benefit term. These policies don’t cover either a disabling illness or the continued on page 47

Information to Share at Accident Site By Greg Cavellier

A couple of months back, the Georgia Insurance Commissioner posted an article on the website about a free app called WreckCheck, which is available on both Android and iPhones. The app was created by the NAIC (National Association of Insurance Commissioners) to help people provide the necessary and pertinent information in the event they are involved in an accident. They created the app after survey Greg Cavellier is an results showed that many of Allstate Agent living in East Cobb. His agency the respondents were not sure provides people in the what information they should or area Home, Auto, Life shouldn’t provide. and Small Business Don’t worry if you don’t have a Insurance to fit their Smart Phone. You can download individual needs. He can be reached at (678) the paper version at this website 403-1825, or via email: gregcavellier@allstate. auto_accident_checklist.pdf, com. as well as find some additional information on the topic. I would suggest that you download and print the paper version and have it in your glove box in case your smartphone gets lost or damaged in an accident. In most cases, you are only required to give your name and the proper insurance information, which should include the insurance company’s phone numbers. The insurance companies’ respective claims departments will work out the

“You are not required to admit fault; just stick to the facts and let the claims adjusters work out the details.” details. You should call your agent as well to let him/her know what happened as he/she can help you with the claims process. You are not required to provide the other driver any personal information such as driver’s license number, social security number or your home address. Would you really give a complete stranger your personal information? Obviously, if the police are called, you should provide them the information they request. You are not required to admit fault; just stick to the facts and let the claims adjusters work out the details. If someone is injured, make sure you call 911, but even if nobody is hurt, it’s a good idea to call because they will file a report, which helps facilitate the claims process. around walton | May 2013


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Buyers and Sellers Weighing Their Options by Judson Adamson

The timing of when to buy or when to sell any real estate asset that can go up or down in value can make a tremendous difference on your personal balance sheet. If you are strictly a buyer at this point in time and owning a home is one of your goals, then there is probably not going to be a better time to buy than now. Many housing experts believe that the historically low mortgage rates and our attractive Judson Adamson is the home prices will only go up in the President/CEO of Atlanta Communities Real Estate future, which means the longer Brokerage serving the a buyer waits, the less home Walton community. they will be able to get for their He also is a member housing dollar. So if you are a of the Around Walton buyer and can secure financing, Community Board. He can be reached at (770) then deciding when to buy a 240-2001. home is fairly easy. However, if you are a seller, the timing gets much more difficult; sellers have many more factors to consider. With prices edging up, do you wait and see how high they will move before you put your home on the market? If you wait for prices to go back up and then sell, will you be able to buy back into the market, or will you have lost all of your buying advantages by waiting too long to sell? Even if you are still slightly underwater with your home, are you better off going

“Many housing experts believe that the historically low mortgage rates and our attractive home prices will only go up in the future, which means the longer a buyer waits, the less home they will be able to get for their housing dollar.�

ahead and bringing money to closing in order to sell so you can secure the new home you want now and lock in some attractive interest rates for the long term? If you can swing it financially, should you rent out your current home for a while with the intent of selling it when prices recover more and go ahead and buy your next home now? If you do sell now, do your financial circumstances allow you to secure new financing for a new home, or would you have to become a renter for a time? These are just some of the factors to consider in determining your best course of action, and the answer may not be crystal clear. Working with real estate, mortgage and financial planning professionals will assist you in putting the emotional part of buying or selling a home to the side. This will allow you to make a well-informed business decision that makes economic sense for you and your family in the long term.

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What to Look For When Replacing Your Roof 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.


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Hurricane season runs June through November—is your roof ready? Since hurricanes bring rainstorms to our area, be prepared. Here are some tips if you’re considering replacing your roof. 1. Remove existing roofing. Some roofing companies save money by not removing the existing roof and simply placing shingles over it. This can be detrimental, as it decreases the life of the new roof by approximately 50 percent. You might save a little money today, but you’ll pay for it in the long run. 2. Fix damaged decking. Once a contractor removes the old roofing, he should inspect the wood decking and replace any rotten sections.

3. Install underlayment. Contractors should always apply a water barrier underlayment over the roof deck. This prevents water from leaking into nail holes. A rubberized ice and shield underlayment is used in flat or low sloping areas. In addition, kick-out flashing diverts water away from the siding, thus avoiding future water damage. 4. Apply flashing. Roof leaks often are caused by the improper placement of flashing, which is the metal material surrounding chimney, pipes, skylights and other items on the roof. 5. Vent your roof. Ventilation is key since attics get so hot in the summer. A ridge vent is the best option since it draws air in and also lets it escape, eliminating the need for a power fan and saving energy. 6. Choose quality shingles. In the Walton community, the most popular, durable option is architectural shingles with a 30-year or lifetime warranty. These are double-layer shingles, offering double protection. There are smaller gaps between the joints, offering better protection. I don’t recommend three-tab shingles, as the flaps can pop up and break during heavy winds, and they typically don’t last as long.

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may/june EVENT CALENDAR May 17

One Family…One Promise…One Song Time: 7 – 9:30 p.m. Location: Unity North Atlanta Church, 4255 Sandy Plains Road Information: A musical celebration to raise funds for Family Promise of Cobb County, an organization dedicated to helping homeless families with children. Performers from many churches will participate including Acworth UMC, Covenant Presbyterian, Mount Zion UMC, Pilgrimage United Church of Christ, Saint Andrew UMC, St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church and Unity North Atlanta Church. Tickets can be purchased from participating congregations or online at

May 19

Spirit of America Concert Time: 5 p.m. Location: Mt. Bethel UMC, 4385 Lower Roswell Road Information: Annual Spirit of America Concert will feature male vocal group VERITAS in partnership with over 100 singers and musicians. The concert is free and there will be an old fashioned ice cream social after the concert.

May 26, June 16 and 30

Sunday Funday Time: 4 – 7 p.m. Location: East Cobb Park, 3322 Roswell Road Information: Sunday Fundays will be held at East Cobb Park with live entertainment and family fun (weather permitting). Pack a picnic and come enjoy.

June 3 – July 29 (Weekly)

Bits, Bytes and Bots Camp Times: Half day 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.; Full day 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Location: Various locations in Cherokee and Cobb counties Information: The cost for half day camp will be $215 and full day will be $325. Register online at or call (770) 826-0449.

June 30

Mt. Zion Choir Patriotic Concert Time: 11 a.m. Location: Mt. Zion UMC, 1770 Johnson Ferry Road Information: The Mt. Zion United Methodist Church will present a patriotic concert entitled “Indivisible, One Nation Under God.”

May 20

St. Andrews UMC Golf Outing Time: 9 a.m. Location: Eagle Watch Golf Club, 3055 Eagle Watch Drive, Woodstock Information: The men of St. Andrew United Methodist Church will host a golf outing to raise funds to provide help to families at Thanksgiving and Christmas. The cost will be $95 for an individual player. Registration will be from 7:30 – 8:30 a.m. For more information about sponsorship opportunities or to register, visit GolfOuting2013.

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Caregiving: A Difficult Job by Dawn Reed

Dawn Reed is the founder of Aloha To Aging, Inc., a 501c3 nonprofit, which provides the Aloha Day Club (adult day respite), caregiver education, monthly Parkinson’s and caregiver support groups. She is also the owner of Aloha To Senior Solutions Consulting. She can be reached at (678) 777-7241 or at dawn@


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Providing care for for someone may seem easy and expected from us, especially if the person we are caring for is our spouse, parent or family member. However, I am here to tell you it can actually be much more difficult to be a family caregiver rather than a professional caregiver. Caregiving is a profession that requires a certain skill set, knowledge base and preferably a calm and empathetic demeanor. Lifting, bathing, feeding, toileting and managing different aspects of activities of daily living for someone is not easy. These physically demanding tasks can take a toll on a caregiver, especially if he or she is not trained in performing these tasks. Other responsibilities

include engaging in a positive manner and finding purpose and pleasing activities for the care recipient. These duties can be emotionally challenging for even the best-trained caregiver. At least as a paid, professional caregiver, you know you will get a break at the end of your shift to recharge from this difficult yet rewarding job. Now, let’s discuss the difference as a family caregiver. Family members have emotional history with the care recipient. This can cause unrealistic expectations, grief, anger and many other unpleasant feelings and emotions in both the caregiver and care receiver. Family members often feel they know what’s best for their loved one, yet they may not have the knowledge base about the disease and behaviors to be objective enough regarding care decisions. This also rings true when, “out of respect” for the care receiver, we make choices that actually could be much less effective for his/her overall quality of life. So what is the solution if you are a family caregiver? It’s important to remember that “knowledge is power.” To gain knowledge as a family caregiver, I suggest you contact your county senior services or Atlanta Regional Commission Area On Aging to educate yourself on the many services available. In addition, attend caregiver educational programs offered locally continued on page 47

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Change of Scenery by Lindsay Greene

Take Me Out to the Ball Park If you live in the Southeast, you can’t miss seeing a Braves baseball game in person, hearing it on the radio or watching it on TV. Have you ever wondered what it would be like to sit in the dugout, see the locker room first hand, visit a luxury suite or the broadcast booth? What if you could enjoy a behind the scenes tour with Bobby Cox or John Smoltz? With baseball season in full swing, Lindsay Greene lives in now’s the time to visit the Braves the Walton community Museum & Hall of Fame, which with her husband and features more than 700 Braves son. When not working as artifacts and photographs that trace Vice President, Marketing the team’s history from its beginnings & Member Services for in Boston (1871–1952) to Milwaukee Community Bankers (1953–65) to Atlanta (1966-present). Association of Georgia Tours begin and end inside the Braves (CBA), Lindsay enjoys Museum & Hall of Fame, and the writing and discovering new places. one-hour guided tour of Turner Field takes visitors to Sky Field, a Braves luxury suite, the press box, broadcast booth, clubhouse (locker room) and dugout, Scouts Alley and The Museum Store. In 2012, the Braves Museum & Hall of Fame was ranked as the number one Ballpark Museum in the country by Ballpark Digest. It now could be on its way to earning the number one Ballpark Tour designation after the introduction of a new interactive tour in April. As an enhancement to the current tour, guests will now use a tablet to access videos, photos and trivia. Tablets are available to guests ten years or older. The first thing fans do is pick out who will be their virtual host, Bobby Cox or John Smoltz. Bobby or John will introduce guests to special


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videos and photos along the tour route that provide additional behindthe-scenes footage and information. Carolyn Serra, director of the Braves Museum & Hall of Fame, said, “Along with receiving lots of great information from our tour guides, guests will also hear from the people who actually work in the different areas we visit on the tour route.” For example, Brandon Beachy takes guests on an in-depth tour of the Braves Clubhouse, with stops in the batting cage, player’s lounge and locker area. Broadcasters Joe Simpson, Don Sutton and Jim Powell talk about the television and radio booths. Head Groundskeeper Ed Mangan takes fans to the pump room and drainage areas—areas never seen before on the tour. Fans can test their Braves and Turner Field knowledge by answering trivia questions at each stop along the route. Inside the Museum is a touch screen kiosk that allows guests to access information and photos on every player who has worn a Braves uniform since the team’s inception in 1871. That’s exactly 1,835 players as of the end of the 2012 season, including baseball legends Babe Ruth and Cy Young. A few of the treasures inside the Braves Museum & Hall of Fame include Hank Aaron’s 715th bat and ball, the 1995 World Series trophy, Warren Spahn’s Purple Heart and a 25-ton rail car like the one the team travelled on through the 1950s. The Museum also offers a complimentary cell phone tour, featuring the voice of legendary Braves broadcaster Pete Van Wieren, which provides additional information on many of the exhibits and all 24 members of the Braves Hall of Fame.

Tour Details: 755 Hank Aaron Drive, Atlanta, GA 30315 Tours are offered year-round, and fans can purchase tickets online at or the day of their tour at the Main Ticket Window. Ticket prices are $17 for adults, $13 for juniors (10–13), and $9 for children (3–9). For more information, please contact the Braves Museum & Hall of Fame at (404) 614-2310.

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Findlay Roofing Keeping A Quality Roof Over Head One of our most basic needs is shelter or “a roof over our head” and keeping that most important structural part of our home in tiptop shape is critical. The experts at Findlay Roofing know that it is not only time, but the weather conditions that your roof is exposed to over that time that lead to the need for repairs or replacement of your roof. After our most recent hailstorms, granules from roof shingles could be seen on the ground attesting to the impact the storms have on the roof. If your roof is more than 15 years old or you can see any of the following — missing shingles, blistering, damaged flashing, rotting, buckling, curling or missing granules — you may already be at risk for more serious damage from the water that the roof can’t keep out. Findlay Roofing will come to do a free, no obligation roof analysis. They have Haag certified inspectors, who have undergone specialized training, on staff, for assessing roofing damage. It is always better to find and repair a small problem than to face the big issues caused by


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water leaking into your home. If the damage is covered by your insurance, Findlay will work with you and your insurance company. Replacing your roof is a big decision. There are key factors to keep in mind when looking for the right company to do the work: longevity of the company; quality of the workmanship; guarantee of the work and customer service. Our Walton community is extremely fortunate to have Findlay Roofing who has been in the roofing business since 1995. The owner saw the large volume of work available, and at the same time the need for quality workmanship with an emphasis on customer service and satisfaction. Findlay Roofing still is family owned and has grown from a small roofing company to one of 130 contractors in the nation designated as an Owens Corning Platinum Preferred Contractor. Findlay also is factory authorized and experienced with many products allowing the customer to find the exact color or finish that he or she

desires. Findlay Roofing, whose mascot is the bulldog that asks, “How’s Yours? Roof Roof” and is known in neighboring states as Roof Roof, has completed more than 35,000 roof replacements and more than 20,000 roof repairs. Because Findlay is confident in its superior workmanship and quality materials, the company stands behind its work with a 10 year “No Leak” guarantee on new roof replacements. The company has an A rating with the Better Business Bureau and has won the Super Service Award from Angie’s List for the last two years. Findlay also won the 2011 Top Performer Award for Owens Corning. The commitment to the customer shows from start to finish. The phones and emails are answered promptly. The company website (www. has a wealth of information along with the option to chat live with a representative if you have a question. There is a 24-hour emergency number, (404) 797-0707 that is manned on holidays as well. Findlay is competitively priced and will not accept any payment for a job until the Customer Satisfaction CheckUp is completed at the end of the job, and the customer is completely satisfied. A large portion of Findlay’s business has come as a result of referrals from satisfied customers to their friends and neighbors. Findlay Roofing also offers gutter installation as getting water off the roof is important to the health of the roof, but also found customers had a wide range of additional home improvement needs. In addition to roof repair, replacement and gutters, Findlay Roofing offers storm remediation, water and fire restoration, siding, door and window installation, flooring and attic insulation services. Customers return to Findlay for other home improvement jobs because of the excellent service and workmanship from their initial experience with Findlay. The trend these days is to stay in one’s current home, and the services that Findlay provides will allow homeowners to invest their money wisely in their homes. Findlay has financing options available.

Findlay Roofing is very passionate about its work and is a part of the Owens Corning Platinum Advisory Board and is a member of the National Roofing Contractors Association. The company has worked with Owens Corning on the new development of a lifetime shingle. Findlay Roofing recently won the “Owens Corning Top Performer Award for Shingle Recycling” by being one of the top five for squares of shingles recycled in the country. Findlay Roofing is the featured guest on the Dave Baker - The Home Fix it Show four times a year aired on WSB radio on Saturday mornings. If it is time to replace your roof or you just want to find out the condition of your roof, pick up the phone and call (770) 516-5806 and schedule a free/no obligation roof analysis by Findlay Roofing.

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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 www.

Dear Margot: My wife has been having an open affair with a younger man. I even think they are using pot. I’ve managed to keep it from our kids, but I want her gone! It would seem that I could get the kids and pay her nothing because of her antics. Judges and juries care about adultery and other misbehavior, don’t they? No Fool Dear No Fool, It must be humiliating to think that your wife would have so little respect for your marriage and family. I understand that you must want the courts to punish her and certainly give you full custody of the children. Let’s ask John Wilson, an attorney with Levine, Smith, Snider & Wilson, LLC, to respond to your question.

The impact on a case of adultery and the consumption of illegal drugs, as with physical abuse and alcoholism, depends upon a number of variables. What has been the frequency, severity and duration of the activity? What is the amount of marital money that has been spent on the activity? Is the activity presently occurring? Did the reporting spouse ever

“Adultery tends to have more impact with a jury than a judge because judges routinely hear evidence of adultery.” engage in the activity? To what extent are the children being exposed to the activity? To what extent are the children at risk in the future as a result of the activity? Has the misbehaving spouse’s activity affected the health of the reporting spouse (such as transmission of a sexually transmitted disease, or physical injury, intentional or unintentional)? All of these forms of misconduct can be charted on a continuum of misbehavior, and the closer they are to the severe end of the spectrum, the more impact they will have. Adultery tends to have more impact with a jury than a judge because judges routinely hear evidence of adultery. Judges take misconduct affecting children most seriously. Documenting misconduct is a key component to presenting this evidence. Care must be taken to avoid violating one of our statutes regarding computer trespass or invasion of privacy. No Fool, I hope this advice from John Wilson 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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Seller Beware 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.


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One of my pet peeves is going into a store to buy one item and spending extra time saying “no thank you” repeatedly as salesmen suggest additional items to augment my purchase. While upselling and cross selling generate additional sales, clumsy or aggressive upselling techniques run the risk of alienating clients and future repeat sales. I almost walked away from a car purchase for just that reason. At the dealership, the saleswoman and I reached an agreement on the price for the car in ten minutes; I knew what I wanted;the saleswoman knew what her bottom line was; we negotiated quickly and comfortably, and I felt good about the transaction. Then the parade of well-meaning add-on product sales

representatives started. Wouldn’t I like an extended warranty, fabric protection, rustproofing and upgraded alarm services? After the fourth salesperson tried to upsell me, I was out of patience. I told the initial car sales representative if one more person tried to sell me something, the car deal was off. I was prepared to walk. How can you avoid cross selling pitfalls? Follow the leader. Let the team member who successfully sold to the client first lead ongoing sales efforts. Then work as a team and share important information. Strategize. Wait for an introduction. A client is likely to be defensive if you charge like a bull with a red cape in its sight. Ask for an introduction from your associate, then proceed slowly until the client indicates he/she is interested in what you are selling. Build a relationship. Get to know his/her business or family situation, so you can sell what they really need. Probe, don’t push. Few clients will buy because it is good for the salesman. Probe the client’s situation to discover how you can help. If you push, you may push the client away. Listen to the customer. You cannot possibly know what a prospective client needs unless they tell you. Ask, then listen to the answer.

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Health & Wellness

The Variable and Sometimes High Costs of Dental Work by Dr. Cristi Cheek, D.M.D.

Dentistry is a profession that is both art and science. Therefore, it should not be treated as a commodity where comparison shopping is based on price alone. There are many reasons why a treatment plan quoted by one dentist may vary greatly from that of another dentist and why the associated costs for each procedure may also differ. One dentist may be more conservative than another in Dr. Cristi Cheek, D.M.D., is choosing whether or not to treat the owner of Cristi Y. Cheek, D.M.D., P.C., Family and a tooth. Some dentists may Cosmetic Dentistry in the be willing to “watch” a stained Walton community. Dr. groove or a crack in a tooth. Cheek is also a member Others may choose to go ahead of the Around Walton and place a filling in a groove or Community Board. You may contact her crown a cracked tooth in hopes at (770) 993-3775 or visit of preventing deeper decay or a larger fracture that could require root canal therapy. Dentists’ participation in dental insurance plans can cause fees to vary between practices. Participating dentists accept reduced payments from the insurance companies and patients. Because they must write-off any additional fees not agreed upon by the insurance companies, they must also lower their costs in order to maintain profitability. This may possibly involve reducing the amount of time spent with each patient as well as using less expensive materials and labor, all of which could result in less-than-ideal restorations or treatment results. In my opinion, dental insurance should be viewed as minor cost assistance. The maximum benefit most insurance plans allow is around $1,500, and that number has not changed over the past several decades. The plan will not do much for you if you need a lot of dental work. Sometimes, even a well-quoted and thought-out treatment plan can change mid-procedure. Upon excavation of decay in a tooth, a dentist may find that the decay extends farther than what was visible on an x-ray or with magnified vision. The tooth thought to have only a medium-sized cavity may now need a build-up, crown, root canal, and even periodontal surgery. This can easily turn a $200 procedure into a $3,500 one. In the end, you will get the most satisfaction from receiving care from a dentist you trust, not by getting the lowest priced treatment. If you really want to save money, think PREVENTION: brush, floss, and use mouth rinse; stay away from sugary drinks and candy; and see your dentist for regular check-ups.

Heat or Ice? by Dr. Christopher Rechter and Dr. Justin Fierro

The most often asked question in our chiropractic practice has been, “When I have an injury, should I put heat or ice on the pain?” The first thing to understand is that most pain is usually caused by some type of inflammation, which means that extra blood and immune cells are rushing to the area to help the tissue heal. While this is generally a good thing, the body’s instinct to Dr. Christopher Rechter and repair can sometimes happen too Dr. Justin Fierro are owners of HealthQuest Chiropractic quickly and intensely, causing the Center, 1000 Johnson Ferry repair process to slow down and Road, Suite D-100. They the tissue to be very painful and may be reached at (770) swollen. 509-3400 or at info@ Next, knowing what the topical treatments do to the Visit their site at www. body internally helps determine which one to choose. Heat is a vasodilator. It causes blood vessels to open and allows the flow of blood into an area. This feels nice, as the muscles tend to feel loose and mobile. Ice on the other hand, is a vasoconstrictor. It shrinks the opening of the vessels reducing the amount of blood that can enter the area, which can also feel nice if something is swollen and irritated, but can be uncomfortable because, well, it’s really cold! It may make the area ache at first as the vessels constrict and this is temporary and normal. So which one do you use? When an injury first occurs, even if you are unsure exactly what the problem is, always use ice first. Even if you think the injury is “just a muscle,” use ice first to keep the pain, inflammation and stiffening to a minimum. After a few days (two to five depending on the injury), the inflammation should be going down or gone, and heat will be good to allow increased blood flow to the area delivering nutrients and immune cells to the tissue so repair can occur as quickly and accurately as possible. If there is a general rule to this question, it is that you can’t go wrong with ice, but heat at the wrong time can possibly make things worse, especially if there is any kind of internal bleeding or serious condition. When in doubt, put ice on it. For either ice or heat, 20 minutes is a good duration, and NEVER put ice or an ice pack directly on your skin. It is incredibly important to have your injury evaluated by a healthcare professional if you have any doubt about what the situation or problem really is. It is the only way to know for sure if you should be self-treating or seeking more comprehensive care. around walton | May 2013



Make Some Memories Over Summer Vacation by Jennifer Jarosick

Before staying home with her children, Jennifer was a kindergarten teacher and a kindergarten/first grade reading teacher. She also served as co-president and board member of a local MOMS Club chapter. Jennifer and her husband Martin have four children. If you have any comments, feel free to contact Jennifer at

“Grease,” “The Sand Lot” and “The Great Outdoors” are all great movies about summer vacation and each often bring me a sense of nostalgia. School is almost over and if you’re like me, you’re looking for ways to make fun movie-worthy summer memories with your family. Check out the activities list below.

If you want to stay in the East Cobb area:

Indoor activities 1. Bowling (ask about summer specials) 2. Laser tag and bumper cars 3. Ice skating (cool off!) 4. Roller skating (some rinks have weekly specials) 5. Roswell Cultural Arts puppet shows 6. Indoor sport centers in our area, many provide open play times 7. Visit the library for a book or event, see the summer calendar here: html


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8. Burn off some energy at a jump or play place – cheerleading training places often provide free play 9. Get creative at a pottery or children’s art studio 10. Dollar movie theater or attend one of the kids morning dollar movies some theaters offer 11. Indoor miniature golf Outdoor Activities 12. Miniature golf or go to a local driving range (some cut the clubs down to kid size) 13. Go karting and bumper cars 14. Play at a local park – here are two websites to help find a park near you: parks_rec/parks/default.aspx 15. Download the explorer packet for East Cobb Park and go on an adventure 16. Attend events at East Cobb Park including Sunday Funday, ARTSCAPE!, Astronomy Night and events to celebrate the park’s 10th anniversary; 17. Try the Friday Night Concert series at Marietta Square or meet friends at the square for a picnic play date 18. Six Flags and Six Flags White Water 19. Walk along the Chattahoochee River 20. Explore the Chattahoochee Nature Center 21. Attend the farmers market at Marietta Square on Saturday mornings index.htm 22. Go berry picking at a local farm

23. Get wet and have a picnic at the Riverside Splash Park in Roswell 24. Climb on your bike and hit one of the many trails in our area including the Big Creek Greenway (training wheel friendly), Blanket Creek Trail and Silver Comet Trail 25. Visit Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park for history and exercise 26. Sign up for one of the sports, art, science, music or other summer camps If you want to venture out a little farther than the East Cobb area: 27. Georgia Aquarium 28. Fern Bank 29. Zoo Atlanta 30. Centennial Olympic Park; bring your swimsuits for the water fountain 31. Coca Cola Museum 32. Imagine It! The Children’s Museum of Atlanta 33. Atlanta Botanical Garden 34. Stone Mountain Park – check out the new water playground 35. Yellow River Game Ranch 36. Attend the Atlanta Falcons Training Camp in Flowery Branch 37. Center for Puppetry Arts 38. Go on a pony ride or rent bikes at Lake Lanier 39. Red Top Mountain State Park for camping or hiking 40. Cheer on the Atlanta Braves at a baseball game 41. Explore dinosaurs and minerals at the Tellus Science Museum in Cartersville 42. Booth Western Art Museum 43. Grab a pole and go fishing at The Rainbow Ranch 44. Plan a fun and educational day at the Atlanta History Center 45. Check out a drive-in theater on a nice summer night

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Ride a zip line at Lake Lanier, Banning Mills or North Georgia, (weight and age requirements) Attend one of the many weekend festivals happening this summer in Atlanta Take a tour of the CNN studios, (age requirement) Check out the trains at the Train Museum in Duluth

Ideas for right at home: 50. Sprinklers, slip n slide, water balloons and pool day 51. Tie dye t-shirts, pillow cases and more, paint a mural on a bed sheet, or personalize t-shirts with permanent makers 52. Have a backwards day, start with dinner and end with breakfast 53. Have a water or lemonade stand 54. Organize a treasure hunt at the playground 55. Have a backyard camp out and reuse your glass jars for catching fire flies 56. Have each child plant and grow their own garden 57. Try some backyard science projects; pull out the baking soda and vinegar! 58. Start weekly neighborhood kickball or baseball games 59. Create a family time capsule 60. Work out as a family and start each morning with a walk or run, consider training for a family 5k I hope this list helps you have a fun, memorable and relaxing summer. If you have suggestions for more activities, feel free to email me at Enjoy the fun days of summer!

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Hit the Beach! by Nora Borne

It’s summertime! Long days, warm sunshine and leisurely hours spent ocean and poolside await. Yes, swimsuit season is here! An updated and flattering bathing suit will take you through the summer in style. Add a perfect cover-up, a great pair of sunglasses and a hat for protection. Don’t forget to include a chic tote or beach bag to complete your look. You don’t have to dread Nora Borne is a personal swimsuit season. It is possible stylist and has had a to find a suit that compliments passion for fashion her entire life. She lives in your figure and body type that the Walton Community is functional as well. Fashion with her husband, Darrell, magazine guides on what suit is and daughters, Emma best by body type can be helpful, and Sarah. She will help but nothing beats a few hours you create a look of your own that celebrates spent in the dressing room trying your personality and on pieces. Focus on accentuating inner beauty. She can be the positive features of your contacted at (678) 427body and diminishing the less5359 or at noraborne@ than-perfect areas. If you are small-chested, find a suit with ruffles, pleating or prints on top to add volume. If you are biggerchested, opt for a streamlined top with good support. For pearshaped, or bottom heavy figures, there are adorable skirted bottoms available. Athletic builds can choose boy-cut bottoms and bikinis to show off trim figures. Huge trends in swimsuits this season include retro and vintage inspired styles and the return of the one piece. Nautical stripes and bold colors are also taking center stage. When in doubt, a classic black one piece is an excellent choice and can be as sexy and alluring as a tiny bikini. A chic cover-up is essential, providing protection from the sun and a nice camouflage for a less-than-perfect body. Choose a relaxed tunic or a luxurious caftan, both of which work for every body type. Maxi dresses and the classic sarong are other smart choices. Another tried and true cover-up pick is the classic button up shirt. Steal one from your man or purchase an oversized one in cotton or linen. Don’t forget to add a modish pair of oversized sunglasses and a straw hat to top off your look and protect you from the harsh rays of the sun. Crushable straw hats and cotton bucket hats are ideal for travel. Finish off your look with a raffia or straw tote to hold all of your essentials. Globally inspired bags with embroidery and tribal embellishments are very on trend. A few hours spent finding that perfect summer ensemble will allow you to feel confident and ready to hit the beach! 30

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School & Sports

Cultural Experiences Outside of School Enhance International Spanish Academy In its fourth year at Walton High School (WHS), the International Spanish Academy (ISA) has grown to include 97 students. The program continues to expand and allows students the opportunity to engage in multiple cultural experiences throughout the school year. In October, the freshmen and sophomore ISA students, accompanied by Mrs. Crittenden, Mrs. Schott and Ms. Garcia, attended a presentation by the Hispanic Flamenco Ballet. The show highlighted the music and dance of the Caribbean and South America. The students enjoyed the ballet and gained a new appreciation for this type of exciting and lively music and dance. Earlier this spring, the ninth and tenth grade students visited the High Museum for an outstanding exhibit of the works of two extraordinary Mexican artists—Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo. A large group of the junior and senior ISA students joined Dr. Vasconcelos and other WHS faculty on a trip to Spain in January. For a few students, it was a return trip! The group traveled to

many cities including Toledo, Córdoba, Jerez de la Frontera, Mérida, Pena de Francia La Alberca, Segovia and Ávila before arriving in Salamanca for a week long study at the Universidad Pontificia. The students were graciously invited to stay in the homes of the people of Salamanca. This fabulous trip is always a phenomenal language and cultural learning experience for teachers and students. In April, the WHS ISA Class of 2016, which is predominantly female, celebrated with a quinceañera held at Skyy Bar in the Georgia Rib Company. A quinceañera, or sometimes simply called a quince, is the celebration of a girl’s fifteenth birthday. This birthday is celebrated differently from any other birthday, as it marks the transition from childhood to a young woman and is similar to a Sweet Sixteen party for American girls. The evening’s festivities included an introduction of the 18 honored quinces and the presentation of flowers, a shoe ceremony (switching from flats to heels to signify the transition), family remarks, dinner and dancing

Quinceañera Honorees of ISA Class of 2016 (Left to right): Megan Williams, Bridget Seery, Amanda Miller, Madeline McClish, Elizabeth Key, Faith Rashidi, Kylie Andrews, Rachel Luckcuck, Kylie Holthaus, Meredith Lischer, Lalin Ozyazgan, Alaine Smith, Amanda Skinner, Sydney Dorawa, Kate Baldino, Alyssa Chvasta, Jenna Kahn, and Sarah Portwood.

On May 24, the first class of 22 ISA students will graduate from WHS with their diploma from Walton and a diploma from the Ministry of Education of Spain! Their dedicated work was celebrated at a banquet in April at Fuego Mundo, a Latin American restaurant in Sandy Springs. A representative from the Ministry of Education of Spain attended as well as Mrs. McNeill, the ISA Faculty, students and family members and honored guests. Mrs. Judy Thigpen from the Wood Acres School presented the first ever ISA scholarship to one of the graduating seniors.


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The International Spanish Academy (ISA) at WHS is a rigorous, dual language program in Spanish and English offered through the collaboration of WHS with the Ministry of Education of Spain. ISA students take four years of intensive Spanish at Walton and four Honors or AP content courses in the area of Humanities that include a delivery component in Spanish. Approximately 30 percent of an ISA student’s overall coursework is conducted in Spanish. For full participation in ISA, the ISA graduates will earn a diploma from Walton and a diploma from the Ministry of Education of Spain. For more information, contact Suzanne Schott, Director at

School & Sports News Dodgen Science Olympiad Advances to National Competition Dodgen Middle School Science Olympiad team has earned its first trip to the National Science Olympiad competition to be held in Dayton, Ohio in May. Dodgen students placed second overall in the state competition at Southern Polytechnic State University in March. Dodgen is the first Science Olympiad team in Cobb County to earn its way to Nationals. The team competed in 23 different earth, life and physical science and engineering events. Head coaches Debbie Amodeo and Jeff Miller, who are both Dodgen teachers, agree that at this level of competition, the team concept is key; every student and every event is equally important. Dodgen Science Olympiad has existed for 13 years with tryouts open to all interested students. The Dodgen Science Olympiad team set a goal to go to Nationals three years ago and has renewed this goal each year after near wins at State. The grand prize has eluded the team until this year and now the team is headed to Nationals. Good luck!

Timber Ridge Elementary Students Join Cobb EMC for Career Day Cobb EMC recently hosted nearly 70 students from six Partner in Education schools for the cooperative’s 22nd annual Career Day. During the event, elementary students from Timber Ridge (TRE), Allatoona, Boston, Due West, Ford and Russom spent the morning job shadowing employees across the company. After working through the morning, some students were joined by their parents and teachers for a luncheon hosted by Cobb EMC.

TRE fifth-grader Ashlyn Segler shadowed consumer marketing rep Becky Summers during Cobb EMC’s Career Day.

TRE fifth-grader Dylan O’Reily shadowed corporate security manager Dan Carmichael during Cobb EMC’s Career Day.

Cobb EMC bookkeeping supervisor Brittnee Prince pauses for a photo during lunch with her Career Day replacement, Taylor Chiles, a fifth-grader at TRE.

Sope Creek Elementary Celebrates STEM Lab and Sunrise Programs Local dignitaries recently attended Sope Creek Elementary School Foundation’s “Family Fun Night.” This event celebrated two of the school’s programs – the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Lab /STEM program and the Sunrise Program -- a morning cardio-intensive workout. Guests joined parents, teachers and students to honor donors to the STEM Lab -- The Sope Creek Elementary School Foundation and the Engberg Family. The lab is a space where students and teachers can use state-of-the art educational tools to learn about science, technology, engineering and math. The Engberg children are students at the school, and the donation was made on behalf of their grandfather Dr. Alan Engberg, who had a curiosity and passion for science. This is the first STEM Lab in Cobb County for elementary-level students. STEM Lab teacher Kerry Lance specially designed the STEM lab and its coursework around K-5 curriculum requirements. Georgia State Representatives Matt Dollar and Sharon Cooper presented Principal Martha Whalen and Coach Shawn Maloney with House Resolution 543, honoring Sope Creek Elementary School’s Sunrise Program. Rep. Cooper said “The remarkable advantage of the Sunrise Program is that it has a strong impact on student health and academics yet doesn’t require additional school funding. A simple shift in the beginning 20 minutes of the school day enables the children to participate in ‘brain-starting exercise’ – and they love to do it.” Scott Sweeney also shared with the audience that Principal Whalen had been selected by the Georgia PTA’s 9th District as the Outstanding Principal of the Year.

Left to right: Sope Creek Elementary Foundation copresident Regina Wood, Kerry Lance, Principal Martha Whalen, Kaj Enberg, Tina Engberg, Soren Engberg, Finn Engberg, School Board Member Scott Sweeney, CCSD Area Assistant Superintendent of Schools Dr. Doreen Griffith, and State Representative Sharon Cooper. around walton | May 2013


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Differentiating Among the PSAT, SSAT and SAT

A New Way to Create Using 3-D Printing

by Claudia Aguirre with C2 Education, East Cobb

By Stephanie Niu

In today’s standardized test-addicted academic world, parents and students alike can be overwhelmed by the various acronyms flooding pamphlets and emails: SAT, PSAT, NMSQT, SSAT, ACT—who can really tell the difference? It all comes down to the intended purpose and targeted age group for each test. Developed by the Secondary School Admission Test Board (SSATB), the SSAT is available for Claudia Aguirre has been grades three -11. It consists of an education specialist and director at C2 Education in three levels: elementary (grades East Cobb for the past four three - four), middle (grades years. You may contact her five - seven), and upper (grades regarding ideas for future eight -11). The test contains both articles at eastcobb@ multiple choice questions (in math, reading comprehension, and verbal) and an essay. The SSAT is mainly used by independent and private schools to assess academic capabilities for potential admission. The College Board boasts two major tests. First is the PSAT, which also goes by the name Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). While it was developed to provide students with practice for the impending SAT, it also offers opportunities to give scholarships to those students who score within a certain range. Juniors (11th grade) compete for these scholarships, but students can take the test starting as early as the ninth grade. The PSAT measures skills in critical reading, math problem-solving and writing, but it does not require an essay. The test mainly consists of the lower level questions found on the SAT. It is worth noting that the PSAT is mistakenly believed to be used for entry into magnet schools in Georgia; in reality, magnets use a very similar test. The College Board’s most recognizable test is the ever-popular SAT, which is used by college admissions officials to assess how students will perform during their first year in college. Like the PSAT, the SAT tests skills in critical reading, math problemsolving, and writing; however, an essay is now factored in with the writing score. Aside from college admissions, the SAT is also used by the Duke University Talent Identification Program (Duke TIP), a non-profit organization that identifies academically talented and gifted students in grades 7-12. Duke TIP offers these students the opportunity to explore academics outside the normal classroom. Since students may end up taking one or even all of these continued on page 47 34

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At first glance, it looks like an oversized microwave or a clunky display case without walls. Within its sturdy frame, however, the mysterious contraption appearing in an ever-increasing number of businesses and homes across America holds the most revolutionary technology of the twenty-first century: 3-D printing. 3-D printing, also called “additive printing,” is a process by which three-dimensional objects Stephanie Niu is a are created using a layering sophomore at Walton High School (WHS) and process. 3-D printers vary in the Community Outreach how they function, but the core Director for the WHS process is the same. The user Robotics team, Team WALT. first creates a digital model of the Visit object to be printed, usually using for more information or to contact Team WALT. computer-aided design (CAD) software. Information from the model is then sent to the printer, where a material is selected. The printer then creates the object by depositing thin layers of material until the final object is created. This is the “additive” part of the process; instead of starting with a chunk of material and carving away portions to create a shape, an object is created by building up separate layers. Printers solidify the material using lasers or a furnace-like process. The implications of 3-D printing are enormous. By allowing people to create in a precise, three-dimensional medium, 3-D printers make the creation of virtually any object imaginable a reality. 3-D printers from companies like MakerBot sell for prices around $2,199, making 3-D printing a possibility for many consumers in addition to scientists. 3-D printers already are used in many industries—the model for replacement teeth used by your dentist and prototypes for your favorite digital devices for example. The newest innovations in 3-D printing will truly shape the technological landscape of the world for centuries to come. Variations in the material used in these printers propelled scientists and engineers to the cutting edge. By printing in metal, two American companies produced “Urbee,” a fully functioning hybrid car that gets 200 miles per gallon. Even more incredible is the ability of 3-D printers to create living tissue. By using water and oil to create a lipid bilayer, scientists from the University of Edinburgh created living embryonic stem cells with the potential to be formed into human organs. Incredibly, 3-D printing has even evolved into something continued on page 47

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2013 Trailblazer Award Winner Bridget Smith By Lynne Lysaght

Around Walton is pleased to present our Trailblazer Award to one graduating senior from Walton High School (WHS) each school year. The winner of this award is a student that blazes the trail for others by showing exceptional leadership, high academic accomplishment and commitment to the community through service. On Honors Night at WHS, it was my privilege to present the 2013 Trailblazer Award to Bridget Smith. She is a member of the first class that will complete the International Spanish Academy (ISA) program at WHS. Students accepted into this program make a commitment to take four years of Spanish language classes and four years of specific Honors or Advanced Placement (AP) Humanities courses that include a delivery component in Spanish. The ISA students will take about 1/3 of their total coursework at WHS in Spanish. Bridget will graduate with her diploma from WHS and a diploma from the Ministry of Education of Spain. Bridget has maintained a weighted GPA of more than a 4.0 despite missing many days of school as a result of two kidney stone surgeries and a spinal fusion surgery. She has earned the AP Scholar with Distinction award for the scores she received on the 12 AP exams she has taken. She is a member of the National Honor Society and Spanish Honor Society. She currently serves as the president of the Spanish Honor Society, the treasurer of the Humane Society and the secretary of the Red Cross Club at WHS. 36

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Outside of school, Bridget is the first teenager to be named head coach of a softball team where she volunteers. She has spent at least ten hours per week each spring for the past three years as the coach for a softball team of first through third grade kids. She teaches two classes each week at her church, Johnson Ferry Baptist, and helps with the children’s and recreation ministry in any capacity needed. She is the first teenage head teacher of the Girls in Action program at her church. She has been on mission trips to Alaska, the Dominican Republic and Mexico, taking part in construction, Vacation Bible School, community work and counseling. She has also volunteered for Operation Christmas Child and the American Cancer Society. Bridget is headed to Elon University in North Carolina and plans to study Human Services and Spanish. She said, “I want to gain the human relations training to work in the field, and having a strong background in Spanish will make me a more valuable service worker because I can reach many more people.” She hopes to become a social worker or counselor in the juvenile court system. “I have always loved volunteering with kids and service organizations, so working with underprivileged kids would combine my love for children and service into a job that I would excel in and enjoy.” Bridget’s trailblazing has inspired and encouraged other teenagers to get more involved in the programs that she volunteers with. She remarked, “It is exciting to look at the programs that have helped shape me and in turn see how I have shaped them.” Congratulations, and may she have much success in her future.

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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

Unity Unity North Atlanta Church 4255 Sandy Plains Road, (678) 819-9100 Acting Spiritual Leader: Rev. Richard Burdick around walton | May 2013



Miracle on the Hudson by bryant wright

For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. —Romans 6:23

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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On January 16, 2009, when the world was in the dumps over such bad economic news, we were all inspired as we saw the news that U.S. Airways flight 1549 had ditched safely on the Hudson River. We were especially thrilled because every single life was saved. The man most responsible for saving the lives of all those people was the pilot, Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger. Without his heroism, all people on board were doomed. In fact, the story is often referred to as the “Miracle on the Hudson.” But, as miraculous as it was, the people on that U.S. Airways flight

were only saved from physical death. An even greater miracle is that because of the extraordinary work and life of Jesus Christ, we can have victory over physical death for eternity! The bad news: because of our sin, we are all doomed to die and spend eternity separated from God. The good news: Jesus Christ came to give us life… for eternity. The key: entrust your life to Him like you do when you board an airplane, entrusting your whole life and future to the pilot. Jesus will save you from death and get you where you need to be. The “Miracle on the Hudson” inspired us all, but the miracle of salvation in Jesus is the greatest miracle of all! Copyrighted material. Used by permission of Right From the Heart Ministries, Marietta, GA.


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

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 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 around walton | May 2013



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:

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,

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

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

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 Mothers and More Meeting: 2nd and 4th Tuesdays at 7 p.m. Location: Saint Catherine’s Episcopal Church, 681 Holt Road Contact: 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: Northwest Atlanta Moms of Multiples Club Meeting: 2nd Monday at 7 p.m. Location: North Metro Church on Barrett Pkwy. Contact: (678) 404-0034,

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, Single’s Ministry Location: Johnson Ferry Baptist Church 955 Johnson Ferry Road Contact: (770) 973-6561, 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 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 | May 2013



Walton AreA Homes Sold in MARCH List Price


$       325,000 $       549,900 $       799,000 $       290,000 $       329,900 $       124,000 $       562,500 $       227,900 $       265,000 $       239,000 $       889,000 $       765,000 $       364,900 $       435,000 $       339,900 $       199,900 $       229,000 $       141,900 $       180,000 $       174,900 $       435,000 $       675,000 $       165,000 $         94,900 $       475,000 $       639,000 $       729,900 $       219,900 $       349,000 $       259,900 $       799,000 $       239,000 $         54,000 $       749,900 $       848,900 $         60,000 $         79,900 $       100,000 $       749,000 $       350,000 $       132,500 $       204,900

Bridgegate Camden Place Camden Place Chestnut Springs Fairview Farm GARDENS AT PARKAIRE Hampton Woods HERITAGE TRACE Heritage Trace Heritage Trace Hershey Woods Hickory Grove Indian Hills Indian Hills Lake Fjord LAKE FJORD Lashley Farms Mulberry Farms Mulberry Farms Mulberry Farms New Bedford North River Forest OVERLOOK OVERLOOK Park At Papermill Penhurst Preserve at Lost Mill Trace Providence Place Rose Oak Roswell Downs Sewell Farm Sewell Springs The Meadows The Preserve at Lost Mill Trace The Renaissance THE RIVERS BY THE WILLOW The Willows Villas At Parkaire Waterford Green Willeo Place WIMBLEDON PLACE Wooded Hills


Averages for 2013


Address 949 Bridgegate 1211 Lexham 1295 Little Willeo 2246 Chimney Swift 373 Fairbrook 502 GARDENIA LN 4402 Dunmore 4844 CREEKLAND 2218 Heritage Trace 2159 Heritage Trace 1134 Sandy Springs 1344 Siesta 4290 Summit 331 Ridgewater 4900 Karls Gate 4890 LAKE FJORD 943 Otter 703 Bridle PATH 403 Carryback DR 1006 Saddle HL 909 Forest Pond 700 River Forest 5580 RIVER HEIGHTS XING SE 2160 River Heights CT SE 1075 Brockton Close 1503 Dansford 3246 Lost Mill 3935 Stanton 4992 Secluded Pines 1293Murdock 1819 Danforth 1350 Nonie 5035 Meadow LN 3252Lost Mill 1150 Monte 4081 RIVERLOOK PKWY 3940 Riverlook PKWY 817 Serramonte DR 1292 Waterford Green 4780 Taylors 5017 HIGHLAND CLUB DR 2801 Dellinger

Beds Baths 3 5 6 5 3 2 5 4 3 4 7 7 4 4 3 3 3 2 2 2 5 4 3 3 6 5 6 3 3 4 5 4 2 5 5 2 2 3 5 4 4 3

2 4 5 2 2 2 4 2 2 2 5 5 3 2 3 3 2 4 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 4 4 2 2 3 4 3 3 4 5 2 2 2 5 2 4 2

Data Provided by Lynne Davis of For A Value AnalysisCall 678-910-1811

Days on Market 3 115 114 10 5 85 7 80 6 29 26 37 124 13 66 255 60 1000 93 88 213 60 162 22 336 142 193 14 17 29 4 5 59 41 33 70 10 1 83 3 130 99

Sales Price $          312,000 $          525,000 $          750,000 $          290,000 $          326,900 $          128,000 $          542,000 $          212,000 $          262,000 $          217,500 $          850,000 $          715,386 $          332,500 $          435,000 $          312,000 $          201,000 $          223,803 $          141,900 $          170,000 $          169,000 $          365,000 $          650,000 $          185,000 $             94,900 $          472,000 $          620,000 $          725,521 $          215,500 $          332,631 $          256,000 $          799,000 $          235,000 $             48,100 $          719,000 $          780,000 $             57,000 $             69,999 $          100,500 $          742,236 $          350,000 $          142,750 $          206,000


$ 363,860

Although there are more buyers in the market now vs last year, the inventory is so low that the number of homes sold this year is no greater than last. 44

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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

Schools: 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 | May 2013



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:


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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

Be Aware of the Need for Disability Insurance continued from page 13

entirety of your working life. • Consider adding appropriate “riders.” A cost-of-living rider will help protect your future benefits from the effects of inflation. A future income options (FIO) rider will provide the ability to purchase additional coverage in the future with no further medical underwriting.

Seller Beware

continued from page 26

Be sensitive to budget. Customers may not be able to afford additional purchases. Pressuring them to spend more than they have can make them uncomfortable, and they will not return to your business in the future. As this list illustrates, the cross selling process is just like any other sales process and requires as much preparation and effective communication. Most importantly, be patient, so you do not run the risk of chasing away your clients.

Your financial advisor can help you determine if you need a private disability insurance policy — and, if so, what type of policy is best suited for your needs. This article was written by Edward Jones for use by your local Edward Jones Financial Advisor.

What to Look For When Replacing Your Roof

Differentiating Among the PSAT, SSAT and SAT continued from page 34

tests as they progress through school, it would be a good idea for parents and students to become acquainted with what each test offers them and what each test measures well before test deadlines are upon them.

continued from page 16

7. Hire a reliable contractor. Be wary. Always obtain cost estimates from more than one company, and choose a contractor who is insured, certified and offers referrals. You might also contact your insurance agent, as they may cover part of the cost, and they may recommend certain roofing companies. Don’t pay up-front deposits to an unknown roofer. Protect yourself and your home by hiring a roofing contractor who offers a warranty so that you won’t be left out in the rain if leaks occur.

Caregiving: A Difficult Job continued from page 18

throughout the state. I strongly recommend attending monthly caregiver or disease specific support groups. Caregiver support groups are usually free, and you will find yourself in a supportive environment with others who can relate to and normalize your often difficult and mixed feelings as a family caregiver. Gaining knowledge and outside support is vital for assuring quality of care for your loved one.

A New Way to Create Using 3-D Printing continued from page 34

impossibly more advanced: 4-D printing. The fourth dimension, time, can be controlled through self-assembling objects produced from a 3-D printer. By using materials that change shape through water absorption or the movement of a salt gradient, researchers have essentially created self-assembly. As 3-D printing developments reach science-fiction-like results, this incredible innovation is on its way to becoming a common item in every household.

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

Health & Beauty 25

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


Dynasty Wealth Management (678) 401-6102


Edward Jones Financial Advisor: Ben Clark 14 (770) 977-4229 1050 East Piedmont Rd Suite 122, Marietta

chiropractic HealthQuest Chiropractic Center, PC 19 (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


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

Education/ Instruction/ Youth Appleton Learning East Cobb location — (770) 971-1500 4250 Roswell Road, Suite 610, Marietta Roswell — (770) 998-1500 625 W.Crossville Road, Suite 104, Roswell


Bethany Christian Services 21, 37. (770) 455-7111, C2 Education Back Cover 1100 Johnson Ferry Road, Suite 400 (770) 565-8184 Connective Tutoring 37 (470) 377-4809, 255 Village Pkwy, Ste 520 Johnson Ferry Children’s Camp


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


Fit for Life 21 (770) 321-4550, Get In Shape for Women 31 (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

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

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WellStar 3 (770) 956-STAR,

Real estate Atlanta Communities Real Estate 14 (770) 240-2000,


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


Findlay Roofing Cover, Inside Front, 22, 23 (770) 516-5806, G-VAC Gutter Cleaning Specialists 1-877-703-4822,



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

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


Landscape Matters (770) 403-5813


Plumbing Doctor, The (770) 516-9000


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

Retail /Miscellaneous services Kiwi Getaways 16 (770) 317-2521, Quick Lube (770) 973-1643


Senior Services

Quality Craftsmen 5 (404) 483-7446,

Parc at Piedmont — East Cobb Inside Back 999 Hood Road, Marietta, GA 30068 (770) 565-8828 Sterling Estates 30 4220 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta, (678) 946-4454,

Insurance Keeton Insurance Services (770) 971-8900



Greg Cavellier — Allstate 7 (678) 403-1825, 3535 Roswell Rd., Suite 49, Marietta

Physicians & Medical Services Northside Hospital Cancer Institute


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


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