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Volume 2, Issue 9

22 22 Chattahoochee Plantation Women’s Club Valentine’s Gala

CPWC members celebrate and raise funds for local charity.

35 Sky Zone

36 & 37 On the Cover Marietta Plastic Surgery.

Photo by Dan Carmody, Studio 7 Photography.

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

Change of Scenery explores Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park

44 Summer Camps

50 In Every Issue Around Walton.......................... 6 Celebrations............................ 12 Community Calendar............... 24 Everyday Angels...................... 38 Houses of Worship.................. 60 Clubs & Organizations.............. 62

Listing of sports, day and overnight camps

School Information.................. 64

48 Scouting

Community Numbers.............. 66

Walton Community Map......... 67

Local Girl and Boy Scout troops

50 WHS Orchestra in Chicago

Invited Performers at Midwest Clinic, students enjoy the city.

Recent Home Sales.................. 65

Humane Society...................... 69 Elected Officials....................... 70 Advertiser Directory................ 72

Contributing Writers

Joan Steigerwald is the Market Manager for Around Walton. For information on advertising, she can be reached at (770) 615-3311 or joan@ 2

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Kim Ackerson..................................53 Judson Adamson.............................19 Claudia Aguirre................................47 Peter Allen......................................34 Debbie Assini..................................34 Matt Boler.......................................52 Nora Borne......................................28 Joanne Bryan...................................46 Angela Butler-Hackett......................40 Dr. Cristi Cheek................................42 Ben Clark.........................................18 Rick Fantucci...................................21

Lindsay Greene................................29 Sen. Judson Hill...............................14 Jennifer Jarosick..............................26 Kara Kiefer.......................................33 Lynne Lysaght..................................25 Lisa Malice......................................57 Zett Quinn.......................................20 Doug Rohan.....................................16 Margot Swann.................................32 WellStar..........................................43 Bryant Wright..................................59

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Around Walton

Our Community Board

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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Joan Steigerwald, (770) 615-3311

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.

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Judson Adamson — Judson is a 24-year veteran of the Atlanta Real Estate Industry. Judson can be reached at (770) 240-2001.

Around Walton welcomes your comments, stories, and advertisements. The deadline is the 20th of the preceding month.

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AROUND WALTON by Lynne Lysaght

The People, The Places and The Pleasures that make Walton

Rumors are running rampant about the new marquee sign for Mt. Bethel Elementary School that has been erected on Johnson Ferry Road. According to Mt. Bethel Elementary Principal Joan Johnson, this project started more than a year ago and is being funded completely by the Marquee Partners in Education with no cost to Mt. Bethel Elementary or the Cobb County School District Lynne is the Editor (CCSD). Gas South, which is of Around Walton prominently displayed on the magazine. She lives in new sign, donated the funds the Walton community with her husband Martin for the sign and its installation. and their three sons Kyle, Property Masters is providing all Logan and Camden. the landscaping, which includes trees and plants that will grow to provide privacy for the students and enhance the beauty of the area. Neighboring businesses had complained of the “eyesore” of the unmaintained area. Mrs. Johnson was thinking creatively of ways to earn additional money for the school especially in these difficult economic times with school budgets being cut and families having less money to spend. Mt. Bethel has the financial support of an incredible Foundation and PTA, funded by the efforts of students’ families, but Mrs. Johnson wanted to provide more for the students without asking for more from the people who already generously support the school. She had seen marquee signs in front of other schools and went to an informational meeting to learn more. She felt she could not pass up the opportunity to provide more for her students. The project has been in the works since that time with a great deal of research done and input from the Mt. Bethel Foundation, PTA, and School Council as well as CCSD, neighboring home owner associations and the Georgia Department of Transportation. “Even down to the design of the sign to reflect the level of excellence of the schools in our community, every aspect has been considered carefully with the CCSD approval process followed and appropriate permits in place for the actual work,” stated Mrs. Johnson. The additional funds brought in to the school will be used to support instruction, curriculum resources, school needs and initiatives as determined by the school’s instructional team. Mrs. Johnson greatly appreciates the support of the Marquee Partners in Education of the students at Mt. Bethel Elementary.


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Don’t forget to vote on March 19, in the election being held to determine whether or not to renew a 1 percent sales and use tax for educational purposes. All 153 polling places will be open on election day from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. For any questions regarding registration or voting, call (770) 528-2581. A sample ballot is available at

What’s New? Jersey Mike’s Subs has opened a new location in Merchants Exchange Shopping Center at 4400 Roswell Road, Suite 148. The menu includes cold and hot subs, wraps, subs in a tub and kid’s meals. For more information, call (770) 321-3998 or visit A new store called Sports Town is opened at the Avenue East Cobb, 4475 Roswell Road, Suite 200 adjacent to Bed, Bath and Beyond. Sports Town sells sports apparel, memorabilia and items with college and professional athletic team logos such as hats, Tervis tumblers, key chains and more. The store has youth and toddler sections as well as adult. Seventy-five percent of the stock is dedicated to colleges. For more information, call (770) 977-0200. East Cobb Math Tutoring has a new name East Cobb Tutoring Center. The tutors employed are teachers and the center can help with any level math, writing, history and more including Advanced Placement courses. For more information, visit The Crepe Café, located in the East Cobb Crossing Shopping Center,4363 Roswell Road, recently opened. The restaurant serves sweet and savory crepes and espresso drinks featuring Lavazza Coffee, an Italian coffee brand. For more information, call (770) 971-0077 or email

What’s Moving? The Massage Envy Spa currently located in the Merchants Festival Shopping Center near the Target will be relocating to the Woodlawn Shopping Center at 1205 Johnson Ferry Road. The spa will occupy the former School Box location. The spa offers customized massages and Murad® Healthy Skin facials. For more information, call (678) 213-2368 or visit Rohan Law PC has moved to a new office at 4360 Chamblee Dunwoody Road, Suite 208, Atlanta, 30341. Doug Rohan and his firm will continue to help clients with Worker’s Compensation Claims, Personal Injury Claims and Criminal Defense. For more information, call (404) 923-0446.

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YOUR LOCAL NEWS Local Girl Crowned 2013 Teen Miss Cobb Virginia Wycoff won the title of Teen Miss Cobb for 2013 at the Little Miss Cobb County Pageant. She competed in the 16–18 year-old beauty division. The pageant is a fundraiser for the Miss Cobb County Scholarship program. Virginia will represent Cobb County in the Marietta Fourth of July Parade and Kennesaw Big Shanty Parade and will have the opportunity to attend the Miss Cobb County Pageant as a special guest in August. In addition, she may volunteer in the community in any capacity wearing her crown and sash being a positive role model to young girls. Virginia is the youngest daughter of Kurt and Christiane Wycoff and is a junior at Walton High School (WHS). Virginia was crowned by Bailey Thompson, 2012 Miss Teen Cobb County who graduated from WHS in 2012. In October, Virginia won the title of Miss Junior Raider at the WHS Miss Raider Pageant. Rae Grant was the Second Runner-Up in the Teen Miss Cobb and is a sophomore at WHS who was named Miss Sophomore Raider at the Miss Raider Pageant.

Stop Arm Cameras On Cobb County School Buses “Crossing Guard” cameras will now help levy automatic fines against drivers who illegally pass stopped Cobb County school buses. The Cobb County School District, one of the first in the nation to add stop arm cameras to their school buses, the Cobb County Police Department and American Traffic Solutions have released a video Public Service Announcement to help educate the community about this latest student safety initiative. The video can be viewed at After review, a citation will be issued to drivers who illegally pass stopped school buses.

Blood Drive at Berner Family Chiropractic Berner Family Chiropractic located at 3325 Shallowford Road, Suite 700 will be holding a Blood Drive on April 2. Most healthy people 16 years or older and weighing at least 110 pounds can donate blood. For any questions regarding blood donation, call 1-866-562-7156. For more details on the Blood Drive at Berner Family Chiropractic, call (770) 726-9968.

ELM Spring Registration

2012 Teen Miss Cobb Bailey Thompson crowns Virginia Wycoff as 2013 Teen Miss Cobb.

All past or current Walton High School students, Bailey Thompson (2012 Teen Miss Cobb), Virginia Wycoff (2013 Teen Miss Cobb) and Rae Grant (Second Runner-Up) show their Raider pride at the 2013 Little Miss Cobb County Pageant. 8

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Registration for the Enrichment of Life Movement (ELM) Spring Session (April 2 – May 21) is open. ELM is a nonprofit, non-denominational learning opportunity for active adults 50 or older. For the past 28 years, ELM has used the facilities of the First Methodist Church of Marietta, 56 Whitlock Avenue, SW, every Tuesday to offer eight-week sessions every fall, winter and spring. Registration will close on March 22. This spring, 58 classes will be offered including Creative Writing, Current Events, Line Dancing, Painting, Rug Braiding, Shakespeare, Spanish and History. The registration fee is $40 per session, which allows the participant to take up to three classes for one price. Classes start at 9:30 a.m. and run until early afternoon with lunch being offered for $6.50. Students are welcome to bring their own lunch. Registration booklets and information is available at Cobb County senior centers, libraries or online at For more information, call the ELM Office at (770) 429-7850 Ext. 7845 or email


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YOUR LOCAL NEWS Harry Norman, Realtors Honors Leading Associates At a recently held awards breakfast, Harry Norman, Realtors recognized Julie Altenbach as the Agent of the Year for the East Cobb office, and she was one of the firm’s Top Five Sales Associates company-wide. Cathy Colquitt was named Agent of the Year for the Cobb Marietta office. Page Henry of the East

Julie Altenbach, winner of Agent of the Year for East Cobb office, with Dan Parmer, President and CEO of Harry Norman, Realtors.


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Cobb office was accorded the prestigious President’s Award for her distinguished community service. Todd Banister of the East Cobb office was honored as Top Agent in Units or Homes Sold. Photos by Kim Link.

Page, winner of the President’s Award, and Carl Henry at Harry Norman, Realtors Award Breakfast with Jeanne Linden, Managing Broker and Senior Vice President of the East Cobb office.

Rob Owen and Jeanne Linden with Todd and Betsy Banister at Harry Norman, Realtors Award Breakfast.

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Happy Birthday!

Trinity Grania Holman Age 11 on March 2 Daughter of Patrick and Grania Holman Sister to Seth-Patrick, Ireland, Andrew, JohnHall and Patricia


John-Hall Coinage Holman Age 3 on March 19 Son of Patrick and Grania Holman Brother to Seth-Patrick, Trinity, Ireland, Andrew and Patricia

Therese Condon Celebrated February 4 Happy Birthday!

Josiah Teague Age 18 on March 26 Happy 18th Birthday, Josiah We love you and are so proud of you. Meme and Granddad

Dorothy Hawkins Celebrating March 24 Happy Birthday, Mom! We love you, Sandra, Nancy and David

Arden Gergen Age 6 on March 27 Happy Birthday to our sweet girl! Love, Daddy, Mommy, Payton, Avery and Lexi

George Alexander Age 14 on March 17 Have a Shamrockin’ 14th Birthday, George! Love, Mom, Dad, Henry and Zoe

Caroline Embleau Age 13 on March 16 Happy Birthday Caroline! We love you! Mom, Dad, Milky and Twi

Sofia Rodriguez Age 10 on March 27 Wow, double digits! Happy 10th Birthday, Sofia! Love always, Mommy, Papi and Catalina

Tammy Fera Age 50! On March 22 Happy 50th Birthday Tammy! Love, your lil sis Mindy

Dylan Ellixson Age 16 on March 8 Happy Birthday, Dylan! Love, Dad and Sherry

Skyler Hess Age 11 on March 22 Love, Mom, Dad, Darby and Kyle

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Happy Birthday!

Addie Ongaro Age 6 on March 26 Happy 6th Birthday, Addie! We love you! Daddy, Mommy, Hunter and Caroline

Grace Jordan Age 11 on March 27 Happy Birthday, sweetie! We love you so much! Mom, Dad and Grant

Dawn Wadsworth Celebrating on March 2 Happy Birthday! Wayne, Waverly, Weston and Henry

Gretchen Buchanan Celebrating on March 20 Happy Birthday!



Celebrations Marilyn and Henry Ahrenhold, III Celebrating 62 years on March 24 Congratulations and Happy Anniversary!

Nancy and Jerry Boone Celebrating 55 years on March 12 It’s been a wonderful journey, sweetheart! Happy Anniversary!

Wedding, Birthday and Anniversary Announcements are Free! E-mail photo and caption to: April deadline is March 20.

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Signs of Recovery in Georgia’s Budget by Sen. Judson Hill (R-Marietta)

Like most of you reading this column, every month my wife and I review our family’s current and anticipated household expenses. There are a few surprises from time to time, but we are careful to never spend beyond our means. This is what the Georgia General Assembly is currently doing, only on a much larger scale. Shortly after the start of the legislative session, we Sen. Judson Hill serves recessed in order to allow the as the newly appointed Chairman of the Senate Senate and House Appropriations Finance Committee as Committees to review our “bills” well as the Chairman in an effort to be good stewards of both the Cobb and of taxpayer dollars. During this Fulton County Legislative process, members of both the Delegations. He represents the 32nd Senate and House Appropriations Senate District, which Committees worked together includes portions of Cobb on a careful line-by-line analysis and Fulton counties. of our state budget. This is a He may be reached by complicated process and requires phone at (404) 656-0150 or by email at judson. a thorough account of every taxpayer dollar. In addition to setting the framework for the FY 2014 budget (the “big budget”), the FY 2013 budget (the “little budget”) must be revised to account for unexpected expenses. Each year, Governor Deal offers his budget recommendations during his State of the State address. These recommendations serve as a guide for legislators during the appropriations process. It is important that we also hear from the state agencies that are dependent on these funds for basic operations. The Department of Education, Department of Transportation, Georgia Ports Authority and the Department of Economic Development are just a few of the agencies that present their expenditure plans. For FY 2014, Governor Nathan Deal proposed a $19.8 billion budget, a slight increase from last year. Our Revenue Shortfall Reserve, or “rainy day” fund, stands at $378 million, not counting the amount that will cover K-12 enrollment growth in FY13. This means that in the case of an emergency, our state could continue operations for a full seven days—but we must continue our attempts to replenish this reserve account while also fully funding state operations. Although Georgia’s economy is seeing some growth and declining unemployment, we are still navigating our way out of a national recession. Governor Deal asked state agencies to cut their expenses by three percent in order to spend within our means and ultimately balance the state budget. However, even with the slight budget reduction, Governor Deal maintained 14

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“Although Georgia’s economy is seeing some growth and declining unemployment, we are still navigating our way out of a national recession.” funding for key areas such as public safety, health care, education and economic development in his recommendations, including: • $147 million to fund K – 12 enrollment growth • K – 12 Needs: $3.8 million to provide funding for more school nurses, professional development, and classroom technology • Increasing the award amount for HOPE scholarships and grants by three percent • $246 million to fund Medicaid and PeachCare expense growth and to reduce state funds to offset an increase in federal contributions • $35 million to provide funds for mental health, including additional case management services; a new crisis service center, crisis stabilization program and expansion of mobile crisis services; housing for an additional 600 individuals; new supported employment and peer services; and additional options for consumer transportation • $25 million in bonds for water supply projects through the Department of Community Affairs and Georgia Environmental Finance Authority • $50 million in bonds to expand and deepen the Savannah Harbor • $16 million in additional motor fuel funds for road and bridge projects based on anticipated revenue collections The next step for both the FY 2013 amended budget and the FY 2014 general budget is to go through the legislative process. The proposed budgets will be introduced in the House—all fiscal bills start in the House—and must be passed before traveling to the Senate. Any significant changes in the bill between the House and Senate will require an appointed conference committee, made up of members of both chambers, to agree on a compromised version of the budget before it can be signed by the Governor. Georgia’s budget is just the same as our household budgets, with one very large difference. Most household budgets are funded by one or two individuals, but Georgia’s budget is funded by millions of taxpayers across the state. The people of Georgia expect the General Assembly to pass a budget that is pennywise without compromising the programs and services provided by the state. While the legislative session may still have unfinished business, the promise of a state budget that is fiscally sound and transparent can be guaranteed.

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What Can You Do With a Weapons Carry License? by Douglas B. Rohan, Esq. ROHAN LAW, PC

Doug Rohan lives in the Walton community with his wife, Julia, and three daughters. He is a bi-lingual attorney and owner of Rohan Law, PC specializing in auto accidents, workplace injuries and criminal defense. He is a member of the Around Walton Community Board. You can email him at doug@

The gun shows are packed, and most gun stores have bare shelves. If you are a new weapons license holder, have you taken time to study the laws and find out what you can and cannot do? Because of the popularity of the pistol, this article will focus on laws concerning handguns. There are separate laws relating to long guns (rifles, shotguns, etc.). The laws surrounding concealed carry are complex. Each gun owner must be familiar with and abide by all relevant gun laws. This article should not be looked at as your legal cliff notes. I am an attorney…that was my disclaimer. First, what can you do without a weapons license? In Georgia, you can purchase a firearm, transport it in your car, and keep it inside your home and business without a license. The gun must be kept in the trunk or enclosed glove box or closed console. An open map slot or under the seat,

out of view is not acceptable. If you choose to engage in concealed carry, you are required to obtain a license from the probate court where you reside. Approximately 600,000 Georgians are licensed to carry. This allows you to keep your pistol with you at all times, with several significant exceptions: Government Buildings – this includes any building that houses a governmental entity or where a governmental entity regularly meets to conduct its official business. This would include obvious locations like the courthouse, state mental health facility or jails, but also includes city hall or county annex buildings, such as the tax assessor’s office. House of Worship – though there are efforts underway to remove this from the list of prohibited locations, you are not permitted to take your weapon into a church. This became a high profile issue last year when a gunman walked into a Norcross church and shot several attendees of a weekday bible study. Many speculated that the prohibition of weapons emboldened the former employee to commit the offense on the church campus. Bars – this one is listed, but with an asterisk. The general


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“In Georgia, you can purchase a firearm, transport it in your car, and keep it inside your home and business without a license. The gun must be kept in the trunk or enclosed glove box or closed console.”

prohibition against carry in a bar is not absolute. The bar owner has the authority to permit an individual to carry in his bar. However, it must also be noted that it is against the law to be in possession of a firearm while under the influence of alcohol or illicit drugs. So while you may have permission to take your weapon into the bar, you need to behave as though you are also the designated driver for the evening. On the premises of Plant Vogtle – you are prohibited from carrying a weapon onto a nuclear power facility. Just thought that was interesting…. Within 150 feet of a polling location – Many locations that are used as a polling place may not have a restriction on nonpolling days. School property – no one under 21 or who is a student at the school may possess a firearm on property used as part of a private or public school. Those over 21 may possess a firearm only if they have a carry license and they are in the process of picking up or dropping off a student. Businesses that prohibit firearms – your license to carry a firearm does not trump the right of a property owner to deny you the right to carry. Any owner, leaseholder or valid renter who has legal possession of private property has the right to deny anyone from bringing a weapon onto his or her property. Be aware of signage that may indicate any prohibitions against weapons and respect the wishes of those owners. Failing to leave or remove your weapon from the premises can subject you to a charge of trespassing. If you are a new license holder, it is incumbent upon you to know the laws. Study them carefully. Most importantly, stay up to date on the changes. There are several local organizations that track legislation and will help you stay informed. I strongly encourage you to join one. It is a good idea to train regularly by visiting the local firing ranges. Make friends with the staff and don’t be afraid to ask questions. Several even have “tactical” or advance weapons training classes that can help you become a safer gun owner.

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What Do New Tax Laws Mean to You? Provided by Ben L. Clark, CFP®, ChFC®, AAMS®, Edward Jones Financial Advisor

As you know, the U.S. Congress has adopted some measures to help avoid the much-feared “fiscal cliff.” At this point, important spending decisions have been put off, but new tax laws are in place, and as an investor, you’ll want to know just how this legislation will affect you. Let’s look at the impact of the tax laws on three different income levels:

“Rather than let taxes drive your investment choices, focus instead on whether a particular investment is appropriate for your individual situation, if it fits your risk tolerance and if it helps you diversify your portfolio.”

• Up to $200,000–$250,000 — If you earn less than $200,000 (if you’re single) or $250,000 (if you’re married and file jointly), your income tax bracket will not change, nor will the tax rates assessed on dividends you receive from stocks or longterm capital gains you receive from selling investments that have appreciated in value. However, a 3.8 percent Medicare tax will apply to the lesser of your net investment income or your modified adjusted gross income in excess of the $200,000 or $250,000 levels, respectively.

the slightly higher rates now give you even more incentive to be a “buy-and-hold” investor, which is usually a good strategy for most people. And the increase in dividend taxes doesn’t detract from the key benefit of dividends — namely the ability to provide a potential source of rising income that can help keep you ahead of inflation. Keep in mind that dividends can be increased, decreased or eliminated at anytime without notice.

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.

• $250,000–$400,000 — If your adjusted gross income is at or more than $250,000 (for single filers) or $300,000 (for married couples), your itemized deductions will begin to phase out, as will your personal exemption deductions, possibly resulting in higher effective tax rates. And the 3.8 percent Medicare tax will apply to part, or all, of your investment income. But your tax bracket stays the same, as do the tax rates on dividends and capital gains. • $400,000–$450,000 — If you earn at least $400,000 (if you’re single) or $450,000 (if you’re married), you will be subject to the phase-out of deductions described above, and your marginal tax rate will rise from 35 to 39.6 percent. Plus, taxes on qualified dividends and long-term capital gains will rise from 15 to 23.8 percent when the 3.8 percent Medicare tax is added in. Consequently, you may have some decisions to make; at a minimum, you’ll need to know how the new rates might or might not affect your investment choices. For example, if you rely on bonds to provide a source of income, be aware that your interest payments (taxed at your marginal tax rate) will now be taxed more heavily. As for capital gains,


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Overall, the changes in investment-related taxes are probably less substantial than many people had anticipated. And in any case, taxes are but a single component of investment decisions. Rather than let taxes drive your investment choices, focus instead on whether a particular investment is appropriate for your individual situation, if it fits your risk tolerance and if it helps you diversify your portfolio. Diversification can help you reduce the effects of market volatility, though it can’t guarantee profits or protect against loss. Edward Jones, its employees and financial advisors cannot provide tax or legal advice. You should consult your attorney or qualified tax advisor regarding your situation.

Local Realtors Searching for Inventory by Judson Adamson

If you are a homeowner in the Walton High School district or other great school districts around the city, you may find more and more marketing materials from Realtors® in your mailbox than you have in previous years. The reason is simple: lack of inventory! In the fall of 2012, inventory was approximately half of what it was in the fall of 2011, creating a reversal from an over-supply Judson Adamson is the to an under-supply. Potential President/CEO of Atlanta Communities Real Estate buyers who have been on the Brokerage serving the sidelines with no sense of urgency Walton community. have now determined that prices He also is a member have definitely bottomed out, of the Around Walton that interest rates are probably Community Board. He can be reached at (770) as low as they will ever be and 240-2001. that buying conditions will only get tougher. The buyer’s market that we have been in for years has now turned into a seller’s market in the $500,000 and under price points. So Realtors® are searching for interested homeowners that they can assist in getting their homes on the market and sold for top dollar. These market conditions create a unique opportunity for the move-up homeowners. Inventory levels at the higher price points ($500,000 and up) have not come down as much as in the under $500,000 market, and this upper range is still considered

“The buyer’s market that we have been in for years has now turned into a seller’s market in the $500,000 and under price points.” a buyer’s market. Therefore, if you are in a home in the under $500,000 range, you can sell/market your home in a seller’s market and then buy a more expensive home in a buyer’s market. If you find yourself in this situation, this could be a great strategy to explore. First time homebuyers and many local investors that have been buyers in the under $225,000 range have found themselves almost squeezed out of this market by the institutional investors that are buying up this price range to renovate, rent out and hold in a long term portfolio. Most of these homes in desirable areas receive multiple offers and are sold very quickly. Many of these first time homebuyers and local investors have done what they can to move up above this institutional investor range where they are able to make better decisions on their home purchases and not get caught up in the institutional investor buying frenzy. There are many signs that the foreclosure crisis in Metro Atlanta is coming to an end. Homebuilders are starting to build again, consumer confidence continues to improve and most professionals feel that 2013 is going to be a year of continued improvement in the real estate market.

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Water, Water Everywhere: Preventing Water Damage to Your Home by zett quinn

As we head into the rainy season, it’s important to protect your home from potential water damage. Every home is at risk — even those without basements. When it rains a lot after a drought, the ground absorbs water quickly and then becomes saturated. There’s a lot of water streaming, and many times it winds up in places that can cause damage. The key is to direct rainwater Zett Quinn is the founder away from your home’s of Quality Craftsmen, offering more than 20 foundation. years of experience in Make sure your gutters are in the construction and good condition, and gutter covers renovation business. To will prevent clogging. Ensure learn more, visit www. the water from downspouts is or contact him at (404) directed away from the house. 483-7446. Consider adding underground hard piping to flow the water to the street, or employ French drains around the foundation. Next, make sure the ground surrounding your house slopes away. Inside your home, solutions may include a drainage system in the floor, evacuation pumps and waterproofing a basement wall. Excessive rain can create unstable soil conditions, making your home sink into the ground, causing stress and cracks. If you see a bowing wall, a leaning chimney, cracks in the floor or cracks between bricks on exterior walls, call an expert. Don’t simply caulk the cracks; it doesn’t fix the problem and could make it more difficult for a professional to repair. Have an experienced contractor or foundation specialist


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inspect the space to ensure it’s not serious. The expert should work with an engineer who can help evaluate the situation. The initial consultation should be free of charge. A sonic test will determine where the voids are under a house, so the expert will know the exact spot to target. Some cracks are less serious, and not all indicate problems with the foundation. But if the foundation has been compromised, you should have it fixed immediately. The type of foundation repair needed depends on the specific cause of the problem. Solutions include placing steel piers beneath the foundation, pumping hydraulic grout into the floor to create a pier or installing Kevlar wall straps or wall anchors to stabilize and secure the foundation. What’s the worst that can happen? If your foundation can’t support your house, over time, a wall could implode, causing the building to collapse. If you see cracks or water damage, call an expert. Don’t wait for disaster to strike.

Refinance an Underwater Mortgage with HARP by Rick Fantucci, ANGEL OAK FUNDING

If you were to ask any realtor what his or her biggest challenge was a couple of years ago, he or she would say “lower property values!” If you were to ask any realtor what his or her biggest challenge is currently, he or she would say, “lack of inventory!” When this trend occurs, it is common that multiple offers made on a listed home create a “highest and best” situation. In cases of high demand and Rick Fantucci is a licensed low availability, the value of our mortgage advisor (NMLS #147852) who has homes naturally increases. been serving East Cobb The positive trend in the past homeowners with their 12 months in property value is a mortgage-related needs reflection of our market. In the for the past 15 years. He Walton School District alone, currently works for Angel Oak Funding as a sales there was a 4.5 percent property manager and can be value increase in 2012. This may reached at (404) 637-0361. not be as intriguing as the value Rick and his wife have two increase of the early 2000’s, young daughters whom he but it’s an improvement. Even coaches in basketball and softball. with that good news, many homeowners wishing to refinance their mortgage are not in a position to take advantage of historic low interest rates, or so they think! In comes HARP - not the instrument played by angels, but the federally- assisted Home Affordable Refinance Program. This program started in 2009 to allow underwater borrowers

“HARP is perfect for those who cannot otherwise refinance due to exceptionally high LTV ratios caused by the dramatic decreases in home values.” to refinance properties which were negatively impacted by the U.S. housing market collapse and ineligible for a conventional refinance. The HARP refinance program has been revamped into the HARP 2.0 program, loosening its previously enforced maximum limits on borrower loan-to-value (LTV) ratios while expanding the range of eligible borrowers considerably. HARP is perfect for those who cannot otherwise refinance continued on page 68 around walton | March 2013



Chattahoochee Plantation Women’s Club Valentine’s Gala The Chattahoochee Plantation Women’s Club (CPWC) hosted a Valentine’s Gala at the Atlanta Country Club recently. More than 150 guests enjoyed dinner, dancing and cocktails at the annual gala which raises money for local charities. This year’s black tie event raised more than $26,000 for the Child Development Association (CDA). The CPWC is an organization of more than 200 members and has been a primary connecting point for women in the East Cobb Chattahoochee Plantation Community for more than 40 years. The Club has a long and proud history of providing its members an expansive array of opportunities for social interaction through annual events, activities, interest groups and special projects.

Lynn and Jerry Thompson

Photos courtesy of Ashley Poole Photography

Dianne and John Chapin

Cynthia and Rand Meyer

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Jennifer and Craig Chapin

J. Carlton and Pat Smith

CPWC Co-Presidents Linda Pace and Carie Buchanan

Susan McCoy and Kim Sherk

Elizabeth and Larry Cooper

Jim Weinstein bids on the mini-Mercedez pedal car, donated by RBM of Atlanta.

Trish and Bill Chapman

Jeff and Chris Cashman

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March/April EVENT CALENDAR Tuesdays through April 15

AARP Tax-Aide Time: 10:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. Location: East Cobb Library, 4880 Lower Roswell Road, Suite 510-B Information: AARP Tax-Aide is volunteer-run tax preparation and assistance service offered to taxpayers with low to middle income, with special attention to seniors. Taxes will be prepared free by IRStrained tax counselors and will be confidential, with no appointments needed and electronic filing available. For additional locations and more information, visit

relay races, inflatables, games, Kids’ ZUMBA and more. Rent a booth and sell all those clothes, toys and books your children have outgrown from 1-5 p.m. Booth rentals will be $15 - $20. To rent a booth contact Linda at From 4 – 6 p.m., the YMCA will host the second annual Underwater Easter Egg Hunt for children ages 3 -13. Bring a waterproof basket and swim around and collect your eggs. Children 10 and under must have an adult in the pool with them. Registration is required for this event and the cost will be $8 per child. To register and for more information, call (770) 977-5991.

March 14

Food Truck Monday Time: 5 – 8 p.m. Location: Paper Mill Village, 137 Johnson Ferry Road Information: Food Truck Mondays are returning to Paper Mill Village. It’s a fun time for families and kids of all ages to enjoy music and great food. There will be dessert trucks, gourmet trucks, and kid-friendly trucks. Food Truck Mondays will also take place on April 29, May 20, June 24, July 22, September 23 and October 28.

Depression, Delirium and Dementia Time: 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Location: Catholic Church of St. Ann, 4905 Roswell Rd, La Sallette Hall Information: Aloha to Aging, Inc. will present a program on the 3 D’s – Depression, Delirium and Dementia and the importance of understanding the difference. These three conditions are often misdiagnosed because of similar symptoms. This program will teach what patterns and behaviors to look for and what type of help to seek. Please RSVP to (678) 439-1177.

March 18

Wine Tasting Gala and Silent Auction Time: 7 - 9 p.m. Location: Indian Hills Country Club, 4001 Clubland Drive Information: East Cobb Friends is holding its Fourth Annual Wine Tasting Gala and silent auction with ample wines to taste, a selection of hors d’oeuvres to sample and the sounds of local band 120 East. The silent auction will include items of jewelry, sports memorabilia, gift baskets, and vacation getaways and more. Tickets will be $30 each and may be purchased from any East Cobb Friends member or at the door the night of the event. Proceeds will benefit Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. For information or to purchase tickets, contact Pat Iaffaldano at (678) 371-3534 or by email at Patricia.iaffaldano@

March 23

Cobb County DayLily Society Meeting Time: 10 a.m. Location: First United Methodist Church, 56 Whitlock Avenue, Room 252 Information: The Cobb County DayLily Society will host guest speaker Tim Bell from Bell’s Daylily Garden. Luncheon will follow the meeting. Guests are welcome. There will be no cost for the program. For more information, contact Mark Franklin at (770) 410-0548.

March 24

Easter Egg Hunts & Healthy Kids Day at Y Time: Easter Egg Hunt – 1:30 p.m. Healthy Kids Day – 1:30 - 4:30 p.m. Clothes, Book, Toy Sale – 1 – 5 p.m. Underwater Easter Egg Hunt – 4 – 6 p.m. Location: McCleskey-East Cobb YMCA, 1055 East Piedmont Road Information: The YMCA will host a free Easter egg hunt for kids ages 8 and under at 1:30 p.m. See the Easter Bunny and hunt for prize-filled eggs! A free Healthy Kids Day event starts after hunt, with 24

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March 30

Community Wellness & Pet Adoption Event Times: 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Location: 736 Johnson Ferry Road, Suite C-130 Information: East Cobb Chiropractic will be giving back to the community to say thanks for a great year with door prizes, refreshments, zen therapy sessions, new patient specials and rejuvenating hand treatments from Origins Skin Care. There will be pets available for petting and adopting from DJs Doghouse. Free portraits with homeless pets will be available to those who bring donations for East Cobb Chiropractic’s animal welfare efforts (leashes, collars, toys, crates, etc.). For more information, call Dr. Diana Dinser at (678) 621-1110 or visit online

April 3 – 4

Basketball Expo 2013 Time: April 3 - 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.; April 4 – 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Location: Cobb Galleria, 2 Galleria Parkway SE, Atlanta, 30339 Information: The Basketball Expo will be celebrating 122 years of basketball history. Attendees will learn about exclusive products and service opportunities from over 90 suppliers. Don’t miss the 3 on 3 Challenge on the main floor. For more information, visit www.

April 8 – 12

Spring Break Dynamite Days Off Camp Time: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Location: McCleskey-East Cobb Family YMCA, 1055 East Piedmont Road Information: During school holiday breaks, the YMCA provides healthy and fun activities for children ages 5 – 12. Qualified counselors will lead activities that include swimming, crafts, sports, group games, and making friends! Pack a lunch, two snacks, swim suit and towel. Cost for members will be $35/day, prospective members $55/day. Free extended care will be available from 7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. For more information, visit or call (770) 977-5991.

Go Ahead — Live, Work And Play We’ll Protect You by Lynne Lysaght

The Cavellier Agency Greg Cavellier 3535 Roswell Road Suite 49, Marietta, GA 30062 (678) 403-1825

agency wants to be sure that you are properly protected. One of the great things about representing Allstate is that I don’t have to sell the brand. People know that the company has high quality products at competitive prices,” said Greg. With Allstate’s claim satisfaction guarantee, clients have peace of mind that their claim will be handled quickly, efficiently and to their satisfaction. They can live, work, and play with one less worry. Greg and his staff want to personally see that their East Cobb clients are “in good hands.” Call (678) 403-1825 for a free, no obligation review of your current insurance coverage and a cost comparison. Photos by Dan Carmody, Studio 7 Photography.

What does it mean to have an insurance agent that lives in the same community where his office is located? It means that he truly cares about the service you get and that he takes protecting you personally. Greg Cavellier has lived in the East Cobb community for 15 years. The Cavellier Agency, an exclusive agency for Allstate Insurance, is located in the Providence Park Office Complex on Roswell Road across from East Cobb Park. Greg said, “For the first time in my career, I love getting up every day and going to work. With the support of my incredible staff, we help the families in this area protect the most important things in their lives — each other, their home, cars and more.” Greg realizes that these are the same families he’ll run into at the grocery store, at kids’ ballgames, and around East Cobb, and takes pride in the fact his agency is helping them. At the Cavellier Agency, the phone is always answered by a licensed insurance agent. You never have to work through layers of pressing numbers only to get to a recording. Whether the caller is a prospective or current client, a live person picks up the phone and answers insurance questions and explains policies

clearly. Most people have been buying insurance for years but are not always sure of what they are paying for. The staff has almost 40 years of combined experience in the insurance industry and responds quickly to client concerns. The Agency focuses on Home, Auto, Life, Commercial, Landlords, Condo, and Personal Umbrella Policies for clients in the East Cobb area. Do you know what CPR for your assets is? It’s a Customer Protection Review, and at the Cavellier Agency, every client gets a CPR call prior to renewal to ensure they have the best coverage and discounts available. “It is very important to realize that you are driving around with your assets in your trunk, and our

Left to right: Vania, Greg, Shelly and Bryanna of the Cavellier Agency.

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Who is Watching the Kids this Summer? 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


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Summer vacation is two months away. Are you ready? If finding childcare is on your get-ready-for-summer list, now is the time to start looking. Unless you live in a neighborhood full of college and high school students who are seeking a summer babysitting job, you will probably need to expand your search. Whether you require a full-time nanny or part-time, here are some tips on where to look for reliable childcare. A great place to start is at one of the local colleges that have an Elementary and Early Childhood Education Department. Often times, they will post your job ad on the bulletin board for

students who are looking for summer jobs. Another option is to look online. Two sites that I am familiar with are Care. com and I have successfully used Sittercity. com and still use the nanny we hired through this site today. These sites often provide background checks, and you typically end up with several candidates to interview for the position. If you want to look closer to home, post a want ad in your neighborhood newsletter or a nearby neighborhood. And if all you need is one day a week—many churches and moms groups have a babysitting co-op. This is a great way to have access to occasional childcare and not spend any money. You can also create a babysitting co-op among your friends who have kids. Then there are times when you just want to clean the house, work from home, or finish a project. Try hiring a mother’s helper, often a middle school aged child, to come play with your kids while you are at home. It’s great experience for them and a helper for you. I hope these tips will help you find the right person for you and your kids. It’s a relief when you can find a reliable, responsible person to watch your kids who also blends well with your family. So start looking now before many of the school kids, nannies and others find work for the summer. Good luck!

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Tips for Traveling in Style by Nora Borne

Going somewhere? Spring break and summer vacation are just around the corner. Regardless of your destination, these key essentials will get you there in style. 1. Versatile and comfortable clothing such as light loose tees, Nora Borne is a personal cashmere stylist and has had a passion for fashion her sweaters entire life. She lives in and stretch the Walton Community jeans in with her husband, Darrell, neutral and daughters, Emma colors will and Sarah. She will help you create a look of your provide the own that celebrates base of a mix your personality and and match travel inner beauty. She can be wardrobe. The contacted at (678) 427key is in the 5359 or at noraborne@ layering. A tunic or button up shirt is also a versatile piece to wear with pants, skirts or as a coverup. A black tank-style bathing suit is a must that takes up very little room but is essential for swimming and spa visits. Black yoga pants can also provide double duty for exercising, lounging or easy traveling. 2. Ballet flats or Toms are fashionable footwear that can be easily slipped on and off at security points and provide comfort for walking and touring. 3. A cashmere pashmina is an ultra chic option for a scarf and can double as a pillow or blanket on the plane. At your destination, it will provide warmth in chilly air conditioning or cool weather.


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4. Carry on a structured tote for all of your inflight necessities. It will also provide a space to stash souvenirs on the way home. Don’t forget to tuck a pair of socks inside to wear on the plane. 5. A small cross-body bag will stow easily at the bottom of your suitcase and will supply you with hands-free storage on outings and shopping ventures. This is an item worth the investment. A good quality bag in a long lasting and sturdy material will last for years and is always stylish and practical. Louis Vuitton makes a great one. 6. Regardless of sunny or rainy weather, a cotton bucket hat will provide instant protection and can easily be stored in your tote or cross-body bag. 7. Stylish sunglasses are always a necessity. Opt for an oversized pair to protect you from the sun and camouflage tired eyes. 8. Flying can be extremely drying. Make sure to tuck a small moisturizing hand cream and lip balm into your tote. Traveling these days can be stressful enough. Keeping these essentials on hand for your next trip will provide just what you need for a carefree and stylish journey. Bon voyage!

Change of Scenery

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

by Lindsay Greene

Sky Zone When You Are Ready to Bounce Off the Walls!

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

March weather is often unpredictable, and too much time indoors can have both you and your kids ready to climb the walls. Burn up that excess energy and get ready for some high-flying fun at Sky Zone in Roswell! Imagine a seemingly endless sea of trampolines, all connected to form one massive trampoline surface. Now, imagine that surface enclosed with angled trampolines that allow you to literally bounce off the walls! These patented, all-trampoline, walled playing courts are the foundation of Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park, whose first location opened in 2004. It’s a playing court so original and unique, it was granted a United States patent. The result? A brand new way to move, compete and get fit. Beyond the unique courts, Sky Zone is the ultimate 3-D play experience and unmatched high-flyin’ fun - and it’s not just for kids either. Sky Zone is enjoyed by people of any age, shape or physical ability on a regular basis. From open jump, 3-D Dodgeball and SkyRobics fitness classes to birthday party packages, group events and corporate team building outings, there is truly something for everyone.

The Foam Zone has four lanes of trampolines that lead into a five foot deep foam pit. Just getting out of the foam pit is a major workout! The dodgeball courts are extremely popular ,and monitors do their best to keep everyone safe and to ensure that kids of the same size are playing together. The dodgeball courts only allow 13 people on each side. Safety is a big concern for parents. Sky Zone has court monitors at each station, in the main jump area, one for each dodge ball court, one at the foam pit and another at the basketball court. The way the main court is separated into squares of individual trampolines discourages double bouncing. Sky Zone does not overlook the parents. The facility offers a wide variety of refreshments, and there is plenty of seating in the dining area and in viewing areas as well. Many parents are multi-tasking on laptops or iPads while kids sail through the air. Tickets and jump times can be purchased and scheduled online at Waivers are required for all jumpers. 30 Minutes - $10; 60 Minutes - $14; 90 Minutes - $18; 120 Minutes - $21. Jump barefoot or in special shoes provided by Sky Zone. What are you waiting for? Jump in the fun at Sky Zone! Sky Zone Roswell 1425 Market Blvd. Suite 100-A Roswell, GA 30076 Phone: (678) 745-9900 Also located in Kennesaw and Suwanee around walton | March 2013


Chic Casual One of the best ways to express your personal style and individuality is through clothing; fabric, color, fit, and style all tell a story. What’s your story? Do you appreciate quality pieces that blend up-to-date elements but remain timeless in style? Do you seek fabrics that retain their color and fit, wear after wear? Do you appreciate items that are unique, adding to your own sense of style? And do you enjoy wearing clothing that makes you look younger but still age appropriate? If you answered, “Yes,” to these questions, DISMERO is your new store. DISMERO opened in downtown Woodstock in October 2012, and it’s a store like none other in the area. Under the direction of Italian designer Andy D’Auria, the pieces are best described as “sophisticated casual.” DISMERO is for the woman who seeks quality active wear that doesn’t fade, shrink, or stretch and is classically tailored to be worn season after season. Each woman can visit DISMERO and find her own unique look in casual to casual-dressy separates that fit the curves of a woman’s body and that she can feel good in. DISMERO’s collections are a timeless investment that you will reach for in your closet time after time. DISMERO is headquartered in Verona, ITALY with shops throughout Europe and the United States. Andy has been designing for 35 years, but his career path wasn’t always in the design world. As the son of an artist mother and art dealer father, Andy always had a creative side. He earned a Doctorate in Economics, but eventually, his creative side took precedence. His line fits a real woman with curves and retains its shape. All fabrics are pre-shrunk, and he uses a reactive dye, which keeps colors from fading. The pieces are easy to maintain as they all are intended to be cold-water washed, not dry cleaned. DISMERO’s locations tend to be in resort areas, including Naples and Vero Beach, FL, so the question begs to be asked, “Why Woodstock?” And the answer is, “Why not?” As most of us are realizing, downtown Woodstock 30

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Chic Casual for people who love strong emotions and long distance travels for people who love to be comfortable at any time is a vibrant and energetic destination, not only for Towne Lake residents, but from surrounding areas. After being introduced to downtown Woodstock through his wife’s best friend, Andy spent more and more time there and felt a connection. “Woodstock brings back what used to be,” said Andy. “It’s nostalgic in that there’s a real connection between the people and the community. There’s a warmth here that is unique and that I wanted to be a part of.” DISMERO’s presence will only help downtown Woodstock as its uniqueness will draw customers from surrounding areas. An upscale store such as DISMERO fits perfectly into downtown Woodstock’s overall plan of providing unique experiences for Towne Lake residents and others. Customers of the Woodstock location will enjoy an inventory that is priced up to 30 percent less than DISMERO’s regular retail. The merchandise is not seconds or clearance but rather a special collection of high quality pieces. Because of Andy’s classic designs and attention to detail, the styles can be worn year after year, with colors that match and complement seasonto-season and year-to-year. The DISMERO collection includes

tops, jackets, sweaters, trousers, and jeans — chic but casual and made to fit and flatter. Andy is excited to add more “DISMERO Women” to the legion of loyal fans he currently has in regards to his clothing line. He realizes the DISMERO woman is discerning yet practical. He is ever aware that she will invest in quality apparel but wants her investment to last more than one season. He is committed that each piece that bears his name is the best in fabric, design details, fit, and style. The DISMERO woman wears her clothing with confidence, knowing she is wearing items that flatter her from top to bottom, making her look stylish and, yes, younger. The DISMERO woman is you. DISMERO 470 Chambers Street, Woodstock • (678) 398-4008 Hours: Tuesday — Thursday, 10 a.m. — 6 p.m., Friday —Saturday, 10 a.m. — 8 p.m. Sunday & Monday, Closed


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Ask Margot by Margot Swann

Dear Margot, It’s been 15 years of marriage that included serial infidelity for the first 5 years. I don’t know whether he has been faithful for the last ten years or whether he’s just gotten smarter. I have that same feeling and know that if he is doing it again, I must leave. I just am not sure. Should I try to get in his emails? What should I do? Untrue or True Margot Swann is the Founder and CEO of Visions Anew Institute. She established this nonprofit to provide resources, education, and support for people going through divorce. Send your divorce questions to margot@, call (770) 953-2882 or visit

Dear True, How it must hurt to not be able to trust your spouse. It’s hard to make a good decision when you are feeling betrayed but don’t have facts. It is also difficult to divorce without true evidence. I would suggest that we ask Hawk Private Investigations. They know how to find facts.

When infidelity is suspected, your emotions are running on overload. In most situations, you will not get the truth by confronting your spouse; you will only serve to educate him or her about how you think; he or she will just be more careful. Now is the time for you to become a great actress/actor. Pay attention to the details that made you suspicious, and obtain any documentation you can to support


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“Pay attention to the details that made you suspicious, and obtain any documentation you can to support your case without letting on that you are suspicious.” your case without letting on that you are suspicious. This may include legal access to cell phone records, emails, social media, etc. Even after you have obtained solid evidence of an affair, you should rely on your attorney and/or counselor for guidance as to the best way for the evidence to be used to save the marriage, divorce and/or child custody purposes. A good private investigation firm will help you determine the best strategy for your situation. They will help you document the facts and guide you through the process. I do advise that you let the professionals conduct the investigation. Trusting chosen professionals will help eliminate some of the stress, provide the answers you need and keep you out of legal trouble. True, I hope Tom Hawkins’ advice 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.

Painting Like Picasso by Kara Kiefer

I have a deep admiration for those people who possess artistic talent. As a child, I enjoyed drawing freehand, and at one time I thought I was pretty good. That is until I took an actual art class in junior high, which made me realize how pedestrian my “talent” was. I moved onto other interests… like boys. I dabbled in several artistic ventures throughout the years, including hand-painted cards and Kara Kiefer is the Executive calligraphy, but eventually, work Editor for Around About Local Media She lives in and raising a family took over my Cherokee County with her artistic interests — until I saw a husband Mike and sons Groupon for one of those “do Brandon and Garrett. your own painting” art studios. A few girlfriends and I each purchased a certificate and made our date with a blank canvas, some brushes and a bottle of wine. The class consisted of about 20 ladies and one brave guy (dragged by his girlfriend, no doubt). Once we got our aprons, our palettes of paint for the project and our wine, we were ready to embark on creating our masterpieces on our individual canvases. We are first shown by the instructor what the painting “should” look like when it’s completed. “Artists” (and I use this term loosely) can change the color scheme that is recommended. Our first instruction was to paint the entire canvas white. Easy

enough. I finished that task with time to spare, so I took a few sips of wine and thought smugly and prematurely, “This is going to be easy.” After the white background had sufficiently dried, the instructor began painting the background with swishes of purple, yellow, teal and black. The instructor kept a steady pace, leaving little to no time for wine sipping or self-admiration. You either had to keep up or hope your neighbor was keeping up so you could copy her. Stroke by stroke and color by color, the instructor led us through the development of our portraits, which for that session was wine bottles. Once everyone’s paintings were completed, participants were encouraged to show their creation to the group. I passed. The paintings among my group of friends were all unique. Two of us stayed within the suggested color scheme while the other two “rebels” chose their own palette. I was impressed with all of our paintings. We had a great time, which was really the main purpose. I would warn anyone who wants to do this to wear something you don’t mind getting paint on. Even though we were provided with aprons, a few of us still managed to paint our pants, and the paint doesn’t come off. Today, my painting is propped up in my dining room until I can find an appropriate place to hang it - I’m thinking the garage!

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Creating Your Business Plan by peter allen

This could be the most valuable document that you could produce for your company regardless of its size. If you answered the questions on “Clarifying Your Business Focus” in last month’s column, you will be that much closer to completing your business plan. Why do I need to create a business plan? Can I succeed without one? Yes, but it could cost you a lot more money, time Peter Allen lives in East and market share and cause a Cobb and has a degree in Business Management and lot of unneeded frustration. The holds several certificates benefit of having a business plan from coaching institutes for is like the benefit to having a life, business relationships compass on a ship. It will keep and retirement. He can be you focused on where you’re reached at (770) 977-2232. going and any correction and additions you need to make. It can help you secure financing and/or partners if and when needed. It is a blueprint so you can create your vision and mission statement for all those involved. As you drill down in creating your plan, it will open up to you your markets and how to get to them, which one to go after first and what resources, strategies and processes you will need to complete the sales process. There are different types of business plans that would require different information. Is it to raise money? Is it the blueprint to build and measure the progress of the business? Or is it the what, why, how and when of your strategic plan? This topic is much too large to handle in this article. If you Google “create a business plan” on the internet, there is a lot of good information that will help you. Here are some essentials to consider in creating a business plan. Highly respected for his business acumen nationally and abroad for consulting and implementing his “Total Quality Management” principles, Dr. Deming states that there are three reasons to go into business. 1. Provide a product and or service. 2. Provide jobs, [yours is the first]. 3. Profit. How will this business be built? What are my P&L (profit and loss) projections? What will make it successful over time? What are my strategies for the product, service, sales and all other goals I want to achieve? What are my competitive strengths and weaknesses? What opportunities do I see, etc.? The best to you in doing this project. It will serve you and your company well for a long time. The time you spend doing this will be well worth it.


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Cruising is Great Vacation Option for All Ages by Debbie Assini

Spring is in the air! The blossoms on the trees are peeking out and sturdy little sprouts are pushing their way up from the earth to become gorgeous daffodils and tulips. These are sure signs of the warmer weather just around the corner. This makes me automatically turn to thoughts of travel, and, more specifically for this time of the year, cruising. As we look to plan our spring Debbie Assini is the owner/ breaks, summer vacations with operator of Kiwi Getaways, offering escorted tours to the family, extended family New Zealand, Australia reunions, or any other events and the beautiful South marking the milestones in Pacific. She resides in the our lives, the best option that Walton community with caters to all age groups is a her husband, son Tyler and daughter Nicole. She cruise. According to the Florida can be reached at (770) Caribbean Cruise Association, a 317-2521 or at debbie@ record-breaking 16 plus million passengers cruised in 2011 — and an incredible 11.2 million of those passengers came from North America alone. The top three destinations were the Caribbean (at almost 40 percent), Alaska, and the Bahamas. This escape might be a quick getaway with a loved one, a girls’ vacation, a high school graduation trip, or a multi-generational vacation (which is becoming more common and is so rewarding for those able to partake), and the amenities are amazing! The available entertainment is astounding; many cruise ships have musical productions that rival Broadway. They feature nightly shows and experiences including aerialists, illusionists, ice dancing shows, casinos, and comedians, to name a few. Rock climbing walls, surf pools, planetariums and golf simulators are available for those of us that are little more energetic and adventurous, and relaxing spa services are offered for those who prefer to be a little more pampered. The list is endless and you will never be left wanting for something to do. The meals and food served aboard rival any great restaurants and the service is outstanding. On some of the larger boats there is a ratio of one staff member to every three guests — talk about being spoiled. Whether you are sailing the Caribbean, the frozen wilderness of Alaska, or the Mediterranean, each cruising adventure will stay with you forever!

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Let the Physicians at Marietta Plastic Surgery

Make You Look as Good as You Feel

Have you ever seen your reflection in a window or mirror and been a bit surprised by the sight of visible lines around your eyes and mouth? Or perhaps the extra skin around your neck causes you to do a double take. Like most people, you are probably exercising and eating right but still have areas of stubborn fat on your body. The toll that the passing time takes on the face and body is not something anyone can avoid. There are no miracle fountains of youth. However, there are steps that can be taken to slow down aging or change your outward appearance to match the youth and vigor of how you feel inside. Consulting with a board-certified plastic surgeon to understand the best way to rejuvenate your appearance—both surgical and non-surgical—may be the right path for you. In the Walton community’s backyard, the residents have access to the talented and highly skilled doctors of Marietta Plastic Surgery (MPS) whose expertise allows them to offer a complete array of options to enhance your natural beauty. The MPS practice includes five expertly trained, board-certified plastic surgeons who take the time to get to know each individual and work closely with the patient to offer the best solution to achieve the desired results. Doctors West, McNeel, Fabian, Hanna and Symbas together have more than sixty years of experience practicing in the field of plastic surgery. Dr. Hanna stated, “At MPS, we are always striving to give our patients the best experience from the beginning to the end; from the first phone call, to the consultation, procedures and follow-up, all of our staff works together to provide the best service and results for each patient.”

Collaboration, Consistency and Coverage

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a single-surgeon practice. MPS is the second largest practice in the metropolitan Atlanta area. The doctors at MPS are a close knit group who work well together with mutual respect for the rigorous training completed by each. They share the same philosophy for the care and safety of their patients. Immediately at hand, each doctor has four other brilliant minds to collaborate with on cases and also has the ability of calling on the others’ experience and expertise to help provide the best options for patients. Together, the doctors reach a consensus on the best practices for the patients they treat. Additionally, when one doctor attends a seminar or training session, he’s able to share that knowledge with his colleagues. Each surgeon trusts the other doctors to treat and care for a patient as he would, providing a consistency of care so patients know they’ll be equally cared for by other MPS physicians. Another advantage to a multi-physician practice is the amount of coverage and flexibility available to patients with respect to office hours, scheduling procedures and having doctors on call when needed. A surgeon is also always available at the two office locations, ensuring that patients will be able to discuss any questions or concerns directly with a physician—not a nurse or medical assistant. And a doctor is always available on call, unlike a single surgeon practice where the doctor must rely on outside coverage when he is not available.

Facilities, State-of-the-Art Technologies and Procedures

Because MPS is a multi-doctor practice, it is able to provide its own surgery center, state-of-the-art technologies and procedures that may not be available in a smaller practice. MPS has two AAAASF certified operating rooms in addition

Board-certified plastic surgeons Dr. John Symbas, Dr. Keith Hanna*, Dr. Keith West*, Dr. Thaddeus Fabian*, Dr. Michael McNeel*, and the staff at Marietta Plastic Surgery.

to consultation rooms and quiet, comfortable patient recovery rooms at the location in Marietta just off I-75, a block from Kennestone Hospital. The AAAASF certification ensures the highest levels of safety and staff training, equal to that of hospital facilities. The second MPS location in Woodstock, just off I-575 on Towne Lake Parkway, offers non-invasive procedures such as CoolSculpting®, laser treatments and skin care in addition to the services provided in general by the practice. New technologies that MPS is offering patients include the Vectra, Touch MD and Patient Pads. The Vectra is a three-dimensional photographic imaging system that allows patients to see what the results of a procedure may look like, which can be both informative and exhilarating for patients. Touch MD is an electronic copy of a patient’s consultation that can be reviewed at home and shared with a family member. The file can include the Vectra images, any drawings made by the doctor and documents used in the consultation. Each patient receives a unique user ID and password for accessing Touch MD from home. The Patient Pad is an interactive electronic device available

in the waiting room and exam rooms to allow patients to learn about products and procedures that they may be considering. One of the newest procedures at MPS is the Harvard developed science of CoolSculpting®, which is non-invasive fat removal. The procedure freezes fat cells and requires no surgery, sedation, medication or downtime. A patient can watch television, talk on the phone or simply sleep while having the procedure. Another distinct difference about MPS is that only physicians administer injectables, such as BOTOX®, to patients, allowing the doctor to assess if it is the best option for the patient. Dr. McNeel noted an advantage to these products: “Injectables provide a bridge for patients to delay the need for facial surgery longer.”


If you are considering cosmetic surgery, it is important to carefully select the right doctor, as it is with any surgery. At MPS, Doctors West, McNeel, Fabian, Hanna and Symbas were specifically trained to be plastic surgeons and are board certified. Dr. Hanna pointed out, “We are able to give our patients the benefits of a group practice with the feel and attention of a solo practice.” The doctors look at the whole person and make recommendations to achieve the patient’s desired results in the safest and most effective way. They enjoy using the artistry of their skills to enhance the natural beauty of a patient. Call today to schedule a consultation with any of the incredibly skilled doctors at MPS at either location with the additional benefit of avoiding Atlanta traffic. Photos by Dan Carmody/ Studio 7

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Wednesday, February 6, 2013 began as a routine work day for a local family. Mary-Ellen Austin was working her contract job while her husband Tim was working two jobs. On this day, extraordinary events and heavy traffic caused Mary-Ellen to take a different route home than her normal route on Bells Ferry Road. When she finally arrived, she was greeted by two Cobb County police officers who informed her that her husband, Tim, had been involved in a fatal bicycle accident on Bells Ferry Road. Her life was instantly changed. Mary Ellen recalled, “Looking back, there were unusual things that kept me from taking my normal route home that day. As well as I know my name, I know that Jesus Christ prevented me from passing that accident site, and I am grateful for that. ” Tim Austin, 42, was a hard-working family man who did whatever necessary to provide for his wife, his mother- in- law, and his three children. He never put himself first. Tim worked two jobs - full time for Atlanta Beverage Company’s night shift in Marietta and part time as a dishwasher for Family Tradition Restaurant in Woodstock. His bicycle was his main form of transportation. Erica Dixon, Family Tradition’s owner, said, “Tim was a humble, hard-working gentleman whose attitude was beyond positive despite having to wash dishes each day. He touched everyone who worked here, and I consider it a blessing and privilege to have known him.” Tim grew up in a small town in Virginia. He loved wrestling and was a diehard Pittsburg Pirates and Steelers fan. Most friends called him “Packer.” He enjoyed connecting with the online wrestling world in what little free time he had. He hosted an Internet show called “Ringside with Packer,” interviewing local wrestlers and helping many get started in their careers. Some of his closest friends had never met him face to face, but describe the impact he had on their daily lives. One friend credited Tim with helping him work through suicidal thoughts; Tim had clocked out of his job to talk with him over the phone for hours until he was safely asleep. Another friend said, “I think Tim is defined most by how he doted over his wife, his kids, his family and his friends. Tim gave a lot of himself to make sure things were okay with you. To leave this earth and leave such a mark like he has after 42 years, that’s pretty good for a good ol’ boy from Woodstock, Georgia.” Tim Austin was a selfless, caring husband, dad and friend. “We didn’t have a lot of money and didn’t require much,” his wife said. “What we had was special, and, despite my heartbreak today, I will live my life knowing that I had something – however brief – that most people spend a lifetime longing for.” Since Tim’s accident, many have reached out to Mary-Ellen and the family, sharing special stories of how her husband impacted their lives. Emails and Facebook posts came all the way from Australia and Afghanistan. There have also been many tributes in Tim’s honor, including one of Mary-Ellen’s favorite — The Tim Project. The project is 42 days of giving where friends will strive to perform 42 random acts of kindness before May 14, Tim’s birthday. It is great to see friends share their selfless acts of kindness in memory of the man who modeled selflessness throughout his life. Mary-Ellen is grateful to everyone for their outpouring of love and support. Her heart is full! Everyday Angels would like to rally our wonderful community to honor this special man by assisting with his children’s college funds and by helping the family through this tragic transition. Tim’s two jobs had sufficiently provided for his wife, her mother and three children. Moving forward without his two paychecks will be challenging; however, nothing will compare to the void of Tim’s daily presence. This world needs more people like Timothy Austin.

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Health & Wellness

Do You Have Balance in Your Life? By Angela Butler-Hackett

Angela Butler-Hackett, TRS is the Parc at Piedmont-East Cobb’s Fitness & Wellness Director. She teaches a bi-weekly comprehensive Balance Control Class for their residents. Please contact Angela at (770) 565-8828 or angelabh@parccommunities. com with any questions, or visit the Parc at PiedmontEast Cobb website at www.


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Our average life expectancy is increasing, and our ability to enjoy an active and independent lifestyle well into our later years will depend, to a large degree, on how well we maintain our personal fitness level. Most of us equate quality of life in later years to being active, independent and pain free. “There is strong scientific evidence that regular physical activity produces major and extensive health benefits in older adults… in addition, physical activity is associated with higher levels of functional health, a lower risk of falling and better cognitive function.” (World Health Organization, 2010) One of the major concerns of older adults is falling and lack of balance. More than 1 in 3 adults over the age of 65 fall every

year. Maintaining balance is the result of a complex interaction of many systems and subsystems of the human body. As we age, changes occur that reduce the efficiency of these systems, which in turn jeopardizes our balance. Balance is very complex. Our medications, diseases and physical limitations can all affect our balance as well. An exercise program for older adults must include multisensory training that works the somatosensory system, vestibular system and your vision. The somatosensory system processes information about our spatial location and the movement of the body relative to the support surface. Our vestibular system works with the visual system to help determine if our world or our body is moving. These systems are challenged as we get older by various factors including cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration, basic cognitive functioning and mind-body awareness. Along with doing strength and flexibility exercises, posture is also a key element that affects balance. To make sure that you are getting a true balance-enhancing exercise program, it needs to include the following basic programs: Multi-sensory training, gait pattern enhancement and variation training, static and dynamic balance exercises, postural strategy training, strength, endurance training and stretching.

We Will Be Celebrating Moms in our May Issue! At Around Walton, we feel that each and every mom is her family’s “Mother of the Year.” For this reason, we would like to honor as many of our moms as possible for our May issue with a special pictorial celebrating all mothers! We are looking for photos of our Walton area moms with their children. The photos can be from babyhood through present day. If you don’t have children, we also would love to share your photos of you and your mom, even if it was in the 70s!

Guidelines: 1. Please ensure all submitted photographs have identifications listed for each person in the photo. 2. Please submit the photos via email to 3. The deadline for submissions is April 20.

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Health & Wellness

The Importance of Straight Teeth by Dr. Cristi Cheek, D.M.D.

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


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For many kids, getting braces is a rite of passage toward becoming a teenager. Orthodontics is recommended not only to straighten the teeth, but also to correct bite (occlusion) problems that may adversely affect the teeth in years to come. Teeth are naturally shaped to bite against complementary surfaces of opposing teeth. When teeth are not in their proper places, the bite can suffer, resulting in TMJ (temporomandibular joint) problems and the wearing down and cracking of teeth. Speech impairments and difficulty chewing can also be a result of the teeth not being in the correct alignment. There is also the emotional side of an unattractive

smile. When you’re not confident in the way you look, your self-esteem suffers. If the teeth are crooked, they may be hard to clean. Plaque accumulation in areas that are difficult to access with the toothbrush or floss can result in decay (cavities) and bone loss (periodontal disease). Not only are crowded teeth difficult to keep clean, but they are challenging for a dentist to restore with fillings due to their odd angulations. Since abnormal bites usually become noticeable between the ages of six and 12, orthodontic treatment often begins between ages eight and 14. However, orthodontics in the adult years can still be quite beneficial. Healthy teeth can be orthodontically treated at any age. And orthodontic treatment to correct a problem may prove less costly than the additional dental care required to treat the more serious problems that can develop in later years. Your dentist can make recommendations on whether braces are right for you.


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Minimally Invasive Treatment for Aortic Stenosis Provided by WellStar

With an ever-aging population, identification and treatment of heart valve disease has become a primary focus in the treatment of cardiovascular disease. Aortic valve stenosis is of particular concern given the dismal prognosis of this condition as the valve worsens. The normal aortic valve allows blood to freely exit the left ventricle, the main pumping chamber of the heart. In aortic stenosis, the valve does not fully open, due to heavy calcium build-up, which decreases blood flow from the heart. Without treatment, approximately 50 percent of severe aortic stenosis patients will not survive more than two years from the onset of symptoms. Historically, treatment was via open-heart surgery which requires a large incision or cutting through the entire breastbone. Yet, a patient’s advanced age or the presence of other medical conditions might often preclude them from traditional aortic valve replacement surgery. A lifesaving alternative in the form of Transcatheter Aortic Valve

Replacement (TAVR) is now available to the appropriate patient. TAVR is an FDAapproved catheter-based procedure in which the new prosthetic aortic valve is implanted via a minimally invasive approach by either going through a small incision in the groin or left chest, underneath a rib. The TAVR approach greatly increases a patient’s survival rate, alleviates debilitating symptoms, reduces the likelihood of repeat hospitalizations and improves the quality of life for aortic stenosis patients who have no other treatment options. With the highly specialized nature of TAVR, WellStar Kennestone Hospital is only one of a handful of area hospitals performing the procedure. For more information, call (770) 793-6431 around walton | March 2013


School & Sports

summer camps Sports Camps Johnson Ferry Baptist Church Impact Cheer Camp Dates: June 3-7 Ages: 4 (by March 1) – completed 7th grade Location: Johnson Ferry Activities Center, 955 Johnson Ferry Road Rising Stars Basketball Camp Dates: June 24-28, full & half day Ages: Boys and girls 5 – 13 Location: Johnson Ferry Baptist Church Gym, 955 Johnson Ferry Road Flag Football Camp Dates: July 15-19 Ages: Rising 1st - 8th grade boys Location: Johnson Ferry Fields, 955 Johnson Ferry Road, across from Dickerson Middle School Challenger British Soccer Camp Dates: July 29 – August 2 Ages: 4-16 Location: Johnson Ferry Fields, 955 Johnson Ferry Road, across from Dickerson Middle School Information on all Johnson Ferry Baptist Sports Camps: Visit Walton High School Walton Fun Camp Dates: June 3-6 Ages: Boys and girls 6-12 Walton Fundamental Football Camp Dates: June 17-19 Ages: 6-14 Location: Walton High School, 1590 Bill Murdock Road Information: Contact Coach Rocky Hidalgo at Rocky.Hidalgo@ YMCA Full Day Sports Camp Dates: Weekly, May 28 – August 2 Ages: 6-12


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Half Day Tennis Camp Dates: Weekly, May 28 – August 2 Ages: 5-12 Location: McCleskey-East Cobb Family YMCA, 1055 East Piedmont Road for Sports and Tennis Camp. Northeast Cobb Family YMCA, 3010 Johnson Ferry Road for Sports Camp. Information: Sports Camp not available every week at Northeast Y. Visit or call (770) 977-5991 for McCleskey Y and (678) 569-9622 for the Northeast Y.

Day Camps YMCA Explorer Camp Dates: Weekly, May 28 – August 2 Ages: 5-8 Camp High Harbour on Lake Allatoona Dates: Weekly, May 28 – July 26 Ages: 9-13 Location: McCleskey-East Cobb Family YMCA, 1055 East Piedmont Road. Camp High Harbour campers are bused to lake from McCleskey YMCA. Information: Themes change weekly. Visit or call (770) 977-5991. Wood Acres School Camp Wood Acres Dates: Weekly, June 3 – August 2 Ages: Rising Kindergarten – 3rd grade Location: 1772 Johnson Ferry Road Information: Themes change weekly. Visit woodacresschool. org or call (770) 971-1772. Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta Camp Isidore Alterman Traditional and Specialty Camps Dates: Weekly, May 28 – August 9 Ages: Rising pre-K – 9th grade Location: Zaban Park, 5342 Tilly Mill Road, Dunwoody Information: Free bus transportation from Walton community. Visit, call (678) 812-4004 or email camps@

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Johnson Ferry Baptist Church Winshape Dates: July 22-26 Ages: Rising 2nd – 7th grade Location: Johnson Ferry Baptist Church, 955 Johnson Ferry Road Information: Visit Chattahoochee Nature Center Camp Kingfisher Dates: One and two week sessions, May 28 – August 9 Ages: Rising Kindergarten – 7th grade Location: Chattahoochee Nature Center, 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell Information: Visit or call (770) 992-2055 ext. 222.

Half Day Camp YMCA Preschool Camp Dates: Weekly, May 28 – August 9 Ages: 3-5 Location: McCleskey-East Cobb Family YMCA, 1055 East Piedmont Road and Northeast Cobb Family YMCA, 3010 Johnson Ferry Road Information: Themes change weekly, camps not offered every week at Northeast Y. Visit or call (770) 977-5991 for McCleskey Y and (678) 569-9622 for the Northeast Y.

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


Bits, Bytes and Bots Dates: Weekly, June 3 – July 29 Times: Half day 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Full day 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Ages: 6 and older Locations: Various throughout Cherokee and Cobb counties Cost: Half day $125 Full day $325 Information: Creative technology camp including LEGO robotics, stop-motion animated movie making, computer animation and more. Register at or call (770) 826-0449

Wood Acres School Camp Wood Acres Dates: Weekly, June 3 – August 2 Ages: Rising 3 – 4 year olds Location: 1772 Johnson Ferry Road Information: Themes change weekly. Visit or call (770) 971-1772. around walton | March 2013


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Camp Counseling: a Great Resume-Builder By Joanne Bryan

This summer, camps across America are offering the opportunity to live outdoors, play in the sun, and make a difference in a child’s life. But that’s not all! Summer camp employment is an opportunity to gain marketable skills that will help you stand out in a sea of job applicants. Work with a Team Employers are looking for applicants who will work well Joanne Bryan grew up in with the rest of their team. Camp East Cobb and graduated counselors learn to appreciate from Walton High School, but lives in Decatur now. and tolerate differences in She is the recruiter for personality and background Camp Juliette Lowe on because they live and work so Lookout Mountain. closely together. As a team, counselors learn to rely on each other. They follow through, show initiative, and support the team with positive encouragement and enthusiasm - even when the work is hard. Lead and Manage Young job applicants with leadership and management experience will stand out to employers. Counselors are taught to lead groups of campers using the same principles and techniques used to manage any group. They involve the group in decision-making, capitalize on each individual’s strengths, keep everyone busy and are flexible when things don’t go according to plan. Summer camp is a friendly and forgiving atmosphere where counselors can build confidence and perfect skills such as public speaking, delegating, and leadership. Plan and Implement Employers recognize the time management, planning and organization 46

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it takes to be a successful camp counselor. A lot of thought and preparation goes into planning a hike, hosting a talent show and teaching canoeing. When faced with 12 rowdy campers on the second day of rain, counselors learn to be creative problemsolvers and think on their feet. By the end of the summer, most camp counselors will have concrete examples of activities that they have planned and implemented successfully, and can speak positively and passionately about their accomplishments to would-be employers. “Leadership experiences at summer camp make young counselors more confident,” says Kappy Kelly, camp director at Camp Juliette Lowe, a girl’s overnight camp located in Northwest Georgia. “They’re proud and excited about what they’ve accomplished, and by the end of the summer, they’re more comfortable leading groups. The camp counselor experience leads to personal growth, maturity, and confidence. When hiring young people, these are skills and qualities that are very important to employers.” Counselors create fun, build confidence, and model respectful behavior for countless children each summer. And just like the campers, counselors have fun, make friends, and gain valuable skills. Whatever career you choose, no other summer job will prepare you for the workplace like being a summer camp counselor!

Financial Aid Answers by Claudia Aguirre with C2 Education, East Cobb

Claudia Aguirre has been an education specialist and director at C2 Education in East Cobb for the past four years. You may contact her regarding ideas for future articles at eastcobb@

If you are in high school, you probably have already started thinking about college and covering the costs. Most consider the possibility of financial aid, but they tend to find it confusing. Here are some tips to help maximize your efforts: Start looking for aid early. Start looking a year or two before applying to colleges and pay attention to the deadlines (some scholarship deadlines have passed before spring of senior year). A great website to utilize is Be sure to fill out a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) form, which can be prepared annually by current and prospective college students (undergraduate and graduate)

in the United States to determine their eligibility for student financial aid. Do this ASAP because the sooner the FAFSA is filed, the better your chances for aid and the earlier you’ll know your financial standing. Keep in mind that there are other forms, such as the CSS/Financial Aid Profile, that are required by many private colleges. Visit the financial aid website of each college you apply to and make sure you review their financial aid forms. Apply to college early. Schools have a finite amount of aid available. Some colleges even have merit-based aid available on a first-come first-served basis. A student accepted through early action has a better chance of getting aid than a student accepted off the wait-list because as summer draws closer, the aid is almost gone. The minute you decide which college you will attend, go to its website and start applying for aid. If you are facing a financial emergency (including a recent job loss, acquired hospital bills or even a special needs situation at home), you can ask your college for a professional judgment review. This means that the financial aid officer will review your case on an individual basis rather than having to rely on an impersonal FAFSA document. Start early, and good luck pursuing financial aid opportunities for college. around walton | March 2013


Scouting feature

New Eagle Scouts of BSA Troop 1011 (sponsored by Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church).

Eagle Scout Will Fulkerson with State Senator Judson Hill at BSA Troop 1011 Eagle Scout Ceremony. Will attends Walton High School.

Junior Girl Scout Troop 2122 from Timber Ridge Elementary School participating in local parade and helping at the Catholic Church of St. Ann’s Food Bank.

Brownie Girl Scout Troop 11440 from Timber Ridge Elementary on a field trip to a music store and participating in a local parade. 48

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Junior Girl Scout Troop 2113 from Timber Ridge Elementary at Mutt Maddness, a no-kill dog rescue organization, which the girls collected donations for while working toward their Bronze award and the girls with their Scout Troop leaders Tristina McElreath (l) and Dianne Toole.

Cub Scouts from Pack 795 (sponsored by Mt. Zion United Methodist Church) adding mulch to Wolfie’s Garden at Timber Ridge Elementary School with help from a Daisy Troop 12410 girl scout.

Daisy Girl Scout Troop 13402 from Timber Ridge Elementary making special Valentine’s.

Junior Girl Scout Troop 2859 from Timber Ridge Elementary volunteering to clean up at East Cobb Park.

Alexander Cuthrell, a member of Boy Scout Troop 1776 (sponsored by the Catholic Church of St. Ann) is the top fundraiser for the BSA Atlanta Area Council for the fourth year in a row. Congratulations! Alexander sold more than $8,600 worth of popcorn earning the first place trophy and beating his own record of $7,600 from the year before. Alexander attends Dickerson Middle School. around walton | March 2013


School & Sports

WHS Symphony Orchestra in Chicago The Walton High School Symphony Orchestra was invited to perform at the Midwest Clinic held earlier in Chicago, Illinois. This was the fourth time that an Orchestra from Walton has been invited to this annual event since it began 60 years ago. Only 1/10th of one percent of all high schools has ever participated in this event according to Gary Markham, the Director of Cobb County’s band and orchestra programs. While in Chicago, the students got to see the sights, travel by subway, enjoy the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and proudly represent the Walton Raiders.


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School & Sports

Cooperation + Competition = Coopertition® By Matt Boler

“This year, robots score by throwing Frisbees and climbing a metal pyramid. Randomly generated alliances of three robots compete against other randomly generated alliances of three robots, forcing teams to work together to win.”

Everyone knows the old saying, “Two heads are better than one.” Multiple people working together are more productive than one person working on his or her own. FIRST Robotics has taken this concept even further with the ideas of Gracious Professionalism® and Coopertition®. Dr. Woodie Flowers, FIRST National Advisor, and the Pappalardo Professor Emeritus Matt Boler is a junior at of Mechanical Engineering Walton High School and a member of the robotics with you the details of their robot, their strategy and the most at Massachusetts Institute of team, Team WALT. Matt is effective tactics to beat them. If you visited a team that has lost Technology, created the term the CAD (Computer Aided every one of its matches, you probably would overhear students Gracious Professionalism®. Design) Lead and a Robot from other teams helping them figure out what’s wrong and “Fierce competition and mutual Driver for the team. Visit how to fix it, as well as giving them advice on how to get better. gain are not separate notions. for more information or to contact The atmosphere of a FIRST Robotics competition is like that Gracious professionals learn Team WALT. of no other competition on earth. Teams do not work against and compete like crazy, but each other with the intention of beating their opponents. treat one another with respect Teams work together, competing with each other to see how and kindness in the process. good they can be. Can you imagine how different the world Knowledge, competition and would be if people, teams, even businesses worked together to empathy are comfortably blended.” reach higher than they could on their own, rather than trying to Similarly, Coopertition® is the blending of cooperation with eliminate competitors and further themselves? competition. It is founded on the philosophy that teams can That sounds like a really, really nice world to live in. and should help and cooperate with each other even as they compete, and it often produces great innovation. Every year, robotics teams are given a new game, and the game always has some form of Coopertition® built into it. This year, robots score by throwing Frisbees and climbing a metal pyramid. Randomly generated alliances of three robots compete against other randomly generated alliances of three robots, forcing teams to work together to win. There are also game-specific forms of Coopertition®. In 2012, teams from opposing alliances earned substantial bonus points by balancing their robots together on a bridge in the center of the playing field. High scorers knew they had to work with ‘enemies’ to succeed. If you were to walk around the pits at a FIRST Robotics competition, you might be surprised by the way teams interact. Members of the highestranked team would happily share Team WALT’s robot balances in Coopertition® with another robot on a bridge to earn points for their alliance. 52

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Technology…Just Like Nana Used to Make… By Kim Ackerson

My grandmother was the Queen of Analogies. She could make you understand things on your level and keep you laughing all at the same time. Because technology users operate on so many different levels of expertise, understanding, ability, patience, willingness and desire, sometimes getting the point across can be difficult. The technology explainer must constantly be gauging people Kim Ackerson is the owner by the different degrees of of THAT COMPUTER CHICK 2 at 4401 Shallowford the “deer-in-headlights” look Road. When she relocated in their eyes. Even for those here from New York, who are well-versed in technoshe worked for Linda dialog, sometimes unorthodox Pereira at the original explanations serve them well THAT COMPUTER CHICK location in West Cobb. when having to translate to Kim bought and relocated others. For example: the company’s East Cobb “Why is my computer location in 2011 and is very infected? I have an anti-virus!” active and supportive in the An anti-virus is kind of like the community, especially with senior citizens and fire department. You have a fire, high school students. they put it out, but you still have Kim can be contacted at fire damage. (770) 509-5321. Or, Your operating system (Windows 8, Windows 7, Vista, XP) is kind of like your skeleton. A virus gets in there and breaks a bone. Your anti-virus removes the broken bone. It doesn’t fix it. There is no way to effectively fix or replace those broken bones. Can you function with one missing or broken bone? Sure, maybe. But once things start to fall apart, there is no glue strong enough to hold it together. You have to completely reinstall the skeleton. (THAT is a Reformat, which brings your computer back to Out-of-the-Box state.) Or, When the shingles start falling off your roof, do you replace the whole thing? How many missing shingles does it take before you decide you can no longer live with it the way it is? And if you are missing a group of shingles, but they are not in a key place, that may be more tolerable than one or two missing shingles that cause the roof to leak, right? If your computer is just slow, or your USB ports don’t work or your CD drive doesn’t function, you might be willing to live with that a little longer than if you have one of those obnoxious, alarming pop-ups which doesn’t allow you to open or close anything.

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SCHOOL NEWS MBCA Packs 100,000 Meals for the Hungry

Mt. Bethel Christian Academy (MBCA) launched a new service initiative called “You Fed Me,” with a goal to pack 100,000 meals for hungry children in one day. Under the direction of Stop Hunger Now, every MBCA student in grades kindergarten through eighth packed meals alongside faculty, staff and volunteers. Seventy-five parents and grandparents volunteered to help. Stop Hunger Now is an international hunger relief agency. According to Stop Hunger Now organizers, never before has a school endeavored to accomplish such an ambitious goal. By working together, MBCA’s goal was accomplished. “By serving others, our students learn to think beyond themselves and realize that, as a community, we can make a difference in the lives of children that may not enjoy the same quality of life that we experience,” said Jim Callis, Mt. Bethel Christian Academy’s Head of School. Each meal, which costs $.25 cents, contains rice, vegetables, soy protein and 21 essential vitamins and nutrients in a dehydrated form, making them easy to store and ship. At a cost of $25,000, MBCA will be funding this campaign through contributions from the school community. For more information on MBCA or to contribute to this campaign, please call (770) 971-0245 or visit www.

MBCA students and volunteers pack 100,000 meals in one day to feed hungry kids around the world.


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Murdock Student Wins Elementary Science Fair

Murdock Elementary School fourth grader Oliver Long’s curiosity and perseverance paid off at the Cobb County District Science Fair. The nine year old’s experiment, called Tributaries of the Chattahoochee River, won the contest’s grand prize of an iPod, donated by Cobb EMC. His win earned Oliver the top spot and gold medal in a fair with more than 130 entries. Enlisting his family’s help with experiments, Oliver said, “We went out a lot in our green family canoe, called Lilly Pad, to see the tributaries and the Chattahoochee River close-up so I could test the chemical profiles of each. I learned that Jackson’s Creek was the healthiest of all of the tributaries, and that of all the water bodies I tested, the Chattahoochee was the cleanest.” There were 136 entries and 16 winners. From Honorable Mention to First Place and Grand Prize Winner, each student took home a pair of tickets to a sciencerelated attraction. There were a record number of entries this year, with more than three times the number of entries from last year, including Cobb schools, Marietta City Schools and private and charter schools. It was the first time that all three learning levels of science – elementary, middle and high school – participated in the district-wide fair. Other local winners included East Side Elementary third grader Sofia Descher and fifth grader Taze Lamb with Honorable Mention wins and Science Fair winner and Murdock Elementary Fourth grader Oliver Long thanking Cobb EMC, Murdock Elementary fifth grader Trey Sprecher with a First Place win. sponsor of the grand prize - an iPod.

Murdock Elementary Fifth grader Trey Sprecher explains his science project which involved electrical engineering called Magnetic Electro Spring.

Fifth grade East Side Elementary student, Taze Lamb, with his Honorable Mention win at District Science Fair.

WHS 2012-2013 State Reflections Winners

The theme for the 2012-2013 Reflections program was “The Magic of a Moment.” Reflections is a national arts recognition program sponsored by the PTSA. Walton High School (WHS) had more than 200 students participate in the categories of Visual Arts, Dance Choreography, Photography, Musical Composition, Film Production and Literature. WHS had 43 winners at the high school level, 18 winners at the Eastern Cobb County level and six winners at the State level. The WHS State finalists are: Music Composition: William Fulkerson and Brandon Kothe (12th grade) Visual Arts: Monica Machado (11th grade) Photography: Ariez Martinez (10th grade) Photography: Martin Middleton (9th grade) Dance Choreography: Stephanie Niu (10th grade) Only 30 winners will progress to the National Competition, and these finalists will find out who moves on to Nationals in March at a reception for the Georgia State winners at the Woodruff Arts Center. Congratulations and good luck! Monica Machado’s winning Reflections entry for Visual Arts titled “Roller Coaster Girl.”

Dickerson ROBOTICS Team Wins

The Dickerson Middle School (DMS) Robotics team won big in its FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) tournaments. FTC is a robotics competition targeted toward middle and high school-aged students. Teams are responsible for designing, building, and programming their robots to compete on a 12 X 12’ field in an Alliance format against other teams. In its first competition, the DMS Robo Raiders picked up the “Think Award.” This honor is given to the team that best reflects the “journey” the team took as it experienced the engineering design process during its build season. The “Engineering Notebook” is the key reference for judges to help identify the most deserving team. The team’s Engineering Notebook focuses on the design and build stage of the team’s robot. Journal entries of interest to judges for this award include those describing the steps, brainstorms, designs, re-designs, successes, and those interesting moments when things weren’t going as planned. The Robo Raiders won its second award of the season called the “Motivate Award” because of the team’s spirit and enthusiasm during the FTC competition.

Dickerson Middle School Robo Raiders. Front row (Left to right):): Jonathan Mittleider, Drew Bryman, Meggie Boler, Dean Vookles, and Alec Weber. Back row: William Curran, Gautham Ravichandron, Ben Sterling, Raquel Manrique, John Ring, Marcell Agafonov and Will Aaron. 2012-2013 WHS Reflections State Finalists (Left to right):) Stephanie Niu, Ariez Martinez, William Fulkerson, Monica Machado, Martin Middleton and Brandon Kothe.

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School & Sports Local Schools Chess Teams Excel East Side Elementary School and Dodgen Middle School sent chess teams to the Georgia Chess Association Super Regional K-8 Team State Qualifier Chess Tournament, held recently at the Cobb Galleria Center. More than 1,000 players from Metro Atlanta area schools participated. East Side’s K-1 Team won first place at Regionals and was named Cobb County Champion with team members Brooks Leingang, Zachary Tong, Samuel Ericson, Alex Bitter, Patrick Vetticat, Hayden Plog, Christian Hable, and Aashna Kshirsagar. The K-3 Team placed 11th at Regionals with team members Dylan Stokes, Blake Bremer, Gary Mei, Jack Ready, Chirag Shetty, Isabel Zhou, Larry Cai, Spencer Banko, Ty Liang, Nicholas Vincent, and Andrew Wang. The K-5 Team placed first at Regionals and was named Cobb County Champion with

Above: East Side Elementary K-1 Chess Team

East Side Elementary K-3 Chess Team

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team members Alex Berezovsky, Justin Zhou, Austin Towle, Kamen Iliev, Cole Leingang, Vishruth Madhusudhan, Anush Rajan, Akshadha Lagisetti, Andrew Current, Lucas Knutzen, Vishaal Kareti, and Rohan Shirur. East Side’s Chess teams want to thank Coach Bella Belegradek for her guidance. The Dodgen Chess Team won first place in the Grades 6-8 group and was named Cobb County Champions with team members Anthony Raksasouk, Shawn Gu, Steven Liu, Anoop Gangireddy, Marc Metcalf, Vineet Gangireddy, Daniel Shu, Ethan Leingang, Raymond Jiang, and Itay Soudry. Good luck to those moving on to the State Tournament to be held in March!

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Dodgen Middle School Chess Team

RAISING MONEY-WISE KIDS: Summer Camps That Pay Dividends by Lisa Malice, Ph.D.

“March Madness” means something to basketball fans, but for working parents of schoolaged children, it often refers to the insanity associated with planning and booking summer camps for them. Unfortunately, high school students are often left out of the planning, presenting a lost opportunity for your soon-to-be college students to explore possible careers. That does pay off in the Lisa Malice earned her end if you consider that Ph.D. in Organizational Psychology from Georgia picking the wrong school Tech. She served as a PTA and/or changing college leader at the local and majors on average extends state levels for ten years. college costs by at least one She lives in the Indian year. Whether your children Hills subdivision with her husband and two children. are interested in technology, Contact her at lisa@ engineering, the arts, sports (there is a sportscaster’s camp), business/entrepreneurship or medicine, there is a camp for them. There are other money-wise camps that pay dividends, literally—personal financial and investment camps! At a very reasonable $375, Georgia Tech’s College of Management offers “Wall Street on West Peachtree” summer camp for rising 10–12th graders June 17–21 (https://peaks-ceismc.gatech. edu/content/wall-street-westpeachtree). This camp covers the fundamentals of personal finance, risk and return and how stocks are traded. Students gain handson experience by managing their own portfolio and participating in a simulated trading environment identical to that used by Wall Street traders. The camp meets in the College’s state of the art trading floor and includes presentations by leading investment professionals in the Atlanta area. A bit steeper in price, but with an opportunity

“Summer camp is a great way to jump into the market by learning from professionals.”

for much more in-depth investment training, are the one- to four-week camps offered by the Future Investors Clubs of America (FICA) at Emory University (http://www. for 9–12th graders. For $850, young investors enjoy a one-week camp of financial intelligence training, including video and board games, field trips to local financial districts and guest speakers from some of America’s largest technology and telecommunication corporations. Housing is available for students wanting to stay on campus. Camp fees include a one-year FICA membership. No one can afford to go through life ignorant of the basics of money management, including a sound grounding in investment. Summer camp is a great way to jump into the market by learning from professionals. It will pay off in the end with your kids growing their own wealth as they move into adulthood and beyond. It pays off for you, too; without adult children to support, you can spend your retirement income all on yourself—a win-win for everyone involved!

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Favorite Apps With the popularity of smart phones and tablets is the rising popularity of Apps. Apps are designed to organize us, keep us entertained, track our fitness and so much more. But all the choices can be overwhelming, and unless you regularly search for Apps, it’s easy to miss one that fits you perfectly! That’s what this page is for! Send us your favorite Apps, a brief description of what the App does, and if it’s not free, the cost. Who better to get App advice than from your fellow reader friends! Send your favorite App to by March 20 for our April issue. Ready? Set? Download!

march’s Favorite Apps Fitness

Sparklepeople ($3.99) — track your calories and fitness My Fitness Pal (free) — calorie counter and track fitness. Convenient bar scanner.


Evernote (free) — Helps you remember and act upon ideas, projects and experiences across all computers, phones and tablets you use. Any DO (free) — organize your tasks with this “todo” app

iBird Yard Birds ($4.99) — field guide for avid bird watchers


Meal Pay Plus (free) — In conjunction with the Cobb County School District meal program. Student’s account can be accessed to track purchases and add funds. Kelley Blue Book (free) — trusted Kelley Blue Book values to simplify the car buying process SnipSnap Couponing (free) — capture all your coupons with your phone’s camera. No more carrying around paper coupons.

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Organization Dropbox (free) — Cloud based storage that allows you to access your photos, documents and videos from anywhere.

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Pocket (free) — stores articles, videos and web pages that you find interesting and syncs across phone, tablet and computer so information is always available. Entertainment Netflix (free with paid Netflix streaming account) — allows you to watch television episodes and movies from your phone or tablet. HBO Go (free with paid HBO/cable service) — unlimited access to HBO® shows, etc. on any device. Pocketbooth (free) — a fun, old-fashioned style photo booth

Zite (free) — pulls articles from all over the web based on personal interests Flipboard (free) — social magazine that pulls from all your social networks into one, personalized magazine.


True Success by bryant wright

Watch over your heart with all diligence, for from it flow the springs of life.­—Proverbs 4:23

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.

Our culture is obsessed with success. We are obsessed not only with our own personal success, but we may be even more obsessed with providing our children with the tools they need to become successful. We all do our best, but a lot of times, there’s confusion about what real success is. There’s a nebulous understanding that success means that our child will one day get a good education, have a good job, a good family and be good citizens. But that is a very short-sighted

“In God’s eyes, success means discovering His will for your life and using that purpose for the glory of God, not for the glory of self.” view. It’s not much success if our children grow up to have worldly success for 50 years and then spend eternity in Hell. That’s a temporary success, but an eternal failure. In God’s eyes, success means discovering His will for your life and using that purpose for the glory of God, not for the glory of self. We must see that big picture when we help our children become truly successful. When a child grows to understand that, then the child has a far greater chance of experiencing real, lasting success, for they will be successful in God’s eyes. Copyrighted material. Used by permission of Right From the Heart Ministries, Marietta, GA.

Memorial Ride Held for Fallen Cyclist Cycling is a sport enjoyed by many. It’s a great way to enjoy the outdoors, experience camaraderie with fellow cyclists and get exercise. But along with the joys of cycling comes the risk. According to Brent Buice with, there were 20 bicycle fatalities in the state of Georgia in 2012, a 54 percent increase over 2011. That’s 20 too many. Recently, an avid cyclist, Louis “Bud” Phillips lost his life in an accident with a vehicle. Bud was 66 years old. Bud was riding on Highway 20 in Cherokee County when he was struck by a pickup truck. He was life-flighted to Kennestone Hospital where he remained in a coma and on life support until his passing. Bud’s death hit the local cycling world hard, and a Memorial Ride was scheduled in his honor. The ride was organized by Robert Wilhite and Josh Boggs. Even though the day was cold, damp and drizzly, more than 75 riders showed up to participate in the Ride. Participants came from

as far as Lawrenceville, Duluth, Decatur, Atlanta and Roswell. Not only did the riders receive a police escort, the 20-mile route was secured by police forces from the City of Canton, Holly Springs and the Cherokee County Sheriff’s office. The bike procession included two “Ghost Bikes” mounted to the roof of a car. One “Ghost Bike” was in honor of Bud, and the other was referred to as an “Angel Bike,” which listed the names of fallen cyclists since January 2012 to date. The procession stopped at the place where Bud lost his life, where the riders observed a moment of silence. In addition to remembering Bud, Robert wanted to use the Ride as an opportunity to educate motorists. He stated that Georgia does have a Three Foot Passing Law that requires motorists to give at least a three-foot clearance from the outside of their side mirrors when passing cyclists. “This is not about competition [on the road] but about working together as a team,” said Robert.

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

Greek Orthodox

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

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

Presbyterian 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

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

Jehovah’s Witness

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

Eastminster Presbyterian Church 3125 Sewell Mill Road, (770) 977-2976 Pastor: Dr. Tim McConnell

Mt. Zion United Methodist Church 1770 Johnson Ferry Road, (770) 971-1465 Pastor: Dr. Joe Peabody

Geneva Orthodox Presbyterian 3605 Sandy Plains Road #240-161, (404) 786-9815 Pastor: John Fesko

Powers Ferry United Methodist Church 245 Powers Ferry Road, (770) 973-5271 Pastor: Jane Nugent

Hope Presbyterian Church 4101 Sandy Plains Road, (770) 971-4673 Pastor: Martin Hawley

Sacred Tapestry UMC 3000 Johnson Ferry Road, (770) 605-5083

John Knox Presbyterian Church 505 Powers Ferry Road, (770) 973-5050 Pastor: Fritz Bogar

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

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 1492 Roswell Road, (770) 977-9496 Pastor: Jeremy Graves North Atlanta Church 2800 Johnson Ferry Road, (770) 518-0303

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

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 | March 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: Location: Contact:

Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. Johnson Ferry Baptist Church 955 Johnson Ferry Road (770) 794-2978

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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 64

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Private Schools East Cobb Christian School At East Cobb Presbyterian Church 4616 Roswell Road, Marietta, GA 30062 (770) 565-0881, Grades: K — 8 Principal: Teresa Staley Eastside Christian School 2450 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta, GA 30068 (770) 971-2332, Grades: K – 8 Head of School: Judy Cripps Faith Lutheran School 2111 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta, GA 30068 (770) 973-8921, Grades: Pre-K – 8 Principal: Jack Hibbs Mt. Bethel Christian Academy 4385 Lower Roswell Road Marietta, GA 30068 (770) 971-0245, Grades: K – 8 Head of School: Jim Callis Lower School Principal: Vivian Lovett Middle School Principal: Jack Grimm Omega Private Academy 2960 Shallowford Road, Marietta, GA 30066 (770) 529-1717, Grades K – 12, Certified Teachers, SACS Accredited/GSNS Approved Director: Kathy Keeton

2012-2013 School Calendar at-a-Glance March 22 Report Cards Elementary & Middle Schools March 27 Kindergarten Registration April 8-12 Spring Holidays April 22-May 1 CRCT (Criterion-Referenced Competenct Testing) for 3rd8th grades May 23 – 25 High School Graduations May 23 Last Day of School May 24 Walton High School Graduation at KSU Convocation Center June 4 Report Cards Elementary & Middle Schools

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

Walton AreA Homes Sold in January

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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 around walton | March 2013

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

Hotlines — 24 Hour Help Lines:

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

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


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

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

Parks and Recreation:

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

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


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

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


Board of Education

(770) 426-3300

Utilities: (770) 528-8000

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

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

AT&T Broadband/Comcast

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

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

Our purpose: At AroundAbout Local Media, we believe the world functions at the community level: diverse groups of people living in close proximity; sharing commonality of culture, values and local pride; developing safety nets for those in need; and helping each other to live richer lives. It is our heartfelt desire to contribute to the fabric that helps make a community happen. Through our magazines, we aim to provide everyone in the communities we serve with uplifting, interesting information about the community they are proud to call home. We encourage you to send your photos, ideas, stories or anything else you think the community would like to know about to Sincerely, It’s your community. It’s your magazine in East Cobb.

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Refinance an Underwater Mortgage with HARP

Technology…Just Like Nana Used to Make…

due to exceptionally high LTV ratios caused by the dramatic decreases in home values. Unlike a “modification” of a loan, a refinance under the HARP program does not have a negative impact on the borrower’s credit.

Sometimes, a “clean up” can alleviate some of your symptoms, but quite honestly, you are just putting a bandage over the dirt…helping things along with crutches…or sticking a book underneath the broken table leg. Don’t expect it to solve all your problems and certainly don’t expect it to last very long. The quick “fixes” are a waste of money unless you are simply trying to buy yourself some relatively expensive time. Like Nana used to say, don’t be penny wise and pound foolish; you get what you pay for, and if it seems too good to be true, it probably is.

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Property Eligibility for HARP 2.0 In order for a home mortgage to be eligible for a HARP 2.0 refinance mortgage must meet the following requirements: • Must be owned by either Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac • Must have funded prior to June 1, 2009 • Loans previously refinanced through HARP program are not eligible Not sure if your loan is guaranteed by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac? Feel free to call a mortgage originator such as myself, or use the following loan lookup tools: Fannie Mae: Freddie Mac: The refinance market is still very robust. Now is a great time to review the various options you may have for lowering your current interest rate. Finally, for those not eligible under HARP 2.0, the President mentioned in his recent State of the Union Address that the Senate is currently discussing HARP 3.0, which may help those with mortgages that fell under an “alternative lending” program. Stay tuned....

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Several Cats Looking for a Forever Home Kat Jordan was a faithful volunteer as an animal rescue worker for the Cherokee County Animal Shelter (CCHS). Unfortunately, Kat recently passed away, and under her care were eight cats, who now need to be placed. The Cherokee County Animal Shelter currently has four of them, and the other four need to be placed. All the cats are spayed or neutered and up to date on their shots. Three of the cats are pictured, below. Squeekie is a male, black and white long hair, Cleo is a female Tortoise and Monkey is a small, black and white cat and very much a “lap” cat. If you are interested in possibly adopting any of these cats, please contact Ottis Moore at (770) 548-1453 or call the CCHS Thrift Store at (770) 592-8072.


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ADOPTION INFORMATION: Please call first to see if we have what you are looking for. We have many resources to help you find what you are looking for if we do not have it. (770) 428-9882 We screen potential adopters to make sure our pets will be a good match for your family and vice versa. New adoptive dog owners will also need a home check before they can take their new dog home.

Serena Pebbles

DOGS: We only house small breed dogs. Our adoption fee is $200 for dogs. All of our dogs or puppies will be altered before they can be adopted. They will have as many vaccines as we can give them for the time they have spent here. If the dog is over six months old it will have been heart worm tested negative and be on preventative. All of our pets are micro chipped and will have flea preventative on them.

Animals like us need a home!



CATS: Our adoption fee for cats is $125. All of our cats and kittens (10 weeks and up) will be altered before they are adopted. If you would like a kitten younger than 10 weeks old, we can refer you to other resources. Our cats or kittens will have as many vaccines as we can give them for the time they have spent here. They are all tested negative for Feline Leukemia and FIV, and will have been micro chipped.

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO HELP: Please visit our wish list on Amazon at It is a fast and convenient way to support the pets at our shelter. Items chosen can be shipped directly to our shelter. Use the, “this is a gift� section to let us know your name and address so we may acknowledge your kind gift(s).

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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


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

Where to Find the Magazine Around Walton is mailed free directly to homes and businesses in the Walton community in East Cobb. If you do not receive a copy and would like to pick one up, you can find us at any of these fine establishments: Johnson Ferry Road: Houlihan’s Restaurant J Christopher’s Restaurant Wells Fargo Bank Nail Eagle Publix Wellstar Physician’s Group North Atlanta Women’s Specialists Platinum Auto Spa Arbor Terrace EH Sellars Dr. Cristi Cheek, DMD Jazzercise Kids R Kids Shallowford Road: Berner Family Chiropractic

Need an Extra Copy?

Roswell Road: Panera Bread at the Avenue Dance Stop LGE Community Credit Union Marietta Eye Clinic Rick’s Farmer’s Market Frankie’s Italian Restaurant HealthSource Chiropractic Atlanta Communities Real Estate Parc at Piedmont Robinson Road: Fullers Recreation Park Lower Roswell Road: Johnny’s Pizza Legends Elite Aloha to Aging

Piedmont Road: YMCA

Let us know if you would like some at your place of business.

Around Walton

Is Your Magazine in East Cobb!

Please continue to send in your stories and photos The content of this magazine is 100 percent reader-driven and advertiser supported. We welcome your feedback and suggestions! We are the only magazine in the area to be directly mailed to everyone in the Walton school district (14,900 homes and businesses, a distribution map is provided on page 67). Additionally 1,600 magazines are placed in racks at strategic locations around East Cobb, see below for rack locations. Editorial: Advertising: Call Michelle at 770-615-3307 or email to place a classified ad. around walton | March 2013


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

Health & Beauty 19

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


Edward Jones Financial Advisor: Ben Clark Inside Front. (770) 977-4229 1050 East Piedmont Rd Suite 122, Marietta Southeastern Mortgage Solutions, Inc. Travis Johnson, (404) 786-5859


HealthQuest Chiropractic Center, PC 35 (770) 509-3400, 1000 Johnson Ferry Rd, Suite D-100, Marietta

Cleaning Services 27.

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


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

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




Women’s Premier Fitness 4961 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta (770) 565-5450


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

Atlanta Communities Real Estate -Lynne Davis 35 (678) 910-1811,

Findlay Roofing Inside Front (770) 516-5806,

Marlows Tavern 43 1311 Johnson Ferry Road, Suite 208, Marietta (770) 977-7747

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


Landscape Matters (770) 403-5813


Plumbing Doctor, The (770) 516-9000


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


Insurance 47

Greg Cavellier — Allstate 17, 25 (678) 403-1825, 3535 Roswell Rd., Suite 49, Marietta

Studio 7 (770) 685-7391,

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


The Queen’s Pantry 53 (678) 483-0900,


Physicians & Medical Services Northside Hospital Cancer Institute

Connective Tutoring 27 (470) 377-4809, 255 Village Pkwy, Ste 520

Marietta Plastic Surgery Cover, 36,37 (770) 425-0118 823 Campbell Hill Street, Marietta

Eastminster Christian Preschool 3125 Sewell Mill Road, Marietta (770) 977-2976,

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

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Real estate

Fuji Hana 11 (678) 560-8071,

C2 Education Back cover (770) 565-8184, 1100 Johnson Ferry Road, Suite 400






WellStar (770) 956-STAR,

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Home & gARDEN


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

Nail Eagle 1255 Johnson Ferry Road #32 (770) 565-5634

Keeton Insurance Services (770) 971-8900

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

Get In Shape for Women 43 (770) 605-8788, 3822 Roswell Road, Ste. 114, Marietta

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


Carpet Dry-Tech (678) 368-5991

Fit for Life 41 (770) 321-4550,

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



Retail /Miscellaneous services Able Investigations 21 (770) 789-9250, Basketball Expo DISMERO 470 Chambers Street, Woodstock (678) 398-4008 Humane Society of Cobb County (770) 428-5678,

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Kiwi Getaways 41 (770) 317-2521, Quick Lube (770) 973-1643


Taste of East Cobb


Senior Services Aloha to Seniors (678) 777-7241


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


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

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