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From the Editor We’re kicking off 2018 with a special section dedicated to our favorite pets! I’m gung ho about this because I’ve been a dog lover for years. And although my boxer, Miles, is no longer physically with me, he lives on in my heart forever. That’s why I couldn’t get enough of our feature on People & Their Pets (p.27). Each pet owner submitted a photo of their beloved bestie with a brief description about what makes their baby stand out. I promise, you’re going to love each write-up. If your dog, cat, or bird didn’t make it into this issue, show us a photo of you with them by tagging @MyViningsSmyrna on Facebook. We want to know what makes them so special to you.

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From man’s best friend to our favorite felines, these Vinings/Smyrna animals have stolen our hearts.

On the cover: As the founder of hCG Weight Loss Atlanta, Jeff Wolfson prides himself on helping people love their new bodies. Photography by Sawyer Photography. SawyerPhotography.com

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Robert Dothard preaches health at Fit Family. The media personality talks giving back and more. p.23

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Catch a show under the stars with the Not Just a Movie Movie Series: Kid-Free Date Night on May 5. Drop the kids off at the Smyrna Community Center and then see a showing of “Date Night” on Veteran’s Memorial Lawn. 2800 King St. SE. SmyrnaCity.com Share a bowl of Cajun cuisine at the 16th Annual Crawfish Boil (April 28-29). Prepared with love by Rusty Hamlin, Atkins Park partner and Zac Brown Band’s executive chef,

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Smyrna is taking a big step to prevent deadly accidents by passing the first hands-free ordinance for drivers in Georgia. The new legislation goes into effect in April and will carry a maximum $150 fine for anyone with a device in-hand while driving within city limits. SmyrnaCity.com

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2. Savor delectable dishes by Hugh Acheson, a James Beard Award-winning chef and author. His new restaurant, Achie’s, which was named after his grandfather, can be found inside the brand-new Omni Hotel at The Battery Atlanta. Order the delicate poached salmon, which comes with whipped celery root, pickled celery, lemon emulsion, and Brussels sprouts—it’s a home run. 2625 Circle 75 Pkwy. OmniHotels. com/Hotels/ Atlanta-Battery

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1. At Jim ‘N Nick’s Bar-B-Q, the Carolina-Style Pork sandwich comes with chopped pork cooked “low and slow” and tossed in Eastern Carolina-style vinegarpepper sauce. Complete your meal with soul-satisfying trimmings including collards and baked beans. 4574 S. Cobb Dr. SE. JimNNicks.com

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Spring Fling 2018

Jus-So’s 10-Year Anniversary Celebration

3640 Spring Hill Pkwy. 8:15-9:15am Free Take a tour of Teasley Elementary School, learn about its curriculum, and hear testimonials from PTA members. TeasleyTigers.com

666 Smyrna Hill Dr. SE. 8am-4pm $7 per day Experience the exciting world of inline speed skating at this fast and fun invitational. Facebook.com/TeamPrecisionRacing

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Smyrna Community Center 10am-1pm Free Take a photo of your little one with the Easter Bunny and let them have a hopping good time in bounce houses and more. SmyrnaCity.com

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SunTrust Park 4:10pm Prices vary Celebrate the start of baseball season with Opening Day at SunTrust Park. MLB.com/Braves

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Smyrna Spring Jonquil Festival

Cobb Galleria Centre Fri. 10am-8pm, Sat. 9am-7pm Prices vary Turn your Pinterest fails into successes with help from a variety of lifestyle experts and bloggers. Ga.PinnersConference.com

Brawner Hall 7pm Free Jus-So All Inclusive Events invites the public to a bash to experience its event services. Expect hors d’oeuvres, a DJ, cash bar and more. Facebook.com/JusSoAllInclusiveEvents

2160 Cooper Lake Rd. SE. 1:45pm Free All second grade students at St. Benedict’s Episcopal School will take part in this musical comprised of excerpts from the “Winnie the Pooh” TV series. STBS.org

Village Green Sat. 10am-6pm, Sun. Noon-5pm Free There’s more to see at this festival besides the 175-plus arts and crafts booths. Listen to live music, explore Robocars, and savor seafood from the New Orleans-inspired crawfish boil. SmyrnaCity.com

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Atlanta’s Taste of the Nation® for No Kid Hungry Cobb Galleria Centre 6-10pm, $250 Grand Tasting Celebrating 30 years, this fundraising event will highlight more than 75 of Atlanta’s premier restaurants. One-hundred percent of proceeds support Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign to end childhood hunger in America. AtlantaTaste.org

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Calendar Smyrna 15th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Fest Smyrna Market Village 11am $10 Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day Smyrna style! Enjoy live music, games, food, and watch Mayor Max Bacon dye the Smyrna Market Village fountain green. SmyrnaStPatricksDayFest.com

MARCH 31 Intro Into Mounted Archery with Elizabeth Tinnan 448 Hurt Rd. SW. 9am-5pm $150 Begin with archery practice on foot and then saddle up on horseback for this exciting adventure. Facebook.com/ChattHorseArchers

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APRIL 2-6 Spring Break Art Camp 703 Austin Dr. SE. 9am-3pm $55 per day Fun-filled activities for children at this camp include art projects, outdoor games, organic garden exploration and more. Facebook.com/AbrakadoodleAtl

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Atlanta Braves-themed art, including a statue of Bobby Cox and 31 plaques commemorating Braves Hall of Fame members, adorn SunTrust Park.

APRIL 14 Yoga & Bellinis 4585 S. Cobb Dr. SE. 10:15-11:15am Prices vary Find your focus and let go of stress at this cycle élan yoga class. Afterward, sip Bellinis and socialize. Facebook.com/CycleElan

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Jonquil City Jog 5K Smyrna City Hall 7am Prices vary Run or walk in the name of education at this annual event benefiting the Campbell High School Educational Foundation, Inc. First place winners will go home with a Key lime pie! SmyrnaCity.com

Cobb County students can rent books, access computers, and take advantage of resources free of charge at any Cobb County Library by using their student ID number as a library card.

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Cobb Galleria Centre 10am-3pm Prices vary Sample hundreds of gluten-free and allergen-friendly products and learn how to enjoy your favorite meals safely. GFAFExpo.com

Smyrna Community Center 11am-Noon Free Kiddos can enjoy crafts and a live animal show hosted by the Chattahoochee Nature Center. Facebook.com/ FriendsOfSmyrnaLibrary

Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre Times vary, $20 and up The Atlanta Ballet concludes its season with the sounds of George Gershwin in “Who Cares?” and Johann Sebastian Bach in “7 for Eight.” Plus, Maxim Petrov will make his North American choreographic debut. AtlantaBallet.com

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At hCG Weight Loss Atlanta, Wolfson and his team help clients maintain their weight loss efforts through customized treatment programs along with nutrition (meal plan with prepared foods precisely measured, vacuum-sealed and flash frozen for convenience) and exercise programs. They also have a medical doctor on hand, only use pharmaceutical-grade hCG, and provide detailed health assessments to ensure the program supports the patient’s overall well-being.

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hCG Diet Council, and is a member of Dr. Emma’s Network of healthcare providers that have been trained in a medically-sound philosophy on weight loss methods. Wolfson says it’s the one-on-one coaching approach that makes hCG Weight Loss Atlanta unique. Their passion for working with patients can be seen through their personal, supportive connection with each one. “My love for what I do comes from that feeling at the end of the day that I’ve been able to change somebody’s life. I’m doing what I was put on this earth to do,” he says. Most of Wolfson’s patients on the hCG plan are men or women ages 35 to 50 who want to lose 10 to 25 pounds but just can’t seem to get the weight off. Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (hCG) is a naturally produced hormone, which causes the hypothalamus area of the brain to trigger a release of stored fat. It is especially effective in targeting problem areas like the belly, hips and thighs. In addition to nutrition and personal training, hCG Weight Loss Atlanta offers group fitness classes, massage therapy, salon services and aesthetic treatments. “We want to make it easier to maintain a healthy lifestyle by offering everything under one roof,” Wolfson says. HCGWeightLossAtlanta.com, HCGFoodToGo.com The Station at Vinings Shopping Center 2810 Paces Ferry Rd. SE., No. 276, 678-305-7066

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The reason why Hector is more excited than a 10-year-old taking a selfie with shortstop Dansby Swanson is because, this spring, he will open an outpost of his popular El Super Pan eatery at the ever-expanding The Battery Atlanta at SunTrust Park. As anyone who’s visited his popular Ponce City Market location knows, El Super Pan is an energetic, pretensefree establishment, dishing out the mezcal and pressed Cubanos with equal fervor. Hector feels it’s time for Marietta to get in on the culinary fun. “I used to live in Cobb County for 10 years,” he says. “It used to have this ethnic feel. It changed a little bit and everything

got switched to Duluth and Buford Highway. But it has grown so much and it has become so global. Now I see this as an opportunity for good food and a good atmosphere.” The proud Puerto Rico native got his start nearly three decades ago in a San Juan kitchen. From there, he went on to attend New York City’s Culinary Institute of America and perfected his craft in restaurants from West Virginia to East New Jersey.

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He slid into Atlanta in the mid-‘90s. And though the city was still wearing a glow from the 1996 Summer Olympics, its global dining palate was in its infancy. “In 2000,” says the “Top Chef: Las Vegas” Season 6 competitor, “I had to put a dictionary in the middle of my menu with all the words [for the ingredients]. Nowadays, I don’t have to do that. I don’t have to worry about explaining to people what a yucca is.”

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Hector, who loves foraging for mushrooms and hiking Kennesaw Mountain in his downtime, believes the pork belly buns and rum-packed cocktails he’ll serve at the new El Super Pan will score with Braves fans and others. “I just want people to have good food and feel comfortable,” says the James Beard-nominated chef. When Hector isn’t winning in the kitchen, he can be found grubbing at Porch Light Latin Kitchen. Or, if he’s craving something that truly hits home, he’ll stop by El Salvador Bakery on Windy Hill Road. ElSuperPan.com

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avid soccer player, he had muscular legs but slender arms. To hit the weights without judgment, he started visiting a gym on his college campus in the early ‘80s right before closing time. After repeatedly chasing Robert out of the gym during the wee hours of the night, the manager offered him a deal. He’d give Robert keys to the facility to work out whenever he wanted, if he got certified as a Nautilus instructor (the then circuit training workout craze on the brand’s equipment). Fast forward to 2008 and the once scrawny soccer player is now a consultant for the CNN segment “Fit Nation.” Robert also went on to share inspirational messages and healthy living tips as a consultant for the “Wakeup Workout” series on 11Alive. Today, he is the owner of the thriving business Fit Family. He credits its 11 years of success to his passion for helping others, one-on-one training technique, and customized center in Smyrna. “People train here, not because of the size of my biceps, but because I care if they get healthier. I care if their family gets healthier,” Robert says.

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Co-captain of the Campbell High School Swim & Dive team, Hunter Seibert is making a big splash his senior season. After learning how to dive at 12, Hunter has perfected his technique and recently took home first place in the Cobb County Dive Championships. Congratulations, Hunter! CampbellSwimDive.com

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recently appointed Monique Shields as executive director. Using her passion for serving children and experience as former chief operating officer of Hands On Atlanta, she plans to take the program to new heights by focusing on first-generation college attendees. BreakthroughAtlanta.org

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Date: Feb. 10 | Location: The Pace House Details: Former Vinings Historic Preservation Society board members threw a retirement bash with the help of Saratoga Event Group, Inc. and Avenue Catering Concepts for Gillian Greer, who served as the organization’s executive director for 11 years.

Date: Feb. 3 | Location: Amachi MedSpa Details: Guests enjoyed browsing the newly renovated spa while watching live microblading demos and more.

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Continuing the Tradition of Excellence

2015 Smyrna Business Person of the Year Gina Bridges understands how important community, family, and traditions are in our lives.

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She also knows that most of these things began and are centered around our homes. It is exactly this understanding that has made Gina one of the area’s leading real estate professionals. Gina realizes that your home is one of your most important investments and buying or selling it can affect many traditions to come. That’s why she has built a Tradition of Excellence and this tradition will continue as her team grows into the next generation of outstanding Real Estate professionals.

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