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Perspective PUBLISHER/PHOTOGRAPHER Jack Tuszynski

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ne of the best, and yet most challenging, parts about being a photographer is never knowing what’s coming next. When I first started many years ago, up until just recently, the excitement of change was the component of every day that motivated me. There is always something different, something new, to charge that tiny creative engine that turns my head to see, adjusts my fingers, focuses my eyes, and makes things…well…“click.” There has always been a desire in me to capture special moments, help preserve experiences and share memories. All the way back to my early grade school years, I could be found flipping through the pages of National Geographic, Newsweek and Life magazines at my grandparents’ home. That’s what I wanted to do, to document life. Somehow, I wanted to help people record their lives, share their visions, or display their achievements. I still remember being fresh out of high school, barely 20 years old, trying to decide which newspaper’s offer to accept. Life seemed so complete; I was a photojournalist. The only day in a week I wasn’t out shooting frame after frame of what was going on in the county, I was in a little darkroom, turning negatives into positives. I was documenting life in my hometown, sharing what I did with thousands of people just like me — and I loved it! The technology may have

changed over the years, but the passion, the ideal, is still the same. To have people who believed in me enough to provide roll after roll of film, a means to produce images and prints, and a medium by which to share them was a blessing. “People will always need photography,” I was told. And they will; but at the time, I think I misunderstood. Fast forward about 10 years and “photographers” were suddenly everywhere. It was time to find a niche. I soon became a magazine and commercial photographer during the week and an event photographer on the weekends. Still…there was time for more. Fortunately for me, when one door began to close, another opened wide. And so, I decided that it is time to get back together with my neighbors, my friends, and local business owners to help bring people together with local entertainment, arts, and culture. It’s time to get out and about in my hometown, where I’ve lived, worked, and played nearly my entire life, and reconnect myself and help connect families to their community; create a place where we can all go to find information that can make our lives and those of our families better by being more informed and educated about what’s going on here. I’m going to publish some magazines…and I hope you enjoy them.

Jack Tuszynski, publisher

EDITORIAL Michelle Martin ART Tiffany Atwood Candice Williams SALES Jennifer Forman Janet Ponichtera CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Polly Balint, State Senator John Albers, Ronald Bradley, Michael Buckner, Michael Consoli, Louise Estabrook, Dr. Brett Gluck, Catherine Groves, Heike Hellmann-Brown, Fred Hawkins, Dr. Jeff Kincaid, April Kitchens, Michelle Knapp, Scott Lavelle, Dr. Mike Litrel, Chris Miller, Dr. Vishant Nath, Christy Noll, Selvi Palaniappan, Terry Schwarz, Suzanne Taylor North Fulton Family Life magazine is your monthly community magazine and a publication of Family Life Publications. The magazine’s mission is to bring relevant, positive stories and timely information to its readers and to provide local businesses with a premium outlet for communitybased advertising. Each month, copies are distributed free by mail and through local businesses in the Woodstock area. Please contact us or visit our website for a current list of locations where copies of the magazine can be found and other information. North Fulton Family Life welcomes your comments, stories and advertisements. Subscriptions are available for $25 per year. Please contact us for payment options. The viewpoints of the advertisers, columnists and submissions are not necessarily those of the Editor/Publisher and the Publisher makes no claims as to the validity of any charitable organizations mentioned. North Fulton Family Life magazine is not responsible for errors and omissions. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means without the written permission from the Publisher. © 2013 All rights reserved.


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Calendar of

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Atlanta concert band fall performance The Atlanta Concert Band will perform “On Broadway,” a collection of hits from more than 75 years of Broadway shows. 4 p.m.; Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest St., Roswell. 404-794-2824


Alive After Five Held the third Thursday of each month through October, Alive After 5 brings the Roswell community together with live music; face painting, balloons and other family-friendly entertainment; outside vendors; extended hours for local retailers; and special offers from participating restaurants. A free trolley shuttle and parking will be available at Roswell City Hall. 5 p.m.; historic Downtown Roswell.


park place anniversary Johns Creek’s active adult center offering fitness and social programs will celebrate its second anniversary with a free event featuring food, games, giveaways, live music and more. RSVP via email. 5-8 p.m.; 3125 Old Alabama Road, Johns Creek. 678-512-3430,


MAYOR’S CHALLENGE 5K RUN & BLOCK PARTY The Rotary Club of Alpharetta and City of Alpharetta will host the Alpharetta Mayor’s Challenge Race, an evening race that also will include a kids’ run and kids’ zone; Food Truck Alley; a concert; a raffle; and other fun. Proceeds from the event will benefit North Fulton nonprofit organizations. 6 p.m.; Old Roswell St., Alpharetta.

North Fulton Family Life | AUGUST 2013 Alpharetta Branch 238 Canton St., Alpharetta, 770-740-2425

Northeast/Spruill Oaks Branch 9560 Spruill Road, Johns Creek, 770-360-8820

Ocee Branch 5090 Abbotts Bridge Road, Johns Creek, 770-360-8897


MOVIES OFF MAIN Bring your family and your own blankets or lawn chairs out to Downtown Alpharetta to watch a free movie, “Oz, the Great and Powerful” (PG), on a large, inflatable screen! One hour before the movie, enjoy free music, kids’ activities and theater-style concessions. 8:30 p.m., Old Roswell St., Downtown Alpharetta


TOUCH A TRUCK The 15th Annual Touch A Truck event will roll into Alpharetta with dozens of vehicles on display for children to see, touch and explore. Vehicles will include fire engines, police emergency vehicles, heavy-duty construction equipment, military vehicles, buses, motorcycles and more. Other kids’ activities will include face painting, moonwalks and balloon animals. Event parking will be free, but limited. 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; Wills Park, 11915 Wills Road, Alpharetta. 678-297-6130


SNOW TUBING IN THE PARK The City of Milton brings Snow King’s movable mountain to the masses. Kids and adults alike will be able to cool off and slide down run after run of smooth, refreshing snow — no jacket required! Join in lots of other fun activities, including a bounce house from Milton Chiropractic & Massage, face painting from Good Friend Mortgage, and crafts from The School Place of Roswell. 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; Friendship Community Park, 12785 Birmingham Hwy., Milton. (678) 242-2530,


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Library Events

Roswell Branch 115 Norcross Street, Roswell, 770-640-3075

Ongoing Events Line Dancing Most Tuesdays, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Northeast/Spruill Oaks Enjoy improved physical and mental health with this fun, relaxing activity. Taught by Jean Chen, a long-time line dancing instructor. New participants are welcome. Dahn Yoga Classes Most Tuesdays, 6:30-7:45 p.m., Northeast/Spruill Oaks Classes combine stretching, breathing and meditation for beginners. Each class is limited to the first 25 participants. Bring a yoga mat or towel and wear loose, comfortable clothes. Adult Volunteer Orientation Most Wednesdays, 4:30 p.m., Northeast/ Spruill Oaks Ages 15 and older. Reservation is required. Sahaja Yoga & Meditation Wednesdays, 6 p.m., Alpharetta Learn and practice yoga and meditation for relaxation. Adults. Young Volunteer Orientation Most first and last Thursdays of the month, 4:30 p.m., Northeast/Spruill Oaks Ages 12-14. Parent must attend the first 10 minutes; 12-year-olds must be accompanied by adult when volunteering. Reservation is required. Limited to six students. Meditation & Yoga Class Most Fridays, 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m., Northeast/Spruill Oaks Learn the Korean “one” yoga method for stress relief and good health. Each class is limited to the first 25 participants. Bring a yoga mat or towel and wear loose, comfortable clothes.

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E v en t s Park. Pre-show activities include an inflatable moonwalk, a giant slide, face painting, children’s activities, giveaways, entertainment, food and drinks. Movie starts at dusk. Movie title TBA. 6 p.m.; Newtown Park, 3150 Old Alabama Road, Johns Creek. (678) 512-3200,


FAMILY FLICKS The City of Milton will present B 98.5 FM’s “B at the Movies,” featuring “The Sandlot” (PG). Prior to the movie, enjoy concessions, activities and games. 7 p.m.; Friendship Community Park, 12785 Birmingham Hwy., Milton. 678-242-2530,


Wine Women & Shoes What do a strappy stiletto and a sauvignon blanc have in common? What pinot would you pair with platform pumps? Answer these questions and more at Wine Women & Shoes® (WW&S), an event to benefit research of gynecologic (GYN) cancers (endometrial, ovarian and cervical) at the Northside Hospital Cancer Institute. Approximately 350 wine-savvy, shoe-loving women will sip, savor and shop for a cause as they enjoy an afternoon of wine tastings from some of the country’s top winemakers, shop the latest trends in the multi-designer marketplace, and swoon over the charming “Shoe Guys” serving up this season’s must-haves on silver platters. The event also will feature a silent and live auction for vacation trips, artisan jewelry and more; a “Best in Shoe” contest; fashions from Tootsie’s & Guffey’s of Atlanta; and haute-couture from local designers who have a personal passion for cancer research. Tickets, VIP packages and sponsorships are available. 2-5 p.m.; InterContinental Buckhead Atlanta, 3315 Peachtree Road, N.E., Atlanta. 770-667-4047,


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Special Events

CAREing Paws Saturdays, August 10 & 17, 11 a.m., Roswell Tara (8/10) and Bella (8/17) are trained and certified therapy dogs who love stories. Beginning and reluctant readers are encouraged to sign up for a 15-minute time slot to read to one of the dogs. Grades 1 and up. Registration is required. Georgia Peach Scrappers Mondays, August 12 & 26, 5 p.m., Alpharetta Learn ways to make your scrapbooking better and bond with others who share your enthusiasm. Adults. Introduction to Database Research-Student Edition August 14, 6 p.m., Ocee Branch This is a hands-on introductory computer workshop to explore the online databases the Library System has to offer and how to use them. Learn how to research for school papers, get free tutoring online, free test prep and search for scholarships and colleges. Drop-In Needlecraft Group Thursdays, August 15, 22 & 29. 1 p.m., Roswell Calling all needlecrafters. Get together with like-minded crafters to socialize while you work on your projects. If you knit, crochet, embroider or cross-stitch, grab your current project, this is the group for you! All ages and experience levels are welcome. No instruction or materials are provided. Power Healing August 17, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Northeast/Spruill Oaks Learn to heal yourself. Sundays for Teens Series: NESO Writer’s Club for Teens Sundays, August 25, September 22, October 27 & November 24, 2:30 p.m., Northeast/Spruill Oaks On the fourth Sunday of the month NESO writing tutor Sarah Calhoun leads a monthly workshop on writing and all that goes into it: the structure, motivation, inspiration and love. Teens are encouraged to bring in pieces that they are working on for presentation and group discussion. Ages 12-18. Registration is required.

Am I

Too Old For Braces? By Jeff Kincaid, D.M.D., M.S. Braces aren’t just for adolescents. About 1 million Americans over the age of 18 wear some type of braces. Some adults never received orthodontic treatment as children to correct crooked or crowded teeth, overbites and underbites, or incorrect jaw position — which can lead to tooth decay, gum disease, headaches and earaches, as well as speaking, biting or chewing problems. If you are an adult considering braces, you should consult with an orthodontist. Most orthodontists offer a free initial consultation that will cover your orthodontic treatment, such as costs; how the braces will correct your problem; how long you will need to wear braces; and the orthodontist’s experience with your particular problem. If

possible, request references from current or former patients.

Orthodontic treatment for adults: Since adults are no longer growing, orthodontic treatment could take longer than it would for teenagers. The average adult wears braces for 18 months to three years. After braces are removed, it is necessary to wear a retainer to maintain the results of treatment.

Types of braces: While some practitioners still favor metal braces, new materials and other advancements offer smaller, less noticeable braces that are equally effective. Instead of metal, you can opt for clear or tooth-colored ceramic braces, or removable invisible aligners. Ask your orthodontist to recommend the type of braces that would provide the best results for you. Adjusting to life with braces: You

probably will experience some discomfort, along with difficulty speaking and eating

at first. Keep your teeth and brackets as clean as possible, as food and plaque can get trapped between teeth and gums. To reduce your risk of cavities, follow a regimen of brushing, flossing and rinsing, and reduce your consumption of sweets and carbohydrates. Plaque and sugar combine to make acid, which can cause decalcification (white spots) on teeth and tooth decay if left behind. Removable, invisible aligners can be removed while eating, brushing and flossing. If you’re going to invest time and financial resources in braces, be prepared to go the distance in terms of maintaining your smile. Going to the orthodontist is not a substitute for regular dental check-ups; consult your dentist about a check-up schedule that’s appropriate for you.

Dr. Jeff Kincaid is a specialist in orthodontics and owner of Kincaid Orthodontics in Woodstock and Roswell.



Business What's New Autrey Mill Names New Executive Director Autrey Mill Nature Preserve & Heritage Center in Johns Creek has announced Jimmy Harris as its new executive director. Harris, from Alabama, previously served as director of the Alabama Nature Center, a 350-acre nature preserve in Millbrook, Ala. His duties there included supervising a staff of biologists and naturalists, coordinating volunteer activities, founding numerous educational programs, and running fundraising campaigns.

Roswell Restaurant Launches ‘Home Cooking’ Charity Program The Roswell Tap restaurant owner Sean McDonough has launched a unique local charity initiative, “Home Cooking,” designed to give back to the community that has meant so much to the restaurant’s success. “We saw a lot of need in our community, not just with a random charity here or there,” says Jerome Stuart, managing partner of The Roswell Tap. “We wanted to help as many people and as many different charities as possible, and the ‘Home Cooking’ charity program is a way to help 12 different charities, one a month, every year.” Partnering with Roswell-based Treasures, which benefits 16 local charities through the resale of quality furnishings and art, The Roswell Tap donates a portion of restaurant sales to a different charity each month. Customers simply tell their server they would like to “play for charity” — and the restaurant donates 5 percent of the total tab to charity. In addition to the “Home Cooking” program, The Roswell Tap raised money for local charities with a variety of special events celebrating the restaurant’s two-year anniversary in July. “We love this community. We live here and our kids go to school here,” says McDonough. “For us, giving back means so much because we’re helping friends and families across North Fulton. That’s a big part of the reason we got in to this to begin with.”

Johns Creek Business Offers ‘Pay It Forward’ Paint Program Gregory’s Paint & Flooring, located at 10350 Medlock Bridge Road, Suite 201, in Johns Creek, is helping customers discard of unwanted paint samples purchased at the store through its new “Pay It Forward” pint paint program. Rebecca Dumas, owner, says she started the program as a service to the community. “Normally, paint has to be dried with kitty litter so that it turns from a liquid into a solid to dispose of properly, or collected through local garbage services as part of special ‘hazardous waste pick-up days.’ This is a much more convenient option; plus, it saves other customers who may be considering the same paint color from having to purchase a new sample.” The program does not offer a refund for unused paint samples, and it is only good for Benjamin Moore paints, Dumas says. In addition to paint, Gregory’s Paint & Flooring offers a huge selection of fabrics; window treatments; and flooring, including rugs like the popular Surya rugs that come in fun colors and funky geometric patterns. Dumas also offers color consultation services and teaches classes on cabinet glazing and furniture painting. “We’re so much more than just paint and flooring,” says Dumas. “We’re your color and design expert in Johns Creek!”


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W “Never settle for the status quo. Rock the boat and innovate when others rest. Advocate when others are silent. Remember the priorities of life: God, family, country and work. Be exceptional at everything, and never take ‘no’ for an answer.”


e are truly blessed to live in this great country. Our founding fathers were divinely inspired and men of great wisdom. The democracy and governance they conceived into our Republic has led to the greatest nation in history. Our founding principles and historical documents combine to create a unique recipe for success, allowing for independence, freedom, life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. We have the platform, but every person and generation must be accountable and responsible to our cause. Don’t let socialism or fascism ever challenge what you know to be right. There are those who will work hard to do little, but you need to work tirelessly and climb mountains! My values are strongly rooted in my faith and conservatism. I believe in hard work, accountability, small government, lower taxes, compassion, innovation, serving others and generosity. You can do anything in our great land; I challenge you both to be great at whatever you do. Wherever you serve (i.e. business, church, military, government,

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By State Senator John Albers community, family), do so with tenacity, compassion and a sense of urgency. Make a real difference in others’ lives and you will reap the benefits. Help people by giving them a hand-up and not a hand-out, because true compassion is doing what is best for people — not what is easiest. Never settle for the status quo. Rock the boat and innovate when others rest. Advocate when others are silent. Remember the priorities of life: God, family, country and work. Be exceptional at everything, and never take “no” for an answer. As a fourth-generation firefighter, I pray you continue our family tradition of “running in when others run out.” Don’t back down from problems or challenges; be the solution. One day the Lord will call me home. When I stand before him, I will be judged.

Remember, it is His job alone to judge, not ours. The Lord will know my dance card was full! I worked tirelessly to preserve and protect my life priorities and our founding principles. We will get all the sleep we need in heaven, so I plan to make the most of my time on Earth. You are leaders, no matter the situation or circumstance. Be men of strong character and integrity. It will always pay dividends to you. Remember the legacy of our founding fathers, and one day I expect your names to be added in the history books with them. Always do more than is expected of you, remembering that it is God’s plan and our free will to implement. You have all the tools and talent you need. I love you and will always be with you. With unending love and pride, Dad

Sen. John Albers represents the 56th Senate District, which includes portions of North Fulton and Cherokee counties. 404-463-8055,

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ESTATE PLANNING For SameSex Couples By Chris Miller With the Supreme Court ruling recently that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional and that California’s Proposition 8 cannot be enforced, you may be wondering if those decisions would impact your estate plans. For Georgia residents, the answer is “not much.” Most of the rules governing estate planning and probate are based on state law, and Georgia still does not recognize the validity of same-sex unions. What does that mean for a same-sex couple living here? For starters, a Will is more important than ever, because a same-sex partner (or any unmarried significant other, for that matter) is not

part of the group entitled to share in an estate of someone who dies without a Will. In addition, Georgia’s probate law requires that the living relatives of a deceased person receive notice of the filing of the person’s Will. If a client wants a partner to manage the client’s affairs without first seeking the consent of the client’s family members, it helps to know how to transfer property at death without probate. Here are some good first steps:

Beneficiary Designations: Retirement accounts, annuities and insurance policies are usually set up with a named beneficiary. That beneficiary can claim the proceeds using only a death certificate and proof of identification. No family consent is required.

Joint Ownership: A bank account or CD purchased in the names of two people is owned automatically by the

surviving account holder if one of them passes away. Real estate is a bit trickier — requiring the phrase “as joint tenants” or “as joint tenants with rights of survivorship” be included in the Deed before the property is transferable at death without probate.

Revocable Trust: Another way to ensure property gets transferred to the right person without the headaches of probate is to create a Trust. Assets contributed into a Trust are governed by the Trust Agreement rather than by the Will of a deceased person. A Revocable Trust is a flexible tool that lets two or more people share rights to property in ways that they agree on and provides for instructions on how that property is to be owned and distributed in the future.

Chris Miller is an attorney at Robinson & Miller, P.C. Attorneys at Law. 770-817-4999,




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Outdoor Movie Northside Hospital’s Movies in the Park series at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre continues August 31 with the free, family-friendly cartoon adventure-comedy, “Epic.” Colin Farrell and Beyonce Knowles voice characters battling the forces of good and evil in a secret universe. Gates open at 6:30 p.m.; movie starts at 8:30 p.m. (rain or shine). 2200 Encore Parkway, Alpharetta



Children can have fun exploring a parking lot filled with trucks of all kinds at Touch a Truck, a free event at 10 a.m.2 p.m., August 24, at Wills Park. Fire trucks, dump trucks, school buses, police vehicles, 18-wheelers, limousines and more will be on display for kids to climb in and on. There also will be inflatables, interactive games, face painting and animal balloons. 1825 Old Milton Parkway, Alpharetta

Stand-Up Paddleboard River Trip Chattahoochee Nature Center will offer a Stand-Up Paddleboard River Trip at 10 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1:303:30 p.m., August 18. Paddle guides from Walk on Water Adventures LLC will teach you all the paddleboard basics to get you standing and cruising the Chattahoochee River. Participants must be 12 or older; advanced registration is required by August 15. 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell


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Your Pie Restaurant Your Pie restaurant is a fast, casual, create-your-own-pie eatery that also serves sandwiches and salads. Each pizza is made to order in a wood-fired stove in about five minutes. The ingredients are all natural, and there are many choices for people who prefer a gluten-free diet. 625 W. Crossville Road, Suite 110, Roswell

By Mike Litrel, M.D.

Eight years ago, my wife Ann was hospitalized for a lifethreatening bleed in her brain. I sat in vigil at her bedside for many hours through the days and nights as she lay there in pain, unable to move and barely able to whisper. I was afraid I would lose my wife, and my young boys their mother.

Our son, Tyler, inherited his mother’s courage and sense of humor. Several years ago he was injured in a skiing accident that required surgery and a strong narcotic for the pain. The doctor recommended Vicodin. “Oh, that’s my favorite one,” my 12-year-old offspring quipped. “That’s the one that Dr. House takes.” Tyler grinned as he referenced a family TV favorite, “House.”

Nevertheless, as a Dad sitting next to my son’s bed before major surgery, I was a bit anxious. Tyler grabbed my hand moments before he was to be wheeled back to the operating room. “Dad, I need you to remember something for me,” Tyler said in a low, intense voice. “97132-2745-1994. Write it down. If I die, you will be contacted. Give them that code number,” Tyler A shunt had been said. “Within a Life can be frightening and painful. We suffer so much and, placed by the week, you will neurosurgeon to over the course of a long life, lose what matters to us most: our receive $10 alleviate the pressure million cash in bodies and our loved ones. It’s easy to forget that, despite our on Ann’s brain. The untraceable bills.” shunt slowly dripped being biologically mortal, we are spiritually eternal. Tyler’s face still out blood-tinged wore the trace cerebral spinal fluid of a smirk as the Recently, Tyler required another major the entire week. As the days passed, nurses wheeled him back to surgery. reconstructive operation — casting the fluid gradually clarified to a pinkish a shadow of fear and worry over our tinge. Finally one morning the fluid had Later, as I sat for hours in the waiting household. As a surgeon, I find it far the healthy hue of fine champagne. room during the operation, I found myself easier to be the one providing care again worrying. Life can be frightening than the one worrying about my loved Still, Ann was in such pain she could and painful. We suffer so much and, one. Both roles come with moments hardly open her eyes. She squeezed over the course of a long life, lose what of fear. But no matter on which side of my hand as she woke up and matters to us most: our bodies and the medical relationship I find myself, I whispered “good morning.” I tried to our loved ones. It’s easy to forget that, know this to be true: The hospital is a cheer her up. “Your cerebral spinal despite our being biologically mortal, we holy place. Here in this holy place, we fluid looks so good this morning, I’m are spiritually eternal. seek help when we or our loved ones tempted to take a sip,” I said wryly. A are injured or ill. Here in this holy place, few moments later, Ann responded. I remembered Tyler’s last-minute joke. It gathered together, are people who have “If you swallow a mouthful, it will raise was going to be okay. And so it was. dedicated their lives to helping strangers your IQ 50 points.” in need. Here in this holy place, love manifests itself through us in the most I was stunned. Immobilized in Intensive Dr. Mike Litrel is a national speaker and concrete of ways — all of us helping one Care for more than a week, my wife author on the faith-health connection, another when we are in desperate need. and a board-certified OB/GYN and had just made a joke — a funny one specialist in pelvic reconstructive And here in this holy place, God grants to boot! I knew then that Ann was surgery at Cherokee Women’s Health healing and relief. Specialists. going to be alright.



community AFUMC Sends Oreos to U.S. Troops

Social Games League Helps Young Adults with Developmental Disabilities All About Developmental Disabilities (AADD), an Atlanta-based advocacy group focusing on developmental disability issues, has launched a new social games league for young adults in Milton and nearby Woodstock. The program connects people in their 20s and 30s with developmental disabilities to those without. Bocce ball is the first league organized by AADD. “We picked Bocce ball because it’s portable and easy, but the games aren’t what is really important. It is the meeting each other, saying hello, and chatting during the game that is really going to make a difference,” says AADD disability advocate Amanda Quintana. “For people without disabilities, this is a great opportunity to give back to their communities and build their own awareness of the challenges faced by those who live with disabilities every day.” The AADD Bocce Ball League is seeking participants to play games, model good social skills, and show these young people the possibilities open to them at that age. 18

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Alpharetta First United Methodist Church (AFUMC) has collected more than 6,100 packages of Oreo cookies for U.S. military men and women serving overseas since launching “Operation Oreo” in 2009. The church’s annual AFUMC collected more than 6,100 Oreos this cookie drive began as a result year for U.S. service men and women overseas. of a chance encounter between Senior Pastor Dr. Don Martin and a young soldier aboard a plane. The soldier was returning from duty in Iraq. When Dr. Martin asked him what he missed most while away, the young man replied, without hesitation, “Oreos, Double Stuffed!” This year, Dr. Martin issued a 3,000-package challenge, and the congregation overwhelmingly responded by donating 4,636 packages! The Oreos were placed at the altar during a recent Sunday worship service. Over the next few days, Oreos were delivered to the church as well —for a total of 6,100 packages!

Police Officer Awarded for Saving Life Roswell Police Officer William (Steve) Hood was honored recently for his emergency response actions that helped save the life of a local resident. He was presented with the Life-Saving Award during a City of Roswell’s Mayor and City Council meeting. Responding to a 911 call last September, Hood found the caller’s husband unresponsive. Hood immediately performed CPR to the victim, who was not breathing and had no heartbeat. He continued single-rescuer CPR until firefighters and paramedics took over treatment. North Fulton Hospital’s medical staff was able to restart the victim’s breathing and heartbeat.

Bank of North Georgia’s Food Drive Benefits Local Children Bank of North Georgia, a division of Synovus Bank, hosted its Sixth Annual “Spread the Love” peanut butter and jelly food drive recently to benefit 30 local food pantries. Bank of North Georgia collected 6,059 jars, or 7,624 pounds — nearly four tons of peanut butter and jelly. That is enough to make more than 60,586 sandwiches for children in metro Atlanta. Local residents, customers and team members were encouraged to visit any of the 41 branches and drop off as much peanut butter and jelly as they could carry. Bank of North Georgia also partnered with seven metro Atlanta schools and the City of Temple in the collection drive. Bank of North Georgia’s 41 branches include Bank of North Georgia’s “Spread the Love” food drive collected more than 6,000 jars of peanut offices in Alpharetta, Johns butter and jelly for local children and families. Creek and Roswell.

Happy Dogs

DON’T BITE Our little, black, adopted rescue dog, Lexie, has endeared herself to our family so much that we joke she’s an adopted sister of our daughters, Grace and Mary. Lexie, a pug-terrier mix, weighs 19 pounds. She is a very happy dog who is well-fed, well-groomed, wellloved and well-cared for by our family. She’s a content, obedient dog. She wants to please us and is a delight. Since she wholeheartedly trusts us as her caretakers, she’s very content and secure. That’s how God wants us to be with Him; fully trusting Him to tenderly care for us, to protect us and provide for our every need. Then, we feel totally content and secure.

By Polly Balint

When I take Lexie for long walks in our neighborhood, she’s so obedient that I’m able to let her run alongside me without her leash. I put it back on her only as a courtesy when we approach fellow joggers and walkers, then take it off again. She always stays near me as we make our way down the sidewalk. Recently, as we approached an older couple, I put Lexie’s leash on her and jokingly said, “Look out, she is a vicious dog!” The lady smiled, looked down at Lexie and said, “I don’t think so.” I thought my comment was funny because Lexie is not only small but also happy, secure, friendly and doesn’t lash out to bite.

Lexie’s personality and behavior reflect the attitude we’re instructed to have in Proverbs 15:15: “A cheerful heart has a continual feast.” Lexie entertains our family with her happy heart, and it’s contagious. What about the rest of us? Are we spreading joy into the lives of others? Dogs are God’s creatures, too. He uses everything, including dogs, to teach us about Himself and His ways. An angry person barks out responses with impatience and anger, much like a rabid, vicious, stray dog. However, “A cheerful look brings joy to the heart,” (Proverbs 15:30). Think about what happens to you physically, mentally and spiritually when someone smiles at you. It’s hard not to smile back, isn’t it?

Polly Balint is founder of That Girl Marketing LLC; a women’s Bible study leader and encourager; and author/ producer of the “Totally Devoted” women’s devotional series and conferences.



Academic Elkins Pointe Middle’s Springman Named ‘Principal of the Year’ The Fulton County School System announced recently that Melinda Springman of Elkins Pointe Middle School in Roswell has been selected as the district’s 2013-2014 “Principal of the Year.” She was chosen from nearly 100 principals nominated by their peers Melinda Springman for exemplifying the school system’s beliefs and mission, and how those exemplify the district’s strategic goals. “We have many strong principals in Fulton County Schools, and Melinda Springman has risen to the top as a stellar leader,” says Superintendent Robert Avossa. “She embodies a true passion for learning and teaching, and she brings enormous energy and dedication to her work. It’s exciting to see the students and staff at Elkins Pointe excel under her leadership.” In her nomination essay, Springman said that her mission at Elkins Pointe is to empower students for tomorrow’s global society. She works to close the digital divide where some students have access to technology and others do not; the result has been higher student achievement and an increased appetite to learn. Springman believes that Elkins Pointe must offer rigorous programs that guide students toward college and career readiness. Through her leadership, the school created an “On Pointe” program that focuses on preparing at-risk students for high school graduation. Elkins Pointe added two new courses, a Leadership Academy and Adventure Quest, last school year that focus on developing confidence and decision-making in crisis situations. As Fulton’s Principal of the Year, Springman will represent Fulton County Schools over the next year in leadership situations at the local and state level, providing a voice for the district’s principals and administrators. She also will be formally recognized at the school system’s Legacy of Excellence awards gala this fall. 20

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JCBA Awards Scholarships to Local Students The Johns Creek Business Association (JCBA) awarded $1,000 each to two students at its monthly meeting in July. JCBA scholarship winner Funds for the scholarships Eric Beppler (center) were raised at the JCBA’s Annual Golf Tournament. The JCBA 2013 Annual Scholarship recipients are Jennifer Lucas, a 2013 graduate of Johns Creek High School (JCHS); and Eric Beppler, a 2013 graduate of Northview High School (NHS). Lucas will attend the University of Georgia this fall, majoring in Biology. While a student at JCHS, she was a member of the Varsity Track Team, JV Competition Cheerleading, Yearbook Staff, Indian Cultural Exchange Club, and the National Honor Society. She is active in various volunteer groups, works part-time, and hopes to become a doctor. Beppler is a graduate of Northview High School (NHS). He will attend North Carolina State University, majoring in Engineering. While a student at NHS, his activities included Symphonic Band, Varsity Cross Country, Varsity Track & Field, Boy Scouts of America, Venture Scouts, Class Council, Local School Advisory Council, Junior Civitans Club, and Habitudes for Athletics. He has also actively worked in various positions with the Bert Adams Scout Reservation, various volunteer groups, and hopes to develop more intuitive systems that can replicate or better human functions for those who cannot function on their own.

Lake Windward Elementary Students Welcome New Principal Students, parents and staff of Lake Windward Elementary School in Alpharetta had an opportunity to meet the school’s new principal, Tara McGee, during a special “meet and greet” event held at the school prior to the new school year. Principal McGee had previously served as assistant principal at Medlock Bridge Elementary School. In addition, her educational experience includes two years of international teaching in Italy and working as a math specialist. She received her Lake Windward Elementary Bachelor of Science degree School Principal Tara McGee with in Elementary Education from students Daniel Adams, Veronika Texas A&M University. Theurer, and Kristina Adams

Choosing A Dentist

For Your Child By Vishant Nath, D.M.D.

Good dental health can improve a child’s overall health, well-being and happiness. It is very important to have a dentist for your child whom you can work with to keep your child’s dental health at its best. Choosing a dentist for your child doesn’t have to be difficult or frustrating. There are several steps that you can take as a parent to help guide you through the process. Pediatric dentists are a good place to start when looking for a dentist for your child. In addition to dental school, pediatric dentists complete two years of specialized training during their residency. This rigorous training focuses on training the dentists to specifically meet the oral health care needs of infants, children and adolescents, including special needs patients. Pediatric dental offices are designed to meet the comfort and needs of all patients. If you have dental insurance, you can use your insurance provider’s website as an online resource to search for dentists in your area that are accepted by your insurance plan. Also, asking for referrals from family, friends and neighbors who have children is a great way to learn about specific experiences that others have had. Once you narrow down your choices, visit the websites of the offices that you are considering. You can learn a lot about the dentists and other employees working at offices. In some cases, you can take a virtual tour of the office and request an appointment online. If you want to get an “in person” feel for the office, stop in for a visit. You can even bring your child along so that he/she can begin to become familiar with the environment. It is important to establish a good relationship with the dentist by scheduling and attending twice-yearly hygiene check-ups. If your child is diagnosed with a need for dental treatment, follow up in a timely manner. Establish great dental hygiene habits at home by making sure your child brushes in the morning, then brushes and flosses at night. These habits will go a long way toward keeping your child’s teeth their healthiest! Dr. Vishant Nath is the owner of Canton/Roswell Pediatric Dentistry. 678-352-1090,



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By Terry Schwarz, Huntington Learning Center As the new school year begins, students face a wide range of emotions.Your child may be anxious to enter a new school or a new grade; excited to go back to school to see friends; afraid of what this school year may bring; or even relieved as they resume their routine schedule. As parents, we have the same feelings for almost the exact same reasons. We should take this time to reset expectations with our children and develop good homework and study habits that will set the stage for a successful school year.

Time. Depending on the age and

grade of your child, determine a reasonable amount of time that your child should spend on homework. Ask your child’s teacher what amount of time is expected. A rule of thumb is that kids spend about 10 minutes per grade level on homework; a thirdgrader should spend 30 minutes, while a ninth-grader should spend about 90 minutes.

Structure. Identify a consistent

homework location in your home — preferably not the kitchen table. The kitchen table may be convenient because it’s in a central location, but it’s also a place with high distractions because it’s in a central location.Your child should work at a desk in his room or in another quiet space in the


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house. Have that space neatly stocked with sharp pencils, erasers, paper, good lighting, a dictionary and a computer or calculator, if needed. When homework problems get out of control, consider going to the library to break up the bad pattern that has developed.

Schedule. Use a family calendar to keep organized with all of your activities. We use Google Calendar at my house. We each have our own calendar, so we can see where we all need to be at what times, and we hold a family meeting on Sunday nights to discuss the upcoming week’s schedule. It’s not enough to just schedule band practice, piano lessons, chess club and football practice. Schedule time each day for homework also. But before you do all of that, block out time each day for your child to play. Most importantly, make sure your child is involved in creating the schedule, so there is a buy-in. Besides being a great life skill and an amazing organizational tool, another benefit of using a family calendar is that you don’t have to be the bad guy anymore. If the calendar says it’s homework time, then it’s homework time! Responsibility. Our kids need

to know that their homework is their responsibility. Executing homework responsibilities successfully accomplishes more than just helping your child get better grades.The homework process teaches your child

autonomy, determination, perseverance, time management, goal setting, communication and, most importantly, independence. The most common sources of frustration with homework are lack of confidence and/or motivation, poor organization and skill deficiency. Most students who struggle with homework due to these factors have weak skill areas that create low confidence in their own ability to be successful with their schoolwork, which drags down motivation to learn more skills. It becomes a downward spiral — a cycle that is very hard to reverse. Working with school teachers and administrators or seeking supplemental support from a local learning center are great ways to end the frustration and family discord that rears its head nightly at homework time. For now, reset the expectations with the new school year and implement good habits from the start — and stick to them. When you fail to follow through at some point (and you will), don’t beat yourself up. Just continue to strive toward being a perfect parent, and you may actually be awesome.

Terry Schwarz is executive director of Huntington Learning Center in Alpharetta. 678-240-9240,

Mommy To-Do’s For Back To School By Christy Noll That day is fast approaching: the first day of school, when our children head back to school and our lives get back into routine for another school year. After-school activities resume and we find ourselves driving our kids to soccer, dance, swim, football practice, or other sports and helping with homework. I find it helps to make a “Mommy’s To-Do List” to try and stay organized and keep things from getting too crazy. Maybe these will help you, too! Appointments: Now is the time to schedule those appointments for yourself that you have been putting off! For me, it’s the dentist, hair, general practitioner, etc.

walk or volunteer together. I am happier when I have time with my friends! to schedule your fall family fun!

Organize: Organize and purge around the house. Let’s mark our calendars with projects to accomplish each month! Project suggestions range from cleaning out/organizing closets, pantries and basements to painting rooms, rearranging furniture, and cleaning carpets. Donate items that you no longer need to charity.

Volunteer: You can give back to your community by volunteering at your children’s schools or at local charities. Feel free to contact me for suggestions on volunteer opportunities!

Plan Healthy Meals: Once school starts back, those nutritious meals become even more important to keep our kids healthy and strong. Eating healthy gives us all the energy we need to accomplish our tasks and feel better about ourselves.

Schedule: Keep a schedule of your children’s tests, projects, appointments, sports activities, etc. Have your children help if they are able, so they are also Mix and Mingle: Keep up your friendships on top of their tasks. Check out North and go to lunch every now and then, or Fulton Family Life magazine and

Work: Apart from being a wife and mother, my work at AlpharettaMoms. Org is my priority. Typically, this involves writing articles on school, activities and family; updating the website and social media pages; and identifying new sponsors. For you, it may be setting new goals at work, cleaning your work space, or staying on top of emails. Let’s set goals for the new school year and try to reach them together!

Christy Noll is founder of, a resource that connects North Fulton families with community organizations, programs and events.





Elementary Schools Abbotts Hill Elementary

Calendar 2013-2014

5575 Abbotts Bridge Road Johns Creek, GA 30097 (770) 667-2860 Principal: Roytunda Stabler

Alpharetta Elementary

AUG 12 First Day of School SEP 2 School Holiday OCT 14-15 School Holiday

192 Mayfield Road Alpharetta, GA 30009 (770) 740-7015 Principal: Adam Maroney

Barnwell Elementary 9425 Barnwell Road Johns Creek, GA 30022 (770) 552-4960 Principal: Norman Sauce

NOV 25-29 School Holiday

Birmingham Falls Elementary

DEC 23-JAN 6 School Holiday

14865 Birmingham Hwy. Milton, GA 30004 (770) 667-2820 Principal: Susan Matzkin

JAN 20 School Holiday

Cogburn Woods Elementary

FEB 14 School Holiday

13080 Cogburn Road Milton, GA 30004 (770) 667-2845 Principal: Bruce Fraser

FEB 17 School Holiday

Crabapple Crossing Elementary

MAR 14 School Holiday

12775 Birmingham Highway Milton, GA 30004 (770) 740-7055 Principal: George Freiberger

APR 7-11 School Holiday

Creek View Elementary

MAY 23 Last Day of School

3995 Webb Bridge Road Alpharetta, GA 30005 (770) 667-2932 Principal: Debra Doss

Dolvin Elementary 10495 Jones Bridge Road Johns Creek, GA 30022


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(770) 740-7020 Principal: Laura Zoll

Esther Jackson Elementary 1400 Martin Road Roswell, GA 30076 (770) 594-5290 Principal: Constance Coles

Findley Oaks Elementary 5880 Findley Chase Drive Johns Creek, GA 30097 (770) 497-3800 Principa: Lacey Andrews

Hembree Springs Elementary 815 Hembree Road Roswell, GA 30076 (770) 667-2902 Principal: Kalpana Raju

Hillside Elementary 9250 Scott Road Roswell, GA 30076 (770) 552-6362 Principal: Maisha Otway

Lake Windward Elementary 11770 E. Fox Court Alpharetta, GA 30005 (770) 740-7050 Principal: Martha Messina

Manning Oaks Elementary 405 Cumming Street Alpharetta, GA 30004 (770) 667-2912 Principal: Kirk Shrum

Medlock Bridge Elementary 10215 Medlock Bridge Pkwy. Johns Creek, GA 30022 (770) 623-2980 Principal: Tiffany Hutchens

Mimosa Elementary 1550 Warsaw Road Roswell, GA 30076 (770) 552-4540 Principal: Lynn Johnson

Mountain Park Elementary 11895 Mountain Park Road Roswell, GA 30075 (770) 552-4530 Principal: Stacy Perlman

New Prospect Elementary 3055 Kimball Bridge Road Alpharetta, GA 30022-4417 (770) 667-2800 Principal: Rako Morrissey

Northwood Elementary 10200 Wooten Road Roswell, GA 30076 (770) 552-6390 Principal: Ritu Ahuja

Ocee Elementary 4375 Kimball Bridge Road Johns Creek, GA 30022 (770) 667-2960 Principal: Deborah Pernice

River Eves Elementary 9000 Eves Road Roswell, GA 30076 (770) 552-4550 Principal: Neil Pinnock

Roswell North Elementary 10525 Woodstock Road Roswell, GA 30075 (770) 552-6320 Principal: Kindra Smith

Shakerag Elementary 10885 Rogers Circle Johns Creek, GA 30097 (770) 497-3880 Principal: Martin Neuhaus

State Bridge Crossing Elementary

(678) 297-3240 Principal: Lenora Patterson

(770) 740-7000 Principal: Cliff Jones

5530 State Bridge Road Johns Creek, GA 30022 (770) 497-3850 Principal: J.E. “Trey” Martin

Northwestern Middle

Northview High

Summit Hill Elementary 13855 Providence Road Milton, GA 30004 (770) 667-2830 Principal: Nancy Murphy

Sweet Apple Elementary 12025 Etris Road Roswell, GA 30075 (770) 643-3310 Principal: Natalie Richman

Wilson Creek Elementary 6115 Wilson Road Johns Creek, GA 30097 (770) 497-3811 Principal: Andrea Cushing

12805 Birmingham Highway Milton, GA 30004 (770) 667-2870 Principal: Jasmine Kullar

River Trail Middle 10795 Rogers Circle Johns Creek, GA 30097 (770) 497-3860 Principal: Dawn Melin

4110 Old Alabama Road Johns Creek, GA 30022 (770) 521-7622 Principal: Jimmy Zoll

Crabapple Middle 10700 Crabapple Road Roswell, GA 30075 (770) 552-4520 Principal: Nathan Buhl

Elkins Pointe Middle 11290 Elkins Road Roswell, GA 30075 (770) 667-2892 Principal: Melinda Springman

Fulton Science Academy Middle

5150 Taylor Road Johns Creek, GA 30022 (770) 740-7090 Principal: Ed Williamson

Webb Bridge Middle 4455 Webb Bridge Road Alpharetta, GA 30005 (770) 667-2940 Principal: Susan Opferman

High Schools Alpharetta High

11595 King Road Roswell, GA 30075 (770) 552-4500 Principal: Jerome Huff

4100 Old Milton Parkway, Suite 100 Alpharetta, GA 30005 (770) 475-3223 Principal: Namik Sercan

Fulton Sunshine Academy 1335 Northmeadow Parkway Roswell, GA 30076 (770) 410-1500 Principal: Murat Cetin

Other Centers Charter Schools Amana Academy

Crossroads/Second Chance – North

285 South Main Street Alpharetta, GA 30009 (678) 624-0989 Principal: Ehab Jaleel

791 Mimosa Boulevard Roswell, GA 30075 (770) 552-6334 Principal: Scott O’Prey

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3595 Webb Bridge Road Alpharetta, GA 30005 (770) 521-7640 Principal: Shannon Kersey

Cambridge High 2845 Bethany Bend Milton GA 30004 (770) 667-2883 Principal: Ed Spurka

Centennial High 9310 Scott Road Roswell, GA 30076 (770) 650-4230 Principal: Kibbey Crumbley

Chattahoochee High

1675 Hembree Road Alpharetta, GA 30009 (770) 753-4141 Principal: Kenan Sener

5230 Taylor Road Johns Creek, GA 30022 (770) 521-7600 Principal: Tim Duncan

Haynes Bridge Middle

Independence High

10665 Haynes Bridge Road Alpharetta, GA 30022 (770) 740-7030 Principal: Lauren Seidman

86 School Drive Alpharetta, GA 30009 (770) 521-7611 Principal: Tabatha Taylor

Holcomb Bridge Middle

Johns Creek High

2700 Holcomb Bridge Road Alpharetta, GA 30022 (770) 594-5280 Principal: Joy Schroerlucke

5575 State Bridge Road Johns Creek, GA 30022 (770) 623-2138 Principal: Buck Greene

Hopewell Middle

Milton High

13060 Cogburn Road Milton, GA 30004

13025 Birmingham Highway Alpharetta, GA 30004

Roswell High

Taylor Road Middle

Middle Schools Autrey Mill Middle

10625 Parsons Road Johns Creek, GA 30097 (770) 497-3828 Principal: Paul Brannon

Fulton Science Academy High




Protecting People, Property & Wildlife

Keeping Your Family & Property Safe From Wildlife By Michelle Martin


or almost 20 years, Critter Control of Atlanta has served the metropolitan area and

North Fulton county as the only company specializing in wildlife exclusion. Owners Jay and Valli Caldwell provide safe, humane wildlife exclusion that goes beyond just removing those pesky rodents and animals that can cause extensive damage in both open and hidden areas of homes and businesses. They also inspect the entire property for entry points and elements that might attract rodents and animals; secure points of entry; repair areas damaged by animals; and offer recommendations to prevent future infestation, such as removing ground water, properly disposing of trash, and taking up pets’ food and water bowls at night. “There always will be animals outside of any home or business that will try to get in,” says Jay, “especially if other critters are or have been there already. Animals can smell out other animals, and will be attracted to those same areas.”


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Critter Control workers have a construction background to perform necessary repairs to areas damaged by infestation — which allows Critter Control to offer homeowners and business owners comprehensive service, from removal to repair and prevention.

Critter Control of Atlanta is one of more than 100 Critter Control franchises nationwide. Each of Critter Control’s technicians holds a trapping license and is certified by the Department of Natural Resources as a trained wildlife management specialist. As Jay explains, that means homeowners and business owners can rest assured that the Critter Control technicians will use humane methods in trapping and removing animals and rodents. “We don’t use poison; we remove the animals and seal off entry points to prevent them from getting in again,” he says. They also work with area wildlife protection groups to return animals to their natural habitat. In addition, Critter Control workers have a construction background to perform necessary repairs to areas damaged by infestation — which allows Critter Control to offer homeowners and business owners comprehensive service, from removal to repair and prevention. “Critter Control of Atlanta was the first franchise in the country to have its own construction crew,” Jay says. Critter Control of Atlanta is also the company‘s third-largest franchise in the country. Most people don’t give much thought to the types of animals that Critter Control specializes

in — armadillos, bats, birds, deer, foxes, gophers, mice, moles, opossums, raccoons, rats, skunks, snakes, squirrels and more — until they’re faced with the destruction and threat of disease that these animals pose. According to Jay, animals and rodents can enter homes through the smallest of cracks in the foundation; the chimney; gaps between the roofing shingles and gutters; areas damaged by storms; and even holes drilled for installation of cable, satellite or other wiring. “Homeowners often don’t realize there’s a problem because the animals may have infested a part of the home that isn’t used frequently, like in the walls of a guest bedroom,” he says. “Essentially, the animals use the space as their own litter box, and the smell is hard to ignore.” In other cases, homeowners become accustomed to the smell and don’t realize that animals have moved in and most likely caused extensive damage to their property. The most common problems are soiled insulation and chewed woodwork and wiring, which can cause fire. Simply replacing insulation doesn’t solve the problem, though, as Jay explains. Droppings and urine seep in and

linger, and animals will be attracted to those areas as long as the smell remains. To deter recurring problems, Critter Control treats the entire affected areas to remove all odors and seals off all entry points. “We use a special one-way excluder door — a type of ‘trap’ door that funnels animals out of the home through their original point of entry, but doesn’t allow them to re-enter.” According to Jay, if you find one animal, you’ll likely find another. The presence of a snake, for example, usually means there are rats on the property. Critter Control provides a free inspection of the entire property for signs of infestation and damage, documenting any such areas with photos and a detailed report. Certain animals carry diseases that can be transmitted to people. WWW. FAMILYLIFE PUBLICATIONS.COM


As Valli explains, “Raccoons and bats have the greatest chance of carrying rabies and other serious illnesses that pose a significant health threat if homeowners come into direct contact with these animals or their droppings. Some homeowners’ insurance policies cover issues with these two animals as a result,” she says. “Parasites, such as raccoon roundworm, also pose a health hazard, as the eggs can live in raccoon feces for up to six years and are highly contagious to humans. That is why proper cleanup after trapping raccoons by a trained professional is necessary in order to ensure a healthy home.” Also, Valli says bat guano can cause Histoplpasmosis, a lung infection. Rodent fleas, ticks and bat bugs are common with animal infestations and can cause illnesses, such as Bartonella, Lyme Disease and Rickettsia. Salmonella can be transmitted by bird and reptile droppings. “Proper clean-up and disinfection after trapping is essential in complete wildlife exclusion,” she adds. “We caution homeowners and business owners to leave the work to us and take the proper recommended safeguards to prevent recurring problems and to protect their families, employees and property.” Critter Control backs all of its work with a renewable three-year warranty. A technician will inspect the home or business again to ensure nothing has made a new entry point and that all work is still secure — and the work is guaranteed for another three years. Best of all, customers can rest assured in knowing that Critter Control of Atlanta’s work is backed not only by an established, locally and family-owned franchise of almost 20 years but also by the national Critter Control company of 30 years. “Being part of a large organization gives us and our customers the support of a national company,” Jay says. “Our customers can trust in our work because we have a national name backing us and checking us to ensure we provide the quality work that protects people, property and wildlife.”


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THE FUTURE OF ORTHODONTICS Is Here There is an effective way to achieve a great smile without undergoing conventional orthodontic treatment with braces. Invisalign uses a series of clear plastic aligners that are progressively straighter versions of your teeth. It offers virtually invisible treatment and little discomfort since there are no poking wires. In addition, the ability to remove the aligners to brush and floss makes it relatively easy to maintain proper hygiene throughout the treatment. And because the aligners can be removed for eating, there aren’t any diet restrictions during Invisalign treatment. Invisalign treatment and technology have evolved dramatically since it was first introduced in 1999. At the beginning, orthodontists used the aligners only for simple cases. But, with an experienced orthodontist providing the proper treatment planning, Invisalign can be

utilized in virtually all levels of tooth malalignment. In fact, the process achieves the same results in the same amount of time as braces. When you begin orthodontic treatment, the doctor will take X-rays, photos and impressions to create an initial picture of your particular tooth-alignment issues. The impressions are used to create a model of your teeth to fabricate appliances, including retainers and Invisalign aligners. For those who are undergoing Invisalign treatment, the impression is scanned to create a 3-D image of your teeth, which is then morphed and manipulated to create a series of images of your teeth in gradually straighter alignment. Then, clear plastic trays are fabricated that will precisely align your teeth one tray at a time. Impressions are often the most uncomfortable and disliked part of

By Brett Gluck, D.M.D., M.S.

traditional orthodontic or Invisalign treatment. The impression material does not taste great, is messy, and often produces a gag reflex. Now, 3-D scanners can scan your teeth and create a 3-D computer image while you sit comfortably in the chair. The 3-D image is a more accurate representation of your teeth than impressions, which means better-fitting Invisalign trays. The 3-D images can be downloaded directly from the orthodontic office to Invisalign, thus shortening the time required to fabricate the Invisalign trays. Consult with your orthodontist to decide if Invisalign is right for you or your teenager.

Dr. Brett Gluck is an orthodontic specialist at The Brace Place. 770-664-6003,



Taste of MEXICAN

Caviar Ingredients

2 (15-ounce) cans black beans, rinsed and drained 2 (11-ounce) cans Mexicorn 3 tomatoes, seeded and chopped 4 avocadoes, seeded and chopped 2 red onions, chopped 6 scallions, chopped ½-cup vegetable oil or olive oil ¼-cup white vinegar 2 envelopes Italian salad dressing mix


Combine the black beans, Mexicorn, tomatoes, avocadoes, red onions and scallions in a large bowl and mix well. Mix the vegetable oil, vinegar and salad dressing in a small bowl. Pour over the black bean mixture and toss to coat. Serve with tortilla chips. This recipe can be stored in the refrigerator for up to five days. Serves 20-24, but can be halved easily for a smaller gathering.

Recipe is from the “At Your Service: Southern Recipes, Places and Traditions” cookbook, produced by the Junior League of Gwinnett & North Fulton Counties (JLGNF). Since 1986, JLGNF has been serving the women and children of Gwinnett, North Fulton and South Forsyth counties. The mission of JLGNF is to strengthen the community by creating and implementing collaborative volunteer projects, including programs aimed at building self-esteem in girls ages 5-8. In addition to the cookbook, JLGNF’s fundraising efforts include an Attic Sale in the fall and the “High Heels High Times” fashion and shopping event in the spring.


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WHAT MAKES A Good Service Company? By Fred Hawkins Good customer service is the life force that keeps any business alive. You can offer discounts and promotions to gain new customers, but you will never gain a solid customer base or be profitable unless new customers come back a second or third time. If you don’t take care of the customers, someone else will. Competition is great; but to be a great service company, you must be better than your competition.

Always answer the phone. Answer the phone with a smile — customers can tell. If you are not in the office, forward calls to a live person. Customers do not want to talk to a machine. Talk to the customers with genuine concern. They are the lifeblood of your company. Make sure the person who answers the

phone understands that customers are doing the company a favor by calling. After all, they could have called any other company for the service.

Keep Clients updated. If you have to move or cancel appointments, always let customers know in advance of the scheduled time for service. Let the customers know about potential safety concerns on products, services or code changes. Keep customers in the loop on new products and energy-saving technology. After the completed service, explain thoroughly how and what service was done so the customers understand why they needed the service. Answer any concerns or complaints that customers may have. A quick way to lose a client is to not explain or fix something you messed up. Always offer a warranty and honor that

warranty with prompt service.

Train your staff and technicians. Teach them to be helpful, courteous and knowledgeable. Drug and background test all employees. Provide the office staff and field technicians with the proper information and tools to do a great customer job. Dress the office and technicians to succeed. Employees need to take pride in their appearance. The same is true of company vehicles as well. This will reflect on the customer of what kind of a company and service you provide. Do the right thing: be honest and trustworthy. Ultimately, you and your company will benefit.

Fred Hawkins is owner of H&H Electric and Security LLC. (770) 735-1136,




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I grew up as city girl in Birmingham, Ala., with very little experience or knowledge of a farm. But I recall fondly those times when my cousins and I would sit with our grandmother and snap fresh beans, shuck corn husks, pick tomatoes from the garden and get freshly lain eggs from her hens. I felt a sense of pride in knowing that I had played a small role in the savory spread that “Mammaw” would cook up — as only she could — from her small garden farm. Topping it all off were Mammaw’s madefrom-scratch thin biscuits, dusted with just the right amount of flour, and homemade muscadine jam! Are you hungry yet? If you’re feeling a little nostalgic for fresh foods and homemade goods like your grandmother made, you’re in luck. There has been a recent revival of farmers’ markets in local communities all across the country, and North Fulton County is no exception. Farmers’ markets are about more than just fresh food, though; they’re about community. When you buy from a farmers’ market, you support your community by boosting the local economy. When you buy from a farmers’ market, you support local farmers and merchants who depend on your business to provide for their families. Maybe best of all, when you visit a farmers’ market, you experience the local flavor and friendships that define “community.” Make plans to check out the different farmers’ markets in your area today!

12315 Crabapple Road, Alpharetta 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Wednesdays, through October 30 This is the first year for the Crabapple Milton Farmers’ Market at the Silos. In addition to fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables, the market features vendors offering homemade goods like breads, jams, pies, fudge, oils and spices, glycerin soaps and even homemade dog biscuits. Proceeds from Woof ‘em Down Dog Biscuits go toward helping homeless pets!

Old Canton Street, Downtown Alpharetta 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Saturdays, through Mid-October A local favorite since 2006, Alpharetta Farmers’ Market showcases a variety of local vendors offering fresh fruits, vegetables, bread, herbs and flowers; natural meats; and homemade goods from desserts to local raw honey, jellies and sauces to soaps, lotions and more. The sponsor, Alpharetta Business Association, is gathering the best recipes from participating vendors into an Alpharetta Market cookbook.

Newtown Park, 3150 Old Alabama Road, Johns Creek 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Saturdays, through September 7 Johns Creek Farmers’ Market has select locally produced vegetables and fruits, plus baked goods, jams and jellies, and more. Enjoy live entertainment and children’s activities in the Children’s Mini Market tent.

Roswell City Hall parking lot, 38 Hill St., Roswell 8 a.m.-12 p.m., Saturdays, through September 14 Produced in partnership with the City of Roswell and the North Fulton Master Gardeners, Riverside Farmers’ Market offers farm-fresh vegetables, fruit, berries and herbs; artisan cheeses; organic herbal soaps; flowers, plants and organic compost; and more. In addition, the farmers’ market will feature local chefs, demonstrations, lectures and live music.



By April Kitchens

homeowners assume the ducts are working just fine.

The duct system is a series of tubes that carries the warm and cool air from your HVAC equipment into your home and back to the equipment. These tubes control how much air is delivered to each room. If ducts are damaged, improperly installed, or the wrong size, they can cut your system’s ability to heat or cool by more than half on hot or cold days.

“Duct tape is the go-to, fix-all for many minor repairs, but duct tape does not adequately seal joints and has a short lifespan.” is forced to operate through improperly sized ductwork.

Improperly sized or designed duct work is the most common reason people are not comfortable in their own homes. Imagine that your air conditioner is your lungs and that you are running a 1-mile race. Now imagine running that same 1-mile race breathing through a cocktail straw. No matter how good of shape you are in, you will never be able to run as fast and easily as if breathing normally. This inability to breathe is what happens when your air conditioner

A 30 percent return duct leak on a hot or cold day can decrease your heating or cooling capacity more than 50 percent. That may sound extreme, but it’s not an uncommon condition. To determine if your ducts work or not, air properties must be measured. A proper inspection would measure how much air goes into each room vs. how much is actually needed, along with temperatures and pressures to determine how well your ducts work. Unfortunately, many

Duct tape is the go-to, fix-all for many minor repairs, but duct tape does not adequately seal joints and has a short lifespan. If your air conditioning system is struggling to finish that 1-mile race, it will need more than a bigger straw and duct tape to work properly and efficiently!

With today’s demands for the highest efficiency, you may find that your existing duct system doesn’t perform as efficiently as possible.


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The typical duct renovation includes removing and straightening damaged ducts, adding proper suspension and sealing all the joints. Sometimes, larger ducts need to be installed to certain rooms, or the registers and grilles need to be replaced. Other improvements might include adjusting fan speeds or improving your air filtration system.

April Kitchens is the Director of Marketing at 4 Seasons Heating & Air. 770-504-5833,


‘EXPERIENCE’ ECONOMY By Ron Bradley, D. Min. A wonderful week’s vacation at the beach with my 2-year-old granddaughter proved what Andy Rooney once said: “I’ve learned that it’s those small daily happenings that make life so spectacular.” There are no words to describe the joy it brings to grandparents watching their grandchild experience things in life for the first time, such as:

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• burying her feet in the sand;

Increasingly, we are searching for those first-time

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flying a kite in the wind; tasting saltwater; feeding seagulls; hearing the roar of crashing waves; falling asleep in a beach chair under the shade of an umbrella; building a sand castle; screaming outside as loud as you can; and collecting seashells in a bucket.

experiences. Sociologists tell us that the American economy is evolving from a system based on selling commodities and goods to one increasingly focused on providing experiences. We will do anything, spend much time and many dollars, to provide first-time experiences for our families. The Build-aBear and American Girl Dolls stores at North Point Mall are prime examples of companies catering to Americans’ desire for such feel-good experiences. There are extremes, however. In Japan, a water attraction offers visitors a controlled, artificial beach environment — complete with a wave pool, artificial sunlight and sand that won’t stick to your feet. This popular attraction

is located a mere 400 yards from a real beach! This type of “feel-good” phenomenon applies to the Church today as well. Many people are longing for and even craving a real worshipful, spiritual experience with God through His Son, Jesus Christ, from their church services. Worship services should be designed so that worshipers experience the excitement of the supernatural Christ like a 2-year-old’s first trip to the beach. We often say, “Come to church as if it is your first time; your only time; or your last time.”

Ron Bradley is the pastor at First Baptist Church Roswell. 770-587-6980,



By Catherine Groves Thirty-four years after its original publication, I find myself once again, ritualistically, picking up my thread-worn copy of “A Woman of Substance,” by Barbara Taylor Bradford. It is a bit magical how each time I reach for this book, the saga winds its way into my very being and seems to adapt to my own, everchanging life’s story. Emma Harte is the reason I love this book. From her povertystricken years of being an abused, child servant, to her glory of power as a wise and wealthy old woman, “A Woman of Substance” has the undeniable ability to make one stand a little taller, dream bigger, and face adversity with dignity. Love, inexplicable hate, and even a greater courage lead this saga through the loves and enemies of Emma, two World Wars, and into a breathtaking dynasty of incredible will and power. Characters such as Blackie, Laura, David, and Paul become as real and beloved as Emma. Barbara Taylor Bradford’s descriptive abilities run so true that Emma’s Mam’s “Top of the World” — a reference to Ramsden Crags, a favorite scenic place of escape — is etched clearly in my mind. Emma Harte has become an enigma through the years I’ve “known” her. Spanning Emma Harte’s entire lifetime, “A Woman of Substance” captures readers from the very beginning — and we quickly finds ourselves wanting, more than anything, for her to make her “Plan with a capital P” a reality. As the story unfolds, it becomes simply impossible to distinguish personal adversities, betrayals, heartaches and accomplishments from those of the powerful force that is Emma Harte. Perhaps my favorite story of all time and my personal “roadmap in life,” Barbara Taylor Bradford’s “A Woman of Substance” is a must-read for everyone — male and female alike. Although there are wonderful sequels to this bestseller, this book remains, to me, the sweetest of them all. Catherine has lived in Georgia for 15 years and has lived in the South for considerably longer. An avid book collector (owning over 5,000 books), and just as avid of a reader, she (as her children have said) “lives and breathes her books”. Catherine studied Psychology, is working on an English Degree, and is writing her first novel.


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Barbara Taylor Bradford’s “A Woman of Substance” was originally published in 1979 by Doubleday. It is still available from retail and online bookstores.

TRYST Hair Salon & Boutique is a locally owned and operated hair salon and gift boutique in Alpharetta. We strive to offer the highest-quality services at reasonable prices. TRYST Hair Salon & Boutique opened in 2011, and has won awards for excellence in the community. With more than 50 years of combined experience, TRYST’s Master Cosmetologists are ready to give your hair what you have waited for. Laura Stalemark, owner of TRYST Hair Salon & Boutique, moved

from New York to Georgia in 1998 to expand her family and career. With the support of her family and loyal clients, she opened her own salon where she could make her dream of ownership come true. TRYST’s team of independent salon professionals offers everything from hair extensions, color, highlighting, smoothing treatments, hot men’s shaves, and barber cuts. Each stylist at TRYST is a Master Cosmetologist and exceeds the clients’ expectations. Continuing advanced education in the industry allows Master Cosmetologists to stay current on the latest and greatest hair trends.

We maintain a fun, relaxing and stress-free environment where anyone can feel at home. At TRYST, we also offer unique gift items, including hair products, pottery, jewelry, pool bags and much more at incredible prices. TRYST welcomes you and your family to experience our salon and boutique. We would love to show you what we can do for you. We also strive to support the community through sport sponsorship, fundraisers and school activities. Come join us! TRYST Hair Salon & Boutique is located at 4005 Old Milton Parkway, Alpharetta. (770) 772-7007,




he board of directors, physicians, nurses, medical professionals and administrative staff at North Fulton Hospital in Roswell celebrated 30 years of providing healthcare to residents in North Fulton and surrounding areas with a press conference and special events, held July 15 at the hospital’s atrium. Nancy Davis, chairman of the hospital’s board of directors, shared highlights of North Fulton Hospital’s 30year history. North Fulton Hospital is located at 3000 Hospital Blvd. in Photo credit: George Paulk Roswell, on 43 acres of land originally with only a barn, trees and a two-lane country road. The hospital opened officially on November 6, 1983, as a one-story, 175-bed medical facility spanning more than 108,000 square feet. Today, North Fulton Hospital has expanded to 202 beds, including an in-patient rehabilitation center with 33 beds; 10 operating rooms for general surgical procedures and 2 operating rooms especially for women’s surgical procedures, such as C-sections; a sleep center; a cardiac rehabilitation center; and a new professional medical building, among other features. North Fulton Hospital employs more than 400 physicians and is assisted with the help of approximately 200 volunteers. Over its 30-year history, North Fulton Hospital has been recognized for its quality healthcare, advancements in technology, and community service. North Fulton Hospital


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was accredited as a Level II Adult Trauma Center in 2006 and as a Community Cancer Center in 2012 by the American College of Surgeon’s Commission on Cancer. Recent medical technology advancements have included the areas of hip surgery, providing for shorter in-hospital periods and faster patient recovery; and the implementation of Mazor robotics in spine surgery, a minimally invasive procedure that reduces rehabilitation and helps patients resume normal activities more quickly. Teresa Urqhart, COO of North Fulton Hospital, recognized those employees who have been with the hospital since its opening 30 years ago with a commemorative plaque: Jacqueline Clineff, centralized scheduling; Larry Collett, plant operations; Janice Gravitt-Wilbanks, emergency room; Donna Hopson, clinical lab; Pamela Rawlins, labor and delivery; Carol Shack, operating room; Mary Summerhill, operating room; Cindy White, intensive care unit; and Carmen Lovinger, plant operations. In addition, Fulton County Commissioner Liz Hausmann made a special presentation designating July 17 as “North Fulton Hospital Appreciation Day.” Davis, who has lived in the North Fulton community for several years, said, “Serving as chairman of the board of directors for two years has opened my eyes as to how challenging the work is for doctors, nurses, technicians and so many others who have so many people looking over their shoulders and so many customer demands to satisfy the healthcare needs of patients and their families. Despite the challenges, the doctors and staff at North Fulton Hospital consistently provide outstanding care and compassion to patients here. I know this to be true from my personal experience as a patient here and my family’s as well.” — Michelle Martin

OFFICE 365 For Home & Business By Scott Lavelle Although Fortune 500 has ranked Microsoft as the No. 35 company in the world for 2013, Microsoft’s product branding still can be unclear. For example, Microsoft offers two different Office 365 programs: one for home and one for business. Here’s a glimpse at the unique features of each Office 365 program and how they apply to your home or office use. For Home: The full name is actually Office 365 Home Premium. It is basically a “leased” version of the Office software suite, with a few online extras. The Home subscription costs $99/year or $9.99/month, which entitles the

buyer to the full Office Professional Plus software (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Publisher and Access) for up to five computers in the home. To “purchase” a single copy of this suite would cost $399 for one computer, or $1,995 for five users. Additionally, the subscription entitles users to the newest versions of Office as they are released. Along with the Office software, users also get online “web app” versions of the programs and 20GB of online storage space through SkyDrive for saving and sharing documents with the whole family. For Business: This is also a Microsoft subscription service, but in its most basic form. Its focus is online email for small business. The pricing is $5/mailbox/ month when purchased yearly or $6/mailbox/month when paid monthly. This enables access to a 25GB Exchange email account, which includes a calendar, contacts and tasks — all available through Outlook, compatible webmail clients,

or mobile devices like an iPhone/iPad, Android and Windows phone support. They sync automatically, meaning they are filed or deleted on all devices. Also included is SkyDrive Pro (also known as SharePoint online). This allows licensed users to save 7GB of information each of their own and 10GB for shared space. The Lync instant messaging system allows business users to send quick text messages, share desktop applications for collaboration, and communicate via audio and video. For a premium price, you can add Office 2013 Professional Plus Suite to the Office 365 Business subscription. It includes all of the programs of the Home version referenced above.

Scott Lavelle is the Co-Owner/ Technical Director of Technical Resource Solutions. 678-928-9491,




fter much anticipation, residents of Cherokee County and surrounding areas all across metro Atlanta and north Georgia celebrated the grand opening of The Outlet Shoppes at Atlanta in Woodstock on July 18. Representatives of Horizon Group Properties Inc. and CBL & Associates Properties Inc., codevelopers of the project, and leaders for the City of Woodstock held a special ribbon cutting ceremony at 10 a.m., July 18, in celebration of the grand opening. A “red carpet” VIP event allowed visitors to enjoy preview shopping with special discounts, entertainment and activities 6-10 p.m., July 17.

The VIP event was for ticket holders only, with proceeds from the sale of the $10 tickets benefiting Elm Street Cultural Arts Village in Woodstock. According to Brian Stockton, director of economic development for the City of Woodstock, 5,500 VIP tickets were sold, but he estimates upwards of 8,500 people actually attended the VIP event. “I think local residents and people throughout the surrounding areas are excited that the outlet center has finally arrived,” he says. “We just ask that people remain patient as we work out the early growing pains of heavy traffic and additional visitors to the area.” The Outlet Shoppes at Atlanta features more than 100 retail stores, kiosks and restaurants. Some of the world’s top designers and retailers are represented,

including Brooks Brothers; Calphalon; Coach; Columbia Sportswear; Guess; Michael Kors; Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH; Kate Spade; Talbots; True Religion; Under Armour; Waterford Wedgwood Royal Doulton; and many others. Gina Slechta, vice president of marketing for Horizon Group Properties, expects the outlet center’s diverse offering of name-brand retail stores to appeal to local residents and even international visitors to Atlanta’s convention market. “As the sixthlargest metropolitan area in the country, Atlanta was an ideal location for a new outlet facility,” she says, noting that the new Ridgewalk Parkway exit off of I-575 offers easy access to both visiting tourists and those making up Atlanta’s outstanding demographics. Other features of The Outlet Shoppes at Atlanta include covered walkways and landscaped courtyards; a center court with fountains and a fireplace; a children’s play area; and a food court. The site is large enough to accommodate an additional 30,000 square feet of outlet shops for future development.

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Horizon Group Properties Inc., which is responsible for leasing, managing and marketing the shopping center, estimates The Outlet Shoppes at Atlanta will attract approximately 4 million visitors and generate more than $130 million in sales and $3 million in taxes annually. Over the next 10 years, Stockton says the outlet facility will add $34 million in taxes for the City of Woodstock, Cherokee County and the Cherokee County School District through SPLOST revenue. “The economic boost is significant,” he says, “not only in the generated revenue through sale and taxes but also in jobs created locally.” Stockton says The Outlet Shoppes at Atlanta has created 1,500 new jobs already; an additional 8001,000 are expected to be added with back-to-school and holiday seasonal opportunities. Heather Bauer of Woodstock, who attended the VIP event at the outlet, bought a new home nearby with her fiancé before development of the outlet center had begun. “It’s been interesting to watch the development and to see it finally complete,” she says. A Delta flight attendant who travels the world and shops internationally, Bauer says she is impressed by the top designers at The Outlet Shoppes at Atlanta. “I love handbags, so I’m excited about the Coach, Kate Spade and Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5th stores. The idea of an outlet center is uniquely American,” she adds. “We’re thrifty people and like to know that we’re getting our money’s worth. The Outlet Shoppes at Atlanta offers us a new place to do all of our shopping and enjoy great bargains.” — Michelle Martin



Artist Craig Ford started his career in advertising. The element of “visual storytelling” is still key in the artwork he creates today: large, vividly colored pieces that often include seemingly unrelated segments — yet it soon becomes clear that the artist is not experimenting. “I begin with a concept. Then I sketch out the composition and use photographs that support the idea,” he says. Ford paints in oil with a limited palette of subdued, calming colors. “Often I only use six different core colors; a choice that helps me tie together the different areas of my segmental pieces and still-lifes.” When asked who his inspiration is, Craig Ford mentions filmmaker David Lynch: “I always had a desire to tell stories. In my artwork, I take ordinary objects and put them into a different context — all of a sudden, they take on a completely different meaning.” Overall, Craig Ford’s painting style has a 1960s feel that is reminiscent of the works of Roy Lichtenstein, David Hockney and Robert Rauschenberg. Back in that time, these important contributors to the Pop Art movement challenged the traditions of fine art by utilizing mundane objects often derived from advertising, packaging and comic strips to comment ironically on society and culture. Though sometimes not readily comprehended due to its conceptual practices, Pop Art placed the formerly elitist culture in art into the terms of everyday life. “Just like those artists back then, I employ symbolic imagery of mass culture to convey my ideas. Several of my conceptual pieces serve as

By Heike Hellmann-Brown an allegory,” Ford explains. His piece, “Anachronism,” for instance, is an allegory for the loss of innocence. By combining a series of images from the 1960s, Ford makes the observer wonder if our yearning for those good old days is really justified … or if our nostalgia serves as a convenient distraction for the problems we face today. A child of the ‘60s himself, Ford studied art at Young Harris College before transferring to the University of Georgia in Athens, where he majored in graphic design and illustration. He later worked as a designer/ illustrator and art director for several agencies before starting his own graphic design business, “Design by Ford,” in 1999. It wasn’t until 2005 that Ford returned to painting. Additionally, he teaches drawing and painting classes at the Roswell Visual Arts Center. He resides in Roswell with his wife, Eileen, and four cats. Ford exhibited his work recently at Binders and at the Atlanta Artist Center. Through September, two of his paintings are on display at the library in Downtown Atlanta. He is also part of “Metro Montage XIII,” an annual juried exhibition hosted by the Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art that will be on display through September 15. Craig Ford’s artwork is available as originals or giclées, and he is also accepting commissions. Heike Hellmann-Brown is a published writer in the United States and Europe. She has translated and edited several New York Times bestsellers and has taught both English and her native German as a foreign language in a career that has spanned more than 20 years.


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Dish Vs. DirecTv By Michael Buckner

Television service providers, including Dish Network and DirecTV, are doing all they can to keep up with technology. There have been many advancements recently in the two satellite TV companies that have enhanced customer features and options. Dish Network recently introduced its Hopper system, a whole-house DVR that allows you to record and watch TV shows and movies from any TV in the house. The Hopper unit has the largest hard drive in the industry, allowing for many hours of stored high-definition content. Dish also has an extensive library of on-demand programming that lets you choose from a variety of movies and TV shows that you can access and watch whenever you want. One of Dish Network’s most exciting features is the ability to watch live TV from mobile devices — a perfect way to keep the kids entertained on long car rides! All in all, Dish Network provides a lot of bang for the buck. Its current promotion even includes a free iPad2 and free six-room installation! DirecTV has always been known for superior sports programming. If you are a fan of live sports, then chances are you will love DirecTV. It features a lot of new technology as well, including a wholehome DVR that allows you to record and play back from any room in the house. DirecTV’s five built-in tuners mean you can record up to five shows at the same time. With DirecTV, you can program your DVR from anywhere in the world and download your recordings to your mobile devices so you can watch them anywhere, anytime! NFL fans will love DirecTV’s NFL Sunday Ticket, which allows you to view live NFL games all across the country regardless of the region where you live.

“There have been many advancements recently in the two satellite TV companies that have enhanced customer features and options.”

Best of all, local DirecTV and Dish Network providers can offer you the same features with local customer service so you can be sure you choose the best option for your TV interests.

Michael Buckner is owner of Audio Intersection, an independent provider of Dish Network and DirecTV satellite service. 770-479-1000,



Around The World by Michael Consoli

Ever wanted to take a world cruise? Oceania Cruises, the award-winning upper-premium cruise line, has announced its first “Around the World in 180 Days” cruise. This star-studded, port-intensive 180-day voyage aboard the 684-guest Insignia is scheduled to set sail round-trip from Miami on January 10, 2015. This extraordinary, once-in-a-lifetime voyage will visit five continents, 44 countries and 89 ports of call, and will feature 11 overnight calls and 4 twonight calls in Cape Town, South Africa; Yangon, Myanmar (Burma); Singapore, Singapore; and Shanghai, China. An elegant mid-size ship, Insignia is spacious enough to offer every modern comfort and amenity of larger ships, yet small enough to call on secluded bays and chic, seaside hamlets not accessible to most vessels. Gourmet cuisine crafted by acclaimed master chef Jacques Pépin will be served in four open-seating restaurants, all at no additional charge. The ship features spacious, modern accommodations and a state-of-the-art fitness center, casino, boutique, large pool and the Canyon Ranch SpaClub®. Insignia’s 180-day journey will begin by visiting boutique ports in the Caribbean, then will steer south to 46

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In 180 Days

South America and east to Africa before heading to India, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, the South Pacific and Hawaii before returning via the Panama Canal to Miami on July 8, 2015. “As the leading specialist in destination cruising, we wanted to create a unique, port-intensive voyage that reflects the dreams of the true explorer, rather than speed across the seas racing to the next convenient port, as is the norm in a typical 100- to 110-day world cruise,” says Kunal S. Kamlani, the line’s president. “By eliminating the 100-day time constraint, we freed ourselves to conceive a remarkable dream voyage designed to visit the world’s most fascinating destinations.” In addition to crossing the equator four times and sailing through all 24 time zones, the “Around the World in 180 Days” cruise will traverse three oceans and 10 seas, call on 45 islands, and offer passengers the chance to visit 47 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Of the 89 ports that will be visited on this extraordinary cruise, 13 will be new to Oceania Cruises, including Corinto, Nicaragua; El Guamache (Isla Margarita), Venezuela; Langkawi, Malaysia; Santa Marta, Colombia; and Xiamen, China. Guests also will enjoy a one-night precruise luxury hotel stay in Miami and free exclusive shoreside events in Walvis Bay,

Namibia; Myanmar; Bangkok; Beijing; and Honolulu. Bookings for the “Around the World in 180 Days” cruise are already being accepted. Current offers include twofor-one cruise fares, free first-class round-trip airfare and free pre-paid gratuities. Guests must book by 9 p.m. EST on September 17, 2013, to receive early booking fares beginning at $39,999 per person. Additionally, guests will receive a free visa package, including entry visas for 16 countries; unlimited Internet and laundry service; luggage delivery; round-trip transfers; and free onboard medical service, a first for the industry. “We expect that many of our ‘Around the World’ guests will be experienced cruisers and therefore will be over the age of 60,” Kamlani adds. “In order to eliminate the stress of worrying about everyday medical issues, we have included free on-board medical service for our ‘Around the World’ guests for the duration of the cruise.”

Michael Consoli is owner of Cruise Planners. 770-650-7667,




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Mays & Associates 1290 Hwy. 9, N., Milton

ISIS OB/GYN 3925 Johns Creek Court, Suite D, Johns Creek

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FREE PLANTS By Louise Estabrook You can get free plants by propagating shrubs already growing in your yard. Mid-summer is an ideal time to collect softwood cuttings from your favorite landscape plants. Always take cuttings from vigorous, healthy growth, preferably from the upper part of the plant. Avoid taking stem cuttings from any plants showing signs of insect injury or disease damage. For best rooting results, take cuttings that are four to six inches long from this year’s growth. Cut the base or bottom end at a slant just below a leaf or bud for optimum rooting response. Although some plants, like gardenias, usually will form roots when placed in a

glass of water, this is not the best way to propagate most plants. A mixture of onehalf coarse construction-grade sand and one-half peat moss makes a good media for cuttings to develop healthy root systems. Another option is to purchase a sterile rooting or potting soil mixture at a local garden center. These mixes easily soak up water, yet provide good aeration for proper air and water movement throughout the soil. The rooting or soil mixture itself can be placed in almost any type of container or pot as long as the container has drainage holes. You will be much more successful in getting new roots to form on the cuttings if you first dip or dust the ends into a rooting powder. These rooting products, sold under various trade names and available at most garden centers or plant nurseries, contain a hormone that causes tissue in the cuttings to readily form new roots.

Next, insert the ends of the cuttings approximately two inches deep in the soil mixture. Water them well and then cover your container with a plastic tent, if possible. In essence, you will be creating a mini-greenhouse, which will decrease water loss and stress and will increase rooting response. Place the container with your cuttings in an area that receives bright light, but not direct sunlight. Plants differ in their ability to be propagated by cuttings. Experience has shown us not to try propagating dogwoods, redbuds, mimosas or Southern magnolias, but do try your other favorite landscape plants. The new plants are free!

Louise Estabrook is the Agricultural and Natural Resources agent for the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension. 770-479-0418, www.caes.



Assessing Your Risk

For Hereditary Breast Or Ovarian Cancer By Selvi Palaniappan, MS,CGC Coordinator, NSH Hereditary Cancer

Angelina Jolie drew major attention to hereditary cancer awareness when she revealed recently that she underwent a preventative double mastectomy. Jolie decided to have surgery after she tested positive for having a mutation in the BRCA-1 gene, a genetic mutation that sharply increases the risk of developing breast and ovarian cancer. Though risk varies between women who have mutations in the BRCA gene, Jolie — whose doctors said she had an 87 percent chance of developing breast cancer and a 50 percent chance of developing ovarian cancer — decided her risk was significant enough to take action. BRCA-1 and BRCA-2 are genes thought to be involved in DNA repair during cell division and regeneration. Everybody has two copies of each of these genes, one from their mother and one from their father. Mutations in these genes strongly increase the risk for developing cancer; in fact, they account for roughly 5-10 percent of all breast cancers and one in seven ovarian cancer cases. Men with a genetic mutation also have an increased risk of prostate and male breast cancer.


Though not all people with a BRCA mutation will develop cancer, they have a much higher risk for cancer. In fact, someone with a mutation is five times more likely to develop breast cancer than someone who doesn’t have one. Thanks to genetic testing, women (and men) who have a strong family history of cancer are able to assess their risk for cancer and opt to take preventive measures just like Jolie. However, it is important to note that a genetic test does not test for cancer, but those changes in genes that increase the risk of developing cancer. Genetic testing also can be done for a variety of other cancers, including endometrial, melanoma, pancreatic, kidney, stomach, and thyroid cancer. Testing is not for everyone, and typically only those with a strong family history or recent personal history of cancer should consider testing. Genetic counseling is recommended before and after genetic testing and

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involves risk assessment based on the individual’s personal and family medical history. Genetic counseling is also helpful in discussing the technical accuracy of testing; the medical implications of a positive or a negative test result; the psychological risks and benefits of genetic test results; and the risk of passing a mutation to children. If it is recommended that you undergo genetic testing, your genetic counselor will take a saliva or blood sample to analyze your risk. If you have been diagnosed with breast or ovarian cancer before or have had more than two family members with an early onset of any type of hereditary cancer, you may want to talk to your

doctor about genetic testing. Knowledge is power, and genetic testing can be the first step to taking action against your hereditary cancer.

Northside Hospital Hereditary Cancer Program The hereditary cancer program at Northside helps you assess, understand and reduce your risk of developing certain inherited cancers, including breast, ovarian, endometrial, stomach, kidney, thyroid, pancreatic, melanoma and other rare cancers. For more information on Northside’s hereditary cancer services, genetic testing and genetic counseling, please visit cancerinstitute.



Clubs &


Business Organizations

Alpharetta Optimist Club: 770-752-8122

BNI-Alpharetta Accelerators Chapter: 770-753-2032,

Alpharetta Roswell Newcomers Club: 678-318-1442

Johns Creek Business Association:

American Association of University Women North Fulton Branch:

JCCC Young Professionals Networking Group: 770-495-0545, ext. 107,

Children of the American Revolution — Martha Stewart Bulloch Society:

Johns Creek Economic Development Corp.: 770-495-0545 x105


Job Networking Group: 770-642-7943,

Daughters of the American Revolution — Martha Stewart Bulloch Chapter:

National Association of Women Business Owners: 678-539-8090,


Rotary Club of Johns Creek:

The North Fulton Bar Association: 678-735-5900,

Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta:

GA 400 Rainmakers: 404-323-0049,

Junior League of Gwinnett and North Fulton Counties Inc.: 770-476-3090,

North Metro Women’s Connection: 770-335-6013

Northside Business Network Group: 770-594-2200

Kiwanis Club of Historic Roswell: 770-356-5211,

Powercore: 404-816-3377,

North Fulton Jaycees: 404-786-2665

Charitable & Support Organizations Alpharetta Clean and Beautiful: 678-297-6200 Basset Hound Rescue of Georgia: 770-499-1164 Child Development Association: 770-992-4339, Children’s Restoration Network: 770-649-7117 Companion Animal Connection: 678-493-9847, The Drake House: 770-587-4712, Foster Care Support Foundation: 770-641-959, Friends of the Alpharetta Library: 678-310-4772, Intake EMRG.: 678-964-4772

Alpharetta Lions Club: 770-475-9344

North Fulton Optimist Club: 404-375-7033 Roswell Junior Woman’s Club: Roswell Lions Club: Roswell Historical Society: 770-992-1665, Roswell Optimists: 770-993-5440 Roswell Rotary Club: 678-318-3647, Rotary Club of North Fulton: 770-475-0656, Sons of Confederate Veterans — Roswell Mills Camp #1547: 770-396-5034 Sons of the American Revolution — Piedmont Chapter: 404-310-3338, VFW Post 12002:

Golden Retriever Rescue of Atlanta: 770-740-2425,

Political Organizations

Homestretch: 770-642- 9185

Chattahoochee Republican Women’s Club:

Jacob’s Ladder Neurodevelopmental School and Therapy Center:

North Fulton Democrats: 404-303-9142, ext. 2


North Fulton Republican Women’s Club: 404-851-9704

Funds 4 Furry Friends: 770-842-8893

Keep Roswell Beautiful: 770-641-3715, Next Century Youth: 770-335-7317, North Fulton Community Charities: 770-640-0399, North Fulton Senior Services: 770-993-1906, Ryan Lee Holland Cancer Foundation, Inc: 678-242-0471, STAR House Foundation: 678-306-4600, United Way of Atlanta: 770-614-1000

Recreation & Hobbies Alliance Française d’Atlanta-Roswell: 404-875-1211, Alpharetta Adult Activity Center / Golden Age Book Club: 678-297-6140 Alpharetta Arts Guild: 678-994-5630, Alpharetta Bridge Club: 678-361-5198, Alpharetta Camera Club: 678-297-6142 Alpharetta City Band: 770-475-9684

Civic Organizations

Alpharetta/Roswell Newcomers Club: 678-318-1442,

Alpharetta American Legion Auxiliary Unit 201: 770-475-9023

Alpharetta Walkie Talkies: 678-267-6142

Alpharetta Junior Women’s Club: 678-218-5732,

AlphaFretters Dulcimer Satellite Group: 404-502-9076


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Alpharetta Singles Movie Club: 770-662-0916

Atlanta Junior Bridge:

Songs of Atlanta Chorus: 770-977-4031

Atlanta MasterCrafters Toastmaster Club:

Southern Winds Concert Band: 770-993-2059

Atlanta Stamp Collectors: 770-962-5888,

STAR — Singles Together at Roswell: 770-993-2012,

Autrey Mill Nature Preserve & Heritage Center: 678-366-3511,

Stars Soccer Club — Men’s League: 678-366-9008,

Axé Capoeira Atlanta, Inc: 678-252-9353,

Writers Network: 770-924-0528

Chattahoochee Celtic Pipes & Drums: 770-926-6898 Daylily Society of Greater Atlanta: 770-410-0548, Dudes ‘n Darlins Square Dance Club of Alpharetta: 770-751-7210, 770-361-1237, Georgia Regional Girls Choir: 770-722-3656, Johns Creek Arts Center: 770-623-8448, Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra: 678-748-5802, The Ludwig Symphony Orchestra: 770-623-8623 Milton Garden Club: 770-781-4634, Multisport Explosion Women’s Only Triathlon Team: Multisport Explosion Youth Triathlon Team: 404-308-6656, North Atlanta Dance Theatre: 770-772-8000, North Fulton Amateur Radio League: 770-993-9500 North Fulton Music Teachers Association: 404-786-8932, North Georgia Driving Club: Newtown Park Community Foundation: Newtown Recreation: 678-297-2662 Park Place at Newtown School: 770-667-5030, Performing Arts North: 770-772-0762, Roswell Fine Arts Alliance: Roswell Garden Club: 770-518-7021 Roswell Firehouse Harmony Brigade: 770-317-9571 Roswell New Horizons Band: 770-641-3950, Roswell Photographic Society: 770-594-6122,

Support Organizations Alcoholics Anonymous: 770-686-3082 Anorexia Nervousa and Associated Eating Disorders — ANA: 404-307-5442 Atlanta Harm Reduction Center: 404-817-9994, Bereavement Support Group: 770-261-1767 Brain Injury and Stroke Group: 770-751-2650 Care Partner Support Group: 678-777-7241 Diabetes Support Group: 770-889-7577 DreamPower Therapeutic Equestrian Center: 678-456-8082, Emotions Anonymous (EA): 404-307-1735 Foster Care Support Group: 770-261-1767 Knitting for Peace: 770-910-7022 MOMS Club of Alpharetta-West: MOMS Club of Roswell — South: Narcotics Anonymous (NA): 678-576-4838 National Alliance on Mental Illness — NAMI: North Fulton Moms of Multiples Club: Overeaters Anonymous: 770-992-6481 Parkinson’s Support Group: 770-261-1767 PFLAG — Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays: Roswell UMC Counseling Center: 770-261-1767 S-Anon: 770-993-7253



Elected & Appointed


Emma I. Darnell (D-5) Phone: 404-612-8222 e-mail:

United States Government

State Rep. Harry Geisinger (R) (D-48) 601 Coverdell Legislative Bldg., Atlanta, GA 30334 Phone: 404-656-0254 President Barack Obama (D) Fax: 404-594-1510 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, D.C. 20500 e-mail: Phone: 202-456-1414 Fax: 202-456-2461 State Rep. Chuck Martin (R) (D-49) Website: 417 State Capitol, Atlanta, GA 30334 Phone: 404-656-5064 Senator Saxby Chambliss (R) Fax: 404-463-2249 Senate Russell Courtyard-2, Washington, D.C. 20510 e-mail: Phone: 202-224-3521 GA: 770-763-9090 State Rep. Lynne Riley (R) (D-50) Website: 401 State Capitol, Atlanta, GA 30334 Phone: 404-656-0188 Senator Johnny Isakson (R) e-mail: 1 Overton Park, Suite 970 3625 Cumberland Blvd., Atlanta, GA 30339 State Rep. Wendell Willard (R) (D-51) Phone: 202-224-3643 132 State Capitol, Atlanta, GA 30334 GA: 770-661-0999 Phone: 404-656-5125 Fax: 770-661-0768 Fax: 404-481-7111 Website: e-mail: Rep. Tom Price (R), District 6 State Rep. Tom Rice (R) (D-95) P.O. Box 425, Roswell, GA 30077 220 State Capitol, Atlanta, GA 30334 Phone: 202-225-4501 Phone: 404-656-5912 GA: 770-565-4990 e-mail: Fax: 770-565-7570 Website: Rep. Rob Woodall (R), District 7 90 North Street, Suite 360, Canton, GA 30114-2724 Superior Court: Phone: 202-225-4272 Chief Judge Cynthia Wright GA: 770-232-3005 Phone: 404-613-4185 Fax: 770-232-2909 Website: State Court:


Rep. Tom Graves (R), District 9 90 North Street, Suite 360, Canton, GA 30114-2724 Phone: 202-225-5211 GA: 770-535-2592 Fax: 770-225-8272 Website:

State Government

Governor Nathan Deal (R) 203 State Capitol, Atlanta, GA 30334 Phone: 404-656-1776 Fax: 404-657-7332 Website: State Senator Brandon Beach (R) (D-21) 303-B Coverdell Legislative Bldg., Atlanta, GA 30334 e-mail: 404-463-1378 State Senator David Shafer (R) (D-48) 421-F State Capitol, Atlanta, GA 30334 Phone: 404-656-0048 Fax: 404-651-6768 e-mail: State Senator John Albers (R) (D-56) 301-A Coverdell Legislative Building 18 Capitol Square SW, Atlanta, GA 30334 Phone: 678-667-3656 Bus.: 404-463-8055 Fax: 404-656-6484 e-mail: State Rep. Jan Jones (R) (D-47) 340 State Capitol, Atlanta, GA 30334 Phone: 404-656-5072 Fax: 404-657-0498 e-mail:


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Tom Lowe (D-4) Phone: 404-612-8218 e-mail:

Chief Judge Patsy Y. Porter Phone: 404-613-4345 Magistrate Court: Chief Judge Stephanie Davis Phone: 404-613-4433 Probate Court: Judge Pinkle T. Toomer Phone: 770-613-4070 Juvenile Court: Chief Judge Belinda E. Edwards Phone: 770-612-4401 Clerk of the Court: Cathelene Robinson Phone: 404-730-5300

Board of Commissioners 141 Pryor St. S.W. Atlanta, GA 30303 Phone: 404-612-8200 Fax: 404-730-8254 Website:

Commissioners: John H. Eaves (D-1) Phone: 404-612-8206 e-mail: Robb Pitts (D-2) Phone: 404-612-8210 e-mail: Liz Hausmann (D-3) Phone: 404-612-8213 e-mail:

Joan P. Garner (D-6) Phone: 404-612-8226 e-mail: William Edwards (D-7) Phone: 404-612-8230 e-mail:

Board of Education Website: Linda Schultz (D-1) e-mail: Katie Reeves (D-2) e-mail: Linda McCain (D-5) e-mail: Julia Bernath (D-7) e-mail:

Other Fulton County Schools Superintendent: Robert M. Avossa, Ed.D. 786 Cleveland Avenue SW, Atlanta, GA 30315 Phone: 404-768-3600 e-mail: Website: Fulton County Medical Examiner: Randy Hanzlick, MD 430 Pryor Street SW, Atlanta, GA 30312 Phone: 404-730-4400 Fax: 404-730-4405 e-mail: Fulton County Sheriff’s Office: Sheriff Theodore Jackson 185 Central Avenue SW, Atlanta, GA 30303 Phone: 404-612-5100 Website: Fulton County Tax Commissioner: Arthur E. Ferdinand 141 Pryor Street SW, Atlanta, GA 30303 Phone: 404-730-4000 City of Alpharetta Mayor David Belle Isle Phone: 678-297-6020 e-mail: Municipal Court: 678-297-6250 City of Johns Creek Mayor Mike Bodker Phone: 678-512-3313 e-mail: Municipal Court: 678-512-3444 City of Milton Mayor Joe Lockwood Phone: 678-242-2484 e-mail: Municipal Court: 678-242-2525 City of Roswell Mayor Jere Wood Phone: 678-512-3313 e-mail: Municipal Court: 770-641-3790

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Milton/Roswell Pediatric Dentist


Audio Intersection


Mini Maid


Bloom Orthodontics


Northside Pediatric Imaging Center

The Brace Place


Northside Hospital-Forsyth


Carpet Dry-Tech


Pete’s Plumbing Incorporated


Carter House Gallery And Framing

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Cigar Merchant


Plum Tree Yoga Center

Critter Control

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Cruise Planners

15, 55

DeMercy Dental

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Robinson & Miller, Attorneys at Law


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Skin Cancer Specialists, P.C.


Smiles For Kids Pediatric Dentistry


Dentistry at Milton


Talk of the Table

Edwin Watts Golf


Technical Resource Solutions LLC


Fleetwood Dance Center


Tryst Hair Salon & Boutique


H&H Electric & Security LLC





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For nearly 30 years, DeMercy Dental in Roswell has provided patients in North Fulton communities with quality, caring and friendly dental services. Jeff DeMercy, D.D.S., built the practice on the principles of trust and relationships, following the example of his own childhood dentist. “I remember how kind and personal he was,” Dr. DeMercy recalls. “Ultimately, the trust I had in my dentist influenced me to become a dentist.” 56

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Similarly, Dr. DeMercy’s influence on his eldest daughter, Amanda Kossick, D.M.D., inspired her to become a dentist. She joined the “family practice” — which also includes her mother, Tammy, a former dental hygienist who now serves as office manager; and her cousin, Allyssa, a dental hygienist — in July. “I grew up here at the dental office,” says Dr. Kossick, noting that she would greet and talk to patients before she was old enough to take on more official duties. “I’ve seen firsthand how the patients love and trust him. As a

result, most of our patients have been with us for many years. Some patients even remember me in the crib here.” DeMercy Dental provides family and cosmetic dentistry that includes routine check-ups and cleanings with digital X-rays; crowns, bridges and root canals; veneers, dental implants and dentures; bonding and whitening; and other services. The addition of Dr. Kossick allows DeMercy Dental to accommodate more specialty areas, such as oral pathology,

Drs. DeMercy and Kossick, along with the entire DeMercy Dental staff, combine the latest dental technology with their personal, caring treatment to create a friendly, comfortable environment and experience for patients.

Dr. Kossick says she hopes to bring on more children as patients now that she’s joined DeMercy Dental. “I’ve always had a passion for children and enjoy working with them. It’s important to me to help children build a good foundation of oral health and hygiene at an early age that they will continue as adults.” For patients of all ages, Dr. Kossick believes education beyond regular brushing and flossing is key to oral health. “Most patients don’t relate what they eat and drink to their dental health,” she says. “So much of what we eat and drink, especially sweet tea, soda and Gatorade, has lots of sugar that exponentially contributes to tooth decay and cavities.” Regular check-ups are the most important steps in preventing cavities, as well as detecting and treating early issues before they become big problems. Unfortunately, many patients do

not follow recommended guidelines for dental check-ups because they have anxiety about fD going to the dentist from eM er bad experiences in the past. cy, Dr. Am Recent advancements in dental and y a Ko ssick and Tammy DeMerc technology have made treatment much easier and more convenient for patients, as Dr. Kossick explains. “DeMercy Dental is known Family Dental Services throughout the North Fulton area Routine Check-Ups for painless numbing injections.” & Cleanings Also, digital X-rays present less Digital X-Rays exposure to patients, and new Extractions endodontic tools allow doctors to Fillings/Bonding more precisely perform root canals ef .J Dr

temporomandibular disorders (TMJ) and endodontics (root canals). Patients also have more scheduling options between Drs. DeMercy and Kossick — and they can rest assured in knowing that at least one of the doctors will always be there.

with more predictable results. New Cerec crowns can be made in the office — requiring only one visit and eliminating the need for temporary crowns.

Crowns & Bridges Root Canals Veneers Dental Implants Dentures Periodontal Health Whitening 24-hour Emergency Service

Drs. DeMercy and Kossick, along with the entire DeMercy Dental staff, combine the latest dental technology with their personal, caring treatment to create a friendly, comfortable environment and experience for patients. “Our patients know we genuinely care about them,” says Dr. Kossick. “They trust us and feel comfortable here. Some patients grew up here with me and bring their own children here now. This is ‘home.’ It’s our privilege to take care of our patients. We treat them like our friends and family — and they are.”

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