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Ageless Remedies Alpharetta & Roswell

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PUBLISHER/PHOTOGRAPHER Jack Tuszynski EDITORIAL Michelle Martin ART Candice Williams Laurie Litke SALES George Colmant


veryone is excited about the prospects of the new year, including all of us here at Family Life Publications. This is our first full calendar year as a company and we have thoroughly enjoyed being a part of your lives. The past year has had some spectacular moments of kindness, caring and blessings all around, but not without moments that presented us with opportunities to reach within ourselves to find what we needed to make it through. As with any business, family or friend, we’ve all had some challenges that we needed to face. Several moments within the past year have inspired me, many of which were sparked by individual responses to issues faced during trying times. Our neighbors and peers seem to have had more of a genuine desire for a chance to come to each other’s aide in time of need. Last February, while I was in a meeting over a bowl of Korean soup in Johns Creek, I witnessed the beginning of “Snowpocalypse.” Before the tab could be paid, the roads were filling with commuters who all too soon found troubling times. So, I went to a nearby friend’s house to visit and wait out the storm. After a couple hours of watching the news, I knew I wasn’t going any farther for the evening. We sat and watched thousands of unfortunate people, many of whom didn’t know each other, being rescued or helped by others. Most people helped not because they had to, but because they wanted to. Those who could help found a way to lend a hand.

Since last winter, I’ve noticed several organizations and groups rallying more for their beliefs and causes. It could be a coincidence — colder weather, warmer hearts. Or, maybe it’s simpler than that. Perhaps it’s in our nature to evolve into a more giving, caring and loving civilization in which we treat others as we can, rather than how we could or would under other circumstances. As I’ve gotten older I’ve learned that doing something for someone that I don’t “have to” can be much more satisfying than any obligation. Hopefully, you’ll join me this year in seeking and discovering new ways to help someone each day. There are plenty of opportunities out there, so help yourself and find the time to do something good for your soul.

Janet Ponichtera CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Andrea Addington, State Senator John Albers, Laura Biel, Mayor Mike Bodker, Crystal Bryant, Michael Buckner, Michael Consoli, Lisa Ethridge, Catherine Groves, Heike Hellmann-Brown, Donna Kosicki, Amanda Kossick, Chris Miller, Vishant Nath, Christy Noll, Rachel Quiles, Nick Roper, Mark Tolbert, Keely Woodford

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Are You Ready For Some Football? By Nick Roper

As the first year of the NCAA College Football Playoffs wrap up, it leaves most sports fans and commercial enthusiasts looking forward to the Super Bowl. This may be your last opportunity for a few months to use the “man cave” or have friends and family over to watch a sporting event, so you’ll want to leave a lasting impression with your guests. There are a lot of ways to improve your Super Bowl viewing experience without having to throw a Hail Mary on the first play. For starters, be sure to mount

the flat-screen TV that you got for Christmas so that the wiring is hidden in the wall for a clean, efficient look. This would also be a great time to add a 5.1 surround sound system with in-wall and in-ceiling speakers that you’ve been wanting to enhance your daily TV and movie watching. Now that your family room is set up, let’s talk about the “man cave” or movie room. If you already have one, you can always add new features. One of my personal favorites for a room like this is a projector that is installed to hang from the ceiling and project a largerthan-life picture onto a screen or white wall. Next, you’ll need to add surround sound in this room as well. Finally, the last-second field goal that will leave the lasting impression is adding lights

controlled by dimmer switches and rope lighting around the ceiling. It’s also a good idea to add a wholehome surge protector to protect your investment from power surges. The final behind-the-scenes addition that you will need is a monitored security system and possibly security cameras. Otherwise, you may come home to find your friends kicked back and watching TV at your house unannounced. These few things are sure to make this one of the best Super Bowls ever!

Nick Roper is manager of business development for H&H Electric and Security LLC. 770-735-1136,



Calendar JANUARY


Christmas Tree Recycling Collection The Alpharetta Natural Resources Commission, Keep Georgia Beautiful and partners invite you to recycle your old Christmas tree after the holidays during the 25th Annual “Bring One for the Chipper” event. Trees will be chipped into mulch by the Davey Tree Expert Company. Mulch is then used for public beautification projects and is available free to Alpharetta residents. To request mulch, please fill out the request form on the City website ( Keep Georgia Beautiful and the Georgia Dept. of Community Affairs have joined with corporate sponsors Home Depot, 11 Alive and the Davey Tree Expert Company to sponsor this recycling program, along with local sponsors Windward Parkway Home Depot, the Alpharetta-Johns Creek Kiwanis Club, Windward Parkway Chick-fil-A Store, The Alpharetta Rotary Club and the Alpharetta Young Men’s Service League. 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., Home Depot, 5300 Windward Parkway, Alpharetta. 678-2976200,


Christmas Tree Pickup & Drop-Off — Boy Scout Troop 2000 supports conservation by holding a Christmas tree pickup. A tax-deductible $10 donation per tree is requested to help support the environment and Boy Scout Troop 2000. Register for pickup at, then place your tree near your mailbox by 7:00 a.m. You may also drop off your tree on January 4 at the Home Depot & Target parking lot. 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Home Depot & Target Parking Lot, 5950 State Bridge Road, Johns Creek.


IceFest 2015 — Presented by The Atlanta Ice Marvels, the 2014 Gold Medal Winning Team at the World Ice Art Championships, IceFest is a Children’s Charities event benefiting The Early Autism Detection Unit for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. The event will include full access to Chattahoochee Nature Center, ice slides, snowball fight forts, ice-carving demonstrations, inflatables, the Starlab Planetarium, animal encounters, bonfires and s’mores, food trucks, live music and much more! Tickets are available in advance and at the door. 10:00 a.m.5:00 p.m., January 24; 12:00-5:00 p.m., January 25, Chattahoochee Nature Center, 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell. 770-9922055,


Roswell Roots: Festival of Black History and Culture Proclamation Roswell’s Roots Festival is one of the largest and most comprehensive celebrations in the state of Georgia. Share in the city’s rich history and contemporary culture and discover something exciting about Roswell you didn’t know! Come out for a special proclamation ceremony to kick off the festival (special events and activities February 1-28). 7:00 p.m., Roswell City Hall Council Chambers, 38 Hill St., 770-641-3705,

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Super CPR Saturday — Johns Creek’s “Super CPR Saturday”

returns with free certification life-saving classes for residents and businesses on how to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and use automated external defibrillator (AED). The classes, part of the city’s Heart Ready program, are taught by Johns Creek firefighters/ paramedics. Attendance at one of the three classes is required for certification. Reservations are required and can be made with the online CPR Certification form or by contacting Lt. Tom Johnson. 9:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m. & 3:00 p.m., Emory Johns Creek Hospital, 6325 Hospital Parkway, Johns Creek. 678-512-3221,


‘The Little Mermaid Jr.’ — Roswell Performing Arts will present Disney’s “The Little Mermaid Jr.,” a 60-minute musical designed for middle-school aged performers, based on the 2008 Broadway production and the 1989 animated feature film. The (Roswell Showstoppers) cast contains approximately 38 students led by Leslie Kelley and Nancy Whitehead. This classic Disney title contains all of the songs from the Academy Award®winning animated feature film, as well as three new songs from the Broadway show. 7:00 p.m., January 30; 2:00 & 7:00 p.m., January 31, Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest St., Roswell. 770-641-3987, Avalon on Ice — Ice skate at Avalon’s Rockefeller Center-sized ice skating rink in the plaza. Watch for theme nights and enjoy warm tasty treats rink-side. 2200 Avalon Blvd., Alpharetta. 404-965-9065, Through


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Library Events Alpharetta

238 Canton St., Alpharetta, 770-740-2425

Northeast/Spruill Oaks

9560 Spruill Road, Johns Creek, 770-360-8820


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


115 Norcross Street, Roswell, 770-640-3075

Friends of the Alpharetta Library Book Sale January 3, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., Alpharetta Come support the library and library programs by shopping at the Friends’ Book Sale! All are welcome.

Teen Advisory Board January 8, 5:00 p.m., Ocee Join the Young Adult librarian to talk about programs and ideas for the library. Refreshments will be served. Ages 12-18.

Georgia Peach Scrappers January 8 & 22, 12:00 p.m.- 2:00 p.m., Alpharetta Scrapbook lovers, learn ways to make your scrapbooking better while bonding with others who share your enthusiasm!

Novelist Janice Hardy: Planning Your Novel in 10 Easy Steps January 10, 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m., Northeast/Spruill Oaks Janice Hardy is the founder of Fiction University, a writing site dedicated to helping writers improve their work, and the author of the teen fantasy trilogy, “The Healing Wars.” Reservation is required: 770360-8820,

ACT and SAT Practice Exams Presented by Princeton Review January 10, 1:00 p.m., Northeast/Spruill Oaks Teens are invited to take the practice exam of their choice. This program will last four hours. Ages 14-18. Limit 20. Registration is required.

SAT/ACT Practice Test January 10, 1:00 p.m., Alpharetta Kaplan Test Prep’s combo test includes questions from both the SAT and ACT. This practice test gives students a chance to experience both of these tests and use that experience to focus their studies in areas that may need improvement. Students need to bring two No. 2 pencils and a calculator. Reservation is recommended.

Sundays for Teens Series: Art Club! January 11, 2:00 p.m., Northeast/Spruill Oaks On most second Sundays of the month, teens will continued on



Library Continued . . . meet in the Community Room with an art instructor to learn new techniques, utilize various media and make unique pieces of art. No meeting in April. Ages 12-18. Registration is required.

e-Readers: The Basics January 12, 10:00 a.m., Roswell Bring your e-Reader and learn how to use OverDrive, the software libraries use to lend e-books and audio books. Requirements: an e-Reader device, library card, and an account. Class size is limited to 6. Registration is required.

Make It and Take It: DIY for Teens and Adults January 12, 5:00 p.m., Alpharetta Come out for awesome DIY craft projects, including homemade lip balm and cosmetics, wall art projects, jewelry projects, and more! Ages 12 and up. This program is limited to 20 teens and adults. Registration is required: Marcia.Divack@

New SAT Changes Workshop January 12, 6:00 p.m., Northeast/Spruill Oaks Teens are invited to this informative 90-minute workshop on the recent changes to the SAT presented by Kaplan. Ages 14-18. Registration is required.

Northeast/Spruill Oaks Library Book Club January 13, 11:00 a.m.–1: 00 p.m., Northeast/Spruill Oaks Extra copies of the books are usually available for NE/SO Library Book Club Members at the Circulation Desk 3-4 weeks before the meeting. January’s book is “Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore.”

Crime Fiction Book Club January 15, 7:00 p.m., Alpharetta Are you a fan of contemporary crime fiction? Then this book club is especially for you. Criminally good snacks will be provided. Ages 18 and up. Limited to 15. Registration is required: Marcia.Divack@

JCFD Presents First Aid for Teens January 17, 2:00 p.m., Northeast/Spruill Oaks As part of the American Heart Associations’ “Heart Ready Program,” the JCFD will provide CPR training for teens. Each student will receive a certificate of completion. Ages 12-18. Limit 20. Registration is required.

How to Write Poetry January 17, 2:00-4:00 p.m., Alpharetta Sandy Hokanson, an award-winning poet and a member of the Johns Creek Poetry group, will facilitate. Registration is recommended: Michael.

Gavel Club Public Speaking for Teens January 18, 2:00 p.m., Northeast/Spruill Oaks On most third Sundays of the month, this program will teach teens the basics of public speaking and help them become comfortable doing it. An advanced member of Toastmaster will discuss topics, including creating goals, developing a personal mission and thinking on one’s feet when in a public speaking situation. Ages 12-18. Registration is required.

January 25, 2:00 p.m., Northeast/Spruill Oaks On the fourth Sunday of the month, NESO writing tutor Sarah Calhoun leads a 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.

Teens Read Book Club January 26, 5:00 p.m., Alpharetta The January meeting will feature Michael Buchanan, author of “The Fat Boy Chronicles.” Ages 13-18. Limited to 15. Registration is required:

SAT 101 Class January 26, 6:00 p.m., Northeast/Spruill Oaks Teens will learn the major SAT concepts and strategies needed to master the exam. Teens will receive test guides and session notes that help simplify the studying process. Ages 14-18. Registration is required.

Mystery Readers’ Book Club

January 20, 12:00 p.m., Roswell “After the Rain,” by Karen White.

January 27, 6:30 p.m., Roswell “The Body in the Library,” by Katherine Hall Page.

Hope Scholarships for Georgia Students

Let’s Roll! Prepare for Georgia’s Driving Test

January 20, 6:00-7:30 p.m., Roswell Learn about requirements and applying for the HOPE or Zell Miller Scholarships. Ages 14-18 (and parents).

January 28, 6:00-7:30 p.m., Ocee This is a hands-on tour of AFPLS’ online access to the official online GA Driver’s Handbook for preparation to take the Georgia DMV Permit Test. Test preparation includes access to five free practice exams. Ages 16-18.

Northeast/Spruill Oaks Winter Library Book Sale January 22-25 Choose from a wide range of books and media for sale at super prices! Donations are welcome. Volunteers are needed. Call the library for public sale times.

eCampus for Job and Career Success

January 17, 1:30-3:30 p.m., Ocee Participants will learn the basic techniques of drawing and painting, as well as the elements of art, the principles of design, and cartoon/anime’ drawing. Ages 7 and up.

January 24, 1:00 p.m., Alpharetta Learn how to use eCampus to aid in your job search or career change. Each workshop will feature eCampus career resources and focus on a unique topic. Jurée Hall, eCampus administrator,

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NESO Writer’s Club for Teens

Noonday Nosh Book Club

Young Artists


will facilitate. To register, email: Michael.Salpeter@

Johns Creek Art Center “Try It” Watercolor and Colored Pencils Workshops January 31, 1:00-2:30 p.m. & 3:00-4:30 p.m., Northeast/Spruill Oaks Limited to 15 for each class. To register, email:

Cooking with Chef Lynn! January 31, 2:00-3:30 p.m., Alpharetta Enjoy seasonal samples while learning insider tips and recipes from Chef Lynn Ware. To register, email:

Community Feature Alpharetta Celebrates Opening of New City Hall Mayor David Belle Isle and Alpharetta leaders celebrated the grand opening of the new Alpharetta City Hall with a special ribbon cutting ceremony. The event included a tour of the new facility, which is part of the City Center project. State Rep. Chuck Martin, State Senator John Albers, State Senator Brandon Beach and Fulton County Commissioner Liz Hausmann also were in attendance.

Photos courtesy of Jonathan Phillips/

The new Alpharetta City Hall is located behind the current facility, at 2 S. Main St. in Downtown Alpharetta, and is approximately 47,000 square feet. It is part of phase one of the City Center project, which features a town plaza/green, 450-space parking deck, and sidewalks and connecting streets. A new Alpharetta Library branch also is scheduled to open on the site this year.

Welcoming Change

in the New Year By Kevin Head, Ph. D. I hope your Christmas season was a wonderful time with family and friends and a meaningful opportunity to experience God’s love. It’s hard to believe that another year has come and gone, and now we are beginning the year 2015. This year will be full of great opportunities and also challenges. As we think about this new year of life, there are many uncertainties for each of us. Will 2015 be a good year? Will it be a year of health or illness? Will our family members be safe and prosperous? A new year can often be a time of questions and even concerns about the unknown future.

But, as we begin 2015, one thing is certain: change. Like it or not, each year brings changes to our lives. Change is an inevitable part of life. Some changes we choose, while others are chosen for us. But even though change is constantly with us, few of us are comfortable experiencing change. I’ve heard it said that the only person who ever likes change is a wet baby. Human beings are creatures of habit, which means that change can often be frightening and unsettling. Perhaps the challenge is learning to embrace change — to become comfortable with the constant reality of change in our lives. The dictionary defines change as “to make or become different.” Maybe we can try to see change as an opportunity to become different, even better than we were last year. Maybe learning to

embrace change and using it as an opportunity for growth can actually become a blessing for us. In the midst of many changes, however, one constant remains: The same God who blessed us with the gift of life in 2014 will be with us through all of the events and circumstances of life in 2015. Our God remains the same, even though God challenges us to change, grow and “to become different.” I am looking forward to God’s rich and abundant blessings during 2015, and I hope you are, too. Blessings!

Dr. Kevin Head is interim pastor of First Baptist Roswell. 770-587-6980,



Business Georgia Cancer Specialists (GCS) and Northside Hospital are collecting backpacks and kid-sized suitcases for foster children in Georgia as part of the 13th annual Totes 2 Tots suitcase drive. Approximately 8,500 children, from infants to teenagers, are currently in the foster care system in Georgia. Many of these children shuffle their belongings in garbage bags when they are removed from their homes. Since Totes 2 Tots was first launched in 2003, the annual volunteer event has collected and distributed more than 37,000 bags. Totes 2 Tots originally was held on Martin Luther King Day as a way to honor Dr. King’s vision of philanthropy and give back to the community. The event is now held on the preceding Friday, to kick off a weekend of service in Dr. King’s honor. Donations of new or nearly new backpacks and suitcases will be accepted at 27 GCS offices across Georgia, including Alpharetta, at 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., January 16. 3330 Preston Ridge Road, Suite 110, Alpharetta. 678-566-6995,


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Cobb EMC board of directors announced approval for the cooperative to execute a 25-year power purchase agreement with Southern Power, a Southern Company subsidiary, to purchase 101 megawatts (MW) of solar energy from a 131-MW photovoltaic (PV) solar project to be constructed in Taylor County, Georgia. “We’re always looking for practical ways to diversify our energy mix and expand our renewable energy portfolio while still keeping costs as low as possible for our members,” said Chip Nelson, president and CEO of Cobb EMC. “Cobb EMC has been at the forefront of adding solar projects to our energy portfolio. In 2014, we started receiving the full capacity output from the Azalea solar facility in Washington County, and with the addition of this project, Cobb EMC will be receiving approximately 10 percent of our capacity portfolio mix from solar and about 5 percent of the energy needed to serve our members.” The solar facility in Taylor County will be the largest single-site project in Georgia and among the largest east of the Mississippi River. This solar facility, of which Cobb will receive 77 percent of its output, will be constructed in Taylor County on a 911-acre site, which is equivalent of 826 football fields for perspective. The other portions of its output will be purchased by Flint Energies and Sawnee EMC, two other Georgia Electric Cooperatives. The facility is expected to consist of approximately 1.6 million thin-film PV solar modules mounted on single-axis tracking tables. Construction of the project is scheduled to begin in September, and the project is expected to achieve commercial operation in the fourth quarter of 2016. Cobb EMC is a not-for-profit electric cooperative, serving more than 175,000 residential and commercial members in Fulton, Cobb, Bartow, Cherokee and Paulding counties. Cobb EMC’s distribution system consists of 9,101 miles of line over 432 square miles. With more than 192,000 meters served, Cobb EMC is one of the largest of Georgia’s 41 EMCs and among the largest of the nation’s 900 EMCs.



Mayor’s Minute Old Alabama (completion target: January 2015, weather permitting) • repaving between city limits and Jones Bridge Road; • road widening, additional turn lanes, and new sidewalks and trails. Alvin Road (completion target: summer 2015) • add 3,000 feet of sidewalk/trails (near Haynes Bridge).

By Mayor Mike Bodker


appy New Year, everyone! The beginning of a new year is always filled with anticipation of what’s to come, and 2015 will definitely be filled with positive things for Johns Creek. As we begin our ninth year of cityhood, I look with pride on how much we’ve accomplished and how much will happen this year.

There are so many upcoming road improvement projects that I’ve started calling 2015 “The Year of Public Works in Johns Creek.” Some of these projects have been in the works for a long time. Others are a continuation of work started last year. All are designed to improve traffic, increase connectivity and enhance safety for our residents, businesses and visitors. Since these significant projects will impact each of us in some way, I thought I’d give you an overview of the key ones: State Bridge at Medlock Bridge/SR 141 (completion target: spring 2015) • new right turn lane along Medlock Bridge from State Bridge to Old Alabama; • new storage northbound on Medlock Bridge for left turns at Medlock Crossing Parkway; • new lane on Medlock Crossing Parkway at State Bridge Road for a “double left turn” onto State Bridge Road westbound. Jones Bridge Road (weather permitting, first section completion target: mid-late 2015; second section completion target: January 2015) First Section (7,500 feet between Abbotts Bridge and State Bridge roads) • widen to four lanes with a center median in some areas; • new 8-foot-wide trail on one side and 5-foot-wide sidewalk on the other; • new traffic signal at entrance of North Bridge Shopping Center. Second section (1,600 feet between Waters and Old Alabama roads; work began fall 2014) • widen to four lanes. 12

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Bridges • replace Parsons Road bridge between Hampstead Way and Stonegrove Overlook; add trails on both sides; close in January 2015 for about 7-9 months. • replace Bell Road bridge; widen to include trails and sidewalk; one lane closed in January with work to be completed in summer 2015, weather permitting. Roundabouts (allow better traffic flow, fewer accidents, cost-effective) • Bell and Boles roads; construction starts spring 2015; completion target: spring 2016; • Crossington and Sargent roads; construction starts spring 2015; completion target: late summer 2015. Neighborhood Repaving • To get started on repaving our neighborhood streets, we’re spending $5.5 million in 2015. We’ll then spend $1.5 million each year thereafter to make sure our neighborhood roads meet the industry standard, and to maintain them at that standard. Work will start in the spring of each year and end in the fall of each year until completed. To see where your neighborhood falls in the schedule, please visit: Media.aspx, and select “Maps,” then “Public Works Projects.” As we make these important improvements to our city’s infrastructure, we ask for your patience and cooperation. There will be times of frustration for all of us. Please remember that these are much-needed improvements and the long-term gain will be worth the temporary inconvenience. I am proud to serve as your Mayor, and your input will only help me represent you better. Please reach me anytime at Mike.Bodker@ On behalf of everyone at City Hall, I wish you a blessed and prosperous New Year!

Mike Bodker is the mayor of Johns Creek. 678-512-3200,,

Make Healthy Eating & Exercise a Priority in the New Year By Christy Noll

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

Happy New Year! If you ate what you wanted, relaxed over winter break, and hung out with the family, your new year is off to a great start! Now, it’s time to work on healthy eating habits and exercising again! Let’s put our best foot forward by not only exercising but also making healthy food choices when shopping at the grocery store, preparing meals at home, and eating out. All we can do is try our best to stay focused! As busy parents, it is hard to balance our work, kids’ homework and activities, and also fit in exercise. Sometime, trying our best simply means understanding what the right exercise is for our body and knowing the difference between smart and poor food choices. If you are looking for a gym, try a few to see which one best fits your needs and interests. The North Fulton area has no shortage of workout facilities for personal training, group fitness, boot camp, yoga and other activities; you’re sure to find

what you are looking for within a short distance from your home. If a gym isn’t the right choice for you or doesn’t fit in your budget, consider working out at home, jogging, or using the fitness center at your neighborhood clubhouse. Putting a nutritious meal on the table is not always easy either. But, making smart choices will affect our mood, health and bodies. Fast-food — usually more convenient and cheaper than a home-cooked meal — is good on occasion, but not every day or night. My kids love shakes for a nutritious snack. I have found that with a blender, you can create healthy recipes in minutes (and maybe even add a vegetable or two that they won’t notice)! Educating ourselves about healthy food choices and fitness is as easy as reading books and magazines. Making healthy eating and exercising a priority can improve not only our lives but also those around us.



Senator Speaks

2015 Session Preview I

n the November 2014 elections, the people spoke and their voices could not be louder nor their words any clearer. They want positive and conservative solutions to issues arising here in Georgia and across the nation. This year, we welcome 10 new senators, each of whom I look forward to working with during the upcoming legislative session. On January 12, legislators will officially be sworn into office as the General Assembly marks the beginning of a new 40-day legislative term. Although Georgia continues to face many substantive challenges, I plan to focus on job creation, economic development, traffic congestion solutions, improving education and supporting all men and women in uniform. While the legislative session is on the horizon, let’s take a look at our current state and see what’s going on. The state of Georgia has seen consistent job creation over the past few months. With an unemployment rate of 8.2 percent, last August marked the highest unemployment rate the state had seen throughout all of 2014. In September, more than 38,000 jobs were created, which in turn dropped the unemployment rate to 7.9 percent for September. In October, the unemployment rate dropped to 7.7 percent. Although jobs are being created and the rate of unemployment is continuing to drop, we still have a lot of work to do. Georgia has recently become the hub of economic development in the Southeast. With company after company expanding or moving to Georgia, it’s no wonder the state was ranked No. 1 for business climate by CNBC and Site Selection magazine in 2014. Transportation is vital to our state. Georgia is home to 15 Fortune 500 companies, the world’s busiest airport, the nation’s fastest-


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growing seaport and 6.5 million drivers, who travel 108.5 billion miles each year. The combination of a growing population in Atlanta and declining gas tax revenues are making it increasingly more difficult to fund our transportation system. Last March, legislators approved the FY 2015 budget, which allocated an additional $20 million in motor fuel funds to fund road and bridge projects. As a result, we are beginning to see projects on many of metro Atlanta’s highway interchanges, including the revamping of the Georgia 400/Interstate 285 interchange. We will continue to research new innovative ways to utilize our old infrastructure to support the growing needs of our transportation system. I strongly believe that men and women, who unselfishly serve our state and country in uniform, deserve nothing but respect. I will support any legislation that supports our military, police, firefighters and their families. Overall, our state is on the right track. I look forward to representing you this legislative session. If I can be of any assistance or answer any questions, please reach out to me. As your senator, I am deeply humbled and honored by your confidence, and look forward to being another positive and conservative voice during the upcoming legislative session.

Senator John Albers represents the 56th Senate District, which includes portions of North Fulton county. 404-463-8055, John.Albers@ Senate.Ga.Gov

Community Feature Roswell Teacher Attends NASA Orion Spacecraft Launch Mountain Park ES teacher Kati Searcy was selected to attend the December 5 launch of the Orion spacecraft at Kennedy Space Center. Searcy was one of 150 @NASA Twitter followers who live-tweeted the event as a member of the NASA Social Media Team, a program that provides opportunities to learn and share information about NASA’s missions, people and programs.

Mountain Park ES teacher Kati Searcy was selected to attend the December 5 launch of the Orion spacecraft at Kennedy Space Center as a member of the NASA Social Media Team. Photo Credit: NASA/ Bill Ingalls

Orion is NASA’s new spacecraft built to carry humans, designed to allow journeys to destinations never before visited by humans, including an asteroid and Mars. On this inaugural, unmanned Exploration Flight Test-1, Orion tested systems critical to crew safety as it traveled farther into space than any spacecraft built for humans has traveled in more than 40 years. To be chosen, Searcy had to meet specific social media engagement criteria. “Being selected was an honor. This means so much to me and the students at Mountain Park Elementary School,” she said. Searcy, a teacher of Talented and Gifted students who has

taught at Mountain Park Elementary for 24 years, worked for NASA for a three-year period as a facilitator for NASA Explorer Schools programs at Kennedy Space Center. As a NASA Tweetup attendee, Searcy and the other 149 Twitter users had the same credentials and access to the event as news media, allowing them to view the launch of Orion, participate in media briefings, tours and other NASA events throughout the two-day event. They also interacted with engineers and scientists from Orion and other upcoming NASA missions, and toured the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. Searcy also met Patrick Simpkins, the space center’s director of engineering, with whom her fourth and fifth grade students Skyped live last year. Students submitted questions for her to ask him. Searcy’s tweets can be followed on Twitter (Twitter. com/SearcyTag) and at her blog (SearcyTag.Weebly. com/Orion-Launch-Coverage). She also created videos throughout the experience that are posted on YouTube.

Congratulations to our December “7 Differences” winner, Lynda Bresnick!



Community Feature Creekview ES Students Celebrate Colonial Day Fourth grade students at Creekview ES celebrated the culmination of their social studies unit by participating in Colonial Day. Students dressed in clothes from the time period and participated in a number of activities, including listening to stories, turning cream into butter, hammering tin to make ornaments, learning about the art of calligraphy, and making their own candles. Students were able to bring their learning to life and experience firsthand what it may have been like in Colonial times.

Elkins Pointe MS Roboteks Club Wins Award Congratulations to the Elkins Pointe MS Roboteks Club! The club recently won the 2014-2015 L.E.D Winning Alliance Captain award. Elkins Pointe MS was one of only two middle schools in the competition, which included 21 high school teams. Elkins Pointe MS Roboteks Club now advances to the state competition. Creekview ES fourth-graders Rax Cisneros and Audrey Nguyen are pictured with teacher Martha Thomas.


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Ready to Make a Cancer-Fighting Grocery List? 8 Delicious Ways to Boost Cancer Protection

There’s no magic food that prevents cancer outright, but there are certain foods known to inhibit our risk and help our bodies fight this horrible disease. Do you want to amp up cancer protection in your diet? Here are eight specific foods to get you in the right direction:

Broccoli: Packed with antioxidants and phytochemicals, including sulforophane. “Sulforophane is proposed to stimulate enzymes that help detoxify potential carcinogens,” says Colleen Doyle, MS, RD, of the American Cancer Society. Other cruciferous vegetables, like cauliflower and kale, are also rich in sulforophane. Salmon: Coldwater fish, such as salmon,

have high levels of omega-3 fatty acids. The highest levels of omega-3 fatty acids are found in free-range wild game; the colder the temperature where they are found, the higher the omega-3 levels will be. Other coldwater fish include char, sardines, tuna, herring, anchovies, bluefish and halibut.

Carrots: High in beta carotene, which helps plants absorb light. Beta carotene

accumulates in the fat under the skin and seems to absorb some of the radiation energy from sunlight, possibly reducing the risk of skin cancer. Squash, pumpkin and green, leafy vegetables are other sources of beta carotene.

Walnuts: High in omega-3 fatty acids, walnuts have 2.5 grams of omega-3 fat per ounce. Most other nuts have around 0.5 grams per ounce. Aim for 5 ounces of walnuts a week. Flax: Rich in fiber and omega-3 fats, flax

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products. In a Harvard study, men who ate two or more servings a week of tomato sauce or other cooked tomato products had a 20 percent less chance of developing prostate cancer. Lycopene may also reduce breast cancer risk, and is found in red grapefruit and watermelon, as well as tomatoes.

Onions: Along with garlic, onions

contain the phytochemical allicin. Allicin acts as an antiviral, antifungal and antibacterial agent, and may zap toxins related to cancer development.

contains compounds called lignans, which help inhibit estrogen production and may reduce the risk of breast cancer and other female cancers. Grind a tablespoon or two of flaxseeds in a coffee grinder and mix it into cereal or a smoothie, or include it when baking bread or cookies.

Blueberries: High in ellagic acid, a phenolic compound. Phenolics are a category of phytochemicals that protect cells from free radical damage, Doyle says. Other sources are red grapes, raspberries, strawberries and blackberries. Berries are also a powerful antioxidant.

Tomatoes: High in antioxidants and the phytochemical lycopene, which can prevent cellular damage and abnormal cell replication and growth. Lycopene is best absorbed in cooked tomato

Andrea Addington is the system clinical nutrition manager at Northside Hospital. Northside offers a full range of outpatient weight management and nutrition services designed to help people achieve optimal health and feel their best. For more information, call 404-236-8036 or visit Nutrition.



Community Feature Rodgers Named Roswell Director of Rec & Parks Roswell’s Recreation, Parks, Historic & Cultural Affairs Dept. has welcomed Morgan Rodgers as its new director. Rodgers replaces 37-year veteran Joe Glover, who retired this past November. Rodgers has served as assistant director for the past 22 years. Before his tenure as assistant director, Rodgers was superintendent of recreation for the department from 1989 to 1995. Previous to that, he was associate executive director of the Georgia Lockheed Employee’s Recreation Club and the superintendent of recreation for the Jekyll Island Authority. He also served in various recreation and parks positions in Georgia and North Carolina. Rodgers earned his bachelor’s degree, with honors, in Recreation and Parks Administration from Clemson University. He is a Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP) and a Certified Accreditation Visitor with the National Recreation and Parks Association. “I am very excited to carry on the great work that Joe Glover and others before him started. It is a joy to work for this department, with this staff, and for the people of Roswell,” said Rodgers. “I keep saying I have felt like the kid working in the candy store for the past 22 years — and now they’ve just given me the keys.”

JLGNF Accepting New Member Applications The Junior League of Gwinnett and North Fulton Counties (JLGNF) is seeking new members for the spring 2015 Provisional Class. Membership in JLGNF is open to all women over the age of 22 who demonstrate an interest in and a commitment to volunteerism. JLGNF’s mission is to raise awareness for girls’ self-esteem through fundraising events and hands-on activities that positively impact the lives of the young women in its surrounding areas. The service league’s new program, “Strong Girls, Bright Futures,” includes raising awareness of girls’ self-esteem for teen and “tween” girls and working directly with them to strengthen their self-worth. New members of JLGNF are offered the personal joy and fulfillment of making a difference in their local communities and enjoying social opportunities with women from all walks of life. JLGNF has nearly 134 active and sustaining members consisting of CEOs, entrepreneurs, mothers and professional women from diverse backgrounds. Members balance work and home life with volunteer hours to help JLGNF make a difference in the communities it serves. Application deadline is January 17. For more information about joining JLGNF, email Recruiting@JLGNF or visit


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Johns Creek Releases Smartphone App Johns Creek has released a new “JC Now” smartphone app designed to provide emergency notifications from the City, along with access to interactive maps, news articles, council meeting agendas, social media and contact information. “Johns Creek is very tightly engaged with its public and vice versa. To keep that civic engagement strong, we need to continue to take advantage of technology that gives instant notification of major traffic issues, inclement weather, or other major events,” says Senior Communications Manager Rosemary Taylor. The app was custom-built by the City’s Geographic Information Systems team, using open-source technology. An earlier beta version of “JC Now” won 1st Place at the 2014 Esri International User Conference in San Diego. “JC Now” is available for both Apple and Android systems.” The City of Johns Creek website ( includes a link for download.




There is a reason clients feel different after coming to Ageless Remedies of Roswell. The team of professionals at Ageless Remedies of Roswell’s med spa, laser, plastic surgery and weight loss center puts people, customer service and safety at the heart of everything they do — always have; always will. In today’s rushed and complex world, taking care of yourself is not always a priority. Ageless Remedies of Roswell believes you are important and deserve the best skincare available. Ageless Remedies of Roswell offers an extensive menu of state-ofthe-art noninvasive laser and cosmetic procedures in a welcoming, med spa environment. Services include laser treatments, Botox, Juvederm, Voluma and Radiesse, as well as skin rejuvenation, laser hair removal, chemical peels, facials, microdermabrasion, and massage. New services include Ulthera and Coolsculpting. Treatments for acne, rosacea, and spider veins are also available. In addition, Ageless Remedies of Roswell also offers airbrush tanning — the safest way to tan. Co-owners Laura Surrett and Linda DePrimo opened Ageless Remedies of Roswell in December 2005. Dr. Mark Beaty (M.D.) serves as medical director, ensuring the med spa follows all safety protocols, procedures and regulations as set by the State of Georgia. Some consultations and advanced services are performed by Dr. Beaty, along with Dr. Bair Ghazi (M.D.). In addition, Ageless Remedies of Roswell’s medical staff includes two board-certified physician assistants and medical aestheticians. Laura Surrett, Linda DePrimo and the entire team at Ageless Remedies of Roswell are dedicated to providing individualized, quality care based on the highest standards possible. They believe patient education is paramount, and take time with patients to help them understand the recommended services and products that will best meet their individual goals. Ageless Remedies of Roswell combines the best medical skincare treatments and retail prescriptive products for real results. “We can offer exciting changes with little to no down time. Our skin care lines offer dramatically higher concentrations of active ingredients.” Ageless Remedies of Roswell features quality medical skincare and cosmetics, including Skin Medica, Glytone, Obagi, IS Clinical, Revision and Glo-Minerals cosmetics.

625 W. Crossville Road, Suite 128, Roswell

770-587-0101, 10:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday Late on Thursdays by Appointment

Mark M. Beaty, M.D., has provided the finest in facial aesthetic services to patients in metro Atlanta for more than 15 years. Dr. Beaty is an expert in personalized facial aesthetic enhancement, including all aspects of cosmetic facial surgery and nonsurgical rejuvenation. Dr. Beaty’s practice focuses on the needs of individual patients, taking into account their goals, lifestyle, time constraints and budget. Every team member at Beaty Facial Plastic Surgery is dedicated to providing a complete treatment plan and a satisfying experience while achieving and maintaining outstanding aesthetic results. A double board-certified facial plastic surgeon specializing in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery from the neck up, Dr. Beaty graduated with the highest honors from the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, where he received the D. Kay Clawson Award for outstanding academic and leadership contributions. He completed his residency at the University of Iowa Dept. of Otolaryngology and his fellowship training in Facial Plastic Surgery at Emory-affiliated Buckhead Facial Plastic Surgery. Dr. Beaty founded Beaty Facial Plastic Surgery in Alpharetta in 2011. Beaty Facial Plastic Surgery’s services range from surgical interventions, such as facelift, eyelid surgery and rhinoplasty, to nonsurgical enhancements, such as injectable fillers, micro-focused ultrasound and CoolSculpting body contouring. Dr. Beaty is a careful observer and listener who will focus all of his talent and expertise on helping you achieve and maintain the best possible aesthetic outcomes. He continues to pioneer cutting-edge techniques, such as the use of stem cells and growth factors, to make aesthetic enhancement more convenient and effective. Dr. Beaty is widely published in the Facial Plastic Surgery literature on both rejuvenation of the aging face and rhinoplasty, and is an in-demand speaker nationally for discussion of his aesthetic artistry. His commitment to excellence in patient care and advancement of surgical technique is reflected by his active participation in the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and in the Facial Plastic Surgery Academy’s Domestic Violence Program, offering pro bono surgical services to victims of domestic abuse. Visit the team at Beaty Facial Plastic Surgery to learn how they can enhance your appearance for overall health and success.

2365 Old Milton Pkwy., Alpharetta.



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Dr. Bair Ghazi (M.D.) of Atlanta Plastic & Reconstructive Specialists has been caring for patients in metro Atlanta for more than 10 years. Known for his personal, kind and thoughtful approach to patient care, Dr. Ghazi believes each patient has a unique, individual beauty, and carefully crafts each consultation to fit the aesthetic goals of each individual patient. Dr. Ghazi prides himself on patient safety as his top priority, both in and out of the operating room setting. Following medical school, Dr. Ghazi completed a five-year training program in critical care and abdominal, vascular, endocrine and trauma surgery at Emory University General Surgery, followed by three years of dedicated plastic surgery training at the Emory University Plastic Surgery program. This training was rigorously focused on cosmetic and reconstructive surgery, which allowed Dr. Ghazi to learn the essence and refinement of facial aesthetics, such as eyelid lifts, facelifts, nose jobs and neck lifts from skilled experts who literally wrote the book on these surgeries. Dr. Ghazi has authored numerous articles for medical journals and book chapters, and has been invited to speak about his experience and expertise at the state, regional, and national level. Dr. Ghazi also studied facial and body aesthetics, along with microsurgical breast reconstruction, in Belgium as part of a European externship focused on new and complementary skills that would improve breast lift, augmentation and reduction techniques with and without various implants. He also dedicated time to learning the MACS lift, a less invasive approach to facial rejuvenation, from the creators of the procedure.

How we look is a reflection of our health. “We have learned so much about what can be done to look healthy and to lead healthier lives,” says Mary Jo Renier, owner of Ageless Remedies of Alpharetta. “Looking like our parents did at 55 is no longer inevitable.” Ageless Remedies is a medical spa at the intersection of Windward and North Point Parkways in Alpharetta. “Every day, we hear that someone wants to look younger, more attractive and have healthierlooking skin.” That is what Ageless Remedies stands for. We provide a full range of effective anti-aging solutions. Ageless Remedies is celebrating its eighth year of offering advanced medical skincare. The reception/retail atmosphere is warm and welcoming, and the treatment rooms are comfortable and relaxing. The Med Spa approach blending medical services and results, in a spa setting, is what makes Ageless Remedies unique. With the dramatic advancements in recent years, there are now more options than ever. How do you know where to start? “Ageless Remedies of Alpharetta offers a variety of services and products designed to meet your individual concerns.” Certified medical aestheticians and registered nurses will provide a free consultation to help you identify solutions. Ageless Remedies of Alpharetta’s extensive menu includes HCG Weight Loss, Schlerotherapy, 8 facials, 13 peels, microdermabrasions, micro peels, and skin tightening. Anti-aging solutions include Botox and dermal fillers like Voluma XC, Radiesse, Juvederm, Restylane and Belotero, which immediately elimate lines and wrinkles. IPL Photofacials treat skin discoloration, tone and texture. For that smooth silky look, ask about our laser hair removal and laser vein treatment.

Dr. Ghazi is board certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Plastic Surgery, both accredited by the American Board of Medical Specialties. He specializes in breast lifts and breast augmentation, tummy tucks, liposuction, and facial aesthetics, such as face and neck rejuvenation. Dr. Ghazi also routinely cares for rhinoplasty and eyelid patients, as well as patients who have had considerable massive weight loss. Botox and fillers also are a common part of his practice.

The Ageless Remedies of Alpharetta staff includes medical aestheticians, a board-certified physician assistant, registered nurse and a medical director, each with advanced certification. Together, they bring a high level of experience and expertise in both medicine and aesthetics.

Dr. Ghazi will approach your personal goals with care, comfort, skill and safety to help you “get back to feeling and looking like yourself!”

We are learning more, so we can make healthier choices. Coming in 2015 is the new Ulthera. Call Ageless Remedies of Alpharetta today to schedule a free consultation for a healthier, younger-looking you!

Medical skincare for a take-home treatment plan includes Obagi, Elta MD, IS clinical, Neocutis, Revision and Glytone.

5673 Peachtree Dunwoody Road, Suite 870, Atlanta 404-640-4169

5815 Windward Parkway, Suite 207, Alpharetta 770-475-0770, 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m., Weekdays 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., Saturdays Late Wednesdays and Thursdays by Appointment



Comfortable Kitchens By Keely Woodford

LIFESTYLE The kitchen has long been the center of the home. It’s where we go to get warm, inside and out! Many of us have memories of smelling our mothers’ baking, drawing us to the kitchen. Perhaps for this reason, when we are entertaining, guests seem to migrate to the kitchen. How about making your kitchen even more inviting by incorporating a loveseat, settee or chair-and-a-half complete with ottoman? If your space is limited, perhaps just an occasional chair would be more appropriate. Above all else, make your decorating scheme reflect your personality.


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Are you a gourmet cook? Then, by all means, you should incorporate unique utensils and gadgets into your décor! Wooden spoons, spice graters, whisks, copper molds, etc. are all great kitchen accessories. These items could be hung on the walls for dual purposes: decorating your kitchen, and also easy accessibility for cooking. Window treatments for the kitchen are wide and varied. In fact, today more and more homeowners are opting for uniquely designed fabric top treatments, usually placed over a privacy treatment. Stagecoach

valances, mock throw swags, and tabbed valances displayed on unique decorative rods really fit the bill! So, have fun with your kitchen! Be sure to let your cooking personality shine through. L

Keely Woodford is a franchise owner of Decorating Den Interiors. 770-926-0383,

Overcoming Test Anxiety

By Mark Tolbert

Test-anxious students experience the same physical reactions to an upcoming exam as they would in any dangerous or risky situation. While a test is definitely stressful, it is not life-threatening; however, your body doesn’t know the difference. Anxiety caused by what you expect to happen has no clear end point. After the test is over, your anxiety moves to the expected poor grade, feelings of failure, and the next exam. Test-anxious individuals have learned to believe that they will do poorly. Irrational worrying leads to a distorted self-image and an inaccurate perception of themselves. The result is often poor self-esteem. Clearly, overcoming test anxiety means that something has to change. Since the tests are going to remain fairly much the same, what must change is your approach to taking tests. Be Prepared Thorough preparation is critical to overcoming test anxiety. Reading the chapter once, completing a worksheet, or just doing the homework assignments is not enough. Frequent high-intensity interaction with the material is essential to learning. There are various methods you can use: flash cards, SQ3R, quizzing a friend. Find the strategy that works best for you and keep at it.

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Be Organized It’s one thing to say that you will study, but it is another to actually do it. Something else always seems to come up. Avoid distractions by creating a study plan and sticking to it. The key to learning is to review the material frequently. Don’t wait and cram at the last minute. This will only add to your stress. Practice Find a study buddy and quiz each other several times a week for 10 to 15 minutes a session. Think like the teacher — come up with questions that are similar to previous tests. Many successful students make this a game; they keep score and try to beat each other.

The new semester and the new year are just starting. Are you going to let old habits hold you back, or are you ready to take charge and make this year better than the last? Share your experiences on our Facebook page:

Mark Tolbert is executive director of Huntington Learning Center in Alpharetta. 678-240-9221,



Book Review by catherine groves

‘Tony the Kneebreaker’ Novella by Woodstock resident Ed Gruber captures the tough life of the New York City docks. In Woodstock (Ga.) resident Ed Gruber’s novella, “Tony the Kneebreaker,” we meet the Lowenstein brothers: Joey, Freddie, and Ira. For more years than anyone can remember, they have been the owners and operators of JIF Banana Trucking. One of their nearest and dearest friends, Tony, comes to them for help, and the brothers find themselves in a quandary. For 20 years, Tony has represented “The Boys” on the docks of the Hudson River. He has beaten up welchers and many other “problem customers” for years; it is the only career he’s ever had. He is paid, and paid well, to change the minds of business owners who miss their payments. He has seen too much and knows too much; he wants out. He’s found God in a new way, he is tired of lying to his wife, and his conscious is at war knowing he’s lying to his son. The streets surrounding the New York Harbor are home to “The Boys” and the Lowensteins, and Joey’s chance meeting with “the Boss” at the tender age of 14 started a relationship that has lasted for decades. Although Joey and his brothers decided long ago to run a clean business, there is still an unavoidable involvement with “The Boys.” As one brother states, “We pay them to protect us against them.” So, when Tony reaches out to them for help, they know they are walking a fine line. “The Boys,” feeling they are offering a viable option to Tony that would assure his silence and loyalty forever, also involve the Lowenstein brothers by putting them in a potential lifetime of doing the type of unethical business they’ve always avoided. Tony and the brothers, along with their seductive secretary, come up with a plan — but it all falls apart at the seams. Ed Gruber’s “Tony the Kneebreaker” hosts fictional characters that were a part of Gruber’s life growing up on the streets of New York City. It is easy to get lost in the authentic and mesmerizing story, characters, and style of Gruber’s “Tony the Kneebreaker.” For those looking for something different, real, and exciting, this is the book to read! “Tony the Kneebreaker” can be purchased through Amazon, Kindle, Nook, Barnes and Nobles, and at

Catherine Groves is an avid reader and book collector (owning more than 5,000 books). She also is publisher of two neighborhood magazines and is writing her first novel.


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Periodontal Disease Risk Factors

By Amanda Kossick, D.M.D. More often than not, patients tell me that their parents had bad teeth and that is why their teeth are not good either. There is a small bit of truth to this statement when it comes to our gum health. Studies have shown there is a genetic link between generations and their odds of getting periodontal disease. The fact that your parents had gum disease does not necessarily mean you will. However, you are at an increased risk of periodontal disease due to your genetic propensity. In addition to genetic risk factors, we have found many other links that increase the likelihood of procuring this disease. Diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, pregnancy, and certain medications are all risk factors for periodontal disease. Calcium channel blocker medications, which are commonly used to treat high blood pressure, can cause gingival overgrowth, or “extra puffy gums.” Puffy gums, whether the result of medications or lack of proper oral hygiene, can cause bacteria to implant itself even farther, making it even more difficult to keep your gums healthy! If you have been diagnosed with any of these disease, are pregnant, or are on a calcium channel blocker, you may want to schedule teeth cleanings more than just twice a year. This will allow your dentist to monitor your gums more closely. The help of a thorough cleaning from a hygenist will help to decrease the odds of leaving bacteria below the gum line, which can do long-term damage to your teeth. Along with your dentist’s and hygienist’s help, proper care at home is recommended. Using an electric toothbrush, flossing, rinsing with mouth wash, using a water pick and soft picks will help improve your gum health and fight off the dreaded periodontal disease. Remember, an increased risk of periodontal disease doesn’t automatically mean you will develop it. You can make a difference with your actions and habits. Now that you know what risk factors contribute to periodontal disease, you can properly arm yourself against it!

Dr. Amanda Kossick is a dentist with DeMercy Dental in Roswell. 770-641-8010,



Community Partners by donna kosicki, chief administrative officer for Great Prospects Inc.

“What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.” This inspirational quote by Zig Ziglar speaks to the focus and purpose of the mission of Great Prospects Inc. Since 2005, Great Prospects’ mission has been and continues to be “to provide meaningful


connections for individuals with developmental disabilities.” Our mission is the mission of the community we serve. As a nonprofit organization, this mission is accomplished through four dynamic programs serving youth and young adults with developmental disabilities, a diverse board of directors, and qualified staff. Great Prospects’ programs include Club Connect, Academy, Summer Camp, and monthly Social Dances. Club Connect is an afterschool enrichment program that serves middle and high school students, and follows the Fulton County Schools calendar. As the Club Connect participants age out of the program, Academy offers a wonderful pathway for young adults who have graduated or transitioned from high school. The goal for this year-round program is to build capacity in peer support; community outreach and inclusion; weight management/ reduction; healthy lifestyles/ making healthy choices; and self-determination, along with achieving personal annual goals. Daily activities

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provide for growth in each focus area. Both the Academy and Club Connect programs are located in Roswell, are offered in group settings, and allow for individualized and specialized attention. Summer Camp is a theme-based summer camp, with full daily activities and weekly field trips. Participants can choose any number of the nine weeks of summer camp fun. Monthly Social Dances are open to all age groups (from middle school to young adult) and provide a fun, safe environment of socializing through music and dancing. Community partners, chaperones, and parents have a lot of fun at the monthly dances, too! Great Prospects Inc. relies on the generous support of community partnerships and sponsorships, which provide for needed resources. Financial donations supply van rentals for summer camp, healthy snacks throughout the year, field trip expenses, and opportunities to sponsor a youth or young adult to participate in a program. Individuals and businesses can also sponsor a monthly Social Dance and join in the fun! There are volunteer opportunities as well; just let us know your skill sets and we will connect you in an area that fits your skills and interests. Most importantly, your connection to Great Prospects Inc. strengthens the support provided to parents and individuals with developmental disabilities. Join us as we continue and grow in this important work, serving an under-served population, providing programs that create success in the lives of individuals who achieve goals for adult life and an independent future. Find out how Great Prospects can best serve you, or how you can support our mission to help individuals with developmental disabilities be successful and achieve their goals.

Great Prospects Inc. 770-314-4243

Estate Planning for Blended Families By Chris Miller, Esq. The rules of inheritance when someone dies without a Will seem to carry the baggage of a few scandalous lives of the past legislators who set those rules. Georgia’s probate code assumes that people want to divide their assets into shares among their spouses and their children. That sounds reasonable, except that many families provide for the needs of a surviving spouse first, and then divide assets among children at the second death between spouses. Think about this: Would you want your 6-year-old child to own an equal share of your house with your wife or husband, so that a probate court would need to approve any sale or refinancing that your spouse might want? Perhaps not. If your children were a little older and the offspring of a former spouse, that plan makes more sense. Even then, it might help to say that a home can be used by a surviving spouse for as long as he or she wants to stay there, and only later should children get their inheritances. Fortunately, clients with blended families have a range of planning options. Thoughtful beneficiary designations on retirement accounts and attention to how bank accounts and houses are titled can ensure that a spouse has the freedom to choose when and where to move, and also that funds are set aside for children and no one else. One path is to designate specific assets toward particular individuals. For example, you might title your house as a joint asset with your spouse, and designate your children as beneficiaries of life insurance or other investments. Another path is to fund a marital trust, which can hold some or all of your assets for the benefit of a surviving spouse’s medical needs and support. The trust then distributes the rest to your children at the spouse’s death. Depending on the terms of the marital trust, you can keep the spouse’s creditors and future relationships from changing the legacy you want to ultimately pass to your children. Spend time during this new year building a plan that best meets your goals, and then write it down with some professional guidance.

Chris Miller is an attorney in Alpharetta. 678-746-2900,






for Exercise


ance is phenomenal exercise, because it engages the body, mind and spirit. And it’s transformational: The body slims down, becomes more agile, graceful, toned and flexible. Typically, a dance class will burn 500700 calories and offer a comprehensive full-body workout that incorporates cardio, conditioning and stretch. Of all the dance genres, ballet is the most transformational. Ballet Barre training

will literally reconfigure your body. Take a long look at ballerinas. They are not born that way. The way they walk, how they move, their posture (sternum lifted, shoulders back) all come from training. Long beautiful necks and legs that go on forever are the physical manifestation of Ballet Barre training. If you are looking for beauty, take a Ballet Barre Fit class. You’ll love the music and the results. Dancer stretch classes will accelerate your flexibility goals as long as you take two per week. These classes are like a yoga class with really loud dance music. Some of the stretches actually do pull from yoga, but most of the stretches are based in ballet. People who dance also experience an inner transformation that brings many unexpected benefits. Let’s talk about those. Culturally, we associate dance with celebration. We dance when we get good news. We dance at weddings, parties, events and go dancing on the weekends.

Dance expresses happiness; therefore, we feel happy when we dance. Usually when we are dancing we are with people we like, love or simply enjoy. Laughter often accompanies dance. Dance is something you will look forward to doing. Sure, you’ll become more flexible, develop strong muscles and lean out. But, you’ll also whip your hair back and forth and shake your booty — that’s fun! You’ll hear great music that inspires you. Before you realize it, you will be sweaty and out of breath. The hour will fly by. Wait, what? You just worked out? For all these reasons and many more, dance is great exercise because it’s fun!

Dance 101 735 Highway 9, Suite 1400 Alpharetta 404-545-8048

Injury, Fitness & Massage:

Enhanced Performance for the Workout Warrior


aintaining a healthy balance in your fitness routine, and also in the physical activity that comes with the chaos of everyday life, isn’t always an easy feat. Anything from a casual morning run or workout to weekend yard work or playing with the kids can cause the ever-annoying strain of muscle soreness. Specialists say soreness is typically caused from microscopic tears within muscle tissues, which is what happens when we exercise — there’s no avoiding it. Pain is the body’s way of alerting us that it’s in the process of repairing itself (hint: take it easy for a few days!). While a little muscle tenderness doesn’t pose a huge threat (assuming it isn’t a broken bone or a torn ligament), the condition might have


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you limping around post-activity and delay movement. And really, with all the hustle that’s required as a workout warrior, who has time for that?

How Massage Can Help Maintaining proper range of motion within the muscles is key to maintaining optimal athletic and fitness performance, not to mention in managing related pain. According to the American Massage Therapy Association, massage therapy acts to do just that, and can help to prevent or shorten recovery time from injury — another key element in maintaining athletic activity. How? Therapeutic massage literally invokes both a mechanical muscular response

(range of motion) and a reflex response the nerves respond to as a result of the pressure and movement experienced during a massage session. Massage therapy can be directly tailored to be used specifically for the exerciser or athlete (we call it sports massage therapy). Typically, these sessions focus more on approaching the deep tissue, differentiating factors from the softer, gentler, relaxation-minded modalities. By minding attention to the soft-tissue aches and pains, and applying heavier pressure on the muscles, it’s meant to get into the knots and tension that may be bringing your “A game” down.

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A Balanced Lifestyle in 2015 By Rachel Quiles, MS, RDN, LD


hat comes to mind when you think about a balanced lifestyle? Often, “balance” is about diet. A balanced diet encompasses variety and moderation. It’s about getting all the nutrients you need without having too many calories. But, there is another aspect to balance: balancing calories consumed with calories burned through exercise and activities. This concept is referred to as energy balance and, as you are probably well aware, energy balance is important for managing weight.

Body and Mind Benefits

through Martial Arts Practices


artial arts classes are growing increasingly popular among both adults and children who want a workout routine that strengthens both mind and body. Martial art incorporates motivational lectures, functional athletic drills, and proven techniques to create a holistic workout for individuals at any fitness level.

Five Facts about the Benefits of Practicing Martial Arts: •

Benefits Beyond Weight Management

Exercise can help burn extra calories and enhance weight loss; or, as a regular part of a healthy lifestyle, exercise can be an important component in maintaining weight loss. Exercise also has benefits beyond weight management. As we age, most of us lose lean muscle. Muscle loss equals lower metabolism, increased risk of insulin resistance, lower energy and strength levels, and less endurance for the activities we enjoy in our everyday lives. But, regular exercise at adequate intensity can have a profound impact on health. Benefits can include delayed onset or prevention of type 2 diabetes; improved insulin sensitivity; decreased risk of cardiovascular disease; lower “bad” cholesterol and higher “good” cholesterol; reduced risk of osteoporosis; increased bone density; preserved or improved physical function with arthritis; and, of course, increased lean muscle and strength levels.

Three Drivers to Success

Exercise is good medicine. We all want the benefits, and the new year is a great place to make a new start. So, ponder these key drivers for exercise success: a good coach, the right method, and accurate measures. You’ll want a good coach or partner — one who brings know-how, passion and accountability. You’ll need the right exercise method — one that’s sustainable through the lifecycle, doesn’t cause injury, and produces results. Finally, there’s nothing like accurate measures to keep you motivated. Rachel Quiles is owner of SuperSlow Zone Milton.

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Build Endurance and Muscle — The more muscle you build, the more fat you burn. By increasing agility and flexibility, you are preventing obesity and adding days to your lifeline. The ongoing practice of martial arts will build endurance, assisting with proper physical and mental development; boost energy levels; and reduce fatigue. Children who engage in martial arts are more focused in school and at home when tasked to do chores or special projects. Heart Health — A weakened cardiovascular system results in weakened breathing rhythms, fatigue, and contributes to a number of health issues. Just one to two martial arts classes per week is enough to increase heart rate, increase blood flow and strength the heart muscles to ensure proper pumping and distribution. Self-Defense is the Best Defense — While the physical workout is important, martial arts classes exercise your senses, too. Martial arts students not only burn fat but also learn proper defense skills, growing safer and stronger with every class. Stress Buster — Release the frustration and pack on the endorphins! Any workout will do, but group workouts in a controlled setting are proven to help keep stamina on level 10 from start to finish. Discipline — Self-discipline is an essential component of martial arts. Children who experience this lesson through martial arts learn how to have control over themselves and their environment. Discovering how to handle emotions and staying calm are elements of discipline that both children and adults benefit from learning at any age.

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North Fulton Family Life | JANUARY 2015

Simple Gestures Make Big Impact By Crystal Bryant January is the start of a new month and a new year. Many people view January as a time for a fresh start, or a time to begin something new. January is a month of optimism and opportunities — at least it is for many people. For some, January is a month of loneliness, a month without hope or chances for something new. It is a month to look back with longing to what once was or what could have been. It is a month that reminds people of what they do not have or what was taken from them. Many people feel a loss of purpose for a variety of reasons. Perhaps the

holidays are the only times loved ones come to visit throughout the year, and the end of the holiday season reminds them of how alone they are. Others may have been alone during the holidays as well, and the loneliness of watching families and friends gather and celebrate felt overwhelming. It’s easy to get lost in the holiday hustle and bustle, the glimmering lights and glittering packages, and miss the sadness and longing in the faces we pass. Now that the holiday rush is over and a new year is upon us, isn’t this a good time to help make the new year brighter for those who are feeling lonely? As we embrace the optimism, new opportunities, and fresh start that the new year brings, let’s challenge ourselves to continue the spirit of the

holidays by reaching out to others. Could we add a phone call, card or email to just two people to tell them we are thinking of them? Could we share with just two people a kind gesture or word of encouragement to show them that they are not forgotten? Think about the people in your life who have brought you the most joy. Then, think about the void that would be in your life if those moments were suddenly gone. Now, go and be the reason that others find renewed hope and joy in their lives. A simple gesture in one small moment could make a big difference in the world! Crystal Bryant is the wife of Pastor Chris Bryant at City On A Hill United Methodist Church in Woodstock. She is involved in women’s, prayer and children’s ministries. 678-445-3480,




for Indoor Plants By Lisa Ethridge

It turns out that besides their beauty and promise of spring, indoor plants pack powerful health benefits. According to research, everyone would breathe easier, enjoy better health, and feel less stressed with the addition of a few well-placed plants in the home or office environment. In the mid-1800s, Henry David Thoreau admonished us to, “Simplify. Simplify.” Plants provide a natural and simple method of improving air quality, which includes filtering toxins, providing humidity, and increasing oxygen levels. During the winter, high carbon dioxide levels lead to health complaints, such as headaches and drowsiness. Plants become heroes by converting carbon dioxide to oxygen during photosynthesis. Other health concerns, such as fatigue, allergies, and nausea, can be attributed to airborne toxins, also known as volatile organic compounds (VOCs), such as formaldehyde, chloroform, benzene, xylene, and ammonia, which appear courtesy of our electric appliances, synthetic materials, paint/solvents, rug fibers, and even grocery bags. Magically, plants pull the VOCs into the soil, where the root system converts the toxins into food.

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Besides improving the quality of air in the home, plants provide positive emotional benefits. Research has shown that owning and caring for plants can reduce stress, improve blood pressure, and even lift depression. Dedicating a meager 2 percent of the room space in a house or office satisfies our innate need to connect with nature and produces feelings of well-being and optimism. This year, try to include plants, such as areca, lady, bamboo, dwarf date palm, rubber plant, dracaena, philodendron, ficus, and peace lily, into your home décor. It’s a simple idea that can bring health and happiness to you and your family in the new year.

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Humidity is always a concern during the winter months. Lack of humidity can cause dry skin, colds, and respiratory ailments. Again, the humble houseplant comes to the rescue. As part of their “breathing” process, plants release moisture vapor into the air around them. Because they release 97 percent of the water they take in, the dry air becomes comfortable and remains at healthy levels. Simple, right?

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Lisa Ethridge is a certified master gardener with North Fulton Master Gardeners, part of the UGA Cooperative Extension Service. 404-613-7670,

SuperSlow Zone is thrilled to have been selected for “Best of Family Life.” We are grateful to our clients and neighbors who voted for us. We bring to North Fulton a new approach to building strength and staying in shape. Our exercise program offers safe, efficient slow-motion resistance training that targets every muscle fiber. Each exercise requires a slow, fluid weight-lifting movement of 10 seconds up and 10 seconds down. The goal of the slow-motion repetition is to reach total muscle fatigue in 1½ to 3 minutes per exercise, or 20 minutes for the total workout. After a workout, your body needs 72 hours rest to rebuild and increase lean muscle. We use Nautilus One medical-grade, state-of-the-art equipment. The equipment is designed to facilitate our slow-motion protocol. This method properly and safely builds muscle and increases the resting metabolism, allowing the body to burn more calories even while at rest. It is beneficial for clients age 14 to 99, for those with minor to major medical challenges, for post-rehabilitation, for weight loss, for bodybuilding, for exercise enthusiasts, and for the general exerciser.

Our certified and accredited instructors work with each client to develop and customize an exercise program to fit individual needs and fitness levels. We create an atmosphere where clients can concentrate, receive one-onone instruction, and not feel intimidated. The temperature, set at 68 degrees in the training area, helps keep clients comfortable during the workout, so they don’t have to be inconvenienced with showering and bringing a change of clothes. We understand that it’s hard to make time to work out, so we make it easy. SuperSlow Zone provides an effective workout in just 20 minutes, so you can get in, get out, and get on with your busy life.



The power of the written word combined with the artistry of calligraphy has always fascinated Eileen Sirica Cardillo. “In a world filled with negative messages, scripture, quotes, or inspirational sayings can lift our spirits and encourage and motivate us,” she says. Cardillo grew up in Washington, D.C.’s political circle and attended a Catholic girls’ school. She studied graphic design at the American University, but when computer-generated images took over the market, her knowledge was considered antiquated. She turned to painting children’s murals and used her interest in typography and calligraphy to design custom invitations. In 2012, Cardillo merged her artistic talents. “After a challenging personal year, I woke up one day with the phrase, ‘Joy to the Word,’ stuck in my mind,” Cardillo explains. She bought canvases and paint and got to work. “It was a true gift from God, a blessing that not only turned my life around at age 50 but also has enabled me to impact others.” From a simple inspirational word to a Bible quote, Cardillo decorates canvases in up to 12 layers to create unique inscriptions for various occasions. “The fact that my art is touching a person’s life is a privilege and a blessing.” Her “Whimsy Collection for a Cure” supports CURE Childhood Cancer for continued awareness and research in eradicating childhood cancer, about which Cardillo is particularly passionate. Inspired by the impact of her calligraphic art, she founded Caring Canvases in 2013 with the goal of “painting it forward.” 34

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Through her ministry, Cardillo organizes painting parties where the inscribed pieces are donated to a cause. Recipients include nonprofits, assisted living facilities, ministries, schools and charities. “Now I can involve more people, and more people can benefit from our canvas messages. In the year since inception, we have donated 500 canvases — yet it’s not the quantity that counts, but the number of hearts we have touched,” she says. “And while I cannot cure diseases, I am very grateful that my work may bring some measure of comfort or joy to an individual in need. “ Caring Canvases’ first anniversary celebration was dedicated to honoring Cardillo’s father. “My father was a man of great faith, character and integrity. Having come from humble means, through education and hard work he rose above poverty and became a federal judge,” Cardillo explains. ”In this spirit we donated our canvases to Cristo Rey Atlanta Jesuit High School, which provides an excellent education for students of limited means in hopes to encourage those teenagers to pursue their dreams.” In addition to her late father, Eileen Sirica Cardillo cites a late friend as an ongoing inspiration for her endeavors. “Even in her last days my dear friend showed grace and strength, always caring about others first. One of my most popular canvases is paying a quiet, ongoing tribute to her with her favorite quote: ‘You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have.’”

Say Good Night to the Pajama Walk

Ever heard of the “pajama walk?” No, I’m not talking about a fundraiser in which the citizens of a given area march down the street in their nighttime wears. I’m more By Michael Buckner referring to the scene every night at bedtime when it’s time to shut the house down for the night as well. While I do not want to discriminate, it seems to be a common American thread where the dad of the house is always the one responsible for turning down the thermostat, turning off the lights, TV, stereo, etc. Of course, if we keep going with this stereotype, moms are usually the security-minded ones, and they tend to be more concerned with closing the garage doors, locking the deadbolts, arming the security system, and things of this sort. Whether this stereotype fits or not, I’ll bet that if you’ve got a big family and big house, you and your spouse do this every night before retiring to the master quarters. You may have

even bought a fancy new thermostat or deadbolt that you can control from your smartphone in the name of automating this activity. But, getting out your phone and opening the app just to turn down the thermostat doesn‘t really save you any time, right? Let me offer a better way. With true automation, you can have a small keypad on your nightstand that says, “Good Night” and “Good Morning.” With a properly installed system, the “Good Night” button turns off every TV in the house, along with all the music and lights; turns down the thermostat; locks the deadbolt; closes the garage door; and arms the security system. The “Good Morning” button can be programmed to do the opposite and turn everything on, up, etc. You see, with the new smart home, it’s not just about buying a new gadget that comes with a fancy app to control it. Having a smart home means having a single button press that cuts a 5- to 10-minute nighttime activity into a 2-second button tap. What you do with that extra time every night is up to you!

Michael Buckner is owner of Audio Intersection, a provider of audio and video in Georgia. 770-479-1000,



Viking Announces

Two New Ocean Vessels By Michael Consoli

LIFESTYLE Viking Ocean Cruises will launch two new ocean ships — Viking Sea and Viking Sky — in 2016, as sister ships to the 930-passenger Viking Star, which is scheduled to set sail in April. Viking Sea and Viking Sky both will sail in Scandinavia and the Baltic, as well as the Western and Eastern Mediterranean. “The introduction of Viking Star will represent a distinct change in ocean cruising, an alternative to the mega-liners dominating the world’s ports,” said Torstein Hagen, chairman of Viking Cruises. “It is our view that in the race to build enormous ships, some cruise lines have lost sight of the destinations to which they sail. Based on the incredible response we have received, it is clear that our guests want a new experience to truly explore their destinations.” Viking Ocean Cruises were developed with experienced travelers in mind. Itineraries are curated for maximum time in port, often with late evenings or overnights so guests can experience local nightlife or evening performances. Ports include both cosmopolitan cities and “collector ports,” and appeal to those with an interest in history, art and culture. Highlights of the new Viking Sea and Viking Sky will include:


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• All Veranda Staterooms: Guests can choose from five stateroom categories, starting from a 270-square-foot veranda stateroom; all will feature private verandas, a king-size bed, a large shower, and LCD TV. • Explorer Suites: Each ship will feature 14 Explorer Suites, which are two-room suites ranging from 757 to 1,163 square feet and offering sweeping views from wrap-around private verandas, as well as the most amenities and privileges of any category on board. • Two Pool Choices: In addition to the main pool with a retractable dome permitting any-season swimming, each ship will feature a glass-backed infinity pool, cantilevered off the stern, allowing passengers to swim surrounded by their destination. • The Spa: In keeping with Viking’s Nordic heritage, The Spa on board each ship will be designed with the holistic wellness philosophy of Scandinavia in mind — from the centuries-old tradition of the sauna to a “snow grotto,” where snowflakes gently descend from the ceiling through chilled air. • Explorers’ Lounge and Wintergarden: The two-deck Explorers’ Lounge at the bow of each ship is the perfect spot for taking in scenery through double-height windows over a glass of aquavit or pint of local craft beer; and the Wintergarden will offer a serene environment for relaxing and enjoying afternoon tea service complete with a curated tea selection. • Dining Choices: Each ship will offer multiple restaurant locations and food choices —from The Restaurant and the World Café, serving a variety of global cuisines and regional specialties; to intimate dining experiences at The Chef’s Table, Italian Grill and The Kitchen Table, all serving meals prepared with fresh, local ingredients. With multiple choices for outdoor seating during meals, Viking’s ocean ships will offer more al fresco dining than any other ships. • Enriching Entertainment: Connecting passengers to their destinations through authentic experiences is central to Viking Cruises, and on-board venues include a dramatic three-deck atrium where passengers can enjoy musicians playing regional and classical music; the Theater, home of enrichment lectures from scholars and experts; an on-board cooking school where guests can learn local specialties; and the Viking Piano Lounge, where guests can relax, mingle, and exchange stories after a day of exploring. L

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By Vishant Nath, D.M.D. Guiding your child to develop good dental hygiene habits can go a long way toward preventing tooth decay. Brushing each morning and evening before bedtime, daily flossing, and twice yearly dental visits help to keep teeth healthy and strong. Visiting the dentist every six months for professional cleanings and exams is also very important, as this is an opportunity for your child’s dentist to point out any areas that may be developing decay. When this happens, there are a variety of treatment options, often depending on the severity of the decay. Sometimes the decay of the tooth is too far along to be repaired with a simple filling. If this is the case, your child’s dentist may plan for a crown procedure. A crown is a tooth-shaped cap that can be placed on top of the tooth, once the decayed portion of the tooth is removed. The purpose of the crown is to restore the tooth’s shape, size, strength and appearance. Crowns can be made of a variety of materials, including stainless steel, porcelain, ceramic, or a combination of these substances. The stainless steel crowns are most commonly used since they require the least amount of tooth removal before placement. The white (Zirconia) crowns designed for baby teeth require much more removal of tooth structure for a precise fit or occlusion. The pediatric dentist will have the best recommendation for your child’s dental treatment needs. Sometimes, tooth decay is so severe that it leads to an infection of the tooth. When this occurs, a baby root canal (pulpotomy) may be recommended. In this procedure, the infected pulp of the tooth is removed to stop the infection and promote healing. All of these procedures can help to repair the tooth. However, it is important to remember that once tooth decay occurs, the overall strength of the tooth has been compromised. Whether your child receives a filling, crown, or root canal (pulpotomy), special attention must be paid to the restored tooth in order to preserve the integrity of the treatment. Talk to your pediatric dentist about how to best care for the affected tooth so that the treatment can last.

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Resolutions on My Time By Laure Biel

Why is it that we feel we can’t commit to making drastic improvements to ourselves and alter our bad habits effectively unless it’s a Monday or the first of the month, or better yet, New Year’s Day? There’s something about a fresh start that makes our goals seem more legitimate and doable. Personally, I always wait until Monday to start my diet, so there’s no harm in eating cake for breakfast on Sunday morning. As for my new budget, I simply can’t start saving money until the first of next month, so I’ll just buy the new jeans anyway and go to Starbucks every morning until then. After all, I’ll have a better success rate with a “fresh start” mentality, right? As I’ve pondered this new year, I couldn’t help but wonder why self-improvement seemed less available for most of the past year. Is it true that I could only make major improvements to myself when the calendar was lined up just right, or was I cheating myself out of many more opportunities for selfimprovement? Also, did I have too high of an expectation for my success rate? If I failed at my resolution, would I be forced to give up until another “fresh start” rolled around? What a waste of time! Instead, I’ve decided to try something new. Rather than feel I can only start implementing a new, good habit on a Monday, the first of the month or New Year’s Day, I’ve decided to empower myself with the belief that each moment of every day is a fresh start. If I slip up, which inevitably I will, I’ll move forward and try to not fail again. This year, I challenge all of you to not allow the calendar to determine when you can start building on your personal goals. Whether it’s a Tuesday, the middle of the month or the middle of the night, if in that moment you decide to lose five pounds, be a better parent, start knitting or implement a new budget, go for it! After all, every moment of every year is your life. Your fresh start happens the moment you decide you want it. Happy New Year, everyone!

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