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January 2018




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SuperSlow Zone


Follow the Road to a Healthier You


Essential Oils


2018 Best of Life Winners



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.......................... Perspective


............................. Calendar


................... Senator Speaks


.................... Community Life


........................ Book Review


.................... Mayor’s Minute


......................... Taste of Life


............... Community Partner


......................... Artist Profile


................... Ribbon Cuttings





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Publisher’s Perspective

PUBLISHER/PHOTOGRAPHER Jack Tuszynski EDITORIAL Julie Senger ART Candice Williams Laurie Litke SALES Janet Ponichtera

We all have been blessed with the tools we need to get through this journey: Faith, Hope, and Love. No one ever said life was going to be easy, and honestly, we would probably just get bored with it. Let’s look forward to the challenges and lessons in the year ahead, commit to do our best, and regardless of the outcome, let’s embrace the feeling of accomplishment that comes along with giving it all we’ve got. This past year was full of challenges, changes, and excitement for the Family Life Publications staff, and our three magazines have continued to grow within the communities we serve. It’s 2018, folks — and we got this.

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770-213-7095 Family Life publications have the largest monthly circulation of direct-mailed community magazines in our area. North Fulton Family Life is a monthly community magazine with a total print count of over 26,000, direct mailing over 24,000 copies to Roswell, Alpharetta and Milton. The viewpoints of the advertisers, columnists and submissions are not necessarily those of the editor/publisher, and the publisher makes no claims as to the validity of any charitable organizations mentioned. North Fulton Family Life magazine is not responsible for errors or omissions. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means without written permission from the publisher.


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Sometimes, when it seems like we have so many things on our plate, we may find ourselves wondering if we can possibly handle anything else. We will make mistakes. We will fail and falter. That is when we must reach into our bag of tricks, pull out our faith card, and make things happen. It is exercise that makes our bodies healthier and more fit. In that same

fashion, our faith also gets stronger when we exercise it and lift our problems up.



ell, I hope everyone is finished with their to-do lists from 2017 because like it or not, the new year is upon us. With challenges and changes of her own, the upcoming year promises to keep us on our toes and ready for action. Best to not be too concerned or anxious about it, the only thing we can do is be prepared. So, get ready now; get pumped up — here it comes.



CONTRIBUTING WRITERS State Senator John Albers, Jackie Archer, Kim Chastain, Michael Consoli, Jyl Craven, Kristi Estes, Lisa Ethridge, Micah Fowler, Hillary Gallagher, Annell Gerson, Kevin Head, Jessica Helms, Amanda Kossick, Jaime Kutter, Joe Lockwood, Laura Mikszan, Chris Miller, Tina Morris, Vishant Nath, Christy Noll, Philip K. Robb, Debra Robinson, Marsha Saum, Arlene Stearns, Mark Tolbert, Carisa Turner

Jack Tuszynski, Publisher


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Calendar JANUARY Ongoing Enchanted Woodland Trail - Featuring Fairy Houses and Gnome Homes — Through the end of February, see how the fairies and gnomes have been busy building all new fairy houses and gnome homes for the Kingfisher Pond Trail. More than a dozen whimsical works line the trails. Slow down, as you search for the houses made from tiny natural objects. Monday-Saturday 10:00am-5:00pm, Chattahoochee Nature Center, 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell. 770-992-2055.

Take-a-Peek Tuesdays at Autry Mill Nature Preserve and Heritage — Each Tuesday, take a quick peek at building collections, and hear about preservation and research efforts. Heritage staff and docents are on site. This is a FREE family member benefit, with a $2 donation for non-members. All ages are welcome; children must be accompanied by a parent. 12:00pm, Autrey Mill Nature Preserve and Heritage Center, 9770 Autrey Mill Road, Johns Creek. 678-3663511.

High Museum of Art Fulton County Free Saturdays — Walk-up admission is FREE for Fulton County residents on the first Saturday of each month until 1:00pm. Tickets are subject to availability. Acceptable I.D. includes valid driver’s license, utility bill or student I.D. from a Fulton County school. 9:00am, High Museum of Art, 1280 Peachtree Street, NE, Atlanta. 404-733-4550.



“Bring One for the Chipper” Christmas Tree Recycling — The Alpharetta Natural Resources Commission, City of Alpharetta, Keep Georgia Beautiful and partners invite you to recycle your old Christmas tree after the holidays. 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 citizens. 9:00am-3:00pm, Home Depot, 5300 Windward Parkway, Alpharetta. 678-2976200. Alpharetta.


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RUMC Job Networking — This will begin at 12:30pm with workshops, and 5:00pm with orientation followed by dinner. Then, at 7:00pm will be additional activities, and a keynote speaker or mini job fair at 8:00pm. 12:30-9:00pm, Roswell United Methodist Church, 814 Mimosa Boulevard, Roswell. 770-9936218.


Tenderly – The Rosemary Clooney Musical — One golden hit after another is woven through Clooney’s compelling life story: “Come On-a My House,” “It’s Only a Paper Moon,” “Count Your Blessings,”

The Sons of Norway Norskevenner Lodge Meeting — Every third Saturday of the month, various lecturers speak at meetings on different aspects of Viking culture. They also have a book club that reads different areas of Norwegian history, literature and popular fiction. 5:00-7:00pm, Barrington Hall, 535 Barrington Drive, Roswell. 404-953-2525. “Hey There,” “Mambo Italiano,” and so many more! Wednesday 7:30pm; Thursday & Friday 8:00pm; Saturday 11:00am, 4:00pm & 8:00pm; Sunday 2:30pm, Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest Street, Roswell. 770-641-1260.


The Giver — Jonas’ world is perfect. Everything is under control and safe. There is no war or fear or pain. There are also no choices. Every person is assigned a role in the community. But when Jonas turns twelve, he is chosen for special training from The Giver — to receive and keep the memories of the community.

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All shows 11:00am except 1/23 is at 7:00pm, Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest Street, Roswell. 770-641-1260.


Roswell Wedding Showcase — Plan your wedding at this boutique wedding showcase, and see the latest in bridal gowns, caterers, invitations, hotels, florists, photographers, music, decorators, reception centers, spa retreats, beauty specialists, and much more. Admission is FREE! 2:00-4:30pm, DoubleTree Roswell, 1075 Holcomb Bridge Road, Roswell. 770-640-3253.


Board Vice President Linda McCain’s (District 5) Monthly Community Meeting — Each board member holds monthly community meetings to keep residents informed about issues and to give citizens the opportunity to comment on board agenda items. 9:30am, Taylor Road Middle School, 5150 Taylor Road, Johns Creek. 770-740-7090.


Michael O’Neal Singers Present A German Requiem by Johannes Brahms — Enjoy this compelling choral experience, which is innovative, multicultural and multigenerational. 3:00pm, Roswell United Methodist Church, 814 Mimosa Boulevard. 770-5947974.


Vinings Gallery Presents Alexei Butirskiy — Butirskiy’s paintings are typically without action of conviviality, and most are uncannily still, with only light, space, shadows, and color offering dialog. The power of the relationship between light and dark are intensely profound. Monday - Thursday 11:00am-7:00pm; Friday & Saturday 11am8:00pm; Sunday 12:00-5:00pm; Vinings Gallery, 938 Canton Street, Roswell. 770545-8887.


45th Annual Chairman’s Gala — This is a black-tieoptional awards ceremony, which consists of cocktails, dinner and live music. Proceeds from this event serve as the catalyst for economic development, business growth and quality of life in north Fulton. 6:00pm, The Hotel at Avalon, 9000 Avalon Boulevard, Alpharetta. 678397-0556.


Roswell Restaurant Week — Roswell Restaurant Week is a culinary celebration of Roswell’s finest restaurants. Participating restaurants will have special menu items and pricing throughout the week. Visit the website for more information and a list of participating restaurants. Roswell. 678-823-4004 x 1007.

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January 6, 10:00am-4:00pm, Alpharetta Support the library and library programs by shopping at this sale. All adults are welcome. No registration is necessary.

January 11, 6:00pm, Ocee Learn how to make a professional resume, and find career development resources online. Adults and students of all experience levels are welcome. This is for ages 17+.



January 6, 2:00pm, Milton Did the total solar eclipse hook you? Be a part of this monthly Astronomy Club. Meetings are the first Saturday of each month.

January 16, 2:00pm, Ocee This trailblazing audio book club doesn’t just read, it listens! Attend for thoughtful discussion about books that inspire, inform, and connect us to each other. This is for ages 18+.




January 18, 22, 25 & 29, 11:00am, East Roswell Learn the fundamental poses of yoga. Bring a mat or towel, and wear comfortable clothing. Space is limited.

January 25, 6:00pm, Ocee Learn how to use AFPLS genealogical resources online. Adults and students of all experience levels are welcome. This is for ages 17+.

January 21, 2:30pm, Northeast/Spruill Oaks Facilitated by Toastmasters International, this program will teach teens the basics of public speaking. This is for ages 12-18. Registration is required.

January 25, 5:30pm, Alpharetta Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. The films will be shown in the library’s auditorium. All are welcome.


January 6, 10:15am, Northeast/Spruill Oaks Hear published poets give a workshop. There will also be an open mic for reading; bring ten copies of your favorite poem to share for a gentle critique. DIET AND ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE PREVENTION WITH NATUROPATH DR. DANIELA SOZANSKI


January 26-28, Friday 1:00-4:00pm, Saturday 10:00am-4:00pm, Sunday 2:00-4:00pm, Northeast/Spruill Oaks Shop for children, teen, and adult books and media at great prices!

January 8, 6:30pm, Alpharetta Don’t miss this interactive session where you will learn about the role of diet in Alzheimer’s Disease prevention, in easy health tips for you and your family. Registration suggested by emailing Michael. All adults are welcome.


January 27, 9:30am, Milton Want to help your community? Attend an orientation session about volunteering at the Milton Library. A volunteer application is required, which can be picked up at the library or found at This is for ages 13+.


January 10, 5:00pm, East Roswell Bring friends and family to watch the movie, Selma, starring David Oyelowo and directed by Ava DuVernay. Reservations are required. This is for ages 6+. AFTERNOON ART CLASS FOR KIDS

January 10, 4:00pm, Roswell My Clayground will help your child create some crafts and art, including glass-fused owls. Registration is appreciated. This is for ages 5+.



January 20, 2:00pm, Milton Does the winter weather have you stuck inside? Sneak out for an afternoon of strategic board game play, and be declared the Game Day Champion! This is for ages 10+.

January 29, 6:00pm, East Roswell This will be an exciting, hands-on overview of the library’s electronic resources including movies, magazines, music and more. Please bring your phones, tablets, iPads, notebooks or any other device you use to access the internet, and learn how to use the latest electronic resources that the library has to offer. Reservations are required.


January 10, 4:00pm, Roswell Make a difference volunteering at the Roswell Public Library. There are a number of rewarding opportunities for volunteers, including supporting programs and keeping library collections in order. Pick up an application any time.


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January 20 & 27, 2:00-4:00pm, Ocee Tutors will provide math instruction. Bring an assignment or a math topic that you are struggling with. This is on a first-come-first-served basis.

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Let’s Get Things Straight — Clear Aligners May Be an Option for You By Vishant Nath, D.M.D. [HealthyLife] Most people are familiar with the use of clear aligners to straighten teeth instead of braces. Invisalign® and ClearCorrect® are well known providers of the technology. Over the years, the number of orthodontic patients whose cases can be treated using the technology has continued to grow. Prior to 2000, if a patient required orthodontic treatment, metal brackets were the only option. Metal brackets work perfectly fine to straighten teeth. However, the brackets require a few lifestyle adjustments. Since they are made of metal, they are inherently uncomfortable in your mouth. Most orthodontic patients develop a tolerance to the discomfort during

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treatment, but there is always a chance of a bracket or wire poking into the mouth tissue. Since the metal brackets are glued on to the teeth and attached to wires, this type of orthodontic treatment is not removable. Imagine how difficult it can be to remove food particles from the brackets and wires. Because of this, it is imperative to improve and maintain oral hygiene while wearing metal braces. Lastly, most patients do not like the overall change to their appearance while wearing metal braces. This is especially true for teen and adult orthodontic patients. The use of clear aligners eliminates all of these disadvantages. The aligners are much

more comfortable than metal braces; they are removable, which means the patient can continue with their normal oral hygiene; and they are invisible, so they do not change the patient’s overall appearance. Initially, clear aligners were only recommended for simple orthodontic cases. For more complex cases, brackets were still the only option. However, the clear aligner industry has made further developments over time, allowing for the use of clear aligners in a wide range of orthodontic cases. As with traditional metal braces, many insurances contribute towards the cost of clear aligners. Isn’t it great to have options in life? Ask your dentist if clear aligners might be an option for you or someone in your family.

Dr. Vishant Nath is the owner of Canton/Alpharetta/Roswell Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics. 678-352-1090.



Escape the Winter Blues By Christy Noll

[HomeLife] The holidays are over; the kids are back in school; it’s chilly; and it gets dark early. For many of us, these are reasons to hunker down, stay inside, and wait for spring! There are ways to escape the winter blues, and if we plan ahead for ways to keep extra busy, we can stay active and keep the winter doldrums at bay.


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Suggestions for Escaping the Winter Blues

neighborhood clubhouse, or walk the streets in your community.

Plan projects around the house:

Volunteer: There are many local,

Have you needed to paint rooms, clean, or organize closets? Plan your projects, and execute! Search the internet for ideas to spruce up your rooms.

Hire a handyman/woman: A handyman/woman can accomplish those difficult to-do list items that you can’t complete on your own, and your spouse is too busy to tackle.

Plan outings with the kids: For warmer weekend days, plan a family hike or bike ride. Being outside and breathing the fresh air is rejuvenating!

Cook: Are there recipes that you’ve wanted to try, but you simply haven’t had the time due to the holidays and the kids being out of school? Now you do! Work out: Exercise is stimulating! Get out of the house, and go to a gym,

charitable organizations that would welcome your time! Help sort food at North Fulton Community Charities, sort clothes at Foster Support Foundation, deliver meals through Meals on Wheels, and more.

Plan your summer vacation: What better way to keep your mind off how cold it is outside than to plan a visit to a warm and sunny destination with your loved ones? There is no reason to dread the winter season with all the fun things you now have planned!

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

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Fried Chicken • 4 oz. chicken cutlet • ½ cup seasoned flour • ¼ cup buttermilk - - -

Preheat a deep fryer to 350 degrees. Coat the chicken in buttermilk, and dredge it in seasoned flour. Fry the chicken for 4-5 minutes.

Sweet Potato Waffles • • • • • • • • • • •

1 cup all-purpose flour 1 cup rice flour ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 tablespoon baking powder ½ teaspoon kosher salt 6 egg whites 1 cup whole milk ¼ cup brown sugar, packed ¼ cup butter, melted 1 cup sweet potato puree Vegetable oil spray

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In a large mixing bowl, sift in all the dry ingredients. Next, add the sweet potato puree, milk, and melted butter. In a separate bowl, use a mixer to whip the egg whites to a stiff peak. Gradually fold the egg whites, a third at a time, into the waffle mix. Heat a Belgian waffle iron to its highest setting. When hot, spray the metal grates with vegetable oil spray, and scoop ½ cup of waffle mix into each section. Close the lid, and cook until golden brown (4-5 minutes).

Cracked Mustard Maple Syrup • 1 cup maple syrup • ¼ cup whole-grain mustard • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard

Bourbon-Peach Jam • • • • • •

5 lbs. peaches 3 cups sugar ¼ cup lemon juice 1 vanilla bean, halved and scraped 4 oz. bourbon 1 cinnamon stick

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In a heavy-bottomed pot, combine all the ingredients, and bring the mix to a boil. Reduce the heat, and let it simmer for approximately 30 minutes. Remove the vanilla bean and the cinnamon stick. Puree the mix with an immersion blender until smooth. Serve on top of the chicken with the waffles and syrup.

- In a bowl, mix all ingredients together, and heat in the microwave until warm.



Senator Speaks The 2018 legislative session and 155th General Assembly will convene on January 8. During the upcoming session, my colleagues and I plan to address several key topics. Along with new legislation, we will review reports from the study committees that have been meeting during the interim. I sponsored Senate Resolution (SR) 222, creating the Senate Special Tax Exemption Study Committee, which is comprised of six Senate members who have been working with the Department of Revenue, Senate Research, Pew Charitable Trust and others to examine the costs and benefits of all state tax exemptions. The goal of the committee is to ensure that each exemption has the potential for a Return on Investment (ROI). We worked hard to address any outdated exemptions that may hurt businesses while ensuring that exemptions that benefit Georgia’s economy and businesses, big and small, are properly utilized and promoted. Along with reviewing our current state tax exemptions, eliminating the state income tax, or revising what is currently in state law, has been a big topic during the interim. Changing the state tax code and any alterations to the state

income tax proposals will have to be addressed carefully and properly because this is a complex issue that will take time, compromise, and cooperation from everyone. We must work with our federal counterparts to ensure that any changes, on either level, do not have a detrimental effect on our citizens, small and large businesses, or economic growth.

on legislation that will bring jobs and companies to Georgia. We will work hard to keep our AAA bond rating while addressing regulations on small and big businesses by alleviating burdens and red tape. Working alongside the governor, we’ll continue to look at ways to improve failing schools and what can be done to improve the Teacher Retirement System.

During the 2017 legislative session, we passed several pieces of legislation addressing a variety of health issues like opioid abuse and overdoses in Georgia. Although we made progress last year, addressing this epidemic remains a top priority. We’ve lost too many citizens to this epidemic, and we must do all we can to help those battling this disease. This is not a political or partisan issue – it is a life issue that affects everyone.

Starting later in the 2018 legislative session, the Georgia Senate will livestream standing committee meetings as well as press conferences held in the Senate Press Conference Room. Currently, citizens can watch a livestream of the Senate Chamber while the Senate is in session, and we are proud to offer the same opportunity for our committee meetings. This increases transparency and allows citizens who may not have time to travel to the Capitol the opportunity to watch meetings and be a part of the process. L

Along with these topics, we’ll be working

Senator John Albers represents the 56th Senate District, which includes portions of North Fulton County. 404463-8055., John.

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Community NFCC Receives Generous Donation Sheffield Office Products and Hewlett Packard (HP) recently made a donation to the Food Bank of North Fulton Community Charities (NFCC). Sheffield Office Products and HP’s recent promotion gave their customers the opportunity to give back to the local community through their purchases together. Together, Claire Sheffield and Lisa Brooks presented a check to Stephani Tucker, director of development for North Fulton Community Charities.

Windward Association of Retired Men Annual Founder’s Award The Windward Association of Retired Men (WARM) recently presented its 17th annual Founder’s Award to Bob Meyers for his record of exceptional service to the organization and the community. Meyers said, “WARM is a remarkable group of men who add so much to their neighborhoods, to Alpharetta, Milton, and Fulton County – and they have a great time in the process. WARM has enriched my life enormously. Most retirees want to contribute and be involved. WARM is the perfect vehicle for that.” WARM is a voluntary association of men who are retired, or nearing retirement. The group organizes a wide range of activities for interested members throughout the year. There are no dues and no officers, but the organization accomplishes a great deal for its members and the community.

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Ian’s Friends Foundation 10th Annual Evening of Inspiration Recently, doctors, researchers, and supporters from around the nation gathered to celebrate ten years with one mission: to fund pediatric brain tumor research. This event raised approximately $1.4 million to support innovative pediatric brain tumor research projects. Since 2006, nonprofit Ian’s Friends Foundation has funded seventeen ground-breaking research projects at ten worldrenowned U.S. institutions. To learn more about Ian’s Friends Foundation, please visit

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Bob Meyers receives the annual Founder’s Award for his many years of service to Windward Association of Retired Men (WARM) and to the community. Shown with Meyers, third from left, are previous Founder’s Award recipients Tom Trace, Paul Barrow, and Bob O’Hagan.




Sen. John Albers Introduces Legislation to Address Property Tax Assessments Sen. John Albers recently pre-filed six pieces of legislation addressing property tax assessments in Fulton County. “It is my absolute intention to pass this legislation during the next legislation session,” said Sen. Albers. “Work was done in advance to ensure everyone is on the same page, and that each piece of legislation moves efficiently through the legislative process. We must do all we can to protect our citizens and make sure they are not dealt the same card twice like the tax fiasco they experienced early last year. It is imperative that we pass this legislation, give the citizens an opportunity to vote, and show those who elect us that we can fix what is broken by providing solutions quickly and efficiently.” Each piece of legislation would change property tax assessments

for the cities of Alpharetta, Johns Creek, Milton, Mountain Park, and Roswell as well as the Fulton County School District. The legislation would limit the tax increase residents see each year by creating a three percent cap on property tax assessment increases. This proposed legislation also addresses property tax exemptions and includes referendum language, which would leave the implementation of the laws to a vote by the citizens of each respective city and the Fulton County School District. Last year, the Senate State and Local Government Operations Committee, chaired by Sen. Albers, held a meeting to address the 2017 property tax assessment issue. After the meeting, the Fulton County Commission issued a reversal for the 2017 property tax assessments. Copies of the legislation can be found at Legislation/en-US/Prefiles.aspx?Chamber=1.

Congratulations to our December “7 Differences” winner, Shahin Nikoui! 14

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Johns Creek City Councilmember Cori Davenport Donates Entire Salary to Charity At her request, the Johns Creek City Council voted unanimously to reallocate fellow Councilmember Cori Davenport’s entire four-year City salary to the Johns Creek Public Safety Foundation. As a result, the Johns Creek Public Safety Foundation, which is a non-profit organization that supports Johns Creek police officers and firefighters in their time of need, will receive $60,000. This also marks the largest single donation the organization has received in its nine-year history. “This is one of the most important and heartwarming charitable acts I have ever witnessed or had the privilege to be a part of,” said Mayor Pro Tem Steve Broadbent and Chairman of the Johns Creek Public Safety Foundation. “Cori is one of the most giving persons you will ever meet, and her generosity will go a long way in helping our first responders when they face personal emergencies and are in need of assistance.”

intent of donating it to the Johns Creek Public Safety Foundation at the outset. However, there was not a precedent for such an act, and a variety of other factors combined to delay the reallocation of her salary. Johns Creek City Council positions are part-time and earn an annual salary of $15,000. Davenport, who decided to not run for a second term, continued to work with the City staff to find a way to reallocate her salary. With all legal, financial, and administration requirements fully met, the City Council voted to move forward with Davenport’s request, which she participated in with the final vote of her four-year term on the Johns Creek City Council. For more information about the Johns Creek Public Safety Foundation, please visit JohnsCreekPublicSafetyFoundation. org/.

Davenport was elected to the Johns Creek City Council in 2013, and she declined to accept any salary with the

Roswell’s Rec & Parks Department Named Best in State The City of Roswell’s Recreation, Parks, Historic, and Cultural Affairs Department was recently named Best Recreation and Parks Department in the state by the Georgia Recreation and Parks Association (GRPA). Roswell received the 2017 Agency of the Year Award for the 80,001–150,000 population category. Roswell’s Strokes Camp, a popular summer camp program, was also recognized as the 2017 Outstanding Program of the Year. The focus of Strokes Camp allows children ages 5 to 8 learn groundstrokes in tennis, brushstrokes in art, and swim strokes in swimming. This state honor comes just one month after the National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA) recognized Roswell’s Recreation, Parks, Historic & Cultural Affairs Department as best in the nation. The GRPA Agency of the Year Award acknowledges agencies for excellence and leadership in providing quality recreation parks, programs, and services to their citizens. Roswell has won the GRPA Agency of the Year nine times. To learn more about the City of Roswell’s Recreation and Parks Department, visit Serving Roswell, Alpharetta & Milton



Community Roswell Once Again Named a Bicycle Friendly Community The City of Roswell has once again been recognized by the League of American Bicyclists with a bronze-level Bicycle Friendly Community (BFC) award. With the announcement, the City of Roswell maintains its place as a leader in bicycleoriented activities and infrastructure. “We applaud these communities for making bicycling a safe and convenient option for transportation and recreation,” said Bill Nesper, executive director at the League of American Bicyclists. “We are encouraged by the growing number of leaders who see bicycling as a way to build more vibrant, healthy, sustainable, and connected communities.”

The City of Roswell was the first municipality in Georgia to earn this distinction in 2006, and the City has successfully continued its status for eleven consecutive years. “The BFC award is a testament to Roswell’s commitment to improving conditions for bicycling through investment in bicycling promotion, education programs, infrastructure projects, and special events,” said Steve Acenbrak, director of the Roswell Transportation Department. With the help of the local advocacy organization Bike Roswell, the City was able to highlight Roswell’s many bike friendly programs and initiatives as part of the award application process. These highlights include construction of new bike lanes, a new bike share program, bicycle-oriented special events, and Roswell’s annual cycling festival. To learn more about cycling in Roswell, visit

MARTA Expands Bus Service in Roswell The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) recently began a new bus route (Route 142) in Roswell. Bus service was added to the Holcomb Bridge Road corridor east of Georgia 400. Route 142 starts at the Mansell Road Park & Ride Lot and travels south on Georgia 400 to Holcomb Bridge Road. The route then travels east on Holcomb Bridge Road to Spalding Drive and River Exchange Drive in Sandy Springs before returning to the Mansell Park & Ride lot. There, passengers can transfer to other bus routes that serve north Fulton County or to the North Springs Station for rail service. “This is one of the more heavily traveled areas of north Fulton County,” said MARTA Assistant General Manger Ben Limmer. “An additional bus route will provide a transportation option and reduce the number of cars on the road in an already congested area.” The new route runs on weekdays only (Monday–Friday) from 5:30am-7:30pm. Service is every thirty minutes during the morning and evening peak times and every forty minutes during midday. MARTA is installing new bus stop signs along the route to direct riders. Visit for a bus timetable of the new route.


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When Togetherness Gives You a Headache By Kim Chastain [HealthyLife] Sick of your weekly headache? It may be time to fix your adhesion instead of your computer screen, kids, family, or job. There is a huge difference between a machine’s performance when the gears have been greased versus when the gears are thick and sticky. The same is true for your muscles and joints. They are not supposed to be thick and

sticky anywhere in your body. Muscles and joints should glide easily past each other for pain-free movement. But, when joints or muscles don’t glide past each other painlessly when you move, especially in your upper neck region, there is a high likelihood that you have an adhesion that is causing the problem. An adhesion is scar tissue in the body that restricts movement in your joints and muscles by causing them to stick together, cutting off the oxygen supply, causing pain and worsening stiffness over time. One example of this is a headache. If you have headaches and stiffness in your neck or upper back/shoulders, adhesions are likely the cause (migraines are caused by a different issue). Adhesions are not only the most common cause

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of chronic pain, they are also the most undiagnosed and most reversible condition in the human body. Often, the stiffest of necks have an immediate and significant restoration of movement once properly treated. Healthcare practitioners should be more diligent about discussing and educating patients about adhesions. Invasive injections and surgery should be a last resort because they both cause more adhesions. There are painless ways to rid your body of adhesions; deep tissue laser therapy is one method that can be employed by qualified healthcare providers.

Kim Chastain is the founder and CEO of Crabapple Physical Therapy, 12220 Birmingham Highway, Bldg. 10, Ste. C, Milton. 770-686-3700.



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ur clients desire financial education that helps them prioritize goals, make decisions, and feel confident about their future. We assist individuals and families, as they form a risk-protection strategy while preparing for college and saving for future retirement years. We also help clients transition from accumulation to distribution in retirement and discuss the potential tax implications of income sources. Because January is often a time when people set goals for physical fitness, we want to encourage you to set goals for fiscal fitness as well. No matter which

fitness you’re talking about – you must work at it. 5 Steps to Becoming Financially Fit According to the 2017 Planning & Progress Study released in May by Northwestern Mutual, 68% of respondents who worked with advisors reported feeling very financially secure, compared with 36% who did not work with one. Here are five steps you can take towards financial fitness:


1. Set a goal. 2. Plan how. 3. Do something. 4. Track progress. 5. Celebrate milestones.

Overcoming inertia is typically the hardest thing to do. Let’s get started!

Financial Associate Jennifer Yankowsky is a member of the Peachtree Group. Along with two colleagues, her team has more than sixty years of experience. The Peachtree Group has offices in Roswell and Marietta and serves clients throughout Georgia as well as several other states. Thrivent Financial is a membership organization of Christians. We help members be wise with money and live generously. The result is stronger members, families, and communities. Thrivent Financial, its representatives and employees cannot provide legal, accounting, or tax advice or services. Work with your Thrivent Financial representative, and as appropriate, your attorney and/or tax professional, for additional information.

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Gardening Resolutions for 2018 By Lisa Ethridge [HomeLife] In Roman mythology, Janus is the god of beginnings and endings. He has two faces, one looking onwards and the other one backwards. The first month of the year is called January after him. In honor of the new year and in the spirit of self and garden improvement, here is an alphabetical list of gardening resolutions to ponder: A Aerate warm-weather grass

during the growing season.

B Bulbs/irises bloom better when spread

with super-phosphate.

C Compost kitchen/yard waste

or mulch and soil amendment.

D Deadhead summer annuals to

encourage blooms.

E Evergreen specimens add year-round interest.

F Flowers (annual) keep the yard

colorful all summer.

G Garden gloves prevent injury.

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H Hydrangeas - Know what kind you

S Succulents are hardy and interesting

have, so you know when to prune. I Iris — from dwarf to tall — try these easy-to-grow perennials. J Journal about garden do’s/don’ts, seasonal chores, and thoughts on color/ design. K Keep pruners sharp and clean. L Landscape - When organic matter is added, soil and drainage improve. M Mulch retains moisture, reduces winter injury, and controls weeds. N Naturalize - Plant spring bulbs randomly in an area; over the years, they will multiply and create masses of spring color. O Organize - Keep tools and garden supplies in a bucket/basket for easy access. P Prune summer and fall flowering trees/ shrubs in the dormant season (late winter/early spring). Prune spring flowering trees and shrubs soon after flowers fade. Q Questions? Visit Extension.UGA. edu. R Recycle/repurpose pots and garden art.

indoors or out.

T Trim ornamental grasses back after

Valentine’s Day.

U Unique trees with 4-season interest

can be discovered by typing “specimen” tree zone 7 into Google. V Vegetable plants should be started from seed in mid-February. W Water as needed, 1” per week. X Xeriscape - Plan your landscape using drought-tolerant plants, mulch, and efficient irrigation. Y Yodeling has nothing to do with gardening, just checking to see if you’re still reading. Z Zone 7 is our area. Choose plants based on this zone for best results.

Lisa Ethridge is a member of the award-winning Roswell Garden Club and a certified master gardener with North Fulton Master Gardeners, part of the UGA Cooperative Extension Service. 404-613-7670,





ecatur author Bret Witter began his literary career working in a book store and ended up as editorial director for HCI Books before branching out on a new writing venture. In 2006, Witter set out to help others tell their stories and has since coauthored eight New York Times bestsellers. Reflecting on his books, Witter notes,“ books tend to focus on ...the nobility of the ordinary: the joy that comes with working hard for personal goals, even if relatively few ever notice.The heroes of my stories don’t become rich or famous; instead, they find happiness and purpose.” Pure Heart, A Spirited Tale of Grace, Grit, and Whiskey, released in trade paperback last November, is Witter’s most recent collaboration.The book certainly begins as a telling of the ordinary, but as Troy Ball’s life unfolds, readers quickly realize that her love of family, her steadfast tenacity, and her unwavering optimism are extraordinary. Raising three sons, two of whom are severely disabled, consumes every minute of every day. Between frequent doctor and hospital visits, devising unique methods for communication for her sons who cannot speak, developing a diet to help alleviate one son’s seizures, and creating the healthiest environment possible, there is little time for much else. When the family moves from Austin to Asheville,Troy stumbles upon a “local past-time” she innocently pursues with curiosity. With the financial collapse of her husband’s real estate development project, her interest in distilling moonshine changes from curiosity to necessity. Though raised in a severely religious home, and despite consuming a total of maybe twenty glasses of alcohol in her life, Troy needs to head off foreclosure, pay for her sons’ healthcare, and buy groceries, so she launches her own moonshine distilling business. In the process, so much goes wrong, but just enough goes right to keep her going. In the U.S., there are only four women licensed to distill hard liquor; as head of Troy and Sons, Troy Ball is one of them.

Pure Heart, A Spirited Tale of Grace, Grit, and Whiskey is a compelling and inspirational story.

Annell Gerson is co-owner of Bookmiser bookstore, with locations in Roswell and East Cobb. 770-993-1555.


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Common Teeth Ailments that Present in Winter By Amanda Kossick, D.M.D. Between the common [HealthyLife] colds, dry heat from our heaters, cold weather outside, and too many sweets during the holidays, our teeth can take a beating! Many patients are concerned they have a tooth or dental problem because their teeth on the upper left are hurting. If you are having a dull pressure or pain that seems to move along your upper teeth, you are likely suffering from sinus pressure. Your upper teeth, especially your molars, run right along the floor of your sinus cavity. If you have a cold, drainage, or if you are experiencing drastic indoor/outdoor temperature changes, these things could be contributing to the dull pressure you’re feeling. For many people, the holiday season we

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just celebrated equates to extra stress. Extra stress can often cause individuals to clench or grind their teeth. Additional forces to your teeth can sometimes cause one or two teeth to become traumatized. The bone around the tooth is “bruised” and can be very uncomfortable, especially when chewing. It can also make your teeth more sensitive to temperature changes. Give these teeth time and rest, and they will recover relatively quickly. The recent holiday season likely also means consuming more sweets than we normally would. The increase in sugar can make our teeth much more sensitive to temperature changes as well. The cavitycausing bacteria in our mouths eat the sugar particles and then create an acid byproduct that sits on our teeth. If your teeth are not used to the increase in acid, they will respond by being much more

sensitive. So, make sure you are brushing and flossing thoroughly, drinking lots of water to wash the sugar off, and reducing sugar consumption to help your teeth recover.

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



Mayor’s Minute


t’s hard to believe another year has come and gone. It’s even harder to believe that I’m heading into my fourth and final term as Milton’s mayor. I am humbled by the support offered during the recent election, and I’m honored to serve Milton residents for another four years. Together, we’ve accomplished so much in a short period of time. Every chance I get, I tell people that Milton wouldn’t be what it is today without the support of our residents. While we’ve accomplished a lot, there’s still so much more we can do. In my last term, I look forward to growing our tax base by maximizing our economic

development efforts in our Deerfield/ Highway 9 commercial corridor, working with county and state officials to ensure that we have a fair and accurate property tax appraisal and assessment process, fully executing the city’s greenspace strategy, and delivering the next generation of parks and trails to the citizens of Milton. Milton’s capped millage rate requires fiscal discipline and innovative approaches to capital improvements. We have a real opportunity over the next several years to broaden our capital investments — increased sidewalk connectivity, expanded

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Enhancing the Quality of Life for All Residents

trail networks, and enhanced park facilities — through focused economic development efforts in areas that make the most sense for Milton, both literally in where we’re recruiting businesses to physically locate and figuratively by what types of businesses we’re recruiting. Our Deerfield and Crabapple form-based codes help ensure our residents’ vision for Milton while maximizing revenue opportunities through strategic economic development in our two key areas: Deerfield/Highway 9 and the Crabapple area. While the city isn’t directly responsible for county assessments, I believe municipalities like Milton have a voice, and we can impact the future by engaging in the discussion and advocating for good governance. In Milton, our goal is to be proactive rather than reactive, which is why we’ve revised how we’re accounting for Milton’s property tax revenues going forward. However, it can’t stop there because we need to ensure our voice is heard at the highest levels, and that we effect positive change for future assessments. Enhancing the quality of life for all Milton residents is a central theme of everything we do at city hall, and preserving our rural character and expanding our parks and trails are key elements in maintaining our high quality of life. By fully executing our greenspace initiative and strategically planning for parks and recreation, we’re positively impacting quality of life for generations to come. I learned a long time ago that short-term gains mean very little without a long-term vision. We have a community vision, and I look forward to helping fulfill that vision in my last term. L

By Mayor Joe Lockwood Joe Lockwood is the mayor of the city of Milton. 678-242-2484.


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Protecting Your

Youth and Your Health By Philip K. Robb, M.D. People often wonder what [HealthyLife] they can do to preserve their youthful appearance. Here are three tips to prevent the signs of aging while protecting your health: 1. Sunscreen — The sun emits harmful energy in the form of ultraviolet light that damages the skin, causes skin cancers, sun spots, loss of elastin and collagen, which results in wrinkled, damaged, and saggy skin. Use sunscreens that block UVA and UVB light by forming a barrier on

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the skin. This is important, as most commercially sold sunscreens do not work this way. This type of sunscreen is usually only available through physician’s offices. 2. Botox (Neuromodulator) Treatments — These treatments selectively weaken the muscles in the applied area. The benefit of weakening the muscles is the reduction of the repetitive wrinkling, creasing, and wearing down of the skin. Smoother skin receives skin care more uniformly and efficiently as well. These treatments are safe, FDA approved, and last 3-4 months per treatment. 3. Fillers — Facial fillers are substances that are placed just beneath the skin’s surface to add volume, restore skin tone and turgor, and provide a youthful appearance. Most fillers are produced from hyaluronic acid (HA), a naturally occurring sugar in the skin. HA has several advantages:

a. It adds volume by recruiting water 1000x its weight to restore volume and provide a healthy glow. b. It can be dissolved immediately if the outcome is unfavorable. c. Through new injection techniques, bruising is nearly nonexistent, and complications are reduced. This new method does away with using needles to deposit the medication and uses blunt tip cannulas to deliver the product. The primary advantage is that small blood vessels are not injured but are simply pushed aside as the cannula travels through the tissue. The results are less trauma and bruising to the tissue. Dr. Robb is a board-certified head, neck and reconstructive facial plastic surgeon at Robb Facial & Plastic Reconstructive Sugery, 3400 Old Milton Parkway, Building C, Suite 570, Alpharetta. 470-336-1850.



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Who are the SuperSlow Zone team members? Grayson Hunt, the head trainer, is not only SuperSlow Zone certified, he also carries several other certifications including USA Olympic Weightlifting Coach, Certified Corrective Exercise Specialist, and NASM and ACE Certified Personal Training certifications. He has been coaching clients for eleven years. He enjoys working with all clients, but he has a passion for those starting from day one. His training style helps clients “enjoy the journey” towards fitness.


or busy people, health and fitness can become an afterthought because of the many demands of work and home. Busy schedules make it difficult to squeeze in even an hour-long workout several times a week. SuperSlow Zone, now beginning its fourth year in Milton, has changed how adults work out. In only twenty minutes of personal strength training, once or twice a week, the SuperSlow Zone workout helps people get fit — for life! The SuperSlow Zone team wishes to thank their numerous loyal clients, many of whom have been working with them since the doors first opened. The SuperSlow Zone team of accredited, certified instructors — Grayson Hunt, Brandon DeRitis, and Luis and Rachel Quiles — enjoys an exceptional track record of eighty percent client retention and have carried clients through more than 20,000 sessions thus far. “Clients come, stay, and refer because it works, and they receive personal, expert attention,” says Luis. During each session, trainers work individually with clients to develop an exercise program that suits their unique needs and fitness levels.


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Brandon DeRitis came to SuperSlow Zone from Augusta, Georgia. Coaching and training have been a huge passion for him. Brandon brings five years of experience in training and is SuperSlow Zone and Crossfit® certified. “SuperSlow Zone takes safety and satisfaction seriously,” Brandon says. “Working one-on-one continuously with an instructor essentially removes the risk of injury and guarantees results because we’re experts in understanding how the machines work and how the body will respond to them. Being able to see our clients reach their goals is a great feeling.” Over 26,000 Each Issue, Every Month

Luis and Rachel Quiles, Co-Owners of SuperSlow Zone Milton, opened the studio because they wanted to bring a unique style of training that was effective and safe. “We recognized the importance of fitness in our own lives and sustaining that for the long term. We wanted to make it easier for others to enjoy the same,” Luis says. “It’s very rewarding and motivating when clients see for themselves how they’ve improved.” Besides their SuperSlow Zone training credentials, Rachel has a Masters in Health Science/Nutrition and is a registered, licensed dietitian with more than fifteen years of working with diabetes. The team is sensitive to individual client needs and enjoys watching them form new, healthy lifestyles that yield higher energy, lean muscles, and lower body fat. Typically, individuals work out for about twenty minutes on five to seven different machines that target specific muscles. SuperSlow Zone instructors capture and store clients’ individual workout data, so they can precisely track each workout and produce accurate reports of progress. The exercise protocol was developed as part of a $3.2 million osteoporosis study at the University of Florida School of Medicine. The SuperSlow Zone exercise system will properly and safely build muscle and increase resting metabolism to allow the body to burn more calories. Although appropriate for anyone, SuperSlow Zone is ideal for adults ages forty and above. “As we age, bone density and muscle strength decrease significantly, which can affect mobility and overall quality of life,” Luis explains. “SuperSlow Zone exercise can improve bone density, cardiovascular fitness, muscle strength and tone, energy, stamina, and metabolism. We work with people who have minor to major health challenges, those who have not exercised in a long time — or ever — and exercise enthusiasts.” Another distinctive feature of SuperSlow Zone is the atmosphere. “This isn’t your typical gym,” Luis says, explaining that SuperSlow Zone is designed with a spa-like atmosphere — free of distractions like loud music, mirrors, bold colors and lighting. “The SuperSlow Zone workout requires focus, so we create an atmosphere where individuals can concentrate, receive oneon-one attention from their instructor, and not feel intimidated.” SuperSlow Zone is a slow-motion, accredited, personal strength training workout program. Its unique approach to total-body fitness follows a slow, fluid, weight-lifting movement of ten seconds up and ten seconds down. This process is designed to momentarily fatigue the muscles quickly. “This stimulates the body to make more muscle,” Grayson says. “SuperSlow Zone utilizes a qualitative, rather than quantitative, workout method. In only twenty minutes, it gives you a safe, total body workout that engages all the targeted muscles while also benefiting the cardiovascular system.” “We understand that it’s hard to make time to work out, so we make it easy,” Luis says. SuperSlow Zone provides an effective workout in a short amount of time, so you can get in, get out, and get on with your busy life!

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(Serves 4)

Ingredients 4, 7 oz. skinless snapper fillets 1 cup milk 1 cup cornmeal 2 tablespoons kosher salt 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper ¼” canola oil for sautéing

- Combine the cornmeal, salt and cayenne pepper. - Dip the fish in milk, and dredge it in the cornmeal mixture; gently shake off any extra breading. - Heat a large skillet over high heat. When the skillet is hot, carefully add ¼ inch of canola oil. - When the oil gets hot, add the fish to the pan. Do not shake the skillet or try to move the fish for at least one minute. - Reduce the heat, and cook until the first side sets, and the fillets reach a golden-brown color. - Flip the fish over, and continue cooking until the internal temperature reaches 145 degrees (about 3-5 more minutes depending on the thickness of the fillets). - Move the fillets to a paper-towellined plate or cookie sheet to allow excess oil to drain. - Serve with mixed sautéed vegetables, green beans, grits, or other sides of your choice.

Hillary Gallagher, CCC is the Culinary Arts Program Director and Lead Instructor at Chattahoochee Technical College in East Cobb. Hillary.Gallagher@ 770-509-6350.


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For Better Test Grades, Master This One Skill By Mark Tolbert A major difference [AcademicLife] between “A” and “C” students is that “A” students take good notes during class. According to a recent study from Texas A & M, students who actively take class notes tend to think about the material and evaluate what it means, and this leads to deeper understanding and higher grades. Good note-taking activities are learning processes that improve retention of course material. To be a better note taker, follow these steps:



5. 1. Organize the blank page. Before class, divide your paper into two columns. The left column should be one-third of the width of the paper, and the right should be two-thirds. During class, take notes in the wider column; leave the narrow column blank. 2. Summarize your notes. After class, summarize your notes in the left

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column. Look for the main ideas, and try to connect them with notes from previous lessons. Write questions. As soon as you get home, re-read your notes and summaries, and write specific questions based on your notes. Putting in time is important. You need to dedicate at least fifteen minutes each day to review notes, reread summaries, and answer the questions you created from your notes. Pen beats computer. According to a study by Pam Mueller and Daniel Oppenheimer at Princeton University, the act of taking notes in longhand involves deeper processing than doing so on a laptop or tablet. Typing tends to be mere transcription, while longhand involves summarizing and interpreting. Use abbreviations for speed. Use

abbreviations for recurring words to spend less time taking notes. For example, “b/c” instead of “because” or “chem” instead of “chemistry.” This will allow you to capture more of the lecture as it is delivered. While the steps outlined above may sound simple, good note taking requires strong critical reading skills. Without mastery of critical reading skills, note taking and school in general will always be challenging. If your child struggles with critical reading, seek additional help outside of the classroom.

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



Cooped Up? Get Those Bodies Moving! By Kristi Estes


[HealthyLife] Winter brings cold, and cold means cabin fever. With kids being unable to play outside, they often get stir-crazy, and parents want to pull out their hair. A day-long video game session is not the best option for anyone. It’s healthier to keep kids moving. Movement helps to keep bodies strong, regulated and focused, giving lots of information to all the body’s senses.

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Here are some great activities that you can do at home with your child to satisfy the need to move: •

• • • • •

Animal walks or races —Move like a bear, crab, or frog. Race, or play crab soccer with a balloon. Have a pillow fight. Play tug of war with a blanket. Jumping on the bed or a trampoline — Crash into a pile of blankets or pillows. Swing your child in a blanket or sheet. Make texture bins with rice, beans, or sand. Hide toys, or use spoons or cups to play. Make a kid “burrito,” rolling your child in a blanket along the floor. Have him do the same to you or a sibling, and make him push the “burrito.” Take a bath with lots of bubbles, bath paint (you can mix food coloring with shaving cream), or body paint. Play blowing games. Use a cotton ball with a straw and two goals at each end of a table. Who can score the most goals?

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Wheelbarrow walking — Hold your child’s ankles or hips, depending on strength, and see how far she can walk on her hands. Make your child walk back and forth to do a puzzle or play a game, putting game pieces on opposite ends of the room. Play Twister® or Simon Says. Have a dance party, or play musical chairs. Turn off the lights for flashlight tag.

While it may be easier to sit kids in front of a TV when you have a mile-long todo list, try to get at least ten minutes of movement in per hour. These activities are not hard and do not have to be time consuming. Movement is so important for everyone!

Kristi Estes is an occupational therapist and co-owns In Harmony Pediatric Therapy with Jennifer Puckett. 770-345-2804.

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Aria Spa Salon e Shopp


ow we present ourselves to the world speaks volumes. Downtown Alpharetta is home to salons owned and operated by some very talented stylists and aestheticians who are eager to help you become the best version of yourself. One such salon is Aria Salon Spa Shoppe, located on Milton Ave. Owners are husband-and-wife team Mechelle and Matthew Khodayari. Born in Iran, Matthew moved to England for high school before traveling to Chattanooga, TN, for university, which is where he met Mechelle, a native Tennessean.

By Micah Fowler

Mo Bou ops tique

with professional backgrounds in television and film wardrobe styling and personal shopping, and let’s be honest, who better to help you polish off your new look than a wardrobe stylist/ personal shopper?

If you ask Carolyn, finding their location in downtown Alpharetta was something of divine inspiration. “We’ve Photo Cred it: Audra Br lived here for ten years. We’ve own watched it grow. On Sunday Mechelle is a second-generation stylist who mornings, we’d go to the Corner Deli for breakfast, and I’d grew up in her mom’s salon. She began her career under look down the block and tell myself that one day I’d have the tutelage of Sandra and Brian Smith, a world-renowned a shop there.” A shop of their own would be the natural power couple in the hair dressing world. However, next step for the professional fashionista. She watched as Matthew always thought he’d follow in his father’s the economic downturn delayed development, and she footsteps and serve in the military. But after working in watched the recovery bring back construction. The new other sales/management jobs, he moved to Atlanta to construction, she knew, would house their future shop. help his sister with her salon. Ten years later, the couple opened Aria (named after their daughter and also a How has Moop’s benefited from being in downtown metaphor for going solo). Alpharetta? “It has taken Moop’s to another level, giving our store the opportunity to grow,” said Carolyn. “It’s When they opened Aria in 2000, there was little happening not just the physical location, but also the consumer in the area. So, what brought them to Alpharetta? The demographics in the area that helps Moop’s thrive couple explained that faith, necessity, and opportunity downtown by capturing the clientele that understands the brought them to the city. Seventeen years later, Aria is French shabby chic brand: classy, sophisticated, and easy thriving economic engine. “Our mantra has been to be a to wear. They walk in and its ‘love,’” not to mention, fun. day-maker, to work from the heart, to nurture, replenish, and inspire all who we come into contact with, to leave our community in better shape than we found it, to elevate our industry and the hardworking people who put their heart and soul into it,” said the couple. After refreshing your appearance at Aria, head around the corner to Moop’s Boutique on Canton Street. Owners Anthony and Carolyn Lawrence are New York City natives Serving Roswell, Alpharetta & Milton

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Building a Path

for an Executor By Chris Miller, Esq.

[HomeLife] When an executor starts winding up the affairs of a person whose life has ended, there are dozens (if not hundreds!) of people to call and tasks to complete. The process can feel overwhelming, especially for a person who has never been asked to serve before. The steps of going through probate are more time-consuming and burdensome when a person dies without a will, but even a good will doesn’t tell the executor everything she/he needs to know. One thing you can do to keep the estate management job from being more stressful than necessary is to write your executor a letter, and then either deliver it to your executor or tell them where to find it when their services are needed. The letter doesn’t have to be fancy or written by an attorney; the best letter comes from you. It contains instructions to carry out some of the wishes that didn’t make it into your will, and it may also serve as a phone directory. A letter can tell the executor who might help them pick up the pieces of your life and tie up loose ends. Ideally, the letter should include the names and phone numbers of the people you deal with regularly. Those people can guide the executor on how to most effectively carry out the tasks you have set before them. Examples of people you might list in your letter are your accountant, your financial advisor, your insurance representative, and even your lawn maintenance contact. Those contacts can then help the executor decide how best to accomplish the tasks before them. The contacts are often more than just professionals. They can be people who are important to you; individuals who can step into roles where it would be great just to have a helping hand, like neighbors or close friends who can help with house sitting, or real estate brokers who can help sell your home. Think about who will be helping your executor, and give your executor a tool to delegate those many tasks by writing a letter to guide them about your wishes.

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


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The Celebrity Revolution Continues with a New Ship Designed for the Galapagos Islands By Michael Consoli unique place of global importance for the common heritage of humanity.

Celebrity Cruises unveils [Lifestyle] another stunning revolution in ship design: Celebrity Flora is an elevated and inspired approach to marine exploration, meticulously designed expressly for the awe-inspiring Galapagos Islands. One of the most energy-efficient ships of its size, the 100-guest Celebrity Flora will offer seamless sea-to-shore transportation, and it includes anchorless technology that maintains the ship’s position while protecting the sensitive sea floor. Innovative, outward-facing design gives guests 360-degree views of the islands, while personal suite attendants, new dining venues, an open-air stargazing platform, and expert-led ecological seminars will round out the modern luxury vacation experience.

Designed with the Destination in Mind The natural beauty of the islands, the diversity and uniqueness of the species that it harbors earned this archipelago the reputation of being a living laboratory of evolutionary processes still in progress. The region made room for the development of many flora and fauna that do not exist anywhere else in the world, making the Galapagos a very

Featuring Celebrity’s signature outwardfacing design, Celebrity Flora virtually erases boundaries and brings this remote destination closer to guests. Educational, research-based programming gives travelers an opportunity to continue learning about the wildlife-rich Galapagos Islands. The marina is the primary point of access to the ship and can accommodate up to three zodiacs at once, reducing transport time to and from land and allowing more time for guests to explore the practically untouched islands. While onboard, guests will unwind in the Sunset Lounge; find solace in The Vista, an open-air hideaway with 360-degree views, cocoon-style loungers and private cabanas; and enjoy the breathtaking surroundings in the floor-to-ceiling, glass-wrapped Observatory. Darwin’s Cove and the Naturalist Center provide a bounty of information on the destination, wildlife, and environmental efforts, while the Discovery Lounge will be home to Naturalist presentations and excursion information. Guests can participate in a guided astronomy tour or enjoy starlit skies on their own from the stargazing platform.

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served daily in the Seaside Restaurant. The Ocean Grill offers a casual dining space, panoramic views, and dinner under the stars, or guests can choose from an indulgent in-room dining experience.

Sophisticated Accommodations, Attentive Service Celebrity Flora transports travelers in allsuite accommodations, featuring oversized bathrooms perfect for post-adventure refreshing. These modern retreats bring the outside in through Celebrity’s signature outward-facing layouts and heralded infinite verandas, and come complete with sustainable, natural, regionally inspired materials. Personal suite attendants cater to guests’ every need. Celebrity Flora’s two penthouse suites are the largest in the Galapagos with separate indoor and outdoor living areas, customizable lighting and shades, and a telescope for stargazing or sea lion peeping. Celebrity Flora will sail from Baltra yearround, making her first sailing on May 26, 2019. L

Michael Consoli is a professional travel and cruise specialist and owner of Cruise Planners. 770-650-7667.

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By Laura Mikszan

It’s a new year, and many individuals are searching for the “Emerald City” of health and wellness. People wake up after the tumultuous twister of the holidays, and they realize they are “not in Kansas anymore.” The pounds have packed on, and they need a path to follow — much like the

“yellow brick road.”


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Like Dorothy, many begin the path alone, staring across a strange land of fitness and nutrition, unsure of how long the road will stretch out before them. For many people, starting on a journey toward health and wellness can be an intimidating process, as there is a plethora of information on the internet and social media. Let’s take a closer look at Dorothy’s journey and the guidance she received from friends and mentors along the way. Glenda the Good Witch appeared during adversity and provided positive support. When working toward goals, an experienced coach can guide you and get you to your goal faster, and a group of like-minded individuals will keep you motivated and committed along the way. Just like the Scarecrow realized, your brain is important to achieving your goals, or more specifically, having the proper mindset and level of confidence is pertinent.

The Tin Man knew that having the heart, passion, and purpose to be healthy was essential. Last but not least, the Cowardly Lion understood that having courage is key to being successful. Your willingness to stay on the path and make any necessary lifestyle changes to reach your goal will definitely take courage. There will be flying monkeys aggravating you with temptations, and wicked witches will try to stop you in your tracks. People around you will stop searching for the Emerald City and try to drag you down with them. You must maintain the positive mindset, heart, and courage you started your journey with, and continue down the yellow brick road. Try not to start and stop; stay on the steady path. The real story here is about what each of us already possesses inside ourselves

— and that is the power to change our behavior and become who and what we want to be. Most of us just need a little nudge and accountability. As Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, and the Cowardly Lion set off down the yellow brick road, they were each in search of something — something, it turns out, that they already possessed. The Wizard of Oz knew they already had everything they needed; he just had to show them how to believe it. While maintaining healthy habits is not as easy as clicking your heels together, a few adjustments to nutrition and your exercise regimen coupled with confidence and a strong belief in yourself are all steps in the right direction on the yellow brick road to a healthier you! “You’ve always had the power, my dear, you’ve had it all along,” — Glenda the Good Witch, The Wizard of Oz.

The Power for Transformation — It’s All in a N.A.M.E. Just like Glenda the Good Witch stated, the power is within you to make a transformation. You don’t need a wizard. Click your heels, and refer to the acronym N.A.M.E to keep you on your path. N – Nutrition is most important. You cannot out train poor nutrition, or in other words, “you cannot outrun your fork.” Rather than omitting entire food groups, balance and moderation are key. Replace thorough restriction with thoughtful reduction. Aim to reduce portion sizes, and eat more frequently. Follow the 30/10 rule: no more than 30 grams of carbs and at least 10 grams of protein at each meal and snack. A - Attitude — A “can-do attitude” is a must! Alleviate negative self talk.

Surround yourself with positive people who will hold you accountable and support you along your path to a new you. Naysayers may try to derail your progress, especially if they have stepped off the yellow brick road. Stay focused and positive. M – Mindset goes hand in hand with a positive attitude. Have complete belief in yourself. Refer to Glenda, and remember, “You’ve always had the power,” and you CAN do this! E – Exercise — Starting a new fitness program or getting back into a routine can be overwhelming. Begin cautiously, and progress slowly. Create a balance by combining some form of aerobic exercise with strength training. Building lean muscle will fire up your metabolism and burn more calories at rest. Stay off

the scale when starting a new routine. Instead, monitor your weight loss in inches and body composition measurements. It is best to work with a fitness professional to assist in designing your program. Last but not least, allow time for recovery. Many people start exercising with frenzied zeal — working out too long or too intensely — only to give up when their muscles and joints become sore or injured. Build additional activity into your daily routine. Schedule exercise into your calendar as you would any appointment.

Good luck, and enjoy your yellow brick road to a new transformation!

Laura Mikszan is the owner of Fitfully Forward, LLC. She is a Certified Group and Personal Fitness Instructor with a Precision Sports/ Exercise Nutrition Certification as well as a Lifestyle Transformation Certification, SCW. 770-617-6895.

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solution could be an easy fix at bedtime. Simply change your child’s pillowcase from cotton to silk or satin. Cotton’s coarse texture allows hair to break, tangle, mat and frizz. Silk (or satin) pillowcases, on the other hand, are made of perfectly smooth fibers, which reduces friction and the chance for tangles. This means that sleeping on a silk pillowcase will cause no mechanical irritation to your hair. This even helps reduce hair damage such as split ends.

constantly struggling with those troublesome tangles in your child’s hair? Dealing with knotted hair and a crying child is the last problem you need when you’re rushing to get out the door for school in the morning or to get to that all-important dance recital.

Also before bed, remove any hair braids, and comb your child’s hair out thoroughly. Re-braiding hair before bed can also work to eliminate friction between your child’s hair and the pillowcase, meaning no morning struggles

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Nobody wants to battle tangles day in and day out, so here are a few tips that may help you and/or your child when challenged with a knotty dilemma.

1. At Night If you constantly struggle with knots, one

with the hairbrush.

2. While Showering Shampoo commercials have been getting it all wrong. Those commercials where models happily stack or pile their hair on their heads during shampooing have probably actually contributed to a lot of

tangling throughout the decades. Never stack your hair during shampooing. Also, turn the water to cool while rinsing. This causes the cuticle hair to lay fat on your head, creating smoother hair with less chance of tangling. Condition every time you wash, and be sure to thoroughly rinse all shampoo and conditioner out of your hair.

3. After Showering Use a hair-detangling spray while combing out hair after the shower. In a nutshell, hair detanglers coat hair with oil that causes the hair’s surface to tighten and smooth out. Hair detanglers further give hair a positive electrical charge — which actually lessens the static that causes frizz and worsens tangles.

4. Combing & Brushing Unleashing a brush on wet, tangled hair is the worst thing you can do; in fact, it can damage and break your child’s smooth, delicate locks. Never brush wet hair. Instead of brushing, comb through wet hair section by section. Always start at the bottom of a section, working your way up before moving on to the next section. Use only a wide-toothed comb when dealing with knotted hair. If your child still has a problem with tangles, consider trying a product called the “Wet Brush.” These rounded, flat brushes have been especially created to solve the tangle problem in children’s and adults’ hair. While these tips are geared towards children, adults who experience knotting and tangling can also benefit from them. L

Jyl Craven is owner of Jyl Craven Hair Design of Canton. 770-345-9411.


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[InGoodFaith] Another year has come and gone. Many people have written about the passing of time. H. G. Wells wrote, “Years they were in which every day was tedious, and when they were gone, it was as if they had gone in a flash.” This same idea has also been expressed in other words, such as the old saying, “The days are long, but the years are short.” Whether we like it or not, time continues its course. As you contemplate 2018, how do you feel? Are you excited about new possibilities, or does this year seem full of challenges and concerns? Will 2018 be a good year? Will it be a year of health or illness for you? Will your family members be safe and prosperous? Will senseless shootings and violence continue? Will nuclear war break out in our world? A new year brings many questions and concerns about the unknown future. Among all the uncertainties of 2018, one thing is certain: Life will continue to change. Change is constant; it’s inevitable. One of the greatest challenges we face is learning to embrace change — to become comfortable with the reality of change in our lives. We want life to be predictable with stable and certain expectations, but life is always on the move. The changes of life can make us feel frightened and uneasy, but our challenge is to embrace the constant changing nature of life. How can we become comfortable with change? Believers have a constant in the midst of change. In Malachi 3:6, we hear God saying to us, “For I, the LORD, do not change.” Later, in the book of Hebrews, we read these comforting words: “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” We are reminded that the same God who blessed us in 2017 will be with us through all the events and circumstances of life in 2018. Our God remains the same, even though life continues to change. I am looking forward to what God has in store for me this coming year, and I hope you are, too.

Dr. Kevin Head is senior pastor of First Baptist Roswell. 770-5876980,

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By Arlene Stearns


ssential oils are definitely a current buzz word, especially with younger generations. You’ll find them everywhere from Walmart to specialty shops. What are essential oils? What is their history? Why are essential oils so powerful? How are they used? What are the health benefits? Are they all the same? Let’s start with the basic definition. Essential oils are the highly concentrated version of the natural oils in plants. They are derived from plants by a process called distillation, usually with steam or water, where many parts of the plants may be used, including the plant roots, leaves, stems, flowers, or bark. However, citrus essential oils are either cold pressed or steam distilled from the rinds of citrus fruits. Even though they are called "oils," essential oils do not have an oily texture. Most are clear, but some (blue tansy, patchouli, orange and lemongrass) are amber, yellow, green or even dark blue in color. Throughout human history, there has been evidence of the use of plant-based medicine and aromatic plants. Archeologists support the use of aromatic plants as food spices, medicine, and for ceremonial 36

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purposes as far back as 50,000 years. Essential oils are referenced in the Bible as well as the history of the Egyptians, Romans, and Greeks. According to The King’s Medicine Cabinet, by Dr. Josh Axe, “In the Bible, essential oils are referenced 264 times, and 33 different types of oils are mentioned.” In the form of ointments, incense, and other extracts, spices and aromatics were used extensively during the time of the spice trade. The spice trade was the catalyst for the development of aromatic plant use beginning in India, China, and Java, and introduced into Persia, Arabia, Northern Africa, and Europe, where their popularity rapidly spread. French chemist René Maurice Gattefosse first coined the term “aromatherapy” in 1937. Gattefosse became interested in essential oils after an accident in 1910 severely

burned his hand. He treated the burn with a salve he produced with undiluted lavender oil. To his amazement, the pain immediately subsided, and his injury healed without infection or scarring. Because of Gattefosse’s work, Dr. Jean Valet used essential oils in WWII to treat injured soldiers. Interest in essential oils grew and led to Marguerite Maury being the first person to “individually prescribe” essential oil combinations to treat nerve endings along the spine using a Tibetan massage technique. Essential oils are used today for medicinal purposes by doctors, nutritionists, and parents worldwide. Essential oils offer a powerful, all natural alternative to drugs without side effects because their tiny molecules can actually penetrate your cells, and some can even cross the blood-brain barrier to fight bacteria and viruses. Essential oils Over 26,000 Each Issue, Every Month

are typically used in the following ways: topically, inhalation with a diffuser, or ingestion. When essential oils are applied anywhere on the body, they actually pass through your skin and into your circulatory system and cells. The soles of your feet are a popular area for topical application because the larger pores there provide almost immediate absorption. Other key areas include the back of the neck, temples, behind the ears, abdomen, upper back, and along the spine. Many essential oils are so powerful when used topically or orally that dilution with a carrier oil, such as olive or coconut oil, is recommended.

A very popular way to use essential oils is to just add 15 drops into a diffuser or bowl of hot water and breathe it in. Diffusing essential oils can have great health benefits because of their ability to travel through the air into your olfactory system, which is connected directly to your brain and can enter your cells and blood stream in seconds. This method of healing by means of the olfactory is often called aromatherapy. Your child’s recovery from a cold or illness is expedited by diffusing cloves and frankincense essential oils into the air; this combination is also excellent for preventing illness. Other commonly diffused oils are lemon to clean the air; peppermint to improve energy; and lavender for headache reduction and relaxation.

Research suggests that some oils are more effective when ingested; however, only therapeutic-grade oils should be ingested and only if recommended by your physician or health care specialist. Dosage and dilution varies according to the age, size, and health of the individual. Dried herbs and spices such as ginger root, cinnamon and Echinacea have health benefits. Also, consuming healthy foods like fresh vegetables can support healing, but nothing surpasses the healing properties of essential oils. Please note: Not all essential oils are created equally. Essential oils should be bottled in dark glass containers to protect them from oxidation and sunlight. Like herbal supplements, essential oils are not certified by the FDA. Terms such as pure, natural, and therapeutic grade are marketing terms and are no indication of the efficacy of the product. Do your research, not only of the oil, but also the company and processing methods.


essential oils can have great health benefits ...

> prevents illness > cleans air > improves energy > reduces headaches > promotes relaxation

Arlene Stearns is the owner of ImageUp™ System, and a representative of NuSkin/ Pharmanex, which includes a line of essential oils.

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to live lives that honor God and help them love themselves enough to keep sex, sexuality, and relationships in their proper place and time.

… & Family Resource Center The other critical idea is the Center’s desire to answer the question of how to help families choose life. These ministries were developed to provide practical tools for raising these precious gifts from God:

North Georgia Pregnancy... Relationships, sexuality, and the value of life are increasingly confusing topics. Teaching relationship integrity and Biblical truth is considered antiquated and bigoted. Is it any wonder that so many suffer from relationship related problems like high STD and teen pregnancy rates, high abortion rates, high divorce rates, and high child poverty rates? Into this confusion, the North Georgia Pregnancy Center carried a new vision to holistically address this crisis through the power of God’s word and plan for His creation. The answer to the disintegration of the family, child poverty, and yes, even abortion and STDs is found by applying the timeless truth of God’s word to families’ lives. North Georgia Pregnancy Center started with simple testing, abortion alternatives, and counseling in 1991 with the aim to speak into the lives of the confused and broken, and share the hope that no matter their circumstance, Christ’s grace and love

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• would transform their situation. And, importantly, that their volunteers and staff would be His hands, feet, and heart to help them on their way. The Center expanded to several other ministries, which are centered on the mission: restore, equip, and grow families in North Georgia. God blesses the Center with speaking opportunities. One of their most important early intervention programs is called Loving Well. Every February, this unique workshop invites middle and high school students, along with their parents, to learn what God’s word says about human sexuality, relationships, and marriage. The aim is to equip parents and youth

Ministry — This is the first stop for expectant moms. They pick a beautiful diaper bag and fill it with a few items every time they come in. Earn While You Learn & Angel Baby Store — For every lesson completed, moms and dads earn baby bucks. They provide over 400 lessons on everything from pregnancy to life skills. The baby bucks can be spent in the Angel Baby Store. Counseling — Sometimes, parenting and relationships can feel overwhelming. God blessed the Center with wonderful volunteers to be an ear to listen and a voice to speak grace, love, and hope into the lives of those who need it.

If you are pregnant, or think you might be, and you aren’t sure what to do, visit the North Georgia Pregnancy & Family Resource Center. If you are a young parent, and you’re feeling overwhelmed, stop by their facility. If you’re a family experiencing trials, the North Georgia Pregnancy & Family Resource Center is ready to help. Their office is open Mondays and Wednesdays from noon to 5:00pm, and Saturdays by appointment. The Angel Baby Store is open to the public during the same times during the week, and from 10:00am-4:00pm on Saturdays. Visit for directions, news, and more information. 38

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pairings that complement the dishes, which is a new feature this year.

or the third year in a row, Roswell Restaurant Week returns this month to showcase the city’s culinary treasures. Taking place January 22-31, this ten-day event is an exciting way to enjoy the unique dining scene available in Roswell while supporting one of the city’s largest industries – its community of restaurants. While many people know it’s one of the best cities in which to dine out, most do not realize that Roswell boasts one of the highest concentrations of independent, chef-driven or family-owned restaurants in metro Atlanta. To support this industry and help it grow, Roswell Inc. organizes Roswell Restaurant Week to drive engagement with Roswell’s restaurants and strengthen the city’s brand as a top-tier destination for restaurant entrepreneurs.

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Reasons to Attend

Here are three great reasons to participate in Roswell Restaurant Week this month: Discover a new favorite restaurant.

1. Many people gravitate

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toward the same handful of restaurants, usually because they’ve been going there for years and have always enjoyed the experience. Roswell Restaurant Week is a great time to branch out, and try that new restaurant you’ve been eyeing. And, with more restaurants participating this year than ever before, this event makes it easy to expand your current culinary palate.

3. More than 75% of Roswell’s business community is made up of small businesses, and supporting these businesses is a crucial part in ensuring the economic success of the community. Plus, what better way to support your community than by indulging in a delicious meal with friends or loved ones? This year’s event has a total of 32 participating restaurants. Restaurants include 1920 Tavern, Adele’s on Canton, The Big Ketch, bistro VG, C&S Chowder House, Ceviche, Circle Noodle, Crabapple Tavern, Di Paolo, El Porton, Flippin’ Pizza, Foundation Social Eatery, HOLA! Taqueria & Bar, Houck’s Grille, Hugo’s Oyster Bar, India Chef, Ippolito’s Neighborhood Italian, Lazaro’s Cuban Cuisine, Marlow’s Tavern, The Mill Kitchen & Bar, Monkey 68, Monterrey Roswell, Osteria Mattone, Peach & the Porkchop, Pizzeria Lucca, Plum Café, PURE Taqueria, Stoney River, Table & Main, Taqueria Tsunami, Vin25, and Your Pie.

Menus for each restaurant are available at along with select photos of each restaurant’s meal and dessert options during the event. Make sure to follow Roswell Restaurant Week on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @RoswellRW, and don’t forget to share your dining experiences by using #RRW2018 and #RoswellRW. L

Enjoy special deals on your favorite dishes.

2.Each participating restaurant is offering a prix fixe menu during the event, which means a multi-course meal for a set price. Restaurants use this event as a way to offer special deals on their signature favorites as well as introduce new, original specialties. Many restaurant menus will also feature wine or drink Serving Roswell, Alpharetta & Milton

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ArtistProfile BY TINA MORRIS


s a little girl, Debbie Tidwell took boat rides on Little River past Woodstock, but never imagined that her future would take shape there. Today, she resides and works in Woodstock, GA, making her living as an artist and art teacher. From a young age, Debbie enjoyed drawing and doodling. She went to UGA for graphic design. After working in the graphic design industry for several years, in 1996, a friend convinced her to take an oil painting class. Though she wasn’t originally interested, Debbie walked away with a newfound love of oil painting. Debbie enjoys painting decorative arts and detailed portraits. Her paintings possess beautiful clarity and detail. Her portfolio includes works such as Boys of Summer, a life-size portrait of her son, abstract pieces, and her newest project, which she describes as funky pet portraits. In her pet portraits, the details are accurate, but the subtle blues and purples she includes bring a

uniqueness to the project. For many years, Debbie worked as an artist selling her pieces. However, raising three children on her own required additional income. Debbie began teaching art classes to just four students in the storage room of her friend Kathy Pescue’s frame shop. Now, Debbie teaches at the Elm Street Cultural Arts Center. She currently instructs over thirty students, but she has educated hundreds over the years. Adults comprise most of her classes, however, she has mentored several Etowah and Woodstock High School students who are working on their senior projects. Recently, Debbie participated in a local condo crawl, where community members displayed personal art collections for one another. Debbie displays over one-hundred pieces of art

by over fifty artists, mostly local, in her condo. Debbie’s advice to artists? Connect with your local area. Get involved, and get to know people. Take pride in your hometown. She states that a connection with one’s community is special and a must for an artist. It helps an artist to feel like she’s a part of something bigger. Debbie is proud to be a part of the Elm Street Cultural Arts Center. She feels that it is an asset to the community. Debbie is available for commissions and art classes.

For more information, visit or DTidwellArt on Facebook.

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Boys of Summer was featured in the American Art Collector, April 2016 issue in an article entitled “Women Painters of the Southeast.” It is 24”x36”

This is a 24”x24” pet portrait for Melissa and David Potts.

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“Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint.” -Mark Twain “Never let someone with the significance of a speed bump become a roadblock in your life.” –Mandy Hale “Step out of the history that is holding you back. Step into the new story you are willing to create.” -Oprah Winfrey

“It’s not what you say to everyone else that determines your life; it’s what you whisper to yourself that has the most power.” -Robert T. Kiyosaki “Never be afraid to try something new. Remember, amateurs built the ark; professionals built the Titanic.” -Unknown

Good health is not something we can buy. However, it can be an extremely valuable savings account.” -Anne Wilson Schaef

“When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful.” -Malala Yousafzai “You can never leave footprints that last if you are always walking on tiptoe.” -Leymah Gbowee

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North Fulton Family Life 1-18  

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