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10 Tips For Traveling with Children Summer vacations can be a strain on little ones — suggestions from The Goddard School

Photographers Jack Tuszynski Writers Ronald Bradley, Michael Consoli, Brett Gluck, Charles E. Martin, Chris Miller, Chris Mixon, Vishant Nath

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Volume 1 | Issue 9 113 Mountain Brook Drive, Suite 204 Canton, GA 30115 tel. (770) 720-7497 fax. (770) 720-1329 My Alpharetta Monthly magazine is your monthly community magazine and a publication of Footprints Publishing, LLC. The magazine’s mission is to bring relevant, positive stories and timely information to its readers and to provide local businesses with a premium outlet for community based advertising. Each month, more than 15,000 copies are distributed free by mail and through local businesses in the Alpharetta area. Please contact us or visit our website for a current list of locations where copies of the magazine can be found. My Alpharetta Monthly welcomes your comments, stories and advertisements. Subscriptions are available for $25 per year. Please contact us for payment options. The viewpoints of the advertisers, columnists and submissions are not necessarily those of the Editor/ Publisher and the Publisher makes no claims as to the validity of any charitable organizations mentioned. My Alpharetta Monthly magazine is not responsible for errors and omissions. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means without the written permission from the Publisher.

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ALPHARETTA Community — Home

by Cherryl Greenman,

WellStreet Urgent Care, Saddlebrook Shopping Center, 10945 State Bridge Road, Suite 501, is now open. You now have a quality alternative to the long wait and cost of the ER; an easy solution when your primary physician is unavailable or no relationship exists. Just walk in, the facility is open 9 a.m. – 9 p.m., 7 days a week and on holidays. Typical visits last less than 45 minutes and all ages are welcome, and they accept most major insurance plans. (404) 996-0194, School and elected officials recently got an inside look at the new 320,000 sq ft Cambridge High School being built in the City of Milton. The school is beautiful in both form and function, and is on schedule to open its doors to almost 1,200 students this fall. School board member Katie Reeves, who represents the Cambridge area, joined Superintendent Robert Avossa, Cambridge principal Ed Spurka and other community members in the tour. The tour began in the fine arts wing and showcased the 600-seat theatre, which features a stage deep enough for a full orchestra, then moved into each academic area, and in the science hall. The rooms are connected to a common prep lab so that multiple teachers can share materials. Athletic areas were visited, and the football stadium, with “Cambridge Bears” spelled prominently on the synthetic turf, will seat approximately 4,500 fans. The field is surrounded by a first-class track adjacent to the softball field, and a unique bridge leads through a field of trees to the practice fields. “Opening a new school helps create a new heart of the community. It was important that the community was able to share input on the design,” said Katie. FIGO Pasta, 5950 North Point Pkwy, announced the “refresh” of the location which began in May with a grand reopening in June. The one-of-a-kind authentic, Italian restaurant founded in 2002 boasts seven locations across the metro Atlanta area and is breathing fresh air into the concept beginning in Alpharetta. After gathering feedback from their guests, FIGO is implementing fresh features to include an updated style, a retrained FIGO team and a creative lineup of monthly specials which will include gluten-free selections. “My goal for FIGO is to present an extraordinary experience for each guest that walks through the doors. When I created FIGO 10 years ago, the fresh ingredients, genuine service, warm atmosphere and authentic family recipes reminded me of meals at my mama’s home while growing up in Certaldo,” said FIGO Pasta founder Sandro Romagnoli. Open Mon. – Thurs. from 11:15 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Fri. 11:15 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.; Sat. noon – 9:30 p.m. and Sun. noon – 9 p.m. (770) 569-1007 King’s Ridge Christian School held a Ground Blessing ceremony for its new $10 million facility that will serve as the home for its high school students in the fall of 2013. “To meet the needs of a growing student population, we needed to start construction as soon as possible,” said headmaster David Rhodes. “Raising these funds with cash is the culmination of story after story of God’s grace and faithfulness to move people’s hearts.” Shortly after the Ground Blessing, construction was scheduled to begin on the 45,162 sq ft craftsmanstyle architecture classroom building that would fit into the master plan of King’s Ridge’s 70-acre campus. The building will contain 17 classrooms, 2 science labs, 2 art classrooms, a music suite, common area and flexible spaces to meet the needs of its students. For additional information on this non-denominational preK – 12th grade program, visit or call (770) 754-5738. Dr. Stephen Leafe, Alpharetta Family and Cosmetic Dental Care, 30 Milton Avenue; will host a book signing for, Cathy Horvath (pictured), on Monday, July 23 from 6:30 – 8 p.m. to introduce her book and offer a chance to meet new people. In her book, Cathy shares personal life lessons and recipes along with those sent from her family, friends, and former business associates around the country. The result is Recipes for Life: Food for the Body and Nourishment for the Soul, a collaborative effort from over 100 contributors. Featured are stories about overcoming life’s challenges and finding ways to return to a joy-filled life. 4

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July July 4 ALPHARETTA 4TH OF JULY CELEBRATIONS Time: 4 – 10 p.m. Location: Wills Park 1825 Old Milton Pkwy Information: Celebrate Independence Day with family and friends at Wills Park! Alpharetta Recreation and Parks Department will host festivities and fireworks on Wednesday, July 4th. Free entertainment beginning at 6 p.m. will include a patriotic concert by the Alpharetta City Band and fireworks at dusk. Admission free. (678) 297-6133,

July 6 CNC Concert Series Time: 8 p.m. Location: Chattahoochee Nature Center 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell Information: Home by Dark Productions presents this concert series featuring James Castro, Jill Paquette, John Allison and Matt Blanchard. Tables are available under the pavilion, general admission located outside pavilion and guests may bring blankets and chairs. (678) 665-0040,,

July 7 CHUKKAR FARM CONCERT SERIES Time: 8 p.m. Location: Chukkar Farm, 1140 Liberty Grove Road, Alpharetta Information: Home by Dark Productions presents this concert series featuring James Castro, Jill Paquette, and John Allison. Tables are available under the pavilion. (678) 665-0040,,

HORSE SHOW VENTURES Time: 8 a.m. Location: Wills Park Equestrian Center 11915 Wills Road, Alpharetta Information: Free Hunter Jumper show. (770) 827-0175

Things to do in Alpharetta

MOVIES IN THE PARK SERIES Time: 7:30 p.m. Location: Northwestern Middle School 12805 Birmingham Hwy, Milton Information: “The Three Stooges” will be shown on a two-story inflatable movie screen. Before the film attendees can enjoy a fun, festival atmosphere with face painting, moon walk, and children’s activities. Concessions are available, bring your lawn chair and blanket. (678) 2422530,

TREE CLIMBING Time: 10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Age: 6 – adult Location: Chattahoochee Nature Center 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell Cost: $35 General public $30 CNC Members Information: Register by July 5. This two and a half hour introductory climb will get you up high in a tree for a new perspective of your favorite nature center. (404) 229-9224,

July 9 — August 3 SUMMER CAMPS AT JOHNS CREEK BAPTIST CHURCH July 9 – 13: Preschool Princess Dance Camp, 3 – 5 year olds Upward Basketball Camp, 1st – 6th grade July 16 – 20: Preschool Candy Land Camp, 2 – 5 year olds Music Week “Willy Wonka, Kids”, 1st – 6th grade Cheerleading Camp, 1st – 6th grade British Soccer Camp, 4 – 16 year olds July 23 – 27: Fine Arts Camp, 1st – 6th grade Pro Basketball Camp, 8 – 14 year olds July 30 – Aug. 3: Preschool Princess Dance Camp, 3 – 5 year olds Location: 6910 McGinnis Ferry Road Contact: Jill Jenkins, (678) 474-4411,

July 10 FURTHUR Time:


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7 p.m.

Location: Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre 2200 Encore Pkwy, Alpharetta Information: Furthur Festival is Phil Lesh and Bob Weir from the Grateful Dead. (404) 7335010,

July 14 CROSBY, STILLS & NASH Time: 8 p.m. Location: Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre 2200 Encore Pkwy, Alpharetta Information: The music of David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Graham Nash is a cornerstone of rock ‘n roll. (678) 733-5010,

ROLLING HILLS SADDLE CLUB Time: 8 a.m. Location: Wills Park Equestrian Center 11915 Wills Road, Alpharetta Information: Free, Hunter, Jumper, Western and Barrel show. (770) 338-0143,

THE MATRIX Time: 8 p.m. Location: Woodruff Arts Center Information: Atlanta Symphony Orchestra will perform soundtrack to The Matrix with guest conductor Donald Davis. (404) 733-5000,

July 14 — 15 13th ANNUAL FLYING COLORS BUTTERFLY FESTIVAL Times: July 14: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. July 15: Noon – 5 p.m. Location: Chattahoochee Nature Center 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell Cost: $10 visitors, $8 CNC members who purchase tickets in advance, children 2 and under free. Information: Visitors will have actual contact with more than 250 free flying butterflies, hand-feed them; learn about their life cycle and experience their beauty up close. (770) 9922055 ext.236,


and Boz Scaggs are uniting for this tour. (404) 733-5010,

Location: Wall 2 Wall Sports Center 170 Cox Road, Roswell Information: See website for information and registration. (770) 674-1774,


July 16 LAST SUMMER ON EARTH Time: 7 p.m. Location: Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre 2200 Encore Pkwy, Alpharetta Information: Multi-platinum pop rock group the Barenaked Ladies “Last Summer on Earth” freewheeling road show. (404) 733-5010,

July 20 A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S MAYOR RUN Time: 6:30 p.m. Location: Historic Downtown Alpharetta Milton Avenue and Canton Street Information: Midsummer Night’s Mayor’s Run and Fun Movie Night in the heart of downtown Alpharetta will raise critical funds for North Fulton non-profits! Register at (678) 274-9966,

DUKES OF SEPTEMBER Time: 8 p.m. Location: Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre 2200 Encore Pkwy, Alpharetta Information: Grammy Award-winning singersongwriters Donald Fagen, Michael McDonald

Contest Corner

Find the hidden picture

Time: 8 p.m. Location: Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre 2200 Encore Pkwy, Alpharetta Information: Atlanta Symphony Orchestra recreating the songs you know and love — Penny Lane, Yesterday, She Loves You, and many more. (404) 733-5010,

July 28 ELITE SHOW JUMPING Time: 8 a.m. Location: Wills Park Equestrian Center 11915 Wills Road, Alpharetta Information: Free Hunter Jumper horse show. (678) 858-7192,

July 31 YES Time: 7 p.m. Location: Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre 2200 Encore Pkwy, Alpharetta Information: Grammy award winning, groundbreaking progressive rock band YES will return to the road this summer. (404) 733-5010,


6 – 9 p.m.

Location: Wills Park Equestrian Center 11915 Wills Road, Alpharetta Information: The public is invited to come spend the evening outside with neighbors, police officers and firefighters and enjoy a free cookout from 6 to 9 p.m. Firefighters will demonstrate the Fire Safety House, which educates children about what to do in a house fire, while the SWAT team will display its special training and equipment. National Night Out was introduced in an attempt to encourage more participation in crime watch from residents. Please RSVP (678) 297- 6309 ext. 3,

August 4 34th ANNUAL OLD SOLDIERS DAY RACE 10K, 5K Time: 7 a.m. Location: Alpharetta City Pool Wills Park Information: (678) 297-6160, email

60th OLD SOLDIERS DAY PARADE Time: 9:15 a.m. Location: The parade is just one way that our country’s war veterans are recognized for their service. A Memorial Service will begin on Main Street in front of Alpharetta City Hall at 9:15 a.m. – Alpharetta City Band; 10 a.m. program; 10:30 a.m. parade. Parade ends at the American Legion Post 201 on Wills Road for free food and activities.

Alison King was our winner for June’s contest corner. She will receive a gift card to Ladybugs & Lizards. Congratulations! If you find the hidden picture, be the first to email: *Only emailed answers will be accepted. Contest participants are able to win one time per calendar year


COMMUNITY Six Tons of PB&J Collected

Bank of North Georgia and Bank of Coweta, divisions of Synovus Bank, had tremendous success hosting their 5th Annual ‘Spread the Love’ Peanut Butter and Jelly Food Drive to benefit 37 local food pantries that are located in the communities they serve in metro Atlanta. Since 2008, Bank of North Georgia and Bank of Coweta have collected 23,133 jars or 16.6 tons of peanut butter and jelly through this meaningful community relations effort. The 25 partner schools, including Chrysalis Experiential Academy, Crabapple ES, North Springs Charter HS, The Atlanta Academy, Mt. Bethel ES and Woodstock MS, contributed 54.5 percent of the total jars collected this year. Additionally, the Kiwanis Club of Covington, Cheeseburger Bobby’s in Canton, the City of Canton, and Wellness Chiropractic in Canton contributed a total of 135 jars.

National Curves Day

During National Women’s Health Week, Governor Nathan Deal, Roswell Mayor Jere Wood and Alpharetta Mayor David Belle Isle declared the first Thursday following Mother’s Day as National Curves Day. Events held on that day included Proclamations read by Councilwoman Nancy Diamond of Roswell and Councilman Jim Gilvin of Alpharetta. Curves members and guests were treated to health related exhibits and samplings from several local merchants.

Left to right: Curves – Alpharetta co-owner Jackie McMillian, Alpharetta Councilman Jim Gilvin, and Curves – Alpharetta co-owner Gail Philips. 8

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GNFCC Partner in Education Awards

The GNFCC Education Committee established the Partner in Education Partnership of the Year award to recognize the Left to right: Brandon Beach, GNFCC; Susan many outstanding Richards, GNFCC Education Committee; Mark Dukes, Duke Realty; Mary Ulich, The business Lionheart School; Mike Lewis, Duke Realty; partnerships. The and Tom Rust, Duke Realty. 2012 winner in the large business category is Duke Realty for their partnership with The Lionheart School. The winner of the GNFCC’s Partner in Education Left to right: Brandon Beach, GNFCC; Susan Partnership of the Richards, GNFCC Education Committee; Year award in the Beja Barnett, Studio 7 Photography; Dan small business Carmoody, Studio 7 Photography; and category is Studio Richard Becker, Chrysalis Experiential 7 Photography, LLC Academy. for their partnership with Chrysalis Experiential Academy. (Photos courtesy of Clark Savage, Clayton CameraCraft Photography.)

DAISY Award for Nursing

Leaders from North Fulton Hospital presented Sheena Buyuccan, RN (pictured), with the DAISY Award for Nursing. Sheena was selected for this honor following nominations submitted by her patients and peers. A nurse in the medical telemetry unit, Sheena is a valued member of the nursing staff at North Fulton Hospital. An associate degree nurse who will complete her bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) this year, Sheena moved to New Jersey from the Philippines in 2003 and then relocated to Georgia in 2011. Although she has only been with North Fulton Hospital since fall 2011, her dedication and expertise are already making significant impressions on those around her. “Sheena has only been at North Fulton for seven months, but the impact she has made on her peers and the patients during this time is astounding,” said Kathy Brown, director of the medical telemetry unit.

Shared by the Childcare Experts at The Goddard School Whether via plane, train or car, traveling with little ones can be a stressful and sometimes worrisome task. With many Atlanta families getting ready to take off on their summer vacations, it is essential to know how to keep children entertained and safe while on the road or in the air. To help put parents’ minds at ease, the childcare experts at The Goddard School have supplied their top 10 traveling tips for families with children:

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Plan for an active stretch at a rest stop or a playground – let them walk or toddle for twenty or so minutes before climbing back in the car. For infants, pre-measure formula into bottles and carry a room temperature bottle of water to mix on the go.

If you are traveling by plane, a car seat can double as a feeding chair or nap location. Call ahead for a crib to be added to your hotel room. Bring music, books, stuffed animals and foam shapes that will “stick” to the car seat. In an airplane, bring or purchase headphones for music and rest it on your child’s shoulders instead of over their ears.

Have some active playtime just before leaving and plan for frequent stops. In an airplane, let children walk down the aisle periodically at their own pace.

Airports can be a bustling place – this may be the one time you should check your luggage at the curb. This way, you can focus on your little one’s needs without the hassle of luggage in tow.

Play window games to keep your child entertained – count the trucks, cows or red lights.

Buckle up a toy bin right next to the children so they can help themselves. Having a variety of books, links, stuffed animals and puppets can help keep them from getting bored. Use a laptop desk for drawing with paper and crayons.


If you’re using a hotel babysitter: 1 – Check the sitter’s credentials, including criminal and/or child abuse clearances. 2 – Check the room and the equipment in the room. 3 – Carry your phone and check your phone service when you arrive at your destination.


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SCHOOL Teacher of Year the at Summit Hills Summit Hill Elementary School celebrated the Teacher of the Year, Mrs. Katie Reichling with a special lunch in her honor.

Left to right: Assistant principal, Mr. Don Webb, Katie Reichling, and principal Mrs. Nancy Murphy.

Learning All About Sharks

Fifth grade TAG students at Findley Oaks studied a unit on Changes in GA Coasts where they learned all about shark’s behavior and anatomy. As a culminating activity, they dissected dog Jake Schepis and Amanda McGowan sharks where they got to experience firsthand all that they had learned.

Hat Day at Manning Oaks

Kirk Shrum, principal of Manning Oaks Elementary school, rewarded students and staff for a great CRCT testing with a hotdog lunch for teachers and a “Hat Day” for students and staff. The students at Manning Oaks felt great about their efforts and enjoyed a special day with their hats! Ms. Harris, a Manning Oaks teacher commented “Mr. Shrum has a great sense of humor and deep care for his staff. He went the extra mile by serving the staff hotdogs Left to right: Manning Oaks principal Mr. while wearing Shrum; Ms. Sheffield, curriculum support a hotdog hat teacher; and kindergarten teachers Ms. Harris, on hotdog/hat and Ms. Wroblewski. day!”

Pals Reading Program

First graders at Creek View Elementary celebrated the ending of another successful year of The Paisley’s Pals Reading Program. Students got to read with Paisley, Creek View’s in-house counseling therapy dog, each week. Paisley has been part of the school community for two years and is loved by everyone who interacts with her.

Students with Paisley: Addie Allen, Parea Kazem, Suryavel Swaminathan, Clark Bilderback, Maria Lopez, Tre Cole, Justin Mason, Alan Hernandez, and Abhi Barama. 12 My Alpharetta | july 2012

Chicks Hatch at Findley Oaks

Mrs. Connors first grade students from Findley Oaks Elementary School learned firsthand about living things when they hatched baby chickens in the classroom. Their chicks Feisty and Peepers were born in the classroom incubator on May 3rd.

Senator Albers Visits Alpharetta ES

Senator John Albers (R-Roswell) recently visited with students at two of North Fulton’s top schools – Alpharetta Elementary School and Roswell North Elementary. During his visit to Alpharetta Elementary School, Senator Albers, who is a fourth generation firefighter and volunteer with the Alpharetta Fire Department, read to students and spent time emphasizing the importance of early childhood education and literacy as part of the “Fired Up For Reading” program, sponsored by the Alpharetta Fire Department.

Battle of the Books Contest

Summit Hill Elementary School held its annual Battle of the Books contest. Fifth grade winners were Anna Warren, Kamryn LeMoyne, Olivia Liakakos, Stephanie Stubbs, and Virginia Lindsay. Fourth grade winners were Erica Quinn and Isabelle Catanzaro.

Toy Designers at Manning Oaks

Fourth grade students from Ms. Neal’s Talented and Gifted (TAG) class at Manning Oaks Elementary participated in a unit called, “Mind Your Own Business.” Students played the role of toy designers and presented their prototypes and models to a group of toy buyers (played by the parents) at an “International Toy Mart” in the Manning Oaks Media Center. The students’ assignment was to design an innovative toy which was both current and enduring. Some of the toy designs were “Roby Robo Rockstar” by Ella Terrell, Avery Payne, and Amy Beversluis which answers questions with the strum of a guitar in eight different languages; “Spider Mobile” by Reeve Manikandan, Aaron Tani, and Kyle Wong which includes a remote control, climbs walls, and hangs on the ceiling; and “Build It Your Own: Race Mat” by Matthew Roby Robo Rockstar Avella and Nicholas Buxbaum which is a Twister type mat that you race across as fast as you can doing different actions. The International Toy Mart was a huge success for parents and Spider Mobile students!

Anna Warren, Kamryn LeMoyne, Olivia Liakakos, Erica Quinn, Isabelle Catanzaro, Stephanie Stubbs, and Virginia Lindsay.

KRCS Performs At Sea

The King’s Ridge Christian High School Performing Arts program was selected by Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines to perform on their ship, Monarch of the Seas. Students performed at sea on the 4-night Bahamas cruise in June. Students were chosen from a video that was sent of its high school production, “Millie.” The KRCS students attended a dress rehearsal with performers on the ship as part of an educational seminar.

TAG teacher Ms. Neal and Presley Williams

Junior Lacrosse Midfielder

Congratulations to Kaci Annexstad, a Junior Lacrosse midfielder, selected to both All-State team One and to the National team One representing Georgia in Stoney Brook, New York. She also has lettered in Competition Cheer and Tennis at AHS. 13

Kindergarten Prep Graduates: Teacher Brittany Chapman. Front row (left to right): Hanah Jeong and Olivia Hubeny. Back row: Kennadi Reese, Miguel Ortega-Brigiotta, Dillon Callen and Judah Garrett.

Georgia Perimeter College Alpharetta Center student Julian Traas has been named the 2012 Regents’ Outstanding Scholar from GPC. “I grew up in the Netherlands, France and Hong Kong, and I was also homeschooled for a time, so when I made it to the United States, I didn’t have anything that translated into a U.S. high school diploma,” Traas said. “Julian arrived at the Alpharetta Center almost two years ago and has been an active, successful participant in academic and student services from day one,” said Frank Nash, dean of student services, Alpharetta Center.

The GNFCC recognized each of these outstanding students at the April 24th Eggs & Enterprise breakfast. Pictured with the group is Fulton County School Superintendent Robert Avossa (left), sponsor Goodwyn Mills and Cawood EVP Bill Wallace (back, right) GNFCC President Brandon Beach and Education Committee Chair Susan Richards (both, right). Valedictorians honored were Sitan Chen (Northview), Sophia Chen (Chattahoochee), Alexandra Cole (Independence), Alex Dixon (Mt. Pisgah), Linda He (Johns Creek), Kalley McMullin (Blessed Trinity), Vaughan Nickerson (Milton), Michael Palmer (Mill Springs Academy), Michelle Plavnik (North Springs), Anath Punyala (Alpharetta), Rachel Nicole Radomski (Chrysalis Experiential Academy), Adam Silverman (Centennial), Kristina Tull (The Cottage School), Julia Lynn Wahl (Riverwood), Christina Wilson (Kings Ridge) and Jiyang Xie (Roswell). 14 My Alpharetta | july 2012

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Erin Elizabeth Becker

Jeffrey Michael Ringstrom

Paige Andrea Whiffen

Rachel Nicole Radomski

Taylor Danielle Barney

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Private & Charter Schools Alpharetta International Academy (770) 475-0558,

(770) 754-5738,

Amana Academy

Legacy Academy

(678) 624-2234,

The Atlanta Academy (678) 461-6102,

Chandler Academy (770) 346-0509,

Chrysalis Experiential Academy

Primrose School of Christopher Robin

(770) 645-2673,

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

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

Crabapple Crossings Elementary

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

Creek View Elementary 3995 Webb Bridge Road Alpharetta, GA 30005 (770) 667-2932 Principal: Matt Rogers

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

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

(678) 339-0107

Fulton County School District: | (404) 768-3600 New Prospect Elementary

Webb Bridge Middle

Summit Hill Elementary

High Schools

3055 Kimball Bridge Road Alpharetta, GA 30022-4417 (770) 667-2800 Principal: Charlia Faulkner

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

13855 Providence Road Milton, GA 30004 (770) 2830 Principal: Nancy Murphy

Alpharetta High

Middle Schools

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

Fulton Science Academy Middle

Centennial High

Haynes Bridge Middle

Fulton Science Academy High

Holcomb Bridge Middle

Independence High

Hopewell Middle

Milton High

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

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

9310 Scott Road Roswell, GA 30076 (770) 650-4230 Principal: Steven Miletto 4100 Old Milton Parkway, Suite 100 Alpharetta, GA 30005 (770) 475-3223 Principal: Namik Sercan

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

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

13060 Cogburn Road Milton, GA 30004 (678) 297-3240 Principal: Lenora Patterson

13025 Birmingham Highway Alpharetta, GA 30004 (770) 740-7000 Principal: Cliff Jones

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

2012 — 2013 Calendar at a Glance August 13 September 3 October 15

(770) 360-1336,

(770) 664-7508,

Eaton Academy

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

Mill Springs Academy

Primrose School of Alpharetta

(770) 777-2960,

Alpharetta Elementary

(770) 664-7764,

(770) 336-3300,

Creme de la Creme-Alpharetta

Elementary Schools

McGinnis Woods Country Day School

Mount Pisgah Christian School

(770) 649-7077,

Public Schools

King’s Ridge Christian School

First Day of School Holiday/Schools Closed Teacher Workday

Local Colleges & Universities DeVry University

(770) 619-3600,

Georgia Perimeter College (404) 413-7878,

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Lanier Technical College

(770) 781-6800,

North Fulton Center of Reinhardt University

(770) 720-9191,

University of Phoenix North Alpharetta

Learning Center (678) 731-0555,

Through a mini-grant program in Milton, community volunteers joined hands to add new landscaping at Milton Fire Station No. 43 on Hickory Flat Road. Participants from the Young Men’s Service League and Milton Grows Green were among the more than 20 volunteers who wanted to get more involved with their community and gave their time and energy to help spruce up the landscaping at the fire station. One of the volunteers was a woman named Jackie Pearson. She and her husband are doctors, but they have a landscaping business on the side called Limelight Landscaping. On January 11 at 6:15 a.m. their home was struck by lightning and started to burn. Thanks to the firefighters from No. 43, the Pearson family home was saved with minimal damage. They thanked the fire department profusely and were looking for an opportunity to pay them back somehow. The Pearson family donated an entire landscaping crew and tons of plants and tools to make the landscaping project at Station No. 43 a huge success. “I have a special place in my heart for the gentlemen who saved my home,” said Jackie. “When we needed it, they answered our calls. So any call that goes out for volunteers to help the fire department, we’ll answer that.” A ‘special thanks’ also goes out to Jeff Glover, who donated more than 100 bales of pine straw to the effort. Better Together: Real Communities — Milton Mini-Grants Initiative is funded in large part through the Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities’ (GCDD) Real Communities Initiative: Milton. The grants support neighborhood improvements, promote neighborhood associations and fund projects that bring community members together. Currently, GCDD provides Milton a little less than $20,000 in federal funds and the city matches just less than $5,000. 17

Girl Scout Troop 2977 (left to right) Molly Perkins, Clair Higgins, Jessica Anthony, Emily Pesch, Kendall Sullivan and Alexandria Hartwig have been together since 1st grade, (except one) and are now entering River Ridge High School. To earn the Girl Scout Silver Award the girls based their project around Breast Cancer Awareness in the community. To celebrate the end of their Silver Project the girls participated in the 5K Race for the Cure at Atlantic Station this past May 12th.

Jack Mabie in front of a U.S. flag in the Yorktown hangar in Charleston, SC. Jack joined his Cub Scout Pack 7777 out of First Baptist Church of Woodstock as they spent the night on the U.S.S. Yorktown and learned World War II history, toured Fort Sumter and participated in a flag raising ceremony. The troop also attended an oceanography class.

Daisies from Troop 6026 earned their Respect Authority Badge and Brownies from Troop 6026 earned their First Aid Badge. Front row (left to right): Honor Byrd, Piper Slater, Lauren Kang, Faith Roper, Jordan Warholak, Jamie McCord, Lauren Mack, Madison Lee, and Breanna Welker. Middle row: Jessica Acord, Jenifer Alfonso, Haley Warholak, Hallie Cameron, Brooke Scepaniak, Hope Roper, Megan Lee, and MacKay Slater. Back row: Tricia West, Officer Bobby Spann, Kiersten Worthy, and Adrienne Worthy. 18 My Alpharetta | july 2012

Cub Scout Pack 625

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Bear Den Leader Michael DelGais with his sons, Cub Scout Anthony and 4 yearold Michael (Scout-to-be)

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Isaac Rudolph participates in a Boy Scout Merit Badge workshop on electricity. 19



‘One-Stop’ Service Provider By Michelle Martin In 1978, Dan Jape started a modest heating and cooling business in the basement of his home in Dunwoody. Now 34 years later, Reliable Heating & Air in Woodstock employs approximately 125 service technicians, installers, salespersons, customer service representatives, and administrative support staff and offers more services than ever. “When we started, most of our business was local and consisted largely of apartments and rental homes,” he says. “It’s amazing how much work is right in your back yard if you look for it.” Within just a few years, Dan says Reliable expanded to a real office, then a larger office in Roswell, and to servicing customers all over Metro Atlanta — settling into its current location off of Highway 92 in Woodstock two years ago. “This is a good base of operation for us because it has both the space and accessibility to the interstate that we need to continue

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to serve our ever-growing customer base and ever-growing business.” Reliable Heating & Air has been a familiar face in Cherokee, Cobb and North Fulton for many years, although Reliable’s extensive customer base reaches as far north as Jasper and Flowery Branch, west to Villa Rica, east to Grayson and Loganville, and south to Fayetteville and McDonough. In the past year, Reliable has also expanded its services to now include not only heating and cooling but also plumbing, electrical and insulation. “We found that more and more of our customers were asking us for referrals for their plumbing, electrical and insulation needs because they trusted us,” Dan says. “But, often times the work performed by those outside vendors didn’t meet our standards.” Ultimately, Dan made the decision to bring those areas in-house as part of Reliable’s expanded services. “We want to be customers’ ‘one-stop’ service provider,” he says. Customer service built on trust and reliability has been Dan’s top priority throughout Reliable’s 34 years in business. “Our goal at Reliable is to deliver quality service at a fair price,” Dan says, noting that the industry has a reputation for taking advantage of customers by price-gouging. “We’re honest, up-front and provide complete pricing so customers aren’t surprised by hidden fees.” In Photos courtesy of Studio 7 Photography


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addition, Reliable is open seven days a week, with personal phone support after hours in the event of emergencies. Field technicians located throughout Metro Atlanta and surrounding areas allow Reliable to respond quickly to such calls and to service such a geographically large customer base, Dan says. “Our customers trust us to be there when they need us, on their schedule. They trust that they can call us in an emergency and speak with someone who can provide a calming voice until a Reliable technician arrives.”

plumbers must be licensed by the State of Georgia as a journeyman or master plumber. Dan also requires that technicians wear booties, put down drop cloths, and clean up any debris to ensure customers’ homes are treated with respect and care. “The people at Reliable are the sum of the company,” he says. “We hand-pick the best in their field so we can offer customers first-class service.” Dan believes customers also choose Reliable because the company is family-owned and operated. His son, Daniel, specializes in sales and is preparing to take over the daily management of the business. The company is also represented by mother-daughter, father-son, brother-and-sister and other connections in many different service areas. “Customers seem to like knowing the face behind the business,” Dan says. “Many of Reliable’s customers have been with us since the beginning. They know who they’re dealing with and who they’ll be dealing with in the future. Customers can’t build with a corporation or large retailer the kind of relationship and familiarity they have with us at Reliable Heating & Air.”

Quality products and experienced professionals who are the best in their field play a large part in Reliable’s 34 years of success, according to Dan. Trane air conditioners, for example, are customers’ brand of choice for performance, durability and excellent warranties. In fact, all of Reliable’s technicians are certified Trane Comfort Specialists, he says. Reliable also is NATE-certified (North American Technician Excellence), which means Reliable’s technicians have passed the NATE test that certifies technicians as having the most knowledge and experience in servicing and installing heating and cooling systems. Similarly, Reliable’s

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by Representative Charles E. “Chuck” Martin

Understanding TSPLOST/TIA housing slump,” it won’t. Again, taking $8B over 10 years out of your pocket will change housing prices. TSPLOST/TIA – The Vote on July 31st • Don’t vote yes because you believe all the money is Last month in this column I encouraged everyone to do their going for congestion relief, it’s not. (Atlanta Beltline, homework concerning the upcoming vote on July 31st. While an economic development project costing over I am personally not supportive $500M and an Air Traffic of the plan as assembled and will Control Tower – McCollum vote “NO,” and had intended to Airport) “Can we do better?” — “Do we want keep my views to myself — that Economic development projects projects based on priorities not was before the airwaves and print should not be packed into the politics?” If your answers are “yes” media became inundated with a plan, Atlanta citizens themselves and “yes” then you will vote as I do, well-financed campaign telling have not fully embraced the a “sunny tale” with TSPLOST/ and we will go to work to get it right. project, unless someone else pays TIA curing all our problems. . .! for it. • And most importantly, While I won’t tell you to vote don’t vote yes because you think it is a 10-year tax, “NO,” I will ask you to examine why “they” tell you to vote it’s not. (Much of the money is going to operations “YES,” let’s look: and will be needed in perpetuity) A limited term tax that is supposed to sunset should NOT • Don’t vote yes because you think there isn’t another be used for operations; this plan uses limited term money option, there is. for ongoing operation, an unsound business practice. A good start for “Plan B” is to regain control of our transportation spending and prioritize projects based on So, on July 31st don’t feel trapped, don’t feel like you have to effectiveness and efficiency rather than politics. vote of this thing; instead look at the details. • Don’t votes yes because you think the legislature won’t address it in the future, it is our job, we will. Ask yourself these questions, “Can we do better?” — “Do we I was very sad to hear a high ranking elected proponent of want projects based on priorities not politics?” If your answers the tax vote say the legislature won’t address congestion are “yes” and “yes” then you will vote as I do, and we will go issues in the future, we must, we can, and we will! to work to get it right. • Don’t vote yes because you think this will “end the recession,” it won’t. Representative Chuck Martin, District 47 Taxing private citizens has never been the answer in tough 417 State Capitol Building, Atlanta, GA 30334 economic times; this argument is standard tax and spent Phone: (404) 656-5064, Fax: (404) 463-2249 “Washington speak.” Email: | Website: Twitter: Martin4GA • Don’t vote yes because you think this will “end the TSPLOST/TIA — Whatever It Is Called, You Have to Question: Why is so much money being spent to influence my vote???

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LIBRARY julyEvents

Atlanta-Fulton Public Library | Alpharetta Branch 238 Canton Street, (770) 740-2425 Hours: Monday, Wednesday: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday: 10 – 6 p.m. Friday, Saturday: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Closed Sunday

July 10 • Alpharetta Book Club Time/ Age: 5 – 6 p.m., Adult Information: Snuggle up with selected books and join the Alpharetta Book Club for exciting book discussions. Free to the public.

July 11 • Dream Big, Paint Time/ Age: 11 a.m. – noon, 6 – 9 years old Information: Karin Mervis will lead participants through an artistic production in which each participant will contribute their unique piece to this canvas. The painting will stay in the library to be shared with everyone. Space is limited to 20. Reservations required.

July 11 • Own the Night, Paint Time/ Age: 2 – 3:15 p.m., 10 – 18 years old Information: Karin Mervis will lead participants through an artistic production in which each participant will contribute their unique piece to this canvas. The painting will stay in the library to be shared with everyone. Space is limited to 20. Reservations required.

July 11 • Art for Adults Time/ Age: 4 – 5:30 p.m., Adult Information: Participate in a collaborative art program, conducted by Karin Mervis, to create a theme-related wall display for the Alpharetta Library. Each participant will contribute a unique and creative piece to the artwork. The theme is “Between the Covers.” Registration is required.

July 14 • Author Series Time/ Age: 2 – 4 p.m., Adult Information: Author Jeffery Stepakoff will lead a discussion of his newly published title, “The Orchard,” followed by a book signing.

July 18 • Strange Magic Time/ Age: 1 – 2 p.m., 12 – 18 years old Information: Participants will see a brief magic show, learn how to perform simple and amazing magic tricks, including mind reading, predicting the future and moving objects with their minds! They will be introduced to some of the history and major figures of magic, and be shown ways that the library can help them find out more about this fun and rewarding hobby. Reservations recommended.

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Sweet Dreams Baby/Toddler Story Time Tuesdays: 10:30 – 11 a.m. Audience: 0 – 2 years old Dream Big Family Story Time Tuesdays: 11:15 – 11:45 a.m. Age: Preschool

July 19 • Hector Snector, Dream Inspector Time/ Age: 1:30 – 2:30 p.m., 3 – 10 years old Information: Barry Mann returns with his new character Hector Snector, Dream Inspector. With his mega-magnifying glass and incurable curiosity, this shrewd investigator explores the power of dreams, to express feelings, to soothe fears, and to unleash the imagination.

July 23 • Naturally Georgia Atlanta Zoo Zoomobile Time/ Age: 5 – 5:45 p.m. & 6 – 6:45 p.m., All ages Information: Representatives from the Atlanta Zoo will discuss conservation issues and what families can do regarding conservation. Families will be introduced to amazing Georgia animals in their own backyard and beyond. Space is limited. There will be two sessions. Reservations required.

July 25 • Fight Like a Girl Time/ Age: 3 – 4:30 p.m., Girls 11 – 19 years old Information: Revved Up Kids will present ‘Just Yell Fire’ teen self-defense class. Reservations required.

July 26 • Magical Dreams Time/ Age: 3:30 – 4:30 p.m., 3 – 10 years old Information: Arthur Atsma shares dreams made of stories, magic, and music. This performance is filled with amazing interactive magic, intriguing stories, original ambient folk music, and lots of audience interaction. 25


Senator Chip Rogers North Fulton Taxpayers Best Friend


enate Majority Leader, Chip Rogers, has become one of Georgia’s most effective conservative leaders. He is the Champion in the General Assembly fighting for Fulton County Taxpayers! Named one of the “100 Most Influential Georgians” Chip Rogers is delivering on his promise to make Georgia the most “Pro-Growth” state in the nation by cutting taxes, reforming the property tax system, transforming education, and stopping the growth of government.

Right-Sizing Government Under Senator Rogers’ leadership, Georgia has become America’s most Fiscally Conservative State! • One of 7states with AAA Bond Rating • Balanced Budget EVERY Year • Lowest Per-Capita State Spending in the Nation • Ban on all “Pork Barrel” spending • 18% CUT in per-capita State Spending (inflation adjusted) since 2008

Pro Jobs & Growth Senator Rogers helped lead the way in creating two “Opportunity Zones” in Cherokee County with an expected 1000 or more new jobs. • 100% Rating Georgia Chamber of Commerce • Georgia Chamber of Commerce Legislator of the Year

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• National Federation of Independent Business Defender of Small Business Award • Americans for Prosperity – Legislator of the Year

Leading for a New Milton County Senator Rogers great-grandmother moved to Milton County in 1905. Now more than 100 years later her great grandson is leading the charge to create the new Milton County. Senator Rogers has introduced a Constitutional Amendment that would allow the creation of a new Milton County and give North Fulton citizens the self governance we deserve.

Education Reform Leader Senator Rogers has committed to making available a worldclass education for every Georgia student. • 3-Time “Golden Peach” Award winner for supporting Digital Public Education • “Friend of Public Education” award winner from the Cobb Association of Educators • Previously Endorsed by the Georgia Association of Educators • Endorsed by Georgia School Superintendent Dr. John Barge

What Others Say About Chip Rogers “I’ve worked with Senator Rogers for over a decade. While some people claim to be conservative, he’s the walking, talking, living, breathing real thing. Plus, he’s a committed problem solver who is unbelievably adept at developing workable solutions that get the job done without chewing up taxpayer dollars in the process.” — Rusty Paul, former Georgia GOP State Chairman & North Fulton Senator “Thanks to the committed leadership of Senator Chip Rogers and support of Governor Deal and House and Senate members, more students in the Peach state have the opportunity to achieve their God-given potential.” — Governor Jeb Bush, former Governor of Florida and Chairman of the Foundation for Excellence in Education

“Senator Chip Rogers is a leader North Fulton families can be proud of. He champions our conservative principles with a backbone of steel. Together we will work non-stop to make Milton County a reality!” — Senator John Albers Rogers is known as “Georgia’s Conservative Workhorse” having held almost 160 “Town Hall” meetings during the last 10 years, believed to be the most by any elected official in Georgia. Senator Rogers sets the standard for communicating directly with citizens. Senator Rogers’ colleagues in the Georgia Senate and around the nation have placed their trust in him. He has twice unanimously been elected Senate Majority Leader. And earlier this year Rogers was elected the first national Chairman of the Majority Leaders Conference, a bi-partisan organization which includes all 99 legislative Majority Leaders from across the country.

“No one under the Gold Dome has been as successful and as vigilant, at getting the changes needed for the property tax appeal process.” — Barbara Payne, Executive Director Fulton County Taxpayers Foundation

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by Brett Gluck, DMD, MS, PC There are many reasons to see your orthodontist. The most obvious one is to create a great smile that people will see every time you meet and talk to them. This is a confidence builder. It is certainly easier to feel comfortable speaking and dealing with those around you without feeling like you have to hide your smile.

Dr. Brett Gluck is an orthodontic specialist at The Brace Place. You may contact him at (770) 664-6003 or visit

But, there are health considerations as well. A proper bite will reduce the probability of jaw joint issues that many people experience. Aligned teeth will reduce the chances of tooth wear. In addition to these benefits, there is the benefit of the cleansability of straight teeth. Mal-aligned teeth are plaque traps in the mouth. Even for the person who is diligent about brushing and flossing, there is a tendency for plaque to accumulate in crowed areas. If this plaque remains, then calculus (tartar) buildup will occur. Once this happens, the calculus is very hard and can no longer be removed by brushing and flossing.

There is justification to seek orthodontic treatment for many general systemic health reasons

Calculus and plaque accumulation in the mouth can and will lead to gingivitis and periodontitis. These conditions are basically infections in the mouth. In the past, it was thought that the infection was confined to the oral environment, and would only lead to things such as tooth loss. But now, the dental profession realizes that an infection in the mouth is not just confined to the mouth. Just like any other infection, it can affect other parts of the body. In fact there are a number of studies that link oral health to systemic issues. The list started with the association between periodontitis and heart disease. But, the list also includes such diseases as respiratory disease. There is an association between periodontal issues and high blood sugar levels in diabetic patients. In addition, there are also some findings that link oral infections with early term pregnancies and low-birth weight babies. The list continues to grow. So, there is justification to seek orthodontic treatment for many general systemic health reasons as well as the obvious one of achieving a beautiful smile. 28 My Alpharetta | july 2012

Infant Oral Care by Vishant Nath, DMD

It’s never too early to begin considering your child’s oral health care. From birth, your baby’s oral health is being determined by a variety of factors. There are some easy guidelines to follow to put your baby on a pathway to good oral health.

Dr. Vishant Nath is the owner of Roswell Pediatric Dentistry. You may contact him at (678) 352-1090 or visit

As soon as your baby’s new teeth erupt from their gums, they are susceptible to cavities. Cavities are caused by an overabundance of the bacteria mutans streptococci (MS) in the mouth. Even before your baby has teeth, these bacteria can be present in their mouth. As a parent, there are two main ways to prevent the cavities from forming.

So the first goal is to prevent the bacteria from entering your baby’s mouth. It may seem like an impossible goal and in some ways it is. It’s inevitable that over time, the bacteria will make it into your baby’s mouth. The goal is to put off this “early colonization” of MS for as long as possible. There are some obvious ways in which the bacteria enter the mouth. Especially as babies grow, their natural curiosities encourage them to seek out situations where they will encounter these bacteria. Something as simple as a dropped pacifier; or other teething toy can present this situation. Forget the “five-second rule.” It’s best to take the necessary measure to clean these items before giving them back to your child. Keeping an extra clean pacifier handy and cleaning their teething toys on a regular basis are simple steps that can help your baby’s oral health care. There is another, less obvious way that the bacteria make their way into your baby’s mouth. If you share a spoon or drink cup with your baby, you are sharing the MS bacteria that are present in your mouth with them. Try to avoid this! You may think that your mouth is perfectly clean, but it isn’t as clean as your baby’s mouth and by sharing your spoon with them, you are sharing these bacteria with them. The second goal is to take great care of your baby’s mouth. Even before they have teeth, you can help create a clean environment by gently wiping the gums with a clean, wet cloth before bedtime. The more you do it, the more your baby will get used to it. Once the primary teeth erupt, wipe them as well. There are a variety of soft, rubbery-bristled baby tooth brushes available that you can begin using to gently brush the baby teeth. Establishing these habits early will put your child on a pathway of a lifetime of great oral health! 29

EIGHT WAYS LIGHTS, ACTION, To Make Your Community Frozen Margarita?

Relations Effort a Success

by Chris Mixon Just five years ago, Bank of North Georgia, a division of Synovus Bank, launched a community relations initiative that has impacted literally thousands of children in need throughout North Fulton and metro Atlanta. The Chris Mixon is a Community Executive challenging economy over the past few years has caused more at Bank of North Georgia, a division of Synovus Bank, Member of FDIC. Chris and more families to reach can be reached at (678) 474-1501. 8025 Westside Parkway, Alpharetta out to local food banks for assistance and the BNG team felt compelled to take action. They wanted to be sure children have the nutritious food they need to get through the day energized and excited to learn. As a result, BNG chose to focus their efforts on a staple lunchtime classic – peanut butter and jelly. Since 2008, BNG has collected more than 23,000 jars and 16.6 tons of peanut butter and jelly through the ‘Spread the Love’ Peanut Butter and Jelly Food Drive held each April in support of over 30 local food pantries throughout metro Atlanta. That is enough to make more than 265,000 sandwiches (with approximately two ounces of PB&J spread on each sandwich). This year, they brought the effort to a whole new level by inviting 25 partner schools to help by hosting a PB&J Food Drive in connection with the bank’s effort. What makes this program so successful? Take advantage of these eight best practices and tips to make your community relations effort as successful as possible: 1. Make it meaningful. Do your homework first to identify a community need that can be addressed successfully while enhancing your image as a community-focused business, medical practice, club or organization. 2. Keep it simple and make it memorable. Focusing on just two items – i.e. peanut butter and jelly – instead of a generic food drive provides a fun theme and encourages wide-spread participation from team members, customers and local residents. 3. Keep it local. Although logistically it might be easier to continued on page 39 30 My Alpharetta | july 2012

by Michael Consoli Cruise ship entertainment continues to reach new heights so it is no surprise that on the largest cruise ships in the world, Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas, the shows on board will also be “supersized.” While both ships Michael Consoli is owner of feature multiple entertainment Cruise Planners. You may contact venues, the current buzz on him at (770) 650-7667 or online at Oasis of the Seas is about “Hairspray” and not the kind available in the gift shop. Royal Caribbean recently announced that it has signed an exclusive 3-year arrangement with the producers of the musical for presentation in the ship’s Grand Opal lounge. Royal Caribbean also offers “Chicago” on the Allure of the Seas. The show is amazing and has all the elements of the Broadway show, but on a smaller scale. “We are thrilled to bring to our guests a ground-breaking entertainment feature such as Hairspray on Oasis of the Seas and Chicago on Allure of the Seas,” said Peter Compton, vice president, Entertainment, Royal Caribbean International. The addition of these popular musicals to Royal Caribbean’s entertainment lineup will undoubtedly take cruise entertainment to the next level and cater to the evolving tastes of vacationers. Guests will be able to enjoy an awardwinning Broadway-caliber production along with a myriad of revolutionary onboard amenities for a most memorable cruise vacation. Hairspray earned a total of eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, during its near 7-year run on Broadway, which came to an end in early January and is currently playing in London’s West End. Set in 1962, the show follows the story of Tracy Turnblad, a big girl with big aspirations who wins a spot on the local TV dance program, “The Corny Collins Show” and finds herself transformed into an overnight teen sensation. Most recently the 66th annual Tony Awards featured a live performance from the Oasis of the Seas.  While the shows have been trimmed just slightly to fit within the average 90-minute run time, consistent with Royal Caribbean’s theater productions, guests will be pleased to find that the hottest, high-energy numbers will remain on the continued on page 39

Three Quick Lessons From Others Mistakes

by Chris Miller In our estate planning firm, we see the same costly mistakes over and over again. Here are three easy ways to avoid following in those footsteps.

Update Beneficiary Designations

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Children younger than 18 Robinson & Miller, P.C. Attorneys years old cannot legally at Law. She can be reached at (770) 817-4999 or by emailing manage assets. If minors are directly named as beneficiaries of life insurance or retirement assets, someone will have to be appointed as Conservator by the Probate Court to manage those assets. Setting up a conservatorship is expensive and takes several weeks. Once appointed, a Conservator’s actions are supervised by the Court, which means a Conservator must get the Court’s permission

to sell or mortgage the minor’s property. Worst of all, conservatorship assets must be distributed at age 18, whether the child is ready to handle them or not. A better idea is to designate a custodial account as beneficiary or to create a trust. With a trust, you can also delay the age at which the child gets control and stagger distributions so that the child does not receive his or her inheritance all at once.

Many people have multiple IRAs, 401(k) plans, and life insurance policies. As the years go by and circumstances change, they fail to change their beneficiaries. Beneficiary designations control those funds, so if an ex-spouse is named as beneficiary, the “ex” will get the check. Look at each of your accounts and retirement plans to make sure the beneficiary designations are current. Joint Ownership of Real Estate If you own your residence jointly, do you know what will happen when your co-owner dies? People assume that at the first death, ownership will pass to the survivor. Not always — in Georgia, unless the deed specifically creates ownership with right of survivorship, the share of a deceased owner will pass continued on page 39 31

GOD BLESS Our Nation by Ron Bradley

Someone has said that the Declaration of Independence is America’s great religious document — the official and unequivocal affirmation by the American people of their belief and faith in God. The Declaration affirms God’s Dr. Ron Bradley is the pastor at First existence as a “self-evident” Baptist Church Roswell. You may truth that requires no further contact him at (770) 587-6980 or discussion or debate. The nation created by the great Declaration is God’s country. The rights it defines are Godgiven. The actions of its signers were God-inspired. The Declaration contains five references to God: God as supreme lawmaker; God as creator of all people; God as the source of all rights; God as the world’s supreme judge; and God as our Protector on whom we can rely. Our founding Fathers who wrote our Declaration of Independence and our Constitution were men of faith who took their religion seriously. They were well schooled in the Bible and they believed that religion and morality are the foundation of the American government. It was George Washington who said, “It is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God; to obey His will; to be grateful for His benefits; and humbly to implore His protection and favor.” It is my opinion that we can have freedom of religion and still declare Christianity to be the dominant faith of America. If we go to India we expect Hinduism to be the dominant faith. If we go to Thailand we expect to be in the minority to the Buddhists. If we go to Saudi Arabia we expect Islam to be in the majority. The First Amendment, as I understand it, never intended to protect people from religion, but to protect religious people from government interferences. It does not require government to be neutral on the subject of religion, but neutral only on any ONE particular religion! In America, Jews, Baptists, Methodists, Catholics, Mormons, Muslims, Atheists, humanists, Buddhists, and “anythingarians” can all celebrate July 4th as the birthday of the nation whose laws guarantee religious liberty and freedom. In America, no American has to fear oppression by any religious majority: whether Buddhists in Hawaii; Mormons in Utah; Roman Catholics in Maryland; or even Baptists in Georgia. We Baptist Christians obviously disagree with beliefs of some of these other groups. What we do strongly believe is the rights of these people to their religious beliefs should continue to be protected by our laws.We are truly one nation UNDER GOD, not one nation WITHOUT GOD! “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord and the people whom He has chosen as His own inheritance.” Psalm 33:12 32 My Alpharetta | july 2012

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The Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce Means Business! Its mission is to be the catalyst for economic development, business growth, and quality of life in North Fulton.

Egg & Enterprise Breakfast

Food Drive to Support NFCC July 9, 2012 — July 13, 2012 North Fulton Community Charities (NFCC) provides an average of 9 tons of food weekly to individuals struggling each day to feed their families. The need grows dramatically during the summer months when children are home from school and donations to NFCC decrease. Please help by collecting food and dropping it at a drop site below or the chamber office located at 11605 Haynes Bridge Road in Alpharetta, during the week of July 9 – 13. Drop Locations July 9 – 12: Crabapple Car Care 12265 Crabapple Road, Suite B, Roswell (located in Citgo Bldg but not affiliated) Queen of Hearts 670 North Main Street, Alpharetta Verizon Wireless Communications 295 Rucker Road, #140, Roswell Atlanta Humane Society 1565 Mansell Road, Alpharetta Quantum National Bank 2905 Bethany Bend, Milton Bradyware 10375 Old Alabama Connector, Suite 300, Alpharetta Merrill Lynch Global Wealth Management 333 Northpoint Center East, Suite 400, Alpharetta Georgia State University-Alpharetta Center 3775 Brookside Parkway, Alpharetta Harry Norman Realty 7855 North Point Parkway, Suite 100, Alpharetta The Final Drop Off Date is Friday, July 13, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Chamber Office The top 10 recommended donations: Canned tuna, canned chicken, canned fruit, peanut butter (no glass containers), jelly (no glass containers), macaroni and cheese, ramen noodles, cereal (children friendly), pasta sauce (no glass containers) and diapers (sizes 4, 5, 6). For more information, please contact Paula Sands at or Kendra Plotkin at

The GNFCC welcomed Dikembe Mutombo as the keynote speaker for its June premier monthly breakfast meeting — Eggs & Enterprise. Honored with USA Weekend Magazine’s Most Caring Athlete Award, and from as the most generous athlete in the world, former Houston Rockets and Atlanta Hawks center Dikembe Mutombo has long been dedicated to improving the health, education and quality of life for the people in his birthplace, the Democratic Republic of the Congo. As an Atlanta Hawk, Mutombo was actively involved with Strong STARTS (Schools Taking Action to Reach Troubled Students). He also served as a spokesman for the Atlanta Hawks Team Up program, often visiting children at local hospitals and held a basketball clinic with on-court drills for the Georgia Special Olympic athletes.

This is the place to be to stay on top of the issues and meet the leaders making the decisions, and at the same time, make valuable contacts.

The GNFCC breakfast sessions regularly feature distinguished keynote speakers with timely topics and issues facing our region. From education to economic development, to public policy and political advocacy, this is the place to be to stay on top of the issues and meet the leaders making the decisions, and at the same time, make valuable contacts. Debbie Ryals at (678) 397-0556 with questions. 33

RELIGIOUS SERVICES Baptist Bethany Baptist Church 2065 Bethany Road, (770) 475-6748

Boiling Springs Primitive Baptist Church 1200 Birmingham Road, (404) 444-6490 Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m.

Bridgeway Church

First Baptist Church of Alpharetta 44 Academy Street, (770) 475-6556

Hopewell Baptist Church 15730 Hopewell Road, 770-442-0793

Johns Creek Baptist Church 7500 McGinnis Ferry Road, (770) 623-8203 Sunday Service: 11 a.m.

4755 Kimball Bridge Road,(770) 751-1972 Sunday Service: 9:30 a.m.

Providence Baptist Church

Clear Springs Baptist Church

1125 Alpha Drive, (770) 456-5881 Sunday Services: 10:30 a.m. & 6 p.m.

11575 Jones Bridge Road, (770) 475-9223 Sunday Service: 11 a.m.

Clear Springs Missionary Baptist Church 2725 Kimball Bridge Road, (770) 664-6863

County Line Baptist Church 430 Strickland Road, (770) 475-9429

Crabapple First Baptist 12760 Birmingham Highway, (770) 475-6111 Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m.

Cross Plains Baptist Church 6500 McGinnis Ferry Road, (770) 475-1210

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Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

20075 Providence Road, (770) 475-3627

Alpharetta First Ward 500 Norcross Street, (770) 640-7357

Milton Ward 500 Norcross Street, (770) 587-0550 Sunday Service: 11 a.m.


Vision Baptist Church

Catholic Saint Brigid Catholic Church

St. Aidans Episcopal Church 13560 Cogburn Road, (770) 521-0207 Sunday Services: 8:30 & 10:30 a.m.


3400 Old Alabama Road, (678) 393-0060 Sunday Services: 7:30 a.m., 9 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 12:15 p.m., 5 p.m (Life Teen)

Chabad of Alpharetta Jewish Center

St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church

Congregation Gesher L’Torah

535 Rucker Road, (770) 475-4501 Sunday Services: 7:30 a.m., 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 12 p.m., 2:30 p.m. (En Español) 5 p.m (Life Teen)

10180 Jones Bridge Road, (770) 410-9000 Sunday Services: 9:45 & 10:30 a.m.

4320 Kimball Bridge Road, (770) 777-4009

Lutheran Christ the Shepherd Lutheran Church 4655 Webb Bridge Road, (770) 475-0640 Sunday Services: 8:15, 9:30 & 10:55 a.m.

Lord of Life Lutheran Church ELCA

Spirit of God Christian Church 11940 Alpharetta Highway, (770) 777-6889 Sunday Service: 10 a.m.

Stonecreek Church 13540 Highway 9 North, (770) 754-7900 Sunday Services: 9:30 & 11 a.m.

5390 McGinnis Ferry Road, (770) 740-1279 Sunday Services: 8:30, 11:00 a.m. Sunday school for all ages at 9:45 a.m.


Messiah Lutheran Church - WELS

Alpharetta Presbyterian

4765 Kimball Bridge Road, (770) 751-9357 Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m.

180 Academy Street, (770) 751-0033 Sunday Services: 8:30 & 11 a.m.

Prince of Peace Lutheran Church ELCA 10250 Haynes Bridge Road, (770) 475-4250 Sunday Services: 9:15 (Tradtional) & 10:45 a.m. (Modern)

The River Church 501 S. Main Street, Suite 101, (678) 860-0971 Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m.

Methodist Alpharetta First United Methodist Church 69 North Main Street, (770) 475-5576 Sunday Services: 8:30 & 11 a.m.

Birmingham United Methodist 15560 Birmingham Highway, (678) 942-1600 Sunday Services: 9:30 & 11 a.m.

Other Churches Abundant Life Community Church 625-A Sims Industrial Boulevard, (678) 319-9700 Sunday Service: 11 a.m.

Alpharetta Church of God 1460 Mid Broadwell Road, (770) 475-5788 Sunday Service: 10:45 a.m.

Baha’i Faith of Alpharetta 10690 Jones Bridge Road, (770) 442-1332

C3 Church 13695 Highway 9 North, (678) 696-1401 Sunday Service: 11 a.m.

Calvary Chapel 200 James Road, (770) 442-8167 Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m.

Community of Christ 3315 Francis Road, (770) 521-1112 Sunday Services: 9:30 & 10:30 a.m.

Crabapple Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses 910 Mayfield Road, (678) 339-0349

The Hanuman Mandir 390 Cumming Street, Suite 1, (770) 475-7701

Inner Quest 12830 New Providence Road, (770) 521-2875 Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m.

Islamic Center of North Fulton 1265 Rucker Road, (678) 297-0019

Jehovah’s Witnesses 9400 Brumbelow Road, (770) 594-9400

Morning Star Chapel 2780 Bethany Bend, (678) 319-0041

Reach One Church Meets at Mill Springs Academy 13660 New Providence Rd., (770) 609-7941 Sunday Service: 10:45 a.m.

Restoration Church of God 410 Rucker Road, (770) 751-9697 Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m.

Midway United Methodist Church 5025 Highway 9 N, (770) 475-5230 Sunday Services: 8:30 & 10:45 a.m.

St. James United Methodist 3000 Webb Bridge Road, (678) 762-1543 Sunday Services: 8 & 11 a.m.

Non-Denominational Keepin’ It Real “Lighthouse”, Inc. 61 Old Canton Street, (770) 360-5601

Kingdom Ambassadors Intl. Worship Center Wills Recreation Center 11925 Wills Road, (770) 853-7231 Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m.

The Lighthouse Church 18271 Union Hill Road, (770) 664-3644

North Point Community Church 4350 Northpoint Parkway, (770) 290-5600 Sunday Services: 9, 11 & 12:45 a.m. 35


Business Organizations

BNI-Alpharetta Accelerators Chapter Contact: Jim Somers, (770) 753-2032 Website:

National Association of Women Business Owners Contact: (678) 539-8090 Website:

North Fulton Senior Services

Ryan Lee Holland Cancer Foundation, Inc Contact: Jacqueline Holland, 678-242-0471 Website:

United Way of Atlanta Contact:

The North Fulton Bar Association

Contact: Ben Staten, (404) 323-0049 Website:

North Metro Women’s Connection Contact:

Rosan Hall, (770) 335-6013

Northside Business Network Group Contact:

Diane Williford, (770) 594-2200

Powercore Contact: Jeremy Faulkner, (404) 816-3377 Website:

Charitable Organizations Alpharetta Clean and Beautiful Contact:

(678) 297-6200

Basset Hound Rescue of Georgia Contact:

(770) 499-1164

(770) 614-1000

Civic Organizations

Contact: Charles Gabriel, (678) 735-5900 Website:

GA 400 Rainmakers


(770) 475-9023

Alpharetta Junior Women’s Club

Greg Cabrera, (770) 752-8122

Alpharetta Lions Club Contact:

Garner Andrews, (770) 475-9344

Alpharetta Roswell Newcomers Club

Contact: Website:

Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta

North Fulton Jaycees Contact:

Wendell Whitefield, (404) 786-2665

Rotary Club of North Fulton Contact: Joyce Abernathy, (770) 475-0656 Website:

VFW Post 12002 Website:

Political Organizations

Friends of the Alpharetta Library

North Fulton Community Charities Contact: (770) 640-0399 Website:

Contact: Don Nahser, (770) 475-9684

Alpharetta Golden Age Book Club Lewis Lay, (678) 297-6142

Alpharetta/Roswell Newcomers Club

Alpharetta Singles movie club Contact:

(770) 662-0916

Alpharetta Walkie Talkies AlphaFretters Dulcimer Group

The Drake Closet

(770) 642- 9185

Alpharetta City Band

American Association of University Women North Fulton Branch

Contact: Glenn Rudh, (404) 375-7033


Lewis Lay, (678) 297-6142


North Fulton Optimist Club


Contact: Nancy Hetsko, (678) 361-5198 Website:

Contact: Barb Hill, (678) 318-1442

Contact: (678) 493-9847 Website:

Contact: (770) 740-2425 E-mail: Website:

Alpharetta Bridge Club

Contact: (678) 318-1442 Website:


(770) 649-7117

Contact: Rachel Ewald, (770) 641-9591 Sharon Franklin, (404) 729-3374 E-mail: Website:

Contact: Danita Grant, (678) 994-5630 Website:

Alpharetta Optimist Club

Contact: Crystal D Weitzel, (770) 476-3090 Website:

Foster Care Support Foundation

Alpharetta Arts Guild


Children’s Restoration Network

Contact: (678) 682-3551 Website:

Lewis Lay, (678) 297-6142

Contact: Debora, (678) 218-5732 Website:

Junior League of Gwinnett and North Fulton Counties, Inc.

Companion Animal Connection



Alpharetta American Legion, Auxiliary Unit 201

Contact: (770) 992-4339 Website:


Alpharetta Adult Activity Center Book Club

Alpharetta Camera Club


Child Development Association

Recreation & Hobbies

Contact: (770) 993-1906 Website:

Chattahoochee Republican Women’s Club Contact:

Dell Makuch, (770) 667-0620

Atlanta Stamp Collectors Contact: John Coles, (770) 962-5888 Website:

Chattahoochee Celtic Pipes & Drums Contact: Rory Howe, (770) 926-6898 or

Dudes ‘n Darlins Square Dance Club of Alpharetta Contact: 770-751-7210, (770) 361-1237 Website:

The Ludwig Symphony Orchestra Contact:

(770) 623-8623

Milton Garden Club Contact: Faye Troka, (770) 781-4634, Website:

Multisport Explosion Women’s Only Triathlon Team Contact: Jennifer Lesser, Website:

Multisport Explosion Youth Triathlon Team Contact: Lisa Marshall, (404) 308-6656 Website:

Marjean Birt,

North Fulton Democrats Contact:


Lewis Lay, (678) 267-6142

North Fulton Amateur Radio League Contact:

Jim Stafford, W4Q0, (770) 993-9500

Anne, (404) 303-9142, ext. 2

North Fulton Republican Women’s Club Contact: Suzi Voyles, (404) 851-9704

North Fulton Music Teachers Association Contact: Serene Lee, (404) 786-8932 Website:

Newtown Recreation Contact:

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(678) 297-2662

Songs of Atlanta Chorus

Diabetes Support Group

Contact: (770) 977-4031


Southern Winds Concert Band

Emotions Anonymous (EA)

Contact: George Cekis, (404) 295-5093


Stars Soccer Club — Men’s League Contact: (678) 366-9008 Website:

Writers Network Contact:

Bobby Christmas, (770) 924-0528

Joe Mengoni, (770) 889-7577

Suzanne, (404) 307-1735

Foster Care Support Group Contact: Patty Hampton, (770) 261-1767

Narcotics Anonymous (NA) Contact:

Lee H., (678) 576-4838

National Alliance on Mental Illness — NAMI Contact: Jerry Bishop, (678) 446-5080

Support Organizations

Overeaters Anonymous Contact:

Alcoholics Anonymous Contact:

Barb G., (770) 686-3082

Anorexia Nervousa and Associated Eating Disorders — ANA Contact:

Kim, (404) 307-5442

Atlanta Harm Reduction Center Contact: (404) 817-9994 Website:

Bill, (770) -992-6481

Parkinson’s Support Group Contact:

Patty Hampton, (770) 261-1767

SA Contact:

(770) 993-7253

S-Anon Contact:

(770) 993-7253

Bereavement Support Group Contact:

Patty Hampton, (770) 261-1767

Brain Injury and Stroke Group Contact:

(770) 751-2650

Care Partner Support Group Contact:

Dawn Reed, (678) 777-7241 37


United States Government

President Barack Obama (D)

(202) 456-1414 fax: (202) 456-2461

1600 Pennsylvania Avenue Washington, D.C. 20500 Website:

Senator Saxby Chambliss (R)

(202) 224-3521 GA: (770) 763-9090 fax: (202) 224-0103

Senate Russell Courtyard-2 Washington, D.C. 20510 Website:

Senator Johnny Isakson (R) 1 Overton Park, Suite 970 3625 Cumberland Blvd., Atlanta, GA 30339 Website:

Rep. Tom Price (R), District 6

P.O. Box 425, Roswell, GA 30077 Website:

Rep. Rob Woodall (R), District 7 90 North Street, Suite 360 Canton, GA 30114-2724 Website:

(202) 225-4501 GA: (770) 565-4990 fax: (770) 565-7570 (202) 225-4272 GA: (770) 232-3005 fax: (770) 232-2909

(202) 225-5211 GA: (770) 535-2592 fax: (202) 225-8272

State Government

Governor Nathan Deal (R)

(404) 656-1776 fax: (404) 657-7332

(404) 613-4433

Juvenile Court: Chief Judge Sanford Jones

(770) 612-4401

Court of Clerks: Cathelene Robinson

(404) 730-5300

(770) 613-4070

Board of Commissioners 141 Pryor St. S.W. Atlanta, GA 30303

(678) 493-6000 fax: (678) 493-6013

John H. Eaves (D-1)


Robb Pitts (D-2)

(404) 612-8206

(404) 612-8210


Liz Hausmann (D-3)

(404) 612-8213

Tom Lowe (D-4)

(404) 612-8218

e-mail: e-mail:

(404) 612-8222

Joan P. Garner (D-6)

(404) 656-0048 fax: (404) 651-6768

(404) 612-8226


(404) 612-8230


Board of Education

State Senator John Albers (R) (D-56)

local: (678) 667-3656 business: (404) 463-8055 fax: (404) 656-6484

511 Coverdell Legislative Bldg. Atlanta, GA 30334 e-mail:

State Rep. Jan Jones (R) (D-46)

(404) 656-5072 fax: (404) 657-0498

340 State Capitol Atlanta, GA 30334 e-mail:

Linda Schultz (D-1)

Katie Reeves (D-2)

Linda McCain (D-5)

Julia Bernath (D-7)


State Rep. Chuck Martin (R) (D-47)

417 State Capitol Atlanta, GA 30334 e-mail:

State Rep. Harry Geisinger (R) (D-48)

(404) 656-5064 fax: (404) 463-2249

(404) 656-0254 fax: (770) 594-1510

State Rep. Wendell Willard (R) (D-49)

Fulton County Schools Superintendent:

State Rep. Lynne Riley (R) (D-50)

(404) 656-5125 fax: (404) 481-7111

(404) 656-0188

401 State Capitol Atlanta, GA 30334 e-mail:

Fulton County Medical Examiner: Randy Hanzlick, MD

(404) 656-5912

(404) 730-4400 fax: (404) 730-4405

Fulton County Sheriff’s Office: Sheriff Theodore Jackson (404) 612-5100 185 Central Avenue SW, Atlanta, GA 30303 Website:

Fulton County Tax Commissioner: Arthur E. Ferdinand

(404) 730-4000

141 Pryor Street SW, Atlanta, GA 30303

City of Alpharetta

(404) 768-3600

Robert M. Avossa, Ed.D. 786 Cleveland Avenue SW, Atlanta, GA 30315 e-mail: Website:

430 Pryor Street SW, Atlanta, GA 30312 e-mail:

132 State Capitol Atlanta, GA 30334 e-mail:

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(404) 613-4497

William Edwards (D-7)

421-F State Capitol Atlanta, GA 30334 e-mail:

220 State Capitol Atlanta, GA 30334 e-mail:

State Court: Chief Judge A.L. Thompson Magistrate Court: Chief Judge Stephanie Davis Probate Court: Judge Pinkle T. Toomer


State Senator David Shafer (R) (D-48)

State Rep. Tom Rice (R) (D-51)

(404) 730-4991

Emma I. Darnell (D-5)

203 State Capitol Atlanta, GA 30334 Website:

601 Coverdell Legislative Bldg. Atlanta, GA 30334 e-mail:

Superior Court: Chief Judge Doris L. Downs

(202) 224-3643 GA: (770) 661-0999 fax: (770) 661-0768

Rep. Tom Graves (R), District 9 90 North Street, Suite 360 Canton, GA 30114-2724 Website:


City of Milton

David Belle Isle Mayor Joe Lockwood

(678) 297-6020

(678) 242-2484

Lights, Action, Frozen Margarita?

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playbill. These shows will be offered three or four times on each seven-night cruise itinerary, ensuring that guests have the opportunity to see the show at their leisure during their vacation.

Community Relations Initiative

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deliver the collected items to one central food pantry, the collection becomes much more successful when each store, branch or office has the opportunity to choose a local food pantry or organization to support.

Three Quick Lessons

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either according to his or her Will or the intestacy laws if there is no Will. Find a copy of your Warranty Deed and look for phrase: Joint tenants with rights of survivorship. If the phrase is not there, it can be added with a Quitclaim Deed. Good estate planning requires more than just signing a Will. The mistakes of others in making beneficiary designations and joint ownership have cost their families money, time, and even disinheritance. Learn from them and avoid walking down the same path.

4. Set a date. A four week campaign provides enough time for people to learn about the initiative and participate. 5. Embrace it from the top down. All team members from the president to the front line need to take this initiative very seriously. Give them plenty of information in advance of the campaign kickoff date and provide regular updates. Let team members know about sales at the local supermarkets and stores. 6. Maximize the visibility. Publicize the project through your website with a home page promotional banner. If you advertise your business in local publications or on a radio station, contact them to see if they will provide free ads and radio spots during the campaign. Create a pre and post press release to obtain substantial editorial coverage in the local market. 7. Make it tangible and fun. Share stories about the history of this food (cereal) or piece of clothing (panty hose). Host a contest for team members to guess the total number that will be collected. When tallying the results, capture noteworthy information - i.e. the total number of creamy versus crunchy jars of peanut butter, the most popular flavor of jelly, etc. The newspapers enjoy sharing these tidbits of information with their readers. 8. Enlist the support of community partners early. If you plan to enlist the help of schools or other community partners, it is best to contact them months in advance for planning purposes. Assist them by providing a tally sheet, promotional flyers and posters. Encourage your partners to get involved by helping with the delivery of the collected items to the non-profit organizations. The more involved everyone becomes, the more successful your community relations effort will be. To learn more about Bank of North Georgia’s ‘Spread the Love’ Peanut Butter and Jelly Food Drive, visit 39



Your Community


Home Improvement/Repair/Service


Robinson & Miller, PC Inside Back Cover

BAM Fence & Doors 11 Meer Electric 37 Reliable Heating, Air & Plumbing Cover, 20, 21 Southern Glassworks Inside Front Cover

Brandon Beach for State Senate 1 Committee to Elect Chip Rogers Back Cover, 26, 27

Banking/Financial Services Bank of North Georgia

Restaurants/Food Services


Photography JosJan Photography

Carpet & Upholstery Cleaners Carpet Dry Tech


Dentist/Orthodontists Brett Gluck, DMD 11 DeMercy Dental 32 Roswell Pediatric Dentist Inside Front Cover

Marlow’s Tavern

Physicians & Medical Services Alpharetta Pediatrics Inside Back Cover Northside Hospital-Forsyth 3 WellStreet Urgent Care 5


Services/Retailers/Miscellaneous All Pro Window Tinting 23 Cruise Planners 31 GhostNet 25 Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce 33 Green Pets America 32 The Mad Hatter Service Company 29

Businesses listed in bold italic type denote new or returning advertisers to My Alpharetta Monthly.

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