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Audio Intersection

Your Home Audio & Video Connection Photos courtesy of Devon Morgan,

Publisher & Co-Owner Brian Meek Executive Editor & Co-Owner Michelle Meek

editorial Editor Michelle Martin Editor Cherryl Greenman


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Northside Cherokee Pediatrics Protect your family from the flu this season.

What’s Cookin’ In The Community Delicious recipes for your Super Bowl party

Canine Assistants Training great dogs to help special people

Footprints — Leaving A Legacy She Is Safe

Vote For Your Community Favorites!


3 Publisher’s note 4 Celebrations 6 calendar 7 cONTEST CORNER 11 What’s cooking in the community 61 Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce 62 religious services 64 clubs & Organizations 66 Local Officials 68 Advertiser index

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Graphic Designer Tiffany Atwood Graphic Designer Candice Williams

sales Senior Market Director Janet Ponichtera Market Director Rhonda Kerns

contributors Photographers Devon Morgan Writers John Albers, David Belle Isle, Ronald Bradley, Michael Buckner, Michael Consoli, Louise Estabrook, Dr. Edward J. Furey, Dr. Brett Gluck, Laura Green, Dr. Jeff Kincaid, Dr. Vishant Nath, Dennis Palmer, Jill Pollard, Debra Robinson, Dr. Jamie Rollins, Foster Smith, Suzanne Taylor, Jere Wood

Volume 1 | Issue 5 113 Mountain Brook Drive, Suite 204 Canton, GA 30115 tel. (770) 720-7497 fax. (770) 720-1329 My North Fulton 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, copies are distributed free by mail and through local businesses in the North Fulton area. Please contact us or visit our website for a current list of locations where copies of the magazine can be found and other information. My North Fulton 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 North Fulton 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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Happy New Year, and from the heart for years past... Michelle and I have lived in the northern Atlanta area for almost 19 years. With the exception of a brief couple of years about midway when we moved back to Florida, Atlanta has been our home. While I spent much of this time at either a Lexus store in Roswell or a Mercedes store in Sandy Springs, for the last more than six years, Michelle and I have owned Footprints Publishing, publishers of your local community magazine.

Co-owners Michelle and Brian Meek

We love what we do and we love the relationships and connections we have made through this wonderful community resource. What we love about the magazine is the positive content and the ability it provides for us to help others by sponsoring and promoting local events and charities; it enables us to support our local small businesses by providing a directmailed, engaging magazine to showcase their products and services; and it allows us to provide good and useful information to our readers that builds our community.

Michelle and I are not been the kind of people who desire to be in the spotlight. We don’t publish these magazines as a vehicle to self-promote or to elevate our status. On the contrary, we wish to remain anonymous in much of what we do because the content is about you and tells your stories. We want to help you build your business. We want to give you a place for your family birthday pictures. We love providing space for our schools to brag over students’ accomplishments and for the members of our community to inform and educate. This has nothing to do with us. The way we feel about our magazines and our community has not changed and is unwavering. You are probably wondering where I am going with this and to answer your question, my motive is to confirm with you that while others have come and gone, we remain. Sure, we endured change — what started out as one name soon changed and then changed again — what was once a noble mission for some has changed. I will not go into details, but Michelle and I and our staff remain deeply rooted in our community and will remain on the high road. Our mission and our passion to provide positive, uplifting, hyper-focused local information to our community and to strengthen our community remain our utmost priority. We could not be more encouraged by the outpouring of support from both our readers and friends, but in particular from our advertisers and community leaders. Thank you. We remain committed to the high road and the spirit of encouragement. We remain passionate about our community and are resolved to helping it grow. We remain a stalwart ally of what’s good and positive in our targeted areas and will remain your community magazine. But we can’t do it without you. I am looking forward to 2013 and, while I have never put much stock in the whole resolution thing, I am resolved to moving forward with renewed spirit and conviction; to do whatever we can to help grow our local economy and provide a continued, reliable resource for our community based on positive stories and timely information. Michelle and I love working with you and we hope that it shows through the magazines. If you have any comments or concerns, please feel free to call us or any one of our staff. We enjoy hearing from you and hope you remain as committed as we are to the betterment of our community. Happy New Year! Brian Meek, Publisher (770) 720-7497,


WANT TO SEE YOUR PHOTO IN OUR CELEBRATIONS SECTION? Birthday, Anniversary & Wedding Announcements are Free!

Babies, Birthdays and Anniversaries

Abigail Claire Carter

Age 4 on January 26 Happy Birthday Abby! We love you! Mommy & Daddy

Christopher (CJ) Carson

Age 12 on January 23 Happy Birthday! Love, Mom & Dad


Austin Riddle

Age 3 on December 15 Happy Birthday lil man! Mommy & Bubba love you so much! Love, Mommy & Bubba Evan

Aubrey Barker

Age 2 on January 15 Happy 2nd birthday to our very special girl! Love, Mommy, Daddy, Persi, Amy, Chad, Maggie & Gracie

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Skylar Wallace

Age 13 on January 4 Happy Birthday Skylar! You make us proud! Love Mom, Dad & Cullen

Adam & Ron Frierson

Grayson Turner

Age 11 on January 2 Happy Birthday! We love you so much! Mom & Dad

Adam: Age 12 on January 1 Ron: Celebrating on January 1 Happy Birthday to the best husband/father and son/brother ever! We love you so much. Love, Dena, RJ & Jasmine

Cooper Riley Escalante

Age 1 on January 2 Happy FIRST Birthday Biggin’! Mommy & Daddy love you so much!

Kristen Reese Merrill

Born on November 8, 2012 5 lbs., 9 oz. Son of Jill & Cisco; Sister of Tyler Merrill

January January 10—27 SWELL PARTY

Location: Roswell Cultural Arts Center 950 Forrest St., Roswell Information: Georgia Ensemble Theatre presents Swell Party, a world premiere comedy! A wedding party is flat-out ruined when the groom turns up dead. As the guests gather to reconstruct the evening’s events and try to solve the mystery, it becomes clear that for Southerners, the truth isn’t nearly as important as a good story. For performance times and details, please visit the website. (770) 6411260,

January 14—22 ROSWELL RESTAURANT WEEK Information: Some of Roswell’s finest dining will be featured at exceptional prices during the first-ever Historic Roswell Restaurant Week. Participating restaurants will offer a prix-fixe, three-course menu consisting of an appetizer, a main course and a delicious dessert for $15 and $25 per person excluding alcohol, tax and gratuity. The launch of Historic Roswell’s Annual Restaurant Week will fuse international and local flavors and ingredients while encouraging consumers to explore, eat in and enjoy Roswell’s Historic District. Participating restaurants will include Ceviche; Diesel; El Zarape; The Fickle Pickle; Inc.; Lucky’s Burger & Brew; 9 Street Kitchen; Oak Street Café; Party Chic; Pastis Restaurant & Bar; Roswell Tap; Roux of Canton; Salt Factory; Slate Table & Tap; Sugo; Table & Main; Thumbs Up Diner; and Zest.

January 15 ROSWELL BUSINESS ACADEMY: UTILITIES PANEL Time: 7:30-9 a.m. Location: City Hall, Room 220 38 Hill St., Roswell Information: Roswell Business Alliance hosts the Roswell Business Academy: Utilities Panel, featuring representatives from Gas South, Georgia Power and the City of Roswell. Is your business spending too much on utilities and


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Things to do in North Fulton

service providers? Come find out where you can cut costs and save time. (770) 640-3252

JOHNS CREEK DRIVING SCHOOL Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Location: 6000 Medlock Bridge Parkway, Suite E-100, Johns Creek Information: Johns Creek Driving School’s P. R.I.D.E. class is a free, two-hour course designed to help parents and their new teen drivers, ages 14-16, learn what they need to do during the 40 hours of supervised practice driving time. This is a program that addresses driver attitude, knowledge and behavior rather than a technical hands-on driver training course. While completion of this course may reduce insurance rates, it does not count toward the required 40 hours of supervised driving practice. (770) 232-0900,

choreography with electrifying music (including contemporary, jazz, Hip-Hop, and musical theater) and lights. All proceeds will support Vibe Performance Company. Tickets are available at the door and online.

Chattahoochee Nature Center 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell (770) 992-2055,

Ongoing Events 4 p.m., Thursdays & Fridays 2 p.m., Saturdays & Sundays

CREATURE FEATURE Meet one of CNC’s native, resident animals with a CNC naturalist. Each month will be a different theme so Creature Feature is always exciting!

January 26 RUN FOR COVER 5K

1 p.m., Saturdays & Sundays

Time: 4 p.m. Location: Colt Trail at Milton High School 13025 Birmingham Hwy., Milton Information: The Milton High School Boys Varsity Lacrosse program will host its annual Run for Cover 5K race, a Run and See Georgia Grand Prix race. The race also will serve as a fundraiser for North Fulton Community Charities (NFCC) and the school’s lacrosse program. All participants are encouraged to bring an article of winter clothing and/or a non-perishable food item for donation to the NFCC.

A CNC docent will guide you on a journey through the CNC trails using biofacts and activities to spark your “natural” curiosity.

February 2 DANCE SHOWCASE Time: 2 & 7 p.m. Location: 86 School Drive, Alpharetta Information: Vibe Performance Company, a nonprofit educational organization, will present its second annual Dance Showcase. The event will feature a group of 54 talented dancers ages 7-18 who have earned regional and national recognition in the world of competitive dance as they perform in full costume to award-winning


4 p.m., Sundays

ANIMAL ENCOUNTER Learn about the native wildlife living at CNC through a 30-minute live animal presentation with one of CNC’s naturalists or docents.

WINTER SCAVENGER HUNT Take your ears on a scavenger hunt. Can you find or make some of the sounds that make winter downright noisy? Complete this auditory quest and receive points in the Nature Exchange. Call or visit the website for dates and times.

PETS ARE PURRRFECT COMPANIONS Check out CNC’s mini exhibit about the CNC staff pets and add to the exhibit by telling CNC about your pet. Bring stories, photos, drawings and projects about your furry, feathered, scaly or slimy friend and earn bonus points! Call or visit the website for dates and times.

Special Events January 4, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. CRAFT WEEK OVER WINTER BREAK Get in touch with your crafty side! Help CNC reuse and recycle items to make fun, take-home projects. Different crafts each day. Ages 4 and up.

January 14, 12:30-3 p.m. HOME SCHOOL SCIENCE MONDAY Learn over lunch about Georgia geology. Afterward, head to the Nature Exchange for the nature activity of the month. All ages.


January 5, 7-9 p.m. NIGHT HIKE Join a naturalist on an outdoor journey to see what happens as the sun goes down and the night comes to life! Hike through the wetlands or woods, visit with a noctural animal up close, and warm up by the campfire complete with marshmallow roasting. All ages.

January 6, 1-2 p.m. STARLAB Winter is the best time to see the stars! Take a naturalist-led journey through the night sky in STARLAB, CNC’s portable planetarium. Find out which constellations, planets and stars are on tap for this season. Two 25-minute sessions. Ages 5 and up.

January 12, 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. CREATIVE PHOTOGRAPHY WITH A DIGITAL SLR CAMERA This workshop is designed to help students feel comfortable with using the many features of their digital SLR camera, leaving the “auto” setting behind and stepping into the more creative and fun side of photography. You will have the opportunity to learn and shoot images with hands-on experience on CNC grounds. Registration required by January 9.

Contest Corner

Snakes, snakes and more snakes! Jason Clark, star of the Animal Planet series “SnakesKin,” will bring out venomous and non-venomous snakes during this exciting and humorous show. Watch as kingsnakes and rattlesnakes leave their cages behind, and meet some of the reptilian friends. Clark will share how to identify and be safe around snakes while recounting adventures from wildlife removal emergencies. Mr. Tim from Camp Kingfisher will also help kids create a slinky snake.

January 21, 2-4 p.m. CNC Service Day Come and help CNC clear trails, pull privet, mulch trails and other projects that are needed around the grounds. Ages 5-adult. Registration required by January 14.

January 24, 7-9 p.m. CNC NATURE CLUB The CNC’s first meeting of 2013 will feature “Primitive Skills with Dusty Rumley of Bushcraft USA.” Join CNC’s monthly potluck! Spend your evening socializing with like-minded folks and learning from experts in the field. Bring a vegetarian dish to share, plus your own plate, silverware, cup and napkin for a trash-free dinner. Ages 16-adult.

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January 26, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. NATURE’S HEALERS: MEDICINAL PLANS & AROMATHERAPY FOR WOMEN Get a holistic start to the New Year with a fun and interactive look at what Mother Nature has to offer to your health regimene. Join CNC Horticulturist Lisa Cole for this introduction into the amazing world of healing plants. This beginners’ class focuses on herbs and oils used since antiquity to treat a variety of ailments, with an emphasis on women’s needs and particular energizing blends that help to chase the winter blues away. Class includes a hands-on presentation and crafting of floral water and teas for participants to take home. Ages 16-adult. Registration required by January 21.

February 2 CHATTAHOOCHEE CHALLENGE 10K The Chattahoochee Challenge 10K is an official qualifier for the 2013 Peachtree Road Race and will benefit the Chattahoochee Nature Center. The course is flat, fast and runs along the Chattahoochee River. Register online at Active. com or at any Big Peach Running Company store. Please contact DeAnn Fordham at (770) 9922055 x226 or for additional information. Register in advance for a discounted rate of $27 or on site, race day, for $32. Registration for the 1-mile Fun Run is $15. 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

MAMMAL STUDY MERIT BADGE Boy Scouts can earn the Mammal Study Merit Badge. $25 per scout, advance registration required and spaces are limited.

Lyn Kennedy was our winner for December’s contest corner. She has won a gift card to Smokejack BBQ. 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.


PROTECT YOUR FAMILY From The Flu This Season

by Dr. Jamie Rollins, Northside Cherokee Pediatrics Winter means cold and flu season, and every mom worries about the flu invading her home. There are several things that we can do to protect our families from the dreaded illness. Vaccinate The flu vaccine is recommended and safe for everyone ages 6 months and older. There is even a shot-free (nasal) vaccine for children over 2 years old who meet the criteria (ask your doctor for details). Children under 8 years old may need two doses of the flu vaccine the first year they are vaccinated to achieve the best coverage. These vaccines are a safe and effective way to help prevent the spread of the flu. Wash Your Hands Frequent hand washing is the best way to prevent the spread of germs that cause illness. Hand sanitizer is just as good as, if not better than, washing with soap and water, according to some reports. Teach your children to always wash their hands before eating, after using the restroom, after coughing or sneezing, and especially after having contact with anyone who is sick. Clean and Disinfect Surfaces and Toys Another way to decrease the germs in your home is to clean surfaces and toys with a disinfectant. Use a disinfectant cloth daily to wipe frequently touched fixtures like doorknobs, light switches, tables, sinks and toys to decrease germs that cause illness. Keep Sick Kids at Home Always keep your child at home if they are sick to prevent


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the spread of germs at school and daycare. Most schools and daycares ask that a child not return until they have been feverfree for 24 hours or have been cleared by their doctor. Replace/Sterilize Toothbrushes If anyone in your home has been ill with the flu, upper respiratory or throat infection, you should replace or sterilize their toothbrush (and any stored with it) every three days until they are well. You should replace or sterilize again at the end of a course of antibiotics as well. You may sterilize in boiling water or in a sterilization bag in the microwave. Eat Healthy and Exercise A balanced diet with lots of fruits and vegetables will boost your children’s immune systems. If you are concerned your children are not getting adequate nutrition, ask your doctor about age-appropriate nutritional supplements and vitamins. Exercise is also important in keeping our children healthy. When it is too cold to play outside, encourage your kids to exercise indoors. Children can do jumping jacks or run in place during the commercials of their favorite shows. Every little bit counts! If we commit to these steps, we can keep our kids healthy and decrease our chances of getting the flu this winter. Dr. Rollins of Northside Cherokee Pediatrics is a boardcertified pediatrician who provides compassionate, comprehensive care for patients from birth to 18 years of age.

Insurance Plans ASSET Protection Dental Part I: The Choice Is Yours by Debra Robinson

We live in a society that files some 70,000 lawsuits per day, many without merit. The high legal costs of defending a frivolous lawsuit often force defendants who have done nothing wrong to pay an outof-court settlement. The first Debra Robinson is an attorney at step to protection is insurance, Robinson & Miller, P.C. Attorneys but it’s not possible to insure at Law. She can be reached at yourself against every possible (770) 817-4999 or by emailing contingency or exposure. The next step is to implement the tools and strategies developed by asset protection specialists to discourage predatory lawsuits and spurious claims.

A contingent fee attorney is unlikely to launch a lawsuit when there is little prospect of recovery. The best asset protection is an individualized asset protection strategy that: • deters litigation by minimizing the economic incentive to sue; • insulates business and family assets from the risk of potential liability, without relinquishing asset control; and • puts your assets out of reach legally, if it becomes necessary. Many of the legal tools and strategies have been around for decades. Corporations, limited liability companies, limited partnerships and various trusts are often excellent business structures and effective estate planning vehicles. Properly implemented, they can be powerful asset protection tools as well. A more sophisticated asset protection plan will utilize a Family Limited Partnership (FLP). The FLP provides the safest asset protection available domestically. It creates a legal barrier between your assets and whoever may want to get at them. The FLP is designed to hold “safe assets,” such as stocks, bonds, mutual funds, notes receivable and other liquid assets. The FLP may also own risky assets, such as rental real estate, through membership interests in limited liability companies (LLCs) that have been created to hold the risky assets. LLC owners, like the shareholders of a corporation, generally cannot be held liable for the acts of an LLC. Once the risky assets have been placed in an LLC, the FLP can safely hold them. continued on page 67 10 My North Fulton | january 2013

by Vishant Nath, DMD Sometimes it may seem that your dental insurance company makes the decisions for you regarding the dental health of you and your family. But this doesn’t have to be the case. Before enrolling in any insurance plan, you need to Dr. Vishant Nath is the owner of become educated about the Canton/Roswell Pediatric Dentistry. choices and coverage that are You may contact him at (678) 352offered by any prospective 1090 or visit insurance company. This article will offer some tips to help you to develop a productive relationship with your dental insurance company so that you will have more freedom in the decisions you make regarding your child’s dental health. As you would expect, not all dental insurance companies are the same. The most important differences can be seen in the services they cover, the amount they pay toward these services, and whether or not you can choose the dentist you would like to see. Some insurance companies do not allow for you to choose a pediatric dentist for your child, or they may require you to first take your child to a general dentist to get a referral to a pediatric dentist. An insurance plan that allows you to choose a pediatric dentist for your child without a referral offers the most options to you to optimize your child’s dental health. Pediatric dentists are primary care providers, as recognized by the American Dental Association. It is in your best interest to do your research and know what services the plan does and does not cover before you enroll. In a perfect world, your plan would cover all of the procedures that you need, with minimal co-pay by you. But if you are unhappy with your dental plan, it’s important to know that you have options. You may have found the perfect dentist for you, your spouse, and one of your children. But perhaps you have another child that needs the attention, atmosphere and expertise offered by a pediatric dentist. If this is the case, you can select a pediatric dentist for that child. The out-of-pocket expense should be well worth it to ensure that everyone in your family maintains the highest level of dental health care. Always be aware of any changes to the insurance plans offered by your employer, especially during the annual re-enrollment continued on page 67

What’s Cookin’ What’s Cookin’ in the Community is a new feature for 2013. Each month, a new theme will be cookin’. For January, the My Community Monthly team shared their favorite recipes to feast on during the bowl games. Make a couple of these recipes to share at your Super Bowl party!

ll Ba se Chee selle Meek i’ im M (shared by her friend Rachel) ributed by Mich


Sweet and Sour Meatballs

(or cocktail sausages) Contributed by Janet Ponichtera

16 oz. finely shredded cheese 1 ½ cup mayonnaise 3 green onions, chopped 1 cup sliced honey almonds 3 oz. cream cheese

1 12 oz. jar of chili sauce 1 32 oz. jar of grape jelly

Bacon bits 1 jar of hot mango chutney

80 frozen meatballs or cocktail sausages

a ball (1 big or 2 Combine first five ingredients. Make into kle bacon bits and small). Refrigerate. Before serving, sprin ball. Serve with your jar of hot mango chutney over cheese favorite crackers.

Combine jelly and chili sauce in a croc k pot and stir until smooth. Heat the mixture if needed to combine. Add meatballs or cocktail sausages and set temperature to low. Cook for 2-5 hours on low. Serve with toothpicks.

Santa Fe Soup Contributed by Tiffany Atwood 2 lbs. extra lean ground beef 1 onion, chopped 1 can 14.5 oz. diced tomatoes 1 can Rotel (mild or spicy to taste) 2 cans white shoepeg corn, drained 1 can pinto beans, drained

1 can kidney beans, drained 1 can black beans, drained 2 cups water 2 packages dry taco seasoning 2 packages dry Hidden Valley Ranch dressing mix

Brown ground beef and onion; drain. Add remaining ingredients. Let simmer for 2 hours. Top with shredded cheese and sour cream. Serve with tortilla chips or Fritos.

February is “Valentine Sweet Treats.” Please share your favorite sweets with us! To submit your recipe for the February issue, please email it to along with your photo. We’d love to hear from you!


Location, Location, Location


Too Young For Braces?

by Michael Consoli

by Jeff Kincaid, DMD, MS

Location is important in business, real estate and even on cruise ships. How can you make sure that you pick the best location in your chosen stateroom category? It is a good idea to view the ship’s deck plans in the cruise line Michael Consoli is owner of Cruise brochure or on the Internet. Planners. You may contact him at While the plans are often not (770) 650-7667 or online at exactly to scale and cabin size is not always in proportion to the drawings, there are a few things in the drawing plans that can be very helpful when choosing your stateroom.

If you walk the halls of any elementary school, you’ll see a lot of “metal mouths.” The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children be evaluated no later than 7 years old, but research has recently shown that there are often advantages to deferring treatment, though decisions are made on a case-by-case basis and early consultations are still a good idea.

First, locate your cabin on the plan and then look up, down, left, right and forward of your cabin. What’s there? Knowing what to look for can help you avoid a less-than-ideal stateroom:

Proponents of early intervention say it can improve a child’s appearance and self-confidence while they are still in grade school and at a time when they may be more compliant. They also feel that early treatment can prevent the need for surgery or extractions later. Opponents of extensive early treatment say that it is a more expensive and time-consuming way to achieve the same results. Therefore, parents today want to know how early their child’s orthodontic problems need to be addressed.

• Look for elevators and staircase exits near your stateroom. Some people love to be close to everything, so this might be a positive feature to some. Just remember that with activity also comes noise. • Look up. Oops! A basketball court, jogging track or day pantry might result in the wake-up call you did not request. • Look down. Is the bandstand for one of the show lounges right below your room? Even with good soundproofing there is a chance of ambient noise. • Look across the hall. Is there a room service pantry shown or other service area? This is a potentially busy area that you will want to avoid. • Look right and left. If you are at the end of a hallway, make sure that the disco or other high-energy lounge is not adjacent. Avoid hallways that lead to these lounges unless you are a night owl. Late-night revelers sometimes will carry on the party right outside your door. The good news is that modern cruise ships have been designed with passenger comfort in mind, and the architects strive to develop a deck plan that confines public rooms and lounges to areas far from the staterooms. A little advance review of the deck plans and the advice of a good cruise specialist can help deliver an extra measure of peace and quiet in your stateroom. Want to find the best cabin? Work with a qualified travel agent who knows the ins and outs of the ship, decks and cabins. This is the best way to ensure you get the most for your cruise money. North Fulton | january 2013 12 My

Dr. Jeff Kincaid is a specialist in orthodontics and owner of Kincaid Orthodontics in Woodstock and Roswell. Visit his website at

Extensive early treatment has been en vogue in our industry for many years, but in light of recent longitudinal studies the pendulum seems to be swinging toward moderation. Common problems are now being deferred until later ages, when more permanent teeth are beginning to erupt. Although most problems are still best treated when more permanent teeth are beginning to erupt, most orthodontists believe some problems need to be treated as soon as possible. Some of the problems that should receive early treatment include: • • • •

a crossbite of the back teeth; a crossbite of the adult front teeth; inadequate growth and development of the midface; severe crowding or tipping of teeth, which prevents normal eruption of permanent teeth; • a thumb-sucking habit that adversely affects the bite; • adverse skeletal growth problems stemming from tongue thrust or breathing issues; and • adult front teeth that are protruding excessively and are in danger of being traumatized. continued on page 67

Your Home

Audio & Video



efore even graduating college, Canton resident Michael Buckner had built a successful side business installing car and home audio systems while also gaining valuable experience and expertise working full-time for one of the nation’s leading electronics retailers. Buckner’s accomplished background eventually led him to a regional training position with Pioneer Electronics and, after a few years of traveling and the offer of a promotion, to a critical crossroads. “I was working 70 hours a week between my fulltime job at Pioneer and my Audio Intersection side business,” Buckner explains, “and I knew I couldn’t continue to do both. I had built up a good clientele with Audio Intersection over the years, so I decided it was time to fully commit to it.” Audio Intersection, located at 631 E. Main Street near historic downtown Canton, was officially incorporated in 2006. The home audio/video installation and integration business has

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since expanded to include partner and director of installations Ryan Quinlan, along with system designers; installers, integrators and programmers; sales; and administrative support staff. “Our goal at Audio Intersection is to help local consumers get the most use of and enjoyment from their electronics — at a price they can afford,” Buckner says. “We provide the relationship between consumers and their electronics.” Here, Buckner offers a glimpse into the different services Audio Intersection provides in home audio/video integration: How would you describe the services Audio Intersection provides from the very basic to custom packages?

We’re not trying to sell customers more electronics. Our core mission is to make consumers’ existing electronics work better — Photos courtesy of Devon Morgan,

whether that means moving to one universal remote that controls everything, enhancing sound quality by adding surround sound, or designing a complete home-theater experience. We can do as little or as much as customers want. What are the most common questions you get from consumers looking to enhance, streamline or simplify their electronics?

The majority of our customers want help in simplifying their electronics so that everyone — not just the husband, as the case usually is — can enjoy them. They want everything to be so easy to understand and use that everyone from Grandma to the babysitter could figure it out. What are the most cost-efficient options for integrating TV, DVD and music?

We offer Apple TV ($100), a digital receiver that streams iTunes, Netflix, YouTube, Flickr, select sports, and other digital content. A universal remote ($249) will enable consumers to control, with just a click of a button, different features in a single room. Control4 Automation ($449) makes it possible for consumers to control the TV, music, lights, heating/air, security and more throughout the entire house. Our average customers spend less than $500 to make their existing electronics more streamlined and simplified, while others may put $10,000-$20,000 — or in some cases $100,000 or more — into a whole-home audio/video automated system. What would you recommend to consumers wanting to create a media room on a budget?

Talk to an A/V tech before beginning any remodeling or rewiring, because the builder and electrician often make recommendations that don’t deliver the best theater-type experience. Stick with dark colors and soft, plush features. Light blue walls, for example,

will make images on the TV look pink, and carpet will enhance the sound so that you spend less on the sound system. What are some of the benefits of staying up on technology trends like 3-D and Internet TV?

Options and price-savings. The more educated consumers are about technology, the more they can save by getting the most use from what they have. The Internet has revolutionized how people think, connect, work and even entertain themselves; Internet TVs allow consumers to sit on the sofa and feed their brain with all kinds of exciting information. How is Audio Intersection different from other audio/ video service providers?

We cater to people who know little to nothing about electronics, but love having music and TV in their homes. At the same time, we can take those who are more tech-savvy further “down the rabbit hole.” We offer after-hours phone support (customers may opt for our premium 24/7 support) and can also remotely access customers’ home controls when troubleshooting any problems. Describe any job-site policies, certifications or warranties that help ensure customer satisfaction.

Audio Intersection has held a state license as a low-voltage, unrestricted contractor for five years and is a member of CEDIA (Custom Electronics and Design Installation Association).

In addition, technicians have individual certifications in specific areas, such as Control4 programming. We are respectful of our customers’ homes and wear shoe booties in an effort to protect flooring. We all take pride in the work we do, but for me as the owner it’s more personal. I work hard to correct any problems and keep our customers happy and satisfied. What do you foresee as the next big trend in home audio/video?

More demand for integrating security features and energy controls into automated and remote systems. Simple applications will allow parents at work to monitor kids’ activity at home or adjust the thermostat, lights or security system. Some providers already offer these services for a monthly fee, but we can install the necessary electronics, for a one-time charge, that will allow customers to control these different areas whenever they want for as long as they want.

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Canine Assistants® is a nonprofit organization, founded in 1991, which trains and provides service dogs for children and adults with physical disabilities or other special needs. Most Canine Assistants service dogs are born, raised and trained at the Milton, Ga., facility, while some are occasionally adopted from local organizations or breeders. The majority of the service dogs are retrievers, including both Golden Retrievers and Labradors. Recently, one of Canine Assistants service dogs made local and national headlines, being featured on 11Alive and the “Today” show. Pirelli is now being trained as the Canine Assistants “spokesdog,” spreading the message of acceptance. Like all of the puppies born at Canine Assistants in Milton, Ga., Pirelli was born with a very special job to do and big shoes to fill. But, Pirelli was born missing a paw and wears a boot-style prosthetic to help him walk. He is desperately trying to help others, but needs assistance himself. Since he’s just a pup, as Pirelli continues to grow he will outgrow his current prosthesis and will need new ones as he reaches adulthood. As the official “spokesdog” for Canine Assistants, Pirelli will be visiting schools in the Atlanta area to teach children about disabilities. Please visit to learn how you can help Pirelli and others through Canine Assistants.

To see Pirelli on the “Today” show, please visit In addition to physically assisting those with disabilities, Canine Assistants service dogs are instrumental in removing many of the barriers faced by the disabled in today’s society.

Service Dogs: Canine Assistants service dogs assist children and adults with physical disabilities or other special needs in a variety of ways. Some of the tasks the dogs perform include turning lights on and off, opening and closing doors, pulling wheelchairs, retrieving dropped objects, summoning help and providing secure companionship. While all of these functions are vitally important in helping a person obtain greater freedom, perhaps the most impressive gift the dogs provide is social, rather than physical, in nature. The dogs eliminate feelings of fear, isolation and loneliness felt by their companions. One Canine Assistants recipient made the value of this gift quite clear when asked by a reporter what she liked most about her service dog. Immediately she responded, “My dog makes my wheelchair disappear.”

3160 Francis Road Milton, Georgia 30004 (770) 664-7178

Companion Dogs: Like service dogs, companion dogs also serve to assist children and adults with physical disabilities or other special needs. Companion dogs work primarily in a recipient’s home, assisting with tasks around the house and, more importantly, contributing to the emotional well-being of the person.

Seizure Response Dogs: In addition to service dogs and companion dogs, Canine Assistants also trains and provides seizure response dogs for certain recipients. As with some of the service dogs, these dogs are adopted from various organizations and selectively screened for personality, temperament and general health. Following general training, seizure response dogs are trained to perform one of the following behaviors, depending on the recipient’s need: remain next to the person during the course of a seizure, summon help in a controlled environment or retrieve a phone prior to the seizure when indicated by the recipient. Certain dogs may even develop the ability to predict and react in advance to an oncoming seizure once they are placed with their recipient. North Fulton | january 2013 16 My

ALPHARETTA Community — Home

by Michelle Martin,

Dent Science of Alpharetta celebrated the company’s official opening with a ribbon cutting at the Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce office recently. Owner Monte Joiner is an Before After experienced technician in paintless dent repair (PDR), having trained at Top Gun PDR Training in California before working in Macon, Ga., as a PDR technician for four years; a body shop manager for two years; and an insurance adjuster for 12 years. In addition, he has extensive experience in repairing hail damage, creases and large dents. Joiner operates Dent Science as an on-demand mobile service — meaning he comes to you. Dent Science serves the Alpharetta/Milton, Johns Creek and Roswell communities, as well as Cumming, Dunwoody and Sandy Springs. (404) 805-1086,

Friendship Community Park (12785 Birmingham Hwy., Milton) opened recently with a ribbon cutting ceremony held in conjunction with the city’s Christmas in Crabapple event. The park’s name was unveiled at the ribbon cutting as well. Located between Crabapple Crossing Elementary School (CCES) and Northwestern Middle School, the park is a partnership between the city and Fulton County Schools. The ribbon cutting featured children’s activities, games and special guests that included Fulton County Commissioner Liz Hausmann, CCES Principal George Freibreger, and members of the Milton City Council.

The 2013 North Fulton Business Expo will be held March 22 at the Alpharetta Marriott. Presented by the Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce, the expo is expected to showcase more than 90 businesses in North Fulton and attract more than 1,500 attendees. The North Fulton Expo is a great opportunity to network and make connections with entrepreneurs and small business owners. Exhibitor space is available. Contact Kendra Plotkin for details. (678) 397-0554,

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COMMUNITY Atlanta Humane Society’s Mansell Campus Celebrates First Birthday

Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails is located in the five points of Crabapple’s historic district of Milton. The restaurant brings the very best culinary experience to the table with the artful knowledge of Executive Chef Shane Touhy and Chef De Cuisine Derek Dollar. The property encompasses a beautifully restored home, sprawling lawn, expansive outdoor patio, a one-acre garden site, and a 150-year farmhouse that provides the perfect backdrop for wedding ceremonies and receptions, rehearsal dinners, birthdays, anniversaries and corporate dinners. Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails features live music, BBQ and Blues Sundays, movie nights, wine dinners, and other special events. Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails is open for dinner 5-9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 5-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and for Sunday brunch 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

The Mansell campus of the Atlanta Humane Society (AHS) recently celebrated its first year of operation. The milestone was recognized with a party that included pet adoptions, children’s activities, refreshments, and a raffle drawing for prizes that included an LCD TV from Best Buy; gift baskets from Paul Mitchell and Starbucks; a $50 gift card to Baker’s Man; and free hotel stays at Wingate and Fairfield Inn & Suites. Everyone who adopted a pet also received an additional gift.

Rotary Club of Alpharetta Continues Adopt-A-Mile Program

Located at 1565 Mansell Road in Alpharetta, the Mansell campus of the AHS has found homes for more than 3,000 dogs and cats. AHS — along with sponsors AT&T, Atlanta Dog Trainer, Baker’s Man Inc., Best Buy at Northpoint Parkway, DoubleTree Hotel, Lucky’s Burger and Brew, and Pampered Pet Care — celebrated those adoptions along with the positive impact the new shelter has had on the North Fulton community.

Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails Among Top 100 Restaurants

Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails recently was named a winner of OpenTable Diners’ Choice Awards for the top 100 restaurants in the United States that specialize in American food. The winners were named based on more than 5 million reviews, submitted by OpenTable diners, of more than 15,000 restaurants throughout the country. “First and foremost, we want to thank our very loyal guests. Without them this honor wouldn’t be possible,” said Jon McAloon, director of Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails restaurant. “Second, I want to thank the team at Milton’s for always striving for perfection with each and every plate.” North Fulton — Alpharetta | january 2013 20 My

In keeping with their commitment to the Adopt-A-Mile program, Alpharetta Rotarians worked together recently to clean up the roadside along Old Milton Parkway. Rotarians and volunteers from the North Fulton Forsyth Touchdown Club accumulated 18 manhours gathering trash along Old Milton Parkway from Highway 9 to GA 400. “The Rotary Club of Alpharetta is proud to be a part of the continuing effort to maintain the beauty of Alpharetta,” said Bill Weeks, president of the Rotary Club of Alpharetta. The Rotary Club of Alpharetta also collected coats from its membership in an effort to help victims of Hurricane Sandy. The coats were sent to Staten Island, which was especially hit hard by the storm. “Hurricane Sandy was a powerful storm that left so many families in need. We hope these coats will provide comfort and warmth to those who receive them,” Weeks said.



Atlanta-Fulton Public Library | Alpharetta Branch 238 Canton Street, Alpharetta 30009 For information, call (770) 740-2425 or email:

Sahaja Yoga & Meditation Wednesdays, 6:00 p.m. Yoga and meditation for relaxation. Adults.

Alpharetta Library Book Club 5 p.m., Tuesdays: January 8, February 12, March 12 & April 9 Snuggle up with selected books and join the Alpharetta Book Club for lively and exciting discussions. Adults.

Atlanta Junior Bridge 3:30-5:30 p.m., Wednesdays, January 9-May 29 Learn a fascinating card game and meet new friends. Improve math skills, develop critical thinking and have fun! Ages 10-18.

Georgia Peach Scrappers 5-7 p.m., 2nd and 4th Mondays, January 14-April 22 Learn about materials and techniques for scrapbooking. You can even reuse and recycle household items. Adults.

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Family Story Time 10:30 a.m., Tuesdays, January 15-March 5 Stories, songs, movement and occasional crafts. Ages 0-5.

Echo and Horton’s Doggie Tales 4:30 p.m., Thursday, January 17 Join this special story time and meet local authors Lisa Gabriel and Cheryl Crandall, who will share doggie adventures and stories. Ages 3-10.


Private Schools Alpharetta International Academy

Legacy Community Academy

Bridgeway Christian Academy

McGinnis Woods Country Day School

Chandler Academy

Mill Springs Academy

Chrysalis Experiential Academy

Mount Pisgah Christian School

Creme de la Creme-Alpharetta

Primrose School of Alpharetta

Eaton Academy

Primrose School of Christopher Robin

(770) 475-0558, (770) 751-1972,

(678) 624-2234, (770) 664-7764,

(770) 346-0509, (770) 649-7077,

(770) 360-1336, (770) 336-3300,

(770) 777-2960, (770) 645-2673,

King’s Ridge Christian School

(770) 664-7508, (678) 339-0107

(770) 754-5738,

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

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

Fulton County School District: | (404) 768-3600 Manning Oaks Elementary

Hopewell Middle

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

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

New Prospect Elementary

Northwestern Middle

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

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

Summit Hill Elementary

Webb Bridge Middle

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

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

Middle Schools

High Schools

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

Fulton Science Academy Middle

Alpharetta High

Fulton Science Academy High

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

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

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

2012 — 2013 Calendar at a Glance January 21 February 15 February 18

School Holiday School Holiday School Holiday

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

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

Charter Schools Amana Academy

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

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

Cambridge High

Fulton Sunshine Academy

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

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

Centennial High

Other Centers

9310 Scott Road Roswell, GA 30076 (770) 650-4230 Principal: Steven Miletto

Crossroads/Second Chance – North 791 Mimosa Boulevard Roswell, GA 30075 (770) 552-6334 Principal: Scott O’Prey

Local Colleges & Universities North Fulton Center of Reinhardt University

DeVry University

(770) 619-3600,

(770) 720-9191,

Georgia Perimeter College

University of Phoenix North Alpharetta

(404) 413-7878,

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Lanier Technical College

(770) 781-6800,

Learning Center (678) 731-0555,

SCHOOL Chattahoochee Nature Center Visits Alpharetta Elementary

The naturalists from the Chattahoochee Nature Center came to Alpharetta Elementary School recently to enrich the 3rd grade students on the Georgia Science curriculum. Students learned about Georgia animals, their habitats, and the special adaptations that help them thrive in Georgia.

Manning Oaks Elementary Gets iPad Lab

Manning Oaks Elementary School recently acquired its first iPad Lab, featuring 22 iPads. After receiving training, teachers have begun using iPads as part of their classroom instruction.

Ms. Donker’s 1st grade class practiced addition and subtraction facts using the Math Drills app, made sentences with the Sentence Maker app, and visited the IXL math website to practice addition, subtraction and shape skills. Students in 2nd grade classes used Mad Math Lite, Skitch and the BrainPop apps. Ms. Power’s 3rd grade class used the iPads to graph colored candies in a bag of Skittles on the Create-a-Graph website. In Mr. Phelps and Mrs. Jugo’s 4th grade math class, they integrated math and science to research data about state size, population and precipitation. Ms. Giannotta’s 5th grade students read a short passage from their Social Studies textbooks, and then used the iPads to log onto the class Wiki and watch a video about the Yankee Carpetbaggers who came south after the Civil War. They watched the video a couple of times, discussed the positive and negative actions taken by the Carpetbaggers, and then created a page on the Wiki listing those positive and negative influences.

Three North Fulton High Schools Perform in Midwest Clinic

Alpharetta High School, Chattahoochee High School and Johns Creek High School all performed at The Midwest Clinic, a prestigious international band and orchestra conference held in Chicago. “This is unprecedented,” said Jessica Booth, fine arts North Fulton — Alpharetta | january 2013 26 My

coordinator for the Fulton County School System. “Never in the Midwest Clinic’s history have three schools been selected from one district in the same year.” The performances by Fulton County’s schools took place at Chicago’s McCormick Place West Convention Center. The Alpharetta High School Symphony was directed by Sheldon Fisher and Mike Walsh; the Johns Creek Philharmonia Orchestra was directed by Young Kim; and the Chattahoochee Chamber Orchestra was directed by Lyndon Lawless. This was Johns Creek High School’s first performance in The Midwest Clinic and the second for Alpharetta and Chattahoochee High schools. Program selections for the performances included masterworks by Vivaldi, Mozart, Mendelssohn, Dvorak, Wagner, Bartok, and Grieg, along with newly composed works for all performance levels of orchestras. Also featured was a newly published jazz piece by Northview Orchestra Director Tim Aucoin, whose Northview Chamber Orchestra performed at The Midwest Clinic in 2004 and 2010.

Alpharetta High School Symphony recently performed in its second appearance at The Midwest Clinic in Chicago.

Milton High Student Plays in Under Armour All-America Game

Carl Lawson, a senior at Milton High School and defensive end for the varsity football team, was one of an elite group of high school players selected to play in the 6th Annual Under Armour All-America Game January 4 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. The game was televised nationally on ESPN. Milton High School Football coaches Tony DeCristofaro and Pete DeWeese present Carl Lawson with his Under Armour All-America game jersey.


The Year & The Year To Come by Mayor David Belle Isle The year of 2012 was so much more than I had any right to expect. The Council has tendered incredible leadership that was able to accomplish truly great works on behalf of our residents and families. Many of our residents and businesses have likewise exhibited solid leadership, building community and opportunities right here in Alpharetta. Alpharetta is home, it’s alive, and it’s leading. Have you been to downtown lately? It has been amazing to see the transformation! We put forward plans to energize and activate downtown because we thought it should be energized and active. But, when you actually see the success of those plans begin to take shape, it’s truly inspiring. We have enhanced our special events programing and provoked the interest of new restaurants and businesses. So many came this past year to the center of this community — your community — to make this city a home.

branded Alpharetta as the “Technology City of the South”; prioritized our budget to keep our roads in better repair; and made an unprecedented partnership with our neighbor, the City of Milton, to help us provide better public safety and parks to our families.

David Belle Isle is the mayor of Alpharetta. You may contact him by calling (678) 297-6020 or email

So, what might we see in 2013? Downtown will continue to be a focus. Expect to see a groundbreaking in early April for the public portion of the city center project. We also will look to begin the process of selecting private partners to develop the restaurant and business portion of the project. We will be engaging our residents We are proud to report to formalize a design plan for Main Street that in the midst of national to preserve the residential character of this street and integrate it with our downtown and regional hardships, efforts. Alpharetta shines!

This past year, we also further developed the plans for our new city center project; completed and opened Westside Parkway; approved the Avalon project without adding to the city’s residential density; sought, pursued, and won the privilege of being the new home of Gwinnett Tech; launched Georgia’s first technology commission;

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Technology is one of our greatest economic strengths. We will be working with the Alpharetta Technology Commission to explore an accelerator program for technology start-ups, to make long-range plans for technology infrastructure, and engage and strengthen our entire technology community within the city. 2013 also will be a year of exploration. We will continue to evaluate whether a convention center is feasible to strengthen our economic leadership in the region. We also will be evaluating the prospects of attracting a four-year college or university to Alpharetta. The prospect of usable and safe bike routes throughout the city is also a goal. There is more in the works, and we look forward to sharing those successes with you in the months and years to come. In the meantime, I want to thank you for your continued trust and faith in us. We are proud to report that in the midst of national and regional hardships, Alpharetta shines!

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SOUND Bars ORTHODONTICS & The Total Dental by Michael Buckner

Do you have a new TV, but you’re completely disappointed with the sound? Well of course! The thinner TVs become, the worse the sound from the speakers becomes as well. The average TV has two speakers that are just barely larger than Michael Buckner is the owner of Audio a quarter. You should not be Intersection, located at 631 E. Main surprised that the sound is Street, Canton. For more information inadequate — there just isn’t on any of his monthly columns, for questions or to set up an appointment, enough space to do anything call (770) 479-1000. better. Of course, for those who desire the best in sound, nothing replaces a quality surround sound. But what about those rooms like the master bedroom, a keeping room, and other non-focal TV rooms? In many cases, a sound bar is the perfect answer. A sound bar is an external speaker that can be placed above or below the TV to improve the quality and volume of sound. The only issue here is that there are about 1,000 different options and, unlike with a TV, it’s extremely hard to judge which one is better than another. Well, I’m here to help. My favorite way to present a sound bar to my clients is with a “good, better and best” approach. Because there are so many different options to choose from, I’ve narrowed it down to three — from least expensive to most expensive. The Samsung is what I call the “entry level” version of sound bars. They are very thin and nice looking, but are solely to make the TV louder. Samsung’s sound bar retails for approximately $249, so you shouldn’t expect earth-shattering sound. In other words, if you just want your TV to be louder but aren’t very concerned about quality, then this is the one for you. My favorite bang for the buck is a sound bar made by Energy, a sister company of the highly reputable speaker company Klipsch. The Energy sound bar speaker comes with a very nice subwoofer and delivers very loud, clean, and impressive sound for only $599. The idea here is that it can make music and TV sound full, rich, and, most importantly, warm. Now let’s talk about the most expensive sound bar, the Bose Cinemate. At $1,500, the Bose not only has great sound but also comes with a microphone that we put in the room to continued on page 67 North Fulton — Alpharetta | january 2013 30 My

Multidisciplinary Approach by Brett Gluck, DMD, MS, PC What are the benefits of orthodontic treatment? It seems pretty obvious that these benefits include a beautiful smile and a healthy bite. But, sometimes, to achieve these goals the orthodontist must work in conjunction with your general dentist or another dental specialist to gain these great results.

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

The general dentist may want an orthodontist to help prepare for significant esthetic changes with veneers to adjust the shape of the teeth. In one example, the teeth may be very small, so the orthodontist will create spaces between the teeth. Then, veneers are fabricated and bonded to the teeth to make them a larger and more pleasing shape. Frequently, an adult has lost one or more teeth in the past. The remaining teeth drift around over the years into the spaces created from the lost teeth. The orthodontist can move things around so a that a periodontist or oral surgeon has space to place implant replacements. These cases include a team approach to prepare for the implants, have them placed, and then restored by the general dentist. Occasionally, a tooth becomes impacted, or stuck under the gums. The tooth will never erupt on its own and needs help to be brought into place. The periodontist helps the orthodontist have access to the tooth, and orthodontics is utilized to erupt the tooth into the proper position. Sometimes, the skeletal structures are significantly off and the orthodontist must work with an oral surgeon to correct the tooth alignment and improper skeletal alignment at the same time. The corrective treatment starts in the orthodontic office, but has a surgical component in the middle that can correct things like a receded or prominent lower jaw or a gummy smile. The end result provides a significant change in the bite, as well as facial esthetics. Orthodontics is often a part of a total dental multidisciplinary treatment plan to attain a beautiful, healthy smile in the end.


More than 110 million people nationwide die each year as a result of stress, according to statistics. That is more deaths by a single cause than by many other diseases combined. Although stress itself is not a disease, it contributes to many different medical problems, including heart attacks, strokes, migraine headaches, high blood pressure, depression, insomnia, and even suicide. Workaholics and couch potatoes, you are playing Russian Roulette with your health. Without getting too philosophical, there are three basic factors that combine to achieve balance in your life: intake, discharge, and relaxation. One without the other can have tragic results.

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Welcome to the 2013 My Community Favorites contest!

This is your opportunity to support the local businesses by voting for them as your favorite! We want you to enjoy this contest, so please vote for your community’s favorite restaurants, service type businesses, small business retail shops, recreation services and residential places. The voting will begin January 1, 2013, and will close February 28, 2013, at 5 p.m. Please find the voting ballot on the next few pages and important rules of the contest and policies to follow below. This ballot will be printed again in the February issue and you may also vote online by visiting Thank you for your participation, and please let the businesses know you voted for them! Please like us on Facebook and tell all your friends to vote!

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Footprints by Michelle Baruchman Every day, women and young girls are sold into slavery and sex-trafficked around the world. As heartbreaking as that is to hear, there is hope. Thanks to organizations like She Is Safe, founded by Michele Rickett and headquartered in Roswell, Ga., more than 40,000 females have become empowered through education and have started a new life. Sex trafficking is prevalent for two reasons: cultural customs and economic issues. She is Safe infiltrates highrisk countries, including China, India, Indonesia, Mali, Nepal, Sudan, the Middle East and North Africa, where slavery is either legal or not strongly discouraged. In many of those countries, girls are traditionally obliged to give a dowry upon entering into a marriage. This cultural norm creates a financial burden on the daughter’s

family, who has to pay an extravagant sum of money from the already small amount of money in savings. These two factors combined are what drive the sex slavery industry. Girls are also viewed as physically weaker and are thought to therefore contribute less to the family. For these reasons, parents often grieve upon hearing the news that they are having a baby girl. Many females enter into prostitution because it seems the only way to achieve a better life. She Is Safe was created to help girls and their families realize there are other options. By stationing on borders and in red-light districts, workers of the organization have been able to rescue girls from sex trafficking. As a result of the gender discrimination, most of the girls who are involved in sex slavery are uneducated and illiterate. In fact, more than 70 percent of the poor and illiterate, and 80 percent of those trafficked, are females. She is safe helps women discover their potential through education, literacy programs, healthcare training and workshops. The organization tackles the root of one of the causes of the thriving sex industry: economics. With programs such as financing and especially agriculture, females learn that they can generate a source of income for themselves and their families that does not rely on selling their bodies. She Is Safe is a Christian organization, and supports girls in finding comfort in the religion. They are taught that people care for their well-being and the nourishment of their soul. Spiritual counseling is also offered as a source of strength.

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For those of you whose hearts break for these girls, there are ways to help. Becoming a She Is Safe advocate can allow you to spread attention and raise awareness. There are other ways still to get involved. Some activists have created run-a-thons, and others have started jewelry benefits, and you are never too young to get involved. The sponsored reading program, Read to Rescue, was created by a young girl who sympathized with the girls her age on the other side of the world. Michelle Rickett, the founder of the organization, would love to speak with you if you have any further questions. Her books, “Forgotten Girls,” “Daughters of Hope,” and “Ordinary Women,” are available online for purchase.

She Is Safe 11095 Houze Road, Roswell

(866) 552-1402

JOHNS CREEK Community — Home

by Michelle Martin,

Studio Movie Grill (3850 Venture Drive) opened recently in Duluth. The venue combines theater and dining — featuring 10 screens that play first-run movies; comfortable stadium seating; restaurant-quality food; and individual dining tables. In addition, Studio Movie Grill (SMG) includes a lounge and full-service bar that serves draft beers, premium wines and specialty cocktails. Movies are shown in state-of-the-art Dolby Digital technology and 3-D. In addition to firstrun movie showings, SMG also presents specialized series and documentaries; sports; concerts; family programming; and monthly screenings for special needs’ children and their families. Other special promotions include SMG’s “Girls’ Night Out” on the second Wednesday of each month and “Classic Music Night” on the third Thursday of each month. SMG’s menu features more than 100 food and beverage items. Special dining promotions include “Margarita Mondays” and “Beer N’ Burger Tuesdays.” SMG offers reserved seating and online ticket purchasing. SMG has 11 locations nationwide, including a theater on Holcomb Bridge Road in Roswell. (770) 299-7100,

Scoop OTP, an Insider’s Guide to Living Outside the Perimeter, is a new online resource for people living in the suburbs of Atlanta (OTP). Co-creators Michelle Knapp and Suzanne Taylor provide people living OTP with recommendations and reviews of restaurants, shopping, and family attractions, and also make original OTP products, just to name a few. Please visit Scoop OTP’s website, like them on Facebook, and subscribe to their newsletter for the latest “Scoop!”

Newtown Recreation’s spring youth sports registration at Newtown Park (3150 Old Alabama Road, Johns Creek) continues through January 31. Newtown Recreation’s spring programs will include soccer, baseball, lacrosse, tennis and girls running/training. Newtown Recreation also offers instructional classes in soccer and t-ball for ages 3-4. While most activities are held at Newtown Park, some age groups may play on fields at local schools. (678) 297-2662,

WellStreet Urgent Care (3005 Old Alabama Road, Suite 6000, Johns Creek) has opened a new Urgent Care center at the intersection of Haynes Bridge Road and Old Alabama Road. The Johns Creek/Newtown location is one of nine newly opened facilities uniquely designed with patient comfort in mind. Each Urgent Care Center creates a warm and welcoming environment that includes large waiting rooms with high-end décor, separate children’s play areas, and beverage stations. In addition to ultimate patient comfort, WellStreet physicians are specifically trained in the field of urgent care medicine, assuring the highest quality of care to treat every patient, every time. WellStreet Urgent Care is open daily, including holidays, with extended hours from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. to ensure access and availability to high-quality care at your convenience; no appointment is necessary. (404) 382-9890, 38 My North Fulton — Johns Creek | january 2013

COMMUNITY Johns Creek Fire Officials Receive National Credentials

Timothy “Chad” McGiboney and Chris Coons, both chiefs for the Johns Creek Fire Department, have been recognized by Johns Creek Fire division chiefs Timothy “Chad” McGiboney and Chris Coons (center) receive The Center for their Chief Fire Officer credentials from Center Public Safety for Public Safety Excellence President Randy Excellence’s Bruegman (left) and Johns Creek Assistant Fire (CPSE) Chief Deron “Pat” Wilson (right). Commission on Professional Credentialing. Chief McGiboney was honored for having received the professional designations of Chief Fire Officer (CFO) and Fire Marshal (FM). He is one of only 33 fire professionals in the world to receive the FM designation and one of fewer than 12 people worldwide with dual CFO and FM designations. “McGiboney has a rich knowledge of the emergency services profession and has far surpassed critical core competencies for personnel serving in senior fire officer positions,” said Debbie Sobotka, deputy director for CPSE. Chief Coons was honored for having received his CFO designation, following a peer review and evaluation by the Commission on Professional Credentialing. “Coons demonstrated through his education, leadership and management skills that he possesses the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities required for the fire and emergency services profession,” Sobotka said. Each credential is valid for three years and requires continued training and reviews in order to maintain the highly rated professional designation.

‘Scrubs’ Win Johns Creek Adult Softball Championship

The Emory Johns Creek Hospital softball team upset the top seed in a 20-6 victory in the 2012 Johns Creek Fall Adult Co-Ed Softball Championship, held recently at Ocee Park. The Emory Hospital squad, The Scrubs, took the lead early in the final game to claim the championship trophy from The Bridge. The Scrubs came into the tournament as the No. 2 seed with a 6-2

season record. The No. 1 seed, The Bridge, held a record of 6-1-1. In the regular season, The Bridge beat The Scrubs 20-10. The Fall Adult Co-ed Softball League was sponsored by the City of Johns Creek Recreation and Parks Department.

New Gazebos at Trail Along State Bridge Road The greenway along State Bridge Road in Johns Creek has been enhanced with the addition of two new gazebos. The multi-gabled, 10-by-10-foot structures flank the creek on the northern side of State Bridge Road and are constructed with low-maintenance material and faux cedar shingles.

The new gazebos are part of an overall beautification effort of the City’s greenway/trail system funded through state and federal grants. Under the terms of the grants, the money could only be spent on the City’s trail system. In addition to the new gazebos, the grants also allowed the City to add 19 seating areas/plazas at key intersections and selected spots along the trail — 12 on Medlock Bridge Road, six on State Bridge Road, and one on Bell Road. The semi-circular seating areas are 30 feet across with decorative trash receptacles and stacked stone benches for sitting. The landscaping includes drought-resistant, low-maintenance native plants.

Oscar Meyer Wienermobile Visits Johns Creek

In celebration of its 25th anniversary, the Oscar Meyer Wienermobile recently visited Johns Creek and Alpharetta as part of a cross-country tour. Deli Eliot and Anggie Dog drove the popular Wienermobile throughout various parts of the communities, offering fans the opportunity to take photos, play fun games, and take home collectible Wiener Whistles. The Wienermobile visited area Kroger grocery stores and appeared in the Johns Creek Founders Day Parade and Santa Jam. 39

LIBRARY Northeast/Spruill Oaks Branch 9560 Spruill Road; (770) 360-8820

Atlanta-Fulton Public Library Ocee Branch 5090 Abbotts Bridge Road; (770) 360-8897

januaryEvents Northeast/Spruill Oaks Branch Power Healing 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Saturdays Learn to heal yourself. No registration required.

Northeast/Spruill Oaks Branch

Wednesday Story Time for Preschoolers 10:15 & 11:15 a.m., January 23 & 30 Interactive stories, fingerplays, songs and playtime. Ages 4 and under.

Laughter Yoga 2:30-3:30 p.m., Saturdays: January 12, February 16, March 16, April 20 & May 18 Let laughter lighten your mood. Instructor is a certified Laughter Yoga leader trained by Dr. Madan Kataria. Registration is required.

Thursdays Story Time for Preschoolers 10:15 a.m., January 24 & 31 Interactive stories, fingerplays, songs and playtime. Ages 4 and under.

Friends of the Northeast Library Book Club 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 1st Wednesday of each month: January 2, February 6, March 6, April 3 & May 1 Enjoy interesting and lively discussions. New participants are always

Ocee Branch

Baby & Me Story Time 10:30 a.m., Tuesdays, January 8-January 29 Babies 0 to 2 years will participate in songs, stories and rhymes in this lapsit story time. Ages 0-2 years.

welcome! Each title is available one month prior to its discussion. Schedule is as follows: “Uncle Tom’s Cabin,” January 1; “ The Kitchen House,” February 6; “The Invisible Bridge,” March 6; “The Thirteenth Tale,” April 3; and “A Paris Wife,” May 1.

Meditation & Yoga Class Winter Wonder Story Time & Craft 4:45 p.m., January 9 Story time will begin at 4:45 p.m.; winter wonder craft program will start at 5 p.m. Registration is not required; however, this program is limited to the first 40 arrivals. Please arrive promptly. Ages 5 and above. All children 8 and under must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver.

Preschool Storytime 10:30 a.m., Thursdays, January 10-January 31 Children ages 3-5 will participate in stories, songs and simple crafts. Ages 3-5.

Music for Babies with Ms. Jennifer 10:15 a.m. & 11 a.m., January 18 Bring your baby, ages 3 months-2 years, to this rockin’ good time with Ms. Jennifer! Music helps develop language, vocabulary, reasoning and coordination, so come on out and sing and move and build those skills! Each session is limited to 15 babies. If the 10:15 a.m. session is full, please wait for the 11 a.m. session. Ages 3 months-2 years.

11 a.m.-12:15 p.m., most Fridays, beginning January 4 Learn the Korean “one” yoga method for stress relief and good health. Bring a Yoga mat or towel and wear loose, comfortable clothes. No registration is required, but each class limited to the first 25 participants.

Johns Creek Teen Poetry Group 2:30 p.m., Sundays: January 6, February 3, March 3, April 7 & May 5 On the first Sunday of the month, an esteemed published poet and member of the Georgia Poetry Society will present his/her original works to the teens for discussion. The teens will also bring in an original work for presentation and group discussion. The group meets in the Teen Center. Ages 12-18. Registration required.

Line Dancing 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., most Tuesdays, beginning January 8 Enjoy improved physical and mental health with this fun, relaxing activity taught by Jean Chen, a longtime Line Dancing instructor. New participants are always welcome.

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Dahn Yoga Classes 6:30-7:45 p.m., most Tuesdays, beginning January 8 Classes combine stretching, breathing and meditation and are for beginners. Bring a Yoga mat or towel and wear loose, comfortable clothes. No registration is required, but each class is limited to the first 25 participants.

Kids Can Learn Ballet Dance Too! Workshop 11 a.m., January 9 Join in on the fun of learning the classical ballet.

Teen Business Series: A Toastmasters’ Introduction to Public Speaking for Teens 2:30 p.m., Sundays: January 20, February 17, March 17, April 21 & May 19 On the third Sunday of the month this program will teach teens the basics of public speaking and help them become comfortable doing it. An advanced member of Toastmaster will discuss topics, including creating goals, developing a personal mission, and thinking on one’s feet when in a public speaking situation. Teens will practice public speaking as part of the program. Ages 12-18. Registration is required.

U.S. Citizenship Winter Test Prep Classes 2:30-5:30 p.m., Sundays, January 20-March 24 Reservation/Green Card required by January 27. Sponsored with Jewish Family & Career Services.

Adult Self-Defense Workshop 12:45-2 p.m., January 22 Registration is required. Presented by “Revved Up Kids Inc.”

Friends of NESO Library Winter Book Sale 1-5 p.m., January 24 (private, for members only) 1-5 p.m., January 25 (public) 10 a.m.-4 p.m., January 26 (public) 2-4 p.m., January 27 (public) Choose from a wide range of books and media for sale at super prices. Donations are welcome, volunteers are needed!

Master Minds Chess Club 6:15 p.m., Mondays, January 28-May 20 Come play with other chess players. Boards will be provided. Presented in partnership with Championship Chess.

Winter Cooking with Chef Lynn 6:30-7:30 p.m., January 28 & February 4 Class will be held in the Teen Center. Registration is required.

College & Career Series for Teens: Writing Research Papers 6 p.m., Tuesdays: January 29; February 5, 12, 19 & 26; & March 5 Each week, research paper writing tutor Sarah Calhoun will break down in detail a specific part of the creative writing process. It is highly recommended that teens sign up for and attend all six weeks in order to maximize the benefits of this program. Class will be held in the Community Room. Ages 12-18. Registration is required.

Ocee Branch Art on Tuesday 4:30 p.m., Tuesdays, January 8 & January 22 This special series of art programs on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month will feature exciting hands-on projects in a number of different styles and techniques, including Pointillism, Pop Art, and Encaustic Art. Please dress in old clothes or bring an apron or smock, as some projects will be messy. Ages 10-14. This program is limited to 20 and registration is required. If you plan to attend, please send an email with your name and age to

TAB (Teen Advisory Board) Meeting 5 p.m., January 10 Join Ginny Cline, the Young Adult Librarian, and explore ways to enhance the library programs for teens. Ages 12-18.

Free Math Tutoring 2 p.m, Sundays: January 13, 20 & 27 Tutors are available to help you with any math fundamentals that you are struggling with. All children in grades K-8 are welcome to attend. Registration is not required; just bring any work that you need help with. Ages 5-14.

Introduction to MS Word 2010 1 p.m., January 15 An introductory class to familiarize computer users with Microsoft Word. Adults. First come, first seated.

Beginning Readers’ Book Club 4 p.m., January 15 Join this beginning readers’ book club for book discussions and related activities. Ages 5-8. This program is limited to 20 children. Registration is required. To register and reserve a copy of each month’s book, please send an email with your name and age to

Chess Club 6 p.m., January 16 Club members will learn strategies, game variations and have the opportunity to participate in a tournament. Ages 5-13.

Ocee Astronomy Club 4:30 p.m., January 17 Club members will participate in activities, experiments and interactive games. Ages 7-13. Registration is required. If you plan to join the club, please send an email with your name and age to marcia.divack@

Introduction to MS Excel 2010 1 p.m., January 22 An introductory class to familiarize computer users with Microsoft Excel. Adults. First come, first seated. 41

S C H O O L Public Schools Elementary Schools Abbotts Hill Elementary 5575 Abbotts Bridge Road Johns Creek, GA 30097 (770) 667-2860 Principal: Roytunda Stabler

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

Dolvin Elementary 10495 Jones Bridge Road Johns Creek, GA 30022 (770) 740-7020 Principal: Laura Zoll

Findley Oaks Elementary 5880 Findley Chase Drive Johns Creek, GA 30097 (770) 497-3800 Principal: Leonard Forti

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

Northwood Elementary

Private Schools

Montessori Unlimited Medlock Bridge Montessori School

Clear Springs Christian Academy

(770) 623-1965,

(770) 475-8963,

Mount Pisgah Christian School

Cresco Montessori

(678) 336-3300,

(678) 381-0020,

Nesbit Ferry Montessori School

Holy Redeemer Catholic School

(770) 552-8454,

(770) 410-4056,

Perimeter School

Legacy Community Academy

(678) 405-2300,

(678) 624-2234,

Primrose School of Jones Bridge

Montessori School of Alpharetta

(770) 664-8911,

(770) 667-1277,

Woodward Academy-North Campus (404) 765-4490,

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

River Trail Middle

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

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

Shakerag Elementary

Taylor Road Middle

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

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

State Bridge Crossing Elementary

High Schools

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

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

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

Johns Creek High

Middle Schools

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

Autrey Mill Middle

Northview High

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

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

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

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

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

Other Centers Crossroads/Second Chance – North 791 Mimosa Boulevard Roswell, GA 30075 (770) 552-6334 Principal: Scott O’Prey

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

2012 — 2013 Calendar at a Glance January 21 February 15 February 18

School Holiday School Holiday School Holiday

Local Colleges & Universities Georgia Gwinnett College

(678) 407-5000,

ITT Technical Institute

(678) 957-8510

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Georgia Perimeter College

(678) 240-6000,

Lanier Technical College (770) 531-6300

North Fulton Center of Reinhardt University (770) 720-9191

SCHOOL Ocee Elementary’s Giving Tree Benefits Atlanta Children’s Shelter

The Cooks’ Club meets once a month at AMMS under the guidance of Chef Carlin Breinig and her assistant Chef Vicki Kuerer, who donate their time to teach students healthy alternatives to their favorite meals, snacks and desserts. The club sponsors are Nathalie Bernstein, Danielle Chereck, Jaimal Page, and Maria Purwin. The Cooks’ Club is part of First Lady Michelle Obama’s initiative, “Chefs Move to School,” a program designed to teach children healthy eating habits that will evolve into healthy lifestyles.

Wilson Creek Elementary Counselors Host ‘Girls’ Night Out’ Wilson Creek Elementary Ocee Elementary School celebrated the season of giving with its own Giving Tree. The Ocee tradition benefited the Atlanta Children’s Shelter by providing much-needed items from diapers to books to clothing for families working toward self-reliability. Students at Ocee took a leaf from the tree that included the name of a family in need and replaced it with a leaf of their own that included what they were thankful for this past year. Ocee Principal Deborah Pernice read “The Giving Tree” by Shel Silverstein to the entire student body to kick off Ocee’s Giving Tree and instill in the students a spirit of giving and caring for others.

Autrey Mill Middle Students Cook with Publix Chefs

The students of Autrey Mill Middle School’s (AMMS) Cooks’ Club recently worked with the chefs of Publix’s Cooking School under the guidance of Chef Michael Maliska. The students prepared a three-course meal, learned good kitchen safety and cooking techniques, and then enjoyed the fruits of their labor.

School counselor Alexcia Massey and school psychologist Melissa Hines recently hosted a “Girls’ Night Out” event designed to

5th grade girls at Wilson Creek Elementary School’s mother-daughter “Girls’ Night Out” program made bracelets as a symbol of their S.H.I.N.E. pledge against bullying.

help educate girls and their mothers about bullying. Approximately 20 families from the school’s fifth grade classes attended the event titled “Stand Together, Stop the Bullying,” held in the media center. The “Girls’ Night Out” theme was based on The American Girl movie, “Chrissa Stands Strong.” Massey and Hines explained the common forms of peer aggression among students today and offered responsible solutions for dealing with bullying behavior. Afterward, students and their mothers ate pizza, watched the “Chrissa Stands Strong” movie, and participated in fun activities that included acting out what they would do and say in a bullying situation and making bracelets as a symbol of the S.H.I.N.E. pledge (Stand up to put-downs; Help those being bullied; Inform adults; Never use a computer or cell phone to hurt others; and Encourage friends to stand up against bullying, too). 43


With Forest Mushroom Blend Over Pappardelle Pasta Serves 4 by Foster Smith Ingredients: • 2- 16- to 18-oz. hind lamb shanks • 1 carrot, chopped • 1 medium white onion, chopped • 1 rib celery, chopped • 2 bay leaves Foster Smith, a certified specialist in wine by the Society of Wine Educators, • 2 cloves garlic, chopped owns Sip Wine restaurant and wine bar • 1 Tbs. fresh rosemary, in Milton and Vinings. (770) 475-7121 de-stemmed • 3 Tbs. all-purpose flour • 4 Tbs. oil • 4 cups red wine • 1 Tbs corn starch, in 2 Tbs. water • 1 lb. forest mushrooms, cleaned • 12 oz. pappardelle pasta, cooked • 3 oz. fresh parmesan cheese, shaved with a vegetable peeler Salt and pepper each lamb shank, then dust each with flour. In a large Dutch oven or crock pot, heat oil over medium-high heat; brown each side of shanks. Remove shanks. Add carrots, onions and celery in oil, sauté 5 minutes. Add one cup of wine and deglaze to pot by scraping the sides and bottom of pot. Return shanks to pot; add herbs, garlic and remaining wine. Add water to cover shanks; cover, reduce heat, and simmer for 2 to 3 hours until meat is “fall off the bone” tender. Remove shanks and strain liquid into sauce pot. Bring liquid to boil, add mushrooms, then salt and pepper to taste. Simmer to reduce liquid by 40%. Add corn starch mixture to thicken. Shred lamb off the bone, then toss with pasta and sauce. Garnish with parmesan shavings.

Between The Hedges by Louise Estabrook

Pruning and training are important practices for managing fruit trees. The proper time to prune is during late winter and early spring, before new growth occurs. During this time, pruning wounds heal quickly; flower Information about Extension Solutions buds and undesirable branches for Homes and Gardens can be are easily recognized; bark is found on the University of Georgia less likely to tear when cuts Cooperative Extension website, www. are made; and injury from low winter temperatures is avoided. Or contact the Cherokee County Extension Office, 100 North St., Suite Light summer pruning may G21, Canton, GA, (770) 479-0418. also be used to train young trees to the desired shape, improve sunlight quality, thin fruit loads, or remove water sprouts and other unwanted growth.

The proper time to prune is during late winter and early spring, before new growth occurs. Apple, Pear, Plum & Apricot These trees are pruned and trained to a central leader. A central leader tree is characterized by one main, upright trunk, referred to as the leader. Branching generally begins on the leader 24 to 36 inches above the soil surface to allow movement under the tree. Whether you obtain a small, unbranched whip or a larger, branched tree, it is necessary to prune the tree at planting. Cut the unbranched whip back to 24 to 30 inches from the ground. If branched 1- or 2-year-old trees are planted, select four or five lateral branches with wide-angled crotches and that are spaced equally around the tree and 2 to 5 inches apart vertically. The selected laterals should be no lower than 18 inches above the ground and should be pruned back slightly by cutting off one-fourth of each limb’s length. Blueberries Remove one-third to one-half of the top of young blueberry plants when transplanting them. Remove weak, twiggy growth near the base of the plant. Remove flower buds the first and second year after planting to stimulate vigorous growth. You won’t get any blueberries, but you will get a stronger blueberry plant for the future.

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ROSWELL Community — Home

by Michelle Martin,

Journey Christian Church (11365 Crabapple Road, Roswell) held a ribbon cutting to celebrate its name change from the original First Christian Church of Roswell. Pastor Dan Garrett said the new name reflects a renewed desire of the leadership and church family to become more involved and active with the local community and assist the neighborhood with the love and generosity of Jesus Christ. “The name Journey captures the essence of our message that life has many twists and turns. Everyone needs guidance as they navigate toward a fulfilling life. Journey Christian Church truly welcomes all who are seeking direction, not perfection.” Journey Christian Church is a non-denominational congregation that was established as First Christian Church in the Roswell area in 1954 and moved to its current location in the 1980s. The church offers Sunday morning classes for children, small groups for adults, and worship at 11 a.m., along with a vibrant children’s program and activities for teenagers and senior adults. A new logo and a new website were also unveiled as part of the re-visioning of the church. (770) 993-4617,

Applications for Leadership North Fulton (LNF) are being accepted. LNF is a six-month program sponsored by the Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce. In an effort to build community leaders, LNF uses a variety of techniques including monthly class days that incorporate workshops by trained facilitators, panel discussions, and leadership activities developed and led by Beverly Langford, a GSU professor with the Robinson College of Business. Class members visit government agencies, economic development centers, judicial and detention facilities, nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, and health care centers in order to learn about and enhance their leadership skills in the areas of organizational and group dynamics, conflict mediation, communication, diversity and change management.

Foster Care Support Foundation Inc. (FCSF) will host its annual All Kids Count benefit March 16 at Wild Bill’s Atlanta in Duluth. The theme for the 2013 event is “Oh, Give Me a Home.” The benefit will help raise funds to help support FCSF’s programs, which assists thousands of Georgia’s foster and displaced children. Tickets are available for purchase through FCSF, whose office is located at 3334 Trails End Road in Roswell. (770) 641-9591,

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COMMUNITY Roswell Dance Theatre to Perform at Discover Orange Bowl

different sights, sounds and tastes typical of New York City — which Ms. Eleanor regards as the “greatest city on Earth.” Ms. Eleanor’s 100th birthday was Christmas Day, but her New York-style celebration came early with a slideshow, music, food and other New York-themed treats. The “New York” birthday party was held at Elmcroft of Roswell, where Ms. Eleanor currently resides.

Roswell Rotary Honored by Georgia Urban Forest Council

Roswell Dance Theatre will perform during the halftime festivities of the 2013 Discover Orange Bowl, January 7 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Lakes, Fla. Roswell Dance Theatre’s dance and cheer team was invited to perform by WorldStrides Heritage Performance programs. The group will join dance, cheer and drill teams from across the country in the halftime show finale of the 2013 Discover Orange Bowl, which will serve as the Bowl Championship Series National Championship game. Under the direction of Nancy Tolbert Yilmaz, the Roswell Dance Theatre team will travel to Miami and rehearse with nationally acclaimed choreographers. Nancy Tolbert Yilmaz has been teaching for 30 years and will personally lead the Roswell Dance Theatre group of 45 students to Miami.

Roswell Woman Celebrates 100th Birthday In New York Style Ms. Eleanor, a resident of Roswell who previously lived in New York City, received a special present from Second Wind Dreams to help celebrate her 100th birthday. The nonprofit organization, which works to change the perception of aging by helping older adults to fulfill their dreams, partnered with Elmcroft of Roswell to create a day-long experience featuring

The Georgia Urban Forest Council recently presented its 2012 Outstanding Education Award to Roswell Rotary for its role in the Trees Across Roswell project. Members of the Roswell Rotary worked with the Chattahoochee Nature Center, as well as local Boy Scouts and other volunteers from the community, to plant more than 2,500 trees throughout the Roswell area. Roswell Rotary also hosted stage, radio, television and film actress Edith Ivy, a resident of Roswell, at a recent luncheon. She shared stories from her early days on stage and in radio and TV — which included working with Bob Hope and playing Summerfall Winterspring on “The Howdy Doody Show” — to more recent work, including “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.” She still acts at the Georgia Ensemble Theatre in Roswell.

Roswell’s Steven Acenbrak Named APWA Leadership Fellow Steven Acenbrak, director of transportation for the City of Roswell, has been designated as a Public Works Leadership Fellow (PWLF) by the American Public Works Association (APWA). Acenbrak is among 200 public works professionals who were selected and inducted by the APWA Donald C. Stone Center Program Council.

As a PWLF, Hansen will mentor public works professionals enrolled in the APWA Donald C. Stone Center for Leadership Excellence throughout the year. “The average age of APWA members in leadership positions is 55 years old. As that group heads toward retirement, there is a critical need to bestow the senior public works leaders’ accumulated wisdom on the next generation of leaders,” said Peter B. King, executive director of APWA. “The resulting knowledge transfer will help to position the next generation to better address the issues of the 21st Century.” 47


Atlanta-Fulton Public Library | Roswell Branch 115 Norcross Street, Roswell 30075 For information, call (770) 640-3075 or visit

januaryEvents Yoga Class 10:30 a.m., Tuesdays, January-May Please dress comfortably and bring a towel or mat. All ages.

cross-stitch, grab your current project and join the group at the library for an afternoon. All ages and experience levels are welcome. No instruction or materials are provided.

CAREing Paws

CAREing Paws

4 p.m., Wednesdays, January-May Gidget, a trained and certified therapy dog, loves stories. Beginning and reluctant readers are encouraged to sign up for a 15-minute time slot to read to her. Grades 1 and up. Registration begins two weeks before the program.

11 a.m., 2nd and 3rd Saturdays, January-May Bella, a trained and certified therapy dog, loves stories. Beginning and reluctant readers are encouraged to sign up for a 15-minute time slot to read to her. Grades 1 and up. Registration begins two weeks before the program.

Drop-in Needlecraft Group

Noonday Nosh Book Club

1 p.m., Thursdays, January-May Calling all needlecrafters! Get together with like-minded crafters to socialize while you work on your projects. If you knit, crochet, embroider or

12 p.m., January 15 The book discussed will be “A Lesson Before Dying” by Ernest J. Gaines. The group meets in the library’s meeting room. This group is co-sponsored by the Friends of the Roswell Library. All ages are welcome.

Homeschool Science 10:30 a.m., January 18 Aerospace engineer and science educator Kevin Howard will present a special science program for homeschoolers. Each workshop will focus on a different scientific topic. Ages 6-10. Registration begins January 4.

Mystery Readers’ Book Club 6:30 p.m., January 22 The book discussed will be “Bury Your Dead” by Louise Penny. The group meets in the library’s meeting room. This group is co-sponsored by the Friends of the Roswell Library. All ages are welcome.

Lego Club 4 p.m., January 29 January’s theme: Winter Wonderland. Ages 5-10. Registration begins January 22.

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Private Schools The Atlanta Academy

King’s Ridge Christian School

(678) 461-6102,

(770) 754-5738,

Blessed Trinity Catholic High School

Legacy Community Academy

Cottage School

Mill Springs Academy

(770) 641-8688,

(770) 360-1336,

Chrysalis Experiential Academy

Porter School

(678) 277-9083,

(770) 649-7077,

(678) 624-2234,

(770) 594-1313,

Eaton Academy

(770) 645-2673,

Fellowship Christian Academy/ High School K4-5th Grade (770) 992-4975 Grades 6-12 (770) 993-1650

Queen of Angels Catholic School (770) 518-1804, ext. 104,

Swift School (678) 205-4988,

Village Montessori School (770) 552-0834,

High Meadows School (770) 993-2940,

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

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

Hillside Elementary 9250 Scott Road Roswell, GA 30076 (770) 552-6362 Principal: John Anderson (Interim)

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

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

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

Elkins Pointe Middle

10200 Wooten Road, Roswell (770) 552-6390 Principal: Ritu Ahuja

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

River Eves Elementary

Northwestern Middle

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

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

Roswell North Elementary

High Schools

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

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

Middle Schools

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

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

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

Roswell High

Other Centers

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

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

School Holiday School Holiday School Holiday

Amana Academy

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

Crabapple Middle

2012 — 2013 Calendar at a Glance January 21 February 15 February 18

Milton High

Charter Schools

Crossroads Second Chance North Campus 791 Mimosa Boulevard Roswell, GA 30075 (770) 552-6333 Principal: Dr. Scott O’Prey

Local Colleges & Universities Georgia Perimeter College (404) 413-7878,

North Fulton Center of Reinhardt University

The Art Institute of Atlanta

(770) 720-9191

Strayer University

University of Phoenix Atlanta Campus

(770) 394-8300, (770) 650-3000,

(678) 731-0555,

SCHOOL Crabapple Crossing Elementary Honored as National School of Excellence

Hillside Elementary School Helps Hurricane Sandy Relief

For the ceremony, the school’s parking lot was decorated with blue ribbons and the hallways were lined with students’ essays about the award. Other special guests included Fulton County Schools Superintendent Robert Avossa; State Senator John Albers, who read a proclamation congratulating the school for its prestigious award; and executives from Blue Bell Ice Cream, who congratulated the school by providing free ice cream for all students at lunch that day.

To reward students, every child who donated to the collection fund received a “hat pass” allowing them to wear their favorite hat to school at the end of the week.

State Superintendent John Barge visited Crabapple Crossing Elementary School recently in recognition of the school having been named a 2012 National School of Excellence. He presented the official National Blue Ribbon award to Principal George Freiberger with teachers, staff and the entire student body in attendance for the special ceremony.

River Eves Elementary Among State’s Highest Performing Title I Schools

River Eves Elementary is the only elementary school in Fulton County to receive the Reward School Title for Highest-Performing Title I School (top 5 percent), as announced recently by the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE ) as part of the state’s waiver from the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). The category of Highest Performing is reserved for schools with the highest performance or the biggest academic gains by students in the last three years. A Highest-Performing School is a Title I school among the 5 percent of Title I schools in the state that has the highest absolute performance over three years for the “all students” group on the statewide assessments. A Highest-Performing School must have made Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) for the “all students” group and all of its subgroups in 2011. A school may not be classified as a Highest-Performing School if there are significant achievement gaps across subgroups that are not closing in the school. North Fulton — Roswell | january 2013 52 My

Students at Hillside Elementary School in Roswell participated in a collection drive to help support Hurricane Sandy relief efforts. Students collected a specific coin for each day of the week — pennies on Monday, nickels on Tuesday, dimes on Wednesday, quarters on Thursday, and dollars on Friday — to raise more than $2,000 that would be donated to the American Red Cross’s Hurricane Sandy relief programs.

Crabapple Middle Hosts Georgia Heritage Day

As part of its annual Georgia Heritage Day, Crabapple Middle School recently hosted approximately 20 individuals who showcased different talents that make up the diverse culture of Georgia. The program is designed around the state’s 8th grade Social Studies curriculum on Georgia history.

Presenters included blacksmiths, basket weavers, quilters, cotton spinners, dancers, bee keepers, Civil War and Cherokee Nation historians and re-enactors, musicians, potters, candle makers and many more. The students also enjoyed dressing up in period clothing and posing for old-fashioned portraits. Diamond Go-Sti (Diamond Brown Jr.), a Cherokee educator and native culturist, taught the kids about the Cherokee Nation’s culture, history, music, hunting and much more. Other presenters included Barney Jones, who demonstrated basket weaving from hand-cut white oak harvested in southern Georgia, and blacksmith Wind Chapman, who demonstrated iron forging using an anvil, hammer, tongs and fire pit. Diamond Go-Sti teaches students about Cherokee culture.


GADGETS When you are looking for a car, just like when looking for a house, you envision certain key components. These extra conveniences and gadgets are the same for a car: not necessary, but really appreciated. The top accessories in demand that customers say they can’t live without include Bluetooth capabilities, a rear-view camera for backing up, a navigation system for directions, OnStar for emergencies, a Lo Jack for stolen cars, remote key start, and the low-tech device of a tire-pressure gauge. Bluetooth is regulated by many states that have a hands-free mobile phone law. This device allows your car to become a giant speakerphone. Just watch what you say with little ears listening! The rear-view camera, aka backup savior, has prevented many drivers from hitting trashcans and mailboxes. It is a great tool for parallel parking and safety in general. With the new car designs, sometimes backing up poses problems and it is nice to have this safety feature as a guide. Of course, this is only a tool; drivers should not rely solely on a rear-view mirror. Thank goodness for the navigation systems that uses global positioning system (GPS) to help us get from one location to another. Some drivers have GPS on their phone as well. GPS navigation systems can help with directions, traffic, and locating nearby gas stations, hotels and more. OnStar comes standard on General Motors cars, or you can purchase it for approximately $100 as an additional feature to other cars. OnStar is a great device for emergencies. Its collision detection system and emergency service button is great if you find yourself stranded or in an accident. OnStar is like your safety net when your cell phone has no reception. On cold days, starting your car with remote key access has great benefits. In fact, clicking a remote rather than putting a key into a lock is the ultimate convenience. Everyone has walked outside to witness the tires a little low, or noticed when the light has come on signaling to check the tire pressure. Over time and with weather changes, tires lose air. With a simple tire gauge, you can find out quickly and easily how much air you need to put back into your tires. Enjoy your gadgets if you are lucky enough to have any of them and remember to always keep your car looking and feeling new! Some aspects of this column were taken from a Vroom Girls article by Aaron Gold. Suzanne Taylor is the Marketing Manager for Atlanta Dent Company and a monthly columnist for My Community Monthly magazines.

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by Laura Green

10. Kitchen Cabinets A clean, simple, contemporary look will be popular with homeowners looking to economize and eliminate unnecessary clutter and fussy details that equate to high maintenance and complicated living. For those who don’t want to spring for new cabinetry, re-facing or refinishing cabinets offers more bang for the buck.

5. Color Palette Charcoal is the new black. 2013 will find this silky color everywhere as it blends the right amount of chocolate, grey and a touch of green.

9. Countertops Granite has been dethroned. While granite isn’t going away and still has many die-hard fans, the new king of countertops will be quartz composite — the closest thing to no-maintenance, bullet-proof countertop materials available today.

4. Bathroom Stone Laura Green is the owner of Green Basements & Remodeling. She may be Synonymous with luxury, reached at lgreen@greenremodeling. Calacatta marble will find com or visit its way into both traditional and contemporary bathrooms. Calacatta is a rarer stone than Carrara marble, but is quarried in the same region. It is valued for a whiter background and bolder grey veins.

8. Hardwood Floors Pre-finished and engineered wood flooring will become more popular than the once gold standard of site-finished flooring. Pre-finished woods provide a hard, durable finish, are an installation time saver, and eliminate the sanding dust dilemma. Engineered wood floors are also compatible with under-floor heating systems, a big plus in cold climates. 7. Glass Backsplashes Glass mosaic tile is on the way out. Taking its place are glass/stone/tile mosaic composites that can add more texture and visual interest and that tie in more readily with stone or quartz countertops. Be on the lookout for backpainted, solid glass panel backsplashes in contemporary settings, which provide an ultra-clean, almost ethereal look to a polished, modern kitchen setting. 6. Stylishly Simple Sinks Goodbye double sinks, hello deep single-bowl sinks. With accessories such as fitted colanders and dish drains, deep single-bowl sinks have all the benefits of a divided sink, plus the large size to actually fit that roasting pan or those baking sheets into the sink all at once. Stainless is still popular, but the quartz composites are a great value and durable option.

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3. Texture and Sparkle Bedazzled may find its way into home décor and design as homeowners seek a blend of classic textures and colors with pops of bold color and elements of sparkle. Glossy glass tile backsplashes and sparkle on polished nickel fixtures will be the trend in 2013. 2. Living in Your Home Longer/Multi-Generational Living With many certified aging-in-place specialists (CAPS), there is a growing trend to help aging Baby Boomers safely “grow old” in their homes for as long as possible. Watch for easy kitchen and bath upgrades to enhance functionality, comfort and safety. 1. Healthy Home, Healthy Living Green and sustainable design is here to stay. The No. 1 trend for 2013 will be to create a healthy living environment free of toxins and harsh chemicals. More and more homeowners are taking advantage of federal and state incentives to evaluate their home’s energy efficiency and overall performance. Upgrade trends include the use of low VOC materials to improve indoor air quality, testing combustion safety, and radon mitigation.

TIPS TO DECREASE Your Risk Of Glaucoma

MAKE 2013

All About Family Fun by Jill Pollard

by Edward J. Furey, OD PC What are you going to do differently this year? Take better care of yourself? Will you exercise more, eat healthier, or make an effort to see the doctor as often as you should? Finding time in your busy schedule to implement those well-intentioned resolutions often proves challenging. But don’t underestimate the importance of those doctor visits — more specifically, visits to your eye doctor.

Dr. Edward J. Furey specializes in primary eye care, glaucoma, low vision, geriatrics and is the Center Director of Furey Family Eye Care. Located at 250 East Crossville Road, Roswell., (770) 993-5592

A quick trip to your eye care professional may be not only sight-saving but also potentially life-saving. An eye care professional can evaluate the health of your eyes, clarity of vision, and detect chronic and systemic diseases, such as glaucoma, diabetes and even hypertension. You’ve probably heard of glaucoma, but many people don’t know how it can affect — and just how quickly it can take — your eyesight. Glaucoma affects more than 3 million Americans, but more than half of them don’t even know that they have it, according to Prevent Blindness America. Glaucoma begins by attacking peripheral vision, typically causing objects to appear less clearly. At first, it is possible to compensate by squinting or turning the head to focus better. But be careful. These changes may seem minor, but glaucoma can accelerate quickly — causing eyesight to rapidly and irreversibly deteriorate. The risk of developing glaucoma can be greater depending on a patient’s age, race or genetics. Glaucoma usually affects one in 200 people by age 50, but as many as 1 in 10 people by age 80. The risk of developing glaucoma is much higher among African-Americans: four to five times higher. In fact, glaucoma is the leading cause of blindness in AfricanAmericans. Typically, African-Americans develop glaucoma 10 years earlier than Caucasians and are 6 to 15 times more likely to be blinded by the disease. Glaucoma cannot be prevented, but it can be controlled if continued on page 67 North Fulton — Roswell | january 2013 56 My

Mommies, unite! It is the start of a new year, and while the “enemy” is resolving to lose 40 pounds, exercise, grow organic food and make her own greeting cards out of recycled materials, we can have our own list of resolutions. Here are some suggestions for more family fun in 2013:

Jill Pollard is director of La O’wn Academy, 11575 King Road, Roswell. You may reach her at (678) 795-9145 or visit

1. Have Family Movie Night once a month. Make popcorn and let the kids stay up late. 2. Learn how to do something new (this doesn’t have to be Zumba). Pick something that is fun and appeals to you. Take a class with your child or start a “Mommy & Me” class. How about trying trampoline lessons, tap dancing or cupcake decorating? 3. Think of something that you and your family like to do together. Next, make a list of places where you can do that activity together and travel to one destination a month — swimming pools, bowling alleys, movie theaters, amusement parks, pizza restaurants, etc. Planning the trip and reviewing the experience is half the fun. 4. Start some family traditions (the sillier the better). Make green eggs and ham for breakfast on Saint Patrick’s Day. Take a family picture on holidays making funny faces. Have a “Backward Day.” 5. Go to a ceramics studio and make a family plate for special occasions. Traditionally, these are red and cost $40 in boutiques, but you can make any kind you want. Reward kids by letting them use it for good report cards, piano recitals, Field Day, etc. 6. Have a family talent show. This doesn’t have to involve any real talent, but should include fun and good snacks. 7. Don’t forget Family Game Night. This will be met with more enthusiasm in kids’ younger years, followed by rolling of eyes and serious rejection in the middle school years. In my family, the kids enjoyed Family Game Night in high school and even invited friends to play games around the kitchen table. continued on page 67

THE GIFT OF ‘Next Time’

The view from city hall

Roswell’s New Year Looks Bright

by Ron Bradley, D. Min.

I must admit that I love the New Year! There is just something exciting about the opportunity to mark the beginning of something new. Very few things about the human condition are truly universal, but one of them Ron Bradley is the pastor at First is this: None of us has lived Baptist Church Roswell. You may life perfectly. One of the contact him at (770) 587-6980 or greatest challenges we face, therefore, is to discover how to live creatively and redemptively with our imperfections. One of God’s greatest gifts to us is the gift of “next time.” Forgiveness can be best understood as God’s willingness to give us second chances at life. Forgiveness is the sheer grace, patience and hopefulness of God, which allows us to try again at life even when we have ignominiously failed. The gift of “next time” says we are not frozen into what we used to be. What we were even a few minutes ago was not all there is to us. The past is frozen in time; nothing can be done about it to change it, but the future is still fluid and open. Forgiveness allows us to focus on future solutions instead of past problems by substituting the words “next time” for “if only.” It lets the past become our teacher rather than our judge!

Welcome 2013, God’s gift of ‘next time’ for all of us. Life is not like a spelling bee in which we are lined up in the front of the room and given harder and harder words to spell. Misspell one word and down we go — no trip to Washington, D.C. for us. One shot and we are done! If that were the case with mistakes in life there would be no hope for any of us. Another way of putting it is to say that God is more interested in our future than our past; more interested in the kind of person we may yet become than in the person we used to be. God is not a perfectionist; He is more like an artist, a gifted potter who takes the shapeless clay and patiently and long-sufferingly through a process of trial and error creates a vessel of genuine beauty and usefulness. Welcome 2013, God’s gift of “next time” for all of us. North Fulton — Roswell | january 2013 58 My

by Mayor Jere Wood Thanks to leadership, investments and partnerships, Roswell’s future has never been brighter. The Roswell City Council and leaders from neighborhoods, businesses, charities, churches and schools recently came together to create a vision Jere Wood is the mayor of Roswell. You may contact him at for Roswell to become the or premier riverside community visit for more connecting strong neighborhoods information. and the entrepreneurial spirit. This vision proposes more attention to the Chattahoochee River, enhancements for neighborhoods, collaboration with businesses, and revitalization of commercial and rental properties. Our goal is to attract talented people of all ages, races and religions. We have long recognized that Roswell must be a great place to live if we want to attract people. Our new vision acknowledges that local businesses are also essential to achieving our goal. Roswell’s City Council recognizes that to implement our vision the City must invest in the community and leverage these investments by partnering with neighborhoods, businesses and the community organizations. Last year, the City invested in the Roswell Business Alliance (RBA), the North Fulton Chamber of Commerce Progress Partners, the Roswell Downtown Development Authority, and a re-write of our zoning and building ordinances. The RBA is working with more than 400 local business members and is recruiting more businesses to our city. Progress Partners was instrumental in Roswell’s commercial corridors being designated a State Opportunity Zone — giving businesses in the Opportunity Zone a $3,000 tax credit annually for each new employee. The Downtown Development Authority is working on plans to partner with private developers to transform South Atlanta Street and Holcomb Bridge Road. Roswell’s zoning and building codes are being revised, simplified and streamlined to encourage high-quality redevelopment. Our investments are beginning to pay off. In 2013, new businesses will bring more than 1,000 good-paying new jobs to Roswell’s Opportunity Zone. I expect private developers to continued on page 68

Under the


by State Senator John Albers

Moving Georgia Forward In 2013 & Beyond It’s hard to believe that elections are over and we’re gearing up for another productive legislative session. As your Senator from the 56th district, I am deeply humbled and honored by your confidence and look forward to serving you for another legislative term.

In fact, the costs associated with government-run health care is highly uncertain and will undoubtedly cost more to operate than originally planned. While this new law will go into effect whether the states like it or not, we do have some control over how it is implemented. Citing lack of flexibility and unsustainable health-care costs, Governor Deal recently decided against operating a statebased exchange in Georgia. Under Obamacare, every state is required to operate either a state- or federal-run exchange to compare and purchase health-care policies. By deciding to opt out of a state-based exchange, Governor Deal essentially placed the burden of securing administrative and operational funding squarely on the shoulders of the federal government. We did not choose Obamacare; therefore, our state’s budget shouldn’t have to bleed in order to put it into effect.

While providing adequate funding for Georgia’s health-care system is one of this year’s top priorities, it is quite clear that legislators and interested stakeholders will be required to address several challenges facing Georgia’s educational system. On January 14, legislators officially will be sworn into office as Even though Georgia boasts some of the top universities in the General Assembly marks the beginning of a new legislative the nation, our state’s high school graduation rate continues biennial. In preparation for the new to hover around 67 percent — an biennial session, lawmakers met at the unsettling trend for a state looking I am committed to working University of Georgia’s Carl Vinson to lead the nation in job creation and Institute in December for an in-depth with my colleagues to get more innovative education reform. As we look at Georgia’s upcoming hotGeorgians back to work and move forward, it is imperative that button policy areas. Although Georgia we have real and frank discussions on strengthening Georgia’s economy continues to face many substantive how to effectively provide our students for future generations. challenges, health care, education and with the best education possible while job creation will take center stage. supporting proactive strategies that improve our state’s dropout rate. Georgia students must be The question of health care continues to be at the forefront of given every tool necessary to compete in today’s highly skilled debate this upcoming session. While our state’s finances have workforce, especially if we seek to remain a leader in global remained stable thanks to a balanced budget and tough cuts in commerce. It is time to raise the dropout age in Georgia from spending, a national economic recession continues to impact 16 to 17; I will sponsor legislation in January to lead this effort. all aspects of Georgia’s infrastructure. Georgia’s Medicaid program is no exception. It is anticipated that Georgia will face I am committed to working with my colleagues to get more a Medicaid shortfall of more than $400 million in Fiscal Year Georgians back to work and strengthening Georgia’s economy 2014 — due largely to growth in the Medicaid population and for future generations. While lawmakers passed several bills rising health-care costs. during last year’s session aimed at creating a more favorable In addition to this shortfall, Governor Nathan Deal recently decided against the further expansion of Georgia’s Medicaid program under the Federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare. Even with the enhanced federal match program for newly eligible patients under Obamacare, the Georgia Department of Community Health has estimated that expansion in Georgia could cost the state nearly $4.5 billion by 2023. At a time when Georgia’s Medicaid program is already on the brink of insolvency, this is simply a cost our state cannot absorb. Unlike Washington D.C., we live within our means in Georgia. 60 My North Fulton — Roswell | january 2013

environment for Georgia businesses, we still have work to do. I’d love to hear from you, my constituents, on how to effectively create jobs in Georgia. Together, we can show companies that Georgia is ready and open for business.

Sen. John Albers represents the 56th Senate District, which includes portions of North Fulton County. He may be reached at his office at (404) 463-8055 or by email at

11605 Haynes Bridge Rd,

(770) 993-8806

Ste. 100, Alpharetta

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.

Can Do Good Education Committee Project sponsored by Goodwyn Mills Cawood. North Point Mall, Alpharetta — Johns Creek High School, 1st Place Winner

Dent Science Grand Opening at GNFCC Office

Journey Christian Church 11365 Crabapple Road, Roswell

U.S. Senator Saxby Chambliss Visit/Luncheon at GNFCC Office

GNFCC Golf Classic Country Club of the South 9365 Barnwell Road, Alpharetta

Upcoming Events Chamber 101 10-11 a.m., January 8, GNFCC Office A one-hour orientation packed full of valuable information for new members and those looking to become a GNFCC member!

North Fulton Alliance 7:30 a.m., January 9, GNFCC Office This large networking group meets every other Wednesday at the Chamber office. Join North Fulton Alliance for networking in small groups and be prepared to give a 30-second overview of your business.

Business After Hours 5:30-7:30 p.m., January 10 Lunch Connection 11:30 a.m., January 16 Ippolito’s, 2270 Holcomb Bridge Road, Roswell Don’t miss this great opportunity to introduce yourself to fellow Chamber members and exchange business cards and ideas on improving your visibility.

Johns Creek Alliance 7:30 a.m., January 17 Emory Johns Creek Hospital, 6325 Hospital Parkway, Johns Creek Join the Johns Creek Alliance every other Thursday for a powerful networking experience that emphasizes the development of professional relationships! A light breakfast will be served, followed by member presentations, announcements, and giveaways.

TAG North Metro 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., January 17 Pampas Steak House, 10970-D State Bridge Road, Alpharetta TAG North Metro meets the third Thursday of each month.

Eggs & Enterprise 7:30 a.m., January 22 North Fulton Alliance 7:30 a.m., January 23, GNFCC Office This large networking group meets every other Wednesday at the Chamber office. Join North Fulton Alliance for networking in small groups and be prepared to give a 30-second overview of your business. 61



Atlanta Street Baptist Church 340 S. Atlanta St., Roswell; (770) 993-9451

Bethany Baptist Church 2065 Bethany Rd., Alpharetta; (770) 475-6748

Boiling Springs Primitive Baptist Church 1200 Birmingham Rd., Alpharetta; (404) 444-6490

Bridgeway Church 4755 Kimball Bridge Rd., Alpharetta (770) 751-1972

Clear Springs Baptist Church 11575 Jones Bridge Rd., Johns Creek (770) 475-9223

Clear Springs Missionary Baptist Church 2725 Kimball Bridge Rd., Alpharetta (770) 664-6863

County Line Baptist Church 430 Strickland Rd., Alpharetta; (770) 475-9429

Crabapple First Baptist 12760 Birmingham Highway, Alpharetta (770) 475-6111

Cross Plains Baptist Church 6500 McGinnis Ferry Rd., Alpharetta (770) 475-1210

Crosspointe Community Church SBC 77 E. Crossville Rd., Suite 100, Roswell (770) 640-9959

First Baptist Church of Alpharetta 44 Academy St., Alpharetta; (770) 475-6556

First Baptist Church of Roswell 710 Mimosa St., Roswell; (770) 587-6980

Gethsemane Garden Missionary Baptist Church 398 Hardscrabble Rd., Roswell; (770) 993-8232

Hopewell Baptist Church 15730 Hopewell Rd., Roswell; (770) 442-0793

Johns Creek Baptist Church 7500 McGinnis Ferry Rd., Alpharetta (770) 623-8203

Lebanon Baptist Church 11250 Crabapple Rd., Roswell; (770) 993-3635

North River Baptist Church 12090 Hardscrabble Rd., Roswell; (770) 992-7777

North Roswell Baptist Church 112 Prospect St., Roswell; (404) 406-7419 www.northroswellbaptistchurch.webs

Northside Baptist Church 11125 Houze Rd., Roswell; (770) 993-5207

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Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church

Congregation Gesher L’Torah

725 Pleasant Hill St., Roswell; (770) 993-2707

4320 Kimball Bridge Rd., Alpharetta (770) 777-4009

Parkway Baptist Church 5975 State Bridge Rd., Johns Creek (770) 476-4441

Providence Baptist Church

Messianic Judaism Congregation Beth Hallel

20075 Providence Rd., Alpharetta; (770) 475-3627

950 Pine Grove Rd., Roswell; (770) 641-3000

Vision Baptist Church

Light of Messiah Ministries

1125 Alpha Dr., Alpharetta; (770) 456-5881

990 Holcomb Bridge Rd., Suite 4, Roswell (770) 642-4706

Willeo Baptist Church SBC 990 Willeo Rd., Roswell; (770) 993-5189

Reform Judaism

Zion Missionary Baptist Church

Temple Beth Tikvah

888 Zion Circle, Roswell; (770) 993-8587

9955 Coleman Rd., Roswell; (770) 642-0434

Catholic Epiphany Byzantine Catholic Church 2030 Old Alabama Rd., Roswell; (770) 993-0973

St. Andrew’s Catholic Church

Temple Kehillat Chaim-Reform 1145 Green St., Roswell; (770) 641-8630


675 Riverside Rd., Roswell; (770) 641-9720

Christ the Shepherd Lutheran Church

St. Benedict Catholic Church

4655 Webb Bridge Rd., Alpharetta; (770) 475-0640

11045 Parsons Rd., Johns Creek; (770) 442-5903

Cross of Life Lutheran Church ELCA Roswell

St. Brigid Catholic Church

1000 Hembree Rd., Roswell; (770) 475-9159

3400 Old Alabama Rd., Johns Creek (678) 393-0060

Lord of Life Lutheran Church ELCA

St. Peter Chanel Catholic Church

5390 McGinnis Ferry Rd., Alpharetta (770) 740-1279

11330 Woodstock Rd., Roswell; (678) 277-9424

Messiah Lutheran Church – WELS

St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church 535 Rucker Rd., Alpharetta; (770) 475-4501

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

4765 Kimball Bridge Rd., Alpharetta (770) 751-9357

Prince of Peace Lutheran Church ELCA 10250 Haynes Bridge Rd., Alpharetta (770) 475-4250

Alpharetta/Roswell Ward

The River Church

500 Norcross St.; (770) 640-7357 Spanish: (770) 640-0531

501 S. Main St., Suite 101, Alpharetta (678) 860-0971

Episcopal St. Aidans Episcopal Church 13560 Cogburn Rd., Alpharetta; (770) 521-0207

St. David’s Episcopal Church 1015 Old Roswell Rd., Roswell; (770) 993-6084

Judaism Chabad of North Fulton 10180 Jones Bridge Rd., Alpharetta (770) 410-9000

Congregation Dor Tamid 11165 Parsons Rd., Johns Creek; (770) 623-8860

Methodist Alpharetta First United Methodist Church 69 North Main St., Alpharetta; (770) 475-5576

Birmingham United Methodist 15560 Birmingham Hwy., Alpharetta (678) 942-1600

Christ United Methodist Church 1340 Woodstock Rd., Roswell; (770) 993-3945

Ebenezer United Methodist Church 12900 Hwy. 140, N., Roswell; (770) 640-7287

Johns Creek United Methodist Church

Grace North Atlanta

First Christian Church of Roswell

11180 Medlock Bridge Rd., Johns Creek (770) 497-8215

Alpharetta Community Center 175 Roswell St., Roswell; (770) 331-1010

11365 Crabapple Rd., Roswell; (770) 993-4617

Midway United Methodist Church

Johns Creek Presbyterian Church

5025 Highway 9, N., Alpharetta; (770) 475-5230

10950 Bell Rd., Johns Creek, (770) 813-9009

10920 Houze Rd., Roswell; (770) 998-9977

Mount Pisgah United Methodist Church

Northminster Presbyterian

9820 Nesbit Ferry Rd., Johns Creek; (678) 336-3000

2400 Old Alabama Rd., Roswell; (770) 998-1482

390 Cumming St., Suite 1, Alpharetta (770) 475-7701

Northbrook United Methodist Church

Perimeter Church

Holy Trinity Christian Church

11225 Crabapple Rd., Roswell; (770) 998-2000

9500 Medlock Bridge Rd., Johns Creek (678) 405-2000

3655 Preston Ridge Road, Alpharetta; (404) 368-9790

Roswell Presbyterian Church

Inner Quest

755 Mimosa Blvd., Roswell; (770) 993-6316

12830 New Providence Rd., Alpharetta (770) 521-2875

Roswell United Methodist 814 Mimosa Blvd., Roswell; (770) 993-6218

St. James United Methodist 3000 Webb Bridge Road, Alpharetta (678) 762-1543

Other Churches Abundant Life Community Church

First Church of Christ, Scientist

The Hanuman Mandir

Islamic Center of North Fulton 1265 Rucker Rd., Alpharetta; (678) 297-0019

625-A Sims Industrial Blvd., Alpharetta (678) 319-9700

Jehovah’s Witnesses

Alpharetta Church of God

Lighthouse Church

1460 Mid Broadwell Rd., Alpharetta; (770) 475-5788

75 Crowe Road, Alpharetta (770) 664-3644

11000 Rogers Circle, Johns Creek; (770) 495-0200

Armenian Church of Atlanta

Morning Star Chapel

Keepin’ It Real “Lighthouse” Inc.

9820 Coleman Rd., Roswell; (770) 641-9267

2780 Bethany Bend, Alpharetta; (678) 319-0041

61 Old Canton St., Alpharetta; (770) 360-5601

Atlanta Chinese Christian Church North

Reach One Church

Kingdom Ambassadors Intl. Worship Center

5055 Morton Rd., Johns Creek; (770) 667-9593

Baha’i Center of Alpharetta

Meets at Mill Springs Academy 13660 New Providence Rd., Alpharetta (770) 609-7941

10690 Jones Bridge Rd., Johns Creek (678) 393-9500

Restoration Church of God

Baha’i Faith of Roswell

410 Rucker Rd., Alpharetta; (770) 751-9697

Non-Denominational Fellowship Bible Church 480 W. Crossville Rd., Roswell; (770) 992-4956

Good News Atlanta Church

Wills Recreation Center 11925 Wills Rd., Alpharetta; (770) 853-7231

The Lighthouse Church 18271 Union Hill Rd., Alpharetta; (770) 664-3644

North Point Community Church 4350 Northpoint Pkwy., Alpharetta; (770) 290-5600

Spirit of God Christian Church 11940 Alpharetta Hwy., Alpharetta; (770) 777-6889

Stonecreek Church 13540 Highway 9, N., Alpharetta; (770) 754-7900


(800) 22-UNITE

Bridge To Grace

9400 Brumbelow Rd., Alpharetta; (770) 594-9400

Roswell Alliance Church 1100 Allenbrook Lane, Roswell; (770) 643-0180

2385 Holcomb Bridge Rd., Roswell; (770) 587-2460

Roswell Assembly of God

C3 Church

11440 Crabapple Rd., Roswell; (770) 993-6586

13695 Highway 9, Alpharetta; (678) 696-1401

Roswell Community Church

Calvary Chapel 200 James Rd., Alpharetta; (770) 442-8167

Christian Center Church

Meets at The Cottage School 700 Grimes Bridge Rd., Roswell; (678) 677-4840

St. Peter’s Place Anglican Church

1870 Woodstock Rd., Roswell; (770) 993-2038

362 South Atlanta St., Roswell; (678) 352-1224

Church of Christ-Northside

UU Metro Atlanta North

10920 Woodstock Rd., Roswell; (770) 993-3512

11420 Crabapple Rd., Roswell; (770) 992-3949

Church of Christ-Roswell

World Harvest Church

Alpharetta Presbyterian

11670 King Rd., Roswell; (770) 992-2097

320 Hardscrabble Rd., Roswell; (770) 643-9223

180 Academy St., Alpharetta; (770) 751-0033

Community of Christ

Canaan Korean Presbyterian Church

3315 Francis Rd., Alpharetta; (770) 521-1112

St. Mary Coptic Orthodox Church 11450 Houze Rd., Roswell; (770) 642-9727


11320 West Rd., Roswell; (770) 552-5505

Crabapple Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses 910 Mayfield Rd., Alpharetta; (678) 339-0349 63


Business Organizations

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

Johns Creek Business Association

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

Johns Creek Economic Development Corp. John Bemont, (770) 495-0545 x105

Job Networking Group (770) 642-7943

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

The North Fulton Bar Association Charles Gabriel, (678) 735-5900

GA 400 Rainmakers Ben Staten, (404) 323-0049

North Metro Women’s Connection Rosan Hall, (770) 335-6013

Northside Business Network Group Diane Williford, (770) 594-2200

Friends of the Alpharetta Library

Rotary Club of Johns Creek

(678) 310-GRRA (4772) Intake EMRG.: (678)-964-GRRA (4772),

Golden Retriever Rescue of Atlanta

Charitable Organizations

Junior League of Gwinnett and North Fulton Counties Inc.


Crystal D. Weitzel, (770) 476-3090

(770) 642- 9185

Keep Roswell Beautiful (770) 641-3715

Next Century Youth

(678) 297-6200

Basset Hound Rescue of Georgia (770) 499-1164

Child Development Association Donna Smythe, (770) 992-4339

Children’s Restoration Network (770) 649-7117

Companion Animal Connection (678) 493-9847

The Drake House (770) 587-4712

Foster Care Support Foundation Rachel Ewald, (770) 641-9591 Sharon Franklin, (404) 729-3374

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Kiwanis Club of Historic Roswell David, (770) 356-5211

North Fulton Jaycees Wendell Whitefield, (404) 786-2665

Mary Brooks Green, (770) 335-7317

North Fulton Optimist Club

North Fulton Community Charities

Glenn Rudh, (404) 375-7033

(770) 640-0399

Roswell Junior Woman’s Club

North Fulton Senior Services (770) 993-1906

Ryan Lee Holland Cancer Foundation, Inc

Roswell Lions Club Tim Dunn, president

Jacqueline Holland, 678-242-0471

Roswell Historical Society

STAR House Foundation

Roswell Optimists

(678) 306-4600

United Way of Atlanta (770) 614-1000

Civic Organizations Alpharetta American Legion Auxiliary Unit 201 (770) 475-9023

Alpharetta Clean and Beautiful

(770) 740-2425,

Powercore Jeremy Faulkner, (404) 816-3377

Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta


Mike Bagnulo, (770) 993-5440

Roswell Rotary Club (678) 318-3647

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

Sons of Confederate Veterans — Roswell Mills Camp #1547 Ross Glover, (770) 396-5034

Alpharetta Junior Women’s Club Debora, (678) 218-5732

Sons of the American Revolution — Piedmont Chapter

Alpharetta Optimist Club

Tom Chrisman, (404) 310-3338

Greg Cabrera, (770) 752-8122

Alpharetta Lions Club

VFW Post 12002

Garner Andrews, (770) 475-9344

Alpharetta Roswell Newcomers Club

Political Organizations

Barb Hill, (678) 318-1442

American Association of University Women North Fulton Branch

Chattahoochee Republican Women’s Club Marjean Birt,

North Fulton Democrats

Children of the American Revolution — Martha Stewart Bulloch Society

North Fulton Republican Women’s Club

Paula, (770) 594-1819

Daughters of the American Revolution — Martha Stewart Bulloch Chapter Marguerite, (770) 521-1142

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

Suzi Voyles, (404) 851-9704

Recreation & Hobbies Alliance Française d’Atlanta-Roswell (404) 875-1211,

Alpharetta Adult Activity Center / Golden Age Book Club (678) 297-6140,

Alpharetta Arts Guild Danita Grant, (678) 994-5630

Multisport Explosion Youth Triathlon Team

Bereavement Support Group

Lisa Marshall, (404) 308-6656

Patty Hampton, (770) 261-1767

North Atlanta Dance Theatre

Alpharetta Bridge Club

(770) 772-8000

Nancy Hetsko, (678) 361-5198

North Fulton Amateur Radio League

Brain Injury and Stroke Group (770) 751-2650

Care Partner Support Group Dawn Reed, (678) 777-7241

Diabetes Support Group Joe Mengoni, (770) 889-7577

Jim Stafford, W4Q0, (770) 993-9500

Alpharetta Camera Club Lewis Lay, (678) 297-6142

North Fulton Music Teachers Association

Alpharetta City Band

Serene Lee, (404) 786-8932

Don Nahser, (770) 475-9684

Newtown Park Community Foundation

Alpharetta/Roswell Newcomers Club,

(678) 318-1442

Newtown Recreation

DreamPower Therapeutic Equestrian Center (678) 456-8082

Emotions Anonymous (EA) Suzanne, (404) 307-1735

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

(678) 297-2662

Alpharetta Singles Movie Club (770) 662-0916

Park Place at Newtown School

Alpharetta Walkie Talkies

(770) 667-5030

Lewis Lay, (678) 267-6142

Performing Arts North

Knitting for Peace Lynne Strobe, (770) 910-7022

MOMS Club of Alpharetta-West

Julia Bagley, (404) 502-9076

(770) 772-0762

MOMS Club of Roswell — South

Atlanta Stamp Collectors

Roswell Fine Arts Alliance

AlphaFretters Dulcimer Satellite Group

John Coles, (770) 962-5888

Autrey Mill Nature Preserve & Heritage Center

(770) 518-7021

(678) 366-3511

Roswell Firehouse Harmony Brigade

Roswell Garden Club

Dick Lord, (770) 317-9571

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

Dudes ‘n Darlins Square Dance Club of Alpharetta

Roswell Photographic Society

Parkinson’s Support Group

George Cekis, (404) 295-5093

Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra (678) 748-5802

The Ludwig Symphony Orchestra

Southern Winds Concert Band

STAR — Singles Together at Roswell

PFLAG — Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays

Stars Soccer Club — Men’s League


(678) 366-9008

Patty Hampton, (770) 261-1767

(770) 993-7253

Writers Network Bobby Christmas, (770) 924-0528

Support Organizations Alcoholics Anonymous

Multisport Explosion Women’s Only Triathlon Team

Anorexia Nervousa and Associated Eating Disorders — ANA

Barb G., (770) 686-3082

Kim, (404) 307-5442

Atlanta Harm Reduction Center (404) 817-9994

Patty Hampton, (770) 261-1767

Roswell UMC Counseling Center

Faye Troka, (770) 781-4634

Jennifer Lesser,

Bill, (770) 992-6481

(770) 993-2012

(770) 623-8623

Milton Garden Club

Jerry Bishop, (678) 446-5080

Songs of Atlanta Chorus

Georgia Regional Girls Choir

(770) 623-8448

National Alliance on Mental Illness — NAMI

Overeaters Anonymous

(770) 977-4031

Johns Creek Arts Center

Lee H., (678) 576-4838

(770) 594-6122

(770) 751-7210, (770) 361-1237

(770) 722-3656,

Narcotics Anonymous (NA)

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

(202) 225-4501 GA: (770) 565-4990 fax: (770) 565-7570

(404) 613-4185

State Court: Chief Judge Patsy Y. Porter Magistrate Court: Chief Judge Stephanie Davis Probate Court: Judge Pinkle T. Toomer

(404) 613-4345

(770) 612-4401

Court of Clerks: Cathelene Robinson

(404) 730-5300

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

John H. Eaves (D-1)


Robb Pitts (D-2)


(404) 612-8210

Tom Lowe (D-4)

(404) 612-8218

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

Emma I. Darnell (D-5)

e-mail: e-mail:


Joan P. Garner (D-6)

William Edwards (D-7)

Special Election January 8

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

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

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

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-47)

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

340 State Capitol, Atlanta, GA 30334 e-mail:

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

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

417 State Capitol, Atlanta, GA 30334 e-mail:

(404) 612-8226

(404) 612-8230

Board of Education Linda Schultz (D-1)

Katie Reeves (D-2)

Linda McCain (D-5)

Julia Bernath (D-7)

Other Fulton County Schools Superintendent:

(404) 768-3600

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

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

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

(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

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

(404) 656-0188

401 State Capitol, Atlanta, GA 30334 e-mail:

State Rep. Wendell Willard (R) (D-51)

(404) 612-8222

Fulton County Medical Examiner: Randy Hanzlick, MD

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

State Rep. Chuck Martin (R) (D-49)

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

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

(404) 656-5912

132 State Capitol, Atlanta, GA 30334 e-mail:

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(404) 612-8206

(404) 612-8213

220 State Capitol, Atlanta, GA 30334 e-mail:

(404) 612-8200 fax: (404) 730-8254

Liz Hausmann (D-3)

203 State Capitol, Atlanta, GA 30334 Website:

State Rep. Tom Rice (R) (D-95)

(770) 613-4070

Juvenile Court: Chief Judge Belinda E. Edwards


Governor Nathan Deal (R)

(404) 613-4433

(202) 225-4272 GA: (770) 232-3005 fax: (770) 232-2909

State Government

State Senate (D-21)

Superior Court: Chief Judge Cynthia Wright

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


City of Alpharetta

(678) 297-6020 Mayor David Belle Isle Municipal Court (678) 297-6250

City of Johns Creek

(678) 512-3313 Mayor Mike Bodker Municipal Court (678) 512-3444

City of Roswell

Mayor Jere Wood Municipal Court

(678) 512-3313 (770) 641-3790

Asset Protection

continued from page 10

The ultimate deterrent against lawsuits is an International Wealth Management Trust (IWMT), sometimes referred to as an Offshore Trust. The IWMT serves as the majority limited partner of the FLP. If there is the threat of a lawsuit, the IWMT pulls your assets out of reach of the U.S. court system by legally transferring them to a foreign jurisdiction. After a lawsuit has been filed or a demand made, it’s too late to protect your assets. The time to act is when the waters are calm. We are all aware that there is a ton of offense out there. You can’t drive across town without seeing ads for contingency fee attorneys plastered on billboards and bus stops. You can’t watch TV or listen to the radio without hearing the ads. The question is, what kind of defensive asset protection planning have you done?

Is Age 8 Too Young For Braces?

continued from page 12

While early correction of the problems noted are generally agreed upon by most orthodontists, a serious problem can occur when patients and parents are not fully informed about what the early treatment will accomplish. It is important that parents understand that even children who receive early treatment may still need further orthodontic treatment at a later age. This interceptive treatment, however, could shorten and simplify future treatment and possibly eliminate more drastic measures in the future. It is important to note that orthodontics is an art as much as it is a science, and there are many ways to treat any given orthodontic problem. Therefore, it is not uncommon for several orthodontists to disagree on whether a child would be helped by early treatment or when it should be accomplished. There may be no definitive way for parents to sort this out; often times, it’s simply a matter of having faith in the practitioner.

Sound Bars

continued from page 30

calibrate the sound to the room. I’m not usually a big Bose fan. In fact, I am usually of the opinion that you are better off putting more money toward more features of another brand because Bose charges a lot for the name. Having said that, the Bose Cinemate sound bar truly does simulate surround sound, and for the largest of rooms. We recently installed one in a 20-by-20-foot room, and it sounded amazing. Again, if given the choice, I would recommend a real surround sound system with five speakers and a subwoofer as the best choice when adding a sound system to your room. When space won’t allow, however, adding a sound bar can dramatically improve your new TV purchase.

Dental Insurance Plans

continued from page 10

period. Also, if you are unhappy with all of the plans offered by your employer, speak to your Human Resources Department. You may find that you are not the only person dissatisfied. Information is the key to making sure that you choose the best insurance plan for you. Choosing the plan that’s best for you and your family is a big step toward keeping your family’s teeth healthy!

Decrease Your Risk Of Glaucoma

continued from page 56

diagnosed and treated early. This reinforces what the National Optometric Association and the American Optometric Association already recommend: Adults need regular, comprehensive eye exams. Fortunately, Medicare covers annual glaucoma screenings for people considered at heightened risk of developing glaucoma, such as individuals with diabetes, those with a family history of glaucoma, African-Americans age 50 and older, and HispanicAmericans age 65 and older. So start off the new year right. Set up an appointment with your eye doctor — and maybe hit the gym and grab a salad on your way home.

Family Fun

continued from page 56

8. Formal family dinner parties are good for getting out the forgotten wedding gifts twice a year and also for teaching your children the proper use of flatware, different glasses and fabric napkins. It is best to serve foods that involve a little bit of learning — like how to eat an artichoke. Lighting candles makes the evening special. 9. Have an all-cook night. Assign each family member to make one course of the meal. 10. Organize a family volunteer day. There are many local nonprofit organizations that would love some extra help. So, mommies: Wear your Mommy Jeans proudly! We all wore some ridiculously tight clothes in our day, but now is the time to wear comfortable clothes that allow us to play in the leaves with our kids. The same goes for comfortable shoes: Leave the 4-inch stilettos for those guests on late-night talk shows. The truth is that they crawl to the edge of the stage and only walk those last 10 feet. Good luck, mommies, with your New Year’s resolutions. As for me, I resolve to continue providing you with safe, healthy and educational family ideas…starting in 2015. In 2013, it’s just lots of fun, noisy and messy ideas! 67



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Restaurants/Food Services 51 49

Pet Services

Atlanta Dent Company Dent Science

53 13


Cleaning Services Mini Maid

Northside Hospital-Forsyth Northside Hospital Pediatric Imaging Center WellStreet Urgent Care Willow Creek Family Medicine


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Recreation & Fitness Dentist/Orthodontists Brett Gluck, DMD 25 Buckley Dental Care 57 DeMercy Dental 19 Dentistry at Milton Inside Front Cover Kincaid Orthodontics 55 Roswell Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics Inside Back Cover Smiles on Main 27

Education/Instruction/Counseling LAO’WN Academy Young Life Academy

Inside Back Cover 51

Camp Juliette Low Title Boxing Club

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Physicians & Medical Services

Carpet & Upholstery Cleaners Carpet Dry Tech

Canine Assistants

Schakolad Chocolate Factory Sip Wine

19 21

1 Man Geek 28 Adroit Business Card Holders 23 Audio Intersection Cover, 14–15, 59 Blue Light Labs 25 The Cigar Merchant 59 Cruise Planners 1 GhostNet 57 The Great Frame Up 25 Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce 61 Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce Business Expo 9 Koo Koo Bear Baby & Kids 22 Ladybugs & Lizards 55 The Mad Hatter Service Company 31 She Is Safe 36 Veron Carbo 23

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

Roswell’s New Year Looks Bright

continued from page 58

multi-family rental properties made feasible by our re-write of zoning and building ordinances. Through a partnership with the Fulton County School Board, I expect to see redevelopment of an old and mostly vacant strip center for use as a new school.

Home Improvement/Repair/Service BAM Fence & Doors Green Basements & Remodeling Meer Electrical Contractor, Inc. Mr. Appliance Mr. Junk Pete’s Plumbing

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This past November, the citizens of Roswell approved an investment of $6 million to improve the Holcomb Bridge Road/Old Alabama Road/GA 400 intersection and interchange. By partnering with the Georgia Department of Transportation, funding for this project has been increased to $9 million. In 2013, I will ask the Council to approve investing another $4 million in streets, bridges and intersections. These transportation improvements will spur private investment and revitalize our commercial corridors. Just as Roswell’s investment in Canton Street 15 years ago has paid an increasing return every year since, Roswell’s investments and partnerships this year will continue to pay a return for years to come. As I write this article, the news is focused on the impending “fiscal cliff.” Whether or not Congress takes us over that cliff, Roswell has learned from the Great Recession and is adapting to a changing world. If there is a cliff, then Roswell has built a hang glider, and in 2013 we will be soaring like an eagle over the valley — leading Georgia out of the Great Recession and becoming an even more desirable place to live and to do business.

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