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Pete’s Plumbing

Your Dependable Plumber Photos courtesy of

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

editorial Editor Michelle Martin Editor Cherryl Greenman


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Easter Events

Children’s Easter egg hunts and activites

Recipes for preparing a special Easter meal

News from the 154 Legislative Session


Summer Camp Guide


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Publisher’s note Celebrations calendar cONTEST CORNER religious services clubs & Organizations Local Officials Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce Advertiser index

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sales Senior Market Director Janet Ponichtera

contributors Photographers Jack Tuszynski Writers Dan Aehl, John Albers, Ronald Bradley, Michael Buckner, Valli Caldwell, Michael Consoli, Louise Estabrook, Dr. Edward J. Furey, Dr. Brett Gluck, Fred Hawkins, Dr. Jeff Kincaid, Chris Miller, Dr. Vishant Nath, Jill Pollard, Foster Smith, Suzanne Taylor, Chris Weber

What’s Cookin’ In The Community

Gold Dome Update

Graphic Designer Tiffany Atwood Graphic Designer Candice Williams

My roswell Community news Library NEWS School Information School News

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Publisher’s note Dying Ain’t Much Of A Living Clint Eastwood has long been one of my favorite actors, if for no other reason than the oneliners he provided throughout his career in Westerns and other movies with a sometimes humorous twist. I remember the time a bounty hunter came into the saloon and after a brief exchange, the bounty hunter left only to return to exclaim, “A man’s got to make a living!” to which Clint stated the obvious, “Dying aint much of a living…” you probably can guess what happened next.

The reason I bring this up is that as involved as we are in the community and engaged with our small businesses in the area, I see a lot of the bounty hunter in us. No, not the Co-owners Michelle and Brian Meek end result, but the courage to turn around and go back in and face our problems. It takes courage to run a business these days and patience. It takes perseverance and will and encouragement. It also takes consultation, the humility to ask for it and the wisdom to take it. We all face our struggles but together, along with the attributes above, we can do this and fortunately, we can face these things and not stare down the barrel of a gun. Just because we own a small business and the economy is weak, doesn’t mean we stamp “welcome” on our backs and let life walk all over us. You press on! So we make our goals, plan our course, hire the right people and move forward. The spirit of competition drives us as business owners. It is that competition that provides fair value for products and services. Competition strikes a balance. But what if it isn’t always a fair competition? What if people attack you and your company and make up stories that make them seem better than they are? Heaven forbid you ever go through an experience like that. Isn’t life tough enough as it is? Like in our world of advertising support, we rely heavily on reputation and integrity. What if someone disturbed that balance? How would you react? Would you return fire with fire? Or would you shrug it off and keep moving forward? Well dying doesn’t seem to be much of a living so you fight on. You fight because you’re right and because you stand on the side of truth and your intentions and motivations and goals are to build up, not tear down. What if it’s the economy? I guess we can all sit around and find blame somewhere but is that proactive or do we sometimes feel like all we can be is reactive? A great friend of mine said, “Brian, you aren’t the provider, God is. Your responsibility is to abide in Him and He will provide. So, press on.” We all go into business for one reason or another but many of us do so because of the freedom it provides. I have said many times how much I enjoy the interaction with other business owners and members of our community. I have seen firsthand their loyalty demonstrated in so many ways. That loyalty is mutual. I was in the car business for many years and my kids were growing up without me. This business afforded me an opportunity to be with them, arguably when they needed me most — maybe when I needed them most. Our family is so close and I have this business to thank. The relationship I have with Michelle has never been better, ever. There are many reasons why we do what we do and yes, many of them are self-focused, but when you can provide a product or service that benefits others and your family life is better for it, then that’s where the drive comes from. That’s where the motivation and perseverance comes from. The will to be successful by staying on the high road and living a life that builds up and strengthens, yes that is when you know your living is making a life. And that is what makes everything worthwhile. Brian Meek, Publisher (770) 720-7497,


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Babies, Birthdays and Anniversaries

Deadline is March 15th for the April Issue!

Tavyn Mckenzie Smith

Megan Kennedy Morrison

Amy Walderich

Sage Eva Holmes

Age 13 on February 18 Happy Birthday to our “Drama Teen!” With lots of love & kisses, Dad, Mom, Payton, Bryce & Jair

Age 36 on March 2 Happy Birthday to a wonderful woman! We love you. The Mom & Dad-dee

Pamela & Jason Tweedell

Celebrated their 9th anniversary on February 20 4

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Age 1 on March 27 We love you! Mommy, Daddy Kayla, Jacob, Luke & Connor

Age 1 on March 8 Happy 1st Birthday to our Little Miss Sunshine! Love, Mommy, Daddy & Scarlett

Kaleigh Gilbert

Cullen Wallace

Age 7 on March 12 Happy Birthday! Love, Mom, Dad, Dana & Bruiser

Kate Daniele

Age 9 on March 4 Happy Birthday! You make us proud! Love, Mom, Dad & Skylar

Age 6 on March 3 Happy Happy Birthday Cakey Beans! We love you more! Daddy, Mommy & Luke

Alex Lundeen & Morgan Taylor

Engaged to be married on March 30, 2013 at The Flint Hill Mansion in Norcross, GA

Aidan Woods

Age 7 on March 10 Happy Birthday from Mommy, Daddy & little sis Katie

Don & Kathy Herman

Happy 50th Anniversary on March 25! We love you Papa & Mama! Love, All of Us!!!


Things to do in North Fulton



are invited for a night of networking, socializing


9 a.m.-2 p.m., March 8

as your favorite rock star or groupie and dance

Information: Northbrook Preschool’s 10

8 a.m.-12 p.m., March 9

to live music from That ‘80s Band and Along

Annual Auction Fundraiser will be hosted in


Roswell United Methodist Church

for the Ride. The event will feature heavy hors

online format. All of the proceeds will support

814 Mimosa Blvd., Roswell

d’oevres, a cash bar and a silent auction. Tickets

Northbrook Preschool students, providing

Information: RUMC’s semi-annual children’s

are $65 per person, and $25 of the cost is

financial assistance to families in need and

consignment sale will benefit the church’s

tax-deductible. Business and family sponsorship

supporting educational programs. Bidders

preschool and kindergarten programs. Three

ticket packages are also available, with two Gold

must register with prior

overflowing rooms in the church fellowship hall

tickets for $250 or four Platinum-level tickets for

to bidding. Winning bidders will be notified

will feature more than 200 consignors and


by March 20.

great prices on gently worn spring and summer


children’s clothing and accessories (newborn


8 a.m., March 1-10 p.m., March 17 th

and fun to strengthen ties in the community and raise money for the school. Come dressed


baby equipment, nursery décor, play sets,



10 a.m.-12 p.m.

books, videos, DVDs, toys and much more. No


9 a.m.-8 p.m., Monday-Friday

Newtown Dream Dog Park

strollers on Friday morning. Many items will be

9 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday

half-priced on Saturday. All consignors must pre-


Jackson Acura


10900 Alpharetta Hwy., Roswell

to size 14), as well as maternity clothing,


3150 Old Alabama Road

Johns Creek

Information: The Roswell Fine Arts Alliance

Information: Bring your furry friend to Johns good time. The event will feature local vendors,


food, live music, activities, entertainment and


7 p.m.

more for the whole family. (678) 512-3200,


Verizon Wireless Amphitheater

Creek’s first Pup-a-Palooza for a tail-wagging

will have a member’s artwork on display for the public to view. Closed Sunday. (770) 642-8902

Information: ShamRockin’ For A Cure is a St.



Patrick’s Day party with a purpose: to raise


1-5 p.m.


10 a.m.

funds to help find a cure for the genetic disease


Harp Irish Pub, 1425 Market


Alpharetta Marriott, 5750

Cystic Fibrosis. Tickets are $85 per person and

Blvd., Suite 1339, Roswell

Windward Parkway, Alpharetta

include food, beer, wine, cocktails, giveaways

Information: Monies raised by the St. Baldrick’s

Information: This stationary bike challenge

and live ‘80s cover music. The event will

Foundation childhood cancer research are

will raise money and awareness for those

include a silent and live auction. Donations will

primarily raised through head-shaving events

benefitting from the support of Children’s Miracle

also be accepted via the website. All proceeds

across all 50 states and more than 28 countries,

Network. $50 per rider.

go directly to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

in which volunteers, families and friends shave

their heads in solidarity for children who typically

2200 Encore Parkway, Alpharetta



7-11 p.m.


7:30-9:30 p.m.


Horseshoe Bend Country Club,


St. David’s Episcopal Church

2100 Steeplechase Lane, Roswell

1015 Old Roswell Road, Roswell

Information: River Eves Education


Information: Barbershop Harmony Society’s

Foundation’s (REEF) third-annual spring


11:30 a.m.

local chorus will host its annual Guest Night,

fundraiser will benefit technology investments


Roswell Adult Recreation Center

featuring quartet singing along with the chorus

at River Eves Elementary School. Corporate

830 Grimes Bridge Road, Roswell

presentations. (770) 953-4178,

and local businesses and community members

Information: The 2013 Roswell Reads book


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lose their hair during cancer treatments.

selection is “Sweeping Up Glass,” by Carolyn

local farmers, artists and food vendors, plus

North Fulton Master Gardeners

Wall. The author will discuss her book at a

garden and cooking demonstrations, music and


All classes meet at 7-8:30 p.m.

literary luncheon; tickets are $15 for the

family activities. Admission is free. Open to the


City of Alpharetta Engineering/

program and lunch and can be purchased at

public. (770) 993-2940,

Public Works Dept., 1790

Hembree Road; Bill Johnson

Community Activity Building

10495 Woodstock Road,

the Friends of Roswell Library’s Bookstore, just

the Roswell Library. Reservations are required.


Check the Roswell Reads website for other


St. Ives Country Club

event information. (770) 640-3075,

1 Saint Ives Country Club Drive,


Johns Creek

inside the library. The author also will conduct a writing workshop at 10:30 a.m., March 15, at

Information: Registration for the golf


tournament (scramble format) begins at 8 a.m.,


7 p.m., March 21-23

p.m., with a 2 p.m. tournament start. Player

2 p.m., March 24

reception and awards will be held at 4:30


Northview High School

p.m. Registration is open through March 22.

10625 Parsons Road, Duluth

Sponsorship opportunities are still available.

Information: Northview High School presents

with an 11 a.m. shotgun start. Registration for the tennis tournament begins at 12:30

the Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy musical about an ambitious young window washer who uses a trusty how-to guide to rocket to the top of the corporate ladder. Doors will open 30 minutes before performance time.


Roswell Information: Register for Alpharetta classes by phone at (678) 297-6200; register for Roswell classes in person or online at

LAWN CARE FOR SPRING & SUMMER March 5 (Roswell) & 6 (Alpharetta) Beautiful, healthy lawns require more than simply mowing and fertilizing. This class will cover: cool-season and warm-season grasses; value of soil testing; and fertilizing, controlling weeds, aerating and watering. Even if someone else takes care of your lawn, this seminar will enable you to work with your lawn service more effectively.


7-8:30 p.m.



High Meadows School

1055 Willeo Road, Roswell

Information: Alfie Kohn writes and speaks

Whether you are new to growing vegetables


10 a.m.-2 p.m.

widely on human behavior, education and

or are interested in learning how to increase


High Meadows School

parenting. Kohn has been described in Time

your garden’s bounty, this class is for you.

1055 Willeo Road, Roswell

magazine as “perhaps the country’s most

It will cover: soil preparation; seasonal

Information: A one-day festival featuring organic

outspoken critic of education’s fixation on

planting (cool-season and warm-season

and sustainably grown foods from more than 40

grades [and] test scores.” To register or for

crops); planning your garden; and mulching,

Contest Corner

additional information, contact Sue Amacker:

controlling weeds, fertilizing and pest control.

CREATING A VEGETABLE GARDEN March 19 (Roswell) & 27 (Alpharetta), (678) 507-1164

Find the hidden picture

Mari Andino was our winner for February’s contest corner. Mari has won a gift card to Bruster’s. 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.



‘America’s Golf Club’ by Dan Aehl Edwin Watts Golf Shops (EWG) is one of the world’s premier specialty golf retailers, with more than 90 retail stores throughout the United States, including locations in Buckhead, Johns Creek, Milton, the Mall of Georgia and Newnan. The combination Dan Aehl is manager of Edwin Watts’ of the highest level of customer retail store in Milton: 13069 Hwy. 9, N., Suite 2520, Milton. (770) 442service, price match guarantee 3033, and reputation as the mosttrusted retailer in golf for more than 45 years has earned the organization the right to be known as “America’s Golf Club.” With a wide selection of products from top brands, such as TaylorMade, Callaway, Titleist, Ping, Mizuno, FootJoy, Cleveland, Nike, Adams, Cobra, Wilson, Champions Tour, and others, EWG has become a one-stop shopping solution for any golfer. Whether you are an elite golfer, a newcomer to the game, a lady golfer, or a junior, our stores are fully stocked with the hottest new golf clubs and balls; a wide selection of trendy shoes and apparel that will have you teeing off in style; and must-have accessories. Additionally, our team of highly experienced and knowledgeable sales associates are always available to assist customers with personalized lessons, performance/club fitting, special orders and repair services. In fact, club fitting is becoming a very popular trend, and while some golfers don’t think they are good enough, it’s actually a process that will benefit players of all skill levels. EWG is redefining the club-fitting process with the introduction of the ARC (Advanced Robot Certified) Club Matching System, powered by RoboFit Technology. With this proprietary new system, EWG becomes the first and only golf retailer to implement scientifically proven robot testing of golf club performance — enabling our associates to both “club match” and “performance fit” golfers with products that best perform to their unique swing characteristics. The testing yields data based on multi-point face (center, heel, toe) performance of each manufacturer’s respective club models. This allows the system to objectively analyze a club’s continued on page 64 8

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Keeping critters A Safe Distance This Spring

by Valli Caldwell With springtime just around the corner, many homeowners and bird watchers are eager to fill their bird feeders to the brim. Unfortunately, squirrels and chipmunks also enjoy birdfeeders and foraging on seeds and debris that fall to the ground. Because many of these critters are nocturnal, their foraging goes unnoticed by most homeowners.

Valli and Jay Caldwell are co-owners of Critter Control located at 8565 Hickory Flat Road, Woodstock. (770) 663-6260,

In addition to squirrels and chipmunks, rats, field mice and raccoons often forage leftovers from the ground. Keep an eye out for the signs of other critters taking up residence in your yard or home. Early spring is the beginning of squirrel season; gray squirrels, the most common species here in Georgia, are abundant in both rural and urban areas. Roof rats have a great adaptability to varying environmental conditions. Rats breed year round, but spring conditions provide abundant food sources. Roof rats have an excellent sense of balance and can travel overhead on utility lines and tree branches. Roof rats can also jump up to 3 feet and climb brick stone and siding. The most common home invaders in the springtime are gray squirrels and roof rats. Gray squirrels often prefer to nest in hardwoods, such as oak and hickory, but will also nest in pine trees — and your attic! Roof rats will climb to gain access to your attic as well. Your attic provides the necessary insulation for nests (better than plain old leaves) and superb protection from predators and the elements. Common entry points are louver vents, gutters, roofline gaps and foundation vents. Squirrels and rats will chew up and soil materials in your attic. Here are several tips to keep these critters from invading and destroying your home: • Do not hang bird feeders or water bowls from your deck or home. Hang feeders at least 4 feet off the ground and 8 feet away from fences, tables and decks. Use a shepherd’s hook to hang bird feeders and water bowls. • Keep large tree limbs cut back from your roofline. • Regularly clean up seed that has fallen to the ground, or place just enough that the birds can eat in one day. continued on page 64

AVOID Dental Neglect by Vishant Nath, DMD

It’s an unpleasant feeling to find out that your child needs dental treatment. As parents, we all hope for the dentist to declare our children to be cavityfree and compliment their oral health at each six-month check-up. Unfortunately, this does not always happen.


by Chris Miller, Esq.

Dr. Vishant Nath is the owner of Canton/Roswell Pediatric Dentistry. You may contact him at (678) 3521090 or visit

If the dentist finds that your child needs dental treatment, make sure that you understand exactly what treatment is required, and why. Ask as many questions of your dentist as you need to in order to feel comfortable with the treatment plan going forward. If you are still unsure, get a second opinion right away. If your child requires extensive dental treatment, your dentist should be able to give you options for completing it. Your child may benefit from completing the treatment all in one appointment or breaking the treatment up into several appointments. Other options may include the use of Nitrous Oxide (laughing gas), oral conscious sedation, I.V. sedation, or general anesthesia in a hospital. Learn about all of these options and work with your dentist to make the best decision for your child. Even relatively minor dental treatment, which can usually be taken care of in a single appointment, should not be put off. Dental diseases (such as cavities, periodontal disease and other dental conditions) require dental treatment to improve oral health. If not treated, these conditions will usually get worse over time. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry defines dental neglect as “the willful failure of a parent or guardian to seek and follow through with treatment necessary to ensure a level of oral health essential for adequate function and freedom from pain and infection.” Obviously, no parent wants to be responsible for neglecting their child’s health care needs. But the bottom line is that we, as parents, are ultimately responsible for the health — including dental health — and safety of our children. There are many reasons why a parent might put off dental treatment for their child. There may be financial issues that prevent a parent from following through on treatment. continued on page 64 North Fulton | march 2013 10 My

New Year’s Day was exciting for estate planners this year. We saw a new law pass through both houses of Congress in a single day, and we also saw some new gift tax limits go into effect because of inflation adjustments. For example, the cap on what a person can give each year without gift tax consequences increased to $14,000.

Chris Miller is an attorney at Robinson & Miller, P.C. Attorneys at Law. He can be reached at (770) 817-4999 or by emailing

International married couples also have some unique tax planning challenges. If one or both spouses are not U.S. citizens, then they lose some of the deductions that apply to citizens. In other words, you can give an unlimited amount to your spouse during your lifetime or at death provided that he or she is a U.S. citizen. However, you cannot make a lifetime gift above $143,000 during 2013 to a non-U.S. citizen spouse without creating a taxable gift. Likewise, an inheritance received by a non-U.S. citizen spouse is not eligible for the marital deduction for estate tax purposes — which means that his or her inheritance uses up the estate tax exemption of the deceased spouse. Lastly, the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 made three changes to the way we figure estate and gift taxes: 1. The estate tax exemptions of 2010, 2011 and 2012 were made permanent. That exemption caps the amount each person can freely transfer during life or at death to an inflation-adjusted $5 million, or $5,250,000 in 2013. The exemption had been scheduled to drop back to $1 million, but few in Congress wanted that to happen. 2. The estate tax rate paid by estates with a value above the exemption is now 40 percent. That is up from the 35 percent tax rate we had last year, but less than the 55 percent tax rate scheduled to apply if there were no compromise. 3. Congress also made permanent a surviving spouse’s ability to make use of the exemption that was not used up by a deceased spouse. This “exemption portability” is not automatic. After a spouse dies, the surviving spouse must still file a fairly detailed tax return, identifying how much exemption is being reserved for future use.

H&H Electric and Security LLC is a locally owned and operated electrical company. We are employed by some of the biggest and best builders that the Southeast has to offer, in addition to satisfying the needs of countless homeowners with additions and repairs. H&H Electric has been in business for more than 22 years and has stood the test of time by making it through the recession that has affected so many businesses in the construction industry. My wife and I are natives of Cherokee County and both sides of our family still reside in the county. We have two children and love spending time with our grandchildren and seven dogs. We value our community and like to help our fellow Cherokee County families and businesses as much as possible. We are members of North Canton Baptist church and sponsor various events and sports teams throughout the year.

H&H Electric and Security is a new construction installation and existing maintenance electrical services provider. In addition to being a complete electrical company, we are also a full-service security company. We complete security system installation, maintenance and monitoring, as well as home theatre installations. Why should you choose us? What sets H&H apart from other electrical companies is that we are fully licensed and insured, and all of our homeowner work is backed by a two-year warranty on all parts and labor. We have three state licensed technicians, and all of our employees are highly trained, certified, drug tested, and background checked. Most electrical companies have one licensed electrician and everyone works under that license; that is not the case with H&H. We are fortunate

enough to have three state licensed technicians available 24/7 to take care of all of your needs. Another great benefit provided by H&H is that we provide all homeowners with straightforward pricing. Straightforward pricing lets the client know up-front what their total investment is going to be before any work is done. We do not alter from that total or present the client with hidden fees when the job is complete. Finally, we have someone available to answer your call 24/7, 365 days of the year. So, no matter what time we are needed, we are available.


The Fastest-Growing Cruise Segment by Michael Consoli River cruises can take you to the best ports in Europe: Paris, Amsterdam, Budapest, Vienna, Nuremberg, and many other places. River cruises dock right in the heart of the city and offer guests the ability to immerse themselves in the local culture. River cruises are among the fastest-growing segments of the cruise industry.

Michael Consoli is owner of Cruise Planners. You may contact him at (770) 650-7667 or online at

Viking River Cruises, the largest river cruise line, introduced six new ships in recent years and plans to surpass that growth this year. Viking River Cruises has announced orders for two additional Viking Longships in 2013. This will bring Viking’s number of new ships launching this year to eight — an industry first — for a total of 14 new Viking Longships over a two-year period.

River cruises dock right in the heart of the city and offer guests the ability to immerse themselves in the local culture. Each of the new Viking Longships will be 443 feet long, will feature 95 staterooms per ship, and will accommodate 190 passengers. The new ships from Viking River Cruises will be outstanding in their design, offering two Explorer Suites and two-room Veranda Suites. Some of the suites will feature a separate living room, bedroom, and private wraparound veranda with 270-degree views (new Private Veranda Staterooms will feature a full-size veranda). Cabins also will boast amenities that include heated bathroom floors and mirrors, Sony HDTV, and premium bath products. The ships also will feature a revolutionary new all-weather indoor/outdoor Aquavit Terrace, which will reinvent the onboard lounge experience. Retractable floor-to-ceiling glass doors will allow guests to enjoy a panoramic view of the outdoor river scenery and dine al fresco. Viking Longships are scheduled to sail four of Viking’s most popular European itineraries, including the 10-day Tulips & Windmills; 8-day Romantic Danube; 15-day Grand European Tour; and 8-day Danube Waltz. The two newest ships, Viking Jarl and Viking Atla, will host guests on the 8-day Rhine Getaway cruise sailing from Amsterdam to Basel. River cruising offers all the comforts of a wonderful boutique hotel and the convenience of moving from place to place for you. North Fulton | march 2013 12 My

Between the hedges Fruit Questions

by Louise Estabrook Agricultural and Natural Resources Agent We are still several months away from picking juicy, red tomatoes from the vegetable garden or tasty, ripe peaches from the tree, but that doesn’t mean we can’t think about it. And judging by the calls that we’re getting here at the Information about Extension Solutions Cherokee County Extension for Homes and Gardens can be office, I’m not the only person found on the University of Georgia thinking about fresh fruits Cooperative Extension website, www. and vegetables. Actually, now Or contact the Cherokee County is a good time to do a little Extension Office, 100 North St., Suite planning and thinking ahead. G21, Canton, GA, (770) 479-0418. Here are just a few of the questions that we’ve received recently: Q. When I was growing up on the farm my parents had muscadines. I want to plant some vines this spring and would like to know several good varieties for our area. A. Muscadine varieties can be broken into four categories: two based on fruit color — black or bronze — and two based on flower type — perfect flowered (pollen and fruit) and female (fruit only). If you plan to grow only one vine, it can be black or bronze, but it must be a perfect flowered. Female (F) varieties produce no pollen; therefore, they need to be inter-planted with perfect flowered (PF) varieties for proper pollination and fruit set. Several of the better varieties for the Cherokee County area include: Carlos (PF/bronze), Cowart (PF/black), Fry (F/ bronze), Lommis (F/black), Nesbitt (PF/black), Noble (PF/ black), Summit (F/bronze), Tara (PF/bronze), Triumph (PF/ bronze). Scuppernong (F/bronze) is one of the older but more common varieties of muscadine. Always plant muscadines in sunny locations with moist, but well-drained soils. Q. Last year the tip of almost every branch on my apple tree turned black and died. It looked like the leaves had actually been burned with a flame. What is this and what can I do to stop it? A. Your problem sounds like fireblight, a bacterial disease that infects and kills the tips of branches, not only on apple trees, but also pears, cherries and plums. Prune out infected branches as soon as you notice the disease and be sure to dip your pruners in alcohol after each and every cut to prevent spreading the disease. Remove and destroy infected limbs as quickly as possible.

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Time: 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Location: Alpharetta Welcome Center 178 S. Main St., Suite 200, Alpharetta Information: Join the Easter Bunny as he makes his debut at the Alpharetta Welcome Center. Stop in for an individual or family photo with the bunny of the hour and have the photo emailed to you to share with friends and family. Refreshments will be served. Reservations are not required. (678) 2970102,

March 19 EASTER CRAFT & STORY BOOK FUN FOR KIDS Time: 4:30 p.m. Location: Northeast/Spruill Oaks Library 9560 Spruill Road, Johns Creek Information: Easter craft and story. Ages 4 and under. (770) 360-8820

Time: 10-11 a.m. Location: Smith Plantation grounds 935 Alpharetta St., Roswell Information: Open to the public, this Easter Egg hunt on the historic grounds of the Smith Plantation continues a tradition started by Lizzie Smith, oldest child of Archibald and Anne Smith. Photographs will be available with the Easter Bunny. $5 admission. Ages up to 5.

March 23 CHILDREN’S EASTER EGG HUNT Time: 11 a.m. Location: North Park softball fields 1-4 Information: Hosted by the City of Alpharetta Recreation and Parks Department and co-sponsored by the Alpharetta Golden Age Club, the annual Chlidren’s Easter Egg Hunt will feature pre-hunt activities, including inflatables, exhibitors and a visit by the Easter Bunny beginning at 10 a.m. Ages 3-10. (678) 297-6140

NORTHSIDE HOSPITAL-CHEROKEE EASTER EGGSTRAVAGANZA Time: 1-3 p.m. Location: Northside Hospital-Cherokee 201 Hospital Road, Canton Information: Here comes Peter Cottontail, hoppin’ down to Northside HospitalCherokee for the 27th Annual Easter Eggstravaganza! This year’s event will include many exciting activities and fun for all ages, such as a petting zoo; moon walks; carnival games; face painters; arts and crafts; food; music; and much

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more. Bring your Easter basket and join Northside Hospital-Cherokee for one of four Easter egg hunts: 1:30 p.m. for children age 0 to 3 years old, and for those who have special needs and require assistance; 1:45 p.m. for children ages 4 to 6; 2 p.m. for children ages 7 to 9; and 2:15 p.m. for children ages 10 years and up. Admission to the Easter Eggstravaganza, food and activities is free. Photos with the Easter Bunny are $5 for two photos, and souvenir T-shirts are $10 each. All proceeds will benefit the Special Care Nursery at Northside Hospital-Cherokee. Guests also are encouraged to bring donations of diapers (large-size diapers and pull-ups) and/or wipes for MUST Ministries in Cherokee. Collection bins will be available at the event. In case of rain, the event will move to the G. Cecil Pruett Community Center Family YMCA, 151 Waleska St., Canton. In case of severe weather, the event will be canceled.

March 24 SPRING EASTER EGG HUNT Time: 12:30 p.m. Location Newtown Park main soccer field, 3150 Old Alabama Road, Johns Creek Information: Children will hunt for thousands of filled eggs “hidden” on Newtown Park’s athletic fields. Special prize eggs in each age group will be part of the fun. “Pre-Hunt” activities will include face painting, a moonwalk, children’s activities, and photos with the Easter Bunny. Please bring your own basket and camera for pictures. Ages 1-10. (678) 512-3200,

a d b n l e e p P e l umber D r u o Y

By Michelle Martin Photos courtesy of

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No one gets excited when they realize they need to call a plumber; continuing education. In addition, all of Pete’s Plumbing’s staff it’s just not one of life’s greatest moments. It’s even worse when the stay up to date on codes and requirements so that they can provide plumber you call is unreliable, outrageously expensive and doesn’t customers with the right products and service to best meet their do the best possible job to prevent future problems. Pete’s Plumbing needs. “We try to incorporate new technology and energy-efficient is working to change the way you think about plumbers. Family products and also educate customers so that they can make owned for three generations and the most informed decision,” 50 years’ experience make that Rick says. “Some of the newer Customers appreciate our up-front pricing not only possible but also the regulations in plumbing — like because they know how much the job will cost motivation behind everything the 1.25-gallon flush toilets Pete’s Plumbing does. Rick and before the work begins and that they won’t be and 1.75-gallon water faucets Julie Lippitt, owners of Pete’s — have been an adjustment for surprised with additional charges. Plumbing (named after Rick’s customers. Because they save dad, Pete), are committed to on the volume of water used, quality, efficiency and a “personal touch” that reflects who they are. customers perceive that the water pressure is less. The water “My dad started Pete’s Plumbing in Wisconsin, then we moved to pressure is the same; the difference is in the volume of water, less Alpharetta in 1984,” Rick says. “I am from a long line of plumbers. water, being used.” It’s in our DNA; we take plumbing personally.” In recent years, the Lippitts have noticed a change in how Pete’s Plumbing has built a lasting reputation and strong customer homeowners approach plumbing issues. “The recession has base on quality, trust and dependability for new installation and caused homeowners to put off maintenance,” Rick says. “Instead maintenance of water pipes and heaters; toilets; faucets; garbage of taking care of small repairs right away, they’re holding off and, disposals; stoppages; etc. The company carries all major brands, in many cases, trying to do the work themselves. This often leads installs top-of-the-line plumbing products and fixtures, and backs to bigger problems, bigger repairs and bigger costs.” Rick cautions its work with a customer satisfaction guarantee. The Lippitts take homeowners against tackling plumbing issues themselves, as pride in knowing their company is one that people have come to improper installation and repair work can put their health at risk. rely on over the years and respect for its consistency and longevity. “When you’re dealing with plumbing, you’re dealing with your “We still have many of the same customers from our early days health. If the work isn’t done correctly, you could find yourself in the ‘80s,” says Julie. “We strive to deliver quality service that with a dangerous gas leak or cross contamination of water. results in repeat customers and word-of-mouth recommendations Homeowners should not take a chance with their health by trying of new customers.” to do plumbing work themselves.”

Rick, a third-generation plumber, believes customers appreciate that Pete’s Plumbing is a small, family-owned business, with a staff that also has become like family over the years. “Because we’re a small company, we are easily accessible to our customers,” he says. “Our customers like that they can come to us, the owners, directly when they have a problem. They also like knowing they can request a certain technician, with whom they’re familiar and confident in because they’ve built a relationship as he has serviced their home previously throughout the years.” Pete’s Plumbing is licensed and insured and stays current on new products and technology, such as installation and maintenance of new tankless water heaters, through 16 My North Fulton | march 2013

When homeowners and business owners have plumbing problems, Pete’s Plumbing works with customers to accommodate their schedule as much as possible. The company provides on-call emergency service 24/7 and begins service calls for non-emergency installation and repairs as early as 6:30 in the morning. “We understand that many of our customers have to work, so we try to accommodate them before or after regular business hours,” Rick says. Customers can request appointments and estimates on the company’s website,, or over the phone. Pete’s Plumbing doesn’t add on trip costs or hidden fees to estimates, Rick says. “Customers appreciate our up-front pricing because they know how much the job will cost before the work begins and that they won’t be surprised with additional charges.”

Quality, dependable, affordable service to the following areas: Pete’s Plumbing has also added Barbara Kitching as office assistant/dispatch coordinator. “Barbara exemplifies superb customer service and efficiency,” Julie says, “and is a wonderful asset to our family here at Pete’s Plumbing. We also have very loyal customers who have been with us for more than 20 years, for whom we are very thankful. We know they have referred us to their friends, and we are very proud of that fact. We want Pete’s Plumbing to be your family plumber and for the community to know that we are ready to service their plumbing needs.” Such attention to customer service has allowed Pete’s Plumbing to build long-term relationships with a loyal customer base. Customers, in return, have voted Pete’s Plumbing their “My Community Favorite” for best plumber since 2004. “Our motto at Pete’s Plumbing has always been to do the job right, be dependable, and be honest. After more than 40 years as a family-owned business, almost 30 years here in Alpharetta, and a loyal and growing customer base, we like to think that we’re living up to our own standards — and customers’ standards — in providing quality, dependable, affordable, honest plumbing service.”

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What’s Cookin’ The Meek family is truly blessed with great friends! Although everyone is extremely busy throughout the year with crazy schedules, our Annual Easter Celebration is a “can’t miss.” One family opens their home each year to all of us that do not have family in town. Honey Baked Ham is a must and everyone prepares their favorite traditional recipe to share. We eat (and eat and eat…), laugh, catch up and then comes the annual kickball game — I am not sure if the dads or the kids have more fun, and it is hilarious to watch! Enjoy these recipes and please email us with your recipe to share with our community. Spring Salads is the theme for April. Email your recipe to

Strawberry Salad Contributed by Krista Skeen

2 cups pretzels, crushed ¾ cup melted butter 3 Tbsp. sugar 8 oz. cream cheese, softened ¾ cup sugar 1- 9oz cool whip 1- 6oz box strawberry jello ¾ cup hot water 1 small box thawed frozen strawberries Combine pretzels, butter, sugar and press in a 9x13 pan. Bake at 350˚ for 10 minutes and let cool. Cream together cream cheese, sugar and cool whip. Spread on crust and refrigerate. Dissolve jello in hot water and add strawberries. Thicken slightly and pour over layers and chill for 4 hours.

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Coconut Easter Bunny Cake Contributed by Martha Dow

Original recipe makes 12 servings 1 (18.25-ounce) package yellow cake mix 3 ¾ cups flaked coconut 1 (16-ounce) package vanilla frosting 30 small jelly beans 4 licorice vines

Heat oven and prepare two 9-inch round baking pans as directed on cake box. Prepare cake batter as directed on package, adding in ½ cup of coconut. Divide batter evenly between the prepared pans. Bake and cool cake as directed on package. When cooled, place one whole 9-inch cake layer on serving tray, forming the bunny’s head. Cut two convex-shaped ears from each side of the second layer; place on each side of head to form ears. Use remaining concave-shaped piece for the bowtie; place about ½ inch below head. Frost entire bunny covering top and sides of bunny. Pat remaining 3 ¼ cups coconut evenly over top and sides. Decorate the bunny face and bowtie with jelly beans and use the licorice to make whiskers.

Zucchini Casserole Contributed by Gladys Mathias

8 cups sliced zucchini (steamed for 5 minutes) 4 cups Pepperidge Farm seasoned bread crumbs 1 large onion, diced 1 stick butter 2 cans cream of mushroom soup 2 cups sour cream 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese Sauté onion in butter. Add soup and sour cream. In 9x13” baking dish, layer zucchini, bread crumbs and sauce. Top with shredded chees e. Bake at 350˚ for ½ hour.

It’s not too early to start planning your children’s summer activities. My North Fulton Monthly wants to help you head off summer boredom. The April issue will also include our Summer Camp Listings to make sure you can get a jump start on your summer fun! Don’t wait — camps fill up quickly. ADVANTAGE MATH CLUB Contact: (770) 642-0004 Website:

ED ISAKSON/ALPHARETTA YMCA CAMPS Contact: (770) 664-1220 Website:

ALPHARETTA RECREATION & PARKS DEPARTMENT Wills Park Summer Day Camp Contact: (678) 297-6133 Website:

ATLANTA JUNIOR ROWING ASSOCIATION Contact: (404) 218-5802 Website:


CAMP HAPPY HEARTS For children with mild disabilities Contact: (678) 297-6100 Website:


Dates: June 18-22 or August 6-10 Information: Located in northwest Georgia on Lookout Mountain and celebrating our 85th year of camping! A traditional girls’ camp where traits of self-reliance, confidence and teamwork are nurtured through the camp’s fun, instructional programs. Smiles and friendship abound in beautiful surroundings! Girls learn to be “as sturdy as a leaf and as flexible as a leaf.”

CHATTAHOOCHEE NATURE CENTER Contact: (770) 992-2055 x 222 Website:


DISCOVERY POINT SUMMER CAMP Contact: Alpharetta, (770) 663-0120 & (770) 664-1773 Duluth, (770) 623-3090; Roswell, (770) 649-1110 Website:

ELM STREET SUMMER DRAMA CAMP Contact: (678) 494-4251 Website:


Contact: (800) 968-4332 Website:

Contact: (404) 727-8000 Website: summerprograms.html



Location: 321 Camp Juliette Low Road, Cloudland Contact: (706) 862-2169 Website:

Contact: (770) 664-4347 x 121 Website:

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Location: 1055 Willeo Road, Roswell Contact: (770) 993-7979 Website: Dates: June 3-June 21, June 24-July 12 (no camp on July 4) & July 15-August 2 Information: A traditional, outdoor day camp since 1973, High Meadows Camp is located on more than 40 acres of farm and woodland in Roswell. Campers, ages 3-14, learn about themselves and the world around them through age-appropriate activities. Exceptional staff members foster a nurturing, child-centered community. Personal growth, environmental awareness, and noncompetitive achievement are our core. Our campers go home tired, inspired, dirty, and happy. It’s what camp should be. Tuition: $870 - $1,110.

Contact: (770) 992-5026 Website:


FARMHOUSE IN THE CITY Contact: (770) 312-7926 Website:

FOCUS Camp Hollywood in Alpharetta & Johns Creek Contact: (770) 234-9131 Website:

GEORGIA ENSEMBLE THEATRE Contact: (770) 641-1260 x232 Website:

GREATER ATLANTA GIRLS CHOIR SUMMER CAMP Contact: (770) 722-3656 Website:

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Location: 12850 Highway 9, N., Alpharetta Contact: (678) 240-9240 Website: Information: Huntington Learning Center offers individualized testing and tutoring in Reading, Writing, Vocabulary, Phonics, Math and Study Skills for students in K-12th Grades. Private one-to-one instruction is offered for SAT and ACT Test Prep. Please visit the website for more information.

JOHNS CREEK ARTS CENTER Contact: (770) 623-8448 Website:

KENNESAW STATE UNIVERSITY College of Continuing Education and Professional Education Contact: (770) 423-6765 Website:

LA O’WN ACADEMY Location: 11575 King Road, Roswell Contact: (678) 795-9145 Website: Information: Offering summer camp for children ages 5-10, with a different theme every week: Science, Math, Drama, Music and more. Camp includes field trips. Hours 6:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Registration starts May 1.

MUSIC MATTERS’ ROCKU SUMMER CAMP Contact: Alpharetta, (770) 619-3456; Roswell, (770) 650-6550; Suwanee, (770) 418-2424 Website:

NEXT STEP MINISTRIES Contact: (770) 592-1227 Website:

RY ROBOTICS EXPLORERS Contact: (770) 772-6622 Website:

SPORTS BROADCASTING CAMP Play By Play Sports / Emory University Location: Emory University Contact: (800) 319-0884 Website: Dates: July 15-19 Information: Boys and girls ages 10-18 can learn from the pros. Meet sports celebrities. Make sports anchor, play by play, PTI, and reporting tapes. For more information, call (800) 319-0884 or visit the website,

YOUNG LIFE ACADEMY Contact: (770) 993-9446 Website: 23

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Extreme Rush Apparel (ERA) was founded by a certified personal trainer who had a desire to parlay his passion of rigorous performance-based sports, such as mixed martial arts, crossfit, bodybuilding and weightlifting, into a performance apparel and training gear brand. Extreme Rush Apparel is meant to be more than just a clothing brand; it is designed to be a lifestyle brand for extreme athletes. What makes ERA unique is all of our products have been tested by professional trainers, mixed martial arts fighters and athletes through their maximum intensity training regimen for durability, functionality, performance, comfort, and fit. The mission is to create the best extreme sports performance brand so you will feel, look, and perform at your best. Visit our website at for the official launch date, latest products and news. Like us on Facebook at Extreme Rush Apparel and follow us on Twitter @extremerush.

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ALPHARETTA Community — Home

by Michelle Martin,

Alpine Bakery and Trattoria (12315 Crabapple Road, Alpharetta) held a ribbon cutting ceremony recently to celebrate its grand opening. The 10,000-square-foot full-service restaurant includes a retail bakery and cocktail bar. Catering is provided. Trattoria hours of operation are 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Monday-Thursday; 11 a.m.-10 p.m., FridaySaturday; and noon to 9 p.m., Sunday. Bakery hours of operation are 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Monday-Thursday; 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Friday-Saturday; and 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Sunday. Reservations are not required. (770) 410-9883,

ReOwn Consignment (380 S. Main St., Alpharetta) celebrated its recent grand opening with a celebration that included complimentary food and specials. The upscale consignment store features women’s designer clothing, shoes, handbags, jewelry and accessories. Each piece is handpicked and authenticated. Hours of operation are 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. (770) 754-0065,

Seven Seas Mediterranean Café (124 Devore Road, Alpharetta) recently celebrated its one-year anniversary with a ribbon cutting and party. The event included a DJ, belly dancing and a full buffet. Ali Moradi, owner, serves as executive chef of Seven Seas Mediterranean Café. Hours of operation are 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Monday-Saturday. (678) 624-9371,

Value Place (860 McFarland Parkway, Alpharetta) held a ribbon cutting to celebrate the opening of its new Alpharetta hotel. The celebration featured food, tours and prizes that included a 26-inch TV, an iPad and gift cards. Each Value Place property offers three room plans (studio, studio sleeper, and studio double); a full kitchen with towels and linens; expanded cable network, including a premium movie channel; and biweekly studio cleaning. Laundry and vending also are available on site. (678) 9518700,

William David Salon & Spa (10970-B State Bridge Road, Alpharetta) opened recently as a premier beauty destination serving Alpharetta and the Metro Atlanta area. The salon/spa offers complete hair styling from cuts to color, extensions and keratin treatments, along with makeup applications; eyelash and eyebrow tinting; spray tans; and facials. Hours of operation are 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Wednesday and Friday; and 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday. Appointments may be made online. (678) 762-1414, North Fulton — Alpharetta | march 2013 28 My

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COMMUNITY Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s Trevor Ralph Joins Alpharetta CVB

Trevor Ralph, vice president and COO of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO) Presents, was recently elected to the Alpharetta Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) board of directors.

and feel humbled to have been chosen when so many others are also in need. This is the third year the Rotary Club of Alpharetta has participated in a Habitat for Humanity build. “It is so rewarding to assist with a project that will help provide a brighter future for hard-working families,” said Bill Weeks, president of Rotary Club of Alpharetta.

Ralph graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a bachelor Trevor Ralph of science degree in marketing. He has held positions with Live Nation and Bill Graham Presents and has experience in all areas of venue management and live event production, including sales, marketing and operations. Ralph’s career has included promotion and production of festival, amphitheatre, arena, convention center, theatre and club events and also construction of amphitheatres. “We look forward to having Trevor Ralph on our board,” says Janet Rodgers, president and CEO of the Alpharetta CVB. “He will be an extraordinary asset, as his marketing experience will help us continue our destination marketing goals in the awesome city of Alpharetta.”

Rotary Club of Alpharetta Participates in Habitat for Humanity Project

Members of the Rotary Club of Alpharetta participated recently in a Habitat for Humanity building project. Some of the Rotary family members joined in to help in the effort at the site, which is located just across the border of Cherokee County. The Dorcemon/Forestal family were chosen by Habitat as recipients of this home and also worked on the project. Jean Dorcemon immigrated from Haiti to the United States in 2004 and became a U.S. citizen a few years later. He returned to Haiti in 2009 to marry Paulone Forestal, and Paulone obtained permanent resident status and joined Jean to live in the United States. After the birth of their son, Paulone returned to school. Jean, who has been employed by Walmart for the last seven years, enjoys playing soccer and is looking forward to having a yard in which to teach their son, Syesken, his favorite sport. Paulone and Jean know that having a place to call their own will provide stability and many opportunities for them. They said they are extremely grateful for being accepted by Habitat for Humanity North Fulton — Alpharetta | march 2013 30 My

Pictured left to right: Nelson Karpeh, Kerry Burke, Chris Weeber, Sam Gordon, Andrea Gordon, Jack Hausmann, Dave Lovely, Paul Ray, Carlos Gutierrez

GNFCC Accepting Nominations for 2013 Small Business Person of the Year

Each year, the Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce (GNFCC) recognizes several Business Person(s) of Excellence and selects the winner of the Small Business Person of the Year Award. Nominees are small business leaders with vast knowledge and expertise in their industries and a commitment to the economic prosperity, quality of life and positive reputation of North Fulton. Any individual who owns and operates or who bears principal responsibility for operating a small business (defined as “small” under the applicable Small Business Administration size standards) for a minimum of three years may be nominated. The criteria for the Small Business Person of the Year Award are: member of GNFCC; entrepreneurship; three-year minimum as an established business; evidence of community involvement; ownership; responsiveness to adversity; increase in sales and/or unit volume; and innovativeness of product/service offered. Deadline for nominations is June 14. For complete details, visit The winners will be recognized at the GNFCC’s Eggs & Enterprise Breakfast in August.

LGI Inc., established in 1984, is a fullservice, award-winning landscape company located in Alpharetta. We have more than 25 years of experience crafting the finest lawns in the north Fulton County and south Forsyth County areas. LGI Landscaping has maintained its commitment to quality, integrity and service that includes complete installation and maintenance for residential and commercial customers. At LGI, our mission is to be the best landscape contractor in the region. Our highly trained employees are committed

to delivering the finest workmanship with cost-effective landscaping solutions. We take pride in our history of serving residential homeowners; residential and commercial developers; general contractors; property management companies; and commercial property owners.

needs, we hope to meet and exceed those expectations on all levels.

At LGI Landscaping, we want to be known as a leader in client satisfaction, craftsmanship and overall quality service — realizing that in a changing market, yesterday’s approaches won’t always work. With clients expecting greater levels of responsiveness and attention to their

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LGI Inc.’s complete line of landscaping services includes: •

Residential and commercial properties Landscape maintenance Retaining walls Irrigation systems Plant installation Sodding Aeration Tree removal


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

marchEvents 3:30-5:30 p.m., Wednesdays, March 6, 13, 20 & 27

Atlanta Junior Bridge Learn a fascinating card game and meet new friends. Improve math skills, develop critical thinking, and have fun! Ages 10-18. March 11-15

Teen Tech Week This year’s theme is “Check In at Your Library!” Come “check in” and check out what the library offers. During regular library hours. 4:30 p.m., March 26

Paleontology with the Science Academy Observe fossils, cast a fossil in clay, and learn about carbon 14 dating.

10:30-11 a.m., March 5

Family Story Time Stories, songs, movement and occasional crafts. Ages 0-5. 10:30 & 11:15 a.m., March 19

Jamming with Ms. Jennifer Babies, toddlers and their caregivers will enjoy music and movement with Jennifer Fargar, an early childhood music specialist. Songs and instruments. Ages 0-2 at 10:30 a.m.; ages 3-5 at 11:15 a.m. Space is limited.

Ages 8-11. Space is limited; registration is required.

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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 March 15 April 1–5 May 23

Teacher Workday Spring Break Last Day of School

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,


Recently, I went to get an oil change and my tires rotated, and the mechanic told me I actually needed new tires. This is never an exciting purchase, but an important one to keep you and your passengers safe. Have you heard of the penny test for tires? With this easy test, a penny can buy you peace of mind when it comes to your tires and safety. Place a penny head-first into several tread grooves across the tire. If you always see the top of Lincoln’s head, your treads are shallow and worn. If this is the case, your tires need to be replaced. If part of Lincoln’s head is always covered by the tread, you have more than 2/32 of an inch of tread depth remaining; this means you probably don’t need new tires. The most important reason to worry about tread wear is safety. When your tire treads are worn, your car may respond poorly in adverse weather conditions like rain and snow. With good treads your car will grip the road better. Also, having insufficient tread is considered illegal in many states. And finally, worn treads can make other parts of your car wear prematurely. According to Firestone’s complete auto care website, potential problem areas are: Excessive wear in center tread indicates over-inflation of the tire. Excessive wear on shoulders may signal problems, such as underinflation of the tire. Uneven tread wear indicates poor wheel alignment. Excessive wear on one side of the tire signals incorrect camber angle or tire slants. If the treads on the outer section become knobby, it may signal problems with the
toe-in value of 1/32 inch (like the penny test). If you need new tires, your dealership or an authorized tire repair company can help you determine the brands and size recommended for your vehicle. On a cosmetic sense, you can keep your tires looking shiny and new with an alloy wheel repair. This makes your scratched, scraped or bent alloy wheels look like new.

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SCHOOL Hopewill Middle Student Wins Fulton County Spelling Bee

Alina Baiju, a sixth-grade student at Hopewell Middle School, recently won the Fulton County Spelling Bee, held at Ison Springs Elementary School. Nearly 70 students in grades 4-8 represented their schools in several competitive rounds.

from Italy in the 1970s. Dr. Avossa shared his family’s experience during World War II and how that led to their decision to move to the United States many years later; how his family had to leave so many things behind; how difficult it was coming to America without speaking English; how he felt different; how hard it was to fit in; and how hard he had to work. He then asked the children why they think so many immigrants have come to America.

Alina Baiju

Hopewell Middle School’s Baiju was named the winner of the Fulton County Spelling Bee after she edged out Sean O’Neal from Findley Oaks Elementary School — correctly spelling “belligerent.”

Following his personal story, Dr. Avossa took questions from the students and encouraged them to work hard by setting goals, taking time to celebrate their victories, and setting new goals. His visit tied into the social studies curriculum that involves children learning about how immigration continues to shape America. Dr. Avossa left the children with the following words of encouragement: “Anything is possible! If I can do it, you can do it!”

After winning at the county level, Baiju went on to compete in the District Spelling Bee. The top two contestants from the district competition will advance to the state competition later this month. Details of Baiju’s performance in the district competition were not available at press time.

Students Celebrate Colonial History Day at Alpharetta Elementary

Students at Alpharetta Elementary School recently celebrated Colonial History Day with Captain Sadler’s History Camps. Students learned about ciphers, block printing and colonial dress, and experienced a schoolroom from the past. Students also learned about games and toys from the past. Here, students are playing with the Xboxes of the 1700s: the hoop and stick.

Alpharetta Elementary School students Jason Aussin and Mikey Byrnes enjoy a popular toy from colonial days.

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FCS Superintendent Dr. Robert Avossa tells fifth-graders at Manning Oaks Elementary School about his experience as an immigrant from Italy.

Alpharetta High Student on ‘American Idol’

Isabel Gonzalez, a junior at Alpharetta High School, earned an impromptu audition for “American Idol” after her aunt wrote to the show’s producers. The nomination was impressive enough that “American Idol” judge Randy Jackson made a surprise visit to Alpharetta High School last September to audition Gonzalez. Jackson gave Gonzalez the opportunity to audition again for the other “American Idol” judges — Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban — the following week at the Charlotte, N.C., auditions. Gonzalez’s audition during Jackson’s visit to Alpharetta High School and in Charlotte recently aired locally on WAGA-Fox Channel 5. Unfortunately, Gonzalez did not make the “American Idol” Top 40. Gonzalez, an honor student at Alpharetta High School, has been singing and playing piano for 12 years. She writes her own music and has also auditioned for “The X Factor” and “America’s Got Talent.”

Back TO The Basics

by Chris Weber, CPT, CNC, HHP

Hippocrates, who some consider the father of health, had a very simple message: “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” I read this quote about eight years ago as I sat down in my favorite Mexican food restaurant and devoured a carne asada burrito. Yep, I was in heaven, enjoying an authentic culinary treat that could only be found in the surf cities of southern California. I ate my food, washed it down with a large Coca-Cola classic and smiled for a second as my blood sugar crashed. This was a regular cycle for me for most of my life. I would grab really any kind of food I pleased and eat what I wanted — but always paid a price. Where did my energy go? My vegetarian friends would eat a massive meal twice the size of mine and then go out and run 10 miles or bike 20, and I would be at home napping! I knew I had to stop that kind of eating pattern, and thus began my journey.

heard about the caveman diet, Paleo, or the Primal Blueprint, but what exactly is it? Well, it’s not really a diet; it’s more of a proven human way of consuming fuel. Food is fuel, and no matter how you break it down, we are what we eat! Chris Weber is a graduate of the Our bodies become what we National Personal Training Institute consume; this goes for good and general manager at Title Boxing food, bad food, soda drinks, in Alpharetta. sports drinks, alcohol, etc. Our bodies, which are living, breathing organisms, need real, living fuel in order to function at peak level.

After eating poorly my whole life, I had to find a way to get back to what my body was designed to eat. You may have

So, now that I’ve gotten you to think about things a little differently, how can you start to incorporate some of the proven back-to-the-basic methods of eating and living? If you want to eat to optimize your health, the general rule is to stay on the outside aisles at the supermarket. Grab a variety of vegetables, fruits and wild raised free-range proteins (meat, chicken, fish, pork, eggs) of your choice. While this may sound difficult and not fun — no matter how tough it may be to avoid all that extra sugar, preservatives, artificial sweeteners and other toxins from processed goods — if you eat these types of foods as part of your regular diet and stick to it, you will notice a dramatic increase in energy and you will lose weight immediately. It is recommended to consult your doctor and get approval before changing your lifestyle or eating habits.

Food is fuel, and no matter how you break it down, we are what we eat! Our bodies, which are living, breathing organisms, need real, living fuel in order to function at peak level. Lastly, be active. The human body is designed to go out and explore! Exercise releases endorphins that not only make us happy but also help us heal. Every day we have a choice: Try to eat the best foods we can that will help our bodies thrive and use our bodies and minds to their maximum potential. Involve others in your program and share meals together. Consult a certified nutritionist or holistic health practitioner for more tips on how to optimize your lifestyle and eating. 38 My North Fulton — Alpharetta | february 2013

JOHNS CREEK Community — Home

by Michelle Martin,

Autrey Mill Nature Preserve & Heritage Center (9770 Autrey Mill Road, Johns Creek) is expected to open it newly renovated Exotic Ectotherm Exhibit this month. The exhibit will feature 15 new habitats that will house up to 25 individual animals. The renovation and improvements to the exhibit were made possible through a grant from the Johns Creek Foundation. (678) 366-3511,

Hilton Garden Inn (11695 Medlock Bridge Road, Johns Creek) recently added two electric vehicle Blink charging stations. The hotel is the first business in Johns Creek to install the stations. The stations were installed through a grant by ECOtality’s The EV Project, a project funded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The stations are initially providing free charging, but eventually will adopt a pay-as-you-go rate. (770) 476-1966

Registration for a plot at Newtown Park Community Garden is currently under way, through March 15. The garden, located on the north side of Newtown Park, features 40 raised beds that measure 4 feet by 8 feet by 12 inches high. Beds 36 inches high are available for older gardeners. Participants provide their own seeds or seedlings; Johns Creek provides water. Applicants must be members of the Johns Creek Garden Club, which costs $10 a year. Each raised bed costs $60 a year. Citizens 65 years or older can pay $25 a year. Anyone may apply for a garden plot; however, priority will be given to Johns Creek residents. Applications and rules are available on the Community Garden page at Osaka Steak and Sushi (3630 Peachtree Parkway, Johns Creek) held a ribbon cutting recently to celebrate the restaurant’s grand opening. The ceremony was hosted by the Johns Creek Chamber of Commerce. Osaka Steak and Sushi offers traditional Japanese kitchen entrees and a wide variety of freshly prepared Sushi and Sashimi dishes. Lunch is served 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Monday-Friday, and noon-3 p.m., Saturday and Sunday; dinner is served 3 p.m.-9:30 p.m., Sunday-Thursday, and 3 p.m.-10 p.m., Friday and Saturday. (770) 232-5015, State Farm Insurance agent Carson Cowan recently opened a new Johns Creek office (6000 Medlock Bridge Parkway, Johns Creek). Before opening his own office, Cowan had worked with State Farm for seven years. State Farm provides insurance in the following areas: auto; home; business; workers compensation; general liability; property insurance; and a variety of employment practices liability and other specialty insurance products. Cowan has a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of North Florida and an associate’s degree in general insurance. (770) 864-5840,

Carson Cowan

T. Clothing (3719 Old Alabama Road, Suite 200G, Johns Creek) opened recently in Johns Creek. T. Clothing is a unique women’s boutique that carries top denim brands and exclusively carries top designers, including Alice & Olivia, Biya, Elizabeth & James, Giada Forte, Haute Hippie, Inhabit, Rag & Bone, Transit, Vince and many others. Hours of operation are 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday-Friday, and 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday. (770) 753-0646,,

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COMMUNITY Chattahoochee District Recognizes Eagle Scouts The Boy Scouts of America’s Chattahoochee district, chartered by Mount Pisgah United Methodist Church in Johns Creek, recently recognized five young men who have earned Eagle Scout ranking after completing their board of review: Nathan Aaron Bramel, Troop 629, Mount Pisgah United Methodist Church; Eric Connolly Dietrich, Troop 623, St. Jude the Apostle Catholic Church; Spencer C. Robinson, Troop 401, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints; Matthew G. Smith, Troop 431, Roswell United Methodist Church; and Seth Martin Stokes, Troop 623, St. Jude the Apostle Catholic Church. Bramel enhanced the Liberty Garden at Haynes Bridge Middle School by removing a dead tree and adding three new benches, a new sign, new bushes and mulch. Dietrich, along with fellow Scouts, renovated the cross trail at St. Jude the Apostle Catholic Church, removing overgrown weeds and replacing rotting signs with new signs made of more durable and long-lasting materials. Robinson constructed a 12- by 16-foot platform with railings and seating to give students and faculty at Dunwoody High School more space to enjoy lunch outdoors. Smith, a member of the Walton High School Band, built nine new benches overlooking the school’s Pride Field and refurbished, power washed and weather sealed the two story director’s tower at the field. He was helped by fellow band members and scouts. Stokes worked with a team to build a beach volleyball court at Marist School. They poured gravel and sand and installed a net to convert a dry area into a safe, fun recreational area for students, faculty, staff, teams and priests. Chattahoochee District Eagle Scouts (left to right): Eric Dietrich, Matthew Smith, Nathan Bramel, Spencer Robinson and Seth Stokes.

Lacrosse Director Chosen Administrator of the Year

Brandon Allen, lacrosse director for the Johns Creek Newtown Athletic Association, has been named Administrator of the Year for 2013 by the Georgia Lacrosse Foundation. Allen, who has been with the Newtown Athletic Association since

2000, has overseen the growth of the association’s lacrosse program from four teams in 2004 to 117 teams and more than 2,200 kids in 2013 — making it the largest lacrosse program in the state. “It’s more than just quantity,” Allen said. “It’s quality. We’re not a winat-all-cost program. Sportsmanship is key. We’re trying to instill a lifelong love of the game.”

Brandon Allen Kirk Franz, recreation manager for the City of Johns Creek, said the honor reflects the quality programs that athletic associations provide for the City. “We’re proud of what Brandon Allen has accomplished and what the program has meant to the youth of Johns Creek. It’s a welldeserved recognition.”

Johns Creek Veterans Group Plans Memorial Grounds

The Johns Creek Veterans Association (JCVA) has announced plans to build a meditative memorial to veterans in a quiet, unused portion of Newtown Park. The association will need to raise $150,000 to start the project, but has a final goal of $300,000 to cover all the features it hopes to add. No tax dollars are planned for the memorial. The JCVA is partnering with Leadership Johns Creek in its fundraising and marketing effort. The City Council has given the JCVA verbal permission to proceed. Called the Johns Creek Veterans Memorial Walk at Newtown Park, the memorial would offer a contemplative place for people to pause and remember the men and women who served their country, said Johns Creek Veterans Association President Gerry Lewis. Located on four acres just south of Park Place, the Memorial Walk would include a handicap-accessible, landscaped trail with black granite memorials for each major conflict dating from World War I. As envisioned, the memorial would be simply designed with the name and years of the conflict and its Campaign Service Medal. At the entrance plaza would be a brick sitting wall and flags for each branch of service. In the midst of the walking paths would be a gazebo. The JCVA and Leadership Johns Creek plan to accept donations for the walkway, monuments, park benches, entrance plaza, gazebo and engraved pavers to raise money for the project. The engraved pavers would be located near the monuments. Groundbreaking is tentatively set for Memorial Day of this year, with completion estimated for Veterans Day 2014. 41



Atlanta-Fulton Public Library Northeast/Spruill Oaks Branch 9560 Spruill Road; (770) 360-8820

March 2

Read Across America Day! Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss Join Northeast/Spruill Oaks Library in celebrating Dr. Seuss’ birthday. Regular library hours. Ages 5 and up. 10:15 & 11:15 a.m., March 13, 20 & 27 3-4:30 p.m., March 3

Volunteers’ Appreciation Party Come hear New York Times best-selling author Karen White talk about the journey of her writing career as part of the library’s Volunteers’ Appreciation Party. White’s books will be on sale. Reservations are required. 4:30 p.m., March 19

Easter Craft & Story Book Fun for Kids Easter craft and story. Ages 4 and under.

Wednesday Story Time for Preschoolers Interactive stories, fingerplays, songs and playtime. Ages 4 and under. 10:15 a.m., March 14, 21 & 28

Thursday Story Time for Preschoolers Interactive stories, fingerplays, songs and playtime. Ages 4 and under.

6 p.m., March 19

College & Career Series for Teens This “Introducing Georgia Career Information Center Services (GCIS) for Career Planning” workshop will help teens learn about career development resources they can use to make informed decisions about their future. The GCIS offers career development assistance in many capacities, including: planning for careers, learning job search techniques, securing financial aid, and exploring postsecondary options (national 2-year, 4-year, vocational and career schools). Ages 14-19. Registration is required.

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Located in the heart of Johns Creek, Nestor’s Lighting is a family-owned and operated business. For more than 33 years, founder Vincent Nestor Sr. and his son, Vincent Nestor, II, and his daughter, Olivia Pinheiro, have established Nestor’s Lighting as the premier lighting resource for the North Fulton area. Specializing in outdoor lighting and sprinklers — including installation, maintenance and repairs — Nestor’s Lighting also offers drainage and landscaping services to meet all of your outdoor living needs. Nestor’s Lighting services all of the North Metro Atlanta area and accepts all major credit cards. For the best service and highest quality products, call Nestor’s Lighting to schedule an appointment today. Call today to schedule a Spring Sprinkler Check-up ($79 service call special) to get the best efficiency from your system and reduce water usage/waste. Call for the best quote to light up your home or outdoor space, including a lifetime warranty on fixtures and 40,000 hour LED bulbs.



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

10 a.m., March 2

Chess Tournament All children ages 5-13 are invited to participate in this tournament. All skill levels are welcome. Come and test your mettle!

and reserve a copy of each month’s book, please email marcia.divack@ 5 p.m., March 21

2 p.m., Sundays, March 3, 10, 17 & 24

Free Math Tutoring All children in grades K-8 are welcome to attend. Tutors are available to help you with any math fundamentals you are struggling with. Bring any work you need help with. Ages 5-14.

E-Campus Tutorial Explore ways that the library’s databases can help you with homework and test taking. Ages 12-18. 4:30 p.m., March 25

Just Read It Book Club 6 p.m., March 6 Club members will learn strategies, game variations and participate in a tournament. Ages 5 to 13.

Join Ocee Library for book discussions and snacks. Ages 9-12. This program is limited to 15 children. Registration is required. To register and reserve a copy of each month’s book, please email marcia.divack@

4:30 p.m., March 7

1 p.m., March 26

Ocee Astronomy Club

Introduction to Ms Excel 2010

Club members will participate in activities, experiments and interactive games. Registration is required. If you plan to join the club, please send an email with your name and age to Ages 7-13.

An introductory class to familiarize computer users with Microsoft Excel. Adults. First come, first seated.

Chess Club

5:30 p.m., March 27

Plant Pokes 5 p.m., March 7

TAB (Teen Advisory Board) Meeting

Make pokes to put in your flower pots — paint them, glitter them, etc. Flowers, birds, shapes, oh my!

Join Ginny Cline, the young adult librarian at Ocee, and explore ways to enhance the library programs for teens. Ages 12-18. 1 p.m., March 12

Introduction to Ms Word 2010 An introductory class to familiarize computer users with Microsoft Word. Adults. First come, first seated. 4:30 p.m., March 12 & 26

Art on Tuesday This special series of art programs on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month is for children and teens ages 10-14 and will feature exciting hands-on projects in a number of different styles and techniques, including pointillism, pop art and encaustic art. Dress in old clothes or bring an apron or smock, as some projects will be messy. Program is limited to 20 and registration is required. Please send an email with your name and age to

10:30 a.m., Tuesdays, March 5, 12, 19 & 26

Baby & Me Story Time Participate in songs, stories and rhymes in this lapsit story time. Ages 0-2 years. 10:30 a.m., Thursdays, March 7, 14, 21 & 28

Preschool Story Time Children will participate in stories, songs and simple crafts. Ages 3-5.

5:30 p.m., March 13

Pysanky Join Ocee Library for a hands-on demonstration of this traditional Ukranian Easter egg craft and then make your very own! 4 p.m., March 19

Beginning Readers’ Book Club Join Ocee Library for book discussions and related activities. Ages 5-8. This program is limited to 20 children. Registration is required. To register

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10:15 & 11 a.m., March 15

Music for Babies with Ms. Jennifer Bring your baby 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 session is full, please wait for the 11:00 session. Ages 3 months to 2 years.

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 March 15 April 1–5 May 23

Teacher Workday Spring Break Last Day of School

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 Watch DOGS Volunteer at Dolvin Elementary

Dolvin Elementary School has begun a new program, Watch DOGS (Dads of Great Students), in which fathers volunteer in the school for the entire day. The dads interact with students in many ways, such as helping at carpool, being a cafeteria monitor, reading in classrooms, assisting in P.E., etc. The program is designed to promote positive male role models in the school.

Autrey Mill Middle Hosts Multi-Cultural Night

The 10th Annual Multi-Cultural Night at Autrey Mill Middle School (AMMS) celebrated the cultural diversity of the school and promoted cultural understanding. More than 20 different countries were represented with cultural displays of photographs, maps and artifacts distinct to that culture, foods unique to each country, and musical entertainment that included dance and instrumental performances. At the school’s entrance were 26 origami cranes displayed in honor of the recent victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. Katherine Shin and Clara Davis, eighth-grade students at Autrey Mill Middle School, participate in the school’s 10th Annual Multi-Cultural Night.

JCHS Student Named Gatorade Georgia Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year

six regular-season meets by an average of 17.4 seconds, including the Atlanta Classic and Coach Wood Invitational; and winning the Class 4-A individual state title as a junior and the Class 3-A individual state championship as a freshman. Also a track standout, Buchalski has maintained an A average in the classroom. A member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Student Venture Atlanta, she has volunteered locally on behalf of Girl Scouts of America and also Unsung Heroes, a service group she founded in order to provide lunches to her school’s custodial staff on special occasions. She has also donated her time as a camp counselor. Buchalski is the first Gatorade Georgia Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year to be chosen from Johns Creek High School. She has verbally committed to an athletic scholarship at Furman University beginning this fall.

River Trail Middle Wins State Academic Bowl

The academic team for River Trail Middle School (RTMS) is the winner of the 2013 PAGE (Professional Association of Georgia Educators) Academic Bowl for Middle Grades State Championship, held recently at the Georgia College & State University Arts and Sciences Auditorium in Milledgeville, Ga. The RTMS Academic Team is coached by Cliff Roberts and Scott Fowler. Statewide, more than 2,000 students competed at the local, regional and state levels of the PAGE Academic Bowl for Middle Grades. This year’s format combined the semi-finals and state finals into a one-day competition — with 24 semi-finalist teams competing in a round-robin competition during the morning and the eight finalist teams competing in a single-elimination competition in the afternoon. All eight teams competing in the final rounds earned medals and awards.

In its 28th year of honoring the nation’s best high school athletes, The Gatorade Company, in collaboration with USA TODAY High School Sports, selected Allie Buchalski of Johns Creek High School (JCHS) as its 2012-13 Gatorade Georgia Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year. The award recognizes outstanding athletic excellence, high standards of academic achievement, and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the race course. Buchalski, a 5-foot-8 senior at JCHS, raced to the Class 6-A individual state championship this past season with a time of 18:46.23, leading the Gladiators to eighth place. Her other achievements include winning the Atlanta Track Club’s Ray Buckley Award as Georgia’s Female Runner of the Year; winning

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by Michael Buckner Historically, homeowners have hired professionals for all sorts of things around the house that they cannot do themselves. For example, I would dare to say 98 percent of homeowners have never tried to install their own heating and air system. Michael Buckner is the owner of Audio Likewise, this is the case for Intersection, located at 631 E. Main most electrical and plumbing Street, Canton. For more information work. Most people, however, on any of his monthly columns, for have attempted to do their own questions or to set up an appointment, TV installation and setup. Well, call (770) 479-1000. I’m here to tell you that it’s time to let that one go, too, and hire a pro. The funny thing here is that the man of the house thinks he has to turn in his “Man Card” when he pays someone else to install his TV. While funny, this simply is not true.

by Brett Gluck, DMD, MS, PC So, you have chosen to have braces and are interested in how to maintain your teeth throughout the treatment. The requirements for good dental hygiene already require some effort on your part to do so. The time involved includes Dr. Brett Gluck is an orthodontic brushing two to three times specialist at The Brace Place. You may per day for two minutes each contact him at (770) 664-6003 or visit time and flossing as well. Dental floss is basically the toothbrush for in-between your teeth since a toothbrush can’t reach where the teeth touch together. Without proper dental hygiene, cavities, gum inflammation and infection of the bone surrounding your tooth roots can occur.


You see, 30 years ago all a person had to do to get the TV going was plug in a set of rabbit ears. If the TV channels didn’t pick up well, you could always get someone to stand there and hold the antenna in place! Before too long, cable TV came out and all you had to do was twist the wire into the back of the TV, and voila! Well, those days are gone. Why should you pay a professional? Let’s start with money that you have invested in your system. In the old days, a TV was around $250; nowadays, I install systems ranging from $1,000 to more than $100,000, with the average probably being around $5,000. Couple that with the fact that there’s more technology in the average surround sound system than ever imagined. This is simply too much money to invest in a system that may not be installed properly. Lastly, let’s talk about how the systems work when homeowners install their system themselves. When servicing do-it-yourself (DIY) installation systems, I almost always find either incorrect wiring or improper menu settings. If a surround sound receiver is involved, there could be 10 different ways to hook up the audio and video cabling. On top of that, there are 30 different menu selections in setting the system up that can either destroy or optimize the picture and sound quality. Another guarantee is that the remote controls are always a nightmare for DIY installations. Again, I can say continued on page 64 North Fulton — Johns Creek | march 2013 48 My

& Dental Hygiene

When you have braces, you should maintain these tasks with the same frequency (or more) as when you are not undergoing orthodontic treatment. The difference with braces is that there is a constant food trap on the surfaces of the teeth. Dental hygiene becomes a greater challenge. Tooth brushing should be done more carefully on all surfaces of the teeth, especially in between the braces and the gums. Although adequate brushing can be accomplished with your typical manual toothbrush, some people find certain electric toothbrushes to be a terrific aid. Flossing is important during orthodontic treatment. The difference between flossing without braces and flossing with braces is that there is a wire in the way, so the usual technique of passing the floss in between the teeth can’t be done properly. The floss must be threaded under the arch wire in order to floss where the teeth meet the gum tissue. Special floss “threaders” or pre-cut floss segments with a stiff end must be used to do this properly. There are other adjunctive items that can aid in maintaining a healthy mouth during orthodontic treatment. High-fluoride prescription toothpastes and mouth rinses are a great help. But, nothing replaces brushing or flossing. If a person does not spend adequate time and effort accomplishing proper hygiene, the results can be severe. Inflammation of the gum tissue around the teeth can lead to loss of this tissue and loss of the surrounding bone. This continued on page 64

ROSWELL Community — Home

by Michelle Martin,

Advantage Math Club (11050 Crabapple Road, D-115B, Roswell) is a new unique math learning center for students in grades 3-5 that features a “Blended Learning” approach that combines a 75-minute session (incorporating three 25-minute segments) with a fully integrated learning experience that includes Remediation and Enrichment, Digital Adaptive Learning, Small Group Instruction, Higher Level Thinking, and Test Taking Strategies. All instructors are Georgia-certified elementary teachers. Denise Detamore, a graduate of Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn., and a Georgia-certified elementary teacher with 20 years’ teaching experience, is director of the Roswell center. (770) 642-0004,

Roswell resident Julie Ferris has published her first children’s book, “Badges, Egg Salad and Green Jackets: The Masters A to Z,” featuring illustrations by Joshua Henry Thomas. Ferris had the idea for the book after her 5-year-old daughter asked her what the clubhouse at Augusta National Golf Club looked like. Ferris, who sold Cokes and sandwiches at the Masters Tournament during high school, hopes the book will expose more children to the game of golf and get them interested in watching the Masters. The book is available through Mascot Books. Currently, Ferris teaches preschool at Northbrook United Methodist Church.

The Billy D. Williams Agency (910 Holcomb Bridge Road, Suite 200A, Roswell) held a ribbon cutting recently to celebrate the opening of a new American Family Finance office. The agency offers auto, home, business, health and life insurance. (770) 225-8065

Castle 2 Cottage (10719 Alpharetta Hwy., #41, Roswell) is a new company based in Roswell that serves the Metro Atlanta area in assisting senior adults and their families with the daunting job of moving to a new home at a later stage in life. Co-owned by Lisa Arrington and Fran Becker, both Atlanta area residents, Castle 2 Cottage is a member of the National Association of Senior Move Managers. Both Arrington and Becker have successfully completed the Front Door Senior Move Management Training and Business Development. Castle 2 Cottage is licensed and insured and offers free consultations. (404) 205-2388,,

Provisions For Home (942 Alpharetta St., Roswell) is a new retail store that carries home goods, antiques with refurbished goods, and unique pieces. Hours of operation are noon-6 p.m., Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday, and noon-9 p.m., Friday and Saturday. (678) 9387225,

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Local Salon Hosts Fundraiser Fashion and Dance Show

Joseph & Friends Salon & Spa in Roswell recently hosted the “Along the Silk Road� fashion and dance show as a fundraiser to benefit Atlanta SEEDS (Self-Empowerment Education through Dance). The event, held at Aqua Blue Restaurant in Roswell, included Middle Eastern and African dances in a night of fashion and style featuring stylists from Joseph & Friends Salon & Spa. International performer and choreographer, Myra Krien, served as emcee of the event. Atlanta SEEDS mentors young women between the ages of 6-19, in order to create healthy and strong individuals who are socially and fiscally responsible to themselves and their community despite their ethnicity, weight and social status. This is accomplished through American Tribal Style Dance, talking circles, journal writing and presentations under the wing of Global Dance Company.

Charities, MUST Ministries, Child Development Association, and enAble of Georgia. During the Great Day of Service, more than 250 RUMC members and friends worked on projects at the RUMC campus, in Roswell and in Metro Atlanta. Monica Pearson Roswell Rotary Hosts Heart for Africa Representative

Strib Stribling, a representative of Heart for Africa, recently spoke to Roswell Rotary about Project Canaan in the Kingdom of Swaziland. Stribling shared that HIV/AIDS is so rampant in Swaziland that only approximately 20 percent of the population in 2020 will be over the age of 15. Project Canaan is a multi-faceted initiative that includes large-scale farming, fisheries, a dairy farm, medical/dental clinics and an orphanage. During the same meeting, Roswell Rotary presented a $10,000 check to North Fulton Community Charities.

Monica Pearson Opens GIC Week at RUMC

Former WSB-TV news anchor Monica Pearson was the keynote speaker at the kickoff of the eighth annual Global Impact Celebration (GIC) Week at Roswell United Methodist Church. Pearson, who retired from WSB in July 2012, shared how God has called her to serve others. During GIC Week, Feb. 27-March 3, the church invited international and local mission partners to discuss how their ministries are making a difference. International partners represented ministries in Kenya, Burma, Peru and Ecuador; local partners included Family Promise, The Drake House, HomeStretch, North Fulton Community

Strib Stribling with Hearth for Africa at a recent Roswell Rotary event

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marchEvents 6 p.m., Mondays, March 4, 11 & 18

Middle School CRCT Test Prep Series 10:30-11 a.m., Mondays, March 4, 11, 18 & 25

Bouncing Babies Story Time Bouncing Babies is a program for infants up to age 1 and their caregiver. 10:15 & 10:45 a.m., March 12

French Story Time A teacher from Alliance Française will share stories and songs in French. Ages 3-5.

A certified educator will provide an assessment of study needs, a customized study packet, test strategies and techniques. Participants must sign up for all three sessions. Ages 11-14. Reservations are required. 4 p.m., March 7

Read Across America Day Join Roswell Library for some fun and games celebrating Dr. Seuss’ birthday. Ages 4-8. Registration is required.

10:30-11 a.m., Wednesdays, March 6, 13, 20 & 27

Walking One-Ders Story Time Walking One-ders is a program for 1-year-olds who are walking and their caregiver. 11:30 a.m.-12 p.m., Wednesdays, March 6, 13, 20 & 27

Terrific Two’s & Three’s Story Time Terrific Two’s and Three’s is a program for 2- and 3-year-olds and a caregiver. 4-5 p.m., Wednesdays, March 6, 13, 20 & 27

Careing Paws 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. 11 a.m.-12 p.m., March 9 &16

Careing Paws Meets the second and third Saturdays. 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.

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2:15 & 3:30 p.m., March 13

StarLab The Chattahoochee Nature Center will use its StarLab, an inflatable planetarium, to lead students on a journey through the solar system. This program is intended for children ages 6-10. Space is limited to 25 children per time slot. Registration begins March 6. 4 p.m., March 19

Lego Club March’s theme: Outer Space. Ages 5-10. Registration begins March 12. 10:30 a.m., March 22

Homeschool Science Aerospace engineer and science educator Kevin Howard presents a special science program for homeschoolers. Each workshop will focus on a different scientific topic. Ages 6-10. Registration begins March 8. 6:30 p.m., March 26

Mystery Readers’ Book Club Discussion titles to be announced. This group is co-sponsored by the Friends of the Roswell Library. All ages are welcome.

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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

Teacher Workday Spring Break Last Day of School

Amana Academy

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

Crabapple Middle

2012 — 2013 Calendar at a Glance March 15 April 1–5 May 23

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 REES Students Review Children’s Books for Roswell Library

In an effort to promote literacy in the community, students in Ms. Ratonyi’s fifthgrade language arts classes at River Eves Elementary School REES student reviewers Chase Lee and (REES) are writing book Maggie Wall feature the books they are reviewing. reviews on recently read materials — sharing their thoughts on what they liked, how it made them feel, and whether they would recommend the books to other students. Every REES students Vivian Canella and Amanda month, the reviews Jean work diligently on their book reviews for are posted in the the Roswell Library. children’s section at the Roswell Library for other children to read. Students are expected to briefly summarize the book (without giving the ending away) and share why they would or would not recommend the book. Initiated by REES Principal Neil Pinnock, the program also supports parent literacy in the community. River Eves has hosted two parent field trips to the library for limited English-speaking parents to showcase the available resources and register the families for library cards. The program will continue through the end of the school year.

Roswell’s Ginger Bartlett-Plett Selected to Who’s Who

Ginger Bartlett-Plett, a graduate student in the master of arts in early childhood education program, from Roswell, was among 44 Reinhardt University students named to Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges for 2013. Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities & Colleges

honors those undergraduate and graduate students who have made significant contributions to their campus in the areas of scholarship, leadership and campus involvement. Selections to Who’s Who Among Students are made by individual schools through nominating upperclassmen students eligible for the program. Only upperclassmen (juniors and seniors) students matriculating in a four-year undergraduate curriculum with a 3.5 GPA are eligible for nomination to Who’s Who Among Students.

Education Foundation Raises More Than $40,000 for Local School

The Roswell North Elementary Education Foundation and its supporters raised more than $40,000 during its 2012-2013 campaign, which saw the Foundation’s highest participation rate with 290 Roswell North families contributing. With the funds, the Foundation was able to purchase 77 Apple iPads — one for every classroom at Roswell North Elementary School. Teachers plan to incorporate the iPads into their activities in a variety of ways — from classroom management and student assessment to hands-on learning and interactive instruction. The Foundation, created in 2009 and led by a board of trustees that includes parents, community leaders and school representatives, funds math, science and technology initiatives at the school. In addition to conducting an annual campaign each fall, the Foundation hosts the Spring Soiree, a silent and live auction fundraiser that will take place this year on April 20 at Roswell Historic Cottage.

Hillside Elementary ‘Souper Bowl’ Benefits NFCC

The students at Roswell’s Hillside Elementary School correctly forecast the winner of Super Bowl XLVII as part of the school’s recent “Souper Bowl” canned food drive. More than 1,500 cans of food were collected during the week-long canned drive, in which students had the opportunity to use each can of food donated as a vote for their favorite team in the Super Bowl. The Baltimore Ravens won the Hillside Elementary poll by a landslide. All of the canned food collected during the “Souper Bowl” was donated to North Fulton Community Charities to fill the organization’s need for canned soups at this time of year. In addition, the students had the hands-on experience of helping to make a dry soup mix that was also donated to the charity. 57


by Jeff Kincaid, DMD, MS In a national survey of 1,500 U.S. consumers., the American Dental Association inquired about consumers’ knowledge of oral health and hygiene. Scores ranged from a high of 85 percent correct to a low of 29 percent, with the overall average being 60 percent. If these results are any guide, there’s much room for improvement in educating patients nationwide about their oral health.

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

When it came to the following topics, consumers were actually pretty smart: what is gingivitis (95 percent were correct); your mouth changes as you get older (93 percent); pregnant women should pay extra attention to their oral health (92 percent); and denture wearers still need to visit the dentist (92 percent). On the other hand, consumers were not so smart about: when children should be able to brush their teeth (at around 8 years old, only 6 percent were correct); brushing after every meal (twice a day is fine, 10 percent); sugar causes cavities (yes, 19 percent); and what age should a child have his/her first visit to a dentist (six months after the first tooth erupts or by age 1, 25 percent). The survey also asked consumers for their opinion on a number of oral health topics, which yielded the following results: 83 percent of households still participate in Tooth Fairy rewards; 85 percent indicated that a good smile is extremely or very important for finding a job; and 20 percent have shied away from a social event because of problems with their teeth. Regarding physical attractiveness, a nice smile was reported as the most important attribute over skin, eyes, hair, and build/figure. Among the interesting findings, the survey concluded that: Consumers who are caregivers with children in the home scored slightly higher; women scored higher than men by 4 percent; people with higher incomes scored higher than lower income groups, except among Hispanics where income made no difference. Higher formal education equated to a higher score. Those with a college degree scored on average 62 percent, while those with a high school diploma scored 55 percent. The range continued on page 64 North Fulton — Roswell | march 2013 58 My


by Edward J. Furey, OD PC

This is the first article in a series that will explore the top 10 reasons for red eye. The pink in “pink eye” is caused by inflammation of the white part of the eye. However, true “pink eye,” or conjunctivitis, is more than just allergies. “Pink Dr. Edward J. Furey specializes in eye” symptoms can include: primary eye care, glaucoma, low vision, • redness of the eyes; geriatrics and is the Center Director • eye pain; of Furey Family Eye Care. Located at 250 East Crossville Road, Roswell. • blurred vision;, • sensitivity to light; (770) 993-5592 • burning or itching of the eye; • scratching feeling in the eye; and • a discharge that may be watery or may contain pus. Conjunctivitis can be viral or bacterial and may begin in one eye, but often spreads to involve both eyes. “Pink eye” can be caused by underlying chronic medical conditions, including lupus or rheumatoid arthritis, and can be persistent. The infectious form of conjunctivitis is very common in children and is highly contagious. Infectious conjunctivitis is best treated with antibiotics. Viral conjunctivitis will not respond to antibiotic treatments and its symptoms are usually clear watery eyes; it can be a symptom of a cold that usually lasts from 7 to 10 days. Bacterial “pink eye” have symptoms as follows: • eye pain; • swelling; • redness; and • a moderate to large amount of discharge, usually yellow or greenish in color. The discharge usually accumulates after sleeping and one may wake with their eyes “stuck together.” If that occurs, take a warm compress and gently stroke in the direction of the eyelashes away from the eye. Treatment for bacterial “pink eye” requires antibiotic eye drops or ointment prescribed by your eye doctor. At the onset of these symptoms, seek immediate medical treatment because, firstly, antibiotics will be required for treatment. Secondly, if the patient experiences a runny nose, cough or earache, there is a good chance that these symptoms continued on page 64

WINE Faults

by Foster Smith You are presented a bottle of wine at a restaurant. You are not sure why, but it does not seem right. Should you send it back? Yes, it is acceptable to return a faulty bottle. In fact, that is the very reason for the tasting ritual. If the bottle is bad for some Foster Smith, a certified specialist in reason, let the server know. wine by the Society of Wine Educators, Most restaurants will want to owns Sip Wine restaurant and wine bar make sure the bottle is faulty in Milton and Vinings. (770) 475-7121 before presenting another bottle. Often, someone thinks a wine from an unfamiliar winemaker or vintage is faulty and sends back the bottle — only to be presented with another bottle of the same wine with the same faults. Now the restaurant has wasted two bottles of wine. A wine fault is a disagreeable characteristic of a wine caused at the wine-making stage or during storage that leads to spoilage. Most of the compounds that are at the root of the faults are naturally present in the wine but not at sufficient concentrations to unfavorably affect it. Depending on the concentration, these compounds may impart positive attributes to the wine. However, when the concentration of these compounds greatly exceeds the sensory threshold, they replace or obscure the flavors and aromas that the wine should be expressing (or that the winemaker wants the wine to express). Ultimately, the quality of the wine is reduced, making it less appealing and sometimes undrinkable. The faults that are most common in wine are oxidation, corked wine, sulfur compounds, secondary fermentation, heat damage and bacteria. Wine is oxidized when it is exposed to too much oxygen. It loses its brightness, both in color and flavor. Red wine will take on a brick color and more bitterness. “Corked” wine has an odor that is musty, moldy and rank, like a wet newspaper or a smelly dog. The chemical TCA (2,4,6,-Tricloroanisole) finds its way into the wine, usually from the cork, bark from the cork tree, from oak barrels, or even the processing line. Sulfur is a common additive in wine to preserve and prevent other wine faults. But in excess or when combined with other chemicals, strong off-odors can materialize. The odors that emanate are like burnt matches, rotten eggs, burnt rubber continued on page 65 North Fulton — Roswell | march 2013 60 My


by Jill Pollard Organizing your own stuff is hard enough, but the challenge of keeping your children’s stuff organized is overwhelming. Recently, the La O’wn Academy Parents Group invited Michelle Cooper, a local professional organizing consultant, to teach them some organizing strategies. Typically, she works with individuals, but our parents were desperately in need of some tips.

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

First, she reminded us why organization is a good thing. We were an easy target group because we totally agreed that organization saves time. If you know exactly where something “lives” you don’t waste time looking in lots of places. We also know that organization saves money since you don’t buy the same item over and over again because you can’t find it. (This is why we have four bottles of hot sauce at my house!) Organizing your belongings also saves space. If you are a good role model for your children, hopefully good organization habits transfer to your children’s backpacks, lockers and bedrooms. Finally, organization relieves lots of stress. What is more stressful than hearing a family member ask you day after day, “Mom, the school bus is here — where are my shoes?” As you begin to de-clutter, pick an area and stick with it until it is totally organized. Make baskets for donations, for items to put away later, and for the garbage. It helps to pick a donation agency that you know does good work in the community. For example, North Fulton Community Charities (NFCC) has a thrift shop at 11270 Elkins Road in Roswell. All of the donated items are sold to raise money for NFCC’s operating budget so that it can continue to help Roswell neighbors in need. To organize a child’s room or a playroom, you need two main items: containers and labels. Baskets, plastic bins, shoe bags, toy hammocks, under-bed containers, decorative boxes and “egg crates” are all good containers for toys and clothes. You can make labels many ways. I recommend, which lets you label with pictures (for younger children) and words. continued on page 65

A MESSAGE FOR GOLD DOME Update Lance Armstrong

by Ron Bradley, D. Min. In October 2012, cyclist Lance Armstrong was stripped of his seven Tour de France victories and permanently banned from sanctioned events for his illegal use of performance-enhancing drugs. He confessed to our Ron Bradley is the pastor at First national talk show priest, Baptist Church Roswell. You may Oprah Winfrey, on January contact him at (770) 587-6980 or 17 — finally admitting his guilt, saying, “It just got going and I lost myself in all of the momentum of my own legend.” What would Jesus say to Lance Armstrong as an example for all of us? 1. Winning at all costs doesn’t work! It does matter how you play the game of life and cycling. To break the rules is to lose, no matter if you ride away with the yellow jersey, the winner’s trophy, the business contract, the degree, or the job. Integrity matters! 2. Just because everyone is doing it doesn’t justify it or make it acceptable. We all tried that logic on our parents when we were teenagers; it didn’t work then, and it doesn’t work now. The true winners and heroes in life are those who stand against the tide of wrong and who encourage others by word and example to stand with them. 3. Eventually, your sins will find you out. We won’t get away with cheating. Whatever we sow we will eventually reap. Confession is so freeing. 4. Think about the terrible effect it will have on your children/family before you compromise; not afterward. Our nation and culture are built on trust. 5. Christianity’s major message is forgiveness and reconciliation. Jesus will forgive (big mistakes and little mistakes) if our confession comes from a broken and contrite heart. Seek the forgiveness of God and those whom you have hurt — for we are all sinners, saved by His grace. We, as God’s people, will endeavor to forgive Lance Armstrong, too, remembering that old saying, “There but for the grace of God go I.” Alexander Pope once said, “An honest person is the noblest work of God.” North Fulton — Roswell | march 2013 62 My

by State Senator John Albers

The 154 Legislative Session is ramping up under the Gold Dome as lawmakers continue to file legislation and begin the committee process. th

During the second week of the 2013 Legislative Session, the Georgia General Sen. John Albers represents the 56th Senate District, which includes Assembly recessed in order to portions of North Fulton and Cherokee allow the Senate and House counties. He may be reached at his Appropriations committees office at (404) 463-8055 or by email at to review the Governor’s recommendations for the Amended FY2013 Budget and the General FY2014 Budget. For FY2014, Governor Nathan Deal proposed a $19.8 billion budget, a slight increase from last year’s $19.3 billion budget. In addition, Georgia’s rainy day fund, also known as the Revenue Shortfall Reserve, currently stands at $378 million — or about seven or eight days of state operations. We continue to maintain a balanced budget with no deficit in Georgia.

As we move forward, I plan to introduce legislation that solidifies our state’s reputation as a great place for business and an even better place to live. In mid-January, I introduced Senate Bill 73 to reduce the financial burden on local governments that failed to pass the Transportation Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (TSPLOST) referendum. If passed, this legislation will remove the TSPLOST “penalty provision,” which requires local governments that rejected the TSPLOST to pay more for transportation grants. Penalizing any one part of Georgia simply because they did not pass a tax increase is un-American. I also co-sponsored Senate Resolution 8, a proposal that would create a constitutional amendment to phase out the Georgia State Income Tax. Eliminating the state income tax is the right thing to do for Georgia. I am optimistic that my colleagues in both chambers will recognize the significance of eliminating Georgia’s income tax to support job creation and reduce the burden on taxpayers. As we move forward, I plan to introduce legislation that solidifies our state’s reputation as a great place for business and an even better place to live. For information regarding a specific piece of legislation, you may access the Georgia General Assembly website at

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performance and how that club matches up with a golfer’s individual swing characteristics. EWG store associates utilize the company’s in-store launch monitors and swing analysis software to conduct fitting sessions and match golfers with the proper equipment to optimize performance. Moreover, our stores boast an interactive golfing experience, with product testing via in-store putting greens; launch monitors and hitting bays; game improvement clinics; fitting and repair services; and the EWG Golf Academy for personalized lessons. Become a LoyalTee member and enjoy the exciting benefits that our valued customers receive, including VIP invites, deals of the month, extended warranty and more. I invite you to stop by one of the Atlanta area stores today. I assure you that our associates will make it a great experience. For more information or for a schedule of special events, please visit Enjoy the season, and keep it in the fairway.

Keeping Critters A Safe Distance

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A parent may not understand how important the treatment is to prevent further pain or infection. Whatever the reason, it’s important to discuss it with your dentist. Most dentists’ will work through various issues with their patients to ensure that their oral health care needs are met. Empower yourself as a parent by understanding exactly what your child needs so that you can enable your child to have excellent oral health.

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with almost 100 percent certainty that a DIY system is much more complicated to operate than a professionally installed system. Even with a third-party remote (i.e. a Logitech North Fulton | march 2013 64 My

But with a professional installation, no matter how much high performance equipment is involved, watching TV can be as simple as sitting down and pressing the “watch TV” button on the remote!


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can even lead down a path of tooth loss. Another issue is caused by the food settling around the edges of the brackets and sitting against the tooth surface for extended periods of time. When this happens, white spots develop on the surface that will never go away. When the braces are removed, the white spots (decalcifications) don’t occur under where the braces were placed, but often can form in a box-like shape around where brackets were located. If you decide to go down the road of orthodontic treatment with braces, follow your orthodontist’s recommendations. If you can’t make the extra effort, the other choice for you might be Invisalign, since it is removable. Of course, good hygiene is important whether you have orthodontic treatment or not.

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• Plant bulbs away from your foundation. Squirrels love to dig them up and eat them. • Check your louver vents and foundation vents for signs of critter entry marks, such as chewing or staining. • Check the perimeter of your foundation for any signs of tunneling/holes. • Keep your crawlspace door secure. • Do not leave pet food bowls outdoors. • Keep your barbecue grill clean. Rats are attracted to the smell of the drippings. • Secure garbage cans and recycling bins.

Avoid Dental Neglect

Harmony) involved, the remotes on DIY systems almost never work right every single time.

Consumers Score In Oral Health

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of scores increased progressively with more education. As proud as we are of the progress we have made in dentistry in consumer education, it is painfully obvious there still is work to be done. I guess there are many more orthodontic patients out there that don’t even know it! That’s one way of looking at it. Go Dawgs!

Seeing Pink

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are caused by the same bacteria; oral antibiotics will be needed. “Pink Eye” at a Glance • “Pink eye” (conjunctivitis) can be due to infectious or noninfectious causes. • Infectious “pink eye” is highly contagious. • Infectious “pink eye” can be caused by bacteria or viruses. • Avoiding contact with infected people, disinfection of household surfaces, and good hygienic practices can help prevent the spread of infectious “pink eye.” • Noninfectious “pink eye” can be caused by allergy, chemical irritation, underlying inflammatory diseases or trauma. It is tough to distinguish the symptoms between ocular allergy conjunctivitis, viral conjunctivitis and bacterial conjunctivitis. Each medical condition requires very different forms of

treatment. This is why it is important to seek medical guidance from an eye care professional who specializes in conditions specific to eye care and will have the medical equipment, experience and expertise to make the correct diagnosis.

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or skunk. These odors can “blow off” after a few minutes of oxygen exposure or decanting. A still wine that has tiny bubbles or releases a “pssssst” sound as the bottle is opened most likely has gone through a secondary fermentation. The secondary fermentation also can be detected by a tingling on the sides of your tongue. This happens if there is some residual sugar and some live yeast in the wine after bottling. Not all secondary fermentation is done accidentally. Wine like Portugal’s Vinho Verde, for example, is made this way to give a little “zip.” Wine ruined by too much heat, in the warehouse or via transportation is said to be Maderized. Sometimes the cork will be slightly pushed out. In white wines, Maderized wines appear brown and have a caramel flavor. Bacteria can devastate wine, attacking chemical compounds

and changing the wine’s composition so that it creates offodors. There are three strains of bacteria that impact wines the most: lactic bacteria, acetobacter and Brettanomyces. These bacteria produce odors that resemble sauerkraut, vinegar and the pungent odor of mouse. If you think your wine is exhibiting one of these taints, return it and get a bottle that you will enjoy.

Prioritize To Organize

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Kids need a file cabinet as much as you do. Each child needs a file box with folders for school papers (permission slips, after-school activities, etc.), medical forms, electronic toy manuals and warranties, camp info, etc. Each child also needs a memento box. You’ll never have time at the end of a school day to organize artwork, photos, awards, newspaper clippings, etc. Someday in the distant future, you can go through these things and make an album — if you keep them all in one place! Our organization consultant gave us hundreds of great ideas, and hopefully these few will help you to get you started.



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

Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church

Congregation Dor Tamid

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

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

Parkway Baptist Church

Congregation Gesher L’Torah

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

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

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

Messianic Judaism

Union Hill Baptist Church

Congregation Beth Hallel

4250 McGinnis Ferry Road, Alpharetta

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


Cross Plains Baptist Church

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

Christ the Shepherd Lutheran Church

6500 McGinnis Ferry Rd., Alpharetta (770) 475-1210

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

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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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

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

Midway United Methodist Church 5025 Highway 9, N., Alpharetta; (770) 475-5230

Mount Pisgah United Methodist Church 9820 Nesbit Ferry Rd., Johns Creek; (678) 336-3000

Northbrook United Methodist Church 11225 Crabapple Rd., Roswell; (770) 998-2000

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

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

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

Good News Atlanta Church

Canaan Korean Presbyterian Church 11320 West Rd., Roswell; (770) 552-5505

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

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

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

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

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

Other Churches Abundant Life Community Church 625-A Sims Industrial Blvd., Alpharetta (678) 319-9700

Alpharetta Church of God

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

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

Journey Christian Church

Armenian Church of Atlanta

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

Keepin’ It Real “Lighthouse” Inc. 61 Old Canton St., Alpharetta; (770) 360-5601

Kingdom Ambassadors Intl. Worship Center 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

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

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

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

Atlanta Chinese Christian Church North 5055 Morton Rd., Johns Creek; (770) 667-9593

Baha’i Center of Alpharetta 10690 Jones Bridge Rd., Johns Creek (678) 393-9500

Baha’i Faith of Roswell (800) 22-UNITE

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

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

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

First Church of Christ, Scientist 10920 Houze Rd., Roswell; (770) 998-9977

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

Holy Trinity Christian Church 3655 Preston Ridge Road, Alpharetta; (404) 368-9790

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

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

Jehovah’s Witnesses 9400 Brumbelow Rd., Alpharetta; (770) 594-9400

Lighthouse Church 75 Crowe Road, Alpharetta (770) 664-3644

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

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

Restoration Church of God 410 Rucker Rd., Alpharetta; (770) 751-9697

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

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

Roswell Community Church

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

Meets at Hembree Springs Elementary 815 Hembree Rd., Roswell; (678) 677-4840

Calvary Chapel

St. Peter’s Place Anglican Church

C3 Church

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

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

Christian Center Church

UU Metro Atlanta North

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

Church of Christ-Northside 10920 Woodstock Rd., Roswell; (770) 993-3512

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

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

Church of Christ-Roswell 11670 King Rd., Roswell; (770) 992-2097 67


Business Organizations

Friends of the Alpharetta Library

Jim Somers, (770) 753-2032

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

Johns Creek Business Association

Funds 4 Furry Friends

BNI-Alpharetta Accelerators Chapter


Gina Jeter, (770) 842-8893

JCCC Young Professionals Networking Group

Golden Retriever Rescue of Atlanta

Children of the American Revolution — Martha Stewart Bulloch Society Paula, (770) 594-1819

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

(770) 495-0545, ext. 107

(770) 740-2425,

Rotary Club of Johns Creek

Johns Creek Economic Development Corp.


Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta

John Bemont, (770) 495-0545 x105

(770) 642- 9185

Job Networking Group

Jacob’s Ladder Neurodevelopmental School and Therapy Center

Junior League of Gwinnett and North Fulton Counties Inc.

(770) 998-1017, fax: (770) 998-3258

Crystal D. Weitzel, (770) 476-3090

(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

Kiwanis Club of Historic Roswell Keep Roswell Beautiful (770) 641-3715

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

Northside Business Network Group

(770) 993-1906

Powercore Jeremy Faulkner, (404) 816-3377

Charitable Organizations

North Fulton Jaycees

Next Century Youth

Rosan Hall, (770) 335-6013

Diane Williford, (770) 594-2200

David, (770) 356-5211

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

Mike Bagnulo, (770) 993-5440


Roswell Rotary Club Alpharetta Clean and Beautiful (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

United Way of Atlanta (770) 614-1000

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

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

(678) 493-9847

Alpharetta Optimist Club

The Drake House

Alpharetta Lions Club

(770) 587-4712

Alpharetta Roswell Newcomers Club

Greg Cabrera, (770) 752-8122

(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

Sons of the American Revolution — Piedmont Chapter Tom Chrisman, (404) 310-3338

VFW Post 12002

Garner Andrews, (770) 475-9344

Political Organizations

Barb Hill, (678) 318-1442

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

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American Association of University Women North Fulton Branch

Chattahoochee Republican Women’s Club Marjean Birt,

North Fulton Democrats Anne, (404) 303-9142, ext. 2

North Fulton Republican Women’s Club

The Ludwig Symphony Orchestra

Writers Network

Suzi Voyles, (404) 851-9704

(770) 623-8623

Bobby Christmas, (770) 924-0528

Milton Garden Club

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

Faye Troka, (770) 781-4634

Multisport Explosion Women’s Only Triathlon Team Jennifer Lesser,

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

North Atlanta Dance Theatre

Nancy Hetsko, (678) 361-5198

(770) 772-8000

Alpharetta Camera Club

North Fulton Amateur Radio League

Alpharetta Bridge Club

Lewis Lay, (678) 297-6142

Jim Stafford, W4Q0, (770) 993-9500

Alpharetta City Band

North Fulton Music Teachers Association

Don Nahser, (770) 475-9684

Alpharetta/Roswell Newcomers Club (678) 318-1442

Alpharetta Singles Movie Club

Serene Lee, (404) 786-8932

Newtown Park Community Foundation,

Newtown Recreation

(770) 662-0916

(678) 297-2662

Alpharetta Walkie Talkies

Park Place at Newtown School

Lewis Lay, (678) 267-6142

AlphaFretters Dulcimer Satellite Group Julia Bagley, (404) 502-9076

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

Autrey Mill Nature Preserve & Heritage Center (678) 366-3511

(770) 667-5030

Performing Arts North (770) 772-0762

Roswell Fine Arts Alliance

Roswell Garden Club (770) 518-7021

Axé Capoeira Atlanta, Inc

Roswell Firehouse Harmony Brigade

Feijoada, (678) 252-9353

Roswell New Horizons Band

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

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

Dick Lord, (770) 317-9571

(770) 641-3950

Roswell Photographic Society (770) 594-6122

Songs of Atlanta Chorus

Georgia Regional Girls Choir

(770) 977-4031

(770) 722-3656,

Southern Winds Concert Band

Johns Creek Arts Center (770) 623-8448

Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra (678) 748-5802

Dorothy Parker, (770) 993-2059

STAR — Singles Together at Roswell (770) 993-2012

Stars Soccer Club — Men’s League

Support Organizations Alcoholics Anonymous Barb G., (770) 686-3082

Anorexia Nervousa and Associated Eating Disorders — ANA Kim, (404) 307-5442

Atlanta Harm Reduction Center (404) 817-9994

Bereavement Support Group Patty Hampton, (770) 261-1767

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

DreamPower Therapeutic Equestrian Center (678) 456-8082

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

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

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

MOMS Club of Alpharetta-West

MOMS Club of Roswell — South

Narcotics Anonymous (NA) Lee H., (678) 576-4838

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

Overeaters Anonymous Bill, (770) 992-6481

Parkinson’s Support Group Patty Hampton, (770) 261-1767

PFLAG — Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays

Roswell UMC Counseling Center Patty Hampton, (770) 261-1767

S-Anon (770) 993-7253

(678) 366-9008 69


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) 613-4345

(770) 612-4401

Court of Clerks: Cathelene Robinson

(404) 730-5300

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

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

John H. Eaves (D-1)


Robb Pitts (D-2)


(404) 612-8206

(404) 612-8210 (404) 612-8213

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

State Senator Brandon Beach (R) (D-21)

(404) 463-1378

303-B Coverdell Legislative Office Building Atlanta, GA 30334

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

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

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

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:

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

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

(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)

Fulton County Schools Superintendent:

Fulton County Medical Examiner: Randy Hanzlick, MD

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

Fulton County Sheriff’s Office: Sheriff Theodore Jackson (404) 612-5100

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

Fulton County Tax Commissioner: Arthur E. Ferdinand

(404) 656-0188

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

(404) 656-5912

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

(404) 768-3600

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(404) 612-8222


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

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


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

(770) 613-4070

Juvenile Court: Chief Judge Belinda E. Edwards


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

(404) 613-4433

Liz Hausmann (D-3)

203 State Capitol, Atlanta, GA 30334 Website:

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(404) 613-4185

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

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

State Government

Governor Nathan Deal (R)

Superior Court: Chief Judge Cynthia Wright

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


185 Central Avenue SW, Atlanta, GA 30303 Website: (404) 730-4000

141 Pryor Street SW, Atlanta, GA 30303

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

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.

Benton House 762 N. Main St., Alpharetta

Kia Motors 1400 Upper Hembree Road, Roswell

ReOWN Consignment 380 S. Main St., Alpharetta

Swift School 300 Grimes Bridge Road, Roswell

Value Place Hotel 860 McFarland Parkway, Alpharetta

William David Salon & Spa 10970-B State Bridge Road, Alpharetta

Upcoming Events North Fulton Business Expo March 22, at the Alpharetta Marriott 5750 Windward Parkway

Title Sponsor: Verizon. Last year, the GNFCC had to turn many local businesses away. This year, only a limited number of booths remain. More than 1,200 people attended last year’s event. Visit today to reserve your company’s booth!

Save the Date: 2013 GNFCC Chairman’s Gala March 23, at the The St. Regis Atlanta 88 W. Paces Ferry Road

Title Sponsor: Northside Hospital. Platinum Sponsor: North Fulton Community Improvement District. Gold Sponsors: AT&T, North Point Hospitality Group, BB&T, LexisNexis, and Quantum National Bank. Silver Sponsors: Alpharetta CVB, Mimms Enterprises, Malon D. Mimms Co., Delta Community Credit Union, Reese-Beisbier & Associates PC, and Wilson Lewis LLC. AfterParty Sponsor: Cadillac. Table: $1,750/Tickets: $175. To attend or sponsor, contact Debbie Ryals at (678) 397-0556, dryals@ 71



Your Community

Home Improvement/Repair/Service

Attorney Robinson & Miller, PC


Automotive Atlanta Dent Company Dent Science

35 1

Carpet & Upholstery Cleaners Carpet Dry Tech


59 49

Brett Gluck, DMD 29 DeMercy Dental 61 Dentistry at Milton Inside Front Cover Kincaid Orthodontics 55 Roswell Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics 50

Education/Instruction/Counseling 23 22 63

Spring has Sprung!

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Landscape Matters LGI Landscaping Nestors Sprinkler & Lighting

59 31 43

Optometrist/Eyewear Furey Family Eye Care Inside Back Cover Pearle Vision 63


High Meadows School Huntington Learning Center La O’WN Academy

49 1 11 29 55 55 Cover, 15–17

Landscaping/Landscape Services

Cleaning Services The Maids Mini Maid

BAM Fence & Doors Critter Control H&H Electric & Security, LLC Meer Electrical Contractor, Inc. Mr. Appliance Mr. Junk Pete’s Plumbing

Photography 13

Physicians & Medical Services Northside Cardiovascular Physicians of North Georgia Inside Back Cover Northside Hospital-Forsyth 5 Northside Hospital Sleep Disorder Center 20 Northside Rheumatology 19 WellStreet Urgent Care 31 Willow Creek Family Medicine 50

Recreation & Fitness Camp Juliette Low Edwin Watts Golf Sports Broadcasting Camp Title Boxing Club

23 Back Cover 22 33

Restaurants/Food Services Goin’ Coastal Marlow’s Tavern Schakolad Chocolate Factory Sip Wine

24–25 50 9 49

Services/Retailers/Miscellaneous 1 Man Geek 29 Audio Intersection 45 Blue Light Labs 38 The Cigar Merchant 55 Cruise Planners 19, 61 Extreme Rush Apparel 26 GhostNet 42 Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce 71 Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce Business Expo 13 Koo Koo Bear Baby & Kids 59 The Mad Hatter Service Company 37 Veron Carbo 29

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