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Atlanta Reroof Specialists


Home & Garden Special Section

Bringing up a happy child is a key to successful parenthood.

From new cabinets to iPhone adaptors — enjoy your castle.

Readers’ Choice Winners Several business owners and managers enjoyed celebrating together during the Best of the Best, North Fulton Readers’ Choice Awards celebrations.

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contributors Photographers Wendell Webb Writers Richard Becker, Ron Bradley, Emily Caldwell Brown, Michael Buckner, Mike Casteel, Michael Consoli, Dan Jape, Jeff Kincaid, Arthur Letchas, Chuck Martin, Colin Morris, Vishant Nath, Laurie Troublefield

Volume 7 | Issue 5

“The TOPS in roofing.”

Michelle and Brian Meek are the co-owners of AroundAbout — North Fulton magazine. Brian spent the last 15 years in sales and also owns a junior golf business. Michelle has been a stay-at-home mom for the past eight years and was a counselor at KSU prior to having their two girls, Ansley and Addison. They have lived in the Canton community for more than nine years.

Market Director Janet Ponichtera

4 Around Town 6 Community news 10 Calendar 12 School news 13 Birthdays

Directory Listings

40 Faith & Worship 43 Organizations 45 Local Officials 48 Advertiser index

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Around The

People, The Places and The Pleasures that make Woodstock. by Cherryl Greenman,

What’s New?


Footprints Publishing, home of AroundAbout community magazines serving East Canton, West Canton, Woodstock, Alpharetta and Roswell communities, recently held a ribbon cutting ceremony (1). The event was held as a re-grand opening celebrating their move to their new office space. After combining offices, AroundAbout moved from their location in downtown Canton to 113 Mountain Brook Drive, Suite 204, Canton, 30115 to accommodate the growing business and staff. To get in touch with them or for more information, please call (770) 720-7497 or visit Barrington Hall’s historic boxwood garden (2), under the direction of staff horticulturalist Janet Rigsby, won a major award at the 2011 Georgia Daffodil Society Show held the weekend of March 19-20 at the Chattahoochee Nature Center. One of Barrington Hall’s varieties of daffodil known as White Lady won a First Award for its division and a special award titled Best Three Stems Pre 1940 Cultivar. Barrington Hall’s plants also won two other First Awards and two Third Awards. “Thanks to the Georgia Daffodil Society for their much appreciated recognition and their encouragement,” said Rigsby. Visit Barrington Hall at 535 Barrington Drive, Roswell. 678-639-7500


Georgia State School Superintendent, Dr. John D. Barge, recently visited Crabapple Crossing Elementary School to present the school with the 2010 Georgia School of Excellence Award (3). Crabapple Crossing Elementary School has been recognized by the Georgia Department of Education for two all prestigious honors. First, they were awarded the distinction Barrington H of being named a Platinum School in the Single Statewide Accountability Award program. Achieving platinum status in the highest performance category means the school demonstrated the highest achievement on the Criterion Reference Competency Test. Also, CCES was selected to represent District 6, along with Lassiter High School, as a Georgia School of Excellence for 2010. This is the second time the school has been recognized for this award. The first time was in 2004. George Freiberger, CCES principal, says “These awards are a wonderful reflection of the hard work and dedication of the students, teachers, staff, parents, administration, community volunteers and supporters of Crabapple Crossing Elementary. Teamwork makes the difference. Our school raises the bar daily and has high expectations for all students. CCES is definitely a great place to be!”

Community Involvement


CCES principal, George Freiberg er, and assistant principal, Kimbe rly Bowsher, stan d proudly with th school’s newest eir awards.

The Fulton County School System announces its spring kindergarten registration dates – Wednesday, May 4, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Thursday, May 5, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. During these two days, parents of incoming kindergarten students, as well as other new elementary students entering school in August, can register their children for the 2011-12 school year. Registration will occur at all Fulton County elementary schools. To register new students, parents should visit the school their child will attend in the fall. A list of documents needed for registration, including immunization requirements for kindergartners and pre-kindergarten students, is posted on the school system’s web site at Fulton/Pages/Registration.aspx. A notarized affidavit of residence also is mandatory for all students. 4

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In the Community

COMMUNITY Police Officers Receive Awards at MADD Georgia Banquet Five Roswell police officers were honored at the 7th Annual Golden Shield Honors, MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) of Georgia’s way of saying “thank you” for all officers do to stop drunk driving, support the victims of this violent crime and prevent underage drinking. Left to right: Officer Erin Awards were given to recognize Johnson, Officer Scott Lappin, Officer Joshua Ott, Officer James law enforcement agencies, Spivey, and Officer Kyle Ratliff. officers and individuals in the community who make a difference. Honorees were able to dedicate their award to a victim of drunk driving that has touched their lives (family, friend, co-worker, or other) in a special way. Roswell police officers honored include: Officer Erin Johnson – Bronze Pin for 31 DUI arrests; Officer Scott Lappin – Silver Pin for 51 DUI arrest; Officer Joshua Ott – Gold Pin for 121 DUI arrests; Officer James Spivey – Bronze Pin for 33 DUI arrests; and Officer Kyle Ratliff – Silver Pin for 83 DUI arrests. Speakers at the event included Governor Nathan Deal speaking on the importance of law enforcement in combating drunk driving, as well as MADD president Laura Dean Mooney who shared how she got involved with MADD and how she is working with volunteers and legislatures across the country to strengthen drunken driving laws and help save lives unnecessarily lost to alcohol crashes.

The Drake Walk and Festival The festival will be held on Saturday, May 14 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and is free to the community. There’s a stroller family-friendly 1-mile walk down Canton Street in Historic Roswell and an easy 5K or 10K for longer walks through Historic Roswell. All walks take place on the sidewalks and are considered gentle with some rolling terrain. Proceeds benefit the The Drake House in Roswell who provides short-term crisis housing, assessment, Congressman Tom Price and wife Roswell council support and empowerment programs member Betty Price with (job readiness, health and wellness, Drake attendee from last parenting skills and personal finances) to over 177 homeless mothers and year’s event. their 321 children since 2006 in the North Fulton area. Walker registration is $15 for individuals and $30 for a family. To register go to walking/roswell-ga/the-drake-walk-2011 or at the event. 6

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News Private Circus Pre-Show For the second year, Feld Entertainment, which owns and operates the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus, has teamed with local natural gas marketer Gas South and the Metro Atlanta Mayors Association to provide circus tickets and a special preshow experience for Atlanta-area children with special needs. More than 500 children and their families attended pre-show events at Philips Arena and the Arena at Gwinnett Center.

Left to right: Ringling Bros. circus performer, Sadie Boggs and dad Luke of Alpharetta, and Alpharetta Mayor Arthur Letchas.

Left to right: Alpharetta resident Adam Laarhoven and Johns Creek Mayor Mike Bodker.

Pilot Relives Shoot-Down Retired Air Force Lt. Colonel Mike Ross, now a resident of Milton, recently told the Cumming Chapter of the Vietnam Veterans of America about his numerous experiences as a fighter and bomber pilot and relived the painful experience of being shot-down over the Mediterranean Retired Air Force Lt. Colonel Mike Ross in what turned out to spoke to the Cumming Chapter of the be a case of friendlyVietnam Veterans of America. fire. The shoot-down happened September 22, 1987 as Ross, flying an RF-4C Phantom and participating in a large Joint-NATO exercise involving American Forces and allies from Britain, Germany and Italy. A board of inquiry determined the Naval Aviator fired an air-to-air missile which struck Ross’s airplane, but never determined what caused it to occur. He shared with the Cumming Vietnam Veterans a video of the incident as recorded by the in-flight camera aboard the navy jet that fired the missile. After leaving the Air Force, Ross spent some time as a pilot in corporate jets. Ross and his wife Cecile, also more on an Air Force retiree reside in Milton. page 8


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Energizer Keep Going® Hall of Fame Semifinalists

REEF 80’s Bash Brings Community Together

It’s not often that a community is fortunate enough to have one citizen with the energy and determination to make a positive difference, but the Atlanta area is lucky enough to have three. Lamar Green of Woodstock, Ga., Lin Seahorn of Alpharetta, Ga. and Kimberly Bearden of Atlanta are being honored for their unstoppable energy and for their commitment to making a positive impact. In January, baseball Hall of Famer Cal Ripken, Jr. Lin Seahorn and Energizer began a national search for the next member of the Energizer Keep Going® Hall of Fame, a program dedicated to celebrating everyday people who possess the same persevering spirit as the Energizer Bunny® and use that determination to make a difference. From all of the submissions received, these Atlanta-area nominations rose to the top. They are now three of 100 semifinalists in the running to become the 2011 Inductee into the Energizer Keep Going® Hall of Fame. The 2011 Inductee will receive a $10,000 cash prize plus a $5,000 donation to his or her favorite charity. That person will also be formally honored at an induction ceremony with Cal Ripken, Jr. in June at the Energizer Keep Going® Hall of Fame in St. Louis, Mo.

Despite the stormy weather, the River Eves Education Foundation (REEF) spring fundraiser, “A Totally Awesome ‘80’s Bash” sold out, drawing more than 170 to the Horseshoe Bend Country Club in Roswell. All proceeds from the event will benefit technology investments at River Eves Elementary School. Guests at “The Bash” enjoyed a night of networking, socializing, dancing and fun, further strengthening the ties in the community, as well as benefiting the school. Teachers from River Eves Elementary school attended the party and many helped welcome party-goers, as well as sold raffle tickets. Others donated generously to the silent auction with sought-after prizes of their time — such as a 5-student bowling party, offering “teacher for a day,” providing baby-sitting time, lunch or an afternoon out, to name a few. Principal Neil Pinnock and his wife Cynthia helped run the raffle, announcing all the winning tickets. Live entertainment was provided by “That 80’s Band” with opening act “Along for the Ride.” Principal Neil Pinnock said, “We are extremely grateful for the generosity of the community in helping us to improve our school. It really demonstrates the commitment and cooperative spirit of local businesses and community members in addition to our many active parents and our teachers.” Front row (left to right): Cara Darling, Scott Hitch, Richard Raeside, Grace Puri. Back row: Kim Thompson, Jennifer Walley, Susie Wall, Kathleen Riordan, and Samantha McSherry.

After persevering through her own difficult childhood, Lin Seahorn decided to help make a difference for other children in similar situations. In 2007, Lin founded Children Without a Voice USA, a non-profit organization dedicated to and determined to fight crimes against children. Today, she devotes all of her energy to increasing awareness for children’s safety in the United States and around the world. Through advocacy and education, Lin and Children Without A Voice are raising awareness and preventing crimes against children, child abuse and neglect.

CHOA Hosts Pediatric Hand Study Group Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA) recently hosted the annual meeting of the Pediatric Hand Study Group. More than 56 physicians and therapists from across the U.S. attended the event, which focused on pediatric upper extremity trauma. Sandy Springs residents Joshua Joshua Ratner, M.D. and Allan Ratner, M.D., pediatric Peljovich, M.D., orthopaedic hand surgeon at Children’s, and Allan Peljovich, M.D., M.P.H., medical director, hand and upper extremity program; pediatric orthopaedic hand surgeon at Children’s presented a session on brachial plexus surgery at the conference. The orthopaedic services at Children’s, including the hand and upper extremity program, are among the top 10 orthopaedic programs in the country as ranked by “U.S. News” and “World Report.” 8

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River Eves teachers greet guests

Bernie DeWit and Jennifer Phares are 80’s girls

Left to right: Jennifer Walley, Principal Neil Pinnock, and Cynthia Pinnock draw the winning raffle tickets.

Left to right: Bill Roberts, Kevin Faus and Preet Puri.




Things to do in North Fulton

specialEvents May 8 • MOTHER’S DAY On-Going in May • Forget Thee! No, Never Photography exhibit chronicling several generations of the Barrington King family. Held at at Barrington Hall. 770-640-3855

PAPER FLOWERS Stop by the Nature Exchange at the CNC, 9135 Willeo Road and make a paper flower to give your mom. 770-992-2055 x. 224 www.

The Smith Family and the Civil War Exhibit

May 7 • MOTHER/DAUGHTER/ GRANDDAUGHTER LUNCHEON Co-sponsored by Alpharetta Recreation and Parks Department and Alpharetta Golden Age Club, this free program requires pre-registration of all participants including mothers, daughters, granddaughters, aunts, nieces, and other special ladies., 678-297-6140

To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War. Held at Smith Plantation Home. 770-641-3978

May 7 •

Scotts Dale Farms

Free concert featuring Zydefunk at the Riverside Park, 575 Riverside Road, Roswell. 770-641-3705,

May 2-8, 8 a.m. — 2 p.m.: make a gift for mom. May 4, 11 a.m.: make your own Bruschetta. May 7-8, 11 a.m. — 2 p.m.: horse and carriage rides plus free hand-dipped sorbet or ice cream for mom. May 12, 11 a.m.: learn how to prepare Tiramisu dessert and orange champagne Mimosas. May 14, noon — 2 p.m.: customer appreciation cookout. May 18, 11 a.m.: learn how to make fresh mozzarella from scratch. 770-777-5875,


May 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28 • May 7-26 • 17th ANNUAL GOLDEN GAMES North Fulton Golden Games will be held at several locations during May. This 17-year program is for adults 50 and older and features a wide range of events.




Historic Town Square, Roswell, will feature fine arts, original crafts, children’s activities, food and entertainment for entire family from 10 a.m. — 6 p.m.

The day begins with the Mayor’s Ride activities also include a Kids’ Bicycle Safety Rodeo and youth races, along with pro-men and pro-women’s races.

May 7 • DERBY DAY May 6-8; 13-15; 20-21 • BARD IN THE YARD-TAMING OF THE SHREW North Fulton Drama Club will perform at Barrington Hall, 535 Barrington Drive from 8 — 10 p.m. 678-639-7500

May 7 • ALLIANCE RIDE Scott Rigsby Foundation and Jackson Healthcare host the Alliance Ride, a 25 and 50-mile cycling event benefiting our wounded soldiers. Ride begins at Jackson Healthcare, 2655 Northwinds Parkway at 7:30 a.m. 770-634-9004

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Johns Creek Friends will present Derby Day benefiting Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at the Country Club of the South, 4100 Old Alabama Road, Johns Creek from 4:30 — 8:30 p.m., 404-785-7337

May 7 •

ROCK’ ON THE RIVER Paddling adventure on the Chattahoochee with CNC staff from 6 — 7 p.m. 9135 Willeo Road,, 770-992-2055 x 237,

May 7 • ROCKIN’ AT THE RIVER A benefit for the Chattahoochee Nature Center, kicks off at 7:30 p.m. in Kingfisher Hall. 770-992-2055 x 226

May 8 • MOTHER’S DAY OPEN HOUSE Bring mom out on her special day at the historic homes of Roswell free from 1 — 3 p.m. Food donations will be accepted for the North Fulton Food Bank.

May 12 • TASTE OF ALPHARETTA Dine at over 60 restaurants at Wills Park, 1825 Old Milton Parkway, Alpharetta, from 5 — 10 p.m., 678-297-6000



Watch Derby action, bid on fabulous live and silent auction items, live music and dressage exhibition. Doors open at 5 p.m. and Run for Roses post time is 6:04 p.m.

“Ballads, Blues and Broadway” presented at the Roswell United Methodist Church, 814 Mimosa Blvd. at 8 p.m., 770-594-7974


May 19-22 •




10K and 5K begins at Wills Park Pool, 1825 Old Milton Parkway, Alpharetta, beginning at 7:15 a.m., 678-795-0115

Roswell Arts Center West will hold a reception for this special juried exhibit from 7 ­— 9 p.m.

Northside Hospital-Forsyth will host a blood drive at the Bennett Education Center, 1400 Northside Forsyth Drive, Cumming, from 7 a.m. ­— 5 p.m. 770-844-3400

on 19. Works will be exhibited beginning Friday 10 a.m. — ­ 8 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. ­— 5 p.m. and Sunday 12p.m. — 5 p.m. 770-641-3990



Recital will be held at the Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest Street, Roswell, from 10 a.m. — 6 p.m. 770-924-1661,

May 14 •


BACKYARD CAMPOUT AT CNC Join a CNC naturalist as you sleep out under the stars at CNC from 5 p.m. — 10 a.m. 9135 Willeo Road., 770-992-2055 x 237

OF DANCE RECITAL Recital will be held at the Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest Street Roswell. May 20, 7:30 ­— 9:30 p.m.; May 21, 10 a.m. ­— 9 p.m.; May 22, 1 — ­ 6 p.m., 770-998-0259

May 28-29 • BIG SHOTS

An easy 5 and 10k walk through historic Roswell or a family stroller one mile walk down Canton Street in historic Roswell plus a family festival at the end. thedrakehouse@,


Held at Alpharetta and Milton High Schools beginning at 9 a.m., 843-421-8088



show fundraiser at 7955 North Point Parkway,


Kincaid Orthodontics will host a patient appreciate day from 11 a.m. — 3 p.m. at 355 Parkway 575, Ste 200. 770-518-5180, 770-516-5773,

Alpharetta, from noon — 4 p.m. All proceeds

May 21 • SHREDFEST May 16-19 •

May 30 •

Bring your sensitive documents to the Roswell



Public Works facility, 1810 Hembree Road,

Recital will be held at the Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest Street, Roswell, from 7:30 ­— 9:30 p.m., 770-442-5229

Roswell, from 8-noon for free shredding.

Held at the Faces of War Memorial on the grounds of Roswell City Hall beginning at 10 a.m. Contact Roswell Remembers at, 770-640-3253


Recital will be held at the Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest Street, Roswell, from 10:30 a.m. — 7 p.m., 770-664-2410

BASKETBALL TOURNAMENTS Northside Hospital-Forsyth will offer free stroke screenings from 9 a.m. — noon in classrooms A & B, 1400 Northside Forsyth Drive, Cumming. 404-845-5555 x0

May 29 • CARS FOR CANINES Champps Americana Restaurant will host a car

will benefit Canine Adoption Network. To enter your car or questions contact Jim Mitchell at 770-883-2316 or


May 24 • ROSWELL GARDEN CLUB Program will focus on current environmental programs in and around Roswell. Held at the Bill Johnson Community Activity Bldg in Roswell Area Park on Woodstock Road at 10 a.m. Free.

Memorial Day commemoration held at Milton’s City Hall beginning at 10 a.m., 678-242-2500, 770-518-7021


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SCHOOL Crabapple Crossing Receives 2010 Georgia School of Excellence Award Georgia State School Superintendent, Dr. John Barge, recently presented Crabapple Crossing Elementary School with the honor of District 6 Georgia School of Excellence for 2010. CCES also received this award in 2004. Dr. Barge Left to right: Guidance counselor addressed the students and Bonnie Wisdom, curriculum faculty congratulating them support teacher Veronica Krapf, on their achievements and CCES assistant principal Kimberly reminding the students that Bowsher, and CCES principal with hard work they can do George Freiberger. anything!” CCES was also awarded the distinction of being named a Platinum School in the Single Statewide Accountability Award program. Achieving Platinum Status in the Highest Performance category means the school demonstrated the highest achievement on the Criterion Reference Competency Test.

Sweet Potato Fries Students were in for a sweet and unconventional treat when sweet potato fries recently were introduced to school lunch menus through the Farm to School and Georgia Grown programs. Fifteen schools held promotional events to raise awareness about how sweet potato fries are rich in vitamins A and C. The Georgia Grown and Farm to School programs started last month and will continue throughout the school year. The Farm to School initiative is a national movement dedicated to providing students with local fresh fruits and vegetables. Georgia Grown is an association of in-state farmers that provide produce to schools and businesses. “The goal is to offer locally grown fruits and vegetables and to help farmers sell produce closer to home,” said Alyssia Waters, the school system’s nutrition regulatory coordinator.

B-Who-U-R Summit Hill ES teachers wore t-shirts from in celebration of Exceptional Children’s Week. The shirts were designed by a teenager with Autism who lives in Georgia. The website donates 10% of the gross profits from the sale of Summit Hill Elementary Staff wearing the shirts to charities. Exceptional Children’s t-shirts. According to the website, the t-shirts express that we are all special and have something great to share with the world. 12 AroundAbout North Fulton | may 2011

News Hillside Garden “Springs” to Life During the warm days last fall, Mrs. Ashley Ward’s first grade class planted a salad garden that included cabbage and broccoli. Using only organic methods, they cared for their garden over the winter. With the snow and ice storms experienced in December and January it seemed the broccoli didn’t survive. Guided by advice from friends at Pike Nursery the class gave the broccoli some time to see if it would Hillside first grader John rebound. Recently the students raced Stone and his teacher out to the garden and enthusiastically Ms. Ashley Ward. found their broccoli still standing. The children cleaned out the dying plants to make room for the plants that were still producing broccoli. In addition to the broccoli, garden visitors will find flowering bulbs – tulips, jonquils, alliums; lettuce, broccoli, potatoes, cabbage, carrots, onions, radishes, collards, and brussel sprouts and peanuts in honor of George Washington Carver in the garden.

DESF Purchases iPads for Dolvin The students at Dolvin Elementary School have access to the latest and greatest learning tool. The Dolvin Elementary School Foundation (DESF) has purchased two iPad carts that each hold thirty iPads. They are used daily by students in kindergarten through fifth grade. Students are using the iPads for research, for webquests, for skill practice, for blogging, and to make learning just plain fun! If the teachers can envision it and students can imagine it, there’s probably an app for it. The DESF raised funds to purchase the iPads through a direct giving campaign, a tennis tournament and silent auction, and through hosting a Boosterthon Fun Run. Since its inception in 2001, the DESF has raised in excess of $500,000. Most of the money raised has gone to purchase various technology equipment for Dolin’s students.

Chrysalis Experiential Academy Joins PBJ Drive For the third year in a row, Chrysalis Experiential Academy and The Bank of North Georgia have joined together in a peanut butter and jelly food drive to benefit the Greater North Fulton Charities. Peanut butter and jelly can go a long way John Crawford and Erin Becker for a needy family in this economy. Over 900 jars of peanut butter and jelly were collected by Chrysalis Experiential Academy. The student lunch program run by Erin Becker and John Crawford donated $300 towards the purchase of peanut butter. Every student run business more on is required to donate 15% of proceeds to charity. page 14

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Celebrate! We are pleased to announce the wedding of Kacie Marie Kamins and Lloyd Matthew Mummert on Sunday, May 29.

Your wedding day will come and go, but your love will stay forever. Congratulations to the perfect couple! Wishing you both a world of happiness. Love, your friends, Tyler and Tiffany

Matthew Heldreth & Lauren Mancuso

We are pleased to announce the engagement of Lauren Elyse Mancuso, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Mancuso of Hickory Flat, to Matthew Neil Heldreth, son of Mr. and Mrs. Chuck Heldreth of Sandersville, GA. An October 1, 2011 wedding is planned at St. Andrews Catholic Church in Roswell with a reception immediately following the Ceremony at The Historic Roswell Mill Club.


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Northbrook Preschool Earns Accreditation

Flat Cameron AKA SrA Cameron Janzen

Northbrook Preschool located on Crabapple Road in North Fulton, has earned accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children, the nation’s leading organization of early childhood professionals. “We’re proud to have earned the mark of quality from NAEYC, and to be recognized for our commitment to reaching the highest professional standards,” said Emily Johnson, Northbrook Preschool director. “NAEYC accreditation lets families in our community know that children in our program are getting the best care and early learning experiences possible. We are celebrating our 28th year as a quality preschool in the Roswell area.”, 770-998-6667

Kimberly Wilson, media specialist at Alpharetta Christian Academy, read the story “Flat Stanley” by Jeff Brown to Mrs. Troke’s 2nd grade class at ACA back in the fall in media class. The story is about a little boy who is flattened by a bulletin board that falls Alpharetta Christian Academy on him. He is able to go on students with “Flat Cameron” several adventures in the aka SrA Cameron Janzen. story because of his size, including a trip in the mail to visit relatives in California. Many classrooms around the country have created their own versions of “Flat Stanley” to send on adventures by mailing him (a paper cutout of a person) to various locations and having friends reply in journals. Kimberly decided to send home a paper version of SrA (Senior Airman) Cameron Janzen, who is in the Air Force Reserves — “Flat Cameron.” The students each had a turn to take home Flat Cameron along with a journal to include their adventures with him throughout the week. When the journal was returned to Media, Kimberly read their stories aloud, along with showing pictures their families had taken. The real Cameron was serving in Iraq at the time (Sept 2010Jan 2011). During the time he was away, Mrs. Troke’s class sent Cameron and his unit a care package including snacks and Bibles. When SrA Janzen returned, he visited Mrs. Troke’s class during Media. At that time, the students presented him with the journal of the “Adventures of Flat Cameron” and he shared with the students about his real “adventures” in the military while serving in Iraq.

River Eves Student Places 2nd in GA Tech Fair

River Eves student Divali Legore holds her 2nd place award at the GAETF in Macon.

Divali Legore, a third grade student at River Eves Elementary, placed second in the non-animated graphic design category for 3rd and 4th graders at the 10th annual Georgia Educational Technology Fair state level competition in Macon in March. River Eves principal Neil Pinnock said, “We are extremely proud of Miss Legore as one of the youngest students being recognized at the state level for her work in technology. We hope this forum will afford her the extra opportunity to pursue her interest in technology and that she will participate in future Tech Fair competitions in the years ahead.”

Roswell High School Earn Trophies The annual Japanese Academic Bowl, also known as the Japan Challenge, was held March 26, at Oglethorpe University. The Roswell High School students dominated the competition again this year! The four Left to right: Eirene Lakshita, Doan Hoang, groups representing Jessica Flores, Magdalena Widjaja, Mary Roswell High School Bentley, Emily Yandel, Sarah Cooke, and made it into the final Danielle Awon. round and all received awards! The award winners are: Level 1 —3rd place Magdalena Widjaja and Doan Hoang. Level 2 — 2nd place Sarah Cooke and Danielle Awon. Level 3 — 1st place Eirene Lakshita and Jessica Flores. And Level 4— 1st place Emily Yandel and Mary Bentley. The teachersponsor for these outstanding students is Ms. Tomomi Davis, Japanese teacher at Roswell High School. 14 AroundAbout North Fulton | may 2011

Barnwell Elementary Gets Interactive at Tech Night Technically speaking Barnwell’s Tech Night was a big success. Both students and teachers were enthusiastic to display how educational computer programming can enhance classroom instruction. “Tech Night also gave us a chance to learn new things,” said fourth grade student Evelyn Gardolinski. Barnwell’s technology specialist, Suresh Srinivasan, designed and organized the evening. His goal was to help parents recognize how the many available computer programs can enrich, enhance and supplement skills based teaching. Parents and students were also delighted to realize that many of the computer programs could be utilized at home for continuous learning. Barnwell’s Tech Night highlighted the Left to right: Second grade students important connections Kennedy C. Williams, Kaylan C. between technology, Williams, and fourth grade student instruction, and learning. Johannes Binninger. 15

In the Community

Under the

Gold DOME by Representative Charles E. “Chuck” Martin

Reapportionment To ensure equal representation in Congress, every ten years the U.S. Census’ population and demographics data is utilized to determine which states gain and lose Congressional seats through a process called reapportionment. The 2010 Census data showed that the population in the south has risen significantly over the last decade; the result is that the south will gain eight new Congressional seats in the U.S. House of Representatives with Georgia receiving one of those eight seats due to the state’s growth. Based on this new census data, each House seat will now represent roughly 710,767 people.

Impact on Georgia Georgia has gained more than 1.5 million people and a fourteenth Congressional seat in the last ten years, with the majority of these new residents in the Atlanta-metropolitan area. We in the Georgia General Assembly will redesign the state’s Congressional districts so each has roughly the same population. This process is true for the fourteen U.S. Congressional districts, as well as the fifty-six state Senate and 180 state House seats, to ensure equal representation. The speculation is that all of the existing thirteen Georgia districts will be a little larger, with state Senators answering to about 164,198 people, up from the 145,148 set with the 2000 Census. In the state House we will represent about 53,820 constituents, up from the 45,480 in 2000. Public hearings may start as early as April; however, the majority of the redistricting work will begin after the 2011 legislation session has concluded.  16 AroundAbout North Fulton | may 2011

An Additional Congressional Seat As for the fourteenth U.S. Congressional seat, given that the Atlanta-metropolitan area has over 420,000 residents, with 36.9 percent growth in Gwinnett, 13.2 percent growth in Cobb, 12.8 percent growth rate in Fulton, and 3.9 percent growth in DeKalb counties, the new Congressional district will likely be north of Atlanta. However, at this time it is purely speculation. Sometime in 2011, most likely during the summer or fall, a special session will be called for the General Assembly to redraw the new districts in the state. These districts will be drawn based on the 2010 Census numbers and will be sent to the Governor for approval. Stay tuned for further updates regarding the redistricting process and new boundaries for the next election. As I work alongside my colleagues in the Georgia House of Representatives post-session and during any potential special sessions, I invite you to stay in contact with me. Please let me know how I can be service by visiting www.martinforgeorgia. com or contacting me at Representative Chuck Martin, District 47 245 State Capitol Building, Atlanta, GA 30334 Phone: 404-463-2246, Fax: 404-463-2249, Please forward any questions, concerns or items of specific interest to 17

In the Community

The View From CITY HALL

by Alpharetta Mayor Arthur Letchas In honor of this month’s Home and Garden Special Section I want to take the opportunity to highlight the Alpharetta Community Garden. You can find it in Wills Park nestled between the Recreation and Equestrian Centers. Arthur G. Letchas is the mayor of

The garden was initiated in Alpharetta. You may contact him by calling 678-297-6020 or e-mail April 2009 by the Alpharetta Arboretum, Inc. The Alpharetta Arboretum is a non-profit organization created to enrich the community by connecting people to the natural environment through the preservation and stewardship of places of botanical interest, through horticultural demonstration, and through ecological education. Alpharetta’s Community Garden is home to 37 plots, most of which are 10’ by 4’ raised beds. Three of these are enabling beds with wheelchair access. The garden’s season is February 22 – December 31 each year. While the plots are currently filled, it is possible to get on a waiting list for future seasons. If you are interested, please contact the garden managers at I am thrilled that the city of Alpharetta was able to donate the space for such a wonderful community initiative. This truly is a COMMUNITY garden. Four of the beds are maintained by city employees and Alpharetta Arboretum members. The proceeds are donated to the North Fulton Community Charities food pantry. Community garden members also regularly donate to the food pantry from their plots. First year yields resulted in approximately 200 pounds of fresh produce for the North Fulton Community Charities food pantry. The Alpharetta Police Athletic League brought children from their eight-week summer camp to visit the garden. Garden members taught lessons, took them on garden tours, did taste tests, and helped the children shovel dirt, pick weeds, and plant seeds. The group planted pumpkins and learned how to care for their own garden plot. 18 AroundAbout North Fulton | may 2011

Wills Park does not corner the market on community gardens. I would love to see Alpharetta neighborhoods creating their own shared garden space. A community garden not only creates a sense of community, it also conserves resources, preserves greenspace, reduces family food budgets, and produces nutritious food. It is a means for residents to grow, learn about, and promote sustainable garden practices. If you are at all interested in learning how to start your own community garden, I encourage you to visit the Alpharetta Arboretum’s website at A blog on the website reminds community gardeners of important dates, happenings, and gardening information. This blog provides gardening tips for all gardeners, not just those participating in the community garden. Occasional tours are given to share what has been learned through the creation and maintenance of this project. To create your own neighborhood garden, you simply need the space, supplies to get started, and fellow neighbors willing to put in the work. It is a great opportunity to not only create a beautiful garden, but also spend time outdoors meeting your neighbors. As spring has arrived, this is the perfect time to consider building a garden, whether for this planting season or the next. It will be a beautiful sight to see the city of Alpharetta filled with community gardens in bloom this time next year.

Faith-Based Private School Fellowship Christian School

Mathnasium of West Roswell

Tutoring Center

Financial Institution/Bank

Brian Meek, owner of AroundAbout North Fulton and Nancy Wirth

Melanie and Justin Staus

Smita Brahmbhatt and Sandy Ringer

Ophthalmologist/ Optometrist

Kincaid Orthodontics

Dr. Edward J. Furey and his wife, Tari

Dr. Jeff Kincaid

Family Practice

North Atlanta Primary Care

Dr. Moraczewski, Samantha Pella and Bob Nicholls

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Interior Design Maison Design

Pete’s Plumbing

Daniel, Jana, Kim and Dan Jape

Vicki Eller and Ryan Morgan

Julie and Rick Lippit


Barbecue Place Slope’s BBQ

Tolbert Yilmaz School of Dance

Andrew Dalby and Nathan Spears

Bob and Marlene White

Pam Scheuerman

Reliable Heating and Air

Atlanta ReRoof Specialist, Inc.

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Dance Studio


Music Store Music Matters

My Storyhouse Toys

Charlene Tittle and Pat Hodges

Tyler Kufta

Steve and Marilyn Ricks

Cleaning Service/Maid

Hair Salon

Pet Groomer

Robin Mrasek

Douglas Bullman and staff

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Salon De La Vie

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LA O’WN ACADEMY 6 Weeks — Private Pre-K

Bringing up a happy child is a key to successful parenthood.


a O’wn Academy was established by Jennifer Kim- Jeong, Canton resident and mother of two young children. After having her first child, Jennifer encountered her first experience with a child care center. She realized that there is good and bad about child care centers and she also realized that child care centers are not just to drop off the child and pick them up in the evening; it’s a school for the child. Being in the corporate world for 10 years and running her own hospitality business for another 10 years, Jennifer decided to implement her business knowledge, her passion for better education and her passion for her children to create La O’wn Academy. The word “LA O’WN” comes from the ancient scholar word from Korea. LA O’WN means “HAPPINESS”. At La’O’wn Academy, your child will have a happy learning environment with very educated, dedicated, compassionate and loving teachers. Each staff member is certified through extensive La O’wn Academy training programs and hand selected by the owner and director to provide excellent education for your children. Many of the teachers have a four year college

Our Mission “Our mission is to rewrite the quality and performance standards for children ages 6 weeks to 12 years of age, by providing exceptional services, education, nutrition and care to all of our students, as well as leading the way towards better quality education for developing minds. To provide each and every child a secure, nurturing, educational childcare experience that fosters self-discovery, a love of learning, respect for each other and positive self-esteem through our Global Balanced learning program. In partnership with families, we help to establish a foundation for a child which becomes the springboard to social, emotional, physical and intellectual development in their young lives. We believe that by encouraging a strong sense of trust and balance, La O’wn Academy will make a lifelong difference in the communities that we serve and live.” 22 AroundAbout North Fulton | may 2011

Jennifer Kim-Jeong, owner

Robin O’bert, director

degree and at least five years of child care experience. La O’wn Academy is not a day care; it is an early childhood education center where the children are happy and having fun while they are learning something new every day. The education program, nutrition and level of teachers at La O’wn Academy set it apart from other child care centers. La O’wn Academy Global Balance Learning program will educate your child with age appropriate curriculums, fully engaging their ability to learn. Infants will start by learning with the “Your Baby Can Read” program. The program also includes reading, writing, math, science, history, music, art, physical education and foreign languages. La O’wn Academy offers a quad-lingual program. The academy has dedicated foreign language teachers including Spanish, Mandarin and Korean. The children will encounter each language throughout the week. La O’wn Academy is open to children from 6 weeks old to 12 years. With an open door policy, the parents are always welcome to join the class and experience what the children are learning.

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“It’s All in the Family” What’s in a name? For Reliable Heating & Air, it’s all in the name. Family owned and locally operated since 1978, Reliable is the company to call for all of your heating and air needs. Dan Jape, owner, takes great pride in his reputation of providing personal, high quality service, reasonable and reliable prices, as well as the top of the line products. “We love what we do; we love providing service and comfort,” shared Dan. “We are 100 percent upfront and honest with our customers, the good and the bad. We truly care and

we are truly passionate about providing our customers with the best,” Dan noted. In an industry where customers are often leery of being taken advantage of, Dan places great importance on treating each person fairly. “We treat all of our customers with the utmost fairness and respect. People are looking for a company that is trustworthy; we give them reason to trust us.” Reliable has lived up to their name in our community and it all has come from very humble beginnings.

“My mom went and created a business card with the name ‘Reliable.’ She said, ‘This is what people want.’”

Dan started his business as a one man show. His dedication and work ethic were

Owner, Dan Jape with son Daniel and company mascot, Puppers.

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evident at a young age, instilled in him by his father. “When I was 13 years old, I wanted to make money so I walked to a construction site near my home and asked for a job,” shared Dan. “A heating and air job is what they offered.” After working and attending school, Dan went on to the University of Georgia. He then took a job with a commercial heating and air company. “I have always been able to make a friend anywhere I went. Through this commercial business, I was offered side work with residential customers,” Dan said. This “side work” grew and with his mother’s encouragement, in 1978 Reliable Heating & Air was born. “My mom said, ‘why don’t you hang out a shingle?’ She went and created business cards with the name ‘Reliable.’ She said, ‘This is what people want.’” Reliable was busy almost immediately. By 1980, they had five employees and in 1981 Dan encountered a gentleman that passed along a great amount of business to him through apartments and rental homes. “This was in 1981; it was time to market the business. I was very, very blessed,” Dan shared. Reliable’s first office was established in 1984 in Doraville and from there they moved to Roswell. Deeply rooted in the North Fulton community, Reliable has had two offices in Roswell; one of which was a restored old farmhouse on Highway 92. From humble beginnings, Reliable is now one of the largest heating and air businesses in Atlanta, built on hard work, honest values, reliable service and quality products.

From humble beginnings, Reliable is now one of the largest heating and air businesses in Atlanta, built on hard work, honest values, reliable service and quality products. Reliable is your hometown, down to earth business and owner Dan remains available to the customers whether they drop by the office or he comes out on a call. The personal touch is still very important and so is keeping it in the family. Dan’s son, Daniel, has also joined the family business. “With our lifetime warranty, customers are often concerned, ‘who will take care of me?’ It is critical to have continuity and Daniel will provide just that,” Dan shared. Daniel is growing with the business, learning each specific area from his father, from sales to the technological side. “Daniel is a huge part of the story of this business,” Dan shared proudly. With true passion for his customers and his trade, Dan Jape has built a truly reliable business. Offering a high level of service, reasonable pricing and top quality products, Reliable is the heating and air company you can count on for all of your repair or replacement needs. Dan Carmody

RH&A Highlights Since 1978, Reliable Heating & Air conditioning has been serving all of Metro Atlanta’s heating & cooling needs. We’re a local, family owned and operated company big enough to provide a wide range of services and the highest quality products, but small enough to offer firstclass service with a personal touch. When you need service on your heating and air conditioning, or need to replace your current equipment, give us a call, and you’ll see why thousands of your neighbors have chosen us to be their contractor of choice. •

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“the TOPS in roofing” Atlanta Reroof Specialists is a small, privately owned roofing and roof repair company with strong ties to the North Fulton community. The owner, Andrew Darby, takes pride in the fact that he has kept his business intentionally small so he can focus on quality and customer service. “We have survived through the good and bad times because I think the core principles are strong,” said Andrew. “I have seen many other roofing businesses come and go during my career. Some of my original clients are now calling me to replace some of our early roofs from more than 19 years ago.” Born and raised in England, Andrew came to the United States at the age of 21. He worked several years as a sales manager with a local roofing company and company who is called out to fix the problems others decided to try going into business for himself. His can’t seem to fix. The company provides re-roofing business was formed in February 1992 and began as and repair of existing homes with all asphalt based a re-roof and repair company. “I wore all the required products, cedar, pine, synthetic slate, real slate, tile hats for the first year and worked from my home.” roofs and BUR/modified flat roofing. They can service His first year was a success as he emphasized his and replace skylights and company’s focus on replace chimney caps. They the real estate market. “I learned that price, although are certified installers for He decided from the important, was not the only factor in GAF, Certainteed, Tamko, beginning, he wanted to Ecostar, DaVinci and Lifepine. offer value and service the purchasing decision.” Long standing members of in an industry which the Better Business Bureau and they also provide was historically price-dominated. Andrew provided continuing education seminars for realtors and home insurance that protected not only his crews but the inspectors. homeowners. He focused on professional installs and repairs and backed them with the value of a “My biggest inspiration is my family. I work so that I warranty. “I made call-backs an absolute priority and can be a successful father and husband. I love the I endeavored to be the most punctual tradesman that fact that I don’t have to travel and I’m home for dinner you could do business with,” said Andrew. “I learned almost every night. It’s a huge bonus that I enjoy that price, although important, was not the only factor in what I do,” said Andrew. “My biggest obstacle has the purchasing decision.” A testimony to his business been watching the market change over the years and is how little turnover he has had with his staff. Andrew adjusting my business model to stay current. In this era hired Diane to do bookkeeping after the first 15 months of computers and smart phones it takes a mixture of old in business and she is still there. He has two crews that fashioned courtesy and service combined with new era have been with him for more than 15 years and Nathan productivity and marketing to survive. It’s good to be has been in sales for more than six years. challenged!” The staff at Atlanta Reroof Specialists understands there are many roofing companies to choose from, and with some of the horror stories on the news, the truth Atlanta Reroof Specialists is, roofers are unregulated. That’s why choosing the 190 W. Crossville Rd. right company is all about choosing one that does it Roswell, GA 30075 right the first time and follows up on all jobs to ensure (P) 770-640-0009 . (F) 770-518-6860 homeowner satisfaction. Atlanta Reroof is often the 26 AroundAbout North Fulton | may 2011 27

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Articles 30 iphones and tv Michael Buckner Audio Intersection

31 Making sense of CABINET pricing Mike Casteel Cabinetsmart LLC

32 unheard of savings Available now! Dan Jape Reliable Heating & Air

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Your home is your castle and you want to enjoy every minute you live in your castle. Have you thought about upgrading your kitchen and worried about the cost of new cabinets? “Making Sense of Cabinet Pricing” can help you in your decisions about new cabinets. Heard about Dish Sling? A new adaptor for your iPhone that could revolutionize your thinking — “iPhones and TV” is a must read.

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and TV

IN THE HOME Audio Intersection


by Michael Buckner

f you’re like me, you may be wondering why we have all this technology in our hands, but still can’t watch live TV on our iPhones. Well all that has changed — introducing Dish Sling. I had to see it with my own eyes to believe it, so I went out and spent $99 on Michael Buckner is the owner of Audio Intersection located at 631 E. Main the new Sling adaptor that Dish Street, Canton. For more information Network is now selling, and on any of his monthly columns, for wow, even I can be blown away questions or to set up an appointment, by electronics from time to time. call 770-479-1000. The most amazing part was how truly easy the entire process was. Let me illustrate the steps involved and the features that I now get on my iPhone. The first step is to call either Dish Network or Audio Intersection (of course, you know my recommendation here) and purchase a Sling adaptor, then plug it into the USB port on the back of your Dish Network receiver. Step 2 is to verify that your Dish Network box is plugged into an active Internet connection. The best thing to do is run a wire to it (or have us do it). If you can’t get a wire there, you can purchase a wireless adaptor for your box ($25). The point is that your box has to have an Internet connection. Next go to and create an online account. From here, you should be able to click on “TV Anywhere” and watch TV from your PC. To get things going from your iPhone, go to the App Store and download the Dish Network app. Input all of your account info into the app and BAM, HDTV on your iPhone! You can change channels, cruise your DVR recordings, everything! The way that this works is it sends you the information from Tuner 2, meaning that whoever is at home will not be affected on the main TV. It will affect the secondary TV, and if you have Dish Network then you know what I’m talking about. If you do not want to kick the person off the second tuner, you can just watch your recordings from the DVR. Most amazing about this app is that there is $0 in monthly fees, and you do not have to be connected to wifi. You do have to at least have a 3G connection for it to work, but at least this way you can watch TV as a passenger in a car, or while in waiting rooms, airports, etc. If you don’t have Dish Network, you can still do all of this, it’s just more expensive. Instead of spending $99 on the Sling adaptor, you have to spend $299 for the Slingbox Pro to get the same experience with DirecTV or Comcast.

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making sense of Cabinet Pricing by Mike Casteel

Showplace Wood Products, Medallion, and JSI Cabinetry use a plywood box as their standard construction method. 5. Drawers — Drawers with ½” thick sides or less and sidemount epoxy-coated guides are cheaper. While you will pay more for ¾” maple drawers with cushion close drawer guides, this is the one upgrade I would highly encourage a buyer to purchase. Get a great drawer box. Mike Casteel owns Cabinetsmart, LLC. and may be reached at 678-494-7101 or

In my years of providing cabinetry solutions for homes and businesses, one of the most difficult parts of my job is explaining and rationalizing to buyers how the cabinets and trim needed to remodel their average sized kitchen can cost them anywhere from $4,000 to $40,000, depending on a host of factors.

6. Trim and Mouldings — Picture an extremely fancy and ornate kitchen. All the crown and other mouldings may look great, but it can add $5,000 or more to the cost of an average kitchen.

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How much will my kitchen cabinets cost?” That’s the loaded question that makes a kitchen designer cringe, especially if the customer hasn’t shared enough details about their wants and needs. They likely will answer, “It depends.” There is a lot of truth in that answer!

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Tip — Choose a clean, modest door style like Shaker, and bring color and texture to your kitchen setting with interesting countertops, tile backsplash and paint. For the island, consider a different cabinet style and finish.

Here are the most important factors that impact the cost of your cabinets. 1. Wood Species — No surprise, cherry cabinetry costs considerably more than white Thermofoil, MDF, laminate, particle board, or even solid red oak. Other exotic or premium woods, like Lyptus or Quartersawn Oak, both offered by Showplace Wood Products, carry a higher price tag. Naturally beautiful hickory is a fine mid-priced wood choice that is often overlooked. Alder is a good alternative to the more expensive cherry. Along with red oak, some lower priced cabinet woods are pine, poplar, and birch. Maple is the wild card; it shows up in all price ranges of cabinetry. 2. Door and Drawer Header Style — Cabinet door style can more than double the price of your cabinets. In general, half overlay door styles are lower priced than full overlay door styles. Recessed (or flat) center panel doors cost less than raised center panel doors. Door and drawer headers with applied moulding or mitered corners cost more due to these added aesthetics. 3. Finish — Most cabinet manufacturers offer standard stains at no extra cost. Specialty finishes, like the popular Ebony or Chocolate glaze apparent in nooks and crannies, normally command a 10%-20% price premium. Painted cabinetry usually adds 6%-20% to the price. Going a step further, over-sanded edges and distressing techniques often add 30%-50% to cabinet price. 4. Box Construction — Cabinets are a long-term investment, so construction quality matters. Wellborn and Kraftmaid charge 15%-20% extra for plywood boxes. Other companies such as 31

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HVAC Reliable Heating and Air

Unheard of savings Available Now! by Dan Jape


his is an exciting time to be in the market for a new HVAC system in the greater Atlanta area due to the many programs and specials available to help with the cost of replacing an old inefficient system. Dan Jape is the owner of Reliable Heating and Air. You may contact him The tax credit program is still at 770-594-9096 or visit him online at available for homeowners, allowing a $500 bottom line credit off your income taxes. It is called the 25C program and it is available to most taxpayers

without any income limits. You simply have to purchase a high efficiency furnace and air conditioner or heat pump to earn this lucrative credit. There is money available from all the major EMC electric companies to finance a new heating and cooling systems, offering a 36-month, no interest loan making payments very affordable on a new comfort system, saving the homeowner hundreds of dollars in energy bills every year. For the homeowner who needs a longterm payment option, low interest loans are available. The Atlanta Gas Light company has a number of specials that are available to most Atlanta area homeowners who have gas heaters. There are a number of different gas marketers, but they all buy their gas from Atlanta Gas Light Company. A few cities who have their own gas companies, like Austell or Sugar Hill, do not participate in the gas promotions, but the vast majority of Atlanta homeowners can take advantage of these specials. Wonder if you qualify — call our office and we can help you. If you replace a furnace and an air conditioner and use an 80% efficient furnace, you can earn a $200 cash rebate and if you purchase a 90% furnace and an a/c unit, you can earn a $400 cash back rebate. If you currently have a heat pump or a dual fuel system with a gas furnace or a heat pump, you can earn a $1,000 cash rebate; if you replace the gas furnace and air conditioner or if you just replace the gas furnace and have the heat pump rewired to work as an a/c unit. This is a very lucrative program and this money will go a long way in helping with the cost of a new HVAC system replacement.      Trane also has incentives of $200, $400 and $1,000 or interest free financing for 36 months. The requirement is to purchase a high efficiency heating/cooling system and the rebate is an instant rebate given at the time of time of purchase. If you have not had your existing system serviced for the summer, now is the time. If your unit’s coils are not clean or if it is slightly low on refrigerant, it can cost hundreds of dollars in wasted energy bills. A dirty blower wheel and any number of items out of sync can come back to haunt you in higher bills and poor comfort. People who have their routine service performed are assured they are getting their money’s worth when the long hot summer days arrive with a vengeance. 

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Healthy Living

REDUCE YOUR Skin Cancer Risk

By Emily Caldwell Brown Communication Specialist, Northside Hospital

• Check your medications. Some, including acne treatment and birth control, can make your skin extra sensitive to sun exposure. Check with your doctor to see if yours may have such an effect. • Ditch the tanning bed. With or without sunscreen, they can damage your skin, putting you at increased risk for cancer. Continued exposure can bring wrinkles, brown spots, blotchiness and leathery looking skin.

Free Skin Cancer Screenings May is Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month. Northside Hospital will offer participants full or partial body assessments, which will be conducted in private settings by licensed medical staff and physicians. Tuesday, May 17, 2011 6-8 p.m. Northside Hospital-Forsyth Cancer Center 1100 Northside Forsyth Drive, Suite 140, Cumming

Your skin is the largest organ in your body, protecting it from injury and infection. Shielding your skin from sun exposure can reduce your risk of developing skin cancer and potentially save your life. Skin cancer doesn’t just affect sun bathers. Even everyday activities can leave your skin exposed and increase your risk for cancer. Plan ahead and protect yourself, so you can enjoy staying cancer free. • Schedule “sun time” for before 10 a.m. or after 4 p.m., when exposure is less harmful. If outside during peak hours, seek shade or covered areas, instead of direct sun. • Wear sunscreen. Choose an SPF of at least 15, applying at least 20 minutes before going outside. Reapply every two hours, especially if you are sweating or swimming. Wear it on overcast days, too. UV rays can travel through clouds. • Skin cancer can occur in places you don’t expect — the backs of your hands and feet, eyelids, ears, in between your toes and your lips. Be thorough when applying sunscreen. • Accessorize. Wear tightly woven, bright-colored clothing that covers most of the body. Wear a wide-brimmed hat, long-sleeved shirt and long pants. Choose wrap-around sunglasses that absorb at least 100% of UV rays, to help protect your eyes and the surrounding skin.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011 6-8 p.m. Northside Hospital-Atlanta Cancer Center 1000 Johnson Ferry Road, Atlanta Appointments are required. Call 404-845-5555, press “0.” For more information, please visit

Northside Hospital’s Cancer Care Program According to the American Cancer Society, more than two million cases of skin cancer are diagnosed each year. Northside Hospital is committed to providing you information and resources to live cancer-free. From nutrition and prevention to treatment and recovery, Northside provides extensive resources across the cancer continuum. Northside Hospital is among 14 new sites chosen by the National Cancer Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health, to join a national network of community cancer centers (NCCCP) offering expanded research opportunities and state-of-the-art cancer care. Learn more about cancer prevention and care at 33

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by Jeff Kincaid, DMD, MS

Part 3 — There is so much information out there about braces and orthodontics thanks to “Dr. Internet” and, due to the ease in which it can be retrieved it’s often difficult to separate fact from fiction. Even worse, sometimes there is a glimmer Dr. Jeff Kincaid is a specialist in of truth embedded in a lot of nonsense making it even harder orthodontics and owner of Kincaid Orthodontics in Woodstock and to ferret out the truth. Quite Roswell. Visit his Website at often I read or hear a myth cleverly disguised as the truth and realize we must debunk these ideas when possible. It’s just too easy to buy into these notions, especially when you hear something frequently or from a well meaning source. For the last couple of months I have been discussing common myths and misconceptions regarding orthodontic treatment. Most of the discussion has centered around educating the consumer about advances in technology that have enabled us to eliminate some of the perceived issues in wearing braces. Concerns such as pain, frequency of visits, and length of treatment, that were previous truths, are no longer valid concerns today. Feel free to refer to previous issues or contact me personally if you would like information regarding prior articles. This month I want to discuss a couple of misconceptions that were never true in the first place but have been entrenched in orthodontic folklore for decades. In fairness to my profession, I must state that only through long-term, thorough, and well documented research in our industry by dedicate people of science have we been able to continually provide the necessary knowledge to dentists and orthodontists to advance our profession. 1. Once I get my braces off, my teeth will stay straight forever. Getting your teeth straight and bite corrected is just half the battle. Teeth are connected to bone by elastic fibers called periodontal ligaments and, as teeth move, these ligaments are stretched, compressed and rotated. Once the braces are removed, these fibers have the tendency to return to their original position thereby causing relapse. Wearing your retainer is so important because it is your best defense in keeping your teeth straight once your braces are removed. 2. My wisdom teeth are making my teeth crooked. Most people think wisdom teeth cause crowding. I am constantly amazed at how entrenched this notion has continued on page 46 34 AroundAbout North Fulton | may 2011


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in Kids

by Vishant Nath, DMD How can a small child have such stinky breath?? A study from 2003 showed that 23% of kids have bad breath, so don’t feel like you are alone if you are dealing with this in your child! There are several causes for bad breath in kids. There are also options for preventing and treating it when it occurs.

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

The first question to ask is, “Is my child doing an adequate job of brushing and flossing?” Poor dental hygiene can lead to bad breath. Bacteria (which produce the foul odor) feed upon food particles that are left in the teeth. Proper brushing and flossing can eliminate the food particles, thereby eliminating the presence of the bacteria. As parents, we know that we need to help our young toddlers to brush their teeth, but even older children may require some help until they develop the dexterity to brush well. Even if they have the dexterity, they may not understand the importance of brushing well, so they may need some coaching to ensure that their dental hygiene is great. And don’t forget to teach your child to brush the tongue as well! Bad breath can also be a symptom of tooth decay, so be sure to visit your pediatric dentist twice a year to make sure that any tooth decay is diagnosed and treated in a timely manner. Another cause of bad breath is postnasal drip due to allergies. In this case, treating the allergy should help to alleviate the bad breath symptom. Any sort of bacterial infection can cause bad breath. This includes sinusitis and throat infections. Normally there will be other symptoms associated with these conditions. Treating the infection should work to eliminate the bad breath. So, in all of these cases, bacteria is the cause of the bad breath. There have been some studies that have shown that xylitol inhibits the growth of bacteria in the mouth. Many sugarless chewing gums contain xylitol, you can certainly give this a try to combat bad breath. If you feel as though you have tried everything and the bad breath is still an issue, be sure to consult your pediatric dentist and pediatrician for a more thorough analysis, as it can sometimes indicate a more serious underlying condition. Most often though bad breath is not too difficult to deal with. 35

Life At Home


by Richard Becker In my last column, I focused on physical and verbal bullying. I would like to address emotional bullying in this column. I believe that it leaves emotional bruises equal to or surpassing the violence and bruises perpetrated by the physical and verbal form of bullying.


by Michael Consoli

Richard Becker is director of Chrysalis Experiential Academy. He may be contacted at 770-649-7077.

Emotional bullying is designed to upset, alienate, embarrass or exclude a student through a multitude of tactics. It is characterized by passing an unkind note to a student about another student, writing unkind statements on the walls, white boards or desks. It is the act of refusing to allow someone to sit at a lunchroom table or play an informal game at recess. In today’s technological society, I will also need to include cyber bullying through the use of emails, texting, instant messaging, tweeting or comments in chat rooms. Technology has an even greater potential to harm the victim because of the capability of viral spreading of the comments. This act is not only perpetrated by the bully but frequently and equally responsible are the bystanders that do not raise their voices to stop the bullying behavior. There are no excuses for such behavior and the educational community must address the problem head on. Rationalizations frequently include: the bully was once bullied, just wanted to be more popular, it was an impulsive act, jealousy, poor parenting, academic failure, frustration or even feels pleasure by harming others.

Carnival is moving a third ship to Port Canaveral. Carnival Cruise Lines announced a unique and exciting new Fun Ship cruise program from Port Canaveral, Fla. The 2,052-passenger Carnival Ecstasy will operate four- and five-day Bahamas cruises from Michael Consoli is owner of Micore Travel, LLC. You may contact him the space coast beginning at 770-650-7667 or online at www. November 7, 2011. The move further bolsters Carnival’s position as Port Canaveral’s largest cruise operator with three year-round ships carrying approximately 600,000 guests annually. “In addition to offering a convenient departure point for millions of consumers in the southeastern U.S.; along with attractive port facilities and excellent flight options into nearby Orlando; Port Canaveral is an extremely popular homeport and we’re excited to provide our guests with some fantastic new cruise choices from Central Florida,” said Gerry Cahill, Carnival president and CEO. On the Carnival Ecstasy’s new schedule, two different four-day itineraries will be offered, along with two different five-day itineraries. Carnival Ecstasy will depart Thursdays on four-day long weekend cruises visiting Nassau and Half Moon Cay or Freeport. Five-day cruises will depart Mondays and Saturdays and call at Nassau, Freeport and Half Moon Cay or Key West.

After my last column, many parents shared with me that they had always been guided to encourage their son or daughter to ignore the bullying behavior. I am not a psychiatrist or a psychologist. I am an educator with over 47 years experience and I believe that it is important to train our children not to tolerate bullying or other abusive behavior. I believe that this is a basic step toward self advocacy. Students should always report bullying or other abuse to their parents. The parents should determine the appropriate course of action for reporting the behavior to the school based on their knowledge of the faculty and administration.

With Carnival Ecstasy’s new four- and five-day schedule, combined with year-round three- and four-day Bahamas cruises aboard Carnival Sensation; and seven-day eastern and western Caribbean voyages on Carnival Dream; the line will offer an unprecedented array of cruise lengths and itineraries from Port Canaveral.

Parent should encourage their son or daughter to report the

Now with a ship sailing from Charleston, another sailing from Jacksonville, and three ships sailing from Port Canaveral, a fun-filled Carnival Cruise is just a short drive from Atlanta.

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Prior to repositioning to Port Canaveral, the Carnival Ecstasy will continue to operate from Galveston, Texas through September 8, 2011 and then from New Orleans, September 22 through November 5, 2011, as previously scheduled.

Leadership North Fulton (LNF) is currently accepting applications for its 2012 cohort. The program is sponsored through the Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce. Open to those who aspire to have a positive impact in the North Fulton community, Leadership North Fulton strives to identify leaders and further develop them through exposure to community services, civic issues, economic development, and networking. The Leadership North Fulton represents people from all six cities that make up North Fulton, including Roswell, Johns Creek, Alpharetta, Mountain Park, Milton and Sandy Springs. This program gives members access to happenings all across the North Fulton footprint.  The program has been in existence since the early 80’s and its alumni include elected officials, educators, private business owners, non-profit groups and North Fulton employees and leaders. LNF is an 8 month program, typically beginning in September with an opening retreat and ending in May with a closing retreat, followed by graduation. Classes meet once a month and include exposure to a variety of government, healthcare, and social services needs, issues and entities. The program includes a Regional Business Coalition Day in which various leadership programs join forces (Leadership Sandy Springs, Leadership North Fulton). Classes also include a host of accomplished community leaders as guest speakers, and leadership development focused curriculum designed by leadership expert, Dr. Beverly Y. Langford. The 2011 members vary in occupations and represent industries that include entrepreneurs, attorneys, educators, engineers, and more. Twenty-two participants make up the 2011 class. Despite their diverse backgrounds and professional

experiences, they share a common desire to serve the North Fulton community while honing their leadership skills. Leadership 2011 has assisted several agencies by selecting an organization monthly to donate items based on their specified needs. Organizations and donations include professional women’s attire to Every Woman Works, prom dresses for Foster Care Support and breakfast items for the North Fulton Community Charities. Members of the 2011 class are in their final phases of completing small group projects that were created in partnership with North Fulton based nonprofit organizations. Some of the projects include partnering with the AlphaPAL (Alpharetta Police Athletic League) to develop Peddalin’ PALs, a bike riding program with law officials (to be added to their platform of community services), a fund raising community evening event in partnership with Every Woman Works, which involved creating and organizing two very successful fashion events, along with the opportunity to purchase gently and new donated upscale women’s clothing in an effort to support the creation of a sustained clothing boutique. Another group is spearheading the development of the marketing for Childhood Development Association of Roswell. As 2011 Leadership North Fulton comes to a close, the program has boasted enriching experiences and learning opportunities for its members. It has created sound professional associations through networking and leadership skill-building. It has provided a critical bridge for members to community related issues and organizations, while offering top notch leadership development. To learn more about Leadership North Fulton, or to complete the nomination form for the 2012 class visit 37

Family and Faith

NEEDED Or INCLUDED? by Laurie Troublefield I’m a pretty consistent participant in the Facebook community. I admit it — I like it. I find it fun, a way to keep up and connect with people in a quick and simple fashion, a way to see what others are thinking and doing in the world, and just plain intriguing to see how weird some people really are. I’ve become one of “those!”



by Colin Morris

Laurie Troublefield is the director of training with Grace Connections. You may contact her at

One thing I don’t particularly like about Facebook is the advertisements that pop up along the side of my profile page. For the most part, I just ignore them and they don’t induce me to peruse whatever they might be selling or promoting. But lately, one particular ad has caught my attention more than once, and it has been quite disturbing. Its title is, “Heal People with Christ.” And underneath the title is a picture of an obviously strung out addict who needs MY help! Seriously? One of the most common perceptions (in my opinion, deceptions) I come across in my work with churches and ministry organizations around the world is the idea that God needs us. . . that somehow if I don’t, then He can’t. It’s quite prolific and sometimes even cultic in the way it’s presented to believers; in some circles, even to the point of claiming, “Their souls are your responsibility.” That’s a pretty heavy burden to carry, not to mention saying a lot about their concept of God. This advertisement is from a Christian counseling degree program and offers those who have their Christian life together to become a professional at healing those who don’t. Now I assume that if I had a conversation with the Dean of the college, most likely they would say, “That’s not what we meant.” The problem is, they didn’t think through their advertising campaign very well, at least not enough to anticipate what those who really need help might feel about their mode of recruitment, nor what it might communicate to those who would consider becoming a “healer.” It’s condemnation to the first and a set-up for failure for the latter. Acts 17:24-25 tells us, “The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands. And He is not served by human hands, as if He needed anything. Rather, He Himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else.” God is complete within Himself and not reliant upon anyone to accomplish His will. The continued on page 46 38 AroundAbout North Fulton | may 2011

May has become one of my favorite months. Before my kids were in school, I enjoyed May for its nice days, not too hot. We could go to the park or even start to swim at the pool. Now Colin Morris is a freelance writer who resides in that all three of my Woodstock with her husband and three children. children are in school, May’s pace has picked up considerably. Every activity has a recital or a program or an end of the year gathering. We juggle spring football with family birthday parties and exams. I am learning that May, with its many endings, feels satisfying. We committed to this or that for a season, and now we are finished. We fulfilled our commitment, and now we wipe the slate clean in anticipation of something else. I am a list-person, and May is one big checking-off for this year’s activities. First grade? Check. Tumbling? Check. Carpool? Check. My mom and kid suggestion for this month is take a moment to reflect on your year. All three of my kids have been taught first grade by the same phenomenal teacher at Woodstock Elementary: Mrs. Jane Hancock. She hosts a cookout for her class at the end of every school year. Her husband cooks hot dogs at J.J. Biello Park, and all the parents and kids bring food to share. We get a chance to talk back and forth about the year, and remember how far our kids have come. Many years and in various grades, teachers will have slide shows or give back journals that my kids have been writing in all year. Those are valuable opportunities to help my kids see their own progress. They don’t feel any different now than they did nine months ago on the first day of class, but they certainly are. With sports, too, there is a chance to talk about lessons learned, and skills acquired. Performances and recitals and tournament games allow us to acknowledge our children’s growth. Some school years are more difficult than others. I remember at the end of a particularly challenging year, I was talking with one of my kids. All year long we had labored together in this subject. The teacher was tough, and my child sometimes felt discouraged. But at the end of the year, we looked back together, and suddenly, there was a willingness on his part to continued on page 46

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jeer. As the aging ball player neared the dugout, a young boy jumped over the rail and ran onto the field, throwing his arms around the knees of this big man who was his hero. Ruth looked down at the boy, lifted him up, and gave him a big hug. He knelt down on the ground, tousled the boy’s hair, took his hand, and the two of them walked off the field together.

by Ron Bradley With the return of Spring Major League Baseball I am reminded of a story about baseball legend Babe Ruth. When he reached the advanced baseball age of forty, Ruth became an “old” person, so the New York Yankees traded Dr. Ron Bradley is the pastor at First him to the Boston Braves. In Baptist Church Roswell. You may one of his last games, a huge contact him at 770-587-6980 or crowd in Cincinnati turned out to see “The Babe” play even in his declining years. He played poorly, dropping two fly balls, making two throwing errors, and allowing the Reds to score 5 unearned runs. When the game finally ended, Ruth walked toward the dugout with his head down. The big crowd of fans, who earlier had cheered him, now began to boo and

A deafening silence settled over the whole stadium as the people witnessed the affection of a small boy for a man in his moment of defeat, humiliation and despair. All of the cruel criticism and harsh thoughtlessness they had expressed a few minutes ago began to melt. A little child had taught them how to love. There’s enough power in love to dispel all the cruelty and thoughtlessness of life. That is why Jesus taught us and showed us how to love one another. It restores to us the joy of living.

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North Fulton Directory Listings Faith & Worship

Clear Springs Baptist Church 11575 Jones Bridge Road, 770-475-9223

Lebanon Baptist Church 11250 Crabapple Road, 770-993-3635

St. Peter’s Place Anglican Church 200 Holcomb Woods Pkwy., Suite 27 678-352-1224,

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

New Haven Baptist Church 2925 Holcomb Bridge Road, 770-993-1691


County Line Baptist 430 Strickland Road, 770-475-9429

North River Baptist Church 12090 Hardscrabble Road, 770-992-7777

Crabapple First Baptist 12760 Birmingham Highway, 770-475-6111

Northside Baptist Church 11125 Houze Road, 770-993-5207

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

Philadelphia Baptist Church 3550 Spruill Circle, 770-664-6915

Crosspointe Community Church SBC 77 E. Crossville Road, Suite 100 770-640-9959,

Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church 725 Pleasant Hill Street, 770-993-2707


Armenian Church of Atlanta 9820 Coleman Road, Roswell, 770-641-9267

Assembly of God Roswell Assembly of God 11440 Crabapple Road, 770-993-6586

Baha’i Faith Baha’i Faith of Alpharetta 10690 Jones Bridge Road, 770-442-1332 Baha’i Faith of Roswell 1-800-22-UNITE

Baptist Atlanta Street Baptist Church 340 S. Atlanta Street, 770-993-9451 Bethany Baptist Church 2065 Bethany Road, 770-475-6748 Boiling Springs Primitive Baptist church 1200 Birmingham Road, 404-444-6490 Bridgeway Church 4755 Kimball Bridge Road, 770-751-1972

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First Baptist Church of Alpharetta 44 Academy Street, 770-475-6556 First Baptist Church of Roswell 710 Mimosa Blvd., 770-587-6980 First Romanian Baptist 5505 Winters Chapel Road, 770-992-4274 Gethsemane Garden Missionary Baptist Church 398 Hardscrabble Road, 770-993-8232

Providence Baptist Church 20075 Providence Road, 770-475-3627 Union Hill Baptist Church McGinnis Ferry Road, 770-475-5077 Union Primitive Baptist Church 335 Cox Road, 770-993-0862 Vision Baptist Church 1125 Alpha Drive, 770-456-5881

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

Willeo Baptist Church SBC 990 Willeo Road, 770-993-5189

Johns Creek Baptist Church 7500 McGinnis Ferry Road, 770-623-8203

Zion Missionary Baptist Church 888 Zion Circle, 770-993-8587

FAITH & WORSHIP Catholic Epiphany Byzantine Catholic Church 2030 Old Alabama Road, 770-993-0973 Saint Brigid Catholic Church 3400 Old Alabama Road, 678-393-0060 St. Andrew’s Catholic Church 675 Riverside Road, 770-641-9720 St. Peter Chanel Catholic Church 11330 Woodstock Road, 678-277-9424 St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church 535 Rucker Road, 770-475-4501

Charismatic Christian Center Church 1850 Woodstock Road, 770-993-2038 World Harvest Church 320 Hardscrabble Road, 770-643-9223

CHRISTIAN DISCIPLES OF CHRIST Community of Christ 3315 Francis Road, 770-521-1112

Restoration Church of God 410 Rucker Road, 770-751-9697

Congregation Gesher L Torah 4320 Kimball Bridge Road, 770-777-4009

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

Temple Beth Tikvah 9955 Coleman Road, 770-642-0434

Cumorah (Spanish) Branch 500 Norcross Street, 770-640-0531 Roswell/Alpharetta First Ward 500 Norcross Street, 770-640-7357 Webb Bridge Ward 510 Brannon Rd., Cumming, 678-455-5292

Temple Kehillat Chaim-Reform 1145 Green Street, 770-641-8630

Jewish — Messianic

Community Churches

Congregation Beth Hallel 950 Pine Grove Road, 770-641-3000

Abundant Life Community Church 625-A Sims Industrial Boulevard 678-319-9700,

Light of Messiah Ministries 990 Holcomb Bridge Road, Ste. 4 770-642-4706,

Bridge To Grace 2385 Holcomb Bridge Road, 770-587-2460 www.


Roswell Community Church 700 Grimes Bridge Road Meets at The Cottage School 678-677-4840,

Eastern Orthodox St. Mary Coptic Orthodox Church 11450 Houze Road, 770-642-9727


Christ the Shepherd Lutheran Church 4655 Webb Bridge Road, 770-475-0640 Cross of Life Lutheran Church ELCA Roswell 1000 Hembree Road, 770-475-9159 Lord of Life Lutheran Church ELCA 5390 McGinnis Ferry Road, 770-740-1279 www.

First Christian Church of Roswell 11365 Crabapple Road, 770-993-4617

St. Aidans Episcopal Church 13560 Cogburn Road, 770-521-0207

Messiah Lutheran Church - WELS 4765 Kimball Bridge Road, 770-751-9357 www.

Christian and Missionary Alliance

St. David’s Episcopal Church 1015 Old Roswell Road, 770-993-6084

Roswell Alliance Church 1100 Allenbrook Lane, 770-643-0180


Prince of Peace Lutheran Church ELCA 10250 Haynes Bridge Road, 770-475-4250 Poplc.

Christian Science

Calvary Chapel 200 James Road, 770-442-8167

The River Church 501 S. Main Street, Suite 101, 678-860-0971 www.


Metaphysical Christian

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

Inner Quest 12830 New Providence Road, 770-521-2875 www.

First Church of Christ, Scientist 10920 Houze Road, 770-998-9977

Church of Christ Church of Christ — Northside 10920 Woodstock Road, 770-993-3512 Church of Christ — Roswell 11670 King Road, 770-992-2097

Church of God Alpharetta Church of God 1460 Mid Broadwell Road, 770-475-5788

Jehovah’s Witnesses Crabapple Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses 910 Mayfield Road, 678-339-0349 Jehovah’s Witnesses 9400 Brumbelow Road, 770-594-9400

Jewish Chabad of Alpharetta Jewish Center 10180 Jones Bridge Road, 770-410-9000

Methodist Alpharetta First United Methodist Church 69 North Main Street, 770-475-5576 Birmingham United Methodist 15560 Birmingham Highway, 770-475-3591 www. Christ United Methodist Church 1340 Woodstock Road, 770-993-3945 41

Organizations Ebenezer United Methodist Church 12900 Hwy. 140 N, 770-640-7287

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

Midway United Methodist Church 5025 Highway 9 N, 770-475-5230

Reformed Church in America

Northbrook United Methodist Church 11225 Crabapple Road, 770-998-2000 Roswell United Methodist 814 Mimosa Blvd., 770-993-6218 St. James United Methodist 3000 Webb Bridge Road, 678-762-1543

Non-Denominational Fellowship Bible Church 480 W. Crossville Road, 770-992-4956 Iglesia Cristiana Ministerios Rhema 1041 Cambridge Square, Suite D 770-346-8641, Keepin’ It Real Lighthouse, Inc. 61 Old Canton Street, 770-360-5601 The Lighthouse Church 18271 Union Hill Road, 770-664-3644 Spirit of God Christian Church 11940 Alpharetta Highway, 770-777-6889 www. Stonecreek Church 13540 Highway 9 North, 770-754-7900 North Point Community Church 4350 Northpoint Parkway, 770-290-5600 www. Vision of Faith International 105 Nobel Court,

Presbyterian (PCA) Grace North Atlanta Alpharetta Community Center 175 Roswell Street, 770-331-1010

Presbyterian (USA) Alpharetta Presbyterian 180 Academy Street, 770-751-0033 Canaan Korean Presbyterian Church 11320 West Road, 770-552-5505 Northminster Presbyterian 2400 Old Alabama Road, 770-998-1482

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Bridge To Grace 2385 Holcomb Bridge Road, 770-587-2460 www.

Swedenborgian Morning Star Chapel 2780 Bethany Bend, 678-319-0041

Unitarian Universalist UU Metro Atlanta North 11420 Crabapple Road, 770-992-3949

Organizations Business Organizations BNI-Alpharetta Accelerators Chapter Meeting: Tuesdays at 11:30 a.m. Contact: Jim Somers, 770-753-2032 Website: International Association of Administrative Professionals Meeting: 2nd Tuesday at 6 p.m. Contact: Deborah Padgett, 678-982-2314 Job Networking Group Meeting: 2nd and 4th Mondays at 5:55 p.m. Contact: 770-642-7943 Website: National Association of Women Business Owners Meeting: 2nd Tuesday at 7:30 3rd Thursday at 11 a.m. Contact: 678-539-8090 Website: The North Fulton Bar Association Meeting: 4th Thursday at 6:30 p.m. September-May Contact: Charles Gabriel, 678-735-5900 Website: North Fulton Connects Meeting: 2nd and 4th Tuesdays at 11:30 a.m. Contact: Ben Staten, 404-323-0049 North metro women’s connection Meeting: 2nd Wednesday Contact: Rosan Hall, 770-335-6013 Northside Business Network Group Meeting: Wednesday breakfast at 7 a.m. Contact: Diane Williford, 770-594-2200

Powercore Meeting: Once a week, Tues-Fri Contact: Jeremy Faulkner, 404-816-3377 Website:

Charitable Organizations Alpharetta Clean and Beautiful Contact: 678-297-6200 Basset Hound Rescue of Georgia Contact: 770-499-1164 Child Development Association Contact: 770-992-4339 Website: Children’s Restoration Network Contact: 770-649-7117 Companion Animal Connection Contact: 678-493-9847 Website: Family Haven Contact: 770-889-6384 Foster Care Support Foundation Contact: Rachel Ewald, 770-641-9591 Sharon Franklin, 404-729-3374 E-mail: Website: Friends of the Alpharetta Library Contact: 770-740-2425 E-mail: Foundation for Ensuring access and equity Contact: Mychal Wynn, 678-395-5825 Website: Hospice Advantage Contact: 770-218-1997 Homestretch Contact: 770-642- 9185 Humane Society of Forsyth County No-Kill Shelter Contact: 770-887-6480 E-mail: Website: Humanists of Georgia Meeting: 3rd Sunday at 12:30 p.m. Contact: 770-662-6274 Website: http://humanistsofga. Keep Roswell Beautiful Contact: 770-641-3715 Website: Middle East Bible Outreach Contact: 678-339-0296 Website: www.middleeastbible

Organizations Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta Meeting times depend on availability of troops Contact: Lisa Martin, 770-702-9120 Website:

The Veterans Alliance Honor Guard Meeting: 1st Thursday at 6 p.m. Contact: Wayne Cantrell, 678-773-8346 Website: www.veteransalliance

North Fulton Senior Services Contact: 770-993-1906 Website:

Junior League of Gwinnett and North Fulton Counties, Inc. Meeting: 2nd Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. Contact: Crystal D Weitzel, 770-476-3090 Website:

VFW Post 12002 Meeting: 2nd Thursday at 7 p.m. Website:


Southeast Pug Rescue & Adoption, Inc. Contact: 770-887-9741 Website:

Kiwanis Club of Historic Roswell Meeting: Every Thursday at noon Contact: David, 770-356-5211 Website:

Chattahoochee Republican Women’s Club Meeting: 4th Thursday Contact: Marjean Birt,

United Way of Atlanta Contact: 404-614-1000

Latin American Association Contact: 404-638-1800 Website:

Forsyth County Young Republicans Group Meeting: Monthly Contact: Josh Jones, 678-207-6723 Website:

Next Century Youth Contact: Mary Brooks Green, 770-335-7317 Website: North Fulton Community Charities Contact: 770-640-0399 Website:

Civic Organizations Alpharetta American Legion, Auxiliary Unit 201 Meeting: 1st and 3rd Tuesdays at 7 p.m. Contact: 770-475-9023 Alpharetta Library Book Sale Meeting: 1st Sat. of each month, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Contact: 770-740-2425 Alpharetta Junior Women’s Club Meeting: 1st Tuesday Contact: Debora, 678-218-5732 Website: Alpharetta Optimist Club Meeting: Bi-monthly, Wednesdays, 7:45 a.m. Contact: Greg Cabrera, 770-752-8122 Alpharetta Lions Club Meeting: 4th Thursday Contact: Garner Andrews, 770-475-9344 Alpharetta Roswell Newcomers Club Contact: Barb Hill, 678-318-1442 American Association of University Women North Fulton Branch Meeting: 2nd Saturday at 10 a.m. Contact: Website: www.aauwnorthfultonga. Children of the American Revolution — Martha Stewart Bulloch Society Meeting: 3rd Sunday during Aug-May Contact: Robbin, 678-461-9550 Website: Daughters of the American Revolution Martha Stewart Bulloch Chapter Meeting: 2nd Monday at 10 a.m. Contact: Marguerite, 770-521-1142

North Fulton Jaycees Meeting: 2nd and 4th Mondays at 7:30 p.m. Contact: Adam Boze, 404-259-1356 North Fulton Optimist Club Meeting: 2nd Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. Contact: Glenn Rudh, 404-375-7033 RH Bassett American Legion, Post 319 Meeting: 1st Thursday at 7 p.m. Contact: 770-992-7744 Roswell Junior Woman’s Club Meeting: 2nd Tuesday at 7 p.m. in Sept-May Contact: Teffany Dowdy, 770-649-9483 Website: Roswell Lions Club Meeting: 3rd Monday at 7 p.m. Contact: Jerry Bramblett, 770-642-1653 Website: Roswell Optimists Meeting: Weekly at 7:15 a.m. Contact: Mike Bagnulo, 770-993-5440 Roswell Rotary Club Meeting: Thursdays at 12:15 p.m. Contact: 678-318-3647 Website: Rotary Club of North Fulton Meeting: Tuesdays at noon Contact: Joyce Abernathy, 770-475-0656 Website: Sons of Confederate Veterans — Roswell Mills Camp #1547 Meeting: 1st Thursday, 6:30 p.m. Contact: Ross Glover, 770-396-5034 Sons of the American Revolution — Piedmont Chapter Meeting: 3rd Saturday at 8 a.m. Contact: Bob Sapp, 770-971-0189

North Fulton Democrats Meeting: 2nd Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. Contact: Anne, 404-303-9142, ext. 2 North Fulton Republican Women’s Club Meeting: 1st Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. however, off during the summer Contact: Suzi Voyles, 404-851-9704

Recreation & Hobbies Alpharetta Adult Activity Center Book Club Meeting: 4th Thursday at 10:30 a.m. Contact: Lewis Lay, 678-297-6142 Alpharetta arts guild Meeting: 1st Tuesday at 7 p.m. Contact: Danita Grant, 678-994-5630 Website: Alpharetta Bridge Club Meeting: See online schedule Contact: Nancy Hetsko, 678-361-5198 Website: Alpharetta Camera Club Meeting: Call for information Contact: Lewis Lay, 678-297-6142 Alpharetta City Band Meeting: Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. Contact: Don Nahser, 770-475-9684 Alpharetta Golden Age Book Club Meeting: 3rd Tuesday at 10 a.m. Contact: Lewis Lay, 678-297-6142 Alpharetta/Roswell Newcomers Club Meeting: 3rd Wednesday­—time varies Contact: 678-318-1442 Website: Alpharetta Singles movie club Meeting: 1st and 3rd Satuday at 2 p.m. Contact: 770-662-0916 43

Organizations Alpharetta Walkie Talkies Meeting: Call for information Contact: Lewis Lay, 678-267-6142 AlphaFretters Dulcimer Group Meeting: Call for details Contact: Dell Makuch, 770-667-0620 Atlanta Stamp Collectors Meeting: 1st and 3rd Tuesdays at 7 p.m. Contact: John Coles, 770-962-5888 Website: Chattahoochee Celtic Pipes & Drums Meeting: Thursdays Contact: Rory Howe, 770-926-6898 or Dudes ‘n Darlins Square Dance Club of Alpharetta Meeting: 2nd and 4th Fridays at 8 p.m. Contact: 770-751-7210, 770-361-1237 Website: Georgia Regional Girls Choir Meeting: Thursday afternoons Contact: 770-722-3656 Website: The Ludwig Symphony Orchestra Contact: 770-623-8623 Milton Garden Club Meeting: 4th Tuesday, call or email for times Contact: Faye Troka, 770-781-4634, Website: North Fulton Amateur Radio League Meeting: 3rd Tuesday of the month Contact: Jim Stafford, W4Q0, 770-993-9500 Newtown Recreation Contact: 678-297-2662 Roswell Fine Arts Alliance Meeting: 3rd Tuesday, call for times Contact: Nancy Fairchild, 770-640-8936 Roswell Garden Club Meeting: 4th Tuesday at 10 a.m. Contact: 770-518-7021 Roswell Harmony Brigade Meeting: Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. Contact: Dick Lord, 770-317-9571 Roswell Photographic Society Meeting: Check Website Contact: 770-594-6122 Website: Sawnee Art Association Meeting: 4th Monday at 6:30 p.m. Website: Songs of Atlanta Chorus Meeting: Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. Contact: 770-977-4031

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Southern Winds Concert Band Meeting: Thursdays at 2:00 p.m. Contact: George Cekis, 404-295-5093 Stars Soccer Club — Men’s League Meeting: Mondays and Wednesdays at 7 p.m. Contact: 678-366-9008 Website: STAR­—Singles Together at Roswell Meeting: Thursdays at 6 p.m. Contact: 770-993-2012 Website: Writers Network Meeting: Call for information Contact: Bobby Christmas, 770-924-0528

Support Organizations Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting: Wednesday at 7 p.m.—men Thursday at 8 p.m.—mixed Contact: Barbara G, 770-650-8482 Anorexia Nervousa and Associated Eating Disorders — ANA Meeting: Thursdays at 7 p.m. Contact: Kim, 404-307-5442 Atlanta Harm Reduction Center Contact: 404-817-9994 Website:

Infertility Support Meeting: 2nd Monday at 7 p.m. Contact: Patty Hampton, 770-261-1767 Lupus Support Meeting: 2nd Sunday at 2 p.m. Contact: Patty Hampton, 770-261-1767 MOMS Club of Roswell — East Meeting: Monthly, plus weekly activities and playgroups Contact: MOMS Club of Roswell — South Meeting: Monthly, plus weekly activities and playgroups Contact: Libby Field, 770-772-6478 NA Meeting: Sundays, Tuesdays, and Fridays at 7 p.m. Contact: Lee H, 678-576-4838 National Alliance on Mental Illness — NAMI Meeting: 1st Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. Contact: Jerry Bishop, 678-446-5080

Bereavement Support Group Meeting: Mondays at 6 p.m. Contact: Patty Hampton, 770-261-1767

Overeaters Anonymous Meeting: Saturdays at 9 a.m. Thursdays at 7 p.m. Meeting: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 10 a.m. Contact: Cindy, 404-394-9333 Bill, 770-992-6481

Brain Injury and Stroke Group Meeting: 3rd Tuesday at 6:45 p.m. Contact: 770-751-2650

Parkinson’s Support Group Meeting: 2nd Sunday at 4 p.m. Contact: Patty, 770-261-1767

Care partner support group Meeting: 1st Thursday at 3:30 p.m. Contact: Dawn Reed, 678-777-7241

SA Meeting: Mondays and Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. Contact: Dixie, 770-993-7253

Diabetes Support Group Meeting: 3rd Monday at 7:30 p.m. Contact: Joe Mengoni, 770-889-7577 Divorce Recovery Seminar Meeting: Ten-week course, 7 p.m. Contact: Patty Hampton, 770-261-1767 DreamPower Therapeutic Equestrian Center Contact: 678-456-8082 Website: EA Meeting: Tuesdays and Fridays at 7 p.m. Contact: Suzanne, 404-307-1735 Foster Care Support Group Meeting: 2nd Wednesday at 10 a.m. during Sept-Nov and Jan-May Contact: Patty Hampton, 770-261-1767

S-Anon Meeting: Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. Contact: Evelyn, 770-993-7253 Women’s AA — Sober Sisters Meeting: Monday through Friday at 10 a.m. Contact: Barbara G, 770-650-8482


Local Officials United States Government President Barack Obama (D) 202-456-1414 fax: 202-456-2461 Senator Saxby Chambliss (R) 202-224-3521 fax: 202-224-0103 Senator Johnny Isakson (R) 202-224-3643 fax: 770-661-0768 GA: 770-661-0999 Rep. Tom Price (R), District 6 202-225-4501 fax: 770-565-7570 GA: 770-565-4990 Rep. John Linder (R), District 7 202-225-4272 fax: 770-479-2999 GA: 770-479-1888 REp. TOM GRAVES (R), District 9 202-225-5211 fax: 202-225-8272 GA: 770-535-2592

State Government Governor Nathan Deal, R 404-656-1776 fax: 404-657-7332 203 State Capitol, Atlanta, Georgia 30334 Sen. David shafer (R), District 48 404-656-0048 fax: 404-651-6768 Sen. John ALbers (R), District 56 678-667-3656 rep. Jan Jones (R), District 46 404-656-5024 rep. Chuck Martin (R), District 47 404-463-2247 fax: 404-463-2249 rep. Harry Geisinger (R), District 48 770-993-4264 fax: 770-594-1510 rep. wendell willard (R), District 49 770-481-7100 fax: 770-481-7111 rep. Mark Burkhalter (R), District 50 770-418-9098 fax: 770-418-9669 rep. tom rice (R), District 51 404-656-5912

Courts Superior Court Chief Judge Doris L. Downs

Sheriff’s Office 404-730-4991

State Court Chief Judge A.L. Thompson 404-613-4497 Magistrate Court Chief Judge Stephanie Davis 404-613-4433

Sheriff Theodore “Ted” Jackson 404-612-5100 185 Central Avenue SW, Atlanta, GA 30303

Tax Commissioner Arthur E. Ferdinand 404-730-4000 141 Pryor Street, Atlanta, GA 30303

Board of Education

Probate Court Judge Pinkie T. Toomer


Juvenile Court Chief Judge Sanford Jones

Linda Schultz, District 1


Clerk of Courts Cathelene Robinson

Katie Reeves, District 2


Ashley widener, District 5

Board of Commissioners 678-493-6000 fax: 678-493-6013 141 Pryor St. S.W., Atlanta, GA 30303

Julia Bernath, District 7

City of Alpharetta

John H. eaves, District 1 404-612-8206

Mayor Arthur Letchas 678-597-6020

Robb Pitts, District 2 404-612-8210

City of milton

Liz Hausmann, District 3 404-612-8213 Tom Lowe, District 4 404-612-8218 Emma I. Darnell, District 5 404-612-8222 Joan P. Garner, District 6 4404-612-8226 William Edwards, District 7 404-612-8230 william.

School System Superintendent Cindy Loe 404-768-3600 786 Cleveland Avenue SW, Atlanta, GA 30315

Mayor Joe Lockwood 678-242-2487

City of roswell Mayor Jere Wood 770-594-6288


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Medical Examiner Chief Examiner Randy Hanzlick, MD 404-730-4400 fax: 404-730-4405 430 Pryor Street SW, Atlanta, GA 30312 45

Myths About Braces

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become. As much as I try to dispel this misconception, much of the time I am met with skepticism and disbelief. If this were true, then one must assume that teeth would not move after wisdom teeth were extracted. In fact, people who never had wisdom teeth still see their teeth move over time. This is a topic that will warrant an entire column in the future, but for now, be aware and refer to #1 above. Teeth just tend to move over time regardless of whether you have wisdom teeth or not.

Needed or Included?

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miraculous reality is that He includes us in what He’s about, sometimes giving us the privilege of being the conduit of His Life to another, but we are NEVER the source. What does this little nugget of Truth do for us? Well, for me, it frees me to not have to learn how to heal, serve, preach, evangelize, cast out demons, or anything else. I simply get to breathe and when Jesus is about something and wants to include me, I’m not needed or responsible; I am however moved to worship, in awe that I am included in His divine desire. Now that’s something to advertise.

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Mom & Kids

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see how much he had learned. I think if we had not processed it together, he would have just felt negative. Instead, we were able to pull out the good and remember the positive too. Take some time this month to ask your kids: “What was your favorite part about this year?” “What would you have done differently?” and “What did you learn?” You might be surprised at what you will hear.

Emotional Bullying

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incident to the appropriate school personnel with what ever back up and support is necessary from the parent. This is part of transitioning from a parent reporting behavior to the student self advocating and reporting for themselves offenses. Educating all students about bullying can help to assure that there will be no more willing bystanders; therefore, participants that support the physical, verbal or emotional bullying will not be present to encourage a bully’s behavior. 47

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