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

2012 Holiday Guide

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NOVember 2012

Holiday Hope

Lending a hand to your community this holiday season

Title Boxing Club One of the fastest-growing fitness clubs hits Atlanta

Johns Creek Mayor’s Ball Mayor Michael Bodker honors local volunteers

RHS Football Roswell Hornets take on the Etowah Eagles

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Celebrations cALENDAR cONTEST CORNER Sections map Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce Local Officials religious services clubs & Organizations Advertiser index


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36 My johns creek 37 Community news 38 Library 40 School Information 42 School news


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contributors Photographers Jack Tuszynski, Wendell Webb Writers John Albers, Ronald Bradley, Michael Buckner, Michael Consoli, Dr. Edward J. Furey, Dr. Brett Gluck, Laura Green, Dr. Jeff Kincaid, Dr. Vishant Nath, Jill Pollard, Debra Robinson, Foster Smith, Suzanne Taylor, Marcia Westchester

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Publisher’s note What I’m Thankful For… This time of year, many of us take time away from our busy schedules to ponder or reflect on what — or who — we are thankful for. For me, as probably for many of you, it doesn’t take long; all I have to do is look around. Every day, most of us are fortunate to be surrounded by people we care about and who care about us. I look at my family — my beautiful wife and two beautiful daughters, who get their inside/outside beauty from no one else but their mother, aka “Momma” (oh my gosh). I thank God every day for them, but around Thanksgiving I think we all take thankfulness to new levels. I also look at the people I work with and think about how thankful I am that they bring Co-owners Michelle and Brian Meek their talents to our business. I look at the magazines we produce, what it takes to bring them together and all the details that are gathered and then organized into such dynamic resources for our communities, and consider how thankful I am for Janet, Candice, Tiffany, Michelle, Rhonda and Michelle. I recently made myself available to go on a mission trip at the encouragement of my wife. People told me, “Oh, you’re going to be such a blessing to those people…” and “You’re the one who’s going to be blessed!” While I understood what they meant and appreciated the encouragement, I went into it with a totally different mindset…I just didn’t feel it like they said I would. What I did feel was the overwhelming conviction of just being available and thankful for the opportunity. I was less concerned with the blessing and more concerned with just being available. This is hard to describe and may even strike an offensive cord with some of you, but I can’t apologize for my beliefs and feelings that sometimes we need to be thankful for what God has blessed us with and just be obedient by making ourselves available for His use. But, you have to step back from your day-to-day to see how that can work. This past year has been trying on many levels, but it has been awesome on so many more. Through it all, I know I have my family, this great business and the people we work with, and my friends — who I am so thankful for. And, I have God directing my life, or at least to the extent when I remember to make myself available (thank goodness for grace!). Let go and let God? I think that works for me. I hope that during this time of Thanksgiving you will take the time to reflect, ponder and even tell those around you how thankful you are for your blessings, whoever they might be. Be thankful, Brian Meek, Publisher (770) 720-7497, bmeek@footprintspublishing.com



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Things to do in North Fulton

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November 10



Time: 7 p.m. Location: Barrington Hall 535 Barrington Drive, Roswell Information: Presented by Barrington Hall staff horticulturist Janet Rigsby. (770) 640-3855, www.barringtonhall-roswell.com

Time: 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Location: Gwinnett County Fairgrounds Information: The Junior League of Gwinnett & North Fulton’s (JLGNF) inaugural Attic Sale will benefit community programs in North Fulton, Gwinnett and Forsyth counties. The event will feature previously owned/gently used high-end baby and children’s items; toys; jewelry; clothing; household items; electronics; furniture; décor items; and more. JLGNF Cookbooks also will be available for purchase, and shoppers can taste-test several recipes from the cookbook. Admission is free, but shoppers can purchase tickets to a special Preview Party 6-9 p.m. on November 9. (770) 990-2206, www.jlgnf.org

November 7–18 ‘A TAFFETA CHRISTMAS’ Location: Roswell Cultural Arts Center 950 Forrest St., Roswell Information: Georgia Ensemble Theatre presents “A Taffeta Christmas” musical featuring holiday classics, pop standards and newly discovered rock ‘n’ roll holiday songs that will have audiences singing along. Call for times and tickets. (770) 641-1260, www.get.org


Time: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Location: Lindamood-Bell Learning Center 10700 Medlock Bridge Road, Suite 101, Johns Creek Information: The Lindamood-Bell® family would like to invite you to join us in a “ThankA-Thon” by creating notes of thanks to send to our troops overseas. We will provide the supplies and refreshments; you provide the loving thoughts and creativity. (770) 476-7066, johnscreek.center@lindamoodbell.com

Time: 9 a.m. Location: Forsyth Conference Center Lanier Technical College 2990 Landrum Education Drive, Oakwood Information: A portion of the proceeds from the inaugural 2012 “Battle Against Hunger” American Taekwondo Association Regional Tournament (featuring Master Mende) will help support Children’s Restoration Network’s annual Thanksgiving Food Drive. Attendees also are encouraged to bring non-perishable food donations to support the drive; all attendees who make a food donation will be entered into a prize raffle. (770) 649-7117

November 10–January 2



Time: 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Location: St. Benedict Catholic Church 11045 Parsons Road, Johns Creek Information: Hosted by the St. Benedict Catholic Church Women’s Guild, the Holiday Bazaar will feature 60 vendors offering unique gift ideas, including: artistic cards, home décor, floral arrangements, religious items, jewelry, crocheted/knitted items, clothing/accessories, handbags/totes, books, fused glassware, yard art, seasonal gifts, headbands/bows, doll

November 8 ‘THANK-ATHON’

Time: 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Monday-Saturday; 1-3 p.m., Sunday Location: Smith Plantation Home 935 Alpharetta St., Roswell Information: The Archibald Smith Plantation Home will feature “A Georgia Christmas” with decorations by the Roswell Garden Club. Each room will represent a different part of Georgia. Closed November 12, 22, 23, December 25 and January 1. (770) 641-3978, www.archibaldsmithplantation.org


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clothes, blankets, pottery, gardening items, gourmet food items, artwork, wood carvings, Holy Land items and so much more. Lunch and baked goods also will be available for purchase. Attendees can enter the raffle for free prizes from represented vendors. (770) 623-5718 or (770) 558-4232

HOLIDAY BOOK SALE Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Location: Roswell Library 115 Norcross St., Roswell Information: The Roswell Friends Holiday Book Sale will feature a full truckload of books, from beautiful art coffee table books to gift books to Christmas books — all at “giveaway” prices. A special preview party at 2 p.m. November 9 will be held for Friends of the Roswell Library. (770) 640-3075, roswellgafriends@gmail.com

PICTURE YOURSELF WITH MR. & MRS. CLAUS Time: 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Location: Alpharetta Welcome Center, 178 S. Main St., Suite 200, Alpharetta Information: Santa and Mrs. Claus will be at the Alpharetta Welcome Center for free holiday photos! Holiday snacks and refreshments will be served from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (678) 297-0102, www.awesomealpharetta.com

VINTAGE CORKS & GOURMET TRUCKS Time: 1-7 p.m. Location: Near Alpharetta City Hall 2 S. Main St., Alpharetta Information: Gather around the downtown streets to experience Alpharetta’s first wine and food truck pairing event! Enjoy a taste or a full plate. See the work of artists unfold as they create live street work or relax to the sounds of melodious musicians. (678) 297-6078, www.alpharetta.ga.us

November 13–15 HOLIDAY DESIGN SEMINAR Time: Location: Information:

7-9 p.m. The Chandlery 950 Canton Street, Roswell Attendees will learn creative ways

to entertain and get your house ready for the holiday season. Email sally@chandlerygifts.com for reservations.

November 15 CAMBRIDGE HOLIDAY SHOPPING EVENT Time: 5:30-9 p.m. Location: Cambridge Clubhouse 5950 Millwick Drive, Johns Creek Information: Get an early start to your holiday shopping. More than 25 vendors will be represented; items for purchase will include jewelry, candles, holiday décor, apparel, accessories, personalized gifts, cosmetics and more. Also open 9 a.m.-1 p.m. November 16. The event will benefit the Cambridge Crocs Swim Team.

November 15–18 GHJA FINALS Time: 8 a.m. Location: Wills Park Equestrian Center 11915 Wills Road, Alpharetta Information: The Georgia Hunter Jumper Association (GHJA) Finals will include three new awards: Best Child Rider on a Pony, Best Child Rider on a Horse, and Best Adult Rider on a Horse. These awards will be based solely on points gathered on Friday and Saturday and will be presented Sunday morning during the GHJA Medal Finals. The horse show is open to the public. Admission is free.

Location: Roswell Adult Recreation Center 830 Grimes Bridge Road Information: Part of a world-wide storytelling event, Tellabration will feature storytellers B.J. Abraham, Frank Causey, Brad Corbin, Natalie Jones and emcee Ron Kemp sharing a variety of tales for all ages. Call for tickets. (770) 640-3253

November 17 SCOUT DAY Time: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Location: Autrey Mill Nature Preserve & Heritage Center Information: Scout Day is a wonderful opportunity for Scouts to earn badges, patches, belt loops, etc. Participants will use a “passport” to guide them through activities at the various stations throughout Autrey Mill. Activities will be targeted for Cub Scouts, Brownies and Jr. Girl Scouts.

November 17—18 BACKYARD CAMPOUT Location: Chattahoochee Nature Center 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell Information: Come and camp out with us as we enjoy the Lenoid Meteor Shower. Catch a glimpse of shooting stars, enjoy night hikes, play games on the meadow, visit with nocturnal animals, roast marshmallows around the campfire and more! Advance registration required. (770) 9922055, ext. 224, www.chattnaturecenter.org

November 16

November 19





7:30 p.m.

Contest Corner

Find the hidden picture

11 a.m.

Location: Country Club of the South 4100 Old Alabama Road, Johns Creek Information: This event was rescheduled from October 1 due to inclement weather. Registrations and sponsorships for The Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Golf Classic, presented by Northside Hospital, are still available. The driving range will open at 9:30 a.m. and registration also begins at 9:30 a.m. Shotgun start at 11:00 a.m. (678) 3970556, www.gnfcc.com

November 19—21 CRAFT WEEK Time: 11 a.m. Location: Chattahoochee Nature Center 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell Information: Craft Week returns during Thanksgiving Break. Get in touch with your crafty side — reuse and recycle items to make fun, takehome projects with different crafts each day. (770) 992-2055, ext. 224, www.chattnaturecenter.org

November 23 THE MOOSE IS LOOSE Time: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays 12-3 p.m. Sundays Location: Roswell Visitors Center 617 Atlanta St., Roswell Information: The Moose have things a bit topsey-turvey as they frolic on a 9-foot upsidedown Christmas Tree. Bring your camera for more on a unique family photo. (770) 640page 8 3253, www.visitroswellga.com

Charlotte Kersey was our winner for October’s contest corner. She has won a gift card to Chick-fil-A. Congratulations! If you find the hidden picture, be the first to email: art@mynorthfultonmonthly.com Only emailed answers will be accepted. Contest participants are able to win one time per calendar year.



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November 23—December 2 ‘THE NUTCRACKER’ Location: Roswell Cultural Arts Center 950 Forrest St., Roswell Information: Roswell Dance Theatre presents “The Nutcracker,” a Roswell holiday tradition for more than 20 years. Call for performance times or purchase tickets online. (770) 998-0259, www.tysod.com

November 23, 24 & 30, December 1 ‘A CHRISTMAS CAROL’ Time: 7:30 p.m. Location: Alpharetta Presbyterian Church 180 Academy St., Alpharetta Information: Enjoy a live production of Charles Dickens’ classic story of Christmas Past, Present and Future with characters Tiny Tim, Bob Cratchit and Ebenezer Scrooge. Check your humbugs at the door! Sunday matinee at 2 p.m. on December 2, 9 & 16. (770) 663-8989

November 27 HOLIDAY DESIGNS Time: 10 a.m. Location: Bill Johnson Community Activity Building, 10495 Woodstock Road, Roswell Information: Roswell Garden Club presents holiday designs. Open to the public. Admission is free. www.roswellgardenclub.com

November 30 CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING Time: 5 p.m. Location: Milton Square City Park 2 S. Main St., Alpharetta Information: Enjoy children’s crafts, face painting, train rides, refreshments, photos with Santa and much more. Alpharetta’s 45-foot live tree and the entire Downtown Historic District will light up with thousands of lights at 6:15 p.m. Other events will include Mayor David Belle Isle reading “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas” and stage performances by North Point Community Church.

December 1 BREAKFAST WITH SANTA Location: Bill Johnson Community Activity Building, 10495 Woodstock Road, Roswell Information: Continental breakfast, music, games, dancing, face painting, crafts,


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entertainment and Santa Claus! Reservations required; call for times. (770) 641-3760, www.roswellgov.com



Time: 10 a.m. Location: State Bridge Road between Kimball Bridge and W. Morton roads, Johns Creek Information: The sixth-annual Johns Creek Founders Day Parade will cap a week-long celebration beginning November 26 that will include the lighting of the Christmas Tree and Dreidel, a kids’ holiday crafts workshop, “Santa Jam” and other holiday events. This year’s parade will showcase the Parris Island Marine Band and other bands; three racecars courtesy of Optech; and the Regional Mustang Club will act as Santa’s “reindeer” at the end of the parade. Local businesses, organizations and individuals may apply to enter a float in the Founders Day parade; all parade floats should incorporate the “Traveling through the Creek” theme. The deadline for parade float applications is November 16. www.johnscreekga.gov

Time: 5 p.m. Location: Roswell Square, intersection of Highway 9 & Highway 120 Information: Roswell’s Historic Town Square will become picturesque as it glows with thousands of holiday lights. Enjoy carolers from local schools, the lighting of the Square, a reading of “’Twas the Night Before Christmas,” and a special visit from Santa Claus, arriving by fire truck to delight all ages. Check out the holiday gift ideas at Santa’s Secret Gift Shop at Roswell Adult Recreation Center afterward, open until 8:30 p.m. and 1-4 p.m. Sunday. (770) 641-3950; www.roswellgov.com

GINGERBREAD CHRISTMAS Time: 10:30 & 11:30 a.m. 1 & 2 p.m. Location: Smith Plantation 935 Alpharetta St., Roswell Information: Each workshop will include preparing and decorating Christmas-themed cookies baked over the open hearth at the plantation outdoor cookhouse. Children also will make a craft to take home. Ages 6 & up; advance reservations are required. (770) 6413978, www.archibaldsmithplantation.org

‘POP GOES ROCK’ CONCERT Time: 2-6 p.m. Location: Milton Center, Alpharetta High School, 3595 Webb Bridge Road, Alpharetta Information: Musicians from the RockU School of Music Performance, a program offered through Music Matters, will perform their own arrangements of pop songs by popular acts ranging from classic Elton John to Justin Beiber. The family-friendly event is free and open to the public. RockU School/Music Matters will accept Toys for Tots donations during the event. All toy donations must be new and in the box. (678) 654-1034, www.mmrocku.com

‘EVENING IN BETHLEHEM’ Time: 5, 6 & 7 p.m. Location: Dodson Youth Building Roswell United Methodist Church 814 Mimosa Blvd., Roswell Information: Be reminded of the first Noel as you roam through the antiquity marketplace with shepherds, soldiers, shopkeepers, artisans, live animals and a live Nativity. All ages welcome. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated. (770) 993-6218, www.rumc.com/ bethlehem

FRIENDS OF BULLOCH CHRISTMAS PARTY Time: 7-9 p.m. Location: Bulloch Hall, 180 Bulloch Ave., Roswell Information: Join the Friends of Bulloch for the lighting of the Bulloch Tree, carolers, a tour of the house decorated for Christmas and more. (770) 992-1731, www.bullochhall.org

CHRISTMAS GALA & HOLIDAY POPS CONCERT Time: 8 p.m. Location: St. Benedict Church 11045 Parsons Road, Johns Creek Information: Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra will perform sacred and secular holiday music, from “Sleigh Ride” to “White Christmas.” The orchestra will be accompanied by adult and children’s choirs and soloists. A champagne dessert reception will immediately follow. This event sells out quickly. (678) 748-5802, www.johnscreeksymphony.org

December 1—9 GINGERBREAD HOUSE CONTEST Time: 2-4 p.m. daily Location: Chambrel at Roswell 1000 Applewood Drive, Roswell Information: Chambrel Roswell’s inaugural gingerbread house contest will showcase the talents of local chefs, businesses, organizations and friends of the community. Enjoy caroling and hot chocolate, and be sure to vote for your favorite “People’s Choice Award.” (770) 594-4600

Location: Scottsdale Farms, 15639 Birmingham Hwy., Alpharetta Information: Children will learn to assemble and decorate their own gingerbread house using icing, gumdrops and assorted candies. Reservations are required. (770) 770-5875, www.ScottsdaleFarms.com


8 p.m. Monday-Saturday

7 p.m. Sunday


Bulloch Hall, 180 Bulloch Ave.,

December 5

December 8


6:30 p.m.


Roswell Presbyterian Church

December 2

755 Mimosa Blvd., Roswell


Information: The public is invited to celebrate

Time: 2-5 p.m. Location: Scottsdale Farms, 15639 Birmingham Hwy., Alpharetta Information: Come to Scottsdale Farms and have your photo taken with Santa! (770) 770-5875, www.ScottsdaleFarms.com

the season during this special evening of



6:30-8:30 p.m.

Time: 4 p.m. Location: Roswell Presbyterian Church 755 Mimosa Blvd., Roswell Information: Make your holiday season complete with the Atlanta Baroque Orchestra’s performance of “Handel’s Messiah” in its original Dublin version. (770) 993-6316, www.roswellpres.org/events


East Roswell Recreation Center

9000 Fouts Road, Roswell



7:30 p.m. December 7; 10 a.m.,

2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. December 8


Roswell Cultural Arts Center

950 Forrest St., Roswell

Time: 5-7:30 p.m. Location: Canton Street (Elizabeth Way to Woodstock), Roswell Information: Family event with civic organizations caroling up and down Canton Street. A bonfire with s’mores and hot chocolate will follow at the corner of Woodstock and Canton streets. (770) 641-3721

GREENING OF THE SANCTUARY Time: 6:45 p.m. Location: First Baptist Church of Roswell 710 Mimosa Blvd., Roswell Information: Enjoy beautiful music and holiday decorations, an RFBC tradition for more than 28 years. Childcare will be available for children under 4. (770) 5876980, www.rfbc.org

fellowship and music by the Roswell Presbyterian Church children’s choirs. Admission is free.


10 a.m.

Information: “A Christmas Carol,” directed by Wally Hines, with Brink Miller as “Ebenezer Scrooge.” (770) 992-1731, www.bullochhall.org

CHRISTMAS BENEFIT CONCERT Time: 8 p.m. Location: Ragamuffin Music Hall 585 Atlanta St., Roswell Information: A Christmas benefit concert featuring Ashley Harris. A portion of proceeds will be donated to The Drake House to help women and children in crisis. Family-friendly, all ages. (770) 744-3814, www.ragamuffinmusic.com

(770) 993-6316, www.roswellpres.org


Information: A real hayride around the park, ending with cookie decorating and hot chocolate.

CHRISTMAS FOR KIDS Time: 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Location: Bulloch Hall, 180 Bulloch Ave., Roswell Information: Children will enjoy a candy cane hunt, holiday crafts and stories, snacks and a visit from Mr. and Mrs. Claus! Reservations are required. (770) 992-1731, www.bullochhall.org

All ages; free admission for parents and children under 1. (770) 594-6134, www.roswellgov.com

December 7 & 8 ‘BABES IN TOYLAND’

Information: Performed by the Atlanta Dance Theatre, featuring spirited dance, incredible costumes and lively characters. Before you know

‘THE POLAR EXPRESS’ Time: 6:30 p.m. Location: East Roswell Recreation Center 9000 Fouts Road, Roswell Information: Bring the family in their comfy clothes, blankets and pillows to watch this holiday movie on the big screen. Popcorn, hot chocolate and goodies will be provided. Admission is free for parents; please register children individually. (770) 594-6134, www.roswellgov.com

it, you are whisked away to Toyland. Mother Goose characters come to life, gingerbread


cookies frolic, and toy soldiers march in

Time: 8:30 & 10 a.m. Location: Park Place at Newtown School 3125 Old Alabama Road, Johns Creek Information: All Johns Creek boys and girls are invited to have breakfast with Santa at 8:30 a.m. or 10 a.m., December 8. In addition, children will enjoy music, holiday crafts, letters to Santa and pictures with Santa. Children must be preregistered and accompanied by an adult. Space is limited; maximum 20 children per breakfast. Registration deadline is November 30. (678) 512-3200, info@JohnsCreekGA.gov, www.johnscreekga.gov

formation. www.atlantadancetheatre.org


7:30 p.m. December 7

3 p.m. December 9


Roswell United Methodist Church

814 Mimosa Blvd., Roswell

Information: Experience the sights and sounds of the season. (770) 594-0512, www.rumc.com

December 4


December 7, 14-16, 18, 19, 21-23 ‘A CHRISTMAS CAROL’



what is Elder Law? by Debra Robinson

As the size of our older population increases, the complexities facing the elderly and their families are also growing. Elder law is a relatively new field of law that has evolved over the last 20 years to address the various legal issues of the elderly.

KIDS RULE! Choosing A Pediatric Dentist

by Vishant Nath, DMD

Debra Robinson is an attorney at Robinson & Miller, P.C. Attorneys at Law. She can be reached at (770) 817-4999 or by emailing drobinson@robinsonmiller.com. www.robinsonmiller.com

Elder law actually covers many different legal fields. It includes: wills and trusts; powers of attorney for financial management; health care directives; guardianships; probate; estate and trust administration; Medicare claims and appeals; Medicaid and long-term care planning; Social Security and disability claims and appeals; nursing home issues, including patients’ rights; housing issues; veterans’ benefits; elder abuse; age discrimination in employment; and mental health law. Although most elder law attorneys do not address all of these areas in their practice, they will be able to identify issues and refer you to colleagues with the appropriate expertise. Elder law attorneys also can provide referrals to geriatric case managers and social workers, home health-care providers, assisted-living facilities and nursing homes. Lawyers who practice in elder law do so because they respect and appreciate their elderly clients. Elder law attorneys have offices that are wheelchair-accessible and walker-friendly, and staffs trained to work with clients who often are struggling with losing their independence, mistrustful of lawyers and the legal system, and reluctant to share their financial and personal information. If an elder client is too frail to travel to the lawyer’s office, many elder law attorneys will make a home visit. An elder law attorney can be of most help while the elder client still has the mental capacity to understand and sign basic legal documents — such as a will, power of attorney, and health-care directive — and provide information about assets, liabilities, income, health insurance and long-term care insurance. If dementia has progressed to the extent that the elder is not able to effectively communicate and the necessary legal documents are not in place, the attorney’s role will be to assist with a legal guardianship. Because each state’s laws are different, it is important to find continued on page 70 10 My North Fulton | november 2012

If you are a parent, think back to the times before you had children. Things were a bit different, right? Priorities, lifestyle and expectations were specific to what you needed at the time. Then things probably changed when a new little Dr. Vishant Nath is the owner of life was brought into your Roswell Pediatric Dentistry. You may world. Many of the things contact him at (678) 352-1090 that changed were driven by or visit www.kidshappyteeth.com. the needs of the child. Your life became more child-friendly. In a similar manner, pediatric dental offices try to cater to the needs of children as well. Pediatric dental offices are set up to treat children within a wide range of ages and abilities. The youngest patients might be 6 months old and the oldest patients might be adults with special needs. In all cases, pediatric dental offices are set up to put the patients’ needs first. Let’s say that a patient requires dental treatment. A pediatric dentist will be able to gauge, based upon his/her experience, whether or not it best serves the patient to perform treatment all at once or in several appointments. This can be difficult to predict at times. It is the job of the pediatric dentist to determine what is best for the patient. Sometimes, this might require additional visits to the office until all treatment is complete. For some children, treatment can be completed on the same day that it is diagnosed. The most important aspect of the pediatric dental experience is that your child’s needs are put first. This means that there needs to be a good, trusting relationship between the dentist and your child, as well as the dentist and you, the parents. If the trust is missing from either of these relationships, the experience may not be pleasant. This requires that you, as parents, do your homework in finding the right dentist and in developing a solid, trusting relationship with your child’s dentist. Ask friends, family and neighbors to recommend the dentists they have chosen for their children. Visit the office and meet the staff, even before making an appointment. Once you have decided on a dentist, show your child the office’s website. Allowing your child to see photos of the office, dentist and staff members will help him or her to have some familiarity before even going to the appointment. In most cases, continued on page 70

Serving Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Fulton, Gwinnett, Henry & Rockdale Counties (services vary by county) Where will my child go to college? What will he or she choose as a major? Will he or she find a job in their field upon graduation? These are the questions that many parents ask as their children progress through their school years. They have so many hopes and dreams for their children. The future is bright and full of possibilities. For the parents of children with developmental disabilities, the questions are very different. Who will take care of my child when I am gone? Where will they live? Will they be able to work? Where can we turn when they no longer are assisted by the school system? Just over 30 years ago, a group of caring, concerned parents were asking these questions and searching for answers to meet the needs of their family. Out of this care and concern enAble was born. enAble serves adults and youth with developmental disabilities. The majority of those enAble supports have a diagnosis such as Down syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorder or Cerebral palsy. Each person has a varying level of independence, and enAble works with the person in need and their family to assist them to live happy, productive, independent lives to the best of their individual ability. The mission of enAble is to support people to lead fulfilled lives — physically, intellectually and socially.

Services Offered Day and employment services, community living supports, and community residential alternative services are all available through enAble. Depending on each person’s level of need and their living situation, individuals are taught daily living skills such as cooking, hygiene, laundry, bill paying, socialization and communication skills in order to promote independence. At the enAble facility in Roswell, a kitchen, washer and dryer, exercise equipment, as well as a classroom type setup are utilized, each area simulating the “real world” to prepare each person to live as independently as possible. Job coaches are a significant part of integrating those that are able into the work world. These coaches visit employers to educate them on the various disabilities and, even more importantly, on what each special person can offer to their various places of business. The job coaches assist with smooth transitions into the workplace so that the current employees are educated on what to expect,

as well as handling any miscommunications or issues that may arise. The folks that come to enAble can be taught work skills at the enAble facility and at the actual place of business. Residential houses are also set up by enAble for those that need a place to live and a person available 24 hours a day to assist with their care.

How Can You Help? enAble offers amazing services and opportunities to amazing people with disabilities — people that are valuable members of society and their community. enAble is always looking for places of business that are willing to work with them and the people that they serve. Another way to get involved is by being a “buddy” — go bowling, see a movie, have a meal together. Offering your time can make a valuable difference in the lives of these special individuals. enAble is a nonprofit organization; monetary donations are always appreciated, as government assistance is limited and the needs are many. Through the kindness of the community, enAble’s Roswell facility is growing to offer more opportunities for the families they serve. Visit www.enablega.org to see how you can get involved. Join enAble for a memorable evening and a wonderful opportunity to get involved.

25 th Annual enAble “Dare to Dream” Silver Edition Gala Saturday, March 2, 2013, 6 p.m.–Midnight Renaissance Atlanta Waverly Hotel & Convention Center 2450 Galleria Parkway, Atlanta Donated Silent Auction items are welcome! enAble of Georgia, Inc. recently appointed veteran nonprofit leader Harry Stern as its Chief Executive Officer. Stern brings nearly 30 years of experience in nonprofit leadership and development roles to the position. Most recently, he served as director of Global Development for the WellStar College of Health and Human Services at Kennesaw State University (KSU). Previously, he was executive director of the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta for 15 years. www.footprintspublishing.com



by Laura Green If you asked 10 different people what it means for products to be “green,” you would probably get 10 different answers. The truth is there are many different attributes that allow products to be called “green.” This can range from Laura Green is the owner of being made of recyclable Green Basements & Remodeling. material to the cleaner or more She may be reached at lgreen@ efficient manner in which greenremodeling.com or visit www.greenbasements.org. products are manufactured. Basically, “green” products can loosely be defined as products that reduce their negative impact on the earth. The most recognized classification for “green” products is being made from recycled materials or being recyclable themselves. Manufacturers are finding many inventive ways to use recyclable material to create interesting things, such as glass countertops. There are companies that take particular bottles for their coloring (Heineken for green, Skyy Vodka for blue, wine bottles for red, etc.) and use them to create beautiful unique countertops. These countertops are a fitting choice for a basement bar or wet bar area. In many cases, you also can use items salvaged from existing or demolished buildings — such as bathtubs, sinks and cabinetry — when remodeling your home. This will lower manufacturing demand for these items and, in turn, lower the strain on the environment from the factories making these items.

than traditional oak hardwoods and also is a bit more resistant to water. Another popular “green” flooring choice is cork. It is considered sustainable because one tree can be harvested multiple times. Cork is a natural insulator, dampens sound, and is hypoallergenic. Because of its softness, cork is great for those who have children or back/knee problems. Sustainability also can mean being extremely durable, requiring little maintenance or replacement for several years under normal circumstances. Examples of this would be HardiePlank Siding and Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT) flooring. HardiePlank siding will not rot or warp like real wood and is made to last for many years. LVT flooring is virtually indestructible, can be cleaned with anything, is water-resistant, and does not require any maintenance or refinishing. Another example would be LED light bulbs. They can last for 20-plus years before having to be replaced. LED light bulbs also use very little energy to create the same output as traditional light bulbs, which is another aspect of being a “green” product. Reducing energy consumption not only lowers the impact on the earth but also lowers utility bills. Many products are aimed at reducing energy costs, including Eco Wraps (an insulating wrap that is placed around your house before the finish is applied); Low-E windows; Energy Star appliances; etc.

A product also can be considered “green” if it does not produce or contain any contaminants. As of the late ‘70s, paints with lead have been banned; however, many paints and stains used today still contain harmful substances called Glass Countertops Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC). VOCs are toxins that are released into the air as the paint cures. They can cause symptoms ranging from asthma attacks and complications, decreases in blood enzymes that help the nervous system function properly, and cancer. The good news is that paint manufacturers have begun to make products with low or no VOCs. They Bamboo Flooring Sustainability is a big part of classifying are water-based, which makes for a product as “green.” Sustainability easy cleanup since it is not considered has multiple meanings in terms of remodeling. It can refer to hazardous waste, has little to no odor when applied, and has no the replenishment of the resource from which the product is ozone-depleting contaminants. made — also called “sustainable harvesting.” Many hardwood floor manufacturers, for example, have implemented programs As you can see, there are many great products that can be used to plant a tree for every tree they cut down. Bamboo has in your home that can be considered “green.” Many “green” become a popular “green” flooring choice for this reason. products don’t cost any more than the regular products, but can Bamboo grows at an incredible rate — reaching maturity in amount to significant money savings in the long run. Just being three to five years, as opposed to trees that require more than aware of products’ qualities can help you make a more informed double that time to mature. Bamboo also is more durable “green” decision. 12 My North Fulton | november 2012

Two Gardens

Are Better Than One by Marcia Winchester Master Gardener Every gardener encounters many different factors that can affect the success or failure of a garden, and often times a gardener has little if any control over these factors. This is true with an ornamental garden, a small vegetable/herb garden or a huge farm.

Maria Winchester is a member of Cherokee County Master Gardeners and a resident of Woodstock.

My biggest problem over the last few years has been with wildlife. I’m not talking a few tomatoes being eaten by a critter or two — I’m talking about approximately 90 percent of my tomatoes being eaten by squirrels, chipmunks, rabbits and turtles, and the plants browsed by deer! My office window faces my vegetable garden, so I’ve seen these critters at work firsthand and have watched my

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neighbor laughing at the half-eaten tomatoes strewn across his yard. I tried all kinds of things to keep the critters at bay, including putting pine cones under the plants. That worked on the rabbits, but not the chipmunks — apparently they have tough, little paws! After two years, I finally decided to plant two gardens. With the help of two garden clubs (the Cherokee County Master Gardeners, funded by a grant from the state Master Gardeners and Kaiser, and the Univeter Road Cherokee County Senior Center Services), we put together a community garden and rented out individual garden plots for $20 a year. I rented a plot and, between my home garden and the community garden, planted about 40 tomato plants. While several plants died, I brought home lots of tomatoes from my garden in Canton. I also found plenty of neighbors who were more than happy to enjoy the fruits of my overplanting! In the community garden, I’ve noticed many things: • Friends will stake out your fallen tomatoes. • Tomatoes will squash pepper plants if given a chance. continued on page 70

My North Fulton Monthly wants to help make the holiday season easier and more enjoyable for you by providing you with options right here in our local communities. Our community businesses can help fill all your gift ideas and holiday needs, including a little time out for yourself, holiday family entertainment and home improvements for the new year. My North Fulton Monthly’s 2012 Holiday Guide can help you find just what you need to make the holidays special and stress-free for you and your loved ones!

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In the heart of Historic Roswell, adjacent to the Square, is an oasis for those looking for one-stop convenience for all of their beauty and wellness needs. Mimosa Salon Spa is locally owned and operated and features Atlanta’s top talent. The salon at Mimosa provides complete hair services, specializing in the latest trends and classic looks to suit each client’s features, hair type and lifestyle. The top stylists provide complimentary consultation and share tips and hair care advice to keep clients’ hair looking great and healthy between visits. Mimosa is an exclusive retailer of Privé, a high-end haircare line designed by Beverly Hills celebrity stylist Laurent D. and made of unique herbal blends. Mimosa offers the only FDA medical scalp-care line, Mediceuticals, designed to address thinning hair, dandruff, psoriasis and other scalp conditions. Mimosa also offers the complete Moroccan

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Oil line — from treatments and masques to shampoos and conditioners. Mimosa is a full-service day spa, providing a variety of body treatments and facials to address any skin need and condition. Mimosa Spa features the exclusive skin line Yon-Ka Paris, a complete personalized and advanced phyto-aromatic line that draws from essential oils, fruit and plant extracts, and marine active ingredients. Mimosa specializes in anti-aging treatments utilizing micro-current technology — a natural, safe and enjoyable alternative to surgery and dangerous injections, without the surgery downtime. The spa also offers complete massage services, including prenatal and reflexology. To complete the one-stop convenience, Mimosa is a full-service nail salon. Choose from a quick manicure and pedicure while visiting the hair salon or a full pampering

with a spa manicure or pedicure. Mimosa is a destination for those with unique and discriminating taste looking for special and exquisite gifts this holiday season. Like 100 percent soy candles that burn longer, cleaner and cooler than ordinary paraffin candles on the market and are available in wonderful scents — from classics like Amber Sandalwood, Eucalyptus Sage, and Rosemary Lavender to seasonal and holiday scents like Mistletoe, Pumpkin Spice, Winter, and Holiday Spirit. Or explore Octavia Tea, an organic gourmet loose leaf tea in a variety of blends that is sure to satisfy the most discerning taste buds. Complete your gift shopping with gourmet dark chocolate that is infused with herbs, spices and flower essences for a tasty, healthy treat. Come discover why Mimosa Salon Spa was voted best in Roswell.

Tolbert Yilmaz

School of Dance

Tolbert Yilmaz School of Dance (TYSOD) opened in 1979 on Canton Street in Roswell, in an old home that Nancy Tolbert Yilmaz and Mary Lynn Taylor renovated into a studio; they relocated in 1998 to Alpharetta Street. Today, the dance studio features 12,000 square feet that includes five state-of-the-art studios, rehearsal space, dressing rooms and offices. “There were little if any dance classes being offered in the area when we opened,” Yilmaz says. “We anticipated having 75-85 students the first year, but we registered 350 on the first day of Open House! And we’ve grown and grown ever since.” TYSOD offers dance instruction for ages 2 through adults, from beginner’s to professional level, in ballet; tap; jazz; modern dance; lyrical; acrobatics; hiphop; and creative movement. Current enrollment exceeds 900 in 125 classes

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per week. The school also directs the Roswell Dance Theatre, a pre-professional company formed in 1985 for dancers 10-19 years old. Yilmaz says the dance company has performed nationally and internationally, with performances in Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, England, Austria, Germany, Spain and, most recently, in Montreal at the National Festival for Regional Dance America. The Roswell Dance Theatre was featured in the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta during the Opening Ceremony, as well as the Sydney Olympic Games. The Roswell Dance Theatre also has been invited to return to the Orange Bowl to perform in its halftime ceremonies on January 1, 2013. TYSOD and The Roswell Dance Theatre’s next upcoming performance will be “The Nutcracker,” November 23–December 2 at the Roswell Cultural Arts Center. A special breakfast performance on November 24

will feature a visit from Santa! Tickets are on sale now; please go to www. tututix.com to purchase your tickets. Yilmaz believes the faculty and staff make TYSOD so special and successful. In the beginning, it was just her and Taylor; now, there are 18 faculty members, four staff and a pianist. “We have one of the most talented and gifted group of teachers in the country,” she says. “We work hard to teach with a positive attitude that encourages students, and as a result the community has been very supportive. I’ve been offered many jobs with larger dance companies. But, my family has been in Roswell for five generations. Roswell is home and always will be.”

*Member of Regional Dance America (RDA) and Southeastern Regional Ballet Association (SERBA)

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Guaranteed Spa in Alpharetta specializes in pre-owned hot tubs and provides full-service hot tub maintenance and repair — including delivery and installation. The company also offers a variety of in-store and custom hot tub covers, all featuring a 5-year warranty, and a selection of chemicals to keep your hot tub operating properly. Hot tub owners also can take advantage of Guaranteed Spa’s “Drain & Clean Program,” a no-contract maintenance program that includes cleaning and conditioning the hot tub cover, motor compartment, filters, siding and shell; suctioning out the inner plumbing; and checking all components every three to four months. Guaranteed Spa also will balance the water and install the silver ion — making it easy for owners to perform regular weekly maintenance themselves following some easy steps and instructions.

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In addition, Guaranteed Spa can move hot tubs as needed. The company’s moving services include moving hot tubs from one home to another or from one area to another; hauling away/ disposing of old hot tubs; and picking up (and delivering to your home) hot tubs purchased from other retailers that provide only curbside delivery. Guaranteed Spa is fully insured and uses a custom-built dolly and trailer to ensure the safety of the hot tubs during moves.

Guaranteed Construction’s services include interior and exterior painting; sealing and staining; framing; roofing; flooring; kitchen and bath remodeling; stone and concrete work; outdoor kitchen/living areas; custom decks; and more. In addition, Guaranteed Construction offers in-home design services to give customers as many options as possible. Guaranteed Construction provides free estimates and a 1-year guarantee on all work.

Owner Brian Johnston worked in the hot tub industry for 14 years before opening Guaranteed Spa. Since opening Guaranteed Spa, Brian Johnston has partnered with James Hardin in forming a new construction business, Guaranteed Construction. James Hardin brings more than 10 years’ experience in residential and commercial building to Guaranteed Construction.

Both Guaranteed Spa and Guaranteed Construction offer the lowest price and customer satisfaction “guaranteed.”

Call today to inquire about holiday specials. Guaranteed Spa also will donate 5 percent of sales through Christmas to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.


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My North Fulton Monthly has contacted several organizations within the community that could use some “Holiday Hope” to help ensure families enjoy and celebrate the holidays just as most of us will. Listed are several organizations to which you could volunteer time, effort, or funds to assist in making the season a little brighter for all. We hope this list is helpful as you consider your participation in giving during this holiday season.

Act Together Ministries Act Together Ministries of Alpharetta will offer Christmas sponsorship to hundreds of children in North Metro Atlanta. Sponsors are needed to act as “Christmas angels” and provide Christmas gifts to children in need. Sponsors are requested to purchase $75-100 per child toward gifts, such as a coat, shoes or other clothing; games; and toys. Sponsors may request children by age and/or gender. Gifts should be donated by December 10. Act Together also needs volunteers for the children’s Christmas party on December 15 at The Vine Community Church in Cumming. While the children are enjoying the festivities, volunteers will “hide” the bags of Christmas gifts into the families’ cars. To sponsor a child or to volunteer, visit www.actogetherministries.org

Childrens Restoration Network Children’s Restoration Network (CRN) is a nonprofit agency focusing on homeless children in the North Fulton community and Metro Atlanta by meeting the children’s basic needs and providing a broad range of positive experiences for the children and their mothers. CRN encourages churches, neighborhoods, businesses and community organizations to conduct food drives in November to help support the organization (CRN will provide boxes, signs and flyers for the collection). CRN’s goal is to provide 275 turkeys and all of the trimmings for all of the children to enjoy a bountiful Thanksgiving meal — donations of $15 or $20 gift cards are requested in lieu of actual turkeys due to limited cold storage space. In addition, volunteers are needed to assist in picking up and sorting the items collected through the food drives and in serving the midday meal on Thanksgiving Day at one of several shelters or group homes. During the Christmas season, CRN will begin its “12 Days of Caring” program to provide new clothes, new toys and other gifts to the children. Donations of new clothes and new toys are requested. In addition, churches, businesses and community organizations also may “adopt” an entire shelter to group home (CRN will match an organization to a shelter/ group home depending on the organization’s ability to help). CRN also will sponsor a gift-wrapping party the weekend before Christmas; wrapping supplies will be provided by CRN, but extra wrapping paper and tape are appreciated. For more information, please contact Children’s Restoration Network. (770) 649-7117,


Drake House Drake House is a crisis residential assessment center for homeless women and children in the North Metro Atlanta area, offering immediate residential housing and programs designed to provide stability for the children and assist the family in working toward housing self-sufficiency. The Drake House is in need of volunteers year-round, including mentors, administrative support and facility maintenance. 20 My North Fulton | november 2012

The Drake House also accepts donations for its food pantry, along with gift card donations for gas stations, hair salons, grocery stores and retail locations such as Walmart. The Drake Closet is a resale boutique of women’s clothes, shoes and accessories. The proceeds from the store will help to fund operations for the Drake House. The boutique is located at 825 Mimosa Blvd., Roswell, 30076 across the street from Roswell United Methodist Church. Volunteers are needed to accept and sort donated items and to assist buyers in the store. Donations of gently used women’s clothing, shoes and accessories will be accepted at the store’s drive-up entrance. For more information, please contact Lynn Canty, (770) 587-4712, ext. 305 or lcanty@thedrakehouse.org.

Foster Care Support Foundation Inc. Foster Care Support Foundation Inc. (FCSF) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to assisting thousands of Georgia’s foster and displaced children by providing free clothes, toys and infant-care equipment. During the holiday season and throughout the year, FCSF is in need of new, like-new and gently worn clothing for preemie sizes to size 24; new underwear, socks and shoes (except infant sizes); toys in great repair; and boys’ pants and sneakers. FCSF also accepts gifts for teens, such as CDs and hand-held games. Monetary donations, sponsorships and volunteers for FCSF’s operation and support — as well as FCSF’s All Kids Count benefit in March 2013 — are critical in helping FCSF to continue to offer programs and assistance for at-risk children. Donated items that are not needed (furniture, household décor and adult clothing) will be placed in the Fostering Hope Bargain Resale shop, 1425 Market Blvd., Suite 340, Roswell, GA 30076. For more information, call (770) 641-9591. help@fostercares.org, www.fostercares.org

Fulton County DFCS The Fulton County Department of Family and Children Services (DFCS) has approximately 800 children in its custody who have been removed from their homes due to abuse or neglect. Fulton County DFCS invites the community to participate in the “Joy of Sharing” program. The office is seeking donors to assist in meeting the holiday wishes of children ages 1-21 served by the agency. DFCS will match a donor with a child, providing the donor with the child’s name, age and three items from his or her “Wish List.” Fulton County DFCS requests that all gifts be delivered to its office December 3-7. Monetary donations also are accepted to help cover the costs of gifts purchased for children who are not matched with a donor and to meet DFCS’ ongoing needs throughout the year. Donations may be mailed to DFCS, 515 Fairburn Road, Suite 460, Atlanta, GA 30331. For more information, please contact Delores Battle, Fulton County DFCS. (404) 699-

4387, dsbattle@dhr.state.ga.us

GCAC of Georgia GCAC of Georgia (Giving Children a Chance) is a private foster care and adoption agency in Alpharetta. GCAC of Georgia is committed to strengthening families by nurturing the whole child and providing an atmosphere for each child to become all that he/she can be when placed in a loving, supportive and safe environment. The Alpharetta community can help GCAC’s foster children during the holiday season and throughout the year. Volunteers are always needed for chaperoning field trips, tutoring, providing music lessons, etc. If you are interested in learning more or if you know of individuals, church groups, businesses or others who are looking for opportunities to assist a foster child, please email lynn@gcacofgeorgia.com.

North Fulton Community Charities North Fulton Community Charities (NFCC) works to prevent homelessness in North Fulton County by assisting families with rent, utilities, transportation, food, clothing, medicine and other basic needs during short-term emergencies and longterm financial distress. In addition, NFCC provides special programs throughout the year to help preserve family traditions and relieve the financial stress for these families. NFCC is seeking volunteers, family and senior sponsors, and donations of new toys, new or gently used warm coats, and Thanksgiving food items for its annual holiday program. For more information, call (770) 640-0399, ext. 218.

holiday@nfcchelp.org, www.nfccholiday.org

Operation Christmas Child A program offered through Samaritan’s Purse, Operation Christmas Child brings joy and hope to children in desperate situations through gift-filled shoeboxes and the good news of God’s love. Simply choose a boy or girl from three different age groups and fill an empty, standard-size shoebox with little gifts. Wrapping is optional. Please remember to complete and attach the label to the shoebox, and include a requested $7 donation for each shoe box to cover shipping and other costs. National collection week is November 12-19; local drop-off locations include First Baptist Church of Alpharetta (44 Academy St., Alpharetta), Mount Pisgah United Methodist Church (2850 Old Alabama Road, Johns Creek) and Atlanta Street Baptist Church (342 Jones Drive, Roswell). The Regional Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child is located at 5755 North Point Parkway, Suite 28, Alpharetta, GA 30022; (770) 777-9342. www.samaritanspurse.org

Operation Homefront Georgia Operation Homefront Georgia is looking for community “elves” who would like to “adopt” a Georgia military family for Christmas. The Adopt-a-Family program is very simple; sign up for the number of children you would like to adopt (suggested $50 per child). Operation Homefront Georgia will provide you with a child’s gender, age, clothing sizes and five wish items. Pack your unwrapped gifts in a black bag and attach the corresponding family number (provided by Operation Homefront Georgia) and deliver by December 6 to Operation Homefront Georgia’s Marietta office, 1220 Old Canton Road, Marietta, GA 30062, or at participating Dollar Tree stores. www.operationhomefront.net

Senior Services North Fulton Senior Services North Fulton is a nonprofit organization that provides Meals on Wheels, programs, activities and assistance for seniors of all income levels — from personal care assistance and respite care to transportation for therapy and doctor appointments, and more. Three neighborhood senior centers (Alpharetta, Roswell

and Sandy Springs) offer exercise, field trips and a wide range of activities to help seniors stay active, engaged and involved in the community. Senior Services North Fulton’s Angel Tree and Days of Service programs help ensure seniors are not forgotten during the holidays and provide opportunities for intergenerational activities and community involvement. Volunteers are always welcome, and individuals also can support the organization through its annual fundraiser, “Heart and Soul,” to be held February 16, 2013, at the Atlanta Athletic Club. For more information, please call (770) 993-1906. www.ssnorthfulton.org

Share the Harvest Milton Service Unit Girl Scout Cadette Troop 27332 is supporting North Fulton Community Charities (NFCC) as part of the troop’s annual Thanksgiving Food Drive. The troop invites the North Fulton community to join by donating food baskets that include all of the foods and supplies to create a complete Thanksgiving meal that will serve two senior adults. The troop hopes to collect more than 125 baskets this year. All food items must be non-perishable, and a $20 grocery store gift card is requested for each basket to cover the costs of a small turkey breast and other perishable items to complete the meal. Other requested items include: stuffing mix; instant mashed potatoes, instant scalloped potatoes or a bag of rice; canned cranberries or other canned fruit; canned pie filling; a package of pie crust mix or graham cracker pie crust; canned vegetables, such as corn, carrots or green beans; muffin or cornbread mix; canned gravy or a gravy mix; a turkey baster; a disposable aluminum foil roasting pan; and holiday-themed paper napkins and paper plates. Please package the donated items in a large, sturdy container or gift basket. Donations will be accepted 10 a.m.-5 p.m. November 19 at the NFCC office, 11270 Elkins Road, Roswell, GA 30076. To register your donation, please email GSShareTheHarvest@gmail.com (remember to include your contact information). NFCC will use these donation pledges to coordinate with the number of seniors adults who need assistance this Thanksgiving.

Shop with a Cop The Alpharetta Police Athletic/Activities League (PAL) pairs the city’s police officers, firefighters and other civic-minded volunteers with local families in need. PAL will collect monetary donations with the goal of raising $100 for each of the 100 children, who will get to “shop with a cop.” On December 6, the police officers, volunteers and children will team up for a night of shopping at the Windward Walmart. PAL also is accepting donations for a holiday dinner drive. The Alpharetta Fire Department will use one of its fire trucks to help PAL deliver the ingredients for holiday dinner to families in need on December 17. If you would like to assist with this year’s Shop with a Cop, please contact Officer Phil Ritchey.

(678) 297-6309, ext. 1

Soldiers Angels Soldiers’ Angels is a volunteer-led nonprofit organization of more than 30 different teams and projects supporting all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces. Soldiers’ Angels sends letters, care packages and comfort items to deployed military and also helps support their families here at home. In addition, Soldiers’ Angels provides assistance to wounded military, continuing support for veterans; remembrances and comfort for families of fallen military; and immediate response to unique difficulties. Through special projects and dedicated teams and individuals supporting our troops, Soldiers’ Angels makes a visible difference in the lives of our service members and their families. www.soldiersangels.org www.footprintspublishing.com 21

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by Michelle Martin, editor@mynorthfultonmonthly.com

Another Broken Egg Café (4075 Old Milton Parkway, Alpharetta) held a ribbon cutting recently to celebrate the restaurant’s grand opening. The restaurant serves more than 130 menu items for breakfast, brunch and lunch that has been described as “upscale taste at affordable prices.” In addition to the new Alpharetta location, Another Broken Egg Café has dozens of restaurants throughout the Southeast and other areas. (770) 837-3440, www.anotherbrokenegg.com The state board of the Technical College System of Georgia has approved the future purchase of approximately 25 acres of land in Alpharetta as the site for a new satellite campus of Gwinnett Technical College. This property is located at the intersection of Old Milton Highway and GA 400. The Alpharetta site could ultimately serve 10,000 students.

American Family Care recently opened the new Windward Urgent Care/Family Care Clinic (12994 Hwy. 9, Milton) at The Shoppes at Windward Village. The Windward clinic is one of more than 30 American Family Care clinics designed, equipped and staffed to provide comprehensive family care, urgent care, minor emergency treatment and occupational medicine. American Family Care uses electronic medical records and features a high-tech, high-touch, digital X-ray system and on-site lab. Windward Urgent Care/Family Care Clinic is open 8 a.m.-6 p.m. daily; no appointment is necessary. (678) 205-8155, www.americanfamilycare.com Windward Urgent Care The Alpharetta Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) has partnered with the Roswell CVB in producing a 2012 holiday brochure, “Holidays Along the Divine 9.” The brochure features more than 90 holiday events hosted November 1-December 31 by local attractions, businesses and churches adjacent to Highway 9 in the downtown areas of Alpharetta and Roswell. Events featured in the brochure include Santa sightings, Christmas services, ghost tours, tree lightings, historic home tours, open houses, historical event reenactments, candy cane hunts, Christmas crafts for children, caroling, special in-store promotions and opportunities for charitable donations. The brochure is available for free at Georgia Visitor Information Centers, the Alpharetta and Roswell Welcome Centers and at www.divine9ga.com. Download your free copy of “Holidays Along the Divine 9” and you will be entered to win a $500 VISA gift card! Alpharetta businesses also are participating in the “Find Elfaretta” contest November 1-December 23. Elfaretta will be hidden in various stores at different times throughout the contest period. Customers who find Elfaretta will be entered into a drawing December 24. Five lucky winners will be drawn to win prizes on December 24. Look for participating stores on www.awesomealpharetta.com.

Alpharetta and Roswell’s ‘Holidays Along the Divine 9’ brochure

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COMMUNITY Reinhardt University Receives $25,000 Scholarship Donation from Amicalola EMC

Amicalola Electric Membership Corporation (EMC) recently donated $25,000 to Reinhardt University for scholarships that will be awarded to students whose households are served by Amicalola EMC. The Amicalola EMC Scholars Fund will be distributed in $1,000 increments to students who need financial assistance while attending Reinhardt University. The scholarship funds were distributed from Amicalola EMC’s unclaimed property account established by O.C.G.A. 44-12-236, which allows an EMC to donate capital credits presumed abandoned if the funds are used for education purposes in the EMC’s service area. Reinhardt’s locations include a center focused on adults in Alpharetta.

Hanlon is an officer with the Junior League of Atlanta and coordinates volunteers for Hospice Atlanta’s Camp Stars program. She also is secretary for The Study Hall, a nonprofit after-school program for underprivileged children near Turner Field that supplies food, teachers and homework assistance. Morgan is founder and CEO of Brand R. Brand Morgan Properties, a diversified real estate development company in Atlanta. He serves on numerous other organization boards as well and was named the 2011 Philanthropic Leader of Tomorrow by the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Georgia Trend magazine’s “40 Under 40” were chosen from nominations made by readers throughout the state. Final selections were made by the Georgia Trend editorial staff.

Rotary Club of Alpharetta Donates to Local Charities

Amicalola EMC’s $25,000 donation to Reinhardt University

Hanlon, Morgan Named to Georgia Trend’s ‘Best and Brightest’ List

Ann Hanlon, chief operating officer (COO) of North Fulton Community Improvement District (CID), and R. Brand Morgan, a member of the Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce board of directors, both located in Alpharetta, have been named to Georgia Trend magazine’s “Best and Brightest” list. The magazine’s special feature recognizes 40 outstanding Georgians under the age of 40 who are making their Ann Hanlon mark in business, finance, government, politics, nonprofit organizations, the arts and the military.

The Rotary Club of Alpharetta recently made a donation of $800 to North Fulton Community Charities (NFCC) for the organization’s GED Scholarship Fund. NFCC serves The Rotary Club of Alpharetta approximately 5,000 low-income families in the communities of Alpharetta, Roswell, Johns Creek, Mountain Park and Milton and recently expanded its services with the opening of an Education Center. All GED classes are free and taught by volunteer instructors who are experts in their subject areas. The donation given by the Alpharetta Rotary will provide five scholarships to students taking classes at the NFCC Education Center to prepare for the GED, but cannot afford the $160 fee to take the test. The Alpharetta Rotary also donated six computer workstations to NFCC for the students to use in the learning lab as they prepare for the GED.

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Atlanta-Fulton Public Library | Alpharetta Branch 238 Canton Street, Alpharetta 30009 For information, call 770.740.2425 or email: amy.alexander@fultoncountyga.gov

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Events Fabulous Frida

4:30 p.m., November 8 Come join Out of the Box Art Studio to create in oil pastels while drawing a portrait of Frida Khalo and one of her favorite animals in a fun and creative drawing session. Frida was from Mexico City and her work will be a featured art exhibit at the High Museum of Art this year. Reservations are recommended.

Crafts for Preschoolers and Caregivers 10:30 a.m., November 13 Children and parents will make fall-themed crafts together. Ages 0-5. Space is limited to 20 participants; reservations are recommended.

Health and Wellness 1 p.m., November 13 Gain information for developing a healthy lifestyle. Adults only.

My Reptile Guys

Jamming with Ms. Jennifer: Music for Babies & Caregivers 10:30-11:15 a.m., November 6 Babies, toddlers and their caregivers will enjoy music and movement with Ms. Jennifer Fargar, an early childhood music specialist. Reservations recommended. For babies up to 2 years old.

Jamming with Ms. Jennifer: Music for Preschoolers & Caregivers 11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m., November 6 Babies, toddlers and their caregivers will enjoy music and movement with Ms. Jennifer Fargar, an early childhood music specialist. Reservations recommended. Ages 3-5.

4:30 p.m., November 15 Children will meet cool reptiles in the library. My Reptile Guys shows are fun, educational and totally interactive. Everyone gets the opportunity to touch, hold and learn about these marvelous creatures. Ages 6-11. Space is limited; reservations are recommended.

Winter Crafts for Preschoolers and Parents 10:30 a.m., December 4 Children and parents will make winter-themed crafts together. Ages 0-5. Space is limited to 20 participants; reservations are recommended.

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Private & Charter Schools Alpharetta International Academy

King’s Ridge Christian School

(770) 475-0558, www.aiamontessori.com

(770) 754-5738, www.kingsridgecs.org

Amana Academy

Legacy Academy


(678) 624-2234, www.lookatlegacy.org

Bridgeway Christian Academy

McGinnis Woods Country Day School

(770) 751-1972, www.bridgewayca.org

(770) 664-7764, www.mcginniswoods.org

Chandler Academy

Mill Springs Academy

(770) 346-0509, www.chandleracademy.com

(770) 360-1336, www.millsprings.org

Chrysalis Experiential Academy

Mount Pisgah Christian School

(770) 649-7077, www.chrysalisexp.org

(770) 336-3300, www.mountpisgahschool.org

Creme de la Creme-Alpharetta

Primrose School of Alpharetta

(770) 777-2960, www.cremechildcare.com

(770) 664-7508, www.primroseschools.com/Alpharetta

Eaton Academy

Primrose School of Christopher Robin

(770) 645-2673, www.eatonacademy.org

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

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

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

Crabapple Crossings Elementary

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

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

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

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

(678) 339-0107 www.primroseschools.com/ChristopherRobin

Fulton County School District: www.fultonschools.org | (404) 768-3600 New Prospect Elementary

Webb Bridge Middle

Summit Hill Elementary

High Schools

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

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

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

Alpharetta High

Middle Schools

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

Fulton Science Academy Middle

Cambridge High

Haynes Bridge Middle

Centennial High

Holcomb Bridge Middle

Fulton Science Academy High

Hopewell Middle

Independence High

Northwestern Middle

Milton High

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2012 — 2013 Calendar at a Glance November 6 Teacher Workday November 21–23 Thanksgiving Holidays December 20–31, January 1–3 Winter Break

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

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

Local Colleges & Universities North Fulton Center of Reinhardt University

DeVry University

(770) 619-3600, www.devry.edu

(770) 720-9191, www.reinhardt.edu

Georgia Perimeter College

University of Phoenix North Alpharetta

(404) 413-7878, www.gpc.edu

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Lanier Technical College

(770) 781-6800, www.laniertech.edu

Learning Center (678) 731-0555, www.phoenix.edu


SCHOOL Cub Scouts Clean Up School Playground

Cub Scout Pack 1429 recently participated in a cleanup project at Alpharetta Elementary School. Along with the Cub Scout Pack 1429, at Alpharetta Alpharetta Elementary Cleanup Elementary Grounds Committee, the Cub Scouts cleaned up the school’s playground for children with special needs. The Cub Scouts weeded, edged, mulched, painted benches and fixed two swings.

Holcomb Bridge Middle Supports Children of South Sudan

Students at Holcomb Bridge Middle School have committed to raising $10,000 in support of the children of South Sudan, following the school’s second-annual “One School, One Book” project that focused on Linda Sue Park’s book, “A Long Walk to Water.” Ngor Kur Mayol speaks at The book tells the story of Salva Dut, Holcomb Bridge Middle one of approximately 3,800 former School. “lost boys” of South Sudan. South Sudanese native Ngor Kur Mayol spoke at a school-wide assembly about his experience during the country’s 20-year civil war from 1984 to 2005. “I ask you to stand together with me — to stand together in love and to stand together in friendship.”

Hopewell Middle Students Test Water Levels

Twelve science students from Hopewell Middle School traveled to Smithgall Woods Dukes Creek Conservation Center near Helen, Ga., to conduct field tests of water quality.

Hopewell Middle School science students testing water quality

Using water-testing kits provided by a grant from the Fulton County Supporters of the Gifted, the students analyzed the water, performed a series of tests to verify

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quality, and arrived at a scientific conclusion that the stream was one of the healthiest in Georgia and should provide an ample supply of trout for fishermen in the coming season. Helping them accomplish this part of their curriculum were Hopewell Middle School teachers Tom Sewell and Torrie Fielden, along with representatives from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Georgia Environmental Protection Department Watershed Protection Division, Fulton County Water Services and Department, and Keep Forsyth County Beautiful.

Crabapple Crossing Elementary’s Literary Pumpkins Go on City Tour

Students at Crabapple Crossing Elementary School decorated pumpkins as their favorite literary characters as part of a contest sponsored by the Crabapple Community Association. The winning pumpkins were characters Crabapple Crossing Elementary from the books “Skippy School’s literary character John Jones,” “Big Bouffant” pumpkins and “The Frog and Toad.” The pumpkins were later displayed along the side of Birmingham Highway into the Crabapple business district and also during the Crabapple Antiques and Art Festival.

Manning Oaks Elementary’s Winning Pumpkins

Nick Ferris, general manager of the Original Pancake House on Windward Parkway, invited teachers at Manning Oaks Manning Oaks Elementary School’s Elementary decorated pumpkins School to participate in a pumpkin decorating contest sponsored by the restaurant. The winning pumpkins were displayed during the Original Pancake House’s special “Family Night Out.” In addition, students from the winning classrooms received a complimentary pancake breakfast from the Original Pancake House. www.footprintspublishing.com

Hits Atlanta! Title Boxing Club has come to Atlanta! One of the fastestgrowing fitness clubs in the country is now located at 8465 Holcomb Bridge Road, Johns Creek. Based on the workout a professional boxer uses to prepare for a prize fight, club members burn up to 1,000 calories in our onehour Power Hour workout. There is no physical contact or sparring allowed at Title, just good old-fashioned hard work in the gym. Seventyfive percent of our members are female who love to hit it hard! The Power Hour is based on a 100-year-old workout that focuses on building endurance, toning and sculpting the entire body. The Power Hour class is broken up into three sections: 15 minutes of stretching and warm-up: jumping jacks, running in place, stretching and many other warm-up activities to get the body ready for the main event. Bell to Bell is almost 30 minutes of heavy bag work. Title Boxing Club custom builds a bag stand that holds 72 one-hundred-pound heavy bags suspended from a steel frame. Each club member picks a bag at the beginning of the class. Bell to Bell features eight reps of three-minute rounds of punching or kicking the heavy bag, followed by one minute of active rest between each round. Three minutes does not sound like a long time until you actually take the class — you will be watching the clock count down each and every second! The one minute of active rest is used by some members to get a drink or sit down, or the really serious workout enthusiasts will use the active rest to continue being active by doing jumping jacks. Bell to Bell is the core workout of the Power Hour and one of the best workouts you can find anywhere for any fitness level.

15 minutes of cool down and core muscle work. After the last round of Bell to Bell, we switch gears to focus on your core. There is nothing more important to a great workout than focusing on the muscles that we use more than any other group. Sit-ups, planks or using 6- to 12-pound medicine balls will test your core and sculpt your abs. Power Hour classes are offered seven days a week, starting at 6 a.m. and continuing throughout each day and evening — making the classes convenient to attend several times a week. Each class is uniquely inspired by a Title Boxing Club certified trainer who provides individual instruction and motivation throughout the entire 60 minutes. Title Boxing Club is a full-service facility with free weights, cardio equipment and, of course, a boxing ring for those who want to climb inside for some oneon-one personal training with a certified instructor. Title currently has clubs in 31 states and is adding new locations weekly that are available to all members at no additional cost. Don’t miss out on your normal fitness routine just because you are not in Atlanta — Title’s many locations allow you to stick to your workout routine when traveling in Chicago, Dallas, Kansas City, Denver or wherever your trip takes you! The best part about our clubs is the Title Guarantee. We guarantee your results — period. No fine print, no hassles, no worries. Work out three times a week for 30 days; if you don’t see or feel results, we will refund 100 percent of your investment! Please come take your first shot for free!

Title Boxing Club 8465 Holcomb Bridge Road, Suite 240, Johns Creek, GA 30022

(678) 620-3623 www.titleboxingclub.com

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Orthodontics By An Orthodontist

plan now for Spring Break & Summer Cruises

by Michael Consoli

by Brett Gluck, DMD, MS, PC You wouldn’t have your internist perform your coronary artery bypass. Internists are incredibly smart with a vast array of knowledge in general medicine, but it is impossible for one person to have the knowledge and experience to be an expert in all areas of medicine. That is why there are medical specialists.

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

Well, dentistry is similar. When someone is interested in becoming a dentist, they must go to dental school for four years after college. Some dentists may be interested in being a general dentist and can begin their practice after completing dental school. Other dentists may want to pursue a particular area of dentistry and continue their training for a few more years to become dental specialists. These specialties include periodontics, pediatric dentistry, oral surgery, orthodontics, etc. A general dentist provides a wide array of valuable services, including fillings, veneers and crowns. A general dentist is the first person a patient should consult for regular dental maintenance, cosmetic dentistry and pain management. Sometimes, though, a general dentist may refer a patient to a dental specialist who has additional training and experience in one area of dentistry. In the case of orthodontics, the general dentist will refer a patient to an orthodontist for tooth-alignment issues and jawgrowth correction. An orthodontist has the proper training and experience to best treat orthodontic issues — through appliances, braces and other methods. An orthodontist may even recommend less conventional treatment, such as Invisalign. Invisalign uses clear plastic trays that are applied over the teeth (and can be removed when eating) to gradually move teeth and correct the bite. The Invisalign process includes the same orthodontic principles and treatment planning as conventional orthodontics. So, often it is advisable to seek treatment from a general dental practitioner who knows about many aspects of dentistry. But other times it may be necessary to seek treatment from a dental specialist — such as an orthodontist — who focuses on one area of dentistry for the most ideal results. North Fulton — Alpharetta | november 2012 34 My

With the holidays just around the corner, many of my clients are starting to ask about spring break and summer cruises, and when is the best time to start planning for next year. The answer is now. Cruise lines are offering great deals on spring and summer destinations, especially in Europe and Alaska.

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

Cruising offers the best value for a family vacation, because virtually everything is included in the ticket price — accommodations, meals and entertainment. The newer ships have more to offer than ever, such as zip lines, ice skating and surfing on board the ship! There also are more dining options than ever, including more healthy, spa-inspired options. The Caribbean, Bahamas and Bermuda are some of the top destinations for spring break cruises. This year, there are a lot of cruise options in these areas of the world, so cruise lines are offering lower prices and better incentives.

Cruising offers the best value for a family vacation, because virtually everything is included in the ticket price.

Europe is becoming more and more popular for summer cruises. As a result, cruise lines have invested heavily in this area of the world for the summer — so their offers are stronger than ever, with more inclusions and air incentives. This includes the Mediterranean, the Baltic regions (including Russia) and the British Isles. The best way to learn about what’s available is to attend our Spring Break and Summer Planning Cruise Event, 6 p.m., November 15 at Embassy Suites Alpharetta, North Point Parkway. We will be offering special savings on spring break and summer cruises available only at this event. Cruise line representatives will be available to answer your planning questions. We hope you will join us; RSVP at (770) 650-7667. www.footprintspublishing.com

JOHNS CREEK Community — Home

by Michelle Martin, editor@mynorthfultonmonthly.com

Lindamood-Bell Learning Center (10700 Medlock Bridge Road, Suite 101, Johns Creek) held a grand opening recently for its new location. The event also included an “Overview on Learning” session at 6 p.m. that allowed the public to learn more about the center. Lindamood-Bell Learning Centers feature critically acclaimed educational programs that teach the underlying skills necessary for reading, spelling and comprehension. The one-to-one instruction format often produces years of learning gain in an average of six weeks of intensive instruction.

Lindamood-Bell Learning Center in Johns Creek

The Johns Creek location is one of 50 Lindamood-Bell Learning Centers throughout the country. Hours of operation are 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Friday. (770) 476-7066, www.lindamoodbell.com

Title Boxing Club (8465 Holcomb Bridge Road, Suite 240, Johns Creek) opened November 3. Owned by Gerry and Nancy Weir, Title Boxing Club offers the non-contact, no sparring boxingbased workout called “Power Hour,” which burns 1,000 calories in just one hour. The facility also has cardio equipment, free weights, speed bags and medicine balls. Personal training also is available. Take advantage of special grand opening rates. Open 5:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. (678) 620-3623, www.titleboxingclub.com

Johns Creek Planning Commission has unanimously approved a new fuel center at the Kroger grocery store at Rivermont Crossing Shopping Center, located at the intersection of Barnwell and Holcomb Bridge roads. All of the citizen comments during the recent Planning Commission’s meeting was in favor of a Kroger fuel center. The only concern raised was access from Barnwell Road. Representatives for Rivermont Homeowners Association said the subdivision welcomes the Kroger proposal, but noted that access to Rivermont Crossing would be difficult during rush hour and suggested studying the feasibility of a traffic signal at the Barnwell-Holcomb Bridge roads intersection. Paul Xhajanka with Kroger said a fuel center had been the top request among Kroger customers. He expects the new seven-bay fuel center to increase the store’s overall performance and appeal. In addition, Kroger plans a $1.5 million renovation of the entire Rivermont Crossing store. The new fuel center is expected to open February 2013.

Sign up now for Breakfast with Santa, coming December 8 at Park Place at Newtown School (3125 Old Alabama Road, Johns Creek). All Johns Creek boys and girls are invited to have breakfast with Santa, along with music, holiday crafts, letters to Santa and pictures with Santa. Children must be pre-registered and accompanied by an adult. Space is limited; maximum 20 children per breakfast. Registration ends November 30. (678) 512-3200, info@JohnsCreekGA.gov, www.johnscreekga.gov

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COMMUNITY Park Place Pacers Walking Club Celebrates ‘Journey’ to Chicago

Park Place Pacers, a walking club formed last year at Park Place at Newtown School, recently celebrated walking a total of 1,942 miles on the trails at Newtown Park in Johns Creek. Members of the Park Place Pacers have walked the equivalent of a continuous hike from Johns Creek to Nashville, to Charlotte, to Washington D.C. and finally to Chicago. The club’s next goal is to “walk” from Chicago to Denver — a distance of 1,006 miles! Park Place Pacers meets every Monday and Thursday at 8:30 a.m. on the patio of Park Place. Walking Club T-shirts are awarded to all participants who reach 25, 50 and 100+ miles.

City Planning Founders Day Festivities

The City of Johns Creek is making final preparations for the sixthannual Johns Creek Founders Day Parade on The 2011 Johns Creek Founders Day Parade December 1. The parade will cap a week-long celebration beginning November 26 that will include the lighting of the Christmas Tree and Dreidel, a kids’ holiday crafts workshop, “Santa Jam” and other holiday events. This year’s parade will showcase the Parris Island Marine Band, a U.S. Marine Corps band of 50 enlisted instrumentalists that performs at concerts and parades throughout the Southeast, along with other bands and featured groups.

Business Expo Sells Out in First Year

The Johns Creek Chamber of Commerce held the inaugural Johns Creek Business Expo October 4 at Gallery Events, located at 10700 State Bridge Road, Suite 9, in Johns Creek. The expo was presented by Fidelity Bank. The event was designed to showcase local businesses and to help business owners, professionals, community leaders and residents establish meaningful contacts for growing their business. Although this was the first year for the event, the Johns Creek Business Expo was a sell-out with 62 exhibitors. Approximately 1,000 people — including residents, business owners and professionals of Johns Creek and surrounding communities — attended the Johns Creek Business Expo throughout the day. Along with exhibitors, the expo included educational sessions covering such topics as “Strategic Planning” and “Business Funding and Lending.” The Johns Creek Chamber of Commerce also held its “Business After Hours” and “Taste of the Chamber” in the evening following the expo. In addition to presenting sponsor Fidelity Bank, the Johns Creek Business Expo was presented by the City of Johns Creek and Anchor Home Mortgage (platinum sponsors); and Actorboy Video Productions, FastSigns-Norcross, Alphagraphics, Johns Creek Herald, Gwinnett Medical Center-Duluth and Johns Creek Neighbor Newspapers (gold sponsors). “Taste of the Chamber” sponsors included Panera Bread, Jet’s Pizza, Grecian Gyro, Whole Foods Market, Qdoba Mexican Grill, and Smokin Grill BBQ. Beverage sponsors included Trattoria one-41, BB&T, Anheuser Busch, and YSS Athletics. Parking sponsors included The Home Depot, Johns Creek Driving School and Parc at Duluth Communities. Johns Creek Chamber of Commerce members serving on the Expo Committee were Yvonne Riner (UberTrade), Craig Carter (Ameriprise Financial), Heather Blanchard (Johns Creek Convention and Visitors Bureau), Michelle Still (Trattoria one-41 & Viande Rouge), Stephen Vorbeck (CitruSolution of Johns Creek), Melanie Romenaux (Somedia Solutions), Fred VanPatten (Fred VanPatten Insurance Services) and Robert Funk (CMIT Solutions).

Local businesses, organizations and individuals may apply to enter a float in the Founders Day Parade as well. All parade floats should incorporate the “Traveling through the Creek” theme, but can use any means of transportation — such as vehicles, boats, golf carts, etc. The deadline for parade float applications is November 16.

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Northeast/Spruill Oaks Branch 9560 Spruill Road (770) 360-8820 Monday, Tuesday 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Wednesday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Sunday 2 – 6 p.m.

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Northeast/Spruill Oaks Branch Financing College Series: Get Your Hands on Some Cash by Researching Scholarships 6 p.m., November 13 Financial aid outreach specialist Tentisha Hunter will present a straightforward presentation on understanding and applying for a variety of scholarships to help fund a college education. Parents are encouraged to attend. Ages 15-18.

Show Your Thanks and Come for Craft Day and Stories 4:30 p.m., November 15 Thanksgiving stories and crafts. Ages 5 and up.

Northeast/Spruill Oaks Branch Wednesday Story Time for Preschoolers 10:15 & 11:15 a.m., November 14, 21 & 28 Interactive stories, fingerplays, songs and playtime. Ages 4 and under.

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4th Annual Johns Creek Fall Poetry Festival 10 a.m.-3 p.m., November 17 Join the Johns Creek Poetry Group for a celebration of poetry. All poets are welcome, regardless of age or experience. Sponsored by the Friends of the Northeast/Spruill Oaks Library.

Story Structure for Picture Books: What Editors are Looking For 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., December 1 Author Diane Z. Shore will share keys to successfully writing picture books, plus a few personal secrets. All writers and authors are welcome. Reservations are required.

Ocee Branch Candy Cornucopias Family Craft 5 p.m., November 14 Decorate your own treat holder. Ages 5 and up (accompanied by a parent).

Homework Databases Introduction 5 p.m., November 15 An introduction for the teens of the library on some of the best library databases to help them achieve academic success. Ages 12-18. Reservations are required.

Ocee Branch 5090 Abbotts Bridge Road (770) 360-8897 Monday, Tuesday, Friday, Saturday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Sunday 2 – 6 p.m.

Sunday Dahn Yoga 3 p.m., November 18 Dahn Yoga is a combination of stretching, breathing and meditation. Please bring a yoga mat or towel and wear loose comfortable clothes. Open to adults of all ages.

Yoga & Meditation 11 a.m., November 19 & 26 Bring a yoga mat or towel and wear something comfortable. Open to adults of all ages.

Atlanta Junior Bridge 3:30 p.m., November 19 & 26 Learn to play the fascinating card game of bridge. Ages 8-18.

Ocee Branch Preschool Storytime 10:30 a.m., Thursdays, November 15-December 13 Children ages 3-5 will participate in stories, songs and simple crafts. Registration is not required.

Introduction to MS Excel 2010 1 p.m., November 27 An introductory class to familiarize computer users with Microsoft Excel. Adults only. First come, first seated.

Introduction to MS Word 2010 1 p.m., December 4 An introductory class to familiarize computer users with Microsoft Word. Adults only. First come, first seated.

Natural World Storytime 10:30 a.m., November 16 Join us for a fun, interactive and educational storytime about the environment we live in, presented by the Department of Water Resources Environmental Education Division. Ages 3-5.

Dahn Yoga 6:30 p.m., December 6-27 Dahn Yoga is a combination of stretching, breathing and meditation. Please bring a yoga mat or towel and wear loose comfortable clothes. Open to adults of all ages.

‘Santa’s Missing Mail’ 3 p.m., December 8 Ominous Crook and his sidekick, Skellmutt, are two bad guys who are out to stop Christmas by stealing Santa Claus’ mail. You’ll meet some panicked elves, a wise-cracking reindeer, a dim-witted superhero and Santa himself in this rollicking and hilarious puppet show. All ages. Registration is not required, but the program is limited to the first 75 children. Tickets will be distributed one hour before the program. Please arrive promptly; late arrivals will not be admitted.

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Private & Charter Schools

Montessori School of Alpharetta

Amana Academy

Montessori Unlimited Medlock Bridge Montessori School

(678) 624-0989, www.amanaacademy.org

(770) 667-1277, www.montessori.com

(770) 623-1965, www.montessori.com

Clear Springs Christian Academy

Mount Pisgah Christian School

(770) 475-8963, www.csbcga.com

(678) 336-3300, www.experiencepisgah.org

Cresco Montessori

Nesbit Ferry Montessori School

(678) 381-0020, www.crescomontessori.com

Fulton Science Academy Charter High (770) 475-3223, www.fsahigh.org

(770) 552-8454, www.montessori.com

Perimeter School (678) 405-2300, www.perimeterschool.com

Holy Redeemer Catholic School

Primrose School of Jones Bridge

(770) 410-4056, www.hrcatholicschool.org

(770) 664-8911, www.primroseschools.com

Legacy Academy

Woodward Academy-North Campus

(678) 624-2234, www.lookatlegacy.org

(404) 765-4490, www.woodward.edu

Public Schools Fulton County School District: www.fultonschools.org | (404) 768-3600

Elementary Schools Abbotts Hill Elementary

5575 Abbotts Bridge Road Johns Creek 30097 (770) 667-2860 www.fultonschools.org/school/abbottshill/ Principal: Roytunda Stabler

Ocee Elementary

River Trail Middle

Shakerag Elementary

Taylor Road Middle

4375 Kimball Bridge Road Johns Creek 30022 (770) 667-2960 www.oceeotters.weebly.com Principal: Deborah Pernice

Barnwell Elementary

9425 Barnwell Road Johns Creek 30022 (770) 552-4960 www.barnwellelementary.org Principal: Norman Sauce

10795 Rogers Circle Johns Creek 30097 (770) 497-3860 www.rivertrailmiddleschool.org Principal: Dawn Melin

10885 Rogers Circle Johns Creek 30097 (770) 497-3880 www.shakeragelementary.com Principal: Martin Neuhaus

Dolvin Elementary

5150 Taylor Road Johns Creek 30022 (770) 740-7090 www.trms.ga.net Principal: Ed Williamson

State Bridge Crossing Elementary

10495 Jones Bridge Road Johns Creek 30022 (770) 740-7020 www.dolvin.org Principal: Laura Zoll

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

Findley Oaks Elementary

Chattahoochee High 5230 Taylor Road Johns Creek 30022 (770) 521-7600 www.chattcougar.com Principal: Tim Duncan

Wilson Creek Elementary

5880 Findley Chase Drive Johns Creek 30097 (770) 497-3800 www.fultonschools.org/school/findleyoaks Principal: Leonard Forti

6115 Wilson Road Johns Creek 30097 (770) 497-3811 www.wilsoncreekelementary.com Principal: Andrea Cushing

Johns Creek High

Middle Schools

5575 State Bridge Road Johns Creek 30022 (770) 623-2138 www.johnscreekhs.net Principal: Buck Greene

Autrey Mill Middle

Northview High

Medlock Bridge Elementary

10215 Medlock Bridge Pkwy. Johns Creek 30022 (770) 623-2980 www.fultonschools.org/school/medlockbridge Principal: Tiffany Hutchens

4110 Old Alabama Road Johns Creek 30022 (770) 521-7622 www.fultonschools.org/school/autreymill Principal: Jimmy Zoll

Northwood Elementary

10200 Wooten Road, Roswell (770) 552-6390 www.northwoodelementary.com Principal: Ritu Ahuja

2012 — 2013 Calendar at a Glance November 6 November 21–23

Teacher Workday Thanksgiving Holidays

December 20–31, January 1–3

High Schools

Winter Break

10625 Parsons Road Johns Creek 30097 (770) 497-3828 www.northviewhigh.com Principal: Paul Brannon

Local Colleges & Universities Georgia Gwinnett College

(678) 407-5000, www.ggc.edu

ITT Technical Institute

(678) 957-8510 www2.itt-tech.edu/campus/school.cfm

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Georgia Perimeter College

(678) 240-6000, www.gpc.edu

Lanier Technical College (770) 531-6300 www.laniertech.edu

North Fulton Center of Reinhardt University (770) 720-9191 www.reinhardt.edu

SCHOOL Autrey Mill Middle, North Fulton Master Gardeners Team for Planting Project

Teachers and students at Autrey Mill Middle School joined with the North Fulton Master Gardeners for a planting workday to help make Autrey Mill Middle School works with North Fulton the outdoor Master Gardeners. classroom area more inviting and become certified as a wildlife area. Students from science classes, the Junior BETA Club and the Eco Club teamed up with their teachers to dig holes, plant, and spread mulch — planting fig, pomegranate and blueberry bushes, and Dogwood and Redbud trees. Members of North Fulton Master Gardeners helped students with compost and soil preparation. The project was funded by a grant from the school PTA and a matching grant from the North Fulton Master Gardeners.

Local Fulton County Schools Finish in State’s Top 10 for SAT Scores

According to a recent report by The College Board, the Fulton County School System had the most schools of any district in the state to score within the Top 20 for highest SAT scores. Three Johns Creek high schools — Northview, Johns Creek and Chattahoochee — finished in the Top 10. Northview High School had the second-highest average SAT score in the state, at 1769. However, only 103 students from the higherranking school took the SAT in 2012, whereas 496 Northview students took the SAT in 2012. Johns Creek High School ranked No. 4, with an average score of 1729. Chattahoochee ranked No. 9, with an average score of 1674. Fulton County Schools’ 2012 scores increased an overall 20 points from its 2011 scores — rising seven points in reading, seven points in math, and six points in the writing section. The

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state and national scores either fell or increased marginally from 2011 to 2012. Fulton County students outscored other Georgia students by 34 points in reading, 47 points in math and 47 points in writing, for an overall total of 128 points above the state average. Fulton County students also outscored the national average in reading by 26 points, in math by 22 points and in writing by 34 points, for an overall total of 82 points above the national average. In addition, Johns Creek High School experienced an increase in the number of students taking the test and also posted a 134-point gain from 2011 to 2012.

Local School Teachers Win FCSG Grants

Fulton County Supporters of the Gifted (FCSG) have awarded approximately $2,000 in grants to 13 Talented and River Trail Middle School teachers receive Gifted teachers, FCSG grant. including teachers from the Johns Creek community. The grants are to be used for purchasing curriculum materials for their students. Johns Creek teachers receiving the FCSG grants were Mariso DiSano, Jennifer Bear, Crystal Dorn and Laura Tavel from River Trail Middle School and Ann Scott Hanks of Ocee Elementary School. FCSG is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization that is totally staffed by volunteers who — through membership dues and corporate grants — provide student academic camp scholarships, teacher grants, registration fees for teacher professional development, and host working luncheons for teachers throughout the year. FCSG also hosts a fall and spring lecture series for teachers and members on gifted education at no cost to members.

Send US Your School news:

Michelle Martin, editor@mynorthfultonmonthly.com

Chattahoochee High School (CHS) and Alpharetta High School (AHS) teamed together recently in support of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Players, students, teachers and parents participated in a “pink out” during the schools’ rivalry game October 19 to show support for breast cancer awareness. “As principal, I’m well aware of the great neighborhood rivalry between Chattahoochee and Alpharetta. I’m glad that for one night that we can use such a large event to unify the community by setting aside our team colors to focus on a disease that affects us all,” said Chattahoochee Principal Tim Duncan. “So many of our competitions divide us, but finding a cure for breast cancer will take all of us working together.” AHS’ Raiders Stadium was regaled in pink, while fans wore pink apparel or pink T-shirts designed especially for the game, and football players wore pink tape on their equipment. Proceeds from pink T-shirts benefited breast cancer research. The marching bands from AHS and CHS also performed a special musical tribute. In addition, breast cancer survivors were honored during the pre-game festivities.

Photos courtesy of David Rice Photography and Denise Fusco.

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WHAT DOES YOUR Car Color Say About Your Personality?

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Most consumers have a specific color request when purchasing a car. Choosing a car color can be an emotional decision for car buyers, who may not have any real reasons to explain why they prefer one color over another. Some research indicates that car color may be an extension of car buyers’ personality. Silver was the most popular color for new car buyers a couple of years ago, but has been eclipsed by white as the most preferred new car color. Black, white and silver car paint colors consistently have been popular for more than a decade. In fact, approximately half of all new cars sold in the United States are manufactured in these three classic car colors. Silver is timeless, practical and solid. Those who drive silver cars are looking for quality, high resale value and practicality. They also like a little sparkle and fun in their stable lives. Black cars are mysteriously sophisticated and denote authority, which could explain why most vehicles driven by many of the world’s top officials are black. Customers who choose white cars are normally organized and neat. Sometimes, they can be hard to get along with due to their precision. Customers who choose pearl white bring glamour to the table and get along with people. Red cars typically reflect owners who are extroverted, have a Type A personality, and are multi-taskers. While the urban legend that red cars are ticketed more often than cars of other colors isn’t statistically true, drivers of red cars probably like the “look at me” flash that they attract — just not by policemen! Drivers of blue and green cars are normally the solid rock among their friends; they are practical and aren’t worried about appearances. Owners of bright cars, like yellow or orange, love to have fun, are artistic and the center of attention. Sometimes they tend to be scattered, but you always have a good time with them. Drivers of green and brown cars are trustworthy, natural, organic and very down-to-earth. Chocolate brown car owners have a unique personality. Finally, gold car owners are considered warm and intelligent. Perhaps this car color assessment matches your personality or someone you know. If you are a teenager and are getting a car from someone, if it drives, who cares what color it is! If you should need your car color retouched or repainted, look for a quality retail shop or get recommendations from your dealership. Adapted from various articles such as IVillage Tara Weingarten, an internationally recognized automotive journalist and squidoo.com

Suzanne Taylor is the Marketing Manager for Atlanta Dent Company and a monthly columnist for My Community Monthly magazines.

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ROSWELL Community — Home

by Michelle Martin, editor@mynorthfultonmonthly.com

North Fulton Medical Plaza (4500 Hospital Blvd., Roswell) celebrated its grand opening with a ribbon cutting recently. The three-story, 52,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art medical facility is designed for outpatient care and includes the Roswell Imaging Center, Pain and Spine Center, and a Central Registration area. It is conveniently located across from North Fulton Hospital’s main entrance and adjacent to the parking deck. Fitness Revolution Roswell (1575 Old Alabama Road, Suite 105, Roswell) held a grand opening party recently. The event included food, beverages, music, prizes and raffle drawings for semi-private training sessions and boot camp classes; gift cards, gift certificates and healthy food baskets; chair massages; antioxidant level testing; and more. Fitness Revolution Roswell offers a variety of fitness classes — including boot camp, metabolic makeover, yoga and Zumba — designed to help clients lose weight, gain muscle, improve health or increase performance. (678) 995-5348, www.fitnessrevolutionroswell.com Business Technology Architects LLC (11660 Alpharetta Hwy., Suite 262, Roswell) recently held a ribbon cutting to celebrate its grand opening. The company is a consulting organization that assesses, documents, designs and implements client Information Technology architectures to improve efficiency, security and bottom-line savings. Business Technology Architects LLC was formed in 2010 by Kenneth Fee, CEO; Victoria Fee, CFO; David Buechner, chief technology officer; and Kathy Buechner, chief marketing officer. The company has grown from the original four owners to now 20 employees. (678) 951-8980, www.biztecharchitects.com Thomas Eye Group (11690 Alpharetta Hwy., Roswell) has expanded its locations in Metro Atlanta and North Georgia with the opening of a new Suwanee office. The new office is located at 1120 Peachtree Industrial Blvd., Suite 101, in Suwanee. Thomas Eye Group offers eye exams, contact lenses and LASIK, along with medical, surgical and cosmetic eye services. In addition, the new Suwanee location incorporates the latest design techniques and diagnostic equipment. Thomas Eye Group’s nine area locations include offices in Alpharetta and Woodstock. The corporate office is located at 5901-A Peachtree Dunwoody Road, Suite 500, in Atlanta. (770) 475-5515, www.thomaseyegroup.com Resurgens Orthopaedics (1285 Hembree Road, Suite 200-A, Roswell) has expanded its staff with the addition of orthopaedic surgeon Dr. Jeffrey P. Garrett. Dr. Garrett received his medical degree from East Carolina University in Greenville, N.C.; completed his residency at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C., where he also completed a fellowship in orthopaedic surgery; and completed a fellowship in orthopaedic trauma at Tampa General Hospital in Tampa, Fla. Dr. Garrett’s areas of expertise include orthopaedic trauma surgery, fracture and fracture reconstructive surgery, total joint replacement, and general orthopaedics. Resurgens Orthopaedics is Georgia’s largest orthopaedic practice, with 21 offices and six surgery centers throughout Metro Atlanta. Resurgens provides specialized expertise and broad experience in the areas of sports medicine; joint replacement; neck and back surgery; foot and ankle surgery; shoulder and elbow surgery; non-operative spine care; hand surgery; arthroscopic surgery; epidural steroid injection; general orthopaedic; and trauma care. Resurgens also provides comprehensive musculoskeletal care in a single location, from injury diagnosis and treatment to rehabilitation services. (770) 475-2710, www.resurgens.com

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COMMUNITY Local Youth’s Shopping Spree Wish Fulfilled Trenton Harris, 13, of Roswell, recently was treated to a shopping spree at Fry’s Home Electronics in Milton and GameStop retail store in Alpharetta. The shopping trip was part of Trenton’s wish through the Make-AWish Foundation.

Trenton was diagnosed with Acute Lymphatic Leukemia a year ago — just one year after moving from Maryland to Roswell with his family. He is currently in remission after undergoing chemotherapy. As part of his shopping spree wish, Trenton picked out a shopping cart full of electronics from Fry’s Home Electronics — including a PlayStation 3 console and games, a TV and Blu-Ray player, an iPod and iPad2. He also received a gift card, video games and other gaming items from GameStop. Trenton and his family also were treated to lunch at Ippolito’s restaurant in Roswell afterward. Ippolito’s also gave Trenton and his family free tickets to an Atlanta Falcons game. Trenton is an 8th-grade honor roll student at Elkins Point Middle School.

Mayor & City Council Meetings on RCTV

Roswell residents can now view the mayor and city council’s meetings on Roswell City TV (RCTV). RCTV is broadcast locally on Channel 22 on Comcast Cable, Channel 23 on Charter Cable and Channel 99 on AT&T U-Verse. Meetings will air the Tuesday following a meeting. Air times include: 7 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays; 9 a.m., Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays; and 12 p.m. on Sundays.

The meetings also will be viewable on the City’s website (www.roswellgov.com/citymeetings) beginning the Wednesday following each meeting. In addition to mayor and city council meetings, RCTV will air City events and activities, City job postings, Recreation and Parks programs, Fulton County School news, and Roswell High School Football games. All local information is updated regularly, so please continue to watch RCTV for the very latest City news.

Masonic Lodge Celebrates 160 Years

Roswell Masonic Lodge No. 165 celebrated its 160th anniversary on October 27. The lodge was chartered in 1852 through the Grand Lodge of Georgia. H.W. Proudfoot, Elihu Hembree and John Dunwoody served as the chartering officers. Since 1852, Roswell Masonic Lodge No. 165 and its members have served the Roswell community and local charities. The lodge hosts a variety of events designed to raise funds for local charitable groups and causes, including an annual Christmas tree sale, pancake breakfasts, fish fries, barbecues and more. Roswell Masonic Lodge 165 is located at 1054 Alpharetta Street near Downtown Roswell. Members meet the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month.

Kids’ Coloring Book Contest Promotes Water Conservation The City of Roswell is challenging Roswell’s 3rd-, 4th- and 5th-grade students to illustrate water conservation through the “Drippy Dropperson” coloring book contest.

Students are asked to draw pictures of “Drippy Dropperson” protecting water — by saving water, stopping pollution, cleaning up our rivers, or managing storm water. Kids are encouraged to use only black ink (no coloring or shading) to draw their pictures. The Top 12 drawings will be featured in the 2013 Drippy Dropperson Coloring Book. The contest entry form is available on the City of Roswell website, www.roswellgov.com. Entries are due November 16. www.footprintspublishing.com 49


Atlanta-Fulton Public Library | Roswell Branch 115 Norcross Street, (770) 640-3075

november-early december


Hours: Monday – Tuesday: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Wednesday – Saturday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Sunday: 2 – 6 p.m.

Jack and Annie Book Club

CAREing Paws

4-4:30 p.m., November 13

4-5 p.m., Wednesdays through December 4 11 a.m.-12 p.m., 2nd and 3rd Saturdays of the month through December

In this book club for children, we will read a Magic Treehouse book and do a fun activity related to it. Title TBA. Grades 1 & 2. Registration begins one week before the program.

Mystery Readers’ Book Club 6:30 p.m., November 13

Formerly READing Paws. Trained and certified therapy dogs will be here so children can practice reading out loud. Beginning and struggling readers are encouraged to sign up for a 15-minute slot. Registration begins two weeks before the program. Grades 1 and up.

The book discussed will be “Guardian of the Horizon,” by Elizabeth Peters. This group is co-sponsored by the Friends of the Roswell Library. All ages are welcome.

Noonday Nosh Book Club 12-1 p.m., November 13 Noonday Nosh is a monthly book review group. The November 13 selection is “Something Wicked This Way Comes,” by Ray Bradbury.

Introduction to Email/Gmail 10-11 a.m., November 26 Create a Gmail account and learn how to use email. Class size is limited to 7; registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis the day of class. Adults college-aged and up.

Kindergarten Book Club 4-4:30 p.m., November 27 In this book club just for children in Kindergarten, we will read a book and do a fun activity. Registration begins one week before the program.

Walking One-ders 10:30-11 a.m., November 7 Walking One-Ders is a program for 1-year-olds who are walking and their caregivers. No reservations required.

Terrific Twos and Threes 11:30 a.m.-Noon, November 7 Noon-12:30 p.m., November 7 Terrific Two’s and Three’s is a program for 2- and 3-year-olds and their caregivers. No reservations required.

Music with Ms. Jennifer

Lego Club 4 p.m., November 27 November’s theme is race tracks. Ages 5-10. Registration begins November 20.

10-10:30 a.m., November 14 Ms. Jennifer is back with fun, interactive songs for 1-year-olds. Class size is limited; registration begins November 8.

Music with Ms. Jennifer 10:45-11:15 a.m., November 14 Ms. Jennifer is back with fun, interactive songs for 2- and 3-year-olds. Class is limited; registration begins November 8.

Bouncing Babies Story Time 10:30-11 a.m. Mondays, November 26-December 10 Bouncing Babies is a program for infants and their caregiver. Reservations are not required. Ages 0-1.

Story Time for 4’s and 5’s 4-4:30 p.m. Mondays, November 26 -December 10 Independent story time experience that children attend without a caregiver. Day care providers are asked to remain with their group. Reservations are not required. Ages 4-5.

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Private & Charter Schools The Atlanta Academy

High Meadows School

(678) 461-6102, www.atlantaacademy.com

(770) 993-2940, www.highmeadows.org

Blessed Trinity Catholic High School

King’s Ridge Christian School

Cottage School

Legacy Academy

(678) 277-9083, www.btcatholic.org

(770) 641-8688, www.cottageschool.org

Chrysalis Experiential Academy

(770) 754-5738, www.kingsridgecs.org (678) 624-2234, www.lookatlegacy.org

Mill Springs Academy

(770) 649-7077, www.chrysalisexp.org

(770) 360-1336, www.millsprings.org

Eaton Academy

(770) 645-2673, www.eatonacademy.org

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

Porter School (770) 594-1313, www.porterschool.com

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

Swift School

Fulton Sunshine Academy Elementary (770) 410-1500

(678) 205-4988, www.swiftschool.com

Village Montessori School (770) 552-0834, www.vmschool.com

Public Schools Fulton County School District: www.fultonschools.org | (404) 768-3600 Northwood Elementary

Elementary Schools

10200 Wooten Road, Roswell (770) 552-6390 www.northwoodelementary.com Principal: Ritu Ahuja

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

Hillside Elementary

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

High Schools

Roswell North Elementary

Milton High

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

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

Sweet Apple Elementary

Roswell High

Middle Schools

Other Centers

Crabapple Middle

Crossroads Second Chance North Campus

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

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

Mountain Park Elementary

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

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

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

2012 — 2013 Calendar at a Glance November 6 November 21–23

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

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

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

Teacher Workday Thanksgiving Holidays

December 20–31, January 1–3

Winter Break

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

Northwestern Middle

River Eves Elementary

Hembree Springs Elementary

Elkins Pointe Middle

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

Local Colleges & Universities Georgia Perimeter College (404) 413-7878, www.gpc.edu

North Fulton Center of Reinhardt University

The Art Institute of Atlanta

(770) 720-9191 www.reinhardt.edu

Strayer University

University of Phoenix Atlanta Campus

(770) 394-8300, artinstitutes.edu (770) 650-3000, strayeru.com

(678) 731-0555, www.phoenix.edu

SCHOOL River Eves Elementary Stands Up Against Bullying

Students at River Eves Elementary School showed their true colors recently by wearing orange — the official color of bullying prevention — River Eves Elementary’s Unity Day to show their support against people who bully others. As part of a nationwide campaign to put an end to bullying, River Eves Elementary students discussed in the classroom how it is up to each individual to make sure bullying stops. “Bullying is a communitywide issue that must no longer be ignored,” said Linda Patton, counselor at River Eves Elementary. “We focus on teaching our students to treat all children and adults with respect, as well as providing students with the tools they need to prevent and stop bullying.”

Senator Albers Visits Young Life Academy During ‘Pre-K Week’

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Georgia’s Pre-K program, Sen. John Albers (R-Roswell) recently read to a group of preschool students at Young Life Academy in Roswell. Senator Albers’ visit also coincided with the second-annual Georgia Pre-K Week, October 1-5, sponsored by Voices for Georgia’s Children (www. georgiavoices.com) and its Pre-K Week partners. “It was an honor to witness the work that Georgia’s Pre-K program is doing to prepare our youngest learners for the challenges of tomorrow,” said Senator Albers. “Early childhood education is essential to providing the building blocks for success and helping Georgia’s students compete with their peers around the globe.” During his visit, Senator Albers participated in learning activities with the children, took a tour of the facility, interacted with staff, and received an up-close look at the many ways the center is supporting early childhood education. In honor of Georgia’s Pre-K Week, Sen. Albers was one of nearly 140 state officials who visited one of the approximately 3,800 Pre-K classrooms throughout Georgia. North Fulton — Roswell | november 2012 54 My

Hillside Elementary Receives Grant

Hillside Elementary School has been awarded a Bright Ideas Grant from Sawnee EMC Foundation in support of the school’s Science Day on November 9. Students in Kindergarten through 5th grade work in collaborative groups as they study fundamental science concepts and participate in grade-appropriate experiments. The grant helps the school to continue to expand Science Day by purchasing better equipment, involving community leaders, and sharing their knowledge with other local schools.

Northwood Elementary Students Learn Job Skills on Junior Achievement Day

Northwood Elementary School’s recent Junior Achievement Day allowed students to learn about economics and business from local Verizon employees. Students in 3rd grade created paper donuts in assembly-line fashion and then were “paid” for their varied jobs in the donut business, while 5th-graders learned how best to promote a fictitious hot dog venture.

Roswell High Teacher Publishes WWII Book

Alex Chrzanowski, a social studies teacher at Roswell High School, has published “A Life Anything but Ordinary,” about World War II Veteran Roswell High’s Alex Chrzanowski and P.O.W. Marvin Russell. In addition to surviving 13 months in a P.O.W. camp, Russell also survived heartache, devastation and a lifethreatening explosion that burned 90 percent of his body. Chrzanowski has a particular passion for WWII history and has been an active participant in the Honor Air program with Roswell Rotary, which takes WWII veterans in the Roswell area to Washington, D.C. to visit the WWII memorial. Chrzanowski spent the last 10 years interviewing veterans; his goal for this and future books is to honor those who served this country so bravely. Debbie McCaulley, a teacher at Crabapple Middle School, helped Chrzanowski with research and editing of the book. www.footprintspublishing.com

Pray, Then Vote


by Michael Buckner

Technology is great. Along with it have come all sorts of fantastic conveniences — but all with a price. With great high-speed Internet, for example, comes a $50 bill. Cell phone companies now charge us all for texting and Michael Buckner is the owner of Audio data, hitting us with another Intersection located at 631 E. Main $50. And the standard Street, Canton. For more information TV and home phone bills on any of his monthly columns, for continue to increase. Well, questions or to set up an appointment, call (770) 479-1000. I can show you how to save more than $1,000 per year on these different technologies simply by making a few phone calls — but with little or no sacrificing of the conveniences that we’ve come to rely on with these technologies. First, let’s talk about your cell phone. Do you have an iPhone? If so, chances are you’re on a plan that exceeds $100 per month. STOP! Instead, you can have your phone “unlocked” (call me if you don’t know what this means) and switch to Straight Talk Mobile. This is a prepaid service that uses AT&T’s cell phone towers, delivers 4G speeds, and includes unlimited talk, text and data for only $45 per month! I have no idea why so few people know about this service, but I have been using it for months and it’s great! The unlock process can be a little more difficult with an Android phone, but it’s still possible and still offers substantial savings. My cell phone bill went from $135 with taxes to $47.99 — saving me $88 per month, or $1,044 per year! Next, let’s discuss home phone and Internet service. Many of my clients have told me that they only had home phone service because of their security system. STOP! First of all, now you can add a cellular alarm system that will cost only $10 extra per month. Secondly, if you have a standard phone company, such as Windstream or AT&T, your alarm system still will work if you tell them to cancel your phone but keep your Internet service. You see, in order to have Internet service, the phone company will “give” you a phone line for free. The only catch is that you won’t be able to make free outgoing calls unless it’s to an 800-number, which is what most alarms dial out to anyway. If it’s not an 800-number, the phone company will charge $.20 per minute. Even if the alarm doesn’t use a tollfree number, keeping only the Internet service still would be continued on page 71 North Fulton — Roswell | november 2012 56 My

by Ron Bradley, Ph.D.

Back in 2009, the Harris Poll asked a cross-section of American adults a simple question: “Who do you admire enough to call them your hero?” Those surveyed were not shown or read a list from which to choose; the heroes were named spontaneously. The Top 10 from the 2009 poll:

Ron Bradley is the pastor at First Baptist Church Roswell. You may contact him at (770) 587-6980 or ron@rfbc.org.

1. Barack Obama

6. Abraham Lincoln

2. Jesus Christ

7. John McCain

3. Martin Luther King Jr.

8. John F. Kennedy

4. Ronald Reagan

9. Chesley Sullenberger

5. George W. Bush

10. Mother Teresa

When the survey was previously conducted in 2001, Jesus Christ was the hero mentioned most often, followed by Martin Luther King Jr; Colin Powell; John F. Kennedy; and Mother Teresa. Those mentioned in 2001 but not included in the list for 2009 were John Wayne and Michael Jordan. What is your reaction to these lists? Some of my observations: Obama over Jesus? Bush over Lincoln? Who is Chesley Sullenberger? (The pilot who landed the plane in the Hudson River.) The one encouraging thing I found about the 2009 list was that it didn’t include any sports figures, music icons or celebrities like Britney Spears, Paris Hilton or any of the Kardashians. Maybe the time finally has come when we are recognizing what differentiates a celebrity from a hero! In fact, one of the follow-up questions to the survey was “What makes a hero?” The following traits were mentioned most often: • • • • •

Doing what’s right regardless of personal consequences (89%) Not giving up until the goal is accomplished (83%) Doing more than what other people expect of them (82%) Overcoming adversity (81%) Staying level-headed in a crisis (81%)

Daniel J. Boorstin in “The Image” suggests that a celebrity is a person who is “well-known for his/her well-knownness.” In other words, a celebrity is someone famous for being famous, a “human pseudo-event.” continued on page 71 www.footprintspublishing.com

ALLERGIES & Eye Care by Edward J. Furey, OD PC

Do allergies run in your family? Are you allergic to certain animals, such as cats? Do you often need antihistamines and/or decongestants to control sneezing, coughing and congestion? When pollen is in the air, are your eyes less red and itchy when you stay indoors under an air conditioner? Do your eyes begin tearing when you wear certain cosmetics or lotions, or when you’re around certain strong perfumes?

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

If you answered “yes” to most of these questions, then you may have eye allergies. Common signs of allergies include: • Red, swollen or itchy eyes • Runny nose • Sneezing and coughing • Itchy nose, mouth or throat • Headache from sinus congestion


by Jill Pollard

“Over the river and through the woods…” If you are expecting company for Thanksgiving Day, it would be fun to include your children in the preparation and festivities. Young children probably don’t have Jill Pollard is Director of La O’wn a good understanding of Academy, 11575 King Road, Roswell. th 17 Century history and the You may reach her at (678) 795-9145 first Thanksgiving shared or visit www.laownacademy.com. among the Pilgrims and Native Americans — all they associate with Thanksgiving are cool parades on TV in the morning, loud football games on TV in the afternoon and evening, turkey dinner, and celebrating the holiday with friends and family. But there are lots of craft projects that your child can do in preparation for Thanksgiving dinner. Placemats — Buy plain white placemats or construction paper and let your child decorate them for each person who will be at the dinner table. Children can use crayons or markers, but Thanksgiving stickers are especially fun.

Many allergens are in the air, where they come in contact with your eyes and nose. Airborne allergens include pollen, mold, dust and pet dander.

Napkin Rings — For napkin rings, have your child cut and decorate strips of paper, then tape them into a ring around the napkins.

Avoidance: The most common treatment of allergens is to avoid what’s causing your eye allergy. Use high-quality furnace filters that trap common allergens, and replace the filters frequently.

Place Cards — If your child can write, ask them to print the names of each Thanksgiving dinner guest on a place card using recipe cards or other stiff cards. Take a photo of each person, then glue each photo to a place card. For some real fun, have an older child draw a picture of each person on a place card and let the others try to guess who each picture represents!

Medications: If you’re not sure what’s causing your eye allergies or if you’re not having any luck avoiding them, your next step probably will be medication to alleviate the symptoms. Eye drops are available as simple eye washes. Or, they may have one or more active ingredients, such as antihistamines, decongestants or mast cell stabilizers, that inhibit inflammation. Antihistamines relieve many symptoms caused by airborne allergens, such as itchy, watery eyes, runny nose and sneezing. Decongestants help shrink swollen nasal passages for easier breathing. Common causes of excessively watery eyes are allergies and dry-eye syndrome — two very different problems. continued on page 70 North Fulton — Roswell | november 2012 58 My

Children’s Tablecloth — If you are going to have a special table for children, ask your children to decorate a plain white paper tablecloth for the occasion. Make it a group project by including any other children who arrive early in the day. Napkin Folding — You can tailor this activity to the different ages and abilities of the children. Have a 3-year-old fold a cloth napkin into quarters lengthwise, or a 5-year-old fold a napkin like a fan. You can find more elaborate napkin folds online for older kids. Preparing the Guest Rooms — If you are having overnight continued on page 70 www.footprintspublishing.com

Oyster Dressing

by Foster Smith

On Thanksgiving in the South, oyster dressing is a holiday tradition for many families. This recipe will yield a moist and flavorful dressing that will have your guests all asking for the recipe. Bake it alongside your turkey. Serves 8. Ingredients 3 Tbs olive oil 1 stick butter 3 medium yellow onions, chopped 1 cup green bell pepper, diced 1½ cups celery, chopped 2 Tbs garlic, chopped 6 cups French bread, cubed 1 quart oysters, with it “liquored” 1 cup chicken broth ½ cup green onions, chopped 3 Tbs Italian parsley, chopped 2 large eggs, beaten 1 Tbs thyme fresh, chopped fine Salt and freshly ground black pepper Directions Preheat oven to 350° F. In a large sauté pan, melt butter over medium heat; add yellow onions, bell peppers and celery. Sauté 5 minutes, add garlic and cook 2 more minutes. Place in bowl with bread, toss well. Place oysters, liquor and broth in sauce pan, bring to boil, reduce heat and simmer 3 minutes. Remove oyster and reserve the liquid. Roughly chop oysters and add to bread, onion mixture. Add green onion, parsley, salt, pepper, eggs, thyme and reserved liquid. Mix well. Pour dressing into baking dish, cover with foil. Bake for 35 minutes, remove foil and bake an additional 20 minutes until golden brown. North Fulton — Roswell | november 2012 60 My

invisalign teen

A ‘Clear’ Alternative To Braces by Jeff Kincaid, DMD, MS Does your teenager need his or her teeth straightened, yet refuses to see the orthodontist because he/she doesn’t want to wear braces? While there have been tremendous strides in the cosmetic appearance of traditional metal braces and ceramic (tooth-colored) braces, Dr. Jeff Kincaid is a specialist in orthodontics and owner of Kincaid some teens just don’t want Orthodontics in Woodstock and braces — period. There really Roswell. Visit his website at www.kincaidsmiles.com. wasn’t a good option for the growing teenager until a few years ago, when Invisalign introduced a product specifically targeting the teen patient. Unlike traditional braces that attach to the teeth, Invisalign Teen employs a series of clear, medical-grade plastic trays that are custom molded to fit each individual patient. Invisalign Teen varies only slightly from the original Invisalign, but the differences are important. To be specific, it has features especially designed for teens that are still in the growth and development stages. The trays are engineered to address the natural eruption of the teeth that have not yet come in, as well as the eruption of the second molars. Another feature (my favorite) of Invisalign Teen is the addition of compliance indicators. Would you worry that your teen may not be wearing them as they should? Each tray features a small blue dot in the molar region that is called a compliance indicator. The blue dot gradually fades over time as the aligners are subjected to the oral environment. The orthodontist can examine each aligner and determine whether they are being worn the proper number of hours. What parents wouldn’t worry about their child losing or breaking an aligner or two? Some parents have told me they’re happy if their teen finds his or her way home! To be fair, a teenager today has lots to juggle on any given day — school, social events, dating, sports, band, etc. The chance of your teen losing an aligner is pretty high, but Invisalign Teen has good news for parents. Invisalign Teen will replace up to six aligners at no additional cost. Finally, one less thing parents must worry about! Since teenagers (especially the middle to late teens) place such an emphasis on their appearance, they’ll appreciate having an continued on page 71 www.footprintspublishing.com

Under the


by State Senator John Albers

Fall Update Every 10 years, the collection of population data through a nationwide census is mandated by the U.S. Constitution to ensure fair and equal representation in the state legislatures and Congress. The results are used to determine the number of each state’s congressional delegation and the population of each state Senate and House district. In fact, during the 2010 census, Georgia showed significant gains in population growth — increasing Georgia’s congressional delegation from 13 to 14 representatives. In 2011, the General Assembly called for a special redistricting session to account for Georgia’s population growth. During the session, members of the House and Senate Redistricting Committee were tasked with reapportioning several districts throughout the state, including portions of the 56th Senate District. As part of the reapportionment process, the 56th District picked up two precincts in South Cherokee County and maintained much of its current territory, including all of Roswell and Mountain Park and portions of Alpharetta, Johns Creek, Milton and Sandy Springs. Throughout this entire process, we worked closely with both Legislative Counsel and the Joint Reapportionment Office to draw the maps as transparent and timely as possible. Now that the maps have been approved by the U.S. Justice Department, it is clear that Georgia’s maps were fair, legal and reflected the needs of our citizens. ••• October 1-5 was recognized as Georgia Pre-K Week, sponsored by Voices for Georgia’s Children (www. georgiavoices.com) and its Pre-K Week partners. Georgia’s Pre-K is an exceptional education program that serves nearly 84,000 4-year-olds throughout the state. North Fulton — Roswell | november 2012 62 My

To celebrate Georgia’s 2nd annual Pre-K Week, I read to a group of preschool children October 3 at Young Life Academy in Roswell. While there, I enjoyed participating in learning activities with the children, taking a tour of the facility, talking with the staff, and getting an up-close look at what our state is accomplishing through Georgia’s Pre-K program. Both of my sons, Will and Ryan, participated in Georgia Pre-K; in fact, Ryan attended Young Life Academy. On the high school level, Georgia’s SAT participation rate ranks 7th in the nation and is approximately 50 percent higher than the national average of 31 percent. Compared to previous years, students across the state and Metro Atlanta have shown marked improvements in SAT scores. Schools in Senate District 56 are some of the best in the entire state and ranked nationally. In 2012, national SAT scores decreased by two percentage points while Georgia’s SAT scores increased by roughly seven percentage points, according to the College Board’s SAT report. These statistics indicate significant gains for the State of Georgia, particularly because the percentage of students taking the SAT has increased to 81 percent, which is up a percentage point from the previous year. For Georgia’s 2012 senior classes, average statewide SAT scores were as follows: Critical Reading, 496; Mathematics, 514; and Writing, 488. As Georgia’s SAT test scores continue to show signs of improvement, I am encouraged and will continue to champion educational efforts to ensure our students are ready for the demands of the future.

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


11605 Haynes Bridge Rd,

(770) 993-8806

Ste. 100, Alpharetta


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

Upcoming Events November 8 Johns Creek Alliance 7:30 a.m., Emory Johns Creek Hospital, 6325 Hospital Parkway, Johns Creek Business After Hours 5:30-7:30 p.m. Quantum National Bank 2905 Bethany Bend, Milton The GNFCC’s monthly Business After Hours will feature great networking, food and drinks, and door prizes.

Business Technology Architects 11660 Alpharetta Highway Roswell

HoneyBaked Ham 7601 North Point Parkway Alpharetta

Sweet Roswell 1144 Canton Street, Suite 105 Roswell

North Fulton Hospital Medical Plaza 4500 Hospital Boulevard Roswell

Walmart Neighborhood Store 11770 Haynes Bridge Road Alpharetta

Crossville Veterinary Hospital 40 E. Crossville Road Roswell

November 14 North Fulton Alliance 7:30 a.m., GNFCC Office Lunch Connection 11:30 a.m., Ippolito’s 2270 Holcomb Bridge Road, Roswell

November 22 Johns Creek Alliance 7:30 a.m., Emory Johns Creek Hospital, 6325 Hospital Parkway, Johns Creek November 27 GNFCC Eggs & Enterprise Breakfast 7:30-9 a.m., The Metropolitan Club, 5895 Windward Parkway, Alpharetta Keynote Speaker: G.P. “Bud” Peterson, president of Georgia Institute of Technology November 28 North Fulton Alliance 7:30 a.m., GNFCC Office 64 My North Fulton | november 2012

United States Government President Barack Obama (D)

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

1600 Pennsylvania Avenue Washington, D.C. 20500 Website: www.whitehouse.gov

Senator Saxby Chambliss (R)

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

Senate Russell Courtyard-2 Washington, D.C. 20510 Website: http://chambliss.senate.gov

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

P.O. Box 425, Roswell, GA 30077 Website: http://tom.house.gov

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

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

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

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

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

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

Superior Court: Chief Judge Cynthia Wright

(404) 613-4185

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

(404) 613-4345

Governor Nathan Deal (R)

(770) 612-4401

Court of Clerks: Cathelene Robinson

(404) 730-5300

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

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

203 State Capitol Atlanta, GA 30334 Website: www.gov.ga.gov.com

e-mail: john.eaves@fultoncountyga.gov

Robb Pitts (D-2)

e-mail: robb.pitts@fultoncountyga.gov

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

421-F State Capitol Atlanta, GA 30334 e-mail: david.shafer@senate.ga.gov

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

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

511 Coverdell Legislative Bldg. Atlanta, GA 30334 e-mail: info@senatoralbers.com

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

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

340 State Capitol Atlanta, GA 30334 e-mail: jan.jones@house.ga.gov

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

417 State Capitol Atlanta, GA 30334 e-mail: chuck.martin@house.ga.gov

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

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

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

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

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

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

(404) 612-8210

Liz Hausmann (D-3)

(404) 612-8213

Tom Lowe (D-4)

(404) 612-8218

e-mail: liz.hausmann@fultoncountyga.gov e-mail: tom.lowe@fultoncountyga.gov

Emma I. Darnell (D-5)

e-mail: emma.darnell@fultoncountyga.gov

William Edwards (D-7)

(404) 612-8222

(404) 612-8226

(404) 612-8230

e-mail: william.edwards@fultoncountyga.gov

Linda Schultz (D-1)


Katie Reeves (D-2)


Linda McCain (D-5)


Julia Bernath (D-7)


Other Fulton County Schools Superintendent:

(404) 768-3600

Robert M. Avossa, Ed.D. 786 Cleveland Avenue SW, Atlanta, GA 30315 e-mail: superintendent@fultonschools.org Website: www.fultonschools.org

Fulton County Medical Examiner: Randy Hanzlick, MD 430 Pryor Street SW, Atlanta, GA 30312 e-mail: loec@fultonschools.org

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

Fulton County Sheriff’s Office: Sheriff Theodore Jackson (404) 612-5100 185 Central Avenue SW, Atlanta, GA 30303 Website: www.fultonsheriff.org (404) 730-4000

141 Pryor Street SW, Atlanta, GA 30303

City of Alpharetta

(678) 297-6020 Mayor David Belle Isle dbelleisle@alpharetta.ga.gov Municipal Court (678) 297-6250

(404) 656-0188 City of Johns Creek

401 State Capitol Atlanta, GA 30334 e-mail: lynne.riley@house.ga.gov

220 State Capitol Atlanta, GA 30334 e-mail: tom.rice@house.ga.gov

Fulton County Tax Commissioner: Arthur E. Ferdinand

132 State Capitol Atlanta, GA 30334 e-mail: wendell.willard@house.ga.gov

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

(404) 612-8206

Board of Education

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

601 Coverdell Legislative Bldg. Atlanta, GA 30334 e-mail: harry.geisinger@house.ga.gov

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

John H. Eaves (D-1)

e-mail: district6@fultoncountyga.gov

(770) 613-4070

Juvenile Court: Chief Judge Belinda E. Edwards

Joan P. Garner (D-6)

State Government

(404) 613-4433


Rep. Tom Price (R), District 6


(678) 512-3313 Mayor Mike Bodker mike.bodker@johnscreekga.gov Municipal Court (678) 512-3444

(404) 656-5912

City of Roswell

Mayor Jere Wood Municipal Court

(678) 512-3313 mayorwood@roswellgov.com (770) 641-3790

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Crabapple First Baptist 12760 Birmingham Highway, Alpharetta (770) 475-6111 www.crabapplefbc.org

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church

Congregation Gesher L’Torah

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

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

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

Providence Baptist Church

Messianic Judaism Congregation Beth Hallel

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

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

Vision Baptist Church

Light of Messiah Ministries

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

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

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

Reform Judaism

Zion Missionary Baptist Church

Temple Beth Tikvah

888 Zion Circle, Roswell; (770) 993-8587 www.zionmbc.org

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

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

St. Andrew’s Catholic Church

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


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

Christ the Shepherd Lutheran Church

St. Benedict Catholic Church

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

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

Cross of Life Lutheran Church ELCA Roswell

St. Brigid Catholic Church

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

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

Lord of Life Lutheran Church ELCA

St. Peter Chanel Catholic Church

5390 McGinnis Ferry Rd., Alpharetta (770) 740-1279 www.lord-life.org

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

Messiah Lutheran Church – WELS

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

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

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

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

Alpharetta/Roswell Ward

The River Church

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Christ United Methodist Church 1340 Woodstock Rd., Roswell; (770) 993-3945 roswellchristumc@yahoo.com www.christchurchumc.org

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

Johns Creek United Methodist Church

Grace North Atlanta

First Christian Church of Roswell

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

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

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

Midway United Methodist Church

Johns Creek Presbyterian Church

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

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

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

Mount Pisgah United Methodist Church

Northminster Presbyterian

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

2400 Old Alabama Rd., Roswell; (770) 998-1482 www.northminster-atl.org

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

Northbrook United Methodist Church

Perimeter Church

Holy Trinity Christian Church

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

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

3655 Preston Ridge Road, Alpharetta; (404) 368-9790 info@holytrinitychristianchurch.com www.holytrinitychristianchurch.com

Roswell Presbyterian Church

Inner Quest

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

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

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

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

Other Churches Abundant Life Community Church

First Church of Christ, Scientist

The Hanuman Mandir

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

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

Jehovah’s Witnesses

Alpharetta Church of God

Morning Star Chapel

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

2780 Bethany Bend, Alpharetta; (678) 319-0041 www.morningstarchapel.org

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

Armenian Church of Atlanta

Reach One Church

Keepin’ It Real “Lighthouse” Inc.

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

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

Atlanta Chinese Christian Church North

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

Kingdom Ambassadors Intl. Worship Center

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

Restoration Church of God

Baha’i Center of Alpharetta

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

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

Roswell Alliance Church

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

Good News Atlanta Church

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

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

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

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

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

Orthodox St. Mary Coptic Orthodox Church 11450 Houze Rd., Roswell; (770) 642-9727 www.suscopts.org/stmarysatlanta


Baha’i Faith of Roswell

Roswell Assembly of God

Bridge To Grace

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

2385 Holcomb Bridge Rd., Roswell; (770) 587-2460 www.b2gc.org

Roswell Community Church

C3 Church 13695 Highway 9, Alpharetta; (678) 696-1401 www.thec3church.com

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

Christian Center Church

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

St. Peter’s Place Anglican Church 362 South Atlanta St., Roswell; (678) 352-1224 www.stpetersplace.org

UU Metro Atlanta North

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

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

Church of Christ-Northside

World Harvest Church

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

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

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

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

Community of Christ

Canaan Korean Presbyterian Church

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

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

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

(800) 22-UNITE

Alpharetta Presbyterian

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

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

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Business Organizations

BNI-Alpharetta Accelerators Chapter Jim Somers, (770) 753-2032 www.bniatlanta.com

Johns Creek Business Association www.johnscreekba.com

JCCC Young Professionals Networking Group (770) 495-0545, ext. 107 mrose@johnscreekchamber.com

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

Job Networking Group (770) 642-7943 www.rumcjobnetworking.com

National Association of Women Business Owners (678) 539-8090 www.nawboatlanta.org

The North Fulton Bar Association Charles Gabriel, (678) 735-5900 www.northfultonbar.com

GA 400 Rainmakers Ben Staten, (404) 323-0049 www.ga400rainmakers.com

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

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

Friends of the Alpharetta Library

Rotary Club of Johns Creek

(678) 310-GRRA (4772) Intake EMRG.: (678)-964-GRRA (4772) grra@grra.com, www.fotal.org


Golden Retriever Rescue of Atlanta

Charitable Organizations

Junior League of Gwinnett and North Fulton Counties Inc.


Crystal D. Weitzel, (770) 476-3090 www.jlgnf.org

(770) 642- 9185

Keep Roswell Beautiful (770) 641-3715 www.keeproswellbeautiful.org

Next Century Youth

(678) 297-6200

Basset Hound Rescue of Georgia (770) 499-1164

Child Development Association Donna Smythe, (770) 992-4339 www.cdakids.org

Children’s Restoration Network (770) 649-7117

Companion Animal Connection (678) 493-9847 www.cacadopt.petfinder.com

The Drake Closet (678) 682-3551 thedrakecloset@thedrakehouse.org www.thedrakehouse.org

Foster Care Support Foundation Rachel Ewald, (770) 641-9591 rachel@fostercares.org Sharon Franklin, (404) 729-3374 www.fostercares.org

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Kiwanis Club of Historic Roswell David, (770) 356-5211 www.roswellkiwanis.org

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

Mary Brooks Green, (770) 335-7317 www.nextcenturyyouth.org

North Fulton Optimist Club

North Fulton Community Charities

Glenn Rudh, (404) 375-7033 grudh@bellsouth.net

(770) 640-0399 www.nfcchelp.org

Roswell Junior Woman’s Club

North Fulton Senior Services (770) 993-1906 www.ssnorthfulton.org

Ryan Lee Holland Cancer Foundation, Inc


Roswell Lions Club Tim Dunn, president www.roswelllions.org

Jacqueline Holland, 678-242-0471 info@ryanleehollandfoundation.com www.ryanleehollandfoundation.com

Roswell Historical Society

STAR House Foundation

Roswell Optimists

(678) 306-4600 www.starhousefoundation.org

United Way of Atlanta (770) 614-1000

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

Alpharetta Clean and Beautiful


(770) 740-2425 fotal-forum@yahoogroups.com, www.grra.com

Powercore Jeremy Faulkner, (404) 816-3377 www.powercore.net

Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta

770-992-1665 www.roswellhs.org

Mike Bagnulo, (770) 993-5440

Roswell Rotary Club (678) 318-3647 www.roswellrotary.com

Rotary Club of North Fulton Joyce Abernathy, (770) 475-0656 www.northfultonrotary.org

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

Alpharetta Junior Women’s Club Debora, (678) 218-5732 www.ajwc.net

Sons of the American Revolution — Piedmont Chapter

Alpharetta Optimist Club

Tom Chrisman, (404) 310-3338 www.piedmontsar.org

Greg Cabrera, (770) 752-8122

Alpharetta Lions Club

VFW Post 12002 www.12002.net

Garner Andrews, (770) 475-9344

Alpharetta Roswell Newcomers Club

Political Organizations

Barb Hill, (678) 318-1442

American Association of University Women North Fulton Branch

Chattahoochee Republican Women’s Club Marjean Birt, sandrabjohnson@gmail.com

karenleasman@aol.com www.aauwnorthfultonga.wordpress.com

North Fulton Democrats

Children of the American Revolution — Martha Stewart Bulloch Society

North Fulton Republican Women’s Club

Paula, (770) 594-1819 msbnscarroswell@gmail.com, www.msbnscar.com

Daughters of the American Revolution — Martha Stewart Bulloch Chapter Marguerite, (770) 521-1142 mmd1018@comcast.net

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

Suzi Voyles, (404) 851-9704 svgagop08@gmail.com

Recreation & Hobbies Alliance Française d’Atlanta-Roswell (404) 875-1211, info@afatl.com www.afatl.com

Alpharetta Adult Activity Center / Golden Age Book Club (678) 297-6140, activeadults@alpharetta.ga.us

Alpharetta Arts Guild Danita Grant, (678) 994-5630 www.alphaartsguild.com

Multisport Explosion Youth Triathlon Team

Bereavement Support Group

Lisa Marshall, (404) 308-6656 klacmarshall@comcast.net multisportexplosionyouthtriathlonteam.com

Patty Hampton, (770) 261-1767

North Atlanta Dance Theatre

Alpharetta Bridge Club

(770) 772-8000 northatlantad658@bellsouth.net www.northatlantadance.com

Nancy Hetsko, (678) 361-5198 www.alpharettadbc.org

North Fulton Amateur Radio League

Brain Injury and Stroke Group (770) 751-2650

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

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

Jim Stafford, W4Q0, (770) 993-9500

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

North Fulton Music Teachers Association

Alpharetta City Band

Serene Lee, (404) 786-8932 www.nfmta.com

Don Nahser, (770) 475-9684

Newtown Park Community Foundation

Alpharetta/Roswell Newcomers Club

newtownparkcf@aol.com, www.newtownpark.org

(678) 318-1442 www.arnewcomers.org

Newtown Recreation

DreamPower Therapeutic Equestrian Center (678) 456-8082 www.dreampowertherapy.org

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

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

(678) 297-2662

Alpharetta Singles Movie Club (770) 662-0916

Park Place at Newtown School

Alpharetta Walkie Talkies

(770) 667-5030 parkplace@johnscreekga.gov

Lewis Lay, (678) 267-6142

Performing Arts North

Knitting for Peace Lynne Strobe, (770) 910-7022 Strobe01@aol.com

MOMS Club of Alpharetta-West alpharettawestmomsclub@gmail.com

Julia Bagley, (404) 502-9076

(770) 772-0762 www.performingartsnorth.org

MOMS Club of Roswell — South

Atlanta Stamp Collectors

Roswell Fine Arts Alliance

info@momsclubofroswell.com www.momsclubofroswellsouth.com

AlphaFretters Dulcimer Satellite Group

John Coles, (770) 962-5888 www.stampclubs.com


Autrey Mill Nature Preserve & Heritage Center

(770) 518-7021

(678) 366-3511 www.autreymill.org

Roswell Firehouse Harmony Brigade

Roswell Garden Club

Dick Lord, (770) 317-9571

Chattahoochee Celtic Pipes & Drums Rory Howe, (770) 926-6898 pipemajor@ccpipesanddrums.com

Dudes ‘n Darlins Square Dance Club of Alpharetta

Roswell Photographic Society

Parkinson’s Support Group

George Cekis, (404) 295-5093 gvcekis@comcast.net

Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra (678) 748-5802 www.johnscreeksymphony.org

The Ludwig Symphony Orchestra

Southern Winds Concert Band

STAR — Singles Together at Roswell

PFLAG — Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays pflagjohnscreek@gmail.com www.johnscreekpflag.wordpress.com

Stars Soccer Club — Men’s League


(678) 366-9008 www.StarsSoccerClub.com

Patty Hampton, (770) 261-1767

(770) 993-7253

Writers Network Bobby Christmas, (770) 924-0528

Support Organizations Alcoholics Anonymous

Multisport Explosion Women’s Only Triathlon Team

Anorexia Nervousa and Associated Eating Disorders — ANA

Barb G., (770) 686-3082

Kim, (404) 307-5442

Atlanta Harm Reduction Center (404) 817-9994 www.atlantaharmreduction.org

Patty Hampton, (770) 261-1767

Roswell UMC Counseling Center

Faye Troka, (770) 781-4634 dtroka@earthlink.net www.gardening.meetup.com/172

Jennifer Lesser, jless@comcast.net multisportexplosionyouthtriathlonteam.com

Bill, (770) 992-6481

(770) 993-2012 www.rumc.com/singles

(770) 623-8623

Milton Garden Club

Jerry Bishop, (678) 446-5080 bishopjerryo@bellsouth.net

Songs of Atlanta Chorus

Georgia Regional Girls Choir

(770) 623-8448 www.johnscreekarts.org

National Alliance on Mental Illness — NAMI

Overeaters Anonymous

(770) 977-4031

Johns Creek Arts Center

Lee H., (678) 576-4838

(770) 594-6122 www.roswellphotosociety.org

(770) 751-7210, (770) 361-1237 www.dudesndarlins.com

(770) 722-3656, grgcinfo@gmail.com www.grgc.org

Narcotics Anonymous (NA)

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What Is Elder Law?

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an elder law attorney in the state where the elder lives. A good resource to locate an out-of-state elder law attorney is the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA), an organization of approximately 4,200 members across the country. You can contact NAELA at its headquarters outside of Washington, D.C. at 1577 Spring Hill Road, Suite 220, Vienna VA 22182, or online at www.naela.org. Other ways to find an elder law attorney are through a state or local bar association, or a local agency that provides services to the elderly.

Choosing A Pediatric Dentist

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a child will follow the lead of the parents. If you truly trust the dentist, your child probably will, too. The bottom line is that you and your child can trust that your pediatric dentist puts the needs of your child first. Kids rule in a pediatric dental office — and your child’s oral health will benefit from it!

Allergies & Eye Care

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With allergies, your body’s release of histamine causes your eyes to water, just as it may cause your nose to run. It may seem illogical that dry-eye syndrome could cause watery eyes. But, sometimes an underlying dry-eye condition stimulates your tear glands to overproduce the watery component of your eye’s tears as a protective response, leading to watery eyes. Decongestants clear up redness. They contain vasoconstrictors, which make the blood vessels in your eyes smaller, lessening the apparent redness. They treat a symptom, but not the cause, of eye allergies. In fact, with extended use, the blood vessels can become dependent on the vasoconstrictor to stay small but get bigger than they were in the beginning. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) eye drops may be prescribed to decrease swelling, inflammation and other symptoms associated with seasonal allergic conjunctivitis, also called hay fever.

Two Gardens

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• Squash can take a lot of space and squash vine borers can find a new squash plant overnight. • It is easier to give away tomatoes than eggplants. • Most people overplant their gardens and then spend time trying to keep the plants in the boundaries. • There is a difference between the amount of space runner beans and bush beans use. • Gardeners will share crops. The University of Georgia Cooperative Extension operates a number of Master Gardeners volunteer training programs throughout the state, including the North Fulton Master Gardeners and the Cherokee County Master Gardeners. More than 100 Master Gardeners participate in the North Fulton program and reside in communities in North Fulton and Cherokee counties, including Alpharetta and Woodstock. Send your gardening questions to Master Gardeners through the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension. www.caes.uga.edu/ extension

Thanksgiving Fun & Games

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guests during the Thanksgiving holiday, kids can take the responsibility to do several chores. Let your kids help organize items that the guests may need, such as towels, magazines, shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste, etc. Before bedtime, your child can turn down the beds and leave a note and a piece of chocolate on the pillow for each guest. Thanksgiving Games Pumpkin Roll — This is an outdoor game for all ages. Players are given a small pumpkin and a broom; the object is to be the first player to push your pumpkin across the finish line. Pumpkins have a habit of rolling very erratically, which makes for a lot of laughs. What I’m Thankful For — As you go around the dinner table, ask each person to share what he/she is thankful for this year. Designate a special notebook to record the responses so that you can look back over the years and see how the responses changed from year to year, person to person.

Prescription corticosteroid eye drops also may provide similar, quick relief. However, steroids have been associated with side effects, such as increased inner eye pressure, leading to glaucoma and damage to optic nerve.

The Family Game — Make up a list of questions for each person to answer. For example: What animal would you like to be? What was your favorite subject in school? Before each person gives an answer, let the others try to guess. There are many commercial versions of this game; my personal favorite is called Table Topics.

Make an appointment with your eye care professional to determine the best course of action.

However you celebrate the day, have a healthy and happy Thanksgiving!

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Streamline To Save Money

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cheaper than spending $40 per month for a standard phone line — saving you approximately $480 per year. Lastly, let’s talk about my favorite part: TV. How long have you been with your current cable provider? Are you paying more than $100 per month for cable? STOP! Let’s face it; all TV providers basically offer the same channels with some variation of delivery. Why not switch providers every couple of years, giving you not only newer equipment but also any perks of being a “new” customer? In general, switching cable providers can save you approximately $50 per month — or $600 per year — and in most cases you won’t lose any of the channels offered through your current provider. If you have any questions about how you can save money on your current cell phone, home phone, cable TV or security system devices, feel free to contact me. My team would love to help you save money without sacrificing the features you have come to enjoy and rely on most.

Pray, Then Vote

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A hero is distinguished by his/her achievement; the celebrity by his/her image. The hero created himself/herself; the celebrity is created by the media. The hero is a big person; the celebrity is a big name. Won’t you agree with me? What we need today are more heroes and fewer celebrities!

Invisalign Teen

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alternative to traditional braces and may be more agreeable to the cosmetic overhaul of their misaligned teeth. Invisalign Teen is a great orthodontic solution for teenagers who want to still feel accepted and comfortable in their own skin. Now, let’s all cheer on those Dawgs!

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