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FEBRUARY 2012 My Community Favorites Cast your vote for your favorite businesses, services or restaurants online or use the ballot inside this issue!

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ROSWELL Community — Home

by Cherryl Greenman,

Nationwide Insurance – On Your Side GA – Therese Lynn Johnson Agency, 640 W. Crossville Road, Suite 600 in Roswell is located across from Kohl’s. Therese brings her insurance expertise to the Alpharetta and Roswell area. She specializes in home, auto and small business insurance needs. Give her a call now for your personal policy review over the phone, in person or on-line. (770) 862-4352, Jennifer Riis-Poulsen, founder and CEO of PowerHouse Self-Defense for Ladies LLC, recently announced that PowerHouse has re-opened. Jennifer says that PowerHouse Self-Defense for Ladies’ mission is to reduce the number of girls and women that are sexually assaulted each year in the USA by offering an intense program to all females from 4th grade and above, starting in the Metro-Atlanta area. Jennifer is a Certified Chief Instructor in Martial Arts and Self-Defense, and saw a need to help ladies feel empowered by teaching them selfdefense techniques in order to protect themselves. Contact Jennifer at (678) 925-1553. You can support the North Fulton Community Charities through “Have a Heart for NFCC” during the month of February. There are several ways you can support/donate to NFCC in February including: donating $20 or more to NFCC to celebrate someone you love at Donate a percentage of your business proceeds on February 14th or 29th to NFCC.

A Festival of Black History and Culture Roswell celebrates African American history and culture throughout the month of February with a series of unique and fun events for everyone. It is the largest and most comprehensive celebration in the state of Georgia. A few of the events during the month will include: Unique exhibits at Roswell’s historic homes, February 1 — 29, call for times and cost. Bulloch Hall, “Sharing the Story of Slavery,” 180 Bulloch Ave, (770) 992-1731; Barrington Hall, “Come Ya! Exploring Gullah Culture,” 535 Barrington Drive, (770) 640-3855; Smith Plantation Home, “African Americans at the Smith Plantation,” 935 Alpharetta Street, (770) 641-3978. Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest Street will feature “Painting My Way Out of Hell” (pictured right) by Milton Vines a resident of the Roswell Nursing and Rehab Center. A free exhibit held Monday — Friday, February 1 — 29 from 8 a.m. — 5 p.m. (770) 594-6232. The Teaching Museum will present “Heroes of the Underground Railroad,” on Wednesday, February 1 at 7:30 p.m. Free, (770) 594-6411 Cornbread Cook-Off, held at the Pleasant Hill Baptist Church Community Center, 725 Pleasant Hill Street on February 25. For details about how to enter the competition visit www.roswellroots/cornbread or call (770) 641-3705 Groveway Community Group: Keep On Pushin’ (pictured left) held at the Roswell Cultural Arts Center on Sunday, February 5 at 2:30 p.m. $10 in advance, $15 at door, $5 children 12 and under. (770) 993-4245 Unity Concert and Reception, held at Zion Missionary Baptist Church, 888 Zion Circle beginning at 7 p.m. Free, (770) 641-3705 The Atlanta Jazz Preservation Society, Inc., will present “Walking the Bass Line: A Tribute to Milt Hinton,” at the City Hall Rotunda, 38 Hill Street. Free, February 13 — 29, Monday — Friday, 8 a.m. — 5 p.m. Opening Reception will be on Monday, February 12 at 6 p.m. live music from The Will Goble Jazz Trio. (770) 641-3705 (Will Goble pictured right) Renowned genealogist Melvin J. Collier will present a workshop on tracing African American roots at the Adult Recreation Center, 830 Grimes Bridge Road, on Saturday, February 18 at 1 p.m. (770) 641-3978 4

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COMMUNITY Panera Bread Supports Breast Care at Northside Hospital

Senator Albers Named Vice Chairman

Left to right: Northside Hospital breast health coordinator Susan Casella; Marianne Harris, owner, Hooked On Dough LLC dba Panera Bread; Nancy Pearson; joint venture partner, Panera Bread Company; Stephanie Figueroa, catering sales manager, Hooked On Dough LLC; Strom Mull, marketing, Breaking Bread Franchise dba Panera Bread; Mike Mcmullen, district manager, Panera Bread Company; and Lynn Jackson, administrator, Northside Hospital-Forsyth.

Northside Receives Donation

Panera Bread once again invited its customers to join them in the fight against breast cancer by purchasing its signature Pink Ribbon Bagels. More than 41,000 bagels were sold at Panera Bread bakery-cafes throughout North Georgia, with a portion of the proceeds going to Northside Hospital’s Breast Care Program. Panera recently presented a check of $4,102.80 to Northside. “Our Breast Care Program is so grateful and fortunate to have the ongoing support of local businesses like Panera Bread,” said Patti Owen, director of oncology services, Northside Hospital.

NFH DAISY Award Winning Nurse

Leaders from North Fulton Hospital (NFH), Kimberly Clark Health Care and the DAISY Foundation presented Sarah Bentley, RN with the DAISY Award for Nursing. Sarah was selected for this honor following nominations submitted by her patients and peers. As a nurse on the Medical Telemetry unit, Sarah Bentley is a valued member of the nursing staff at North Fulton. Her passion, dedication, and expertise are evident to all who come into contact with her.

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Senator John Albers (R-Roswell) has been named Vice Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee for the 2012 — 2013 term by the Senate Committee on Assignments. “I am deeply honored to be elected to serve as Vice Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, and I look forward to working with other members of the committee to ensure fiscal responsibility and accountability in Georgia,” Senator Albers said. He will continue to serve as Vice Chair of the following committees: Public Safety and Science and Technology. Senator Albers is also a member of the Senate Ethics Committee and Education and Youth Committee.

Alpharetta-based Select Sport America is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of hand-sewn synthetic leather balls, producing more than two million balls each year. The company strongly supports the fight for a cure for breast cancer and recently presented a check of $6,000 to Northside Hospital’s Breast Care Program. “Northside Hospital is the Southeast leader in breast cancer diagnosis and treatment, with more than 1,200 cases annually,” said Patti Owen, MN, RN, director of oncology services, Northside Hospital. “We are grateful for this generous donation from Select Sport America and for their continued support of our patients.” The money was raised from sales of “The Cure,” a specially designed “pink ribbon” soccer ball and will be used to provide for further education, treatment and research at Northside. This is the third year that Select Sport has supported Northside, with donations totaling $13,000.

Left to right: Lynn Abrams, Northside Hospital Network of Hope (NOH) volunteer and breast cancer survivor; Susan Casella, breast health coordinator, Northside Hospital; Lynn Jackson, administrator, Northside Hospital-Forsyth; Debbie Rose, finance manager, Select Sport America; Judi Haverland (and granddaughter), NOH volunteer and survivor.

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Things to do in Roswell

On-Going • Blood drives American Red Cross will host blood drives throughout February at the Alpharetta Blood Donation Center, 3000 Old Alabama Rd, Suite 110. The center is open Monday and Tuesday: 11 a.m. — 7 p.m.; Wednesday and Thursday: 12 — 7 p.m. and Friday and Saturday: 8 a.m. — 3 p.m.

Pets for adoption Crabapple Knoll Veterinary Clinic, 12604 Crabapple Road, Milton, offers pets for adoption, visit www.crabappleknollpetsfor for more information.

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February 1 — 29 • 10th ANNUAL ROOTS CELEBRATION


The Roswell Recycling Center, 11570 Maxwell Road, is now providing Roswell residents with a way to safely and securely dispose of sensitive documents year around. Limit of two standard copy size boxes per vehicle per day. Total weight should not exceed 200 pounds. Monday thru Friday between the hours of 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. (770) 442-8822

Come celebrate our African-American heritage throughout the month of February. Along with the rest of the nation, Roswell will salute this rich culture and heritage and commemorate the exceptional achievements of African-Americans. African American artists, music and dancing, poetry, tea and fashion shows, living history, storytelling, and concerts. (770) 641-3705,

Join Barnsley’s “Wine Snob” for a casual and entertaining wine tasting, featuring six of his favorite wines.

Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park


The Alpharetta Convention and Visitors Bureau is giving away two prime seats for the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park, full 2012 season, including parking and VIP Club access. To enter, visit and sign up for the Alpharetta CVB newsletter. One winner will be drawn from the contestants who sign up between January 1 and March 31, 2012. One entry per person, the winner will be announced April 1.

Dance students in grades 6 — 12 are invited to attend an open-call dance audition at Atlanta Ballet School, 1695 Marietta Blvd. NW, Atlanta, Georgia. Auditions will include ballet, pointe and modern technique. Required audition dress for girls is black leotards and pink tights. Boys should wear white t-shirts and black tights. Registration starts at 5 p.m. and auditions will be held from 5:30 — 7 p.m. www.interlochen. org/dance2012


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February 7, 21 • COOKING CLASSES Chef John Wilson will present Basic French on February 7 and Basic Asian on February 21. Reservations are required; fee is $50 per person per class; classes held at Barrington Hall, 535 Barrington Drive from 6:30 — 9:30 p.m. (770) 640-3855

February 10 • FATHER/DAUGHTER VALENTINE DANCE Dad, make your daughter’s Valentine’s Day a memorable one by escorting her to this enchanting dance. All girls and an adult male escort are welcome. All ages and each individual must be pre-registered to attend. Held at the Bill Johnson Community Activity Bldg., 10495 Woodstock Road from 7 — 9 p.m. Roswell residents $12, non-residents $18

February 10 — 11 • VALENTINE’S DAY WEEKEND Enjoy a romantic special Barnsley menu at the Rice House; carriage rides between the Rice House and the Historic Ruins.

February 11 • LUDWIG SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA This concert will be held at the Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest Street at 7:30 p.m.

February 11 • 11TH ANNUAL CHATTAHOOCHEE CHALLENGE 10K This is a fast pace run along the Chattahoochee River and an official qualifier for the Peachtree Road Race. Race begins at 8 a.m. and 1-mile fun run begins at 7:30 a.m. Register online at or download a registration form at

February 17 — 20 • BACKYARD BIRD COUNT You can participate in the Nationwide Citizen Science program that counts birds in North America. For all ages from 7 — 9 p.m. at the Chattahoochee Nature Center in Roswell.

February 17 — 24 • NORTH FULTON HIGH SCHOOL ART SHOW The Roswell Fine Arts Alliance and the Roswell Visual Arts Center will sponsor an exhibition and competition for North Fulton high school students. Show will feature drawings, sculpture

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and paintings and held at the Roswell Visual Arts Center, Roswell Area Park, 10495 Woodstock Road. A closing awards reception will be held on February 24 from 6 — 8 p.m. (770) 720-1074

February 18 • DRUMMING UP STORIES Join Dave Holland as he sings, drums, and narrates his way through an array of world folktales. Held at the CNC at 11 a.m. and noon, preregistration required by February 10.

February 18 • PREPARE FOR SPRING Join CNC horticulturalist Lisa Cole in a handson presentation of late winter projects for your garden to get ready for spring. Ages 16 — adult from 1 — 2:30 p.m.

February 23 • CNC DINE/DISCOVER Join CNC’s All About Nature Social Club for its monthly dine and discover potluck. Giff Beaton will present a program on dragonflies. Ages 16 — adult.

February 26 ROSWELL WEDDING SHOWCASE Held at the DoubleTree by Hilton, 1075 Holcomb Bridge Road from 2­­— 5 p.m. Free admission, fashion show by Wedding Angels Bridal Boutique and more. (770) 640-3253

February 28 • ROSWELL GARDEN CLUB Henning Van Schmeling from the Chattahoochee Nature Center will be the guest speaker presenting information about Georgia’s Living Wetlands. This event is free and guests are welcome and held at the Community Activity Bldg., at Roswell Area Park, 10495 Woodstock Road.

February 29 • LEAP DAY Roswell residents visit Chattahoochee Nature Center, 9135 Willeo Road, free from 10 a.m. — 5 p.m.

March 2 • FREE MOVIE UNDER THE STARS Zoe Yurchuck, a senior at Woodstock High School, will present “Save a Life Movie Night” at Woodstock High School. Donations will be accepted which will benefit the Johnny Foundation, a local charity for suicide awareness and prevention. Concessions will be available and attendees are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs.

March 10 • ROSWELL READS LITERARY LUNCHEON Held at the Adult Recreation Center, 830 Grimes Bridge Road, from 11:30 a.m. — 1 p.m. (770) 641-3705,

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SCHOOL Centennial Student Saves a Life

On the afternoon of Tuesday December 13, 2011 a group of boys decided to go to a local store to grab a snack before the start of soccer Left to right: Ivan Elias, Rachel Wadley, and Greg Zelenko practice at Centennial High School. On their way back to school one of the boys, Greg Zelenko, began to choke on the piece of gum that he was chewing. As Greg’s face turned blue, another of the boys, Ivan Elias, quickly realized the dangerous situation and used the Heimlich maneuver to help dislodge the gum. Ivan had learned the Heimlich in his physical education/ health class, taught by Rachel Wadley at Centennial High School. Thank you Mrs. Wadley for teaching the students such valuable skills in your class, and thank you, Ivan, for your quick thinking to help to save the life of a fellow student.

River Eves Technology Fair Competition

Thirteen River Eves Elementary students advanced to the Fulton County competition of the 11th Annual Georgia Educational Technology Fair (GAETF), which took place on Saturday, January 28, 2012 at Riverwood High School in Sandy Springs. “We were especially impressed with the quality of the projects and the presentation skills and poise we saw in the River Eves students,” remarked one judge. Fourth grader, Divali Legore, who placed first in the Georgia state competition last year, advanced with a project in Animated Graphic Design. Caitlin Kelly (Non-Animated Graphic Design); Shane Kelly and Sophie Laidhold (Case Modification); Dylan Fawley and Camden Thompson (Digital Photography); team of Alex Brangers and Isabella Martin, and Bradley Front row (left to right): Caitlin Kelly, Dai (Multimedia Shane Kelly, Isabella Martin, Alex Applications); Brangers, Yngian Dai, and Dylan Fawley. Bradley Scoma Middle row: Camden Thompson, Eliza and Jayden Sparks Hitch, Molly Hyser, Jayden Sparks, (Robotics); Alex and Bradley Scoma. Back row: Sophie Hayes and Sabrina Laidhold, Alex Hayes, Divali Legore, and Sabrina Villa. Villa (Web 2.0 12 My Roswell | february 2012

Internet Applications) also earned the opportunity to compete at the Fulton County competition in January. “I am incredibly proud of our students,” said Ms. Peggy Britt, River Eves Technology Fair committee chair. “Seeing their ideas come to life is a real thrill and we are so pleased to be a part of the competition again this year.” In addition to the honor of advancing, students received a certificate, ribbon, coupon for free ice, donated by Rita’s Italian Ice of Centennial Village and a homework pass.

Senator Albers Visits Holcomb Bridge MS

Senator John Albers (R-Roswell) recently spoke to 8th grade students at Holcomb Bridge Middle School, to discuss the legislative process. While there, Senator Albers visited with Georgia Studies classes to discuss his role in the State Legislature and the significant impact that government has on our daily lives. “These students are our next generation of voters; therefore it is vitally important to help students gain a firsthand understanding of how government works, and the many ways they can get involved,” said Senator Albers. “By examining an actual piece of legislation, students were able to bring the lawmaking process into their classrooms and further explore the close relationship between government and the communities it serves.” As part of the Georgia Studies curriculum, all 8th grade students are required to study Georgia history, including the 3 branches of government and how a bill travels through the legislature. To help students better understand these topics, Senator Albers discussed a current senate bill and the step by step process by which it becomes a law. Left to right: James Elder, Sherrod White, Senator Albers, Social Studies teacher Jennifer Foil.

Centennial Makes a Difference

Centennial High School students hoped to make this past holiday season a little better through the donation of computers to needy families. During the recent semester in the computer class at Centennial High School, students built computers as a culminating project for the class. The students decided to donate their hard earned efforts to people in need and contacted North Fulton Community Charities (NFCC) and see if it knew individuals who could benefit from the computers. The Director of Development for North Fulton Community Charities, more on Vonda Malbrough, came to Centennial to accept the page 14 computer donations. “If it were not for your efforts,”


Private Schools Blessed Trinity Catholic High School

Fellowship Christian Academy

(678) 277-9083

Mill Springs Academy

(770) 992-4975

Cottage School

Porter School

Fellowship Christian High School

(770) 641-8688

(770) 594-1313

(770) 993-1650

Chrysalis Experiential Academy

High Meadows School

(770) 649-7077

(770) 360-1336

(770) 993-2940

Queen of Angels Catholic School, K-8 (770) 518-1804, ext. 104

Village Montessori School (770) 552-0834

Public Schools Fulton County School District: | (404) 768-3600 Elementary Schools Esther Jackson Elementary 1400 Martin Road Roswell, GA 30076 (770) 594-5290 Principal: Constance Coles

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

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

Hillside Elementary

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

Elkins Pointe Middle

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

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

River Eves Elementary

Northwestern Middle

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

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

Roswell North Elementary

High Schools

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

Milton High

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

Sweet Apple Elementary

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

Mimosa Elementary

Mountain Park Elementary

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

Roswell High

Middle Schools

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

Crabapple Middle

Other Centers

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

Crossroads/Second Chance North 791 Mimosa Boulevard Roswell, GA 30075 (770) 552-6334 Principal: Dennis Kostulakos (interim)

2011 — 2012 Calendar at a Glance February 17 & 20 March 9 April 2 — 6 May 18

Holiday-Schools Closed Teacher Workday-Student Holiday Spring Break Last Day of School

Cafeteria account information: Parent Connect:

Local Colleges & Universities Georgia Perimeter College

Strayer University

(404) 413-7878

(770) 650-3000

The Art Institute of Atlanta

University of Phoenix Atlanta Campus

(770) 394-8300

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Ms. Malbrough told the students, “some families would not have computers at all. You should be very proud for what you have been able to do for the families of North Fulton.” This was the first experience of building a computer from scratch for most of the students. Students learned the proper way to handle and install each component. Students knew from the beginning of the project that they were building a computer that would be utilized by a needy family and they used this as motivation to do a good job. One student remarked, “I’m really glad that we will be able to donate these computers to families that can use them.” Centennial students built computers to donate to NFCC.

Swift School Students Read Tales to Tails

Swift School students, who once upon a time were too shy to read aloud because of the challenges they face with dyslexia, are gaining confidence in their reading abilities thanks to programs like K-9 Kids Reading Program. Fourth grade students at Swift are participating in the K-9 Kids Isabelle, a Swift student, reads to Reading Program organized Canine Assistant dog by Canine Assistants, a local metro Atlanta charity. Recently students spent the morning reading books to a visiting service dog being trained to aid adults and children with physical disabilities or other special needs. “It was a little weird at first but it’s fun! We’re doing this to help our class become better at reading,” said Peyton, a Swift School 4th grader. “I read ‘How to Eat Fried Worms’ because it’s funny,” said Isabelle, another Swift 4th grader. “She is sweet, listens to me and doesn’t bark while I read.” This reading environment is a win-win situation for both child and canine. Students improve their reading fluency and self-confidence while the Peyton reads to a Canine Assistant dog. dog enjoys the company of a child. 14 My Roswell | february 2012

SCHOOL This program is exceptionally special to Swift because children are often nervous to read aloud. The presence of a dog eases fears and gives the readers a genuine opportunity to orally read. Founded in 1998, Swift School is located at 300 Grimes Bridge Road in Roswell and serves students in grade 1st – 8th grade.

Creek View Junior Betas Attend Convention

Thirty Three 5th grade Junior Beta members from Creek View Elementary attended the state convention and competition in Macon. The Sarah Konz, Dara Fuller and Cali Murray students competed in a variety of competitions both individually and as a team in academic areas as well as arts and crafts. More than 5,000 Junior Betas, primarily from middle schools around the state, attended the convention. The impressive first time competitors from Creek View did very well representing their school and the North Fulton community, placing in four events. The team of Joe Heitmeier, Savanna Pillay, Mary K. Shepherd and Allison Hu placed 3rd in the poster competition and qualified for national competition. Kristin Glass placed 2nd in sketching with pen/pencil, qualifying for Kristin Glass nationals. Sarah Konz placed 3rd in colored photography and also qualified for nationals. The team of Sarah Konz, Dara Fuller, Cali Murray also qualify for nationals by placing first in recyclable art. Madie Camp also placed fifth in black and white photography. The national competition will take place in Greensboro, North Carolina in Mary K. Shepherd, Joe Heitmeier, late June. Allison Hu, and Savanna Pillay 15

recovering, but instability in Washington coupled with dwindling federal funds may cause businesses and individuals to hold back spending; directly affecting sales and income taxes which comprise roughly 85 percent our state’s revenue. In addition, cuts in federal spending will require state lawmakers to develop innovative solutions to solve the growing debt crisis.

by State Senator John Albers


The 153rd Legislative Session of the Georgia General Assembly Assembly began on January 9, and there is much work to be done. As part of my ongoing commitment to build a more prosperous future for all Georgians, I have been working hard to craft legislation focused on job creation and social responsibility. During this year’s legislative session, my number one priority will be to continue strengthening Georgia’s economy by building a strong, innovative workforce and cultivating an environment for advancements in science and technology. Over the past few years, Georgia has quickly become an attractive destination for high-paying jobs in science and technology. With accessibility to one of the nation’s busiest airports and proximity to some of the nation’s leading Fortune 500 companies, including global technology leader NCR, Georgia has become one of the top 10 states to conduct business. Last year I was appointed to serve on the State of Georgia’s Science and Technology Strategic Initiative Joint Study Commission, created during the 2011 legislative session by Senate Resolution 68. This year, the commission will continue to catalog Georgia’s existing technology assets, review state and national policies that encourage technology advancement, and develop recommendations for a strategic plan for science and technology in Georgia. In addition to bringing high-paying jobs to Georgia, lawmakers will be laser-focused on balancing the state budget and cutting spending to live within our means. Comparatively to other states, Georgia operates under a traditionally conservative fiscal process and boasts a constitutionally balanced budget. Revenues are slowly 16 My Roswell | february 2012

In 2011, I co-sponsored several important pieces of legislation to continue maintaining fiscal responsibility and applying business practices to government including: SR 20 – Taxpayer Protection Act; SB33 – Zero Based Budgeting; and SB 223 – Sunset Act. Passing these bills will be a top priority in 2012. To address the unprecedented amount of economic challenges facing our citizens, I recently introduced SB 292 – Social Responsibility and Accountability Act; and SB 294 – Dignity for the Unemployed Act, aimed at decreasing government dependency and lessening the tax burden on our citizens. Each year, entitlement and welfare-related programs are costing millions at the taxpayer’s expense. If passed, SB 292 and SB 294 will help usher in a new era of social responsibility and accountability by changing the way Georgians think about the function of government assistance. Welfare-related programs were always intended to support responsible, shortterm assistance by providing a “hand-up” as opposed to a “hand-out.” True compassion is doing what is best for people, not easiest. Nothing is more important than protecting the well-being of our citizens. Because of this, I possess an unwavering commitment to support Georgia’s armed forces and military veterans. As of September 30, 2010, the U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs estimates that 22.7 million veterans have served in our nations military. Like other states, many of our veterans are experiencing difficulties re-adjusting to civilian life. In addition, many veterans are suffering with post-traumatic stress disorders related to the harsh reality of combat. I believe it is necessary to provide veterans with the specialized care and support they need by expanding the veterans court system here in Georgia. I was recently named the Vice Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee. This very important and powerful committee handles all revenue-related legislation, including revenue collection and how taxes are levied at the state and local level. In addition, the Senate Finance committee also provides oversight to the Department of Revenue. I look forward to a productive legislative session and doing what’s right for all Georgians. If I can be of any service to you, please let me know.

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 17

It was 6 years ago this Valentine’s Day. After a delicious dinner at what is now Amalfi’s Italian restaurant, my boyfriend brought out a gift bag. I presumed it was the standard Valentine’s Day earrings. But when he started into a speech about wanting our time together to continue, I knew there was something special in the box. He asked me to marry him, and then showed me the engagement ring. I said yes! and the restaurant owner’s daughter came over and hugged us, saying “love is in the air!” A very special night and place, right here in Roswell.

Dan & Jud

y Collora

My husband grew up sailing the Great Lakes on a 36 foot sailboat, Spartini. In 2002 we took a week long “last sail” with his parents and best friend as they were selling Spartini at the end of the summer. Early one morning, heading towards our final destination we decided to put up the sails for “one last time.” I was asked to pull the lines and was told to look at my sails. I looked up. I froze. Written on the sail was, “Alice, will you marry me?” My boyfriend dropped to one knee and proposed.


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We met online and fell in love on our first date. Thirty days later he asked my ring size — thirty days later he asked what kind of diamond appeals to me — thirty days after that he asked me to marry him during a Sunday holiday Holcomb Bridge traffic jam. The folks in the car to my left started screaming and honking their horns. I checked to see what I was doing wrong. The family continued screaming and pointing in my vehicle. When I looked to the right, he had nestled himself between the dashboard and the passenger seat on one knee and asked me to be his wife. The traffic jam jammed even more when several other cars starting horn honking and celebrating.

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A Revolution

in Bone Health and Muscle Mass Finally, a way to treat osteoporosis and other degenerative conditions without the use of harmful drugs! “Push…Push harder! You can do it!” In a medical setting this sounds more like childbirth than a therapy to increase bone density and muscle mass. However, this is what a coaching session sounds like to clients using the bioDensity machine, a new technology available through Wholebody Systems that is changing the way people treat osteoporosis and build muscle tissue. For the first time, people are able to maximize the results of a proven science to build new tissue without drugs. The concept is very simple; when the body experiences a weight bearing load, the brain reacts by sending signals to that part of the body to add mass. It is as if the brain is saying, “Whoa, what was that sensation?!? We better build up that part of our body in case that ever happens again…” BioDensity allows the body to be placed in the optimal biomechanical position to perform these movements and thereby maximize results. There are four simple positions that strengthen the large muscle groups that support the core of the body: Chest press, Leg Press, Core Pull, and Vertical Lift. The progress of the sessions is measured and tracked by an easy-to-read graph report that is then given to the patient after each visit.

Vertical Lift

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Recent evidence indicates that most drugs used to treat osteoporosis produce a more mineralized bone tissue. The problem with this approach is that while it makes the outer layer stronger, the center core of the bone remains porous and weak. Research has found that some people using these drugs will still suffer from brittle bones that are easily fractured. Osteoblastic activity (from bioDensity) builds the bone naturally from the inside out making a stronger, denser bone the way nature intended. Although this therapy has proven to drastically reverse the effects of degenerative bone conditions, it serves many more purposes than that. Any full grown adult can benefit from using this Photos courtesy of

Chest Press

machine by strengthening their entire musculoskeletal system. Building muscle and bone tissue this way can positively affect your vascular system, central nervous system, and therefore your overall health. So why doesn’t regular exercise alone produce the same effect? This cutting edge technology allows a person, regardless of age and physical condition, to safely perform a five second exertion of maximum self-imposed loading (no external weights to contend with). This is all done under the watchful eye of a trained technician making this program the safest, most time efficient and effective program available. The biggest side effect of this treatment is increased strength. Increased strength, of course, comes from stronger core muscles. Stronger core muscles lead to improved posture, which leads to better balance, circulation and organ function. Stronger bones and core muscles, improved posture, increased balance, better circulation and organ function means a better quality of life. Dr. Alan James of Physicians First Medical in Memphis, TN, is one of the first doctors in the country to start using this technology. He says that “People are seeing amazing results after just three

Core Pull

or four sessions”. One example he cited was his 78 year old mother. She had two goals when starting this program: 1.

To be able to carry a case of bottled water from her car 2. To increase her time of future independent living. She has already achieved the first goal which has her believing she is well on her way to achieving the second. While this may not sound like a big deal to some, to our ever growing population of seniors, independent living is becoming more and more important. Another example comes from bioDensity distributor and advocate Bill Cunnigham. Bill’s wife was diagnosed with osteopenia, a classification of bone density loss not as dramatic as osteoporosis. Both Bill and his wife have been using the machine for several months and he just reported that after her last doctor’s visit, she is no longer classified as having osteopenia. Several

Leg Press months of bioDensity treatment have increased her bone density so much that it was measurable by her physician. In summary, you can stop and reverse the effects of osteoporosis while building natural muscle and bone tissue. It takes as little as five minutes per week, and you don’t have to change clothes, sweat or muss up your hair and makeup. The side effects are that you will get stronger, improve your posture, balance, circulation, and organ function, giving you a better quality of life and greater independence. And…this technology is so new that it has just hit the market and Wholebody Systems has one of the first machines in the State of Georgia. Call today to make your appointment! (404) 987-7908 21

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OVERVIEW About Kidneys

by Karen Phillip

Kidneys don’t always get the respect they deserve. Maybe, it’s because they’re relatively small. Maybe, it’s because when they’re functioning normally, we simply take them for granted. But, kidneys are truly impressive and the more you learn, the more you’ll understand why you want to help keep them healthy.

Karen Phillip is the Facility Administrator for DaVita in Roswell. She can be reached at 770-569-2888 or visit for more information.

Location and Description — The kidneys are two beanshaped organs about five-inches long, three-inches wide and one-inch thick located in your back on each side of your spine. Each kidney is about the size of a fist and weighs from four to six ounces. They are situated above your waist, with the left kidney a little higher and a little larger. The right kidney is a little lower and smaller to make room for the liver. The lower ribs protect your kidneys. Inside the kidneys are nephrons. These are tiny units where the filtering of excess fluids and dissolved particles occurs. There are between 1.0 and 1.3 million nephrons in each kidney. What Kidneys Do • Filter the blood • Balance fluid content in the body • Produce the enzyme renin that helps control blood pressure

• Produce the hormone erythropoietin to help make red blood cells • Activate vitamin D to maintain healthy bones • Adjust levels of minerals and other chemicals to keep the body working properly How Kidneys Do Their Jobs — The basic function of kidneys begins when you eat and drink. After the body takes the nutrients it needs, the extra become wastes. Some of the waste winds up in the blood and needs to be filtered out. The blood gets circulated through the body with every beat of the heart. It’s the job of the kidneys — with their millions of nephrons — to filter and clean out the blood and remove the extra fluids. The extra fluid and waste becomes urine and travels from the kidneys down the ureters to the bladder until eliminated through the urethra. Removing waste is only one job of the kidneys. In addition to filtering, the kidneys monitor the levels of chemicals, salts and acids in the blood. Inside the nephrons are sensors that keep track of sodium, phosphorus, calcium and potassium. When levels are high, the kidneys signal to remove the excess from your blood for elimination. Another important job of the kidneys is to monitor and regulate certain body functions. An enzyme called renin is secreted by the kidneys to control blood pressure. A hormone called erythropoietin tells the bone marrow to make red blood cells, and one called calcitriol helps to keep bones strong. Summary — It is amazing when you think of everything the kidneys do for the body. It’s even more amazing that some people are born with only one kidney and it does a fine job of filtering blood, producing urine and regulating certain functions all by itself. 27

d i s K g n i v i G By Michelle Martin

For nearly four years, Pam Willis and her husband, Robert, of Powder Springs, watched almost helplessly as their son, Tyler, now 8, grew increasingly aggressive and distracted. What started as simple focusing issues quickly escalated to temper tantrums — and it only got worse. “Tyler’s behavior was out of control,” she says. “Whenever he didn’t get his way, he would have a meltdown and run away from us. It was very embarrassing when we were out in public and had family at the house. They just thought we didn’t discipline Tyler properly, but we knew there was a real problem.” Willis says Tyler has always been very bright and curious, but by the time he was 4 years old she noticed that he couldn’t sit still and couldn’t concentrate on one thing at a time. “He was just all over the place — touching everything and watching TV, listening to music, playing video games and working on the computer all at the same time,” she says. “But, Tyler’s pediatrician didn’t seem worried about his behavior, because she said many ‘high achievers’ have similar issues. Plus, we thought Tyler might just be going through a phase, like the ‘Terrible Two’s.’” The Willises decided to home school Tyler for kindergarten and — after an unsuccessful entry into public school in first grade — later in the Georgia Cyber Academy, a chartered public school program that allows students to attend class online much the same as in a regular classroom. “Being on a schedule seemed to help Tyler relax and to focus,” Willis says, “and being at home allowed us to take a break when needed. But, there were still some serious issues.” In fact, Willis says Tyler’s behavior became so aggressive and out of control that it was dangerous. “Tyler would run out of the house and ride his bike with his head straight down, or take the ladder and climb on top of the house. We worried that Tyler would hurt himself if we didn’t get him the right help.” Willis did some research on her own and realized that Tyler had many of the classic symptoms of ADHD, but the doctors and psychologists told her that they couldn’t give an official diagnosis until Tyler was 7 or 8 years old. “They recommended medication in the meantime, but we were against that kind of treatment.” During Tyler’s annual check-up with his regular pediatrician, Willis read an article about Brain Balance Achievement Centers. “I checked out the Brain Balance website and immediately knew it was the right program for Tyler because it was based on sensory-motor activities and dietary recommendations rather than medications,” she says. Willis also attended a Brain Balance parent orientation session led 28 My Roswell | february 2012

Hop e For The Future We all have to do our part, to give the necessary time and effort into the program. But Brain Balance is more than a program; it’s a lifestyle.

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by Dr. Peter Scire, executive director of the centers in Atlanta, Suwanee and Peachtree City. “Dr. Pete talked about how left brain and right brain deficiencies affect behavior and learning, and everything indicated Tyler was rightbrain deficient. I signed him up right after orientation.” Tyler met with the Brain Balance nutritionist and underwent tests for allergies, which indicated he was allergic to dairy. Tyler was put on a very strict dairy-free and gluten-free diet — essentially reducing his sugar intake by 80 percent, Willis says. “We saw a big change in just two weeks. Tyler could focus better and he wasn’t all over the place. He noticed the change in himself, too, and that it was a result of his diet. But Tyler would be the first to tell you that it’s not a diet; it’s a lifestyle.” Dr. Scire developed a program combining at-home exercises and in-center sessions designed to strengthen Tyler’s core muscles and upper-body strength, as well as sensory motor activities to stimulate his right brain. These included

jumping jacks, sit-ups and stretches; making snow angels on the floor; pencil push-ups in which Tyler used only his left eye to follow a pencil until he saw a double image and then a single image again; listening to Brain Balance music through headphones that only used the left ear; and wearing clear, plastic goggles that covered the right eye so that Tyler used only his left eye while doing school work, watching TV, working on the computer or playing video games. Willis says the at-home exercises helped Tyler to focus better on his school work, but the weekly in-center sessions were a big adjustment for him. “During the first few weeks, Tyler would have meltdowns and would run outside from his coaches,” she says. “Dr. Pete explained that Tyler’s behavior was like a social anxiety and that social skills were linked to his rightbrain deficiency. He suggested we limit left-brain activities like watching TV and playing video games and do more rightbrain activities to help acclimate Tyler to the in-center exercises.” Tyler became more comfortable with his Brain Balance coaches and successfully completed the 12-week in-center sessions, followed by another six weeks of in-home exercises. As a result of his work with Brain Balance, Willis says Tyler’s handwriting is better, he can focus more easily, and he’s working approximately two to three grade levels higher for his age. “Before, Tyler’s behavior didn’t allow him to reach the potential we knew he could, but now his reading, comprehension and math skills are on a sixth-grade level. Plus, Tyler has a greater sense of responsibility

and is just more mature overall. We feel like we have our sweet, fun-loving son back. Even Tyler’s doctors noticed the difference and said they would recommend Brain Balance as a nonmedical treatment for ADHD.”

While Willis credits Dr. Pete with giving them the tools to help Tyler, she acknowledges that it is an ongoing process. “We all have to do our part, to give the necessary time and effort into the program. But Brain Balance is more than a program; it’s a lifestyle.”

Brain Balance Achievement Centers 30 E. Crossville Road, Suite 150 Roswell, GA 30075 (770) 650-8010 780 Peachtree Industrial Blvd., Suite 400 Suwanee, GA 30024 (770) 614-4790 29

FEBRUARY IS AMERICAN HEART MONTH Take Steps Now to Prevent Heart Failure

Most people know the signs of heart attack — even if only from TV: Crushing chest pain that radiates down the left arm, shortness of breath, sweating and anxiety. But what about heart failure? With a slower, insidious onset, this less familiar yet common cardiovascular condition affects about 5 million Americans and factors in 300,000 deaths a year, according to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. With those numbers, it’s a good idea to understand what heart failure is, what causes it, how it is treated and, most importantly, how it can be prevented.

What Is Heart Failure? The heart is a pump. Deoxygenated blood enters the heart from the body; the heart pumps the blood into the lungs for oxygenation and filtering, and then circulates the blood back into the body to distribute to the extremities, organs and tissues. In about 50 percent of heart patients, “the heart is so weak it can’t push enough blood out to the body to meet its needs or it can’t move enough blood through [itself] so it pools in the lungs and tissues,” says Aashish Desai, M.D., cardiologist at Northside Hospital. Over time, symptoms develop, which include shortness of breath (especially upon exertion or when lying down), swelling in the feet and ankles, and general fatigue, Desai says. What Causes Heart Failure? Numerous disease processes can cause heart failure, but the most common cause is coronary artery disease. When blood vessels constrict or are built up with plaque caused by cholesterol, less blood flow occurs with increased demand from exercise. This can lead to either reversible injury or permanent damage to heart wall muscle. 30 My Roswell | february 2012

A weakened heart can be caused by other conditions as well, such as a viral infection, uncontrolled hypertension, coronary artery disease, kidney problems, smoking and diabetes. Additionally, obesity contributes to heart failure. “If the body gets too large, the strain on the heart can be tremendous,” Desai says. “Obesity is a real risk factor.” What Are My Treatment Options? Once a diagnosis of heart failure is made — through ultrasounds and X-rays of the heart and lungs and other tests — the patient has numerous treatment avenues. Medications are prescribed to increase the heart’s pumping ability, reduce fluid retention and control blood pressure. But drugs alone are not enough. “No medicine is as powerful as common sense,” Desai says. “There is no magic pill.” Heart failure patients must stop smoking and follow a diet that reduces salt and fat intake. Desai stresses the importance of a daily regimen. Taking all the prescribed medications, eating a proper diet, controlling blood pressure and notifying the healthcare provider of changes in body weight or increased shortness of breath are crucial. Heart failure is a chronic condition, but with proper maintenance, it can be managed. “We can’t cure it, necessarily, but we can help,” Desai says. ABOUT THE SOURCE: Dr. Aashish Desai is a cardiologist with Cardiovascular Physician’s of North Atlanta (CPNA) at Northside Hospital. His practice interests include vascular disease, including coronary and peripheral angioplasty, and noninvasive cardiology, including nuclear and cardiac CT imaging. Are You Doing Everything You Can to Care for Your Heart? Northside Hospital offers a variety of heart health services, including diagnostics, treatment, rehabilitation and education. To learn more, visit and search “heart health.” 31


Have Early Orthodontic Treatment?

by Jeff Kincaid, DMD, MS If you walk the halls of any elementary school, you’ll see a lot of “metal mouths.” The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children be evaluated no later than 7 years old, but research has recently Dr. Jeff Kincaid is a specialist in shown that there are often orthodontics and owner of Kincaid advantages to deferring Orthodontics in Woodstock and treatment, though decisions Roswell. Visit his Website at are made on a case-by-case basis and early consultations are still a good idea. Proponents of early intervention say it can improve a child’s appearance and self-confidence while they are still in grade school and at a time when they may be more compliant. They also feel that early treatment may be able to avoid surgery or extractions later on. Opponents of extensive early treatment say that it is a more expensive and time consuming way to achieve the same results. Therefore, parents today want to know how early their children’s orthodontic problems need to be addressed. For many years extensive early treatment has been in vogue in our industry, but in light of recent longitudinal studies, the pendulum seems to be swinging toward moderation. Common problems are now being deferred until later ages when more permanent teeth are beginning to erupt. Although today we are finding that most problems are best treated when more permanent teeth are beginning to erupt, nearly all orthodontists believe some problems need to be treated as soon as possible. Some of the problems that should require early treatment include: 1. A crossbite of the back teeth. 2. A crossbite of the adult front teeth. 3. Inadequate growth and development of the midface. 4. Severe crowding or tipping of teeth which prevents normal eruption of permanent teeth. 5. A thumb sucking habit that adversely affects the bite. 6. Adverse skeletal growth problems stemming from tongue thrust or breathing issues. continued on page 46 32 My Roswell | february 2012

by Seth A. Yellin, MD, FACS Wedding bells are in the air; you are surely planning make-up and hair. But once the question is popped and the bride-to-be says yes, pick a date and a place and start thinking about your face. Of course every bride focuses Dr. Seth A. Yellin is the founder and director of Marietta Facial Plastic on her dress, often planning Surgery & Aesthetics Center located at months in advance, but all too 111 Marble Mill Road, NW, Marietta. often she won’t think about, (770) 425-7575 her face looking its best until right before the wedding. This is true not only for the bride, but for the groom and the parents as well. With just a bit of forethought and advanced planning, everyone in the bridal party can look their best for that special day. For the bride in her 20’s or 30’s and her bridesmaids, the skin’s beauty is often the main focus. For toning, color correction and smoothing, a combination of topical skin care products, a series of intense pulsed light treatments or facial peels and soothing facials may optimize appearance. Since many of these treatments need to start several months before the wedding to yield optimum results, planning is essential. For others, the addition of injectable facial volumizers and line control with either Botox® or Dysport® may be appropriate. These can often be done several weeks before the special day. For the older couple or the parents of the bride and groom, age related changes of the face are often best served with procedures that require some healing time. Be it a laser procedure to soften facial lines or wrinkles, a blepharoplasty to enhance the appearance of the eyes (often the most important and one of the simplest surgical interventions to make someone look their best), or a facelift to improve the lower face, jaw line and neck. Also, if you have ever considered refining a facial feature such as your nose or ears, a pre-wedding procedure may be considered. Ideally, those individuals who require some type of facial surgical procedure should seek out a consultation with a board certified facial plastic surgeon at least 4-6 months before the wedding. As a general rule, I would only consider a surgical procedure for a patient who can have at least 3 months continued on page 46

FLU SEASON Is Here! by Susan Traxler, MD

Typically influenza (flu) season begins in late fall and lasts through March, with the peak occurring in January and February. Influenza is an acute infection of the nose and throat that can sometimes spread to the Dr. Susan Traxler is a practioner with Alpharetta Pediatric Medicine. She can lungs as well. Children be reached at (770) 664-4430 or visit are among those most likely to develop flu and its complications every year, close to 20,000 children under the age of 5 are hospitalized from complications of the flu. Typical symptoms of influenza include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills, fatigue and sometimes vomiting and diarrhea. Surprisingly, not everyone with the flu will run a fever. In younger children, influenza may present with typical flu symptoms or may appear like croup, bronchitis or pneumonia. Stomach ache, vomiting, diarrhea and irritability are more frequently observed in children. Influenza is highly contagious. The virus is spread when someone either inhales infected droplets coughed or sneezed out by an infected person. Or someone can catch the flu by touching something that has flu virus on it and then touching their own mouth, eyes or nose. People with flu are contagious for a full day before getting sick and for up to seven days after symptoms begin. Therefore, it is important that any child with the flu stay home from school until they are 24 hours without fever. The most important thing you can do to protect against the flu is to get a flu vaccine for yourself and your children. Flu vaccine is recommended for everyone 6 months of age and older. You and your children can also take routine steps to help prevent the spread of flu germs: cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue; avoid people who are sick; wash hands with soap and water, or, if soap is not available use alcohol-based hand sanitizer; avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth; and wipe down tables, countertops and toys with household disinfectant. Antiviral drugs are available to treat flu illness. These medicines are not a cure, but they can help people get better a little faster and prevent serious complications that may land a child in the hospital. In general, these medicines must be started within the first 48 hours of symptoms and are primarily used in young children or patients with chronic illnesses that put them at high risk of complications from influenza. For most healthy children 5 years of age and older who get flu symptoms, the most important treatment is to make sure your child gets plenty of rest and drinks lots of fluids and consult your pediatrician as needed. 33


Fourth in a series of “The Top 10 Reasons for Red Eye”

by Edward J. Furey, OD PC I hear often people say, “My eyes are dry,” or “My eyes can’t be dry . . .they are always tearing.” Both are indicators of dry eyes and so is red eyes. Dry eyes is basically the inability to keep enough tear flow over the eye for lubrication. How can an individual have excessive tearing if there’s, “Not enough tear flow over the eye for lubrication.” The eyes are excessively tearing to over-compensate its lack of tear flow to stay on the eye.

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

Tears protect our eyes by lubricating, nourishing and protecting the surface of the eye. When tears are lacking, our eyes can become dry and irritated. Chronic dryness can cause the surface of the eyes to become inflamed and blood vessels to dilate, causing increased redness. Causes of dry eye syndrome are as follows: Poor Tear Quality Decreased tear production when a patient: • Is older than 50. • Is a postmenopausal woman. • Has a medical condition that reduces your tear production such as diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, scleroderma, Sjogren’s syndrome, thyroid disorders and vitamin A deficiency. • Has had laser eye surgery. • Has tear gland damage from inflammation or radiation which hamper tear production. Eyelid Problems Medications that cause dry eyes: • Certain types of drugs used to treat high blood pressure, such as central-acting agents and diuretics. • Antihistamines and decongestants • Birth control pills • Certain antidepressants • Pain relievers, such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, others) and naproxen (Aleve) • Isotretinoin-type drugs for treatment of acne continued on page 46 34 My Roswell | february 2012


by LaCretia Munroe, MS, DC

After a long day of work and Dr. LaCretia Munroe specializes in as we start dinner we have all sports chiropractic, functional neurology, and metabolic solutions. told our children to go watch TV. When we are talking to an Providing exceptional care for difficult cases. Call the office at (770) 720adult, how many times has your 0865 or visit child asked to see your iPhone so they can play Angry Birds or another game downloaded from the free app section? All of this hand-held technology from iPhones to XBox and PS2 hand-held game controllers makes life more interesting, but what is less well known is the extent to which it can affect brain development in children. Herbert Krugman discovered that TV dampens the activity of the critical left brain within 30 seconds of starting to view. Brain wave activity switches from an alert waking state, associated with increased beta activity, to predominant alpha waves, indicating an unfocused, dream like state. “The right brain then becomes highly receptive to images and feelings. Both advertisers and politicians intuitively know how powerful the TV/Brain effect is!” said Martin Large in an article, “Toxic TV? How the TV medium affects children’s learning.” They both aim to get positive images across whilst knowing that rational arguments are secondary. But from this research, children need help switching off, as TV undermines the decision making area of the brain. The ever increasing amount of gadgets available has increased drastically in recent years. Nintendo’s Wii ensured that console are no longer restricted to hardcore gamers (with over 8 million consoles sales in the UK alone, and games marketed squarely at the family audience). No one could have predicted that such a thing as the average mobile phone would double up as a portable gaming device. It’s all too easy to hand Angry Birds to a bored child. This has lead to babysitting duties being extended from the television to many other devices. The consequence of this is that the early years of child development are being affected. Hours spent in front of the television, computer or Playstation are sedentary hours. They arouse the brain to various states but they do not exercise the body. There is no physical experience or social interaction. The television is not interested in what a child thinks or what he or she has to say. Television and video games fully present the child with a scenario – there is no requirement or opportunity for imagination or invention. Also, a video game responds completely to the child’s directions. The child does not learn the art of compromise, or that, in ‘real life,’ they have to continued on page 46

TOOTH Bleaching

by Vishant Nath, DMD

Over the past few years, the topic of tooth bleaching has become very common. There are several different types of tooth bleaching to choose from, and they vary in everything from cost to effectiveness.

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

As the name implies, tooth whiteners or bleachers lighten the color of the tooth surface because they contain peroxides, or bleach components as the active ingredient. A very common side effect of tooth whitening is sensitivity in the teeth. Teeth contain microscopic dentinal tubules that run from the nerve of the tooth to the surface of the tooth. A tooth will become sensitive when the fluid in these tubes moves around. Normally, minerals in saliva plug the ends of the tubes that are at the tooth surface. The introduction of bleaching gels can dissolve these plugs,

leading to the fluid in the tubes moving around, causing tooth sensitivity. In addition, some individuals are genetically more susceptible to tooth sensitivity. Sensitivity due to tooth bleaching is temporary, and will normally go away when the bleaching is discontinued. Tooth bleaching is available in many different over the counter dental care products. From toothpastes to mouthwashes to tooth whitening strips, there are quite a few products to choose from that are advertised as having teeth bleaching abilities. These types of tooth whiteners are usually the most inexpensive. The effectiveness of these products will vary depending on such factors as how often and continuously they are utilized. A visit to your dentist will introduce two more choices in teeth whitening products. Your dentist can make a custom mold of your teeth and provide you with tooth whitening gel to use with this tray/custom mold, for in-home bleaching. Because it is specifically molded to your teeth, this method is usually a bit more effective than those that you can purchase in a store. The last tooth whitening method is in-office tooth bleaching. continued on page 46 35

THE WORLD Is My Oyster

by Michael Consoli I hear this idiom every now and then and I wonder, what does it exactly mean? So I went out to seek the true meaning and stumbled on Shakespeare, as in William Shakespeare. Perhaps it came from “The Merry Wives of Windsor,” they say: “Why then, the world’s mine oyster, which I with sword will open.” Huh?

But the options don’t stop there. Want to experience the real Carnival? Now you can with an overnight in Rio de Janeiro during its Carnival. How about not just sailing through the canal, but really stopping with a maiden call in Panama City? Yep, that’s all part of Crystal’s new itinerary.

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

According to my good friend, Google, the idiom basically means you have the freedom to do anything and go anywhere. I’m young and healthy so, “The world is my oyster.” With that said, I am looking to continue my journey around the world, following my heart and living my dream to do anything and go everywhere.

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Thank you Crystal Cruises for announcing your new 2013 line-up: 64 itineraries. 183 ports. 62 countries. All with more two-day calls in certain ports so I can explore the wonders in places such as in St. Petersburg, Ho Chi Minh City, Sydney and Beijing. Plus there are many other overnight destinations in major cities like Istanbul, Osaka and Sorrento, Italy.

Aside from all the new exotic ports of call, the Crystal experience is warm and gracious. Getting there is an experience in itself. My last Crystal cruise was in Northern Europe where I got to explore great cities such as St. Petersburg, Copenhagen, Talinn, and Stockholm (among others). It was, by far, my favorite itinerary. I would go again tomorrow! So back to, “My Oyster.” I’m thinking of Ho Chi Minh City and the foods of Vietnam from the national dish called Pho Bo soup, and Saigon pancakes to vegetable beef in oyster sauce. . .

don’t forget The Ducts by Dan Jape One of the most important aspects of your home’s heating and cooling system is the duct work. Proper duct work can make a huge difference in the comfort and efficiency of your home. I see a number of customers who simply are talked into replacing the Dan Jape is the owner of Reliable Heating and Air. You may contact him equipment in their homes at (770) 594-9096 or visit him online without analyzing the at distribution system and they end up with the same poor comfort level they had before they purchased a new system. One of the most frequent problems we find is lack of the proper amount of return or intake duct work. A proper operating system has to have the correct amount of return ducts to match the output of the system. Without the correct amount of intakes, many problems will arise such as lack of cooling capacity, overheating furnace heat exchangers, freezing cooling coils and reduced life of the entire system. Many homes have duct work built out of fiberglass or duct board. This type of duct work is very porous and rough inside, collecting dirt and debris; after a few years of service it is always filthy dirty. Mold grows on the inside of this material and it is very hard to keep the corners and seams sealed up to keep air from leaking out in attics or basements. Metal ducts and plenums need to be installed to replace this inferior product when a new system is installed in your home to assure you of proper airflow, comfort, and efficiency. In some extreme cases and because of trying to save money on new home construction, I find actual splitter boxes or Y-shaped ducts made of this duct board. You can find these by looking for boxes made into triangle shapes with many ducts attached to them. These impede airflow, overwork the furnace blower, and provide inferior comfort to the entire home. They have to be replaced to make sure you are getting the full comfort and efficiency a new HVAC system can provide you. The last and one of the most important aspects of your ducts is making sure they are sized properly to deliver the correct amount of airflow to each room in your home. Almost every homeowner I visit complains about the comfort in their bonus room or the room over their garage in a two story home. This discomfort is caused by lack of airflow. To make this room comfortable, additional air flow is needed to overcome the heat loss or heat gain. 37


Green Remodeling by Michael McEachern When the time comes to start planning your next remodeling project, the importance of taking a green, sustainable approach is of the highest importance. By taking a little extra time during the preliminary planning stages of your project, you can take great strides toward reducing your overall carbon footprint.

Michael McEachern is a builder for Hynes Homes, LLC. You may contact him at (404) 216-2544 or visit him online at

Here are a few things to consider: Water Conservation — Insist on low-flow toilets and fixtures. Have your remodeling contractor explain all options for high-efficiency water heaters, rain collection systems for irrigation and other methods of conserving water. Recycling and Reusing Materials — Some materials, such as old framing lumber and hardwood flooring can be reused on current projects. Buy Green Materials — Ask your contractor about plastic decking, sustainable lumber and eco-friendly drywall. VOC Paints — Use low VOC (volatile organic compound) paints, stains and lacquers. Simple Green Remodeling Techniques — Insist that your contractor practice simple green remodeling techniques. Consolidate lumber and material orders, don’t waste lumber, and reuse all materials when possible. Have your contractor explain ways in which he/she will take a green, sustainable approach to your project. Energy Efficiency — Simple steps can be taken to reduce your overall energy usage. You should consult with a contractor that is Earth Craft Certified as well as being a Certified Green Professional. They should be able to offer you advice on taking simple steps to take a green, sustainable approach to your next home improvement project. 38 My Roswell | february 2012

LOVE IS A CHOICE We Can Learn to Do

by Ron Bradley In the comic strip “Peanuts,” Lucy says, “I don’t understand love. Explain love to me, Charlie Brown.” He answers, “Well, let’s say I see this beautiful cute little girl walking by…” Lucy interrupts, “Why does she have to be cute? Huh? Why can’t someone fall in love with freckles, dark hair, and a big nose? Explain that!”

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

“Maybe you’re right,” Charlie Brown agrees, “Let’s just say I see this girl walk by with a great big nose…” Lucy screams, “I didn’t say a GREAT big nose.” Charlie Brown sighs, “You not only can’t explain love, you can’t even talk about it!” At this time of year when greeting card companies make a great deal of money on Valentine cards and gifts, it is important to remember what love is all about. Love is and always has been a CHOICE. We choose to love or not to love. Just as our Heavenly Father chooses to love us, we respond by loving Him and our neighbors. There is nothing more convincing than God’s love reflected in the character and actions of His children, his followers. The Bible does not teach that love is, “A more excellent way,” it is “THE most excellent way!” Love is the universal language; everyone understands it. Love can melt the hardest heart; can heal the wounds of a broken heart; and can quiet the fears of an anxious heart. A well-known atheist was incarcerated in a large prison. Despite repeated visits of the Chaplain, no amount of argument or pleading could shake this man from his viewpoint. In spite of all attempts to get in touch with him, he remained hard and callous. One day, however, the breakthrough came. The Chaplain made his normal rounds and attempted to converse with the atheist. But as they were speaking, he noticed the convict’s foot apparently had been injured and now seemed to be bandaged too tightly. The Chaplain stopped speaking, bent over, unbound the bandage; then, rewrapped the man’s foot in a more comfortable way. As he was doing this he felt something wet on the back of his head — the tears of the hardened atheist were falling on his neck. This one act of loving-kindness had accomplished what continued on page 46 39

RELIGIOUS SERVICES Baptist Atlanta Street Baptist Church

Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church 725 Pleasant Hill Street, (770) 993-2707 Sunday Services: 8 a.m. & 11:30 a.m.

340 S. Atlanta Street, (770) 993-9451 Sunday Services: 11 a.m.

Union Primitive Baptist Church

Crosspointe Community Church SBC

Willeo Baptist Church SBC

77 E. Crossville Road, Suite 100, (770) 640-9959 Sunday Services: 10:45 a.m.

990 Willeo Road, (770) 993-5189 Sunday Services: 11 a.m.

First Baptist Church of Roswell

Zion Missionary Baptist Church

710 Mimosa Blvd., (770) 587-6980 Sunday Services: 8:30 & 11 a.m.

888 Zion Circle, (770) 993-8587 Sunday Services: 9:45 a.m. & 5:45 p.m.

Gethsemane Garden Missionary Baptist Church

335 Cox Road, (770) 993-0862


Lebanon Baptist Church

Epiphany Byzantine Catholic Church

11250 Crabapple Road, (770) 993-3635 Sunday Services: 10:30 a.m. & 6 p.m.

2030 Old Alabama Road, (770) 993-0973 Sunday Services: 8:30 & 11 a.m.

North River Baptist Church

675 Riverside Road, (770) 641-9720

12090 Hardscrabble Road, (770) 992-7777

St. Peter Chanel Catholic Church

11125 Houze Road, (770) 993-5207

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Cumorah (Spanish) Branch 500 Norcross Street, (770) 640-0531

Webb Bridge Ward 500 Norcross Street, (770) 640-7357

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

Episcopal St. David’s Episcopal Church

398 Hardscrabble Road, (770) 993-8232

Northside Baptist Church

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

St. Andrew’s Catholic Church

11330 Woodstock Road, (678) 277-9424 Sunday Services: 7:30 a.m., 9 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 12:15 p.m., 5 p.m

1015 Old Roswell Road, (770) 993-6084 Sunday Services: 7:45, 9, 11:15 a.m., 6 p.m.

Jewish — Messianic Congregation Beth Hallel 950 Pine Grove Road, (770) 641-3000

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

Jewish — Reformed Temple Beth Tikvah 9955 Coleman Road, (770) 642-0434

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

Grace North Atlanta

First Christian Church of Roswell

Alpharetta Community Center 175 Roswell Street, (770) 331-1010 Sunday Services: 10 a.m.

11365 Crabapple Road, (770) 993-4617 Sunday Services: 11 a.m.

First Church of Christ, Scientist Northminster Presbyterian 2400 Old Alabama Road, (770) 998-1482 Sunday Services: 10 & 11:15 a.m.

Other Churches

1000 Hembree Road, (770) 475-9159 Sunday Services: 8, 9 & 11:15 a.m.

Reach One Church

Meets at Andretti 11000 Alpharetta Hwy, (770) 609-7941 Sunday Services: 10:45 a.m.

Roswell Presbyterian Church

Roswell Alliance Church

755 Mimosa Blvd., (770) 993-6316 Sunday Services: 9:45 & 11:15 a.m.

Roswell Assembly of God

Lutheran Cross of Life Lutheran Church ELCA Roswell

10920 Houze Road, (770) 998-9977 Sunday Services: 10 a.m.

1100 Allenbrook Lane, (770) 643-0180

9820 Coleman Road, Roswell, (770) 641-9267

11440 Crabapple Road, (770) 993-6586 Sunday Services: 8:30 & 11 a.m.

Christ United Methodist Church

Baha’i Faith of Roswell

Roswell Community Church

1340 Woodstock Road, (770) 993-3945

Bridge To Grace

Armenian Church of Atlanta


Ebenezer United Methodist Church 12900 Hwy. 140 N, (770) 640-7287 Sunday Services: 8:30 & 11 a.m.

Northbrook United Methodist Church 11225 Crabapple Road, (770) 998-2000 Sunday Services: 9:30 & 11 a.m.

Roswell United Methodist 814 Mimosa Blvd., (770) 993-6218 Sunday Services: 9:30 & 11 a.m.


2385 Holcomb Bridge Road, (770) 587-2460 Sunday Services: 10 a.m.

Meets at The Cottage School 700 Grimes Bridge Road, (678) 677-4840 Sunday Services: 10 a.m.

St. Peter’s Place Anglican Church

1870 Woodstock Road, (770) 993-2038

200 Holcomb Woods Pkwy., Suite 27 (678) 352-1224

Church of Christ — Northside

UU Metro Atlanta North

Christian Center Church

10920 Woodstock Road, (770) 993-3512 Sunday Services: 10:30 a.m.

11420 Crabapple Road, (770) 992-3949 Sunday Services: 10:30 a.m.

Church of Christ — Roswell

World Harvest Church

11670 King Road, (770) 992-2097 Sunday Services: 10 a.m. & 4 p.m.

320 Hardscrabble Road, (770) 643-9223 Sunday Services: 9, 11 a.m. & 1 p.m.

Non-Denominational Fellowship Bible Church 480 W. Crossville Road, (770) 992-4956 Sunday Services: 9:15 & 11 a.m.

Orthodox St. Mary Coptic Orthodox Church 11450 Houze Road, (770) 642-9727 Sunday Services: 8:30 & 11:30 a.m.

Presbyterian Canaan Korean Presbyterian Church 11320 West Road, (770) 552-5505 41


Business Organizations

Job Networking Group Contact: (770) 642-7943 Website:

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

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

Contact: Website:

North Metro Women’s Connection Contact:

Rosan Hall, (770) 335-6013

Northside Business Network Group

Ross Glover, (770) 396-5034

(678) 306-4600

Political Organizations

United Way of Atlanta Contact:

(770) 614-1000

Civic Organizations

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

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


STAR House Foundation

The North Fulton Bar Association

GA 400 Rainmakers

Sons of Confederate Veterans — Roswell Mills Camp #1547

Alpharetta/Roswell Newcomers Club Contact: Barb Hill, (678) 318-1442

American Association of University Women North Fulton Branch

Sons of the American Revolution — Piedmont Chapter Contact: Bob Sapp, (770) 971-0189

Chattahoochee Republican Women’s Club Contact:

Marjean Birt,

North Fulton Democrats

Recreation & Hobbies

Contact: Website:

Contact: Diane Williford, (770) 594-2200

Children of the American Revolution — Martha Stewart Bulloch Society

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


Contact: Robbin, (678) 461-9550 Website:

North Fulton Republican Women’s Club

Daughters of the American Revolution Martha Stewart Bulloch Chapter

Alpharetta/Roswell Newcomers Club

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

Charitable Organizations Basset Hound Rescue of Georgia Contact:

(770) 499-1164

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

Children’s Restoration Network Contact:

(770) 649-7117

Companion Animal Connection Contact: (678) 493-9847 Website:

The Drake Closet

Contact: Marguerite, (770) 521-1142

Contact: (678) 318-1442 Website:

Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta

Atlanta Stamp Collectors


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

Junior League of Gwinnett and North Fulton Counties, Inc.

Chattahoochee Celtic Pipes & Drums

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

Contact: Rory Howe, (770) 926-6898 or

Kiwanis Club of Historic Roswell

Georgia Regional Girls Choir

Contact: David, (770) 356-5211 Website:

Contact: (770) 722-3656, Website:

North Fulton Jaycees

The Ludwig Symphony Orchestra

Contact: Wendell Whitfield, (404) 786-2665

Contact: (678) 682-3551 Website:

North Fulton Optimist Club

Foster Care Support Foundation

Roswell Junior Woman’s Club

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

Homestretch Contact:

(770) 642- 9185

Keep Roswell Beautiful Contact: (770) 641-3715 Website:

Next Century Youth Contact: Mary Brooks Green, (770) 335-7317 Website:

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

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Contact: Suzi Voyles, (404) 851-9704

Contact: Glenn Rudh, (404) 375-7033


Roswell Lions Club Contact: Tim Dunn, president Website:

Roswell Historical Society


(770) 623-8623

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

North Fulton Amateur Radio League Contact:

Jim Stafford, W4Q0, (770) 993-9500

Roswell Fine Arts Alliance Website:

Roswell Garden Club

Contact: 770-992-1665 Website:


Roswell Optimists

Contact: Dick Lord, (770) 317-9571


Mike Bagnulo, (770) 993-5440

Roswell Rotary Club Contact: (678) 318-3647 Website:

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

(770) 518-7021

Roswell Firehouse Harmony Brigade Roswell Photographic Society Contact: (770) 594-6122 Website:

Songs of Atlanta Chorus Contact: (770) 977-4031

Southern Winds Concert Band Contact: George Cekis, (404) 295-5093

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

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

Support Organizations

DreamPower Therapeutic Equestrian Center Contact: (678) 456-8082 Website:

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

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

MOMS Club of Roswell — South Writers Network Contact: Bobby Christmas, (770) 924-0528

Alcoholics Anonymous Contact: Barb G., (770) 686-3082

Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Eating Disorders — ANA Contact:

Kim, (404) 307-5442

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

Bereavement Support Group Contact:

Patty Hampton, (770) 261-1767

Brain Injury and Stroke Group Contact:

(770) 751-2650

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

Diabetes Support Group Contact:

Contact: Website:

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

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

Overeaters Anonymous Contact: Bill, (770) 992-6481

Parkinson’s Support Group Contact:

Patty, (770) 261-1767

Roswell UMC Counseling Center Contact:

Patty Hampton, (770) 261-1767

SA Contact:

(770) 993-7253

S-Anon Contact:

(770) 993-7253

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United States Government

President Barack Obama (D)

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

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

Senator Saxby Chambliss (R)

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

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

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

Rep. Tom Price (R), District 6

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

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

(202) 225-4501 GA: (770) 565-4990 fax: (770) 565-7570 (202) 225-4272 GA: (770) 479-1888 fax: (770) 497-2999

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

State Government

Governor Nathan Deal (R)

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

(404) 613-4433

Juvenile Court: Chief Judge Belinda E. Edwards

(770) 612-4401

Court of Clerks: Cathelene Robinson

(404) 730-5300

(770) 613-4070

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

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

John H. Eaves (D-1)


Robb Pitts (D-2)

(404) 612-8206

(404) 612-8210


Liz Hausmann (D-3)

(404) 612-8213

Tom Lowe (D-4)

(404) 612-8218

e-mail: e-mail:

(404) 612-8222

Joan P. Garner (D-6)

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

(404) 612-8226


(404) 612-8230


Board of Education

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

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

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

Linda Schultz (D-1)

Katie Reeves (D-2)

Ashley Widener (D-5)

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

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

340 State Capitol Atlanta, GA 30334 e-mail:

Julia Bernath (D-7)


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

340 State Capitol Atlanta, GA 30334 e-mail:

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

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

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

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

Fulton County Schools Superintendent:

State Rep. Mark Burkhalter (R) (D-50)

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

(770) 418-9098

401 State Capitol Atlanta, GA 30334 e-mail:

(404) 656-5912

(404) 768-3600

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

Fulton County Medical Examiner: Randy Hanzlick, MD 430 Pryor Street SW, Atlanta, GA 30312 e-mail:

132 State Capitol Atlanta, GA 30334 e-mail:

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(404) 613-4345

William Edwards (D-7)

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

220 State Capitol Atlanta, GA 30334 e-mail:

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


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

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

(404) 613-4185

Emma I. Darnell (D-5)

203 State Capitol Atlanta, GA 30334 Website:

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

Superior Court: Chief Judge Cynthia Wright

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

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


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

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

Fulton County Tax Commissioner: Arthur E. Ferdinand

(404) 730-4000

141 Pryor Street SW, Atlanta, GA 30303

City of Milton

Mayor Joe Lockwood

(678) 242-2487

City of Roswell

Mayor Jere Wood

(678) 594-6288

11605 Haynes Bridge Rd, 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.

GNFCC 2012 Board of Directors Brandon Beach, president and CEO of The Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce announced the installation of the 2012 Board of Directors. In welcoming the new Board, Beach said, “The Chamber is very fortunate to have such a distinguished and active group of community and business leaders serving at its helm. The North Fulton area will benefit greatly from their guidance and direction.”

GNFCC 40th Chairman Brandon Beach, president and CEO of The Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce, announced the installation of William Edward “Teddy” Russell II, Chief Financial Officer, Russell Landscape Group, Inc., as Chairman of the Board. Russell becomes the Chamber’s 40th Chairman, and succeeds Andy Macke of Comcast Cable Communications.

Teddy Russell 40th GNFCC Chairman

In making the announcement, Brandon said, “Teddy has been a valued and active member of the GNFCC, and will be a tremendous asset to the leadership of the Chamber in the North Fulton community. We are very fortunate to have Teddy as our Chairman of the Board.” Teddy responded to his appointment, saying, “I am honored to be selected as the Chairman. The Greater North Fulton Chamber is a catalyst for business and a leader in economic development in the region as well as the entire state. I am excited to work with Brandon Beach, the chamber staff and the board in an effort to continue the many past successes.”

The 2012 Board of Directors includes: J. Davis Adams, Southeastern U.S. Development Inc.; Kerry Armstrong, Duke Realty Corporation; Sharon Bartels, Gwinnett Technical College; Brad Beisbier, RBC Bank; Jeff Bellamy, Jones Lang LaSalle Americas, Inc.; Hon. David Belle Isle, City of Alpharetta; Bill Bland, Choate Construction Company; Hon. Mike Bodker, City of Johns Creek; Dennis Boyden, AT&T Georgia; Susan Brown, North Ridge Restoration, LLC; Mark Burkhalter, McKenna Long & Aldridge, LLP; Wendy Butler, Wendy Butler & Assoc.; Raj Carpenter, Shaw Environmental & Infrastructure; Ken Cornelius, Siemens; Dave Coulter, Apex Signs & Graphics; Arin Crandall, Wells Fargo; Michael Cross, Briskin, Cross & Sanford, LLC; Ken Davis, Renasant Bank; Nancy Davis, Georgia Power Company; John Dorris, Corporate Communications Group; Lou Douglass, LJD Resource Group, LLC; Jason Fazio, G4S Wackenhut; Tim Gaffney, Gillman Insurance Group; Hon. Eva Galambos, City of Sandy Springs; Alan Golden, CHA Consulting, Inc.; Todd Gordon, The Benefits Group, Inc.; Jennifer Hall, SunTrust Commercial Banking; Mark Hancock, The Private Bank; Freda Hardage, Northside Hospital; Liz Hausmann, Fulton County Board of Commissioners; John Hipes, Bach, Dewberry & Hipes, LLC; Penn Hodge, Pioneer Real Estate; Don Howard, Bank of North Georgia; Shane Jackson, Jackson Healthcare; Randall Johnson, City of Johns Creek; Debbie Keel, North Fulton Hospital; Beverly Langford, LMA Communication, Inc.; Hon. Dennis Leonard, UcanBankOnIt; Joe Lockwood, J.K. Lockwood Construction Co., Inc.; Roger Lusby, Frazier & Deeter, LLC; Andy Macke, Comcast Cable Communications; Paul Maggard, Maggard Ventures; Tino Mantella, Technology Association of Georgia, Inc.; Dean Marianos, Atlanta Gas Light Co.; Robert Mimms, Mimms Enterprises; Brand Morgan, Brand Properties; Paul Morochnik, Weissmann Zucker Euster Morochnik P.C.; Janice Mosley, Verizon Wireless; Brian Mould, Better Office Systems; Al Nash, Parallax Advisory Group; Prince Niyyar, Commdex Consulting; Adam Orkin, Orkin & Associates, LLC; Chris Owens, Lowe Engineers; Jeff Parker, HNTB Corporation; Jay Patel, North Point Hospitality Group, Inc.; Andy Perlmutter, Better World Books; Trevor Ralph, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra/Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre At Encore Park; John Rasper, DeKalb Office; Bob Regus, City of Alpharetta; Brian Riggins, Magnolia Golf Group; Frank Roedl, Bank of North Georgia; Teddy Russell, Russell Landscape Group, Inc.; Katherine Simons, DDS Staffing Resources, Inc.; Tom Spurlin, Spurlin & Associates; Steve Stroud, Stroud’s Printing & Design, Inc.; Erwin Thomas, Philips Healthcare; Alan Thomes, State Bank & Trust; Danny Tompkins, Admin America; Lee Tucker, Mahaffey Pickens Tucker, LLP; Bobby Vickery, Thompson Engineering, Inc.; Don Welsko, LexisNexis Risk Solutions; Pete White, A.C. White Relocation Services; Trey Wise, Quantum National Bank; Connie Woltz, First Citizens Bank; and Hon. Jere Wood, City of Roswell. (Photograph courtesy of Clark Savage, Clayton CameraCraft Photography 45

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of healing and preferably 6 months, to allow swelling to resolve, facial redness to fade and scars to soften. When you walk down the aisle, walk with the confidence of knowing that you look your best.

Dry Eye Syndrome

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Other Dry Eyes Causes • • • •

Wind High altitude Dry air Tasks that require concentration, such as working at a computer, driving or reading

Complications from Dry Eye Syndrome can be more eye infections or scarring on the eye surface. Treatments can begin with an evaluation of the eye from your eye care professional. To be diagnosed, your eye doctor will perform a comprehensive eye examination using a slip lamp and/or external camera. Oftentimes, a Schirmer’s test is performed using test strips to determine the amount of tears staying in the eye. Once diagnosed, a treatment plan can begin with the following: • Over-the-counter rewetting drops, • Prescriptive eye drops that encourage the body’s natural tears, • Punctal occlusions in the punctum to narrow the hole opening of the punctum to keep more tear file in the eye and is performed by your eye doctor.

Tooth Bleaching

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This is typically the most effective method of tooth whitening. The effectiveness of the peroxide is enhanced through several factors. The teeth will be kept dry during the process through the use of gauze as well as a device called a retractor, which will pull the lips away from the teeth while the peroxide is applied. The gel can be left on for 30 to 60 minutes. Also, sometimes the teeth will be exposed to a curing light or laser to further activate the peroxide. No matter which method of tooth bleaching appeals to you, talk to your dentist to find out more about which products and methods they recommend. No matter what your budget might be, there is a product out there for you!

Video Games

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wait their turn to speak or interact. They do not encounter situations that allow for real social and emotional development. 46 My Roswell | february 2012

Over use of computers and computer games may also affect the developing visual skills of the young child. Children become good at rapid shifts of visual attention within their field of vision, but hand-held computer games do not develop the smooth sequential eye movements needed to follow a line of print without the eyes jumping further along the line, to the line above or the line below. Children become good at rapidly decoding individual symbols, shapes or pictures on a screen, but are not as good at following a series of symbols from left to right and decoding them in an accurate sequence. This is important for spelling. Some therapist would perceive the advantages for physical development in children from playing on video games. Although the systems were created with fun in mind, they can be used to help children improve in many areas of development. They can help with focus, attention, balance, coordination, visual-spatial skills, fine motor skills, gross motor skills, and motor planning. Just remember there is not a substitute for going outside running, jumping and playing with other children. There are no social skills required to play with a video game. Imagination is one of our children’s greatest gifts to the world. Family time is our greatest gift as a parent.

Love is A Choice

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his many words could not: it had touched the man’s heart. Mother Teresa of Calcutta wrote, “To show great love for God and our neighbor we need not do great things. It is how much love we put in the doing that makes our offering something beautiful for God.” During this month of February let us remember that love isn’t just a feeling, love is something we do! Love is something we can learn to do!

Early Orthodontic Treatment?

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7. Adult front teeth that are protruding excessively and are in danger of being traumatized. While early correction of the these problems are generally agreed upon by most orthodontists, a serious problem can occur when patients and parents are not fully informed about what the early treatment will accomplish. It is important to educate families that children who receive early treatment may still need further orthodontic treatment at a later age. This interceptive treatment, however, could very well shorten and simplify future treatment and possibly eliminate more drastic measures in the future. It is important to note that orthodontics is an art as much as it is a science and there are many ways to treat any given orthodontic problem. Therefore, it is not uncommon for several orthodontists to disagree on whether a child would be helped by early treatment or when it should be accomplished, so there may be no way for a parent to sort this out — you just have to have faith in the practitioner. 47



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