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Huntington Learning Center


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Editor Michelle Martin

Editor Cherryl Greenman

art Graphic Designer Tiffany Atwood Graphic Designer Candice Williams


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Market Director Janet Ponichtera

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Advertising Designer Ashley George


2012 High School Varsity Football Schedules Blessed Trinity, Centennial, Milton & Roswell

Chattahoochee Nature Center (CNC) CNC’s Discovery Center is celebrating its 3rd Anniversary

Footprints Leaving a Legacy

Back to School


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4 My roswell 6 Community news 10 Celebrations 12 Calendar 15 School information 23 Footprints 25 Library News 33 Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce

Directory Listings

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religious services clubs & Organizations Local Officials Advertiser index

Photographers Devon Morgan Writers John Albers, Ron Bradley, Michael Consoli, Paula Duncan, Edward J. Furey, Dan Jape, Jeff Kincaid, Michelle Martin, Vishant Nath, Jill Pollard, Debra Robinson, Mark H. Shapiro, Debbie Spamer, Dixie Whitman, Jere Wood, Seth A. Yellin

Volume 1 | Issue 10 113 Mountain Brook Drive, Suite 204 Canton, GA 30115 tel. (770) 720-7497 fax. (770) 720-1329 My Roswell Monthly magazine is your monthly community magazine and a publication of Footprints Publishing, LLC. The magazine’s mission is to bring relevant, positive stories and timely information to its readers and to provide local businesses with a premium outlet for community based advertising. Each month, more than 15,000 copies are distributed free by mail and through local businesses in the Roswell area. Please contact us or visit our website for a current list of locations where copies of the magazine can be found. My Roswell Monthly welcomes your comments, stories and advertisements. Subscriptions are available for $25 per year. Please contact us for payment options. The viewpoints of the advertisers, columnists and submissions are not necessarily those of the Editor/ Publisher and the Publisher makes no claims as to the validity of any charitable organizations mentioned. My Roswell Monthly magazine is not responsible for errors and omissions. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means without the written permission from the Publisher.

© 2012 All rights reserved. My Roswell Monthly is printed using soy-based inks and paper stocks that are at least 25 percent recycled. Our printer also recycles all paper and ink waste.

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ROSWELL Community — Home

by Cherryl Greenman,

Future Dental Assistants of Atlanta, LLC, located at 685 W. Crossville Rd. Suite 148 Roswell, recently held a ribbon cutting celebration for its ten-week Dental Assisting Program. Sharing an office suite with Today’s Dentist, Future Dental Assistants of Atlanta, LLC, is a state-of-the-art cosmetic facility. 12-year dental assistant, Amber Johnson, and husband, Eric Johnson, decided that with the growth of the dental industry and their passion for business and dentistry, this was the best time to launch their new Dental Assistant Training Program. The program runs ten consecutive Saturdays from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. The students will leave with a certificate in Dental Assisting and a letter of recommendation. They will also obtain a dental assistant radiology x-ray certification in compliance with the Georgia Department of Human Resources. (404) 388-3444 This year Northbrook United Methodist Preschool, 11225 Crabapple Road, Roswell, will be celebrating its 30th year of educating and nurturing many of the children from North Fulton and the surrounding areas. “We have always been a high quality program and there is much staff longevity,” says director, Dr. Emily Johnson. Northbrook’s first director was Betty Mullenix; her daughter, Jan Holcombe, was the 2nd director; her granddaughter, Lindsey Nieves, attended the first class; and her great granddaughter, Finley Holcombe, will attend Northbrook this fall. Northbrook would like to ask all alumni, past and present, to please send well wishes and intentions to attend September 9th via email to Northbrook Preschool, 11225 Crabapple Road, Roswell, GA 30075. For more information, please email ejohnson@ or call (770) 998-6667. Ale Yeah! Craft Beer Market, 408 S. Atlanta Street, Roswell, is a craft beer only bottle shop, specializing in craft beers from around the world. The shop has an 18-tap growler station. Growlers are 1/4 to 1/2 gallon containers of draft beer to go. Ale Yeah! also is a market concept of many locally sourced products that can be paired with beer such as artisan cheeses, charcuterie, pretzels, mustards, jams, jellies and rubs. In addition to its extensive selection of craft beers the store also sells a small selection of fine wines. (770) 992-2246,

Left to right: Betty Mullenix, Jan Holcombe, Finley Holcombe and Lindsey Nieves

CaraVita Home Care, 648 Mimosa Blvd, recently held its ribbon cutting and open house celebrations. The open house featured live demonstrations from CaraVita and 18 other companies or organizations. “For CaraVita, the goal has always been to help the families of Roswell and North Metro Atlanta meet the challenges of caregiving,” said Beth Cayce, CaraVita founder and geriatric health care professional. “In our new facility, we can operate and display Roswell’s only Smart House, offer a variety of training courses for both clients and senior care professionals, and comfortably conduct our daily business operations with the ease.” Left to right: Tracey McDonough, Laura Cayce, Amy Brannen, Roswell Councilwoman Betty Price, CaraVita Home Care founder and CEO Beth Cayce, Doreen Scascitelli of Roswell Business Alliance, State Senator John Albers, Roswell Councilwoman Nancy Diamond, RUMC Senior Pastor Dr. Mike Long, and Roswell Mayor Jere Wood. Gigi Brady, CPA LLC, located at 419 East Crossville Road, Suite 102, Roswell, is a full service accounting firm specializing in tax preparation and planning for individuals, small businesses and non-profit organizations. Gigi Brady also performs bookkeeping for clients and provides controller services. (678) 8695589, The Jewelry Refinery, 10779 Alpharetta Hwy, Ste. 150, recently celebrated its ribbon cutting celebrations. The Jewelry Refinery store is located near Pearle Vision in Roswell. The store is family owned and operated and committed to great customer service. Visit them to buy and sell gold, diamonds, coins, silver and costume jewelry. For more information please call them at (678) 352-0111 or visit their website at 4

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COMMUNITY RGC Receives National/State Awards

Albers Earns Perfect Score from ACU

Roswell Garden Club (RGC) recently received an Award of Merit from the National Garden Clubs, Inc. for Decoration of Historic Building (the Archibald Smith Plantation Home). Yearly RGC members decorate the Smith Home extensively for the Christmas season. The club was also honored with awards from the Garden Club of Georgia: second place for Garden Club of the Year Trophy, first place for Holiday Decorations, second place for Public Relations Award, second place for Civic Improvement Award, second place for Publications Award, and third place for website award. RGC also was awarded Garden Club of the Year from the Fulton Federation of Garden Clubs.

Senator John Albers (R-Roswell) was recently named a recipient of the American Conservative Union’s (ACU) Defender of Liberty award, notably for his strong support of bills based on conservative principles during the 2012 legislative session. Senator Albers received a perfect score of 100 percent and was recognized during a reception at the Georgia State Capitol. This is the first year the Georgia General Assembly was rated by the ACU. “It is an honor to be recognized by the American Conservative Union for my work to defend conservative values in the Georgia legislature,” said Senator Albers. “I am proud to present the inaugural Georgia ACU awards to those conservative state Senators who continue to fight for fiscal responsibility, the rights of the unborn, and the Second Amendment,” said Al Cardenas, chairman of the American Conservative Union.

Cobb EMC LEGO Winner

Roswell UMC Job Networking

Cobb EMC and Kell Robotics recently sponsored a Star Warsthemed LEGO® building competition for local fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh graders. The event, held at Baker Elementary School, featured Atlanta’s LEGOLAND® Discovery Center master model builder, Joshua Bohn, as judge. Students competed within their grade level and were given identical LEGO® kits to assemble. Judging was based on both speed and accuracy. Grand prize winners for each grade received a LEGO® Death Star set, while runners-up received a LEGO® Republic Frigate set. Contestants were also able to take home all sets they built during competition. Nate Perrin, the son of Matt Perrin of Roswell and a home study student, poses with Boba Fett and Darth Vader (Cobb EMC employees), after winning a Republic Frigate set. 6

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The Job Networking ministry at Roswell United Methodist Church offers local and national speakers to help job seekers develop the skills to search out and land the next job. At the meeting in July, employers were invited to bring available job openings to a onehour Mini-Job Fair. It is not necessary to be a member of RUMC to attend Job Networking meetings, held the second and fourth Mondays, at Roswell UMC, 814 Mimosa Blvd., in the heart of Historic Roswell. Reservations are not required.

Left to right: Speakers/trainers at recent meeting, Jay Litton, Gary Shaar, Jimmy Parker, Tyrone Griffin, Marisa Pereira, Hal Coleman, Tim Morrison, and Mark Edington.

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Northside Hospital is First To Use Wireless Pacemaker

Northside Hospital is the first hospital in Metro Atlanta and among the first in the country to treat patients with the new wireless INGENIO™ pacemaker, manufactured by Boston Scientific. This state-of-the-art technology allows Northside cardiologists to remotely monitor the respiratory and heart rates of their cardiac patients around the clock and from any computer system via a secure website. Dr. Michael Balk, managing partner, Northside Cardiology, implanted the first device at Northside in May. “With this new technology, when a patient walks into the bedroom to sleep, his pacemaker communicates automatically and wirelessly with a special transmitter that is plugged into the phone jack; there’s no work needed on the patient’s part,” said Dr. Balk.

Promotions and New Hire at BNG

Bank of North Georgia (BNG), a division of Synovus Bank, announced that Allen Barker (pictured top), executive vice president, has been promoted to chief community banking executive, and Frank Roedl (pictured middle), executive vice president, has been promoted to chief corporate banking executive. Additionally, John Bystrom (pictured bottom) is joining Bank of North Georgia as director of retail banking. Allen will oversee the Community Banking Division for Bank of North Georgia and Bank of Coweta, which includes four banking regions as well as the newly created Retail Banking Division that represent 43 branches in 16 Metro Atlanta counties. As chief corporate banking executive, Frank will be responsible for managing the Atlanta region’s specialty lines of business, including commercial real estate, private banking, financial management services, corporate banking, and special assets. John is joining Bank of North Georgia from Bank of Nashville, a division of Synovus Bank, and will serve under Allen Barker’s leadership. He will be responsible for managing the Atlanta region’s retail branch network of 43 branches and all retail lending activities. 8

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August 4 34th ANNUAL OLD SOLDIERS DAY RACE 10K, 5K Time: 7 a.m. Location: Alpharetta City Pool Wills Park Information: (678) 297-6160, email

60th OLD SOLDIERS DAY PARADE Time: 9:15 a.m. Information: The parade is just one way that our country’s war veterans are recognized for their service. A Memorial Service will begin on Main Street in front of Alpharetta City Hall at 9:15 a.m. – Alpharetta City Band, 10 a.m. program; 10:30 a.m. parade. Parade ends at the American Legion Post 201 on Wills Road for free food and activities.

CIRCUS FANTA Time: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Location: Chattahoochee Nature Center 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell Information: Calling all underwater artists! Help create an underwater scene out of recycled materials. 11 & 11:30 a.m., 1 & 1:30 p.m.: All ages. Grab your goggles and dive right in as Captain Tater Tot and his zany sea creatures perform unbelievable circus acts. Noon: All ages. Come out and see all of the entries for CNC’s first Recycled Animal Craft Contest.

RIVERSIDE SOUNDS CONCERT SERIES Time: 7 – 9 p.m. Location: Roswell Riverside Park 575 Riverside Road Information: Bring your blankets and coolers to this month’s concert featuring the Brandon Giles Band. (770) 641-3705

August 7 • NATIONAL NIGHT OUT Time: 7 – 9 p.m. Location: Roswell City Hall 38 Hill Street Information: The Roswell Police Department, along with Roswell Target stores would like to

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Things to do in Roswell

invite all Roswell residents to join an evening of food, drinks, rock climbing wall, dunk tank, local vendors and prizes. There will also be police vehicles, fire equipment, SWAT demonstrations, and games for the kids.

high blood pressure, high cholesterol and other lifestyle related diseases? Find out why you are gaining weight and what you can do about it. Led by Dr. Craig Hoffman, M.D., and Linda Hoffman, health coach. (770) 345-4432


August 16 • ALIVE AFTER 5

Time: 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. Location: Barrington Hall 535 Barrington Drive Cost: $50 per person, per class Information: Join Chef John Wilson who teaches cooking techniques in European, International and American cuisines. August 7: Summer Cocktail Buffet. August 21: Sauces. (770) 640-3855

Time: 5 – 9 p.m. Location: Canton Street Information: Join your family, friends and neighbors on the streets of Historic Roswell. Complimentary bands, trolley, balloons, late hours by retailers/galleries, and fun on the streets.

August 8 • ICE CREAM SOCIAL Time: 3 – 4:30 p.m. Location: River Eves Elementary School Information: The River Eves Elementary PTA invite all rising River Eves Kindergarten and new students to attend an informative and fun ice cream social at the lower playground of River Eves Elementary school. Come meet your new teachers and school administrators. (678) 409-3057

August 11 • ASO FREE CONCERT Time: 8 p.m. Location: Atlanta Symphony Hall Woodruff Arts Center Information: Guest conductor Jacomo Bairos of the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra will include the Overture of Mozart’s The Magic Flute. (404) 733-5000,

August 12 • ATLANTA CONCERT BAND Time: 4 p.m. Location: Roswell Cultural Arts Center 950 Forrest Street Information: Free concert.

August 16, 21 VIRTUAL GASTRIC BAND SEMINAR Time: 7 – 8 p.m. Location: Georgia Hypnotherapy Associates 6478 Putnam Ford Drive Information: Georgia Hypnotherapy Associates, LLC, is hosting complementary presentations, "Tired of Yo-Yo Dieting?" Learn about the virtual gastric band for weight loss as seen on Dr. Oz. The presentation is free but requires advance registration due to limited seating. Register by emailing date and number of attendees to or by calling (678) 938-7274,

August 18 4TH ANNUAL TRILOGY TROLLEY CRAWL Time: 7 – 11 p.m. Location: Roswell Historic Homes Barrington Hall, Bulloch Hall & Smith Plantation Cost: $40 Information: The ticket price includes an evening of festivities on the grounds of Roswell’s three historic homes. It also includes one drink ticket and three sampler plate food tickets as well as live entertainment and trolley shuttles from site to site.

August 14 • OPTIMAL HEALTH SEMINAR Time: 10 a.m. Location: Woodstock Recreation Bldg 7545 Main Street Information: Are you struggling with diabetes,


8 p.m. Roswell Cultural Arts Center 950 Forrest Street

On-Going RIVERSIDE FARMER’S MARKET Information: We Will Not Forget Foundation will present Bertie Higgins. (770) 641-1260,

August 19 • 2012 METROPOLITAN ATLANTA THEATER AWARDS Time: 7 p.m. Location: Roswell Cultural Arts Center 950 Forrest Street Information: Ticket cost varies,

August 24, 25 • RAISE A RACKET Location: Brookfield Country Club Information: A fundraising event benefiting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. • Pool Party, Friday, August 24 from 7 – 9 p.m. Dinner and adult refreshments • Team Tennis Tournament, Saturday, August 25 from 9 a.m. – noon. Fee of $166, includes admission to pool party and tennis ball. • Tennis Ball, Saturday, August 25 from 7 – 11 p.m. Casual cocktail party with live band and buffet. Silent and live auction items

August 25 AAUA MEETING Time: 10 a.m. – noon Location: TBA, Information: The local branch of North Fulton Branch of the American Association of University Women, consists of women who reside in Cumming, Roswell, Alpharetta, John’s Creek, Milton and Sandy Springs.

Contest Corner

Find the hidden picture

TOTS TO TWEENS CONSIGNMENT SALE Time: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Location: Sandy Plains Baptist Church 2825 Sandy Plains Road, Marietta Information: Sponsored by Northwest Atlanta Moms of Multiples (formerly Cobb Parents of Multiples Club). Everything you need for your family! Strollers welcome! (678) 404-0034,

August 25 • MISS ATLANTA SCHOLARSHIP PAGEANT Time: 7 – 10 p.m. Location: Roswell Cultural Arts Center Cost: $20 Information:

August 26 8th ANNUAL MISS MARY’S ICE CREAM CRANKIN’ Time: 2 – 4 p.m. Location: Roswell Square Information: Cranked ice cream for you to sample at $5 per person or $20 per family (up to 6). Benefits Drake House of Roswell.

TOOLS OF SCIENCE Time: 1-4 p.m. Age: 8 – adult Location: Chattahoochee Nature Center 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell Information: Explore the tools scientists use to learn about the world around us!

Farmer’s Market will be held through September 15 at City Hall parking lot, 38 Hill Street from 8 a.m. – noon.

ROSWELL CITIZEN’S POLICE ACADEMY The Roswell Police Department Citizen’s Police Academy is a free 10-week program to introduce members of the public to various functions of police work. Begins on Thursday, September 6, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. at the Roswell / Alpharetta training facility, 11565 Maxwell Road, Alpharetta. citizenpoliceacademy

WEDNESDAY WALKS IN THE GARDEN Enjoy a guided walk while learning about the historic gardens at Barrington Hall, 575 Barrington Drive. 9:30 – 11 a.m.

August 27 2012 HOMESTRETCH GOLF TOURNAMENT Time: 10 a.m. Registration 11 a.m. Shot gun start Location: The Manor Golf & Country Club, Alpharetta, 15951 Manor Club Drive Information: HomeStretch gives homeless parents and their children a safe and comfortable place to live while simultaneously helping them address the root causes of their situation

September 11 SQUARE DANCE CLASSES Time: 7 – 9 p.m. Location: Woodstock Community Church 237 Rope Mill Road Information: Cherokee Squares Square Dance Club is offering beginning classes. (770) 917-8251

The Luce Family was our winner for July’s contest corner. They will receive a gift card to Bruster's. Congratulations! If you find the hidden picture, be the first to email: *Only emailed answers will be accepted. Contest participants are able to win one time per calendar year 13


high school August 31 September 7 September 14 September 21 September 28 October 5 October 19 October 26 November 2 November 9

7:30 7:30 7:30 7:30 7:30 7:30 7:30 7:30 7:30 7:30

p.m. Centennial HS p.m. @ Lambert HS p.m. @ Johns Creek HS p.m. @ Milton HS p.m. Etowah HS p.m. Wheeler HS p.m. @ Woodstock HS p.m. Cherokee HS p.m. @ Lassiter HS p.m. Walton HS


CENTENNIAL high school

August 31 September 7 September 14 September 21 September 28 October 12 October 19 October 26 November 2 November 8

7:30 7:30 7:30 7:30 7:30 7:30 7:30 7:30 7:30 7:30

p.m. @ Roswell HS p.m. Etowah HS p.m. @ Milton HS p.m. @ Johns Creek HS p.m. @ West Forsyth HS p.m. Lambert HS p.m. South Forsyth HS p.m. North Forsyth HS p.m. @ Alpharetta HS p.m. Chattahoochee HS


high school

high school



August 16

7:30 p.m.

August 31 September 7 September 14 September 21 September 28 October 4 October 19 October 26

7:30 7:30 7:30 7:30 7:30 7:30 7:30 7:30

@ Central Forsyth HS

p.m. @ Alpharetta HS p.m. Johns Creek HS p.m. Centennial HS p.m. Roswell HS p.m. @ Wheeler HS p.m. @ Etowah HS p.m. Lassiter HS p.m. @ Walton HS

(ESPN will carry game)

November 2 7:30 p.m. @ Cherokee HS November 9 7:30 p.m. Woodstock HS (Senior Night)

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August 16

7:30 p.m.

@ Cambridge HS

August 24 7:30 p.m. Westminster HS August 31 7:30 p.m. @ Lovett HS September 7 7:30 p.m. Hart County HS September 21 7:30 p.m. @ White County HS September 28 7:30 p.m. @ Woodward Academy HS October 12 7:30 p.m. Decatur HS October 19 7:30 p.m. @ Towers HS October 26 7:30 p.m. McNair HS November 2 7:30 p.m. @ St. Pius X HS November 9 7:30 p.m. Cedar Grove HS


Private Schools The Atlanta Academy

High Meadows School

Blessed Trinity Catholic High School

King’s Ridge Christian School

Cottage School

Mill Springs Academy

Chrysalis Experiential Academy

Porter School

Eaton Academy

Queen of Angels Catholic School

Fellowship Christian Academy

Swift School

Fellowship Christian High School

Village Montessori School

(678) 461-6102, (678) 277-9083,

(770) 641-8688, (770) 649-7077,

(770) 993-2940, (770) 754-5738, (770) 360-1336, (770) 594-1313,

(770) 645-2673, (770) 992-4975, (770) 993-1650,

(770) 518-1804, ext. 104, (678) 205-4988, (770) 552-0834,

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

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

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

(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

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

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

September 3 October 15

High Schools Milton High

Roswell North Elementary

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

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

Sweet Apple Elementary

Roswell High

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

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

Middle Schools

Other Centers

Crabapple Middle

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

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

First Day of School Holiday/Schools Closed Teacher Workday

Cafeteria account information: Parent Connect:

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

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

2012 — 2013 Calendar at a Glance August 13

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

Northwestern Middle

River Eves Elementary

Fulton Sunshine Academy Elementary

Elkins Pointe Middle

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

The Art Institute of Atlanta (770) 394-8300

Strayer University

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

University of Phoenix Atlanta Campus (678) 731-0555

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As summer vacation becomes a wistful memory and families jump back into the school year routine, we can all use some tips to help us get back on a schedule and prepare for success. Read on for helpful hints and websites to start the new year off right and keep it going smoothly all year long. The following health and safety tips are from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

Developing Good Homework and Study Habits • Create an environment that is conducive to doing homework. Youngsters need a permanent work space in their bedroom or another part of the home that offers privacy. • Schedule ample time for homework. • Establish a household rule that the TV set stays off during homework time. • Supervise computer and internet use. • Be available to answer questions and offer assistance, but never do a child’s homework for him or her. • Take steps to help alleviate eye fatigue, neck fatigue and brain fatigue while studying. It may be helpful to close the books for a few minutes, stretch, and take a break periodically when it will not be too disruptive. • If your child is struggling with a particular subject, and you aren’t able to help him or her yourself, a tutor can be a good solution. Talk it over with your child’s teacher first.

Making the Start of a New School Year Easier • Remind your child that she is not the only student who is a bit uneasy. Teachers know that students are anxious and will make an extra effort to make sure everyone feels as comfortable as possible. • Point out the positive aspects of starting school: It will be fun. He/she will see old friends and meet new ones. Refresh positive memories about previous years, when he/she may have returned home with high spirits because he/she had a good time. • Find another child in the neighborhood with whom your youngster can walk to school or ride with on the bus. • If you feel it is appropriate, drive your child (or walk with him/her) to school.

Backpack Safety • Choose a backpack with wide, padded shoulder straps and a padded back. • Pack light. Organize the backpack to use all of its compartments. Pack heavier items closest to the center of the back. The backpack should never weigh more than 10 to 20 percent of your child’s body weight. • Always use both shoulder straps. Slinging a backpack over one shoulder can strain muscles. • If your school allows, consider a rolling backpack. This type of backpack may be a good choice for students who must tote a heavy load. Remember that rolling backpacks still must be carried up stairs, and they may be difficult to roll in snow.

Wise Websites Visit these sites for healthy lunch ideas, study tips, medical check-ups and more! 16 My Roswell | august 2012

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First Day of School PicTUREs Deadline is August 20 See page 25 for more details.

Color the image below and send to My Roswell Monthly for a chance to win our Back to School Coloring Contest! Prizes will be awarded in each age group: Under 5, 5 – 9, 10 – 12.



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The Chattahoochee Nature Center is located on the Chattahoochee River in Roswell and sits on a beautiful site comprised of 127 acres of native plants and gardens that showcase the beauty of Georgia. It has a River Boardwalk, Discovery Center, wetland demonstration gardens and woodland trails that are home to over 50 species of injured, non-releasable wildlife. For 30 years, this facility has continued to grow and reach out to citizens as a place to explore new ideas and expand the awareness of the natural world. The Discovery Center is celebrating its third anniversary and this is a wonderful time to reflect on what a great addition the Chattahoochee Nature Center has made to the Metro Atlanta region. In fact, the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area (CRNRA) was recently designated as the nation’s first National River Trail. Locals and tourists alike visit the award winning Discovery Center at the Chattahoochee Nature Center, tucked away along the River on Willeo Road, it is a wonderful place to spark your spirit of natural discovery. A place where nature ‘comes alive’! More than just a museum or science center, the Discovery Center serves as the Interpretative Center for the entire Chattahoochee River, housing four distinct and separate areas that explain the intricate web of life that makes up the unique watershed of the Chattahoochee River. The Explore Your Watershed Gallery guides visitors on a journey from river-to-wetland-to-forest. Featuring live native animals, interactive games and more, this hands-on, minds-on interactive exhibit takes you on a natural exploration to learn how plants and animals work together to make a watershed thrive. Also part of the hands-on experience is the Nature Exchange, a unique nature trading post and learning environment where over 3,300 active collectors interact with trained naturalists and are awarded points for objects they’ve found. These points can then be redeemed to trade for other natural items on display. The Chattahoochee River Resource Gallery, serves as the portal of information to the Chattahoochee River watershed. Housed in this unique, one-of-a-kind information gallery is everything a visitor needs to experience the watershed first-hand. From fun outdoor recreation to conservation and restoration efforts, this timely gallery highlights ways to conserve, rethink, restore and enjoy our vital watershed. Rooftop Garden Terrace, or “Green Roof” is designed to capture rain runoff, and is home to native plants found on the rocky outcrops of Georgia. It is the perfect place to enjoy a quiet moment of reflection during your busy visit, with a view of the Chattahoochee River in the background. 18 My Roswell | august 2012 19


Alpharetta Huntington Learning CenteR

by Michelle Martin

Preparing Students for the SAT & ACT ith the start of a new school year, many high school students and parents are preparing for college. In fact, University admission and scholarship requirements are tougher than ever, so it is important to get the Upcoming help and prepare early for SAT ACT/SAT Exams and ACT exams.

September 8: ACT October 6: SAT October 27: ACT November 3: SAT December 1: SAT December 8: ACT

One of the best ways for students to gain an academic edge is by taking advantage of the SAT and ACT exam preparation programs offered through Huntington Learning Center in Alpharetta. “It’s never too early for students to begin preparing for college entrance exams,” says Director Terry Schwarz, noting that the first ACT testing date is s few weeks away and the SAT is not long after. “Students can’t expect to just walk into the SAT or ACT exam center and achieve a high score without studying and preparing.”

Terry and Rhonda Schwarz invite you to visit Huntington Learning Center located at 12850 Highway 9 North at the corner of Windward and Highway 9 in the Windward Commons Plaza. Please call us at (678) 240-9240 or check out our website at for more information on Huntington Learning Center programs and services. 20 My Roswell | august 2012

Schwarz, along with his wife, Rhonda, works with a team of highly qualified and specially trained SAT and ACT exam prep instructors at Alpharetta’s Huntington Learning Center. The center prides itself on their team of dedicated and well prepared instructors who specialize in high level math, critical reading and/ or writing. ”Our tutors are college graduates who have obtained a high level of competency in their area of expertise and receive continual training from us,” Terry states. “In addition, we follow trends to stay current with major college and university admission requirements, scholarship opportunities, and application deadlines. To be an expert in the field and help students achieve their academic goals, we have to keep learning ourselves. That’s

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challenging, fun, and satisfying, all at the same time.” Alpharetta’s Huntington Learning Center exam prep programs are tailored for students in this unique environment; thus, students learn to master test-taking skills and develop problem solving skills that remain for years to come. Huntington offers three different programs to help students prepare for the SAT and ACT exams. The Premier Program is the best preparation program available. It is designed to help students maximize their scoring potential through Additional Academic Support concentrated study sessions in math, writing and critical Huntington Alpharetta also offers individualized, reading. Students’ individual strengths and weaknesses one-on-one instruction in math, phonics, reading are assessed through a full-length SAT or an ACT test that comprehension, spelling, vocabulary, writing, and study is used as a diagnostic tool. This tool provides a detailed skills. Huntington works with analysis which is used to design students in grade K through a personal plan targeting the Also offering assistance in: 12, as well as college and student’s individual needs. In adult students. As Schwarz Academic Skills addition to the initial test, Schwarz explains, custom programs Subject Tutoring says students in the Premier are developed according to High School Entrance Exams Program take scheduled full-length students’ individual needs. “These Advance Placement Testing practice tests to help measure their needs are assessed through progress. The test help students a comprehensive academic become more familiar with the evaluation of skills that are format and helps to identify gaps that may still need essential to students’ success in the classroom,” he says. additional instruction. Often, Schwarz finds that students aren’t performing well in a number of subjects simply because they may lack Huntington also offers 28-Hour and 10-Hour SAT/ACT oneskills in a specific area, such as reading comprehension. on-one prep programs. Generally, the 28-hour program is Poor reading comprehension skills could affect students’ designed to help students boost their overall score through confidence to read aloud, to solve math word problems, a goal that can be achieved in a shorter period of time, and to stay focused during homework, he says. “Once we while the 10-hour program concentrates on one particular identify the skill gaps and develop a program, students subject area that needs improvement. see noticeable improvements rather quickly. Our goal is to help students improve by a full grade level -- and instill in them the skills, confidence and motivation to help them achieve long-term academic success.”

12850 Highway 9 North, Alpharetta Phone (678) 240-9240 Monday – Thursday: 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Friday – Saturday: 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 pm. 21

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by State Senator John Albers

American Dream Letter — John Albers To my sons Will & Ryan, We are truly blessed to live in our great country. Our founding fathers were divinely inspired and men of great wisdom. The democracy and governance they conceived has led to the greatest nation in history. Our founding principles and historical documents combine to create a unique recipe for success allowing for independence, freedom, life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. We have the platform, but every person and generation must be accountable and responsible to our cause. Don’t let socialism or fascism ever challenge what we know to be right. There are those who will work hard to do little, you need to work tirelessly and climb mountains! My values are strongly rooted in my Christian faith and conservatism. I believe in hard work, accountability, small government, lower taxes, compassion, innovation, serving others and generosity. You can do anything in our great land – AND I challenge you both to be great at whatever you do. Wherever you serve, (i.e. business, church, military, government, community, family) do so with tenacity, compassion and a sense of urgency. Make a real difference in others’ lives and you will reap the benefits. Help people by giving them a hand up and not a hand out, because true compassion is doing what is best for people, not easiest. Never settle with the status quo! Rock the boat and innovate when others rest, advocate when others are silent and remember the priorities of life – God, Family, Country and Work. Be exceptional at everything and never take “no” for an answer. As a fourth generation firefighter, I pray you continue our family tradition of “running in, when others run out.” Don’t back down from problems or challenges, be the solution. 22 My Roswell | august 2012

One day the Lord will call me home. When I stand before him, I will be judged. Remember it is His job alone to judge, not ours. The Lord will hopefully know my dance card was full! I worked tirelessly to preserve and protect my life priorities and our founding principles. We will get all the sleep we need in heaven and I plan to make the most of my time on earth. You are a leader, no matter the situation or circumstance. Be men of strong character and integrity. It will always pay dividends to you. Remember the legacy of our founding fathers and one day I expect your names to be added in the history books with them. Always do more than is expected of you and remember it is God’s plan and our free will to implement. You have all the tools and talent you need. I love you and will always be with you. With unending love and pride, Dad

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



John Douangdara and his dog, Bart. Both were lost in the Chinook chopper crash on August 6, 2011.

Military Dogs Championed by Cherokee Non-Profit by Dixie Whitman “John Douangdara pulled his buddy closer — to protect him — but it was a failed attempt at saving either of their lives as the Chinook helicopter groaned its last breath. The rocket-propelled grenade struck the heart of its target on August 6, 2011, and 30 American families received a knock at their doors advising that a son or husband had been killed in action in Afghanistan. You may remember the 30 members of the American military, which included members of Seal Team Six, who died tragically last August as they rushed to support a Ranger group that was under siege and in imminent danger. I cannot forget; John Douangdara was my brother, and his buddy, Bart, was his ever present military working dog.” These haunting words are etched in Chan’s heart; she is one of the passionate Board Members of Military Working Dog Team Support Association, Inc (MWDTSA). Her brother, John, was one of America’s dog handlers who has made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country. MWDTSA was founded in 2007 to coordinate and channel support from individuals, organizations and corporations to benefit active duty teams, retired U.S. military working dogs and veteran dog handler events. While the organization was born and bred in Cherokee County, Georgia, the grassroots efforts have touched the lives of

thousands of military dogs and handlers from across the country and beyond. For deployed handlers and veterinarians, MWDTSA provides care and comfort packages that often include difficult to obtain dog supplies or medications and serve as a reminder of home. The typical care package will include a KONG toy, grooming wipes, Doggles and the highest quality dog treats. For the handlers, packages often include coffee, dried fruit, power bars and children’s artwork. Depending on the time of year, packages might include hand or foot warmers or a cooling tie. Additionally, MWDTSA fabulous T-shirts are usually sent in holiday packages along with an extra pair of socks and items, like books or magazines, to pass the time between missions. Of course, it also tries to supply specific items requested by the handlers, like dog whistles or specific toys. Presented on the website at www. are the stories of five hero dogs like Lucca K458, who recently made international news. She was severely injured, but saved the lives of the platoon behind her and ultimately reunited in retirement with her first handler. The love that these dogs and handlers have for each other is without measure of depth or time. While the faithful dogs of Vietnam were abandoned, MWDTSA is delighted that changes were made and these K9 heroes are now able to return home, to retire and to become adopted. MWDTSA is also very proud of the role it has in supporting the military teams every day.

Military Working Dog, Fons, retired from active duty to live at home with his handler.

The website offers an amazing array of information regarding Military Working Dogs, hundreds of brilliant photos, an often-updated blog and subscription link to a free, award-winning online newsletter, Kennel Talk. MWDTSA plans to introduce its new 2013 calendar in eStore, Dog Tagz, on August 6, the one year anniversary of the loss of John Douangdara.

al lunt MWDTSA is looking for a few good volunteers and financial or in-kind donations to support its many missions. Donations may be made via Pay Pal at or by sending a check to P.O. Box 5864, Canton, GA 30014. Volunteers with skills in speaking, fund-raising, computer skills, design and writing are among the many areas of need. For additional info or to volunteer, please contact: 23

CITY HALL Change is Inevitable

by Mayor Jere Wood Having long since completed school and having no children of my own, to me the new school year only brings more traffic. However, I still remember feeling left behind when my older brother and sister got on the school bus without me and looking forward to the first day of school with the same enthusiasm as Christmas. On my first day of school, I and the other first graders at Roswell Elementary were told to look for the room where our name was written on the chalk board. I couldn’t find my name because it was misspelled “JERRY” so I picked the teacher I wanted. I was in her class for one day before being transferred back to my original assignment. The next year we went through the same process and seeing my name was again misspelled, I tried to reassign myself to the second grade teacher I wanted. This time I was caught immediately. I continued to look forward to the changes each new school year

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brought. . . new friends, new teachers, new subjects, and new challenges. This attitude carried me forward through each school year until summer approached, when I began looking forward to summer vacation and the changes it brought.

Mayor Jere Wood, first row, center student and his teacher/mother, Mrs. Tillie Wood.

Jere Wood is the mayor of Roswell. You may contact him at or visit for more information.

Every year still brings changes, but having grown older, I am no longer as adaptable and I no longer look forward to change. However, experience has taught me that change is inevitable, change brings opportunity, and the key to success is to recreate the same energy, enthusiasm, and attitude that I had in the first grade. With respect to taking directions, I still try to do things my way, and sometimes I actually succeed!


Atlanta-Fulton Public Library | Roswell Library 115 Norcross Street, (770) 640-3075 M, T: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. | W – Sat.: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. | Sun.: 2 – 6 p.m.


Bouncing Babies Story Time Mons.: 10:30 a.m.

August 2 • Drop-In Needle Craft Group Time:

1 – 3 p.m.


High School, College, Adult, Elders

Walking One-ders Story Time Weds., 10:30 a.m.

Information: Calling all needle crafters! Get together with like-minded crafters to socialize while you work on your projects. If you knit, crochet,

Terrific Twos and Threes Story Time Weds. 11:30 a.m.

embroider or cross-stitch, grab your current project and join us at the library. All ages and experience levels are welcome. No instruction or materials are provided. (770) 640-3075,

August 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 • Free ESL Class Time:

10 – 11:30 a.m.

Age: Adult Information: Free ESL Class for intermediate and advanced students. (770) 640-3075,

August 7, 14, 21, 28 • Free ESL Class Time:

6 – 7 p.m.

Age: Adult

Information: Free ESL Class for all level of students. (770) 640-3075,

August 7, 14, 21, 28 • Yoga Class Time:

10:30 – 11:30 a.m.


College, Adult, Elders

Information: Free health workshop each Tuesday. Dress comfortably and bring a towel or mat. (770) 640-3075,

August 18 • READing Paws Times:

11 – 11:15 a.m., 11:15 – 11:30 a.m.

11:30 – 11:45 a.m., 11:45 a.m. – noon

Information: Bella, a trained and certified therapy dog will be here so children can practice reading out loud. Beginning and struggling readers are encouraged to sign up for a 15 minute time slot. Grades 1 and up. Registration begins two weeks before the program.

August 19 • The Art of Stress-Free Wedding Planning Time:

3 – 5:30 p.m.

Information: Are you getting married? Do you know someone who is? Then this is the program for you! Dee Bailey of Antique Rose Weddings and Events gives you tips and tricks to smooth out the planning for that special day. All are welcome! The program is free and open to the public. Reservations are required. (770) 640-3075,

August 21 • Noonday Nosh Book Club Time:

Noon – 1 p.m.

Information: Noonday Nosh is a monthly book review group that meets at the Roswell Library in the meeting room. Everyone is invited. August selection is “A Passage to India” by E.M. Forester. The program begins at 12 o’clock noon. (770) 640-3075,

August 28 • Mystery Readers’ Book Club Time:

6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Information: Free program, open to community. Book selection TBD. (770) 640-3075, 25

WEIGHT-LOSS SURGERY Is It Right For You? By Debbie Spamer, RN, BSN, CPAN, CBN, and Paula Duncan, RN, BS, CBN, bariatric specialists, Northside Hospital There is continued concern over the nation’s growing obesity problem. Obesity is a serious health issue that can increase your risk for developing diabetes, hypertension, sleep apnea, cardiac disease, joint disease and even cancer. It can impact your ability to perform your job and interfere with your personal and family relationships. If you have gained excessive weight, take action and talk with your health care provider about possible weight-loss solutions. For many people, traditional diet and exercise doesn’t work. Weight-loss (bariatric) surgery may be an option to help you manage your obesity and the health consequences it brings. What is Weight-Loss Surgery? Weight-loss surgery is designed to treat morbid obesity by surgically changing the amount of food a person can consume and needs to feel satisfied. It is only performed on people who are significantly overweight and for whom diet and exercise have failed, but it is a life-changing decision that has the potential to resolve or improve serious obesity-related medical conditions and enhance quality of life. Several types of weight-loss surgery are available: Gastric Bypass (Roux-en-Y) involves creating a small pouch out of a portion of the stomach and stapling it directly to the small intestine, bypassing a large part of the stomach. After surgery, patients feel full more quickly, which aids in controlling their hunger. With a faster weight-loss, patients may improve health issues more quickly. Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Band involves placing a silicone band around the upper portion of the stomach, thereby producing a quicker feeling of fullness and supporting longterm, sustainable weight-loss. The band is adjustable through a port placed under the skin. After surgery, the patient returns to the surgeon’s office, where the port is injected to fill the band. This procedure is reversible and the band can be removed. Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy is a laparoscopic procedure that removes around 85 percent of the stomach. What remains is small, narrow or sleeve-shaped and can hold only one to 26 My Roswell | august 2012

four ounces. This restrictive, and irreversible, procedure not only severely limits food intake but also inhibits hungerstimulating hormones, both of which lead to fast and significant weight-loss. Are You a Candidate? If you are significantly overweight, have a body mass index of 30 or greater, or have a serious medical condition related to your weight, weight-loss surgery might be for you. However, surgery does have potential risks and it isn’t for everyone. Consult with your health care provider to determine what is best for you.

Atlanta’s Most Preferred for Weight-Loss Surgery Accredited by the American College of Surgeons Bariatric Surgery Center Network, Northside Hospital offers comprehensive weight loss services including stateof-the-art surgery — in Atlanta, Cherokee and Forsyth — and was the first in Georgia to perform single-incision weight-loss surgery, resulting in fewer scars for the patient. More recently, the hospital performed its first robotic gastric bypass. Northside hosts free monthly informational seminars about weight-loss surgery. Monthly support groups also are available. For information, call (404) 845-5457 in Atlanta or (770) 292-4726 in Cherokee and Forsyth. To watch in-depth videos and learn more about weightloss surgery from local experts, as well as hear from patients on their personal experiences, visit


by Seth A. Yellin, MD, FACS

by Jeff Kincaid, DMD, MS We all want the best for our children. To provide our kids with the advantages we didn’t have is every parent’s dream! Achieving the dream can be difficult and even a little overwhelming. There are so many things to consider: time Dr. Jeff Kincaid is a specialist in constraints, budget concerns orthodontics and owner of Kincaid and who to trust, just to name Orthodontics in Woodstock and a few. All of our endeavors Roswell. Visit his Website at as parents are undertaken in order to raise healthy, happy and confident children who will thrive and contribute to our community. Orthodontics can be an integral piece to this puzzle. In some respects, getting braces has become a right of passage. For children (and adults) who need braces, it can make a tremendous difference in their outlook on life. When a person, who does not feel good about his or her smile, is able to have orthodontic treatment and become comfortable and confident, it is a life-changing experience! Being able to give a person confidence and self-esteem is the most fulfilling and satisfactory part of our job. We love what we do! We want everyone to experience the satisfaction and fulfillment that comes with having a great smile and the confidence to show the world. Nothing warms a room, a relationship or changes attitudes like a great smile! The great news is that getting braces has become so comfortable, convenient and affordable that virtually everyone can now afford to give the wonderful gift of a great smile to their children (or themselves!). The days of having to see the orthodontist every month, painful bands and separators, headgear and high down payments are in the past! Modern technology, modern convenience and modern financing make braces more attractive and affordable now than ever before. In the past, people were told to wait until all the baby teeth are gone and then wait for their dentist to refer them to the orthodontist. These days, however, it is a whole different ballgame. Advances in technology have made it possible to identify and address problems before they turn into a “train wreck” necessitating the removal of adult teeth. If your child sees the orthodontist at age 7 (or at least before age 10) the options and tools available for optimum treatment continued on page 39

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States with one in five Americans developing some form of skin cancer during their lifetime. Fair-skinned, blond, or red-haired people with blue or green eyes are most at risk. In fact, if you are fair skinned and live to age 65, you have a 40-50% chance of having at least one skin cancer.

Dr. Seth A. Yellin is the founder and director of Marietta Facial Plastic Surgery & Aesthetics Center located at 111 Marble Mill Road, NW, Marietta., (770) 425-7575

Most skin cancers are either basal cell or squamous cell carcinoma, which are most often cured by surgical removal. These cancers commonly occur in sun-exposed areas, particularly the head and neck region. Though the cancer often presents as a sore that flakes, bleeds or doesn’t heal, it can also appear as a pearly, raised area, a flat scaly spot or even a white, waxy scar. On the other hand, melanoma, which forms from the pigment producing cells in our skin, which are part of the body’s neuroendocrine system, can be deadly if not diagnosed and treated early. As a general rule if you have a skin mole that has changed in appearance or is irregularly shaped, contains many colors, or is larger than the size of a pencil eraser, you should have a dermatologist evaluate it. Most moles develop in youth or young adulthood. It’s unusual to acquire a mole in the adult years. The good news is that cutting edge skin cancer management can now provide patients with substantially higher cure rates using Mohs surgery techniques, which are performed exclusively by specially trained dermatologic surgeons. Additionally, many Mohs surgeons partner with facial plastic surgeons to reconstruct the most challenging and complex facial defects. These surgeons can minimize deformities by employing the latest reconstructive methods as well as their artistic sensibilities. This is particularly important in the face, since our faces define who we are. Well done facial cancer reconstruction is critical to maintain a person’s sense of wholeness and to preserve function of vital structures such as the eyelid, nose and lip areas. To best serve the community, centers such as ours have created an integrated, one stop resource for almost all skin cancer patients. By offering general dermatologic surveillance, Mohs surgery with an on-site full service dermatopathology laboratory, and facial plastic surgery reconstructive services continued on page 39 27

Preparing Your Child Peritoneal Dialysis Catheter Surgery

For A Dental Visit

Second in a series of “Peritoneal Dialysis”

by Vishant Nath, DMD It may be your child’s first dental visit. Or maybe it’s their tenth visit. Your child may be quite nervous, or maybe they are actually excited to go see the dentist. No matter what your situation is, there are several things that you can do prior to the dental visit to help your child to have a great experience.

by Mark H. Shapiro, MD Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for medical advice or diagnosis from a physician. Dr. Vishant Nath is the owner of Roswell Pediatric Dentistry. You may contact him at (678) 352-1090 or visit

Perhaps the most important thing to do (or not do, actually) is this: do not project any negative feelings or experiences you might have had regarding dental visits onto your child. Not only should you keep any of your negative experiences to yourself, you should be a good role model for your child’s oral care overall. Does your child see you brush and floss regularly? Chances are, if they see this being a regular part of your routine, they will understand that it needs to be a part of their routine as well. If your child is very young (toddler age and younger) and it is their first dental visit, explain that the dentist will be looking in their mouth to count their teeth. Depending on their age, a dental cleaning may not be performed, but these early visits are vitally important in allowing your child to develop a relationship with their dentist. This relationship will be a key part of your child developing great oral health care for life. For most pediatric dental offices, the office website will have photos or a virtual tour that you can show your child. Seeing a fun-looking environment may help to alleviate some of their nervousness. You may also be able to show them photos of the dentist and other staff members. It is most important that your child realizes that everyone involved in the dental visit wants to help them and make it a great experience. Should your child require more than just a dental cleaning (i.e. dental treatment for cavities), the dentist and staff will have ways to explain this to your cchild so it is easy for them to understand. If you have confidence and trust in your child’s dentist, your child will feel more comfortable as well. As a parent, your job is to reach that level of trust and comfort. Ask as many questions as you need in order to achieve achieve that trust. Even though it is your child’s dental visit, your participation in this process is very important. Playing an active role before, during, and after the appointment can greatly enhance your child’s oral health care. 28 My Roswell | august 2012

Dr. Mark H. Shapiro is a Physician Council Member for DaVita in Roswell. He can be reached at (770) 569-2888 or visit www.davita. com for more information.

Peritoneal dialysis (PD) is an excellent form of therapy for many patients with kidney failure. It’s estimated that up to 80 percent of patients are capable of doing PD, and it may be a better form of dialysis therapy for 25 – 30 percent of people requiring dialysis. With the help of your nephrologist, close family members and a variety of materials both in print and online, you can determine whether this home dialysis treatment option is right for your lifestyle. In order to perform PD, you will need to have a PD catheter placed into your abdomen. A PD catheter is a flexible plastic tube that allows dialysis fluid to enter the abdominal cavity, dwell inside for a while, and then drain back out again. There are several different designs and manufacturers, but there is no evidence that one type of catheter works better than another.

With the help of your nephrologist, close family members and a variety of materials both in print and online, you can determine whether this home dialysis treatment option is right for your lifestyle.

PD catheter placement is considered a minor operation, and complications are rare. It often requires general anesthesia, but the whole procedure takes less than one hour of surgical time. Most catheters have two Dacron cuffs that remain inside the abdominal wall to keep it in place. Typically, a surgeon at a hospital will perform the procedure. However, there are some nephrologists and radiologists who are also trained to place PD catheters. Last month (July issue My Roswell Monthly) we discussed what to expect before and after undergoing PD catheter surgery. PD catheters that are properly cared for can often be used without problems for many years. Learning everything there is to know about PD — including PD catheter placement — can help you succeed on this type of home dialysis treatment.

Acute Angle-Closure Glaucoma

Ninth in a series of “The Top 10 Reasons for Red Eye” by Edward J. Furey, OD PC Glaucoma refers to a group of diseases that cause damage to the optic nerve. This important nerve is responsible for carrying images to the brain. The optic nerve fibers make up a part of the retina that gives us sight. Over time, high pressure causes the nerve fibers to die, resulting in decreased vision. Vision loss and blindness will likely result if glaucoma is left untreated. Glaucoma has been nicknamed the “sneak thief of sight” because it often goes undetected and causes irreversible damage to the eye. There are usually no symptoms in the early stages of the disease. Many people have glaucoma but are not aware of it. As the disease progresses, vision seems to fluctuate and peripheral vision fails. If left untreated, vision can be reduced to tunnel vision and eventually, total blindness.

In certain cases in which medication or laser procedures do not achieve this goal, surgery is helpful. Many times therapy includes a combination of these treatments. It is important to understand that glaucoma cannot be cured, but can be controlled. Unfortunately, vision loss caused by glaucoma cannot be reversed. If ever any red eye symptom occurs, be sure to contact your eye care professional at once.

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

Glaucoma usually occurs when fluid in the eye builds up, causing higher pressure than the eye can withstand. The canal responsible for draining this fluid becomes plugged, preventing proper drainage. In other cases, the eye may produce more fluid than normal and simply cannot be drained fast enough, producing higher intraocular pressure. Some causes may include trauma, genetic disorders and low blood flow to the optic nerve. Having high intraocular pressure increases the risk of developing glaucoma. Those who are over forty years of age and who are African-American also have an increased risk. Anyone sixty years of age is more at risk, especially MexicanAmericans. Furthermore, those with a family history of glaucoma are at higher risk of developing glaucoma. Having systemic diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure and heart problems also increases your risk. Other risk factors include nearsightedness and direct trauma to the eye. Closed-angle glaucoma happens quickly. An “attack” may produce a red, painful eye and symptoms such as facial pain, headache, blurry vision, rainbow-colored haloes around lights, nausea and vomiting. It is a severe medical emergency. The goal of glaucoma treatment is to reduce eye pressure to a level at which no more damage occurs. Treatment is given in the form of prescription eye drops and occasionally, oral systemic drugs. Laser treatment has been shown to work just as well as medicines to prevent more damage from occurring. 29

ESTATE PLANNING WATCH OUT For The Ice For Blended Families

by Debra Robinson Many couples would like to provide for their spouse in their wills, but also make sure their respective children from a previous marriage receive an inheritance. They worry that if everything is left to the surviving spouse, then the survivor’s children will receive it all at the second death. It=s a very valid concern, but fortunately, there are ways to deal with it.

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

One good solution is to create a trust, whether during lifetime or in a will. The trust can take care of the surviving spouse by distributing the income and even invading the principal if necessary for the survivor’s health and support; but at the survivor’s death, the trust will distribute the remaining assets according to the trust creator’s plan. For example, if the husband has two children from a prior marriage, and the wife also has two children from a prior marriage, they could create a joint revocable trust that would provide for the survivor of them, but at the second death, divide the assets equally among the four children. Or if the wife brought significantly more assets to the marriage than the husband, it could provide that the assets would be divided 70 percent to her children and 30 percent to his. If the couple is living in a home that was owned by the husband before the marriage, another option would be for him to provide in his will that the wife has the right to live in the house for her lifetime, but at her death, or if she remarries or moves out, ownership passes to his children. Under Georgia law, if a married person with children dies without a will, the estate is divided equally among the surviving spouse and the children, with the surviving spouse receiving a minimum one-third share. This could have positive or negative effects on a blended family. For example, a woman who married a man with two children from a prior marriage might find herself widowed and living in a house now owned two-thirds by her stepchildren. If a man with children married a woman who was financially well off and had no children of her own, and he failed to execute continued on page 39 30 My Roswell | august 2012

by Dan Jape

One of the biggest issues we encounter in the cooling repair business is the formation of ice on an air conditioning system. When homeowners see ice on their unit, they often turn it off until the ice they see is melted and then they turn the Dan Jape is the owner of Reliable unit back on instead of calling Heating and Air. You may contact him for help. This is the worst at (770) 594-9096 or visit him online mistake they could make and it at could end up destroying their outdoor unit in the process. The outdoor compressor needs to have the correct amount of air moving across the indoor coil and if it is not, you need to turn it off and keep it off until having the system repaired. The unit often times cools again if it is turned back on, then freezes again — and this is very hard on the compressor.   

There are a couple of reasons why ice forms on a residential air conditioner. One is poor airflow across the indoor evaporator coil and the other is low refrigerant charge. The lack of airflow can simply be a dirty air filter blocking the proper amount of air from moving across the coil. This can also be caused by a dirty blower wheel, packed with dust and debris, which will restrict airflow and cause a freezing. Another very common problem we encounter is an improper amount of intake or return ducts, which do not allow enough air to reach the indoor coil, thus causing a freezing up issue. When the indoor blower motor or fan fails, this breakdown will cause instant icing and the unit needs to be shut off. People may still feel some cool air through the vents from the block of ice melting in the unit, but continued operation of a unit in this condition will cause damage to the compressor. The ice one sees is only the “tip of the iceberg,” so to speak. The larger piece of ice is located in the duct work of a unit and is formed on the indoor cooling coil. The ice forms a sheet over this coil and blocks airflow, which causes the unit to ice even quicker and before long a block of ice 1 foot high and wide can be on the cooling coil. One symptom of this problem is reduced airflow to your rooms. There are few other problems that can so severely reduce airflow, so if this condition happens to you, turn your system off and look for possible ice. Be very careful with the ice melting, as the melting water will run down on the furnace and can harm the electronic controls. Try to soak it up with towels to keep it from running down in the furnace and drain continued on page 39

sTORE DOCUMENTS On Your Smartphone

by Michael Consoli Your Smartphone’s photo album can be used for more than collecting snapshots of family, friends and the great looking entrée you just had at your favorite restaurant. I recommend using it to store photos of your important Michael Consoli is owner of travel documents. To be Cruise Planners. You may contact clear, you must bring the him at (770) 650-7667 or online at original hard copies when you travel, but having pictures of certain documents will provide you with back up in the event something is lost or stolen. Having digital copies of these documents also makes it easy for you in the event you need to email or text a document to someone. Make sure to take close-up photos and check to be sure they’re clear and readable. Password protect these files just in case.

Here’s a list of seven important documents to include: 1. Identification: Your passport gives you proof of citizenship, as well as supplying a photo ID. In lieu of a passport, save a picture of your driver’s license and birth certificate. Make sure identification numbers and details are readable. 2. Prescription Medication: Save a picture of each pharmacy bottle showing the name and dosage of your medication. 3. Travel Reservations: If you don’t have your e-document emails saved to your phone, keep a photo of your airline e-ticket, hotel reservation and cruise line boarding pass. 4. Insurance Policy: Save a picture of the front page of your travel insurance policy, showing the name of the insured, the policy number and the insurance company’s contact phone number. 5. Valuables: If you’re travelling with valuable items like jewelry, camera equipment or a laptop computer, store photos of them on your Smartphone. If any of these items are available for sale at your destination, you should include photos of receipts in the event you’re questioned by local customs officials when you return home. continued on page 39 31

There’s POWER Of Prayer Nothing to do! by Ron Bradley

Car Games

by Jill Pollard Family car trips are fun . . . for the first half hour and then activity becomes a battle over space, food and attention. With a little prior planning, you can entertain your children for a few extra hours. (Maybe more if the activity involves food!)

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

Surprise Packages — Go to the local dollar store and get some special prizes. Put them in lunch bags that are awarded at specific intervals, like when you cross a state line or the odometer crosses 100 miles. The prize can be anything — it just helps to break up the trip. Aluminum Foil Art — Buy a large roll of aluminum foil and let the kids make foil sculptures. Young children love to make snakes, bugs and bracelets, hats and rings. Puppet Show — I know this sounds lame but if you put your sock on your hand, you can put on a whole show of stories, songs or karaoke. If you have markers you could put an actual face on the sock but surprisingly, you can leave a lot to the kids’ imaginations. Trip Bags — Special trip bags make the time go by. Load up a special bag with toys and story books. Stickers are tons of fun and dry cereal is a special treat. Even rejected toys from the bottom of the toy box takes on new interest on a long car ride. Magnet Boards — Magnet board games can be improvised with all kinds of refrigerator magnets on a cookie sheet. You can extend the play by suggesting matching colors, letters, spelling names, etc. The advantage here is that presumably the magnets don’t fall on the floor, but on a long trip, anything is possible. On the Road Show and Tell — Keep a box handy at home where you can stash interesting items to talk about in the car. When the kids start to get restless, take turns sharing funny stories about the items. The items can range from old pictures, old toys, pictures from magazines, cooking utensils, pictures from catalogs, etc. If you just want to collect funny magazine pictures, it takes up less space and everyone can make up crazy stories to go with the pictures. 32 My Roswell | august 2012

There is much power in prayer, if correctly done. The story is told of a ship that wrecked during a storm at sea and only two of the men on it were able to swim to a small, desert-like island. The two survivors, not knowing Dr. Ron Bradley is the pastor at First what else to do, agreed that Baptist Church Roswell. You may they had no other recourse contact him at (770) 587-6980 or but to pray to God. However, to find out whose prayer was more powerful, they agreed to divide the territory between them and stay on opposite sides of the island. The first thing they prayed for was food. The next morning, the first man saw a fruit-bearing tree on his side of the land, and he was able to eat of its fruit. The other man’s parcel of land remained barren.

After a week, the first man was lonely and he decided to pray for a wife. The next day, another ship wrecked nearby, and the only survivor was a woman who swam to his side of the island. On the other side of the island, there was nothing. Eventually the first man decided to pray for clothes and more food. The next day, all of these were given to him as the belongings from yet another shipwreck were washed ashore. However, the second man still had nothing. Finally, the first man prayed for a ship, so that he and his wife could leave the island. In the morning, he found that overnight a ship had anchored on his side of the island. The first man was welcomed aboard the ship along with his wife and he decided to say nothing of the other man, but instead leave him on the island. He considered the other man unworthy to receive God’s blessings since obviously none of his prayers had been answered. As the ship was about to leave, the first man heard a Voice booming, “Why are you leaving your companion on the island?” “My blessings are mine alone, since I was the one who prayed for them!” the first man answered. “His prayers were all unanswered and so he does not deserve anything.” “You are gravely mistaken!” the Voice rebuked him. “He had only one prayer, and I answered it. If it were not for continued on page 39

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Male Sport Coach of the Year XL212, in partnership with the Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce, honored the 2011 – 2012 Male Sport Coach of the Year at a recent GNFCC E & E Breakfast with NBA legend Dikembe Mutombo keynote speaker. Billy Nicholson of John’s Creek High School received the honor after the Gladiator’s stellar baseball season. Coach Nicholson was selected for his accomplishments with his team as well as his dedication to both his school and his community.

OCTOBER 1 The GNFCC’s Annual Golf Classic Country Club of the South, Johns Creek Presented by Northside Hospital, mark your calendar now and plan to attend this great event! Foursomes and sponsorship opportunities still available! Contact Debbie Ryals at (678) 397-0556 for more details.

Left to right: XL212 partner Mike Haynes, GNFCC president Brandon Beach, NBA legend Dikembe Mutombo, Male Sport Coach of the Year Billy Nicholson, and XL212 president Eric Douglas. 33

RELIGIOUS SERVICES Baptist Atlanta Street Baptist Church 340 S. Atlanta Street, (770) 993-9451 Sunday Service: 11 a.m.

Crosspointe Community Church SBC 77 E. Crossville Road, Suite 100, (770) 640-9959 Sunday Service: 10:45 a.m.

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

Gethsemane Garden Missionary Baptist Church 398 Hardscrabble Road, (770) 993-8232

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

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

North Roswell Baptist Church

St. Peter Chanel Catholic Church

112 Prospect street, 404-406-7419 Sunday services: 11:00 a.m. www.northroswellbaptistchurch.webs

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

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

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

Cumorah (Spanish) Branch 500 Norcross Street, (770) 640-0531 Sunday Service: 11:30 a.m.

Willeo Baptist Church SBC 990 Willeo Road, (770) 993-5189 Sunday Service: 11 a.m.

Milton Ward

Zion Missionary Baptist Church

Roswell Ward

888 Zion Circle, (770) 993-8587 Sunday Services: 7:30, 10:30 a.m. & 6:00 p.m.

500 Norcross Street, (770) 640-7357 Sunday Service: 9 a.m.


500 Norcross Street, (770) 587-0550 Sunday Service: 11 a.m.

Episcopal St. David’s Episcopal Church

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

St. Andrew’s Catholic Church 675 Riverside Road, (770) 641-9720

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Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

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

Messianic Judaism


Congregation Beth Hallel

St. Mary Coptic Orthodox Church

950 Pine Grove Road, (770) 641-3000

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

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


Church of Christ — Northside 10920 Woodstock Road, (770) 993-3512 Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m.

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

First Christian Church of Roswell 11320 West Road, (770) 552-5505

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

Temple Beth Tikvah

Grace North Atlanta

9955 Coleman Road, (770) 642-0434

First Church of Christ, Scientist

Temple Kehillat Chaim-Reform

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

1145 Green Street, (770) 641-8630

Northminster Presbyterian

Reform Judaism

Lutheran Cross of Life Lutheran Church ELCA Roswell 1000 Hembree Road, (770) 475-9159 Sunday Services: 8, 9 & 11:15 a.m.

Canaan Korean Presbyterian Church

Meets at Mill Springs Academy 13660 New Providence Rd., (770) 609-7941 Sunday Service: 10:45 a.m.

Roswell Presbyterian Church

Roswell Alliance Church

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

1100 Allenbrook Lane, (770) 643-0180

Other Churches

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

St. Peter’s Place Anglican Church

Bridge To Grace

362 South Atlanta Street, (678) 352-1224

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

C3 Church 13695 Highway 9 North, (678) 696-1401 Sunday Service: 11 a.m.

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

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


Northbrook United Methodist Church 11225 Crabapple Road, (770) 998-2000 Sunday Services: 8:45 & 11 a.m.

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

Baha’i Faith of Roswell

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

Roswell Assembly of God

Roswell Community Church Armenian Church of Atlanta

1340 Woodstock Road, (770) 993-3945

Reach One Church

2400 Old Alabama Road, (770) 998-1482 Sunday Services: 10 & 11:15 a.m.

Methodist Christ United Methodist Church

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

Christian Center Church

UU Metro Atlanta North 11420 Crabapple Road, (770) 992-3949 Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m.

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

1870 Woodstock Road, (770) 993-2038

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

Kingdom Ambassadors Intl. Worship Center Wills Recreation Center 11925 Wills Road, (770) 853-7231 Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m. 35


Business Organizations

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

National Association of Women Business Owners

North Fulton Community Charities

Rotary Club of North Fulton

Contact: (770) 640-0399 Website:

Contact: Joyce Abernathy, (770) 475-0656 Website:

North Fulton Senior Services

Sons of Confederate Veterans — Roswell Mills Camp #1547

Contact: (770) 993-1906 Website:

STAR House Foundation

Contact: (678) 539-8090 Website:

Contact: Website:

The North Fulton Bar Association

United Way of Atlanta

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


Rosan Hall, (770) 335-6013

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

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

Charitable Organizations Basset Hound Rescue of Georgia Contact:

(770) 499-1164

Child Development Association

Chattahoochee Republican Women’s Club Alpharetta/Roswell Newcomers Club Contact: Barb Hill, (678) 318-1442

American Association of University Women North Fulton Branch Contact: Website:

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

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

Children’s Restoration Network

Junior League of Gwinnett and North Fulton Counties, Inc.

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

The Drake Closet Contact: (678) 682-3551 Website:

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

Golden Retriever Rescue of Atlanta


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

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

North Fulton Jaycees Contact: Wendell Whitfield, (404) 786-2665

North Fulton Optimist Club Contact: Glenn Rudh, (404) 375-7033

Roswell Junior Woman’s Club Roswell Lions Club


Roswell Historical Society

(770) 642- 9185

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

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

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Marjean Birt,

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

North Fulton Republican Women’s Club Contact: Suzi Voyles, (404) 851-9704

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

Alpharetta/Roswell Newcomers Club Contact: (678) 318-1442 Website:

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

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

Georgia Regional Girls Choir Contact: (770) 722-3656, Website:

The Ludwig Symphony Orchestra Contact:

(770) 623-8623

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


Contact: (770) 740-2425 E-mail: Website:



Children of the American Revolution — Martha Stewart Bulloch Society

Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta

(770) 649-7117

Contact: Bob Sapp, (770) 971-0189

(770) 614-1000

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


Sons of the American Revolution — Piedmont Chapter

Civic Organizations

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


Ross Glover, (770) 396-5034

Political Organizations

GA 400 Rainmakers

North Metro Women’s Connection

(678) 306-4600


Contact: Tim Dunn, president Website:

Contact: 770-992-1665 Website:

Roswell Optimists Contact:

Mike Bagnulo, (770) 993-5440

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

North Fulton Amateur Radio League Contact:

Jim Stafford, W4Q0, (770) 993-9500

North Fulton Music Teachers Association Contact: Serene Lee, (404) 786-8932 Website:

Roswell Fine Arts Alliance Website:

Roswell Garden Club Contact:

(770) 518-7021

Roswell Firehouse Harmony Brigade Contact: Dick Lord, (770) 317-9571

Roswell Photographic Society

Bereavement Support Group

National Alliance on Mental Illness — NAMI

Contact: (770) 594-6122 Website:

Contact: Patty Hampton, (770) 261-1767

Contact: Jerry Bishop, (678) 446-5080

Songs of Atlanta Chorus

Brain Injury and Stroke Group Contact:

(770) 751-2650

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:

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

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

Diabetes Support Group Contact:

Joe Mengoni, (770) 889-7577

DreamPower Therapeutic Equestrian Center

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

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

Contact: (678) 456-8082 Website:


Contact: (770) 993-2012 Website:

Emotions Anonymous (EA)


Writers Network

Foster Care Support Group

STAR­—Singles Together at Roswell

Contact: Bobby Christmas, (770) 924-0528

Support Organizations

Contact: Suzanne, (404) 307-1735



(770) 993-7253

(770) 993-7253

Contact: Patty Hampton, (770) 261-1767

Grief Support Peer Group Roswell UMC, Bldg A, Suite A254, Mondays, 6:30 p.m.

Knitting for Peace 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:

Contact: Lynne Strobe, (770) 910-7022

MOMS Club of Roswell — South Contact: Website:

Narcotics Anonymous (NA) Contact: Lee H., (678) 576-4838 37


United States Government

President Barack Obama (D)

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

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

Senator Saxby Chambliss (R)

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

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

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

Rep. Tom Price (R), District 6

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

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

(202) 225-4501 GA: (770) 565-4990 fax: (770) 565-7570 (202) 225-4272 GA: (770) 232-3005 fax: (770) 232-2909

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

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:

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

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

340 State Capitol Atlanta, GA 30334 e-mail:

Linda Schultz (D-1)

Katie Reeves (D-2)

Linda McCain (D-5)

Julia Bernath (D-7)


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

417 State Capitol Atlanta, GA 30334 e-mail:

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

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

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

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

Fulton County Schools Superintendent:

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

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

(404) 656-0188

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

Estate Planning

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a will that expressed his desires, his widow, who didn=t need an inheritance, would receive one-third of his assets and his children would divide the other two-thirds. Proper estate planning is essential for everyone, but doubly so for blended families. Many couples don=t want to discuss it, because there may be sensitive issues involved; but failing to have that discussion often causes family conflict and unintended results when someone dies. Talking to an estate planning lawyer to create a plan that works for your family is a responsibility that should never be overlooked.

Back To School and Braces

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are greatly increased. In the vast majority of cases, no treatment will be necessary on young children; the orthodontist will only monitor their growth and development and then intercede at exactly the right time if necessary. Sometimes having an orthodontist monitor your child from an early age and addressing minor issues such as mouth breathing or tongue thrust through non-orthodontic means can help avoid situations becoming worse over time and even avoid the “need” for braces all together! The American Association of Orthodontists recommends an orthodontic screening by age 7, so do yourself and your child a favor and call an orthodontist to set up an appointment. A dental referral is not necessary to set up a time to see the orthodontist.

Store Documents

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his prayers, you would not have received any of My blessings.” “Tell me,” the first man said, “what did he pray for that I should owe him anything?” “He prayed,” the Voice answered, “that all YOUR prayers would be answered.” How often our prayers are selfish in nature, when our most powerful ones are for others. Alan Redpath has written, “Before we can pray, ‘Thy Kingdom come,’ we must be willing to pray, ‘my kingdom go.’”

Skin Cancer Care

continued from page 27

in one free-standing modern facility, they successfully treat thousands of people annually. This is a very unique resource, which is available in only a few places throughout the entire country. Skin cancer rates have increased more than 75% between 1992 and 2006. Stay out of the sun and tanning beds and wear a broad spectrum sun protectant with SPF 30 or greater every day of the year, it could save your life or at least save you a great deal of grief, anxiety and potential disfigurement. Prevention is always better than treatment. But if you find a skin lesion that concerns you or have recently been diagnosed with skin cancer, be assured that the expertise to provide you the best care anywhere is just around the corner.

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6. Parking Lot: This isn’t a document, but there’s nothing worse than getting home from vacation and forgetting where the car is parked! If you’ve parked at the airport or cruise port, take a picture of the locator sign near your car. 7. My business Card: so you’re sure to have my contact info in the event you have questions or need assistance with anything. Smartphones are truly versatile devices with many uses above and beyond making phone calls and sending text messages. Keeping copies of travel documents on your Smartphone will definitely provide you with some added peace of mind while you’re travelling.

Power of Prayer

Watch Out For The Ice

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pan as it can flood your ceiling if your unit is in the attic. Most of the icing problems we encounter are not due to blower or filter problems, but rather caused by low refrigerant charge. When a unit is low on refrigerant, before it stops cooling altogether, it will reach a state where ice forms on the coils and it is not something a homeowner can repair. Be sure and turn off your unit 5 or 6 hours to thaw before your service tech arrives, because they will not be able to properly repair a frozen air conditioner and they will have to come back another time, which will only add to the frustration of being hot with no cooling. 39



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