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ROSWELL Community — Home

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Schakolad Chocolate Factory, 5530 Windward Pkwy, is scheduled to move into its new facility in the Kings Plaza in Roswell in mid-January. Schakolad Chocolate Factory offers hand-made European style chocolates for corporate gifts, custom molded corporate logos, gift baskets, favors for weddings and special occasions, sugar free chocolates, and more. Store hours: Tuesday-Friday from 10 a.m. — 7 p.m., Monday and Saturday from 11 a.m. — 5 p.m. and closed Sunday. Contact Andrea and Bill Werkheiser at (678) 297-3000. The Fulton County School System (1) recently became the largest school system in Georgia to submit a petition to become a charter school district. “This is the culmination of nearly two years of intensive study, dialogue with parents, staff and the community, and research into the best practices that will help all kids be successful,” said Superintendent Robert Avossa. “We’ve received excellent feedback from the Georgia Department of Education and look forward to receiving their final recommendation.” With the final application now submitted, the Fulton County School System now waits for direction from the Georgia Board of Education, which is expected to make a decision in the spring.


Left to right: Louis Erste, director of the Georgia Department of Education’s Charter Schools Division; Linda Schultz, school board presiden t; Mar tha Greenway, deputy superintendent for Organizational Advancement; Laura Stowell, FCS char ter schools liaison; Arthur Mills, project manager ; and Dr. Robert Avossa, superintendent.

Full color wall calendars featuring historic sites and the natural beauty of the city of Roswell are being made available on a first-come, first-served basis to residents at Roswell City Hall located at 38 Hill Street. Calendars can be picked up at the main desk in the City Hall rotunda and the following City locations: Roswell Area Park Community Activity Building; East Roswell Park Community Activity Building; Hembree Park Community Activity Building; and Roswell Adult Recreation Center.

The Therese Lynn Johnson Agency, Nationwide Insurance — On You Side GA, 640 West Crossville Road, Suite 14, located across from Kohl’s, specializes in home, auto, and small business insurance needs. With her insurance expertise, Therese is able assist residents in Alpharetta and Roswell. This is the year to save up to 20% on bundled insurance. Give Therese a call for your personal policy review over the phone, in person, or on-line. (770) 862-4352, The Wills Park outdoor classroom ribbon cutting ceremony was held at Wills Park in Alpharetta. The outdoor classroom was constructed in Wills Park to benefit the adjacent schools, as well as the community at large. The Wills Park outdoor classroom was an initiative from a group in the 2011 class of GNFCC Leadership North Fulton. The classroom features an outdoor stage with classroom seating and picnic tables.


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COMMUNITY Auxiliary Volunteers Honored

Northside Hospital-Atlanta recently honored its Auxiliary at the 42nd annual Auxiliary Luncheon; more than 130 Auxilians attended Right to left: Gordon Jones, president, the event, which Northside Hospital-Atlanta Auxiliary, presents recognized a check for $349,044 to Russ Davis, director volunteers for their of marketing and public relations, Northside Hospital, who accepted the check on the dedicated service hospital’s behalf. to the hospital. “We have such a great group of volunteers, who work as a team with Northside, to bring exceptional service to our patients and visitors and I look forward to continuing that tradition,” said President Gordon Jones. He presented Northside with a check for $349,044, raised from all of the Auxiliary’s fundraising efforts in 2010-2011 including sales in the gift shop, commissions on baby photo sales and several other sales to employees. “There are no limits to the extraordinary contributions made each and every day by the volunteers of the Northside Hospital Auxiliary,” said Bob Quattrocchi, president and CEO of Northside Hospital.

Samsung Tablet Winner

The Roswell Recycling Center and Caraustar Industries presented Roswell resident, Vinny Bellucci, with a Samsung Tablet. Mr. Bellucci was the grand prize winner in the Roswell Recycling Center’s Facebook Question of the Day contest for America Recycles Day. The Recycling Center is located at 11570 Maxwell Road, Alpharetta. Left to right: Stu Moring, Director Environmental/ Public Works; Nancy Womack, Caraustar Industries; Vinny Bellucci, Facebook contest winner; and Trevor Williams, Recycling Center Supervisor.

Starry Night Raises $55,000

Starry Night 2011, sponsored by Roswell Rotary, raised $55,000 for STAR House Foundation. “We are proud to once again be the 6

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presenting sponsor of Starry Night,” said David McCleary president of Roswell Rotary. “Roswell Rotary and STAR House have a long standing partnership and we’ve watched and helped the organization grow to serve more of our at-risk youth.” STAR House provides after-school educational programming and summer camps for at-risk children, between the ages of 5 – 18. For more information, visit

STAR House staff members Susan Fox and Naomi Wallace with STAR House Board chair Martha Powell.

Breaking Boards to Raise Funds

Students, ages 3 to 12, of The Dojo American Karate Centers of Crabapple teamed up with North Fulton Community Charities to host a “Break-A-‘thon” fundraising event and raised $4,296 to aid families in Alpharetta, Johns Creek, Milton, Mountain Park, and Roswell. On November 19 more than 900 boards were broken for dollar pledges during a spectacular five hour exhibition at the Dojo. Each Dojo student got a chance to break up to 20 read wood boards to held “Break through Hunger.” For three weeks leading up to the event, the students volunteered their time and contacted family, friends, and neighbors to ask for pledges. The donors promised a dollar amount for each board that was broken that day. According to Vonda Malbrough, the Development Director for NFCC, “We are very grateful to the Dojo and its students. This is a sizable donation for a small business and it’s the first donation from any martial arts school in the 28 year history of the organization.” NFCC sees an average of 115 families a day to provide aid with rent, utilities, medical expenses, transportation, and other basic needs on an emergency basis. In 2011, NFCC provided over $1,116,000 in financial assistance to more than 5,089 families. Dojo will continue to partner with NFCC in 2012, director of the Crabapple Dojo, Teron Harvey, stated,

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“The martial arts are more than just kicking and punching. It’s about giving back, not only in teaching, but also to our communities.” Over the years the Dojo has supported the Roswell area with annual food drives, Toys for Tots, silent auctions, and volunteered time to many local schools and churches. For more information about NFCC visit For additional information about The Dojo American Karate Centers visit

1st Annual Flood Week Makes an Impact

The first annual Flood week proved to be full of life lessons as chapters brought a greater awareness of Flood and its mission to the community and their schools. Student Flood students help the Milton janitors chapter leaders clean up after school. were challenged in lessons of communication, planning, time management, delegation of duties, marketing, and the power of prayer. As always though, God uses everything for good and these A home-school Flood group based out of lessons were used Perimeter Church spruce up a yard for a as learning tools for family in need. future leadership opportunities. Flood is students serving locally and cultivating a sense of servant leadership within their schools. Flood has chapters in Forsyth and North Fulton schools but has students from over 20 schools serving. Chapters are planning more local community projects this year serving their schools, families, and individuals that have a need. The next big event is Flood’s annual BRING ON THE RAIN event on MLK Jr. Day, January 16. This 5th annual day of service will have over 200 students serving in the community making a difference in the lives of many. Any student or parent who would like to learn more about Flood can go to the website at or call (770) 289-1834.

Teen Driver Safety Week

During National Teen Driver Safety Week high school students in North Fulton County got up close and personal with safe driving practices by participating in hands-on safety exercises, compliments of Johns Creek Driving School, Drive Smart Students sign a safe driving Georgia in cooperation with pledge. AAA Auto Club South, SADD, and the University of Georgia. Northview High School was the first school to participate and the day was enlightening and educational for newly licensed drivers. Students at Johns Creek HS, Mills Springs Academy, Milton HS, Ford Motor Company donated the Rollover Simulator. and Chattahoochee HS also hosted the program. Students had the opportunity to drive a simulator in extreme weather conditions; wear “drunk goggles” to learn firsthand about the dangers of drinking and driving; sign a safe driving pledge; and see firsthand what happens in a rollover crash when seatbelts are not worn. The Ford Motor Company donated the Rollover Simulator to the University of Georgia for the educational presentation.

Mother Daughter Tea Benefits The Drake House

The National Charity League, Inc. Gardenia Chapter, held its annual tea at the East Hampton subdivision clubhouse. A long standing tradition with NCL, the tea also provides the club an opportunity to give back to the community. This year, each motherdaughter family donated a variety of household cleaning supplies to assist residents of The Drake House. National Charity League, Inc. Gardenia Chapter members Ashton Byars and Grace Limberis helped to serve hot tea to the attendees of the Annual Mother Daughter Tea. Ashton and Grace are 7th grade students at Queen of Angels in Roswell.

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Things to do in Roswell

January 1 — 31 •

January 20 •



During January, join a CNC naturalist to uncover some of the interesting names of animals that call Georgia home. Thursdays and Fridays at 4 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. for all ages.

Bingo for the whole family held at the Bill Johnson Community Activity Bldg., 10495 Woodstock Road from 7 — 9 p.m. FREE. Registration entitles each adult to two cards to play and one raffle ticket. Children 15 and under will receive one card to play and one raffle ticket.

WINTER SCAVENGER HUNTS Walk every trail at CNC this winter. Pick up your official CNC trail hiker passport in the Nature Exchange and receive a stamp for every trail you hike. Completing all six trails earns you something special from the Nature Exchange.

January 20 — 21 • SILVER OAK CELLARS

January 14 •

Silver Oak Cellars Ambassador Tom Johnson returns to Barnsley, come find out why “Life is a Cabernet.”


January 2 — 6 • CRAFT WEEK Chattahoochee Nature Center, 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell, will help you beat the boredom and blahs during winter break. A different craft each day, using reused and recycled items for ages 4 and up from 11 a.m. — 12 p.m.

Winter is a wonderful time to explore the sky, join a CNC naturalist on a night hike and finish off the night with a warm campfire and marshmallows. 7 — 9 p.m.

January 24 • ROSWELL GARDEN CLUB The National Garden Club Master Show Judge, Gretchen Collins, will present a floral design demonstration. This free event is open to the public and will be held at the Roswell Area Park Community Activity Bldg, 10495 Woodstock Road.

January 27• January 2 — 5 •



High school students don’t forget CNC’s 2nd Annual YH2O Film Contest; deadline is January 27 at 5 p.m. What is your vision for the future of water in Atlanta? Show it in the 2nd Annual YH2O Student Film Competition sponsored by the Chattahoochee Nature Center, Comcast and Play It Again Sports. Film festival dates are February 25 — 26 in the Cowie Weiss Theater. Cash prizes for 1 — 3 places.

Celebrate the Year of the Bat with CNC and explore its fun bat trunk. Ages 5 — 12 from 1:30 — 3 p.m.

January 5 — 22 • BECKY’S NEW CAR Georgia Ensemble Theatre will present this comedy at the Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest Street. Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m., Thursdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m., and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. There will also be two Saturday 4 p.m. matinees: January 14 and 21.

January 13 • WINTER ART SHOW A collection of artwork showcasing adult students in all media from 5 — 7 p.m. at the Adult Recreation Center, 830 Grimes Bridge Road.

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January 13 — 15 & 20 — 22 • A LITTLE PRINCESS Elm Street Art Players will perform “A Little Princess” at the City Center, 8534 Main Street, Woodstock, on Fridays at 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. All seats are $9 in advance on line or $11 at the door. (678) 494-4251,

January 14 • BARD OWL Join members of North Fulton Drama Club for a hilarious and exciting romp through some of your favorite scenes from Shakespeare. Discover the animals of Shakespeare’s plays and do a little acting of your own during this unique and live interactive performance! All ages, held at the Chattahoochee Nature Center, 9135 Willeo Road from 1 — 2 p.m.

January 29 • MRS GEORGIA AMERICA PAGEANT The annual Mrs. Georgia America Pageant will be held at the Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest Street at 6 p.m. (612) 804-2128

January 29 • ON THE RUN IN NAZI BERLIN The memoir of Bert Lewyn in which he vividly tells about growing up in Nazi Germany during

the war, co-authored by his daughter-in-law, Bev Saltzman. In 1942, the Gestapo arrested Bert and his parents. His parents were deported to a concentration camp, and 18 year old Bert was forced to work in a weapons factory. His book is the story of his escape and courageous struggle to survive underground. The Lewyn family will discuss “On the Run in Nazi Berlin” at 2 p.m. at Temple Kehillat Chaim, 1145 Green Street, Roswell. Free, but reservations appreciated; contact

February 4 • HOB NOB WITH THE WINE SNOB Join Barnsley’s “Wine Snob” for a casual and entertaining wine tasting featuring six of his favorite wines.

February 10 & 11 •

Hike for a Cure If you love adventure and crave a new challenge, then CureSearch for Children’s Cancer Ultimate Hike is for you! On April 21, 2012 participants will hike 26.5 miles of the Foothills Trail, in one day, while raising funds for pediatric cancer research. The Ultimate Hike is a one-day event in which ordinary folks complete an extraordinary feat on trails around the country. Each hiker is required to attend one information session held around Atlanta and a registration donation of $100 will be required. RSVP to join one of the following information sessions to learn the entire scoop about Hike Weekend, Hike Training and Fundraising:

VALENTINE’S DAY WEEKEND Enjoy a romantic special Barnsley’s menu at the Rice House; carriage rides between the Rice House and the Historic Ruins.

February 10 — 11 & 17 — 18• BRIGADOON Sponsored by Jim Miller in Memory of Jean Miller, the Elm Street Art Players will perform “Brigadoon” at the City Center, 8534 Main Street, Woodstock, on Fridays at 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 2 and 7:30 p.m. (678) 494-4251,

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SCHOOL Holcomb Bridge Hustle 5K

More than 340 runners turned out for the first annual Holcomb Bridge Hustle 5K held this past November 12. More than 50 volunteers including parents, students, teachers, staff, Middle school winners: Elizabeth and sponsor employees, Moore, Carleigh Hyser and worked together to ensure Sequoya Ford. the event ran flawlessly. Key to the success of the event was the City of Roswell’s sponsorship of the race. The Roswell police department ensured the race ran safely and smoothly, blocking off one lane on Holcomb Boys 10 and under winners: Will Bridge Road, and providing a McCall, Grey Schiwitz and Alex motorcycle escort and course Whitesides. supervision. “I am so proud of this community and so proud of our school,” said Principal Joy Schroerlucke. “The support from the City of Roswell, local businesses, cluster schools, our PTA and the entire community has been truly inspirational. The event raised more than $6,600, which will go directly Keely DeWit and Molly to fund academic programs in the Hyser took 1st and 2nd place in Girls 10 and classroom. We appreciate every one of under. our sponsors and each individual who contributed. The feedback has been so positive; we will definitely host the event again next year.”

Science Day at River Eves Elementary School

Students and teachers at River Eves Elementary School are passionate about science and technology, conducting experiments in their classrooms during Science Day, which included the first school-wide egg drop contest. Students of all ages participated in the event, watching their egg vessels being dropped from the school roof by P.E. Parapro Walter Gauthia; 5th graders held an extra challenge with their vessels, which were dropped 110 feet from the apex of the City of Roswell’s Fire Department Ladder #1 truck by 5th grade teachers Ms. Jennifer Roth and Ms. Heather Praats. Georgia State Senator John Albers and Fulton County 14 My Roswell | january 2012

School System’s CIO, and acting Principal of the Day, Marisa Greenlee attended the special day. Left to right: River Eves PTA legislative chair Kathy Floyd; PTA co-president Vicky Martin; LSAC chair Petie Armbruster; Principal Neil Pinnock; Senator John Albers; FCSS CIO Marisa Greenlee; River Eves Education foundation president Kathleen Riordan.

River Eves Elementary thanks Senator Albers for his visit.

Kindergarteners at River Eves learn how covering one eye impacts their ability to catch a ball.

Principal Neil Pinnock discusses the properties of conduction with 3rd grade students.

5th Grade teachers Heather Praats and Jennifer Roth get ready to go sky high.

International Week at Mimosa

Mimosa Elementary School kicked off their annual International Week celebration with a school-wide book parade. Each grade level chose a continent, and each class within the grade level chose a country to study. The parade was the official more on page start of International Week as students marched 16


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 January 4 January 16 February 17 & 20 March 9 April 2 — 6 May 18

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

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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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through the halls displaying book banners depicting a story from their country, and were dressed in native costumes or masks. Students and teachers demonstrate a lot of creativity in putting together the banners, costumes, and flags that represented their country. Projects and other items were then displayed outside of their classrooms in preparation for International Night, when the community was invited to come sample International cuisine, admire the displays, and purchase crafts made by the students. Throughout the week, students not only learned about the world around them, they also gained an understanding and appreciation of diversity and cultures other than their own.

300 Blankets and Coats Collected

Students from Hillside Elementary School participated in a Kids Keeping Kids Warm Drive campaign, collecting more than 300 blankets and coats for local charities. The drive was part of a school-wide Hillside Girl Scout Troop 3002 helping to character study promote the blanket and coat drive during on gratitude and morning carpool. generosity that is part of the Chick-fil-A Core Essentials program. “It was amazing to see the generosity of the students, staff, and parents at Hillside,” said John Anderson, Hillside Elementary School Interim Principal.

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SCHOOL Every class in the school made their own fleece knot blankets which were donated to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta to use as gifts to lift the spirits of patients in their care. In addition, students were asked to donate new or gently used blankets and coats. These donations were given to The Drake House, a shortterm housing center for women and children, and to North Fulton Community Charities.

Mix It Up Day

Students at Hillside Elementary recently joined more than 2 million others across the country to cross social boundaries, as part of the 10th annual Mix It Up at Lunch Day, an Edwin Martinez Yanez and Luke Sweigart, event designed to 1st graders at Hillside Elementary, foster respect and participated in a national Mix It Up at understanding in Lunch event. schools. Mix It Up encourages students to sit with someone new in the cafeteria for just one day. “We had a lot of fun participating in Mix It Up at Lunch Day,” said Interim Principal John Anderson. “We provided conversation starters to all the students to help them get to know the new people sitting around them at lunch and all our lunch room monitors and volunteers got into the spirit with chef hats, aprons and mixing bowls full of conversation starters.” 17

SPORTS Roswell Wrestling Officially Open

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Left to right: Brian Glaze (MS), Blaine Clark (ES), Jason Stucky (MS) [back], Randy Faires (MS Head Coach), Jeff Miller (ES Head Coach, Director), Robert Fezza (MS) and Bart Shwartz (ES). (Photo by Mollianne Elliott)

Left to right: Mike Lingo, State Senator John Albers, and Mitch Lingo

(Photo by Rob Rose)

(Photo by Rob Rose)

Members of the Roswell community join the Roswell Hornet Wrestling grand opening ribbon cutting celebrations. (Photo by Molliane Elliott)

Left to right: Evan Goff, Wayne Smith, and Travis Carr. (Photo by Rob Rose)

(Photo by Rob Rose)

After nearly a decade of fund raising, Roswell Hornet Wrestling officially opened its new 7,000 sq. ft. wrestling facility, the “Under Ground� at 925 Woodstock Road, Ste. 102-B. State Senator John Albers and Roswell City Mayor Jere Wood; Roswell High School Principal, Jerome Huff; high school head coach, Evan Goff; middle school head coach and 2011 National Wrestling Hall of Fame inductee, Randy Faires; former Roswell high school coach Wayne Smith and wrestling alumni were among the distinguished guests at the grand opening. The Roswell Wrestling program is a nonprofit organization run entirely by volunteers, with the exception of the high school coaches. The program encompasses the elementary, middle school and high school programs and trains wrestlers (boys and girls) from the age of six all the way through high school in the folk style or collegiate style of wrestling. Funds for the facility were raised by the wrestlers, parents and boosters over the last decade. Fundraising events included the annual Roswell Hornets Folkstyle Classic Tournament, a Team Georgia/ USA wrestling sanctioned event which draws more than 750 elementary and middle school wrestlers from all over Georgia and surrounding states. 19



Laura Green, owner of Green Basements & Remodeling, is proud to have beaten the odds as a small business owner in today’s economy. While the Small Business Administration reports that 96 percent of contractors go out of business within five years, Green has more than 10 years’ experience in home remodeling and has further established the company’s reliability and reach with the December opening of a new showroom in Roswell. “There is trust in longevity,” she says. “Because we’ve been in business for so long and have two physical locations with 24/7 phone support, our customers know they can trust us.”

Laura Green / owner

Green Basements & Remodeling started as a painting business in Woodstock, expanding over the last 10 years to now include painting, basement finishing, kitchen and bath remodeling, hardwoods, carpet, tile, custom carpentry and cabinets, granite and quartz countertops, windows, siding, insulation, roofing, stonework, concrete, HVAC, plumbing and electrical services. “We do pretty much everything except build a house,” Green says, noting that the company is certified by preferred vendors such as Owens-Corning for roofing, Ralph Lauren for paint and Simonton for windows. In addition, Green Basements & Remodeling is a LEAD-certified remodeler, a member of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry, the National Kitchen and Bath Association, an accredited member of the Better Business Bureau, and offers a 7-year warranty on most services. They recently won the distinguished Angie’s List Super Service Awards in the Painting, Basement Finishing, Kitchen & Bath Remodeling, Countertops, and General Remodeling. “Our memberships, certifications, awards, and warranties are just further reassurance that our customers will receive quality work by professional crews,” she says. In addition to the 7-year warranty, Green Basements & Remodeling also offers “total pricing” estimates that include fixtures and design consultation — which many other contractors consider “add-ons” that can greatly impact the budget. And, Green says special financing offers — zero interest for a year for approved customers, or minimum monthly payments — are making remodeling projects more affordable to more homeowners than ever. “Many people are staying in their houses longer than they expected, so they’re choosing to upgrade to the kinds of features and amenities they would want in another house,” she says. “Other people are buying foreclosed homes that require major renovations

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Roswell Showroom

because they have been stripped of all appliances and fixtures. And in some cases, they are finishing out their basement because their kids have moved back home from college. Whatever the situation, we can pretty much do it all.” Homeowners considering eco-friendly designs and features can choose from a variety of “green” options, such as countertops made of recycled glass. “We’re trying to incorporate ‘green’ materials and remodeling into our designs wherever we can without impacting the budget,” Green says. “We’re trying to prevent waste in our practices — stripping off as many materials as possible that can be recycled or otherwise reused. We want to make the most use of as much as possible so it doesn’t end up in a landfill.”

The entire staff at Green Basements & Remodeling works hard to ensure each home remodeling project goes as smoothly as possible, Green says. Most workers wear lettered

Beth & Catherine, Interior Designers

shirts and must maintain a “cleancut” professional appearance; other guidelines restrict smoking on the job, require workers to clean up at the end of each work day, and ensure that workers are polite and can speak English. “Many of our customers are surprised by how professional our people appear, given the stereotype of contractors. But we all care about doing a quality job,” she says. Each home remodeling project is assigned a dedicated project manager who oversees the job from beginning to end. Project managers and estimators use an iPad in the field, which Green says streamlines communication with the office and reduces interruptions to the work flow. “The iPad makes it easier to stay in contact via email, to see photos of the site, to reference plans or send out designs for customer approval. It’s a great technological tool for our business.” In addition, the in-office scheduling manager tracks the progress of each project and keeps customers updated on scheduled crew arrivals. Apart from delivering quality service by a professional, courteous staff, Green Basements & Remodeling is committed to its customers. “We

want our customers to know that we’re here for them and we will continue to be here for them after the work is done,” Green says. “Many contractors hide behind voicemail; but we offer live phone support Monday through Saturday during regular office hours, plus emergency support after hours and on weekends. Whether our customers just have a question or have an emergency such as a leak, we’re there for them. We can’t promise that everything will go right, but we can promise to make it right.” Green says that kind of commitment to quality work and customer service has helped build the company’s respected reputation over the last 10 years. “With two showrooms in Woodstock and Roswell to serve them, Green Basements & Remodeling’s customers know we’re committed to the community and committed to them. They can trust us.”

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in Florida and Missouri, and has set a new precedent for social accountability and responsibility. In Florida, concerns were raised over the legislation’s ability to guard against infringement of 4th amendment rights which protect against unreasonable searches and seizures. To address this concern, I took great strides in protecting the privacy of all applicants by ensuring the confidentiality of all test results.

by State Senator John Albers

Responsible Welfare: The Right Thing To Do For Georgia Taxpayers

As a nation, we are facing some of the most challenging economic times of the past century and many Georgians are confronted with the daily reality of tightening their wallets to secure the economic stability of their families. In addition, our dependency on entitlement programs has grown at an alarming and unsustainable rate. It is time for an era of responsibility and accountability. The state of Georgia has a lot to be thankful for as 2011 closed. This past year, the General Assembly worked hard to lessen the tax burden and reduce spending from the state budget. With the upcoming legislative session quickly approaching, the first priority for state lawmakers will be to balance the state budget. Thankfully our great state of Georgia is constitutionally mandated to maintain a balanced budget with no deficit spending. With that being said, one of the main functions of government is to act as a safeguard of taxpayer money and protect against possible misappropriation of funds. Therefore, it is in the vested interest of all Georgians to ensure that their hard-earned money is being used for its intended purpose. In an effort to reduce state expenditures, curb the ever-pervasive entitlement mentality and encourage personal responsibility and accountability, I have introduced legislation requiring drug tests for recipients of Medicaid and the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families welfare program (TANF). My proposed legislation, known as the Social Responsibility and Accountability Act, would require welfare recipients to undergo drug tests similar to the routine drug-screening measures set forth by private sector employers. Whether you work to receive compensation or collect government assistance, the same standards should apply. If individuals are receiving aid at the taxpayer’s expense, citizens have the right to know how their funds are being appropriated. Similar to the private sector, many of Georgia’s finest public servants already submit to routine drug-testing measures. As a volunteer firefighter myself, I willingly submit to drug-testing and believe it is my duty to protect the people of this great state. Earlier this year, similar welfare-related drug screening was passed 22 My Roswell | january 2012

To receive welfare benefits, applicants already go through an extensive application process and drug-screening would just serve as an additional eligibility requirement. In all cases, children would be specifically protected in this legislation. If a parent or caregiver is deemed ineligible by a positive drug-test result, the parent then has the opportunity to designate another individual, after the completion of a drug-test, to receive benefits on behalf of the affected child. Critics will quickly argue that we should drug test all entities and individuals receiving government assistance including businesses who receive tax incentives. Drawing a comparison to entitlement programs is a distraction from the heart of the problem. Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but they are not entitled to their own set of facts. As John Adams said, “facts are stubborn things.” In Florida, where similar legislation was passed, the facts demonstrate the success and savings to taxpayers. For the first quarter of measured results (July — Sept 2011), Florida’s welfare drug testing saw a 48% drop in monthly cash assistance approvals, $1.8 million in estimated taxpayer savings, and a $30.64 first quarter taxpayer savings for every $1 spent on reimbursing negative drug tests. The average drug test reimbursement was $26.78 with a total of $58K in total test fees with a savings of $1.8 million. Now that is good government at work! Studies indicate that individuals who engage in drug abuse are less likely to maintain employment, and as a result, remain on welfarerelated programs for longer periods of time. The proposed legislation would help families that need assistance while also providing help for individuals who need rehabilitation from illegal drug use. At the heart of welfare is the notion that government is responsible for the prosperity and success of our lives. It is not. Government is responsible for providing the environment and helping people when needed with a “hand up” and not a “hand out.” Our state has found itself in the middle of an economic plague as entitlement and government assistance programs continue to grow. For many, welfare-related programs provide a means for families to receive temporary support during a time of need. For others, welfare has become a type of dependency and entitlement; costing taxpayers millions of dollars each year while also enabling bad behavior. The Social Responsibility and Accountability Act’s main objective is to ensure that the families who need assistance the most are receiving the help they deserve. My bill will help us return to the ideals that make America exceptional.

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

Welcome to the “2012 My Community Favorites� contest! This is your opportunity to support the local businesses by voting for them as your favorite! We want you to enjoy this contest so please vote for your community’s favorite restaurants, service type businesses, small business retail shops, recreation services and residential places. The voting will run from January 1, 2012 and will close February 29, 2012 at 5 p.m. You will find our voting ballot on the next few pages as well as important rules of the contest and policies to follow. This ballot will be printed again in the February issue and you may also vote online by visiting Thank you for your participation and please let the businesses know you voted for them! Please like us on Facebook and tell all your friends to vote! 23


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Carpet/Upholstery Cleaner _____________________________________

All Around ___________________________

Caterer ______________________________

Asian _______________________________

Chiropractor _________________________

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Hair Salon ___________________________

Seafood _____________________________ Sports Bar ___________________________

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Attorney _____________________________


Auto Repair __________________________

Lawn Care/Maintenance

Car Wash ____________________________


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Florist _______________________________

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RECREATION & ENTERTAINMENT Dance Studio ________________________ Fitness/Health Club _____________________________________

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Roswell — A Great Place to Live by Mayor Jere Wood In 2012, the City of Roswell will focus on attracting investments, creating jobs, and promoting business to keep Roswell a great place to live. Our world changed with the great recession. Tax revenues available for investment in our streets, parks and cultural assets have fallen along with real estate values. We can no longer rely on suburban neighborhoods to pay for great fire, police, and recreation departments. We are no longer in a growing region or have an expanding economy to attract businesses and jobs. We no longer have vacant land to attract new investments. This year the Roswell City Council will do more to promote economic development than at any time since 1839 when Roswell King built the first textile mill in North Georgia. We are completing a Strategic Economic Development Plan that will assess our competitive position, identify opportunities, and provide a road map to attracting investment to Roswell. In April, the City Council and business leaders, and charitable and community leaders will travel to Greenville, South Carolina to learn how it became one of the most successful small cities in the nation. We have already taken steps to foster new investments in Roswell, by forming a Downtown Development Authority. New zoning has been drafted to allow more redevelopment by focusing on the appearance of buildings rather than use and density. The city has committed $300,000 to develop a simplified and streamlined building code to make redevelopment in our community easier. Streetscape

improvements are being designed for the GA 400 and Holcomb Bridge Interchange and the Highway 9 corridor to support redevelopment. I am asking that money proposed for a new performing arts theater be invested in converting an existing retail strip center into a theater and entertainment complex.

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

We are partnering with the North Fulton Chamber of Commerce to attract new jobs to Roswell. We are expanding our opportunity zone to give state tax credits for every new job created. We are talking to the Fulton County Development Authority to secure financing and tax relief for new employers. To promote local businesses, Roswell’s City Council extended the “Find It All Roswell” program for a third year and committed $500,000 to start the Roswell Business Alliance. Parking solutions to meet the needs of new businesses on Canton Street are being explored. And I am asking the Council to reform Roswell’s sign ordinance to help local businesses. Roswell will emerge from the great recession with more jobs, more businesses, and more investments than ever before and we will become an even better place to live and do business. 27


Keeping your Resolution Relevant By Carol Brazier, RD, CDE, Northside Hospital Diabetes and Nutrition Education Program

Your skinny jeans still don’t fit even though your New Year’s Resolution was to lose those extra pounds from the holidays. You know what you should be doing – eating better and moving more – but the weight still doesn’t seem to go away. You are not alone. Each year, millions of Americans gain an average of at least one pound from the holidays, intending to lose the added bulk in the coming year. January may be coming to an end, but you still have time to make your resolution count. Northside Hospital recommends these steps to help you look and feel your best in 2012. • Mix it up. Doing the same workout routine can get boring fast. Incorporate different activities into your 30 minutes of daily exercise such as jump roping, hiking and yoga to mix up your time on the treadmill. Add intervals of intensity to blast more fat. Keep your diet from getting boring by eating colorful fruits and vegetables, lean protein and whole-grains. • Don’t be afraid of eating (some) fats. . . the good kind anyway. By focusing on healthy fats – unsaturated, mono, poly and omega 3s, found in fish, nuts, seeds and olive oil – you can actually absorb more nutrients and feel more satisfied. • Tune and Tone. Make exercise entertaining by creating an enjoyable playlist on your iPod. Instead of watching your favorite TV show on the couch, try watching while riding the exercise bike. • Plan for snack attacks. Fill snack-size plastic bags with healthy, satisfying snacks such as whole wheat crackers and peanut butter, apple slices and string cheese, or dried fruit and mixed nuts. Planning ahead helps you make better choices and avoid hunger pitfalls. • Get more sleep. Many people forget that getting enough shuteye helps control hormones regulating appetite, which can help you make better food choices. • Keep a food journal. Be mindful of every bite by keeping a food journal. A food journal can show you areas for improvement in your diet. From scrap paper or a notebook to your cell phone, use whatever is easiest for you to keep a daily log. 28 My Roswell | january 2012

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MUSOCELES by Vishant Nath, DMD A mucocele is an infected salivary gland. It looks and feels like a growth in the mouth. It is most often due to a blockage of the salivary gland, but can also result from trauma to the mouth. Another cause can be certain Dr. Vishant Nath is the owner of Roswell Pediatric Dentistry. You may medications that thicken contact him at (678) 352-1090 the saliva. The thicker saliva or visit can block the salivary gland, leading to a mucocele. So what happens if you notice this in your mouth? Most mouth-related sores heal rather quickly. Anyone who has bitten their tongue or lip will know that these types of injuries can be quite painful when they first occur; but then they are gone in a few days. A mucocele will sometimes heal on it’s

own, but if not, it might require more attention. Mucoceles can be present anywhere you have a salivary gland. This includes on the inner lips, the roof of the mouth, or under the tongue. Mucoceles are not normally painful, but they can be irritating, especially when you eat. They can especially be irritating in children if they keep moving their tongue against it. Whenever you notice any sort of bump or lump in you or your child’s mouth, it is important to visit your dentist to have it evaluated. The dentist can examine the area and determine the best course of action. If the diagnosis is the presence of a mucocele, you may be referred to an oral surgeon. Normally mucoceles can be easily removed using a scalpel after numbing the area. The tissue can then be sent for pathology to make sure that it is benign, or not cancerous. Once the proper treatment is completed, it’s important to keep an eye on the area, as the growth can sometimes reoccur. Again, consult your dentist if this is the case. In any case, it’s best to visit your dentist and have them guide you through the process of determining what the growth may be and the best course of action to take in treating it. 29

WHAT IS Strep Throat?

by Susan Traxler, MD Strep throat is the most common bacterial infection of the throat. Symptoms may vary but usually begin rather suddenly and include fever, sore throat, red throat (sometimes with white patches), headache, nausea, Dr. Susan Traxler is a practioner with Alpharetta Pediatric Medicine. She can loss of appetite, chills, be reached at (770) 664-4430 or visit swollen glands in the neck and difficulty swallowing. Some people get a rash with strep throat as well. However, most sore throats in children are caused by viruses, not strep throat, and many viral sore throats exhibit the same symptoms as strep. To make matters even more confusing, strep throat cannot definitively be diagnosed by either the patient’s symptoms or by the doctor’s exam.

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To make the diagnosis, a rapid strep test can be done in most doctors’ offices, but may still miss a few cases of strep. If the rapid strep test is negative, a throat culture can be performed to see if a strep bacterium is growing; this additional test takes one to two days to get results. Sore throats should only be treated with antibiotics if the strep test or culture is positive. Antibiotics are taken to prevent rare but more serious complications, such as rheumatic fever. People of any age can get strep throat, but it is most common between the ages of 5 and 15. It is spread by person-to-person contact with saliva or nasal secretions and, as such, commonly spreads among family members. Most people with strep are contagious (and should stay home from school or work) until they have been on antibiotics for 24-48 hours.

NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION Faith, Family, Friends!

by Jeff Kincaid, DMD, MS Wow, it’s 2012 and I just can’t figure out where the time has gone. The economy has not rebounded as much as most of us would like and many people have struggled through some pretty tough times; some Dr. Jeff Kincaid is a specialist in financial, some personal orthodontics and owner of Kincaid and some health related. Orthodontics in Woodstock and None of us are immune to Roswell. Visit his Website at disappointments and setbacks and, after dealing with a few myself, found it somewhat “healing” to re-visit some thoughts I discussed a couple of years ago. While situations may constantly change in our lives the message need not. We should feel truly blessed. The most important facets in our lives need to be faith, family, health and friends.

In the long run, the quality of our lives depends on these attributes. We gain strength from our faith; support from our family and friends; and we need our health to attain our goals and sustain our family and friends. When we allow ourselves to focus on helping others, we maintain positive attitudes and realize that life just isn’t “all about us.” So many people are being affected negatively and some may feel it would be easier to just roll over and give up. However, with a faithful heart, family and friends that support us, physical health to continue on, I have seen people just pick themselves up, brush themselves off and set out to do whatever it takes to make the best of adverse situations. I’ve seen that it doesn’t do much good to moan and groan and say “why me” or to expect someone else to “fix it.” It is best to take charge of the situation and allow your friends to care and support you and your faith to guide you. Life truly is full of blessings and I challenge you to place an emphasis this year on finding them. Steer clear of focusing on the negative and take every opportunity to find something good in every situation. One of my favorite books is “Who Moved My Cheese?” by Spencer Johnson, M.D. He inserted a quote by A.J. Cronin that is very appropriate for today: continued on page 46 31


by LaCretia Munroe, MS, DC In my last article I explained Dr. LaCretia Munroe specializes in that the scientific community sports chiropractic, functional neurology, and metabolic solutions. has figured out that the Providing exceptional care for difficult neurons, or cells of the brain, cases. Call the office at (770) 720can continue to grow through 0865 or visit out our life. New cells are created; new connections can be made; meaning we are not limited to the number of brain cells we are born with. This has astounding possibilities for children and adults who are born with or who have acquired limited brain function due to a stroke, Parkinson’s or brain delays as in autism or ADD/ ADHD. Let me make something else also clear: there is limitation of livable matter, meaning if something dies or if it is breaking down faster that it can heal, the neurons will continue to grow, but may not be fast enough to make a difference for that individual.

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As a practitioner who practices functional neurology, I am still in awe of the way the brain can change. To have a child with dyslexia come in who barely looks at you, has trouble reading, and is terribly clumsy, change in six weeks to a child who is laughing with you, can balance now, throws balls to you, and is having fun reading. The most important thing is that his self esteem was saved. He was not labeled as a “problem child,” stupid, lazy or laughed at by his peers. Saving a child’s self esteem so that he can grow to be the best possible person he can be, to believe in himself and to know that he is smart, good and “normal” is a great feeling for me. I know I’ve changed that child’s life for the better. Knowing that the brain can change, that is can grow, has opened many doors for children and adults. There is now brain specific therapy that can fix that part of the brain that does not function as it should. There is therapy to speed the brain up or slow it down depending on what the person needs. One of the most important aspects is to get the therapy early. Please don’t let your child grow up without a chance to be everything he or she can be. Save his self esteem! This is a new year; let this be the year that you give your child that chance.


Third in a series of “The Top 10 Reasons for Red Eye” by Edward J. Furey, OD PC Uveitis is the inflammation of the “middle” of the eye, or uvea. The uvea is the vascular layer of the eye sandwiched between the retina and the white part of the eye. An estimated 10% of blindness can be attributed to uveitis.1 Oftentimes, the exact cause of uveitis is unknown but has been linked to infections, injuries and auto-immune disorders. Unlike blepharitis, uveitis can be serious and lead to permanent vision loss.

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

Signs and symptoms of uveitis: • • • • • • •

Eye redness Eye pain Light sensitivity Blurred vision Dark, floating spots in your field of vision (floaters) Decreased vision Whitish area inside the lower part of the colored area of the eye (iris)

The cause of uveitis usually originates in some other capacity such as auto-immune disorders, inflammatory disorders, eye injuries, and certain cancers such as lymphoma. When diagnosing uveitis, your eye care professional will perform a comprehensive eye examination. In the examination, the doctor will review your history and symptoms. If the doctor suspects some underlying cause, such as auto-immune disorders or inflammatory disorders, you may be referred to another doctor specializing in that area of care in order to treat the underlying cause. Treatments for uveitis may be as follows: • Anti-inflammatory medication. Your doctor may prescribe anti-inflammatory medication, such as a corticosteroid, to treat your uveitis. This medication may be given as eyedrops. • Antibiotic or antiviral medication. If uveitis is caused by an infection, antibiotics, antiviral medications or other medicines may be given with or without corticosteroids to bring the infection under control. continued on page 46 33


Gone Tomorrow. . . Hair Again by Seth A. Yellin, MD Like so many things in life, if you had a nice, full head Seth A. Yellin, MD is the founder and director of Marietta Facial Plastic of hair, you probably never Surgery & Aesthetics Center located at thought about hair loss or 111 Marble Mill Road, NW, Marietta. what to do about it until, (770) 425-7575 your hair started thinning. The good news is that for the millions of men and women who live with significant hair loss, it is an aesthetic challenge that can be conquered. Hair is more than mere scalp coverage. It is the frame of the face that sets the remainder of the features into harmonious balance. For men, hair loss may represent lost youth and for women, severe thinning of their hair may rob them of feeling feminine and beautiful. Though a man can elect to shave his head, it is not a look that is universally appealing. Also, the rise in popularity of toupees and wigs speaks to the large number of men and woman who suffer with the emotional consequences of hair loss.

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The medical science of hair restoration can provide remarkable results that not only permanently transfers hair to create the appearance of a fuller, healthier, more youthful head of hair, but can also reestablish an individual’s confidence and self-esteem. Over the past 30 years, surgical hair restoration has undergone a true transformation. From the early days of doing large scalp flaps to move large segments of hair, which often left the patient with unusual hairlines and large scars, to transferring multi-hair containing plugs which often looked unnatural when transferred, hair was rearranged but didn’t necessarily look natural. Modern hair restoration is able to move individual hairs from areas of the scalp that are resistant to hormonally induced hair loss to areas of the scalp that have suffered hair loss. When these individual hairs are moved to their new location, they grow naturally and will remain in place even if hair loss progresses. To accomplish this, the hair restoration surgeon has two options available. The first is to harvest a strip of hair bearing scalp from the back of the head, dissect individual hair follicles, and transferring them to the areas of thinning or absent hair. continued on page 46

FAMILY Resolutions

by Richard Becker

A New Year resolution is typically thought of as a commitment or goal that an individual makes at the start of a new year. I would like to explore with you the possibility of making “family resolutions.� We are going to convert some of the most popular individual New Year resolutions into child and family friendly resolutions.

Maximizing one’s education or the education of our children is an important goal for every member of the family. Because resolutions in reality are designed to change nonproductive habits into productive habits, this is an opportune time to improve study habits; create a study environment with parents modeling positive reading, working and studying behavior. Richard Becker is the director of Chrysalis Experiential Academy. You may contact him at (770) 649-7077.

The number one resolution is usually to improve health. With the problem of adult, teen and early childhood obesity in our society, we should resolve to create a healthy eating environment for our family and to carry out family physical activities that encourage a lifelong lifestyle. The goal is better health and that is irrespective of weight. Another top resolution is to get our finances in order. The true goal should be not letting our financial situation get out of order. I recommend that a family create a shared savings plan

where each member of the family has a set savings goal. Parents can have additional plans; however, this should be a resolution to support and encourage each to achieve their personal goal. The deposits should be made on a regular basis as if it is a celebration.

Another popular resolution is to become better organized, while effectively managing time. This can be accomplished by establishing individual agendas and family calendars. A family meeting can help all family members coordinate their obligations and discuss prioritization of tasks. This is also a great time for each person to accept the responsibility of supporting the other family members achieve their goal. Read with, study at the same time as, listen to and constructively critique are all ways in which we can support each other to enhance lifelong learning and effective work as well as study habits. The final resolution is to volunteer or serve a worthy organization in the community. Philanthropy is learned. It is continued on page 46 35

ALL-INCLUSIVES – Are They Worth It?

by Michael Consoli

The all-inclusive resort used to be considered the “budget inn” of travel. Images of a rowdy crowd drinking in the Jacuzzi, bland food, forced group activities and limited entertainment was the norm. Today, the all-inclusive concept has expanded to unlimited activities such as golf on a championship golf course, gourmet meals, and more upscale and intimate resorts.

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

More and more vacationers are looking into all-inclusive resorts and the industry is listening. The reasons for the popularity of all-inclusive resorts are time and value. Travel experts say that pre-paying for all the food and drinks ahead of time allows you to have a more enjoyable getaway because you don’t have to think about how much you are spending and

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you don’t have to worry about carrying your wallet around the resort. Think of it as a no-hassle, stress-free vacation. An all-inclusive resort usually include: • • • • • • •

Accommodations All meals Room service Drinks including wine, beer and spirits Daily activities Entertainment All tips and gratuities and more

It’s best to choose the resort that has the activities and atmosphere that best matches your interest. Kid-friendly, or romantic hideaway? Beach or snow? Whatever’s your fancy, there is one just for you. All-inclusive family resorts have everything for everyone, young and old. Some of the most popular resorts are located in Mexico and the Caribbean. Great beaches, fun watersports, and awesome age appropriate kids’ program. But wait. There’s more! In addition to the “normal” inclusions, you can also expect the following at most family all-inclusive resorts: continued on page 46


by Dan Jape


Simple, Cost Effective, Home Maintenance

Things have been real tough for a number of years with unemployment high and the economy really struggling; I know many people are losing their homes or faced with foreclosure issues. But I am a firm believer that the severity of our current state of Dan Jape is the owner of Reliable recession is directly affected by Heating and Air. You may contact him at (770) 594-9096 or visit him online the mental state of our people at as they go through their daily lives and that there is a difference as to how bad things are as reported by the media versus the true state of the economy.

In today’s challenging economic climate, saving money is more important and more difficult than ever. Here are some simple, cost effective ways to make your home more energy efficient and help reduce your power, gas and water bills:

A few years ago, I could not get ready for work in the morning without being bombarded with one negative doom and gloom story after another. If you listened to all of these, it really set the tone for your day and gave you such a negative outlook on things that you could not help being down and depressed.

Exterior windows and doors provide you with fresh air in the summer, protection from the elements in the winter and generally enhance the aesthetic appeal of your home. They are also the biggest source of energy loss in your home. Properly selected and installed windows and doors will add years of comfort, beauty and efficiency to your home.


If more positive signs were to make the news it might have a positive effect on all of us, and in turn, a positive effect on the actual economy.

Windows and Doors

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

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Most remember the Reagan years in a positive light and one of the things he did the best was to inspire people and make us feel good about our country and our future. We are a great nation and we will rise again to overcome this current funk that has beset us. The last few years have been some of the most difficult in 33 years for us at Reliable and we have had to work very hard to earn and keep the customers we have. But the good side of this is I believe this hard work has resulted in a better company with more attention to detail and customer service.

For the last few years we have not seen many new homes being built or many new commercial jobs to bid on. In the last few months, all this has changed. People are sending us a large number of prints of new homes being built to bid on and we have won the contracts to install the heating and plumbing in some homes already completed. I have spoken to other company owners in other trade industries and they are seeing the same thing. I take this as a real positive sign and good news for all. If this trend continues it will be good news for everyone and a sign that things are not as bad as the media reports. If more positive signs were to make the news it might have a positive effect on all of us, and in turn, a positive effect on the actual economy.

by Michael McEachern

Improperly sized or poorly maintained heating and cooling systems is another major source of wasted energy in your home. Have a professional assist you with the design, installation and maintenance of a new system in your home or with maintenance of your existing system. Minor adjustments in HVAC systems can often result in big energy and therefore money savings. Insulation Poorly or improperly insulated attics result in significant conditioned air loss. The results are lost energy, wasted money and excessive and unnecessary wear on heating and cooling equipment. Improperly sealed windows and doors as well as exterior penetrations (vents, flues, etc.) can also be easily sealed and insulated. This is another example of how quick preventative maintenance can result in long-term savings. Electricity Replacing existing light fixtures with higher efficiency fixtures using longer burning bulbs is also a great way to save energy and money. Plumbing Low flow toilets and plumbing fixtures can also easily be continued on page 46 37

HAPPY New Minutes! While driving into the parking lot of their church on the Sunday following Christmas, the preschooler of the family, Bill, noticed the manger scene had been taken down. Bill offered the insightful comment, “Look, they have put the Lord Jesus away for another year!” How often we do that in our lives?! During the Christmas season, we revel in the story of the birth of Jesus, but as we enter a new year we are tempted to forget the meaning of the incarnation in our daily lives. Another year lies before us. We call it 2012; God calls it opportunity. It holds for each of us 525,600 minutes, and God is interested in every single one of them. He is interested in what we will be doing with the minute between 9:04 and 9:05 tomorrow morning, and the time between 10:45 and 11:00 tonight. He is very interested in those five and ten minute periods of time we call “mine.” In the Living Bible Psalm 139 reads, “How precious it is Lord, to realize that you are thinking about me constantly! I can’t even count how many times a day your thoughts turn toward me. And when I waken in the morning, you are still thinking of me!”

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by Ron Bradley

God sees the times that we are alone or with a friend. He notices the way we watch the clock when a sermon goes too long! He cares about how we use our time because that time is a gift from Him. It is ours to redeem, commit, or Dr. Ron Bradley is the pastor at First even waste. But it comes to Baptist Church Roswell. You may us from Him. The question contact him at (770) 587-6980 or of 2012 comes down to how we are going to invest it — not just the year, but the next few minutes and the few minutes after that. We know that the whole year will be His, when we commit the minutes in it as His. The year ahead is His when we make that commitment of the minutes. He cares about us and He cares about our year — minute by minute by minute. As King David wrote, “My times are in Thy hand, O Lord.”


by Chantel Adams If your kids respond with groans and sighs to your gentle promptings to open a book then do something about it. Start a book club!

Chantel Adams is a book enthusiast and blogger. She spent years helping shape youth policy with the Georgia Association of Homes & Services for Children before becoming a stayat-home mom. She lives in Canton with her amazing husband and four incredible children.

Three years ago, I resolved to awaken my apathetic reader. I rounded up a few neighbors and friends and started a book club just for girls. From the very beginning, I made it all about fun! Groups work best when everyone is about the same age. The girls in our club have similar interests, and we choose grade level appropriate books. I spend summers reading and reviewing books. I check the blogs and mainstream reviews, as well as seek input from librarians and teachers that I know. Next, choose a date and a time to meet. Our group meets the third Friday of every month. The kids know exactly how long

they have to read every book. Everyone understands that they have to read the book to participate. Rarely does a girl miss a meeting. When the girls arrive for a club meeting, we enjoy a bookthemed snack and participate in games or other activities that reinforce the message of the book. Sometimes, we invite a guest speaker to join us. Then it’s time for our discussion. I find curriculum guides on other websites, in addition to making notes as I’m reading and developing questions that I think will best engage our group. I read aloud passages from the book and ask them what they think about what we have just read. We act out pivotal scenes or participate in other critical thinking writing exercises that expand our knowledge of the book. Our club has just three rules: 1. Listen first. 2. Speak one at a time. 3. Every opinion matters. One girl might say, “I hated the book,” and another might say, “It was favorite book ever.” The girls talk about why they think that. They can disagree. 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 Congregation Beth Hallel 950 Pine Grove Road, (770) 641-3000

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

Temple Beth Tikvah

Northminster Presbyterian

First Church of Christ, Scientist

9955 Coleman Road, (770) 642-0434

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

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

Roswell Presbyterian Church

Reach One Church

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

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

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

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


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

Baha’i Faith of Roswell 1-800-22-UNITE

Christ United Methodist Church

Bridge To Grace

1340 Woodstock Road, (770) 993-3945

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

Ebenezer United Methodist Church

Christian Center Church

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

1870 Woodstock Road, (770) 993-2038

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.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

First Christian Church of Roswell 11365 Crabapple Road, (770) 993-4617 Sunday Services: 11 a.m.

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

Grace North Atlanta Alpharetta Community Center 175 Roswell Street, (770) 331-1010 Sunday Services: 10 a.m. 41


Business Organizations

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

STAR House Foundation Contact: Website:

United Way of Atlanta Contact:

Civic Organizations

Contact: (678) 539-8090 Website:

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

GA 400 Rainmakers Contact: Ben Staten, (404) 323-0049 Website:

North Metro Women’s Connection Contact:

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

Children’s Restoration Network Contact:

(770) 649-7117

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

Foster Care Support Foundation 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:

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

(770) 614-1000

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

American Association of University Women North Fulton Branch


Marjean Birt,

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

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

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

Contact: Website:

Recreation & Hobbies

Children of the American Revolution — Martha Stewart Bulloch Society Contact: Robbin, (678) 461-9550 Website:

Atlanta Stamp Collectors

Daughters of the American Revolution Martha Stewart Bulloch Chapter

Chattahoochee Celtic Pipes & Drums

Contact: Marguerite, (770) 521-1142

Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta Website:

Junior League of Gwinnett and North Fulton Counties, Inc. 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

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

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:

North Fulton Amateur Radio League Contact:

Jim Stafford, W4Q0, (770) 993-9500

Roswell Fine Arts Alliance

North Fulton Optimist Club


Contact: Glenn Rudh, (404) 375-7033

Roswell Garden Club

Roswell Junior Woman’s Club Website:

Roswell Lions Club Contact: Tim Dunn, president Website:

Roswell Optimists Contact:

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:

Sons of Confederate Veterans — Roswell Mills Camp #1547 Contact:

Ross Glover, (770) 396-5034

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

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Chattahoochee Republican Women’s Club North Fulton Democrats

National Association of Women Business Owners

The North Fulton Bar Association

Political Organizations

(678) 306-4600


(770) 518-7021

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

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:

Writers Network Contact: Bobby Christmas, (770) 924-0528

Support Organizations Alcoholics Anonymous

MOMS Club of Roswell — South Contact: Website:

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

Narcotics Anonymous (NA)

Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Eating Disorders — ANA

National Alliance on Mental Illness — NAMI


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: Lee H., (678) 576-4838

Contact: Jerry Bishop, (678) 446-5080

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

Parkinson’s Support Group Contact:

Roswell UMC Counseling Center Contact:


Diabetes Support Group


Joe Mengoni, (770) 889-7577

Patty Hampton, (770) 261-1767


Contact: Dawn Reed, (678) 777-7241


Patty, (770) 261-1767


(770) 993-7253

(770) 993-7253

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 43


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 Sanford Jones

(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)

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

132 State Capitol Atlanta, GA 30334 e-mail:

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

Fulton County Schools Superintendent: Cindy Loe

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

Fulton County Medical Examiner: Randy Hanzlick, MD

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

(404) 768-3600

786 Cleveland Avenue SW, Atlanta, GA 30315 e-mail: Website:

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

(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

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

(770) 418-9098

401 State Capitol Atlanta, GA 30334 e-mail:

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(404) 613-4497

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 A.L. Thompson 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) 730-4991

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 Doris L. Downs

(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:


David Belle Isle

(678) 297-6020

City of Milton

Mayor Joe Lockwood

(678) 242-2487

City of Roswell

Mayor Jere Wood

(678) 594-6288

City of Alpharetta

(404) 656-5912

(404) 730-4000

141 Pryor Street SW, Atlanta, GA 30303


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.

Von Maur at North Point Mall 4000 North Point Circle, Alpharetta (678) 339-9988,

Ladybugs and Lizards 1123 Alpharetta Street, Roswell Celebrating re-opening and 6th Anniversary. (770) 594-0088

Community and Southern Bank North Fulton branch 900 Woodstock Road, Roswell (678) 293-1520,

The Atlanta Humane Society’s Mansell Campus 1565 Mansell Road, Alpharetta

American Family Care 12994 Hwy 9, Alpharetta

The Drake Closet 825 Mimosa Blvd., Roswell A women’s resale boutique benefitting The Drake House. (678) 682-3551,

Mountain Park City Hall 118 Lakeshore Drive, Mountain Park.

Wills Park Outdoor Classroom 175 Roswell Street, Alpharetta Features an outdoor stage with classroom seating and picnic tables. 45


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• Immunosuppressive or cytotoxic medication. Immunosuppressive or cytotoxic agents may become necessary if your uveitis responds poorly to corticosteroids or becomes severe enough to threaten your vision. • Surgery. Vitrectomy — surgery to remove some of the jellylike material in your eye (vitreous) — may be necessary both for diagnosis and management of your uveitis. A small sample of the vitreous can help identify a specific cause of eye inflammation, such as a virus or bacterium. The procedure may also be used to remove developing scar tissue in the vitreous. Symptoms of uveitis can occur suddenly and progress quickly. Uveitis can recur. Make an appointment with your eye doctor if any of the symptoms appear or reappear after successful treatment. 1 Sergio Schwartzman. Inflammatory eye disease: an expert interview with Sergio Schwartzman,MD Medscape Rheumatology 2007.

Saving Money

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installed and your water heater can be replaced with a tankless or high-efficiency water heater. Both are effective ways to greatly reduce your water usage. These are but a few of the many ways to reduce the energy usage in your home to save money, with the added benefit of reducing your overall carbon footprint to benefit the environment!

Hair Today. . .

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The second and most advanced technique, which leaves no visible scar, is to both harvest and transplant individual hair follicles. In either case, modern hair restoration procedures can now create a completely natural reconstruction using nothing but your own hair. When the new hairs are artistically placed so that they grow in the proper direction and with the proper density, it is impossible to tell that these hairs are anything but natural. Dr. Ken Anderson, a facial plastic surgeon and specialist in surgical hair restoration who divides his time between his Beverly Hills practice and Marietta Facial Plastic Surgery & Aesthetics Center, reminds us that establishing a natural hairline is an artistic endeavor and is best done by an expert who specializes in the latest techniques.

All-Inclusives • • • • • • • •

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Family/connecting accommodations Kids Club Kids Only Dining Room Teens Only Club Organized games and activities Family activities Kid-friendly pools and waterparks Themed character activities such as the gang from Sesame Street

Plus, not having to think about pulling out the credit card and tipping the attendant every single time is, well, what a vacation is all about. Not a single care in the world!

Family Resolutions

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more than giving money. It is most importantly the giving of ones gifts and talents to others. This is to me the major building block of a positive self-esteem. Paying it forward acknowledges the blessings that we have been given or earned as well as the moral and ethical values associated with sharing these with others less fortunate than us.

New Year’s Resolutions

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“Life is no straight and easy corridor along which we travel free and unhampered, but a maze of passages, through which we must seek our way, lost and confused, now and again checked in a blind alley. But always, if we have faith, God will open a door for us, not perhaps one that we ourselves would ever have thought of, but one that will ultimately prove good for us.” As you tackle 2012 don’t forget to keep that smile healthy and take special care to brush and floss. (You don’t think I could write this column without some dental reference, do you?) But most important — Remember to give thanks! The possibilities are endless.

Start a Book Club!

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Books challenge us to discover new ideas and empathize with others. We can travel in time, escape reality, and assimilate information to make sense of the world. All great stories must eventually come to an end, but after three years together my hope is that the BridgeMill Book Club Girls experience a happily ever after as they pass on their love of books to a new generation. To start your own club or request a list of our girls’ favorite books, contact Chantel Adams at

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Friday, December 2 was a surprise filled evening for Woodstock resident, Staff Sergeant William Price. Family and friends gathered at the River Park Clubhouse to welcome Bill home from his third deployment in Iraq. The theme was “Staff Sergeant Bill Price is home, so let’s kick off the Christmas season together.” After being away from home last Christmas and other holidays in the past, it was a wonderful opportunity for friends and family to be able to show their appreciation, support and care for Bill. This three time veteran was as surprised as he was deserving of this honorary event. Bill Price joined the military at the age of 20; now, seven years later, he has completed three tours in Iraq and has been the recipient of many awards for his distinguished service. His MOS, Military Occupational Specialty, is a 91B-Wheeled Vehicle Mechanic. While this is his MOS, he has taken on the role of many different areas of responsibility. Beginning as a Private 2, he has worked his way up over the years to the rank of Staff Sergeant.

Chris Deane, Melissa Neal, Jake Neal, Matt Rycyk, Heather Garrett and Thomas Garrett.

On his first deployment, Private First Class Price was responsible for servicing and maintaining combat vehicles for the 133rd Signal Battalion in support of the 48th Infantry Brigade in Baghdad, Iraq. During his second deployment, Specialist Price was a member of an embedded training team from the State of Georgia sent to Iraq to advise and support the Republic of Georgia’s Army Brigades. On this deployment, he developed a drivers training program for an entire brigade of coalition forces to enable the Republic of Georgia to operate at the standard set by the United States Army. He also drove over 10,000 miles while helping maintain six patrol bases around the city of Al Kut. Prior to returning from this deployment, SPC Price was promoted to Sergeant. He was awarded the Bronze Star, the Combat Action Badge, and many other honors and awards for his meritorious service. Prior to his third deployment, SGT Price attended the Warrior Leadership Course where he was selected as the Distinguished Honor Graduate. His third and most recent deployment was to Tikrit, Iraq with a Combat Aviation Brigade attached to the 1-185th from Winder, Georgia. He served as a UH60 (Black Hawk) Door Gunner and was also assigned the role of Unit Master Driver. At the beginning of this deployment, SGT Price was promoted to Staff Sergeant. Flying over 300 combat hours led to him earning his Aviation Badge as well as an Air Medal. He was also recognized as the Battalion NCO of the Quarter. He returned to the United States on Sunday, November 13 to Camp Shelby, Mississippi where his wife and other military family members anxiously awaited the arrival of the 1-185th. Settled in now, back in Woodstock, SSG Price is enjoying some much needed and well deserved rest and relaxation. The community reached out with generous donations to help make Bill’s homecoming celebration one he would never forget. Special thanks to Brenda’s House of Flowers for a beautiful Christmas floral arrangement, Olive Garden and Zaxby’s for donating a portion of the food, and to friends and family members who made this night a huge success. A good time was had by all, and the safe arrival of Bill at home adds even greater joy to this special time of the year. 47



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