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contributors Photographers Jack Tuszynski Writers John Albers, Ron Bradley, Michael Consoli, Edward J. Furey, Dan Jape, Jeff Kincaid, Michael McEachern, Michelle Meek, LaCretia Munroe, Vishant Nath, Karen Phillip, Jill Pollard, Julie Swantek, Suzanne Taylor, Susan Traxler, Jere Wood, Seth A. Yellin

Healing Hands Youth Ranch Leaving a legacy

Atlanta Dent Company Safety tips to consider while driving in a hail storm.

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Summer Camp Guide An updated listing of summer camps available in North Fulton.

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Daniel Shaffer and the staff of Snap Technology, Inc. will be hosting the first annual open house to commemorate 10 years of exceptional IT service to the Atlanta area at their new location, 103 Pilgrim Village Drive, Suite 100, Cumming. Snap Technology is a trusted advisor and leading provider of IT Support and Management, founded in 2001 to provide onsite IT Support to businesses and schools in the Atlanta market. “This year’s event will ring in a decade of excellence. It is sure to be an evening to remember with an exciting and exceptional mix of vendors, customers, and friends in the community,” states Daniel Shaffer. The celebration, to be held on June 15, will be a beach-themed bash and will include delicious food, beverages, the music of a steel drum band, and thrilling entertainment, as well as amazing prizes! Renal CarePartners, Inc. and its partner Alon Vanier, M.D. announced the opening of a new dialysis facility in Roswell. Dr. Vanier and staff celebrated the grand opening of the area’s newest dialysis facility, Renal CarePartners of Roswell, with a ribbon cutting and Open House in February. Joining Dr. Vanier were patients and family members, fellow physicians, and City of Roswell Mayor Jere Wood and members of the Roswell community. Renal CarePartners of Roswell is located at 11660 Alpharetta Highway, Suite 650. The facility provides a full range of dialysis services including home dialysis training as well as in-center hemodialysis care., The City of Roswell is proud to announce that Community Development Program Manager Stefanie Dye recently earned the designation of Certified Economic Developer (CEcD); a national recognition that denotes a mastery of principal skills in economic development, professional attainment and a commitment to personal and professional growth. Stefanie is one of only two Certified Economic Developer’s in North Fulton County. The CEcD designation recognizes qualified and dedicated practitioners in the economic development field and sets the standard of excellence within the profession. Candidates must pass a rigorous and comprehensive three-part, two-day examination, which tests a practitioner’s knowledge, proficiency and judgment in the key areas of economic development, including business retention and expansion, marketing, finance, workforce development, community development, real estate, strategic planning and management. There are currently 1,250 active CEcDs in the United States. Twenty students from Centennial competed against 3,000 students from all over the United States and the world recently at the National High School Model United Nations competition. At this year’s competition, the Centennial High School team earned the Award of Distinction, which is equivalent to winning the top overall award. This award marks the 8th consecutive year that a Centennial delegation has placed in the top 3 at this national competition. In addition to this team delegation award, the Centennial High School team was also honored by being asked to speak before the entire conference on the last day of the competition. Attending the competition from Centennial was Eric Beeler, Ken Taylor, John Russell, Chris Robb, Trisha Dalapati, Nikki Frieman, Caroline McCall, Brooke Gillman, Anna Mazzuckelli, Jacob Mcconaghie, Anna Squires, Michael Nozick, Steven Boyd, Neel Bhatia, Zachary Pollack, Chris Boyd, Jenny Wang, Monica Bhatia, Brooke Snyder, and Sarah Hanson.

Roswell United Methodist Church (RUMC) volunteers blanketed Roswell, North Fulton, and other locations across Atlanta on Saturday, March 3, for their annual Great Day of Service. Work locations included North Fulton Community Charities, Foster Care Support Foundation, Drake House, HomeStretch, Child Development Assn., enAble of Georgia, a Clarkston community of refugees, as well as projects on campus — making 10,068 meals with Stop Hunger Now and putting together 60 birthday party kits for MUST Ministries. More than 350 volunteers pitched in to make this the largest Great Day of Service in the event’s 19-year history. It was held in conjunction with RUMC’s Global Impact Celebration, which brings many of the church’s local, national, and international mission partners together at the church to celebrate their work in the mission field. Top left: Rhett Carmichael assists with storm clean-up. Top right: Gordon helps with clean-up in preparation for the annual RUMC Garage Sale, benefiting various Roswell area non-profits. Bottom: RUMC Youth clean the RUMC lift van which transports members who are wheelchair-bound to medical appointments. (left to right): Hank Winch, Bolton Teeter, Zack Archer, Michael Leeman, and Micah Pavik. 4

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COMMUNITY Trees Across Roswell

February 17th marked Georgia’s Arbor Day and in celebration, the Roswell Rotary Club coordinated an effort to plant 2500+ trees across Roswell and North Fulton. The project, named Trees Across Roswell, was spearheaded by the Roswell Rotary Club which is in partnership with the Chattahoochee Nature Center, the City of Roswell as well as the Boy Scouts of America and Girl Scouts of America. As its first community project, newly created Boys Scout Troop 226, worked with the Roswell Rotary Club to plant more than 25 trees in support of the Trees Across Roswell partnership on Arbor Day. Boys interested in joining Troop 226 can contact Scout Master Damon Edmondson at

Community Service Award Presentation

The Martha Stewart Bulloch Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution recently awarded Kathy Swahn, of The Drake House in Roswell, its Community Service Award. Kathleen “Kathy” Kirk Swahn is the force behind the tremendous success of The Drake House, a homeless shelter for single mothers in North Fulton County. The Drake House is a non-profit agency offering crisis housing and empowerment programs to homeless single mothers and minor children. In October 2011, Kathy oversaw the opening of The Drake Closet, which is a resale boutique where the community can donate shoes, clothes, jewelry and accessories. Kathy says, “I’ve volunteered all my life. I’ve been blessed by a strong example in my mother to give Left to right: Kathy Swahn, back. By demonstrating community Community Service service, commitment and hard work Chairman Karen Braddy, I wanted to be a positive example to Regent of the Martha my daughters and instill a desire in Stewart Bullock chapter them both to do community work.” Marybeth Kidd. 6

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State Senator Albers Visits Top Schools

Senator John Albers (R- Roswell) recently visited with six local high schools, recognizing them on being named to “Atlanta Magazine’s” top schools list for 2012. “These schools are superseding the barriers of education and have all the necessary ingredients to make the perfect recipe for a great school,” said Senator Albers. “I am proud of the motivated students, great teachers, administration, and involved parents and community for their dedication to prepare Georgia’s students for the future.” North Springs High School, Centennial High School, Chattahoochee High School, Northview High School, Johns Creek High School and Milton High School were each honored with a Senate Resolution in acknowledgement of their continued tradition of academic excellence.

Senator Albers and students from North Springs HS

Knitters Celebrate Fifth Anniversary

The Roswell Chapter of Knitting for Peace is celebrating five years of charity knitting. Knitting for Peace is a community based knitting group that donates needed hand knit items to local charitable organizations. Knitters get together weekly to knit for others while enjoying social time with each other, donating 371 preemie hats and 272 baby blankets to Atlanta area children’s hospitals; 275 chemo hats to cancer care centers; 76 prayer shawls to senior homes; 42 mobility mittens for the visually impaired; and 83 winter hats for foster care children. Currently knitters are making chemo hats. All knitters are welcome no matter their experience. Knitting for Peace meets every Tuesday from 1 — 4:30 p.m. at Freedom Point, 75 Magnolia Street, in downtown historic Roswell. Members pay no fees and often use donated yarn for projects. Donations of soft washable yarn are appreciated. Left to right: Gerri Patterson, Ellie Simo, Marsha Mercy and Connie Gorz.


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Age 8 on March 3 We love you so much! From: Dad, Mom, Ethan, Johnna, Raegan, Aunt Pam & Uncle Chris!

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Age 6 on April 6 Happy Birthday We Love You so Very Much! Mommy & Daddy

Kiera Terry Fagan

Age 11 on April 28 Happy Birthday Kendall! Love, Dad & Mom

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Age 1 on April 8 Happy 1st Birthday! We can’t believe you are already 1! We love you so very much! Mommy, Daddy & Big Sis Zoe

Born November 29, 2011 We are so blessed to have you in our lives! Love, Mommy & Daddy


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Things to do in Roswell




Roswell Adult Rec Center 830 Grimes Bridge Road


(770) 641-3950

Time: 8 a.m. — 1 p.m. Location: Nalley Toyota of Roswell 11505 Alpharetta Hwy

Times: April 12, 13, 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, 28: 8 p.m. April 15, 22, 29: 2:30 p.m. April 18, 25: 7:30 p.m. April 21, 28: 4 p.m. Location: Roswell Cultural Arts Center 950 Forrest Street Information: The Johnny Cash Musical Show Revue.

April 7 Tea with Beatrix Potter



Time: 1 — 3 p.m. Location: Barrington Hall Information: A fun afternoon with “Beatrix Potter” and her friends, plus lots of games and prizes. $10 per person

April 9 TEE IT UP 4 KIDS Time: 10:30 a.m. registration 12:30 p.m. Shotgun start Location: Alpharetta Athletic Club Cost: $125 per person Information: 3rd annual golf fundraiser, all proceeds go to fund Ambassadors 4 Kids (A4K) anti-bullying classes.

April 10, 17, 24 COOKING WITH CHEF WILSON Time: 6:30 — 9:30 p.m. Location: Barrington Hall 535 Barrington Drive Cost: $50 per person, per class, reservations required Information: April 10: Basic Spanish; April 17: Couples’ Grilling; April 24: Basic Southern.

April 12 NEW ADULT SEL CLASSES Time: See website Location: Roswell United Methodist Church 814 Mimosa Blvd. Information: Adults age 50 and above can enroll in an 8-week schedule of interesting and varied course offerings.

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Time: 10 a.m. — 5 p.m. Location: Chattahoochee Nature Center 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell Information: Propagated from CNC’s own gardens, a wide selection of vegetables, herbs, trees, shrubs, nectar plants, ground-cover plants and more.

April 14 10th ANNUAL EARTH DAY KIDS FEST Time: 10 a.m. — 3 p.m. Location: Chattahoochee Nature Center 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell Cost: $8 adults, $5 children Information: Fun eco-event where children learn how to become great stewards of the planet we call home.


ALPHARETTA HISTORICAL SOCIETY Time: 7 p.m. Location: Mansell House & Gardens 1835 Old Milton Pkwy. Information: Program will be presented by Roswell/Alpharetta native, presently residing in Ellijay, Linda Mansell-Martin. “The History and memories of the Sun Valley Park.”

April 19, 24 Gastric Band Presentation Location: Georgia Hypnotherapy Associates, 6478 Putnam Ford Drive Time: 7 — 8 p.m. Cost: Free, registration required Information: “Learn about the Virtual Gastric Band for weight loss as seen on Dr. Oz. Register by email to

April 19 — 20 GEORGIA TRUST 2012 RAMBLE Location: Roswell Tickets: Information: Three day extravaganza will include tours of historic sites, including private homes never open to the public, fabulous meals, and preservations presentations. Open to the public.


Time: 10 a.m. — noon Location: Meet at Chattahoochee Outfitters 203 Azalea Drive Cost: $12 Roswell Residents $18 non-residents 3rd child in canoe $8 resident, $12 non-resident Information: Families will learn about canoes and kayaks

Location: The Bluffs 1130 Bluffs Pkwy, Canton. Information: The Cherokee County Master Gardeners will host the Georgia Master Gardeners Association State Conference. For list of speakers and events visit

April 19 ALIVE AFTER 5

Time: 9 a.m. — 1 p.m. Location: Johns Creek Baptist Church 6910 McGinnis Ferry Road Information: Free seminar with multiple sessions and free day care for small children.

Time: 5 — 9 p.m. Location: Historical Roswell, Canton Street


Community Involvement AAUW SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMS Kids Helping Kids Carnival Time: 10 a.m. — 2 p.m. Location: Johns Creek UMC Preschool 11180 Medlock Bridge Road Information: 7th Annual Kids Helping Kids Carnival. (770) 418-1730

Location: Barrington Hall 535 Barrington Drive Cost: Free Information: Bard in the Yard returns with performances of The Tempest presented by the North Fulton Drama Club.

April 22 EARTH DAY


Time: 1 — 4 p.m. Location: Chattahoochee Nature Center 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell Information: Come play in the dirt at CNC and put into action what was learned at Earth Days Kids Fest.

Time: 11 a.m. — 1 p.m. Location: Smith Plantation 935 Alpharetta Street Cost: $10 (limit 2 items) reservations required Information: Certified Antiques Appraiser Richard Williams will tell participants if they have a treasure and the historic value of the item!

April 24 FARM DAY AT CNC Time: Location:

12 — 4 p.m. Chattahoochee Nature Center 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell

Information: Visit with Farmer Sue and her adorable animals from the ArtBarn.

Roswell Garden Club Time: 10 a.m. Location: Bill Johnson Community Activity Bldg, 10495 Woodstock Road Information: Free program on Growing Dahlias


Time: 5 p.m. — 10 a.m. Location: Chattahoochee Nature Center 9135 Willeo Road Cost: $45 General Public $35 CNC Members (price per tent) Advance Registration Required Information: Sleep out under the stars, enjoy night hikes, play games in the meadow, visit with nocturnal animals, roast marshmallows around the campfire and more!

7:30 a.m. — 9:30 p.m.

Contest Corner



April 27, 28 BARD IN THE YARD

Find the hidden picture

Deadline: April 15 The North Fulton Branch of the American Association of University Women announces its scholarship program for Academic Year 2012 — 2013. The branch will grant scholarships of $3,000 each to two qualified applicants.

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NFCC’s family enrichment program is looking for furnishing for its new spaces. Needs include office and reception furniture. Contact Eden Purdy at epurdy@

MASTER GARDENerS ANNUAL GARDEN FAIRE Time: 9 a.m. — 3 p.m. Location: Bulloch Hall 180 Bulloch Ave, Roswell Information: Annual plant sale featuring bargain and unique, hard-to-find plants, and everything for the garden – even scarecrows. Proceeds from sales will benefit six community projects.

April 29 — May 20 16th Annual Showcase Home Tour Information: Roswell Women’s Club will host its annual Showcase Home Tour of retired Atlanta Braves relief pitcher Mark Wohler’s “Home Plate” residence.

The Hosmer Family won the contest corner for March. They caught us in our early April Fool’s trick — there was no hidden picture in the March issue. Congratulations! The family won a Bruster’s Real Ice Cream gift card. You could be our winner for April — don’t forget to play! 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


SCHOOL Spaghetti VS Linguine Bridge Contest Which pasta will create a stronger bridge?

One hundred and three Atlanta Academy fourth through eighth grade students constructed thirty-five bridges using only commercially bought pasta and glue. Each of the constructed bridges was required to span one meter. The model bridge that was most efficient (held the most weight compared to its weight) and was declared the winner. Prior to construction, students researched different types of bridges, famous bridges, and structural failures. Middle School teams used Ipads to begin rough sketches of their vision. Throughout this project, teams had to meet deadlines that include: creating scale drawings; provide a detailed materials list; and provide a bill of materials.

Dr. Avosa Visits Sweet Apple Elementary School

Sweet Apple Elementary was honored by a visit by Dr. Avosa, Superintendant of Fulton County Schools. Dr. Avosa greeted teachers, parents and students as they arrived for a day of learning at Sweet Apple.

Jayla J., Sweet Apple ES Principal Natalie Richman, Stephen Michaels, Michelle Michaels (parent), Dr. Avosa, Diana Rossman, Julie Holland, Pierce Rossman, Prescott, and Rossman. 12 My Roswell | april 2012

Origami Master Visits Elkins Pointe

On February 3rd Origami Master Makoto Yamaguchi, a native of Japan, visited students involved in the Japanese, Art, and the Origami Club classes at Elkins Pointe Middle School. Mr. Yamaguchi, a professional Origami artist since 1973 and author of more than 80 Origami books (available in both Japanese and English), talked about his humanitarian efforts and use of Origami to help bring joy and hope to children affected by the devastating earthquake and tsunami of March 2011 in Japan. Students also learned tips for making good Origami, and in the end were amazed at how a simple square piece of paper could be transformed into amazing art.

Dr. Seuss’s Birthday/Career Day

Combining Dr. Seuss’s Birthday and River Eves Career Day created an exciting and very busy day for students at the school. To celebrate reading, all students and teachers were invited to wear their pajamas in honor of Dr. Seuss’s birthday and Read Across America Day. Third through fifth grade students also spent the morning learning about different vocations, including authors, doctors, dancers, dentists, dog trainers and on more. “Tying these two events together was a natural fit,” more page 14 said Principal Neil Pinnock. “We strive for all students to


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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

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

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

Elkins Pointe Middle

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

Northwestern Middle

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

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

High Schools

Roswell North Elementary

Milton High

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

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

Sweet Apple Elementary

Roswell High

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

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

2011 — 2012 Calendar at a Glance

791 Mimosa Boulevard Roswell, GA 30075 (770) 552-6334 Principal: Dennis Kostulakos (interim)

Local Colleges & Universities Georgia Perimeter College

April 2 — 6 May 18

Spring Break Last Day of School

(404) 413-7878

Cafeteria account information: Parent Connect:

(770) 720-9191

The Art Institute of Atlanta (770) 394-8300

North Fulton Center of Reinhardt University

University of Phoenix Atlanta Campus (678) 731-0555

Strayer University (770) 650-3000 13

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enjoy reading and writing. By showcasing how these skills are at the center of many different careers in different ways opens their eyes to what is possible.” Twenty-nine guests, many of them River Eves parents, showcased their careers over a 3-hour period.

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CAN MAN Comes to Sweet Apple

Sweet Apple students, staff and community partners have entered into a partnership with Make a Wish and Novelis (an aluminum recycling company) to recycle cans and make wishes come true. The kickoff program included speakers from both organizations, music videos on recycling and a special visit from CAN MAN! The goal is for students 1st graders Kennedy to bring in enough aluminum cans to grant the wish of one child (each Whitaker (Shannon Butera’s class) and Nick Nardiello wish is about 4K). Novelis will also (Denise Harth’s class) with be awarding the school a grant to the CAN MAN support the science lab! Sweet Apple is one of 2 pilot schools across GA to participate in this program.

Sweet Apple 3rd grade students in Mrs. Wheeless’ class learned about architectural features by building columns out of clay. Mrs. Allison Elder, art teacher, discussed different architectural designs and guided students in Lorin Tady and Ava Allen from Mrs. making clay columns. Wheeless’ 3rd grade class.

Love of Reading

Students at Sweet Apple Elementary love to read with their friends. The thing that is different is that their friends have four legs and fur. Students in the GNETS program as well as 1st – 3rd graders love reading with their reading assistance dogs. The students quickly bond with their special friends and become more confident readers.

Bryson with Mr. Howard and Kisses from Mrs. Brownlee’s class

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Leaving a Legacy

Healing Hands A

woman empowered to help those in need, driven to fulfill God’s plan for her, who truly embodies the true meaning of an inspiration, Jennifer Simonis is an entrepreneur and the founder of a nonprofit organization called Healing Hands Youth Ranch (HHYR) located on an enormous 147 acres in Waleska, GA. Healing Hands is devoted to assisting 10-17 year old troubled children by pairing each child with one horse and one instructor, and allowing the horses to share their unconditional love with their rider. The ranch teaches life skills and leadership; it teaches about relationships and how to further develop them.

Geared toward children who feel they may not fit in or feel judged, the ranch is a safe outlet to provide an emotional connection with one of five horses that all want to meet the child’s needs. “Horses never lie, they always tell the truth,” states Jennifer. She truly believes that the horse picks the child because horses are extremely intuitive. Horses sense emotions and by your body language they can tell exactly what you need. They don’t judge; they don’t see the outside appearance, but the inside and what your heart says. “A little boy and his dad came to me to get some equipment and I took the boy to feed the horses. When we arrived at the field the horses were deeply interested and wanted to touch him and check him out. Whatever the boy was feeling, the horses knew.” Horses have personalities and emotions just like humans do. There is an alpha and followers that make up a community, or herd, and no one wants 16 My Roswell | april 2012

Youth Ranch by Julie Swantek

to be ostracized. At the ranch, all the horses and the people know is kindness. Although the horses love it on the ranch and are very friendly and well trained, it wasn’t always that way for some. Some of the horses were acquired with faults and injuries that made them less than the perfect show horse. Just like not all kids are perfect, neither are the horses. The horses that people thought were of no more use really have so much to share. This is the helping hand that Jennifer holds out to children in need. Working with the horses gives children confidence, being able to control a larger animal gives them control and empowers them to control their lives by using the horses as a median and God as the base. A typical day at the ranch is a free ninety minute session that begins small, helping volunteers on the ranch by fixing fences or picking rocks out of the arena with Jennifer, and meeting the horses to establish communication. This allows them to take ownership in the ranch. “It’s the kid’s ranch, not mine.” Jennifer teaches horse safety and allows the kids to hang out with the horses and establish a connection with them without fear. Some think that horses can be frustrating or stubborn, but Jennifer’s response is, “It is never the horses fault; look at yourself.” With the help of the horses she hopes the youths will respond to the horses by seeing their own personalities and traits that could be changed.

Taking care of 147 acres, five horses, two donkeys, and a family can be an immense amount of work. Jennifer is currently looking for volunteers who can dedicate their time to helping youth and the ranch. There is no requirement in horse knowledge, only a passion for helping children. She will provide training once a week for any faithful volunteers available. The ranch is also looking for any children 10-17 making the wrong choices who want to witness and experience a life changing understanding. If interested in donating, the ranch is hoping to gather funds to build a covered arena, which will greatly help when the weather is rainy and during the warm Georgia summers. Donations or business partnering will greatly help this worthy organization that helps make our community stronger. Healing Hands Youth Ranch is also sponsoring a Kentucky Derby Fundraiser on Saturday, May 5 (see below). For more information about the ranch or to see how it all got started see Jennifer’s website at RAISE FOR THE ROSES Kentucky Derby themed benefit HHYR • Features a live viewing of the Derby • Themed menu • Derby hat fashion contest • Silent auction Order tickets online now! Jennifer Simonis (770) 633-4451 or email

Robinson & Miller, PC: A Firm for North Fulton The growth of North Fulton County in the past decade has brought with it plenty of change. Through it all, some things remain constant — the commitment of the lawyers at Robinson & Miller, PC to serve their clients well.

Debbie Robinson and Chris Miller have been working together since 1998. They formed Robinson & Miller in 2006 to focus their law practice on the two areas they enjoy most: Estate Planning, which includes wills, trusts, probate, guardianships, elder law, and veteran’s benefits; and Business Transactions, which includes the formation of corporations, limited liability companies, and partnerships, as well as the drafting and review of contracts or the negotiation of the purchase and sale of small businesses.

Debbie Robinson has been practicing law in Atlanta for nearly thirty years. Her experience gives her a unique long-term perspective on estate planning and the ways that thinking ahead can change the course of family lives. Her breadth of knowledge extends into the fields of veteran’s benefits and elder law, and her gentle yet firm guidance is ideal for clients who have had a difficult experience with other lawyers. Says Robinson, “Many clients visit me thinking that they won’t be able to understand the ‘legalese’ of wills and probate. Nothing could be farther from the truth.” Chris Miller started his legal career in Alpharetta straight out of Emory’s law school. From the beginning, he has been active in the local Kiwanis Club, and is a frequent speaker at the

seasonal education seminars hosted by the Down Syndrome Association of Atlanta. His quiet work benefits those families who have children with special needs, and his experience with business law helps small business owners navigate the transfer of their life’s work to key employees and family members. His motto is to keep things simple.

Helen Rice is the firm’s newest arrival, having spent much of her career with a larger real estate firm. She finds great joy in meeting with clients one on one, and learning what challenges each of them faces. She knows that there is a world of options in addressing a specific legal question, and having the ability to select just the right tool is what sets Robinson & Miller apart as the firm of choice.

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Services attorney Thomas C. Rowsey, P.C. auto repair Roswell Auto Center

Restaurants All Around Restaurant The Counter Asian Restaurant Rice Thai Cuisine bakery Alpine Bakery and Trattoria Barbecue Restaurant Swallow in the Hollow breakfast Restaurant Roswell Public House coffee SHop Land of a Thousand Hills Coffee dessert Place Alpine Bakery and Trattoria fast food Restaurant Chick-Fil-a Roswell Corners fine dining Restaurant Bistro VG italian/pizzeria Diesel Pizza & Pub kid-friendly Restaurant The Counter mexican Restaurant El Porton

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car wash Car Spa — Roswell Carpet/Upholstery Cleaner Q Care Caterer Talk of the Town Chiropractor Fish family Chiropractic Cleaning Service/Maid Q Care CPA/Bookkeeping/Tax Service Cheryl Greenway, CPA Day Care/Preschool Young Life Academy Day Spa/Massage Gallery Spa of Historic Roswell Dentist DeMercy Dental Pediatric Dentist Roswell Pediatric Dentistry Electrician Meer Electric Eye Doctor Furey Family Eye care Financial Institution/Bank/ Credit Union Bank of North Georgia Hair Salon Salon De La Vie

seafood Restaurant Red Lobster

Handyman/Repair/Remodel Green Basements and Remodeling, LLC

sports bar Taco Mac

Heating & Air Cool Ray

Insurance Agent (Agent Name) Trummie Patrick, State Farm Don Mabry, State Farm Lawn Care/Maintenance Lawn South Medical Family Practice/ Internal Medicine North Roswell Internal Medicine

Roofer Atlanta Re-roof Specialists

Jeweler Brown & Company Jewelers

Travel Agent Cruise Planners Michael Consoli

Liquor Store Crabapple Beverage

Tutoring Mathnasium of West Roswell Veterinarian Hollyberry Animal Hospital

Nail Salon Chateau De Nails OB/GYN Roswell Obstetrics & Gynecology


business Retailers

music Store Music Matters Pet Supply Store PetSmart #1048 SpeciaLty Foods Trader Joe’s Roswell (733) Tire Shop Kauffman Tire Coleman Village

Orthodontist Kincaid Orthodontics

Recreation &

Painter/Painting Services Green Basements and Remodeling, LLc

Boutique Unique Consignment Boutique

Pediatrician Roswell Pediatric Center

Children’s Clothing Lady Bugs and Lizards

Pest Control Arrow Exterminator — Roswell

Cigar Store The Cigar Merchant

Dance Studio Tolbert Yilmaz School of Dance

Drug Store/Pharmacy Walgreens #5605

Fitness/Health Club Atlanta Fitness — Crabapple

Pet Care/Boarding K-9 Planet Boarding and Daycare Facility Pet Groomer That Dirty Dog Pet Trainer Atlanta Dog Trainer Photographer Kristin Leigh Photography

Audio/Home Theatre Atlanta Home Theatres Florist Hamilton Flowers & Décor Frame Shop The Great Frame Up

Physical Therapy Physiotherapy Associates

Furniture/Home Décor Canton Street Antique Market

Plumber Pete’s Plumbing

Garden Center/Nursery Pike Nursery

Pool/Spa Sales/Service Premier Pool Enterprises

Gift Shop The Chandlery

Private School High Meadows School

Grocery Store Trader Joe’s Roswell (733)

Realtor Joanne Curtin Keller Williams

Hardware/ Home Improvement Home Depot Crossville


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by State Senator John Albers

Legislative Update Another main priority of the General Assembly is one step closer to fruition with the passage of Senate Bill 289. This legislation, which I co-sponsored, encourages online learning in today’s fast-paced 21st century learning environment. Under this legislation, high school students entering the ninth grade would be required to take at least one online course. This is good legislation not only for its ability to help students stay up-to-date on modern technological trends but also to encourage a greater level . . . the General Assembly has passed several of innovation and academic pieces of legislation specifically targeted excellence in Georgia at limiting the size of state government, schools.

The advent of spring marks the closing days of the 2012 legislative session – a time when legislators work diligently to pass legislation aimed at strengthening Georgia’s future. In recent months, the General Assembly has passed several pieces of legislation specifically targeted at limiting the size of state government, strengthening scholastic achievement, curbing metal theft and protecting our children.

Though the economy is slowly rebounding from the effects of the economic recession, many Georgia families still find it necessary to analyze their own strengthening scholastic achievement, curbing One of the ongoing personal budgets in order metal theft and protecting our children. initiatives of the Georgia to live within their means Senate is focusing on and curb excess spending. protecting our most The General Assembly is vulnerable, our children. Two bills in particular that I would no different. In February, Georgia joined several other states like to highlight are SB 355 and SB 316. Senate Bill 355 including Florida and Texas in streamlining government provides a greater level of accountability in cases of suspected operations through the passage of SB 223, the Georgia child abuse by extending the reporting requirement beyond Government Accountability Act. These laws, also known as those directly responsible for the child’s care. Similarly, SB 316 Sunset Laws, provide a greater level of accountability across all extends the statue of limitations as it pertains to the reporting sectors of government by evaluating the overall efficiency of of sexual abuse. Under this legislation, victims of sexual abuse state-run government programs and agencies. would be given additional time to report a crime to authorities. The General Assembly has made great strides toward passing As a representative of the 56th Senate District, I look forward legislation with the intent of protecting Georgia businesses to working with my colleagues in the Senate to pass legislation and families. With the recent rise of metal theft across all that makes a place that is safe for our children, a good place for sectors of Georgia – affecting everything from churches to small businesses – the Senate decided to revisit the issue of business and transparent in its operations. metal theft for the third time in five years with the passage of Senate Bill 321. This legislation takes another look at how Sen. John Albers represents the 56th Senate District, which includes portions of the secondary metal industry does business and places tighter North Fulton County. He may be reached at his office at (404) 463-8055 or by email regulations on metal theft recyclers. at

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Fun is the Key Word This Summer in Roswell by Mayor Jere Wood Summer is fun. Everybody knows that. Because fun means different things to different people, Roswell offers many choices of fun things to do. Throughout the summer, there are many fun, free family-type activities offered in Roswell.

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

Riverside Sounds concert series offers a variety of music on the first Saturday of each month at Riverside Park. Outdoor movies are also held at Riverside Park with films the entire family can enjoy. Alive After Five rocks Canton Street the third Thursday of each month. Canoes, rafts, and kayaks can be rented in Azalea Park. Bicycles can be rented at Don White Park. Families can enjoy the swimming pool at Roswell Area Park or the Spraygrounds at Riverside Park or East Roswell Park. For the kids, there are camps, camps and more camps. The variety seems almost endless. There are the traditional day camps held at Roswell Area Park, East Roswell Park and Waller Park. On the athletic side, there are youth camps for basketball, tennis, swimming, baseball, soccer, lacrosse, volleyball, cheerleading and football. On the artist side, there are camps for drawing, clay works, beading, sewing, painting, musical theatre, drama, dance, acting, knitting and photography. One new camp being offered this summer is a Strokes Camp that combines learning brush strokes, swimming strokes and tennis strokes into one camp. The City also offers a large slate of specialty camps such as Circus Camp, Fort Building Camp, Modeling Camp, Engineering Explores Camp, Magic Camps, Camp Yesteryear at Smith Plantation, Manners Camp and Camp Rough Riders at Bulloch Hall, and many more. This is just a broad stroke of what the summer holds for Roswell residents this summer. The full summer schedule for the Recreation, Parks Historic and Cultural Affairs Department is available at 22 My Roswell | april 2012 23


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

Our country is experiencing an epidemic — the diagnoses of Autism, Asperger’s, ADHD, as well as other social, behavioral and academic dysfunctions are being seen in our children in unprecedented numbers. Based on research by the CDC (2010), ADHD affects 1 in 10 children. ADHD is the most prevalent mental disorder among youth and the number one reason a child is medicated according to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) (2010). Diagnosis and production of medicine has increased approximately 2000 percent over the past two decades. Confusion, hopelessness, despair, frustration and a host of other feelings often follow this diagnosis —families trying to help their child but really having no idea how. Brain Balance Achievement Centers offer a drug-free alternative approach for children facing these challenges. Functional Disconnection is the term based on years of scientific research used to explain “an imbalance in the connections and function between and within the hemispheres (sides) of your child’s brain—this condition is responsible for a host of behavioral, academic and social difficulties.” This disconnect or imbalance leads to many commonly diagnosed disorders such as Autism, Asperger’s, ADD/ADHD and many learning and behavioral disorders. The Brain Balance approach proves that “the brain can be changed — something once thought impossible. That means your child’s problems aren’t permanent, and the situation isn’t hopeless.” Through their extensive research, the experts at Brain Balance offer hope for today and hope for a bright tomorrow.

Hope for Today “I have no control of my home, of my child.” Natasha Williams, mother of 10 year old Gabriel experienced this scary reality. 24 My Roswell | april 2012

Hicham, Gabriel & Natasha From a very young age, Gabriel struggled with poor impulse control, mood swings, tantrums, meltdowns — his behavior was very unpredictable. “It was very hard. You could be laughing and joking one minute, and have a meltdown the next,” shared Natasha. Hicham Azhari, Gabriel’s stepfather remembers, “He would cry and throw fits for hours.” Gabriel had difficulty dealing with anything that resembled failure — a broken toy, a mistake on his homework. “He would flip out; he would react in anger about any failure. He would always blame himself,” Natasha and Hicham shared. Gabriel had difficulty making friends and he also dealt with anxiety. He did not pick up on social cues and children at school would make fun of him. This was very isolating for Gabriel, as well as his family. “All we did was blame ourselves; we just thought that it was bad parenting. It was a sense of failure,” Hicham said. “It was very isolating. People look at you like you are bad parents,” added Natasha. Natasha was determined to find hope and help for Gabriel. The family researched many options to find answers. “I wanted him (Gabriel) to be who he was; I didn’t want him to be drugged.” Searching for a drug-free alternative, Natasha found Brain Balance. “I didn’t think that anything was going to work.” She attended a Brain Balance open house. After learning more about the program, Gabriel was then given a three hour assessment, complete with allergy testing. He was Photos courtesy of

Hop e For The Future The brain can be changed — something once thought impossible. That means your child’s problems aren’t permanent, and the situation isn’t hopeless.

found to be allergic to 13 things that were in his main diet. Diet changes, along with sensory motor and academic activities specific to the child’s individual needs based on their assessments, are put into place and the growth and outcomes are amazing!

Hope for a Bright Tomorrow Dr. Peter Scire is the executive director of the Brain Balance Achievement Centers in Roswell, Suwannee and Peachtree City. Dr. Scire’s connection with the family is evident as he brings hope for a bright future that many families had viewed as hopeless. The Brain Balance difference offers scientific research that the brain can be changed. When one side of the brain develops faster than the other,

the connections are not developing properly. “Our job is to go in there and determine the underactive side, strengthen that side and improve connections,” said Dr. Scire. Through the individualized, custom program, the child works in the center and at home to stimulate the specific areas of the brain and improve connections. Positive reinforcement is used along with the physical and academic exercises. Because the brain can change, and because difficulties can be corrected, children suffering from Functional Disconnection can be greatly helped. The Brain Balance program has given hope for a bright tomorrow to over 700 families in the last five years dealing with development disorders. “We remediate the kids and because of this, the child will not need lifelong treatment,” shared Dr. Scire. Gabriel is a true story of inspiration. He has worked incredibly hard for the success he has realized. He has become much more self aware, he learns from social interaction. “He is integrating what is happening non-verbally and socially with other kids,” noted Dr. Scire. He has also become more independent in his academics. “He went from having no friends to becoming friends with the whole neighborhood after three months (in the program),” shared Natasha proudly. “My favorite memory is coming home to all of the neighborhood kids sitting on our staircase,” Hicham said with a smile. “The whole class is coming to Gabriel’s birthday party.” Brain Balance Achievement Centers offer hope for today and hope for the future. “I’m not broken,” Gabriel said. “No, you are not!” Natasha and Hicham agreed with a smile.

Dr. Pete and Gabriel

ADHD Autism Asperger’s Dyslexia Learning Disorders Brain Balance Achievement Centers 30 E. Crossville Road, Suite 150 Roswell, GA 30075 (770) 650-8010 780 Peachtree Industrial Blvd., Suite 400 Suwanee, GA 30024 (770) 614-4790 25

HAIL Safety Tips! “Why is it raining ice cubes?” asks your little one. Luckily for you, there is Google and you can find out the answer, or you can read this article and learn a little about hail, driving in hail, and treating your car after hail damage. Last year, Atlanta had many hail storms. We associate hail with severe weather and tornadoes. According to NOAA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, hail is a form of precipitation that occurs when updrafts in thunderstorms carry raindrops upward into extremely cold areas of the atmosphere where they freeze into ice. Hail is larger than sleet and forms only in thunderstorms. Drops of supercooled water from the lower temperatures higher in the atmosphere hit the ice, and freeze on it, causing it to grow. When the hailstone becomes too heavy for the updraft to keep it aloft, it encounters downdraft air — it falls. It then is pulled by gravity towards the earth. There are different sizes of hail from a dime to a softball. A funny sign I once saw said, “If there were no golf balls, how would we measure hail?” Driving in a hail storm is serious and here are some safety tips to consider. First, stay inside the vehicle. Hail falls at fast speeds, and it can cause injury to those in its path. Stop driving and pull to a safe place so hail doesn’t break the windshield or any windows — driving compounds hail’s impact with your car. Stop under an overpass, and don’t forget to pull out of traffic lanes and onto a shoulder. Avoid ditches due to possible high-rising water. If you can keep your car angled so the hail is hitting the front of your car, that is better for you and your vehicle. Windshields are reinforced to withstand forward driving and pelting objects. Side windows and the back glass are not, so they’re much more susceptible to breakage. If there are children in the car, lie down and protect them by keeping your back to the window. If you have a blanket, cover yourself and loved ones to prevent possible debris from hitting you.

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If your car should be damaged, call your insurance company to report the claim. If you have comprehensive coverage, you will be covered as hail is an act of God. You will be sent to an adjuster, and then you always have the choice to choose a company to perform the work. Instead of heading to a body shop, investigate paintless dent removal companies. They are the experts in hail repair. Trained technicians use specific tools that can remove the hail dimples without repainting the car. Look for a company that has a strong reputation and has been vested in your area. All work should be guaranteed and customer satisfaction should be their priority. Your car should look and feel new again after the repair! Suzanne Taylor, Marketing Manager Atlanta Dent Company, (770) 594-6376 27

Discovery Point Summer Camp

1815 Old Alabama Road, Roswell

Theatre Arts Explosion

At Chrysalis Experiential Academy 10 Mansell Ct E, Ste 500, Roswell

(770) 649-1110

11035 Jones Bridge Road, Alpharetta (770) 663-0120

4015 Discovery Drive, Alpharetta (770) 664-1773

Georgia Ensemble Theatre Roswell Cultural Arts Center 950 Forrest Street, Roswell (770) 641-1260 x232 Dates:

June 4 — July 27

Characters of the Watershed


June 25 — 29 or July 9 — 13

Camp Kingfisher

Chattahoochee Nature Center 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell (770) 992-2055 x 222 Dates:

May 29 — August 10

Kennesaw State University College of Continuing and Professional Education

At the Chattahoochee Nature Center 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell

1000 Chastain Road, #3301, Kennesaw (770) 423-6765



June 18 — 22 or August 6 — 10

LaOwn Academy

11575 King Road (678) 795-9145

1094 Green Street, Roswell (770) 312-7926 Register Cost: $275 Dates:

June 4 — 8, 18 — 22 July 9 — 11 NEW MINI CAMP AGES 3 — 6 July 23 — 27 July 31 — August 3

Time: 10.30 a.m. — 3.30 p.m.

Emory Camps & Learning Program

1599 Clifton Rd, NE, Suite 5.316, Atlanta (404) 727-8000

June 4 — July 27

Next Step Ministries


May — August

3353 Trickum Road, Suite 100, Woodstock (770) 592-1227

Georgia Regional Girls Choir Summer Camp


814 Mimosa Blvd., Roswell (770) 722-3656

May 29 — August 10

Play By Play Sports Broadcasting Camp

Emory University 1 (800) 319-0884 Dates:

July 16 — 20

Elmstreet Summer Drama Camp City Center 8534 Main Street (678) 494-4251

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Farmhouse in the City Art & Animal Camp


July 16 — 20

RY Robotics Explorers

715 Hembree Place, Suite A, Roswell (770) 772-6622 Dates: June 11 — July 27

Creative Writing Day Camp Barrington Hall 535 Barrington Drive, Roswell (770) 640-3855 Dates:

June 25 — 29 July 23 — 27

Camp Invention (800) 968-4332

Mountain Park ES 11895 Mountain Park Road, Roswell Dates: June 11 — 15

Crabapple Crossing ES 12775 Birmingham Hwy, Milton Dates: June 25 — 29 July 9 — 13

Atlanta Junior Rowing Association Roswell River Landing 245 Azalea Drive, Roswell Dates:

Session 1: June 4 — 14 Session 2: June 18 — 28 Session 3: July 9 — 19 Session 4: July 23 — August 2

Camp Tremendous Time Travelers Kids R Kids of Historic Roswell 200 Pine Grove Road 770-642-1900 Dates: May 21 — August 3

Summit Hill ES 13855 Providence Road, Milton Dates: June 4 — 8

Dolvin ES 10495 Jones Bridge Road, Alpharetta Dates: June 4 — 8

State Bridge Crossing 5530 State Bridge Road, Alpharetta Dates: June 4 — 8

Findley Oaks 5880 Findley Chase Drive, Johns Creek Dates: June 11 — 15 29


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

by Karen Phillip

by Edward J. Furey, OD PC

After diabetes, high blood pressure (also called hypertension) is the second leading cause of chronic kidney disease. Blood travels away from the heart through special blood vessels, called arteries, to all parts of the Karen Phillip is the Facility Administrator for DaVita in Roswell. She can be body. The pressure of the reached at 770-569-2888 or visit blood against the walls of the for more information. arteries as the heart pumps is what is measured. The blood pressure measurement has two numbers: a top one, and a bottom one. The top number (systolic) is the pressure when the heart pumps blood out. The bottom number (diastolic) is the pressure when the heart relaxes before the next beat.

If you’re interested in wearing contacts, the first step is to have a contact lens examination by an eye doctor. A contact lens exam is meant specifically to fit you with contacts. During a contact lens examination the practitioner will first determine if your eyes are healthy enough Dr. Edward J. Furey specializes in primary eye care, glaucoma, low vision, to wear contacts. Then your geriatrics and is the Center Director eyes will be measured. These of Furey Family Eye Care. Located at 250 East Crossville Road, Roswell. measurements will help the, practitioner find the right (770) 993-5592 contact to fit properly and comfortably on your eyes. For people new to wearing contacts, the doctor will help you get accustomed to placing the contact lenses in and taking them out and teach you how to properly care for them.

When blood pressure is high and left untreated, it can damage the blood vessels that carry blood throughout the body. The smaller blood vessels are the ones usually affected first. Kidneys have small blood vessels that can become damaged by high blood pressure. This can lead to CKD. Because one of the jobs of the kidneys is to control blood pressure this can cause more problems. Renin is a hormone produced by the kidneys. When the kidneys are not working properly, they may release renin causing blood pressure to go up even higher. Know Your Number Most people with high blood pressure do not know they have it because they don’t have any symptoms. Unfortunately, a heart attack or stroke can sometimes be the first sign of a problem. The only way to know if your blood pressure is high is to have it checked by a health care provider. A blood pressure reading lower than 120/80 is desirable. Lower readings are usually found in children and adults who are in excellent physical condition. A person’s blood pressure is considered high if the top number is higher 140 and the bottom number is higher than 90. Usually, blood pressure is lowest when sleeping and highest when exercising. Because blood pressure varies throughout the day, several readings should be taken to get a true measurement. Who is at Risk As people get older they tend to get high blood pressure. The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) indicates continued on page 46 30 My Roswell | april 2012

There are two major groups of contacts: soft contacts and rigid gas permeable contacts. Soft contacts are extremely thin and comfortable to wear. They are made mostly of water, which is why they are soft. Soft contacts are divided into four basic categories: spherical (regular) contacts lenses, contacts for astigmatism, contacts for presbyopia, and color (cosmetic) contacts. Rigid gas permeable (RGP) contact lenses are made of hard plastic that gives crisp, clear vision and corrects most vision problems. They are durable and last considerably longer than soft contact lenses. Some contacts are meant for daily wear. Daily wear soft contacts are worn for one day and then discarded. Other soft lenses and some RGP lenses are worn for a day and then removed, cleaned, and disinfected each night. Soft lenses are usually replaced on a regular basis. RGP lenses may last for years with regular care. Extended wear lenses are worn overnight for 1 week and then replaced. Overnight wear decreases the amount of oxygen available to the eye and increases the chance of infection. Because of this, some practitioners do not recommend extended wear of contact lenses. Your eye doctor will show you how to clean and disinfect your contacts. Use quality lens care products and clean the lenses as often as possible to remove buildup of bacteria. Be aware that wearing contact lenses for a long period of time may cause blurry vision, pain, and redness due to a lack of oxygen passing through to the eye. Remember that contact lenses are medical devices: with proper care you will see better and will have peace of mind knowing your contacts are healthy and safe.

NO MORE EXCUSES For Minor Orthodontic Issues by Jeff Kincaid, DMD, MS Do you have minor orthodontic issues such as mild crowding or spacing? Are you experiencing early onset orthodontic relapse from inconsistent retainer wear? There is a large population with these issues Dr. Jeff Kincaid is a specialist in that refuse to follow through orthodontics and owner of Kincaid with their desire to correct Orthodontics in Woodstock and the problems because of the Roswell. Visit his Website at perceived hassles associated with treatment. In the past, you would probably be asked to wear a traditional retainer that is designed to correct your issues but was not very esthetic or you may have been asked to endure the dreaded braces again. Other roadblocks commonly cited are the concerns surrounding expense as well as the potential for long, extended treatment times.

Several products have been on the market for a few years that have addressed minor issues such as those mentioned, but recently the “grandaddy” of the nearly-invisible orthodontic products, Invisalign, has developed a product called “Express” that straightens teeth using their aligners in three months or less. Patients who qualify for this new treatment option receive a series of five aligner sets, each set is switched out approximately every two weeks. During this period of time, the patient’s teeth will gradually move toward the desired outcome. In my practice, I constantly talk to patients and parents who have always wanted to fix that annoying little space or whose teeth have shifted some since they stopped wearing their retainers. In the past, Align Technology (Invisalign’s parent company) has been innovating to expand the scope of more complex cases, but now have realized the need to make it possible for those patients with very minor issues to enjoy the benefits of straightening their teeth without the discomfort or embarrassment often associated with traditional retainers or braces. Pricing of the treatment is determined by the doctor and can vary depending on the complexity of the patient’s condition as well as the area of the country. continued on page 46 31

DON’T FEAR The Fever As a pediatrician, the concern that prompts parents to bring their children to the office more than any other concern is fever. However, fever is an important part of our body’s defense against infection; fever is usually helping us, not hurting us.

“You have such beautiful eyes.”

by Susan Traxler, MD

by Seth A. Yellin, MD, FACS

Dr. Susan Traxler is a practioner with Alpharetta Pediatric Medicine. She can be reached at (770) 664-4430 or visit

When was the last time someone paid you that compliment? Your eyes may be the windows to your soul but they often reveal something less poetic. . . your age. As we get older, there are a host of predictable changes Dr. Seth A. Yellin is the founder and to the eye area that occurs to director of Marietta Facial Plastic a greater or lesser degree in Surgery & Aesthetics Center located at all of us. These changes are 111 Marble Mill Road, NW, Marietta., often the first visible evidence (770) 425-7575 that we no longer look our youthful best. The question then becomes, are you okay with looking your age or do you want to maintain your youthful appearance? If you feel healthy and remain vigorous, the answer is often that you want to look your best so that your appearance is in synch with how you feel. So then what can be done to remedy the situation?

A simple cold or viral illness can cause a high fever, and, thankfully, this usually does not mean your child has a serious problem. If the fever is mild and the child is generally feeling well, no treatment is needed, just fluids and rest. The illness is probably not too serious if your child is still interested in playing, is eating and drinking well, is alert and smiling at you or if they look well when their fever comes down.

When your child is uncomfortable or not sleeping well, however, it is desirable to lower (but not necessarily eliminate) the fever. Medications such as acetaminophen and ibuprofen are frequently helpful (check with your doctor for specific dosing guidelines). Do not bundle up a child with the chills, but do remove excess clothing and blankets. A lukewarm bath can also cool someone with a fever, but please do not give your child a cold bath or alcohol rub. Parents frequently ask me, “At what level of fever do I need to worry?” Most parents will likely be reassured that brain damage from a fever generally will not occur unless the fever is over 107.6° F! Untreated fevers caused by infection seldom rise above 105° F. Occasionally, toddlers may have febrile seizures, but this type of seizure is typically innocent (though still anxiety-provoking for parents!) and does not cause permanent harm. Realistically, if any of the following situations apply to your child during a febrile illness, it is best to have them evaluated promptly: • Your baby is less than 28 days old and has a rectal temperature of 100.5° F or higher; • Any fever of over 100.5° F lasting for more than five days; • A fever that is either over 105° or if the fever continues to rise despite ibuprofen (do not give ibuprofen to infants under six months unless with doctor’s guidance); continued on page 46 32 My Roswell | april 2012


Fortunately, with modern, state-of-the-art techniques, many procedures are available to enhance one’s eye area. These can often be performed in just a matter of minutes to an hour, in an office environment using nothing more than local anesthesia to numb the area and with results that will last for years to come. Through a combination of treatments such as injecting fillers just above the bone at the eyelid-cheek junction, dramatically tightening and smoothing the lower lid skin with customized peels or laser treatments, surgically contouring the excess skin, muscle and fat of the eyelids and maintaining the results with medical-grade topical serums and creams, the area around the eyes can be made both more youthful appearing and more beautiful. By enhancing this critical facial feature, your eyes will once again visually “pop.” More importantly, when these techniques are performed properly, the natural shape of your eyes and the eyelids’ important functions will not be disturbed. Fears of looking “startled” or “different” should be put aside. When we see people who do not look like themselves after a cosmetic procedure, it is the choice of the procedures performed or improper execution, not the procedures themselves. If they are properly selected and artistically performed, the procedures discussed above will leave you appearing well rested and relaxed, healthy and youthful. The emotional boost that my patients get from these procedures continued on page 46

growing concerns About Vaccinations

by LaCretia Munroe, MS, DC There is at present time an Dr. LaCretia Munroe specializes in ominous trend in America sports chiropractic, functional towards deteriorating health neurology, and metabolic solutions. Providing exceptional care for difficult in children and young cases. Call the office at (770) 720adults, a trend which is well 0865 or visit substantiated by scientific statistical reports. Allergic diseases such as asthma and eczema are rapidly increasing in both frequency and severity. Autoimmune diseases (afflictions in which antibodies or immune cells attack the tissues of one’s own body) have increased many fold in the past several generations. Perhaps most ominous of all is the rise in childhood behavioral disorders, including hyperactivity and learning disorders, with approximately 15 percent of children now being classified as learning disabled. A substantial portion of today’s children are receiving frequent courses of antibiotics for treatment of recurrent ear infections and/or respiratory illness, a pattern which suggest an increasing prevalence of immune impairment when compared with earlier generations. Among young adults of today there are the newly emerging and poorly understood syndromes of chemical sensitivity and chronic fatigue, conditions which are disabling millions of our youth who should be entering the prime of their lives. Some people believe that vaccines are a cause for the deterioration health of our children and the cause of autism and childhood ADD/ADHD. Vaccines are injections that contain weakened amounts of the disease germ that they are meant to protect against. They are said to work by stimulating the body to produce antibodies — proteins that defend the body from an invasions by harmful germs, the idea of vaccinations to prevent disease dates back to 1796. Today several vaccines exist, and most people trust them to be safe and effective. But findings on seven of the more commonly administered vaccines: polio, diphtheria, measles, rubella, mumps, tetanus and pertussis, do not support this conclusion. The point is children are a gift to us. It is our responsibility to look at what we put into their bodies that can affect their minds and their long term health. Everyone knows to eat healthy; buying organic or fresh fruits and vegetables, cutting out the processed foods that have so many dyes and chemicals in them you can’t pronounce most of them. If your child has a health problem, look at the food he/she is eating and change it for 2 weeks and see if it helps to improve their health. Look at the chemicals that may be affecting them, their environment. It is not just vaccines, but the foods, the environment, the toxins that are causing our children to deteriorate in health. Lets take care of them. 33

FIRST VISIT By The First Birthday by Vishant Nath, DMD One of the most commonly asked questions from parents of very young children is, “When do I need to bring my child for their first dental appointment?” Parents are often surprised to hear that the recommendation is that Dr. Vishant Nath is the owner of Roswell Pediatric Dentistry. You may children see a dentist within contact him at (678) 352-1090 6 months of getting their or visit first tooth. There are several reasons behind this recommendation. Just as it’s important early in a baby’s life to establish a trusting relationship with a pediatrician, it’s important to find a pediatric dentist. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry promotes the “First Visit by the First Birthday” policy. As soon as a baby gets teeth, those teeth need to be cared for! Seeing a dentist early on will ensure that new parents have the information necessary to begin caring for these very important new teeth. The dentist can answer any questions you have regarding dental care for your baby. Believe it or not, baby teeth can develop tooth decay, so establishing habits for prevention of tooth decay is very important for you and your baby. Establishing twice-yearly dental visits can go a long way towards putting your child at ease in a dental office. If you can provide your child with positive experiences early on you can prevent them from having anxiety associated with going to the dentist. Developing trust is a vital part of the dentist-patient relationship. As careful as we are as parents, it’s sometimes just a matter of time before a young child can experience some sort of trauma. These slips and falls can often involve the mouth. As with any emergency, its important to assess the nature of the trauma and decide if a visit to the emergency room is required. If there is damage to the mouth area, and you have already become a patient at a pediatric dental office, you have a dental home to take your child to for assessment, even if the accident occurs outside of normal office hours. Imagine how much easier this process is if you already have a dentist that you and your child know and trust. The bottom line is that by making the establishment of a dental home a priority early in your child’s life, you are setting the stage for a great relationship between your child and their dentist. As a result you are setting the stage for great oral health care for your child! 34 My Roswell | april 2012

There’s Nothing to Do! by Jill Pollard This column is for anyone who must entertain children for more than a few minutes. It might be grandmothers, neighbors, babysitters or even parents who find the usual array of toys is not available. No problem. You can do Jill Pollard is Director of La O’wn the same thing with objects Academy, 11575 King Road, Roswell. found around the house. You may reach her at (678) 795-9145 We’ve all heard stories about or visit children who ignore the toy and play with the box it came in. These stories are true. The activities that will be in this column each month are primarily for children under the age of four. Kids who still think that Wii is what pigs say all the way home. These ideas are not new — they are like the dessert recipes that turn up every 5 or 6 years as someone’s new secret recipe. Most of my

ideas were probably on a soup can label 75 years ago but they still work! Finger Painting — First of all preschoolers don’t need paper so don’t waste your money unless you want to prove to someone that you actually let a child make a huge mess at your kitchen table. I suggest a cookie sheet or tray as your little artist’s canvas. My favorite finger-paint is plain old shaving cream. First tell the child that the “paint” has to stay on the tray. Any preschool teacher will tell you that if you tell a little one not to put the paint in the dog’s ear — that is exactly what he will do! This is an easy clean up since it kind of melts after about 10 minutes. You can memorialize the best version of the finger paint project by adding food coloring and pressing a piece of paper over the work of art to create a print. Homemade Play Dough Making the play dough is half the fun, so let the child measure, mix and knead. Children love to use a rolling pin and cookie cutters, but they also enjoy sculpting birds’ nests, eggs, snakes and lots of other fun objects. Honesty is in order here: this stuff is messy, but it washes out.

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CRUISING THE Mediterranean by Michael Consoli Doesn’t the idea of spending your days on the beaches of Greece or the French Riviera sound wonderful? What about experiencing the night life in Barcelona or the beauty of the canals in Venice? Many people think that it would take several Michael Consoli is owner of trips to Europe to visit all these Cruise Planners. You may contact Mediterranean cities, but it’s him at (770) 650-7667 or online at possible to see all of them, and more, during just one trip across the Atlantic! How? A cruise of course! Few people have the experience of traveling to all these desirable destinations in a single lifetime, never mind doing them all in one vacation. This is why cruising is the best way to see Europe! A cruise to Europe can encompass as many or as few days and cities as you wish. Cruises offered in this region can range from 4 to 17 days. The biggest appeal of a cruise is that you don’t have to pack and unpack like you would on a typical land tour. Instead, the ship becomes your floating resort, moving with you from place to place and offering all the amenities you are accustomed to having at a luxury resort. In addition to accommodations, all your meals on board the ship are included, as well as entertainment. Realizing that many guests want to see more of their embarkation or disembarkation cities, cruise lines offer a preor post-hotel package that can be combined with the cruise. In some cities, such as Barcelona or Monte Carlo, cruise lines even offer an overnight onboard the ship, so that their guests can take advantage of the thriving nightlife. Both allow guests to plan their own daytime touring schedule. If you prefer, the cruise lines offer exclusive pre- and postcruise hotel and tour packages that can take you to the inside and surrounding regions of your embarkation country. For example, Princess offers a cruise tour that includes six days of land tours to Milan and Florence before you embark on the Emerald Princess in Venice for your 12-night cruise. I recommend booking your 2012 cruise or cruise tour now to take advantage of the best pricing and availability. With the value of the U.S. dollar continuing to be weak in Europe, cruising is becoming the best way to get the most for your vacation dollar in that area of the world! 36 My Roswell | april 2012

The Last Water Heater You Will Ever Buy

by Dan Jape When you are in need for a Dan Jape is the owner of Reliable new water heater, there are a Heating and Air. You may contact him number of different models at (770) 594-9096 or visit him online on the market today. One can at choose the regular tank water heaters that normally lasts for 10 to 12 years or a high efficient tankless type that can last 20 to 25 years and provides a large amount of hot water on demand. But another choice that is quickly becoming popular is the Marathon water heater, it will last a lifetime and is one of the most efficient ways to heat water. The tank of a Marathon is made out of a high impact, high temperature polysufone fiberglass, it will not corrode or rust and is cocooned in a 2.5 inch thick foam insulation jacket that stops the heat from escaping from the heated water when it is in standby mode. The Marathon comes with a lifetime warranty that allows for no pro-rating deductions if there is a leak. The water heater is simply replaced by Rheem no questions asked. If you are a Georgia Power customer, you can even qualify for a $525 cash rebate if you convert over to a Marathon.

One very nice feature of the Marathon is the ability to be installed in a basement or an upstairs closet/attic and you virtually never have to worry about your heater leaking and flooding your home and furnishing. Because of the special fiberglass construction, you are assured it will not fall apart and rust. Most Atlanta area homes have no overflow protection for their water heaters meaning hundreds of homes each year suffer flooding when the homeowner waits too long to replace an old unit. This will not be the case with Marathon. All the internal parts carry a 6 year warranty and can easily be rebuilt after that if any failure occurs. If you have an electric water heater currently, the Marathon can cut your usage cost by half and if you currently have a gas heater, you can normally save $60 to $70 per year. All gas water heaters need regular maintenance and flushing to make sure sediment does not build in the tank and by not doing so, the lifetime will be shortened. The Marathons need no cleaning or flushing and other than an occasional check of the temperature and pressure relief valve, the Marathon is one of the few maintenance free water heater choices in the market place. Another great choice for a water heater with an extremely long lifespan is the gas tankless water heater. They heat water on demand without holding any water in a tank on reserve. This means that they also are a very good choice to be installed in continued on page 46 37

HIRING A Contractor? by Michael McEachern

4. Contractor should offer a “Release of Liens” form upon completion of a project. This will help protect you if any bills to suppliers or tradesmen go unpaid.

There are several things you should look for when hiring a contractor to build your new home or remodel an existing one:

Things To Be Concerned About

Check References and Get it in Writing Michael McEachern is a builder for

1. Reputation and references. Hynes Homes, LLC. You may contact him at (404) 216-2544 or visit him In addition to providing online at a list of references from clients, insist that your contractor provide you a list of references from both tradesmen and suppliers. 2. Check business cards for local and current information. Check contractor’s address, phone numbers, website, etc. Make sure all information is current and up to date. This will help confirm that your contractor is honest, local and has staying power.

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3. Insist on written bids, detailed descriptions of work to be performed and contracts. Having it all in writing and signed by both contractor and homeowner will avoid any confusion throughout the project to be performed.

1. Be mindful of contractor’s vehicles and equipment. Functioning, clean, maintained vehicles and equipment can indicate that a contractor is fiscally secure and pays attention to detail. 2. Use extreme caution if a contractor wants cash up front instead of a check or if the down payment seems excessive. Insist on a detailed description of how draws and payment schedules work and never give a contractor cash or employ one who insists on receiving cash. 3. A contractor who is unable or unwilling to explain to you types of materials, equipment and tradesmen to be used on your project and why. Be sure the contractor has continued on page 46

LAUGH Like Lazarus by Ron Bradley

Jerusalem looked like Atlanta during rush hour on that first Palm Sunday when Jesus rode the donkey into the city. It was the Passover, and Jews from Palestine and the whole world clogged the arteries of the sacred city. Jewish Dr. Ron Bradley is the pastor at First historian, Josephus, estimated Baptist Church Roswell. You may two million people would contact him at (770) 587-6980 or have been there to sacrifice a lamb for the forgiveness of their sins. Riding a donkey was a symbolic action parable — Jesus was claiming to be a peaceful king. The people rejoiced, shouting “Hosanna, blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!” This is the one day in his three year ministry when it all seemed to come together! When Jesus comes as King, joy breaks out! How we need Jesus to ride into our hurting world today! When C.S. Lewis wrote of his finding Christ, he called it “Surprised by Joy.” His big surprise in becoming a Christian was when he discovered that the serious business of heaven is joy. Christian comedian Grady Nutt used to say, “Laughter is God’s hand on the shoulder of a troubled world.” Jesus would have us know that it is often as sacred to laugh as to pray; smile as to preach. A little boy announced proudly at the family dinner table, “There was a new Indian girl at school today.” “Does she speak English?” his father asked. “No,” came the reply, “but it doesn’t matter — she laughs in English.” During this Easter season, Jesus enters our circumstances to bring us joy. He said, “I have come that you may have life more abundantly, in all of its fullness.” Because of His resurrection, death has been defeated. We are dying but it has lost its threat. We need not deny that we are getting older. Every day leads us closer to joining our victorious Christ. Eugene O’Neil once wrote a play entitled, “Lazarus Laughed.” It is the story of Lazarus after Jesus raised him from the dead. His life has become controversial now, because he laughs at everything, even at death. His home town of Bethany is called “The House of Laughter.” At one point in the play Lazarus says, “Laugh. Laugh with me at death. Death is dead. Fear is no more. There is only life. There is only laughter.” Easter is here! Christians, laugh and be filled with joy! 39

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

St. David’s Episcopal Church

North River Baptist Church

11125 Houze Road, (770) 993-5207

500 Norcross Street, (770) 640-0531


St. Andrew’s Catholic Church

Northside Baptist Church

Cumorah (Spanish) Branch


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

12090 Hardscrabble Road, (770) 992-7777

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

675 Riverside Road, (770) 641-9720

St. Peter Chanel Catholic Church

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

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

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

Reform Judaism Temple Beth Tikvah 9955 Coleman Road, (770) 642-0434

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

Grace North Atlanta

First Christian Church of Roswell

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

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

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

Reach One Church Roswell Presbyterian Church


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

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

Cross of Life Lutheran Church ELCA Roswell

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

Roswell Alliance Church

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

Other Churches

1100 Allenbrook Lane, (770) 643-0180

Roswell Assembly of God 9820 Coleman Road, Roswell, (770) 641-9267

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

Christ United Methodist Church

Baha’i Faith of Roswell

Roswell Community Church

1340 Woodstock Road, (770) 993-3945

Bridge To Grace

Armenian Church of Atlanta


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

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

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

Non-Denominational Fellowship Bible Church


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.

Christian Center Church 1870 Woodstock Road, (770) 993-2038

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

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

St. Peter’s Place Anglican Church 362 South Atlanta Street, (678) 352-1224

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.

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

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

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

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


Business Organizations

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

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

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

STAR House Foundation Contact: Website:

United Way of Atlanta Contact:

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

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

North Metro Women’s Connection Contact:

Rosan Hall, (770) 335-6013

Northside Business Network Group

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

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

Children of the American Revolution — Martha Stewart Bulloch Society


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

Charitable Organizations Basset Hound Rescue of Georgia Contact:

(770) 499-1164

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

Children’s Restoration Network Contact:

(770) 649-7117

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

The Drake Closet

Ross Glover, (770) 396-5034

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

(770) 614-1000

Contact: Diane Williford, (770) 594-2200

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


Political Organizations

Civic Organizations

The North Fulton Bar Association

GA 400 Rainmakers

(678) 306-4600

Sons of Confederate Veterans — Roswell Mills Camp #1547

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

Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta

Chattahoochee Republican Women’s Club Contact:

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

Atlanta Stamp Collectors


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

Junior League of Gwinnett and North Fulton Counties, Inc.

Chattahoochee Celtic Pipes & Drums

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

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

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

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: (678) 682-3551 Website:

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

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

Foster Care Support Foundation

Roswell Junior Woman’s Club

North Fulton Amateur Radio League

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

Homestretch Contact:

(770) 642- 9185

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

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

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

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Roswell Lions Club Contact: Tim Dunn, president Website:

Roswell Historical Society Contact: 770-992-1665 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:


Jim Stafford, W4Q0, (770) 993-9500

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 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

DreamPower Therapeutic Equestrian Center


Contact: (678) 366-9008 Website:

Contact: (678) 456-8082 Website:


STAR­—Singles Together at Roswell

Emotions Anonymous (EA)

Contact: (770) 993-2012 Website:

Contact: Suzanne, (404) 307-1735

Writers Network

(770) 993-7253

S-Anon Contact:

(770) 993-7253

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

Contact: Bobby Christmas, (770) 924-0528

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

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

Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Eating Disorders — ANA Contact:

Kim, (404) 307-5442

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

Bereavement Support Group Contact:

Patty Hampton, (770) 261-1767

Brain Injury and Stroke Group Contact:

(770) 751-2650

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

Diabetes Support Group Contact:

Knitting for Peace Contact: Lynne Strobe, (770) 910-7022

MOMS Club of Roswell — South Contact: Website:

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

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

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

Parkinson’s Support Group Contact:

Patty, (770) 261-1767

Roswell UMC Counseling Center Contact:

Patty Hampton, (770) 261-1767

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United States Government

President Barack Obama (D)

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

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

Senator Saxby Chambliss (R)

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

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

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

Rep. Tom Price (R), District 6

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

Rep. 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

11605 Haynes Bridge Rd,

(770) 993-8806

Ste. 100, Alpharetta

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

Viazza Coffee Roasters 135 Mansell Place, Roswell (770) 664-5176,

North Fulton Community Charities Education Center 11255 Elkins Road, Roswell (770) 640-0399,

Gluten Free Cutie 45 Park Square Court, Roswell (678) 337-1513,

Turkish American Chamber The Progress Partners North Fulton Atlanta, GNFCC’s economic development initiative, recently welcomed delegates from the Turkish American Chamber at its office. The 30-member delegation was greeted by Roswell Mayor Jere Wood and other local officials. Tarik Celik, Chairman of the Turkish American Chamber of Commerce, brought the group to Atlanta to educate them on investment opportunities, current incentives and why they should do business in Metro Atlanta.

GNFCC February Student Athletes of the Month Left to right: Eric Douglas, XL212; Roger Rickman, Fellowship Christian School; Rebecca Cessna, Johns Creek High School; and Al Nash, Progress Partners North Fulton Atlanta. (Photo provided by Clark Savage, Clayton CameraCraft, Inc.)

Upcoming GNFCC Events APRIL 24 April Eggs & Enterpriser Country Club of the South, Johns Creek

APRIL 28 GNFCC Chairman’s Gala The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead Contact Sarah LaDart for ticket info at (678) 397-0564 or 45

Blood Pressure And Your Kidneys

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that chances of getting high blood pressure are even greater for: • • • • • •

Smokers Overweight people Men over 45 years old Women over 55 years old Those with a family history of high blood pressure Those who are borderline or pre-hypertensive (between 120/80 and 139/89)

People of certain ethnic backgrounds are also more likely to get high blood pressure. African Americans, Asian Americans, Native Americans and Hispanic Americans are more likely than Caucasian Americans to have high blood pressure and to develop chronic kidney disease because of it.

Hiring A Contractor?

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a thorough understanding of your needs and what materials and tradesmen will be required to achieve your goals. Extreme Red Flags — Things to Avoid Entirely 1. A contractor that cannot provide you with evidence of an active license. Georgia now requires that all contractors be licensed. 2. Any contractor who is unable or unwilling to provide a building permit. This sets the stage for a potentially high degree of negligence by both contractor and tradesmen. 3. Any contractor who is not sensitive to the covenants and requirements of your local HOA, POA or condo association. Following these simple steps, your search to find an honest and reliable contractor should be much easier.

The Eyes Have It

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No More Excuses

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In a recent “Behind the Smile” study of 1,000 Americans, 63 percent surveyed cited the main reason for avoiding braces to be the expense. The study, interestingly, revealed that braces of any kind are seen as expensive, but usually worth the investment. With Invisalign Express we now have another great option for qualified patients who want an effective, affordable, fast and convenient way to straighten minor aesthetic concerns in just a few months.

There’s Nothing To Do! • • • • •

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4 cups of flour ¼ cup salt 1-½ cups water 1 tablespoon oil Food coloring (optional)

Mix together and keep refrigerated when not using. If should keep for a few weeks.

Don’t Fear The Fever

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• Fever with a rash or new bruising; • Labored breathing that does not return to normal with correction of the fever; • Fever with localized pain (ear pain, sore throat, severe headache, neck stiffness, pain with urination, abdominal pain); • Fever with lethargy (not just a sleepy baby or child, but one with inability to make eye contact or lack of response to your voice), confusion, refusal to walk, persistent crying and cannot be consoled; • Fever with concerns for dehydration (whether due to vomiting or diarrhea or just lack of intake); • Parents just feel like “something is really wrong” (parental gut instinct matters, no one knows your child like you do!)

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Try not to get too fixated on the degree of fever (except in the case of a newborn). In general, focus on the child, not the number. Ultimately, when you are worried about your child, let your pediatrician evaluate them. If nothing is significantly wrong, you’ll be greatly reassured. If your child is sick, your pediatrician will help you find the best way to help your child return to good health as soon as possible.

an area where a leak or failure could cause damage since they have no water in them to leak. Either one is a very attractive option to consider when the old builder grade heater in your home starts nearing the 10 year old mark or it is rusty or leaking. They truly will be the “last water heater you buy.”

what will you do to celebrate?

makes performing them tremendously gratifying. If you are considering cosmetic facial enhancement, I encourage you to seek the advice and expertise of a board certified facial plastic surgeon. Look your best today!

Last Water Heater You Will Buy

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