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June/July CONTENTS FEATURES 10 Great Georgia Museums . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10 Summer Fun Guide . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28

Whether you’re interested in science, Southern art, trains or the Allman Brothers, the Peach State has a fascinating museum just for you.

Metro Atlanta schools are taking a hands-on approach to education, one that emphasizes knowledge gained by observation and interaction.

From roller coasters and fireworks to water parks and outdoor concerts, this season has something for everyone.

Experiential Learning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Callaway Gardens . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 Just an hour’s drive from Atlanta, this 13,000-acre resort offers spectacular nature displays, outdoor activities and a peaceful retreat from civilization.





In Focus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8

Dining Out . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32

The inside scoop on news, events and happenings around Atlanta.

Get a taste of what Atlanta’s thriving culinary scene has to offer at these four new and noteworthy local restaurants.

Homes and Communities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14 What factors go into choosing the right retirement community for active Relocation Guide . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 adults and senior citizens? Learn how to make the right decision.

Neighborhood Spotlight . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 East Point boasts affordable homes, plenty of parks and entertainment options, proximity to the airport and a walkable downtown filled with great restaurants.

School Spotlight . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 At Alexsander Academy, an intimate approach and rigorous academics help students with learning disabilities build confidence.

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Upcoming Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .48 Get caught up on the best exhibitions, theatrical productions, special events and live music across the metro area.

Hidden Atlanta . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 Stroll through the colorful displays of the Atlanta Botanical Garden, a yearround celebration of nature in bloom.

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Some cool things are in store for the more than 100 cold-blooded reptiles and amphibians at Zoo Atlanta. Learn all about these upcoming changes during Wild on the Rocks: Scaly Slithery Spectacular Sssneak Peek. Reservations include two complimentary beverages, light hors d’oeuvres, an exhibit tour and theater seating. This event may not be suitable for children. Thursday, June 14, 6 to 8:30 p.m.

A Real Thriller

Combining the music, lyrics and moves of the King of Pop with the visual and acrobatic artistry of Cirque du Soleil, Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour transports audiences to a magical fantasy Neverland of dazzling images and choreography. This one-of-a-kind spectacle comes to Philips Arena for two shows, June 29-30. For tickets, call 800-745-3000 or visit

Movies at the Mall The Mall of Georgia brings together all of the best things about summer—live music, fun flicks and the great outdoors—for Movies Under the Stars. Each Saturday through July 28, enjoy a free concert, lots of children’s activities and such popular recent films as Hugo, Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked, Dolphin Tale and We Bought a Zoo on an impressive 42-foot screen at the mall’s Village Amphitheater. For more information, visit 8 | Newcomer Magazine |

Country singer Zac Brown has collaborated with the likes of James Taylor, Jimmy Buffet and Alan Jackson, but his latest partnership may be his biggest yet. The Georgia native recently “adopted” Fayetteville’s Villages Amphitheater, now officially renamed Southern Ground Amphitheater. The venue will be Brown’s home base for fundraising events for Camp Southern Ground, a nonprofit camp for children with academic, social and emotional difficulties. Visit for future announcements.

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Breaking New Grounds

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Friday April 13 wasn’t an unlucky day for Georgia’s Own Credit Union, which celebrated the grand opening of its new full-service banking location on Bond Street in Cumming. President and CEO Dave Preter cut the ribbon with employees Kelly Garmon, Karon McCollum, Tom Fontaine, Laurette Nix, Kathy Igou and Lee Norris. Among the heavy-hitters who dropped in on the event were Congressman Rob Woodall and former Atlanta Brave and Atlanta Falcon Brian Jordan (pictured left to right below with Preter). For more information on Georgia’s Own Credit Union, call 404-874-1166 or visit

Two for the Fourth Looking for fun ways to celebrate our nation’s independence? The 53rd annual Legendary 4th at Lenox Square (pictured above) promises a patriotic good time with family activities, live music, food concessions and the Southeast’s largest fireworks display. For a more outdoorsy experience, Brasstown Valley Resort’s Star Spangled Spectacular features a cookout, a pie-eating contest, music from Steve Phillips and Midnight Express, children’s activities and a fireworks show set against the splendor of the North Georgia Mountains. For more information, call 706-379-4606 or visit

MAIN STREET MCDONOUGH PROGRAM Join us for summer fun on the Square! Summer Concert Series Jason Lee & The Cyclones, Saturday, June 16, 7 – 10 p.m. The Supertoons, Saturday, August 18, 7 – 10 p.m. McDonough Rhythm Section, Saturday, September 15, 7 – 10 p.m. Cinema on the Green Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chip-Wrecked, Saturday, June 2, 8:30 p.m. The Three Stooges, Saturday, July 28, 8 p.m. TBA, Saturday, September 29, 8 p.m.

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Georgia Museums Discovering Art, History and More

The Booth Western Art Museum celebrates cowboys and other aspects of the Old West.

by Rachael Mason

Whether you’re planning a move to Atlanta or are already settled in, doubtless you’re eager to learn all about your new home. And one of the most enlightening ways to do that is to check out the wealth of art, history and culture on display at the area’s many museums. Atlanta and its surrounding environs host many great institutions, including the nationally renowned High Museum of Art. Here are 10 compelling options within driving distance, where you can take in everything from outstanding art and Allman Brothers concert posters to steam engines and a look at life in the Wild West. 10 | Newcomer Magazine |

The Allman Brothers Band Museum at the Big House. BELOW: The Tellus Science Museum enchants children and adults alike.

The Telfair Museums Picturesque Savannah, about a fourhour drive from Atlanta, is great for weekend getaways. And the three Telfair museums, located in the pedestrian-friendly historic district, are the ideal place to begin exploring. At the Telfair Academy, you’ll see American and European art from the 1800 and 1900s. The building was once a private home and its architecture is just as notable as the art on the walls. Contemporary artwork is on display at the Jepson Center, an addition to the Telfair that opened in 2006. Traveling with kids? You’ll want to head straight to the center’s ArtZeum, an interactive gallery designed with families in mind. And don’t miss the Owens-Thomas House, a National Historic Landmark that has been lovingly restored.

The Allman Brothers Band Museum If you only have a day to explore, consider a quick trip to the central Georgia city of Macon, a two-hour drive from metro Atlanta. Fans of Southern rock will want to linger at this museum dedicated to the history of the Allman Brothers. After moving to Macon in 1969, Duane Allman, Gregg Allman and Berry Oakley rented “The Big House” in 1970, sharing the property with their families. In 2009, the house opened as a museum. You’ll see instruments played by the Allman Brothers, as well as concert posters and other band memorabilia.

The Tubman African-American Museum Founded in 1981, this Macon museum is dedicated to African-American culture, art and history. You’ll be impressed by the collection of folk art and works by Georgia artists. The museum’s featured exhibit celebrates

the life of Harriet Tubman, known for her work on the Underground Railroad and support of women’s suffrage.

Historic Westville: Georgia’s 1850s Living History Museum Explore village life as it was lived in pre-Civil War Georgia as you walk the streets of this authentic village settlement and take in 30 historic buildings. Take in blacksmithing demonstrations and learn about daily tasks like soap-making and gardening. Westville, in southwest Georgia, is about a two-and-a-half hour drive from Atlanta.

The Suttons Frontier Corner Store Museum For another look at life in rural Georgia, check out this museum that lovingly preserves a 19th-century country store. Artifacts on display include everything from wagon wheels and wooden cash registers to historic signs advertising tobacco and Coca-Cola. The museum also showcases authentic period farm equipment and other memorabilia. Outlying areas of Georgia were once the frontier of the expanding United States, and country stores offered settlers everything from farm equipment and dry goods to a post office and banking services. Though Fort Gaines is more than three hours from Atlanta, the town is only about an hour from Historic Westville. X | Newcomer Magazine | 11

Roosevelt’s Little White House President Franklin Delano Roosevelt suffered from polio and was treated at Warm Springs, a Georgia resort town roughly 90 minutes from Atlanta known for its therapeutic hot springs. The Little White House was his Georgia residence until his death there in 1945. The site has been perfectly preserved so you can see the house just as it was when Roosevelt lived there. Visit during Memorial Day Weekend for a chance to swim in the historic Warm Springs pools.

Southeastern Railway Museum Make tracks for this 35-acre site in Duluth, where you’ll find a wide variety of full-sized train cars. You’ll see both steam and diesel locomotives as well as dining cars, sleeper cars, baggage cars and cabooses. Operated by the Atlanta Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society, the museum also includes a restored train depot building.

Tellus Science Museum

Booth Western Art Museum While you’re in Cartersville, don’t miss the Booth Western Art Museum, which is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution and the second-largest art museum in the state (behind Atlanta’s High Museum of Art). In the Cowboy Gallery, you’ll see more than 35 sculptures and paintings depicting this American icon. The Heading West gallery showcases the first Western explorers, like fur trappers and mountain men, as well as stagecoaches and covered wagons. Native American artifacts can also be found here.

Morris Museum of Art A little less than three hours away in Augusta, this museum dedicated to the artists of the South is located next to Riverwalk Augusta, a scenic area beside the Savannah River that includes gardens and a playground. You’ll see everything from 18th century Southern watercolors to contemporary pieces from the region’s top artists. The museum’s collection includes nearly 5,000 items.

PHOTO: Brent Cline Photography/Morris Museum of Art, Augusta, Ga.

Whether your kids are interested in fossils or the stars, there’s plenty to entertain the entire family at this 120,000-square-foot museum. Pan for gems or see how you measure up against the jawbone of an ancient shark

that was bigger than a school bus. Kids can also conduct experiments and play in a giant walk-in tree. Located about an hour northeast of Atlanta in Cartersville, Tellus Science Museum is an easy day trip.

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Finding the Right Active-Adult Community by Susan Flowers 14 | Newcomer Magazine |


hether you’re retired and looking for a change of scenery, downsizing your current home now that your adult children have moved out, or you just want to be closer to your grandkids, picking up and moving to a new city presents unique challenges for seniors and active adults (commonly defined as those 55 and older). For instance, should you consider a retirement community? Do you want an apartment residence in town or a more spacious spread in the suburbs? Not to worry. The metro Atlanta area offers a wealth of options, depending on your priorities. Determing those is often the best first step. So what are the most important factors? If you’re like most retirees, empty-nesters or relocating seniors, the right location has everything to do with family. “Our typical person moving from out of town has children or grandchildren living within five to seven miles,” says Mitch Block, director of sales and marketing for the Orchards Group, a developer of communities for active adults. “That’s true of someone who moves here 95 percent of the time.” When proximity to relatives is your top priority, your range of choices is simplified by that ideal five- to seven-mile radius. If not, you’ve got a little more freedom. Where to start? If you’re looking for the comfort and security of an active-adult or retirement development, you’ll need to decide on the type and size of community you prefer.

Which One is Right for You? The metro area features a number of large retirement communities that take care of just about every need, almost like a cruise ship on land. The Winnwood Retirement Community in Marietta, for example, offers both independent and assisted living, with planned activities, a 9-acre garden and private dining rooms for big gatherings, among other amenities. Winnwood’s Teem Residence evokes the feeling of a luxury hotel, with housekeeping, a fitness center, daily Continental breakfast and dinner, a 24hour concierge and a business center. There’s even a complimentary shuttle bus for transportation to doctor’s appointments. Of course, you may prefer to live in a house rather than an apartment building. Residents of Orchards Group developments, for instance,

TOP: A typical condominium at the Orchard Group’s East Cherokee community. CENTER: A kitchen and sunroom at Brannon Oak Farm, another Orchard Group development.

“are looking for a smaller community. They don’t have to have yoga at 11 and bridge at 2,” says Mitch Block. Instead, homeowners organize their own activities and can socialize at their own pace. Large retirement complexes and smaller single family home communities both have great advantages. “It’s really a function of what the buyer wants in their lifestyle,” says Block.

Not that Orchards Group properties don’t have plenty to do. Residents can enjoy everything from an outdoor pool to bocce ball. Some communities offer the best of both worlds. Park Springs, a DeKalb County community surrounded by Stone Mountain Park, offers five different living options, from condostyle villas to houses, as well as such features as a fitness center with a lap pool, therapy pool and hot tub. The development also boasts a clubhouse with its own library, beauty salon, barber shop, market and on-site banking by Georgia’s Own Credit Union. X | Newcomer Magazine | 15

Services and Amenities Once you’ve narrowed down a list of communities, it’s time to start weighing the services each offers, starting with access to medical care. Decatur Christian Towers, a 14-story apartment community for seniors, is located in close proximity to both DeKalb Medical Center and Emory University’s medical services. Josie Selassie, public relations and events coordinator, says residents can live independently and come and go as they please, secure in the knowledge that support is available to help them age in place and that rehab and other needs can be met quickly and conveniently. Park Springs offers on-site options for those who require assisted living or more in-depth care, including a full-time geriatrician and a clinic with a full-time nurse practitioner. “The real benefit for an active retiree,” says Marketing Director Kevin Isakson, “is that no matter what changes occur or what health

al activities. If you prefer to let someone else do most of the cooking, a setting such as Atria Buckhead or Atria Johnson Ferry, which offer daily meals in a restaurant setting and more than 200 activities a month, could be to your liking. Debra BenDor, executive director at Atria Johnson Ferry, suggests dropping in unannounced to sample meals for a clue as to what to expect. “Food is an important part of life, so make sure you sample at least two meals in the community you are considering to ensure quality and taste,” she advises. “A good rule of thumb I tell people is to visit communities at different times of the day unannounced. Staff is always ready for scheduled visits, but showing up unannounced will give you a true look into community life and give you the best indication of whether or not a community is the right fit for you.” X

Atria offers daily meals in a restaurant setting and more than 200 activities a month. needs may arise, they’ll have all the support they need.” You’ll also want to look at the proximity to grocery shopping, malls and other recreation-

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An overhead view of Park Springs near Stone Mountain.

“The feeling you get when visiting should be a good indicator of the quality of life.” DEBRA BENDOR, Atria Johnson Ferry

Other Things to Consider What are some other ways to ensure that you’re making the right choice? Isakson suggests inspecting the stability of the owners and management of a community. “You want to look at how financially stable they are,” he says. “You want to make sure that the community is well-managed and is on stable financial footing. Who owns the community, and how active are they? Who’s the manager, and how experienced are they?” Less tangible qualities are important as well, says BenDor. “The feeling you get when visiting should be a good indicator of the quality of life,” she says. “Are the residents engaged? Is the staff warm and acknowledging? When seeking a new retirement community, it’s most important to look for a place where you feel at home. The other residents, staff and employees will become like family, so a caring community with a lively atmosphere should be the first thing on your radar. “Consideration of the care levels offered, aesthetics of the building and food quality are all very important as well,” she continues. 18 | Newcomer Magazine |

“Remember that when you retire, you are looking for convenience and options to make life easier. Make sure you’re considering ease of upkeep and maintenance with an apartment size that won’t get overwhelming.” Whether your choice is a subdivision populated with other active adults or a sprawling apartment development, doing your homework and asking the right questions will ensure that you make the best decision. Enjoy your new home in Atlanta!

FOR MORE INFORMATION Atria Senior Living Buckhead: 404-240-2848 Johnson Ferry: 770-958-0570 Decatur Christian Towers 404-377-5507 The Orchards Group 678-795-0200 Park Springs Communities 678-684-3399 800-267-7126 Winnwood Retirement Community 770-428-6200

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Some communities also offer help in planning your move. Decatur Christian Towers, for instance, provides a service coordinator who can provide advice on moving, assistance in finding doctors, arrangements for local transportation and more.


New City A GREAT PLACE TO WORK. A BETTER PLACE TO LIVE. Powder Springs offers a safe, family-oriented community and business destination. Just 30 miles west of Atlanta, it’s a convenient retreat filled with culture, history and recreation. | 770-943-1666


oving is one of the most stressful events in a person’s life. But with a little preparation, your move to a new city doesn’t have to be that way. Whether you’re relocating for work or just need a change of scenery, here are a few tips to help you keep your sanity.

Make a List There are so many things to do when moving to a new city that it can be difficult to keep track of them all. Sit down and write out a checklist of everything you need to take care of, from logistical issues down to the smallest personal detail: Has your company hired a mover, or do you need to find one? Do you have everything you need to enroll your child in his or her new school? How are you going to transport the family pet?

Get the Lay of the Land Buy a travel guide and bookmark online resources to help you get to know your new home. Once you’re there, take some time to walk around your new neighborhood. Spend a weekend driving to and from work and familiarizing yourself with major roads, highways and local landmarks.

Do Your Homework If you’re moving with your family, make sure to educate yourself on the area’s schools, as well as the best neighborhoods for kids. You should also learn which services—water, electricity, sanitation—are provided by the city. Lastly, don’t forget to look into nearby parks, restaurants, theaters and other amenities for ways to spend your downtime. These relocation tips were provided by the City of East Point. The staff at East Point’s Economic Development Department is available to provide information and help answer your relocation questions. For more information, call 404-270-7057 or visit | Newcomer Magazine | 19


spotlight East Point by Muriel Vega


ust a 10-minute drive from downtown Atlanta, the former railroad town of East Point attracts professionals, businesses and families with affordable homes, an abundance of parks, a walkable downtown area and its proximity to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

Housing With a variety of options, East Point offers the convenience of city living without the price tag. Minutes away from the prestigious Woodward Academy, The Village of Egan Park ( exudes small-town charm and boasts single-family homes in the mid to high $100,000s. For those looking to rent, Stonetree Apartments (404-768-2510) features swimming pools, on-site courtesy officers and a great location close to many shopping and restaurant options. Brookfield Apartments (404-767-2858) offers spacious kitchens and luxury baths and is convenient to the MARTA bus line.

Local Treasures

The Village of Egan Park

Each summer and fall, the East Point Farmers Market draws crowds on the third Saturday of the month at Sumner Park. A collaboration of local farmers, volunteers and the City of East Point, it aims to create a healthier community and promote sustainable products. From local produce and jams to children’s events and food trucks, it’s the perfect place to spend a day with the family and support the community. The city also offers a one-stop shopping mall at Camp Creek MarketPlace ( with stores like Lane Bryant, Old Navy and more.

Culinary Treats Taco Pete (404-968-4790) has been bringing tasty California-style tacos to downtown East

Point since 2009. For vegetarians and vegans, Lov’n It Live (404-765-9220) serves up organic, locally grown fare. (Fun fact: The restaurant does not own a stove.) Nationally praised Oz Pizza (404-761-7006) is known for its quality New York-style pies. If you’re looking for Southern flair, try the fried pork chops and cornbread at Q’s Restaurant (404-767-9894). The Corner Tavern (404-768-0007) is a popular downtown hangout with great food, a relaxed atmosphere and plenty of patio seating.

Arts and Entertainment East Point’s forte? Festivals. Start the summer right and enjoy great food while checking out artists’ displays during the Taste of East Point on the first Saturday of May, or head to the downtown strip with a blanket and enjoy a movie during the Friday Night Flicks Outdoor Movie Series ( just across from City Hall. One of Atlanta’s premier outdoor concert venues, Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood (404-443-5090) has hosted big-name music acts since 1989 with more than 15,000 seats and a sprawling lawn area. The Georgia Soccer Park (404-992-4928) provides lush, natural-grass playing fields for different youth and adult recreation leagues. Cyclists from across the country race at the Dick Lane Velodrome (404-769-0012). Constructed in 1974, it is one of the leading bicycle racing facilities in the nation and hosts free leagues and camps for children. N

Dick Lane Velodrome East Point Farmers Market

The Inside Track The city of East Point gets its name from being the eastern terminus of the nowdeparted Atlanta & West Point Railroad.

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EXPER ENTiAL LEARN NG A Hands-On Approach to Education by Daniel Beauregard

When many of us hear the words “school” or “education,” our minds immediately conjure a familiar image: that of a traditional classroom, with rows of young students burying their noses in textbooks or scribbling notes as the teacher writes on a chalkboard. While classroom instruction remains a staple of the educational experience, it is enhanced more and more these days by a direct, hands-on teaching approach known as experiential learning. X

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TOP LEFT AND BOTTOM: Field trips are one of the most common forms of experiential learning. TOP RIGHT: Students at Brandon Hall School interact with their community through volunteer work.


xperiential learning emphasizes the application of knowledge gained by observation and interaction—in short, learning by experience. Many Atlanta-area schools incorporate aspects of this approach into their lessons. A number of schools, such as Chrysalis Experiential Academy and The Museum School, build their entire curricula around the experiential model.

PHOTO: (Top Right) Courtesy of Brandon Hall School

Real-World Interaction Experiential learning isn’t new; it traces its roots to ways of thinking developed during the Age of Enlightenment. The method engages students in the process of learning, using reason and logic to solve problems. Like the scientific method, experiential learning aims to provide students with the tools to discover the answers for themselves. One of the most common forms of experiential learning is the field trip, in which students learn about art and art history by visiting a museum, or explore wildlife by visiting a zoo. Each spring, the entire sixth grade class at The Galloway School in Atlanta visits Nancy Creek, observing fish, testing water quality and even using their math skills to measure the height of nearby trees. Many students don’t even have to leave the school grounds to observe nature in action. At High Meadows School in Roswell, students observe a variety of animals on the school’s wooded 40-acre campus, where they also learn about ecology and the environment through such features as a compost bin, a nature trail, a wildlife shelter, a sundial and vegetable and herb gardens.

Experiential learning emphasizes the application of knowledge gained by observation and interaction. Students at the DeKalb Academy of Technology & Environment in Stone Mountain use a school garden to learn what kinds of plants can be grown in the local climate and to grow produce that is used at the school. And students at Atlanta’s Brandon Hall School collect plants along the Chattahoochee River, which happens to run right next to the campus. But experiential learning isn’t just limited to interacting with nature. The method also allows students to learn about technology and finance and develop valuable skills. When Chrysalis

Experiential Academy in Roswell opened its doors 10 years ago, there were no computers provided for the students. Instead, “Our kids built every single computer from scratch,” says Richard Becker, the school’s founder and director. This enabled them to learn about the machines from the inside-out, rather than just how to use a wordprocessing program or access the Internet. Students even started their own computer-repair business, Geeks Get It Done, which acts as the school’s I.T. staff. Chrysalis students use the skills they’ve learned to run several other school-based businesses, as well. “That is the authentic, applied use of experiential learning,” says Becker. The experiential learning approach can also allow children to interact with and learn more about their own community and the world at large. Students at Brandon Hall, for example, volunteer with groups like the American Cancer Association. And one group of students recently traveled to Italy and Greece, where they studied the local architecture to see how geometry was used in the construction of buildings, gaining a deeper understanding of how it’s applied to everyday life around the world. The Museum School, a charter school in Avondale Estates, partners with local museums and other organizations to let students take part in real-world projects and be mentored by experts in different fields. X | Newcomer Magazine | 23

While test scores are an important part of measuring success, Michelsen says they’re only one of the ways Brandon Hall determines if a child has grasped the material. “There are students who have great powers of application but don’t do well on a standardized test,” she says. Fittingly, perhaps the best way to gauge experiential learning’s impact on a student is through direct experience. “You can see on their faces,” says Karen Vaught, “the second they get a concept they were struggling with.”

“At the end of each nine-week period, the school becomes a museum,” says Principal Katherine Kelbaugh. “Students … display their projects and actually verbalize their learning.”

A Flexible Curriculum In truth, there are as many different ways of applying the experiential method as there are schools that employ it. One of the only constants, it seems, is a certain amount of flexibility on the part of the school. A key part of that adaptability is a relatively small student body, which allows educators to change the curriculum and tailor it to their students’ needs and interests. Karen Vaught, Brandon Hall’s middle school director, says her biggest class consists of five students, allowing her to be fully committed to each child’s success. If a student isn’t learning the material, she says, it’s up to her to present it in a different way. With approximately 140 students, Brandon Hall is able to implement new ideas much more quickly than a bigger school. “Since we’re not bogged down by large numbers, when we come up with an idea that’s very interactive for our students, the one thing we don’t have to worry about is how to put it together logistically,” says Dr. Merridee Mi-

Experiential learning allows students to learn about other countries and develop valuable skills.

chelsen, the school’s assistant headmaster and director of academics.

Measuring Success Just as there are many ways of applying experiential learning, there’s also more than one way to judge its success. Despite having only been in operation for a year, 100 percent of The Museum School’s third graders met or exceeded state standards in reading/language arts and science during CRCT testing, says Kelbaugh.

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Alexsander Academy

Nurturing Students with Learning Disabilities by Cady Schulman


hildren with autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and other learning disabilities often fare better in a smaller learning environment, one that can deal with students on a more personal level than most schools allow. That’s the strategy that drives Alexsander Academy, which caters to children with learning difficulties. “The kids who come to us need more flexibility” than a traditional school setting affords, says Executive Director Stefanie Smith. Although the school, which opened its doors in 2008, serves students who need extra help and attention, it doesn’t downplay curriculum in favor of a therapeutic program. Instead, it challenges its students academically while focusing on each one’s individual needs. “We are about school and academics,” Smith says. “We just do it on a much smaller basis.” At Alexsander, 50 to 75 percent of students fall somewhere on the autism spectrum, or have ADHD, sensory processing issues or other learning disabilities. The curriculum is tailored to each student’s needs by adjusting his or her grade level as necessary. “If we have a seventh-grader who’s at a seventh-grade level in language arts and a fifth-grade level in math, then we’ll work on fifth-grade level math,” Smith says. “If a student needs support in writing, we’re going to adjust that portion of the curriculum to the student.” Teachers are able to do this because class sizes at Alexsander are kept small to help facilitate one-on-one learning. The average class size is six to seven students, with a maximum of eight. “It makes such a world of difference,” Smith says. “We are able to really get through a lot of the academics. We follow the same standards of the public schools, so we can get through that academic piece but still have time in our school day to deal with emotional and social” issues.

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The social aspect is what these students most lack in a large school setting, where they can have trouble fitting in. At Alexsander, the students learn to connect with other children who are more like themselves. They form friendships that extend beyond the classroom, hanging out with each other after school and on the weekends, like other children their age— something many of them have never experienced before. As a result, they learn to be accepting of differences and to develop confidence in social situations. “They don’t feel like the odd man out, so they are socially connecting with their peers,” Smith says. “Then, when they go out in the world, they don’t have to feel ostracized because they have made connections with other people. They feel successful, and it’s not as big of a deal to them.” The school currently enrolls students in grades 2 through 8, but plans to begin offering a high school remediation program next fall. Those students won’t be working on a college-preparatory track, “but we’re still going to be working on an academic base with them, such as working on life skills,” Smith says. “What does it mean to have a job, and how do you handle a checking account?” The expansion is a logical outgrowth of Alexsander Academy’s mission: to help its students develop the confidence, knowledge and abilities needed to take an active role in the world outside the school. N

The Specifics Grades: 2-8 Student/Teacher Ratio: 5/6:1 Tuition: $17,500 Location: Alpharetta

Contact: 1090 Powers Place, Alpharetta, GA 30009 404-839-5910 Web: | Newcomer Magazine | 27

Soak up the sun or enjoy the wave pool at Six Flags White Water.

SUMMER Fun Guide Beat the Heat with Atlanta’s Coolest Happenings and Events

Summer in Atlanta means higher temperatures—but it also means a heightened sense of anticipation. That’s because the city offers more entertainment options than most people can fit into a mere three months. Whether you’re into water slides, outdoor concerts or festive fireworks, you’re sure to have a good time while getting to know your new city. 28 | Newcomer Magazine |

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By Kevin Forest Moreau

TOP: Catch a show at “The Fred” in Peachtree City. BOTTOM: (Left) There’s something to do day and night at Lake Lanier Island Resort; (Right) Cheer on the Braves at Turner Field.

PHOTOS: Courtesy of (Top) Charles Plant; (Left) Lake Lanier Island Resort (Right) © 2012, Kevin C. Rose/

Get in the Water Summer’s warmer weather provides the perfect excuse to break out the bathing suit and cool off at one of Atlanta’s watery attractions. Lake Lanier offers plenty of recreation, whether you’re into boating or working on your tan at the Lake Lanier Island Resort, which includes a waterpark for the kids. Six Flags White Water offers a daunting array of waterslides as well as play areas for the kids. Or, of course, you can just run through the synchronized water jets in the Fountain of Rings at Centennial Olympic Park. whitewater.

Listen to Some Music Outdoors There’s no better way to spend an evening than enjoying a cool breeze and some great music. Chastain Park Amphitheatre plays host to

Sting, Willie Nelson and Al Green, while the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s “Classic Chastain” series presents artists like Gavin DeGraw, Diana Krall and AnitaBaker. Crosby, Stills & Nash are among the acts performing at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, situated on a sprawling 45-acre spread in Alpharetta. Near the airport, Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood hosts the likes of Phish, Jimmy Buffett, Def Leppard and many others. The Frederick Brown Jr. Amphitheater offers shows by Peabo Bryson and Billy Ocean in an intimate, 2,352-seat venue and the newly renamed Southern Ground Amphitheater welcomes Travis Tritt, the Kingston Trio and the Zombies, among others.

Get Festive Summer in Atlanta means you’re never far from an outdoor festival full of music, food and fun. In June, the Virginia-Highland Summerfest showcases the picturesque Midtown neighborhood with a 5K race, artist market and more. And August brings the 10th annual Grant Park Summer Shade Festival, a weekend of art, music and children’s entertainment, as well as a race nd Corks & Forks, a food and wine event.

Do the Tomahawk Chop Treat your family to more than just peanuts and Cracker Jack when you attend an Atlanta Braves game. Cheer on the city’s baseball heroes as they face off against divisional rivals like the Phillies, Marlins, Mets and Nationals at Turner | Newcomer Magazine | 29

Field, one of the country’s best ballparks. Plus, take a tour of the Braves Museum & Hall of Fame, bring your dog on “Bark in the Park” days, test your swing at Scouts Alley and much more.

Celebrate Your Independence Atlanta has many ways of commemorating Independence Day. Lenox Square Mall’s Legendary Fourth of July Celebration turns the area around the Buckhead shopping mall into a giant outdoor party with live music, food from

top local restaurants and the Southeast’s largest fireworks show. Downtown, Centennial Park’s 4th of July Celebration includes a fireworks spectacular as well as live music and family-friendly entertainment. And the Fantastic Fourth Celebration at Stone Mountain Park features two days of festivities on the park’s Memorial Lawn, culminating in the popular Lasershow Spectacular, followed by an impressive display of fireworks.

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Do the Peachtree By now it’s too late to enter the Peachtree Road Race. But that doesn’t mean you can’t be a part of the world’s largest 10K event. Every Fourth of July, “the Peachtree” draws tens of thousands of participants—and more than 150,000 spectators line world-famous Peachtree Street to watch the action. Whether you watch the festivities from a restaurant patio seat, dance to the music near Piedmont Hospital or cheer the runners near the finish line at Piedmont Park, you’re sure to have a blast.

PHOTOS: Courtesy of (Top) Stone Mountain Park, Stone Mountain, GA.; (Bottom Left) James Reynolds; (Bottom Right) © 2012, Kevin C. Rose/

TOP: The Sky Hike at Stone Mountain Park. BOTTOM: (Left) The Peachtree Road Race; (Right) The Fountain of Rings at Centennial Olympic Park.

RIGHT: The Lasershow Spectacular in Mountainvision.  /\Ê­/œ«®Ê/…iÊ iV>ÌÕÀÊ œœŽÊ Festival; (Bottom) Batman: The Ride at Six Flags Over Georgia.

PHOTOS: Courtesy of (Right) Stone Mountain Park Stone Mountain, Ga.; (Top Left) Bill Mahan/AJC Decatur Book Festival; (Bottom Left) © 2012, Kevin C. Rose/

Ride a Roller Coaster Or two. Or more. There are 11 to choose from at Six Flags Over Georgia, including Superman: Ultimate Flight, Ninja and the Great American Scream Machine. But there’s even more fun to be had at Atlanta’s favorite amusement park, whether you’re a fan of bumper cars, train rides, carousels or water slides. From the Monster Mansion to live shows such as the visual spectacle of iLuminate, there’s more than enough entertainment to while away a few summer afternoons.

Catch a Movie at the Fox The Fabulous Fox Theatre usually plays host to concerts and touring productions of shows like Stomp and Spamalot! But each summer the Coca-Cola Summer Film Festival projects a mix of recent blockbusters and classic films on a giant screen. This year’s selections include Casablanca (June 14) The Godfather (June 15), The Sound of Music (June 24) and The Princess Bride (July 15). Snack on popcorn and sing along to crowd-pleasing songs performed on the majestic “Mighty Mo” pipe organ.

See Something Spectacular More specifically, the Lasershow Spectacular in Mountainvision at Stone Mountain Park. Newly enhanced with state-of-the-art digital effects, this longtime attraction is dazzling audi-

ences like never before. Watch as Confederate Generals Lee, Davis and Jackson seem to break free from the side of the mountain and float in the night sky, among other multidimensional illusions that accompany the famous fireworks display and a booming soundtrack of popular music. Make a day of it by arriving early to enjoy miniature golf, outdoor challenges, the Antebellum Plantation, the Sky Hike, the Summit Skyride and the new Geyser Towers.

Say Goodbye with a Bang Labor Day weekend serves as the traditional end of the season, and Atlanta offers a number of ways to say goodbye. Dragon*Con, the Southeast’s largest science-fiction, fantasy and popculture convention, draws thousands of fans with celebrities, panels and a costume-filled parade. The Decatur Book Festival, the country’s largest independent book festival, fills the Decatur Square with author events, writing workshops, book signings and plenty of activities for kids, including readings and signings by noted children’s book authors and and illustrators. And Drive-Invasion fills the Starlight Six Drive-In Theatre with vintage cars, live music, corn dogs and, of course, classic drive-in movies.

5 GREAT OUTDOOR DINING SPOTS Summertime is ideal for enjoying a great meal al fresco. Atlanta is home to more patio restaurants than you can shake a wine list at, but here are a few of our favorites. UÊÊÊ >˜œi\ The semi-private patio at this upscale Vinings restaurant offers a beautiful view of the Chattahoochee River. UÊÊÊ ˆ˜ÃÌiˆ˜½Ã\ This Midtown mainstay is a no-brainer for local diners, thanks to its large patio looking out on Juniper Street. UÊÊÊœÝÊ ÀœÃ°Ê >À‡ ‡+\ Enjoy some of the best brisket and pulled pork in town at one of the umbrella-covered outdoor tables at this Candler Park destination for Texasstyle barbecue. UÊÊÊ-…œÕÌ\ The small plates and thin-crust pizzas at this see-and-be-seen Midtown spot are best enjoyed on the upstairs patio, which offers a side of people-watching. UÊÊÊ-ˆÝÊiiÌÊ1˜`iÀ\ Both locations of this casual seafood hangout reel in loyal regulars who love to lounge on the rooftop patios. | Newcomer Magazine | 31

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Four Atlanta Restaurants Worth a Look by Rachael Mason


tlanta enjoys a stellar restaurant scene in keeping with its status as a vibrant, modern city. In fact, new options are popping up all the time as well-known chefs turn their attention to new challenges. Each of these newcomers to the dining landscape offers a unique setting and a fresh take on tried-andtrue concepts, and each one is perfect for business meetings, special occasions or just getting a feel for the culinary pulse of your new city.

STK Atlanta As you might guess from the name, the house specialty is, indeed, steak. The menu features everything from a 6-ounce filet mignon to a 24-ounce porterhouse. Other entrees include Maine lobster, pomegranate-seared duck and seared big-eye tuna. Start your meal with dishes like the Lil’ BRGR sliders or the tuna tartar. STK, which also has locations in New York, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Miami, is known for

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eye-catching presentation: The parmesan truffle fries come in a stack resembling the game Jenga. This trendy spot has a club-like atmosphere that makes it a perfect place to have dinner with friends or grab a drink like the signature Strawberry Cobbler. This cocktail, which tastes like pie, is made with Ciroc vodka and muddled strawberries and comes in a glass rimmed with graham-cracker crumbs. 404-793-0144.

PHOTO: Sarah Hanna Photography

Addie Mae’s chicken and dumpling soup at Southern Art and Bourbon Bar.

TOP: The dining room at STK Atlanta. BOTTOM ROW (left to right): A steak at STK Atlanta; a selection of gourmet dogs from HD1; buttermilk fried chicken at Southern Art.

PHOTOS: Courtesy of (Top) Lauren Rubenstein, (Left to Right) Erik Dixon, Heidi Geldhauser/The Reynolds Group, Sarah Hanna Photography

Southern Art and Bourbon Bar Opened by Art Smith, who was once Oprah Winfrey’s personal chef, Southern Art is located at the Intercontinental Buckhead Atlanta. The restaurant’s menu focuses on Southern cuisine, with local ingredients sourced from area farmers. The fried chicken is a house specialty, and you won’t soon forget the tasty biscuits. In fact, you’ll be drawn in even before you walk into the main dining room, an impressive space where huge chandeliers of colored glass hang above the tables. Inside the front door, cakes, pies and other sweets are displayed appealingly on a long table, while cured meat can be seen at the artisan ham bar, which offers country ham and charcuterie. And at the bar, with its dramatic back-lit bottles on display, you’ll find a wide selection of small-batch bourbon poured by expert bartenders, who also make excellent pre-Prohibition era cocktails. 404-946-9070.

HD1 Celebrity chef Richard Blais is familiar to reality TV fans for winning Top Chef: All Stars, but in

Atlanta he’s known for Flip Burger Boutique, an upscale burger joint with locations on the Westside and Buckhead. At his new spot on North Highland Avenue, the adventurous chef puts his signature spin on the hot dog. The restaurant, with its wood paneling and warm colors, has a strong retro vibe. Appetizers, or “bits and pieces” as they’re called on the menu, include North African boiled peanuts (a customer favorite), shrimp fried in grits and waffled fries. Of course, the real meat of the restaurant can be found in the “stuffed” section, which includes everything from a classic dog and corndogs to the Kenturkey (turkey sausage, bacon, Mornay, tomatopimento marmalade and parmesan) and the Garden Chili dog (a veggie frank, veggie chili, walnut mayo, crispy shallot rings). Other eye-opening selections include a bratwurst served with beer-braised onions and whole grain mustard, and the Red Haute Dog (brisket chili with pimento jack cheese and Vidalia onion). For dessert, order a softserve ice cream treat or the restaurant’s take on bread pudding. HD1 also has a full bar and

creates seasonal cocktails you’re sure to enjoy. 404-815-1127.

Alma Cocina Located in the One Ninety One Peachtree Tower, a downtown Atlanta landmark, Alma Cocina is a Mexican restaurant with cuisine that also reflects Latin-American influences. It’s the latest project from the Fifth Group, which also operates such celebrated local restaurants as South City Kitchen, the Original El Taco, Ecco and La Tavola. The downtown location attracts crowds from surrounding offices at lunchtime. Entrees include grilled flat iron steak with poblano-goat cheese potato gratin, avocadoarugula salad and adobo sauce, and roasted chicken mole oaxaca with mashed plantains, grilled green beans and sesame seeds. But you’ll definitely want to try the tacos and some ceviche. Save room for desserts like the flourless chocolate-ancho cake and the sweet potato empanadas, which are served with local High Road Craft horchata ice cream, cranberry compote and spiced pepitas. 404-968-9662. | Newcomer Magazine | 33

The Overlook Azalea Garden.


Garden Play, Relax and Escape to Nature at Callaway Gardens

estled in the southernmost foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in Pine Mountain, Ga., is Callaway Gardens, an awardwinning 13,000-acre resort and preserve. For 60 years the promise of spectacular nature displays has lured visitors year-round, but there’s much more to see and do than sniffing the roses—though that’s certainly enjoyable, too. If you’re unfamiliar with native Georgia flora and fauna, there’s no better place to get acquainted. Explore the peaceful gardens and woodlands in any season by car, bike or foot. Eleven miles of roadways and a 10-mile paved bike path weave through all of the property’s

main attractions and interpretative areas. Eight different hiking trails, ranging from a half-mile to one-and-a-half miles each, meander through impressive vistas such as the 40-acre Azalea Bowl planted with more than 3,400 hybrid azaleas representing 700 varieties; a meadow of many rare, threatened or endangered wildflower species; dense plantings of camellias, rhododendrons and other flowering plants; the world’s largest display of hollies; and much more. Remember to bring a camera. Educational facilities scattered throughout the grounds help make learning fun for students of all ages. The Virginia Hand Callaway

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Discovery Center gives an overview of all there is to see and do at Callaway Gardens with an information desk staffed by helpful folks. There are also interactive kiosks, an orientation theater screening the film The Story of Callaway Gardens, an exhibit hall and a gift shop. The five-acre John A. Sibley Horticultural Center, one of the most advanced garden greenhouse complexes in the world, features varied displays including a sub-Mediterranean garden, a lush tropical rainforest and a fern grotto. The Cecil B. Day Butterfly Center is one of North America’s premier glass-enclosed, tropical conservatories for the display of living but-

PHOTO: Courtesy of Callaway Gardens


by Hope S. Philbrick

TOP: The Sky High Hot Air Balloon Festival takes place each Labor Day weekend. BELOW: (Left to Right) The TreeTop Adventure course; Mountain Creek Villas; Southern Pine Cottages.

terflies. The hand-hewn Pioneer Log Cabin, constructed in the 1830s, offers a glimpse into history, while the model seven-and-a-half-acre Mr. Carson’s Vegetable Garden produces an array of vegetables, fruits and herbs. Daily Birds of Prey shows offer unique demonstrations of freeflying eagles, falcons, hawks, owls and vultures.

PHOTOS: Courtesy of Callaway Gardens

What to Do Looking for hands-on activities? Play tennis on one of Callaway’s 10 courts. Rent a boat and fish on Mountain Creek Lake or take a guided fishing trip on another of the dozen professionally managed lakes. Guided fly-fishing trips are offered year-round. Robin Lake Beach, the world’s largest manmade white sand beach, stretches a mile around the 65-acre lake and during the summer is a hub of activity from swimming to sunbathing, circus shows, table tennis, paddleboats, mini-golf and more. Serious golfers will want to try the 18-hole, 6,031-yard, par-70 Lake View course, with nine water holes, an island tee and a serpentine bridge over Mountain Creek Lake to the green at the tenth hole. The 7,057-yard par-72 Mountain View Golf Course, meanwhile, is distinguished by its tight, tree-lined fairways and

the par-5 sixth hole, where water threats loom over both tee and approach shots. This 18-hole championship course hosted the PGA Tour’s Buick Challenge for 12 years. For a jolt of adrenaline, try the TreeTop Adventure course, featuring five zip-lines ranging from 44 to 210 feet, plus 19 sections of ladders, wires, logs, netting and other surfaces suspended throughout a natural forest. The resort also hosts a variety of special events throughout the year. The Masters Water Ski & Wakeboard Tournament, the world’s premier watersports championship, is held each year near Memorial Day. Labor Day weekend brings the Sky High Hot Air Balloon Festival, while the Steeplechase, run on the first Saturday in November, features thoroughbred horses racing over timber and brush hurdles. And Fantasy in Lights, a spectacular five-mile drive-through attraction featuring more than 8 million Christmas lights, is held each year mid-November through December. Prefer to relax? Head to Spa Prunifolia at The Lodge at Callaway Gardens. Choose from a menu of nature-oriented massage, facial, wrap, hydrotherapy and nail treatments featuring products using local herbs and plants.

The Comforts of Home Overnight accommodations mean there’s no need to rush home. The Lodge features rooms with balconies, flat screen TVs and wireless, high-speed Internet access. Mountain Creek Inn offers spacious rooms and suites, all offering standard hotel amenities plus reliably comfortable beds, thick linens and extras including king-sized beds and garden and pool views. The two-bedroom units at the Southern Pine Cottages offer spacious living and dining areas, fireplaces, screened porches, decks and many modern conveniences. Each of the luxurious Mountain Creek Villas features a large living and dining area, a fireplace, a fully equipped kitchen, a washer and dryer, a screened porch, a sundeck and a separate bath for each bedroom. Hungry? Dining options range from buffet to gourmet. Each of the 10 on-site restaurants offers a unique menu and atmosphere, with one common thread: a dedication to serving sustainably grown and regionally produced food whenever possible. From traditional Southern breakfast to pizza, from cocktails to decadent desserts, light lunches to Georgia-themed entrees, there are more than enough options to satisfy your cravings. X | Newcomer Magazine | 35

A first-class destination that’s close to home (an hour’s drive south of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport) yet feels worlds away is just one of the advantages of living in Atlanta. With its array of familyfriendly offerings, Callaway Gardens is worth visiting again and again.

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North Georgia Mountain Travel Tips Sponsored by Brasstown Valley Resort and Spa


pring in Georgia is the perfect time to get out of the city and enjoy the clean mountain air. When planning a vacation in the North Georgia Mountains, here are some things to keep in mind.

1. Don’t forget the essentials Never leave the house without sunscreen, bug spray, snacks and plenty of water.

2. Keep your money secure Remove anything you don’t need from your wallet or pocketbook, including unnecessary credit and debit cards and your Social Security card.

3. Don’t over-rely on GPS to get around High altitudes can prevent your unit from finding satellite signals. Use a paper map in addition to your GPS, and always call your destination for directions.

4. Let someone else do all the work Roughing it can be fun, but coming home to a comfortable resort after a day of activity is even better. Brasstown Valley Resort and Spa offers the best of both worlds, with more than 500 acres of hiking, fishing, golf, rafting, a luxurious spa, great restaurants and more. For more information, call 800-201-3205 or visit

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Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome.

Atlanta’s majestic skyline.

Suwanee’s Town Center.

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What you need to know before, during and after your move INDEX 38 42 Tips on Getting Started 40 44

Counties, Neighborhoods, Utilities, Hospitals, Education

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THERE Driver’s License

Out-of-state drivers are required to obtain a Georgia driver’s license within 30 days. To obtain your license, you will need to provide the following: 1) Previous driver’s license; 2) Two pieces of identification; 3) An eye exam at the time of issue; 4) A $20 fee (in cash) for a five-year license, or a $35 fee for a 10-year license. Licenses are issued through the Georgia Department of Driver Services at several sites across Atlanta. Call 678-413-8400 or visit

Mass Transit

One way to avoid long commutes is to take advantage of the city’s local transit system, Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA). Offering both train and bus service, MARTA is a convenient way to travel to downtown or the airport. The fee for traveling one way is $2.00 including transfers, and payment is even easier now with the Breeze limited-use and extendeduse cards. Weekly and monthly passes can be obtained at discounted rates. For fares, schedule and route information call 404848-5000 or visit

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Car Tag

MARTA Rail Service

You must register your car within 30 days of residency. Bring with you the following information: 1) Car title, name and address of lienholder, or copy of lease agreement; 2) Current tag registration; 3) Mileage reading of vehicle; 4) Proof of insurance; 5) Emission certificate (if applicable). There is an approximate $20 fee for your tag. In January 2006, the state began charging sales tax on vehicles. Your tag office will

GETTING STARTED provide the amount of sales tax on your vehicle. For information on a specific county, contact the county’s Tax Commissioner’s Office.

Vehicle Emission Inspection

Vehicles dating from 1985 through 2006 model year must be checked each year for emission standard compliance. Visit a statedesignated inspection station for the service. Call 800-449-2471 or visit

Driving Tips

Georgia 400 is the only toll road in Atlanta. If you travel it daily, obtaining a Cruise Card is recommended. Purchased in advance, the Cruise Card allows drivers to bypass the tollbooth and avoid long lines. Call 404-893-6161 or visit www. to purchase a card. The Georgia DOT provides daily updates of road work, road closings and traffic delays, which are helpful when commuting. Updates can be obtained by calling (toll free) 1-877-694-2511, by dialing 511, or by visiting

NEED TO KNOW Voter Registration

Registration applies to U.S. citizens at least 18 years of age. You have up to 30 days before an election to register. Register at your local Voter Registration Office and most public libraries. Refer to the AT&T directory for locations, or download a registration form at

Making a Phone Call All phone numbers in the metro Atlanta area include the area code plus the sevendigit number. To make a phone call, dial one of the four area codes (404, 770, 678 and 470) and the seven-digit number. In general, 404 is designated for intown areas and 770 for suburbs; the 678 and 470 area codes overlay both areas. Cell phone subscribers can choose from any area code when signing up for service.

Registering for School By law, children must be 5 years old on or before September 1 to enter kindergarten and 6 years old on or before September 1 to enter the first grade. To enroll your child in either kindergarten or first grade, you will need to provide the child’s social security number; a vision, hearing, and dental screening from a family practitioner or local health clinic; and immunization records on Georgia State Form 3231. | Newcomer Magazine | 39

COUNTY INFORMATION EDUCATION public schools Cherokee County Schools Board of Education 770-479-1871

Cherokee County QUICK INFO

Elementary Schools 22 Middle Schools 7 Intermediate Schools 1 High Schools 6 Alternative 1 Evening 1 Per-pupil expenditures $8,578 School & bus information: 770-720-2112 Avg. SAT Scores Cherokee Co. Georgia National

UTILITIES & CONTACTS HOME SERVICES Cobb Energy (Electricity, Security, Telephone and Satellite TV) 770-429-2222 Electricity Amicalola EMC 706-276-2362 Cobb EMC 770-429-2100 Georgia Power 888-660-5890 770-887-2363

Gas Georgia’s natural gas market is deregulated. For a list of providers for this county, visit Telephone AT&T 888-436-8638 ETC Communications 678-454-1212 TDS Telecom-Nelson Ball Ground 770-735-2000 Windstream


Water Cherokee County Water Authority City of Ball Ground City of Canton City of Waleska

770-479-1813 770-735-2123 770-704-1500 770-479-2912

City of Woodstock


Cable TV Charter Communications 888-438-2427 Comcast


ETC Communications


Hospitals Northside Hospital-Cherokee 770-720-5100 Wellstar Kennestone Hospital


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pRivate schools Visit our Web site at for a list of private schools in this county.

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County Neighborhoods Schools

Median household income: $63,518 Median age of residents: 34 Population: 210,529 Sales tax: 6% Chamber of Commerce Cherokee County 770-345-0400, Property Taxes Per $1,000 of assessed value is: Unincorporated Cherokee County, $26.80; Incorporated Cherokee County, $24.06. Tax Commissioner: 678-493-6400

Cagle Dairy Farm, Canton

Located northwest of Atlanta, Cherokee County gets its name from the original inhabitants of the area, the Cherokee Indians. The county seat, then called Etowah, was established in 1833 and renamed Canton in 1834. Today, the city is enjoying its greatest economic boom in its history since more than $60 million was invested in residential and commercial development in 1998. Despite developing its own industrial base, Cherokee County remains idyllic and serene. Farming, especially poultry processing, remains a leading industry. Canton and the neighboring community of Woodstock have seen tremendous growth as subdivisions crop up to accommodate newcomers. In fact, nearly 60 percent of the county’s population are commuters. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the median value of homes in 2006 was $194,900. Homes for well over $1 million can be purchased in such neighborhoods as Bradshaw Farms, Bridge Mill and Town Lake Hills. Interstate 575 and Ga. Highway 92 traverse the county, affording residents easy access to Atlanta and the nearby attractions of Town Center Mall, Lake Allatoona and the North Georgia Mountains. Other great places to live,

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Ridge Mountains and along the banks of the Etowah River, Canton is prime location for development.


work and play in Cherokee County include the cities of Ball Ground, Holly Springs and Waleska.


Canton Canton was incorporated in 1833 and renamed in 1834 at the request of two founding fathers who had visions that the town might become a silk center similar to what existed in Canton, China. Canton did become famous for its “Canton Denim,” known worldwide for the high-quality denim produced by Canton Cotton Mills. Today, Canton is attracting new industry and residents. As a result, the city is re-investing in its downtown. As part of its “Streetscapes” program, downtown Canton will be restored to its historic look and features a newly designed theater on Main Street. Located at the foothills of the Blue

Twelve miles south of Canton, Woodstock is the fastest-growing city in Cherokee County. With a growth rate of 70 percent over the past 10 years, the city has doubled in size. Residents enjoy easy access to Interstate 575 and Ga. Highway 92, allowing short commutes to Cobb and Fulton counties. While affording convenience to big-city attractions, Woodstock still maintains its small-town appeal. Buildings dating back to 1879 characterize the downtown, where antique and other specialty shops are located. Various golf courses are located in Woodstock, including Arnold Palmer’s Eagle Watch, a course with wooded countryside views that is considered to be one of the top places to play in Atlanta. The 11,860-acre Lake Allatoona provides additional recreation. Woodstock is also convenient to more than 13 state parks. N For more counties and neighborhood information, visit our Web site at


Clayton County

Photo: Georgia Dept. of Economic Development

Life in Clayton County revolves around transportation, much like it did when the Central Railroad passed through the county seat of Jonesboro carrying goods and people. Today, Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport employs more than 35,000 people, one-third of whom


Jonesboro Clayton County is steeped in history, especially Jonesboro, the fictional setting for Margaret Mitchell’s legendary Civil War

novel, Gone With the Wind. In truth, the farming community of Jonesboro was all but destroyed in the decisive Battle of Jonesboro. Today, this community of more than 4,000 residents maintains its small-town atmosphere despite its proximity to Atlanta and major freeways. Jonesboro’s Main Street buildings, some dating back to the mid-1800s, have been renovated and now house antique shops, gift shops and government offices. Many residential homes have also been restored, including the historic Ashley Oaks Mansion (1879) and Stately Oaks (1939). Open to the public, these antebellum gems transport visitors to the Gone With the Wind era.

Morrow Stately Oaks quilt show


live in Clayton County. Many of the county’s almost 267,000 County residents have lived in the area Neighborhoods for generations. Unlike in other Metro Atlanta counties, nearly Schools half of them also work in the county. Median household income: $43,674 Just 15 miles south of Median age of residents: 32 Population: 273,718 downtown Atlanta, Clayton Sales Tax: 7% County, one of the smallest counties in Georgia, offers Chamber of Commerce residents many natural reClayton County treats, including the Reyn678-610-4021, olds Nature Preserve, the Property Taxes Newman Wetlands Center, The property tax rate is $32.52 per $1,000 of Lake Blalock and Lake Shamassessed value. Tax Commissioner: 770-477-3311 rock. The county also boasts several private and public golf courses. World-renowned Spivey Hall, located on the campus of Clayton State University, attracts acclaimed performers and is one of the world’s foremost acoustical facilities. The 2006 median value of homes, according to the Census Bureau, was $133,700. Milliondollar homes can be found in the Lake Spivey area.

A passenger traveling north from Jonesboro to Atlanta in the mid-1800s would have invariably passed through a small farming community known as Morrow Station. Once depicted as “the whistle stop” south of Atlanta, today Morrow is a booming city of more than 5,000 residents with a thriving industrial, commercial and retail base that includes Morrow Industrial Park and Southlake Mall. N For more counties and neighborhood information, visit our Web site at


public schools Clayton County Schools Board of Education 770-473-2700 Elementary Schools 36 Middle Schools 14 High Schools 10 Charter 3 Alternative 2 Per-pupil expenditures $8,146 School & bus information 770-473-2835 Avg. SAT Scores Clayton Co. Georgia National

1273 1460 1509

pRivate schools Visit our Web site at for a list of private schools in this county.


Central GA EMC


Georgia Power Company


Gas Georgia’s natural gas market is deregulated. For a list of providers for this county, visit Telephone AT&T 888-436-8638 Ultimate Security of America, Inc. 770-460-5722 Water Clayton County Water Authority 770-961-2130 Cable TV Comcast

800-266-2278 Hospitals

Southern Crescent Hospital for Specialty Care 770-897-7600 Southern Regional Medical Center


South Fulton Medical Center

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pUBLIC schools Cobb County Schools Board of Education 770-426-3300 Elementary Schools Middle Schools High Schools Magnet Charter Special Per-pupil expenditures


Elementary Schools 7 Middle Schools 1 High Schools 1 Sixth-Grade 1 Magnet 1 Per-pupil expenditures $9,061 School and bus information 678-594-8000 Avg. SAT Scores

Cobb Co. Marietta City Georgia National

1534 1514 1460 1509

pRivate schools Visit our Web site at for a list of private schools in this county.

UTILITIES & CONTACTS HOME SERVICES Cobb Energy (Electricity, Security, Telephone and Satellite TV) 770-429-2222 ELECTRICITY Acworth Power 770-974-5233 Cobb EMC 770-429-2100 Georgia Power 888-660-5890 GreyStone Power Corp. 770-942-6576 Marietta Power/ Columbia Energy 770-794-5100 GAS Georgia’s natural gas market is deregulated. For a list of providers for this county, visit TELEPHONE AT&T 888-436-8638 Comcast 404-266-2278 MCI Worldcom 770-541-7235 Outside Georgia 800-356-3094 WATER Austell Water Cobb County Water Systems Marietta Water Powder Springs Water Smyrna Water

770-944-4300 770-423-1000 770-794-5100 770-943-8000 770-319-5338

CABLE TV Bellsouth Multimedia 770-360-5000 Charter Communications 888-438-2427 Comcast 404-266-2278 HOSPITALS Emory Adventist Hospital 770-434-0710 WellStar Cobb Hospital 770-732-4000 WellStar Kennestone Hospital 770-793-5000 WellStar Windy Hill Hospital 770-644-1000

White Water

Cobb County

Photo: Georgia Dept. of Economic Development

Marietta City Schools Board of Education

71 25 16 6 6 4 $8,816



One of Family Circle magaCobb County came zine’s “Ten Best Towns for Famiinto being in 1832 when lies,” Kennesaw takes pride in its the state redistributed land small-town atmosphere and boasts County once part of the Cherokee abundant parks and green space, Neighborhoods Nation. Named after Thomas exceptional recreational programs Welch Cobb, the county and top-notch schools, includ experienced a devastating ing Kennesaw State University. setback during the Civil Kennesaw’s Historic Downtown War when most of it was features shopping, dining and atSchools destroyed during the Battle tractions such as the Smithsonian at Kennesaw Mountain. affiliated Southern Museum of Median household income: $65,123 Today, Cobb County, Civil War and Locomotive History, Median age of residents: 35 located north of Fulton the Smith-Gilbert Arboretum and Population: 698,158 County, is one of the fastnearby Kennesaw Mountain NaSales tax: 6% est-growing counties in the tional Battlefield Park. Chamber of Commerce nation. With a diverse ecoCobb County nomic base that includes 770-980-2000, Rapidly defining what’s new jobs in the service, retail, Property Taxes and progressive in quality of life aerospace and technology The property tax is $28.75 per $1,000 of assessed and citizen services, Smyrna sectors, Cobb County offers value. Tax Commissioner: 770-980-2000 delivers an amazing sense of style a quality of life unsurpassed and love of life. The new Market in the Southeast. More than $770 million has been spent on apartments and condos near Cum- Village, home to fabulous restaurants, transportation improvements in re- berland Mall, secluded subdivisions bars and upscale shops and services, cent years, allowing residents easy in East Cobb and horse ranches in is the final piece of a master plan for access to Atlanta and the commer- the northwest corner of the county. success. Call it “Main Street USA” or cial districts of Vinings Overlook, The small towns of Marietta, Vin- “Disneyland,” but don’t overlook its Cumberland Parkway and the pres- ings, Smyrna and Austell still retain charm and ability to offer the best in tigious “Platinum Triangle” in the their Southern charm amidst urban fresh, trendy lifestyle options. N Galleria area. settings. According to the Census For more counties and neighborhood A variety of housing options ex- Bureau, the median value of homes information, visit our Web site at ist in Cobb County, including luxury in 2006 was $205,200.

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DeKalb County

Photo: Georgia Dept. of Economic Development

Located east of Fulton County, DeKalb County is the second largest county in the state with a population of about 705,000. DeKalb County contributes to Atlanta’s status as an “ international city” with its businesses and residences representing more than 30 different countries and 120 languages.


Decatur As the county seat, Decatur revolves around the Courthouse Square. In recent years, the square has undergone a renaissance as small storefront mo-

shed and Supper Club. The square also plays host to numerous festivals, town celebrations and neighborhood parties. Decatur is home to a diverse population, attracting young professionals, families and retirees. With Agnes Scott College, a prestigious women’s college, and just outside the city limits, Emory University, Decatur is a college town amidst a big city. Older brick homes, smaller bungalows and cottage homes distinguish the community and the surrounding neighborhoods of Avondale Estates, Oakhurst and Candler Park.


Emory University


DeKalb County prosNeighborhoods pers in part due to its ex- cellent transportation sys- tem. Five major road ar- teries traverse the county: Interstates 20, 85, 285, Schools 675 and US Highway 78. Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport is only six Median household income: $51,753 miles from DeKalb’s south- Median age of residents: 35 Population: 739,956 ern border and the DeKalb Sales tax: 7% Peachtree Airport, a general aviation field, is report- Chamber of Commerce DeKalb County ed to be the second busiest 404-378-8000, airport in Georgia. DeKalb County is also a leader in Property Taxes the biomedical commu- The property tax rate is $41.50 per $1,000 for unincorporated DeKalb County. Tax Commissioner: nity with The Center for 404-298-4000 Disease Control headquartifs have been preserved, attracting tered there. The median value of homes in unique shopping, entertainment and 2006, according to the Census Bu- dining that includes By Hand South, Square Roots, Eddie’s Attic, Waterreau, was $190,100.

In the northern corner of the county is Dunwoody, a popular neighborhood among established professionals and young, upwardly mobile professionals raising families. It is often referred to as the “tennis set” neighborhood because of its numerous recreational outlets that include Lynwood Park and Recreation Center, as well as Blackburn Park and Tennis Center. Cultural attractions include the Dunwoody Nature Center and the Spruill Gallery. A variety of housing is available in Dunwoody, including apartments, townhomes, ranch-style homes, bungalows and mini-mansions with manicured lawns. Nearby Perimeter Mall provides shopping, dining and family entertainment. With its proximity to all major expressways and North Fulton’s booming business opportunities, Dunwoody is a hot-spot for families. N For more counties and neighborhood information, visit our Web site at

EDUCATION pUBLIC schools DeKalb County Schools Board of Education 678-676-1200 Elementary Schools 83 Middle Schools 20 High Schools 20 Per-pupil expenditures $9,896 School & bus information 678-676-1300 City Schools of Decatur Board of Education


Early Learning 1 Elementary Schools 4 Middle Schools 1 High Schools 1 Per-pupil expenditures $13,444 School & bus information 404-370-8737 Avg. SAT Scores DeKalb Co. City of Decatur Georgia National

1334 1577 1460 1509

pRivate schools Visit our Web site at for a list of private schools in this county.

UTILITIES & CONTACTS Electricity Georgia Power


Snapping Shoals EMC


Walton EMC


Gas Georgia’s natural gas market is deregulated. For a list of providers for this county, visit Telephone AT&T



404-780-2355 Water

DeKalb County Water System 770-621-7200 Cable TV Charter Communication


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Hospitals Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston


DeKalb Medical Center


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PUBLIC SCHOOLS Fayette County Schools Board of Education 770-460-3535

Avg. SAT Scores

Fayette Co. Georgia National

1550 1431 1483

PRIVATE SCHOOLS Visit our Web site at for a list of private schools in this county.

UTILITIES & CONTACTS HOME SERVICES ELECTRICITY Georgia Power Company 888-660-5890 Coweta-Fayette EMC 770-253-5626 GAS Georgia’s natural gas market is deregulated. For a list of providers for this county, visit TELEPHONE AT&T Residential


WATER Fayette County Water 770-461-1146 Comcast

CABLE TV 404-266-2278

HOSPITALS Fayette Care Clinic 770-719-4620 Piedmont Fayette Hospital 770-719-7000


Old-fashioned community pride mingles with a progressive sensibility on the streets of historic downtown Fayetteville, where antique stores and boutiques sit side by side in refurbished buildings. Boasting a population of approximately 16,000 residents, Fayetteville is home to the Fayette County Historic Society, Research Center and Museum. A haven for family fun, Dixieland Fun Park offers an assortment of activities for young and old alike. The HollidayDorsey-Fife Museum provides a fascinating link to the past thanks to its association with several historical figures, including Margaret Mitchell and "Doc" Holliday. The 1,500-seat Southern Ground Amphitheater attracts national touring acts with its annual summer concert series.

17 6 5 1 1 $8,359 770-460-3520 Photo: Courtesy of the City of Fayetteville

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Fayette County


Starr's Mill in Fayetteville

Located southwest of Atlanta, the land comprising Fayette County was ceded from the Creek Indian Nation in 1821, thus creating Georgia’s 49th county. The county seat, the city of Fayetteville, was established in 1823 and contains the oldest courthouse in the County state, built in 1825 and located Neighborhoods The area now known as on Fayetteville’s historic town Peachtree City was originally square. Both the county and city Schools settled by Woodland Era were named for the Marquis de Indians several thousand LaFayette, who fought alongside Median household income: $82,216 Median age of residents: 42.4 years ago, and ceded to George Washington in the Population: 107,104 the Federal government Revolutionary War. Sales tax: 6% in 1821 by Chief William Author Margaret Mitchell Chamber of Commerce McIntosh, Jr. spent many summers at her 770-461-9983, Comprising some grandfather’s home in Fayette 12,000 acres, Peachtree County, which helped to inspire Property Taxes Per $1,000 of assessed value is: City was chartered in the locations in her novel Gone With Unincorporated Fayette County, $30.70; 1950s as a masterplanned the Wind. Fayetteville, $31.64; community of five separate Today, the 199-square mile Peachtree City, $34.54. villages. Today, the area area is renowned as a thriving Tax Commissioner: 770-461-3611 is linked by a 90- mile economic center that features network of trails and golf numerous attractive incentives for businesses, including the 2,200From 1984 to 1994, Fayette cart paths connecting homes, acre Peachtree City Industrial Park, County was the fifth-fastest growing businesses, schools and parks. Gol carts, bicycles and walking are the which features its own Foreign Trade county in the U.S. Zone, which allows merchandise to Fayette County boasts several preferred modes of transportation enter from or exit to foreign countries golf courses and two amphitheaters, among its 35,000 residents, who without a formal U.S. Customs entry among other attractions serving a enjoy its wooded scenery and or payment of duties. In addition, family-oriented population of more wealth of parks, playgrounds and Fayette County maintains a rural, than 106,000 residents. Single-family recreational areas N . small-town allure, and has been housing in Fayette County ranges For more counties and neighborhood recognized as one of the nation’s from the $50,000s in moderateinformation, visit our Web site at most attractive communities for income areas to more than $2 million corporate family relocation. in affluent neighborhoods.

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Peachtree City


Fulton County

PUBLIC SCHOOLS Fulton County Schools Board of Education 404-768-3600

Buckhead is also the epicenter for the city’s entertainment and dining industries. With more than 200 restaurants, luxury hotels and nightspots, it has long been a young professional’s paradise. The area also offers numerous antique stores, art galleries and mall shopping at Lenox Square and Phipps Plaza.

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Downtown Atlanta skyline




Considered Atlanta’s “silk stocking district,” Buckhead is “where old money lives and new money parties,” according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. With its one-of-a-kind Georgian and Neoclassical mansions and uniquely styled homes from the 1950s and 1960s, Buckhead is a favorite locale among architecture and history buffs. It is home to the Governor’s Mansion, the historic Swan House and the Atlanta History Center.

County Neighborhoods Schools Median household income: $57,586 Median age of residents: 35 Population: 963,676 Sales tax: 7%, Atlanta City: 8% Chamber of Commerce Greater North Fulton 770-993-8806, Metro Atlanta 404-880-9000, South Fulton 770-964-1984, Property Taxes The property tax rate per $1,000 is: $30.49 for the City of Atlanta; $28.03 for incorporated Fulton County; $33.69 for unincorporated South Fulton and $31.90 for unincorporated North Fulton County County. Tax Commissioner: 404-730-6100

Photo: Georgia Dept. of Economic Development.

At the center of the Metro Atlanta area is Fulton County. Bordered on the west by the Chattahoochee River and encompassing Interstates 85, 75, 285 and Ga. 400, Fulton County is at the hub of the area’s financial, transportation, retail, communications and cultural services. Most Fortune 500 corporations maintain national or regional facilities in the area; many are headquartered here, including Coca-Cola, Equifax, United Parcel Service, Home Depot, Delta Airlines and Turner Broadcasting System. More than 3 million live and work in Fulton County. Older, innercity neighborhoods, such as Inman Park, Candler Park and trendy Virginia-Highland offer eclectic living amidst unique boutiques and restaurants. Midtown is at the heart of the city’s cultural life, home to the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, High Museum of Art, Alliance Theatre and the historic Fox Theatre. Many outdoor festivals are held at Piedmont Park. According to the Census Bureau, the median value of homes in 2006 was $270,000. Homes in the millions can be found in such affluent neighborhoods as Buckhead, Sandy Springs and Alpharetta.


one of Atlanta’s most affluent neighborhoods. Homes range from elegant subdivisions to those with acreage. The Country Club of the South is a planned community home to several sports stars, high profile executives and celebrities. A successful combination of old and new, Alpharetta has become a haven for singles, families and professionals wanting a bit of country living with all the amenities that city dwelling offers. While many residents shop at nearby Northpoint Mall and Gwinnett Mall, many still enjoy the old stores on Main Street— a visit to the Alpharetta Soda Shoppe is a special treat. N


Once a small farming community, Alpharetta has greatly boomed within the last 20 years to become

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Elementary Schools Middle Schools High Schools Charter Non-Traditional Per-pupil expenditures: School & bus information:

55 16 22 7 2 $13,710 404-753-9815

Avg. SAT Scores Atlanta (City) 1285 Fulton Co. 1584 Georgia 1460 National 1509 PRIVATE SCHOOLS Visit our Web site at for a list of private schools in this county.

UTILITIES & CONTACTS HOME SERVICES Cobb Energy (Electricity, Security, Telephone and Satellite TV) 770-429-2222 ELECTRICITY City of College Park 404-669-3772 City of East Point 404-270-7093 City of Fairburn 770-964-2244 City of Palmetto 770-463-3377 Georgia Power Company 404-395-7611 GreyStone Power Corp. 770-942-6576 Sawnee EMC 770-887-2363 GAS Georgia’s natural gas market is deregulated. For a list of providers for this county, visit TELEPHONE AT&T 888-436-8638 Outside Georgia 800-356-3094

Fulton County



CABLE TV Charter Communications 877-728-3121 Comcast 404-266-2278 HOSPITALS Atlanta Medical Center 404-265-4000 Center for the Visually Impaired 404-875-9011 Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Hughes Spalding 404-785-9500 Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite 404-785-5252 Emory Crawford Long Hospital 404-686-2513 Fulton County Health Dept. 404-730-1211 Grady Memorial Hospital 404-616-4307 North Fulton Regional Hospital 770-751-2500 Northside Hospital 404-851-8000 Piedmont Hospital 404-605-5000 Shepherd Center 404-352-2020 South Fulton Medical Center 404-466-1170 St. Joseph’s Hospital 404-851-7001 | Newcomer Magazine | 45

COUNTY INFORMATION EDUCATION pUBLIC schools Henry County Schools Board of Education 770-957-6601 Elementary Schools Middle Schools High Schools Alternative Per-pupil expenditures School & bus information


29 12 10 1 $7,910 770-957-2025

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UTILITIES & CONTACTS Electricity Central Georgia EMC 770-775-7857 Georgia Power


Snapping Shoals EMC


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McDonough’s town square

Henry County QUICK INFO

Incorporated in 1823, McDonough was named after Commodore McDonough of the War of 1812 and is the county seat. Many historic structures with architecture dating back to the 1800s can be seen in and around McDonough’s town square. McDonough, in an effort to bring its residents a sense of community, created its Main Street Program, which revitalized its Main Street. Today, the street is not only home to intimate boutiques and family-friendly restaurants, it is also home to a variety of free community events throughout the year on the town square, including Music on the Square summer concerts, Santa on the Square at Christmas, classic car shows and chili cook-offs.

Named after Patrick Henry, orator from the Revolutionary War, Henry County is one of 17 County counties created from the Creek Neighborhoods Indian land secessions. The Schools county is known as the “Mother Median household income: $63,395 Host of the LPGA of Counties” because much of Median age of residents: 32 Chick-fil-A Charity Chamits land was taken to develop Population: 191,502 pionship each year in April, surrounding counties, including Sales tax: 7% Stockbridge is a golfer’s parFulton, DeKalb and Clayton. Chamber of Commerce adise. Eagle’s Landing, the Today Henry County is Henry County community surrounding made up of the cities of 770-957-5786, the 18-hole Eagle’s LandMcDonough, Stockbridge, ing golf course, is home to Locust Grove and Hampton. Property Taxes some of the most beautiful It is one of the fastest-growing The property tax rate per $1,000 of assessed value is $37.51 for unincorporated Henry County. and exclusive neighborcounties in Metro Atlanta with Tax Commissioner: 770-288-8180 hoods south of Atlanta. The more than 198,000 residents. 51,000-square-foot, plantaThe county continues to flourish as a major industrial and retail hosts the LPGA Chick-fil-A Char- tion-style clubhouse on the property exemplifies Georgian charm. Home center. Tanger Outlet Center in ity Championship. Locust Grove is a favorite attraction With the county’s rich resources prices range from the hundredamong Atlanta’s shoppers. and convenience to I-75, housing thousands to the millions. Incorporated in 1920, StockHenry County is known best, has continued at a steady growth however, as the home of Atlanta Mo- with such planned developments bridge began as a settlement in tor Speedway and Eagle’s Landing as Heron Bay Golf & Country 1829 and celebrates its heriCountry Club. Located in the county Club and Crown Ridge cropping tage each May with Ole’ Stocksince 1959, the speedway attracts up everywhere. The median value bridge Days. N people from all over the state for of homes in 2008 was $150,189, For more counties and neighborhood its two annual NASCAR races. making Henry County a very information, visit our Web site at Eagle’s Landing in Stockbridge affordable place to live.



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The Kingston Trio, Southern Ground Amphitheater This legendary threesome was the No. 1 vocal group of the pre-Beatles era, responsible for the folk music revival of the 1950s and early ’60s. July 21, 770-719-4173,

Wings Over North Georgia Air Show, Richard B. Russell Regional Airport

Theater & Concerts Travis Tritt, Southern Ground Amphitheater One of country music’s leading voices since the 1990s, the Georgia-born Tritt developed a gutsy, outlaw image that helped distinguish him from the rest of the pack. June 9, 770-719-4173,

Kathy Griffin, Fox Theatre The actress and comedian known for her skewering take on life as a celebrity through her show My Life on the D-List, performs two stand-up shows, 7 and 9:30 p.m. June 16, 800-745-3000,

Kristin Chenoweth, Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre The Emmy and Tony Award-winning actress performs songs from her latest album, Some Lessons Learned, as well as music from Wicked, Glee and Promises, Promises. June 22, 800-745-3000,

pleasing sound that yielded such hits as “Up, Up and Away” and “Aquarius/Let the Sun Shine In.” June 30, 770-719-4173,

Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band, Fox Theatre The singer and drummer, best known for his work with the Beatles, returns with the latest incarnation of his annual classic-rock revue. Personnel on this outing include Gregg Rollie (Santana, Journey), Richard Page (Mr. Mister), Steve Lukather (Toto) and Todd Rundgren. July 6, 800-745-3000,

The B-52s, Fox Theatre Formed in Athens in 1976, this quirky quartet enjoyed cult success with tracks like “Rock Lobster” before becoming a household name with the 1989 album Cosmic Thing, which yielded the hits “Love Shack” and “Roam.” July 21, 800-745-3000,

Norah Jones, Fox Theatre The singer, who won eight Grammy Awards (including Best New Artist) for her 2002 breakthrough Come Away With Me, returns to Atlanta in support of her newest release, Little Broken Hearts. June 23, 800-745-3000,

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The Producers, Fox Theatre The hit musical based on Mel Brooks’ classic film rolls into Atlanta for a limited engagement. July 24-29, 800-982-2787,

The Zombies, Southern Ground Amphitheater The reformed English rock group responsible for the hits “She’s Not There” and “Time of the Season” makes a rare stateside appearance. July 28, 770-719-4173,

First Friday Concert Series, Rome This free concert series returns to downtown Rome, Ga., for its 14th year. Enjoy family entertainment every first Friday of the month, starting at 7 p.m. Through September, 706-295-5576,

Exhibits & Events


Suwanee SculpTour, Suwanee Downtown Suwanee’s walkable outdoor exhibit of original sculptures returns for a second year, featuring 15 all-new sculptures created by 11 artists, representing Georgia and five other states. Ongoing,

7th Annual Wing & Rock Fest, Woodstock City Park Love bold food, Buffalo wings and live music? Then sample more than 75 types of wings from 20 area restaurants and wing vendors at this twoday celebration, named one of the top 50 food festivals in the county by Parade magazine in 2011. Rock out to the Fiascos, My Friend Ian’s Band and the popular Bon Jovi tribute band Slippery When Wet, among other acts. Admission is free. June 2-3,

Picturing New York/Picturing the South, High Museum of Art This exhibit pairs nearly 150 photos of New York from the Museum of Modern Art’s renowned collection with additions to the High’s Picturing the South series, featuring new commissions from photographers Martin Parr, Kael Alford and Shane Lavalette. June 9-Sept. 2, 404-733-5000,

The 5th Dimension, Southern Ground Amphitheater Pioneering multi-part harmonies, this popular group combined soul, R&B and jazz for a crowd- Suwanee SculpTour, Suwanee

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5th Saturday Night Cruise, Powder Springs Town Square

Powder Springs Farmers Market, Downtown Powder Springs

Join the Powder Springs Push Rods car club for a classic car cruise featuring many different vintage and antique automobiles. June 30 and Sept. 29,

For the third year, this market supports and promotes local farmers, home growers and purveyors of foods prepared with local ingredients. Entertainment includes a ballet school exhibition, the Code Monaco band on June 7 and the Roman Festival Brass Band on June 28. Through

Gwinnett International Restaurant Week, Gwinnett County Take a culinary trip around the world at this 6th annual event, as participating restaurants offer special three-course menus exhibiting international flavor. $21.21 per person, plus tax and gratuity. July 23-27,

Powder Springs Independence Day Celebration, Powder Springs Town Square This 16th annual event features music by the Mustangs and Scott Thompson, and a fireworks display sponsored by Superior Plumbing. Admission is free. July 4, 770-423-1330,


Southern Quilt Trail, Powder Springs Tour this series of quilt patterns painted on the sides of historic barns and other buildings in an effort to promote and preserve the history of this traditional art form that has been handed down for generations. Ongoing, 770-439-1780,


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2012 Hospitality Highway Century Ride, Georgia Route 400

Original Gone With the Wind memorabilia on display from the private collection of Dr. Christopher Sullivan.

Ride your bicycle on one of the state’s bestknown highways. This midsummer training


ride starts in Roswell and winds through Sandy Springs, Milton, Johns Creek, Alpharetta and other scenic areas of North Fulton. Choose from 9-mile, 23-mile, 60-mile and 100-mile


options. Open to anyone 12 and older. July 8, 866-511-7742,

Powder Springs Independence Day Celebration

American Legacy: Our National Parks, Booth Western Art Museum View 100 paintings of some of the nation’s most beautiful national parks, painted by artists on location at each park. Through Aug. 26, 770-387-1300,

Wings Over North Georgia Air Show, Richard B. Russell Regional Airport

Kayak, canoe or raft your way down six miles of the beautiful Chattahoochee River during this annual summer event. An afternoon of fun activities at Powers Island follows the float. July 28, 770-528-1200,

Up to $2,000 off tuition. Don’t miss the deadline - call today!

Enjoy a crowd-pleasing selection of specialty


beers at this annual event featuring local food and live music. Aug. 11, 404-851-9111,

This two-day event draws more than 20,000

Browse and purchase fresh produce, baked goods and natural products at this popular market. Open 4-7 p.m. Tuesdays through Aug. 7 and 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays (except for Suwanee Day, Sept. 15). Through Oct. 6,

Where all students are academically challenged regardless of their differences

3rd Annual Heritage Sandy Springs Beer Fest, Heritage Sandy Springs

This inaugural air show features high-flying fun from the Canadian Forces Snowbirds, the Black Diamond Jet Team, OTTO the Helicopter, hangglider Dan Buchanan and comedy stunt flyer Kent Pietsch. Sept. 28-30,

Suwanee Farmers Market, Town Center Park

Alexsander Academy

5th Annual Chattahoochee River Summer Splash, Chattahoochee River

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27th Annual Sandy Springs Festival, Sandy Springs Circle

Academically rigorous Elementary and Middle School programs Academic remediation Middle and High School programs Reasonable tuitions SBIO and scholarship funding available

annually to enjoy an extensive artists’ market, a business and civic expo, a collector car show, a children’s park, 5K and 10K races and more. Proceeds benefit Heritage Sandy Springs, which operates Heritage Green, Sandy Springs’ four-acre city park. Sept. 2223, 404-851-9111,


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Stroll Through the City’s Most Colorful Oasis

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(Left, Bottom Right) Courtesy of Atlanta Botanical Garden; (Top Right) Summer Graves

The Atlanta O Botanical Garden

ne of Atlanta’s most beautiful treasures sits in Midtown adjacent to Piedmont Park. It’s easy enough to miss from the outside, but once you’re inside the gates of the Atlanta Botanical Garden, you’ll find yourself surrounded by an abundance of natural splendor. Both indoor and outdoor flora collections can be found at the Garden, showcasing the diversity of the plant kingdom. Outdoors, visitors are drawn from one lush landscape to the next, savoring the sights and aromas of the picturesque Rose Garden, the serene Japanese Garden and the Hydrangea Collection, where the blooms peak in May and June in striking eruptions by Carrie Whitney of pink, blue and white. The Edible Garden boasts a beautiful array of fruits and vegetables and includes an Outdoor Kitchen where celebrity chefs conduct cooking classes. Indoors, the Fuqua Conservatory showcases exotic species of plants and animals, including tropical frogs, snapping turtles and South American finches. The Fuqua Orchid Center is home to 16,000 square feet of orchids, which are on display year-round but receive extra attention during Orchid Daze each spring. In fact, the Botanical Garden hosts events throughout the year, including the popular Concerts in the Garden outdoor summer music series, as well as Cocktails in the Garden, a lively cocktail party with a live DJ and other entertainment held each Thursday, May through September. And every spring, the whole complex comes alive for Atlanta Blooms!, an electrifying display of color. Throughout the year, the Garden also hosts events and classes that engage visitors at every level. Adult classes range from floral design to spring gardening tips. The Atlanta Botanical Garden is located at 1345 Piedmont Ave. and is open Tuesday through Sunday. Hours vary by season. Admission is $18.95 for adults and $12.95 for children 3-12. For more information, call 404-876-5859 or visit

Newcomer Magazine Atlanta | June/July 2012  

Newcomer magazine is Atlanta’s leading relocation and new-resident guide, providing an invaluable resource for businesses, executives and fa...

Newcomer Magazine Atlanta | June/July 2012  

Newcomer magazine is Atlanta’s leading relocation and new-resident guide, providing an invaluable resource for businesses, executives and fa...