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August/September CONTENTS FEATURES Atlanta’s Vibrant Tennis Scene . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . ..10 Arts and Entertainment Guide for 2016. . . . . . . . . . 26

Tennis is easy to learn and requires just two people to play, and the Atlanta tennis scene is vibrant and full of opportunities for newcomers.

We raise the curtain on Atlanta’s thriving cultural scene, offering something for every age and for every stage of life.

Easing the Transition to Upper Grades . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 History Meets Luxury ...... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34

Coping with bigger schools, new peers, new teachers and unfamiliar subjects presents opportunities for children moving into upper grades.

Georgia’s historic hotels and inns exude luxury and Southern charm, offering travelers a relaxing or even romantic adventure.




DEPARTMENTS In Focus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 The inside scoop on news, events and happenings around Atlanta.

Homes and Communities. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Don’t know whether to live in-town or in the suburbs? Advocates of both options offer thoughts on Atlanta’s breadth of choices for newcomers, whatever their lifestyle preferences.

Neighborhood Spotlight. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Gainesville includes affordable housing, plentiful recreation and proximity to Lake Lanier.

School Spotlight . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Marietta’s Casa Montessori has a charming campus where each child creates his or her own path to learning.

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Dining Out. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Whether gourmet cupcakes or unique ice cream flavors, dessert choices can satisfy any newcomer’s cravings.

Relocation Guide . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 A comprehensive guide to help you find your way before, during and after your move, including counties, neighborhoods, relocation tips, a map to metro Atlanta and much more.

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

Hidden Atlanta . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 The College Football Hall of Fame features unique memorabilia and experiences related to the South’s favorite sport.

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inFOCUS news bites from around ATLANTA


The brave men and women of the Suwanee Police Department were recently honored with the Agency of the Year Award. The award, presented by the Georgia Chapter of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Academy Associates, is given each year in recognition of police agencies that have a positive impact in the community and “lend strength, dignity and credit to the law enforcement profession.” Congratulations to Suwanee!


Taking your family to the movies these days can set you back a pretty penny—unless you load everyone into the minivan and head over to Flicks on the Bricks, that is. Through October, the first and third Friday of the month means a free family-friendly film on Duluth’s Town Green, with upcoming selections including “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” (Aug. 5), “Goonies” (Aug. 19), “Cinderella” (Sept. 2) and “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” (Sept. 16). It’s all part of Fridays N Duluth, a weekly free event with food trucks, live music and more fun for all ages. For more information, visit

PHOTO: Joan Marcus

Teaching Tomorrow’s Science Today

The Changing of the Seasons As summer gives way to fall, so too does the Broadway in Atlanta 2015-2016 season come to a close Aug. 9-14 with If/Then, a stirring contemporary musical about a woman who moves to New York City for a new lease on life. Only a few weeks later, the 2016-2017 season kicks off in high gear with The Illusionists—Live From Broadway, an evening full of spectacular illusions, death-defying stunts and moments of jaw-dropping wonder, Sept. 27-Oct. 2. Both shows take place at the Fox Theatre. For tickets and other information, call 800-278-4447 or visit 8 | Newcomer Magazine |

Woodward Academy is quickly becoming one of the metro area’s leading schools in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) programs … at every grade level! Students at Woodward’s primary school engage in “Breakout EDU,” which teaches teamwork, problem-solving and critical thinking. Seventh-grade students can take part in fun projects like designing and building prosthetic hands, and high school students have the opportunity to join the highly competitive robotics team. For more information, visit

PHOTO: Dustin Grau Photography


infocus Preparing to be Safe

PHOTO: BreeAnne Clowdus

You probably think you know what to do if an earthquake, fire or other disaster strikes, but it never hurts to brush up on your safety skills! Bring the family to the fourth annual Personal and Family Preparedness Family Fair to learn personal safety tips for handling disaster situations. There will also be safety demonstrations, emergency vehicles to check out and free kid’s emergency backpacks! The fair takes place Sept. 25 at Interactive Neighborhood for Kids in Gainesville. For more information, call 770-536-1900 or email

Scaling New “Heights” Conceived and written by “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, the Tony Award-winning In the Heights presents a moving look at a small community on the verge of some big changes. Aurora Theatre and Theatrical Outfit’s co-production features the same vibrant soundtrack of salsa rhythms, pop and hip-hop that helped make the show a Broadway smash. The musical runs through Aug. 28 at Aurora, and then from Sept. 8-18 at the Rialto Center for the Performing Arts. For more information, please visit | Newcomer Magazine | 9

TENNIS, Everyone? Meet New Friends While Staying Active and Competitive By Michelle Bourg

Tennis is the perfect way to meet new friends and make yourself at home in your new city. The sounds are unmistakable: the rhythmic toing, plunk, toing as a tennis ball hits the racket strings, bounces off the court, and then hits the opposing racket—back and forth—until broken by the swish as the ball lands in the net to a mix of cheers and groans. From morning to night, these are sounds you’ll hear every day all over Atlanta. If you enjoy tennis, or would like to, you’re in the right place. 10 | Newcomer Magazine |

PHOTOS: Laura Barnard, ALTA VP of Media

Atlanta’s Vibrant Tennis Scene Atlanta is heaven for the tennis buff. It’s home to more than 1,000 public and private facilities that host both friendly weekend rallies and dozens of annual tournaments. It boasts the largest recreational tennis league in the world in the 80,000-member Atlanta Lawn Tennis Association (ALTA) and the largest United States Tennis Association leagues and Junior Team Tennis program in the country. Each summer, the city welcomes the best male players in the world to the BB&T Open, a major stop on the ATP (Association of Tennis Professionals) World Tour. Why is tennis so popular here? It’s easy to learn, fun to perfect and accessible, requiring a relatively small space and just two people to play. As ALTA staff member Renee Bowen notes, “it’s adaptable for anyone who’s played other sports and wants to have fun and keep fit.” It’s also affordable: court times run about $3-$5 per person per hour and a league season around $30-$35. And, of course, there’s the balmy Georgia climate that makes for yearround play in relative comfort. But the biggest reason is the social aspect. Bobby Schindler, tennis director at the Windermere community in Cumming, says that it’s the primary reason Atlantans play: “As we get older, tennis becomes a more enjoyable way of maintaining fitness while sharing the experience—you won’t see anyone wearing earphones or standing alone waiting for the next elliptical machine. On a typical weekend at the courts, the music is playing, with people barbecuing and enjoying an ice cold libation.” ALTA president Marla Michalewicz concurs. “(Tennis) is an amazing vehicle for making friends. While you’re waiting to play, you get to talking, and before you know it you’re part of the group. Playing is an event; we bring food and make it fun.” She notes that many members extend their friendships off the court, taking joint vacations and sharing in milestones such as birthdays, weddings, and babies. The center of the Atlanta tennis world is its league system. ALTA ( schedules teams across the metro area, competing for the city championship and what may be the most coveted prize in Atlanta sport: the ALTA bag tag. As part of the sport’s governing body, USTA

TOP and INSET: ALTA is a great place for Newcomers to meet new friends.

leagues,” which focus on individuals and enable players to control their own schedule and reduce drive times by connecting directly with others at a similar skill level close to home. Members sign up, contact opponents and track standings online. Joel Ballantyne of T2Tennis says that flex leagues reduce the intimidation factor while enabling novices to quickly sharpen their skills. “There’s no intimidation to play on a big team format when you are just learning the game. Also, you play every week. Play that much and you will move up the learning curve very quickly and enjoy the sport the most.” If your community doesn’t have courts, there are always Atlanta’s many public and private tennis centers. Most feature multiple lighted hard courts; many have clay courts as well. Other amenities, such as lessons, concessions, pro shops, and lockers vary by location. Reservations are usually required but courts can normally be found; some centers keep one or two apart from the leagues to ensure availability. u

On a typical weekend at the courts, the music is playing, with people barbecuing and enjoying an ice cold libation. Atlanta ( offers a robust league system in addition to tournaments and instruction for adults and juniors.

Flex Leagues Expand Choices, Convenience Atlanta’s sprawling geography and booming population have helped fuel the growth of “flex | Newcomer Magazine | 11

ALTA hosts doubles tournaments throughout the year separate from league play and serving primarily as member mixers.

Combining Tennis with Socializing For those not ready for the commitment of a league but looking for a little competition with their socializing, ALTA hosts doubles tournaments throughout the year separate from league play and serving primarily as member mixers. Also, USTA supports a robust tournament schedule for junior and adult members competing in singles and doubles at parks throughout the city and surrounding neighborhoods. Another option is the very informal ATAMOS (Atlanta Tennis and Maybe Other Stuff) group: Just choose a gathering that matches your skill level and location, RSVP online and show up. Especially with the beginner groups, the emphasis is on fun and exercise, and some groups opt to get together for “other stuff,” be it brunch, drinks or bowling. Participants cover court fees; registering at is free. As a way to get to know your new city and meet new friends, Atlanta tennis has it all over other sports—game, set, and match. New neighbors you meet in friendly competition on the tennis court could easily evolve into new friendships. What are you waiting for?

GETTING STARTED Want to get involved in the Atlanta tennis scene? Here are some tips from tennis community insiders: ALTA’s Marla Michalewicz recommends: “Make tracks to the nearest public tennis center to get started with lessons or just doing drills. People come together here, and then you’re meeting others with the same interest as you.” The tennis center is also your headquarters for league and tournament information. USTA Atlanta’s Maegan Kulich agrees, and for novices she also recommends the Tennis Apprentice program, which provides six weeks’ instruction, a new racket, a one-year membership and league entry for only $49. An excellent resource for finding a tennis center near you is Enter an address or general location for a map with precise locations of the nearest tennis center with information on the type of facility (public or private), number of courts, surface, lighting and even availability of practice backboards. You can zoom in or out to fine-tune your search, and clicking on a site brings up a satellite view, driving directions, a link to the facility website and user reviews when available. You can also use the site to search for locations of other public and private courts with the same detailed information as well as for teaching pros and tournaments.

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A Lifestyle Choice Facing Every Newcomer Residents of in-town neighborhoods love the convenience and proximity to everything, while hearty suburbanites are happy to brave long commutes as the price they pay for more square footage, a big yard, and lots of fresh air. It’s like the story of the City Mouse and the Country Mouse. The familiar tale illustrates a contrast of lifestyles that is as familiar today as ever. Fortunately, newcomers can choose among great in-town neighborhoods and also the very best suburbia has to offer. But how to choose? To provide food for thought, we asked advocates for both options to weigh in with their strongest arguments. By Larry Anderson

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Park area is currently a hot real estate market. “Homes that go on the market are typically sold in just a matter of days,” says Lauren Rocereta, president of the Grant Park Neighborhood Association. “This is an amazing time to live in-town since Atlanta is seeing so much revitalization.” Rocereta describes her close-knit community as an “edgy, fun” neighborhood that includes a national and local historic district, and is home to Zoo Atlanta and the historical Oakland Cemetery. Neighbors joined together in the mid-1960s to fight encroaching commercialism in Atlanta’s Ansley Park community and adopted a neighborhood plan to discourage houses from being chopped into boarding houses and commercial buildings being added. Ansley Park also resisted “white flight” in the 1960s and 1970s by adopting a neighborhood resolution that welcomes all people, regardless of race, color, or creed. An attractive in-town neighborhood today is the result of the effort. Ansley Park was originally designed in 1904 as the first “car-friendly” neighborhood in Atlanta. “The winding streets, welcoming sidewalks, and four parks within our neighborhood make this a perfect place to relax and to raise a family,” says Kevin Grady, President, Ansley Park Civic Association. Grady and his wife have lived in Ansley Park for more than 30 years and raised their sons here. “We love the convenience of the neighborhood,” says Grady. “It’s easy to get anywhere in the city, either by car or MARTA.” Ansley Park is near to the Atlanta Botanical Garden, Piedmont Park, Midtown businesses and restaurants. Promoting a social atmosphere, the Ansley Park Civic Association sponsors regular dining groups, Christmas caroling, Easter egg hunts, and outings to local restaurants.

Whether in-town or suburbia, Atlanta has abundant choices.

PHOTOS: (Top) Gainesville Tourism and Trade; (Bottom) Abigail Daniell.

TOP: Gainesville offers a relaxing lifestyle for newcomers. BOTTOM: Fox Theatre in Midtown is convenient for in-towners.

The Benefits of In-Town Living “The best feature of living in-town is the ac accessibility to people, places and things that are within walking distance,” says E. Camille Chillis, who lives in a Midtown high-rise and is co-chair of the Midtown Neighbors’ Association Community Engagement Committee. She describes her in-town neighbors as eclectic, seasoned, innovative, professional and environmentally conscious. Nearby to Midtown are the historic district, green spaces, a park, eateries, lounges, schools, theaters, gardens, shops and museums. Midtown residents are close to such attractions as

The Appeal of Living in the Suburbs the Fox Theatre, Piedmont Park, the Atlanta Botanical Gardens and the High Museum of Art. There are more in-town choices today than ever. Revitalization of Atlanta’s in-town neighborhoods is bringing new development and more people to some of the most underutilized areas of the city. The Atlanta BeltLine, a former railway corridor around Atlanta under development in stages as a multi-use trail, cradles the southern and eastern borders of the Grant Park area. Revitalization around the BeltLine will include developments that creatively cluster together homes, condos, apartments, businesses, retail, and restaurants. As a result, the Grant

Advocates of suburban living are just as passionate about their neighborhoods. Julianne Rivera has lived in the Towne Lake community in Cherokee County (about 30 miles northwest of downtown) for 20 years. She and her husband raised their children here and now have grandchildren who love to come visit. She cites the appeal of close proximity to anything you need. “You’re near downtown Woodstock, but not amid all the hubbub,” says Rivera. Her family enjoys the amenities of the Towne Lake Hills subdivision, including three pools (with a kiddie pool and a large water slide), tennis facilities, golf, a clubhouse with a restaurant and a | Newcomer Magazine | 15

large playground. Nearby there are good walking trails, and it’s easy to get on and off I-575. “I feel like we’re in the foothills, but close enough to go into the city,” she says. “There is a camaraderie that’s tremendous,” she says. “I know of at least eight families who moved out of state and then moved back into Towne Lake Hills because it has a family feel to it. There are tremendous friends, great for all ages. We choose to stay because the people have created our home—the neighbors, they’re not just neighbors, they’re family.” As a college town with local theatre and concerts and plenty going on, Gainesville (50 or so miles to the Northeast of Atlanta) is the right suburban lifestyle choice for Christi Lazear, a retired flight attendant and former art teacher. She and her husband live in Cresswind at Lake Lanier, an “active adult community.” The social life inside the community appeals to Lazear, including a clubhouse, tennis, a theatre group, a

Suburban growth has changed the face of many communities around Atlanta. kayaking group and a travel club. “It’s like a camp for grownups,” she says. The Gainesville area has anything she wants, says Lazear. It’s close to the mountains and to Athens (“where I have a kid”). “It’s the best of both worlds,” she says. “You can get into Atlanta, but the local theatre is very good, too.” Suburban growth has changed the face of many communities around Atlanta. Prime examples are Suwanee and Gwinnett County. Amber Wickham, a resident of Suwanee and seventh grade language arts teacher, has lived in Gwinnett her whole life, and her family has

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been around for six generations. “To say we have seen the area change is an understatement,” she says. “Thirty years ago, this area would be unrecognizable to today’s average Suwanee resident.” That evolution is one factor in making Suwanee (about 30 miles north on I-85) the right place for Wickham. She says the area now has cultural and civic events that rival those of Atlanta, and “the hometown feel you get from a small town.” When Suwanee’s population boomed, leaders intentionally reserved green space for parks to be used by children and families, says Wickham. Sims Lake Park, for one, is great for taking a leisurely stroll, while dogs love running and playing at the dog park at Settles Bridge Park.

Something to Love for Any Lifestyle Although the options of an in-town community or a suburb might seem a straightforward choice, the distinction is not always so clear. An

TOP PHOTO: Amanda Myers.

Suwanee, located in the suburbs, has won numerous awards throughout the years.

example is the Smyrna community, which has characteristics of both an in-town and a suburban community. Smyrna offers culture, value and proximity to downtown, but is geographically—slightly— outside the perimeter. “We are historically considered a suburban community, but with the addition of the Braves stadium and companion development, our feel, very soon, will be a vital mix of both suburban and in-town,” says Jennifer L. Bennett, Smyrna’s Community Relations Director. The Cobb Galleria Centre and the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre are adjacent to Smyrna’s city limits. The walkable community also welcomes events and happenings such as summer concerts in downtown and the popular Smyrna Food Truck Tuesday series showcasing the city’s quality of life. There are tons of residential living choices, from lofts and luxury rentals to porch-to-sidewalk craftsman homes and heavily forested large-lot neighborhoods. “The sense of community is strong and satisfying,” says Bennett. Whether seeking to live in-town or in suburbia (or some combination of the two), Atlanta has abundant choices for newcomers, whatever their preferences.


Newcomers may worry about in-town problems of traffic and crime, but residents of these areas say the challenges can be managed. Lauren Rocereta of the Grant Park Neighborhood Association says her community, like most in-town neighborhoods, suffers from some level of crime. However, Grant Park has been transforming for the past 30 years or so and has a well-established Grant Park Security Patrol, funded by neighbors and local businesses, consisting of off-duty Atlanta Police Department officers who monitor 911, respond quickly when patrolling, and have full arrest rights. “Crime continues to decrease, and it certainly hasn’t kept some of the best people in the state from moving to Grant Park,” says Rocereta. A problem for Midtown residents is limited access to street parking, a problem they mitigate by paying for annual or monthly parking spaces, says Midtown resident E. Camille Chillis. Parking can be a challenge for residents of Ansley Park, too, says Kevin Grady. Major events being held at Piedmont Park have a big downside for Ansley Park, as event attendees tend to park in the neighborhood and cause traffic issues. Busy events at Piedmont Park that can bring on parking headaches include the July 4th 10K run, the Dogwood Festival, and Music Midtown. “That’s a small price to pay for the convenience and beauty of the neighborhood,” says Grady. | Newcomer Magazine | 17


spotlight Gainesville By Muriel Vega


estled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Gainesville continues to attract new residents and businesses with affordable housing, plentiful recreation and proximity to Lake Lanier. Gainesville was named a top 10 place to live in Georgia by and one of America’s top 15 “most fun and affordable” cities by Bloomberg Businessweek.

Housing Whether you’re looking to retire or start a new family, Gainesville offers a variety of housing options. Latham Creek Manor offers homes with an average price of $161,400—with some of the ranch-style homes offering between 1- and 2-acre lots. The new Mundy Mill subdivision offers affordable homes starting in the $160s, near the emerging Oakwood area. With Brenau University and the University of North Georgia (formerly Gainesville State College) nearby, rental options are plentiful. The Lenox Park Apartments (770-287-1972) are close to all of the city schools and boast a shimmering swimming pool and children’s play area. Another option is Park Creek Apartments (770-287-1414), a gated community near public transit.

Lake Lanier Islands Resort

The Inside Track Gainesville is known as the “chicken capital of the world” for its thriving poultry industry. Many of Gainesville’s top employers are in the poultry business, which developed after World War II.

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Local Treasures Browse the more than 50 shops and restaurants in charming, historic Downtown Gainesville, tee up at the public Chattahoochee Golf Club (770-532-0066), or walk the Rock Creek Greenway, a 2-mile trail connecting downtown to Lake Lanier. The area’s natural attractions, including Lake Lanier and the Blue Ridge Mountains, draw outdoor enthusiasts year-round: Camp overnight and stretch out on a 40,000 square-foot beach looking out on the lake at River Forks Park (770-531-3952) or venture

Culinary Treats Recess Southern Gastro Pub (678-450-0444) is a popular choice for dinner with an expansive menu. Atlas Pizza (770-531-1144) is a local favorite for pies, wings and sandwiches—be sure to try the White Pizza. Grab one of the delicious po’ boys at the Atlanta Highway Seafood Market (770-287-8277) and take home some fresh seafood. Scott’s on the Square (770-536-1111) and Luna’s Restaurant and Piano Lounge (770-531-0848) offer fine dining.

Arts and Entertainment The Quinlan Visual Arts Center (770-5362575) exhibits local artists and offers art classes. The Atlanta Botanical Garden, Gainesville (404-888-4760), is a 168-acre extension of the popular Midtown Atlanta attraction. The Brenau Downtown Center (770-534-8420) hosts concerts and other events. The downtown square hosts events like the Art in the Square festival in September. Interactive Neighborhood for Kids (770-536-1900) is a hands-on children’s museum where children can role play and climb aboard a real 1927 fire truck. The Beulah Rucker Museum (404-401-6589) highlights African-American history and heritage. N

Downtown Gainesville

PHOTO: Gainesville Tourism and Trade

Atlanta Botanical Garden, Gainesville

PHOTOS: (Middle) Atlanta Botanical Garden, (Bottom) Lake Lanier Islands Resort

Interactive Neighborhood for Kids

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The transitions to middle and high school can be daunting for both children and parents. As the new school year unfolds, the stress of those transitions is only compounded when you’re relocating to a new city. New middle and high school students enter larger schools and have to learn to cope with more peers, new teachers and unfamiliar subjects, as well as becoming the youngest students in the school— again. While some stress will always accompany the move to middle and high school, there should be excitement, too, and there is a wide variety of strategies to make the transition easier for both you and your child.

Communication is Key First, communication is key. Talk to your child and find out what concerns he or she has about moving up to middle or high school. Some of the most common concerns of new middle school students are being late, getting lost, failing, more challenging schoolwork, being bullied and taking tests. As these students transition into high school, their concerns change to making good grades, taking tests and final exams, difficult classes, turning work in on time and preparing for college. However, not all children have the same concerns. Your child may be more worried about what you expect from him or her, as well as making friends, peer pressure or getting into trouble. Discuss the transition with your child and ask them how they feel about the change so you can better understand their worries. Second, make sure you and your child are familiar with the new school and its transition resources. Many metro Atlanta schools host an orientation or open house, which can be particularly helpful. These events

typically allow students to meet teachers and other students, receive copies of their class schedules, and, most importantly, familiarize themselves with their new surroundings. In addition, some schools also provide families with information packets that include materials about peer pressure and middle or high school expectations, student handbooks with the school’s guidelines, and an outline about what to expect on the first day of school. Middle and high schools also usually feature more extracurricular activities that allow your child to make friends and explore new interests, so find out as much as possible about what your school has to offer. Of course, transitioning doesn’t end once school begins. Some middle and high schools offer peer programs that pair incoming sixth- and ninth-graders with older students who are available to answer questions, help younger students navigate the school, open lockers, etc. At the very least, these older peers give younger students the comfort of knowing they have someone at the school to turn to during those tough first months. Teacher mentoring, small group Q&A sessions and | Newcomer Magazine | 21

academic counselors also are great resources for students transitioning to new schools.

Schoolwork and Counseling Part of moving up to middle school and high school means schoolwork will become more challenging. As a parent, your job is to help ensure that your child successfully navigates this new academic landscape. Grading systems might change to a letter grade or a 100-point scale, and assignments will be tougher, so be sure to meet with your child’s new teachers at the beginning of the year to inquire about new expectations and grading policies. It’s important to ask about homework. How frequently will it be assigned? How much time will your child be expected to spend on it? Will the homework be graded for accuracy, or will the teacher just check to make sure it was completed? The more information you and your child have about expectations at the new school, the more at ease you both will feel. High school students also should be encouraged to think about what they want to do after they graduate. If they plan to attend college, they’ll

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need to choose college-preparatory courses that will help them to achieve their goals, and perhaps advanced placement classes as well. Maintaining good grades is more important than ever for high school students, and harder courses add to the burden. Success in high school, as reflected by grades, is key to increasing a student’s chances of attending the school of

It is essential to know how your child is doing so you can provide the assistance he or she may need. their choice. School counselors are a great resource for helping students prepare for life after high school. Most importantly, continue to meet regularly with your child’s teachers throughout the year. It’s essential to know how your child is doing so you can provide the assistance he or she may need. In addition to parent-teacher conferences, many metro Atlanta schools offer online programs where parents and students can monitor grades. Ask school administrators what options are available for tracking your child’s progress. Teachers also understand that the transition to middle or high school can be difficult, so if your child is feeling overwhelmed by the amount of schoolwork, discuss this with your child’s teacher; they may be able to help your child better organize his or her assignments. A smooth transition to middle and high school is critical to your child’s future academic success. Armed with the information you need to help your child know what to expect—and what’s expected of him— you’re much more likely to help ensure that the transition is as seamless as possible. | Newcomer Magazine | 23


Casa Montessori

Guiding Each Child’s Unique Path to Learning By Larry Anderson


asa Montessori is a hidden jewel of Marietta. Located conveniently off Powers Ferry Road, the school’s charming campus has a homey feel, including beautiful gardens that the children cultivate. The small, tight-knit community cultivates children’s minds, too, inspiring them to learn and guiding them along their education path. Casa Montessori encourages parents to be involved and learn about the school’s processes. “The more you know, the more you can help your child along the path,” says Suzanne M. Johnson, Directress, whose mother opened the school in 1974. “Each Montessori school has its own feel, and we’re the perfect fit for families that want to become part of our school community—it’s not impersonal.” The school emphasizes the “pure form” of Montessori learning methods, and teachers are AMI-certified (Association Montessori International) and properly trained (including four-year degrees). The Montessori approach, developed by Italian physician and educator Maria Montessori, allows each child to educate themselves based on their individual learning styles. The philosophy: If a child is inspired to learn, they will learn. Casa Montessori emphasizes independence, freedom within limits, and respect for each child’s natural—and unique—psychological, physical and social development. Teachers are guides who provide exercises that help children understand. The systematic approach builds from a “sound game” that allows children to hear their voices, through recognition of letters, cursive writing, to encouraging children to create their own stories. “They learn to read through manipulation of materials in the classroom,” says Johnson. They learn math concepts in practical ways, too—what does it feel like to hold 1,000 beads?

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“Each exercise has an outcome,” says Johnson. Students learn concepts from working with materials rather than by direct instruction. “The bottom line is that children love to learn, and they build self-confidence, independence, creativity and they learn to think out of the box.” Music, art and physical education are integrated into the Montessori curriculum. At Casa Montessori, there are 10x10-foot gardens outside each classroom area, which the children cultivate, and an outside courtyard where children can go to work independently, paint or do other activities. It’s a friendly, open atmosphere where everyone knows every child’s name— and every parent, too. Enrollment ranges from 130 to 155 students, from toddlers up; graduates will enter the seventh grade. Casa Montessori embraces world cultures, and students learn to respect all humanity. Every month or so, the school combines study of a region or country with a cultural celebration—from Italy Day (including Italian cooking and an Italian musical group) to India Day, France Day, and England Day (including a tea party). The school year is sprinkled with cultural events that parents are invited to attend. After 42 years, some Casa Montessori students are the second or third generations of their families to attend the school. “We watch children blossom into the wonderful people they are,” says Johnson, who notes that CEOs of major corporations are among Casa Montessori’s graduates. N

The Specifics Grades: Toddler through 6th Grade Student/Teacher Ratio: 20:1 or less Tuition: $9,000 to $12,000 Location: Marietta

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Arts & Entertainment A Variety of Choices to Appeal To All Ages and Stages of Life By Larry Anderson

Atlanta Ballet’s season will include Camino Real, a ballet based on a Tennessee Williams play.

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PHOTO: Charlie McCullers, courtesy of Atlanta Ballet

The arts and entertainment scene in and around Atlanta has something for everyone. There’s a reason it’s the arts capital of the Southeast, with top-notch theaters, music and performing arts venues, museums, and more. Some events and venues are friendly for the whole family, and can entertain children and adults together. Even teenagers and young adults will be engaged by the large number of eclectic choices. Married couples planning a date night will find plenty to do, and Baby Boomers will find much to appeal to them, including nostalgia and history.

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra is one of America’s leading orchestras, and an Atlanta treasure.

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The Swan House is one of two historic homes at the Atlanta History Center.





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ur 2016 Arts and Entertainment Guide, on the next several pages, includes something for every age group. We have highlighted some (among the many!) arts and entertainment choices with special appeal to various ages and stages of life—Families and Kids, Teens and Young Adults, Date Nights and Baby Boomers. But don’t take our word for it—be sure to explore all the possibilities for yourself, for any age group!

Alliance Theatre

The National Center for Civil and Human Rights.

F T D B One of Atlanta’s most celebrated theaters, the Tony Award-winning Alliance is known for launching Broadway shows and touring productions. Among the highlights of the 2016-2017 season are the American classic Moby Dick; Troubadour, a musical comedy with music by Sugarland’s Kristian Bush; and The Temple Bombing, a dramatic retelling of a pivotal event in Atlanta’s history. Plans are in place for a major building “reinvention” for the Alliance Theatre in the summer of 2017.

Atlanta Ballet Founded in 1929, the Atlanta Ballet is the oldest continually operating company in the country. The eclectic repertoire spans ballet history, highlighting beloved classics and inventive originals. The 87th season kicks off in December with its signature production, Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker, an Atlanta holiday tradition. Other highlights include Carmina Burana, a modern reimagining of the classic parable; and Snow White, a one-hour family ballet version of the familiar tale, designed for younger audiences, ages 12 and under.

Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education Anyone in the community, of any age or experience, can discover the joy of dance in the world-class Centre accredited by the National Association of Schools of Dance. Education and community programs help enrich children’s lives with the art of dance, and build on the rich legacy of dance. The | Newcomer Magazine | 27

Atlanta Symphony The Grammy Award-winning Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, one of America’s leading orchestras, has an ambitious 2016-2017 season on tap, including excellent live performances, renowned guest artists and engaging education initiatives. The orchestra performs more than 200 concerts a year, including educational and community concerts, for a combined audience of more than half a million people.

Atlanta History Center Situated on a 33-acre complex in Buckhead, the Atlanta History Center features two historic houses, the Centennial Olympic Games Museum, the Goizueta Gardens, 22 acres of historic gardens and trails, and the Kenan Research Center.

Atlanta Opera Since its first production in 1980, this acclaimed company has developed a reputation for fostering great local and international talent. For its 20162017 season, which will open in October, the Atlanta Opera will stage Mozart’s farcical romance The Abduction from the Seraglio, Donizetti’s Don Pasquale and four other productions. 28 | Newcomer Magazine |

Bodies … The Exhibition For an up-close view of the human body, you can’t beat this unique exhibit. More than 200 specially preserved bodies and specimens offer a look at our skeletal structure, musculature, nervous and reproductive systems, and more.

Broadway in Atlanta Sponsored by Fifth Third Bank, Broadway in Atlanta hosts a number of touring Broadway productions each year at the Fox Theatre, including The Illusionists – Live from Broadway this fall. Highlights of the 2016-2017 season will include the Roundabout Theater Company’s Tony Award-winning production of Cabaret; and The Bodyguard, a musical based on the hit film. Matilda The Musical will bring to life Roald Dahl’s story of an extraordinary girl who dares to change her destiny. Finding Neverland tells the story behind one of the world’s most beloved characters, Peter Pan. An American in Paris is a musical based on the works of George and Ira Gershwin.

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Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education enables students to receive the special benefit of rehearsing with and observing a professional company, learning the ins and outs of being a professional dancer.

The High Museum of Art is the South’s leading art museum.

The Children’s Museum of Atlanta.

PHOTOS: (Top) High Museum of Art; (Bottom Left) Jeff Roffman; (Bottom Right) Spivey Hall.

Spivey Hall is located on the campus of Clayton State University.

Center For Puppetry Arts

Fernbank Museum Of Natural History This enchanting Midtown institution houses a museum dedicated to the art of puppetry, including iconic Jim Henson characters Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Oscar the Grouch, Bert and Ernie. The Center also hosts workshops and performances. Upcoming highlights include Tales of Peter Rabbit (Sept. 14-25) and Jungle Book (Oct. 12-23). Take an entertaining and educational look at natural history at this Decatur museum, with such permanent exhibits as “A Walk Through Time in Georgia” and “Giants of the Mesozoic,” which showcases some of the world’s largest dinosaurs. There’s also an IMAX theatre with an ever-changing lineup of fascinating and thrilling films.

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Ferst Center for The Arts At Georgia Tech Sparking imagination and inspiring discovery in all children through the power of play, this downtown attraction is the only venue of its kind in Atlanta, presenting programs and exhibits for young children up to age 8. The newly renovated museum features bright, creative, hands-on exhibits designed to promote inventive problem solving, creative thinking and artistic expression. Core competencies for literacy, math and science are promoted throughout all exhibits and programming. Permanent exhibits like “Fundamentally Food” and “Step Up to Science” foster a sense of creativity and discovery. Daily programs include hands-on and creative programs, all part of the price of admission. Located on the Georgia Tech campus, this 1,159-seat venue hosts theater, dance and comedy performances. Upcoming shows include Chicago’s Famous Second City sketch and improv group and Pilobolus: Shadowland, a mix of shadow theater, dance, circus and concert. With a mash-up of dazzling wizardry, spectacular dance moves, and original music, iLuminate tells a story of adventure and romance using the power of light and wearable technology. Georgia-born choreographer Alonzo King returns to his home state with his visionary choreography, brought to life by the extraordinary Alonzo King LINES Ballet. The Arts@Tech series also includes Hiromi: The Trio Project, featuring one of jazz piano’s most virtuosic composers. u | Newcomer Magazine | 29

Fox Theatre This Midtown landmark, a former 1920s movie palace known for its Moorish and Egyptian architecture, hosts a number of concerts, performances and plays. Daily 60-minute tours showcase the venue’s history and mustsee details – from the orchestra pit and Mighty Mo’, the largest working Moller theatre organ in the world, to the Men’s Lounge featuring the original furniture chosen by the wife of movie-mogul William Fox.

Gone with The Wind Museum Dedicated to Margaret Mitchell’s world-famous novel and its classic movie adaptation, this charming museum on the historic Marietta Square showcases some of Mitchell’s personal volumes of the novel, as well as movie memorabilia, including the original Bengaline honeymoon gown worn by Vivien Leigh as Scarlett O’Hara in the movie. There is also an educational display dedicated to the African American cast members of the movie Gone With The Wind. Other pieces include foreign film posters, premier programs, conceptual artworks, advertisements and other collectibles. A three-day Marietta Classic Film Festival, Sept. 23-25, will include screenings of To Kill a Mockingbird, American Graffiti, and Gone With the Wind, at the Marietta Performing Arts Center, with appearances by cast members of the films and other activities.

The museum is dedicated to Margaret Mitchell’s novel and the classic movie.

High Museum of Art The Southeast’s leading art museum, the High is renowned for its notable architecture, its collection of classic and contemporary art, and exhibits like the current “Tiovivo: Whimsical Sculptures” by Jaime Hayon and Wood Sculpture from the Gordon W. Bailey Collection.

Interactive Neighborhood for Kids Since first opening its doors in August of 2002, Interactive Neighborhood for Kids (INK) has established itself as a one-of-a-kind children’s museum that engages children of all ages through interactive, hands-on learning. Offering children a miniature version of a “grownup” community, INK allows them to role-play as doctors, nurses, teachers, postal workers and more. INK is located an hour north of Atlanta in Gainesville, Ga. Through donations, grants, corporate business and community support, INK is planning to move into a new 50,000-square-foot building that will offer more learning opportunities for a wider variety of age groups.

National Center for Civil and Human Rights This attraction traces the history of the American civil rights movement and explores its relationship to today’s human rights efforts across the globe. Exhibits include items from Morehouse College’s collection of Dr. Martin Luther King’s personal papers and belongings. The Civil Rights Movement gallery presents the brave fight for equality in The American Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s. 30 | Newcomer Magazine |

The Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts on the campus of Emory University.

Suwanee SculpTour This popular public art exhibit in Suwanee, a half-hour north of Atlanta, features 17 original sculptures that can be enjoyed during a 1-mile walking tour in and around the city’s Town Center Park. The current exhibit will remain on display through through March 2017. A program of the Public Arts Commission, Suwanee SculpTour is supported through private donations. The current exhibit has more art pieces, more local artists, and the largest sculpture yet to be included in Suwanee’s public art encounter.

Zoo Atlanta

Schwartz Center for The Performing Arts Renowned for its exceptional acoustics, this 400seat space on the campus of Clayton State University in Morrow is a great setting for live jazz and classical music. Among the highlights of the upcoming season are performances by violinist Hilary Hahn; and pianists pianists Joyce Yang, Louis Lortie, and Yefim Bronfman.

PHOTO: Mark Teague Emory University’s Schwartz Center features an 800-seat concert hall that hosts music, dance and theater performances, including students, faculty, and guest artists. Upcoming attractions include violinist Sarah Chang and the Branford Marsalis Quartet with Special Guest Kurt Elling.

Spivey Hall The Atlanta Zoo is one of four zoos in the United States housing giant pandas. It’s just one of Zoo Atlanta’s informative, educational and engaging experiences. Wildlife shows include free-flying birds, and a petting zoo features friendly goats and sheep. The Zoo’s Wild Encounters program allows visitors to go behind the scenes to meet and feed an African elephant, giant panda or Aldabra tortoise. In early 2017, Atlanta Zoo will break ground on its “Grand New View” project; the Cyclorama building and adjacent property will be transformed to overlook a new habitat for African elephants and giraffes. | Newcomer Magazine | 31

LEFT: CamiCakes has ice cream as well as gourmet cupcakes. RIGHT: Alon’s locations in Atlanta can indulge any sweet tooth.

6 Top Spots to Indulge a Passion for Sweets By Tony Jenkins

If you have a sweet tooth, dessert is the course you look forward to the most. In Atlanta and surrounding areas, there’s no shortage of quality locations where anyone can load up on pastries, cookies, chocolates, cupcakes, pies and ice cream. We’ve picked out a few of our favorites as a starting point in your quest for the delightful, delectable and divine. 32 | Newcomer Magazine |

INSET: Cafe Intermezzo is a Viennese-style coffeehouse beloved by Atlantans since 1979.

Highland Bakery If you don’t mind a wait, this Old Fourth Ward bakery has the goods to satisfy all your sweet cravings, as well as your savory ones. From muffins, cookies, cakes and breads made with chemical-free grains, to comfort food offerings like Ricotta pancakes and country-fried steak Benedict, the Highland Bakery is sure to remain an Atlanta favorite for years to come. The wait is worth it, and there are six other Atlanta locations, too.

Cafe Intermezzo It’s easy to understand why this Viennese-style coffeehouse has been beloved by Atlantans since 1979. There are more than 100 different dessert offerings, including cakes, pies and tarts. In addition, full lunch and dinner menus and alcoholic beverages make Café Intermezzo the perfect spot throughout the day and late into the night. There are locations in Midtown, Dunwoody and at the Atlanta airport.

CamiCakes CamiCakes, which got its start in Orange Park, Fla., has two Atlanta-area locations—Buckhead

specializes in wedding cakes so tasty you may decide to get married, or to renew your vows.

Alon’s Bakery & Market

and Vinings—where you can get some of the tastiest gourmet cupcakes you’ve ever had the pleasure of biting into. With flavors like chocolate raspberry, almond cream, chocolate peanut butter cream and CinnaSwirl, a CamiCake is perfect not only for dessert, but also for parties, weddings—or just because. Atlanta area locations are in Buckhead, Vinings, Alpharetta, Smyrna and East Point.

Henri’s Bakery You know a business is doing something right if they manage to stick around for more than 80 years. Henri’s (pronounced on-REES) has been delighting Atlantans with a selection of breads, French pasties, donuts, cakes, and cookies since 1929. This charming French bakery, with locations in Buckhead and Sandy Springs, also This European-style bakery and market serves some of the best made-from-scratch pastries, cookies, chocolates, cakes and bread in the city. With locations in Virginia-Highlands and in Park Place across from Perimeter Mall, Alon’s is a mainstay of many “Best” lists. In addition to having more than enough choices to satisfy your sweet tooth, there’s also a wide selection of gourmet sandwiches, artisan cheeses and wine.

Morelli’s Ice Cream Since opening in 2008, Morelli’s has earned several lofty accolades, including being named one of the top five ice cream shops in America by Bon Appétit magazine. Morelli’s goes beyond the same tried-and-true flavors offered almost anywhere. They push the boundaries with unique signature flavors like Strawberry Rosewater, Dark Chocolate Chili, Coconut Jalapeño, Ginger Lavender and Salted Caramel. The results are decadently delicious. Locations are on Moreland Avenue, Atlanta; in Dunwoody; and at the Atlanta airport. | Newcomer Magazine | 33




LUXURY Georgia’s Oldest Hotels and Inns Are Gems from Yesteryear By Tony Jenkins

The 1812 Inn in Macon offers a relaxing and romantic vibe.

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Learning about Georgia’s history can be a relaxing and even romantic adventure. There are many hotels and inns throughout Georgia where history, luxury and Southern charm intersect. Encompassing both grandeur and quaint, elegant charm, here are just a few of Georgia’s historic hospitality venues.

Stay in a part of history at the Jekyll Island Club Hotel, and (INSET) have drinks on the Riverfront Veranda as the sun sets.

PHOTOS: (Top) J&D Images; (Inset) Peacock Photo & Video

The 1842 Inn A quaint bed and breakfast in Macon, the 1842 Inn was a home built by the city’s former mayor, John Gresham, in, well, you can guess the year. There are 19 guest rooms found within the main, Greek revival-style antebellum house and the adjoining Victorian cottage, as well as four hospitality parlors. Antique paintings, oriental carpets, heart of pine flooring and 12-foot ceilings accentuate each room, and many include fireplaces and whirlpools. To bolster the relaxing and romantic vibe, there’s a 17-columned wrap-around verandah where you can sip on iced tea (or other beverage) while overlooking the courtyard.

The Fitzpatrick Hotel After a fire decimated much of Washington, Georgia’s public square in 1895, brothers J.H. and T.M. Fitzpatrick returned to the city, between Athens and Augusta, and began construction on what would become The Fitzpatrick Hotel. After opening in 1898, the historic hotel went through several ownership and name changes, and was eventually closed in 1952. More than 50 years later, after the hotel was added to the National Register of Historic Places, The Fitzpatrick was restored and reopened. By using old photos, original memorabilia and purchasing period antiques,

the new owners retained the hotel’s original Victorian grandeur and charm, while including modern-day conveniences like HDTVs and Wi-Fi access.

The Gastonian What’s better than one mansion? Two adjacent Regency-Italianate mansions have been turned into a four-diamond awardwinning bed and breakfast in a charming residential area of Savannah. The two mansions that now make up The Gastonian were built in 1868 and exemplify the Southern charm one would expect from a history-laden city like Savannah. From the grand décor and period antiques to the fireplaces and tranquil gardens, The Gastonian was recognized by Conde Nast Traveler magazine  as one of the finest places to stay in the world. It’s a great location, too: The Gastonian is in the Savannah historic district within walking distance of Forsyth Park, Colonial Park Cemetery and several of the city squares.

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ing Presidents Calvin Coolidge and Warren Harding, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Walt Disney and Charles Lindbergh. In 1939, the Terrace hosted the premiere gala for the movie “Gone With The Wind,” and stars like Clark Gable and Vivian Leigh were right at home amid the turreted corners, floor-to-ceiling windows, gorgeous chandeliers and wrap-around verandas. In the 1970s, the hotel played host to musical acts such as Bruce Springsteen, Kiss and Billy Joel in its Electric Ballroom. After avoiding demolition in the 1980s by being listing on the National Register of Historic Places, there was a brief stint as an apartment building. In the early 1990s, The Georgian Terrace reopened as a luxury hotel. Now billed as “Atlanta’s Modern Classic,” the Southern charm remains, but is now complemented by modern features, including award-wining fine dining at the Livingston Restaurant & Bar.

Jekyll Island Club Hotel People like J.P. Morgan, William Rockefeller, Joseph Pulitzer and William K. Vanderbilt played roles in the history of the Jekyll Island Club Hotel, which was founded in 1886 as a private club that included members from some of the world’s wealthiest families. Designated a historic landmark

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in 1978 and reopened as a resort hotel in 1985, it is now one of the top resorts in Georgia. In addition to a history tour, the hotel includes two restaurants, a café, a pub, a swimming pool and a nearby private beach club, among other amenities. The location, on one of the State’s four coastal barrier islands, provides a lush and unspoiled backdrop for the elegance and Victorian charm you’ll find at every turn. Even if you don’t stay the night, it’s worth a visit for the architecture and to soak up the historic ambiance.

The Piedmont Hotel When it opened in 1876, The Piedmont Hotel in Gainesville, Georgia, was a three-story, 36-room, u-shaped structure owned and operated by Confederate General James Longstreet. Throughout the years, Longstreet hosted several high-profile guests, including generals Joseph Johnston and Daniel Sickles, writer Joel Chandler Harris, and President Woodrow Wilson, whose daughter, Jessie, was born on the ground floor of the hotel. Today, it’s the only floor of the hotel that remains, after a last-minute decision saved it from being demolished with the rest of the hotel in 1918. However, it has been renovated and is headquarters of The Longstreet Society, open Tuesday through Saturday.

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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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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

GETTING STARTED tax on vehicles. Your tag office will provide the amount of sales tax on your vehicle. For information on a specific county, contact the appropriate 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

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

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UTILITIES & CONTACTS Electricity ELECTRICITY Cartersville CityofofCartersville Cartersville 770-387-5631 City 770-387-5631 Company GeorgiaPower Power Company888-660-5890 Georgia Company 888-660-5890 Gas GAS Georgia’s natural gas market is deregulated. For a list of providers for this county, visit

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the county seat after nearby Cassville was largely destroyed by Union General William Sherman. Located within the hills of North Georgia, Cartersville boasts several museums, including the Tellus Science Museum, the Booth Western Art Museum, the Rose Lawn Museum and the Bartow History Center. It is also home to the Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site, featuring prehistoric mounds dating back more than 1,000 years. Natural attractions including Lake Allatoona, Red Top Mountain State Park and the Pine Mountain Trail provide residents with outdoor recreation options and other familyfriendly activities. Today, Cartersville boasts a population of more than 19,000 residents, and has its own school district made up of five schools, from pre-K to high school.

WHITE Originally named Cass County, BARTOW Bartow County was renamed after CARTERSVILLE Colonel Francis S. Bartow in 1861. EMERSON Rich in Native American history, the county was created from part of Cherokee County in 1832. The county saw great devastation during the Civil County County The first Georgia War, which was especially Neighborhoods Neighborhoods town to be registered in tragic after the prosperous the National Register of antebellum period the area had Historic Places, Adairsville enjoyed. Union General William Schools Schools Sherman burned nearby Cassville, was named after Chief John Median household income: $49,060 the original county seat, to the Adair, a Scottish settler who Median age of residents: 35.6 ground in 1864; the county married a Cherokee Indian Population: 100,661 seat was moved in 1867 to girl. The Western and Sales tax: 7% Cartersville, where it remains. Atlantic Railroad played Chamber of Commerce Though Cassville never a central part in the city’s 770-382-1466, recovered from the war, the growth in the mid-1800s, as Property Taxes county and Cartersville benefited local businesses flourished Per $1,000 of assessed value is: from the area’s natural resources around the depot. SixtyUnincorporated Bartow County, $27.73 and transportation. Mining and five miles from both Atlanta Cartersville, $30.73 agriculture became important and Chattanooga, the city Adairsville, $32.66 parts of the local economy along is perfect for an overnight Tax Commissioner: 770-387-5111 with textiles, corn and cotton. stay, especially at the . Today, the county offers a Currently, the county employs a nearby Barnsley Gardens tight-knit community, with a great sole commissioner form of government, Resort, which offers spa treatments, school system and affordable housing. and is the largest county to have such a gardens, restaurants, golf and In addition to Cartersville, the county government in the state. Georgia is the beautiful English cottages sure to is also home to the cities of Adairsville, only remaining state to allow for sole take your breath away. Kingston, Euharlee and Emerson. commissioner governments. Adairsville is also an antiques Attractions include the Euharlee lover’s dream, with the Georgia Covered Bridge and History Museum, North Antique Mall and the 1902 the Noble Hill-Wheeler Memorial Stock Exchange shop both in the Center, the Civil War Museum in small downtown area. N Kingston, the world’s first Coca Cola outdoor advertisement and abundant For more counties and neighborhood Incorporated in 1850, Cartersville nature trails in such spots as Pine Top information, visit our Web site at is full of history. The city became Mountain and Red Top Mountain.

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Cherokee County

EDUCATION public SCHOOLS schools PUBLIC Cherokee County Schools Cherokee County Schools BoardofofEducation Education 770-479-1871 Board 770-479-1871


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County County Neighborhoods Neighborhoods Schools Schools Median household income: $63,518 Median age of residents: 34 Population: 210,529 Sales tax: 6% Commerce 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

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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,

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

Schools ElementarySchools Schools 22 Elementary 22 Middle Schools Schools Middle Schools 77 Schools IntermediateSchools Schools 11 Intermediate Schools HighSchools Schools 66 High Alternative 1 Alternative 1 Alternative Evening 1 Evening 1 Evening expenditures Per-pupilexpenditures expenditures $8,578 Per-pupil $8,578 information: School&&bus businformation: information:770-720-2112 770-720-2112 School Scores Avg. SAT Scores Co. CherokeeCo. Co. 1560 Cherokee 1560 Georgia 1460 Georgia 1460 Georgia 1460 National 1509 National 1509 National 1509 pRivate SCHOOLS schools PRIVATE Visit our Web site at for a list of private schools in this county.

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

770-887-2363 770-887-2363

Gas GAS Georgia’s natural gas market is deregulated. For a list of providers for this county, visit Telephone TELEPHONE AT&T 888-436-8638 AT&T 888-436-8638 Communications ETCCommunications Communications 678-454-1212 ETC 678-454-1212 TDS Telecom-Nelson TDS Telecom-Nelson 770-735-2000 Ball Ground Ground Ground 770-735-2000 Windstream 800-501-1754 Windstream 800-501-1754 Windstream 800-501-1754 Water WATER CherokeeCounty County Cherokee Authority WaterAuthority Authority 770-479-1813 Water 770-479-1813 Ground CityofofBall BallGround Ground 770-735-2123 City 770-735-2123 City of Canton 770-704-1500 City ofCanton Canton 770-704-1500 Waleska CityofofWaleska Waleska 770-479-2912 City 770-479-2912 Woodstock CityofofWoodstock Woodstock City

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Cable TV CABLE Charter Communications 888-438-2427 Charter Communications 888-438-2427 Comcast 404-266-2278 Comcast 404-266-2278 Comcast 404-266-2278 Communications ETCCommunications Communications 678-454-1212 ETC 678-454-1212 Hospitals HOSPITALS Northside Northside Hospital-Cherokee 770-720-5100 Hospital-Cherokee 770-720-5100 Hospital-Cherokee 770-720-5100 WellstarKennestone Kennestone Wellstar Hospital 770-793-5000 Hospital 770-793-5000 Hospital 770-793-5000 | Newcomer Magazine | 41


pUBLIC SCHOOLS schools PUBLIC Cobb County CountySchools Schools Cobb Board of of Education Education 770-426-3300 Board 770-426-3300 Schools ElementarySchools Schools 71 Elementary Schools MiddleSchools Schools 25 Middle Schools High Schools Schools 16 High Magnet 6 Magnet Magnet 6 Charter 6 Charter 6 Special 4 Special Special 4 Per-pupil expenditures expenditures $8,816 Per-pupil $8,816 770-422-3500 770-422-3500

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

Co. Cobb Co. Co. 1534 Cobb 1534 City Marietta City City 1514 Marietta 1514 Georgia 1460 Georgia 1460 Georgia 1460 National 1509 National 1509 National 1509 pRivate SCHOOLS schools PRIVATE SCHOOLS PRIVATE Visit our our Web Web site site at at Visit for aa list list of of private private schools schools in in this this county. county. for


CobbEnergy Energy (Electricity, Security, Cobb (Electricity, Security, Telephone and Satellite TV) TV) 770-429-2222 Telephone and Satellite 770-429-2222 ELECTRICITY Acworth Power 770-974-5233 Acworth Power 770-974-5233 EMC CobbEMC EMC 770-429-2100 Cobb 770-429-2100 GeorgiaPower Power 888-660-5890 Georgia 888-660-5890 Corp. GreyStonePower Power Corp. 770-942-6576 GreyStone Corp. 770-942-6576 MariettaPower/ Power/ Marietta ColumbiaEnergy Energy 770-794-5100 Columbia 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 AT&T 888-436-8638 Comcast 404-266-2278 Comcast 404-266-2278 Comcast 404-266-2278 Worldcom MCIWorldcom Worldcom 770-541-7235 MCI 770-541-7235 Outside Georgia Georgia 800-356-3094 Outside Georgia 800-356-3094 WATER Water AustellWater Water 770-944-4300 Austell 770-944-4300 770-423-1000 CobbCounty County Water Systems 770-423-1000 Cobb Water Systems Marietta Water 770-794-5100 Marietta Water 770-794-5100 Water PowderSprings Springs Water 770-943-8000 Powder Water 770-943-8000 Water SmyrnaWater Water 770-319-5338 Smyrna 770-319-5338 CABLE TV Bellsouth Multimedia 770-360-5000 Bellsouth Multimedia 770-360-5000 Communications CharterCommunications Communications888-438-2427 Charter 888-438-2427 Comcast 404-266-2278 Comcast 404-266-2278 Comcast 404-266-2278 HOSPITALS Emory Adventist Hospital 770-434-0710 Emory Adventist Hospital 770-434-0710 770-732-4000 WellStarCobb Cobb Hospital WellStar Hospital 770-732-4000 770-793-5000 WellStarKennestone Kennestone Hospital 770-793-5000 WellStar Hospital WellStar Windy HillHill Hospital 770-644-1000 WellStar Windy Hospital 770-644-1000 Hospital

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Marietta City CitySchools Schools Marietta Board of of Education Education Board



One of Family Circle magaCobb County came into zine’s “Ten Best Towns for Famibeing in 1832 when the state lies,” Kennesaw takes pride in its County redistributed land once part small-town atmosphere and boasts County Neighborhoods of the Cherokee Nation. abundant parks and green space, Neighborhoods Named after Thomas exceptional recreational programs Welch Cobb, the county and top-notch schools, 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 Schools destroyed during the Battle tractions such as the Smithsonian at Kennesaw Mountain. affiliated Southern Museum of $65,123 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 ofvalue. Tax Commissioner: 770-980-2000 delivers an amazing sense of style fers a quality of life unsurand love of life. The new Market passed in the Southeast. More than $770 million has been spent luxury apartments and condos near Village, home to fabulous restaurants, on transportation improvements in Cumberland Mall, secluded sub- bars and upscale shops and services, recent years, allowing residents easy divisions in East Cobb and horse is the final piece of a master plan for access to Atlanta and the commer- ranches in the northwest corner success. Call it “Main Street USA” or cial districts of Vinings Overlook, of the county. The small towns of “Disneyland,” but don’t overlook its Cumberland Parkway and the pres- Marietta, Vinings, Smyrna and Aus- charm and ability to offer the best in tigious “Platinum Triangle” in the tell still retain their Southern charm fresh, trendy lifestyle options. N Galleria area. amidst urban settings. According to For more counties and neighborhood A variety of housing options the Census Bureau, the median valinformation, visit our Web site at exist in Cobb County, including ue of homes in 2006 was $205,200.

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DeKalb County

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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.



The county seat of DeKalb, Decatur is a charming historic city known for its recreation and pedestrian-friendly streets. Its beating heart

The square is also home to some beautiful public art, and hosts numerous festivals, town celebrations and neighborhood events. Decatur is home to a diverse population, attracting young professionals, families, retirees and bright young college students— the city is home to the prestigious women’s university Agnes Scott College, and world-renowned Emory University is just outside the city limits. Older brick homes, smaller bungalows and cottage homes distinguish the community and the surrounding neighborhoods of Avondale Estates, Oakhurst and Candler Park.


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DeKalb County prosCounty County pers in part due to its exNeighborhoods Neighborhoods cellent transportation sys- tem. Five major road ar- teries traverse the county: Interstates 20, 85, 285, 675 and US Highway 78. Schools Schools Hartsfield-Jackson Inter- national Airport is only six miles from DeKalb’s Median household income: $51,753 southern border and the Median age of residents: 35 Population: 739,956 DeKalb Peachtree AirSales tax: 7% port, a general aviation field, is reported to be Chamber of Commerce DeKalb County the second busiest air404-378-8000, port 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 headis the Courthouse Square, which quartered there. The median value of homes in features an eclectic mix of store2006, according to the Census Bu- front boutiques and shops, restaurants and entertainment options. reau, 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 hotspot for families. N For more counties and neighborhood information, visit our Web site at

EDUCATION pUBLIC SCHOOLS schools PUBLIC DeKalbCounty County Schools DeKalb Schools BoardofofEducation Education 678-676-1200 Board 678-676-1200 Schools ElementarySchools Schools 83 Elementary 83 Schools MiddleSchools Schools 20 Middle 20 Schools HighSchools Schools 20 High 20 Per-pupil expenditures $9,896 Per-pupil expenditures $9,896 678-676-1300 School&&bus businformation information 678-676-1300 School CitySchools Schoolsofof Decatur City Decatur Board ofofEducation 404-370-4400 Board Education 404-370-4400 Learning EarlyLearning Learning 11 Early Schools ElementarySchools Schools 44 Elementary Middle Schools Schools Middle Schools 11 Schools HighSchools Schools 11 High Per-pupilexpenditures expenditures $13,444 Per-pupil $13,444 404-370-8737 School&&bus businformation information 404-370-8737 School Avg. SAT Scores Co. DeKalbCo. Co. 1334 DeKalb 1334 Decatur CityofofDecatur Decatur 1577 City 1577 Georgia 1460 Georgia 1460 Georgia 1460 National 1509 National 1509 National 1509 pRivate SCHOOLS schools PRIVATE Visit our Web site at for a list of private schools in this county.

UTILITIES & CONTACTS Electricity ELECTRICITY Power GeorgiaPower Power 404-395-7611 Georgia 404-395-7611 SnappingShoals Shoals EMC 770-786-3484 Snapping EMC 770-786-3484 EMC WaltonEMC EMC 770-972-2917 Walton 770-972-2917 Gas GAS Georgia’s natural gas market is deregulated. For a list of providers for this county, visit

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Telephone TELEPHONE 888-436-8638 888-436-8638 404-780-2355 404-780-2355 Water WATER

System DeKalbCounty County Water System 770-621-7200 DeKalb Water System 770-621-7200 Cable TV CABLE Communication CharterCommunication Communication877-728-3121 Charter 877-728-3121 Cablevision ComcastCablevision Cablevision 404-266-2278 Comcast 404-266-2278

Hospitals HOSPITALS of of Children’s Healthcare Children’s Healthcare Egleston AtlantaatatEgleston Egleston 404-785-6000 Atlanta 404-785-6000 Center DeKalbMedical Medical Center 404-501-1000 DeKalb Center 404-501-1000 Hospital EmoryUniversity University Hospital404-712-2000 404-712-2000 Emory Hospital PiedmontHospital Hospital Piedmont andand Medical Care Center 404-605-5000 Medical CareCenter Center 404-605-5000 | Newcomer Magazine | 43


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

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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.

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Elementary Schools Middle Schools High Schools Alternative Open Campus Per-pupil expenditures School & bus information

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 on Fayetteville’s historic town as Peachtree City was square. Both the county and city Schools originally settled by were named for the Marquis de Woodland Era Indians LaFayette, who fought alongside Median household income: $82,216 Median age of residents: 42.4 several thousand years ago, George Washington in the Population: 107,104 and ceded to the Federal Revolutionary War. Sales tax: 6% government in 1821 by Author Margaret Mitchell Chamber of Commerce Chief William 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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Fulton County


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Fulton County serves as the filled with high-rises, upscale center of the metro Atlanta area. restaurants, the Governor’s With 90 percent of the city of At- Mansion, the historic Swan lanta, including the state’s capital House and the Atlanta Hisbuilding, located within its borders, tory Center. it sits at the hub of the area’s finanBuckhead is also an cial, transportation, retail, commu- entertainment and dinnications and cultural services. A ing hotspot. With more number of Fortune 500 companies, than 200 restaurants, bars including the Coca-Cola Company, shops and luxury hoDelta Air Lines and UPS, are head- tels, the Buckhead quartered here. area is a magMore than 970,000 people live net for young in Fulton County, drawn by its con- professionals. venience to Interstates 75, 85 and 285 and Georgia State Route 400. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the median value of homes in Downtown Atlanta skyline Downtown Atlanta skyline the county is $246,200. Fulton is home to many of Atlanta’s signature neighOne of metro Atlanta’s borhoods, including its busCounty County most vibrant and affluent tling downtown district. Older Neighborhoods Neighborhoods cities, Alpharetta is home neighborhoods like Inman to approximately 62,000 Park, Grant Park, Candler Park residents, according to and Virginia-Highland offer af 2012 U.S. Census Bureau fordable housing, pedestrian estimates. They're drawn friendly layouts and plentiful to its mix of big-city vitalparks and recreational options. ity and small-town charm, Midtown Atlanta is the heart of as well as its many ameniAtlanta’s cultural scene, with the Schools Schools ties and affordable housWoodruff Arts Center (home to ing options. Homes range the Alliance Theatre, the Atlanta Median household income: $57,664 from large apartment comSymphony Orchestra and the Median age of residents: 34 munities to elegant subHigh Museum of Art) and the Population: 977,773 Sales tax: 7%, Atlanta City: 8% divisions, with a median historic Fox Theatre, as well as value of $324,300. a host of art galleries. Midtown’s Chamber of Commerce Alpharetta offers a vaPiedmont Park, the city’s most Greater North Fulton riety of parks and outdoor popular green space, hosts many 770-993-8806, Metro Atlanta attractions, including the outdoor festivals and concerts. 404-880-9000, Big Creek Greenway trail. South Fulton Shoppers flock to North 770-964-1984, Point Mall for a multiProperty Taxes tude of retail options. The The property tax rate per $1,000 of assessed value is: city’s historic downtown $44.12 for the City of Atlanta; $29.13 for incorporated Buckhead is “where old area boasts an appealing Fulton County; $41.60 for unincorporated Fulton money lives and new money town square surrounded County; $33.75 for Johns Creek; $33.86 for Sandy parties,” according to the Atby restaurants and shops. Springs. Tax Commissioner: 404-613-6100 lanta Journal-Constitution. With The Verizon Wireless Amits mixture of mansions and phitheatre hosts big-name uniquely styled homes, Buckhead The neighborhood also offers numerconcerts each summer. N is a favorite among architecture and ous antique stores, art galleries and For more counties and neighborhood history buffs. Convenient to Georgia mall shopping at Lenox Square and information, visit our Web site at 400, Interstate 85 and MARTA, it’s Phipps Plaza..





pUBLIC SCHOOLS schools PUBLIC FultonCounty County Schools Fulton Schools Board of 404-768-3600 Board ofEducation Education 404-768-3600 ElementarySchools Schools 58 Elementary 58 Schools MiddleSchools Schools 19 Middle 19 High Schools Schools 17 High Schools 17 Charter 8 Charter 8 Charter Centers 4 Centers 4 Centers Per-pupilexpenditures expenditures $9,561 Per-pupil $9,561 AtlantaPublic Public Schools Atlanta Schools BoardofofEducation Education 404-802-3500 Board 404-802-3500 ElementarySchools Schools 52 Elementary 52 Schools MiddleSchools Schools 14 Middle 14 Schools HighSchools Schools 20 High 20 Charter 15 Charter 15 Charter 15 Alternative 6 Alternative 6 Alternative Per-pupilexpenditures: expenditures: $13,069 Per-pupil $13,069 School&&bus businformation: information: 404-802-5500 School 404-802-5500 Scores Avg. SAT Scores Fulton Co. Co. 1567 Fulton Co. 1567 Georgia 1452 Georgia 1452 Georgia 1452 National 1498 National 1498 National 1498 pRivate SCHOOLS schools PRIVATE Visit our Web site at for a list of private schools in this county.

UTILITIES & CONTACTS Electricity ELECTRICITY Park CityofofCollege College Park 404-669-3759 City Park 404-669-3759 Point CityofofEast EastPoint Point 404-270-7010 City 404-270-7010 Fairburn CityofofFairburn Fairburn 770-964-3481 City 770-964-3481 City of Palmetto 770-463-3322 City ofPalmetto Palmetto 770-463-3322 Power GeorgiaPower Power 888-660-5890 Georgia 888-660-5890 Gas GAS Georgia’s natural gas market is deregulated. For a list of providers for this county, visit Telephone TELEPHONE AT&T AT&T 866-271-9724 AT&T 866-271-9724 Comcast 404-266-2278 Comcast 404-266-2278 Comcast 404-266-2278 County FultonCounty County Fulton


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Cable TV CABLE Communications CharterCommunications Communications887-906-9121 Charter 887-906-9121 Comcast 404-266-2278 Comcast 404-266-2278 Comcast 404-266-2278 Hospitals HOSPITALS 404-265-4000 AtlantaMedical Medical Center Atlanta Center 404-265-4000 Center AtlantaVAVAMedical Medical Center404-321-6111 404-321-6111 Atlanta Center Center for Center forthe the Impaired VisuallyImpaired Impaired 404-875-9011 Visually 404-875-9011 Children’sHealthcare Healthcare Atlanta Children’s of of Atlanta Spalding at Hughes HughesSpalding Spalding 404-785-9500 at 404-785-9500 Children’sHealthcare Healthcare Atlanta Children’s of of Atlanta Rite 404-785-5252 at Scottish ScottishRite Rite 404-785-5252 at EmoryUniversity University Emory Midtown HospitalMidtown Midtown 404-778-2000 Hospital 404-778-2000 Grady Memorial Hospital 404-606-1000 Grady Memorial Hospital404-606-1000 Hospital NorthFulton Fulton North Hospital RegionalHospital Hospital 770-751-2500 Regional 770-751-2500 Hospital NorthsideHospital Hospital 404-851-8000 Northside 404-851-8000 Hospital PiedmontHospital Hospital 404-605-5000 Piedmont 404-605-5000 Shepherd Center Center 404-352-2020 Shepherd Center 404-352-2020 Hospital St. Joseph’s Joseph’sHospital Hospital 678-843-7001 St. 678-843-7001 | Newcomer Magazine | 45

COUNTY INFORMATION pUBLIC SCHOOLS schools PUBLIC Gwinnett County Schools Gwinnett County Schools BoardofofEducation: Education: 678-301-6000 Board 678-301-6000 Schools ElementarySchools Schools 72 Elementary 72 Schools MiddleSchools Schools 24 Middle 24 Schools HighSchools Schools 20 High 20 Alternative 6 Alternative 6 Alternative Campus OpenCampus Campus 11 Open Per-pupilexpenditures: expenditures: $8,338 Per-pupil $8,338 City Schools City SchoolsofofBuford Buford BoardofofEducation: Education: 770-945-5035 Board 770-945-5035 Schools ElementarySchools Schools 11 Elementary Schools MiddleSchools Schools 11 Middle High Schools Schools High Schools 11 Academy 1 Academy 1 Academy expenditures Per-pupilexpenditures expenditures $10,198 Per-pupil $10,198 Avg. SAT Scores Gwinnett Co. Co. 1526 Gwinnett Co. 1526 Buford CityofofBuford Buford 1455 City 1455 Georgia 1460 Georgia 1460 Georgia 1460 National 1509 National 1509 National 1509 pRivate SCHOOLS schools PRIVATE Visit our Web site at for a list of private schools in this county.

UTILITIES & CONTACTS Electricity ELECTRICITY Buford CityofofBuford Buford 770-945-6761 City 770-945-6761 CityofofLawrenceville Lawrenceville 770-963-2414 City 770-963-2414 770-448-2122 City of City ofNorcross Norcross 770-448-2122 GeorgiaPower Power 404-395-7611 Georgia 404-395-7611 EMC JacksonEMC EMC 770-963-6166 Jackson 770-963-6166 SawneeEMC EMC 770-887-2363 Sawnee 770-887-2363 EMC WaltonEMC EMC 770-972-2917 Walton 770-972-2917 Gas GAS Georgia’s natural gas market is deregulated. For a list of providers for this county, visit


Telephone TELEPHONE 888-436-8638 888-436-8638

Water WATER Buford 770-889-4600 Buford 770-889-4600 Buford 770-889-4600 Dacula 770-963-7451 Dacula 770-963-7451 Dacula 770-963-7451 678-376-6800 Gwinnett City Water Gwinnett City Water 678-376-6800 Water Lawrenceville 770-963-2414 Lawrenceville 770-963-2414 Lawrenceville 770-963-2414 Norcross 770-448-2122 Norcross 770-448-2122 Cable TV CABLE Bellsouth Multimedia 770-360-5000 Bellsouth Multimedia 770-360-5000 Charter Communications 888-438-2427 CharterCommunications Communications888-438-2427 Comcast 404-266-2278 Comcast 404-266-2278 Comcast 404-266-2278 Hospitals HOSPITALS Emory Eastside Emory Eastside MedicalCenter Center Medical

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Hospital 678-584-6800 JoanGlancy Glancy Memorial Hospital 678-584-6800 Joan Memorial Hospital 678-584-6800 678-312-4321 Gwinnett Medical Center 678-312-4321 Gwinnett Medical Center Pavilion Gwinnett Women’s Pavilion 678-312-4770 Gwinnett Women’s Pavilion 678-312-4770 SummitRidge Ridge Center Summit Center Health for Behavorial BehavorialHealth Health 770-822-2200 for 770-822-2200

Gwinnett County

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for any railroad aficionado. Some of Duluth’s neighborhoods include Edgewater Estates, Sweet Bottom Plantation, and Riverbrooke. Affluent estates with antebellum architecture can be found as well as apartment communities, older brick, ranch-style homes and subdivisions. Duluth still retains some of its original small-town businesses, along with chain businesses, many accessible by Ga. 400 and I-85.


Suwanee is named after the Shawnee Indians who settled here in the latter part of the 18th Originally part of Georgia’s century. Following the official Native American territory, Gwinnett founding of the city in 1837, County was created by the State Suwanee became a railroad stop Legislature in 1818 and named after along the Southern Railroad route. It Button Gwinnett, the third signer of remained a small country town well the Declaration of Independence and into the ’70s when construction of a former state governor. I-85 and U.S. 23 brought easy access While the county was to the region. once largely rural with small Since then, Suwanee County County towns, country stores, farms has experienced tremenNeighborhoods Neighborhoods and forests, today it is home to dous growth, from 2,000 more than 245 international residents in 1990 to companies and 450 high-tech more than 10,000 today. firms. With an average of 260 To help manage growth, Schools Schools new professional and industrial the city has developed companies relocating to the a comprehensive developMedian household income: $64,005 county each year, attracting more ment plan that promotes Median age of residents: 33 than 6,000 new jobs, Gwinnett pedestrian-oriented dePopulation: 789,499 County remains in the top 10 velopment and mixedSales tax: 6% ranking for growth nationwide. use zoning. Designated Chamber of Commerce The county supports many a Tree City USA for more Gwinnett County cultural events, restaurants than 10 years, the city 770-232-3000, and shopping opportunities, is committed to preserving Property Taxes including the Mall of Georgia. 27 percent of its land as The property tax in unincorporated Gwinnett Gwinnett County remains green space. County is $31.77 per $1,000 of assessed value. affordable for renters and firstSuch foresight has Tax Commissioner: 770-822-8800. time home buyers, many of whom allowed Suwanee to retain find homes in the communities of of the most exclusive neighborhoods its old-fashioned charm while proDoraville, Lawrenceville and Snellville. in Metro Atlanta and is home to viding contemporary convenience. The median value of homes in 2006, some of the best golf courses and Only 35 miles from downtown Ataccording to the Census Bureau, was private tennis clubs. There are lanta, Suwanee is close to big-city numerous parks for recreation and attractions, business districts and $193,100. participatory sports, including shopping. Many antique shops and Bunten Road Park and “Shorty” historic structures, including severHowell Park. Two major malls, al Victorian and regional farm-style Gwinnett Place and Northpoint, homes, are located near downtown are located near Duluth. The Suwanee. N Southeastern Railway Museum, For more counties and neighborhood Amidst the pristine setting of which preserves and operates old information, visit our Web site at Gwinnett County, Duluth has some railroad equipment, is a must-see

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Steven Tyler … Out on a Limb, Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre The legendary rock singer and onetime “American Idol” judge performs songs from throughout his career, including selections from his upcoming solo country album. Sept. 1,

Atlanta Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival, Lake Lanier Olympic Park

Theater & Concerts Jeff Beck and Buddy Guy, Chastain Park Amphitheatre Beck, the British rock-guitar pioneer, and Chicago blues legend Guy perform. Aug. 2,

Citizen Kane, Fox Theatre The 1941 Orson Welles film, considered a masterpiece of cinema, screens as part of the CocaCola Summer Film Festival. Aug. 25, 855-285-8499,


Saturday Morning Cartoons, Fox Theatre

Meghan Trainor, Chastain Park Amphitheatre

Enjoy classic shorts starring Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, the Road Runner and more as part of the Coca-Cola Summer Film Festival.

The pop singer, best known for her hit “All About That Bass,” performs. Aug. 4, 800-745-3000,

Chaka Khan, Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre

PHOTO: Atlanta Botanical Garden’s Chihuly in the Garden


Brian Wilson, Fox Theatre The Beach Boys visionary celebrates the 50th anniversary of the classic album “Pet Sounds.” Sept. 9, 855-285-8499,

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra: Star Wars and More—The Music of John Williams, Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Atlanta’s world-famous symphony performs works by the legendary film score composer. Sept. 10, 800-745-3000,

Duluth Fall Festival Concert, Duluth Festival Center Eagles tribute band On the Border performs at this free event. Sept. 10,

Music Midtown, Piedmont Park Atlanta’s biggest music festival returns for two days of music spanning multiple genres, featuring such acts as the Killers, Twenty One Pilots, Beck, the Lumineers and many more. Sept. 17-18,

Aug. 20, 855-285-8499,

Exhibits & Events

Rick Springfield, Chastain Park Amphitheatre

Suwanee Food Truck Fridays, Town Center Park

The singer, songwriter and actor, best known for the hit “Jessie’s Girl,” performs. Aug. 28,

The popular monthly event returns with great food and live music. Aug. 5 & Sept. 2,

The Grammy Award-winning singer takes the stage, performing hits from throughout her varied career. Aug. 5, 800-745-3000,


AC/DC, Philips Arena

Suwanee Concert and Wing Fest, Town Center Park

The legendary Australian rock band takes the stage on its Rock or Bust tour, with special guest lead vocalist Axl Rose. Sept. 1,

1990s hitmakers Toad the Wet Sprocket headline a day of music, activities, and delicious wings in downtown Suwanee. Aug. 13,


Def Leppard, Lakewood Amphitheatre The British rock band behind such ’80s hits as “Pour Some Sugar On Me” and “Photograph” performs. Aug. 12, 404-443-5000,

The Rise of Sneaker Culture, High Museum of Art

Drivin N Cryin, Duluth Town Green

This exhibit traces the evolution of the sneaker, its history as a status symbol and its ongoing cultural significance. Through Aug. 14,

The veteran Atlanta-based hard rock and Southern rock band performs as part of the Summer Stage Concert series. Aug. 13,


The Little Mermaid, Fox Theatre

Remembrance Day, Town Center Park

The 1989 Disney family favorite screens as part of the Coca-Cola Summer Film Festival. Aug. 27,

This event commemorates the 15th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks. Sept. 11,


XOXO: An Exhibit About Love and Forgiveness, Children’s Museum of Atlanta

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Frida and Diego: Passion, Politics, and Painting, High Museum of Art

Ninjago Weekend, LEGOLAND Discovery Center

artist Dale Chihuly’s colorful, visually stunning work. Through October 30,

Let your kids put their ninja skills to the test with themed builds, poster giveaways and more. Aug. 20-21,

The LEGO Movie 4D: A New Adventure, LEGOLAND Discovery Center

XOXO: An Exhibit About Love and Forgiveness, Children’s Museum of Atlanta

Your favorite characters reunite in this brandnew story, which you can only see at LEGOLAND Discovery Centers. Ongoing, 404-848-9252,

Kids can create a five-second video expressing their emotions, write down loving thoughts, and more at this interactive exhibit. Through Sept.

4, 404-659-5437,

Pirate Adventure Island, LEGOLAND Discovery Center

Atlanta Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival, Lake Lanier Olympic Park

Construct your own pirate ship and set sail through an aquatic obstacle course at this exciting new attraction. Ongoing, 404-848-9252,

Enjoy great international cuisine and cultural presentations, and watch teams race in beautifully designed dragon boats at Georgia’s biggest celebration of Hong Kong culture. Sept. 10, 770-287-7888,

Art in the Square, Downtown Gainesville Square Gainesville’s popular fine arts event features more than 120 artists and artisans from across the Southeast. Enjoy live demonstrations, bluegrass music, bagpipes, Mexican folk dancing and much more. Sept. 17-18,

Suwanee Fest, Town Center Park Enjoy two days of live music, great food, fun children’s activities, arts and crafts, a parade and more. Sept. 17-18,

Dr. Mark Crawford, Woodward Academy The renowned speaker and psychologist gives a presentation titled “Preparing Our Children for Today’s World: Helping Them to Develop the Skills and Traits to Succeed in School and Beyond.” Oct. 4,

Duluth Fall Festival, Downtown Duluth

A Short Drive Away The Bellamy Brothers, Fitzgerald, Ga. The pop and country duo, known for “Let Your Love Flow” and other hits, performs at the historic Grand Theatre in downtown Fitzgerald. The event kicks off with a street party and Fitzgerald’s very own SoulShine. Aug. 25,

2016 North Carolina Apple Festival, Hendersonville, N.C. Enjoy a street fair, continuous free entertainment, arts and crafts, children’s activities, open houses, food vendors, a parade and of course apple growers from across the region, known as one of the largest apple-producing regions in the country. Sept. 2-5, 800-828-4244,

Railfest, Tenn. Valley Railroad Museum This two-day railroad celebration features live entertainment, train rides, exhibits, children’s activities, a petting zoo and railroad displays not normally open to the public.

Celebrate the season with a parade, carnival, 5K road race and much more during this twoday extravaganza. Sept. 24-25,

Sept. 10-11,

Make a day of it and explore 10 acres of fun, including a corn maze, live music, tractorpulled hayrides and much more, finishing the day with a homemade funnel cake.

Farmer’s Market, Downtown Gainesville Every Friday, browse and purchase fresh, locally grown produce and products for every taste. Through Sept. 30

Chihuly in the Garden, Atlanta Botanical Garden Twelve years after its first blockbuster showing, this fine art exhibit returns, featuring 19 sculptural installation sites showcasing glass

Enchanted MAIZE, Rock City

Sept. 30-Oct. 30,

Chattanooga Market, Chattanooga, TN This weekly open-air market features live music, food trucks, arts and crafts, and vendors selling produce, meats, cheese and more, at the First Tennessee Pavilion. Through Nov. 20, | Newcomer Magazine | 49


Pigskin Passion


ollege football and the South have had a long and passionate relationship, and the College Football Hall of Fame invites visitors to indulge their passion for the sport throughout the week. Located in the heart of downtown Atlanta across the street from Centennial Olympic Park and adjacent to the Omni Hotel, the College Football Hall of Fame is a must-see and must-do experience. Families visiting the hall have the option of also combining their visit with trips to the World of Coca-Cola and By Donnell Suggs the Georgia Aquarium. Both attractions sit across Marietta Street from the hall. The College Football Hall of Fame’s unique experiences start as soon as guests enter through the front door. The Quad has a wall displaying more than 700 college football helmets, catering to college football fans of any team. Ushers assist guests with registering their all-access passes—given to all paying customers—in order to customize their tour uniquely to their favorite teams and schools. The Hall of Fame exhibit offers information on all of the inductees from classes dating back to 1966. The AT&T Game Time exhibit puts fans inside of the huddle with listening tools and a look at the various trophies awarded to rival colleges. The 360 Virtual Stadiums exhibit presented by Piedmont Healthcare puts visitors on the fields of some of the game’s most venerable stadiums. If classic footage is your thing, the 40x10-foot ultra-high-definition screen in the Game Day Theater is the answer. The feature film “The Game of Your Life” plays on a loop multiple times per day, immersing guests in a behind-the-scenes look into the game day enthusiasm. For the kids, and the kids in all of us, there’s the playing field inside of the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Skill Zone. The 45-yard-long, 30-yard-wide football field includes a 36-foot high-definition video board and regulation goal post. Whether a fan is devoted to the Dawgs, the Crimson Tide, the Vols or any other team, the Georgia College Football Hall of Fame is a treat to see and experience. College Football Hall of Fame, 250 Marietta Street, NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30313. Hours of operation: Sunday-Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit or call 404-880-4800.

Visit the College Football Hall of Fame

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