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Winter 2017 CONTENTS FEATURES Bringing History to Life . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10 Atlanta’s Biggest Events in 2017. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .28

Get to know the rich heritage of Atlanta, a distinctive Southern city, by visiting historic venues and attractions.

From cultural celebrations to sports to neighborhood festivals (and more!), 2017 will truly offer something for everyone.

Embracing Learning Differences . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Alabama Destinations. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . 34

Transitioning to a new school can be difficult, especially if a child has special needs. Choosing the right school is crucial.

Three cities in Alabama—Huntsville, Birmingham and Montgomery— offer rich experiences for visitors, and each is only a few hours away.

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

Relocation Guide . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39

Homes and Communities. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14

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.

In a tight housing market, resale homes make up much of the inventory—and can be an attractive choice.

Upcoming Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48

Neighborhood Spotlight. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18

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

Smyrna offers a lifestyle that straddles urban and suburban, combining a small-town feel with convenience to just about everything.

Hidden Atlanta . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50

School Spotlight. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24, 26

SkyView Atlanta, a 200-foot-high Ferris wheel, is conveniently located in Centennial Olympic Park near other attractions.

Two Catholic schools with plenty to offer students: St. Joseph Catholic School and Holy Spirit Preparatory School.

Restaurant Review . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 Tupelo Honey Café has come to Georgia, opening its first location offering Southern comfort food in Sandy Springs.

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inFOCUS NEWS BITES FROM AROUND ATLANTA

A HOLIDAY TRADITION

FUN UNDER THE SEA

Looking to make a big splash with your kids? You can’t go wrong with The Little Mermaid, the Tony Award-winning musical based on the hit Disney movie about a mermaid fascinated with the surface world and her romance with a human prince. This dazzling production, presented by Broadway in Atlanta, is running Jan. 12-15 at the Fox Theatre. For tickets and other information, call 855-285-8499 or visit www.broadwayinatlanta.com.

Raise a Glass to Hall County Hall County, roughly an hour north of Atlanta, is quickly establishing itself as a beverage powerhouse in North Georgia. The area is home to the new Sweet Acre Farms winery, which specializes in blueberry, blackberry and peach wines. And the city of Gainesville recently welcomed Left Nut Brewing Company, which offers craft beers and ciders of all kinds. For more information, please visit www. sweetacrefarms.com and www.leftnutbrewing.com.

Young Farmers in Bloom Students at Woodward Academy don’t just learn about nutrition and environmental issues in the classroom—they put what they learn into practice in the community. When students learned that the majority of produce at food pantries is canned, they started their own garden at a local urban farm with the goal of growing fresh produce and donating it to a local food shelter. They learned how to clean a garden plot, planned what to grow, and sowed seeds for the fall and winter. Great job, everyone! 8 | Newcomer Magazine | www.newcomeratlanta.com

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It just isn’t Christmastime in Atlanta without The Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker. Every year, families flock to this lavish production featuring dazzling choreography, beautiful costumes, scenic backdrops, and the classic music of Tchaikovsky, as performed by the Atlanta Ballet Orchestra. Don’t miss this staple of the holiday season, running Dec. 9-24 at the Fox Theatre. For tickets and other information, please call 855-285-8499 or visit www.atlantaballet.com.


inFOCUS What’s Cooking?

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The Piedmont School, which serves highachieving children with autism and other special needs, is once again partnering with The Cook’s Warehouse to teach students how to prepare healthy and delicious foods. This culinary curriculum also stresses kitchen safety, proper use of tools and appliances, and the importance of proper nutrition and diet. We can’t wait to see—and taste—what these future chefs come up with!

Plan a Getaway for Your Pet Planning a perfect getaway? Try the new Norcross location of PetSuites Pet Resort (for your furry friends, that is). The well-trained staff at PetSuites offers services for cats and dogs, including boarding, daycare and grooming. Serving Norcross and surrounding suburbs, PetSuites also offers DayPlay and DayBoarding options. There are 20 individual outdoor areas and two large canine grass areas for group play. Indoors, there is a play area and in-ground pool for wading. Suites have elevated beds and flat screen TVs. For feline guests, there are spacious four-level cat condos (for up to two cats) and villas with luxurious beds and space for four cats. PetSuites Pet Resort & Spa, located at 6865 Jimmy Carter Blvd., Norcross, 678-987-8880; petsuitesofamerica.com. [Check out the Roswell location, too.]

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Oakland Cemetery

past and the future. Exhibits are like giant storybooks. Wars, movements, leaders who have shaped the world—the exhibits change regularly, but the center’s central theme never does. civilandhumanrights.org, 678-999-8990.

Delta Flight Museum Located in Delta’s original aircraft hangars, the museum allows visitors to learn about the history of flight, the story of Delta, and the future of aviation. Interactive exhibits such as flight simulators and full-sized planes are available to explore, making this the perfect spot for all ages. deltamuseum.org, 404-715-7886.

Fox Theatre Delta Flight Museum

TOP PHOTO: Courtesy Ren Davis

Atlanta History Center If you want to know about the history of this Southern city, the Atlanta History Center has got you covered. Folk art, Native American relics and art, civil rights and the Civil War, Coca-Cola and local sports legends—the center encompasses Atlanta’s history in its regular exhibits, and adds even more with traveling exhibits that are shown here periodically throughout the year. atlantahistorycenter.com, 404-814-4000.

built between 1917 and 1921 and was home to Howard Candler, oldest son of the founder of The Coca-Cola Company and the company president from 1916 to 1923. Callanwolde today is a busy community arts center offering classes and workshops for all ages, is available for tours and special events, and hosts a variety of events every year, including Easter egg hunts and a Christmas party. callanwolde.org, 404-872-5338.

Callanwolde Fine Arts Center

Center for Civil and Human Rights

The legacy of this historic Gothic Revival mansion revolves around Coca-Cola and nearby Emory University, but the beauty of it surpasses its history for many. The mansion was

From the Civil Rights Movement to today’s Human Rights Movement, the Center for Civil and Human Rights offers an inviting place to explore, to ask questions, and to learn about the

Originally built in the 1920s to be the home of a Shriner’s organization (they backed out when they saw just how ornate it was), the Fox is the place to see plays, concerts and movies, but it’s also an amazing venue to tour. Modeled after ancient temples, the building’s architecture alone is reason to visit. Tours are available, and the theatre features several shows annually, such as the Nutcracker ballet and the ever-popular ghost tours. Because, of course, a theatre with this kind of history has a couple of ghosts. foxtheatre.org, 404-881-2100.

Georgia State Capitol Over a century old, built with Georgia’s natural resources, and with its iconic gold dome, the State Capitol peeks its golden head up through the hustle and bustle of the city, seeming to welcome visitors inside. Home to the state gov-

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ernment, it also boasts a pretty spectacular museum of local treasures and oddities, and its beautiful grounds hold several statues and pictures of interest. gov.georgia.gov/capitol, 404-463-4536.

Peace Rose Garden, and a visitor center where you can learn more about Dr. King. nps.gov/malu/index.htm, 404-331-5190.

Oakland Cemetery Whether you visit for the ghost stories and alleged hauntings, or for the history, Oakland Cemetery is a favorite haunt for photographers and sightseers alike. Winding paths, gardens and large trees are scattered throughout the landscape, making the cemetery seem as much like a park as the final resting place for many of Atlanta’s most respected and historic citizens. oaklandcemetery.com, 404-688-2107.

Gone With the Wind Museum

Ruban is a classic, with bright colors, park bench seating and of course, a bell to clang. mariettatrolley.com, 770-425-1006.

Historic Marietta Trolley

½ Jr. Holy Spirit Historic Site MLK National

Known as Uncle Ruban, this trolley car reminds you of what it was like to get around the city in the early 20th century. The trolley originally took passengers from Marietta to Atlanta and back when roads weren’t clogged with traffic, but instead were covered in dirt. And Uncle

Come walk in the shadow of the great civil rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., by visiting his early home (currently closed for repairs), his church, the house he grew up in and his final resting place. The site also offers a monument, the “I Have A Dream” World

Stone Mountain Park More than five miles around at the base, and over 800 feet tall, Stone Mountain was purchased by the state of Georgia in the late-1950s. Its famous carving depicts three Confederate figures from the Civil War (Stonewall Jackson, Robert E. Lee, and Jefferson Davis). There are also train rides and cable car skyrides, fireworks throughout the summer, and annual and holiday events. stonemountainpark.com, 800-401-2407.

PHOTO: Gene Phillips/Center for Civil and Human Rights

The classic movie might not have been filmed in Georgia, but it was set here, and written by Atlanta native Margaret Mitchell. A visit to the museum is like stepping back into the time of the Civil War and Reconstruction. Among other things, the museum houses some original costumes and scripts from the movie, as well as several of the author’s personal volumes of the book, and a variety of educational displays. gwtwmarietta.com, 770-794-5576.

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Atlanta’s distinctive neighborhoods include VirginiaHighlands (top right) and Druid Hills (bottom).

PHOTOS: Courtesy Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

Do you envision purchasing a “vintage” home with unique character, set in an established neighborhood with mature landscaping, attractions such as shopping and nightlife nearby, and a community made up of a diverse mix of neighbors? If so, you have moved to the right place. There are many reasons why an existing home is an appealing and practical choice, and the Atlanta metro area has beautiful, quality resale homes in all areas at a range of price points. Advantages of Resale Homes A big reason to consider a resale home is that there are simply more of them available. Atlanta’s housing market is currently extremely tight, and existing homes make up the vast majority of inventory. Vic Miller, managing broker with Coldwell Banker, reports that the city’s new home starts are “currently far below normal levels,” and Bill Rawlings, managing broker of Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty, agrees: “In most areas, there will be more resale

homes on the market than new construction.” This availability factors into another attractive benefit of an existing home: cost. Resale homes average about 20 percent less than comparable new construction, balanced against repairs. Prices are usually more negotiable, deposits are lower, and it’s easier to lock into a rate, making for a quicker closing and a movein time of just a few weeks as opposed to six months or more. You also frequently get more for your dollar, such as a larger lot size and

many amenities included in the price, such as trims and window coverings, that are considered line-item extras in newly built homes.

For Pricing, Think Location Atlanta has been called a city of many neighborhoods, and it seems almost as if the adage “location, location, location” was coined with the city in mind. “Real estate in Atlanta is a hyper-local business,” says Miller. “Even neighborhood to neighborhood can be different.” u

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Resale homes offer more curb appeal for less money.

Lane McCormack, president of the Atlanta Board of Realtors, agrees: “As a rule, the prices are less the further one goes from Atlanta. That being said, there are multimillion-dollar properties throughout the area.” Jamie Walzer, team leader with Nest Atlanta Real Estate, offers some examples: “For $500k to $700k, your money will go the furthest in Milton. There you could get a traditional home of 2800 square feet or more with four bedrooms and a two-car garage on a decent-sized lot. In Decatur, you’d average three or four bedrooms, approximately 1600-2800 square feet on a small lot; it may or may not have a garage. In Buckhead, it would be a ranch or traditional averaging 2000 square feet, in need of some updates on a small lot, garage optional.” But price is just one thing to consider when choosing a home: factors like commute times, school districts and recreational opportunities all play a part as well. A quick survey of Atlanta communities can help you get started in identifying which areas might meet your needs.

In-Town Options to Consider Atlanta’s premier luxury address is the Buckhead district, situated at the city’s northern end and home to some of the most exclusive shopping and nightlife in the country. High-rise condos along Peachtree that offer a sweeping view sell for $500,000 to upward of $5 million. Surrounding the glitz and glamour are 45 wooded neighborhoods, each with a unique character. In Tuxedo Park, imposing European-style estates set on two acres of rolling lawn range from $1.5 to $12 million, while Peachtree Hills to the south offers a mix of styles including Georgian

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and Tudor along with Craftsman bungalows from about $430,000 to $1 million. With such an expansive area, there’s much to choose from. Located six miles to the south on Peachtree is Midtown. Like Buckhead, its glamorous steel-andglass business district is lined with shopping, dining and high-rise condos with prices ranging from the high $300s to over $2.5 million. Just a few blocks to the east is historic Piedmont Park, bordered on its southern end by massive single-family homes dating to the 1920s. The surrounding areas feature a mix of traditional, Tudor, European-style and French Provincial homes at prices from $700,000 to $1.7 million. Adjacent communities with similar price points include Ansley Park, with its winding, treelined streets, and Virginia-Highland, a walkable, family-friendly community filled with charming boutiques and restaurants. To feel outside the city but stay (just) inside the Perimeter, try Vinings, an unincorporated community nestled between I-75 and I-285 in Cobb County and easily accessible to


attractions like the Cobb Center for the Performing Arts, the Silver Comet Trail, and SunTrust Park, the new home of the Atlanta Braves. Residents come home to quiet neighborhoods of predominately traditional, Georgian or Colonial-style homes priced from about $300,000 to $1.6 million, with an average price of around $600,000. Townhomes and condos at a wide range of prices can also be found.

run the gamut, from one-bedroom condos for $200,000 to palatial gated estates on 20 acres for $7 million. Just seven miles east of Atlanta, the historic City of Decatur combines small-town charm with accessibility to the city. Jamie Walzer says: “Decatur is as hot as can be right now. It offers the perfect blend of strong public schools, great walkability to restaurants and shops, and diverse community-based neighborhoods.” Craftsman, traditional, bungalows and Modern Prairie are the dominant home styles and are available at prices averaging from $700,000 to $1.3 million, with some mid-rise condos in the $500,000-$700,000 range located near the square.

Choices Outside the Perimeter

Fascinating Search Ahead features such as open floor plans, main floor master bedrooms and multi-car garages. Brad Weiner, managing broker for ReMax on Main, says, “The market here has been very positive, with a lot of movement in the $300,000$700,000 range.” Homes in this price range offer three to four bedrooms, but properties

Anyone new to the Atlanta area owes it to themselves to research the home resale market. Finding the perfect house in Atlanta does take some planning, flexibility and patience, especially in the current market. But the search will be fascinating, and once you’ve found your dream home, it’s time to put your stamp on it and make it truly your own.

PHOTO: Mike Howard

Going outside the Perimeter opens up entirely different possibilities, and the area north of the city has been on a consistent growth trend for several years. Part of the appeal, says Vic Miller, is that “Outlying areas offer larger homes and land for golf, equestrian and lake or river activities.” Located about 30 miles north of Atlanta, the cities of Alpharetta and Milton are home to more than 600 technology companies and numerous corporate headquarters. There’s plenty of recreation available too, including several world-class championship golf courses. Homes here are newer, so you’ll find contemporary

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neighborhood

SPOTLIGHT Smyrna By Jackson Reeves

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ocated just northwest of the Perimeter, Smyrna offers a lifestyle that straddles urban and suburban. It boasts shopping centers filled with local boutiques, access to one of Georgia’s favorite nature trails, proximity to a world-class performance arts center, and is adjacent to the new SunTrust Park, home of the Atlanta Braves beginning in 2017.

THE INSIDE TRACK First settled by pioneers in 1832, the town began to grow after the completion of the Western and Atlantic Railroad in 1842, and it would go on to witness two Civil War battles on July 4, 1864.

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Culinary Treats

At more than 60 miles long, the Silver Comet Trail begins at the Mavell Road Trailhead in Smyrna and offers a serene outdoor escape for walkers, bicyclists, and rollerbladers. An offshoot of the trail, nearby to Smyrna, is the 105acre nature preserve Heritage Park, including an elevated boardwalk over wetlands. After breaking a sweat, get ready to pull out your wallet at Market Village (404-240-6240). Located in the heart of downtown Smyrna, the center features a library, community center, and plenty of restaurants. Brawner Hall (678-631-5545), built in 1910, is a two-story Greek Revival style facility now used for city office space, with conference facilities available.

For diners hungering for Italian fare, Mezza Luna (770-319-0333) serves black-ink tagliatelle, mussels in a white wine sauce, and tiramisĂş. Burrito lovers will find plenty to enjoy at Porch Light Latin Kitchen (678-309-9858), which also features a cocktail list that includes locally inspired options like the Smyrna Old Fashioned. Located in Market Village, Atkins Park Tavern (770-435-1887) is a local outpost of the Atlanta restaurant. Other choices include Village Sushi and Gourmet (770-431-9620), Zucca Bar and Pizzeria (770-803-9990), Vintage Tavern (770-803-9793) and Corner Taqueria (678-842-0050).

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Inside the city, families can enjoy an afternoon in a wooded enclave thanks to Cobb Park and Kidscape Village (770-431-2842). Smyrna Community Center (770-431-2842) is a multiuse facility with a variety of indoor spaces for meetings, athletics, and activities. Golf lovers can find respite at the par-62 golf course at Fox Creek Golf Club (770-435-1000). Smyrna is conveniently near Cumberland Mall (770-4352206) for shopping and Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre (770-916-2800), a state-of-theart facility that hosts the Atlanta Opera and other entertainment events throughout the year. N

Located on Belmont Place, 400 Belmont (404341-4699) provides apartment homes with modern finishes in a live-work-play environment. Village at Lake Park (678-293-8030) features vaulted ceilings and screened patios, while Park Valley (678-981-7430) includes quartz countertops and cozy fireplaces. Jonquil, a mixed-use development under construction, includes a luxury apartment complex. Smyrna Grove (770-254-5412) is a 50-acre community of new Craftsman-style homes around a lake in the heart of Smyrna.

Arts and Entertainment

Market Village

PHOTO: Courtesy City of Smyrna

Village at Lake Park

PHOTO: Alex Arnett

Fox Creek Golf Club

PHOTO: Russell Kirk www.golflinksphotography.com

Cobb Energy Centre

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Choosing a School for Special Needs By Larry Anderson

Transitioning to a new school can be challenging, and the change can be even more difficult if a family moving to Atlanta has a child with special needs or learning differences. But it doesn’t have to be. Public and independent schools in Atlanta and surrounding areas are well-equipped to address the needs of every child, even those with special needs. Local school experts say parents should consider their choices carefully and evaluate thoroughly. And they should visit schools in person to witness the education process first-hand. 20 | Newcomer Magazine | www.newcomeratlanta.com


Making a Smooth Transition Newcomers to the Atlanta area who have a special needs child should obtain a complete copy of their child’s school records from the previous school they attended. Then they should contact their local school district’s Director of Special Education to set up a meeting to review the records and find out how the district can meet the child’s needs. “You know what your child needs, so talk to your local school district,” says Debbie Gay, director, Special Education Services and Supports, Georgia Department of Education. “Ask to observe classes that provide services to the child. An inquisitive process should be based on the things you know your child needs.” Public schools in Georgia have a specific system to address special needs in the education system. Local school systems conduct a comprehensive evaluation of each child, followed by an eligibility determination and a meeting with parents and other stakeholders to design an individual education plan (IEP). The

on disabilities. A 504 plan specifies how a child’s needs are met with accommodation, modification and other services, thus removing barriers to learning. Examples might include preferential seating, verbal testing or modified textbooks.

‘Least Restrictive Environment’

process is used to accommodate any child that falls into the 11 areas of disability recognized by the state, ranging from autism spectrum disorder to speech-language impairment to orthopedic impairment. Children that don’t qualify for an IEP may be eligible for a plan under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination based

Often, a child’s needs can be served by the local neighborhood public school; alternatively, the child may be assigned to a different public school if needs are significant, says Gay. Independent schools also provide abundant choices when parents are looking to meet the educational needs of their child. Federal law requires that public schools address children’s special needs in the least restrictive environment possible. Gay says that about 67 percent of the state’s children with special needs spend more than 80 percent of their day in a general education classroom. As required, a child’s needs may also be addressed in a “co-taught” environment, with

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a general education and a special education teacher working together; or in a special education environment, including one-on-one instruction if needed. “There are a lot of nuances in the continuum of service,” says Gay. For example, the autism spectrum covers a wide range of children—some need one-on-one instruction and others function well in a general education classroom. “Every child with a special need is unique, and accommodations are unique for each child,” says Gay. “It’s about understanding your child.” Ensuring parents have choice in educating their children, a share of federal funding is provided to independent schools, based on a formula, says Gay. Each local school district is required annually to invite independent schools to communicate what services and support these schools can offer; the local school district then decides how the federal money is allocated. When the annual budget is spent, there are no additional funds available until the following year. The state Department of Education offers a Special Needs Scholarship to approved independent schools, available to a child who was previously served in a public school setting for

The Piedmont School of Atlanta specializes in autism and other developmental issues.

a year and has an IEP. Funds are awarded based on a formula, and may not cover the entire tuition for some schools. Information is available at www.gadoe.org

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The state Division of Special Education Services and Supports includes programs and services that support local school districts in their efforts to provide special education and related services to students with disabilities. Targeted areas for services and support include accessible instructional materials, assistive technology, curriculum access and alignment, family engagement, least restrictive environment, positive behavior supports and transition.


Visit Independent Schools Before Choosing Independent schools are not subject to state and federal processes, and may take a variety of approaches to educating a special needs child. In fact, the greater flexibility in an independent school environment opens new possibilities and options that may be a perfect fit for the education of a special needs child. Dr. Betsy Box, Founder and Director, The Bedford School, emphasizes the need for parents to get good testing on their child so that they can better match his/her needs to what the school can provide. “Identify the schools that may be appropriate for your child and visit as many of them as possible, even if they are too far away or out of your realm of possibility,” she says. “This will give you a frame of reference.” Another step is to talk to parents and/or students who attend the schools being considered. After parents carefully evaluate the options, Box’s best advice is to “go on your own gut feeling; you know your child better than anyone else.” Founded in 1985, The Bedford School is an accredited independent school in Fairburn, Ga. (south of Atlanta) for children with specific learning disabilities and ADD/ADHD (attention deficit disorder/attention deficit hyperactivity

disorder). Bedford incorporates multi-sensory learning, technology, intensive specialized reading intervention programs such as S.P.I.R.E. (Specialized Program Individualizing Reading Excellence) and a structured physical education and art program.

‘Go Deeper and Consider Lifelong Goals’ Catherine Trapani, Ph.D., head of The Piedmont School of Atlanta, says parents looking for a school for their special needs child should go beyond typical criteria for evaluating a school, such as accreditation, teacher credentials, teacher-child ratio and after-school programming. “Go deeper and consider the lifelong goals of the family,” she says. “What do you want for your child in adulthood and what do they need to achieve that long-term goal? Does the school have a warm, rich environment? Does it set high expectations for all children, and does it provide the level of individual assistance to achieve success? As importantly, is the child happy and at ease when visiting the school?” The Piedmont School of Atlanta serves typical and bright children with autism, learning disabilities, and attention deficits. The school concentrates on the needs of children so they may attain successful inclusion in the commu-

nity over time. The Social Express program provides a pragmatic language-based approach to develop social-emotional skills.

QUESTIONS TO ASK Dr. Betsy Box of The Bedford School suggests that parents should ask lots of questions when looking for a school for a special needs child, including: • Can you describe your typical student? • Is the school accredited? If so, by what organization? • What is the class size? • What is the typical homework load? • How many years do most students stay? • Where do your students go after they leave? • What is the tuition? What additional fees are there? Do you accept the Georgia Special Needs Scholarship? Is there financial help available? • Are there extracurricular activities? Clubs? Sports? Homework help time? After school care?

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Holy Spirit Preparatory School Preparing Future Leaders to Serve By Camille Moore

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estled along picturesque Northside Drive, prestigious Holy Spirit Preparatory School is an independent Catholic school dedicated to developing the minds, hearts, souls and bodies of students. The school’s motto states: ministrare non ministrari, “to serve and not be served.” As a community of faith, the school combines teachings of Christ, rigorous academics, athletics, volunteering and expansive leadership opportunities to develop the next generation of compassionate and respectful leaders. “The benefits of being an independent Catholic school is that we are able to control the curriculum and tailor it to what we think is best for the students,” says Director of Communications Tim Durski. “We focus on individual learning.” Holy Spirit’s goal is to prepare students for a lifetime of happiness through three foundational virtues: faith, prudence and magnanimity. These virtues foster a respectful student body and create a unique communion among families, students, faculty and staff. Committed to growth and development of its students, the Holy Spirit curriculum reflects the importance of individual learning programs: personalized learning profiles, STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) labs, multi-sensory learning experiences, performing arts, AP (advanced placement) classes, specialized learning classes and test scores that exceed the national average. Combined with the central component—faith—students receive a well-rounded education that includes weekly mass, confession, college counseling and Apostolate club. Established in 1996, the school was originally named The Donnellan School after late Archbishop Thomas Donnellan. After expanding to two campuses, the Donnellan campus and the Donoghue campus, the school

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community voted to change the name to Holy Spirit Preparatory School. The school celebrated its first high school graduation in 2006. Each of the three schools on the inviting open campus—preschool, lower school and upper school—bestow leadership training. From line leaders in preschool, to book buddies in lower school to house captains in upper school, leadership is an essential role across all schools. A unique quality of the school begins in fifth grade when students are assigned to a house system until graduation. The four houses are Chalcedon, Lyons, Nicaea and Trent. Each week the houses meet to plan activities and fundraisers, and to outline leading prayers. “We like students to have independence as much as possible,” says Durski. “Of course there is supervision by faculty, but students are often the ones planning and executing events.” The school also boasts strong art classes, and the upper school produces a literary and art journal, “The Ingenium,” every year. Faith and service are defining aspects of the school, and students participate in numerous charities such as feeding the homeless, and clothing and food drives. Students regularly build houses through the St. Joseph Cohort, which is similar to Habitat for Humanity. “Holy Spirit is foremost a community of faith,” says Durski. “We are committed to preparing our students for a lifetime of happiness.” N

THE SPECIFICS Grades: Pre-K-12 Student/Teacher Ratio: Pre-K, 6:1; K-12, 22:1 Tuition: $2,705-$23,365 Location: Atlanta

Contact: 4449 Northside Drive, Atlanta, GA 30327 678-761-7992 Web: holyspiritprep.org


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schoolSPOTLIGHT

Blessing of the Pets

St. Joseph Catholic School

Educating the Mind, Expanding the Heart By Camille Moore

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he hallways and ceilings at St. Joseph Catholic School, decorated with students’ colorful arts and crafts projects, resonate a joyful feeling. “When we get people to come to the school, they all say, ‘I can just feel this place’,” says Principal Pat Allen, PhD. The importance of community is woven throughout the school’s religious foundation—in classrooms, weekly Mass and service projects. Students at St. Joseph integrate the school’s motto—“educating the mind, expanding the heart”—in all walks of life. Located conveniently near Interstate 75 in Marietta, St. Joseph Catholic School is a parish school and part of the Archdiocese of Atlanta. The school’s mission is to educate students by embracing faith and upholding academic excellence to develop the whole child. It is adjacent to St. Joseph Catholic Church. Beyond challenging academics, the curriculum includes a thriving fine arts program—drama, plays and a band program. Technology is also incorporated into the curriculum as supplemental learning with interactive apps starting in kindergarten. St. Joseph Catholic School won the Blue Ribbon School of Excellence award from the U.S. Department of Education in 2003 and 2016. As an “Exemplary High Performing School,” students scored in the top 15% of all schools in English and/or math. The school emphasizes the significance of faith and of educating in giving back. St. Joseph students are actively becoming global citizens. Through diverse lessons, students are immersed in real-life experiences. They learn about the economy and sell goods to donate to charity. They participate in a refugee immersion program. They self-select projects of their own. Last year, a Girl Scouts troop at the school collected nail polish and hair bows for girls undergoing cancer treatment.

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The lessons help to expand a child’s outlook. “You have to open their eyes,” says Allen. “When they see the power, it becomes a part of them. We tell them, ‘God has given to us, so we give back’.” St. Joseph opened its doors in 1953 with 85 students. Since then, the school has steadily purchased more land to accommodate its growing student population. Amid the two school buildings, a gym and an outdoor play area, St. Joseph’s exceptional faculty and staff cultivate the minds of 475 students. In addition to participating in hands-on activities focused on giving back, students contribute to the school community through service and faith. In middle school, students can serve as spiritual counselors, says Allen. With a strong emphasis on faith, they serve as “leaders of the school.” They plan and prepare Mass, participate in Blessing of the Pets, send prayers to families, and take part in other leadership activities. “We tell them they are leaders, so the Spiritual Council members need to show the younger students how to act,” says Dr. Allen. “Our students always rise to our expectations.” All of St. Joseph’s multiple clubs, athletics, academics, community involvement and religious foundation combine to deliver on its motto to “educate the mind, expand the heart”—and to continue the school’s decades-long commitment to excellence. N

THE SPECIFICS Grades: K-8 Student/Teacher Ratio: 28:1 Tuition: $6,519-$8,476 Location: Marietta

Contact: 81 Lacy St. Marietta, GA 30060 770-428-3328 Web: stjosephschool.org


Johns Creek Montessori School of Georgia Sowing the Seeds of Organic Learning All day, year-round, authentic Montessori program Montessori certified teacher in every classroom School leadership team with advanced academic degrees Extracurricular activities including art, karate, music, sports, and yoga offered at school Scientifically designed, hands-on, multisensory learning materials Flexible academic program schedules 6450 East Johns Crossing • Johns Creek, GA 30097 • 770-814-8001 • www.JCMSOG.org

Enabling Children with Learning Differences

to Succeed ✔ Pre-K through 8th Grade ✔ Small group instruction using multi-sensory techniques ✔ Academic programs matched to individual’s strengths Phone: 770-594-1313 I 200 Cox Rd. Roswell

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Atlanta’s

BIGGEST EVENTS IN

2017

A Year’s Worth of Great Things to Do By Amanda Adams

Georgia Renaissance Festival

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Photo Courtesy John Brown Photography

From unique Atlanta events to cultural celebrations, from sports to holiday happenings and neighborhood festivals, 2017 will truly offer something for everyone. Anyone new to the area may be unfamiliar with the long list of happenings in and around Atlanta. Looking ahead to 2017, here is a compilation of Atlanta’s biggest and best events – a full year’s worth of great things to see and do in your new hometown. Please note that several dates have not yet been finalized for 2017. Be sure to check on specific dates closer to the event.


Dragon Con Parade

Cool Dads Rock Soapbox Derby

Dragon Con Parade Kicking off the first full day of the convention, the Dragon Con Parade encourages attendees to dress as favorite characters from genres such as fantasy, comic books, and science fiction. The 2017 parade takes place on Saturday, Sept 2. dragoncon.org.

East Atlanta Strut With a colorful parade and large Artists Market, the East Atlanta Strut happens on the third Saturday in September. The festival features a 5K fun run, great food, live music, and other events. eastatlantastrut.com. Polar Bear Plunge

PHOTOS: (Top Left) Dragon Con Photography; ((Top Right) www.CoolDadsRock.com.

UNIQUE ATLANTA EVENTS Polar Bear Plunge Ring in the New Year with a free dip in the icecold waters of Lake Lanier. An annual tradition, this event also serves as a fundraiser for the Lanier Canoe and Kayak Club. Featuring a chili cook-off and costume contest, the Polar Bear Plunge will be held at the Lake Lanier Olympic Venue. lckc.org/events/polar-bear-plunge.

Cathedral Antiques Show Featuring antiques, art, and floral and interior design, this festival is held annually to benefit a charity. Sponsored by the Episcopal Church Women of the Cathedral of St. Philip, the festival will run Feb. 5-12. cathedralantiques.org.

Atlanta Fringe Festival Focusing on original works by performers in all genres of theater, the Atlanta Fringe Festi-

val is an annual event held in June. The festival spotlights local, national, and international performers. atlantafringe.org.

Atlanta Ice Cream Festival Now in its seventh year, the Atlanta Ice Cream Festival both celebrates America’s Favorite Dessert and offers many health and wellness engagement activities. In July of each year the festival teams up with a local non-profit health agency to promote their health and wellness initiatives. atlantaicecreamfestival.com.

Cool Dads Rock Soapbox Derby Cool Dads Rock is an organization intended to build meaningful and memorable relationships with fathers and their children, no matter what the age. Their annual Soapbox Derby, typically held in August, gives father-and-child duos the chance to create their own car and compete against other teams. cooldadsrock.com.

Stone Mountain Highland Games Celebrating Scots and people of Scottish descent, the Stone Mountain Highland Games take place the third weekend of October. Competitive events such as Highland Dance and Weight Toss are popular, as well as live music and a selection of Celtic vendors and artisans. smhg.org.

Taste of Atlanta Showcasing the diversity of Atlanta restaurants, Taste of Atlanta is the city’s finest food, wine, beer and cocktail festival. Over the course of three days every October, more than 90 neighborhood eateries feature delicious dishes. Patrons also have access to events like live chef demonstrations, craft beer samplings, and kitchen workshops.

Little 5 Points Halloween Parade Typically held on a Saturday leading up to Halloween, this event is billed as the signature Halloween festival in the southeast and one of the top 10 Halloween events in the country. The

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Atlanta Jazz Festival

Little 5 Points Halloween Parade draws crowds of over 35,000 to the interesting and diverse neighborhood. l5phalloween.com.

ARTS, MUSIC, AND CULTURE CELEBRATIONS Atlanta Film Festival Now in its fourth decade, the Atlanta Film Festival welcomes an audience of nearly 25,000 to discover hundreds of new independent, international, animated, documentary, and short films. Usually held in late March and recognized widely among the best film festivals in the country, 2017 dates have not been released. atlantafilmfestival.com.

Atlanta Dogwood Festival

Georgia Renaissance Festival

Taste of Atlanta

lineups ranging from world-renowned acts to up-and-coming artists. Shaky Knees 2017 takes place May 12-14 in Centennial Olympic Park. shakykneesfestival.com.

Now in its 32nd season, the Georgia Renaissance Festival transports visitors to 16th-century England. A 32-acre village is equipped with over 150 artisan craft shops, 10 entertainment stages, several pubs and taverns, and food galore. This year’s festival runs from April 15 to June 4. garenfest.com.

Atlanta Jazz Festival

Shaky Knees Festival

Offering multidisciplinary programs that educate, enrich, and entertain, the National Black Arts Festival Spotlight Series spans the summer and fall months and showcases the art of local,

Featuring five stages and more than 75 bands each year, Shaky Knees is a music-lover’s dream. Created in 2013, the festival has featured diverse

One of the country’s largest free jazz festivals, the Atlanta Jazz Festival features concerts throughout the month of May, culminating with a free three-day festival over Memorial Day weekend. atlantafestivals.com.

National Black Arts Festival

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national, and international artists of African descent. nbaf.org.

Decatur Book Festival The largest independent book festival in the country and among the five largest overall, the Atlanta Journal Constitution Decatur Book Festival typically takes place during Labor Day weekend. Featuring book signings, author discussions, readings, and a host of food and book vendors, the event has something for the whole family. decaturbookfestival.com.

Music Midtown Hosting a diverse lineup of over 30 artists across four stages, Music Midtown has been Atlanta’s premier music festival since 1994. It is typically

PHOTOS: (Top Left) Matt Alexandre; (Bottom) Taste of Atlanta

Spanning the weekend of April 7-9, the Atlanta Dogwood Festival will be held in Piedmont Park. In addition to beautiful, in-bloom dogwood trees, this annual event boasts food, live music, a 5K, and hundreds of artists exhibiting and selling their work. dogwood.org.


Masters Golf Tournament One of the biggest golf tournaments in the world, The Masters is held at the Augusta National Golf Club, less than three hours from Atlanta. The 2017 competition will be held Aug. 6-9. masters.com.

Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta A sports car endurance race held at Road Atlanta in Braselton, Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta promises excitement for attendees. Just an hour north of Atlanta, Road Atlanta is a state-of-theart road course. Festivities for 2017 run Oct. 4-7. roadatlanta.com/petit-le-mans-road-atlanta.

Chick-fil-a Peach Bowl The Chick-fil-a Peach Bowl brings postseason college football to the Georgia Dome. It’s now a playoff semifinal game, so buy your tickets early. chick-fil-apeachbowl.com.

Peachtree Road Race

Decatur Book Festival

HOLIDAY HAPPENINGS Peach Drop Although the titular event happens at midnight, the annual Peach Drop celebration spans the evening of Dec. 31. With official celebrations beginning at 7 p.m., Underground Atlanta will be the focal point for live entertainment, food, and arts and crafts vendors up until ringing in the New Year with a giant, 800-pound peach. peachdrop.com.

Atlanta St. Patrick’s Day Parade

held in Piedmont Park during the month of September. musicmidtown.com.

PHOTOS: (Top) Atlanta Track Club; (Bottom) Tom Meyer

Atlanta Greek Festival Celebrating its 43rd year in 2017, the Atlanta Greek Festival brings the sounds, tastes, and traditions of Greece to your doorstep. Offering traditional foods and events, the festival takes place in late September at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral on Clairmont Road. atlantagreekfestival.org.

Atlanta Pride Well into its fourth decade, Atlanta Pride is held in Piedmont Park during October. Hosted by the Atlanta Pride Committee, the parade advances unity, visibility, and self-esteem among the LGBTQ community. atlantapride.org.

Atlanta’s longest running event, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, dates back to 1858. Attendees are treated to a procession of clowns, floats, bands, Bagpipe and Drum Corps, dancers, drill teams, and more. The 2017 parade will take place on Saturday, March 11. (Don’t forget to wear green!) atlantastpats.com.

SPORTING EVENTS

4th of July at Lenox Square Mall

Atlanta NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Held at Atlanta Motor Speedway, a storied racing venue, the Folds of Honor Quiktrip 500 will be on Sunday, March 5. This event boasts one of the biggest races of the starting stretch of the 2017 NASCAR season. atlantamotorspeedway.com.

Celebrating independence in Buckhead, the 4th of July at Lenox Square Mall features the largest fireworks display in the Southeast, as well as live music and food from outstanding local vendors. atlanta.net/events/seasonal/fourth-of-july.

Peachtree Road Race

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Christmas Parade

Organized by the Atlanta Track Club and a beloved Independence Day tradition, the Peachtree Road Race is one of the largest 10K races in the world. There are T-shirts, too. The race route winds from Buckhead near Lenox Square Mall and ends in Piedmont Park. atlantatrackclub.org/peachtree

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta hosts the Children’s Christmas Parade, which steps off at Peachtree St. and 16th and ends at Peachtree St. and 5th St. Midtown Atlanta will be transformed into Santa Claus Lane, complete with all the festive sights and sounds of the season. choa.org/parade. u

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Menorah Lighting at Decatur Square Kick off Hanukkah in December 2017 with the annual Menorah Lighting at Decatur Square. Live music, a variety of delicious food, and Mr. Dreidel photo ops a variety of delicious. chabadintown.org/chanukah.

NEIGHBORHOOD FESTIVALS Virginia-Highland Summerfest Ushering in summer each June, The VirginiaHighland Summerfest is a two-day celebration jam-packed with art, food, music, children’s activities, and a 5K run. vahi.org/summerfest/ events.

Grant Park Summer Shade Festival Grant Park Summer Shade Festival

Sandy Springs Festival Taking place each September, the Sandy Springs Festival offers attendees two days of fine art, music, a pet parade, 5K and 10K races, delicious food, classic rides, and much more. This

event, which attracts more than 20,000 attendees, is the largest fundraiser for Heritage Sandy Springs, a non-profit organization that operates Heritage Green, the city’s four-acre city park. heritagesandysprings.org.

PHOTO: Ryan Purcell

An annual tradition for more than a decade, the Grant Park Summer Shade Festival will welcome music and art lovers to Atlanta’s oldest park for two days on Saturday, Aug. 26, and Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017. Presented by and benefiting the Grant Park Conservancy, the festival is open to all ages. A diverse selection of local food trucks offers all tastes, and there are craft beers, a Kids Zone, a 5K run, and a farmer’s market. summershadefestival.org.

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Al a bama’s Southern Charm Exploring Three Historic and Adventurous Family Getaways By Karen Cohen

Four Spirits sculpture in Birmingham

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PHOTO: Greater Birmingham Convention and Visitors Bureau

Travelers to Alabama, our neighboring state to the West, are rewarded with experiences that highlight history, science and plenty of Southern charm. In particular, three cities in Alabama – Huntsville, Birmingham and Montgomery – offer rich experiences for visitors, and each is only a few hours away. Deciding where to go begins with choosing an interstate highway.


Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church in Montgomery

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-85 South takes you to Montgomery, whose history includes a pivotal role in the Civil Rights Movement. I-20 West takes you to Birmingham, another Civil Rights mecca and the epitome of Southern hospitality. And to visit the famous U.S. Space and Rocket Center and other attractions in Huntsville, start by driving north on I-75.

Montgomery, Historic Destination About a two-and-a-half-hour drive along I-85 South, Montgomery offers visitors a first-hand look at pivotal civil rights and Civil War moments in American history. You can walk through the historical home where Dr. Martin Luther King and his family lived between 1954 and 1960 at the Dexter Parsonage Museum (334-261-3270). Visitors can also witness where Dr. King pastored at Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church (334-263-3970). Just around the corner is the Civil Rights Memorial (334-956-8439), a circular black granite table engraved with the names of civil rights martyrs. The adjacent Civil Rights Memorial Center offers exhibits and educational activities. Located on the Troy University Montgomery campus, the Rosa Parks Museum (334-241-8661) elegantly showcases educational exhibits and materials associated with the Montgomery Bus Boycott. Tour the home of Confederate States of America President Jefferson Davis at the First White House of the Confederacy (334-242-1861); Montgomery was the confederate capital. Six blocks of authentically restored 19th and early 20th century structures at Old Alabama Town (334-240-4500) provide a walk back in time. Open for nearly 100 years, Chris’ Hot Dogs (334-265-6850), a mom-and-pop diner, has served famous figures such as Franklin D. Roosevelt, Dr. Martin Luther King, both Bush presidents and Elvis. For a more upscale meal, Central (334-517-1155) dishes out seasonal ingredients, fresh Gulf seafood, local meats and greens. The A&P Social (334-3563814) combines Southern comfort with seasonal ingredients and items such as pimento cheese, raw oysters, and fried chicken. The Filet and Vine (334-262-8463) menu offers gourmet sandwiches, soup and salad bar, and fresh meats. Choose lodging right in the historic downtown area and walk to attractions from Embassy Suites Montgomery (334-269-5055), Hampton Inn and Suites Downtown Montgomery (334-265-1010) or DoubleTree Montgomery Downtown (334-245-2320). For more luxurious accommodations, the Renaissance Montgomery Hotel and Spa (334481-5000) offers fine dining and modern amenities, including a lavish spa, indoor pool and fitness center. If you are looking for a true bed-and-breakfast experience, stay at Red Bluff Cottage (334-264-0056) to enjoy quaint comfort overlooking the Alabama River. u

BOTTOM PHOTO: Greater Birmingham Convention and Visitors Bureau

Montgomery offers visitors a first-hand look at pivotal moments in history.

Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum in Birmingham

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Birmingham, Alabama’s Largest City Just over a two-hour drive along I-20 West, Birmingham offers Southern hospitality nestled in the gorgeous foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. Visitors can take a historic trip walking through the Civil Rights District, the neighborhood that was the focus of the 1960s Civil Rights Movement. At the center of the district is the Civil Rights Institute (205-3289696), where a multi-media tour will narrate the civil rights story through galleries and exhibits. For motor enthusiasts, the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum (205699-7275) has the largest collection of vintage and contemporary motorcycles in the world, as well as a large and colorful collection of racecars. The world’s largest cast iron statue watches over the city from atop Red Top Mountain at the Vulcan Park and Museum (205-933-1409). Enjoy the breathtaking panoramic view from the statue’s observation balcony. The McWane Science Center (205-714-8300) enlightens kids and adults alike with four floors devoted to hearing, touching and experiencing the wonders of science. A trip to Birmingham wouldn’t be complete without some good

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Southern cooking. However, the city serves up more than Southern food. For a French-inspired Southern fine dining experience, try Highlands Bar and Grill (205-939-1400). Looking for affordable home-cooked Southern food in a buffet style? Niki’s West Steak and Seafood (205-252-5751) is the place. Iron Chef winner Chris Hastings blends French, Southern and California styles of cooking at Hot and Hot Fish Club (205-933-5474). Hastings also owns Ovenbird (205-957-6686), where seasonal southern ingredients are served in small plate format, so you can sample and share various items. Staying in the heart of downtown at hotels such as Sheraton Birmingham (205-324-5000) and The Westin Birmingham (205-307-3600) provides walkability to attractions and restaurants. And, for a more luxurious stay, the newly renovated historic Redmont (205-957-6828) exudes 1920s glamour with modern amenities.

Huntsville, ‘The Rocket City’ Huntsville is approximately three hours and 15 minutes away in a journey that starts on I-75 North. As the STEM capital of the South, “The Rocket City” boasts deep history and scientific influence.


STEM is science, technology, engineering and mathematics. What better place to experience STEM than at the world’s largest space museum, U.S. Space and Rocket Center (256-837-3400)? Here, visitors can discover space through interactive exhibits and more than 1,500 space artifacts. Visitors looking to experience military history can head to the U.S. Veteran’s Memorial Museum (256883-3737) to view more than 30 historical military vehicles from World War I to the present. Lowe Mill ARTS and Entertainment (256-533-0399), located just southwest of downtown, gives creative visitors the opportunity to shop and explore the largest privately owned arts facility in the United States with more than 131 working studios. If you are looking for a scenic outdoor escape, savor the breathtaking views of the picturesque city from atop Monte Sano Mountain at Burritt on the Mountain (256-536-2882). Take a walk among colorful butterflies in the nation’s largest open-air seasonal butterfly exhibit at the Huntsville Botanical Garden (256-830-4447). Huntsville is also home to nationally-acclaimed chef, James Boyce. He owns Commerce Kitchen (256-382-6622), serving up turn-of-the-

century-style and classic cuisine in a casual bistro setting. Cotton Row (256-382-9500) dishes out seasonal and local fine American cuisine with strong Southern influences. The eclectic sounds of live music and entertainment accompany delicious Southern fare at the indoor/ outdoor eatery Lumberyard Kitchen (256-715-7130). Guests looking for convenient access to historic downtown Huntsville can stay at area hotels such as Embassy Suites Huntsville (256-5397373), connected via a sky bridge to the Von Braun Center; or the Hilton Garden Inn Huntsville Space Center (256-430-1778), located less than a mile from the Space and Rocket Center. The Westin Huntsville (256-428-2000) offers convenience for visitors seeking an elegant stay in a mixed-use development.

Vibrant Cities for Family Adventures A short drive from Atlanta, Alabama’s vibrant cities reward visitors with history, family adventures and stunning scenic views. Georgia’s neighboring state provides guests a quick escape where you can encounter everything from Civil War history to the future of America’s space program. Just start your trip by choosing an Interstate.

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restaurantREVIEW

Tupelo Honey Café

A New Twist on Southern Comfort Food by Larry Anderson

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upelo Honey Café, based in Asheville, N.C., has come to Geor- wiches include a veggie burger (and a non-veggie choice), classic grilled gia, offering creative Southern food that’s “good for the soul” at cheese (with double cheddar or Havarti and pimento), and a fried green its new Sandy Springs location. The wide selection of flavorful tomato BLT. Brunch is a high priority at Tupelo Honey, providing abundant and comfort food is served for brunch, lunch or dinner. “We take pride in everything we do,” says Tony Young, executive chef sustainable choices. “Eggs Betty” features poached eggs atop a house-made at Tupelo Honey Café’s Sandy Springs location. “From the time our guests biscuit with smoked ham and lemony hollandaise. Another signature enter the building, to the time they leave, we treat each one of them as brunch dish is the sweet potato pancake, served with apple cider-cured family. We strive to bring them the same quality of service and dining bacon, spiced pecans, buttermilk fried chicken and whipped butter. Tuexperience at each location. Our food is designed to leave them wanting more and to make them want to try new things. The large menu includes snacks, small plates, entrée salads, sandwiches, supper plates with sides, chef specialties, brunch classics, desserts and cocktails. Southern snacks and appetizers include lightly-fried pickled carrots, cauliflower and cucumbers served with garlic buttermilk ranch dressing; and pimento cheese nachos. There’s also an Appalachian Johnny Cake (cornmeal flatbread) topped with slow-roasted barbecue pork, jalapeno and corn slaw. Small plates include the traditional fried green tomatoes as well as sorghum chili-glazed shrimp over a fluffy corn soufflé. Southern seafood tacos feature fried or blackened fish, and there is also fried avocado—“the way nature intended.” Tupelo Honey’s elevated standards of service and global Southern flavors set them apart. Each dish is composed with a different flavor in mind. With an emphasis on responsibly-sourced food, there is something on the menu for everyone. ABOVE: Your table is waiting at Tupelo Honey. “The Atlanta area is so robust with culture and Southern food that LEFT: A rotation of local breweries on tap. we wanted to bring our views to the region,” says Young. “We take classic Southern dishes and put our own unique twist on them.” Signature dishes pelo Honey offers brunch seven days a week, and some of the signature include shrimp and grits, with the grits infused with goat cheese. “Wam- brunch items, like the Shoo Mercy pancake, are available for dinner. pus Cat” (St. Louis pork) ribs feature a maple bourbon glaze. A savory For those with a sweet tooth, the banana pudding is different than maple bourbon bacon jam complements the “Seersucker” steak and eggs. any you’ve had, and the honey buttermilk cheesecake is served with fresh mountain blueberries. Tupelo Honey’s Another dish that shouldn’t be missed is the THE DETAILS molten s’mores cake is rolled in graham fried chicken tower, only served on Sunday Attire: Come as you are Hours: Opens 10:30 am Mon-Fri, cracker crumbs and topped with roastand Wednesday nights. It’s billed as “the best Atmosphere: Casual 9 am on Sat and Sun; Closes 10 pm fried chicken you will ever have.” ed marshmallows. Recommendations: Don’t miss out on Mon-Thurs and Sun; at 10:30 pm On the (somewhat) lighter side, there With variety to please any Southern on brunch on Fri and Sat are entrée salads, including a Tupelo Signapalate, Tupelo Honey Café brings a new Reservations: Limited, online Location: 4600 Roswell Road, Ste 110 Parking: Free in front of the restaurant Sandy Springs, GA 30342 choice to Atlanta. There are craft beers ture Salad with scratch-made grit croutons, Phone: 404-649-6334 Web: tupelohoneycafe.com and specialty cocktails, too. N pickled onions and spiced pecans. Sand38 | Newcomer Magazine | www.newcomeratlanta.com


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GETTING STARTED

HERE MARTA

TO

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 www.dds.ga.gov.

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 www.itsmarta.com.

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Car Tag

MARTA Rail Service

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


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 www.cleanairforce.com.

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 www.georgia-navigator.com.

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COUNTY INFORMATION EDUCATION PUBLIC SCHOOLS Cherokee County Schools Board of Education 770-479-1871

Cherokee County QUICK INFO

Elementary Schools 22 Middle Schools 7 Intermediate Schools 1 High Schools 6 Alternative 1 Evening 1 Per-pupil expenditures $8,578 School & bus information 770-720-2112

County www.cherokeega.com Neighborhoods www.canton-georgia.com www.woodstockga.gov www.cityofballground.com www.hollyspringsga.us www.cityofwaleska.com Schools www.cherokee.k12.ga.us

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

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

Sawnee EMC

GAS Georgia’s natural gas market is deregulated. For a list of providers for this county, visit www.newcomeratlanta.com. TELEPHONE 888-436-8638 AT&T ETC Communications 678-454-1212 TDS Telecom-Nelson 770-735-2000 Ball Ground Windstream 800-501-1754 WATER Cherokee County Water Authority City of Ball Ground City of Canton City of Waleska

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

City of Woodstock

770-926-8852

CABLE TV Charter Communications 888-438-2427 Comcast 404-266-2278 ETC Communications

678-454-1212

HOSPITALS Northside Hospital-Cherokee 770-720-5100 Wellstar Kennestone Hospital 770-793-5000

Photo: Georgia Dept. of Economic Development

Avg. SAT Scores Cherokee Co. 1560 Georgia 1460 National 1509

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

Cagle Dairy Farm, Canton

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

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

Woodstock

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

Neighborhoods

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 www.newcomeratlanta.com


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

Cobb County

Photo: Georgia Dept. of Economic Development

White Water

Neighborhoods

Kennesaw

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 www.cobbcountyga.gov redistributed land once part small-town atmosphere and boasts Neighborhoods www.austellga.org abundant parks and green space, of the Cherokee Nation. www.mariettaga.gov exceptional recreational programs Named after Thomas www.ci.smyrna.ga.us and top-notch schools, includWelch Cobb, the county www.kennesaw-ga.gov ing Kennesaw State University. experienced a devastating www.cityofpowdersprings.org Kennesaw’s Historic Downtown setback during the Civil features shopping, dining and atWar when most of it was Schools www.cobb.k12.ga.us tractions such as the Smithsoniandestroyed during the Battle www.marietta-city.org affiliated Southern Museum of at Kennesaw Mountain. Median household income: $65,123 Civil War and Locomotive History, Today, Cobb County, 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% tional Battlefield Park. est-growing counties in the Chamber of Commerce nation. With a diverse ecoCobb County nomic base that includes 770-980-2000, www.cobbchamber.org 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 fers a quality of life unsurdelivers an amazing sense of style passed in the Southeast. More and love of life. The new Market 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 amidst urban settings. According to Galleria area. For more counties and neighborhood A variety of housing options the Census Bureau, the median valinformation, visit our Web site at www.newcomeratlanta.com exist in Cobb County, including ue of homes in 2006 was $205,200.

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Smyrna

Marietta City Schools Board of Education

770-422-3500

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

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

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

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

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

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COUNTY INFORMATION EDUCATION PUBLIC SCHOOLS DeKalb County Schools Board of Education 678-676-1200

DeKalb County 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.

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

404-370-4400

Early Learning 1 Elementary Schools 4 Middle Schools 1 High Schools 1 Per-pupil expenditures $13,444 School & bus information 404-370-8737

Neighborhoods

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

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

UTILITIES & CONTACTS ELECTRICITY Georgia Power

404-395-7611

Snapping Shoals EMC

770-786-3484

Walton EMC

770-972-2917

GAS Georgia’s natural gas market is deregulated. For a list of providers for this county, visit www.newcomeratlanta.com. TELEPHONE AT&T

888-436-8638

Bellsouth

404-780-2355 WATER

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

877-728-3121

Comcast Cablevision

404-266-2278

HOSPITALS Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston

404-785-6000

DeKalb Medical Center

404-501-1000

Emory University Hospital

404-712-2000

Piedmont Hospital and Medical Care Center

404-605-5000

Photo: Georgia Dept. of Economic Development

Avg. SAT Scores DeKalb Co. 1334 City of Decatur 1577 Georgia 1460 National 1509

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.

Dunwoody

Emory University

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DeKalb County prosCounty www.co.dekalb.ga.us pers in part due to its exNeighborhoods www.decaturga.com cellent transportation sys- www.druidhills.org tem. Five major road ar- www.dunwoodyga.org teries traverse the county: www.candlerpark.org www.stonemountaincity.org Interstates 20, 85, 285, 675 and US Highway 78. Schools www.dekalb.k12.ga.us Hartsfield-Jackson Inter www.csdecatur.net 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, www.dekalbchamber.org port in Georgia. DeKalb County is also a leader in Property Taxes The property tax rate is $41.50 per $1,000 for the biomedical commuunincorporated 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.

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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 www.newcomeratlanta.com


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Fulton County filled with high-rises, upscale restaurants, the Governor’s Mansion, the historic Swan House and the Atlanta History Center. Buckhead is also an entertainment and dining hotspot. With more than 200 restaurants, bars shops and luxury hotels, the Buckhead area is a magnet for young professionals.

PUBLIC SCHOOLS Fulton County Schools Board of Education 404-768-3600 Elementary Schools 58 Middle Schools 19 High Schools 17 Charter 8 Centers 4 Per-pupil expenditures $9,561

Buckhead

Buckhead is “where old money lives and new money parties,” according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. With its mixture of mansions and uniquely styled homes, Buckhead is a favorite among architecture and history buffs. Convenient to Georgia 400, Interstate 85 and MARTA, it’s

Alpharetta

One of metro Atlanta’s most vibrant and affluent cities, Alpharetta is home to approximately 62,000 residents, according to 2012 U.S. Census Bureau estimates. They're drawn to its mix of big-city vitality and small-town charm, as well as its many amenities and affordable housing options. Homes range Median household income: $57,664 from large apartment comMedian age of residents: 34 munities to elegant subPopulation: 977,773 Sales tax: 7%, Atlanta City: 8% divisions, with a median value of $324,300. Chamber of Commerce Alpharetta offers a vaGreater North Fulton 770-993-8806, www.gnfcc.com riety of parks and outdoor Metro Atlanta attractions, including the 404-880-9000, www.metroatlantachamber.com Big Creek Greenway trail. South Fulton Shoppers flock to North 770-964-1984, www.southfultonchamber.com 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 area boasts an appealing Fulton County; $41.60 for unincorporated Fulton town square surrounded County; $33.75 for Johns Creek; $33.86 for Sandy by restaurants and shops. Springs. Tax Commissioner: 404-613-6100 The Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre hosts big-name The neighborhood also offers numerconcerts each summer. N ous antique stores, art galleries and For more counties and neighborhood mall shopping at Lenox Square and information, visit our Web site at www.newcomeratlanta.com Phipps Plaza..

County www.co.fulton.ga.us Neighborhoods www.alpharetta.ga.us www.buckhead.net www.virginiahighland.com www.eastpointcity.org www.collegeparkga.com www.hapeville.org www.roswellgov.com www.sandyspringsga.org www.fultonschools.org Schools www.atlanta.k12.ga.us

404-802-3500

Elementary Schools 52 Middle Schools 14 High Schools 20 Charter 15 Alternative 6 Per-pupil expenditures $13,069 School & bus information 404-802-5500

Downtown Atlanta skyline

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Neighborhoods

Atlanta Public Schools Board of Education

Photo: Georgia Dept. of Economic Development.

Fulton County serves as the center of the metro Atlanta area. With 90 percent of the city of Atlanta, including the state’s capital building, located within its borders, it sits at the hub of the area’s financial, transportation, retail, communications and cultural services. A number of Fortune 500 companies, including the Coca-Cola Company, Delta Air Lines and UPS, are headquartered here. More than 970,000 people live in Fulton County, drawn by its convenience to Interstates 75, 85 and 285 and Georgia State Route 400. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the median value of homes in the county is $246,200. Fulton is home to many of Atlanta’s signature neighborhoods, including its bustling downtown district. Older neighborhoods like Inman Park, Grant Park, Candler Park and Virginia-Highland offer affordable housing, pedestrianfriendly layouts and plentiful parks and recreational options. Midtown Atlanta is the heart of Atlanta’s cultural scene, with the Woodruff Arts Center (home to the Alliance Theatre, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and the High Museum of Art) and the historic Fox Theatre, as well as a host of art galleries. Midtown’s Piedmont Park, the city’s most popular green space, hosts many outdoor festivals and concerts.

EDUCATION

Avg. SAT Scores Fulton Co. 1567 Georgia 1452 National 1498 PRIVATE SCHOOLS Visit our Web site at newcomeratlanta.com for a list of private schools in this county.

UTILITIES & CONTACTS ELECTRICITY City of College Park 404-669-3759 City of East Point 404-270-7010 City of Fairburn 770-964-3481 City of Palmetto 770-463-3322 Georgia Power 888-660-5890 GAS Georgia’s natural gas market is deregulated. For a list of providers for this county, visit www.newcomeratlanta.com. TELEPHONE AT&T 866-271-9724 Comcast 404-266-2278

Fulton County

WATER

404-730-6830

CABLE TV Charter Communications 887-906-9121 Comcast 404-266-2278 HOSPITALS Atlanta Medical Center 404-265-4000 Atlanta VA Medical Center 404-321-6111 Center for the Visually Impaired 404-875-9011 Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Hughes Spalding 404-785-9500 Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite 404-785-5252 Emory University Hospital Midtown 404-778-2000 Grady Memorial Hospital 404-606-1000 North Fulton Regional Hospital 770-751-2500 Northside Hospital 404-851-8000 Piedmont Hospital 404-605-5000 Shepherd Center 404-352-2020 St. Joseph’s Hospital 678-843-7001

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COUNTY INFORMATION PUBLIC SCHOOLS Gwinnett County Schools Board of Education 678-301-6000 Elementary Schools 72 Middle Schools 24 High Schools 20 Alternative 6 Open Campus 1 Per-pupil expenditures $8,338 City Schools of Buford Board of Education

770-945-5035

Elementary Schools 1 Middle Schools 1 High Schools 1 Academy 1 Per-pupil expenditures $10,198 Avg. SAT Scores Gwinnett Co. 1526 City of Buford 1455 Georgia 1460 National 1509 PRIVATE SCHOOLS Visit our Web site at newcomeratlanta.com for a list of private schools in this county.

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

AT&T

TELEPHONE 888-436-8638

WATER Buford 770-889-4600 Dacula 770-963-7451 Gwinnett City Water 678-376-6800 Lawrenceville 770-963-2414 770-448-2122 Norcross CABLE TV Bellsouth Multimedia 770-360-5000 Charter Communications

888-438-2427

Comcast 404-266-2278 HOSPITALS Emory Eastside Medical Center

770-736-2400

Joan Glancy Memorial Hospital 678-584-6800 Gwinnett Medical Center

678-312-4321

Gwinnett Women’s Pavilion 678-312-4770 Summit Ridge Center for Behavorial Health 770-822-2200

Gwinnett County

Photo: Georgia Dept. of Economic Development

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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

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 While the county was easy access to the region. once largely rural with small Since then, Suwanee County www.co.gwinnett.ga.us towns, country stores, farms has experienced tremenNeighborhoods www.cityofbuford.com dous growth, from 2,000 and forests, today it is home to www.duluthga.net residents in 1990 to more than 245 international www.snellville.org more than 10,000 today. companies and 450 high-tech www.suwanee.com firms. With an average of 260 Schools www.bufordcityschools.org To help manage growth, the city has developed new professional and industrial www.gwinnett.k12.ga.us a comprehensive developcompanies relocating to the Median household income: $64,005 ment plan that promotes county each year, attracting more Median age of residents: 33 pedestrian-oriented dethan 6,000 new jobs, Gwinnett Population: 789,499 velopment and mixedCounty remains in the top 10 Sales tax: 6% use zoning. Designated ranking for growth nationwide. Chamber of Commerce a Tree City USA for more The county supports many Gwinnett County than 10 years, the city cultural events, restaurants 770-232-3000, www.gwinnettchamber.org is committed to preserving and shopping opportunities, Property Taxes 27 percent of its land as including the Mall of Georgia. The property tax in unincorporated Gwinnett green space. Gwinnett County remains County is $31.77 per $1,000 of assessed value. Such foresight has affordable for renters and firstTax Commissioner: 770-822-8800. allowed Suwanee to retain time home buyers, many of whom 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 www.newcomeratlanta.com

Mall of Georgia

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Duluth

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upcomingEVENTS

Troubadour, Alliance Theatre This world premiere musical set in 1950s Nashville follows a group of friends who change the course of country music. This romantic comedy features original music by Kristian Bush of Sugarland fame. Jan. 18-Feb. 12, 404-733-5000, www.alliancetheatre.org.

Don Henley, Fox Theatre The legendary singer, songwriter and performer, known for his work with the Eagles and his solo career, performs. Jan. 22, 855-285-8499,

A Christmas Story: The Musical, Fox Theatre

Theater & Concerts A Christmas Story: The Musical, Fox Theatre Based on the beloved film, this family-friendly production tells the story of 9-year-old Ralphie Parker and his quest for the ultimate Christmas gift: a Red Ryder air rifle. Through Dec. 4, 855-285-8499, www.broadwayinatlanta.com.

Atlanta Lyric Theatre Presents Peter Pan, Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre Experience the charm and wonder of this Tony Award-winning musical that has delighted audiences for more than 60 years. Dec. 9-10,

woman named Mary’s attempt to stumble back into the dating scene after seeing her fiancé kiss another woman at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Through Dec. 23, 800-278-4447,

The beloved pop group known for hits like “California Girls,” “Good Vibrations” and more celebrates more than 50 years of making music. Jan. 25, 800-745-3000, www.cobbenergycentre.com.

The Atlanta Ballet presents a bold version of this engaging tale of three young seminarians. Feb. 3-11, 800-745-3000, www.cobbenergycentre.com.

www.broadwayinatlanta.com.

Bon Jovi, Philips Arena

A Christmas Carol, Alliance Theatre

The Grammy Award-winning band performs a mix of hits and material from its newest album, “This House is Not for Sale.” Feb. 10, 800-745-

This treasured holiday tradition brings Charles Dickens’ classic tale to life with an all-star Atlanta cast. Through Dec. 24, 404-733-5000, www.alliancetheatre.org.

Dancing With the Stars Live, Fox Theatre

800-745-3000, www.cobbenergycentre.com.

Jingle Ball, Philips Arena

The Santaland Diaries, Horizon Theatre

Ariana Grande, Meghan Trainor, Fifth Harmony, DNCE and more perform at this pop concert presented by radio station Power 96.1.

This hilarious production, based on David Sedaris’s memoir of his time working as a Macy’s Department Store elf during the holidays, returns to Horizon for its 18th year. Through Dec.

Disney Live! Mickey and Minnie’s Doorway to Magic, Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre

The Beach Boys, Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre

David Bintley’s Carmina Burana, Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre

Usher in 2017 with your favorite dancers from the hit ABC show along with special guest stars. Dec. 31, 855-285-8499, www.foxtheatre.org.

Dec. 16, 800-745-3000, www.philipsarena.com.

PHOTO: Gary Emord Netzley

www.foxtheatre.org.

31, 404-584-7450, www.horizontheatre.com.

Join 25 of your favorite characters, including Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy, Cinderella, Rapunzel, Flynn Rider and the gang from Toy Story for a delightful program of spectacle and imagination. Dec. 17-18,

Duluth Tree Lighting, Duluth Town Green

3000, www.philipsarena.com.

Snow White, Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre This one-hour family production presents a charming version of the classic fairy tale, designed for audiences 12 and under. Feb. 11-12, 800-745-3000, www.cobbenergycentre.com.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Fox Theatre The world-renowned dance company returns to Atlanta with stunning performances including Ailey’s classic “Revelations.” Feb. 15-19, 855-285-8499, www.foxtheatre.org.

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Baily Circus, Philips Arena The world-famous circus troupe returns to Atlanta with its latest show, “Out of This World.” Feb. 15-20, 800-745-3000, www.philipsarena.com.

800-745-3000, www.cobbenergycentre.com.

Exhibits & Events

The 12 Dates of Christmas, Aurora Theatre

Duluth Tree Lighting, Duluth Town Green

This spirited one-woman show follows a

Get into the holiday spirit with decorations,

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


live music, children’s activities and more. Dec. 3, www.duluthga.net.

Holiday Bricktacular, LEGOLAND Discovery Center Celebrate the season every weekend in December, starting with the Big Tree Build Dec. 3-4. Guests can also learn how to make LEGO holiday trees and experience the winter takeover in MINILAND. Dec. 3-25,

Braselton’s first 100 years at this gala event. Tickets are $100 per person. Dec. 31, 706-6840369, www.downtownbraselton.com.

Noon Year’s Eve, LEGOLAND Discovery Center Let your children ring in the new year long before midnight! This event features a balloon drop at noon, with builds and other activities throughout the day. Dec. 31,

www.legolanddiscoverycenter.com/atlanta.

www.legolanddiscoverycenter.com/atlanta.

Open House, Johnson Ferry Christian Academy

New Year’s Eve Extravaganza, Duluth Town Green

Get to know the school and learn why it may be the perfect fit for your child. In addition, school tours are available every Tuesday and Friday at 1:30 p.m. Dec. 6 & Jan. 24,

Usher in 2017 with live performances at this annual family-friendly event. There are plenty of activities, music and food in addition to great entertainment. It all wraps up with an amazing fireworks show. Dec. 31, www.duluthga.net.

www.jfca.org/admissions.

Cookies & Cocoa with Santa, Red Clay Music Foundry Bring your little ones for this last chance to present their wish list to Saint Nick himself! This morning event features arts and crafts, free cookies (while supplies last) and hot cocoa for $2 a cup – a great way to make holiday memories. Dec. 17, www.duluthga.net.

Christmas Craft Week, Interactive Neighborhood for Kids Create some fun holiday crafts to get ready for the big day! Dec. 19-24, 770-536-1900, www.inkfun.org.

Braselton’s Centennial New Year’s Eve Gala, Braselton Stover Event Center Ring in the new year and celebrate the city of

The Art of Eric Carle, High Museum of Art This exhibit explores the art of the famous children’s book author and illustrator, with more than 80 works from throughout his career. Through Jan. 8, 404-733-5000, www.high.org.

Thomas Struth: Nature & Politics, High Museum of Art The High is the first U.S. museum to present this new exhibit featuring more than 30 works by the German photographer. Through Jan. 8, 404-733-5000, www.high.org.

Martin Luther King Week, Interactive Neighborhood for Kids Learn all about the legendary civil rights leader and make some crafts to honor his legacy. Jan. 16-22, 770-536-1900, www.inkfun.org.

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FAMILY FUN AT CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF ATLANTA

A day at the Children’s Museum of Atlanta offers engaging, immersive, and informal learning experiences for children of all ages. Hands-on and creative programs include a variety of exhibits and daily hap-

penings (all at the price of admission). Music and visual and performing arts are part of the visitor’s experience, encompassing world cultures through food, art, dance, stories, and celebrations. There’s music from around the world, and journeys through your favorite storybooks. The museum’s Imaginators troupe sings and dances to bring exhibits to life. It’s an interactive environment, so children should come dressed to play (and wear rubber-soled sneakers or shoes) to experience all the excitement and (educational) fun. Children’s Museum of Atlanta, 275 Centennial Olympic Park Drive NW, Atlanta; open daily 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (till 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday); closed Wednesday; 404-659-5437; childrensmuseumatlanta.org.

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SkyView Atlanta

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hether you’re new to the area or a longtime resident, SkyView Atlanta offers a view of the city like you’ve never seen it before—from 200 feet above the ground. A Ferris wheel reaching almost 20 stories high, SkyView Atlanta is easy to find at the southern end of Centennial Olympic Park, near the Tabernacle and within walking distance of Philips Arena, the CNN Center, World of Coke and other attractions. Since opening in July 2013, SkyView has become a popular attraction for visitors to the downtown area. By Cady Schulman The wheel features 1 million LED lights that create thousands of different colors, and a nightly light show that’s spectacular to see. SkyView’s height sets it apart from carnival Ferris wheels, which are typically 30 to 40 feet high. Sheer size and scope make the SkyView experience special. SkyView Atlanta features 42 climate-controlled, wheelchair-accessible, fully enclosed gondolas that seat between two and six riders. Each ride includes four revolutions and lasts around 15 minutes. No groups are combined in a gondola together, and no one is allowed to ride alone (SkyView employees accompany single riders). Even those afraid of heights generally feel safe. It’s not a thrill ride but is a comfortable, relaxing way to get an amazing view of the city. Adults 12 and up ride for $13.89, while senior citizens, members of the military, and students with ID ride for $12.50. Tickets are $9.26 for children 3 through 12, and tax is added to all ticket purchases. Children under 2 are free, and each gondola must have an adult riding with children. There is also a VIP flight (for up to 5 people) that allows you to skip the line and take an extended flight in a special gondola with leather seats and a glass floor for $50 (plus tax) per person. A “Date Night Package” is $69.95 (plus tax) per couple and includes two tickets for a private flight, no waiting in line, a carriage ride through the Centennial Park District and a free dessert from Ted’s Montana Grill. Photos are taken as your group boards the ride, and are offered for sale as you leave—a great souvenir of a unique Atlanta experience. SkyView Atlanta is located at 168 Luckie St. For hours, tickets and other information, visit www.skyviewatlanta.com.

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