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Relocation, Lifestyle & Living in Atlanta

Summer 2017

Where to Splash, Dance, Eat, Play and Chill Out All Season Long

SUMMER FUN in

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A Culinary Getaway Atlanta’s Top Hotel Restaurants

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Escape to Towns County Exploring South Fulton Living The Importance of Early Education Relocating Your Pet to Atlanta


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Summer 2017 CONTENTS FEATURES Relocating Your Pet . ....... . . . . . . . . . . . . . ........... . 10 Summer Fun in Atlanta . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . 26

If you’re a pet parent, finding the right service providers for your furry loved one is a priority. Make the search easier with these suggestions.

Water parks, concerts, festivals—Atlanta has it all. Start planning your summer fun now with our handy guide.

Education Insight . ....... . . . . . . . . . . . . . ............. . 20 Outside Atlanta . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34

Knowing what to look for in an early education program now can make a big difference in your child’s prospects for the future. Here’s what you need to be aware of.

Breathtaking mountain scenery, welcoming accommodations and lots of fun things to do make Lake Chatuge and Towns County the perfect warm-weather getaway.

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In Focus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 The inside scoop on news, events and happenings around Atlanta. Homes and Communities. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Planes, trains and automobiles: South Fulton County is on the move. See why this region is one of metro Atlanta’s fastest-growing areas.

Relocation Guide . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 A comprehensive guide to help you find your way before, during and after your move, including counties, neighborhoods, relocation tips, a map of metro Atlanta and much more.

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

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

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

With greenspace, excellent dining and shopping and beautiful residential options, Milton is a young city with a great future ahead.

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

School Spotlight. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24

With a fire truck, airplane, stage and more, Gainesville’s Interactive Neighborhood for Kids is the place to play “let’s pretend.”

At Johnson Ferry Christian Academy in Marietta, families play an active role in preparing their children to be tomorrow’s Christian leaders.

Dining Out . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Innovative cuisine, stylish ambience and trendy locations: Atlanta’s best hotel restaurants provide a complete dining experience.

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inFOCUS NEWS BITES FROM AROUND ATLANTA

Atlanta students are proving they’re the best in the state! Holy Spirit Preparatory School recently won the Georgia Independent School Association’s first-ever state chess tournament, while Woodward Academy’s Upper School robotics team qualified for the VEX Robotics World Championship. And Woodward’s Odd-abot Division 2 Odyssey of the Mind team won the state championship for their division, advancing to the creative problem-solving competition’s World Finals in Michigan. Congratulations, everyone!

A PAIR OF SIZZLING SHOWS

Holy Spirit Preparatory Chess Team

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WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS

Just in time for summer, Fifth Third Bank Broadway in Atlanta presents two red-hot productions at the fabulous Fox Theatre! First, the farewell tour of Mamma Mia! (June 13-18) presents one last chance to catch the smash hit musical featuring the timeless songs of ABBA. Then, An American in Paris (Aug. 15-20) presents a tale of star-crossed romance as an American soldier falls for a mysterious French girl after World War II. For tickets and other information, call 855-285-8499 or visit broadwayinatlanta.com.

A Garden of Visual Delights

A Marvelous Night For a Moon Ride There’s no more exciting way to get to know Atlanta than by taking a bicycle tour of some of its coolest neighborhoods … and the fifth annual Atlanta Moon Ride offers a chance to do just that! This six-mile ride, which takes place on the night of June 9, encourages riders to go all out with creative costumes and decorated helmets. All proceeds benefit Bert’s Big Adventure, which provides an all-expenses-paid trip to Disney World for kids with chronic illnesses. Sign up at atlantamoonride.com. 8 | Newcomer Magazine | www.newcomeratlanta.com

PHOTO: Atlanta Botanical Garden

Multi-colored painted trees, plants hanging from gleaming chandeliers … these are just some of the visually enchanting sights on display at The Curious Garden, the Atlanta Botanical Garden’s latest exhibit. Through October 29, this unique experience encourages visitors to ask questions and learn about the Botanical Garden’s mission and programs. For tickets and other information, call 404-876-5859 or visit atlantabg.org.


inFOCUS It’s Movie Night!

PHOTO: Mall of Georgia

A memorable film, some live music, maybe a nice breeze … Movies Under the Stars is the perfect way to unwind on a summer evening. Every Saturday in June and July (except July 1), enjoy a popular movie (like “Pete’s Dragon” or “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”) and a talented local band on the lawn at the Village Amphitheatre at the Mall of Georgia. (There’s also a special Tuesday night version for the Fourth of July.) For a list of films and bands, visit mallofgeorgia.com.

THE PIEDMONT SCHOOL OF ATLANTA Serving Children Grades K to 9 with learning and social challenges

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Academic, Social, and Life Skills Certified teachers deliver a regulareducation curriculum combining: • Georgia Standards • Differentiated and group instruction • Community-based instruction • PE, art, foreign language, and culinary arts • Technology in every classroom

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Family-Friendly Fun for the Fourth There are countless ways to celebrate Independence Day in metro Atlanta, and some of our favorites take place outside of the Perimeter. Sparkle in the Park, which takes place in Lilburn City Park, features food trucks, face painting, children’s activities, free family photos and music by the popular 80s tribute band The Breakfast Club. And Peachtree City’s 4th Fest invites patriots of all ages to City Hall Plaza for great food, inflatables, balloon art, games and live entertainment. And, of course, both events promise plenty of fireworks to light up the night sky! cityoflilburn.com. peachtreecity.org.

Enabling Children with Learning Differences

to Succeed ✔ Pre-K through 8th Grade ✔ Small group instruction using multi-sensory techniques PHOTO: Greg Williams

✔ Academic programs matched to individual’s strengths Phone: 770-594-1313 I 200 Cox Rd. Roswell

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RELOCATING YOUR PET TO

Atlanta

Your Guide to Helping Your Four-Legged Friend By Susan Flowers, Deb North, and Jackson Reeves

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oving to a new city involves making a variety of decisions: finding the right neighborhood, home and schools and seeking new doctors, dentists and other essential services. If you’re a pet owner, similar tasks loom when it comes to care for your furry family members. Fortunately, Atlanta has plenty to offer in terms of pet services and many ways for you and your furry friend to get out and enjoy your new hometown together.

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Veterinary Care For routine care or treatment of serious illnesses, choosing the right veterinarian for your pet is one of the most important decisions you’ll make. Dr. Michael Smith of Beaver Crossing Animal Hospital in Lilburn suggests that you start with personal referrals. “Ask a neighbor who not only has a dog, but takes good care of it,” he says. Once you’ve settled on a potential provider or two, schedule a visit to


determine both you and your pet’s rapport with the staff. “Are they greeting and meeting you properly?” Smith asks. “Is the vet willing to meet with you? Most of the time, it’s better to meet with the pet’s healthcare provider, during the exam particularly.” During your visit, take note of the facility’s cleanliness and make sure it meets your needs. “Every practice doesn’t offer the same things,” Smith says. “Some pet owners might require boarding, grooming, bathing, dentistry and surgery or hospitalization.” To help start your search, the American Animal Hospital Association (aaha.org) provides a listing of accredited veterinary hospitals, and the Georgia Veterinary Medical Association (gvma.net) also has a “Find a Vet” application. Once you’ve made your choice, be sure to get your pet an overall check-up with up-to-date vaccinations.

OUR PICKS: Ansley Animal Clinic (ansleyanimalclinic.com), Beaver Crossing Animal Hospital (beavercrossing.com), Briarcliff Animal Clinic (briarcliffanimal.com), Peachtree Hills Animal Hospital (peachtreehillsvet. com), Treehouse Animal Clinic (treehouseanimalclinic.com), Trusted Friend Animal Clinic (trustedfriendvet.com), Village Animal Clinic (villageanimalclinicofdunwoody.com), The Village Vets (thevillagevets.com)

Trainers Once you’ve found a vet, you’ve also found a possible source for pet trainer recommendations. Certified Master Trainer Ashleigh Kinsley suggests also asking friends and searching online for trainers with positive reviews. “It’s important to find a reputable, experienced trainer with good refer-

ences who’s experienced with your breed of dog,” says Kinsley. Always ask about a trainer’s experience, accreditation and certifications, as well as about any sort of guarantee and if training involves the owner. If there’s a facility, ask to see it. If you’re dealing with behavior problems, ask about private classes.

OUR PICKS: Atlanta Dog Trainer (atlantadogtrainer.com), Atlanta Dog Wizard (atlantadogwizard.com), Georgia K-9 Academy (ga-k9.com), K-9 Coach (k-9coach.com), Jabula Dog Academy (jabuladogs.com)

Grooming and Pet Spas For services that may require you to leave your pet behind, asking the right questions is even more important: Your pet can’t tell you about the experience they had while out of your sight. Aside from inquiring about a groomer’s experience and certification, “probably the most important thing is to ask how many dogs they do a day,” says Barry Bourgeois, a nationally certified Master Groomer and owner of Canine House of Style in Atlanta. Be wary of someone who claims to routinely groom more than seven or eight dogs per day or to have no limit. “There’s no way to be gentle and do a good job if you’re going that fast,” Bourgeois says. A high-volume groomer can also produce a noisy and stressful environment for your dog.

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Daycare and Boarding Doggie daycare can be a great way to socialize your dog and make sure he or she gets exercise while you’re at work. Again, it pays to know what to look for ahead of time. Kelly Marine, owner of The Barker Lounge in Marietta, recommends, “Ask around to neighbors and coworkers. First-hand experience is often the best information.” When screening potential daycare centers, start by asking about the maximum number of dogs per caregiver. The International Boarding and Pet Services Association recommends one staffer per 15 animals, although a 1:10 ratio is preferred for more active dogs. Generally, dogs should be separated by size, age and activity level. Treat the screening process much as you would when selecting a daycare center for your child. Is the staff screened and properly educated? Is there proper supervision at all times? Are there adequate security and emergency measures in place? Observe the dogs: Do they seem happy and well-behaved? In terms of cost, free-run facilities are more expensive than those that confine dogs to a kennel, and canine daycares are more expensive than a vet, who typically kennels the dog with handlers providing walks throughout the day.

OUR PICKS: The Barker Lounge (thebarkerlounge.com), Bark ATL (barkatl.com), Barking Hound Village (barkinghoundvillage.com), Central Bark (centralbarkatlanta.com), Dog Days (dogdaysatlanta.com), Must Love Dogs (mustlovedogsinc.com), PawPlex (thepawplex.com), Piedmont Bark (piedmontbark.com), Puppy Haven (puppyhavenatl.com), Wag-A-Lot (wagalot.com)

Pet-Friendly Places

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

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All major parks and many Atlanta attractions welcome leashed pets, so together, you might explore Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park, hike the trails at Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area and cool off in the fountains at Centennial Olympic Park. Piedmont Park’s Dog Park is one of the few areas in town where dogs may run free. Stone Mountain Park allows leashed dogs in designated areas. Also, many restaurants have pet-friendly patios where you and your pet can people-watch.

OUR PICKS: Anis Bistro (anisbistro.com), Diesel (dieselatlanta.com), Lucky’s Burgers and Brew (luckyburgersandbrew.com), Marietta Pizza Co. (mariettapizza.com), Southern Bistro (southernbistroatl.com), Le Petit Marche (lepetitmarche. net), Piedmont Dog Park (piedmontpark.org), Sophie’s Uptown (sophiesuptown.com)


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SOUTH FULTON

Affordable Housing, Bustling Business and High Quality of Life By Muriel Vega

The area collectively known as South Fulton is found in the bottommost part of Fulton County, the most populous county in Georgia and the primary county of the metro Atlanta area. This 125,000-acre stretch, separated from the northern part of the county by the city of Atlanta, enjoys its own specific identity. And these days, South Fulton—which includes southwest Atlanta and the cities of Chattahoochee Hills, College Park, East Point, Fairburn, Hapeville, Palmetto and Union City, as well as the unincorporated parts of this half of the county—is experiencing a resurgence.

The Georgia International Convention Center is the first such facility in the U.S. directly connected to an airport.

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ome to several renowned businesses and the world’s busiest airport, the region is also a beneficiary of Georgia’s aggressive push to lure the entertainment industry to the state. Tech development is steadily increasing. And its alluring neighborhoods, appealing education options and convenient access to Atlanta are making the area a natural fit for businesses and residents. All these factors make South Fulton poised for long-term growth.

Community Living South Fulton’s more than 587,500 inhabitants, who enjoy an average household income of $69,765, according to the South Fulton Chamber of Commerce, enjoy affordable housing options that are convenient to both schools and downtown Atlanta. “Housing in the area is very attractive,” says Chamber president Dyan Matthews. “You still get a lot for your money.”

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New homes at Ravenwood in Union City range from the mid to upper $100,000s. Twoand three-story homes at Southwind: The Estates in Fairburn start in the high $200,000s. Throughout South Fulton, areas like College Park, Fairburn and Hapeville sport a peaceful, small-town feel with walkable neighborhoods and a live-work-play environment. Colorful neighborhoods like Historic College Park, filled with tree-lined streets and historic


TOP: The community of Serenbe offers a relaxed, friendly lifestyle. BOTTOM: (Left) Quaint cottage homes are a hallmark at Serenbe; (Right) Walton Lakes in Atlanta is an apartment community with “main street” appeal.

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homes, and Cascade, an affluent community in southwest Atlanta, add to the area’s appeal. Serenbe, a 1,000-acre sustainable-living community in Chattahoochee Hills, features quaint townhouses and cottage-style homes, shops and businesses. And Walton Lakes, a gated apartment community near Camp Creek Parkway, offers its own intimate environment with a cozy “Main Street” feel. Those homes and neighborhoods are just

the tip of the iceberg when it comes to quality of life, says Fulton County Commissioner William “Bill” Edwards. “There’s no traffic congestion, an exorbitant amount of green space, a lower crime rate compared to other metro cities and counties, and [low] home costs.”

Education and Business All public schools in South Fulton are operated by the Fulton County School System, one of the

oldest school districts in Georgia. The county also hosts a variety of independent and charter schools. Woodward Academy, in College Park, is the largest independent school in the continental U.S. Business is growing in South Fulton, thanks in no small part to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, consistently recognized as the world’s busiest since 1998. The airport, which straddles Fulton and Clayton counties, is

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TOP: The Dick Lane Velodrome hosts competitive cycling for beginners to elite-level racers. INSET: Handpainted butterflies by local artists brighten downtown Hapeville.

America has its headquarters in the city, as part of a $100 million development that features a 1.6-mile test track for drivers to test their dream machines. It’s also the planned site of Aerotropolis, a proposed 130-acre mixed-use development with office and retail space, restaurants and a hotel. The city maintains its own wireless network for use by residents, visitors and businesses to promote economic development. In East Point, plans are underway to transform Fort McPherson, a former U.S. Army

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base, into a development that would include the Georgia Science and Technology Park, a research center similar to North Carolina’s Research Triangle Park. Union City is home to a manufacturing facility for the biotechnology company Dendreon, while Palmetto hosts the Community Medical Center and a Lowe’s distribution center. The historic Palmetto Train Depot offers a banquet room and meeting space as well as a local history museum. Retail shoppers can visit Camp Creek Marketplace, with more than 100 shops and restaurants, and Greenbriar Mall, which features more than 80 stores and vendors. Last but not least, South Fulton is home to a EUE/Screen Gems Studios facility and Tyler Perry Studios, and numerous film and television productions have filmed in the area.

Arts and Entertainment South Fulton hosts many things to see and do year-round. The Taste of East Point festival serves up food and art on the first Saturday in May, while the Georgia Renaissance Festival brings thousands of visitors to Fairburn each year for jousting, live music and other medieval fare. The area is home to two outdoor music ven-

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a principal part of the area’s economy. “The trend is to build more activity and density around airports,” says Barbra Coffee, economic development director for College Park. “No longer will you see airports sitting out there all by themselves, where you have to drive 45 minutes to get to it. The activity is coming in and around them.” Hartsfield-Jackson is connected to the Georgia International Convention Center, the state’s second-largest convention facility, and the Gateway Center office and hotel development. The area is also a major shipping and transit hub, with easy access to Interstates 20, 75, 85 and 285 and a CSX Intermodal Terminal in Fairburn. South Fulton enjoys service from MARTA, Atlanta’s speed rail train, throughout much of the area. “The exciting thing about South Fulton is that we have total access to Interstate highways, the airport and rail,” says Edwards. “That’s attractive to people coming into the area, especially businesses, because those are three things that they use to move their goods and products.” In fact, many prominent businesses call the area home. Hapeville is home to the corporate headquarters of Delta Air Lines and a Wells Fargo processing center. Porsche Cars North


Whether you’re a young professional or moving with your family, South Fulton has something to offer everyone, with great education, affordable housing, a fast-growing economy, a relaxing community atmosphere and easy access to Atlanta.

SOUTH FULTON INFO Chattahoochee Hills chathillsgs.us College Park collegeparkga.com East Point eastpointcity.org Fairburn fairburn.com Fulton County Schools fulton.k12.ga.us

A Dwarf House restaurant; part of a chain that got its start in Hapeville and is the forerunner of Chick-fil-A.

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport atlanta-airport.com

Museum features exhibits, railroad and aircraft artifacts and archives from the 1800’s. In East Point, Georgia Soccer Park provides playing fields for youth and adult recreation leagues, while the Dick Lane Velodrome is one of the premier bicycle racing facilities in the nation. The Cochran Mill Nature Center in Palmetto features wildlife exhibits and hiking on 50 wooded acres.

Hapeville hapeville.org Palmetto citypalmetto.com South Fulton southfultonchamber.com South Fulton Chamber of Commerce southfultonchamber.com Union City unioncityga.org Woodward Academy woodward.edu

PHOTO: Courtesy of Chick-fil-A

ues, Wolf Creek Amphitheater and Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood. The Southwest Arts Center in Cascade features classrooms, exhibits and a performance theater. Downtown Hapeville boasts a unique public art program, consisting of giant butterflies painted by local students and artists. The Hapeville Arts Alliance encourages a vibrant arts community in the city. The Hapeville Depot

Georgia International Convention Center gicc.com

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neighborhood

SPOTLIGHT Milton By Michelle Bourg

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ncorporated in 2006, Milton is one of Georgia’s youngest cities, and offers an exciting sense of possibility that few other cities anywhere can match. Located in the northern tip of Fulton County about an hour north of Atlanta, Milton is nestled in a peaceful rural landscape with access to Atlanta via GA-400. Combining a fresh outlook and modern city planning with respect for the area’s history, Milton has been recognized by the metro business community as “the home of the best quality of life in Georgia.”

Housing

The Grove by Ashton Woods

PHOTO: Ashton Wood

Olde Blind Dog

Milton’s green, unspoiled character provides the perfect setting for gracious living. The Grove by Ashton Woods (ashtonwoods.com) offers luxurious four- or five-bedroom homes on oneacre sites starting in the mid $700s. Features include coffered ceilings, flex rooms, builtins, and butler’s pantries, with a design studio available for customization. Kensley (jwhomes. com) is a walkable neighborhood of coastal-style architecture priced from the mid-$400s, offering multi-story three- to four-bedroom homes with smart WiFi, 10-foot main floor ceilings, and granite counters. Tanglewood Preserve (tratonhomes.com) features contemporary farmhouse-style homes on one to two acres with floor-to-ceiling shiplap, trey ceilings and quartz countertops, with prices from the mid $600s.

Culinary Treats The Union Restaurant (theunionrestaurant. com) is the place for modern comfort food in a casual setting; favorites like shrimp and grits and goat cheese ravioli taste even better on the patio. Olde Blind Dog (oldeblinddog.com) is an International Irish Pub of the Year and the spot for draught (draft) Guinness and an extensive menu that goes beyond pub fare. Recognized as Whitetail Bicycle Shop, Crabapple District

Polo Match, Chukkar Farm

THE INSIDE TRACK Milton is the home of an active geocaching program that allows participants to explore the community as they use GPS locators to hunt for “mystery stashes” hidden around the city. Boy Scouts from Troop 3000 installed the caches as an Eagle Scout project.

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one of the best restaurants in the U.S., Milton’s Cuisine and Cocktails (miltoncuisine.com) serves upscale New Southern cooking, sourced in part from its own one-acre garden and served in the ambience of a 150-year-old farmhouse.

Arts and Entertainment Milton Theatre Company (miltontheatrecompany. com) produces a variety of student-run shows year round, including one-act plays, musicals, and improv. Set on more than 100 acres of scenic pasture and woods, Chukkar Farm Polo Club (chukkarfarmpoloclub.com) offers exciting polo as well as two concert series and a sculpture garden set among the farm’s woodland riding trails.

Local Treasures The historic Crabapple district is home to quaint independent eateries and shops and the home of the annual Crabapple Fest each October, with art shows, antique vendors, music and food. Bell Memorial Park provides sports and recreation options with baseball diamonds, football and lacrosse fields and a playground. Providence Park is home to 42 acres of greenspace, hiking trails, a rock-climbing cliff, a lodge and a scenic lake. (Park information at cityofmiltonga.us). N


EDUC AT I O N

EDUC AT I O N

I N S I G H T

I N S I G H T

THE IMPORTANCE OF

EARLY EDUCATION Giving Your Child the Best Chance to Succeed By Daniel Beauregard

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Windward Parkway in Alpharetta, children learn colors, letters and how to take direction, among other simple but important things. And these lessons are presented in a way that engages and excites young minds. “It’s extremely important to start a love of learning at a young age,” says Jenna Ellis, the school’s director. “If a child is stagnant in their learning environment, typically a child doesn’t love coming to school. They’re not learning new things. They’re not excited. They’re not passionate. We want to make sure children feel nurtured, and feel love and passion from our teachers. They’re happier at school when they’re learning.” That emphasis on excitement extends to the teachers, who are given the freedom to create their own lesson plans. Without that input, “our teachers won’t be passionate,” Ellis says. Education and early childhood experts agree that parents should start looking for an early care center as soon they’re expecting, so they can get on the waiting list of a high-quality program. Many centers take children as young as six weeks, which is usually when parents are returning to work after maternity leave.

Aspects of Development

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n decades past, it was common to leave a child at a day care or preschool and expect little more than that the staff keep him or her safe and occupied while the parents were at work. But as educators learn more about what and how children learn in their first few years, early education has come to mean much more than simply dropping a child off at a day care doorstep. Many experts consider the early years, from birth to age 4, to be the most important developmental phase of a child’s life. “The human brain never grows any faster, making any more connections, than during the early years of life,” says Kristin Bernhard, Deputy Commissioner for System Reform for Bright from the Start with the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL). “Anyone

There are four aspects to every child’s development that both parents and educators should watch for. The curriculum of any quality early care or pre-K program should feature learning activities that correspond to all four aspects. Cognitive: Teachers read to children, sounding out the words and showing them objects to illustrate their meaning. With toddlers, the teacher may help them with hands-on problem-solving activities, such as putting blocks through a cube sorter, or asking openended questions and coaxing them along the way, which improves literacy and problemsolving skills. Social: Facilitating a child’s social learning can be as simple as looking into his or her eyes and mirroring the emotions they’re experiencing. The teacher can engage directly with the child, eliciting a back-and-forth interaction between the child’s gestures and the teacher’s responses. With toddlers, this form of interaction may look different. At that age, the social domain of learning focuses more on teaching them how to

It’s important to start a love of learning at a young age. who’s been around infants knows they are not the same two days in a row. Even babies are learning so much every day.” Many early education facilities develop programs that take advantage of a young child’s natural curiosity. At The Goddard School on

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get along with preschoolers and to take turns and positively engage with each other. Emotional: Teachers give positive feedback to young children or toddlers and teach them words that validate their emotions: If a child or toddler is crying, teachers can help them understand the words—such as sadness or loneliness—behind their feelings. Physical: To encourage healthy living from an early age, teachers engage with their students in activities that hone fine motor skills and teaching them how to use their fingers to develop writing skills. Toddlers engage in activities such as running outside, jumping and throwing balls to further develop motor skills.

Accreditation

Cognitive learning develops a child’s problemsolving skills.

Accreditation is your guarantee that a program meets or exceeds minimum standards and is highly maintained. Although each is different, many agencies, such as Georgia’s Bright from the Start or the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), support individual programs with rigorous review criteria and a list

of definitive yardsticks that includes ratings systems. Early care and pre-K facilities follow minimum state requirements, but both NAEYC and Bright from the Start take those one step further to ensure parents get the best early education possible for their child and remain well-informed along the way.

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Bright from the Start, which oversees approximately 5,000 child care centers throughout the state, uses a Quality Rated certification program to give parents detailed information on different facilities. Childcare centers that receive Quality Rated certification adhere to such standards as a lower teacher-to-student ratio, higher credentials and qualifications for teachers, and regular assess-


ments. They also place an emphasis on health, safety and physical activity. For more information, visit qualityrated.org. By submitting to the Quality Rated program, these centers “are agreeing to participate in rigorous coaching for teachers” and offer “better classroom materials,” Bernhard says, adding that almost 1300 child care centers in Georgia have been rated through the program. But those aren’t the only rigorous accreditation programs providing school reviews. The Primrose Schools, with child care education centers open or in development in 29 states, are accredited by AdvancED, a nonprofit organization that conducts reviews of primary and secondary schools around the world based on its Standards of Quality. The Goddard School, with more than 400 schools in 35 states, is also accredited by AdvancED. When searching for an early education facility for your child, take note of each school’s different accreditations. Paying close attention to the curriculum, staff and certifications will help you get a clear picture of each school’s strengths—and help ensure that your child is enrolled in a safe, positive environment with the tools to help him or her learn and develop to the best of their ability.

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schoolSPOTLIGHT

Johnson Ferry Christian Academy Preparing Students for College and Life By Michelle Bourg

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ow celebrating its 13th year, Johnson Ferry Christian Academy (JFCA) is the crowning of a vision for Christian education by Johnson Ferry Baptist Church in Sandy Springs. JFCA currently enrolls more than 340 students in grades K-12, with the goal of providing a Christ-centered, accredited college-preparatory program based on the core values of rigorous academics, vibrant school culture, personal development, and spiritual growth. The academic program at JFCA is unique in its use of the CollegiateStyle™ format. This system operates on a flexible schedule with students spending part of the week in the classroom and the remainder on “satellite days,” completing assignments off campus under the direction of parents. As students progress, they develop a strong work ethic by taking increased responsibility for their own scholastic performance, with more challenging course work and more extracurricular commitments. This prepares them for the academic lifestyle they will encounter in college. “The idea of a collegiate-style education has been around for decades,” says JFCA Head of School Kimberly Maiocco. “Colleges and universities across the nation operate with the philosophy that combines independent learning and in-class experience. “ JFCA is a member of the National Association of University-Model Schools and is also accredited by the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) AdvancED. A hallmark of the Collegiate-Style™ system is the active involvement of parents as co-instructors who take a leading role in teaching certain core subjects, reviewing assignments and monitoring their child’s academic progress. “It requires a dedicated student and learning environment to develop a skillset for success in time management, independent learning,

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and higher education,” notes Maiocco. JFCA follows a modified classical curriculum with Bible classes offered at all grade levels. Class sizes are small, averaging 12-14 students. Grades K-5 and 9-12 are co-educational; grades 6-8 are gender-divided. Honors classes are offered, and qualified students may participate in a dual-enrollment program with Truett-McConnell University. About 75% of JFCA students in grades 10-12 took dual-enrollment courses through Georgia’s MOWR (Move On When Ready) program in 2015-2016. With its flexible schedule, the Academy is able to support an active cocurricular program. The Saints have earned individual and team honors in several sports, including archery, football, basketball, swimming and soccer. Young journalists produce the newspaper, The Saints Observer, and the yearbook, the Vision. Other campus organizations and activities include Honor Society, academic teams, Latin Club, and robotics. Students also develop leadership and grow spiritually through volunteerism both at home and abroad: this year, the senior class undertook a mission trip to Nicaragua. Says Maiocco, “JFCA is differentiated in…three distinct ways: Christian worldview education, Collegiate-Style™ format, and affordability.” The skills and values they develop here prepare them for life in college and beyond as “critical thinkers with the capacity to engage the world.” N

THE SPECIFICS Grades: K-12 Student/Teacher Ratio: 8:1 Tuition: $3900-$4500 Location: Marietta

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Beat

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From Outdoor Festivals to Amazing Attractions, Atlanta’s Top Summer Happenings By Kevin Forest Moreau

The Fountain of Rings at Centennial Olympic Park is a uniquely Atlanta way to cool off.

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PHOTO: Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau (ACVB)

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


Zip down the water slides at Lake Lanier Island Resort.

Top acts play under the stars at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre.

PHOTOS: (Top Left) Lake Lanier Islands Resort; (Top Right) Aysha Siddique; (Center) Stone Mountain Park, Stone Mountain GA

Get in the Water Summer’s warmer weather provides the perfect excuse to break out the bathing suit and cool off at one of Atlanta’s watery attractions. Lake Lanier offers plenty of recreation, whether you’re into boating or working on your tan at the Lake Lanier Island Resort, which includes a waterpark for the kids (lakelanierislands.com). Six Flags White Water offers a daunting array of waterslides as well as play areas for the kids (sixflags.com/whitewater). Or you can always just run through the synchronized water jets at the Fountain of Rings at Centennial Olympic Park (centennialpark.com). There are also plenty of good oldfashioned swimming pools: the Piedmont Park Aquatic Center features a wading section, a floating channel and lap lanes for workouts (piedmontpark.org). You can also float down the Lazy River at Gwinnett’s Mountain Park Aquatic Center, a figure-eight-shaped section of the pool with two water slides to drop you in with a splash (gwinnettcounty.com). For the ultimate Atlanta water experience, you need to “shoot the Hooch.” (Some claim that you’re not really an Atlantan unless you have). You can bring a tube and drop in at one of the parks in the Chattahoochee River Recreation Area (nps.gov/chat) for a leisurely float, or head to one of the area’s outfitters to rent vests, tubes, paddleboards, kayaks or rafts, along with directions. River Tubing in Duluth and (rivertubing.com) and Shoot the Hooch in Roswell (shootthehooch.com) have the goods. Be sure to bring sunscreen and a tube for the cooler.

likes of Paul Simon, the Moody Blues and Sheryl Crow this summer (chastainseries. com). The Zac Brown Band and Chicago and the Doobie Brothers are among the performers at Alpharetta’s Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park (vzwamp.com). Near the airport, Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood is the venue for rockers like Dead and Company and John Mayer (livenation.com), while Peachtree City’s Frederick Brown Jr. Amphitheater (also known as “The Fred”) offers shows by Melissa Etheridge, Richard Marx and others in an intimate 2,352-seat venue (amphitheater.org). The lineup at Southern Ground Amphitheater (formerly the Villages Amphitheater) in Fayetteville includes John Michael Montgomery, the Pointer Sisters and the Little River Band. (southerngroundamp.com).

Get Festive Summer in Atlanta means you’re never far from an outdoor festival full of music, food and fun. In June, the Virginia-Highland Summerfest showcases the picturesque Midtown neighborhood with a 5K race, artist market and more. (vahi.org/ summerfest). Also in June, the Candler Park Music and Food Festival celebrates just that—music and food, both of it hot and tasty (candlerparkmusicfestivalcom). July is the perfect time for The Atlanta Ice Cream Festival, a celebration at Piedmont Park that also features health screenings and a fitness walk to help you burn off the calories from all that cold stuff (atlantaicecreamfestival.com). August, meanwhile, brings The Decatur BBQ, Blues and Bluegrass Festival, a one-day celebration that says it all in the name (decaturbbqfestival.com). Also in August, there’s the Grant Park Summer Shade Festival, held at Atlanta’s oldest park, a weekend of art, music and children’s entertainment, as well as a 5K race and lots (and we mean lots) of food (summershadefestival.org). u

Summer weather is the perfect excuse to cool off at Atlanta’s wet attractions.

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

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Get your scream on with a coaster ride at Six Flags over Georgia.

The Braves swing for the fences at the new SunTrust Park.

Settle into a lawn chair for a movie with Movies in the Park.

Treat your family to more than just peanuts and Cracker Jack when you attend an Atlanta Braves game. Cheer on the city’s baseball heroes as they face off against divisional rivals like the Phillies, Marlins, Mets and Nationals in their brand new home at SunTrust Park, one of the country’s best ballparks that boasts more seats closer to the field than any other Major League park. Plus, take a tour of Monument Garden and see the World Series trophy, take the kids to Hope and Will’s Sandlot, score a bobblehead and much more (mlb.com/braves). You can also catch the game’s rising stars at Cool-Ray Field in Lawrenceville as the Gwinnett Braves bring AAA action to Gwinnett. Join the fans in the stands or spread out a blanket on the lawn and wait for that home run ball to come to you (gwinnettbraves.com).

Atlanta takes to the streets every July 4 for “the Peachtree.”

See a Movie Under the Stars Summer is movie season, and there’s something special about catching one under the night sky. The Northside Hospital’s Georgia Movies in the Park series brings recent family favorites to five area parks on various summer evenings between May and August (georgiamoviesinthepark.com). This year’s titles include Disney’s Moana and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. This year, Movies in Central Park at Atlantic Station celebrates the 90s with a lineup that includes Fried Green Tomatoes and Twister (atlanticstation.com), and the B at the Movies series brings family films to 14 area parks on Saturday nights from May to August (B985.com). This year’s lineup includes Sing! and The Secret Life of Pets. In Duluth, Flicks on the Bricks brings top films to the fountain at Town Green on the first Friday of the month from May to September. This year’s lineup includes Finding Dory, Captain Marvel: Civil War and Alice through the Looking Glass (duluthga.net). You can catch Disney’s Moana at Peachtree City’s Back to School Bash on August 5 as part of a big 28 | Newcomer Magazine | www.newcomeratlanta.com

evening of fun with food, music, inflatables and more (peachtree-city.org). And the City of Smyrna is getting summer started by showing Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs in conjunction with its first Food Truck Tuesday of the season at Taylor-Brawner Park on May 30.

Do the Peachtree Sorry, by now it’s too late to enter the AJC Peachtree Road Race. But that doesn’t mean you can’t be a part of the world’s largest 10K event. Every Fourth of July, “the Peachtree” draws 60,000 participants—including an elite field of the fastest runners in the world—and more than 150,000 spectators who line world-famous Peachtree Street to watch the action. Whether you watch the festivities from a coveted restaurant patio seat in

PHOTOS : (Top Left) Atlanta Braves, (Bottom Left) Southern Outdoor Cinema; (Top Right) © 2012, Kevin C. Rose/AtlantaPhotos.com; (Bottom Right) Paul Kim

Take Yourself Out to the Ball Game


See Something Spectacular More specifically, the Lasershow Spectacular in Mountainvision at Stone Mountain Park. Newly enhanced with state-of-the-art digital effects, this longtime attraction is dazzling audiences like never before. Watch as Confederate Generals Lee, Davis and Jackson appear to break free from the side of the mountain and float in the night sky, among other multidimensional illusions that accompany the famous fireworks display and a booming soundtrack of popular music. Make a day of it by arriving early to enjoy miniature golf, outdoor challenges, the Antebellum Plantation, the Summit Skyride and the Dinotorium (stonemountainpark.com).

Come Inside for a While

There’s no experience quite like the Lasershow Spectacular at Stone Mountain Park.

Every now and then you need to get out of the sun (or sometimes, the rain) and take in some air-conditioned entertainment. Enjoy recent blockbusters and classic films (plus a vintage cartoon) in the glamour of a vintage theater at The Coca-Cola Summer Film Festival (foxtheatre.org). At Legoland Discovery Center, kids can go on a space mission, watch exciting 4D movies and create a masterpiece at the Master Builder Academy (legolanddiscoverycenter.com). Say hello to a beluga or a whale shark from inside the underwater tunnel at the Georgia Aquarium, the largest aquarium in the Western Hemisphere. (georgiaaquarium.org). Celebrate America’s favorite beverage at the World of Coca-Cola, an interactive museum with vintage items, a miniature bottling plant and three different theater experiences. (worldofcoca-cola.com). Make music with the Blue Man Group, launch a rocket, and ride a hovercraft at The Children’s Museum of Atlanta, (childrensmuseumatlanta.org), the place that invites kids to learn through play.

Say Goodbye with a Bang At the Georgia Aquarium, you can see these adorable sea otters up close in their natural habitat.

Labor Day Weekend serves as the traditional end of the season, and Atlanta offers a number of ways to say goodbye. Dragon*Con, the Southeast’s largest science fiction, fantasy and pop-culture convention, draws thousands of fans with celebrities, panels and a costume-filled parade (dragoncon.org). The Decatur Book Festival, the country’s largest independent book festival, fills the Decatur Square with author events, writing workshops, book signings and plenty of activities for kids, including readings and signings by noted children’s book authors and illustrators (decaturbookfestival.com). And college football gets the party started for the season at the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Games: see Alabama take on Florida State and Georgia Tech face Tennessee at the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium (chick-fil-akickoffgame.com).

CELEBRATE YOUR INDEPENDENCE

PHOTOS: (Top) Stone Mountain Park; (Bottom) Courtesy of Georgia Aquarium

the shade, dance to the music on “Cardiac Hill” near Piedmont Hospital or cheer the runners near the finish line at Piedmont Park, you’re sure to have a blast (peachtreeroadrace.org).

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

Atlanta has many ways of commemorating Independence Day. Downtown, Centennial Park’s 4th of July Celebration shoots off some fireworks along with live music (centennialpark.com). The Fantastic Fourth Celebration at Stone Mountain Park features— count ‘em—four days of festivities on the park’s Memorial Lawn, with the iconic laser show culminating in a patriotic fireworks display that’s been voted one of the best in the nation (stonemountainpark.com). And the Atlanta Braves will light up the sky with Independence Day Fireworks following their game with the Houston Astros (mlb.com/braves) The Dunwoody 4th of July Parade features more than 2500 participants, including floats, animal units and of course, marching bands (dunwoodyga.gov). Festivities begin at 10 a.m. for the Marietta Fourth in the Park, with a parade, concerts, food, a carnival and capping off with pyrotechnics at dusk (mariettaga.gov). www.newcomeratlanta.com | Newcomer Magazine | 29


Mai Tai at Trader Vic’s.

EXPLORING ATLANTA’S

HotelDining

Six Great Spots Worth Checking Out By Hope S. Philbrick and Michelle Bourg

One of the first things you’re likely to want to investigate about your new city is its cuisine. And no tour of Atlanta’s restaurant scene is complete without a stop at these six destinations, each situated in an upscale hotel. Whether you’re just checking out the menu or checking in for an overnight stay (so you can follow up a calorie splurge with a quick elevator commute to a guestroom or suite), each of these spots offers the makings for a delicious memory. 30 | Newcomer Magazine | www.newcomeratlanta.com


The Palm at The Westin Buckhead Hotel Atlanta

The Palm

Classic is the word that comes to mind when you think of the Palm, and the Atlanta establishment of the iconic chain does not disappoint. Traditional steakhouse specialties, including a 32-ounce double cut New York strip for two, are prepared to exacting standards in a club-like ambience that includes the famed Palm caricatures on the walls. Other choices include Nova Scotia lobster and Italian dishes made from family recipes, like linguine in clam sauce and the famous chicken parm. A wine list both broad and deep, signature cocktails and indulgent desserts make this the perfect place for a special evening or business lunch. 404-814-1955, thepalm.com/atlanta

Saltwood Charcuterie and Bar, Loews Atlanta Hotel The centerpiece of this casual Midtown eatery is the charcuterie station, where diners can sit and sip a microbrew while watching the chef carve a mouth-watering array of fine meats and artisanal cheeses served on wooden blocks. Saltwood produces approximately half of its charcuterie in house, including paté and its signature duck sausage. Small plates with local ingredients underpin the menu, which also features more substantial fare such as beer-braised pork osso bucco and steak and fries. Executive chef Olivier Gaupin is one of only four chefs in Georgia distinguished as a Maitres Cuisiniers de France (Master Chef of France). 404-745-5000, saltwoodatlanta.com

TOP PHOTO: The Palm Atlanta

Saltwood Charcuterie and Bar

Savor Bar & Kitchen at the Westin Atlanta Perimeter North Not every hotel eatery is located inside the Perimeter. Savor Bar and Kitchen, located just outside the Perimeter in Sandy Springs, brings fresh and imaginative New Southern cuisine to Atlanta’s northern communities. The wall of windows overlooking the lake at Concourse Center provides a light-filled backdrop to locally sourced menu offerings influenced by the Bayou, Low Country and Gulf Coast. Favorites include she-crab soup, blackened chicken carbonara and grass-fed rib eye with Tabasco™ onion. Bite-sized banana pudding for dessert is a delightful Southern-style touch. The bar features a wide selection of bourbon and scotch choices and a compact but thoughtfully chosen wine list. (770) 280-9877, savorbarkitchen.com

Southern Art and Bourbon Bar at the InterContinental Buckhead Atlanta Savor Bar & Kitchen

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LEFT: Trader Vic’s RIGHT: Southern Art and Bourbon Bar BOTTOM: Nikolai’s Roof

tart cherry glaze and sorbet with vodka are offered a la carte or as part of a three-, four, or sixcourse chef’s menu, accompanied by a 900-label wine list honored by Wine Spectator. Both lounge and dining room present one of the city’s best views through floor-to-ceiling windows. (404) 221-6362 or nikolaisroof.com

ATLANTA HOTEL BARS Sometimes a meal isn’t what you’re after. If the summer heat has you feeling parched, try these five stylish hotel bars for ambience, people watching and a little something with a kick.

Bar Margot at the Four Seasons Hilton Atlanta

nate and cook for the headline-grabbing events she hosts around the world. In 2011, he opened Southern Art, where Chef Joseph Trevino serves up a menu showcasing such Southern classics as chicken and dumplings, shrimp and grits, braised pork belly with bourbon jus and 12-layer red velvet cake. Next door, Bourbon Bar is a stylish meeting place for after-work and pre- or post-dinner gatherings, serving more than 70 distinct bourbons plus an array of cocktails. 404-946-9070, southernart.com.

Trader Vic’s at the Hilton Atlanta Step into Trader Vic’s and escape to an island of exotic delights. The Atlanta outpost of the iconic Polynesian-style chain is world-renowned as a prime representative of the Tiki aesthetic, where ambience and flavor combine for an unforgettable experience. Sip a signature Mai

Tai as you take in the hand-carved tikis, globe lanterns and thatched ceilings—the dramatic setting for America’s original fusion cuisine, including Chinese specialties, curries, and the famous barbeque spare ribs. The main attractions are the delicacies from the wood-fired Chinese ovens, especially the Angus beef and Indonesian rack of lamb. (404) 221-6339 or tradervicsatl.com

Nikolai’s Roof at the Hilton Atlanta Thirty floors above Trader Vic’s is the iconic Nikolai’s Roof, where you’ll find sophisticated cuisine with a touch of Russian flair, served in an atmosphere of understated elegance. The Lounge at Nikolai’s sets the tone with Russian coffees, Moscow Mules, and infused vodkas, available as a flight of three for a perfect foil to a spoon of Osetra caviar. Offerings such as braised beef piroshki, magret duck breast with

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This “funky community lounge” features curated cocktails, small batch spirits and wine from an expansive list. On weekend nights a DJ spins tracks from a 10,000-volume LP library. (404) 881-5913, barmargotatl.com

Skylounge Atlanta at the Glenn Hotel Take in a glittering view of downtown Atlanta and Centennial Olympic Park from this rooftop space. (404) 521-2250, glennsskylounge.com

Tosca Blu Bar at Renaissance Atlanta Waverly Get a taste of Atlanta at this elegant but relaxed spot in Vinings; their Waverly Mule features vodka from Atlanta’s Old Fourth Distillery. (770) 953-4515, marriott.com

Whiskey Blue at the W Atlanta Buckhead Palm Springs meets Buckhead in this trendy space high above Atlanta’s most exclusive shopping district. (678) 5003190, watlantabuckhead.com


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HEAD TO THE MOUNTAINS

TOWNS COUNTY, GEORGIA By Michelle Bourg

“Hot town, summer in the city…” Now that the summer’s here, you may have found yourself humming that song as you dash from the comfort of one air conditioned spot to another. It’s a sure sign that it’s time for a summer getaway, and fortunately, an ideal escape is just two hours northeast of Atlanta in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Lake Chatuge and the communities of Hiawassee and Young Harris in Towns County offer a scenic retreat that’s as active or as restful as you want to make it, with July temperatures that average six degrees cooler than the city.

An idyllic view across the vineyards to the North Georgia mountains at Crane Creek Vineyards in Young Harris.

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PHOTOS: (Top and Bottom Left) Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa

TOP: Framed by the North Georgia mountains, Brasstown Valley Resort beckons visitors. BOTTOM: (Left) The luxurious lobby at Brasstown Valley Resort; (Right) The view from the top of Brasstown Bald takes in four states.

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s a home base for your explorations, the area offers lodging that ranges from the rustic to the luxurious. Campers, boaters and RV owners can head to one of the many campgrounds and cabin rental facilities, most offering amenities including WiFi and hot tubs that take things a step above “basic.” If hotels are more your style, the soaring beamed ceiling, warm oakpaneled walls and massive stacked-stone hearth at Brasstown Valley Resort and Spa will immediately make you feel a world away. Many of the resort’s rooms and suites offer mountain views and wood-burning fireplaces. The spa suite features a private rooftop deck, Jacuzzi, and an “Experience Shower” with dual 12-head shower bars, speakers and steam. At Ridges Resort and Marina, you can relax and take in the view from

the private balcony of your room or suite in the Lodge, or enjoy family time in a spacious villa. Outside, a saltwater pool, full-service marina and nightly s’mores at the fire pit beckon. Once you’ve settled in, it’s time to explore. The region’s centerpiece is Lake Chatuge, a sparkling 7200-acre reservoir straddling the GeorgiaNorth Carolina border. Bring your boat or rent anything from paddleboards to pontoons at Boundary Waters Resort and Marina. Grab your towel and sunblock and spend a day sunbathing and swimming at The Towns County Recreational Beach. For an unforgettable experience, try a seaplane tour from Wing N It Seaplane Adventures. Ten- and 20-minute tours of the lake and surroundings can be booked for up to three passengers for a bird’s-eye view of the beauty of North Georgia. u www.newcomeratlanta.com | Newcomer Magazine | 35


Whatever your style, a Towns County retreat will take you a world away. The mountain streams that feed the lake are dotted with several waterfalls, including High Shoals Falls, considered one of Georgia’s most beautiful and accessible with a moderately challenging hike along a shaded trail. On the way, you’ll pass Blue Hole Falls, tumbling 20 feet to an indigo pool below. At the trail’s summit, there’s a roar as the water rushes down 300 feet over a series of rocky cascades. For a truly spectacular view, head to Brasstown Bald, the highest point in Georgia at almost 4800 feet. A half-mile trek or shuttle bus trip leads to a 360-degree view of lakes and rolling forests stretching into four states. While you’re there, hike one of the three nearby trails or take a drive on the Russell-Brasstown Scenic Byway and enjoy the view from your car windows—keep them rolled down to take in the scent of the rhododendrons that bloom here in early summer.

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To experience these lovely flowers up close, visit the Fred Hamilton Rhododendron Gardens, a botanical garden that’s home to the largest collection of them in the state—more than 400 different varieties. Walking along the pine bark paths, you’ll also admire azaleas, wildflowers, and the gorgeous views of Lake Chatuge and the Bald rising in the distance. Whether you’re an oenophile or just enjoy an occasional bottle, a trip to one of Towns County’s wineries is a must. Crane Creek Vineyards in


Young Harris produces a range of wines including a Seyval Blanc, the gold-medal-winning Hellbender Red and the Sweet Sally dessert wine from the native Catawba grape. They offer Saturday tours that include a complimentary wine glass, cheese platter and tasting. At Hightower Creek Vineyards in Hiawassee, the Vino and Vibes concert series invites visitors to bring a picnic and enjoy a glass of wine, including Chatuga Red and White and Red Clay Rose´. If you’d rather stay put, there’s still plenty to do close by. Brasstown Valley Resort Golf Course is a player favorite and highly ranked by Golf Digest. Multiple tees make it accessible for players of all levels, and the backdrop of mountains, woods and streams makes it one of the most scenic courses you’ll ever play. The Brasstown Valley Stables offer one- and two-hour trail rides in addition to hand-led rides in the ring for visitors age six and under. However you choose to spend your day, a massage or a dip in the thermal pool at Equani Spa is the perfect way to blissfully relax and unwind.

With so much to do, you’re sure to work up an appetite. Head to Hawg Wild BBQ and Catfish House for Carolinastyle barbeque, fried catfish and all the “fixins’”. Mary’s Southern Grill is the place for stick-to-your-ribs comfort food for breakfast and lunch. There’s something to please any palate at Brothers at Willow Ranch, which offers steak, seafood, pasta, sandwiches and Southern favorites in an informal mountain cabin atmosphere. You’ll want to take home a souvenir, so save some time to stop by Creekside General Store and the Lakeside Vintage Market in Hiawassee to browse a selection of Georgia-made jams and jellies, jewelry, pottery and other crafts. In late July, you can browse the offerings of the craft vendors at the Georgia Mountain Fair while enjoying the Pioneer Village, musical performances and some good oldfashioned fair snacks. Whether you spend it getting out to play or just soaking up the view from your Adirondack chair, a Towns County mountain getaway will leave you refreshed and ready to get back and tackle life in Hotlanta again.

Whether you want to go out or stay nearby, there’s always plenty to do.

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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.

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.

Driving Tips

MARTA Rail Service

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.georgianavigator.com.

CANTERBURY SCHOOL Keeping alive children’s inborn sense of wonder

Infants - Pre K Grades K-3 Afterschool and summer camp Located in Morningside, convenient to Downtown, Midtown, Druid Hills, Buckhead, Decatur, L5P Canterbury School practices a nondiscriminatory admission policy.

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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


COUNTY INFORMATION EDUCATION

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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COUNTY INFORMATION EDUCATION

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 $9,561 404-802-3500

Elementary Schools 52 Middle Schools 14 High Schools 20 Charter 15 Alternative 6 Per-pupil expenditures $13,069 School & bus information 404-802-5500 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 404-669-3759 City of College Park 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 404-785-9500 at Hughes Spalding 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

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.

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.

Photo: Georgia Dept. of Economic Development.

Atlanta Public Schools Board of Education

Fulton County

Downtown Atlanta skyline

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Neighborhoods

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

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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 riety of parks and outdoor 770-993-8806, www.gnfcc.com 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


Photo: Georgia Dept. of Economic Development

Gwinnett County

COUNTY INFORMATION 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 easy access While the county was 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 To help manage growth, firms. With an average of 260 Schools www.bufordcityschools.org 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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Neighborhoods

Duluth

EDUCATION 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 Georgia Power 404-395-7611 770-963-6166 Jackson EMC 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 Norcross 770-448-2122 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

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upcomingEVENTS

Shakespeare in Love, Conant Performing Arts Center The Alliance Theatre presents this new play based on the Academy Award-winning film. Aug. 30 - Sept. 24, 404-733-4650, alliancetheatre.org.

Exhibits & Events Flicks on the Bricks, Downtown Duluth Enjoy popular movies including Captain America: Civil War, Moana, and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story on the first Friday of each month.

Cinderella Della Circus, Center for Puppetry Arts

PHOTO: Clay Walker

June 2-Sept. 1, duluthga.net.

Andy Warhol: Prints From the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation, High Museum of Art This exhibition contains more than 250 prints by the late pop artist, tracing his innovative graphic production over four decades. June 3-Sept. 3, 404-733-5000, high.org.

Theater & Concerts Rock the Park With Drivin’ N Cryin’, Lilburn City Park Bring a lawn chair and enjoy this free concert featuring Georgia Music Hall of Famers Drivin’ N Cryin’. June 2, 770-921-2210, cityoflilburn.com.

Daryl Hall & John Oates and Tears for Fears, Infinite Energy Center The Rock and Roll Hall of Famers and the multiplatinum-selling band each perform from their catalog of hits. Allen Stone opens. June 11,

forms songs from his solo career, as well as Wings and the Beatles. July 13, 770-626-2464, infi-

Keeper for a Day: Birds and Reptiles, Zoo Atlanta

niteenergycenter.com.

Brian McKnight, Frederick Brown Jr. Amphitheater

Find out what it takes to be a zookeeper with this exciting new program focusing on our feathered and scaly friends. Participants must be 14 or older. June 10, 404-624-9453, zooatlanta.org.

The acclaimed R&B singer and songwriter performs an evening of hits. July 15, amphitheater.org.

Duluth Arts Festival, Duluth Town Green This two-day event features painters, photographers, and other artisans, as well as live music, food and drink and more. June 10-11, duluthga.net.

Idina Menzel, Fox Theatre The actress, singer and songwriter, known for her roles in Rent, Wicked and Frozen, performs. July 22, 855-285-8499, foxtheatre.org.

The Blue Man Group – Making Waves, Children’s Museum of Atlanta

770-626-2464, infiniteenergycenter.com.

Cinderella Della Circus, Center for Puppetry Arts This exciting show brings puppetry and the circus together with fairy-tale magic. June 20July 23, 404-873-3391, centerforpuppetryarts.com.

Melissa Etheridge, Frederick Brown Jr. Amphitheater The Grammy Award-winning singer, known for “Come to My Window,” “Bring Me Some Water” and other hits, performs. July 1, amphitheater.org.

Lionel Richie and Mariah Carey, Infinite Energy Center

This exhibit lets the whole family play together while discovering the fun of music. June 10-Sept. 4, 404-873-3391, childrensmuseumatlanta.org

Grammy Award-winning singer Lionel Richie supported by special guest Mariah Carey. Aug.

Father’s Day, Zoo Atlanta

13, 770-626-2464, infiniteenergycenter.com.

Treat Dad to a day at the zoo! Fathers enjoy free admission with purchase of any regular-price child’s or adult’s general admission ticket. June

Sister Hazel, Duluth Town Green The alternative rock band performs as part of Duluth’s Summer Stage Concert Series. Aug. 19,

18, 404-624-9453, zooatlanta.org.

duluthga.net.

Duluth Celebrates America, Duluth Town Green

Duluth Celebrates America, Duluth Town Green

Celebrate Independence Day with a fabulous fireworks display, live music, food trucks, children’s activities and more. July 3, duluthga.net.

Legendary singer-songwriter Taylor performs, with a special set by Raitt. July 11, 770-626-2464, infiniteenergycenter.com.

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PHOTO: Dustin Grau Photography

James Taylor and Bonnie Raitt, Infinite Energy Center

Thriller Thursdays, Interactive Neighborhood for Kids Treat your kids to special afternoons with storytellers, costumed characters and much more. Through July 27, 770-536-1900, inkfun.org.

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


Safari Day Camp, Zoo Atlanta

live entertainment, games and other activities.

Book your camper for a wildlife adventure that features zoo tours, educational games, animal encounters and more. Weekly through Aug. 4,

Thursdays through Sept. 28, 404-876-5859, atlantabg.org.

404-624-9453, zooatlanta.org.

Creating Camelot: The Kennedy Photography of Jacques Lowe, Booth Western Art Museum This exhibit spotlights more than 70 intimate images of the Kennedys by their personal White House photographer. Through Aug. 27, 770-387-1300, boothmuseum.org.

Food Truck Fridays, Downtown Duluth Enjoy exotic flavors from mobile vendors while enjoying live music and other fun activities every Friday. Through Sept. 22, duluthga.net.

Saint Francis Golf & Tennis Tournament, Country Club of the South This 21st annual event is a fundraiser to support athletic events at Saint Francis Schools. Sept. 25, golfsaintfrancis.com.

Cocktails in the Garden, Atlanta Botanical Garden Stroll the lush environs of the Botanical Garden during this weekly social event, featuring DJs,

mer concert series held every Friday. Enjoy pop, rock, oldies and much more. June 9-Aug. 18, visithendersonvillenc.org.

Ansel Adams: The Masterworks, Booth Western Art Museum

Pops on the River, Chattanooga, TN

This exhibit showcases 30 photographs by the master photographer. Through Oct. 29, 770-387-1300, boothmuseum.org.

Celebrate Independence Day with a concert by the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera Orchestra. Includes a fireworks display. July 3, chattanoogapops.com.

Space Mission, LEGOLAND Discovery Center

Street Dance, Hendersonville, N.C.

Explore alien worlds, watch a LEGO rocket launch into space, and build your very own intergalactic LEGO creations at this exciting new temporary exhibit. Ongoing, legolanddiscoverycenter.com/atlanta.

Enjoy bluegrass music, square dancing and clogging outdoors every Monday at this event, a Hendersonville tradtion that goes back to 1918. July 10-Aug. 14, visithendersonvillenc.org.

Nightfall Concert Series, Chattanooga, TN

A Short Drive Away Riverbend Music Festival, Chattanooga, TN This eight-day event features more than 100 acts on five stages along the downtown waterfront Toby Keith, Old Dominion, Brett Young and more. June 9-17, riverbendfestival.com.

Music on Main Street, Hendersonville, N.C. Thousands of music lovers flock to historic downtown Hendersonville for this free sum-

One of Chattanooga’s most popular events, showcasing popular regional, national and international artists. The series takes place Friday evenings at Miller Plaza, except on June 9 and 16. Through Aug. 25, nightfallchattanooga.com.

Chattanooga Market, Chattanooga, TN This weekly open-air market features live music, food trucks, arts and crafts, and vendors selling produce, meats, cheese and more at the First Tennessee Pavilion. Through Nov. 19, chattanoogamarket.com.

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Interactive F Neighborhood for Kids

ly a plane. Put out a fire. Take to the stage and belt out a tune. Milk a cow. Sit in the judge’s chair and hear a case. There’s a place nearby where you can do all this and more, all in one day: the Interactive Neighborhood for Kids (INK), located about an hour northeast of Atlanta in Gainesville, GA. Visitors to INK find a kid-sized village designed for immersive, hands-on play. They can travel along the “street” and choose roles to play in situations from the real world: a doctor, dental or veterinary clinic, a fire station, post office, supermarket, and more. Each exhibit is created on a small-scale set with authentic props and costumes to make the experience come to life—the genuine Aero Commander airplane and vintage fire truck are sure to make eyes light up. Parents By Michelle Bourg aren’t just bystanders, but are encouraged to join in the fun (“Open wide and say ‘Aah,’ Mom!”). In addition to the themed exhibits, there are play spaces, a music room, a library and the Born Learning Trail for outside exploration. There’s also a gift shop offering educational toys that let kids take the fun and learning home with them, such as costumes, puppets, craft sets and science kits. Proceeds from the gift shop directly benefit the Museum. The other part of the INK experience is interactive activities that feature arts and crafts. Kids can create a work of art in the pottery studio; INK will fire their masterpiece and arrange to get it home. Themed activities happen year round, and there are special school break workshops that complement the STEAM curriculum. This summer spotlights “Thriller Thursdays” with storytellers, puppet shows, magicians, and other surprises. While the focus is on children ages 2-12, the facility is stroller-friendly and everyone is welcome. Adults must accompany children at all times. Admission is $8 Monday through Saturday, $6 on Sundays; there is an additional $1 fee for most special events and pottery studio fees start at $3. There are monthly Home School Days with discounted admission, and memberships with added benefits are also available. For field trips, birthday parties or just a day out, the Interactive Neighborhood for Kids is the place to go to let your child’s imagination soar. The Interactive Neighborhood for Kids is located at 999 Chestnut St., Ste. 11 in Gainesville, GA. For information call (770) 536-1900 or visit inkfun.org.

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