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INTOWN VS. SUBURBS WHICH LIFESTYLE IS BEST FOR YOU? LEFT OUT OF THE IN CROWD DEALING WITH SCHOOL CLIQUES
BRINGING THE PAST TO LIFE
ATLANTAâ€™S MUST-SEE HISTORIC ATTRACTIONS
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What better way to learn about your new community than to appreciate its history and heritage? Here are some top venues and attractions to help you get started.
Whether you’re looking to live inside or outside the Perimeter, north, south, or somewhere in between, our guide to Atlanta’s neighborhoods will help you find your next home.
Coping with School Cliques . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Romantic Getaways . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .34
Dealing with cliques can be one of the most challenging parts of growing up. Here’s how to help your child cope successfully.
Georgia’s coast invites city dwellers to discover the barrier islands that are especially inviting in the summertime months.
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Relocation Guide . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39
Homes and Communities. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
A comprehensive guide to help you find your way before, during and after your move, including counties, neighborhoods, relocation tips, a map to metro Atlanta and much more.
Atlanta has both great intown neighborhoods and the best suburbia has to offer. Discover which lifestyle option would be best for you.
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Duluth offers families plenty of kid-approved attractions and convenient amenities, like a walkable downtown, fine dining and an arts center.
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Piedmont Park is the crown jewel of Atlanta’s green scene and the place to stroll, people watch or just kick back and relax.
At Harvester Christian Academy, challenging academics go hand in hand with training young minds and hearts to lead and serve.
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inFOCUS NEWS BITES FROM AROUND ATLANTA
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One of the most popular films of all time marks a major milestone this year, and Marietta’s Gone With the Wind Museum invites you to take part in the fun at the 80th Anniversary Celebration of “Gone With the Wind.” This three-day spectacular features special guests including makeup artist Michael Westmore and actors Miller Lide, Morgan Brittany and Susie Lindeman, who will portray “Gone With the Wind” star Vivien Leigh in the play “Letter to Larry.” June 21-23 at historic Brumby Hall. For more information, visit gwtwmarietta.com.
You won’t believe your senses as you experience the incredible illusions and other amazing feats on display during Champions of Magic. This family-friendly spectacular features mind-reading, levitation high above the stage, an impossible water escape and much more. Saturday, July 20 at the Fox Theatre. For tickets, call 855-285-8499 or visit foxtheatre.org.
The Doctor is In Your kids may develop a newfound appreciation for going to the doctor after spending the day at Doc McStuffins: The Exhibit at Children’s Museum of Atlanta. This interactive experience based on Disney Junior’s Peabody Award-winning series lets children perform check-ups and diagnose toy patients while learning about healthy habits at the McStuffins Toy Hospital. The exhibit runs from June 8 to September 8. For more information, please call 404-659-5437 or visit childrensmuseumatlanta.org. 8 | Newcomer Magazine | newcomeratlanta.com
Did you know that your heart beats more than 100,000 times a day, or that a sneeze can travel faster than 100 mph? Those are just some of the amazing things you’ll learn at Bodies…The Exhibition, which celebrates the inner beauty of the human body with more than 200 real human bodies and specimens, allowing you to see the body’s different systems in detail. For tickets and other information, please call 404-496-4274 or visit bodiesatlanta.com.
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An Unforgettable Experience
inFOCUS No Debate: These Kids are Winners Congratulations to Woodward Academy seniors Mona Mahadevan and Malachi Robinson, who won their fourth consecutive Georgia State Debate Championship in February! Mona and Malachi were also the top two individual speakers at this year’s tournament, placing first and second, respectively. Great job, guys!
Tiny Titans Experience the insect world as you’ve never seen it before courtesy of David Rogers’ Big Bugs at the Fernbank Museum of Natural History. These dazzling sculptures bring some of the world’s tiniest creatures—like an ant, a ladybug, a praying mantis and a spider—to giant-size life to call attention to the very large role these creepy-crawlies play in our ecosystem. The exhibit runs through July 21. For more information, call 404-929-6300 or visit fernbankmuseum.org.
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Callanwolde Fine Arts Center
HISTORY to Life
MUSEUMS AND ATTRACTIONS HIGHLIGHT ATLANTA'S HERITAGE Among other things, Atlanta is well known for its history. The rich heritage of this Southern city never ceases to amaze newcomers, and even locals keep finding more to learn and appreciate. From civil rights to the Civil War, Oakland Cemetery to the State Capitol, vintage airplanes to “Gone With the Wind,” the sights of the city will keep you engaged and enlightened, and coming back for more. And what better way to learn more about your new community? Here is just a little taste of the historical venues and attractions the Atlanta area offers. 10 | Newcomer Magazine | newcomeratlanta.com
By Amber Pittman
Atlanta History Center If you want to know about the history of this Southern city, the Atlanta History Center has got you covered. Folk art, Native American relics and art, civil rights and the Civil War, Coca-Cola and local sports legends—the center encompasses all of that in its regular exhibits, and adds even more with traveling exhibits that are shown periodically throughout the year. 404-814-4000, atlantahistorycenter.com.
Callanwolde Fine Arts Center The legacy of this historic Gothic Revival mansion revolves around Coca-Cola and nearby Emory University, but the beauty of it surpasses its history for many. The mansion was built between 1917 and 1921 and was home to Howard Candler, oldest son of the founder of The Coca-Cola Company and the company president from 1916 to 1923. Callanwolde today is a busy community arts center offering classes and workshops for all ages, is available for tours and special events, and hosts a variety of events every year, including Easter egg hunts and a Christmas party. 404-8725338, callanwolde.org.
The Center for Civil and Human Rights
The Fox Theatre
Delta Flight Museum
Callanwolde Fine Arts Center
IF YOU WANT TO KNOW ABOUT THE HISTORY OF THIS SOUTHERN CITY, THE ATLANTA HISTORY CENTER HAS GOT YOU COVERED. Center for Civil and Human Rights From the Civil Rights Movement to today’s Human Rights Movement, the Center for Civil and Human Rights offers an inviting place to explore, to ask questions, and to learn about the past and the future. Exhibits are like giant storybooks. Wars, movements, leaders who have shaped the world—the exhibits change regularly, but the theme never does. 678-9998990, civilandhumanrights.org.
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Delta Flight Museum Located in Delta’s original aircraft hangars, the museum allows visitors to learn about the history of flight, the story of Delta, and the future of aviation. Get an intimate look at planes dating back to the 1920s as well as modern jet aircraft, walk on the wing of the first Boeing 747-400 ever produced, tour interactive exhibits, and take part in a 45-minute, full-motion flight simulator. 404-715-7886, deltamuseum.org.
Gone With the Wind Museum
Originally built in the 1920s to be the home of a Shriner’s organization (they backed out when they saw just how ornate it was), the Fox is the place to see plays, concerts and movies, but it’s also an amazing venue to tour. Modeled after ancient temples, the building’s architecture alone is reason to visit. The Fox hosts dozens of shows annually, and tours are available, including a ghost tour. Because of course a theater with this kind of history has a couple of ghosts. 404-881-2100, foxtheatre.org.
The classic movie might not have been filmed in Georgia, but it was set here, and written by Atlanta native Margaret Mitchell. A visit to the museum is like stepping back into the time of the Civil War and Reconstruction. Among other things, the museum houses some original costumes and scripts from the movie, as well as educational displays and several of the author’s personal volumes of the book. 770-794-5576, gwtwmarietta.com.
Georgia State Capitol
Located in the historic Kennesaw House close to the scenic Marietta Square, this museum provides a fascinating peek into the history of the city of Marietta, with galleries highlighting the culture of the area’s Native Americans, vintage artifacts from the 19th and early 20th centuries, and displays paying tribute to local businesses and the city’s role in various wars, from the Civil War to the present day. 770-794-5710, mariettahistory.org.
More than a century old, the iconic gold dome of the state capitol seems to peek its golden head up through the hustle and bustle of the city, beckoning to visitors. Home to the state government, it also boasts a pretty spectacular museum of local treasures and oddities, and its beautiful grounds hold several statues and pictures of interest. 404-463-4536, libs.uga. edu/capitolmuseum/tours.
Marietta Museum of History
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MLK Jr. National Historic Site
Stone Mountain Park
Come walk in the shadow of the great civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by visiting his early home (currently closed for repairs), his church, the house he grew up in (you’ll want to arrive early for this extremely popular tour) and his final resting place. The site also offers a monument, the “I Have A Dream” World Peace Rose Garden, and a visitor center where you can learn more about Dr. King. 404-331-5190, nps.gov/malu/index.com.
Whether you visit for the ghost stories and alleged hauntings, the history or the captivating vintage architecture, Oakland Cemetery is a favorite haunt for photographers and sightseers alike. Winding paths, gardens and large trees are scattered throughout the landscape, making it seem as much a park as the final resting place for many of Atlanta’s most respected and historic citizens. 404-688-2107, oaklandcemetery.com.
More than 5 miles around at the base, and over 800 feet tall, Stone Mountain was purchased by the state of Georgia in the late 1950s. Its famous carving depicts three Confederate figures from the Civil War (Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson, Robert E. Lee, and Jefferson Davis). There are also train rides and cable car skyrides, fireworks in the summer, and a busy schedule of annual and holiday events. 800-385-9807, stonemountainpark.com.
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INTOWN VS. THE SUBURBS
By Larry Anderson
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Residents of intown neighborhoods love the convenience and proximity to everything, while hearty suburbanites are happy to brave long commutes as the price they pay for more square footage, a big yard, and lots of fresh air. It’s like the story of the City Mouse and the Country Mouse. The familiar tale illustrates a contrast of lifestyles that is as familiar today as ever. Fortunately, newcomers can choose among great intown neighborhoods and also the very best suburbia has to offer. But how to choose? To provide food for thought, we asked advocates for both options to weigh in with their strongest arguments. The Benefits of Intown Living “The best feature of living intown is the accessibility to people, places and things that are within walking distance,” says E. Camille Chillis, who lives in a Midtown highrise and is active in the Midtown Neighbors Association. She describes her in-town neighbors as eclectic, seasoned, innovative, professional and environmentally conscious. Midtown is conveniently located near the historic district, green spaces, a park, eateries, lounges, schools, theaters, gardens, shops and museums. Midtown residents are also close to
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Above: The Atlanta Botanical Garden is a Midtown jewel. Left: The High Museum of Art in Midtown is at the center of the city's cultural life.
such attractions as the Fox Theatre, Piedmont Park, the Atlanta Botanical Gardens and the High Museum of Art. There are more intown choices today than ever. Revitalization of Atlanta’s intown neighborhoods is bringing new development and more people to some of the most underutilized areas of the city. The Atlanta BeltLine, a former railway corridor around Atlanta under development in stages as a multi-use trail, cradles the southern and eastern borders of the Grant Park area. Revitalization around the BeltLine will include developments that creatively cluster together homes, condos, apartments, businesses, retail, and restaurants. As a result, the Grant Park area is currently a hot real estate market. “Homes that go on the market are typically sold in just a matter of days,” says Lauren Rocereta, former president of the Grant Park Neighborhood Association. “This is an amazing time to live intown since Atlanta is seeing so much revitalization.” Rocereta describes her close-knit community as an “edgy, fun” neighborhood that includes a national and local historic district, and is home to Zoo
Atlanta and the historical Oakland Cemetery. Neighbors joined together in the mid-1960s to fight encroaching commercialism in Atlanta’s Ansley Park community and adopted a neighborhood plan to discourage houses from being chopped into boarding houses and commercial buildings being added. Ansley Park also resisted “white flight” in the 1960s and 1970s by adopting a neighborhood resolution that welcomes all people, regardless of race, color, or creed. An attractive intown neighborhood today is the result of the effort. Ansley Park was originally designed in 1904 as the first “car-friendly” neighborhood in Atlanta. “The winding streets, welcoming sidewalks, and four parks within our neighborhood make this a perfect place to relax and to raise a family,” says Kevin Grady, president of the Ansley Park Civic Association. Grady and his wife have lived in Ansley Park for more than 30 years and raised their sons here. “We love the convenience of the neighborhood,” says Grady. “It’s easy to get anywhere in the city, either by car or MARTA.” Ansley Park is near to the Atlanta Botanical Garden, Piedmont Park, Midtown businesses and restaurants. Promoting a social atmosphere, the Ansley Park Civic Association sponsors regular dining groups, Christmas caroling, Easter egg hunts, and outings to local restaurants. u newcomeratlanta.com | Newcomer Magazine | 15
Above: Gainesville boasts a charming downtown.
Below: SunTrust Park brings major-league appeal to Cobb County.
Above: Lake Lanier offers water recreation near the city. Right: Town Center Park is the heart of Suwanee's community life.
The Appeal of Living in the Suburbs Advocates of suburban living are just as passionate about their neighborhoods. Julianne Rivera has lived in the Towne Lake community in Cherokee County (about 30 miles northwest of downtown), for more than 20 years. She and her husband raised their children here and now have grandchildren who love to come visit. She cites the appeal of close proximity to anything you need. “You’re near downtown Woodstock, but not amid all the hubbub,” says Rivera. Her family enjoys the amenities of the Towne Lake Hills subdivision, including three pools (with a kiddie pool and a large water slide), tennis facilities, golf, a clubhouse with a restaurant and a large playground. Nearby there are good walking trails, and it’s easy to get on and off I-575. “I feel like we’re in the foothills, but close enough to go into the city,” she says. “There is a camaraderie that’s tremendous,” she says. “I know of at least eight families who moved out of state and then moved back into Towne Lake Hills because it has a family feel to it. There are tremendous friends, great for 16 | Newcomer Magazine | newcomeratlanta.com
all ages. We choose to stay because the people have created our home—the neighbors, they’re not just neighbors, they’re family.” As a college town with local theatre and concerts and plenty going on, Gainesville (50 or so miles to the northeast of Atlanta) is the right suburban lifestyle choice for Christi Lazear, a retired flight attendant and former art teacher. She and her husband live in Cresswind at Lake Lanier, an “active adult community.” The social life inside the community appeals to Lazear, including a clubhouse, t ennis, a theatre group, a kayaking group and a travel club. “It’s like a camp for grownups,” she says. The Gainesville area has anything she wants, says Lazear. It’s close to the mountains and to Athens (“Where I have a kid”). “It’s the best of both worlds,” she says. “You can get into Atlanta, but the local theatre is very good, too.” Suburban growth has changed the face of many communities around Atlanta. Prime examples are Suwanee and Gwinnett County. Amber Wickham, a resident of Suwanee and
seventh grade language arts teacher, has lived in Gwinnett her whole life, and her family has been around for six generations. “To say we have seen the area change is an understatement,” she says. “Thirty years ago, this area would be unrecognizable to today’s average Suwanee resident.” That evolution is one factor in making Suwanee (about 30 miles north on I-85) the right place for Wickham. She says the area now has cultural and civic events that rival those of Atlanta, and “the hometown feel you get from a small town.” When Suwanee’s population boomed, leaders intentionally reserved green space for parks to be used by children and families, says Wickham. Sims Lake Park, for one, is great for taking a leisurely stroll, while dogs love running and playing at the dog park at Settles Bridge Park. Wickham’s six-year-old son enjoys PlayTown Suwanee, a shady park with an expansive wooden playscape built by residents of the city. Several city parks are linked by the Suwanee Greenway, a walking trail along Suwanee Creek.
THERE ARE TONS OF RESIDENTIAL LIVING CHOICES IN SMYRNA, FROM LOFTS AND LUXURY RENTALS TO PORCH-TOSIDEWALK CRAFTSMAN HOMES AND HEAVILY FORESTED LARGE-LOT NEIGHBORHOODS. Something to Love for Any Lifestyle Although the options of an intown community or a suburb might seem a straightforward choice, the distinction is not always so clear. An example is the Smyrna community, which has characteristics of both an intown and a suburban community. Smyrna offers culture, value and proximity to downtown, but is geographically— slightly—outside the perimeter. “We are historically considered a suburban community, but with the addition of the Braves stadium and companion development, our feel, very soon, will be a vital mix of both suburban and intown,” says Jennifer L. Bennett, Smyrna’s Community Relations Director. The Cobb Galleria Centre and the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre are adjacent to Smyrna’s city limits. The walkable community also welcomes events and happenings such as summer concerts downtown and the popular Smyrna Food Truck Tuesday series showcasing the city’s quality of life. There are tons of residential living choices, from lofts and luxury rentals to porch-to-sidewalk craftsman homes and heavily forested large-lot neighborhoods. “The sense of community is strong and satisfying,” says Bennett. Whether seeking to live intown or in suburbia (or some combination of the two), Atlanta has abundant choices for newcomers, whatever their preferences.
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SPOTLIGHT Duluth By Cady Schulman
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t’s been one of the metro area’s best-kept secrets: the city of Duluth, a community of 30,000 located about a half-hour’s drive northeast of Atlanta in Gwinnett County. Affordable housing, safe and attractive neighborhoods, outstanding schools and a friendly, vibrant community are all part of why Duluth has been nationally recognized as one of the city’s best suburbs and one of the nation’s best places to live. Discover Duluth for yourself and see what makes it great.
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The Oaks (taylormorrison.com) offers spacious floor plans, touches like tray ceilings, prewiring for Cat5 and security, all with easy access to I-85 and priced from the low $400s. Inviting green space and a mix of townhomes and single family houses make South on Main (lennar.com) an attractive option, located within a five-minute walk to the Town Green. Homes feature maintained lawns and details like crown molding. Prices start in the mid-$300s.
The 13,000-seat Infinite Energy Center (infiniteenergycenter.com) hosts the Atlanta Gladiators (atlantagladiators.com) ice hockey team, and a plethora of attractions, from Disney on Ice to Martina McBride. The 700-seat GwinnettPerforming Arts Center (infiniteenergy center.com) features orchestra performances, ballets, and other exciting shows. At the Hudgens Center for Art and Learning (thehudgens.org), art comes alive through exhibitions, events and classes for the entire family.
Local Treasures Duluth’s welcoming downtown boasts a variety of specialty stores, the picturesque Town Green, and an outdoor amphitheater that plays host to concerts, festivals, and a number of other community events. The 35-acre Southeastern Railway Museum (trainmuseum.org) allows visitors to ride in historic railroad cabooses and walk among vintage steam locomotives. Held annually on the last weekend of September, the Duluth Fall Festival (duluthfallfestival.org) offers live entertainment, food, crafts, and more from over 250 vendors. Every May through August, the community comes together for the weekly Fridays -N- Duluth (duluthga.net), featuring live music, food trucks, and the bi-weekly Flicks on the Bricks outdoor movie series.
Culinary Treats Located on the town green, Epicurean Café (epicureancafeatl.com) serves contemporary American fare in an inviting converted farmhouse. For a bite before a Gladiators game, there’s The Arena Tavern (thearenatavern. com), a popular sports bar located by the Infinite Energy Arena and known for its burgers, wings, and beer. Luciano’s Ristorante Italiano (lucianositaly.com) serves upscale cuisine such as steaks, pastas, and gourmet pizzas and flatbreads. For something with a more exotic flair, Breakers Korean Grill and Barbecue (breakersbbq.com) features delicious marinated meats and vegetables cooked right at your table in traditional, delicious Korean style. N
Parsons Alley, downtown Duluth
OFF THE BEATEN TRACK When Duluth, Minnesota got a rail line, Congress mocked it as wasteful. When the railroad arrived in the Georgia town of Howell’s Crossing, founder Evan P. Howell jokingly suggested the town rename itself Duluth and it stuck.
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By Michelle Bourg
HELPING YOUR CHILD DEAL WITH CLIQUES Things are going well: your children are enrolled in a good school, doing well in their classes and seem to be happy. Then one day, your secondgrader comes home in tears after finding out she was the only one not invited to Susie’s birthday party. Or your usually gregarious highschooler becomes withdrawn and is noncommittal when asked about his friends. They’re experiencing something virtually every child encounters at some point during their school years: cliques.
It seems that cliques have been around, causing distress to kids and parents, as long as there have been schools. It’s unfortunate, but it’s also likely inevitable; humans are social animals, with an innate need to define themselves in relation to a social group. As kids are growing up, it’s sometimes a bumpy road as they learn to define themselves outside of their first social group—their family. Cliques differ from friend groups in being based not on mutual interests and values, but instead on a sense of insecurity. Unsure of their own social standing, members band together to maintain an appearance of popularity, with leaders who determine who and what is “in” and “out.” They often create a vortex of peer pressure that sucks others in, prompting even unattached individuals to behave in ways they
wouldn’t on their own, such as mocking or gossiping about a friend. And even well-liked kids who befriend those less popular or “don’t follow the rules” aren’t immune to being subjected to gossip or shunned by them. Cliques are particularly prevalent during middle school and junior high, when preteens are focused on establishing their place in the social order. However, parents and educators are increasingly reporting exclusionary behavior as early as preschool, as children compete for playmates’ attention at earlier ages. While girls are most often associated with cliques, boys are also affected by them, although usually not until high school. The good news is that generally, most of these secret clubs have faded by the time high school graduation rolls around. u newcomeratlanta.com | Newcomer Magazine | 21
What should you do when your child finds him or herself left out of “the in crowd?” While rejection always stings, there are some actions you can take to ensure that your child maintains his or her self-esteem and is able to forge genuine friendships:
Be present for your child, let them know you're there for them: Offer advice if asked, but just listening and letting your child know you’re there for them is often what they most need from you.
Share your experiences: If cliques affected you as a kid, show your child that it’s a universal experience by talking about it. Also, books like “Harriet the Spy” or movies like “The Breakfast Club” are entertaining ways to convey messages of self-esteem and empathy.
Respect your child’s need to be accepted, but don’t get caught up in it: Don’t trivialize your child’s pain, but also don’t make it your mission to fix things by trying to buy your child’s way into a group with status objects like the “right” set of expensive
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headphones. Also, don’t express any distress you’re feeling by speaking badly of other children or their parents in front of your child. Model the respectful behavior you'd like to see in them, and remember that children quickly identify attempts to curry favor for what they are.
Discuss the social dynamics: Explain the true motives behind exclusionary behavior and point out the fact that members who don’t conform to the group’s unwritten “rules” can quickly find themselves among the excluded.
Talk about times that your child may have disliked someone: Remind them that not everyone they meet will be their best friend, and also that feelings between people often change.
Encourage outside activities: Getting involved in an activity that he or she is interested in, whether at school or outside of it, will help your child meet new friends and improve his or her confidence, something that in turn attracts friends.
Talk to your child’s teacher: If your child has difficulty making or keeping friends, talk to a teacher that sees him or her regularly to get a sense of social dynamics in the peer group and how your child interacts with others. It’s possible your child is unwittingly exhibiting behaviors that antagonize others, such as boastfulness or attention seeking, that can be modified with gentle coaching.
Monitor online activity: With the internet, issues no longer stop at the front door. Being aware of what your child’s online activity and any social media accounts may offer clues to what’s going on at school. Conversely, if your child is avoiding contact with others online, it may be a sign of problems.
When it’s your child doing the excluding: If you find that your child is part of a group that’s engaged in exclusionary behavior, it’s important not to be confrontational, as this will likely result in only reinforcing the pattern as your child tries to assert his or her independence from you and strengthen ties to the peer
group. Instead, find ways to work themes of empathy and inclusion into your conversations: Ask about times when your child was hurt or excluded by others, and how that made him or her feel. Ask how they imagine others feel when this happens to them. Another thing you can do is to help your child expand his or her social circle. Encourage him or her to take part in activities, sports or classes that will involve interacting with new kids. (This is also the best route to take when, as often happens, your child finds him or herself suddenly on the “outs” with a peer group). Also, while it doesn’t work to try to actively break up a clique, you may want to talk to a teacher about mixing things up in the classroom by changing seat arrangements or assigning different pairs or groups to work together on projects. It’s never too soon to discuss values with your child and model behaviors of healthy selfesteem, empathy, and inclusiveness. Encouraging kids to remember the Golden Rule will go a long way toward helping them negotiate cliques throughout every stage of their lives. No matter whether they find themselves "in" or "out" they'll at least be emotionally prepared.
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Harvester Christian Academy Training Minds to Lead By Jon Ross
n the late 1980s, a group of parents from what was then known as Harvester Presbyterian Church set out to develop a better way to homeschool their children. By joining in a common space instead of teaching one-on-one in separate homes, they realized they could pool resources to better serve their kids and gain greater academic rigor and a measure of sociability in the process. Over the next three decades, the informal gathering developed into the K-12 Harvester Christian Academy, a full-fledged independent school with academic programs, sports teams and state-of-the-art buildings added along the way. With each addition, the student body bloomed. “Once we started offering sports, that brought in a lot of new people,” said Katie Arfanakis, Harvester’s marketing director. “And each time we build a new building, we get new people.” According to the school handbook, the school “exists to train young men and women who will impact our culture for Christ,” a goal accomplished with the help and support of each student’s parents. Harvester students and their families must be active churchgoers; daily prayer and Bible classes are part of the core curriculum. Faculty members adhere to the standards of faith laid out by the ACSI and those outlined in the Westminster Confession of Faith. Classes at all levels are taught through a Christian lens. In high school, students accentuate their studies by participating in mission trips, internships and other real-life experiences. Harvester is accredited through the Association of Christian Schools International and also through AdvanceED. It offers athletics with the support of the Georgia Independent Christian Athletic Association. A wide range of sports are offered, among them football, basketball,
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baseball, golf, swimming and soccer, as well as road running and clay shooting. Other student activities include drama, choir, yearbook, Beta Club, Key Club, and National Honor Society. While the school can now accommodate 500 students (current enrollment is 420), plans call for adding buildings and updating spaces to help Harvester serve almost 800 students. “We have a current expansion plan,” Arfanakis says. “We’ve started purchasing the property.” After modest beginnings, Harvester is poised for even more growth in coming years. The future might also include more international members of the student body. Between 12 and 15 are currently enrolled, and the school hopes to double international participation with the help of a new head of school next year. Through all the growth, Harvester has maintained an enviable studentto-teacher ratio and a 100 percent matriculation rate. The school has found that the small class size is in fact one of the main reasons parents get interested in Harvester in the first place. “That seems to be the thing that makes people look here. But the thing that makes people stay here is that we’re a Christian school,” Arfanakis says. “We always say our mission is to train minds to lead and hearts to serve.” N
THE SPECIFICS Grades: K-12 Student/Teacher Ratio: 15:1 Tuition: $4,250-$9,065 Location: Douglasville
4241 Central Church Rd, Douglasville, GA 30135, (770) 942-1583 harvesteracademy.com
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BEST PLACES TO LIVE DISCOVER THE METRO AREA’S FINEST COMMUNITIES By Anna Bentley
When you're relocating to a new city, the first choice you have to make can seem like the hardest: Which neighborhood should you call home? The good news is that Atlanta’s diverse neighborhoods and cities offer something for everyone, including quality education, affordable housing, familyfriendly events, and tight-knit communities. Whatever you’re looking for, Atlanta has many perfect spots to choose from. Here we present 17 of Atlanta’s most popular communities, located all around the metro area, to serve as a starting point for your exploration.
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FAMILY EMPTY NESTERS YOUNG PROFESSIONALS
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Midtown Atlanta's Piedmont Park.
INSIDE THE PERIMETER
CENTRAL F E Y MIDTOWN The heart of Atlanta is Midtown, the city’s second-largest business district and a booming live-work-play community. Its network of walkable tree-lined streets puts the area’s shopping, dining, and employment just steps away, and access to the MARTA rail line, interstates 75 and 85, and AMTRAK put the rest of the city--and the world—within easy reach. It’s also home to city’s art district, including the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the High Museum of Art, the Alliance Theatre, the Fox Theatre, and more. And at its center are the Atlanta Botanical Garden and Piedmont Park: “Atlanta’s back yard” and the scene of numerous events and festivals throughout the year. midtownatl.com.
F Y OLD FOURTH WARD Spurred by the development of the Atlanta Beltline, the “O4W” has rapidly become one of the city’s most vibrant districts and a beacon for progressive but thoughtful revitalization. Attractions in this area just northeast of downtown include Ponce City Market, a mixed-use development with premier dining and shopping; the bustling Freedom Market and Sweet Auburn Curb Market; numerous restaurants and bars; several parks; and of course the Beltline itself, which connects the neighborhood to the rest of the city with a walkable scenic path that features dining, art, and community life along the way. Housing options range from historic bungalows to modern new townhomes, with plenty of starter options. fourthwardalliance.org.
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BUCKHEAD The public face of this wealthy historic district is its Peachtree Street corridor, home to its business district and lined with high-rise offices and glitzy hotels, dining, and shopping. Its private life stretches away from Peachtree in a sprawling area made up of 43 distinct and unique neighborhoods, stretching from I-285 to I-85 and making up a fifth of the city. Notable neighborhoods include Tuxedo Park, with palatial mansions nestling on rolling manicured lawns; Chastain Park, home to one of the city’s largest parks, which includes a golf course, amphitheater, equestrian center, tennis courts, and a pool; and Garden Hills, with its winding, tree-lined streets. buckhead.com.
VIRGINIA-HIGHLAND Just east of Midtown is the vibrant neighborhood of Virginia-Highland (or “The Highlands”), named for the intersection of Virginia and Highland Avenues at its heart. This fun, funky neighborhood is filled with eclectic shopping and diverse dining and nightlife options, including some of Atlanta’s oldest bars and pubs. Its network of short blocks and residential streets lined with historic bungalows makes it one of Atlanta’s most walkable communities. It’s also right off the Atlanta Beltline: a 22-mile biking and walking trail, and a short walk from Piedmont Park, making it ideal for active young professionals. Its Summerfest arts and music festival is one of the largest in the Southeast. vahi.org. The Midtown sign is a colorful tourist attraction popular for photos.
Buckhead's business district is lined with high-rise offices and hotels.
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DECATUR A vibrant city with a tight-knit community, Decatur is located just 15 minutes from Atlanta. The city puts a premium on walkability with its historic downtown, full of charming restaurants, pubs, boutique shops, and specialty stores. Events are held downtown throughout the year, including the popular Decatur Craft Beer Festival, the Decatur Arts Festival and the Decatur Book Festival. Decatur is also on the MARTA rail line, allowing for easy access to Atlanta’s top destinations and events. decaturga.com. u newcomeratlanta.com | Newcomer Magazine | 27
College Park Municipal Golf Course
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College Park truly presents the best of both worlds for the rising professional who enjoys a little quiet time. Its easy proximity to downtown Atlanta and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport offer the convenience of big-city living balanced with a relaxing, small-town feel. The airport and the Georgia International Convention Center also make this an increasingly desirable destination for business travelers. There’s affordable housing in the historic College Park neighborhood, and there are numerous attractive dining options and a historic golf course built in the early 1900s. The main campus of Woodward Academy, the largest independent day school in the continental United States, is located here as well. collegeparkga.com.
This charming city boasts a small-town feel and is the home of the Dwarf House, the first Chick-fil-A restaurant. A designated Main Street city, Hapeville takes pride in its downtown that features historic sites like the Depot Museum, the Christ Church and Carriage House, a conference center, and numerous businesses. The Academy Theatre, which hosts plays, improv comedy and more, is the state’s longest-running professional theater. There’s also a picturesque downtown park and a unique public art program that has created a number of murals to beautify the city. Hapeville has experienced significant revitalization. Porsche Cars North America built its world headquarters and the Porsche Experience Center here in 2015. hapeville.org.
This unincorporated village is unique in being part of the city of Atlanta, but located in Cobb County. Situated on the northwest side of Buckhead, Vinings offers walkable charm, quality schools, great shopping and dining, and plentiful housing of every type. The Chattahoochee River provides gorgeous views and plenty of fishing, hiking and other recreational activities. Nearby attractions include the Silver Comet Trail, which starts in neighboring Smyrna and runs all the way to the Chief Ladiga Trail in Alabama, and the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, which hosts concerts, ballet, opera, and theatrical productions. Vinings provides easy access to the entire metro area. Generous property tax exemptions make it attractive to empty nesters and retirees. vinings.com.
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PHOTO: (Bottom Right) City of Sandy Springs
ADAIR PARK “Go west!” is the new watchword in Atlanta for young professionals seeking an affordable community with access to the city. Longtime residents of this community on the National Register of Historic Places are welcoming newcomers who are finding good values on existing homes with vintage charm, while trendy lofts and townhomes are springing up rapidly. An artists’ mecca, Adair Park’s location on the Beltline has spurred the growth of small businesses and the creation of parks, with playgrounds and sports facilities as well. The neighborhood comes together to host the annual Porches and Pies Festival and the Tour de SWAT cycling event for a unique sense of local pride. adairpark.com.
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DULUTH Voted one of Georgia’s best affordable suburbs by Businessweek magazine, Duluth sports a small-town feel thanks to its family-friendly town green and historic downtown district, filled with charming specialty shops. The Town Green, with its amphitheater and fountain, hosts community events throughout the year, such as the annual Duluth Fall Festival each September. Duluth is also home to the Atlanta Gladiators (a minor league ice hockey team) and the Infinite Energy Center, which hosts major festivals, concerts, and events. The Hudgens Center for the Arts presents exhibits by well-known masters and local artists, with classes in pottery, drawing, painting, and more for both adults and children. duluthga.net. Duluth has been recognized as one of Georgia's best affordable suburbs.
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NORTH F E Y SANDY SPRINGS Directly north of Atlanta, Sandy Springs is one of Atlanta’s biggest employment and high-end shopping destinations. Recently, Sandy Springs developed a new city center called City Springs to serve as the heart of the community. Officially completed in 2018, City Springs offers office space, green space, residential and retail space, and a performing arts center. The city hosts the Sandy Springs Artsapalooza fine arts festival each spring, and the popular Sandy Springs Festival, with its beloved pet parade, in the fall. sandyspringsga.gov.
GAINESVILLE Gainesville is a top pick for active families and nature lovers alike. Lake Lanier, on the western and northern edges of town, offers swimming, fishing, and camping options, while the Blue Ridge Mountains just north of town are another perfect option for hiking or camping. The city’s Interactive Neighborhood for Kids and Quinlan Visual Arts Center are just two of its many familyfriendly attractions. Gainesville has also been recognized by the AARP as one of its top 10 affordable places to retire. Retirees can tee up at the Chattahoochee Golf Club, take a swim at the Frances Meadows Aquatic Center, and enjoy an abundance of recreational opportunities. gainesville.org. u
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Just a neighborhood a decade ago, Johns Creek officially became its own municipality in 2006—and it hasn’t stopped growing since. The young, affluent city boasts some of metro Atlanta’s top schools and the award-winning Technology Park mixed-use development, which hosts several Fortune 500 companies. And with the Chattahoochee River forming a large part of the city’s southern and eastern boundaries, Johns Creek offers plenty of options for outdoor recreation—including miles of recreational trails like the Johns Creek Greenway, a 4-mile (and growing!) trail system, and the Autrey Mill Nature Preserve and Heritage Center, which sits on 46 acres of woodlands. Johns Creek was twice ranked No. 4 on 24/7 Wall Street’s list of the 50 best cities to live in. johnscreekga.gov.
With an estimated population of around 13,000, this Gwinnett County city is one of the smaller ones on this list, but that makes a big difference when it comes to its sense of smalltown community. Top attractions include the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, the largest traditional Hindu temple of its kind in the world outside of India; the sprawling, 51-acre Lions Club Park; Lilburn City Park; the city’s tree-lined Main Street; Old Town Lilburn, a dining and shopping district; and the Camp Creek Greenway, a 4.2mile paved and gravel trail. Lilburn has experienced substantial growth in recent years, and has recently completed a new city hall and library complex and revitalized its downtown corridors. cityoflilburn.com.u
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Johns Creek kids playing in the park.
PHOTO: (Below) City of Johns Creek
A house in Lilburn's Old Town neighborhood.
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Smyrna Market Village
SMYRNA Attractive neighborhoods, a thriving downtown, and plentiful green space are highlights of this Cobb County city, which in the 1980s was one of the area’s first to complete a master plan for revitalization. Its Williamsburg-style Village Green is now the scene of many annual concerts and festivals, and a vibrant town center hosting the city hall, library, and community center, along with shopping, office space, and residential options. Residents also have access to more than 33 additional acres of parks and green space, all located within one mile of downtown. With immediate access to I-75 and I-285, Smyrna is minutes away from virtually everywhere in Atlanta. smyrnaga.gov.
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WOODSTOCK Woodstock calls itself “a city unexpected,” and this community of almost 32,000 offers amenities you might not imagine in a city of its size. More than 2,500 businesses are located here, and residents have a wide choice of housing options, many accessible from downtown on foot or via the free downtown trolley service and bike-share program. The city boasts hiking and biking trails, concerts, festivals, and other special events. It’s easy to see why Woodstock has been steadily racking up accolades from national media outlets and was the only Georgia city to make Money magazine’s 2015 list of “Top 50 Best Places to Live in the U.S.” visitwoodstockga.com.
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F E PEACHTREE CITY This master-planned community has the feel of a vacation resort. Golf carts are a primary means of transportation here, zipping along 100 miles of multi-use paths that are also great for strolling and bicycling. The area’s lake, golf courses, playgrounds, nature areas, and sports fields offer numerous recreational opportunities, and the Frederick Brown Jr. Amphitheater hosts a number of outdoor concerts. The city is also a magnet for film and television productions and boasts a Southern Hollywood film tour that visits popular filming locations. peachtree-city.org. Ride your golf cart to the park in Peachtree City.
PHOTO: (Top) Cobb Convention & Visitors Bureau
Cooks & Soldiers
Spanish Cuisine With Atlanta Style by Phil Keeling
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PHOTOS: (Left) Cooks & Soldiers; (Right) Heidi Geldhauser
of both French and Spanish cuisine, and Basque cooking is no different. hen it comes to trying new flavors and exotic culinary For that reason, you can find a multitude of drink options that range styles, Atlanta has never been afraid to reach out into regions that perhaps many people have never from Spanish Tempranillo and French Cabernet Sauvignon to the had the chance to experience before. But when it comes to the sweet dessert wines of Hungary. The cocktail menu is a ton of fun, with unique and mouth-watering sensations of Basque cuisine, there’s specialty house drinks making a real impression on diners, like the bubbly only one name Atlantans need to know: Cooks & Soldiers. Basque in Beauregard (Campari, yellow chartreuse, honey, lemon, and Cava) and a number of variations on the traditional gin and tonic. Located in Atlanta’s Westside, Cooks & Soldiers opened its doors in November of 2014, and has made a name for itself by offering a Traditionally, Basque dining is one for gathering friends sensational fine dining experience heavily steeped in the Spanish and and family to enjoy a meal and have an explosively good time. French history of Basque Country. “Basque” itself refers to a Spanish Partnerships are made, jokes are told, and friendly rivalries are region bordering France, known for its distinct language, an ancient culture, and cuisine that blends the traditions of both French and Spanish cooking while maintaining its own distinct sensibilities. Lovers of tapas will fit in perfectly at Cooks & Soldiers, which offers traditional Pintxos dining: smaller portions generally served with bread and pierced through with a toothpick. Cooks & Soldiers offers a wide range of Pintxos: from the decadent Salmon Ahumado (cold smoked salmon with crème fraiche and caviar) to the savory Lomito de Cerdo (Berkshire pork tenderloin with Roncal cheese grits, piperade, and sweet potato.) In addition to these unique small plate offerings, Cooks & Soldiers utilizes the age-old tradition of the asador. The asador is a woodfired grill, used to prepare larger dishes meant to be shared among family and friends. These main course style offerings range from whole grilled market fish to two-pound bone-in ribeye steaks. Prepared simply with olive oil, salt, pepper, and the smoke of the grill itself, these amazing dishes are accompanied by an abundance Above: The atmosphere allows for both relaxed solo dining or a fun evening with friends. of vegetables that have been roasting alongside your dining selection. Left: A delicious example of asador cooking: a massive Chuleton steak. Of course, no meal would be complete without a “I really shouldn’t, but I’m going to”-style selection of desserts. For that sugary after-meal encouraged. And while Cooks & Soldiers’ atmosphere might not that we all want, you can sink your teeth into a number of opulent be as raucous as the typical Pintxos bar you’d find in Spain, there is options, including the warm chevre cheesecake with coconut, definitely a greater sense of community and fun than you’ll usually pineapple, pistachio, and lemon-basil. Or if see in a fine dining experience. THE DETAILS you want something a little more familiar, At its heart, Cooks & Soldiers Attire: Dressy casual Parking: Valet accessible. you could order up a few of Cooks and is about togetherness. It’s the ideal Atmosphere: Festive Upscale Hours: Sun.- Wed. 5-10 p.m., Thurs. 5-11 p.m., Soldiers’ famous buttermilk doughnuts, place to bring family or close Recommendations: Small plates Fri.- Sat. 5 p.m.-12 a.m. topped with espelette and hazelnut friends to celebrate or just have a and seafood Location: 691 14th Street NW, chocolate sauce, and a generous portion wonderful evening. And if you’re Reservations: Accepted on Atlanta GA 30318 OpenTable Contact: 404-996-2623, cooksandsoldiers.com on your own, sidle up to the bar of fruit preserves, cinnamon, and sugar. The mysteries of wine are at the center and make a few friends! N
GEORGIA'S CELEBRATING THE SUMMER WITH A BEACH GETAWAY Kayaking off of Little St. Simons Island.
The Peach State is
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gleaming beach or stroll down the pier to take in the sunrise. Spanning just 2.75 miles, it offers a multitude of adventures. Take a Lighthouse Sunset Tour to view the state’s tallest and oldest standing lighthouse in all its 300-year-old glory. The admission fee offers access to the Tybee Museum as well, letting guests enter an 1898 artillery battery at Fort Screven that displays relics from over 400 years of Georgia history. On adjacent Cockspur Island is Fort Pulaski National Monument, the scene of a Union victory that represented a turning point in the Civil War.
GEORGIA'S COAST INVITES THE CITY DWELLERS TO DISCOVER THE ISLANDS THAT ARE ESPECIALLY INVITING IN THE SUMMER MONTHS, WHEN THE DAYS ARE LONG, THE BEACH BECKONS AND SEAFOOD DINNERS TASTE EVEN BETTER.
Beach House Restaurant, Jekyll Island.
A Jekyll Island sunset.
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By Jordana Klein
ous guest rooms, many with ocean views and all with balconies for unwinding and deciding where you’d like to enjoy dinner. The hotel is within walking distance of several popular restaurants: The scent of Low Country boil may draw you into The Crab Shack, or you may decide on the Sundae Café for the seafood cheesecake, an appetizer of shrimp, crab and smoky Gouda. Seafood takes a Caribbean twist at North Beach Bar and Grill. Heading south, you’ll come to Brunswick and the Golden Isles, including the four barrier islands of St. Simons, Sea Island, Jekyll Island and Little St. Simons Island. Accom-
modations here range from rental properties to resort-style living. Jekyll Island Club Resort dates to 1888 and boasts a history as the winter playground of millionaires. Here you can unwind in Victorian splendor, with many rooms featuring gracious balconies and fireplaces. If you’re looking for a romantic getaway with vintage style, The Village Inn and Pub features 28 unique rooms decorated with traditional charm, set around a restored 1930s beach cottage. Stop by the pub for a drink and some live music for the perfect night out. For the ultimate in luxury, the famed Sea Island Resort offers several Forbes Five-Star
Driftwood forms a sculpture on St. Andrews Beach, Jekyll Island.
Explore watersports or bird watching at the Colonial Coastal Birding Trail, with over 300 species to spot, fishing charters and tours, and abundant bike trails. Celebrate the Fourth at the Naowita Jazz Festival before heading to the beach for the Tybee Island Independence Day fireworks. After a busy day outside, you’ll be looking forward to a place to relax. Stay close to the water at Beachside Colony, where one-, two-, and three-bedroom condominiums provide a range of options. The Hotel Tybee has welcomed guests to the island for more than 125 years with 208 luxurinewcomeratlanta.com | Newcomer Magazine | 35
Luxury awaits at the Cloister, Sea Island Resort.
Discovering the trails at Cumberland Island.
FOR THE ULTIMATE IN LUXURY, THE FAMED SEA ISLAND RESORT OFFERS SEVERAL FORBES FIVE STAR OPTIONS.
options: the palatial Spanish style of The Cloister, an English manor at The Lodge, a refined hunting and golf retreat at Broadfield, and private residences in the one- to eight-bedroom Cottages. Whichever you choose, you’ll have at your disposal a spa, private beach and pools, fine dining, and watersports including kayaking in the surrounding salt marshes, paddleboarding and Sunfish sailing. Of course, there’s also use of the world-famous Sea Island Golf Club. As you explore the area, you’ll want to be sure to lock in your appointment for the Golden Isles Carriage and Trail at Three Oaks Farm. Whether it’s a guided carriage tour, a private drive or a fairytale horseback ride on the beach, these excursions ensure a 36 | Newcomer Magazine | newcomeratlanta.com
The Cloister stands as a striking landmark on Sea Island, GA.
lifetime memory. If the water is calling, check into the boat tours running out of the Historic Wharf for dolphin watching, kayaking, fishing or just a romantic sunset sail. Active families can unite for fun at the Jekyll Island Tennis Center, with 13 clay courts, or joyride along the abundant biking trails on both St. Simons and Jekyll Islands. Life on the Georgia coast means fine dining, especially seafood. Try the famous crab cakes at Barbara Jean’s or savor a Porterhouse for two at Colt and Alison on St. Simons, or dig in to pizza, homemade pasta and seafood at Jekyll Island’s Beach House. Enjoy Sunday brunch at The Reserve, with a buffet featuring omelets made to order. The town of St. Marys is known as the
gateway to Cumberland Island, the southernmost and largest of Georgia’s barrier islands. Start your day with the hearty breakfast buffet at the Spencer House Inn Bed and Breakfast in the heart of the historic district before heading by ferry to the Island to enjoy fishing, hunting, camping, hiking and biking and stargazing. The island is home to the state’s famous herd of wild horses, as well as a host of wildlife including sea turtles, bottlenose dolphins, otters, manatees, bald eagles and ospreys. If civilization is more your style, visit the St. Marys Peace Garden, dedicated to the friendship between the U.S. and Canada since the War of 1812. Later, take a ride into history on the St. Marys Express, where you might meet up with hobos, cowboys, or even pirates. u
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On Friday and Saturday evenings, kick back and enjoy bluegrass and country music at the Woodbine Opry. Work up an appetite for dinner at the St. Marys Community Market, held weekly on Saturdays and featuring handmade arts and crafts, jewelry, local produce, baked treats and more. Or enjoy a performance at Music in the Park, a monthly early-evening concert taking
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place at Waterfront Park. Whether you rough it or stay in town, it all leads to an evening of glorious local fare at any of the downtown dining options, where there’s a bite awaiting even the pickiest of eaters. The perfectly named St. Marys Seafood and More offers shrimp corn chowder and deviled crab alongside grilled ribeye and chicken. At Pauly’s Cafe you'll find Italian
favorites as well as seafood, with a whimsical tiki bar on the patio. You can even savor Asian fare at Osaka Japanese Steak House and Sushi. Exploring the Peach State coast will draw you closer to the culture, character and charm of this region These Georgia islands rival other destinations for a convenient, exciting and memorable getaway.
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Go on an adventure by boat at St. Marys, GA.
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THERE Driver’s License
Out-of-state drivers are required to obtain a Georgia driver’s license within 30 days. To obtain your license, you will need to provide the following: 1) Previous driver’s license; 2) Two pieces of identification; 3) An eye exam at the time of issue; 4) A $32 fee (payable by major credit or debit card, cash, check or money order). Licenses are valid for eight years. Licenses are issued through the Georgia Department of Driver Services at several sites across Atlanta. Call 678-413-8400 or visit dds.ga.gov.
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 $2.50 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 itsmarta.com.
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MARTA Rail Service
You must register your car within 30 days of residency. Bring with you the following information: 1) Car title, name and address of lienholder, or copy of lease agreement; 2) Current tag registration; 3) Mileage reading of vehicle; 4) Proof of insurance; 5) Emission certificate (if applicable). There is an approximate $20 fee for your tag,
GETTING STARTED not including sales tax. Your tag office will provide the amount of sales tax on your vehicle. For information on a specific county, contact the appropriate county’s Tax Commissioner’s Office.
Vehicle Emission Inspection
Vehicles dating from the 1993 model year and later (except the three years prior to the current year) must be checked yearly for emission standard compliance. Visit a state-designated inspection station for the service. Call 800449-2471 or visit cleanairforce.com.
The Georgia DOT provides daily updates of road work, road closings and traffic delays, which are help-ful when commuting. Updates can be by calling (toll free) 877-694-2511, by obtained dialing 511, or by visiting dot.ga.gov.
NEED TO KNOW Voter Registration
Registration applies to U.S. citizens at least 18 years of age. You have up to 30 days before an election to register. Register at your local Voter Registration Office and most public libraries. Refer to the AT&T directory for locations, or download a registration form at sos.ga.gov.
Making a Phone Call All phone numbers in the metro Atlanta area include the area code plus the sevendigit number. To make a phone call, dial one of the four area codes (404, 770, 678 and 470) and the seven-digit number. In general, 404 is designated for intown areas and 770 for suburbs; the 678 and 470 area codes overlay both areas. Cell phone subscribers can choose from any area code when signing up for service.
Registering for School By law, children must be 5 years old on or before September 1 to enter kindergarten and 6 years old on or before September 1 to enter the first grade. To enroll your child in either kindergarten or first grade, you will need to provide proof of a vision, hearing and dental screening on Georgia State Form 3300 and immunization records on State Form 3231. Social security numbers are requested but not required.
CANTERBURY SCHOOL Keeping alive children’s inborn sense of wonder
Infants - Pre K Grades K- 8th 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 Amicalola EMC 706-276-2362 Cobb EMC 770-429-2100 Georgia Power 888-660-5890 Sawnee EMC
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 ETC Communications 678-454-1212 TDS Telecom-Nelson Ball Ground 770-735-2000 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
CABLE TV Charter Communications 888-438-2427 Comcast 404-266-2278 ETC Communications
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.
work and play in Cherokee County include the cities of Ball Ground, Holly Springs and Waleska.
Canton Canton was incorporated in 1833 and renamed in 1834 at the request of two founding fathers who had visions that the town might become a silk center similar to what existed in Canton, China. Canton did become famous for its “Canton Denim,” known worldwide for the high-quality denim produced by Canton Cotton Mills. Today, Canton is attracting new industry and residents. As a result, the city is re-investing in its downtown. As part of its “Streetscapes” program, downtown Canton will be restored to its historic look and features a newly designed theater on Main Street. Located at the foothills of the Blue
Twelve miles south of Canton, Woodstock is the fastest-growing city in Cherokee County. With a growth rate of 70 percent over the past 10 years, the city has doubled in size. Residents enjoy easy access to Interstate 575 and Ga. Highway 92, allowing short commutes to Cobb and Fulton counties. While affording convenience to big-city attractions, Woodstock still maintains its small-town appeal. Buildings dating back to 1879 characterize the downtown, where antique and other specialty shops are located. Various golf courses are located in Woodstock, including Arnold Palmer’s Eagle Watch, a course with wooded countryside views that is considered to be one of the top places to play in Atlanta. The 11,860-acre Lake Allatoona provides additional recreation. Woodstock is also convenient to more than 13 state parks. N For more counties and neighborhood information, visit our Web site at www.newcomeratlanta.com
COUNTY INFORMATION EDUCATION
PUBLIC SCHOOLS Cobb County Schools Board of Education 770-426-3300 Elementary Schools 71 Middle Schools 25 High Schools 16 Magnet 6 Charter 6 Special 4 Per-pupil expenditures $8,816
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One of Family Circle magaCobb County came into zine’s “Ten Best Towns for Families,” Kennesaw takes pride in its being in 1832 when the state County www.cobbcountyga.gov small-town atmosphere and boasts redistributed land once part 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% est-growing counties in the tional Battlefield Park. 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 Galleria area. amidst urban settings. According to For more counties and neighborhood A variety of housing options the Census Bureau, the median valinformation, visit our Web site at www.newcomeratlanta.com exist in Cobb County, including ue of homes in 2006 was $205,200.
Marietta City Schools Board of Education
Elementary Schools 7 Middle Schools 1 High Schools 1 Sixth-Grade 1 Magnet 1 Per-pupil expenditures $9,061 School and bus information 678-594-8000 Avg. SAT Scores
Cobb Co. 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 Acworth Power 770-974-5233 Cobb EMC 770-429-2100 Georgia Power 888-660-5890 GreyStone Power Corp. 770-942-6576 Marietta Power/ Columbia Energy 770-794-5100 GAS Georgia’s natural gas market is deregulated. For a list of providers for this county, visit www.newcomeratlanta.com. TELEPHONE AT&T 888-436-8638 Comcast 404-266-2278 MCI Worldcom 770-541-7235 Outside Georgia 800-356-3094 WATER Austell Water Cobb County Water Systems Marietta Water Powder Springs Water Smyrna Water
770-944-4300 770-423-1000 770-794-5100 770-943-8000 770-319-5338
CABLE TV Bellsouth Multimedia 770-360-5000 Charter Communications 888-438-2427 Comcast 404-266-2278 HOSPITALS Emory Adventist Hospital 770-434-0710 WellStar Cobb Hospital 770-732-4000 WellStar Kennestone Hospital 770-793-5000 WellStar Windy Hill Hospital 770-644-1000
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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
Early Learning 1 Elementary Schools 4 Middle Schools 1 High Schools 1 Per-pupil expenditures $13,444 School & bus information 404-370-8737
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
Snapping Shoals EMC
GAS Georgia’s natural gas market is deregulated. For a list of providers for this county, visit www.newcomeratlanta.com. TELEPHONE AT&T
DeKalb County Water System 770-621-7200 CABLE TV Charter Communication
HOSPITALS Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston
DeKalb Medical Center
Emory University Hospital
Piedmont Hospital and Medical Care Center
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.
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 headquartered there. is the Courthouse Square, which The median value of homes in features an eclectic mix of store2006, according to the Census Bu- front boutiques and shops, restaureau, was $190,100. rants and entertainment options.
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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
Fulton County filled with high-rises, upscale restaurants, the Governor’s Mansion, the historic Swan House and the Atlanta History Center. Buckhead is also an entertainment and dining hotspot. With more than 200 restaurants, bars shops and luxury hotels, the Buckhead area is a magnet for young professionals.
PUBLIC SCHOOLS Fulton County Schools Board of Education 404-768-3600 Elementary Schools 58 Middle Schools 19 High Schools 17 Charter 8 Centers 4 Per-pupil expenditures $9,561
Buckhead 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
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.
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 Schools www.fultonschools.org www.atlanta.k12.ga.us
Elementary Schools 52 Middle Schools 14 High Schools 20 Charter 15 Alternative 6 Per-pupil expenditures $13,069 School & bus information 404-802-5500
Downtown Atlanta skyline
Atlanta Public Schools Board of Education
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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.
UTILITIES & CONTACTS ELECTRICITY City of College Park 404-669-3759 City of East Point 404-270-7010 City of Fairburn 770-964-3481 City of Palmetto 770-463-3322 Georgia Power 888-660-5890 GAS Georgia’s natural gas market is deregulated. For a list of providers for this county, visit www.newcomeratlanta.com. TELEPHONE AT&T 866-271-9724 Comcast 404-266-2278
CABLE TV Charter Communications 887-906-9121 Comcast 404-266-2278 HOSPITALS Atlanta Medical Center 404-265-4000 Atlanta VA Medical Center 404-321-6111 Center for the Visually Impaired 404-875-9011 Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Hughes Spalding 404-785-9500 Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite 404-785-5252 Emory University Hospital Midtown 404-778-2000 Grady Memorial Hospital 404-606-1000 North Fulton Regional Hospital 770-751-2500 Northside Hospital 404-851-8000 Piedmont Hospital 404-605-5000 Shepherd Center 404-352-2020 St. Joseph’s Hospital 678-843-7001
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COUNTY INFORMATION PUBLIC SCHOOLS Gwinnett County Schools Board of Education 678-301-6000 Elementary Schools 72 Middle Schools 24 High Schools 20 Alternative 6 Open Campus 1 Per-pupil expenditures $8,338 City Schools of Buford Board of Education
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 City of Lawrenceville 770-963-2414 City of Norcross 770-448-2122 Georgia Power 404-395-7611 Jackson EMC 770-963-6166 Sawnee EMC 770-887-2363 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.
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
Comcast 404-266-2278 HOSPITALS Emory Eastside Medical Center
Joan Glancy Memorial Hospital 678-584-6800 Gwinnett Medical Center
Gwinnett Women’s Pavilion 678-312-4770 Summit Ridge Center for Behavorial Health 770-822-2200
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for any railroad aficionado. Some of Duluth’s neighborhoods include Edgewater Estates, Sweet Bottom Plantation, and Riverbrooke. Affluent estates with antebellum architecture can be found as well as apartment communities, older brick, ranch-style homes and subdivisions. Duluth still retains some of its original small-town businesses, along with chain businesses, many accessible by Ga. 400 and I-85.
Suwanee is named after the Shawnee Indians who settled here in the latter part of the 18th Originally part of Georgia’s century. Following the official Native American territory, Gwinnett founding of the city in 1837, County was created by the State Suwanee became a railroad stop Legislature in 1818 and named after along the Southern Railroad route. It Button Gwinnett, the third signer of remained a small country town well the Declaration of Independence and into the ’70s when construction of a former state governor. I-85 and U.S. 23 brought While the county was easy access to the region. once largely rural with small Since then, Suwanee County www.co.gwinnett.ga.us towns, country stores, farms has experienced tremenNeighborhoods www.cityofbuford.com dous growth, from 2,000 and forests, today it is home to www.duluthga.net residents in 1990 to more than 245 international www.snellville.org more than 10,000 today. companies and 450 high-tech www.suwanee.com firms. With an average of 260 Schools www.bufordcityschools.org To help manage growth, the city has developed new professional and industrial www.gwinnett.k12.ga.us a comprehensive developcompanies relocating to the Median household income: $64,005 ment plan that promotes county each year, attracting more Median age of residents: 33 pedestrian-oriented dethan 6,000 new jobs, Gwinnett Population: 789,499 velopment and mixedCounty remains in the top 10 Sales tax: 6% use zoning. Designated ranking for growth nationwide. Chamber of Commerce a Tree City USA for more The county supports many Gwinnett County than 10 years, the city cultural events, restaurants 770-232-3000, www.gwinnettchamber.org is committed to preserving and shopping opportunities, Property Taxes 27 percent of its land as including the Mall of Georgia. The property tax in unincorporated Gwinnett green space. Gwinnett County remains County is $31.77 per $1,000 of assessed value. Such foresight has affordable for renters and firstTax Commissioner: 770-822-8800. allowed Suwanee to retain time home buyers, many of whom find homes in the communities of of the most exclusive neighborhoods its old-fashioned charm while proDoraville, Lawrenceville and Snellville. in Metro Atlanta and is home to viding contemporary convenience. The median value of homes in 2006, some of the best golf courses and Only 35 miles from downtown Ataccording to the Census Bureau, was private tennis clubs. There are lanta, Suwanee is close to big-city numerous parks for recreation and attractions, business districts and $193,100. participatory sports, including shopping. Many antique shops and Bunten Road Park and “Shorty” historic structures, including severHowell Park. Two major malls, al Victorian and regional farm-style Gwinnett Place and Northpoint, homes, are located near downtown are located near Duluth. The Suwanee. N Southeastern Railway Museum, For more counties and neighborhood Amidst the pristine setting of which preserves and operates old information, visit our Web site at Gwinnett County, Duluth has some railroad equipment, is a must-see www.newcomeratlanta.com
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The Wiggles, Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre The world’s most successful children’s entertainment group performs. Aug. 19, 800-745-3000, cobbenergycentre.com.
Backstreet Boys, State Farm Arena The hitmaking singing group performs in support of its new album, “DNA.” Aug. 21, 800-745-3000, statefarmarena.com.
Queen with Adam Lambert, State Farm Arena The legendary rock group performs with former “American Idol” runner-up Lambert on vocals. Aug. 22, 800-745-3000, statefarmarena.com.
Wings Over North Georgia, Russell Regional Airport, Rome, GA
Exhibits & Events Spring Fling, Duluth Town Green
Theater & Concerts
New Kids on the Block Mixtape Tour 2019, State Farm Arena
The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical, Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre
The popular boy band performs along with Salt-N-Pepa, Tiffany, Debbie Gibson and Naughty By Nature. July 11, 800-745-3000,
This popular adaptation of the best-selling novel centers on Percy Jackson, who discovers that he’s the son of the Greek god Poseidon.
Enjoy free workouts, a live DJ, raffles, prizes and inflatables for the kids. 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 1, duluthga.net.
United Nations of Play, Children’s Museum of Atlanta
June 7-9, 800-745-3000, cobbenergycentre.com.
CATS, Fox Theatre
Ariana Grande, State Farm Arena
The smash-hit stage musical returns, courtesy of Broadway in Atlanta. Aug. 6-11, 855-285-8499,
Explore international cultures through art, food, music, dance and immersive country exhibition. Highlighted countries include Egypt, France, India, Japan, Mexico, Peru and Senegal. June 1, 404-659-5437,
Paw Patrol Live!, Fox Theatre
Father’s Day, Children’s Museum of Atlanta
Everyone’s favorite search and rescue dogs star in all-new action-packed adventure, “Race to the Rescue.” Aug. 17-18, 855-285-8499, foxtheatre.org.
Families are invited to celebrate the special men in their lives with free admission for dads.
The award-winning actress and pop star performs. June 8, 800-745-3000, statefarmarena.com.
Come From Away, Fox Theatre Broadway in Atlanta presents the touring production based on the true story of the small Newfoundland town that welcomed 7,000 passengers stranded there after the events of Sept. 11, 2001. June 25-30, 855-285-8499,
Whatever Floats Your Boat, Duluth
June 6, 404-659-5437, childrensmuseumatlanta.org.
Saved By the Band, Heritage Green Enjoy hits from the ‘80s, ‘90s and beyond as part of the free Concerts By the Springs series. June 9, 404-851-9111, heritagesandysprings.org.
Hugh Jackman, State Farm Arena The actor performs songs from “The Greatest Showman,” “Les Miserables” and other productions. July 3, 800-745-3000, statefarmarena.com.
Monster Fish: In Search of the Last River Giants, Fernbank Museum of Natural History
Jeff Lynne’s ELO, State Farm Arena
Dive beneath the surface of the world’s rivers in search of bizarre and extraordinary species of freshwater fish. June 18-Aug. 18, 404-929-6300,
Latin History for Morons, Fox Theatre Actor John Leguizamo performs his hit oneman show tracing 3,000 years of Latin American history. July 10, 855-285-8499, foxtheatre.org. 48 | Newcomer Magazine | newcomeratlanta.com
fernbankmuseum.org. PHOTO: Dustin Grau Photography
The rock ensemble known for such hits as “Telephone Line” and “Don’t Bring Me Down” performs. July 5, 800-745-3000, statefarmarena.com.
Adult Summer Camp, Jurassic Park, Fernbank Museum of Natural History Enjoy outdoor games and entertainment while enjoying adult beverages. 7-11 p.m. June 21, 404-929-6300, fernbankmuseum.org.
Frida and Diego: Passion, Politics, and Painting, High Museum of Art
Duluth Celebrates America, Duluth Town Green
demonstrations, children’s activities and more.
North Carolina Apple Festival, Hendersonville, N.C.
July 6, upcountrysc.com.
Celebrate Independence Day with a fabulous fireworks display, live music and activities for all to enjoy. July 3, duluthga.net.
101st Annual Street Dances, Hendersonville, N.C. Hendersonville’s Main Street comes alive with bluegrass music, square dancing and clogging during this long-running Monday night tradition. July 8-Aug. 12, 800-828-4244,
5th Annual Beach Bash, Lake Lanier Olympic Park Bring your beach chairs, enjoy family activities and sing along to your favorite beach hits as performed by Electric Avenue. July 13,
Celebration Car Show, U.S. Space and Rocket Center, Huntsville, Ala.
Departure, Heritage Green PHOTO: Courtesy of the Henderson County TDA
The Journey tribute band performs as part of the free Concerts By the Springs series. July 14, 404-851-9111, heritagesandysprings.org.
European Masterworks: The Phillips Collection, High Museum of Art This exhibition presents a selection of paintings and sculptures from The Phillips Collection, America’s first museum of modern art, which opened in 1921 in Washington, D.C. Through July 14, 404-733-4400, high.org.
Whatever Floats Your Boat, Duluth Tube down the Chattahoochee River or just hang out while enjoying live music, games and food at this family-friendly event. July 20, duluthga.net.
Back to School BubblePalooza, Duluth Town Green Mark the end of summer with large games, a live DJ, bubbles for the kids to enjoy and more. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. July 24, duluthga.net.
Atlanta Brass Cats, Heritage Green The 10-piece rock band with horns performs as part of the free Concerts By the Springs series. Aug. 11, 404-851-9111, heritagesandysprings.org.
Block Party on Main, Duluth Town Green On the last Friday of each month, experience a street fair atmosphere with food from hometown favorites, air balls and live music. Through Aug. 30, duluthga.net.
Food Truck Fridays, Duluth Town Green Enjoy amazing cuisine along with entertainment and live music every Friday through August. Through Aug. 30, duluthga.net.
classmates at this celebration of favorite comics, games, fantasy books and more. Aug. 31-Sept. 1, 404-659-5437, childrensmuseumatlanta.org.
First Fridays in Gainesville, Roosevelt Square Main Street in Gainesville is the place to be on the first Friday of each month this summer, featuring free entertainment in the park behind historic Gainesville City Hall. Through Sept. 6, downtowngainesville.com.
A week’s worth of events celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing begins with a car show featuring vehicles from the Apollo era. The event also features a fullscale replica of the Apollo Lunar Rover. July 13, 800-637-7223, rocketcenter.com.
Global Rocket Launch, U.S. Space and Rocket Center, Huntsville, Ala. The U.S. Space and Rocket Center invites you to take part in an attempt to break a Guinness Book world record by launching 5,000 model rockets simultaneously. The event takes place on the 50th anniversary of the launch of the Apollo 11. July 16, 800-637-7223, rocketcenter.com.
North Carolina Apple Festival, Hendersonville, N.C. This Labor Day weekend event celebrates the arrival of the apple harvest in one of the nation’s top 10 apple-producing regions. Enjoy a street fair, live entertainment and the King Apple parade. Aug. 30-Sept. 2, 800-828-4244, visithendersonvillenc.org.
A Short Drive Away Red, White, and Blue, Greenville, S.C.
Wings Over North Georgia, Russell Regional Airport, Rome, Ga.
This free event in downtown Greenville features live music on two stages, fun-filled children’s activities, food vendors and one of South Carolina’s largest fireworks displays.
North Georgia’s No. 1 family event returns for its eighth year featuring high-flying aerial performers including the U.S. Army Golden Knights Parachute Team, Redline Airshows, the “Homewrecker” Jet Truck and more. Aug.
July 4, upcountrysc.com.
31-Sept. 1, wingsovernorthgeorgia.com.
Red, White and Boom, Spartanburg, S.C.
Apollo: When We Went to the Moon, U.S. Space and Rocket Center, Huntsville, Ala.
Barnet Park in downtown Spartanburg is the setting for the city’s popular Independence Day celebration featuring great food, music and fireworks. July 4, upcountrysc.com.
Tiny Con, Children’s Museum of Atlanta
Celebration of Freedom, Cowpens National Battlefield, S.C.
Kids can compete in Mario Kart races, build a lightsaber and mix potions with Hogwarts
This family-friendly event features guided walks along the battlefield, weapons-firing
This world-premiere exhibition celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 spaceflight that landed the first two men on the moon on July 20, 1969. Enjoy an Apollo 11 launch experience and explore artifacts and memorabilia showcasing this pivotal moment in American history. Through Dec. 31, 800-637-7223, rocketcenter.com.
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PIEDMONT PARK ATLANTA’S PLACE IN THE SUN By Carly Felton and Sheila Cosgrove
Atlanta skyline from Piedmont Park.
In major cities, people need a respite from the hustle and bustle — someplacewhere residents and visitors alike can relax and feel at one with nature. In New York City, that place is Central Park; in Chicago, it’s Lake Michigan; in Atlanta, it’s Piedmont Park. Located in Midtown and bordered by Piedmont Avenue and 10th Street, Piedmont Park is the place where Atlantans go on weekends. In fact, this serene oasis is one of the metro’s mostvisited locations, with more than 4 million visitors each year. Piedmont Park offers almost 200 acres of wide-open spaces for picnicking, sunbathing and relaxing. A paved trail leads visitors through rolling hills, past Lake Clara Meer, tennis courts, an off-leash dog park and more. Other amenities include soccer and softball fields, two playgrounds and a bocce ball complex. The aquatic center has a landscaped deck, four lap lanes and a current channel perfect for floating away a lazy summer day. As if all this weren’t enough, the park also hosts a number of annual events, including the Dogwood Festival, Atlanta Pride, the Atlanta Jazz Festival, the Piedmont Park Arts Festival and the Music Midtown music festival. In summer, the park also hosts the EnviroVentures Summer Camp, offering educational outdoor play for youngsters age 5-13. 50 | Newcomer Magazine | newcomeratlanta.com
Another staple is the Green Market, featuring local farmers, bakers and other vendors, as well as classes and workshops. The 2019 Market is held on every Saturday up until November from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. inside the 12th Street and Piedmont Avenue entrance. Piedmont Park’s status as one of Atlanta’s leading attractions is enhanced by its proximity to the Atlanta Botanical Garden, which is adjacent to the park, and the Atlanta Beltline, a 22-mile former railway corridor that circles much of the city, forming a system of trails, parks, green spaces and other developments. The park is maintained by the nonprofit Piedmont Park Conservancy, which has overseen several renovation projects that have upgraded the park’s facilities and expanded its footprint in recent years. Larger and more popular than ever, Piedmont Park continues to reign as the jewel of Atlanta’s green crown. Enjoying a game of soccer in Piedmont Park.
Piedmont Park is located at 1320 Monroe Drive NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30306. For more information, visit piedmontpark.org or call 404-875-7275.
PHOTOS: (Top Right) Courtesy Piedmont Park Conservancy
The bridge in Piedmont Park.
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