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MAKE A SPLASH DIVE INTO ATLANTA'S COOL POOLS

HOTEL DINING

SIX CAN'T-MISS RESTAURANTS

STEPS TO ENROLL YOUR CHILD IN A NEW SCHOOL PAGE 20

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Summer 2020 CONTENTS FEATURES Dive Into Atlanta’s Top Pools . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10 Summer Adventures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26

Summer temps are here. Find out where to cool off this season with our list of the city’s top pools and aquatic centers.

Atlanta offers many outdoor attractions that let you soak up the sun. We highlight 10 of the metro area’s most popular spots.

Enrolling in a New School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Georgia’s Best Beaches . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .32

Whether your child is entering a new school just a few miles away or across the country, here are the steps to ensure a smooth transition.

From remote island escapes to sandy getaways near the big city, Georgia has a beach for every occasion. Here are some of our favorites.

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

Homes and Communities. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Here are some metro Atlanta builders that offer top-notch newly built homes with convenience and luxury in mind.

Neighborhood Spotlight. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 With a strong economy, quality housing and great quality of life, Woodstock has a lot to offer, including some perks you wouldn’t expect.

Atlanta’s upscale hotels also offer some of its best dining—check out what’s on the menu at six of the city’s hottest restaurants.

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

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

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

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

Combining high academic standards with Roman Catholic religion, Our Lady of Victory Catholic School has created a foundation of academic excellence for children.

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

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The Silver Comet Trail offers not only beautiful scenery, but a chance to discover a slice of Georgia’s history.


A 75-ACRE THRILL RIDE Discover 75 acres of year-round outdoor nature experiences (and much more!) with a Fernbank membership. To join, visit FernbankMuseum.org/Membership or call 404.929.6340

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inFOCUS NEWS BITES FROM AROUND ATLANTA

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DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE

Experience one of the most famous stories of all time in a whole new way at Alice’s Wonderland Reimagined! This exhibit features larger than like topiary-like sculptures that bring the classic children’s tale to vivid life, including a new 16-foot Red Queen! Through Nov. 1 at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. For more information, visit atlantabg.org.

Building a New Future Whitefield Academy, a Christian independent school located in Smyrna, will open Brostrand Hall with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Aug. 10. The new facility will house the school’s pre-K through fourth-grade students. The newest addition to Whitefield’s 100-acre campus is named for former lower school Principal Jeannie Brostrand, who retired last year.

A Different Kind of Graduation High school seniors across the country were denied a proper graduation ceremony thanks to shelter-in-place orders. But that didn’t stop Woodward Academy from staging a mobile celebration for its 2020 class! A group of teachers and staff members traveled across metro Atlanta in a caravan of buses in late April to visit graduating seniors stuck at home due to the pandemic. Each student received a yard sign and a goodie bag containing homemade cookies, Woodward Academy M&Ms and a card. Congratulations seniors! 8 | Newcomer Magazine | newcomeratlanta.com

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PHOTO: Peachtree City Convention and Visitors Bureau

This year marks the 75th anniversary of the Allied victory in World War II, and what better way to celebrate than at WWII Heritage Days in Peachtree City? Experience living history demonstrations, enjoy big band music and vintage fashions, see historic military vehicles up close and even take a ride in an authentic WWII aircraft! Sept. 12-13 at the Commemorative Air Force Dixie Wing Warbird Museum. For more information, visit wwiidays.org.


inFOCUS We Love a Parade

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During the recent shelter-in-place order, Town of Braselton first responders staged a parade of flashing lights and sirens to help cheer up local neighborhoods. On April 8, the Braselton Police Department and West Jackson Fire Department teamed up with other local public safety agencies to drive patrol cars, fire trucks and ambulances throughout the town, waving and dispensing smiles to kids and adults alike. Coordinating all those vehicles was no small feat, either, considering that Braselton spans across four different counties. A great time was had by all!

Find That Special Something Whether you’re looking for vintage furniture or hand-crafted goods, you’re sure to find something to love at the Braselton Antique and Artisan Festival. This twice-a-year event features 300 vendors showcasing home décor, jewelry, handmade soaps, pottery, artwork and much more. Live music, 10 food trucks and two adult beverage vendors round out the proceedings for a weekend you won’t soon forget. July 24-26 in downtown Braselton. For more information, see visitbraselton.com.

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A GUIDE TO ATLANTA’S POOLS AND SWIM SCENE By Michelle Bourg

Welcome to Atlanta! You may still be getting your bearings, but arriving at this time of year, you’ve likely already figured out just where that “Hotlanta” nickname comes from. Here in the South, we rely on some pretty good strategies for coping with the heat (lots of A/C and plenty of lemonade and sweet tea), but summertime here was made for taking a dip—or several—in the pool. You won’t be surprised to learn that there are a number of excellent pools and aquatic centers in the metro area, as well as swim classes and competitive teams for kids and adults, so that everyone in the family can enjoy a wet and wild summer. Come on in, the water’s fine! 10 | Newcomer Magazine | newcomeratlanta.com

POOLS & AQUATIC CENTERS

ALPHARETTA

WILLIS PARK POOL The aquatic center at Wills Park reopened in 2018 after a multimillion-dollar renovation, with two pools and a dazzling array of new amenities. The leisure pool features zero-depth entry, interactive play stations, a water slide and plunge area and space for open play and swim classes. The 10-lane competitive pool ranges from four to 12.5 feet deep and has both one- and three-meter diving boards. In addition, there is a remodeled aquatic center with updated locker rooms, as well as a splash park, expanded deck space with picnic areas


and a shade pavilion. General admission is $5 per person for Alpharetta residents, $8 for nonresidents, $1 for residents 55 and over, $2 for nonresidents 55 and older and free for children age 3 and under. Discounted individual and family passes are also available. The pool is open daily from May 23 to Aug. 9 and on weekends only from Aug. 10 to Sept. 26. willspark.com

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CUMMING AQUATIC CENTER A state-of-the-art facility, the Cumming Aquatic Center opened in 2011. In addition to its indoor competition pool with three springboards, the center Mountain Park Aq uatic Center Splas h Pool hosts an outdoor water park with a play zone, water slide and a current channel. Admission is $7 for adults, $6 for youth and seniors; separate admission is required for each daily session at the ic Center Piedmont Park Aquat outdoor leisure pool. The indoor pool is open year-round, the outdoor pool opens in early May for single weekend sessions and for daily sessions from Memorial Day to Labor Day with reduced hours starting in early August. cummingaquaticcenter.com

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MOUNTAIN PARK AQUATIC CENTER Located in Stone Mountain, the Mountain Park Aquatic Center boasts features normally found in major waterparks, with zero-depth entry; towering, winding water slides, a play zone, bubble bench and the Lazy River, a meandering current channel. There are also indoor lap and instructional pools. Daily individual admission fees are $5.50 for Gwinnett County residents ages 11-49, $4.25 for ages 4-10 and $3.25 for ages 3 and under and 50 and above. Higher rates apply for non-residents. Discounted rates for any Gwinnett aquatic facility are available with the purchase of an individual or family FUNCARD. The indoor pools are open daily year round; the leisure pool is open daily from Memorial Day through Labor Day with reduced hours starting Aug. 3. gwinnettparks.com

MIDTOWN ATLANTA

PIEDMONT PARK AQUATIC CENTER Originally built in 1911, the current aquatic center opened in 2009 as part of a $41 million park renovation project. The Greystone bathhouse is a 9,000-square-foot LEEDcertified facility that includes event space as well as lockers, showers and concessions. The picturesque ADA-accessible pool features

a beach entry, a current channel for floating, four lap lanes and a landscaped deck with lounge chairs. The center is open from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. Adult swim periods take place for 15 minutes every hour. Admission is $5 per person; season passes are available for individuals, seniors and families that grant discounted prices and extended hours. This is one of the city’s busiest newcomeratlanta.com | Newcomer Magazine | 11


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pools, so be prepared for crowds at peak times. The Legacy Fountain splash pad near the north end of the park features more than 70 jets and LED lighting; admission is free and restrooms and tables and chairs are located nearby. piedmontpark.org

PEACHTREE CITY

KEDRON FIELDHOUSE AND AQUATIC CENTER The aquatic center at the multipurpose Kedron Fieldhouse and Aquatic Center facility offers a heated instructional pool and a 25-yard competitive pool. Both are covered in winter months to allow for year-round swimming. Admission for Fayette County residents is $5 with child and senior citizen discounts and $6 for adults; a number of different season passes are available with discounted rates. The center 12 | Newcomer Magazine | newcomeratlanta.com

maintains a schedule of open and senior citizen swim times; it’s best to check the schedule posted at peachtree-city.org/openswim or call 770-631-2525 for current hours.

ROSWELL

ROSWELL AREA PARK POOL The Roswell Area Park Pool offers something for everyone in the family, with an eightlane, 50-meter, Olympic-size pool, a diving well with two springboards and a separate children’s wading pool with a waterfall. Special programs include aquatic exercise camps, paddleboard yoga and pool parties. The pool is open from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day with reduced hours beginning in early August; daily pool rates are $3 for Roswell residents, $5 for non-residents and free for children under age 2.

ADULT AQUATICS CENTER Open for seniors since 2016 at the city’s Adult Recreation Center, the Adult Aquatics Center recently opened to all adults age 25 and older. The indoor facility offers a five-lane, warmwater therapeutic pool with zero-depth entry, a therapeutic whirlpool and shower and locker facilities. The center is open Monday through Saturday year round; fees are $6 for residents, $9 for non-residents with discount memberships and passes for both classes and open swim sessions. roswellgov.ga Whether you’re looking for some competitive racing and diving or just a splash on a hot day, you’re sure to enjoy the many opportunities for swimming that Atlanta has to offer. With the wide array of facilities and organized teams, we’ve definitely gone the old swimming hole one better.


PEACHTREE CITY IS A MASTER-PLANNED COMMUNITY BOASTING OVER 100 MILES OF MULTI-USE PATHS THAT CONNECT OUR RESIDENTS TO SHOPPING, DINING, RESORT-STYLE HOTELS, GOLF AND OTHER RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES.

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NEWLY BUILT HOMES OFFER FLEXIBILITY AND COMFORT By Justine Lookenott

Parkside East by Traton Homes

When you’re moving to a new city, you’re faced with many decisions about where to live. What neighborhood should you choose? Will you rent or buy? And if you’re buying, do you opt for a previously owned home or one that’s brand new? BENEFITS OF A NEW HOME If you’re looking to buy a newly constructed house, you’re not alone. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 673,000 new homes were sold in 2019—that’s 12.4 percent more than in 2018. And it’s easy to see why. Buying a newly constructed house, condo or townhome is an appealing prospect. Newly built homes often 14 | Newcomer Magazine | newcomeratlanta.com

offer the latest designs, like spacious, eat-in kitchens, large master baths and roomy walk-in closets. And because everything is new, new homes require much less maintenance and remodeling than previously owned homes. “In a new home, you have the newest finishes, new materials and appliances, so less maintenance is required,” says Amy Kessler, vice president of sales and marketing for Traton Homes. Addison McClaugherty, account manager with home builder Ashton Woods, added, “While previously owned homes usually come with a one-year warranty that is very limited and only covers minor repairs, new homes

come with a full warranty that gives the homebuyer peace of mind in knowing it will be able to last them well into the future.” Newer homes also come with features that save energy, like better insulated walls and windows, which is good for both your wallet and the environment. “A new home benefits from the latest energy-efficient technology for energy savings, while older homes have higher energy costs and lack today’s newest features,” says McClaugherty. Buying a new home can also provide a “flexibility for customization,” says Kessler with Traton Homes, “and making the home exactly what you want.”


EYE-CATCHING NEW HOME DEVELOPMENTS If you’re ready to invest in a new home and avoid hours of repainting rooms and repairing appliances, Atlanta has plenty of attractive options. Reverie on Cumberland, an Ashton Woods development, is located in Smyrna, one of metro Atlanta’s most popular communities. The city was named one of the Best Cities to Live in Georgia in 2019 by the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, and is close to Vinings,

Buckhead and Midtown Atlanta. The Reverie is an ideal choice for active types and young professionals who want to be close to a host of outdoor activities and entertainment venues. The Chattahoochee River, Truist Park (home of the Atlanta Braves) and the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre are all close by, as are The Home Depot’s corporate headquarters. The community features a gated entrance, a gym, a swimming pool and a park. The homes, which range from

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The Grove at Adams Pond by Traton Homes

“IN A NEW HOME, YOU HAVE THE NEWEST FINISHES, NEW MATERIALS AND APPLIANCES, SO LESS MAINTENANCE IS REQUIRED,” SAYS AMY KESSLER, VICE PRESIDENT OF SALES AND MARKETING FOR TRATON HOMES.

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$300,000 to $761,000, boast eight different floor plans to choose from. Home interiors offer such amenities as walk-in pantries, garages with extra storage, spa-inspired master baths, oversized walk-in showers, spa showers with built-in benches, and walk-in closets. Outside, amenities include a covered deck, a covered rooftop terrace and two-car garages. Also in Smyrna, The Grove at Adams Pond, a Traton Homes community, features greenspaces, a pond and fire pits. It’s a great spot for dog lovers, as it features a gated dog park. For sporty types, it’s also close to Truist Park and the Silver Comet Trail. Homes start at $420,000. Serenade, another Ashton Woods community, is located in Alpharetta, which like Smyrna

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is an Atlanta suburb with lots of appeal. The city has been named one of the Top 50 Places to Live in the USA by Money magazine, one of the South’s Friendliest Cities by Southern Living, and the No. 1 Place to Relocate in America by Forbes. Serenade is close to the shops and restaurants at Avalon, a popular live-work-play development, as well as Ameris Bank Amphitheatre, known for drawing top touring acts. The community offers an art-inspired walking trail, as well as a pool, gazebo and cabana. Homes range from $325,000 to $615,000 and boast 12 different floor plans, with such features as open kitchens with oversized islands, spa-like baths, fireplaces and sky decks.

Aria by Ashton Woods

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Sandy Springs is a popular young city that’s home to many great parks, restaurants and shopping centers, as well as fun spots like the Young Chefs Academy, a cooking school for children, and Dog City Bakery, which offers holistic dog treats and boutique items for your pet. It’s also where you’ll find Ashton Woods’ Aria, which boasts an open, earthy feel inspired by late 19th-century English architecture, and features walking paths, greenspaces and a swimming pool. Homes range from $316,000 to $1.1 million and offer 23 different floor plans, with amenities including kitchen islands and walk-in pantries. In thriving Marietta, Parkside East has


Reverie on Cumberland by Ashton Woods

Serenade by Ashton Woods

over 50 brand new townhomes available for purchase, priced starting at $320,000. With easy access to Kennesaw Mountain, the popular Avenue at West Cobb shopping destination, Wellstar Kennestone Hospital, Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Lockheed Martin, Town Center Mall and Kennesaw State University, the Traton Homes community features beautiful pavilions and a park. It also has in-home amenities that include open living areas, kitchen islands and well-appointed owner’s suites. Active adults 55 and older are sure to find Traton Homes’ Courtyards at Camden, currently under construction, to be the perfect fit for their lifestyle. The community, located in the

Acworth/Kennesaw area northwest of Atlanta, is just minutes from a number of shopping, dining and entertainment options and health care facilities including Henry's Louisiana Grill and Fish Thyme in Acworth. The development features a pool, a bocce court, walking trails and a community clubhouse. The homes themselves start in the high $300s and offer two-car garages, gourmet kitchen islands, private courtyards and screened or covered porch options. Metro Atlanta has plenty of options when it comes to comfortable, gorgeous newly built homes. Whatever your preference for activities, amenities and neighborhoods, you’re sure to find something perfect for the needs of you and your family.

FOR MORE INFORMATION • Reverie on Cumberland • Serenade • Aria ashtonwoods.com • The Grove at Adams Pond • Parkside East • Courtyards at Camden tratonhomes.com

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SPOTLIGHT Woodstock By Michelle Bourg

W Elm Street Cultural Arts Village

PHOTO: Jillian Melko

oodstock calls itself “a city unexpected,” and this community located 30 miles northwest of Atlanta along Interstate 575 certainly offers amenities you might not imagine in a city of 32,000. Home to more than 2,500 businesses, the city also offers abundant recreation, cultural, shopping and dining options. There’s plentiful housing as well, including single-family homes, townhomes and apartments. 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.”

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Close to both Main Street and I-575, Riverside is a pedestrian-friendly community priced from the high $300s to mid-$500s, featuring single-family homes with tennis courts, a pool, a playground and other amenities. At Claremore Manor, wooded greenspace and a playground area with a pool are the setting for designer homes with spacious floor plans. Prices range from the high $300s to high $400s.

Elm Street Cultural Arts Village is a vibrant community arts program that provides an opportunity to both participate in and enjoy live theater, music and the visual arts. It also offers classes and summer youth drama and art camps. Music lovers can enjoy concerts in Woodstock year-round, including the city’s Summer Concert Series and the Music Mondays in May lunchtime series, taking place downtown at Northside Hospital-Cherokee Amphitheater in the Park at City Center.

Avery home model kitchen at Claremore Manor

PHOTO: Ashton Woods

Patio at Freight Kitchen & Tap

PHOTO: Freight Kitchen & Tap

Culinary Treats

OFF THE BEATEN PATH Woodstock offers a community bike share program for $3 per hour (with the first hour free) and up to $24 per ride, and, on weekends, a free downtown trolley service that connects points of interest every 30 minutes.

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Recipients of numerous accolades including a James Beard Foundation Award for Excellence, Vingenzo’s serves Southern Italian fare with simple elegance. A 126-year-old house in historic downtown Woodstock is home to the Century House Tavern, which offers both small dishes and special entrees. The Freight Kitchen & Tap, housed in a former railroad freight building, offers a menu built around seasonal farm-to-table ingredients and innovative craft cocktails. The annual Woodstock Restaurant Week, held in October, celebrates the city’s culinary offerings with special menus at downtown restaurants and discounts at gourmet shops and food stores.

Local Treasures Woodstock is the perfect community for those who live to get outside. The Greenprints Trail System connects the city and surrounding areas with miles of paved and natural trails, including three sections for mountain bikers of all skill levels. The Park at City Center is the city’s old-fashioned downtown square, with a gazebo, benches, fountains and shade trees. For a getaway that’s close at hand, Olde Rope Mill Park offers picnic areas, trails and fishing and canoeing on the Little River. And for beaches, water sports and camping, Lake Allatoona is less than 10 miles away. N Boat dock at Cherokee Mills Park


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MOVING NEW SCHOOL HOW TO ENSURE A SMOOTH TRANSITION By E. Marcel Pourtout

Getting your child properly enrolled in his or her new school can be one of the most challenging and stressful parts of moving to a new city. Finding the right school, filling out medical information, even proving U.S. citizenship can all cause anxiety for parents. Meanwhile, your children are forced to leave behind their friends, routines and surroundings and start all over in a new setting. But whether your child is entering a new school just a few miles away or across the country, there are steps you can take to ensure a smooth transition.

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IS THIS THE RIGHT SCHOOL? If your child is attending a public school, you’ll want to make sure they’re properly enrolled with the right school. The school your child will attend is determined by his or her primary residence. The Georgia Department of Education (GDOE) at gadoe.org and Atlanta Public Schools (APS) at atlantapublicschools.us provide a geographical map with a breakdown of public schools by district, county and city. If your child is attending a charter or independent school, this is less of an issue. Since you’ve already gone through the process of applying to the school and getting your child enrolled, you know where he or she is going. But you’ll want to make sure you know how far your home is from the school. Some independent schools offer transportation to and from school for an additional fee, but yours may not. Parents interested in homeschooling may submit a declaration of intent form online through the GDOE. Georgia’s home study law requires homeschooling parents to provide a basic academic educational program which includes the five content areas of mathematics, English language arts, science, social studies and reading.


MEDICAL RECORDS You’ll also need to make sure your child has had their most recent eye, ear and dental exams, and obtain a certificate of immunization. Georgia law requires that parents provide a certificate of vision, hearing, dental and nutrition screening the first time a child is admitted to a public school. This certificate, Form 3300, can be found on the GDOE website. The state law also requires all students, including foreign exchange students, to be immunized with the required vaccines at the time of their first entry in school. This also applies if a student is returning after having been absent from a Georgia public school for more than 12 months or one school year. The certificate of immunization, Form 3231, can also be found on the GDOE website. The Fulton County Board of Health at fultoncountyboh.org and Dekalb County Board of Health at dekalbhealth.net provide listings of certified doctors and medical institutions for children examinations and form completions. For independent schools, consult the school’s administration regarding their medical exam and immunization requirements. OTHER PAPERWORK You’ll also be required to provide proof of birth for your child, like an original or state-certified

birth certificate. Your school or school system may accept other items, such as a copy of the birth certificate accompanied by a signed affidavit; an insurance policy on the child’s life; or a valid passport, driver’s license or military ID. Check your school or school system’s website for details. Your child will probably also be expected to have proper photo identification, such as a driver’s license, passport or state-issued ID, and a Social Security number. If they don’t already have one, visit the national Social Security website at ssa.gov to begin the process of acquiring one. VISITING THE SCHOOL Regardless of whether your child will be attending an independent or public school, you’ll want to pay a visit to the campus and attend an orientation to help your child get acclimated. “Anxious kids really need orientation to the school,” says Dr. John Lochridge, a child, adult and family psychiatrist. “They may have

YOUR CHILD WILL PROBABLY ALSO BE EXPECTED TO HAVE PROPER PHOTO IDENTIFICATION, SUCH AS A DRIVER’S LICENSE, PASSPORT OR STATE-ISSUED ID, AND A SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER.

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difficulties with things like the lockers, cafeteria and playground. The parents and students should do a full tour of everything and discuss things such as seating with the teachers.” This applies even to middle and high school students who move to different classrooms throughout the day. “Go to all of the classrooms, because some kids who struggle socially are passing through many people and may worry about being liked,” says Lochridge. “They may also worry about getting from one class to another without being late. Try to simulate the school day during orientation.” Of course, this may not be possible as the GDOE and independent schools work to determine whether and how to reopen schools after closing for the coronavirus pandemic. Keep in close touch with your school’s administration and visit its website often to know about any updates pertaining to the upcoming school year.

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“THE CHILDREN MAY HAVE ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS AFTER ORIENTATION, SO IT'S IMPORTANT TO GO OVER EVERY ASPECT OF IT. TRY TO GET THEIR FEELINGS ABOUT IT AND LET THEM LEAD THE CONVERSATION.”

WORK WITH YOUR CHILD Lochridge also recommends having a talk with your child to address any concerns they might have. “The children may have additional questions after orientation, so it's important to go over every aspect of it,” he says. “Try to get their feelings about it and let them lead the conversation.” After spending the previous months in the summer with a less-structured schedule, they may take some time to adjust. And, of course, normal routines were upended when schools shifted to virtual classrooms during shelter-inplace orders. Setting up an established routine, with clear expectations, is a good idea. “They’re used to a summertime schedule, which may mean waking up later in the morning,” says Lochridge. “I believe in the parents sitting down with their children and setting up a structured situation about a week in advance of the school year. You want the children waking up early and starting a morning routine—having breakfast, getting dressed and going someplace. Kids love to stay up late, so

disciplining the electronics and having dinner earlier in the evening helps.” Have a regular conversation with your child as the school year approaches and as it begins. And check in with his or her teachers as well. Showing interest and maintaining open communication will have you well on the way to helping him or her adapt to his or her new surroundings.

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Our Lady of Victory Catholic School Nurturing Faith-Based Education By Donna Neale

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etermined to address the spiritual, academic, emotional and physical needs of children from pre-kindergarten through the eighth grade within a diverse and faith-filled environment, Our Lady of Victory Catholic School combines high academic standards with Roman Catholic religion to give young students the tools they need for a well-rounded future. The school’s methodology involves three distinct areas: a nurturing school community, engagement in the Catholic faith and academic excellence. “At OLV we pride ourselves on being a community where each individual is welcome and known, and as a tight-knit community, we are working to prepare each of our students for success,” Principal George Wilkerson said. “Our faculty, staff, parents and stakeholders ensure all of our students excel in mind, body and spirit.” OLV’s choice to intentionally limit the school’s overall student population allows the principal, teachers and staff to build meaningful relationships with the students and their families, while smaller class sizes facilitate individualized learning for every student. OLV’s student body is a reflection of the variety of cultures in the southern metro Atlanta area. “OLV has a diverse population of students: white, African-American, Vietnamese, Hispanic and more are not only present, but also represented at our school. We are a true vision of the Catholic Church and our community,” says Wilkerson. Instruction grounded in the teachings of the Catholic Church lays the foundation for faith-based education. “Our Catholic faith is integrated in every aspect of our school. We pray daily, celebrate the Eucharist at mass weekly and incorporate the faith in all of our academic contents,” says Wilkerson. The school also provides age-appropriate

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service projects and Catholic ministries to give students more opportunities to grow in their faith. OLV provides rigorous courses in religion, math, language arts, social studies and science. The challenging curriculum is aligned to national standards and fused with teachings of the Catholic Church. Students also participate in enrichment classes such as foreign language, technology, music, art and physical education. OLV is accredited through AdvancED, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and the Southern Association of Independent Schools. The school’s overall academic excellence has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, which presented OLV with the National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence award, placing it in the top 10 percent of all schools in the nation. Additional programs include before- and after-school care and an interscholastic sports program. Financial aid options and scholarship opportunities are also available. “At OLV we prepare our students to be critical and independent learners,” says Wilkerson. “We hope to build a foundation of a strong work ethic and eagerness to continually grow. Our graduates have gone on to become doctors, engineers, Olympic athletes and, most importantly, well-rounded, faith-filled, learned individuals.” N

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ATLANTA’S TOP PLACES TO RELAX AND REFRESH By Michelle Bourg

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hether you’ve been busy unpacking or working behind a desk all week, we all need to take a break and recharge our batteries with some fresh air. Fortunately, Atlanta boasts a multitude of outdoor attractions that let you soak up some sun and enjoy a nice summer breeze while getting to know your new city. On the pages that follow, we highlight 10 of the metro area’s most popular spots for walking, hiking, catching a game, shooting the rapids and much, much more. 26 | Newcomer Magazine | newcomeratlanta.com

ATLANTA BELTLINE One of the most extensive urban redevelopment projects in the country, the Atlanta BeltLine comprises 22 miles of reclaimed railroad corridor and has opened in phases. When complete, it will encircle the city and link 45 neighborhoods, numerous parks and additional trails. But the BeltLine, which is expected to be finished by the end of this year, is more than just a trail; it’s the place where “Atlanta comes together” and a fun and unique way to experience the city. From the pathway, you can take the family to the playgrounds and skate park at Historic

Fourth Ward Park, visit the Carter Center or stop for brunch or drinks on the patio at some of the city’s best eateries. It’s also a destination space for performances, art exhibits and events such as yoga classes or the Lantern Parade. Of course, you can always just walk, rollerblade or ride your bike and enjoy the scenery, summer weather and Atlanta skyline. Be sure to visit the website to view and download a map before hitting the trail. You can also register for a bus, bike or walking tour to familiarize yourself with everything the BeltLine has to offer. 404-477-3003, beltline.org


ATLANTA BOTANICAL GARDEN The Garden is one of Atlanta’s most beautiful spots, with more than 30 acres of gardens, greenhouses and woodlands. Notable are the formal Levy Parterre with its fountain sculpture by Dale Chihuly, and the Fuqua Orchid Center, housing the largest permanent display of these flowers in the U.S. The Kandeda Canopy Walk lets visitors traipse among the treetops for an aerial view of the gardens. Back on the ground, there’s the Longleaf Restaurant or Quick Café, a gift shop and a welcoming staff of experts happy to provide tips for your own garden. The Garden also hosts a number of events throughout the year, including concerts, art exhibits, cocktail functions and seminars. Summertime events include the annual Concerts in the Garden series and the new Alice’s Wonderland Reimagined exhibition of topiary-like sculptures. A second location of the Atlanta Botanical Garden is in Gainesville, about 90 minutes

northeast of downtown Atlanta. A community and educational center, it hosts a series of adult classes and family programs. In addition to outdoor gardens, it features a model train garden and the largest conservation nursery in the Southeast, dedicated to the propagation of endangered plants. Atlanta: 1345 Piedmont Ave., Atlanta. 404-876-5859, atlantabg.org Gainesville: 1911 Sweetbay Drive, Gainesville. 404-888-4760

ATLANTA BRAVES AT TRUIST PARK Summer is here—time to “Play ball!” This year marks the fourth season of the Atlanta Braves in their new home at Truist Park near Interstates 285 and 75 in Cobb County near Cumberland Mall. This state-of-the-art stadium combines a classic look and feel with the latest technology for an unmatched fan experience and great sightlines for a clear view of every play. Truist Park anchors The Battery Atlanta, a lifestyle destination featuring shopping,

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entertainment, dining and luxury residences — all a line drive away from the stadium gates. East side fans can take in a ballgame closer to home with the Gwinnett Stripers, the Braves’ Triple-A minor league team, at Coolray Field in Lawrenceville, an intimate and welcoming park that provides a fun experience for everyone in the family. Atlanta Braves, 755 Battery Ave., Atlanta. 404-522-7630, braves.com Gwinnett Stripers, 2500 Buford Drive NE, Lawrenceville. 678-277-0300, milb.com/gwinnett

CHASTAIN MEMORIAL PARK At 268 acres, Chastain is Atlanta’s largest city park. Centrally located just north of the Buckhead district, it’s home to walking paths, an amphitheater for major concerts, a tennis center, an equestrian center and a golf course. (Each facility is individually man-

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aged, so be sure to check in advance for hours and public access policies). Area kids helped design the new 40,000-square-foot playground, showcasing a wheelchair-accessible tree house, roller slides, a climbing wall and an outdoor piano and music-making area. 140 W. Wieuca Road, Atlanta. 404-237-2177, chastainparkconservancy.org

CHATTAHOOCHEE RIVER NATIONAL RECREATION AREA A series of connected sites along the Chattahoochee River (“the Hooch”), the Recreation Area stretches about 48 miles from Lake Lanier to Cobb County. Along its length are varying opportunities for walking and running, hiking, biking, boating, fishing and horseback riding, as well as picnicking and wildlife watching. One of the most popular units is Powers Island, situated near Powers Ferry Road and

PHOTOS: (left) Delta Classic Chastain; (bottom) National Park Service

A SERIES OF CONNECTED SITES ALONG THE CHATTAHOOCHEE RIVER (“THE HOOCH”), THE RECREATION AREA STRETCHES ROUGHLY 48 MILES FROM COBB COUNTY TO LAKE LANIER.


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I-285 in Sandy Springs. Here, a wheelchairaccessible flat dirt path stretches north along the river for about three miles, connecting to additional walking paths and hiking trails. At the Jones Bridge unit in Johns Creek, you’re likely to encounter deer in the woods along the hiking trails or as you fish for trout in or paddle in a boat down the river. 1978 Island Ford Pkwy., Sandy Springs. 678-538-1200, nps.gov/chat

FERNBANK MUSEUM Located in DeKalb County mere minutes from downtown Atlanta, Fernbank Museum’s facilities include dinosaurs, science explorations and historical cultural objects. But what some may not realize is Fernbank is also home to 75 acres of outdoor adventures. An elevated walkway takes you from the museum’s terrace down into the treetops of Fernbank’s WildWoods, a large wooded area offering nature experiences for all ages during all seasons. Look for a variety of plants, flowers and other wildlife as the trails take you toward the wetland's meadow and wildlife sanctuary. Guests can customize their WildWoods experience with numerous exploratory options

tailored to both children and adults alike. WildWoods also provides access into Fernbank Forest, where the adventure continues. Fernbank Forest, a 65-acre old-growth forest, offers several ways to continue your nature exploration. From a slow-and-steady stroll to a brisk walk, you can traverse over two miles of trails that will transport you from the hustle and bustle of Atlanta to a serene and tranquil environment. Keep your eyes peeled, as you never know what you might spot in Fernbank Forest, which includes countless plant species, including wildflowers and some of the state’s largest trees, and hundreds of animal species, including amphibians, reptiles and mammals. 767 Clifton Road NE, Atlanta. 404-929-6300 or fernbankmuseum.org.

GEORGIA’S STONE MOUNTAIN PARK Located 25 miles east of Atlanta, Stone Mountain is actually the world’s largest mass of exposed granite, etched with a high-relief carving covering three acres and depicting Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson on horseback. View the carving from the Memorial Lawn

and then head to the summit by cable car or walking trail for views stretching to the Appalachian foothills. Back on ground level, you can ride the park’s full-size locomotive before taking advantage of the park’s 15 miles of trails, picnic areas, restaurants, boating and fishing and two championship golf courses. Historic Square, a village of restored historic buildings, houses the largest collection of period furniture and decorations in the South, set around a working farmyard. 1000 Robert E. Lee Blvd., Stone Mountain. 800-4012407, stonemountainpark.com

PIEDMONT PARK Located in the city’s center, Piedmont is Atlanta’s unofficial back yard and the setting for hundreds of annual events, including concerts, foot races and festivals such as this September’s Music Midtown. In the park, you can stroll, rollerblade or bike while taking in Lake Clara Meer, landscaped plantings and stonework walls and steps that date back to the 1895 Cotton States and International Exhibition. There are picnic areas, two playgrounds, a dog park and, of course, newcomeratlanta.com | Newcomer Magazine | 29


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SIX FLAGS OVER GEORGIA Get your thrill on all summer long at Six Flags. Just 10 minutes west of Atlanta in Austell, this 300-acre theme park boasts more than 40 rides and attractions, from the toddler-friendly Riverview Carousel to the SkyScreamer. Wooden coaster buffs will love the famous Twisted Cyclone. This year also sees the unveiling of the Catwoman Whip and Poison Ivy Toxic Spin rides in the Gotham City part of Six Flags. The park is also home to Hurricane Harbor Water Park for wild and wet excitement. And, of course, there are souvenirs and cotton candy. 275 Riverside Pkwy. SW, Austell. 770-739-3400, sixflags.com/overgeorgia.

ZOO ATLANTA Here you’ll meet more than 1,000 exotic animals in carefully reproduced habitats, from the lions of the African Plains, to the silverback gorillas in the Ford African Rainforest, to the sun bears of the Asian Forest. There’s also a petting zoo with more familiar critters. But the stars are undoubtedly the giant pandas: Yang Yang, Lun Lun and their twins, Xi Lun and Ya Lun. Zoo Atlanta is one of just four zoos in the country to host these special creatures. The zoo is located just south of I-20 inside Grant Park, Atlanta’s oldest urban park. Its 131 wooded acres include playgrounds, picnic areas and the earthworks of Fort Walker, one of the city’s last remaining Civil War fortifications. There’s also a farmers market on Sundays from April to December and occasional festivals, including Summer Shade in August. 800 Cherokee Ave. SW, Atlanta. 404-624-9453, zooatlanta.org.

Zoo Atlanta

The metro Atlanta area is unique in the great number of parks and trail systems it offers. For information on Atlanta’s parks, recreation areas and historic sites managed by the National Park Service, visit nps.gov/state/ga For information on Atlanta’s greenway trails, visit pathfoundation.org.

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plenty of greenspace. Sports facilities include softball and soccer fields, tennis, basketball and bocce courts and a pool. Before you go, stop by the Green Market for farm-fresh produce, artisanal cheese and cut flowers. 1071 Piedmont Ave., Atlanta. 404875-7275, piedmontpark.org.


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Mill Springs Academy meets students where they are, providing academic rigor, support, and community both online and in the classroom. DISCOVER MORE AT

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Children jump into the water at Callaway Gardens' Robin Lake Beach.

From remote island escapes to sandy getaways near the big city, dog-friendly banks ideal for splashing into the surf and romantic shores ideal for watching sunsets, Georgia has a beach for every occasion. Make sure to include these sunny spots on your summer to-do list for a long weekend or beach vacation sure to leave you with sand in your toes and a smile on your face.

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LAKE LANIER ISLANDS RESORT Located about an hour north of Atlanta, this sprawling resort is home to a half-mile stretch of white sand dubbed Big Beach. Lounge and get some sun, dig in the powdery sand or splash in the blue water secure in the knowledge that a lifeguard will keep watch. This 1,500-acre vacation spot, located on the 38,000acre lake that gives the place its name, is Georgia’s most-visited lakeside resort. The lakeside beach is only part of the fun: Get a wet adrenaline rush just steps away at the other attractions that make up Margaritaville at Lanier Islands (formerly LanierWorld), the resort’s water park. Thrills await kids of all ages, including nine waterslides, the Raging River, a wave pool, beach volleyball courts, a ropes course and much more. Beyond the beach and water park, enjoy horseback riding, golf, boating, biking, dining, hiking, partying and more. Accommodation options range from villas to campsites, cabins and even houseboats for literal overnights on the water. 770-945-8787, lakelanierislands.com. ELIJAH CLARK STATE PARK On the western shores of Clarks Hill Lake on the border between Georgia and South Carolina is where you’ll find the white sand beach at Elijah Clark State Park. Hugging the blue waters of this 71,000-acre lake—one of the largest in the Southeast—the beach


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is open year-round, although it’s most popular from Memorial Day through Labor Day. There are two other state parks on the same lake, but this 447-acre retreat, its beach nestled under tall trees, is especially peaceful. The lake’s cool water lures swimmers, water-skiers and boaters, who can launch from one of four ramps or rent a canoe. Fish for striper and largemouth bass from the pier, deepen your understanding of history touring a Revolutionary War-era cabin or test your skills at archery, geocaching, hiking, miniature golf and shuffleboard. All state park beaches are free, so the whole family can enjoy a day at the beach for a $5 parking fee. Stay overnight in one of 20 cottages or camp in a tent, trailer or RV. 800864-7275, gastateparks.org/elijahclark.

preserve in Pine Mountain, about an hour and a half southwest of Atlanta. From June through early August, the lake serves as the hub of summer fun in west Georgia. Lounge in the sun, splash into the water or test your skills at waterskiing, wakeboarding or just holding onto an inflated tube. Miniature golf, ping pong, shuffleboard, giant chess and checker sets, a playground and more are included with general admission. Other activities and amenities are available for an additional fee, including access to a floating playground of obstacles, Blaster Boats with water guns that can spray up to 50 feet, laser tag, cabanas and individual waterskiing lessons. Some activities require advance reservation. 800-225-5292, callawaygardens.com.

ROBIN LAKE BEACH The world’s largest manmade white sand beach loops a mile around the 65-acre Robin Lake in Callaway Gardens, a 13,000-acre resort and

ST. SIMONS ISLAND The largest barrier island in the Golden Isles, St. Simons Island sports four miles of beaches on its south side. During high tide, try kayaking,

From top to bottom, left to right: A family enjoys a day at Lake Lanier Islands Resort with Bucky Beaver, its mascot. A couple relaxes at Callaway Gardens' Robin Lake Beach. Children play at Elijah Clark State Park. The King and Prince Beach and Golf Resort includes three pools overlooking the ocean.

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fishing or bird watching. Then run with your dog, nap on the soft sand or build sandcastles at low tide when retreating water expands the beach a couple of hundred yards, exposing sand bars and tidal pools. The island also boasts a charming selection of boutiques, restaurants and historic sites. Built in 1872, the St. Simons Island Lighthouse and keeper’s residence are Glynn County’s oldest surviving brick structures. The Maritime Center offers insight into the area’s natural, maritime and military history. For a regal experience, stay at the King and Prince Beach and Golf Resort, listed on the National Register of Historic Places and a member of Historic Hotels of America. Guests have been lured to this location since it first opened its doors in 1935 as a private dance club, drawn by its reputation for elegance and warm Southern hospitality. stsimonsisland.com. TYBEE ISLAND Just 20 minutes from Savannah’s Historic District, Tybee Island is the northeasternmost 34 | Newcomer Magazine | newcomeratlanta.com

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of Georgia's barrier islands. The party is on South Beach, with its wide stretch of sand, a pier for dolphin watching and nearby shops and restaurants. For a more private setting, live the dream of owning beachfront property and rent accommodations from Oceanfront Cottage Rentals or Tybee Vacation Rentals: Options range from condos to cottages to mansions. You can spend your entire stay lounging near the sea, or get up off that towel and discover what else Tybee Island has to offer. Charter a private ecology tour to explore the salt marsh that houses dozens of birds, turtles, dolphins, alligators, crabs and other creatures. Climb 178 steps to the top of the Tybee Island Light Station, a lighthouse that has guided sailors into the Savannah River since 1736. And see Fort Pulaski National Monument, where the brick walls were considered unbreachable until a two-day Civil War battle proved otherwise. Note that dogs are not allowed on the beach, since Tybee Island is an important nesting area for endangered sea turtles. visittybee.com.

SAPELO ISLAND About 50 miles south of Tybee along the coast is Sapelo Island, an 11-mile island with attractions such as the African American community of Hog Hammock, Reynolds Mansion (which dates back to 1810), Nanny Goat Beach, the University of Georgia Marine Institute and a lighthouse built in 1820. Because the island is owned by the state and only accessible by ferry, guests must make a reservation to visit it. Visitors can stay overnight one of two ways: at the Reynolds Mansion (groups only) or by camping at the Cabretta Campground. Even if you’re not staying at the mansion, it’s worth visiting. Built by Thomas Spalding, it includes marble sculptures, an ornately decorated Circus Room, murals by Athos Menaboni, a bowling lane, billiards and a library. Just inland is the city of Darien, which has several restaurants and boutiques in its downtown area. gastateparks.org/reynoldsmansion.


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Cumberland Island National Seashore is on the state’s largest and southernmost barrier island, which boasts 17 miles of pristine beaches and is home to wild horses. nps.gov/cuis. Don Carter State Park is one of Georgia's newest state parks and the first located on 38,000-acre Lake Lanier. Situated on the north end of the reservoir, the park boasts a huge sand swimming beach. gastateparks.org. Opposite page, from left to right: the dunes on Tybee Island. A mother and daughter dip their toes in the ocean at Tybee. Above: The lighthouse on Sapelo Island was built in 1820. Right: A skylight is among the architectural features at Sapelo's Reynolds Mansion.

Driftwood Beach on Jekyll Island is a cameraready beach scattered with knobby, twisted tree trunks and root bulbs made gray by the sea. It’s a great spot to look for seashells while taking a leisurely stroll. jekyllisland.com. East Beach on St. Simons Island is an ideal spot for bodysurfing at high tide and napping on the soft sand at low tide, when the beach expands to a couple of hundred yards wide. comecoastawhile.com.

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SIX GREAT RESTAURANTS WORTH VISITING By Hope S. Philbrick

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THE PALM AT THE WESTIN BUCKHEAD ATLANTA Classic is the word that comes to mind when you think of The Palm, and the Atlanta establishment of the iconic chain does not disappoint. Traditional steakhouse specialties, including a 36-ounce, double-cut New York strip for two, are prepared to exacting standards in a club-like ambience that includes the famed Palm caricatures on the walls. Other choices include Nova Scotia lobster and Italian dishes made from family recipes, like linguine in clam sauce and the famous chicken parm. A wine list both broad and deep, signature cocktails and indulgent desserts make this the perfect place for a special evening or business lunch. 404-814-1955, thepalm.com/atlanta

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


2 SALTWOOD CHARCUTERIE AND BAR, LOEWS ATLANTA HOTEL The centerpiece of this casual Midtown eatery is the charcuterie station, where diners can sit and sip a microbrew while watching the chef carve a mouth-watering array of fine meats and artisanal cheeses served on wooden blocks. Saltwood produces about half of its charcuterie in house, including paté and its signature duck sausage. Small plates with local ingredients underpin the menu, which also features more substantial fare such as braised lamb shank and 14-ounce New York strip. Executive Chef Olivier Gaupin is one of only four chefs in Georgia distinguished as a Maitres Cuisiniers de France (master chef of France). 404745-5000, saltwoodatlanta.com

SAVOR BAR AND KITCHEN AT THE WESTIN ATLANTA PERIMETER NORTH Not every hotel eatery is located inside the Perimeter. Savor Bar and Kitchen, located just outside I-285 in Sandy Springs, brings fresh and imaginative New Southern cuisine to Atlanta’s northern communities. The wall of windows overlooking the lake at Concourse Center provides a light-filled backdrop to locally sourced menu offerings influenced by the Bayou, Low Country and Gulf Coast. Favorites include she-crab soup, blackened shrimp po boy and steak and frites. Bite-sized banana pudding for dessert is a delightful Southern-style touch. The bar features a wide selection of bourbon and scotch choices and a compact but thoughtfully chosen wine list. 770-280-9877.

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4 SOUTHERN ART AND BOURBON BAR AT THE INTERCONTINENTAL BUCKHEAD ATLANTA For 10 years, chef Art Smith was Oprah Winfrey’s personal chef, and he continues to coordinate and cook for the headline-grabbing events she hosts around the world. In 2011, he opened Southern Art, where chef David Bartlett serves up a menu showcasing such Southern classics as chicken and dumplings, shrimp and grits, braised pork shank with bourbon demi and 12-layer red velvet cake. Next door, Bourbon Bar is a stylish meeting place for after-work and pre- or post-dinner gatherings, serving more than 70 distinct bourbons plus an array of cocktails. 404946-9070, southernart.com u newcomeratlanta.com | Newcomer Magazine | 37


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Step into Trader Vic’s and escape to an island of exotic delights. The Atlanta outpost of the iconic Polynesian-style chain is world-renowned as a prime representative of the Tiki aesthetic, where ambience and flavor combine for an unforgettable experience. Sip a signature Mai Tai as you take in the hand-carved tikis, globe lanterns and thatched ceilings—the dramatic setting for America’s original fusion cuisine, including Chinese specialties, curries and the famous barbeque spare ribs. The main attractions are the delicacies from the wood-fired Chinese ovens, especially the Angus beef and Indonesian rack of lamb, 404-221-6339, tradervicsatl.com

NIKOLAI’S ROOF AT THE ATLANTA HILTON Thirty floors above Trader Vic’s is the iconic Nikolai’s Roof, where you’ll find sophisticated cuisine with a touch of Russian flair, served in an atmosphere of understated elegance. The Lounge at Nikolai’s sets the tone with Russian coffees, Moscow mules and infused vodkas, available as a flight of three for a perfect foil to a spoon of Osetra caviar. Offerings such as braised beef piroshki, magret duck breast with tart cherry glaze and sorbet with vodka are offered a la carte or as part of a three-, four-, or six-course chef’s menu, accompanied by a 900-label wine list honored by Wine Spectator. Both the lounge and dining room present one of the city’s best views through floor-to-ceiling windows. 404-221-6362, nikolaisroof.com

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THERE Vehicle Emission Inspection

Vehicles that are 24 model years old and later (except the three years prior to the current year) must be checked yearly for emission standard compliance. Visit a statedesignated inspection station for the service. Call 800-449-2471 or visit cleanairforce.com.

Mass Transit

One way to avoid long commutes is to take advantage of the city’s local transit system, the 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

The Georgia DOT provides daily updates of road work, road closings and traffic delays, which are helpful when commuting. Updates can be obtained by calling (toll free) 877694-2511, by dialing 511 or by visiting dot.ga.gov.

CANTERBURY SCHOOL Keeping alive children’s inborn sense of wonder

Infants - Pre K Small Classes Child-directed learning Afterschool and summer camp Located in Morningside Canterbury School practices a nondiscriminatory admission policy.

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COUNTY INFORMATION

Cherokee County

EDUCATION PUBLIC SCHOOLS Cherokee County Schools Board of Education 770-479-1871 cherokee.k12.ga.us

QUICK INFO

County cherokeega.com Neighborhoods cantonga.gov woodstockga.gov cityofballground.com hollyspringsga.us cityofwaleska.com Median household income: $75,477 Median age of residents: 38 Population: 235,896 Sales tax: 6%

Avg. SAT Scores Cherokee Co. 1115 Georgia 1048 National 1039 PRIVATE SCHOOLS Visit our website at newcomeratlanta.com for a list of private schools in this county.

Chamber of Commerce Cherokee County 770-345-0400, cherokeechamber.com Property Taxes Per $1,000 of assessed value is: Unincorporated Cherokee County, $21.46; Incorporated Cherokee County, $21.46. Tax Commissioner: 678-493-6400 Old Sixes Mill

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 Zillow.com, the median value of homes is $283,573. Homes for well over $1 million can be purchased in such neighborhoods as Bradshaw Farm, BridgeMill and Towne 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

Elementary Schools 23 Middle Schools 7 High Schools 6 Centers 4 Per-pupil expenditures $9,149 School & bus information 770-720-2112

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

UTILITIES & CONTACTS ELECTRICITY Amicalola EMC 706-253-5200 Cobb EMC 770-429-2100 Georgia Power 888-891-0938 Sawnee EMC 770-887-2363 GAS Georgia’s natural gas market is deregulated. For a list of providers for this county, visit newcomeratlanta.com.

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

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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 reinvesting 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 Ridge

Located 12 miles south of Canton, Woodstock is one of Georgia's top 10 fastest-growing cities and a community recently named one of the Top 50 Cities Places to Live in the U.S. by Money magazine. Residents also enjoy easy access to 575 and 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 area, 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 Website at newcomeratlanta.com

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HOSPITALS Northside Hospital-Cherokee 770-224-1000 Wellstar Kennestone Hospital 770-793-5000

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PUBLIC SCHOOLS Cobb County Schools Board of Education 770-426-3300 cobbk12.org Elementary Schools 67 Middle Schools 25 High Schools 17 Magnet 6 Charter 1 Per-pupil expenditures $8,833 School and bus information 678-594-8000

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Cobb Co. 1114 Marietta City 1056 Georgia 1048 National 1039 PRIVATE SCHOOLS Visit our website at newcomeratlanta.com for a list of private schools in this county.

UTILITIES & CONTACTS ELECTRICITY Acworth Power 770-917-8903 Cobb EMC 770-429-2100 Georgia Power 888-891-0938 GreyStone Power Corp. 770-942-6576 Marietta Power 770-794-5150 GAS Georgia’s natural gas market is deregulated. For a list of providers for this county, visit newcomeratlanta.com. TELEPHONE/INTERNET/TV AT&T att.com Cobb EMC cobbemc.com Comcast (Xfinity) xfinity.com Direct TV directv.com Dish Network dish.com Spectrum spectrum.com WATER Austell Water Cobb County Water System Marietta Water Powder Springs Water Smyrna Water

770-944-4300 770-419-6200 770-794-5150 770-943-8000 678-631-5338

HOSPITALS WellStar Cobb Hospital 470-732-4000 WellStar Kennestone Hospital 770-793-5000 WellStar Windy Hill Hospital 770-644-1000

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Cobb County came into being in 1832 when the state County cobbcountyga.gov redistributed land once part Neighborhoods austellga.org of the Cherokee Nation. mariettaga.gov Named after Thomas Willis smyrnaga.gov Cobb, the county experi kennesaw-ga.gov enced a devastating setback cityofpowdersprings.org during the Civil War when smyrnacity.com most of it was destroyed during the famous Battle of Median household income: $75,654 Kennesaw Mountain. Median age of residents: 36.6 Population: 755,754 Today, Cobb County, Sales tax: 6% located northwest of Fulton County, is one of the state's Chamber of Commerce most thriving counties. With Cobb County 770-980-2000, cobbchamber.org a diverse economic base that includes jobs in the service, Property Taxes retail, aerospace and techThe property tax is $33.84 per $1,000 of assessed nology sectors, Cobb County value. Tax Commissioner: 770-980-2000 offers a quality of life unsurpassed in the Southeast. Nearly $900 million has been spent Cumberland Mall, secluded subon transportation improvements in divisions in East Cobb and horse recent years, allowing residents easy access to Atlanta and the commercial ranches in the northwest corner of the county. The small towns districts of Vinings Overlook, Cumberland Parkway and the prestigious of Marietta, Vinings, Smyrna and Platinum Triangle in the popular Austell still retain their Southern Galleria area. charm amidst urban settings. AcA variety of housing options cording to the Census Bureau, the exist in Cobb County, including median value of homes in 2018 luxury apartments and condos near was $237,800.

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Marietta City Schools Board of Education 770-422-3500 marietta-city-org Elementary Schools 8 Middle Schools 1 High Schools 1 Sixth-Grade 1 Magnet 1 Per-pupil expenditures $10,542 School and bus information 770-429-3110

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Kennesaw One of Family Circle magazine’s Ten Best Towns for Families, Kennesaw takes pride in its smalltown atmosphere and boasts abundant parks and greenspace, exceptional recreational programs and top-notch schools, including Kennesaw State University. Kennesaw’s historic downtown features shopping, dining and attractions such as the Smithsonianaffiliated Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History, the Smith-Gilbert Gardens and nearby Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park.

Smyrna Rapidly defining what’s new and progressive in quality of life and citizen services, Smyrna delivers an amazing sense of style and love of life. The Market Village district, home to fabulous restaurants, bars and upscale shops and services, is the final piece of a master plan for success. Call it “Main Street USA” or “Disneyland,” but don’t overlook its charm and ability to offer the best in fresh, trendy lifestyle options. N For more counties and neighborhood information, visit our Website at newcomeratlanta.com


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DeKalb County Located east of Fulton County, DeKalb County is the second largest county in the state with a population of about 756,000. DeKalb County contributes to Atlanta’s status as an international city with its businesses and residences representing more than 180 different countries and 140 languages. DeKalb County prospers in

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

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 as well as the surrounding neighborhoods of Avondale Estates, Oakhurst and Candler Park.

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Dunwoody

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part due to its excellent Neighborhoods brookhavenga.gov transportation system. decaturga.com Five major road arteries druidhills.org traverse the county: In dunwoodyga.gov terstates 20, 85, 285 and candlerpark.org 675 and U.S. Highway 78. stonemountaincity.org Hartsfield-Jackson AtlanMedian household income: $61,827 ta International Airport Median age of residents: 35.9 is only six miles from Population: 753,253 DeKalb’s southern border Sales tax: 8% and DeKalb Peachtree Chamber of Commerce Airport, a general aviation DeKalb County field, is reported to be the 404-378-8000, dekalbchamber.org second busiest airport in Property Taxes Georgia. DeKalb County The property tax rate is $44.39 per $1,000 of assessed value for unincorporated DeKalb County. is also a leader in the bioTax Commissioner: 404-298-4000 medical community with The Centers for Disease is the Courthouse Square, which Control and Prevention headquarfeatures an eclectic mix of storetered there. The median value of homes front boutiques and shops, in 2018, according to the Census restaurants and entertainment Bureau, was $192,400. options. The square is also home to

In the northern corner of the county is Dunwoody, a popular neighborhood among both established professionals and young, upwardly mobile ones raising their families. It is often referred to as the “tennis set” neighborhood because of its numerous recreational outlets that include Windwood Hollow Park. Cultural attractions include the Dunwoody Nature Center, the North DeKalb Cultural Arts Cente and the Spruill Gallery.

Brookhaven One of Atlanta’s newest cities, Brookhaven incorporated in 2012. Its 12 square miles are a diverse mix of residents and amenities. In Brookhaven, there are pre-war estates; newer, thriving mixed-use developments; a country club; plenty of parks; and Buford Highway, Atlanta’s most culturally diverse corridor, famed for its variety of ethnic cuisine. N For more counties and neighborhood information, visit our website at newcomeratlanta.com

EDUCATION PUBLIC SCHOOLS DeKalb County Schools Board of Education 678-676-1200 dekalbschoolsga.org Elementary Schools 76 Middle Schools 19 High Schools 22 Per-pupil expenditures $9,242 School & bus information 678-676-1305 City Schools of Decatur Board of Education

404-371-3601 csdecatur.net

Early Learning 1 Elementary Schools 7 Middle Schools 1 High Schools 1 Per-pupil expenditures $12,593 School & bus information 404-371-6677 Avg. SAT Scores DeKalb Co. 994 City of Decatur 1177 Georgia 1048 National 1039 PRIVATE SCHOOLS Visit our website at newcomeratlanta.com for a list of private schools in this county.

UTILITIES & CONTACTS ELECTRICITY Georgia Power 888-891-0938 Snapping Shoals EMC 770-786-3484 Walton EMC 770-267-2505 GAS Georgia’s natural gas market is deregulated. For a list of providers for this county, visit newcomeratlanta.com. TELEPHONE/INTERNET/TV AT&T att.com Comcast (Xfinity) xfinity.com Direct TV directv.com Dish Network dish.com WATER DeKalb County Water System 404-371-2000

HOSPITALS Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston 404-785-5437 DeKalb Medical Center

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Emory University Hospital

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Piedmont Hospital and Medical Care Center

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COUNTY INFORMATION EDUCATION PUBLIC SCHOOLS Forsyth County Schools Board of Education 770-887-2461 forsyth.k12.ga.us Elementary Schools 21 Middle Schools 10 High Schools 7 Charter 1 Academies 3 Per-pupil expenditures $8,220 School & Bus Information 770-887-2461

Forsyth County Sawnee Mountain

Cumming

Avg. SAT Scores Forsyth Co. 1162 Georgia 1048 National 1039

ELECTRICITY Sawnee EMC 770-887-2363 Georgia Power 888-891-0938 GAS Georgia’s natural gas market is deregulated. For a list of providers for this county, visit newcomeratlanta.com.

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Founded in 1832, Forsyth and July 1, 2018, according to the U.S. County is located 42 miles north of Census Bureau. It has more than doubled in population since 2000, when Atlanta and is easily accessible via about 100,000 individuals lived there. Georgia 400. It was named after John A variety of housing options Forsyth, a longtime politician who exist in the county, including luxury served as Georgia’s governor from 1827-29 and as U.S. secretary of state apartments and condos, with homes priced from the $200s to over $1 milunder Presidents Andrew Jackson lion. The median home value is about and Martin Van Buren from 1834-41. The county had a trading path to the Cherokee Nation running through it as early County forsythco.com as 1731 and was at Neighborhoods cityofcumming.net one time part of a large Median household income: $91,842 Cherokee County beMedian age of residents: 38.2 fore it was split into 10 Population: 237,000 counties. During the Sales tax: 7% Civil War it was spared Chamber of Commerce because Gen. WilForsyth County liam Sherman and his 770-887-6461, focochamber.org Union troops did not Property Taxes go through the county The property tax rate per $1,000 of assessed on their March to the value is $35 for incorporated Forsyth County; Sea. But in 1900 the $35 for unincorporated Forsyth County. Forsyth County courtTax Commissioner: 770-781-2110 house burned down; it was rebuilt in 1905. $282,000. The county offers shopForsyth County has an estimated ping at The Collection at Forsyth, population of about 237,000 and was Vickery Village and the Cumming ranked third in the state in terms of 400 Shopping Center. numeric growth between July 1, 2017

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The city offers lots of outdoor adventures with Lake Lanier offering 59 square miles of places to swim, boat, walk and bike, plus the family friendly Cumming Aquatic Center and Water Park. Families can also take in a variety of events each year at the Cumming Fairgrounds, which hosts the Cumming Country Fair & Festival in October and other affairs such as antique car shows and food truck Fridays. Indoors, the School Street Playhouse, an old school building dating back to 1923, offers plays, musicals, concerts and more throughout the year. Cumming is the hometown for several celebrities including Zac Brown of the Grammy Award-winning Zac Brown Band, Georgia Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan, actress Kelli Giddish and the late comedian Junior Samples.

Coal Mountain

One of about a dozen unincorporated communities in Forsyth County, Coal Mountain was named after the Cole family, early settlers to the area whose name was spelled “Coal” in early records, according to Ken Krakow’s book, “Georgia Place-Names: Their History and Origins.”

Shake Rag

Another incorporated community is Shake Rag, which spreads into both Forsyth and Fulton counties. Also previously called Shakerag and Sheltonville, it had a post office established under the name Sheltonville in 1848 and stayed open until 1907. The name "Shake Rag" refers to a cloth held out as a signal to stop a train. N For more counties and neighborhood information, visit our website at newcomeratlanta.com


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Fulton County 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 one million 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 $290,400. 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 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 greenspace, hosts many outdoor festivals and concerts.

sion, the historic Swan House and the Atlanta History Center. Buckhead is also an entertainment and dining hotspot. With luxury hotels, shops, bars and more than 250 restaurants, the Buckhead area is a magnet for young professionals.The neighborhood also offers numerous antique stores, art galleries and mall shopping at both Lenox Square and Phipps Plaza.

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Buckhead

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

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County co.fulton.ga.us Neighborhoods alpharetta.ga.us buckhead.net cityofmiltonga.us virginiahighland.com collegeparkga.com eastpointcity.org hapeville.org johnscreekga.gov roswellgov.com sandyspringsga.gov

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is home to about 64,000 residents, drawn to its affordable housing, parks, shopping at North Point Mall and concerts at Ameris Bank Amphitheatre. The city's historic downtown boasts an appealing town square. Called Alpharetta City Center, it features locally owned shops and restaurants, and hosts events year round.

Median household income: $65,037 Median age of residents: 35.5 Population: 1,050,114 Sales tax: 7.75%, Atlanta City: 8.9% Chamber of Commerce Greater North Fulton 770-993-8806, gnfcc.com Metro Atlanta 404-880-9000, metroatlantachamber.com South Fulton 770-964-1984, southfultonchamber.com Property Taxes The property tax rate per $1,000 of assessed value is: $40.92 for the City of Atlanta; $29.18 for incorporated Fulton County; $40.76 for unincorporated Fulton County; $33.54 for Johns Creek; $33.91 for Sandy Springs. Tax Commissioner: 404-613-6100

Alpharetta

One of metro Atlanta’s most vibrant and affluent cities, Alpharetta

Johns Creek

Incorporated in 2006, this thriving community of 84,000 was ranked fourth among 50 Best U.S. Cities to Live In by USA Today. It boasts a diverse economic base, coupled with a peaceful environment: the city contains over 400 acres of parkland and nature reserves and contains five access points to the Chattahoochee River.

Milton

Also incorporated in 2006, Milton combines a pastoral setting with forward-thinking city planning that offers what's been called "The best quality of life in Georgia." N For more counties and neighborhood information, visit our website at newcomeratlanta.com

PUBLIC SCHOOLS Fulton County Schools Board of Education 470-254-3600 fultonschools.org Elementary Schools 59 Middle Schools 19 High Schools 18 Charter 10 Centers 4 Per-pupil expenditures $10,609 School & Bus Information North 470-254-2970 South 470-254-6060 Atlanta Public Schools Board of Education 404-802-3500 atlantapublicschools.us Elementary Schools 49 Middle Schools 12 High Schools 14 Charter 18 Alternative 4 Per-pupil expenditures $11,263 School & bus information 404-802-5500 Avg. SAT Scores Fulton Co. 1086 Atlanta Public Schools 944 Georgia 1048 National 1039 PRIVATE SCHOOLS Visit our website at newcomeratlanta.com for a list of private schools in this county.

UTILITIES & CONTACTS ELECTRICITY City of College Park 404-669-3759 City of East Point 404-270-7010 City of Fairburn 770-964-2244 City of Palmetto 770-463-3322 Georgia Power 888-891-0938 GAS Georgia’s natural gas market is deregulated. For a list of providers for this county, visit newcomeratlanta.com. TELEPHONE/INTERNET/TV AT&T att.com Comcast (Xfinity) xfinity.com Direct TV directv.com Dish Network dish.com WATER Fulton County

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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 404-785-2273 Emory University Hospital Midtown 404-686-4411 Grady Memorial Hospital 404-616-1000 WellStar North Fulton Regional Hospital 770-751-2500 Northside Hospital 404-851-8000 Piedmont Hospital 404-605-5000 Shepherd Center 404-352-2020 Emory St. Joseph's Hospital 678-843-7001

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COUNTY INFORMATION EDUCATION PUBLIC SCHOOLS Gwinnett County Schools Board of Education 678-301-6000 gwinnett.k12.ga.us Elementary Schools 80 Middle Schools 29 High Schools 25 Per-pupil expenditures $8,926

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City Schools of Buford Board of Education 770-945-5035 bufordcityschools.org Elementary Schools Middle Schools High Schools Per-pupil expenditures

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Avg. SAT Scores Gwinnett Co. 1094 City of Buford 1122 Georgia 1048 National 1039 PRIVATE SCHOOLS Visit our website at newcomeratlanta.com for a list of private schools in this county.

UTILITIES & CONTACTS ELECTRICITY City of Buford 678-889-4600 City of Lawrenceville 770-963-9834 City of Norcross 770-448-2122 Georgia Power 888-891-0938 Jackson EMC 800-462-3691 Sawnee EMC 770-887-2363 Walton EMC 770-267-2505 GAS Georgia’s natural gas market is deregulated. For a list of providers for this county, visit newcomeratlanta.com. TELEPHONE/INTERNET/TV AT&T att.com Comcast (Xfinity) xfinity.com Direct TV directv.com Dish Network dish.com WATER Buford 678-889-4600 Dacula 770-963-7451 Gwinnett City Water 678-376-6800 Lawrenceville 770-963-2414 Norcross 770-448-2122 CABLE TV Spectrum 888-438-2427 Comcast 800-266-2278 HOSPITALS Eastside Medical Center 770-979-0200 Northside Hospital Gwinnett 678-312-1000 Gwinnett Women’s Pavilion 678-312-4790 Summit Ridge Center for Behavorial Health 678-442-5800

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

City Hall and the Town Green in downtown Duluth

Suwanee is named after the Shawnee Indians who settled here in the latter part of the 18th cenOriginally part of Georgia’s tury. Following the official foundNative American territory, Gwinnett ing of the city in 1837, Suwanee County was created by the State became a railroad stop along the Legislature in 1818 and named Southern Railroad route. It reafter Button Gwinnett, one of Geormained a small country town well gia's three signers of the Declainto the ’70s when conration of Independence and a struction of I-85 and U.S. former governor. 23 brought easy access to County gwinnettcounty.com While the county was once the region. Neighborhoods cityofbuford.com largely rural with small towns, Since then, Suwanee duluthga.net country stores, farms and forests, has experienced tremen snellville.org today it is home to about 600 dous growth, from 2,412 suwanee.com international companies and 450 residents in 1990 to more Median household income: $68,914 high-tech firms. With an averthan 20,000 today. To help Median age of residents: 35.3 age of 21 new professional and manage growth, the city Population: 920,260 industrial companies relocating has developed a compreSales tax: 6% to the county each year, attracthensive development plan Chamber of Commerce ing almost 21,000 new jobs, that promotes pedestrianGwinnett County Gwinnett County remains in oriented development and 770-232-3000, gwinnettchamber.org the top 10 ranking for growth mixed-use zoning. The Property Taxes nationwide. The county supcity was designated a Tree The property tax in unincorporated Gwinnett ports many cultural events, City USA for 29 years for County is $28.84 per $1,000 of assessed value. restaurants and shopping opits commitment to preservTax Commissioner: 770-822-8800. portunities, including the Mall of ing 27 percent of its land Georgia in Buford. as greenspace. of Gwinnett County, Duluth has Gwinnett County remains afSuch foresight has allowed some of the most exclusive neighfordable for renters and first-time Suwanee to retain its old-fashioned borhoods in metro Atlanta and home buyers, many of whom charm while providing contempois home to some of the best golf find homes in the communities of rary convenience. Only 35 miles courses and private tennis clubs. Doraville, Lawrenceville and Snellfrom downtown Atlanta, Suwanee There are numerous parks for recville. The median value of homes is close to big-city attractions, busireation and participatory sports, in 2018, according to the Census ness districts and shopping. Many including Bunten Road Park and Bureau, was $200,400. antique shops and historic strucShorty Howell Park. North Point tures, including several Victorian Mall, a major shopping center, is and regional farm-style homes, are located near Duluth. The Southlocated near downtown Suwanee. N eastern Railway Museum, which For more counties and neighborhood preserves and operates old railroad information, visit our website at Amidst the pristine setting equipment, is a must-see for any newcomeratlanta.com

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upcomingEVENTS

14,000 minerals from around the world, ranging from the most common minerals to the rarest. Through Sept. 27, 770-606-5700, tellusmuseum.org.

Donna Catotti, One Hundred and Ten Years Later, at the Booth Western Art Museum.

Exhibits & Events Edward, Philip, and Matt Moulthrop: Western Woods, Booth Western Art Museum This exhibit showcases woodturning works by Georgia’s Moulthrop family, with a focus on pieces created from wood found mainly in the American West. July 7-Oct. 4, 770-387-1300, boothmuseum.org.

Superhero Summer Camp, Bartow History Museum Kids ages 5 to 12 are invited to a special superhero training camp, where they will create their secret identity, practice saving the world and take part in a superhero showoff activity. July 13-17, 770-387-2774, bartowhistorymuseum.org.

Murmuration By SO-IL, High Museum of Art Featuring a foliage-filled mesh canopy suspended over the High’s Carroll Slater Sifly Piazza. Created by the international architecture and design firm SO-IL and partners Jing Liu and Florian Idenburg, this work evokes the lush tree canopies seen throughout Atlanta and the Southeast. Ongoing. 404-733-5000, high.org.

Picture the Dream: The Story of the Civil Rights Movement Through Children’s Books, High Museum of Art This exhibit explores the events, people and themes of the Civil Rights Movement through one of the most compelling forms of visual expression, the children’s picture book. Aug. 15-Nov. 8, 404-733-5000, high.org.

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Booth Photography Guild Annual Exhibition, Booth Western Art Museum This juried exhibition showcases the work of members of the Booth Photography Guild, a group that meets monthly for educational programs about their craft. Aug. 18-Nov. 8, 770387-1300, boothmuseum.org.

Making Their Mark: American Women Artists, Booth Western Art Museum This juried show features 113 paintings and sculptures by members of the nonprofit organization American Women Artists. Through Aug.

PHOTO: Donna Catotti, One Hundred and Ten Years Later

Fossil Gallery: The Gail & Jim Spann Collection, Tellus Science Museum Take a walk through history exploring millions of years of dinosaurs, reptiles and giant mammals. Stare into the mouth of a Tyrannosaurus rex, catch a glimpse of a saber-tooth cat and see how life on Earth began. Ongoing, 770-606-5700, tellusmuseum.org.

Millar Science in Motion Gallery: The Gail & Jim Spann Collection, Tellus Science Museum This exhibit examines 100 years of changes in transportation technology, from vintage automobiles to air travel and even space travel. Ongoing, 770-606-5700, tellusmuseum.org.

Pioneers, Influencers, and Rising Voices: Women in the Collection, High Museum of Art In observance of the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which granted women the right to vote, this exhibit features artworks made exclusively by women, drawn from the High Museum’s collection. Ongoing, 404-733-5000, high.org.

Shaheen Collection of French Works, High Museum of Art This installation from the High Museum’s permanent collection focuses on French artwork of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Ongoing, 404-733-5000, high.org.

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New Beginnings: An American Story of Romantics and Modernists in the West, Booth Western Art Museum This exhibit explores the similarities, differences and connections between the artistic communities of Santa Fe and Taos, N.M. Through Aug. 23, 770-387-1300, boothmuseum.org.

Gardens for Connoisseurs Tour, Metro Atlanta Explore some of Atlanta’s most breathtaking private gardens during this ticketed event benefitting the Atlanta Botanical Garden. Sept.12-13, atlantabg.org.

Spanning the World of Minerals: The Gail & Jim Spann Collection, Tellus Science Museum Explore the world of mineral collecting through the eyes of Gail and Jim Spann, whose expansive collections contain over

A Short Drive Away Artisphere, Greenville, S.C. This annual arts festival showcases 120 visual artists working in varied media including ceramics, photography, glass, jewelry, metalworks, painting and much more. Guests can also enjoy mouthwatering dishes from Greenville favorites. Aug. 21-23, artisphere.org.

Apple Season, Hendersonville, N.C. Each August, the first apples ripen in Hendersonville’s abundant orchards. Grab a basket and pick your own fruit, wander through a corn maze, experience a hayride, feed barnyard animals and even shoot an apple cannon! On-site bakeries press fresh cider and serve hot-from-the-fryer apple cider doughnuts. August through October, 800-828-4244, visithendersonvillenc.org.

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


South Carolina Apple Festival, Westminster, S.C.

THINGS TO DO IN DULUTH at 8 p.m. The screen will be to the left of the Festival Center stage. Aug. 7, duluthga.net.

This festive annual event celebrates the beginning of apple season with arts and crafts, shopping, live music and much more. Sept. 4-7,

Broadway’s Rock of Ages Band, Duluth Town Green

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Moon Crater, U.S. Space and Rocket Center, Huntsville, Ala.

See the rocking band that rocked millions of fans in the groundbreaking Broadway musical Rock of Ages as it performs beloved hits by Bon Jovi, Foreigner, Journey, Whitesnake and more! The band performs as part of Duluth’s Summer Stage Concert Series. Aug. 15, duluthga.net.

Experience a recreation of the Apollo 11 moon landing site, including a model of the lunar lander. Included with museum admission. Ongoing, Tuesdays through Sundays, 800-637-7223, rocketcenter.com.

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Playing With Light, U.S. Space and Rocket Center, Huntsville, Ala.

You’ll Love These Family-Friendly Events in Duluth.

This special exhibition uses interactive experiments, activities and light displays to explore the vital role light plays in our lives. Ongoing, Tues-

Fridays-N-Duluth, Downtown Duluth

days through Sundays, 800-637-7223, rocketcenter.com.

Saturn V Hall, U.S. Space and Rocket Center, Huntsville, Ala. Explore the history of America’s “space race” and NASA’s plan to put a man on the moon and the International Space Station. Experience the view of an authentic Saturn V rocket. Tuesdays-Sundays, 800-637-7223, rocketcenter.com.

Experience exotic flavors from amazing local food trucks while enjoying live music. The last Friday of each month brings Block Party on Main, offering a festive, street fair atmosphere that’s both family-friendly and free! Every Friday, duluthga.net.

Flicks on the Bricks, Duluth Town Green

Enjoy the recent Pixar hit Onward on the big screen for the first time at this family-friendly outdoor movie experience. The movie starts

Duluth Arts Festival, Duluth Town Green

This two-day event features painters, photographers, sculptors, glassblowers, jewelers, glass artists and metalwork, as well as artist demonstrations, live music and gourmet food trucks. Saturday 11 a.m.6 p.m., Sunday noon--6 p.m. Aug. 29-30, duluthartsfestival.com.

Flicks on the Bricks, Duluth Town Green

Enjoy Disney’s live-action version of the classic film Mulan at Duluth’s famous outdoor movie experience. The movie starts at 8 p.m. The screen will be to the left of the Festival Center stage. Sept. 4, duluthga.net.

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

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By Todd DeFeo

he Silver Comet Trail offers not only beautiful scenery for a day outside but also a chance to discover a slice of Georgia history. The 61.5-mile-long trail, ideally suited for bicycling, walking and running, extends from Smyrna to the Georgia-Alabama state line. At the border, it connects with the Chief Ladiga Trail, which runs to Anniston, Alabama, making for a 95.5-mile-long connected trail. The pet-friendly route derives its name from a former Seaboard Air Line Railroad (and later Seaboard Coast Line) passenger train that ran between New York City and Birmingham, Alabama, and operated over the route until the 1960s. The Silver Comet Trail is a less crowded alternative to the more urban Atlanta BeltLine, a 22-mile ring of abandoned rail lines that have been converted into a multiuse path around the city. Silver Comet runs through some of Georgia’s most scenic areas, including rural countryside and farmland. While the trail itself makes for an exhilarating bike ride or run, leave plenty of time for some stops along the way with connected trails leading to parks and other landmarks. Heritage Park, located near Smyrna, is a nature preserve that includes the Concord Woolen Mills ruins, dating back to 1847. In Powder Springs there’s Seven Springs Water Park. There are a number of trailheads along Silver Comet’s route. For more information, visit silvercometga.com.


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