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Lifestyle Letter

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lpharetta Lifestyle is proud to be a sponsor again for Polo in the Pines, a two-day festival honoring cancer survivors among us and raising funds for much-needed research while celebrating the great sport of polo here in the green Atlanta fields. When our lifestyle guru Sean O'Keefe came to us three years ago and suggested we collaborate with the PIP planners as media partner, we leaped at the opportunity to contribute, in some small way. This month, I'll dust off my fanciest hat (that is, Darce Richardson, our coordinating publisher will dust off an extra hat for me) and we will all join the fun October 7 and 8. While Saturday's event is a sit-down dinner (tickets still available), Sunday's brunch is a family-affair with bites from some of our favorite chefs and a more casual flair.  Please join us for the festivities! Cheers to all of you fighting hard for something you believe in!

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Jim Newman | Jnewman@LifestylePubs.com EDITOR

Sue Collins | Scollins@LifestylePubs.com EDITORIAL COORDINATOR

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Kendra Mathewson CONTRIBUTING WRITERS

Dennis Malcolm Byron, Jordana Klein, Maria Smith CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS

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Good Times

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Around Town

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Local Limelight

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Open House

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Hometown Hero

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Healthy Lifestyle

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Road Trip

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Hot Spot

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Giving Back

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Driver’s Notebook

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Local’s Choice

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Realty Report

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Lifestyle Calendar

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Good Times

Happy Days

Bridgeway Christian Academy's annual back to school bash is a fun and family friendly event to kick off the school year. Bridgeway Christian Academy is excited to welcome more than 40 new students this year!

Middle School students getting settled in

First grader Simi having a blast!

All fun and games

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3rd grader Sam dropping off his supplies and checking out his classroom

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PASSION. WISDOM. RESULTS.

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Providing personal legal protection to the families of our community.


Around Town

AROUND TOWN

BRIGHTER DAYS

the customer experience: building relationships with customers and exceeding their expectations. She prides herself on her knowledge of what it takes to serve customers, and her attention to detail to making the customer experience the best it can be every day.  VLU Black Label Collection is available online and in stores now. Visit ShopVlu.com. For wholesale inquiries call 678.576.0467.

GET HANDY AR Workshop Milton, an upscale boutique DIY workshop, celebrated its grand opening last month. This DIY lover’s dream come true

Sunshine on a Ranney Day was honored to be able to do a make-

is located at the new Crabapple Market across from the new Milton

over for the Summit Counseling Center of Atlanta. SOARD converted

City Hall. The relaxed industrial farmhouse style setting, with floor to

a large conference room into two kids therapy rooms. Summit

ceiling windows, is the perfect venue for a girl’s night out, team build-

Counseling Center of Atlanta has an amazing service to help counsel

ing event, date night, or birthday celebration. Create custom, one-

children with health and behavior issues, abuse, loss from divorce or

of-a-kind, on-trend, home décor pieces with your favorite friends and

death, suicidal feelings, bullying, self harm, social issues and many

a bottle of wine! Think wood signs, trays, centerpiece boxes, canvas

other things. This past year the Summit Counseling Center has had a

pillows, and more, AR Workshop also offers tween/teen workshops

50% increase in children. Sunshine on a Ranney Day, with the help of

with a full line of tween/teen designs perfect for ages 8-16. See some-

Crosby Design Group, designed a nautical and jungle themed room.

thing you love on their website, but don’t have time to take a class?

SOARD is a nonprofit approved organization based in Atlanta, and

AR Workshop will complete a custom order for you. Register for a

founded in 2012 by Peter and Holly Ranney. The vision of Sunshine

workshop or private party at ARWorkshop.com/milton/#schedule.

on a Ranney Day is to renovate homes for children with special needs

Follow on Facebook and Instagram @arworkshopmilton.

and restoring hope for families. SunshineOnARanneyDay.com

TOP HOSPITALS UNITE

MAYOR SPEAKS Play It Again, Sam, the Notable Life of Sam Massell, Atlanta’s First

Northside Hospital and Gwinnett Health System (the parent of

Minority Mayor tells the life of this over-achiever from birth as a down-

Gwinnett Medical Center) announced that they have submitted their

town Piedmont baby through Druid Hills childhood, college life, World

proposed merger agreement to the State of Georgia Office of the

War II service, and four careers. The author recites Massell’s mischief

Attorney General for review and approval. Depending on the review

as a self-described “dead-end kid,” accompanies him in young adult-

process, the five-hospital Northside-Gwinnett Health combined

hood when he struggles between pride and prejudice for being Jewish,

system could be operational in early 2018. Northside Hospital and

and shares today’s philosophical differences between conservative

Gwinnett Health System are both driven by quality patient care and

Republican colleagues and his liberal civic service history as a Democrat.

satisfaction, strong medical professionals, health care innovation

This work reports on his personal and political life, identifying warts as

and unparalleled patient access. Anchored by Northside Hospital in

well as winnings. Still working full-time at age 90 in the nonprofit arena,

Sandy Springs and Gwinnett Medical Center in Lawrenceville, the

he reflects with relief and reward on the legacy of his mayorship, that of

new health system also will include hospitals in Canton, Cumming

peacefully steering Atlanta through the transformation from an all-white

and Duluth, as well as cancer treatment centers, imaging centers,

power structure to a predominantly black city government. Available

urgent care centers and other outpatient locations throughout the

through Barnes & Noble and Amazon. Meet the authors October 12 at a

state. Altogether, the Northside-Gwinnett combined system will have

book-signing at Buckhead’s Barnes & Noble.

1,479 beds, nearly 21,000 employees and 3,500 physicians on staff.

LOCAL BRAND GROWS

BANK IN THE GAME The Milton Touchdown Club recently honored Providence Bank,

Wonderfully feminine, fashionable and just a bit glamorous is

one of their Platinum Sponsors, for their three year, $16,500 com-

what customers say when they think about the brand Vlu Style

mitment to supporting the organization. During their presentation of

(pronounced vee-loo) fashion accessories. This month VLU, based

the second installment of the bank’s sponsorship, Providence Bank

in Alpharetta, has launched their first Black Label Collection. The

executives received a special coaches’ tour of the Milton football

upscale collection includes necklace and earring designs made with

fieldhouse and viewed the renovations financed by the bank.“The

genuine labradorite, hematite and Swarovski crystal. The new col-

team needed the fieldhouse renovated and we wouldn’t have been

lection is a direct compliment to the brands’ beautiful array of stylish

able to do that without a commitment like this from Providence Bank,”

and trendy fashion jewelry. Founder Veronica Miller says that having

says Colby Leonard, president of the Milton Touchdown Club. “We

a great product is always her goal but the focus of her business is

appreciate their support of the Milton Eagles program so we can CONTINUED >

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Internal Medicine Practice of Northside is a full-service practice dedicated to providing the highest-quality primary care for adult patients. Our board certified physicians, Dr. Kenneth Ricci and Dr. Jasmine Park offer comprehensive, personalized care, as well as specialized services in men and women’s health, geriatric medicine and preventative care. We accept most insurance plans and offer a convenient location for the North Atlanta community.

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Kenneth J. Ricci, D.O.

Board Certified, Family Practice

Welcoming new patients Most insurance plans accepted Same-day appointments available Convenient location Free Parking

Call (770) 410-4610 for an appointment 10745 Westside Way, Suite 125 Alpharetta, GA 30009 InternalMedicinePracticeofNorthside.com

Jasmine J. Park, D.O.

Board Certified, Internal Medicine

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continue to provide a fantastic football experience to players at all lev-

trouble. Consider the same idea with your health.  Flow is important

els.” Providence Bank is the only community bank locally chartered

when it comes to qi (chi) - also referred to as vital energy or ‘life-

in the Alpharetta/Milton community. Established in 2006, Providence

force.’ According to the theory of Traditional Chinese Medicine, a

Bank holds assets of $120 million and offers a wide array of bank-

healthy body has an abundance of qi that flows and nourishes the

ing solutions that include personal and business loan and deposit

vital organs, cells and tissues (the very things that protect, heal and

products as well as the latest in mobile and online banking products.

energize you). We ‘spend’ qi in situations of fatigue, stress, strain,

Pictured are Ben Reaves, Offensive Coordinator; Colby Leonard,

tension, fast-pace etc, so we need to do something to replenish our-

President Milton Touchdown Club; Adam Clack, Head Football Coach;

selves. One way is to practice QIGONG (CHI KUNG).  This ancient

Brad Serff, President and CEO Providence Bank; Mandy Thompson,

Chinese health exercise system uses gentle movements, healing

Treasurer Milton Touchdown Club; Renaldo Smith, Defensive Backs

postures, breathing exercises and focused awareness not only to

Coach; and Andy Jordan, Senior VP Providence Bank.

build energy, but to lead and guide it to places in the body where

TOP TEACHER Marist School mathematics teacher Rand Wise has received the Edyth May Sliffe Award for Distinguished Teaching in Middle School

it is needed for health and revitalization. Check out the classes at Grey Owl Mind-Body Studio in Johns Creek to learn more. 

BABY CAM

and High School for his work with the American Mathematics

Emory Johns Creek Hospital (EJCH) has installed eight new

Competitions program, which is sponsored by the Mathematical

cameras in the Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). The

Association of America (MAA). The Edyth May Sliffe Award is given

NICVIEW cameras allow parents to see their newborns, many

annually by the MAA to approximately 20 teachers in the United

of whom are born premature or critically ill, when they can’t be

States. The Sliffe Award recognizes math teachers for their commit-

at the hospital. EJCH’s Director of Women’s Services, Christine

ment to encouraging young people to experience mathematics by

Wollenhaup, DNP, RN, says the cameras help mothers who may

teaching them to solve interesting problems. Wise will be formally

be unable to visit their baby, due to their medical condition.“This

recognized as a Sliffe Award recipient next August during the MAA

will allow them to worry less – knowing that they can view their

MathFest conference in Denver, Colo. Wise has taught math at Marist

baby on the computer,” says Wollenhaup. EJCH strives to keep fam-

School since 2014. Besides coaching Marist’s math and academic

ily members involved in the planning, delivery, and evaluation of

teams, he is a recent runner-up contestant on NBC’s ‘Jeopardy!’

health care especially when it comes to its smallest patients. The

SO SMART

camera system and software will give parents the ability to watch live streaming video of their newborns, but also allows nursing staff

LearningRx celebrated a special milestone recently when they

to turn off the cameras during any medical procedures. Families can

trained the brain of their 100,000th student. To celebrate, LearningRx

access the system using a secure password to stream the video

Atlanta-Buckhead is giving back to the community by offering up

to their laptops, smart phones and tablets. EmoryHealthcare.org.

to 1,000 complimentary digital, standardized cognitive assessments between October 18 and 21. Call 404.25-BRAIN today to reserve your assessment. Facebook: LearningRx Atlanta Buckhead/Alpharetta.

A DECADE OF SMILES

CONDUCTING BUSINESS The Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra announces that Linda Brill has been hired as its new executive director, effective August 1. Brill succeeds Sue Haggerty, who held the position for nine seasons, hav-

Exceptional Dentistry of Johns Creek is excited to be celebrating 10

ing been part of the JCSO since its founding. Brill’s 22-year career in

years of service to the Johns Creek/Suwanee communities! To honor

orchestra management has included marketing internships with the

this achievement, the office of Dr. Judson Connell, DMD, is offering some

Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra and Atlanta Symphony Orchestra,

fantastic limited specials to the community. All Cerec one-visit crowns are

as well as 12 years working in the marketing and communications

$50 off, Zoom in-office whitening is 20% off and Dr. Connell's Signature

department of the Columbus (Ohio) Symphony Orchestra, where

Smile Makeovers (veneers) are 20% off, as well. They would love for you

she was active in the Columbus Arts Marketing Association. Since

to come visit their office, decorated to look like an Italian villa, and meet

relocating to Atlanta with her family in 2014, Brill has continued her

Dr. Connell and taff. Please call their office for details, as some restrictions

career in arts management and has served two terms as marketing

apply, and remember that these specials are for a limited time to celebrate

chair of the Georgia Philharmonic’s board of directors. She is also a

their anniversary. Call 770.623.8877. JudsonTConnellDMD.com

guest clinician at Taylor Road Middle School, Chattahoochee High

HEALTH FLOW In business, we all know that flow is important when it comes to cash. Money comes in and money goes out.  Lots of money coming in is a good sign; running out of cash means you are in 14

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School, and Northview High School; a private clarinet teacher; and a clarinetist in the Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra. Linda Brill and her husband, Eric, reside in Alpharetta with their three children.


The Orthopedic Sports Medicine Center of Atlanta

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The Orthopedic Sports Medicine Center of Atlanta is a fullservice practice that specializes in the diagnosis, treatment and management of sports injuries, arthritis and musculoskeletal disorders of the upper and lower extremities. Our board-certified physician, Dr. Christopher Potts brings years of experience treating patients in the Atlanta area, and utilizes the latest in conservative care and minimallyinvasive surgery to return you to activity. Dr. Potts is welcoming patients aged 10 and older, and offers a convenient location on the Northside/Alpharetta Medical Campus.

We offer a full r ange of services: • Arthritic shoulder conditions • Cartilage preservation & restor ation procedures for the shoulder, hip & knee • Fr acture care • Joint injection ther apies

Christopher Potts, M.D.

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ometimes a single conversation can change your life’s purpose. That was certainly the case for Polo in the Pines founder Tina Fowler. In 2012, Tina was at

Houston’s MD Anderson Cancer Center with her mother, Sharon Knight, for treatment of leiomyosarcoma—a cancer Sharon had been battling for 20+ years. That’s 20 years of motherhood, birthdays, holidays and life laced with treatments, surgeries, fears and questions. While the journey was often challenging, Sharon always found the bright side, proclaiming, “Life is about choices, and I choose to turn this negative into a positive.” It was that day that doctors stressed the importance of research as they searched for a cure. Inspired by her mother’s positivity, Tina made the choice to find joy while working to fund cancer research that could impact countless families facing the same battle. With her heart of gold, Tina forged ahead and launched what would ultimately become Polo in the Pines, an exciting polofilled weekend that would fund leiomyosarcoma research in honor of her mother. So, why polo? Not only do the stately horses, green pastures, and Pretty Woman polo attire provide the most amazing ambiance, but also the sport is historically philanthropic. Georgia's distinctive towering pines canopy Atlanta, giving it the nickname, 'City in a Forest,' providing a beautiful home for the Atlanta Regional Polo Center. Nestled in Vinings on an inviting stretch of the Chattahoochee River, the polo fields offer the perfect setting for supporters to enjoy a day of fun and philanthropy. This beautiful backdrop drew the lifelong equestrian, Tina, and connected her to Jolie Liston, the backbone of Atlanta’s thriving polo community--thus helping make the idea of a polo fundraiser a reality.

POLO IN THE ARTICLE MARGARET SULLIVAN | PHOTOGRAPHY LIZ ERIKSON

Now, five years later, patrons flock to the beautiful polo fields to sip champagne and enjoy polo matches, while funding critical cancer research. Each year, the organization celebrates a different honoree and benefits research for the honoree’s diagnosis. This year is uniquely honoring Saville and Lilia Sullivan, two sisters who were each diagnosed with different types of brain cancer in 2016. The weekend will kick off on Saturday, October 8, where the Sullivan sisters’ remarkable story will be told to a crowd of over 400 supporters with the soft sounds of polo mallets whacking and horses galloping in the background. To top off the weekend, Sunday’s Atlanta Brunch Festival will feature more polo matches, as some of the city’s top restaurants compete for the title of Atlanta “Best Brunch Bite.” All proceeds from the weekend will go directly to the Sharon McCollum Knight, Polo in the Pines Pediatric Cancer Research Fund at the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Foundation. The fund will directly benefit brain tumor research at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta in honor of the Sullivan sisters. In addition to all of their generous sponsors, Polo in the Pines is incredibly grateful to Jolie Liston and the Atlanta Regional Polo Center for making this incredible weekend possible. For more tickets and information, visit  PoloInThePines.com. Be sure to give a nod to all the generous sponsors, listed on the Editor's Page. 16

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PINES MEET JOLIE LISTON

Jolie has played in every Polo in the Pines match, and you'll see her again this year. LP: How long have you been involved in polo in ATL? JL: I started playing polo in 1980. My father played and introduced me to the sport. LP: How has the polo scene changed in our state? JL: Polo in Atlanta has become more diverse. There are now four polo clubs in the Atlanta area and it’s not just for the very wealthy anymore. Anyone can participate at various levels. I also see a lot more women and kids playing than ever before. LP: Tell us about your horses. JL: There are too many to list for a short article! A few that are special to me are Alabama, Georgia, Pikachu and Snippet. They are the young horses I am currently training for polo. I rescued Alabama and Georgia from a kill pen in Louisiana, which makes training them even more special. Philomena is another special horse as she is one of my best. LP: Why is polo such an exciting sport to play?  JL: Different people will give you different answers to this question but for me, the relationship between the horse and rider makes polo exciting. We ask a lot of our horses and I consider them part of the team. Racing down the field at top speed chasing a little white ball can also be an adrenaline rush!  October 2017 | AlpharettaLifestylePubs.com

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Open House

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hen Johns Creek resident Retta Clark  walked into Sewell Appliance in Sandy Springs, she had no idea she would win a gorgeous new 36” Wolf

range cooktop. She was one of many Lifestyle Publications readers who entered the

giveaway just by stopping in to discuss kitchen renovation plans. Clark loves to cook. It has been a source of pride and joy for her, even more so after the death of her beloved husband of 36 years in 2016. Her kitchen had always been the gathering spot for friends, family and neighbors. And now her wonderful new professional Wolf range helps her continue this coveted role.  “I love it,” Clark exclaimed. ”I've never won anything before so this was a total surprise. I'm artistic and I love creating things. I have a real good time cooking,” she says. The crew at Sewell are sharing the latest design and technologies with readers like Clark and have helped many of them to create the kitchens of their dreams. Sewell salesperson Tom Styer assisted Clark in picking out the appliances for her project. She was extremely complimentary toward their whole team. “The people there were so nice and helpful,” Clark says. Builder Specialties, which owns Sewell Appliance, provides better home solutions including appliances throughout the South. For this contest, they teamed up with their counterparts at Sub-Zero and Wolf. Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances are known for their legendary professional heritage, power and finesse as well as precise cooking control. They help users enjoy more adventurous, satisfying cooking and they often become iconic centerpieces. For 80+ years, these appliances have been the choice of professionals. They have now become a favorite of discerning home cooks everywhere, including Retta Clark in Johns Creek, Georgia. Rob Maxam, vice president of sales for Sub Zero Group Southeast, was thrilled to hear about the outcome of the contest. “We wanted to run a contest to create excitement about local kitchen remodel projects, Maxam explains. “We are a luxury premium brand, and we know that some people consider us out of range for their budget. We felt that it would be fun to offer up a chance to work with a Lifestyle magazine reader and complete their project, regardless of size or budget, with the best name in cooking appliances. And that’s what we did!” Visit Sewell at 7455 Throwbridge Rd. SewellAppliance.com

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Hometown Hero

DONALD YOUNG

ARTICLE MARIA SMITH | PHOTOGRAPHY RON ANGLE

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D

onald Young may have in

been

born

Chicago,

Atlanta claim

but

can

now

this

fessional

protennis

player as our own. Young began playing tennis at age 3. It’s no wonder Donald has achieved significant success: Both his parents taught tennis professionally and even owned a tennis center in Atlanta for a time. Though Donald is now only 28 years old, he is a veteran of the professional tennis

AL: What is a common misconception peo-

circuit. He turned pro in 2004 and has been

ple have had about you?

consistently getting better. So far, 2017

DL: The most common misconceptions

looks like it may be one of his best years

about me is that I'm SHY. I don't think that I

yet. He reached the finals of the French

am. It just takes me time to get to know you

Open in doubles and has accumulated

and loosen up. Also, if you watch me play

over $500,000 in prize money in just the

I can look angry at times. But all the other

first seven months of the year.

times, I am a super chill person.

Despite his achievements, Donald has blended into the fabric of Atlanta, both inside

AL: What are your goals?

and outside the perimeter. He practices occa-

DL: I would love to make it into the top 10

sionally at Life Time Fitness Tennis Center in

and also compete for Grand Slams on a

Peachtree Corners. He eats pizza at Bobby

regular basis. I just enjoy winning. I want to

G’s Chicago Eatery in Alpharetta. He checks

do as much of that as I possibly can. My

out the latest movies at The Avalon.

goal off the court is to help kids, like through

Alpharetta Lifestyle sat down with Donald

my partnership with the Boys & Girls Clubs

Young recently to learn more about the man

of America. I just like to see kids out of the

behind the racquet.

house, off video games, and getting active. AL: What do you like about living in Atlanta?

While you may never make it on the professional tour, there are

DL: What I like about living in Atlanta is hon-

plenty of opportunities to play the game of tennis in Atlanta.

estly the space. The people are great. There are tons of different cultures. There is always

• Join a flexible league. For those who don’t have a lot of time to

something happening. There isn't a dull

get on the court the area Flex Leagues are a great option. Play

moment in Atlanta.

matches on your schedule. FlexTennisLeague.com • Join a team. Whether it’s for USTA or ALTA season, you can play

AL: Why is tennis so popular in Atlanta?

team tennis year-round in Atlanta. The social aspect is almost as

DL: I think tennis is so popular in Atlanta

important as the tennis match for most teams. Atlanta.USTA.

basically because the weather is great. It

com ALTATennis.org

just has such a rich history in general here

• Join a class. Not ready to play competitively? No problem. There

with pro tournaments at every level. The rec-

are lots of opportunities to learn the game of tennis. Life Time Fit-

reational tennis programs like ALTA are the

ness Tennis Center offers a “Try it, Learn it, Love it” 8-week class

biggest in the whole country. Plus, since so

to get beginners playing quickly.

many adults play, it's only natural for lots of kids to play as well.

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ARTICLE MARIA SMITH

hether you are a week-

Vivian Chhetri, who heads the tennis

end warrior runner, a

department at Life Time Fitness Peachtree

gym rat weight lifter,

Corners and works with many top junior

a recreational tennis

players, believes recovery can be a mental

player, or just someone who is trying to get

thing, too. “I don’t think a lot of parents and

themselves off the couch, you are an athlete.

coaches realize that tennis is a very emo-

You don’t have to be on TV or make lots of

tional and mentally strenuous sport. In fact,

money to be an athlete. However, just like

we see a lot of athletes cramp up because

the professionals, you need to take an active

of stress and not because they are out of

role in helping your muscles recover. We

shape.” Chhetri recommends a proper cool

recently sat down with some local health

down so athletes can get their body to rest,

experts, including the owners of Healthsource

as well as implementing a standard stretch-

Chiropractic (12315 Crabapple Rd Suite 152)

ing routine before play even starts.

and Massage Heights (3000 Old Alabama

One of the athlete recovery solutions

Rd.), as well as the tennis director at Life Time

that is often underused by non-professional

Fitness – Peachtree Corners (6350 Courtside

athletes is the benefit of massage. It is not

Dr NW, Peachtree Corners) to learn more

just an indulgence, says Nash-Smith, who

about athlete recovery solutions.

also co-owns Massage Heights Johns Creek.

Just as each sport comes with a variety

She explains, “Massage therapy has been

of complex movements, athletic recovery

shown to drastically reduce recovery time

can vary for each person and sport. Charice

for the professional and weekend athlete by

Nash-Smith,

Healthsource

allowing them to feel better and work harder.

Chiropractic Johns Creek, believes the key is

co-owner

of

Recovery time is expedited because mas-

to help your muscles repair themselves after

sage therapy dilates the blood vessels, allow-

a workout. This can include adding cardio for

ing for increased circulation and oxygenation

increased circulation, rehab on affected mus-

of fatigued muscles. Massage therapy also

cles, and light to moderate stretching. From

eliminates lactic acid and other toxins that

maintaining proper hydration to an advanced

accumulate during workouts, and it improves

regiment of maintenance-based chiropractic

your overall flexibility and range of motion.”

care and Progressive Rehab® therapy, there are many ways to help your body recover.

Massage Heights in Johns Creek offers a sports massage focusing on dynamic stretch-

HealthSource Chiropractic works with ath-

ing. It allows the connective tissue to work

letes of all abilities, as well as non-athletes,

through a full range of motion. The long strokes

to help them get personalized treatment for

of their post-activity massage help to flush

their specific issues. Whether working to

out toxins that cause soreness in muscles and

prevent pain through stretching, therapeutic

joints. The benefits of massage are cumulative

taping, and chiropractic care, or strengthen-

though, so don’t make it a one-time thing.

ing physical deficiencies, patients know they

Athletes of all shapes, sizes and abilities

can depend on HealthSource Chiropractic to

can benefit from these muscle recovery solu-

be proactive in injury prevention, and reac-

tions. While you may never be a professional,

tive when injuries do arise.

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celebrate

BIKE-TOBER ARTICLE KARYN WOFFORD

B

ikes for Kids provides a magical experience for deserving fam-

Local businesses and city organizations like the Alpharetta Police

ilies, who are greeted by Santa himself the day the workshop

Department Bike Patrol Unit, lend a hand on clean up day while serv-

opens its doors to reveal hundreds of gleaming bicycles. With

ing as collection hubs to make things easier on the big guy. Alpharetta

the help of volunteers, bicycles are selected, as well as other donated

Fire Station 83 sent a fire truck ast year to powerwash and put the

items like winter hats, toys, helmets and bike locks. Handmade tags

sparkle back into all 228 bikes. Nine bike shops provided mechan-

hang from many of the handlebars, adding a festive, heartfelt touch.

ics and parts that weren’t available at the North Pole. Accessories,

Originally founded by the Mullenbach Family, Bikes for Kids brings

Christmas cheer to all those involved whether they are giving or

including 228 new helmets and 100 locks filled Santa’s big red sack, while four new bikes were presented by Bike Roswell. 

receiving. Bike Alpharetta, a nonprofit that promotes safe and fun cycling in north Fulton County, recruits dozens of community elves to sprinkle a little magic onto gently used bikes and trikes.

TRUE CHRISTMAS SPIRIT

"Today, the Bikes for Kids program is truly a community effort with Alpharetta Fire Stations opening their doors in November to accept

HOW IT ALL BEGAN

While volunteering at the 2006 North Fulton Community Charities (NFCC) Santa Workshop, the Mullenbach family realized there weren’t

gently used bicycles so that the Bike Patrol Unit and members of Bike Alpharetta can retrieve them and fix them up for children in need for Christmas," says Officer Amanda Clay of the Bike Patrol Unit.

enough bicycles to go around. More than 900 families turn to NFCC

Biking is a significant part of lifestyle and family bonding in

during the holidays, which inspired the family to give Ole St. Nick a helping

Alpharetta; when families receive such a gift, they are given more

hand in fulfilling the wishes of as many good boys and girls as possible.

opportunities to develop strong, family relationships and memo-

During their first year, The Mullenbachs collected 65 bikes during

ries. What an incredible way to celebrate Christmas.

the 2007 holiday season. Eventually, churches, organizations, and the

“Bikes for Kids is very special as it makes it possible for families to pro-

community dispatched helpers who filled Santa’s sleigh with a stag-

vide the top-requested gift item for a child at the holidays; a gently-used

gering 750 bikes, scooters and trikes! In 2014, Bike Alpharetta popped

or new bicycle or tricycle. Our goal is to repurpose 300-400 previous-

on the jingle bell shoes and green tights, metaphorically speaking.

ly-loved bikes into ride-ready, like-new gifts for the holidays,” says Tyson.

“Bike Alpharetta is proud to manage this program now for a fourth

Officer Clay adds, "Bikes for Kids is a great program because it

year, with the incredible support of local bicycle shops, area bicycle

allows the community to come together to act as the ripple in the water

mechanics, hundreds of volunteers and the Alpharetta Department

that becomes a wave of change in the entire community. It’s definitely

of Public Safety,” says Jackie Tyson, founder of Bike Alpharetta, aka

the highlight of my year, and I enjoy the opportunity to go around the

Head Elf. Still working through NFCC,  Bikes for Kids brings their

community collecting bicycles to repair for children in need. The holi-

cleaned and repaired bike donations to the annual Santa's Workshop.

day season would not be the same without Bikes for Kids."

BRINGING THE NORTH POLE TO ALPHARETTA

Bike-Tober, the kickoff event, will take place October 4, 6-9 p.m. at

Endurance House Atlanta in Alpharetta. Ride, donate, eat and try your

Much preparation takes place in the days leading up to Santa’s

luck in the raffle. During November, bring bicycles or tricycles to any

Workshop, including a day where 71 elves, or volunteers, work all day put-

fire station in Alpharetta. Follow up at BikeAlpharetta.org, or check

ting love back into donated bikes. You can sign up to help out; there’s no

out their Facebook page as more info unfolds. 

better way to spread Christmas cheer besides singing loud for all to hear!

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MY

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Returning with a cooler days later, I was

day that were blends of fruits and a variety of

the pleasure of adopting a few

ready to begin my 15-day journey drink-

veggies and infused with spices like cilantro and

extra pounds that just seemed

ing juice and eager to lose those stubborn

rosemary. On day two of just juicing, I found that

to appear and cling on for dear

pounds. This may seem daunting to many,

I was tired, but didn't have any headaches, which

life. And because of my ever-increasing age,

however, Leslie helped me get mentally pre-

was my main concern. I found that drinking five

busy lifestyle and lack of regular exercise made

pared. And I realized something very import-

juices and water in between was a lot of liquid

it was very difficult to shed the extra weight.

ant when doing a juice fast or reset: Once you

to consume and kept me feeling full. Because I

One day while visiting a client on Windward

make up your mind that 15 days without food

drank my fifth snack juice mid-evening, I never

Parkway, I stopped into a new place for a

really isn't very long over the grand scheme of

went to bed feeling hungry.

smoothie to take with me on the road. It was

things, it makes the journey much easier. 

What I did find out quickly is that not only did

then that I found 3:8 Juice & Eatery. While there

We decided to tailor the first three days of the

the weight start to fall off, I had loads of energy.

waiting for my green Rejuvenator smoothie, I

15-day juice reset to incorporate one or two small

Yes, you will find yourself using the bathroom

spoke with owner, Leslie Graham, who shared

meals from the healthy selection of salads and

more often, since you are drinking a lot of liquid.

samples of their cold pressed juice blends. The

tasty snacks they prepare and sell at 3:8 Juice. My

And my body temperature was colder, since I

combination of the delicious flavors tempted me

favorite was their chickpea salad with homemade

only consumed liquid. Which was fine because

to learn more about juicing and what they call

dressing without any oil, salt or sugar. This way I

it was summer and very hot outside.

"resets." She talked about her journey to lose 90

eased my body into eating less, and drank juice

pounds while juicing and how it ultimately led her

during one or two of the meals initially.

My journey continued and I diligently stuck to it, toting my juice with me into restaurants while

to open 3:8 juice. After asking her lots of ques-

Day four I solely drank juice. Each day or "reset"

my family ate alongside me. I also still prepared

tions, I decided that I was up for the challenge of

consists of five cold pressed juices and they rec-

dinner for my family as usual, and was fine just

a 15-day reset (or juice cleanse as it's often called).

ommend drinking the rainbow. I had juices each

drinking my juice while my family ate dinner

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is the Lyndon B. Johnson State Park where the birthplace, childhood school, beloved Texas White House ranch and resting place of our 36th president grace the rolling hills along the Pedernales River. Touring the ranch where time stands still at 1960, nine hulking televisions, overhead lights galore and 72 telephone lines (including phones at the President’s bedside and under his place at the long dinner table) remind us this man worked at a blistering pace night and day. He had a standing order with the local Cadillac dealer who brought him a new white convertible every year. Two are on display in the garage next to the still-active airstrip and working barn. His herd of 150 beautiful little Hereford Longhorn cattle continue to thrive (with the help of breeding efforts to keep them circa 1960) and you can snuggle them in their tidy corral. Speaking of beef, Fredericksburg offers plenty of options for hearty

fter German immigrant and former seaman Charles H. Nimitz

appetites and discerning palates alike. Burger Burger on Main Street

opened the doors to a four-room hotel in Fredericksburg along

serves up, you guessed it, burgers on housemade buns. Try the

a dusty Texas road in the 1850s, he soon earned a reputation as inn-

Chop House, a 10oz ground prime rib patty, creamy house horse-

keeper of the state’s most famous hotel. His rooms offered the only

radish, pepper jack, crispy onions, roasted tomatoes. Hand-cut sweet

hot baths between San Antonio and El Paso and perhaps that’s why

potato fries and a thirst-quenching Lobo Texas Lager from nearby

travelers felt drawn, though it was probably the hospitality and location.

Pedernales Brewing Co. made me want to take off my cowboy boots

Soon a popular summer holiday destination for notable Southerners,

and settle in for another from this award-winning brewer.

entrepreneurs and politicians, the Nimitz Hotel expanded its Main

Sure, there’s lots to eat, so plan to hike to the top of Enchanted

Street outpost with a saloon, brewery and general store stocked with

Rock—the second largest granite dome in the U.S., next to our own

produce from its own vegetable garden. Little did Charles know that

Stone Mountain. The view is breathtaking at 1800 feet.

the property would to this day stand proudly next to an impressive

Had enough for one day? Have your Gulfstream V pick you up at

6-acre museum complex named for his grandson, Chester William

the Gillespie County Airport where all the big boy toys can be accom-

Nimitz, born nearby, known for guiding Allied forces to victory in the

modated thanks to the droves of wealthy retirees and entrepreneurs

Pacific in World War II.

who visit Fredericksburg to set up businesses, open stores or call this

This story of frontier entrepreneurship, warm hospitality and deep

Texas wildflower home.

appreciation of the Texas land is told over and over today throughout

Or, do stay awhile at one of the dozens of memorable inns, small

the 150-plus locally-owned shops, restaurants and galleries along

resort spas or sweet B&Bs like Splendid Inn, a unique three-home

the seven blocks of Main Street of adorable Fredericksburg, a bright

collection of historic homes built in 1850 near downtown.

wildflower in the middle of the state’s famed hill country. With 500 miles of paved roads in Gillespie county, cyclists come from all over the world. Friends from 47 countries stopped in to Fredericksburg’s

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lovely visitor’s center in the first two months of the year alone to plan

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their days bird and butterfly watching, museum and gallery hopping,

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dining out, exploring the deep German history or hitting the wine trail.

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The Texas Hill Country is home to some 45 wineries and vineyards with more than two dozen award-winning wineries and tasting rooms in and around Fredericksburg. They promise it’s second only to Napa Valley. During my recent visit, I sipped a semi-sweet white, Sweet

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Alyssum at the Wedding Oak Winery tasting room after lolling around

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the fields full of Red Corn Poppies and bluebells at Wildseed Farms. I

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could taste the sunshine. And, while the sun hid behind a vast canvas of clouds in the big Texas sky that day, the 200-acres of fields (the

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nation’s largest working wildflower farm) provided a promise for the

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daisies, cosmos, Texas paintbrush, larkspur, sunflowers, phlox that

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would bloom throughout the year.

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Hot Spot

TRUCK & TAP

WOODSTOCK’S EXTRAORDINARY BEER AND DINING CONCEPT THRIVES AND WILL SOON BE TRUCKIN’ TO ALPHARETTA FOR ITS SECOND LOCATION.

hanks to the boom of more breweries,

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local art and 18 individual slates listing beers

Truck & Tap Vice President of Operations

eateries recognizing its numerous fla-

available adorning the exposed-brick walls;

Zach Yurchuck sheds some light on how his

vor profiles to pair with their fare, increased

conversing imbibers who seem to frequent

successful venture got started.

distribution, and overall availability, beer is

the location regularly complete the interior.

the hottest—err—coldest beverage trend in

This is the "Tap" part.

“I opened Barrel & Barley Craft Beer Market

Heading to the back, there is another large

26, says. “Being involved in the community

Peach State has also hosted an upsurge in

roll-up door opening to a patio for the al

eventually introduced me to Cliff Crider who,

bars and pubs to meet the demand.

fresco feel. This section overlooks a staircase

along with Mitch Jaffe of PREP, had started to

Well the smart way for an establishment with

that leads to an alley one level below with

come up with the concept that would become

a beer-forward program to be prominent is

four-seat tables including two with umbrellas

Truck & Tap. I thought it was a great idea and

having an extraordinary concept. Woodstock,

in front of the docking station reserved for

injected myself into as much of the planning

GA's Truck & Tap embraced this ideology in

the steady rotation of food trucks for hungry

as I could. I was brought in to be the opera-

October of 2015 and is now in the expansion

guests. Enter "Truck.”

tional partner from the ground floor.”

stage; there is another location opening in

Ultimately, you have one of the most inge-

What makes Truck & Tap stand out in the

Alpharetta this year followed by another site

nious food and beer tandems in the South.

beer scene? Yurchuck offers, “Other than the

constructed in Duluth during the spring of 2018.

The draft list rotates just as frequently as the

obvious fact that our kitchen is on wheels

The reason for Truck & Tap's success is

collaborating meals on wheels in the back—

and you having to go order it yourself, cus-

explicated in it name. Nestled in the charming,

which means daily—so customers have an

tomers love the variety and food trucks love

community-driven downtown of Woodstock,

entirely new menu with every visit.

the opportunity to be a restaurant for the day.

its storefront boasts a garage door that's

While sipping a Three Taverns Prince

They get to flex their culinary muscle with

lifted during clement weather alongside a

of Pilsen pilsner between fork stabs in a

specials that don't work as well with festivals.”

traditional walk-in entrance. They both lead

paper boat filled with a steaming mound of

And inside? “Our staff really takes us to

to a cozy bar area with high tables, booths,

a Lowcountry Boil served up by his current

the next level,” Yurchuck says. “They're all

a handful of raised flat screen televisions,

food truck collaborator ANGELFIRE7 BBQ,

are here to share their passion for craft beer

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ARTICLE AND PHOTOGRAPHY DENNIS MALCOLM BYRON

in Woodstock in July of 2013,” Yurchuck,

Georgia. Understandably, this means the


From left are Rob Maxam, Bill Britain, Donna Maxam and Dennis Malcolm Byron.

and help you find your new favorite. It’s a ‘No Snob’ zone. We have 18 drafts in Woodstock. Simply put, we choose beer that we're excited to sell. Period. Our staff and customer base are all over the board. IPAs, Trappist Styles, and the entire spectrum of barrel-aged beers do well for us.”  After saying goodbye to a pair of Truck & Tap loyalists who happily admitted this was their favorite way to spend a sunny weekend afternoon, Yurchuck discloses what the future has in store. “Alpharetta is another great location with a vibrant downtown bar crawl that we think Truck & Tap will bring a fun, new experience to,” he says. “‘T&T’ Alpharetta will be a larger space complete with a roof top deck. Other than that, our same awesome focus is on beer and an awesome staff to serve it to you.” And of course, Alpharetta will have the “Truck” part, too. October 2017 | AlpharettaLifestylePubs.com

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Q+A Giving Back

Warrick Dunn: All Pro at Giving Back

M

ARTICLE MARIA SMITH

The program is part of the not-for-profit

ost professional football players

Warrick Dunn Charities, which is head-

can’t stand to be out of the spot-

quartered in Midtown Atlanta. It was

light. Warrick Dunn has a hard time being

created as a tribute to his mother, Betty

in it. But then again, he’s not most football

Smothers, a Baton Rouge police officer

players. The fantastic Florida State foot-

who was tragically ambushed and killed

baller turned Atlanta Falcons phenom has

before being able to realize her dream of

every room in the home, as well as other

continued scoring points in life long after

home ownership.

necessities such as a fully-stocked pantry

he stopped scoring on the field.

In the last 20 years, Homes for the

and lawn and garden equipment!

During his 12 seasons in the NFL, Dunn

Holidays has rewarded 155 single parents

Lifestyle Publications recently sat down

played for Tampa Bay as well as with

and 419 children and dependents across

with Warrick Dunn to hear more about his

the Falcons and earned three Pro Bowl

the country, including a home make-

philanthropy work and what keeps him

selections. While he was working on his

over for an Alpharetta family. Through

going in his post-NFL life.

athletic endeavors, he was also working

this initiative, Warrick Dunn Charities

on giving back too.

provides down payment assistance to

AL: AFTER 20 YEARS, WHAT KEEPS YOU GOING?

In 1997, the same year he was drafted,

single parents who have purchased a

WD: People. The people I’m able to

Dunn established the Homes for the

home through Habitat for Humanity. With

impact and help keep me going. Not

Holidays program, to help single par-

presenting sponsor Aaron’s, Inc. Warrick

everyone has a fair shot at life and to

ents achieve the goal of owning a home.

Dunn Charities provides furniture for

be able to assist people who are helping

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Warrick Dunn

Don’t let pain keep your kids sidelined.

themselves is really something. We are giving people a hand up, not a handout. Years ago, I

was one of those kids who needed some help. I understand what people go through. I want to impact the community in a way that is life

changing. I hope we are doing that now. But we can always do more. The biggest thing I ask myself though, "Is it enough?"

AL: WHAT’S NEXT FOR WARRICK DUNN CHARITIES?

WD: The goal is to keep growing. I want to grow our

programming to continue to help position the kids

we serve for a better future. We must show kids that there’s greater opportunity and experiences out

there for them. We must bring them hope so they want to be better as students, knowing they can become anything they want. We must give them a

safe, secure environment so they can dream of a better life. Hopefully, they can realize those dreams and then they can turn around and help others when they are older.

AL: WHAT DOES IT MEAN FOR YOU TO BE ABLE TO

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Driver’s Notebook

ARTICLE AND PHOTOGRAPHY DENNIS MALCOLM BYRON

W

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impressive model in various categories receives Lifestyle Publication's accolades, the all-new Honda TYPE R is a definite nominee in the Sport and All-New categories. There is no doubt that Honda has maintained a stellar reputation in the auto industry due its reliability and highly skilled workmanship for more than 30 years. Now, answering the demand for a more rebellious, aggressive and muscle-flexing addition to the family, the automaker boldly introduces the all-new Type R.  An expansion of the popular Civic trim introduced exactly 20 years ago in 1997, the Type R was built in the United Kingdom and brought to the U.S. to set our roads ablaze and constantly turn heads. Its muscular frame is embellished with Honda’s exclusive scarlet “H” emblem, a front air curtain, a large rear wing, a three-pipe exhaust system, an LED lighting package, 20-inch alloy wheels and five vibrant colors selected by the most popular in the sports car sector—Championship White, Rallye Red, Aegean Blue, Crystal Black, Pearl and Polished Metal. It's presence immediately exudes speed. The Type R-exclusive 2.0-liter, four-cylinder racing engine is a combination of Honda’s revered VTEC and Turbo classifications. It is powered by 306 horses and a maximum torque of 295 lb-ft @ 2500 rpm under the hood to further justifying its beastly frame. Paying homage to the sports car traditionalist, this model boasts a smooth transitioning six-speed manual transmission complete with an aluminum knob, a “Rev Match System,” a “dual-axis” strut front suspension, D-shaped steering wheel, three driving modes—Comfort, Sport and +R—and highly responsive braking. The cloth red and black sport seats; high-definition, seven-inch display with Apple CarPlay; and Honda’s 12-speaker premium sound system booming 540 watts of power ultimately has four adults comfortably strapped in for the epitome of a joy ride.  Graciously priced at just under $34,000 with all the embellishments (everything comes standard), Honda successfully realized the dream car of its loyal following while simultaneously winning over a legion of new believers.  Fuel Economy: 22 city/28 highway  Base Price: $33,900 (Everything is standard) For more information, visit Honda.com.

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Neighborhood

List Price

Sold Price

% Sold/List

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Beds

Baths

SIX HILLS

$1,495,000

$1,420,000

95%

27

7

7

WINDWARD

$1,600,000

$1,380,000

86%

89

6

6

WHITE COLUMNS

$1,395,000

$1,380,000

99%

27

7

8

COUNTRY CLUB OF THE SOUTH

$1,395,000

$1,145,000

82%

159

5

5

NORTH VALLEY

$1,325,000

$1,110,000

84%

87

9

8

MARSHALLS POND

$879,900

$859,000

97%

26

6

6

HAMPTON MANOR

$875,000

$895,000

102%

52

6

6

AVALON

$875,000

$875,000

100%

0

3

3

WINDWARD

$849,777

$792,000

93%

68

5

5

FALLS OF AUTRY MILL

$839,000

$785,000

94%

111

5

4

THE HERMITAGE

$798,000

$750,000

94%

166

6

5

HICKORY CREST

$749,900

$728,805

97%

74

5

5

AVALON

$749,900

$749,900

100%

113

3

3

AVALON

$749,900

$743,759

99%

32

3

3

WHITE COLUMNS

$719,000

$660,000

92%

55

5

5

WINDWARD

$699,000

$686,000

98%

56

5

5

WOOD VALLEY

$680,000

$659,000

97%

115

5

5

WINDWARD

$669,000

$660,000

98%

57

6

4

KIMBALL FARMS

$679,000

$659,000

97%

62

6

5

PARK BROOKE

$665,000

$642,000

96%

22

5

5

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Parting Thoughts

I

t was eight years ago when Special Olympics Georgia Forsyth County was introduced to Britt Hall of Alpharetta. He is a Special Olympics Georgia athlete, Georgia Aquarium employee and avid Georgia sports fan. “The first sport I started competing in with Special Olympics

was softball. I was with the Forsyth Golden Gloves, and we were a pretty good team,” says Britt, reflecting on his first state games. Since then, the multi-sport athlete has competed in much more than softball. Britt has gone on to compete and excel in bocce, basketball, athletics, table tennis, volleyball and flag football during his Special Olympics Georgia career. Britt's father, Jack Hall, says his son loves Special Olympics. “Athletics has always been one of his favorite sports to compete in. He likes the different competitions within athletics, especially the dash races. The 100 meter dash and the 200 meter dash are really great to see him compete and grow in.” Britt adds, “I like athletics, but I am excited for flag football this year. We are going to play just as well as the Falcons." Each year, Britt and his teammates return to Emory University as the Special Olympics Georgia Forsyth County Mean Machine, one of two flag football teams from Special Olympics Georgia Forsyth County. Despite the word “mean” being in their name, Britt assures us that their focus is not to be mean to their competitors. “We want to win the gold, but we want to be nice to the other teams and encourage them. They are our friends and have worked just as hard as we have for the state competitions,” Britt says.  While athletes are encouraged to try their very best and go for the gold, Special Olympics Georgia focuses on the lessons and ideals of sportsmanship and friendship during competitions. Jack says, “Special Olympics Georgia not only brings out the inner-athlete with many of these children and adults, but gives them the reassurance and sense of community to not look at their competitors as indi-

viduals they have to beat, but as friends." “Britt has always been a good team player, but he is also very competitive. Special Olympics Georgia has helped him gain confidence as an athlete, while showing him how to cheer on his teammates and the opposing athletes.” “I’ve learned a lot from being in Special Olympics Georgia. I think there is a lesson for everyone who competes, volunteers, or watches the Summer Games this year,” says Britt. 50

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