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PEACHTREE CORNERS OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 2019 ISSUE 5

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CONTENTS EVENTS

FIRST UP

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KNOWLEDGE

Students Empowered to Explore, Build and Create Through Technology

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Harry Potter Garden Inspires Students

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NOURISH

TECHNOLOGY IN SCHOOLS 12

Great Spaces to Host Corporate & Holiday Parties

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SPACES

Real Estate Market Snapshot

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PETS & THEIR PEOPLE

Winners of Our Giveaway Photo Gallery Pet Resources

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MOVE

The Voices of High School Football

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NOURISH

Lazy Dog Serves Handcrafted American Food and Drink

20 GREAT SPACES TO HOST CORPORATE & HOLIDAY PARTIES

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BUSINESS LIFE

PCBA Island Castaways Charity Raises Funds for Community Groups

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BELIEVE

MOQ Golf Open Set for Late October

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COMMUNITY

Pumpkin Fest Supports Daniel’s Fight

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OFFICIAL CITY NEWS

Inside Peachtree Corners

On the Cover Winners of the Peachtree Corners Magazine Pets & Their People giveaway.

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17 HARRY POTTER

Front, left to right: Kelly Ratcliff with Summit, her black and white Lab/Border Collie; little Cali with his people, Heather Parton (in back) and son Lawson; KC Frey (in back) with daughter Delilah, surrounded by their two Labrador/Whippet mix dogs, Lilly and Leo. Photography by George Hunter, with assistance by Blue.

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PEACHTREECORNERS EDITORIAL

EXECUTIVE EDITOR & PUBLISHER

RICO FIGLIOLINI CONTRIBUTING EDITOR

KATHY DEAN EDITORIAL CONSULTANT

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Julie Davis is an accomplished sales rep with over 20 years of experience in the telecom industry. When not working or spending time with friends and family, Julie can be found melting glass, as she is an avid fused glass artist.

CHARLENE ROMEO Account Executive

Charlene is very accomplished in advertising sales. She started her career selling newsprint and later sold television advertising for 20 plus years in the Atlanta market for all the cable networks. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends attending concerts, biking and playing racquetball.

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THE TEAM & CONTRIBUTORS THIS ISSUE RICO FIGLIOLINI

KATHY DEAN

Rico Figliolini is a creative director and social media strategist, three-time magazine publisher and podcast host. He grew up in Brooklyn, New York and is a political junky, sci-fi and anime fan, and avid reader and movie binger.

Kathy Dean has been a writer and editor for over 20 years. Some of the publications she has contributed to are Atlanta Senior Life, Atlanta INtown, Transatlantic Journal and The Guide to Coweta and Fayette Counties.

Publisher & Executive Editor

Contributing Editor

PATRIZIA WINSPER

RITA FIGLIOLINI

Patrizia hails from Toronto, Canada where she earned an Honors B.A. in French and Italian Studies at York University, and a B.Ed. at the University of Toronto. This trilingual former French teacher has called Georgia home since 1998. Catch her reporting about our vibrant city on the Peachtree Corners Network.

Rita Figliolini has lived in PTC for 23 years with her husband and life partner, Rico Figliolini. Proud mom of 3 — Jason, Kinsey and Jack. Former Managing Editor of the original Inside Gwinnett, she’s now Advisor to PTC Magazine. Telling stories is in our blood!

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Editorial Consultant

ANNIE FOGLE

MEREDITH BLINDER

Annie Fogle is a junior at Norcross High School and copy editor for the school’s yearbook. Her interests include traveling, non-fiction books and spending time with friends and family. She would describe herself as a dog lover and Jeopardy enthusiast.

Meredith Blinder is a Realtor with RE/MAX Around Atlanta and a native of Peachtree Corners. When she’s not serving her clients, Meredith enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading and trying out all of our community’s great restaurants.

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GEORGE HUNTER

BOB CHADWICK

George Hunter is an IT professional from Alaska by way of Texas. His primary hobby is photography, covering a wide range of subjects from pets to cosplay, sports to fashion. Volunteering and fostering dogs brings him much joy. George, his wife Lila and their rescued dogs have made their home in west Gwinnett for almost 20 years.

Bob Chadwick is a long-term Peachtree Corners resident who has been an active photographer for over 35 years. He specializes in sports, wildlife and landscape photography and has been published in The Patch, Gwinnett Daily Post, Atlanta Journal Constitution and at MLB.com.

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MARCUS GARNER Writer

Marcus Garner has over 20 years of experience as a professional writer and journalist. He graduated from Clark Atlanta University before completing Masters-level Newspaper Journalism studies at Syracuse University. He’s worked as a reporter for the AJC and publications in New York, Alaska and Chicago.

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Karl Barham’s company, Transworld Business Advisors, specializes in M&A and business valuations. For fun, Karl and his family can be found enjoying the family amenities around Peachtree Corners.

Alan Kaplan is a Realtor with Atlanta Fine Homes, Sotheby’s International Realty and a Peachtree Corners resident for 18 years. He is married with two young boys who are working actors and students at Peachtree Elementary School.

Co-Host on the CAPITALIST SAGE

Co-Host on the ED HOUR

THE PODCAST PRODUCTION TEAM KINSEY FIGLIOLINI

QUINN WATCH

Kinsey Figliolini just graduated from Berry College in Psychology with a minor in German. She has competed on the college’s Western Equestrian team for all four years. She considers herself a crazy cat lady and bookworm.

Quinn Watch is a senior at Paul Duke STEM High School. She is a competitive diver with Georgia Dive Club. In her spare time, Quinn enjoys watching stand-up comedy, photography and traveling.

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FIRST UP

Events, Programs & Fun Things to Do

Asian Film Festival Premiere Opening Night

5575 Peachtree Parkway, Peachtree Corners 30092 upcca.org

October 11, 6:30 p.m.

Sponsored by the United Peachtree Corners Civic Association (UPCCA), the debate is an opportunity for residents to hear the views of the people running for political office in Peachtree Corners.

Atlanta Tech Park 107 Technology Parkway, Peachtree Corners 30092 atlaff.org Guests will get a sneak preview of every film included in this year’s festival, as well as a “Taste of Asia” collection of multicultural Asian foods and desserts. Tickets are $65 per person.

Trick or Treat Trot & Family Festival

Lawless Spirits Tour October 25-29

North Atlanta Tech Showcase

Lionheart Theatre Company 10 College Street, Norcross 30071 678-938-8518 lionhearttheatre.org

November 14, 1-6 p.m. Atlanta Tech Park 107 Technology Parkway, Peachtree Corners 30092 partnershipgwinnett.com/north-atlanta-tech-showcase

On a walking tour of Historic Norcross, the past comes to life with gunfights, train wrecks, bank robberies and family feuds.

Partnership Gwinnett, in conjunction with Atlanta Tech Park, hosts north Atlanta’s only startup showcase featuring technology companies from Atlanta Tech Park, 22 Tech Park, Curiosity Lab and Tech Alpharetta. The showcase brings together more than 30 promising startups with investors, mentors and executives. Event sponsors include the City of Peachtree Corners, TechCXO and Georgia Power. Registration is $50 until Oct. 31, $75 at the door. Georgia college and university faculty and students enter free with valid ID.

Halloween Festival & Party October 26, 12 p.m.-12 a.m. Anderby Brewing

October 19, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Thrasher Park 93 Park Drive, Norcross 30071 trickortreattrot.com Local families are invited to come in costume, participate in the 5K walk/run and enjoy the free festival’s games, food and activities. Safe trick-or-treating for crave-worthy candy is also offered. All proceeds benefit Easterseals North Georgia.

Peachtree Corners Political Debate October 21, 7-9 p.m. Christ the King Church

Important Dates Rosh Hashana September 30-October 1 Yom Kippur October 9

110 Technology Parkway, #200, Peachtree Corners, 30092 anderbybrewing.com The afternoon of family fun, 12-5 p.m., includes games, giveaways and prizes. From 6 p.m. to 12 a.m., there’ll be a Halloween Party for adults 21 and older that includes a costume contest.

are $30 for an adult and one child; each additional child is $15. All proceeds benefit Daniel’s Fight.

Robert D. Fowler Family YMCA Fall Festival

Daniel’s Fight Pumpkin Fest Fundraiser October 27, 2-5 p.m. Peachtree Corners Baptist Church Athletic Field and Pavilion 4480 Peachtree Corners Circle, Peachtree Corners 30092 danielsfight.com The festival fundraiser includes carnival games, family trivia, music, face painting, balloons and pumpkin decorating—food, drinks and vendor tables, too. There will also be A 50/50 raffle, and you don’t need to be present to win. Tickets

November 2, 1-4 p.m. Robert D. Fowler Family YMCA 5600 Jones Bridge Road, Peachtree Corners 30092 facebook.com/FowlerY

Halloween October 31

110 Technology Parkway, #200, Peachtree Corners, 30092 Laura Purcell, laura.purcell@furkids.org or 404-819-7615. furkids.org

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Infinite Energy Center 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth 30097 atlanta.animeday. net The one-day anime marketplace features a 5,000 square foot dealers’ room, video room and after-party dance. Admission is $5, free for military personnel and kids under 10.

FurKids Paws for Cocktails November 2, 5:30-10 p.m.

Thanksgiving Day November 28

November 30, 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m.

Open to the community, the Fall Festival includes a petting zoo, games, food and lots of fun.

Columbus Day October 14

Veterans Day November 11

Atlanta Anime Day

Anderby Brewing

A $50 ticket includes an open bar, heavy hors d’oeuvres, live music from the Lance Price band and a great time. All proceeds benefit Furkid’s life-saving work.

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Peachtree Corners Library Branch Calendar Highlights

Town Green Calendar 5140 Town Center Boulevard, Peachtree Corners 30092 peachtreecornersga.gov

5570 Spalding Drive, Peachtree Corners 30092 770-978-5154 | gwinnettpl.org search for ‘Puttin on the Litz’ for more info.

Tuesday Tales Tuesdays, 6:30-7:30 p.m. The library presents an evening story time for children ages 5 to 8.

An Evening of Words and Wine

November 7, 1 p.m.

October 11, 6-8 p.m.

Flicks on the Green Ghostbusters October 5, 7 p.m. The final film of this season’s Flicks on the Green series is Ghostbusters, celebrating its 35th year since release. Everyone is invited to come in costume. Bring along a blanket or low-profile lawn chair, and a picnic basket or food from a local vendor.

Live on the Green Series The Sawgrass Blues Band October 19, 7-9 p.m. This year’s series of concerts ends with Roswell’s Finest Organic Blues Ma-

chine. The band carefully selects their songs for smoothness and taste.

Harvest Festival October 26, 4-8 p.m. Autumn brings pumpkins and family fun. There’ll be a deejay playing fun Halloween music and a parade for people and their pets to show off Halloween costumes. The Bubble Lady will be on hand to entertain adults, children and pets with her big bubbles that float through the air.

Holiday Extravaganza December 6, 7-9 p.m. Come one, come all to a celebration of the season, including a visit from Santa, a holiday sing-along and tree lighting.

Peachtree Corners SLAPS: Veterans Day Remembrances

R. Alexander Fine Art 5650 Peachtree Parkway, Peachtree Corners 30092 Nationally renowned journalist, wine expert and author Kevin Begos discusses his travels along the original wine routes. Participants are invited to enjoy a complimentary glass of wine and tour the grounds and gallery of R. Alexander Fine Art.

Peachtree Corners Senior Library Activities and Programs (SLAPS) is a new program designed for seniors. It’s scheduled for the first Thursday of the month, beginning in November, when the program focuses on Veterans Day.

Bearing Witness: Unforgettable Stories from the Holocaust November 10, 3-4 p.m. Peachtree Corners City Hall

Puttin’ on the Litz Gala October 19, 6:30-10:30 p.m. Infinite Energy Center, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth 30097 The Gwinnett County Public Library Foundation annual fundraiser is an elegant black tie affair featuring gourmet dining, live entertainment and dancing. Tickets start at $150. Go to eventbrite.com and

310 Technology Parkway, Community Chest Room, Peachtree Corners 30092 This opportunity to hear the first-person account of a Holocaust survivor is a once in a lifetime experience. Gwinnett County Public Library and the Georgia Commission on the Holocaust are proud to present these speakers to the community. Free and open to the public.

Wesleyan School Admissions Events Dates Wesleyan School announced the dates for its admissions events for the coming school year. The school offers several ways for interested families to get to know the Wesleyan community. Parent Preview Days (For Parents interested in Kindergarten - Grade 12) Parents will have the opportunity to experience life as a Wesleyan student by visiting classes and observing teachers and students at work. Division principals and student panels will be available to answer your questions. Parent Preview Days are scheduled for November 19 and January 28. Kindergarten - Grade 4 Student Shadowing (Students and Parents) This event is recommended for your child to experience life in our lower school. The morning will begin with parents and children attending chapel together, followed by the children shadowing in a classroom with their age-related peers while the parents attend an informational meeting. Student Shadowing will take place on November 6, December 11, and January 22.

Family Open House (For Families Interested in Kindergarten - Grade 12) We encourage you and your child to attend this Open House as it is designed with students and their families in mind. Attend the Head of School’s address, tour the campus with student ambassadors, visit athletic practices, talk to teachers and coaches, experience performances by student ensembles, and ask questions to administrators. Wesleyan faculty will be available to answer any question you have. Our campus is completely open to you. Family Open house will take place on January 11. To register for an event, visit www.wesleyanschool.org/events. Wesleyan School is a Christian, independent K-12 college preparatory school located in Peachtree Corners, Georgia. At the start of the 2019-2020 school year, Wesleyan enrolled 1,179 students from throughout the metropolitan Atlanta area. To learn more about the school, visit www.wesleyanschool.org.

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Pinckneyville Park Calendar

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Pinckneyville Park Community Recreation Center 4650 Peachtree Industrial Boulevard Berkeley Lake 30096 678-277-0920 | gwinnettcounty.com To register for events, call or go to the website, click on Departments, scroll to Parks and Recreation, then click on Events.

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Pumpkin Art

October 24-26 Wesleyan School Powell Theatre

October 17, 6 p.m. Decorate your own pumpkin with paint and other items. All ages are invited, though children 12 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Light refreshments included. $6 per pumpkin. Pre-register by October 14.

5405 Spalding Drive Peachtree Corners 30092 770-448-7640 wesleyanschool.org

Spooktacular Skate Party

The Wolf Players present an evening of two hilarious one-act plays.

October 26, 6:30 p.m. Bring skates and have fun skating to a DJ, roasting marshmallows, making crafts and playing games. There’s a costume contest, too, so dress up. Skating is free, other activities require a $5 wristband and concessions will be available. Pre-register with code PVP41690.

Holiday Market

Godspell Jr. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time October 10-13

November 9, 10 a.m. Get a head start on gift shopping at a free-admission indoor holiday festival that includes 30 unique vendors. Santa will be there, ready to pose for photos, and a kids’ craft room and food truck will be on site, too.

Family Snow Day December 6, 6 p.m. Bring the whole family for winter fun that features a hot chocolate/popcorn bar and unique “snow”ball fight. There’ll also be games, crafts and contests, and everyone is invited to wear pajamas for a special treat. Cost is $6 per person or $20 for a family of 4. Space is limited, so register early with code PVP41660.

November 1 & 2 Cornerstone Christian Academy 5295 Triangle Parkway Peachtree Corners 30092 770-441-9222 cornerstonecougars.org

Greater Atlanta Christian School Williams Fine Arts Center, Clifton Jones Theatre 1575 Indian Trail Road Norcross 30093 770-243-2000| greateratlantachristian.org

The modern retelling of Matthew’s Gospel includes music and comedy to share Jesus’ message.

A young man investigates the mysterious death of a neighbor’s dog.

Lionheart Theatre Company 10 College Street, Norcross 30071 678-938-8518 lionhearttheatre.org

Footloose October 19 & 20, 7 p.m. Duluth Wildcat Theatre 3737 Brock Road, Duluth 30096 770-476-5206

Intimate Apparel November 3-17

Esther is a talented black seamstress working in New York in 1905 who longs for a husband and family.

Wesleyan School High School Fall Play Explores How to Survive... The End of the World Wesleyan School’s Wolf Players will present a two-act play production October 24-26. The show is all about survival in an evening of two hilarious one-act plays: 10 Ways to Survive the End of the World and 10 Ways to Survive the Zombie Apocalypse Will we outsmart the evil bunnies when they take over? Can we reason with the Zombies? Will there be enough sunscreen when the sun explodes? These burning questions and more, answered for your consideration in an evening of purely, silly fun.

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The three-show run is scheduled as follows: Thursday, Oct. 24 at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25 at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26 at 2 p.m. The shows are open to the public and tickets are $10. Shows will be presented in Wesleyan’s Powell Theater located on campus with free parking. Tickets can be purchased at www.wesleyanschool.org/tickets.

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Gwinnett Area Festivals Cumming County Fair & Festival GAAF

AutumnFest

October 3-13

Town Green, 235 Main Street, Loganville 30052

Cumming Fairgrounds 235 Castleberry Road, Cumming 30040 cummingfair.squarespace.com

Art Splash & Wine Festival October 5, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. & October 6, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Thrasher Park, 93 Park Drive Norcross 30071 splashfestivals.com

Duluth Beer & Wine Festival October 5, 12-5 p.m. Duluth Town Green, 3142 Hill Street, Duluth 30096 duluthbeerandwinefest.com

Lilburn Daze Arts & Crafts Festival October 12, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. City Park, 76 Main Street Lilburn 30047 lilburndaze.org

Taste of BBQ Festival October 12, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Town Center Park 330 Town Center Avenue Suwanee 30024

October 19, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

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Johns Creek Arts Festival October 19, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. & October 20, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 1930 Bobby Jones Drive Johns Creek 30097 splashfestivals.com

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Suwanee Wine Festival November 2, 12-4:30 p.m. Town Center Park 330 Town Center Avenue Suwanee 30024 suwaneewinefest.com

Native American Festival and Pow Wow November 7-10 Stone Mountain Park 1000 Robert E. Lee Boulevard Stone Mountain 30083

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Taste of Gwinnett November 16, 5:30-9:30 p.m. Infinite Energy Center 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway Duluth 30097 tasteofgwinnett.org

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KNOWLEDGE

Students empowered to explore, build and create through technology Throughout Peachtree Corners and Gwinnett County, teachers and students are using some of the latest advances in technology to enhance the learning process. “As you can imagine, there are numerous course offerings and classroom opportunities that include use of and learning about technology,” said Tricia Kennedy, executive director of Instructional Development and Support at Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS). “Just like it permeates society, it permeates education.” However, teachers and administrators are quick to point out that technology is, after all, just one of the tools necessary for a well-rounded education. “We want to use the tools, not have them using us,” said Dr. Paul Cable, Greater Atlanta Christian educator. “It’s so easy to get that backward. Technology is not an end in itself, but a means, and we try to use it that way.” Balancing the technological opportunities with classroom interaction is a challenge that area schools are successfully meeting with great results. A day in the Mechatronics

class at Paul Duke STEM High School, pictured is Stephen Cochran, Chair of the Career and Technical Education Department. Above, is one of two 3-D printers.

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Gwinnett County Public Schools In recent years, Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) has seen a lot of increased interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) based courses. “Many of our schools are now certified by the state of Georgia as STEM schools because of the quality and array of courses and extracurricular offerings in these areas,” said Tricia Kennedy, GCPS executive director of Instructional Development and Support. “All of our elementary schools now have Robotics programs. Middle and high school students have the opportunity to take courses leading to a career pathway in computer science.” Kennedy said that online courses have become a part of the norm across the country. Teachers are able to provide effective instructional activities online, and there are opportunities for students to communicate and collaborate with teachers and classmates. “We have a safe and secure environment for these interactions—our eCLASS C&I course pages,” she said. With online offerings, students can access learning resources from anywhere at any time. “But we also believe face to face interaction with teachers is very important,” Kennedy explained. “Online learning does require a certain skill set for students, and their ability to work independently. Just like for adults, some students are not as comfortable with that model.” GCPS is constantly adding resources and supports for students and teachers. “Some of our newer science materials give students the opportunity to participate in real problem-solving through simulations,” she continued. There are 3-D printers in many of the schools, where students learn programming to solve problems and actually make physical objects. Science classes are equipped with probe-ware so students can collect and analyze data in real time. “Technology is used to enhance our students’ learning. It has not taken the place of teachers or the need for students to be actively engaged in class,” Kennedy said. “But technology in school can connect our students to information and opportunities that were not possible in the past . . .just as it does for all of us at work and home.” ■

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Paul Duke STEM High School As a newly opened technology school, Paul Duke STEM High School is equipped with the technology to support its courses in Engineering, Mechatronics, Graphic Arts, Digital Arts, Information Technology and Television and Film Production. Principal Dr. Jonathon Wetherington explained that each student has their own passions and interests that drive them. “Some of the new classes that students are excited about are Principles and Concepts of Animation, Introduction to Cybersecurity, Game Design and AP Computer Science.” In addition, the Television and Film classes are always among the most requested, he noted. “Courses that allow students to create, problem solve and apply their talents are why Paul Duke STEM was created, so it’s great to expand our offerings and engage our students with these technology focused courses,” Dr. Wetherington said. “As a technology focused school, we leverage digital instruction each and every day because our goal is to have students learning through and with technology.” All classes are taught digitally on Fridays with the opportunity for faceto-face support. “Our only purely digital classes are offered through dual enrollment with our collegiate partners,” he said. One of those classes is a new exclusive Cyber Security Program partnership with Mercer University and the FBI Atlanta Field Office that allows students to earn college credit in two foundational cybersecurity courses at Mercer while also engaging in case study learning with the FBI. Another new option for students is Introduction to Mechatronics, which provides an introductory look at becoming an Electronics Technician or a Mechatronics Engineer. “Digital learning is not a magic bullet,” Dr. Wetherington said. “It requires a great deal of effort to deliver effectively, and our teachers work diligently to design effective and engaging lessons.” He added that as students get their academic content digitally, they need to learn time management, independence and self-discipline. “It’s exciting to be able to help students develop these valuable skills at such a young age.” ■

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Norcross High School Students at Norcross High School (NHS) are interested in a number of new opportunities available to them, according to NHS principal Will Bishop. For example, a newly added Graphic Design class is taught by Mr. Miller who worked in the graphic design field and brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to his classroom. In Music Technology, students can utilize a state-of-the-art music lab to create original pieces in a variety of music genres. “Walking into the lab you may find a student laying down tracks on a Mac or hammering out a drumbeat on a drum pad,” Bishop said. NHS has begun a partnership with Gwinnett Online Campus to open a Gwinnett OnCourtesy of Norcross High School line Center on its campus. “This will be most helpful to students who want to accelerate their learning, need to catch up on coursework or want to take a class that’s not currently offered at NHS,” Bishop explained. In addition, several students are taking a Georgia Tech class in Advanced Calculus while sitting in an NHS Media Center conference room. Through a Polycom system, the students can hear, see and speak with the professor leading the classroom as if they were on the Georgia Tech campus. Bishop said that NHS is excited about some new technology the school has received to support its Career Technical Education classes. Students in Engineering classes are now designing and producing prototypes of their own designs using a 3D printer and laser engraver. “Of course, the most exciting opportunities for our teachers and students is always about the next big advances in technology,” he said, adding that the introduction of virtual reality (VR) or augmented reality will dramatically alter the learning experience for teachers and students. “Some of our teachers are utilizing VR sets to visit far off historical settings without ever leaving the classroom,” Bishop said. “A student can put on a VR set and experience holding a heart in their hand or a visit to the Louvre.” ■

Wesleyan School is a one-to-one school, meaning one device to one child. In Kindergarten through 4th grade, one iPad is provided for each student. Each 5th through 12th grade student is provided a touchscreen enabled Windows-based laptop. “Wesleyan has always seen the value of and invested in technology as an important tool for learning,” said Brian Morgan, Wesleyan’s Chief Operating Officer. “In recent years, and thanks to the generosity of a donor, the school has expanded and improved its data center and network capabilities.” “With technology infrastructure in place, our next goal is for technology to support students transitioning from consumers of content to creators of content,” said Jewel Anderson, Instructional Technologist and STEM teacher. When technology in the classroom is to create, it can become cross-curricular. For example, fine arts students can draw creations on paper and use the school’s Epilog Legend Laser Machine to transform their creations into 3D art. In other classes, students use technology to apply art to the business world. “By incorporating interactive technology resources, we’re able to take students’ ideas from concept to creation to completion. Every student has the potential to be a maker,” said Heather Niemann, Middle School Art teacher. There are more ways technology is used efficiently at Wesleyan, too. Modern and classical language students complete performance-based assessments using their tablets to record themselves, then submit the

Middle School students in robotics. (Courtesy of Wesleyan School)

recordings for assessment and feedback on their language speaking skills. Sixth grade robotics students recently worked on a group project; they created their own superheroes, designed scenarios using a coordinate plane map and programmed their EV3 robot to perform tasks and solve a real-world problem. Wesleyan science teachers use student tablets, modeling programs and 3D printers to lead students through creation of new creatures and organisms. “The beauty of students using the 3D printers is that it reinforces the value of planning ahead and trial and error,” Anderson said. “When a student designs a structure and it isn’t structurally sound, the replica from the printer allows them to find that out.” ■

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At Greater Atlanta Christian (GAC), every 4th to 12th grade student has a school issued MacBook, while younger students have access to IPads and MacBooks for targeted learning projects. GAC educator Mandy Richey explained that it’s important for students to practice 21st-century skills. “All school levels of GAC teach students how to use technology in a responsible way. Students are using technology to reinforce, research, record and create.” Technology is infused in the curriculum at age-appropriate levels. Students learn to program as early as Elementary School, continuing in Middle School with MakerSpace, a fully equipped workshop, and ending with AP Computer Science and Robotics in High School. Middle and High School students create new products using one of five 3D printers. The technology-focused courses include Computer Science, App Development, Web Design and Robotics. There are also robotics teams from Elementary to High School. However, Rhonda Helms, Lower School Principal, said, “We emphasize that technology is just a tool…a resource. It is not our curriculum.” GAC resources include Ethos School, the virtual school created by GAC that offers over 50 courses to more than 200 students across the U.S. and around the world. Ethos courses ensure rich, inquisitive dialogue among students, who can choose from over 50 courses. “With online teaching, I learned how important human contact is,” said Dr. Paul Cable, a member of the GAC Ethos School faculty. “People are formed by example and love; they aren’t formed by forum posts. That’s what I love about what GAC’s Ethos School is doing through all of the points of contact with kids. It’s about forming people, not just dumping information on them and testing them on it.” Chancellor Dr. David Fincher said that the GAC community thrives on relationships above all. “Students respond and achieve greater heights out of their deep personal links with caring and superb teachers. Designed well, technology learning can make those ties between students and teachers even deeper and more life-changing, not less.” ■

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Students work in Snap, a block programming software, to create motion, light and sound for their robots. Robots are assembled with recyclable materials and components from a Hummingbird Robot kit. (Photography by: Josh Whitlock)

Cornerstone Christian Academy “Technology has transformed the way Cornerstone teaches young students,” said Melissa Dill, Lower School Principal at Cornerstone Christian Academy. The school recently purchased Lego WeDo engineering sets for grades 2 through 4. “The hands-on STEM activities combine engineering, computer programming and collaboration and are a nice segue way to programming in the middle school robotics and technology classes.” Dill said that students as young as kindergarteners begin coding robots with an innovative, screen-free product called Ozobot. “These bots encourage critical thinking as students use different colors to direct a small bot on a page. Their faces come alive when they realize that they can control a robot by simply drawing lines of different colors,” she said. Middle School Math/Technology teacher Terri Childers said that 6th grade students have a Technology elective. “The focus is on learning ways to effectively navigate the internet when researching a topic.” Students also work in two web-based programming apps, Snap and Scratch. Both are block programming apps that can be used to program robots. “Our 7th and 8th grade students take a technology course that focuses on programming. Programming languages and apps like Robot C, Python and Construct 3 are all part of the curriculum,” Childers said. Construct 3 is a web-based video game creation application and has been a big hit with students. “Having access to free software that allows students to make video games from scratch that track scores, play background music and have animated characters is a valuable tool for learning,” she said. The entire middle school is a Google Education school, and most middle school classes have digital textbooks that a student can access with a username and password. “Our students keep classwork organized through Google Drive,” Childers said. The system allows students to easily share work with teachers and collaborate with peers. Since their accounts aren’t tied to any single device, students can access their accounts from anywhere on any device with internet access. ■

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Harry Potter Garden Inspires Students By Annie Fogle “Every year, when a kid comes in with a Harry Potter book, everyone wants to grab it and see what it’s all about,” said Marilyn Whitmer, registrar at Peachtree Elementary. “That’s why it was the perfect inspiration for the garden.” When Whitmer was put in charge of the garden at Peachtree Elementary, she was determined to do something impactful. It was important for her to not only give the school something beautiful, but also to find a way to encourage reading through beauty. After seeing the excitement that students always had for the Harry Potter series, the means to accomplishing her goal seemed simple. But beginning her journey was not as easy as she would have thought. To gain insight on the series, she turned to her daughters, Savannah and Georgia for help. The two high school seniors designed and laid out a plan for the garden, including creative scenes based on details from the books, to keep students interested. The girls relied on community members for donations of materials. Many people gave fence posts for bordering, used realtor signs that could be painted and displayed and even old owl figurines to add a magical element to the garden. The Robert Shubert Foundation donated funds for charming, unique plants and flowers to brighten the garden, and Girl Scout troops gave their time to put them into place. According to Ms. Whitmer, the positive effects of the community

►Education Briefs Open Houses Set for Cornerstone Christian Academy Cornerstone Christian Academy has scheduled two dates for Open House events — November 2, 10 a.m.-12noon and January 25, 10 a.m.12noon. The Lower and Middle (K-8) school buildings will be available for the whole family to tour. The tours are an opportunity to meet teachers, school parents and student ambassadors. Find more info at cornerstonecougars.org/open_ house.

effort are already rippling through Peachtree Elementary. “Because a lot of our students don’t have access to gardens, or even regular exposure to wildlife, the Harry Potter garden gives them the opportunity to learn more about plants they wouldn’t see anywhere else,” she said. She explained that students are eager to volunteer to help with the upkeep of the garden, and often ask questions about the species of plants. One student even claimed that helping take care of the garden after school was more fun than playing video games. Ms. Whitmer said that she likes to seek out “plants that are strange and new to students, because their curiosity will fuel their learning. As an International Baccalaureate school, we need to train them to be inquirers, students who are motivated to question the world around them.” Students also receive affirmation through the signs placed in different sections of the garden. Each area has a hand-painted motivational quote from the Harry Potter series. Ms. Whitmer and her daughters purposely selected quotations that reflect the idea of believing in your abilities despite adversity. They decided to do this because “many of our students come from low income families or difficult situations far beyond their control. I want to encourage them that by trying their hardest, they always have the opportunity to grow and better themselves. It is important to show them that where they are now doesn’t define their future, they do.” The garden will continue to be maintained and updated by Dumbledore’s Army, a service club founded by Georgia Whitmer that is comprised of Norcross High School students. Their mission statement is to use the Harry Potter series to promote a creative and collaborative community full of future leaders. They hope that by sparking the curiosity of young students, they can inspire a new generation of well-rounded thinkers and continue the tradition of excellence within Peachtree Corners. ■

Greater Atlanta Christian School Open Houses Scheduled Open Houses are on the calendar for the current school year at Greater Atlanta Christian School. The events will be held on four Wednesdays — November 13 and December 4, January 29 and February 26 — beginning at 9:30 a.m. Interested families are encouraged to sign up for the Open Houses and Campus Tours at greateratlantachristian.org/Admissions/Visit-GAC. October/November 2019 ■ Peachtree Corners Magazine

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Families are invited to meet the Wesleyan School community at several admission events scheduled in upcoming months. Parent Preview Days, slated for November 19 and January 28, allow parents interested in grades Kindergarten through Grade 12 to visit classes and observe students and teachers at work. The Family Open House on January 11, also for K-12, includes a campus tour and the opportunity to talk with teachers, coaches and administrators. Additionally, visitors can experience athletic practices and student ensemble performances. Student Shadowing for Kindergarten-Grade 4 — offered on November 6, December 11 and January 22 — lets children shadow age-related peers in a classroom while parents attend an informational meeting. Get details and register at wesleyanschool.org/events.

Lee Newman Named NHS Teacher of the Year The year, the honor of Norcross High School Teacher of the Year goes to Lee Newman, who teaches Band for grades 9 through 12. A selection committee narrowed the field to three finalists based on their applications: Lee Newman, Kakie Kaiser and Lorraine McCullough. The school released a statement that “the award is not only a recognition of the great things that Mr. Newman does in the classroom, it’s also a celebration of all of the great things NHS teachers and staff do each and every day.” A Teacher of the Year celebration is planned to be held conjunction with American Education Week later this fall.

Record number of Cornerstone Students Qualify for Duke TIP

Half of the 7th grade students at Cornerstone Christian Academy in Peachtree Corners qualified for the highly selective Duke University Talent Identification Program (Duke TIP). That’s the highest number of qualifying students in school history. The Duke TIP supports academically talented students in grades 4 through 12. The non-profit organization offers above-grade-level testing, enrichment resources, residential summer programs, online courses and more. To qualify, students must score at or above the 95th percentile on accepted tests. Twenty-seven students are being recognized. Congratulations go to: Sean Balderas, Landon Clement, Jack Coates, Ella Floyd, Rayna Garland, Hannah Gartin, Alice Griffin, Madeline House, Julia Jackovich, Melina Jackson (not pictured), Ethan Lewis, Philip Liebenberg, Alana Magley, Jack Merrill, Matthew Mitchell, Parker Moore, Eleanor Moran, JJ Neeb, Andrew Schemmel, Connor Schenke, Manuel Schlicht, Patrick Stephens, Emily Wallace, Lizzie West, Allie West, Kendall White and Caroline Yates.

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Local Educators Honored, Teachers of the Year As part of the search for the 2019-20 Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) Teacher of the Year, GCPS has named 139 local teachers as tops in their schools. “Our Teachers of the Year exemplify the high expectations that our Gwinnett parents and community have for every teacher in every classroom,” said Dr. Jonathan Patterson, Associate Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction Support. “They are selected by their peers because of the great things they do for students every day, and they are models of excellence for their colleagues as well. We are grateful to have the opportunity to celebrate their passion and their dedication to their students and their profession.” The local school honorees will move into the next phase of the process as they’re considered for the systemwide honor. The annual Teacher of the Year banquet and the announcement of this year’s top teacher in Gwinnett County will be held on November 14. Teachers of the Year at Gwinnett County Public Schools in the Peachtree Corners area include: Carly Cantrell, Paul Duke STEM High, Geometry, Grade 11

Ivelisse Hernandez, Stripling Elementary, Special Education, Grade 4

Althea Carter, Summerour Middle, Mathematics, Grade 7

Cassidy Hobby, Peachtree Elementary, Media Specialist, Grades K-5

Brandy J. Carter, Duluth High, Theater, Grades 9-12

Lee Newman, Norcross High, Band, Grades 9-12

Gayle Dingler, Simpson Elementary, Grade 5

Jimmy Nguyen, Coleman Middle, Mathematics & Science, Grade 6

Matthew Green, Berkeley Lake Elementary, Music, Grades K-5

Jermaine Shakespeare, Duluth Middle, Connections, Grades 6-8

Amanda Heaton, Pinckneyville Middle, Physical Education & Health, Grades 6-8

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Great Spaces to Host Corporate & We’re presenting appetizer-sized nuggets of the smorgasbord of potential party locations in the area, but there is a tremendous amount of information to share. Visit our website, livinginpeachtreecorners.com, to get the complete banquet-sized article. It offers extensive details as well as a close-up personal look at each of the venues.

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favorite subjects, imagine my glee when given the assignment to help our readers find some great venues, right in our own proverbial backyard, that would make hosting our 2019 holiday parties a cinch! I may or may not have squealed with delight, just a little.

Anderby Brewing

110 Technology Parkway #200, Peachtree Corners 30092 770-559-7550, anderbybrewing.com Any kind of party can take place at Anderby: stag parties, bridal showers, birthdays, holiday parties. Each event is customized by your choice of caterer and décor. This rustic, industrial space is wide open. Light pours in through large windows and the hard surface floors gleam. The Event Space with floor-to-ceiling windows can hold 45-50 people comfortably, while the Tap Room can seat about 200 people. Large glass windows provide a clear view into the Brew House where you’re likely to catch the master brewer at work. The Patio offers a cozy, outdoor spot facing Technology Parkway and a portion of the 1.5 mile, 5G-enabled test track—so there’s no telling what you’ll see driving by! ■

Atlanta Tech Park 107 Technology Parkway, Peachtree Corners 30092 404-797-1221, atlantatechpark.com

Picture exposed beams and ductwork in the soaring ceilings, glazed cement floors, bright orange accents like the metal frame installation at the front entrance and giant logo decals on the walls inside. Outdoor space is also available for your event at Atlanta Tech Park. There are space options to meet every need, from a conference room for a small group, to the Event Hall which can hold 500 people at round tables for a seated dinner (8-10 per table). Standing events can range from 100-700 people here. If you’re not featuring a buffet or a seated meal, high-tops are available for cocktail style receptions. ■

Here are some of the fantastic places I’ve scoped-out and I’m happy to share with you the low-down on each one. I tried to include a variety of locations, to meet whatever your holiday party needs may be—corporate, family, child-friendly, elegant, casual—you name it.

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’Cue Barbecue 5260 Peachtree Industrial Boulevard, Peachtree Corners 30071 470-299-5117, cuebarbecue.com

The Hickory Room is a dedicated event space able to seat 80 people comfortably with enough space remaining for a cocktail hour reception. For a seated only event, up to 100 guests can be accommodated. A cocktail and passed appetizer experience can be enjoyed by 150 in this neutral space ready to be decorated however you like. The Restaurant at ’Cue Barbecue lends itself well to smaller parties lasting two to three hours, with 25-30 people seated together. The restaurant offers beer and wine. In the Hickory Room, options range from open bar to cash bar, with some variations of each. ’Cue Barbecue also offers off-site catering. ■

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Flint Hill

539 South Peachtree Street, Norcross 30071 770-263-7669 Ext. 101, magicweddingvenues.com/venues/flint-hill If you love the idea of having a holiday party in an elegant, historic home, look no further than Flint Hill. Through the paned glass windows of The Grand Ballroom where up to 180 guests can be seated, one can view the manicured courtyard. The Covered Pavilion, where up to 100 guests can be seated, can also be used as an outdoor dance floor. The Courtyard with its lush greenery can seat up to 130 guests. The home can accommodate a cocktail style reception of up to 200 guests inside, and the maximum number of guests in the home and surrounding areas is 275. â–

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Grace 1720

5155 Peachtree Parkway #320, Peachtree Corners 30092 678-421-1720, grace1720.com Grace 1720 has a rustic chic décor that sets the stage for a memorable celebration. The Chef’s Room is great for a group of 10-12 people who want privacy. The Private Dining Room upstairs features a beautiful chandelier and a large banquet table. It will hold 40 people seated. The Bar Area is a perfect place for a cocktail party. The Main Dining Room can fit 60 or more. In cooler weather, the doors in the dining room open out to the patio creating an indoor/outdoor experience. The Patio offers nice views, a fountain, and a fireplace for the cooler days ahead; it can seat 45-50 people. ■

The Hilton Atlanta

5993 Peachtree Industrial Boulevard, Peachtree Corners 30092 770-447-4747, hilton.com As I approached this impressive neighborhood hotel, I could see why it’s known as “The Castle on the Hill.” Driving up Peachtree Industrial, you see it majestically perched upon the hill. There are 14 meeting or event spaces to choose from. From a small group of 10 people in a meeting room, to big ballrooms, 500-600 at a seated dinner with a dancefloor in the Grand Ballroom, or 1,000 for a standing reception, the Hilton Atlanta has your party needs covered. A pre-set auditorium is available for up to 120 attendees and a variety of boardrooms are an option if you’re looking to facilitate board meetings. ■

Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar 5224 Peachtree Parkway, Peachtree Corners 30092 470-735-4501, lazydogrestaurants.com

If you’d like a restaurant with a relaxed, lodge-like, chic atmosphere, or a dog friendly patio for your next holiday event, this new local favorite is for you. Corporate or personal events are welcome in designated areas of Lazy Dog Restaurant and its patio, however there is no private room. The maximum amount of time allotted for a party is 2.5 hours. For an après-ski feel to your party, you can seat a maximum of 16 people in front of the stacked stone fireplace in the main dining room. On the patio, up to 25 people can be accommodated, and one side of the massive stone fire pit could be dedicated to your event. ■

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Mojitos Cuban American Bistro

5161 Peachtree Parkway #630, Peachtree Corners 30092 770-686-3254, mojitosbistro.squarespace.com For authentic Cuban cuisine and a laidback, festive atmosphere, invite your holiday party guests to Mojitos. This Cuban restaurant boasts a friendly staff and they serve up the best Mojitos in town! Your Cuban Christmas party could be as small as 15 people and as large as 200. Inside, 100 can be comfortably seated. Outside on the all-season patio, you can seat 50. Either the bar area or the patio would be an ideal place to host a cocktail hour for a maximum of 60-80 guests. If you have a larger-scale happy hour in mind, you could use the whole restaurant and fit 200 inside, up to 300 if you also make use of the patio. ■

Nitro Zone

6344 Cash Court, Peachtree Corners 30071 678-949-3866, nitrozone.com Why not entertain both children and adults who are kids at heart and head over to Nitro Zone for action-packed holiday fun? Nitro Zone offers all the entertainment your coworkers and relatives can possibly handle. Sold-by-the-hour activities for your event include the Nitro Speedway, Bazooka Ball, Action Zone, Bowling and Arcade. The smallest party here would be a party of 10. Conversely, a group as large as 500-750 can be amused at this location. If rotating groups of guests throughout the day, a party can be planned here for up to 2,000 people. Buyout for a few hours is an option, however you’d have to speak to one of their party planners for details. ■

Noble Fin Restaurant and Events

5260 Peachtree Parkway, Peachtree Corners 30092 678-488-9918, noblefinrestaurant.com While they don’t cater off-site, the restaurant has just launched Little Fin, a virtual, daytime restaurant with the capacity to serve 10-200 people with boxed lunches, sandwich platters, soups, salads, beverages and fruit via pick-up or delivery to homes and offices in Gwinnett County. Just in time for the busy, holiday season! In the restaurant, a small party size in a private room would comprise about 15 people. Besides a semi-private room, they have three private rooms: The Chesapeake Room, The Newport Room and The Hatteras Room. For a group of 70, two private rooms can be combined. The largest party they can accommodate would involve a complete buyout, with 150 guests. ■

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Osteria di Mare

5005 Peachtree Parkway, Peachtree Corners 30092 678-691-0344, osteriadimare.weebly.com If you’d like to celebrate the holidays with a little taste of Italy, there are a number of ways to go about it. While there is no private event space at Osteria di Mare, a portion of the dining room can be dedicated to your holiday gathering for no fee. If privacy isn’t a concern for you, there is room for a party of 30 people taking up two rows during regular business hours. To reserve the entire restaurant, which seats up to 80 invitees for your function, there is a minimum spend of $2,000. One can opt for either a seated dining experience or a cocktail hour style reception. ■

Pub Ten

5270 Peachtree Parkway #118b, Peachtree Corners 30092 678-691-5041, pub10.com The friendly neighborhood bar and grill with that Cheers sort of vibe, “where everybody knows your name,” Pub Ten is a cozy place to consider celebrating the season’s social events. A sit-down dinner, a buffet, or appetizers—all scenarios are possible. There’s a semi-private room where events are usually held, and the main dining area where the bar is located. Generally, people rent out the quasi-secluded room. If seated, 30-35 people can be accommodated. If it’s a standing/cocktail shindig, one can invite 40 to 55 guests. Good News! Pub Ten also provides catering off-site for up to about 100 people. ■

Royal Thai Bistro 6365 Spalding Drive, Suite A, Peachtree Corners 30092 828-635-9745, royalbistro.net

Royal Thai Bistro is a family-owned, Asian Fusion restaurant offering in-house and to-go dining. There are approximately 33 chairs, a long silver colored, tufted back, leather banquette against the back wall, and a smaller adjacent room with three booths. Royal Bistro can seat a party of 25-30 people for your holiday event. If you’d prefer a standing-only cocktail hour type party, with passed appetizers, that is also an option in the main dining room. While Royal Thai Bistro does not cater off-site, they do prepare large quantities of food for pick-up so you can still take the Thai party home. ■

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Ten Bistro

5005 Peachtree Parkway #820, Peachtree Corners 30092 770-375-8330, tenlocalflavors.com Both corporate and family gatherings on the smaller side, which do not necessarily require a private event space, are welcome in Ten Bistro. If a private function is a requirement, buyout of the restaurant is always an option. The best number for a party size here is 50 or less—50 would take-up the whole restaurant. They’ve had parties of up to 65, with some guests spilling over onto the patio, but you can’t always count on the weather. Off-site catering is available for 10-150 people. Call the restaurant to discuss your vision and Ten Bistro can come to you! ■ MAKE YOUR

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Real Estate & Home

Market Snapshot

By Meredith Blinder While mortgage interest rates have wavered over the last few months, market activity has remained strong throughout Metro Atlanta. We aren’t seeing the rapid growth we once were, but the market continues to expand. Home sales were up 2.5% from June to August of this year, along with a 2.8% increase in pending sales (homes with contract that have been signed, but not closed yet) for the same time period. Home sales reached a 17-month high in August, which can likely be attributed to low mortgage rates encouraging buyers. As of mid-September, the average mortgage rates are:

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PETS & THEIR PEOPLE When we gave out the call asking people to send in photos with their beloved furry family members for a giveaway, we were thrilled to get so many responses. There’s no doubt that Peachtree Corners residents love their pets! We’ve included a select number of

the submitted photos on our pages. There was a giveaway offered for folks who submitted photos with their pets, and three submissions were chosen at random to receive prizes. The Pets & Their People photo submission and giveaway was

a great success, and we want to heartily thank everyone who sent in photos. A special shout out goes to Lazy Dog Restaurant for supplying the generous restaurant gift cards. Peachtree Corners Magazine supplied the Visa gift cards.

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WINNERS OF OUR GIVEAWAY Winners of the Peachtree Corners Magazine Pets & Their People giveaway. Front, left to right: Kelly Ratcliff with Summit, her black and white Lab/Border Collie; little Cali with his people, Heather Parton (in back) and son Lawson; KC Frey (in back) with daughter Delilah, surrounded by their two Labrador/Whippet mix dogs, Lilly and Leo.

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received the Grand Prize, a $150 gift card for Lazy Dog Restaurant and $150 Visa gift card (pictured Cali)

got the Second Prize, a $100 gift card for Lazy Dog Restaurant and a $100 Visa gift card (pictured Elijah holding Rambo, and Deliliah with Leo and Lilly)

took the Third Prize of a $100 Visa gift card (pictured Kelly and Summit)

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Pet Resources

Peachtree Corners pets have a lot of options for top-notch products and care. Several local shops offer high quality pet food and toys that are safe and appealing. Qualified veterinarians, groomers, pet sitters and trainers are available to help with everything a pet parent needs.

Pet Food & Supplies Hollywood Feed 678-691-9127 hollywoodfeed.com PetSmart Also offers grooming services 770-300-0926 petsmart.com Pooch N Paws Pet Boutique— The Forum Also offers grooming services 770-446-6672 poochnpaws.com

Veterinarians & Pet Hospitals Banfield Pet Hospital 770-798-9322 banfield.com Medlock Bridge Animal Hospital Also offers boarding and grooming services 770-242-9272 medlockbridgevet.com

Peachtree Corners Animal Clinic Also offers boarding and grooming services 770-448-0700 animal-dr.com Spalding Animal Hospital 770-558-4347 spaldinganimalhospital.com

Grooming Allie’s Pampered Paws Dogwash & Grooming 770-685-1234 alliespaws.com Pet Tree Corners Pet Daycare, Hotel and Spa Also offers boarding 770-558-4347 spaldinganimalhospital.com

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Animal Rescue & Shelters Furkids Thrift Store: 4015 Holcomb Bridge Road, Suite 400, Peachtree Corners 30092 770-817-1405 Cat Shelter: 2650 Pleasantdale Road, Atlanta 30340 770-613-0880 Dog Shelter: 1520 Union Hill Road, Alpharetta 30005 678-624-1003 furkids.org

Peachtree Corners Business Association “Where Businesses Comes To Grow”

The Peachtree Corners Business Association is the premier networking organization for Gwinnett County and its largest city, Peachtree Corners. PCBA hosts networking events, keynote speaker series, Connecting Over Coffee, grand openings/ribbon cuttings and more. In addition, PCBA actively supports charities, nonprofit organizations, and student scholarships raising over $75,000 in the last 6 years.

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he sights and sounds of America’s Friday night Fall Gridiron ritual are just as tried and true in Peachtree Corners as they are anywhere else in the country. Fluorescent lights beam down upon a spectator-filled stadium surrounding a green field etched in white chalk where 22 teens in opposing uniformed colors run, jump and collide to the sounds of helmets popping on contact, shouting, swishing pom-poms, cheers from the onlooking crowd and competing mellifluous marching band soundtracks. On a September evening at Norcross High School, a voice

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above the crowd common to these festivities interrupted the cacophony of stadium activity to greet all in attendance and set the mood. “Welcome to the home of the Norcross High Blue Devils,” longtime Norcross High School public address announcer Jeff Holcombe said, his voice booming over the field’s PA system. “We look forward to an exciting evening of football.” Holcombe’s resonating voice was immediately followed by electric guitar riffs to the chants of “Thunder” as he queued up the song “Thunderstruck” by ‘80s heavy metal band AC/DC. “That’s been the theme song for Norcross,” he said, holding the PA system microphone away from his mouth. From his perch in the scorer’s booth, Holcombe reviewed the dozen or so sheets of paper that he’d spread out on his section of the scorer’s desk to tell him team rosters — home team and visiting

North Gwinnett High — with number and names, sponsors announcements, game day captains and prep schedules for the day with space for scoring updates. “It helps to be prepared,” he said. “And it’s best to do it now, in the calm before the storm.” The public address, or PA, an-

Top, Norcross High School PA announcer Jeff Holcombe, right, gets ready to call an NHS football game with the help of booth volunteers Jae Early, left, and Bobby Lynch, center. Above, Joe Tamel is an English teacher at Wesleyan who became the school’s football PA this year.

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continued from page 33 nouncer is a time-honored function of public sporting events. While Holcombe and Wesleyan School’s Joe Tamel are volunteers, both are adamant about upholding the tradition on behalf of their respective Peachtree Corners schools. “’Friday Night Lights’ is a big deal in this part of the country and the public announcer adds a level of professionalism,” said Tamel, a 47-year-old English teacher at Wesleyan who only this year became the football PA. Professionalism is key to what sports fans expect from PA announcers. The National Association of Sports Public Address Announcers guidelines state that PA announcers should provide pertinent, timely information, promote good sportsmanship, respect everyone involved in the game, always be prepared and never root against visiting teams. That doesn’t mean they can’t have fun, however. Holcombe, 59, has been working with booth volunteers Jae Early and Bobby Lynch since he began his run at the Norcross football PA announcer 13 years ago. The two support Holcombe by spotting — using binoculars to identify players’ numbers, yardage or positions on the field — to help keep track of all the on-field action. Between plays, they keep up jokes at one another’s’ expense. “I’ve got to add value to this

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operation, or (Jeff) will replace me with a younger model,” the 62-yearold Early cracked during a timeout as he peeled some unused tape to clean up around Holcombe’s workspace. “Yeah, AARP doesn’t have a highschool team for you to follow,” Holcombe responded. But when play began again, nonessential chatter and laughing quickly subsided so they could address the business at hand — the game. “Number 31’s got it again,” Early soberly chimed while peering out of the booth through portable black binoculars. Holcombe held the mic close to his mouth and spoke in a tone barely audible to those near him in the booth. But from outside, his voice reverberated across the field at a slight delay from his live voice to describe the visiting North Gwinnett High offensive play: “Crosby carries the ball again for a gain of three yards … Devin Crosby carries the ball to the 42-yard-line … First down!” Wesleyan, which is just up the road from Norcross High, just installed a new broadcast tool which syncs video with the PA announcement. This means they

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don’t need spotters. Holcombe initially volunteered to be PA announcer for the Norcross junior varsity team while his children were in the marching band. Two years later, he moved to covering varsity, and has been there since. Tamel had been involved in broadcast, announcing for Wesleyan basketball games for the past eight years, and he said he was recruited after a school staff meeting earlier this year. “I assume they figured since I’m comfortable in front of a microphone I would be fine here,” said Tamel, who also produces a literary podcast called “Digital Yawp.” Holcombe tried out announcing on a dare from his cousin. “My cousin dared me to try out for the Atlanta Hawks,” he said. “I had to send in an audio recording, and three or four weeks later I got an invitation as one of the top 25 applicants out of about 600.” He finished 10th. Both Tamel and Holcombe work to keep the spotlight on the field. “I don’t want to overcommunicate,” Tamel said. “I certainly think it’s about what’s going on on the field.” Holcombe is equally self-effacing. “No way am I bigger than the game,” he said. But when it’s critical that he is heard, Holcombe has no problem exerting the authority in his voice. When a jagged bolt of lightning flashed just on the horizon, his otherwise ebullient baritone took

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Above, Holcombe and Early confer about a play during the game. Below, Matthew Means, Wesleyan’s Assistant Director of Christian Life and High School Bible teacher, stops by the booth to visit with Tamel.

a sterner, yet sober tone. “Attention. Would everyone please clear the stadium and get to a safe place inside or in their cars. We’ve spotted lightning and are suspending play.” This illustrates just how critical public announcers can be to game nights. And football season can help to set the tone for the entire school year, Tamel said. “There is a cultural milieu in the South around football,” he said. “Often, these games are well attended, maybe even more so that lot of other sports. With all of that being pushed to the forefront at the beginning of the year, a lot of positive vibes can be created at the school around football.” Tamel is having fun in his new role and said he will keep doing it as long as the school lets him. “It’s a way to be further involved, and I don’t mind volunteering my time for an event that I enjoy,” he said. Holcombe just completed his third year announcing for the Georgia Gwinnett Grizzlies baseball and softball teams. And he aspires to call games for the Atlanta Braves or Hawks. But he still has a special place in his heart for calling Blue Devils football. “I got butterflies today at work thinking about the game tonight,” he said. “As long as get excited like that, I’ll keep doing this. ■

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Cornerstone Cougars Win Tournament

The Cornerstone Cougars 7th grade volleyball team won the Gwinnett County Tournament on Sept. 14. Sixteen schools and feeder teams participated. Cornerstone started off undefeated in pool play by knocking off McConnell Middle school, Greater Atlanta Christian School (GACS) and the host, Hebron Christian. After advancing to the Gold (Winners) Bracket, the Cougars faced Wesleyan in the quarterfinals and won 25-17, 25-17. Brookwood was next up in the semi-final and Cornerstone won 25-14 and 25-15. In the Championship, the Cougars split the first two sets 2518, 19-25, versus Mountain View before prevailing in the pulse pounding third set, 15-13, to capture the title.

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►Nourish Briefs Diners Have an Easy Online Option with Little Fin Nobel Fin Restaurant has announced the opening of Little Fin, Peachtree Corner’s first virtual restaurant. Opening in late September, it will provide home and office catering options that can be ordered online. Like Noble Fin, Little Fin is owned by veteran

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The offerings at Little Fin include sandwich platters, beverages, salads, vegetable plates, boxed lunches and cookie and brownie trays. Some of the sandwiches featured are Noble Fin’s Lobster Roll, Shrimp Po Boys, Mozzeralla & Tomato, Smoked Salmon Sandwich, Par-

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►Nourish Briefs Local Brewery to Host Halloween Festival

Whether you prefer a family-friendly festival or adults-only celebration, be sure to mark October 26 on your calendar. Anderby Brewing will host a Halloween Festival for families from 12 noon to 5 p.m. Parents are invited to relax with a beer while the kids enjoy fun-filled festivities that include arts and crafts activities, on-site food vendors, candy and giveaways. Later in the day, from 6 p.m. to 12 a.m., the fun continues at Anderby with a Halloween Party for people 21 and older. There’ll be a Halloween Costume Contest, with a $500 prize for first place, along with fun activities, food vendors and more. “If that doesn’t excite you enough, five new beers will be released that day,” said co-owner Michell Smelt. She and her husband Preston began their journey into brewing with a homebrewing course that Michell bought for Preston as a birthday present. In July, they opened Anderby Brewing at 110 Technology Parkway. It’s Peachtree Corners’ first and only brewery, and it has already become a community favorite with its laid-back atmosphere and delicious brews featuring regional grains. Be sure to RSVP if you plan to attend either celebration. For the Halloween Festival, go to anderbybrewingfestival.eventbrite.com. For the adults-only Halloween Party, go to anderbybrewingparty.eventbrite. com. ■

The anniverGRACE 1720 sary celebration began with a special brunch that included live music. The festivities continued with a dinner that featured chef-inspired entrée specials and an evening performance. Managing Partner Kevin Gardner said, “We’re celebrating the last 15 years with all of our patrons who have faithfully supported us through the years.” Grace 1720, owned by the Johnson family, serves Contemporary American cuisine for brunch, lunch and dinner. Still in its original location at The Forum in Peachtree Corners, the restaurant is a local favorite for family meals as well as special occasions. “Our mission has always been to be a light in the community, a retreat with impeccable service that makes a difference in the lives of our guests and the community we serve,” said Terry Johnson, Grace 1720 co-founder. “Fifteen years is an exceptional accomplishment, and we look forward to continuing to uplift and inspire our guests with amazing tastes and a unique atmosphere,” added General Manager Kyle Goolsby. ■

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Food Network Star and owner Willie Degel will open his third Uncle Jack’s Meat House in Peachtree Corners. The restaurant will be set in Town Center and open in the first quarter of 2020. A larger-than-life version of a neighborhood bar and grill, Uncle Jack’s features scratch-made appetizers, salads, burgers and sandwiches. The restaurant specializes in steak, along with creative new menu items like Charred Spanish Octopus. Uncle Jack’s has the look and feel of a 1900s warehouse in New York’s Famous Meatpacking District, complete with aged cement, raw vintage steel, subway title and meat hooks. There’s also custom wallpaper featuring archival butcher photos and flying pigs and steer heads mounted on the walls. The tufted and red vinyl seating, marble bar tops with old school bar styling and outdoor fire pit lounge areas provide a pop of sophistication amid the vintage theme. ■

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Violence, NorD cross Cooperative Ministries and Paul Duke STEM High School’s Digital Bridges. “We focused our charity event to raise money for three important causes: survivors of domestic violence, temporary housing for children and the Digital Bridges education program for career readiness,” Ms. Proctor said. Concussion Institute and Partnership Against Domestic Violence provides concussion care to survivors of domestic violence in Gwinnett and Fulton shelters. The Concussion Institute plans to evaluate and treat more than 100 survivors annually. Norcross Cooperative Ministries (NCM) offers temporary housing for children whose families have been evicted and

are living on the street or in their car. The organization assists up to 70 families a day with temporary emergency financial assistance to pay rent and bills and purchase food and clothing. The Digital Bridges program is a combined effort between the non-profit Paul Duke STEM Care Team and the Paul Duke STEM Parent Teacher Student Association. The program gives students necessary tools, including laptops, and resources, such as professional wardrobes, to succeed in college and toward their careers. During the event, PCBA also presented a check to the Paint Gwinnett Pink 5K Walk/Run, benefiting local breast cancer survivors and the Gwinnett Breast Center.

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►Business Briefs Curiosity Lab Opening Celebration Includes Drone-Flying Ribbon Cutting

On Sept. 11, more than 400 guests were at Peachtree Corners City Hall to attend the Grand Opening of the city’s long-awaited autonomous vehicle and smart city test track. Attendees were wowed with displays of the latest 5G and IoT technology during the opening of the 1.5-mile testbed, Curiosity Lab at Peachtree Corners. The grand opening was part of the kickoff to the first Smart City Expo Atlanta, held at the World Congress Center Sept. 11-13. The day began with a drone-flying ribbon cutting, courtesy of students from the nearby Paul Duke STEM High School. The celebration attracted state, county and local leaders including Georgia’s Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan, Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger and Georgia Department of Transportation Chair Ann Purcell. The city’s partners, Sprint Business’s president Jan Geldmacher and Georgia Power’s president Paul Bowers were at the event. The city’s mayor and council, state insurance commissioner John King, the city manager, Brian Johnson and Curiosity Lab board member Wayne Hodges were on hand to cut the ribbon. “We’re proud to showcase our city and the first living lab of its kind to open in the United States,” said Mayor Mike Mason of the city-owned project. “We invite businesses and startups alike to use Curiosity Lab at Peachtree Corners to test their intelligent mobility and smart city technologies.” ■

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Curiosity Lab at Peachtree Corners Collaborates with Georgia Tech and Delta

In early August, Curiosity Lab at Peachtree Corners announced its strategic collaboration with Georgia Tech and Delta Air Lines to advance autonomous vehicle and infrastructure research. The collaboration will provide critical seed funding for Georgia Tech researchers and allow them access to the Lab’s one-and-a-half-mile autonomous vehicle test track and living laboratory. “Our 5G-enabled living laboratory will give Georgia Tech researchers the opportunity to push the frontier of emerging technology in a real-world setting that is almost impossible to replicate in a closed lab,” said Betsy Plattenburg, executive director of Curiosity Lab at Peachtree Corners. “Driving the leading edge of emerging technology—like we’ve done with biometrics by launching the first fully biometric terminal in the United States—means Delta can help shape how industry adopts it,” said Gil West, Delta’s Chief Operating Officer. “Autonomous vehicle technology is one of those innovations we see as having the potential to improve employee safety, the customer experience and operational performance, and this partnership will help us explore all of those possibilities.” Debra Lam, managing director for smart cities and inclusive innovation at Georgia Tech added that the collaboration is a wonderful example of industry-university-local government coming together to advance innovative solutions to the built environment and mobility. “Providing access to such infrastructure will help our researchers test new technologies and further our mission of serving our community through innovation,” she said. ■

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Luxury cosmetics retailer ST Belle Dame has opened a new location at Town Center in Peachtree Corners. The boutique carries a variety of high-end brands, including Korean and Japanese skincare products. The store’s name is taken from the French phrase for ‘beautiful woman,’ and the concept behind ST Belle Dame is that true beauty comes from within. The store offers cosmetics that allow a woman’s true, inner beauty to shine through instead of relying on artificial beauty standards created by the industry. Among the exclusive brands found at ST Belle Dame are Dior, Giorgio Armani, Laura Mercier, Becca, Chanel, Shiseido, SK-II, Amore Pacific, Kevyn Aucoin, Dr. Jarn, Missha, Innisfree and TonyMoly. Trained beauty consultants and professionals are on hand to provide guidance for clients. To complement its strong emphasis on skincare, ST Belle Dame has an ancillary spa that offers specialized skincare treatment services. ■

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Healing Arts Center Opens in Peachtree Corners

Licensed Massage Therapist and Esthetician Mary Lou Davidson recently opened a private, owner-operated Skin Care and Therapeutic Bodywork Studio in Peachtree Corners. Peachtree Corners Healing Arts is located one mile south of the Town Center in the Crossings Center on the Parkway office park. A native of Central New York, Davidson has lived in Peachtree Corners for over 20 years. She is a seasoned Massage Therapist and Esthetician with a focus on Sensory Awareness. Body sensory awareness work is beneficial for individuals experiencing acute stress, depression, chronic pain, grief, anxiety, and all forms of post-traumatic stress. Peachtree Corners Healing Arts is an exclusive Jurlique Skincare Spa and offers luxury facials. Jurlique skincare products and Jane Iredale cosmetics are also available for purchase. For more info and to make an appointment, call 404-372-0015 or visit peachtreecornershealingarts. com. ■

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October 4 & November 1, 7:30-9 a.m. Hilton Atlanta Northeast 5993 Peachtree Industrial Boulevard, Peachtree Corners 30092 On October 4, U.S. Congressman Rob Woodall shares a report from Washington D.C. Northside Hospital offers free biometric screenings; register online. On November 1, Eric Henderson is featured.

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October 24, 4-6 p.m. Marlow’s Tavern 510 Town Center Boulevard, Suite 260, Peachtree Corners 30092

SWGC JA Volunteer Finance Town Volunteer Opportunity October 29, 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Junior Achievement Discover Center at Gwinnett 1333 Old Norcross Road, Lawrenceville 30046 This is a chance to serve as a mentor and business consultant for a day, helping students make connections between their education and careers.

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MOQ Golf Open Set for Late October

The 2nd Annual Monsignor Kiernan Golf Open & Fundraiser is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 28. It will be held at Bears Best Atlanta in Suwanee, and proceeds will be used to fund youth programs at Mary Our Queen Catholic Church in Peachtree Corners. Anyone who needs more info or is interested in participating should contact Jim Gaffey at 770-364-6359 or jfgaffey@bellsouth.net.

T’ai Chi Classes for Seniors

T’ai Chi is an effective exercise regimen that can improve balance, increase flexibility and relieve pain. Classes are offered on Thursday mornings, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall at Peachtree Corners Presbyterian Church, 5918 Spalding Drive, Peachtree Corners 30092. The next session will run for 7 weeks and run from Oct. 31 to Dec. 19, excluding Thanksgiving week. The cost is $42 per person for the entire 7-week session. To try one December class at no charge, call instructor Mr. Ernest Choi at 404-324-2004 or Ann at 770-572-8725.

Empty Bowl Event Helps Battle Hunger

The Norcross Cooperative Ministry will host an Empty Bowl Event on Saturday, Nov. 9, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Guests are invited to a soup lunch as part of the ministry’s fight against hunger. Proceeds from the purchase of bowls will be used to help people in the community who are in need of food. The Empty Bowl Event will be held at Peachtree Corners Presbyterian Church, 5918 Spalding Drive, Peachtree Corners 30092. Go to bit.ly/2HCQa3U to get details, including info on bowl-making events in October.

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Mindfulness Meditation Retreat at Unity Atlanta

Unity Atlanta hosts a Fall Faith Series through Nov. 17. The church welcomes Rev. Paulette Pipe of Touching the Stillness Ministries on Nov. 9 and 10 for two days of mindfulness and meditation. On Saturday, participants will engage in mindful meditation practices during an allday retreat that runs from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Cost for the retreat is $50; call 770-441-0585 or email pam@unityatl.org to register. On Sunday, Nov. 10, Rev. Pipe will serve as guest speaker for both the 8:45 a.m. and 11 a.m. Sunday Services. Unity Atlanta, 3597 Parkway Lane, Peachtree Corners 30092. For more information, visit unityatl.org.

Special Events at Landmark Church

Landmark Church has scheduled several important events in the coming months. Tennessee evangelist Kim Klaudt—preacher, Christian blues guitarist and former Youth Pastor of Landmark—will minister a special service on Sunday, Nov. 24 at 10:30 a.m. In early December, Landmark presents a special weekend featuring Blake Healy with the Ministry Team from Bethel Atlanta. A “Seeing in the Spirit” workshop will be offered on Saturday, Dec. 7, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., at a cost of $25. On Sunday, Dec. 8, Healy will hold a morning service at 10:30 a.m. Landmark Church, 3737 Holcomb Bridge Rd, Peachtree Corners 30092. Visit landmarkchurch.org for details and info about more events. October/November 2019 ■ Peachtree Corners Magazine

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Daniel attends public school in the MOID special ed and receives speech, occupational, physical and aqua therapies, as well as therapeutic riding lessons. And he loves playing baseball with the North Metro Miracle League. “Daniel has endured more in his short life than most adults have, yet he continues to love life and each day he is given,” Hughes said. “Through the most difficult of times, he continues to laugh and act as if nothing is happening. He is a true warrior.” In keeping with Daniel’s positive spirit, Hughes has planned the Pumpkin Fest fundraiser to bring people together and enjoy life. “For the past five years, we’ve held 5Ks or bowling events,” she said. “We wanted to change it up after hearing feedback and we’re hoping this will become an annual event.” The festival will feature music, carnival games, face painting, pumpkin decorating, a raffle, food, drinks and more. Tickets are $30 for an adult and one child; each additional child is $15. All proceeds go directly to the Waisman Center at the University of Wisconsin, where experts are researching a possible

treatment. “The purpose of the pumpkin fest is to raise awareness about this nasty disease, as well as fundraising for research in hopes one day there will be a treatment,” Hughes said. “Currently, there are no treatments or cures.” But there is hope. Hughes said that when Daniel was first diagnosed in October 2012, the family was told there was no treatment or cure and they should not expect any in Daniel’s lifetime. “We were told to enjoy him and give him the best quality of life we could for as long as we could,” she said. “We were very excited to hear there could potentially be a clinical trial as early as 2020, so we know there are researchers working very hard to make this happen.” To register for the Daniel’s Fight Pumpkin Fest and get more info, visit danielsfight. com. ■

Book Notes

Peachtree Corners Library | What Our Neighbors Are Reading TOP TEN ADULT FICTION BOOKS CIRCULATED IN JULY AND AUGUST 2019

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The Night the Lights Went Out by Karen White Unsheltered: A Novel by Barbara Kingsolver Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarity All We Ever Wanted by Emily Griffin Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine: A Novel by Gail Honeyman Small Great Things: A Novel by Jodi Picoult The Summer Wives by Beatriz Williams A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah The Oracle: a Sam and Remi Fargo Adventure by Clive Cussler

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The Day the Crayons Came Home by Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers 5-Minute Avengers Stories by Brandon T. Snyder, Amy Schmidt and Calliope Glass The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf Big Bear, Small Mouse by Karma Wilson and Jane Chapman Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed by Mo Willems Bulldozer’s Big Day by Candace Fleming Hello Hello by Brendan Wenzel Owen by Kevin Henkes The Pout-Pout Fish Cleans Up the Ocean by Deborah Diesen Trains Run by George Ella Lyon and Benn Lyon

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New Novel Released by Local Author Peachtree Corners resident Sandra Havriluk is an established writer. Her first novel, Dangerous Conjurings, a Southern Gothic romance, was published last year and has been met with enthusiasm and praise. However, the name on the cover is Anne Armistead, her pseudonym. That name also appears on the newly released With Kisses from Cécile. Armistead wrote the book in collaboration with Jan Agnello; the story is loosely based on Agnello’s family history. “The story was inspired by pen pal letters between Ruth and Cécile after World War I,” Armistead said. “Reading them is like stepping through a portal into 1919 Paris.” Stories are a way of life for both authors. Armistead said she can’t remember a time when she wasn’t making up tales. “Growing up, my idols were female novelists of the books I loved to read — Louisa May Alcott, Lucy Maud Montgomery and Carolyn Keene, to name a few. Of course, I really believed there was a Carolyn Keene writing those Nancy Drews!” A life-long reader, she longed to get the many stories in her mind onto the page and into hands of readers. “I still have to pinch myself that my dream has come true!” Armistead said. Agnello also grew up with a love of reading. “My mother took me to the library on a weekly basis,” she said. “I also spent a number of years growing up in foreign countries with little or no television—so books were it!” She admitted that as a child, she would embellish the truth, “not to the point of telling a fib, but to enhance what I thought was a good story.” She got in trouble for exaggerating and grew up thinking her tendency to embellish was a flaw in her character. “As I grew older, I discovered I was a natural storyteller,” Agnello said. “I went to college to get my journalism degree but realized most writers don’t make a lot of money.” She changed her major to advertising and helped businesses tell their stories, which allowed her to collect a good paycheck. However, she found she couldn’t turn her back on what she most loved to do—storytelling. “With Kisses from Cécile is a story I had to tell!” Agnello said. Life as a writer has its challenges. Armistead said that, for her, the most difficult aspects are two-fold. First, she has to stay disciplined to shut out all daily interruptions so she can write. “And secondly, it’s challenging to manage all the social media and marketing demands required to encourage readers to choose my book from all the hundreds upon hundreds of others.” But there’s a big payoff. “The most satisfying aspect of being a published author is when readers let you know they love your story and

encourage you to write another,” she said. Readers have been encouraging, and now they have the opportunity to reach further into the story of With Kisses from Cécile. The novel’s experience is extended through the Cécile Jewelry Collection and the Book & Gift Collections offered by Storyology Design. “We love visiting with book clubs and will bring the collections as a trunk show to the clubs,” Armistead said. “And we share background story tidbits as well as stories about antiques and heirloom jewelry at our blog at storyologydesign. com.” ■ Have you kept a secret from a loved one to protect that person, even though the secret is almost unbearable? Have you had a best friend and confidante battle a life-threatening illness? Have you felt betrayed by a loved one and struggled to forgive? If you answer yes to any of these questions, you may find comfort, inspiration and strength from reading about Maggie, Ruth and Cécile in With Kisses from Cécile.

The Game is Afoot! Every week, the Boardgames in Norcross/Peachtree Corners Meetup group brings together about 25 game players. Organizer Steven Bush said that the meetups have been going on for about 11 years and everyone is welcome, including children accompanied by adults. Participants are invited to bring their own games or choose from the games already there. The meetups are held on Saturdays, 2 p.m. to 12 midnight at Tavern at Medlock, 3230 Medlock Bridge Road, Peachtree Corners 30092. For details, go to meetup.com/Boardgames-in-NorcrossPeachtree. ■

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First Friday Breakfast features a notable speaker at our monthly breakfast. Upcoming dates and Speakers: October First Friday speaker: Rob Woodall, US Congress Representative, GA 7th District November Eric Henderson, CIO at Rocket IT December Nick Masino, President & CEO of the Gwinnett Chamber

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Junior Achievement’s Finance Park Program with the Pinckneyville Middle School 8th grade students. In the spring will be JA’s Biz Town with the Summerour Middle School’s sixth grader students.

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From the Mayor’s Desk

City steps into the future with opening of Curiosity Lab at Peachtree Corners Every day we read of new technologies being developed that will change the way we live, the way we drive and commute. We hear of the need for cities to create infrastructure that will accommodate this world-changing technology, but we are years away from experiencing a future that has us living like the Jetsons, the cartoon show of the 1960s. Before any of us experience this futuristic world, a myriad of testing of new technologies must take place. A few years ago, the idea of developing a test track here in our city began to take shape. As we explored the idea, we realized the economic development impact such an opportunity could present for the city. For cities to thrive, keeping the business community vibrant is paramount and leads to higher home property values, increased job opportunities and more disposable income. To pursue this idea, the next step was selecting a site for a test track and deciding what exactly was needed that would attract new technology-related businesses to our city. Selecting Technology Park Atlanta was an easy choice as it is the hub of technology for our city. It turns out Technology Parkway which is the main road running through Tech Park, was an ideal choice. The road, which is l.5 miles in length, offers developers of autonomous vehicle technologies a real-world environment where new technologies can function in surroundings with human-driven vehicles, pedestrians, cyclists and traffic intersections. Testing sites for autonomous vehicle research isn’t new – there are many such tracks located around the country, but all provide only a controlled environment. What was needed, was a research site where these emerging technologies could be tested in real-world conditions. Our test track is unique in that it represents the “walk” phase of a “crawl-walk-run” scenario where new technology is tested in real, live conditions.

on the new test track. Then came the work to transform this city street into a true living laboratory. Curiosity Lab includes a mobile 5G wireless environment, smart infrastructure such as DSRC roadside units, intelligent traffic signals, and traffic cameras with edge computing, all connected by a dedicated fiber-optic network linked to a network operations center where researchers can monitor track activity and compile data from all the connected devices and sensors on the track. Those of us who drive along this new test track may not see all of the technology that makes this laboratory so technologically advanced – but what we will see is our city continuing to thrive and develop into a community that is not only a place we call home, but a tech-savvy venue for the 21st century for new businesses and jobs that will be part of our future. The first tangible opportunity to experience just what this amazing testing track will do takes place on Tuesday, Oct. 1 at 11 a.m. when two driverless vehicles, developed and built by Local Motors, will make their debut on our tracks. To celebrate the new Curiosity Lab at Peachtree Corners, we are inviting everyone to join us at City Hall at 11 a.m. on Oct. 1 to see and experience this amazing technology that is taking place right here in our city. Sincerely, Mike Mason, Mayor

A lot of planning went into the project, hours of study and meetings with intelligent mobility experts took place before the work began

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Gwinnett County’s newest and largest city, Peachtree Corners, was founded July 1, 2012 and is located along the Chattahoochee River in the southwest corner of the county. The city is home to over 40,000 residents and 2,300 businesses.

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INSIDE PEACHTREE CORNERS You Are Invited to Ride Driverless Shuttle on City’s New Track The city’s 1.5-mile Curiosity Lab test track officially opened last month. The 5G enabled track runs along Technology Parkway and provides a unique laboratory for businesses to test their intelligent mobility technologies. On Oct. 1 at 11 a.m. you are invited to attend a live demo and ride on Olli, the 10-seat self-driving shuttle. Two Olli vehicles will be at City Hall for the demonstrations and rides. Local Motors, the manufacturing company that designed and built Olli, will be on hand to answer questions. The Olli will be one of, if not the first, fully autonomous vehicle to officially use the new track. We hope you’ll be able to attend and be among the first to witness the future of AV technology. Visit the Curiosity Lab at Peachtree Corners website (curiositylabptc.com ) for more information on the autonomous track.

City Welcomes New Staffing Firm Staff Builders HR, which specializes in identifying quality talent for businesses, celebrated the opening of its Peachtree Corners location recently. Operated by management and staffing expert Austin Ashworth, the office will serve the north metro Atlanta area and offer staffing solutions to businesses in administrative, professional and industrial trades. The Peachtree Corners location is the first permanent site in the state for the Florida-based business which founded in 2008. The new staffing office is located at 5260 Peachtree Industrial Blvd, Suite 600. Ashworth said the company plans on opening an additional four to five locations in the next three to four years. “We are delighted to welcome Staff Builders HR to our community,” said Councilmember Lorri Christopher during the company’s ribbon-cutting event held on Aug. 27. “Peachtree Corners is well known as a business-friendly city, and we are confident that Staff Builders HR will be very successful here.” Staff Builders HR offers temporary, temporary to permanent and contract staffing services for the fields of warehouse, professional and skilled trade. For more information, call the Peachtree Corners office at 404-858-2228.

Water Restrictions Still in Place Gwinnett County follows the state’s year-round nondrought outdoor watering schedule for residential use, which allows landscape and lawn irrigation before 10 a.m. and after 4 p.m. For questions regarding the outdoor watering schedule, please email dwrconserve@gwinnettcounty.com.

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Curiosity Lab at Peachtree Corners Teams Up with Georgia Tech and Delta Curiosity Lab at Peachtree Corners is collaborating with Georgia Tech and Delta to support autonomous mobility development and research. The collaboration will provide critical seed funding for Georgia Tech researchers. As autonomous vehicle research advances across the world, Delta sees potential applications for autonomous cars, trucks or buses at airports. The AV technology could be used to help customers make tight connections across an airport, deliver delayed baggage to customers or transport aircraft parts to airports. Visit the Curiosity Lab website, www.curiositylabptc.com for more information.

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Where to Cast Your Vote for City Elections All municipal elections (i.e. for mayor and city council) take place at Peachtree Corners City Hall, 310 Technology Parkway, Peachtree Corners, Georgia, regardless of polling places for county, state or federal elections. Only residents of the incorporated City of Peachtree Corners are eligible to vote for Mayor and Council and other municipal elections.

County, State, and Federal Elections To locate your polling place for county, state or federal elections, you may use the Georgia Secretary of State My Voter Page (MVP) Poll Locator, https://www.mvp.sos. ga.gov/MVP/mvp.do You will need name, date of birth and county of residence to access this information.

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Councilmember Tapped for ARC Leadership Development Program City Councilmember Weare Gratwick, who also serves as the Mayor Pro Tempore for the city, was selected earlier this year as one of 56 leaders from around metro Atlanta to take part in the Atlanta Regional Commission’s 2019 Regional Leadership Institute (RLI) development program which was held in Savannah from Sept. 22 – 27. Participants, comprised of private, education and nonprofit leaders, had the opportunity to study in-depth key regional issues and delve into the importance of regional collaboration to ensure metro Atlanta’s success. Topics discussed included water sustainability and resources, barriers to full employment and regional and community planning. “It was a privilege to be selected for ARC’s leadership development program. The topics were very apropos to the challenges facing metro Atlanta today,” said Weare Gratwick, who also serves as Gwinnett Market President of the newly formed Tandem Bank which will have locations in Peachtree Corners, Tucker and Decatur. The RLI program is designed to expose current organizational and community leaders to the importance of understanding specific issues and challenges facing the metro region and how they are all interconnected. Since 1991, more than 1,500 leaders from the business, government, education and nonprofit sectors have participated in the RLI program. “The city is pleased that Weare was chosen for this prestigious program,” said Mayor Mike Mason. “In his role as a councilmember for Peachtree Corners, the experience will serve him well. The subjects discussed not only expand his knowledge, he also had the opportunity to become acquainted with other metro community leaders as well.”

Order a Brick Paver for Peachtree Corners Veterans Monument

This year Thanksgiving Day is observed on Thursday, Nov. 28, which means there will be no garbage and recycle pickup on this day. For those who receive service on Thursday, pickup for this week will be moved to Friday. For residents whose regular pickup day is Friday, service will be moved to Saturday. This change in schedule is for the holiday week only. For questions, contact Waste Management by email at southatlantic-cs@wm.com or by telephone: 404-794-6707.

Contributing a paver is a great way to remember veterans who have served or are serving our country. Find more details on the Peachtree Corners Veterans Monument website at www.ptcvets.net On Monday, Nov. 11 there will be a Veterans Day ceremony that will take place at the city’s monument. Details are posted on the City Calendar on the city’s website, www. peachtreecornersga.gov

Be sure to visit the city’s new YouTube Channel Peachtree Corners Network at Youtube.com/peachtreecornersnetwork

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INSIDE PEACHTREE CORNERS Gwinnett County Burn Ban Ends Sept. 30 The Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) imposes a total ban on outdoor burning in Gwinnett County annually from May 1 to September 30. Once the Burn Ban has been lifted on Oct. 1, please note you MUST first check with Gwinnett County Fire Marshall as to whether it is an allowable burn day. Many factors such as atmospheric conditions come into play that affect whether you can burn, and this can change daily. A few of these factors are - prevailing winds that are predicted to be, or are, in excess of 15 miles per hour, air pollution episodes, the National Weather Service issues a “Red Flag Warning” or a “Fire Weather Watch,” when there is fog, rain, or a cloud base that is diffused or ill-defined – these are just some of the factors taken into consideration as to whether it will be an allowable burn day or not. The burning of leaves, limbs, and natural vegetation on one’s property shall not be less than fifty (50) feet from any structure and not less than twenty-five (25) feet from the property line. No burning of solid waste or household

garbage is allowed. Burning is NOT allowed on Sundays or nights. This is not the full content of the Gwinnett Department of Fire and Emergency Services “Outdoor and Open Burning” and “Outdoor Burning Ordinance Restrictions” and should not be interpreted as such. For the complete content, please visit the Gwinnett County Fire Marshal site then select the tab on the left marked “Outdoor Burning.” Remember BEFORE BURNING check with Gwinnett County Fire Marshal first at either of the two contacts below:

Burn Information Line 678-518-4979 or www.gwinnettfiremarshal.com The Burn Information line and website are updated daily by 9:00 a.m. If you suspect someone is improperly burning, please report it by calling 770-5135700. *Remember: Do not bury the fire. The fire will continue to smolder. Tree roots could catch on fire which will eventually surface and start a wildfire. If it’s too hot to touch, it’s too hot to leave!

Why You Should Never Hire an Unlicensed Person or Firm to do HVAC Work Here are some things to consider before hiring an unlicensed person: ■ Don’t do it. It is against Georgia State law for an unlicensed person to seek contracts in HVAC installations without a state license.

■ If there is an insurance claim involved, the insurance company may not cover it.

■ There is a definite danger factor, gas units have a carbon monoxide byproduct that must be vented properly.

■ Licensed contractors are required to carry liability insurance, the unlicensed person or firm is not. If they are injured on your property or their installation causes damage, you could be held liable!

■ Licensed HVAC contractors are trained to wire their units to the electrical system, unlicensed persons may not be. ■ The equipment manufacturer may not honor the warranty of the equipment if there is a problem. ■ The unlicensed person or firm may not be trained by the manufacturer to install that type of sophisticated, computerized equipment.

■ The person or firm may not be in business tomorrow to stand behind the work.

■ The unlicensed person or firm is not required to have continuing education and is not up to date on current codes, laws, and manufacturers installation instructions. ■ An unlicensed person or firm cannot obtain the permits required by law.

■ The unlicensed person or firm is not qualified to design the proper system for your home. I could probably list reasons all day, but I think at this point you can see the dangers of hiring unqualified, unlicensed persons to do your HVAC work. Always, always check that the people you hire have the proper license and insurance. Mark Mitchell CBO, MCP Building Official mmitchell@peachtreecornersga.gov

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Local Business Lends Hand in Stormwater Marking Event Century Link employees volunteer to mark drains with no dumping reminders. Recently a group of some 30 employees from Century Link, here in Peachtree Corners, volunteered their time to help the City with a stormwater marking event. For the event, volunteers added signage to storm drains in the Peachtree Station neighborhood with markers stating, “No Dumping… Drains to River.” They also placed door hangers that contained information on protecting our local waterways. These events are important reminders to refrain from pouring anything other than stormwater (otherwise known as illicit discharges) down our stormwater drains. All substances that are thrown down the drains are not treated and go directly to our streams and eventually, to the Chattahoochee River, which is our main drinking water supply. Anything but rainwater (even landscape trimmings) that is dumped into our stormwater inlets will impact not only our health, but also our natural environment. Many people don’t realize where the storm drains go and

Century Link employees marking storm drains in the Peachtree Station subdivision.

how they function. Marking storm drains with the emblems that state, “No Dumping… Drains to River” helps spread awareness and educates the public. If you or a group would like to volunteer your time to spread environmental

awareness by partaking in one of these events (Storm Drain Marking or Stream Cleanup), please contact the city’s stormwater engineer, Katherine Francesconi at kfrancesconi@ peachtreecornersga.gov.

Gwinnett Medical Center Clinic Opens The new Gwinnett Medical Center Primary Care facility (located in the former Ippolito’s space) is now open. The facility offers primary care, corporate health, cardiology, gastroenterology, neurology, OB/GYN, orthopedics, 3D mammography and digital X-ray. The GMC Primary Care & Specialty Center-Peachtree Corners is located at 5277 Peachtree Parkway, for more information visit gwinnettmedicalcenter.org/ptc

Mayor Mike Mason (center) and Councilmembers Weare Gratwick, Eric Christ and Lorri Christopher (not pictured) attended Gwinnett Medical Center’s grand opening event.

Be sure to visit the city’s new YouTube Channel Peachtree Corners Network at Youtube.com/peachtreecornersnetwork

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We also have copies of FEMA Elevation Certificates on all buildings constructed or substantially improved in the floodplain and can also inform you any current or previous drainage or flooding issues in the area.

Additional available resources online: ■ Gwinnett GIS Data base (search for address and turn on Floodplain layer): https://gis.gwinnettcounty.com/GIS-

Check City Calendar for Upcoming Events The City Calendar posted on the city’s website, (www.peachtreecornersga.gov,) is full of information about upcoming events that take place around the city. Be sure to check regularly - or sign up for e-notifications to ensure you stay informed. To sign up visit the city’s website, locate the link at the top of the homepage labeled “Notify Me!” and add your email address. You may also use the link to sign up for the city’s monthly e-newsletter for additional information on the City of Peachtree Corners.

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This is a public service announcement to bring awareness to the various resources provided by the City of Peachtree Corners for floodplain awareness. The city can provide information about flood hazards, current and future flood zones, and natural floodplain functions of areas that should be protected. If you want to know if your property is in the Special Flood Hazard Area, check our city floodplain map at: https:// peachtreecorners. maps.arcgis. com/apps/webappviewer/ index.html?id=2e-

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DataBrowser/WebPages/Map/FundyViewer.aspx ■ Georgia Flood Program (search address for Flood Risk Snapshot/ Federal Insurance Rate Maps as well as other flood related resources): http://www.georgiadfirm.com/PropertyOwners.html ■ FEMA Flood Map Service Center (search address for Flood Maps): https://msc.fema.gov/portal/home ■ Fish and Wildlife Service Wetland Mapper: https://www.fws.gov/wetlands/data/mapper.HTML ■ Fish and Wildlife Service Critical Habitat Areas: https://ecos.fws.gov/ ecp/report/table/critical-habitat.html

Property Protection Advice:

■ If you are concerned or have any questions about flood hazard, flood insurance rating, or are in need of any flood protection advice or assistance, please contact the City’s Certified Floodplain Manager, Katherine Francesconi at (470) 395-7033 or at kfrancesconi@ peachtreecornersga.gov. Discussions can take place over the telephone or in person.

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