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Family Lifestyle News Magazine June 2017

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Rose SL, Tidwell AL, Bujnoch LJ, Kushwaha AC, Nordmann AS, Sexton R. Implementation of breast tomosynthesis in a routine screening practice: an observational study. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2013;200(6):1401-1408.

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SMYRNA FRESH PRODUCE MARKET: The Smyrna Fresh Produce Market is a city-organized produce market that is growing and very well attended. Join us each Saturday morning from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. May through September. The Market is held in our beautiful downtown, adjacent to the famous Smyrna Market Village (in the Smyrna First Baptist Church parking lot). There is plenty of drive-up parking - and sidewalk access for pedestrians and non-motorized vehicles - so there are no worries about finding a place to park or a way to get there. Look for the signs to guide you. SMYRNA SUMMER CONCERT SERIES: The Get Right Band at the Village Green on June 10th from 7-10pm. FREE! The City of Smyrna concerts are Litter Free, smoke-free events. Keep Smyrna Beautiful will have recycling bins next to the garbage bins throughout the concert area for all concerts. You can recycle your glass, plastics, and aluminum cans. Thanks for helping us keep Smyrna clean, green and beautiful! For information call 770-434-6600. COBB COUNTY RODEO: June 16th and 17th at Jim R. Miller Park, 2245 Callaway Rd., Marietta, GA 30008. With events in bareback riding, bull riding, steer wrestling, tie down roping, team roping and barrel racing, (not to mention the trick riders and the rodeo clowns!) the Cobb Classic Rodeo has proven to be a night of excitement and fun for rodeo fans of all ages. Event starts at 8pm. For more information, visit www.coubbcountyrodeo.com.

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JONQUIL CITY INVESTMENT CLUB: Jonquil City Investment Club is a Smyrna-based all-female club looking for new members interested in attending monthly educational meetings and investing small amounts of money in the stock market. For more information contact Cindy Acker, Senior Partner, at cindyacker@bellsouth.net. FOOD TRUCK TUESDAYS ARE BACK: Each Tuesday NOW through September 26 at Taylor-Brawner Park from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. (3180 Atlanta Road, Smyrna Ga, 30080). The City of Smyrna, Georgia Power and Cobb Travel & Tourism (Atlanta’s Sweet Spot) have “powered” up to bring you Food Truck Tuesday along with lots of entertainment and fun. We look forward to weekly announcements. Stay tuned to www.Facebook.com/CityofSmyrnaGa for the latest and the weekly lineups, too. This event is the best Food Truck event series around! Enjoy the offerings from a weekly gathering of quality mobile gourmet trucks and a bit of sweet mixed in and music, too. Please follow parking directions and remember to park legally. At/after 5:00 p.m. you may find additional parking at Community Bank of the South on Atlanta Road near the intersection of Atlanta Road and Concord/Spring. If you have an event for the Our Town Calendar, please e-mail us at info@ourtownmonthly.com. Listings are free, but space is limited! Deadline for calendar submissions is the 15th of the month for the following month’s issue.

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STYLE REPORT

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Hello, I am Tara Hanover. Yes, it’s a bit weird that I am introducing myself to you since I have been writing the Style Report for over 2 years now, but I never realized that somewhere along the way, even though I teach seminars on “branding” that my brand had changed. I hosted an AMAZING fundraiser last month for MUST Ministries summer lunch program or should I say “Tara Hill” did. As the social media started circulating I started receiving emails and feedback from people in the community asking if this was me (huh?)....You see I started working at my first television station in my first “grown up job” 20 years ago.

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A Father’s Life by Mark Orler

Our family does not do well with “highlighted” days. What are “highlighted” days you might ask? Well, they are typically days that have been given emphasis by others and are therefore expected to be given emphasis by us. An example would be Father’s Day. Father’s Day has a long and rich history…NOT! It was basically a 20th Century afterthought following the successful establishment of another “highlighted” day, Mother’s Day. Everyone knows that men cannot stand to be bested and it was only a matter of time that those who controlled the calendar would add a day celebrating men merely a few weeks after the women were given special consideration. I mean, why should women be the only ones to benefit from goofy cards and bouquets of flowers? It was the adult way to say “naneee naneee boo boo” back to ladies on the playground after they scored in a game of sexist kickball. And therein lies the problem; how should you celebrate a Father?

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I have friends who demand that on Father’s Day they be allowed to celebrate the day essentially NOT being a father, either by playing golf, fishing or otherwise glued to some exercise that does not include the usual duties of Fatherhood, like taking the kids golfing, fishing, etc… I, however, fall into the category of Father’s that take a hard look in the mirror and when asked what they would like to do on Father’s Day say, “I guess be more like a mom?” You know, spending time with the rug rats, doing laundry, wiping noses, scolding and generally doing the same things their mother does with them every day, but that I am given the privilege of missing because my boss expects me to show up most days of the week. Each day I am given a Father’s Day welcome when I return from work as all the kids run to the door to greet me with hugs and yells of “DADDY!” My wife, however, gets to enjoy the daily grunts and groans of forcibly removing the children from their beds and then the pouty lips and screams as she tries to get them back in bed later that day. Each day I am looked upon with respect and fear because Daddy’s voice is the loudest and Mommy makes sure nobody disrespects Dad. Sadly, because they see Mommy so much during the day she is not granted this luxury.

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And finally, each day I am given a Father’s Day because I am there. It would be impossible to truly say that I could be celebrated as a Father if I were not ever-present in the lives of my children. I am blessed beyond measure that I am given the chance, to enjoy, to scold, to fail and to generally be a horrible parent in the eyes of a misbehaving child each and every day. So no Virginia, there is no Father’s Day, there is a Father’s Life and that is what we should celebrate. But that doesn’t mean I won’t turn down a steak dinner that Sunday…just saying.

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OUTPATIENT TOTAL HIP AND KNEE REPLACEMENT by D. Hodari Brooks, MD Good afternoon! I am a board certified orthopedic surgeon practicing in the greater metropolitan Atlanta area. An important part of my practice is performing total hip and total knee replacements. I wanted to give my readers an update on some exciting changes and opportunities in joint replacement. In the past, as many of you are likely aware, when we performed a total hip or knee replacement, the patient typically came in the day of surgery and would stay three or four nights in the hospital before going home. Fortunately over the past several years there have been improvements with anesthesia techniques and importantly there have also been improvements in some orthopedic techniques. I have focused a large part of my practice on helping to develop and refine these techniques in order to make the experience of joint replacement surgery much more enjoyable for my patients. In particular with hip replacement, I perform the direct anterior or the “front” approach to the hip. This approach causes much less muscle and tissue dissection and results in less pain for patients. In addition, the patient has no postoperative positional restrictions with this approach. While this approach is a technically harder approach to perform I feel it represents a significant advantage for my patients. As a result I have been performing anterior total hip replacement in our surgery center on an outpatient basis for many patients. With outpatient joint replacement, patients will have surgery in the morning and be able to go home by early afternoon. This means that patients do not even have to go to the hospital!

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Tech Dad by James Floyd Kelly My wife and I were recently in-between landscape companies, and the lawn was starting to look a bit ragged. I suspected a letter would be on the way soon from our HOA, and since I didn’t currently own a lawn mower, I needed to find a quick solution. If you’ve ever used a service like Uber or Airbnb, you know how easy it can be to use your phone and an app to get a ride to the airport or find a place to stay when you’re traveling. In today’s world, this kind of thing is called the Gig-Economy. It usually means that a small start-up company has figured out how to turn a specific need into an on-demand service you can use at a moment’s notice to get immediate results… a service such as lawn care, for example. I’ve been seeing a lot of advertisements recently for a service called TAKL and its app. The app is shown as being able to help you find individuals who can help you with around-the-house chores and repairs. It’s supposed to be as easy as picking a chore or repair from a list (or typing in a custom need) and being matched up with up to six “helpers” who are willing to do the job at set prices. I decided to give TAKL a shot and see how it worked for finding me someone to get my lawn under control. To start, I downloaded the app and created my user account. Your account stores your credit card number, but the payment isn’t transferred until you acknowledge the job is completed. But I’m getting ahead of myself. Let’s start with finding the job. When you open the app, you can select from a variety of categories (twelve in all) such as Yard, Handyman, Haul Away, Pets & Animals, and Your Custom Job. After selecting Yard, I chose Lawn & Garden and selected the Lawn Mowing job from the over 25 different types of Yard jobs (weeding, vine removal, tree trimming, etc.). Once I had selected Lawn Mowing, I chose the size of my yard from the list. Each size had a pre-set price (from $48 for ¼ acre to $98 for a 1-acre overgrown yard). The remaining steps had me choosing the address (you can save multiple addresses) and taking photos of the front and back yards. I also was asked to select the time frame – NOW or SCHEDULE. I chose the schedule and picked a day and time I knew I could be at the house and submitted the request. In less than an hour, I had a response – Nathan C. was willing to do the job at my requested time and date! Woo Hoo! On the day the job was scheduled, Nathan showed up on time… no, he was actually five minutes early, and I had received a text about twenty minutes earlier that he was on his way. I shook his hand, showed him the front and back yard, and let him get to work. In less than an hour, the job was done. Well done! After Nathan completed the job, I offered him a cash tip. He informed me that TAKL doesn’t allow providers to take tips, but there is a tip option in the app. He did something from his phone… my TAKL app pinged me that the job was completed and asked if I was happy with the work – ACCEPT or DECLINE buttons appeared. After clicking the Accept button, I was provided with the overall charge to my card (there is a 9% service fee added to every job – this isn’t a tip) and a screen where I was able to add in the tip amount I wished to leave Nathan. All in all, I am quite pleased with TAKL. Now, this is only one particular service (lawn mowing) so I can’t speak to housecleaning or dog walking or any of the other services that TAKL offers, but it’s a good start. I’m quite willing to give the TAKL app another chance the next time I need a service done that I’m not comfortable or able to do myself. In the meantime, I “favorited” Nathan C. in case I need him again. And I can also highly recommend him. Nice guy. Tell him I sent you. James Floyd Kelly is a technology writer from Smyrna, Georgia who also teaches a variety of technology summer camps for kids. He and his wife have two young boys. James’ latest two books are Digital Engineering with Minecraft and The Ultimate iPad, published by Pearson. More information on his books and camps can be found at jamesfloydkelly.com

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Pet Safety I got my driver’s license and first car when I turned 16. Freedom had finally found me and boy was I ready! In preparation of that day, and even beyond, I have fond memories of my father teaching me about car safety, how to change a tire, check the oil and what every well-prepared person should have in their emergency kit tucked safely in my car trunk. Always check the batteries in the flashlight, never drive in ice or snow (I was raised in the South) and always keep more than a half a tank of gas in your car. Safety first! In addition to Father’s Day, June is also National Pet Preparedness Month! So, in homage to father’s giving car lectures and placing well-stocked safety kits in trunks, before everyone had cellphones and Google maps at their fingertips, we’ll look at what every well-versed dog owner should keep in their handy dog-safety kit. 1) PET FIRST-AID BOOK - Yes, we know - “I can Google it!” Unless the internet is down, you are miles into a hike in the mountains or your phone battery dies. Get a pet first-aid book for the time when you really may need the information. 2) PHONE NUMBERS - You can normally find these on your smart device, but there is never any harm in having these numbers printed and in the kit. Think about what your dad would say: plan to succeed or prepare to fail. Important numbers may include your veterinarian, the nearest emergency-veterinary clinic along with directions and a poison-control center or hotline, such as the ASPCA poison-control center, which can be reached at 1-800-426-4435. 3) DOCUMENTATION – Carry proof of rabies and other vaccines, copies of important medical records and a current photo of your pet (in case he gets lost). A nice waterproof container or ziplock type bag is a good idea. 4) A NON-SLIP LEASH - These are great to use in the event of locating a missing dog without a collar, or if your dog loses their collar. These leashes will work as both a leash and a collar. 5) SELF-CLING BANDAGE - Think Ace bandage meets Band-Aid. This bandage stretches and sticks to itself, but not to fur, and is a must for everything from puncture wounds to injured paws. By the way, never use tape for human injuries on fur. 6) BITE PREVENTION – While none of us believe our pet would harm us, animals in pain often behave differently and may become aggressive. A muzzle or strips of cloth to prevent biting is very

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Mobile Dog Grooming

Meet Boo the Maltese! He loves being outside in the grass but most of all he loves being next to his momma on the sofa. Boo is the best little dog in the world.

Our services include:

The waggin’ wagon provides professional mobile dog grooming services to the North Atlanta community. We are currently servicing Buckhead, Brookhaven, Smyrna, Vinings, Sandy Springs and Dunwoody extending 3 miles north of I-285.

Bath with hydro massage Ears cleaned Nails Trimmed Sanitary Trim Basic de-matting Full brush and blow dry Shave downs Full cuts

Call us to today to book your next appointment!

If you would like your pet to be Our Town’s Pet of the Month, please email a photo with a short bio to: info@ourtownmonthly.com. Indicate for the Smyrna/Vinings issue.

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