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Roswell Roots A Festival of Black History and Culture PG. 4 ALSO Shout It Out Loud! PG. 11 {Foodie News}

Roswell Restaurant Week A Hit PG. 13 {Sports}

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Roswell Slides Into Olympic History PG. 19


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CurrentBriefs Trees Across Roswell February 17th marks Georgia's Arbor Day; and in celebration, the Roswell Rotary Club is coordinating an effort to plant over 2500 trees across Roswell and North Fulton. The Roswell Rotary Club, in partnership with the Chattahoochee Nature Center, The City of Roswell as well as the Boy Scouts of America and Girl Scouts of America, is spearheading the project, named Trees Across Roswell. On February 18th, the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts from the Chattahoochee district will plant the trees. They will focus on planting trees at area parks, fire stations, schools and churches. The wrap up for the event is at 3 PM in the afternoon on the 19th. The Chattahoochee Nature Center will open its doors to the public for free admission to Roswell residents to celebrate the unprecedented event.

Officials To Discuss Roswell Bond Referendum The City of Roswell is proposing a $24 million bond referendum. The funds would be used for a new cultural arts theater, recreation, and road improvements. The bond referendum is being proposed for the Nov. ballot. Residents are encouraged to attend meetings on the subject at the following locations: 6:30-8:30 p.m., Feb. 7, Hembree Park 2-4 p.m., Feb. 8, Adult Recreation Center 6:30-8:30 p.m., Feb. 16, East Roswell Park

Tenth Annual Warm Hearts and Cold Noses Some of metro Atlanta’s four-legged friends will host the Tenth Annual Warm Hearts and Cold Noses Gala on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012. The event benefits Happy Tails Pet Therapy, an organization whose therapy animals bring joy and comfort to hundreds of patients every month at more than 100 Atlanta area healthcare facilities.

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The Warm Hearts and Cold Noses Gala will be from 6:30-midnight at Marriott Perimeter Center, 246 Perimeter Center Parkway NE, Atlanta. Tickets to the event are $55 for Happy Tails members, $100 for Happy Tails member and guest, $80 for single non-Happy Tails member and $150 per couple for non-Happy Tails members. For more information about the Warm Hearts and Cold Noses Gala, to become a sponsor or to purchase tickets, please visit or call gala chair, Nancy Alterman at 770-262-6300.

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Historical Society Inducts New President And Board It’s not often the words of Barrington King come alive in such a direct way as the members of the Roswell Historical Society experienced Sunday, Jan, 8 at the annual induction of their new board. Held at the Roswell Visitor’s Center, the ceremony saw outgoing president Barbara Cobb hand over her gavel to the new president, Judy Meer. (Pictured) Actor Jim Gray portrayed Barrington King, son of Roswell King, the namesake of Roswell. Gray has reenacted King on several walking tours for school groups, using the words Barrington wrote in correspondence as part of his act. Meer is enthusiastic about the upcoming year and hopes it will be a banner year for the RHS. “Let’s set our imaginations free to accomplish our goals, and have some fun making the Roswell Historical Society the place to go to learn about the story of Roswell,” Meer said.

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On Sunday Feb. 26, The 11th Annual Roswell Wedding Showcase will take place at the Doubletree Hotel in Roswell from 2-5pm. The event is sponsored by the Roswell Historic Society, Roswell, Wedding Angels Bridal Boutique, Around The World Travel Agency and the Doubletree Hotel. The event highlights all of the wonderful options to have a dream wedding right here in Roswell. There will be a fashion show by Wedding Angels Boutique and a prize drawing for a 3-night honeymoon. For more information call 770-640-3253. or visit:

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year, Roswell once again honors Black History Month. Throughout February, there will be a series of 15 cultural events as well as five monthlong exhibits in celebration of African American historical and contemporary customs. Roswell Roots Festival is the largest and most comprehensive in the state of Georgia, and one of the most significant in the southeast. A website details the events, locations, participants, and costs at, and there are brochures with the same information blanketed at establishments throughout Roswell in colorful, primitive motif. Morgan Timmis oversees the popular Festival as the Historic & Cultural Affairs Manager for Roswell, and expresses genuine pride at its growth, built from an earlier, smaller-scale program as part of the Groveway Community. The newest event garnering much attention is the McIntosh County Shouters in Concert with special introduction by Art Rosenbaum, Thursday, February 9, 8 p.m. The Shouters, from McIntosh, Georgia, perform traditional call-and-response song and dance, which have plantation origins and are historically important as examples of communication and expressions of faith. They have performed at the Kennedy Center and Library of Congress, and were named “Master Artists” by the National endowment for the Arts in 2008. (Tickets $30, Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 770584-6232) Another new event which has delicious fun written all over it is the first annual Cornbread Cook-Off, Saturday, February 25, 1-3 p.m. There will be prizes for both professionals and amateurs - Susan Puckett (author and former Atlanta Journal/Constitution Food Writer) will judge and select the winning

professional contestant, and YOU, the attendees, will sample and vote for the People’s Choice Award. (For details on entering or visiting the competition, go to www.roswellroots/cornbread or call 770-6413705, Pleasant Hill Baptist Church) Returning favorites include such events as: • The Unity Concert and Reception – On Friday, February 3, 7 p.m., magnificent voices of choirs from several area churches, including Zion and Pleasant Hill, will perform their favorite selections, as well as 80 students from grades 8-12 from the Greater Atlanta Adventist Academy Choir will share their amazing talents. Plus, there will be a presentation of Hometown Heroes. (Zion Missionary Baptist Church, free admission, 770-641-3705) CONTINUED 16

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Roswell High School is sponsoring a mock SAT or ACT exam in the RHS cafeteria on February 18th from 9am1pm. Students can pre-register for $7 by February 10th, or pay $10 as a walk in on the day of the mock exam. All proceeds go to benefit the Roswell High School Band. The mock exam is open to any current area high school student interested in better preparing for the upcoming Spring SAT / ACT. Exams are actual retired tests, and are proctored by Studyworks of Roswell, a local test prep company, providing a real exam experience. A separate no-charge workshop is offered to all mock exam participants and their parents on February 29th from 6:30pm-7:30pm in the RHS media center. Individual results and an 8-page analysis report will be reviewed, exam taking strategies will be discussed, and a Q&A session will be offered. Studyworks also provides classes separately for those that may require additional customized exam preparation, and will provide a significant discount to mock exam participants. To register for the mock exam, please go to and complete the registration info for Roswell High School, or call 1-800-783-1728.

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Thirty 7th and 8th grade Crabapple Middle School boys participated in My Ultimate Life Workshop at the Roswell Recreation Center, on December 2, 2011. The Ultimate Life Workshop was a one day event focused on the 7 Mindsets of Success. These Mindsets are meant to empower students to take accountability for their education and their future. The Mindsets also empower them with a new and positive expectation for their own lives. In addition, they assist the boys in uncovering and appreciating their unique talents and

interests, which are then aligned to their future careers. Based on the Perkins Law (federal), as well as the Bridge Law (local), the workshop helped seventh and eighth graders to begin to take purposeful action to improve the outcomes they are getting at school, home, and into the future. The boys are part of the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, which is a component of My Graduation Plan program. My Graduation Plan (MGP) is a PTA funded program, delivered by Nashid Sharrief and sponsored by Mimi Gamel, Crabapple Middle School’s Graduation Coach.

Mountain Park Adopts A Hawk

Fifth graders in Ms. Kati Searcy's Talented and Gifted (TAG) class recently developed their own business, Word Wizards, as part of a study of economics. The students were challenged to create a real-world business, decide on an original product to manufacture, choose the name of the company, decide what to do with their profit, create, and then market the product. The students used computer graphics to design a variety of holiday cards. The profit from the company's sales was over $500.00. The students elected to donate their profit to the Chattahoochee Nature Center, where they adopted a male red-shouldered hawk. Ms. Alicia Evans, Outreach and Partnerships Coordinator for the CNC, along with the hawk, visited the fifth graders on January 18th. q


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Happy Valentines Day, Sweetie! A guys guide to making the day special for your sweetie.

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So Valentines Day is here again, and as usual I find myself in a quandary as to how to make it a meaningful day for Sweetie. But, before I go down that road let me boldly ask this self-centered question, “What Holidays or special giftgiving days are for us guys”? Sweetie says that everyday I come home to a home-cooked meal, clean house, and well-manicured lawn; it’s a “guys special day” (She would add the quotations in the air around that one). I don’t completely disagree with that logic, but at the risk of a few nights on the sofa in the mancave, allow me a chance to make my case. Lets’ start with a typical wedding day which I’m sure you will agree is “her special day”. Guys don’t dream about the perfect wedding day; we dream about cars, guns, and beer (not simultaMiscellaneous neously, of Ramblings course for safety reaMIKE FINCH sons!). And every year on that date you get the opportunity to celebrate her anniversary. Don’t believe me? Try forgetting one and see what happens (This is purely rhetorical and should not be construed as instructional in any manner). Christmas is undeniably all about the children with the exception of a Glock or replacement lawn-tool Sweetie might need to protect or maintain the household. Thanksgiving, the 4th of July, and President’s Day are all gift neutral, which I believe completes my case. I think Hallmark could do wonders with “Happy Dewalt Day!” to acknowledge the Patron Saint of

Power Tools. “A laser-guided 12-inch mitre saw – you shouldn’t have!”! Or, “Happy Micro-Brew Day!” Which according to Sweetie I already unofficially celebrate during the UGA football season (I haven’t completely flushed out this concept yet, but I’m confident with a little more research I could develop a viable plan). But, unfortunately none of this eloquent line of reasoning is getting me any closer to making this Valentine’s Day special for Sweetie. This will be our 33rd Valentines Day together – 28 post and 5 pre - nuptials. And Sweetie always insists that flowers are too expensive; she doesn’t eat candy – so it just makes me fat, and that “this year” in particular we just can’t afford to spend money on these lavish expenditures. It’s no wonder that my Valentines Day success rate has varied so dramatically over the years from the highs of overnight stays at the Ritz Carlton to the lows of last minute cards left on the kitchen counter. Maybe the answer is in my original question. Perhaps it’s too much pressure to make this one day special enough to declare my appreciation to her for what she does for the girls and me everyday! All I know is that if I could go back and do them over again, I may change the locations, the gifts, or the atmosphere, but couldn’t think of anyone else I would rather call Sweetie. I know she would join me in hoping your Valentines Day’s past, present, and future are as happy as we thought ours would be. No, wait that didn’t come out right! Anyway, Happy 33rd Valentine’s Day Sweetie! q


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On Your Mark-et , Get set, And Go! by Raimy Rich Ethington



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This could be your year to buy or sell. Take a look at some positive news. Roswell market conditions are improving for sellers, and resale’s are going to be popular in 2012. The inventory of homes on the market in our area are at a lower level than usual. The latest numbers in many markets show inventory down 25% from last year. The breakdown of the type properties is changing as well. For example: For the metro area, Real Estate short sales and RAIMY RICH ETHINGTON foreclosures were up, but in our local market they were only 1 in 5. This is a lot lower than our surrounding areas. Remember supply and demand. There is a growing desire for Atlantan’s that want to make Roswell their home. With this demand, our supply of resale’s on the market absorb and sell at a consistent rate. More good news…..An early spring selling market is the prediction. Why?

The Farmers Almanac predicts that the last frost for north Georgia will be by March 24th, 2012. This is weeks earlier than the traditional last frost date. This will bring warm spring weather and early buyers. So now is the time to meet with your realtor specialist and get your home ready to be first on the spring market. Here is a snapshot of our local Market at press-time.

Roswell Real Estate By The Numbers • Lowest Sales Price: $63,000 • Highest Sales Price:

$430,000 • Average Days on the Market: 118 • Number of Homes Sold in January: 33

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currentchoices February 2012

The Month in Preview

>> Fundraiser

New Art In The Works

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2/21-28 Book Discussions Scheduled for Roswell Reads The Roswell Library, a part of the AtlantaFulton Public Library System, and the Roswell Reads Committee are sponsoring a series of book discussions of the Roswell Reads 2012 selection, Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin. The book discussions will be held at the Roswell Library located at 115 Norcross Street at these times:


"The Works II" New Works Taylor Kinzel Gallery is proud to present "The Works II", a vast collection of smooth sophisticated sculpture by the award-winning sculptor Robert Kelly, beautifully coupled with the quiet ethereal paintings of acclaimed artist Patrick Taylor. The opening reception is Saturday Feb. 11 from 4-7pm. Wine & hor d'oeuvres will be served. Musical guest Eric Peterson.The Taylor Kinzel Gallery is located at 16 Elizabeth Way in Historic Roswell. For more information call 770 993-3555 or visit

Noonday Nosh Book Club

Find A Way Home Find A Way Home is having a pancake breakfast fundraiser on Feb. 11th at the Roswell Presbyterian Church. The event is from 8-11am and tickets are $5 each and kids under 5 are free. Find A Way Home is a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving, providing and advocating for high-quality, affordable housing in North Fulton County. For more information contact Erin Fortney at or 678-381-2000.

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Wednesday, February 22, 2012 at 6:30 p.m.

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The Chattahoochee Nature Center invites you to join their new Drum Circle beginning this spring. Get geared up for drumming on Saturday, February 18 at CNC while you enjoy a performance by a master of percussion – Dave Holland. Take part in a live, fun-filled, percussionloaded learning extravaganza as Dave sings, drums, and narrates his way through an array of world folktales. This program will get you on your feet! 11am to Noon. For more info visit

You know Tom Green from his anythinggoes run as the funniest, most unpredictable personality on MTV, and his unforgettable, deliciously loony roles in uproarious film comedies including "Road Trip" and "Freddy Got Fingered." He's graced the cover of Rolling Stone, commandeered the coveted guest-host chair on "The Late Show with David Letterman," and conquered the World Wide Web with his freewheeling, wildly popular internet talk show, "Tom Green's House Tonight." Experience one of the great comic minds in the field of entertainment, live and in person, when Tom Green takes the stage at the Funny Farm Comedy Club in Roswell Feb. 10-11. For more info visit

Dana Barrett and Friends

Sunday, February 26, 2012 at 2:30 p.m.

Mystery Readers’ Book Club Tuesday, February 28, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. Join us to discuss this book that is set in rural Mississippi and describes the friendship and separation of two young boys as they grow into adulthood. One crime divides them as teens, another unites them as adults. Share your own reactions; hear what others thought of the book. These programs are all free and open to the public. For more information, call the Roswell Library at 770-640-3075 or check the website

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2/ 28 Roswell Garden Club presentsHenning Van Schmeling of the Chattahoochee Nature Center on Georgia's Living Wetlands on Tuesday, February 28, 10am. Free admission. Community Activity Building at Roswell Area Park. 10495 Woodstock Road in Roswell.


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A social event sponsored by Roswell Business Alliance and the Convention & Visitors Bureau from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at the Roswell Visitors Center. For more information visit

Roswell Fine Arts Alliance Events For many years the Roswell fine Arts Alliance has joined the Roswell visual Arts center in sponsoring an exhibition and competition for North Fulton County High School students. Co-ordinated through the art departments of the various schools, this show allows students selected by their teachers to enter an area-wide event. Prizes are awarded to winners, with money scholarships as prizes for best of Show and First Place. The prize money is designated for continuing art education for the winner. Students show their best drawing, sculpture and painting in this exciting collection of creativity. The 2012 show will be held Feb.17th through Feb. 24th at the Roswell Visual Arts Center, Roswell Area Park, 10495 Woodstock Rd., Roswell, GA. A closing Awards reception will be held on Feb. 24th from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. Also, paintings by the members of the Roswell fine Arts Alliance celebrating Signs of Spring are featured in the Roswell Public library. The library is located at 115 Norcross Street in Roswell. For more info visit

For more must-do events and local info see our expanded online listings at Here are just a few highlights February 1 – 29 February 9 February 7 ACS Relay For Life of Roswell Kick Off 6-8pm @ Andretti Indoor Karting & Games

Roswell Historical Society Lecture with Joe Kirby 7pm @ Great Oaks on Minosa Blvd.

Sharing the Story of Slavery at Bulloch Hall 770-992-1731 or

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Shout It Out Loud Macintosh County Shouters bring their unique tradition to Roswell. By Current Staff

As the city of Roswell celebrates its African heritage this month with the Roswell Roots Festival, it will remind many of the lasting impact that slaves have had on the American culture. The southeast is rich with many traditions that still exist today. One of the lesser known, is the tradition of shouting. After toiling in the plantation each day, some of the first African slaves in region secretly engaged in a form of call-and-response singing know as shouting. The ritual is performed while moving in a circular pattern, accompanied by other hand clapping, stomping, and pounding broomsticks. Different than spirituals or gospel, this activity, which is associated with the Gullah, the culture of African-Americans who

retained more African cultural and linguistic practices than other black Americans - became known as the ring shout. On Feb. 9 the Macintosh County Shouters will perform at the Roswell Cultural Arts Center. They are descendants of these slaves and carry on the shouting tradition as a performing group. They have been touring since 1980 and in their concert they not only keep this form of religious praise and storytelling tradition alive, they demonstrate the vibrancy of this form of expression that is a combination of music and dance. There is nothing static or boring about it. The call and response vocals have a military precision about them that is coupled with a truly inspirational delivery. The stomping and broomstick pounding are as interest-

ing and creative as anything in professional music today. This age old tradition was believed to have died out over a hundred years ago. It was discovered, by outsiders, that the members of the Bolden/Briar Patch community in coastal Georgia still practiced the custom. Out of that discovery, a performing group from the community was formed, calling them the MCS. Over the decades, professionals such as folklorists, film-

makers and Gullah culture experts have interviewed this group to learn more about their unique history. This performance is also a part of the Americana music series presented by the Roswell cultural arts board. For tickets please visit or For a video of the Macintosh County Shouters visit our website at q

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The events listed here are just the beginning. For a complete list of all that’s happening in the area visit To have your event listed just send an email to COMMUNITY

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Have A Heart For NFCC The purpose of this month long event is to secure much needed funds to support r programs for the North Fulton Family Charities while increasing the awareness of the needs of their families. The goal of this campaign is to raise over $200,000. They need the help of the entire community to achieve this goal. Choose to make to a difference with our local neighbors in need. For more information, please contact Mary Good at or 678.642.0283. February 10

Dance Father/Daughter Valentine Dance at Bill Johnson Community Activity Building. 7:00-9:00pm. 770-641-3760. February 12

Lecture Rabbi Mark Borovitz, senior Rabbi and spiritual leader of the Beit T’Shuvah recovery program in Los Angeles, will speak to the metro Atlanta community at 7 PM on Sunday, February 12, 2012 at Temple Beth Tikvah, 9955 Coleman Road in Roswell. Rabbi Borovitz is the author of “The Holy Thief: A Con man’s Journey from Darkness to Light,” which chronicles his journey from drinker and con man to Rabbi and community leader. Mark draws attention to the problem of addiction and to the powerful ammunition against it, both in counteraction and prevention.. To RSVP to the Sunday event, email:

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A Taste of Holcomb Bridge Thursday, March 1, 2012 from 6:00-8:00pm, hosted by the Holcomb Bridge Middle School PTA. With the theme, “A Passport to the World,” families are invited to contribute a dish from their country of origin and celebrate the many different cultures represented in the area. Tickets can be purchased at the door only for $5 a person/$20 per family. Alternatively, free admission for five is provided to those families bringing a dish that will serve 16 or more. All proceeds from the event will go fund PTA-sponsored academic enrichment programs.For more information email Kim Thompson at or Lucretia Floyd and

This event takes place from 1 – 2:30 pm at the Chattahoochee Nature Center. Spruce up your yard for the arrival of Spring. A hands-on presentation of late-winter projects in the garden. $10 general public/Free CNC Members (includes admission to CNC); Pre-registration required by Feb. 10; 770-992-2055 or February 7 & 21

Cooking Barrington Hall kicks off its 2012 cooking class season with Chef John Wilson. Chef Wilson will draw upon his many years as a professional chef and cooking class teacher to present his Basic Cooking Techniques series. You will learn to prepare a full meal from main course to dessert in the spacious kitchen of this historic home. Chef Wilson teaches cooking techniques in European, International and American cuisines. Reservations are required and space is limited. Please call 770-640-3855 to reserve your spot. Classes are on Tuesdays, 6:30-9:30 PM. Tuesday, February 7, Basic French and Tuesday, February 21, Basic Asian.

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Concert Ludwig Symphony Orchestra presents "A Beethoven Romance for Valentine's Day" on Saturday February 11 at 7:30pm. The evening's performance features internationally renowned first prize winner of the Paganini International Violin Competition-Bin Huang interpreting the popular Dvorak Violin Concerto and world class baritone-Jose Sacin singing arias by Rossini, Gounod, and Mozart. The program is rounded out by Beethoven's Symphony No. 3 and Smetana's Bartered Bride Overture. Admission: $19, $17 Seniors, $10 Students. Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forest Street Roswell, GA. 770-623-8623 February 23

Film Festival YH20 Film Fest at Chattahoochee Nature Center; February 23 – March 11

The Foreigner presented by Georgia Ensemble Theatre at Roswell Cultural Arts Center. This may be one of the funniest American plays ever written. Charlie’s shyness renders him helpless in conversations – so when a friend covers for him by telling the guests in a rural GA mountain lodge that he is an exotic foreigner and speaks no English, Charlie ends up hearing more – MUCH more – than he should and the hilarity begins. 770-641-1260 or February 26

Concert Michael O’Neal Singers presents The Brilliance of Beethoven at Roswell UMC; 3 P.M. or 770-594-7974.


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Restaurant Week A Hit! By Frank Mack

Your local eateries are reporting very good results for Roswell’s first ever restaurant week. Every single business I talked to reported increased traffic, increased sales and overall positive results. If you missed it, and of course most of us do, restaurant week was about special menus, great prices, outstanding food, and our beautiful, beautiful Historic District/Canton Street restaurants offering something different and fun Foodie News with the idea of boosting the FRANK MACK normally slow pace of after x-mas winter business. What better way to break up a dreary, dripping and chilling January than a nice dinner out? Thank you diners, from all of your local restaurants, the owners, chefs and staffs, to all of you, thanks for coming out ;) I can’t wait to see what they do with it next year, and the year after that, and the year after... News and Notes: We have four new restaurants opening in February. Some of these restaurants aren’t even open as I am writing, and the owners/chefs are still creating, thinking, planning and cooking, so my info here is incomplete. But you, dear readers of great taste, will be in the know and ahead of your neighbor's for reading this. 1) Stax – Located between Adele’s (superior Cajun and one of my personal favorites) and My Favorite Place (soups, salads, wraps and sandwiches), on the corner of Old Roswell and Holcomb Bridge, is opening sometime about mid Febuary(?). The owners, Luis and his brother Luciano, share multiple decades of experience both as chefs and restaurant owners. The concept of “Stax” is handmade uber-hamburgers, handmade over the

top shakes and a twist on the old timey soda bars we only see in pictures any more. 2) Lazaros - Roswell has a true Cuban Restaurant coming! Opening about mid February(?). Fingers crossed on that folks, there is a lot of work left to do. I just met the owner, and man, is he up to his elbows in... well, everything, and a nicer, sweeter person under stress couldn’t be found, so I love this place already. Mid February is going to be a miracle, but we are pulling for y’all. Anyway, it is just off the corner of Canton and Woodstock, on Woodstock. Their sign is already up. I am being told this is going to be the real, mom in the kitchen, whole family involved, kind of Cuban food. I don’t know about you, but for me, this is mmmm mmm good news. 3) Little Alley Steaks - Press release says it’s on for February 27! In the heart of the downtown historic district, across the street from its sister Salt and next door to Roswell Provisions, we will shortly have a brand new, rocking restaurant for our little downtown. Steaks and a monster serious bar from wine to whisky. It is being brought to us by the same gentlemen, Hicham & Fikret, who have already given us Salt and Inc, two of our best, so it pours confidence into my expectations, and first peeks convince me that they are putting together a first class winner. And all for little old us ;) 4) Wok Star – Last but not least, we have a new Asian concept place opened by Adam Fox, who has a professional background at PF Changs. They offer authentic flame seared Asian cuisine, and the Roswell location is on the corner of Crossville and Crabapple near the Fidelity Bank. Go by and check them out - let me know your thoughts. I love hearing from the readers about new places. A Tale of Two Sandwiches I love having Roswell to eat in. The choices are so endless. I love a hamburger Rheas way, (and it is the way you should order it, if you know CONTINUED 14

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comfortable cool bar, nice expanse, good angles, great TV’s, no neck craning. Behind the bar is Bryce, young but on it, no slouch and knows his menu. So there I had it all. The stool, the bar, the game, the chit chat - but I needed the sandwich, and the first words out of the Bryce’s mouth (after my “what ya got”) were short and perfect..... “Lamb Reuben”. Now I have to ask. Have you ever corned a beef, much less lamb? Me neither, but I've seen it done, it takes days and it’s really hard to do well. In Chef Todd’s kitchen, they do it very, very well. And here is the final word, I am heading there again, as soon as I close this laptop, to try something else for dinner today. I think I am going to go for one of his Hot Pots, maybe the meatloaf, can’t lose either way, because anyone who loves his cooking enough to have made the Lamb that went into that Reuben, has earned my trust. Cozy upstairs, monster multi level

patio that has gotta be rocking come spring, great food, great servers and they had room, a smile and a great meal for me. I’m grateful, thank you Slate. There you have it. Two sandwiches, not two blocks from each other, two very different places, and each great in their own way. What more could you ask for? Now get out, go out and eat out! And don’t just go out on Friday and Saturday. Slip out for dinner during the week! Honestly, you are really missing out by not getting into these ridiculously great places week nights. From Oak Street to Adeles, all around, your local restaurants are open and happy to see you. Monday through Thursday, no waits, no crowds and ohhh so good. Relax, take the night off, and trust me, if you offer dinner out, I bet she says yes. Valentines day is the 14th gents. It’s a Tuesday. Hint, hint...q You may contact Frank at

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what’s good for you), but I wonder how many of us really know Rheas is even there? For 28 years now, Jimmy has been making a drool inducing cheeseburger in the same spot, same grill, might even be the same apron ;) Serving it with crisp fries and a sweet coke for, like, almost nothing. It’s a few lousy bucks, cheaper then the bag of gut grease Micky D’s serves for lunch, and it is a whole heck of a lot better. The mayor knows about it, I know about it, a whole lot of others know about it, but do you? It’s on the corner of Woodstock and Canton, kinda behind the Corner grocery. Yup, that place, I know, its not the best looking, ok - it looks kinda bad. But I still don’t understand why this place isn’t just packed, from 6:30 am for the egg sandwiches until close. I wonder if a lot of what I consider patina and character doesn’t turn off some, where it fascinates me. But mostly I wonder at who could resist that old grill and the great tastes that a hard working man

pulls out of it. Jimmy just does it. It ain’t fancy, but I love it and I respect it. So congrats to a hard working (and pretty dang funny when he’s on a political rant) Grill Master. 28 years, phew, that’s going some. I tip my hat. I struck out for new territory last week. Rainy day, great for naps, also great for finding a good bar stool, a game, some chit chat and a hopefully a pretty good sandwich. I wandered up Canton and into Slate. For those of you who didn’t know, Slate is owned by one extraordinarily warm and personable Mr. Brian Martin, and Indigo's Chef Todd. I can’t claim to have had the honor of eating at Indigo, but I believe that dropping those names together is enough to make a open and shut case for expectations of greatness and hospitality in Roswell's Restaurant Alley. Slate just opened in December, so it’s still very new to us all. But I can tell you, it has got everything I was hunting for. Great bar stools and a great bar. And I mean that, this is a



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• The 10th Annual Tea & Hat Shows – On Saturday, February 11, 1-5 p.m., the Smith Plantation will once again host this whimsical gathering. The Wilbourn Sisters, fashion designers based out of Atlanta, Los Angeles and Jackson, Tennessee entertain the crowd in globe-trotting diva style with a spectacular collection of hats and accessories that will be available for viewing and purchase. The $20 admission price includes a ticket to tour the Smith Plantation Home. (Adult Recreation Center, 770-641-3978) • The Roswell Poetry Slam: “Slammin in the Suburbs” – Thursday, February 16, 7 p.m. offers an evening of exciting and inspiring spoken word at this 8th annual poetry slam, during which poets perform their work and are judged by members of the audience on content (discretion encouraged) and performance. Hosted by award winning spoken word artist,

Ayodele Heath, the Slam’s new additions include an invitational round of competition amongst some of the metro’s best spoken word artists, as well as increased prizes - $500 for 1st, $400 for 2nd, $300 for 3rd and $200 for 4th places. (Free admission at The Teaching Museum, and for more information, visit or call 770-641-3705) Other special events involve art exhibits, slave history, genealogy workshops, storytelling, cooking classes, underground railroad hero information, as well as jazz and classical music presentations. The well choreographed festival is sprinkled throughout the historical Roswell district from the Square to the Groveway area to Canton Street and the Cultural Center – poignant backdrops for this wonderful Roswell tradition .q For complete information on all of the events and activities with Roswell Roots visit

natural element like grass cloth. Some of these looks can be achieved through a faux finish. Ask a faux finisher to show you something new and different. A good one should be able to bring samples that blow you away. Q. I’ve been seeing some beautiful wallpaper lately; I see grasscloth is a growing choice in modern design. I’m really drawn to that look, and would love to use it in my home to update my décor, but I’m afraid that if I do a whole room it could be overwhelming. What can I do so that it doesn’t feel out of place with my traditional furnishings? A. Grasscloth is a great choice because it adds dimension and interest, yet has a timeless appeal. Entire spaces with theses wall coverings look dramatic and defined, while using them on accent walls or breaking it up like the panels in the photo can be playful and used to create a

focal point. Q. My home has your traditional study, with floor to ceiling built-in bookcases. We’ve always loved them and have filled every inch of them. What can we do with the built-ins to freshen them up besides paint them white? We don’t want to remove them or do a heavy-looking faux finish on them. What are some other options? A. Addressing your built-in bookcases, whether new or old, can completely transform your room. Giving them a high-gloss or lacquer finish will get you excited about them again. You can go neutral or bold in color, there are also metallic and pearlescent paints that look amazing on furniture. Scale back and bigger. Remove small decorative items, and fill the shelves with larger scale accessories. Don’t display every book you own, chose the ones you can group together in like sizes and cover colors. This will update your bookcase in a flash. Tip: Wallpapering the back of your bookcase adds a custom touch. You can do panel inserts so that you can change out your backdrop easily and inexpensively. Whether it’s a faux, paper, or just a fresh spin on paint, you will be amazed at the variety and quality of the wall treatments that are out there. There’s something for everyone! q If you have a questions email us at Photos Courtesy of House Beautiful and Pinterest.


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The Great Money Grab As Fulton County negotiates a new sales tax distribution with municipalities, ever present philosophical differences are increasing. By Tripp Liles

The dysfunctional relationship between Fulton County and its municipalities is growing larger every day. There is the ever-present north/south divide and the drive for greater local control of revenue and services that is slowly acting as a destructive force. At present, the county is negotiating with municipalities over the division of sales tax revenue. This agreement is negotiated every decade, and amongst the various participants there seems to be little consensus. For the City of Roswell, there are roughly $19 million at stake, which represents 16% of the city’s budget. The current agreement allocates 15% of all local option sales tax revenues to the county off of the top. The remaining funds are then distributed to municipalities based on their population. For the City of Roswell, Roswell Mayor, Jere Wood that is an attractive scenario – people live here. However, with the economy in a poor state, some entities are looking to grab a bigger piece of the pie. Fulton County wants a greater overall per-

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centage, and the City of Atlanta wants revenue to be allocated by the point of sale, not population. That scenario is not good for Roswell – people far to often shop elsewhere. This also has the potential to be a divisive issue between neighbors. Alpharetta, for instance, would benefit from a point of sale distribution due to its substan-

tially larger retail base. Overall this divide highlights the growing issue of just how meaningful the Fulton County issue is to the residents of the northern part of the county. Over the past decade, municipalities have been formed, such as Sandy Springs, Johns Creek and Milton, in an effort to provide citizens a local voice they felt was not being heard by living in unincorporated areas of the county. As these municipalities have been born, however, the size of the county government has not shrunk proportionately. That is the driving issue, which touches so many different areas. Why keep providing the same amount of money to the county when its size should be decreasing? It also highlights the fundamental argument of large versus small government. Perhaps the issue shouldn’t be large versus small, but effective versus ineffective. “Fulton County has traditionally maintained a strong financial standing. But we are placing our financial health in jeopardy if we don’t make some serious changes in our financial management,” said Commissioner Robb Pitts in a recent press release on the county’s fiscal position. “We are facing a crisis – possibly as soon as 2013, and certainly by 2014 – unless we radically cut our expenses. We can’t continue to balance our budget with smoke and mirrors.” The Roswell Ace? The division of funds and those negotiations could be decided by Fulton County and the City of Atlanta with little additional input. Because they are the two largest entities, based on population, they have the most power. However, the City of Roswell has a potential ace up its sleeve. According to Roswell Mayor Jere Wood, if a municipality is absent, meaning it does not sign off on the agreement, then the default position for that municipality’s share is based


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A Lesson In Character Despite a down season Roswell High School football stands proud. By Tripp Liles

For a lot American men, high school football represents the last time they will compete in athletics at a high level. The memories of competition and the relationships that are forged will last a lifetime. At a school with the tradition of Roswell High, the pressure on Roswell High School football team senior class. (photos by Studio 7of Roswell) the young men in the anywhere, but at a school like Roswell football program is pretty large. The school has won 3 state championships it was practically unthinkable. In the end, however, Sanderson felt someand inclusion in the playoffs each seathing building throughout the season son is pretty much a ‘gimme’. – and that something was character. In his first year as head coach at Character in himself, his players and Roswell, Coach Justin Sanderson the community, who despite the zero shouldered the weight of community expectations. Sanderson is a man who win season, filled Manus Stadium at the teams last home game. cares deeply about his program and “It was such a special feeling. It felt the young men who come through it. like we were playing for the state Recently, I had the privilege to hear championship. The kids were fired the Roswell High School football up,” Sanderson said recapping the last coach speak at a Roswell Rotary funcgame. “You can talk about pressure tion acknowledging youth leadership. and all that, but I love these kids and I His words on his team’s 0-10 season want them to have a positive experiwere profound. Most coaches who ence. To see them that fired up playing have been through a winless season at 0 and 9 was something special. Forwould go into hiding – not Sanderson. tunately and unfortunately I will reHe was under no illusions about member it for the rest of my life.” what the season had in-store. There In the tough times you tend to learn were a lot of changes recently at more about yourself and those around Roswell – including new principal you. As the losses mounted, SanderJerome Huff, as well as new adminisson saw the “3 F’s” (Family, Faith and trative staff, loss of assistant coaches, Football), as he calls them, payoff. and to top it off, the team had a lot of “These players were good men that graduations the previous year. did their jobs and they were better “We knew we were going to take people for it. It taught them not only some licks. We lost 50% of our varsity humility, but how to work harder tostaff,” Sanderson said. “We knew we gether and count on each other perweren’t going to be the team we were haps better than a winning season,” before, but I had no idea of what was Sanderson said. “You worry about about to happen.” things that you didn’t used to worry What did happen were several very about…are there any fans there, are tough losses in the forth quarter, and the kids going to be there on Monday, ultimately a winless season. Hearing and it got to the point about 7 games Sanderson recap the season, you can in where I didn’t worry anymore besee this is a man who takes tremencause these guys are going to fight. I dous pride in his job, the community, know when we walk off that field we’re and most importantly his players. going to do it as a family.” q Having a zero win season is tough

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Roswell Slides Into Olympic History Raychel Germaine does Roswell proud as a participant in the inaugural Winter Youth Olympic Games. By Current Staff

Profiled in our last edition, Raychel Germaine, an Olympic Luger (or Slider as they are known) had a memorable experience placing a respectable 14th overall in the inaugural Winter Youth Olympics. Considering the fact that Germaine is from Roswell, and not some Swiss alpine village, it was an incredible achievement and one that did not come without a few hurdles to cross. During her transit to Austria, where the games took place, her luggage was lost. The only thing she had at the time was her equipment, which was transported via the team. Once the competition got underway, however, Raychel was determined to acclimate herself to the track. It is known as one of the toughest in the world, and is also the “home track” of many of the top European sliders in the

sport. This fact is a severe handicap to American sliders, because the difference between winning and loosing is calculated in the thousandths of seconds, and intimate knowledge of the track is a large advantage. When the competition started, Raychel already knew 2 sliders had posted times that were over a second and a half better than her best practice time. In the initial run, her start time was slightly slower than training, but she was still only .02 seconds away from the 4th fastest start time. At the completion of her first run, she was in a very respectable 12th position by posting a time of 40.856 seconds, which was a full second better than her previous best time. Her second run started very strong with a faster start. In the lower end of the track she entered a curve than had a later exit, which led to a direct blow to

the wall in the next curve at close to 70mph. The impact of the blow flipped Germaine and her sled, which was now on top of her. With skill and precision she was able to Raychel Germaine in action at the Winter Youth Olympics. right herself and finish the due to her small physical stature, but race. she has worked so hard these past "Since the finish was uphill, Rachel three years to overcome those chalwould not have been able to reach the lenges,” Bob Germaine stated. finish line if she didn't manage to get “For race day she wore over 20 lbs back on top off that sled." Bob Gerin lead weight, but she was still only maine, Rachel's father, stated. 0.02 seconds off of the 4th fastest In the end Germaine finished 14th start. That one statistic speaks volwhich was only two places from her umes as to the great sacrifice she goal of a top 12 finish - but considering made this last year in the weight the accident and the built in handicaps, room. It has been wonderful watchit was an amazing accomplishment. ing her mature, not only as a woman “Watching Raychel do so well, in and as an athlete, but also in her such a high pressure setting, and Christian faith. We are very proud against a field of more experienced of her and excited that she had the sliders, made her mom and me so opportunity to compete in such a proud. She has faced great challenges great event.” q


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Is Paula Deen A Trick Or Treat? By Lesley King

This January, we learned that America’s Culinary SWEET-heart, Paula Deen, was diagnosed 3 years ago with Type 2 Diabetes, while continuing to market the recipes that often lead to this disease (a hamburger on a donut sandwich). This week, Deen announced her endorsement of the latest and greatest diabetes drug, Victoza. More gooey chocolate sundaes for all! That recipe is on p.36 of her cookbook for $29.99. Then when you become diabetic, reach for Victoza at your local pharmacy. Can I get a “cha-ching?” Nearly 17 million Americans have type 2 diabetes. It’s also the 7th leading cause of death in the United States. Yet according to new research, it is also 100% reversible without medication. Type 2 diabetes stems from an excess of glucose in our bloodstream during digestion, and an over production of insulin. There is also an over abundance of sugar and carbohydrates in

our diets (bread, pasta, sodas, potatoes, cereal, rice, candy) that converts to glucose. Because we aren’t active enough to keep up with the excess glucose we are ingesting, it becomes too high. So the pancreas pumps out more insulin to help move or store glucose into the cells as stored energy (glycogen). But Health & over time, the Wellness receptors in the LESLEY KING cells become resistant. To make matters worse, the excess glucose continues to build up in our bloodstream, waiting to be stored. This often leads to heart disease, muscle deterioration, osteoporosis, decreased energy, carbohydrate cravings, thyroid problems, nerve damage and even blindness. Because of the toxic buildup in the blood-


stream, insulin is forced to store the excess glucose in the FAT cells. Not only do you have major health problems, but you are now steadily storing FAT! 3 Easy Steps You Can Take: 1. Exercise! Aerobic activity and weight training are the best combination. Building muscle during exercise improves insulin sensitivity since muscles burn your stored glycogen as fuel during your workout. Work up to 3o minutes of aerobic and resistance training 5 days a week. Opening up the muscle cell receptors decreases the need for constant insulin secretion and encourages activity from the fat burning enzymes. 2. Cut back on carbohydrates and refined sugar! Our bodies can’t metabolize the high amounts of these foods we are eating. Fat and protein are excellent sources of energy that rebuild tissue and maintain muscle. Dr. Elizabeth Miller of Historic Roswell

Chiropractic is an applied clinical nutritionist and reiterates, “Type 2 Diabetes is caused from years of eating sugar and refined carbohydrates. It is not caused by eating protein and fat.” 3. Make a list of what you CAN eat! Focus on protein, fat, vegetables, nuts, berries, and dairy. Organic and unprocessed foods are the keys to getting the best nutrition your body deserves. Since 1983, there has been a 1000 percent increase in diabetes worldwide. We continue to indulge in delectable recipes filled with carbohydrates and sugar with a magic pill readily available for us when we fall. It’s time to empower yourself to make the diet and exercise changes your body deserves, y’all! q Lesley King is Owner/Personal Trainer – LDK Fitness,

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Asprin - The Great Lifesaver? Contributed By North Fulton Hospital

Since aspirin was introduced as a treatment to relieve symptoms of rheumatism in the late 1800s, it has advanced from being not only a pain reliever but also a life saver. In 1948 a California doctor who had been prescribing aspirin to 400 of his patients started recommending “an aspirin a day” after he noticed that they had not suffered a heart attack. Forty years later the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) proposed the use of aspirin to reduce the risk of recurrent heart attacks and prevent heart attacks in patients with angina (chest pain). Daily aspirin use has shown to benefit people with heart or blood vessel disease, and those with poor blood flow to the brain. However, every prescription and over-the-counter medication also has risks which must be outweighed by the advantages gained through ongoing use. People who take aspirin should not take ibuprofen without first consulting their physician. The FDA warns people not to drink alcohol if they take aspirin regularly. Side effects associated with aspirin use include stomach bleeding, kidney failure, bleeding in the brain and some kinds of stroke, as well as nausea, vomiting and heartburn. Consequently, aspirin therapy should not begin before first consulting a physician. Aspirin works by halting the body’s production of certain natural substances that can lead to fever, blood clots, swelling or pain. When taken on a daily basis, aspirin has shown to lower the risk of heart attack, strokes caused by blood clots and other blood flow problems. Aspirin itself will not treat a heart attack. However, when taken in conjunction with other treatments provided in the emergency department, it has shown to significantly improve the chances of survival. Aspirin should not be taken during a stroke because not all strokes are caused by blood clots. If a stroke is caused by a ruptured blood vessel, taking an aspirin could make

the stroke worse. Daily aspirin may be prescribed after the physician evaluates the patient’s medical history, allergies, potential benefits and risks, and the use of other medicines (both prescription and over-the-counter), vitamins and herbals. Not everyone is a candidate for aspirin therapy. Medical conditions that may prevent daily aspirin use include pregnancy, asthma, uncontrolled high blood pressure, stomach ulcers, liver and kidney disease, or bleeding disorders. Because aspirin is not labeled for use to reduce the risk of heart attack or clot-related stroke, the correct dosage must be provided by a health care professional. Nonprescription aspirin usually is taken once a day in dosages ranging from 75 mg to 325 mg. If a dose is missed, it can be taken as soon as possible. The missed dose can be skipped if it is almost time for the next dose. Aspirin should not be taken as a double dose. For more information about aspirin and heart attacks, talk with your doctor or visit the Web site for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Center for Drug Evaluation and Research at You can also join North Fulton Hospital on Thursday, 2/23 at 5:30 p.m. for a free heart health event including blood pressure screenings, a talk with a cardiologist and a heart healthy cooking demo. Call 770-751-2660 for more information. q

a WOMAN of HEART CELEBRATION To Feature . . . Thursday Presentation by North Fulton Hospital Cardiologist Dr. Jose Torres — Heart Healthy Living

February 23, 2012 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Heart Healthy Cooking Demonstrations by Publix Apron’s Cooking School Chef

North Fulton Hospital Atrium

Free Blood Pressure Screenings Speak with North Fulton Hospital Medical Professional to discuss your risk of heart disease

Heart Healthy Samples from Publix Apron’s Cooking School and local restaurants

Helpful Tips from the American Heart Association

The event is free, but registration is required. For more information and to register call 770-751-2660, or visit, keyword search “Community Calendar.”

located just inside the main entrance




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Show Your Body Some Love by Giving it What It Needs By Tori Rodriguez First, let me say: Happy Love Your Body Month! As part of my series on the factors that contribute to chronic overeating (which is inevitably tied to the way we feel about our bodies), I’ve explored in previous columns how family, culture, and our feelings affect our eating patterns. Now I want to touch on the all-important impact physiological influences – namely, what, how much and how often you eat, as well as hormonal fluctuations like those that occur during PMS. For starters, stop dieting (I can’t say it enough!), which has been shown to backfire and ignores your body’s appetite cues. Balanced nutrition is especially important if you’re prone to overeating, because if you don’t get enough nutrients at regular intervals, you’ll be more likely to binge. For instance, some people might think it’s healthy to eat only a bunch of veggies for lunch, or just some protein,

but those are sure ways to end up famished and binge-ready. Here’s the basic blueprint for healthy eating: Minimize processed foods, Health & sugar, salt and Wellness unhealthy fats, advises Natalie TORI RODRIGUEZ Logan, RD, LD, of North Point Personal Fitness, and make sure that each time you eat, you have a combination of lean protein, complex carbs (veggies, fruits, whole grains), and a bit of healthy fat (like olive or canola oil, nuts, or avocado), to prevent your blood sugar from plunging and making you ravenous and likely to overeat. Contrary to popular belief, it’s not a matter of keeping your overall calories in

check, because calories definitely are not created equal. If you eat just a bagel, for example, you’ll be hungry again much more quickly (and how!) than if you added some protein (like an egg or a milk) and fiber (as in choosing a wholegrain bagel over a plain one). Logan explains that the body breaks down simple carbs quickly, which can make us feel hungry sooner, while adding some protein, fiber, and healthy fat will slow digestion and keep you fuller longer. This balance is especially important if your period is near, since fluctuating hormones can make us hungrier. As for how often and how much to eat, aim to eat when you’re hungry and stop when you’re full, though that’s easier said than done. When they begin therapy, many of my clients have lost touch with what it really feels like to be hungry or satisfied because they’ve been overriding their bodies’ signals for so long. If that’s the case, start recording how hungry you 17

are before and after you eat on a scale from 1-7 (1= starving, 4= neutral, 7= stuffed), suggests Diana Hill, PhD, a clinical psychologist and researcher. The ultimate goal is to eat when you’re moderately hungry (between 2 and 3 on the scale) and to stop eating when you’re moderately full (between 5 and 6 on the scale). So, you want to avoid waiting to eat when you’re at a 1, at which point you’ll be more likely to overeat, and you’d ideally stop eating before you’re uncomfortably stuffed. Becoming familiar with the degrees of your appetite will help you reconnect with your body’s cues and avoid binges. Tori has moved – into the historic Minton House! Check her blog for details on her upcoming open house celebration and Love Your Body Month events. Email: Phone: (404) 886-7065

The Great Grab... continued

on population. “It says (the law) that if you do not sign the agreement, then you get your population share,” Wood said. This issue has caught many by surprise (although it shouldn’t have), and legal teams are scrambling for answers. Wood has documentation dating back to 2000, in which he pointed out the loophole to the city’s attorneys. “We are trying to get a consensus from the city’s attorneys and take that to the state attorney general to get him to confirm that, but I tell you that’s what it says,” Wood continued. “I’ve got cities going into negotiations involving $100 million of sales tax, and I’m not sure they understand the rules of the game.” If in fact the Roswell position is correct, then the default position would have to be a population-based distribution. But according to Wood, the larger issue is not the type of division, but how much Fulton County is taking off of the top. “What’s really important for Roswell and Milton and Alpharetta, is not what the formula is between the cities, it’s the split between the cities and the county. The bigger the cities’ pie is, the better we do,” Wood summarized.

According to Wood, if the cities are successful in gaining the upper hand, then there will be greater pressure on Fulton County to reduce its size. All of this is kind of an end run around moving away from Fulton County and reducing its scope. According to Wood, he has long advocated for the formation of municipalities as an effective strategy for diminishing the influence of Fulton County. If the municipalities of Fulton provide a unified front in dealing with the county, they can be more forceful and have a stronger hand to play. To date, the state legislature has not seriously addressed the Milton County debate. According to many who have been involved in this issue for years, there is not a lot of faith that even a Republican controlled legislature has the will to push this through. State Senator John Albers (R), of Georgia District 56, is suggesting otherwise. “We are working diligently on Milton County,” Albers stated. “The first steps will happen next year when we (GOP) have the majority control over the Fulton County delegation, allowing us to radically reform Fulton and pave the way for Milton.” The waiting game continues. q


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