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looked around the room in wonder as the audience sang to her. She was clearly kept busy on the stage in cities such as treasuring every note. Chicago, Atlanta, Santa Fe, Memphis, “It was sheer glee,” she said with a and New York, as well as a three- month smile. “I had this stupid grin on my face gig in Germany. for a week. You couldn’t have smacked it “A lot of it really is luck,” she insisted. off.” After an hour of storytelling and gosIt wasn’t just the judges who loved siping, we finally broached the subject Jamie Barton. The BBC took to her in a of the competition. “How did you find big way and set about spoiling her every out about it?” I asked. chance they got. They found out that “I heard about it in grad school,” she she was a huge fan of the BBC series Dr. said. “It’s the Olympics Who and showered her of the opera world.” with gifts from the show. A singer has to be The competitors were They supplied her with nominated to audition tickets to a Dr. Who formidable, really for the competition. The exhibit. They even incredible artists. nominated singers must arranged for the BBC orsubmit a DVD recording chestra (which played for of two songs and two the competition) to arias. If you make it past this round, you surprise her at rehearsal one day. attend a live audition. The field is “They do the Dr. Who theme music. narrowed from 600 performers to 20. They played it for me in one of the This year, Jamie Barton was the only rehearsals. They filmed the whole thing. representative from the United States. Having the wave of sound wash over me The event is comprised of two from the show I loved so much, I nearly separate contests. There is the main cried,” Barton remembered fondly. “If I competition, and then there is a song hadn’t won a thing, I still would have prize competition, which is optional. come back with these incredible Barton opted to do both. She is the memories. That’s a winning day.” second person in the history of the event So what to do after winning the to win both trophies, along with the Olympics of opera? What sort of career titles and cash purses they represent. goals could a singer have after such a The amount of time and work that huge achievement? Barton has plenty of went into choosing the repertoire for ideas. two competitions was substantial. “I really want to be a guest judge on Barton needed to arrange four different Iron Chef,” she said. “I would have been programs, one for the preliminary and a chef if not a singer.” final round of each competition. She As far as musical goals, there are a adhered to strict guidelines while search- number of roles Barton could play. And ing for music that would best showcase with her resume, she will likely not have her vocal and linguistic abilities. trouble landing them. But one of her ulOf the two wins, Barton confessed timate musical goals was something a she was most surprised by the Song little unusual and very interesting. Prize. “I would love to collaborate with “I didn’t expect to win. The Christopher Thile of Nickle Creek. It’s a competitors were formidable, really career goal. I consider him one of the incredible artists. When they greatest musical minds of our time.” She announced I had won, it didn’t hit for a insisted I rush home and listen to some second. I was like, who’s that?” she of his recordings. “It’s the perfect laughed. marriage of brainiac music and blue Barton remembered a truly grass.” emotional moment after she had been At the rate she is going, these bucket presented with the Welsh crystal trophy list goals seem very attainable for when the audience stood up and began Barton. After years of hard work, a huge singing the national anthem in fouramount of talent and a little bit of luck, part harmony. the world is pretty much this Georgia “It’s not called the Land of Song for girl’s oyster. She could probably even nothing,” she said. “I just started to cry learn to play the bass drum if she from exhaustion and gratitude.” wanted. I later watched a recording of the mo“I did a good job,” she said confidently. ment she described. After being “That’s all I could do.” declared Singer of the World, Barton 4

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No, this place is not Canton Street but it is wonderful and altogether unique. To the lovely French couple making dessert crepes behind the sushi bar at Thaicoon. Or By Frank Mack to the fantastic Australian Bakery that has free bluegrass every Tuesday on the street. Or maybe to the I’ve been observing the Marietta Square for the last two smart kid serving scoops at Sara Jean’s Ice Cream. It’s months. Poking around looking for “the” all about the community and our neighbors no matter restaurant/food/chef story I could tell. This is coming how we define that. after a year and a half in which I have concentrated on This is our community. While the bonds have been the Roswell/Canton Street thing. strained politically, economically and by these damn We all know there is a square in Marietta. Heck most TVs and unlimited cable they are yet in fact, unbroken. cities in the south have one. I Frankly, I’m beginning to think that this whole narrative just didn’t know what’s there. of how “divided” we are is a crock. I know the cable I’ve lived in this area for 20 news guys and Internet sensationalists love to peddle years and yet I had no idea, hate. But think about this. When do you actually see it none, zip, nada about this place. with your own eyes? I’m telling you we’re in good shape Apathetic suburban slug sums folks. It’s here that people have commonality that’s why me up nicely—stupid flat places like this are booming. This is life; we can rest screens and the Internet have when we die. America works. America plays. And, not helped. America eats! Now I know this place and Food & Culture For the life of me I can’t think of why more of us are the people who make it vibrant. not living outside, coming out in the evenings, having FRANK MACK The street artist? Talked to him. lunch during the day and just breathing with each other I don’t drink anymore but still in the incredible sandal and summer dress weather. converse with the local barkeeps—great people to chat And taking advantage of all the square has to offer. with. I’ve eaten a bite here and a bite there and even Maybe you need some help. found a great barber… but. There’s always a but. A quick tour. Within two blocks of the square is Where oh where is my restaurant story? Then it hit plenty of parking. Here there, all over. Can’t walk a few me. The story is the square.

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definitely don’t want to miss the collaborations that will happen when legends like Derek Trucks, Warren Haynes, Started as a fundraiser to save the Gregg Allman and Grace Potter take old Decatur train depot, the 13th the stage. Annual Decatur BBQ Blues and We can only hope that the weather Bluegrass Festival has really taken off! will stabilize enough at some point to The festival will take place Saturday, allow us to enjoy some sort of outdoor August 17 in Harmony Park in activities without the looming threat of Oakhurst featuring an expanded list torrential downpours. Keep checking of BBQ vendor offerings and your weekend forecast for a sunny day attracting over 6,000 attendees to to take advantage of the river canoe enjoy six hours of live acts and the best barbeque in the city from vendors trips on the Chattahoochee. Register in like Fox Brothers and Black-Tie BBQ. advance for any Saturday or Sunday at 6 p.m. through the end of August for If you still need to get in one last the cost of $25 for members and $30 summer beer festival, you’ll want to for non-members. On these guided mark your calendars for the Great river tours, you can learn about the hisAtlanta Beer Fest at Turner Field on tory and ecology of the watershed while Saturday September 7. This is anticipated to be one of the biggest beer enjoying the peaceful calm of the river festivals in Atlanta this year, with over in the evening. 150 types of beers from local breweries and all over the country, live music, colFree live music continues around lege football on the big TVs and all Atlanta with The Power of Folk Art sorts of entertainment. The tickets, series at the Heritage Sandy Springs which include a souvenir cup, beer samMuseum on Thursday, August 8 with a pling and a full day of entertainment, free show by singer/songwriter Kathy are just $35 before August 29, so get Reed. The last Friday of each month, them while they’re cheap! Gwinnett County’s Moonlight & Music concert series takes place on the If Muse’s abbreviated performance historic courthouse lawn, so catch the last performance on August 30 with at the Centennial Park Final Four local favorite Yacht Rock Schooner. concert left you wanting more robot Unplugged in the Park continues all the rock, your chance to see them again way through September in Piedmont soon is coming on September 4 at the Arena at Gwinnett. The next big thing Park with local acoustic acts like Nic Cown and Wesley Cook. I say when the happening at Verizon Amphitheatre sun is out, don’t miss a chance to come has to be The Allman Brothers Band out and take advantage of the outdoors! with Grace Potter on September 2. If For more great stuff check out our you had the pleasure of hearing website www.thecurrentplus.com. Each Tedeschi Trucks join Chris Robinson and the Black Crowes on stage for two week we have a robust calendar with plenty of great entertainment tips. encore songs this past July, then you

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AUG 2013

We All Scream…


Event helps fund the Drake House shelter

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Those interested in homemade ice cream will have a sweet opportunity August 25 as the annual Miss Mary’s Ice Cream Crankin’ will bring homemade ice cream to historic downtown Roswell. Drake House Development Director Karen Pye, who co-chairs the event, explained Mary Drake, for whom the Drake House is named, loved ice cream socials. She suggested an ice cream social be the fundraiser for the Drake House. “It started as a small Sunday afternoon ice cream social and has grown into this huge event,” Pye said. “It’s perfect for families.” The 2012 event had 40 participating teams and attracted 3,200 guests. It raised $50,000 for the Drake House, helping fund the crisis housing the organization provides for women and minor children who find themselves in a situation where they can no longer pay rent as well as the Drake House’s three social workers, career counselor, and residence manager. Pye explained women and their children may become homeless as a result of divorce, illness, or job loss. Women can come to the Drake House, which has 15 apartments for them, for up to 180 days. Guests have to invest their time to improve their situation—they will enhance their life skills such as financial planning, decision-making, and setting boundaries. The career counselor will help them with their interviewing skills and job search. “We want to keep the family intact,”

she said. “We want to provide them with the tools to improve their situation and move on to stable housing.” The Drake House has proven quite successful in this regard. Seventy-seven percent of families move onto stable housing when they leave. While they participate in the program, their average income increases 42 percent, while employment increases 57 percent. Participants are also required to save money, since they’re not paying rent. As of July 23, 34 teams have signed up and Pye is on the lookout for more. She would prefer people sign up by August 15, the sooner the better. Those interested in participating can reach her at kpye@thedrakehouse.org. DataScan is this year’s presenting sponsor. Karen Powell, manager of DataScan field services support, said her company has supported the Drake House for the last six years. They’d always been a sponsor, but decided to lend their support in a bigger way. There are always lots of possibilities for what ice cream the team brings. “It can be something crazy or something you ordinarily see in the store,” she said. Last year the team brought salted caramel, strawberry, and cookies and cream with Reese’s Pieces and chocolate chips. They ran out of ice cream in one hour. This year Powell intends to assemble a larger team to make more ice cream. Pye is seeking additional sponsors. Sponsorship information can be found at www.missmarysicecream.org. Her goal is

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to raise at least $50,000 this year and raise awareness of both homelessness in North Fulton and the Drake House in general. One of Drake House’s strongest supporters is Roswell Presbyterian Church, which has been involved with Drake House’s mission since it was founded. Rev. Mary Cox, the church’s associate pastor for mission outreach, said the organization is very caring and meets the needs of homeless mothers and their children. “We feel like they have been very faithful to take care of a particular need in our community,” she said. Roswell Presbyterian has been faithful to help Drake House not only financially, but in forming relationships with residents and providing mentors to some of the families and volunteers to assist with maintaining the buildings. As a result of the close relationship the Drake House has with Roswell Presbyterian, the church is asked to send a representative to judge the ice cream. Cox served as that representative last year. She said it was difficult to decide who the winners were. “Some of these flavors are intense,” she said. “It’s a lot of fun.” Jack McGinnis is a stalwart of the church’s ice cream team. “It’s a great cause,” he said. “We try to get together 20 to 30 folks for our church.” Their “Maui Jack’s Strawberry banana” was the 2011 winner in the fruit category. McGinnis has a time share in Maui, so the team decided on a Hawaiian theme, bringing almond-coconut and pineapple-themed ice cream as well. During the coming weeks, the team will test out different concepts, but they will definitely bring a chocolate ice cream and more exotic flavors. Kitty Glickman, who volunteers at the Drake House on behalf of Temple Kehillat Chaim, heads the temple’s team. Although the temple has been involved competition since its beginning, this is only her second year. Her first year was an auspicious one—their Campfire S’more ice cream won in the chocolate category. The recipe, which Glickman supplied after the team decided to bring a chocolate in additional to their usual vanilla, consists of a chocolate ice cream with marshmallow, graham cracker, and additional chocolate added at the end of the process. This year, the team will bring both a vanilla and a chocolate. Whether this will be a standard chocolate or some kind of specialty has not yet been decided. In both years, the synagogue’s team has consisted of four to five people making the ice cream and serving it at the event. “Our teens really think it’s a lot of fun,” she said. “It’s a very well-attended event, lots of people.” Last year a line formed at their table that lasted an hour and a half and remained there until the ice cream ran out. Glickman encourages everybody to come out for this year’s event. “It’s a really fun event,” she said. “It’s very familyfriendly, it’s not an expensive event to attend.” For those interested in coming, the cost of individual admission is $6. Families up to six can enter for $20. The event will run from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in Historic Roswell Square.

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A Grand(parent) Kind Of Thrill By Debbie Keel When I had two of my three children, I lived out of town without any family around, except my husband, to be there with me before, during or after their birth. I never thought about it at the time, but it would have been nice to come home to a house full of grandparents and aunts making a big deal over our newborn girls… I think. Today as I sit here on “baby call” awaiting my middle daughter, Corrie, to Grandchildren Charlie, Jack, and Elizabeth join Debbie Keel deliver her second baby boy and her husband Patrick at Navarre Beach (in 18 months!) I wonder if it’s as important for her to have me nearby when she delivers (or shortly thereafter) as it is to me. She hasn’t told me not to come. She lives in Baton Rouge, LA, so I’ve changed my flight about five times since her OB told her she’d deliver “anytime” 10 days ago. (Kudos to Southwest Airlines and their nopenalty policy for changing flights.) If you asked me why I was so intent on flying to New Orleans and driving to Baton Rouge to be there for her delivery, my response would be simple: She’s still my little girl and her little boy will be my little boy. And I think she wants her Mom around “just in case.” It is probably somewhat selfish that the birth of every one of my grandchildren so far has been a new kind of thrill for my husband and me, maybe even more so than the birth of our own children. And the thought of not getting that thrill, seeing that precious little face greet the world, watching the beautiful faces of my daughter and son-in-law when they meet him… well, it’s just not something we are going to miss. Friends and people I work with would probably be shocked at my appalling show of raw emotion here. But I can’t help myself when it comes to this—it’s just so filled with happiness, unspoiled by the travails of a normal day. It’s a bright light shining into the future. I wouldn’t miss it for anything, and I have a feeling I share that special thrill with other grandparents everywhere. We deliver a lot of those little thrills to Moms, Dads, and Grandparents every day at North Fulton Hospital and now we’ve added two outstanding young physicians to help us do that. Dr. Sheila Garnica and Dr. Alex Eaccarino have joined Dr. Somya Reddy in North Fulton Women’s Specialists this summer. Dr. Garnica has relocated from Pennsylvania. She is fluent in English and Spanish and will be the primary physician in a new clinic the practice is building at 202 Bombay Lane. Dr. Eaccarino hails from Roswell and recently completed his fellowship at the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center. Every time we deliver a baby at NFH, we play Brahms Lullaby overhead. It’s another little thrill being born and the brightest spot in our day when we hear it.

North Fulton Hospital Community Calendar August – October 2013 SUPPORT GROUPS

any friends, family or supporters. The meeting structure is informal Nicotine Cessation Group with group discussion and guest Every Tuesday, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., speakers to be scheduled at variClassroom C. Join other men and ous times throughout the year. women seeking motivation, edu- Call John Dorso at 678-694cation, and support to live free of 8726 to register or to obtain nicotine. The only requirement more information. Please note for attendance is the desire to that meetings will not be held in start the journey. Contact Pam at August but will resume on 9.17. 404-428-8799 for more info.

10/3, 10/17, and 10/31. 7:00 p.m. For couples desiring to learn about the option of a water birth delivery. Completion of the class is required to be considered for water birth at NFH. $30.00 per couple; registration required. Call 770-751-2660 for more information and to register.

Maternity Tours

Please join one of our Women’s Health nurses in the hospital Wednesday, 9/11. 10 a.m. to noon, atrium on alternating Tuesdays at Medical Arts Center. A cosme4 p.m. and Thursdays at 5:30 Babysitting Workshop tologist will discuss how to care p.m. for a guided tour of the Saturdays 8/3, 9/14 and 10/12. for skin and hair to combat the apLabor and Delivery suites, 9am–2pm Sunday, 6/2 1:00 to pearance-related side effects of Mother/Baby Unit and the 5:30 p.m. Teaches children ages cancer treatment. Free make-up Neonatal ICU. The tour last ap11-14 how to be prepared and reand skin care products provided. proximately one hour. Please call sponsible babysitters. Bring a doll Call Ryan at 404-582-6153. 770-751-2660 for the schedule or stuffed animal and a sack and to register. Taking Care of Me: lunch and drink. $30

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Loss, Grief & Resolution

Third Wednesday of every month, American Heart Assoc. Call Beverly at 404-843-6500 Heartsaver CPR Saturdays, 8/10, 9/7, and 10/5. for more information. CPR course for the community. Caregiver Support Adult and child CPR, 9 a.m. to Fourth Wednesday of every noon; $35 Adult, child and infant month. To focus on caregivers’ CPR, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; $45 stress, community resources, and strategies for care giving. Please Healthcare Provider CPR Friday August 16 1:00 p.m. – call Beverly at 404-843-6500 4:30 p.m. CPR course for for more information. healthcare professionals. $55


Caring, Sharing, and Learning: Breast Cancer

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Fourth Tuesday of every month, 6 p.m. Cope and connect with others who are facing the same struggles. Please call Micah Brown, RN, Breast Health Nurse Navigator, at 770-751-2556.

WomenHeart Second Tuesday of every month, 7:30 p.m., Classroom C. WomenHeart, the National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease, brings support and education to women who are at risk or who already have heart disease and would like to know more about risk factors and symptoms. We will be addressing different topics each month. To register, call Nicki at 404-386-6037.

Ostomy Support Group

Diabetes SelfManagement Workshop Saturdays 8/24, 9/28 and 10/26.. The Diabetes Association of Atlanta (DAA) offers classes at North Fulton Hospital to teach diabetes self-management skills. Call Katie at 404-527-7180 to register.

Childbirth Preparation Saturday, 8/17, 9/21, and 10/19 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Active class consisting of both lecture and discussion/sharing. Topics include anatomy and physiology; nutrition and fitness; discomforts of pregnancy; stages of labor and what to expect; cesarean birth; medications; possible complications; postpartum care; and comfort, relaxation, breathing and coping techniques for labor support. $100 per couple; registration required.

Third Tuesday of every month, 6:30 p.m., Classroom C This group is open to anyone who Water Birth has or will have an ostomy and Thursdays, 8/8, 8/22, 9/5, 9/19,

LifeSouth Blood Drive Tuesday August 13, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. North Fulton Hospital Classrooms. Give blood, and help save up to three lives with just one donation. LifeSouth is a community blood center, which means the blood collected in your community goes to local hospital patients. Teen Self-Defense Class for girls 11 and older. Sunday August 18, from 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm. Teen girls face a high risk of violence from strangers, acquaintances and dating partners. This single session self-defense class will teach your daughter how to take ownership of her personal safety and defend herself against an attacker. For more information and to register, visit www. revvedupkids.com. $35.

St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church Community Health Fair Saturday, 8/24 25 from 9 am – 1 p.m. FREE blood pressure and bone density screenings; total cholesterol and glucose screenings for a nominal charge of $10.


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Celebrating30 years North Fulton Hospital Remembers Its First 30 Years And Celebrates Its Anniversary

There are many residents in Roswell and Alpharetta who can remember when the land along Highway 9 was still rolling farm land. They probably also remember the fall in 1983 when North Fulton Medical Center, as it was then named, opened its doors and began providing healthcare to this sleepy northern part of Fulton County. When the hospital opened its doors on November 6, 1983, it housed 3 operating rooms, 210 staff, and 175 beds. The closest (and only) restaurant was a small place at the intersection of Highway 9 and Holcomb Bridge Road, and that intersection was a 4 way stop. In fact, the area around the hospital was so rural that employees could dove hunt in the field behind the hospital. So much has changed since then. North Fulton Hospital’s growth has mirrored the growth of North Fulton County over the last 30 years. The parking deck, medical office building, and hospital tower were built in 1992, expanding the emergency room, operating rooms, and other facilities to meet the quickly growing needs of the area residents. The last five years have seen the addition of a second tower and a second medical office building flanking the parking deck. Larry Collett, the Director of Plant Operations for North Fulton Hospital, has been with the hospital since it’s very beginning. “The hospital has tripled in size since I first started with North Fulton Hospital,” said Larry Collett, Director

of Plant Operations and a 30-year employee with North Fulton Hospital. “The whole area was rural then, and Ga. 400 stopped out there near Mansell Road. Roswell and Alpharetta have grown to surround us and we’ve grown as well.” But the changes aren’t only seen in the buildings that house the hospital. Today, more than 400 physicians, 800 staff members, and 200 volunteers work tirelessly to provide each of the hospital’s patients with the very best in healthcare and to keep pace with the changes in technology and healthcare practice that are in some ways revolutionizing the patient experience at North Fulton Hospital. “We have recently converted to electronic medical records, we have a new Mazor spine robot in our operating room, and the emergency room uses tablets so patients can watch videos about how to care for their injuries and illnesses,” said Debbie Keel, CEO of North Fulton Hospital, when asked about how technology has advanced the care patients receive. “These changes mean that nurses and doctors can address a patient’s needs more quickly, surgeries that were once very invasive can now be completed with a few small incisions, and our patients who visit the ER can access the same videos through our website from home if they find they have a question after discharge.” The changes in technology haven’t affected the personal care patients receive at North Fulton Hospital, however.

“Everyone who entered my room during my stay at North Fulton Hospital, from the doctors and nurses all the way to the housekeeping and food services staff, were smiling, friendly, and genuinely concerned for my wellbeing and that of my family as well,” said a recent patient at North Fulton Hospital. “Words cannot express my gratitude and appreciation for the truly remarkable care I received while there.” North Fulton Hospital marked its 30th Anniversary with a week of celebrations from July 14 through July 20 as a way to say “Thank You” to the employees, patients, and area residents who have made it all possible. For seven days that week, the hospital administration hosted employee recognition events, parties, massage sessions, and much more in celebration of the anniversary. 120 employees were recognized for 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, and 30 years of service, and the hospital honored 76 individuals who went above and beyond in their efforts to provide high quality health care to each and every patient. The administration also honored Mary “Tootie” Kelley, who was named North Fulton Hospital’s Nurse of the Year for 2012, and Michele Stevens, who was named North Fulton Hospital’s Shining Star of the Year for 2012, the awards given to the two top performing employees each year.

Mary “Tootie” Kelley, NFH nurse of the year

Michele Stevens, NFH Shining Star of the Year

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Dr. Mike Majmundar, Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon, recently returned from a trip that always reminds him of the reason he specialized in facial plastics. The trip didn’t involve a “Hollywood” sign, but instead involved a poor area of Central America where people waited in line for hours, some overnight. They waited for a chance. The chance that their children, born with cleft lips or other birth defects, might have the opportunity for a “normal” life. An active father and founder of Northside Facial Cosmetic Surgery, Dr. Majmundar is known not only for his Signature, Natural Facelifts, but his big heart as well.


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To make a difference. There are about 1000 facial plastic surgeons in the US but less than 40% of these surgeons are trained in cleft lip and palate repair. It’s a rare skill and I wanted to make it available to others.

On day one of the mission people are waiting in an overflow tent in Retalhuleu

deformity is in most developing and WHERE DID YOU GROW UP? third world countries. I also learned that I was born in Brooklyn, NY but my it was easily treated with surgery and parents moved to Atlanta when I was the correction had an enormous impact two years old. I have lived here ever on the quality of life and future of these since so I consider myself an Atlanta individuals. During my residency and native. fellowship, I found that I was very detailed oriented, loved facial anatomy, WHAT DREW YOU TO THE MEDICAL was good with my hands, and enjoyed FIELD? interacting with my cosmetic surgery My family tree contains several patients. Facial Plastic Surgery was a physicians. As a result, I was exposed to perfect fit for me. the medical field and the responsibilities of a physician early in my life. The HOW DID YOU FIND NORTH FULTON ability to improve a person’s quality of HOSPITAL? life through the knowledge of exercise, I lived with my parents in Alpharetta medications, and/or procedures was when I attended Georgia Tech so I was compelling to me. well aware of North Fulton Hospital’s





I’m a proud Yellow Jacket! I graduated Summa Cum Laude from Georgia Tech where I received my B.S. in Chemistry with a minor in Bio-Chemistry. I went on to obtain my Doctorate of Medicine (MD) from the Medical College of Georgia. Next, I attended Virginia Commonwealth University for my internship in General Surgery and Residency in Otolaryngology ( Head and Neck Surgery) after which I was fortunate enough to land a competitive fellowship in Facial Plastic Surgery at the University of New Mexico.



My interest in cleft lips and palates was the key to my specialization. When I was a young teenager, I visited India and realized how common this



It’s a lot of work and I don’t have a large team; actually, it’s just my nurse and me. We collect unused, partially used, or recently expired medical products and equipment from different hospitals, surgery centers, and various physician clinics to gather the materials. We also have fund-raising drives or seminars during the several months leading up to the trip and have been fortunate to have patients that are very giving and want to help our cause. Frequently, we have to dip into our own pockets to get important items like much needed sutures or a cautery device.

college to help our parents. It was a difficult childhood, but in retrospect, it was very educational. My siblings and I now live in Alpharetta. We are very close which is great because I get to see my nieces and nephews quite often. Of course the joy of my life is my daughter Maya who is now six years old.



I can’t pick just one! The best part of being a dad are the hugs, kisses, and smiles. I also love being there for Maya’s milestones as she grows. We mastered boogey-boarding at the beach this summer! I think that the most challenging aspect of parenting is balancing the love for your child with the need for discipline. Sometimes I give in too easily!

reputation through their local and regional marketing efforts. In addition, I made it a goal to stay abreast of Atlanta’s changing healthcare landscape while I was in Virginia doing my Residency because I knew I would be coming back… North Fulton was always on my radar.



I was looking for an organization to work with to use my training in cleft lip and palate repair. Atlanta, and the US in general, doesn’t have a high rate of these deformities because of good nutrition and prenatal care; however, other countries, especially developing and third world countries, do. Flying Doctors of America was the first to offer me the opportunity, and so I began traveling to Guatemala.

Dr. Majmundar in surgery



Dr. Majmundar with daughter Maya



My parents immigrated from India in the early 70s and worked odd jobs to pay rent and buy groceries. They saved everything and bought a small business in Atlanta near some family. They worked hard day and night. My siblings and I worked at the business through

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My parents, definitely. They have worked hard their entire lives, even when they were sick, tired, or cold. We grew up poor so they made several personal sacrifices so that my siblings and I could have a chance at achieving our goals.


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Kimberly-Clark Sponsors Power of Pink Lindsey Harber, Director of Business Development for North Fulton Hospital and Judson Boothe, Senior Manufacturing Director for Kimberly-Clark

This September, North Fulton Hospital will host its third Power of Pink fundraiser with Kimberly-Clark as a Platinum Sponsor. The event was created to raise awareness about breast cancer and breast health for all women, and every year, more than 300 men and women show their support of breast cancer research at the Power of Pink. “We are so excited about this year’s Power of Pink,” said Lindsey Harber, Director of Business Development for North Fulton Hospital, “and we’re thrilled that Kimberly-Clark will be a part of it. They’ve been avid supporters of our fundraiser since its very beginning, and we are proud that they have continued to show their ‘pink’ with us every year.” All of the funds raised at the Power of Pink are donated to the Atlanta Chapter of the Susan G. Komen Foundation for the Cure. In previous years, the event has raised more than $25,000, and with Kimberly-Clark’s help, North Fulton Hospital expects to raise even more this year. This year’s luncheon will be held on Friday, September 20 beginning at 11:00 at the Country Club of the South in Johns Creek. Attendees will enjoy a three course lunch, silent auc-

tion, and a fashion show. The attire and accessories for the models will be provided by Avalon, and all of the models are breast cancer survivors from North Fulton Hospital. How will you show your “Pink?” Tickets for the Power of Pink are now on sale at www.CheckUpFor Chicks.com/PowerOfPink. Tickets are are $75 each, and include the luncheon, silent auction, and fashion show. In addition, a table of ten can be purchased for $700. One of the easiest ways to support the event is simply to donate an item for the silent auction. No item is too small or too large, and every item donated is included. The silent auction at the 2012 Power of Pink included gift certificates, sports memorabilia, a vacation to Africa, ladies’ accessories, and much, much more. Sponsorships are also available and range in cost from $500 to $2500. A variety of advertising opportunities and tickets are included, depending on the sponsorship level. For more information about purchasing tickets, making a donation to the silent auction, or becoming a sponsor, call Kimberly King at 770-751-2867 or e-mail her at kimberly23.king@tenethealth.com.

Skincare: Is it really just “lotions and potions?”

A Facial Plastic Surgeon’s Take We’ve all heard or seen the commercials… “get AMAAZZING results overnight! Eliminate wrinkles! Make Age Spots Disappear, NEW breakthrough means bye-bye to lines!” So what’s a person to believe? You would probably expect a facial plastic surgeon to dismiss it all as “bunk”… “lotions and potions!” After all, isn’t a surgeon’s goal, to well, do surgery, or at the very least, use injectables to refresh your appearance and eliminate those lines? Au contraire! In a balanced approach to facial aesthetics, it is important to make good skincare a part of your daily regimen. However, according to the scientific studies/literature, only seven products have been shown to work improvements in the skin. Here are a couple of tips from the plastic surgeon’s office on what to look for in your skincare products: Broad-Spectrum Sunscreen. According to the American Cancer Society, skin cancer is the most common of all cancers and accounts for ½ of ALL of the cancers in the U.S.* Make it a habit to put your sunscreen on first (with an SPF of at least 30) , or use a foundation/sunscreen combination. Retin-A. As we age, a Vitamin A derivative, such as Retin-A or a Retinol, can help stimulate lagging collagen production. These substances also cause skin cells to turn over faster

improving the skin’s smoothness. The can produce a reduction in brown spots and even help clear breakouts or acne. Chemical Peels: Another by-product of aging is dull, sun-damaged skin. We don’t “slough” as well! A mild chemical peel (such as a glycolic or lactic acid peel) on a monthly or quarterly basis can do wonders to refresh the skin’s appearance. Moisturizers. Dry skin looks older. Moisturizers help lock in the moisture present at the skin’s surface at the time of the application making the skin appear younger. Depending on your skin type, moisturizers come in lotions, creams and gels. N6 Furfuryladenine-(Kinetin). A plant-derived product, Kinetin has been shown to have properties mildly similar to Retin-A. This is an alternative choice when Retin-A is not well-tolerated. Copper Peptides. This compound has shown some evidence of helping the skin heal from previous sun-damage. Copper is an essential element required for skin healing. Active Vitamin C (anti-oxidant). One of the most commonly prescribed products to combat aging, sundamaged skin. Active Vitamin C has many of the same properties as RetinA and also helps sunscreens do their job better. *American Cancer Society

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Walton players, left to right Dreyon Williams 42, Maurice Gibson 7, Price Wilson 14 and DJ Smith 21. tough start the year, but he is confident that his squad is fearless and will be ready to play. Walton will take on an improved Wheeler team later in the year and conclude their season with a rivalry game against Roswell. “We’re excited about the season and we feel like we have a chance to have a good team,” Hidalgo emphasized. “As long as we stay healthy and continue to work hard we can have a successful year.” One county over, Roswell High School’s football program has suffered uncommon back-to-back losing seasons. This year could be the one to reverse the trend and return Roswell to the dignified program it has always been. A new ambience has overtaken Roswell this year to try and get people talking about the Hornets yet again. “We’re going to have one game at a time, really it’s going to be just one day at a time,” newly appointed head coach John Ford described. “It’s a cliché, but it’s absolutely correct.” Ford has been on the CONTINUED 21 Roswell coaching staff


The upcoming season is finally here for the Roswell and Walton high school football programs and promising campaigns are in both teams’ sights. Walton will be looking to build on last year’s success, which ended with a firstround playoff appearance. For Roswell, this season will be a much-needed fresh start behind new head coach John Ford who is looking to improve on last year’s season, which ended with a bleak 3-7 record. Walton’s season concluded with a 7-4 record and a loss in the first round of the playoffs to Parkview. Though on paper it seems as if 2012 was nothing but a mediocre season for the Raider program, last year may have set the course for this year’s 2013 squad to make a deep run into the postseason. The Raiders suffered several injuries in 2012, many of which occurred at crucial points during the season. Missing eight starters in the double overtime loss to Parkview, the injury-plagued season allowed younger players to showcase their talents and get a taste of the action. By adopting the ‘next man up’ mentality, underclassmen and second-stringers earned their stripes in the brightest moments of last season. Now battletested, leadership will stem from seniors like highly touted defensive back DJ Smith, quarterback Price Wilson, wide receiver Maurice Gibson and defensive end Dreyon Williams. “I think the key to our season will be how well our offensive line grows up,” head coach Rocky Hidalgo explained. Hidalgo expressed the need for all of his players to mature. Several division one players graduated from Walton including running back Tyren Jones. “We need to find a tailback combination to replace Tyren Jones,” Hidalgo said. Jones is set to attend the University of Alabama in the fall. The Raiders will be challenged from the start of the season when they kick off against Peachtree Ridge in the Georgia Dome on August 24th. In week two they will travel to Hillgrove and in week three they face North Cobb in Raider valley. Hidalgo admitted that his team has a


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Common Core Becoming Less Common Georgia will not participate in national education standard measurement system. learning and contribute to the work of standards are administered. improving educational opportunities for In Georgia, the Department of every student.” Education will work with educators The Partnership for Assessment of Several years ago Georgia was one of from across the state to create standardReadiness for College and Careers 22 states to join in the standardization (PARCC) is a nationwide initiative with ized tests aligned to Georgia’s current the goal of setting up a system of bench- academic standards in mathematics and program but Barge frequently voiced concerns about the costs involved. So English language arts for elementary, marks to gauge student achievement Georgia’s opting out is really no surprise known as Common Core. To date there middle, and high school students. The due to the fact that imis only a patchwork of educational goals department is also plementation of looking to form with no uniformity from state to state. PARCC assessments in The argument for these standards are partnerships with Georgia can create an English language arts other states. better prepared students, while the equally rigorous “After talking with argument against is loss of local measurement without the and math would have district decision making in doing what is best high costs associated with cost significantly more than Georgia’s entire for students. At the heart of both sides, superintendents, this particular test. testing program. administrators, teachhowever is a continual reliance on test Both Barge and Gov. ers, parents, scores as a real marker for success. Nathan Deal are in lawmakers and memMany states nationwide are bers of many communities, I believe this agreement: “Assessing our students’ acarethinking participation in Common demic performance remains a critical Core. Those states analyzing their partic- is the best decision for Georgia’s students,” State School Superintendent need to ensure that young Georgians ipation are doing so for a variety of can compete on equal footing with their Dr. John Barge said. “We must ensure reasons. Some political, as in this is an that our assessments provide educators peers throughout the country,” Gov. overreach of government, and others with critical information about student Deal said. “Georgia can create an practical with regards to how the

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then finish off the season at home against Lassiter and away at Walton. since 2008 and has served as the “There’s no big picture, we just want running backs coach, special teams’ to be better tomorrow than we were coordinator, offensive coordinator, and today,” Ford described. “And hopefully quarterbacks coach at different times by August 30 that will put us in a during his tenure on the staff. position where the scoreboard will take Well-liked by the players and care of itself. That’s the whole focus of students, Ford seems to be a great fit for the organization.” After two uncharacterthe slumping program with his vibrant istic losing seasons, the 2013 Hornets character, strong belief in his players, are determined to deliver winning and passion for the Roswell moniker. football back to the fans in Ray Manus “The next one,” was Ford’s answer Stadium who are hungry for another when asked which game he is most look- quintessential Roswell playoff run. ing forward to. “The next game is the most important game. That’s all we can focus on. We’re not going to look ahead, The 5-AAAAAA region in which Walton we’re not going to say ‘we have to do this and Roswell both play in will be no easy in game seven’ because then you under- test this upcoming season for either program. Lassiter still stands as the team to sell games one through six.” beat in the division even after losing Ford assured that his team is not focused in on a particular game and that their quarterback, three receivers, three the concentration of the season is to try top tacklers, all starting linebackers, and to be a little better each day. “If we make intercepting leader. According to the AJC, the Trojans have two options to resure we’re efficient in everything we’re doing, the scoreboard will take care of it- place quarterback Eddie Printz, who will be attending Missouri in the fall. self,” Ford explained. Lassiters’ top 2012 junior varsity Leadership for the Hornets will be provided by Davonte Hill, Josh Selembo, quarterback Russell Aarons and transfer student Will Andersen are competing Pat Sheehan and Justin Auer. Aside for the starting job. from these standout seniors, Roswell The Lassiter ground game won’t lose will be preparing many young players a step as five starters on the offensive who will receive major minutes for the line are returning along with leading first time in their high school careers. rusher Lane Jackman. “We’ve got a lot of underclassmen that Though they only have 5 returning have high leadership capabilities,” said starters on the defensive side of the ball, Ford. “You don’t have to be a senior to lead. Leadership is wherever you are; it Lassiter is still finding playmakers to step up. In a recent interview with the doesn’t have to be based on seniority.” The Roswell underclassmen need to be AJC, head coach Jep Irwin stated that fearless when their number is called for they are replacing the graduated seniors the Hornets to have a successful season. with upperclassmen rather than sophomores, which provides stability One of Roswell’s keys to the season and leadership for the varsity squad. will be the battle in the trenches. An improved Wheeler program will Roswell will need major development on the line of scrimmage in 2013. Improved also be a team to be reckoned with this offensive play and better tackling on de- season after finishing last season with a fense will be crucial to Roswell’s mission 6-5 record and the school’s first playoff appearance since 2006. to return to the playoffs. The Hornets Milton will be restructuring their have a handful of returning linemen who will contribute to the younger play- offense due to the loss of quarterback ers’ growth and the progress of the team A.J. Bush. Bush transferred to Norcross, as a whole. These aspects are not exactly the defending state champions. Losing revelatory to what defines a playoff team, Bush will be detrimental to the Eagle ofbut Ford explained, “These are areas we fense, which averaged 34 points a game with the 6'4" QB under center. need to improve in.” Norcross has the opportunity to The Hornets season is littered with tough opponents as they kick off on the achieve something that is rarely done in road against cross-town rival Centennial Georgia high school football, win backto-back state titles. The Blue Devils have and then host Lambert the following week in the home opener. The schedule 16 of 22 starters returning this season acdoesn’t lighten up as they take on long- cording to the AJC. CONTINUED 22 time rival Milton on September 20 and Norcross crushed every 19

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I’ve been trying to comprehend my anxiety and anticipation for the start of the football season. This time of year can be overwhelming as with everything connected with the National Football League can be. Even with the Hawks in a state of remodeling and the Braves fashioning a uniquely compelling campaign, and Mickelson performing his career defining moment at The Sports Open, I’ve been as fidgety as a Perspective hombre in a BEAU BOCK proctology waiting room. Maybe it’s because there is so much at stake for both the Falcons and the Bulldogs. Georgia’s entire season will be defined in the first two weeks. I may be alone in this but the opener against Clemson will be more of a challenge than the South Carolina matchup in week two. As for the Falcons, training camp is now open and to me it’s like New Year’s Day. There is so much to look forward to and as the season progresses many of the well-laid plans will go awry. There is always so much uncertainty and randomness—for instance Hudson’s injury with the Braves. Right now just as the first ankles are being taped there are seven teams, in 21

my mind, that can win the Super Bowl. The upper echelon consists of Seattle, San Francisco, and our Falcons. The second group consists of New England, due to Brady’s arm and overall team defense. Green Bay finally has some ground game, and Denver and Washington because of their QBs and coaching. Enough beating around the bush— you have to keep in mind—dating back to 1966 and the advent of pro sports in Atlanta, no team, in any sport, has assembled the talent that the Falcons have. Now the big question is… can we complete the picture with the allimportant intangibles that are a requirement for winning a Super Bowl? Those intangibles are intensity, attitude and swagger. No team going to win it all without those attributes. What is our identity? We’re good? Simply being good is not enough. The Falcon’s organizational demeanor is corporate and businesslike, which was sorely needed. But with all of the pieces in place and poised for a legitimate run, we need somebody to run through those locker rooms with their head on fire. It can’t be Arthur Blank nor will it be Falcon’s GM Thomas Dimitroff or Head Coach Mike Smith. So who’s it going to be? Without it we’re only a bunch of pretty uniforms. If this is not our year then Dimitroff must convince Blank for a course correction. Or perhaps Mr. Blank, the gun slingin’, shoot from the hip entrepreneur that he is, might tap Dimitroff on the shoulder and say: “This ain’t working!”

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opponent they faced during their march to the state championship going 15-0. The title game where they defeated Lovejoy 21-14 was their closest game of the season as they outscored every other opponent by 10 points or more. The Blue Devils are undeniably the favorite to win the championship heading into the 2013 season but there will be several teams looking to play Cinderella on their schedule. Norcross’s season begins with a televised game against Florida powerhouse Booker T. Washington. From then on, they have to endure what is one of the toughest regions in the state playing Collins Hill, Mill Creek, North Gwinnett, and Peachtree Ridge. The 2013 season will be highly competitive and full of entertainment for Georgia high school football fans, especially in the 5 AAAAAA region. Walton and Roswell will be looking to make an unforgettable run and be part of playoff the action come November.

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and hand it to her once they were seated to dine. That way her hair would be safely tucked away in a sanitary manner while eating. Plus, he could take a picture of her looking like a cafeteria By Stephanie LaMont worker and post it on Facebook. Carl, a successful financial advisor Hello again Current readers. As promised, here are more icky dat- was turned off during a double date ing stories. I continue to be amazed that when his date insisted he buy a bottle of my gender has committed as many dat- wine for the table. She did this in front of the other couple not even knowing if ing faux pas as the male types. And to prove it here are some doozies from the they wanted wine. So, Carl said “Why should I order wine before we ladies. Keep in mind that all know what everyone wants to of these things occurred drink?” She replied, “Because with people over thirty years he (pointing to the other male) of age. As always names doesn’t do what you do for a have been changed to living.” What a way to insult protect the innocent—and I your friend’s date. Bet that use that word lightly. made everyone at the table feel How about brushing hair really good. at the table? I think men Sex Some women are wacky have every right to tell the And the Suburbs without displaying it in public. woman that it’s a violation Christian met a woman, with the board of health. Jeff STEPHANIE LAMONT Janet, online and they agreed told me that his date had to meet at a local restaurant for their styled her hair while eating on more than one occasion. I suggested he bring first date. When he was almost there, a shower cap with him on the next date Janet phoned him to say that she still wasn’t ready and suggested that he

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come over to her house where she’d make them dinner. Gentleman that he is, Christian stopped to buy a bottle of wine and flowers before he headed over to her home. Janet lives in a nice subdivision. When he arrived all lights were out making it look like Janet wasn’t there. So, Christian phoned her and she said “I’m upstairs, just let yourself in the back door and I’ll be down soon.” He opens the door where he’s almost attacked by several dogs and cats. But Christian still braves it, enters the room where he sees a rooster, of all things, walking around like it’s an ordinary house pet. Christian stayed for one glass of wine then split. Guess he didn’t want to see if fried rooster was for dinner. That funny animal story reminds me of another weird and yucky date involving a pet. Michelle and Dave had major chemistry so after a lovely dinner Dave asked her if she would like to go back to his place for a nightcap. When they walked into his place, Michelle noticed an odor but was too polite to comment or ask about it. Dave then proudly introduces Booster, his tiny dog. Michelle

looks at the cute, little dog that had something wrapped around his bottom half. “What is he wearing?” she asked. Dave answered: “That’s his doggie diaper.” Naturally Michelle’s next question was: “How old is your dog?” Dave told her Booster is five years old and that he changes the dog’s diaper multiple times a day. Yuck! No wonder his place smelled. I’ve run out of room again, which means the “yuck stuff” continues in next month’s column. And believe me, there’s plenty more to share. In closing, I must mention that my email address was printed incorrectly last month. We apologize for this mistake. Moving forward, my correct e-mail address is: Stephanie.lamont@mail.com This column is also on our website www.thecurrentplus.com where I’d love to hear your comments and/or questions! Thanks for reading and happy dating!

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Will The Unified Code Divide? By Mike Hadden If you are one of our Roswell readers, you may have received a mailing from the city regarding the “Initiation of Proposed Map Amendments.” This letter was sent to inform some residents, roughly 13,000 of them, that their property may be rezoned as part of the Unified Development Code, an effort to update the city’s antiquated zoning ordinances. The letter I received was careful to point out that “all of the existing rights allowed on the property will remain,” and that if I am “satisfied with the suggested conversion of my property category, I do not need to do anything.” In case you are wondering, I am satisfied and I’m not doing anything and according to Brad Townsend, planning and zoning director, only about 20 people have voiced their concerns. I am excited to be moving from “C-3 Highway Commercial” to “DX Downtown Mixed Use.” The overwhelming majority of residents will see no change in the way their property is intended to be used. I’m skeptical of zoning. I think it’s mostly unnecessary. Most of the best places in our country and the world were built before the advent of zoning. Many of the great places in Roswell were built without zoning. Prior to zoning, people generally knew what made sense to build in a certain spot. Granted, industry encroached on residential areas in inappropriate ways as the industrial revolution picked up steam, especially in large cities. The natural response was to create regulations that separated incompatible land uses. Our obsession with single use zoning began in the 1920s and 30s and by the time the 50s rolled around, post-war construction was booming and we had relegated virtually every land use to a specific place on a map whether it made sense or not. Now, virtually every city in the country has a similar zoning code and those codes for the most part mandate a suburban development pattern. Question to ponder… is suburbia a product of the free market or government regulation? The unintended consequences of over 40 years of post World War II zoning and suburban development started to become noticeable in the 1990s as some people began to see sprawl as a problem. More and more data started to point to our highly zoned and segregated development pattern as a con-

tributor to many issues such as the obesity epidemic, global warming, environmental degradation, and declining social capital. We built a country so uniform that it is now difficult to tell whether you are in Florida or Kansas except that one state has small rotating storms and the other has big rotating ones. A rough estimate is that 30 million buildings have been constructed in the past 50 years. Out of those, over 99% are wholly unremarkable from an architectural standpoint. Try to think of one place that was built in the past 50 years that is incredible that did not require some sort of variance to get built. What I’m saying is that our modern zoning creates mundane places that are in no way memorable. Now, I’m a realist and understand that no American municipality would dare try to completely repeal their zoning codes. But they can change them. The famed architect and planner Andres Duany is fond of saying “no one has ever dismantled a bureaucracy, not Napoleon, not Hitler. You can, however, change what they administer.” Ideally, we want to create more Canton Street and Sloan Street and less Alpharetta Highway and Holcomb Bridge. Our current codes can easily permit an auto oriented strip mall in most sections of the city but it’s much more difficult to replicate the section of Canton Street from Norcross to Magnolia which is arguably the most successful 300 feet of retail and residential OTP. Why would a zoning code make it illegal to replicate that? Is it unsafe? Is it unsightly? The UDC begins to help alleviate this problem. It’s not radical but it is a change. It even has pictures to illustrate design requirements. It works to bring the 2030 Comprehensive Plan to life by coding for what we want to see rather than coding for what we don’t want to see. The new code is intended to help everyone, from layperson to developer, understand what development on a certain property or roadway should look like. Code Studio, the firm that was selected to write the UDC, is top notch. They have worked with a committee of stakeholders from our city to draft a document that will help the city achieve the goals of the plan. They have written similar codes for Raleigh, Denver and Memphis, which tells me that they know what they are doing. For more visit www.thecurrentplus.com.

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The thing that immediately strikes you when you walk into the natural wonderland that is the Chattahoochee Nature Center (CNC) is that it’s positively buzzing with activity. Families, kids, couples, young and old—they’re all out and about roaming about the grounds and discovering something new. The CNC events calendar is packed with fun and educational stuff. They offer special programs as well as the weekend staples such as the “Creature Feature” and “Animal Encounter” as well as nature hikes and canoe trips. Explore the Land My husband, “Hubbs,” and I view the nature center as a quick and easy nature escape. Hubbs studies and researches all about the native plants while I prefer to sit and daydream near the Butterfly Gardens. We both love the guided nature hikes. They’re typically 45-minutes to an hour-long, guided by knowledgeable volunteers who are more than happy to chat about the Chattahoochee river ecosystem, or about plants, or even about turtles and snakes (why’d it have to be snakes?!). On my list of “must-do’s” is the Night Hike, happening on August 3rd from 8:00 – 10:00 p.m. For this fun evening jaunt, a naturalist takes you on an evening journey through the wetlands and then you’ll pay a visit to one of their nocturnal friends. They cap this event off with a campfire and marshmallows— yum! Also taking place in August is the Backyard Campout, August 31 through September 1, 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 a.m. They’re going to have night hikes, games on the meadow, animals, s’mores and more. This fun Labor Day

weekend event is $45 for general public families and $35 for CNC families (Note: the prices are per tent). Explore the Water If you prefer water to land, then they’ve got activities for you, too! CNC offers guided canoe trips every Saturday and Sunday at 5:00 p.m. Each trip is led by a naturalist and provides a great intro to the ecology of the ’Hooch. And if you’re worried about canoeing for the first time, start with the Canoeing 101 class on August 24 at 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. and again on September 7 from 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. for just $15/Public and $10/Members. Prefer the board to the boat? Paddle Boarding 101 is a great chance to get


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Food For Thought: Restaurants contribute to the greater good. electronic systems to program thermostats and lighting, devices that regulate water flow in their kitchens As America’s environmental conscience grows, increasing numbers and restrooms, and receptacles to colof residents, cities, and businesses are lect rainwater for use in watering landscaping or flushing toilets. ramping up their efforts to reduce, reuse, and recycle as well as support their local economies wherever possible. Restaurants are stepping up to be part of this green movement, making conscious choices that will have a positive local and global impact. For example, a restaurant’s used cooking oil can be filtered and recycled into biodiesel, an organic, non-toxic and biodegradable fuel. This clean fuel can be used to power diesel vehicles, requiring few or no modifications to the engines. Adele’s Authentic Cajun restaurant on Holcomb Bridge Road currently recycles all of its cooking oil, filling a 150-gallon container that is maintained and serviced by a biofuel service once or twice a month. The oil is pumped out of the container and then taken to a facility where it is con- Adele’s Chef Cody Owens explains that used cooking oil verted into biodiesel. is filtered and then placed in a special container behind “All of our seafood is cooked in the restaurant, where it is picked up by a local company 100% clear fry oil each day, so we for recycling into biodiesel fuel. change out the oil every single day. There is a growing sustainable conThat’s a lot of used oil that can be recycled,” explains Cody Owens, head science among restaurant owners as well. Practices such as buying locally chef at Adele’s. “And we filter the oil, just on general practice, before it goes sourced foods from small growers and into the receptacle. We’re in the top 2- farms or ordering products such as wines or spring water from regional 3% of area restaurants for providing producers helps sustain those smaller the cleanest oil.” In addition to recycling cooking oil, businesses. And some efforts extend beyond the local community. a growing number of restaurants are Table & Main on Canton Street implementing many other practices, maintains an onsite garden with a sussome of them highly creative, that repurpose materials and reduce waste. tainable purpose. The garden hosts a composting area for the restaurant’s It is increasingly common to see scraps, and the rich results are diners taking home leftovers in containers that are made of recyclable donated to the Kula Project, an organization that sponsors farmers in materials as well as the use of paper napkins and other biodegradable and Kenya and Rwanda, equipping them with innovative farming methods to compostable products. With help sustain their communities. Americans using about 500 million “The purpose of our sustainably opdisposable plastic drinking straws erated garden is to bring visibility to every day, the “Be Straw Free” and highlight Kula’s mission to grow, campaign encourages restaurants to adopt an offer-first policy, letting cus- nourish, and sustain through education and relentless effort,” says tomers decide whether or not they Ryan Pernice, owner want a straw for their beverages. of Table & Main. Many establishments are installing CONTINUED 30

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Ordinary Is The New Extraordinary Philippines. This guy is not just as good as the original lead singer, he I love watching the so-called talent may actually be better; and following a brief email correspondence and live shows that have become so popular audition, Arnel Pineda is offered the on TV right now. American Idol, position of lead-singer and is now America’s Got Talent, and even So touring the world rocking out with You Think You Can Dance all hold Journey. my attention and fascination. What On a side-note, is there captures and moves me the anything you can’t find on most about these shows YouTube? Do you want to isn’t really the potential know how to breakdown, “rags to riches” storyline, maintain, and use any but it’s more about the indifirearm known to man vidual who becomes (Sweetie’s favorite)? It’s on suddenly aware that they there! What about how to indeed are not just talented, make your mother-in-law but extraordinarily Miscellaneous disappear? Yep, just a few talented. Perhaps I am Ramblings clicks away. And, don’t forliving vicariously through get to check out how to these contestants and still MIKE FINCH field-dress and marinate a secretly desire the thrill of cat (Don’t tell Sweetie or “being discovered” and havMr. Puffin). I’m not sure how I ing my most natural talents learned to do anything before the applauded. Unfortunately, my main development of this invaluable video talent is the ability to wiggle my ears library of “How-to’s,” But I digress. like one of Santa’s elves, and the Watching the story of someone income producing capabilities for that acutely unaware of their true talents talent is not what it once might have suddenly receive overwhelming been. Recently, I was completely captured acknowledgement and encouragement from judges and by one of these stories actually throngs of viewers, can be an recorded in a “docuemotional experidrama” called Don’t ence and a Stop Believing focusing on the …lead singer leaves band; tear-jerker for me. rock group, without lead singer the And, perhaps one day I will finally Journey, and their quest for a new lead band becomes a group of realize the full 60-year-old, unemployed magnitude of my singer. The own ear-wiggling beginning of the musicians… “gift.” In the meanstory is not unique: time I have to Band becomes think that maybe being ordinary is exwildly popular; lead singer leaves band; without lead singer the band be- traordinary in itself. And while most of our talents and skills will never play comes a group of 60-year-old, unemployed musicians; band searches out on a worldwide stage it doesn’t make them any less valuable to the for replacement lead singer; and family and friends with whom we Wham! That’s where it takes a turn choose to share them. Or, maybe I’m that deeply resonated with me. If you don’t already know the story, just severely un-extraordinary and atthen accept this as my spoiler alert for tempting to make myself feel better! the movie, but late one night the aforeMike Finch can be reached at mentioned, unemployed lead guitarist miscellaneousramblings is searching on YouTube and runs @comcast.net. across a video of a guy singing Journey songs for a cover band in the

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MISS SENIOR GEORGIA PAGEANT The Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest Street, will host the Miss Senior Georgia Pageant at 2 p.m. each day.

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Downtown Alpharetta will host festivities including a fun run at 6 p.m. and a 5K race at 7:30 p.m. There will also be food NOONDAY NOSH BOOK trucks, a concert, and a fun zone for the CLUB children. Music starts at 8 p.m. and will The Roswell Library, 115 Norcross Street, go on until 11 p.m. For more information, will host its Noonday Nosh Book Club call 678-297-6078 or e-mail from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. The August kdodson@alpharetta.ga.us. selection will be “Cutting For Stone” by AUGUST 8, 15, 22, 29 Abraham Verghese. Free. 770-640-3075 AUGUST 24 or comments@co.fulton.ga.us. SEPTEMBER 5 TOUCH A TRUCK From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wills Park/Wacky DROP-IN NEEDLECRAFT AUGUST 20 World, 1825 Milton Avenue Alpharetta, At 11 a.m., the Roswell Library 115 ROSWELL CONNECT GA, will host an event showcasing all Norcross Street, will host its drop-in The Bank of North Georgia, 10446 needlecraft group. Participants can join Alpharetta Street, Roswell, GA, will host types of vehicles including fire engines, cars, trucks, heavy-duty construction like-minded crafters to socialize and a networking event for Roswell business equipment, military vehicles, work on projects. All ages and from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. motorcycles, emergency vehicles, buses, experience levels are welcome. The Complementary light snacks will be entertainment and much more. Balloons, event is free. 770-640-3075 or provided as guests explore new business moonwalks and face painting will also be comments@co.fulton.ga.us. opportunities, build better business available. Those interested in finding out relationships, and meet new contacts. In AUGUST 10 more information can call 678-297-6130 AMANDA KYLE WILLIAMS order to register, visit or wprcprograms@alpharetta.ga.us  The Roswell Library, 115 Norcross Street, www.roswellba.com. AUGUST 29 will host author Amanda Kyle Williams AUGUST 24 ALPHARETTA BUSINESS from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. A winner of the MISS ATLANTA 2012 Townsend Award and author of an EXPO Atlanta-set detective series, her newest SCHOLARSHIP PAGEANT The Alpharetta Marriott, 5750 From 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., the Roswell novel “Don’t Talk To Strangers” will Windward Parkway, will host the first premiere this fall. Free. 770-640-3075 or Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest Street, annual Alpharetta Business Expo from will host the Miss Atlanta Scholarship comments@co.fulton.ga.us. noon until 5:30 p.m. Sponsored by the Pageant. The Miss Atlanta Scholarship Alpharetta Business Association, this AUGUST 10 Pageant is an official preliminary for the event gives participants the opportunity BACK TO SCHOOL HEALTH Miss Georgia Pageant and Miss America to network with local businesses and Pageant . Tickets are $20. For more AND WELLNESS FAIR professionals. Those interested in finding North Fulton Community Charities, 11270 information, call 770-938-8716. out more information should visit Elkins Road, Roswell, Georgia 30076, AUGUST 25 http://awesomealpharetta.com/pages/Al will host the Back to School Health and MISS MARY’S ICE CREAM pharettaBusinessAssociation.com. Wellness Fair from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. SEPTEMBER 7 CRANKIN’ Health screenings, games, children’s Historic Roswell Square from 2 p.m. to 4 GRILLING AND GRIDIRON activities, a Get Active area, and the p.m. will host the annual Miss Mary’s Ice distribution of donated backpacks and TAILGATE PARTY Cream Crankin’ benefiting the Drake school supplies. Donations will be Old Roswell Street in Historic Downtown accepted until Aug. 5. www.nfcchelp.org House, a shelter for homeless women Alpharetta will host a tailgate party to or contact Eden Purdy at 678-387-4458 and children. Participants will get to crown the Alpharetta Grilling Champion. enjoy over 100 varieties of ice cream. or email epurdy@nfcchelp.org. Hosted by the Lionheart School, this The event will be rain or shine. event will feature community groups and AUGUST 13, 20, 27, missmarysicecream.org restaurants’ tailgating displays and grills SEPTEMBER 3 and fabulous dishes. Attendees will ALPHARETTA YOGA CLASS sample all the creations and vote for the The Roswell Library, 115 Norcross Street, Grilling Champion. An 8’ x 12’ LED AUGUST 10, 17, 24, 31 will host yoga classes at 10:30 a.m. screen broadcasting the UGA vs. South Please wear comfortable clothes and DOWNTOWN ALPHARETTA Carolina game will be free for all. bring a mat or towel. 770-640-3075 or FARMERS’ MARKET Bracelets will be sold for $15 for grill comments@co.fulton.ga.us. 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in historic downtown tasting only or $25 for grill and beer AUGUST 15 Alpharetta, the farmers’ market gives tasting. For more information, call 678visitors the chance to talk to farmers 297-6078 or e-mail ALIVE AFTER FIVE with fruits and vegetables, gardeners kdodson@alpharetta.ga.us. Canton Street will come alive with extended retail hours, face-painting, live with fresh flowers and plants, and makers of all sorts of edible home goods Visit music, outdoor vendors, and even a trolley. The event will last from 5 p.m. to from yummy desserts to local raw honey TheCurrentPlus.com and homemade sauces and jellies. Each 9 p.m. For more information, visit for more Events! Saturday – April 13 through Mid October. www.aliveafterfiveroswell.com. Barrington Hall Wednesday Walks in the Garden at 9:30 A.M. Free 20 minute tour of gardens, information about historic plans on the property & how they have been restored. Garden tips, heirloom and native plants identification given. No reservations required. For more information, call 770-640-3855.



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FIRST FRIDAY ART WALK Enjoy this free self-guided tour of the Marietta Square’s eclectic art scene. Galleries, museums, cultural venues, restaurants and boutiques host artists within their businesses from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the first Friday of every month, April through October. For more information, call 770-429-1115 or visit www.ArtWalkMarietta.com. AUGUST 10, 24

ARTIST MARKET A student-only fine arts Artist Market featuring local students alongside the popular Marietta Square Farmers Market on the second and fourth Saturdays April through November. This market is produced by the DK Gallery and has free admission. For more information, call 770-427-5377 or visit www.ArtistsMarketMarietta.com. AUGUST 15

BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP The East Cobb Library, 4880 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta, GA, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Both morning and afternoon sessions will feature the same book in any given month. The group reads and discusses a wide variety of literature, including fiction, nonfiction, classics and new releases. New members and visitors are always welcome. This month’s book is “Steve Jobs” by Walter Isaacson. www.cobbcat.org. SEPTEMBER 1-2

NIBBLE AND NOSH FEST Temple Kol Emeth, 1415 Old Canton Road, Marietta, a two-day family food festival providing visitors a taste of Jewish and other ethnic foods in samplesized portions. Community vendors will sell their wares and all will be wowed by fabulous entertainment. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 1 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 2 in the parking lot. Admission is two canned goods to be donated to MUST Ministries. www.noshfest.com, 770-335-0077, or email hal.schlenger@earthlink.net. ENTERTAINMENT


GIVE MY REGARDS TO BROADWAY Alpharetta Presbyterian Church, 180 Academy Street, will host this well-loved musical in the evenings at 7:30 p.m. and a Saturday matinee 8/11 at 2 p.m. The play combines the show tunes of George M. Cohan with a sparkling story in an entertaining, toe-tapping musical of the season. Tickets are $15. For more information, call 770-751-033.


Guests will hear music in the tradition of Chicago and New York, the BG Quartet, PAT GARRITY Bonkerz Comedy Club, 11000 Alpharetta and West Coast and New Orleans jazz bands and combos. $25, with a table for Highway, Roswell, will host comedian Pat Garrity. Performances are Aug. 9 at four $120 and a table for eight $240. 9 p.m. and Aug. 10 and 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. 770-645-6844 or e-mail Tickets $12. roswell.bonkerzcomedy.com. philip@atlantajazzparty.com. AUGUST 10




Gilberto Santa Rosa, “The Gentleman of Salsa,” will headline the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway, Atlanta, Ga, at 8 p.m. Aug. 10. Tickets range from $35 to $81. www.cobbenergycentre.com.

The Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, 2200 Encore Pkwy, Alpharetta, GA, will host the band Chicago. 8 p.m., with doors opening at 7 p.m. Ticket prices vary. www.vzwamp.com.



ATLANTA CONCERT BAND FALL PERFORMANCE The Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest Street, will host the Atlanta Concert Band’s fall performance from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The ACB is a versatile music ensemble that revels in the opportunity to bring to our audiences everything from classical and traditional music to pop, jazz, movie scores and even music selected from popular video games. www.atlantaconcertband.org. AUGUST 12

PAULY SHORE The Punchline Comedy Club in Sandy Springs. 8 p.m. Tickets $20. For more information, visit www.punchline.com. AUGUST 13

FRAMPTON’S GUITAR CIRCUS The Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, 2200 Encore Pkwy, Alpharetta, 7 p.m., with doors opening at 6 p.m. For more information, visit www.vzwamp.com. AUGUST 15

THE KILLERS Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, 2200 Encore Pkwy, Alpharetta, GA , will host The Killers, along with a special guest. Ticket prices vary. 8 p.m., with doors opening at 7 p.m. www.vzwamp.com. AUGUST 16-18

SULLIVAN AND SONS CAST Three of the cast members of TBS’s “Sullivan and Son” Steve Byrne, Owen Benjamin, and Ahmed Ahmed, will take to the stage at the Punchline Comedy Club. $22.50. www.punchline.com. AUGUST 16-17

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At 8:30 p.m., historic downtown Alpharetta will host a screening of the film “Oz The Great and Powerful.” Bring your own blankets, chairs, and creature comforts to view the movie on a large inflatable screen on Old Roswell Street behind Smokejack and The Treehouse at Sis and Moon. Festivities will begin at 7:30 p.m. People can bring carry-out dinner from nearby restaurants.

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IMPROV NIGHT AT NOSHFEST As part of its Noshfest, Temple Kol Emeth, 1414 Old Canton Road, Marietta, will host “Improv On The Rocks With Just a Twist of Jewish.” The Red Door Playhouse’s Adult Improv Group will provide an amusing night out. 7:30 p.m. $15. 770-335-0077, e-mail hal.schlenger@earthlink.net, or visit www.noshfest.com.

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“ALMOST HEAVEN — JOHN DENVER’S AMERICA” The Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest Street, will host the Georgia Ensemble Theatre’s production of “Almost Heaven — John Denver’s America.” Twenty-nine of Denver’s songs, including “Rocky Mountain High,” “Sunshine on my Shoulders,” “Annie’s Song,” “Leaving on a Jet Plane,” and more are reinvented for our GET audience in this nostalgic and exciting musical. Wed. 7:30 p.m.; Thurs – Sat, 8:00 p.m.; Sat 4 p.m.; Sun 2:30 p.m. Ticket prices vary. www.get.org.

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Bonkerz Comedy Club, 11000 Alpharetta DON’T STRUGGLE Highway, Roswell, the August 16 WITH AGING performance will be at 9 p.m.; the Those directions on Dad’s medications August 17 performance 7 p.m. and 9 are there for a reason. And with multiple p.m. $12. roswell.bonkerzcomedy.com. prescriptions, errors are not uncommon. But we can help you find solutions that AUGUST 16 can help prevent potentially harmful JAZZ BENEATH THE STARS outcomes. Wed. Aug. 7 at 6pm at The Chukkar Farm, 1140 Liberty Grove Chambrel Roswell. For reservations call Road, Alpharetta, will host the Atlanta 770-594-4610. Jazz Party’s “Jazz Beneath the Stars.”

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country… lets enjoy every minute of it. Speaking of enjoyment. Did I mention banana splits? Sara Jean’s Ice Cream not only rhymes, it cranks out delicious fresh made ice cream with milk from Georgia cows and oh wow! It does not get any better. When is the last time you took the family out for ice cream? Not drive through either. Take a minute, enjoy the whole thing from sampling, choosing, debating and then making that mess of whatever it is as it all slides down on a summer evening with your family. Stay together or split up. Everyone can take their money and either go get a hand made huge burrito that will just knock your socks off at Taqueria Tsunami. Or hit Australian Bakery. As the kids say, OMG. The meat pies, the veggie pies, and yes the chicken potpies. I had no idea they did so many or they were so good. About $5 each and they are as authentic as you can get. They are even bringing in Roo I hear. Yes Roo as in Kanga. Not sure about that but ok, I’ll 25


It’s never been easier to connect with your loved ones. Through our new technology classes, St. George Village is taking the fear and uncertainty out of using the latest gadgets. Making it easier than ever for our residents to keep up with family, enjoy the latest entertainment and navigate the Internet seamlessly. It’s all part of our mission to help residents live active, independent lives. Call 770-645-2340 to learn about upcoming classes. And remember, you’re never too old for the digital age.

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try it, I have to. What about the entertainment? Literally every night all summer long there is something going on somewhere in, on, or at the Square. And it’s all free. Yeah, free. Now that’s one of everyone’s favorite words. From big time concerts in the bandstand to the mindboggling amazing impromptu unofficial twenty or so bluegrass musicians who gather on Tuesday evenings to play, live and learn with each other. Or just watch me, because I am watching you, and we can all watch each other. I don’t know about me, I imagine I am kind of funny looking, getting old and bald and falling apart. But you? You’re a hoot and you’re all mine. So, to answer the question, what’s wrong with the Marietta Square? Not a thing. Come on out. Bring her, bring him, or bring them. Bring a couple of bucks or none at all. I’ll be proud to see you and share this with y’all. I really would. This is my home after all.

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adults-only date night canoe trip designed with relaxation and romance in mind. It’s September 7 for $30/GP and $25/CNC—bring your picnic dinner and a bottle of wine for postcanoe trip as you’ll be invited to relax under the stars with your love at the park until 9:30 p.m. Now that’s dreamy! Become and Expert Explorer And finally, if you’d like to sign up to be a naturalist yourself (Hubbs definitely wants to do this!), sign yourself up for the Master Naturalist Certification Class! It’s being offered monthly from September 2013 until May 2014 on the second Wednesday of each month, from 9:00am – 4:00pm. The program fee is $475/General Public and $430/CNC Members. Call 770-992-2055 ext. 237 to enroll. Maybe you’ve got an up-and-coming Naturalist instead? Well, your little

ones (ages 3 and 4) can try out the PeeWee Naturalist Series on August 13 from 9:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. They’ll learn more about the outdoors through walks, interactive activities, art projects, and more. The price for the pee-wee naturalists is $50/General Public and $40/CNC Members. Don’t we breathe just a little bit easier and feel a little bit more alive after spending time in the Great Outdoors? I certainly know that I do! And it’s not too late in the summer to go ahead and get out there—get back to nature in your own backyards, ya’ll! See you there! Stacy Shade authors GeorgiaandBeyond.com and can be reached at stacy.shade@gmail.com or on Twitter @StacyShade. Catch her previous articles at thecurrentplus.com.

instead is donated to The Drake House, a crisis residential assessment center The garden’s compost is used to for homeless women and children in fertilize the Kula Project’s local gardens, the North Fulton area. By making a the proceeds of which are sold at local conscious choice to conserve, recycle farmer’s markets to raise funds for the and help sustain others, restaurants are organization’s main mission. having a positive impact. It’s a choice Additionally, produce from the garden for the greater good of both their comis not used by the restaurant but munities and the earth as a whole. 26

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