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The Automotive Industry Is Driving The Local Economy Forward

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By Matthew W. Quinn With unemployment above 8 percent and the housing market inching slowly toward recovery, an area of economic success has been in the automotive industry. Last fall, the U.S. auto industry passed a unique milestone when it surpassed sales totals ahead of pre-2008 sales figures, according to researcher Autodata. Locally, auto sales are increasing at area dealerships. Recent or planned renovations and the coming GM Information Technology facility have given the local automotive industry and the economy a major boost. According to Executive Director Steve Stroud of the Roswell Business Alliance, General Motors will open an IT Innovation Center at a former UPS facility on Warsaw Road. The facility will be one of four such centers in the U.S. Two have already been opened, one in Austin, Texas and the other in Warren, Mich., with a fourth whose location has yet to be determined. The center will be part of a company push to strengthen its internal innovative capabilities, much of which have been outsourced. Stroud said the company was bringing the work back in-house because it allowed for more control. The facility will represent a $26 million investment and bring 1,000

jobs. These jobs—which will include software developers, project managers, and database experts— will be added over the next three to five years. GM will hire both experienced professionals and recent college graduates. “These are all white-collar jobs,” Stroud said. “They’re hiring right now. The jobs are posted online.” Those interested in these positions should visit jobs.gm.com and select Atlanta. Stroud said the company is hiring the management team for the facility now. The jobs the facility will bring mirror the kind of jobs, opportunities, and quality of life Roswell brings. “Locating this innovation center in Atlanta makes good business sense because we can draw from a deep pool of local talent,” said GM Chief Information Officer Randy Mott in a press release posted to the RBA website. “These innovation centers will design and deliver IT that drives down the cost of ongoing operations while continuously increasing the level and speed at which innovative products and services are available to our GM customers.” “I am immensely proud that our bright university students as well as our skilled veteran workforce are attracting innovative multinational CONTINUED 6


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improve the customer experience. As far as the local automotive industry is concerned, Rossi said the reason for the increased activity is that the industry has stabilized. It is no longer like 2008-2010 where, in addition to the recession, the tsunami in Japan hammered imports from Asia. “We’re seeing some market share gains,” he said. He doesn’t know if the industry will reach its 2006-2007 level due to increased caution from the banks. Well away from Highway 9 lies Cherokee Ford on Mansell Road. Owner Vernon Kraus bought North Point Ford in July 2009 and operated in the existing 31,000 square foot site for a year and a half. “The building that we were in was too big and not properly located on the property,” he said. “Nobody knew we were here.” Kraus sold the prior building and some of the land to the Humane Society and built a smaller facility, around 16,000 to 18,000 square feet, closer to Mansell Road. Not only is the building more efficient, its greater proximity to the road has brought more visitors. And that wasn’t the only change Kraus made. Lincoln asked Ford dealers who also sold Lincoln products to add specifically Lincoln lounges. Lincoln was rededicating itself to the Lincoln brand and wanted to create a special experience for Lincoln customers. The decision to revamp the customer lounges was made at the end of 2011 and the new lounges in the service center were open in mid-2012. “We took the existing customer lounge and totally remodeled every square inch,” he said. “We really gutted the building.” The revamped lounges have new bathrooms, new flooring, and new air conditioning. Thus far, the customers have loved it and feedback has been positive. Business has also been increasing at the dealership. Kraus said Ford has released several new products in recent years, increasing its market share. People in North Fulton are also buying new cars. ❑


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decisions being made by females, their needs were paramount in the final overHave you noticed the high energy all plan. level and consistent crowds at Officially, the renovation broke Merchant’s Walk? Whether waiting for ground in August 2009 and opened a table at Marlow’s Tavern, begging for a with the new Whole Foods anchor in reservation at Seed, dodging BMWs July 2011. EDENS invested $26 million, and minivans at Whole Foods, feeling while the various tenants invested $15the vibe at the revamped movie theater, 20 million. Priorities were to have an or standing in line at Chipotle, it seems aesthetic design for a community evident the enhancements designed by gathering place, with a great mix of shopping center developer, owner, and food, retail and entertainment. Today, operator EDENS have quite simply, Merchant’s Walk is at 100% occupancy, worked. And impressively so. the center generates 40,000 trips per It started when Media Play went out week, and the parking lots are full. of business in 2005. “We didn’t want to As indicated, food establishments just quickly fill the box that was serve as the cornerstones of the layout. vacated, we wanted to think long term Whole Foods was positioned as party for the customer base and be sensitive central with a healthy attitude. Seed to the rights of existing tenants,” said Kitchen & Bar, a higher quality destinaEDENS Managing Director Lyle tion restaurant, was deliberately Darnall. “This is a powerful situated at the far end of the complex, intersection (Johnson Ferry and Upper encouraging customers to see all of the Roswell Roads] in East Cobb, so we shopping options on their way to dine. wanted to rejuvenate a place the Marlow’s Tavern was placed adjacent to community could call home. And we the revamped Merchant’s Walk also wanted to complement the retail Stadium Cinemas, with its warm gathercenters that were in close proximity.” ing-place ambiance, a great menu, and Over three years of planning ensued, moderate prices in addition to a back during which the community was porch overlooking the new, hipper encouraged to give input to guide movie house. Chipotle, a fast casual various decisions at this 362,261 square eatery that has an organic approach in foot shopping center. A comprehensive keeping with Whole Foods’ personality, is strategy was designed where food featured on a section of the center very visbecame the foundation and driving ible to Johnson Ferry passer-bys. force for the new and immensely Pinkberry, Gigi’s Cupcakes, and Mirko improved Merchants Walk. With 70 Pasta round out the culinary mix. percent of the shoppers being female CONTINUED 10 and 90 percent of the shopping by Elaine LaMontagne


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A unique blend of local and regional clothing boutiques like Muse, Lizard Thicket, and The Hub are intermixed with popular national chains like Stein Mart, Kohl’s, PetSmart, Old Navy, OfficeMax, and Carter’s Babies and Kids. Home furnishing stores like Fab’rik, Calico Home, Savvy Snoot, and Marty Mason are included alongside beauty shops Ulta, Eye Gallery, and Nuvo Salon and athletic stores The Bar Method and Road Runner Sports. Betsy’s Hallmark and Kudzo Embroidery add convenience and gift options. Collage Boutique, a women’s specialty shop, will open its third metro Atlanta location in Merchant’s Walk in mid-February. Of special note, Seed has generated significant buzz and continues to be celebrated. Owner Doug Turbush, who resides in East Cobb, wanted to provide

an upscale experience, but with casual comfort and unexpectedly good prices. A former executive chef with Buckhead Life Restaurant Group, Turbush has created a dining room which has found a way to be popular at lunch and dinner, weekdays and weeknights—extraordinary for the burbs. Food critics have lavished praise and the community has shown its appreciation. Due to its popularity, a sister establishment called Stem, a wine bar, will open next to Seed this April. Turbush said the concept will be a, “great place for people to meet while waiting to have dinner at Seed or as its own wine and dine experience.” Sommelier and General Manager Jason Raymond will lead the wine program, which will be domestic-heavy but include a wide range of European wines. A menu of seasonal small plates, artisan cheeses, and charcuterie, plus a raw bar will be featured. Other highlights of the Merchants Walk renovation include: Widened sidewalks and a walkway from Cook’s Warehouse next to Whole Foods to Calico Corners near Old Navy, exemplifying the importance of connectivity. Installation of planters, benches,

enhanced landscaping, energy efficient fixtures and controlled lighting systems. The old Wachovia Bank, which is now Wells Fargo, was moved approximately 200 yards and moved down vertically as it was a visual barrier to much of the shopping center. This was an instrumental component of the new Merchant’s Walk because had the negotiations for that site failed, the renovation approval very well might not have happened—it proved to be historically critical. The removal of a large portion of the back hardscapes, in order to open up the entranceway for the Stadium Cinemas. Beautification of the walkways to the theatre has significantly boosted the “dinner and movie experience” at Merchant’s Walk. As part of the renovation, some beloved oak trees nostalgic to area neighbors were removed from one section of the old Merchants Walk and carefully placed in the landscape design on the way to the movie theatres. East Cobb residents are the obvious security blanket for Merchants Walk, but it certainly draws from surrounding neighborhoods in Roswell and Sandy Springs—up to about 15 miles away— predominantly because of the acclaim of the destination restaurant, Seed, the

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How many houses per acre are in your subdivision? How many are allowed? How does that make you feel? Should you feel anything at all? I say no, and here’s why. The word density and the numbers associated with it tell you absolutely nothing about a place other than how many people or separate dwellings are located there. It is a hollow word that says nothing about the charm and lovability of a place. It can tell you nothing about the value of the homes, quality of the schools, demographics of the poor job describing an environment. residents, congestion of the roads, or Take Vickery Village or Seaside as vibrancy of the neighborhood. The examples. These are places where sinnumber requires context. The entry gle family homes dominate the for “Density” in Dhiru Thadani’s ency- landscape, but the design increases clopedic Language of Cities and the density and comfort of the place Towns begins with the following para- incredibly well. graph: The real reason for the NIMBY “Density is the number of reaction, in my opinion, is that individuals or dwelling units per unit builders have done it so wrong for so of area. The making of vibrant, long that virtually every building assodiverse, and exciting urbanism is ciated with density in a suburban directly related to the concentration of setting is absolutely god awful, population and activity. Density reprehensible, cookie-cutter design ensures the greatest range of people, that should be punished by revocation buildings, public spaces, facilities, of architectural licenses. You don’t see services, and choices. It promotes the the ills in places where density has easy exchange of ideas and goods and been done right. services…” Virtually all of the world’s top If density ensures the greatest range tourist destinations are highly dense of people, buildings, public spaces, fa- areas where people live, work, learn, cilities, services, and choices, why do and play in very close proxpeople generally flip out imity. With the exception when anything more than of landscapes, people don’t two units per acre is take pictures and send proposed in their neighborpostcards of places that hood? The word has a don’t have some minimum stigma and it does so by failamount of density. You ing to capture context. The don’t get excited when you NIMBY response to density receive a postcard of has its roots in many Community Design Martin’s Landing, even the misconceptions about well-Photoshopped ones. Matters density’s relationship to People like to see and visit social ills that have been asMICHAEL HADDEN highly beautiful, dense sociated with it such as urban areas. Think of Paris, crime, traffic, poor schools, low Rome, Santorini, Prague, Seaside, property values, etc. The thing is, cor- Savannah, or Charleston. relation and causation can often be So, people like density but they miles apart. Other misguided reasons don’t like to admit it to themselves. people give include, ‘they don’t want This is partially because in many cases, to be packed in like sardines’ and ‘they developers have put the cart before aren’t going to give up the American Dream.’ Once again, density does a CONTINUED 18

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recommended allowing doctors to police themselves and discipline bad doctors in the same way the American Bar Association disciplines bad attorneys in order to reduce fraud. He said this used to be the case, but antitrust lawsuits in the 1960s ended it. Prior to his speech, Price spoke privately with Coyle and Medistreams President Aaron Grandison. Coyle had invited Price to visit his business at a fundraiser last fall. “I sometimes feel that the lawmakers are uninformed about how the world works,” Coyle said. “Tom Price is the exception because he’s first a surgeon and then a politician.” Coyle said he does not lobby and he is not hoping to gain anything. Instead, he wanted to make Price aware that healthcare savings can be made on the payment side, not just the clinical side. Grandison said administrative costs typically consume 25 percent of revenue, but Medistreams can reduce that by automating the details of the payment process. A hospital might get tens of thousands of checks per month; even a 5 percent difference in the cost of handling them can save a substantial sum of money. Coyle and Grandison wanted to show Price how successful their business had been—in the last two years, they’d grown the company to 35 employees in Roswell. Furthermore, not only can increasing efficiency on the payment side save money, but doing it onshore like Medistreams does avoids risking patient data in places where America’s privacy and intellectual property laws do not run and keeps jobs at home. ❑ 13

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the horse. Density does not create a successful place (unless you have hundreds of millions of dollars). Chuck Marohn of StrongTowns recently stated that, “density is an expected byproduct of a successful place, not the implement by which we create one.” Maybe this is why Historic Roswell has the most examples of density done right in the northern suburbs. The Bricks, Founders Mill, and Canton St Walk/Providence are all excellent and complement the success of the neighborhood. Unfortunately, there aren’t more. Take away these three and you have literally hundreds of poorly planned, improperly located, and shoddily constructed condos, townhouses, and apartments sprinkled all over the city. We must do better. Cities MUST stop allowing condos, townhouse and apartments to be built where they don’t belong. They belong in the centers of our villages and towns, not anywhere someone can make a buck. More importantly, however, people need to understand that density isn’t the issue. Design and location are the things that should concern you. Community design matters, especially if you want “Density Done Right.” ❑ Michael authors the blog newurbanroswell.com. You may contact him at: michaeldhadden@gmail.com 14

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getting home from work. You’re exhausted, disappointed and depressed from having spent a perfectly good day under extreme tension accomplishing very little for very trivial reasons. You’re happy because it’s like being back at work and she’s happy for the same reason. Finally, a premise upon which you can both agree. Retirement bliss is only one missed putt away. ❑ Don Rizzo was co-owner of an Atlanta advertising agency before he retired and is past president of the Atlanta Advertising Club. He currently sits on the Board of the Horseshoe Bend Community Association and volunteers as a court-appointed special advocate at the Fulton County Juvenile Court. Don plays mediocre golf, attends yoga classes, and has a small fortune invested in fly-fishing equipment. (Although he has only been once.)


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Go Red, North Fulton! trators from North Fulton Hospital, are taking part in a “Go Red, North Ten years ago, the American Heart Fulton!” campaign during February’s Association (AHA) dreamed up Heart Month. We’re encouraging National Wear Red Day® when it realwomen to “Lead With Heart” by ized that while cardiovascular disease finding ways to make heart-healthy is the number-one killer of women, changes to their own lives and by claiming more than half a million inspiring others to do the same. female lives a year, hardly anyone talks about it much. The AHA realized that it needed to do what the American Cancer Society and organizations like Susan G. Komen Foundation had done for breast cancer: shine a big flood light on this national women’s health issue. For the 10th anniversary of this movement, the AHA is asking women across the country to Go Red in newer By Debbie Keel

GO RED, NORTH FULTON!

“I do my workouts the way I live my life: focused and fun.” Debbie Keel Chief Executive Officer

We invite you to show the North Fulton community how you are “Going Red” by posting a photo or words of inspiration on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/northfultonhospital. So, don’t forget to wear red February 1 (and send us a picture!) and to remind your women friends to do the same. But go a step beyond this Debbie Keel, North Fulton CEO year: Bring Go Red, North Fulton! to your office, your neighborhood, your and bolder ways. “In the past,” they say, schools. Help remind everyone around “we have proudly worn red. But this you that heart disease is a killer we can February, let’s do more than that.” stop. North Fulton Hospital is answering Know your risk. Inspire Others. the AHA’s call by helping to draw Commit to a stronger, longer life. attention to this very important issue For more information, visit the within our own community. Female AHA at www.heart.org. community leaders, including adminis-

North Fulton Hospital Community Calendar February – March 2013 SUPPORT GROUPS

COMMUNITY EDUCATION

Nicotine Cessation Group

Babysitting Workshop

Every Tuesday, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Classroom C. Join with other men and women seeking motivation, education and support to live free of nicotine. The only requirement for attendance is the desire to start the journey. Contact Pam at 404428-8799 for more information.

Saturday, 2/23, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Sunday, 3/3 and 4/14, from 1:00 to 5:30 p.m. Teaches children ages 11-14 how to be prepared and responsible babysitters. Bring a doll or stuffed animal and a sack lunch and drink. $30

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American Heart Association Heartsaver CPR

Wednesday, 3/13, 10 a.m. to noon, Medical Arts Center. A cosmetologist will discuss how to care for skin and hair to combat the appearance-related side effects of cancer treatment. Free make-up and skin care products are provided. Call Ryan at 404-582-6153 to register.

Saturday, 2/2, 3/2, and 4/27 CPR course for the community. Adult and child CPR, 9 a.m. to noon; $35 Adult, child and infant CPR, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; $45 *You may sign up for the adult/child portion only, but infant CPR will not be offered separately.

Taking Care of Me: Loss, Grief & Resolution Third Wednesday of every month, Call Beverly at 404-843-6500 for more information.

Caregiver Support Fourth Wednesday of every month To focus on caregivers’ stress, community resources, and strategies for care giving. Please call Beverly at 404-843-6500 for more information.

Healthcare Provider CPR Saturday, 3/16, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. CPR course for healthcare professionals. $55

Diabetes Self-Management Workshop Saturday, 2/23, 3/23, and 4/27 The Diabetes Association of Atlanta (DAA) offers classes at North Fulton Hospital to teach diabetes self-management skills. Call Katie at 404-527-7180 for more information and to register.

Childbirth Preparation

Saturday, 2/9, and 3/23, and 4/20 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Caring, Sharing, and Learning: Breast Active class consisting of both lecture and disCancer Support Group cussion/sharing. Topics include anatomy and Fourth Tuesday of every month, 6 p.m. physiology; nutrition and fitness; discomforts of Cope and connect with others who are facing pregnancy; stages of labor and what to expect; the same struggles. Please call Micah Brown, cesarean birth; medications; possible complicaRN, Breast Health Nurse Navigator, at tions; postpartum care; and comfort, relaxation, 770-751-2556 to register. breathing and coping techniques for labor support. $100 per couple; registration required. WomenHeart Support Group Second Tuesday of every month, 7:30 p.m., Water Birth Classroom C. WomenHeart, the National Thursday, 2/7, 2/21, 3/7, 3/21 ,4/4, and 4/18 Coalition for Women with Heart Disease, brings 7 p.m. For couples desiring to learn about the support and education to women who are at risk option of a water birth delivery. Completion of or who already have heart disease and would the class is required to be considered for water like to know more about risk factors and symp- birth at NFH. $30.00 per couple; registration toms. We will be addressing different topics required. Call 770- 751-2660 for more inforeach month. To register, call Nicki at mation and to register. 404-386-6037.

Maternity Tours

Ostomy Support Group Third Tuesday of every month, 6:30 p.m., Classroom C. This group is open to anyone who has or will have an ostomy and any friends, family or supporters. The meeting structure is informal with group discussion and guest speakers to be scheduled at various times throughout the year. Call John Dorso at 678-694-8726 to register or to obtain more information.

Please join one of our Women’s Health nurses in the hospital atrium on alternating Tuesdays at 4 p.m. and Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. for a guided tour of the Labor and Delivery suites, Mother/Baby Unit and the Neonatal ICU. The tour last approximately one hour. Call 770-751-2660 for the schedule and to register.


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Why It’s Vital That Women “Go Red” shortness of breath—are more charac- members can post photos of themselves “going red” on North teristic of what men experience. “Even though heart disease is the No. Fulton Hospital’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/NorthFultonHosp 1 killer of women, more than 60 percent of women who die suddenly of ital). Area businesses and civic groups are pledging to share the message, as heart disease never reported having well. any previous symptoms,” said Jose “Sharing our commitment to better Torres, M.D., a cardiologist on staff at health in this way will not only help us North Fulton Hospital. inspire each other, but it might also When a woman has a heart attack, she may experience shortness of breath help build momentum for change within our community,” said Keel. and chest tightness, but she may also For more information about Go Red, have overwhelming fatigue, dizziness, North Fulton! visit www.nfultonhospivomiting and back or jaw pain. tal.com. To learn more about heart Because these latter symptoms are often blamed on stress or other issues health, visit www.heart.org.❑ that are not immediately life-threatening, women have a harder time recognizing these early warning signs. Women also wait longer before seeking medical care. How will you “With a heart attack, minutes matter. Teresa Urquhart, Debbie Keel, Susan Brown, Lindsey Harber, and Kim Gauger behind the scenes at the photo shoot. Seeking help sooner and being proactive about your care can help save heart muscle,” says Torres. Tell us at The busy executive, the multitasking like us are dying at the rate of one per One way that Go Red, North Fulton! minute, and most of us don’t even realwife and mother, the devoted sister facebook/ is spreading the message is through soize we’re at risk.” and friend. Chances are you or cial media. Each day throughout northfultonhospital To help inspire their community, someone you love fit one of these February, North Fulton Hospital will North Fulton Hospital brought descriptions—or maybe even all of together female leaders from the com- be sharing important heart-healthy inthem. As women’s roles have evolved formation via Facebook and Twitter munity as well as their own female to encompass ever-increasing family, (@NFultonHospital). And community professional, and civic responsibilities, administrators to launch Go Red, many women have taken on more than North Fulton! Modeled after the American Heart Association’s Go Red their health can handle. A staggering one in three American women suffers for Women® campaign, Go Red, North from heart disease, yet only one in five Fulton! encourages women to take action—to learn about their risks, find believes she is personally at risk. This disconnect can leave many women un- activities they enjoy, nourish their bodies, and share the message. aware or unmotivated to learn about “Like many of the women in North risk factors or to make heart-healthy Fulton County, the leaders who particichanges to their lives. pated in Go Red, North Fulton! are It was this premise that motivated very dedicated, hardworking women— the American Heart Association to begin a campaign aimed specifically at exactly the type who might chalk up heart attack symptoms to the busyness women ten years ago. The Go Red of their lives,” said Keel. “Women need movement has become a national to be aware of the gender-specific touchstone for women’s heart health, symptoms they might experience. but to make the message even more We’re just hoping to ‘model’ that personal, groups like North Fulton awareness.” Hospital are taking the message One of the key objectives in the Go directly into their communities. “As women, we take care of everyone Red movement is to clarify that women’s heart attack symptoms are in our lives: our husbands, our kids, not like men’s heart attack symptoms. our mothers, our fathers, our friends. But we hardly ever stop to take care of What most people consider as the “typPhotographer Jerry Adamo at the Go Red photo shoot. ical” warning signs of heart ourselves,”  said Debbie Keel, CEO of attack—chest tightness, arm pain and North Fulton Hospital. “Women just

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Q & A With Shelley Dunson-Allen, M.D. Shelley Dunson-Allen, M.D., is the quintessential superwoman. A Harvard-trained OB/Gyn who has worked for more than 20 years to advance her field in the Atlanta area, Dr. Dunson-Allen leads her own very busy practice while also being a wife and mother to two young boys and serving on various committees and boards, including North Fulton Hospital’s Medical Executive Committee. So, when Dr. DunsonAllen was approached by North Fulton Hospital to participate in their Go Red, North Fulton! campaign, she was happy to be part of it—not only to help her patients and community stay focused on heart health, but to help herself do that, as well.

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AS A MOM, YOU HAVE TO BE CONCERNED ABOUT YOUR KIDS’

HEALTH. HOW DO YOU KEEP THEM MOTIVATED? ANSWER: My sons are 8 and 11 and

they are into all sorts of sports and activities. They love it, so I just need to keep supporting and encouraging them. As parents, it’s important to recognize what our kids already naturally like to do and just urge them to continue so that they can establish healthy habits for life. We also like to have healthy meals at home and my kids love fresh fruit as snacks. We try to minimize candy and junk food as much as possible.

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HOW ARE YOU “GOING RED” FOR

YOURSELF?

Shelley Dunson-Allen, M.D. Obstetrics and Gynecology

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YOU LEAD A VERY BUSY LIFE. HOW ANSWER: My practice has a great

DO YOU FIND BALANCE?

ANSWER: To be honest, it’s truly a

struggle to keep a work/life/family/ marriage balance when you’re so busy. And I know this is true for many women like me. It’s important to realize that you can’t control everything, and that’s okay. For my part, I try to stay organized and on schedule, and my family, friends, and spiritual life keep me grounded. To help keep the day-to-day running smoothly, I really depend on my husband. We have to work as a team. Even on the hardest days, when things are most difficult, I feel better knowing I have his support.

weight management plan in place that I recommend to many of my patients, and I am on the same plan. This way, we can get healthy together and inspire each other. I have such a rewarding life and am so grateful to be able to experience everything that I

have, but I know there is always something new to be learned. I want to be a good role model for young women; I want them to know how much they have to offer their family, their profession, and their community. But we can’t be our best for others if we’re not taking care of ourselves first.

GO RED, NORTH FULTON!

“My patients inspire me; now I want to inspire them.” Dr. Dunson-Allen

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AS A DOCTOR, DO YOU SEE THAT WOMEN DON’T DO ENOUGH TO

FOCUS ON THEIR OWN HEALTH? ANSWER: I definitely see this in my

practice. Our lives are so full, but they get overextended. We have so many people depending on us, but we have to be reminded that doing the best to take care of others means we first need to take better care of ourselves.

Dr. Dunson-Allen, with her family


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foods at home, such as using small amounts of margarine instead of butter when cooking or choosing fruits and vegetables for snacks instead of chips or fries. Involving everyone in planning and preparing meals can promote good eating habits and help reduce cholesterol levels, maintain normal weight and prevent heart disease. Be a positive role model and don’t smoke: By not smoking, you can lower your risk of heart attack, stroke and lung disease. By quitting smoking, you can add years to your life, and your children will no longer be exposed to second-hand smoke. You also can breathe easier, feel less tired and save money by not buying cigarettes. Make sure everyone’s “numbers” are good: Remember to talk to your doctor about your cholesterol level, blood pressure and weight. Total blood cholesterol level should be less than 200. Anything higher than that can increase your risk for heart disease, especially if it is 240 or above, which is considered high blood cholesterol. Your blood for 30 minutes of activity each day. Regular exercise pressure should be in the 120/80 range. You have can help your heart and lungs work better, as well as high blood pressure if it is 140/90 or higher. If you lower blood pressure and cholesterol, and control need to lose weight, lose it slowly at a rate of about appetite and weight. By avoiding a sedentary one-half to one pound per week. Talk to your lifestyle, you can lower your risk of obesity and children’s health care providers to make sure they cardiovascular disease for yourself and your are monitoring cardiovascular indicators such as children. body mass index, cholesterol and blood pressure. Avoid rewarding children with food: Find other “By making simple changes, a family can commit ways to celebrate good behavior other than candy or to being heart healthy so everyone can enjoy long, sweets, which can encourage bad habits, says Dr. happy lives together,” says Dr. Tobin. Tobin. The entire family can learn more about heartFor more tips about developing healthy habits, healthy foods by reading food labels. You even can visit the American Heart Association at make a game of it. At the grocery store, try to find www.heart.org. For a free referral to Dr. Tobin or crackers with the lowest amount of fat or look for other physicians on staff at North Fulton Hospital, soups low in sodium. You also can challenge your visit www.nfultonhospital.com or call children to come up with ways to eat more healthy 777-751-2600. ❑

Kids’ Lifelong Healthy Habits Begin With Parents What are some of the things you do with your family? Maybe you have dinner together, celebrate the holidays together or go on vacation together. What about staying heart healthy together? This activity can not only be fun, but it also can help everyone in the family stay healthy so you can continue to enjoy more high school graduations, weddings and other family Limit the amount of milestone events. time spent watching “Children television or playing tend to model video games. their parents’ beInstead, go for walks, haviors when it comes to eating play hide-and-seek and exercise. So, outside or swim the first step to together. teaching children to be heart smart is by setting good examples,” says Leah Tobin, M.D., family physician and staff member at North Fulton Hospital. “It is much easier to convince children to do the same when you are practicing healthy habits.” Make activity a family affair: This is one area where the whole family can get involved, says Dr. Tobin. Limit the amount of time spent watching television or playing video games. Instead, go for walks, play hide-and-seek outside or swim together. Aim

North Fulton Hospital Welcomes New Governing Board Members North Fulton Hospital recently announced the newest members to the hospital's governing board: Leah Tobin, M.D., family physician, and Mark Gravlee, M.D., acute care surgeon, and Michael Jurgens, M.D., radiologist and Chief of Staff for the hospital. Dr. Tobin earned degrees in biology and history before going on to The Medical College of Virginia, where she earned her medical degree. She completed her residency at Memorial Medical Center in Savannah. Dr. Leah Tobin She has worked at

North Atlanta Primary Care in Alpharetta since July 2005 as a family physician with special interests in diabetes, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, women’s health, and child and adolescent health. Dr. Gravlee received his medical degree from the University of Alabama School of Medicine in 1986. After one year of general surgery internship at Caraway Methodist Medical Center in Birmingham, Dr. Gravlee then completed his surgical residency training at the University of Florida Dr. Mark Gravlee Health Sciences

Center in Jacksonville. He has more than 20 years of experience providing quality surgical care and treatment and specializes in cancer, trauma, endocrine, and abdominal surgeries. In 2007, Dr. Gravlee established Rock Bridge Surgical Institute. He presently serves as an acute care surgeon for North Fulton Hospital. Dr. Jurgens earned his undergraduate degree from Duke University, his medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia, and completed his residency in radiology at the University of Florida. Dr. Jurgens is a radiologist with Roswell Radiology Associates, which provides diagnostic imaging services through North Fulton Hospital’s Radiology Dr. Michael Jurgens Department and the

Roswell Imaging Center. He is serving as Chief of Staff for the 2013-2014 term. In this role, he plays a central administrative and leadership role in the coordination of patient care at the hospital. Individuals elected to the board commit to a three-year term, and can serve two consecutive terms. They are selected based on their overall commitment to the hospital and the communities in which they work and live. During their term, members assist administration by providing oversight of the hospital’s Performance Improvement Program, approval of medical staff members, and ensure that the hospital is meeting its overall commitment to the community. Learn more about North Fulton Hospital at www.NFultonHospital.com.❑


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Picture Perfect Events With East Cobb Friends

Bring your friends and neighbors and come on out! Would you like to do something East Cobb Friends members are moworthwhile but feel you only have a tivated to participate in the small amount of time each month? organization because of the high-qualJoin East Cobb Friends! ity healthcare Children’s There are more than 35 provides children and their Community Friends families in the Atlanta comgroups in the Atlanta area munity. At the same time, that support Children’s they are a low-key group. Healthcare of Atlanta They try to keep the FUN in through fundraising events fundraising and make volunand special service teerism manageable for projects. East Cobb everyone! They are always Friends includes women of East Cobb Beat looking for new members; all ages from a variety of PHYLIS SIMONI please consider either local neighborhoods. joining or attending the Their annual Wine Tasting Gala at Gala. What a wonderful and an area restaurant is their largest fund worthwhile cause! raising event. They also participate in For more information on East Cobb small service projects throughout the Friends contact: Pat Iaffaldano, year. This year the Wine Tasting Gala President, at patricia.iaffaldano will be held Monday, March 18, 2013 @gmail.com. ❑ from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Indian Hills Organizations wishing to add their Country Club, located at 4001 events to our list are asked to email Clubland Drive, Marietta, GA 30068. the information to The cost of tickets is $30 both in adevents@thecurrentplus.com or to vance and at the door.  In addition to Phylis Simoni. the wine tasting and silent auction, Phylis Simoni lives in East Cobb they will have a 10-piece band called 120 East (love that name!). They have and is a Realtor with Keller Williams a horn section and play classic rock, in- Realty, Cityside. You can reach her at 404-456-2683 or cluding Chicago, Santana, Blood, simoni@kw.com or visit her website Sweat and Tears, the Beatles, etc. www.psimoni.com. This is going to be a fabulous event!! By Phylis Simoni

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The New Year is a time for setting goals. Many of us chose this time of year to decide what we would like to accomplish in the coming year and we often don’t make it past the first month or two. In 2011, Alpharetta Frequent Marathon Runner Shannon Hays set a goal of running a marathon in all 50 states and each in under four hours. She is well on her way of accomplishing her goal. Hays began distance running as an exchange student in Australia her sophomore year in high school. After running cross country in high school, she attended the University of Kentucky, where the foreign language program provided the opportunities to study in Spain and Mexico. Her education served her well—she is now in her ninth year as a foreign language teacher at Peachtree Ridge High School, where she also served as a cross country coach until 2010. Hays ran her first marathon in 2005 and continued running three to four a year until she decided to take it to the next level in 2011 when she ran 24 marathons. That put her in second place on the Frequent Marathon Runner’s List. Last year, injury and illness set her back and she was forced to cut back to 14 marathons in 2012. She not only runs a lot of marathons, she runs them quickly. Her average time while running the 24 marathons in 2011 was 3:43. Almost all her marathons are run in under four hours, and her personal best is a 3:30. Her times have allowed her to qualify for the Boston Marathon 10 times, a marathon she has run several times and considers one of her favorites. Where many marathon runners train for a marathon, she stays in shape year-round. She runs eight to nine miles most week days and 1316 miles a day on the weekends. She is able to run so many marathons because of her ability to recover quickly. She has run several

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back to back marathons, (marathons run on consecutive weekends). In the coming months she will be running in Jacksonville in February, her hometown Georgia Marathon in March, and the Boston Marathon in April. The Georgia Marathon is one of her favorites— however, it is also one of the most challenging due to the heat and hills of Atlanta. This year, she is trying to do a better job of balancing running with life. She will be travelling more and helping other runners achieve their goals. She is thankful she lives in a city that supports running and has a large community of runners. Hays has only eight states left in her “50 sub four” goal. She is saving Alaska and Hawaii for last, as incentive to complete her goal later this year or early next. You can learn more about her and follow her journey through all 50 states through her blog at http://50sub4.blogspot.com/. ❑


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Where The Wild Things Are: In Your Own Back Yard By Helen K. Kelley Attracting beautiful birds, butterflies and other interesting creatures to your own back yard can turn into a fun project for all ages that contributes to local wildlife conservation at the same time. And it doesn’t necessarily require a lot of space — you can even create a wildlife habitat on an apartment balcony! The National Wildlife Federation (NWF) encourages individuals to create environments that can nurture and sustain local wildlife in residential and commercial areas. The process serves as both a learning experience for people and a boost for the animals and the environment. “It’s easy to feel that there is little hope for wildlife in our modern world where so much wildlife habitat has been destroyed,” says David Mizejewski, NWF’s naturalist. “But there is reason to be optimistic because each of us can make our piece of the Earth a healthy green space that helps restore the ecological balance.” There are four requirements for creating a wildlife habitat, but they are simple and easy to install. Here are examples: 1. Food Sources — native plants, seeds, fruits, nuts, berries, nectar 2. Water Sources — birdbath, pond, water garden, stream 3. Cover — thicket, rock pile, birdhouse 4. Places to Raise Young — dense shrubs, vegetation, nesting box, pond Once you’ve provided these resources, you can qualify for NWF’s Wildlife Habitat Certification. Almost any habitat type—from a suburban back yard to a school playground or office park—can be certified, following NWF’s guidelines. “Homeowners who certify their Wildlife Habitat with National Wildlife Federation feel great satisfaction knowing they have done something to nurture the wildlife in their community,” states Mizejewski. “They have laid out the welcome mat for wildlife and enjoy seeing animals take advantage of what they have provided.” NWF provides a checklist of required wildlifefriendly elements on their website, www.nwf.org. Screech owls, excellent predators You can register your Wildlife Habitat there and for voles, mice and small snakes, also learn more about the organization and how it are attracted to yards with mature works to protect American wildlife and the hardwood trees. Download free environment and support conservation efforts. screech owl nesting box plans The Chattahoochee Nature Center, located at from the Georgia Department of 9135 Willeo Rd. in Roswell, is another wonderful Natural Resources at resource for learning more about local wildlife and georgiawildlife.com. (Photo how to protect it and the environment. For more courtesy of Chattahoochee information, call 770.992.2055 or log on to Nature Center.) www.chattnaturecenter.org.❑

Blue Heron Nature Preserve will offer a workshop entitled “Creating Wildlife Habitat Gardens” on Saturday, February 9, 2013, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. The workshop will feature Jerry Hightower, a ranger with the National Park Service and a nationally recognized naturalist and environmental educator, who will guide participants in how to create, improve and enjoy wildlife sanctuary gardens at homes and schools. Call 404.345.1008 to register. Blue Heron Nature Preserve is located at 4055 Roswell Rd., Atlanta, GA 30342. For more information, visit www.bhnp.org.

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channels. But the big game was coming on a cable channel and I simply had to see it in high-definition and hear it in surround sound, stadium mode! I wanted to be able to almost smell the hotdogs and feel the cold beer a drunk Alabama fan would spill down my back (Oops, sorry, maybe it was an Auburn fan). Anyway, up to this point all I had was intermittent sound and a fuzzy picture, so I had to reluctantly call in the family experts. For three days they discussed megahertz, aspect ratios, decibels, and connected, disconnected, and adjusted things I didn’t even know existed. All I wanted to do was hit

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capturedinthecurrent Did you know that January 17th is the most common date to give up New Year’s Resolutions? Many people don't even make it a full 3 weeks, let alone last until February! I've met several wonderful people this month who prove that you don't have to wait for an arbitrary date in order to live your best life. Lisa Eckman

Learn Something New These little homeschooled cuties were spotted at The American Girl Store at North Point Mall. They were creating a paper collage inspired by Saige (the American Girl Doll of the Year)’s love of horses and art. Crafts are free and open to the public. Alpharetta

Spend More Time With Family & Friends James’ New Year Resolution was to become the best husband he can be! He proposed to Sarah right after midnight on New Years and they’re planning on getting married later this year. That’s one New Years Resolution that's going to be kept! Roswell

Help Others “The Doctor” is wearing a bowtie, because “bowties are cool.” Dr. Kitty Katniss

Fit In Fitness Lena, an Art Administrator from recently found her forever home in Roswell. East Cobb, recently joined the Atlanta Rollergirls Rec League. Before putting on skates a few months ago she hadn’t skated in 20 years! The Atlanta Rollergirls Rec League (Voted Best Rec League in Atlanta, 2012) is open to everybody and no try outs are required. East Cobb

“Hold Fast” & never give up! Jeff Brandt raced cross country and downhill from 1999-2001, but in October 2001, at age 17, Jeff’s right leg was amputated. It didn’t take him long to get back on the bike. In March 2002 (Jeff’s first race back) he finished 3rd. He held first place in the points series but finished the season in 5th place due to a complication with his chemo treatments. Nowadays you can find Jeff racing around Roswell, wearing a prosthetic leg.

Layla This beautiful baby girl (Layla) almost makes me want to have another baby of my own! Roswell

Enjoy Life More Delaney (on the right) was celebrating her 10th birthday with her best friends Kelsey, Sabrina, Lucy and Sofia. These fabulous ladies just bought matching “Peace” shirts and were about to go out for dinner together when I spotted them huddled together and giggling. We all need a group of friends to enjoy life with! Alpharetta

She was adopted through Furkids, the largest no-kill shelter in Georgia. There are volunteer opportunities available with this wonderful non-profit charity—even children can help care for the Furkids! Contact Furkids, Inc. today to see how you can help out! Call 770-613-0009. Roswell


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Out&AboutinFebruary This is just a partial list of area events and activities. For more, please visit www.thecurrentplus.com. If you have an event listing please send it to events@thecurrentplus.com. FEB. 1-18

BIG APPLE CIRCUS The Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre will host the Big Apple Circus’s show “Legendarium.” Read about it in Briefs, on page 2 of this issue.

possible—how one affirms life in the face of death. Enjoy the film with refreshments and good company at the library. The event is for teens and adults and will take place at the Alpharetta Branch of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System, 238 Canton Street Alpharetta 30009, at 4 p.m. For information call 770-740-2425.

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The ultimate mind and body workout, Pilates works the core muscles and incorporates isometric exercise with flexibility and strengthening exercises all done on the mat. Three levels are offered. Classes will take place at Roswell Area Park, 10495 Woodstock Rd., Roswell, GA, 30075. For information call 770-641-3760

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The Velvet Note on Old Milton Parkway will host, on two magical evenings, Howe’s performance of the music of Elton John from his acclaimed Summit Records CD, Elton Exposed, Family Storytime features stories, songs, movement and occasional crafts. Ages 0-5. It will take place at 10:30 a.m. at Revealing The Jazz Soul Of Elton John. The evening also features Jerry Fields, Drums/Percussion and Chris Riggenbach, the Alpharetta Branch of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library on Bass. Tickets are $20. Performances will be at 7:30 and System, 238 Canton Street Alpharetta 30009. For information 9:30 p.m. each day. For more information, call the Velvet Note call 770-740-2425. at 855-585-5838.

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LAUGHTER ON THE 23RD Learn a fascinating card game and meet new friends. Improve math skills, develop critical thinking and have fun! Ages 10-18. FLOOR  The classes will take place from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the The Next Stage Theatre Company presents Alpharetta Branch of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library this contemporary comedy by one of System, 238 Canton Street Alpharetta 30009. For information America’s foremost comic playwrights, call 770-740-2425. Neil Simon. This play is inspired by the playwright’s youthful experience as a staff writer on Sid Caesar’s Your Show of WEDNESDAY, FEB. 6, 13, 20, 27 Shows, with all the attendant comic drama as the harried writing staff frantically scrambles to top each other with gags SAHAJA YOGA AND MEDITATION while competing for the attention of star madman “Max Yoga and meditation for relaxation. The class, which is for adults, will take place at the Alpharetta Branch of the Atlanta- Prince”. All performances are at The Alley Stage. Showings will be at 8 p.m. For more information, call 678-744-6398 or Fulton Public Library System, 238 Canton Street Alpharetta visit www.NextStageTheatreCompany.com 30009, at 6 p.m. For information call 770-740-2425. more information, call 770-528-1444 or visit THURSDAY, FEB. 7 www.MariettaCobbArtMuseum.org. THE BIG READ: FILM SCREENING OF A LESSON BEFORE DYING Join us for a screening of “A Lesson Before Dying,” the film adaptation of Ernest Gaines’s compelling novel. This novel offers a painful yet inspirational tale of institutional injustice and personal redemption. It addresses the biggest theme

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Orchestra’s “A Beethoven Romance For Valentine’s Day” gala concert. The evening’s performance features internationally renowned cellist-Caroline Nicolas performing the popular Boccherini Cello Concerto in B flat, San Francisco Opera House baritone-Igor Vieira interpreting arias of Mozart, Wagner, and Bizet’s exciting Toreador Song from Carmen, and violin prodigyTracy Du in her debut with the Saint-Saens Violin Concerto No. 3. Student tickets $12, senior tickets $19, while others pay $22. Performance at 7:30 p.m. Call 770-623-8623. MONDAY, FEB. 11, 25

GEORGIA PEACH SCRAPPERS Learn about materials and techniques for scrapbooking. One can even reuse and recycle household items! This class, which is for adults, will take place at the Alpharetta Branch of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System, 238 Canton Street Alpharetta 30009 on the second and fourth Mondays from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. For information call 770-740-2425. THURSDAY, FEB. 14

all sung in her luminous voice that simply drips with sex appeal. Valentine’s Couple’s Package: $110 per couple. Includes: show tickets, champagne toast, appetizers, entrees, decadent chocolate-dipped strawberries (for here or to go), and gratuity. Show tickets only: $20. Shows at 7 & 9 p.m. More information, call the Velvet Note at 855-585-5838. SATURDAY & SUNDAY, FEB. 16–17

ATLANTA BALLET’S “CINDERELLA” The classic rags to riches story of Cinderella returns this season. Charming children and adults alike, Atlanta Ballet breathes new life into this classic fairytale. Let yourself be swept into the action as you follow Cinderella as she breaks free from her evil stepmother and sisters and finds her prince! Tickets are $7.55 to $30.19. Performances at 2 p.m. each day. For more information, visit www.cobbenergycentre.com SATURDAY, FEB. 16

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The Velvet Note will host Kenyon Carter, an Atlanta-based jazz saxophonist and international recording artist recognized for The Velvet Note on Old Milton Parkway will host Joe Gransden, his melodic smooth jazz compositions and engaging live performances. He expresses his creative and soulful style he of the silky voice and smooth trumpet. Joe has performed through a beautiful and sultry sound. Although unique and worldwide and released ten CDs under his own name. entirely unmistakable, he has been compared to contemporary Renowned first for the hard bop approach of his trumpet, smooth jazz favorites like Boney James, Dave Koz, Kirk Gransden’s singing voice has been compared to that of Chet Whalum and Gerald Albright. Valentine Package. Call 855Baker and Frank Sinatra. Valentine’s Couple’s Package: $120. 585-5838. per couple. Includes: show tickets, champagne toast, appetizers, entrees, decadent chocolate-dipped strawberries (for here or to go), and taxes. Tickets $25; shows at 7 p.m. and SATURDAY, FEB. 16 9 p.m. For more information, call the Velvet Note at 855-585- GEORGIA PHILHARMONIC YOUNG ARTISTS 5838. CONCERTO COMPETITION SHOWCASE

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TOMMY BLAZE Punchline Comedy Club in Sandy Springs will host the relationship humor of Tommy Blaze. Early on in his stand-up career, Tommy Blaze’s high-energy, aggressive style so impressed Eddie Murphy, that he was hired as a writer on two of the actor’s films. Since that time, Tommy has compiled quite an extensive resume with guest appearances on The Tonight Show, The Late Show with David Letterman, “Home Improvement,” and “Roseanne.” Blaze was cast as a principle actor in the weekly comedy series, “The Newz,” which led to perhaps his popular and coveted guest spot on the season finale of “Friends.” Since then, Tommy has become a critically recognized master of relationship humor. He’s credited with the popular “He Said, She said” Tour which brought the unique thinking of both sexes to the stage. Tommy’s show is great for anyone who has ever been in a relationship, and that includes you. For more information and showtimes, visit www.punchline.com.

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SOLDIERS TO REMEMBER: UNITED STATES COLORED TROOPS TRAVELING MUSEUM Christine Mitchell will present artifacts and stories of true wartime experiences to enhance participants’ knowledge of Civil War history. This program is presented in conjunction with Roswell Roots. The program is intended for ages 10 and up. Parents are encouraged to stay. Registration begins Feb. 2. The program will take place at the Roswell Branch of the AtlantaFulton Public Library System, 115 Norcross Street, Roswell 30075, at 2 p.m. For information call 770.640.3075 SATURDAY, FEB. 16

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Join one of our talented and charismatic tour guides for a POETRY AND PERFORMANCE WORKSHOP sampling of ghost stories as we walk to three of the most haunted bars on the Marietta Square. Paid reservations Poet and performer Ayodele will lead teens in a poetry workshop that will get their creative juices flowing for writing required in advance. The tour starts at 9 p.m. and is for adults as well as performing poetry. Teens are not required to perform, only. Paid reservations are required in advance. For more information, call 770-425-1006 or visit but will benefit from hearing others read their poetry.  Great www.GhostsOfMarietta.com. preparation for the Roswell Roots poetry slam Feb. 21. This program is presented in conjunction with Roswell Roots and is TUESDAY, FEB. 19 intended for those ages 11-18.  Reservations required. It will NOONDAY NOSH BOOK CLUB take place at the Roswell Branch of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System, located at 115 Norcross Street, Roswell 30075, Discussion titles to be announced. Meets in the library’s meeting room. Co-sponsored by the Friends of the Roswell at 2 p.m. For information call 770-640-3075 Library. All are welcome. The program will take place at the Roswell Branch of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System, 115 FRIDAY, FEB. 15 Norcross Street, Roswell 30075, at 12 p.m. For information call MONICA SPEARS This sultry songstress will woo guests 770-640-3075. FRIDAY, FEB. 15

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The theme for the February meeting of the Lego Club is Superheroes. The program is intended for ages 5-10 and Registration begins Feb. 12. Roswell Branch of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System, 115 Norcross Street, Roswell 30075, at 4 p.m. For information call 770-640-3075.

Presented by Zion Missionary Baptist Church. “The African American Spiritual Journey as Nurtured by Song,” a review of the journey of the African people as strangers in a hostile land, at 7 p.m. This production conveys the impact that music and song have always had on the heritage and culture of the African American people. Free. For more information call 770-993-8587.

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FILM SCREENING: THE STRANGE DEMISE OF JIM SATURDAY, FEB. 23 CROW BEATLES TRIBUTE CONCERT This film reveals how the city of Houston,

Texas, was peacefully desegregated via behind-the-scenes negotiations and “SLAMMIN’ IN THE SUBURBS” controversial news blackouts. Following the FRIDAY, FEB. 22 screening will be a discussion facilitated by ROSWELL POETRY SLAM HOMESCHOOL SCIENCE Dr. Curtis Graves, one of the original Texas For an evening of exciting and inspiring Southern University student protesters, and entertainment unlike anything you’ve ever Aerospace engineer and science educator Kevin Howard will presents a special the state of Texas‘ first African American experienced, join us for “Slammin’ in the science program for homeschoolers. Each state representative. Roswell Branch of the Suburbs.” This is Roswell’s ninth annual workshop will focus on a different scientific Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System, 115 poetry slam during which poets perform topic. The program is intended for ages 6-10 Norcross Street, Roswell 30075, at 3 p.m. their work and are judged by members of Call 770-640-3075. the audience on content and performance. and registration will begin Feb. 8. Roswell Branch, part of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Includes an invitational round of SATURDAY, FEB. 23 Library System, is located at 115 Norcross competition amongst some of the region’s Street, Roswell 30075. The program will best spoken word artists! Also bigger and GREAT BRITISH CAR FARYE better prizes! A $1,000 cash first-place prize take place at 10:30 a.m. For information call Historic Downtown Alpharetta will host 770.640.3075. will be awarded. The event will be once family fun, food and British cars of all again hosted by award winning spoken word shapes and sizes from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. FRIDAY & SATURDAY, FEB. artist Ayodele Heath and take place at 7 The UK has its share of iconic automobiles: 22-23 p.m. For details on the rules and how to Rolls Royce, Aston Martin, Jaguar, MG, participate, visit www.roswellroots.com/ Lotus, Morgan, Triumph, Peeler, Landrover, TOM DUSTIN poetryslam. Info: call 770-641-3705. Mini Cooper and DeLorean to name just a Roswell’s Bonkerz Comedy presents Tom few! Come and see the original Lotus Esprit Dustin. Born the son of an alcoholic, used driven by James Bond (Roger Moore) in the car salesman and a blind saint, for him THURSDAY, FEB. 21

movie, “The Spy Who Loved Me”, the 2nd oldest E-Type Jaguar in existence, the original Lotus Esprit given to Mario Andretti for winning the Daytona 500, and much more! For more information, call 678-9254736.

After the Great British Car Farye, downtown Alpharetta will host a performance by the Beatles tribute band Abbey Road LIVE! at 5 p.m. Since 2002, Abbey Road LIVE! has been rocking the music of the Beatles at clubs, theaters, festivals, and private events. Initially a tribute to the monumental “Abbey Road” album, the band has expanded its scope to include more than 100 Beatles tunes, from all eras of the Fab Four’s career. For more information, call 678-925-4736.

Restaurant Guide BELLY’S PIZZA 770-594-8118 550 West Crossville Road Roswell GA 30075 Family owned and operated since 2007. Serving a variety of dishes including salads, deli sandwiches as well as Roswell’s best pizza. Live music, great food, good times. page 34 KARACHI BROAST AND GRILL 770-643-9553 10971 Crabapple Road, Roswell, American, Italian, Mediterranean and Pakistani. Everything made to order; Kabobs, Burgers, Broasted Chicken, Pizza, Pastas and much more. Monday thru Wed. Kids eat free. page 27

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PHISH PHOOD 770-587-4474 11255 Woodstock Road, Roswell, GA 30075 Jack Ferguson, member of the Sons of the www.phishphood.com American Revolution and Phish Phood Cafe is Roswell’s first Colonial/Revolutionary periods historian will Christian Cafe. A unique electic fusion menu for Dine In or Take Out present his lecture “Black Patriots in the as well as creative and affordable American Revolution” at Barrington Hall. Catering for any event. Believe us 6:30 p.m. Admission $5. Seating is limited. when we say “It’s not what you Call 770-640-3855 to make a reservation or think!?” ask questions. page 27

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KEEGAN’S 770-640-1100 4401 Shallowford Rd NE, Roswell, GA 30075 Keegan’s Irish Pub-East Cobb has a wide selection of draft & bottled beers, wine. and spirits. Enjoy Authentic Irish food in an Old World atmosphere. Non-smoking, family friendly, kids menu, live entertainment and patio dining. Join us every Sunday for Brunch 11am-3pm. page 34 BRICKHOUSE PIZZA 580 East Crossville Road Roswell, GA, 30075 770-640-0023 www.brickhousepizzaandpasta.com We offer great pizza and Italian dishes and we offer catering services. We also have our own deli. There are daily specials on our menu. page 33

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Revue celebrates female musicians of 1960s took place at the Murray Arts Center at Mt. Paran Christian School in Fans of the female musicians of the Kennesaw. 1960s have reason to rejoice—the The week before the show, Atlantic Lyric Theater is bringing the participants will move to the Earl revue Beehive to Marietta’s Earl Strand Smith Strand Theatre on Marietta in February and March. Square, where sets will be assembled Beehive celebrates the female singers and the cast costumed. The cast’s six feof the 1960s, both groups like the male artists, who will be backed up by Supremes and soloists like Aretha the Atlanta Lyric Orchestra, rehearsed Franklin, and showcases the social four hours per day during the week, changes of that tumultuous decade. eight hours a day on Saturdays, and According to People, Beehive was four hours per day on Sundays to created in 1985 by Larry Gallagher in ensure they’re ready. New York City and became an offThe cast of Beehive: The 60s Broadway hit. It has Musical at The Lyric is since spread to cities Lisa Manuli (Anything like Omaha, Dallas, Goes), Mary Nye and Greenville. Bennett (White “Beehive is a show Christmas), Kayce that’s been on my Grogan- Wallace radar for some time (Hairspray), Jamie that we’ve always Wood Katz (Legally wanted to do here at Blonde), Chimere Scott Lyric,” said Atlantic (Little Shop of Horrors), Lyric Theater Artistic and Christy Clark. The Director Brandt Lyric’s production of Blocker. He first saw Beehive: The 60’s the production in the Musical is directed and early 1990s when he choreographed by lived in New Orleans, Ricardo Aponte (Ain’t where it was Misbehavin’). particularly popular. When the The creative staff also includes BJ theater’s creative team was planning Brown, musical director; Findley out this year’s season, they Hansard, assistant choreographer; remembered the 2011 production of Pamela Hickey, set designer; Lindsey Leader of the Pack, a celebration of G. Paris, costume designer; George doo-wop queen Ellie Greenwich, and Deavours, wig designer; Michael how it was their most well-attended Wolmer, lighting designer; Bobby show. Since the February shows are alJohnston, sound designer; and Amy ways revues and the music of the Radebaugh, stage manager. 1960s is popular with local audiences, Ticket prices range from $20 to $45 Beehive was a natural successor. based on seating and are available now. “We know it’s going to be a winner Those interested should call 404-377for our audience,” Blocker said. 9948 or visit atlantalyrictheatre.com.❑ When asked which songs were the best, Blocker listed “My Boyfriend’s Back,” “One Fine Day,” “Where The “BEEHIVE” Boys Are,” “Proud Mary,” and “R-E-S-PFEB. 15-MARCH 3 E-C-T.” He described them as 8 P.M. THURSDAYS THRU SATURDAYS, world-renowned hits from the greatest female artists of that generation. 2 P.M. SUNDAYS Rehearsals for the production began ATLANTA LYRIC THEATRE  Jan. 20. Blocker said all shows 117 N PARK SQUARE rehearse for three weeks before opening night. The first rehearsals MARIETTA, GA 30060 By Matthew W. Quinn

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By Frank Mack It is time that we say thank you while awarding our unofficial Very Best Restaurant award to the most amazing restaurateur of the last three decades, Mr. Bill Greenwood. Thirty years in the making, founding member of Roswell’s culinary elite and family to us all. Thirty years is a lot of time. Before Canton Street was hip. Before OTP was even mentioned. Before all the fast food corporate slop. Before the restaurant scene in and around this area became the wonderful thing it is—before all of this came Greenwood. And with Greenwood came his singularly successful way with food that generations now have venerated, adored and returned for year after year after year. If you’ve been, you know. If you don’t you darn well should. As a man coming from several generations of fine family restaurants myself, I know I will never find another restaurant, with more Foodie News soul or better food than his FRANK MACK restaurant, Greenwood’s on Green Street. You can make them slicker, fancier, louder, shorter, bigger, faster and goodness knows you can make a worse restaurant. But you can’t make a better one. I go in the spring to see the magnificent gardens growing in front and have the trout, corn bread, sweet potatoes and greens. I insist that whoever I eat with get the fried chicken and of course we somehow manage pie. Because not having pie at Greenwood’s is like not kissing your grandma when you see her at Christmas.

The Beginning I asked Greenwood recently about it. How did all of this happen? “I so believed in the home cooked or diner food done well or fresh,” he said. “You have to understand 28 years ago there was nothing like this. There was a niche everybody overlooked and to a certain extent rightfully so. The concept was perceived as inexpensive fare and not worth ‘cheffing.’ I saw the cuisine as national, not regional, such as Southern, Southwest or West Coast. “In the beginning there was work to be done on this concept. An interesting note, in the beginning well known restaurateurs from the west coast would fly out here to see what I was doing. Hell, KFC flew their entire research and development staff in here, there was 25 on their team, out here to eat. The interest was what in the hell was I doing with the chicken, vegetables, and pie! Nobody had ever tried to do this fresh; the meal was always presented as canned or frozen. And here we are.” Greenwood said. In the summer I go for the pot roast, black-eyed peas and broccoli. I have to sit on the front patio under the arbor. To me it’s the most romantic place on a summer’s eve. The gardens are in and flowering. That’s the other thing about Bill’s place it changes seasonally and with each passing season more people come to love this place. I asked him about that. So many friends have been made and many more meals served and enjoyed. After 30 years what’s that like? “They are called Greenwood babies. It was the meal before, the meals during their lives, and the meals those children are eating now. It is very humbling to hear a young adult to say ‘this is where I wanted to eat before I go away to college.’ And may I add, these kids must all be doctorate candidates.” Greenwood said. In the fall I go for the chicken potpie, sometimes the meatloaf, often the pork. Each and every one of those dishes is a thing of beauty. And the


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“You have to understand 28 years ago there was nothing like this.”

Pie! Oh my, did I mention the pie? Greenwood’s in the fall is beautiful. The log cabin, the patios and the permanent fixtures Bill has built surrounded by his gardens are ever changing. All of it behind the old peace sign hiding on a little side street across from his other southern treasure, Swallow At The Hollow. It’s BBQ that is deadly serious—world-class contender BBQ. But that’s another article that would pretty much run like this one except with finger licking good BBQ. I have on occasion thought to myself about three decades of success. And three decades in which Greenwood has given back more to this community than the few dollars he has taken out. Someone had to be first. Before all the rest of us business people came here to run our businesses someone had to be first. Someone had to set the bar. Someone had to say this is where I will devote my life to feeding people really well. Not pretentiously, not snotty. But serious, no excuses exceptionally fine dining. And he is still doing it. And as I sit here writing this I’m getting hungry. So I hope he

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Jazz Legend Freddy Cole Comes To Cultural Arts Center

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Lionel Frederick “Freddy” Cole was born on October 15, 1931, the youngest of Edward and Paulina Nancy Cole’s five children. His three elder brothers, Eddie, Ike and Nat (twelve years Freddy’s senior) were all musicians. He is performing in Roswell at the Cultural Arts Center on Feb. 15. “I started playing piano at five or six,”

Freddy remembers. “Music was all around me.” In the Chicago home of his youth, visitors included Duke Ellington, Count Basie, and Lionel Hampton. He also credits Billy Eckstine as a major influence. “He was a fantastic entertainer,” Freddy recalls. “ I learned so much from just watching and being around him.” After a possible career with the NFL was shelved due to a hand injury, he began playing and singing in Chicago clubs as a teenager. Although he was ready to hit the road at 18, his mother intervened and he continued his musical education at the Roosevelt Institute in Chicago. Freddy moved to New York in 1951, where he studied at the Juilliard School of Music and found himself profoundly influenced by John Lewis, Oscar Peterson and Teddy Wilson. He got a Master’s degree at the New England Conservatory of Music and then spent several months on the road as a member of an Earl Bostic band that also included Johnny Coles and Benny Golson. It was back in New York that Freddy successfully laid the groundwork for a

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Freddy Cole at the Blue Note Jazz Club

career that continues to flourish to this day. He developed a vast repertoire of songs in Manhattan bistros and concurrently began to supplement his live performances with television and radio commercial jingle work. A resident of Atlanta since 1972, he currently leads a quartet made up of himself, guitarist Randy Napoleon, drummer Curtis Boyd and bassist Elias Bailey that regularly tours the US, Europe, the Far East and South America. Freddy has been a recording artist since 1952, when his first single, “The Joke’s on Me”, was released on an obscure Chicago-based label. Freddy recorded several albums for European and English companies during the 1970s that helped him develop a loyal overseas following. Cole believes that becoming an international favorite made him “widen my scope a little bit.” He developed a stand-up act, a better rapport with audiences, and learned to sing in other languages. “It made me much more of a performer.” Cole doesn’t apologize for sounding like his brother, Nat “King” Cole. There are certain unmistakable similarities. He plays piano and sings and performs live with guitar and upright bass, just like Nat. Yet his voice is raspier, smokier, jazzier even. But he has emerged from the awesome shadow cast by his elder brother. In truth, his phrasing is far closer to that of Frank Sinatra or Billie Holiday than that of his brother and his timing swings a little more. His vocals —suave, elegant, formidable, and articulat—are among the most respected in jazz. Cole’s career continues to ascend as he has moved into the front ranks of America’s homegrown art form with a style and musical sophistication all his own. ❑

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Performance produced in conjunction with the Atlanta Jazz Preservation Society

Dec. 21 & 22 It’s A Wonderful Life: Live From WVL Radio Theatre First-class entertainment right here in your backyard! We’re excited to bring another series of top quality national acts to our beautiful Cultural Arts Center stage. Our “Roswell Presents” series continues this year with five shows, bringing you the best in music, dance, theatre and comedy. You won’t find this kind of lineup anywhere else in the Metro. We’re very excited and hope you will be, too! See you at the shows!

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