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traffic congestion and provide better connectivity between the eastern and western portions of the City. The proposed project is a new roadway from Warsaw Road just north of Holcomb Bridge Road (SR 140), extending east across SR 400 between the Holcomb Bridge Road and Mansell Road interchanges. The new road would then connect to the existing intersection of Old Alabama Road and Holcomb Woods Parkway and end at Holcomb Bridge Road (SR 140), and would include a sidewalk and bicycle path. This meeting is significant because it will present for the first time the particular Renasant Bank provided Christmas gifts alignment (location of the proposed road) approved as the Local Preferred to 11 children ranging in age from 11 Alternative by the Mayor and City Council months to 12 yrs. Every child that had a on June 24, 2013. The public will be able to coat & shoes on their list received them, and every child got an outfit. The children view project information, ask questions also received other items on their lists such and make comments. The meeting will be informal. as basketballs, a remote control car, dolls, This project is a long-term project with jewelry, lip gloss, hand held leap pad no identified funding for right-of-way games, MP3 players, a scooter, press on nails, diapers, books, nerf toys, Hello Kitty acquisition or construction at this time. The City is committed to working closely items, art supplies, & kindergarten school supplies. All items purchased came from a with the people living and working in the project area, and meetings like this give the mom-approved list. public an opportunity learn about and participate in the development of the project. BIG CREEK PARKWAY MEETING Information from the meeting will be displayed on the City’s website at The City of Roswell Department of after the meeting Transportation (DOT) will be holding a is held. Public Information Meeting on the Big Creek Parkway project on Tuesday, January 21, 2014. The public is invited to view the BILLINGSLEY RECEIVES AWARD proposed project, ask questions and Pam Billingsley, Historic Site provide comment on the proposal from Coordinator for Bulloch Hall in Roswell, 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Mimosa Elementary was recently honored as a recipient of the School, located at 1550 Warsaw Road. Letalift Foundation’s “Roswell’s The Big Creek Parkway project is a key Remarkable Woman” award. consideration in the long-range planning The Leitalift Foundation was founded by the City is undertaking to alleviate local

Leita Thompson (1914-78), a businesswoman who paved the way for other women to have meaningful careers and to lead fuller lives. The foundation perpetuates the goal of its benefactor by supporting the health, education, arts and culture of the women of Roswell. Billingsley has worked for the City of Roswell for almost 25 years, becoming Historic Site Coordinator for Bulloch Hall in 1989. This childhood home of Theodore Roosevelt’s mother, Bulloch Hall is one of Roswell’s historical treasures. Billingsley identifies Bulloch as her passion in life, and her scrupulous care of the home, the human history that filled and surrounded it, and her dedication to preserving that heritage for generations to come led to her being recognized by the Leitalift Foundation. For more information about Bulloch Hall, visit

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Whether you are already excited about the potential of a whole new year, or you are a bit apprehensive about the future to come, there are plenty of fun things to look forward to in 2014. So mark up that new calendar book you found in your stocking and treat yourself each month. Instead of resolving to become super model fit and find the perfect career before the next New Year’s Eve, resolve to indulge a little and be good to yourself. I’m no scientist, but I believe having some fun and trying new things might make you happier than doing 300 crunches after each pita chip. Just a theory. As the highly enthusiastic radio announcer from Shane Co. says, many couples chose to get engaged around the holidays. It probably has something to do with all of the twinkly lights and holiday punch. For all of you love doves, the Roswell Convention and Visitor’s Bureau is presenting their 13th Annual Roswell Wedding Showcase at the DoubleTree Hotel. Meet with experienced wedding specialists and gather info on the best tips, hotels, event facilities, and caterers for your big day. Enjoy a bridal fashion show and enter to win a three-day Royal Caribbean Cruise for two to the Bahamas! This event will take place Jan. 19 and admission is free. The month of February is known nationally as Black History Month. Throughout this time, CONTINUED 30

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Broadway Comes To The ‘Burbs Small-scale theater leads to big time entertainment. By Lou Raimondi Head East on Holcomb Bridge Road, a little less than five miles past GA 400, and on your right you will see a nondescript strip mall anchored by a Goodwill store. Located in that strip mall inside the Atlanta Workshop Players acting school is the Orbit Theater. The Artistic Director of Orbit is Anthony “Tony” Galde, a 25year veteran of Broadway and both National and International theater tours. Tony has brought high quality theater to North Fulton County and it’s not to be missed. The Orbit Theater is a quality venue and a great environment to take in a play. It has theater seating for ninety-nine people and a stage that could easily accommodate an Off Broadway play. The scenery, wardrobe, and cast of a recent performance of Little Shop of Horrors were impressive. Tony spent seven and a half years in the cast of Wicked on Broadway and was co-creator of Wicked’s very popular behind the scenes tour titled Behind the Emerald Curtain. He was also in the original cast of Starlight Express, and has appeared in Broadway productions of The Prince of Central Park, King David, and Civil War. He also appeared in the Lincoln Center production of South Pacific and numerous International and regional productions. In addition to his acting skills, Tony is an experienced director, producer and instructor. So why does someone with an impressive stage career walk away from the bright lights of Broadway and end up in North Fulton County?   Eight productions a week, backstage tours and giving acting lessons was limiting the time spent with his son. Growing up in a military family, moving and change was nothing new to Tony. Having performed at The Fox and Alliance Theaters, he thought Atlanta might be a good place to settle down. Despite offers to work with larger production companies, Tony decided he wanted to work in a small theater

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environment where he could influence the development of actors and provide a place where they could comfortably pursue their craft. Together with Chris Hall, Associate Artistic Director, they started the Orbit Theater Company. Chris, a graduate of Shorter College, also has an extensive resume, having appeared in Miss Saigon, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Forever Plaid, Showboat, and Hey Mr. Producer among many others. Both Tony and Chris are instructors at the Atlanta Workshop Players acting school. Atlanta Workshop Players offers classes, workshops, and camps for all levels and age groups. The skill level and experience of the instructors is impressive, and they provide real world experiences, as opposed to the textbook approach of some schools. Orbit is currently working on their next production Greater Tuna, which will run Jan. 24 to 26 and Jan. 31 to February 2. Next, they will be casting for with performances May 9 through 11 and 16 through 18. Check the Orbit website for audition and performance information, and the Atlanta Workshop Players website or information on the school.

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Building Social Capital Government and the arts need not be enemies. By Rochelle Mucha A few months ago, I met with Roswell Mayor Jere Wood to discuss his upcoming role for our Public Conversation on the Arts. I asked him was why he was such an enthusiastic supporter of the Arts. He replied, “Social Capital.” When events are happening, large and small, residents come out and connect and when they do, they build social The Arts Matter capital. ROCHELLE MUCHA Social capital refers to the relationships that shape the quality of a community. Research demonstrates that positive social capital promotes economic prosperity and is essential for sustainability. Social capital is the glue that holds everything together. Around the country, business, civic,

and political leaders are joining forces to revitalize our streets, parks, and communities. They are striving to design livable spaces that promote formal and informal gathering through sidewalks and bike trails, dining and performance venues. Spaces that create social capital! These integrated strategies to restore and sustain community vibrancy are examples of Creative Placemaking. Such initiatives have largely been driven by innovative public/private partnerships such as “ArtPlace” and “Our Town,” grant programs of the National Endowment of the Arts (NEA). To date, ArtPlace has awarded 134 grants to 124 organizations in over 79 U.S. communities for a total of $42.1 million. Georgia’s Summerville and Macon are recipients. An ArtPlace grant ignited Chattanooga’s transformation. Since 2011, NEA has granted $16 million to 50 states supporting 190 projects. Creative placemaking replaces eyesores of blighted strip malls and vacant streets with vibrant, energetic, contagious spaces where residents and visitors min-

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gle, explore, and enjoy. Creative placemaking is a holistic approach. It is not piecemeal. Creative placemaking is distinguished from other approaches because it places artists and art at the center of planning. These substantial investments demonstrate how arts and design play a crucial role in defining community life, fostering social capital and economic development. Performance spaces, working art galleries, streetscapes, and public art (functional and site specific) rejuvenate structure, enhance business viability, improve public safety, and bring diverse people together. How can we be inspired? Let’s bring this idea local. Imagine Roswell 2030! The Downtown Development Authority (DDA) revealed plans for creating a City Green that will front City Hall. Imagine landscaped gardens housing an amphitheater that lifts our spirits with music! Roswell’s Gateways are the first impression we experience when entering Historic Roswell or exiting GA 400.

Imagine Public Art that captures our sense of place welcoming all! The Highway 9/Alpharetta Street Corridor is being renewed with restaurants and shops. Imagine interactive working artist studios along walkable, aesthetic streetscapes! Roswell sits on the river and can boast of more parks than its neighbors. Imagine a living history safely etched into trees that line our trails and temporary public art installations that entwine our artistic and cultural history. Better yet… can we dare to imagine something like Waterfire, a powerful work of art that rebranded Providence, Rhode Island while generating 700 million dollars in new spending since 1994. ART offers the power to animate our public and private spaces. ART is core to creating spaces where people want to go and linger. ART creates cities that attract, nurture, and retain creative businesses and workers. ART is key to economic development and sustaining growth. Wherever you reside, I encourage you to connect with your city leaders, ask the right questions, and join the conversation. 


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By Laura Moore When many are asked, “Why did you move to Roswell,” one of the most common answers is “For the amazing parks and recreation programs that Roswell has to offer.” What most people may not know is that, aside from the dedicated city staff that makes the parks and programs amazing, there are many layers of volunteer organizations that help support their efforts. From the sports booster clubs like the Roswell Soccer Club, which help the various sports programs, to community organizations like Keep Roswell Beautiful, which keep our river and parks beautiful, many organizations pitch in to help support Roswell’s great parks and recreation programs. All of these clubs and organizations have one thing in common, they work through a behind the scenes organization known as the Friends of the Roswell Parks. Established in 2009, the Friends of the Roswell Parks, a 501-c-3 organization, is committed to providing resources that promote the advancement of parks and recreational opportunities in Roswell. The organization’s board of directors is comprised of seven Recreation Commissioners who serve on Roswell’s Recreation Commission. The Mayor and City Council and Joe Glover, who is the director of Roswell Recreation appoint

those individuals. To date, the organization has primarily focused on allowing booster organizations to donate funds to help support the organizations they represent. Two of the more public programs that the organization oversees are the Park Memorial program and the Play It Forward program. The Park Memorial program allows residents to purchase a park bench, tree, or table to be placed in a Roswell city park in honor of a lost loved one. The Play It Forward program is a program dedicated to helping needy families participe in Roswell recreation programs. Play It Forward is at the heart of what Roswell encompasses as a community. Since its inception in 2010, the program has paid out almost $5,000 to help Roswell citizens participate in programming. In 2013, Jay Small was elected President. He and the board of directors set goals of increasing community awareness about the organization, which includes a rebranding their overall look and feel. The organization is in the process of launching its own website developed by homegrown company Webutation. Webutation generously donated much of the resources needed to develop the site, which can CONTINUED 30 be visited by

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By Matthew Quinn The Atlanta Braves are moving in our direction. Many residents are excited about the new Braves stadium coming to Cobb County, but the move does not lack critics. On Nov. 26, the Cobb County Board of Commissioners approved a memorandum of understanding to build a new stadium. The county will provide $300 million out of the planned $672 million, with the Braves providing the rest. The stadium is to be ready for the 2017 season and support a $400 million entertainment district funded by the Braves and other private partners. Al Nash, executive director of the Alpharetta-based Progress Partners, said he was disappointed the Braves decided to leave Turner Field. He’d hoped for a deal that would keep the Braves at Turner Field—one that worked for both the team and the Atlanta Fulton County Stadium Authority. But based on where most ticket-holders live, the new stadium will be more convenient for the customer base. He said the move will benefit both North Fulton and the wider Atlanta region. The new stadium and its complex holds promise to be a destination that will draw fans from all over. Once the local traffic improvements are completed, Nash expects fans to find the new stadium eas-

ier to get in and out of than Turner Field. “I think it’ll be a lot more convenient to hit up a Braves game but also alleviate some traffic downtown,” said Bill McGuire, a financial manager who works at a Coca Cola office near the proposed stadium site. He said whenever there’s a sports game or big convention in Atlanta, traffic becomes worse. Although the traffic around Cumberland Mall will increase, that’s more avoidable than the traffic in Atlanta. As far as the county’s $300 million investment, he said the county could spend its money on better things. Nothing is wrong with Turner Field. “There are older baseball fields out there,” he said. Michael Hadden, one of the founders Roswell NEXT, said the current game day experience is lacking due to the “poor urbanism” surrounding Turner Field. “The area that Turner Field is located is blighted and really saw no renaissance following the Olympics,” he said. “From an urban design perspective, it’s very easy to see why. It is right next to a sea of parking and two major interstates. That’s just not an area that would get developed without a lot of incentives.” Although the city tried to encourage better development in the area, Hadden said his understanding is the Braves wanted too much control. If done right, the mixed-use CONTINUED 14

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JAN 2014 for Lennar Multifamily’s 320 unit luxury apartment complex in the heart of Roswell. The construction will take much of the year but the first tenants are expected in late 2014.  When complete, this development will be a game changer and will serve as a catalyst for future projects. Grocery store anyone?

Alpharetta City Center – It would be hard to top this project given its hefty price Roswell Unified tag, laudable site plan and amDevelopment Code – 5 bitious construction schedule. In the Roswell has been opening its doors to business over the next 12 months, you will see the heart past 18 months.  There have been sev- of the new Alpharetta change dramatically.  Already, there are some new eral high priority corporate streets in place, with a roundabout, announcements in that timeframe.  Unfortunately, the zoning and the new City Hall building is codes are a confusing web of red tape beginning to take shape.  The parking and must be changed.  In 2014, expect deck and library will follow not too far behind and the addition of park space passage of the new UDC and the and a pedestrian orientation will be accompanying Design impressive.  This, as previously Guidelines.  This will send a message mentioned, is helping spur adjacent to developers that Roswell is serious development. about redevelopment.  It will also enable a number of projects to finally Avalon – This project take a step toward reality.  There are dwarfs all the others on this several notable projects that are 1 list.  It’s hard to downplay simply waiting for UDC adoption the significance of this behebefore going to the city to begin the moth. Total economic impact could be process.   over $1 billion when all is said and Canton Street and Downtown Alpharetta 4 Infill – No fewer than five projects around Historic Roswell have been brought before the city in the last several months to add townhomes and residences around the Historic Roswell area.  There are over 80 total units proposed and a number of them are likely to be finished this year.  Add this to the 320 new apartments and the Historic Roswell area could be netting over 500 new residents in the next 12 to 18 months.  Alpharetta’s downtown is experiencing a similar trend, albeit with more multi-acre lots available for development due to large site foreclosures following the real estate crash.  These developments will help drive local businesses in the downtown areas that thrive on pedestrian traffic. Roswell City Walk Apartments – Or should I say, Down Goes Frazier! The horribly designed 1960s era Frazier Street Apartments were demolished in December making way



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development that will accompany the new stadium could be fantastic. “The more walkable urbanism that can be brought to the suburbs the better and if the new Braves stadium can act as a showcase for that type of development then I will be happy,” he said. However, Hadden said he was “not partial” to using public funds for stadiums under the guise of economic development, especially when Cobb is furloughing teachers and reducing staff due to declining revenues. Although there are different funding mechanisms for each, this screams that Cobb’s priorities are in the wrong place. Furthermore, leaving a 20-year-old stadium for the reasons given is “entirely irresponsible,” although as a private entity, the Braves can make their own decisions. As far as North Fulton is concerned, Hadden said this will be a negative. Though the venue is physically closer, it will increase traffic in an area not designed to handle it. It takes 60 to 75 minutes to get to Turner Field from Alpharetta and it will probably take just as long to get to the new stadium. Hadden also predicted more commuters and fans trying to cut through Roswell to avoid the 400/285 and 75/285 interchanges. Allison Milligan, treasurer of the East Cobb Rotary Club, said she was excited the Braves were moving to Cobb. The whole complex, both the stadium and its entertainment district, look great. The development will allow people to make a day of a Braves game and encourage visitors from out of town as well as bring jobs and economic development. She doesn’t object to the public funding because it will generate a strong return. Her daughter Jordan, a seventh grader at Mt. Bethel Christian Academy, looked forward to a more convenient location. “I’m going to go to way more games, my friends and I,” she said. When Bob Babcock, owner of Deeds Publishing in East Cobb, learned about the proposal to move the Braves to Cobb County, it put a smile on his face and a spring in his step. “I think it’s a good deal for us out here in Cobb,” he said. He was surprised that the stadium as new as Turner Field needed to be replaced, since it’s less than 20 years old. Babcock said in this case the use of

taxpayer funds is justified because the stadium and its mixed-use development will pay for itself. As far as traffic is concerned, traffic is bad all over Atlanta and he trusts the Cobb County government will have the good sense to expand the nearby road network. Milton resident Tom Washburn, a teacher at Cambridge High School, said moving the Braves didn’t make sense. Turner Field was voted one of the best baseball fields in the country when it was built and as a regular visitor, he’s seen no problems with it since. It’s the same distance for him to travel from Milton County to Cobb County as it is to downtown Atlanta. And in Atlanta, he could take MARTA and then walk or take a shuttle, while Cobb doesn’t even have that option. The main problem with accessing Turner Field is the downtown connector, not the surrounding roads or the parking lot. Getting to the Cumberland area from where he lives would be very difficult—his son played at a football game at North Atlanta High School, close to the proposed site, and it took an hour and fifteen minutes to get there. Furthermore, as a teacher he disliked the decision to furlough teachers made just before the county voted to help fund the new stadium. Although the Cobb County Board of Education and the Cobb County Board of Commissioners are two separate taxing authorities, it sends a signal that the community is more interested in “socialized sports” than investing in education. Cobb schools have suffered cuts in the name of fiscal prudence and yet the county spends this kind of money on a sports team. The sentiment on the opposing sides is fairly clear. The people for the new stadium feel the economic benefits are worth the investment. Those opposed see this as welfare for the rich. Nationwide there has been little benefit seen to local governments that invest in stadiums. The proposal for the Braves site offers promise but to date there is not much of a model of someone else pulling this off. Soon we will see who wins and who loses this economic game. Perhaps there could even be a win-win scenario that would include a new stadium coupled with a robust tax based infrastructure used year around. 

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The Beneficial Side Of The Affordable Care Act By Debbie Keel

them a health plan. Maybe you should help them access the Healthcare Exchange.

At this writing, there are only a few hundred thousand people who’ve en- 3. So you are ready to retire and you rolled in insurance plans through will have enough steady income Healthcare Exchanges across the from ongoing investments to do so country, many millions short of at 60. But you worry about not President Obama’s goal. But for this having health insurance so you year only, open enrollment for the exkeep working, hoping to hang on changes last through March. until you are old enough to enroll While many of us in North Fulton in Medicare. Maybe you should County don’t understand the take a look at the Healthcare exchanges or are much affected by Exchange. It even works for you if Obamacare, many of us still have you have a current medical condistrong political tion. leanings for or Maybe you have against. But as the tried to avoid the CEO of a hospital, madness that I see hundreds of ensued as the patients each Exchanges first month, as do the went online last physician fall. But now that providers in our it’s a new year, you community, who might want to look could reap some or 866-893-8446 at what it has to benefits from the offer you or your loved ones or loyal Affordable Care Act (ACA). If we can all put aside our political employees. North Fulton Hospital feelings for a minute, these might be would like to help educate you about the health insurance options provided good questions to ask: under the ACA and to facilitate enroll1. Do you have a son or daughter ment in the health insurance that has just gotten a job, maybe exchange products. Our bilingual with one of the many small high- website,, as tech startups in Alpharetta? Does well as Facebook and Twitter sites for it offer health insurance? Probably Path To Health are now live. These not. They are candidates for the sites include information about the Healthcare Exchange, though they ACA and insurance exchanges, are clearly not thinking they will contact information to schedule ever have an accident or catch a enrollment assistance, and serious illness at their age. But, information on staying healthy and unfortunately, sometimes they, accessing healthcare. A dedicated toll too, find themselves in hospitals. free number, 866-893-8446, is also 2. Do you own a small business and available. Please use these tools to be employ maybe 10 people? They better informed for yourself and your work hard for you and have been a family.  big reason for your company’s success. But you can’t afford to offer

North Fulton Hospital Community Calendar Dec. 2013 – Feb. 2014 SUPPORT GROUPS

Epilepsy Support Group

The third Wednesday of every Nicotine Cessation Group month, 7-9pm Classroom A/B Every Tuesday, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., People with epilepsy as well as Join with other men and women their family and care-providers are seeking motivation, education and invited to attend this support support to live free of nicotine. The group. The meetings will provide only requirement for attendance is time for attendees to share helpful the desire to start the journey. information and resources from Contact Pam at 404-428-8799. their own experiences. Occasional Educational presentations WomenHeart by professionals. Contact Tim for Support Group more info 770-667-9363. Second Tuesday of every month, 7:30 p.m., Classroom C WomenHeart, the National Coali- COMMUNITY tion for Women with Heart DisEDUCATION ease, brings support and Babysitting Workshop education to women who are at risk or who already have heart dis- Saturday 1/25, 2/8 and 3/1 ease and would like to know more 9a.m. – 2p.m. Sunday 3/23 1 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. about risk factors and symptoms. Different topics each month. Call Teaches children ages 11-14 how to be prepared and responsible Nicki at 404-386-6037. babysitters. Bring a doll or stuffed Ostomy Support Group animal, sack lunch and drink. $30. Third Tuesday of every month, American Heart 6:30 p.m., Classroom C Association Heartsaver Open to anyone who has or will CPR* have an ostomy and any friends, family or supporters. The meeting Saturday, 1/11, 2/1, and 3/8 CPR course for the community. structure is informal with group Adult and child CPR, 9 a.m. to discussion and guest speakers noon; $35. Adult, child and infant scheduled throughout the year. CPR, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; $45. Call John Dorso at 678-694-8726 to register. Healthcare Provider CPR* Saturday 3/22; 9 a.m.–1 p.m. Caring, Sharing, and Learning: Breast Cancer CPR course for healthcare professionals. $55. Support Group Fourth Tuesday of every month, First Aid 6 p.m. Saturday 3/29; 9 am – 12 pm Cope and connect with others Learn basic first aid procedures who are facing the same struggles. and techniques. $25. Please call Micah Brown, RN, Breast Health Nurse Navigator, at Mothers & Daughters Only 770-751-2556 for location and to Sunday, 3/30; 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. Join a healthcare provider for an register. informative presentation on puLook Good, Feel Better berty and what to expect. $10 per Wednesday, 3/12, 10 a.m. to noon family; registration required. A cosmetologist will discuss how to care for skin and hair to combat Diabetes SelfManagement Workshop the appearance-related side efSaturday 1/25, 2/15, and 3/29 fects of cancer treatment. Free The Diabetes Association of Atmake-up and skin care products lanta (DAA) offers classes at are provided. Call 1-800-227North Fulton Hospital to teach di2345 to register.. abetes self-management skills. Call Katie at 404-527-7180.

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- 7512660 for more information and to register.

Maternity Tours 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. Please call 770-751-2660 for the schedule and to register.

SPECIAL EVENTS Seniors Enriched Living WHAT’S NEW IN HEALTHCARE? Join a North Fulton Hospital Healthcare Professional to learn about various topics that might improve your health. North Fulton Hospital will be participating in the Seniors for Enriched Living Winter Lunch ‘N Learn series beginning on Thursday January 9 from 11:15am-12:15pm. Classes will be held for 8 weeks at the Roswell Presbyterian Church located at 755 Mimosa Blvd., Roswell, GA 30075. Contact Dick Higgins at or (770) 5873750 to learn more about the programs and to register.

Child Safety & Self Defense Class

Saturday February 22 10am-1pm Is your child ever safe enough? Class is for 6-10 year olds and their parents on. Children are taught how to recognize, avoid and escape dangerous people and situations. Class includes full-force self-defense training and skills practice. For more information Water Birth and to register, visit www. Thursday, 1/16, 1/30, 2/13, 2/27, or call 3/13, and 3/27; 7:00 p.m. For couples desiring to learn about 678-526-3335. $35

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Beyond The Normal Cut For most of us, a cut or scrape is no big deal. Given time and some basic care like cleansing and dressings, the wound will heal itself. Unfortunately, many American suffer chronic wounds each year. Dr. Mike Dailey, the Medical Director for North Fulton Hospital Wound Care & Hyperbarics, explained that chronic wounds either take longer to heal than normal, don’t heal completely or may recur frequently. He also said that people with diabetes or vascular problems are more prone to developing these non-healMichael P. Dailey, M.D. ing wounds. “A number of factors play a role in creating chronic wounds,” said Dr. Dailey. “Poor nutrition, medications, or diseases such as diabetes or vascular problems may be contributing factors for the development of chronic wounds. Additionally, people who are confined to a bed or use a wheelchair for long periods of time may

develop pressure sores that can become chronic wounds.” Because of the number of contributing factors affecting chronic wounds, specialized care is needed to treat the problem. North Fulton Hospital Wound Care & Hyperbarics will be opening this January, and will be using a team approach that includes health care specialists from a number of areas. The staff of doctors, nurses, and technicians will work to find the underlying cause of a patient’s wound and provide advanced therapies tailored to meet each specific wound’s needs. The patient and the family will also learn to care for the wound between visits. Patient education on wound prevention is also part of the services offered. North Fulton Hospital Wound Care & Hyperbarics offers a full range of therapies for wound treatment including conventional and specialty dressings, debridement, compression therapy, and hyperbaric oxygen therapy. Many chronic wounds can be healed with conventional dressings and good wound care technique. Complex wounds may require specialty dressings, growth factors, or bio-engineered tissue products. Once you are admitted our trained staff will evaluate your wound

and design a treatment plan for you. As your wound heals, our team will continuously re-evaluate your care plan and make adjustments to achieve the best results. Debridement is the removal of dead tissue from a wound. The physicians at North Fulton Hospital Wound Care & Hyperbarics will debride your wounds as necessary, to allow healthy tissue to grow. There are several methods of debridement available at our center, and our physicians and clinicians will provide you with the most effective therapy for your condition. Venous insufficiency is one of the main causes of chronic wounds. This chronic condition causes painful swelling of the legs and makes it very difficult for wounds of the legs and feet to heal. Compression therapy is a method of wrapping the legs in several layers of dressings to compress the legs and decrease the swelling. Once the swelling is decreased, oxygenated blood can reach the wound more easily and wounds have a greater chance of healing. There are several different compression therapy methods and our qualified staff will work with you to provide the best therapy for you. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy may be used for some wounds that lack adequate oxygen. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy

involves several treatments of receiving 100% oxygen in an increased atmospheric pressure environment. It is a painless procedure and has helped many patients heal wounds that did not respond to other therapies. During your treatment, patients may require additional services including home health, nutritional counseling, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and orthotics as needed to speed wound healing. North Fulton Hospital Wound Care & Hyperbarics will assist in the coordination of these services as well. In general, insurance plans, Medicare, and Medicaid North Fulton Hospital cover the conditions that Wound Care & Hyperbarics may lead to offers outpatient services, chronic providing a convenient way for wounds. For working individuals to receive specific treatment. Appointments are questions about made during regular working insurance covhours, and the staff is available erage, You from 8 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., should contact Monday thru Friday, to answer your insurance provider to be any questions that you may certain of your have. For additional coverage, howinformation, please call ever.  (770)751-2830.

Every Minute Counts North Fulton Hospital continues to expand medical services with new cardiology program. Aside from our brain, the human heart is our most important organ. It creates wonders in our body, beating an average 72 times per minute and without it we of course, could not live. Keeping it healthy is at the forefront at a recent initiative taken on by North Fulton Hospital in creating a cardiology program in affiliation with Wellstar Health Systems. The hospital now has the capacity to offer high quality care by expanding cardiovascular services with a new Cath Lab and a new Director of Cardiovascular Medicine, Dr. Rajeesh Sachdeva. The communities surrounding the hospital are aging and after you pass the age of 45 cardiac issues become more frequent. In many cases dealing with issues of the heart, especially heart attacks, are extremely time sensitive.

“When the NFH administrators did ride-alongs with EMS crews last spring, the number one question from crews we met along the way was ‘When can we bring our STEMI (heart attack) patients to your hospital?’ ” Debbie Keel, North Fulton Hospital CEO said. “We now have the capability to care for that person suffering a STEMI or any other chest pain condition. From the ER front door, through the cath lab, through recovery, NFH is well prepared to take these patients.” These two words, heart attack, strike fear in everyone because heart attacks are the leading cause of death in this country and it’s particularly acute in this area. It has been shown that patients with a heart attack who get to the hospital in less than 90 minutes have a better CONTINUED 18

Karen Walley of Rural/Metro Ambulance at North Fulton Hospital emergency room entrance.

Q And A With Dr. Michael Dailey very early on. That wasn’t the practice when I was beginning my career. I actually studied microbiology before I went to medical school, so my desire to work with infectious disease began there. I wanted to be a professor, but instead I worked in critical care and infectious disease while I also worked part time in the ER for 10 years, as was the custom in those days. The time I spent in the ER made me think differently about what I wanted in a practice. I decided that I wanted to do more than was common for WHERE DID YOU GROW an infectious disease practice. UP? In 1997, we started an infusion ANSWER: Where didn’t I grow service for Medicare patients up is a better question! I grew that was open 7 days a week. up in a Navy family, and while Then, in 2005, we started a I was born in the state of practice that was devoted to inWashington, I have lived all fusion for all patients. over. Through all this time, I saw that wound care was a lost HOW DID YOU DISCOVER child in the medical field, and YOUR INTEREST IN that complex wounds required MEDICINE? complex treatments. Five years ANSWER: I was one of eight ago, I added a wound care children growing up, seven of which were boys, and we were nurse, and now I’m able to always getting into something. treat almost all kinds of We spent many, many days in wounds in my practice. the emergency room because HOW DID YOU BECOME of our escapades, and it INVOLVED IN NORTH became a place where I felt FULTON HOSPITAL’S NEW very comfortable. It was a WOUND CARE & HYPERBARICS place of safety and security for SERVICES? me because I knew that they ANSWER: Despite all the ways could fix whatever problem we that I’ve adapted my practice created. I would have lived to the needs of the patients, there if it had been possible. there were still a small I didn’t come from a family number of patients whose with other physicians, and in wounds needed even more spefact, I have done research and cialized care. This led me to gone back in our family discuss hyperbarics with history 144 years. To my Debbie Keel, the CEO at knowledge I am the only one North Fulton Hospital. It is who has gone into medicine. I very exciting that North suspect those early role models Fulton Hospital will now be ofled me to this. fering these services, and I With a constant desire to grow professionally to meet the changing needs of his patients, Dr. Michael Dailey had the opportunity to learn many areas of patient care over 33 years in practice. For the last 24, he has served the Roswell, Alpharetta, and Cumming communities, leading the way in integrating wound care into Infectious Disease Practice. A devoted father and husband, Dr. Dailey is always ready to learn something new and willing to go the extra mile.




I will complete to become the kind of doctor that I thought an Infectious Disease Physician could be.



ANSWER: I met my wife in Milwaukee at a dinner dance. She was a nurse, and we kept in touch after that first evening. A few years later, we got married, and we have been married for 45 years. We have one daughter and three sons, and they are all grown now and pursuing careers in accounting, finance, law, and IT.



ANSWER: We moved to

Atlanta in 1989. My wife and our children all attended Georgia State University. Two of them were in college at the time we moved, and because they wanted to be closer to us, they transferred to Georgia State University to finish their degrees. The business school was a lucky find for our family.

The Dailey family. wife and I also went to Italy last year. I have also tried my hand at restoring cars, and learned that the challenge of fixing them is much more of a thrill to me than driving the car when I finish. I was involved in ALTA for 10 years, and ran three marathons in the 1980s.

been about John Adams and George Washington. They were both fascinating men, and I have loved learning about all the things they did beyond what we learn in school. Once you realize how exciting our history is, it is somehow more potent than fiction.




ANSWER: I don’t think I have one that is more special than another. I love going to Ireland to visit with our friends there and golf. On our trip to Italy, we discovered that it was a place of mind boggling beauty and history. They were so very different, and I can’t choose one over the other. I think our next trip will be to a new location in Europe. Paris is definitely on the short list.




ANSWER: I think it is to “do it

yourself.” In Milwaukee, I had a great group of three surgeons who wanted to be out of the critical care unit, and encouraged me to just do it myself when something needed to be done. I learned that I could do it as long as I had guys like that to call on for help.



ANSWER: There are two things, really. First, I love ANSWER: I like to read. When learning and the entertainment in seeing what I was younger, I liked to read fiction for the escape. As I got is new today. More than that, though, I love the thrill of older, history became a focus WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO fixing whatever is wrong for a for me. I love reading about WHEN YOU’RE NOT wanted to be a part of this new WHAT LED YOU TO the American Revolution, and patient. Like older cars, WORKING WITH PATIENTS? kind of wound care. I am SPECIALIZE IN “restoration” is really the aim I still read more history than ANSWER: I love golf, and I like totally committed to the idea INFECTIOUS DISEASE? of medicine. The goal is really fiction. to travel. I have traveled to that this should be a part of to restore the patient to ANSWER: My career has WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE drive off. evolved substantially over the what Infectious Disease physi- Ireland so often for the golf BOOK? there that we have actually cians should do. This project years. Today’s young ANSWER: My favorites have physicians focus on a specialty will be the one last project that made good friends there. My




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7 Things You Need to Know About Lung Cancer The numbers 223,500, 165,000 and 373,489 all have one thing in common. Lung cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, there will be more than 223,500 new cases of lung cancer in the United States this year. Approximately 165,000 people will die of the disease in 2012. About 373,489 people in the United States are living with lung cancer according to the American Lung Association. Now that you have read a few lung cancer facts, here are the top 10 things you need to know about the disease.

1 Smoking is the leading risk factor for lung cancer. Approximately 87 percent of lung cancers are related to smoking. This risk increases depending on length of time smoking, age started, how deeply smoke is inhaled, and number of tobacco products smoked per day.

2 All forms of tobacco can cause lung cancer.

Smoking cigars or pipes is nearly as 5 likely to cause lung cancer as cigarette There are two types of lung cancer. smoking. Low tar or “light” cigarettes Between 80 and 90 percent of lung are not safer than regular cigarettes, cancers are the non-small cell type. nor does smoking them reduce the risk This cancer usually grows slowly and of lung cancer. does not spread quickly to other organs. The other type, small cell carci3 noma, tends to grow fast and spread to Radon can cause lung cancer. other organs. Radon is a radioactive gas that cannot be seen, tasted or smelled. It is 6 produced by the decay of naturally ocWatch for the warning signs curring uranium in soil and rocks. A of lung cancer. kit from the hardware store can measLung cancer typically does not cause ure radon levels in the home, which should not exceed 4 pCi/L (pico Curies problems until it has spread. Common indicators for the disease include a perper Liter) . sistent cough, chest pain, shortness of breath, wheezing, fatigue, coughing up 4 blood, hoarseness, recurrent There are other respiratory infections, and appetite or risk factors for lung cancer. weight loss. Secondhand smoke is the third leading cause of lung cancer and is linked to an estimated 3,400 lung cancer deaths

location and having the peace of mind in knowing the dedication North Fulton chance of survival. So timing is a key fac- has put into making sure their patients tor in saving lives. receive quality care, is a huge benefit “North Fulton Hospital has provided when a patient is experiencing a major exceptional care to many of our patients cardiac event.” experiencing everything from acute With the expansion of services the medical problems to multi-trauma hospital offers, the emergency medical injuries. The investment the hospital personnel can now communicate more effectively with the ER. In the case of a cardiac emergency, the first responders …the first responders can can perform an EKG of the patient’s heart rhythm, read that EKG and transperform an EKG of the mit that info directly from the site or patient’s heart rhythm, ambulance to the hospital. This read that EKG and provides the ER and cath lab professiontransmit that info directly als at North Fulton with invaluable from the site or ambulance information and more importantly, efficient use of time. In some cases the to the hospital. patient may even bypass the ER and go directly to the cath lab. “In the end, the patient is the one who has made in the community through benefits from these tools that help our their state-of-the art cath lab upgrades 911 providers work even more is invaluable to the community,” cohesively with the nurses and doctors Kenneth Simpson, Regional Director of in both the cath lab and the emergency Rural/Metro ambulance, said. “Having room. The community will continue to those services available at a closer benefit from the hard work and progres-

7 Tests are available to detect lung cancer, and peace of mind now costs less. Lung cancer can be detected through a bronchoscopy, computed tomography (CT) or positron emission tomography scans, and thoacentesis (lung fluid sample). A biopsy is the only way to confirm a lung cancer diagnosis. For current and past smokers between the ages of 55 and 74, North Fulton Hospital offers a lung cancer screening, and for a limited time, the screening is ony $149. The screening is a low-dose CT scan that is read by a board certified radiologist. Upon interpretation, the results will be sent to your healthcare provider and a board certified pulmonologist. Cost is not presently covered by insurance. To schedule an appointment for a Lung Cancer Screening at North Fulton Hospital, call 770-751-2720.

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annually. Other risk factors include exposure to asbestos, arsenic, chromium, nickel, tar and soot.

Dr. Rajeesh Sachdeva in the new state of the art cath lab.

sive efforts of North Fulton Hospital,” Simpson said. There is of course more to the cardiology program than emergency medicine. In Nov. the hospital completed their first Percutaneous Cardiac Intervention (PCI). Dr. Sachdeva flawlessly performed the procedure in a brand new state-of-the-art Philips cardiac cath

lab. Additionally, the hospital has future plans including an accredited chest pain center and a program designed specifically for women. “But for now what you need to know is that when time is muscle and every minute counts, the best option for these patients is at North Fulton Hospital,” Keel said. 

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By Tripp Liles Do you feel like they just don’t make great music anymore? Well in February there is a chance to relive a golden era of music when the Masters of Soul take the stage at the Roswell Cultural Arts Center as a part of the LIVE in Roswell series. In the early 60s, some of the most iconic names in the history of popular music were discovered in the Motor City of Detroit, otherwise known as Motown. The Masters of Soul pay homage to the Motown era by performing timeless classics from the performers who defined soul music. The Virginiabased act has performed live round the world for over 30 years. The stylish show is fully choreographed with both male and female performers backed by a live band. The concert will feature music from such legendary figures as, The Temptations, Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson, Diana Ross, and many more. The show is on Friday Feb. 7 at 8 p.m. There is a full bar in the LIVE! lounge, which opens 30 minutes prior to the show. Tickets are $35 and are available online at or by phone at 770-594-6232.

night she is joined by her co-stars, her acting coach, and cabaret star and suspected murderess Libby Holman. Lacking any entertainment and competition for attention, they quickly turn on each other while the world burns outside their window. This is the world premiere of The Only Light in Reno, commissioned by GET specifically for its loyal patrons. “The creation of new plays and musicals is at the very core of Georgia Ensemble Theatre’s long range goals,” said GET Artistic Director Robert Farley. “It has been and continues to be a great adventure to witness the growth and development of Atlanta’s most prolific and successful playwright, Topher Payne.” The show is directed by Shannon Eubanks and features Rachel Sorsa as Marilyn Monroe and Johnny Drago as Montgomery Clift. “The supposition that interesting and hilarious things might happen if Theatre five famous, outsized and at times anThe Georgia Ensemble Theatre will tagonistic personalities had been kick off 2014 with The Only Light in cooped up in the only small space with power, in a city surrounded by Reno penned by Atlanta’s favorite playwright Topher Payne. Payne, who flames, sets the perfect stage for laughs,” Eubanks stated. had tremendous success with the The show runs Jan. 9 through Jan. recent plays Tokens of Affection and 26 at The Roswell Cultural Arts Swell Party, brings patrons to 1960s Reno. The tale centers on the filming Center. Ticket prices for The Only Light in Reno range from $25 to $35 of The Misfits, which starred (Senior/Student discounts available Montgomery Clift and Marilyn for select performances).  “RecessionMonroe. Buster” perimeter tickets may also be The dark comedy takes place in a suite at the Maples Hotel when a fire purchased for $10 or $15 based on in the Sierra Mountains causes a city- availability.  Tickets are available now wide blackout. Marilyn Monroe has a online at or by calling the generator brought to the hotel, giving Box Office at 770-641-1260.   her the only light and air conditioning in the city. Over the course of the

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Down Goes Frazier… Street Apartments New apartments and housing are rising in Roswell. By Matthew Quinn The redevelopment of the Norcross Street-Frazier Street area continues apace with the demolition of the Frazier Street Apartments and the establishment of a new residential development. This is another strong signal that the local economy is on the right track. “Our plans are to build 320 luxury forlease units,” said Lennar Multifamily Investors Division President Southeast Christopher Cassidy about Frazier Street Apartments. “They’re all one, two or three bedrooms. A really urban-style project all in Roswell.” These apartments will all feature stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, and high ceilings. Lennar closed on the land Nov. 15 and soon afterward began demolishing the apartments already there. All the buildings are down and the debris is being hauled off. This month the workers will begin grading the site and laying new foundations. The first frames should go up in March. The first units should be open Nov. 2014, with the complex itself completed by June 2015. Cassidy said the city examined its 2030 plan and saw that the average age of Roswell residents was increasing. Many of those who grew up in Roswell would like to return, but there’s not a lot of quality housing. He hopes the new Frazier Street Apartments will attract young professionals, active seniors, and divorced parents who would like to be closer to their kids. “It’ll appeal to a wide variety of people,” he said. The new apartments will be close to jobs in Roswell as well as the Chattahoochee River, the city parks, and all the offerings of Canton Street, which Cassidy likened to a smaller-scale version of Virginia Highlands and other neighborhoods in Atlanta. Lennar met with members of the city council and the historic preservation committee and consulted independent architects. As a result, the final product will be a mix of different styles that will fit with the other buildings on the square and near the Roswell Mill and include a brick facade.

“I think the Frazier Street Apartments will be a catalyst for change in that area.” Roswell City Council member, Rich Dippolito.

The demolition of the Frazier Street apartments is well underway.

Cassidy described the apartments as being a landmark development and a catalyst for retail across Frazier Street to Highway 9. He anticipates it would increase property values of nearby single-family homes and encourage new retailers to establish themselves in Roswell to serve the new residents. Cassidy shared credit for the new apartments. “We couldn’t have done it without the city of Roswell and all of the other stakeholders that participated,” he said. Across The Street Dave Schmit, principal of development firm Maculey + Schmit, said a new development between Forrest Street and Myrtle Street near the Roswell Cultural Arts Center will be called Forrest Commons. The tract is one of the larger ones in the Groveway redevelopment area and provided a fine opportunity for single family homes. Forrest Commons will consist of 9 detached single-family homes and 13 townhouses. The land was under contract in August 2012, but the

permits were not acquired until June 2013. Ground was broken in July. Schmit said they’re hopefully a few weeks away from finishing the preparatory work on the lots—grading, water and sewer, and installing roads—with the home construction beginning in February and March. People will be able to buy houses in the spring of 2014 and begin occupying them in the late summer or early fall. Forrest Commons is intended to take advantage of a greater interest in urban living. “People have come from suburban environments that are largely carbased,” he said. “They’re looking for

pedestrian-based environments.” People want to be able to walk to coffee shops, restaurants, and the grocery store, something that has benefited town centers like Roswell. Although the trend is more pronounced among millennials, baby boomers are getting into it too. The development’s design reflects this. Rather than opening onto the street like more typical townhomes, the Forrest Green townhomes will open onto a central green. So will the houses. The garages will be accessible by alleys. Schmit is certain the new neighborhood will spur further development in

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JAN 2014 the area, since there’s a lot of demand to live in that type of housing. “I think it’s obviously going to have a very good effect,” said Bill Bartlett of KW Commercial. “It’s going to bring a different kind of profile.” Economic Impact The higher rents at the revamped Frazier Street Apartments will bring higher-income residents to the area, residents who will need more shopping and restaurants. In particular, he predicts they will attract young professionals seeking proximity to Canton Street as well as employees GM is bringing to its new Mansell Road facility. He has sold property already to people who want to set up businesses like those on Canton Street—restaurants, small offices, small retail shops, clothiers, and art stores—and the apartments will increase demand further. He hopes the shopping center containing the Value Village and the defunct Southern Skillet will be redeveloped into a nice “mix of uses.” As the apartments prosper and businesses develop to serve the new residents, hopefully banks will be more willing to lend, spurring further private development in Roswell.

Banks are already starting to show greater willingness to lend, so retail and residential growth in the area will make lending more appealing and hopefully mitigate the risk. “I think the Frazier Street Apartments will be a catalyst for change in that area,” said Roswell City Council member Rich Dippolito. Property owners in the area had concerns about both the apartments and the Value Village shopping center, which contains The Southern Skillet. People were hesitant to invest in the area. Although there has been a lot of development on Canton Street and the mid-town area of Roswell, there was not much done in the Forrest StreetNorcross Street section. Now that the apartments are being revamped, more development will come to that area. The Roswell Development Authority is assisting with the redevelopment with projects of its own. One is additional green space around City Hall itself, creating an area where people can gather between City Hall and Canton Street. Dippolito said there is a tremendous amount of synergy among all these projects that will breathe new life into that part of Roswell. 

“People have come from suburban environments that are largely car-based. They’re looking for pedestrian-based environments.” Dave Schmit, Maculey + Schmit

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The application of creative math makes giving 100% very easy. To start, I’m going to pledge to not watch another made-for-TV-movie on the Hallmark channel. You know the So, here we are again at the ones—where Miss Right falls in love beginning of a brand new year full of with Mr. Right, who is still engaged to hopes and dreams and positive Miss Wrong, and in the last three minthinking; as well as fear, doom, and a utes of the movie everyone falls in love conservative with the “right” person, and (spoiler amount of alert) they discover that Santa Claus is gloom. But, for now I’m going to real. Or the one about the doting focus on the pos- husband and father of three daughters, whose eldest daughter goes off and itive as I craft gets married, and then isn’t at the my New Year’s Resolutions for house for Christmas morning—it’s a 2014; although, real tearjerker. Wait a minute! I may Miscellaneous I’ve determined have confused real-life with fantasy that resolutions drama on that one. Ramblings Anyway, I’d also like to make a are easily MIKE FINCH pledge to my employer that in 2014 broken, so this year I’m going to every week I’m going to give 100% effort. To help hold me accountable to state them in the form of “pledges” in this pledge I’m scheduling it like this: hopes of raising the level of Monday – 12%, Tuesday – 23%, commitment and accountability.

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“snuggler,” Sweetie has some issues Wednesday – 40%, Thursday – 20%, with dog drool on her pillow and she and Friday – 5%. Voila! 100% for the says she’s already sleeping with one week! There’s no doubt my superiors occupying the C-suites will notice the over-sized, snoring machine. I kind of “up-tick” in effort and subsequent pro- see her point. On the more personal side, I pledge ductivity. Furthermore, I’m pledging to renew to have more fun, to laugh a little louder, to love a little deeper, and just my subscription to Guns and Ammo to live a little freer—all while wearing magazine as well as my prescription “camo.” Sweetie thinks I for Prozac—the may need to adjust that combination of I will be pledging to eat pledge a little bit, but which, I believe make me a more less processed meat, and then I reminded her of balanced replace that with more my new hunting rifle and individual and pro- fresh meat, mostly from my scope which fits all of ductive community backyard and adjoining these pledges: it’s super fun to shoot, it makes me citizen. Along golf course. laugh when I miss what those same lines, I I’m aiming at with such a will be pledging to powerful weapon, I love eat less processed meat, and replace that with more fresh the way it feels, and thanks to the NRA I’m still free to own it legally! Sweetie meat, mostly from my backyard and thinks I may have missed the point on adjoining golf course. the whole live, love, and laugh thing, For Sweetie, I pledge to not let Zoe our Great Dane Grand puppy, who ap- but I think, “Neh”, I nailed that one! pears to now permanently live with us, Mike Finch can be reached at sleep on Sweetie’s side of the bed. miscellaneousramblings Although Zoe is a wonderful

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If you have an event listing please send it to This is just a partial list of area events and activities. For more, please visit through the library system. Participants should also already know the basics of the computer, including the use of a mouse Inspired by top comedians like Sinbad, Martin Lawrence, and and keyboard. Registration is required and space is limited. The Chris Rock, much of Brandon T. Jackson’s material touches on class will be from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. For more information contact politics, being young, God, dating, and any other issue. Jackson Nancy Dobkin at or 770-509-4960. credits his sense of humor to his father, Bishop Wayne T. Jackson. Communicating and motivating youth is etched into JAN. 23 his heart; having been through the same stuff kids go through, Crafts for Kids he wants them to take their lives to the next level. His The Alpharetta library on Canton Street will host from 4:30 performances will be 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Friday and 6 p.m., 8 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. some hands-on crafts and creativity for ages p.m., and 10 p.m. Saturday. Tickets $20. For more information, 8-11. Participants will give new life to worn-out books by visit transforming them into paper flowers. Scissors will be used. Space is limited to 20 participants and will begin Dec. 18. For JAN. 12 more information, e-mail or call 770-740-2425. Velvet Note’s Songwriter Showcase:

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Danielle Fiondella Danielle is currently studying at Berklee College of Music and working on her 2nd CD Release. Her music has been described as “raw and edgy…and honest,” as Danielle blends elements of rock, blues and folk to create a sound truly her own. At The Velvet Note 4075 Old Milton Parkway in Alpharetta. JAN. 16, 23, 30, FEB. 6

Farmers’ Market at Sweet Apple Village Sweet Apple Village off Etris Road will host its farmers’ market from 3 p.m. 6 p.m. The event will feature farm to market produce and artisanmade products and regional specialties. For more information, visit JAN. 16, 23, 30, FEB. 6

Square Dance Lessons The Dudes ‘n Darlins Square Dance Club invites singles, couples, and families for lessons at Crosspointe Community Church at 77 East Crossville Road in Roswell from 7:15 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Lessons are $6 per person per lesson. For more information, visit or call 770-993-2557.

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Mark Evans Atlanta-born comedian Mark Evans is coming to Bonkerz Comedy in Roswell. His “Southern…not stupid” tour has taken clubs by storm, erasing the myth Southerners are inbred pig farmers. He brings a perfect blend of humor and sarcasm and points out the lighter side of the dumb things we see and hear every day. Tickets $12. Performances 9 p.m. Friday and 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Saturday. To purchase tickets visit JAN. 31-FEB. 1

Willy Wonka Jr. Willy Wonka, the world’s most famous chocolateer, plans on retiring and leaving his factory to one of five lucky winners. Four winners have found a golden ticket and here is only one left. Will Charlie Bucket, who loves his family and Wonka Bars will all his heart find the last ticket? His positive attitude is put to the test. Patrons will be able to enjoy a wonderful music with favorites like “The Candy Man,” “Pure Imagination,” “I Want It Now,” and more. Performances will be at 7 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday at the Roswell Cultural Arts Center on Forrest Street. Tickets $12. For more information call 770-6413987 or e-mail FEB. 1

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The Chattahoochee Nature Center will host two Southeastern Snake Encounter Shows at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Jason Clark, star of the Animal Planet series SnakesKin, will bring out venomous and non-venomous snakes and show to identify and be safe around them and recount his wildlife removal adventures. The Reptile Wagon will be there from noon to 4 p.m., while a sidewalk reptile sketch contest and photos will be from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and Artsy Alligators and Slinky Snakes from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. $6 for children, $10 for adults, $7 for seniors 65+ and students 13-18, and free for CNC members and children 2 years and younger.

Johnson Ferry Baptist Church on Johnson Ferry Road will host its 26th Annual Polar Bear Run. The event will have something for everyone, including a 2K run/walk, a 5K run, a Cub Dash for ages 2-3, and a Cub Run for ages 4-5. All proceeds will benefit the church’s student choirs. The 2K is at 8 a.m. with the 5K at 8:30 a.m. Register online at or at any Big Peach Running location.

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This class at Mountain View Regional Library on Sandy Plains Road is for the computer user who has not used the Internet. This class will cover the various tool bars on the browser, Internet Explorer. Selected websites will also be used to learn about the functioning and searching of websites. This class is the second of three introductory computer classes available

Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church on (street) will host a free concert featuring the choirs of several area churches from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The presentation of the Hometown Heroes honors will take place as well. The event is part of the Roswell Roots celebration of Black History Month. For more information call 770-641-3705 or visit

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February 2 Voices from a Plantation: A Slave’s Cry


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January 19 Roswell Wedding Showcase The 13th annual Roswell Wedding Showcase will take place at the DoubleTree by Hilton hotel on Holcomb Bridge Road from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Guests will meet with Roswell’s most unique and talented wedding specialists for advice on topics like décor and design, planning, hotel accommodations for guests, cake and catering, and bridal gifts. Admission is free. For more information call 770-640-3253.

Night Hike at the Chattahoochee Nature Center

Bulloch Hall will host Phyllis Kelly’s “Voices from a Plantation: A Slave’s Cry” at 4 p.m. Kelly will draw on stories from South Carolina and coastal plantations she heard in her youth for her performance. Kelly has performed at Hollywood Center Studios, the National Storytelling Conference, the National Black Theater Festival, and the Wren’s Nest in Atlanta. The event is free. For reservations, call 770-992-1731 ext. 2 or visit

From 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. the Chattahoochee Nature Center will offer moonlight guided tours of one of the woodland trails or the river boardwalk. The event is for ages 5 to adult. Admission is $10 for the general public; $7 for CNC members. For more information, visit


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January 9–26 The Only Light in Reno


The Roswell Cultural Arts Center on Forrest Street will host the Georgia Ensemble Theater’s “The Only Light in Reno.” Set in Reno in 1960, filming on “The Misfits” is hopelessly behind, it’s 106 degrees outside, and the city is in a total blackout. Elizabeth Taylor and Montgomery Clift play board games with an accused murderess while Marilyn Monroe is locked in the bathroom. This is the hilarious story of how Hollywood came to “The Biggest Little City in the World” and everything went up in flames. Performance times vary. For more information and to buy tickets, visit

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January 23–25 Jim Norton


Johnson Ferry Baptist Church on Johnson Ferry Road will host its 26th Annual Polar Bear Run. The event will have something for everyone, including a 2K run/walk, a 5K run, a Cub Dash for ages 2-3, and a Cub Run for ages 4-5. All proceeds will benefit the church’s student choirs. The 2K is at 8 a.m. with the 5K at 8:30 a.m. Register online at or at any Big Peach Running location.

Two-time New York Times bestselling author and comedian Jim Norton sells out theaters nationwide and is a regular contributor to programs like The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. He’s bringing the Jim Norton Show, where people call in for advice on sex, relationships, addiction, and comedy, to the Punchline. Performance times vary. Tickets $25. For more information, visit

January 30 thru February 17 Big Apple Circus The Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in Alpharetta will host the Big Apple Circus’s show “Luminocity,” which celebrates the vitality of life at the crossroads of the world. No seat is more than 50 feet from the ringside. The performance will include rowdy pups, double trapeze artists, a bashful clown, an irrepressible flimflam man, and an extraordinary juggler. Tickets $10 at the gate. For more information visit

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It’s A New Year, Offering New Restaurants There are two must knows and my first boo-hiss.


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Yes it’s finally open! The award winning team that brought us Table and Main has done it again. Owner Ryan Pernice and Chef Ted Lahey recently opened Osteria Mattone. The food is as authentically Italian as the name, and these guys will redefine Italian cuisine on Canton Street. For those of you who know the area, Osteria Mattone is located in a beautifully restored home toward the Foodie News north end of Canton Street. FRANK MACK It has taken many months for this place to come to fruition, but the wait was well worth it. Here’s the deal. I am already there loving everything about the place from the first impression to the last bite of dessert and everything inbetween. If you want to find a local food writer, this is the place you can find me as I work through every thing on the menu. I can’t tell you the number of

places I eat at that disappoint, fall short, or just don’t have it. That’s not Ryan and Ted. These guys bring their “A” game every day. The menu is focused on regional Italian with a nod to Roman fare. The menu begins with traditional antipasti and salumi, like Italian speck and prosciutto served with seasonal fruit. Cichette, or small starter dishes, include a variety of options such as polpette (Neapolitan-braised meatballs) or suppli al telefono (fried risotto balls) with mozzarella and tomato. House-made pasta dishes incorporate fresh ingredients such as oxtail, pancetta, and Italian-cured guanciale. Hearty main dishes such as porchetta (rolled roasted pork shoulder with wild fennel and spices) and pollo al mattone (brick-grilled chicken) are prepared in a woodburning oven. Daniel Pernice, Ryan’s brother, is the sommelier and the wine selection is world-class. Talent seems to run in the family. Alex Chen is sous chef and pastry chef Micki Kimberly, formerly a sous chef at Table & Main, leads the dessert taste parade. I’ve toured the kitchen and folks, these guys cook with passion. Prices are very reasonable for the care that goes into each meal. The antipasti run from $12 to $14, pastas

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The interior of Stem.

great for conversations. It would have to scream subtle good taste – just like me. Add to this formula a small concentrated kitchen to round out the structure. Outside there would be no sign, just a secret door. I never got to build that dream but From Seed To Stem Back in the day I would sit around someone else has. It is in the most imwith my friends and dream about the possible location – East Cobb. Yes, that place is right in our backyard. coolest places and the thing we How did this happen? wanted to own – our own special The trick is the secret door itself. place. That door goes between Chef Doug Turbush’s wildly popular Seed and his latest creation Stem. Stem is a long-planned wine bar that also features a dazzling array of imaginative cocktails and rare liquors. There are lists of great wines by the bottle or glass but Stem is definitely a sipping experience. This place is about sharing and comparing small pours put together with experience and knowledge. This is bar service taken to the next level. Personally for me it breaks my heart to discover this place. Why? I had to pick this decade to sober up. Oh well. Stem is succulent and sophisticated, For me it would have a slick cool de- yet on a reasonable scale for price and comfort. It seats 40, which includes a sign that’s comfy and close. Not very couple dozen at a u-shaped bar. They big, not too small but just right. I would have it stocked with the kind of offer 40 different wines by the glass coupled with a small menu. The price wine and liquor no one gets. The secret stuff that is hard to find, off the structure is reasonable, with many bottles under $40 and a great Bevan charts and known too most only by Cellars Sauvignon Blanc at just $20. way of rumor. To be cool the On the food side their small plates workspace would have to be tops and extra comfy for both staff and guests. vary by day. Let’s not call it tapas — it It would feature a two-sided bar that’s isn’t. It’s Turbush. Nothing under that are $16 to $23, and dishes from the wood-burning oven range from $22 to $43. Osteria Mattone is located at 1095 Canton Street and is open for dinner only. And yes, make a reservation.

man’s name I have seen needs to be questioned. Whether it’s the braised bone marrow, various cheeses, or foie gras, it’s all good and most under $20. The folks over in East Cobb are getting a real treat. For those of you on the other side, yes it is worth it to drive past Canton Street every once in a while. Stem’s hours are 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. It’s located at 1311 Johnson Ferry Road in East Cobb. And Now A Boo-Hiss My own rule in this publication has been to not use the allotted space each month to tear someone down. That’s what the Internet is for. Why waste space on the negative when so much

good food is out there? But I have to give my opinion on something. There is a movement in the restaurant business towards true farm to table dining. I believe in it. If done properly and consistently it makes for fabulous dining. It’s also not easy because it takes a commitment to buying from local producers, growers, and artisans. I believe this movement gives us a chance to stop buying everything from abroad or from corporations and hordes of fast food giants that sell us awful stuff. So if you say farm to table you had better be just that. People expect their dollars and choices to be back by restaurateurs who commit to the process. Zeal in East Cobb is a pretty cute idea and space. It is a total remake of an old Chinese restaurant. I guess we’ll call this place modern. It’s a different layout that is very interesting. The food? Not impressed. The claimed farm to table was not demonstrated in the final product. There are some young owners here. Let’s hope they turn the food around to match the slick décor. 


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Job search can create powerful life transformation this New Year. It may not seem that way while you’re in the trenches looking for work, but if you do this right, you can bring changes into your life for the better. You can bring new people into your circle of contacts and friends. Through these new people, your whole world can open up with new potential for opportunities and gainful employment. “Hope” for this outcome is a bonafide strategic action that can carry you into job search success. So, it’s time for hope to be a productive strategy in your hunt to get over the stigma. “Duck and weave as you need to, and don’t buy into the hype,” says Keith Dykes, a Roswell Personal Coach and Certified Hypnotherapist. “Every single day you have a 50/50 chance of landing a job if you’re out there.” Susan Howington, CEO of Power Connections, Inc., a national outplacement and career strategy firm, concurs. “Rethink what you believe about job search. It can create change in your life for the better.” Howington is the author of How Smart People Sabotage Their Job Search: Ten Mistakes Executives Make and How to Fix Them. “Don’t stop at sending out resumes to Internet job boards. Find local opportunities to bring constructive and rewarding change.” Those opportunities come about by circulating in the working community through charity volunteering, new networking, apprenticeships, and internships. Being productive is the key. “Take your pick to pursue which brings you hope,” says Howington. “I suggest a combination to give you the most return for your time. The more you circulate outside your comfort zone, the more hope you can have for meeting the right people who can decide to hire you for your talents.” If you’ve exhausted all avenues for employment in your field, consider the strategy of biting the bullet and taking a position in another field that will introduce you to people outside your sphere of former coworkers, family and

Keith Dykes, a Roswell Personal Coach and Certified Hypnotherapist says “Every single day you have a 50/50 chance of landing a job if you’re out there.”

friends. Going back to the “it takes a job to find a job” principle, you can have hope in meeting another potential job provider who can offer you a move. You might find happiness doing something that never caught your attention when you were employed before the layoff. All work is respected, and offers hope for the future. If you feel immobilized, take these baby steps to get you back into the search. “It’s no secret that job loss is a terrifying proposition. Depression is common,” says Howington. “Rethink and redraft your resume’, polish your shoes, update your haircut or hairstyle, and freshly press your wardrobe to circulate again.” “Take action. Give up your fear, and don’t give up your hope,” says Dykes. Just remember a period of job search can be a time of personal and professional growth. We can shake off the collective cultural belief that we are somehow “less than” those who are employed. Have hope about your capabilities and strengths as you make new contacts and knock on doors. Even Napoleon knew that hope was a potent strategy when he said, “Leaders are dealers in hope.” Each step by step action, infused by renewed hope, could be your ticket to a job search payoff you never imagined. It’s a strategy worth a try. 

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Look Like A Million Bucks Attire to Hire boutique dresses its 1000th job seeker.

Wanda Cleveland receiving recognition at the RUMC job fair.

By Jessica Diamond Wanda Cleveland very nearly decided not to go to the mini job fair at Roswell United Methodist Church (RUMC). She had a very long day and was too tired to go anywhere but home. But Wanda believes firmly in hard work, not luck. She knew she’d made a commitment to herself to go. So she found the motivation and got herself to the church. That night, Wanda became the 1000th job seeker to be dressed by the Attire to Hire Closet. Attire to Hire is a boutique style closet comprised of professional attire that is donated to the Ministry. New and gently used clothes are put on display for job seekers who may not have access to “interview ready” attire. A team of volunteers, primarily fashion experts and HR representatives, dress each job seeker according to what will best suit them in a professional setting. Additionally, this team provides encouragement and support to those who may need a boost of confidence before facing potential employers. This program is operated and managed by its creators, Julie Mizer and Donna Litton, both members of RUMC. These women work tirelessly to ensure that each of the Closet’s visitors feels as though they are in a fashion boutique being dressed by personal stylists. There is no stigma attached to visiting the Closet, nor does it seem to serve any kind of stereotype. The Closet is visited by people from all walks of life, from post grads to career changers to people who have never owned professional clothes. Some experience significant

changes in weight as they deal with life changes and need to be refitted by professionals. Some jobs seekers who visit the Closet stay to volunteer and help others find clothes. As one girl put it, “you’ve got to pay it forward. Mizer explained how she and Litton started Attire to Hire: “I’m retired HR, and I wanted to stay current. Donna came to me with the idea and we said, ‘let’s try it and see.’ It’s the perfect marriage of HR and people who need to be encouraged and empowered. ” In its first year, Attire to Hire dressed 132 people. In its second year, it dressed 383 people. By year three, the number reached 469 people. Now, more than 1,000 people have been given professionally fitted designer outfits for interviews and future jobs. “It’s like the loaves and fishes,” Mizer said. “When we don’t have something we need, it just appears. It’s expanded beyond the church. It isn’t just the church’s closet. It’s everyone who donates.” The RUMC Job Networking Ministry meets on the second and fourth Monday of each month. Workshops on various aspects of employment and job seeking are offered all afternoon and into the evening. The Attire to Hire Closet opens at 5 PM. Attendees may choose from a wide selection of workshops, guest speakers, mock interviews, bible studies and more. Every four to eight weeks, the Ministry conducts a “Mini” Job Fair with more than 20 local employers. Dinner is served and volunteers are available to offer both professional and personal support to everyone in attendance. 


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