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By Stacy Shade As we enter into the “dog days” of summer, there’s no better time than now to go on a treetop getaway. Historic Banning Mills is the perfect place for such a getaway with many outdoor adventures to choose from, including the adrenaline rush of zip-lining. And, it’s only an hour and a half drive away. As you head down I-285, you’ll feel as though you’re just heading to work, not to an adventurous destination. There’s nothing special about the route to Banning Mills in Whitesburg, Ga. In fact, it’s just highway until you near the Adventure Center. When you arrive at Banning Mills, however, you’re welcomed by a familiar, nostalgic vibe: Summer Camp. You’ll feel like you’re in high school again at a church camp—bring your florescent Tshirts! The guides are top-notch Like any good summer camp, the place has the classic run-down basketball and they start you off with hoop, tennis courts, horseshoes, hiking a 30-minute training on trails and picnic tables. What is unlike any camp I’ve ever been to, are the tower- zip-line safely. Your first task, no matter what your ing, treehouse-like platforms that emerge from the tree tops throughout tour, is to walk across a the property. Every now and again, you’ll floating bridge. hear a delighted “Eeeeeeeek!” or “Heck Yeah!” in the distance. That’s when you’ll know that you’ve come to the right place for a great day of zip-lining fun. The main lobby of Banning Mills is a cross between a hotel lobby and a Cracker Barrel. The Banning Mills staff is welcoming and helpful. You can book a room and stay a night to enjoy all of your surroundings or just make it a day trip. The accommodations are basic, but clean. Again, it’s CONTINUED 8 quite strikingly like being at summer camp. The basic rooms

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More Roundabouts Please! Currently, there are three operational roundabouts in North Fulton and at If you have driven around North Fulton least five more are planned. This is great but how do we compare to lately, you may have come across a Carmel, Indiana the most roundabout roundabout in your travels. Until recently, roundabouts were mostly a for- crazed city in the US? Carmel is an Indianapolis suburb of 79,000 people eign phenomena. Roswell got the dizzying party going just over two years and it has at least 80 roundabouts. They have done away with ago with the first 78 traffic signals (over 80% roundabout in North Fulton of their intersections). That’s at the Grimes Bridge and amazing. Norcross St intersection. At All of these benefits are this point, the roundabouts fantastic and of North Fulton are few in straightforward. However, number but their impact whenever a new roundabout cannot be larger and as you is proposed, there are always will see, we should build Design Community going to be nervous or skeptimore… a lot more. cal people. Overcoming Did you know that over Matters those fears and objections is 7,000 people are killed and MICHAEL HADDEN fairly easy and North Fulton nearly 1 million are injured cities have done remarkably annually in the US in intersection related crashes? A high per- well in this area. Cities should install their first roundabouts in non-critical centage of these are right angle locations which will help the fearful and collisions that occur at signalized or skeptical overcome their fears and signed intersections. Roundabouts objections over time. Having followed significantly reduce crashes especially the Roswell roundabout for two years, severe ones. Statistics from the this pattern is evident. Online Insurance Institute of Highway Safety show that roundabouts reduce crashes comments on news articles moved from concerned to positive quickly and anecby about 35%. This is done in part by fully eliminating left turns across oppos- dotal conversations follow the same ing traffic, which just happen to be the trend. So, with all of these benefits? Why most dangerous maneuver a driver can aren’t we jumping on every make. They virtually eliminate high opportunityto build a roundabout? speed and right angle crashes as well. By doing this, they reduce injuries by 76% and fatalities by 90%. Roundabouts are also safer for pedestrians as they reduce speeds, make drivers more cautious, prevent drivers Grimes Bridge & Norcross (Roswell) from making left turns and allow a pedestrian to cross traffic that is Haynes Bridge at City Center (Alpharetta) moving in only one direction. For a driver just trying to get around, Douglass Rd & Southlake (Alpharetta) there is less stop and go which saves time and money. Most impressively, a roundabout can handle between 4 and 5 times the amount of traffic in a given time period when compared to a Birmingham Hwy & Providence Rd (Milton) standard signalized intersection. For cities, they lower operational and Hopewell/Francis/Cogburn (Milton) maintenance costs and in most cases building one is comparable in price to Bell Rd & Boles Rd (Johns Creek) building a standard intersection. However, retrofitting a standard intersection as roundabout can be more Houze Rd & Hembree Rd (Roswell) expensive. Old Roswell & Warsaw (Roswell)

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Speak Now Or Forever Hold Your Peace

Time for a Code Clean-up The City’s 2030 Comprehensive Plan, adopted in 2011, spells out a What will the City of Roswell look vision for Roswell’s future. This strategic development plan calls for like in the year 2030? And how will initiatives that will foster that vision become reality over the redevelopment of areas in need of revinext 17 years? How will homeowners and businesses be affected? You are in- talization, provide additional housing vited to come and learn the answers to options for residents and reconcile these questions and more at upcoming conflicting zoning regulations to attract new businesses to Roswell. In Open House Community Meetings order to accomplish these goals, an sponsored by the City of Roswell. overhaul of the City’s existing (and complex) planning and zoning Roswell UDC Open House ordinances was required. Community Meetings Schedule: Roswell’s Community Development Department is currently revising the MONDAY, AUGUST 19, 2013 old zoning regulations into a Unified 7:00-9:00 P.M. Development Code (UDC) that will establish a consistent format that can be EAST ROSWELL PARK, 9000 FOUTS ROAD, ROSWELL (COMMUNITY ROOM) easily understood by not only administrators and developers, but also by the general public. The UDC will address TUESDAY, AUGUST 20, 2013 all aspects of zoning in the City, includ7:00-9:00 P.M. ing residential, civic, industrial and ROSWELL AREA PARK, BILL JOHNSON other districts. Roswell’s Planning and Zoning COMMUNITY ACTIVITY BLDG., 10495 Director Brad Townsend encourages WOODSTOCK ROAD, ROSWELL residents to attend one or more of its Open House Community Meetings WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 21, 2013 (see schedule), where they can learn 11:30 A.M.-2:00 P.M. more about the UDC process, express CITY HALL, ROOM 220 concerns and ask questions about what the new code will mean for their AND neighborhoods and the City at large. 7:00-9:00 P.M. “First, residents need to understand HEMBREE PARK, 850 HEMBREE ROAD, that the UDC will mean no change for most existing ROSWELL (COMMUNITY ROOM) individual singleCONTINUED 36

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By Harold Keyserling Recent cases brought before the Supreme Court involving affirmative action and marriage equality have focused public attention on these issues and are reminders of the civil rights struggles our society has overcome. Considering the progress that has been made in civil rights, it is hard to believe that Rotary International, an organization recognized for inclusiveness and international humanitarian service, once did not accept women as members. It was only after a Supreme Court ruling in 1987 that Rotary International allowed women to join its ranks. Today, the organization’s worldwide membership of 1.2 million people is 15% female. The percentage of women members in North America is even higher at 22%. Local chapters founded after the Supreme Court ruling tend to have a larger percentage of women than clubs established prior to the ruling. The local Roswell Rotary is now 21% female. It inducted its first two

female members, Emily Dolvin and Patsy Wolff on September 26, 1991. Wolff is still an active member of the club. The following year, the club inducted Pat DiGeorge, a successful real estate agent. “Nobody ever asked me if I wanted to join Rotary,” states DiGeorge. “Bill Lewis, my old boss and Past President said, ‘You are going to join.’” DiGeorge, the fourth female to join the 180 member club recalls enjoying a sort of notoriety for being one of the club’s few female members, “I told someone, ‘Everyone knows who I am, but all you guys look the same.’” The first important leadership position given to a female was in 1995 when DiGeorge was asked to become the Program Chair. DiGeorge went on to become the first female president of the Roswell Rotary in 2001. “I never felt any different than any other president, and if a member had been unhappy about a female president, I never knew it,” states DiGeorge. At the time of her presidency the rotary’s roster was less than 10% women. “I had a goal to get female membership up to 20%. I didn’t realize that goal in my

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2012 tournament after-party. “It was a huge hit, especially with our membership that wanted to participate but didn’t know how to golf—which just happens to be a majority of females.” Incorporating non golfing events not only added more appeal to the tournament, but it also increased tournament revenue. “We did have some initial feedback from some members that the tournament should focus on sponsorship dollars instead of the after-party, which we did take in to consideration, but in the end our after party for the golf tournament generated 22% more than the previous year. Being that our female membership makes up about 20% of our club, I don’t think the additional revenue was coincidental.” The Tennis Tournament Round Robin, dubbed “The Hagan Cup Classic” after local philanthropist and Roswell Rotarian Bob Hagan, will be held on the same afternoon as the club’s annual golf tournament. This year, the Tournament will be held at My theory is that Country Club of Roswell on everyone would be in September 9. Keyserling states, “It’s a Roswell Rotary if they natural and easy progression for the tournament and the Country Club of could. There is purpose Roswell has the perfect facilities to and impact in Roswell hold both tournaments Rotary—if you think it is a simultaneously.” lunch bunch, you won’t be When asked about being a younger in the club for very long. female in Rotary, Keyserling answers, “I’ve never felt like a ‘woman’ in Rotary or been made to feel that way. I’ve never felt like a youngster either—I the president of the club for its 2012 – just feel like a Rotarian.” DiGeorge also commented on present day 2013 year. Rotary, “My theory is that everyone Not all areas of the club have been would be in Roswell Rotary if they touched by female leadership until could. There is purpose and impact in this year. The club’s annual golf tournament fundraiser had never had Roswell Rotary—if you think it is a lunch bunch, you won’t be in the club a female lead in its 35 year history for very long.” Jacque Diqieso adds, “I until this year. Men make up 80% of think that Roswell Rotary coming the golfers in America. Theo Keyserling, a small business owner in from 62 years ago in a very small town Roswell, is the first female lead. When and a very tight knit group has been able to change with the times. asked about how the tournament Roswell is no longer a tiny town and would run differently this year, Keyserling answered, “I don’t expect it Roswell Rotary reflects that.” to run any differently for the golf tourThe Roswell Rotary is always eager nament itself, but we’ve added a to hear from individuals interested tennis tournament in the afternoon to in our mission and in joining a incorporate more participation in the Rotary club. Please visit fundraiser.” Keyserling, who was also www.roswellrotary.com. last years’ co-chair, executed along with a majority-female subcommittee a Vegas style gambling casino at the

year, but a decade later we got there.” Since then, Roswell Rotary has had several female presidents including Cheryl Greenway and the current president, Jacque Digieso. Cheryl Greenway, a local CPA firm owner, went on to lead a district of 80 rotary clubs serving as their district governor. Digieso was also a member of the former Roswell East Club prior to joining Roswell Rotary. The Roswell East Club was established after the Supreme Court ruling. “I viewed the invitation to Roswell East as an opportunity to spend important time with other business leaders in my community. I didn’t view myself as one of the few women, because coming in I didn’t know the history,” states Digieso. “I was only greeted with welcome and acceptance, and it was very respectful.” The Roswell East Club eventually dissolved, and Digieso joined Roswell Rotary, later to become






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Though traditionally you would go to them By Elaine LaMontagne Convenience is a beautiful thing. Americans notoriously strive for convenience. And those of us leading busy lives in North Atlanta, buzzing around working, engaging in our children’s events and our own activities, really thrive on anything which makes life more accommodating. Hidden That’s why servGems ices which come ELAINE LAMONTAGNE to your home rather than the traditional trek to someone else’s venue can be a worthy perk —especially when the service provided is consistent, safe and of high quality. Here are a few concepts and specific companies that just might brighten your day, lighten your load and give you more time to do what you truly want to do. Color Pros – Have you ever nicked or cut the leather in your car, perhaps from placing a framed mirror with sharp corners in the back seat (like I did), and an ugly mark resulted? Well, taking it to the BMW dealership would have cost an absurd amount, but I was lucky to find someone who comes to homes and repairs such marks like a magician. Jay Donelly of Color Pros will pull up on your driveway to repair, and if necessary re-dye, the leather blemish to make it look new again. He can touch up most panels and some car upholstery as well. Estimates can be given over the phone, based on descriptions and often times via a smart-phone photos. Most jobs take about an hour which is $95. Interior car repairs are easier to do at homes versus exterior repairs because the products are water-based which are safer to transport than toxic exterior chemicals. Tip: Use leather conditioner (available at many stores such as Target and Walmart) to keep your car

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Money Is In The Air Hawks Have Plenty And Some Players Have Too Much By Beau Bock You can write it in ink. The future of the new Atlanta Hawks has begun. I can't remember the last time the Hawks conducted a draft that had a clear-cut plan, and was as professionally conducted as the Hawks 2014 NBA draft was. After operating for nearly a decade as an undersized contingent, the club has now added two big players. The first, Lucas Nogueira, is a seven footer from Brazil. He plays professionally in the Spanish league, which is the most respected league beyond the NBA. The second player chosen was Mike Muscala. He is a center/forward, acquired via trade, out of Bucknell University. Additionally, the Hawks added, arguably, the current most Sports proficient point Perspective guard in Europe, Dennis BEAU BOCK Schroeder from Germany. Schroeder brings a high basketball IQ, speed, and a highly regarded athletic ability. Two future second round picks were added to the hope chest – one in 2015 and a conditional pick in 2017. “The draft in general was pretty active,” Danny Ferry, GM of the Hawks said. “All teams we’re more active than we thought. There were a lot of deals out there. We were part of that process, which was great.” Now, free agency begins, and the Hawks have plenty of salary cap room to spend on the missing pieces. Those pieces are actually the backbone of the roster, which will be filled with established talent from around the league. The dream of adding Chris Paul and Dwight Howard was just that, a dream! The Paul and Howard combo would have been perfect but after the organization frittered and squandered the competitive opportunities of the past 23 years, the

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By Debbie Keel Older physicians and nurses, like those that practiced at North Fulton Hospital when it was founded as North Fulton Medical Center 30 years ago, would tell you that they always put patient safety first. I am sure they did, as did all those health care professionals who practiced at this community hospital over those three decades. But if they could see us now, they would be stunned at probably how unsafe their practices were, though they clearly met or exceeded the standard of care of their time. This most shining example of that is the newly installed and now implemented electronic health record at North Fulton Hospital. If you have ever worked or volunteered in a hospital, you have no doubt seen if not handled the voluminous folder we keep on every inpatient. It’s called the patient chart while they are in the hospital and their record after they are discharged. You have a patient record in every hospital you’ve ever visited, every physician office to which you go and every outpatient physical therapy office and dentist’s office where you have received treatment. Like the Affordable Care Act or not, it has sped up the replacement of these paper records with electronic records. Not only is that safer for the record’s long term storage—Hurricane Katrina destroyed thousands of patient records at hospitals in New Orleans during the storm—but it’s safer for the patient spending time at North Fulton Hospital or any other hospital in America. Why? Here’s an example: Old days: Hurried physician, while making rounds on many patients, handwrites an order (let’s say for a medication) then leaves the hospital. Nurse sees the order among all the other handwritten notes on the chart

and tries to decipher it. If she can, then she gives it to the Patient Services Associate to enter into the computer. It’s entered then “taken off” in the pharmacy and the pharmacist fills the order. He or she labels it and sends it to the floor. The nurse reads the label and identifies this as the physician order. Then she goes into the patient room and checks the patient’s identification and gives the medication. Today: Hurried physician, while making rounds on many patients, types the order directly into the computer, sending it directly to the pharmacy. Pharmacist fills the order and sends it back to the floor where nurse goes into the room and scans the barcode on the medication and the patient’s wristband to be sure they match. Done. Which process do you think is safer for the patient? No brainer, right. This, of course, is a bare bones example, but the use of the electronic patient record has less room for error simply because there are less people touching the medication order and consequently, less room for human error. North Fulton Hospital is one of the early adopters of the Electronic Health Record in our community. The physicians and other clinical professionals associated with NFH have been through months and months of training and there are still many trainers in house. It has not been an easy transition for many of them: physicians, who have always handwritten their orders, now have to put that order into a computer. Nurses say it slows them down, and it will until it becomes second nature. All of it, while safer for the patient, is a major inconvenience for our staff. But they have all been troopers, raring to go and to learn this new way of caring for our patients and making North Fulton Hospital an even safer place for our patients during the next chapter in our history.

Nicotine Cessation Group Every Tuesday, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Classroom C. Join 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 404-428-8799 for more info.

Look Good, Feel Better Wednesday, 7/10 and 9/11. 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.

risk factors and symptoms. We will be addressing different topics each month. To register, call Nicki at 404-386-6037.

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about the option of a water birth delivery. Completion of the class is required to be considered for water birth at NFH. $30.00 per couple; registration required. Call 770- 751-2660 for more information and to register.

Maternity Tours Please join one of our Women’s Health nurses in the hospital 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.

Saturdays 7/27 and 8/3. 9am–2pm Sunday, 6/2 1:00 to 5:30 p.m. Teaches children ages 11-14 how to be prepared and responsible babysitters. Bring a doll SPECIAL EVENTS or stuffed animal and a sack Skin Screenings lunch and drink. $30 Wednesday, 7/31; at NFH American Heart Do you have a suspicious looking Association Heartsaver spot on your body? Have it CPR* checked out by a NFH physician. Saturday, 7/13 and 8/10 Appointments start at 5:30 p.m. CPR course for the community. and the screening is FREE, but Adult and child CPR, 9 a.m. to registration is required. noon; $35 Adult, child and infant Taking Care of Me: LifeSouth Blood Drive CPR, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; $45 Loss, Grief & Resolution Tuesday August 13, 9:00 a.m. to Third Wednesday of every month, Diabetes Self4:00 p.m. North Fulton Hospital Call Beverly at 404-843-6500 Management Workshop Classrooms. Give blood, and for more information. Saturdays 7/27, 8/24 and 9/28. help save up to three lives with The Diabetes Association of At- just one donation. LifeSouth is a Caregiver Support lanta (DAA) offers classes at community blood center, which Fourth Wednesday of every North Fulton Hospital to teach means the blood collected in month. To focus on caregivers’ stress, community resources, and diabetes self-management skills. your community goes to local strategies for care giving. Please Call Katie at 404-527-7180 for hospital patients. more information and to register. call Beverly at 404-843-6500 Just Yell for more information. Childbirth Preparation Fire Saturday, 7/20, 8/17 and 9/21 Teen Self-DeCaring, Sharing, and fense Class for Learning: Breast Cancer 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. girls 11 and Fourth Tuesday of every month, 6 Active class consisting of both older. Sunday p.m. Cope and connect with oth- lecture and discussion/sharing. Topics include anatomy and physAugust 18, ers who are facing the same iology; nutrition and fitness; disfrom 1:30 pm – struggles. Please call Micah 4:00 pm. Brown, RN, Breast Health Nurse comforts of pregnancy; stages of labor and what to expect; ceTeen girls face Navigator, at 770-751-2556 to sarean birth; medications; possia high risk of viregister. ble complications; postpartum olence from strangers, acquainWomenHeart care; and comfort, relaxation, tances and dating partners. This Second Tuesday of every month, breathing and coping techniques single session self-defense class 7:30 p.m., Classroom C. Women- for labor support. $100 per cou- will teach your daughter how to Heart, the National Coalition for ple; registration required. take ownership of her personal Women with Heart Disease, safety and defend herself against Water Birth brings support and education to an attacker. For more informaThursday, 7/11, 7/25, 8/8, 8/22, women who are at risk or who altion and to register, visit www. 9/5 and 9/19. 7:00 p.m. ready have heart disease and revvedupkids.com. $35. For couples desiring to learn would like to know more about


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JUL 2013

An Evolution of Care

North Fulton Hospital’s Neurology And Spine Care

Robin Brown, RN (L), and Amy Poole, RN (R), are ready to provide assistance at North Fulton Hospital’s Pain and Spine Center.

Dr. Boyd Byrd and Dr. Charles Weaver, Jr. read a patient’s MRI.

accurate as possible. Dr. Jason Velez and Dr. Herschel Becker are orthopedic spine surgeons who have also been practicing for many years with North Fulton Hospital. They are physicians with Resurgens Orthopaedics, and they frequently care for patients with fractures, adult degenerative spine issues, disk herniation, and much more. “We are available to treat and operate every day,” said Dr. Velez. “We offer everything a patient would need in the way of spine or neurological care, and with the recent addition of the Mazor spine robot, we now offer deformity corrections as well.”

extensive training in caring for patients after neurosurgical procedures. This unit will be named for Dr. Disch later this month as a tribute to his legacy at Pain Management North Fulton Hospital. Not long after its doors opened, North Fulton Hospital recognized the need for a comprehensive Surgical Options Pain and Spine center to provide a broader range of Many patients may seek care in the offices of Spectrum Neurosurgical Associates for an illness or chronic condition. Patients of Dr. Charles Weaver, Jr., and Dr. Thomas Belknap will find wonderful care for spine and brain tumors and infections, as A Legacy in Neurological Care well as trauma and degenerative diseases. The physiDr. Stephen P. Disch was for many years the loudest cians at Spectrum also offer a variety of care options voice in the efforts to acquire new physicians or for chronic pain, ranging from spinal decompression equipment in response to increased patient to complex spinal fusions. demands or changes in technology. As a result, the “North Fulton Hospital has become a leader in North Fulton Hospital’s operating rooms are providing neurosurgical and spine care” said Dr. equipped with some of the best technology available, Charles Weaver, Jr., a neurosurgeon at North Fulton including a 3 Tesla MRI, an O-Arm, and the Mazor Hospital, “and we are confident that our patients spine robot, and patients are cared for in a don’t need to go anywhere else.” Neurological Intensive Care Unit. In the operating room, surgeons have access to an While most patients are familiar with an O-Arm, which provides intra-operative CT images, Intensive Care Unit, North Fulton Hospital took the and the 3-D images created by the Stealth Neurocare of its neurological and spine patients one step Navigator. In addition, North Fulton Hospital as further by creating a Neurological Intensive Care recently acquired the Mazor robot for spine surgery Unit. This area allows nurses and doctors to provide to aid surgeons in planning for and executing any more specialized care for the needs of patients heal- spine surgery, but especially those involving deformiing from injuries or surgeries involving the brain or ties. Accuracy in spine surgery is critical, and each of spine. The nurses and physicians in this area have these technologies helps our physicians to be as The 3 Tesla MRI

In 1983, North Fulton Medical Center opened its doors and began providing healthcare to Roswell and Alpharetta residents. Emergency medicine and labor and delivery areas were included of course, but the physicians and directors began even then to work toward providing advanced medical care in specialties. Neurosurgery and spine care quickly became a focus, and 30 years later, North Fulton Hospital is still a leader in providing advanced neurosurgical and spine care services.


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non-surgical treatment options for patients suffering from spinal and neurological ailments. Dr. Kenneth Joel started North Fulton Hospital’s Pain and Spine Center 23 years ago, and he still focuses completely on the patient to find the best treatment option for each individual. “I want to treat each person who comes through the door as an individual, without rushing them through or seeing them as another procedure,” said Dr Joel. “It is truly a pleasure to be able to help a patient get out of pain and be able to regain a more functional lifestyle again.” Dr. Shazad Wada and Dr. Ravi Dammanna are the other two physicians at the Pain and Spine Center, and each of the three doctors brings a different perspective on pain and pain management to the table. This, combined with the new facilities in the Medical Office Building, sets the center apart from other centers. No matter what your needs may be, when it comes to neurological and spine care, North Fulton Hospital can provide the specialized care for the situation. For more information about the surgical services or Stroke Center at North Fulton Hospital, visit www.NFultonHospital.com, to learn more about the Pain and Spine Center, visit www.NorthFulton PainAndSpine.com. If you would like a referral to a physician at North Fulton Hospital, call 770-751-2600.

Q & A With Dr. Thomas Belknap A neurosurgeon for 10 years, Dr. Thomas Belknap loves the challenge that each patient brings. He has been practicing with Spectrum Neurosurgical Specialists and at North Fulton Hospital since 2010. Dr. Belknap is an active father of two and he is proud to call Atlanta and Milton his home.



My mom is a nurse and my dad is a pediatrician, so I’ve been around the medical field all my life. I wanted to go into engineering until I took an anatomy class in high school. It really opened my eyes and I was fascinated! I still waffled a little in college between engineering and medicine, but in the end, my heart was in medicine.



Definitely the latter. I was born in Michigan, but then we moved to Tampa, Omaha, and Minneapolis. Eventually, we moved back to Michigan.

Dr. Thomas Belknap with his wife and children, plus the family pet.



Dr. Weaver, the other physician here at Spectrum Neurosurgery, was the chief resident in Neurology in Providence when I was in my residency. We had become friends, and when I started WHERE DID YOU STUDY FOR YOUR searching for a job in medicine, I got in DEGREES? touch with him. He had taken a position with Dr. Disch here when he I attended Cornell University in upstate New York, and then complete a left Providence, and as fate would have year of research in New York in biome- it, Spectrum was hiring when I needed a job. chanics. After that, I spent four years Dr. Disch was a great physician, and at the University of Rochester School I knew it would be a good fit for me. I of Medicine and seven years in moved and started in June 2010. As Providence, Rhode Island, at Brown they say, the rest is history! for training.



I met my wife while I was in residency in Providence. She was a nurse in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. We have two children. Our daughter, Emma, is almost two and we had a son, Patrick, at the end of May.



The best thing is that being a father gets better and better as they grow. For me, the hardest thing about being a father is how hard it is to see them on a daily basis with my schedule.




I went into medicine thinking that I wanted to do orthopedics. During my second year, I took a neuroanatomy course and I loved it. The next year, I took a neurosurgery elective and that was all it took. I can’t imagine doing anything else!

That’s really hard, because all my patients are special in their own way. I’ve seen several patients come back from being very near death, and the moments that they walk back into my office for a follow up visit are pretty special. There is something beyond words between a physician and patient when the impact on that patient’s life is so profound.

I used to love playing golf, but since I’ve become a father, I just really want to spend time with Emma and Patrick. Each day is one I won’t get back, and I love to just be there with them when I can.





I have tried to really listen to all of my AFTER LIVING IN ALL THOSE mentors, and I think the overarching PLACES, HOW DO YOU LIKE message from my attendings during GEORGIA? training was to keep my focus. It’s easy I really do like it here! It is a great to get distracted by trivial things, but place to raise a family. The people here you have to stay focused. are so friendly and open!


Dr. Thomas Belknap and Dr. Charles Weaver, Jr., neurosurgeons at North Fulton Hospital.





I really like to watch comedies, but I also like to watch my teams. I am a fan of the Detroit teams and I root for the Braves. The couple of games I’ve been to here in Atlanta have really been great!


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Dr. Leah Tobin, of North Atlanta Primary Care, presents Debbie Keel, CEO at North Fulton Hospital, with $2500 for the Power of Pink.

For the third year, physicians, patients, and breast cancer research supporters in Roswell are joining together to raise awareness and raise money for Susan G. Komen for the Cure®. North Fulton Hospital, through its breast health program, Check Up For Chicks, will be hosting the Power of Pink fundraiser, and North Atlanta Primary Care has joined the event as a Platinum Sponsor. The event includes a luncheon, silent auction, and fashion show featuring breast cancer survivors from North Fulton Hospital’s breast care program. It will be held at The Country Club of the South in Johns Creek on Friday, September 20, from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. All proceeds from the event will be donated to the Atlanta chapter of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure® Foundation. “Breast cancer touches so many people’s lives, and we were thrilled to join this event as a Platinum Sponsor,” said Dr. Leah Tobin with North Atlanta Primary Care. “I am so excited about attending the event this year, and knowing that we’re doing this to support breast health is the icing on the cake.” Last year’s event sold out with more

than 300 in attendance and raised more than $25,000. With less than two months to go until North Fulton Hospital’s 2013 Power of Pink fundraiser, sponsors and silent auction items are still needed. Sponsor packages range in cost from $500 to $2500, and include a variety of advertising opportunities depending on the sponsorship level. One of the easiest ways to support the event is simply to donate an item for the silent auction. No item is too small or too large, and every item donated is included. The silent auction at the 2012 Power of Pink luncheon included gift certificates, sports memorabilia, a vacation to Africa, ladies’ accessories, and much, much more. If you would like to support the event by becoming a sponsor, donating a silent auction item, or purchasing tickets, contact Beth Downs, Marketing Coordinator at North Fulton Hospital, for more information. She can be reached at elizabeth.downs@tenethealth.com or 770-751-2869. You can also visit www.CheckUpForChicks.com/PowerOf Pink for more information about the event.


North Fulton Hospital Offers New Robotic Spine Surgery North Fulton Hospital is one of the first in Atlanta to offer adults needing spine surgery a minimally invasive procedure using the Mazor Robot. This advanced technology, combined with the expertise of the hospital’s board certified orthopedic spine surgeons and neurosurgeons, may provide less rehabilitation from surgery and get patients back to normal activities much more quickly. Minimally invasive surgery means less pain, smaller incisions, shorter hospitalizations and faster recovery for the patient. But minimally invasive surgeries are also challenging due to the surgeon’s lack of direct line-of-vision, oftentimes requiring many intraoperative X-rays. The Renaissance™ Mazor Robotic spine system overcomes the issue of multiple x-rays, providing patients with the best possible clinical results with minimal intraoperative radiation. “The Mazor robot is great because it allows for pre-operative planning and saves time in the operating room,” said Dr. Jason W. Velez, orthopedic surgeon at North Fulton Hospital. “I’m very excited about being able to use the robot during surgeries on patients with spinal deformaties that might have been inoperable otherwise.” The Renaissance™ is used to plan the ideal surgery in a virtual 3D environment before anyone enters the operating room. This plan is then used to actively guide the surgeon during the procedure, allowing for much greater accuracy than traditional surgeries. Because the hardware and software tools enable a variety of spine procedures, it has a wide range of clinical applications including open surgeries, We are very excited that minimally invasive surgeries, North Fulton Hospital will osteotomies and biopsies. It is also be one of the first hospitals particularly useful in surgeries involvin the Atlanta area to have ing pedicle screws for spinal fusions, the Mazor Robot and to be disc replacement, scoliosis, and other able to offer this kind of complex spinal deformities. surgery to adults… This is “We are very excited that North Fulton Hospital will be one of the first an outstanding technology. hospitals in the Atlanta area to have The Mazor robot provides the Mazor Robot and to be able to the potential for less pain offer this kind of surgery to adults,” and quicker recoveries. says Deborah C. Keel, CEO of North Fulton Hospital. “This is an outstanding technology. The Mazor robot provides the potential for less pain and quicker recoveries.” If you suffer from back pain, log onto www.NorthFultonPainAndSpine.com to learn more about robotic surgery, or visit www.MazorRobotics.com to discover why robotic surgery might be right for you.mFor a referral to a physician who performs spinal surgery with the Mazor robot, call 770-751-2600.

North Atlanta Primary Care Sponsors Power of Pink

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23 JUL 2013

Creativity, Patience And Flexibility Required! By Kirsten Ricci Real Estate is more exciting than it has been in years… each cycle has its own unique challenges and this market is chalk full of them. It is a fabulous time to buy a home; interest rates are now on the rise so those that purchased a home in Real Estate January were KIRSTEN RICCI the lucky folks who got in at the bottom. Prices have jumped, appraisals are catching up, and now interest rates are in the 4’s and rising for the foreseeable future! It is still a great time to sell your home! Sellers are in the driver’s seat with homes under the $400k list value selling in hours, yes, hours on the market with multiple offers. Sellers can write their terms at this price point. Historically low inventory is driving that engine, along with the buyers being considered in the “conventional” loan scenarios so financing is easier. So what is so challenging about a market where buyers and sellers are both in great positions? The simple answer is that a Seller used to be able to put their house on the market and have some time to decide where they will go next. The shortage of homes available today along with the great buyer demand is leaving no room for the “in-between” stage. Sellers aren’t as willing to accept an offer with a contingency to sell when they have 56 other offers that are ready, willing and able immediately. Sellers, who then become buyers, get in bidding wars to buy their next home, putting their best foot forward and even then there is




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How Do You Feed The World? Kula Project says “One community at a time.” By Di Chapman




What do you get when you take the youthful energy and driving sense of purpose of a 27-year-old, the garden and farming expertise of a 31-year-old, and a desire to literally feed the world? The Kula Project, a Roswell area-born charity with a mission to eradicate local and global hunger and malnutrition. Its founder and director is Sarah Buchanan, a 27-year-old who moonlights as a bartender at Table & Main and teamed up three years ago with James Sasson, a 31-year-old who became Kula ’s co-founder and farm director. Buchanan, who earned a degree in International Development, always saw herself as a local and global contributor during her lifetime. “More people die from hunger on this planet than AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined. There are 925 million hungry people on the globe, and 700 million lack sufficient water resources,” she says. “We wanted to find a way to combine these two problems to create a solution.” They began to explore ways to grow nutritious food using few resources. This led to their plan to teach others how to implement sustainable farming methods, such as drip irrigation and hydroponics, a growing technology that uses nutrient solutions instead of soil and drip systems for hydration. Our motto is “Grow local, grow global,” she says. Buchanan also notes that the cost of building a farm and teaching the techniques for feeding a family of four for an entire year can be done, unbelievably, for as little as $350. Partner Sasson, who researches organic farming techniques that utilize minimal water and recycled materials indigenous to the communities they serve, implements the farming technologies that will give poor communities struggling with hunger a way to feed themselves. They knew they needed a local research farm for his part of the work, and found the land in Woodstock in October of 2012. There,

they will fine tune their growing methodologies to customize them for the far reaches of the globe. Mindfully on point with their “local to global,” mission statement, on April 6th Kula teamed up with the Project Live Love event day to install organic vegetable gardens at the Gateway Center, a homeless shelter in Atlanta that offers medical services, a clothing closet, and job skills training. The two loaded up the growing tools and foods needed to install a “vertical” gardening system in a small landscaped space in front of the center. Volunteers assisted with the onsite assembly of the tall growing devices, which are made of organic materials including empty coffee bean burlap bags from South America posted on stakes and filled with soil and the nutrient solution. The burlap bags were chosen for their organic characteristics, and their five-year usage capabilities before composting into the ground. Once anchored on the stakes with a watering funnel drip system attached up top, vegetables such as beet root, parsley, kale and lettuce are planted in slashes made in the sides of the burlap, allowing them to take root. The technologies appear primitive and simple compared to the technological machinery utilized in growing most American food.

James Sasson totes water in Swaziland, Africa

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But, the point is, according to Buchanan, “That’s just the point. Growing food can be simple and easily learned by all cultures. Yes, we’re working locally, but we know we must take our technologies global.” Other local efforts are a “marinara garden” planted at The Drake House, where Table & Main Sous Chef Micki Kimberly will teach residents how to prepare a marinara sauce meal using the vegetables grown there. Crabapple Middle School installed a drip system garden to teach children about sustainable farming with water conservation. KULA ’s vegetable garden project planted just off of the Table & Main parking lot gives the restaurant the ability to offer “locally grown” food for their patrons. And then there is Kula ’s global vision. In May of 2012 Sarah and James packed up and traveled to Swaziland, where they constructed a large hydroponic test garden that would be used in AIDS communities. This past April 7th, the day after Project Live Love’s event, they boarded a plane to Jamaica, where vegetables were planted in bamboo vessels, a material indigenous to the region. At the same time, a community leader was taught how to show villagers how to grow them as well. “In each community, we teach an influencer how to utilize growing techniques that work where they are; then they, in turn, show the children and adults in their area.” The two are now gearing up for a busy year of fundraising and travel again to Africa. First up is a local “20/20” fundraising event to be held August 22nd. They’re calling on Atlanta area restaurants to find 20 who are willing to promote the cause and donate 20% of their sales for the day. They have started their restaurant

recruitment by approaching Table & Main in Roswell and Chicken and the Egg in Marietta. “100% of donations go directly to our growing technologies and taking our mission where it is needed. Most of our donors now are individuals, and we’re ready to take it to businesses.” The funds raised will help Kula travel to a desert region in Kenya October 13th to create a garden for Agnes, a teacher at a local orphanage. Many of the children are malnourished and hungry, and Agnes is concerned by their developmental difficulties. Kula will teach her to grow nutritious food, and she will teach the entire orphanage. This stop is planned in conjunction with SERV International, an organization dedicated to feeding lifesaving meals to children and families in Kenya and the Dominican Republic. Then they’re on to Rwanda October 8th, where they will shoot a fundraising video while meeting with Land of a Thousand Hills’ head agronomist for the organization. This particular small farmer will be a “sponsor farmer” for Kula, eventually helping others in the area do their farming more efficiently, nutritionally, and in an eco-friendly way. Kula ’s belief is that feeding a community can be done with square footage, not just acreage, and can create the benefit of jobs as well. “We see small local, poor farmers worldwide as the solution to a global food crisis. Others might see them as a problem and not the future of farming,” Buchanan explains. “We say, let’s help them become capable of efficiently growing their own food for their communities. Let’s give them a shot.” With the combined energy and capabilities of Buchanan and Sasson, it appears to be a shot worth taking.

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Ashley Harris’s Fifth Album Debuts This Month Ragamu∞n Records’ first release By Matthew W. Quinn Ragamuffin Music Hall owner Ashley Harris will soon release her fifth album, the first to be issued by the music hall’s new record label. Harris comes from a musical family. Her great-aunts were the King Sisters, who had a record deal with RCA and appeared on the King Family syndicated television show. Her father sang, performed, and played with the family for many years. Harris herself attended Arizona State University, where she studied human behavior and communications with the goal of becoming a family therapist. After graduation, she started writing music. “I didn’t know at that time I could songwrite,” she said. “That was really a wonderful surprise.” She wrote her first song, “Pour Over Me,” in 1999 at age 24. The song is a gospel ballad about pleading with God for comfort through trials. The song appeared on her first album Change My Heart in 2001. Harris had found her place in the world, where she belonged and what she wanted to do for the rest of her life. On her heart at the time was the desire to write songs that brought people closer to God. Change My Heart was an independent record that received regional distribution in the Southwest, where she lived at the time. Her second release, the gospel album The Best Is THE RECORD LABEL IS THE NATURAL PROGRESSION OF RAGAMUFFIN’S EFFORTS TO FIND AND DEVELOP NEW ARTISTS. IT HAS BEEN A DREAM OF HARRIS’S SINCE SHE PURCHASED RAGAMUFFIN. HER GOAL FOR THE LABEL IS TO PRODUCE GOOD, HIGH-QUALITY MUSIC AND HELP OTHER ARTISTS.

“My sound is reminiscent of Amy Grant meeting Allison Krauss.” Yet To Come, debuted in 2005, receiving national distribution and earning a five-star rating from Music News Nashville. 2008 saw her Christmas EP Winter Wonderland. It includes Christmas classics like “Winter Wonderland” and “Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree” as well as co-producer Kregg Barentine’s original “Santa Swings,” a Cajun-Louisiana swing song. Her fourth album was the country record Unfinished Dreams, released by Fine Line Records in 2009. “That record was really the launching pad for my career,” she said. “I released an international single called Unfinished Woman that went to number one on the World Indie Record Report.” The song was played all across the United States and the world. It earned five stars from the United Kingdom’s Maverick Magazine and from Music News Nashville. The radio station 94.9 The Bull named her the Backyard Country Artist Pick of the Year, while georgia-country.com named her Best

Female Vocalist of the year. She planned a radio tour but decided instead to purchase Ragamuffin Music Hall in 2011. “I have three children and I didn’t feel good after talking with God about it about being gone five days a week on a radio tour,” she said. She is glad she chose family over career because one doesn’t get those years back with one’s kids. Ragamuffin Musical Hall features music lessons for all ages, an acoustic listening room, and a performance venue. It can also be rented out for special events and has a café with coffee, ice cream, and desserts. Now it also has its own record label. Harris said the label is the natural progression of Ragamuffin’s efforts to find and develop new artists. It has been a dream of hers since she purchased Ragamuffin. Her goal for the label is to produce good, high-quality music and help other artists. Coming Home, Harris’s fifth album, is Ragamuffin Records’ first. The album features eight original songs and

four hymns, including “Amazing Grace” and “Jesus Paid It All.” It has been on Harris’s heart for 10 years to release an album with hymns, but an attempt 10 years ago came to naught. Coming Home was a return to her musical roots as well as her emotional and spiritual ones. “My sound is reminiscent of Amy Grant meeting Allison Krauss,” she said. “The project is very organicsounding and spiritually moving.” Harris did not create the album alone. She met the album’s coproducer Chris Arias by chance at church. The two of them recorded one song, “All My Tears,” to see how well they would work together. Harris’s husband Greg Gronholm plays the banjo and dobro (an acoustic resonating guitar) and serves as a backup vocalist as well as a co-writer. Coming Home will premiere July 13, with a CD release party at Ragamuffin that evening. She will later appear on the gospel program Atlanta Live in late August.

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27 JUL 2013

The Yuck Factor Part One The tacky, creepy and rude underside to the dating world. and without any parting gifts. If you do accept gifts from men and If you ask, they will answer. To you’re dating more than one guy at the collect material for this month’s article same time, be careful to only wear that on icky dating experiences; all I had to perfume, jewelry, apparel with the do was ask (both genders of course) man that gave it to you. A reader of this question: what tacky thing did a The Current explained how offended date do to you? he was when he saw a An abundance of true woman wearing all the gifts and sometimes hysterical he lavished her with on a stories is what I’ve heard. date with another guy. He No embellishments are was more upset that she had necessary. never worn any of it with Where to begin? him. He felt used. By telling my readers When you’re on a date, that all of these examples pay attention to that person. Sex of dating faux pas are I’ve heard several cases Suburbs where a date engages in the And among people over 30 years old. It is kind of long conversations with the STEPHANIE LAMONT scary that adults don’t server, or other people that know better, huh? Especially since they know in the place. One woman most of us were not raised in a barn. got so engrossed in talking with a guy Or so I thought. that approached the table to say hello, Ladies, don’t take your shoes off at that she never introduced her date. He an eating establishment. A woman then proceeded to pull up a chair and took hers off as soon as she and her join them. Now that’s rude. date entered a nice steakhouse. Her Rudeness is at its strongest these date asked if her feet hurt. She replied; days with technology. Why are smart “No, I just don’t like to wear shoes.” phones out at every place we He then asked if she was going to frequent? Can’t people put these wash the hands that she used to devices away for a couple hours? remove shoes. She answered; “No, Furthermore, stop hiding behind these shoes are clean.” Yuck! technology. This means no more break Equally gross are the men who floss ups or addressing relationship issues their teeth at the table or in the via text or e-mail. If you can’t have a kitchen after dinner at a date’s house. face-to-face discussion at least call the Men, you’d be wise to not leave your person. Penthouse magazine on the coffee Basically it seems that people are table for your date to see when she forgetting common manners and walks into your home. Put it in a respect. Or sometimes we’re getting nightstand or some other hiding place. too comfortable too soon. And speaking of nudity and such. So much so that I’ve run out of My friend Linda was invited space here on the topic. We’ll to a guy’s place for a party. continue this discussion next When she arrived, not only month. was no one else there; the guy Send your comments, told her they were going to questions, and stories to: watch porn videos. He then stephanie handed her a negligee lamont@gmail.com and a bible as he said, “I told you I’m a Christian.” She left immediately

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Legends Of The LPGA Hit It Big In July LPGA golfers and collegiate players coming to County Club of Roswell. and provide a premier event for women’s college golfers. The County Club of Roswell will host the Second The challenge will be more than just a chance to Annual Judson Collegiate and Legends Pro-Am play—it will help younger golfers break the ice and Challenge, a stroke play golf extravaganza benefit- shows them the history of the LPGA. It lets them ing Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, in mid-July. know what it was like for the old hands. Jones emThe event will pair 30 of the top Ladies phasized that it’s a lot of work to become a Professional Golf Association Legends Tour professional golfer. One needs a strong work ethic, players with 60 of the top collegiate women commitment, and self-confidence to succeed. golfers. Nancy Lopez, Rosie Jones, Pat Bradley, “It’s a total commitment to be sure,” she said. “If Betsy King, and Jan Stephenson are among the there’s a tendency to think you can’t do it, you Legends committed thus far. Jones will serve as co- probably won’t.” host as well. Three of the collegiate golfers hail JCI Sponsorship Chairwoman Sue Martin said from the University of Georgia, while others have she couldn’t see a more dedicated group of people come from as far away as Texas, New York, and than those who attended last year’s event. Michigan. “These [women] really opened up their hearts,” “Our field is really strong,” Jones said at the she said. “They spend time with the kids, they give June 26 press conference held at the club that autographs to the kids.” announced the event. Jones said as a college golfer, the closest she got to a professional golfer was watching a tournament, and there weren’t very many on television then. There weren’t any where she lived. She never saw a professional golfer until she went pro herself. The challenge will last from July 12 to July 15, with a mentorship/leadership workshop featuring guest speakers from the business community July 11. It is organized by the Judson Collegiate Initiative Foundation, founded by Lauren Judson to honor her late parents Jim and Beth. The JCI supports non-profits improving the physical and mental well-being of children and young women through mentorship, education, and sports. Judson, a member of the University of Southern Mississippi’s women’s golf team, put together the first event in 2012 to both memorialize her parents

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LPGA Legend Nancy Lopez in action at last years event.

Judson Collegiate & Legends Pro-Am Challenge

Schedule of Events Friday July 12 Legends/College/Amateurs Saturday July 13 Legends/College Stroke Play Sunday July 14 College 2nd Round Stroke Play Mon July 15 College final round Tickets are $10. Admission is free for kids under 17 and active and retired military personnel. www.judsongolf.com

A Furman University player lines up a putt at last years event.

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Jones said as a college golfer, the closest she got to a professional golfer was watching a tournament, and there weren’t very many on television then. There weren’t any where she lived. She never saw a professional golfer until she went pro herself.

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She recommended anyone who wanted to bring children to meet the golfers do so July 12, when the play is less intense. Honorary Chairperson Kathy Betty emphasized the importance of sports in women’s success. 80 percent of the female executives in the Fortune 500 played sports. “I’ve closed more deals on the golf course than anywhere else,” she said. “I know the importance of golf.” The event is about women supporting women and inspiring young girls to success. Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta’s Strong 4 Life program, which gives families small, simple steps to improve their diet and fitness, will benefit from the challenge. “We have a great relationship with the Judson family,” said Lucy Klausner, the senior development officer for Children’s. “We cannot do what we do without the support of the community and events like this.” Strong 4 Life was chosen to benefit because it promotes nutrition, health, and getting kids active. A golf tournament would be the perfect fundraiser. Those interested in finding out more about the challenge should visit www.judsongolf.com.

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Participants in this class will learn the basics of drawing comics, how to become a skilled artist, staying motivated, and The Holiday Inn, 909 Holcomb Bridge Road, will host a monthly extravaganza places to share one’s talents. Roswell of vintage/tobacco era and current issue Branch Library from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. The trading cards, autographed memorabilia, suggested audience is middle and high sports collectibles, hobby supplies, and school. Free. Call 770-640-3075 or email Margaret.eves@fultoncountyga.gov. much more. The fun begins at 10 a.m. Admission is free. 678-644-6057. JULY 12 JULY 8

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North Fulton Community Charities will host its fifth annual golf tournament at the Atlanta National Golf Club, 350 Tournament Players Drive, Milton, Ga. 30004. Proceeds from the tournament will be used to support programs offered to North Fulton families in need, including minimum wage earners, the unemployed, the underemployed, and those who need help meeting their families’ essential needs. Sponsorships and participation are still available. For more information on this year’s tournament or about supporting your local neighbors, please contact Vonda Malbrough at 678.387.4459 or vmalbrough@nfcchelp.org or visit: magnoliagolfgroup.com/nfcc.

Local craft beer merchant Ale Yeah series of tastings present two sessions: 6:30 p.m. – 8:15 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. 10:30 p.m. Several types of beers to sample at each tasting and complimentary desserts to try with the beers. A complimentary admission pass ALPHARETTA will be available to all attendees to take a tour of Barrington Hall at any date of JULY 13, 20, 27 your choosing during regular business JULY 8-12, JULY 22-26 hours. $10 for either session. Advanced DOWNTOWN ALPHARETTA KIDS CAN WRITE reservations required. 770-992-2246 for FARMERS’ MARKET Barrington Hall, 535 Barrington Drive, reservations. Running from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in will host a camp put on by acclaimed historic downtown Alpharetta, the JULY 15 children’s book author Mary Ann farmers’ market gives visitors the chance Rodman. Students will undertake guided WHR 4 R U ROMEO? to talk to farmers with fruits and exercises, engage in creative thinking, Ever imagined Romeo and Juliet’s vegetables, gardeners with fresh flowers undergo individual and group instruction, balcony scene in text messages? Or and plants, and makers of all sorts of and take a field trip or two to improve Macbeth and his wife’s murderous plot in edible home goods from yummy desserts their writing. The camp is intended for the form of Facebook updates? The to local raw honey and homemade sauces ages 10-14 and costs $250 per camper Roswell Branch Library will host a reand jellies. Saturdays, April 13 through for one week (M-F). Advanced imagining of some of William registration is required. 770-640-3855. Shakespeare’s most well-known scenes Mid October. Call 404-402-5389 or email candawood@bellsouth.net. through improvisational activities. The JULY 10, 17, 24, 31, JULY 27-28 event will run from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. AUGUST 7 and is intended for those 14 to 18. ALPHARETTA BARRINGTON HALL Registration is required. 770-640-3075 ART IN THE PARK WEDNESDAY WALKS IN THE or email: comments@co.fulton.ga.us. This art festival takes place during the JULY 18 GARDEN last full weekend of each month from Barrington Hall Wednesday Walks in the April through October at Old Milton ALIVE Garden at 9:30 a.m. Free 20 minute tour 35 Milton Avenue. Look for artists AFTER FIVE Park, of gardens, information about historic at work creating masterpieces right Alive After Five plans on the property & how they have before your eyes at this outdoor market been restored. Garden tips, heirloom and in Roswell’s historic district. Best Street under the trees that attracts art lovers Party in Metro Atlanta and the event that native plants identification given. No and exhibitors from all over the Atlanta gained Canton Street the official reservations required. 770-640-3855. area. The event will take place Saturday designation as a Georgia Great Street. from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 11 JULY 10 Enjoy live music, outside vendors and a.m. to 5 p.m. COMIC BOOK extended retail hours, face painting, free trolley and more! For more information, JULY 28 WORKSHOP visit www.aliveafterfiveroswell.com. RAY’S ON THE CREEK The Roswell Branch Library, 115 Norcross JULY 22 CHARITY CAR SHOW Street, will host a The restaurant Ray’s on the Creek, 1700 MUSIC IS MAGIC workshop from The Roswell Branch Library, 115 Norcross Mansell Road, will host a charity car Galaxy Man Comics for budding artists show from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. It is $10 to Street, will host Bruce Bernstein from 1 on how they can draw their own comic enter a car; admission is free. Big Green p.m. to 1:45 p.m. He will introduce books from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. The event is children 4-8 to musical instruments with Egg demonstrations will take place and intended for those 8-12 and is free. lots of audience participation. The cost is 10 percent of dinner proceeds will go to Register: comments@co.fulton.ga.us or free. Email comments@co.fulton.ga.us charity as well. For more information, call call 770-640-3075. 770-649-0064. or call 770-640-3075.

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their college career center. Career are often either very busy or so centers OLD SOLDIERS’ DAY JULY 12-13 understaffed to the point where they’re ROAD RACE ATLANTA INTERNATIONAL not much help at all. At the same time, The City of Alpharetta Recreation and many an employer will call the career Parks Department will sponsor a 5K and MILITARY SHOW center to quickly identify good students 10K race beginning at Wills Park on Old The Cobb County Civic Center, 548 to interview for an internship or full-time Marietta Parkway, will host the Atlanta Milton Parkway at 7 a.m. and using the position. In this class, students will learn International Military show noon to 5 “downtown” route. Email how to be more engaged with the center p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on athleticprograms@alpharetta.ga.us to and ultimately, more visible and known receive additional information and a race Saturday. U.S. and foreign military arms, amongst the staff. As the old saying goes, Civil War collectibles, books and application. it’s not always what you know, but who collectibles of all periods... exhibited, you know. The seminar will take place AUGUST 3 bought, sold and traded. All federal, state at 11 a.m. and local firearm ordinances and laws OLD SOLDIERS’ DAY JULY 27 must be obeyed. Daily admission is $7; PARADE for ages 7-12 it’s $1.00. Alpharetta has been honoring war ROYAL SCOTTISH COUNTRY veterans for over 50 years! In tribute to JULY 13, 27, AUG 10 DANCERS the devoted, the city hosts a parade with The Mountain View Regional Library, ARTIST MARKET floats, marching bands, military units, 3320 Sandy Plains Road, Marietta, GA classic cars, clowns, music and candy in A student-only fine arts artists’ market 30066, will host the Royal Scottish featuring local students alongside the historic downtown Alpharetta. Free hot Country Dancers from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. dogs, soft drinks and children’s activities popular Marietta Square Farmers Market The dancers will teach a fun, interactive on the second and fourth Saturdays April at American Legion Post 201, Wills Road demo. Participants should wear through November. This market is after the parade. Event begins at 9:15 comfortable shoes and clothes they can produced by the DK Gallery and has free a.m. with Band & Memorial Service, move in. The dance class is aimed at ages admission. For more information, call Program at 10:00 a.m. and parade at 6 and up, but younger children are 770-427-5377 or visit 10:30 a.m. Call 678-297-6048 or email welcome to watch. Registration is www.ArtistsMarketMarietta.com. braymond@alpharetta.ga.us. required. Contact Elizabeth Ivey JULY 15 770-509-4964 or by email at AUGUST 3 mountaic@cobbcat.org. MICROSOFT WORD FOR




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Mountain View Regional Library, 3320 FIRST FRIDAY ART WALK Sandy Plains Road, Marietta, GA 30066, Enjoy this free selfwill host this class, intended for those guided tour of the who have never created a Word Marietta Square’s AUGUST 6 document. The class will cover basic eclectic art scene. functions like creating documents, spellNATIONAL NIGHT OUT Galleries, The public is invited to come to the and check, saving it, and retrieving. Bring a museums, cultural flash drive (the library does not provide spend the evening outside with venues, neighbors, police officers and firefighters them) to save your documents. 2 p.m. to restaurants, and boutiques host artists and enjoy a free cookout from 6 to 9 p.m. 3:30 p.m. Contact Nancy Dobkin via within their businesses from 5-9pm on email at mountair@cobbcat.orgor at Firefighters will demonstrate the Fire the first Friday of every month, April 770-509-4960. Safety House, which educates children through October. For more information, about what to do in a house fire, while JULY 20 call 770-429-1115 or visit the SWAT team will display its special DIGGING FOR www.ArtWalkMarietta.com. training and equipment. National Night YOUR ROOTS: Out was introduced in an attempt to SENIORS encourage more participation in crime BEGINNING watch from residents. GENEALOGY JULY 17 Von Maur at North Point Mall will host vendors in chocolate and other products from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.


TEEN COOKING The Alpharetta Branch Library, 238 Canton Street, will host a teen cooking class from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Harry’s Farmers Market/Whole Foods will teach participants about nutrition and how to make simple, delicious food. Those who sign up will receive a reminder. The suggested audience is middle and high schoolers. For more information, email amy.alexander@fultoncountyga.gov or call 770-740-2425.

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Mountain View Regional Library, 3320 Sandy Plains Road, Marietta, GA 30066, will host Carolyn Crawford’s presentation on how to do genealogy research, what resources are available in the Georgia Room, and what databases are available through the Cobb County Public Library System. 1 p.m. Appropriate for ages 13 and above. Registration 770-509-2725 or cobbcat.org.

THE AARP DRIVER SAFETY CLASS 9:00 am – 3 pm at Chambrel Roswell, 1000 Applewood Dr. Fee is $12 for AARP Members and $14 for Non-Members. Coffee provided. Please RSVP by July 10 to Barry Wolf at 770- 594-4600.

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July 25 from 6 – 8 p.m. to discuss Aging Well Through Social Connections. Our Lifestyles Director, Diana Mayberry shall JULY 22 provide an overview as to the variety of HOW TO MILK YOUR social, educational and exercise CAREER CENTER: programs available at Chambrel Roswell. The East Cobb Library, 4880 Lower 1000 Applewood Dr. Light refreshments Roswell Road, Marietta, Ga, will host shall be served. Please RSVP by July 18 “Best Practices for Building Relationships to Barry Wolf at 770- 594-4600. & Snagging Valuable Opportunities” workshop. It serves as a blue print for college students who want to make full utilization of the services offered through

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10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Chambrel Roswell’s Physical Therapy Department shall discuss fall prevention techniques and methods to increase strength and balance. Light refreshments shall be served. 1000 Applewood Dr. Please RSVP by July 19 to Barry Wolf at 770- 594-4600.


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ANNA KRAMER Swallow at the Hollow, 1072 Green Street, Roswell, Georgia 30075, will host Atlanta-based singer, songwriter, guitarist, and pianist Anna Kramer. Kramer specializes in rootsy, jangly rock with a distinct country twang, and her vibrant live shows, both solo and as part of her Lost Cause trio with Shannon Mulvaney on bass and Adam Renshaw on drums, have garnered her a whole host of fans on the Southeast touring circuit. 10 p.m. $15. Call 678-352-1975 or email: info@swallowatthehollow.com.

The Punchline will host Auburn alum Dave Williamson in a performance raising funds for the Atlanta Auburn GUARDIANSHIPS AND Club’s scholarship fund. Williamson, a CONSERVATORSHIPS 2000 Auburn alumnus, will perform his Chambrel Roswell, LivHOME and Hurley usual material documenting his life as a Elder Law will hold a CEU Event entitled young husband and father, and will also Guardianships and Conservatorships on tell several humorous stories from his JULY 15-20 July 31st from 4:30 – 6:30 pm at colorful college experience. The show is Chambrel Roswell. This event will open to the public, as long as you are OK ROSWELL SUMMER PUPPET provide 1 hour of continuing education SERIES: BEAUTY AND THE with hearing the phrase “War Eagle” a for social workers and nursing lot. For more information, visit BEAST professionals. 1000 Applewood Dr. www.punchline.com. Roz Puppets Please RSVP by July 24 to Barry Wolf at will tell this JULY 12 770- 594-4600. much loved THE VILLAGE PEOPLE tale at the The Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, Roswell ENTERTAINMENT 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway, will host Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest Street. “the kings of disco,” the Village People. The production will take place at 10 a.m. JULY 8-13 Having sold over 100 million recordings, Monday-Saturday with additional shows ROSWELL SUMMER PUPPET the band received its own star on the Wednesday and Friday at 1 p.m. For more Walk of Fame. The show will information, call 770-594-6232. SERIES - THE THREE BEARS Hollywood begin at 8 p.m. Tickets are $40.50 and Tuckers’ Tales Puppet Theatre will tell JULY 16-17 $57.00 plus applicable fees. For more four stories featuring three bears, information, including where to buy PHISH including “Goldilocks and the Three tickets, visit www.cobbenergycentre.com. As part of its 2013 summer tour, Phish Bears,” “Why Bear Sleeps All Winter,” will be coming to Alpharetta’s Verizon JULY 12 “Bringin’ Home The Bacon,” and “The Wireless Amphitheatre, 2200 Encore Two Fellows And the Bear.” The FRIDAY FILM FESTIVAL: Parkway, Alpharetta, Ga. Rolling Stone production will take place at 10 a.m. magazine has dubbed Phish one of the Monday-Saturday with additional shows OPERATION PETTICOAT “New Immortals,” bands who will The East Cobb Library, 4880 Lower Wednesday and Friday at 1 p.m. at the withstand the test of time. The concert Roswell Road, Marietta, Ga, will host a Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest starts at 7:30 p.m., with doors opening at screening of the film “Operation Street. For more information, call 770Petticoat” at noon as part of a Friday Film 6 p.m. Tickets are $45 for the lawn and 594-6232. Festival focused on romantic comedies. $60 general admission and include an JULY 9 Participants are welcome to bring a sack MP3 download of the entire evening show. For more information, visit lunch or other snack. For more TEEN SCI-FI FILM FEST: http://www.vzwamp.com. information, contact Susan Irvin via INCEPTION email at eastcobr@cobbcat.org or via JULY 16 The East Cobb Library, 4880 Lower phone at 770-509-2730. Roswell Road, Marietta, Ga, will host a TEEN SCI-FI FILM FEST: JULY 13 screening of the film “Inception” for DARK KNIGHT RISES teens at 3:30 p.m. Refreshments will be ANIME CLUB: LEGEND OF The East Cobb Library, 4880 Lower served. For more information, contact THE MILLENNIUM DRAGON Roswell Road, Marietta, Ga, will host a Maria Dominguezvia email at domingum@cobbcat.org or via phone at The Anime Club will hold a screening of screening of the film “Dark Knight Rises” for teens at 3:30 p.m. Refreshments will the anime “Legend of the Millenium 770-509-4997. Dragon” at the East Cobb Library, 4880 be served. For more information, contact JULY 12 Maria Dominguez via email at Lower Roswell Road, Marietta, GA 30068. The screening will begin at the 3 domingum@cobbcat.org or via phone at DEBBIE 770-509-4997. pm. The event is intended for teens. TYSON Those interested can contact Maria JULY 19-20 ROSEN Dominguez by email at Alpharetta’s The domingum@cobbcat.org or by phone at DAN MENGENI Velvet Note, 4075 770-509-4997. Bonkerz Comedy, 11000 Alpharetta Old Milton Parkway, Highway, will host actor and stand-up JULY 13 will host Cumming comedian Mengeni, who was born in vocalist Debbie Tyson Rosen, who has Bermuda and raised in the US. 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Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, 2200 Encore Parkway, will host the former Led Zeppelin lead vocalist and lyricist Robert Plant and his new band the Sensational Space Shifters. The band’s most recent tour in Australia and New Zealand has received strong media praise. The concert will take place at 7 p.m., with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. Ticket prices range from $39.50 for reserved seats to $79.50. For more information, visit www.vzwamp.com.

The Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, 2200 Encore Parkway, Alpharetta, Ga, will host the joint tour of The Black Crowes, the Tedeschi Trucks Band, and their special guest the London Souls. The concert will take place at 6:30 p.m., with doors opening at 5:30 p.m. Tickets range from $35.50 on the lawn and reserved to $89.50. For more information, visit www.vzwamp.com.



GIVE MY REGARDS TO BROADWAY At 7:30 p.m., Alpharetta Presbyterian Church, 180 Academy Street, will host the musical “Give My Regards to Broadway.” The play combines the show tunes of George M. Cohan with a sparkling story in an entertaining, toetapping musical of the season. Tickets are $15. This will be the first showing; there are multiple dates and times through mid-August. For more information, call 770-751-033. JULY 19


The Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, 2200 Encore Parkway, Alpharetta, Ga, will host the second “Last Summer on Earth” tour by the combined bands. The first tour, during the summer of 2012, was called “one of the ten hottest summer package tours” by Rolling Stone. 7 p.m., with doors opening at 6 p.m. Tickets range from $15.75 reserved to $89.75. www.vzwamp.com.



Matilda’s, 377 South Main Street, offers live outdoor music “Under the Pines” throughout the spring and summer months. Guests can bring lawn chairs, a picnic, and even their dog for an unforgettably laid back evening of entertainment. Purchase tickets at the door for $15. Children under 16 free if accompanied by parent.



MOVIE AT RIVERSIDE PARK Bring a picnic along with your lawn chairs and blankets, enjoy great music, play on the playgrounds, then settle in for movie fun with “Rise of the Guardians” at dark. Food and drinks may be purchased at the concession stand. Movies begin at dark. The park is located at 575 Riverside Drive.

The City of Alpharetta will present the film “Jack The Giant Slayer” in downtown Alpharetta at 8:30 p.m. Bring blankets, chairs or other creature comforts to view the movie on a large screen. Movies will begin at dusk on a large inflatable screen on Old Roswell Street behind Smokejack and The Treehouse at Sis & Moon. Preshow festivities begin at 7:30: music, kids’ activities, and theater style concessions. Participants can also carryout dinner from downtown restaurants, including Smokejack and La Casa.

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The East Cobb Library, 4880 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta, Ga, will host a screening of the film “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” at noon as part of a Friday Film Festival focused on romantic comedies. Participants are welcome to bring a sack lunch or other snack. For more information, contact Susan Irvin via email at eastcobr@cobbcat.org or via phone at 770-509-2730.

Swallow at the Hollow, 1072 Green Street, Roswell, Georgia 30075, will host City Mouse, the collective spirit of Atlanta-based songwriters, Brian Revels and Michael Hudgins. City Mouse resulted from too many nights of drunken conversations about a shared sense of appeal for the Americana movement and general nostalgia. 10 p.m. Tickets are $15. For more information, call 678-352-1975 or email: info@swallowatthehollow.com. JULY 23



BRETT HALLAM HOLLAND Ragamuffin Music Hall, 585 South Atlanta Street Roswell, GA 30075, will host New Zealand-born Australian composer and performer Brett Hallam Holland. Married to an American, Brett made his U.S. debut at the Chet Atkins Appreciation Society in July 2012. He will be sharing tunes from 2 albums recorded in Nashville last year, the solo acoustic “The Zone” and Songwriter material from “Point Of View.” For more information, visit www.ragamuffinmusic.com.

The East Cobb Library, 4880 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta, Ga, will host a screening of the film “I Am Number Four” for teens at 3:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Maria Dominguez via email at domingum@cobbcat.org or via phone at 770-509-4997. JULY 26-28

JEREMY HOTZ With another stellar performance at this year’s Montreal Comedy Festival: Just For Laughs and his sold out Canadian theater tour “What A Miserable Tour This Is....,” as well as performances all over the United States, Europe and Australia, Jeremy continues to grab audiences with astute, observational comedy. www.punchline.com.

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FRIDAY FILM FESTIVAL: ROMAN HOLIDAY The East Cobb Library, 4880 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta, Ga, will host a screening of the film “Roman Holiday” at noon as part of a Friday Film Festival focused on romantic comedies. Participants are welcome to bring a sack lunch or other snack. For more information, contact Susan Irvin via email at eastcobr@cobbcat.org or via phone at 770-509-2730. JULY 27





PETE MORLEY Singer-songwriter Pete Morley will appear at the Ragamuffin Music Hall, 585 South Atlanta Street Roswell, at 8 p.m. His songs cover a wide variety of topics and one, “Fight This Fight (For Life)” was using at a Relay For Life event in Montana. www.ragamuffinmusic.com. JULY 27

CHRIST, LORD Swallow at the Hollow, 1072 Green Street, Roswell, Georgia 30075, will host Christ, Lord, a band rich with details and musical allusions. Visit the TheCurrentPlus.com for more Swallow at the Hollow and other events.

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Discovering A New World In Our Own Backyard of a meal. I met Chef Marc Taft through his brief stay at The Mill in Roswell. Well now I’m visiting his own One recent night I drove across the place called The Chicken and the Egg topside of Fulton County over into in Marietta. Marietta and a few thoughts ran As I write this I’m eating the perfect through my head. First, we live in a gorgeous piece of biscuit. It’s slathered with creamy America. Endless shades of deep green local whipped butter so simple and gorgeous that I may take it home with trees, lakes and rolling hills. We also me. This comes from over the top slavhave an economic engine of unusual proportions and opportunity. We have ish attention to detail, while driving excellent hospitals, schools, neighbors for the freshest farm to table experience possible. Here at Chicken and yes-even roads. We are the lucky and the Egg they have better chicken, ones. biscuits, salads and yes pork n’ clams. Secondly, I recognized there are a I’m not sure what to say. It’s a mess, lot of restaurants that I have yet to discover. This exercise reminded me that not ugly exactly but I don’t know what I have to stretch to make of it other than it’s one of the my horizons and best meals I’ve had. Its absolutely experience some- inventive and delicious and full of love just like that “dish” your mom served. thing new. Promise your- Comfort food? Oh yea baby, this is self that you will bunny slippers comfortable. The pork n clams come with big take an evening hand made egg pasta noodles served out to make a discovery. Drive under a pile of succulent savory shredFoodie News ded pork that is surrounded by clams. to Table and It’s a mess and it’s dreamy good. This Main, Seed, FRANK MACK dish hits on so many cylinders that it Little Alley Steaks or any of the other great places purrs from fork to tongue to tummy. It’s good, it’s unique and it’s right here we cover in The Current. The point here is to go the one that is the longest or over there depending on your locadrive. No matter if it’s the food trucks tion. Beyond the pork n clams, Chicken on a Thursday in downtown Alpharetta, a world class meal on the and the Egg serves up what could be described as ‘cheffed up’ southern square in Marietta or even a stroll comfort food. From flavorful fried down Canton Street in Roswell – get chicken, to fried out and explore. green tomatoes or Take an hour a even homemade week to see somechicken and thing new. Learn dumplings Chef Taft something beyond will convert even the the neighbors and staunchest Yankee to the end of the this southern street. Family goodness. owners run a lot This is a meal that of these local sticks in the memory restaurants. These for days and it’s also are our local busia meal I’ve never had nesses staffed by before, which is the your neighbors point of this article. and they are doing It’s new to me! some great things. I would rather eat For me, and beans all week and this column, I’m go nuts for an seeking out a hell Fried Chicken and Fried Green Tomatoes (right) By Frank Mack


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absolutely amazing dinner than eat crappy food all week and call it a living. That goes for almost everything. An open table at any of these restaurants is a shame. It’s a waste of talent and a chance to experience great new things. This restaurant thing is the backbone of the local economy. They’ve invested during horrible economic conditions, when even in the best of times it’s a sketchy business model. I respect them all. Add in the occasional pea-brained self righteous, rear-venting idiots who take out their miserable lives with those petulant online comments and I remember why I got out of the business. Am I the only one growing tired of the Internet trolls? Does anyone take that seriously? Come on people we’re better than that. The online portion is a topic for another day. These businesses are not easy to excel in folks. These people are some of the best around and they are defining the American dream. Their dining rooms are tasteful, pleasing and comfortable with personality to spare. They honestly don’t consider serving a few hundred perfect meals that many nights a week an unusual self imposed goal only the insane would try. It’s all day work to prepare for a

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13 in Piedmont Park. Right now, for $10.50 on Sweetjack.com you can get As of June 21, it is officially two wristbands, two drinks and $1 off summer in the ATL, though it each menu item over $6 at the already feels like we’ve been enduring festival. The foodie events continue the sweltering heat for an eternity. with Downtown Atlanta Restaurant While it is tempting to crank up the Week July 27 to August 4 with prix AC for a climate controlled weekend fixe dinners and brunches at the best inside, I challenge you to brave the restaurants that Downtown has to outdoors, and embrace the heat like a offer. true Southerner.

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family residences. What you have today is what you will still have after the new code is adopted,” he explains. “But these meetings offer you an opportunity to learn what type of development the City wants to attract, how it plans to revitalize areas that are in decline, and what the parameters are for every type of district.” Cities around the country, such as Raleigh, N.C. and Memphis, Tenn., that have experienced tremendous growth like Roswell have already successfully implemented Unified Development Codes, according to Karen Zitomer, Roswell’s Community Relations Coordinator. “Our current zoning code is cumbersome and not very straightforward,” she states. “It has a lot of inconsistencies that came about as different issues were addressed separately over the years. The UDC will make our codes uniform and user-

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friendly for everyone, from contractors and City officials to business owners and residents.” One of the primary objectives of the UDC is to bring investment back into the community, says Townsend. “The status quo is unacceptable. When aging properties are neglected and show no signs of improvement, and property owners do not reinvest in the community, it starts to reflect outwardly as well as inwardly,” he explains. “From our perspective, we want improvement within our community. Anyone who has an interest in Roswell’s future is invited to come to one of our UDC open houses. And I particularly encourage those who find reasons for why it shouldn’t happen to come see for themselves all of the positive reasons for why it should happen.” Residents are also invited to attend UDC meetings at City Hall, which are always open to the public. Please check the City of Roswell website, www.roswellgov.com, and click on the New Zoning Code (UDC) link for more information.

July presents us with a wide scope of amusements spanning all generations. The Tabernacle is bringing back some favorites like OAR and John Butler Trio on the 20th and 21st respectively and the new UK sensation Emeli Sande on the 3rd. Indie favorite Kurt Vile will play the up and coming west side venue Terminal West, which features an expansive craft beer selection and intimate music experience, on July 16. The Concerts in the Garden series continues at the Atlanta Botanical Garden this month with The Carolina Chocolate Drops and Keller Williams on July 12, Boz Scaggs on the 19th and Lyle Lovett and his acoustic group on the 26th. Such fantastic musicians complemented by the surrounding scenery of lush gardens is sure to make for a wonderful evening. While June was a big month for festivals, July slows down a little bit with the main event being the Atlanta Street Food Festival on Saturday, July

If your kids are getting stir crazy at home this summer, check out the official Atlanta Citypass: a ticket booklet that saves you 42 percent on admission to the top five attractions in Atlanta! The pass costs $74 for adults and $54 for kids and gives you nine days to visit five different attractions including the Georgia Aquarium, World of Coca-Cola, CNN Studio Tour, Zoo Atlanta, and others. The Braves also have thirteen home games this month, which in my opinion is thirteen opportunities to try the new Holeman and Finch burger at Turner Field. At twelve dollars, it will cost you less than a basket of chicken


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fingers to indulge in what people call the best burger in Atlanta. If weeknights are too hectic to make it down to the stadium, you and the family can still take advantage of games on two weekends this month when the Braves play the Reds July 11 through the 14th and the Cardinals July 26 through the 29th!

OTP FUN Not to be shown up by the ITP venues, Verizon Amphitheatre is bringing some fantastic acts to Alpharetta this month. The Phish 2013 Summer Tour returns to Verizon on Tuesday the 16th and Wednesday the 17th for two awesome nights with Trey and the gang. After trekking through South America and Australia, Robert Plant Presents the Sensational Space Shifters (betcha can’t say that in one breath) arrives at Verizon on July 19 to share a musical experience that explores styles and sounds from all over the world. One of the acts I am most excited about is the coheadlining tour of The Black Crowes and Tedeschi Trucks Band, with special guests The London Souls, playing Verizon on July 20. The 11-piece ensemble of Tedeschi Trucks led by husband and wife duo, Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi, rips through hearts with Truck’s signature slide guitar solos and Tedeschi’s soulful voice. The Black Crowes will be hitting the road fresh off the Europe leg of their summer tour and we can only imagine the collaborations that will take place. This one is not to be missed! Back by popular demand, the “Last Summer On Earth” tour featuring the Bare Naked Ladies and Ben Folds Five is hitting the road again this July, stopping at Verizon on the 26th and introducing new music from both bands whose albums release this summer. Not to neglect our country fans, we have Keith Urban and Little Big Town at Verizon on the 27th and Luke Bryan at Aarons on the 14th. The most talked about ticket of July has got to be Mrs. Carter herself, coming to our town on July 12 at the Gwinnett Arena as one of many stops around the world on her latest tour. Tickets for these are sure to cost a pretty penny, but if there is one thing you can count on Beyonce for, it is the performance of a lifetime.


FRUGAL AND FREE FUN! The Coca-Cola Summer Film Festival at the Fox Theatre is a fantastic event happening throughout the summer, playing everything from classics like The Birds and Breakfast at Tiffany’s to recent releases like Django Unchained and Iron Man 3 on the biggest screen in Atlanta. The tickets are $10, but thanks to the Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau, you can take 50 percent off with the code ACVB now until August! Free outdoor movies are a trademark of Atlanta summers, and the latest series is taking place this summer in Central Park in Atlantic Station. The movies start at dusk every Thursday and feature selections for the whole family to enjoy! The experienced come armed with chairs, blankets, and picnics for a truly enjoyable cinematic experience. Unplugged in the Park series continues this month Sunday evenings in Piedmont Park with Michelle Malone on the 7th, Granville Automatic and Brian Collins Band on the 14th, the Virginmarys on the 21st and Mac Powell on the 28th. Between free movies and free concerts, July is overflowing with free entertainment! Now that the weather has gained some consistency, it should be reaching prime time for river adventures on the Hooch. Online you can find deals galore from outdoor companies like Urban Currents for everything from kayaking and tubing to stand up-paddleboarding courses! Whether you aim to stay wet or dry, hot or cold, this town always has something to offer.

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From top left: This pretty little girl Rosie is a rescue pup. Her human mama, Tomiyo, adopted her from the English Bulldog-Rescue of Georgia.

Valerie was teaching her little brother Waldo how to swim. Maria and Victor floated around together, only having eyes for each other. 

Waldo had a ready smile, in or out of the water. Anonymous was an enigmatic duo.

Quintrellis and Christopher were excited to learn about turtles.

Give Burns the Boot People were eager to “Give Burns the Boot!” As these two firefighters began to approach vehicles, several individuals had money ready to go to. The Georgia Firefighters Burn Foundation has collected more than $12 million dollars since 1990!

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