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CurrentBriefs CHANGES ON THE WAY FOR A NEW CURRENT The season of spring is upon us and it’s appropriate that it’s a season of change and revitalization. April will bring a major change to The Current as we merge with another local publication called The Hub. The combined publication will be called The Current Hub. Over time I’ve gotten to know its publisher Mark Penstone very well. Our publications strive for the same positive community outlook, so the idea that we work together was an intriguing proposition. For you the reader, this only means bigger and better things in the future. For our advertisers it means larger distribution and geographical reach. The Current Hub will still be mailed into your home but moving forward we will now have free distribution points at over 650 locations throughout the North Metro area. “I’m thrilled to be working with Tripp as a partner on this wonderful collaboration. Our strengths are better suited to work with each other not against. With this merger we are poised to become one of the largest publications in the North Metro area. This is great news for our readers and advertisers,” said Penstone. “A dynamic area like the North Metro adapts as the market grows. We live and work here, and have researched the market to find ways where we could better contribute and grow,” Penstone continued. “We feel now is the time to align our two publications into a more focused and

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EAST ROSWELL GETS ARTSY The Wild Hope Art Gallery recently had their grand opening in the Ellard Village Shopping Center, 8470 Holcomb Bridge Road. The Gallery, one of the first to serve Roswell east of GA 400, will feature oils, water colors, and acrylics by regional and nationally acclaimed artists, as well as sculpture, glass art and art jewelry. It is owned by Diane Buffington, a resident of the Horseshoe Bend Community. Buffington owned the Buffington/Rizzo Advertising Agency in Atlanta for twenty years until she sold it a few years ago and began painting.

“My first love has always been the fine arts,” she says, “and the Gallery gives me the opportunity to share my love with the community.” Wild Hope Gallery can be reached at (678) 580-0493.

ROSWELL RELAYS Every spring, since 1996, the Roswell Rotary Club and Roswell High School have sponsored an invitational track meet. The purpose of this sponsorship is to provide a high profile opportunity for high school track & field teams from throughout Georgia to compete against the best in the state. At the heart of the volunteer corps are the Roswell Rotary Club volunteers who along with the Interact Club and other service organizations help the AAU officials and high school coaches who run the events. The meet is also a fundraiser for the Roswell High School Booster Club. This year’s event will be held on Saturday March 15 at Roswell High School. The Field events will start at 9:00 AM and the Running events will start at 12:00 PM. Local schools competing include Centennial, Lassiter, Milton in addition to 23 other teams.

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By Tamzen Pickard The fun on Canton Street begins early St. Patrick’s Day weekend with the Second Annual Roswell Beer Festival. One thousand people are expected to attend the event on Saturday, Mar. 15 from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., on the Historic Roswell Square. Bigger and better than last year, the festival features over 150 craft beers, food from local restaurants, live music, and a corn hole tournament with hefty a cash prize. All of the proceeds benefit STAR House Foundation, a Roswell area not-for-profit that provides after school care for low-income families. “Last year was a trial run,” said Jeff Bridges, STAR House Board Member and event organizer. “This year we mean business. We convened a panel of beer connoisseurs and asked them to identify their favorites. Competition was tough, but we whittled it down to about 150 different beers. Of course, we’ll have a limited selection of wine and lots of water for non-beer drinkers.” There’s something for everyone this year—foodies, athletes, music-lovers, and of course, beer-lovers. Foodies will enjoy some of Roswell’s best culinary offerings. Confirmed restaurants include Roux, Adele’s, Mill Street Kitchen, Shane’s Rib Shack, Ethel’s, and VIN 25. For those athletically inclined, there’s a corn hole tournament with a cash prize awarded for the winning team. There is early registration required for the tournament, visit roswellbearfest.com for more details. Music-lovers will enjoy The High Beams (alternative rock/folk and favorites at Roswell’s Mac McGee’s), and the Free Byrds. But the main attraction is the

beer—ales, IPAs, stouts, porters, hefeweizens, Belgian quads, even a few sours—a beer for every taste. Transportation to and from the festival is convenient and affordable. UBER, the on-demand car service is offering first time riders a $30 credit, and The Doubletree by Hilton is offering a free shuttle and a free festival ticket with a onenight stay. Details for both offers are available at the event web site roswellbeerfestival.com. For those on the Marta line, a bus will drop you right in front of the square. Enjoy the festival, then venture in to quaint downtown Roswell for late afternoon St. Patrick’s Day festivities. This year STAR House will use the Roswell Beer Festival proceeds to help nearly 275 children at Mimosa and Esther Jackson Elementary Schools, Elkins Middle, and Roswell High School, gain the academic, social, and leadership skills they need to succeed and excel in today’s highly competitive global environment. The event will go on, rain or shine. Prepurchased tickets to the festival are $45, and $50 at the door. Designated driver tickets are $10 www.roswellbeerfestival.com. You must be at least 21 years old to attend. Festivalgoer’s are encouraged to bring folding chairs and keep their pets at home. Each ticket buys you unlimited beer, a souvenir 6oz tasting glass, live music and a great time. Food tickets are available with those proceeds being slit with STAR House Foundation. The Second Annual Roswell Beer Festival is possible due to the generosity of sponsors and volunteers including Keg Sponsors Cartridge World of Roswell and TechniPower. ❍

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The historically-black Groveway area in Roswell located behind city hall, is facing large scale redevelopment, including a new neighborhood of single-family homes and a new apartment complex replacing the old Frazier Street Apartments, but some fear the displacement of residents and loss of its unique history. According to earlier reporting by the Current, a new complex in place of Frazier Street Apartments consisting of 320 luxury for-lease units will have its first units open in November and finished construction by June 2015. Meanwhile, across the street from Zion Missionary Baptist Church is a new development named Forrest Commons. It will consist of nine detached singlefamily homes and 13 townhomes and is intended to take advantage of a push among housing consumers for more pedestrian-friendly environments. “What’s exciting about what’s happening in the Groveway area is we put the overlay together and it’s performing exactly how we planned it would,” said Roswell Councilmember Rich Dippolito. There is a lot of interest in the area from residential developers. Although they’re not ready to come forward yet, they’re considering projects of their own nearby. In the near term, Dippolito foresees more high-quality residential redevelopment. As it progresses, that

could potentially lead to retail and other services for those moving into the new area. In particular, more of the current developments—galleries and the like— could come to Oak Street. When asked about the current residents, he said the new development will be positive for them because it would increase their property values. The Groveway Community Group was heavily involved in the creation of the overlay to ensure the current residents would not be affected. Nobody will be forced to move or modify their homes until they’re ready. “The feedback that we received from the community was very positive,” he said. He hopes to see the redevelopment of the Roswell Housing Authority property. The city has been negotiating with the RHA for years and it played a role in creating the Groveway overlay. “They’ve worked on a number of plans to redevelop their property into a mixedincome community,” he said. If this redevelopment occurs, that would be terrific. The RHA is well-run and clean but the housing stock is old. Mixing residents’ income would result in a better community for all. Those living there would be able to stay and enjoy a higher quality of life. The Groveway region has a long history of being a center of AfricanAmerican culture in Roswell so maintaining history is key to current res-

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idents. “After the Civil War, that area in there was where the blacks settled and that became their really vital neighborhood,” said Roswell Historical Society Archivist Elaine DeNiro. Groveway was the center of the African-Americans’ segregated social world—their churches, Masonic lodges, Veterans of Foreign Wars chapters, and Boy Scout troops were all headquartered there. The Groveway Community Group was founded there in the 1940s to serve residents. The Roswell Historical Society has many deeds from African-American landowners, including one woman’s deed for a piece of property at the corner of Oxbo Road and Pleasant Hill Street dating back to the 1880s. In the 1930s, an African-American named Aaron Grogan sold his property to Fulton County for use as a school serving the black community. That was the site of the first school the county built in Roswell, which had only recently been transferred from Cobb County, and is now the home of the Child Development Association. However, DeNiro fears the redevelopment could lead to the loss of this history. Groveway Community Group President Gail Bohannon elaborated on Groveway’s African-American history. Long ago, these streets were predominately black. Now on many of the streets in the Groveway area there’s not a lot of residential property. In fact, some predominately black apartments on Oxbo were torn down. On Oxbo Road there were once four to five houses and now only two of the original residents remain. Some residents

remain on Bush Street, including residents of Habitat homes. Zion Circle has remained inhabited as well. Three to four families are still on Webb Street, although some have sold property to developers. “Some of this is good but the thought process was to do make some affordable housing in Roswell,” she said. The Groveway Community Group was involved in the overlay and the only thing they wanted that wasn’t included was affordable housing. From what she’s heard, the rents at the complex replacing Frazier Street Apartments will be between $1,200 and $1,400, which most people working in Roswell will not be able to afford. They’ll still need to live elsewhere and commute into Roswell. She would like to see affordable housing to ensure parents and young people who work in the area can afford to live there. One resident who has a disabled husband needs nursing care for him, but the nurse has to drive in from Decatur. Bohannon herself works at the Roswell Nursing Home and Rehab Center and during the recent winter storms, employees from elsewhere had to spend the night to ensure patients were taken care of. She also expressed some concerns about residents on Webb Street who might be displaced as a result of building new streets to support the development. She also said some residents of the Roswell Housing Authority had to move out. However, she wasn’t aware of anybody forced out of their property due to higher values bringing higher taxes. However, she doesn’t object to the redevelopment. One doesn’t want to see run-down apartments and housing. ❍

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By Rochelle Mucha When it comes to the care of our Veterans in America, there should be no distinctions dictated by political colors, socio-economic status, race, or religion. Military service is demanding and dangerous. Reentering civilian life is a difficult transition. While overall combat death rate has decreased, an increasing number of veterans return home with severe injuries such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), often leading to depression, homelessness, and suicide. You might be asking, “What has art got to do with this unfortunate reality?” The answer is “plenty.” A growing body of evidence concludes that expressive arts therapies can help individuals sleep better, improve impulse control and conThe Arts Matter centration, increase selfROCHELLE MUCHA esteem and decrease depression and anxiety. Art expression allows traumatized veterans to work through emotions of anger, loss, pain, and resentment to discover new hope. Walter Reed National Military Medical Center is often the first destination for the military wounded. They have joined Americans for the Arts to create a National Initiative for Arts & Health in the Military. The second National Summit: Arts, Health, and Well-Being across the Military Continuum was held in April 2013. At these summits, various branches of the military collaborate with civilian agencies to discuss how engaging with the arts provides opportunities to meet the key health issues our military faces and is a key strategy to help heal our wounded warriors. The Creative Arts Program is an integrated component of health and healing services. Partnerships with artists and arts groups, such as ArtStream’s Allies in the Arts, Musicorps, and Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, provide experiences with multiple artistic disciplines for wounded service members and fami-

lies. Walter Reed Bethesda’s Department of Psychiatry hosts monthly concert performances. The Healing Arts Program at the National Intrepid Center of Excellence, a facility dedicated to advancing the clinical care and treatment of service members, integrates art into the patient’s continuum of care. Engagement with creative writing, music, and visual art mitigate anxiety or trouble focusing, as well as provide a nonverbal outlet to help patients express themselves and process traumatic experiences. The influence of the arts with the military is not new. Visual art, music, poetry, and drama have played a vital role in defining military life. “Give me liberty or give me death” captured patriotism. The bugle gave order to daily life. Military bands were summoned for inspiration, discipline, ceremony, battle and healing. Sculpture, painting, glasswork, and photography adorn our military buildings. The Purple Heart medal, a commissioned print by an artist, symbolizes sacrifice and honor. We stand for, sing, and are inspired by a poem, The Star Spangled Banner, our national anthem. We salute the flag of our nation, a visual art creation. The arts tell our stories at solemn and joyous military occasions. Only one percent of the population serves in military service. It is common not to know anyone who serves, to become out of touch with the issues they confront. The artist community has taken notice and has stepped up to the task. We should applaud this unprecedented military and civilian collaboration to advance the arts in health, healing, and healthcare for military service members, veterans, their families, and caregivers. We should join them! To learn more about the National Initiative for Arts & Health in the Military, visit ArtsAcrossTheMilitary.org or call 212.223.2787, x 1105. ❍

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Spring Into Aquatics Why not hit the pool for exercise this spring? By Theo Keyserling Given our recent snow and ice storms, it may be hard to believe that warm weather is just around the corner. As spring and summer approach, the Aquatics Center at the Bill Johnson Community Activity Building is busy readying for another season of swimming and diving, plus synchronized swimming, which is a new addition for 2014. The aquatics programs through the Roswell Parks and Recreation system are among the most popular offered. In April, the Roswell Rapids Adult Swim Team will begin its practice season, and the program is already registering new members. After just three years in existence, the team has two championship titles underneath its belt and is well on its way to establishing dynasty status. City of Roswell Aquatics Supervisor Matt Gillentine states: “We started the program because some of the parents of the kids’ teams wanted to participate in a swimming program. It was a grass roots effort that quickly spread and has brought the City of Roswell home two championship wins.” Practices begin in late April with the season running through August. Swimmers are encouraged to participate in meets but that is not a requirement. Roswell Rapids Booster Club President, Russ Thomas adds: “The adult team is very unique in a sense that we are a competitive yet very laid back team, we have something to offer those who are swimming at the masters level and those who are just beginning. We also have several swimmers on the team who compete in triathlons.” Thomas insists that the team is welcome to all ages and skill sets. “Our strength is our diversity in age and skill level. There is really something to be gained for every type of swimmer.” The Roswell Rapids Diving Team also started as a homegrown project. “One of the parents on the swim team was a springboard diver in college, so we thought we would give it a try,” states Gillentine. The first springboard class debuted at the pool as a four-day clinic in 2011. This year the team, which does not begin practice until May, reached maxi-

Russ Thomas, President of Roswell Rapids Booster Club and Matt Gillentine, Supervisor of Aquatics for the City of Roswell. mum capacity within a week of opening registration. Forty individuals are confirmed on the team, and five are on the waiting list. “It has absolutely exploded, and we hope to be able to accommodate more divers in the future as we clearly have the demand for it,” says Gillentine. New this year, and perhaps the next boom in aquatics demand is synchronized swimming. “Again, this is a homegrown effort and we have an adult swimmer that was a synchronized swimming champion in college,” continues Gillentine. “Ideas are coming to us from participants in other programs, and we are open to entertaining programs in which we have space and dimensions to accommodate, and synchronized swimming was one of those that we are able to do. The synchronized swimming program caters to children who want to learn the essential basics. We hope this program will have the same success as our other aquatics programs.” All of the parks and recreation system aquatics programs can be found on the city website at www.roswellgov.com or in the spring/summer brochure which is available at the Bill Johnson Community Activity Building located at 38 Hill Street in Roswell. ❍

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Let’s Ride Our Bikes! Local cycling groups offer a wide array of participation. By Tom Erdmanczyk, President, Bike Roswell! Thanks to Michael Hadden for questioning what is entailed in being a bicycle friendly community with his article in the February issue of The Current. Roswell is honored to be the first city in Georgia, one of 289 in the United States, recognized as a Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists. Since first being recognized in 2006, Roswell has been joined by bicycle friendly Athens, Decatur, Jekyll Island, Savannah, and Tybee Island. All of the Georgia communities are “friendly” at the Bronze level. Above Bronze are the levels: Silver, Gold (18 communities), and Platinum (4 communities). The Bicycle Friendly designation is coveted and celebrated: maintaining the designation takes effort, moving up takes more work. Bike Roswell!, our local cycling organization, works to promote safe cycling, provide an advocacy platform for Roswell citizens, implement programs and encourage participation with improved parks, roadways and private facilities. Preliminary results from a current survey of Bike Roswell!’s 376 members show that we are the spandex clad, road-biking variety of cyclists, who ride for fitness, health, and fun. However, a majority of our members also ride mountain and/or touring bikes. We encourage weekly rides and events such as the Roswell Cycling Festival (Mayor’s Ride and Roswell Criterium & Bike Rodeo), The Georgia 400 Ride, and hopefully the Gran Fondo Giro d’Italia this October. These rides and events promote Roswell, fitness, and cycling awareness. However, in addition to maintaining the current level of friendliness enjoyed by our members, there is an opportunity to do more. When asked where Bike Roswell! should focus, the area of highest emphasis identified by our members is Parks and Roadway Design (68%), followed closely by Advocacy (63%). Bike Roswell! is working toward making our city friendlier to all cyclists. This includes kids riding to

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MAR 2014

Who Ya Callin’ Old? Being a senior is really just a youthful state of mind. By Di Chapman

the planet has ever seen, and we’re not going down in history as old. We Editors note: This month we start a new invented the term “anti-aging” and column by Di Chapman. She will focus have turned it into an industry worth on senior related topics but this column over $100 billion; the now ubiquitous is not about getting old, it’s about U.S. spa industry revenues reached $14 staying young. billion in 2013, created and driven by When Christie Brinkley graced the our desire to keep our “outsides” as cover of People magazine recently, look- youthful in appearance as we feel on ing fabulous in our insides. her blue swimsuit, We invented aeroshe may have bics, body sculpting, wowed the globe step classes, and the with how she personal training looks at 60, but industry, which she didn’t reached $9 billion in surprise any of us revenues in 2012. fellow boomers. Jazzercise is still She has always going strong and been stunning, so boasts $97 million in why should that revenues for 2012. change because Are we sitting on our her birthdays proverbial behinds all have reached “sixday long? Not on OH!”? your life. Our desire Those of us in to maintain our vitalthe group of 76 ity is front and center. million Watch us boomers in Americans born those fitness classes, Christie Brinkley at 60 between 1946 and beating the tights off 1964 (you know who you are), of the millennials in our Lulu Lemon commonly known as “boomers,” have and Under Armour athletic wear, helpwatched Christie smile and parade ing those two companies reach around in swimsuits since she was a combined annual sales of about $2.36 teen. Boomer males have always billion. Youngsters, you have no corner wanted her, and boomer girls always on the workout market. wanted to be her. She’s living proof that On another front, lest you taunt us age is nothing more than a number, a about Gen X and Y’s vast power and sustate of mind. periority to create and lead the tech I’ve pinned Brinkley’s photo up on industry, may I remind you of the two my office bulletin board for inspiration, influential originators of Apple and like a muse, joining men everywhere Microsoft, the founding fathers of mass who have done the same thing, most technology, Steve and Bill? Yup, they’re likely for different reasons. Why not? our peers. Did you ever brand them as The question, “How old are you?” is a “old?” In motion picture and television moot point for Brinkley. I consider it a technologies, we gave you George moot point for myself as well. It doesn’t Lucas, Ron Howard, THX sound, even apply to who she, or we, are Industrial Light and Magic, anymore. “Old?” There is no “old,” Terminator, your neighborhood cable unless perhaps you’re speaking of a cen- channels, and MTV. You kids might be tenarian, and honestly, by the time we producing the nasty content shown late all get there, we’ll be redefining that night, but we gave you the platform. number as “ageless” as well. I look If you think you own the music forward to her next pinup in 40 years. scene, remember who spawned the Brinkley personifies us boomers, the Beatles, the undeniable godfathers of biggest group of movers and shakers all sound going CONTINUED 14

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A Better Way To Buy The Best From furniture to fashion The Board of Trade offers a unique shopping experience under one roof.


Not long ago the Alpharetta Highway corridor in Roswell was full of empty buildings representing a time gone by. Now, the area is bursting with excitement from a multitude of new restaurants, condos and shopping opportunities. A leader in this economic expansion is The Board of Trade, a high-end consignment store, located at 1078 Alpharetta Street in Roswell. Boutique manager, Sarah Cabral and owner Beth Richardson. The Board of Trade has been collector of art and books on 19th in business for over 20 years and has excentury cuisine, etiquette and decor. panded four times in the last ten years. Examples of her keen eye are evident Now 10,000 square feet, the store is an throughout the store where you can find Atlanta destination for high-end an eclectic range of décor – mid-century furniture and accessories for people inupholstered chairs, French-inspired the-know. What separates The Board of chests, colorful Italian ceramics, whimsiTrade from the other consignment shops cal statues for the flower beds, chunky is its ability to acquire high quality decor estate jewelry, artifacts for the man cave, and sell it for reasonable consignmentbookcases and even books. store prices. Inventory moves quickly, Richardson recently added THE which in turn leads to more variety and a BOUTIQUE , a 2000 square foot “store fresh looking store every couple of weeks. within a store” carrying designer fashion. “There are people who consider The “Women love it,” Richardson exclaimed. Board of Trade a secret they won’t share,” “Our customers will come in buy a lamp owner Beth Richardson explains the and a pair of Jimmy Choo’s!” attraction. “I’m connected to the THE BOUTIQUE ’s own team of fashAtlanta decorator market because they ionistas curate items from the area’s best shop and consign here. My staff and I closets. Manager Sarah Cabral, is carefully consider every consignment discerning about authenticity, condition and we edit based on the current trends.” and she is always excited about consignRichardson stresses that the location ments with the “F” factor – flawless, of a consignment store is key to its popu- fashionable and fabulous. “We look for lalarity with buyers. Being surrounded by bels that high-end shoppers want with upscale neighborhoods means access to design details that make them special.” consignments from people who travel, THE BOUTIQUE, with its upbeat,

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salon atmosphere, is organized so it’s easy to shop. “We don’t have a pack-the-racks mentality. We separate items by type – tops, dresses, pants -- and price point, giving our Couture Labels and our Avenue Labels their own space,” says Cabral. Shoppers will regularly find a large selection of designer shoes, over 150 high-end handbags and jewelry to complete an outfit. Typically the discounts are 30 to 70% off retail. Says Richardson about the new venture, “The majority of our customers have been coming for years because they know they can find something special here. We are always looking for ways to surprise and delight them.” ❍

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Old… continued

forward? Did you watch the Grammy’s salute to the Beatles with the millennials singing their tunes? Every one of them testified that the band’s music shaped who they are and their careers. After the Beatles exploded onto the scene, boomers came up with a way to produce electronic sounds for recording with MOOG analog music synthesizing. It was the forerunner to Daft Punk’s sound today. And that’s not all. The greatest electric guitarists of all time include our guys Eric Clapton, Jimmy Hendrix, Jimmy Page, Keith Richards, Jeff Beck, Eddie Van Halen, Duane Allman, Pete Townsend and yes, back to those Beatles, George Harrison. Are any of you young guitarists familiar with “My Guitar Gently Weeps”? And by the way, kids, your moms, dads and grandparents started the biggest par-ty movement in the history of the world. The Romans got nothin’ on us. We took partying to a new level: we filled stadiums and arenas with our rock ‘n roll and all music to come. We overindulged at Woodstock and for some Godforsaken reason started Burning Man in the desert in 100 degree temperatures. Kids, don’t try this at home! We started up tailgate parties and garage bands, and resurrected The Eagles to party even more now. If you still doubt our ability to maintain our youth, think about who gave jeans of all makes and styles: skinnies, bell bottoms, relaxed fit, stretch and baggy, to the world. Yours truly. We, your moms and grandmothers, poured ourselves into tight jeans, and we rocked them with boots, stilettos, and platforms. We still do. Now, do we have any “What were we


Steve and Bill, the founding fathers of mass technology are boomer peers.

thinking?” moments as we reflect on our ageless history? Yes! Polyester leisure suits, Nehru jackets, men’s seriously bad hairdo and beard periods, and their own platform shoes, for instance. However, one great thing to come out of all of this was Pee Wee Herman’s Tequila video. It’s still hysterical to this day. Finally, there is one more point boomers want to let the rest of you know about us. We control over 75% of America’s wealth and our discretionary spending as the up-to-this-point-in-history wealthiest generation on earth includes having fun. We book 50% of all travel in the industry. We’re driving Porsches, Mercedes, and BMWs. Second childhoods? We never left the first. So tease and taunt us as you will, youngsters, we can out-buy you. Eat your hearts out. So, “old?” Never. “Senior?” I don’t think so. Join me on a dance floor sometime and crank up the tunes. See if you can keep up with me when I get down. That’s when I’ll ask you, “Who ya callin’ OLD now? ❍

Bike Roswell!… continued

and could extend almost to Roswell High School. If we operationalize dreams such as this, we can achieve Platinum! The Roswell City Government and Bike Roswell! have worked together to achieve the Bicycle Friendly Community designation. With your help, we will work even harder to move up to Silver, Gold, and Platinum. This effort will take citizens working

together to advocate for cycling in our community. We will know we have reached our goal when riding a bike is a viable transportation option for all residents of Roswell. Further more, if you live outside of Roswell here are some local cycling groups in our area: Bike Alpharetta: www.bikealpharetta.org and there is also a Bike Cobb www.bikecobb.org.❍

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North Fulton Hospital Community Calendar March – May 2014 Mothers & Daughters Only

SUPPORT GROUPS Nicotine Cessation Group

By Debbie Keel The numbers 223,500, 165,000 and 373,489 all have one thing in common: lung cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, there will be more than 223,500 new cases of lung cancer in the United States this year. Approximately 165,000 died of lung cancer is this country in 2012. Finally, and the most stunning number of all, about 373,489 people in the United States are living with lung cancer according to the American Lung Association. Debbie Keel, CEO, Of course, you don’t have to be a current or former North Fulton Hospital smoker to get lung cancer. But, as someone who smoked for about six years and quit 33 years ago, those numbers are frightening to me. And I am not even in the highest risk group. The good news is that those who are in the highest risk group can now avail themselves of a diagnostic test that may give them some peace of mind. The test is a lung cancer To qualify for a screening CT scan. Lung Cancer To qualify for a Lung Cancer Screening, you must Screening, you must meet BOTH of these requirements: meet BOTH of these • You must be between 55 and 74 requirements: years old AND You must be between 55 • You must be a current or former smoker who smoked the equivalent of and 74 years old one pack of cigarettes a day for at least and 30 yeaers or two packs for at least 15 years. You must be a current or The screening includes a low-dose CT former smoker who scan that is read by a board certified rasmoked the equivalent of diologist. Upon interpretation, the one pack of cigarettes a results will be sent to your healthcare provider and a board certified day for at least 30 yeaers pulmonary physician. or two packs for at least The cost of this screening and radiol15 years. ogist interpretation is not presently covered by insurance. However, we at North Fulton Hospital think it’s so important for people who meet these two requirements to have this screening that we are offering a discounted cash price of $149. For under $150 you get the Lung Screening CT Scan and the radiologist’s interpretation. This is a serious invitation to you or to your loved one to take advantage of this opportunity. We care about your health and knowing if there is a problem is the place to start. For more information on the Lung Cancer Screening or to make an appointment, call 770-751-2720. ❍

Every Tuesday, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Join with other men and women seeking motivation, education and support to live free of nicotine. The only requirement for attendance is the desire to start the journey. Contact Pam at 404-428-8799.

care products are provided. Call 1-800-227-2345 to register.

Epilepsy Support Group

The third Wednesday of every month, 7-9pm Classroom A/B. WomenHeart People with epilepsy as well as Support Group their family and care-providers are Second Tuesday of every month, 7:30 p.m., Classroom C. Women- invited to attend this support group. The meetings will provide Heart, the National Coalition for time for attendees to share helpful Women with Heart Disease, information and resources from brings support and education to their own experiences. Educawomen who are at risk or who altional presentations by professionready have heart disease and would like to know more about risk als will sometimes be offered. Please contact Tim for more inforfactors and symptoms. Different mation at 770-667-9363. topics each month. Call Nicki at 404-386-6037. Lupus Support Group Third Saturday of every month, Ostomy Support Group 11-1pm Classroom C. Informal Third Tuesday of every month, 6:30 p.m., Classroom C. Open to meetings to share experiences anyone who has or will have an os- and learn from others. Guest speakers occasionally present and tomy and any friends, family or supporters. The meeting structure we also participate in some Lupus Foundation of America events. is informal with group discussion Contact Julie, 404-626-2394, and guest speakers scheduled lupusgroup4roswell@gmail.com. throughout the year. Call John Dorso at 678-694-8726 COMMUNITY to register.

Caring, Sharing, and Learning: Breast Cancer Support Group Fourth Tuesday of every month, 6 p.m. Cope and connect with others who are facing the same struggles. Please call Micah Brown, RN, Breast Health Nurse Navigator, at 770-751-2556 for location and to register.

Look Good, Feel Better Wednesday, 3/12 and 5/14, 10 a.m. to noon. A cosmetologist will discuss how to care for skin and hair to combat the appearancerelated side effects of cancer treatment. Free make-up and skin

Sunday, 3/30; 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. Join a healthcare provider for an informative presentation on puberty and what to expect. $10 per family; registration required.

Diabetes SelfManagement Workshop Saturday 3/29, 4/26, and 5/31. The Diabetes Association of Atlanta (DAA) offers classes at North Fulton Hospital to teach diabetes self-management skills. Call Katie at 404-527-7180.

Childbirth Preparation


Saturday 3/15, 4/19, and 5/17; 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Active class consisting of both lecture and discussion/sharing. includes anatomy and physiology; nutrition and fitness; discomforts of pregnancy; stages of labor and what to expect; cesarean birth; medications; possible complications; postpartum care; and comfort, relaxation, breathing and coping techniques for labor support. $100 per couple; registration required.

Babysitting Workshop

Water Birth

Saturday 5/3, 9a.m.-2p.m. Sunday 3/23 and 4/27, 1:00p.m.–5:30p.m. Teaches children ages 11–14 how to be prepared and responsible babysitters. Bring a doll or stuffed animal, sack lunch and drink. $30.

Thursday 3/13, 3/27, 4/10, 4/24, 5/8 and 5/22; 7:00 p.m. For couples desiring to learn about the option of a water birth delivery. Completion of the class is required to be considered for water birth at NFH. $30.00 per couple; registration required. 770- 7512660 for more info and to register.

American Heart Assoc. Heartsaver CPR* Saturday 3/8, 4/26, and 5/31. CPR course for the community. Adult and child CPR, 9 a.m. to noon; $35. Adult, child and infant CPR, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; $45.

Healthcare Provider CPR* Saturday 3/22; 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. CPR course for healthcare professionals. $55.

First Aid Saturday 3/29; 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Learn basic first aid procedures and techniques. $25.

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.

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New Health Insurance Options Available

Warning Signs There are many different kinds of warning signs posted along streets, roads and highways. No passing zone, railroad crossing, merging traffic, divided highway, school zone, animal crossing, construction ahead, curves and corners, narrow bridge—the list goes on. Similar to these recognizable yellow and black traffic signs are warning signs for health issues. Unfortunately, some patients confuse symptoms of cardiac arrest with those for some gastrointestinal maladies like reflux or GERD, and vice versa. Becoming familiar with them could save your life, just like paying attention to warning signs when you are driving. Because the heart and stomach are very near to each other, the discomfort can be easily confused. Acid reflux and Gastro-Esophageal Reflux Disease, also known as GERD, have symptoms similar to some of the symptoms for cardiac arrest or other cardiac issues, and some patients mistakenly seek help for reflux when they actually need the help of a cardiologist. “I take complaints of chest pain very seriously, and I start with a cardiac work-up for patients who complain with those symptoms,” said Dr. Melvin Bullock, a gastroenterologist at North Fulton Hospital. “After the cardiologist has concluded that the patient’s pain is non-cardiac, I begin searching for the cause of the chest pain.” According to Dr. Bullock, both the risks and symptoms for acid reflux and cardiac arrest can be similar. He explained that the risk for both conditions is increased for a patient

SPECIAL EVENTS (Calendar continued from page 15)

Affordable Care Act Insurance Exchange Events Tuesdays 3/4, 3/18; 6:30 p.m.; Saturday 3/29; 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Learn more about the new Health Insurance Marketplace. A brief presentation will be followed by a question and answer session. Navigators will assist those interested in enrolling in the Health Insurance Marketplace.

Beauty Inside and Out: Dinner Lectures If you’re interested in learning more about how our physicians can help you find a more beautiful you, make plans to

who is obese, has diabetes, or smokes. “If you think you are having a heart attack,” said Dr. Bullock, “call 9-1-1 immediately for an ambulance to take you to the hospital. Do not try to drive yourself.” Some of the early warning signs of a heart attack include: Chest pain or discomfort that lasts longer than a few minutes or goes away and then comes back. This pain may be severe and feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing or fullness that is not relieved by changing positions or resting. Pain that extends to other areas of the body, such as the shoulder, arm, back, neck, jaw or stomach. Shortness of breath as well as light headedness, sweating, fatigue, fainting, nausea or vomiting. “The complications of severe acid reflux can include problems swallowing due to severe esophageal inflammation or ulcerations, vomiting blood, blood in stool, anemia, and development of esophageal cancer if left untreated,” said Dr. Bullock. “These are not things to be taken lightly, you really should seek the assistance of a physician.” It is important to remember that not all people who have heart attacks or acid reflux experience the same symptoms or feel them to the same degree. For more information about early warning signs of heart attack or signs of acid reflux, talk with your doctor or call 770-751-2600 for a free referral to a cardiologist or gastroenterologist at North Fulton Hospital. ❍

join us for one of our dinner lectures this spring. Get all your questions answered and get to know the physicians who can help you with these beauty procedures: Monday, March 17 Leaks to Lifts: Finding Your Best Pelvic Health — Curt Misko, M.D. Pastis Restaurant and Bar, Roswell Monday, March 31 Finding the Natural Look of Youth: Today’s Facial Plastics Procedures Mike Majmundar, M.D. Bistro VG, Roswell Monday, April 14 Beauty and the Breast: The ABCs of Augmentation and Reduction Procedures —Marc Klein, M.D. La Casa

According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Lisa Ryan was one of the few Georgians able to sign up  in the first week or so that HealthCare.gov went live. The Decatur resident, who suffers from chronic pain and is on disability, said she was priced out of the  insurance  market when her insurer raised her monthly premium to more than $1,500. Under the  health  care law, she is now paying  $167 a  month  for medical and dental coverage after her federal tax credit was factored in, she said. Ryan said she already has appointments with her internist, a pain management specialist and a neurolo…no one can be gist. ‘I only want the chance for a level denied coverage playing field and access to the specialists I need to stay alive,’ she said. Next because they are on her list: the dentist. sick or have a Have you explored your options? The Health Insurance Marketplace ofpreexisting fers new quality, affordable health condition like care options to people without health asthma, diabetes insurance, and you have until March 31 to sign up. or even cancer. All plans offered through the Marketplace must cover important benefits, including doctor visits, hospitalizations, maternity care, emergency room visits, prescriptions and more. And no one can be denied coverage because they are sick or have a preexisting condition like asthma, diabetes or even cancer. Millions of people will get help paying for the cost of their new insurance through financial assistance. In fact, nearly 6 in 10 Americans who are uninsured and eligible for coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace can find a plan that costs them $100 or less per month. North Fulton Hospital will be hosting Affordable Care Act Insurance Exchange Events on March 4 and 18 at 6:30 p.m. and on Saturday, March 29 from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. The events are free, and after a brief presentation and question/answer session, Navigators will have computers available to assist you with getting on the Health Insurance Marketplace. To learn more about your new health insurance options, call North Fulton Hospital’s Health Enrollment Navigator, Letrice Lewis, at 770-751-2756. ❍

Italian Restaurant and Grill, Alpharetta

AARP Safe Driver Class

High School Physicals

Monday, April 28 The Mommy Makeover: Liposuction and Tummy Tucks for Today’s Active Moms — Chris Killingsworth, M.D. Altobeli’s Italian Restaurant, Alpharetta Tickets are $20 per event. Reservations: (770)751-2660.

Thursday 4/17, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Geared to the safety needs of the older driver, this program will cover laws, handling special situations, freeway traffic, aggressive drivers, how medication may affect driving, and much more. Insurance companies in the state of Georgia offer a 15% discount for three years to those who have completed this course. Registration is required; $14 ($12 with AARP membership)

Saturday, 4/26, 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. Students may receive a free school sports physical from a team of primary care and orthopedics physicians. No appointment necessary. Call 770- 751-2660 for details.

LifeSouth Blood Drive Friday March 21, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. North Fulton Hospital Classrooms Give blood, and help save up to three lives with just one donation. LifeSouth is a community blood center, which means the blood collected in your community goes to local hospital patients.

*AHA Disclaimer: The American Heart Association strongly promotes knowledge and proficiency in BLS, ACLS, and PALS and has developed instructional materials for this purpose. Use of these materials in an educational course does not represent course sponsorship by the American Heart Association, and any fees charged for such a course do not represent income to the Association.

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Q & A with Dr. Melvin Bulloch Gastroenterologist, Dr. Melvin Bullock discovered his passion for medicine while volunteering at a VA nursing center in Atlanta. Science had always held interest for the college student, and after discovering his love for helping patients, Dr. Bullock changed his major to Pre-Med. Now a resident of Brookhaven, and a physician at North Fulton Hospital, Dr. Bullock is more certain than ever that the decision to practice medicine was the right one.


ANSWER:After I graduated with my

ANSWER: I have family in Martha’s

Pre-Med degree from Georgia Tech in 2001, I worked at the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta for a year. Then I attended the Medical College of Georgia. I completed my internal medicine residency at the University of Florida, and after that, I took a year off and worked as a Hospitalist. Finally, I completed my gastroenterology fellowship at the University of Florida.

Vineyard, and I’ll be vacationing there this summer. I also want to go to the World Cup in Brazil. I’ve recently discovered soccer, and that seems like an event that you have to attend to truly appreciate.




my GI professors, and though he is now retired, we still keep in touch.



Dr. Melvin Bullock


WHERE DID YOU GROW UP? ANSWER: I was born in Boston,

and when I was 14, my family moved to Stone Mountain. I graduated from Dunwoody High School, and then went to Georgia Tech to get a degree in biology.



ANSWER:When I was a freshman and

sophomore at Georgia Tech, I volunteered at the VA hospital, and that’s where I first started thinking that medicine might be right for me. Then, in the summer of my sophomore year, I went to a summer program for Pre-Med students at Yale School of Medicine. I decided then for certain that I was going to change my major and become a doctor.




WHAT MOVIES ARE YOUR FAVORITES? ANSWER: I really like action movies

and dramas. I’ve recently seen 12 Years a Slave, The Butler, and The Wolf of Wall Street.


IS THERE A MOMENT IN YOUR CAREER THAT STANDS OUT FROM THE REST? ANSWER: I remember the last patient of my residency with remarkable clarity. The gentleman had cirrhosis of the liver from years of drinking, and hospice wanted to send him home and

I remember the last patient of my residency with remarkable clarity. The gentleman had cirrhosis of the liver from years of drinking…

set him up with hospice care. He didn’t want it, so I stepped in to advocate for him. While he was very sick at the time, he turned around, and I later saw him in clinic. He was so very grateful for my support in that moment, and it made all the difference to him.



ANSWER: For me, it is the

relationships I build with the patients. I love seeing them recover and seeing the difference that I can make in their lives.

ANSWER: When I completed my fellowship, I was ready to move back to the Atlanta area, and my family members helped me search for hospitals in the area. I really liked North Fulton Hospital, and so, here I am.



game back. I played with ALTA as a high school student, and that’s one of my favorite things to do at the moment. I also like to watch movies and travel.



ANSWER: I have been to Spain, Italy,

New York, and LA, but one of my favorite vacations was in the summer of 2012 when I went to London for the Olympics. The whole experience was more than I could ever have imagined. It was so moving to see all the fans for the U.S. team gather in a foreign country and cheer for our Olympians. I attended one of the beach volleyball games, and just by chance, the University of Florida Marching Band was there playing to entertain the crowd. It was amazing!

Dr. Melvin Bullock at the London Summer Games.


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MAR 2014

Beauty Inside and Out:

Dinner Lectures Series Launching in March Aging has long been a process that women and men strive to slow or reverse. For some women, the effects of aging may include changes in the pelvic region due to childbirth or bladder issues that come later in life. For others, it may include wrinkles, spots, and other imperfections on the face. North Fulton Hospital is hosting a series of lectures this spring as a part of their Beauty Inside and Out event series. These dinner lectures offer the opportunity for women and men to learn more about medical procedures designed to help regain the look and feel of youth.

Leaks to Lifts: Finding your Best Pelvic Health Monday, March 17 at 6:00 p.m. Pastis in Roswell The first lecture in the series will feature Curt Misko, M.D., a specialist in urogynecology and female pelvic reconstructive surgery. Dr. Misko will explain how a woman’s body might change with age, and with the number of children she might bear, and he will share options available to women today that will help them recover the sex life of their youth or help them reduce any leaks they might experience. “Childbirth and the aging process can have substantial, lasting effects for some women,” said Dr. Misko, “but these effects don’t have to be permanent.” North Fulton Hospital will host the lecture at Pastis in Roswell on Monday, March 17. Guests will enjoy drinks and a three-course dinner and will have all their questions answered about changes in their pelvic health due to sex life, sports life, or daily routines.

Heart Health for Life

Do you know someone who has heart disease? Chances are you do. More than 27 million Americans have been diagnosed with the condition. If you don’t want to join them, you can take steps to learn about and reduce your personal risk of heart disease. North Fulton Hospital now offers a Heart Health Finding the Natural Look of Screening so that you can take control of your heart Youth: Today’s Facial Plastics health and learn what risks you might have for Procedures heart disease. While it isn’t possible to predict the Monday, March 31 at 6:00 p.m. day and time of a heart attack, a Heart Health Bistro VG in Roswell Screening will help you get a good picture of your With the prevalence of movie stars and risks for heart health issues. airbrushed magazine models, most The Heart Health Screening is offered in conjuncwomen have wondered how they might tion with North Fulton Cardiovascular Medicine, find a more youthful face or might minand it includes a lipid panel, EKG, BMI, and a imize any imperfections. Dr. Mike blood pressure check. The screening is only $39, Majmundar, voted an Atlanta Top and will be available for a limited time. Doctor 4 years in a row, is a double Upon completion of the exam, you will know what small changes to your lifestyle might be necessary to improve your heart health. There are a variety board certified facial plastics surgeon of ways to reduce your risk for heart disease including: who specializes in helping women and men in this quest. Eat healthy. A healthy diet includes a variety of grains (especially “Many women may have wondered whole grains), fruits and vegetables. Opt for foods low in saturated and whether it might be possible to reverse trans fats, cholesterol, added sugar and salt. Choose fish, poultry and some of the signs of aging that are visilean cuts of meat, as well as low-fat or fat-free dairy products. Limit the ble on their face,” said Dr. Majmundar, number of egg yolks and cut down on processed cold cuts. When prepar“and I’m happy to tell them that we ing food, broil, bake, roast or poach instead of frying, and tame snack have many options, both surgical and attacks with low-fat options, such as animal crackers, melba toast or fatnon-surgical, to help find a more natufree yogurt. ral, youthful appearance.” On Monday, March 31, Dr. Exercise regularly. As little as 30 minutes of moderate-intensity Majmundar will be speaking about physical activity on most days of the week is all you need to protect heart these options and answering questions health. Don’t like to exercise? No sweat. Good ways to keep your heart for guests who would like to know a lithealthy include brisk walking, riding a bike, hiking, dancing, swimming, tle bit more to help them decide if a physical tasks around the house, raking leaves, or painting a room. Other ways to work exercise into your day include taking the stairs when possifacial plastics procedure might be right ble, or parking farther away from the office and then walking the added for them. Guests will enjoy distance. drinks and a three course dinner at Bistro VG, along Don’t smoke. According the Centers for Disease Control and with the hour lecture, and a Prevention, smoking is “the leading cause of preventable death and chance to meet Dr. disease in the United States.” The risk of having a heart attack is six Majmundar. ❍ times higher for smokers compared to nonsmokers, with the chances increasing depending on the number of cigarettes smoked daily. Quitting For More Information smoking lowers the risk of heart disease immediately – and just one year Seating at these lectures is of not smoking can cut heart disease risk in half. limited, and reservations Maintain a healthy weight. A healthy weight can be calculated by are required. Tickets are looking at either body mass index (BMI) or waist circumference. BMI, a $20 per person, and include calculation based on height and weight, of 25 to 29.9 is considered overwine, beer, salad, dinner, weight, and 30 or higher is obese. A waist measurement of more than 35 dessert, and the lecture, in inches for women and 40 inches for men increases the risk of heart addition to the opportunity disease, high blood pressure and other serious health conditions. A to meet the physician either weight loss of just five to 10 percent of current weight can help lower the before or after the event. risk for heart disease. Gradual weight loss of one-half to two pounds per More information about the week is recommended to ensure long-term success. speakers and lecture series In addition to getting a screening and making lifestyle changes, you also is available at should have blood pressure and cholesterol levels checked on a regular basis. www.nfultonhospital.com. It is important to remember that regardless of your age or current state of To reserve your tickets, call health, it’s never too late to take steps to protect your heart. For more informa770-751-2660. tion about North Fulton Hospital’s $39 Heart Health Screening, call 770-410-4520, or call 770-751-2600 for a referral to a cardiologist near you.

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One Big Aesthetic Crime Scene Maybe it’s time to rethink the look of our streets. By Mike Hadden In the North Metro area we have beautiful, spacious parks. We rave about the river, the playgrounds, and the trails. Several cities are working on new parks and squares around their city centers. It’s evident that we care about our public space. But we are forgetting something. We are neglecting the most abundant public space we own. We are neglecting our streets. By sheer area, our streets and roads dwarf our parks and greenspace. Some may say that our roads and streets are fantastic. They are wide, well maintained and orderly. I agree, when I have my driving blinders on but when you take a look around, you realize that once you get out of your

Signs litter the corridor of Hwy. 120 and Atlanta Street, which connects East Cobb and Roswell. neighborhood, you are driving on an enormous automobile sewer system. The Swiss would probably marvel at how focused our DOTs are on ensuring the streets are functional. The hierarchy of local, collector, and arterial is beautiful in its logic. The potholes are usually fixed quickly and the streets are generally clean. They get paved on schedule.  That said, order and proper maintenance does not build character and foster a sense of place. Our lanes are too wide, our setbacks are too far and our street trees have become glorified weeds. All of this has been done in the name of safety and standards.   The roads and streets all around this great country have become one gigantic aesthetic crime scene and they are only

getting worse. Road signs seemingly multiply like gremlins. For goodness sake look at the number of signs adorning the historic square in Roswell. We have Tree City USA signs, Yield ahead signs, road intersection approaching signs, duplicate no left or no right turn signs and they just seem to keep coming. Cross into East Cobb from Roswell on 120 and the signs are like a heavyweight uppercut. Power lines are everywhere but at least they aren’t proliferating. Pay attention to all this incoherence and it will blow your mind. Even policies that are supposed to be a good thing, have become victims of over engineering and an inflexible focus on ensuring standards are upheld rather than ensuring that the design is contextually appropriate. Who hasn’t seen a bike lane that abuts a 45 mph road? How about the fact that every turn lane off a state highway will now have at least one and usually two no parking signs. I love the two no parking signs on the southbound ramp to 400 from Haynes Bridge. What about the fact that just before every intersection you now see a big yellow sign telling you that that intersection is approaching. Worst of all, we have no idea what the difference between a road and a street is anymore.  Streets capture value and roads get you from place to place quickly but what we have created across much of suburbia is a nasty STROAD hybrid that does neither well.   We need to start capturing value with our streets again. The people who built Canton Street knew how to do exactly that and they did it before zoning codes and red tape. It’s the most well known street in North Fulton and the great part of it isn’t even a half-mile long. Canton Street didn’t become great because of wide lanes, road signs or bike lanes. It’s great for many reasons, but the narrow lanes, sidewalks and shorter building setbacks create a sense of place like an outdoor room that people in cars, on bikes or on foot just feel comfortable in. Our focus on wide lanes, road signs, and tiny street trees is a crime on our places. Our streets should be places, not sewers. Our streets should have art, not signs. Our streets should make us want to get out of our cars and enjoy them. ❍

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Getting Schooled On St. Patrick’s Day An Irish day of celebration has something for the whole family. I couldn’t help but wonder how awesome it would be if the school picture company I woke up one St. Patrick’s photoshopped a small, redDay morning a few years ago bearded kid into every one to Kid D breathing his sweet of the class pictures. I’ve obmorning breath (not really… viously got too much time he’s a mouth breather and it on my hands and shouldn’t was allergy season) in my be put in charge of stuff. face. He was excitedly anticiKid D marched down the pating what hopefully hallway with his class. awaited him downstairs by Another perk when your the front door. He had put parent comes to eat with his sneakers out the night you is that you can invite a prior, believing that a friend to come eat at the visleprechaun would bring itor’s table. Kid D picked him chocolates, mints and one of his best friends and stickers. we all sat with our lovinglyI don’t know about you, packed Sponge Bob lunch but I can’t think of boxes and started to eat. anything more disgusting Perfectly Next thing I know, the than food in a IMPERFECT friend has his Pringles kindergartener’s shoes. turned into a duckbill and is I asked where he got such a STACY SWIGER quacking himself up. He did crazy notion. He said that a this for almost fifgirl in his class teen minutes told him all about I explained to him while I enjoyed a it. I sarcastically that we are not very nice lunch inquired if her my son. name started with actually Irish, so the with Then the friend a “Mc” (it did!) leprechauns likely raised his hand. and then I When I asked explained to him skipped our house. him what was up that we are not ache said he had to tually Irish, so the leprechauns likely skipped our house. go to the bathroom. The urge to go being contagious, Kid D raised his The closest this family is going to hand too. When they returned they come to celebrating is their mother said that the leprechauns must have having some Irish beer with dinner. Maybe I would even recite a few limer- found the bathroom because there was toilet paper everywhere. Uh oh. icks. Sláinte! To make amends, I offered to come But luck o’ the Irish must have been in to school that day and have lunch with our favor because the mischievous culhim in the cafeteria. Later that morn- prit had already been caught. I was ing, I packed a PB&J and headed out very relieved to find out that it wasn’t Chip Lips or my son. to serve my penance. Soon the lunch period was over. I Turns out, that day was also school hugged Kid D and sent him out into picture day. I giggled out loud as I the wild that is elementary school for watched line after line of elementary the remainder of the afternoon. school kids enter the cafeteria, Worn out from my experience, I left wearing green glitter hats and Mardi the school parking lot and headed Gras beads, along with their Lucky straight to the nearest store to pick up Charms t-shirts and green jeans. Everybody knows that you have to wear a four-pack of Guinness for later. Happy St. Patrick’s Day! ❍ something green on March 17th, else you’ll get pinched by your classmates.

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Spring Festivals for the Cabin Fevered

Atlanta’s oldest and most beautiful neighborhoods. Between Saturday, April 26 and Sunday, April After seeing my street buried under the ice and snow 27, Inman Park will offer every kind of entertainment, not once, but twice this winter, it’s safe to say I’ve had including but not limited to tours of the old homes, live quite enough. I am a southern woman who enjoys sun- music performances, a dance program, a street market, shine, warm temperatures, and yes, even humidity. You and a parade. The Inman Park Festival ushers in the think it’s terrible, but you miss it when it’s not there. My spring we have so eagerly awaited. It’s time to break out sinuses are extremely unamused with the fluctuating the flip-flops and reintroduce ourselves to the sunshine. temps and I have about worn out my fuzzy sock inmanparkfestival.org collection. Jack Frost needs to get himself back to wherever it is he came spitting out of. Canada, I think. Enough! We’ve made our snow angels and broken in our new boots. We’ve got cabin fever and it’s time to get back out into the sunshine! Spring is coming and not a minute too soon. Spring means all over Georgia, people If you’re looking for something special to do this are getting ready for food festivals, beer festivals, music, Mother’s Day, look no further than the Colors Festival film, art, every sort of festival imaginable. Unpack your of Arts. The Roswell Junior Women’s Club is short sleeves, your sandals, and your sunscreen because celebrating their 24th year of sponsoring this event, which happens to serve as the main fundraiser for their you are in for some serious street parties. charitable causes. With artisans from around the Southeast, this festival offers beautiful handmade gifts like painted glass, jewelry, sculpture and more. Make a day of it and enjoy storytelling, music and dance performances, not to mention food and drink vendors. The Roswell Beer Festival is back for its second year, bigger and better than before! With an impressive selec- Spend the day with the mothers in your life and enjoy a tion of craft beers and food trucks, you’re going to want beautiful weekend at the Historic Roswell Square. Stop to clear your schedule on Saturday, March 15. Wander by between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. on May 10 – 11 to your way over to the Historic Roswell Square by 2 p.m. celebrate moms! and you will find yourself in brewer heaven. Even if you visitroswellga.com and click on are not much of a beer connoisseur, you can take advan- Festivals & Calendars in the menu. tage of the food trucks, a selection of wine, and some good company out on the square. All proceeds from the Roswell Beer Festival benefit the STAR House Foundation, an after school tutoring program for atrisk children. So have a beer. You know, for the kids. Did you know that the largest Memorial Day starhousefoundation.org/rbf/ Ceremony in Georgia is held each year in Roswell? Roswell Remembers has been honoring American veterans since 1998, the same year the Faces of War memorial was constructed at City Hall. Since then, this As a film lover, you may have been tempted to go to Park City for the Sundance Film Festival. I guess it would have been nice, in a cold, snowy, Utah kind of way. But why truck all the way out there when we have our own Academy Award qualifying international film festival right here in Atlanta? The Plaza Theatre and 7 Stages Theatre will play host to the Atlanta Film Festival from March 28 – April 6 with live music, indie films, music videos, food trucks, and much more. You could witness the screening of Academy Award winning films before anyone else. Grab your passes and your movie star attitude, I’ll see you at the movies. By Jessica Diamond

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event has grown leaps and bounds, attracting more than 6,000 visitors per year. With impressive speakers and a passion for patriotism, this ceremony will remind you what it means to be an American. Join your community, as well as guests from all over the country, and show your appreciation for the service men and women who have sacrificed so much for our benefit. May 26 will be an afternoon you’ll never forget. And don’t forgot to bring tissues… trust me.


Chattahoochee River Race We live right on, or in some cases relatively near, the banks of one of the most beautiful rivers in the country. The 12th Annual Back to the Chattahoochee River Race & Festival is the perfect opportunity to appreciate the river! Join more than 400 racers in an eight-mile canoe race through the Chattahoochee River National Recreation area down to Riverside Park. The festival that follows will include an impressive line-up of live music, environmental exhibits, food, drinks, and a zombie face painter. (It’s there for the kids, but you know you’ll want in.) Racers will be treated to a couple of complimentary drinks from the SweetWater Beer Barge. Get ready for a beautiful summer day on the River this June 14!


Atlanta Science Festival With robots that perform surgery and cell phones more advanced than the rocket Neil Armstrong rode to the moon, the study of science and technology is more critical than ever. Whether you are looking to educate yourself on the developments of current and future sci-


Inman Park Festival Since the 1970s, Inman Park has put on one of the biggest spring festivals in the Atlanta area. This festival pays tribute to the ongoing restoration of one of

"Joe," starring Nicolas Cage will open the Atlanta Film Festival.

standing traditions. As it happens, the Child Development Association, a non-profit dedicated to enriching the education of children from low-income families, holds a derby themed fundraiser each year known as the Down Home Derby. Held on Saturday, May 3, you can watch the Kentucky Derby from the much more geographically desirable In Your Dreams Farm in Alpharetta. Enjoy a night of live music, silent and live auctions, beautiful horses and more. Pick your horse, grab your floppy hat and sip your mint julep! All proceeds go toward scholarships for the children involved with the CDA.

cdakids.org/derby/6 entific research, or just hoping to get yourself or your kids more excited about learning, this is the perfect chance. This nine-day festival offers an abundance of lectures, demonstrations, walk throughs and interactive experiences that cover all manner of exciting The Atlanta Food & Wine Festival in Midtown is a discoveries. This March 22-29, grab the whole family chance for Southern chefs to really show what they can and get ready to be inspired. do. These chefs are charged with presenting old atlantasciencefestival.org southern favorites in new ways while representing their hometown and creating a dining experience that showcases that famous southern hospitality. That’s a lot to communicate with a piece of fried chicken or a cup of Brunswick stew! Southern food is about more than a meal. It has to do with community, tradition, and socialThough most of us have probably never been to the ization. How better to celebrate that than with a huge Kentucky Derby in person, we can all conjure the party in the heart of Atlanta? Make sure you find yourimage. The big floppy hats, the pastel suits, an expensive looking cocktail in one hand and a rolled up self in Midtown between May 29 and June 1. It’s a party so delicious, they’ll smell it cooking on the other program in the other, and for some reason, Audrey side of the Mason Dixon. Hepburn screaming at Dover to “move yer bloomin’

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arse.” It’s an event both rustic and refined with long


Bragg Jam Arts & Music After the food and drink festivals, you’re going to need a chance to dance off all those calories. The Bragg Jam Arts and Music Festival in Macon hosts a staggering 56 bands on 15 stages in just one night. With family friendly events during the day and concerts lighting up the city all night, this festival is certainly worth the trip this July 26. For only $25, you receive all day and night access to every venue. Travel between stages easily and safely on the free trolley service and enjoy all of the live music you can handle at Macon’s most popular hot spots. This is one of Georgia’s biggest and best music festivals, you do not want to miss out.

www.braggjam.org No matter what you choose to do throughout this festival season, enjoy getting out in the sun and breathing the fresh air. We’ve spent enough time this year holed up inside with our televisions and our gadgets. Netflix will be there when you get back. Candy Crush isn’t going anywhere. What you need is some photosynthesis. I wish you a happy spring season and a lot of light. ❍

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Spring Garden Watch Give your plants a boost just in time for spring. Bring your winter annuals back to life by dead-heading spent flowers and March is the month the garden begins trimming away brown stems and foliage so plants don’t spend energy trying to to unveil itself. Daffodils are soon support the damaged sections. Fertilize followed by crocus, tulips, muscari and hyacinths. Some bulbs naturalize better pansies (including ornamental kale and cabbages) with the appropriate product than others because of their ability to this time of year, and read labels store food over a long period of time. carefully. Choose a nitrate-nitrogen Once spring bulbs have completed the bloom cycle, leave the foliage to die natu- fertilizer for use during cold-winter months, because the nitrate-nitrogen is rally to the ground. This usually takes several weeks, but it allows the bulbs to quickly absorbed by root systems. You will find “nitrate nitrogen” grow and store food in indicated under the preparation for the “Guaranteed Analysis” on dormant season. bags of fertilizer: Total Daffodils have a fresh, Nitrogen (N). Proper fruity fragrance, but they fertilizing will improve are not bothered by overall appearance and wildlife (being toxic to produce a more compact both deer and squirrels), plant that will spring into and they will withstand action once the threat of our constantly freezing weather has subfluctuating temperatures. sided. Once daffodils are A favorite southern planted in the landscape, standard for the late winthey will not need to be divided, lifted or WIN THE GUIDE ON ROSES ter garden is Camellia japonica. These are often transplanted. Fall Like our FB page Garden-Planning Tip: (Facebook.com/currentplus). Or sold while they are bloomplant drifts of daffodils leave an article comment at our web- ing, so a trip to the local in the landscape, or use site: thecurrentplus.com. Winner nursery in late winter is the perfect time to choose them as accents in announced March 31. a color that suits your container gardens. Now let’s walk over to the rose garden, needs. (If you’re like me, you’ll have trouble deciding upon just one.) Because and better yet, let’s give away a brand new guide, Four Seasons of Roses, 2014 there are many cultivars, you’ll find a Monthly Guide to Rose Care, See the box Camellia japonica that blooms any time above for details on winning. The guide from January to April, and will grow beis authored by Susan Fox, who received tween eight and 20 feet tall, so be sure to read the plant tag and choose a camelthe Presidential Citation from the lia most suitable to your landscape American Rose Society “for Promoting the Rose and Rose Education Via Social conditions. In severe winter climates, when camellia buds may freeze, here’s a Media.” little trick for all you horticulture geeks Here are a couple of Susan’s tips for (and parents looking for the next rose care this month: (1) Gradually remove mulch and leaves from the base Science Fair Project): use gibberellic of your rose bushes, so that new growth acid (a chemical compound available from the American Camellia Society, (“basal breaks”) and buds are exposed Fort Valley, GA), which is easily mixed after their long winter’s nap. (2) Add a and applied one tiny drop at a time to heaping tablespoon of Epsom salt camellia buds, a process known as around each bush and water well. “gibbing.” This practice is best done in Epsom salt promotes new growth on September and October, so read up on it your roses. Keep up with care this summer by watching for pests and keep- now, and be prepared this fall. A regular application breaks the dormancy of ing roses watered and fed.   camellia buds and enlarges the Pansies and violas are cool-weather bloom size. ❍ flowers, but after the hammering they received this winter, most of them are Reach Nancy on her blog: only a shadow of their former selves. wallacegardens.tumblr.com.

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March 14 St. Patrick’s Day Concert The Michael O’Neal Singers present The Music Of Ireland on Friday March 14, 2014 at 8 pm, at Roswell United Methodist Church (814 Mimosa Blvd in Historic Roswell. The 150-voice chorus of The Michael O’Neal Singers reprise one of their most popular concert events—a Saint Patrick’s Day offering of Irish music. The evening’s entertainment will feature a diverse selection of music from the Emerald Isle, and will include traditional Irish instruments such as fiddle and harp. No MOS Irish concert would be complete without traditional step dancing, and MOS welcomes the dancers from the Mulligan School of Irish Dance who return for their fifth appearance with MOS. Tickets: $15/$20 in advance; $17/$22 at the door. 770-594-7974 www.mosingers.com.


March 21 & 22 Coppelia Ballet


March 22 Author Visits Board of Trade For Garden Design


March 29 Run the River Participants will gather at St. Andrew Catholic Church on Riverside Road for a 5K/10K run benefiting HomeStretch, which helps provide housing, hope, and life skills to homeless families. After the race there will be a fun-filled party with music from 97.1 The River, food, prizes, and Mee Mee The Clown. This is a family- and pet-friendly event. Bib pickups at 7 a.m.; the 10K race will start at 8 a.m., the 5K at 8:15 a.m., and the Fun Run at 8:20 a.m. For registration and more information, visit www.runtheriver.org.

Tara Dillard, Georgia resident and nationally recognized garden designer will visit The Board of Trade on Saturday, March 22nd, 1pm – 3pm. She will share her expertise on adding interest and harmony to any garden with non-living accoutrements. Dillard is a nationally recognized, award winning garden designer, author, and speaker who hosted her own CBS-TV show, The Better Gardening Show. Also at this event, The Board of Trade will debut a large consignment of garden décor such as jardinières, statuary, outdoor furniture, ironwork, ladders and lattices. Creative vignettes will show how to push the boundaries of non-traditional pieces for use out-of-doors. The Board of Trade is a fine consignment store in business for 24 years. Located in Historic Roswell, the store offers a 10,000 square foot selection of quality furniture in a variety of styles, antiques, decorative items, original art, silver, and estate jewelry. It also houses THE BOUTIQUE, a designer fashion shop for women. www.goboardoftrade.com

The Roswell Dance Theatre’s Pre-Professional Company will present the ballet, Coppelia, on March 21-22, 2014. The classic ballet is suitable for all ages and is a wonderful way to experience the arts and dance with family and friends. The costumes, the whimsical and delightful characters, the crazy toy maker, his doll, and a young couple in love, will surely charm their way into the audience’s hearts.      At the Roswell Cultural Arts Center located at 950 Forrest Street, Roswell, Georgia 30075. Friday, March 21, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. Reserved tickets are on sale at tututix.com or you may call them directly at 1-855222-2849 for questions and to reserve seats.  Please call Tolbert Yilmaz School of Dance at 770-998-0259 for ticket and any additional information. The school’s website is www.tysod.com.


March 22 Fourth Annual Farmer’s Market From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the High Meadows School on Willeo Road will host its farmers market, open rain or shine. There will be organic/sustainably-grown food from over 40 local vendors as well as seasonal produce, eggs, meat, jams, dairy products, and much more. There will be sheep shearing, live music, chef demonstrations, and more family activities. Call 770-993-2940.

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The Marietta Museum of History has an exciting exhibit, Bleeding Grey and Blue: Marietta’s Hospitals during the Civil War, recreating hospital rooms during the Civil War and showcasing Marietta’s significance as a major hospital headquarter during the Atlanta Campaign. The exhibit is on display through August 16, 2014. For more information, call 770-794-5710 or visit MariettaHistory.org.


March 13-15 Legally Blonde: The Musical Milton High School on Birmingham Highway will host the Milton Theatre Company’s production of “Legally Blonde: The Musical.” Harvard’s beloved blonde takes the stage by pink storm in this fun, upbeat musical about selfdiscovery. Based on the adored movie, this musical will stays true to form with a peppy score and playful book. It’s ridiculously enjoyable from start to finish. miltontheatrecompany.com.


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Farmers’ Market at Sweet Apple Village Sweet Apple Village off Etris Road will host its farmers’ market from 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. The event will feature farm to market produce and artisan-made products and regional specialties. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/FarmersMarketat SweetAppleVillage.

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March 15 Ragamuffin Teacher Showcase The Ragamuffin Music Hall in downtown Roswell will host a performance by music teachers Patrick Taylor, Carly Gibson, Jennifer Zuiff, Joshua Martin, Joseph Reed, and Jennifer Gibson at 8 p.m. These musicians not only teach, but perform all over the town and state. The show is sure to sell out quickly, so get your tickets early. Tickets are $10. For more information, call Ragamuffin at (770) 744-3814.


April 4 First Friday Gallery Walks From 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., the Galleries of Roswell Art District in downtown Roswell will open their doors to visits and special events. The tours are free and self-guided. There will be art from all tastes, ranging from contemporary to geo-cubist to modern, from sculpture to folk art. For participating galleries and additional information, visit www.roswellartdistrict.com or call 770-594-9511.

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A Short History Of St. Patrick Plus Our Celebrations We celebrate the occasion but do we really know St. Patrick?

27 MAR 2014


By Tripp Liles


March 17 is St. Patrick’s Day. This year it’s a Monday so many folks will begin celebrations early over the preceding weekend. Not being one for rules this seems okay to me—lets turn it into a three-day celebration. Beyond wearing green and drinking thick beer what does the day represent anyway? Facts around St. Patrick are scarce. Patrick was born in Britain around 385 and his father was a Roman official. As a youth he was captured by raiders and sold into slavery in Ireland from which he later escaped and returned to England. Later he would return to Ireland, where he spent several decades converting people to Christianity. Some 200 years later Ireland was and still is the only country in Europe to peacefully convert to Christianity. The scarcity of facts around his life has made his legacy rather malleable. Depending on who you ask you’ll get different interpretations on his influence on Ireland and western culture in general. But suffice to say he definitely has a lasting legacy. The Irish have celebrated their patron saint for centuries. Here in the U.S. we’ve turned it into a more celebratory event. Irish immigrants first celebrated St. Patrick’s Day in Boston in 1737 and the first parade was in New York City in 1762. Over the course of time the parade has become a way for Irish Americans to highlight their history and heritage and this still exists today. Locally, there are plenty of ways to celebrate the day. If you fancy a road trip, Savannah is your best bet. Their celebrations have become rather famous and are known as one of the largest festivals in the Southeast. As a matter of fact they have already started celebrations that began on the 2nd and will continue through the parade on the 17th. The parade will feature over 350 floats and marching bands along River Street. This is definitely an adult event as far as atmosphere goes, and has more in common with Mardi Gras than with anything else.


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2013 Atlanta St. Patrick’s Day Parade. In Atlanta, The St. Patrick’s Day parade is one of the longest running events in the city dating back to 1858. This year’s parade is taking place on Saturday, March 15, and will feature individuals and groups from around the city including clowns, floats, bands, Bagpipe & Drum Corps, children, dancers, drill teams, and more. This parade has a specific emphasis on families and children so it’s a little safer environment for the kids. Here in the ’burbs there is plenty to do as well. There are a multitude of Irish pubs that will be having activities throughout the weekend. On the boarder of East Cobb (4401 Shallowford Rd.) and Roswell sits Keegan’s Pub. Theses guys will be having plenty of activities over the weekend. Highlights include Irish music, green beer and great live entertainment in a great atmosphere. “Our St. Patrick’s Day celebration is a great opportunity to meet new people and introduce them to Keegan's and to experience St Paddy's in an authentic Irish pub atmosphere," Mike Ford, Keegan’s owner said. So no matter your taste there is plenty to celebrate for this long lasting holiday. For more info on these and other events visit our website, thecurrentplus.com. ❍

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For nearly two decades Historic Roswell Antiques stood for quality, beauty, style and taste. Everyone in our area whose eye demanded more in furnishings has known and loved that store. Alas, progress demanded its space, and very soon it will be gone. It was a well-run local business the community could always be proud of, a great resource for us all that will be missed.

The silver lining to a great store closing can be found just up the road at City Antiques. We are proud to announce that quite a few of the very best dealers from Historic Roswell Antiques are joining us here at City Antiques and the combination is magical. As if that wasn't enough we are warming up Lisa's Consignment and Estate Sales. It’s a shop within a shop that's progressing. Additionally, our custom shop is producing extraordinary pieces, which we are very proud to show off. Instant classics that are immediately rare. Remember real handwork? Come check us out.

We have a lot going on. Thank you all very much for our first three years! It's been thrilling, terrifying and exciting as we keep changing and morphing to better serve our clients. We constantly look for opportunities to bring restoration, preservation, re-loving, reusing, and second chances to life.

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You Must Go To Hugo’s This month we feature a Frenchman, some Big Easy delights and some good old American comfort food. well done indeed. Also, had the fried mac’n’cheese? Technically perfect and First Impressions upon entering my dinner companion loved it. On the Hugo’s Oyster Bar… oysters, fish, fish, advice of my cardiologist I avoid such shellfish, oysters, clams, fish, crabs, things. crawlers, then some more fish and one My guest went for the grilled salmon hell of a long bar. salad ($15). And again, way to go on the And it’s for greens, the lime and chili vinaigrette, big adults, all around. yesses to every bite. The salmon? Well by Not necessarily a now I had established that they are kids’ place. working with top shelf ingredients and From the out- again the kitchen delivered a delight side the building cooked to perfection. It can’t taste any is a nondescript better unless you are on the boat, heck in square. I am the ocean for that matter. So the amazed at how salmon? She loved it, absolutely loved it. Foodie News much restaurant We did three desserts consisting of FRANK MACK they fit into this sorbets and cheesecakes, all from our place. I looked in very best small local vendors. There is when they were under construction and nothing wrong with any of that. I did not see this coming. But since openIt’s a lot of restaurant in a very little ing the parking lot is almost always full package. It’s on one hand very formal. so I dropped in for a serious look. They blew me away with a bit of service. The hostess offered to replace my dinner companion’s white napkin with a black one—for her black pants. I swear, never ever saw that one and they did it with style. Indulge me with a shout out to the service overall. Serious pro staff at Hugo’s even the food runners that night we’re on their A game. If the service we received is their standard they will do fine. By Frank Mack

For this visit I ate with a companion and we did order around the menu. To start we had two different rare oysters ($2/3 per), char grilled oysters ($10 & a big yes), and one hell of a gumbo ($8). All winners, properly done, gorgeously presented, but that gumbo? Out of all, for me, that gumbo was superb. Love the tureen it’s served in and the flavor inside is nearly the literal definition of savory. It has a wow factor for sure. For my entrée I had the redfish ($23). The kitchen killed it, perfectly prepared. Fish, to me, is either perfect or it ain’t hitting my mouth. And boy did they hit it. Crisp skin, just right on the spice, and cooked to a gorgeous flake, mmmmmmm, gobbled it up. On the side I had the turnip greens. I love it when the organic, sharp, and bitter textures come out as enhanced rather than buried. Very well done gents, very

Ok, one minor thing. The fries, frozen bagged and they sucked. With all they do so well makes this an odd thing. But who the hell orders fries in a place like this? And I have to admit; we were warned, just felt like having fries though. For the décor it’s fine dining standards overall but they’ve got TV’s everywhere, which gives it a slight bar feel. I say what the heck. I don’t have to understand it. I like its feel and its layout. It’s a good plan, very solid

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29 MAR 2014

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Kelly and Cyril in the new Lé Bistro above Roswell Provisions on Canton Street in Roswell.

Crabapple Academy is a family owned and operated arts-based preschool that has provided a safe, loving environment for local children for over 20 years. We even have several of our original teachers! We offer care for children aged six weeks through ten years and are proud to offer the Georgia state funded Pre-K class.





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ideas if nothing else. Seats to melt into corners to cuddle into. They feature a deck in front and a patio in back. They even feature an old black and white movie playing on the wall. Take a close look to see if you can figure out for yourself what’s playing. It’s genius! Chef Cyril Broche, an actual Frenchman, is firmly in control. On my first bite, the roast beef, a French-dip sandwich. Yikes! This is done right with a two-day reduction for the au jus alone. The beef, it has got to be rested, aged, and then you don’t cook it, you roast it, in proper ovens, carefully, rest it again and slice it fresh. You do that every day. You use really good fresh crisp bread, baked fresh, every day. You make your own perfect horseradish smear, sided with chips, it’s all incredibly fresh and hot. C’est magnifique. Now, on to brunch. I’m a creature of habit. If find something real good, something I really like, I stick with it. Joe’s, that’s what I call it. Okay the sign in front says Oak Street Café. But it’s Joe’s in my head. Joe and Kim’s really, she’s the pretty one, he’s the all-serious one. The Saturday and Sunday brunch at the Oak Street Café, 45 Oak Street in Roswell, has become an addiction. Going on five weekends in a row with only one miss and each and every time I get deeper and deeper. The french toast, the open grilled sausage, a big spoon of steaming wild blueberry compote and drizzled hot maple syrup. When I eat this I have a smile a mile wide. Start your weekends, yes they serve brunch on Saturday and Sunday, with the Oak Street Café and you will be better for it. ❍

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kitchen, pro service and all that makes great things for everyone all around. Hugo’s Oyster Bar does a lunch that features po-boys. They’ll be competing directly with a favorite of mine, Adele’s Authentic Cajun. I’ll be checking that out real soon. You know what else? Hugo’s is helping sponsor the Live in Roswell concert series at the Roswell Cultural Arts Center. Tangent here—but you guys have got to check these concerts out. The cultural arts center is amazing. It’s literally the best party in town, everyone can come, and it comes with a reasonable bedtime. Check the Current website, thecurrentplus.com, for more details on future events. Hugo’s Oyster Bar is located at 10360 Alpharetta Street in Roswell and is a nice addition to the neighborhood. That area is growing nicely along with Pure Taqueria and their flying deck in addition to Lucky’s Burgers and Brew, and the Roswell Tap—both fine beer and burger places. Something Old Is New Again Good gracious wait till you see what they are doing above the incredibly cool Roswell Provisions on Canton Street in Roswell. It’s called Le Bistro and it has been remade and its unbelievable how much the owners Kelly and Cyril are doing and how elegantly classy, comfy and cool it’s going to be. Gone is the kind of confusing seating and a menu/concept I never took to. Staying is the balcony, the history, the great location and the overall warmth of a great old building. New is literally everything else. Without going overboard, the decor is perfect. What a room Kelly has put together. Honestly, go for the decorating

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30 MAR 2014

capturedinthecurrent By Lisa Eckman See more of Lisa Eckman’s photography at her Facebook page: Humans of Atlanta.

<This “Pegasister” is a huge fan of the character DJ Pon-3. My Little Pony isn’t just for little girls to enjoy!

Doug was out taking a walk on his break from work. He works with computers. He told me that oftentimes people fall into the computer field, but he loves meeting somebody who has a talent and passion for their work.

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Susan stayed home when the snow hit. It took her oldest son 9 hours to get home, though. She used the snow days to help her kids with school work.

This gorgeous and playful pitbull mix pup was named Batman because of his ears.

I spotted a “Brony” out in the wild! He loves My Little Pony for the animation, writing and humor. The show also has a good message. Friendship IS magic! His favorite character is Rainbow Dash.

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