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Ga. Governor Nathan Deal announced Ernst and Young will open an $8.5 million facility and bring 400 new technology jobs to Alpharetta. In a Feb. 20 press release, Deal said the company, a leading provider of assurance, tax, transactions, and advisory services, would lease space in Sanctuary Park on Lakewood Parkway to create a global IT center. This facility would create a collaborative and flexible work environment to deliver highquality services. Over the next five years, 400 high-quality jobs would come to Georgia through a combination of new hires and transfers. These positions will include project managers, business analysts, software architects, software developers, system analysts, executives, managers, and other support positions. “Tech and IT services are critical to serving our clients and enable our people in our day to day work,” said Susan Bell, the Atlanta Office managing partner of Ernst & Young LLP, an EY member firm. “EY is thrilled to be establishing a global IT center in the state of Georgia, and we are excited about the positive impacts of these highly skilled jobs in our firm and our community.” The Georgia Department of Economic Development partnered with the City of Alpharetta, the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, and the Development Authority of Fulton County to facilitate this expansion project for EY.

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Several schools from Roswell and Alpharetta were honored for their Advanced Placement scores. Alpharetta High School, Roswell High School, and Centennial High School were among the nine Fulton schools recognized as AP Merit Schools, where at least 20 percent of the students took AP exams and at least half received a score of three or higher. All three schools received this honor for the sixth consecutive year. The three schools were also named AP STEM schools, a category honoring schools with students testing in at least two AP math and two AP science courses. They were also named AP STEM Achievement Schools, a honor given to schools where at least 40 percent of the math and science test-takers earn scores of three or higher. “Having such a high number of schools named AP Honor Schools is extraordinary,” said Superintendent Robert Avossa. “Two of our district’s strategic goals focus on college preparation and work readiness, and these awards show that our students are on the right path for success after high school. It’s particularly encouraging to see our schools advance in STEM achievement, which is the concentration area of many future jobs.” Advanced Placement courses and their accompanying tests, administered by the College Board, allow high school students to take college classes. Those scoring a three or more may be able to exempt college classes.

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Cobb County Board of Commissioners Chairman Tim Lee will headline a District 2 town hall in Smyrna. The event, which will take place at the Smyrna Community City at 200 Village Green Circle, will replace a Feb. 11 event canceled due to illness. Residents will be able to speak to Lee and learn about projects that will be happening around the county. For more information, call 770-528-3305 or visit

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4-H TO HOLD ANNUAL PLANT SALE The Cobb County 4-H Club will hold its annual plant sale March 16. This year’s offerings include blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, figs, muscadine, Admiral Semmes azaleas, crape myrtles, edgeworthia, heuchera, forsythia, viburnum, and loropetalum. The event will take place at Jim Miller Park, 2245 Callaway Road, Marietta, Ga., 30008, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Prepaid orders will be accepted through March 8. The order form is available at or by calling 770-528-4076. Meanwhile, there will be a free seminar on growing and caring for blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, and muscadines from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. March 4 at the Cobb County Water Lab, 662 South Cobb Drive, Marietta. For more information, visit or call 770-528-4070.

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Farmers’ Markets Offer Locally-Grown Cuisine Some Markets Already Open; Others Coming Soon By Matthew W. Quinn Farmers’ market season is approaching, with some markets already open. The Marietta Square Farmers Market has been held year-round from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at North Park Square and, beginning the first weekend in April, from 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays and noon to 3 p.m. on Sundays, for the past 11 years. “We started out with eight vendors in a Baptist church parking lot,” said organizer Johnny Fulmer. After five years, he convinced the city to allow the market to be held in North Park Square. This has allowed him to host 60 vendors, most from within 60 miles of Marietta, who serve thousands of customers on Saturdays and 30 to 35 vendors serving 1,000 customers on Sundays. This year, the market has two new products, mushrooms and Georgia shrimp. Fulmer said mushrooms are always a popular item, but finding a local grower was difficult. The shrimp dealer came as a referral from another vendor. It took awhile to bring shrimp to the market because the Department of Agriculture imposes strict licensing requirements, including refrigeration and training programs. A trend Fulmer has noticed is that customers and vendors are becoming younger. He attributes this to the popularity of locally- and naturally-grown products, with the latter being identical to “organic” products in all but name.

No pesticides and herbicides are used in their cultivation. When asked why, he said people assume locally- and naturally-grown products are healthier. People in general are more interested in what is in their food and at farmers’ markets, the grower is there to answer questions. The more local the source, the happier people are to buy it. “It depends on the time of the year,” he said when asked which products were the most popular. Milk, honey, and baked goods are popular year-round, while tomatoes and peaches are most popular during the summer when they’re in-season. As fall comes, lettuces and root vegetables grow popular. Not only do local consumers like the products of farmers’ markets, but so do local restaurants. “We have a lot of restaurants that are mixed in with the farmers’ market,” he said. “Some of the restaurants are partnering with the grower to buy products for a farm-to-table cooking approach.” The restaurants prefer locally-grown tomatoes to ones brought in from Florida, California, or Mexico because they retain their “real tomato taste” better than others. Another grower sells the restaurants locally-grown strawberries. CONTINUED 6


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“It’s a healthy dining experience,” he said. The Riverside Farmers’ Market, which will begin June 1 and last until September 14, is in its planning phases now. The Fulton County Extension Office works in concert with the city of Roswell to put on the market, which takes place in the parking lot of City Hall on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon. Fulton County Cooperative Extension Director Menia Chester said typically 1,500 to 1,700 people come to each event, which translates to 32,000 people each year. Over the years, the market has grown tremendously, since people want to know where their food comes from and who has grown it. The items available at the market are seasonal—at the beginning of the season, there are lots of leafy green vegetables and strawberries, while later in the season, corn, tomatoes, and other crops harvested during the summer will take their place. The Riverside Farmers’ Market will also feature cooking demonstrations and educational programs. “It may not be every Saturday, but most Saturdays we will have someone there that can answer questions about chronic diseases and how eating healthy food can make those chronic diseases a little bit better,” Chester said. These will include demonstrations on cooking vegetables in a healthier manner as well as, during watermelon season, making watermelon salsa. The program will also include educational programs for participating vendors, which Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension Agent Rolando Orellana estimated would number 40 this year and number 35 to 50 most years. “We teach them how to better harvest their vegetables and how to do things in an appropriate manner,” Chester said. “We have lots of resources available for farmers.” As happens every year, the Riverside Farmers’ Market will kick off with a

grand opening celebration. Although the specifics have not yet been decided, elected officials will be invited to come and speak and there will be activities for the whole family, including facepainting and storytelling. Each market will also feature live music. Also returning this year will be the Alpharetta Farmers’ Market. Organizer Carol Anderson-Wood said she is negotiating with the city for a new location, which will still be in downtown Alpharetta. It will begin April 13 and last until mid-October. Each Saturday, it will run from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. “It’s grown from a real small market to a pretty large one,” she said. In 2012, she had 60 vendors. She hopes 2013 will have the same number, but there may be more. She has gotten a large number of inquiries. Not all markets are coming back with such success. One that will not be returning this year is the Market on the Green, traditionally held at Mountain Park Park. Christina Packham, the organizer of the market, said when the market began in 2011, it was popular with many patrons and vendors. However, attendance declined the following year, leading to fewer vendors. It eventually got to the point she had to fund the market out of her own pocket. To make matters worse, her father was diagnosed with cancer and she and her children will be visiting him in Utah for much of this coming summer. Although the Mountain Park Civic Club provided volunteers, she has no employees to pass management of the market to. “It takes a lot of volunteer power and we don’t have the volunteer power,” she said. She had intended to make the market a formal non-profit, but there wasn’t even the money for that. This is unfortunate because one of her purposes for the market was to raise funds to renovate the park playground. The playground was built in the early 1980s using wood that had been pressure-treated with the poison arsenic. ❑

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The Local Travel Business Is Going Up Agencies Still In Demand In An Evolving Industry

Travel is a favorite way to make memories and feel one’s really living.

By Elaine LaMontagne

It gives me great pleasure to report that indicators and official reports show the travel industry is on the rise. “People are tired of waiting for the economy to rebound to where it once was, so they are choosing to spend their discretionary income and go,” said Danny Fisher, owner of Roswell’s Nationwide Cruises & Vacations. Statistics prove the point. The airline business is the top determinant of how well the travel industry is doing. A recently released forecast from the International Air Transport Association (IATA) expects Danny Fisher, Nationwide airlines to welcome Cruises and Vacations. 3.6 billion passengers in 2016, about 800 million more than the 2.8 billion passengers carried by airlines in 2011. The United States will continue to be the largest single market for domestic passengers (710.2 million) and largest group of international travelers (223 million). Travel agencies—whether small neighborhood boutiques, large corporate departments, or independent consultants working from home—still hold an important role in the biz. According to Travel Trade Magazine (NAICS statistics), “The travel agency industry is dynamic, and generally in a constant state of transformation … Employment in the industry is sensitive to the economy, perception of air safety and political crises …

however, travel agencies have proved themselves flexible enough to adapt to the ever-changing habits of American travelers.” “After 9/11, the business was dead,” said Rhonda Parks, owner of Around the World Travel Agency. “It was like sitting in an empty church. It took a second dive later in the decade from the economy crash. But we’ve seen a fascinating pattern of consumers deciding that regardless of the economy, they want to enjoy their lives, and travel is a favorite way to make memories and feel one’s really living. Business is once again showing vitality.” Travel agents earn their money from commissions via airlines, hotels, cruise lines and tour operators. There are some agencies that charge a modest service fee, similar to the Ticketmaster concept. It is not appropriate to tip agents; their goal is to deliver great travel experiences so that you will use their services repeatedly. I have personally given restaurant gift certificates to my travel agent as a gesture of appreciation for planning some special vacations for me—apparently, this is not expected but not uncommon. With the start of some positive economic growth, and consumers overcoming their concerns about airline safety, travel is up for both leisure and business. After the decline of the early 2000s mixed with the explosion of online travel planning opCONTINUED 8


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Expert advice and personalized service – Although it can be very helptions like Expedia, Priceline, Orbitz, ful and interesting to peruse Travelocity and Cheaptickets came information and possibilities on many mergers and acquisitions of websites, people still like to interact agencies. Others closed shop. with experts to get advice on Consequently, there are fewer brick complicated and oftentimes expensive and mortar locations, and an increase efforts. Agents spend a great deal of in travel consultants efficiently time on FAM (familiarization) trips to working from home. However, their ex- learn details of resorts, hotels, cruise pertise remains valued and viable. ships, tour options, etc., so they can That was quite evident to me as I re- provide personal experiences and more searched for this article—every travel insightful knowledge. agent I spoke to was working unbelievBest value for your money via able hours in order to accommodate resourceful tools and agent network their clients—so for those working, – Agents can make your dollars go furbusiness is rocking. ther with the best deals and packages So, why use a travel agent rather available (and there is no charge for than doing it yourself online? Daniel agencies to book packages). Tools and Browning an agent with East Cobb’s network connections, internally and Travel Expo, shares the following externally, enable agents to dig deeper reasons: in research and analysis. Less stress – Trip planning can be Convenient one-stop shopping – stressful because of the vast array of Agents can handle all aspects of your options and details, navigating trip into one package with flights, lodgwebsites that can be lengthy, vague ing, transportation, activities, tours and repetitive. Travel agents spend and insurance, if that is the client’s time researching the various options preference. for you and eliminate hours of stress. Extended customer service – In 7

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addition to the service provided in planning trips, agents offer their assistance while you are on your trip in case of any questions or issues. Just like doctors, many agents make themselves or associates available 24/7. “Today people like to explore possibilities online, but they want to work with a travel agent when making their formal plans. It provides security and confidence,” Fisher reiterated. Typically, people use travel consultants when planning larger scale vacations or special event trips such as honeymoons, destination weddings or family vacations and not necessarily for those quick getaways to a close-by beach or lake. It’s interesting to learn what seems to be hot on the travel docket these days when it comes to those special travel destinations … “Europe is hot, hot, hot. Italy is the top European choice, with Great Britain and France not far behind. But Europe in general is luring Americans back,” said Parks. She added that European river cruises on the Danube, Rhine, and Moselle are exploding in popularity. The ship size of

approximately 125 people is more intimate and the excursions include unlimited wine onboard plus a city tour at each individual stop. The wellmaintained ships can pull up very quickly and close allowing ease and convenience throughout the trip. Strongly competing with Europe are Mexico, Costa Rica, Jamaica and the Caribbean, according to the agents interviewed. “Those that want a destination with a shorter flight often choose Jamaica, Cancun/Riviera Maya, and the Bahamas,” said Browning. “Honeymooner and destination wedding couples are tending towards St. Lucia, Antigua, Jamaica, Riviera Maya, and Punta Cana—lots of varying budgets can be accommodated at these sites. The adventurous prefer Costa Rica and Belize. But Mexico is really doing well, despite the media attention at certain crime zones. We know locations to avoid, and so many Mexican destinations are completely safe and fantastic price points.” CONTINUED 28

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Hail To The Chiefs Think about it! If Valentines Day wasn’t enough, I also have Sweetie’s Now that we are safely into the birthday to consider. And if that still month of March, Sweetie covertly rewasn’t enough pressure, we also have vealed to me that she feels like the “mac-daddy” of them all— February is one of my “darkest” President’s Day! That’s right, how to months. For some reason she has properly celebrate George and Abe determined and our current president takes much that this time of consideration and purposeful year is when my planning. I know my liberal buddies naturally (both of them) would agree this can melancholy disbe a very trying occasion. position My initial attempt at celebration becomes the this year was to go for a little “dropmost top” driving in my foreign car to despondent. contemplate many of the freedoms Miscellaneous Obviously, like our past leaders fought to maintain. Ramblings you, I was taken However, after filling the tank with aback by this MIKE FINCH $4.00 per gallon gas, I decided that revelation and fuel was a commodity far too precious immediately to burn aimlessly, so I quickly delved into this assertion searching determined a destination for my for even a modicum of truth. “Presidential Appreciation Journey”. I pondered the possibility that it Obviously, I thought the range could have been the weather, as we would be the perfect location for did have an enormous amount of reflection. Oh, no, not the golfovercast and rainy days last month. range—the shooting range. This Or possibly it could have been that would be a great place to show my the bills from Christmas finally hit gratitude for freedom while popping our statement, causing a slight bit of off a couple of hundred rounds in my financial panic. Or perhaps the shortsoon-to-be illegal AR-15 and AK-47— ened length of the month may cause of course, utilizing high-capacity me to subconsciously pack in as much magazines. Unfortunately, due to undespair and depression as I can precedented sales of guns and ammo, muster. each bullet costs $1.00 or more, And while all these theories are dramatically reducing the fun of possible catalysts, I believe they can legally discharging my firearms. easily be disproven by the smiling proSo, I wisely decided to just take file-photograph adorning this column. Sweetie to a nice commemorative dinAdmittedly, this shot was not taken in ner. But, alas I soon remembered my February, but nobody knows that for disposable income had been reduced 2 percent by reinstated payroll taxes this year. Steak and lobster could cerObviously, I thought the tainly wait, but surely there was something missing from my range would be the celebratory attempts causing my darkperfect location for ened mood. Finally, I received the reflection. Oh, no, not inspiration I was seeking in my nephew’s Facebook post, aptly the golf-range—the pointing out his thankfulness for all shooting range. of the presidents’ past service to our country and more importantly—the free President’s Day cookie at Subway. My darkness was suddenly lifted! ❑ sure. No, a more likely culprit to my Mike Finch can be reached at gloomy disposition would be the miscellaneousramblings Holidays and special occasions “stuffed” within these 28 days (I think rehab is 28 days as well—hmmm?).









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Rowing Past Obstacles Adaptive Sculling Program Helps People With Disabilities Redefine Their Strength By Helen K. Kelley For years, many sculling crews—from local high schools and colleges to those of the Atlanta Rowing Club—have practiced and competed on the beautiful Chattahoochee River. And now, you can also see people with many types of disabilities rowing on its flowing waters. Southeastern Adaptive Scullers (SEAS), an initiative of the Atlanta Rowing Club, affords people with physical and intellectual disabilities the opportunity to engage in the fun and competition of rowing. Atlanta Rowing Club member Bryce Chung, who helped found SEAS, says his inspiration for starting the program came from personal experience. “I grew up in Hawaii, so I spent a lot of time on the water doing things like kayaking, and then I began rowing in college. I loved it,“ he said. “I also grew up with a cousin who had cerebral palsy. So the idea of starting a program

idea of starting a program “forThe people with disabilities really struck home with me.

Adaptive rower Joshua Merryman and friend look out at the Chattahoochee River from the dock at the Atlanta Rowing Club boathouse. (Photo courtesy of Bryce Chung)

for people with disabilities really struck home with me.” Chung, with the assistance of fellow Atlanta Rowing Club members, got the SEAS program up and running last year. Currently, more than 30 volunteers assist with the training of

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the adaptive athletes, helping them to safely achieve their range of motion and strengthen their bodies on the indoor rowing machine or out on the water in the rowing shell. SEAS offers two programs tailored for different skill levels. Athletes with

no previous rowing experience can enroll in the Learn-to-Row training program, which teaches the basic terminology and techniques of the sport, using an indoor rowing machine and a dock rower before going into a rowing shell on the river. The Team Training program is for adaptive athletes who want to pursue the sport competitively and recreationally, and practices are held on the water in every season except winter, when the group moves indoors. There are four classifications in adaptive rowing, set forth by the International Rowing Federation. Adaptive rowers who wish to compete must meet the criteria in one of these classifications: • ID (Intellectual Disability): includes developmental or cognitive disabilities and traumatic brain injuries CONTINUED 14

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Math Advantage Club Math Advantage Club Denise Detamore, Director of Math Advantage Club, cuts the ribbon their beautiful new facility located near the intersection of East Crossville and Crabapple Roads in Roswell.

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Hardee’s Hardee’s District Manager Glenn Postell, holding the scissors, with GM Steve Carlson (left) and Roswell City officials open the newest Hardee’s location on Holcomb Bridge Road in Roswell.

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Drugged Up In Amsterdam: My Story By Don Rizzo Last year my wife Diane and I decided to visit my stepson and his lovely Turkish wife in Istanbul and then cruise the Greek isles. The only negative to visiting Istanbul is the eight -hour overnight flight to Amsterdam with a two-hour connection to Turkey. But I had a plan. I got my friendly doc to prescribe Ambien so we Grumpy could sleep on Old Man the flight. I usuDON RIZZO ally take a little of the hormone, Melatonin before bed anyway, which helps you sleep, so I figured the Ambien would really kick it up a notch. We climbed aboard at Hartsfield about 6 p.m. I couldn’t go to sleep at 6 o’clock, of course. I held my nose and gagged down the mystery meat and soggy veggies that passed for a dinner. Still not sleepy. Settled in to watch a movie. Played some computer games available on the back of the seat in front of me. Time passes. I check the time. Yikes! We’re only about 3 hours from landing. I need some sleep. I find my trusty pill vial and shake out my Melatonin and just to be safe—two Ambien. “Don’t do that,” Diane says. “It won’t wear off in time.” “Oh, pooh, I can handle it.” I quaffed down the pills. My next recollection is the plane bouncing to a stop. I lifted my head. Wooooh….. I was instantly overcome with extreme dizziness and nausea. Oh….my….. God…. I can’t stand up. The world is spinning crazily. “Get up!” Diane says. “We only have 45 minutes to make our connection.” I stagger to my feet, swaying from side to side. I can barely pull my carryon. We had two other heavy bags. Diane is handling them both. I stagger into the terminal, the world spinning, barely able to walk.

Just inside the terminal, Diane props me against a wall and says, “Wait here. I’ll find the gate.” As she stamped away (furiously, I might add), I slide down the wall like some kind of spineless eel and end up hunched over on the floor with my head between my knees in a nauseous, semi-coma. Needless to say, I began to attract a crowd. One very pleasant Dutchman says, “Sir, are you okay? Do you have chest pain?” “Nah, I jus tooksomedrugs,” I slurred without looking up. “wife’saroiundsomewherreee.” “Well I can’t leave you like this,” he says. “I’ll get help.” By now, several kind people are hovering over me wondering what to do with me. Diane storms up, pushing her way through the mini-crowd. “GET UP!” she commands. “We’ve got twenty minutes to get to the gate.” The crowd is stunned, all staring at her like she’s Attila’s domineering wife. At that moment a uniformed KLM person arrives. “Sir, we can’t allow you on a flight in your condition,” she says. I’ll get a wheel chair and get you to the infirmary. “No, no,” Diane says. “It’s just a sleeping pill. We have to get to Istanbul on this flight.” “Sorry, ma’am.” The attendant shoehorns me into the wheelchair, where my head slumps between my legs so I can keep from throwing up the horrible airline dinner. She takes off about ninety miles an hour down the concourse. Diane is juggling all our luggage and running behind. “Slow down,” she screams. “You’ll lose me.” No dice. We screech into the infirmary where a medical team descends on me, stripping off my shirt and hooking me to an EKG to see exactly when I’m going to get my final flight on Angel Air. Diane’s explaining, to no avail, that it’s sleeping pills. EKG good. Heart sounds good. Pretty fit body for such an CONTINUED 14

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“One of our first adaptive • LTA (Legs, Trunk and Arms): perrowers wasn’t aware that tains to physically disabled he could use his torso, but participants who have the use of their he soon learned he could legs and can use a sliding seat in the sit up on his own and use shell or rowing machine; also applies to visually impaired persons his torso to row. • TA (Trunk and Arms): applies to The smile on his face was rowers who are unable to use a sliding unmatched.” seat, such as someone who has had a bilateral knee amputation • AS (Arms and Shoulders): includes individuals who typically have minimal or no trunk function Rowing has many benefits for people with disabilities. Physically, the sport gives participants a great cardiovascular workout and improves muscle tone. Emotionally, the team aspect offers a sense of community and a chance to work with fellow athletes. “Sometimes, an adaptive athlete will accomplish something he or she didn’t think they could do,” said Chung. “One of our first adaptive rowers wasn’t aware that he could use his torso, but he soon learned he could sit up on his own and use his torso to row. The smile on his face was unmatched.” In addition to recreational rowing, Southeastern Adaptive Scullers teams compete against other athletes from around the country at regattas throughout the year. Upcoming events include the Sarasota Invitational in Sarasota, Fla. on March 23-24, the Chattahoochee Adaptive Sprints at Chattahoochee River National Park in Roswell on May 18, the Bayada Regatta in Philadelphia, Pa. on August 17, and the Head of the Hooch in Chattanooga, Tenn. on November 2-3. Southeastern Adaptive Scullers welcomes new participants of all skill levels. If you would like to learn more about the program and how to get started, log on to or email Bryce Chung at ❑ 13


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undisciplined mind. Finally the doc says, “Ok, I’ll give him a shot for nausea. “ We get checked out and wander aimlessly into the cavernous terminal. I’m Curly Hair Specialty Salon / still staggering and weaving like a hopeless drunk. Our flight is long gone, of course. Next flight: 8:30 p.m. Current time: 9 a.m. Suicide was my only viable Christina Carsillo (owner) option. That would help Diane avoid a long stint in the lady’s hoosegow for first-degree murder. Diane spots an in-the-airport hotel. Tiny little 8x8 rooms, but clean and rentable by the hour. (Don’t ask questions). I collapse and pass out. She sits there and fumes. When I come to five hours later, I’m my ole chipper self—except for some angst over a ruined marriage. God bless that woman. We chatted. We went to a nice restaurant. (If you’re going to OD on a trip, be sure you’re booked into Amsterdam. Such nice people.) We finally clambered aboard the last flight to Istanbul and cheerily met our aggravated but tolerant kids at about 1 a.m. Next trip? I’m on the Queen Mary 2. Much nicer rooms to pass out in.❑ After Don Rizzo was co-owner of an Atlanta advertising agency before he retired and is past president of the Atlanta Advertising Club. He currently sits on the Board of the Horseshoe Bend Community Association and volunteers as a court-appointed special advocate at the Fulton County Juvenile Court. Don plays mediocre golf, attends yoga classes, and has a small fortune invested in fly-fishing equipment. (Although he has only been once.)

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The Man Behind The Building: A Tribute To Larry Collett

Teresa Urqhart, Debbie Keel, Carmen Lovinger, and Larry Collett

By Debbie Keel The first day I met Larry Collett was my first day as CEO of North Fulton Hospital three-and-a-half years ago. When I walked into my new office, the Joint Commission walked in right behind me to perform its triennial hospital survey. In the world of hospital administrators, this is a nightmare scenario. You know nothing about your hospital or the people who work there and a trio of surveyors is there to spend three days asking lots of questions to which you have no answers. The only good thing about that morning was that I would learn a whole lot about my team rather quickly, particularly Larry. One of the first things these surveyors get into is the hospital’s “environment of care,” the physical plant. Is it clean? Is it safe? Are it and the people in it well-prepared for disaster? The director of plant operations is who answers these questions, the person accountable for the walls and

floors and ceilings and all the wires and pipes and systems in them. At North Fulton Hospital, that would be Larry Collett. That day he handled the surveyors with his usual calm and controlled demeanor, answering all their questions ably and making sure they enjoyed a flawless tour of a perfect physical plant. I was impressed. But as I have come to know Larry day in and day out, I’m more impressed. As a hospital CEO, lots of things keep me up at night. But I never lose a minute of sleep worrying that the many mechanical and electrical systems that have to function perfectly at our hospital will fail. I never worry that the maintenance won’t be completed on time and effectively. I never worry that our patients aren’t safe and secure. I never worry that the building and the staff aren’t well prepared for a disaster in our community or even at our hospital. I never worry because Larry is simply the most capable and adept plant operations director with whom I have ever had the pleasure to work. He has assembled an outstanding team and they have worked together under his leadership for 20 years. He may have some sleepless nights but I never do because I have the utmost confidence in his ability to keep our hospital humming safely and soundly, even in the face of things like tornadoes and snowstorms and power outages. Larry has recently been elected president of the Georgia Society of Hospital Engineers, a professional group of the Georgia Hospital Association. They would have been hard pressed to find a more capable leader. His experience and his wealth CONTINUED 16

North Fulton Hospital Community Calendar March – May 2013 SUPPORT GROUPS


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

Sunday, 3/3, 3/24, and 4/14, and Saturday 5/18, from 1:00 to 5:30 p.m. Teaches children ages 11-14 how to be prepared and responsible babysitters. Bring a doll or stuffed animal and a sack lunch and drink. $30

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American Heart Association Heartsaver CPR*

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

Saturday, 3/2, 4/27, and 5/4 CPR course for the community. Adult and child CPR, 9 a.m. to noon; $35 Adult, child and infant CPR, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; $45 *You may sign up for the adult/child portion only, but infant CPR will not be offered separately.

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

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

Healthcare Provider CPR* Saturday, 3/16, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. CPR course for healthcare professionals. $55

Diabetes Self-Management Workshop Saturday, 3/23, 4/27, and 5/18 The Diabetes Association of Atlanta (DAA) offers classes at North Fulton Hospital to teach diabetes self-management skills. Call Katie at 404-527-7180 for more information and to register.

Childbirth Preparation

Saturday, 3/23, 4/20, and 5/11 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Caring, Sharing, and Learning: Breast Active class consisting of both lecture and disCancer Support Group cussion/sharing. Topics include anatomy and Fourth Tuesday of every month, 6 p.m. physiology; nutrition and fitness; discomforts of Cope and connect with others who are facing pregnancy; stages of labor and what to expect; the same struggles. Please call Micah Brown, cesarean birth; medications; possible complicaRN, Breast Health Nurse Navigator, at tions; postpartum care; and comfort, relaxation, 770-751-2556 to register. breathing and coping techniques for labor supWomenHeart Support Group port. $100 per couple; registration required. Second Tuesday of every month, 7:30 p.m., Water Birth Classroom C. WomenHeart, the National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease, brings Thursday, 3/7, 3/21, 4/4, 4/18, 5/2, 5/16, and support and education to women who are at risk 5/30, 7:00 p.m. For couples desiring to learn about the option of or who already have heart disease and would like to know more about risk factors and symp- a water birth delivery. Completion of the class is required to be considered for water birth at toms. We will be addressing different topics NFH. $30.00 per couple; registration required. each month. To register, call Nicki at 404-386-6037. Call 770- 751-2660 for more information and to register. Ostomy Support Group Third Tuesday of every month, 6:30 p.m., Class- Maternity Tours room C. This group is open to anyone who has or Please join one of our Women’s Health nurses in will have an ostomy and any friends, family or the hospital atrium on alternating Tuesdays at 4 supporters. The meeting structure is informal p.m. and Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. for a guided with group discussion and guest speakers to be tour of the Labor and Delivery suites, scheduled at various times throughout the year. Mother/Baby Unit and the Neonatal ICU. The Call John Dorso at 678-694-8726 to register tour last approximately one hour. Please call or to obtain more information. 770-751-2660 for the schedule and to register.


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Back To Life: Pain Management Specialists Offer Minimally Invasive Treatment For Back Pain spinal cord is a treatment used for patients that are afflicted with pain related to arthritis of the spine. This treatment denervates the painful degenerative joints in the spine, providing patients with four months to two years of relief. Kyphoplasty is used to restore height and stabilize a fracture of a vertebra, thus eliciting almost immediate pain relief from the severe pain related to an acute compression fracture. Dorsal Column Stimulation is an outpatient surgical procedure that involves implanting pain-relieving electrodes into the patient’s spine. “This procedure is used as a last resort for patients who are in incapacitating, Dr. Ravi Dammanna, Dr. Kenneth Joel, and Dr. M. Shazad Wada intractable pain that has not responded to conservative measures, and can There are many causes of spinalBack pain seems to be a fact of life. related pain or back pain, which include, provide remarkable relief,” says Dr. Joel. Lower back pain affects as many as 80 The Pain and Spine Center’s percent of adults sometime during their but are not limited to, degenerative disk lives. Even though back pain is common disease, facet arthritis, and compression minimally invasive approach means that and will sometimes resolve on its own or fractures, as well as inflammation of the most of the interventions are reversible sacroiliac joint—a joint located between and will not preclude other treatments with the help of at-home therapies like from being performed. heat or over-the-counter pain relievers, the sacrum (tailbone) and ilium (hip Dr. Joel says these interventions show bone) in the pelvis—which can be if your pain is severe or becomes more very positive outcomes in scientific studfrequent, it may mean it’s time ask a doc- caused by anything from arthritis or ies in a majority of patients. However, pregnancy to an abnormal walking tor for help. sometimes surgery may still be pattern. The muscles surrounding the “If the pain is intense, debilitating or necessary, and in this situation, Dr. Joel spine can also cause significant pain if if the pain is persistent and ultimately and the center’s other pain management affects the quality of one’s life on a daily injured or in spasm. When a patient is referred to the Pain specialists, Ravi Dammanna, M.D., and basis, it is probably time to see a pain M. Shazad Wada, M.D., work very and Spine Center, there is a variety of management specialist for relief,” says closely with orthopedic surgeons, neurotreatment options available. Kenneth Joel, M.D., a board-certified surgeons, or other specialists to come up “Our goal is to use the least invasive pain management physician and with a plan of surgical treatment that Medical Director of the Pain and Spine approach possible to alleviate our will work best for each patient. patient’s discomfort,” says Dr. Joel. Center at North Fulton Hospital. “Our ultimate goal at Some of the Pain management specialists are medthe Pain and Spine ical doctors who take a multidisciplinary treatments used include epidural approach to the treatment of pain with Our goal is to use the Center is to stay on the cutting edge of pain the goal of improving the patient’s ability steroids least invasive approach management, staying injections using to function and perform their normal, possible to alleviate our abreast of the latest daily activities. Dr. Joel says back pain is x-ray guidance and IV sedation one of the most common reasons patient’s discomfort. technologies and techniques and making when necessary to patients are referred to the center. them available to all of A frequent complaint is low back and deposit longour patients,” says Dr. acting synthetic neck pain, which begins centrally and steroid. This treatment utilizes the injec- Joel. “We want to ensure they get the sometimes affects one or more best of care to achieve the highest tion of synthetic steroid into an area extremities. Low back pain can either quality of life possible.” present just in the back or radiate down that is inflamed within the spine, thus, For more information about the ultimately reducing pain and swelling one or both legs. Neck pain can be and creating an environment of healing, Pain and Spine Center at North Fulton central or radiate up into the head or Hospital, visit down the arms. Thoracic back—or mid- allowing a patient to rehabilitate their ❑ back with core conditioning. back—pain is also seen quite often and Radiofrequency lesioning of the can be central and or radiate around the nerves that carry pain signals to the chest wall.


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of knowledge about hospital physical plants and operations will benefit the entire group and, by extension, every hospital in Georgia. Larry does have a life outside of NFH. He’s a big guy and he rides a big motorcycle on vacations around the country. He has a better half, Connie, and they have two grown daughters. He is a family man to the nth degree and makes sure his family members, especially the older ones, don’t have any needs that go unmet. Larry and Connie go every week to visit her 99Larry Collett, Director year-old of Facility Operations, grandfather and North Fulton Hospital help him with work around his house and other chores. He also does a lot of volunteer work that he doesn’t think we know about (his motorcycle club does a fundraiser for Children’s Hospital of Atlanta every year at the holidays) but about which we are very proud. About the only thing I don’t admire in Larry is his choice of football teams—he’s an avid Falcons fan, and I’m from New Orleans and a Saints fan. The only other thing he could possibly do to change my high opinion of him is retire—he doesn’t talk about it, at least not in front of me, so I have to be hopeful that he never will. When you are blessed to work with a man so smart and generous and admired by everyone who works with him, you just want him to show up every day. As we celebrate our hospital’s 30 years in this community, remember that of all the fine people who care for our patients, it’s the guy who cares for our building that is one of the biggest reasons we are still here for you. ❑

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North Fulton Hospital Offers

Each year, high school sports team players, cheerleaders, and band members must have a physical to ensure that they are fit and healthy enough to participate in their chosen activity. Now in its fourth year, North Fulton Hospital provides a quick and easy way for students and their parents to accomplish this through the hospital’s annual High School Physical event. It will be held on Saturday, April 13, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, at North Fulton Hospital, 3000 Hospital Blvd., Roswell. “The hospital is happy to provide this service to support our local students and their families,” said Diane Sanders, R.N., BSN, community education coordinator. Several different stations are set up throughout the hospital, and students move from one station to the next to receive their examinations and physician clearance. Sports physical evaluations will be provided by Resurgens Orthopaedics; vision screenings will be provided by Ajit Nemi, M.D., ophthalmologist; and medical clearance/general physical examinations will be provided in private exam rooms by primary care and emergency medicine physicians. No appointments are necessary. In an effort to reduce wait time, local schools have been assigned suggested arrival times. Students should check with their schools regarding these times and to ensure they have all necessary forms to bring to the event. Free parking is available in the parking deck directly across from the hospital’s main entrance. For more information, call 770-751-2660.

After almost 24 years of working in his chosen field of Pain Medicine, Ken Joel, M.D., still looks forward to going to work every day. He feels blessed by being able to work in a field where he can make such an impact in a patient’s life. In addition to being Medical Director of North Fulton Pain and Spine Center and a member of North Fulton Anesthesia Associates, P.C., he is also an active father to six children and a dedicated husband. He knows full well the importance of helping to restore his patients’ ability to participate in their life with their loved ones.



ANSWER I feel that I ended up in medicine because of my passion for helping others as well as my strong interest in science. I had wanted to be a doctor since I was a boy. I didn’t know exactly what to expect as far as the demands on my life or the personal

Identifying one event in my pain practice that has impacted me or has been the most fulfilling would be difficult. Heartwarming events happen on almost a daily basis.

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satisfaction that I would achieve from the medical field until I worked at Grady Memorial Hospital as an orderly in the summers while I was in college.



ANSWER I ultimately ended up in the Pain Medicine field because of divine intervention. I did not know the field even existed. I rotated through the Pain Center at Vanderbilt while in my

Kenneth Joel and his family. Dr. Joel is a board-certified pain management physician and Medical Director of the Pain and Spine Center at North Fulton Hospital.

residency and was intrigued by the developments in the field of Pain Medicine. I was also interested in the tremendous amount of clinical research being done to seek out new treatments for those individuals in pain.

to many family and friends who live here. This area also has a very nice climate with the changing of the seasons and easy access to the Appalachian Mountains, where I enjoy going with my wife and family to relax and enjoy nature.




pain practice that has impacted me or has been the most fulfilling would be difficult. Heartwarming events happen on almost a daily basis. Periodically, I will have patients come up to me out of the blue and say, “Do you remember me? Thank you so much. You gave me back my life!” It does not get much better than that from the perspective of a physician or healer.


ANSWER Making time for my outside interests is very tough and very sporadic. I enjoy hiking, exercising, rafting, biking, golfing, snow skiing, traveling and coaching. I am also in the process of learning to play the guitar. My schedule is tight, but I try to maintain a balanced life by getting exercise most days after work and spending time with my family. My family is a blended family with six children: Four girls—Hannah, HOW LONG HAVE YOU LIVED IN Devan, Sydney, and Emily—and two THE ATLANTA AREA? WHAT DO boys, Harrison and Garrett. I have priYOU LOVE MOST ABOUT BEING HERE? mary custody of my four kids, and I ANSWER I was born in Atlanta and re- married my wife Jennifer, who has two turned here after my post-graduate children, six years ago. My wife is my education at Vanderbilt University soul mate and has been a wonderful Medical Center, where I completed my companion in this journey. My residency in anesthesia and my fellow- children are wonderful, smart, caring ship training in pain management. young people who I love and support Being in Atlanta allows me to be close to the best of my ability .



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The Man Who Makes It All Work Larry Collett Celebrates 30 Years At North Fulton Hospital


continuous days there, sleeping on a mattress in his office. The staff worked to keep the sidewalks, parking lots, and entryways clear of ice. Although exhausting, the task went smoothly. More recently, Collett had to deal with the Jan. 30, 2013 storms that spawned tornadoes.

Alpharetta Highway was a two-lane road, and the intersection of Highway 9 at Holcomb Bridge Road was a four-way stop.


North Fulton Hospital opened its doors in Nov. of 1983. Two weeks prior, Larry Collett started his position as a maintenance engineer, overseeing the general maintenance of what was then the hospital’s sole building. Over time the hospital has grown to be a pillar of the community and Collett, who now serves as Director of Facility Operations, has been a major factor in its success. Having the responsibility of caring for such a large facility is a daunting task and when peoples’ lives are at stake it’s even more so. Over the thirty years Collett has worked at North Fulton Hospital there have been many 1983 changes to the ever-growing hospital and the neighborhoods it serves. “At the beginning, there was nothing here,” he said. “Alpharetta Highway was a two-lane road, and the intersection of Highway 9 at Holcomb Bridge Road was a four-way stop.” The hospital’s technology improved as it grew in size, becoming increasingly automated. Keeping up with a rapidly changing industry 2012 requires constant training and retraining. Collett has more than met the challenges—in fact he leads the pack. This year Collett is serving as the president of the Georgia Society of Hospital Engineers (GSHE). This is the pinnacle of a succession of positions he held with the GSHE, including treasurer and presidentelect. “Our main goal for the society is the education and training of hospital engineers,” he said. “We develop programs for training; we are liaisons for code changes in the industry such as life safety codes and Joint Commission standards.” Another key aspect of Collett’s responsibilities is emergency preparation. During inclement weather most of us remain safe in our homes. But when you run operations for a hospital that is also designated as a trauma center you don’t seek safety—you provide it. The 2011 ice storm proved to be one such example, requiring the Larry Collett has been minding the machines and buildings at North Fulton Hospital ever since the farm (above right) staff to be housed at the hospital gave way to the 47-acre tract that was to become North Fulton Hospital. Shown in 1983 and 2012, top. overnight. Collett himself spent three

“My job is to monitor the weather and make decisions preparing for tornado warnings,” he said. “We will evacuate the patients to the corridors and try to secure the facility.” And this is exactly what had to be done on Jan. 30, until the weather warnings were cleared. To help keep the hospital safe, Collett works with closely with the City of Roswell, which has an incident command center behind the hospital, as well as other hospitals should the need arise to assist their patients. “We have mutual aid agreements with all hospitals in the state of Georgia,” he said. “If we need something, they’ll send help and viceversa.” Rarely is the hospital called into help, but during major events, the hospital will be on standby just in case. And if that ever happens, Collett will be prepared to put his 30 years of experience to work to protect his community. ❑


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Justice, Charity Discussed At Interfaith Panel

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Local religious leaders have open dialogue on commonality amongst different faiths By Matthew W. Quinn A quartet of local clergy—Episcopalian, Reform Jewish, Muslim, and Presbyterian—discussed issues of charity and justice at St. David’s Episcopal Church. The Feb. 5 panel, whose entry fees benefited North Fulton Community Charities, was the brainchild of Rabbi Fred Greene of Congregation Beth Tikvah in Roswell. He described how it began with NFCC’s 30th anRabbi, niversary “Have a Fred Greene Heart” campaign. The campaign includes fundraising restaurant visits and dinner parties. “Dinner parties aren’t really my thing,” he said. “But talking about faith and justice and God and diversity and bringing people together is a very powerful forum to do good.” Since so many people of faith volunteer with NFCC, Greene thought bringing his friends in ministry together to support the charity would be appropriate. Joining Greene for his panel was St. David rector Fr. Kenneth Swanson, Roswell Presbyterian Church Senior Pastor Lane Alderman, and Bassem Fokhoury, an active lay leader at the Roswell Masjid. The goal of the discussion was an interfaith exploration of faith, diversity, and justice and what motivates people to bring healing, care, Pastor, and love to a fallen Lane Alderman world. Alderman said Christians follow the teachings of Jesus, who spent time caring for the poor and forgotten. He cited the parable of the sheep and the goats from Matthew 25:31 in which the nations are judged by how they treat “the least of these.” “For Christians, there’s an almost mystical sense that when we are in community with those on the margins, we are communing with Jesus,” he said.

He then cited the Epistle of James which described two aspects of faith— keeping oneself morally upright and caring for those who cannot help themselves. He cited another passage from James on how faith without works is dead. Fokhoury said in the Koran, there are dozens of passages in which faith and action are included in the same sentence. He cited several passages, including one that teaches on Judgment Day, God will judge people by their best deed. He compared this to going to school and having one’s standing determined by one’s best grade. “This is a great motivator for Muslims to excel,” he said. He then cited the Hadiths, the sayings and doings of the prophet Mohammed, including one where Mohammed suggested a succession of different ways one could do good if the previous methods were beyond them. “Muslims consider that all blessings are a trust,” he said. As a result, Muslims care for their bodies through exercise and proper diet, the environment through recycling, and their children through a proper upbringing. Greene said the Jewish appreciation for diversity begins with the creation story. All people, regardless of their background, are descendants of Adam. As far as justice is concerned, he recounted the story of the Exodus and how God heard the cries of the oppressed Israelites in Egypt and sent Moses to lead them through the Red Sea to freedom. The Law of Moses requires portions of one’s fields be left unharvested to allow the needy to glean, something reflected in the modern kibbutzes where if one drops an avocado, one is to leave it there in case a poor person should come across it. He then cited a tradition from Jewish mysticism about how during the Creation, a vessel exploded and scattered pieces of celestial light across the universe. It is mankind’s responsibility to be partners with God in reassembling these pieces. “North Fulton Community Charities is part of the process of bringing the pieces

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together,” he said. Swanson began by describing how Jesus is the ultimate authority and how he passed his authority to his apostles, whose writings formed the Bible. They also began an oral tradition passed down through their successors, the bishops. In Anglicanism, the church lives in the tension between Scripture and Tradition rather than hewing too closely to one or the other and uses Reason as a third source of authority. Swanson then read the parable of the sheep and the goats aloud and described the BBC documentary “Something Beautiful for God” about the thenunknown Mother Teresa. The producer Malcolm Muggeridge expressed his disgust in mid-filming when Mother Teresa

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bathed the sores on the face of a dying man and was told that whenever she saw the face of a dying man or woman, she saw the face of Jesus. “For me as a Christian, that is the ultimate importance, for us to reach out and care for the destitute and marginalized,” he said. After the event, Green said the panel was a success. With a $10 entry fee and some people donating extra, it raised over $1,000 for North Fulton Community Charities. “If we come together, we can accomplish a lot of good,” he said. “North Fulton Community Charities is the communal address to support the most vulnerable in our neighborhoods and community.” ❑

Death Penalty Comes Up At Interfaith Panel The interfaith panel on charity and justice addressed the thorny issue of capital punishment. When they took questions from the audience at the end of the presentation, Penny Holder asked how they felt about the death penalty. Fokhoury said in true Islam, there are strict rules on how capital punishment can be imposed and although the victim of a crime has the right to see justice done, it is considered godlier to forgive. Greene said the Torah also allows for the death penalty, but later rabbis have imposed extra conditions to make it almost impossible to execute someone. There is a Jewish saying that a court that imposes the death penalty only every 70 years is a bloodthirsty court. Furthermore, under Israeli law, the only capital crime is crimes against humanity, for which Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann was the only one executed. Alderman said Christians were divided on the issue. However, the motivation for seeking the death penalty is often vengeance, not justice, and God has claimed vengeance for himself exclusively. Humans are forbidden from taking life in retribution. Swanson said there has been an erosion in human rights in recent years, with the rights of non-Americans being viewed as worth less than Americans and death as the penalty for enemies of the state. God has laid a great imperative on Christians to forgive as God has forgiven them and he cannot see how vengeance can be wedded to that ethos of forgiveness.

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If Your Home Is Good It’s GONE–For Now By Kirsten Ricci 2013 is shaping up to be the year of the resale. When it comes to the local real estate market there is no question that the industry is in full recovery mode and those who have listed their homes are amazed by the quickness of multiple offers and reduced number of days on market. There are several factors that are creating this opportunity and for the first time in 5 years the pendulum is in favor of the seller. The inventory of available homes for sale is shockingly low. In a balanced market there are on average over 45,000 homes for sale in our region, which would consist of the 12-county Atlanta market. Today there are less than 10,000 single family homes in that same region. In Roswell alone, there are less than 250 single family homes available ranging in price from $34,000 to $6.9 million. Historically, the buyer pool in our local market is a new homes buyer. New Construction starts are up; stocks for building suppliers are up, signaling that next wave. Buyers are anxiously out in the market searching for homes, with limited inventory, record low interest rates, and ready to write offers. The surge in the real estate market is related to consumers feeling more optimistic about their job security, low interest rates and the decision to move on with their life after this multi-year recession. This has led to an increase in home values in our market on the simple principle of

supply and demand. Not to mention the various new corporate offices relocating to the area bringing thousands of high paying jobs. The live, work, and play model is starting to take hold. Now is the time for Sellers to get off the fence and list their homes and realize the ideal scenario of Real Estate selling in a KIRSTEN RICCI seller’s market and buying in a buyer’s market. For example; homes selling in the $300k to $500k range that are in good condition, updated, and show-ready will sell quickly and with little competition for near full price. These Sellers generally move up to the $550 to $750 price range home where inventory is a bit higher and still considered a buyer’s market. Couple that with the lowest interest rates and it is the perfect storm or the next wave. There is a small window of opportunity for these sellers to take advantage of this ever-changing market and achieve their next goal—a new home. Builders are definitely making a comeback, and have become much smarter about their products and services and typically can compete at a much more aggressive price point than a singlefamily homeowner. We will see new homes and new neighborhoods this year and even stronger into 2014. Buyers will naturally gravitate to something new versus a resale. Additionally, interest rates are already changing—we know that they won’t jump to 2005 rates in the near future but they are going up. If you’re thinking about selling, now is the time. The motto for our market today is “If it’s good it’s gone.” The opportunity has arrived! ❑ If you would like a market analysis on your home or if you have suggestions for future articles, please contact Kirsten Ricci – Associate Broker - Roswell Towne Realty, or 678.472.3832.

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Jazlyn: Jazlyn just learned to walk a few weeks ago. Now she’s running all over the park, greeting everybody with smiles! (Roswell)

Madeline, Vivienne, Henrietta: Madeline was the most outspoken of the group, telling me how much she loves French class and going to Paris. “I saw the Eiffel Tower!” (Roswell)


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JStar: “I love my job!” Jstar, a Roswell resident, is the artistic director, founder, and player at The Basement Theatre (located in Atlanta). I’m currently a student in his Improv I class at ‘The Basement.’ He has classes for beginners and those who are more advanced. Classes are open to teenagers and adults. JStar also teaches improv at Shenanigans, helping children and adults with Asperger’s, autism and related conditions with social communication challenges. This month (March 6-10, 2013) he’s excited to be hosting Spontaneous Combustion 5, the hottest festival of improvised comedy in the South! (Atlanta) Laya: Laya (as in Himalaya, not Princess Laia) is a beautiful 10-week old golden retriever pup. She gathered a crowd of admirers while playing in the park. It’s impossible to see a playful pup and not smile! (Roswell)


Osvaldo: Batman went grocery shopping with his mama. At first he was a little shy, but when my camera came out he proudly posed for a picture. (Roswell)

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Out&AboutinMarch This is just a partial list of area events and activities. For more, please visit If you have an event listing please send it to MARCH 1-24




Sunday, March 10th 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. North Fulton Hospital Classrooms

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EVERY LITTLE CROOK AND NANNY Lillie Scones, a sweet retired nanny, owns a boarding house whose one resident now has a neighbor—Stuart, an old charge of hers who, unbeknownst to her, is planning to rob a nearby bank. Performances 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. on Sundays. The play is hosted by Act 1 Theater, 180 Academy Street, Alpharetta, Ga. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for children under 12 and seniors 60 and over. For more information call 770-663-8989 or visit

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SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE ADVENTURE OF THE SUICIDE CLUB In this thriller put on by the Georgia Ensemble Theater, Europe’s most influential men are turning up dead all over London and Holmes and Watson are on the case. Tickets are $23 to $26. Showtimes vary. For more information, visit or call 770-641-1260. MARCH 4, 11, 18, 25


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The AARP will providing free tax assistance and return preparation at the Roswell branch of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System, 115 Norcross Street, Roswell, Ga. 12:30 to 4 p.m. The focus of the event will be those with low to moderate incomes, in particular those over 60. One does not need to be an AARP member to participate, and walkins are welcome. For more information, e-mail or call 770-640-3075. MARCH 6

JONATHAN GALE CONCERT Jonathan Gale is a rock and roll singer

songwriter who, after years of traveling the Southeast playing bars and college towns, has returned to what he knows best—solo acoustic performance. The concert will take place from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Velvet Note, 4075 Old Milton Parkway, Alpharetta, Ga. Tickets are $15. For more information, call 855583-5838 MARCH 7, 14, 21, 28


from Upstate New York, living in Florida, and what life is like on the road. Never one to “attack” the audience, Carmen makes you feel right at home, and you’ll never be scared to “sit in the front row.” Tickets are $12.00. Bonkerz is located at 11000 Alpharetta Highway, Roswell, Ga; performances are March 8 at 9 p.m. and March 9 at 8 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit or call 770-992-5686.

Those interested in needle-crafting (knitting, embroidery, cross-stitching) can gather with the like-minded and socialize while working on their projects at the Roswell Branch of the AtlantaFulton County Public Library System, 115 Norcross Street, Roswell, Ga. 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. All ages and experience levels welcome. For more information, e-mail MARCH 8 or call 770JEANNE JOLLY CONCERT 640-3075. Jeanne Jolly, a classically-trained MARCH 7-9 vocalist who has been compared to Linda Ronstadt and Alison Krauss, will MITCH FATEL perform two concerts, one at 7:30 p.m. The Punchline Comedy Club in Sandy and the other at 9:30 p.m., at the Velvet Springs will host Mitch Fatel. With his innocence and friendly demeanor Mitch Note, 4075 Old Milton Parkway, quickly engages the audience and then Alpharetta, Ga. Tickets are $20. For catches them off guard with his mixture more information, call 855-583-5838 or visit of mischievous dialog and off color comments. While laughing at MARCH 9-17 observations only Mitch can get away 31ST GREAT AMERICAN with we are left wondering if he truly understands what he just said. Tickets COVER-UP QUILT SHOW are $15 for March 7 performance; $20 The Bulloch Hall Quilt Guild will host its for other performances. For more annual quilt show at Bulloch Hall, the information and to buy tickets, visit childhood home of Teddy Roosevelt’s mother. The show will feature as many as 200 quilts by local artists. Show ares are 10 a.m to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors, and $6 for children 6-18. Bulloch Hall is lo-cated at 180 Bulloch Avenue in Roswell. MARCH 9 MARCH 8-9

CARMEN VALLONE When spoken aloud, Carmen Vallone’s name resonates as majestically as trumpets blown by the highest choir of angels in the kingdom of heaven. Don’t worry though, his ticket price usually isn’t any higher then about twelve bucks. With his enthusiastic smile, and happily twisted vision of everyday life, Carmen guides patrons of the Bonkerz comedy club in Roswell through a night of entertainment as he talks about being

ED GERHARD CONCERT Grammy-award winning guitarist Ed Gerhard will regale audiences with a sixstring, 12-string, slide and Acoustic Hawaiian Lap Steel guitar. Gerhard is known for his virtuosity, generosity, and sly humor. His performance will be from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Unitarian Universalist Metro Atlanta North, 11420 Crabapple Road, Roswell, GA, 30076 . Tickets are $30 in advance or $35 at the door. Group discounts are available. For more information, call 770-365-7738.

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SHAMROCKIN’ FOR A CURE Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre will host the fifth annual ShamRockin’ For A Cure to raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. The event will feature two bands and live and silent auctions. The venue is located at 2200 Encore Parkway, Alpharetta, Ga. 30009. Tickets are $95 per person. For more information, call 770-905-4310. MARCH 13

STARLAB The Chattahoochee Nature Center will bring its inflatable planetarium StarLab to lead students on a journey throughout the solar system. The event will take place from 2:15 p.m. to 3 p.m. and from the 3:30 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. at the Roswell Branch of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System, 115 Norcross Street, Roswell, Ga. Space is limited to 25 children per time slot and registration begins March 6. For more information, email or 770-640-3075.

Public Library System, 115 Norcross Street, Roswell, Ga. 30075. Registration is required. E-mail: comments@ or call 770-640-3075. MARCH 15

WILLIAM HOLLIFIELD Well-versed in jazz, classical, rock, pop, and show music, Hollifield is one of Atlanta’s up-and-coming musicians. Having performed at Carnegie Hall, various clubs across the country, international jazz festivals, and played with greats like Kevin Mahagony and Nicholas Payton, he will be bringing his sound to the Velvet Note, 4075 Old Milton Parkway, Alpharetta, Ga., at 7:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. Tickets are $20. For more information, call 855-583-5838 or visit

Mendel said the band is influenced by Mumford and Sons, Grizzly Bear, and Coldplay. The band took its name from a quote from poet Henry David Thoreau. Showtimes 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Tickets $15. For more information, call 855-583-5838 or see MARCH 23

EASTER EGG HUNT Local children are invited to the North Park Softball Fields 1-4, 13450 Cogburn Road, Alpharetta, Ga. for a children’s Easter egg hunt. Games and inflatables open at 10 a.m., with the hunt beginning at 11 a.m. Children ages 3-10 will be separated by age groups and parental participation is restricted. For more information call 678-297-6140 or call





The Chattahoochee Nature Center, 9135 Join the Easter Bunny as he makes his Willeo Road, debut at the Alpharetta Welcome Center, Roswell, Ga., will 178 South Main Street Suite 200 bring in Farmer Sue and her animals from Alpharetta, GA . Stop in from 10 a.m. - 12 MARCH 14-16 the Art Barn at Morning Glory Farm. p.m. for an individual or family photo with the bunny of the hour and have the Animals include geese, goats, sheep, TIM WILSON chicks, and bunnies. Brushing and photo emailed to you to share with Punchline Comedy Club in Sandy Springs touching is welcome and encouraged. will host Tim Wilson, one of the “outlaws” friends and family. Free event and Admission: $6 for children, $10 for of Southern comedy. Tickets for March 14 refreshments will be served. No adults, $7 for seniors and students 13-18, reservations required. 678-297-0102 or performance $15; for other and free for Nature Center members and performances, $20. For more information children ages 2 and younger. and showtimes, visit MARCH 16 MARCH 14

TEEN STUDY BREAK Harry’s Farmer’s Market/Whole Foods will present a teen cooking program with lessons on nutrition and preparing simple meals and delicious food. The program will take place from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Alpharetta branch of the AtlantaFulton County Public Library System. For more information, e-mail or call 770-740-2425. MARCH 15-23

ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST Out of Box Theatre will present “One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest,” a tale of rebellion and punishment in a mental institution based on a 1962 novel. Tickets $15, $16.52 with fees. Performance times vary, but will take place at The Alley Stage, 11 Anderson Street, Marietta, Ga. 30064. For information or to buy tickets call 678-653-4605 or visit

WATER DROP DASH The 1st annual Water Drop Dash 5K will kick-off national WaterSense Fix a Leak Week. The course is fast and flat along the banks of the beautiful Chattahoochee River in Roswell. The event will begin with a children’s fun run at 7:30 a.m., with the adult race beginning at 8 a.m. Runners will gather at the Chattahoochee Nature Center, 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell, Ga. 30075. The race is the last qualifier for the Peachtree Road Race. See website: MARCH 17

MARCH 29-30

JAMES YON A Florida native and professional chef, James Yon will be bringing his combination of stand-up comedy, musical impressions, and dance moves to Bonkerz Comedy Club in Roswell. Tickets are $12.00. Bonkerz is located at 11000 Alpharetta Highway, Roswell, performances are March 29 at 9 p.m. and March 30 at 8 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit or call 770-992-5686. MARCH 29



Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, 2200 Encore Parkway, Alpharetta, Ga. 30009, The Alpharetta City Band and the Sounds will host “a contemplation and of Sawnee Concert Band will celebrate celebration of the Cross” to mark Good St. Patrick’s Day with concert from 3 p.m. Friday. The event will feature Louie to 5 p.m. at the Sexton Hall Enrichment Giglio, Chris Tomlin, Christy Nockels, Center, 2115 Chloe Road, Cumming, Ga. Kristian Stanfill, and David Crowder. Refreshments will be provided. $5.00. For Doors open at 6 p.m.; the event begins at more information, call 770-781-2178. 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15. MARCH 22



Author Carolyn Wall will be presenting “Characters and Settings That Tingle The Spine” from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Roswell Branch of the Atlanta-Fulton

The Velvet Note will host Walden, a group of high-school seniors from Marietta. All four members of the band sing. The band’s drummer Andrew




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Vin 25 First, you have to find it. It’s located in an old stone cottage on ground and gravel between Green and Canton Streets in Roswell. Over the years this location has been a meadow, a dental factory, abandoned often and last known as Mittie’s Tea Room. Today, as hidden as hidden gets, on an alley marked innocuously as Plum Street. Buried in between and behind Historic Roswell’s restaurant district, is something as rare as natural color or an honFoodie News est man. FRANK MACK Where a few months ago there were just stones, weeds and broken glass is now a little bit of pure delight. Ohhh my, wait till you see it. I don’t even want to spoil your surprise. I want you to walk in over the gravel like I did, your curiosity going off scale as you take it in. What? How? Who? Here? Grab the handle; open the door and step, into a tasteful, understated, elegant room, attached to a serious experimental kitchen. Comfort made real to our personal space. A natural warmth and good music on offer. The pro staff, which know the

business cold, smile, say hello and their confidence looks you straight in the eye. It’s always the people isn’t it? And the staff, near one and all, came with the gentleman of great taste and Vin 25 owner Mr. Phillip “Coop” Cooper. Coop’s crew are with him because, and  get this in our modern cynical world, they all believe in him. He has earned their loyalty. And that says more about the man than anything I can ever come up with. You will know it immediately when you walk in. Welcome to an instant star and a very adult, not at all pretentious, Vin 25 Bistro & Wine. I frankly can’t get over it. The whole thing should be on a cliff overlooking the sea. It’s like stepping into someone’s really nice living room. This is serious appreciation of life’s good things, a break from your day, your troubles, and the aggravation. You go for the atmosphere. You go for the food and you go for the ambiance. Of course you go for the wine. Wine, wine, glorious delicious wines. It’s 5 p.m.  and I have my glass. I’m watching the place fill up. This people, is wine country. And may I add Coop is wine first and foremost. This is a man of great tastes with an impeccable, knowledge in wine. Accompanied by a trim but out of sight bistro menu and full bar that leans towards inventive cocktailing.


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The tastes and snacks range $10-20, the 5 or 6 entrees on offer each night range about $18-30. I’ve hit two, both serious yummy, and everything I am watching hit the floor is eye smacking ‘ohhh look, what’s that!’ This is a perfect spot to end your workday or meet friends to catch up. As a date spot, it’s incredible. It’s perfect for any reason or excuse you can come up with frankly. It connects and creates a new reason to stroll over to Green Street—getting us off Canton Street and into new possibilities.

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and 9:30pm. This is a rare, precious and limited resource my friends. When calling ahead, take any seat. There are no bad seats. It can only hold forty people so intimacy comes to mind. You will probably share a table, which 9 out of 10 times adds to the fun anyway. The Friday and Saturday shows are usually $20. On Thursday nights they offer “jam sessions” featuring a wide array of local musicians for a five-buck cover charge.


It was just a few months back I did a full column on Sugo. So bringing it I spent two nights on a stool in the up again may seem a bit much. But it very back. I was blown away by the isn’t. I do not believe we can ever say music, by the people, and the room. Ladies and Gentlemen this place is enough about great dining rooms, great kitchens, outstanding social about the music, the people, the areas and or the wonderfully talented room. Or maybe it’s the room, the music and the people. Doesn’t matter, families and people who give their lives to create the spaces we as a comit’s all three. One without the other would just not be the same. And I am munity share. Sugo and the Castellucci family here to tell you, if you like music or that owns it are so much more than love jazz, your club has come in. Quite frankly this place should not exist in the suburbs, heaven maybe. Located in Alpharetta off of GA 400 at 4075 Old Milton Parkway in a strip mall. Honestly this is something I never thought would happen. In my day places like this were smoke filled attics, Rathskellers and back rooms with sticky floors. No one cared what the joint looked like; they all had character enough, a liquor license, maybe, and hot music. Honky-tonk, jazz, blues, rock, who cares? Great music is great music and talent always shows out. Amazing people doing amazing things surround us. Those people are our neighbors, and it is happening right here. OTP. Boring suburbs my butt. It’s getting cool out here! The most laid-back cool of a great Fredric and Nancy Castellucci music showcase needs a real sharp operator with guts and a great ear to ovens and cash registers. This is my make it happen. In this case she does- sweet spot of happiness. It is now and n’t want to be named. Modest, always will be. intelligent amazing people are like Sugo is one of my favorites because that. So I won’t. frankly, it is created by one of the Musicians didn’t all starve off in finest restaurant families you will the great recession. Most lost some find anywhere. And their ten-year anweight though, that’s a fact. So put niversary is well worth marking. this in your notebook. Great music So Happy Anniversary to the plus great jazz equals The Velvet Castellucci’s. Ten incredible years at Note. Sugo in Roswell is worth a Make a reservation though. celebration indeed. Recession go Generally two shows a night at 7:30 screw yourself. ❑

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Domestically, California, especially the San Francisco vicinity, and New York City continue to be the most desirable choices. Las Vegas is strong as well. Evidently, traveling in the U.S. is quite expensive, which is one of the reasons many are deciding that they might as well travel abroad for the same amount of money. A few emerging gems that the experts noted include Sedona, Arizona (lovely artsy town with an easy drive to the Grand Canyon); Charleston, South Carolina; the more intimate rustic, true jungle properties in Costa Rica and Belize (as opposed to the large glitzy resorts); and charming Tulum, Mexico (located just south of Cancun). Despite the recent Carnival debacle, cruises continue to be in vogue. The Caribbean tours absolutely dominate, but the Mediterranean ports of Greece, Turkey and of course, Italy do very well, too. Based on area agents, Celebrity and Royal Caribbean are the most sought after for upscale-affordable (Royal Caribbean is considered most ideal for families, and Celebrity has really captured the hearts of die-hard cruisers). Those seeking the most luxurious ships cruise Regent Seven Seas, Crystal, and Seabourn. Disney continues to do well, and Carnival is often the choice of the most price-conscious traveler. As someone who loves to travel and embraces the little getaways as well as the big budget trips, I am thrilled to know that more people are once again choosing to make travel a priority. It gives couples, families, and individuals an opportunity to connect in exciting new ways, creates amazing memories, and gives people new perspectives on many aspects of life. College students studying abroad has become almost standard (where it was a rarity in my generation), and I think it has greatly impacted the desire to experience new places and launches people into a lifetime of wanting more. A great contagious affliction! It makes the world smaller, more intriguing, and something you can call your own. ❑

Curtis Jones soulful musicians right here in North Fulton and East Cobb. Hello, fellow neighbors! My name is One of my recent live music quests Stacy and I’m a self-proclaimed local led me to bundle up on a blistery tourist. I’m a recovering travel-holic evening and head up the road in from an airline family, now residing in historic Roswell to Ragamuffin Music Roswell. These days, my travels are on Hall. Ragamuffin is one of those a budget and aren’t across the globe. places that feels instantly familiar, In fact, most of my adventures take even if you’ve never been there place right here in the before—it’s warm, homey, Roswell, Alpharetta, and and funky like your favorite East Cobb area. Since I’ve indie coffeehouse. It’s also committed to exploring all home to a stage so intimate things local, I’m finding that that, just sitting in the hometown excursions can room, you feel as though open up your heart and you are a part of the show senses to a rich wealth of and a part of the music. My culture available right in husband and I ordered cofyour own backyard. So, with fee and snuggled in for Local Tourist that in mind, I’ll share the what we expected to be a STACY SHADE gems I find around town relaxing night of music and I’ll encourage you to get out and from the local The Mountain Gypsy find your own. Project. It didn’t dawn on me, until Recently, upon return from a musicthey started to play, that I was filled visit to Asheville, I made a New listening to, as my husband puts it, Year’s resolution to seek out “the best guitar player I’ve ever heard.” enlivening, soul-stirring live music That guitar player, as it turns out, is right here in North Fulton. When Dahlonega resident Curtis Jones. making this vow, I envisioned it as a Jones has been playing the guitar prochallenge that would take much fessionally for the past 21 years. research and determination on my Drawing upon the musical part. To my surprise and delight, we’re technicality and discipline of his hero, actually surrounded by many talented, Al Dimeola, Jones and The Mountain By Stacy Shade

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KARACHI BROAST AND GRILL 770-643-9553 at 10971 Crabapple Road, Roswell, GA 30075 American, Italian, Mediterranean and Pakistani. Everything made to order; Kabobs, Burgers, Broasted Chicken, Pizza, Pastas and much more. Monday thru Wednesday, kids eat free. page 29

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KEEGAN’S IRISH PUB 770-640-1100 at 4401 Shallowford Rd NE, Roswell, GA 30075 Keegan’s Irish Pub-East Cobb has a wide selection of draft & bottled beers, wine. and spirits. Enjoy Authentic Irish food in an Old World atmosphere. Non-smoking, family friendly, kids menu, live entertainment and patio dining. Join us every Sunday for Brunch 11am-3pm. page 28

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