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NINE FULTON HIGH SCHOOLS MAKE WASHINGTON POST ELITE LIST Nine Fulton high schools are among the most demanding in the U.S. and made the The Washington Post 2013 list of top U.S. high schools. According to a Fulton County Schools press release, the High School Challenge list, compiled and published by The Washington Post Brickhouse Pizza recently celebrated their 10th anniversary with a delicious spread during a ceremony. since 1998, ranks the nation’s Owners Jodi and Vinny Chieco display some of their delicious delights. Brickhouse is located at 580 E. most challenging high schools Crossville Rd. in Roswell. They are open for lunch and dinner as well as catering services. for academic rigor. From more than 22,000 high schools across the nation, the list spotlights more than 1,900 high schools, representing the top 9 percent of high schools based on total student participation in highly rigorous coursework and exams. Riverwood International Charter School had the highest ranking of Fulton’s high schools on the list, which is based on a formula devised by Washington Post education reporter Jay Mathews. Riverwood was ranked Borocco Restaurant recently opened in Roswell. Alessandra Ortega the general manger (holding No. 204 on the 2013 list. the scissors) cuts the ribbon. They are located at 555 Atlanta St. in Roswell near Chaplin’s close National rankings for other the Historic Square. Fulton County high schools are: Alpharetta High School, 240; Milton High School, 263; Johns Creek High School, 317; Haarmony Salon Northview High School, 342; and Studio, Chattahoochee High School, 352; located at 1580 Holcomb Bridge Roswell High School, 365; North Rd., recently held Springs High School, 441; and a Locks of Love Centennial High School, 662. donation event. “It’s exceptional that so many of our schools are being recognized

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Who Is The Guy In This Town? The measure of success starts at the top of an organization. that the one innately knowledgeable personnel guy the Falcons had over the The Atlanta Braves have won a World years, Tom Braatz, was hired by Series, one time the Falcons have been LeBaron. to the Super Bowl, while the Hawks The only coaches of the Smith era, caonly wish for, one time. Ever wonder pable of molding, motivating, and game why? planning with purpose were Norm Van Let’s consider who is the most Brocklin, Jerry Glanville, and Dan responsible and important member of a Reeves. Oh, I can hear many of you professional sports organization. Is it sighing, “What about Leeman the president, general manager, coach, Bennett?” or, the actual playing personnel who is The heart and soul of Leeman’s most responsible for the success or failteams was the defense, led by coordinaure of a sports franchise? tor Jerry Glanville. The club had I believe it is the individual who incredible offensive personnel, but as receives the least amount of blame for soon as the Falcons copped a lead, failure and few plaudits for success. Coach Bennett would tuck our weapons That man or woman is the owner. in a bunker, and it was up to Glanville Think about it. Atlanta, in fact, is a to hold off the horde. Bennett’s textbook ‘show and tell’ for the purposeconservative nature made Bobby Cox’s fulness of an owner. listless Braves, during his An NFL franchise was first tenure, look like a awarded to Atlanta’s Rankin Calvary charge. Smith in 1966. Mr. Smith Because of ownership the was a well-intentioned man, Falcons’ successes were few who hailed from the and far between. insurance industry. He knew Consider today’s Falcons. next to nothing about sports, They are run by a man who so he installed his started his retail empire Sports accountant as the team’s first from scratch. He clawed and general manager. Thankfully, Perspective humped his way to the top. they did know enough to During that rise, he gathered BEAU BOCK send former Redskins quarknowledge of people’s terback, Eddie LeBaron, to strengths and weaknesses, and how to Texas in order to sequester Longhorn discern the leaders from the followers. linebacker, Tommy Nobis, away from Ownership has brought us to the cusp potentially being drafted by the emergof the Super Bowl, as well as the ing threat of the American Football formula and foundation for long-term League (AFL). success. Years later that move proved to be I’m through the roof euphoric over the most sagacious in the history of the this year’s Braves edition. The Pepto has Smith’s ownership. Smith’s sons, finally kicked in and we’re beyond the Rankin Jr. and Taylor, inherited the Bobby Cox hangover. When you talk team and were diligent, wellabout ownership, the both of Cox’s intentioned stewards, but without a tenures,’78-’81 and ’91 to infinity, was competitive background in any realm, the residue of our previous owner Ted they didn’t have the bones to decipher Turner. I was in Mr. Turner’s office on the leaders from the followers in those the day he decided to fire Bobby in 1981. they hired. “But, he’s such a good guy, Beau. He Over the ensuing years the Falcons has such a nice family,” lamented lucked upon only a handful of general Turner. managers and coaches who proved to Turner felt so bad about letting be credible leaders. Years after Bobby go, that he brought him back in babysitting Nobis, LeBaron was hired an adviser role in 1986 as the franchise as general manager. He had a successful came to grips with the fact that the run orchestrating the playoff runs in ’78, ’80, and 1982. It made perfect sense CONTINUED 18 By Beau Bock

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Pantry Prose: What’s In A Name? By Mike Finch There are times when I sit down to compose my miscellaneous ramblings column when my fingers can hardly type fast enough to capture the thoughts I am attempting to convey. And then there are times when I sit with a blank stare as the clock moves ever closer to a Miscellaneous looming Ramblings deadline. This MIKE FINCH particular month is much more of the latter. I’m actually standing in front of the pantry hoping for some sort of inspiration, as if a potato eye or a can of butter beans is going to offer up a hidden storyline that as of yet has eluded me. Perhaps another spoon

full of peanut butter will help? No, it’s etables when what was actually on my plate was a small pile of legumes. never been proven to increase mental I’m now questioning other things acuity, but it hasn’t been disproven eiI’ve always taken for granted, like ther. Now, back to the butter beans. Butter bean, butter bean! I actually Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, and like the way that sounds and suddenly perhaps the 1969 Moon Landing. Furthermore, my research indicates find myself contemplating changing Sweetie’s name. After all it doesn’t re- that beyond gun control, federal deficits, and the social issues of the ally seem to matter which word you day, another, even more pressing put the emphasis on, it still sounds debate rages on among experts. That like a cute nickname. BUTTER Bean is, whether or not the butter bean is or butter BEAN—they both work! actually just a variety of lima bean? Before I make this name change ofIt’s hard to imagine this issue has yet ficial, I decided I should do a little to be settled, but due to some research to determine if this legume is uncanny genetic similarities between a good fit for a nickname for my the two, the legume authorities are betrothed. Thanks to Wikipedia, I still in a state of disagreement. have learned that the butter bean is Even with this ongoing debate, I known for its typically creamy white color and slightly curved shape. Bingo, still think it a fitting nickname, and so it’s a match! I also was not aware that have introduced the idea to Sweetie. She didn’t take to it as I had hoped. a legume, such as a butter bean, is acShe actually came up with a new tually not a vegetable but is name or two for yours truly, including considered a class all by itself. Say “butter ball,” which I’m pretty sure is what? My entire life has been filled based on certain spherical similarities with lies. I’ve been told to eat my veg-

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From left, Ron Cohen, David Clarke, and Raheel Malik network at Pastis on Canton Street. business, from information technology By Matthew W. Quinn to print shops to banks, is represented. Looking to find a job or business Lanham said one member reported leads? North Fulton and East Cobb her business had increased 80 percent have plenty of networking since joining the chamber and opportunities. attributed 60 percent of that to the Greater North Fulton Chamber of ProAlliance events. From others, she Commerce Director of Membership hears that each meeting produces Services Deborah Lanham said the or- three to five new leads. ganization tries to work networking Something special about the weekly into all its events, but its weekly meetings is that participants need not ProAlliance events are specifically dedi- collect business cards. Instead, particicated to the purpose. Their location pants’ contact information is printed alternates between GNFCC headquar- on a sheet that everyone gets. ters in Alpharetta and the Emory In addition to ProAlliance events, Johns Creek Hospital. The the chamber also holds monthly Lunch headquarters meetings typically attract Connections with speakers. The speak50 to 60 people, while the EJC events ers provide guests with information on are more intimate with 20 to 25. how to improve their businesses, and At these meetings, participants guests can network at the table. break up into small groups. Each memRoswell NEXT, an organization ber gets two minutes to present to intended to get young professional their group. Once this ends, two mem- more involved in the Roswell commubers selected the previous meeting get nity, also offers networking a chance to make a six-minute presen- opportunities. Founder Michael tation, which often includes Hadden said the organization has a biPowerPoint, to the entire group. Then monthly “What’s NEXT Roswell” every participant can present to the social and networking event featuring whole group for 30 seconds. drinks and appetizers. The March Those who are devoted to event had the theme of arts in the comnetworking or use it as part of their munity. A member of the cultural arts marketing strategy find these meetings board talked about how people could a must. They build relationships and get involved in the board’s activities friendships to help each other get leads and how Roswell could become an arts and improve the delivery of their mes- community. The next one will take sage. place in May at the Chattahoochee “ProAlliance events are designed for Nature Center. peers to help each other,” Lanham said. The group’s signature event is Town These events are particularly useful Hall Roswell, a presentation in panel for new members. Every type of format. Speakers will CONTINUED 10

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O’Donohue did not charge admission, but only five to seven people typically present on interesting topics at an showed up for meetings. She nearly event that is open to the public. There gave up. is an admission fee, however. “Meetup.com actually helped me a “We’re trying hard to make this fun lot,” she said. and focus on getting our members Her sister Daniel Eckert told her involved in the community, specifically about Meetup.com, which allows in Roswell,” he said. people with similar interests to form or Hadden said he isn’t tracking how join groups. RBC’s one-year much business is generated for partici- anniversary turned out to be a big hit pants at these events, but he does know and O’Donohue continued for the that people have been selected for second year. The current membership boards within the city. The is 506 and she hopes to hit 600 by the organization has 75 members so far. end of the year, slowly but surely. “Roswell Business Connections is an She estimates RBC has generated event that takes place once a month, thousands of dollars in business for its the second Tuesday of the month, at members. A friend of hers got a lower Pastis,” said organizer Nicole insurance rate from an agent she met O’Donohue. at RBC, while she personally has O’Donohue described RBC as “open visited chiropractor Cara Iovino after networking.” Anyone can participate meeting her at RBC. The event features rather than set numbers of people from real estate agents, insurance and each profession. She wants to provide a jewelry salesmen, cosmetics dealers, venue where people can come and net- and home renovation companies like work. Not only is it a business event, Attention To Detail Home Remodelers, but it is an attempt to build a all looking for business. community. People can make friends Also advertising through and build a referral network. Meetup.com is East Cobb’s Cobb RBC began in December 2010. Success Masters, founded 15

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approximately eight years ago. Secretary and Treasurer Dave Kapper said it is a chapter of BNI, an international networking group. The organization meets every Tuesday morning from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. at Baked, a restaurant serving homecooked meals on Johnson Ferry Road across the street from the East Cobb Publix. Meetings celebrate successes during the week. Members must do one of three things each week: bring a qualified referral to the meeting, refer someone as a qualified referral to another member or bring a visitor, or have a one-to-one conversation with the member. The idea is to get to know other members’ businesses to generate referrals. “We create the givers’ game philosophy,” he said. “Everyone has the idea of ‘how can I help others out’ or ‘how can I grow their business’ by passing qualified referrals.” When everyone has this philosophy and dedication, everyone wins. The group’s philosophy is that “lead is a four-letter word.” A lead can be as simple as someone to cold-call. A qualified referral involves a member describing a

fellow member’s business to potential clients. Members almost become salespeople for each other. If a potential client has interest, they’re passed along. “The members, we know each other so well that when we pass referrals to each other, the sale is already made,” he said. On a group level, Success Masters has generated $700,000 to $800,000 in business for its clients during the BNI year, which runs from Oct. 1 to Sept. 30. BNI is a “closed” group. Only one member per profession is allowed—the group has one certified public accountant, one photographer, one web designer, etc. The group is always looking for new members, provided they’re not in categories already taken. “There are a lot of different professions still missing from our chapter we would love to add,” he said. Aspiring members from professions that are already taken are referred to other local BNI groups who might need them.

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Roswell is a great case study. We have no fewer than 22 parks in the When was the last time you visited a city. Of those there are 11 linear parks, park? We are blessed with great parks 5 district parks, one national here in our area. In fact, the Roswell recreation area, and six “small urban Recreation and Parks Department has parks” as the city refers to them. You been named Agency of the Year by the might be surprised by their names: Georgia Recreation & Park City Hall, Heart of Roswell, Sloan Association a record eight times, last Street, Terramont, Town Square, and receiving the award in 2011. Triangle Parks. Alpharetta also won the award in 2011 That is a respectable number of for the mid-size city category. Some of parks with a diverse range of types tothe great parks in our area include taling over 900 acres. Add to that Riverside, Roswell Area, Wills, Roswell’s commitment to preserve Overlook, the Big Creek Greenway, over 5,000 acres of green space and the Chattahoochee (including but not limited to National Recreation Area. parks) and you have a city What do these all have that is serious about parks. in common? They are desWell, serious about destinatination parks. Most tion parks. We have the visitors drive to them. Now, “small urban parks” but even there’s nothing inherently those six can be  a challenge wrong with destination to walk to which limits their parks, but when you lack Community Design utility. the other types of parks, Three of the six are Matters your city can certainly adjacent to Hwy 9 and become boring, not to menanother is adjacent to MICHAEL HADDEN tion difficult to navigate for Holcomb Bridge Rd. For the some folks. Think about most part, they don’t serve a neighborthis: Can you walk to a public park in hood and are actually smaller ten minutes or less? If you are in the destination spaces. Actually, only one, historic district, that answer is probaSloan Street Park, could really be conbly yes. I’m fortunate to be able to sidered a neighborhood ‘pocket park’ walk to five and if you count the and not surprisingly, it’s the only one grounds at Barrington and Bulloch, with a playground. seven. Unfortunately, most of us don’t What makes it unique is that it is fohave that type of park proximity. cused on the people that live and work How can our cities increase park acaround it while also being useful to all cess for all? Well, what most of the ages. It should serve as inspiration for cities of North Fulton are lacking is the next generation of parks in easy access to small neighborhood Roswell. We can start focusing on parks, sometimes called pocket parks. building true neighborhoods with cozy These are the types of parks where walkable parks where neighbors can neighbors bump into each other while gather and kids can play with friends on a stroll. The kind where kids can acwithout calling it a ‘play date.’  tually go without a parental escort, Now, neighborhood parks sound maybe gaining some confidence and warm and fuzzy, but public money independence in the process. The kind spent on parks would be better that have buildings lining the edges utilized by the private sector, right? defining the space and creating a sense Wrong. A well maintained network of of place. Unfortunately, we’ve largely public parks supports property values, forgotten about public neighborhood boosts the local economy, increases soparks out here in the ‘burbs. We forgot cial capital, improves public health, about them in favor of big yards and and helps preserve the environment. lawnmowers. We traded traditional One of the best examples of a park creneighborhoods with walkable parks ating value is our nation’s most for our easy, no hassle, happyfamous park, Central Park. Frederick motoring access to all the happiness CONTINUED 38 that stuff in strip malls provides us. By Michael Hadden

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Spotting “Bull” An Important Part Of Political Process Internet age, when information goes out so quickly. Major news Atlanta attorney Loren Collins has writorganizations can put out early reports ten a book about how to discern truth and later correct them, but the initial erfrom rumor or even outright lies, someroneous reports can still live on. This thing informed voters need to know makes updating a story quickly how to do. essential—although the New York Post Collins’ book Bullspotting emerged initially reported a death toll of 12 for from his involvement in debunking the Boston Marathon bombing and that “birther” conspiracy theories about the a Saudi man was in custody, this was citizenship of U.S. President Barack corrected within hours. Obama. He wanted to turn that work Falling for misinformation can be into a book, perhaps using “birtherism” harmful in a number of ways. as a hook to teach people about critical Pseudoscience often is peddled by thinking and skepticism. Readers would know how to spot misinformation and avoid falling victim to it. The book turned into a field guide to the different types of misinformation common in our society. Collins uses all different types of conspiracies and denialism in his book, not just birtherism. These include people who claim the Apollo moon landing never happened, that the Earth is 6,000 years old, that aliens secretly rule the Earth, alien abductions, alternative medicines, and people who claim to have disproven the theory of relativity. There are many reasons people fall Loren Collins, author of Bullspotting for misinformation. People will more readily believe information that people claiming to be outsiders confirms things they already believe excluded by “Big Medicine,” but they’re and are reluctant to accept things that usually trying to sell something that call their prior beliefs into question, doesn’t work. Those who fall for this something called “confirmation bias.” lose money and time and if it’s a People’s internal biases also come into medical matter, they can pay with their play—even if they read something health or lives. People often lose their factual, they will misremember it or money to scams because they’re not misconstrue it. Studies show people thinking critically about what’s in front who read articles disproving a rumor of them and fall for the lure of money. and when quizzed later, they’ll This applies to the simple Nigerian remember the rumor, not the scams or to something like Bernie debunking. Madoff’s elaborate Ponzi scheme. “That can be a major obstacle when it Critical thinking is especially comes to correcting misinformation important with politics, since it’s full of that people have absorbed,” Collins said. people who might not be outright lying “That’s why I thought it was sort of an but are spinning facts, framing an issue important thing to teach people how to a certain way, or leaving out relevant inavoid falling for it in the first place.” formation to persuade people. Oftentimes people too readily believe Misconceptions can negatively influthings they hear from a source they ence public policy—communities have trust without checking whether the rejected fluoridation of water or even source is credible in the first place or if abandoned it after initially embracing it the source has done its due diligence. This is especially problematic in the CONTINUED 38 By Matthew W. Quinn


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la carte line is offering healthier choices like fruit cups, yogurt parfaits, celery sticks with hummus, 100 percent fruit juices, and bottled water. Although the healthier food has cost more money, Fulton County Schools have met requirements imposed by the US Department of Agriculture. This has gained the school system $0.06 per meal, which translated to $200,000 from October 2012 until February. The total cost of the changes exceeds the additional money slightly, but Wright said the ultimate goal is improving the students’ health. As far as local food is concerned, the school system worked with produce vendors to locate farmers and find fresh, local produce in sufficient quantities to feed Fulton’s students. The county buys its fresh produce from farmers in Lake Park, Thomasville, and Bainbridge. Produce purchased includes collard greens, cabbage, celery, tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, and watermelon. “Generally parents are pleased to see more whole grains, more fresh fruits and vegetables,” Wright said. “They’re happy with the fact we’re offering less fried foods and we’re offering a larger variety of healthy options for their children.” Since FCS offers a wide variety of healthy foods and different fruits and vegetables, students feel they have a choice and can find something they’d enjoy. The school system has conducted taste tests in the schools to see how students received particular items. “We’re always looking at our menus to incorporate healthy options,” said Cobb County Nutrition and Wellness Supervisor Kelley Toon. The Cobb Co. school menu includes a strong focus on local options. When looking to buy produce, the school system attempts to buy in Georgia or a neighboring state when possible. Each month the menu features a different local item, with information such as the farm it came from and nutritional

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The Business Of Baseball In The Burbs North Atlanta still a national powerhouse By Elaine LaMontagne

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“East Cobb Baseball has the best amateur baseball program on the planet,” proclaimed Baseball America magazine a few short years ago. This year, North Atlanta baseball was reinforced by the same magazine, which proclaimed Cobb County, South Florida, and Southern California the top three markets in the country for youth baseball programs and development. How did this phenomenon happen? I recently sat down with baseball enthusiasts and business partners Chief Financial Officer Jay Andrews and Chief Operating Officer David Carr of 64-3 DP Athletics and spoke with East Cobb Baseball Academy owner Chance Beam to discuss the area’s baseball history and current state of the industry. Carr, who played baseball at Walton High School and Rhodes College, where he studied sports management, attributed East Cobb’s baseball strength to, “A combination of Atlanta’s mild weather, the success of East Marietta’s 1983 National League World Series Championship, the rise of TBS Superstation and the Atlanta Braves (which became known as “America’s Team”), and a decision by Guerry Baldwin sparked the initial formation of something very special in this community. Baldwin took the players from that championship team and started East Cobb Baseball (ECB) at the field on the corner of Johnson Ferry and Lower Roswell Roads.” Subsequently, ECB built state of the art facilities a few miles further north in East Cobb, but interestingly, that single field in prime real estate property is willed to ECB as long as they are in operation. Perhaps we can call it the “Big Bang Theory of North Atlanta Baseball.” Infused in a demographic area known for high achievement in academics and athletics, with the economic ability of families to support their children improve, whatever their skill sets, youth baseball has had a 30-plus year stretch of growth, maturation and success—the envy of much of the rest of the country.

Success breeds success. As youth programs flourished in recreational parks, the schools in the area became dominant. Booster clubs along with county funds continued to reinvest in property and teams. Travel teams became a significant branch of the baseball culture and deepened the skills of the players and the level of commitment to the sport. Noteworthy, the rise of new governing bodies of travel teams, programs and tournaments (i.e. Dizzy Dean, Pony, Triple Crown, USSSA and Perfect Game events) actually diluted the strength of the Little League World Series, which was previously the only game in town. ECB travel teams and other North Atlanta programs became well known and often feared when slated to play. The “business of baseball” expanded exponentially with multiple training facilities to enhance skills, better equipment and products supplying more and more teams, individual coaching opportunities, as well as an abundance of clinics and tournaments drawing local players and teams from around the U.S. Another positive by-product has been that baseball fields at many North Atlanta schools rival and in some cases exceed many college facilitie—from Lassiter to Pope, Milton to Walton, Roswell to McEachern. Private facilities are known to be pristine. “When out-of-towners come to our park at the Aviation Sports Complex, they are amazed at the cleanliness and maintenance of the fields, seating, bathrooms and training sites. We take great pride in our environment, just another aspect of trying to do things right,” Andrews said. There is a variety of business entities engaged in the baseball world in the suburbs, from small to large, from general to specialized. Following is a basic breakdown: • County Recreation Parks, which have outdoor fields for play. Examples include East Side, Sandy Plains, East Marietta, Roswell, Wills, and Hopewell Parks. • Full-service facilities, which have outdoor fields for play, indoor fa-

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cilities for instruction, and practice for individuals and teams, organized clinics, tournaments, and showcase events. The only two in North Atlanta are ECB and 6-4-3 DP Athletics. • Indoor training facilities, which are typically in retail centers providing year-round training and instruction. Examples include Windward Baseball Academy, Grand Slam Sports Center and Catch & Hit in Alpharetta, Sports-A-Rama in East Cobb and Cage Rage in Roswell. • Independent trainers that tutor individuals and/or train entire teams at various locations based on their professional experience. One example is Jeff Auterson Baseball in Alpharetta—please see sidebar below for his refreshing perspective. It’s interesting to learn some background and scope of the two fullservice baseball programs in the tri-county vicinity. ECB and ECB Academy (the instructional arm of the facility) is home to 87 teams, eight outdoor fields, six indoor and 11

A KINDER, GENTLER BASEBALL MESSAGE A resident of Alpharetta, Jeff Auterson was drafted out of North Vista High School in Riverside, California to play for the Los Angeles Dodgers. After five years he went with the Colorado Rockies. His message about playing baseball: “It’s just a game.” Don’t get him wrong, he loves the game, but he teaches from a different perspective than how he was groomed as a youngster. He was raised to think life was baseball and baseball was life—a complete setup for failure, according to Auterson. In a sport where the best in the game fail 70 percent of the time at bat, you have to learn to deal with failure and the inevitability that one day baseball will end. Upon visiting family in Alpharetta a few years ago, Auterson was blown away by the parks, incredible indoor training facilities (unheard of in California), and the plethora of advanced programs. He was a simple sandlot kid who wore jeans to little league games… When he retired, he decided to move to North Atlanta and share his coaching skills and a philosophy of redefining the myth. He is an ideal example of an independent segment of the business which travels to various parks and training facilities to coach individuals and teams on the clients’ turf. Auterson, along with five fellow instructors bring their baseball skills and a consistent message of empathy to their relationships when training at clinics and lessons with kids and other coaches. He believes baseball has its purpose, and its purpose is learning the right way to handle failure – “Leverage the pain to play the game of baseball and life well.” www.AutersonBaseball.com 678-297-0936 Jeff@AutersonBaseball.com

outdoor batting cages, and two indoor training buildings. They teach approximately 1,400 student-athletes, employ seven full-time and five part-time employees, and manage hundreds of volunteers. Renowned for drawing very elite players, many of whom intend to play in college and beyond, ECB has a history in the business since 1985 and a significant image throughout the country. Notable, one of several leagues within ECB is the Patriot League that features players particularly strong in both academics and baseball to prepare for certain caliber colleges. Baldwin is the founder/owner of ECB and Chance Beam has been the owner of the ECB Academy for 10 years. 6-4-3 DP Athletics houses 24 teams, 3 outdoor fields with seating for 525 (400 covered), five indoor and six outdoor batting cages, and an indoor training building. It teaches approximately 800 student-athletes, employs six full-time, three part-time and 50 seasonal associates, plus 16 independent professional instructors and 70 volunteer coaches. President Danny Pralgo, a former player and instructor for many years, envisioned a full service sports organization with old-school values focused on teaching, developing and assisting youth more than prioritizing profits. The previous park had been abandoned for years and in terrible condition, but the partnership of Pralgo, Andrews, and Carr joined efforts in 2008 with the City of Marietta to refurbish and rebuild the grounds, buildings and parking area. It is now one of the most beautiful baseball parks in the region. They pride themselves on welcoming and developing players from inexperienced to elite, and have kept the number of teams to a modest number in order to prioritize a quality amount of time for team and individual training. Their inclusive approach encourages student-athletes to play other sports if they so desire, but ask for a serious commitment during the spring/summer season which spells baseball. Both organizations are year-long programs which have assembled leaders for their love of the game, to work in a healthy, proactive environment for children, within a financially viable business model. Owners of both agree that three components are key for busiCONTINUED 38

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fortunate. Jack is the son of Tanya and Matt McConnell and the grandson of Horseshoe Bend residents, Vicki and Gary Yernick in Roswell. Jack has decided to go beyond simply expressing his gratitude for his “blessings.” He has decided to help others who are not so fortunate. Through an audiologist, he found out about a trip to Ghana planned by a group of professionals from Utah State University. They are going to villages to conduct tests on children who may have hearing problems. Jack signed on to the trip and he has been soliciting the North Fulton area for used hearing aids to bring with him. He is also asking for sports jerseys in good condition to pass out as gifts to the children he meets. In preparation for his trip, Jack is collecting hearing aids from audiologists throughout Atlanta. He also wants to collect sports jerseys to take to the kids in Ghana. For more information, please call 770-841-5154.


Seventy seven gorgeous, hand-painted Adirondack rocking chairs will be auctioned off by the Roswell Woman’s Club on June 1st. Chairs are displayed throughout North Fulton at locations such as Voila Salon, Lucky’s Burger and Brew, Bank of North Georgia, and The Chandlery. Each beautifully painted by a local artist, the 64 adultsized rockers and 13 child-sized chairs each have their own unique theme. To purchase a chair, bid online at www.biddingforgood.com/rwc and attend the event on June 1st! The “CHAIRity Event” will be held in the beautiful new showroom at Nalley Toyota of Roswell. Included in the event’s festivities are heavy hors d’oeuvres by Talk of the Town Catering and dancing to music DJ’ d by Greg Talmadge. Several chairs will be available only by live auction at the event on June 1st, which will feature the live auctioneering talent of Gordon Shiflett. Roswell Woman’s Club supports local non-profits and awards college scholarships to deserving high school seniors each year. Events tickets are $75 per person, and can be purchased at www.roswellwomansclub.org

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In Memory Of Our Friend, Dr. Steve Disch By Debbie Keel When I interviewed for the Chief Executive Officer position at North Fulton Hospital in the summer of 2009, I was fairly certain I had a good shot at getting it. A longtime employee of Tenet, which operates the hospital, I also had a lot of experience developing and running neurosurgery programs. While there are many outstanding clinical service lines at NFH, neurosurgery is the undisputed star. So I wasn’t surprised to hear that in a full day of interviews, my first, at 7 a.m. that morning, was with a neurosurgeon. Well, not just any neurosurgeon, but Dr. Steve Disch. There’s a longstanding belief among hospital executives that surgeons, particularly neurosurgeons, can frequently be, let’s say, difficult to deal with. So I steeled myself for the interview with Dr. Disch by getting a good night’s sleep the evening before, showing up early for the interview and downing a giant cup of very strong coffee. As it turned out, I didn’t need any of those things. A warm handshake followed by “Hi Deb” put me immediately at ease. Of all the nice people I met in Roswell that day, he was by far the nicest. After 25 years of leading our extraordinary neurosurgery program at NFH, Dr. Disch has passed away, leaving a giant hole in our hospital’s heart and an even bigger one in this community. He died unexpectedly in his hometown of New Glarus, WI, after driving his parents back home after a recent visit. He is survived by his wife Colleen and two daughters, Ashton and Taylour, and his parents. He is also survived by thousands of patients whose lives he touched in his career as a neurosurgeon. He operated on hundreds of them in Operating Room 7 at North Fulton Hospital. He gave trauma patients back their lives

and spine patients back their ability to live their lives. By all accounts, he was a meticulous surgeon. By those same accounts, he treated staff who worked with him with the utmost respect and courtesy. When there was discussion about whether or not a community trauma was really necessary in North Fulton, he firmly supported the trauma service at North Fulton Hospital. He saw a need for a new Neurosciences Progressive Care Unit, where patients received the neuro care they needed outside of the scary confines of the Intensive Care Unit and we established one. He expressed a need to expand the services of his group, Spectrum Neurosurgery, to other communities in North Fulton County. We were just beginning to do that when he left us… but will continue to do so in his memory. There are two outstanding young physicians he mentored within the group, Dr. Charles Weaver and Dr. Thomas Belknap, and they will be joined by doctors of equal distinction to offer outstanding neurosurgery services to areas north, south, east and west of Roswell. About a week after I started as the CEO of NFH, I attended a large community meeting to speak about the hospital, about which I knew very little at the time. But when I asked the audience for questions, I got my first taste of the Dr. Disch legacy. A man raised his hand and said “You have a neurosurgeon there that saved my wife’s life.” I would hear stories like that reiterated in the community throughout my times here. They have reached a crescendo since his death. We will all miss him, his laugh, his ever-present smile, his easy manner with patients and family, the way he treated our hospital staff and the people he worked with in his practice….and I will miss hearing “Hi Deb” whenever he greeted me.

North Fulton Hospital Community Calendar May – July 2013 uled at various times throughout the year. Call John Dorso at Nicotine Cessation Group 678-694-8726 to register or Every Tuesday, 6:30 to 7:30 for information. p.m., Classroom C. Join with other men and women seeking COMMUNITY motivation, education and sup- EDUCATION port to live free of nicotine. The Babysitting Workshop Saturdays 5/18 and 6/1 9amonly requirement for atten2pm. Teaches children ages 11dance is the desire to start the 14 how to be prepared and journey. Contact Pam at responsible babysitters. Bring a 404-428-8799 for more doll or stuffed animal and a sack information. lunch and drink. $30. Look Good, Feel Better


American Heart Wednesday, 5/8, , 10 a.m. to Association Heartsaver noon, Medical Arts Center. A CPR cosmetologist will discuss how Saturday, to care for skin and hair to com7/13. CPR bat the appearance-related course for side effects of cancer treatthe comment. Free make-up and skin munity. care products are provided. Adult and Call Ryan at 404-582-6153 child CPR, 9 a.m. to noon; $35 to register. Adult, child and infant CPR, Caring, Sharing, and Learning: Breast Cancer 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; $45. Support Group

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relaxation, breathing and coping techniques for labor support. $100 per couple; registration required.

Water Birth Thursday, 5/2, 5/16, 5/30, 6/13, 6/27, 7/11 and 7/25 at 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. Call 770- 751-2660 for more information and to register.

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

Saturday, 6/8, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and Friday June 28 1:30 pm-4:30 pm. CPR course SPECIAL EVENTS Relay for Life for healthcare professionals. Friday, 5/3, 6:00 p.m. $55. Roswell High School, 11595 First Aid King Road, Roswell Saturday, 5/4, 9 a.m. to noon, Join North Fulton Hospital and Learn basic first aid procedures WomenHeart other Roswell-area businesses, and techniques. $25/person. Support Group schools, and community groups Second Tuesday of every Diabetes Selfas we help raise money for canmonth, 7:30 p.m., Classroom C. Management Workshop cer research, celebrate surWomenHeart, the National Saturday, 5/18, 6/22, and 7/27 vivorship, and honor those who Coalition for Women with The Diabetes Association of At- have been lost. For more inforHeart Disease, brings support lanta (DAA) offers classes at mation, visit relayforlife.org. and education to women who North Fulton Hospital to teach AARP Safe Driver Class are at risk or who already have diabetes self-management heart disease and would like to skills. Call Katie for more infor- Wednesday, 5/8, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Geared to the safety know more about risk factors mation and to register. needs of the older driver, this and symptoms. We will be ad404-527-7180 program will cover laws, handressing different topics each dling special situations, freeway month. To register, call Nicki at Childbirth Preparation Saturday, 5/11 6/15, and 7/20 traffic, aggressive drivers, how 404-386-6037. 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. medication may affect driving, Ostomy Support Group Active class consisting of both and much more. Insurance Third Tuesday of every month, lecture and discussion/sharing. companies in Georgia offer a 6:30 p.m., Classroom C. This Topics include anatomy and 15% discount for 3 years to group is open to anyone who physiology; nutrition and fitness; those who have completed this has or will have an ostomy and discomforts of pregnancy; course. Registration is required; any friends, family or supportstages of labor and what to ex- $14 ($12 with AARP memberers. The meeting structure is in- pect; cesarean birth; medicaship) LifeSouth Blood Drive formal with group discussion tions; possible complications; and guest speakers to be sched- postpartum care; and comfort, Friday, 5/10, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 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 to register.

A Unique And Lasting Legacy Dr. Steven Disch was more than a physician, he was a leader. In every profession and walk of life we meet people who have special leadership abilities. These qualities are manifested through leadership by example, a stellar professional reputation, and in extraordinary people these traits are coupled with humility and a sense of humor. Dr. Stephen Disch possessed all of those qualities and more. Disch passed away while visiting his parents in his hometown of New Glarus, WI on Mar. 16. He was a loving family man survived by his wife Colleen and daughters Ashton and Taylor. He was also an accomplished neurosurgeon at North Fulton Hospital for more than two decades. Disch was a graduate of Auburn University and received his medical degree from University of Alabama. He spent most of his professional years at North Fulton Hospital where his legacy will be everlasting, both through his indelible mark of excellence, and the ICU that is being named in his memory. The professional world of medicine is one of collaboration and dependence. As a lead neurosurgeon, Disch dealt with a lot of pressure due to the sensitive nature of his work. He was more than just a worldclass surgeon. He was an inspirational leader who possessed the rare combination of competency and leadership. North Fulton Hospital has grown over the years around employees like Disch. It’s the people who make great medicine, not the buildings, and Disch made North Fulton Hospital stand tall. “His legacy will be everlasting,” notes Dr. Charles Sykes, radiologist at Roswell Radiology Associates. “Steve Disch was one of the pillars of this hospital. The hospital tried to be not only a great community hospital but also a trauma center, a level 2 trauma center, and in large part that’s due to the services that were available in neurosurgery.” “We’ve been blessed at our hospital with Steve and the people he’s hired. Steve was a fine person and a real gentleman. Just a pleasure to be around and to deal with on every level,” Sykes said. As North Fulton Hospital celebrates its 30th anniversary Disch’s contributions run throughout its evolution. “This hospital was a little nothing in the middle of a cow pasture when it was first built. The goal has always been to build it into an excellent community hospital but we evolved into a trauma center, which we

embraced and did a great deal of trauma work. It’s amazing at how far away people would come for care. Disch was a huge integral part of that,” Sykes said. “When Disch would hit the emergency room he was the guy.” As Sykes noted, the hospital has transformed itself over time from a regional hospital to a level 2-trauma center and today is branching out into services areas that go far beyond an operating room. A large part of that ability to grow is due to the leadership Disch provided and fostered. An important part of his personality comes from the area of Wisconsin where he grew up. Dr. Michael Dailey, of Infectious Disease Services of Georgia, is a fellow physician, former chief of staff at North Fulton Hospital, who also comes from Wisconsin. He and Disch were close associates for 20 years. “He grew up on a farm and he was self sufficient, which is how he was taught. He was comfortable in what he was,” Daily said. “People wanted to follow him for what he was. I was lucky to have known him for those 20 years.” Disch’s contributions were far greater outside the hospital than in it. He was responsible for saving many lives. Through his memorial website patients have expressed a great deal of admiration for him. There is a repeating theme of humor, skill, and the unique ability to make those around him at ease. “I appreciated his sense of humor. When Dr. Disch came to visit me in the holding area before surgery, he was thoughtfully holding a black marker and trying to decide where to make the mark on my neck. I said, ‘Oh, Dr. Disch, just pick a crease!’ He chuckled and that put me totally at ease. Before he left the room I said, ‘I heard that I would be listening to James Taylor in surgery today.’ He quickly responded, ‘No, I will!’ ” said Cathy McCormick a former patient. As a lasting tribute to Dr. Disch’s contributions to North Fulton Hospital the critical care unit at North Fulton Hospital will be named the Steven P. Disch Critical Care Unit.

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Q and A: Meet Dr. Jeffrey Garrett Always ready for a challenge, Dr. Jeffrey Garrett enjoys the individuality of each case in his chosen specialty of Orthopaedic Trauma and hip joint replacement. He is one of three orthotrauma surgeons in North Georgia, and he practices with Resurgens Orthopaedics. Originally from Idaho and Washington, he moved to Roswell less than a year ago with his wife and four daughters, and has enjoyed becoming part of the staff at North Fulton Hospital.



ANSWER When I was in 9th

grade, I broke my wrist playing basketball. I really clicked with the Orthopaedic surgeon who treated me. I liked his personality and he showed a real interest in me. No surgery was required, but I credited his care with my complete recovery. During this experience, I decided that Orthopaedics was “cool” and that was what I was going to do. Sometimes I may act like I have horse blinders on but throughout school I never considered anything else.

quickly feel at home. I am so glad that we will be able to raise our children here and be closer to some of our family too.

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one of them. I get a real sense of satisfaction when I see a patient resume their normal life after surgery.

ANSWER When I’m not at the hospital or in the office, I enjoy the outdoors and like going camping, and hunting. However, most of my free time is spent attending my kids’ activities and traveling with my family. Recently, we have been busy attending cheerleading competitions with our daughters. I am also involved with my church.




ANSWER During my

read uplifting religious books. For leisure, I enjoy reading along with my kids as they read whichever book or series is currently popular. We have recently enjoyed the Harry Potter novels and the Hunger Games trilogy. Occasionally, I will read or reread a Robert Ludlum novel.

The Garrett family at sea.



ize in Orthopaedic Trauma and hip joint replacement because of the challenge. Each case is different and has to be approached individually. Growing up, I enjoyed being a person others could ask to help with problems. I tried to be my best when others were depending on me.



patients send me thank you notes, and I think my favorite moments have been when my wife or kids found

residency, one of my attendings told me to “Always try to do the right thing.” He taught me that the best thing for your patient is frequently the least convenient thing for yourself.





ANSWER I love the

geography of the Southeast, and my wife is from North Carolina. We are very happy with the schools and community here in Milton. Because we haven’t been here very long, we haven’t had much of a chance to explore Atlanta and the surrounding area, but we love taking road trips and I’m looking forward to exploring with my girls as soon as we can. Everyone we have met has made us

Micah Brown, Breast Health Nurse Navigator

ANSWER Frequently, I try to

ANSWER I consider myself a WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE native of the Pacific MUSICIAN? Northwest. I lived in both Idaho and Washington grow- ANSWER I enjoy listening to soft classic rock, like Paul ing up. Simon, Billy Joel, etc…


Dr. Jeffrey Garrett’s 4 daughters




ANSWER The Man from Snowy River and Last of the Dogmen are my favorites. I don’t know why, but I love those movies.


IF YOU WERE NOT A DOCTOR, WHAT WOULD YOU DO? ANSWER If I had not gone into medicine, I probably would have had ambitions to be a college men’s basketball coach. That was my passion growing up.

North Fulton Hospital announced today that Micah Brown, Breast Health Nurse Navigator, has been named a Tenet Hero as part of Tenet Healthcare Corporation’s (NYSE: THC) recognition program for employees. Micah Brown’s decade-long career in nursing, combined with a generous and tirelessly compassionate nature, have made her a perfect fit as a breast health navigator. Her role begins the moment a woman finds out she has a breast problem or earlier, when she is just worried that she might. Brown is there with a compassion that goes beyond duty to answer questions, hold a hand during a biopsy, and offer a comforting and consoling word to ease fears and anxiety. “It’s Micah the patients love because she puts them at ease and takes them by the hand, leading them through every step in the process,” says Dr. Laura Rivers-Pearson, breast surgeon at North Fulton Hospital. If surgery or other treatment is necessary, she is there to guide the patient to the doctor they need or help make appointments for other procedures. Without hesitation, Micah Brown goes out of her way to give comfort to all aspects of her patients’ lives. She has an CONTINUED 22


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uncanny ability to be the source of strength for those who have trouble finding it in themselves—patients and co-workers alike. “Our Tenet Heroes represent the best of who we are at Tenet and what we do as health care providers in the community we serve,” said Debbie Keel, North Fulton Hospital’s chief executive officer. “The innovative ideas and exceptional service provided by these professionals serve as an inspiration to us all.” Our Tenet Heroes exemplify Tenet’s core values of quality, integrity, service, innovation, and transparency. These individuals make a remarkable commitment to our values, our patients, and the community through their exemplary words and actions. Being named a Tenet Hero provides these individuals with the recognition they deserve and a title that truly describes their character. North Fulton Hospital has been named a Certified Breast Center of Excellence in the National Quality Measures for Breast Centers Program™. For more information about North Fulton Hospital’s Breast Center, call 770-751-2556.

Face Arm Speech Time Act Fast for Stroke Care

Most of us know that chest pain or pain in the arm may be an indicator of a heart attack, but do you know what signs to look for if you suspect that you or a loved one may have had a stroke? More importantly, do you know what to do for that person to improve their chances of survival and recovery? “It is critical that a physician see a stroke victim as soon as possible,” says Hip replacement surgery has been used to treat joint disease since the 1960s. Pat Victor, Coordinator of North It replaces the head of the thigh bone and the ball-and-socket mechanism in the Fulton Hospital’s Stroke Program, hip with artificial implants. Traditionally, the operation was done making a 10- which has been certified since 2005. “The treatments for stroke aim to save to 12-inch incision on the side of the hip. The muscles would then be detached brain cells, and the sooner a patient refrom the hip, which would be dislocated. In recent years, however, a new technique called the Anterior Approach to total hip replacement has been devel- ceives treatment, the more cells we can save.” oped. It allows the surgeon to perform the surgery through a smaller incision and without detaching the muscles from either the hip or thigh bone. Signs of a Stroke “The Anterior Approach to hip replacement allows me to access the hip joint During a stroke, the blood supply to without cutting any muscle,” says Dr. Jeffrey Garrett, a physician at North the brain is interrupted either by Fulton Hospital. “This technique utilizes the natural space between muscles, blood clots or by bleeding in the brain. which minimizes number of places I have to cut the tissues. This provides the Brain cells in the immediate area potential for a quicker recovery when compared to traditional hip replacement begin to die because they stop surgery.” receiving the oxygen and nutrients Benefits of the Anterior Approach are: they need to function. This is why imPossible accelerated recovery time because key muscles are not detached mediate medical attention is necessary. during the operation. Signs of a stroke may include: Potential for fewer restrictions during recovery. Although each patient • Sudden numbness or weakness of responds differently, this procedure seeks to help patients more freely bend face, arm or leg, especially on one their hip and bear their full weight immediately or soon after surgery. side of the body. Possible reduced scarring because the technique allows for one relatively • Sudden confusion or trouble small incision. Since the incision is on the front side of the leg, patients speaking or understanding speech. may be spared from the pain of sitting on scar tissue. • Sudden trouble walking, “Not only can patients see relief from the symptoms that brought them to me dizziness, or loss of balance or in the first place,” says Dr. Garrett, “but they have the potential to recover faster, coordination. with less pain than with a traditional replacement.” • Sudden severe headache with no Hip replacement surgery, whether traditional or anterior, is performed to help known cause. decrease pain, increase mobility and improve quality of life. It may be • Blurred or double vision, drowsirecommended if other treatment methods, such as exercise, walking aids or ness, and nausea or vomiting. medication, are not effective. High-impact activities, including tennis, basketball “You can quickly evaluate a friend or and jogging, should be avoided after surgery. Instead, patients can walk, swim or family member by performing the ride a stationary bicycle to increase muscle strength and improve cardiovascular FAST test,” says Victor, “which stands health without injuring their new hip. for Face, Arm, Speech, and Time. North Fulton Hospital strives to provide state of the art medical services so its First, do you notice drooping on one patients receive the highest quality of care possible, and the Anterior Approach side of the face? Second, can he or she to total hip replacement is one of the newest innovations added to the array of hold both arms out straight in front of services they can provide. For more information or a referral to a provider at North Fulton Hospital that performs the Anterior Approach to hip replacement, the body without one drifting downward? Next, do you notice any call 770-751-2600. slurring or difficulty with speech? If

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so, note the time that you last saw the person functioning normally so hospital staff will know the approximate time of the episode.”

Call 911 Immediately! Don’t drive your loved one to the Emergency Room. They may deteriorate in the car, and you won’t be able to care for them. Also, don’t give them any food, drink, or medicine (even blood pressure medicine or aspirin) because their ability to swallow may be compromised and the medicines may actually harm your loved one’s chances of recovery.

Stroke Treatments Strokes caused by blood clots may be treated with a drug called t-PA, which dissolves blood clots, but those caused by bleeding cannot be treated with tPA. Instead, surgery is often performed to help relieve the pressure or blood clots caused by the bleeding. In both cases, time is of the essence for successful treatment. “Our Stroke Center strives to perform quick evaluations of possible stroke victims and administer t-PA for eligible patients within the first 60 minutes after a patient arrives,” says Victor. “In fact, North Fulton Hospital works very hard to train its nursing staff in all areas of the hospital on how to give t-PA and monitor for any effects so the drug can be administered as quickly as possible wherever the patient is.” North Fulton Hospital’s Stroke Center has been a Certified Stroke Center since 2005. The center has five neurologists and two neurosurgeons on staff, in addition to its Program Coordinator. For more information about North Fulton Hospital’s Stroke Center, visit NFultonHospital.com or call 770-751-2600.

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Home Prices Likely To Rise This Year changing it ebbs and flows the speed at which it changes Spring has finally arrived is unpredictable. All signs and the warmer temps are point to achieving “normal” here, but the housing market conditions by 2016. market has been cooking Normal conditions are where for awhile. Everywhere you there is a 6 month supply of turn, the media is touting homes available. There is a the shortage of homes for balance of new homes versus sale, bidding wars for those Real Estate existing homes for sale. We that do make it to market KIRSTEN RICCI will soon see the rise of the and the wave of new homes new home wave approaching that are about to break ground. The us like a tsunami which will affect the market is more robust than anyone exexisting home sales market. pected. But higher-than-expected price Sellers who enter the market in 2013 jumps and continued tight inventory early 2014 will have the benefit of being will likely restrain existing-home sales the only option for those buyers who this year and into 2014. want or need to buy now. That will Increasing home prices brought change with the new homes slated to more than 1.7 million properties above break ground and will shift the market water in 2012 and will continue to do and create competition for existing so this year, freeing many borrowers to homes. Those who want to sell should put their homes on the market. This sell now while the supply is down, the will potentially ease the inventory demand is up, and the interest rates are shortage, albeit gradually. It is in their favor. Those who aren’t ready projected that existing home sales, can expect to see another shift in the which were up 9.4 percent last year, coming years. They will not have will grow by an additional 6.9 percent missed the boat; there will still be a this year, to 4.98 million homes nationneed for existing home sales in the comally. This compared to last month’s ing years. The factors will present more projection of a 10.5 percent jump this challenges than today, more supply, and year, to 5.15 million homes. The higher interest rates. estimated existingSellers who sell in home sales will rise 5.5 the highs (homes percent in 2014, to Ugly houses, great that are selling under 5.26 million homes, houses, dated houses, $550,000) and are compared to last then buying in the old, new, your month’s prediction of a $550k+ range are time has come. 6.2 percent rise. benefiting greatly New home starts are from today’s market. up this year over last Those who choose to year by 14.1 percent but are projected to wait will fall under “normal” which may reach 41.5 percent within the next 12 seem less exciting than the current real months. New inventory is on the way estate craze of multiple offers and one and while home prices may be on the to five days of market time. rise in our market, the interest rates In either case, the real estate market will be right behind them edging their is booming and will continue to be way upward. What does that look like active for the next several years, which for homeowners who may not be ready is a positive sign of the strength of our to sell today? The cattle calls are everyeconomy. where… now is the time to sell. Ugly If you would like a market analysis houses, great houses, dated houses, old, on your home or if you have suggestions new, your time has come. There are for future articles, please contact buyers waiting for you. Kirsten Ricci – Associate Broker - Keller But what if now is not the right time Williams. kirsten@roswellrealty.net or for you does that mean that you missed 678.472.3832. the boat? The real estate market is ever By Kirsten Ricci



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Planes, Trains, And Grocery Stores? You’ve got to be in the game to win it. you don’t get burned like George Clooney’s character Hello again Current readers. did in the movie Up In The Thanks for the responses to Air. Movie tip—it’s worth last month’s column. I’m enrenting if you haven’t seen it. joying learning your One male reader wrote to thoughts on the perplexing me with a very good issues of being single. question: Is it appropriate to Last month I touched on pursue a woman you meet in Sex some of the more obvious a grocery store? Suburbs the And places where singles meet. Joe, whose name has been Traditional venues such as STEPHANIE LAMONT changed to protect his idenbars, health clubs and even tity, wrote that he’s not going the workplace. And let’s not forget the to do the online thing or wait to meet new millennium method of online datsomeone in his travels. He went on to ing sites. say that he sees nice women at the groHowever, there are more places that cery store. These women appear single. singles often meet that I didn’t mention. They have no wedding band or a mini I’d like to cover some of those now. van waiting outside with a husband We have a member of The Current’s driving it. staff who met her husband on the To answer your question Joe, I say go Amtrak train. Both were traveling on for it if the woman seems interested! business between two major cities. She’ll probably be glad you did. Clearly, Do Atlanta singles meet on MARTA? you’re not a stalker if you’re considerate More likely in our area they’ll meet at enough to ask a female, (me) about that little airport off Camp Creek your approach. Smiles all around. Parkway. I think it’s called HartsfieldIt also seems like Joe picks up, Jackson International Airport. pardon that pun, on vibes of fellow Seriously, I’ve heard several stories of shoppers. That’s important. I know of a people meeting at the world’s busiest woman who had to ask the airport. Of course some of those supermarket manager to talk to a man encounters started on the actual who kept following her up and down aircraft but you get the point. the aisles even after she told him she I’m not talking about the good old was married. Obviously, that man didn’t days of some Don Draper guy hitting on get the hint. In most cases, the worst a blond bombshell of a stewardess. thing that can happen if you chat someThese days’ travelers strike up conversaone up in that setting is make the tions with each other, especially at the shopping experience fun! gate waiting area when they have a I almost always recommend taking delayed flight. that “leap of faith” in regards to So, next time you’re traveling; get reaching out to potential partners. your head out of your laptops, Ipads, Dating is like the lottery. If you don’t and smart phones and look around play you can’t win. Have stories of wins you! There’s not just married folks or loses? Do tell. using the friendly skies. Just be careful stephanie.lamont@mail.com

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Bright Future For Young Singer Madison Shea is a singer-songwriter on the rise. There are a tremendous number of young, talented, musicians in the greater Atlanta area. One of the best is right here in our own backyard. Madison Shea is a singer-songwriter from Woodstock, Georgia who is a Sophomore at Fellowship Christian School here in Roswell. Winner of the 2012 Georgia Music Award in the

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collaborate with California singersongwriter Matt Clark, New York bassist Bill Jensen, and noted drummer and Musical Director Dave Stark. When not doing school work or out playing her own music, Madison can be found in the studio recording jingles. Her strong, clear voice has attracted opportunities in that genre. A clip of her working on one can be seen on her YouTube Channel. Despite major radio airplay, recording jingles and playing with big time musicians, Madison is a National Honor Society student who generously offers her time and talent to various charities and events in the area, including: The Down Syndrome Buddy Walk at Centennial Olympic Park, The Milton Roundup, The Georgia Baptist Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Home, Lawrenceville Day of Hope, and most recently, the Milton Earth Day Festival. Madison played the Peach Drop this year, and recently played at Six Flags Over Georgia. Her upcoming shows include: May 12 at the Roswell Colors Festival of Arts, June 5 at the Electric Cowboy and August 2 at The Velvet Note in Alpharetta.


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A surprising delight: GREENVILLE

Area Destinations Offer A World Of Variety subtle feeling of happiness on a Sunday night, recognizing that your weekend time was very well spent. I don’t know about you, but I am always looking for A kind of weekend that will make you just a little bit a great getaway. Nothing too far away or too smug as you recount it to others around the water expensive, but something that will lift my spirits, get cooler on Monday morning. my senses going, and fold me into some new discovOur location in the Southeast lends itself to many ery. In fact, I’ve just returned from such a quick trip great excursions. For this month, I’m going to share and I can say that there’s just nothing quite like that a few of my favorites with you. Some may surprise you. That said, I am only scratching the weekend destination surface here with these suggestions. There are countless other options that I hope to these days are among some of the good ones. relay to you in the coming months. With that said, Beginning in the 1970s, the city of Greenville let me go ahead share! conceived of a streetscape plan for the languishing Main Street. Over the past 30 years, through a comA Surprising Delight: Greenville, SC bination of both public and private investments, the I’ve driven past Greenville on I-85 many times with- city of Greenville has transformed into a hub for out paying the town any mind. Thankfully, my business, culture, and tourism. It’s one of the most in-laws made a pit stop there on the way to Atlanta beautiful towns I’ve visited in the good ole U.S. of A! recently and discovered this gem of a town! I’d recommend bringing your bike or renting one Greenville has seen both good times and bad, but and enjoying the 13.5 mile Swamp Rabbit bike trail

By Stacy Shade, Photos by Jeff Shade

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that connects Greenville to Travelers Rest, right along the Reedy River. Afterwards, stroll around the downtown, walk across the falls and the tree tops on the Liberty Bridge, and finish off your day at a local eatery. I highly recommend The Trappe Door for Belgian brews and to-die-for food. And, if you’re looking for some after dinner entertainment, you’re bound to find something with the Peace Center for Performing Arts and Centre Stage, both within walking distance from any downtown eatery.

Finding Happiness in the Hills: Blue Ridge, Dahlonega, and Young Harris

Blue Ridge Dahlonega Young Harris

Blue Ridge has been a home to farmers and a haven for weary travelers since 1886. The beauty of the mountains and the charm of the town made it a destination back then and it’s a destination today for the very same reasons. Whether you decide to board the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway, venture outdoors, stroll through the boutiques, or just pay a visit to Harvest on Main and Mercier Orchards, you are just bound to enjoy yourself! Their 37th Annual Arts in the Park Festival is on Memorial Day weekend and admission is just $5—maybe that’s just the excuse you needed to go! Dahlonega, our neighbor just an hour north, is a locale rich in history, nature, and culture. As the site of the first major U.S. gold rush, visitors can learn about the rush at the Gold Museum as well as pan for it themselves! The area also many different wineries to visit. If you’re a wine lover like me, this place will keep you and your palate busy and happy! Historic downtown Dahlonega is also home to some fantastic mountain musicians. You can hear them play any Saturday (2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.) from now until Oct. 12 during the Appalachian Jam! North of Dahlonega, in a valley nestled in the heart of the Chattahoochee National Forest, is the town of Young Harris. This is a mountain escape for those who want to get away from all of the hustle and bustle of the city. In Young Harris, you’re surrounded by rolling green hills and beautiful mountain landscapes. I recently visited this quant town after snagging a great deal for the Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa on Travelzoo.com. The resort, originally constructed in 1995, offers 503 rolling acres to explore and enjoy via walking paths and horse trails. There’s also an 18-hole championship golf course on the grounds of the resort. Brasstown Valley also offers up gorgeous mountain views to enjoy inside by the fire or outside on the porch rocking chairs. And, if the serene surroundings aren’t enough to get you into vacation

mode, just visit their Equani Spa. lovely Georgia honey from the Savannah Bee A perfect Mother’s Day or Company. When you head over to Tybee Island for Memorial Day destination! the day to get some sea salt in your hair, ditch your car once you get there and rent a bike instead! Tybee Sunny Salty Savannah is very bike-able and you can tour the entire island, Want to stroll some of the most picturesque streets including a visit to the Tybee Lighthouse Station and this side of the Atlantic, take in a little history, Museum, on two wheels. On your way back, you browse an art gallery, listen to jazz, eat like Paula should be sure to stop at The Crab Shack on Estill Dean, and enjoy a beach day in one trip? Hammock Road—it’s truly a unique Southern Impossible? Not in Savannah! seafood experience! I’m a fan of Savannah’s Bed and Breakfast Inn, but there are many wonderful Beyond the Choo Choo in Chattanooga, Tennessee B&B’s to choose from! There are too many Whenever I think of Chattanooga, I think of the wonderful tours, song “Chattanooga Choo Choo” by the Glenn Miller restaurants, and stores to Orchestra. And, while the historic rail station is magname, but don’t miss grab- nificent, there’s much more to this town than the bing lunch from Soho Choo Choo. Admittedly, I have not been there in South Cafe and don’t go quite some time and I can’t imagine why not. Only home without some two short hours from Atlanta, Chattanooga lives up to its nickname, “The Scenic City.” Much like Greenville, the previously polluted coal and steel town has cleaned up its act over the past three decades and has now been tapped by The New York Times as one of the “Top 45 Places to Go” in the world. With Tennessee mountains to explore, the beautiful Tennessee River, and plenty of arts, music, events, and food to enjoy, this is my next destination! For a romantic getaway, the Bluff View Inn and the Chanticleer Inn are two great options. For families, the Chattanoogan Hotel and the Sheraton Read House offer great aquarium and Lookout Mountain packages. As for me, I’ll be visiting The Crash Pad, an uncommon outdoorsy hostel that has captured my curiosity and given me the hankering to hike, raft, and even hang glide or rock climb! It seems to me that this place is about much more than the famous Choo Choo that landed it on the map.


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THE SCOOP Roswell Beer Festival will take place from noon to five pm on Saturday, May 11, which is also Motherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day Weekend, so bring your mom! Or just send her flowers and bring your friends. With so much going on in the area, re-entry to the Roswell Beer Festival will be permitted should you want to walk down to the Historic Town Square and check out the Color Festival of Arts or do a little on the spot shopping for mom along Canton Street. Tickets are $30 in advance, $40 at the door. Designated driver tickets will be available for $10, but this is a 21 and up event, with the exception of children in strollers. For those who pre-purchase tickets, your printed ticket and proof of identification will be required for entry. Proceeds for the Roswell Beer Festival will benefit the STAR House Foundation for after school programs. For additional information on this event and to purchase advance tickets visit www.starhousefoundation.org.

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29 MAY 2013

Shopping For Graduation Gifts By Elaine LaMontagne High school graduation season is upon us, and the search for ideal gifts begins. Some of you may be looking for one item for a special relative or friend, others may be in the midst of a phenomenon I learned about when my two children graduated from Walton High School—the graduation party circuit! I understand it’s typical at the various high schools throughout East Cobb, Roswell and Alpharetta. An absurd number of invitations flow in with most parties having multiple graduates involved. So navigating the gift process is a learning curve. But as a new empty nester, I wholeheartedly encourage you to embrace the season with a smile as you shop for fun gifts, with or without your child. You’ll miss these times very soon. Knowing where to go will ease the process—so grab your list of names, perhaps the colleges they will be going to, and away you go KUDZO EMBROIDERY – Located next to Marlow’s in the corner of Merchants Walk, this sweet shop is a haven for grad gifts. They have a registry of where students are going to college and what gifts have already been purchased. Free monogramHidden ming is featured Gems and a ELAINE LAMONTAGNE combination of attractively packaged inexpensive items such as gumballs, cookies and koozies, along with ever popular spa wraps, laundry bags, dopp kits (toiletry bags for guys), a vast assortment of college logo accessories, bulletin boards and blankets. Success is inevitable. (1311 Johnson Ferry Road, Marietta, 770-565-8500, www.kudzuemb.com) COLLEGE STATION – Gem of a find as it has the deepest assortment of college items with an impressive volume of stock. In addition to clothing items, you’ll find Magnolia Lane decorative collegiate dishware, canvas ad panoramic stadium prints, garden flags and gnomes, party buckets and trash

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cans, scoreboard clocks and pillow pet dream lights which turns your room into a starry sky with your college logo serving as the star! Love this place. (Mansell Road at Alpharetta Highway in Roswell, 770-992-7996, www.collegestationstores.com) RED HOUND – This Alpharetta boutique has lovely options and grad gift ideas include Vera Bradley accessories, jewelry charms, collegiate coasters, platters, bag tags, spirit fingers, tailgate items, laundry bags, and Mud Pie products made in Stone Mountain including tumblers, mugs and frames. An area favorite. (10955 Jones Bridge Road, Alpharetta, 678-624-7733, www.theredhound.com) VEESHEE.COM – If you’d prefer to do your shopping online, try this specialty website developed by Walton and UGA graduate Brittany Martin, who comments that “May is a second Christmas for us because of graduation!” They feature high-end monogramming, beautiful gift boxes with personalized messages and ship within 24 hours when items are in stock. Their “studio on line” allows you to preview unique monogramming in different fonts and colors before you order. Save this address—it’s terrific. (855-833-7433, www.veeshee.com) Hidden Gems is a new column highlighting businesses, products and services worthy of attention for the enhancement they can add to our lives, whether simply or significantly, for fun or health, for supporting our local neighbors or just embracing our corner of the world. (Ideas are welcome at elainepr@bellsouth.net)


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MAY 2013

Out&AboutinMay ROSWELL


RAGAMUFFIN MUSIC HALL OPEN MIC Our unique 65-seat main performance hall as well as the next-door 14 foot ceiling studio LOFT rooms provide a venue for lessons during the week, and Acoustic Jams and Candlelight Concerts on the weekend. Such performances include national and regional acts, as well as showcases of our own Ragamuffin students and artists! MAY 3-18 FRIDAYS & SATURDAYS

MEASURE FOR MEASURE Barrington Hall in Roswell will host Shakespeare’s controversial “Measure for Measure,” which deals with this same moral question: what makes a sinner? This is one of Shakespeare’s sleeper comedies, a hilariously bawdy romp that sneaks in some thought-provoking insights on what’s really happening behind your neighbor’s front doors. Friday and Saturday nights May 3-18 at 8 p.m., Mother’s Day matinee May 12 at 4 p.m. Seating begins at 7 p.m. Admission is free/suggested donation of $5 northfultondramaclub.org. MAY 8

MOTHER’S DAY CRAFTS The Roswell Library, 115 Norcross Street, will host a painting session for elementary schoolers inspired by Spanish art. These would make the perfect Mother’s Day gifts. Class is limited to 20 participants and registration begins May 1. Program is free. For more info, e-mail comments@co.fulton.ga.us or call 770-640-3075. MAY 8

GEORGIA SIGNERS OF THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE Barrington Hall Wednesday Lecture Series presents Georgia signers of the Declaration of Independence, by Jack Ferguson. Admission is $5 per person. Reservations strongly suggested. Lecture begins at 7 p.m. and doors open at 6:30 p.m. Complimentary light refreshments available. 770-640-3855 to schedule or for additional information. MAY 9, 16, 23, 30

ZUMBA The Roswell Library, 115 Norcross Street, will host Zumba classes from 11 a.m. to noon. Participants will party themselves into shape with a certified Zumba instructor with an hour of exercise, dance, and music. Sign-ups begin at the adult reference desk 30 minutes before each session, with participation limited to the first 25 people. The

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7 p.m. and doors open at 6:30 p.m. Complimentary MAY 9 light refreshments available. Call 770-640-3855 TASTE OF ALPHARETTA to schedule or for additional information. Join us for the largest “Taste of” festival in the MAY 11-12 South at the 23rd Annual Taste of Alpharetta. Dine COLORS FESTIVAL OF ARTS at over 50 restaurants in one unforgettable night MAY 14, 21, 28 The Historic Town Square will host the Colors that has become an annual tradition for 50,000 Festival of Arts Mother’s Day Weekend. Presented ENGLISH AS A SECOND families, foodies and festival-goers. Sample a wide by the Roswell Junior Women’s Club, the festival LANGUAGE variety of delicious appetizers, entrees and will celebrate the arts and springtime. Artists from From 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Roswell Branch desserts. Experience the Culinary Arts stage area the Southeast present a dazzling and colorful Library, 115 Norcross Street, those of all levels are MAY 27 featuring Chef’s Competitions and cooking array of fine arts, original crafts, children’s welcome to free English as a Second Language demonstrations. Enjoy live music on 2 stages. Play ROSWELL REMEMBERS THE DEAD activities, music, and performing arts, and a classes. The class is recommended for adults. The Memorial Gardens at City Hall, 38 Hill Street, at the Fun Zone. Party with metro area radio selection of food vendors to help you celebrate Comments@co.fulton.ga.us or call 770-640-3075. stations. 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. in historic downtown will hold a ceremony for Memorial Day. Exhibits Mom’s special day. For more info, visit Alpharetta. Free. 678-297-6000. will open at 10 a.m., with the ceremony at 11 a.m. MAY 16 www.visitroswellga.com or call 770-640-3253. and a BBQ lunch afterward. First Lieutenant MAY 11, 18, 25 SATURDAYS ALIVE AFTER FIVE MAY 11 Alive After Five will take place in Roswell's historic Charles G. Shepherd Jr., who served in the ALPHARETTA FARMERS’ MARKET ROSWELL BEER district. This is the event that gained Canton Street Georgia-raised 121st Infantry Regiment in Europe Those coming to Historic Downtown Alpharetta during WWII, is guest speaker. Shepherd’s honors the official designation as a Georgia Great Street. FESTIVAL from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. will find farmers with Enjoy live music, outside vendors, extended retail include the Silver Star for gallantry, two Bronze Pastis Restaurant on fruits and vegetables, gardeners with fresh flowers Stars, and two Purple Hearts. hours, face painting, free trolley, and more! For Canton Street will host and plants, and makers of all sorts of edible home the Roswell Beer Festival. more information, visit MAY 29 goods from yummy desserts to local raw honey and The event will take place from 12 www.aliveafterfiveroswell.com. homemade sauces and jellies. The event will run GEORGIA SIGNERS OF THE p.m. to 5 p.m. in the restaurant parking lot. $30. each Saturday until mid-October. MAY 17 CONSTITUTION roswellbeerfestival.eventbrite.com. Barrington Hall’s Wednesday Lecture Series MAY 11-12 BEATLES MAY 11 presents Georgia Signers of the Constitution, by HORSE/CARRIAGE RIDES FOR MOMS TRIBUTE Jack Ferguson. Admission is $5 per person. CROCODILE CRAWL Scottsdale Farms Nursery, 15639 Birmingham CONCERT Reservations strongly suggested. Lecture at 7 p.m. Highway, will host free horse and carriage rides for The Fellowship Bible Church, 480 West Crossville The Michael O’Neal and doors open at 6:30 p.m. Complimentary light mothers and their families at 11 a.m. on May 11 and Road, will host a “Crocodile Crawl” 5K run at 8:30 Singers will be joined at refreshments available. Call 770-640-3855. a.m. The event will raise money for a ministry May 12. Moms will also receive free hand-dipped Roswell United assisting victims of abuse and trafficking in ice cream. 770-777-5875. JUNE 1 Methodist Church by Cambodia. For more info and registration, visit the most respected RIVERSIDE FARMERS MARKET MAY 15 www.freedomproject.tv. Beatles Tribute band in The Roswell City Hall parking lot will host the JAZZ BENEATH THE STARS the business, The MAY 11 Riverside Market beginning June 1. Farm-fresh Participants will hear music in the tradition of Return. The Return has been called by Pete vegetables, sun ripened fresh fruit and berries, FRANK VIGNOLA WITH VINNY Chicago/New York, BG Quartet, West Coast, New Beaudrault, President/CEO of Hard Rock Café as fragrant herbs, beautiful flowers and plants, Orleans jazz bands, and combos at the Chukkar RANIOLO “absolutely the next best thing to the originals!” organic compost, artisan cheeses, organic herbal Farm on Liberty Grove Road. General admission The duo of Frank Vignola and Vinny Raniolo will The Return has performed all over the world, soaps, and more. 8 a.m. to noon. New vendors $25.00. Tables for 4 $120; for 8 $240. Time TBA. tackle a unique, high-energy repertoire featuring including the Cavern in Liverpool, Abbey Road contact Rolando Orellana by phone at www.atlantajazzparty.com or call 770-645-6844. contemporary tunes by The Police, Frank Zappa, Studios in London, and in Japan as headliners at 770-231-4214 or jrolando@uga.edu. and Black Sabbath as well as not-so-contemporary the 40th anniversary celebration of the Beatles MAY 25-26 numbers by Bach and Mozart, and jaw-dropping, visit to Tokyo. $20 for adults and $15 for seniors JUNE 8 ALPHARETTA ART IN THE PARK. lightning fast gypsy jazz originals. 8 p.m. at and students in advance and $22 and $17 RIVER RUN FOR HOPE Look for artists at work creating masterpieces Unitarian Universalist Metro Atlanta North, 11420 respectively at the door. Artists’ Circle tickets are St. Andrew Catholic Church will host a 5K/10K and right before your eyes at this outdoor market Crabapple Rd., Roswell, GA, 30075. Tickets are $50. For more information, call 770-594-7974. 1 mile race along the river to support medical and under the trees that attracts art lovers and $30/advance and $35/door. 770-365-7738. educational work in Ghana. Registration begins at exhibitors from all over the Atlanta area. The event MAY 21 6 a.m. 10K and 5K races start at 7:30 a.m. and the will take place at Old Milton Park from 10 a.m to 5 MAY 11 ITALIAN COMFORTS mile run/walk at 8:20 a.m. Awards ceremony 9 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. ROCKIN’ AT THE RIVER a.m. Registration prior to May 31 is $25; After and FOR THE BUSY COOK The Chattahoochee Nature Center will host an race day, $30. Register for the one-mile for $5 at MAY 25 evening of food, drink, music, and fun beginning at Roswell’s Salud Cooking School any time. www.active.com or mtollett@gmail.com. THE BREEZE KINGS at Harry’s Alpharetta on Upper 7:30 p.m. The Fulton County Ramblers and the Hembree Road will be hosting a Matilda’s on South Main Street offers live outdoor Mike Veal Band will provide the music. Tickets to rustic Italian course from 6:30 music “Under the Pines” throughout the spring the main event are $150, while tickets to the ALPHARETTA p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Learn to make simple and summer months. May 25 will be the Breeze patron reception beginning at 6:30 p.m. and the Kings, an Atlanta blues band. Bring your lawn main event are $250. Proceeds benefit the nature Italian artisanal specialties from scratch with MAY 8, 15, 22, 29 Elisa Gambino of Via Elisa. Elisa is the chairs, a picnic and even your dog for an center. www.chatnaturecenter.org. entrepreneur behind Via Elisa fresh pasta and JUNIOR BRIDGE unforgettably laid back evening of entertainment. MAY 11 sauces. Cost is $45. For more info, call 770-442The Alpharetta Library, 238 Canton Street, will Bring your own food and drinks. Purchase tickets 3354 or visit .wholefoods.com/saludalpharetta host Junior Bridge. Participants will be able to at the door for $15; kids under 16 free when TEA WITH BEATRIX learn a fascinating card game, meet new friends, accompanied by an adult. POTTER MAY 22 improve their math skills, develop critical thinking, Residents can come to GHOSTS OF ROSWELL and have fun. Recommended for those 10-18. Each JUNE 1 Barrington Hall to meet Barrington Hall Wednesday Lecture Series BREW MOON SUMMERFEST session runs from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. beloved author “Beatrix presents Ghosts of Roswell, by Dianna Avena of Beginning at 6:30 p.m., the annual beer fest brings amy.alexander@fultoncountyga.gov or call Potter” as she brings Peter Roswell Ghost Tours. Admission is $5 per person. 770-740-2425. historic downtown Alpharetta to life with great Rabbit, Jemima Puddleduck, Tom Reservations strongly suggested. Lecture begins at food and beverages to purchase. People can bring cost is free. Margaret.eves@fultoncountyga.gov or call: 770-640-3075

Kitten and other childhood friends to life with her captivating storytelling and puppet mastery. $10 per person. Seating is limited and advance reservations are required. Call 770-640-3855.


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MAY 2013 their own chairs or buy tables. Price TBA. For more information, call 404-402-5389. The event is for those 21 and older. JUNE 8

YOUTH FISHING DERBY Children ages 4-12 accompanied by adult are invited to participate in the Youth Fishing Derby sponsored by the City of Alpharetta Recreation and Parks Department at 3625 Brookside Parkway. Prizes will be awarded for longest fish and most fish caught. Bring fishing gear and bait. The event is free, but preregistration is required. Space is limited to the first 80 children. To pre-register, call 678-297-6133. EAST COBB

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MARIETTA GHOST TOUR Spirits and Spirits Ghost Tour — Meet at the Historic Marietta Trolley office and walk to a local restaurant to enjoy one glass of wine (included) while listening to ghost stories. Depart into the Square for a one-hour walking ghost tour. Begins at 7:30 p.m. and is for adults only. Paid reservations are required in advance. 770-425-1006 or GhostsOfMarietta.com. MAY 17-19

MARIETTA GREEK FESTIVAL The Holy Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church, 3431 Trickum Road, will host a three-day Greek festival complete with food, entertainment, and shopping. The event will run from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. May 17, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. May 18, and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. May 19. Parking will be available at Simpson Middle School, Lassiter High School, and the Church of Latter Day Saints on Trickum Road.


The Atlanta Lyric Theatre presents this well-known biblical tale of a young man MAY 10 with a very special gift and some very big adventures! All performances will be at REINHALDO BRAHN AND JIM BROCK the Earl Smith Strand. For more Brahn first picked up his brother’s guitar information, call 404-377-9948 or visit at 14 and quickly learned traditional www.AtlantaLyricTheatre.com. Brazilian music. In 2007, he left Brazilian JUNE 7 group Soul Makube to embark on a solo DONOVAN’S THIRD ANNUAL career in the United States. His performance at the Velvet Note, 4075 GOLF TOURNAMENT Old Milton Parkway, will be accompanied The Towne Lake Hills Golf Club in Woodstock will host its third annual golf by Emmy-nominated percussionist Jim Brock, who has recorded with Joe Walsh tournament benefiting Cobb County’s MUST Ministries. $150 for new sponsors, of the Eagles, the indigo Girls, and Kathy $100 for returning sponsors. Players are Mattea. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m and 9:30 p.m. and tickets are $20. For more $100 each; teams $400. Registration deadline is April 15. The tournament will info, visit www.thevelvetnote.com. run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The club is MAY 11 located at 1003 Towne Lake Hills East Woodstock, GA 30189. For more info, see THE HIBBARD WRIGHT PROJECT www.donovansirishcobbler.com. The foundation of the collaboration ENTERTAINMENT between the members of The Hibbard/Wright Project is an immense appreciation for original compositions, MAY 8 DUETS WITH TREY LORENZ specifically, compositions that encompass Trey Lorenz began his career supporting a wide variety of musical genres. Straight-ahead jazz? Instrumental Indie Mariah Carey on her 1990 promotional rock? Avoiding the need to brand their tour and provided background vocals for her album “Emotions.” He assisted Carey music, The Hibbard/Wright Project is a perfect demonstration of the on later albums and recorded and cowrote “Make You Happy” for the “Men In collaboration between award winning Black” soundtrack and recorded “I’m Still composers and musicians. While still containing well-crafted improvisations, Not Over You” for the “Money Train” the writing is what takes center stage on soundtrack. In 2006 he released a this exciting new project by four of second label and in 2010 sang a duet of Atlanta’s most well respected musicians. “O Holy Night” with Jessica Simpson. He Showtimes at the Velvet Note, 7:30 p.m. will be at the Velvet Note, 4075 Old Milton Parkway, from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. $20. thevelvetnote.com. Tickets $10. For more information, visit MAY 15 www.thevelvetnote.com.


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The Punchline comedy club will host Lynne Koplitz. Koplitz MAY 23 stars alongside Joan Rivers in CHARITY GOLF “Mother Knows Best” and has appeared TOURNAMENT in Tru TV’s “The World’s Dumbest The Cobblestone Golf Course in Acworth Criminals” and TBS’s “Bitcoms.” She has will host a golf tournament benefiting her own Comedy Central Presents halfMUST Ministries and Habitat for hour special and co-hoested “Life and Humanity. 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., with registration from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. and the Style” with Kimora Lee Simmons and shotgun start at 1 p.m .mustministries.org. Jules Asner. For show times and ticket prices, visit punchline.com. MAY 26-27

MEMORIAL DAY COMMEMORATION The Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park is hosting a variety of patriotic events to be announced. Free. 770-427-4686 or visit nps.gov/kemo. JUNE 7-23


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Do you have a wedding song you’d love to hear again? A tune that reminds you of your first love or first car? Come to the Velvet Note, 4075 Old Milton Parkway, for an informal evening in which the audience may select any song to be performed by Kenny Head. His professional career spans nearly 40 years. The event will last from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $10. MAY 17-18

CHRIS COPE Ladies and Gentleman clear off your plates; here comes the “Big Portion.” The nickname of Chris Cope holds two truths. First, he’s an extra-large guy with an extra-large sense of humor. Secondly, his comedy will leave patron’s of Roswell’s Bonkerz comedy club full, smiling and entertained. Tickets are $12. Showtimes are 9 p.m. May 17 and 8 p.m. and 9:45 p.m May 18. roswell.bonkerzcomedy.com.

Originally from Manchester, CT, Myke Herlihy is the best “loveable jerk” you’ll meet. After 13 years behind bars (serving MAY 17-18 drinks, not time), he now brings his bartender’s wit to Roswell’s Bonkerz JOHN HEFFRON comedy club. Tickets are $12. Showtimes The Punchline comedy club will host are 9 p.m. May 10 and 8 p.m. and 9:45 “Last Comic Standing” second season

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MAY 2013 winner John Heffron. Heffron has appeared on “Comedy Central Presents” and “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno.” He toured with Charlie Murphy and Joe Rogan in the 2006 “Real Men of Comedy” tour and has released his own board game and three CDs. For show times and ticket prices, visit www.punchline.com.

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THE SECOND CITY: LAUGHING MATTERS Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $20. For more information, visit www.thevelvetnote.com. MAY 18


Chicago’s legendary sketch comedy theatre, The Second City: Laughing Matters will come to the Roswell Cultural Arts Center at 8 p.m. The show will feature some of the best sketches, songs, and improvisations from The Second City’s fifty two year history Tickets $30. www.roswellpresents.com. See article, page 28.

Swallow at the Hollow in Roswell will host Atlanta’s own indie rock group Gringo Star, which has been described as MAY 25 MAY 17 “Everlys meet Davies.” The show starts at THE BONAVENTURE ANNIE SELLICK 10 p.m. Tickets are $10. For more info, see QUARTET Annie Sellick’s jazz journey began when facebook.com/gringostarmusic. The Bonaventure Quartet’s repertoire is she sat with guitarist Roland Gresham’s MAY 20 diverse, with performances of classic group at a club near her college. After standards, western swing, gypsy jazz, working for a year with that trio, she JEFF JUSTICE COMEDY and original compositions all fall under honed her skills at the Nashville Jazz CLASS GRADUATION the spell of the Reinhardt influence. Workshop and has since become a Jeff Justice has taught literally hundreds mainstay at many jazz venues in the city. of people how to convert what was once Moviegoers might be familiar with this style featured in the Woody Allen film She is a regular member of and vocalist a dream of performing comedy to the “Sweet and Lowdown,” or “Chocolat.” for the Nashville Jazz Orchestra and has reality of a graduation performance at toured all over the country and in Canada The Punchline. On May 20 at 8 p.m., he Bonaventure received Creative Loafing‘s Critics Pick award for Best Local Jazz. and Germany. Showtimes at the Velvet will graduate another class of comedians Showtimes at the Velvet Note, 4075 Old Note, 4075 Old Milton Parkway, are 7:30 bound for stages around the country. Milton Parkway, are 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $20. Tickets are $15. For more info, visit p.m. $20. thevelvetnote.com. www.thevelvetnote.com. www.punchline.com. MAY 25

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Six-time Grammy-winning alto saxophonist David Sanborn will take the stage at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre along with guitarist and vocalist Jonathan Butler. Between the two of them they have extensive jazz credibility, including Sanborn’s recordings with Stevie Wonder and Luther Vandross and Butler’s concert and festival performances all over the world. The performance will be at 8 p.m. Ticket prices vary. For more information, visit www.cobbenergycentre.com.

EEL PIE Swallow at the Hollow in Roswell will host Eel Pie, a British-inspired blues rock band that cannot shake its members’ Southern upbringing. The music will feature Swallow at the Hollow resident DJ Mathis Hunter. Tickets $10; 10 p.m. MAY 31-JUNE 1


Bonkerz in Roswell will host Eric Hunter, a clean, funny, bright, friendly, and African-American country singer Darius original performer. His topics include his Rucker, who has recently released his Irish Catholic family, education, sports, second album, will take the stage at the and relationships. He’s best known for his Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre. The hilarious, deadpan attempt to impress the concert begins at 7:30 p.m.; doors open women in the audience. He was a semiMAY 24-25 at 7:30 p.m. Ticket prices range from finalist at the Boston Comedy Festival in $24.00 to $69. For more information and WARREN DURSO 2008 and at The New York Comedy A native New Yorker, Warren Durso to buy tickets, visit www.vzwamp.com. Contest in 2009 and 2010. Tickets for his started his career playing drums performance are $12. Showtimes are 9 MAY 18 professional at the age of 9. Having p.m. May 31 and 8 p.m. and 9:45 p.m WADE BAKER toured with various bands, he entered the June 1. roswell.bonkerzcomedy.com. Wade Baker’s versatility makes him fit comedy scene in the early 1990s, touring comfortably playing with many different with the “Outlaws of Comedy” and the types of artists in many different styles on “Disciples of Comedy.” He has performed many different instruments. He has stand-up all over the world alongside played Bass Guitar at several of the luminaries like Jeff Dunham, Jamie Foxx, country’s leading blues festivals Larry the Cable Guy, and Norm (International Blues Challenge, Bean McDonald. He has also appeared in Blossom Blues Festival and Cincinnati feature films and performed for the USO. Blues Festival) in addition to the many Tickets for his performance at Bonkerz in Jazz Festivals he has been a part of Roswell are $12. Showtimes are 9 p.m. playing his trumpet. Wade has also May 24 and 8 p.m. and 9:45 p.m May 25. fronted his own band playing guitar and roswell.bonkerzcomedy.com. singing at such festivals as the Olney Blues Festival, the Cincinnati Winter Blues Festival and many more.


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School Is Almost Out 8:00 a.m. Walkers are welcome, however, for safety everyone must be able Hooray for less traffic and faster to complete their course by 10:00 a.m. commutes! Cobb County Schools’ last when the roads open back up. More day is May 23, 2013. Information: www.cobbhobbler.org. The Taste of East Cobb and The 9th Annual Cobb Senior Festival is Saturday May 4 at a new Idol, on May 7, will be an afternoon of location this year. The event has food music, comedy, and dance as from the area’s finest restaurants, arts contestants battle it out to be 2013 and crafts, kids activities, live music, Cobb Senior Idol. The event is at 1 silent auction, and more. The p.m. and tickets are just $5. It’s held at admission is free and tastes are $1 to the Jennie Anderson Theater, 548 $5. It’s held at The Fountains of Olde South Marietta Parkway, Marietta, Town Shopping Center, 736 Johnson 30060. Interested performers call 770Ferry Road. For more info visit 528-1445. www.tasteofeastcobb.com. Yoga with Lisa Jones is teaming Animal Lovers please come out up with Road Runner Sports to bring to support Good Mews at their awareness to Ovarian Cancer Spring Flea Research. Road Runner will donate Market. Find $4 for each student who attends Yoga great bargains on for a Cure on Thursday, May 9, from 9 a variety of items. a.m. to 10 a.m. The event will feature a All proceeds benmorning of incredible strengthening, efit Good Mews lengthening and toning while supportAnimal ing Ovarian Cancer Research. This Foundation, a free event will take place at Road local non-profit Runner Sports, 1311 Johnson Ferry East Cobb Beat organization that Road in East Cobb. PHYLIS SIMONI operates a volunIf you’re looking for the perfect teer-based pooch please stop by Angels Among no-kill shelter for homeless, abused, and abandoned cats. Donations for the flea market accepted at the storefront every Saturday (10 a.m.2pm) and Sunday (12-3pm) until May 5, and by appointment during the week. To schedule a donation email: kmcnamara@goodmews.org. They are located at Piedmont Commons (Publix) Shopping Center, 1050 E. Piedmont Road, Marietta, 30062. For more info call 770-499-2287 or visit Us Pet Adoptions at The Avenue www.goodmews.org. East Cobb, near Origins, on May 11 The 2nd Annual Cobb Hobbler and May 25, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on May 4th is more than a 1 mile fun run, 5k or 10k race. It is an Organizations wishing to add opportunity for the East Cobb commu- their events to our list are asked to nity of over 80,000 households and email the information to 220,000 people to get together and events@thecurrentplus.com or to support education, physical activity, simoni@kw.com and the well-being of the community. Phylis Simoni lives in East Cobb Start and finish lines are at the and is a Realtor with Keller Williams Lassiter High School track at 2601 Realty, Cityside. You can reach her at Shallowford Rd NE, Marietta, GA 404-456-2683 or simoni@kw.com or 30066. The runners’ meeting is at visit her website www.psimoni.com. 7:45 a.m. and the Fun Run begins at 7:30 a.m., with the 5k & 10k starts at

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Yes...That Red Building On Canton Street Is Finally Open By Frank Mack It’s been an all over yummy fun month for me so strap in we got lots to cover and not enough space to do it in. You can pick any day of the month and something is happening or about to in Roswell/Canton Street, Alpharetta, and the Marietta Square. It’s rocking out there and it’s fixing to be a heck of a summer. Foodie News After nearly a year of FRANK MACK refinishing and reconstruction Mac McGee’s Irish Pub in the “Hell Yeah” red storefront has finally opened. First off, being in the antique/decorating biz myself I have to tip my hat to the design and interior. It’s perfect, gorgeous, comfortable like old slippers and built with a sense of Irish/big city/pub style

that works incredibly well. As pretty and wonderful as the space is the story is about the people. Owners Andy, Robert, and Cortney come from Decatur where the first and quite successful Mac McGee’s has been since 2010. In the kitchen, chef Larry Powers has 20 some years in the trenches, including 4 years in Ireland, which included finding his Irish bride. The man is ready to take on complete creative control. He has the talent, the experience and the knowledge to be both steady with old pub favorites while keeping foodies in the loop with his own handmade puddings, breads and bangers. Joining chef Larry is an amazingly brilliant sous/pastry chef Alanna Krull, who at 18 was grading physics papers at Harvard. Do you know what happens when you unleash incredibly talented and scary smart people like this team in a kitchen? You get wonderful food. Huh, who would have thought? Really smart talented people run really fine wonderful spaces mak-


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this story because unlike Fred who grew up with a bedroom window overlooking the Guinness Brewery, Johnny is just from Cork. And wait till you meet them. Irish? The only way to get more Irish is to shrink to about 2 foot, dye your hair and show up only on Saint Pat’s day with a pint in hand before 8 a.m. Fred also graduated a four-year apprenticeship to become a truly

professional Irish Barman. Folks, this is not anywhere or anything like what the average bartender here does to get their job. And one last note there. They are going for the Canton Street long ball of staying open late. Real late. Seven days a week, 11:30 a.m. until 2 a.m., 3 a.m. Thur. through Sat.

Foodie News & Notes Sometimes things just don’t work out between people. It doesn't make for bad people, it just makes for bad partnerships and sadly I have to report that The Mill in Roswell turned out to be just that, an unsuccessful partnership. So I am saddened to report that the extensive report on The Mill for the May edition of The Current is no longer applicable. Chef Marc Taft and The Mill have parted ways after barely a month together. And my last meal there is evidence of just that. The Mill has gone from exceptional to barely average in just weeks. The Mill remains an attractive site, if they remember to put up the mops anyway. But the exceptional food that had me so excited and enthusiastic just isn't there any more. I have been through the just opened North on Canton or NOCA as it’s signed. I’ll say this. If the food is as good as the look it will be another winner, no doubt. Its bar is instantly one of the coolest on Canton, way worth stopping in and checking out. One more new item to report. Pure Taqueria on Alpharetta Hwy., has opened a new rooftop deck. It’s a serious iron construction, no wiggle in this thing at all! It soars over the highway and parking putting you up in the treetops for an always-great Pure Margarita alongside the seriously good food that is expected from a Sedgwick Restaurant and Pure’s reputation. All with a view like no other. The first Alive After 5 went off like a street party should. Not stupid, not out of control but well planned, well organized. An example of grace and an American community doing it right. Thousands and thousands of locals out to enjoy it all. Not in a bad way, it’s great people watching that’s for sure, but with Canton Street closed off in that two-block section it has made all the difference in the world. It reminded me of the best days at the county fairs when I was a kid and everything was simpler. Food? You kidding? You can go from top end steaks or just spend a few bucks and indulge the street food. It’s all-good, it’s all there and it’s all ours. Smart, cool, talented people make smart incredible excellent food in great spaces and you best get out and enjoy it all this summer and that goes for Roswell, the Marietta Square, and what Alpharetta are all building up. This is our new America ladies and gentleman. Come out and help build it and be a part of it.

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Hayleigh wrapped her arms around Thaebo’s “There is just no angry way to say ‘Bubbles’!” neck, and the dog smiled in approval! Leo was playing Pink Floyd (my favorite band!) on his guitar, as passersby tossed change in his case. “That’s my meal,” he said nodding towards his tips, “I’m out here every day playing music so I can eat.”

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safe to say,” Heald mentioned. In addition to the variety of pizzas, salads and sandwiches, Belly’s original appetizers include their Olive Tapenade and Spinach and Artichoke Dip. Belly’s also has a catering menu for special events including entrees such as chicken picatta and baked ziti. After moving locations in 2010, Belly’s was able to acquire more space to implement two dining rooms, a full bar, game room and a large patio. “It’s a place where mom and dads can have a good time and kids can be happy too,” said Heald. “We have the bar so the parents can enjoy it while they give their kids quarters to play games, or chalk so they can draw out on the patio.” The patio is also great for hosting parties for birthdays and sports teams. Now located on highway 92 (Crossville Road) just passed Kohl’s, Belly’s has become the new spot to watch any big game, especially during football season. On Sunday’s during the fall you’ll find a bar full of die-hard NFL fans supporting their respective teams and like any other NFL-enthusiast, eager for fantasy points. Every weekend during the NFL season you can participate in games at Belly’s, such as their team-picking challenge. With drink specials for margaritas, beer and wine, Belly’s is the Roswell headquarters for a good time this summer. As always, they will be hosting their annual 4th of July party where, of course, the Roswell fireworks can be seen from the patio. Belly’s also offers free delivery by calling 770-594-8118.

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Law Olmstead, who also designed Piedmont Park, tracked the values of property adjacent to the park from 1856 to 1873 to justify the $13 million investment. He found that values increased by an impressive $209 million in those 17 years. Beyond the economic case, the quality of life benefits are huge. Simply being able to walk out the front door and stroll to your park is a luxury that is largely lost these days. We’ve chosen to build our parks in places where it’s tough to walk. Most of our parks have few homes fronting them. Many of them are separated from residential areas by busy street on at least one side. Neighborhood parks have homes and businesses that front the park. People can walk right out into their park. They meet their neighbors there and the best thing is that they can walk right back home when it’s time. Sloan Street Park is just that kind of park. We need more parks like Sloan Street Park to start completing our neighborhoods. You should check it out. It might not be special to you but then again, it’s probably not your neighborhood park. Where can we build the next one? Michael authors the blog newurbanroswell.com. You may contact him at: michaeldhadden@gmail.com 15


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nectar plants will be available for sale. Witness the thrill of live butterfly releases, enjoy crafts and face painting, participate in the annual Butterfly Costume Parade, create butterflythemed sidewalk art, and more! Beautiful Biomes, August 3, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. You walk on a biome every day, but have you ever wondered what biome you live in? Biomes are a geographical areas classified by the plants and animals that live in them. Learn more about these geographic regions and the animals and plants that define them. Run for Nature

ness success, which includes a proper number of teams, sponsorship of tournaments, plus supplemental instruction and clinics for players and coaches—in that order. When asked about the risks associated with having a baseball related business, Andrews said the weather, while Beam said choosing a bad teacher—some who were once highprofile, successful players are not necessarily good instructors or viceversa. Andrews estimates that the cost for a student-athlete to play on a team at 6-43 DP over the course of a year ranges The 35th Annual Possum Trot from $800-3,200, with some players paying less if they receive financial aid. 10K Race and 1 Mile Fun Run takes place on Saturday, June 1. A fundraiser This does not include additional private for the Chattahoochee Nature Center, instruction. For ECB, Beam estimates anywhere from $0 for an occasional the Possum Trot is also a qualifier for player needing scholarship support to the 2014 Peachtree Road Race. This fun, fast, and flat race course along the $3500 prior to private instruction, scenic Chattahoochee River gives run- which can range from $1,000-3,500. The struggling economy in recent years ners all the right reasons to run! Register online at www.Active.com or did not seem to hit the larger programs dramatically partly because of the baseat any Big Peach Running Company ball bubble that we live in (although store. some smaller training facilities faltered). For a schedule of events by month or age group, registration information Most families consider the money an inand more, go to chattnaturecenter.org vestment in their children as opposed to discretionary funds—an investment in or call 770.992.2055. Chattahoochee terms of possible baseball opportunities Nature Center is located at 9135 Willeo Rd. in Roswell.

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facts displayed on serving line. Two big changes in recent years are the federal requirement that students have fresh fruits and vegetables with their meals and increasing the whole grain offerings on the menu. Although implementing the changes has cost more money due to the higher costs of fresh fruits and vegetables, Cobb like Fulton has received a $0.06 per meal subsidy. This translates to $700,000 annually. One method Cobb schools have to judge if students like the food they’re being served is “Try It Tuesday.” Each month has a different entrée and different vegetable recipe for students to taste. If they’re successful, they go on menu. Items adopted as a result of try-it Tuesdays include “Mardi Gras Salad” with corn, black-eyed peas, and lentils. Chicken penne pasta has worked out well, as has a new fish sandwich with homemade tartar sauce and broccoli salad. Toon said menu changes have been well-received by parents, who are happy to see more healthy foods available. One challenge the system may have is introducing students to whole grains. It might not be what they’re having at home. The school system has engaged students in the menu changes with a mobile kitchen demonstration cart. Local foods are used if possible—in mid-April, Florida strawberries were used to create a strawberry salsa served with wholegrain pita chips.


as well as general self-discipline for whatever field they ultimately aspire to. Showcase event tournaments such as the “Perfect Game World Wood Bat Championships” have brought ongoing enthusiasm for youth baseball, scouting opportunities, and notoriety to our community. Four weeks each summer 300 teams per week come from around the country and require 30 fields throughout East Cobb, Roswell, and Alpharetta and showcase the quality of players, coaches, facilities, grounds and organization that exists in our suburban havens. In 2010 it was announced that a new sports complex will be built in Emerson in North Georgia, backed by Bobby Cox, Ned Yost, and Fredi Gonzalez. The site will take much of the Perfect Game competition. The impact of the site remains to be seen—it could enhance the programs, or pull some families to the area. It appears that the baseball business in North Atlanta is particularly resilient because of its strong foundation. There is also a poignant circle of life for many participants in these programs. Kids return as adults either professionally or as volunteers because of the positive experience it provided and instills.

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due to fears it’s dangerous to people’s health. Collins started writing the book in mid-2011 and finished it in early 2012. After being rejected by a couple agents and publishers, Collins learned some of the books he already owned on skepticism were published by Prometheus Books, which has published a number of skepticismthemed books. Since they accepted direct submissions, he pitched the concept to them in June 2011. The book premiered in October 2012. Collins said where non-fiction is concerned, publishers will accept a book based on a concept rather than a completed manuscript. Bullspotting, Collins says, has been well received thus far. There have been a few negative reviews, some from devotees of UFOs and alternative medicine. This was expected, because of the very

nature of the work. Collins has learned from the feedback. One criticism he agrees with is that he overuses certain examples, which he attributes to the book’s early focus on birtherism. An ironic lesson learned is that he needs to be more thorough in editing, and double-check his own research. Collins cites a quote by Ernest Hemingway, taken from an authentic interview that was printed in a reputable magazine source, The Atlantic. However, Collins states that Hemingway’s quote is from 1964, and Hemingway died in 1961. The interview took place a few years before the article was published. In a book about spotting “bull,” this inaccuracy is especially embarrassing. “A lesson for next time,” Collins stated.

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