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CONTRACT FOR CULTURAL NORTH FULTON HOSPITAL SERVICES AWARDS $26,000 TO NAMED TO NETWORK ROSWELL ARTS AND CULTURAL North Fulton Hospital has been named NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS to the Georgia Hospital Association’s The City of Roswell and the Roswell Arts Commission (RAC) have announced the list of organizations that have been awarded a combined $26,000 from Contracts for Cultural Services (CFCS). This is the second year for this financial support program developed for Roswell nonprofit arts and cultural organizations. Outside the City of Atlanta’s Office of Cultural Affairs and the Fulton County Arts Council, this is the only local government-based program for support of arts and cultural organizations in metro Atlanta. The RAC established four categories to meet a variety of needs and encourage local cultural services that enrich and benefit the entire community, particularly those that deliver arts and cultural programs, which positively impact Roswell’s economy.   Mayor and Council approved the following funding allocations: Arts/Cultural Services Atlanta Wind Symphony – ($4,500) Georgia Ensemble Theatre – ($5,000) The Michael O’Neal Singers – ($4,000) Roswell Historical Society – ($1,000) Project Support Friends of Roswell Library – ($2,000) Riverside Chamber Players, Inc. – ($3,000) Arts Education Roswell Fine Arts Alliance – ($3,000) The Teaching Museum – ($3,500) For an expanded version please visit www.thecurrentplus.com

The race will take place on Saturday, November 9, 2013 at 8:00 am. The Kyle Pease Foundation is a non-profit organization that promotes success for young persons with disabilities by providing assis(GHA) Hospital Engagement Network tance to meet their individual needs (HEN) Safety Leaders Circle, which recog- through sports and competition. nizes hospitals’ improvements in patient Interested families of student assisted care for the second quarter of 2013. North athletes should contact Mike Buteau, Fulton Hospital is one of 31 hospitals in Holcomb Bridge Hustle 5K PTA Chair at Georgia to place in the Elite Circle, the mikebuteau@gmail.com or Evan Reiss, highest on the list. The Kyle Pease Foundation at ereiss@coroNorth Fulton Hospital is a participant in realty.com. the GHA HEN, an initiative begun last All others can register for the event year that is part of the Centers for online at: http://beta.active.com. Medicare & Medicaid Service’s (CMS) Partnership for Patients. GHA, through its Partnership for Health and Accountability ROSWELL BUSINESS ALLIANCE GETS A FACELIFT (PHA), is one of 26 organizations nationally to be awarded federal funding to Roswell Business Alliance, the economic coordinate the implementation of a series development public/private partnership of projects with hospitals. The goals of with the City of Roswell, announced it will these projects are to reduce hospitalnow be known as Roswell Inc, effective imacquired conditions (HAC) by 40 percent mediately. The new name also comes with and hospital readmissions by 20 percent by an updated logo and branding initiative.   the end of 2013. According to data The new logo, tagline and name showcase provided by GHA, Georgia hospitals have and demonstrate what the organization prevented almost 9,300 incidents of harm, represents.   Steve Stroud, Executive resulting in savings ranging from $59 mil- Director for Roswell Inc, said: “This lion to $63 million. change allows us to better communicate who we are, what our mission is and where the organization is headed. Our tagline – Building Business, Connecting Community – emphasizes our focus on business retention and expansion, as well as the connection between a strong business environment and a healthy, thriving Assisted student athletes and community.” community members are encouraged to atThe new look will be implemented over the tend the third annual Holcomb Bridge course of the next few months and will be Hustle 5K, a 3.1 mile road race offered by a in full effect when the organization partnership between the Kyle Pease launches a new website at the beginning of Foundation and Holcomb Bridge Middle 2014. School (HBMS) in Alpharetta, Georgia. For more visit www.thecurrentplus.com


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How Can You Help Others In Need? NFCC, Others Celebrate Thanksgiving With Giving and Service

Volunteers, Jacquie and Julie, at North Fulton Community Charities warehouse. throughout rather than being concentrated in a few areas. Thanksgiving is a time of year when “It’s a huge North Fulton communitypeople gather as families (or groups of wide program that a lot of schools friends in transplant-heavy Atlanta) and participate in,” she said. have a meal together to celebrate their Almost every school in North Fulton many blessings. However, is holding a food drive to Canned Vegetables many people, especially benefit the NFCC. At Green beans, refried beans, black these days, cannot afford Centennial High School, beans, corn, etc. to have a Thanksgiving the National Honor Society, Boxed Potatoes and Rice: dinner. Fortunately, Mashed or scalloped potatoes, brown, the Beta Club, and North Fulton SkillsUSA are collecting yellow, and white rice Community Charities food. Janet Siwy, advisor Boxed Pasta Mixes: and others are working for the NHS, said the Macaroni and with cheese to provide them with organization has Boxed or Bagged Stuffing Mixes: collaborated with the Thanksgiving meals or Cornbread, herb, plain meet other needs. NFCC for many years and NFCC plans to provide Boxes and Bags of Baking Goods: previous drives have gone Cake and brownie mix, pie makings well. Although the society over 900 families with Flour, Cornmeal, and Biscuit Mixes groceries for a (Wheat, all-purpose, white, etc.) has not set a donation goal, Thanksgiving meal. To members must donate four Cans of Gravy: do this, the organization items to earn one hour of Turkey, Chicken is seeking grocery store community service. In Canned Fruit: gift cards in $25 addition to food items colApples, cranberries, cranberry sauce, lected, the Centennial NHS increments and the pineapple, applesauce, etc. collection of specific food usually donates $100 to items. (See list at right.) $200 in grocery store gift cards to help Items gathered for the food drive purchase a ham or turkey for recipient should be brought to the donation site at families. the old CompUSA in the Kings Market Those interested in donating to or volShopping Center (1425 Market Blvd, unteering in NFCC’s effort to help can Roswell, GA, 30076) from 4 p.m. to 7 visit nfccholiday.org or e-mail holiday p.m. Nov. 22 and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. @nfcchelp.org for more information. Nov. 23. Gift cards, cash donations, or Meanwhile, Marietta Square will host checks should be mailed to the attention MUST Ministries’ annual Gobble Jog of Lauri Szabela or brought to the NFCC Thanksgiving morning. MUST Director offices at 11270 Elkins Road, Roswell, of Marketing and Public Relations Kaye GA, 30076. Cagle said the road race had several comHoliday Program Coordinator Vandi ponent races—a timed 10K, a timed 5K, Montero said the drive serves both an untimed 5K, a 1K, and a tot trot for needy families and around 150 seniors, children. many of whom are disabled. Those “We’re expecting around 12,000 receiving assistance live in nine ZIP runners this year,” she codes in North Fulton and are scattered said. “It’s a huge event.” CONTINUED 14 By Matthew W. Quinn


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It’s Time To Show November Some Love all of the special events put on by surrounding local businesses. Roswell is especially proud of its 1850s Year after year, November is neglected. It’s the Heirloom Holidays weekend that transports visitors to toddler in the delivery room of a newborn sibling. We Roswell as it was in its beginning. However, that is in try to show November some love by cooking a turkey December, and we are enjoying November, remember? and playing in the leaves. But, we typically only have So you will just have to wait with bated breath to get eyes for December. Retail stores have given up any prethe details! (Or you can check on the Visitor’s Center text of caring about November. Halfway through website, www.visitroswellga.com/christmas-in-roswell. October, the Christmas ornaments start popping up If you’re feeling impatient.) like wisteria. Wisteria is pretty, but it’s also a parasite. If you are looking to truly embrace the natural “From the Sugar Plum Fairy Thanksgiving? Of course we love Thanksgiving. What’s beauty of the fall season, you will definitely want to visit not to love? It’s the best meal of the year and you get the down to the tiniest dancing mouse, the Chattahoochee Nature Center on Nov. 2 at 10 AM. warm fuzzies remembering all of the blessings in your this holiday tradition is a must.” The Fall Colors Canoe Tour will take you on a peaceful, life. At least, until a few hours later when the Black scenic ride down the Chattahoochee to see the turning The Nutcracker is a seasonal favorite. Friday sales kick off. Then you become a Spartan of the leaves. Grab your tickets as soon as you can and playing rugby, barreling through strangers to grab the get out in the fresh, cool air. It’ll do you good. some new annual traditions! last sweater on the shelf. Dozens of families around town need no reminder of In Roswell, the holiday celebrations span across We have a bad habit of wishing November away. the annual showing of The Nutcracker Nov. 29-30 at November and December. Christmas in Roswell and December promises vacation, holiday parties and in ex- other holiday celebrations celebrate the history of the the Roswell Cultural Arts Center. The Roswell Dance treme cases, the occasional smattering of snow flurries. holiday season in Roswell. The historic homes of The Theatre, under the direction of Nancy Tolbert-Yilmaz, We think, I just need to make it through November. never fails to produce a truly mesmerizing show. From Southern Trilogy sites, Bulloch Hall, Barrington Hall Then I can rest for a minute. What if we just slow the Sugar Plum Fairy down to the tiniest dancing and Smith Plantation will be dressed in their seasonal things down a little bit on the front end? Take the time best and offering a large selection of special holiday mouse, this holiday tradition is a must. Get your tickets to enjoy the holiday season in its entirety and really before they run out, because they will definitely run events. They offer special tours, live musical think about the season of thanks. There is plenty going performances, high teas, open houses, theatrical out! on and you do not want to miss out because you’re just performances, reenactments, and more. Not to mention Here is something outside of your rou- CONTINUED 14 surviving until December. Enjoy November and make tine! The Blue Mark Studios in Atlanta By Jessica Diamond

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Photographed and written by Lou Raimondi No one is really sure when the tradition of running with the bulls began in Pamplona, Spain but, we do know it began as part of a seven-day festival and was simply running the bulls from corrals to the bull ring at the end of the celebration. Youngsters would show how brave they were by running with the bulls through the streets. The Great Bull Run in Georgia, at the GA International Horse Park, was a little different. It was over 3,000 thrill seekers, many holding GoPro cams, spread out over 5 run times, paying $45 to $75, for the adrenalin rush that comes with being chased by a 1,500 lb. bull. Many wore the traditional white outfits with the red sash around their waist, however; people wearing tutu’s, Superman costumes, and shirtless guys wearing targets on their backs could also be found. It was a festive atmosphere with vendors selling food, drinks, and

t-shirts. The Marines had an ongoing chin-up contest, and there were two mechanical bulls and a live band. The Master of Ceremonies was a good natured Cowboy, who kept things entertaining and educated the crowd with some interesting facts. He noted, the bulls in Spain are somewhat larger, have much sharper horns, and are used in bull fights. He informed the crowd if they did go down to stay down as bulls will jump over you. If you get up they run through you! He noted there have been only 15 deaths in the past 103 years, and the goal was to run with the bulls, which can run up to 35 mph, not in front of them. Of course, many did not heed that caution and chose to run in front of the bulls while videoing the chase. The bulls started in one corner of the rectangular shaped course and took one long straightaway to get up to speed. For the first two runs, most of the runners were stacked around the second turn. Due to the size of the crowd, you had a better chance of being run over

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This Thanksgiving I’m Thankful For The Lies By Frank Mack

Fear Sells This is a great time to start a new Sadly there are now businesses whose dialogue in this publication. It’s whole mission and purpose, is in convincThanksgiving. A truly American holiday ing us that we’ve somehow got it bad. The that is pretty neutral and is something we cable news frauds, no matter what all share no matter your religion or network, liberal or conservative, have a heritage. vested interest in keeping you scared. When our editor, the guy who sweeps War folks, it keeps those ratings up there. out the place if he ever swept, suggested I They sell their books and make their milwrite a culture article I grabbed the lions off of the message. But if you look opportunity with both hands. I’ve written around we’ve got it pretty good. the food column for nearly two years now, If you contemplate all of human which has given me the opportunity to history we’ve got it easy. Want to talk to meet a lot of great folks in this area. my 90 year-old mother about the great In thinking of this Thanksgiving depression? How about one of the last column I often referred to the culture World War II vets out there? Those wars I read so much about online and people went through hell and back for hear about so much on cable news. How this country, for family, for us and yet could I be Thankful there are dozens of when our society is political pundits, TV tearing apart at the I used to be all about cable commentators and seams? Internet trolls trying news, Internet message It’s an idea that to convince you that and comment boards...I sent me across our somehow we now coverage area from have it worse. was “hearing” one thing East Cobb to Really? but I “see” another. Roswell to I am frankly tired Alpharetta looking of the part of the for examples of this American culture, ‘culture war’. Heck I need to figure out the media, the anonymous Internet what culture even is! voices, and the shouter’s hell bent on sellI’ve had a ball at the farmer’s markets, ing us this war, this division in our society. the town squares and about a hundred I am exhausted by it. restaurants, joints, stands, carts, food I used to believe that stuff. Yes, I used trucks, you name it. I stopped, I shopped, to be all about cable news, Internet I looked, I asked. What’s culture? Where message and comment boards. I’m is this war, this strife and awfulness that coming off of 8 years of hard-nosed politicable news and the Internet want to sell cal blogging, cable news watching, web me? surfing and information sifting. I can tell Everyone I talked to had some descrip- you this and I doubt any can argue it. tion of culture. Some spoke with pride According to the information fed to me, I and most often a sense of humor. knew there was a war afoot. I knew we America isn’t hidden. It’s right here in were coming to the end. When you read front of us. I went to parks, Alive After 5, and hear about it so much then it must be farmers markets, business gatherings, true. Or so I thought. and any number of other places looking But when I actually go outside looking for this war. I wanted to find and see this for it, I don’t see it. strife that has us right near the end. In other words, I was “hearing” one I looked and I looked hard. And guess thing but I “see” another. And I am chooswhat? ing to believe what I can see rather than No war. I can’t find the dang thing. It what the box, or others, are telling me doesn’t exist. they heard. And that is the important disI am thankful that I can report without tinction here. It may even be the whole any hesitation, what so ever, that those point. loud mouthed fools, selling the lies, crud I never intended to get so twisted up. and culture war garbage are dead wrong. All I wanted to do was stay informed be-


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NOV 2013 cause I thought that’s what adults do – I learned it from my dad and grandpa. You shared a common responsibility for our welfare by keeping an eye on “them”. But surprisingly it led me down a dark path that started with the Internet some 20 years ago. I was getting the news before the news got the news. By the time it reached cable news it was old to me. But in fact most of it is wrong. The reporting is skewed. Because most report what they want to see rather than what really is. We have many cultures all around us. Right here, right now, it’s all blending again. It’s what makes us great and will continue to do so. How often do you eat Latin food compared to 30 years ago? That right there is a small example but an important one. We are the spread, the influence, and yes the business of America being its culture, absorbing cultures while creating something unique, our wholly American culture, in the process. A favorite barbershop of mine in Marietta, on the square, has been there since 1985. It is home to some of the most astute, learned and deeply humanly intoxicating conversation I’ve ever found. These men make sense in real terms and context. The cable news guy desperately working to sell you something else does not. Think about it—to the cable box and corporations it’s money. They see when you’re scared you react. Fear is the most motivating emotion a human can have. Fear will make you do anything. Don’t you think the media machine figured that out? You think the guys at Fox News or MSNBC can get away with selling you peace and harmony or even a positive message?   Are you kidding me? Their tailored suits and limo rides across Manhattan don’t come cheap. The fear moves you. It makes you watch everyday, buy the books and spend the money on this culture war. And, honestly when is the last time you voted for a politician that campaigned with a positive message? No matter what side of the political aisle you’re on or position you take, I can tell you this. You can’t spend that much time in a pool and not get wrinkly.

They are selling us a bad apple pie when our reality is a Persian hookah bar, a Mexican burrito joint, a French shop with incredible crepes, a Thai place, and American joints (whatever that is) aplenty. And those places are then surrounded with churches, synagogues, and yes-even mosques. And those are full of people of every shade, size and attitude imaginable. Where do you find the culture war? On TV, on radio, on the web. Where do you see America and what we really are? Where do you find these things I am talking about? The square in Marietta, Canton Street in Roswell or even Downtown Alpharetta. And guess what? All of these people are getting along. Start to look for yourself. The empirical evidence for the culture war is just not there. I met hundreds of the folks who make it happen locally and not one asked me about a culture war. They loved to see me and talk about their business, their lives, and passions. Their culture? Our American culture? It’s welcoming; it’s open and its ready for business. In this time of year let us give thanks for the fact that we have it great even if it is harder right now. Next time you’re eating out look around you. Embrace the diversity, relish the fact that this strife and political division is really just being fabricated to get you to watch, vote or buy some book. Look, I know reality is the now, we are scrambling, we are rightfully concerned and yes there are a lot of stressed out people working like hell to survive. But in a larger context we have peace, harmony and a lot to be thankful for here at home. Generosity is needed, especially this time of year. As a small business owner I am on my hands and knees saying shop local, spend local and keep the divisive talk for someplace else. Business is improving. I’m grateful to learn that I’ve been told many lies about this fabricated culture war. My culture, our culture has nothing to do with their culture wars and the garbage the cable box sells. You want to see America? It‘s right here. Together in spirit moving forward no matter what you are told. It’s right there at the end of your nose if you look OUT your windows. It’s time to point that nose away from the cable news and political punOur Common Bond ditry monster. They lie. And in some I relate to food. It’s something we all strange way I’m thankful it’s just a have in common because we all need it. bunch of lies. 

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play host to The Murder Mystery Company and their new interactive show Noir She Didn’t! A 1920’s Murder Mystery Event. Feeling a little Gastbyish? Want to bend some rules in a Prohibition Era restaurant? Snap up your tickets and get ready to be entertained Nov. 8 at 7 p.m. Speaking of blasts from the past, Philips Arena will host Elton John and His Band this Nov. 16. Some of you will immediately feel the proper enthusiasm and hit the website for available tickets. For the rest of you, get with it! It’s a musical legend we are talking about here! My parents took me an Elton John concert when I couldn’t have been more than seven. I still remember that concert. I can’t remember what I ate for breakfast this morning, but I remember that show. You want to be there. Did you know that Chanukah begins at sundown on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving this year? Since Jewish holidays begin at sundown, the first day

apartments • Supportive housing for the homeless with disabilities • Supportive housing for veterans Employment – Classes and services in all counties. • OSHA training for construction safety and food-preparation safety. • Job skills classes like resume writing and mock interviews. • Computer labs to allow people to work on their resumes or apply for jobs online Clothing – MUST has clothes closets where qualified individuals can shop for free twice a year and can select 20 items each visit. • Homeless people can receive additional clothing week to week Cagle said the MUST annual budget, which funds all of these, is $5 million. She hopes the race raises more than the $427,000 it raised last year. Participants will be able to set up fundraising pages online at the Gobble Jog website (www.gobblejog.org) so their friends and families can more easily support them. “The Gobble Jog is an important event for the community to serve those in need and for taking people from crisis to stability,” she said.  of Chanukah falls on Thanksgiving. Temple Kehillat Chaim in Roswell is giving a “Thanksgivukah” dinner followed by a Shabbat Worship Service on Friday, Nov. 22. If you celebrate Jewish holidays, this is probably not news to you. If you have never celebrated before, why not give it a try? The dinner is open to nonmembers. The holidays are a very spiritual time of year and this could be a wonderful opportunity to try something new and make some new friends. There is nothing wrong with getting excited for the major holidays. It is fun to anticipate them all year long. It’s fun to have a break from school or work and break out of the daily grind. Just remember that there is a whole month before December with plenty of fun things to do! You can have that excited holiday feeling more than just once a year. Keep your eyes and ears open and always check the community calendars. When something catches your eye, try it! Why not? It could become yet another thing to look forward to ever year. Have a happy and thankful Thanksgiving! 

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Where The Heart Is

North Fulton Hospital Community Calendar Nov. 2013 – Jan. 2014 SUPPORT GROUPS

By Debbie Keel When I arrived at North Fulton Hospital in 2009, I had just left a large Orange County, CA., hospital with a full service cardiac program. We had applied for and received certification as a Chest Pain Center, ran two cardiac cath labs that did about 20 cardiac interventions a week and boasted several cardiology groups on our hospital campus. I immediately took note to think about expanding the cardiology program at North Fulton Hospital but first needed to get to know the community better. Developing a hospital service line that isn’t in demand in the hospital’s community isn’t a smart move for a hospital leader. But as I learned about the North Fulton community’s demographics, and spoke to many of my colleagues in Rotary and the Chamber, as well as my own neighbors, it became clear that an expanded cardiology service line was something the community needed and wanted. Yes indeed, we were getting older, and though doubtless wiser, we would all be well-served by a top notch cardiac program at the top notch community hospital, NFH. We decided to pursue that vision by first choosing a local partner with an outstanding reputation for cardiac services. There were several potential partners but the clearest and best fit for us was WellStar Health System (WHS). The system included a large and talented group of cardiologists led by Dr. Barry Mangel and an experienced cardiology administrative and clinical staff.

Last month, I officially announced the NFH-WHS partnership to bring an expanded and outstanding cardiology program to North Fulton County. We started by opening a private cardiology practice, North Fulton Cardiovascular Medicine (NFCVM), comprised of two outstanding physicians, Dr. Rajesh Sachdeva, NFH’s director of cardiac services, and Dr. Ayushi Ahuja, one of only a handful of female cardiologists in the Atlanta metro area. NFCVM is the first cardiology practice ever located on the campus of North Fulton Hospital and will be the nucleus of the new cardiology program. NFH will be performing interventional cardiac procedures in its new cardiac catheterization lab and EKGs, Echoes, Stress Tests and Nuclear Medicine exams in its new outpatient cardiology diagnostic area in the Roswell Imaging Center. Very soon if you or someone you love has a cardiac emergency in North Fulton, you can access all the expertise of NFH, WellStar, NFCVM and the other cardiologists on our medical staff through your 911 provider. As a woman approaching 60 (as slowly as I can but approaching nonetheless), it’s also exciting to know that early next year, Dr. Ahuja will be the medical director of our Women’s Cardiology Program, designed with the special attention that our cardiac health deserves. Stay tuned for more details about that in the New Year. A lot of professionals at our hospital and WellStar have dreamed about providing this service to our North Fulton community for a long time. Hopefully, you will never need it, but if you do, you won’t have to go far. 

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The meeting structure is informal with group discussion and guest Nicotine Cessation Group speakers to be scheduled at variEvery Tuesday, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., ous times throughout the year. Join with other men and women Call John Dorso at seeking motivation, education 678-694-8726 to register or to and support to live free of nicoobtain more information. tine. The only requirement for attendance is the desire to start the COMMUNITY journey. Contact Pam at EDUCATION 404-428-8799 for more info.

Thursday, 11/14, 12/12, ½, 1/16, and 1/30 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.

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Wednesday, 1/8 10 a.m. to noon A cosmetologist will discuss how to care for skin and hair to combat the appearancerelated side effects of cancer treatment. Free make-up and skin care products are provided. Call Ryan at 404-582-6153 to register.

Please join one of our Women’s Health nurses in the Babysitting Workshop hospital Saturday 11/2 and 1/25 9amatrium on al2pm. Sunday 12/8 1-5:30. ternating Teaches children ages 11-14 how Tuesdays at 4 p.m. and Thursdays to be prepared and responsible babysitters. Bring a doll or stuffed at 5:30 p.m. for a guided tour of the Labor and Delivery suites, animal and a sack lunch and Mother/Baby Unit and the drink. $30 Neonatal ICU. The tour last apAmerican Heart proximately one hour. Please call Caring, Sharing, and Association Heartsaver 770-751-2660 for the schedule Learning: Breast Cancer CPR* and to register. Support Group Saturday, 11/9, 12/7 and 1/11 Fourth Tuesday of every month, CPR course for the community. 6 p.m. Cope and connect with SPECIAL EVENTS Adult and child CPR, 9 a.m. to others who are facing the same noon; $35 . Adult, child and infant LifeSouth Blood Drive struggles. Please call Micah CPR, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; $45 Wednesday November 20, 9:00 Brown, RN, Breast Health Nurse a.m. to 4:00 p.m. North Fulton Healthcare Provider CPR* Navigator, at 770-751-2556 for Hospital Classrooms. Give blood, Saturday 11/16 9am-1pm location and to register. CPR course for healthcare pro- and help save up to three lives WomenHeart with just one donation. LifeSouth fessionals. $55 Support Group is a community blood center, Diabetes SelfSecond Tuesday of which means the blood collected Management Workshop in your community goes to local every month, 7:30 Saturday 12/14 p.m., Classroom C hospital patients. The Diabetes Association of AtWomenHeart, the lanta (DAA) offers classes at National Coalition North Fulton Hospital to teach difor Women with abetes self-management skills. Heart Disease, Call Katie at 404-527-7180 for brings support and education to women more information and to register. who are at risk or Childbirth Preparation who already have Saturday 11/16 and 12/14. heart disease and 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Active would like to know more about *AHA Disclaimer: The American class consisting of both lecture risk factors and symptoms. We and discussion/sharing. Topics in- Heart Association strongly prowill be addressing different topics clude anatomy and physiology; motes knowledge and proficiency each month. nutrition and fitness; discomforts in BLS, ACLS, and PALS and has To register, call Nicki at of pregnancy; stages of labor and developed instructional materials 404-386-6037. for this purpose. Use of these matewhat to expect; cesarean birth; rials in an educational course does medications; possible complicaOstomy Support Group tions; postpartum care; and com- not represent course sponsorship Third Tuesday of every month, by the American Heart Associafort, relaxation, breathing and 6:30 p.m., Classroom C This group is open to anyone who coping techniques for labor sup- tion, and any fees charged for such a course do not represent income port. $100 per couple; registrahas or will have an ostomy and to the Association. any friends, family or supporters. tion required.


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The Right Technology At The Right Time Sometimes having the patience to wait for the right time brings even greater opportunities than might have been imagined. This was the case for Michael Hawe, who waited nearly 20 years before deciding to have surgery to alleviate pain in his hips and spine. Michael, who works as the Vice President of Westfal Larson Shipping’s North American division, has always led a very active life, and travels extensively for his job as the company is headquartered in Norway. Over the last 20 years, the good days and bad days that resulted from a degenerative disk in his spine had become routine. He sought relief through rehabilitation, in-

Doctors prepare for the first Mazor robot surgery.

jections, and the care of several different physicians, but was reluctant to have the spinal fusion surgery that was recommended as the solution to his problems. “Part of the reason I held off from having the surgery was that I kept hoping to find new technology and treatments that might offer different options,” said Michael. “I hadn’t heard anything good about the spinal fusion procedure, and I really didn’t want to go that route.” When the pain began to limit what Michael could do, he decided it was time for one more opinion on his case. He chose to visit Dr. Charles Weaver of Spectrum Neurosurgical Specialists, and that’s where he learned about the Mazor spine robot. Without knowing it, Michael sought the advice of Dr. Weaver just after North Fulton Hospital became one of the first in Atlanta to offer minimally invasive spine surgery with the Mazor spine robot. The timing of his visit allowed him the opportunity to take advantage of the new medical robotic technology, and benefit from a procedure that would offer less pain, smaller incisions, and more post-operative mobility than his other options. “Surgery with the Mazor robot offered Michael the likelihood of a quicker return of mobility than other fusion techniques,” said Dr. Weaver. “In addition, the surgery was less invasive, and I was confident that he would find relief of most, if not all, of his symptoms

Doctors and patient are all smiles after a successful surgery.

without having to endure extensive physical therapy. The timing of his visit and our recent addition of the Mazor robot was simply perfect.” After agreeing that this surgery was the best option, Michael and Dr. Weaver began the extensive pre-operative planning that allows for the robot’s precision in the surgery. Michael also began to worry about the post-operative pain and long days in the hospital afterward. “I had talked to people who had excruciating pain and were restricted to only laying on their stomachs for as much as two weeks,” said Michael. “I was terrified of what I would face while healing, but I didn’t experience that at all.” On August 20, Michael became the first patient at North Fulton Hospital to have minimally invasive surgery with the Mazor spine robot. The next day,

Michael walked the length of his hall in the hospital and climbed two flights of stairs. Dr. Weaver had advised Michael that he would probably be in the hospital four days following the surgery, but Michael’s recovery was so swift that he was discharged after just two days. He has only had good days since his surgery, and his hip pain is now gone. “Michael’s recovery has been remarkable,” said Dr. Weaver. “He has seen an immediate reduction in the pain that had begun to restrict his daily activities, and while every patient responds differently to the procedures we can do using the Mazor Robot, many of our patients have seen similar results.” “I’m glad I waited long enough for the Mazor robot,” said Michael, “and I’m really happy I didn’t wait any longer. It was the perfect solution for me.” 

North Fulton Primary Care Opening New Location In Woodstock North Fulton Primary Care is proud to announce the opening of a new location in Cherokee County on Wylie Bridge. Dr. Beth Simati is board certified in family medicine and brings 6 years of experience to the practice. A native of the West Coast, Dr. Simati completed her undergraduate studies at George Fox University in Newberg, Oregon, attended medical school at Loma Linda University School of Medicine in Loma Linda, California, and completed her residency at Tacoma Family Medicine in Tacoma, Washington. She has worked and studied abroad, and made family medicine her specialty because it allows her to see children, men, and women at all stages of life with a wide variety of needs. “I always knew I wanted to be a doctor,” said Beth Simati, M.D., “and I was struck by a friend’s challenge that ‘everyone wants to help babies and old women, but no one helps the men.’ I love that family medicine allows me to see all people of all ages.”

The new location will be opening on November 11, and will be located at 14205 Highway 92, Suite 105, in Woodstock. The office will be open Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. and on Fridays from 8 a.m. until noon. The Wylie Bridge office will be the fourth location for North Fulton Primary Care. Other offices are located on Holcomb Bridge, on Windward Parkway, and on the North Fulton Hospital campus at 2500 Hospital Boulevard, Suite 340. For an appointment at the Wylie Bridge location, call 678-293-7854, or visit www. northfultonprimarycare.com.  Beth Simati, M.D.

Q & A With Dr. Rajesh Sachdeva A native of India, Dr. Rajesh Sachdeva brings much perspective to his role as Medical Director of North Fulton Hospital’s Cardiology Program. He is board certified in internal medicine, cardiology, and interventional cardiology, and has been practicing for 11 years. Dr. Sachdeva’s new practice, North Fulton Cardiovascular Medicine, has recently opened its doors in the North Fulton Medical Plaza on the hospital campus, and he is passionate about bringing quality comprehensive heart health care Cardiology but to do an additional year to the North Fulton County.  of training in the field of Interventional HOW DID YOU DECIDE THAT YOU Cardiology.


WANTED TO BE A DOCTOR? ANSWER I come from a family where

emphasis is laid on higher education. In India there is a very strong competition to get into a medical school and most students in the science stream in highschool aim for it. My older sister was an extremely bright student and was able to join the medical school after succeeding in the competition and I found her journey of learning medicine very fascinating. I was truly inspired by her to join this noble profession.


WHERE DID YOU TRAIN? ANSWER I attended medical school

at the Government Medical College in Jammu, India, and completed my internship at the University of Jammu. I wanted to further sub-specialize in this field but there were only limited opportunities to pursue that in India. So, I decided to give the exams that would allow me to pursue a residency and further specialization in the United States. I did my Internal Medicine residency at Harlem Hospital Center affiliated with Columbia University and then at Bridgeport Hospital in Bridgeport, Connecticut affiliated with Yale University.



attention during my residency as I saw how some of the things done by Cardiologists could bring an instant relief to the patient. I was especially fascinated with what one could achieve in the field of Interventional Cardiology. Opening up the clogged coronary arteries without the need for opening up the chest and doing a surgery was quite an impressive thing in my view. This led me to not only do



requirements, I had to work in an area that was under served. I took a job with East Texas Medical Center where they were looking at expanding their programs, and it was a good opportunity for me. A year later, my wife, who was doing a Pediatric Cardiology fellowship at Mayo Clinic, graduated and took a job at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and Arkansas Children’s Hospital. A few months later, I received an offer to join the academic faculty at the same University and the Veterans Healthcare System at Little Rock, Arkansas. I served as the Director of their Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory at the Veterans Health System and thoroughly enjoyed the aspect of teaching the medical students, residents, and cardiology fellows at the University. I was also involved with several research projects and mentoring fellows and junior faculty in my role at my previous institution.



ANSWER I very much enjoy the fact

that I have a spouse with a similar background who very well understands the demands of my work as I do of hers. Though we avoid discussing workrelated matters at home, it certainly helps having a spouse that understands your profession. We try to balance each other quite well in our roles at home and at the professional front.



ful team that will provide the highest quality care for people in the North Fulton County area. My partner Dr. Ayushi Ahuja is a promising Cardiologist who has just graduated from her fellowship at Emory University. My experience in the academic set-up at the University previously and my involvement with several national and international trials certainly adds to the difference I can make in the care of my patients.



city. It is so rich in its diversity and ceived was from my mentor Dr. Stuart absorbs people of all colors and cultures. Zarich who told me to pursue my It was the first city I stepped into when I passion for Interventional Cardiology. came to this country and it was so full of life and everyday brought something new and different to my life there. I enjoyed my time there very much, but I think Connecticut would be my favorite place to live. The people there are remarkable, both professionally and socially. 



of foods, my favorite food still remains Indian. I love the wide variety of flavors in India food, and yes, I do cook.





family. My daughter, Riya is 9 years old and my son Ritesh 7 years old. I love playing tennis or soccer with them, watching movies, reading books, and big cities where the kids can have a playing board games.  We often go to much broader exposure to different culStone Mountain or the Georgia tures and activities. My wife got a job Aquarium. Really, just being with them offer from Emory—the kind that you is what matters. simply can’t refuse—and I was DO YOU LIKE TO READ OR WATCH completely supportive of her desire to MOVIES? advance her career.  Atlanta, as a city appealed to both of us for several reasons. ANSWER My wife, Ritu, and I love to We moved our family to Atlanta, and I watch movies, especially Indian movies began searching for a position.  During now that we are so far away from India. my search, I found WellStar Health My favorite singer is Kishore Kumar, Systems, and they told me that there and my favorite actor is Rajesh were plans underway for an affiliation Khanna.  I believe I was named by my with North Fulton Hospital, who would parents after him as he was the most be starting a new cardiology program.  I popular Bollywood actor at the time. liked all the people I met at WellStar WHAT IS THE BEST PART ABOUT and North Fulton Hospital, and I BEING A DOCTOR? decided to come on board. ANSWER The sheer joy and the satisfacYOU HAVE JUST OPENED A NEW tion of helping my patients is the best PRACTICE ON THE HOSPITAL part of my job.  The feeling I get is CAMPUS.  WHAT MAKES IT DIFFERENT beyond what I can truly express in FROM OTHER CARDIOLOGY PRACTICES? words.  Indeed, I believe that it is a huge ANSWER Our practice here will be offer- honor bestowed upon me by my ing comprehensive care to all patients patients, to trust their care in my hands coming to us. The services will extend and I try to do my best to preserve this from outpatient clinic visits to complex honor.  coronary interventions. I have a wonder-




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North Fulton Hospital Celebrates Addition Of Cardiovascular Services

Left to right: Teresa Urquhart, Betty Price, Lindsey Harber, Brandon Beach, Debbie Keel, Rajesh Sachdeva, M.D., Ayushi Ahuja, M.D. Jere Wood, Jerry Orlans, and Nancy Diamond.

On Thursday, October 10, members of the Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce, as well as hospital staff and community residents, gathered to celebrate the grand opening of the North Fulton Cardiovascular Medicine practice and the Roswell Imaging Diagnostic Cardiovascular Center. The event marks a significant step in North Fulton Hospital’s efforts to improve and expand the services offered to North Fulton County residents. The $3 million investment brings the first cardiology practice ever located on the hospital campus, a new interventional cardiac cath lab, and an outpatient cardiology diagnostic center where patients can obtain outpatient cardiac testing such as echos and nuclear medicine studies. “This project has been in the works for more than a year, and has been a passion of mine much longer than that,” said North Fulton Hospital CEO Debbie Keel. “We are thrilled to be affiliated with WellStar Health System in the development of these services, and hope to add a Certified Chest Pain Center and Women’s Cardiology Program in the future.” In addition, North Fulton Hospital’s Interventional Cardiology program, which will serve patients in times of cardiac emergencies, will begin seeing patients in November. The hospital also plans to notify the region’s 911 service providers that cardiac emergency patients may be taken to North Fulton Hospital beginning in December. More than 200 people gathered in front of the North Fulton Medical Plaza on the North Fulton Hospital campus for the ribbon cutting ceremony, including Senator Brandon Beach and Roswell Mayor Jere Wood. For more information about North Fulton Cardiovascular Medicine, visit www.northfultoncvm.com or call 770-410-4520.  Micah Brown, Kathy Crossley, Anne Reed, and Ann Clawson at the Grand Opening

Heart Health Tips For Diabetics What are the top two causes of death and disability for people with type 2 diabetes? Heart disease and stroke. Approximately twothirds of people with diabetes die from some form of what? Heart disease and stroke. Adults with diabetes are two to four times more likely to have what compared to adults without diabetes? Heart disease and stroke. According to Dr. Ayushi Ahuja, cardiologist with North Fulton Cardiovascular Medicine, heart disease and diabetes are a dangerous pair. “People with diabetes often have other controllable lifestyle risk factors that add to their chances of developing heart disease,” said Ayushi Ahuja, M.D. Dr. Ahuja. They may have high blood pressure, have high cholesterol and triglycerides, are obese or inactive, or smoke. Some uncontrollable factors that can raise the risk of heart disease for diabetics include advancing age, gender, and a family history of heart disease. “The good news is that by actively managing the lifestyle risk factors, diabetics can avoid a lot of the complications associated with diabetes, including worsening heart disease,” said Dr. Ahuja. Here are a few ways how: Eat right. A healthy diet includes a variety of vegetables and fruits, as well as whole grains, fat-free or low-fat dairy products, and protein-rich foods, such as lean meats, skinless poultry, seafood, nuts, beans and peas. This diet should also be low in sodium, added sugars, solid fats and refined grains. Maintain a healthy weight. Carrying extra weight around the waist rather than in the hips or thighs increases the risk for heart disease. Losing as little at 10 pounds can help. Lower cholesterol. The body makes all the cholesterol it needs in the liver. But extra cholesterol in foods, such as eggs, meats and dairy products, can add too much cholesterol in the blood and clog arteries. Instead, follow a diet that is low in fatty and cholesterol-rich foods. Start moving. In addition to lowering several risk factors for heart disease, regular exercise can help control blood sugar levels and improve how insulin works. Adults should get at least two and a half hours of moderate-intensity physical activity each week. Don’t smoke. Diabetics who smoke double their risk of developing heart disease. Numerous products and programs are available to help people stop smoking. Control blood pressure. Consistent physical activity and weight loss can lower blood pressure. Medicines could help if blood pressure doesn’t come down enough with diet and exercise. Manage blood sugar levels. Regular blood sugar level checks help ensure that medicines and/or insulin, as well as diet and exercise, are keeping blood sugar within a normal range. According to the American Heart Association, diabetes is one of the six major controllable risk factors for cardiovascular disease. That is why it is so important for people with diabetes to manage their condition and make lifestyle choices that reduce the risk of developing heart problems. For more heart health tips, talk with your doctor or call 770-751-2600 for a free referral to a cardiologist near you. 

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Four Events And A Wedding By Mike Finch It seems as I get older that major life events and milestones seem to come in packs as demonstrated by the last week and a half. Actually, by the time you are perusing this Miscellaneous Ramblings we will have experienced at least four qualifying events that have touched every person in the “Finchnest.” In order to avoid any false pretense of favoritism or Miscellaneous comparative Ramblings significance, I will simply MIKE FINCH address them from youngest to oldest. Our youngest just had her eighteenth birthday—our youngest! That begins to sound a lot like her parents must be old. I’m not sure if Sweetie would agree with that or not, but I must admit to listening a little more intentionally to TV commercials focusing on relief from joint pain, any reduction in gas and bloating, and reverse mortgages allowing me to retire like a Hollywood jet-setter in “The Villages” in central Florida. Sweetie felt it necessary to remind me that The Villages have the highest per capita rate of STDs in the United States and a severe problem with a senior citizen gang population due to an underground Viagra black market. So on to our middle daughter and event number two, but first a little background. Since arriving at UGA— The premier University of the South— our middle one has been in-

volved in the canine assistance-training program. “Barney” has been with her for the last year and a half completing his initial phase of education and now, through many tears must move on to phase two in New York. At his current stage of development, Barney is basically qualified to be a suicide-assistance animal and is more than capable of leading his “companion” into the path of an oncoming tractor-trailer. That could be why they go through so many dogs, but I’m sure they will figure that one out. I know event number three makes the others seem a little less significant, but by the time this goes to print I will have shed my last tear and blubbered my last well wishes to our eldest as she enters into matrimonial bliss. I’m sure the proceedings will be magnificent as no detail has been untouched; I even know a week in advance what underwear and socks have been chosen for me to make the perfect ensemble. Sweetie and I can only hope and pray that the new young couple will be as happy as we thought we would be! Which leads me into the final lap, as Sweetie and I celebrated our 30th anniversary. Truthfully, it’s probably only been about four or five good years—but a grand total of 30 (Sweetie loves that joke, so I tell it every year). Actually, hitting a milestone like this has taken hardwork, diligence, and a tremendous amount of patience—and Sweetie has done some good things too! So, do me a favor the next time you see her running at the park, just think of all of my efforts over 30 years and remind her what a lucky women she is—she’ll understand what you mean! 

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By Alex Ewalt Atlanta, as a sports town, is known as Braves country, Falcons territory, and a melting pot of SEC and ACC football fandom. On Friday nights in the fall, high school football packs bleachers across the state. It looks like we’re about to add “Major League Soccer town” to that list. Arthur Blank, the owner of the Atlanta Falcons, is reportedly in serious talks with MLS about launching an expansion team. The league announced earlier this year that it would expand from 20 teams to 24 teams between 2015 and 2020, and commissioner Don Garber recently said that three of the four expansion slots “were spoken for.” As reported by national media outlets like Sports Illustrated, Atlanta is a prohibitive favorite. It isn’t the first time Blank has bid for an MLS franchise. The Home Depot magnate and Falcons owner since 2002 threw his hat in the ring for a team in 2008, but was passed over for several Canadian expansions. This time, however, MLS has made it clear it is looking to conquer the most underserved, soccer-wise, part of the country: the Southeast. In addition to Atlanta’s likely expansion, Orlando and Miami have emerged as favorites to field MLS teams. Reportedly, Blank’s new Falcons sta-

dium will be completed in 2017 and will be configured for soccer seating of about 27,000 in the lower bowl. The Seattle Sounders, currently the best supported team in MLS, have had success playing at CenturyLink Field, whose primary tenant is the Seattle Seahawks. It seems possible that Atlanta has the right mix of soccer people and curious sports fans to make a franchise successful. Matt Stigall, the founder of ATLwantsMLS.com and a Georgia Tech graduate, has collected nearly 3,000 signatures for his online petition to bring an MLS team to Atlanta. A relative newcomer to soccer, he represents a key demographic in MLS’s continued growth: the young, urban, college-educated sports fan looking to try something new. “Five years ago, I had no interest whatsoever in soccer,” Stigall says. “But I love sports, and I saw the passion of fans in Europe and other places, and I said, ‘time out.’ These people are passionate about something I had ignored my entire life. Either the rest of the world is crazy for being this passionate about a sport, or I’m crazy for not giving it a chance.” Stigall started his grassroots efforts three years ago and ATL Wants MLS has been represented at numerous events around town since then. On his website, Stigall cites a number of

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“Chef Marc Wegman, fries turkeys on Thanksgiving morning. Yeah, you heard me that morning!” Chef Marc Wegman of Adele’s Authentic Cajun, fries turkeys on Thanksgiving morning. all this? I am very thankful. So thanks to everyone for every delicious morsel and I know a few things about cleaning up after me. Thanksgiving, having grown up in the I actively shop, eat and think about restaurant business. The first rule is, my dollars with ‘Think Globally, Act don’t go out. Good gravy, it’s a mad Locally’ on my mind. My own business is house out there. Second rule, those peo- built on it and this publication is a fine ple out there, working like dogs on a day example of it. I hope my writing reflects everyone else in the country takes off, de- it and I will gladly mount a soapbox to serve to be treated really well. make a fool of myself preaching it. Everyone of those people who work in So listen up! Our local restaurants are the places we eat are our a living breathing example of neighbors, our friends, and us, our economy and our culin many ways the core of our ture. So, when you dine out, community’s culture and do it with glee because you business. From the lowest, are surrounded by an incredigreasiest, dirtiest dishwasher ble selection of really all the way up the chain. wonderful, culturally interestNearly every penny you ing, taste bud exploding, spend in a locally owned seriously great dining choices. restaurant goes right back Do it, enjoy it, and take pleasFoodie News into your local economy. ure in every bite. When it comes to keeping Back on topic… I wouldn’t FRANK MACK your money in your commueat out on Thanksgiving Day nity you can’t do better. But that’s just a for love nor money. If I was though, part of it. Ray’s Restaurants would be on my list. We have an incredible variety of excel- They do everything right. Also, one of lent, regional and ethnic restaurants our greats, Mark Taft’s Chicken & the surrounding us and in my opinion, that’s Egg, in Marietta, is serving a heck of an asset for us all. We have Thanksgiving dinner, on Thanksgiving everything from food trucks, delis and Day and doing pre-ordered feasts to go. breakfast counters, to what are truly But it’s only for those people smart some of our country’s most unique, and enough to make a reservation. just out of this world creative, incredible My favorite choice for Thanksgiving chefs all around us. dinner is a big family tribe getting Can I add how thankful I am for all together with, and this is most the hard work and talent that goes into important part, someone else’s food. I By Frank Mack

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love chowing down on a whole roasted bird, twenty sides and five desserts. All of this happens with me not anywhere near the kitchen. My family is spread all across the country now so I don’t have one of those to go to anymore. If you do, grab them tight people, keep them close. Happy Thanksgiving you lucky sods. This month, I can help most of those who want a killer feast, at home, but are too lazy, or too tired, to do it themselves. I have three ways to have an excellent feast without shopping, cooking, frying or peeling potatoes. My first suggestion is for those who want help making a feast really special, memorable and in its own way lots easier. You have to make this year the year you do a turducken at home. And for that my very strong recommendation is the Cajun Meat Company. It’s a little shop on the east edge of East Cobb on Hwy.120. This place is a custom butcher shop of unique style and skill. The owners Chad and Christi, are delightful neighbors. If you haven’t been you have been missing out on one of my favorite treasures. They do amazing things. I have

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Emerging WalkUPs take up another .33% for a total of .88%. • From 1992 to 2000, the share of income producing property development (office, retail, apartment, hotel) in Emerging or Established WalkUPs was 14%. • From 2001 to 2009, that share increased to 26%. • From 2009 to present, the share was a whopping 60%. • That means that since 2009, 60% of the region’s development has been concentrated on .88% of the land. • Since 2009, 73% of development in Established WalkUPs went around MARTA rail stations. • Almost 19% of the regions jobs are located in the 27 Established WalkUPs. • Using Washington DC as the de facto model of WalkUP development, the Atlanta region could support another 8 WalkUPs. • On a price/sq.ft. basis, the 27 WalkUPs saw a 112% rent premium over the rest of the metro area (30% for office, 147% for retail, 12% for rental residential, 161% for for-sale residential) That last point bears repeating. Forsale residential in the 27 Established WalkUPs saw a 161% price premium compared to the rest of the region. It’s safe to say that the market is screaming for Walkable Urban development. It is not only desirable, but also highly profitable. So, if you don’t want your city to fall by the wayside, you might want to support walkable development. Attn. Roswell… Hint… HBR/400 must be Zoned Mixed Use in the UDC. Attn. Sandy Springs… Great work on your city center plans. Attn. Johns Creek… Mayday.. Mayday.. Mayday.. Attn. Milton… Horses need walkability too. Attn. Alpharetta… Walkability is coming whether you like it or not. For the full report, visit the expanded version of this article at thecurrentplus.com where you will also find a link to the (beautifully designed) 33-page report WalkUP Wake-Up Call: Atlanta .

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By Lynette Hoffman After taking a break from writing Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m back with my monthly parenting column here in The Current. For those of you who remember, I try to take a lighthearted look at parenting, while still taking on serious issues. In this monthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s column Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like to talk about technology and how itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s affecting our childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lives. This idea dawned on me a few weeks ago when my 6 year-old was watching an old TV show. In the show, a character answered a phone call. My son looked at me and asked: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hey, why is that phone coming out of Parenting the wall. And whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s that cord LYNETTE HOFFMAN for?â&#x20AC;? It was a very funny moment as I realized he had never seen a phone that was not wireless. This was another instance that I realized how technology is shaping our lives. I remember just a year ago being rather angry at friends who were giving their kids phones and iPads. My anger was ďŹ rst directed at the expense. You have to keep up with the Joneses and if my kid sees them with an iPad then heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll have to have one too. Beyond that there also seemed something wrong with it, though I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really explain why. Now Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve done a 180. I get it and in fact Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m for it. Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wrong with him being able to reach me at anytime? I also like the idea that I can track that phone with GPS. And hey admit it, if someone said to you â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a free phone for your kid,â&#x20AC;? you wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t

snatch that sucker right up. So I guess expense was my only objection. Yes Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m cheap. Beyond the phone there is our iPad. Or as I like to call it our iNanny. Boy is that thing great at holding attention. Nearly every tablet maker is marketing this aspect of being child friendly. We have ebooks, games, and TV streams and yes even great educational apps like Raz-Kids used in the Fulton County schools. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Amen to apps!â&#x20AC;? Additionally the iPad is great for communicating in a more meaningful way. Several times a week my son will call his grandparents using Facetime, the voice/video app. This interaction is so enjoyable to my parents and it allows for a deeper connection with their grandson. That, in and of itself, has more than paid for the device. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m cheap but not unsentimental. Our next technology frontier is the surveillance camera. We never had a nanny cam but recently weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve looked into a new security system for our house that includes video monitoring. Imagine watching the babysitter while out on date night. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not sure how much I want to see though Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m very grateful this was not around when I was babysitting. Surveillance tools would have crushed my teenage babysitting empire. Those details are for another column though. Is it really necessary for kids to have these electronic devices? Do we need the games, apps and additional information? Of course we do. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m all for it. However, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not for lazy parenting. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s important to remember to utilize those security settings. We live in the technology era so you better get on the bus. Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just make sure weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re all buckled in safely. ď ą


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Holcomb Bridge Hustle 5K At 5 p.m., Holcomb Bridge Middle School will host the third annual Holcomb Bridge Hustle, the PTA’s main fundraiser of the year. All proceeds will directly benefit academic enrichment programs. All ages and skill levels welcome. Strollers allowed, but no pets.

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Barrington Hall will host a sale of festival holiday wreaths to benefit the Make-AWish Foundation. The 2012 sale raised $3,000. The first three Sundays in December (12/1, 12/8, 12/15), the hall will host free tours. Those interested in finding out more can call 770-640-3855.

North Fulton Community Charities intends to provide 900 families with a Thanksgiving meal and is seeking community support. The organization will be collecting Thanksgiving grocery items on Friday, Nov. 22nd, 4:00-7:00 p.m. or Saturday, 10:00-1:00 p.m., Nov. 23rd at the former CompUSA site on Market Boulevard in Roswell. For a full list of the requested items visit www.nfcchelp.org.

NOV. 15

“Ale Yeah!” Beer Tasting

NOV. 11-DEC. 30

Images of Christmas at Smith Plantation Home Decorations by Roswell Garden Club will capture the magic of Christmas images, complete with uniquely decorated trees, fireplace mantels, wreaths and garland, at the Smith Plantation House on Alpharetta Street. Each room will elegantly reflect images of this special holiday. Visitors will take away some decorating ideas for their own homes. For more information, call 770-641-3978 or visit www.archibaldsmithplantation.org. NOV. 11, 18, 25; DEC. 2

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Nosh Book Club The Roswell library on Norcross Street will host a discussion of W. Somerset Maugham’s “The Painted Veil” from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. The cost is free. 770-640-3075 or comments@co.fulton.ga.us. NOV. 13

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All Kids Count Foster Cheers The Roswell Tap on Alpharetta Street will host a toy drive for children in foster care. A percentage of the dining proceeds will go to the Foster Care Support Foundation. The event will last from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. For more information, visit 770-280-7831. DEC. 3

Christmas High Tea at Historic Bulloch Hall

Everyone is invited to enjoy a relaxing and enjoyable holiday tradition as ladies Ramona Quimby The Roswell library on Norcross Street in period dress serve tea, sandwiches, The Roswell Cultural Arts Center on will host free English as a Second and desserts in this magnificent home, Forrest Street will host the Georgia Language classes for all levels from 6 decorated for Christmas. The event also Ensemble Theatre’s performances of p.m. to 7:30 p.m. 770-640-3075 or “Ramona Quimby,” the story of a spirited includes a holiday tour of the home. $40 comments@co.fulton.ga.us. third grader adapted from the books of per person. Reservations required. Call NOV. 12 Beverly Cleary. The performance will be 770-992-1731 ext. 2 to register. DEC. 6 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Tickets $8. For Tamale Workshop more information, call 770-641-1260, Barrington Hall will host Chef John Sl’Hay Ride  Wilson’s Tamale Workshop at 6:30 p.m. ext. 223. The East Roswell Recreation Center on The menu will include spicy chicken Fouts Road will host a Winter NOV. 16 tamales, black bean, green chile, and Wonderland Hayride around the park at Saturday Brunch Lecture cheddar tamales, and chocolate tamales. 6:30 p.m. The evening will end with Ren and Helen Davis, authors of Complimentary wine will be served with cookie decorating and sipping hot “Atlanta’s Oakland Cemetery: An dinner. $50 per person. Reservations are Illustrated History and Guide,” will speak chocolate. Every child must be required, since this will fill up. For more accompanied by a parent; children under about their book in the barn meeting information and to make reservations, space of Barrington Hall starting at 9:30 1 are free. $12 for Roswell residents; $18 call 770-640-3855. for non-residents. Reservations are a.m. Brunch-type food available. required, so call 770-594-6134. NOV. 12 Admission $5. Call 770-640-3855 to DEC. 7 make your reservation. Noonday

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Local merchant “Ale Yeah!” will host a series of beer tastings at Barrington Hall beginning at 6:30 p.m. Several beers will be available to sample, along with complimentary desserts. $20 admission for either session. Advance reservations required. Call 770-992-2246 to ask questions for make a reservation.

NOV. 26

Victoria Wilcox will speak about Doc Holliday and her book “Inheritance,” the first in her “Southern Son” saga of Doc Holliday. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. with the lecture beginning at 7 p.m. Complimentary light refreshments will be available. “Inheritance” will be available for signing and purchasing. NOV. 14, 21, 28; DEC. 5

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NOV. 16

A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol by Kudzu Players at the Osage Terrace Room at Bulloch Hall. Hembree Park at 5 p.m. will host a camping experience for the whole family. A Christmas Classic that is sure to make your holiday season extra merry and Participants bring their camping gear; bright. For tickets and performance Roswell will provide the s’mores, hot dogs, hot chocolate, breakfast treats, and information please call 770-992-1731 or visit www.bullochhall.org. a nice warm campfire. Several experienced campers will lead, making DEC. 7 this a great family event. Children must Back to Nature Holiday Sale be accompanied by an adult. $44 for From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the residents; $66 for non-residents. For Chattahoochee Nature Center on Willeo more information, call 770-641-3760. Road will host over 40 vendors selling local, hand-made, or eco-friendly goods. NOV. 19 Admission to the CNC will be free for Mystery Readers Book Club The Roswell Library on Norcross Street everyone that day. For more information, call 770-992-2055. from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. will host a DEC. 7 meeting of the Mystery Readers Book Club. November’s selection is Kathy 10th Annual Glass Show and Reichs’ “Flash and Bones.” Free. 770Toys for Tots Fundraiser  640-3075 or comments@co.fulton.ga.us. The Taylor Kenzil Gallery on Elizabeth

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Center will host an opportunity for children to decorate cookies, make crafts, and visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Participants should bring a new, unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots. Event is free, but registration required by Dec. 2.

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NOV. 28

Gobble Jog in Marietta Square

On Thanksgiving morning at EAST COBB 6:30 a.m., more than NOV. 9, 16, 23, 30; DEC. 7 11,000 people ALPHARETTA will come to Marietta Square to Multicultural Film Festival NOV. 8 participate in the 11th annual Gobble Jog The East Cobb Library will host movies Drink for Radiation Vacation from a variety of cultures on Saturdays at to support MUST Ministries. The event includes timed 5K and 10Ks as well as From 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Jekyll Brewing on 11:30am, from mid-September through untimed 5Ks, 1Ks, and a Tot Trot. Marconi Drive will host a fundraiser for mid-December. For more information, Participants come from all over the Radiation Vacation, whose mission is to contact Susan Irvin by e-mail at country. For more information, visit eastcobr@cobbcat.org or by phone at provide recreational opportunities and www.gobblejog.org or contact Cara 770-509-4996. offer emotional, educational, and Reeve at creeve@mustministries.org or financial support for children undergoing NOV. 9 678-218-4521. cancer radiation treatment. 50% of the Focus on the Arts Career Day $12 entrance fee will be donated. Call DEC. 7 Mountain View Regional Library on 770-596-8788 for more information. St. Catherine’s Sandy Plains Road will host NOV. 11, 18, 25; DEC. 2 Annual representatives from top art schools who will talk about their program, answer ESL Monday Mornings Christmas The Alpharetta Library on Canton Street questions, and highlight different career Market and will host English as a Second Language paths. Current students will showcase Photo with Santa their work and share their passions. High classes from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Students school students and adults are welcome. St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church on Holt can join at any time, there are no Road will host its annual Christmas The event will run from 1 p.m. to 4:30 textbooks, and classes are free. Those market beginning at 9 a.m. Hot breakfast with questions should call 770-740-2425 p.m. For more information, contact will be available until noon, although Nancy Dobkin by e-mail at or e-mail reservations are recommended. There michael.salpeter@fultoncountyga.gov. dobkinn@cobbcat.org or by phone at will be a vendor fair with over 30 770-509-2725. NOV. 12 vendors offering crafts, food, clothing, NOV. 9, 24 jewelry, and much more from 9 a.m. to 3 Alpharetta Book Group p.m. Proceeds will benefit the St. The Alpharetta library on Canton Street Marietta Square Artists Catherine’s Youth Group Pilgrimage. For will host a book discussion in the Market meeting room from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Call Local emerging artists more information, visit www.stcatherines.org/christmas-market/ or visit for the book titles. For more and students are information, e-mail featured at this event or e-mail mike.peterson@bellsouth.net. comments@co.fulton.ga.us. that takes place ENTERTAINMENT alongside the popular NOV. 13 Marietta Square Farmers Market on the Juggling Workshop for Teens second and fourth Saturdays from 9:00 NOV. 8-9 Teens are invited to learn to juggle from Ron Anglin, juggler and performer, at the a.m. - 2:00 p.m., April through Frank Del Pizzo Alpharetta Library on Canton Street from November. This market is produced by The Bonkerz Comedy Club in Roswell will 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. See the show, then learn the Branding Project and has free host Frank Del Pizzo, who spent 10 years admission. For more information, call to juggle. Space is limited, so registration working as an auto mechanic before is recommended. For more information, 770-427-5377 or visit coming to the www.ArtistsMarketMarietta.com e-mail comments@co.fulton.ga.us. stage. He’s NOV. 16-17 known for NOV. 16 Marietta/ Cobb Museum of spinning Picture Yourself With Santa ordinary Art’s Arts and Craft Expo  The Alpharetta Welcome Center on conversations The Marietta/ Cobb Museum of Art’s South Main Street will host family into hilarious pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus from inaugural handmade arts and crafts comedy 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Holiday refreshments will bazaar will feature talented artists and routines. crafters from the greater Metro Atlanta be served. For more information, call Tickets $12. area. Saturday from 11:00 a.m. 5:00 678-297-0102. Performances 7 p.m. and Sunday from 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 NOV. 20 p.m. For more information, call 770-528- p.m. Friday night, 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Fridays. For more information, visit Atlanta Junior Bridge 1444 or visit roswell.bonkerzcomedy.com. From 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., the www.MariettaCobbArtMuseum.org. Alpharetta Library on Canton Street will NOV. 21 host Atlanta Junior Bridge. 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Georgia Ensemble Theatre Presents “Deathtrap” The Roswell Cultural Arts Center on Forrest Street will host “Deathtrap,” a thriller about a Broadplay playwright willing to go to any length to improve his fortunes—even murder. Performance times vary. For more information, visit www.get.org.


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Roswell Area Park on Woodstock Road will host the Heck of a Hayride from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. This old-fashioned family outing will begin with a hayride around the park and end with roasting marshmallows and hot cocoa around the campfire. Everyone must register to attend. Children under 15 must be accompanied by an adult. The cost is $10 for residents; $15 for non-residents. Participants will meet at the Roswell Area Park Lake behind the Visual Arts Center.

From 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., downtown Alpharetta will host talented artists performing their own songs with soulful melodies, magnificent vocals, and expressive lyrics. They will interact with the audience, who will learn the stories behind each song. For more information, call 678-665-0040 or e-mail karen@homebydark.com.

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Nov. 19 “Turkey Workshop” Cooking Class Chef John Wilson will teach guests how to make “Roast Tom Turkey,” “Smooth Silky Turkey Gravy” and “Sweet Potato Souffle with Pecan Topping” at Barrington Hall at 6:30 p.m. Complimentary wine will be served with dinner. $50 per person. Advanced reservations required, as the classes fill up quickly. Call 770-640-3855 to make reservations.

Dec. 7

The city of Alpharetta will fill its historic downtown with snow, so be ready for snowballs, snowmen and wintery merriment! Sip on a cup of hot chocolate or coffee while visiting with Santa and Mrs. Claus in the gazebo. Bring your camera to capture family photos. Also shop at the Christmas Farmers Market, which will be on the street from 10:30am4:30pm. For more information, call 678-297-6000 or e-mail clawrence@alpharetta.ga.us.


Roswell’s Annual Holiday Celebration on the Square

Roswell Square will host a family fun event with carolers from the local schools, the lighting of the historical square, a reading of “Twas the Night Before Christmas,” and visits and pictures with Santa Claus at 5 p.m.. Pictures available for a nominal fee. Shuttle bus available to Santa’s Secret Gift Shop. For more information, call 770-641-3950.

Sixty plus vendors featuring homegrown vegetables, fresh flowers, local honey, baked goods, and so much more on the Historic Marietta Square. Every Saturday morning yearround from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and Sundays April-November from 12:00 – 3:00 p.m. For more information, visit www.MariettaSquareFarmersMarket.net or call 770-499-9393.

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The 9th Annual Veterans Day Parade and ceremony to honor our community’s veterans will begin at Roswell Street Baptist Church and proceed to Marietta Square for ceremony. For more information, call 770-794-5601 or visit www.mariettaga.gov.



Dec. 6 Christmas Tree Lighting

From 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., historic downtown Alpharetta will host the annual lighting of a 45' live spruce tree with 10,000 white lights. Santa and Mrs. Claus will begin visiting the children in the gazebo at 5 p.m., with the tree lighting at 6:15 p.m. Mayor David Belle Isle will read “Twas The Night Before Christmas.” Other pre-lighting entertainments include strolling elves creating free balloon sculptures, lighted train rides, and holiday crafts. For more information, call 678-297-6078.

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