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THE CURRENTPLUS.COM GETS A FACELIFT In November we will be launching a new website for The Current. This month the new site will be up in beta form. This is a comprehensive makeover that will provide us the platform to communicate with you on a daily basis. Why are we doing this? The main reason is that we’re growing and beyond the print publication more and more people are reading us online. Additionally, having a more robust site allows us to distribute more information in a timely manner. A second reason is our mobile audience is growing. This new site is fully responsive to mobile devices allowing for a greater editorial reach. And lastly we want site that just looks good. In making this happen we reached out to the fine folks at Webutation in Roswell, a leading web specialty shop. They are working closely with our team to make the best local website around. Feel free to visit the new site, while we’re still putting it through some tests and let us know what you think or better yet give us ideas on what content you would like to see. Drop me a line tripp@thecurrentplus.com. Tripp Liles, publisher.

HEMBREE SPRINGS FLIES HIGH Great things are happening at Hembree Springs Elementary in Roswell. Last year the school received a 100.3 College and Career Ready Performance Index score, highest of Fulton Co. schools, in addition to being named as one of the Georgia Schools of Excellence. Capitalizing on that momentum the school has also launched

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• First Friday Gallery Walk – October 4 • "Henry V" presented at Barrington Hall – October 4, 5, 6, 11 & 12 • A Public Conversation on the Arts – October 10 • Sip of the South at Bulloch Hall – October 19 • Creative Alliance Workshop – October 24 Roswell Presents “LIVE in Roswell” with Crystal Bowersox – October 26 Howard Poppel and principal Kali Raju.

an initiative at getting the local businesses more involved with a business and community partnership program. Hembree Springs is one of the few schools that do not enlist the children to do fundraising events by selling items door-to-door. Rather, with this initiative, they are asking local businesses to get involved in school activities by making donations, which in turn will better connect a business to the community. Spearheading this initiative is Hembree parent Howard Poppel an executive with Dun & Bradstreet.

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A family that carves pumpkins together, well, probably makes a huge mess of pumpkin guts. Make a day out of picking the Halloween Jack-O-Lantern, at Stone Mountain Park any weekend in October up to the 27th

By Jessica Diamond Despite one of the mildest and rainiest Georgia summers we’ve seen in a while, everyone I’ve talked to is excitedly unpacking sweaters in anticipation of fall. While I have absolutely zero tolerance for cold weather of any kind, I can certainly understand the appeal of the harvest season. I like the smell of cinnamon as much as the next person and I have a scarf addiction that requires a nip in the air to be exercised. Not to mention I’m completely on the “pumpkin all the things” bandwagon. Some of you may roll your eyes, but I’ve yet to regret involving pumpkin in any of my culinary adventures. Pumpkin bread, pumpkin cookies, pumpkin seeds, my former roommates probably never want to see a pumpkin again. Even though all of it was delicious. October represents the heart of autumn and boasts long awaited holidays like Halloween and Oktoberfest. We are encouraged to eat

candy and popcorn while watching classic Halloween movies and overindulging at parties, looking wonderful and ridiculous in our carefully chosen costumes. I felt resplendent last year in my Despicable Me minion ensemble, complete with lab goggles. If you haven’t filled up your social calendar yet, fear not. There is a heap to choose from all around the Metro Atlanta area. Whether its 45 degrees or 85, as we all know how fickle Georgia weather can be, you have no excuse not to get out and enjoy this eagerly awaited time of year. Make sure you don’t miss the LAST Alive After 5 of the year! It’s been a blast every month since April, but sadly, we are coming to the end until next spring. It’s sure to go out with a bang. The costumes around Canton Street are comment worthy every night of the year, so I can’t wait to see what people come up with so close to Halloween. See you there on Oct. 24! As Americans, we take unique pride in our heritage. Each of us typically knows a little bit about the origins of our ancestors. We celebrate these individual cultures while recognizing that they contribute to the overall American culture. Interestingly enough, everyone suddenly remembers a spare German uncle around this time of year. “No, no I’m not going to Oktoberfest to get drunk. I’m celebrating the traditions of my ancestors. Have some CONTINUED 14


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kids to enjoy Halloween activities alongside exotic underwater creatures. The event includes autumn crafts, photo stations and costume contests. Location: Little Five Points Children 12 and under in costume Date: Oct. 19 receive free general admission with Always a hot topic of conversation this each paid adult or Annual Pass holder. time of year is what to do on Halloween. Sounds like a whale of a good time! Well, why not visit one of the top Details can be found at Halloween parades in the country, the GeorgiaAquarium.org. Little Five Points (L5P) Halloween Parade and Festival? This event draws Camp at Red Top Mountain more than 35,000 revelers to the Location: Cartersville counter-culture neighborhood each Date: Ongoing year. This year’s parade, in its 13th year, For some outdoorsy fun, Red will feature the eclectic costumed festiTop is one of my favorites! The park enval-goers we’ve all come to love and compasses 1,562 acres on the shoreline hear about as well as the large-scale of Lake Allatoona. Red Top is only an Halloween parade. Spectacle favorites hour to an hour and a half north of our include giant skeleton puppets, the area and offers a variety of camp sites “Tiki Terror” float, Cirque du Soleilincluding the harder-to-find tent only inspired performers and much more. The day-long street party also includes sites. Red Top state park allows a local artists market and cutting-edge campers to make reservations on their musical performances from locally and website and it’s both simple and affordable. However, if you can, take Friday nationally acclaimed bands. After the off of work and grab one of the tent show, you’ll be able to find me recamping sites along Lake Allatoona! fuelling with a juicy “Fat Elvis” burger The online reservation system allows from The Vortex. For more information, you to reserve a space (so you’ll have a visit L5PHalloween.com. place to sleep), but it’s first-come, firstin terms of actual camp sites. If Trick-or-Treat with the Fish serve you have an RV, there are plenty of sites at Georgia Aquarium’s with both water and electricity. The “Georgia A-Scary-Um” park boasts many activities including Location: Downtown Atlanta fishing, miniature golf, tennis and Date: Oct. 31 – Nov. 2 hiking. So, off you go! Happy S’mores Another great family-friendly option Making! To reserve your camp site visit this season is a trip to the world’s GaStateParks.org/RedTopMountain. largest aquarium, located in our own Stacy Shade authors backyard. The Georgia Aquarium offers GeorgiaandBeyond.com and can be families an unforgettable, “under the reached at stacy.shade@gmail.com sea” trick-or-treating experience. Georgia A-Scary-Um provides a unique or on Twitter @StacyShade.

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respect.” If this sounds like you, get your German self over to Stone Mountain Village on the 12th and 13th for Oktoberfest Beer & Arts Festival. Parking, admission and live music are all free! Similarly, the Atlanta Botanical Gardens is holding a Fest-of-ale. This event is held ever Thursday in October from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m. Each of these evenings will provide beautiful sunsets and autumn brews, but come on the 24th if you want to check out the “Great Chefs of Atlanta Pumpkin Carving Contest.” If ghost stories are some of your favorite seasonal treats, the Elm Street Village in Woodstock offers a fun, interactive tour that will get your adrenalin pumping. Help Sheriff Billy to find and capture some elusive characters in the dark. The tours run from the 24th to the 26th in the evenings starting at 6:30 and leaving every 30 minutes. Book your tickets in advance for the discounted price. If you’re looking for a Halloween celebration that goes beyond yard decorations and mini Hershey bars, join the Lanza Group at Atlantic Station for a traditional Mexican Day of the Dead celebration on November 3. The festival is free and lasts all day from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. Enjoy music, authentic food and traditional art as you learn something new! A family that carves pumpkins together, well, probably makes a huge mess of pumpkin guts. If your family loves taking a trip to every year to pick out the Halloween Jack-O-Lantern, make a day of it at Stone Mountain Park any weekend in October up to the 27th. There are tons of activities to amuse the kids and bring out the kid in you. Enjoy the fresh air and a full day of togetherness. If you are looking to expand your repertoire of seasonal recipes, you should absolutely come to the Chattahoochee Nature Center Oct. 13 at 3 p.m. for the Harvest on the Hooch. Have a taste of some of the freshest local produce and learn how local farm-to-table gourmet restaurants incorporate these ingredients into their best selling dishes. There will be music, games (I’m guessing Corn Hole among them), a scavenger hunt and prizes. Now, here is an event for those of you looking for a serious Halloween party. The Opera Atlanta Event Center is playing host to The Speakeasy Cocktail Festival: Halloween Prohibition-Era Gala. Put on your flapper dress and your pinstripes and prepare to commit to a really authentic experience. With cigars, vintage music, gambling, booze and jazz, you’ll be whisked away into another age as you learn about life in the 1920s. This one isn’t a cheap ticket, but it sounds like crazy ride. This party starts October 26. Give it a whirl. There are scads of things happening nearby this month. I haven’t even mentioned many of the normal monthly events that will carry on with even more opportunities to step away from the desk and enjoy the cooling air, such as Home By Dark or Roswell Riverside Sounds. Keep an ear out and see what appeals to you. It’s going to be a fabulous fall and a very happy Halloween.


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When Baby Turns 50 By Debbie Keel A few weeks ago, my baby brother, the youngest of the seven kids that make up our clan, had a birthday party. He lives in San Francisco but most of his brothers and sisters and our Mom live in the southeast U.S. So he invited us all to a beautiful beach home in Destin. While not everyone could make it, most of us did. What a wonderful weekend it was. The Florida weather was full of sunshine without much of the humidity of summer since it was mid-September. He brought in a chef to cook most of the meals since he didn’t want to burden our 90-year-old mother and his sisters, let’s just say none of us have the cooking thing quite down yet. There was everything from freshly baked blueberry muffins to Mimosas for breakfast and the best Tiramisu I’ve ever eaten for dessert. But the best thing of all was truly the company. More specifically, we are very lucky that we are alive, including my 90year-old mother, and in pretty good health. I’d like to say that’s because we’ve taken great care of ourselves, but that would not be totally true. At one time or another, we’ve probably all smoked (me, too, 32 years ago) and, being from New Orleans, our diet probably has not always been smart. When I was listening to my younger sister reminisce about our childhood, I suddenly began to feel pretty old. I never thought about having a little brother who is half a century old, or imagined I would be closing in on 60. For a moment, I thought about how old I’d become, how we had all aged. But when I looked around, I realized we’d done a fairly good job of taking care of ourselves, after all. The smokers (mostly) had quit. Yes, we’d eaten some none too healthy meals, but from our earliest days, we always had a lot of fresh fruit and vegetables around the house from a grandfather who sold produce in New Orleans’ French Market. And nearly all of us exercise in our own way— one sister owns her own restaurant and is on her feet running the kitchen and visiting the customers nearly every day. Another is a personal trainer. My little brother’s business demands a lot of running through airports as he travels quite a bit. I am a gym rat on alternate days with my swimming a mile. So, the baby turned 50. And we celebrated with him because we’ve mostly been lucky with our health, a luck enhanced with some healthy habits and made special because we all wanted to and were able to be there together. 

North Fulton Hospital Community Calendar Oct. – Dec. 2013 SUPPORT GROUPS COMMUNITY Nicotine Cessation Group EDUCATION

Water Birth

Thursday, 10/3, 10/17, 10/31, 11/14, and 12/12. 7:00 p.m. Every Tuesday, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Babysitting Workshop For couples desiring to learn Join with other men and women Saturday 11/2 9a.m.–2p.m. about the option of a water birth seeking motivation, education Sunday 10/20 and 12/8. delivery. Completion of the class and support to live free of nico1 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Teaches chilis required to be considered for tine. The only requirement for at- dren ages 11-14 how to be prewater birth at NFH. $30.00 per tendance is the desire to start the pared and responsible couple; registration required. journey. Contact Pam at babysitters. Bring a doll or stuffed Call 770- 751-2660 for more in404-428-8799 for more info. animal and a sack lunch and formation and to register. drink. $30 Look Good, Feel Better Maternity Tours Wednesday, 11/13 10 a.m. to noon American Heart Please join one of our Women’s A cosmetologist will discuss how Association Heartsaver Health nurses in the hospital to care for skin and hair to comCPR* atrium on alternating Tuesdays at bat the appearance-related side Saturday, 10/5, 11/9, and 12/7 4 p.m. and Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. effects of cancer treatment. Free CPR course for the community. for a guided tour of the Labor and make-up and skin care products Adult and child CPR, 9 a.m. to Delivery suites, Mother/Baby are provided. Call Ryan at noon; $35 . Adult, child and infant Unit and the Neonatal ICU. The 404-582-6153 to register. CPR, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; $45 tour last approximately one hour. Caring, Sharing, and Healthcare Provider CPR* Please call 770-751-2660 for the schedule and to register. Learning: Breast Cancer Saturday 11/16 9a.m.–1 p.m.

Support Group

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

CPR course for healthcare professionals. $55

Diabetes SelfManagement Workshop Saturdays 10/26 and 12/14 The Diabetes Association of Atlanta (DAA) offers classes at North Fulton Hospital to teach diabetes self-management skills. Call Katie at 404-527-7180 for more information and to register.

WomenHeart Support Group Second Tuesday of every month, 7:30 p.m., Classroom C WomenHeart, the National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease, brings support and education to women who are at risk or who already have heart disease and would like to know more about risk factors and symptoms. We will be addressing different topics each month. To register, call Nicki at 404-386-6037. Childbirth Preparation Saturday 10/19 11/16 and 12/14 Ostomy Support Group 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Third Tuesday of every month, Active class consisting of both 6:30 p.m., Classroom C This group is open to anyone who lecture and discussion/sharing. Topics include anatomy and physhas or will have an ostomy and any friends, family or supporters. iology; nutrition and fitness; disThe meeting structure is informal comforts of pregnancy; stages of labor and what to expect; cewith group discussion and guest speakers to be scheduled at vari- sarean birth; medications; possible complications; postpartum ous times throughout the year. care; and comfort, relaxation, Call John Dorso at 678-694-8726 to register or to breathing and coping techniques for labor support. $100 per couobtain more information. ple; registration required.

SPECIAL EVENTS LifeSouth Blood Drive Wednesday November 20, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. North Fulton Hospital Classrooms. Give blood, and help save up to three lives with just one donation. LifeSouth is a community blood center, which means the blood collected in your community goes to local hospital patients.

Alpharetta First United Methodist Church Fallfest & Health Fair Saturday, 10/19, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 69 North Main Street, Alpharetta Join us at this fun family event. Free health screenings—blood pressure, BMI, bone density, total cholesterol, and glucose—will be available in the Bagley House. *AHA Disclaimer: The American Heart Association strongly promotes knowledge and proficiency in BLS, ACLS, and PALS and has developed instructional materials for this purpose. Use of these materials in an educational course does not represent course sponsorship by the American Heart Association, and any fees charged for such a course do not represent income to the Association.


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Hundreds Gather to Raise Funds for Breast Cancer More than 350 people gathered at North Fulton Hospital’s Power of Pink fundraiser today to celebrate breast cancer survivors and raise funds for the Greater Atlanta Affilliate of the Susan G. Komen Foundation. The fundraiser, which included a luncheon, silent auction, and fashion show, was held at the Country Club of the South in Johns Creek. Three years ago, North Fulton Hospital stepped up to host a fundraiser in North Fulton County to raise awareness of breast health and support the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Each year, the event has grown and donations have increased. Over the last several months, 40 businesses stepped up to support the event with sponsorships or in-kind donations of materials needed for the event. In addition, more than 100 silent auction items valued at more than $25,000 were donated for auction. Many of the guests in attendance had been affected by breast cancer, and came to show their support, but everyone was touched by the 11 models in the fashion show, all of whom are breast cancer patients from North Fulton Hospital. The women from North Fulton Hospital’s Breast Program modeled for the fundraiser this year are Cheryl Becker, Susie Cicero, Melody Corbin, Denise Eilers, Stacy Goe, Christine Hall, Janice Jenkins, Kelly Price, Linda Rundell, Pam Shinholster, and Christina Smith. “We are proud to be able to support the Atlanta Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Foundation,” said Debbie Keel, CEO of North Fulton Hospital. “We know how important it is for women to get their mammograms, and the money raised today stays here in Metro Atlanta to provide free or low-cost screenings and breast cancer education here in our community.” For the last 30 years, North Fulton Hospital has served North Fulton and surrounding counties, providing Level II trauma care and a continuum of services including surgical, neurosciences, women’s health services, orthopedics, oncology, and more. For more information about North Fulton Hospital, visit www.nfultonhospital.com or call 770-751-2500. 

Silent auction items were also part of the fundraising efforts.

The luncheon was enjoyed by all.

(Side) Donna Payne, Mrs. GA International Trudy Davies Davis and Sheena Buyucca. (Top) A model gracefully walks the runway.

The models backstage as they prepare for the runway.

All of the lovely models are breast cancer survivors.

Sarah LaDart, Sherri Morgan, Steve Stroud, Karin Gryder, Jerry Orlans and Chip Cookson at the entrance.


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Q & A with Dr. Sheila Garnica that, to help and support people the way he did.

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WHAT IS THE BEST MOMENT YOU’VE EXPERIENCED AS A PHYSICIAN?

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YOU HAVE LIVED IN MANY DIFFERENT PLACES—EVEN DIFFERENT COUNTRIES. WHAT IS THE BEST PLACE YOU’VE EVER LIVED, AND WHY? ANSWER: I lived for a short period of

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WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN YOU’RE NOT CARING FOR PATIENTS?

ANSWER: I like to exercise because it helps me de-stress. I also love visiting with my parents and my sister.

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time in Chicago and even though I MOVIES? don’t like the snow, the environment is after residency, I was in a community ANSWER: I like to watch all kinds of so family-friendly and welcoming to hospital so my patients tended to be movies, except horror flicks. In fact, we anyone that it is almost perfect for me. the people I worked with or their famhave movie night every Friday night at HOW DID YOU DISCOVER NORTH ily members. It was very rewarding to our house. I love dramas like Downton FULTON HOSPITAL AND NORTH know that they trusted me to care for Abbey and classic romances like Pride FULTON WOMEN’S SPECIALISTS? them in their moments of need, both and Prejudice. ANSWER: I wanted to be part of great and small. community and a Hospital where my WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE BOOK? voice as a provider and the voices of paWHAT IS THE BEST ADVICE YOU’VE ANSWER: At the moment, I’m tients would not be lost in politics. RECEIVED? very interested in meditation and Fortunately NFWS had a opening and Buddhism, as well as other religions, ANSWER: My Dad told me not to be it was a perfect match for me. so I’ve been reading books on those mediocre in anything that I do. He’s subjects. I recently read The Host by DO YOU LIKE TO TRAVEL, AND told me that too many times to count, Stephanie Meyer, and it has become WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PLACE TO and I strive to live up to that every day. one of my favorite works of fiction.  VISIT? It is a struggle sometimes, but it is a ANSWER: Anywhere new! I love to wonderful way to keep life in travel, and anywhere I have not been is perspective and make the most of a potential discovery of wonderful every day. opportunities. ANSWER: When I started working

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Dr Garnica’s daughters, Leila and Sophia.

A board certified obstetrician and gynecologist and certified Menopause Practitioner, Dr. Sheila Garnica has recently relocated to Roswell and joined North Fulton Women’s Specialists. After earning her medical degree from the University El Bosque in Bogota, Colombia and practicing Family Practice in Colombia for one year, Dr. Garnica practiced in Miami and Gwinnett County, Georgia. She has spent the last seven years in Pennsylvania, and she is very excited to be returning to Georgia with her family.

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Andres, an island in Colombia, but I was raised in California. When I decided to go to medical school, I chose to go back to Colombia and study there.

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WHAT MADE YOU DECIDE TO BECOME A DOCTOR?

ANSWER: My uncle was a family practitioner who made house calls in Colombia, and I really admired what he did. His patients had a love for him, and he for them, because he was such a part of their family. Seeing that as a young child really marked me, and I decided early on that I wanted to do

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in medical school in Colombia, and we came to the United States together to finish our training and begin our careers. He is currently finishing his fellowship in Gastroenterology /Advanced Endoscopy in Pennsylvania now. We have two girls, Sophia and Leila. Sophia is 9 years old and Leila is 3.

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HOW HAS BEING A MOTHER HELPED YOU AS A DOCTOR?

ANSWER: It has helped me immensely. As women, we wear a lot of hats, and motherhood is the most difficult one by far. It has grounded me to see my patients, mothers or not, from different perspectives and address their concerns to the best of my knowledge.

“As women, we wear a lot of hats, and motherhood is the most difficult one by far.”


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North Fulton Women’s Specialists Opens Bilingual Satellite Office North Fulton Women’s Specialists is caregiver to so many people.” The Bombay Lane office is located proud to announce the opening of a near North Fulton Community new satellite office in Roswell. The Charities, and is convenient to bus office is located at 202 Bombay Lane, transportation. and the staff at the new locaIn addition to the tion will provide bilingual language choice offered at services in English and the satellite office, patients Spanish. visiting North Fulton At the new office location, Hospital for delivery or Dr. Sheila Garnica will be Percutaneous Coronary Interventions or providing complete care for other procedures will be able PCI at North Fulton Hospital beginning women throughout their life to use the Spanish interprein November. To assist with the tation services that are cycle, from prenatal care implementation of these services, Tenet through menopause and available for all units in the Healthcare, the parent company of facility 24 hours each day, 7 beyond. Sheila Garnica, M.D. North Fulton Hospital, has invested days a week. These services “I truly care about a more than $3 million for new have been added for patient woman’s long term health,” equipment and building expansions in- said Dr. Garnica. “In addition to caring satisfaction and comfort, particularly in cluding a Phillips Fd-20 Cardiac trauma and childbirth situations. for her during times of illness or Catheterization lab, expanded For more information about North pregnancy, I want my patients to know outpatient cardiology imaging services Fulton Women’s Specialists or to make that I’m here to help them with at Roswell Imaging Center, and a new an appointment at the main office or everything in their life, from partners cardiology physician group. and children to careers and all the other the Bombay Lane office, call North Fulton Cardiovascular (770) 410-4378.  stresses that come with being a Medicine was formed this past spring, a two physician cardiology practice based out of North Fulton Hospital. The practice will be owned by North Fulton Hospital, with management of the services provided through WellStar Cardiovascular recent patient received medication North Fulton Hospital has recently Medicine. Board Certified within 33 minutes of arrival. been recognized by the American Interventional Cardiologist, Rajesh “Our Stroke Center strives to perform Heart Association (AHA) with the Gold Sachdeva, MD, serves as cardiology Plus Award for Stroke Care. This marks quick evaluations of possible stroke vicmedical director for North Fulton tims and administer t-PA for eligible the third consecutive year that North Hospital and works collaboratively with Fulton Hospital has received the Gold patients within the first 60 minutes the WellStar Cardiovascular Medicine Plus Award, which is the AHA’s highest after a patient arrives,” says Pat Victor, on cardiology initiatives. A second gen- award for providing quality care to Coordinator of North Fulton Hospital’s eral cardiologist, Dr. Ayushi Ahuja, was stroke patients. North Fulton Hospital’s Stroke Program. “In fact, North Fulton recently added to assist with the Stroke Program was also placed on the Hospital works very hard to train its development of a women’s cardiology nursing staff in all areas of the hospital AHA’s new Target Stroke Honor Roll. program. The Gold Plus Award for Stroke rec- on how to give t-PA and monitor for Build-out of the new cardiac cath lab ognizes facilities who meet stroke any effects so the drug can be adminisand outpatient imaging center is under- quality measures for 24 consecutive tered as quickly as possible wherever way with the expectation that the months. The quality measures include the patient is.” services will be available to patients and treating suspected stroke victims within North Fulton Hospital’s Stroke referring physicians in early November. 4.5 hours of the onset of symptoms, Center has been a Certified Stroke In 2014, the hospital will begin to see ac- screening for dysphagia, and providing Center since 2005. The center has five creditation based on its new service neurologists and two neurosurgeons on stroke education. lines including accreditation as a chest Time is of the essence for successful staff, in addition to its Program pain unit. treatment of a stroke. From the neurol- Coordinator. For more information For more information on the cardiol- ogists and emergency room physicians about North Fulton Hospital’s Stroke ogy program at North Fulton Hospital Center, visit NFultonHospital.com or to the nurses and laboratory call 770-751-2600.  technicians, everyone at North Fulton or for a referral to a cardiologist, log Hospital does their part to treat stroke onto www.nfultonhospital.com.  victims as quickly as possible. In fact, a

North Fulton Hospital Announces Cardiac Service Line Affiliation with WellStar Health System

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orth Fulton Hospital announces its new affiliation with WellStar Health System to develop its cardiology service line. The development of an affiliation is based on a desired collaboration between the two neighboring health systems and an increasing population in need of advanced cardiac treatment within the North Fulton area. “It has been a goal of mine, our governing board, and members of our physician and clinical teams to provide a higher level of cardiac services to our community,” said Debbie Keel, Chief Executive Officer for North Fulton Hospital. “By collaborating with WellStar, we are able to provide our community and first responders with a cardiology program capable of treating our population without having to leave North Fulton.” As part of the affiliation, WellStar Health System will assist in the management of an employed physician practice, education and training for clinical staff within the hospital, and provide leadership on service line goals such as accreditation for chest pain within the ER, interventional cardiac catheterizations, and outpatient diagnostics. “WellStar is looking forward to expanding its cardiac network and working closely with North Fulton Hospital. The affiliation will greatly enhance the cardiac services in the communities we serve,” said Candice Saunders, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. The first coordinated initiative will be the opening of an outpatient cardiac diagnostic center located on the hospital’s campus. This will be followed by the implementation of advanced cardiac catheterization capabilities known as

American Heart Association Recognizes North Fulton Hospital


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Another “Grand Opening”

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I must sadly admit my skills are not yet ready for prime time.

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my hunting crocs. Surely, that has to count for something! So, needless to say opening day came and went without a trophy for my man-cave, but as a serious wannabe hunter I must sadly admit my skills are not yet ready for prime time. Add in the facts that I have a healthy fear of heights and a

neurological disorder causing uncontrollable movement in my hands and arms, and perhaps I had the best opening day scenario possible. Anyway, I’ll continue to practice in hopes of a future bow hunt, but right now my sights are set on Oct. 19— opening day of rifle season and Sweetie says, “Bring out the big guns the freezer needs meat!” 

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If the date Sept. 14, 2013 brings a smile to your face, then you are undoubtedly one of those people who understand the basic foundation of what makes America great. That date in history includes golf’s first hole in one (1868), the first unassisted triple play (1923), the first prefrontal lobotomy (1956), Walt Disney receiving the Medal of Freedom (1964), and in 2013—the opening of bow season in Georgia. I know I left out some favorites like the premiere of Miscellaneous “The Waltons” Ramblings (1972), and Bo Jackson’s first MIKE FINCH home run (1986), but none of these seem to strike at the heart of true Americana like the chance to adorn yourself in camouflage, douse a waft of doe urine on your boots, climb into a precariously perched deer stand 10 feet in the air, and wait! Wait, wait, wait, with your high-powered compound bow with razor sharp, mechanical tipped arrows for the nearest relative of Bambi to meander by. Now, before you get all up in arms about how unfair this might be to the animals, let me assure you that every hunter I know practices their craft religiously in order to make the hunt and kill as humane as possible and harvests only those animals they or their neighbors can eat. It’s as close to living off the land as most of us will ever come, and simply put reeks of the unshaven, earthy-smelling, macho bravado Sweetie finds most appealing. Now, I can tell you’re beginning to understand the significance of this date and quite possibly are lamenting the fact that it passed you by without notice. I, on the other hand, was keenly aware of this highlighted day, and like my Native American hunting brethren that came before me, was perched at dawn ready for the first light of day

and the first kill of the season. Okay, actually that’s not exactly true as I spent my first opening day since purchasing a bow—not in a deer stand, but instead perched atop the fort of my girls leaning and retired swing-set. And, furthermore, I wasn’t aiming at a wild animal for food, but a foam target with a deer outlined on the side. But alas, I was at least unshaven and due to a misstep with Zoe earlier in the day, also had a marginal amount of Great Dane pee on

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19 OCT 2013

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By Matthew Quinn Want to learn about the spooky aspects of local history? If so, it would be a good idea to check out one of the local ghost tours. Roswell Ghost Tour owner Dianna Avena said the company was founded in late 1999 by Jack Richards, who invented the concept of the ghost tour in Savannah 40 years ago. Around 17 years ago, he moved to historic Roswell with the intention of retiring there. “As his neighbors found out what he had done in Savannah, they couldn’t help but tell him of paranormal experiences they were having,” she said. These experiences included seeing full apparitions, hearing strange sounds or smelling strange smells, seeing items move, or experiencing unexplained electrical issues. Richards realized he could start a ghost tour in historic Roswell. Avena attributed the supposed supernatural doings to the Civil War. When General William T. Sherman entered Roswell and learned Confederate uniforms were being made at the Roswell Mill, he charged the workers— mostly women and girls, since the men had gone off to war—with treason, had them marched to Marietta, and shipped north of the Ohio River. When the surviving soldiers returned, they found their mothers, wives, sisters, and daughters gone. Due to the mill workers’ general illiteracy, there was no way for them to find each other. Avena theorized that Roswell’s ghosts are the dead seeking their lost loved ones. The ghost tours take place year-round. They begin in the Roswell Square and take two and a half hours. Participants will visit the old brick townhomes, the first built in the United States, as well as two antebellum mansions spared by

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Incumbent Nancy Diamond volunteers in a variety of ways Most likely, Roswell faces the liveliest bal- throughout Roswell. She was first elected lot come November, but that’s not saying in 2009. Diamond will run against Kendra Myers Cox, a writer. much. Compared to 2011 city council Of Note: races, which brought out nearly a dozen The city is currently engaged in a contenders for three seats, six vying for Unified Development Code process, the alternate three seats this year seems which will update and reconfigure tame. Running unopposed this current city zoning codes. Roswell was reNovember, Mayor Jere Wood, who was first elected to the office in 1997, is set to cently awarded a $15 million loan to build a new water treatment plant. remain in the position for at least the Construction is set to begin early in 2014, next four years. just outside of Waller Park. The city has Post 4: begun using approved bond money on Incumbent Councilmember Kent designing a new Northbound Early Off Igleheart, an environmental consultant and actor, was first elected in 2001. He will Ramp project at Holcomb Bridge Road. face Harvey Smith at the polls. Smith is in Alpharetta: real estate as a developer and realtor. Only one of the three council seats up for Post 5: reelection this year has an opponent, but Incumbent Councilmember Jerry it could get interesting considering both Orlans, an employee benefit consultant, candidates for Post 1 have a history on was first elected in 1992. He will face the council. Eric Schumacher, a quality assurance Post 1: associate at Fiserv. Incumbent Councilmember Donald Post 6: Mitchell, an interior designer who has

Roswell: Local political races are turning out to be relatively sleepy this fall 2013 election season. It’s quite the change from recent years when well-known local politicos and unknowns alike clamored for a seat on the dais. From East Cobb—where there are no local races at all this year—to Alpharetta; it seems that local communities are happy with the current direction of the area. Or perhaps it’s just burnt out on politics altogether. Unlike the national political arena, local councils seem to be working well with constituents. Very few contentious issues are looming and where they do exist, it seems the opposition struggles to sustain a voice loud enough to change course. Here, we’ve broken down the names and issues voters can expect to face both on the November ballot and within

previously caused a stir with his appearance on the reality show, Big Rich Atlanta, will face off against a former city councilmember. Douglas DeRito, a tax consultant, vacated the post in 2011 for an ill-fated run at mayor and now he wants back on the dais. Post 2: Incumbent Mike Kennedy, a financial advisor, is unchallenged for his seat. Post 3: Incumbent Chris Owens, an engineer, is unchallenged for his seat. Of Note: Alpharetta is considering the possibility of establishing a public/private partnership to build and operate a convention center. Construction on Avalon is ahead of schedule and the “experiential” development is set to open in October 2014. Additionally, the city broke ground on its downtown redevelopment project this past spring and hopes to cut the ribbon upon its completion in August 2014. Election day is Tuesday, November 5, 2013. For precinct information visit: http://mvp.sos.state.ga.us. 

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A PUBLIC CONVERSATION ON THE ARTS Residents are invited to join the Cultural Arts Board at the Roswell Cultural Arts Center on Forrest Street for an informative and provocative evening to explore the relationship of the Arts to learning, critical thinking, creativity and discuss how the Arts are powerful drivers of a robust economy, innovation, community vitality, branding, and tourism. Registration at 6:30 p.m.; the panel begins at 7 p.m. Please RSVP: rochellemucha@att.net. OCT. 12

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63RD ANNUAL MASONIC LODGE BBQ Benefiting Charities, Community, Family. Old Fashioned smoked hams cooked all the previous night.. Event times are; 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM (or until we run out). Enjoy After Youth Day Parade with Friends and Family. Credit Cards, Dine-In, Take Out, Bulk purchases 1054 Alpharetta St, Roswell, GA 30075. OCT. 13

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The Roswell Cultural Arts Center on Forrest North Fulton Community Charities will be Street will host the Atlanta Wind collecting warm coats and other outerwear Symphony’s “Go West Young Man,” music for the needy for Nov. 2 distribution. inspired by the lands west of the Mississippi Volunteers are needed to work different River. The performance will feature music shifts. nfcchelp.org. like “The Cowboys Overture” and “American Folk Rhapsody.” Doors open at OCT. 8, 15, 22, 30, NOV. 6 2:30 p.m. for a 3 p.m. performance. Free FREE ESL CLASSES The Roswell library on Norcross Street will host free English as a Second Language classes from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. No registration is required and classes are open to all. For more information, e-mail comments@co.fulton.ga.us or call 770-640-3075.

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The Chattahoochee Nature Center will host the Harvest on Hooch from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. The event is a culinary and garden fundraiser garden party complete with live bluegrass music in the great southern tradition. It is dedicated to fresh food, cooking healthy, promoting the farm to table movement and generating community awareness about the connection between good nutrition and health. $30 per ticket. Family-friendly. www.chattnaturecenter.org.

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IMAGES FROM AROUND GEORGIA The Chattahoochee Nature Center on Willeo Road will host the Opening Reception of the Georgia Nature Photographers Association Photography Exhibition. This exhibit is presented as part of the Atlanta Celebrates Photography Festival. The Georgia Nature Photographers Association in partnership with the Chattahoochee Nature Center is pleased to present a juried exhibition of wildlife, landscape, and macro images. For more information, call 770-992-2055. OCT. 15

NOONDAY NOSH BOOK CLUB The Roswell library on Norcross Street will host the book club meeting from noon to 1 p.m. The October selection is “Scribbling The Cat: Travels With An African Soldier” by Alexandra Fuller. E-mail: comments @co.fulton.ga.us or call 770-640-3075. OCT. 15

ROSWELL CONNECT The Chambrel of Roswell on Applewood Drive will host ROSWELL CONNECT, a gathering of local businesses. Participants will enjoy complimentary light snacks and beverages as they explore new business opportunities and build better relationships. www.roswellba.com.

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SECOND ANNUAL STEAMPUNK FESTIVAL 2nd Annual Steampunk Festival will take place at Barrington Hall from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Features include a best costume contest, Steampunk forums, music from the back porch, vendors, and food. www.southerntrilogy.com or 770-640-3855. OCT. 22

LEGO CLUB The Roswell library on Norcross Street will host the meeting of the LEGO Club at 4 p.m. This month’s theme is mazes. Participants can work alone or in groups. Registration begins Oct. 15. Suggested age for participants is 6-10. Call 770-640-3075 or e-mail comments@co.fulton.ga.us. NOV. 1

FIRST FRIDAY GALLERY WALK The Galleries of Roswell Art District will open their doors to visits and special events. Free self-guided walking tours of galleries located from Plum Tree Village on Canton Street to Elizabeth Way to Oak Street will take place from 6 – 9 p.m., rain or shine! Call 770-594-9511 or visit roswellartdistrict.com. NOV. 1-22

NALLEY TOYOTA FEED THE HUNGRY Nalley Toyota on Alpharetta Highway will host collections of non-perishable and canned foods to help those who are hungry. All items collected will go to local charities. Nalley Toyota is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon until 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 770-594-8696. ALPHARETTA

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ALIVE AFTER FIVE Alive After Five is coming to Roswell’s historic district. It’s the best Street Party in Metro Atlanta and the event that gained Canton Street the official designation as a Georgia Great Street. Enjoy live music, outside vendors and extended retail hours, face painting, free trolley and more! See www.aliveafterfiveroswell.com.

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BEASTIES AT BARRINGTON HALL Participants will take a haunted tour of the grounds and some of the rooms of the house as well. Admission is $5 and proceeds benefit North Fulton Drama

The Alpharetta Library on Canton Street will host this class from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Please dress comfortably. For more info, e-mail comments@co.fulton.ga.us. OCT. 10

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ALPHARETTA CHILI COOK-OFF Police officers, firefighters and other public safety staff will put on their chefâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s aprons to create dozens of competing pots of homemade chili. Awards will be given during half-time with special recognition for the best chili recipe! The Georgia-Florida Game will be shown on an 8 x 12 foot LED screen. Pre-game tastings and festivities begin at 2:30 p.m., with the live broadcast starting at 3:30 p.m. Tickets $10 for Adults and $5 for Children for the Chili Cook-off. For more information, call 678-297-6000 or e-mail rwessel@alpharetta.ga.us.

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On Oct. 26 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Oct. 27 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Old Milton Park will host Alpharetta Art in the Park. Artists will create masterpieces right before your eyes at this outdoor market under the trees that attracts art lovers and exhibitors from all over the Atlanta area. Vendors: www.gallery35.com. Call 678762-1035.

The East Cobb Library on Johnson Ferry Road will host movies from a variety of cultures at 11:30 a.m. Contact Susan Irvin 770-509-4996, or eastcobr@cobbcat.org.

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RESTLESS IN RESTHAVEN The spirits of Alpharettaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s past will come alive Saturday and Sunday during the Restless in Resthaven Cemetery Tours in downtown Alpharetta. The tour is around two miles and will take approximately 90 minutes. The tours will be at 4:30 p.m., 6 p.m., and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 4:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday. Reservations are $10 and include a souvenir cup. E-mail kdodson@alpharetta.ga.us. 678-2976078. OCT. 26

CAMP MIKELL PIG ROAST St. Aidanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Church on Cogburn Road will host Camp Mikellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first annual Pig Roast at 3 p.m. There will be food, fun, and games for all ages. Tickets are $15 per person or $40 per family, with kids under 3 free. BYOB. Those with questions or interested in donating supplies or volunteering should e-mail mikellpigroast@yahoo.com. OCT. 27

5K WALK/RUN FOR RYAN The Mansell Crossing Shopping Center will host a 5K run/walk benefiting the Ryan Lee Holland Cancer Foundation that assists cancer patients with their medical and other expenses. Signups begin at 7

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The East Cobb Library on Johnson Ferry Road will host a class for computer novices that will teach things like how to use a keyboard and a mouse. The class will take place at 3 p.m. Registration is required and space is limited. Contact Susan Irvin 770-509-4996, or eastcobr@cobbcat.org. OCT. 8

MAD SCIENTISTâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S OPEN HOUSE Kindergarteners through third graders will get the chance to be mad scientists for a day at Mountain View Library on Sandy Plains Road. Participants will get to make slime, monster puppets, Frankenstein creatures, and thinking caps. Registration is required at the childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s desk or by phone at 770-5094964.

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Local emerging artists and students are featured at this event that takes place alongside the popular Marietta Square Farmers Market from 9:00 a.m. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 2:00 p.m. This market is produced by the Branding Project and has free admission. For more information, call 770-427-5377 or visit www.ArtistsMarketMarietta.com. OCT. 17

EAST COBB BOOK DISCUSSION The East Cobb Library on Johnson Ferry Road will host a discussion of Alice Hoffmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Dovekeepersâ&#x20AC;? at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. New members and visitors always welcome. Contact Susan Irvin 770-509-4996, or eastcobr@cobbcat.org. OCT. 19

ALPHARETTA UMC FALLFEST From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Alpharetta First United Methodist Church on North Main Street will host a fun family event with plenty of activities, over 60 arts and craft exhibitors, free childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s games and pony rides, flea market, health fair, live music, and delicious food. For more information, call 770-475-5576 or e-mail fallfestafumc@gmail.com. OCT. 24

ABC CHILI COOKOFF The Associated Builders and Contractors of Georgia will host a chili cookoff at the Wills Park Equestrian Center at 6 p.m. There is a fee for tasting. OCT. 25

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bikeability, incremental change and value creation through effective and thoughtful land use. Canton Street, the Mill Village, Milton Crabapple, Historic Norcross, and Marietta Square are all examples of good Urbanism. So is Seaside (Scenic 30-A in FL), which is the only place I can think of that consistently and genuinely has the idyllic “white picket fence” that seems to define the “small-town feel.” So, how is it that the world’s preeminent model of ‘urbanism’ provides exactly the idyllic, small-town feel that these public agitators preach will be destroyed by said ‘urbanism’? Go sell your Revelations somewhere else preacher men because I’m not buying it. The process has been rushed they say! I disagree. Our 2030 Comprehensive Plan was adopted in Oct. 2011. Amongst other things, it aims to revitalize declining areas, add additional housing options and update existing codes to attract high-quality projects. Our current codes could not easily accomplish this task and in May 2012 the city brought in Code Studio to assist with the mammoth effort of updating and simplifying them. A stakeholder committee was formed and has worked diligently over the past 16 months to get to this point. The process has been well documented and open to the public for years. All legislation should have a clear pur-

pose. The purpose of the UDC is to aid the city in implementing the 2030 Comp Plan and its Strategic Economic Development Plan. Those that proselytize against the UDC have no plan, they just don’t like this one. Some of their concerns have some merit but to spout off every worst-case scenario to sack legislation is immature and disingenuous. The bottom line is that Roswell has a plan that was created through a very open process with significant and unprecedented community input and the UDC helps implement that plan. The kicker is that almost everything the UDC allows could be done today but it would take a lot more effort between the city and developers, builders and property owners thereby wasting taxpayer money and sending a discouraging signal to anyone wanting to do business in Roswell. The UDC will help Roswell execute on its vision by reducing red tape, clarifying the vision and enabling the private sector to more efficiently and effectively put capital to work. Let your mayor and council know that you support the UDC by sending them an email at RoswellMayorandCouncil@ roswellgov.com.  Michael Hadden authors the blog newurbanroswell.com. You may contact him at: michaeldhadden@gmail.com


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