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Currentchoices The Month in Preview JANUARY 2018


Roswell Wedding Showcase

January 14 >>THE DREAM LIVES ON MLK Day January 15 Martin Luther King Jr. is, of course, a historical figure we’re all familiar with and with his deep roots in Atlanta it is no wonder there are a multitude of activities around MLK Day in the metro area. From lectures and exhibits to concerts and art, the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday gives us any number of reasons to celebrate Atlanta’s history, heritage, and rich civil rights

legacy. The signature event is the MLK March and Rally held on Jan. 15. It begins at 1:15 p.m. at Peachtree Street and Baker Street in Atlanta. There are numerous cities in the area with their own celebrations, with the closest being the MLK Day in Marietta at Turner Chapel AME. If you would like to introduce your children to the

experience, area national parks offer free admission on the day and the Children’s Museum of Atlanta also features special events. Additionally, the Atlanta History Center and the Margaret Mitchell House offer free admission on January 15.

Whether you’ve been planning your wedding since childhood or all of this is new ground, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. What to do first? Instinct tells you to pick up the phone and start lining up vendors but your wedding isn’t tomorrow or even next week. Take a deep breath and look to experienced professionals to guide you at the Roswell Wedding Showcase. It is free to attend and they be giving away lots of prizes and the grand prize is a Honeymoon Giveaway

Provided by Expedia CruiseShipCenter. The event features professionals from all aspects of a wedding from photographers to event facilities all located in

Roswell. It’s held at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Roswell. For more info call 770-640-3253 or visit www.visitroswellga.com.


Atlanta Boat Show

January 18-21 From seasoned sailors to amateur anglers, there will be boats, education, and fun for guests of all ages at the 2018 Atlanta Boat Show. You will have access to nearly 500 boats, fishing gear and more accessories than ever before at the largest boating event in the Southeast. Featuring the best in fishing and watersport boats, kayaks, personal watercraft and >>GUARANTEED GOOD yachts, pontoons, paddleboards, more, along with an array of WEATHER gear and accessories—there’s Indoor Arts something for every budget and Festival level of interest.

partnerships of art institutions in the area. It is a festival for artists by artists, letting the artist have a voice in the creation and operations of the festival. This event will feature approximately 86 painters, photographers, sculptors, metalwork, glass artists, jewelers, and more. It will With the region’s best boat Callanwolde Fine Arts Center also offer artist demonstrations, dealers all under one roof, live acoustic music, plus attendees can take advantage of The Callanwolde Arts Festival is gourmet food trucks with a two-day indoor festival. the best deals of the year, plus healthy alternatives and music have a new boat ready by spring Located in one of the most and dance performances. For distinctive historic properties in just as temperatures start to more info visit Atlanta, this event promises to rise. AtlantaBoatShow.com. callanwoldeartsfestival.com. become one of the premier

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Atlanta Jewish Film Festival

Jan. 24-Feb.15 Various locations The Atlanta Jewish Film Festival (AJFF) is a showcase of international cinema that broadly explores themes of identity, history and culture. The annual festival was founded in the year 2000 and has grown each year. They feature films


Chinese Lunar New Year Banquet

January 27 Canton House Looking for a fun, unique “banquet night out” to celebrate Asia’s biggest holiday of the year? Join mother-daughter duo, Chinese Southern Belles, Natalie and Margaret Keng, to taste and explore Asia’s most important holiday through a mouth-watering, mega-course dinner of hand-selected, authentic traditional Chinese New Year dishes, fascinating food history, cultural trivia, calligraphy, fun audience participation, and raffle prizes. Through hands-on cooking demos, market tours and promotional events, Chinese Southern Belle merges the best of culinary delights, practical tips entertainment and cultural exploration! The event is held at the Canton House Restaurant in Chamblee. cantonhouserestaurant.com.


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Smyrna Oysterfest

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Game-o-Rama is a chance for board game fans to gathInfinite Energy Center er, socialize, and really The 21st Annual North stretch out and get in four full Atlanta Home Show & days of fun and games. HunOutdoor Living Expo is the dreds of the world’s best largest Home Show in board games are available Gwinnett and is expanding for play, as well as friendly for 2018 to include an folks who can help with the outdoor living expo. Over rules. There will be tourna150 companies will be ments, demonstrations and displaying everything for special events. Game-oyour home—inside and out. Rama will be the Georgia And should you be dragged State Championship for Diato this event by say, a monds, The Game of 49, Dispouse… they will also mension, Skull King, Neverfeature the Terrapin more, and Neuroshima Backyard Beer Garden Hex! winners advance to where you can sample some the Southeast Regional of the best local brews. Championship in May. www.atlantahomeshow.com. www.game-o-rama.com.

Feb. 9-11

Atkins Park Restaurant Get ready for the 7th Annual Atkins Park Restaurant & Bar’s Mardi Gras themed Oysterfest hosted in Smyrna. Only two days a year to celebrate these delicious shellfish are definitely not enough. There will be an abundance of deliciously raw, grilled, and fried oysters and shucking will begin at 11am each day, with plenty of Abita Beer available to wash it all down. While enjoying the amazing food, you will also experience live, New Orleans inspired music in a Mardi Gras style environment. For more info visit www.atkinspark.com.


from around the world that explore themes of Jewish life, culture, and history. You can vote for your favorites and see guest filmmakers, actors, authors, and academics. Already Atlanta’s single largest film festival, AJFF made history in 2015 by becoming the largest Jewish film festival in the world, attracting more than 38,600 moviegoers. Today, AJFF is an independent non-profit arts organization that continues an active partnership with its founding agency, American Jewish Committee. Films that sell out may be repeated on the last day. For tickets and times visit www.ajff.org.





THE GODDESS OF SOUL Jane Powell In Concert Feb. 11 By Fred Mills

Jane Powell, the singer not the actress, is a natural artist who is often referred to as the “Goddess of Soul.” She possesses the depth of experience to draw upon the rich traditions of popular music, blend them with her unique vocal abilities and vibrant personality, and create music to uplift any audience. And besides... singing from the heart and a little wit never go out of style. Powell will be performing at the Roswell Cultural Arts Center on Feb. 11 as a part of Black History Month celebrations. Originally from Roanoke, VA, Powell has performed throughout the world and even if you have not seen her live you have certainly heard her voice. She has featured in national ad campaigns for McDonald’s and has performed and lent vocal talents to several motion pictures, but it is on stage where her talents are put on full display. Backed by piano, bass, and drums, Powell quickly captivates any audience with her musical flexibility, open and playful personality, and often spicy and spontaneous sense of humor. She brings a unique touch to classic R&B, jazz standards, reggae grooves, and gospel anthems. Indeed, the 1300 colleges and universities comprising the National Association for Campus Activities voted Powell Entertainer of the Year, Jazz Artist of the Year, and winner of the Performing Arts/Music award, on multiple occasions, making her the most honored performer in the history of the organization. Powell has also opened for several big acts, such as Ray Charles and Lou Rawls amongst others. In reference to her opening for Ray Charles, the Washington Post said, “She stole the night from a legend.” Powell’s latest release is called Lady Jane in London, a collection of jazz standards

Jane Powell performs at RCAC on Feb 11.

where she is accompanied by Great Britain’s top jazz artists, as well as Hamish Stuart and other musicians who work for Average White Band, Van Morrison, and Incognito. Additionally, in 2007 Powell was a featured performer for Queen Elizabeth II and Governor Kaine of Virginia during the celebration of the 400th anniversary of the founding of the Jamestown Colony. This concert is a part of the LIVE! In Roswell series and you can get more information and tickets by visiting roswellcac.com. ❍





JUMP-START YOUR NEW YEAR Meaningful Conversations about Money By Robert Fezza and Steve Siders

Happy New Year! Now that 2017 is a wrap, one of the best presents you can bestow on yourself and your loved ones is the gift of financial preparation for 2018. Want to get a jump-start? Over the next two months we will provide you with 10 financial best practices to help energize your personal wealth management efforts. 1. Save today for a better retirement tomorrow. Are you maxing out pre-tax contributions to your retirement plans? Taking full advantage of your retirement plans is an important, tax-advantaged way to save for retirement. And, by the way, if you are 50 or older, you may be able to make additional “catch-up contributions” to your plan, to further accelerate your retirement-ready investing.

2. Verify your valuables are still covered. Most households have insurance: home, auto, life… maybe disability and/or umbrella. But when was the last time you’ve checked to see if these policies remain right for you? Over time, it’s easy to end up with gaps or overlaps, like too much or not enough coverage, deductibles that warrant a fresh take, or beneficiaries who need to be added or removed. 3 . Get a grip on your debt load. Investment returns will only take you so far if excessive debt is weighing you down. Prioritize paying down high-interest credit cards and similar high-cost debt first, and at least meeting minimums on the rest. You may also want to revisit whether you still hold the best credit cards for your circumstances. Do the interest rates, incentives, protections and other perks still reflect your needs? Ditto on that for your home loan. 4. Check up on your credit reports. Speaking of those credit cards, have you been periodically requesting your free annual credit report from each of the three primary credit reporting agencies? Be sure to use AnnualCreditReport.com, as it’s the only federally authorized source for doing so. By staggering your requests—submitting to one agency every fourth month—you can keep an ongoing eye on your credit, which is especially

important in the wake of last summer’s Equifax breach. 5. Get a bead on your budget. How much did you spend in 2017? How much do you intend to spend in the year ahead? After current spending, can you still afford to fund your future plans? Do you have enough set aside in a rainy-day fund to cover the inevitable emergencies? Next Steps in the New Year We get it. Life never stops. The holiday season can be a busy time that often spills right into the new year. Don’t despair if you can’t get to all of these tidbits at once. Let us know if we can help you turn your financial planning jump-start into a mighty wealth management leap. It begins with a meaningful conversation. Life’s a journey— navigate it wisely! Robert Fezza, CFP® and Steve Siders, CFP® own Odyssey Personal Financial Advisors, 500 Sun Valley Drive, Suite A-6, Roswell, GA. Their firm specializes in working with people who are serious about making progress towards their financial goals. Odyssey manages portfolios greater than $250,000. 770-9924444, www.odysseypfa.com. Securities offered through Cetera Financial Specialists LLC, member FINRA/SIPC.



By Kirsten Ricci

Perhaps you’ve heard that our tax laws have changed. For most Americans, we will end up paying less, despite what you’ve heard, but there is a potentially big caveat with regard to property taxes. This was a contentious issue for lawmakers but in the end it means some of our wealthier neighborhoods will see changes. For those of you who reside in homes over 600K, the new tax laws coming into play for 2018 may have a big impact on your bottom line as there is now a $10,000 cap on the combined itemized deduction for state and local property taxes. Generally, this means

that those of you in homes under 600K need not worry about the deduction, but the more north you are of that number, the amount could be significant. This is a bigger issue in the North Metro Atlanta suburbs, as two of the three wealthiest zip codes in the state are here. According to ESRI Wealth Rank, the wealthiest zip codes in Georgia are 30327 (Sandy Springs), 30068 (East Cobb) and 30075 (Roswell). This tax increase has led some to try and pay their bills early in an effort to avoid the 2018 bill, but that is a failed tactic. In Georgia, tax commissioners cannot accept 2018 payments before they set their tax rate, which then needs approval. There are numerous examples of some tax professionals advising their clients to pay early though this is misguided advice.

The City of Roswell has had over 100 requests to pay bills early and in Cobb County the number is similar. To be clear, those entities have their hands tied as they could be punished for acceptance of early payment. All of this plays out in the backdrop of property assessments, which you’ll remember was a big issue last year with the state having to enact legislation to revert back to recession levels of home pricing. Many homes in this area have increased drastically since 2010 yet the assessments do not reflect those changes. Should that issue arise again it may have a double-edged effect of increased federal and local taxes. Beyond the tax increase, I expect 2018 to be a good year for local homeowners with prices moving up in a still competitive market that right now is dominated by low inventory. In our area homes under $500K have less

than two months of inventory, while homes above that have closer to seven months of supply. Generally, six months is considered a balanced market. In 2017, 92% of home sales in our area were under $500K, which means that only 8% of buyers are targeting homes in the upper price point. For example, in Roswell there are only 98 homes for sale between $550K to $1 million, while in Alpharetta that number is 142, and East Cobb comes in with 120. The bottom line is the good old-fashioned economics of supply and demand—with this being a high demand area. The spring market, the peak-buying season, is expected early this year likely as early as Feb. 1. Kirsten Ricci is a Roswell resident and a Berkshire Hathaway Agent who specializes in residential real estate in the north metro Atlanta area. She can be reached at 678-472-3832, kirsten@roswellrealty.net.






Roswell Mardi Gras Ball By Tripp Liles

In my home, January is normally a time to catch our breath and relax a bit after lots of holiday activity during December. And with many local hot spots, it really takes a few weeks for the normal activities to resume but when they do we have plenty going on with many events being inside to avoid our short cold weather season. On Jan. 27 at 2 p.m., local book lovers are invited to hear author Hannah Palmer speak at the Roswell Library about her new book Flight Path: A Search for Roots beneath the World’s Busiest Airport. It is a passionate and beautifully written account of the price of progress in which you will experience a wide range of emotions. Part memoir, part urban history, it is a riveting account of one young mother’s attempt at making a home where there’s little home left. Lyrically chronicling the overlooked devastation and beauty along the airport’s fringe communities, Palmer unearths the startling narratives about race, power, and place that continue to shape American cities. Palmer works as an urban designer in Atlanta. Her writing explores the intersection of southern stories and urban landscapes, and has appeared on CNN.com, in Art Papers and Creative Loafing, and in master plans for urban Koresh Dance Company design projects around the world. She has an MFA in creative writing and now lives near the Atlanta Airport with her husband and sons. The Roswell Library is located at 115 Norcross St. in Roswell. The Marcus Jewish Community Center (MJCCA) is having a special performance by the acclaimed Koresh Dance Company with two shows, Jan. 27 and 28. Known for their engaging performance and technically gifted dancers, their performances have been hailed internationally, touring to destinations in-


homage to the carnival’s most favorite tradition. The event will be packed with live entertainment, delicious food, drinks and vendors. It started as a social gathering for natives of Mobile, AL who moved to Atlanta and quickly expanded to include natives of New Orleans now living in Atlanta. The playful rivalry of the origins of Mardi Atlanta Winter Beer Fest Gras crosses state lines as natives of Mobile and New Orleans now living in Atlanta debate the birthplace of Mardi Gras in the U.S. Now, over 1,000 Mardi Gras revelers gather in Atlanta to celebrate a 300-year tradition and continue the friendly rivalry. atlmardigras.com. And keeping with the Mardi Gras Now should you be one of those people not bothered by cold temperatures, theme I have to mention the Roswell here is an activity that may pique your Mardi Gras Ball, which takes place on Feb. 10 at the Country Club of interest: the Atlanta Winter Beer Roswell. It is presented by The Voila Fest, which takes place on Jan. 27 at Atlantic Station in Atlanta. They will Foundation and the event serves as have over 150 beers featured from local their annual fundraiser supporting Easterseals North Georgia and breweries as well as a select number Children’s Charities. The event is open from places around the country. to all and will feature a dinner buffet Beyond beer they will also feature with New Orleans cuisine and an open ciders, Monk’s Mead, and even a few bar. Live entertainment will include wines. There’s also live music and a dance tent should you have more than the Wasted Potential Brass Band and performance artists The Off Centered one beer. For info: Project and Flying Daniela. For more atlantawinterbeerfest.com. info visit roswellmardigrasball.com. I’m ending this column with the ultimate winter sport… hockey. I’m a Atlanta Gladiators southern boy so it’s not in my blood but my partner in crime, Mark Penstone is a Canadian and let’s just say hockey is in his DNA. The Atlanta Gladiators play in the East Coast Atlanta Mardi Gras Ball Hockey League as an affiliate of the Boston Bruins. We all know one of our nation’s Home games take place at the Infinite biggest party days is Mardi Gras, falling on Feb 13 this year. But the car- Energy Arena in Duluth and they offer very affordable tickets and it’s a nival activities normally begin on the 12th night of Christmas, so that means great time for the whole family. Beauty, eh? They have homes games on Jan. some early parties to be had. On Jan. 26 and 27 against the Norfolk 27 the 8th Annual Atlanta Mardi Admirals. www.atlantagladiators.com. Gras Ball will take place at the Ivy For more events and activities visit Center in Atlanta. The Atlanta Mardi www.thecurrenthub.com. ❍ Gras Ball is a festive party that pays

cluding Spain, Turkey, Israel, South Korea, Mexico, and Guatemala. Over the years, Koresh has developed a vast repertoire of work that ranges from explosive and passionate to intimate and restrained. At MJCCA, 5342 Tilly Mill Road in Dunwoody. www.atlantajcc.org.




GET BRINGS LEGENDARY PERFORMER TO LIFE By Spalding Negron Last month we told you about the sudden passing of local theatre legend Bob Farley who was the founder of the Georgia Ensemble Theatre. To be sure, GET will not only continue in his absence, but I’m sure they will thrive in serving his legacy for many years to come. You can see this on full display in January as GET presents the hit musical Tenderly, The Rosemary Clooney Musical which runs Jan. 11 through 28 at the Roswell Cultural Arts Center. After receiving rave reviews for the Broadway hit Once On This Island, and then selling out Atlanta playwright Topher Payne’s outrageous new story Morningside, GET will bring audiences the wonderful music and turbulent life story of Hollywood icon Rosemary Clooney. Written by Janet Yates Vogt and Mark Friedman, it will be directed by the multi-talented director and actor James Donadio, one of GET ’s founding company members. The musical direction will be done by GET debutant Dale Grogan. The production is a fresh, remarkably personal and poignant picture of the woman whose unparalleled talent and unbridled personality made her a legend. In Tenderly, Rosemary Clooney’s journey starts with her simple Maysville, Kentucky childhood and follows her rise to Hollywood stardom. With her signature songs like “Come on-a My House,” “It’s Only a Paper Moon,” “Count Your Blessings,”

Clooney, Martin, and Lewis “Hey There,” “Mambo Italiano,” and more, woven throughout, we learn both the story of her successes on film, radio, and TV, as well as her Rachel Sorsa struggles in her personal life—with a career fading during the advent of rock-and-roll and her battles with addiction and depression. Audiences rejoice at her triumphant comeback and even more successful career as a jazz singer. The production features an extraordinary cast of two GET veterans. Rachel Sorsa (Only Light in Reno and 20th Century at GET) will bring Rosemary Clooney to life and Mark Cabus (My Fair Lady and One Slight Hitch at GET) will play the Doctor along with all eleven other roles. Tickets are available now online at www.get.org, or by calling the Box Office at 770-641-1260.




Roswell is home to many great things. There are wonderful neighborhoods, world-class parks and restaurants but did you know that Roswell is also home to some unbelievable wedding facilities? Are you or someone you know planning on a wedding soon? If so, keep Sunday Jan.14 open for the Roswell Wedding Showcase. At this boutique event, presented by the Roswell Convention and Visitors Bureau, you can see the latest in fashion, food and yes, facilities from some of Roswell’s finest memory makers. “For 15 years, the Roswell Wedding Showcase has grown steadily. This show is unusual as it promotes only Roswell businesses,” stated Marsha Saum Tourism Sales Manager of the Roswell CVB. “We’re proud our city has so many businesses that work to assist the bride, groom and their families with services that make their wedding one to remember for a lifetime. Roswell’s attractions add an element that is not available in many places— the guests have fun things to do and see prior to and after the ceremony and festivities. There really is no better place to have a wedding than Roswell.” When it comes to planning a wedding, the creation of a lifetime of memories is a key component and with Roswell’s unique history there are a multitude of ways to create your own story. “Roswell has over 35 unique event facilities to host weddings and other special occasions. Couples can choose from pre-Civil war era homes, gardens bursting with color, water views, or a modern, yet rustic, warehouse,” Saum said. “Brides are always looking for a ‘new’ location to surprise and impress their guests. For instance, a recently opened art gallery in the historic district is perfect for smaller wedding parties who want a modern, artistic venue.” The wedding industry is huge and it definitely makes an impact on local businesses. According to a national study by WeddingWire, the average wedding has 120 attendees. In that survey of over 6,000 couples the average cost was nearly $30,000 so the economic impact is significant to the local economy. Roswell has long been known as a great wedding spot for residents, but now that attention is gaining ground regionally. “Because Roswell’s venues offer a one-of-a-kind experience, we have become a destination for brides from all areas of Atlanta and some even come from outside our state. Our city is also popular for activities surrounding the wedding day: rehearsal dinners at one of our popular restaurants, bridesmaid’s luncheons at a small bistro or teahouse and bachelor parties with high-speed go-karts. Weddings are big business in Roswell and the multi-million dollar industry positively impacts the city’s economy,” Saum said. The Roswell Wedding Showcase will be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton located at 1075 Holcomb Bridge Road in Roswell. The admission is free. For more info call 770-640-3253. ❍

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WellStar North Fulton Hospital Community Calendar January 2018 through March 2018 All classes in January and February will meet in an alternate location as the hospital classrooms are not available.

By John Paul Croom

Most of us are fortunate enough to live pain free lives. Sure, we still experience pain when we pull a muscle or receive a cut. But, once the injury heals, the pain goes away. With chronic pain, pain sensors continue to send signals to the brain long after an injury heals. This is a pain which can last months or even years after an injury. The number of adults with chronic pain is substantial, estimated at more than 10 percent of our population. If you or someone you love suffers from chronic pain, you know that it can affect not only one’s physical health but their mental health as well. Over the years, many patients have treated chronic pain with opioids. We have learned there is a high risk when using opioids (including addiction, depression, effects on major organs, and overdose). As a result, physicians around the country are finding alternatives to opioids. This can take many forms and is often customized to the patient’s needs, for example: interventional procedures, ketamine infusions, physical therapy, nutritional guidance and holistic options. It is important to understand that chronic pain is real and that there is more than one treatment option. If you would like to learn more about chronic pain treatment alternatives, please contact the Pain & Spine Center at (770) 751-2719. ❍

SUPPORT GROUPS Ostomy Support Group

Services Manager, at 770-751-2556 for location and to register.

Third Tuesday of every month, 6:30 p.m. Classroom C This group is open to anyone who has or will have an ostomy and any friends, family or supporters. Call John Dorso at 678694-8726 to register or to obtain more information.

Maternity Tours

Stroke Support Group Last Wednesday of each month from 6:30 -7:30 p.m. ACE Dayroom. Please join Stroke survivors, caregivers, and families to share and support one another. The group is facilitated by the Stoke Program Coordinator and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. RSVP to Keisha C. Brown at 404-229-9639 or keishac@thriveworks.com.

Alzheimer’s Association Caregiver Support Group Every Fourth Saturday, 10–11 a.m. Classroom C. Please join our monthly support group for caregivers and family members of individuals diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or related disorders. The support group offers a place to share information, support each other and learn about resources in your community. Call Christine at 404-786-3433 for more information.

COMMUNITY EDUCATION Epilepsy Support Group Third Wednesday of every month; 7–9 p.m. Classrooms A/B. People with epilepsy as well as their family and care-providers are invited to attend this support group. The meetings will provide time for attendees to share helpful information and resources from their own experiences. Please contact Tim for more information at 770-667-9363.

Please join one of our Women’s Health nurses in the hospital atrium on alternating Tuesdays at 4 p.m. and Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. for a guided tour of the Labor & Delivery suites, Mother/ Baby Unit and the Neonatal ICU.

Water Birth Thursdays 1/11, 1/25, 2/8, 2/22, 3/8, and 3/22 at 7 p.m. Registration required. 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 WNFH. $30.00 per couple.

American Heart Association Friends and Family CPR* Saturday 3/17, 10–12 p.m. $25 CPR course for those who do not need a course completion card Contact 770-956-STAR (7827) for information on Heartsaver CPR/1st Aid classes and CPR for Healthcare Providers

For more information on classes, to register, or to find a physician, call 770-956-STAR (7827) or visit www.wellstar.org.

*AHA Disclaimer: The American Heart Association strongly promotes knowledge and proficiency in BLS, Diabetes Self-Management ACLS and PALS and has developed Workshop instructional materials for this Saturdays ,1/13, 2/10, and 3/10 purpose. Use of these materials in an Breast Cancer Support The Diabetes Association of Atlanta educational course does not Group (DAA) offers classes at WellStar represent course sponsorship by the First Thursday of every month, North Fulton Hospital to teach 10:30-11:30 a.m. American Heart Association, and diabetes self-management skills. Call any fees charged for such a course do Cope and connect with others who are facing the same struggles. Please Patricia at 404-527-7180 for more not represent income to the information and to register. call Sarah Bentley, RN, Oncology Association.





Patients have access to minimally-invasive procedures WellStar North Fulton Hospital is bringing a robotics surgery program to offer more minimally-invasive surgical procedures to the North Fulton community. “This investment reiterates our commitment to offer patients in our area access to the latest technology and comprehensive medical care,” said Jon-Paul Croom, president of WellStar North Fulton Hospital. Scott Miller. M.D., who has more than 20 years of experience in laparoscopic and robotic surgery, will head the program.

How does it work? The da Vinci System is powered by robotic technology that allows the surgeon’s hand movements to be translated into smaller, precise movements of tiny instruments inside the patient’s body. One of the instruments is a laparoscope—a thin tube with a tiny camera and light at the end. The camera sends images to a video monitor in the operating room to guide doctors during surgery. The surgeon is 100 percent in control of the da Vinci System at all times.

“I have been practicing robotic surgery in Atlanta for 15 years, and I helped build one of the largest robotic surgery programs in the country. I now have the incredible opportunity to build a world-class robotics program at WellStar North Fulton Hospital,” said Dr. Miller, medical director of Robotic Surgery at North Fulton Hospital. The new equipment, a da Vinci® Xi Surgical System, provides surgeons high definition vision and robotic “wrists” that bend and rotate more precisely than the human hand. Robotic surgery allows surgeons to perform operations through small incisions that result in quicker recovery time and return to normal activities. Other advantages of this type of procedure are shorter hospitalization, reduced risk of infection and minimal scarring. “With robotic surgery the surgeon can be more precise through better visualization, better ergonomics, smoother instrument movement, and access to places the human hand cannot fit or easily reach,” explained Dr. Miller. “All of this translates to a better chance of a successful outcome and a lower chance for side effects and complications.” The da Vinci System can be used across a spectrum of minimally invasive surgical procedures and has been optimized for multi-quadrant surgeries in the areas of gynecology, urology, thoracic, cardiac and general surgery. Dr. Miller graduated from the Medical College of Georgia and completed his urologic residency at the University of Kentucky Medical Center. He remains board-certified by the American Board of Urology since 1997, and is an active member of many professional societies including the American Urological Association, the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons and the Endourological Society. To find a surgeon in the North Fulton area, call 770-956-STAR (7827). ❍

WellStar North Fulton Hospital SPECIAL EVENTS Introducing the Speaking about Wellness for Women 2018 Quarterly Seminar Series Genetic Counseling: What It Can Tell Us and What It Cannot Thursday 3/29 Did you know WellStar offers a comprehensive genetic risk assessment program to help patients identify possible hereditary causes of cancer, cardiac conditions and more? Presented by: Sarah Siddiqui, MS, CGC, Board Certified Genetic Counselor, WellStar Center

for Genetics and Individualized Medicine. Doors open for dinner: 6 p.m. Program presentation: 6:30 –7:30 p.m. Cost: $10 per program Contact 770-956-STAR (7827) for more information on the series topics and to get information about the Speaking about Wellness for Healthy Aging Quarterly Seminar Series beginning in April

Senior Health Fair with the City of Roswell Wednesday March 28, 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Adult Recreation Center 830 Grimes Bridge Rd. Join us for free health information and screenings.


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Request WellStar to be at Your Event If you are interested in submitting a request for a sponsorship, speaker, worksite wellness or community event, please visit wellstar.org. Click on the “Contact Us” at the top of the page and then Sponsorship & Event Requests on the right side of the webpage. Create an account and submit. You will be contacted by someone in Community Education and Outreach at WellStar. For more information, call 770-793-7373.



PAIN & SPINE CENTER EXPANDS AND ADDS NEW SERVICES North Fulton community to benefit from pain management options WellStar North Fulton Hospital’s Pain & Spine Center expanded to offer new services and improvements for patients and their families. The remodeled space features the addition of the Infusion Center, where patients will be able to receive infusion therapy, an alternative for oral medication. Some of the new infusion bays are private, allowing for a separate area devoted to infusion therapy and Ketamine infusions. “We have added a drivers’ waiting room with Wi-Fi access to allow families and friends a more productive wait,” said Jeannette Wetty, director of the Pain & Spine

Center. New exam rooms were added on the medication management side, which will help patients get in and out on schedule. With the addition of the Infusion Center, chemotherapy patients have a more convenient space. That gives them better access to parking, more space during treatments and a great view. Ketamine infusion patients will have a quieter area that will enhance their sleep time during their treatment, according to Wetty. More than 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain. “Pain management allows patients to participate in their

Jeannette Wetty, director of the Pain & Spine Center.

treatment plan with specialists in pain control. Being informed and participatory helps members of our community maintain their quality of life and provides a place for them to initiate treatment sooner than later,” said Wetty. To book an appointment or learn more about the Pain & Spine Center, please call 770-751-2719.

Some of the conditions treated at the Pain & Spine Center are: • • • • • • • • • •

Migraine/headache Cancer pain Chronic Pain Syndrome Back and neck pain Compression fractures Spinal Stenosis Musculoskeletal pain Sciatica Shingles/Herpes Zoster Chronic pain following back or neck surgery • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) • Degenerative diseases of intervertebral discs • Sacroiliac Joint Arthropathy

WellStar North Fulton Hospital’s Pain & Spine Center offers a comprehensive approach to pain management and spine care. Some of the outpatient treatments performed at the Center include:

Trigger Point Injection (TPI) It’s a procedure that uses an injected steroid to treat painful areas of muscle or knots that irritate the nerves around them and trigger or refer pain to other parts of the body. Steroid Injections An epidural steroid injection is a common procedure using steroids to treat spinal nerve irritation that is caused by tissues next to the nerve pressing against it. Ketamine Infusion Therapy Ketamine is an anesthetic that is used in low doses to block certain pain receptors implicated in nerve pain conditions.

Radiofrequency Lesioning (RFL) Typically used to treat spinal pain, RFL is a procedure that uses a specialized machine to interrupt nerve conduction. A small needle safely delivers an electrical current to tissue around the nerves. Nerves are usually blocked for several months. Kyphoplasty/Vetebrolplasty For patients with spinal compression fractures due to osteoporosis or tumor, this may be an appropriate treatment option. Kyphoplasty and vertebrolplasty are minimally invasive procedures that offer pain relief to patients without serious health risks or recovery times.



Pharmacist Joy Peterson named WellStar’s Working Mother of the Year WellStar on Working Mother 100 Best Companies for 10 years For the 10th year in a row WellStar Health System was named one of the top places in the U.S. to work for mothers. Working Mother magazine placed WellStar on its 100 Best Companies List for its innovative work-life balance programs and emphasis on team member wellness. WellStar has a goal for all patients, team members and the community to have “a life well-lived.” WellStar offers a multitude of career development benefits to all employees such as family support services which includes onsite childcare, back-up care assistance for children and family members of employees who need lastminute, in-home temporary

care. Additionally, complimentary concierge service is offered to all WellStar employees to help with tasks like drycleaning pick-up, car maintenance and grocery shopping “At WellStar, our team members make it possible to deliver world-class healthcare,” said David Anderson, executive vice president of Human Resources, Organization Learning & chief compliance officer for WellStar Health System. “WellStar looks for ways to support our team members in their work and personal life.” Recently, WellStar added new benefits for team members and their spouses, including weight-loss

programs, support programs for parents of children with autism and expansion of paid maternity and paternity leave. Along with the Working Mother Award, WellStar recognizes one of its many remarkable working mothers every year. In 2017, it honored Joy Peterson, a clinical pharmacist at WellStar Kennestone Hospital. She juggles the demands of her career while caring for her twin daughters. Her dedication to success and to her family merited Peterson WellStar’s 2017 Working Mother of the Year award. While caring for her young daughters, Peterson entered pharmacy school at Mercer University’s Gwinnett campus.

WellStar’s 2017 Working Mother of the Year winner, Joy Peterson, PharmD, (center) with her twin daughters, Hannah Locklear (left) and Hailey Locklear (right).

Peterson joined the team at Kennestone as a post-graduate clinical pharmacy resident. Because of the work-life balance, Peterson never left WellStar. “It is so rare to have so many demands and a fulfilling career,” she said. “And I have a healthy home life!

I am so blessed.” Peterson continues to pursue her studies and look for opportunities to improve care for patients at Kennestone. Her work has assisted in the placement of Kennestone on the Georgia Department of Health’s Antibiotic Stewardship Honor Roll. ❍

WellStar Medical Group Welcomes New Physician Effective January 15, 2018, Dr. Miller becomes Director of Robotic Surgery at WellStar North Fulton Hospital. He will see patients in his practice office, WellStar Urology in Roswell. WellStar Medical Group, Urology 2500 Hospital Boulevard | Suite 290 Roswell, GA 30076 | 470-956-4230

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A 2018 RESOLUTION: LAUGH! By Di Chapman

Ladies and gentlemen, Happy New Year! I’m sitting at my desk. It’s a Sunday afternoon, and rain is coming down. I’m dreaming of a hike in our forest below, but my mission today is to write once again about what kind of New Year’s resolutions we could choose. Never mind that we’ll probably break them by January’s end; it wouldn’t be a new year without the “festival of the new year’s resolutions.”

This year, though, I won’t write about making a diet and exercise routine stick. I know those are the untouchables of resolutions, right up there with St. Patrick’s Day’s green beer. However, this time it’s going to be about something else. This time I’ll write about making a resolution to be happy right where you are with what you have. Yes, we all have life’s frustrations, including airline cancellations, work deadlines, slow drivers in the left lane, or bad news about a toilet as we prepare to host a party. But somehow, in the midst of it all, can we look for a moment that will make us laugh, even in the midst of lunacy all around? My life had been overwhelming as Christmas approached. Life was attempting to dash my excitement by giving me a seemingly possessed sink and water heater not to mention a flat tire. Trying to schedule repairs while also nursing a very sick

hubby was daunting. All of this resulted in a stress related gross neonred Rosacea blister breakout like a beacon on my chin. Everyone I saw recoiled in horror wondering what kind of disgusting communicable disease I’d caught. I had already flailed with throwing a tantrum over everything but stopped when I admitted what every grownup knows: they’re futile. Tantrums don’t fix the water heater, sinks, or the tire. And, they make the red beacon on the chin look even scarier. With all that said I pledge to make a resolution to look at life differently in 2018. Let’s think about how we can smile more and laugh more, even in the midst of the landmine field that is life. With my resolution no exercise or dieting is needed. Do you remember the little ditty—“Don’t Worry, Be Happy”? Imagine what a great resolution that could be. Sure, Bobby McFerrin sounded like he



or many older adults, the onset of winter means gloom, even in Georgia’s relatively mild climate.

WINTER FUN FOR OLDER ADULTS St. George Village | 11350 Woodstock Road | Roswell, GA 30075 678-987-0402 | stgeorgevillage.com | www.pinterest.com/stgeorgevillage

But brisk temperatures and gray skies don’t mean you have to experience the winter blues! There are many activities in which people of all ages, including seniors, can participate to stay happy, healthy and active until warmer weather arrives. For example, do you enjoy the arts and music? Winter is the perfect time to plan a trip to a local museum or art gallery, or take in a concert or play at your nearby music venue or theatre. And while it may seem like the worst time to participate in sports or physical activity, there are actually plenty options for staying active despite the cold weather. Call a few friends and meet up at the bowling alley, sign up for water aerobics at a facility with an indoor pool, or bundle up for a walk at the park or through your city’s historic district. Volunteers are always in demand—pick your favorite charity and make some new friends while you help those in need. At St. George Village, winter is a season rich with activities to enhance friendships and enrich minds, bodies and hearts. You’ll

hear laughter coming from our game room, where resident cardsharps challenge one another in bridge, poker or canasta. Our library, where our book club meets every month, is stocked with good reads, and the Great Decisions program invites participants to join in analysis and discussion of foreign policy. For fitness enthusiasts, there are regular classes for yoga, tai chi, line dancing and more, plus a wellequipped fitness center, indoor pool and ¼-mile walking trail around the lake on the property. Religious services and Bible studies are offered throughout the week to nourish the spirit, and neighbors celebrate their friendships on our planned excursions around the metro Atlanta area and beyond. Painting classes, concerts and performances by our resident singers, The Villagers, are also on the schedule. These are only a few examples of what’s happening at St. George Village this winter! Come see why every season is full of fun here. Take a tour, stay for lunch. Call Stacy at 678-987-0402 for a confidential appointment. Find more details about our community, lifestyle and residents at www.stgeorgevillage.org. Follow us on Facebook and Pinterest, too! ❍


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was from some tropical island, and we figured he was smoking something other than cigarettes. But looking back, I recall the words of the song and I get it, don’t you? Let’s try a new year’s habit of truly making a point every day to stop and think about seeing something with a sense of humor. Where can you start? Perhaps you could try some of these simple things: Get outside. Take a walk around your neighborhood, and say hello to all canines and their humans. Those doggies will smile and wag their tails and reciprocate attention. Scratch their ears, and you’ll be smiling back. You’ll make new human friends. “Love me, love my dog,” works both ways: “Love my dog, I’ll love you.” It’s a pooch fashion show in the cold, as well. They’re wearing sweaters, colorful quilted vests, and hoodies. We’ve made many friends on the trails in Roswell just by lovin’ on their fur kids. And, it keeps us laughing. Take a yoga class. You never have? Well, step right up. I’ve been taking them on and off for years, with hot, cold, open air, shut doors to recycle nasty, sweaty air, and every other kind of modality. I still fall over with a thud in whatever class it might be when we’re asked to balance in something like a “revolved triangle” pose. (Yes, it’s as crazy as it sounds.) In one recent class, I literally fell over into a

wall. It didn’t hurt, but it was audible all over class. I quietly bounced back and laughed. Honestly, though, classmates were so focused on their own challenges, they didn’t even look up. Think about comedies like the Peter Seller’s classics such as A Shot in the Dark or The Pink Panther. Or better yet Caddyshack. I have yet to meet anyone over the age of 50 who doesn’t remember the Baby Ruth candy bar in the swimming pool, or hadn’t owned the swivel-hipped groundhog dancing to Kenny Loggins. Then there’s the granddaddy of them all, Christmas Vacation. Randy Quaid’s cousin Eddie character is a comedic masterpiece. You can laugh about it all year. Last, but not least, sing in the car or when nobody’s at home or better yet when people are home. Go ahead and embarrass your children. What is parenthood or better yet grand parenthood for? Crank up the 70s and 80s tunes, and good, bad, or otherwise, sing! Admit it, we all do it, and it’s a great chance to laugh at ourselves. Bust some moves to really horrify the young ’uns. How fun is that? This year, I’ll sing in the car at the top of my lungs, just like James Corden. Join me in a rendition of “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” and let’s laugh through 2018! ❍



WINTER-BLOOMING PERENNIALS BRIGHTEN THE LANDSCAPE These flowers help bridge the gap as we look forward to Spring!


Iris unguicularis (Algerian Iris) Photo: Creative Commons

by Geri Laufer

Most herbaceous perennials bloom during the warm seasons of the year, so those that flower in the winter seem more precious because of the relatively rare occurrence of winter flowers. Lenten roses, snapdragons, hardy cyclamen, heather, and Algerian iris keep our spirits high until early daffodils and snowdrops can join the chorus.

Lenten Rose Perhaps the most familiar of the winter-bloomers is lenten rose or Hellebore. Old-fashioned lenten roses have nodding flowers in shades of white to mauve, often with freckles. They self-seed to form an evergreen groundcover in rich, well-drained soil, with morning sun and afternoon shade. I have been selecting for the white ones in my garden, choosing those with pure white petals to divide or transplant, as these provide good contrast with the dark green foliage. New varieties have brighter, larger flowers, and come in doubles, or

picotees (flowers whose edge is a different color than the flower’s base color) and I think they are worth the investment. Although they are easy to propagate at home, local nurseries are charging $13-20 for a one-gallon pot.

Snapdragon Snapdragon or Antirrhinum may be found inexpensively as small seedlings in annual 6-packs, but will thrive and grow in metro-Atlanta for several years. Dwarf plants with tall spikes of colorful flowers laugh at cold weather. Although they can be knocked-back by temperatures in the teens or 20s, they roar back and continue to bloom


Winter Heath or Erica x darleyensis ‘Mediterranean Pink.’ Photo: Creative Commons

as Calluna and Erica, with flowers from snow-white to crimson and foliage from yellow to red to gray. But metro-Atlanta is the most southern limit for these winter charmers and the most reliable for us is winter heath or Erica x darleyensis ‘Mediterranean Pink’. They require full sun and extraordinarily good drainage, so add sand, Permatill, and compost to our Georgia red clay, or grow at the top of a stacked-stone wall or hillside. Feed lightly and Hardy Cyclamen shear back after bloom.

throughout the year: spring, summer, fall, and winter. Snaps in my garden planted more than a year ago (October 2016) continued to bloom underneath the snow that fell in December, and are in bloom today.

Hardy Cyclamen

While you may be expecting a big florist Cyclamen, hardy outdoor varieties like Cyclamen coum or C. hederifolium present a more delicate scale, 4–6 inches in height. Frequently scented, flowers emerge directly from the soil, and each small pink or white flower has swept-back petals resembling a dove. After a fall-winter period of bloom often lasting two months comes a carpet of gorgeous, patterned, mid- to dark green leaves attractively variegated with patterns in white or silver. As spring proceeds, the entire plant disappears to remain dormant until the next cold season. Try this unusual perennial but plant some chives or cloves of garlic nearby to deter the squirrels, chipmunks and voles that like to dine on the round, fleshy corm.

Winter Heath Winter heath and heather  are actually sub-shrubs that look like perennials and are known botanically

Algerian Iris Amazing because of its bloom time, Algerian iris forms a grassy clump of evergreen, sword-like foliage and produces sweetly-scented flowers from lavender to pinkish to dark purple in the depths of our coldest weather in January and February! I have had my clumps more than five years. It too needs really sharp drainage, again with sand, Permatill, and compost, or grown at the top of an incline or wall. It has the ungainly name of Iris unguicularis and if you EVER see this plant offered for sale, grab it! I’m anxiously waiting until Spring; how about you? Here’s a count-down calendar to make it go a little faster: howmanydaystill.com/its/spring-2040



Terry Fast, Chef Dave Fast, and the staff of Grub Gastro Pub.


GRUB IS THE WORD FOR 2018 smack in the middle of Roswell. This area of town, that runs parallel to Do you love to eat? Do you Canton Street, is ripe for a rebirth as love great food, warm the location across the street, formerly rooms, big smiles, local the Southern Skillet, is going to be brews and crafty cocktails? rebuilt with a mixed-use concept. The Are you with me? Perfect. view afforded from the grub gastro pub Then I got the place for you at the will be a great place to watch this area GRUB GASTRO PUB (all small caps!) grow. I can’t imagine a better thing to located at 1090 Alpharetta Street in exist right here, it is a great family Roswell in an old historic house. This place. Forget the culinary history of the spot is totally fantastic, comfortable, building, chef Fast is writing a new and features a stunningly creative book… heck the man is changing the menu designed by chef Dave Fast, a language. The menu is insane…the man noted for his former restaurant good type. Phish Phood. Fast dreamed up the whole Fast has reformed this location, ridiculously creative menu in one which has been home to a couple of evening over three… or ten cocktails on failed concepts, and the ambiance is a beach. This is a menu I almost can’t comfy and inviting. But that has been describe or gush enough about. Let’s true in the past. What makes the grub just say it’s eclectic American. gastro pub stand out is the stove stud running the kitchen. Fast is simply a man who was born to cook so foodies all around take note. I first met chef Fast and his wonderful wife Terry about five years ago. I was absolutely agog at what he created at Phish Phood but terrified of the location and the name. As usual, location (in this case a horrible one) won the day and we lost chef Fast to a cheesy easy 9 to 5 corporate thing. Then a miracle happened in the form of his new location, which is Mudfish By Frank Mack


Country Fried Cordon Bleu First I’ll mention there is a full bar and plenty of culinary options to chose from. Fast’s menu runs the range of gastro pub burgers and wings, to sandwiches, salads and entrees. The nomenclature is from another world, as you’ll marvel at items like the Mud Fish Fondue or the Country Fried Cordon Bleu. I’m going to end up with half a dozen favorites. And then he’ll get bored and reinvent it anyway. The long-term promise of this family team is just out of sight. I’ve had seven different meals in just three days so far. I’m a critic, not an idiot. If I go back and back and back that should tell you plenty. Some highlights have been the Cozzie, which is steamed P.E.I mussels finished in an anisette cream broth. The Country Fried Cordon Blue is happiness on a plate that features buttermilk biscuits, fresh chicken and more love than a momma gives to a baby. Other goodies are the Shrimp and Grits, which I’m putting up as the best in town and the El Cerdo which is a smoked pig butt served with a side of gordo gringo salsa. Who thinks like this? Who looks at ingredients and dreams up these combinations that I have not seen in 60 years of restaurant experience? It appears a man on a beach with a couple cocktails and the girl he loves, that’s who. Chef Fast is an artist born to create with pots, pans, knives, and stove. I am flat out

impressed and grateful that we have him back doing double shifts in his own place. A place everyone can enjoy his talent. Overall the grub gastro pub is downright inexpensive. It was born to be a Roswell classic and a favorite watering hole for all. The surrounding shops and eateries are changing fast. When the bulldozers hit the Southern Skillet location Roswell will change, and change for the better. So please, to the powers that be, build a walkable bridge over that highway. Sew the two sides of Roswell together. Pretty please with au jus on it ;) Here’s something I rarely say. The take out is really well done, which is really important and good to know. I tried the Salmon BLT and got rave reviews from a very discerning lady. Every step the execution was perfect. The Orzo Salad killed as well. I’ve got a happy home, got to love it. Its up to us to make the grub gastro pub a part of us. I’m laying claim to a spot in a corner. I guarantee you’ll be seeing me there. Good grub, what’s not to love about that? Enjoy, and, happy New Year! ❍





savings, with no extra requirements, is also something to keep in By Tricia Morris mind. Being that these are the community pages, I felt it “This recognition is right to start with a community story that reaches an honor because we’ve everywhere we cover. Renasant Bank, which just made it our mission to opened a new branch in East Cobb on Johnson understand each Ferry Road to go with others already in Roswell market, from the needs and Alpharetta, has been named as Georgia’s top of individuals, families, bank in Time magazine’s Money.com list of “The and businesses who Best Bank in Every U.S. State.” make up the communiThe premise of the ranking was to provide a ties we serve,” said nationwide guide to the best local banks in all 50 Renasant Director of John Oxford, states. The business of your banking is getting Marketing, John Renasant Director of Marketing trickier and if you are not paying attention your Oxford. “We strive to bank may be hitting you with punitive fees and if offer nationally competitive product benefits while you are paying fees then perhaps you should delivering our high-touch, community-bank switch. According to the survey you could save an service, and this recognition validates our commitaverage of $142 per year and in all honesty, a “local” ment to our culture of first understanding and then bank just seems right. meeting the needs of our clients.” Renasant won the award by offering generous If you would like more info on the bank see their rates (0.76% if you meet requirements) on ad on page 2 and yes, our company uses them so checking—higher than what’s paid on many other from our publishers I can say this is a company enbanks savings accounts. Their 0.26% rate on dorsement!


ROSWELL/EAST COBB In neighborhood news, Salata, the new restaurant going in the former Uncle Maddio’s location in Providence Square on Roswell Road in East Cobb, is slated to open early this year. Salata’s is a health-focused restaurant that encourages and guides their guests toward body wellness through nutrient-rich foods with an array of lettuces, vegetables, fruits, cheeses, seeds, nuts, chicken, seafood, and vegan proteins. All dressings, soups, and sauces are house-made and preservative-free, solidifying Salata’s holistic commitment to health. The Chattahoochee Nature Center has their “Service Day” on Jan. 15. Guests will help restore the grounds woodlands and wetlands. You will remove invasive plants in and around the 127 acres to encourage native plant restoration. Registration is required so reserve your spot early. The 30th Annual Polar Bear Run will be Jan. 27. Sponsored by the Johnson Ferry Baptist Church, this 5K always a good crowd and has become a family event. In addition to the 5K there is a 2K and a Cub Run. The race is now a Peachtree Qualifier and benefits the high school music

There Are 2 Kinds Of People…


By Ann-Marie Giglio

There are two kinds of people, those who are aging… and those who are decaying. That’s what I’ve learned in 10 years of education in the health and Ann-Marie Giglio fitness field. When I read this rabbi’s prayer, I knew I had found my mantra: Let me not die while I’m still alive. Indeed, how can we be alive in the best possible way? Everything came together when I began studying the neurology of our brains. That’s where nearly all fitness programs fall short, they ignore the totality of the brain’s role in our lives. The brain is a predictive system aimed at one thing, survival. And honestly, that’s why I’m in the business of aging, not decaying. To make predictions and decisions, the brain uses the 3 systems of perception, or if you will, data input, of vision, balance, and movement. How important is this process? In short, it’s everything! When the brain can’t predict accurately because input is corrupt or it doesn’t match the expectation, it stops us from doing things. It freezes

muscles, or sends us messages in the form of pain, weakness, fatigue, nausea, vertigo, migraines, dizziness, tension, inflexibility—ever had any of these? Sometimes the brain can’t predict because joints are jammed maybe from an overload of exercise or it could be a broken balance system or even the loss of some aspect of vision. As it turns out, we do not see with our eyes, rather we see with our brains. And vision takes up the largest amount of real estate in our brains—it’s THAT important to our predictive

ability, i.e. our survival. Eyesight isn’t what’s seen, it’s understanding what is seen. And because our vision controls up to 70% of our postural activities, if any aspect of eyesight is unclear, it affects movement somewhere, somehow. The good news is we can improve all of these systems and we can also train their integration. This makes the brain’s output, and therefore the body’s output, clear and strong, which is how I avoid dying while I’m still alive. It turns out, aging or decaying is a choice. CoreMatters is not like any other gym. We use education to help our clients age well. We train the brain, which in turn trains the body. We’re in the business of aging, not decaying. If that sounds like a place you’d like to spend some time in 2018, please call us and schedule your free CoreMatters consultation today! 1144 Canton Street CoreMatters is located in Historic Roswell at 1144 Suite 104 Canton Street. Visit our site at Roswell, GA 30075 www.ourcorematters.com or 404-435-6367 call 404-435-6367. www.ourcorematters.com

to end the cycle of youth homelessness. One of Odyssey’s partners, Robert 29 Fezza, volunteers with the organization serving both as a mentor for an at-risk youth at Roswell High School and as a team member walking the streets of Atlanta reaching out to and helping homeless youth. Odyssey is humbled by the support their clients have shown for their Annual Holiday Outreach as the cumulative giving over the last 13 years exceeds $31,000. You can help too. Check out their website standupforkids.org.


From left: Steve Siders, Dr. Robert Shaw (Principal, Roswell HS), Valerie Rogers (School Social Worker, Roswell HS), Robert Fezza, Jan Ingersoll, Anne Simpson, and Janeen Blecker.

Odyssey Personal Financial Advisors, in partnership with their generous clients, provided gift cards and cash donations totaling $3,195 in support of Stand Up for Kids through Odyssey’s 13th Annual Holiday Outreach. Stand Up for Kids is a national non-profit based here in Atlanta, GA with a mission

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My Salon Suite, the nation’s leading upscale salon suite franchise, provides local salon professionals the opportunity to own their own salon and be their own boss without the typical  risks and costs of starting a new business.“My Salon Suite provides a salon experience like no other,” stated Vic Tenuto, franchise owner. “Our salon owners provide a one-of-a-kind experience for clients as they enjoy an exciting entrepreneurial experience to celebrate their craft. It is truly a winwin scenario.” Unlike  traditional salons, a My Salon Suite owner  has their own suite, giving clients the luxury of exclusivity and privacy. The beauty professionals also benefit from the synergy gained from working in close proximity to other salon owners, where they still have opportunities to laugh, learn, and grow as a community. The My Suite in Roswell is truly a onestop shop for all your beauty needs, offering an array of services for a wide variety of beauty needs. They offer: Master Hair Design, Color, Cuts, Styling, Natural Hair Extensions, Braiding, Facials, Waxing, Brows,

Johns Creek City Council Member Cori Davenport has donated her entire four-year salary to the Johns Creek Public Safety foundation. As a result, the Johns Creek Public Safety Foundation, which is a non-profit organization that supports Johns Creek police officers and firefighters in their time of need, will receive $60,000. This also marks the largest single donation the organization has received in its 9-year history. Now if only our national leaders would follow this example we would be in a better place! Act1 Theater in Alpharetta has a new agreement with the City of Alpharetta to provide performances and classes in conjunction with the Cori Davenport, Parks and Recreation Department. For its 20 years Johns Creek City Council Member the all-volunteer group has staged a multitude of performances, which include Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and It’s a Wonderful Life. ❍


mission trip participants. So lace up those shoes and get running. Is your new years resolution to be more mindful for 2018? If so, East Cobb Yoga and Mindfulness in Olde Towne Athletic Club off Johnson Ferry, is offering an eight-week course beginning Jan. 17. Learn how to manage anxiety and stress, life balance skills and be more happy and grounded.

Standing: Jewel Brown (Hair by Jewel); Michelle DeAngelis (Paradox Salon); Tiffany Lillie (Hair by Tiffany); Sitting: Lily Mai (Lily Mai Salon); Paula Ashley (Hair Styles by Paula)

Lashes, Make Up, and Micro-Blading to name a few. They are located at 1570 Holcomb Bridge Road in the beautifully renovated Connexion Center in East Roswell, which offers top dining and specialty retail with an abundance of parking. New clients that want to treat themselves to this new salon experience just need to visit mysalonsuite.com/roswell  to choose their salon professional and

book their next appointment! If you are a local salon professional interested in renting a My Salon Suite call 770-580-3914 to arrange a tour. ❍

My Salon Suite 1570 Holcomb Bridge Road 770-580-3914 MySalonSuite.com/roswell






Roswell is home to many of the region’s best restaurants. The culinary business has meant big business to the city and has been responsible for the transformation of Canton Street in the historic district. And as a means to celebrate the business of food, Roswell Restaurant Week presented by Roswell Inc, will return running Jan. 22 through 31. “Roswell has one of the largest concentrations of independent, familyowned, or chef-driven restaurants in the Metro Atlanta area, which really is a testament to the character of the restaurant industry in our city” said Carisa Turner, Dir. Of Communications for Roswell Inc. “We pride ourselves in having unique, innovative, locally-owned dining experiences that make you feel both connected to the restaurants you visit and invested in the community.” This year’s event includes 32 participating restaurants from around the city, all of which will present specialized prix fixe menus featuring signature favorites as well as original specialties. New to the event in 2018 is the option

for restaurants to include a drink pairing as an add-on menu choice. “Our restaurant community is at the very heart of one of our top five industries in the city—food and hospitality,” said Steve Stroud, executive director of Roswell Inc. “This event is designed to support and strengthen this industry by showcasing all the unique dining options we have in Roswell, while inviting both locals and newcomers to experience Steve Stroud, our city’s flourishing culinary scene.” executive director of Roswell Inc. The business of food is big in Roswell that has numerous well-reviewed establishments gaining regional attention such as Table and Main on Canton Street. “The restaurant industry in Roswell employs approximately 5,500 people, which is one of our largest industries by number of employees,” Turner stated. “Our restaurant community is at the heart of one of our largest industries in Roswell—hospitality. One of the reasons Roswell Restaurant Week and its sister event, Summer Sippin’, were created was to drive engagement with our restaurants and continue building that industry.” 

Clockwise, from top left: Osteria Mattone, Adele’s On Canton, C&S Chowder House, Foundation Social Eatery

This event represents a great opportunity to get out and explore many excellent dining options. Participating restaurants include: 1920 Tavern, Adele’s On Canton, bistroVG, C&S Chowder House, Ceviche, Circle Noodle, Crabapple Tavern, di Paolo, El Porton, Flippin’ Pizza, Foundation Social Eatery, HOLA! Taqueria & Bar, Houck’s Grill, Hugo’s Oyster Bar, India Chef, Ippolito’s Neighborhood Italian, Lazaro’s Cuban Cuisine, Marlow’s Tavern, Monkey 68, Monterrey Mexican Restaurant, Osteria Mattone, Peach & the Porkchop, Pizzeria Lucca, Plum Cafe, PURE Taqueria, Stoney River Steakhouse & Grill, Table & Main, Taqueria Tsunami, The Big Ketch, The Mill Kitchen and Bar, VIN25, and Your Pie. For more info on the event and specifics on participating restaurants visit www.roswellrw.com.




SIMPLICITY of Eating Right

Words and photos by Frank Mack

I will admit that I have not eaten it all, but it is not for lack of trying. Some 60 years ago, my life began in the Midwest just outside of Chicago, right smack dab in the middle of America’s breadbasket. I was born into a restaurant family supported by fine dining and a very full bar. That environment provided a high standard of cooking equal to great food on any continent or any culture. To make it even more exceptional we had a 100-acre family farm that produced amazing things, which were eaten fresh when available and canned for winter months. The beef we ate came from the neighboring farm. So my food sources were within arm’s reach and that to me was normal but it did not stay that way forever.

The Simplicity Of Life

Brad and Kristen Tooman of Marietta at the grub gastro pub in Roswell. At left Brad has a corporate burger, at right Kristen has a fresh local burger. Easy choice right?

Life itself is pretty simple. While we’re not given an instruction manual, it’s pretty easy to figure out that eating healthy, getting simple regular exercise and treating people with kindness will lead to a long productive life. “Trust me, I know. I’m a dad. But I tell my patients that not everyone needs to run a marathon,” said Dr. Nathan Kaller, of WellStar Medical Group. “Just 30 to 60 minutes of activity… a walk around the neighborhood a few times a week can change your future.” Does that sound hard? All of those things are extremely doable for everyone reading this but practically none of us take the easy road. We make it hard on ourselves and this is the time of year we see a multitude of articles on “eating fresh,” “exercising right,” blah, blah, blah. Our old notions of dieting have gone bye-bye. Obsession with calorie counting is out and we’re moving to Dr. Nathan Kaller, of WellStar Medical Group a greater “lifestyle” approach. This isn’t just about eating right it is also about doing right. The way I was raised was just normal to me, it was never preached as a way of life, it was just


life. I’m not claiming this to be research but rather firsthand testimony. I’ve seen our food patterns come full circle. I witnessed the birth of fast food and the very first frozen dinners. Now doing the right thing, eating wise, is a choice—something we have to work on. Let’s just not make it so hard. Most of the food served by our major corporations is downright bad. My hometown had one of the first McDonald’s right on the main drag. I remember it fondly and I also remember a huge difference… the experience today is nothing like it was back then. I know everyone picks on McDonald’s but they’re the standard bearer for corporate food and to be clear they are all the same. I confess though, I raised kids on chicken nuggets, grease, and fries. So that makes me a sinner too. Our grocery stores can tell the same story as our corporate restaurants. Over time they grew and became obsessed with structure and scale of growth while forgetting about the quality of product of the shelves. Once small local businesses selling mainly locally fresh food turned into 10,000 square foot behemoths packed full of mostly junk. Look at the rise of disease and obesity running parallel to corporate food growth. Simple choices at the market can be transformative. There is now a body of evidence that fats—especially those from whole foods such as nuts, seeds, avocado and fish and healthy oils— are good for our nutritional well-being, benefiting our heart health, blood sugar, and weight, to name a few. “When it comes to what we eat, if it’s a plant, eat it! If a box claims it comes from a plant, better to leave it on the shelf. Things in boxes are usually pretty highly processed and don’t help us reach our health goals,” said Dr. Kaller. “I like to recommend the Mediterranean diet. It consists of heavy vegetables, fruits, nuts, moderate protein, like seafood, and good fats. Eating this way lowers our chances of heart attack, diabetes and more.” See it’s not just me.

Local farmers markets, like the Roswell Farmers and Artisans Market, offer great opportunities to eat local and eat fresh.

Spreading Good Food Karma Things are cycling back to fresh these days. Our culinary lexicon is filled with buzzwords like “farm-to-table,” “organic,” “non-GMO”—you get it. Now to some degree this marketing is getting rather silly but we do have a multitude of choices and the right choice in eating is becoming easier by the day. So let’s do 2018 the easy way. Look for local. If it’s Georgia grown it means you just got healthier and it benefits a neighbor who tills the soil for a living. I’ll call it good food karma, and it’s all around. We’re surrounded by food co-ops and local farmer’s markets and for many of you they are even within walking distance. They need our support to survive. They literally represent a new era of small business… I mean how much smaller can you get than a stall at a market. That’s a biblical era business model folks. Continues on next page

Steve Whitmire, a local cattle farmer, settles down for a meal at Greenwood’s on Green Street in Roswell.

Simplicity, continued from previous page

Even beyond the farmers markets Erica Coady, of Martin’s Garden in Roswell, at we have a multitude of options in growork in the fields with a little help from a friend. cery buying. No longer do just one or

So we need not turn into some vegan robots. You can eat good bad food. I did mention I was a sinner, right?

two stores dominate us but rather we have a multitude of options each with varying models. But to be clear, there are good options out there. This reasoning also applies to our restaurant industry. We have choices and there are very clear differences. If you look around you’ll see a generational difference in today’s restaurant industry. We have a new generation of very talented folks doing downright brilliant things with food. They are giving us options. These are restaurateurs like Ryan Pernice of Table and Main, Mel Toledo at Foundation Social Eatery, Micah and Katie Pfister of The Butcher, The Baker... I could go on and on but the simple point is these places are locally owned and at every turn they try to source as much local food as possible. The shorter the distribution points to the restaurant the fresher the food. Simple. Not all is generational mind you. A guy like Bill Greenwood, featured on the cover, is the king of local restaurateurs. He has been doing fresh for decades at Greenwood’s on Green Street in Roswell. The man has a garden on the side of his restaurant. His model is not farm-to-table it’s almost literally table-in-garden.

Let me also point out that this is not just about eating lots of fresh fruits and veggies. Mr. Greenwood serves some wicked good fried chicken and there are a multitude of fantastic burgers around. Many of which are made from cattle just a stone’s throw away. Indulge on occasion but indulge right. A fresh burger from a local place like Table and Main represents a huge difference from a place with a drive through. So we need not turn into some vegan robots. You can eat good bad food. I did mention I was a sinner, right? What I’m preaching here is not new and I’m sure you’ve heard it before but have you acted on it? Let’s make 2018 about completing the circle of food. Local is better, the right choices have never been easier. This new food era is more than a blessing so lets be as thankful as possible and take advantage of these choices. We have evolved by making smart ones; let’s not reverse that trend. I would like to wish you all the happiest New Year and my resolution this year is to live simple and fresh. I’m also going to keep nagging about it! ❍

Chef Woody Back, of Table and Main in Roswell, prepares a burger with beef from Brasstown Beef.

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