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Atlanta Ice Cream Festival

Summer Sippin’

July 22 The Atlanta Ice Cream Festival was founded in 2010 to highlight America’s Favorite Dessert—ICE CREAM, but also includes a variety of health and wellness engagement activities, fitness routines, food and non-food vendors, live local musical entertainment and even a morning 5k Fight Cancer Walk. Come enjoy America’s favorite dessert, BUT also be ready to enhance your mind on maintaining a well-balanced lifestyle all year long.


Butterfly Encounter

Through July 31 Chattahoochee Nature Center Tired of people telling you to Through July 31 vote? Well Roswell INC has something more fun than politicians to vote on… your favorite drink! Throughout the month of July you’re encouraged to visit the 25 restaurants in Roswell participating in the Summer Sippin’ event to judge the best The Comfortable Chair drink in Roswell. For a list of Store (30 E. Crossville Rd.) participating restaurants and to download the app visit in Roswell is celebrating their 25th Anniversary and www.summersippin.com. new, larger showroom with a ribbon cutting ceremony on SPECIAL EVENT! July 21.

This special outdoor exhibit is open every day through July 31. Get up close and personal with hundreds of native butterflies surrounded by colorful nectar plants. Photo opportunities abound, be sure to bring your camera. On July 9 there is a special Breakfast With Butterflies, which is a family-friendly morning with exclusive access to the butterfly encounter where you can enjoy a light breakfast, experience several species of butterflies in CNC’s Butterfly Encounter tent and explore the grounds prior to opening. Additionally, on July 23 join Atlanta based nature photographer Eric Bowles for a workshop to help you to make better photographs of butterflies and other garden subjects. You’ll have private access to the Butterfly Encounter and the butterfly garden. For specific times and prices visit www.chattnaturecenter.org.






Family Circus Extravaganza

July 29


Movies Under The Stars

July 15 The City of Roswell features an outdoor movie program called Under The Stars and in July you can see Finding Dory while taking in the beautiful outdoors. It is held at Riverside Park in Roswell so bring a picnic along with your lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy an evening under the stars, filled with great music, playground fun, and a family movie. Finding Dory is about the friendly but forgetful blue tang fish, Dory, who begins a search for her long-lost parents, and everyone learns a few things about the real meaning of family along the way. There is no admission and food and drinks may be purchased at the concession stand.

This action packed circus themed family show will feature comedy, silliness and a little danger with extreme juggling, acrobatics, unicyclist, a flying aerialist and much, much more. The finale with Scrappy the trick dog never disappoints. This circus is produced by Bravo Shows who focus on creating original programs that push the limits of what is conventional in the entertainment industry by gathering the most unique cast of talent. Expect a fun time for the whole family and hey with Ringling Brothers gone this give you a chance to show your kids a real circus. This is held at the Earl Stand Theater on the Marietta Square. For info and tickets visit www.earlstrand.org. >JUST CHILL

Piano Bar Nights

July 14 The Lumière Lounge on the Marietta Square offers the perfect setting for some old school entertainment. Relax as you sink into a plush couch or join a friend at a café table, the modern world seems to drift away as classic silent films quietly flicker in the background while a live pianist plays. The Lumière Lounge’s much-lauded specialty cocktail menu and live pianist create a perfectly intimate setting for a date night cocktail. Lumière is held on the second floor lounge Friday and Saturday nights from 7-11pm. Also it you’re into comedy stop by on Wednesday nights to enjoy The Strand’s Open Mic Comedy Night: Show Up, Go Up. David Roper hosts this new avenue for local comedians to try new material and connect. Comedians only have to show up to go up, no audition or screening required. Due to the off-the-cuff nature of comedy, this event is 21 and over.


July 14 thru 16 The 9th annual Atlanta Braves Youth Baseball Classic will bring together young baseball teams from across the Southeast to compete in a round robin/bracket style tournament at Wills Park in Alpharetta on July 14–16. Teams come from all across the Southeast to compete for the Tomahawk Trophy in their respective age divisions. This year, games will also be played at Webb Bridge Park to allow more teams to participate.


Classic concerts

July 16,19 & 23 The month of July has a couple of opportunities to revisit some old rock and roll with a trio of concerts at Verizon Amphitheatre. On the 16th, Steve Miller Band hits the stage with Peter Frampton. Both Miller and Frampton are 70s icons that produced numerous hits. Just 3 days later, Boston hits the stage with Joan Jett and the Blackhearts on the 19th. Little odd pairing, but Boston had many big tunes and Joan Jett is an understated pioneer as a woman who truly rocks and never received the credit for being a trailblazer. And lastly on the 23rd, Styx and REO Speedwagon will take you through their catalog of hits from the late 70s and early 80s. Take the kids…show them what life was like pre Justin Bieber. Tickets and show times are available at vzwamp.com. >>YOUNG TALENT

Daniel Hardin in concert

July 28

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Since the age of eight, Daniel Hardin, from Cumming, has been passionately playing the guitar, with roots in a diverse range of acoustic and electric blues and rock. Influenced by such artists as Joe Bonamassa, Gary Clark Jr., John Mayer, and The Foo Fighters, he has brought a new musical perspective to songwriting, fusing tasteful melodies to irresistible grooves to form his unique spin on the blues and rock genre. All of this can be heard on his recently released self-titled debut album. At 17 years of age and having been on stage at such places as The Bitter End in New York City and B.B. King’s Blues Club in Nashville, Hardin is quickly becoming someone to look out for in the new rock and blues scene. You can catch this rising star up close and personal at The Velvet Note in Alpharetta on the 28th. For tickets and info visit www.thevelvetnote.com.


Atlanta Braves Youth Baseball Classic



JULY IS THE MONTH OF FREEDOM Dive Georgia is an open water quarry in White, Georgia.


come by but it’s well worth your time. July is of course the time we Also, on a sporting front, we now celebrate our country by lighting firehave a major league baseball team, works and in my case burning food on kind of sort of, in our backyard. The a grill. My poor culinary skills aside Braves’ new home stadium, SunTrust July is a good month to take a halfPark, is gaining good reviews and in time break on 2017 and relax. Soon future issues we’ll be looking at school will be back, yes that hits next potential impacts on our month, so lets enjoy the weeks left neighborhoods. Developers for some that give us lighter traffic and an easbig “gateway” projects are already ier pace to life. looking at the west side of East Cobb. Normally we don’t touch on sports But I digress; lets see what else is up here but I have to say I’ve thoroughly in July. enjoyed having a Major League Hey look more sports! Tennis is Soccer team in Atlanta. My family huge in Atlanta as a participation has gone to the first few matches and sport, but on the pro side there has I can’t state enough what a unique been trouble getting a signature event cultural experience it is. Atlanta here. The BB&T Atlanta Open, howUnited is presently playing at Georgia ever, looks to change all of that with Tech’s Bobby Dodd stadium and will an ATP World Tour event held July soon move into the new Mercedes 22-30 at Atlantic Station in Atlanta. Benz stadium with their sister team This is the first event in the seventhe Atlanta Falcons. United has a tournament series leading up to the home match on July 29, which will be US Open. Top American players Jack their last home appearance before Sock (world ranking #18), John Isner opening the new stadium on (world ranking #21) and the Bryan September 10. Tickets are hard to Brothers (former world ranking #1) By Tripp Liles

Below: Atlanta United is presently playing at Georgia Tech’s Bobby Dodd stadium and will move into the new Mercedes Benz stadium in September.

will play a mix of young upstarts and current ATP World Tour top40 players for the 2017 BB&T Atlanta Open title. See page 21 of this issue for more on the Open. Finding a place to cool off is always a summer chore and Lake Lanier offers some cool entertainment offerings. Most folks think hitting the beach or doing dome scuba diving requires a plane trip. Not so fast. Lanier World on Lake Lanier in Buford has white sandy beaches, a dozen water slides and the largest wave Riding one of the dozen water slides at Lanier World pool in Georgia. This is a great way to spend the day on a mini staycation. Beyond the water options, Lake Lanier has dive-in family movies, live entertainment daily, and several amusement rides. This is great if you have kids and it’s just a short drive. For more info visit www.lanierislands.com. If scuba diving is your thing or perhaps something on your bucket list, then Dive Georgia has the perfect experience for you with their open water quarry. This is the only recreational water diving resort in Georgia. Dive Georgia offers lessons and rental equipment. It’s located at 801 Old Tennessee Highway in White, Georgia. Visit www.divegeorgia.com. Lastly on the waterfront, no pun intended, the City of Alpharetta will be closing their popular pool at Wills Park on August 1 for a major renovation project. Just in time for the hottest month of the year! For backup the Roswell Area Park pool is still open. Don’t forget to visit our site www. thecurrenthub.com for more info on events and activities in our area. ❍


Left: Top American player Jack Sock will play a mix of young upstarts and current ATP World Tour top-40 players for the 2017 BB&T Atlanta Open title.






Meaningful Conversations about Money By Robert Fezza and Steve Siders

It’s peak season for vacationing, and many of you already have or will be heading to the beach or mountains this summer. It’s what we do when it’s hot in HOTlanta. But here’s the question: Are any of you considering the purchase of a vacation home? It sounds good but first let’s review a few of the myths that may trick you into wanting the perfect vacation home: ✦ The rental income will cover the mortgage and expenses each month. ✦ It’s the perfect time to buy. ✦ How hard can it be to manage the property from afar? ✦ It’s a great investment opportunity. ✦ I’ll use it myself. Really, I will. If you can afford a vacation home as a second home for personal use only, then sure, go for it! But even in this situation there are financial and nonfinancial issues to consider. Besides the obvious purchase price and mortgage obstacles there are other expenses including: utilities, property taxes, insurance, regular maintenance and repairs, not to mention the possibility of HOA fees. There are income tax implications as well. If these ongoing

expenses don’t cause you to bat an eye, then you can probably afford this luxury. On the other hand, a second home may not be affordable for personal use only, so you may think it would be a good investment opportunity. As we have heard some say: “Buy a vacation home and rent it to others so they pay the mortgage and utility bills each month.” This too can work, if you can afford the additional expenses, time obligations, and headaches related to a rental. Remember, you will be dealing with unique individuals who paid top-dollar (you hope) to stay in your place. They’ll have high expectations for a great experience. You may want to proceed, but there is one last

thing you must wrestle with—do you and your family truly want to vacation at the same spot time and time again? Emotions have a way of clouding our judgement when everyone is enjoying the moment, but this is a serious consideration. Maybe it’s worth waiting until you are back home a month or two, back to the daily grind, before you make the snap decision to make the offer to buy. A vacation home may be right for you, but just like any significant purchase you make, you need to know what you are getting into. Ask questions, get educated, have meaningful conversations, and be very clear about the risks vs. rewards. Then, make your decision with your eyes wide-open. We wish everyone a fun and adventurous summer vacation season! 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. 770992-4444, www.odysseypfa.com. Securities offered through Cetera Financial Specialists LLC, member FINRA/SIPC.


There have been two major issues flying around our neighborhoods the past few months. All of those election signs and the saga of the Fulton County property tax increase. Thankfully, for all of us, both of those sagas are over… for now. Fulton County decided to use last years’ numbers to calculate rates this year but that only delays the inevitable. Ultimately for homeowners everywhere in the area we have to get used to higher home prices. We’ve been reporting for sometime now about how home prices are rising at a very high rate and ultimately it will lead to more money paid in taxes. There are obviously flaws in the tax system that need to be addressed. I say this only to underscore the fact that our homes are a major investment and should be treated as such. On that note I can say that prices are still going up in our area due to old-fashioned supply and demand. In May there was a 2 percent rise in the number of closed transactions in Atlanta residential properties from the previous year and a 16 percent increase over the previous month. The average median price in the metro area is up and continually moving in that direction, months of inventory is still low, and days on market is down by 5 says over this time last year. All of this is happening even though the feds are nudging the interest rates higher ever so slowly, which is not affecting our market in the least. Want to see some real examples of growth in our area? The historic district in Roswell has some interesting developments.

On Norcross Street, leading to Roswell City Hall, homes line the streets that were built in the mid-60s. This area of Roswell has really seen a high rise in property values for the first time in decades due to the growth of the historic area. In 2014 a home was purchased on Norcross for $100k and instead of new neighbors moving in bulldozers made way for a new home that is now finishing completion. That new home will be about three times the size and price of the previous home and those around it. This type of development is very common in urban areas where developers purchase property not for the structure but for the land use only. Though in that area home prices are now so high that purchase for land only is probably too expensive. For example, a home just down the street, on Tuxedo Court, a home was purchased in 2012 for just $125k now has a pending sale at $400k. There are numerous examples of these types of price hikes in the North Metro Atlanta area, so be aware folks, your homes are an investment. And right now, tax issues aside, they are good ones. ❍ 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.








s publisher, I get all kinds of people sending ideas for articles and recently I was introduced to the sounds of Tray Dahl & The Jugtime Ragband. Their sound is a trip down jazz memory lane that I have to tell you about. I lived in Los Angeles during the 90s and during that time there was a resurgence of swing jazz led by bands like Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and clubs like the Brown Derby. This was not only about the music—the musicians strived for authenticity by dressing the part as well. To me it was a refreshing change of pace from the then popular grunge

sound. Tray Dahl & The Jugtime Ragband reminds me of that vibe. In fall of 2011, Dahl began seeking out a tenor banjo to start learning some of the old tunes after her latest monthslong bout of listening to the Dixieland cassettes made for her by her grandfather in the 1990s. In 2012, she was gifted a tenor banjo and the rest, as they say, is history. She started learning her favorite songs while trying to find guys to play them with her. Many openmics and IPAs later, The Jugtime Ragband finally came together. Purists beware: Tray Dahl & The Jugtime Ragband is not jug band, ragtime, or Dixieland. Rather, it is an energetic amalgamation of all the popular styles of the 1920s and 30s, including jazz, a little blues, a bit of swing, a pinch old time gospel, and even classic show tunes—all immersed in an early 20th century New Orleans sound. Take that! “We get people’s feet stomping in a roaring twenties kind of way. Our sound has been described by many as speakeasy or prohibition era music. Our songs match the early New

Orleans jazz, blues instrumentation combo of tenor banjo and trumpet with upbeat Dixie land and swing tempos underlying a heavy dose of powerful 1920s inspired vocals stylistically akin to Bessie Smith, Clara Smith, and Louis Armstrong,” Dahl stated. “Our main influences include Louis Prima, Bix Beiderbecke, Louis Armstrong, and the Boswell Sisters. We play songs composed by some of the best songwriters from the early and mid-twentieth century alongside our original tunes, which are heavily influenced by their work. Our original songs are stories that take listeners back in time through the experiences of our main characters whose tales, so far, have taken place anywhere from the 1860s to 1930s,” Dahl continued. You can catch them in person on July 8 at the Blank Stage Acting Studios in Woodstock. This is a unique venue an offers a great chance to see some authentic history in action. The show starts at 8 p.m. To keep up with additional shows visit their site at www.jugtimeragband.com. ❍

MUSIC COOLS THE SUMMER MONTHS Ashleigh Smith plays the Velvet Note mid-July



By Cornelius Fusco


We’re spoiled in this area for good music. Not true you say? Well we have several gems in our midst that are to some hidden so let’s shed some light on a couple of my favorite places to see some fantastic artists up-close and personal. First and foremost is the Velvet Note in Alpharetta. This place is quickly gaining a national reputation and having been to places like the Catalina Club in Los Angeles or the Blue Note in New York I can say the Velvet Note is right up there. It is first and foremost a listening room. The acoustics have science behind them that goes over my head but let’s just say this place is a living room on steroids. It has a very intimate feel and provides a true connection to the musicians. In July they are celebrating their 5th Anniversary with several opportunities to see some great artists up close and personal. On the weekend of July 7 and 8 you can see The Noah Preminger Quartet. Preminger, just 30, has recorded numerous critically acclaimed albums and is steadily listed as one of the best tenor saxophonists by critics and readers on the annual Downbeat Poll. On the following weekend Velvet Note features award-winning songstress Ashleigh Smith to the stage. Raised in a nurturing, musically enriched household with her two sisters in LaGrange, Georgia, Smith seemed destined to become a musician. Before Smith won the 2014 Sarah Vaughan International Vocal Competition, she studied classical music at Georgia’s Columbus State University on a full-ride scholarship. This will be a great opportunity to see a vibrant young talent. On July 23 The Velvet Note has a special performance called The Consummate Steely Dan Summer Jam. Now beyond a cool name this night is a tribute to those two rock fusion legends Donald Fagan and Walter Becker, the founders of Steely Dan. These guys produced some of the best pop/rock/jazz fusion you’ll ever hear and even though they are well recognized, in my opinion it’s not enough. Their first five albums are pure genius and this annual event provides clear evidence. For those who disagree I’ll meet you in front early and we can debate. The Velvet Note is located at 4075 Old Milton Parkway in Alpharetta. Their website is www.thevelvetnote.com, there you can get show times and tickets. Another little gem is Matilda’s Cottage on Main Street in Alpharetta. Their music series is called Under The Pines and that could not be more apt. The concerts take place in an open setting and each week they feature some interesting acts of high quality. On July 15 they have The Mojo Dojo playing southern roots music including blues, jazz, and soul sounds, which originated at Stax/Volt and Hi Records in Memphis, Muscle Shoals and other soul hotspots. Greg Allman may be gone but his spirit lives with these guys. For a full list of shows check their site at www.matildasmusicvenue.com. ❍



East Cobb Fashion Student Designs With Purpose

By Tripp Liles


bout one in every eight women in the U.S. will develop invasive breast cancer during her lifetime. In 2017, over 250,000 new cases are expected to be diagnosed along with over 60,000 cases of non-invasive types. Point being someone you know will probably be stricken with breast cancer. “I was diagnosed with DCIS breast cancer two years ago,” said East Cobb businesswoman and Roswell resident Laura Moore. “I had no family history, no lumps, not even a thought I had cancer but then a mammogram changed my life. I can’t state strongly enough how important early screening is for all women.” I know this story first hand because Laura is my wife and we’re all very thankful she’s with us and in remission. Along the way it has been a journey for everyone in our family. There are amazing people and doctors you meet along the path to recovery and some people who devote themselves in selfless ways. One such person is East Cobb resident and University of Georgia student Yasmin Rahimi. Rahimi, a rising junior with a double major in Marketing and Fashion Merchandising, breaks the mold of the typical millennial meme. In 2013, she launched a fashion show called Couture for Charity to raise funds and awareness for breast cancer. “I’ve always been in love with creating things, till the age of nine, I wanted to be an architect and was constantly sketching homes. Once I moved to Boston I feel in love with designing clothing and took a sewing class when I was 11,” said Rahimi. She got the idea of staging a fashion show due to the struggles of a family friend with breast cancer. “Back in 2013, the idea of Couture for Charity came to me when I thought of my family’s dear friend who had been battling breast cancer for nearly


Yasmin Rahimi launched a fashion show called Couture for Charity to raise funds and awareness for breast cancer.

2017 Couture for Charity Roswell Historic Cottage Sunday, July 30 2 p.m.

experience. This year her goal is to more than double that tally by hitting the $30,000 mark. There is a lot of work that goes into the show. Rahimi designs the dresses for the show with models from Ursula Wiedmann Models and SALT Model agency. She stresses the importance of teamwork in the process of achieving success. “Couture for Charity would not be what is it today if it weren’t for the unconditional support from my parents. I have an incredible foundation of support from amazing family, friends and members from our community!” Rahimi said. One she graduates from UGA Rahimi hopes to put her degree and passion to work full time. “I’m currently double majoring in Fashion Merchandising and Marketing at UGA. I hope to Yasmin Rahimi is a rising junior with a double major in Marketing one day have my own company that continues to and Fashion Merchandising at UGA. work through Couture for Charity. This organization means everything to me, combining the two things I years. Her fight against this illness pushed my desire love most is something I see myself doing for a very to help raise awareness with community outreach long time,” said Rahimi. and funds for furthering research,” Rahimi stated. “I The 2017 Couture for Charity will be held at would always dream of bringing my designs to life. Roswell Historic Cottage on Sunday, July 30 at 2 Our family friend, Azar, fought breast cancer for nine p.m. For tickets visit their website at years and attended the show as our speaker in 2013.” www.coutureforcharity.com. In the inaugural year, Couture for Charity raised Remember ladies, get screened! ❍ over $12,000, which is amazing for a first time event produced by someone so young with little



presented by WellStar North Fulton Hospital

SUMMER FUN ON 2 WHEELS Jon-Paul Croom, president, WellStar North Fulton Hospital As we approach the middle of summer, you may be looking for something to fill the that time between swimming lessons and the fourth trip to the zoo. It could be time to dust off the old bicycle hanging in your garage and embark upon a two-wheeled family outing! Georgia has many bike trails, like Big Creek Greenway that connects part of North Fulton and Forsyth County, or the Atlanta Belt Line that runs throughout the city, linking neighborhoods, parks and restaurants. In addition, many of our roads have designated bicycle lanes. And, if you are truly committed, Georgia is also the home of many cycling events and races—some of them right here in North Fulton—that attract cyclists from all over the country. For those of us who are “sunny day cyclists,” below are a few safety tips to remember to keep you healthy, safe and out of the Emergency Department: handlebars. Carry books and • Wear a Properly Fitted Helmet. Protect your brain, save your other items in a bicycle carrier life (this applies to parents as or backpack. well!) • Watch for and Avoid Road • Adjust Your Bike to Fit. Stand Hazards. Be on the lookout for over your bicycle. If you use a hazards such as potholes, road bike, there should be 1 to 2 broken glass, gravel, puddles, inches between you and the top leaves, and dogs. All these tube (bar). If you’re on a mounhazards can cause a crash. tain bike, there should be 3 to 4 inches of space. The seat should • Avoid Riding at Night. It is far more dangerous to ride at night be level front to back. The seat than during the day because height should be adjusted to you are harder for others to see. allow a slight bend at the knee (Source: National Highway Traffic when the leg is fully extended. Safety Administration) The handlebar height should be at the same level with the seat. For those of us who prefer to • Check Your Equipment. Before remain on four wheels, we also need riding, inflate tires properly to be cognizant of our two-wheeled and check that your brakes cousins. In Georgia, motorists and work. cyclists share the road. Both have • See and Be Seen. Whether day- equal rights and responsibilities to time, dawn, dusk, foul weather, obey all traffic laws and should show or at night, you need to be seen respect to one another. by others. Always wear neon, So, grease up those chains and hit fluorescent, or other bright col- the roads and trails of Georgia. ors when riding day or night. Enjoy the time with your friends • Control Your Bike. Always ride and family, but most importantly, Be Safe! ❍ with at least one hand on the

WellStar North Fulton Hospital Community Calendar July–August 2017 SUPPORT GROUPS

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

Maternity Tours

Please join one of our Women’s Health nurses in the hospital atrium on Third Tuesday of every month, 6:30 p.m. alternating Tuesdays at 4 p.m. and Alzheimer’s Association Classroom C. This group is open to Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. for a guided anyone who has or will have an ostomy Caregiver Support Group tour of the Labor & Delivery suites, and any friends, family or supporters. Every Fourth Saturday, 10–11 a.m. Mother/ Baby Unit and the Neonatal They do not meet in the summer but Classroom C. Please join our monthly ICU. will resume September 19. Call John support group for caregivers and WellStar North Fulton Hospital Dorso at 678-694-8726 to register family members of individuals diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or related or to obtain more information. SPECIAL EVENT disorders. The support group offers a Stroke Support Group place to share information, support Free Skin Cancer Last Wednesday of each month from each other and learn about resources Screening 6:30 -7:30 p.m. ACE Dayroom. in your community. Call Christine at Thursday, August 10: Appointments Please join Stroke survivors, 404-786-3433 for more begin at 5:30 p.m. Free but caregivers, and families to share and information. support one another. The group is registration required. facilitated by the Stoke Program Do you have a suspicious looking COMMUNITY Coordinator and a Licensed Clinical spot on your body? Wear loose EDUCATION Social Worker. RSVP to Keisha C. clothing and have it checked by a Brown at 770-751-2631 or Babysitting Workshop keisha.brown@wellstar.org dermatologist. Saturday, 8/12/17, 10 a.m.–3 p.m. Look Good, Feel Better Teaches children ages 11–14 how to be Wednesday, 7/12 & 9/13; 10 a.m.–Noon responsible babysitters. Bring a doll or WellStar North Fulton Hospital stuffed animal and a sack lunch and A cosmetologist will discuss how to SPECIAL EVENT drink. $30 care for skin and hair to combat the appearance-related side effects of American Heart Association Personal Safety/ cancer treatment. Free make-up Self-Defense and skin care products are provided. Heartsaver CPR* Workshops for Kids Saturday 8/26/17 Call 1-800-227-2345 for location Sunday August 20, 2017 K-5th CPR course for the community. Adult and to register. and child CPR, 9 a.m.–Noon; $35 session 1-3 p.m. and teen girl session Epilepsy Support Group Adult, child and infant CPR, 9 3:30- 5:30 p.m. Third Wednesday of every month; 7-9 a.m.–1p.m.; $45 Join the child safety experts from p.m. Classrooms A/B. People with Revved Up Kids for a two-hour Diabetes Self-Management epilepsy as well as their family and workshop to teach your children Workshop care-providers are invited to attend how to recognize dangerous this support group. The meetings will Saturday, 7/8, 8/12, and 9/9 people, avoid unsafe situations, and The Diabetes Association of Atlanta provide time for attendees to share escape attackers. These workshops helpful information and resources (DAA) offers classes at WellStar include full-force self-defense from their own experiences. Please North Fulton Hospital to teach contact Tim for more information at diabetes self-management skills. Call tactics practice. For more 770-667-9363. information or to register, please Anna at 404-527-7180 for more call 678.526.3335 or visit information and to register. Lupus Support Group www.revvedupkids.org/classThird Sat. of every month, 11 a.m–1 p.m. Water Birth calendar Classroom C. Informal meetings to Thursdays 7/13, share experiences and learn from 7/27, 8/10, 8/24, others. Guest speakers occasionally All classes are held in the hospital class9/7, 9/21 present and we also participate in 7 p.m. rooms, unless otherwise indicated some Lupus Foundation events. Registration Contact Julie for more info 404-626*AHA Disclaimer: The American Heart required for 2394, couples desiring Association strongly promotes knowledge lupusgroup4roswell@gmail.com to learn about the and proficiency in BLS, ACLS, and PALS option of a water and has developed instructional materials Breast Cancer Support for this purpose. Use of these materials in birth delivery. Group an educational course does not represent Completion of First Thursday of every month, 10:30the class is required to be considered course sponsorship by the AHA, and any 11:30 a.m. Cope and connect with for water birth at WNFH. $30.00 per fees charged for such a course do not others who are facing the same represent income to the Association. struggles. Please call Sarah Bentley, couple

Ostomy Support Group





GIVE IT TO ME STRAIGHT WellStar North Fulton launches physician coaching program

Overuse of antibiotics will create a health crisis By Donna Haley, M.D., WellStar Physician

At just 8 months old, one of my children contracted an illness that left him severely dehydrated. That’s a scary moment for a mother, especially as a mother with a medical degree. It’s a common enough diagnosis for children and it’s something we can easily treat in the U.S. But sometimes, we use drugs, specifically antibiotics, when we don’t truly need them out of convenience. It’s become so common that bacteria are mutating and developing a resistance to antibiotics, which makes it much more difficult to treat. The bottom line—if we can’t use restraint when it comes to antibiotics, then we will likely end up in a situation where we aren’t able to fight the common or complex illnesses. Something that should scare parents and anyone in our community. But luckily there’s a fix, and we can all do something about it. It won’t be easy. But healthcare providers and patients can stop antibiotic resistance together. We can save lives together. First, how did we get to this point? Antibiotics started out as a game changer. When they were discovered and first mass produced 80 years ago, they were saving lives. Patients who were dying because of bacterial infections were suddenly treatable. When a bacterial infection broke out among the troops during World Word II, antibiotics saved the lives of countless soldiers in the 1940s. Throughout the years, people learned of their power. And we

demanded it. We didn’t stop at saving lives. We demanded antibiotics for everything. Even the common cold. But as our dependence has grown, we’ve exposed bacteria to antibiotics repeatedly. When that happens, they become resistant over time. Many infections are no longer responding to antibiotics. And if antibiotic resistance continues to spread, we will return to a time without antibiotics, a true health crisis for our community and for the world. But there’s a solution. Decrease the number of times bacteria is exposed to antibiotics. To do that, we decrease the number of times it’s prescribed. We save it for the serious illnesses. We only use when there’s no other option. What can you do? Patients and their physicians should discuss natural remedies and alternative prescriptions whenever possible. Even better, all of us can avoid the need for medicine by staying healthy. A healthy lifestyle of exercise and balanced eating keeps our immune systems strong and helps our bodies fight illnesses naturally. Vaccines, active handwashing, wiping cell phones with antibacterial wipes and sneezing into our elbows lowers the spread of the germs and keeps our bodies from having to fight them off. By being aware of the dangers of antibiotic resistance and the preventative measures we can take as a society, we’re giving power back to antibiotics. And we’re ensuring a better future for our children. One day, when I have grandchildren, I want them to have access to life-saving antibiotics if they need it. Don’t you? ❍

The Patient and Family Advisory Council is made up of community volunteers and team members.

WellStar North Fulton Hospital’s Patient and Family Advisory Council (PFAC) is helping improve patient experience at the hospital and collaborating with WellStar Health System to support initiatives that lead to better medical outcomes. Just recently the PFAC teamed up with WellStar’s Organizational Learning Department to create and implement a pilot coaching and training program for physicians. Part of their role was to share with physicians ideas on how to actively engage patients in their plan of care to help them shape the experience they receive at WellStar, according to Dr. Karim Godamunne, chief medical officer of WellStar North Fulton. “Providing an outstanding patient experience is essential to high quality care and to our System’s mission,” said Godamunne, who leads the PFAC. Susan Cook, a founding member of North Fulton’s PFAC, appreciates the active role the group has been allowed to play in multiple issues affecting patient care. In the case of the physician pilot program, PFAC members were trained on how to observe physician/patient interactions and offer feedback to the physicians. Through this, physicians are made aware of how they are perceived by patients in the areas of courtesy, respect, listening, giving medical explanations in ‘plain talk,’ and more. The trainer then meets with the physician and offers suggestions for improvement. The value in having a PFAC program is that its members provide non-biased input from different perspectives, which may help identify opportunities for improvement within the health system, and in turn, lead to better clinical outcomes and an improved patient experience. North Fulton’s PFAC is a true, functioning council with direct input into hospital initiatives. “These people all are volunteering their time, solely for the purpose of improving healthcare in their community, and we take their work very seriously,” said Dr. Godamunne. The group meets regularly and has identified key areas of focus, such as “patient and family engagement” and “hospital image,” among others. They get involved in diverse ways, like participating in discussions about ethics or acting as patients for training purposes as part of the physician coaching program. Continues on page 20 Additionally, the North Fulton PFAC is working to establish a

Nurses play a critical role in helping patients heal, both physically and emotionally. Across WellStar Health System, nurses are at the center of the not-for-profit’s mission to deliver worldclass healthcare to patients. WellStar North Fulton Hospital’s nurses and physicians who work to elevate the field of nursing were recently recognized at WellStar’s annual Excellence in Nursing award ceremony. “The nurses at WellStar North Fulton Hospital make it a pleasant place for patients to receive both compassionate and highly skilled care,” said Jon-Paul Croom, president of WellStar North Fulton Hospital. “It is a great honor to recognize Maggie, Heather, Ida, Linda and Dr. Anderson for their work in elevating the nursing profession.” The awards spanned five categories and nurses and physicians who actively support the nursing profession were recognized, including those listed below. During the ceremony, a total of 54 nurses and physicians spanning WellStar Health System were recognized.

Maggie Parkhouse, RN

Heather Childs, RN

Ida Smith, RN

Linda Farrow, RN

Hunt Anderson, M.D.

Maggie was awarded the 5Star Nurse award for her work in the Cardiac Catheterization Lab. She is instrumental in collecting and maintaining data for the National Cardiovascular Registry. Maggie collaborated with physicians and team members to develop tools to make the Cath Lab process more seamless and has increased the quality of care for patients.

Heather was awarded the Rising Star in Nursing award. Heather is bright, caring, receptive to feedback and a great team player. Her confidence grows daily and her maturity and attitude have not gone unnoticed. She works closely with her peers to ensure we are treating our patients with dignity and respect. Heather is devoted to patients and their families and strives to provide the best outcome to each individual.

Ida was awarded the Nightingale Nurse award for her work in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit department. Ida has been a nurse for 43 years. She is a loving and compassionate person who expects nothing but the best for her patients and their families. She assists and supports new initiatives on the unit and in the community and ensures patients and their families have the skills and support needed for a successful transition home.

Linda was awarded the Administrative Leadership and Management award for her work in the Labor and Delivery unit. Linda truly leads by example and encourages teamwork. She promotes independence but is always there to discuss any issue. Linda understands nursing and how to empower her team to best care for patients.

Dr. Anderson was awarded the Provider Partner in Excellence award. Dr. Anderson treats everyone with respect and dignity. He seeks their opinions and suggestions for treatment choices and improving patient care. Dr. Anderson takes the time to ensure that staff members know they performed well and how proud he is to be a part of their team.

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ALWAYS MOVING FORWARD WellStar patient regains mobility and independence himself. “He learned to use adaptive equipment with occupational therapy to overcome the weakness and sensory loss in his hands. He progressed with the assistance of his physical therapist on walking a distance of 150 feet with a walker and minimal assistance of one person,” said Dr. Harben. “It’s incredible what they did for me in three weeks. I worked hard, but I never thought I would get this far,” said Fernandez. “And the level of care… there’s great communication, everyone works as a team. My wife felt comfortable leaving me here. It has been an incredible experience.” For Tricia Needs, PT, interim director of Rehabilitation of WellStar North Fulton Hospital, the key to achieve a result like this is having a therapy and nursing team that is highly competent and passionate about the work they do. “The team members at North Fulton Rehab truly consider it a privilege to care for people like Mr. Fernandez and teach them how to care for themselves and how to walk again. There is a tremendous amount of teamwork here Road to Recovery After receiving intensive physical and and that is also so important in the treatment of our patients,” said Needs. occupational therapy he started to Fernandez went home after a 17-day regain mobility and learn to care for When he was admitted to WellStar North Fulton Hospital’s inpatient rehabilitation unit, Jose Fernandez depended on others to help him with daily tasks like getting dressed, shaving and tying his shoes. “I was almost quadriplegic. I couldn’t walk, couldn’t move my arms. Couldn’t do anything by myself. My wife had to feed me,” said Fernandez who works in sales and marketing. He had recently had spinal surgery and had significant upper and lower extremity weakness as well as a loss of sensation. He was able to walk only 5 feet with a moderate amount of assistance from two people and a walker, according to Alan Harben, M.D., Ph.D., medical director of Rehabilitation at WellStar North Fulton Hospital. But once he was admitted, things started to change quickly. “From the beginning we felt like everyone cared about us. There was ‘no two steps forward one step back,’ it was always moving forward,” recalled Fernandez.

Patients are treated though a highly collaborative approach at inpatient rehab, which includes specialists in multiple disciplines: Respiratory Therapists


Case Managers

Rehabilitation Nurses

Speech Language Pathologists

Physical Therapists

Is it right for me?

Jose Fernandez and his therapists Amy Jefferson (L) and Adriane Shapiro (R).

stay at the facility. The day he left he was able to get dressed, shave, and tie his shoelaces. And he had the confidence to continue his progress at home. “I feel totally prepared to go home. They gave me handouts, gave me bands… we worked through different scenarios and I feel confident I will continue to progress,” he said. ❍


History North Fulton launched the PFAC more than three years ago, with the goal of improving the patient experience. Working with the Georgia Hospital Association (GHA), North Fulton leaders developed a charter and a formal plan for the PFAC, as well as stringent guidelines for selection of PFAC members. Ultimately, eight community members and eight team members were selected and serve two- to threeyear terms on the PFAC. ❍

Occupational Therapists

Registered Dieticians

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chapel within the hospital. “It’s something that not only patients and their families need, but also the caregivers,” said Cook. “I believe the success of a community’s institutions— schools, government, hospitals—directly impacts the quality of life of the people living there,” she said.

Physiatrists/Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

WellStar North Fulton Team members kicked-off their fund raising efforts for the 2017 Metro Atlanta Heart Walk that will take place September 23 at the Georgia World Congress Center. All proceeds will benefit the American Heart Association. For more information or to join WellStar North Fulton’s team visit www.MetroAtlantaHeartWalk.org

Inpatient rehab is recommended for individuals who have suffered a stroke, brain injury, orthopedic injuries from an accident, neurologic diseases or those who have had long and complicated hospitalizations that result in significant weakness. “It is intensive rehab and the patients must require and be able to tolerate 3 hours of physical, occupational and speech therapy when it is necessary. There is 24-hour nursing care and the goal is to assist patients and their families to transition back home upon discharge,” explained Tricia Needs, PT, interim director of Rehabilitation of WellStar North Fulton Hospital.


Australian bad boy Nick Kyrgios will be a highlight at the BB&T Open July 22–30.



Professional tennis in the U.S. has had a spotty record in the past few decades. Since the 1970s and 80s, when Americans routinely dominated the sport, popularity has waned. One bright flame for the sport is its popularity here in Atlanta. The Atlanta Lawn Tennis Association (ALTA) is nationally recognized as one of the best recreational associations in the country and chances are you know someone who plays. But on the pro side, history is spotty. The first Atlanta ATP (Association of Tennis Professionals) tournament began in 1985, however, it only stayed for one more season and then moved to Orlando. The tournament returned to Atlanta from 1992-2001 and was played at the Atlanta Athletic Club in Johns Creek. Now, however, it is the BB&T Atlanta Open. This year the event runs from Sat., Jul. 22 through Sun., Jul. 30, at Atlantic Station, in Midtown Atlanta. The biggest change to the 2017 tournament was provided by fan feedback, and that input was incorporated into the new stadium design. The new design not only provides more shade and air-conditioned spaces, but more activation areas and activities for fans to be able to be part of the game. “This new stadium design provides

The new stadium provides shade and air-conditioned spaces plus activities for fans. our fans with what they have been asking for, a more intimate feel, more open space for better viewing angles and of course more shade,” said Eddie Gonzalez, Chief Business Officer and Tournament Director for BB&T Atlanta Open. “The men’s Final on Sunday, July 30th is scheduled for later in the day at 5 p.m. to also help address the summer heat.”     Also a first for the tournament, women will play during tournament week with Venus Williams and Genie Bouchard playing in a feature exhibition match Sunday evening, July 23.  The main tournament features men’s top world tennis players in singles and doubles competition. Approximately 40,000 fans are expected to attend the tournament, which features 10 of the top 50 players in the world including American Jack Sock and Australian bad boy Nick Kyrgios, who are in the top 20. For tickets and specific times visit www.bbtatlantaopen.com. ❍



LIFE… 50+ ( By Di Chapman

As I write this column, I’m totally crazed. Not that I’m not crazy every day of the week, we all know that, just because I’m me. But today, and for the last several weeks, I’m enduring renovations in our little slice of paradise, my husband’s castle, and the home we love here in Roswell—our 17-year-old townhouse.

Moving from Southern California we were delighted to find unique accoutrements here. With its veranda, crown molding, wainscoting, wood floors, and decorative doors we discovered that we love the feeling we have in this town. Unless you’re building a custom home in California, you’re lucky if you don’t have to pay extra for the plain pieces of between those jobs are those of us who have also If you like the sound of an wood they slap up as “doors.” Aesthetics are not a prichosen to do home renovations. Although my old tile floor being ority. husband and I are not planning to move any time demolished, a lovely This particular saga began last fall. Starting slowly, soon, it seems that all around us, folks are working (sarcasm) old tile shower instead of completely remaking our quite frankly being ripped to rubble, or a backsplash and counter on upgrades to prepare for selling, or giving their “not-so-well-laid-out-kitchen,” I settled for redoing property in the Historic District a facelift. The real being pried off, come on by. Our home is your certain parts and leaving others as they were. I knew perfect haunt right now. Besides, I’ll let you super- estate market is good. that a complete renovation would send me into orbit, And so the very nice men who are working on my vise the madness while I run screaming into the place come and go, depending on how many projects and I wasn’t sure I’d make it back. But I was kidding street. myself. The little bit I had redone sent me there anyYou might have noticed that the contractors in the they’ve got going. It’s a good time to be way. I flailed and kicked and descended into insanity in construction and I can’t help but wonder if I North Metro area and environs are visibly busy, to as the project dragged on from Labor Day into the say the least. And from what I understand from both shouldn’t change careers. Hmmm. Can I swing a end of October. My husband and I started wondering hammer and hit a nail? I would probably smash a of mine, it’s the same all over the state. They’re building new homes, townhomes, condos thumb and ruin my manicure. I haven’t done it since if our minor kitchen refurbishing would be I was a tree fort builder along side my brothers. and apartments everywhere, and sandwiched in completed by Thanksgiving.




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“You’ll be so happy when it’s done,” our friends, neighbors and family reassured us over and over as we bellyached to all. But when are these things done? We were skeptical. Yet, one day there it was, our kitchen project completed. Dang, everyone is a sage! We really were soooo happy. But of course that was just the beginning. Seeing the beauty of a new kitchen, however small the changes, set me to thinking about our circa 2000 master bath. “It’s crummy,” I told anyone who would listen. “It has to go.” Sure, it has served us well for our six years here. Sure, now I want to rip it out with my bare hands. Instead, I’ve done the reasonable thing and taken the dive into professional demolition, the kind that blasts your eardrums, and renders phone calls impossible except while hiding in closets. It keeps you on the run when contractors inevitably must ask you questions all day like, “Ah, Di, you’ve got an ant and cockroach infestation under your old shower tile. Do you want to take care of it?” Or, “Di, your pipe here needs to be replaced. Do you want us to fix that?” Or, “Di, this demo revealed that you have a split in the drywall that might require us to put a nail through your bedroom wall. Is that okay?” You can’t make these things up. Meanwhile, the cleanup process each night after the workers leave is a 45-minute project. As carefully as the

workmen are to minimize the amount of debris and dust they create, it goes everywhere, particularly throughout the bedroom and hallway. To top it off, occasionally Miss Kitty finds that we’ve forgotten to close the door to the bomb blast, and wanders through it, collecting cement dust on her paws. When she exits, her little paw prints deposit junk on her trek throughout the house. Yes, I’m covering the floors but to no avail. Every night I’m vacuuming and washing them. Perhaps I’m going overboard, but I’m not fond of walking through crud after a shower. Even after cleaning what I call “the trail” from front door to upstairs master, I’m still jumping around pulling pieces of whoknows-what off of the bottom of my feet. As we again go through mayhem, crammed into a small hall bathroom reminiscent of old times, we wonder if this renovation, which began in May, will be done by July 4th… Or perhaps August? We don’t ask. We’ve had plenty of sunshine blowing around here along with the dust. It’s hard to say with all of the construction projects going on in the area. We’re joking now that it could be Christmas before we enjoy our new master bath. What the heck, we’ll be so happy when it’s done. Merry Christmas. ❍


If you like the sound of an old tile floor being demolished, a lovely (sarcasm) old tile shower being ripped to rubble, or a backsplash and counter being pried off, come on by.





Choose a Succulent and Start Growing! • Succulents want to grow! These easy-to-grow plants have evolved in some of the toughest growing conditions on earth and are actually at their best when  grown  in hot sun and poor soil. • Drought tolerant! They tend to overlook your uneven watering because they store water in their chubby leaves. • Perfect container plant! Stunning textures and geometric shapes make succulents vastly appealing. • Color coordinated! A wide array of colors is found in succulent foliage, from silver and blue, to yellow, crimson and green. • Flowers too! When happy, succulents produce brilliant, showstopping blooms. • Easy to propagate! Succulents encourage sharing by making it easy to grow more; just plant a leaf and a new plant will grow!

Sedum has thick, fleshy succulent leaves, and beautiful flowers. Photo: Wikimedia Commons?Montrealais kalanchoes, echeverias, living stones, and other fleshy-leaved species. Treat them to a summer vaca outdoors by gradually increasing the amounts of direct sun (they can get sunburned leaves, then wouldn’t you feel bad?).

Hardy Succulents for your garden “Cold tolerance depends on a plant’s ability to keep water from leaving its cells and freezing,” explains Dr. John Einset in Arnoldia magazine. They originate in northern climates and do well with some cold winter weather for a dormant period. These hardy succulents have been used on green roofs in Europe and Iceland for centuries. Hardy succulents include hens and chicks, sedum, rosularia, saxifrage,

Break open a leaf of Aloe vera, the Burn Plant, and alleviate the "ouch" of sunburn. Photo:Wikimedia Commons/ Sudeesh S

Tender Succulents Plants that can’t withstand frost are called tender succulents and they are great indoor houseplants so long as they get plenty of sunshine. These include sempervivums, sedums, aloes,

Remarkable geometric succulent. Photo: Duff Axom/Flickr


Hens and Chicks are hardy succulents. Here they get extra heat from the stone step Photo:Pixabay/Katiem2

A fun favorite, Mother of Thousands, is a Kalenchoe Each tiny plant can drop off and root. Photo: Wikimedia/ Anneli Salo yucca, and lump in hardy cacti like opuntia. Locate in full sun, and put some extra shovels of sand or granite grit in the ground when planting. A gentle slope is also good to avoid wet feet. If you are intrigued by succulents, my favorite reference is Succulents Simplified by the “Queen of Succulents� Debra Lee Baldwin. Sign up for her blog online:www. debraleebaldwin.com/succulent-blog/

Geri Laufer lives in Atlanta, where she, graphic designer husband David, and English Coonhound Lily are working on designing and installing a new landscape for their new old house.




FOOD ( By Frank Mack

Crazy Love Coffee on Canton Street in Historic Roswell is a caffeinated complex of comfortable tables and wide-open WiFi, and even has waffles. It’s a fantastic shop with interesting simple healthy eats, some sweets, and yes, a bit of shopping. For those if you in the area this is no secret. It’s right down the street from The Current Hub world headquarters and there is a constant stream of cars into this place. Yes, they have parking. This thing is an instant Canton Street gem. Celebrate it, stop by, it’s a must for coffee freaks of any size. Walk there if you can. They offer my new favorite, coffee on tap, and I honestly wasn’t aware this stuff existed. Top: Frank Mack with a cold brew at Crazy Some genius invented delicious cold rich cofLove Coffee. Above: The front counter at fee produced by the barrel and served on tap. It’s pushed by nitrogen just like beer. The flaMitch’s Meats & Fish vors change day to day and it’s small batch stuff. I’ve been through five of them and I haven’t found a thing not to be crazy over. It’s in that standing applause range. That’s all I have to say. With the addition of Crazy Love Coffee, which is across the street from the beloved Fickle Pickle, which is in front of The Sugar Shack, which is up the

located at 30 E. Crossville Road in Roswell next to The Comfortable Chair Store, which is another local business gem. I have some business to report. The Oak Street Cafe in Roswell has changed hands. Lots of changes will come but for now it’s the same place we locals love for their devotion to using the freshest locally grown produce. They have a new chef coming in from New York City who has a killer rep and résumé. Look out Canton Street, Oak Street Café ain’t fooling around. More on these guys later in the summer. There are so many talented chefs within spitting distance of my house it’s mind-boggling. I’ll give you one example. Chef Andy Brackner of The Talk of The Town in Roswell. He is one of the area’s premier caterers… this is the guy other chefs call for their weddings.

Last month Andy’s kitchen 27 had a fire. It was pretty bad but it could have been a lot worse. I know the feeling because it happened to my family. You sit there helpless in that moment. Right until word instantly spread up and down Canton Street amongst the restaurant community and every owner around came running. I won’t name names. No one wants fame or so much as a nod for anything they did that night or over the next few weeks. But the very best came out that night to pitch in. Saving everything possible and then helping Andy to arrange for temporary kitchens while this sorts itself out. There weren’t any politics, elections or interest in anything. It was about doing everything possible to help a neighbor and fellow culinary artist. Restaurateurs of Roswell, you did us all proud. ❍ JULY 2017 THECURRENTHUB.COM

With meats of this high quality, it’s hard to screw up the cooking. guy who named the place after street from Roswell himself. If it once walked, flew, Provisions, means Canton Street just became the most ex- swam, or crawled then Mitch is treme caffeine junkie-meeting the local expert. This place has beef, pork, a place in the county. And I don’t need a drop of the big corpora- wide range of seafood, chicken, and all of it is natural, hormone tions beans, all of these guys free, pampered with lifetime are local, and I like that. My Man Mitch. I don’t want free cable TV while it lived, free him getting a big head over all range everything. Mitch is the this but there is a genius work- curator and his cases are full of delicious treats. Beyond the acing the counter at Mitch’s tual meats, Mitch smokes, Meat & Fish on Crossville seasons, and preps dozens of Road in Roswell. It’s the big

unique meats ready to serve should you want an expert to handle the cooking. If you’re a do-it-yourself girl then Mitch has advice on every aspect, from choice of cuts to specialty seasonings. Either way, you win. Mitch is the type of guy you want to know, trust him, and follow his instructions to the letter. He knows what he speaks of. With meats of this high quality it’s hard to screw up. Here’s the other thing, if you work in the area you gotta go there for lunch. Heck if you want, call in sick and forget the commute because this is the most underrated lunch counter in the area. His sandwiches will introduce your taste buds to heaven and his soups are superior to anything anywhere. Stop buying meat from the grocery store. You have no idea where it came from. Visit Mitch’s Meats and Fish. He is



you’ll have plenty to choose from. Chef Robert’s talents don’t stop at the wings as his inspired comfort food menu is focused on consistent quality. Charlton’s offers a wide array of salads, sandwiches, burgers, and dogs that go beyond your average fare. Its rare to have a real chef in a place like this so you should take full advantage. I’m not just a big fan of Charlton’s I’m also a big fan of Robert, Beth and their kids, these are hardworking decent people whose main goal is to make sure you leave happy and that you come back. Speaking of kids, they have two menus, designed This isn’t a chain concept specifically for them, one for eight and under and or another corporate the other for the tweens who aren’t quite ready for restaurant—these guys are the adult menu but the kid’s portion is too small. our neighbors. These are I have to admit that I’m very picky when it comes our neighbors and this is to my wings, I usually find most places keep them Charlton’s Grill & Tap about keeping it local. in a warming tray and then over-sauce them to the 3005 Old Alabama Road Cooked fresh and served point where you’ll need a sheet just to stay clean. with passion in a truly Suite 100 Chef Robert, however, provides a real chef ’s touch. family environment— Johns Creek GA 30022 His wings are cooked to order and they come out Charlton’s Grill and Tap is 770-442-9005 with crispy skin that lets you know they were your new family hangout. www.charltonsgrilltap.com cooked perfectly. With over 30 different flavors


ou could say it was meant to be. Beth and Robert Charlton have been in the culinary business for much of their lives. Beth grew up in her parent’s 200 plus seat restaurant in New Jersey and Robert is an experienced chef with many years in the kitchen. Around the turn of the century, Beth focused on the family and Robert entered the growing tech sector, each thinking the culinary world was behind them. That all changed last year when the Charltons bought The American Wing Company, located at 3005 Old Alabama Road in Johns Creek, which had been a local family favorite hangout but through years of neglect lost its mojo. Renamed Charlton’s Grill and Tap, Robert and Beth are working to bring an authentic fun family vibe back by serving killer wings and local craft beers. Charlton’s is the perfect place to dine on fresh made food, watch the game, or bring the kids and listen to live music most weekends. Even though Charlton’s has a full array of adult beverages, it’s not what I would consider a bar. Rather it hits that middle ground of part bar, part restaurant with a dash of cool hangout thrown in for good measure. It’s a casual family restaurant suited to people who like the idea of being greeted by name when they come in and the kids are more than welcome.




section of Bell and Boles roads. The concept design of the fifth new park at Cauley Creek is still under discussion and the council will make a final decision later. The parks bond passed on the general election ballot in November of last year funds the construction costs. The bond is specifically used for the acquisition and development of parks bility and enhancing the area’s walkBy Tricia Morris and green space, as well as improving ability and vitality. the current inventory of parks.  Ocee The North Point Activity Center ALPHARETTA/JOHNS CREEK Park, Newtown Park, Shakerag Park, Avalon is a well-celebrated success and includes all of the area along North and Autrey Mill Nature Preserve will now city leaders in Alpharetta are look- Point Parkway between Mansell Road be also be refurbished through this and Haynes Bridge Road.  The district ing at potential changes for the North funding mechanism. The current Point Mall area. City officials refer to it extends to the west to include the area design concepts for each of the five new along Westside Parkway. Area residents as the North Point Activity Center.  A parks can viewed at the city’s website and property owners will be invited to team of nationally recognized experts johnscreekga.gov. participate in the process through a sein planning, design, retail development, and walk-ability  has been ries of three workshops to be held this EAST COBB/ROSWELL fall and in early 2018. engaged to assist in the effort. The The rumors are not true. Chicago’s The Johns Creek city council recently Steak and Seafood Restaurant on eight-month process will update and voted to approve conceptual designs on Shallowford Road, on the border of clarify the community’s vision for the four of the city’s five new parks and will East Cobb and Roswell, has NOT North Point Activity Center, identify move forward with developing strategy and policy enhancements to closed. They’re under new ownership. maintain and enhance the district, and construction plans.  The new locations After 26 years in East Cobb, new are at Technology Park, on Morton prioritize public investments, owners, father and son team, Mark particularly related to maintaining mo- Road, State Bridge Road, and the inter- Zwolak and Connor Murray (pictured




By Ann-Marie Giglio, Owner of CoreMatters

veryone wants to change their health and fitness habits. So why is taking the first step to hard? What stops us? Mostly our brains. One problem is a law of physics: simple inertia. Overcoming inertia takes energy. But brains hoard energy. They need a whack from an outside force like a mean dog bearing down on us, or an upcoming family reunion or vacation, or bad news from the doctor to make us move. Another problem is our brains love stories. Sometimes stories are useful like when they help us understand events or motivate us. But from what clients tell me, their health and fitness stories are scary questions about the unknown: If I get in better shape, will I lose my friends who didn’t? Do I deserve to be successful?  What if I improve my health but my partner doesn’t? How can I eat better if my partner won’t? If I change my appearance, I’ll get a lot of attention—how will that make me feel? What kind of people are these new admirers?  Why didn’t they pay attention to me before?  And the biggest one: What if I fail? Every time we fail, believe me, the brain remembers. The part of your brain that protects you from dark alleys and poison berries will fire up and fight hard to get you to stop before you start—even if it means holding onto those extra 40 pounds. The brain doesn’t care. It will relentlessly remind you of

Father and son team, Mark Zwolak and Connor Murray of Chicago’s Steak and Seafood.

your previous failures (ever had buyer’s remorse?). What can we do to get past our brain’s force-field? Perhaps the best thing we can do for ourselves is to remember that we invent most of our fears. Fear = False Expectations Appearing Real. Try telling yourself a different story. Self-talk is real and it’s important. So is having support. As my clients tell me six months after starting out with us, “What was I thinking?? This is actually fun!” If you’d like help changing your story, call us at CoreMatters for a consultation today: 404-435-6367.

CoreMatters 1144 Canton Street Suite 104 Roswell, GA 30075 404-435-6367 www.ourcorematters.com Ann-Marie Giglio, owner of Core Matters

Roswell Farmers Market.


above), are excited about their venture and can’t wait to bring new changes to the restaurant. They’ve already brought back the Early Bird Special that was a customer favorite. The “new” Chicago’s will have a revamped menu within 30 days. On Mondays, they’ll have “Classic” night in which the menu will offer classic menu favorites. In addition to the speakeasy River Parks Shuttle Service runs on Saturdays, making room with live entertainment, being seven stops along the Chattahoochee River implemented is a trivia night, starting outdoor fitness station, multipurpose July 6, and half-price appetizers trails and more. Be sure to enjoy a walk Sunday through Thursday. on the Phase IV new boardwalk expanSpeaking of makeovers, lots of sion that runs from Azalea Drive to construction going on in the former Churchills Pub at 1401 Johnson Ferry Willeo Road. If art is your thing, then don’t forget Rd. with the interior being gutted. An First Friday Art Walks in the Roswell English pub, Black Swan Tavern, Historic District. Taking place on the owned by the Dunwoody Restaurant first Friday of each month this is a Group will have an August opening. great way to enjoy meeting the artists Can’t wait for this new addition to the and the gallery owners, while browsing neighborhood. And in other East Cobb new exhibits of artistic expression. restaurant news the owners of Moxie Also, there is the Roswell Farmers and Burger are opening an as yet unArtisans Market held from 8:30 a.m. to named taqueria scheduled to open in early August in the Paper Mill Village. noon on Saturday mornings on the grounds of Roswell City Hall at 38 Hill Roswell recently launched a River Street. The browsing and interaction Parks Shuttle Service running on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It is a with attendees and visitors is free—but you may be tempted to purchase a few free service that makes seven stops along the Chattahoochee River. Its goal fruits, vegetables, and artisan items. For more info on all the great things in is to allow folks to visit these spots along the river without having to worry Roswell visit the Visitors Center at 617 about parking. This is a pilot program Atlanta Street in Roswell where you can view a video, enjoy exhibits, and so the city does not have an end date pick up maps and printed materials to yet. help you have a great Roswell Looking for some good free things this summer?Look no further than the experience! Oh, did we mention that all of the Visitors Center services are Roswell CVB for some great ideas. There is the Old Mill Park Interpretive FREE! ❍ Trail to see the waterfall and the Vickery Creek Covered Pedestrian Bridge. Some say this is the most beautiful spot in Roswell. Along the banks of the Chattahoochee River in Roswell you will find, Azalea Park, Riverside Park, and Don White Park. Each park has its own look and distinct feel but you are sure to find picnic areas, Ryan and Erica of playgrounds, boat Martin’s Garden with Karma at the ramps, fishing areas,




Georgia Ensemble Theatre, Chattahoochee Nature Center to bring “Ring of Fire, The Music of Johnny Cash” this July By Jon Copsey

Chris Damiano performs as Johnny Cash Photo: Cayce Calloway

The Georgia Ensemble Theatre (GET), North Fulton’s only professional theater company, is partnering once again with The Chattahoochee Nature Center (CNC) to bring great music to summer nights in Roswell. After two wildly popular summer productions of Almost Heaven, John Denver’s America, GET will now bring Ring of Fire, The Music of Johnny Cash, sponsored by Macy’s, to the outdoor stage at the CNC this July.

From vintage country to rockabilly, from rock-n-roll to searing ballads of love and deep faith, Ring of Fire tells the story of the Man in Black through his music. Over two dozen classic Cash hits including “I Walk the Line,” “A Boy Named Sue,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” and, of course, “Ring of Fire,” will all be performed by the cast. The production is directed by GET Artistic Director Robert J. Farley, with musical diChristopher Kent, left, and Chris Damiano perform in “Ring of Fire, rection by Chris The Music of Johnny Cash.” Photo: Cayce Calloway Damiano as GET continues its special partnership with The Chattahoochee Nature Center for a third consecutive summer. “Due to unprecedented popularity of our shows the last two summers at The Chattahoochee Nature Center, Georgia Ensemble Theatre is proud to be back for the third time in as many years this July with a perfect show for the natural

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From left, Chris Damiano, Scott Depoy, Molly Coyne and Jeremy Wood perform in “Almost Heaven” last year. Photo: GET

Kroy Presley, left, and Christopher Kent Photo: Cayce Calloway

surroundings,” said GET Artistic Director Bob Farley. “There will be some friendly faces in the cast that patrons will know from Million Dollar Quartet and Almost Heaven, John Denver’s America. And I’m happy to say we’re already over 50 percent sold out, which shows the power of Cash’s music and a great place to see it.” Chris Nelson, executive director of CNC, added, “Once again we are looking forward to partnering with the Georgia Ensemble Theatre to bring this fantastic music to Roswell. The past two summers have allowed both organizations to grow our patron bases through working together and we do it very well. We can’t think of a better combination than our great outdoor center and the music of American legend Johnny Cash.” In addition to the show, audience members will have the opportunity to enjoy all of the amenities of CNC and bring a picnic to dine on site. There will also be a cash bar available before and during the show, selling beer and wine. Patrons may reserve seating either at a table under the covered pavilion, or enjoy general admission lawn seating under the stars. CNC will open at 6:30 p.m. on performance nights for ticketed patrons to enjoy the exhibits and grounds, with show time starting at 8 p.m.

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“The Martins planted idealism and it’s taking root in glorious ways.” Photos and story by Frank Mack

In 2015 Shari and Tony Martin purchased a few acres on Coleman Road in Roswell with the most outlandish plans and altruistic goals I have ever heard of. The Martin’s are a couple that glow with intelligence and exude a calm confidence and what they are doing with the property is inspiring. This area of Roswell and in all honesty most of the area around us is ripe with Above: Erica Coady and Ryan during a harvest. Above right: Shari and Tony Martin on the porch of their home at Coleman Farms.

development. Most new development leads to higher density and well just more stuff. But this tale is about a different path taken. I’d like to tell you about Martin’s Garden at Coleman Farms. You are looking at the potential of Agribusiness way inside city limits.


This place has history. Ora Coleman ran his farm on this property for over 60 years. After his passing the Martin’s purchased the property and have a vision to extend what Coleman started many years ago by sharing his love of the land with his neighbors. The farmer over the land is Erica Coady, a brilliant twenty-six-year-old who gives a new definition to the word millennial. She earned an anthropology degree that got her outside digging only to find it unfulfilling. Through an apprenticeship at Serenbe Farms she reeducated herself in creating sustainable food systems and now that knowledge is on display right in front of us. Shari, Tony and Erica can go for a while listing their concerns about our food supply. Those shared concerns brought the Martins to invest so much and convinced Erica that this place, this acreage, was worth years of her life. Together they are looking forward by asking why things are the way they are, asking what can be done. And then doing it. These guys planted idealism and it’s taking root and growing in glorious ways. The list of people who immediately volunteered for any labor at no charge is proof of how fertile this idea is. Clear positive proof of how right their instincts are. Whether it’s Erica or her boyfriend Ryan, who is another seriously trained agrarian, everyone you meet here recognizes the problems. Their answer is in the form of one small farm. This small farm is bringing agriculture, and the business of it, back into our lives. Back to where our kids can see it and understand it. Hopefully they find a connection to the circle of life without wrapping it in plastic and sterilizing it first.

The Business Martin’s Garden at Coleman Farms is just a half-mile or so from Historic Roswell’s Downtown. It’s a spit spot of a farm and less than seven acres in total with the actual farming taking place on just one-and-a-half acres, but it is the lushest ground around. Sparkling in soft dew of early dawn, it is bursting with the life it embraces. The original zoning request had to be rare in these parts. You see, they took this land from suburban residential back to agricultural. Not exactly a developer’s dream. This business model offers a different density increase than another plot of suburban dwellings. What is going on here is a 1.5-acre super garden, which is bio-intensive, utterly natural, and absolutely poison free. This is a micro farm and a very serious business. As some urban farmers become continues on next page

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Martin’s Garden at Coleman Farms 410 Coleman Road Roswell, GA 30075 martinsgardenacf.com

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Shari Martin and Erica Coady work the roadside stand at Martin’s Garden. more visible in communities, they are also often being expected to act as educators, spokespeople, and community leaders around food and health issues and Martin’s Garden is no different. It is a sustainable beauty that feeds and teaches people to bring farming and fresh food back into our lives right here where we live. Right now, today, it is already providing thousands of pounds of super healthy produce, which is being sold directly to the surrounding neighborhoods through local farmers markets, CSAs (community sourced agriculture) and an outstanding old-fashioned roadside stand. The stand is right there at 410 Coleman Road and its open every Tuesday evening and Saturday mornings, all summer long, as harvests allow of course. According to a 2016 study of U.S. urban farmers, by British Food Journal, farms averaged just under $54,000 a year in sales. In context, seventy-five percent of all U.S. farms post less than $50,000 a year in sales. To most urban famers, this is not about profits but rather they see the business as a social enterprise that addresses concerns about our food chain. Of course these numbers change based on what is grown and market demands but I present them to give you an idea of the economics involved. The bulk of our agriculture comes from farms with more than $1 million or more in sales. It is time to tell the story of the little farms that just may reinvent how we eat while bringing some sustainable food reality in close to us. These guys cut out the transporting, the processing, and the tainting of our food supply by mega corporations. They are understandable, but many have very bad practices and think about how far it takes to get to a grocery store. When is the last time you passed a farm doing north of a $1 million a year? The Martins are not the only ones reinventing agriculture. There is a movement out there to bring sensible, practical, and real farming back into our culture. But being they are in the middle of an area undergoing development controversy, I believe they make a perfect and brilliant example of modern urban organic entrepreneurship for us to talk about. So one family, the Martins, working with the smallest farmer I have ever seen, supported by wonderful neighbors, are up to a lot whole lot of good. Good for the planet, great for the environment, and perfect for people. This is a good thing that our small local farms are coming back. If we are lucky they will be everywhere maybe even in your cul de sac. ❍

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