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>>NIMBLE FINGERS

Chris Proctor concert

Craft Beer Festival & 5K Road Race >>DRINKING & RUNNING!

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Chris Proctor is known around the western world as one of the modern masters of fingerstyle guitar, and is at the forefront of contemporary steel-string guitar. Since winning the National Fingerstyle Guitar competition, he has toured constantly in North America and Europe, releasing a steady stream of recordings of his compositions and arrangements. His music is rooted in classic Americana- spiced with soul, folk, Celtic, jazz, pop, and classical flavors, all of which are in evidence in the 9 finely-crafted medleys which comprise his latest release Close and Personal Friends, a stunning set of arrangements of the music he grew up with. You can see him up close and personal as a part of the Six Strings Social Club concert series at the Woodstock Community Church on June 13. Advance tickets are available at www.sixstringsocialclub.com.

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The Annual 5k Road Race and Craft Beer Festival, sponsored by the Olde Blind Dog Irish Pub, will be hitting the streets of Alpharetta on June 20. The race starts and stops at the Corner Deli in downtown Alpharetta. This race is a celebration of summer and is combined with a full out Craft Beer Festival, a 5K road race, two live bands, live entertainment, and every runner of legal age receives a free beer from the official race beer from sponsor, Jekyll Brewing. Another sponsor, Olde Blind Dog Irish Pub, is bringing more than 80 varieties of craft beer to the festival. Registration is available on race day at site from 6pm. The 5k starts at 8pm with a post race party with live music upon conclusion. www.worldshoppiest5k.com.

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Irish Pub of the Year Celebration at Olde Blind Dog Irish Pub

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When you win the “Irish Pub of the Year” award for the world, there is only one thing a pub must do... throw one heckuva party! Our very own Olde Blind Dog Irish Pub, with locations in Milton and Town Brookhaven, will be celebrating their award as “Irish Pub of the Year, 2015” with a five-day celebration at both locations on June 14-18.  Join them for drink specials, swag, and lots o’ merriment as we kick up our heels and celebrate.  For more information, visit www.oldeblinddog.com.

>>MINTY FRESH

Lavender Festival

June 13 Roswell’s 5th Annual Lavender Festival returns on Saturday, June 13 – taking place on the grounds of Barrington Hall from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. The free event is devoted to all things lavender—including art classes and demonstrations, food samples, arts and crafts, antiques, local food vendors, children’s activities, and the popular Zen Zone. As festival-goers arrive, they will be greeted by the event’s “Lavender Queens” and will then enjoy walking through the festival, perusing unique art and antiques, a pottery exhibit with a local artist presenting wheel demonstrations, plant and herb sales along with other specialty garden items, and a food and picnic area where local food vendors will provide a variety of specialty foods. Returning again this year is a specialty lavender beer brewed by a popular Athensbased brewery and specialty lavender cocktail created by The Mill Kitchen.

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>>WHERE IS MOUNTAIN PARK?

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>>JOHNS CREEK ROCKS!

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The Johns Creek Recreation and Parks Department has announced its 2015 Amphitheater summer concert series, which features tribute bands and acts that harken to the rock and roll 1980s and 1990s, including Drivin N Cryin in September. The series opens Saturday, June 20, with the Molly Ringwalds. Food trucks will be returning to the venue in 2015, but concertgoers will notice some changes. To allow more room for dancing, the rows of chairs under the amphitheater will be replaced with round tables that can be reserved. Table reservations cost $200, but admission is free. The terraced lawns surrounding the amphitheater will seat about 1,000 people. The Amphitheater is located at Newtown Park, 3150 Old Alabama Rd. in Johns Creek.

Ever been to Mountain Park? Even know where it is? It is an officially designated wildlife refuge, which protects all wildlife including birds, animals and reptiles. Mountain Park has a population of a whopping 506 folks tucked away in an area just west of Roswell and north of East Cobb off of Hwy. 92. This event combines live music, great food, craft vendors, fishing, and beer sampling from the finest craft beer breweries and distributors in Georgia. This all happens on the green next to Mountain Park City Hall with Lake Garrett and Lake Cheerful as a backdrop. Regular admission is $40 and includes unlimited tasting of all available beers. VIP admission is $75 and includes exclusive access to an indoor air-conditioned venue, special parking, a meal provided by one of Roswell’s finest caterers, and the availability of more diverse beer samples. The proceeds benefit the Mountain Park Watershed Preservation Society This is a great time to learn about a hidden treasure you didn’t even know about. www.mountainparkbeerfestival.com.

July 4th Celebrations It’s that time of year again for some outdoor grilling and fireworks to celebrate our country’s independence. There are numerous places to see fireworks displays in the north metro area. Alpharetta features a show from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Wills Park. The Rotary Club of Roswell and the City of Roswell will put on a show at Sweet Apple Elementary with fireworks commencing at dark. (If you position yourself correctly you can actually see both shows.) Other area shows are in Marietta on the historic square; Kennesaw’s Salute To America in downtown Kennesaw; Norcross’ Red, White and Boom is at Lillian Park; Woodstock has a park festival that starts at 10 a.m. in downtown Woodstock; and of course there are numerous places in Atlanta highlighted by the show at Centennial Park. So whether you stay close or go visit friends nearby there are plenty of places to celebrate our independence.


A MEMORABLE LULLABY Grammy-nominated Shawn Mullins hits the stage this month in Roswell.

After several years of releasing his own music Mullins’ critical breakthrough came in 1998 when he released Soul’s Core, an album featuring the hit single “Lullaby.” One of his more famous songs “All in My Head” was featured on the TV sitcom Scrubs. Another single, “Shimmer” was included on the soundtrack for the TV show Dawson’s Creek and was a minor hit. He’s also had a crossover #1 single with the Americana chart-topper “Beautiful Wreck.” Mullins has undergone a series of SOLO SHOW IN ROSWELL ON transformative experiences that led to his most recent song writing cycle. His JUNE 13 AS A PART OF THE ROSWELL LIVE! CONCERT SERIES. experiences included an introduction to the world of collaborative creative By Tripp Liles Mullins was born in Clarkston, process by co-writing some songs. In where in high school, he met Amy Ray the most successful instance he topped eorgia boy Shawn Mullins has of the Indigo Girls, who would become the country charts with a collaboration carried a strong passion for a mentor to him in his early singing with the Zac Brown Band on the song music his whole life. The Grammy-nominated singer will be per- days. After high school Shawn earned “Toes.” marking Mullins’ third #1 single. a degree in music education from This creative evolution, combined forming a solo show in Roswell at the North Georgia College where he with the birth of his first son in 2009, Cultural Arts Center on June 13 as a commissioned and served in the led to much of the material on his part of the Roswell LIVE! Concert U.S. Army. latest release Light You Up. series.

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“Even in the hospital with our new son, something changed for me,” Mullins recalls. “It was almost like nothing else mattered. It feels that different now. And at the same time, co-writing has become a sort of community for me.” His main collaborator in the new creative process has been South Carolina native and current Nashville songwriter Chuck Cannon who cowrote the first song on the album Light You Up titled “California.” “Chuck Cannon and I wrote this one together, and it’s one of the best songs I’ve ever written. We started at my cabin in Georgia and then finished it one night in a hotel room in Taos, New Mexico.” Mullins said. For this performance in Roswell, Mullins will be performing an acoustic solo set and is sure to cover many of his favorites as well as some new material. You can find more info on the series as well as buy tickets at www.roswellpresents.com. ❍


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EVENTS IN JUNE KEEP US BAREFOOT AND FANCY FREE

By Jessica Diamond Congratulations, everyone, we made it through another school year! For the next few months that means less traffic, more festivals, no surprise night-before-the-due-date school projects and a generally slower, more relaxed pace of living. It means more time spent dancing barefoot in the grass, swimming in the pool, hiking the trails and mixing pitchers of sangria. Whether you’re 8 or 80, there is something about summertime that generates a deep, core shaking excitement. Anything can happen! One of the best things about summer is that you don’t have to plan every moment. However, it can really pay dividends to make a few reservations on the front end so you can fully enjoy each moment as it comes. Here are a few things to look into as we splash happily into June. The city of Atlanta will, if nothing else, throw off your sense of time and place. One minute you’re on a highway that looks like something out of the Jetsons, and the next you’re stepping onto an estate that looks like it belongs in a Hans Christian Anderson tale. Callanwolde Fine Arts

Center is one such place, and there is no better time to explore this fairytale land than Callanwolde’s Summer Outdoor Concert Series. Jazz on the Lawn 2015 offers a mix of classic and contemporary jazz, swing, fusion, smooth and blues to compliment the warm nights and diverse southern spirit. The series begins June 12 and continues through August. Check the website for ticket information and the performance schedule. This is the kind of night you will only be able to find here in Atlanta. Many of the southern states struggle with mosquito infestations and the like, particularly in the summer. In Georgia, however, we also have to contend with infestations of a more sinister nature. While some cities may hypothesize what to do in the event of a zombie infestation, it is not uncommon for those in the Atlanta area to see, encounter and even employ one of the undead. Of course, some are friendlier than others. The zombie’s of Room Escape Adventures, currently residing in Tucker, are not quite as personable. If you’ve ever wanted to test the true compatibility of your friends, family


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or co-workers, this is an exercise in extreme team building! You and your team have 60 minutes to solve a series of challenging puzzles and escape the room before the zombie eats you. Pretty good motivation to work on communication skills, right? Tickets for the month of June are on sale now on the Room Escape Adventures website. Start planning your escape now! What is now the city of Roswell was first inhabited by Cherokee natives. Because of its beauty, resources and proximity to the river, they called it the “Enchanted Land.” Today, this land and this river continue to attract visitors from all over to paddle through its currents and soak up its natural mysticism. The annual Back to the Chattahoochee River Race & Festival, organized by the Chattahoochee River Keeper, serves as a celebration and a reminder to all of us how singularly fortunate we are to live on the banks of this natural wonder. All proceeds from the event go to the CRK to help protect and preserve the river. Racers are encouraged to dress themselves and their boats to the nines, as there will be awards at the conclusion. Be sure to register your team and your boat asap through the event website! The race begins at 9 a.m. on June 13 at Garrard Landing Park. After the race, a festival will be held at Roswell Riverside Park featuring local artisans, farmers market vendors, live music, kids activities, and much more. Come out and reignite your love for this beautiful place. Father’s Day can be a tricky one to plan. More likely than not, you will ask your father, father figure, or whomever you chose to honor on this day, “What would you like to do for Father’s Day?” And you always get a response such as, “Oh, I don’t know, it doesn’t matter. As long as we’re together!” It’s a nice sentiment, but not terribly helpful to the planning process. Luckily, we’ve got options! For example, Stone Mountain Park is offering a Father’s Day Car Show that is sure to shake up the tired, normal routine. Explore and learn about vintage cars such as Cameros, Mustangs, Chevys from the 1950s and plenty more. Best of all, Dad can get in for free with a special coupon you can find at the website! It’s a win for the whole family. Get your passes for Stone Mountain this June 21. Stay for the laser show and bring a picnic while you’re at it. Part of the magic of the south is that you can spend your summer evenings out on the town and with your toes in the grass, often at the same time. Our area in particular masters the art of mixing urban entertainment with suburban community and rural beauty. Front porch sitting can be done right in the middle of the action. Maybe it’s because the peaches are in season, but June just seems to capture the best of what Georgia has to offer. We could let everyone else be envious from a distance, but honestly, we’re too hospitable for that. ❍


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MAKING BETTER FINANCIAL CHOICES By Robert Fezza and Steve Siders What do you do when life takes an unexpected turn? Do you have a plan or do you react? We all live life with good intentions, but when we face a rough patch we sometimes make choices that start us down the wrong path, or maybe we never learned how to be better prepared in the first place. We encourage you to watch out for the behavioral slippery slope. Are you someone who saves for retirement, saves some amount for your children’s college, and maybe pays a little extra toward your mortgage each month? What do you do when you need a new air conditioner, a roof or car repair, or lose your job? What about regular, everyday choices? When did you last walk

be doing is saving for your future financial goals. Second, you need to spend money on things that are necessary in life. But a large amount of your spending falls into the last category—discretionary spending on extras. We make choices all the time to buy things “just this once.” Maybe it’s a new grill today, but next time it might be a bigger TV or the latest smartphone. This is how we define the behavioral slippery slope. We caution you to watch your behavior. Be aware of your spending; the items you are buying and the amounts you spend. If you haven’t, you should prioritize your financial goals to reward good pass up. How did you respond to the behavior, such as a comfortable retirement, before making a “just this once” impulse? It is tough to know how to balance decision, like a new oversized grill. We often meet new clients who saving vs. spending vs. SPENDING! Unless you are independently wealthy have been saving, but have no idea if they are saving enough, if they are inor retired, the first thing you should through a big-box store focusing on that one item you came to buy, when suddenly—out of the corner of your eye—you spot that “special gizmo” that you don’t necessarily need, but it sure seems like a good deal you can’t

vesting wisely, or if they are exposing themselves to unnecessary risks. We sit down and go over all these details and options, and we create a personalized roadmap. And because most roads have twists and turns, we anticipate a variety of the curves ahead and make the needed adjustments for life’s unexpected turns. As their trusted advisor, our clients can feel secure about their financial future. ❍ Robert Fezza, CFP® and Steve Siders, CFP® are owners of 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 $500,000. 770-992-4444, odysseypfa.com. Securities offered through Cetera Financial Specialists LLC, member FINRA/SIPC.


Cobb County School District Chief Academic Officer Mary Elizabeth Davis and Chief Technology Officer Dr. Angela Bacon discuss the iPads CCSD has purchased for student use. By Matthew W. Quinn Cobb and Fulton schools are well on their way to providing mobile devices and digital content for all students, something the newlypassed Digital Classroom Act will ultimately require of all Georgia schools. Digital Classroom Act encourages local boards of education to provide students with their own laptop, tablet, or wireless device or allow them to bring their own. The legislation provides for mechanisms to provide funding for school boards to provide complete digital access to their students. The bill sets a deadline of July 1, 2020 for all instructional materials and content purchased by local school boards to be in digital or electronic format. Sen. John Albers (R-Roswell) wrote the bill. This is something he’s been working on for years after consulting with education and technology experts and business leaders. “Technology is the greatest equalizer for all kids,” he said. It doesn’t matter if a school is rural, urban, or suburban or what its socioeconomic status is. Technology can level the playing field. Furthermore, it prepares students for postsecondary education or entering the

business world where virtually every job involves the use of some sort of computer. Albers said studies (including the national education study Project Red) showed schools that provide digital textbooks increase student performance and graduation rates, as well as improve student behavior and reduce costs. For example, with e-readers, schools would not need to replace physical textbooks, but could instead update them electronically. An electronic science book could allow students to do projects virtually, zoom in and out of pictures of cells, and provide videos of topics like the movement of planets. “The power of that gets kids excited about learning,” Albers continued. “It’s real to them.” Some school districts like Quitman County Schools south of Columbus have already gone fully digital, while Fulton County Schools has a request for proposals out. As far as state funding for the implementation is concerned, Albers is working on a one-time grant program from the state to local school districts. In addition to a grant program that has yet to be determined, the state textbook fund would be another source of funding. Continues on p12

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Fulton and Cobb schools continued from page 11 learning. The school district is also pursuing alternative content-delivery As iPads and other tablets fall in price, it becomes more and more eco- strategy it will present to the Cobb County Board of Education over the nomical to use them to replace textbooks. The government has done summer. This strategy would allow a good job in Georgia of making sure the CCSD to acquire content in alterall schools have broadband Internet, native formats besides traditional textbooks and would facilitate more so this makes sense. Furthermore, a single tablet or device can hold many multimedia content. CCSD will also schoolbooks. The weight of students’ continue to expand its existing digital-learning activities, including texts will no longer be a problem. “We support moving to digital tech- distance learning and the Cobb Virtual Academy. nology,” said Tim Callahan, director CCSD Chief Technology Officer Dr. of communications and membership Angela Bacon said at this point, for the Professional Association of Georgia Educators. “We understand CCSD does not have a 1:1 ratio of devices per student. However, the disthat’s the wave of the future and the old-fashioned textbook is going to be- trict does have a BYOD policy, allowing students to access CCSD concome vestigial.” tent with their tablets, smart phones, The Fulton County schools already etc. Many teachers take their content have a digital repository of content. and post it online so students can “That (digital repository) allows you access it without needing to print it. to share any digital content on almost “But before you have a device for any digital platform,” Hoke Wilcox, every student, you FCS Director of “Over time, students have to look at your Instructional technology infrastrucTechnology, said. “That in grades 6-12 will be ture and the speed of gives us a lot of issued devices by the the Internet access,” flexibility.” she said. district, while Students can access In 2015, the CCSD this data from any students in grades used the Department device anywhere, either via website or through a K-5 will have a class of Education grant native app for Android set of devices to share.” Connections for Classrooms to provide and iPad. Any platform high-speed internet for schools. The using the HTML 5 can employ the district also upgraded wireless app. infrastructure—where once Cobb FCS already has a “bring your own schools had one wireless access point device” (BYOD) policy. Over time, for every four classrooms, now it has students in grades 6-12 will be issued one for every two. Though the district devices by the district, while students is employing SPLOST funds to in grades K-5 will have a class set of increase the number of devices, it devices to share. The school system won’t be enough to get a 1:1 studentalready has 20,000 mobile devices for students, which the school board’s device ratio. The district plans to fund that with the next SPLOST; it resolution will accelerate. FCS is will begin formulating that in 2016, working with providers to acquire to be voted on in 2017. Part of the more digital content. SPLOST will be for technology and Cobb Schools getting devices into the hands of stu“It’s really been important to our community in Cobb that we enhance dents and teachers. Many schools are already using our definition and approach to delivlocal funds to provide devices for ering learning experiences to kids,” their students. Over the last two said Cobb County School District years, the number of iPads has (CCSD) Chief Academic Officer Mary increased from just a few hundred to Elizabeth Davis. 15,000. However, there are a lot of The Digital Classroom Act aligns haves and have-nots across the state. perfectly with the direction Cobb Not every school district can afford to schools are already going. The district embrace this technology as fast as is already delivering content in a varicounties like Cobb and Fulton. ety of ways, including both print and digital. CCSD has converted its direc- Poorer systems will need state or federal assistance to purchase the tor of professional learning position to director of digital and multimedia necessary equipment. ❍


Choosing an eye doctor is an important health care decision. After all, you will trust your eye doctor to safeguard your precious sense of sight and help you maintain a lifetime of good vision. Earning your trust and providing superb eye care is the goal of Thomas Eye Group. They have been treating patients for over 4 decades with over 30-years of history in the Roswell location. Award for 8 consecutive years and the practice was named as a Top 150 Workplace in Atlanta by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Not to rest on their laurels, the Roswell location, located across from North Fulton Hospital at 11690 Alpharetta Highway, recently underwent a 3,000 square foot expansion. The office features a pediatric theater with improved patient flow and an overall streamlined patient process. For those of you who commute along GA 400 you’ve probably noticed their new facility in Sandy Springs. The Sandy Springs office allows for the convenience of having the Surgery Center, LASIK and Aesthetics suite, and clinic together in one location. Beyond the Roswell and Sandy Springs locations, they have six other offices in the Greater Atlanta area. So no matter the condition or the family member Thomas Eye Group is uniquely positioned to care for your family’s eye care needs. ❍

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ing patients of all ages from premature infants to the elderly. Ophthalmology offers the opportunity to treat eye disease with medication or surgically. I will be starting a Dry Eye Center of Excellence at the Roswell location and that will help many patients who suffer from dry eye. Dry eye affects up to 40% of patients and there is new technology to help these patients.” Beyond treating adult patients, Thomas Eye Group is one of the largest Larry Helt, M.D. pediatric eye care practices in the cataracts, oculoplastics, and glaucoma. southeast. Dr. Stephen Lipsky, M.D. is Thomas Eye Group has established the Pediatric Ophthalmologist in the a strong reputation in the industry for Roswell office providing its highly experienced doctors, state-of- comprehensive eye care for children, the-art facilities and a continued from the detection and treatment of commitment to leading edge technology. Just this month, Thomas Eye Group began offering patients the FDA-approved CATALYS Precision Laser System which represents a breakthrough in cataract surgery in Georgia and beyond. “Technology has dramatically helped us decrease the complication rate of surgical procedures,” said Dr. Larry Heit, M.D., a Board Certified Ophthalmologist specializing in cataract and refractive surgery. Nhora Abril O.D. Stephen Lipsky, M.D. “Additionally, advancements in technology increase the accuracy and safety of the schools and my children’s sports,” our post-operative results.” eye disorders to eye surgery. With said Nhora Abril O.D. who is a Board Dr. Stuart Newman, M.D. has been schools now out for summer break, licensed bilingual (Spanish) in the Roswell location since 1987 and Thomas Eye Group recommends Optometrist with 19 years of scheduling “back to school” exams now experience. “I live, and go to church in is a Board Certified Comprehensive Ophthalmologist as well. “I enjoy treat- to beat the late summer rush. Roswell, and I am very involved with “Our goal is to place the child first the Hispanic community, so this office and make them as comfortable as poslocation has been great for me and my sible with the process” said Dr. Stephen patients.” Lipsky. “We want the child to enjoy Because they offer comprehensive their visit to Thomas Eye Group. This care Thomas Eye Group is uniquely poallows us to obtain the information we sitioned to provide routine eye exams, need in order to help each child and glasses, contact lenses, LASIK, as well provide a positive experience for them as medical, surgical and cosmetic servand their family.” ices. Many of their physicians have Thomas Eye Group’s dedication to undergone additional, highly providing eye care for the whole family specialized training to offer services inhas won them the Consumers’ Choice cluding pediatrics, cornea, retina, Stuart Newman, M.D.

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IS CHILL & BODY RIGHT FOR YOU? Since opening its doors in February, Chill & Body in Downtown Roswell has seen a steady stream of customers embracing whole body cryotherapy. But is it right for you? Here are a few ways Chill & Body clients use the treatment to provide some insights.

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JUNE IS MEN’S HEALTH MONTH By Debbie Keel

Debbie Keel, CEO, North Fulton Hospital

Hey guys… you need screenings, too. When I speak to my sons-in law and husband about Men’s Health Month, they look at me with one of those quizzical looks… the same one they use when I ask if we can watch my favorite movie, Steel Magnolias.

But they can rattle off things they have heard from their wives or me about Breast Cancer Awareness month (October) and Women’s Heart Health month (February). For some reason, these pretty bright men don’t know or want to know that there are many health screenings they need to obtain over the course of their lives. There are the well-known blood pressure and cholesterol screenings that everyone needs starting as young as 18, depending on their health history and ancestry. Then there is abdominal aortic aneurysm screening, diabetes screening and the most dreaded of all but no less important colorectal screening. My message is simple to all the men in my life and those across this community: if you never think about your health the rest of the year, please think about it in June. Get familiar with the screenings above and others by checking out this website: www.womenshealth.gov/screening-tests-and-vaccines/screening-testsfor-men/. Then do what you have to do—even if you don’t let us watch Steel Magnolias, we still want you around. ❍

North Fulton Hospital Community Calendar June – August 2015 SUPPORT GROUPS

COMMUNITY EDUCATION

WomenHeart Support Group

Babysitting Workshop

Second Tuesday of every month, 7:00-8:30 p.m., Classroom C The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease brings support and education to women who are at risk or who already have heart disease. For more information call Rebecca at 770 658-4796 or send an email to WH-FultonCo@womenheart.org.

Sunday 6/21, 1–5:30 p.m. Saturday 7/18 and 8/15, 9 –2 p.m. Teaches children ages 11 –14 how to be prepared and responsible babysitters. Bring a doll or stuffed animal and a sack lunch and drink. $30.

Ostomy Support Group 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. The meeting structure is informal with group discussion and guest speakers to be scheduled at various times throughout the year. Call John Dorso at 678-6948726 to register or to obtain more information; Group does not meet in the summer but will resume in September.

Caring, Sharing, and Learning: Breast Cancer Support Group Fourth Tuesday of every month, 6 p.m. Cope and connect with others who are facing the same struggles. Please call Micah Brown, RN, Oncology Service Manager, at 770-751-2556 for location and to register.

Look Good, Feel Better Wednesday 7/8, 10 a.m. to noon A cosmetologist will discuss how to care for skin and hair to combat the appearance-related side effects of cancer treatment. Free make-up and skin care products are provided. Call 1-800-227-2345 to register.

Epilepsy Support Group

American Heart Assoc. Heartsaver CPR* Saturday 7/11, and 8/22. CPR course for the community. Adult and child CPR, 9 a.m. to noon; $35 Adult, child and infant CPR, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. $45

Free CPR Training Saturday 6/6; 9:00 a.m. –10:30 a.m. Free CPR class for those who want to learn the basics of CPR but who do not need a certification. Obstructive airway will also be discussed. Registration is required.

Healthcare Provider CPR* Saturday 6/20. 9 a.m. –1 p.m. CPR course for healthcare professionals. $55

Diabetes Self-Management Workshop Saturday 6/20, 7/25, and 8/22. The Diabetes Association of Atlanta (DAA) offers classes at NFH to teach diabetes self-management skills. Call Katie at 404-527-7180 for more information and to register.

Water Birth Thursday 6/4, 6/18, 7/2, 7/16, 7/30, 8/13 and 8/27 at 7:00 p.m. For couples desiring to learn about the option of a water birth delivery. Completion of the class is required to be considered for water birth at NFH. $30.00 per couple; registration required.

The third Wednesday of every month, 7-9 p.m. Classroom A/B People with epilepsy as well as their family and careproviders are invited to attend this support group. The meetings will provide time for attendees to share helpful information and resources from their own experiences. Educational presentations by professionals will sometimes be offered. Please contact Tim for more information at 770-667-9363.

Gamblers Anonymous Every Thursday, 6:30 - 8:30 pm Classroom C Anyone interested in stopping gambling is invited to attend this 12 step program. Anonymity is the foundation of fellowship in this group. For more information please call David at 770-862-2564.

Lupus Support Group Third Saturday of every month, 11 a.m. –1 p.m. Classroom C. Informal meetings to share experiences and learn from others. Guest speakers occasionally present and we also participate in some Lupus Foundation of America events. Contact Julie for more info 404-626-2394, lupusgroup4roswell@gmail.com.

Maternity Tours Please join one of our Women’s Health nurses in the hospital atrium on alternating Tuesdays at 4 p.m. and Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. for a guided tour of the Labor and Delivery suites, Mother/Baby Unit and the Neonatal ICU. The tour lasts approximately one hour. *AHA Disclaimer: The American Heart Association strongly promotes knowledge and proficiency in BLS, ACLS, and PALS and has developed instructional materials for this purpose. Use of these materials in an educational course does not represent course sponsorship by the AHA, and any fees charged for such a course do not represent income to the Association.

Please call 770-751-2660 or visit www.nfultonhospital.com for more information, to register for classes, or to find a physician. Calendar continues on next page with Special Events


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Free CPR Training Saturday 6/6; 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Free CPR class for those who want to learn the basics of CPR but who do not need a certification. Obstructive airway will also be discussed. Registration is required.

LifeSouth Blood Drive Friday July 31, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. North Fulton Hospital Classrooms Give blood, and help save up to three lives with just one donation. LifeSouth is a community blood center, which means the blood collected in your community goes to local hospital patients.

Skin Screenings Thursday, August 27 at NFH Appointments start at 5:30 p.m. Skin cancer accounts for nearly half of all cancers in the United States Do you have a suspicious looking spot on your body? Have it checked out by a NFH physician. FREE, but registration is required. Please call 770-751-2660 or visit www.nfultonhospital.com for more information, to register for classes, or to find a physician.

SAVE THE DATE: Power of Pink Casino Night Saturday, Sept. 26 at 6 p.m. Step up to the table and support Susan G. Komen Greater Atlanta at the Power of Pink Casino Night presented by North Fulton Hospital. Your lucky evening will include dancing and fabulous food and drinks. Then you can push your luck at the casino tables to increase your chances of winning one of the fabulous raffle prizes! Tickets are $100 each and include entrance to all event activities, plus two drink tickets and a casino chip voucher.

THE SHIFTING LANDSCAPE OF MEN’S HEALTH IN AMERICA In July of 2001, the CDC conducted a study that yielded troubling results in regards to preventative health care for men. On average, healthy young women are significantly more likely to utilize healthcare resources than men of the same age and stage. In fact, women may be more than 50% more likely to schedule and attend a doctor’s appointment. While women are encouraged from an early age to pay close attention to their health, and to seek regular screenings, men are often silent on the subject. Despite the social advancements that have been made, a stigma still exists that prevents some Dr. Lewis Kriteman men from seeking of Georgia Urology help for treatable, or even preventable afflictions. Additionally, there is a lack of education in many regards to men’s health. The institution of Men’s Health Month in 1994 served to heighten awareness of male health issues and encourage treatment and prevention of disease for men and boys. “It’s very important to try to educate our male patients,” Dr. Lewis Kriteman of Georgia Urology said. “A lot of male issues are confusing and sometimes controversial. It’s important that we focus on them with the same urgency as female issues.” One of the most prevalent risks to men’s health is prostate cancer. Though not the leading cause of male death, prostate cancer is the most common non-skin cancer in men can be deadly if not detected and treated in time. Many prostate cancer diagnoses are missed by a blood test alone and it’s so important to examine the prostate with a digits examination as well. Experts differ on the exact age at which men should begin regular screenings, but on average, it is recommended for men age 50 and over. Some ethnicities display higher risk for prostate cancer, as do men with a family history of cancer, and may require screenings at a younger age. Each man is different, so it is helpful to consult your primary care doctor or your urologist. Early detection makes all the difference. “There can be a fear factor at play with prostate issues and prostate growth, as well as ED and low testosterone,” Kriteman said. “It’s less taboo to talk about it now, so men

don’t feel as isolated as they used to. Many of these types of issues are treatable. However, it’s not a quick fix and determining the problem usually requires voiding symptom evaluation. It can take some time to assess these issues properly. But if they do come in, we can help them.” Dr. Kriteman revealed that his best advice to male patients, especially prostate cancer patients, is to mind their heart health. There is some clinical data supporting medications that may prevent prostate cancer. However, the number one killer of prostate cancer patients is still heart disease, so it’s crucial to focus on this aspect of the patient’s health. As the number one killer of both men and women, it is more important than ever to eat nutritiously, exercise adequately and visit the doctor regularly. These are the most valuable measures that can be taken to avoid future health issues. “I’d like to see a men’s health clinic for this city,” Kriteman said, discussing his hopes for the future. “I mean one brick and mortar location men can feel comfortable going to and address all of their health concerns at once, be they cardiac, nutritional, urological, etc. We have lost our way somewhat in providing these types of resources, but things are improving. I think this type of resource is soon coming to the Atlanta area.” This June, North Fulton Hospital encourages all men and boys to take stock of their health and seek out the resources available to them. Ask questions and be well! ❍

“I’D LIKE TO SEE A MEN’S HEALTH CLINIC FOR THIS CITY,” KRITEMAN SAID.


It takes a great deal of courage and wit to work as a medical professional. Internal medicine in particular tends to attract the kind of people who naturally rise to a challenge. These doctors are level headed, quick thinking, resourceful, and work well under pressure. No matter how overwhelming a case may seem, they never let their patients see them sweat. Dr. Cristina Dasoveanu is one such doctor. A Romanian native, Dr. Dasoveanu felt the call to medicine at a relatively young age and followed her ambition across the ocean to New York. After falling in love with Georgia, she found herself at North Fulton Hospital as one of the newest members of the team. Dr. Dasoveanu is ready to hit the ground running and make connections with her new community.

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take care of multiple conditions and focus on more than one thing. It gives me a whole, general view of the self.

WHEN DID YOU FIRST KNOW THAT WHY DID YOU CHOOSE INTERNAL MEDICINE AS YOUR SPECIALTY? YOU WANTED TO GO INTO I think I chose it because of the openMEDICINE? WAS ANYONE IN YOUR ness of the field. I like being able to FAMILY A MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL?

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ANSWER: It’s a beautiful area and the team is very friendly and welcoming. A patient of mine who works for them introduced me to the hospital. ANSWER: My residency was actually She moved from a different clinic and in New York. I was visiting a friend in told me how great it was. I guess word of mouth really works! Athens and I got to see more of Georgia. Everything was so beautiful WHAT EXCITES YOU MOST ABOUT and green. And the people were so YOUR NEW JOB? nice and friendly. I liked it better than ANSWER: I’m looking forward to where I was. The people in New York working with a large and diverse team WHAT WILL YOU MISS MOST FROM are friendly, too, but it was different. I of doctors, as well as being exposed to YOUR CURRENT CLINIC? wanted to come here, so I moved. new conditions, pathologies and med- ANSWER: I’ll miss my patients. ical treatments. Definitely. I’ve been with them for 15 years, so it’s like an extended family to me. That will be hard to leave.

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ANSWER: You must have patience and understanding. It’s so important. You have to listen to the person in front of you.

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ANSWER: Some of the most common are diabetes and hypertension, along with their complications. Many different problems can stem from both of these diseases. Dr. Cristina Dasovenanu with her family.

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PLEASE DESCRIBE ONE OF THE MOST UNUSUAL CASES YOU’VE EVER HAD.

ANSWER: It was a brain tumor, actually. The patient came in and told us he had headaches when he was jogging. That was the only symptom. He didn’t have headaches at any other time. It was very unusual.

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HAVE YOU EVER CONSIDERED A CAREER OTHER THAN MEDICINE?

ANSWER: Not really, no. It was always going to be medicine!

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ANSWER: I love to travel. I love visiting the Florida coast and discovering my new country. I pretty much stay within the US. There is so much to see here!

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HOSPITAL WEEK From May 10-16, North Fulton Hospital celebrated Hospital Week with an exciting “Happy Days� theme. Throughout the week, employees were honored for their service and awards were given for years of service as well as star awards for employees who go above and beyond in their work. Some of the fun events included a cook out with hamburgers, hot dogs and ice cream sundaes, a patient experience fair, frozen yogurt social and more!

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Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce Offers Membership With A Purpose People are what make the Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce powerful and they work hard to create and foster an environment that serves its membership well. Providing connections for professionals is their specialty. The GNFCC facilitates numerous events throughout the month that provide high quality networking opportunities, which are second to none. The members who are pro-active and involved bring greater visibility and measA recent Chamber 101 session. urable growth to their business. The initial entrance into the GNFCC is Chamber 101 where new members learn the power of connecting, best networking practices, and how to launch into leadership opportunities that are on the horizon. Additionally, on the second Tuesday of each month the GNFCC team members spend an hour with new members and those considering membership to highlight benefits and reinforce the point that an engaged member is a stronger professional. This engagement philosophy is applied to all members both large and small. Not to rest on their laurels the GNFCC is in the process of developing Chamber 201. This initiative is being developed to help members grow their marketing expertise by stressing aspects like the importance of new media and techniques on making more professional presentations. When you partner with the GNFCC you will have access to numerous tools vitally important for your business. From a dedicated Resource Center, providing members a place to display business cards and marketing material to free one-on-one business consultation the chamber’s message is clear – they want you to succeed. They have recently made enhancements to conference rooms and meeting spaces, members have access to state-of-the-art projection, WiFi, and other multi-media options. In total this offers a professional and secure environment perfect for conducting meetings, workshops and training sessions—a great benefit to members and a contributing factor to their sense of belonging. Beyond a responsibility to its members the GNFCC recognizes the critical position it holds as a catalyst for the entire North Fulton area. Setting goals and developing an effective strategy that supports and strengthens its members is paramount to their success. The GNFCC is committed to providing the very best leadership, advocacy, programs and resources, all designed with a purpose to stimulate growth and sustainability for members and the community as a whole. Would you like to be a guest at Chamber 101? Contact Deborah Lanham, VP of Business Development by email at dlanham@gnfcc.com or call 678-397-0567.

>>BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT

LGE Is True Community Banking At LGE Community Credit Union, it’s really quite simple – we offer a smarter way to bank. As a member of LGE, you can enjoy full federal insurance along with higher earnings on your deposits, lower interest on loans, lower fees, and more caring service than you will typically find elsewhere. That’s because there are no stockholders or paid directors drawing off profits. Rather, we exist only for your bene- LGE celebrated the opening of its first North Fulton location in early fit. Additionally, LGE offers deposit 2014. The Roswell branch, located at 1010 Mansell Road, features a state-of-the-art banking concept. and loan accounts for small businesses, including real estate loans, lines of credit and SBA loans. When you bank with LGE, you’ll be pleased to know your financial institution is invested in the success of the communities it serves. Last year the Credit Union’s charity, the LGE Community Outreach Foundation, donated over $102,000 to local charities and families in need. The mission of the Foundation is to support organizations that support and assist our neighbors in need. Membership at LGE is open to all residents and businesses of Fulton, Cobb, Cherokee, and Paulding counties. Visit www.LGEccu.org for more information, including a list of branch locations.

GNFCC Calendar Highlights Eggs & Enterprise with Hala Moddelmogg Tuesday June 23, 7:30am at Atlanta Athletic Club Hala Moddelmogg is the President & CEO of the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce and is our keynote speaker for the June Eggs & Enterprise breakfast. SAVE THE DATE!

4th Annual Summer Jam & Stock the Pantry Tuesday, July 28th at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in the Carl Black V.I.P. Club from 5:30 - 8:30 pm This event is a food drive benefiting North Fulton Community Charities. Bring donations to help stock the North Fulton Community Charities pantry! For more information on these and other great events visit www.gnfcc.com.

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IT IS ROAD TRIP TIME Reflections on summer’s All-American ritual.

By Di Chapman

Ah, yes. We Americans have loved our road trips since the highway system was forged from coast to coast. Remember jumping into cars with the whole family, a cooler, and the dog? We’d spread the map and rev the engine. It was awesome. I’m getting the urge to do another one soon. I’m the CFO of our household (Chief FUN Officer), and it’s invariably up to me to think of and plan things my husband and I can do for R&R. I assumed this position when I realized that while boisterousness, stuffing ourselves into cars, and monkeying around was a huge part of my family’s repertoire, my husband’s family was mostly about reading. I’m now planning road trips, the all-American summer past time, for the two of us. I’m an expert at this. My dad threw us all into a Dodge 9-passenger wagon for so many road trips, I

can’t even count them all. I now map out routes, reserve lodging, and choose the sights. This CFO knows what she’s doing. Let’s take a trip (Haha!) down memory lane and review the family experience of road trips. We’ll explore the cast of characters based upon my observations. I bet they mirror yours. My father, like fathers everywhere, was ready to go at the crack of dawn on departure day. He refused to let anyone else pack the luggage, as only he understood the geometry of the trunk, or knew how to tie down a full hood of suitcases. You stand back and don’t speak. At


don’t whine, they’ll sleep anywhere, and they never ask, “Are we there yet?” Consider swapping out the children for them. I’ll never forget a story I heard by Leo Buscaglia, Ph.D., a widely published author in the 80s and 90s. He talked about the road trips he and his family took to the beach when he was young. His description of loading up the family convertible with humans, beach chairs, coolers, and inner tubes was so true of our youth. You could almost prop someone on the back bumper and be within the law. Did anyone use seatbelts pre-1990? My husband and I took our first North Carolina drive a few weeks ago, and I insisted we avoid freeways and drive up smaller highways through North Georgia to enjoy the scenery. We ate meals at dives along the way. We laughed at billboards that advertised a plethora of BBQ places, with names like “Oinkers,” “Jimmy Pig,” and “Johnny Pork.” It doesn’t get much better than that. I ponder the clamorous road trips of yore that led to my love of the highway. I was lucky. My older brothers and their driving behaviors cushioned the potential terror my parents might have felt when I jumped into the car time after time, waving goodbye, with my sister or a girlfriend riding shotgun. When the rubber hits the road again, come along. You’ll be stuffed behind the seats. Careful though, if you need a restroom, you’ll be rolled out of the Porsche. We might see what this baby’s got and drive straight through. We’re a long way from that old station wagon these days! ❍

“Let’s go! I want to get there yesterday!” I’ve seen dads pull out of the driveway, with moms and kids chasing the car to scramble in.

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the appointed departure time, you’ll hear, “Let’s go! I want to get there yesterday!” I’ve seen dads pull out of the driveway, with moms and kids chasing the car to scramble in. On the road, when mom makes the dreaded announcement, “We need to pull into the next rest stop,” dads have been known to respond “Who has to go? We’re driving straight through!” He relents, however, and pulls into the rest stop, wishing the guilty party would roll out of the car at 5 MPH, so he doesn’t have to come to a complete stop. Moms, on the other hand, pack coolers with sandwiches, fruit and sodas for picnics, and snacks for munching in between meals. Her instructions to the kids ultimately boil down to, “Get in the car! Your father’s ready to go!” She attempts to enjoy scenery while reading the map, and to ignore her children in between “Settle down back there!” admonishments. Mom was also the “inspector” of possible motel rooms. We’d pull up to the office and before checking in, she would inspect it for cleanliness and sleep accommodations big enough for a herd. If it didn’t pass, we moved on. We kids inherited “the travel bug” from Dad. We did the normal stuff in the back seats: my brothers pounded on and wrestled with each other, read Mad magazine and superhero comic books, and fought over who had to sit on the “hump.” We sisters spent time writing songs. (I know, right?) We all switched out the awesome backward-facing third seat. With its window down, we propped up our feet, amusing drivers who passed us. Fortunately, no one started “100 Bottles of Beer on the Wall.” While Dad wouldn’t pull over for “real dinosaur eggs” or the “largest tree trunk in history,” he did pull over to show us vistas of the Rocky Mountains whenever we traversed their passes. We had white-knuckle rides as Dad negotiated the winding mountain cliffs. We prepared to die. There is one more perspective on road trips that we must acknowledge, the family dog. These guys share the back seat, and delight in the trip. They’re great at holding their bladders, and while some motels go easy on them, they’re often sneaked into rooms. They


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Roswell Businesses Hire Roswell High School Construction Program Graduates Left to right: Kevin Duke, Hernan Gonzalez, Max Pavlovich, and Justin Arias try out BIM software and the latest virtual reality used in the construction industry courtesy of  Josh Cohn and NewSouth Construction.

By Rebecca Stone When vocational education all but disappeared from our schools, we lost an invaluable and irreplaceable application of knowledge and problem solving. We now have a skills gap in our country that has Charlie Seibert and Oliver Sandreuter sign with Meer Electric. been identified as one of the Also pictured, Peter Meer and Zach Fields. most significant risks to the construction industry today as well as our economic growth as a state. To fill the void Roswell High School created its own High School Construction Program. On May 18, Roswell High School celebrated the accomplishments of its 2year-old program with an Inaugural BBQ and “Signing Day.” Oliver Sandreuter and Charlie Seibert both signed their Employee Contracts to work with Meer Electric, Josh Bethune signed with Allison-Smith Electrical Contractors and Ian Turkington agreed to an internship with Tom Reed at Milestone Homes. In addition, the Roswell High Construction Program had many students whom excelled in regional and state-wide construction competitions: Josh Bethune and Ross Smith both won silver medals at SkillsUSA Regional Competitions. Jack Fitzgerald placed 2nd in region and state SkillsUSA competitions. Alix Guest won 1st place for Construction Technology at the CTI State Competition. According to Zach Fields, Roswell Construction Lead Teacher, the Roswell High School Construction program is not “just a shop class.” Students in this program earn the 10-hour OSHA certification and other national trade certifications. Students start with core curriculum that includes construction site safety, hand and power tool safety, blueprint reading and employability skills. Specific trade areas include electrical, carpentry, masonry, plumbing, and HVAC. The skills gap in the construction industry is driving over 40 local construction business, association and union leaders to get involved in mentoring, training and hiring of these students. Signing Day highlighted the outcome of a job fair held on April 1 and the ability of the RHS Construction Program to develop skilled employees for local businesses. The RHS Construction Program is transforming lives on both sides of the hiring pool. Companies are getting involved to make a difference and filling the skills gap. Students are graduating with competencies in power tools, basic electrical and plumbing, respect for OSHA guidelines and their own work ethic. Together, the RHS Construction Program and Roswell businesses can meet the needs of Roswell students and businesses. ❍


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On the last weekend of the month, June 27 and 28, the Velvet Note hosts Songwriters In The Round featuring Jason Connely, Nikelle and Jeremy of the Well Reds. Jason Connelly is a singer/songwriter, who spent most of his life in the U.S. Southlands, and has made quite a name for himself over the past few years. This “In The Round” style is based on similar in-the-round performances at Nashville’s famous Bluebird Café and at The Velvet Note it really makes for a special experience. Beyond these performances The Velvet Note has Keeping with the stringed side of jazz, Mark Whitfield will be perform- plenty of entertainment on tap all month. ing the prior weekend on June 13 The Velvet Note is an awardand 14. The New York Times dubbed Whitfield “The Best Young Guitarist winning, beautifully-appointed in the Business” and in 1990 Warner listening room in Alpharetta/Johns Creek, Georgia, showcasing Bros. released his solo debut, The exceptional musical talent to the Marksman. The success of this accompaniment of outstanding food, spirits and service. It was specifically 855-583-5838 designed by musicians for musicians. 4075 OLD MILTON PKY For more information on show times ALPHARETTA and tickets visit their website at thevelvetnote.com www.thevelvetnote.com. ❍

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Incredible Library, Fine Rare Antique Books, Docs & Experts, Sonny Ideker & Steven Martin.

Born in San Francisco, CA to a musical family, there was never a day when Ede Wright didn’t hear either classical piano from his mother, or Jazz saxophone from his father. At the age of seven, Ede’s family landed in Tampa, FL where by random chance, he received his first guitar. On June 19 and 20 you’ll have an opportunity to hear those experiences come to life as Ede Wright performs at The Velvet Note. Several years later in 1989 when Ede moved to Atlanta, he walked in to a scene that was crackling with energy. Doors opened to amazing opportunities as Ede worked on many diverse projects with an array of artists: Destiny’s Child, K.D. Lang, David Sanborn, Bebl Gilberto, and Everything But the Girl to name just a few. Additionally, the world stage has since been opened for Wright through multiple performances throughout Europe, Israel and Japan.

Extensive collection of exceptionally fine rare glassware, Bercaws Antiques, David & Bill Bercaw

Ede Wright performs June 19 and 20 at The Velvet Note.

Wood Shop of Custom Builders. From Farm Tables to Custom Library.

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DATING WITH DI By Di Chapman

“Why do women need to wear new clothes to every function, and why do some pick ‘the wrong guy’ multiple times?” This is part 2 of the questions from David of Roswell. David works at a business I frequent, and about six weeks ago greeted me at the door with “Hey, Di! I read your columns every month!” “Even the dating one?” I asked, fully expecting to hear “Not that one.” After all, he’s a guy! His answer sent me into a swoon: “Yes, that one, too!” They say that women fall in love with what they hear. Boy, did I like what I was hearing. David has it going on. I’d give out his phone number, but I think his wife, whom he adores, would have trouble with that. So, let’s just skip to a comment he made: “You should have some stuff about what men want to know about women. I have so many questions!” I asked David to put his questions on paper, and he did. Hence, my last column was Part I of the “David Series,” and here is Part 2 regarding women and “new” clothes. Whether it’s something new from Wal-Mart, or from Saks, it has the same effect on women. New clothes means a “new” you with confidence, and a beautiful and desirable disposition. “New” makes us stand taller, whether we’re five feet or six feet. And new shoes? Be still my beating heart. Cinderella lives on. Women’s internal wiring says beauty influences our survival. In business and romance the beauties get the wealth. Adornment gives us the alluring appeal that could make the difference between attracting financial security, or being out in the cold. One more thing. Other women have radar for our new clothes and shoes. After a recent formal event, I didn’t remember all the names of

women I met, but I remembered their dresses, shoes, makeup, and hairstyles. I’m telling you. We’re all over it. Addressing your second question, I know women who go around and around with this. They say they want to marry, but seriously? They’re sabotaging their dreams of finding Prince Charming. The gentlemen with whom they have these relationships are happy to enjoy them while they last. Girls, get your brains on and knock it off! I’ll come clean on this one. I’m in my third marriage and was single beforehand for years. I dated men who were all wrong, although I had marriage proposals from other gentlemen at the same time, and said “no.” What the heck? Is this complicated enough? I remember Mom saying, as I wondered if I’d ever marry again, “Sure you will, as long as we pick the man.” I consciously decided to break my pattern, and there he was, in a crisp suit and tie with amazing manners, my Prince Charming. I batted my eyelashes and gave him adoration. This year, we’ll celebrate our 17th anniversary. ❍ Need advice on your love life? Send an email to Di at diychapman@icloud.com. All correspondence is confidential.

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A TRIBUTE TO DADS >> KIDS & KAY

By Kay Paschal

What a birds-eye view I have had over the past 20 years to watch the evolution of the role of fathers in my preschool. In fact, I Kay Paschal, Owner have joked with my Peachtree Park Prep families that I could teach a graduate course in the evolution of the family, not just the fathers, over this same time period! Eighteen years ago when I first opened my preschool, it was mostly moms, working moms as well as stay at home moms, dropping off children and being involved in school activities. Fast forward 18 years and there are many days that we have far more dads than moms dropping off their children, reading to the class, chaperoning field trips, and being actively involved in preparing their child for the school day. We have also seen the change in the roles of both parents having more freedom in the workplace to be available to their child through flextime work arrangements and working from home. Years ago moms and dads would arrive at our school in suits and heels. Now they arrive in workout clothes. Far more children of today are arriving home from school with a father (and/or mother) at home “working.” We have children being

picked up from our preschool earlier than in past years because the commute to the school has gone from downtown Atlanta to just around the corner from the “home office.” While mothers tend to be more of a nurturer and a teacher, a father’s physicality with young children gives a sense of security and emotional strength to a child that they benefit from their entire life. The rough and tumble play and the feeling of a much larger person being comforting instead of threatening gives a child an inner strength and confidence in themselves and the relationships they build. For a daughter the strength she sees in her father translates in her connections with males in the future; for a son this showing of sensitivity leads to his nurturing nature as an adult. A lot of discussion over “how to raise a man” and the changing role of a father from days of old is heard on talk shows and in psychology books. But from my bird’s eye view, I see nothing but positives from 20 years ago… a win-win for the children and the dads! We’ll end with a quote from photographer Anne Geddes: “Any man can be a Father, but it takes someone special to be a Dad” ❍ Kay Paschal, is the Owner of Peachtree Park Prep.

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It’s Easier Than You Think:

SIMPLE UPDATES FOR EXISTING LANDSCAPES By Nancy Wallace

Ground cover roses, like this Red Flower Carpet Rose, combines beautifully with Autumn Ferns.

June is a sign that the emerging of spring and summer has begun, and the month when some of my favorite shrubs leap up and shout “Hello, Summertime.” Whether you are a dedicated garden dabbler, or someone with little to no time to spend in the yard, selecting the right plants for your landscape is a critical part of planning.

For those who wish to create waves of color in the landscape, there are many roses on the market today that require little to no fussing. We are all familiar with the Knock Out Roses which have become reliable work-horses in the landscape, but they tend to outgrow their locations very quickly if they aren’t installed where they can develop into large shrubs. If you have limited space, or want plant materials that will stay under three-feet tall, think about using some of the so-called ground cover roses, like Drift Roses or Flower Carpet Roses, both of which stay evergreen for close to ten months of the year, and bloom reliably for seven to eight months (depending on the severity of fall and winter temperatures). What’s more, these roses have good disease resistance when planted in full sun with good air circulation. (Some ground cover roses, like ‘Electric Blanket’ stay small enough that they can be used in container gardens.) Ground cover roses can be used en masse to cascade over a wall or creep through a rock garden. Because of their long bloom season, combine them with other sunny perennials to create flash points in the garden. Autumn Ferns tolerate a fair bit of sun, and their strong, upright fronds make them a suitable companion to ground cover roses. Another plant-pairing for ground cover roses is lavender (my favorite being Lavandula x intermedia ‘Phenomenal’, one of the best coldhardy varieties). Tall, airy wands with blue flowers appear above the foliage, adding a nice color contrast to red and coral-colored roses. There are many ways to realize long-season color in an existing landscape. For example, if you have hardwood trees planted in the lawn (maples or oaks, for example), they are probably surrounded by “tree wells” that capture water around the trunk. (Tree wells should extend outward


Coleus is the focal point in this container garden.

toward the drip line of hardwood trees.) Take advantage of this space under the trees, and plant perennials around the outer ring of the tree well. Catmints (Nepeta) are one of the most dependable perennials due to their long bloom season and good deer resistance. Consider Nepeta racemosa ‘Blue Wonder’ or ‘Dropmore’ for planting around the edge of tree wells. Both of these catmints produce lavender-blue flowers May through September, and stay under 20” tall. They also combine beautifully with gray foliage plants like Stachys byzantina ‘Big Ears’ (Lamb’s Ear) or Senecio cineraria ‘Cirrus’ (Dusty Miller). All this discussion about landscape updates brings me back around to my favorite summer topic: container gardens. Don’t forget to assemble a few pots and place them in strategic spots around the front entry, the pool deck or patio. Nurseries are overflowing with plant materials for sun, shade, and everything in between, including edible ornamentals. (You will even find pre-potted container gardens if you need something in a hurry.) When assembling containers, use the tried-and-true “thriller, filler, spiller” principle. Choose a taller item for the “thriller” (coleus, cordyline, or cannas are possibilities), and then add filler plants like angelonia, geraniums, lantana, or alternathera. To complete the picture, tuck in a few trailers (“spillers”) that will cascade over the edges of the container: Euphorbia ‘Diamond Frost’ and Dichondra ‘Silver Falls’ perform well in hot, humid summers. Once assembled, water regularly, do a little tip pruning to keep things tidy, and fertilize once a month. Container gardens are like fresh vases of flowers scattered all over the property, only they last much longer and get more spectacular as the season progresses. Don’t be afraid to experiment with plants in containers. If something doesn’t work, switch it out and try something different. You’ll learn by doing, and get great satisfaction from your efforts. ❍ Nancy provides garden design & renovation services. Follow her blog: wallacegardens.tumblr.com

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Use bold foliage plants like Senecio cineraria 'Cirrus' (Dusty Miller) to complement other perennials.


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SUMMERTIME

Pastime LET’S EAT! By Frank Mack

This is my annual cover story. The issue where the boss, against his better judgment, gives me free rein to sit over my laptop and let loose. I’ve got a few new places to tell you about. Places that are doing fresh right, and some thoughts on why this is the best little corner of the planet! does, go wrong. Just look at our fast food industry.) At Taqueria Tsunami they do a unique Latin/Asian mix that just screams fresh and delicious at every Fresh is certainly an overused bite. The menu is anchored by a bevy word these days. Seemingly every restaurant is getting in on the “fresh” of tacos served on flat tortillas, produced in numerous combinations. act, but Taqueria Tsunami is My personal favorite is the BBQ absolutely killing it. I found this Short Rib that comes smothered in place, on the square in Marietta, a Kogi BBQ, topped with a cucumber while back—and now with a new location in east Roswell, coupled with salad. They also offer a wide selection a spot in Woodstock, these guys are becoming a force to reckoned with. Growing and expanding a successful small business is dicey and fraught with peril. The artful kitchen that works with a true fresh mantra is even harder to create. The art of the kitchen can be mysterious and nearly impossible to capture in a bottle. (The addition of more numbers to a simple equation can, and usually

TIDAL WAVE OF FLAVOR


NEIGHBORHOOD HAPPENINGS Everybody in East Cobb knows the Paper Mill Grill and opinions will range from good to bad. Something that everyone will agree on is the location at the river just off Johnson Ferry is a superb spot and a client base that looks to be impressed. Well, after having been closed for a while, The Paper Mill Grill is making a comeback and these guys are hardcore. Seasoned pros with decades of experience are working overtime to bring it back bigger and definitely better. It’s going to be hot, upscale and with a back deck that will absolutely kill, it’ll be a summer to remember. I’ll stick my neck out here and bet that Doug Torbush over at Seed will have his first big competitor in East Cobb. Folks I’m here to tell ‘ya, Roswell has gained a regional reputation with what’s happening on Canton Street, with downtown Alpharetta not far behind, but look out for East Cobb. They may not have a city hall, but that isn’t holding them back! Sticking with the East Cobb theme, I have to mention another place on Johnson Ferry called Baked. This is a hard fought success story. It’s an oddly named little haven of homemade meals and has really proven itself. Initially my response to Baked was not favorable, but I got it wrong and I’m happy to say I did. Scott Bianculli is the owner, and Scott Bianculli , owner of Baked in East Cobb he’s about to open a second location after 3 years in a crucible of picky eaters and exhausted parents, not to mention a lousy economy for most of their existence. I applaud a success story of simply good food and finding your niche. Baked is much more than baked food, in fact they’ve got a lot going on. Whether you crave fried chicken, roasted beef brisket or pecan crusted baked tilapia, they make it fresh and this place is definitely chef driven. Heck Baked Tilapia at Baked in East Cobb. they even deliver. Baked is located at 1111 Johnson Ferry Road in East Cobb. No, I have not forsaken my friends up north in Alpharetta—and I’ve got a great Italian place that you must try. Campania Pizza is the place, and the only thing these guys have wrong is the name. This is so much more than pizza… it should be Campania Bistro or just call it great because that’s what it is. This place is a super cool upscale pub serving Neapolitan style pizza. They start each pie with fresh dough and authentic Italian toppings cooked in a hand-made oven. But they don’t stop there as they have a complete Italian menu that features a wedding soup to die for and wide variety of pastas and salads that you can’t go wrong with. These guys are at 800 North Main Street in Alpharetta, and it’s worth the trip. continues on p. 30

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of appetizers, one of the highlights of which is a delicious Avocado Cilantro Egg Roll. To round out the menu they also offer delicious salads and Tsunami Bowls, which feature rice and numerous ingredient combinations. To make it even better, Taqueria Tsunami is located right next to another gem—the Foundation Social Eatery. This is a homerun for the east side of Roswell, and dare I say for all of OTP. Talk about economic recovery… just a couple of years ago this was a strip mall headed for the weeds, now it’s a can’t miss experience.


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AND FOR DESSERT…

Always a smiling face at Coffee Bianco located at 1585 Holcomb Bridge Road in Roswell.

Can we please move past Starbucks? I want to, and now I’ve got a new place to go called Coffee Bianco on Holcomb Bridge Road in Roswell. These guys serve my favorite drug, and they do it well. I’m speaking of caffeine of course—and they also do my second favorite drug, sugar, oh so well. Beyond delicious coffees these guys serve a healthy menu throughout the day and the ambiance is what I’d call conversation inducing. Meaning, go to Coffee Bianco, have a delicious beverage and even a meal, but take the time to enjoy the place. Relax, life is short and places like this make the ride more enjoyable. Speaking of desserts can I just rant here about how sweet life is here in the north OTP area? I live in Roswell, my business City Antiques, is here as well. I’ve lived in East Cobb, Buckhead, Chamblee and Midtown, and even a few places I forget. That is a total of 20 years in the Old South as a Chicago transplant and I have to say that our neighborhoods here are the best in the country. We live where almost everyone else wishes they could. These days people who are ITP drive out here to eat. This is where it is happening. The North side, or OTP, whatever you call it, we’re at the head of the pack—and if you prefer heat over frostbite like I do, its even better. Beyond these great restaurants, there are numerous fresh farmers markets available to everyone nearly every weekend throughout the year.

Andrea George of Rapid Gourmet at the Roswell Farmers & Artisans Market Our local markets make every Saturday morning better. They get us out of chain stores and back into the community and we’re better for it. I honestly believe it’s better for us as humans, Americans, Georgians or Earthlings…however you want to call it. I love the environment here that makes our small businesses and families possible. They are America’s backbone. Small businesses, our parks, our schools and local volunteer groups all have trouble getting the word out in the crowded media landscape. There are a lot of folks who volunteer at places like East Cobb Park or the Roswell Historical Preservation Society and numerous others who preach community involvement. We have history, cemeteries, libraries and people to care for, work with and live with. There are places to see, people to meet and things to talk about. So this summer get out and enjoy our surroundings. We’re very lucky to be here at this time and place. ❍


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