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May 30 The largest Memorial Day ceremony in Georgia had its start in 1997 when twelve patriotic individuals came together to create a truly unique Memorial Day event, today known as Roswell Remembers. It is a non-political, non-commercial ceremony honoring veterans and the sacrifices they made in protecting our freedom. That first ceremony attracted approximately 1,800 individuals. From that humble beginning, came the Roswell Memorial Day Ceremony, an event that attracts approximately 6,000-7,000 people from throughout Georgia and the southeast. The event starts at 10 a.m. and will feature guest speaker Major General Ronald Johnson at 11 a.m. There will also be live music and military displays. Roswell Remembers is a joint effort of the City of Roswell; Roswell Rotary Club; and the Recreation, Parks, Historic and Cultural Affairs Department of Roswell. For more info visit www.roswellmemorialday.com.

May7 The 2016 Riverside Sounds Concert Series kicks off with this soul funk act from Australia. Equal parts New Orleans Funk, driving Blues, jazzy Soul and outback Mojo, this southern blues/roots music is from the very deepest South—Australia. Geoff is a jaw-dropping, crowd-pleasing guitar virtuoso with a rich vocal style.  He’s been chosen as one of the “Top Ten Hottest New Guitarists” by Guitar Player magazine, followed by their “Top 100+ Guitarists You Should Know” roster. There will be food trucks available from 6 – 9 p.m., but guests are also invited to bring their own picnic and chairs. The City of Roswell’s Recreation, Parks, Historic and Cultural Affairs Department produces Riverside Sounds concerts. For more information, visit roswellriversidesounds.com and learn more on social media by following #RiversideSounds.

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May 14 This annual event benefiting the Chattahoochee Nature Center features an elegant evening of gourmet food, music, drinks, dancing, and a live and silent auction on the beautifully lit grounds of the CNC. The Chattahoochee Nature Center is the Southeast’s largest, private non-profit natural science learning center with 127 acres of preserved wetlands and woodlands. The Center has been dedicated to connecting people to nature and focuses all of its programs and exhibits on the local animal and plant life for 40 years. All proceeds support CNC’s efforts to connect people to nature and our vital water source, the Chattahoochee River. For tickets and additional info visit www.chattnaturecenter.org >> EVERYBODY LOVES AN UNDERDOG

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Taste Of Alpharetta

May 12 The Taste of Alpharetta has become an annual tradition for festival goers, families and food connoisseurs. Mark your calendars to dine in Downtown Alpharetta at over 60 restaurants in one fun night. Sample delicious appetizers, entrees and desserts from the top chefs in town. Enjoy culinary demonstrations, activities for all ages and entertainment to please every palate. Admission is free; you may purchase food tickets on site at our ticket booths for $.50 each. Restaurants participating in the Taste of Alpharetta will not accept cash (tickets only). Restaurants charge $1-3 per food sample. The Music Stage will have harmonic rock/folk/R&B bands. A separate Culinary Competition Stage will pair top area chefs against one another in five categories: Best Appetizer/Salad, Best Fast Casual, Best Fine Dining, Best Presentation, and Best Dessert. Award winners are presented on the Main Stage at approximately 8:30 p.m. Vote for the People’s Choice Award prior to 7:00 p.m.

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Melissa Fay Greene is the New York Times bestselling author of Praying for Sheetrock, The Temple Bombing, Last Man Out, and No Biking in the House Without a Helmet. Her honors include numerous awards including: two National Book Award nominations, a National Book Critics Circle Award nomination, and the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award. She presents her newest book, The Underdogs: Children, Dogs, and the Power of Unconditional Love at the MJCCA located in Dunwoody. In The Underdogs, Greene shares a few more extraordinary stories of dogs bringing children with disabilities and their familys new levels of engagement with the world, independence, and self-worth. She explores these often Lassie-like canine miracles by the light of the latest findings in neuroscience and animal behavior. Ticket prices are $10-$15. For information, visit www.atlantajcc.org.

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May 15 Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails isn’t just known for what it puts on diners’ tables. It’s also known for the process of getting it there. This summer and autumn the Crabapple restaurant offers guests the opportunity to enjoy that process up close. During each of the Garden Dinner Series events, guests will have the opportunity to tour Milton’s acre, a farm where the


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Yaarab Shrine Circus and Fair May 20-30 The largest Shrine Circus and Fair in North America is back for its 74th year at Jim Miller Park in Marietta. Packed with more excitement than ever, this year’s Tarzan Zerbini Circus features several new acts under the Big Top including the World Famous Wallenda Family; The Flying Cortes; The Zerbini Animals including the Nerger’s Lion and Tigers and the Close Encounter of the Exotic Kind;, The Amazing Videlas and the Real Steel Riders presenting their Motorcycle Globe of Fire; and the always hilarious Red Devil Clowns. New for 2016 will be a spectacular fireworks show on both Saturday nights of the Shrine Circus, the Scott’s Future of Magic Show, and the Kachunga the Alligator Show! Returning again this year is the Robinson’s Racing Pigs and Paddling Porkers Show. Fun family entertainment with 35 rides for all ages. Be entertained and amazed, then fill up on all your favorite carnival foods—corn dogs, funnel cakes, and cotton candy, just to name a few. www.2016shrinecircus.com. >>LOOK IT’S A PLANE!

Open House At DeKalb-Peachtree Airport

May 14 If you’re not aware the DeKalbPeachtree Airport is a great place for kids to spot planes and yes-even play. The airport is home to a great secret spot to spot small commuter planes up close, a nice playground for kids and even a restaurant. Annually, they hold a good neighbor day open house and airshow. This years’ event is on May 14 from 12 to 5 p.m. and will feature helicopter and biplane rides, an airshow, a big band jazz concert with The Atlanta Blue Notes and special activities for kids. There is no admission to the event though there is a $40 cost for the air rides. For more info visit pdkairshow.com. >>A CELEBRATION FOR ALL!

Last Day of School May 25 & 26 While there is no official celebration every parent and commuter can celebrate the last day of school. Locally the Cobb kids get out on May 25 with the Fulton kids the next day. Congrats to all of the local graduates and now we can enjoy less traffic and hopefully a great summer ahead!

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restaurant grows its fresh produce, then sit as the sun sets to enjoy a four-course family-style meal accompanied by wine pairings as a cellist performs. Dates for the 2016 dining series include May 15, June 12, July 17, August 21, Sept. 18 and Oct. 9. Tickets to the Garden Dinner Series are $135 per person, per dinner. Tickets are nonrefundable and include wine pairings, tax, and gratuity. The dinners start at 6 p.m. or 7 p.m., depending on the sunset. To purchase tickets, visit miltonscuisine.com.


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THE ANTIDOTE TO COUCH POTATO SYNDROME

By Jessica Diamond

May is, in many ways, one of the most highly anticipated months of the year. Students anxiously await the end of school, professionals look forward to their vacations (and significantly more manageable rush hour traffic), and parents anticipate the shift in the family dynamic as the kids happily adopt later wake up calls and looser schedules. Luckily, the weather is normally beautiful in May and the entire metro area is alive with activity. You need hardly walk outside to find entertainment, both new and long standing. The annual culinary highlight of my life has returned and I can already smell the souvlaki. The Marietta Greek Festival is back for its 26th year with everyone’s favorite Greek food, drinks, dances, and a huge marketplace dripping with fine art and jewelry. If you have yet to experience this immersive festival, I seriously question your decision-making skills and implore you to gather a group together for this year’s festivities. Y’all have a lot of time to make up for. This May 13–15, make your way over to the Holy Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church for fantastic food and a large dose of Greek culture. Enjoy learning the ancient Greek traditions, dance,s and customs with those who live them and become a Greek for the day. After all, there are only two kinds of people, right? “Greeks, and everyone else who wish they was Greek.” After that, make sure to stuff your face with fresh Greek salads, gyros, spanakopita, and much more. Don’t forget the desserts, such as baklava sundaes, and a piping cup of authentic Greek coffee. Still not convinced? Check www.mariettagreekfestival.com for more details. Opa! If there is one thing the people of Georgia take very seriously, it’s showing respect and support for our veterans. This is evidenced by the fact that we play host to some of the largest Memorial Day ceremonies in the southeast. Roswell Remembers is one of the biggest and well attended Memorial Day tributes in


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aeronautics, it’s going to be a great time. Learn more about the airshow and open house at www.pdkairshow.com. Tired of your kids getting the house messy? Then you should take them to Paint Wars. Paint Wars is a large paint fight where participants of any age or fitness level can compete in 5 fitness stations then participate in a huge epic paint battle. Once the challenges are completed and everyone is warmed up, the battlefield is set and the paint uncovered. Then, it becomes a massive dance party paint fight. What more do you need on a nice spring day? Be sure Alpharetta Arts StreetFest to visit the website and get your tickets most of them veterans, and even offers ASAP before the price goes up or tickets run out. This is one you will visitors the chance to pay tribute to their veterans on an open microphone. regret missing! Visit www.paintwars.com/events/atlanta for For details on Roswell Remembers, more information and ticket sales. Let visit www.roswellmemorialday.com. the paint wars begin! Not to be outdone, Alpharetta also Whatever you choose to do in May, offers a Memorial Day celebration. It try to make sure it’s not just vegging starts at 9:30 a.m. at Alpharetta City out on the couch with Netflix. That cerHall and coincides with the Alpharetta Arts StreetFest, which is tainly has its time and place, but there are so many exciting and unique things running in the Historic Downtown happening out in world. Go from May 28–30. experience something new, and then Looking for some entertainment reflect on it while you’re searching for that’s inexpensive, gets everyone out into the fresh air and is a little outside the next series to binge watch. You’ll be glad you did! ❍ the box? Saturday, May 14 join the “plane folks” for the DeKalb Peachtree Airport’s Annual Good Neighbor Day Airshow and Open House. Admission is free and guests have the opportunity to purchase rides in helicopters and various kinds of small planes for a truly unique view of the city. Participants will enjoy airshow performances by professional daredevils such as Team Aeroshell, Larry King (no, not that one), Greg Koontz, and Marietta Greek Festival more. Browse the many vendors and aviation exhibitors while you’re serenaded by The Atlanta Blue Notes, a popular local band that specializes in danceable bigband jazz. Between the toe tapping tunes and the acrobatic the area with an average of 6,000 to 7,000 attendees on average, though the number grows each year. The ceremony is held each year on the lawn of Roswell City Hall (May 30, 2016) and features a number of speakers,


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PEOPLE ARE CONFUSED, ARE YOU? By Robert Fezza and Steve Siders

With a combined 35 years of experience providing personal financial advice, we know what people mean when they say they are confused. We have heard far too many stories about the experiences they have had trying to get it right. Life is hard. Going it alone takes time and it is not easy. On the other hand finding someone you can depend on, to do what’s right, can be even harder. If you think about it you don’t have many chances to hire the right person to get it right, to help you maximize the use of your money, while avoiding financial mistakes.

your best interests at heart or their company’s? Those two are not always synonymous. This is not a condemnation of the people that make a living providing honest advice and quality products, but it does cause us to pause and ask: could it be any more complicated? We suggest you keep it simple. There is an easy way to find help that is experienced and ethical. Simply look for this 3-letter designation, CFP®, to identify individuals who have earned the right to call themselves CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERTM We have concluded that people are confused Professionals. They have signed an oath to deliver because the industry we work in, called Financial the highest standard of ethics and financial Services, is convoluted. Banking has been around planning services to make sure you are on the right since the introduction of currency, and life track. Look for the CFP® designation when hiring insurance was first sold in ancient Rome. Stocks someone to help you have meaningful conversations were first issued by European companies involved in about your money. To learn more about CFP Board trade in the East Indies to spread the risk (and share and to find a CFP® Professional, check out the webthe reward) to fund their operations. site, www.LetsMakeAPlan.org. ❍ And what about now? Insurance agents still sell Robert Fezza, CFP® and Steve insurance, stock brokers still sell stocks and bonds, Siders, CFP® own Odyssey and bankers still offer checking accounts and loans, Personal Financial Advisors, 500 but almost all of them now offer most of their Sun Valley Drive, Suite A-6, competitors’ products too. And maybe most confusRoswell, GA. Their firm ing is the tendency the industry has to interchange specializes in working with people who are serious about the titles they use on business cards. making progress towards their financial goals. Odyssey So whom can you trust? It’s difficult to assess an manages portfolios greater than $500,000. 770-992individual’s intentions when the industry, and the 4444, www.odysseypfa.com. Securities offered through products represented, are confusing. Do they have Cetera Financial Specialists LLC, member FINRA/SIPC.


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ROSWELL LIVE! Series Finishes With High Profile Acts

“Hooking Up with The Second City,” at Roswell LIVE! on May 7. By Tripp Liles

The LIVE! In Roswell series has been a rousing success and has shed much needed light on the beautiful gem that is the Roswell Cultural Arts Center. The 2015-16 schedule is coming to a close with shows in May and June. Legendary improv comedy theater company, The Second City, returns to the stage on May 7 with Hooking Up with The Second City, a must-see new show all about relationships, featuring hilarious sketches, songs, and world-famous improvisation from Chicago’s best and brightest. This gaspingly funny revue is a modern mix of romance, rancor, and everything in between, making mirth out of all the crazy things we do for love in a special one-night-only performance as part of the LIVE! In Roswell series. This show is recommended for adults due to language and theme. This show is an annual sellout, so get tickets early. Second City alumni include such greats as Jerry Stiller, Alan Arkin, Joan Rivers, Dan Aykroyd, Chris Farley, Steve Carell, and Tina Fey, just to name a few. Bottom line is these guys have strong comedic roots and the show will not disappoint. The LIVE! series comes to a conclusion on June 11 with a special

performance by Edwin McCain. Called the “great American romantic” by the New York Times, Edwin McCain has built an enviable career over the past 20 years by balancing his massive pop success with an impressive year-round touring schedule. His enduring love songs (and wedding must-haves) “I’ll Be” and “I Could Not Ask For More” aren’t just for the romantic at heart. Every year American Idol and The Voice contestants turn to Edwin’s ballads to help them win over judges and fans alike (just ask last season’s Idol winner, Nick Fradiani). Even Justin Bieber has been known to belt out “I’ll Be” during his own concerts. “The 15-year-old me would have crawled through a river of fire to be the 41-year-old singer/songwriter that I am today, and I remember that. I am incredibly grateful to be able to do this,” said McCain. Tickets for the series are available at www.roswellcac.com or by calling 770-594-6232.

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By Kirsten Ricci

There are some big things happening along Old Alabama Road in East Roswell. Two separate developments have been approved and will begin to break ground in the near future. The Swift School will be building its new campus on Old Alabama near Market Street. They will be relocating from their current home on Grimes Bridge. The second Development, a 56-unit townhome community, will also front Old Alabama but will be closer to Riverside Drive. What does this mean for the much discussed Riverwalk development? One can conclude, that if it ever does get some traction it will be a much smaller concept. There is now a problem of disconnected development, which has been a plague on suburbs for years. The idea of having connected development, at a reasonable size, would be a win-win. In order for developments to gain in value they must be surrounded by quality development with lasting appeal. Retail and residential development in this area has been problematic for over a decade now. Let’s hope that good leadership leads to great development. Coleman Preserve Perhaps you’ve noticed a large clearing at Coleman Road and Highway 120 leading to East Cobb. A new neighborhood called “Coleman Preserve” is currently prepping the lots. The neighborhood will consist of 36 new single-family homes. Crabapple Middle School The Fulton County Schools capital plan overview was sent out recently and it looks as if Crabapple Middle School in Roswell is scheduled for replacement. No specifics have been mentioned, so look here for more info as it becomes available. Roundabouts In other news—The Houze Road roundabout is underway with construction expected to last about 9 months. Roswell, along with GDOT has done a great job with the Norcross Street roundabout and I expect the Houze

Road project to be another winner. While it may be painful during construction, the long-term results will only help to improve that intersection and the home values of those in the surrounding areas. Repaving Projects Highway 120 (East Cobb/Roswell) and a stretch of Highway 9 in Roswell are being resurfaced. The city does a great job of keeping the roads looking good and the groundskeepers are top notch. All of which only makes our cities more attractive to prospective businesses and homebuyers. Mandatory Car Homes The Unified Development Code in Roswell is currently being reviewed and major changes are being proposed. The big news is all about garages, to have or not to have, that is truly the question. Roswell City Council is working to add to the UDC that any new residential development must have a garage. I am a bit confused why this is actually something up for discussion. It seems rather arbitrary until you think about what that means for homeowners. How detailed will this code get in determining the shape, and size of these mandatory car homes? What about existing homes either without garages or that have carports? Will this lead to future issues with selling? For now these homes may be grandfathered in, but five years from now the new homeowner may have to bring the home to current code. Then there is the question—what are they trying to eliminate? Any type of

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development that isn’t a single family home? To grow our communities successfully we need diversity in home types, styles, functions, and price points. Residences must be interconnected so that they feel like community. There is no correlation with having or not having a garage that moves the needle in a positive direction. Unfortunately right now in Roswell, politics are playing a huge role in development and it’s literally costing the city millions in lost investment. We will keep you updated on this and other issues as they progress. ❍ Kirsten Ricci is a Roswell resident and a Keller Williams Agent who specializes in residential real estate in the north metro Atlanta area. She can be reached at 678-472-3832, kirsten@roswellrealty.net. Her site is www.klrgrouprealestate.com.

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CONFESSIONS OF A SMART PHONE ADDICT Or, Put Away That !@#$ Phone! By Beth Nitschke

I must confess, I have a rather Pavlovian reaction to the “note” text tone my iPhone emits each time I receive a new message. It doesn’t matter if I’m expecting a reply, or whether it’s a friend or my children, Old Navy, or the dentist. I hear the tone and jump to see what adoring admirer is seeking my attention. Except there are no admirers, only mundane reminders interspersed with cute messages, much like email, but rarely is it anything that requires my immediate attention. The instant gratification my smart phone often gives me definitely has a darker downside. My impatience to receive a reply from whoever I’m texting brings out a whiny, annoying inner voice saying “why hasn’t so-and-so texted me back yet?” I cannot tell you how many times I’ve waited in carpool line on a child who’s running late, creating a level of stress in myself that simply didn’t exist before I could text her. That stress turns into relationship trouble as the gaping void between me, phone in hand, message at the ready, and the other party, busy and not even looking at the phone, grows larger and larger until I’m convinced that person must be put out with me, or if it’s a kid, is in some kind of terrible danger. The resulting unnatural panic is bad for my health, and my friendships. This is in no way an admonition to anyone else, just a public confession of my misuse of technology. Frankly, I love seeing cute pictures of my friends’

children posted frequently on Facebook. And if you’re out at a great restaurant, go ahead and tweet or regram that delightful looking meal. I will say, as anyone else would, it’s truly bad manners to be sitting across from someone, anyone, for business or pleasure, furiously posting or texting away as though there’s not a human being sitting there with you. And while at a party, updating your Facebook feed, about said party, is a bit much. But everyone knows that. When there isn’t a human being with you, however, I find my iPhone quite comforting. I recently had a lunch date cancel on me at the last minute, and decided to go ahead and take myself to lunch. As I sat at the bar, perfectly content, I was able to catch up with a couple of friends I hadn’t talked to, and keep myself entertained rather than feeling blue about dining alone. Becoming engrossed in the action of my phone had the added benefit of repelling people from talking to me whom I really didn’t want talking to me. Rude? We each must decide for ourselves. ❍ Beth Nitschke is a native of the Roswell area. She is a mother of three, a home school mom, and a writer. She lives with her kids and their family dog in East Cobb.

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By Jessica Diamond A bumblebee should not be able to fly. It has a large, heavy body and small, thin wings. However, know one has told her this. So she flaps her wings as hard and as fast as she can so that she can fly. It’s not probable, but it is possible. This is the story Tillie O’Neal-Kyles, aka Miss Tillie, and her team share with the thousands of struggling women who pass through the Every Woman Works self-sufficiency training programs. These women often walk through the doors with a sense of hopelessness and dependency. They leave with a new perspective on life, on themselves, and on their potential. “This is my legacy,” Miss Tillie said. “I worked in the corporate world for more than 30 years. When I retired, I realized that I wanted to make a difference and lead a purpose driven life. I’ve been a single parent and someone who has dealt with a number of life challenges. I learned how to survive and succeed and I wanted to share all of that with others who are struggling.” Recently, Every Woman Works cut the ribbon for the Bee Boutique on Roswell’s Founders Square. Bee Boutique is a high-end clothing boutique that provides women the opportunity to apply the job

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skills they acquire during Every Woman Works training and gain real world retail experience to better prepare them for sustainable careers. The proceeds from the boutique are used to fund the training programs and supply these women with the resources they need to become self-sufficient. “I realized that in order for a this to work, to help women become self sufficient, you have to be working,” Miss Tillie said. “We teach job skills, life skills, things they need to be useful in society. Major companies hire our women and then come to us askTillie O’Neal-Kyles, aka Miss Tillie, (in white) and her team at Bee Boutique. ing for more. We offer a certification program with 60 hours of classroom training and sev- Tillie said. “We help these women change their way eral months of real world experience. Because of this, of thinking and restore their hope in themselves. We they get hired. Not only that, they retain those jobs.” teach them that they are not their habits and transform their perspective. It’s a battle of the mind, Every Woman Works serves women from a large but once you change your way of thinking, you variety of backgrounds with everything from domeschange your life.” tic abuse to drug addiction to rebuilding lives after Learn more about Every Woman Works and Miss homelessness and incarceration. Tillie’s programs at www.everywomanworks.info. “Our programs are successful because we take a The Bee Boutique is now open in Roswell. ❍ holistic approach with faith at the foundation,” Miss

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Jim Coyle, President of Roswell Rotary, kicks off the Rotary Dream Field with help from Morgan Rogers.

try leader in adaptive fields to find out what would be involved. He told us it In April, Roswell opened its first adapwould take 3–5 years and more than tive sports field known as the “Rotary $500,000–$700,000 to achieve what Dream Field” located at the Waller we wanted. Here we are less than a Park. This field, based heavily on the year later, field completed and radically therapeutic adaptive fields built by the under the projected cost. It’s a huge nationally recognized Miracle League, win and a great project for Rotary.” will allow for those with mental and The Roswell Rotary Club primarily physical barriers to participate in funded the field and Kristen Ballou of sports such as softball and baseball like Meridian Group Partners secured never before. The field is designed so several major grants. A private donor that those with wheelchairs and also made a significant contribution walkers would have no issues with with the parks department access to a specialized turf field contributing the remainder. The field is designed to serve a wide range of abilialmost entirely paid for, though further ties. donations will be required to keep the “We’ve recognized the need for somefield, and the adaptive sports programs thing like this for a while,” Roswell running. resident, business owner, and Roswell “There are so many ways people can Rotarian Theodora Keyserling said. get involved,” Keyserling said. “As we “The closest adaptive field was in develop further programming, we are Milton, so accessibility was a huge going to need more than just financial issue. Morgan Rogers (Director of the support. We will need volunteers and Roswell Recreation and Parks buddies to help the adaptive Department) and I met with an induscommunity participate. The costs for a By Jessica Diamond

child with physical or mental barriers to participate in rec programs is normally twice, or even triple the cost of a child without such limitations. We do not want that burden to fall on the parents and families.” With the success of the miracle field, the Roswell parks department has ambitions to improve sensory development and adaptive access to other areas as well. Playgrounds and other existing facilities can be improved, but in some cases entirely new facilities are needed. If you would like to get involved, Roswell Mayor Jere Wood and his wife Claudia are hosting a fundraiser at their home May 15 from 6–9 p.m. and all ticket proceeds will benefit the Dream Field. Tickets can be purchased at  http://friendsoftheroswellparks.com /support/fundraising-events. Or to make a donation directly to the Rotary Dream Field please visit  http://friendsoftheroswellparks. com/support/fund-a-dream. ❍


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presented by WellStar North Fulton Hospital

THIS OLD DOG LIKES THE NEW TRICKS By Debbie Keel, President, WellStar North Fulton Hospital I’ve always thought of myself as flexible, someone who can adapt to the changing world, both personally—full nest to empty nest to nest full of grandchildren—and professionally—from a director of public relations to a hospital president. Though lately I’ve come to realize that while I’ve watched myself become more open to other people, groups, and beliefs as I’ve matured and traveled and even lived in different parts of the country, I’m still set in my ways (my husband grills our steaks every Sunday, all Fall plans revolve around football, and I always go to the same place for my manicure). So, when I heard North Fulton Hospital would become part of WellStar Health System (and myself a new employer and boss), I started to have heart palpitations—both from excitement and fear of change. As most everyone knows by now, North Fulton Hospital has become WellStar North Fulton Hospital. While North Fulton has long fulfilled its role as a community hospital, it’s done so mostly as a sole provider, despite being part of a national healthcare system. So, here we are a little over a month after that transition and this old dog had to learn some new tricks—most of them pretty good. My primary lesson: There is something special about a home-grown health system, both as an employer and healthcare provider. WellStar has its roots in Northwest Georgia, where what would become its first hospital, opened in 1950 as a post-WWII Marietta hospital called Kennestone. The hospital’s total cost to build: $1.5 million, about the cost of a new CT scanner today. Since that first hospital opened, much has changed both in the healthcare field and at WellStar, which now operates 11 hospitals and employs some 20,000 people. A lot has changed about North Fulton Hospital in its 33 years of existence as well, both in service expansion into things like interventional cardiology, as well as our dedicated team of about 900. But, while the two entities existed and grew separately, it seems they have long held the same beliefs about quality of care and service offered to their communities. Now that we are part of WellStar, that culture of excellence will only be stronger. It starts with a strong team—one diligent in its efforts to provide outstanding care to its community—and it ends with bedside care that is caring and compassionate. Exciting things will begin to happen at your community provider as we take our place in WellStar and become a living, breathing example of WellStar’s vision to deliver world-class healthcare. It’s a journey, and we are up to the challenge. ❍

WellStar North Fulton Hospital Community Calendar May – July 2016 SUPPORT GROUPS 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 678-694-8726 to register or to obtain more information.

foundation of fellowship in this group. to be prepared and responsible For more information please call David babysitters. Bring a doll or stuffed at 770-862-2564. animal and a sack lunch and drink. $30.

Breast Cancer Support Group

American Heart Association Heartsaver CPR*

First Thursday of every month 10:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m. Cope and connect with others who are facing the same struggles. Please call Sarah Bentley, RN, Oncology Services Manager, at 770-751-2556 for location and to register.

Saturday 5/21 and 7/30. 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.

Lupus Support Group

Saturday 5/14, 6/11, and 7/9. The Diabetes Association of Atlanta (DAA) offers classes at NFH to teach diabetes self-management skills. Call Anna Albritton, MS, RD, LD at 404-527-7180 to register.

Third Saturday of every month, 11 a.m. –1 p.m. Classroom C. Informal Wednesday 5/11 and 7/13, meetings to share experiences and 10 a.m. to noon. learn from others. Guest speakers A cosmetologist will discuss how to occasionally present and we also care for skin and hair to combat the participate in some Lupus Foundation appearance-related side effects of cancer treatment. Free make-up and of America events. Contact Julie for skin care products are provided. Call 1- more info: 404-626-2394 or lupusgroup4roswell@gmail.com.. 800-227-2345 to register.

Look Good, Feel Better

Diabetes Self-Management Workshop

Water Birth

Thursdays 5/5, 5/19, 6/2, 6/16, 6/30, 7/14, and 7/28, at 7:00 p.m. For couples desiring to learn about the Alzheimer’s Association option of a water birth delivery. Epilepsy Support Group Completion of the class is required to The third Wednesday of every month, 7-9 Caregiver Support Group Every Fourth Saturday of the month from be considered for water birth at NFH. p.m. Classroom A/B 10 a.m.– 11 a.m. Classroom C. $30.00 per couple; registration People with epilepsy as well as their family and care-providers are invited Please join our monthly support group required. for caregivers and family members of to attend this support group. The Maternity Tours individuals diagnosed with Alzheimer’s meetings will provide time for Please join one of our Women’s Health attendees to share helpful information or related disorders. The support nurses in the hospital atrium on group offers a place to share and resources from their own alternating Tuesdays at 4 p.m. and information, support each other and experiences. Educational Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. for a guided tour learn about resources in your presentations by professionals will of the Labor and Delivery suites, community. Call Christine at sometimes be offered. Please contact Mother/Baby Unit and the Neonatal 404-786-3433 for more information. Tim for more information at ICU. The tour lasts about one hour. 770-667-9363.

Stroke Support Group Fourth Wednesday of every month from 6:30p.m. to 7:30p.m. North Fulton Hospital; ACE Dayroom Please join Stroke survivors, caregivers, and families to share and support one another. The group is facilitated by the Stroke Program Coordinator, and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. RSVP to Keisha C. Brown at 770-751-263 1 or Keisha.Carter@tenethealth.com.

Gamblers Anonymous Every Thursday, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Classroom C Anyone interested in stopping gambling is invited to attend this 12step program. Anonymity is the

COMMUNITY EDUCATION

Babysitting Workshop Saturday5/7, 6/4, and 7/23, 10 a.m–3 p.m. Teaches children ages 11 –14 how SPECIAL EVENT

Free CPR Training* Saturday June 11, 9:00 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. Please call 770-751-2660.

SPECIAL EVENT

LifeSouth Blood Drive Friday May 20, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 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. *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.


Left to right – Jacque Alt, vice president of operations, Surgical Services, WellStar Kennestone Hospital; Angela Payne, director of Surgical Services, Wellstar North Fulton Hospital; Elizabeth Perry-Dickson, manager, Operating Room, WellStar North Fulton Hospital; Brenda Scott, manager, Perioperative Services, WellStar North Fulton Hospital

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NEW LOGO UNVEILED FOR WELLSTAR NORTH FULTON HOSPITAL

Jim Budzinski, Executive VP, Pictured with Lindsey Petrini, Interim Chief Operating Officer at WellStar North Fulton Hospital.

April 1, the first day of operations as a not-forprofit. Just a few hours beforehand, exterior and interior signs were updated to reflect the hospital’s new inclusion in WellStar. Permanent signage is slated for installation in the future. Jim Budzinski, WellStar’s chief financial officer, offered a warm welcome to all of the Community officials and businesspeople hospital’s team members as they joined the joined leaders and team members from WellStar family. He pledged that as a not-forWellStar Health System and WellStar North profit, WellStar will continue to reinvest back Fulton Hospital for a logo unveiling ceremony into the community with new treatments and in the hospital’s atrium on the morning of technologies. ❍

North Fulton Hospital became WellStar North Fulton Hospital last month and is now a member of the largest and most integrated health system in Georgia, providing worldclass healthcare to the community.


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NORTH FULTON LEADERS CELEBRATE NEW WELLSTAR TEAM Community members, public figures and partners celebrated with physicians, team members and leadership from WellStar North Fulton Hospital and WellStar Health System on Thursday, April 14 at the Metropolitan Club in Alpharetta.

Steve Stroud, Executive Director of Roswell INC addresses the crowd gathered to celebrate WellStar entering the North Fulton community.

Left to right – Brandon Reese, executive director, Government Relations, WellStar Health System; Rep. Chuck Martin (R – Alpharetta); Debbie Keel, president, WellStar North Fulton Hospital; and Steve Stroud, executive director of Roswell INC.

…a warm welcome for all North Fulton Hospital team members as they join WellStar.

Debbie Keel, president of WellStar North Fulton Hospital; Steve Stroud, executive director of economic and community development at Roswell, Inc.; and Candice Saunders, chief executive officer of WellStar Health System welcomed the community to the event and shared their vision for the future of healthcare in Roswell, Alpharetta and surrounding areas. They emphasized that as the hospital’s team is committed to continue providing the excellent care the community deserves, and as a not-for-profit, will reinvest funds back into new treatments and services. “We remain dedicated to serving the North Fulton community,” Keel said. “As part of WellStar Health System, we have a vision of providing worldclass healthcare starting with preventative health services and including cutting-edge treatments for a range of complex medical cases. We’re here to serve you.” ❍

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ARTS

City Antiques, located at 700 Holcomb Bridge Road in Roswell, is having an anniversary party this May. It’s not an average celebration, mind you. Owner Frank Mack (yes our food columnist) is having a special art show on May 14 featuring art from several local artists, including pieces from Mack, Drew Benton, and to be completely honest, the author of this column. This is yet another example of how City Antiques is separating itself from the other antique stores in the metro Atlanta area. If you have not been to City Antiques, this is the month to check the place out. It is truly a gem. Yes, I’m biased but see for yourself and shoot me an email if I’m lying. All artists in the show are exhibiting work that is in a modern, contemporary, expressionist style. Mack has been emphasizing an increasing awareness of the local art scene and this is a way to reach a new audience, while also bringing unrepresented artists into the light. “The series I have assembled is called Rooted in Love. I am very excited to share these pieces,” Benton said. “I’ve been looking forward to the show for some time. My hope is that others will find and

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appreciate the beauty of my work.” Beyond the show City Antiques will be featuring a wide variety of special activities throughout the month. Each Sunday they will draw for $100 gift certificates. On the 21st there is a scavenger hunt with a DJ and cookout for only $25 per person, or $10 for just the food. On the 26th they will feature “Live After 5 in the Courtyard,” which benefits local charities, and will continue monthly through Labor Day. The celebration winds up on the 28th with a Customer Appreciation Party that features an ID and valuation event. Think about this day as an Antiques Road Show for Roswell. Bring up to 3 items with a suggested donation of $5 for each to be donated to charity. City Antiques is a true representation of small

Drew Benton getting ready for show at City Antiques.

business America. Mack started his businesses in the worst economic climate any of us have known. He survived, has thrived, and is now building something truly special. “Celebrating making it past 5 years in this economy? That alone is enough,” Mack said. “We’re grateful to be celebrating art and artists as a business. I consider it to be a priceless honor.” Check this place out folks you will not be disappointed. For more info visit www.cityantiques.com or give them a call at 770-645-2525. ❍

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IS YOUR LIFE IN BALANCE? Is that even achievable? “Don’t bother going home, and don’t even think about carpooling with the folks who leave at quitting time.”

By Di Chapman

Ahh, “balance.” It’s a term batted around to define someone who is in a comfortable state of equilibrium because of setting priorities in their work and private life. The term “work-life balance” is accepted to mean that we should enjoy equilibrium at work, and tame the demands of our careers so they don’t overwhelm our ability to enjoy our personal lives. This ability to have balance at work means you control your time and calendar and have “space” to think creatively. It

means you can be free of fighting the fires that ignite all around, and even leave your work at the office when you go. It means you can push away stressful thoughts to give yourself an idyllic home life. Wow, really? How many of you listen to the “experts” who wax poetically about the necessity of balance? Did ya find it? Or are you with me and millions of others who are listening and wondering, “Who are these self-appointed gurus of the mellow among us?” Who thought of this stuff? Someone with time on their hands and nothing to do? Wasn’t me! I haven’t had time on my hands since I was a child. My maxed out schedule first started with studying to maintain a straight “A” grade average in high school. I added to this by making my own clothes and working in production at a local

newspaper. Then, becoming a “shop girl” selling women’s clothing was added to the mix. Finally, I became the editor of our high school newspaper and worked on the yearbook. The last one was the result of a crush, but hey, it’s still work. My point is, I became “out of balance” at a very young age. However, I pursued one leisure activity in the early mornings, cutting back on sleep. I lived in Lake Havasu City, Arizona, and the waterskiing and boating are considered some of the most beautiful anywhere. My friends and I would hit the lake at sunrise to water ski while it was like glass and still made it to class by 7:30 a.m. How in the world can we link the words “balance” with work, life, and family? I don’t know about your house, but ours is in a constant state of movement, often frenetic,

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We all know that healthy eating is a key to proper growth and development in children. But did you know that what you eat affects how well you will age as an older adult? Studies have proved that healthy eating plays an important role in lowering the risk of developing nutrition-related illnesses such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes and osteoporosis. Good nutrition is also needed for better brain function and physical mobility, and for a higher quality of life, in general. Nutritional experts offer the following tips for healthy eating that contributes to a healthy lifestyle: • BRING A VARIETY OF FOODS INTO YOUR DIET. Always include grains, fruits and vegetables. For grain products, look for whole grains. For fruits and vegetables, go for the dark, deeply colored ones • CHOOSE LEAN PROTEINS. Look for leaner cuts of meats and poultry, and grill them instead of frying. Include fish in your diet, and substitute beans, legumes or lentils for meat twice a week.

• READ LABELS. Choose foods that are low in saturated fat and cholesterol. • KEEP EVERYTHING IN MODERATION. Limit intake of sugar, salt and alcohol. • BALANCE FOOD INTAKE WITH PHYSICAL ACTIVITY. You don’t want to eat more than energy spent, and vice versa. At St. George Village, we believe in offering our residents delicious dining options that contribute to a healthy lifestyle. No matter the hour, day or season, our menus feature an array of classic and contemporary dishes created with the freshest ingredients available. In the casual setting of our Bistro, diners can order delicious fare such as homemade soups, fresh salads, hot and cold deli sandwiches, juicy hamburgers and hearty BBQ ribs. Our elegant Dining Room offers a more upscale menu featuring items like a soup du jour, fresh salads and fruit, entrées such as butter poached lobster tail or grilled chicken breast, and a selection of fresh vegetables. Of course, both of our dining rooms have a daily selection of assorted fresh desserts! Nutritious, delicious dining options at an

exceptional value are always on the menu at St. George Village. Come see how our dining plans are designed to fit your lifestyle and routine. Call us at 678-987-0402 for more information or to schedule a tour. We’re online, too! See more details about our community, lifestyle and St. George Village 11350 Woodstock Rd residents on our website, www.stgeorgevillage.com, like Roswell, GA 30075 our Facebook page and follow us 678-987-0402 on Pinterest. ❍

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just because, well, I’m me. My work is throughout the house and I fly up and down the stairs as I forget what’s where. After blowing into the kitchen from my evening workouts, the cat is underfoot while dinner is prepared, the volume of her meow increasing to megaphone strength as I straddle her dish to quickly load it up with kibbles, and then turn back to stirring the soup. Hubby comes in and I must offer a zen environment. Yes, I can bring it! Does balance amongst all of this exist in an alternate universe? If so, beam me up! As a writer for 30 years (I started as a child!) I have flailed and figuratively hurled myself off buildings a hundred times. The one ever-present constant in my life has been deadlines and more deadlines. And, yes, deadlines that invariably spilled over into personal time with endless hours to complete. This lifetime of deadline permeation started with my first corporate writing job, where the mantra for getting to KYJ (Keep Your Job) was “Don’t bother going home, and don’t even think about carpooling with the folks who leave at quitting time.” Yes, my friends, I spent many a midnight at the copy machine printing copies needed for morning meetings. Document changes occurred all the way up to nearly midnight. What were we thinking? So called Time Management experts say we must focus on what we’d love to be doing and define success at it in our own way. We’re to make lists that track our time and see how we spend it. I’m skeptical about this stuff and prefer to be among those who kvetch at these tips. We working stiffs now clock in at 50 to 60 hours per week. We share the perception that this academic notion about life balance is, well, an academic notion. If you are one of those who feel you have your life in balance, I’m in awe, and envious. I look at my working friends and see the Wooly Mammoths on their backs as they return from the office. Those Mammoths will be watching movies with them over the weekend, squeezing out their spouses as they lounge on the sofa. The moral of the story? Friends, we need to get ourselves some lives here! But don’t look at me. I don’t have time for one! ❍


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GARDEN WITH YOUR KIDS Raising a green family: it’s all in your point of view. By Geri Laufer

Children are natural gardeners. They are curious, they learn by doing, they like to get dirty and, by the way, they mostly love worms. Gardening with your kids provides a unique opportunity to spend time in the open air together, away from ubiquitous computer games. They love your attention (“Look at me, Dad!”). Children enjoy planting seeds, watching them sprout, and (most of all) picking and eating what they have grown. By planting seeds of easy garden flowers like marigolds or zinnias, or small starts such as tomatoes or mint for a vegetable garden, a child can experience

Start them early; Fletcher Vanwinkle is off to the garden. (Photo by Carolyn Vankwinkle)

the satisfaction of caring for something and observing the cycle of life firsthand. Gardening develops a sense of responsibility (do our plants need water?). Appeal to all of the senses by adding plants that they can smell, taste, and touch, along with colorful flowers. Be sure it’s not work, though! I attribute some of my love affair with Nature to the fact that my Gardening


Baby Steps • put a discarded carrot top, a sweet potato, or an avocado pit in a dish

of water on the window sill and watch it sprout • take a woodland walk along the river and pick-up different tree leaves to compare shapes • smell different kinds of fresh herbs at the farmers market or supermarket, and relate them to food like oregano for pizza and mint for toothpaste (or Girl Scout Thin Mints®) • plant some cute, chubby succulents together in a desert garden bowl

Elementary Skips • choose a sunny spot to grow tomato plants in the ground or in a big container (and keep it watered!) Start with one cherry tomato and one big slicer • plant some strawberry plants and eat the berries on cereal • invite song birds to your yard by building a birdhouse or feeder together • get a competition going in your neighborhood for “largest tomato” or “biggest sunflower” • make a bug diary and snap photos of the butterflies and insects you see, and then look them up • set up tall poles in a teepee shape and plant pole beans, scarlet runner beans, or hyacinth beans to create the perfect hidey-hole

Middle School Long Jumps • plant a salsa garden, then share the harvest; what will you need for your recipe? • calculate the number of annual flowers needed for a sunny area (math!) and fill it with color • plant a butterfly garden including food plants for larvae (caterpillars), then follow the migration of Monarchs from Mexico across the U.S. and back at monarchwatch.org • plant a water garden and stock it with water lilies, emergents like Japanese Iris, and polliwogs The important thing is to get them growing up green! Geri Laufer now 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.

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Grandmother would never “let” me weed her garden, while I was encouraged to pick and eat the sun-warmed baby cucumbers right off of the vines. Vegetables are always a good choice for young children. They not only germinate quickly, but can be eaten once they have matured. Herbs are fragrant and delicious. Succulents are irresistible, and are often called the “gateway drug” to gardening. We’ve raised two kids to be gardening adults. Although our sons are grown now, we lived in Roswell during the elementary through high school years, and did many gardening and science projects with them. One has windows full “My Gardening of houseplants Grandmother would and a frog habitat inside his never ‘let’ me weed Castleberry her garden, while I Hills loft! I still was encouraged to have hydrangeas flowering in my pick and eat the garden today sun-warmed baby from our other cucumbers right off son’s “Nutrients Necessary for of the vines.” Plant Growth” experiments for the 9th grade Biology class/Science Fair. Consider two Current Hub families. One family chooses processed, packaged foods because of a busy lifestyle, picks up a pre-planted dish garden from the big box store and may visit the local botanical garden once due to a school field trip. Their neighbors drag their children along to the local garden center and let them each choose a plant to take home, point out that the tree leaves have different shapes, and take time to ask the receptionist what kind of plant is growing in the doctor’s office. Perhaps you may feel that you don’t know a great many garden tidbits to pass along to your kids. This summer, maybe you can teach each other while enjoying the outdoors. The important thing is not the information, but the awareness, the sense of exploration, and the exhilaration of exploring nature together.


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A HIGH PROFILE HIDDEN GEM

Whole Food’s at Avalon from above. By Frank Mack

This is the oddest food story of the year. It’s about a restaurant that almost doesn’t exist. It’s like some weird “pop up” concept. But this one pops up every weekend in the same place. To begin with I have to tell you where. Because without knowing exactly where to look you’re doomed. If you call the parent company or even the store it’s in. You’ll get nada, nothing, zero. They’ll literally deny its existence. It doesn’t even have a phone, a website or a Facebook page. It does however have a name... Vintage. It’s in the Whole Foods, at Avalon in Alpharetta, located back in the left corner one floor up.Very few people know that above the fresh foods gallery are kitchens, a cooking school and an incredible semicircular granite bar with twelve stools. Add about a dozen tables and that’s it, simple and tasteful. Vintage is set apart by a one of a kind view of the modern American grocery store. It is flat out impressive. Everyone shopping below is totally unaware of observation from above. Its fascinating and great people watching. This spot, staffed by top talent, is so unknown, that a year later, it’s own corporate structure, which literally surrounds it, appears to be totally oblivious to its


Mitch Manoloff of Mitch’s Meats & Fish with Current Hub publisher Mark Penstone.

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existence. Plus the signage is very subtle. So we, the public, walk by it blithely unaware. I found it with a friend by accident. So here’s your scoop—Whole Foods has a fantastic staff of chefs. Just go and look around you. That amazing, yes pricey, but uncommonly fine food, isn’t coming out of jars. Those fresh and varied lines of gorgeous food are being prepared by chefs out of the best stuff Whole Foods can find. It’s the undisputed king if you are looking for fresh and gourmet “to go” from grocers. Upstairs in that little dining room some of these chefs are cooking for us. Their hours are Friday and Saturday, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., and a Sunday Brunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Now think for a second. These chefs source from the store below. They are there to play, to test, to see what happens and the results overall are terrific. The whole concept is edgy, out there, usually unplanned, delicious and unlike anything I have ever seen. For instance, the Sunday Brunch features a steak ’n’ egg filet, sauced, dressed, plated for $12. That’s a $25 to $30 steak anywhere else. The French toast has berry compote that’s out of this world. It’s under $10 and I’d cut line on my own momma to get some. One last note—it’s chef served. So service can get dicey. Keep smiling. All tips are collected for charity. The chefs are doing this out of heart, not profit. If you go, join them in that frame of mind. One great counter story deserves another. I recently found a great little spot that’s actually been around for six years called Scratch, located at 12872 Alpharetta Hwy in Milton. This place features home cooking, and as the name says, from scratch. It’s an old fashioned, line ’em up, breakfast and lunch that’s an easily priced family place. No corporate sponsors. No fancy digs, just the most honest cooks and local folk giving it all every day to feed a few hundred hungry souls. The biscuits are to die for. The burgers are juicy, fries hot and crisp, their delicious shakes need spoons and no one walks away hungry. This is my kind of place. The kind of place every town needs. Speaking of great food. Mitch’s Meats & Fish at 30 E Crossville Rd. in Roswell is the butcher shop for the area. This place kills, seriously. But the real secret is the sandwich board. The man, Mitch Manoloff, makes the greatest pastrami and/or corned beef sandwiches in the world, featuring home made breads, with his own everything in and on them. I am talking fat, stacked, running down your hands goodness. I’ll put Mitch’s sandwiches up against any in the world. NYC, Chicago, Philly… been there, ate that. People, this is the real deal, trust me. Oh and don’t get me started on his soups… that could be a whole article. The restaurant community at large has asked me to make an announcement. They need help. As in living breathing intelligent staff. I’m a restaurant child. Four generations in. I can tell you it’s one of the toughest, hardest, most challenging businesses there is. It’s also amazing fun and it’s the confidence, the experience, what you learn, that really matters. My dad always said if you know how to work in the restaurant business you’ll never starve. He’s gone, but his words still hold true. So if you’re looking for work, or know someone who is, look around, there are some good jobs available. ❍


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The hands-on atmosphere at Olea Olivia! encourages guests to taste the products in order to discover new tastes to use while cooking at home. By Tricia Morris

Business Happenings East Cobbers, Smita and Dilip Daya, opened Olea Oliva! in The Avenue last month. Olea Oliva! (“The Olive Tree”) is a family-owned and operated business and sells only the finest olive oils and balsamic vinegars from all over the world. The store carries fused, infused, and flavored olive oils; 25 Star dark and white balsamic vinegars, flavored balsamic, and super spices that include Paleo Blends. There’s a very hands-on atmosphere, as guests are encouraged to taste the products in order to discover new tastes and to use while cooking at home. The Fat Lady Baker at 2995 Johnson Ferry Rd. offers prepared meals to go, and now you can get in-house baked breads and pastries. Everything from loaves of honey whole wheat to rye, cinnamon, cheddar, and a wide variety of danishes, croissants, rolls and muffins are now offered. Her most popular treat is the house made pretzels that sell out very fast. If you go, try one of her Ezekiel Bars that are made with 100% freshly ground organic flours… so much goodness packed into a little bar. The East Cobb Park will be hosting an evening concert of Pops in the Park, on Sat. May 7, at 7 p.m. This is a free concert if you choose to sit on the park lawn. Another great outdoor treat are the Sunset Sips at the Chattahoochee Nature Center. This is a laid-back friendly event featuring live local music and cash bar. Guests are encouraged to bring a blanket and a picnic dinner to enjoy an evening of music. The program will run the 4th Thursday of each month through Sept. except in July. Rescued Too has moved from the Paper Mill Village to the corner of Woodlawn and Lower Roswell.


The Kids Win! April 23rd was a fantastic night for Children's Charities as they hosted the 4th annual Denim & Diamonds event featuring Chefs from around Milton and Alpharetta. The Current Hub and The Georgian Lakeside were proud sponsors of the Chef competition crowning Chef Mitch Manoloff of Current Hub publisher Mark Penstone (hat) with the fine Mitch Meats & Fish as the winner. folks from The Georgian Lakeside. With the support of generous donors and sponsors like AT&T , Securebancard, Mountain Vista Rentals and Johnson and Johnson, Children's Charities raised over $60,000 for programs supporting kids in North Fulton and Forsyth Counties.  This years projects include Hosting a fully funded equine summer camp for kids with Autism , 4 state of the art vein viewers for Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, Lunch for the Stand Up For Kids mentoring program at Independence High School, cell phone charging stations in CHOA Urgent Care centers around the state and Thanksgiving Dinner for 25 families in need. Founded by Amanda White and Lauren Holmes, Children's Charities has more events planned in the upcoming months.  Holiday decor sales start in November and 2017 boasts the Clarity Home Tour and Gala. For more information please visit www.childrenscharitiesga.org

Local Business Spotlight: The Painting Company In his early twenties, Chris Camp was in sales for a large residential painter in Arizona. After working for someone else he quickly realized that maybe it was time to start his own company, so at the age ripe old age of 23, he packed up a U-Hall and headed to Atlanta, seeking his fortune. The first five years were the toughest he’s ever faced, and included many sleepless nights. Not only was he learning how to run a business, he was also facing some very stiff competition from many of the established competitors here in the Atlanta area. Those guys hate to lose business, especially to a young man, but Chris persisted and stayed alive through that crucial time. In 2008, his best friend and now Managing Partner, Paul Caris joined Chris to help with sales and production. Together they’ve built one of the largest residential painting companies in Atlanta. Now, ten years later, Chris, his 12 fulltime employees, and 60+ painters have painted close to 10,000 homes in and around the Atlanta area. One of the reasons they’ve become so successful is due to the fact that 75% of his business is from repeat customers and referrals. So taking care of each and every customer just makes good business sense. Chris, his wife Marcy and their three kids and are very involved at Woodstock Community Church, and when not volunteering at church you can usually find Chris and Marcy Chris and Marcy Camp watching their kids playing sports. with their three children. If you need a high quality painting job done right, and by real local business owners these are your guys. For more info visit their site at www.atlantapaintingcompany.com or call 678-710-9240.

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Red Sky Tapas and Bar is offering a special just for mom. In addition to their brunch and dinner menu on the 8th, the featured entree will be a 4 oz lobster tail and petite filet for $20 along with half-priced wine all day long. Also just for mom, Fab Fingers and Foot Massage is giving you an additional $10 to the purchase of a $60 gift card.


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2016 Roswell Riverside Sounds

CONCERT SERIES ARTISTS ANNOUNCED The City of Roswell will kick off the 2016 Riverside Sounds Concert Series on May 7. This series of six free outdoor concerts will be held at Riverside Park, 575 Riverside Road in Roswell, on the first Saturday of the month, May through October from 7 to 9 p.m. “I am so The Get Right Band excited for this year’s Riverside Sounds Concert Series,” said Katherine C. Jones, Cultural Services Manager of Recreation, Parks and Historic and Cultural Affairs. “What a fun, family-friendly program that we get to put on! Free concerts, dancing, and food trucks, all with the backdrop of our beautiful Riverside Park. It’s going to be a fun summer!” There will be food trucks at each concert from 6 to 9 p.m. and guests are invited to bring their own picnic and chairs as well. May 7 – Geoff Achison & the Souldiggers Geoff is a jaw-dropping, crowd pleasing guitar virtuoso with a rich vocal style from Australia. He’s been chosen as one of the “Top Ten Hottest New Guitarists” by Guitar Player magazine, followed by their “Top 100+ Guitarists You Should Know” roster. June 4 – The Bonaventure Quartet w/Amy Pike This longtime Atlanta outfit handily transplants you to another time and place while putting their own stamp on it all. The ensemble’s latest album, Lost and Found at the Clermont Lounge, may take its Grace & the Victory Riders title from the Poncey-Highland dive-turned-touristattraction, but the disc’s 15 songs traverse decades, regions, and whole continents. July 2 – Grace & the Victory Riders New transplants to the U.S., Grace and The Victory Riders are an internationally known band with a number one hit and a gold record to their credit. Their message-driven, passion-fueled music combines world rhythms with folk roots and soulful songwriting, all informed by a global perspective. August 6 – The Get Right Band The Get Right Band is “hip-shaking, earth quaking pure funk fun” (The Alternate Root). Combining catchy, clever songwriting with musical expertise and fearless improvisation, the live show covers everything from funk to rock ’n’ roll to reggae. September 3 – Stephane Wrembe He has headlined at Lincoln Center, played major festivals, recorded with mandolin legend David Grisman, toured with master violinist Mark O’Connor and shared stages with everyone from Elvis Costello to Patti Smith to The Roots.


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This virtuoso guitarist from France has truly just begun to make his mark as one of the most original guitar voices in contemporary music. October 1 – Ed Roland & the Sweet Tea Project Ed Roland and the Sweet Tea Project began serendipitously when the veteran singer/songwriter, with time off from his Collective Soul activities, began reconnecting with the rich club and coffeehouse scene in Atlanta. Roland enjoyed the loose homespun atmosphere, especially the unexpected energy of cowriting new songs with some of these musician friends. The lineup of Ed Roland and the Sweet Tea Project also includes guitarist Jesse Tripplet and drummer Mike Rizzi. The City of Roswell’s Recreation, Parks, Historic and Cultural Affairs Department produces Riverside Sounds concerts. For more information, visit roswellriversidesounds.com and learn more on social media by following #RiversideSounds.

Area Concerts

The Chukkar Farms Concert Series kicks off in May. The farm located at 1140 Liberty Grove Rd in Alpharetta plays host to a wide variety of musical acts hosted by James Casto on the first weekend of each month throughout the summer. James Casto’s percussive-piano-pop, keyboards and soulful pop vocals have created a loyal following of fans. You’ll be able to enjoy an incredible night of acoustic music with some of the best performing songwriters in the country at one of the most scenic venues in Georgia. Also at Chukkar Farms are the Chukkar Farms Concert Series TGIF Concerts hosted by Atlanta Plays It Forward, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to supporting worthy charitable/community organizations and causes. All concerts start at 8 p.m. on the third Friday of the month April–October. All concerts are “Chastain-style” so bring your own picnic basket and beverages and come prepared to have a wonderful evening under the stars. For more info on these concerts visit www.chukkarfarm.com. Jazz is becoming a hot item in these parts and a leader in that movement has been The Velvet Note in Alpharetta. In May saxophonist, Tia Fuller highlights a great month of jazz at one of the best venues in the Atlanta area. Fuller has played in various venues throughout the US, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia. She is a featured soloist on the Beyoncé Experience DVD (Me, Myself and I) and also appeared on number of major television shows, such as The Oprah Winfrey Show, Today Show, Good Morning America, BET Awards, American Music Awards and Total Request Live. Her shows are on May 20 and 21. For more info visit www.thevelvetnote.com. ❍


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By Jessica Diamond

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or generations, major urban communities such as New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta, and Washington DC have attracted the young, the innovative, the resourceful, and all those hungry for culture. High school and college graduates would wave goodbye to their childhood homes in the suburbs and make their way to the big cities in search of opportunity and a taste of the good life before settling down with families of their own. Even now, our most popular sitcoms and media outlets are set against the hustle and bustle of city life. The 20 and 30 somethings in Friends, Sex & The City and How I Met Your Mother depict a world in which young people can live comfortably in New York City with average jobs and still have money to spend on things like daily trips to the bar, brunch with the girls, and shopping at major department stores. This is, increasingly, a fantasy existence. Newer shows, such as Broad City, depict a slightly more realistic picture in which underemployed, urbandwelling young people are living in tiny spaces and rationing ramen noodles and saltine crackers to get by. Recent statistics, however, are beginning to tell a different story. It’s common knowledge that since the recession, huge numbers of college grads are moving back in with Mom and Dad. However, it is not only these debt-burdened, unemployed Millennials shirking the urban life in favor of the suburban. Sometime between the economic dip and the rise of Gen Y in the workforce, metro and suburban living became… cool. This flies somewhat in the face of the image we have of urban hipsters walking and riding their old

fashioned bicycles to the bodega on the corner. As it turns out, huge populations of well educated, employed, financially stable Gen X and Gen Y are voluntarily choosing to live and work in the outskirts of the major cities rather than in their central districts. “In contrast to the constantly reported on urban hipsters, the vast majority of this generation, who get precious little attention from the media or marketing gurus, might be best described as “hidden millenials,” Forbes contributor Joel Kotkin reported. “It is dogma among greens, urban pundits, planners and developers, that the under 30 crowd doesn’t like sprawling car dependent cities. Too bad no one told most millennials.” What could have brought about such a major shift? While there are a number of contributing factors and theories about why the current generations do what they do, it often goes unnoticed that the very nature of suburban living has changed and continues to do so. While the suburbs are still characterized by space and sprawl, many have begun to embrace the benefits and amenities of urban living on a much smaller, more comfortable scale. And they do it with considerably more charm.

“I think Roswell appeals to younger generations because it, and other suburban cities, now offer a growing set of amenities to match those you’ll find in more urban communities.” Ryan Pernice, Owner of Table & Main and Osteria Mattone Specifically in the metro Atlanta area, cities like Roswell, Alpharetta, Sandy Springs, John’s Creek, and Woodstock have experienced what feels like a total overhaul to those who have been living in these cities for several decades. What was once an environment that focused on huge residential neighborhoods, high school football games and quiet, family

oriented lifestyles has branched out to include high quality entertainment, fine dining, and dense pockets of mixed use, walkable areas that typically center on a previously underused historic district. The result is a community that benefits from the charm and comfort of small town living combined with the diversity and amenities of big city urban living. For


What Defines Cool? Those who visit Roswell typically make a beeline for its historic district. During the day, there are thousands of acres of parkland that include the Civil War era mill ruins with a scenic covered bridge and trail along Vickery Creek. Visitors also like to explore the well-kept grounds of the historic homes, including the former home of Mittie Bulloch, mother to Teddy Roosevelt. The jewel of Roswell has to be Canton Street with its dense, easily walkable collection of boutiques, art galleries, restaurants, and now a microbrewery, most of which operate out of renovated historic buildings and homes. These are the most commonly visited attractions in Roswell, but there are also a wide variety of events and festivals that take place throughout the year, including several local art shows and a beer festival on the Historic Roswell Square. Roswell is becoming a hub for local artists, performers, and musicians as well. This year, Roswell parks are hosting their first sculpture tour in an effort to drum up support for local art. Popular concert series are resuming with things like Riverside Sounds. As if all of that weren’t enough, Roswell was recently Katie and Mica Pfister of The Butcher, The Baker on the square in Marietta. featured in an article by The Huffington Post titled “10 US Suburbs That Are the first time, these cities are not only attracting nightlife… they are attracting Surprisingly, Genuinely Cool.” Similarly, the Atlanta Journal Constitution nightlife away from downtown Atlanta. Taxis and Ubers are dumping published an article titled “Why Roswell is one of the Country’s Coolest carloads of Atlanta residents off for a night out in the suburbs. Areas like Suburbs to Live In.” Need we say more? Canton St. in Roswell and Main St. in Alpharetta are attracting every group and demographic to eat, drink, explore, and people watch. Beyond Roswell “I think Roswell appeals to younger generations because it and other suburMany of the local municipalities that surround us are also getting on the ban cities now offer a growing set of amenities to match those you’ll find in hip trend. Marietta, Woodstock, and Alpharetta all have historic districts with more urban communities,” Roswell native and local restaurateur (Table & each gaining in appeal to more people and yes, younger crowds. Continues on page 34

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Main and Osteria Mattone) Ryan Pernice said. “To some extent, we’re seeing that you can have the best of both worlds: the great dining, walkability and nightlife of living in-town plus better parks, more living space, and lower rents.


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Downtown Woodstock has been revitalized with a cool urban look.

Alpharetta has, in recent years, set its sights on high visibility entertainment. The multi-use shopping district known as Avalon has attracted more than just attention with its easily walkable complex that includes a luxurious cinema, a variety of restaurants, upscale boutiques and plenty of outdoor space for things like outdoor yoga classes, picnics, and even ice skating in winter. In addition, Alpharetta’s microbreweries and downtown district are gaining popularity, particularly on Thursdays with Food Truck Alley recurring each week through October. Woodstock is perhaps one of the fastest growing metro Atlanta suburbs and is particularly popular with young professionals and young families. Woodstock has implemented many of the same measures as its neighboring cities by beefing up its historic district and main street area with independent boutiques, chef driven restaurants, chic bars, and upscale residential options within walking distance. It offers small town charm with the aid of a scenic set of railroad tracks running right through the heart of downtown. However, Woodstock offers one thing that the other metro Atlanta suburbs struggle with: high-quality, affordable housing and rental properties. The historic square in Marietta has also gotten the memo on coolness. Their slogan is “It’s Hip to be Square” and they’re making good on that. A restaurant like The Butcher, The Baker started by Micah and Katie Pfister is another example of young folks investing in a concept that would be right at home in Buckhead. Additionally, the area is home to art galleries, good theater and coffee shops all blending together to make the square a destination for the young and old. So, there you have it. In just a few years, the suburbs went from being a symbol of quiet family life to a dynamic experience that appeals to all generations. The younger generations haven’t given up the values of searching for excitement and accessibility. They are simply finding it in unlikely places, and finding it for much less than they’re used to paying in more urban dwellings. It’s hard to say when the suburbs officially became “cool.” However, the word has certainly gotten out. ❍


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