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9-11 Tribute


September 11

Join Team Maggie

Members of the public are invited to join the City of Roswell and the Roswell Rotary Club on Friday, Sept. 11, 2015, as they honor those lost and injured during the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. The 9-11 Tribute will take place at 8:30 a.m. at the Mike Gann 9-11 Memorial, located near the lake in Roswell Area Park, 10495 Woodstock Road. The tribute will feature the Roswell Fire & Police Honor Guard, the U.S. Coast Guard Pipe Band, the Holcomb Bridge Middle School Chorus, a floating wreath presentation, special guests and commemorations. Roswell’s Firefighter of the Year and Police Officer of the Year will also be recognized at this special event. Atlanta radio legend Rhubarb Jones will serve as the master of ceremonies.

September 22 Local resident, Maggie Davis was 24 when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Her young age created unique obstacles that she had to face, and then pay for out of pocket. Maggie’s mother and loved ones created Team Maggie for a Cure, a 501(C)3 non-profit, to raise money for some of the unique costs young adults with cancer must pay for. Some treatment options can directly or indirectly cause infertility. Women and men have the option to preserve their fertility prior to cancer treatment. By harvesting eggs and banking sperm, they can choose to become a parent in the future or grow an existing family. Most insurance companies will not pay for fertility preservation procedures. Team Maggie for a Cure is one of the only non-profits that raises money for fertility preservation for young adults fighting cancer. Team Maggie for a Cure has multiple events scheduled for the remainder of the year. The first Run For The Young With Cancer will be held on Sept. 12 at the river in Roswell. The second annual Birdies For Boobies will be on Sept. 22 at Legends of Chateau Elan, one of the top ranked courses in Ga. Visit www.teammaggieforacure.org to volunteer, sponsor, or participate.


Alpharetta Art in the Park

September 26 On the last weekend of each month from May through September the Alpharetta CVB hosts Art in the Park. This month will be your last chance to see this artists market that features handcrafted work by local artists who create beautiful work right in front of you. The vent features pottery, woodwork, metal work, jewelry, photography and much more. The event takes place in the historic district of downtown Alpharetta located at 20 North Main Street. >>LAUGH IT UP

Comedian Lenny Marcus September 12

The Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta will host Comedian Lenny Marcus for a hilarious evening of stand-up comedy. Lenny Marcus, has been a mainstay of the New York City comedy scene for more than twenty years. He is currently a regular performer in every major comedy club in New York City. Lenny’s television credits

include: Louie on the FX network; The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore on Comedy Central; the short film The Unimportance of Being Ernest; a stand-up comedy performance on The Late Show with David Letterman for the third time; Comedy Central’s Live at Gotham; AXS TV’s Gotham Comedy Live; NBC’s Comedy Showcase with Louie Anderson; and

MTV’s The Jim Brewer Show. The event will take place Saturday, Sept. 12, at 8:30 p.m. in the MJCCA’s Morris & Rae Frank Theatre located at 5342 Tilly Mill Road in Dunwoody. Ticket prices range from $18 to $25. For information, visit atlantajcc.org/boxoffice, or call 678.812.4002.

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Food Truck Mondays

September 28 Food Truck Mondays have returned to Paper Mill Village in East Cobb featuring live music, food truck and lots of family fun. There are two dates left for 2015 on Sept. 28 and Oct. 26. Food Truck Mondays are held from 5–8 p.m. at 137 Johnson Ferry Road in East Cobb. For details visit www.facebook.com/PaperMillVillage. >>A RIVER DANCE

Divas of Swing in concert

September 20 The Chattahoochee Nature Center, which borders East Cobb and Roswell, hosts its concert series Rhythms on the River on Sept 20 at 6 p.m. at the Brady Lakeside Pavilion. This month’s concert features Kayla Taylor, Melanie Dobbins, and Gwen Hughes as the Divas of Swing. Taylor has the vocal control of a jazz songbird. Dobbins sings a wide musical genre and Hughes has a feline sense of assurance onstage. Performing together will make for a great evening of entertainment. For tickets and more info visit www.atlantaplaysitforward.org or www.chattnaturecenter.org.


RCAC Hosts Artist Collective

Through Oct. 6

The Roswell Cultural Arts Center (RCAC) will host its first ever artist collective, The BrushWork Society, for a Summer Exhibition now through Oct. 6. The BrushWork Society is an Atlantabased core group of 13 artists that came together to encourage each other along the joyful, but sometimes arduous journey of art-making. The Society began its “collective of creatives” with the idea of surrounding themselves with a supportive group of artists dedicated to making the best work they can, and to encourage sharing it with others, in whatever form that takes. The members are all in different >>ROCK OUT stages of development, but share a passion for what they do—paint. The Join the Roswell Historical Society as we exhibition is host Beyond My Stone, their annual free to the spooky story-telling event. A number of public and original Roswell town folk will come out of open for the past and into the present at the Old viewing Roswell Cemetery to share their stories Monday with us. Don’t miss this line-up of local through Friday from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. haunts as they take us back to exciting and Saturday from 12:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. times in local history. Contact the Roswell The RCAC Lobby Gallery is part of Historical Society at 770-992-1665 or the Roswell’s First Friday Art Walks and is Roswell CVB at 800-776-7935 for more located at 950 Forrest Street in Roswell. information and tickets. Tickets will be For more information about the exhibit, available on site the evening of the event. visit www.roswellcac.com.

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Held annually the 3rd weekend of September, the Roswell Arts Festival is presented by the Roswell Recreation Association, an all-volunteer group, and raises funds that benefit the Recreation & Parks programs in Roswell. To date, the group has given over one million dollars for recreational needs of Roswell citizens. Fine Arts, original crafts, a fun lineup of entertainment and children’s activities capture the interests of all who attend. A variety of food trucks will be on site to satisfy hungry appetites.  Express your artistic side by taking a turn at painting on the “community canvas.” Access to the festival is easy and visitors are encouraged to take advantage of the free shuttle running from City Hall to Town Square. The shuttle will be running for the duration of the festival, and will have plenty of room to store anything that you might purchase.

Roswell Arts Festival

September 19 & 20


Get Right Band concert

October 3

The Get Right Band is described as “hip-shaking, earthquaking pure funk fun” by The Alternate Root magazine and was recognized as Relix Magazine’s “On The Verge” pick. Combining catchy, clever songwriting with musical expertise and fearless improvisation, this live show covers everything from funk to rock n’ roll to reggae. This concert is a part of the Riverside Sounds concert series held at Riverside Park in Roswell. For more info call 770-641-3705. This event is free.


8th Annual Boxerstock Music Festival

October 11 The eighth annual Boxerstock Music Festival, presented by Paces Ferry Veterinary Clinic and Unleashed by Petco to benefit Atlanta Boxer Rescue, takes place on Sunday, Oct. 11, from noon to 6pm at Jim Miller Park in Marietta. Boxerstock 2015 will feature live music from both national and local acts representing a variety of musical genres and styles. We will have more on this great event in the October issue. For more info on this event visit www.boxerstock.org.


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Sam Smith, Saturday, Sept. 19 By Jessica Diamond

If you don’t find anything fun or interesting to do this September, it is absolutely no one’s fault but your own. This month is full to bursting with food festivals, street fairs, block parties, music festivals, conventions, you name it. cultures that don’t normally cross paths are sharing a day of food, fun, dancing and more. Within the same day, visitors can experience the warm, colorful, exotic flavors of the Caribbean at the Caribbean Jerk Festival and Family Fun Day in Decatur (atlantajerkfestival.com) and the friendly, heartwarming folk rhythms of Bulgaria at the First Atlanta Bulgarian Festival in Norcross (facebook.com/atlantabulgariagroup). Break out your best kimono on Sept. 19-20 for JapanFest in Duluth japanfest.org. Enjoy some of the most fascinating aspects of Japanese culture, such as Elton John at Music Midtown, Friday, Sept. 18 the food, drumming, martial arts, known events you do not want to and high quality tea—without any of miss. So much to see, so little the jet lag. Once you’ve had your fill September! of sushi and sake, make your way It’s a common misconception that back to the Americas for Fiesta major southern cities such as Georgia in Conyers on Sept. 20 (fiAtlanta struggle with diversity. In estageorgia.com). Celebrate the and around its city limits, Atlanta is diversity of Latino culture with home to a vast number of cultures displays of Mexican folk art, South from around the world and more American food, and plenty of live are added each year. As it happens, music for dancing. September seems to be the month Once you’ve had a few days to rein which many Georgians celebrate cover, skip across the pond to their ethnic heritage and share their Europe for the Atlanta Greek traditions with their neighbors. For Festival Sept. 24-27 (atlantagreekanyone who’s been looking to get an festival.org). Can you balance a shot international travel fix, here is a of ouzo on your head while dancing chance to satisfy your itchy feet and eating baklava? Now is the time without even setting foot in to find out! Once you join the party, Hartsfield Jackson. On Sept. 6, two you’ll feel like part of the big fat From DragonCon to Music Midtown, the hardest thing about having fun this September is deciding which event to go to on any given day. While most of you know about events such as those I’ve just mentioned, here are a few lesser


food is fried, but no one in their right mind should ever turn down a fried Oreo. It’s a great opportunity to enjoy the slightly cooler temperatures, soak in some local culture and get a jump on holiday shopping. The festival this year will be held on Sept. 19-20 and is free to enter. There are also plenty of fun activities for the little ones. If anyone is looking for me, I’ll either be making sand art or loading up on the fried junk food. In the mood for something a little unusual? Last year, the electronic music festival TomorrowWorld (tomorrowworld.com) made a new home in Chattahoochee Hills and brought all manner of fairy tale creatures with it. More than 160,000 people from all corners of the globe were in attendance for this threeday sojourn into the bizarre. This Atlanta Greek Festival Sept. 24-27 year, TomorrowWorld is back and ready for more. This immersive from your favorite food trucks and experience includes luxury camping sip on local craft beer. With September being one of the busiest and dining for anyone looking to remonths of the year, I bet you didn’t move themselves completely from the reality on the other side of the think you’d be taking a world tour, trees. Whether you stay for the day did you? Never say never. or stay for the long weekend Sept. For nearly half a century, the Roswell Arts Festival (roswellarts- 25-27, you’re sure to get a full dose festival.com) has brought local of the magic to carry you through artisans together in an effort to raise the colder months ahead. Get your support for the arts in Roswell as tickets online and experience the well as money for the Roswell weirdness for yourself. Recreation and Parks Department. I’ve only scratched the surface of It is one of the most well attended what’s going on in and around festivals in Roswell, and for good Atlanta this month. For a more comreason. Residents and visitors alike plete list of activities, please be sure spend the weekend discovering new to check your community calendars. and exciting types of art by local If you’re not sure where to start, just artists who are typically on hand to close your eyes and point at the speak about their work. Even those screen! You’re sure to land on somewho do not consider themselves art thing worth experiencing. buffs enjoy the live music, dance Pack a bag and be sure to stay hyperformances, colorful drated because we’re about to have arrangements and a plethora of an extremely busy month of goofing fried foods. To be fair, not all of the off. ❍ Greek family. Wrap up your world tour with the culmination of all of these cultures in the place they now live—right down south in the Atlanta History Center. The Fall Folklife Festival on Sept. 26 celebrates all things southern during the harvest season (atlantahistorycenter.com). Learn about the skills of the old south, such as woodworking, blacksmithing and food preservation as you indulge in treats

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Local singers, dance companies, children’s entertainers, and artists at Roswell Arts Festival, Sept 19–20.



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We’ve all heard stories about the pro football player (pick any sport) who signs a huge contract worth millions of dollars—as a high draft pick, as a free agent, or to extend his contract. We’ve also heard many updates to that story a few years later—stories of guys spending frivolously, throwing their money down the drain, going bankrupt, losing everything, and some even getting into trouble with the law. The perfect role models, right? Of course not. But have you heard the story about the NFL player who made his family’s financial future their #1 priority? Who implemented a fixed spending plan (considered well within their means)? Probably not, so here is a recap. Ryan Broyles was drafted in the 2nd round back in 2012. According to ESPN he signed a contract worth more than $3.6 million, with $1.422

million of that guaranteed. He knew the statistics about players mishandling their money and/or experiencing shortened playing careers. So he decided to do something about it. He wasn’t going to let that happen. He wanted a plan. He and his wife met with a financial adviser, and after a few months they concluded they could live on $60,000 a year. Yes, you read that right! They knew the odds were against them, so they made the hard decision to do the right thing from the start—to set them up for life. By setting a budget, living within it, and investing the rest, they chose to stare down immediate gratification to allow themselves something better in the long run. The only goal that matters in life… is YOURS! Now that is something you should want to model in your life. We admire the internal strength Ryan and his wife are showing every day of their lives. They take pride in the fact that they drive Mazda’s, not Range Rovers. And they recently had their first child and bought their first home. Life is good when the things you can control are well planned and on track. He says they have no financial worries and that their financial future is secure. That says a lot about a twenty-something football player who can play the game he loves for the joy of it. If you or your child are looking for a role model to emulate, we think you found him. ❍ 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, www.odysseypfa.com. Securities offered through Cetera Financial Specialists LLC, member FINRA/SIPC.

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s one of the leading entertainment venues in the metro area, The Velvet Note has seen its share of world-class performers. But in September they kick it up a notch with a whole weekend of dates featuring the Robert Glasper Trio. Glasper is a versatile artist. He learned to love music via his mother Kim, who sang jazz and blues professionally in Texas. When he was young he would rather go with his mom on club dates than be with a babysitter and those early impressions put him in good stead for a productive adulthood. In 2012 Glasper won a Grammy Award for Best R&B Album award. This synthesis of hip-hop and jazz is supposedly Glasper’s attempt to correct what he sees as a lack of new energy in the jazz genre. In the April 2012 issue of Down Beat, Glasper stated: “I’ve gotten bored with jazz to the point where I wouldn’t mind something bad happening. Slapping hurts, but at some point it’ll wake you up. I feel like jazz needs a big-ass slap.” Well you can experience his wake up call over a weekend of performances on Sept. 18-20 at The Velvet Note. Glasper is currently touring in support of his recently released jazz album Covered, which features instrumental covers of various genres. This is a unique opportunity to see a Grammy winning artist in an environment as intimate as your living room. Life presents few opportunities like this so take advantage! Beyond the Glasper shows there is plenty on offer at the Note in September. The month kicks off with Al Smith’s Earth, Wind & Fire tribute show on the 4th through the 6th. Jody Mayfield and The Betty’s will perform on the 11th and Chinua Hawk will perform on the 12th. Chinua Hawk is an Atlanta based singer/songwriter who does not settle for microwave music. His  slow cooker approach explores the intricacies of love through acoustic driven soul. Hawk has had many achievements, including recording with Talib Kweli and Kanye West,


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NOTHING LIKE A “FREE” PHONE UPGRADE By Mike Finch The on-off button on my iPhone quit working. My Apple “connoisseur” daughters informed me that it’s actually called the “power” button. Not to be technically belittled I simply asked, “what does it do?” Obviously, they snorted a bit and said, “it turns the phone on and off!” Touché! In spite of my clever quips, I still needed to buy a new phone and anyone who knows me, knows I have a severe disdain for cell phone companies, but it couldn’t be avoided. So, off we went. To say that Sweetie was not looking forward to this shopping experience would be the equivalent of me thanking my primary care physician prior to my annual prostate exam. She did not want to go, but she also didn’t want to get a phone call from mall security enquiring about medications and prior mental breakdowns. I wasn’t all that worried because I knew a little something she didn’t—I was eligible for an upgrade! Yep, my iPhone 1 or whatever it was, was so old I was certain my three-lettered-bad-word mobile company would gladly give me a new deluxe iPhone of my choosing. Sweetie was going to be impressed and I love impressing her! So, with the direction of the aforementioned Apple experts, we headed directly to the Apple store to collect my new mobile device. In retrospect I did have a bit of a swagger as I approached the hallowed grounds of the worship place of nerds worldwide. Sweetie later described it as “upgrade eligibility pride,” but I’m not sure exactly what she meant by that. With chest puffed up and a rock solid

cadence in my delivery, I announced that I was there to procure a new iPhone— and—I was eligible for an upgrade! A few quick keystrokes and the accommodating sales-nerd, announced that I was in fact eligible for an upgrade. I smiled broadly and nodded my approval, and then she said, “however, you aren’t actually under contract and would need to change your plan.” Did the air just get sucked out of the room? This isn’t possible! I like the plan I’m on and I’m eligible for an upgrade! Luckily, just prior to my head spinning around, Sweetie jumped into the conversation and asked exactly what that meant. It was explained to us that I would have to upgrade my plan to the tune of about $30 to $45 more per month. Seriously? Although I could feel my throat and voice constricting, I asked, “and when Sweetie needs a new phone what happens then?” Our Technologist of techno-babble smiled and said, “she’d be eligible for an upgrade!” And, yes that would mean another additional $30 to $45 per month. I had to leave the store. I couldn’t breathe. Thoroughly embarrassed, Sweetie quickly headed me off and guided me back into the store to complete the purchase, while apologizing for her husband’s behavior. I’m not completely sure due to my trauma stricken condition, but I think I heard her say something about how long we’ve been married—and that she was eligible for an upgrade! ❍ Mike can be reached at miscellaneousramblings@yahoo.com

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Confessions of a Night Owl

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LIFE By Di Chapman


There are two kinds of people in this world. Those who stand up in the kitchen until 2 a.m., leaning against the counter, snacking and reading—and those who don’t. Those who don’t, go to bed on a set schedule, dive under the covers and, well, sleep. Meanwhile, we night owls do anything but. Misunderstood by heaven only knows how many fellow humans in the industrial world, our habits and motivations leave most scratching their heads. What in the world are we doing while you people are sleeping? Let’s peek at my diary. I’ve made reference to the “night life” in a number of my columns before. In “Ode to a Jelly Donut” I spoke of those of us who sneak down to the kitchen under dark of night to feast on the gooeyness and yumminess of verboten foods while the rest of the household sleeps. In “Free to Be You and Me” I confessed that I’m so not a morning person, it takes a cannon blast and a cask of coffee to help me function. Recently, in “Your Local Plant Killer Identified,” I even confessed to how I usually remember the watering while I eat chocolate at midnight. And yes, in “The Quest for ZZZZ’s,” I talked about the big Magilla of nighttime seduction, our electronics. Yes, they’re creating zombies of us, however, this particular species of zombie is different than a true night owl. I shall explain. Those of you who re-enact The Night of the Living Dead with your electronics use are often up for the sole purpose of being “online” with all that it entails, including work, of course, but also connection to others. You’re plugged in. Your butt is parked on the sofa, in your bed, or in your office chair. Sure, you’ve got a quart of ice cream with you. You’re a live human, after all. Night owls seek the quiet of a sleeping house because it’s unplugged and holds no demands from others. I’m just sayin’. The minute it’s lights out, we come alive, and find lots to do. Consider a typical week for this particular night owl:




Had a great radio interview on Anything Goes at 11 p.m. Composed text and chose photos for my new book proposal. Finally gave my washer last rites. Found something online with “Quick Wash” settings. In, wash, rinse, spin, done. Hallelujah. I clicked and scheduled delivery. Now who would have thought we’d be ordering washing machines online! Tonight was another “rearrange the furniture” night. I know, I just did it last month. Why should life be dull? My husband appeared at 3 a.m., asking, “Sweetie, what are you doing?” as I pushed a sofa across the room, with Moosie riding along and Miss Kitty watching. I told him, “Nothin’. Just movin’ furniture.” He nodded and retired once more. I found a perfect spot for the teal candle holder.

SUNDAY, 12:50 A.M. Dear


MONDAY, 1:30 A.M. Dear


TUESDAY, 1:30 A.M. Dear


Stood in the kitchen leaning against the counter while I read Success magazine tonight. Been trying to get to it. I reviewed inspirational quotes to superimpose over photos in my book and ate probably the equivalent of three desserts. I discovered something humiliating on our front porch today. Cobwebs!! They were everywhere. So embarrassing. I got right on it tonight. I took the cordless vacuum with the long snout (what I call it) and sucked up those babies. I hoped none of the neighbors heard or saw me while I went to town out front. Can you imagine a vacuum cleaner whining outside your bedroom after midnight? Oh, well, I’m the craziest lady on the block anyway. Do you think the spiders are still alive in the vacuum receptacle? Decided to vacuum the garage while I was at it. My honey is out of town. It’s a perfect time to wash down the veranda, the windows, and the outdoor furniture. Once again hoped the neighbors would sleep through the power washing. I trimmed, watered and moved plants around. Looks good!

WEDNESDAY, 1:00 A.M. Dear


Called my sister in California at 10:30 my time. Discussed our outplacement business to brainstorm some strategies. Described new clothing purchases in minute detail for an hour.

THURSDAY, 1:00 A.M.Dear


Loved the look of the veranda, so watered and rearranged the plants out front. Composed more text for the book. Thinking of a movie treatment.

FRIDAY, 1:15 A.M. Dear


I baked cookies tonight. Managed not to eat them all. Sent out social media messages about business initiatives while I waited for each batch to bake. Cookies still call to me. Welcome to my world. Recently a lifelong girlfriend told me something about her dad I had never heard. I spent much time at her place as a teenager but never had a clue. Her father was a man who loved to spend time with his kids each evening and weekend. Hence, he tackled his “Honey Do” list after everyone went to bed. “He’d mow the lawn in the dark,” she said. Well, I’ll be doggoned. Who knew? Most morning people believe that the early bird gets the worm, the responsible rise by 5 a.m., and “sun-risers” are the successful ones on the planet. Their schedules begin with tea at 5:15; treadmill at 5:30; and hitting the desk by 6:15. They’re real live wires at 9:00 p.m. Honestly, I had early morning jobs for years, including my writing business. Youth helped me get through my closet night owl life. I could manage the candle burning. Even as a night crawler, I still contribute to the nation’s economy. Sure, my brainwaves don’t fire up before 9:00 a.m., so please don’t call me on FaceTime. I’ll be wearing pajamas with no makeup. It’s not a pretty sight. But dang, call me anytime at night. ❍

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FRIDAY, 2:00 A.M. Dear

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TAKE ADVANTAGE OF HEALTH FAIRS Early Detection Is Key To Healthier Living By David Martin, RN, President and CEO, VeinInnovations


Community health fairs and office wellness days are important for many reasons: they raise awareness of common health issues; provide a convenient and low-cost way of checking blood pressure, cholesterol, and more. Further, the information gained at such events absolutely helps save lives. Among the key screenings almost always done is one for high blood pressure, which is easy to check and is a critically important gauge of a condition we all want to avoid: hypertension. Rightly called “the silent killer,” high blood pressure often goes undetected, and can lead to kidney failure, stroke, heart attacks and death. Detected, high blood pressure is easily treated. Another check to take advantage of is cholesterol. These days it just takes a few drops of blood to raise a red flag about high cholesterol and possible hardening of the arteries. Treatment, including exercise, diet modification, and medication, are effective and save lives that could be lost to heart attack and stroke. Checking blood sugar is of paramount importance as diabetes mellitus leads to blindness, kidney failure, neuropathy, and hardening of the arteries. Just as with high blood pressure and cholesterol, knowing your numbers can save your life. While chronic venous insufficiency (CVI), the medical condition often resulting in symptoms of varicose and spider veins, is not thought of as being a life-threatening condition per se, it does cause pain, heaviness, and nighttime leg restlessness that can make people less inclined to follow through on plans to exercise and rest. Those symptoms directly affect their quality of life and their goals to lose weight and reduce stress. Screening for CVI has become much easier and more widespread, just as treatment has become easier, office-based, and minimally invasive. VeinInnovations regularly performs painless cosmetic ultrasound screenings so health fair attendees

David Martin, RN, president and CEO of VeinInnovations, regularly offers free screenings at corporate and community health fairs.

can find out whether or not their spider or varicose veins are indicators of disease, or are cosmetic in nature. These health fair screenings, which usually take less than five minutes, could also lead to the discovery of a deep vein thrombosis, which could be lifesaving were we to find an undiagnosed blood clot. VeinInnovations routinely takes part in health fairs throughout Atlanta, and, in fact, we will screen for Chronic Venous Insufficiency at the Atlanta Heart walk on September 26. Other healthcare providers will be there as well. I invite you to come walk, be screened at every possible booth, and, at our tent, having your legs screened will result in an additional $11 donation to help prevent heart attacks and heart disease, the Number One Killer of women in the U.S. The next time you’re at a community or office health fair, make time to take advantage of the screenings offered. Finding out a problem early means having time to put in a correction, and may well mean more years, and healthier years, with the ones you love. If, in the meantime, you’d like to know more about CVI or you’d like to have a complimentary ultrasound screening, VeinInnovations offers free screenings every day except Sunday. Call 678-731-9815 for more information or to schedule your screening. ❍ David Martin, RN, is President and CEO of VeinInnovations.

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North Fulton Hospital Community Calendar Sep – Nov 2015 SUPPORT GROUPS WomenHeart Support Group 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.

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.

Look Good, Feel Better Wednesday 9/9 and 11/11. 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 By Debbie Keel, CEO, North Fulton Hospital All three of my sisters, my 92-year-old mom, and I went to a very long, leisurely, and otherwise decadent lunch in a New Orleans-area seafood restaurant on Lake Pontchartrain recently. The occasion? My oldest sister turned 72. They might be upset with me for telling you their ages, but I doubt it because I think the women in my family are kind of proud of their longevity. Their secret? Oh, believe me, there aren’t any among us. Maybe that is the secret: togetherness, family, sharing both pain and happiness, supportiveness. In our world of women who work as long and as hard as men, either at home or at a profession, that might sometimes be hard to come by. The networking is usually about “how to get ahead in business” Or “how to make your child a superstar in school and sports” not “how to take care of yourself

and each other.” We at North Fulton Hospital want to give you a gentle nudge in a new direction and are pleased to announce the launch of our new Chick Clique Women’s Wellness network. The Clique is designed to provide women with an opportunity to come together at monthly events in our community and learn about healthy living—anything from hormones to mental health, as well as truly have fun together. We’ll do wine tastings, makeover parties, cooking classes and more! We are asking that all women in the community, as well as area businesses join us as we grow. Membership is free and everyone who signs up will receive a FREE card that they can proudly show to let people know that they are in “THE clique.” This card will also afford members discounts and special offers from participating community partners. We encourage local businesses to continues on page 16. sign up to become

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

Stroke Support Group Fourth Wednesday of month 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. North Fulton Hospital; Classrooms A/B Please join Stroke survivors, caregivers, and families to share and support one another. The group is facilitated by the Stoke Program Coordinator, Director of Rehab and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. RSVP to Keisha C. Brown at 770-751-2631 or Keisha.Carter@tenethealth.com

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.

Breast Cancer Support Group First Thursday of every month 10:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m. First meeting will be held September 3, 2015 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.

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.

COMMUNITY EDUCATION Babysitting Workshop Saturday 9/19, 10/17and 11/7. 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.

American Heart Association Heartsaver CPR* Saturday 9/12, 10/3, and 11/14. 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

Healthcare Provider CPR* Saturday 10/31, 9 a.m.–1 p.m. CPR course for healthcare professionals. $55

Diabetes Self-Management Workshop Saturday 9/26, 10/24 and 11/21. 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 Thursdays 9/10, 9/24, 10/8, 10/22, 11/5 and 11/19. 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.

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 kn----owledge 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.

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community partners. The great part about this is that the partnership opportunity is also FREE, but the benefits are priceless. We’ll promote your business on our Check-Up For Chicks website as well as in our monthly e-newsletter, social media pages AND your business will have the opportunity to host one of our monthly events in your space where you can promote your product or service to our members as they come together for networking, fun and information! Chick Clique will provide a fun way for the women and businesses in our community to get together with each other, shop, talk, share and support health initiatives. For more information and to sign up to become a Chick Clique member, For many families, September is a month fovisit www.checkupforchicks.com. If you are a business that cused on the kids and back to school. wishes to become a community partner, please contact Tara Everyone is re-evaluating their needs and setLandy: tara.landy@tenethealth.com ❍ ting new routines. Often, this is when many children have their yearly wellness exam and update their immunizations. Whether you have kids or not, this is a good time to take stock of your own health needs as well. For men, September is an ideal time to ask your doctor about preventative screenings. Why? Because SPECIAL EVENTS September is Prostate Cancer Just Yell Fire Self-Defense for Teen Girls (11+) Sunday, September 13. Awareness Month! Teen girls face a high risk of violence from strangers, acquaintances & Prostate cancer is a tricky dating partners. This single session class will teach teen girls 11 and older disease and most men are under how to take ownership of personal safety & defend themselves against informed about the risks. Though an attacker. For more info & to register, www.revvedupkids.org/678it comes in many forms, some 526-3335. $45 first child/$35 addl. more aggressive than others, nearly 30,000 American men die SAVE the DATE for POWER OF PINK annually from the disease. It’s Saturday, 9/26; 6pm extremely important for men to Windward Marriott Alpharetta ask questions, seek out An interactive casino night and dinner supporting Susan G. Komen of information and speak to their doctors about Greater Atlanta sponsored by North Fulton Hospital. Full dinner, breast screenings. Early detection is the best guard cancer survivor presentation and Vegas-style casino gaming with against any potentially life threatening fabulous prizes to support a great cause. Tickets are $100 and can be purchased at www.komenatlanta.org/powerofpink. cancers. “The American Cancer Society is a great reAARP Smart Driver Course source for information,” Dr. Craig Wilkinson, Thursday 10/6; 9:30am-4:30pm a radiation oncologist at North Fulton Geared to the safety needs of the older driver. Insurance companies Hospital said. “Reputable organizations such offer a 15% discount for 3 years to those who have completed this as Mayo and the CDC provide useful websites course. Registration required; $20 ($15 w/AARP membership) as well. I tell most men to avoid Google and 10/14 Joint Class do NOT look only at web forums. When you 11:30-12:30 search online, you are usually going to find Joint replacement seminar with Dr Matthew Levine, Resurgens only the most negative experiences and the inOrthopaedics formation might not be accurate. It’s best to talk to your doctor.” Though there is no concrete number that



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represents the age at which men should begin screening, the American Cancer Society recommends that patients with a family history of prostate cancer begin screenings as early as 45 years old. For those without a family history of the disease, they may be able to wait until 50 years old before discussing the screenings. Doctors will also take a man’s PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen) levels into account before recommending screenings. The frequency of screenings will also be affected by the PSA numbers, however, most men who participate in screenings do so annually. If you or a loved one tests positive for prostate cancer, it is important to ask as many questions as possible and educate yourself on the options available. “Once you test positive, they will often refer you to a urologist for surgery,” Dr. Wilkinson said. “However, there may be radiation treatments that are just as effective, if not more so. You definitely want to explore all of your options.” Screenings for prostate cancer can also aid in the detection of other health issues, such as colorectal cancer. Information such as this, and personalized information from your own doctor, can protect you and your family from this detectable, treatable disease. Prostate Cancer Awareness Month is an ideal opportunity to speak to your doctor and your family about your personal health, wellbeing and health habits. Share the information and spread the health. ❍


NORTH FULTON HOSPITAL KICKS OFF THE “CHICK CLIQUE” North Fulton Hospital has officially launched its very own “Chick Clique” membership network. This exciting program will center around monthly health promotions featuring fun and informative events held at various locations in the North Fulton area as well as discounts at local businesses, e-newsletters and more! The “Chick Clique” is free to join for anyone who is interested in becoming a member. Members will receive early notifications of upcoming events and

have the ability to RSVP early. They will also receive discounts and special offers at participating business partners across the area. Joining is easy- simply log on to www.checkupforchicks.com and click the Chick Clique link to be taken to the online submission form. Your membership packet and card will be mailed to you soon thereafter! Or, you can sign up in person at one of the monthly healthy living events. If you are a business and would be interested in

becoming a community partner, please contact Tara Landy (tara.landy@tenethealth.com) for more information and to register. Becoming a partner is absolutely free and affords many opportunities including the chance to hold one of the monthly events at your business and feature your product or service! Other benefits include promotion in monthly e-blasts to the entire member base as well as on social media. ❍

Florida native Dr. Craig Wilkinson has been practicing medicine in the North Fulton area for more than 10 years. As a radiation oncologist, he uses some of the most cutting edge technology available to treat cancer patients with as positive an outcome, and as few negative side effects, as possible. Dr. Wilkinson believes that a large contributing factor to his success is the element of compassion he displays toward his patients. As a result, patients continue to give back to his practice as volunteers even after their treatments have been completed.


WHERE ARE YOU FROM? ANSWER: I grew up in Florida, primarily

Orlando and Miami.


WHERE DID YOU GO TO SCHOOL? ANSWER: I completed my undergraduate

education at the University of Florida. My medical school and residency was completed at the University of Miami.



ANSWER: I knew around the age of 6 that I would go into medicine. I had a really good pediatrician who inspired me. He was probably my biggest influence and he really encouraged me.


WHY ONCOLOGY? ANSWER: During my second year of med

school, both of my grandparents were diagnosed with cancer. I would go visit them pretty often in West Palm Beach as they went through radiation therapy. I saw how well they were treated and how passionate the doctors were. It definitely sparked my interest. Then I got hooked.



ANSWER: I got the job at Atlanta Oncology Associates and my main practice has been in Alpharetta for the last 10 years.



ANSWER: Radiation Oncology is the part of Oncology where we treat solid tumors as opposed to blood based cancers. We see almost all types of tumors and cancers except for pediatrics. We see mostly breast, prostate, lung, head, neck and gastrointestinal tumors. We also see central nervous system tumors. North Fulton has broad patient base, so we see a full range of tumors.



ANSWER: It’s difficult to narrow it down. We have

so many patients that respond well to treatment. It’s hard to choose one. They continue to come back and tell me how happy they are with their

“I knew around the age of 6 that I would go into medicine. I had a really good pediatrician who inspired me.” treatment. They recommend us to their family and friends. They reach out to us no matter where they live and we offer to support to their families. Some even volunteer to come sit with our current Craig Wilkinson, M.D. patients just to talk with them. They ask how techniques and facilities are state of the art. they’re feeling, discuss treatment, or just hang out WHAT, IN YOUR OPINION, IS ONE OF THE MOST with them. It’s so nice, they just hang out all day on IMPORTANT TRAITS A GOOD ONCOLOGIST Tuesday and Thursday of their own free will.




ANSWER: The amazing amount of time I get to

spend with patients during their treatment. We spend a lot of time taking care of their medical, social and psychological needs. They share so much with us and it gets very personal. We become friends. I share my life with them too, most of my patients know my family.


HOW MANY KIDS DO YOU HAVE? ANSWER: I have 2 boys. They are six and four

years old.



Our machines are updated very frequently. We want to deliver the greatest dose to the tumor while minimizing exposure to other tissues. Using IMRT and IGRT, we try to target the tumor and create narrow treatment fields. These treatments typically cause less acute and long term side effects. We are also seeing advancements in “implants” or Brachytherapy. This treatment can release concentrated doses from within the body. Our treatment

SHOULD HAVE? ANSWER: You have to be human. You have to treat

people with compassion and kindness. You have to be vulnerable with them so they know they’re not alone. They are not just patients. They have so many stressors on them, so much to deal with on top of cancer, it comes down on them all at once. If you can’t handle that as a doctor, it hurts the patients. You also have to maintain a sense of humor. They need to laugh. They call me by my first name, or call me whatever they want. I’m a guy with a cool job, not just a doctor. I get called interesting names in the hallway sometimes, but if it makes them happy, I answer!


WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO IN YOUR FREE TIME? ANSWER: For now, everything is all about the

kids. It’s so fun watching them grow minute by minute. For me, I love to exercise and go to the gym. I play co-ed soccer and have date nights with my wife. ❍

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Q A with Dr. Craig Wilkinson



STABLE MOMENTS Lead To Stable Lives

With her own trauma history, Rebecca Miller went into social work with a desire to help children find peace and make some meaning of their worlds through tough life circumstances. Horses were the one thing that kept Miller going through her adolescent years and she pursued a Equine Science minor with her social work major at the University of Vermont. From there she became a Post Adoption Case Manager. Working with adopted families, while training horses, led her to see the unique correlations between natural horsemanship and therapeutic interventions for children surviving with trauma. She moved to Georgia in 2013 and became a part of a program outside of Cumming that connects horses and children. Miller started developing the idea of creating a program specifically serving foster and adopted children, with a few local families, which lead to the founding of Stable Moments in September of 2014. Soon after, Miller earned her certification as an Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning. With the growing number of children in foster care and the limited amount of homes ready to adopt, the need for mentorship and healing of this population is tremendous. It seems people are called to Stable Moments for various reasons at just the right time. Julie Clark, the program’s Assistant Director was a founding member who always had a heart for animal

rescue. With a background in marketing, and together with her rescue horse Sundae, she joined the Stable Moments team. People from all walks of life, with different abilities, experiences and interest have come to make Stable Moments a winning program for the families served. Stable Moments continued to develop and outgrew their first location within their first year of operation and the hunt was on for a new property. They were looking to lease, but when Julie Clark saw a property they found for sale in Woodstock, she knew this is where Stable Moments was meant to be and purchased it. Stable Moments moved August 1. This property will support all their current participants and allow for significant future growth. Something magical happens between the children and horses, something completely unspoken. It’s like both the child and horse are saying “I’m not sure,” and at the same time they’re both saying “I know, I get it, it’s ok.” The program strives to provide stable moments in unsettled worlds. There is something so rewarding when human and animal make meaning of their lives together. Stable Moments holds volunteer training every two months for people who want to be a child mentor. Barn chore volunteer training occurs once a month. They are always in need of volunteers! Stay in touch at www.facebook.com/stablemoments. ❍

Stable Moments is a program of A Stable Situation, Inc. A Stable Situation Inc. is a tax exempt organization under section 501(c)(3) of Internal Revenue Code. All contributions made to this organization are tax deductible.

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GROCERY TO TABLE EATING Can a good meal be had at a grocery store?

The Whole Foods hot food section is a one-stop, no complaints allowed dinner. By Frank Mack

I am endlessly looking for another great meal. With the first rule being I’m not cooking it. I can, but that’s not my job. What’s good, where to eat, that’s my scoop. I like to do better than survive. Raman noodles and me go way back, which is where I’d rather leave them. Yeah, I eat all over. Every local restaurant sees me eventually. But a big part of my grazing occurs in grocery stores—not down the aisles—I don’t go for bulk items. I’m single. I go for quality, fresh, easy, and real good. Those are key to the lifestyle of all work and no time. Dads, listen up. This is how you bring home dinner that they’ll love and really appreciate. Moms, I only eat healthy. It’s all way better than the crud in a sack from any drivethrough restaurant. And that’s a fact. It’s called perimeter shopping. Almost every grocer does this. They keep the fresh, the best, all around the perimeter of a store. The boxed, canned, salted, and processed are located on the racks in the aisles, inside the perimeter. Check it out, it’s true. So what grocery store has what? I’m going after what, in my opinion, are the big 3 grocers in our area that offer meals. Kroger, Publix, and Whole Foods are all playing in the prepped and take it home “hot”

dinner market. Where’s the good stuff? Who has the best? It’s a bit of a tossup at the top but deciding the bottom was easy. Kroger, in a word, disappoints. They try and they miss. Not enough selection, not very well prepared, a questionable bakery. Worst of all, and after a few tries, I’m not sure what their rotisserie chicken is… animal kingdom wise. Ok, it’s chicken, but what is that gristle? What is that texture? And what are they doing on those farms to the poor birds? Scary. I leave Kroger unimpressed, feeling like they are just trying to copy others and failing, badly. I drive past mine and go most often to... Publix. Starting with the Publix bakeries. Wherever I go the breads, sweets, cakes and even the finer baked goods rate excellent. Not quite small shop perfection but pretty darn close. They offer fresh crispy bread that goes with everything and a deli that makes a good sandwich. If rating these stores on high qual-

Publix bread and deli sandwich—what’s not to love?

The Publix rotisserie chicken is the bomb. I have eaten a barn full by now. I’ve never been unhappy, always a value. Couple it with a salad, and add a stick of bread. It’s two days of nice meals for one or a nice meal for up to four. All of that for about twenty bucks? What’s not to love? It works well for me. For hot food by the pound, a salad bar that runs on for days and days, real soups, and always good service, Whole Foods wins by miles. It’s not even close. Averaging around 24 hot selections, the hot food to-go market is currently owned by Whole Foods. Say what you will, it’s a one-stop, no complaints allowed dinner. They charge by the pound and make it so easy, it’s impossible to ignore as a dinner option. You can’t keep hot fresh food long. If you aren’t selling a high volume, you can’t make enough and then your quality will suffer. And likewise, around here, if you don’t have high quality you’ll never sell high volume. It’s a catch 22 that Kroger probably can’t do a thing about. And while it exists, Publix bakery and Whole Foods win almost by default. Apply these rules to grocery store sushi as well, which almost every store has these days. Enter sushi into the conversation and it becomes a bit more complicated. Fine sushi starts with rice and Kroger has no idea of what that should be. Sushi bar in groceries are their own little subject. No, it will never live up to your top restaurants. It’s a different idea. As a healthy choice though it’s way smart. For the best sushi, highest quality, it’s Whole Foods again. They offer the best chefs, allowed the most freedom with the highest quality ingredients, all combined with the best style. (With a special nod to the woman behind the counter at the Johnson Ferry location.)

Both Publix and Whole Foods seem to get it on the rice. But Publix, while good, never seems to allow their sushi people off the leash. They put in too many junk sauces making it hard to find the purer plates. That’s a pet peeve. But still, usually pretty happy. I love Publix prepped salads and fruits. All top quality heavily rotated and never seemingly less than minutes fresh. The sushi trays and gorgeous fruit with a fresh crispy loaf is about $15 a head. That’s not much more than the bagfull of crud that falls out the drive through window and a whole world of difference health wise. Here’s another meal to go I have found simply stunning. The Roswell Farmers Market on Old Roswell Rd. and Holcomb Bridge, where Adele’s Cajun used to be. The organic, fresh, non-GMO, super healthy folks can get their fix here. Oh my, I had no idea, food this healthy could be so good. And for $10 to $15 you can get a very nice, super healthy dinner. It’s a steal. If your diet demands it this place may even save your life. I know it can extend mine. It’s delicious you should check them out. The healthy pre-made specialties are their business. Here are a few notes on the local restaurant scene. The Caspian Grill at 3120 Johnson Ferry near its top end is a total surprise! They had excellent food and charming service. This petite Persian boutique is a winner. The exterior isn’t grand and never will be, that’s why I drove by a few times. But inside it is spotless and shiny clean. The food is fantastic. This kitchen gets it. Go! On the Marietta Square you should try The Stockyard, Burgers and Bones. (Back by Paul’s Pot Pies, which is fabulous so I always nod him, Paul rocks). Anyway, the meatloaf burger with crisp onions and a touch of BBQ was stupid seriously scary good. Going back? Oh yeah, several times at least. And one last note. The guys at Marietta Family Restaurants (Marietta Fish Market, Diner etc.) are opening a new concept at the corner of Sandy Plains and Hwy. 92 on the East Cobb Roswell border, in what used to be Nicky’s Diner. It’s called Gyro Village and they’re shooting a Greek version of Chipotle. That corner is really being reborn and it should be a great addition. ❍

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ity bakery, Publix wins, hands down. Whole Foods makes a solid second. I find it kind of heavy on sweets, very pricey ones at that. Kroger? Stick with the Wonder Bread.

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LOVING TO LEARN FOR 20 YEARS Peachtree Park Prep celebrates a milestone anniversary. Peachtree Park Prep, a private preschool in Alpharetta, has been providing care for area youngsters for two decades. They provide an exciting and engaging curriculum, which leads their students to the highest levels of performance. Kay Paschal is the owner of PPP and her idea to open the facility was born out her desire to be an entrepreneur and see her two sons grow up. “I always believed in the success of our vision of “loving to learn” and having two young children at the time we opened, I knew PPP would be the best place for other children to be!” said Paschal. Over the 20 years, PPP has seen a lot of changes, both in the area around the facility and in the business itself. “There was basically nothing around us 20 years ago—that was the only thing that made me nervous when we opened PPP. But within 2 years the community had grown so much and our school was so full that we opened


private kindergarten up our second locaas well as Primary tion barely 5 miles COMMUNITY curriculums. away!” Paschal Additionally, they stated. “Having so provide students many faculty with specialty members instruction in art, reaching their 10 music, Spanish, to 15 year anniverMandarin Chinese, sary teaching at computer PPP, it’s great to application and know that they physical education. are always All of this leads to challenging themsuccess beyond selves to be better PPP. educators, try “We have tracked new ideas, and students through embrace all the cutting-edge technology and methods elementary, middle, and high school and from those tracked we show over available to continue our “loving to 90% taking advantage of accelerated learn” philosophy.” placement curriculum as well as graduThat “loving to learn” philosophy is engrained throughout the comprehen- ating with honors from area high schools and colleges. We are very proud sive curriculum at PPP. While they of these accomplishments for our cater to preschoolers, they also work students and for our school and we with infants, toddlers and provide

often hear from parents of alumni that it all started with their ‘love of learning’ fostered early at PPP,” Paschal said. Being engrained in the local fabric of a community doesn’t happen over night nor does it happen for just any business. It has to be led by someone who is dedicated and connected. Paschal is a member of the Johns Creek and Alpharetta Chamber, a board member of the GA Child Care Association, and serves on the advisory council of Bright From The Start. With all of this, she is still a mom herself and remains active in both of her sons lives now that they’re in college. The rewards have been plentiful. “Every time an alumni comes back to visit we can’t wait to put a ‘Then and Now’ photo in our monthly newsletter and let everyone know what’s going on with them. So many PPP alumni have graduated from some of the best universities in the country!” Paschal said. ❍


GETTING BETTER WITH AGE The Roswell Wine Festival continues to expand. By Theo Keyserling Coming back to Roswell this fall for its third year is the Roswell Wine Festival. The event, set for October 4, is the brainchild of co-founders  Peggy Robinson and Dwight Cunningham, who set up the festival with three goals in mind. States co-founder Peggy Robinson, “We wanted to create a great event for the businesses of Roswell. The festival is a great opportunity for residents to experience Roswell’s burgeoning restaurant scene in a whole new way. Additionally, we Dwight Cunningham and Peggy Robinson of the Roswell Wine wanted to create a wonderful Festival at the site of proposed dog park for Roswell Area Park. experience for ticket holders and give back to the  community. In doing so, we select a different local charity each year to benefit. This year, we are excited to partner with Friends of Roswell Parks to build a dog park in Roswell Area Park.”  Like a fine wine, the festival is getting better with age. Co-founder, Dwight Cunningham says, “We’re learning a lot and expanding our offerings with each year. For the 2015 festival, we’ll be holding educational seminars along side the event with two restaurant partners, Vin25 and Osteria Mattone. We will also have a VIP tent with premium wines sponsored by Audi North Atlanta.” From Adele’s at the north end of Canton Street all the way down to Pastis, this year’s festival will feature over 20 local restaurant and business participants. Canton Street will be partially closed to traffic during the event. It makes for a perfect afternoon stroll in Roswell, Georgia. Attendance has steadily increased since 2012 and this year’s Festival is expected to draw 8001,000 wine enthusiasts. Ticket sales have already surpassed last year and the event has sold out the past two years.  The beneficiary this year, Friends of the Roswell Parks, will use the proceeds as seed money to build a new dog park in Roswell Area Park. The area slated is not currently utilized and is a shaded area toward the entrance of the park. As a member of the board of Friends of the Roswell Parks, it’s exciting to see community groups like the wine fest stepping forward to meet the multiple needs of the parks and recreation system. We’ve also had other groups like Roswell Rotary and the Recreation Association step forward to build an adaptive sports theory field at the Waller park extension. We would like to thank all of these groups in contributing to making Roswell and its parks a great place. Tickets and a few sponsorships for the festival are still available.  More information can be found at  www.roswellwinefestival.com. To donate directly to The Friends of the Roswell Park’s Bark for your Park campaign, or to become a corporate sponsor of the park, please visit  www.friendsoftheroswellparks.com. ❍

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PLANTS AND PUMPKINS Decorate your garden with all the colors of fall.

After picking out pumpkins and gourds for harvest displays, wash them carefully to remove soil and pathogens. By Nancy Wallace

I think we had more than our fair share of 90-plus temperatures in July and August, and a lot of gardens took a beating in the heat. I don’t know about you, but I’m ready to pull out the summer annuals sooner than later, rather than watch them wane through the September Equinox. If your flower beds are looking a bit sad, or you’ve noticed patches of summer annuals that have died here and there, why not pick up a few pumpkins and gourds to place in those empty spots and make a fall harvest display? Pumpkin harvesting begins in early September, and because it’s much too early to think about planting winter annuals, gourds and pumpkins are a natural, seasonal garden filler. When I begin pumpkin and gourd-hoarding for my clients’ annual “Pumpkins-onPorches Decor,” there are a few things I do to make sure they last through Thanksgiving.

Choose fall “fruit” that has a threeto six-inch stem attached to the crown, if possible. Not only does this make the fruit more attractive, but it helps prevent fruit-rot pathogens at the point of stem attachment (and don’t carry the fruit by the stem, or it’s likely to break off.) Once you’ve made your selection of pumpkins and gourds, carefully place them on a hard surface and wash them with soapy water that contains one part bleach to ten parts water. This will remove the dirt and kill remaining soil-borne pathogens. Dry the fruit, especially around the crown, and take care not to puncture the skin. Store

This coral bark maple tree is just getting started for a fall showdown.

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them in a cool, dry place for about a week to finish “curing” your new garden ornaments before staging them. Once you’ve arranged your fall decor, and to keep pumpkins and gourds lasting well into fall, tip them over after a rainfall to drain water that pools around the stem. As the season progresses, if you notice any fruit beginning to spoil before you’re ready to dismantle the display, remove it promptly to avoid fruit-rot disease from spreading. By following these few steps, my clients’ pumpkin arrangements last through Thanksgiving Day. Companion plants for your pumpkin and gourd displays should include a few flower and foliage accents. Stop by the local garden center, and you’ll see an array of fall-blooming annuals suitable for just such a purpose, as well as foliage plants with great color and texture. Instead of the common chrysanthemums, why not pick something a little different? Look for spider mums, spoon mums, or incurve mums. (You’ll find the more unusual mums in the houseplant section, and they work just fine for a few weeks outdoors.) I’ve also had great success with marigolds, celosia, ornamental peppers, black-eyed susans, dwarf ornamental grasses, foxtail ferns, and crotons. Depending on the first frost, you’re likely to get great performance from all these plants for several weeks this fall. Let’s spend some time talking about “fall foliage frenzy.” I have a few favorite trees and shrubs that are absolute winners when it comes to an autumn showdown. The best time to plant trees and shrubs is November through February here in Georgia, so if your garden is lacking autumn

The spectacular fern leaf maple tree sports every autumn color imaginable, and all at once.

highlights, put some of these plants on your wish-list. The coral bark maple tree (Acer palmatum ‘Benikawa’) is a small landscape tree with two distinct seasonal interests. First, the summer-green foliage turns brilliant shades of gold and orange in the fall. But the real surprise occurs after the leaves drop: beautiful red branches that add colorful winter interest to the garden, so place this tree where you can see it from indoors. My favorite maple tree, however, is the fern leaf maple (Acer japonicum ‘Vitifolium’) which works best as an understory tree, protected from afternoon sun. When the leaves begin to turn in the fall, this tree serves up a full-blown rainbow of yellow, burntorange and red, and everything in between. Because Japanese maples are some of the last trees to turn color and drop their leaves in the fall, their foliage season extends well into December (when many trees have already lost their leaves). Another plant I should mention is the Shasta viburnum (Viburnum plicatum tomentosum ‘Shasta’). This large, horizontal-branching landscape shrub is completely covered with white flowers in spring, followed by bright red fruit clusters to attract birds throughout the summer. When the leaves begin to turn in early fall, the afternoon sun treats this plant like a stained-glass cathedral window in shades of gold, bronze, and burgundy. Use this viburnum in wildlife habitats or plant en masse as an effective landscape screen. ❍ Nancy provides garden design & renovation services. wallacegardens.tumblr.com.

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A MASTERPIECE IN CASUAL ITALIAN CUISINE Mona Lisa has been a local favorite for 15 years.

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An Italian meal always has family as an ingredient and Mona Lisa in Johns Creek knows how to do casual Italian in a way the whole family can enjoy. The atmosphere is a warm and welcoming one that allows for multiple tastes and experiences. You can have a delicious pizza and a cold beverage while catching a game on the TV, or bring the whole family and enjoy a full meal featuring a wide array of your Italian favorites. For Starters If you love shellfish then you must start with Mona Lisa’s amazing Mussels Fra Diavolo. The dish comes in a tomato garlic and white wine sauce with a hint of spice that covers a bowl loaded with open-shell mussels. Keeping with the seafood theme, the sizeable fried calamari that explode with freshness never disappoint. They also have a wide array of salads for those looking for lighter food. The Greek is classically prepared and their spring chicken salad is a fruity affair with marinated chicken breast mixed with mandarin oranges and toasted almonds. Pizza With Pizzazz What’s Italian without pizza? Mona Lisa definitely has an “A” game coming out of the pizza oven. The highlight is Mona’s Garden, a white pizza with thin layers of roasted almonds, mushrooms and spinach

with a hint of garlic. Their signature pizzas are inventive throughout the menu, including the Morris Park white pizza, which featured Gorgonzola cheese, red onion, and grilled chicken. Freshness is number one! Owner Sal Mangino has his eye always focused on quality by only serving fresh seafood, chicken, veal, steak, and seasonal vegetables. Each dish is always cooked to order which is why Mona Lisa has so many longtime customers and who soon become friends. Mona Lisa is also known for their catering, so when you have an event for 20 or more people make sure to give them a call. The smiling service at Mona Lisa and the well-prepared and timeless classics coming out of the kitchen will have you coming back for more. Like any great Italian restaurant Mangino prepares and stands behind his culinary expertise. Mona Lisa is the type of place that you can always count on for consistent well made Italian… how else do you remain a local favorite for nearly two decades? ❍ Mona Lisa is located in the Rivermont Station, 8465 Holcomb Bridge Rd. in Johns Creek. Call 678-822-6662 or visit monalisapizzarestaurant.com for more info.



By Kay Paschal

Are you a Helicopter Parent? Are you a Hummingbird Parent? Are you a Free Range Parent? It’s been said that children do not come with a manual but in today’s world of parenting scrutiny, parents seem to adhere to a “manual”…a style of parenting that parents become known for in their child’s social and acaKay Paschal, Owner demic world. Peachtree Park Prep The Helicopter Parent: Parents that hover over their child not allowing frustration management to naturally occur in the development stages. This takes place from the toddler to the college-level child and may create a young adult who doesn’t have self-management skills or self-reliability to make their own decisions. The Hummingbird Parent: Parents that swoop in IF they see a situation becoming too hard for their child to manage. While being similar to the Helicopter Parent, the Hummingbird Parent allows their child to try and manage situations, but if the outcome is not one that is desirable for the child or the parent, the Hummingbird Parent will intervene and correct. The Free Range Parent: A parent that allows their child to manage choices that do not require a parent’s decision making… letting their child take the risk of a decision and having them withstand the consequence of that decision. This type of parent believes that allowing children to be comfortable or uncomfortable with a decision will make them better decision makers when the consequences are higher as they become young adults. Do you see yourself in any of the above descriptions? Some of us may see ourselves as a combination of all three, but leading psychologists argue that cannot be the case. My boys are both in their 20s and I am still navigating the parenting waters! I was not parented into my 20s… were you? Parenting, it’s the most confusing and rewarding experience of our adult life. Boy, sometimes I wish I had a Helicopter Parent of my own to make the decisions for me!❍ Kay Paschal is Owner of Peachtree Park Prep.

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THE SUPERMARKET REVOLUTION The food industry is growing and you’ve never had it so good.

Local shopper Laura Moore exiting the Trade Joe’s in Roswell.

By Tripp Liles

Over 100 years ago a company called the Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company (known as A&P) created the modern grocery store or what would later be called a supermarket. Back in the day A&P was essentially the Walmart of their times. They introduced standardization and scale, which revolutionized the industry and that quickly catapulted them to national prominence. Today the national landscape is dominated by Kroger, the nation’s largest, and Publix, who do over a combined $100 billion is annual sales. Overall, according to the Food Marketing Institute, Americans spend in excess of $600 billion in U.S. grocery stores. It wasn’t that long ago that we generally had only 1 or 2 choices of where to shop. In our area that was largely Kroger or Publix. Over the past few years, however, that has changed dramatically. The grocery store landscape is evolving at a rapid pace and our choices on where to spend have never been more plentiful. The New Grocery Landscape Seemingly every few months a new grocery store is popping up somewhere in our area. In short time new players such as Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, Fresh Market, Aldi, Sprouts, Walmart Neighborhood Market and even Target Superstores have moved into our area. And yet experts say the industry is still in the early stages of a massive shake-up, with rivals each trying to carve out market share. Brands like Whole Foods and Fresh Market are wooing customers seeking natural, organic foods. Walmart and Target use their massive footprints to offer a wide variety of options in going after budget-minded consumers and even more competition is coming from outliers like drug

Note: (The “fresh format” category includes Whole Foods and other organic grocers; the “limited assortment” category includes small-footprint outlets such as Trader Joe’s and Aldi. The rest of the categories are self-explanatory.)

The fresh market stores have very aggressive plans for expansion based on the nation’s move toward a more healthy diet and sustainable food practices. Trader Joe’s is the poster child of success in the niche or limited assortment brand. They offer low prices and a tightly edited selection of products. With these options experts expect the traditional supermarkets will continue losing ground to new formats:

With all of this change the industry leaders are trying to hold their own. “The strategies of Kroger and Publix are pretty steady, set at the corporate level, but there’s no doubt they look at the other places where shoppers are continues on p. 30

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stores and convenient stores. “The industry is very aware of shoppers’ fragmented shopping styles, so grocers do everything they can to encourage shoppers to spend while they’re in the grocery store to keep them from having to go elsewhere. This means a continual fine-tuning on the part of supermarkets around what they’re selling, deciding if they need to add certain categories and or products,” said Lorrie Griffith, editor of The Shelby Report a national supermarket trade publication based in Gainesville. “This has been a concern in the industry for a number of years, as dollar stores, discount stores (like Dollar General), drug stores and even home improvement stores have either started to sell food or increased the amount of food they carry. In the case of Dollar General, they have added cold cases to sell milk, eggs, etc., to even more directly compete with supermarkets.” Using data from a retail consultancy group of retail developer Jones Lang and LaSalle here is a projection of how sales and store counts will grow through 2018. This demonstrates the fight that established brands like Kroger and Publix have on their hands.


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experts predict that online’s share of the grocery business could reach double digits within the next decade. The response from the brick and mortar guys has been to offer an experience by turning the store into a destination by offering free samples, unique ambiance, friendly staff and a welcoming environment. Things that cannot be replicated online. “I’ve tried online shopping in the past and it doesn’t work for me,” said Laura Moore, a Roswell resident who also works in East Cobb. “I love the variety in many of the new markets, especially Trader Joe’s, but I also find that I use all of the stores, each for different reasons. It’s sometimes a pain but for the variety it is worth it. On my way home I can hit 3 different stores and get a wide array of food that just a few years ago was not possible.” If the online model does work, experts suggest they must target the various people who make up our area, suburban families and older singles, by eliminating the inconvenience of physical shopping. You can also be on the lookout for technological hooks such as the ability to order from your kitchen from a sort of on demand style grocer. This style of buying potentially reduces the inconvenience of eliminating trips to the store but you’ll never be able to squeeze a melon for freshness or get a whiff a strawberry… not to mention a free sample. For shoppers whose behavior is full of dull, pantry-stocking trips, online has some interesting potential. For consumers who are not so tired of food shopping, the online guys will have a hard time winning them over. The Next Evolution This is especially true until online It seems logical to think this growth can’t continue. Competition is shopping becomes super-fast and reliable and offers products inline with great for us consumers but not all of these models are created from a posi- consumer demand. That delivery model is seemingly in the distant tion of strength. The basic business future, but so did smart phones just a fundamentals for the more established brands predict only small decade ago. Yes, we will always have supermargrowth and while the newer formats look appealing, statistically speaking, kets, or grocery stores. Whatever you call them, enjoy this golden era of grothey are still limited to population cery buying and experimentation. growth and of course food inflation. You’re going to be wooed with nearly There is also a vulnerability to all of every trick in the book to earn your these players and that is a delivery loyalty from new operators to remodbreakthrough from an online eled stores, novel food options and yes shopping giant like Amazon. The delivery model has tried and failed in even a bargain or two. Enjoy it while the past but with the dollar figure on it lasts because buying food has never the table they will keep trying. Some been more adventurous. ❍

spending grocery dollars and make adjustments, Griffith stated. “Possibly influenced by Aldi’s go-tomarket strategy of heavy private label on the shelves as well as shoppers’ greater acceptance of private label since the economic downturn, Kroger revamped its private label program to offer at least four private label product tiers, from an almost generic line to a premium line on par with national brands (or better). Kroger also has paid great attention to its organic/natural sections, perhaps in a bid to compete with formats such as Whole Foods, Sprouts, Fresh Market, Earth Fare, etc. Publix continues to concentrate on top-notch customer service, high-quality perishables like produce and meat, outstanding products in deli and bakery and buy-one-get-one-free specials in the center store to keep competitive in terms of price, quality and overall experience.”

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