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On July 31, Georgians will have the opportunity to vote on the Transportation Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax or TSPLOST. The Transportation Investment Act of 2010 authorized the referendum, a 10-year 1% regional sales tax. For the purposes of the referendum 12 regions in the state were created, with each having the opportunity to vote yes or no for their respective area. The Fulton and Cobb County area is in Region 3, where there is an estimated $8.4 billion at stake. If all 12 regions vote yes, there would be an estimated $18 billion in taxes collected. How will you vote?

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Georgia National Teenager Scholarship Pagent Hammer, (pictured) who attends Fellowship Christian Academy, will be one of the contestants representing the state of Georgia. Rachel, a straight-A student, has been participating in pageants for over a year through pageant systems that encourage community service. She enjoys serving at the Special Olympics, Operation Christmas Child, Toys for Tots and many others.

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Adopt-A-Section of Towhee Trail Program Friends for the East Cobb Park's Towhee Trail Program is looking to restore the native woodland habitat by removing non-native, invasive plants and adding Georgia native plants, and is looking for your help. The program provides individuals, groups and families an opportunity to adopt a 200 foot section along the trail and tend it, to include removal of non-native or invasive plants, re-establish native tree and plant populations (bought by volunteers or acquired through the Georgia Native Plant Society Rescue Program), remove trash and workday debris. Fallen trees shall be left in place unless written permission is given by Friends for the East Cobb Park, Inc. (FFECP) and Cobb County Parks, Recreation & Cultural Affairs (CCPRCA). This is a great hands-on learning opportunity! For more information, please contact, or visit and download an application to get started.

Job Networking The Job Networking ministry at Roswell United Methodist Church (RUMC) brings in local and national speakers to help job seekers develop the skills to search out and land the next job. At the meeting on Monday, July 9, employers are invited to bring available jobs openings to the one-hour Mini-Job Fair. Speakers/trainers at the June 25 meeting were (l-r): Jay Litton, Gary Shaar, Employers currently signed up Jimmy Parker, Tyrone Griffin, Marisa Pereira, Hal Coleman, Tim Morrison, and are Jackson Healthcare, AAA Mark Edington. Not pictured: Ruthie Powell Auto, Northwest ExterminatFor a complete afternoon and evening ing, Glenn Hotel, Personnel One, Render Adschedule of workshops, services, meal, and vertising, Ambassador Atlanta, and more. An Mini-Job Fair, go to www.rumcjobnetworkestimated 250 job seekers will be present. There is also the opportunity to Employers can e-mail Katherine Simons, lovspend time in the Chapel, either alone or, to participate. with a prayer team member. Job Networking Check out the growing list of employers daily meets second and fourth Mondays at at . Roswell UMC, 814 Mimosa Blvd, Roswell. It is not necessary to be a member of Reservations are not required. RUMC to attend Job Networking meetings.

Sizzling Summer Book Sale Come celebrate a sizzling summer at the Summer Book Sale hosted by the Friends of the Roswell Library. The sale will be held at the Roswell Library on Saturday, July 21, 2012, from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM. Summer time and the reading is easy for both children and adults. Do you need a great beach book? Why not pick up 4 for $1.00? This sale will feature over 350 DVD movies and a huge selection of inspirational, mystery, science fiction and fantasy books. Collectibles, art books and coffee table books will also be featured. Ours have become the gold standard for the well organized book sale – easy pickings at the best prices. Current hardback fiction at $1.00 to $2.00 and paperbacks at 4 for $1.00. The Preview party for members of the Friends of the Roswell Library has extended hours on Friday, July 20 from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM. New members are welcome and may join the Friends of the Roswell Library at the door.

Kids Can Write Roswell’s historic Barrington Hall will continue its children’s creative writing day camps, Kids Can Write, in July. A great alternative for children’s summer fun, these enriching camps will teach children how to write and think creatively and to view writing as a fun process. The camp will be led by award winning children’s book author Mary Ann Rodman. Ms. Rodman’s young adult novel, Yankee Girl, was chosen for inclusion on the Georgia Center for the Book’s inaugural list of “25 Books All Young Georgians Should Read” in 2010. The age range for campers is 10 to 14 years old. The cost per child for the five day weeklong summer day camp (July 23 through 27, 2012 ) is $250.00. Classes are held from 10 AM until 4 PM each day of the class. Space is limited to 15 children maximum per camp. Reservations are required. To reserve a spot for your child or to ask questions please call 770.640.3855.

Fulton Co. Millage Rate Hearing Fulton County residents are invited to a public hearing on the 2012 General Fund Millage Rate on Wednesday, July 11, 2012 at 10 a.m. The Board will consider a revenue neutral millage rate of 10.791 mills. This reflects a 0.51 mill adjustment compared to the 2011 rate of 10.281 mills in order to offset the average decline in property values. If approved, the 0.51 mill adjustment would net approximately $17 million in revenue for the General Fund. The national real estate crisis has been a major economic driver affecting Fulton County’s budget due to the fact that approximately 80% of General Fund revenue comes from property taxes. The Public Hearing will take place in Assembly Hall of the Fulton County Government Center, 141 Pryor Street, SW, Atlanta. The meeting will be video-conferenced, allowing residents to participate from the South Fulton Government Service Center, 5600 Stonewall Tell Road, College Park, and the North Fulton Government Service Center, 7741 Roswell Road, Sandy Springs.

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Cooperation Is Key The redevelopment of Groveway is the first coordinated step between government, business and citizens. By Tripp Liles

There have been several important factors in the increased development in the city of Roswell. Over the past 4 years there have been business friendly candidates elected to office, as well as the Comprehensive Plan, formation of the Roswell Business Alliance (RBA), the Gateway Master Plan and the city’s effort at rebranding. Additionally there was a momentous trip of civic and city leaders to Greenville, SC to explore how that city revitalized its downtown area. And all of this led to an historic vote on April 9 by Roswell City Council to utilize a new form based code to revitalize the Groveway district. To many observers of local politics, this was a turning point in Roswell’s perception in the business community because there was strong opposition from some neighborhood activists. To counter this, however, there was an even Dave Schmit stronger voice from the Groveway residents and the business community, who over the past year has gained a strong and unified voice. Just as important, those elements presented a unified front to the City Council, who voted 5-1 in favor of the initiative. To people involved with the Greenville trip this emphasized the strongest lesson learned, which is the cooperation of government, its citizenry, and business leaders. “It’s taken a while to build trust, but we’re getting there,” Becky Wynn, Roswell City Council member said. “Our mayor and council have worked hard to come together. We’re looking at a vision.” These sentiments were also echoed by Steve Stroud, head of the RBA: “What we saw was all parts of Roswell coming together to support this with a focus.” There were many elements that

played a part in the Groveway initiative. The overall poor economy that has lead to new innovative thinking to spur growth, the decades long need to redevelop Groveway itself, and the growing acceptance of form based codes that allow for greater creativity in development projects. In order to get financing in today’s economy, you must have a bold and executable plan that combines community energy with positive development. “There has been a change of perspective here that I think largely rests with the change in council,” said Dave Schmit, a 20-year resident of Roswell, who is also a member of the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) and a partner in the development firm Macauley + Schmit. “There is a council that seems to be working closely and they are of like mind in addressing the issues of our brand – in terms of difficulties in doing business.” Schmit stressed the need for unique thinking and action as a way to move the economy forward. A large immediate impact on the area will be construction and the jobs it will bring. Additionally, having a more business friendly form based code allows for better development. “As we put regulation in place that meets the needs for providing quality for the city, but yet allows for innovation to occur, it is important to make the economics work,” Schmit said. “The DDA is looking for ways to bring funds to the table - not with the idea that they are gifts, but that they create a return. That return is greater development, which creates more tax revenue, that has a payback mechanism to it.” Just as many people are keen to stress that this is a long-term vision that will take many years to come to fruition, but it is a starting point. As Schmit pointed out, “Activity breeds activity. When there is buzz around the area, much like Canton Street, the area becomes more attractive.” q


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Will you publicly support the passage of the $8.5 billion regional transportation referendum, which includes 157 regional transportation projects and $1.3 billion for local transportation investments? This is the question posed to area politicians in a letter from the Metro Atlanta Chamber, supported by 25 business groups and chambers. As the summer heats up, expect the rhetoric and barbs to increase. The pundits in the media and blogosphere have an opinion, but people in the region should be careful who they listen to. A Google search of ‘Atlanta TSPLOST’ for the past month returns 10,500 results. The same Google News search yields 2,260 results. The results largely fall into two categories. T-SPLOST is the worst thing ever, and TSPLOST is the only option we have. Additionally, much of the information is inaccurate or ideologically based, and often an irresponsible combination of the two. There are interests on both sides of the issue trying their hardest to influence you with tailored and highly biased information. The best way to ensure that you are aware of the details is to do your own research and ignore the press. Try to gain perspective with this article and the hundreds of others that you will see in the next month. More importantly, ignore the blogs - and especially the comments on those blogs. The purpose of this tax is to reduce congestion, decrease commute times and increase economic investment. If anyone tells you otherwise, I’d highly suggest tuning out and potentially getting some sunglasses to protect yourself from the glare coming from their tin foil hat. The most notable supporters are Governor Nathan Deal (R), Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle (R), Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed (D) and virtually all of the metro area chambers of commerce. This initiative has also created some strange bedfellows. Notable (and surprising in some cases)

opponents are the Tea Party Patriots, who obviously don’t like taxes, the Georgia chapter of the Sierra Club who feels there is not enough transit in the project list, and the NAACP who feels that southern Dekalb county has been slighted due to receiving only $225M for bus service, but no rail along I-20. These are the squeakiest wheels with agendas. If you listen closely enough, you may have heard that there is a ‘Plan B.’ After all, there are several politicians out there insisting that there is one. Well, as with everything, there are options. But sometimes, there aren’t good ones. If I had my way,


I encourage every person to look at the project list to see if this is correct for them. this vote would be completely different. But we live with others, and dictatorships are fortunately not allowed. The TIA2010 (yes, that’s the actual name of this thing) legislation does give regions the option to bring a project list back for a vote a full 24 months after a no vote occurs. However, there is no guarantee that there will be the political will to do so if the region votes TSPLOST down. There is differing opinion on what politically would be next if it is not approved. Given the anti-tax climate, a round 2 is unlikely, although possible. “I have concerns that people say there is not a plan B. There is a plan B, C and D…throwing money at the problem is not the solution,” said GA State Senator John Albers (R) who represents the 56th district. Albers went on to say that if this is defeated, new legislation could come into play early next year. “I encourage every person to look at the project list to see if this is correct for them.” Contradictory to that, the Atlanta Regional Commission performed a CONTINUED 30

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These signs in the crosswalks at the Grimes Bridge roundabout often prompt drivers to come to a stop — just not always for pedestrians. to get in the wrong lane and attempt to find your way out. Horns will blare and impolite hand gestures will be made in your direction, and you will be reminded of George Jetson, trapped on the treadmill-like dogwalker, yelling at his wife, "Jane, stop this crazy thing!" Was this what we could expect in Roswell? The good news is the Grimes Bridge roundabout has definitely eased congestion and made the traffic flow pretty smoothly at all hours, as promised. But it's not without a few “teachable moments,” so here are a few warnings to residents living near the Houze/Hembree roundabout site about what they can expect when it's completed: • "Yield" signs will be generously posted. However, some drivers won’t understand the concept of yielding, much less yielding to other drivers CONTINUED 29

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Power of Pink The annual charity event set for September. Last year, more than 300 community members joined with North Fulton Hospital to raise almost $20,000 through the inaugural Power of Pink event—a charity luncheon, fashion show, and silent auction—to support Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Greater Atlanta Affiliate. This year, the hospital The 2011 Power of Pink models. hopes to surpass last year’s impressive total unique items generously donated by at the second-annual Power of Pink local businesses and other companies event, which will be held Friday, Sept. wanting to support the cause. 21, 2012, at the Country Club of the “It is a chance for the community to South in Johns Creek, GA. come together in support of the amaz“Last year, North Fulton Hospital, ing women who have fought and surour sponsors, and our community took vived breast cancer,” said Dr. Rivers a stand against breast cancer through Pearson. this wonderful event, and now we’re The Platinum Sponsor for the event ready to do it again,” says Dr. Laura for the second year in a row is KimRivers Pearson, Breast Surgeon and berly-Clark Health Care. Medical Director of the North Fulton “We are proud to once again supHospital Breast Program. “Together we port North Fulton Hospital in its effort can help to increase awareness and to care for the community,” said Joanne help our community understand the Bauer, President, Kimberly-Clark importance of screenings and physician Health Care. “Giving back to the comexaminations. Early detection can munities in which we live and work is make all the difference.” an important part of being an emPower of Pink is one of the first ployee here. It is rewarding to work Susan G. Komen fundraising events to with customers like North Fulton who be held in North Fulton County, and share the same values.” last year’s donation marked the largest The event is also made possible amount of funds ever raised at an Atthrough the generosity of the following lanta-metro Komen event outside the sponsors: city of Atlanta. The money raised at Gold Sponsors: Bank of North GeorPower of Pink provides support to gia, The Maloney Center for Facial women who have been diagnosed with Plastic Surgery, and Thomas Eye breast cancer, as well as to fund reGroup. search to help find a cure. In fact, 75 Silver Sponsors: Atlanta Oncology, percent of all funds raised for Komen Myriad Genetics, Georgia Power, Atlanta stay in the area and go toward Resurgens Orthopedics, CaraVita local screenings, treatment, and supHome Care, Roswell Radiology Associport programs. ates, and the Historic Roswell ConvenAttendees of Power of Pink will be tion and Visitors Bureau and the treated to a gourmet luncheon and a Roswell Business Alliance. dynamic fashion show featuring breast Bronze Sponsors: Dr Laura Rivers cancer survivors who will model fall Pearson, the Chattahoochee Women’s clothing pieces from Dillard’s DepartClub, The Holdo Family, Alpharetta ment Store. A silent auction also will Baby Gifts, and Illuminations by run throughout the event and offer CONTINUED 15

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Milestones And Mustard-Seeds! By Mike Finch

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you are reading this column, I will more than likely be either entering or exiting a major depression. It happens every July like clockwork and seems to be worsening based on the number of “July’s” that click by. Yep, it’s my birthday month and to say that I handle them poorly would, in Sweetie’s opinion, be similar to calling the Grand Canyon a crevice with a creek. This particular year has the potential of topping them all as it is somewhat of a milestone. I know you would never guess from my debonair, columnist photo, but this is the big fifty! The big “fiveO”! The beginning of the end! The halfway point Miscellaneous of something Ramblings that statistiMIKE FINCH cally ends in the seventies, but I can’t explain that math. I just continue to look puzzled, as if I just shut the door of my 1966 Mustang Fastback and it eerily turned into a minivan! Sweetie’s half-glass full attitude, while annoying at its core, tells me that I should be doing something special on this momentous occasion, so I began to ponder the possibilities. One of my friends recently celebrated his fiftieth with a lovely skydive adventure. While the prospect of plunging 10,000 feet to my immediate death and ending the mystery of life seems appealing in my depressed state; the thought of being found with an athletic man in a jumpsuit tightly bound to my back doesn’t result in a picture I want remembered! So, perhaps a tattoo would mark this occasion honorably? Obviously, a large butterfly on my lower back

could generate much discussion at the neighborhood pool, but might not mirror the masculine image I am attempting to portray. As another “ink” possibility, I understand that monogramming is a popular option for “tatts” in 2012, but again, I’m not certain that my initials - while popular in many Hollywood movies – is how I want to commemorate this milestone (that’ll make sense in a second or two). Don’t get me wrong; I would love to celebrate this date with all of the joy, happiness, and love that world peace would deliver, but it’s just so dang hard to not focus on the regrets of things not done, not said, and not accomplished in the many years gone by! Ironically, I really believe that if I had the chance to do it all over again – I probably would; and have the same regrets the second

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time around, therefore negating the entire opportunity to “improve” my lot in life! I don’t know, maybe – just maybe, I am one of the luckiest guys around and my decisions and experiences in life have brought me a woman I have loved for well over thirty years, three beautiful daughters of which I am extremely proud, and a mother-inlaw who – well, and a mother-in-law. Perhaps this mustard-seed of understanding of what is truly important in life is the best possible gift I could give myself this year, although a crossbow would be really cool too! q Mike Finch can be reached at miscellaneousramblings


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The Boys Of Summer Go Big The 2nd Annual Roswell Roundup is a huge success. By Lou Raimondi

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ideal playing conditions, teams took the field on Thursday night June 14 to kickoff the 2nd Annual Roswell Roundup Baseball Tournament. Over the weekend more than 50 teams from throughout the area played over 90 games at Roswell Area and Hembree Parks. The tournament included teams in the 10&U, 11&U, 12&U and 14&U age groups. The format consisted of two pool games after which all teams were seeded for tournament play. The 10&U and 11&U teams played at Hembree Park while the 12&U and 14&U teams played at Roswell Area Park. A walk around the parks had all the trappings of youth baseball. With parents and other spectators cheering, concession stands keeping everyone well fed, tournament tshirts being sold and the sounds of the game resonating throughout the park. The benefits of youth sports have been well documented. From the physical benefits to the positive influence it has on self-development, the building of relationships with other players, family members, and adults outside of the family unit. But these tournaments not only benefit the participants, it’s a boon to the local community in both tangible and intangible ways. Roswell has among the best park systems in the state, if not the country, and is well prepared to host a tournament this size. With over 50 teams consisting of 10 or more players each, plus parents, friends and other spectators coming into the area, the financial impact can be significant. In addition to providing work for umpires, concession workers, maintenance crews and other officials, the local shops and restaurants saw many players and adults wearing team colors coming through their doors last weekend. In addition to the obvious economic impact, tournaments like this

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The Country Club of Roswell will play host to the legends of the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) from July 15-18, coupled with the first Judson Collegiate Invitational. Organizers hope that this will become an annual event, which will bring the notable names from the LPGA legends tour, the future stars of the game from the college level, and for good measure, some amateurs, for a well-rounded Pro-Am event. “It’s very exciting to come back to the Atlanta area to compete again, where there has been a long history in women’s golf, and we look forward to playing in front of those fans while raising money for our official charity, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta,” said Golf legend Rosie Jones, who is spearheading the event. The second portion of the event is the Judson Collegiate Invitational. The collegiate golfers will be paired with their legends counterparts to create a one-of-a-kind event. The event was created to honor Jim and Beth Judson, who were tragically killed in a 2010 plane crash. The Judson’s were noted philanthropists who lived in Roswell. Lauren, their daughter, is a member of the University of Southern Mississippi golf team. Following the tragic lost of her parents, she wanted to have an event to memorialize them, as well as provide a unique event for women collegiate golfers. Proceeds from the event will benefit Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. The event website is and includes details about the event, ticket information, as well as limited sponsorship and Pro-Am spots that are still available. Tickets are $10 per adult per day. Children 17 and under and active military personal with an ID are free. Tickets can be purchased on The Legends website at

LPGA Legend Rosie Jones in action.

Sports Notes... Roswell Astros Win Championship

Astros: 11-12 Year Old Select World Series Champions 2012. 1st row: John Cristofanelli, Brian Johnson and Nolan Ledbetter. 2nd row: Jacob Viccari, Brooks Bryant, Brad Freedman, Will Nelson, Jackson Dalby, Caleb Jatcko, Jack Phillips, Chase Stoddart and Collin Phillips 3rd row: Coach Jeff Jatcko and Coach Wendell Phillips

Calling All Tri-Athletes The YMCA of Metro Atlanta is partnering with Atlanta Kids Triathlon to organize the first Youth Triathlon in Georgia. The race will be Sunday, August 26th at 8:00am at the West Gwinnett Aquatic Center in Norcross, GA. The race will attract 800 participants between the ages of 6-15. Free triathlon training will be held at 11 varying YMCA locations, and is available to members as well as non-members. The Ed Isakson/Alpharetta YMCA is offering trainings beginning CONTINUED 13

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of 19 teenagers who qualified for the U.S. Women’s Open. “I am ready to play with the best players in the world,” said Mitsunaga. “I feel nervous, but ready!” “Rinko has been a part of the junior golf program at Country Club of Roswell (CCR) since she was about 6 years old” said Jackie Cannizzo, Junior Golf Director at CCR. “She is a very talented player and we love the opportunity to be involved with her progress.” q

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Let The Music Play By Lesley King

Recently, I started a popular new book trilogy, Fifty Shades of Grey, by E.L. James, which I couldn’t seem to put down. Instead of listening to my workout music, I decided to read the next few chapters of the book on the elliptical as a distraction. I set the timer to 40 minutes, the incline to the Health & highest level, Wellness and the resistance to an inLESLEY KING terval-training workout. After 40 minutes, I noticed the amount of calories burned was significantly lower than I normally burn, even though I was on the elliptical the same length of time. This led me to explore a little deeper into the concept of exercise and music. Can music significantly enhance exercise performance? In a landmark study by Costas Karageorghis, PhD., from London’s Brunel University School of Sport and Education, 3 key factors about music were discovered to influence exercise intensity and performance; Synchronicity, Arousal, and Distraction. (I would have thought my book would do the same thing!) Synchronicity or tempo refers to moving with the rhythm of the beat. The faster the beat is, the higher the exercise intensity becomes. In a study found in the Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation, researchers varied the tempo of music played in the background for cyclists. Pedaling cadence increased significantly when the tempo of the music increased. Arousal increases with the tempo of the music leading to a higher desire to move rather than sit. In a similar study, researchers varied the tempo of the music while subjects cycled at their normal pace. Once again, the faster the tempo, the higher the output, yet the musical genre didn’t matter. The cyclists in-

creased their tempo even if it was in a genre of music they didn’t listen to, like Polka. Pedaling increased with the tempo, no matter which fast tempo song was played. Distraction from the tempo of the music helps to make intense exercise seem less stressful. The rate of perceived exertion (RPE) is lower when participants listen to music. This time subjects rode at a constant power output but listened to either upbeat music of their choosing, very quiet yoga music, a comedy track by Larry the Cable Guy, or a completely neutral soundtrack of waves crashing. The participants’ rate of perceived exertion was lowest when they listened to music of their choosing. “Music is like a legal drug for athletes. It can reduce the perception of effort significantly while increasing endurance by as much as 15 percent,” says Karageorghis.

Music is like a legal drug for athletes. It can reduce the perception of effort significantly while increasing endurance by as much as 15 percent.


Although it doesn’t take a research study to tell us that music can make exercise more enjoyable, it’s fascinating to learn that eliminating music from your workout can hinder your performance and intensity, like when I was reading my novel on the elliptical. Reading didn’t compare to the benefits of listening to my upbeat workout playlist. So turn up your favorite music this summer as you cycle, walk, or jog through Roswell. Oh, and as you pass other exercisers while moving at your much faster tempo, be sure to wave and say, “Laters, Baby!” q Lesley King is owner and personal trainer of LDK Fitness

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By Debbie Keel, CEO of North Fulton Hospital

"Mom, are you gonna die?" This was my oldest daughter, Kelly’s, first question when I told her I had Multiple Sclerosis. "Not only am I going to live a long time, I will be chasing around your kids one day," I told her. She was 14 when I made her that promise. That was 16 years ago. Today, as I write this while on vacation with my family, I've just sat down for the first time. That is only because my nearly 3-year-old grandson, Kelly’s oldest child, is napping. We have been on the beach and in the waves all morning. When I made that promise all those years ago, I really had no idea if I could keep it. But I knew I had to try. I looked at what I was eating (too much fried and spicy food—I'm from New Orleans, so what do you expect?) and what I was doing (running five miles a day to work off the food, which I wouldn't be able to do much longer). It didn't happen all at once, but after some fits and starts, I changed my diet to eat less and better food (except for my trips home to New Orleans) and my workout regimen to swimming a mile three days a week and working with a trainer on the other days. According to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, studies have clearly demonstrated the benefits of exercise 7

North Fulton Hospital Community Calendar Look Good, Feel Better Wednesday, 7/18 and 9/19, 10 a.m. to noon, 3rd Floor ACE Unit Day Room (please check in at the main entrance front desk)A cosmologist 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 888-227-6333 for more information and to register.

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Debbie at the beach with her grandson.

for people with MS. Patients who participate in an aerobic exercise program have better cardiovascular fitness, improved strength, better bladder and bowel function, less fatigue and depression, a more positive attitude. This news doesn’t surprise me in the least. Of course, on weeks like this, when I'm at the beach with kids and grandkids, I don't eat the best food and don't do the workout routines. But I do walk on the beach. I do swim in the waves, and I do get buried in the sand up to my neck. And I stay up too late, laughing with my husband and girls about all the old times. If I ever forget why I made the commitment to be well, to fight like heck against a disease I couldn't get rid of but could surely keep in check, all I have to do is think about this week and these days and these moments and what they have meant to me. q

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Borelli’s Salon. The printing sponsor for the event is Stroud’s Printing and Design, and the media sponsor is Northside Woman. Flowers will be provided by Flowers from Us, and in-kind donations for the fashion show will be provided by Dillard’s, Borelli’s Salon, and Mary Kay. Tickets for Power of Pink are now on sale. Please visit or call 770-751-2660 for more information or to purchase tickets. q

Third Wednesday of every month, Call Beverly, Bereavement Manager, at 404-843-6500 for more information. Caregiver Support Fourth Wednesday of every month To focus on caregivers’stress, community resources, and strategies for care giving. Please call Beverly, Bereavement Manager, at 404-8436500 for more information.

Caring, Sharing, and Learning: Breast CancerSupport Group Fourth Tuesday of every month, 6 p.m., Medical Arts Center Cope and connect with others who are facing the same struggles. Please call Micah Brown, RN, Breast Health Nurse Navigator, at 770-751-2556 to register.

WomenHeart Support Group Second Tuesday of every month, 7:30 p.m., Classrooms A and B WomenHeart, the National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease, brings support and education to women who are at risk or who already have heart disease and would like to know more about risk factors and symptoms. We will be addressing different topics each month. To register, call Nicki at 404-386-6037.

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 *You may sign up for the adult/child portion only, but infant CPR will not be offered separately.

Healthcare Provider CPR Saturday, 9/15, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. CPR course for healthcare professionals; $55

Diabetes Self-Management Workshop Saturday, 7/28, 8/25 or 9/29 The Diabetes Association of Atlanta offers classes to teach diabetes self-management skills. Call Katie at 404-5277150, ext. 114, for more information and to register.

Childbirth Preparation Saturday, 7/21, 8/18 or 9/15; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Active class consisting of both lecture and discussion/ sharing. Topics include anatomy and physiology; nutrition and fitness; discomforts of pregnancy; stages of labor and what to expect; cesarean birth; medications; possible complications; postpartum care; and comfort,relaxation, breathing and coping techniques for labor support. $100 per couple; registration required.

Water Birth Thursday, 7/12, 7/26, 8/9 or 8/ 23 7 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. Call 770- 751-2660 for more information and to register.

SPECIAL EVENTS LifeSouth Blood Drive Friday, 8/17, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Classrooms A and B Donate the gift of blood. Remember to eat iron- rich foods and drink plenty of non-caffeinated beverages prior to donating. Please bring a photo ID.


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Friday, 9/21, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., County Club of the South, Johns Creek, GA Join us for our 2nd annual Power of Pink event to raise money for the Greater Atlanta Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. This dynamic luncheon event features a survivor fashion show as well as a silent auction. To become a sponsor or to purchase tickets, go to or call 770-751-2660.

Saturday, 8/4 or 9/22 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., OR Sunday, 7/15, from 1:00 to 5:30 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, 7/14, 8/25, or 9/8

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Menopause: You Don’t Have to Go It Alone If you are a woman over 40, you may have a lot of questions about menopause—and even more questions about what to do about it. In recent years, a good deal of confusion and controversy has arisen regarding hormonal treatment for menopause symptoms. Unfortunately, this has left many women thinking that there is nothing that can be done to alleviate symptoms, so they have remained silent and not asked their doctors for help. “Menopause is a normal, natural occurrence in a woman’s life, and each woman’s experience is unique,” said Robert Modugno, a boardcertified OB/GYN with North Fulton Hospital. “Menopause is not a medical illness, but you shouldn't hesiDr. Robert Modugno tate to turn to your doctor for help with treatment options for your symptoms.” Menopause is associated with reduced functioning of the ovaries due to aging, resulting in lower levels of estrogen and other hormones. The side-effects of hormonal changes can be quite uncomfortable or disruptive for some, but there are ways that your doctor can help. But first, Modugno says, it’s helpful to understand the gradual stages of menopause: Premenopause refers to a woman’s reproductive years, from her first to her last regular menstrual period.

Perimenopause—which literally means “around menopause”— is a transitional time that can last six years or more, and by definition, ends one year after the final menstrual period. Menopause occurs when a woman has gone a full year without having a period, and postmenopause is the time in a woman’s life after menopause. The average age at which menopause occurs is 51, but it usually occurs any time between the age of 40 and 55. Modugno says that the part of the transition that seems to be most uncomfortable is perimenopause because that is when hormone levels are most unpredictable. “While estrogen levels gradually decline during this time, they do so in an erratic fashion,” said Modugno. What results may be irregular menstrual periods, hot flashes, sleep disturbances, or mood changes. In addition, some women may experience low libido and/or vaginal dryness. Others may notice changes in their bodies such as weight gain around the waist, an increase in fatty tissue, loss of muscle mass, reduced breast size, and thinning and loss of hair and of elasticity in the skin. If a woman starts to suspect perimenopause, Modugno says, that is an ideal time to have her doctor perform a complete medical examination. By reviewing a woman’s medical history, menstrual history, and her signs and symptoms, her doctor can diagnose perimenopause—and rule out other conditions that affect hormone levels such as thyroid disease.

North Fulton Hospital Appoints Godamunne As Chief Medical Officer North Fulton Hospital is pleased to announce the appointment of Karim Godamunne, M.D., as the hospital's new Chief Medical Officer (CMO). As part of the hospital's ongoing commitment to quality and excellence in patient care, Dr. Godamunne will provide leadership, direction and planning for a wide variety of medical and related activities and serve as the liaison and resource to management on matters pertaining to medical staff activities. "I am very excited to have the opportunity to work closely with the North Fulton Hospital

“Reaching out to your doctor when you start having symptoms is a good first step in involving them in your care throughout the menopausal process,” said Modugno. In some cases, your doctor might suggest blood tests or even a saliva tests to determine your hormone levels in order to make decisions about beginning or adjusting medications, including low-dose hormonal therapy options, if your doctor deems them appropriate. Modugno says that previous to 2002, many women reporting significant menopausal symptoms were routinely prescribed Prempro, an estrogen-progesterone combination hormone replacement therapy (HRT) derived from equine sources. At the height of its popularity, more than six million women in the country used Prempro and similar HRT drugs to treat menopausal symptoms. Attitudes towards HRT changed dramatically in 2002 when the Women's Health Initiative (WHI) of the National Institutes of Health conducted a large-scale clinical trial of HRT and showed that long-term use of Prempro and similar HRTs may increase the risk of strokes, heart attacks, blood clots, and breast cancer. As a result of these findings, the number of women taking HRT dropped dramatically, and the WHI recommended that if a woman’s situation calls for HRT, she should take the lowest dose of HRT for the shortest possible time to minimize any risks. “These findings were concerning and

medical staff to help provide quality care to our community," said Dr. Godamunne. In addition to his role as CMO, Dr. Godamunne also will be medical director of the hospitalist physician group at North Fulton Hospital. A “hospitalist” is a physician who has expertise in carDr. Karim Godamunne ing for complicated hospitalized patients on a daily basis and for coordinating a comprehensive plan of care along

radically affected how OB/GYNs treated menopausal women, but it doesn’t mean that hormonal therapy isn’t available or isn’t still safe when used carefully and appropriately,” said Modugno. “There are several options available, and a woman should discuss them with her doctor if nothing else helps alleviate her symptoms.” Fortunately, certain lifestyle choices can also help a woman manage her symptoms: Not smoking, eating a healthy diet that includes enough calcium and vitamin D, maintaining a healthy weight, and exercising regularly. Problems sleeping and night sweats may be relieved by sleeping in a cool, well-ventilated room, and using sheets and wearing clothes that let your skin “breathe.” Hot flashes, which are experienced by approximately 80 percent of women, may last several years after menopause. They can be relieved by: • Going somewhere that is cool. • Using a portable fan. • Dressing in layers so you can remove a layer if you get warm. • Drinking cold water or juice. Women today will live more than one-third of their lives after menopause. That is why it is important to make lifestyle changes that will allow you to get the most out of life. And your doctor can be there to help each step of the way. For more information, talk to your doctor, or for a referral to Dr. Modugno or other physicians affiliated with the North Fulton Hospital, call 770-7512600. q

with specialists that a patient may see while in the hospital. This is another way that North Fulton Hospital staff work collaboratively to keep patient care and safety as the primary goal. Prior to his work at North Fulton Hospital, Dr. Godamunne served as Vice President of Clinical Systems Integration with Eagle Hospital Physicians, Medical Director of the hospitalist program at South Fulton Medical Center (SFMC), and Medical Director of the SFMC Advanced Primary Stroke Center. He is board-certified in internal medicine, Focus Practice Certified in Hospital Medicine, and is a Senior Fellow in Hospital Medicine (SFHM). Dr. Godamunne resides in Roswell with his wife and two children. q


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Patient Safety Comes First North Fulton Hospital awarded an “A” for patient safety. been honored with an “A” Hospital Safety Score by The Leapfrog Group, an independent, national nonprofit leader and advocate in hospital transparency. In its North Fulton County primary service area, North Fulton Hospital is the only hospital to receive an “A” and one of only a handful to do so in the metro Atlanta area. The Hospital Safety Score was calculated under the guidance of The Leapfrog Group’s Blue Ribbon Expert Panel using publicly available data on patient injuries, medical and medication errors, and infections. Hospitals are assigned an A, B, C, D, or F for their safety. "Patient safety and quality are central to everything we do at North Fulton Hospital,” said Deborah C. Keel, CEO of the hospital. “The Leapfrog Group's recognition publicly acknowledges Deborah C. Keel the commitment of both medical staff and all hospital staff who ‘blow the whistle’ for patient safety each and every day." With its goal of saving lives by reducing injuries, accidents and preventable medical and medication errors, The Leapfrog Group focuses

Patient safety and quality are central to everything we do at North Fulton Hospital.

on measuring and publicly reporting hospital performance through the annual Leapfrog Hospital Survey. The survey is a trusted, transparent and evidence-based national tool in which more than 1,100 hospitals voluntarily participate free of charge. “It’s The Leapfrog Group’s goal to

give patients the information they need and deserve before even entering a hospital,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “We congratulate the hospitals that earned an ‘A’ and we look forward to the day when all hospitals in the U.S. will earn the highest scores for putting patient safety first.” Calculated under the guidance of The Leapfrog Group’s nine-member

Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, the Hospital Safety Score uses 26 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single score representing a hospital’s overall capacity to keep patients safe from infections, injuries, and medical and medication errors. The panel includes John Birkmeyer (University of Michigan), Ashish Jha (Harvard University), Lucian Leape (Harvard University), Arnold Millstein (Stanford Univer-

sity), Peter Pronovost (Johns Hopkins University), Patrick Romano (University of California, Davis), Sara Singer (Harvard University), Tim Vogus (Vanderbilt University), and Robert Wachter (University of California, San Francisco). To see North Fulton Hospital’s scores as they compare nationally and locally, visit, the Hospital Safety ScoreSM website. q

Making The Connection When facing some of life’s greatest challenges, support groups can provide the communal strength you need For some, the thought of a support group conjures an intimidating image of a circle of anonymous faces perched uncomfortably on cold metal chairs, hesitant to connect. But the reality is quite the opposite and, for some facing a major illness or stressful change in life, it can mean the difference between feeling scared and isolated and feeling understood and united. Although not everyone wants or needs support beyond that offered by friends or family, being able to turn to others outside one’s immediate circle—especially others who have similar challenges and experiences—can be therapeutic. “It can be helpful just getting to talk with other people who are in the same boat,” said Diane Sanders, RN, BSN, community education coordinator for North Fulton Hospital, “That’s why the hospital offers several support group options to our community. We want to help people make connections that may offer them practical advice or help them cope with a difficult situation.” Support groups usually focus on specific situations or conditions, such as breast cancer, diabetes, heart disease, or caregiving. Although there is an emphasis on emotional support and shared experiences,

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support groups are not the same as group therapy sessions, which are a formal treatment lead by a trained mental health provider. While a support group may be led by a professional such as a nurse, it may also be facilitated by a lay member of the group, someone with previous experience navigating the particular group’s shared challenge, or someone who just has an interest in the topic. In addition, some groups may invite a doctor, nurse or relevant member of the community to talk about a topic related to the group's needs. “My goal for my particular support

group is to create a warm, welcoming environment where people are free to talk about any concerns related to heart disease,” said Nicki Herman, certified health and weight loss coach, and facilitator for WomenHeart, a heart-disease support group at North Fulton Hospital. “There is food and drink and opportunity to work together to find answers, comfort, and inspiration.” Currently, North Fulton Hospital offers six different support groups. For more information, reach out to the contact listed below or contact the hospital at 770.751.2660 or q




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Playing It Safe: Keeping Your Body Healthy While Staying Active While others sleep, barely

For Runners Among runners, 42 percent of all overuse injuries affect the knee joint, and patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS)-- or "runner's knee"— is the most common overuse injury. Runner’s knee occurs when a mistracking kneecap (patella) irritates the femoral groove in which it rests on the thighbone (femur). It’s difficult to pinpoint a singular cause of runner’s knee, as the condition may be caused by a biomechanical problem—for instance a runner’s patella might not sit correctly in the groove or it may dislocate easily—or it may be caused by worn cartilage in the knee joint that reduces shock absorption. It might be that your feet are high-arched or too flat, or there could be an issue with leg muscles

Among runners, 42 % of all overuse injuries affect the knee joint.

realizing the sun is almost up, you’re the one who is running his neighborhood at 5 a.m. every day, training for your next race. Or perhaps you’re the one who refuses to miss a day on the tennis courts; after all, your mixeddoubles ALTA team just made the playoffs and may win its division You’re not going to stop running. You’re not going to stop playing tennis. You’re not going to stop whatever it is that makes you happy and keeps you active. Even if you might hurt yourself. “Physical activity is, of course, vital to good health, and it’s great when someone is emphatic about their chosen exercise. However, if you want to keep doing it, you have to be aware of overuse injuries that can occur, how to avoid Dr. Jeffrey Albert them, or how to properly treat them if you’re already experiencing a problem,” said Jeffrey Albert, M.D., an orthopedic surgeon with Resurgens Orthopedics who specializes in sports medicine.

being either too tight or too week. “Any of these issues can cause the patella to track out of alignment,” said Albert, an expert in knee surgery and replacement, who is on staff with North Fulton Hospital. “Just the repetitive force of a normal running stride alone can be enough to cause an issue.” Albert said to address “runner’s knee,” it’s important to cut back on your mileage at the first sign of pain. • Run on softer surfaces • Keep mileage increases to less than 10 percent per week • Gradually increase hill work in your program • Visit a specialty running shop to make sure you're wearing the proper shoes for your foot type and gait. • Strengthen your quadriceps to improve patellar tracking, and • Stretching your hamstrings and calves to prevent overpronation. “The sooner you lessen the workload on your body, the faster it can begin healing begins,” said Albert. For Tennis Players To say that tennis is popular in the Atlanta area is an understatement. The Atlanta Lawn Tennis Association (ALTA) is the largest city tennis league in the world and has more than 80,000 members. So not surprisingly, it’s quite common for orthopedic doctors in this area to see tennis-related overuse injuries such

as “tennis elbow” or wrist injuries. “Tennis elbow” is a common term for a condition caused by overuse or repetitive straining of the arm and forearm muscles that result in elbow pain. It is cause by either a subtle or abrupt injury to the muscles and tendons of the outer forearm as they attach to the bone. “Often, these types of injuries can result from poor technique in executing a tennis stroke Dr. Jason Schneider or can be caused by overuse or excessive playing,” said Jason Schneider, M.D., an orthopedic surgeon with Resurgens Orthopedics who specializes in hand, shoulder, elbow and other upper extremities injuries. Schneider said you can decrease the likelihood of experiencing tennis elbow and also help alleviate existing tennis elbow by • Decreasing the amount of playing time if already injured or if you feel pain in the outside part of elbow. • Strengthening the muscles of the forearm, the shoulder, and upper back. • Increasing muscular strength to increase the stability of the joints.

• Improving flexibility by stretching. • Using equipment appropriate for your ability and body size • Consistently doing a warm-up before launching into playing • Paying attention to technique: A common cause of tennis elbow is a poorly executed tennis stroke, so have a trainer, team captain, or teammate watch your form as you play and make suggestions for improvement. Other treatments include bracing, taking NSAIDs like ibuprofen, and physical therapy “In some cases, tennis elbow symptoms mend without any formal treatment,” said Schneider. “However, if tennis elbow is left untreated, it can lead to chronic pain that degrades quality of daily living. If symptoms persist see a local orthopedic surgeon for evaluation and treatment.” For Your Kids Recently, the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) collaborated with other orthopedic and sports medicine organizations to create the STOP Sports Injuries Campaign. This came as a result of an alarming trend in “professional-level” injuries among participants in youth sports. “The rise in the prevalence of youth sports injuries is occurring due to overuse and trauma injuries,” said Albert. “A focus really needs to be put on proper injury prevention.” The STOP campaign is designed to help parents, coaches, healthcare providers and young athletes learn more about the prevention, treatment and long-term consequences of sports injuries. To help prevent injuries, kids should • Have pre-participation physicals • Participate in relevant stretching and cross-training activities • Be sure to stay hydrated • Keep an open flow of communication about pain and discomfort among coaches, parents and teammates For a free referral to an orthopedic specialist, call 770-751-2600. q


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The story and talent of youthful, Atlanta-based Von Grey caught my eye. Listening to their songs, one may think they are a quartet in their 30s who have been performing for a decade. Their sound is clear, voice is sharp, and style is refined. Come to find out, Kathryn, Annika, Fiona, and Petra are four sisters of ages 12 to 17, and that they performed over 200 shows in the last two years. Needless to say, their upcoming EP is recorded by Nick DiDia, a Grammy award-winning producer of Bruce Springsteen, Train, and The Gaslight Anthem. Von Grey are a flavorful Americana blend, with tunes like upbeat “With You I Can,” deep and heartfelt “Coming For You,” and melodic “Shane.” Their songs are intensely personal insights on music, song writing, romance, family, and life. “Life is just a melody / a story to be told / don’t wait to write your lyrics / until you find you’re old.” Annika is the lead vocalist, and plays violin, banjo, guitar, and keys. Fiona is also a lead vocalist, and plays guitar, violin, and percussion. Petra plays keys, lap steel guitar, and sings background vocals. Kathryn

plays cello, bass, mandolin, keys, and sings background vocals. “We are a band that’s always believed in playing our own instruments, both live and in recordings. We write our own music, we play an active role in production.” The sisters studied classical music growing up, and work hard to perfect their skills. Once they began playing more contemporary styles, they “really discovered the power of lyrical content and vocals; it added a new and expressive dimension to what we were doing,” says Annika on the EP trailer. “When we play together, there is this certain energy that happens, and we hope that translates through to our audience, and that they are brought into our circle,” shares Fiona. Their five-song EP debuts at concerts this month, so reserve a seat for Saturday, July 14th, at 10 pm. The cover is $15 and covers a special guest, E. B. Reece. Elizabeth “E.B.” Reece has a powerful voice and will share her album, Big Time Stuff, about her life in the North Georgia mountains. Please make a reservation for the show at 678352-1975 or at q


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currentchoices July 2012

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The Month in Preview

>>Kids Fun


A Night Out For The Family

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Peachy Keen Summer Desserts

The Roswell Cultural Arts Center presents A magical, musical farce! Adapted from the Brothers Grimm, this story teaches the importance of making promises that one can keep and the perils of exaggerating the truth. Show times are Monday through Saturday at 10 am with additional shows Wednesday and Friday at 1 pm. Purchase Tickets online at or call 770-5946232. Tickets may be purchased, cash, check or charge, 30 minutes prior to show time at the Cultural Arts Center.

On July 31, the public is invited to come spend the evening outside with neighbors, police officers and firefighters and enjoy a free cookout from 6 to 9 p.m. at Wills Park Equestrian Center in Alpharetta. Firefighters will demonstrate the Fire Safety House, which educates children about what to do in a house fire, while the SWAT team will display its special training and equipment. National Night Out was introduced in an attempt to encourage more participation in crime watch from residents. Please RSVP 678-297- 6309 ext. 3.

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A Midsummer Night's Mayor's Run and Fun

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra: Celebrate The Beatles

Whether you run or not, you won’t want to miss this event in Historic Downtown Alpharetta. Bring your running buddies, your friends and your family and enjoy a Midsummer Night’s Mayor’s Run and Fun Movie Night in the heart of downtown Alpharetta, while raising critical funds for North Fulton non-profits!

Performance at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre. It’s a British invasion of Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park! Members of the Classical Mystery Tour look and sound just like John, Paul, George, and Ringo! They join the Orchestra in recreating the songs you know and love – Penny Lane, Yesterday, She Loves You, and many more.

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7/20 Writing Camp This is for children ages 10 to 14 at Barrington Hall. The week-long camp runs from 10 am – 4 pm Mon. – Fri., with children’s author and writing instructor Mary Ann Rodman. Ms. Rodman will teach children how to write creatively and to view writing as a fun process not a chore. Fee is$250.00 per child with space limited to 15 children. Reservations required: 770-640-3855.


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Performance at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. From Storybrook Village to a town near you! Preschoolers have "the power" to experience Super WHY as never before when Super WHY Live: You've Got the Power!, the first-ever live show based on the top-rated PBS KIDS TV series from Out of the Blue Enterprises, flies onto stages across the country starting this summer! Produced by S2BN Entertainment (Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark, Yo Gabba Gabba Live!, Rock of Ages: The Musical) and featuring music from Jack Antonoff of the hit band "fun.," Super WHY Live kicks off in Monroe, Louisiana, and will visit nine cities throughout July, "setting the stage" for additional stops from coast-to-coast this fall. Fans can visit for more information and to purchase tickets and VIP "Meet & Greet" packages.

July 19 Alive After 5 in Roswell’s Historic District along Canton Street.

Sweet, juicy peaches are one of our favorite seasonal fruits. And what could be better than baking with them? Chef Michelle Pellegri guides you through the pastry kitchen to create an array of luscious desserts that are a perfect complement to warm weather entertaining. Practice the techniques for cake baking, decorative fruit arranging, using seasonal fruits, making an Italian meringue, preparing crème anglaise, and making heavenly biscuits. A light supper will be served. MENU: Peach & Nectarine Vanilla Cake; Fresh Peach Soufflé with Peach Crème Anglaise; and Peach and Berry Shortcakes Located at Harry's Salud Cooking School, 1180 Upper Hembree Rd, Roswell, GA. 770-664-6300.

July 18 Atlanta Audubon Society bird walk at East Cobb Park. 9:00AM in the Outdoor Classroom at East Cobb Park.


The Songwriters Tour Concert Series The Songwriters Tour Concert Series, started by Georgia-based singer songwriter James Casto, has grown into one of the most popular songwriter series in America. Enjoy an evening at Chattahoochee Nature Center at the Ben Brady Pavilion, featuring James Casto with Jesse Terry, Beth Wood, and saxophonist Matt Blanchard. 8 P.M.

July 20 The Southern League Band. Under the Pines at Matilda's Cottage, 377 S. Main Street, Alpharetta.



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Out&About Our can’t miss guide to Current events. ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT JULY 14, CROSBY, STILLS & NASH


Power of Pink Luncheon, Fashion Show

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Friday, September 21, 2012 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Country Club of the South 4100 Old Alabama Road Johns Creek, GA 30022 Celebrating survivorship by uniting the community.

North Fulton Hospital Would Like to Thank Our Sponsors! Kimberly - Clark Gold Sponsors Bank of North Georgia The Maloney Center for Facial Plastic Surgery Thomas Eye Group

Silver Sponsors Atlanta Oncology Myriad Genetics

Bronze Sponsors Dr. Laura Rivers Pearson

Georgia Power

Chattahoochee Women’s Club

Resurgens Orthopedics

The Holdo Family

Caravita Home Care

Illuminations by Borelli’s Salon

Roswell Radiology Associates Historic Roswell Convention & Visitors Bureau/Roswell Business Alliance Media Sponsor Northside Woman

Printing Sponsor Stroud’s Printing & Design

Flowers Flowers from Us

Fashion Show Borelli’s Salon Dillard’s Mary Kay

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JULY 16 LAST SUMMER ON EARTH Barenaked Ladies, Blues Traveler, Big Head Todd & The Monsters, Cracker at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre.

JULY 20 THE SOUTHERN LEAGUE BAND at Matilda's Cottage. Born in the late summer of 2011, The Southern League has emerged as one of the most engaging bands in Savannah, GA. Melding a love of indie rock with a traditional bluegrass lineup, the band offers a unique, exciting, and eclectic sound. 377 South Main Street, Alpharetta, GA. 678-480-6932.


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at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre. The music of David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Graham Nash is a cornerstone of rock ‘n roll. The tour’s launch coincides with CSN’s June 2009 induction into the New York City-based Songwriter’s Hall of Fame. The honor-which follows their 1997 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame-recognizes David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Graham Nash as individual solo artists and as three together with CSN.

at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre. Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriters Donald Fagen, Michael McDonald and Boz Scaggs are uniting this summer to tour once again as “The Dukes of September Rhythm Revue.”

JULY 21 ATLANTA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA: CELEBRATE THE BEATLES at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre. It’s a British invasion of Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park! Members of the Classical Mystery Tour look and sound just like John, Paul, George, and Ringo! They join the Orchestra in recreating the songs you know and love – Penny Lane, Yesterday, She Loves You, and many more.

JULY 27 WILLY WONKA JUNIOR presented by the Georgia Ensemble Summer Students at The Roswell Cultural Arts Center. Join Georgia Ensemble Summer Students for a FREE performance of the 2012 Performance Camp production of

WILLY WONKA JUNIOR. The production is the result of summer camp students experiencing the entire production process from audition through performance in just two weeks. In addition to rehearsing and performing, students built costumes and sets, hung lights and worked on all technical aspects of the show. A perfect place to spend an afternoon or evening this summer with your grandchildren. 2:00 PM and 7:00 PM.

JULY 31 "YES" WITH VERY SPECIAL GUEST PROCOL HARUM at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre. Grammy award winning, ground-breaking progressive rock band YES will return to the road this summer. YES features a line-up of guitarist Steve Howe, bassist Chris Squire, drummer Alan White, keyboardist Geoff Downes and new lead singer Jon Davison. One of the greatest rock bands of all time, YES’ live show is not to be missed. Special guest Procol Harum will also perform.

AUGUST 4 RIVERSIDE SOUNDS Free Concert Series at Riverside Park presents the Brandon Giles Band. 7 – 9 P.M.

ACTIVITIES JULY 9 - 13 CAMP ROUGH RIDERS at Bulloch Hall 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM. History Camp for ages 6 – 11. Ice cream churning, open hearth cooking, Civil War soldier and more. 9:30 A.M. – 1;30 P.M. or 770-992-1731.

JULY 11 FRIENDS OF THE NORTHEAST/SPRUILL OAKS LIBRARY BOOK CLUB 10:30a to 12:30p at Northeast/Spruill Oaks Library, Alpharetta, GA. Summer session-All meetings are free. We welcome new participants any time.Questions? or call the Reference Services Desk (770-360-8820).. This session is Favorite characters-come ready to discuss your favorite character in literature.

JULY 11 ART FOR ADULTS presented by the Alpharetta Library Participate in a collaborative art program, conducted by Karin Mervis, to create a theme related wall display for the Alpharetta Library. Each participant will contribute a unique and creative piece to the artwork. The theme is “Between the Covers”, book covers that is. Limit 20 persons. Visitors and tourists are encouraged to attend their adult summer programs. Call 770-740-2425 or visit to register or for more information.

out & about • parenting • arts • home • garden • community • health & wellness • life JULY 12-AUGUST 16 SUMMER SENIOR CLASSES Senior Enriched Living (SEL) offers a summer class for six Thursdays, July 12-August 16, from 11 a.m. to 12 noon at Temple Beth Tikvah (Oneg Room), 9955 Coleman Road, Roswell. Rev. Tom Buchanan will lecture on "The Mythic Imperative: The Significance in Life & Culture". No fee; small donations accepted. Further information at SEL office: (770) 587-3750 or .

JULY 21 – 24 LEARN FRENCH at Alliance Française d'Atlanta – Roswell facility! We are celebrating our 100 years anniversary of French Language and Culture in Atlanta and our new satellite in Roswell. Summer session starts July 21st through September 24th. Flexible schedule: day & evening classes, Saturdays morning & weekdays classes, for beginners, intermediate or advanced students. Register and more information at 404875-1211. Visit us:

JULY 24 SMITH PLANTATION GENEALOGY LECTURE SERIES: CIVIL WAR RECORDS In honor of the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War, the Smith Plantation will host a special workshop focusing on researching genealogy and Civil War records. Discover how to research your family lineage and uncover ties to the Civil War. $5 per person. or 770-641-3978.

JULY 28 36TH ANNUAL COLLECTIBLE GLASS SHOW AND SALE presented by Peach State Depression Glass Club. Saturday: 10am-5pm. Sunday: 10am-4pm. $8, cash only (good both days) or $15 to include private early entry Saturday 8:30am. Nationally recognized dealers. Antique and vintage glass, pottery, Depression Era glass, kitchenware and dinnerware. Free seminars. Cobb Civic Center, 548 South Marietta Parkway, Marietta. More info: 770-426-1458 or

COMMUNITY JULY 14 MARKET ON THE GREEN Here at the Market on the Green in beautiful Mountain Park, we have a Market like no other! You'll find produce, hot 'n' ready food, gourmet food items, crafts and games for children, jewelry, art, decor and even live music! Bring a blanket, a Frisbee, even your dogs and come hang out with us by the lake! Learn more at

JULY 14-15 13TH ANNUAL FLYING COLORS BUTTERFLY FESTIVAL at Chattahoochee Nature Center. The Flying Colors Butterfly Fes-




tival delights everyone all weekend at the Chattahoochee Nature Center when the air fills with the beating wings of hundreds of beautiful butterflies!

JULY 20-21 GRAND OPENING The Jewelry Refinery, 10779 Alpharetta Hwy. In Roswell, is celebrating their grand opening! July 20th will be the ribbon cutting ceremony. There will be food and refreshments. On July 21 there will be a Moonwalk and snow cones for the kids.

JULY 28 - 29 CHRISTMAS IN JULY Come see the 1903 Hembree Family Home and shop for holiday decorations at great prices! Vintage items, new and gently used items will be sold. Proceeds benefit Hembree Farm Historic Site. 780 Hembree Road; Roswell, GA 30076. 770-9921665. Saturday, July 28th 9:00am-4:00pm. Sunday, July 29th 1:00pm-4:00pm.

AUGUST 4 60TH ANNUAL OLD SOLDIER'S DAY PARADE at Alpharetta City Hall. Alpharetta has been honoring war veterans for over 50 years! In tribute to the devoted, the city hosts a parade with floats, marching bands, military units, classic cars, clowns, music and candy. Free hot dogs, soft drinks and children's activities at parade finish.

making authentic recipes from around the world. Students host an invited guest to their very own feast on the last day of camp. Price: $245. Phone: 770-442-3354x1.



at Roswell Cultural Arts Center: “Rumplestiltzkin,” presented by Frisch Marionettes. Shows Mon- Sat at 10 A.M. on Wed. & Fri. additional show at 1 P.M.; 770-594-6232.

Manners Kamp at Bulloch Hall. 9:30 A.M. – 3:30 P.M. for 5th – 8th grades. $375 per child. Presented by Barnwell School of Etiquette. 770-992-1731 or for registration and details.

JULY 9 - 12 BASKETBALL CAMP at Roswell Presbyterian Church. Don’t miss out on the fun of Basketball Camp! Kids rising grades 2-6 are invited. (Session 1: 9 a.m. to 12 noon; Session 2: 1 to 4 p.m.) in the Gym at Roswell Presbyterian Church, located at 755 Mimosa Blvd, Roswell, GA 30075. Registration fee is $70, includes ball and T-shirt. Phone: (770) 993-6316. For more information, visit or call 770-993-6316.

JULY 9 CAMP SALUD! KIDS SUMMER CAMPS FOR CHEFS-IN-TRAINING at Harry's Farmers Market, Roswell, GA.. 10:00a to 1:00p. This summer kids and teens can tie on an apron and take over the kitchen at Salud! Students will take a world culinary tour and create a mix of dishes from popular cuisines and sit down to enjoy their delicious meals each day. Using the highest quality, freshest, all-natural ingredients, students work hands-on to learn valuable cooking skills while

JULY 16 – 21 SUMMER PUPPET SHOW SERIES at Roswell Cultural Arts Center: “Hansel & Gretel,” presented by Frisch Marionettes. Shows Mon- Sat at 10 A.M. on Wed. & Fri. additional show at 1 P.M.; 770-594-6232

JULY 16 - AUGUST 10 JUNIOR BRIDGE CAMP Looking for a fun activity for kids in an air conditioned environment that helps with math? Check out the Summer Camps teaching Junior Bridge at the following locations: Ocee Library July 16, 17, 18, 20 and 23 from 3:30 – 5:30

p.m. and Alpharetta Community Center August 6 – 10 from 2 – 4 p.m. Classes FREE are geared for ages 10 -18. Registration is required. Contact: Joanne Urvan 770-641-1137 or

JULY 28 DISNEY CHARACTER NIGHT at Chick-fil-A Woodlawn Square. Chick-fil-A Woodlawn Square is hosting Disney Character Night on July 28th from 4-7pm. Visit Chick-fil-A Woodlawn Square at 1201 Johnson Ferry Road or call (770) 565-4653 for more information on each event. Families who come dressed up will receive a free ice dream. Face painting, pictures with the cow, kids crafts and an ice cream bar stocked with toppings for the free ice dream will also be available.

THROUGHOUT JULY GITTEL'S SUMMER ART CAMPS 2012 Gittel Price is an award-winning artist, photographer and world traveler, who has been an art Instructor for more than twenty years. She’s offering a wide variety of camps for kids of various ages. Price: $75.00 per camp (due 48 hours prior to class starting) and a $20.00 supply fee paid in cash to the instructor on the first day of class. For additional information contact: or 404-933-5473

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The Seeds Of Success High quality, female-focused care for all the stages of your life

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The short story is... Seed is not just the best new restaurant in East Cobb. It's not just the best new restaurant in Cobb, or even the best new restaurant OTP. I make the case it is easily one of the most extraordinary new restaurants in Atlanta, bar none. No, I am not kidding. No, I am not exaggerating, and yes it's that good. This is the must go, must try, must see for yourself restaurant of the year no matter where you are in Atlanta. I am jumping up and down waving Foodie News my hands FRANK MACK screaming at the top of my lungs telling you, if you are reading this, you are real close, just minutes away, from this drop dead, omg, this is so good I can't believe what I’m smelling, eating, drinking and tasting superbly exquisite delicious treasure. Off the corner of Hwy. 120 and Johnson Ferry Rd., in a big box retail and movie theater strip mall, a few doors down from the Whole Foods, snuggled in a corner off three acres of blacktop, is Seed. You wouldn't for a

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second look around and expect what you are about to receive, I didn’t, but... Continue on in and be seated. Take a moment, sit, relax, look around. That simple bar is serving extraordinary cocktail wonders that are honest and way old fashioned. You are in a one off, award winning restaurant designed from the heart and mind of someone who understands happiness and a stomach full of hugs. You are placing yourself into the hands of the man responsible for all you see. Chef Doug Turbush understands why I eat - that is for sure. He also understands why I eat out, and that isn't for blah or to feel ripped off by over priced, underperforming, mediocre food. Turbush gets what it can mean, he cooks someone loves me gorgeous delicious unique food surrounded by hand picked wines, drinks, a pastry chef, tight proper happy service and my reaction is... I am eating one more bite even if it hurts and please lord let there be room for dessert, damn the diet, someone carry me out when I am done please, dining. Doing that for a few hundred of us every night is where the trouble usually starts, where you separate the chefs from the cooks, getting the job done or reaching for excellence and grabbing it in both hands with all your heart.


out & about • parenting • arts • home • garden • community • health & wellness • life Seed, what Chef Turbush has created, it's different, it's subtle, it's efficient, it's comfortable, and in spite of the white and straight lines, not the least bit pretentious. Go in shorts or jackets, both work. They got that southern thing down. They know how to welcome and treat a guest and you can tell by the vibe when you walk in, you know it, this is going to be the best part of your day. Everyone cares at Seed, they love working there, they are proud to be there and they love working for and with Chef Turbush. Remarkable... Thats the deal at Seed. They don't mess about. This is serious culinary arts and excellence under a chef with dreams that reach further, a passion for what he is doing that is brighter, creating art that is familiar, exciting, doing it with a calm, consistent, professional, resolute perfectionists drive. What Chef Turbush has created, what he is doing is next level, this generation’s, this century’s, cultural statement about who we are and what we are eating.

Seeds Chef/Owner/Artist/Entrepreneur Doug Turbush carries a resume well worth reading ( But with chefs, the resume that counts is right there on your plate every night. I can tell you, confidently, kitchen wise, Turbush is the master. His 39 years, his experience with fire, knives, stoves, pots

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pans and cleavers, learning, tasting, experimenting, have come together in a way that announces that there is such a thing as a “Turbush” restaurant, and Seed is that restaurant. It's a newly formed pedigree of excellence, doing remarkable things at the bar and in the kitchen. Local

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sourcing? Oh yes... Fresh? You want to know how fresh? Chef had the freezer removed. Think about that for a second –– a restaurant, feeds hundreds, thousands even –– no freezer. How long before your family starves to death trying to do everything that fresh? Chef Turbush puts it “modern comfort food, unpretentious service, a sleek setting and excellent value”. I am here to tell you that that is a monster understatement. Value? We are robbing this man blind to eat this food at these prices, go before he changes his mind. Side note, really personal. It's amazing, honestly. I am grateful this extraordinarily talented chef is doing this in a place I can partake, enjoy and observe. I give great credit and kudos to both Jason and Chris and at least a dozen others I haven’t gotten to know by name for being a part of it. Y’all are doing something incredible. Don’t wait OTP’ers. You will regret not being able to say you were there at the beginning. q

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July Offers Plenty Of Entertaimment Options


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Here we are, sitting in the middle of the summer. You're kids are either grating your nerves from bouncing around the house, or waiting to be picked up and shuttled from one camp to another. Lake Lanier Islands' water park and the cesspool that is White Water down at Six Flags won't cut it, so a beach getaway looks even more tempting by the day. What's that? You couldn't hold past that first week in June to cash in your vacation time? The pesky Wednesday edition of July the Fourth was just a tease of time off ? Memorial Day weekend seems like an eternity ago? There are options. We can retool your summer. We got you covered. Roswell The hometown crowd doesn't have a ton of special events going off this month but the usual suspects are still in play. You've still got Alive After 5 on July 19th, in historic Roswell. Verizon Wireless Amphitheater at Encore Park is host to a number of concerts, most notably Crosby, Stills and Nash on Saturday July 14th, and the Last Summer on Earth Tour the following Monday. Speaking from experience, shell out the $30 ($40 including taxes) and suffer through a rough Tuesday at work for LSoE headliner Barenaked Ladies. The Canadian gem puts on one of the best shows you'd never

Crosby, Stills and Nash will be at Verizon Wireless on July 14. expect, and supporter Blues Traveler would be a nice '90s throwback as well. We for one can never turn down a good John Hopper harmonica solo. If you're trying to stick closer to the home base, Riverside Park continues its concert series on August 4th with the Brandon Giles Band and will show family friendly Puss in Boots on a large screen July 21st.

Marietta Marietta Square continues to host events in Glover Park through the summer. Its own concert series continues in the Square on July 27th. The park-adjacent Strand Theatre and the Atlanta Lyric Theatre will perform Smoke on the Mountain, a musical comedy featuring a zany, gospel-fueled family in 1930s North Carolina, July 27th through August 5th. Strand will also screen the documentary Basically Frightened: The Musical Madness of Col. Bruce Hampton, Ret. , featuring a Q&A with the eccentric Hampton himself afterward. If we're going to Marietta though, it’s going to be for either the alwaysgood-way-to-lose-an-afternoon Gun and Knife show July 21st and 22nd at the Civic Center, or one of the Ghosts of Marietta tours. Ghost tours take place every Thursday through Saturday night in the Marietta Square area, but we've got our eyes on the Scary-etta Haunted Trol-


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turn of the NFL. Falcons training camp opens July 26th up in Flowery Branch, and has an open-to-the-public session most days until the close of camp August 19th. We're excited to see new defensive and offensive coordinators, respectively, Mike Nolan and Dirk Koetter's early work. A lot of analysts are high on the Falcons this season, even in their loaded division. We just want to start evaluating the team for some potential fantasy football sleepers. It's never too early to start putting together that draft guide. q

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Sports July will be a good month to get some live sports viewing in. If watching Euro 2012 has got you ramped up for some soccer, it's not a far drive down Chamblee way to the Atlanta Silverbacks Park to watch some quality professional teams. The Silverbacks are in town July 14th, 21st and August 4th. Same goes for the Braves. Besides a couple fireworks nights, the Friday tilt between division rival Philadelphia on the 27th also has free Tim Hudson T-shirts to the first 10,000 through the gates. More exciting than both those options, however, is the return of the BB&T Open to Atlantic Station July 14th through 22nd. In case you're not familiar, the BB&T Open is a pro tennis tournament, and it's played on courts set-up right there in Atlantic Station. Defending champ Mardy Fish is joined by fellow Americans and top-ranked players Andy Roddick, James Blake and Georgia boy John Isner. It's not often you have the chance to see such great company playing in one place, so best bet you get downtown for some rally action. Last and certainly not least, the re-


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• Expect a deer-in-the-headlights reaction from some drivers when an emergency vehicle happens along. Fear not, the flashing lights and blasting sirens will eventually work like a cattle prod and cars will move out of the way for said emergency vehicle. • Last but not least, if you are a pedestrian attempting to cross the street at a roundabout, BEWARE! There will be crosswalks provided for your benefit and signs reminding drivers to stop for you in the crosswalks. This will not matter. Proceed carefully or be flattened. To learn more about roundabouts in general, the Grimes Bridge and Houze Road (SR 140) at Hembree Road Roundabouts specifically, and other local transportation projects, log on to the City of Roswell’s website, q


who are already navigating the roundabout. • Some drivers will perceive, incorrectly, that a roundabout is actually a four-way stop. Expect angry glares, impolite hand gestures and blaring horns if you don’t reward them by allowing them to enter the circle just because they came to a complete stop. • Some drivers will come to a screeching halt at the entrance and simply stare at the circle as if it's an alien. Be patient. Eventually, those blaring horns will force them to enter the circle slowly. Emphasis on SLOWLY. Make sure your brakes are in good working order. • Addendum to the above: some drivers will come to a complete stop IN the traffic circle — confusion has set in as to where to exit. They may no longer recognize streets they've been driving on for years.


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‘what if’ analysis for this scenario, and found that a second vote wouldn’t likely occur for at least 4 years. So, what are the alternate plans? It is called the status quo in the immediate sense. Another four years of the status quo in Atlanta sounds painful, but at the same time mouthwatering to our competing regions, Charlotte, Dallas and Raleigh. This is the dynamic of the involvement of local Chambers of Commerce. As they recruit new business to their specific regions, how employees get to and from work is a large factor in where they decide to locate. And to say the metro Atlanta region has an image problem is an understatement. To many, the area is becoming Los Angeles of the east, and that works against business recruitment. You may also hear that this will be another tax that will be extended forever a la the GA 400 toll. That’s not possible as the law is written. The tax expires after 10 years, or after the $8.5B has been raised, whichever comes first. The concerns that there is no oversight are off base as well. The law is clear that there is a fivemember citizens review panel (CRP) that will be responsible for reviewing the progress on the projects. There will be annual audits by the CRP as well as the Department of Revenue. There are several other mechanisms

in place to ensure transparency. Concerns over the project list, infinite taxes and oversight are highly exaggerated. The questions voters should be asking are more like… • Does this project list expand my choice and ability to get around the region? • Does this list help Atlanta compete with other regions such as Charlotte, Dallas and Raleigh, that are expanding their transportation systems while our region stagnates? • Does this project list increase the quality of life for me, and that of most of the people in the region? • Does this project list help meet the growing demand for walk-able and bike-able destinations that are accessible by transit? Where can you go for the most accurate information? The full list of projects with details and timelines are at Simply look through the project list and decide whether it merits a penny for every dollar you spend in the region for the next 10 years. The northern suburbs fare pretty well, with virtually a 1:1 return on their projected investment. You may contact Michael at: or visit

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Here’s what is in it for our area. • Hammond Drive Widening - $10M • 285/GA 400 Interchange Improvements - $112.5M • MARTA to Holcomb Bridge Extension (Initial Study/Engineering/Environmental) - $37M • Ashford-Dunwoody Corridor Improvement Study - $5M • Mt. Vernon Rd. Corridor Improvements - $12M • 400 Collector/Distributor Lanes 285 to Spalding - $30M • Roswell Historic Gateway (Hwy 9 Improvements) - $20.4M • GA400/Holcomb Bridge Interchange Improvements - $23M • Houze Rd. Improvements - $18.6M • Rucker Rd. Improvements - $19M • Old Milton Widening - $37M • Kimball Bridge Widening - $21M • Hwy 140 Widening - $190M • Abbots Bridge Rd Widening - $28M

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The Tooth Fairy In A Down Economy By Lynette Hoffman

My son is on the verge of losing his baby teeth. This has led to informing him about the tooth fairy – yet another way for him to get more “stuff”. This, in turn, has led to a debate between me and my lesser half with regards to what this means Lighter Side financially. of Motherhood Do we give him a dollar? I LYNETTE HOFFMAN mean I got a quarter when I was a kid, and I seem to remember that meant something – but today? Please. After polling other parents I found some disturbing trends. Apparently a dollar in today’s North Metro Atlanta kid economy is considered frugal. Some sucker (I mean parent) I spoke to got conned into putting Transformers under their kid’s pillow for each tooth. Another parent bequeathed a grand sum of $5 for a tooth, which to me is insane. There is a legend that is told amongst local moms of a kid that gets $20. This has to be up there with Sasquatch, right? If you are that parent and you are reading this, contact me. I’ve got land to sell. So in order to gain some perspective, I took to the Internet – home of salient facts and good advice from completely anonymous strangers. I checked out one poll on tooth fairy giving that had nearly 30,000 respondents, and 51% gave their kid a dollar. The other large chunk were the 35% of parents who gave their child $2 or more. I would like to say to those parents: “Thanks a lot!” Have you no decency in this economy? I also found stories of the tremendous lengths parents go to make this

some life event. There was one woman who left a Cranium board game under the pillow after the first tooth. That’s right, a freaking board game. I mean how do you put that under the pillow? Do you have to be a magician? There was yet another parent who hung their kids’ tooth from a tree in the front yard and in the morning the kid finds a toy under said tree. First, how do you hang a tooth from a tree? And second, I think I’m finding out why this country is in such an economic funk. We’re putting way to much energy and money into this. I mean at some point the IRS is going to be auditing our youth. But wait…there’s even more. Some parents gave extra money for molars, and others even left notes of congratulations. Again beyond ridiculous. The Tooth Fairy should be like a Navy Seal, moving in and out with stealth like accuracy. Finally, I checked some Internet message boards like Yelp. As we all know, those anonymous commenter’s are always good for strong sound advice. On there I found one mom who stated that they gave their child $5 due to the fact that he’s an only child. I found that logic hilarious. You have just one kid so lets spoil the H. E. double hockey sticks out of them! That’ll prepare them for the real world. For the record, we haven’t decided on the amount to give our son. I know it’ll be greater than $2 because I’m weak, he’s my only son, and I’m a hypocrite. q Lynette is a mother and an amateur humorist - she feels they go hand in hand. She can be reached at

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