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Community · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · ........ : ''La Dolce Vita'' Raises $1SK with for Johns Creek Youth Initiatives he Rotary Club of Johns Creek raised almost $15,000 for local student programs at its February 23 "La Dolce Vita" fundraiser at Country Club of the South. Over 230 friends and neighbors enjoyed an evening of Italian food and wine, silent auction, wine raffle, scotch tasting , live entertainment and dancing. "La Dolce Vita" proceeds will support several local youth initiatives: • Interact service clubs at Northview, Johns Creek and Lambert High Schools. Interact is Rotary International 's service club for young people aged 14-18. • Dictionary project to provide dictionaries for every 3rd grader in Forsyth County. • Scholarships for local students to attend the Rotary Youth Leadership Program (RYLA). • Sponsorship of an international student to study locally through the Georgia Rotary Student Program (GRSP). The Rotary Club of Johns Creek meets for lunch every Monday at 12:15 p.m. at Johns Creek Baptist Church in the Heritage Room. The Club welcomes guests. For more information about the Club and upcoming speakers, please go to

Adaptive Golf Clinic at the PGA Superstore n January 19th, at the PGA Superstore in Duluth, a golf program was conducted by the world's #1 adaptive golfer, Anthony Netto from the Stand Up and Play Foundation and local PGA teaching professional , Tim Wilkes. The objective was to kick off a series of golf clinics to encourage people with disabilities to learn or re-learn the game of golf. Some 15 participants comprised from Metro Atlanta, Augusta, and Commerce, Georgia enjoyed golf and the camaraderie of seeing other play golf standing for the first time. A demonstration by marine veteran, Tom Maneely of Myrtle Beach, SC was proof that playing golf can be learned, (or re-learned) in a very short period of time. For many of those who participated, not only did they experience the pleasure in standing to play golf, but also the joy of simply standing for the first time in decades.

For More Information to learn more about the golf clinics, please contact Marc Nadel, marcnadel @ 770-508-6103 or email Tim Wilkes at twi Ikes @pgatss .com Upcoming Clinics Thursday nights, starting March 7th -28th 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm Location PGA Superstore Roswell 1005 Holcomb Woods Pkwy Roswell, GA 30076

Bike Alpharetta ike Alpharetta Inc. is a community organization comprised of local residents and civic leade~s advocating an enjoyable, safe env1ronment for all types of b1cycle use in Alpharetta. We are a volunteer-based group, so encourage anyone interested in bicycle safety or bicycle fun to take part in meetings and special events.


"Alpharetta's Department of Public Safety has worked hand-inhand with Bike Alpharetta to create a year-long Bicycle Safety Campaign," says Councilman D.C. Aiken. "Together, we hope to interact with a multitude of cyclists and drivers, explaining the rules of the road that will keep us all safe. Thanks to the grant from the Governor's Office of Highway Safety, our police officers will have the necessary tools to do just that." For more information, email bikealpharetta


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• • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • A • • • • • • • • t's never too early to start thinking about preparing for college. This Problem-solving Skills: College faculty and administration Top 10 list has been developed through many years of attending continue to report that many students are used to having answers 6 • and support on demand; that they aren't able to solve basic problems conferences, listening to college admission professionals, and • touring a variety of colleges and universities around the U.S . without consulting someone else. • Skills: A student's GPA for college admissions starts in the Social Skills: As jobs in our nation continue to move toward the • 1Study 7 9th grade (sometimes 8th for foreign language and math courses) . service industry sector, social skills will continue to become • important for students finding life-long success in their careers and Management and Organizational Skills: Since students' relationships . • 2 Time schedules have been pre-planned for them by the demands of high • school, they often haven't had experience at setting priorities with lndependence: Students must learn, with increased opportunity in S their high school years, that independence and freedom must be • choices in what to do with their time. earned by showing respect and responsibility . • Written and Communication Skills: Written and communication Assertiveness: Students need • 3 skills are often the top academic skills that educators say students today are lacking . to learn more about being 9 • assertive, rather than being • Resiliency: An important trait for students to develop ... the ability passive or aggressive to bounce back from setbacks, disappointments, and failures . 4 when resolving • conflicts . • Self-Awareness: Many choose a college major based on what they have "learned" through media or heard about from friends, with Financial • S little awareness about themselves and how a major or even a college 1 Management: 0 • could be a fit. It is important to • discuss expectations and a budget before a • student leaves home . • • • Leigh Anne Spraetz, MA • Kate Henderson, MA • Individualized College/Career Counseling • Academic Futures• The Summit Counseling Center 2750 Old Alabama Road, Suite 200 • • 678-893-5300 • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • 5900 State Bridge Rd (In the Target Shopping Center) in Johns Creek • (770) 495.1515 • Find us on Facebook • • • 5 • March 2013 • Vol. 3 No. 3

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Community · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · : 4th Annual Charity Guild of St. Ives Texas Hold'em Tournament! In its 20th year of charitable support, the Charity Guild of St lves held its 4th annual Texas Hold 'em Tournament and Silent Auction on Saturday evening, January 26th, at St lves Country Club.

SK/Fun Run Benefit CURE Childhood Cancer n February 9th, the 5th Annual Sam Robb Memorial 5K/1 Mile Fun Run was held in Newtown Park in Johns Creek and had over 250 participants! The race honored Sam Robb, the son of Sam and Annamarie Robb of Roswell, an athlete who lost his battle with osteosarcoma at the age of 20 in 2007.


The 2013 Grand Prize winner was St lves' own Chris York.

With the community 's support, $10,000 was raised for CURE Childhood Cancer, with special thanks to major sponsors : eTrade, Parsons Pointe Dental, North Atlanta Dermatology and Mr. Clean Car Wash for their financial support. Since its inception, this annual 5K/1 Mile Fun Run has contributed $50,000 to Sam Robb Fund and CURE Childhood Cancer. "This race really honors Sam 's athleticism and generous spirit. We can 't bring him back, but we can honor his legacy by coming together to raise funds to support our ultimate goal-a cure for childhood cancer, " said Sam 's mother, Annamarie Rob b.

The Charity Guild would like to thank all of the event participants and volunteers for making this evening another huge success!

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Over 100 players tried their luck at the tables to win the $2,000 Grand Prize VISA gift card. Acoustic guitarist Fred Muccino set a lively mood as a record number of guests and players alike placed their bids on a vast array of silent auction items featuring fine art, golf packages, vacation getaways, vintage furs, jewelry and beautiful gift baskets - and watched the excitement build.

All of the net proceeds from this event benefit the local charities supported by the Charity Guild of St lves: North Fulton Community Charities, CHRIS Kids, STAR House, Wellspring Living, Assistance League of Atlanta and Mary Hall Freedom House.

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Details Boutique owner Kim Doherty recalls, "I heard about Promstarganza from a customer. We were just talking when she mentioned she was volunteering for this cause. My mind just started racing, how can I help? With a huge customer base full of fashionistas, I knew what we could do. We asked --and our customers delivered! " Over 50 fabulous dresses and tons of accessories have been collected for this cause. For more information, contact Kim Crawford at 770-339-2370 or khcrawford

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The Dress When you're shopping for your dress, keep these 3 elements in mind: Silhouette, Color and Detail.

Silhouette- Dressing for your body type is totally key in creating that perfect, flattering, look! Are you more on the slender side? A form fitting gown with some ruching will help create a feminine feel. More fuller figured fashionistas-shop for dresses with higher waist lines and flowy bottoms.

Detail- This year I'm especially loving sequined busts, not only are they flattering, but they photograph beautifully. Cut-outs are also a fun trend to try, but the keep the amount of skin you want to show to a minimum. Lace is the one of the hottest fabrics this season- it creates an exquisite look on evening gowns (think Rose from Titanic). Backless frocks are also popular for 2013- the right bra is essential for this look, however- a true fashionista never shows her straps!



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Color- This season, bright neon hues are all over the runway. If you choose this style, a smoky eye and pale lip will create the perfect complementary look. Are you looking for Hollywood glamour? 'Taylor Swift" red lips are the must have accessory for a classic black or white gown. All about Ombre- an excellent choice for the girl who can't choose one color.



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These finishing touches should complement, not compete with your look. If you went for a classic look, try a sequined shoe, clutch, or bling to add a little sparkle. Bright colors or ornate details galore on your gown? Toned-down tootsies and a simple pair of studs are most stylish.

There are so many different, beautiful ways to style your tresses. My advice is to surf the web or pinterest for looks and styles you LOVE (with your dress on so you can visualize the entire look). Ask your hair stylist too, about current trends. These models are wearing styles provided by Salon D'AIIure & Spa of Johns Creek. Just remember, experiment before the big day so you don't have a hair disaster right before your limo arrives!

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The Tux Looking for a tuxedo to rent? There is a broad selection of tuxedos, vests and formal wear accessories to find the style (& color) you're going for. The designs listed here are available at Savvi Formalwear inside North Point Mall. Consider these questions. *Are you trying to coordinate with your date's dress? *What if you're going solo-do you have a reputation for setting trends?

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Schools · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · •· Student Athletes at Alpharetta & Johns Creek HS Honored L212 in partnership with the Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce recognized Alpharetta High School's Kylee Smith and Johns Creek High School's Sam Arrington as the January XL212 Student-Athletes of the Month.


Kylee starts at guard for the Lady Raiders basketball team and has earned numerous awards locally as well as nationally. She is approaching 2,000 career points and is the leading career scorer at Alpharetta High School. As a student, Kylee has maintained a straight-A average and ranks in the top 8% of her class. She has been active in various charity organizations such as Operation Christmas Child, North Fulton Community Charities, as well has donating to the Atlanta Foster Organization. Kylee is also signed to play basketball for Vanderbilt University. Call us at (770) 674-2306 Located at the corner of Holcomb Bridge Rd. & Nesbit Ferry Rd. across from the Studio Movie Grill

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Sam Arrington is a team captain for the Johns Creek wrestling team. Sam has been a top ten finalist in the state and currently holds his teams record for most pins in a season. Aside from his success on the wrestling mat, he has also been a four-year starter for the varsity football team, receiving numerous accolades over his career. He has maintained a 3.75 GPA while taking Advanced Placement and Honors level classes. He also participated in several clubs, as well as serving as the Student Council Vice President and Editor and Chief Advisor of the Yearbook. Coach Mike Cloy says that Sam is "an excellent student-athlete with great character. He does right and makes a good choices, a true leader in every sense." XL272 President Eric Douglas cherishes these opportunities to recognize some of North Fulton's greatest student-athletes and promoting the area's high school athletic programs.

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Taylor Road Middle School Receives Award aylor Road Middle School awarded several of its students with a Citizenship Award on February 7th, 2013. A child from each home room in 6th through 8th grade was selected by the teacher to receive this prestigious annual honor. The award is based on outstanding character, cooperation and concern for others, good grades and attendance, good moral values, and preparedness for class. The students were celebrated with an award ceremony, a certificate, and a concert by the school's jazz band. Parents and family members attended the ceremony as well. School principal Mr. Ed Williamson said, "This is one of my favorite events of the school year. So often we acknowledge kids due to sport and academic achievement, but with this award we get to reward kids for being good kids."



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Schools · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · •· When They're Ready For College, Will You Be? ecently, I attended a FREE workshop in our community about planning and paying for college. With Middle School aged children, I wasn 't su re if I really needed to attend this semina r at this point. However, in 60 short minutes I learned some amazing facts including that the best time to begin making my children 's college affordable is now! In general, college funding covers a vast range of issues and the speake r did a nice job of navigating through some of the major considerations and some of the common misconceptions in a wellorganized, fast paced manner. I discovered some of the myths about the affordability, or true cost, of a college education. One fact that I never considered was that many private universities have funding sources, such as endowments, that can lower the overall cost. Up to this point, I hadn't entertained the thought of sending ____ my children to a private college due to the cost. In other words, the "sticker price" of a university should not be the determining factor from a financial perspective. Planning for college is a stressful venture in most households. This workshop proved to be a wise investment of my time. I highly recommend taking advantage of the Free Seminars presented by Brad Hendrickson and Curt Mangold of Paradox College Funding. For more information and to attend a seminar in the North Fulton area, visit www.

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Hillside Elementary's "Souper Bowl" Benefits Local Charity he students at Roswell 's Hillside Elementary seemed to do a good job forecasting the winner of Super Bowl XLVII during their own "Souper Bowl " canned food drive. More than 1,500 cans of food were collected during the week-long canned drive from January 28 to February 1. Students had the opportunity to use each can of food donated as a vote for their favorite team in the Super Bowl , and the Ravens won the Hillside Elementary poll by a landslide. "The 'Souper Bowl ' was a fun and exciting way for the students to take part in Super Bowl festivities . But, more importantly, it was a meaningful way for them to take part in a service project that benefited our community," said Dr. Maisha Otway, principal of Hillside Elementary. All the canned food collected during the "Souper Bowl " was donated to North Fulton Community Charities to fill their need for canned soups at this time of year. In addition, the students had the hands-on experience of helping to make a dry soup mi x that was also donated to the charity.


Johns Creek H.S. Goes Crazy for Love his year, the Johns Creek High School drama department is putting on its tap-dancing shoes and heading out West for the spring musical, "Crazy for You. " It chronicles the hardships Bobby Child faces as he struggles to pursue his dream of becoming a tap dancer against what his mother wishes, which is for him to take over her bank in New York City. To make her happy, Bobby travels across the country to the desert town of Deadrock, Nevada, to foreclose a theater run by Polly Baker's dad ; however, his destiny takes a turn when he decides to put on one last production to save the theater and impress Polly.


"This play is a true triple-threat; it has acting, singing and intense dancing," said sophomore Jackson Tanner, who plays Bobby. The set used is very extensive, with two stories that revolve and open up; the crew also uses special effects to give the settings a country or big-city feel. The costumes range from plaid shirts and cowboy boots to flashy showgirl outfits. "We have done musicals in many different areas, but this show has a little bit of everything. It 's incredibly funny, romantic and inspiring," said senior Lucy Carr, who plays Polly. "Crazy for You " debuts on Thursday, March 7, at 7 p.m. in the JCHS auditorium. Performances will also be on Saturday, March 8, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, March 8, at both 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets cost $15 for adults and $12 for students and at the door.

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: · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · Schools And Kids & Kay 1i1 • • • Barnwell's ''Dream • • Weaver'' Musical a Hit! • • arnwell Elementary School held its play, • "Dream Weaver- A • Strangely Familiar Musi• cal" on February 7th and 8th at the Johns Creek • High School auditorium . • Written and Directed by Whitney King, the show • was a crazy homage to • MGM's "The Wizard of • Oz." Approximately 80 of Barnwell's 4th and 5th • graders participated in • the production, which • ends with a positive reminder to never stop be• lieving in your dreams . • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • n the national news recently, parenting skills came under-fire • when a college student sued her parents for stalking. A carton illustrated this news story by two parents "hovering " over a child • with helicopter wings ... the term "Helicopter parenting " now part • of our nation's vernacular . • Through the years I have attended many seminars on the changing • scope of the parent-child relationship. As the term self-esteem was heralded as the sustaining philosophy that children should be • constantly immersed in, parents had to step in and make sure that • their child 's self-esteem was never threatened. This takes more • and more effort from parents as children go from preschool play yards and classrooms to the competitive levels of school through • the college years, travel-level sports, and all other ex tra-curricular • activities that children compete in. Parents find themselves • financially, emotionally, and socially engaged in their child 's life, those of their child 's friends, and the institution or activity that • their child enjoys or in some cases have been micro-managed or • pushed into doing. There is also the very real threat these days • that cause some parents to be "ever-present " in the life of their child due to internet connections and other social media sites that • attracts children and young adults. So really how much parenting, • supervision, and attention is too much? Is it a case of the "reverse umbilical cord " for some parents or is it necessary to be construed • as an "over-protective" or "helicopter parent" to insure the safety • and well-being of your child? • Quality versus Quantity, • Helicopter versus Uninvolved, • or that (dare I say) perfect balance ... .as parents in • today 's world we have a lot to • consider and decide on what • is the healthy balance for ourselves and our children for • just how high or low to "keep • the helicopter" . • • • Kay Paschal • Owner, Peachtree Park Prep • • • • March 2013 • Vol. 3 No. 3


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BlueHair Technology Group Helps Open Up the World of Technology for Older Adults heodore "Dutch" Van Kirk, navigator of the WWII bomber, the Enola Gay, is pictured here with Blue Hair Technology owner Jane Ratliff. Major Van Kirk was a recent participant in one of BlueHair Technology's workshops for older adults.


"When it comes to learning about new technologies and how to get online with them, there's no age limit," says Jane Ratliff, owner of BlueHair Technology Group, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to educate seniors about current technology and the tools available to them to connect and communicate with family and friends. "Even if you didn't grow up with technology or use it on your job, you can learn to use your smartphone, laptop or tablet and become very comfortable with it." Ratliff and her staff bring their technology workshops into individual communities, where participants receive individual, hands-on instruction on their devices. Students discover the joy of independently exploring their personal interests, finding information and connecting with others online through the workshops, which meet once a week during an eight-week session. For more information about how you can bring a technology workshop for older adults to your community or organization, contact BlueHair Technology Group at 678-641-1024 or visit online at

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• • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • North Fulton Hospital's • • New Board Members • orth Fulton Hospital is pleased to welcome its newest • governing board members: Leah Tobin, M.D., family physician; • Mark Gravlee, M.D., acute care surgeon; and Michael Jurgens, M.D., radiologist and Chief of Staff for the hospital. • SAVE • Individuals elected to the board commit to a three-year term, and can serve two consecutive terms. They are selected based on their • THE DATE overall commitment to the hospital and the communities in which • they work and live . • Friday, April 26th During their term, members assist administration by providing • oversight of the hospital's Performance Improvement Program, • approval of medical staff members, and ensure that the hospital is Grand Opening & meeting its overall commitment to the community . • • Fashion Show! • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Full bios from Dr. Tobin, Dr. Gravlee and Dr. Jurgens can be found • 11130 State Bridge Road, johns Creek on in Hospital News . • Only 1/2 mile away from the old location on the same side of State Bridge Road • To learn more about North Fulton Hospital, visit I 678-366-9940 . • • • • • • March is Deep Vein Thrombosis • • Awareness Month • • eep Vein Thrombosis, or DVT, impacts an estimated 300,000 to • 2 million people each year. The numbers vary wildly because it • is difficult to know just how many people are affected. Further estimates are that some 60,000 to 100,000 people a year die of DVT • and related Pulmonary Embolism. Again, this number varies because • DVT/PE is not always diagnosed or listed as the cause of death . • Most of these deadly clots start in the deep vein system, often in • the legs. If a DVT breaks free from the vein wall and enters into the • blood stream, the clot could then travel to the lungs and become a PE (pulmonary embolism) . • • Risk factors for DVT include inherited blood clotting disorders, some medications, and/or vein injuries. The risk of DVT also increases with • sitting in a confined place, traveling by air for many hours, prolonged • bed rest, pregnancy, cancer, heart failure, birth control or hormone • replacement therapy, smoking, being over 60 years of age, and, for men, increased height . • • DVT does not always present with symptoms. In most cases though, • a leg is affected, and it becomes • painful, swollen, and warm • to the touch. Skin becomes discolored. Muscle cramps • that feel especially sharp • and painful may also be an indication of DVT. Certainly • if one leg becomes swollen • Venous insufficiency - the inability of veins to effectively send blood and painful, it should be treated as back to the heart for re-oxygenation - impacts between 30 and 60 • DVT until DVT is ruled out, as DVT is a percent of the population . medical emergency requiring immediate • attention . Venous insufficiency can also predispose patients to DVT. • • As Spring breaks and we all become more aware of the spider and varicose veins that may be a sign of venous insufficiency, it is • David Martin, RN, CRNFA important to know that venous insufficiency is easily diagnosed with • President/CEO, VEININNOVATIONS a non-invasive test, is quite treatable with a variety of non-surgical • www.vei n innovations .com techniques, and leaves patients feeling and looking better. • • • 15 • March 2013 • Vol. 3 No. 3




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Say "No" to Fad Diets emember the fable of the tortoise and the hare? The moral is that slow and steady wins the race. Turns out, that age-old wisdom applies to weight loss too.


Fad diets often fail because dieters are prone to regain the weight when they inevitably return to their previous eating habits. Success, rather, is a result of lifestyle changes and smart food choices. Follow these steps to keep the weight off for good.

1Go slowly.

When you 're making small, meaningful changes, the weight will come off slowly, but it 'll likely stay off because you 're building good habits rather than crash dieting.

Don't starve yourself. Eat just 300 to 500 calories under what you burn each day. If you start cutting too many calories, your metabolism slows down to protect fat stores in ex pectation of a long period of food deprivation.


3 Eat only when you're hungry, stop when you're full. 4 Get your Zzz's.

Many people lose weight just by paying attention to this one tip.

Studies show that sleep deprivation increases levels of a hunger hormone, which may lead to overeating.

Get moving. No fad diet on earth can replace the weight-loss wonders that routine exercise has to offer. You ' ll not only burn calories during the activity but you ' ll also build muscle, which will help you burn even more calories over time.


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: ..................... · · · · · · · · Money Matters li1 • • • • f you've already mastered Personal Finance 101 -- you're investing • in your 401K, you've paid off your debt and you're saving at least 15 • percent of your gross income -- it's time to move on to a graduatelevel course . • • Make 2013 the year you resolve to do more. Start by taking these four steps: • • C cu a e you ret rement 'nu er' Do you know how much money you need to fund your retirement dreams? If you don't 1 • know where you are going, how will you ever get there? A simple • rule of thumb: Take your future retirement income goal per year • and divide it by 4 or 5 percent (0.04 or 0.05) with 4 percent being ultra conservative and 5 percent a little more realistic. For example, • if you think you need $50,000 per year to live on in retirement, you • would need approximately $1 million in investments ($50,000 /.05 = $1,000,000). • • 0pen a ro er e ceo nt Do you want to retire before age 59.5? • If so, don't put all of your savings in tax-advantaged retirement 2funds. IRAs, and 401Ks, for example, carry significant restrictions on • when and how you can withdraw your money. A brokerage account • holds stocks, bonds and mutual funds - and allows for unlimited deposits or withdrawals in any given year. Brokerage accounts don't • have preferential tax treatment like IRAs, but assets in these accounts • are your assets, with no restrictions. If you • retire early, this account will provide penaltyfree funds for you to use for living expenses . • • 8 y a rent pro er y There has never been a better time to become a landlord . 3 • The Case-Shiller Home Price Index, which • measures home prices in 20 metro markets, has • been rising since last March. Yet there are still great deals in the single-family home market . • Rents relative to home prices • remain at historic • highs. • • • • • • • • • • • • THE1 MINUTE NO WORK WORKOUl: • • • • • • • • • EXPERIENCE • • Whole Body • Vibration! • Decrease hip pain • Decrease knee pain • Have more energy • Lose inches • Sleep better • • Now - Extended Hours! • Mon - Thu, 7am - 8pm • Fri, 7am - 7pm ; Sat, lOam - 4pm • • • • • • • • • • • • March 2013 • Vol. 3 No. 3

4 Money Moves to Make Right Now Buying a rental home requires time and diligence. A good property manager, real estate agent and handyman are valuable tools to have at your disposal. You may have heard tales of bad tenants, so you know the importance of doing a background and credit check on potential renters. If done properly, rental property can be a great source of retirement income.

ce you o e If you haven't already, now's the time to lock in a low interest rate and make the regular payment...and no more! With today's ultra-low interest rates, you're much better off contributing that money to another investment, like the two mentioned above. According to, the average mortgage rate is 3.58 percent. If you prepay your mortgage, then you are paying off a loan equal to that rate. Your opportunity cost is the return of what you could invest in besides paying off the mortgage. If you can achieve a return of 6 percent, then that is a difference of 2.42 percent per year vs. the cost of the mortgage loan. This may not be much money in one year, but if you add it up over 30 years, it's significant .


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For example, if you saved $500 per month at 3.58 percent (the average mortgage interest rate) for 30 years, at the end of the period, you would have saved about $322,000. Nice work. On the other hand, if you saved $500 per month at 6 percent, then you'd have $502,000 - a difference in your favor of $180,000. And if you've put that money in a brokerage account, you always have the option to take the funds and pay off the house later. Following these four steps can help you become a money master and graduate to the place we're all aiming for - a happy, secure retirement - sooner, rather than later.

About Wes Moss: Certified financial planner Wes Moss is the Chief Investment Strategist at Capital Investment Advisors and host of "Money Matters" on Atlanta's WSB radio. To reach Wes, visit or call 404-531-0018 to schedule a meeting with one of CIA's expert financial advisors .




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ust opened at the end of October 2012, Mr. Clean Car Wash on Holcomb Bridge Road is the community 's premier Car Exterior and Interior Wash, offering complete Detail Services and Oil Changes plus Emissions.


What began as America's favorite name in household cleaning has grown into the gold standard in car care. Mr. Clean Car Wash gives you the brightest shine and the best experience possible. The friendly and experienced staff do their best to give your car a showroom shine.

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Nike Fuel Band: Gadget Gimmick or Fitness Motivator?"" Todd Wahl


y wife is a health nut and she finds it hard to get me, the gadget loving computer geek, into the gym or doing anything active. So for Christmas, I agreed that we would purchase each other the new Nike Fuel Band. Essentially it is a wrist band fitness gadget which keeps track of how active you are and measures this with their proprietary health points called your Nike Fuel. In addition, it also estimates calories burnt, number of steps, and it is about the coolest watch I have ever seen (digital display of time).



The Nike Fuel Band comes with two main parts: The Wrist Band (houses the sensors) and the USB docking cable used for charging the wrist band and synchronizing your Fuel Band to The setup was as simple as registering online at and plugging in the wrist band into the USB dock while connected to your computer. Once you set up your age, sex, weight and height you are given the opportunity to accept the default average Nike Fuel goal presented to you based on your profile or adjusting that goal up or down. I chose to go with the default average goal of 2,000 points. You get awards for hitting or exceeding your daily goals, which helps motivate the user. The fuel band is attractive, unassuming and is very comfortable. It also wears well with business or casual attire. Most people do not notice it unless I press the button to see the status of the fuel points or time because the LED back light display is not at all visible unless you tap the button. I have literally not taken the Nike Fuel Band off for anything other than synchronizing in the dock. Since it is water proof I even wear it in the shower. Also the

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battery lasts forever and it only takes a few minutes to recharge to full capacity. So far my wife, who is not necessarily a friend of technology, loves it and I must admit I, the gadget loving computer geek, loves it as well. Although I am not banging down the door of the gym I am going more frequently than never, which is a good thing. Also I find myself parking out further, taking stairs more often and taking more walks during the work week than I have ever before in order to influence the outcome of my daily Fuel Points. I have even gone as far as actually doing calisthenics if I am close to my goal at the end of the day. My conclusion is the Nike Fuel Band is the best of both worlds. It is, in fact, a Gadget gimmick which motivates me to do some form of activity in order to get my fuel points each day. If it does that for me then there is hope for anyone!

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• • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • &1 • • • • Grecian Gyro Johns Creek Restaurant Review • o let's start off by getting the pronunciation correct, a "Ji-Row" • is a cientific instrument but a "Yee Row" is a little slice of heaven • brought to you by Grecian Gyro located in Johns Creek Walk in Johns Creek (Medlock Bridge Road just north of Abbotts Bridge) . • • I love this place and from the size of the lunch crowds, so do a lot of other people. If you grew up north of the Mason Dixon you're • probably pretty familiar with this tasty Greek sandwich, but for those • who are not then I wholeheartedly recommend that you head on over • to Grecian Gyro and check it out for yourself. • Not only do they have one of the finest Gyros around they also serve • up a tasty array of other delectables as well. If for some strange reason you 're not in the mood for a carved off the spit Gyro Sandwich • with their famous Nick's special Grecian Sauce, then you can always • try the Grilled Steak, Marinated Chicken, Pork Souvlaki or Tuna Salad Originally from New York, Joe and Chris Dolgetta fell in love with the • and be on the look out for their vegetarian-friendly selections -- like place when Joe was working at his job near Hartsfield Jackson. "Once Falafel! If you're on the hungry side, then I recommend the plates • a week go Greek" soon became at least a 3 times a week lunch affair because they include a wonderful Greek Salad, Greek Potatoes and • for Joe and his co-workers --so what better way to get your fix than grilled Pita. If you have room for dessert, then don't forget to try their buying your own restaurant? Baklava and homemade cookies, you won't be disappointed! • • The portions are generous, their staff is friendly and their restaurant is always super clean which is why I'm sure they have so many good • reviews online! So take it from this Gyro loving Canadian when I say • that Grecian Gyro is a must try for the entire family and it's definitely Hub Approved!!!!!! • • Grecian Gyro • Johns Creek • 11035 Medlock Bridge • Rd.Johns Creek, GA 30097 (770) 559-9789 • • • • By Mark Penstone • Editor & Publisher, The Hub Media Group • • 770.643.9399 • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • 20 Johns Creek, Alpharetta, Milton & Roswell •


Food & Wine

• • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • s a wine educator I'm always thinking up ways to simplify the wine * Wine should take you to a special place--the place of its origin and • experience for my clients, and over the years I've learned a few open you up to an experience and a world that you 'd want to travel things which may simplify your wine life too - the new wine rules: to again and again. • • * Wine is meant to be a great experience and you don't have time in * The same familiar varieties are grown all over the world ; cabernet your life to waste on bad experiences. Always make it a habit with sauvignon, chardonnay, chenin blanc .. ..these are disguised as • each glass of wine you sip to think about what you're tasting, how Bordeaux Rouge, white Burgundy, and Vouvray; seek out the familiar • it changes in your mouth, how it evolves in your glass, how you feel varieties from regions you haven't experienced yet. when you 're sipping it. • * It's not mandatory to pair wine with food; the pairing of wine with • * A wine should never disappoint. If it does, move on and never food plays a significant gastronomic role in your palate experience, • purchase it again. don't get me wrong, but it 's not mandatory. Wine for wine's sake is alright. • • * Wine bars are the new black. Just like the color spectrum, wines from around the world can be sampled by the glass before you • commit to buying the full bottle. • There you have it, the new wine rules. • • • • • • Jacqueline Chambliss, FWS • Jacqueline is a wine appreciation • consultant, a French Wine Scholar • (FWS) and Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET) educated. • • 678-923-0984 • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • 4090 Johns Creek Pkwy • Suwanee, GA 30024 • 678-215..0400 • • www. to sea natrattoria. net • Sunday: 12pm-8pm • Trattoria Monday-Thursday: llam-9pm • Friday, Saturday: llam-lOpm • • • • • • 21 • March 2013 • Vol. 3 No. 3

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Achieving a Country French Look ountry French is a look a lot of clients request. To achieve this, the casual living areas should have a practical influence such as pottery and crockery that is both functional and beautiful. The window dressing should have a combination of prints and possibly some lace. There could be a fireplace with exposed stone or brick. The floors could be honed wood or stone. The furniture should have a worn comfortable heavy woven fabric with distressed finishes.


In the more public areas, finishes could read the same or they can range into more of a classic influence. Items such as silk drapery and trim, layered fabrics and tapestry on the upholstery could be quite elegant in contrast to the more casual rooms. Always use some French carved exposed wood frames on a chair or two. All areas can be accessorized in a traditional way with small prints, collections of boxes, traditional art displayed in groups with guilt frames . Or, you can also give a modern influence to the look with simple contemporary art, larger and single pieces to command a wall, a Lucite coffee table injected, cleaner lines architecturally in the space and solid fabrics. Look for curved lines in the carved door panels of a console and the exposed leg of a table. Always, always include texture and down cushions. Comfortable is the key! Great antique wood finishes, as well as painted or distressed grey finishes, can all be incorporated together to achieve this style. 'Charm ' and 'Cozy' will lead you in the right direction.

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WHITTLING YOUR WISH LIST hen looking for a new home, the options are endless. Whether it 's a gourmet kitchen or outdoor entertaining space, no home buyer 's wish list is the same. In reality, it 's not always possible to find everything, so buyers must decide on their "must-haves." Here are four tips to help:


Location, location, location: Everyone has heard this phrase before and while the surrounding neighborhood may improve over time, the physical location will remain the same. Buyers should determine in advance how close they would like to live to their work, schools or extended family.

Non-negotiables: A place for everyone in the family is always a "must have." For a family of four, three bedrooms may be non-negotiable. Or those with grandparents at home may need an extra bedroom on the first floor. After determining the budget and neighborhood, the most important factor is space for everyone.

Pick a lifestyle fit: Buyers should find out what features of a home will best fit their lifestyle. For those love to cook and entertain. a gourmet kitchen may top the list. Or, buyers who love to spend time outdoors may compromise a large family room for a big backyard.

Have a vision: Avoid getting distracted by carpeting are easy to fix and everything else about a home and a little redecorating are home.

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