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Community Jump in to Give! Making a difference in our world with 12-year old Aidan Thomas Hornaday showing us the way


idan Thomas Hornaday 12, with his trademark retro duds and cap, is a little giver with a big heart that has been involved with hundreds of charities to raise awareness and funds since age 8. He has appeared on the streets of the South to globe trotting with his call to action and jamming on his blues harmonica. Working with school children to CEO’s, Aidan is sharing his crucial message: Now is the time to teach an entitled generation a different way to live well. He has championed many causes to be part of the action from Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Snowball Express and over 200 charities serving people, animals and the earth along with many churches. In March he will be speaking to an audience of 5,000+ at The Success Summit in South Africa with Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak. Aidan’s dream is to teach his generation (and beyond) to give to be whole and happy. The Cole Family Foundation’s Jeff Cole, owner of Sky Zone Roswell and Sky Zone Suwanee has launched a program to focus on our community’s youth to champion givers and serving. “Jump in to Give”

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is their platform. JITG is all about inspiring and encouraging youth to give and also celebrating and rewarding those already in action. They want to help others find their passion in giving so they never burn out. Aidan says “This is bringing traction for children to be involved, and messaging that giving needs to be a part of who we all are. I am so grateful to Mr. Jeff for bringing this to life.”

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Community Big Smiles and Big Thanks from Guatemala


true act of thanksgiving could be seen at Alpharetta Children’s Dentistry & Orthodontics when Ancelma Ortiz and Cooperative for Education visited to thank the office for their ongoing support of her education. The recent high school graduate from a small village in Guatemala, defied the limitations of poverty and now has a job to support her family thanks to the help of the organization Cooperative for Education and supporters like Dr. George MacMaster and his family. When Ancelma visited, the Alpharetta Children’s Dentistry & Orthodontics team was waiting to welcome her with open arms – complete with balloons, flowers, a welcome banner, and green pine straw spread on the ground (a tradition in Guatemala). “The Kids in Guatemala really appreciate your support and I know you will continue the great job that you are doing. You have a great team with great teamwork and I’m so excited.” Ancelma said.

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Dancing to Save Lives


In addition to the dancing, emotional testimonies were given by American Veterans who have successfully graduated from the EWW program as well as moving remarks from founder, Ms Tillie Oneal-Kyles. Every Woman Works transforms women in need, providing the tools to help leave a life of abuse, homelessness or dependency. It empowers them to self-sufficiency not only in helping them become contributing members of society, but also in improving the lives of their children. The nonprofit organization is the 2012 “Atlanta’s Best and Brightest” winner. Learn more about them at:

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very Woman Works held its’ Second Annual benefit, “Stars Dancing to Save Lives” on Saturday Oct 5th at the Concourse Athletic Club. Local amateur “celebrities” danced with professional ballroom dancers and raised over $119,000.00! Winners Loretta Cecil (most funds raised) with pro partner Buddy Stotts and Matt Almand (best dance) with pro partner Kyle Larsen, were both presented with mirror ball trophies. Professional dancers and music was provided by First Dance Productions Atlanta. Judges included Roswell Mayor Jere Wood and TV’s Anna Wright. Other dance highlights include board member and head of production Denise Buchanan, who danced an impromptu, fun cha cha and a beautiful professional performance by Martin & Liene Reinbold.


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Community North Fulton Hospital Names DAISY Nursing Award Winner


eaders from North Fulton Hospital presented Denise Miller, RN, with the DAISY Award for Nursing for the month of September. Miller was selected for this honor following nominations submitted by her patients and peers.



A nurse in the women’s services unit, Miller has been a valued member of the nursing staff at North Fulton Hospital for 10 years. She earned her nursing degree at the Lutheran School of Nursing on the Jefferson campus of St. Alexius Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri, and she worked with Saint Joseph’s Hospital in St. Louis for 25 years before joining the staff at North Fulton Hospital.

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“Denise is the definition of a patient advocate,” said Linda Farrow, Director of Women’s Health Services at North Fulton Hospital. “She is energetic, and always ready to help our patients, no matter what they need.”

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Miller was recently recognized by a patient as having made a tremendous difference in her care during her stay at North Fulton Hospital.


“Denise is awesome” said the patient. “She tended to our every need and made us feel so special. By the end of our stay, she really did feel like a family member, and we will always treasure the experience. She went above and beyond the call of duty in providing high quality care to me throughout my hospitalization!”


If you would like to nominate a special nurse, please go to the North Fulton Hospital website at and click on “Nursing at NFH” to download a nomination form. You may also contact the hospital at 770-751-2671.


Über Trade Receives Small Business Award




n October 16, 2013, local Johns Creek residents Preston & Yvonne Riner, Co-founders of Über Trade, LLC won a Fulton County 2013 Entrepreneurial Success Small Business Award. This award is given to a business which demonstrates a strong entrepreneurial spirit in their business practice, showing uniqueness, creativity, risk taking, business savvy, development potential and adaptive behavior. John Bemont, President of the Johns Creek Chamber of Commerce, nominated Über Trade.


John Eaves, Chairman of the Fulton County Board of Commissioners gave a special presentation to all winners at the awards ceremony which took place at the Fulton County Government Center, recognizing the achievements of each winner. Winners were selected by a panel that was comprised of individuals from the banking, legal, business and economic development community.


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Stop in for an individual or family photo with Santa and Mrs. Claus and have the photo emailed to you to share with friends and family. This is a free event and refreshments will be served. No reservations required. “This will be the second year Santa and Mrs. Claus have come to our Welcome Center,” says Janet Rodgers, President and CEO of the Alpharetta Convention and Visitors Bureau. “With such a great turnout last year, we are hoping to continue the success of the event as it is a great opportunity to remind everyone of the free services offered by the Alpharetta Convention and Visitors Bureau.” The Alpharetta Welcome Center is located at 178 South Main Street, Suite 200 and is the best source for information on Alpharetta and all that it offers in the way of shopping, dining, entertainment and recreation, for visitors and residents alike. Its hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information about the Welcome Center call 678-297-2811.


Alpharetta Rotarians Shore Sweep


lpharetta Rotarians joined with hundreds of other volunteers to participate in the annual Rivers Alive and Shore Sweep cleanup. Lead Rotarian, Jim Paine, helped organize and coordinate the project. Volunteers from local Interact clubs also joined him in the project. Interact is a club of high school students that are teamed with their local Rotary club to promote service to the community. Over 30 students turned out on September 28th to clean up the shores of Lake Lanier. Rotary club President Dan Merkel said, “it is so positive to see our young people involved in helping clean our environment.” He added, “that with the help of these Interact students, a project of this size can be done in one day.”

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Kids & Kay And Amazing Kids Keep Calm And Holiday On…


t’s the most wonderful time of the year! Fall, football, cool days, festivals, and the beginning of the holiday season. Time to light the fire, decorate the house, plan all the great things we are going to cook in the next month, and entertain all of our friends and family….. OR….it can be the most stressful time of the year for all the same reasons. Adding to all the stimulating seasonal happenings, that so easily distract our children’s minds, are the end of term tests and assessments which close out their fall semester….elementary, high school, and college. Can you just imagine adding that to your holiday TO DO list? As parents it is up to us to set the priorities for the holiday season and stay grounded for our children, at least until the Winter Break begins. Enjoy the wonderful weekends with your family (that can be full of sports, festivals, and shopping) but then remain focused and calm throughout the school week, allowing for the child and family to steer clear of the holiday chaos and end of term stress. The nearly monthlong Winter Break is not far away and occurs well ahead of Christmas and in plenty of time to shop, eat, decorate, and be holiday crazy…. after all, that’s what the Winter Break is for!

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Society of Saint Vincent De Paul


ociety of Saint Vincent De Paul is a charity that focuses on offering hope and help to all that needs it no matter who they are. Concentrating on values like respect, excellence, and accountability, this organization changes lives one by one through their many chapters. One main chapter is Blessed Trinity. Students here put this charity and giving back in their top priorities doing many activities that benefit the community. Taking part in numerous, wonderful things like soup kitchens, coat drives, and mission trips, the students, a part of Saint Vincent De Paul, are extremely hands-on with the community. One Wednesday per month this group helps with StandUp For Kids, which provides a safe place for homeless kids to get off the streets, have a hot meal, and address certain necessities. The Blessed Trinity chapter brings food, sets up tables, and interacts with the teens. Another project they do is host an Evening of Hope. Visualizing new ideas, discussing with other regional divisions, and eating delicious food, they plan out the things they want to change and help with. The Blessed Trinity chapter of the Society of Saint Vincent De Paul is quite extraordinary and admirable. They put their hearts into the

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projects and therefore change the lives of so many people surrounding them in the community. Luke Donovan, sophomore leader, stated, “Going to a private school and seeing the well-off people, you start to notice people in situations a lot worse than you and can only imagine what they’re going through. It makes you want to do anything possible to help them.” Because of leaders like Luke, this charity is slowly changing the world for the better.

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Schools JCHS’s Hand-Crafted Gift to Northwood

3rd Annual One School, One Book Project



wo students in an advanced Engineering class at Johns Creek High School presented Northwood Elementary School with a hand-crafted wooden podium for the front entrance of the school. Katie Babiarz and Chandler Collier of JCHS designed and built the desk, which includes a laser-cut Northwood motto and a painted logo of the school’s stylized “N.” Fourth grade students Daniel Sorungbe, Kristen Obijeski, Arjan Upadhyay, Imani Perryman, and Hannah Collerette greeted the guests, which included Johns Creek High School principal Buck Greene and Engineering Teacher Dr. Steve Sweigart, and presented them with thank you gifts including a large banner signed by Northwood students and staff. There is a plaque inside the desk acknowledging the designers and date.

ow do the rights and privileges of people in other countries compare with here in the United States? Students at Holcomb Bridge Middle School (HBMS) delved into this meaningful topic and more during the third annual One School, One Book program, which concluded on Friday, September 27, 2013. Over the last two weeks, the entire school read The Breadwinner by Deborah Ellis, the first in a trilogy of suspenseful novels that give Western readers a glimpse into the plight of living under the rule of the Taliban in Afghanistan. Prior to the reading the novel, students immersed themselves in an entire day of learning about the culture, history, and geography of Afghanistan. Inspired by an article on literacy, a science teacher at Holcomb Bridge brought the idea to the school three years ago and it quickly evolved from there. “The One Book program continues to exceed our expectations,” said Principal Joy Schroerlucke. “The goal of the program is simple: to promote literacy and foster a community of readers, while creating a common experience as everyone reads the same book. Yet the implications are far-reaching. The program provides us with a forum to engage students in meaningful academic instruction, as well as critical lessons in character and respect for all peoples. As a school of global classrooms, these discussions have an impact right here in our own community.” G.A.T.E., which stands for Gifts, Abilities, Talents and Excellence, is a mentoring group established by HBMS for every student to help identify the special talents and gifts that every student possesses and how they might use them to excel.

Pictured, L to R, Back: Designers Chandler Collier and Katie Babiarz, JCHS Principal Buck Greene, Northwood Principal Ritu Ahuja, Northwood AP Nikol Boyd, Engineering Teacher Dr. Steve Sweigart Front: Northwood 4th graders Daniel Sorungbe, Kristen Obijeski, Arjan Upadhyay, Imani Perryman, Hannah Collerette

Touchdown Club


n Monday, October 21st, the North Fulton Forsyth Touchdown Club honored top high school football players for their incredible on field performances. Fox 5’s Buck Lanford emceed the event again and announced the weekly winners. Atlanta Falcon great Terance Mathis was the speaker for the evening. Terance is the all time team leader in touchdown receptions and is second in team history in receiving yards. Terance brought a great message to the players.

Player of the Week Winners Week 5: Offensive Player of the Week, Austin King, QB, Alpharetta Defensive Player of the Week, Isaiah Wilkins, CB, North Georgia Falcons Week 6: Offensive Player of the Week, Hunter Bryant, QB, Fellowship Christian Defensive Player of the Week, Jacob Delk, S and P, Mount Pisgah Week 7: Offensive Player of the Week, A.J. Cummings, RB, St. Francis Defensive Player of the Week, Jay Youngblood, Safety, Alpharetta Week 8: Offensive Player of the Week, Chad Manthey, RB, Blessed Trinity Defensive Player of the Week, Matt Cira, Safety, South Forsyth

From Left to Right - Mike Haynes (NFFTD Club), Terance Mathis, Austin King (Alpharetta, QB), Eric Douglas (NFFTD Club)


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Hooch Wins 6A Area Volleyball Championship


or the third time in four years, Chattahoochee High School seniors Haley Templeton, Claudia Coco and Reina Terry helped lead their team to area championship victory.

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Prior to the win, Templeton was named 6A area setter of the year for the second time and Coco was named 6A defensive player of the year. Both girls were named to the Area First Team while Terry was named to 6A Second Team. This season, Templeton got her 4,000th assist, which gave her the second all-time career record in Georgia. She currently has 1,100 digs and 1,000 kills. And Coco set an all-time total career digs record in Georgia with over 2,000 digs in high school. Chattahoochee went undefeated in the tournament. Head Coach Jennie Blevins noted, “They are not only winning, but playing with fight and passion. They have truly developed as a team throughout this season and are continuing to every single game. I can’t wait to see what the playoffs hold for this talented group of ladies,” she said. Assistant Coach Blair Boyle added, “Our three senior captains’ leadership and determination to win is amazing. They inspired the whole team to play their best.”

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Dads Lead Beautification Efforts at River Eves


ads at River Eves Elementary School led the school beautification effort at Landscape Day, a bi-annual event held at the school each October and April. The event was spearheaded by members of the Calling All Dads program, a River Eves initiative that strengthens student performance by involving fathers and male role models in their children’s education and Jim and Gina Thomas, PTA Co-Landscape Chairs. Thanks to a $5,000 grant from the Kroger Earning Plus Learning “Go for the Gold” Program, a $500 grant from the National Wildlife Federation and the handiwork of the 65 volunteers, six new picnic tables were built for outdoor learning; the school grounds were improved by adding over 35 native plants; all the beds were weeded; and 130 bags of mulch and 50 bales of pine straw were installed. “We appreciated the strong turn-out from our community to improve the school grounds and add new outdoor learning areas for our River Eves students,” said Principal Neil Pinnock. “It was especially gratifying to work together with River Eves’ graduates now attending Holcomb Bridge Middle and Centennial High schools to add to our Pollinator and Vegetable Gardens—which will allow students to watch a variety of insects, butterflies and birds in their natural habitat.” The gardens were started last year with grant money provided by the National Wildlife Federation and supplemented this year with beauty berry, golden rods, purple pixies and ruby glow euphorbia purchased by the PTA to provide a year-round ecosystem for students to observe.

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Materials for the six picnic tables were purchased using the Kroger “Go for the Gold” grant money. The grant money also covered outdoor sports equipment for tetherball and volleyball, as well as additional play equipment and a sports gear storage bin, all of which were installed earlier this fall. The students enjoyed showing these improvements to the parent-volunteers during Landscape Day. The River Eves PTA purchased the mulches from the Centennial High School’s Marching Band and several students from the Centennial High School SkillsUSA program helped to spread the mulch. Jim and Gina Thomas, River Eves parents, PTA co-Landscape Committee Chairs and owners of Thomas Lawn Care, provided hard scaping on Eves Road as well as organizing the event. “It is fantastic to see this community in action,” said Jim Thomas. “When you get a lot of hands together like this, you can do big things—and you teach your children to give back.” Participating dads enjoyed the results, but were proudest of the time spent forging a stronger bond with their children and community. “Helping to beautify her school gave Ella a tremendous amount of pride,” said father Jim Gore.

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Schools Independence Interact Cleans Up!


he Independence High School Interact Club members joined Alpharetta Rotarians and students from other area high schools for Lake Lanier Association’s 25th Annual Shore Sweep; a day dedicated to cleaning over 600 miles of the lake’s shoreline. Since its inception, this volunteer effort has resulted in nine tons of trash being collected and disposed of properly.

October Student Athletes Of The Month


L212 and the Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce are pleased to once again present the Student Athlete of the Month Award to two outstanding student-athletes in the North Fulton Area.

The Female Student Athlete of the Month for October is Olsen from Johns Creek High School.


As an athlete she has helped lead her team to a 10-3 record in the region and an overall 41-9 season record. This year, she reached a career high of 1000 digs and 1000 kills; not something that everyone high school volleyball player reaches, much less in three years. Her team is currently competing in the state tournament, ranked third in the state. She will be continuing her successes on the court at Georgia Tech next fall. In the classroom, she is an AP student with an honorable 98.3 GPA. Ranked number 28th in her class of 445, she will receive the Scholar Athlete Award for the highest GPA on the Varsity team, two years in a row. Among her many awards and accomplishments, she is also a

From L-R: Brandon Beach (GNFCC), Mike Haynes (XL212), Annika Olsen, Eric Douglas (XL212), Bob Mejerle (SpeedPro Imaging), Roger Wise Jr. (University of Phoenix)


member of Flood and FCA. Coach Stevens said “We have many great players, but she has the X factor that helps the team gel.” The Male Student Athlete of the Month for October is Andrew Butcher from Alpharetta High School. Andrew is a leader on a defensive squad that has proven itself against some of the top teams in the area. He is second on his team in tackles and tackles for loss. Currently the Raiders are 5 - 2 for the season and are leading their region. His play has earned him the opportunity to keep playing football after high school at the University of Tennessee. Off the field, he has managed to keep a 3.5 GPA while being involved in several community activities. Whether it is serving homeless people through his church or joining his teammates in community service, he has been active outside of the classroom as well. We are honored to recognize these Student Athletes for their welldeserved accomplishments in their sports, schools and communities.

From L-R: Brandon Beach (GNFCC), Mike Haynes (XL212), Andrew Butcher, Eric Douglas (XL212), Bob Mejerle (SpeedPro Imaging), Roger Wise Jr. (University of Phoenix)

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Schools Perfect ACT Score


uryabrata Dutta, a senior at Chattahoochee High School, earned a perfect score of 36 on his ACT’s. Principal Tim C. Duncan congratulates Suryabrata on this exceptional achievement and for being the first student at Chattahoochee to accomplish this goal.

Hillside Elementary Celebrates International Family Fun Night


tudents at Hillside Elementary School are rooted in an appreciation of diversity, achievement of high standards, and respect of self and others. So, what can a child do to promote world peace? At Hillside, it starts with International Family Fun Night. Hundreds of students and their families gathered on Friday night, October 4th, to celebrate each other. “This inaugural multicultural dance has generated enormous support from the Hillside community plus our phenomenal local business partners. We are partnering with over 20 nearby businesses, such as Dance FX and Panda Express with their mascot Pei Pei, that are generously donating food and talent to make this event successful,” said Event Chairperson Lisa Byas. What was created was remarkable. Just a few of the countries represented at the International Family Fun Night were Argentina, Finland, Ireland, Peru, Turkey, and the United States. Students enjoyed seeing their classmates and families perform music and dances with Latin, Irish, and Indian influences. Everyone dined on delicacies including empanadas, baklava, challah kugel and matza, tacos, and tapas. “International Family Fun Night was an incredible event that really showcased the vibrant Hillside community,” said Hillside Principal Dr. Maisha Otway. “I was thrilled to see so many students, parents and teachers came together to celebrate each other.”

‘Pay It Forward’ During Red Ribbon Week At HBMS

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n October 9th, students at Holcomb Bridge Middle School participated in the annual Red Ribbon Week—a program started in 1985 as a campaign to educate children about the negative effects of drugs and alcohol—but this year, they were inspired by Roswell PD Officer Robert Colombo and his K-9 “Bart.” At the conclusion of a week-long program that commenced with students signing a drug-free pledge posted on their teacher’s door, followed by daily fun and interactive discussions in small groups, two special guest speakers closed the week’s activities—Dr. Lenore Doster, from the Summit Counseling Center, who led an interactive discussion with the 6th and 8th graders about developing a “winning attitude” and Officer Robert Colombo and Bart, members of the Roswell Police Department K-9 Unit. Officer Colombo shared the training he and Bart receive, how Bart detects drugs, and why we have a K-9 Unit. Officer Colombo also shared a story about a young man he knew who went to Holcomb Bridge Middle School 26 years ago. The young man sat in the same bleachers during Red Ribbon Week and listened to a K-9 police officer speak about his dog and their training. He decided that very day to set his goals high and to become a K-9 officer himself. When it was revealed that Officer Colombo was that young man—the students cheered and clapped. “While Red Ribbon Week begins in elementary school, the middle school years are key to engaging students in ways they may not have expected,” said Principal Joy Schroerlucke. “Dr. Doster and Officer Colombo did a fantastic job engaging our students—and Bart played his role, too.”

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Woman’s World Let’s Connect!


e know we aren’t meant to go it alone in this world. We are wired to be connected to one another. However, most people seeking therapy with me are struggling with this very issue. I hear the challenges of marriages going astray, friendships ending (badly), work environments wrought with gossip and cut throat strategies, and parents and children at odds. Is this just part of life? Yes, but I think we are getting tired of it. I believe there is a movement stirring that involves a desire for much deeper, authentic, and downright vulnerable relationships. Where do we begin to make these connections? How does this even work? What the heck is vulnerable? Why would I want to share myself in an unsafe environment? These are the questions that I know people are asking. It begins with looking at how we manage our relationships. Posting something tragic that has happened on facebook is not as vulnerable as picking up the phone or talking to someone face to face. Perhaps it’s not the safest or most appropriate way to be vulnerable. Over sharing with the wrong person is a way to try and hotwire a connection instead of letting trust build over time. On the other hand, most of us are walking around in the world “armored up.” We try and protect ourselves from being seen and we do this with those who are closest to us. To rectify this, it first requires knowing what armor we are wearing and what we need to put down to let our hearts be seen. This is not easy stuff. It requires really looking at your connections or lack of connections with the people you care about and interact with the most. It’s not about finger pointing; it’s about knowing what’s behind your armored heart. How can we each take off a piece of our armor and show up in this world?

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5 Things To Be Thankful For This Thanksgiving


meaningful. No matter how old you are, if you do not have a purpose, the mind will begin to shut down.

Sometimes we get so caught up in having a love interest or significant other that we negate the value of family and friends. Loves may come and go but friends and family are here to stay.

happiness and joy in life resides. Go to a shelter and volunteer for a day and you will see how wonderful it makes you feel. It helps you grow spiritually and it feels great.

t every Thanksgiving dinner, each person in our family states one thing we are thankful for. The following is a list of things I’m thankful for daily:

5. Giving to Others - Giving to others 1. Family and Friends - Family and friends make life worth living. is a gift to yourself. This is where the real

2. Health - Unfortunately, we tend to take our health for granted Have a great Thanksgiving! when we are healthy. It is when we get sick that we really appreciate our health. Taking care of yourself on a daily basis shows how grateful you are for your health.

3. A Home - You may not live in a palace, but the great thing about home is it keeps you warm and dry, no matter how simple or fancy it is.

4. Goals and Aspirations - One can never get too old to have

a dream. In order to keep living life to the fullest and keep the mind focused and sharp, we must always have a dream or goal in life that is

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Health & Wellness Protect Yourself from Carotid Artery Disease and Stroke


arotid artery disease occurs when cholesterol plaques clog the blood vessels (carotid arteries) that supply blood to your brain. It is a major cause of stroke, which is the fourth leading cause of death among Americans. Increasing age, family history of stroke, and high blood pressure can raise the risk of developing carotid artery disease, but there are many things you can do to reduce your risk.

Get annual check-ups

High blood pressure has no symptoms, so get your blood pressure checked annually. Talk to your doctor about ways to manage your blood pressure, including lifestyle changes and/or adding certain medications to your regimen.

Adopt a healthy diet

A diet low in saturated fat, cholesterol and salt, and high in fiber can reduce your risk carotid artery disease.


Being overweight makes it more likely you will develop high blood pressure and other heart problems. Exercise for at least 30 minutes per day, five days a week.

Quit Smoking

Smoking damages and clogs up arteries, raising your risk of carotid artery disease.

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Excessive alcohol consumption can cause high blood pressure. Limit alcohol to 2 drinks for men and 1 drink for women.

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Caregiving during the holidays


he holidays are already right around the corner and as stressful as it is for most of us, it can be even more of a challenge for those in the ever-demanding role as a caregiver. Decisions may be bountiful: I’m supposed to visit my grandchildren in Tennessee…Do I take Mom with me? Do I hire someone to care for her? Or should I just cancel the entire trip? Caregivers have one of the hardest jobs imaginable, both physically and emotionally. If you’re having a difficult time figuring out how to make it all happen, here are a few options you may find helpful. If you’re having Thanksgiving dinner at your house, consider minimizing the invitees. A person with dementia may become overstimulated and agitated when faced with a houseful of people. A person dealing with a chronic illness may just be too exhausted to engage in a lot of socializing. If you have to travel and feel uneasy about bringing your loved one along, consider finding an assisted living facility that offers respite care. There is a bevy of quality assisted living facilities that can provide 24/7 professional and experienced care for your loved one while you are away. Most importantly, don’t be afraid to ask for help. Some people don’t offer to help because they think you have it under control. Once you are able to relax, even just a little, you can start to focus on the moments that truly matter. Don’t try to be a hero; help is out there for you.

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Money Matters Can Earning 100K a Year Make You Happy?


ot so long ago, $100,000 was the Holy Grail for wage earners; a coveted sign of arrival, success and wealth. When I was growing up I’d hear my parents say things like, “Well, they can certainly afford it – he makes six figures!”

childless apartment dweller. But honestly, it’s not an overabundance of money for someone who is married with children in an urban area like Atlanta. A mortgage, a couple of car payments, an orthodontist bill and an annual vacation can really gut even a six-figure income.

Even today earning a $100,000 salary is something special and rewarding. In researching my new book, which is set for release next year, I found that the “happiest” group of retirees were those whose income had peaked at just over $100,000 per year in household income while they were still working (The “least happy” group had a pre-retirement workings wages that averaged about $73,000 in household income).

You’d be surprised how many of those guys hacking away on the country club links are living paycheck to paycheck and/or grappling with significant personal debt. The truth is, no matter how much you make, if you spend above your means you are never going to feel financially free. A six-figure income doesn’t allow you – or require you – to spend with abandon on the outward symbols of status and wealth. Indeed, you need to live by the same rules as someone earning $29,500.

My findings jibe with other research that shows higher income is correlated with higher levels of happiness, but there is a point where happiness levels seem to level off even as a person’s income rises. So YES, money can buy you’s just that the amount of happiness it buys you slows down significantly once household income reaches a certain point. But $100,000 ain’t what it used to be. Inflation has taken a terrible toll on this status salary. It currently takes $279,000 to buy what $100,000 bought in 1980. Worse yet, prices for essentials like housing, medical care, gasoline and tuition have increased at many times the rate of inflation. And the taxes? Brutal. Count on losing 30 percent of your gross to federal, state and local taxes. Bottom line: If you earn $100,000, after taxes you are bringing home about $5,800 per month. That can provide a cush lifestyle for a single,

• Pay yourself first. This means setting aside money for savings

and investment BEFORE you even see it. Payroll savings plans and auto-deposits are a good way to do this.

• Create a spending budget. Tracking your spending will be enlightening, to say the least.

• Set your goals. Determine what you are saving for and how much you need. Retirement? College? A retirement home in the mountains?

• Make a plan. Decide how much you need to save and how to maximize your return.

No matter how high your salary climbs, never forget: It’s not how much you make but how much you keep that ultimately determines your financial security.

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Technology Makes Shopping Easy, Fun, Less Costly


nce again the holidays are upon us and it is time to shop for those who we have on our gift list. Each of us has the challenge of creating a list, setting a budget, purchasing the gifts, and getting those gifts to the intended recipients. The good news is most people own at least one of the best shopping utilities known to mankind, a computer or a mobile device. Since you already own the technology, why not utilize it to make your holiday shopping a more pleasurable experience?

Making Your Gift List:

If you have a MAC or PC it is likely you have word processing or note software installed, which you can use to create a simple, yet comprehensive gift list you can print out or keep digitally. Alternately, you could also use Google Apps to create your gift list online or download one of my favorite note applications called Evernote (FREE for MAC/PC/Mobile). This will make it easy to visualize who is on your list and what they want, so you do not forget anyone.

Setting a Budget:

You could always use a spreadsheet application like Microsoft Excel or Google apps to monitor your budget, but I think this method can be overcomplicated. If you have a mobile device (tablet or mobile phone), I suggest that you search on your device’s app store (Apple/Google) for “Christmas List Budget”. Your search results will yield both FREE and paid-for applications that will act as a gift list and help you monitor your budget. Finding one application that that handles both list and budget duties is a winner! This app can help you get everyone something AND stay within your budget, which is priceless.

Purchasing the Gifts: Now the fun starts!

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methods for shopping in today’s terms: In-Store and On-Line shopping. Both can be equally satisfying for the shopaholic and both can save you money if you use the right technology tools.

On-Line Shopping: If you are like me then you like to avoid the

crowds and prefer purchasing online. Here are some of my favorite online shopping resources which are competitively priced and deliver in a pinch (Bonus: most on-line shopping outlets will wrap the gift and ship it direct to the recipient for you)! • • • •

In-Store Shopping: If you choose to brave the crowds during this

holiday shopping season, I would suggest arming yourself with an app or two for your mobile phone or tablet. These apps will help you compare, check availability and save on your budget. Each of the applications listed below are available for Apple or Android mobile devices in their respective app stores. You’ll be glad to know all of these applications are FREE! • Red Laser (one of my favorite) • Amazon • Bizrate • Google Shopper • PriceGrabber You do not have to have a mobile device for comparison or pricematching to work. If for some reason you do not have a mobile device handy or do not like the idea of purchasing on-line, then I would suggest you visit one of the on-line shopping sites ahead of time. Look up each item on your gift list and print the price and description out for the purpose of comparing and price-matching. No sense in getting left out of the savings! Whether you shop on-line or in-store, you can leverage technology to make your shopping experience easy, fun and can also help you save money. Be safe this holiday season! Let me know how your technology aided shopping experience worked out for you by sending comments to


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ibollita is a famous Tuscan soup, a hearty potage made with bread and vegetables. There are many variations but the main ingredients always include leftover bread, cannellini beans and inexpensive vegetables such as carrot, cabbage, beans, chard, kale, and onion. Its name literally means “reboiled”. It would be great paired with a Chianti, Merlot, Sangiovese, or even a lovely Rose.

Ingredients: 1 pound Dried Cannellini Beans, (can also use white, butter, or lima beans) soaked overnight 1⁄4 cup VSOP Picholine Extra Virgin Olive Oil 1 large Onion, diced 1 large Red Pepper, diced 4 cloves Garlic, minced 2 quarts Chicken Stock, or vegetable stock 1 loaf Crusty Bread, or any leftover bread 1 whole Garlic Clove 1⁄4 cup VSOP Picholine Extra Virgin Olive Oil 1 bunch Kale, rinsed & chopped 4 large Tomatoes, skinned, seeded & diced (or one 28oz can diced tomatoes in juice) 2 medium Zucchini, chopped 1 cup Fresh Basil Leaves, torn

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Step 2 In a large stockpot

heat 1/4 cup VSOP Picholine EVOO over medium heat. Add the onion, and red pepper and saute for about two minutes before adding the minced garlic. Saute the garlic for another minute.

Step 3 Add the stock to the pot along with soaked and drained

beans. Simmer on medium low, uncovered for about an hour until the beans are tender.

Step 4 Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Cut

the bread in to 1” slices and brush liberally with remaining 1/4 cup of VSOP Picholine EVOO. Toast the bread slices, oiled side up in a single layer on a baking sheet placed in the top rack of the oven for 12 minutes, or until golden brown. Cut the whole clove of garlic in half, and rub the toasted bread slices with the cut side of the garlic clove and set aside.

Step 5 When the beans are almost tender, after about an hour of

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ribollita over the toasted bread. Finish each bowl with a drizzle of Gremolata EVOO, a sprinkle of Pecorino Romano and a pinch of flat leaf parsley. Enjoy!

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t n e m e v o r p m I The Hub’s Home Why Buying Local is Better for Your Community


elcome fall! Last month we talked about getting your yard ready for spring by acting now. Hopefully, you’ve been able to do a little bit of preparation that will result in a healthier and more beautiful lawn next spring. The weather in Atlanta has been cooler this year, and you probably don’t have many more lawn cuttings. Now’s the time to prepare for how you’ll store your lawn mower and other summer-use 2-cycle equipment after you use it for the last time this year. I’m taking a month away from talking power equipment to talk about a subject that is much more important that ethanol and weeds. I hope that in the hustle and bustle of Christmas Gift Buying, you’ll consider “buying local.”

• For every square foot a local firm occupies, the local economy gains $179 vs. $105 for a chain store If every family in the Atlanta metro area spent just $10 a month with a locally owned, independent business instead of a national chain, over $153,000,000 would be directly returned to our community. That’s better schools, roads, more support for police, fire and rescue and STRONGER local economies. The holidays are not only about giving. They’re about caring. When we care about and support our communities, the benefits come back to us in ways that we couldn’t imagine.

You don’t have to try too hard to hear complaints about the economy. The politics of the economy dominate TV, local radio, blogs and water coolers. I don’t want to get into political debates, but I’m sure you are like me and wonder what any of us can do to improve our personal stance in today’s economy.

So I challenge you to support a local business. Go grab coffee at the locally owned coffee shop. Visit an indie bookstore (yes, they still exist… and believe it or not, there is a resurgence for local bookstores.) Go visit a family run hardware store and get real help from folks who know what they’re talking about. Have dinner with the family at a local restaurant instead of a chain.

How about supporting your local economy by shopping at your friends’ and neighbors’ local stores. Buy their products. Eat their food. Use their services. In turn, these locally owned and operated businesses will pump your hard-earned dollars back into the local economy by way of taxes, payrolls and purchases.

The “buy local” movement is something that each of us can play an important part in creating a better tomorrow. Make sure you save a little bit of your holiday buying budget, and carve out a little bit of time to go inside that boutique that you’ve been wanting to visit.

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