October 2017 Around Town 3

Brighter Days

Sunshine on a Ranney Day was honored to be able to do a makeover for the Summit Counseling Center of Atlanta. SOARD converted a large conference room into two kids therapy rooms. Summit Counseling Center of Atlanta has an amazing service to help counsel children with health and behavior issues, abuse, loss from divorce or death, suicidal feelings, bullying, self harm, social issues and many other things. This past year the Summit Counseling Center has had a 50% increase in children. Sunshine on a Ranney Day, with the help of Crosby Design Group, designed a nautical and jungle themed room. SOARD is a nonprofit approved organization based in Atlanta, and founded in 2012 by Peter and Holly Ranney. The vision of Sunshine on a Ranney Day is to renovate homes for children with special needs and restoring hope for families. SunshineOnARanneyDay.com

Top Hospitals Unite

Northside Hospital and Gwinnett Health System (the parent of Gwinnett Medical Center) announced that they have submitted their proposed merger agreement to the State of Georgia Office of the Attorney General for review and approval. Depending on the review process, the five-hospital Northside-Gwinnett Health combined system could be operational in early 2018. Northside Hospital and Gwinnett Health System are both driven by quality patient care and satisfaction, strong medical professionals, health care innovation and unparalleled patient access. Anchored by Northside Hospital in Sandy Springs and Gwinnett Medical Center in Lawrenceville, the new health system also will include hospitals in Canton, Cumming and Duluth, as well as cancer treatment centers, imaging centers, urgent care centers and other outpatient locations throughout the state. Altogether, the Northside-Gwinnett combined system will have 1,479 beds, nearly 21,000 employees and 3,500 physicians on staff. Pictured is Bob Quattrocchi, President & CEO Northside Hospital.

Local Brand Grows

Wonderfully feminine, fashionable and just a bit glamorous is what customers say when they think about the brand Vlu Style (pronounced vee-loo) fashion accessories. This month VLU, based in Alpharetta, has launched their first Black Label Collection. The upscale collection includes necklace and earring designs made with genuine labradorite, hematite and Swarovski crystal. The new collection is a direct compliment to the brands’ beautiful array of stylish and trendy fashion jewelry.  Founder Veronica Miller says that having a great product is always her goal but the focus of her business is the customer experience: building relationships with customers and exceeding their expectations. She prides herself on her knowledge of what it takes to serve customers, and her attention to detail to making the customer experience the best it can be every day.  VLU Black Label Collection is available online and in stores now. Visit ShopVlu.com. For wholesale inquiries call 678.576.0467.

Get Handy

AR Workshop Milton, an upscale boutique DIY workshop, celebrated its grand opening last month. This DIY lover’s dream come true is located at the new Crabapple Market across from the new Milton City Hall. The relaxed industrial farmhouse style setting, with floor to ceiling windows, is the perfect venue for a girl’s night out, team building event, date night, or birthday celebration.  Create custom, one-of-a-kind, on-trend, home décor pieces with your favorite friends and a bottle of wine! Think wood signs, trays, centerpiece boxes, canvas pillows, and more, AR Workshop also offers tween/teen workshops with a full line of tween/teen designs perfect for ages 8-16. See something you love on their website, but don’t have time to take a class? AR Workshop will complete a custom order for you. Register for a workshop  or private party at ARWorkshop.com/milton/#schedule. Follow on Facebook and Instagram @arworkshopmilton.

Mayor Speaks

Play It Again, Sam, the Notable Life of Sam Massell, Atlanta’s First Minority Mayor tells the life of this over-achiever from birth as a downtown Piedmont baby through Druid Hills childhood, college life, World War II service, and four careers. The author recites Massell’s mischief as a self-described “dead-end kid,” accompanies him in young adulthood when he struggles between pride and prejudice for being Jewish, and shares today’s philosophical differences between conservative Republican colleagues and his liberal civic service history as a Democrat. This work reports on his personal and political life, identifying warts as well as winnings. Still working full-time at age 90 in the nonprofit arena, he reflects with relief and reward on the legacy of his mayorship, that of peacefully steering Atlanta through the transformation from an all-white power structure to a predominantly black city government. Available through Barnes & Noble and Amazon. Meet the authors October 12 at a book-signing at Buckhead’s Barnes & Noble.

Bank In The Game

The Milton Touchdown Club recently honored Providence Bank, one of their Platinum Sponsors, for their three year, $16,500 commitment to supporting the organization. During their presentation of the second installment of the bank’s sponsorship, Providence Bank executives received a special coaches’ tour of the Milton football fieldhouse and viewed the renovations financed by the bank.“The team needed the fieldhouse renovated and we wouldn’t have been able to do that without a commitment like this from Providence Bank,” says Colby Leonard, president of the Milton Touchdown Club. “We appreciate their support of the Milton Eagles program so we can continue to provide a fantastic football experience to players at all levels.” Providence Bank is the only community bank locally chartered in the Alpharetta/Milton community. Established in 2006, Providence Bank holds assets of $120 million and offers a wide array of banking solutions that include personal and business loan and deposit products as well as the latest in mobile and online banking products. Pictured are Ben Reaves, Offensive Coordinator; Colby Leonard, President Milton Touchdown Club; Adam Clack, Head Football Coach; Brad Serff, President and CEO Providence Bank; Mandy Thompson, Treasurer Milton Touchdown Club; Renaldo Smith, Defensive Backs Coach; and Andy Jordan, Senior VP Providence Bank.

Top Teacher

Marist School mathematics teacher Rand Wise has received the Edyth May Sliffe Award for Distinguished Teaching in Middle School and High School for his work with the American Mathematics Competitions program, which is sponsored by the Mathematical Association of America (MAA). The Edyth May Sliffe Award is given annually by the MAA to approximately 20 teachers in the United States. The Sliffe Award recognizes math teachers for their commitment to encouraging young people to experience mathematics by teaching them to solve interesting problems. Wise will be formally recognized as a Sliffe Award recipient next August during the MAA MathFest conference in Denver, Colo. Wise has taught math at Marist School since 2014. Besides coaching Marist’s math and academic teams, he is a recent runner-up contestant on NBC’s ‘Jeopardy!’

So Smart

LearningRx celebrated a special milestone recently when they trained the brain of their 100,000th student. To celebrate, LearningRx Atlanta-Buckhead is giving back to the community by offering up to 1,000 complimentary digital, standardized cognitive assessments between October 18 and 21. Call 404.25-BRAIN today to reserve your assessment. Facebook: LearningRx Atlanta Buckhead/Alpharetta.

A Decade of Smiles

Exceptional Dentistry of Johns Creek is excited to be celebrating 10 years of service to the Johns Creek/Suwanee communities! To honor this achievement, the office of Dr. Judson Connell, DMD, is offering some fantastic limited specials to the community. All Cerec one-visit crowns are $50 off, Zoom in-office whitening is 20% off and Dr. Connell’s Signature Smile Makeovers (veneers) are 20% off, as well. They would love for you to come visit their office, decorated to look like an Italian villa, and meet Dr. Connell and taff. Please call their office for details, as some restrictions apply, and remember that these specials are for a limited time to celebrate their anniversary. Call  770.623.8877. JudsonTConnellDMD.com

Health Flow

In business, we all know that flow is important when it comes to cash.  Money comes in and money goes out.  Lots of money coming in is a good sign; running out of cash means you are in trouble.  Consider the same idea with your health.  Flow is important when it comes to qi (chi) – also referred to as vital energy or ‘life-force.’  According to the theory of Traditional Chinese Medicine, a healthy body has an abundance of qi that flows and nourishes the vital organs, cells and tissues (the very things that protect, heal and energize you). We ‘spend’ qi in situations of fatigue, stress, strain, tension, fast-pace etc, so we need to do something to replenish ourselves.  One way is to practice QIGONG (CHI KUNG).  This ancient Chinese health exercise system uses gentle movements, healing postures, breathing exercises and focused awareness not only to build energy, but to lead and guide it to places in the body where it is needed for health and revitalization.  Check out the classes at Grey Owl Mind-Body Studio in Johns Creek to learn more.

Baby Cam

Emory Johns Creek Hospital (EJCH) has installed eight new cameras in the Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). The NICVIEW cameras allow parents to see their newborns, many of whom are born premature or critically ill, when they can’t be at the hospital. EJCH’s Director of Women’s Services, Christine Wollenhaup, DNP, RN, says the cameras help mothers who may be unable to visit their baby, due to their medical condition.“This will allow them to worry less – knowing that they can view their baby on the computer,” says Wollenhaup. EJCH strives to keep family members involved in the planning, delivery, and evaluation of health care especially when it comes to its smallest patients. The camera system and software will give parents the ability to watch live streaming video of their newborns, but also allows nursing staff to turn off the cameras during any medical procedures. Families can access the system using a secure password to stream the video to their laptops, smart phones and tablets. EmoryHealthcare.org.

Conducting Business

The Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra announces that Linda Brill has been hired as its new executive director, effective August 1. Brill succeeds Sue Haggerty, who held the position for nine seasons, having been part of the JCSO since its founding. Brill’s 22-year career in orchestra management has included marketing internships with the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra and Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, as well as 12 years working in the marketing and communications department of the Columbus (Ohio) Symphony Orchestra, where she was active in the Columbus Arts Marketing Association. Since relocating to Atlanta with her family in 2014, Brill has continued her career in arts management and has served two terms as marketing chair of the Georgia Philharmonic’s board of directors. She is also a guest clinician at Taylor Road Middle School, Chattahoochee High School, and Northview High School; a private clarinet teacher; and a clarinetist in the Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra.  Linda Brill and her husband, Eric, reside in Alpharetta with their three children.