Friday, April 30, 2010

New Poll Up.


We have a new poll up. It asks:"Who Would You Vote For If 2011's Council Election Took Place Now? (District 4)"

Note that districts 2, 4, and 6 will be up for election in 2011. Each seat's poll will be referenced in two week intervals in sequential order. This poll focuses on District 4.

Have your say in the upper right.

The previous poll asked:"Who Would You Vote For If 2011's Council Election Took Place Now? (District 2)"


District 2: Julie Zahner Bailey 14% / 7 votes.
District 2: Another Candidate 86% / 43 votes.

The Handmade Market is upon us!

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Thursday, April 29, 2010

Beverage Depot - Your Cinco De Mayo Headquarters!

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To Find Out More About Milton's Own Beverage Depot, click here=>

Quote For The Day.

"Criticism, like rain, should be gentle enough to nourish a man's growth without destroying his roots."

~Frank Howard Clark~

Many Thanks To "The Loone" For Sharing This With Us!

Join Us at the GA Sixth District Statewide Candidate Forum!


This Saturday the GA Sixth District Statewide Candidate Forum is taking place. This gives each of us an opportunity to see the candidates in one place, but more important is that it gives you the opportunity to decide who is the most conservative Republican candidate for Senate Seat District 56. Below is the information regarding the forum. For more information visit or call 770-350-6222.We look forward to engaging with you there!

Vote David Belle Isle, conservative for State Senate.

NOTE: encourages all candidates running for office both locally and state wide to share information with us on their campaigns. This type of information does not mean that is endorsing one candidate as opposed to another. Here, all are treated equally and with respect.

Debate Wrap-Up.


This has been an exciting week! This week, we officially filed to run for State Senate District 56, we had our first candidate debate, and there is a candidate forum this Saturday!

Debate Wrap-Up

At Wednesday's debate, clear distinctions among the candidates were made known. While all three candidates espouse Republican friendly talking points, only one conservative has emerged. Councilman David Belle Isle is the only candidate for State Senate District 56 with a conservative record and the only one who supports the following truths:

Jobs: Obama's spending and deficit plans do not create jobs. The government can only give to one man what it first took from another. In doing so, it destroys more than it redistributes. Instead, we need to facilitate a free-market environment of opportunity and get government out of the way. As for the jobs, government should leave them where it found them.

"Stimulus" Spending: Accepting "stimulus" dollars from the Obama Administration must stop. When Georgia accepts these printed/borrowed dollars, we sanction and provide a market for the Federal Government's generational theft. Somebody has to take a stand and stop validating this corrupt process.

Local Control: The State should not centralize the power of government by making revenue and service delivery decisions for the cities. The power of government should be held as close to the people as possible because a citizens has the greatest influence at the local level.

Transportation Sales Tax: Before we raise the sales tax to fund transportation, we need to do two things: (1) reform our mismanaged DOT and (2) start spending our scarce traffic dollars on the roads from which they were taxed.

Vote David Belle Isle, conservative for State Senate.

NOTE: encourages all candidates running for office both locally and state wide to share information with us on their campaigns. This type of information does not mean that is endorsing one candidate as opposed to another. Here, all are treated equally and with respect.

John Albers supports Milton citizens to stop cell towers.

John Albers attended and spoke at the Milton City council meeting on Monday against the need for additional cell towers. Putting politics aside, Albers spoke from his extensive experience in telecommunications to help articulate the reasons the towers should be declined. Albers explained the technology used, upcoming innovations, micro cells, and in house booster solutions are all available. “We moved to North Fulton and reside in beautiful places like Milton for a reason. There are other options available that will not impact the landscape and property values”. – said John Albers

Albers has been a tireless advocate for North Fulton residents to protect our community while offering positive solutions for technology and business that does not disrupt the community. For more information, please visit

March to Victory Video:

NOTE: encourages all candidates running for office both locally and state wide to share information with us on their campaigns. This type of information does not mean that is endorsing one candidate as opposed to another. Here, all are treated equally and with respect.

So What Is All This Talk About "Milton's Acre"?

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By Tim Enloe;

MILTON - I love it when people think "outside the box." It is amazing to see what results can happen when individuals take initiative to do things differently. Nine times out of ten, the return is better.

Such is the case regarding Milton's Cuisine & Cocktails. After Manager Jimmy Carter and head Chef Boyd Rose took over two years ago, this Milton landmark has flourished with creativity being the norm.

Not only do they have fish that is so fresh it was swimming in the Gulf 48 hours prior, they decided this year to go all out and grow some of their own produce. Thus, "Milton's Acre" was born!

Located adjacent to the actual restaurant and sitting behind an old farm house on Birmingham Highway, this plot of land is set to produce everything from corn, to heirloom tomatoes to various types of squash.

Having been a gardener since I was eight, I applaud Milton's for their focus on healthier and better food for their guests.

If you haven't stopped in, give Jimmy a call. I know he would be more than happy to give you a tour. He can be reached at (770) 817-0161.

To support this local Milton Business and find out more about Milton's Cuisine & Cocktails, click here=>

Milton Public Safety Fair - May 14-16.

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Many Thanks To Jan Fowler For Bringing This Information To Us!

Important Dates.

May 31: Milton's homestead exemption filing deadline
Click here to view Milton's Homestead Exemption forms

Tennis for the Cure at Avensong May 22.

T2Tennis invites all Milton residents to the May 22 Tennis for the Cure tournament benefiting Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Greater Atlanta Affiliate.

The event is being held from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Avensong subdivision in Milton, which is off Deerfield Parkway between Webb Road and Ga. 9.

The participation fee of $40 includes mixed doubles round-robins, volleyball and more. One hundred percent of the all participation fees and additional donations go directly to Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

For more information, contact Stephanie Harter at or 770-752-0357

Special Olympics Torch Run May 19.

The City of Milton's fundraising efforts for the Special Olympics of Georgia's Law Enforcement Torch Run pay off May 19 when the city's finest will actually carry the Flame of Hope.

The Torch Run is a 1,000 mile, two-week torch relay to pass the Special Olympics Georgia "Flame of Hope" across the state. All of the 11 relays converge at Emory University (Atlanta) during the State Summer Games Opening Ceremony.

The Torch Run culminates at the State Summer Games as officers enter the Opening Ceremony with the Olympic Torch - the Flame of Hope. The Torch is passed to a Special Olympics athlete who lights the Olympic cauldron signifying "Let the games begin!"

The Torch Run route is still being finalized. For more information, click

Public Safety Fair May 14-16.

The Milton Public Safety Fund will hold its third annual fundraiser during Fry's Electronics Anniversary Sale May 14-16.

On Friday, Saturday and Sunday for only 25 cents, you can get a hot dog and a cold drink. All proceeds benefit the Milton Public Safety Fund. There will also be special events on Saturday, including:
· FREE Blood Pressure check· FREE Child Car Seat Check· FREE Fire Safety House· FREE Fire Extinguisher Demo· Life Flight Helicopter· Much, Much More!
In addition, representatives from the Public Safety Fund will be at the Olde Blind Dog May 1 for a Cruise-In. During the car show, there will be a raffle, half of the proceeds from which will go toward the Fund.

For more information, e-mail the Milton Public Safety Fund at

To view the event flyer, click here.

16th Annual North Fulton Golden Games.

The City of Milton will be supporting and participating in the 16th Annual North Fulton Golden Games for the first time this year. The Golden Games are for adults ages 50 and over. Events include golf, tennis, field games, disc golf, 3-on-3 basketball, bridge, checkers, horseshoes, shuffleboard, bowling, biathlon, bocce, table tennis, billiard, swimming, ballroom dancing, cycling, walking, running, and Wii bowling. Whatever your interest, there is an event for you!

An opening ceremony with local dignitaries will kick off the event on Wednesday, May 5 at the Roswell Adult Recreation Center. Events will begin that last week of April and continue the first three weeks of May in honor of "May is Older Americans Month". The Games will conclude with an Awards Luncheon on Thursday, May 21 at the Dorothy Benson Center in Sandy Springs.

Participant registration will begin in late-February. The application will be available at If you are interested in participating, please contact Cyndee Bonacci, Director of Parks and Recreation, at 678-242-2489 or for more information or to request an application. Volunteers and sponsors are also needed.

Events and information
General flyer and information
Application and listing of events
Team entry form
Golf Tournament April 28

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BUMC Walk for Water May 1.

On May 1st, Birmingham United Methodist Church (BUMC) will host a fun, non-competitive fundraising Walk for Water to give the Milton community an opportunity to make a difference.

The parishioners plan to raise $25,000, the cost of a rugged water filtration and purification system manufactured by Water Missions International. This solar powered unit will go to Haiti and turn unsafe water sources into clean drinking water for more than 3,000 people a day for the next twenty years.

You can help by raising funds, volunteering or donating. The fun begins at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 1 at the BUMC Amphitheater located at 15770 Birmingham Highway.

To register for the event, click

Remember to remember.

Message from Mayor Joe Lockwood.

May is upon us in the City of Milton, which means three very big things: It's beautiful outside, the kids are itching to get out of school and our annual Memorial Day ceremony is just around the corner.

Let's talk first about the weather. Nice, isn't it? This is just about the perfect time of year. The pollen has subsided (mostly), the heat hasn't set in and nature's bounty has simply exploded, treating us all to the myriad colors on this land's seemingly endless palette.

And luckily, the economy has taken this time to bloom, as well. According to many of the local business owners I've met with, the freeze of the last two years or so has begun to thaw. That's good news for everyone, I'm sure.

Next let's move on to our local students ending their year of studies. Forgive me if I get a bit wistful, but this subject is one that hits close to home. My daughter, the oldest of my three children, will be graduating from Milton High School at the end of the month. That means my wife and I are counting the days we have with her before she moves on to her freshman year at the University of Alabama.

It will be quite an adjustment not having her around, not being able to tell her goodnight in person each evening. And with Milton High's talented students, I know I'm not alone in saying goodbye to a child going to a good school out of state.

That brings me to the last item on my list for this month - our third annual Memorial Day Ceremony. This year Memorial Day is Monday, May 31. Our ceremony, based on the theme "Remember to remember" kicks off at 10 a.m. and will feature a Missing Man formation flyover, songs and military demonstrations by local veterans and students, and our featured speaker, Brigadier General Maria Britt.

Britt, Commander of the Georgia Army National Guard, is the first woman brigadier general in the force's nearly 300-year history. A forceful and accomplished speaker, I'm sure her stirring words will complete this year's solemn affair. If you are a veteran, have a veteran in your family or simply respect the sacrifices of our veterans, please attend and join us. You'll be glad you took the time this year to "Remember to remember."

That's it for this month. As always, I'll close by saying your City Hall is always open to your concerns, questions and comments. Be sure to take some time this month to stop by and tell us what you think.

Sincerely,Mayor Joe Lockwood

Memorial Day Reminder.

Scouts experience City Hall.

Recently two Boy Scouts, brothers Bradley and Spencer Keegan, came to a City Council meeting to experience civic responsibility first-hand. The boys met their council members and partook in the evening's lively civic discussion concerning cell phone towers as part of their work towards a Citizenship in the Community merit badge. Both are members of Troop 3000, which meets at Birmingham United Methodist Church.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Olde Blind Dog Cruise In on Saturday, May 1.

Don't miss Olde Blind Dog's Cruise-In on Saturday, May 1 from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM. Live music with Hannah Thomas, door prizes, People's Choice awards, 50/50 raffle benefiting the Milton Public Safety Foundation and coffee on the patio! All years, types and classes are welcome. No admission charge. Come check out the rides . . . or bring your own!

Mark your calendar for the 1st Saturday of the month for the Olde Blind Dog Cruise-In! Next Cruise-In is Saturday, June 5.

From 400: Take Exit 10 (Old Milton Pkwy.). Travel WEST on Old Milton Pkwy. (approx. 4 miles). Turn RIGHT on Broadwell Rd. Turn LEFT at the 1st stoplight onto Crabapple Rd. Olde Blind Dog will be on your right.

12650 Crabapple Road, Milton, GA 30004

Milton OK's one cell tower, rejects two others.

By Ralph Ellis
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The Milton City Council granted T-Mobile South permission to build a cell phone tower, but with restrictions, and turned down the company's request to build two other towers.

The council voted Monday night to allow construction of a tower at 13302 New Providence Road as long as T-Mobile submits an engineering plan for wind load requirements and the tower doesn’t exceed 100 feet. T-Mobile wanted to build a 150-foot tower.

The city community development, which recommended denial of the request, must approve that tower’s design.

The council rejected requests to build a 145-foot tower at 2880 Mountain Road and a150-foot tower at 14495 Hopewell Road. Four-foot lightning rods were planned for all the towers.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

On A National Note...

On A National Note...

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Milton County Conservatives Endorse David Belle Isle.

The Belle Isle for Senate campaign is honored to be endorsed by the Milton County Conservatives. Please see their letter below.

April 27, 2010

Milton County Conservatives proudly announce their endorsement of David Belle Isle for State Senate D-56.

Mr. Belle Isle is supported due to his conservative voting record. As Alpharetta City Councilman, Mr. Belle Isle was one of the only members of council to vote NO twice for the City of Alpharetta to receive federal stimulus dollars incorrectly described as a grant, citing the difference of required debt repayment by future generations. He proposed zero-based budgeting for the city, combined with a provision that departments project operating at 85% of revenue for advance evaluation of costs to taxpayers. He fought successfully for tax cuts for homeowners. With the core values of "limited government and local control" he has led the charge toward re-creation of Milton County with his group Milton County Rising.

As a State Senator, Mr. Belle Isle expects to carry these principles of fiscal responsibility to the capitol, including balancing Georgia's budget without relying on federal dollars and working toward elimination of state capital gains. He will continue the fight for local control by supporting further efforts to become Milton County and by advocating that Georgia Department of Transportation board members be elected by residents rather than appointed by the state.

David Belle Isle is the true conservative in the race for State Senate D-56 that comprises NW Fulton County. Visit and learn more about why he has the support of the conservative base. Then join the movement to help him get elected, and vote on July 20 for the candidate who will vote in accordance with his principles and yours in Atlanta!

NOTE: encourages all candidates running for office both locally and state wide to share information with us on their campaigns. This type of information does not mean that is endorsing one candidate as opposed to another. Here, all are treated equally and with respect.

Calling all amateur photographers.

Media Contact:
Jason Wright
678-242-2523 (Office)
770-825-3096 (Blackberry)

City seeks picture donations for new Web site

MILTON, GA., April 27, 2010 - This is a call to all shutterbugs in Milton. The city is revamping its Web site and would like to include the best photography of its residents.

You don't need to be a professional photographer or have the best equipment - all submissions are welcome. The Communications Department is simply looking for great shots you might have taken at a Milton event like the Roundup, Christmas at Crabapple or Memorial Day.

However, the photo doesn't have to be site- or date-specific. If you specialize in nature photography or have a picture that reflects and features what makes Milton great, please share it with us. The only requirement is that the picture was taken in Milton.

Please note shots taken outside of Milton by residents will not be accepted.

Everyone who submits a photo will receive special recognition on the Web site if the image is used. Those shots not used specifically on the Web site will be added to a social media-based online gallery of images to be launched with the revamped site.

Donated images may also be used in future City of Milton publications, brochures and related materials. All uses will include recognition for the photographer.

To submit a photo electronically, please e-mail Communications Manager Jason Wright at If you have large digital images or would like to donate a number of printed pictures for use, please call Wright at 678-242-2523 to arrange a way to donate the images to the city.

Upon donation, you will be asked to fill out a photo release form so the city may use the image or images.

Milton celebrates green.

by Jonathan Copsey / Appen Newspapers

April 26, 2010 MILTON - Milton celebrated its first Earth Day at Birmingham Park last weekend with local businesses and farmers out in force to show their support for the environment.

Everything from solar panels to wind turbines to local crops were on display for the people enjoying the warm and sunny day. There were even horse and buggy rides through the park. The folks at Crabapple's Element Coffee Company were serving samples of their fresh-brewed coffee and The Original Pancake House, on Windward Parkway, was giving away freshly-poured and cooked pancakes.

Students from Hopewell Middle School's "Eco Explorers" were running around with the myriad of other children, many from Birmingham Falls Elementary, which had organized fun activities to teach children about nature and the environment. Demonstrations of home-made wind turbines and solar engines, pottery, making birdhouses from recycled material, making mud pies, all attracted children and taught them vital lessons on how the world around them works.

"If we don't talk about [the environment], who would?" asked former council member and current teacher at Hopewell Middle School, Tina D'Aversa. Several of her students – wearing "Mustangs Go Green" t-shirts – had come to enjoy the day.

"Earth Day is every day," said Council member Julie Zahner-Bailey, summing up the efforts of the day.

April 26 Post-Council Meeting Wrap-Up.


1. U09-03 - 2880 Mountain Road by T-Mobile South, LLC to obtain a use permit on AG-1 (Agricultural) zoned property for a 145 foot tall monopole cell tower with an additional 4 foot lightning rod for a total of 149 feet (Article 19.4.7). (Agenda Item No. 10-1096)
(First Presentation on April 12, 2010) (Presented by Lynn Tully, Community Development Director)
Denied 7-0

2. U09-04 - 14495 Hopewell Road by T-Mobile South, LLC to obtain a use permit on AG-1 (Agricultural) zoned property for a 150 foot tall monopole cell tower with an additional 4 foot lightning rod for a total of 154 feet (Article 19.4.7). (Agenda Item No. 10-1097)
(First Presentation on April 12, 2010) (Presented by Lynn Tully, Community Development Director)
Denied 7-0

3. U09-05 - 13302 New Providence Road by T-Mobile South, LLC to obtain a use permit on AG-1 (Agricultural) zoned property for a 150 foot tall monopole cell tower with an additional 4 foot lightning rod for a total of 154 feet (Article 19.4.7).
(Agenda Item No. 10-1098)
(First Presentation on April 12, 2010) (Presented by Lynn Tully, Community Development Director)

Approved 7-0 with conditions affecting wind load engineering plans, tower height and stealth design approval.


1. Approval Of An Ordinance Of The Mayor And Council Of The City Of Milton, Georgia, To Amend The City's Purchasing Policies To Allow For The Option Of Procuring Professional Services Without Competitive Bidding, And For Other Purposes. (Discussed at March 8, 2010 Council Work Session) (Agenda Item No. 10-1094)
(First Presentation on April 12, 2010) (Presented by Chris Lagerbloom, City Manager & Ken Jarrard, City Attorney)
Approved 7-0

2. Presentation of An Ordinance To Amend Chapter 48, Article IV, Traffic Calming And Control Of The City Of Milton's Code Of Ordinances. (Agenda Item No. 10-1095)
(First Presentation on April 12, 2010)
(Presented by Carter Lucas, Public Works Director)
Approved 7-0


1. Approval of a Resolution to Adopt the City of Milton Traffic Calming Policy and Procedures Manual. (Agenda Item No. 10-1117) (Carter Lucas, Public Works Director)
Approved 7-0

Update / Correction.


Our report was incorrect regarding the cell towers.

According to Jason Wright of the City of Milton, he states "Council approved the last cell tower 7-0 with a set of conditions restricting height limit, engineering and design. "

Our apologies for this error. As soon as we have more specifics as to why the New Providence location was approved, we will post it here.

Monday, April 26, 2010

WSB TV Coverage On Tower Topic Prior To Meeting.


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for a WSBTV segment on the tower topic which was broadcast prior to Monday's council meeting.

Republicans running for District 56 Senate seat to debate.

By Ralph Ellis
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Qualifying won’t end for several days, but three Republican candidates for the District 56 state Senate seat will debate tonight at the Metropolitan Club at 5895 Windward Parkway.

John Albers, Brandon Beach and David Belle Isle are seeking the seat now held by Dan Moody, who said he’ll retire at the end of this legislative session. The Republican primary is July 20

The debate starts at 7:15 p.m. and is sponsored by The Beacon newspaper.

Albers is chief information officer of Ronald Blue & Co., a financial and investment consulting firm. Beach is president and CEO of the Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce. Belle Isle is a lawyer and has served on the Alpharetta City Council.

Council Denies All Three Tower Applications 7-0.

Monday / April 26,2010

MILTON - In a crowd of an estimated 70 plus, members of the Milton City Council heard arguments for and against the proposed cell towers which would be located on Mountain Road, Hopewell Road, and New Providence Road.

Council held an "Executive Session" thirty minutes prior to the 6pm meeting. It was quite obvious from many in the audience that as soon as these applications came up, council was simply going through the motions having already decided to deny.

No word from the folks at T-Mobile, but if history has any bearing, a lawsuit in the distant future is almost a guarantee.

On a side note, both Fox and CBS News were there. As soon as we have their segments, we will post them here.

Cell Tower Vote Tonight.


There is a Milton City Council meeting tonight. Time is 6pm.

Among other things, council will be voting on the applications for three T-mobile cell towers on AG-1 property.

To preview the entire agenda, click here=>

Intersection comments accepted until May 4.

Media Contact:
Jason Wright
678-242-2523 (Office)
770-825-3096 (Blackberry)

Plans, comment cards available at City Hall and online.

MILTON, GA., April 26, 2010 - Citizens still have opportunities to make comments on and view plans for improvements to the intersections of SR 140 (Arnold Mill Road) at New Providence Road and SR 372 (Birmingham Highway) at Providence/New Providence roads, said City of Milton Transportation Engineer Sara Leaders.

The comments can be made online, in writing or at City Hall, she said.

"The City of Milton and Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) want to thank citizens for attending the April 20 public information open house for the proposed intersection improvements," said Leaders. "But for those who could not make it, there are still several opportunities to review the proposals and make comments until May 4."

Leaders said comments may be made via the Web at Click on "Public Outreach" from the "Information Center" dropdown menu at the top right side of the page. When prompted for a county, choose "Fulton" from the dropdown menu. The project is named "SR 140 and CR 27, and at SR 372 and CR 27." There is a link for "Comments" above the project name on its landing page.

You may also view GDOT's project page by clicking here.

Project information, including the displays, is also online at

Comments may also be made at Milton City Hall -- 13000 Deerfield Pkwy, Suite 107E Milton, GA 30004 -- where the displays from the public meeting and comment cards will be available until May 4.

Leaders said written comments may also be submitted to:
Mr. Glenn Bowman, P.E.State Environmental AdministratorGeorgia Department of Transportation600 West Peachtree Street NW, 16th FloorAtlanta, GA 30308

"We hope you will take advantage of one of these opportunities to let the city and GDOT know your view of the proposals," said Leaders.

Albers qualifies first for State Senate.

April 26, 2010

John Albers, the leading Republican candidate to replace retiring Senator Dan Moody in district 56, was the first candidate to qualify for the election. Continuing his reputation of being the hardest working candidate in Georgia, Albers said, “We are one step closer to serving the families of North Fulton. I am ready to serve and provide real solutions for jobs, transportation, education funding, water and Milton County”.Senate candidate John Albers will participate in 2 forums this week on Tuesday and Saturday. On May 8th, Senator Moody and Candidate Albers are set to make a major announcement.

For additional information, please contact the Albers for Senate campaign at or (770)280-6061.
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How to Give the Ultimate Mother's Day Gift to the Amazing Mom in Your Life!

Mothers are the most important people in the world, and we can’t thank them enough for all they do for us. Their sacrifice and selflessness is simply amazing, and on Mother’s Day it’s only right that we all show our gratitude in a big way.

Because that selflessness can take a toll. All the running around, managing the household, and caring for everyone else is exhausting.

That’s why Studio One to One, Milton's premier personal training studio, is offering the ultimate Mother’s Day Best Body gift pak to take care of the amazing mom in your life!

The Mother's Day Best Body gift pak includes 4 personal training sessions, body composition analysis, and meal plan... all for just $97! ($222 Value) Has the Mom in your life been talking about getting back into shape? Taking better care of herself? Adopting healthier habits? Then this is the perfect gift! Call (678) 367-3619 to take advantage of this offer. Hurry, we're only selling 9 gift paks. Get them while they last!

Call Elaina at Studio One to One (678) 367-3619.

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Sunday, April 25, 2010

Scott Says "No" To Milton County In North Fulton Mayor's Forum.

By Maggie Lee / Beacon Media

Six of eight candidates seeking the Republican nomination for governor appeared at a Roswell debate this week, sponsored by the Northside's mayors, where they attempted to tout tailor-made messages dear to many North Fulton GOP hearts, like local control.

Except Rep. Austin Scott (R-Tifton) – who poked a finger in Milton County's already red eye.

Milton County was the very first question to come from the panel of mayors. Three candidates, former Sen. Eric Johnson, former Sec. of State Karen Handel and states' rights mantle-carrier Ray McBerry declared themselves strong supporters of what they see as government closer to the people.

But Scott broke ranks, and pointed out that Miltonites did not present a concrete plan -- such as how to set up school board terms or divide assets and debts with Fulton -- for their would-be county. For that reason, he said, he was cool toward the legislation this year that could have been the first step toward Milton-Fulton separation. When pressed, he said he would have voted "no" on Milton.

The newest entrant in the race, real estate magnate Ray Boyd, who just sunk $2 million of his money into his populist start-up candidacy, took the Fifth, saying he hadn't studied the issue closely enough to render an opinion. Bottom tier candidate, Sen. Jeff Chapman (R-Brunswick) showed up late and missed the question.


Handel and Scott both called for a project-specific reorganization at the Georgia Department of Transportation. Scott criticized GARVEE bonds – bonds sold just for unspecified "transportation" – to be replaced with project-specific bonds.

As for the additional penny sales tax Fulton might see under a massive transportation bill passed by the legislature this year, the candidates were asked point-blank what they'd do to remove that burden from Fulton.

Johnson pragmatically stated he would not fiddle with the bulk of the long-fought legislation: "It took three years to pass it. If you start to tinker with it, I'm afraid it will fall apart."

Indeed the years of negotiation, lobbying, hearings and research behind the legislation did not attract anyone to call for a repeal. Under the just passed bill, each of 12 Georgia regions will vote on taxing themselves for a set list of projects. The alternative was a statewide sales tax.

Scott and Chapman noted that they voted against the bill. "I agree it's not fair," said Johnson, "but we got what we got."


On teacher pay, "we do need to move toward a more performance-based approach," said Handel, "but I think it's got to be based on more than just CRCT [standardized test] and certainly more than Adequate Yearly Progress," a measure created by the federal government.

"For example," Handel added, "you wouldn’t want to have a metric that disincentivizes a teacher to go to an underperforming school."

Johnson said he wants tax credits so the money can follow the student to the best fitted place in a full matrix of public, private, secular, religious, professional or vocational schools.

"Individualized education will be the civil rights struggle of the 21st century," he predicted.

Scott, whose own children go to public school opined, "If you think we can elect a Republican candidate who's not for public education, I respectfully submit that you're wrong."

Handel, Johnson and Scott all support making charter schools easier to form.


Chapman jabbed Johnson as soon as he got the chance.

"Georgia needs a governor who will not ignore the ethics crisis we're suffering," he declared. It's a problem "when a power utility company can come into the capitol and convince the General Assembly to allow them to bypass the Public Service Commission."

He was referring to a bill Johnson supported last to allow Georgia Power to get a rate increase to finance new nuclear plants.

Boyd, a Madison businessman, declared the need to clear out the nation's statehouses, but offered few policy details.

But, "I'm a quick study... by July 20, I'll know the budget as well as they do."

Boyd is expected to release details on his plan for sweeping reform of Georgia's government soon.

McBerry, running on a strict constitutionalist platform, suggested Georgia expropriate federal property, pointing out that seizing Lake Lanier from the Army Corps of Engineers would neatly solve the metro's water problem.

"Riddle Me Milton" Monday!


"Riddle Me Milton" is sponsored by Milton's very Own Bobby G's Chicago Eatery!

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Saturday, April 24, 2010

"Sixteen Things That Took Me 50 Years To Learn" - by David Berry.


Thought this would be of interest.

1. You will never find anybody who can give you a clear and compelling reason why we observe Daylight Saving Time.

2. You should never say anything to a woman that even remotely suggests you think she's pregnant unless you can see an actual baby emerging from her at that moment.

3. The most powerful force in the universe is gossip.

4. The one thing that unites all human beings, regardless of age, gender, religion, economic status, or ethnic background, is the fact that, deep down inside, we all believe we are above average drivers.

5. There comes a time when you should stop expecting other people to make a big deal about your birthday. That time is age 11.

6. There is a very fine line between "hobby" and "mental illness."

7. People who want to share their religious views with you almost never want you to share yours with them.

8. If you had to identify, in one word, the reason why the human race has not and never will achieve its full potential, that word would be: "meetings."

9. The main accomplishment of almost all organized protests is to annoy people not in them.

10. If God, who created the entire universe with all of its glories, decides to deliver a message to humanity, He will not use, as his messenger, a person or cable TV with a bad hairstyle.

11. You should not confuse your career with your life.

12. A person who is nice to you, but rude to the waiter, is not a nice person.

13. No matter what happens, somebody will find a way to take it too seriously.

14. When trouble arises and things look bad, there is always one individual who perceives a solution and is willing to take command. Very often, that individual is crazy.

15. Your friends love you anyway.

16. Nobody cares if you can't dance well - Just get up and dance.

Friday, April 23, 2010

This Is Your Fulton County School Board.


In light of the recent questionable actions from the Fulton County School Board regarding your tax dollars and the cutting of the band program as well as an attempt to raise the mileage rate, we dusted off this fantastic investigative report by Wendy Salztman of CBS Atlanta showing misappropriation of funds televised this past summer. Watch all the videos below and prepare to have your eyes opened.

It is obvious that if this wasteful spending was not uncovered by CBS Atlanta, nothing would have been done.

In addition, if this type of action has taken place, what else does the tax paying constituency not know?

City Legal Costs Totals To Date On O'brien Ethics Charge Against D'Aversa.


Recently, one of our readers asked that we find out what the city's total legal bill was to date spawning from the ethics charge filed by Neal O'Brien against Tina D'Aversa.

Thanks to City Manager Chris Lagerbloom and Interim City Clerk Sudie Gordan, the information is as follows:

"The total legal costs billed and approved to-date re: Complaint from Neal J. O’Brien regarding Tina D’Aversa is $13,392.33."

With this material in hand, it begs some questions:

1. Do you believe your tax money was well spent?
2. If you disagree with this money being spent in this manner, what would you have used it for if you were in office?
3. Do you have any suggestions that you believe would make the ethics system work more efficiently?

Have your say in the comments section below.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Fulton parents press music plea.

By Gracie Bonds Staples
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Band students holding their instruments and parents carrying posters jammed the Fulton County school board’s first public hearing on the proposed 2011 budget.

As at previous meetings, parents turned out Thursday in big numbers hoping to persuade the board to reverse its decision to convert the district’s popular band and orchestra program into a fee-based, after-school program.

Joel Dallow held petitions he said had 8,500 signatures objecting to dismantling the program.

Jazz great Earl Klugh arrived after the public comment, but voiced his support of the parents’ effort.

“For me, so much of my early life was shaped in school and it included music of all types,” he said. “I’m a big advocate for music in school because it helps round out an individual.”

Robert Siegling wore a hat calling for a recall of six of the seven board members.

For the first time, some voiced their support for the board’s decision.

Barbara Thomas said she appreciated the tough position the board has been in and supported the move to revamp the program.

“I urge all parents in the community to look at the big picture and not a single issue, to offer informed suggestions and not unreasonable demands,” said Thomas, who no longer has children in the district.

Susan Dorenkamp, principal at Heards Ferry Elementary School, drew boos when she said, “I fully support the elementary band and orchestra program as an after-school program.”

The music cut was part of the board’s effort to eliminate a $120 million deficit. It also approved cutting 1,000 positions, including 500 teachers.

The system is proposing a 2011 budget that is about $43 million less than the 2010 current budget — $794 million compared to $837 million.

To plug the expected gap between revenue and expenditures, the board approved $58 million in cuts early in the year and is expected to vote on $30 million additional cuts Superintendent Cindy Loe recommended.

Those include cutting central office costs 10 percent, requiring all employees to take three furlough days and stopping door-to-door transportation for magnet school students.

Loe also recommended increasing the millage rate one mill, as parents and some district staff have advocated.

Barbara Brock, who said her tax bill was more than $7,000 a year, objected and asked the board to give special consideration to residents 65 and older. “The taxes are just killing us,” said Brock, 78. “Every millage increase cuts into what we have to live on.”

The board did not vote on the latest recommendations but is expected to adopt the proposed budget May 11 with final adoption scheduled for June 8.

Milton High School Indoor Drumline Voted World Championship Finalist and Open Class Fan Favorite at Percussion World Championships.

Alpharetta, GA April 22, 2010 – Imagine being amongst 170 high school and college drumline ensembles from over 40 states and 4 countries and performing in front of thousands of fans. Now imagine not only performing in the world championship and watching the world’s greatest indoor drumlines, but also being awarded as World Championship Finalists and Open Class Fan Favorite! That’s the thrill Milton High School’s Indoor Drumline got at the WGI World Championships in Dayton Ohio this past weekend.

“The Milton Indoor Drumline has only been to the WGI World Championships two times and we’ve made finals each time, a great accomplishment when you consider that many schools have attended for years and have yet to reach this goal,” said Mark Kapral, Milton High School’s Percussion Director. “I was so proud of them and how they performed this weekend!”

With a show entitled, “The Unknown”, the 38 member team entertained the crowds with an electrifying performance, securing them as finalists out of 24 competing drumlines in their division from all over the world and soon after were also awarded the title, “Open Class Fan Favorite”. This was the culmination of countless hours of grueling daily practice for five months, and for the Milton High School Indoor Drumline, those long hours obviously paid off. So how do you follow all that? Well, after a brief rest, putting together another show for next year and wowing the crowds once more, of course.

The Milton High School Indoor Drumline is under the direction of Mark Kapral and Brandon Kunka and performed exhibitions, and also competed in local, regional, and world competitions. Their success is directly related to a combination of hard work from the students, the staff, and the Parent Boosters Club. For more information, contact Hal Eisenberg or visit

Hal Eisenberg

Major Announcment from Senator Moody and John Albers.

April 20, 2010


State Senator Dan Moody and John Albers, the leading Republican candidate to replace the retiring Senator Moody are planning to make a major announcement on May 8, 2010. More specific information and details will be forthcoming.
For additional information, please contact the Albers for Senate campaign at or (770)280-6061.

NOTE: encourages all candidates running for office both locally and state wide to share information with us on their campaigns. This type of information does not mean that is endorsing one candidate as opposed to another. Here, all are treated equally and with respect.

In Rememberance.

Recently, a good friend of mine who is active in the Milton community lost his uncle. If memory serves, he was in his 80's.

I am so sorry for this family's loss.

While I realize that death is a part of life and every household within our city will go through this heartache, this gentleman's passing pushed me to write some on

I suppose what sparked this action was two fold.

First, this man flew for our armed services. He stood with so many other heroes in putting their lives on the line to serve and defend our country. That in itself is news worthy and honorable.

Second, this man was a member of what I call "The Great Generation."

Thankfully, we still have many of his kind within our own city limits. Farmers who still at the age of 90 plus get up every day to garden and work the land, for example. Unfortunately, this class of man is a dying breed.

With that in mind, if you know someone of "The Great Generation", do yourself a favor. Call them up and see if they would like to chat over a sweet tea. Record them if you can as they relay all the experiences that have brought them to this point.

"The Great Generation" will never come again in our lifetime. The sooner we listen and learn from them, the better off our future will be.

My thoughts are with this Milton family during this difficult time.

- Tim Enloe
770 653 0552

Fulton school superintendent to recommend $28 million in additional cuts.

By Gracie Bonds Staples
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Fulton County parents will get another chance to voice concerns about proposed school budget cuts on Thursday when the board will hold a public hearing.

In addition to increasing the millage rate, school superintendent Cindy Loe said last week she will recommend an additional $28 million in cuts to shore up the district’s $120 million deficit. The hearing is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at the Dunwoody Springs Charter Elementary School at 8100 Roberts Drive in Sandy Springs.

Although no vote is expected, the board tentatively has plans to adopt the proposed budget on May 11 with final adoption set for June 8.

Loe said the millage increase should bring in an additional $28 million in revenue. Parents and school employees have called for a tax increase for weeks now in hopes that it would save in other areas, namely the district’s popular elementary school band and orchestra program and cuts to school social workers and counselors.

Loe originally proposed cutting social workers and counselors by 50 percent but later asked for and received a 25-percent reduction instead because the school district was given $6 million more from the governor's office than was projected.

Despite continued objections from parents, the board is moving forward on Loe's recommendation to convert the elementary school band and orchestra program into a fee-based, after-school program and has asked local contractors to submit proposals to run it. Contractors have until Thursday to submit proposals.

In an effort to save the program, parents recently hired a consultant to help them lobby for its preservation. John Benham, a nationally known music consultant who has fought to save school arts programs in 47 states, including Georgia, said his goal is not to attack the board but rather to work collaboratively.

"We're here not to save teacher positions but to save curriculum," Benham said at a meeting with parents last Saturday. "This is after all Fulton County, where students come first."

He said the district's financial crisis "represents the best opportunity to restructure the program and at the same time make it financially more viable."

The board over the past two months has voted to accept Loe’s recommendation to cut 1,000 positions, including 500 teachers, many of whom might keep their jobs through attrition.

The system is proposing a 2011 budget that is about $120 million less than the 2010 budget: from $857 million to $737 million.

Although school districts across metro Atlanta are facing huge budget deficits, Fulton is the most advanced in the budget process and the first to approve cost-cutting items such as increasing class size, eliminating the summer CRCT retake program and reduce the school calendar from 180 to 177 days.

In addition to the tax increase, Loe is expected to recommend cutting, among other things, central office operating costs by 10 percent, requiring all employees to take three furlough days and stopping door-to-door transportation for its magnet students.

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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Green initiatives - North Fulton cities make environment a priority

By Rachel Kellogg

To cut down on waste, a desk side recycling program has also been implemented at City Hall.

“We’re trying to make sustainability part of our overall management process,” Ms. Ritter said. Going green has also been a top priority in Milton, according to city spokesman Jason Wright.

“Being a green city is important to us and to the mayor and city council, and it’s proven to be very important to our citizens,” he said.

Milton City Hall is in the process of switching from plastic foam cups to paper cups, and the city is moving electronically as much as possible to reduce wasting paper.

“For example, all the books and manuals used by the police and fire departments are electronic now,” Wright said.

The city was also recently named a Tree City USA.

Earth Day festival brings families to Birmingham Park

The City of Milton's first Earth Day festival, presented by the Milton Grows Green Committee, brought scores of families out to Birmingham Park April 17 looking for some fun on a bright, cool spring afternoon.

The event featured wagon rides, environmental education for children, presentations from local businesses promoting sustainability and demonstrations of Earth-friendly planting and composting techniques.

To see a gallery of photos from the event, click here.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Clydesdales second in fundraising, racing.

Team, personal results all second for Fight for Air Climb

The Milton Clydesdales placed second overall in fundraising and racing at the Fight for Air Climb 2010 April 17 at One Ninety One Peachtree tower in Atlanta.

But that wasn't all. Firefighter Thom Brown, last year's overall winner, placed second in a field of 111 individual racers. Fire Chief Robert Edgar also placed second out of 10 racers in his age group and 17th overall.

The grueling race required the firefighters climb the 1150 stairs in full turnout gear, which weighs more than 25 pounds and traps all body heat and moisture.

This year the Clydesdales raised more than $2,800 - nearly double their original goal. That put them in second for fundraising. With a team racing time of 58 minutes, the Clydesdales also placed second out of 11 fire departments participating.

To see a gallery of photos from the event, click here. To view the complete results, click here.

Milton wants to depoliticize process for ethics complaints.

By Ralph Ellis
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Having handled five ethics complaints in its three years of existence, the north Fulton County town of Milton wants to change the way it handles ethics complaints.

Mayor Joe Lockwood said the city needs to remove politics from the process.

Milton now uses a board made up of residents appointed by the City Council to hear complaints. The city attorney on Monday suggested hiring one to three attorneys from outside Milton to handle the complaints and pass judgment.

Lockwood said it became clear the process needed changing after the March hearing for former Councilwoman Tina D’Aversa, which turned into a who's who of city politics.

Before being voted off the council in November, D'Aversa was accused of using city e-mail to try to bribe her campaign opponent into dropping out of the race. Neal O’Brien, a former council member, filed the complaint two weeks before the election. He was represented by a former city attorney, Mark Scott, and the chairman of the ethics board was Clint Johnson, a former council candidate. Joe Longoria, who didn’t drop out of the race and beat D’Aversa, testified along with Lockwood.

“It was innately political,” Councilman Alan Tart said Monday.

The board took 5 1/2 hours to find that D’Aversa had improperly used government e-mails and engaged in conduct unbecoming a council member. When the case was forwarded for punishment, the council chose to do nothing. D'Aversa could not be reached for comment Monday but said after the hearing that she felt the complaint was political payback for backing the candidate who beat O'Brien in 2007.

Lockwood said all five complaints handled by the ethics board have been political, either because the targets were elected officials or “somebody was trying to get somebody else.”

The ethics board decided only the complaint against D’Aversa deserved a full hearing. The other four were dismissed for lack of merit.

Johnson, who has been an ethics board member since its creation, said the board acts "as a filter" and has sensitivity to local needs.

"You put three lawyers in there, you don't know what they'll say," Johnson said.

Lockwood said he never felt it was fair to ask residents to judge elected officials. He also thought a new system might cut down on frivolous complaints.

"With this type of system it would make people that want to file an ethics complaint have their information and be pretty confident in their case before they file it," he said.

Ken Jarrard, the city’s attorney, said he will prepare a recommendation for the council to consider at a future meeting.

Monday, April 19, 2010

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Mayor Joe Lockwood Speaks To The MBA / 4.15.10

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Conclusion Of Milton GA Road Safety Meeting / 1.8.09.


The final screen captures below conclude the power point presentation used in the Milton Road Safety Meeting back in January of 2009.

While I will be the first to say all that was proposed is by no means perfect, it is my hope that such information helps to encourage you and your loved ones to think of ideas as well.

The bottom line is to make all open road neighborhoods safer for both commuter and resident alike.

Drive safe!

Tim Enloe

770 653 0552

Milton GA Road Safety Meeting / 1.8.09 / Part 19.

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Milton GA Road Safety Meeting / 1.8.09 / Part 20.

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Milton GA Road Safety Meeting / 1.8.09 / Part 21.

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Milton GA Road Safety Meeting / 1.8.09 / Part 22.

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