Nine Fulton County high schools named best in Atlanta

Georgia’s wintry weather may have temporarily dominated news headlines, but nine high schools in the Fulton County School System are ready to take their place in the spotlight after being named to Atlanta Magazine’s annual list of “Best High Schools.” The magazine compared course offerings, facilities, extracurricular activities, awards and national test performance. Results were reported across a broad spectrum of categories to include general academics, math, science, language arts, performing/visual arts and sports.

Additionally, the magazine compiled a list of “Top All-Around” achievers, which are schools that made the cut in all categories. Of the 16 “All-Around” finalists, four were from Fulton County, while nine were private schools and three were other public schools. The following is a listing of the categories and the Fulton County high schools recognized. Roswell High School’s “Quidditch Club” – a game made popular by the Harry Potter movies – was profiled in the magazine in addition to other clubs and programs unique to Fulton County high schools. 

The January 2011 edition of Atlanta Magazine is on newsstands now.

40th Anniversary Celebration of Cathedral Antiques Show


40th Anniversary Celebration of Cathedral Antiques Show

January 26, 2011
40th Anniversary Celebration of Cathedral Antiques Show

The 40th Annual Cathedral Antiques Show features 35 exhibitors offering fine 18th & 19th century antiques, paintings, textiles, porcelain, jewelry, silver and more. In addition to the antiques show, there is a tour of homes, an inspiration house, a gala preview party, a special evening lecture and reception with Coach Vince Dooley, daily learning lectures, and verbal appraisals. For more details, click here to view the brochure.
Hero for ChildrenThe show is organized and run by over 200 dedicated volunteers and has raised over $3 million dollars for the Atlanta Communtiy. This year’s beneficiary is H.E.R.O. for Children. H.E.R.O. for Children is Dedicated to improving the quality of life for children infected with and affected by HIV-AIDS.

The Celebration Begins With The Tour of Homes & Inspiration House

This year’s tour of homes will showcase four fabulous homes in Buckhead.

4 Buckhead homes showcased
Sunday, January 30, 12:30-5:00 P.M
Monday, January 31, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Donation: $30
Click here for tickets/donations

Top 5 Home Improvement Projects Based on Average Cost and Return on Investment

RISMEDIA, January 20, 2011—, a website to offering Web-based, free instant home values, announced that it has released the results of its nationwide home improvement and home staging Home Sale Maximizer survey.
HomeGain surveyed nearly 600 real estate professionals nationwide and configured a list of the top 10 do-it-yourself home improvements that cost under $5,000 and benefit sellers most when they sell their homes.
According to the HomeGain survey, the top five home improvements that real estate professionals recommend to home sellers based on average cost and return on investment (from highest to lowest ROI) are:
1. Cleaning and de-cluttering – ($290 cost / $1,990 price increase / 586% ROI)
2. Lightening and brightening – ($375 cost / $1,550 price increase / 313% ROI)
3. Home staging – ($550 cost / $2,194 price increase / 299% ROI)
4. Landscaping – ($540 cost / $1,932 price increase / 258% ROI)
5. Repairing electrical or plumbing – ($535 cost / $1,505 price increase / 181% ROI)

No McMansions for Millennials

Here's what Generation Y doesn't want: formal living rooms, soaker bathtubs, dependence on a car.
In other words, they don't want their parents' homes.
Much of this week's National Association of Home Builders conference has dwelled on the housing needs of an aging baby boomer population. But their children actually represent an even larger demographic. An estimated 80 million people comprise the category known as "Gen Y," youth born roughly between 1980 and the early 2000s. The boomers, meanwhile, boast 76 million. names Atlanta a 'Top travel destinations for 2011'

A new year brings new reasons to explore the world. And if the world is your oyster, why not seek out the pearls? Destinations set to shine in 2011 include the world's newest country (hint: think warm, aquamarine water), a city with celebrations every day, and some far-flung countries that will seem closer with the addition of new air service.

Perdue: ThyssenKrupp to Open New Facility in Alpharetta

ATLANTA - Some encouraging news for the Metro area local economy.
Governor Sonny Perdue says an international company will locate a new facility in north Metro Atlanta.
Governor Perdue made the announcement at the state capitol as he prepares to leave office on Monday.
ThyssenKrupp will locate new North American information technolgy operations in Alpharetta, says the governor.
The move is expected to create about 100 jobs.
State officials have worked hard to lure companies to Georgia with tax incentives and pledges of educational information.
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