Shamrockin’ For A Cure: 4th Annual Benefit for The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation at Verizon Amphitheatre

Shamrockin’ For A Cure: 4th Annual Benefit for The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Presented by Baker Financial Group – your financial coachShamrockin’ For A Cure: 4th Annual Benefit for The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
Saturday, March 10th at 7:00PM
ShamRockin’ is proud to partner with the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park to bring you the best ShamRockin ever! Dance the night away and dine on delicious delicacies We’ll once again have an amazing collection of auction items, both Live and Silent. Enjoy your favorite libation (responsibly, of course) with complimentary beer, wine and vodka. Other cocktails also available for sale at the full service bar in the VIP lounge. Party with a Purpose: St. Patrick’s Day has never been this much fun, and felt this good!
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Milton, Alpharetta Schools Awarded for High Performance

Sixteen schools in the two cities have students who are meeting and exceeding standards.

Gov. Nathan Deal announced today, Jan. 17, that 370 Georgia public schools are being recognized for improvement and achievement during the 2010-2011 school year. These include 16 schools in Alpharetta and Milton.
The schools are being recognized under Georgia's Single Statewide Accountability System (SSAS), developed by the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement, to award schools based on their performance on state curriculum exams and Adequate Yearly Progress status.
"Congratulations to these 370 schools for their commitment to hard work and high academic standards," said Deal. "The principals and teachers at these schools are to be commended for maintaining a focus on providing every student with a world-class education."
The awards are being announced as part of the release of the 2010-2011 K-12 Public Schools Report Card. The Report Card, which features the SSAS awards, was developed by GOSA and provides bottom-line data for Georgia’s preschools, K-12 schools, colleges and universities, technical colleges, and educator licensing and accreditation.
The schools are awarded on four levels -- Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze -- in two categories:
* Greatest gains: 111 schools are being recognized for demonstrating significant improvement on the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) or the Georgia High School Graduation Tests (GHSGT).
* Highest performance: 259 schools are being recognized for high achievement on the CRCT or GHSGT.
Highest Performance for Students Meeting and Exceeding Standards

Crabapple Crossing Elementary School Platinum
Summit Hill Elementary Platinum
Birmingham Falls Elementary SchoolGold
Creek View Elementary SchoolSilver
New Prospect Elementary School Silver
Lake Windward Elementary School Silver
Fulton Sunshine Charter ElementaryBronze
Cogburn Woods Elementary SchoolBronze
Milton High SchoolGold
Alpharetta High SchoolBronze
Fulton Science Academy High School Bronze
Fulton Science Academy (Middle)Platinum
Northwestern Middle SchoolGold
Webb Bridge Middle School Silver
Hopewell Middle SchoolBronze

GA 400 Getting More Lanes south of McFarland

Gov. Nathan Deal got stuck in traffic on his way to Johns Creek a few months ago, so North Fulton is getting another lane on both sides of GA 400.
Deal announced funding for an additional lane north and south between McFarland Road and the toll plaza in his State of the State Address. It was a secret he'd been keeping for months, having worked on the proposal with Brandon Beach of the GA Department of Transportation Board. Deal is the chairman of the State Road and Tollway Authority (SRTA).
All the funding is coming from a combination of motor fuel dollars (GDOT) and toll money from SRTA, Beach said. So you might not like the extension of GA 400 tolls, but at least some of that money is being used to ease your commute.
As long as you don't have to drive after dark, the construction won't be too much of a problem as all work will be done at night.
If you thought those merge lanes at exits 7 through 11 were excessively long, you'll appreciate how GDOT will get another through lane. Those lanes will be used to create the additional travel lanes.
Between the Chattahoochee River and I-285, Deal said the state plans to implement flex shoulders in each direction, allowing traffic to keep moving during peak rush hours.
New concrete will be poured to add capacity. Since shoulders–known as an emergency lane when your car breaks down!–are narrower than traffic lanes, adding a few feet in width may be necessary.
Once the flex lanes are available, don't try to speed down them as police may need to close them down in case of emergencies. That has some emergency personnel and motorists concerned.
Perhaps as soon as the end of March drivers just traveling within North Fulton will have an alternative in Westside Parkway, as the final section between Webb Bridge Road and Old Milton Parkway should be completed. The North Fulton Community Improvement District–headed by Beach–gave Alpharetta a $789,000 check to pay for right of way and GDOT is paying for construction with motor fuel will be completed by the end of March.

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Alpharetta Kicks off Downtown Plan

Alpharetta kicks off downtown plan
By Rachel Kellogg
The city of Alpharetta broke ground last week on a road construction project that marks the first step in its Downtown City Center revitalization project.
Members of the City Council and other officials kicked-off the relocation of the section of Haynes Bridge Road between Old Milton Parkway and Academy Street in Downtown Alpharetta.
“It’s going to be a great thing for the downtown to have this project completed in a couple years, and I’m looking forward to seeing it finished,” Mayor Arthur Letchas said at the groundbreaking event.
At last week’s City Council meeting, the city of Alpharetta awarded a $2.29 million contract to C.W. Mathews Contracting to construct the new alignment of Haynes Bridge Road, shifting the roadway to the east beginning just north of Old Milton Parkway.
According to Councilman Chris Owens, the company has done work for the city in the past and has completed projects early and on budget.
The project also includes the addition of a traffic circle near the intersection of Thompson Street and the addition of parallel parking along the northern section of the roadway.
To create a more pedestrian-oriented environment in Downtown Alpharetta, the newly constructed section of Haynes Bridge Road will have only two travel lanes for cars.
According to city officials, the movement of Haynes Bridge Road had to be the first phase of the larger project.
Shifting the roadway to the east unifies the 24-acre site and opens that part of the property that will be home to the new Fulton County Library that will begin construction in 2012.
At the groundbreaking, Letchas pointed out that the original plan for the City Center development, which was voted down by council in 2009, was only a seven-acre site.
“[This project is] something we’ve worked on for a long time,” Letchas said.
“But with good things, there’s a reason why they’re delayed for so long sometimes, and I think it’s come out to be a much better project by waiting.”

Christmas Tree Recycling in Roswell, Johns Creek, Milton and Alpharetta

Many sites will take Christmas trees for recycling
Now that Christmas is done for another year, local residents can give a gift to nature by recycling their holiday trees.
There are dates and times in four north Fulton cities for all who want to participate:

Keep Roswell Beautiful is holding its 22nd annual Bring One for the Chipper at the two Home Depot locations in Roswell on Jan. 7 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The two Home Depot locations are on Holcomb Bridge Road in Holcomb Woods Shopping Center and Woodstock Road across from Publix. 

Milton Grows Green is also holding its Bring One for the Chipper.
Residents may take Christmas trees Jan. 7 to Milton High School’s Birmingham Road entrance, 13025 Birmingham Hwy., and Home Depot, 5300 Windward Pkwy., for assisted dropoff from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Scottsdale Farms, 15639 Birmingham Hwy., will offer extended dropoff Dec. 26 through Jan. 7.

In Alpharetta, Jan. 7 is also Bring One for the Chipper day. From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. trees will be accepted at the Windward Parkway Home Depot Store. Community volunteers will be available to help unload the trees.

The city of Johns Creek and Keep North Fulton Beautiful will take undecorated trees Jan. 7 at The Home Depot, 5950 State Bridge Road, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

To find other tree dropoff locations, visit