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Business Briefs

Doc Green’s Salad & Grill opens in center at south Sandy Springs Doc Green’s Salads & Grill opened a new restaurant at the Roswell/Wieuca Shopping Center, 4367 Roswell Road, in North Buckhead on Jan. 25. As part of the grand opening festivities, 10 percent of all sales on January 26 and 27 went to benefit the Sandy Springs Fire Department. “Doc Green’s is proud to partner with the Sandy Springs Fire Department,” says Eric Williams, local Doc Green’s franchisee partner. “We appreciate all that the firefighters do for our community and we are glad to have this opportunity to give back.” The city of Sandy Springs Fire Rescue has a station at Wieuca Road, near the new Doc Green’s location. The Fish Store and More moves after 20 years After 20 years at 3145 Peachtree Road, N.E. in Buckhead, The Fish Store and More has moved to Sandy Springs. The new location is at 6600 Roswell Road in the Courtyard complex. The Fish Store and More is known for stocking one of the areas most varied freshwater and saltwater fish along with hard-to find-corals, aquariums and supplies. The reasons given for the move from Buckhead were parking and traffic. The store is open six days a week and is closed on Tuesdays. Todd Wright joins Bank of North Georgia Todd Wright has joined the Bank of North Georgia as...

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Renewing a homespun craft: Specialty boutiques fuel resurgence of interest in knitting and needlepoint

By Amy Wenk Two pasttimes of knitting and needlepoint have found new life in Buckhead and Sandy Springs thanks to local boutique owners, who are stocking their shelves with products never seen before. These stores showcase a myriad of colors and textures, offering a dizzying array of ideas for homespun projects. There’s something for everyone — yarns that are soft to the touch, threads that sparkle and shine, delicate lacy lines or thick fibers with fuzzy warmth. “There’s definitely been a gain in popularity in knitting,” said Barbara Buchalter, who owns Strings & Strands, a specialty yarn shop inside I-285 on Roswell Road in Sandy Springs. “I’ve seen a huge change in 17 years.” Buchalter, who bought the 30-year-old shop in the early 1990s, attributed the growth to the increasing availability of unique materials and embellishments. Novelty yarns and threads, such as silk, angora, rayon, tweed, bamboo and suede, are replacing traditional wool or acrylic fibers, she said, giving an already interested public the means to create high fashion garments. New patterns and guides also provide a greater variety of pieces to be created, including purses, belts, sandals, jackets, hats, as well as the usual sweaters, throws and socks. It is these choices, as well as new techniques, which allow even the novice to create homemade masterpieces. “With today’s new yarns, with all the textures and all the color,...

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Providing the necessary tools for progress at home, business: Northside Tool boasts half-century of service to homeowners, contractors

By Ellen Fix Home and yard makeover TV shows are inspiring people from coast to coast to paint, renovate, tear down, break down and remodel as never before. Watching those renovations unfold, it looks so easy: Just draw up a plan; start sawing, stripping and sanding; and magically transform that bland, rundown ranch into a sparkling showcase of contemporary style. In reality, it takes a lot of know-how and sweat equity to pull together such projects, no matter the size. It also takes tools – lots of tools. It takes the kind of tools most Atlanta homeowners don’t own. Where do Atlantans go to get them? The same place they have for over half a century, Northside Tool Rental, of course. Since the opening of its first location on Irby Avenue in Buckhead in 1953, business at Northside Tool Rental has grown steadily. From hand tools to large horsepower heavy equipment, they have it all. With the opening of its 6th branch – at 6170 Roswell Road just south of Mt. Vernon Highway in the heart of Sandy Springs – it is poised to capitalize on the area’s building boom. President Jeff Lignugaris is cautiously enthused. Despite a slowdown in rentals due to the drought and financial indicators that point to a recession, he looks forward to a strong spring. “We’re in the building, renovation and repair industry,” Lignugaris...

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Education Briefs

Speech School presents lecture The Atlanta Speech School and its Rollins Center for Language & Learning will present the 10th Annual Montag Family Community Lecture Series for parents and education professionals on Thursday, Feb. 28th from 7:00-9:00 p.m. at the school. The featured speaker is Dr. Paula Denton, author of “The Power of Our Words.” Dr. Denton’s interactive presentation will show parents and teachers how language can be used skillfully to help strengthen parent-child relationships and to help students learn in school. The sensible approach Dr. Denton advocates is supported by research and proven through decades of successful practice in elementary classrooms across the nation. Dr. Denton has more than 20 years of experience teaching children and educators and has authored or co-authored three books. The Montag Family Community Lecture Series is funded through a grant from the Montag family, who are faithful supporters of the Atlanta Speech School. Tony Montag is a former Chairman of the School’s Board of Directors and continues to serve on the board. There is no charge to attend the lecture. For reservations or more information, contact Kim Allocca at (404) 233-5332. Ridgeview receives arts, music grant Ridgeview Charter School has been selected as one of ten schools in the U.S. to receive “Disney’s High School Musical: The Music In You” grant from the NAMM Foundation and Disney Channel. It comes with the support...

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Greenfield students create first school paper in Hebrew, English

In an attempt to encourage daily use of the Hebrew language, six students at the Greenfield Hebrew Academy have become the first to produce a school newspaper in both English and Hebrew. During its first year of publication, the Greenfield students with assistance from teacher Navit Adar and communications director Joe Schulman have begun publishing the magazine-style paper, which in English is called the Awesome Newspaper, on a bi-monthly basis. While some stories are translated in both languages, others only appear in one language, providing a challenge to its readers to become more proficient in learning Hebrew. Principal Leah Summers said the publication represents authentic learning at its best. “They’re taking the (language) skills they learn in isolation and make it applicable in a real world situation,” Summers said. The entire newspaper is student-led, including the writing, editing, photography, a comic strip and translations of the two languages. Eighth-graders Yvonne Sonsino and Yehonadav Kadosh, both 13, are leaders on the newspaper staff. “It’s important to get the students into (practicing) Hebrew and getting the news around the school,” Kadosh said. Sonsino agreed. “It’s good that we’re getting more Hebrew out into the school. (The paper) is more secular that way and it should include Hebrew,” Sonsino said. Schulman said one of the biggest challenges for the students has been to format a paper with both languages since one is...

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