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Launching breast cancer month

Northside Hospital continued its tradition of honoring October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month by hanging two giant, pink ribbons at the hospital’s Sandy Springs and Forsyth campuses. The hospital’s Breast Care Program kicked off the month at the local campus by inviting breast cancer survivors to release pink balloons with messages of hope during a special reception at the hospital. Every year, Northside Hospital diagnoses and treats more than 900 cases of breast cancer. The hospital hopes the decorative pink ribbon will not only honor survivors, but also remind all women to get their annual mammograms and clinical breast...

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Northside Hospital hosting two health-related events this month

Northside Hospital’s Sandy Springs campus is getting ready to host two fall events to raise awareness about health-related issues. In recognition of National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month, the hospital will host the 3rd Annual Atlanta Walk to Remember on Oct. 14 at 2 p.m. The event will kick off from Building 4 of the Concourse Corporate Center in Sandy Springs. Parents, families, friends and health care professionals are encourages to attend to remember their babies and raise public awareness of pregnancy and infant loss. The two-hour event is also designed to provide parents an opportunity to commemorate their loss with the support of family and friends. The walk will include a silent auction, t-shirt sales, a half-mile walk and a balloon release. Those wishing to register for the walk can call the hospital at 404-303-3674. On Nov. 4, the Wellness Community will host its first Fall Back 5K race, 1-mile walk/run and tot trot. Beginning at the Concourse Athletic Club, which is located at 8 Concourse Parkway near the corner of Peachtree Dunwoody Road and Hammond Drive, the event will celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Wellness Community, which is affiliated with the local campus of Northside Hospital. Beginning at 2 p.m., the race will also mark the end of daylight savings time…or the time of year when clocks “fall back.” Funds raised from the event will...

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Profiles of District 1 candidates

By John Schaffner editor@reporternewspapers.net Four candidates have qualified for the Nov. 6 election to fill the District 1 Sandy Springs City Council post vacated in August by Dave Greenspan, who moved out of the city to accept a new professional position. The four candidates are: Elizabeth Huffner, 46, a substitute teacher and homemaker; Douglas MacGinnitie, chief operating officer of a small business; Mark Thomas, 55, a business consultant and certified chef, and Vicki Willard, 56, a trainer at the Verbal Judo Institute. One person who did not qualify by the Sept. 21 deadline was Robert Inman “Trey” Ragsdale III, who announced immediately after Greenspan’s resignation that he intended to run for the post. He had been endorsed by both Greenspan and District 4 Councilwoman Ashley Jenkins but apparently decided not to run for family reasons. Elizabeth Huffner Huffner, who resides on Roberts Drive, has been a resident of Sandy Springs for six years. She and her husband, Don, have two children. Huffner taught middle school for many years, most recently at St. Jude the Apostle Catholic School in Sandy Springs. She has an undergraduate degree from the University of Cincinnati and a master’s degree from Otterbein College. Over the past two years Huffner has been involved in major re-zoning issues in her neighborhood. “I learned all the inner-workings of the process from how to work with city council, to...

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Council’s personal attacks embarrassing

To the editor: I have never been as embarrassed as I was at the City Council meeting on September 18, 2007. I was not only embarrassed for myself, but for every citizen of Sandy Springs. What was supposed to have been a rezoning issue was completely ignored in favor of the personal agenda of the City Council. Mr. Robert Donner is developing one of the most beautiful residential areas in Sandy Springs. He has been very conscientious about tree removal, maintaining green space and keeping the area as natural as possible. Every tree that is removed is recycled on site and used in landscaping the development. He has been in constant contact with neighbors and neighborhood associations, addressed their concerns and implemented many of their suggestions. This development should be a blueprint for others to follow. It is truly a quality undertaking. Mr. Donner went before the City Council with an application to rezone from CUP conditional to CUP in order to donate one of the homes to a group of priests with the Catholic Church. This, of course, was after he received approval from the Design Review Board and the Planning Commission. The home was to be multi, individual bedrooms and baths, a common living area and a small chapel or church. A stipulation was that if the priests abandoned the property for any reason that it would...

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Game, set, match…cleaning up the Hooch

By David Davis The Chattahoochee is a river badly in need of a Labrador Retriever, sometimes referred to as “the patron saint of tennis balls.” When I signed up to participate in the annual Chattahoochee River clean-up Saturday (Sept. 29), I expected to find the usual Styrofoam, plastic bottles and cups, shoes, flip flops and other trash. I didn’t expect all the balls: baseballs, footballs, basketballs, soccer balls and everywhere, tennis balls – tennis balls galore. Indeed, so many tennis balls, we lost count after scooping up hundreds between Morgan Falls and Johnson’s Ferry. There must have been thousands in total picked up by all the volunteers. Clean-up Day (Sept. 29) was a beautiful day to be on the river. Just being there brought back great memories. The first time I floated the river was in 1967. My good friend and gymnastics teammate from North Springs High School, Bill Hayn and I camped below the dam. In the morning, someone had this bright idea to cobble together from assorted debris a raft of sorts and float down river to Bill’s neighborhood in the Riverside community. Our euphoria as we pushed from shore and stood on the deck of our raft ended rather abruptly as a half mile down stream our unwieldy vessel drifted toward the shore and under the trunk of a fallen tree dunking us both in the...

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