Saturday, May 19, 2012

America's Supernanny to Dunwoody?

Is TV star and child/teen expert Deborah Tillman coming to Dunwoody to work with city council and staff? Nope, but she is interested in helping you and your family.

Calling all Dunwoody families.  Need some help with the kids?

Here's the pitch:

AMERICA'S SUPERNANNY is looking for families that could benefit from the help of child/teen expert, DEBORAH TILLMAN.

She founded and runs 3 successful full-time daycare centers in Virginia where she’s worked with children & teens for years; she regularly presents workshops on childcare throughout the country, and she’s the author of Stepping Out on Faith, a guide to operating a quality childcare center.

She holds a BA in Business Administration from Upsala College, a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Special Education from The George Washington University, and has also studied at Oxford University.

We're currently casting families for the next season of the show and would love to talk to anyone interested in receiving personalized advice for their unique circumstances. Some of the challenges parents may be struggling with could include disrespectful behavior; tween and teen issues; mean girls or bullying boys; and blended families where both sides are seeking help.

Deborah has an extraordinary ability to identify and tackle the toughest issues facing America’s families today.

For more information about how to apply OR to recommend a family for the show, please contact Robyn Kiyomi directly at 323.904.4680 or via email at with your name, phone number, city/state, number of children, and why you need help.

The deadline to apply is Wednesday, May 30, 2012. Thanks so much for your attention! J --- Robyn Kiyomi Casting | America’s Supernanny (323) 904-4680 ext. 1154 phone (323) 904-4681 fax

Thursday, May 17, 2012

PCID Sponsors Test Drive on Saturday

Who invented the crossover?  Pistol Pete?  Tiny Archibald?  Allen Iverson?

No, not that crossover - we're talking about motor vehicle crossover - we're talking Diverging Diamond Interchange - we're talking DDI.

Join me this Saturday at Perimeter Mall from 10 AM to 2 PM and drive an official PCID golf cart on a road course that will simulate the opening-soon intersection at Ashford Dunwoody Rd and '285'.  Music and refreshments will be featured at this event.  Dormtainment is rumored to be on hand, debuting their newest hit, "You Know DDI? Yeah You Know Me", a new hip-hop song sang to the beat of Naughty by Nature's O.P.P. Now think of that old school favorite O.P.P, and substitute the letters D.D.I. and there you have it.

I expect Robert to drive down in his street-legal cart and be joined by Bob "On Transportation" Dallas, Bicycle Joe, Public Comment Joe, Sloppy Joe, Country Joe & the Fish, Chip, DP Groupie, and if he can find his license, GRB will be there as well.  TheOtherDunwoody has yet to confirm due to his commitment to cut the ribbon opening Al's Park on Saturday.

Here is the OFFICIAL press release:

May 19, 2012

Georgia’s first Diverging Diamond Interchange will open June 4, weather permitting, at I-285 and Ashford Dunwoody Road and the Perimeter Community Improvement Districts want to be sure motorists are prepared to drive on the wrong side of the road.

The PCIDs are offering the public a test drive Saturday, May 19 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Perimeter Mall parking lot at the corner of Ashford Dunwoody Road and Perimeter Center West.

“In a DDI, the flow of traffic is shifted to the opposite side of the road to reduce points of traffic conflict,” said PCIDs President and CEO Yvonne Williams.  “We have created the slogan ‘Arrive, Crossover, Drive’ for the movements that will be required to drive through the interchange.  This is a low cost, cutting edge design for improving traffic flow and safety.”

Golf carts will be used Saturday on a simulated track to provide a “windshield level” experience of the new DDI interchange.  A current driver’s license is required to participate in the test drive.  “Can You DDI?” tee-shirts will be provided to the first 100 participants and there will be refreshments and music.

The DDI design was originally used in France and spread to the U.S. in 2009 when the first such interchange was built in Springfield, Mo.  The PCIDs initiated the Dunwoody project when they hired Moreland Altobelli Associates to find an interim solution for the busy I-285 and Ashford Dunwoody Interchange – a gateway to Central Perimeter, Metro Atlanta’s dominant office market and one of the region’s largest employment centers. 

The PCIDs then received funding from DeKalb County and the State Road and Tollway Authority for engineering and project design.  The Georgia Department of Transportation is funding the $4.6 million construction cost.

“We’re expecting that under normal, free-flowing traffic conditions on surrounding highways, the I-285 and Ashford Dunwoody DDI will reduce traffic delays in evening rush hours up to 20 percent,” Williams said.  “There are significant safety improvements also with DDIs,” Williams noted. 

To view a simulation of the I-285 and Ashford Dunwoody Interchange DDI, visit

Monday, May 14, 2012

Marlow's Tavern Opening July 31 in Dunwoody

Well-Known Neighborhood Tavern Opens Ninth Location This Summer

                ATLANTA (May 14, 2012) –Sterling Hospitality is set to open the company’s ninth location of Marlow’s Tavern on Tuesday, July 31, in Dunwoody. The popular neighborhood tavern, known for its gourmet tavern fare and fun atmosphere, will soon serve the Northeast Atlanta suburb with a great place to enjoy a memorable meal or creative cocktail at 1319 Dunwoody Village Parkway.

                “We are thrilled to open our next location in the thriving city of Dunwoody,” says Executive Chef and Co-founder John C. Metz Jr. “The great neighborhood and flourishing business community are the perfect match for Marlow’s “hospitality first” mentality and fresh-ingredient-focused cuisine and cocktails,” he adds.

                The Marlow’s Tavern menu, created by Metz, includes the following convenient components: Start, Snack, Share; Crisp, Cool Salads; Tavern Favorites; Classic Tavern Burgers; Big Bar Sandwiches; Kid’s Fun Foods; and Sweet Stuff. The savory selection is filled with plentiful plates that change seasonally depending on the availability of fresh and local ingredients. From newly added items like the grilled turkey meatloaf and Ahi tuna poke to Marlow’s classic offerings such as the shrimp and crab nacho plate and the grilled chicken panini (made with Prestige Farms chicken), the neighborhood tavern gives guests delicious menu options with an upscale twist.

                Marlow’s beverage menu includes a wide variety of wines from around the world, handcrafted cocktails and a simple, but varied list of beers. The restaurant’s well-rounded wine list includes American and international red and white selections available by the bottle or glass at various price points. The inventive cocktail list consists of several handcrafted concoctions made with the freshest fruit juices, herbs, simple syrups and small batch liquors. The restaurant also offers a wide variety of bottled beers including local favorites such as Sweetwater 420 and Terrapin Rye Pale Ale.  

Marlow’s Tavern evokes a sense of community not only through its partnerships with non-profit organizations like Special Olympics Georgia and the Atlanta Community Food Bank, but by providing a convivial restaurant for all area residents to enjoy. The new Marlow’s Tavern seats up to 130 and was specifically designed with guests’ comfort in mind. The tavern’s warm and inviting interior features exposed brick walls, dark wood accents, large leather booths, communal tables and an extensive fully covered patio.

                Marlow’s Tavern has an incredible team of restaurant talent behind its concept.  John Metz earned his degree at the Culinary Institute of America and began his long-standing career at some of the finest restaurants in New York such as The 21 Club, Tribeca Grill and Montrachet. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the National Restaurant Association and is also the immediate past chairman for Distinguished Restaurants of North America (DiRoNA). Designer and Co-Founder Tom DiGiorgio is both a powerhouse in the development of commercial and residential real estate projects as well as an influential member of the Georgia restaurant scene.

Partner and Co-Founder Richard E. Rivera is president of Rubicon Enterprises LLC, a restaurant development company based in Sarasota, Florida, and has more than 30 years of experience in the industry. He is a past chairman of the National Restaurant Association and has received numerous industry awards including the Silver Plate award from the International Foodservice Manufacturers Association. Market Partner Hank Clark is responsible for supervising the day-to-day operations of Marlow’s Tavern and has partnered with Metz since 2001 after working for Darden Restaurants and Brinker International. Alan Palmieri, the newest Marlow’s Tavern market partner, brings more than 37 years of restaurant industry experience to the company and was previously the executive vice president of operations in the Specialty Restaurant Group of Darden Restaurants, Inc. Throughout his career, Palmieri has been known as a strong, hands-on operational leader who is responsible for profitable sales growth, strategic turnarounds, aggressive expansion and team building.

About Marlow’s Tavern
Marlow’s Tavern was established in November of 2004 with the opening of its first location in Alpharetta, Georgia. The neighborhood restaurant concept now has nine locations that are open for lunch and dinner daily, offering guests classic American tavern fare with an upscale twist. Marlow’s Tavern in Dunwoody will be located at 1319 Dunwoody Village Parkway. Marlow’s Tavern in Cumming is located at 410 Peachtree Parkway; 770-886-3666. Marlow’s Tavern in East Cobb is located at 1311 Johnson Ferry Road, Suite 208; 770-977-7747. Marlow’s Tavern in Duluth is located at 1950 Satellite Boulevard;        770-622-2033. Marlow's Tavern in Vinings is located at 2355 Cumberland Parkway, Ste.10; 770-432-2526. Marlow's Tavern in Alpharetta is located at 3719 Old Alabama Road, Bldg. 200, Suite H-I; 770-475-1800. Marlow’s Tavern in Midtown is located at 950 West Peachtree Street; 404-815-0323. Marlow’s Tavern in Kennesaw is located at 745 Chastain Road NW, Suite 1160; 770-425-8777. Marlow’s Tavern in Tucker is located at 4156 LaVista Road; 678-987-1197. For more information, visit

About Sterling Hospitality
Sterling Hospitality is the parent company of Aqua blue, Aqua blue Catered Events, Marlow’s Tavern and Sterling Spoon Culinary Management. The restaurant management group was founded by Restaurateurs John C. Metz Jr. and Tom DiGiorgio with the opening of its first restaurant location in 1997. Each Sterling Hospitality establishment is committed to high-quality cuisine and outstanding guest service, no matter the cost. Sterling Hospitality also places a major emphasis on community involvement and has partnered with several non-profit organizations throughout its 24 years of business including Special Olympics Georgia, Share Our Strength and Atlanta Community Food Bank