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FOOD REVIEW: Tin Can Fish House & Oyster Bar, Sandy Springs, GA

FOOD REVIEW: Tin Can Fish House & Oyster Bar, Sandy Springs, GA

We’d been hearing good things about Tin Can Fish House & Oyster Bar for weeks and, being seafood lovers, we were dying to check it out.

Our time came however, at the end of a long day shopping and battling traffic for the last hour. To top it all off, the GPS left us in front of an Animal Clinic wondering how in the world with this type of technology it can still be so wrong? Fortunately, we called and they talked us down. Needless to say neither of us were in the best of moods when we walked in, but Ahmeed changed all of that.

Students Meet, Exceed Standards at 30 North Fulton Schools

Students Meet, Exceed Standards at 30 North Fulton Schools

FULTON COUNTY, GA -- Thirty North Fulton County schools were recently recognized by the Georgia Governor's Office of Student Achievement for meeting the office's high standards for public schools.

Awards were presented to the schools for reaching certain levels of the Single Statewide Accountability System (SSAS), a mandate of the No Child Left Behind legislation.

Seven of the North Fulton schools earned the SSAS Bronze award, while the remaining schools earned the Silver (eight), Gold (nine) and Platinum (six) awards, all for Highest Performance.

The minimum requirements for Highest Performance revolved around a school's Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) status and whether or not its student body meets and exceeds standards.

The qualifications for Highest Performance for each award are:

Bronze: More than 20% of the sch

Alpharetta: Home to Tasty Adventures and Dining Delights

Alpharetta: Home to Tasty Adventures and Dining Delights

ALPHARETTA, GA -- Winter is officially upon us: the days are shorter, the air is brisk and Georgians are craving hearty and delicious meals that will chase away the chill.

Just south of the North Georgia Mountains and only 22 miles north of Atlanta is Alpharetta, offering over 150 dining options representing every cuisine imaginable, not to mention the state's only Publix Apron's Cooking School (4305 State Bridge Road, 30022).

Alpharetta restaurants feature a multitude of ethnic foods from the diverse cultures that call the city home.

Estate Taxes and the New Tax Bill: More and Less Certainty

Estate Taxes and the New Tax Bill: More and Less Certainty

ESTATE TAXES & THE NEW TAX BILL - MORE AND LESS CERTAINTY

The estate planning measures passed in the Middle Class Tax Relief Act of 2010 beg the question "what do we do now?"  This new bill reinstates the estate tax with an exemption amount of $5 million dollars for an individual and a maximum estate tax rate of 35% on values above the exemption amount.  Married couples will have the ability to pass $10 million dollars of assets before any estate tax will be due.  In addition, all assets included in an estate will have their basis automatically "stepped-up" to fair market value.  This means that assets will likely have no capital gains tax if they are sold soon after death since their value is stepped-up.  The generation skipping tax exemption was also increased to $5 million dollars.

Does this mean that single persons with less than $5 million dollars and married couples with less than $10 million dollars no longer need to w

Fulton County Schools' Hardship Transfer Applications Due Feb. 15

Fulton County Schools' Hardship Transfer Applications Due Feb. 15

FULTON COUNTY, GA -- As of Tuesday, Jan. 4, applications are available for parents who wish to apply for a 2011-12 hardship transfer or to renew a current transfer to another Fulton County elementary, middle or high school.

Parents can use an online form, available under the "Parents" section of the Fulton County School System's Web site, to enter their information and print it to obtain signatures and/or supporting documentation.

Although using an online form will help expedite processing time, applications can also be picked up at all Fulton schools as well as the Fulton County Schools Administrative Center (786 Cleveland Avenue SW, Atlanta, 30315).

The deadline for submitting a transfer application is Tuesday, Feb. 15 at 4:30 p.m.

Transportation Officials to Hold Georgia 400 Open House

Transportation Officials to Hold Georgia 400 Open House

ALPHARETTA, GA -- On Wednesday, Jan. 5, transportation officials will hold one of five Georgia 400 Corridor Improvement Projects Open Houses at the Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce (11605 Haynes Bridge Road, Alpharetta, 30009).

The meetings are designed to determine which new projects should be funded along the Georgia 400 corridor, which includes the Windward Parkway entrance near Milton.

The money for the projects comes as a result of a September 2010 Georgia State Road and Tollway Authority (SRTA) and Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) vote to extend the ground lease for the Georgia 400 Toll Road and its 50 cent toll for up to 10 years.

Happy New Year from Where U Live!

Happy New Year from Where U Live!

It's hard to believe that Where U Live is less than six months old. We've come so far in such a short amount of time.

And the sites are only going to get bigger and better in 2011.

I'd like to take the opportunity to give a heartfelt "thank you" to everyone who has helped us build Where U Live. We are overwhelmed and extremely grateful at the positive and enthusiastic response we've received so far. Keep the story ideas, community events and "good news" coming!

Have a safe, happy and healthy new year. See you in 2011Alive!

Beth
esawicki@wxia.gannett.com