January 2018 Around Town 1

New President

Father Joel M. Konzen, S.M., has been appointed the Marist School’s president by the Very Reverend Paul Frechette, S.M., provincial superior of the Society of Mary U.S. Province, which has owned and operated Marist School since 1901. Father Konzen will assume his new position effective July 1. Board Chairman William G. Roche, a 1976 graduate of the school, remarked, “We are blessed to have a new president who will continue the legacy of outstanding Marist School leadership. Father Joel Konzen is the perfect person to lead Marist into the future.”

Father Frechette also commented, “Father Konzen possesses all the personal skills, professional competence, and spiritual wisdom of the Society of Mary that would have made him an ideal provincial. It is apparent, though, that God had other plans. Father Konzen has spent 28 years of his ministry at Marist School. This is no accident. It is because of the gracious choice of Mary. Think about all the students and faculty, parents, and alumni whose lives have been impacted for the better because of Father Konzen. Now you can see how the graciousness of Mary has been lavishly bestowed upon the school that bears her name through this Marist religious and his fidelity to everything her name entails.”

Bistro Beckons

At F&B, Buckhead’s neighborhood French bistro, guests can enjoy inventive cooking techniques, premium selections of meats, local produce and a carefully curated wine menu. Executive Chef Gabriel Capo Camargo has updated both lunch and dinner menus with the season, bringing guests new and delectable dishes to discover. The family-owned establishment also offers a warm, welcoming ambiance, making F&B a go-to restaurant to try something new this season. Notable new plates include the glazed chicken liver salad topped with mushrooms, red onions, soft boiled egg and a sherry vinaigrette; seared red snapper alongside cauliflower puree, baby beets and sauce vierge; lobster and pork boulette with consommé, sweet potato and truffle shavings; foie gras two ways with apricot butter, persimmons and brioche; and herb-marinated rack of lamb atop wild rice sofrito and grilled asparagus in mustard sauce. Bon appetit!

Into the Light

The Lovett School is the proud owner and beneficiary of two photovoltaic rooftop solar arrays. The first array was donated by Renewvia Energy, headquartered in Atlanta. Renewvia designs, installs, owns, and operates commercial and utility solar power systems in the United States and abroad, and recently in many parts of Africa. The first array installed is generating around 14,000 kWh (kilowatts/hour) annually. Lovett purchased the second array through its sustainability fund. The 200-panel array produces 76,800 kWh of power annually. Together, the arrays, along with the use of LED lights around campus, help the school cut its monthly power bills of around $50,000 in half, according to Sandra Switzer, the school’s Director for Sustainable Education.

Lovett is part of a Green School Purchasing Consortium, a national program where 28 schools have agreed to purchase more than 25 million kWh’s of renewable electricity via Renewable Energy Certificates. The school also maintains four charging stations for electric vehicles.

Stranger Things Star

Woodward Academy fifth-grader Vanathi Kalaiparthiban was cast in season 2 of the Netflix hit series “Stranger Things.” Vanathi appears in episode 7 as the younger version of character eight, Kali, played by 24-year old Danish actress Linnea Berthelsen. Vanathi became interested in acting at a very young age and has appeared in several short films that have been screened at various international film festivals, including Cannes. Vanathi is a member of dance, fifth-grade ensemble, and theatre at the Lower School. At Woodward Academy, one size doesn’t fit even two. From pre-K through 12th grade, Woodward is a place where your child can study Gauguin and golf, Copernicus and coding, rhetoric and robotics–all in one day. Every child’s education is a unique expedition, a decades-long journey of growth and enlightenment that twists and turns through paths both charted and uncharted. At Woodward, they provide the compass.

Flipping Virgins in Town

The 21st Annual North Atlanta Home Show has doubled in size with the addition of an Outdoor Living Expo.  The popular home remodeling showcase will be held February 9-11 at the Infinite Energy Center, in Duluth.  It will include more than 200 home remodeling and outdoor living experts offering product demonstrations, presentations and buyer discounts.  REALTOR® Egypt Sherrod, host of HGTV’s “Flipping Virgins,” “Property Virgins” and “Urban Oasis,” will speak at 1 and 3 p.m. on Saturday, February 10.  Attendees will be able to comparison shop, speak one-on-one with the exhibitors and even make appointments for professionals to come to their homes.  General admission is $8 and tickets may be purchased at the door or online at AtlantaHomeShow.com.  The 2018 North Atlanta Home Show and Outdoor Living Expo will be the largest home improvement event ever held at the Infinite Energy Center, and is a SEMCO Show.