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South Cobb Volume 9, No. 2


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This “Band of Brothers” clears snow and ice from Buckner Road in Mableton.


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The 16th Annual Silver Comet 10K will be held March 8 on the Silver Comet Trail beginning at Kroger, 4875 Floyd Road, Mableton. The course ends at Mavell Road, Smyrna. The race proceeds benefit numerous community programs and school running programs. This is the fastest course in Atlanta. It is perfect for all seeking a 10K Peachtree qualifier, while continuing to be beginner and walker friendly. Silver Comet 10k is the only 10K on the Silver Comet Trail in Cobb County, Atlanta’s hottest running, cycling and family use trail! In-Store Registration will be available through March 1 at all locations of the Big Peach Running Co. In-Store Registration is available at the Silver Comet Cycles (Floyd Rd Silver Comet Depot) through March 5. All Race Day registration ($40 cash or check) and number pickup is 6 a.m., Saturday March 8, at the Mableton Kroger. Please see for parking, inclement weather, results, and all other details!


The South Cobb Arts Alliance announced winners in its National Juried Art Exhibitition at a reception Jan. 25 at the Mable House Arts Center. Above, from left, AnnFay Rushforth, Nikki Davidson, Diana Brehm Williams and C.V. Williams view Ms. Davidson’s oil “San Romollo.” At right, Reid Perryman, of Smyrna, won an Award of Medit for his watercolor “Mama’s Hot.” Below, Linda Luzum of Mableton displays an oil of her son “Jiacy” to Scott Chittum and Tamera Sheron. The 27th annual event, sponsored by the South Cobb Arts Alliance, will continue on display through Feb. 22.

It took just three inches of snow falling in Smyrna, Vinings and South Cobb Tuesday morning, Jan. 28, to turn the landscape into a winter wonderland and a snarled, frustrating traffic jam. Schools, business and government closed their doors and more than a million Atlanta drivers headed home at the same time, causing a massive traffic jam. Add in slippery roads, jackknifed 18-wheelers and stalled cars and the ride home lasted hours for just a few miles or up to a full day for motorists stranded in cars or shelter. Cobb County 911 received more 8,000 calls in the 24 hour period since the snow began. There were 821 accidents with 72

of those with injuries. Cobb Schools were closed beginning at noon Tuesday and remained closed through Friday. Cobb Police assisted many school buses in getting the students home during a treacherous road situation. “My husband picked up our kindergartener from St. Benedict at 1 p.m. and they were stuck on the East/West connector for close to six hours between Cooper Lake and Barnes Meadow Road,” said Nancy Castor Spratlin. “They were less than 10 minutes away from home; we live in Barnes Mill.” There were also stories of helpfulness and community good neighbors. Max Angel, owner of Los Bravos Restaurant on South Cobb Drive, Smyrna, allowed several stranded people to spend the night. “The staff served us chips and salsa and allowed us to make beds out of the booth seats,” said Glynda Lewis. “There were mothers there with babies as young as 7-weeks old. I really am thankful for the kindness of Mr. Angel and his staff. I guess with a name like “Angel” what should you expect. Please visit this restaurant if you are in the Smyrna area.” Tuesday night, Emory-Adventist Hospital at Smyrna provided lodging for 71 employees and 31 stranded visitors. Free meals were provided that night and all day Wednesday. Staff worked where needed; either serving food, driving patients to and from homes, finding cots. There was great team work! The hospital fulfilled its mission to extend the healing ministry of Christ. A volunteer “band of brothers” from Vinings Cove and Brookmere subdivisions took to Buckner Road with shovels Tuesday to clear compacted ice and snow, and a construction worker from the area contributed a tractor with snowplow shovel. According to Patty Rech, the intersection is a gully at the bottom of two hills. Throughout Tuesday night Cobb County Police, Fire, DOT, and Sheriff responded to a multitude of accidents, traffic hazards and dangerous road situations. They assisted stranded motorists and worked with EMA by setting up warming shelters at Home Depot (several locations), Smyrna Community Center, and several Cobb County Fire Stations and Police Precincts. Dr. Michael Hinojosa, Cobb School Superintendent, called the efforts of staff and bus drivers “heroic.” “A variety of factors collided Tuesday afternoon to create a “perfect storm” of chaos, and it is a testament to the quality of our staff that their talents shone brightest during this extreme challenge. I am very proud of their efforts,” Hinojosa said. District 4 Commissioner Lisa Cupid offered her thanks to public safety personnel. “A countless number of district residents displayed great heroism and kindness to help people stranded on the road, including three individuals that assisted me on Pair Road,” she said. “For that I am grateful.”

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Comments By Cathy RECALLING MEMORIES OF FALLING SNOW By Cathy Shattles Lipsett Editor/Publisher

Many decades ago, when I was in second grade or thereabout, we had a surprise snow storm. It’s a lasting memory, coming out of the elementary school early in the school day, into a fairy-land of white, getting in the waiting car and going home. It was a rare enough occasion that the memory has stayed with me all of these years. I keep thinking about that memory with the recent snow that sent school children and staff home after the school day had begun and, in some cases, trapped them at school to spend the night. To close or not to close school is one of those difficult decisions that school superintendents contend with whenever there is bad weather. I remember one snow forecast a few years ago where the decision was to close the Cobb and Marietta schools. The problem was the snow never arrived. The parents from “up north” laughed at these southerners who closed school at the threat of snow. This year, superintendents in at least eight north metro school systems made the decision to keep schools open. Hindsight is indeed a beautiful thing. As we know now, the snow arrived sooner and harder and slicker than expected from the earlier forecasts. Yes, I know the word now is that a very early morning forecast called a storm warning for Atlanta and northern counties. The original forecast was for snow and ice south of Atlanta. The snow wouldn’t have been as traumatic if the roads had not clogged with drivers all trying to reach home at the same time. We weren’t immune. Well, at least Allan wasn’t. I was in my nice warm home, working at my computer and monitoring the weather and traffic. Allan went to a Kiwanis meeting and then ran a few errands in Smyrna. We had the timing down. The snow was expected at two and he would be home long before that. He stopped at Costco for a roasted chicken and some croissants; food that would last a few days if we were snowed in. He put the food in the car trunk and started home travelling down Atlanta Road. I put vegetables on to cook, eventually putting them back in the refrigerator and waited for him to arrive. Like so many others that Tuesday, he was in the car from

about 12:45 to 7:15 p.m., driving the eight miles from downtown Smyrna to our home in Marietta. Home was a welcome sight as the car, covered in icicles, eased into the garage and Allan stiffly climbed out. Tuesday, January 28 will long be remembered as the Atlanta Snow Jam. There has been a lot of “what if” and “if only” and second guessing and finger pointing. But, more importantly, are the personal stories of endurance, kindness and heroism; stories of neighbors helping neighbors and strangers helping strangers. Decades from now the memories will remain of the day in 2014 when schools and businesses closed early for the snow.

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being bussed home eventually and staying By Heather Donahue with my ex-husband, though Tuesday was “Snowmageddon.” That’s the name “my night”. This is the type of communifor the shutdown of Cobb and Atlanta this cation demanded to co-parent after year. a divorce. Though my ex and I are I, like many of you, was not together anymore, we both stranded for hours on Tuesday… desperately wanted our son home, trying to get to work, to the kids, to safe, and warm. the grocery store. But, as I finally When communicating with crept my way home…nine hours your ex-spouse, remember these later…I realized how important helpful tools: communication is, how we must 1. Keep the communication utilize our community and family short, precise, and on-topic. in times like these, and how valuHeather 2. Keep personal opinions and able the kindness of strangers can Donahue ideas regarding your ex-spouse to be. yourself. Not your problem anymore! After going to a gas station with no 3.Be polite. Re-read your communicagas, then running out of gas, a stranger tion and consider if you could reword to be gave me a ride to the next gas station…that less abrasive and more cooperative. had gas, but no gas cans! Another stranger Grown up snow days aren’t as fun as gave me a gas can. Another stranger drove they were when we were kids! me back to my car. And another stranger Heather C. Donahue, of Merritt & helped me get my car moving again. All Fletcher, LLC, specializes in divorce and the while I wasn’t able to make it to my family law. The firm is located in the son’s school to pick him up! The entire Market Village in downtown Smyrna. She point of my voyage!! can be contacted at: 770-433-9345 or at Luckily, my ex-husband and I had been communicating all day. Our son ended up

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SUPPORT GROUPS CANCER SUPPORT GROUP, To help patients and their families feel more hopeful and less alone through the mutual sharing of thoughts, feelings, and concerns related to living with, and surviving cancer. Fourth Thursday of each month at Noon. WellStar Cobb Hospital Magnolia Room Group leader: Raymond Coffman Please call 770-732-3780 to RSVP. ••• GRANDPARENTS AS PARENTS SUPPORT GROUP For more information about the group visit www. or by calling the church office at 770-948-2822. ••• NAMI SOUTH COBB has monthly meetings on the 4th Tuesday of each month 7 to 8:30 p.m., except Dec. Macland Presbyterian Church 3615 Macland Road Powder Springs. Kathleen Breen, 770-943-5322, NAMI South Cobb Connections – Contact: Patricia Kramer, 770-222-3211, patmkramer@bellsouth. net for information. ••• REFORMERS UNANIMOUS (RU) is a Christ-centered addictions program that meets every Friday at 7 p.m. at Westside Church located at 4900 Floyd Road, Mableton next to Walgreens. RU helps adults find freedom from addictive behavior. Call Mark Baker at 404354-8911 for more information or see www. ••• E-mail your organization’s calendar news to Deadline for MARCH issue is FEBRUARY 23 with publication MARCH 3. Calendar items are accepted from civic groups, non-profits, schools and church organizations and run as space is available. For more information about submitting calendar items or other news, contact us at 770426-9388 or by e-mail to news@brightsidecobb. com. Find updated calendar items on our website at

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FLEAS ARE MORE THAN JUST ANNOYING By Melynda Tyler Hi there! Most of you know me from neck up, sitting behind the “tall desk” at Animal Health Center. Being in the veterinary industry for several years, I have been asked many questions. So when I was asked to write an article, I thought I’d share some of the topics I get asked about the most. With spring coming up (keep your fingers crossed), one of the top issues on everyone’s minds is fleas! They are the bane of every pet owners existence. Once your pet gets fleas, they are very hard to get rid of, and they can cause a multitude of health issues that will make you and your pet miserable. Fleas are tiny little parasites that feed on blood. This may cause a small, red, itchy bump, which is a reaction to the saliva of the flea. Some animals are more reactive, or allergic, than others, and in severe cases we can see a pet get a host of skin issues from just one flea bite. This will cause poor Fluffy to itch, which in turn can lead to hair loss and skin infections. Also, fleas can transmit other parasites to your pets. The first one that comes to mind are tapeworms. Apparently tapeworm eggs are considered a delicacy to flea larva. Once they are eaten, the tapeworm eggs begin to grow in the fleas stomach. And if Fluffy happens to swallow a flea who has been feasting on tapeworms while grooming….you guessed it, Fluffy will get tapeworms too. You may see evidence of this by seeing little “grains of rice” in their stool. These are actually tapeworm segments, which contain hundreds of tapeworm eggs. I know, pretty gross. What’s even worse is that people can get these too, especially children, from accidentally swallowing a flea while petting Fluffy or coming into contact with infested stool and not washing your hands. One last

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thing I want to let you know is fleas carry a variety of illnesses that can be transmitted to humans. I know y’all have heard of the Plague, right? Did you know the Plague was caused by a species of flea that fed on infected rats? They then bit humans and the rest is history. So what to do? Well, like my mom always says, an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure. Prevention is the key. In the South, your pet should be on flea preventative all year round. Our winters are not long enough or cold enough to control the flea population alone. We have so many options available today to help you protect your pet. They range from topical to oral, and you can either get them combined with heartworm preventative (another topic for discussion later) or alone. Please beware to buy a species specific flea preventative as the medications used to control fleas in dogs is very toxic to cats. Also, I would caution you against buying over the counter flea products as several of them have been known to cause severe reactions in animals. Your best bet is to contact our office for recommendations. Just remember to continue to keep your pet protected year round! Call any of the friendly staff at Animal Health Center (770439-1994) or Animal Care Clinic (770-4391996) with any questions you may have!


AARP Tax-Aide is offering another year of tax help to low- to moderate-income taxpayers, especially those 60 and older in Cobb County. There is no income limitation and the service is available to everyone. It is free, individualized and no strings attached. In most cases the tax return is e-filed the same day the return is prepared. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide volunteers are trained and IRS-certified each year to ensure their knowledge of revisions to the U.S. Tax code. Many older taxpayers are unaware of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) or believe they don’t qualify for it. You do not need to be a member of AARP or a retiree to use this service. AARP Tax-Aide sites may be found at the following locations through April 15: Wednesdays - 10-2, Wolfe Adult Recreation Center, 884 Church St, Smyrna. Thursdays - 10-2, Word Of Faith Church 7680 The Bluffs, Austell. Mondays - 10-2 Cobb Cty Senior 1150 Powder Springs St, Marietta - Wellness Center.

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By Robert Meyring out the help of an attorney. The executor Either you will encounter the probate named in the will can be sued if somebody of an estate or you already have. If you does not agree with the will - that’s called haven’t dealt with probate directly, then the a will contest. encounter may actually be someone else The trust is the most reliable estate handling yours. How will someone else planning instrument that can avoid probate handle your probate if you have if it is set up and managed propnever specified how you want your erly. Also a trust can help manage estate probated? That’s what wills one’s assets currently especially if and trusts are for: to direct an execthere is real estate owned in sevutor or a trustee what to do with eral states. Trusts can sometimes your money, real estate, investreduce the death tax burden on an ments and sometimes businesses estate and can defer future death and family wealth at the time you taxes assessed on an estate allowexpire. Intestacy is about letting ing beneficiaries to earn interest the state of your residence decide off of trust funds. who gets your life’s legacy. A good thing about trusts is Robert Meyring What about avoiding probate? that trusts are private agreements Is that a good idea? I find that most people which do not need to be filed with the prohave no understanding if avoiding probate bate court. Everything in a trust can be would be good, or just a waste of effort. kept secret from the whole world including litigious, sometimes greedy relatives. A person can avoid probate if they have If the trust details are secret and the trustee no property in their name, but how can a is unknown, then grasping claimants can person give away all their property during their lifetime? never file a lawsuit because there’s no one Here are a few tips for those who can against which serve the complaint. think beyond themselves and realize that A great thing about trusts is that trusts estate planning and the ability to control can also be used to help raise children who what happens in probate is about taking may be left behind by providing money for care of one’s family, making important healthcare, education, financial managearrangements before it’s too late, and leavment, and general support that may last for ing a legacy for the benefit of the surviving years and sometimes for generations. spouse, children, and friends. Of course, if you have no property at The will is the most common method of all, then intestacy and no probate of your determining who gets what from an estate. estate may be what’s best for you. But how The will must be brought to the probate do you really know what’s best unless you court and filed with a petition and answers seek the advice of a wills, trusts, estates to questions about the estate. The will is and probate attorney? also publicly filed at the time of probate. Robert S. Meyring, is a Vinings attorThere are the costs of filing fees, attorney’s ney. The Meyring Law Firm website is fees, and the time and effort necessary to or call 678-217file probate if a person files probate with4369.

SENIOR CENTER NEWS Freeman Poole Senior Center Here’s what is happening at the C. Freeman Poole Senior Center 4025 South Hurt Road, Smyrna. Call 770-801-3400 for more information or reservations. Valentine’s Day Meet and Eat -Feb. 14, 12 – 2:30 p.m. $10 / $12 Non-resident. If you love Elvis, you don’t want to miss out on this fun-filled afternoon. Join us for Valentine’s Day as Harold Schulz, Elvis impersonator with Blue Suede Entertainment entertains. You will also enjoy a delicious meal catered by Ambrose Culinary Caterers. Veterans Benefits Seminar -- Feb. 20, 10:30 a.m. Free; Registration required. Many veterans are not aware of the array of benefits and services available to them and

to their families. Please join us to learn more about this important topic and steps necessary to facilitate action. Bingo Bash -- Feb. 24, 1– 3 p.m. $3 / $4 Non-resident. Win gift certificates to local restaurants. Blood Pressure Check -- Feb. 24, 12 – 3 p.m. Free. Black History Celebration -- Feb. 25, 12 – 2:30 p.m. $10 / $12 Non-resident. Georgia Supreme Court Judge Harold D. Melton will speak. A comedy skit will be performed by comedienne Jane GalvinLewis, followed by the Dancing Divas. AARP Smart Driver Course -- Feb. 26, 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. $15 AARP members; $20 Non-members. Bring lunch for a 30 minute break.

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February 2014 South Cobb Bright Side  

The Bright Side is a monthly newspaper reaching 40,000 upscale homes in Smyrna, Vinings, Mableton and Austell with news about people, events...

February 2014 South Cobb Bright Side  

The Bright Side is a monthly newspaper reaching 40,000 upscale homes in Smyrna, Vinings, Mableton and Austell with news about people, events...