South Cobb Volume 12, No. 4
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THEATRE PROJECT PRESENTS ‘JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT’
FLOYD CELEBRATES THE ARTS
Some 875 works of art were on display at the Mable House Cultural Center in March as student artists at Floyd Middle School presented their 26 annual “Floyd Celebrates the Arts.” The student art included Asian cultural connections, architecture, portraits, large wooden masterpieces and creative figurative sculptures. A special STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) project brings together art and live action. “March is youth arts month,” said Floyd art teacher Lisa Collins. “This is our version of the Oscars, the Super Bowl of art,” she said. Above, Ms. Collins presents special awards to Alicya McDowell, Ashley Oleka, and Matheus Lago. Below right, Giovanni Chavez demonstrates his animated artwork to his mother Laura and sister, Celeste. Below right, Dr. Robert Downs, assistant superintendent and Principal Dr. Teresa Hargrett look over a life-size sculpture.
“Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” will be presented by The Theatre Project this spring at the Mable House Amphitheatre. This high-energy musical, written by Andrew Lloyd Webber, is based on the coat of many colors story of Joseph from the Old Testament. The play follows Joseph, the father’s favored son; as he is sold into slavery by his jealous brother and taken to Egypt where he becomes second in command to Pharaoh and eventually reunites his family. The musical journey is a kaleidoscope of colorful dance numbers and memorable music. Performances for “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” are scheduled for Friday, April 21 at 7 p.m.; Saturday April 22 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Sunday April 23 at 5 p.m. at the Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre, 5239 Floyd Road, Mableton. Advance tickets are $8 per adult 13 years and older general admission, and $60 per table (6 seat limit). Children 12 and under are Free. Tickets can be purchased from Ticketmaster.com, the Mable House
Anderson Rothwell of Roswell plays the part of Joseph in the Theater Project presentation. Arts Center or the Amphitheatre Box Office. For more information please call 770-8193285.
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Want to deepen your Easter Sunday experience this year? Rewind to Good Friday and gather with folks from across our community for the annual Seven Last Words service at Austell Presbyterian Church. Seven local pastors will share their insights on the last seven words spoken from the cross. This year they include Rev. Michael Martin (Austell First United Methodist), Rev. Clarence Ellerbee (Causey Chapel Baptist Church),Tim Ridgeway (Austell
First Baptist), and Rev. Tracy Carter (Bethsaida Baptist Church). Also preaching will be Rev. Debra Stewart (Smith Chapel United Methodist), Rev. Malcom Lewis (Beacon Hill Baptist Church) and Rev. Spencer Haygood (Orange Hill Baptist Church). It begins at 12 noon and continues until 3 p.m. on April 14. This special service (presented in partnership with Sweetwater Mission), is designed so you may come and go or stay for the entire three hours. Austell Presbyterian Church is located at 5895 Love St. in Austell. Call 770-9482822 for more information.
MCEACHERN GIRLS WIN FOURTH STATE TITLE
The McEachern Indians (26-6) became the first team in Georgia history to win four straight titles in the state’s highest classification. They beat top ranked Norcross 75-68 March 11 at Georgia Tech’s McCamish Pavilion to claim the Georgia Class AAAAAAA girls title. Quanniecia Morrison, who has signed to play for the University of Georgia, scored 24 points. McEachern also got 13 points and six rebounds from Texas Tech signee Lyndsey Whilby and 13 points each from Jewel Smalls and Victoria Agyin. Both Morrison and Whilby were named players of the year by The Georgia Athletic Coaches Association. Coach Phyllis Arthur was named Coach of the Year. McEachern’s program is the first to win four straight titles since Lowndes (1977-80). The two programs have dominated girls basketball in the highest classification. Since 2010, Norcross has won three championships and McEachern has won five.
Members of the McEachern Indians Girls Basketball team hold up four fingers to signify winning thier fourth straight Georgia 7A State Championship against No. 1ranked Norcross at Georgia Tech.
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By Cathy Shattles Lipsett Editor/Publisher It was a recent Sunday and I had a small role to play, leading the prayer after the offertory during each service. Knowing I would be leaving early that morning and wanting to look my best, I had my outfit chosen the night before. I was striving for perfection. As I was leaving the house, with no time to change, I noticed a smudge on my dress. I had to hope the sweater I wore over the dress would cover it up. After I came home, standing with my back to Allan, he noticed that my hose had a run all the way up one leg. So much for the lovely church attire! First a smudge and then a run; perfection was no longer possible. The nice thing about church is that we go there because we aren’t perfect. We can dress ourselves up in our best clothes and have an attitude of self-confidence, but our flaws are still there. Only one has ever lived on earth who was perfect and it is His death and resurrection that we focus on during Holy Week. The struggle for perfection affects some more than others. For some of us, there is the challenge to find the perfect word to say in any situation; the perfect column to write; the perfect house; the perfect family; the perfect life. I admit I have strived for perfection and become upset with myself when I let myself down. But, even if I expect perfection from myself, it’s not fair to expect it always from everyone else. And not fair to myself to expect it all the time. Life is a continuous chain of unexpected imperfections to be taken in stride, corrected or made right. The dress with the smudge will go to the laundry; the hose with the run will go in the trash; and the next outfit will be flawless – but then, again, maybe not. The important thing to focus on is how we handle life when it doesn’t go perfectly. Do we have a complete melt-down; do we give up; do we put our imperfections off on someone else; do we dwell on them and never move on? Or do we take a good look at the situation, figure out what went wrong and try to do better next time? I feel bad for those in the public eye
whose every flaw is replayed at will by those who wish to ridicule or do harm to the reputation of others. It’s important to have high expectations of those in public life, especially those making decisions that affect the rest of us, but not to ridicule them or distort their imperfections unnecessarily. As we enjoy the worship and celebration of Easter, let us focus on the One who was perfect rather than our own and our neighbors’ imperfections. Let us strive for our own personal perfections in things that matter rather than on the slight smudges of imperfection that clutter our everyday lives.
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STROKE SYMPTOMS SHOULDN’T PUZZLE YOU By Amy Carrier, President WellStar Cobb Hospital This is hard to talk about because it’s fresh. My mom had a hemorrhagic stroke – a brain bleed – in early March. Now this woman – whose career and hobbies centered around communication – is fighting to reclaim her words. It took us the better part of a day to recognize Mom needed medical help because the symptoms were not the more recognizable ones such as facial drooping, arm weakness and scrambled speech. Instead, her symptoms were headaches and confusion, symptoms that can be easier to dismiss and cause for delay in getting help. The morning of the stroke, mom woke up with the worst headache she can remember having. As the day went on, she couldn’t think of several simple words when sending a text. She couldn’t read things on social media. Much later in the day, she resisted when my dad wanted to call 911. They finally agreed to call their insurance company’s nurse hotline. That compassionate, lifesaving nurse on the other end of the call said, “Get to the emergency room as fast as possible.” For that, I will forever be thankful. It scares me to think that people don’t recognize these symptoms. Realizing something’s off could be the difference between recovering from stroke or having a permanent disability. My mom is actually lucky. She survived. She is alive. She can move around. But those words. They’re hard to come by. In that Pennsylvania hospital after her stroke, it was overwhelming to try to understand what was next. Did she need to go
CANDLELITE CONCERT SERIES ANNOUNCED The season is set for the 2017 Candlelite Concerts, presented by the South Cobb Arts Alliance at the Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre. The line-up for this summer includes: • May 20 - Domino, the Van Morrison tribute band. • June 17 - Peter Karp and the Roadshow Band, American blues. • Aug. 19 - Soulhound, groove-oriented R&B, soul and greasy funk of the late sixties and seventies. • Sept. 16 - Red Head Diamond, smooth California-style 70’s rock, such as Linda Ronstadt’s greatest hits, as well as favorites by Fleetwood Mac. The Amphitheatre is located at 5239 Floyd Road, Mableton. Admission is free. Gates open at 7 p.m.; performances begin at 8 p.m.
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Amy Carrier, Cobb Hospital president, joins team members who care for patients who have experienced strokes. From left are Angela Greene, environmental services; Saba Bejanishvili, M.D., neurologist and medical director of Cobb Hospital’s stroke program; Liz Peters, RN, stroke program coordinator; and Amy Carrier with Macie Marie, a pet therapy dog. to a rehab facility? Did she need therapy? Why she was given certain medications? Her care team was great, yet there was something missing in our communication, a gap seen too often in our country’s health system. It’s a gap that we’ve made real effort to close at WellStar Cobb Hospital. Liz Peters is a registered nurse whose role as stroke coordinator is to help patients and families after a stroke. She helps them understand the road ahead. The next step. The next step after that. And the next. Anything patients and families need to know. She’s there. Liz is one of many reasons Cobb Hospital is accredited by The Joint Commission for stroke care. We can diagnose a stroke and intervene fast. We communicate with first responders in the ambulance before the patient arrives. We educate. And, we’re part of WellStar’s network with access to highly advanced stroke surgery if needed. It’s hard to see my mom struggle, but I’m cheering her on as she improves. There is a takeaway for everyone in her story. We know our bodies and we need to listen to them. My hope is our community can stop making a puzzle out of stroke symptoms. Let’s make it simple. Just call 911.
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Veterans with their quilts are, at left Bud Baxter, Bruce Estes, Clyde VanSant and Bob Thomas. At right, veterans JT Parris and Jim Morris receive their quilts from Quilt of Valor Quilters Sharon Beaulieu, Mary Chastain and Rena Blain.
SOUTH COBB LIONS GIVE QUILTS TO VETERANS South Cobb Lions Club, supporting The Freedom Quilters Georgia of Quilts of Valor Foundation, raised funds through a raffling of a Quilt made by the Quilters. At South Cobb High School four quilts were presented to the following Veterans to honor their service to our country: • James (Bud) Baxter, U.S. Army 4025th Signal Service Group served Philippines 1945-1946. • Bruce Estes, U.S. Army, 36th Infantry Division Naples, Italy – served 1943-1945 – also in France and Germany received Purple Heart, Bronze Star and other medals. • Clyde VanSant, U.S. Navy, sea duty in North Atlantic, Caribbean Sea, Canal Zone and Pacific on anti-submarine duty served 1943-1945. • Robert (Bob) Thomas, U.S. Air Force 1948 active duty into reserves after year but recalled in September 1950 to active duty –
served Saudi Arabia, Ottawa, Canada, and 1969-70 U-Tapo AFB, Thailand, (Vietnam War) retired in after 20 years in USAF. Recently, at South Cobb Lions meeting Quilts were presented to the following Veterans: • John (JT) Parris, U. S. Army, Instructor Artillery at Fort Bragg, N.C. 1944-45. • James (Jim) Morris, U. S. Army, 99th Infantry Division served in France into Belgium and was part of occupation forces served 1944-46. Freedom Quilters meet 3rd Wednesday each month at Stitch’n Quilt, 5590 Mableton Parkway SW Suite 140, Mableton if you are interested in Quilting for Veterans. South Cobb Lions Club meets 1st and 3rd Mondays 6:30 p.m. at the South Cobb Community Center 620 Lions Club Drive, Mableton. For information email@example.com.
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SCBA meets the first Wednesday of each month at 11:45 at Presbyterian Village, East-West Connector. www.sc-ba.org ••• 4: COBB CHAMBER BUSINESS EXPO. Cobb Galleria Centre from 3 to 6 p.m. May 4. As one of Cobb County’s largest networking events, Business Expo presents exhibitors the opportunity to collaborate with over 1,000 attendees and 150 other exhibitors. Exhibitors and attendees will gain special access to Cobb’s 10 business associations. Open to the public and free to attend. ••• 4: SBA. Smyrna Business Association, Community Center, 11:30 a.m. Thursday, 4 with Speaker Jim Wilgus, Cobb DOT, For reservations: smyrnabusiness.org ••• 6: SPRINGFEST 2017. The Powder Springs Business Group along with local sponsors presents SpringsFest 2017 on May 6 on the Town Square. This family-friendly event from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. includes food trucks, caterers, music,
APRIL 15: COBB’S LARGEST EGG HUNT at 10 a.m., Saturday, April 15, Al Bishop Softball Complex, Marietta. Activities will include egg hunts, art activities, live entertainment, inflatables, hula-hoop contest, tug-of-war, musical chairs, food truck and vendors. There will be five egg hunts broken down into age groups through age 10. Please bring your own baskets for the hunt. Special needs participants are included in all activities. Admission for the hunt is free. For more information please call 770-528-4333. ••• 21-23: JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT Performances are scheduled for 7 p.m., Friday, April 21, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., Saturday, April 22 and 5 p.m. and Sunday, April 23 at the Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre, 5239 Floyd Road, Mableton. For more information call 770-819-3285. ••• 21-22: PLANT SALE & GARDEN FAIR. Jim Miller Park – Free admission. April 21 & 22 The Plant Sale & Garden Fair features a wide selection of plants in every price range. Perennials, herbs, ferns, native plants, ornamental trees, shrubs and more will be for sale from knowledgeable vendors and the gardens of the Master Gardeners. This event also features unusual and unique plants, gardening accessories, yard art and jewelry from specialty vendors from around the southeast. ••• 22: CASINO NIGHT FUNDRAISER. This event is hosted by the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 160, 160 Legion Dr., Smyrna, and all proceeds benefit Special Olympics Georgia-Cobb. April 22, 7 p.m. to 11. Your $25 admission includes $5,000 in casino play chips for poker, blackjack, craps, and roulette. Along with fun casino games your ticket includes dinner, a free raffle ticket all while enjoying the DJ, dancing, Silent Auction, and multiple raffles-including a Grand Prize Raffle at the end of the evening. Join us for a fun night supporting Special Olympics Georgia-Cobb! ••• 25: JONQUIL GARDEN CLUB. A special invitation to Jonquil Garden’s club In-House Plant Sale on April 25 at 10:30 a.m. at Smyrna Library. Club members will share well-potted plants from their personal gardens, including perennials, some hydrangeas, and natives. Following a shorter business session, great plants will be auctioned off to the highest bidder in this fast, furious, and fun event. Jonquil Garden Club meets monthly on the 4th Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. at Smyrna Library to explore gardening topics, community and school projects, and conservation efforts. JGC is open to all who wish to learn more about gardening and horticulture. For more info about programs and projects, call Shirley Priest at 770-433-3248 or see our newly refurbished website at www. jonquilgardenclub.org. Save the date: Jonquil Garden Club’s 8th Annual Plant Sale-June 10 from 8 a.m. to noon. at Smyrna Fresh (Farmers’) Market. ••• 27: BUSINESS EXPO Spring Smyrna Business Expo Trade Show from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 27, Smyrna Community Center, 200 Village Green Circle, Smyrna. This is Smyrna Business Assn Business Trade Show. Local restaurant and Catering Food, Networking, and Door Prizes. ••• 30: ROCK’N AND ROLL’N CAR SHOW April 30 from 1-5 p.m. Live Music featuring “Odd Man Out” Food and Fun. Car entry fee $25 at event; $20 pre-registration until April 20. Benefits God’s Light Youth Choir, Smyrna First United Methodist Church, 1315 Concord Road., Smyrna, Please enter parking lot at King Street entrance. For information, contact Ruben Roberts, firstname.lastname@example.org or 404-427-4234. MAY 2: VBA. Vinings Business Association meets the first Tuesday of each month for lunch. Speaker Cobb Commission Chair Mike Boyce.. Networking and speakers from 11:30 to 1 p.m. Guests are always welcome! (no industry restrictions). Lunch May 2 at Hotel Indigo, 2857 Paces Ferry Road. A Business After-Hours is held the 3rd Tuesday of each month. www.viningsbusiness.com. 678-725-0099. After Hours May 16 at Crispina Ristorante & Pizzeria, 330 Cobb Pkwy (Kroger Shopping Ctr), Vinings. ••• 3: SOUTH COBB BUSINESS. May 3. The
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kid’s activities, bouncy house, performances and local vendors. SpringsFest 2017 brings the best of what Powder Springs has to offer in one funfilled day of food, entertainment, local finds, and family activities. ••• 6: AGING BY DESIGN 2017 EXPO Saturday, May 6 at Cobb County Civic Center, 548 South Marietta Parkway, Marietta, from 10 a.m. to 3.. Meet with local businesses and non-profit organizations to gather information on topics such as home health, transportation, financial planning, estate planning, and more. There will be health screenings and several valuable and informative breakout sessions. Event and parking free. ••• 13: MABLETON DAY Community Celebration. 8 – 4 p.m. Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre, 5239 Floyd Road, Mableton, The day begins with the Mableton Day 5K. Race starts at 8 a.m. ••• 20: CANDLELITE CONCERT. Domino A Van Morrison Experience. From May 20, 8 p.m. to 10 at Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre . The dates for the 2017 Candlelite Concert Series have been announced, so mark your calendars now for some great music under the stars. May 20, June 17, August 19, and September 16. www.southcobbarts.org. ••• 20: SMYRNA GARDEN TOUR. Tour 5 private gardens, Smyrna Elementary garden, Tea Room and plant sale at the Taylor Brawner House. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 20. Tickets on sale May 1 $15 in advance and $20 at the door. An event of Keep Smyrna Beautiful. For information contact Ann Kirk at 770-431-2863. WEEKLY EVENTS AMERICAN LEGION POST 264, 6251 Ivey Road, Mableton is offering free Group Fitness Classes every Saturday morning at 10 a.m. All are welcome. ••• FREE TAIJI CLASS for all Tuesday mornings from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. South Cobb Regional Library: 805 Clay Road, Mableton and on the second Tuesday of each month at The Mable House, 5239 Floyd Road, Mableton. ••• THE LORD’S STOREHOUSE sponsored by Shaw Temple AME Zion Church provides free of charge clothing, small household items, canned goods and toiletries to needy families, individuals and shelters. We also accept donated items in gently used and clean condition. We are located at 775 Hurt Road, SW, Smyrna and open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday from 10 am to 2 pm. For Info call Ms. Turner 678-4375685 or email: 1MomTurner@ATT.net ••• KIWANIS CLUB OF GREATER SOUTH COBB meets at noon the 2nd and 4th Tuesday each month at O’Charley’s 4130 Austell Road, Austell. Call 770-438-6961 for more info. ••• SOUTH COBB ROTARY: noon, Thursday, Presbyterian Village, East-West Connector ••• SOUTH COBB TOASTMASTERS Tuesday at
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6:30 - 7:30 p.m. South Cobb Regional Library, Mableton 678-799-4425. MONTHLY OR MORE AMERICAN LEGION POST 264, 6251 Ivy Road, Mableton meets every third Wednesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. Bingo--Mon, Tues, Friday 8 p.m., Sat. 5 p.m. and Sun. 4 p.m. ••• AUSTELL CITY COUNCIL meets the first Monday of each month for its regular meeting. ••• AUSTELL CIVITAN CLUB is a non-profit organization serving the community and with a charter to support people with disabilities. Our monthly meetings are the 4th Thursday of the month at 6:30 p.m. located (Treadmill Building) 5000 Austell-Powder Springs Road, Suite 105, Austell. For more info visit www.austellcivitan. com or contact email@example.com. ••• COBB-MARIETTA RETIRED EDUCATORS ASSOCIATION meets the second
Thursday of each month. The monthly luncheon is held at the First Methodist Church in Marietta at 11:30 a.m. For more information visit www. cmrea.org. ••• COBB COUNTY MOCHA MOMS offers local support to mothers of color. Cobb County Mochas are a mixture of over 70 working and stay at home mommies. We offer an array of opportunities to connect with other moms through Mom’s Night Out, Sister Circles to that allow us to discuss issues affecting us on our motherhood journey, single moms support, couples’ nights, family community service projects and more. Visit cobbcountymochamoms.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org ••• FOOD AND CLOTHING DISTRIBUTION. St. Luke United Methodist Church, 5115 Brookwood Drive, Mableton, distributes non-perishable food items and clothing ONLY, every 3rd Tuesday, of each month from 10 a.m. to 1. .• • • HOBO SUPPER Second Thursday of each month, from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. Community invited---Clarkdale UMC Austell—Powder Springs Road, Clarkdale, Georgia. For $6 you get a Drink, Beans (3 kinds), Mashed Potatoes, Cole Slaw, Corn Bread, Onions, Pickles, Beets and a large variety of homemade desserts to choose from. Community invited. ••• KIWANIS CLUB OF GREATER SOUTH COBB meets at noon the 2nd and 4th Tuesday each month at O’Charley’s 4130 Austell Rd, Austell. Call 770-438-6961 for more info. ••• JONQUIL CITY INVESTMENT CLUB. Jonquil City Investment Club is a Smyrna-based all-female club looking for new members interested in attending monthly educational meetings and investing small amounts of money in the stock market. For more information contact Cindy Acker, Senior Partner, at cindyacker@ bellsouth.net. ••• LIBERTARIAN PARTY of Cobb County will host their Evening Social & Chapter Meeting, Event held on the first Thursday of every month at 7:30 p.m. Meetings Held at Fire Station 1112 Haynes St., Marietta. For more information like us on Facebook @Libertarian Party of Cobb County or call Gretchen Mangan at 494.368.2865. ••• NEWCOMERS CLUB OF COBB COUNTY meets every 3rd Tuesday of the month 10 a.m. noon. John Knox Presbyterian Church, 505 Powers Ferry Road, Marietta, Visitors are welcome. ••• SMYRNA STITCH-IN GROUP meets the first Monday in the class room at Hobby Lobby, 1355 East-West Connector, Austell. If you like to cross stitch, do crewel work, needlepoint, etc and want to meet women in the area, please come join us. Contact Phyllis Whittingham at pwhittingham@ comcast.net. ••• SONS OF CONFEDERATE VETERANS – The Gen. Leonidas Polk Camp meets on the
Page 7, April 2017 4th Thursday of each month (except for Nov, Dec, & Jan) in the meeting room at the Piccadilly Restaurant, 536 Marietta Pkwy S, Marietta. Our meetings include a presentation on a topic of interest regarding the 1861-1864 era. We begin gathering at 6 p.m. for socialization and dinner followed by the meeting at 7 p.m. We are a hereditary memorial organization and welcome all visitors. For further info contact: Jack Williams at 404-256-4208 or email@example.com. ••• SOUTH COBB HOMESCHOOLERS. Are you a homeschool parent in need of support? The South Cobb Homeschool Support group meets monthly at the South Cobb Regional Library at 805 Clay Road, Mableton. If interested in attending email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 404-644-8391. Visit our website at schomeschoolers.blogspot.com ••• SOUTH COBB LIONS CLUB meets the 1st and 3rd Monday evenings 6:30 p.m. of each month at the South Cobb Community Center 620 Lions Club Drive, SW Mableton. Contact: South Cobb Lions Club: Phone 470-554-2128 on Facebook South Cobb Lions Club or email email@example.com SUPPORT GROUPS ADULT CHILDREN OF ALCOHOLIC and Dysfunctional Families meets every Sunday at 2 p.m. at Ridgeview Institute in the Professional Building North, 3995 S. Cobb Dr., Smyrna. www.ridgeviewinstitute.com/hosp_info_calendar_supp.htm ••• ALATEEN and Al-Anon Family Groups meet every Monday at 8 p.m. at the Ridgeview Institute in the Day Hospital. 3995 S Cobb Drive, Smyrna ••• CANCER SUPPORT GROUP, The Star 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. (A light lunch is served) WellStar Cobb Hospital Magnolia Room Group leader: Raymond Coffman Please call 770-732-3780 to RSVP. ••• DIABETES SUPPORT. WELLSTAR HEALTH SYSTEM will hold monthly free diabetes support groups in the following locations: Smyrna Primary Care, 562 Concord Rd, Smyrna 1 – 2 p.m. on the 3rd Thursday of each month except December. No registration is required. ••• OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS meets at Ridgeview Institute, Room 8, 3995 S Cobb Drive, Smyrna. Mondays 7 p.m. ••• SMYRNA PARKINSON’S SUPPORT GROUP meets at 2 p.m. on the fourth Wednesday of each month, January through November at the Aline Wolfe Adult Recreation Center at 884 Church St., Smyrna, GA Phone: 678-631-5541. The facilitator is Carl Proctor Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Contact: 404-275-9383. Smyrna Parkinson’s Support Group Membership is free to Parkinsonians, care partners, family members, medical professionals and other people whose lives have been touched by PD. ••• RECOVERY INTERNATIONAL Self-help support group for stress, anxiety, depression, etc. Meets every Saturday at 10 a.m. at St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 4300 King Springs Road SE, Smyrna, in the old rectory next to the church. Contact Alicia Garcia at 678-665-5233 for more 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 404-354-8911 for more information or see www.wbcfamily.org. ••• E-mail your organization’s calendar news to email@example.com. Deadline for MAY issue is APRIL 23 with publication the week of MAY 5. Calendar items are accepted from civic groups, non-profits, schools and church organizations and run as space is available. Due to the increasing number of calendar listings, please keep announcements brief. Please do NOT send calendar announcements in flyer format. For more information about submitting calendar items or other news, contact us at 770-426-9388 or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Find updated calendar items on our website at www. brightsidecobb.com.
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Malik Cain of Powder Springs, an Automotive Technology student at Chattahoochee Technical College, was one of six students who received the Mike Peterson Memorial Award. He was awarded a Snap-On toolbox and $6,000 worth of tools March 29. Cain, who is on track to graduate from the Automotive Technology program in May, is one student whose life was changed forever thanks to the Petersons. “Just having the honor to fix cars that people love makes me feel like I am doing the right thing, and I have always wanted my own tools,” he said. “Usually, a lot of dealerships require that you bring your own tools because you are not a mechanic without your own tools, and they are not supplied by the dealership.” Cobb County residents Alan and Claire Peterson, with the help of family friends Ken and Clara McVicor, organize a memorial golf tournament every fall to celebrate the life of their son, automotive enthusiast and former CTC student Michael Peterson, who passed away in 2002.
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WHITEFIELD SENIOR WINS POETRY CONTEST Whitefield Academy senior Samara Huggins of Mableton recently won first place in Georgia’s statewide Poetry Out Loud competition, held at the Atlanta History Center. She will now represent Georgia at the national competition in Washington D.C. on April 24-26, 2017. To earn the Georgia title, Huggins beat out thousands of students from more than 88 schools in Georgia. She recited “Novel” by Arthur Rimbaud, “Dream Song 14” by John Berryman, and “The Farmer” by W.D. Erhart in three successive rounds at the state competition. For her win, she receives a cash prize from the National Endowment for the Arts and her school also receives a prize to be used toward the purchase of poetry books for the school.
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Notes On The News SMYRNA IS NEW HOME MECCA; POWDER SPRINGS MOST AFFORDABLE By Allan Lipsett Editor/Publisher Smyrna has the most wanted home sites but Powder Springs is one of the most affordable according to a couple of recent surveys. A new report by RE/MAX Georgia named Smyrna the No. 1 hotspot for metro Atlanta real estate in 2017. The rankings are developed by looking at factors like increases in property values and the number of days homes spend on the market as well as surveys of brokers in the area. Joining Smyrna on the list were Chamblee at number two, Cumming at number three and Alpharetta at number four. Powder Springs ranks 10th in Georgia in the SmartAsset Affordability Index. According to the site, Powder Springs’ closing costs average $2,652, followed by property tax at $1,607, Homeowner’s Insurance at $1,100, and annual Mortgage Payment of $7.088. The average home price in Powder Springs is $173,750., down slightly from a year ago. Cusseta-Chattahoochee County ranked best in Georgia with other metro Atlanta cities including Conley at No. 2, Morrow at no. 3, Forest Park at 5 and Redan at no. 6. While Smyrna is hot, it’s not affordable. “Smyrna struggles with affordable housing, according to Tom Boland, the city’s economic development officer. New homes prioces average $350,000 due to land costs. “We need senior housing and most city employees, police and fire can’t find an affordable home.” New homes in Austell average in the low $200,000s with a new townhouse project running $180,000, according to Darrell Weaver of the city’s development office. Evans Eyes Governor’s Race Smyrna Rep. Stacey Evans, who passed up a request to run for U.S. Senate last year, could be looking at a run for Governor on the Democratic ticket in 2018 Reportedly, Rep. Evans has begun making phone calls, letting friends know that she is contemplating a run for governor. Evans, was first elected to the Legislature
in 2010. Only five years later, Democrats in Washington tried to lure her into a contest against U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson. She refused. The AJC’s Jim Galloway speculates, “On one hand, in a mid-term election that could become a national test for President Donald Trump, putting a woman at the top of the Democratic ticket in Georgia makes a world of sense. Exit polling says that, while she may have lost the state, Democrat Hillary Clinton beat Trump 54 to 43 percent among women last November.” Pundits predict that the race could pit her against Stacey Abrams of Atlanta, leader of House Democrats in the state Capitol for the last seven years. Both are attorneys, Evans earned bipartisan praise in the House on the push to restore funding that had been cut from the state’s HOPE scholarship program. This year she led the opposition to a move to ban strip state funding for private colleges that won’t cooperate with federal immigration authorities New Locks, New Keys Smyrna is changing the locks. A new access control system in all city buildings will soon be installed at a cost of $125,000 to $150,000. Some 85 – 90 doors will be outfitted with electronic locks and access cards, according to a spokesman from Croyle Engineering. Got an item for the news? Send to news@ brightsidecobb.com.
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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. Bonus Bingo -- Monday, April 10, 1 – 3 p.m. $3 /$4 Non-resident. Bonus Bingo will have a $50 prize for the game of “Cover All.” This is a Friends of Freeman Poole fundraiser to benefit Freeman Poole Senior Center. Clinical Preventive Services -- Tuesday, April 11, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Free; Registration required. Improve the quality of your health and reduce the incidence of chronic disease by becoming familiar with needed immunizations, screenings and services, what Medicare covers in relation to them, and other free/low cost services available. Presented by Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP). Treat Yourself Tuesday -- Tuesday, April 11: Opa Greek Taverna, Smyrna. 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Separate checks; Registration required. Meet at restaurant. Coping and Recovering from Depression -- Wednesday, April 12, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Free; Registration required. It’s the catch-22 of depression – recovering from depression requires action, but taking action when you’re depressed is hard. Draw upon whatever resources you have. You may not have much energy, but you probably have enough to take a short walk around the block or pick up the phone to call a loved one. Talk to one person about your feelings; help someone else by volunteering; have lunch or coffee with a friend; ask a loved one to check in with you regularly; or accompany someone to the movies, a concert, or a small get-together. Join as Donna McGrane with Ridgeview presents. Shuttle Trip – Allure Nails and Spa/ Creatwood Tavern -- Thursday, April 13, 11
a.m. – 3 p.m. Free; Registration required. Don’t miss out on this fun shuttle trip and pamper yourself to a mani/pedi at Allure Nails and Spa at The Shops at Belmont. You will get your nails done first and then we will have lunch at the Creatwood Tavern, which is within walking distance from the spa. Shuttle will pick you up at the center. Invite a friend or two. Limited seating. Friday Happy Hour -- Friday, April 21, 2 – 4 p.m. $5 /$6 Non-resident. Everyone is enjoying Friday Happy Hour, so don’t let your afternoon get away from you and plan to join in the fun social gathering! Light refreshments, music and socialization; first come, first served. Fundraiser to benefit Freeman Poole Senior Center. Bingo Bash -- Monday, April 24, 1– 3 p.m. $3 /$4 Non-resident. Fundraiser to benefit C. Freeman Poole Senior Center. Hearing Screenings -- Monday, April 24, 11a.m. – 1 p.m. Free. If you are having trouble with your hearing, now is your chance to get this free screening done. Erin Rellinger, Audiologist with the Hearing Center at Eye Consultants of Atlanta will provide free hearing tests. Walk-ins are welcomed and the screening will take less than 10 minutes per person. Wild Animal Safari -- Tuesday, May 23, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Plan to spend an adventurous day with us at the Wild Animal Safari in Pine Mountain. We will first have lunch at the Bulloch House in Warm Springs, where you will enjoy a delicious southern meal. The Wild Animal Safari has 65 different species adding to over 650 animals. Everyone will learn about various creatures as a park tour guide will join us. $67 Senior Council member; $72 Non-member. Payment due at time of registration. Deadline: April 25. Price includes motor coach transportation, admission fees, lunch, taxes and tips.
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HABITAT FOR HUMANITY RESTORE: Do you have a heart for Habitat? Join us on Saturday, May 6, to find out how volunteering at the Habitat ReStore-Smyrna will help support Habitat for Humanity of North West Metro Atlanta, as they provide affordable housing for families in the community who need it. The Volunteer Information Session will start at 10:30 AM and will take ap-
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Chronic Headache Pain? The cause of chronic migraines, tension type headaches, and face, jaw, and neck pain could be unbalanced forces in your mouth that affect the muscles of these areas, leading to changes in the chemical and nerve reactions that cause chronic pain.
ROTARY HONORS ESSAY CONTEST WINNERS
The South Cobb Rotary held its 40th Garrett Middle School Essay Program in March. This year’s winners include: 6th Grade -- 1st Adrian Thomas, 2nd Adrianna Mason, 3rd Sara Ghezealayagh; 7the Grade -- 1st Madison Jackson, 2nd Benjamin Yeboah, 3rd Ledia Mullings; 8th Grade -- 1st Joda Foote, 2nd Destiny Williams, 3rd Amanda Merrilles. The teachers of the winning students are : Mrs. Mitchell ; Mrs. Burns; and Mrs. Hobbs. A luncheon was held at the Presbyterian Village where the students read their essays to the club. Each first place received $100, second $50 and third $25.
SMYRNA JONQUIL FESTIVAL OFFERS FOOD, FUN, ART APRIL 29-30 ON VILLAGE GREEN The Smyrna Spring Jonquil Festival is coming April 29 – 30 on Smyrna’s Village Green. Presented by Superior Plumbing, the festival features some 175 Arts & Crafts booths, 15 food booths, an entertainment stage, and a variety of children’s activities. The Jonquils will be in bloom in the midst of spring time in Smyrna. Artisans are from all over the southeast feature their own hand-made crafts, paintings, clothing, furniture, jewelry and much more. The festival foods include: cotton candy, candy apples, corn dogs, handdipped ice cream, snow cones, polish sausage, chicken sandwiches, and BBQ. The interactive children’s area includes inflatable activities, sand art, and more. Peter Hart will be back, bringing his Atlanta Puppet Show that appeals to everyone in a family audience. His unique marionettes and puppet characters sing, dance, juggle, play fiddle, break apart and come back together, squirt water, and are even launched by catapult across the stage. New for 2017 is the Team Rock Ninja Experience. This amazing team of martial arts experts has been wowing audiences around the world with high-flying, jaw-dropping performances that showcase an extraordinary display of extreme break-
ing and theatrics. K-9s in Flight: Audiences of all ages will be entertained by this non-stop, actionpacked performance showcasing the top amazing K-9 sports, including K-9 dock diving, high jump and Frisbee all in a fun, high-flying atmosphere. Stilt Walkers: Also strolling through the festival will be the phenomenon known as the Walking TreeMan. Barely distinguishable from the real trees, Walking TreeMan moves slowly and deliberately down the street, enchanting all that meet him. At over 12 feet tall, TreeMan can be seen from 150 yards away! Keep your eyes peeled also for someone dressed as Woody from Toy Story…only he’s 10 feet tall! He will be performing amazing lasso tricks to entertain the festival goers of all ages! Kids and adults alike will be thrilled to hear Scott Thompson of Peachtree Station performing all the songs you know and love on the Veteran’s Memorial grand lawn adjacent to the Spring Jonquil Food Court. The Jonquil Jog will kick the festival off Saturday morning at 8 a.m., with the 5K Run/Walk. The jog will be held at the City of Smyrna Municipal Building next to the Village Green (registration required call 770-319-5401 or on-line at www.smyrnacity.com).
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FIRST CHRISTIAN CHURCH OF MABLETON CELEBRATES INTERNATIONAL DAY The First Christian Church of Mableton, located off Old Alabama Road across from Pebblebrook High School, celebrated its International Day event on Sunday evening, March 19. “The Bible tells us there will be people from every country and language worshipping in heaven and we reflected that in our own way here tonight,” Lalo Escobedo, the church’s Hispanic Minister, said. “There is so much diversity here in South Cobb and it is reflected in our congregation and we wanted to celebrate that,” he added. The service included singing in three
different languages and reading scripture in five more. There was a Parade of Flags followed by a time of enjoying food together. There was food from five Central American, five European, three South American, one Middle Eastern and one North American country being shared. Andy Daniell, the church’s Senior Minister noted that “we had individuals born in 11 different countries across 3 continents participating with us tonight. Churches should be leading the way in healing divisions in our country and we hope in some small way we contributed to greater unity here tonight.”
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Powder Springs Mayor Al Thurman told residents that it’s time for the city to grow and bring in new development. Cathy Clemensen He noted that over the past two decades, Douglasville there have been numerous studies. “We’ve studied these things to death. It’s time to get moving.” Barbara Criner - PowNearly 100 people attended the State of der Springs the City presentation at the Ford Center on January 24. On the financial side, the mayor said, Kim Meacham - Mar“In short, the city is in the black.” ietta He asked residents to be sure to make their comments known to elected leaders. “We need you to tell us if we are on the right track,” he said. “We work for the citizens who want to be included in any decisions we make.” He noted that in the past year he has worked to increase openness and communication. The city has increased Town Hall meetings from annually to quarterly. Interim Police Chief Cochran told the crowd that the Bridging the Gap Program begun in 2015 has brought together law enforcement, community officials and faith leaders to work on relations between the police and community. Numerous community events for children have been held. The Citizens and Police Program (CAP) assigns a police officer to a community to be the face for that area. A summer youth program is being planned.Also, please add the word “Alliance” to the The city is partnering with CobbWorks heading, so it reads South Cobb Arts Allito host a job fair to bring business owners ance Members Show. and residents together. The Great Promise Partnership is working to prevent dropouts, A. 3rd prize winner Cathy Clemensen, Suworking through the business ambassador warns. per Nova, and Sherry Dorris “You asked for more community events,” City Manger Pam Conner said. The city has added a Veterans Day programB.in 1st prize winner Barbara Criner, Girl in addition to the July 4 and Christmas Tree Yellow Sweater Lighting. Several 5K runs are held on city trails. C. Artist David Roby, Maryanne Cook of each or with of which are Peachtree certified. Smyrna, and patron The city has worked to provide quality entertainment local including a comedy D. Artist Shellton LaBron Tremble and show and an upcoming jazz series. In recreation and arts, the city patron has started a public arts initiative working with students in Middle school and has added a E. President Sandra Miller, Barbara Criner and exhibit gallery at City Hall in coordination with the South Cobb arts alliance. 1st prize winner, Gallery Coordinator Sherry For hunters, on city property that was Dorris powder Springs Road will soon be used for both hunting. Chief Cochran noted that the F. 2nd prize winner Kim R. Meacham, Sundeer population has gotten high and that will be selected by lottery. burst and Hills The city’s linear part now includes a children’s playground and adult workout circuit will soon be adding a dog park and a skateboard park. The police department is adding a Teen Citizens Police Academy. While police calls are up by 44 percent, the city has removed the backlog on court cases. On Infrastructure, 10 roads have been resurfaced in addition to numerous water and sewer repairs. Powder Springs Road intersection improvements are planned in three areas – Deer Creek, Flint Hill, and Pine Grove – that will start the summer.
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2017 KSB Awards Banquet Keep Smyrna Beautiful honored its volunteers, noted its accomplishments and recognized its leaders at a dinner April 23. Liz Davis, chairman, thanked the crowd for their “time, support and hard work that you gave to make it great.” She noted that in 2016, more than 2,105 volunteers donated some 6,528 hours to help Keep Smyrna beautiful. In 2016 Keep Smyrna Beautiful was named one of the top State programs for the 20th straight year by Keep Georgia Beautiful. It also won a Sustained Excellence award with Keep America Beautiful competing against programs in cities up to 100,000 population that were previous award winners. Due to the public’s support, she said,” we have been in the top three programs nationally for 15 of the past 20 years. The Banquet also kicks off our 2017 Great American Cleanup and includes events throughout the year. The Great American Cleanup is a nationwide effort organized by Keep America Beautiful for affiliates like us to focus on community cleanups and the work volunteers. This year’s theme is “Clean Your Block Party.” A community cleanup event is planned for April 22 at Tolleson Park. Virginia Davis noted that some $422,883 in donated time, money and services were given to the City of Smyrna in the past fiscal year from Keep Smyrna Beautiful volunteers. That is a return og $1.96 for every tax dollar spent on the program. The speaker for the event was Jim Nordmeyer, Global VP of Sustainability for Owens- Illinois, one of the world’s largest glass container Manufacturers. In fiscal year 2016, KSB’s 26-year-old Adopt-a-Mile Program accomplished the following: 661 volunteers cleaned some 49
miles, filled approximately 455 bags of litter and gave 1,396 hours of service, valued at more than $32,760. This does not include any court - ordered community service time. “Picking up litter from the roadway is not glamourous work,” Dais said. “In fact, it can be rather frustrating picking up someone else’s trash.” Some 40 groups participated in the Adopt-a-Mile program, held four times a year to conduct clean-ups of their adopted miles. Recycling is one of the ways that the city handles its waste, saving energy and resources. With both curbside and drop-off recycling provided, the City of Smyrna has one of the most comprehensive recycling programs in the State. The city’s new Recycling Center came on line in FY2016 and served 22,860 patrons and weights were up 19 percent over 2015. The combined drop-off and curbside recycling totaled 2,933 tons, brought in over $24,000 in revenue. This also saved 27,853 cubic yards of landfill space. The volume diverted is equal to a line of washing machines 16 miles long. And while the population of Smyrna increased by over 2,000 in FY2016, the Municipal Solid Wasted tonnage was reduced by 182 tons. These programs are sustainable because our City had strong economic incentives to promote waste reduction and recycling in reducing tipping fees. KSB celebrated the 30th year of planting jonquil bulbs in 2016. In that time some 1,189,500 bulbs have been sold. The current board of directors includes Angie Bolton, Betty Williams, Ed Plansker, Eric Dennis, Eva Tackett, Gina Bridges, Holly Elemendorf, Judy Hartley, Karleen McNabb, Lisa Castleberry, Liz Davis, Lois Lewis, Maggie McGarity, Nell Robinson and Phyllis Owens.
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DR. KHAN LOOKS AFTER YOUR SMALL ANIMALS animal sanctuary. Though sometimes I joke By Dr. Riaz H. Khan It is always a good day when a con- we have too many, I’m guilty of bringing versation starts with “Doc, you remember in my fair share. If you visit my clinic you will undoubtedly be greeted by our house when…” I am blessed with many faithful clients cat, Charlie. Keep walking folks, there are who have stayed with me since the begin- more cats ready to greet you and happy to ning and added many more along the way. go home with you if you are the right fit for Since beginning this journey in 1979 I have learned much about the human race, what a learning curve it was for a young foreign man, with a bit of a language barrier, starting a new business in a small town. It was this small town of Powder Springs and the people in it that made this man feel great. No doubt in the beginning I had to put both feet forward, work all the harder, and lean on many fine people who put their trust in me to treat them and their precious pets right to gain the trust of the rest of the community, and gain their trust I did. How inspiring to win the trust of so many; now that will drive you to be the best you can. Dr. Riaz Khan at Powder Springs Animal Clinic, For the first 25 of my 37 years and his assistant, Cindy Littlefield, treat a dog at of practice at Powder Springs Animal Clinic, I enjoyed the race the clinic. of tending to both large and small animals, but today I work with small ani- them, after all the girls say “the cats pick mals and occasionally visit a farm for one their owners not the other way around.” In my 37 years of practice I have come of my long time clients. My small animal practice keeps me quite busy and with more across some of the most generous people I advancements in medicine and diagnostics, have ever met; people who would quite litthe learning never stops. I never dreamed erally give the shirt off their back to help back in 1979 that my clinic would have another. Our clients are remarkable, donatsuch state-of-the-art equipment, much as ing money for another’s pet care or to the you would see in any modern day hospital many rescue groups we work with. It is a setting; digital radiology, ultrasound, endos- great pleasure when we have the opportunity copy, in hospital blood work using inte- to tell one of our clients that they have had grated software, remarkable nursing station/ an anonymous donor either donates funds to ICU unit, with high-tech dental and surgical their account or that their bill has been paid equipment. Though it is challenging work- in full. Relationships are so important and ing with patients who are unable to speak I consider my clients, like my staff, family. To put it plainly, we adore our clients, for themselves, to be able to help and ease their suffering, is quite satisfying. At the as well as the “fur-babies” that have their end of the day, the love and compassion of hearts. It is our pleasure to serve this great community and we will continue to strive to veterinary medicine keeps me going. My clinic is run by a group of wonder- meet every pet’s needs and achieve our ultiful women who certainly keep me on my mate goal: providing the best possible care toes every day. We strive to keep a family for every pet that comes through our doors, oriented environment and most of my staff educating their owners, and help aide great has either been with me over 20 years or I rescue groups that work so hard to save so have known them for at least that long. The many. For more information, contact Dr. Khan ladies of PSAC have big hearts and over the years have turned this clinic into their own at Powder Springs Animal Clinic at 770943-1811 or powderspringsvet.com.
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