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Dr. Betty Ann Cook of Mableton, executive director for community outreach and engagement at Chattahoochee technical College, was named South Cobb’s citizen of the year for 2013 in May. She began her career at Chattahoochee Tech in 2004 and has served as director of college research, acting dean of the Austell campus, colleges ombudsperson, and as a special assistant to the president for international affairs. She is focused on creating long-term partnerships with businesses, community leaders, faith based, civic organizations, community groups, government entities, agencies and schools. She is often seen coordinating clean up days and improvement projects in the community, participating as a principal for the day at local elementary schools and assisting in the planning of fundraising events for the Cobb Library Foundation. “She represents the college very well. She can fit into any group and is a pleasure to work with her,” said Dr. Ron Newcomb, president of Chattahoochee Technical College. “She is hardwired toward building community, building bridges and forming relationships.” A Fulbright-Hays International Scholar, she holds degrees in social work from Howard University and Atlanta University, as well as a doctorate in educational administration. Dr. Cook is a lifetime member of the Cobb NAACP, Cobb Library Foundation Board, Cobb Faith Partnership board, and Grace Faith Ministries board as well as a member or board member of several local organizations and nonprofit groups. “She has a heart that is truly giving and humble,” said Deanne Bonner, president Cobb NAACP. Nominations are solicited yearly with a selection committee making the final deci-

sion as to who has demonstrated through definable, exceptional deeds that he or she has made the South Cobb area a better place to live and work. Cook was honored in a luncheon ceremony by the South “She is the epitome of grace and kindness,” said Carol Ney of the library foundation noting that Dr. Cook created a video to promote Cobb libraries that won a national award over 11,000 entries. Thanking the Rotary Club and Chamber for the award, Dr. Cook said that Cobb County was a great place to live, play and work. The award was presented by the South Cobb Rotary and Cobb Chamber at Presbyterian Village in a ceremony May 16 that included speakers and a video message from her daughter who lives in New York City.


Dr. Betty Ann Cook holds her South Cobb Citizen of the Year Award.

Austell officials, along with Cobb and Douglas Commissioners, cut the ribbon at the Frog Rock Disc Golf Course’s first tee in Louise Suggs Park.


The City of Austell opened the Frog Rock Disc Golf Course May 21 at Louise Suggs Memorial Park, only the second disc golf course in Cobb County. “This Park preserves our history,” said former Councilwoman Beverly James Boyd. She noted that the nearby Springs, noted for their healing waters, were discovered by the Cherokee Indians and visited by wealthy society families in the early 1900s. The course is expected to draw some 500 to 1,000 players weekly. It was designed by John Ritger, who said. “It’s a more accessible form of golf.” The ninehole course has both beginner and advanced tee pads and has three different post positions for each hole so that the course can be varied each day. Disc golf players trying out the course gave it high marks. “They’ve done a good job on this course,” said Darren Schatz of Paulding County. “It’s nice to have another course nearby.” Frog Rock has been a historic landmark and tourist attraction in Austell for more than 150 years. The land was home

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to the Lithia Springs golf course from 1930 to 1975. Former LPGA pro Louise Suggs grew up playing this course that her father managed, beginning her championship golf career at the age of 10. In 1975 much of the land was sold off to develop a shopping center. The City of Austell purchased the remaining 54 acres in 2002 to develop a passive park with trails, picnic pavilions, a butterfly garden and the disc golf course.

PUCKETT EMS IS SMALL BUSINESS OF YEAR Puckett EMS was named the 2013 Small Business of the Year by the Cobb Chamber of Commerce and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution at the Chamber’s First Monday Breakfast June 3. Established in 2001 by Steven Puckett, and based in Austell, Puckett EMS provides 9-1-1 emergency services and inter-facility transportation throughout four operating units in Georgia and Tennessee. As the Chamber’s 2013 Top Small Business of the Year, Puckett will compete in the state’s small business of the year competition.

After more than two years of planning, educators, community volunteers and parents plan to open the doors on a new independent Preschool-12th grade school in southern Cobb County with a first year student body of approximately 150. The SAE School will begin classes on August 13, at 6688 Mableton Parkway, the former site of the Imagine International Academy of Mableton. The SAE School will lease the building from Imagine Schools, but will have no other affiliation with the company. Employing a Project Based Learning approach and a year-round, 200-day calendar, the school is the first of its kind in the region. “From the moment that I was introduced to the school’s founders and learned about the school’s unique teaching philosophies, I knew that I wanted to be part of such a profound teaching movement,” said SAE science teacher Taryn Steen. “I’m very visual when I’m working with children, so the project based learning and hands on teaching methods already align with my teaching style. So much thought, educational research, care, passion and attention to detail has been put into account when the founders created The SAE School.” Founders Jimmy Arispe and Janet Rau have significant history in furthering education in the region. Arispe served as a teacher at Brown Elementary, Assistant Principal at Campbell Middle School, and Superintendent of Schools in Cherokee, N.C. Rau opened the Vinings Academy preschools and founded St. Benedict’s Episcopal Day School. The pair recruited a group of more than 100 parent and resident volunteers over the last two years, formed a Board of Directors and put into place all of the requirements to launch this new independent school. “This part of Cobb County has a critical need for better school options,” said SAE School CEO/Head of Schools Arispe. “Everyone involved with designing and building The SAE School has children who will attend the school, and so every single decision we make has to pass the test: ‘Is this what I would want for my own child?’ We are super attuned to all of our enrolled families as well, and we will always govern the school with open lines of communication with all of them,” he said. The SAE School received more than 500 applications from teachers wanting to be part of this innovative new school. It will open with about 20 teachers to serve the first year student enrollment. “It did not take long for me to fall in love with a school as innovative and cutting edge as The SAE School. Not only do their beliefs and values align with my own, I know The SAE School will be where I want to send my own children,” said music Continued on Page 10

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Comments By Cathy TIME FOR FAMILY IS IMPORTANT FOR FATHERS 1675 Cumberland Parkway #412 Smyrna, Georgia 30080 770-435-4296 or at Find us on Facebook & Twitter Just steps from Precious Cargo & South City Kitchen

By Cathy Shattles Lipsett Editor/Publisher What can you give to the father who has everything? It’s the same thing the father can give to the children who have everything. It’s the one gift that everyone should have. TIME! It’s a gift in limited commodity; a short shelf-life; fits everyone; and need never be returned. In our rush and tumble, busy, busy lives, there never seems to be enough time for all of the things we want to do. But time is the one thing that we all need from those we love. Time: you can’t wrap it in pretty paper and tie with a ribbon; it’s fleeting; and ephemeral; but it’s the best gift of all. Our son, Peter, has just completed his MBA with an emphasis on economics. A rigorous and demanding endeavor while working full time, he graduated with a high GPA. This was a great accomplishment; but it cost him in lost family time. But I’m proud of him for still reserving as much time as possible for wife, Ann-Bailey, and toddler, daughter, Lilly Bell. Leaving early and returning after Lilly Bell was sleeping on class days meant finding creative was to preserve quality time. Sometimes it was dressing Lilly Bell while her mom was dressing for work; or preparing her breakfast and eating with her. Weekends meant finding as much time as possible to be together as well as study. My father was a golfer. No, not professionally; but that was his passion; his hobby. His work, which he enjoyed, was with Eastern Air Lines. You would think that between work and golfing, he would have little time for his family. One way he found time to be with his two young daughters was take us to the golf course with him. Neither of us turned into golfers, but we enjoyed being with him, walking the course, watching him play. When I was on the Marietta School Board with a night meeting twice a month, Allan would take Peter and Katie out to McDonald’s for dinner. Although Allan is a great cook, they enjoyed this special daddychild night out together. When I announced that I wasn’t going to run again for the Board, both children asked if that meant giving up their special McDonald’s night. By then, they were both in high school and eating at McDonald’s wasn’t that special, but the time with their dad certainly was. Not only is it often difficult for busy fathers to find that special time for their children, it is often difficult for children W E


to find time for their fathers. The modern family has created such hectic schedules that from a young age children are often too busy for fun family time. When roles are reversed and the child is an adult, with their own family, it is even harder for them to find quality time with their father. A phone call or a visit is a special gift, much better than anything store bought. The best gifts of time are given in love; non-judgmental; non-threatening; time just being together. It doesn’t have to involve anything complicated; not necessarily a lot of conversation; not even large amounts all at once. Just enough time to say “I love you; I care about your life; I value you as a person.” My own dad left this world much too soon. Our time together passed much too quickly and I wish there could have been time for one more walk around the golf course or one more conversation with him. The best gift I have given my children is the same one my mother gave to me: a loving father who treasures time with his children even when they are all grown up.

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The First Christian Church of Mableton, located at 878 Old Alabama Road in Mableton, announces the hiring of Dr. Andy Daniell as its new Senior Minister. Dr. Daniell brings not only knowledge and passion for the Bible into the position but also leadership and management experience from the Dr. Andy Daniell corporate world. In addition to preaching and reengaging the church in the local community, Dr. Daniell also serves on the board of directors at the Sunbelt Christian Youth Ranch and

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Sunday 9 a.m. - noon, January through November on the Historic Marietta Square. For info, visit ••• 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. ••• FREE WEEKLY COMMUNITY MEALS ST. LUKE UMC, 5115 Brookwood Drive Mableton will be serving a free meal every



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Thursday at 6 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. All are welcome. Entrance on lower level in back of church. ••• FREE WEEKLY COMMUNITY DINNER - Please join us! Every Monday night at 6 p.m. Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, 6216 Love Street, Austell. ••• SOUTH COBB ROTARY: noon, Thursday, Presbyterian Village, East-West Connector ••• SOUTH COBB TOASTMASTERS Tuesday at 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 COMMUNITY TASK FORCE meets every 1st Monday at 7 p.m. at the South Cobb Recreation Center, 875 Six Flags Drive, Austell. ••• “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. ••• THE MOMS CLUBS of Smyrna are nonprofit support groups for at-home mothers. Smyrna/Vinings-West chapter includes zip code 30082 in the Nickajack & Russell school district. Please email for more information. ••• SMYRNA STITCH-IN GROUP meets the first Monday at the South Cobb Library - 805 Clay Road - Mableton. If you like to cross stitch, do crewel work, needlepoint. etc. and want to meet women in the area, please come join us. Contact Nadine Amy at ••• SONS OF CONFEDERATE VETERANS – The Gen. Leonidas Polk Camp meets on the 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 ••• SOUTH COBB BUSINESS ASSOCIATION meets the first Wednesday of each month at 11:45 at Mableton Lion’s Club Park Community Center. ••• 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 30126. If you are interested in attending please email us at or call 404-644-8391. Visit our website at schome-

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South Cobb ••• SOUTH COBB LIONS CLUB meets the 1st and 3rd Monday evenings of each month at The South Cobb Community Center. 620 Lions Club Drive in Mableton at 6:30 p.m. ••• SOUTH COBB SENIORS Friendship Club meets on the 1st Monday of each month 10:30 a.m. at the Lions Club Drive Community Center, Mableton. Newcomers are welcome to come and join the fellowship and lunch, guest


y Calendar speakers and the love of others. ••• SUPPORT GROUPS 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. ••• GRANDPARENTS AS PARENTS SUPPORT GROUP Starting in the South Cobb Area. Are you a grandparent parenting or helping to Parent your grandchildren? Could you use some encouragement, new ideas, practical help, or prayer? Wouldn’t it be great if you had a support group designed just for you? A Grandparents As Parents (GAP) group is being organized

in the South Cobb area To meet this need. For more information about the group visit www. or by calling the church office at 770-948-2822. The group will not be a prayer group or bible study, but a support group. The group will focus on sharing encouragement, ideas, and practical help. ••• 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, Our programs are educational and supportive. They provide insight and share information of getting the assistance we need. NAMI South Cobb Connections – Contact: Patricia Kramer, 770-222-3211, 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. ••• VISION REHABILITATION SERVICES SUPPORT GROUP (Pride) meets from 1:30 p.m. – 3 p.m. on the third Friday of each month. Contact Gloria Fisher, LCSW, for more details: 770-432-7280. ••• E-mail your organization’s calendar news to Deadline for the JULY issue is JUNE 23 with publication the week of JULY 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 Find updated calendar items on our website at

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Quality Healthcare for our Community

When you are in the hospital, (or simply in need of one), the last thing you want to worry about is being far from home. That’s why you should know of the comprehensive and quality care available at WellStar Cobb Hospital. Recent quality awards include two recognizing patient quality and safety from the Partnership for Health and Accountabilty (PHA). The annual awards recognize Georgia healthcare organizations for achievement in reducing the risk of medical errors and improving patient safety and medical outcomes. WellStar Cobb Hospital imparts quality and safety into every service offered, from our pediatric and adult Emergency services to our cardiac care and robotic surgery institute. When you need quality care, know that WellStar Cobb Hospital is here for you. For physician referral, please call 770-956-STAR.


Zachary Smith, a junior at South Cobb High School’s Academy of Research and Medical Sciences Magnet Program was fourth place winner in the 2013 Kiwanis State of Georgia Art and Music Showcase. The student was sponsored by the Smyrna Kiwanis. At the completion at Carrollton’s Cultural Arts Center in Carrollton Zach played Arabesques by Debussy on the piano. The top four students in the event were awarded college scholarship funding. Dr. Fred Richards of the Georgia District Kiwanis Foundation, presented the award. For more information about next years event contact Joe Debose, Smyrna Kiwanis Joe. If you are interested in piano lessons please contact Dr. Adriana VanRensburg adri_


The vision of WellStar Health System is to deliver world-class healthcare through our hospitals, physicians and services. Our not-for-profit health system includes WellStar Kennestone Regional Medical Center (anchored by WellStar Kennestone Hospital), WellStar Cobb, Douglas, Paulding and Windy Hill hospitals; WellStar Medical Group; Health Parks; Urgent Care Centers, Health Place; Homecare; Hospice; Atherton Place; Paulding Nursing Center; and WellStar Foundation.

The Summer Reading Program is a great way for all ages to improve reading skills over the summer, to meet experts and public servants in your community, and to be entertained. All of the fun begins June 1. The Summer Reading Program ends July 31. Participation in the Summer Reading Program is open to the public and free of charge. This eNewsletter only scratches the surface of all that’s offered during the summer. For more information on the Summer Reading Program, please speak with librarians at any CCPLS branch about the summer schedule, watch for updates in our June and July eNewsletters, and visit the Summer Reading Program page at Themes for Summer Reading 2013: Sponsored by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Georgia Public Library System, the Summer Reading Program of CCPLS has adopted themes for all ages: • Kids, from birth to fifth grade: “Dig into Reading” • Teens: “Beneath the Surface” • Adults: “Groundbreaking Reads” Anyone can participate, and the program is free! Stevi B’s is sponsoring a pizza giveaway for kids again this year! The first 5,000 children to return their folders any time after July 4 can receive a coupon for a free kid’s buffet at any local Stevi B’s location. The library is giving away a grand prize again this year: an iPad, courtesy of Cobb EMC! Everyone who participates in the summer reading program is eligible to win.

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The Georgia Athletic Director Association and the Georgia Boys Lacrosse High School Coaches Council awarded accolades to Whitefield Academy leaders. Lynn Dupree - athletic director, Whitefield Academy, was named the Georgia Athletic Director Association (GADA) Region 6A Athletic Director of the Year, while his colleague, John Hunter was presented with the 2013 Coach Award as the best lacrosse coach in the state by the Georgia Boys Lacrosse High School Coaches Council. “What an incredible year for White-

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By Robert Meyring younger brother last weekend. At 80 years This writing might be a bit therapeutic of age, my uncle is definitely losing his as I may be somewhat obsessed by the idea mind. As opposed to my dad, ironically my of losing my mind. If it’s not an obsession uncle remembers a lot from the past and then it could be a fixation. In either case almost nothing from the present. He most it’s my immediate and long term often thought I was his brother, self-prescribed plan of treatment even though he is my godfather. to continue to write about it and to I also visited with my late help clients and their family memlawyer grandfather’s sister-in-law. bers through these issues without She turned 100 years old this past any plan to stop. If a body at rest April. Thankfully, she remembered tends to stay at rest, then if I stop me and she has not lost her mind, writing or working as an attorney, but at 100 years it takes her mind a I’m probably soon likely to find bit longer to process things. my permanent rest. My grandfather worked 53 I’ve written over four years years as a lawyer until he died. He ago that my brother lost his mind Robert Meyring was sharp and accomplished. He though accident-induced amnesia, did not lose his mind and his death that both my late grandmothers lost their by stroke was sudden at 76 years of age. minds by dementia and Alzheimer’s disI counsel people through the passing ease, and that it seems to run in the family. of a loved one. I help others plan and preI also wrote then, that my dad was not pare for the oncoming “mental darkness.” losing his mind and was doing pretty well Sometimes I help bereaved family memfor his age. bers litigate over a trust or an estate in proSince that time my brother has regained bate where the planning failed to occur or many of his faculties and the amnesia has was flawed in some way. More than “therdissipated, but the traumatic brain injury apy,” it’s a common understanding; it’s my has affected his ability to think normally, enjoyment of the work and the sense of his ability to work has been diminished, mission and purpose to know that I can be and he may never recover his capacity. My there as a trusts and estates attorney for a dad has been affected by his diagnosed mild person and their family when they are vulcognitive disorder and it has progressed so nerable and most in need of help. that it’s very hard for him to recollect much I realize that, just like everyone, I will from the past. die eventually. If I can help it, I will do my My grandmother with dementia lived best to keep my mental faculties by workto 98 ½ years of age and completely lost ing as a lawyer until I cannot any longer as touch with her environment, pain, time, my grandfather did. The lawyer that is helppeople – everything. But she did form ing my brother with his accident lawsuit is the habit of walking, a lot: day and night in his 90s. He retired at one time but came without regard to anything much except out of retirement because he was starting to for some innate notion to walk. She went lose his mind. He could not stand the idea from taking many daily pills for ailments of not using his brain to do the work he including thrombosis and high blood preshad always known and loved. That lesson sure, to mindlessly walking herself back might be called: “Use it or lose it.” So, I’ll into physical health. Ultimately she did not take it and use it in mind and body. need to take medications any longer. The Robert S. Meyring of Meyring Law high blood pressure and thrombosis were Firm offers complimentary 10 minute gone. phone consultations at 678-217-4369 I traveled to and visited with my dad’s


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There is a new breakfast, brunch and fresh to order, and the restaurant does not use lunch restaurant in Smyrna/Vinings, located deep fryers or heat lamps. A lot of care goes in a familiar space. First Watch has opened into the food preparation and service. For one of its first Atlanta area restaurants in the example, we make our French toast batter former J. Christopher’s space in Ivy Walk, 1675 Cumberland Parkway, Smyrna. First Watch serves its entire menu seven days a week from 7 a.m. until 2 p.m. First Watch is quickly becoming a popular spot for a weekend brunch, an early morning breakfast meeting, or a delicious breakfast or lunch seven days a week. The restaurant also offers guests complimentary newspapers and free Wi-Fi Internet access. While some of the previous staff and the friendly service continue, the former J. Christopher’s Welcoming you to First Watch at Ivy Walk are, space was completely remodeled and from left, Jen Vann, Manager Kelly Simcox and updated. The new restaurant features Sindy Weymouth. a large, covered outdoor patio and an interior from scratch.” said Tomasso. design that maximizes the natural light proFirst Watch is offering a gift for Fathers vided during the restaurants’ daytime hours who dine on Father’s Day, June 16: a free – conveying the warm and inviting personalbottle of First Watch’s all-natural, 100 perity of the First Watch brand. The design also cent pure maple syrup. accentuates an open-kitchen concept, which For more information, visit reinforces First Watch’s honest approach to fresh food preparation. SAE SCHOOL TO OPEN “First Watch is committed to culinary Continued from Page 1 innovation, offering guests unique Breakfast, teacher Chris Barry. Brunch and Lunch menu items made from School staff reports that the most chalonly the freshest ingredients,” said Chris lenging task in opening the school has been Tomasso, chief marketing officer for First gaining governmental clearance for a locaWatch. “It’s clear that Atlanta is going to be tion. The final hurdle before the Aug. 13 a great market for our concept, and we’re launch is to obtain approval from the Cobb confident that it will continue to be wellCounty Board of Commissioners for a received as we expand throughout the rest of Special Land Use Permit to move into the the state.” school building on Mableton Parkway. Celebrating its 30th year in 2013, First “We have leased an existing school Watch specializes in award-winning, madebuilding with an amazing infrastructure to-order Breakfast, Brunch and Lunch. and traffic flow that will allow us to grow The menu features traditional favorites and in that location in the coming years,” said unique specialty items utilizing ingredients Arispe. “The school asks that you contact such as cage-free eggs, all-natural chicken your Commissioner on our behalf and and organic yogurt as well as locally sourced encourage them to pass this.” fruits and vegetables whenever possible. First The school’s first year tuition cost Watch features additional new menu items ranges from $7,850 for preschool, $8900 chosen special for diners to savor the flavors for Kindergarten and $9,400 for First Grade of each season. and up. Families enrolling in the inaugural “I’m looking forward to welcoming year will be guaranteed that tuition schedeveryone into our restaurant and counting ule through 12th grade. The 2013-2014 them as customers and friends. We’re lookschool year will accommodate students ing forward to being a part of the community through 8th grade. Each year the school and building relationships. I believe we have is open, it will add another grade level something for everyone – a wide variety of between 9th and 12th, anticipating the first menu items for those who want to eat healthy graduating class in the year 2018. or not so healthy. With a family friendly enviFor more information on the school, ronment every entrée at First Watch is made visit

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OPENING AUGUST 2013 IN MABLETON A new independent school based on common sense principles, where children are individually challenged to reach the pinnacle of their capabilities, and where innovation and ingenuity are employed in every aspect of the school to keep costs low, productivity high, and learning always at priority number one. The SAE School is a unique, Preschool – 12th grade affordable private school opening August 2013 at 6688 Mableton Parkway. Our Project Based Learning approach is the cornerstone of a rigorous academic program that will propel our students across the finish line at 12th grade as leaders and problem-solvers.

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Mableton Day 5K Road Race – 350 runners and walkers turned out under an overcast morning sky to take on the rolling hills at the third annual Mableton Day 5K. The race was conducted in conjunction with Mableton Community Day on May 18 at the Mable House Complex. The participants enjoyed the scenic and challenging course and are looking forward to running it again next year. At the starting lime. left, Saadat Masoudi, owner of Evene Day Spa in Smyrna, strikes a confident pose. Right, wheelchair race division participant Dena Gaylor of Mableton approaches the finish line with a warm reception.


The Cobb Candlelite Concert Series continues June 15 with “Women of Rock” featuring Donna Hopkins, Diane Durrett and Caroline Aiken. Concerts start at 8 p.m. Open seating is free and parking is free. The season continues Aug. 17 with Tommy Talton with his soulful, slinky

slide guitar. Kayla Taylor Jazz performs Sept. 21 and the Psycho-DeVilles perform Oct. 5. Concerts are sponsored by the South Cobb Arts Alliance, in partnership with Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre and the Mable House Arts Center. Call 770-819-3285 to make a reservation or for further information.

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