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The Rev. Susan Taylor and her husband Tony place Christian Nativity symbols on the Christmon Tree in the sanctuary of Bethany United Methodist Church. The church holds Christmas Eve Services at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Each service will be followed by family communion. The 5 p.m. service is a family event with birthday cake and the 7 p.m. service will have candlelight communion. The church is located at 760 Hurt Road, Smyrna.


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The Atlanta Braves will be playing their home games in the Cumberland-Galleria area beginning in 2017 as the Cobb Commissioners approved a tax and financing plan Nov. 26 that will allow a new

stadium and additional development to be built. The $672 million Braves stadium project announcement Nov. 18 was followed by a plan by the Braves for $400 million entertainment district, which will be funded solely by the club and private partners. This area around the stadium will include between 700,000 and 1 million square feet of retail, restaurant, residential, hotel and office space. The new stadium will have an Atlanta address (30339) at the intersection of I-75 and I-285. It will feature increased access Continued on Page 4

Austell residents unwrapped an early Christmas presents as the Austell Museum opened its doors in the Threadmill Center in November. Located in a former bank office on the lower level of the of the Threadmill, the Museum tells Austell’s story through photos, artifacts, newspaper pages and diaries. Years ago, the woman’s club revived the Museum, housed in the old jail on Broad Street. When it closed the artifacts moved into the Community Center. Last year Pat Medlin on the city’s staff began working with William H. Johnson to reorganize the Museum. One room highlights the Coats and Clark textile mill; while other spaces are devoted to banking, the railroad and city government. “It’s still not big enough,” Johnson said. “We’ve had people down here identifying items and donating things. And, there’s still a lot of history out there.” Some of the artifacts on display include a civil war rifle ball and bayonet found during the paving of Maxham Road; the Masonic apron and keys of Hiram Mosely whose family donated much of the property for Austell, plus items from Austell Bank and many other local merchants. A stone corn grinding wheel from Perkerson’s Mill stands in one corner near a cotton plant in full bloom. In January 1882 the Georgia and Pacific Railroad line came through Austell Junction which is now the city of Austell. The Museum highlights “the railroad that made the town and the small businesses that kept it going,” said Johnson. “We’re still looking for artifacts, especially from the thread mill.” The museum is operated by the city and is open daily from 9 to 5 during the week. Johnson said that some Saturday openings will be planned. “We are looking for some volunteers to staff the Museum especially those who can help identify and catalog many of the items here,” Curator William Johnson is accepting any artifacts that you would like to donate or place on loan to the city. He is asking for volunteers that may be able to come and identify various people, families and places. Call 770-944-4309 for any additional information.

Clara Belcher, 98, displays a photo album she donated to the Austell Museum to Pat Medlin. Mrs. Belcher and her late husband operated Belcher Feed and Grocery.

Curator William Johnson displays a water bottle from the Bowden Water Company donated by Gleda James.


Austell voters settled a three way runoff election Dec. 3 by electing Randy Green to city council in Ward 3. Green again garnered the most votes with 69 percent (7 votes) to defeat incumbent Martin Standard with 23 percent and Ann Turner with 9 percent.

AUSTELL PRESBYTERIAN INVITES COMMUNITY TO LIVING NATIVITY Since 1957, wise men, shepherds, angels, and a good portion of the Atlanta community have gathered on Love Street in Austell to see the baby Jesus. It is the annual Living Nativity at Austell Presbyterian Church December 20-22 from 7 to 8 p.m. This year the tableau will feature special music each night. Friday evening, the church’s children led by Lynda Pearce will be caroling. .Saturday evening, local gospel singer Tony Peace and friends will be on hand to present special music. On Sunday, the Austell Chancel Choir will be featured. After viewing the Nativity, the com-

munity is invited to tour the 122 year-old decorated sanctuary as well as enjoy cider and soup in the warmth of Kirk Hall. This year also features a fire pit and children’s crafts. “Almost every member of our church turns out to be in the nativity, sing, or provide hospitality. We love to share this event with everyone in the community, “ remarked Austell Presbyterian’s pastor Dave Pearce. Austell Presbyterian Church is located at 5895 Love Street in Old Austell. For more details contact the church at 770948-2822 or check out the web site at

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The small Southern Baptist Church of my childhood worshiped with a quieter, simpler Christmas celebration than our current large Presbyterian Church in Marietta. There was no advent wreath and lighting of the advent candles. There was no candlelight Christmas Eve Service; no living nativity such as the one we enjoyed in our South Georgia church. But there were simple decorations of greenery; we sang Christmas Carols with gusto and listened prayerfully to the Christmas story and cherished the true meaning of Christmas. I grew up as a member of a small Baptist church that didn’t have a Christmas Eve service. After I married a Presbyterian, the Christmas Eve service became a part of our own family tradition. Before children and when they were very young, we were members of the First Presbyterian Church in St. Marys, Georgia, a small historic church near the intercoastal waterway. The first Christmas after our daughter Katie was born, we set out for the church in freezing cold weather. Looking back, I am amazed that, being the overprotective mother I was, that I agreed to take our little baby and toddler son out in record setting cold – minus three or so. But it was a beautiful service and the tradition has continued no matter what the weather. Several years ago, one of my Facebook friends asked folks to tell her about their Christmas traditions that they shared with their children. Along with several others, I began by talking about our tradition of going to the Christmas Eve service at our church. Christmas, more than most holidays, seems to be one in which the traditions of our childhoods play a major role in how we celebrate as adults. The beautiful decorations and Christmon Tree at our current Presbyterian Church fill me with the Christmas spirit. Throughout December we sing Advent songs and await the celebration of the birth of the Christ Child. Church, whether decorated elaborately or simply, draws us to the Christmas message. Do we carry our Christmas decorating and celebrating from our homes into the church or do we carry the Church celebration and decorating into our homes?

Does it really matter? The truth is the spirit of Christmas is alive wherever we are; in church; in our homes; with other people; or alone. The secular traditions of the holiday, the frazzled days of shopping and decorating, are secondary to those of the religious celebration. Trees; wreaths; stockings; lights; ornaments; Santa; gifts; cards; divinity; cookies; and fruit cake: all are the trappings of the season. These symbols of the season are meaningless, however, without putting the Christ in Christmas. And the best part of the Christmas spirit is that it doesn’t need to be December for us to hold the message of Christmas in our hearts and in our minds and in our lives.

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The Lindley Middle School Jazz Band performed at the Veteran’s Day community picnic at the First Christian Church of Mableton off Old Alabama road on Nov. 10. “We had a great day Sunday honoring our Veterans together with the families in our community” said Barry Smith, Associate Minister at the church. “Along with great weather, the Lindley Middle School Jazz Band helped to provide the perfect atmosphere for this public gathering after our Sunday morning service,” said Smith.


State Rep. Alisha Thomas Morgan (D - Austell) announced Nov. 13 that she would be running for State School Superintendent in 2014. Surrounded by children and supporters at the State Capitol, Morgan said, “I have dedicated my life to serving youth and to seeing that every child has an opportunity to succeed. “As a mom of a first grader, this is personal. I only get one shot to get it right for my daughter Lailah. I don’t have 10 or 20 years to do so, just one. I’m going to bring the kind of leadership to the Department of Education that puts students first and brings adults together from all communities including education, civic, faith and business,” Morgan continued. Currently in her fifth term as a member

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A new walking trail connects Austell’s Community Educational Garden and Sweetwater Creek. The .17 mile trail was constructed by city staff and opened in November. The gravel pathway leads to a viewing platform at the creek that was modified from a deck from a formerly flooded home that the city purchased. “This provides schoolchildren and visitors with a view of the flood plain and wetlands,” said Randy Bowens, Austell Public Works manager. The city recently hosted a conservation day with 100 fourth and fifth graders

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Six Flags Over Georgia employees went out into the community Nov. 22 participating in Project 6, the company’s annual day of service. The entire Six Flags Over Georgia and Six Flags White Water staff took a break from their daily duties to lend a helping hand this holiday season. Volunteer initiatives benefited four nonprofit organizations in the Atlanta area including C.A.M.P Ministries, Open Hand, Devereux Center and MUST Ministries. Above, Six Flags Park President Dale Kaetzel, works with volunteers at C.A.M.P. in Austell.


Area churches have planned special services this month and for Christmas Eve, including: Bethany United Methodist Church will hold Christmas Eve Services at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Each service will be followed by family communion. The 5 p.m. service is a family event with birthday cake and the 7 p.m. is candlelight communion. The church is located at 760 Hurt Road, Smyrna. Austell Presbyterian Church, Love Street, Austell, will hold a Christmas Eve service For families with young children at 6 p.m. and a Candlelight Communion at 8 p.m. Hurt Road Baptist Church, 17 Hurt Road, Smyrna, will hold a Community Christmas Gala on Dec. 14 from 10 a.m. -4 p.m. There will be Bouncy Houses, a Live Nativity, Food Trucks, Santa and Mrs. Claus., Candy Cane Hunt, Live Performances from around the community, Local Independent Business, and many more activities for all ages. A Christmas Eve Candlelight Service 6pm at First Christian Church of Mableton. Everyone invited to join us for this Special Service. For more info call 770.948.9215 or visit Smyrna Christian Church, 910 Concord Road SE, Smyrna will hold a Candle-

light Communion Service on Dec. 24 at 7 p.m. Carols are sung, Bible verses read and special music. The service will close with Candlelight Communion. Everyone is invited. For more information please contact Lee Delbridge at 770-435-1723.


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(A full version of our calendar for Smyrna/ Vinings and Mableton/Austell is available on our website: DECEMBER Now – JAN 1: FESTIVAL OF TREES. Smyrna/Vinings residents will have a great opportunity to support their favorite non-profits this Holiday Season while standing in awe before the most extraordinary assemblage of Yuletide trees in Metro Atlanta. The Embassy Suites Atlanta Galleria is the destination for this 4th Annual Festival of Trees, beginning November 18, through January 1. Thirty-seven local organizations will marshal their volunteers to create a design that best exemplifies their mission; who they help and why. For more information visit ••• 6-15: CHRISTMAS HOUSE. South Cobb Arts Alliance, 29th Annual Christmas House Arts and Crafts Show at the Mable House Arts Center. ••• 12 THE SAE SCHOOL invites you to come inside and learn what makes us the most exceptionally Safe, Innovative and Rigorous school in Georgia! Open House Dec. 7 at 10:00am, or Walk & Talk Tours Dec. 12 & 17 at 9:30am. 6688 Mableton Parkway, 678-239-3200, ••• 14: CHRISTMAS GALA. Hurt Road Baptist Church Community Christmas Gala. Dec. 14 from 10-4 p.m. 17 Hurt Road, Smyrna. We will be having Bouncy Houses, a Live Nativity, Food Trucks, Santa and Mrs. Claus., Candy Cane Hunt, Live Performances from around the community, Local Independent Business, and many more activities for all ages. ••• 14: DIVAS WITH A CAUSE will host a ‘Diva Holiday Soiree’ on Saturday, Dec. 14 at Scenario Restaurant, 4279 Roswell Road, Atlanta from 7 to 10 p.m. Tickets for the event are $20 and provide Holiday musical entertainment, cocktails and hors d’oeuvers, a raffle and silent auction. The group is a musical fundraising collaboration of talented female vocalists that communicate, educate, raise awareness and needed funds in support of various non-profit charitable organizations, whose efforts in finding cures, aiding families, and sponsoring research commits them to enhance the quality of life in our communities. For more information or to register go to ••• 15: SOUNDS OF CHRISTMAS. The Men’s Ministry of Saint Luke United Methodist Church, 5115 Brookwood Drive, Mableton, presents The Americolor Opera Ensemble in Sounds of Christmas, Sunday, Dec. 15, at 4 p.m. The program will include excerpts from Handel’s Messiah as well as other favorite sounds of Christmas. The eight singers include Mableton’s own Kathye J. Gary, soprano; world class symphony violinist, Dr. Roumena Georgieve; and the program’s Director and pianist, Dr. Sharon J. Willis. Program is open to the public. Rev. Fleming Thompson, Jr., Pastor. 770-948-8504. ••• 20: CHRISTMAS AT BRAWNER HALL. It’s Christmas at Brawner and a great time to come celebrate with friends and neighbors. The event is from 5 - 8 p.m. on Dec. 20. Bring the family to enjoy holiday music, a candy cane hunt, hay “sleigh” rides, story time, children’s activities and, of course, pictures with Santa! Please bring a new or gently-used coat for admission. Brawner Hall is located in Taylor-Brawner Park at 3180 Atlanta Road, Smyrna. ••• 20-22: LIVING NATIVITY. Since 1957, wise men, shepherds, angels, and a good portion of the Atlanta community have gathered on Love Street in Austell to see the baby Jesus. It is the annual Living Nativity at Austell Presbyterian Church Dec. 20-22 from 7 to 8 p.m. Austell Presbyterian Church is located at 5895 Love Street in Old Austell. For more details contact the church at 770-948-2822 or check out their web site at ••• 21: FREE DRIVE-THRU NATIVITY. Saturday, Dec. 21, 5:30 – 8 p.m. LIFE CHURCH Smyrna Assembly of God, 4100 King Springs Rd. SE, Smyrna. Free hot chocolate and candy canes!! Experience the sights, sounds and tastes of Christmas from the convenience and warmth of your car!! All FREE!! For more information call 770-435-5478 or email www.My-

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See updates at www.brights ••• 31: RADIO DISNEY ATLANTA. Noon Year’s Eve party at Smyrna Community Center at noon on Dec. 31. JANUARY 13: FIRST MONDAY BREAKFAST Monday, Jan. 13, Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, 7:30 a.m. Speaker: Tim Lee, Chairman, Cobb County Board of Commissioners with the State of the County. Online Registration Closes: Jan. 8 at noon ••• 25: MURDER GOES SOUTH. The Friends of Smyrna Library invite you to attend the annual Murder Goes South, a festival of readers and writers of the Southern mystery. Started in 2003, this year’s event will be held on Saturday Jan. 25 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 at the Smyrna Community Center. his year’s special guest presenter is Tamar Myers. Ms Myers is the author of 32 novels including the “Pennsylvania-Dutch Mystery with Recipes” and “Den of Antiquity” mystery series. WEEKLY EVENTS AEROBICS CLASS. Austell First United Methodist Church offers “Firming After 50”, a free weekly low-impact aerobics with a focus on adults over 50 years of age. Class meets in the church’s fellowship hall every Wednesday night from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. with certified group fitness instructor Cindy Standard. Austell First UMC is located at 5705 Mulberry Street in downtown Austell, just north of the railroad tracks and City Hall. More details can be found at or by calling 770-9481806. ••• AMERICAN LEGION POST 264, 6251 Ivey Road, Mableton is offering free Group Fitness Classes every Saturday morning at 10 a.m. All are welcome. ••• BIBLE STUDY MABLETON. Every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. Come, have dinner & study the Bible with us. Words of Faith A.M.E. Church 5719 Garner Rd. Mableton. 770 944 3584 ••• BIBLE STUDY AUSTELL: Everyone is invited to Bible study at Austell Christian Church, 5624 Edith Street in Austell. There are Bible lessons for people of all ages every Wednesday at 7 p.m. Please call Clay Henry at 678-5493774 for more information or if transportation is needed. ••• 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 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. •••

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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 BUSINESS ASSOCIATION meets the third Tuesday of each month at noon at the Treadmill Mall Complex •••


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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. ••• JOB SEEKERS…Please join us at Calvary Baptist Church of Austell each month on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays at 7 p.m. for ongoing meetings to help with Christian support, guidance, and encouragement in navigating a job search and networking activities. Our Location: 4780 Flint Hill Road Austell, in the small dining room in the Family Life Center. Phone: 770941-8445. Meetings are scheduled to continue as long as there is interest. ••• MABLETON IMPROVEMENT COALITION (MIC) is a nonprofit citizens group formed to promote quality growth and redevelopment in the 30126 zip code. MIC’s Board of Director’s meetings are the third Thursday of the month at 7 p.m., generally at the Mable House Arts Center in Mableton. Everyone is welcome. Visit to confirm meeting location. ••• NAVY LEAGUE ATLANTA METRO COUNCIL. The Greater Atlanta Council Navy League of the United States meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month, 7 p.m. at the Navy Recruiting District HQ, 2400 Lake Park Drive, Suite 410, Smyrna. Membership is open to civilian and retired military with an interest in supporting our men and women of the Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and Merchant Marines. For information contact Frank Campbell at mailto: or 678-234-2310. ••• 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 ••• 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 Presbyterian Village, East-West Connector. ••• 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.

Page 7, December 2013 If you are interested in attending please email us at or call 404-644-8391. Visit our website at ••• SOUTH COBB KIWANIS: An effort is underway to bring a Kiwanis Club to South Cobb County. Under the aegis of the Smyrna Club, a group has been meeting twice monthly at the O’ Charley’s on the East-West Connector, and are working towards a goal of 25 members. If you are interested or would like additional information, please contact Charles Lollis at 770-7398381. ••• 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 speakers and the love of others. 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. ••• 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? 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. “We will look to God for strength and pray for one another, but all will be welcome, even the nonreligious.” The group will focus n 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. ••• 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 the JANUARY issue is DECEMBER 23 with publication JANUARY 10. 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 ‘Like’ us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter @BrightSideCobb

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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.

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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 12th annual Totes 2 Tots suitcase drive, sponsored by Georgia Cancer Specialists (GCS) and Northside Hospital, will take place Friday, Jan. 17, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The GCS office at 1668 Mulkey Road, Austell will join 27GCS offices across Georgia participating in the drive, which delivers new or nearly new backpacks and kid-sized suitcases to foster children in Georgia. Approximately 7,500 children, from infants to teenagers, are currently in the foster care system in Georgia. Many of these children shuffle their belongings in garbage bags when they are removed from their homes. Since Totes 2 Tots was first launched in 2003, the annual volunteer event has collected and distributed more than 33,000 bags. To participate in Totes 2 Tots, simply drop off a new or nearly new bag on Friday, Jan. 17, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., at the nearest Georgia Cancer Specialists office. For a list of participating locations, visit or facebook. com/Totes2Tots, or call 1-877-716-CARE (2273). Financial donations may be made securely online at totes2tots.

PROTECT YOUR SMILE DURING THIS SWEET TIME OF YEAR By Vivian Hudson, DDS The sweet time of year is here. Candies, cookies, sweet drinks, fruit drinks, punch drinks and pies, cakes and puddings with iced toppings are almost irresistible at that holiday meal or party. How do you manage to keep your teeth from damage when sugar sweetened beverages and pure fruit juices and more are everywhere? A few practical tips will let you enjoy yourself without new decay at your next dental check up. Hints from Hudson Dental • Drink sugared drinks, yes tea too, at meals only. Between meal drinks should have no sweetener. • Use a straw when you sip sugar sweetened drinks or fruit juice. Limit the time you drink these beverages to 15 minutes. Sipping a sugared drink over an hour or so will harm your teeth. • Sweetened drinks should be 12 oz once a day and 100% fruit juice should be 6 oz once a day. The USDA suggest fresh fruit for your remaining dietary needs. • Once you have eaten sugar or had a sugared drink RINSE your mouth out with water. Make it a habit to have a glass of water with your meal or snack. Stop at the water fountain to rinse your mouth after movie treats. Swish and swallow will save you hours in the dental chair. • Keep a sugar free chewing gum in your pocket or purse to chew after sweets. Xylitol products are recommended by many dental researchers. Trident gum is ADA approved and claims to clean and protect teeth. • And the best of all is brush your teeth 20 minutes after you enjoy your sweets, if you can. A fluoridated toothpaste will help you do the best job of cleaning and restoring the healthy balance to your mouth. Enjoy the season and remember these tips to keep smiling. Hudson Dental is located at 4579 South Cobb Drive, Smyrna. For more information call 770-438-1520.

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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. Treat Yourself Tuesdays -- Tuesday, Dec. 10: Maggiano’s Cumberland, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Separate Checks; Registration required. Bunco -- Wednesday, Dec. 11, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. Free, Registration required The Alliance Theatre – A Christmas Carol -- Thursday, Dec. 12, 4 - 10 p.m. You will enjoy a catered dinner at the Center which will be provided by Ambrose Caterers. After dinner we will travel to the Alliance Theatre for the performance of “A Christmas Carol.” $70 Senior Council member/ $75 Non-member. Deadline: Dec. 5. Price includes cost of dinner, transportation and theatre ticket. Monday Movie Madness -- Monday, Dec. 16: Flight, 1 – 3 p.m. $2 / $3 Nonresident. Starring Denzel Washington Nadine Velazquez, Don Cheadle. An airline pilot saves almost all his passengers on his malfunctioning airliner which eventually crashed, but an investigation into the accident reveals something troubling. This movie is Rated R for drug and alcohol abuse, language, sexuality/nudity and an intense action sequence. Holiday Meet & Eat -- Thursday, Dec. 19, 12 – 2 p.m. $10 / $12 Non-resident. Southern style lunch will be catered by West Cobb Diner. Maryline Blackburn,

the Ice Diva, will perform contemporary and holiday music. Visit Santa while listening to the Russell Elementary School Chorus sing holiday favorites. Blood Pressure Check -- Monday, Dec. 30, 12 – 3 p.m. Free AARP Driver Safety -- Wednesday, Dec. 11, 11 a.m. $12 AARP members; $14 Non-members. Bring lunch for 30 minute break Monday Movie Madness -- Jan. 6: Parkland PG-13, 1 – 3 p.m. $2 / $3 Nonresident. Starring Zac Efron, Marcia Gay Harding, Paul Giamatti, Billy-Bob Thornton. Recounting the chaotic events that occurred in Dallas, Texas on November 22, 1963, Parkland weaves together the perspectives of a handful of ordinary individuals suddenly thrust into extraordinary circumstances: doctors and nurses; Abraham Zapruder; FBI agents; Secret Service; the brother of Lee Harvey Oswald and JFK’s security team. Treat Yourself Tuesdays -- Jan. 14: Cheesecake Factory, Cumberland Mall, 11:30 a.m. Separate checks; Registration required. Treat yourself to a lunch outing once a month with other seniors at local area restaurants near the Center. Atlanta Legal Aid Society -- Jan. 14, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. $5 / $7 Non-resident; Registration required. Elaine Poone, staff attorney at Atlanta Legal Aid Society, will give a presentation on trusts and wills. Seating is limited.

NOTES & NOTICES HELP WANTED CAREGIVERS NEEDED Be loved by your clients. Comfort Keepers is seeking mature, dependable people to fill open positions, caring for the elderly. If you enjoy providing companionship, preparing meals, shopping for the elderly, we want to hear from you. Please call 678-354-0102. VOLUNTEERS CSB SEEKS HOLIDAY VOLUNTEERS Holiday Sponsors are needed to provide refreshments, gifts, and/or entertainment for our day centers for adults with mental health or developmental disabilities. Holiday Sponsors, groups or individuals, are needed to “adopt” individuals or families for Christmas to provide a gift. The people needing to be adopted are adults with mental health disabilities, and, in some cases, their families. For some of the clients we serve, the gifts we provide could be the only gifts they will receive. Volunteers are needed to sort and wrap gifts approximately one week before Christmas. For more information about any of these pos-

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Jamilla Gillette of SRT Realty in Atlanta, stands ready to help you sell your home or buy a new one. With 10 years experience in the field, Ms. Gillette specializes in representing first time home buyers, relocations, short sales, foreclosures and investment properties. She also works with traditional listings and vacation/second homes. “I became a Real- Jamilla Gillette tor at the dying request of my father,” she said. “He passed away the day after I graduated from undergrad and his gift to me was my real estate courses. He always told me and taught me that you should never put “all of your eggs in one basket” and it has been an invaluable lesson that I’ve carried throughout my life. In business, it has taught me to always have options for my clients which has helped me not only become a knowledgeable Realtor but a valued asset with my colleagues. “I listen to my clients, first and foremost, and educate them on the process of purchasing/selling a home,” she said. “My goal is for them to feel that they have made the right choice and the best decision regarding their home.” She noted that some 85 percent of her business is referral driven. “My clients know that while commissions come and go, the relationships that we’ve built together

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What can you do with your live Christmas tree after the holidays are over? Bring it for the Chipper! Home Depot on Cumberland Parkway and Keep Smyrna Beautiful will again host the Smyrna-Vinings area site for the Christmas tree recycling event on Saturday, Jan. 4. Keep Smyrna Beautiful will offer citizens a free tree seedling for each tree dropped off while they last. Vegetable and flower seed packets will also be available. Volunteers will be on hand to direct traffic and to help citizens unload their trees. Davey Tree Experts will chip the trees and deliver free mulch. Last year, 67,175 trees were chipped in the Metro Atlanta area! Tree recycling is also offered at the Home Depot, 1200 East-West Connector, Austell from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.. How can you participate? If you would like to donate your tree, simply remove all the ornaments and the base and bring it to the Home Depot on Cumberland Parkway between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. on January 5th. Home Depot asks that trees not be dropped off until the day of the event because of space limitations. Also, please do not bring wreathes and garland. The wire used to hold them together cannot be chipped.


Other options include splitting holiBy Heather Donahue days annually altogether. For example, Dad As the holidays approach, family has Thanksgiving and the time surrounding issues abound. Add on top of that—a it for even years and Mom for odd years. divorce, child custody dispute, or other Many factors must be family law matters—and the stress reviewed before making a decision level can be unbearable. for what’s best for your family As your family enters the holiand children. Of course, you must day season, previously simple traconsidered geography and what’s ditions become difficult. Where feasible given travel time. You will you spend the holidays? Does also need to consider if Mom if the extended family know about going to her family for a holiday your struggles? Is now the time to and what strain “double holiday” tell them or should you simply grin travel puts on the kids…and you! and fake it? Each family is different Another consideration is extended Heather and these questions will have varyfamilies, especially as Mom or Donahue ing answers. Dad remarry. If you’re dealing with visitaBut, loading up single days with seven tion during the holidays, certain stresses different turkey dinners is likely too much can be avoided. Some parents choose to for your little ones. split the day of the holiday every year— Heather C. Donahue, of Merritt & Mom has the children until 2 on Christmas Fletcher, LLC, specializes in divorce and Day, then they go to Dad’s. The parents family law. The firm is located in the will alternate this annually. Other parents Market Village in downtown Smyrna. She choose not to split the day itself, but rather can be contacted at: 404-445-0470 or at the time surrounding the holiday. W E



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Hundreds of visitors enjoyed food from numerous vendors, music and cooking demonstrations during the Taste of South Cobb held at the Mable House Barnes Center Amphitheatre in November. Above, WellStar Chef Eric Spivey demonstrated healthy cooking techniques, the music of Radio Disney got the children dancing and chefs offered samples of their tasty treats.

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