February 2017 Smyrna/Vinings Bright Side

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The 15 Campbell High seniors who earned acceptance to the Georgia Tech Class of 2021 show their spirit.


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While most high school seniors are preparing for the next stage of their educational careers some Campbell High Seniors have moved a step closer to selecting a college. Georgia Tech surprised 15 Campbell seniors with official letters of acceptance during a ceremony Jan. 20. Parents watched with pride as their sons and daughters received their Georgia Tech admission packets from Kevin Gonzalez, Assistant Director of Georgia Tech Undergrad Admissions. “I’m proud of these guys,” said Adam Hicks, the father of twins who received early action admission. “Georgia Tech is an outstanding university. We are proud of the experience they have been able to get at Campbell. Campbell has been a special place. The International Baccalaureate program at Campbell is a very special opportunity.” The class of 2017 includes the largest number of Georgia Tech early action admissions for the Smyrna school. Two additional Campbell students were accepted this year. More than 15,000 students applied to Georgia Tech for early acceptance, which is an increase of six percent over the prior year. Of the students who applied, about 4,000 students received early action admissions. “I truly believe that I’m luckiest prin-

cipal, at least in the state of Georgia, to be able to work with such great students, teachers, family and community,” Principal Dr. Jeanne Walker told the seniors. The Campbell seniors recognized that they had help preparing for admission to Georgia Tech. “To a great extent, Campbell High has affected my wish to not only apply to Georgia Tech but also my ability to get in,” explained Campbell senior Matthew. “In this community with all my friends and peers and especially the teachers, it is very constructive, but also competitive. We sort of compete against each other, but we also are encouraged by it. We help each other. It is just a real since of community.” Matthew, who said his parents are very excited and want him to attend Georgia Tech, has plans to study computer science and game development. He likes that he can study both the technical side and business side of the game development field at the Atlanta-based university. His classmate Carolina was bubbling with excitement as she talked about being accepted to Georgia Tech. Her sister goes to Georgia Tech, and her parents met there. So, Carolina is ready to become a Yellow Jacket. Like the other Campbell students,

she first learned she had been accepted by reading it online Jan. 14. “I was anxiously waiting,” Carolina said. “I clicked a button, and it popped up and said ‘congratulations you have been accepted.’ I started yelling all through the house, calling family all the way in Argentina, which is my hometown. It was an amazing feeling!” Besides a family connection, another reason makes Georgia Tech a top contender for many of the Campbell students who were accepted. “The HOPE scholarship definitely helps with the financial aid,” Campbell senior Malcolm said as he explained why he may opt to attend Georgia Tech. “I think there is a high chance I will end up going to Georgia Tech.” Not all the students in Georgia accepted to Georgia Tech received an in-person visit from the college Admissions Office. Campbell is the only school Georgia Tech representatives plan to visit this year. “We try to visit diverse schools each year,” Gonzalez said. “We saw a large increase of admitted students this year because of the type of students that are applying to Georgia Tech. So, we are excited to come here [to Campbell High].”

The Vinings Business Association will host its eighth annual Vinings Business Expo on March 21 from 4-7 p.m. at the Hotel Indigo Atlanta Vinings Hotel, 2857 Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta. Admission and parking are free and the event is open to the public. Over 30 exhibitors will be featured with information on Vinings-area businesses, restaurants and events. There will also be free food samples, door prizes, drawings and giveaways, including restaurant gift certificates and a cash bar. Association chair Glenn Christian said he expects 600 people or more to attend this year’s event. “The Expo is an opportunity for Vinings area businesses to showcase their products and services to a different audience they probably have not had access to,” Christian said. “The Expo draws people from all over Cobb and the northwest side of Atlanta.” Sponsors of the events include The Bright Side Newspaper, Hotel Indigo Atlanta Vinings, Marietta Signs, Fidelity Bank, High Calibre Realty, PC Doc USA, Fidelity National Title, AmFam Vinings, Edward Jones Co., and many others. Exhibit tables are available for $125 for members and $195 for non-members, and all exhibitors must register and pay in full in advance, online only at www.viningsbusiness.com. Exhibitor setup is from 3 to 3:45 pm on a first-come, first-served basis. “Interested businesses, organizations or individuals can sign-up to be exhibitors as long as the link on the association’s website works (it will stop working once 30 have signed up),” Christian said. Membership in the VBA begins at $95 for 12 months and can be set up online with a credit or debit card.

WITH 10 WEEKS TO GO, BRAVES REVEAL TRAFFIC PLAN With just 10 weeks before the Braves first pitch at the new SunTrust Park, Cobb officials are expressing concerns on whether everything will be ready. “The Braves are going to be ready,” Smyrna Mayor Max Bacon said. “The stadium will be ready. But we still don’t have agreements among multiple jurisdictions on a traffic study.” Cobb Commission Chair Mike Boyce has warned that the county could not afford any missteps. “We’re all in this ship together,” Boyce said. “We’re not going to fail on opening day.” The Chairman in January named a 28-member joint task force for the Braves stadium with the aim of making the ballpark a success. The task force will be an advisory body under the auspices of District Commissioner Bob Ott, who represents the Cumberland area. Ott put forward a list of 28 names of private individuals, public officials and employees of the county, as well as business owners.

SunTrust Park will be the new home of the Atlanta Braves when the season opens in April.

The Braves revealed the first facet of their traffic plan last fall, returning the starting time of games to 7:30 p.m. and noted the 14 primary access points to SunTrust Park, which will open in April. In a mid-January briefing, the Braves and key partners unveiled Cobb County’s Transportation Management Plan. Also announced were additional game day parking spaces, a Braves-operated game day shuttle, the launch of A-List season parking sales and new partnerships with Uber and

Waze. “The amount of planning and coordination that has taken place between our organization and our partners is staggering, and today’s announcement is a testament to their hard work,” said Mike Plant, president, development for the Braves. “With three months to go until Opening Day, we have already secured significantly more parking than we had for a ballpark that is much smaller. Additionally, we have already anaContinued on Page 4

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like mine, you may very well find that there is more than one person with the same name. Yes, even a name as unusual as “Cathy Lipsett” has more than one listing. There is at least one person with my name in Canada. Not that unusual since my husband, Allan’s, father was from Canada. From FaceBook to Twitter to Linkedin, newspaper stories, television stories, and blogs, photos and words linger for years and years. History is being recorded in new ways for the living and the dead. I can do a google search for my great-grandfather and come up with stories about his heroism in the Civil War. I can do a search for my father, who died in 1986, and come up with stories of his heroism in World War II. Our stories, for better or worse, are recorded in cyberspace and seem to have no expiration date.

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By Cathy Shattles Lipsett Editor/Publisher It’s a rough time to be a politician, especially if you’re a political candidate who wants to change your mind on an earlier opinion. In this age of instant news, with google and video news clips archived forever, what is said years earlier lives on well past the expiration date. In recent political campaigns much has been made of candidates who have changed their stance on important matters. There is liberal use of sound bites and video clips of previous stands of the candidate or public official. Things said and things done in the past can certainly come back to bite. I personally think it is okay for a political figure or anyone to change their opinion or their thinking on matters of politics, philosophy, religion, or fashion. But, in this age of instant recall, it’s best to consider consequences before speaking. Having been both an elected official and a newspaper publisher, I do a computer search of myself and my family members occasionally to find out what’s out there on me. It’s informative to find out what lives on in cyberspace. The interesting thing is that, every time I search myself, I find some references that I had not seen before. In my last Google search, I found a site from 1994 from the Cobb County Municipal Association Directory with all the Cobb elected officials some with photos and phone numbers. There are judges and legislators, Cobb School Board Members and City Elected officials. Fortunately, the listing for the Marietta Board of Education didn’t include photos. Another interesting find on my self-absorbed search goes back to our time in Kingsland, Ga, when I was a founding board member for the local library. This was a listing from a State site. Don’t worry readers: I’m not going to go over all of my listings. But, if you haven’t tried it, give your name a computer search and see what’s out there. The difficulty comes if you have a very common name that is difficult to narrow down to just one person. But even if you have an unusual name

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EXPLORE SHOUPADE PARK IN SMYRNA Residents are invited to explore Cobb County’s Civil War Shoupade Park in Smyrna with historian Michael Shaffer and the adjacent unfinished Silver Comet Rail Trail, while learning about the River Line Historic Area’s six-mile Master Plan embracing historic and natural resources along the Chattahoochee River uniting Vinings, Smyrna and Mableton as a place of distinction. The free events will be March 11 and 18 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Shoupade Park, 4770 Oakdale Road, Smyrna. Partners for the event include The River

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The Smyrna Elementary School Reading Bowl Team won first place in competition on Jan 14. Of the 30 teams from Cobb County School District, the “SES Bookbusters” team of 10 fourth and fifth graders came out on top. The Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl (HRRB) is a reading competition started by Mrs. Helen Ruffin, a library media specialist in DeKalb County. She created a unique reading competition in game format using nominee books from the Georgia Children’s Book Awards. Her vision was to have teams comprised of students from different schools compete to test their knowledge of the selected books. Started in 1986, the competition is now open to students in grades 4-12 across the state of Georgia. The Smyrna Elementary Bookbusters go on to the Regional Competition, Feb 4 at the University of West Georgia. Team Members include: Erin Crawford, Shawn David Freeman, Sophie Henry, Coralie Hilaire, Zavier Howard, Nicole Jacobson, Rory Knight, Lola Simms, Yarime Soto, and Abi Streger. Coaches are Carolyn Byrd Dwyer, Laurie Hairston, Bridgette Mullett, Alisa Simms, Tasheena Wynne

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A segment of the $20 million multi-use pedestrian bridge over I-25 linking SunTrust Park and the Cobb Galleria is readied to be lifted into place in January. Officials say the bridge will be ready for the April opening of the park. Commissioner Bob Ott said getting the bridge completed in time was crucial. “The whole reason the bridge is there, at least my reason for supporting it is the safe passage of pedestrians from the south side of 285 to the north side,” Ott said. “When you start having activity at The Battery or SunTrust Park, it’s important to have the bridge open.”


Continued from Page 1 lyzed and forecasted traffic flow through every corridor entering our development. While we know this plan will continue to evolve, we couldn’t be more pleased with where we are at this time.” Cobb Police Lt. J.D. Lorens said the county will focus on minimizing the impact of traffic on daily commuters by utilizing the 14 primary points of access to the ballpark. Cobb Police will have uniformed officers at some 30 intersections around the ballpark to help support game day travel. Combined with a variety of access enhancements in the surrounding area, such as the utilization of contraflow lanes – reversing the traffic flow of designated lanes before and after games – and the construction of a dedicated exit lane from I-285 that funnels

into The Battery Atlanta, these steps will facilitate safe and efficient vehicular and pedestrian travel. “Our Transportation Management Plan is a working document that will continue to evolve as we move toward Opening Day and more parking lots come online,” said Lt. Lorens. The Braves also announced they would be able to offer more than 11,000 parking spaces owned or leased by the organization for game day. This is already 2,500 more spaces than were available at Turner Field, all serving a ballpark that features roughly 8,000 fewer seats, with more parking to be added prior to Opening Day. The Braves will begin selling season parking to A-List members immediately, with single game parking to be sold when single game tickets go on sale March 10.

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American Legion Commander "Doc" Barber, right, presents award to Eng. Jacob Bower.


American Legion Post 160 in Smyrna named Engineer Jacob Bower of the Smyrna Fire Department as American Legion’s Firefighter of the Year. Selected by his peers in 2016 as Smyrna Fire Department’s 2016 Firefighter of the Year, Eng. Bower was voted on by past Firefighter of the Year recipients. Eng. Bower was involved in taking the lead in many Departmental endeavors, including organizing and maintaining the Officer/Engineer Forum as well as overseeing the Smyrna Fire Department’s Golden Axe Award. These commitments have required Eng. Bower to commit an additional amount of his time, and he has always been willing to accomplish the tasks with great vigor. “Eng. Jacob Bower also greatly excels in his daily activities, and is the type of employee that any organization would desire to duplicate. He is always professional, eager to learn, committed to the Smyrna Fire Department, and serves the public with compassion and respect. His work ethics have also created an opportunity for him to serve as Acting Lieutenant, which puts him as the Officer in Charge of a crew,” said Deputy Fire Chief Brian Marcos in making the nomination.


The Center for Family Resources will be holding its 21st annual Red Carpet Gala Saturday, Feb. 25 at the Cobb Galleria Centre. Adventure Outdoors is the Presenting Sponsor for this year’s event, which will feature live music by the Infinity Show Band, as well as a formal dinner and live and silent auctions. In keeping with the new day of the event, the party will be starting later in the evening than before, with cocktails and registration beginning at 6 p.m. and dinner served at 7 p.m. Formerly known as Oscar® Night America and the Oscar® Experience – Atlanta, the Red Carpet Gala got its start as the only officially sanctioned Academy Awards® party in Georgia. No longer tied to the Sunday evening telecast of the awards ceremonies, the Center for Family Resources is moving its main event to Saturday night, and will now feature a pre-Oscar® party theme. Tickets for the event can be purchased online at thecfr.org/red. Last year, the formal event brought together more than 500 attendees and raised over $300,000 to support the work of the Center for Family Resources, which focuses on moving Cobb County families out of poverty and homelessness and into self-sustainability.


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Stages 0 & 1: what does it mean to have stage 1 breast cancer? National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc. http://www.nationalbreastcancer.org/breastcancer-stage-0-and-stage-1. Accessed March 31, 2015.

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(A full version of our calendar for Smyrna/ Vinings and South Cobb is available on our website: www.brightsidecobb.com) FEBRUARY 10: CHORAL CONCERT. Music of the Masters Sacred Choral Concert, Friday, February 10, at 7 p.m. Calvary Baptist Church, 1243 Belmont Avenue, Smyrna. Music by Luther, Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, and Brahms. The public is cordially invited. Admission is free. For more information, call 770-432-0088. ••• 14: SENIOR SERVICES OPEN HOUSE. Cobb Senior Services is hosting a free open house for a new assistive technology (AT) lab on Tuesday, February 14 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at 1150 Powder Springs St, Marietta. Students with Chattahoochee Technical College will be providing fall risk assessments. The goal of the event is to make this technology more readily available to individuals in need throughout the region by increasing knowledge, access, and utilization of assistive technology for older adults, persons with disabilities, and/or their caregivers as well as the community at large. People of all ages and abilities are welcome to attend this free event. To RSVP, call 770-528-5350. ••• 18: AUTHOR LUNCHEON: The Sisters in Crime - Atlanta Chapter and Smyrna Public Library invite readers to have lunch with Emmy Award-winning investigative reporter and best-selling author Hank Phillippi Ryan. “Lunch Can Be Murder!” will be Feb. 18 from 11 a.m. top 2 p.m. at Brawner Hall, 3180 Atlanta Street, Smyrna. Tickets are $19 and may be purchased at.eventbrite.com. Mingle with Sisters in Crime authors and enjoy a delicious 3-course lunch catered by Serendipity. ••• 26: POWDER SPRINGS BRIDAL EXPO Sunday, Feb. 26 at the Patricia Vaughn Cultural Arts Center & Coach George Ford Reception Hall 4484 Marietta Street; Powder Springs. This free event is open from 1 – 4 p.m. and will feature exhibits of Wedding & Bridesmaid Dresses, Caterers, Photographers, Florists, Bakers, Wedding Planners, and more. For information contact Sherry Garner: sgarner@cityofpowdersprings. org ••• 28: JONQUIL GARDEN CLUB. Learn to multiply your plants through an exciting demonstration on "Propagation of Plants" on February 28 at Smyrna Library, 10:30 a.m., at our regularly scheduled Jonquil Garden Club meeting. Master Gardener intern and JGC member Angela Green will share her tips for success in plant propagation with both indoor and outdoor plants. Jonquil Garden Club meets the 4th Tuesday of each month at 10:30 a.m. at the library to explore gardening topics, conservation efforts, and community and school projects. Named a Club of Excellence in 2016 by GCGA, JGC is open to all who are interested in gardening. For more information about programs and projects, call Shirley Priest at 770-433-3248 or visit our website at www.jonquilgardenclub.org. MARCH 1: SOUTH COBB BUSINESS ASSOCIATION speaker is Six Flags Over Georgia President Dale Kaetzel. On March 1. The SCBA meets the first Wednesday of each month at 11:45 at Presbyterian Village, East-West Connector. www.sc-ba.org ••• 2: SBA. Smyrna Business Association, Community Center, 11:30 a.m. Thursday, March 2 with speaker Cobb Chairman Mike Boyce. For reservations: www.smyrnabusiness.org ••• 7: VBA. Vinings Business Association meets the first Tuesday of each month for lunch. Networking and speakers from 11:30 to 1 p.m. Program: WellStar Vinings Health Park. Guests are always welcome! (no industry restrictions). Lunch Overlook III Building Lobby Level Conference Room 2859 Paces Ferry Road.. A Business After-Hours is held the 3rd Tuesday of each month. www.viningsbusiness.com. 678-725-0099 ••• 11 & 18: RIVERLINE EVENT. Shoupade Park & The Unfinished Silver Comet Trail 4770 Oakdale Road, Smyrna a free event! www.riverline. org www.connectthecomet.org Saturday, March 11 & 18, 11 a.m. to 3. Explore Cobb County’s Civil War Shoupade Park with historian Michael Shaffer and the adjacent unfinished Silver Comet Rail Trail, while learning about the River Line Historic Area’s 6-mile Master Plan embracing historic and natural resources along the Chattahoochee River uniting Vinings, Smyrna and Ma-


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bleton as a place of distinction. The Atlanta Preservation Center’s Phoenix Flies Event, March 4 – 26, www.atlantapreservationcenter.com ••• 21: VININGS BUSINESS EXPO. Hotel Indigo Atlanta Vinings, 2857 Paces Ferry Road, Vinings. March 21. Exhibit Hours 4 p.m. - 7 p.m. FREE Public Admission. Exhibit Tables Available. Viningsbusiness.com. Contact: glenn@ viningsbusiness.com. ••• 25: KING SPRINGS PARTY. King Springs Elementary is turning 60 years old this year, and you are cordially invited to the big bash! This adults only party and annual fundraiser is March 25. Join us at Wyndham Galleria Atlanta for a



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night of serious finger foods, live music, dancing and a live auction. Tickets for the party are now on sale and can be purchased from the King Springs Elementary Foundation website www. kingspringsfoundation.org/party.html. WEEKLY EVENTS BOY SCOUT TROOP 61 meets every Monday night at 7:30 p.m. in the Troop Lodge at Bethany Methodist Church at the intersection of Hurt and Hicks Roads. Cub Pack 61 meets Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. in the Bethany Gym. ••• BOY SCOUT TROOP ONE meets every Sunday at 4:30 p.m. New Scouts Welcome! 2845 Log Cabin Drive, Smyrna (off Atlanta Road). www.bsatroop1.net ••• SMYRNA BOY SCOUT Smyrna Boy Scout Troop 11 meets at Smyrna First United Methodist Church every Tuesday evening 7:30- 9 p.m. Contact us at 770-883-1123. Website: www. smyrnatroop11.com. ••• MARIETTA FARMER’S MARKET. Enjoy fresh produce and goods from the Marietta Square Farmers Market every Saturday – rain or shine- 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., along Mill Street on the Historic Marietta Square. For info, visit www. mariettasquarefarmersmarket.net. ••• SMYRNA MUSEUM: Free admission at the Smyrna Museum, 2861 Atlanta Road, Smyrna, Tuesday - Saturday 10 a.m. to 4. Check Facebook at "Smyrna History Museum" for upcoming Museum events. See www.smyrnahistory.org for Museum volunteer opportunities and membership. ••• SMYRNA BUSINESS EXCHANGE: The Smyrna Business Exchange is Smyrna’s premier close contact networking group representing over 30 local businesses (and growing). The Smyrna Business Exchange meets at the Smyrna Community Center every Thursday morning from 7-8:30 a.m. ••• JONQUIL CITY KIWANIS SMYRNA: 10 a.m. Tuesday, Wolfe Senior Center, 884 Church Street, Smyrna. ••• SMYRNA OPTIMIST: 7 a.m. Friday, American Legion Post 160, 160 Legion Drive, Smyrna. ••• SMYRNA ROTARY: noon Tuesday, Brawner Hall, Smyrna. For further information, see www. SmyrnaRotary.com ••• TOASTMASTERS: Interstate North Toastmasters at 3100 Cumberland Boulevard. We meet every Monday at 6:30 p.m. Visit our website: 2823.toastmastersclubs.org ••• TOASTMASTERS: T-Toasters. Paces West, 2727 Paces Ferry Rd., Bldg 1. We meet Wednesday nights at 6 p.m. and welcome visitors. Visit www.ttoasters.com to find out more. ••• VININGS ROTARY: Noon. Wednesday, Georgian Club. ••• THE GALLERIA WORLDSPAN Wings Toastmasters Club Tuesdays 12 to 1 p.m., Building 300, main conference room. MONTHLY OR MORE AMERICAN LEGION, Post 160. Membership

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Meeting at 7:30 p.m. every 3rd Tuesday and serves breakfast from 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on the 2nd Saturday of each month and the AMERICAN LEGION AUXILIARY, Unit 160 Membership Meeting at 7:30 p.m. every 3rd Tuesday each month. SONS OF THE AMERICAN LEGION, Squadron 160 meets at 7 p.m. on the first Tuesday each month. All of these meetings are at 160 Legion Drive, Smyrna. For more information, access AmericanLegionPost160.org or call 770-436-2501. ••• ATLANTA FREETHOUGHT, Regular Meeting at 1 p.m. every 2nd Sunday. 4775 N. Church Lane, Smyrna (a mile inside I-285, just off Atlanta Rd). Our historic building was a church


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in Smyrna/Vinings for 141 years. We're a nonprofit educational organization and meetings/ programs are free and open to the public. Call 678-662-3857 or visit our website, www.atlantafreethought.org, for more about us. ••• 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 cobbcountymochamoms@gmail.com ••• CUMBERLAND VININGS OPTIMIST CLUB: Meeting for breakfast the 2nd Wednesday of each month at the Vinings Club, 2859 Paces Ferry Road NW. We are an inclusive club dedicated to community service and welcome everyone to come as our guest to a meeting of your choice. ••• 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. ••• MOMS CLUB of Smyrna West: For stay-athome or part-time working moms, we have added to the elementary school districts served in the Smyrna area: in 30080 and 30082 zip codes and any of the four following school districts: Smyrna Elementary, Norton Park, King Springs, and Nickajack. We offer morning and afternoon weekly play groups and activities. For questions about our club or are interested in becoming a member, please contact us directly at momsclubofsmyrnawest@yahoo.com. ••• SMYRNA FIRST MOPS offers fellowship with other mothers of children age birth to Kindergarten. We welcome women from throughout the community, so you don't have to be a member of Smyrna First United Methodist Church to join, although we do currently have a waiting list if you need a space in the nursery during our meetings. For more info, visit www.smyrnafirstmops. com. ••• 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 JONQUIL LIONS CLUB welcomes guests and prospective members. As a part of the world's largest service organization simply stated: We serve. Check us out and join as we strive to make our community a better place. The club meets at the Smyrna Community Center the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 5 p.m. and the 4th Tuesday at noon.

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••• SMYRNA LIBRARY READING GROUP: meets the first Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m., at the Smyrna Public Library, 100 Village Green Circle. ••• 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 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 songofjoy2@aol.com. ••• VININGS VILLAGE CIVIC CLUB meets the first Monday of each month September through June at 6:30 p.m. at various locations around Vinings. For further information, e-mail us at viningscivicclub@gmail.com or visit our new website: viningsvillagecivicclub.org. Members and Guests are welcome. 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 now 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: carlcproctor@aol.com 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. ••• E-mail your organization’s calendar news to news@brightsidecobb.com. Deadline for MARCH issue is FEBRUARY 23 with publication the week of MARCH 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 news@brightsidecobb.com. Find updated calendar items on our website at www.brightsidecobb. com.



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WHITEFIELD ACADEMY HOSTS CHESS TOURNAMENT Whitefield Academy played host to the 16th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Chess Tournament on MLK Day, as almost 500 chess players from K-12th grade participated in this annual tournament sponsored by the Georgia Chess Association. Whitefield’s campus was buzzing with activity as players and their parents arrived from all over the metro area to play five rounds of chess in a timed, tournament format. The annual MLK tournament is open to any scholastic player (K-12th), who is a member in good standing with the USCF (United States Chess Federation). It is the largest rated scholastic chess tournament held annually in Georgia. In between the chess rounds, players were able to help with service projects in honor of the memory of Dr. King. Participants packed backpacks with school sup-

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Notes On The News FOUR STUDIES UNDERWAY TO PLAN SMYRNA’S FUTURE By Allan Lipsett Editor/Publisher Four studies are underway that will set the direction for Smyrna’s growth and development for the next 20 years. A Comprehensive Plan is the overarching guide for the City of Smyrna’s future growth. The other three studies focus on different areas of the city: Spring Road, South Cobb Drive and Cumberland. William Smith, the city’s Economic Development Coordinator, said that residents are invited to tell leaders what Smyrna should look like in 2014 and what are the city’s top opportunities and challenges. The Comprehensive Plan is the biggest, for the whole city and is updated every five years, Smith said. Community meetings on the plan are set for Feb. 16 at Brawner Hall at 6:30 p.m. and March 21, same time, same place. An open house previewing the study will be June 8. The $100,000 plan is funded by the city and should be completed by late summer. More details are available at www. guidesmyrna.com The other studies include: • Spring Road – begun last fall, focuses on guiding redevelopment along Spring Road and identifying appropriate investment projects to improve aesthetics and functionality of this corridor. The $125,000 study focuses on retail, residential, bicycle and pedestrian traffic • South Cobb Drive Corridor Study – This $120,000 study funded by the Atlanta Regional Commission also got underway in the fall. It focuses on transportation along South Cobb Drive. • A Cumberland Overlay study – Funded by the city, this plan “allows us to look at possible high density, more pedestrian traffic, and walkable streets in the area, making it more accessible to those going to Braves games. The study encompasses Cobb Parkway over to Bell Drive, Best Buy and Target on the north side to I-285. Mayor On The Mend Smyrna Mayor Max Bacon was back

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Wolfe Center Activities The Wolfe Adult Recreation Center and Therapy Pool, 884 Church St., Smyrna, is open to anyone 55 years of age and older. There are daily group fitness classes. Classes offered include: cardio fusion, gentle yoga, low impact aerobics, senior pilates, sculpt and tone, senior stretch, men’s yoga, intermediate yoga, sculpt yoga, Tai Chi and 30/15/15. The Wolfe Adult Recreation Center also offers the following aquatic exercise classes: aqua tone and stretch, advanced water aerobics, low impact water aerobics, hip, knee and back class, ai chi, boot camp water aerobics and aqua zumba. There is also water walking and lap swimming times at the pool. Open Monday – Thursday from 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. In addition to our exercise schedule we offer several, fun and unique activities for members. Here is the February schedule: Pickleball, Feb. 13, 20 and 27 Jarred Memories, Feb. 9 Phase 10, Feb. 10 Valentine’s Dinner, Feb. 14 Travel with Dorothy, Feb. 15 Quilting , Feb. 16; March 2 and 16 Bunco, Feb. 20 Paint with Paula, Feb. 21 Bring Your Own Device, Feb. 22 Parkinson’s Support Group, Feb. 23 Color My World , Feb. 23 Genealogy, Feb. 27, Feb. 27 New Year, New You Challenge, Feb. 28 And so much more! For information on how to become a member of the Wolfe Adult Recreation Center and Therapy Pool or for more information on any of the activities, please contact us at (678) 631 – 5541 or stop by and take a look around. 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. Health Benefits of Essential Oils -Friday, Feb. 10, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Free; Registration required. Essential oils are used extensively in aromatherapy and various traditional medicinal systems. Due to the numerous health benefits of essential oils, they are increasingly being explored by the scientific community for the treatment of various diseases including cancer, asthma,

bronchitis, heart strokes, and many more. There are more than 90 essential oils, and each has its own health benefits. Presented by Lauren Bonelli. Valentine’s Day Meet and Eat -- Tuesday, Feb. 14, 12 – 2: p.m. $12 /$14 Non-resident. Celebrate with us as the Reminiscents perform live. You will enjoy a delicious catered meal. Don’t miss out on this fun and festive afternoon. Wear your red, pink or purple outfit and have some fun. Fundraiser event with all proceeds to benefit C. Freeman Poole Senior Center. Lunch and Learn: Funeral Planning -- Wednesday, Feb. 15, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Free; Registration required. Nothing is more important than planning for your family’s future. Enjoy a complimentary meal in a relaxed, informal setting while your questions are answered regarding funerals, cemetery and cremations. They will address your concerns and show you how easy it is to begin planning today. Seating is limited to 25 so reserve your place today. Presented by Georgia Memorial Park and Funeral Home. Grief and Bereavement -- Thursday, Feb. 16, 1– 2 p.m. Free; Registration required. Bereavement is the period of grief and mourning after a death. Register to learn more about this as Bridget Kurt with Homestead Hospice presents. Around the World Show and Tell -Tuesday, Feb. 21: South America, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Free; Registration required. If you are interested in learning about South America, don’t miss out on this show. Join others as Brenda Ramsue presents on her travels to South America. A Night with IRA -- Thursday, Feb. 23, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Free; Registration required. An Individual Retirement Account (IRA) is a type of savings account that is designed to help you save for retirement and offers many tax advantages. There are two different types of IRA’s - Traditional and Roth IRA’s. Plan to join Larry Lupas of Lupas Financial Services as he presents. Bingo Bash -- Monday, Feb. 27, 1 – 3 p.m. $3 /$4 Non-resident. Fundraiser event with all proceeds to benefit C. Freeman Poole Senior Center. Cherry Blossom Festival -- Tuesday, March 28, 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. The International Cherry Blossom Festival is held in Macon, Georgia every spring. This day will be filled with the Douglas Theatre, Georgia Sports Hall of Fame, Otis Redding Foundation, Tubman African America Museum, and much more. $71 Senior Council member; $76 Non-member. Registration deadline February 28.

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KNOW THE SYMPTOMS FOR HEART ATTACK, STROKE By Amy Carrier, President attack. Know the symptoms and act fast. For WellStar Cobb Hospital When you see someone close to you go both heart attack and stroke, acting fast is through a life-changing event, it changes a matter of life and death or quality of life you too. I was changed because of my versus disability. For stroke, tell-tale signs are usually facial drooping, arm brother, Brian. He had a heart weakness and confused or slurred attack at 42. We all believed he speech. Most people are aware that was at the pinnacle of health. He chest pain and chest pressure is was a sportsman and an outdoorsassociated with heart attacks. It’s man. A nature photographer. A fly also important to know that women fisherman. A mountain climber. commonly exhibit other heart attack I already worked in healthsymptoms such as back and jaw care at the time. But, at his bedpain, nausea and fatigue. side in that Pennsylvania hospital, Know when to dial 9-1-1. The I wasn’t a healthcare adminis- Amy Carrier thing is, even when symptoms trator. I was a sister. And I learned a few things that have greatly impacted my pas- appear, some people still won’t dial 9-1-1. sion about heart health and my focus on It’s no laughing matter, but the truth is, many are embarrassed to dial 9-1-1. They don’t patient-centered care. For one, I learned to think of patients want to inconvenience someone, especially like family. I’ll never forget the time I if that chest pain turns out to be indigestion. returned to my brother’s room to find him I also hear women commonly say, “I just gone. I asked the nurse where he was. She wanted to get dinner on the table first.” The other thing about getting to the called someone and asked, “Where is ‘Bed 3?’” What!? My brother isn't ‘Bed 3!’ He's hospital by way of 9-1-1 rather than driving is that you’re going to get treatment faster. Brian. At WellStar Cobb Hospital, we care for An ambulance is a traveling ICU. The parathe whole person. Our patients are people. medics are doing things to help you survive They have names. They have family mem- before you get to the hospital. They are bers. And they deserve care that focuses the administering aspirin and taking an EKG (electrocardiogram). They send the EKG to mind, body and spirit. It’s also affected me and my commu- the cardiologists ahead of patient arrival. If nity service. As a member of the Board the EKG indicates bypass surgery is needed, of Directors for Heart Walk, a fundraising we can bypass the Emergency Department event for the American Heart Association, altogether and get the patient straight to the I may have asked you to walk on my team. procedure room in the shortest amount of If I haven’t asked, consider this an offi- time possible. At WellStar Cobb Hospital, our vision cial request. I also love talking about heart disease and stroke prevention. Usually to is to deliver world-class healthcare. We groups of women. Do you know how many want our community to thrive. We want you people think heart disease is a man’s dis- to help us save lives. Be involved in your ease? It’s the number one killer of women. healthcare, know your numbers. Do what One in three women will die from heart dis- you can to control your risks. And act fast when you see symptoms that could be seriease. So, if I can help people be more aware ous. We need you to be part of the team that of heart disease and stroke, there are three gets treatment started as fast as possible. Oh, and about Brian. He often says this things I’d like you to remember: Know your numbers, Know the symptoms and changed his life and his lifestyle. He’s controlling the risk factors he can control. He’s Know how to dial 9-1-1. Know your numbers. The risk factors active and living the life he loves. And, he’s are the same for heart disease and stroke. surrounded by people who are cheering him Some are things we can control (like exer- on. Now, if only the rest of us could be more cise, diet, smoking, even insomnia). Other like Brian. things are out of our control (like genetics). As a very active, athletic young man, The March issue of my brother thought he was healthy. We all The Bright Side will be thought he was healthy. But his cholesterol ratio and high blood pressure put him at sigpublished March 6, 2017; nificant risk. Now, he knows his numbers Deadline: Feb. 23, 2016 and he does what he can to control them. news@brightsidecobb.com Changes can be as simple as using Mrs. Dash seasoning instead of salt. Knowing Visit our website at your numbers and your family history can www.brightsidecobb.com help you lower your risk of having a heart

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The Rotary Club of Vinings honored the sponsors of the Vinings Run For the Kids Down Hill Race and distributed to local charities totaling some $80,000. In the 20 year history of the run, Vinings Roatary has donated $1 million to charity. Joining President Neill Ferill, in back, are representatives for charities including: Adult Disability Med Home, ArtsBridge, Atlanta Area Boy Scout Council, Atlanta Mission, Center for Children and Young Adults, Children’s Restoration Network, HERO, Kate’s Club, Lekotek, MUST Ministries, North Fulton Child Development, Phoenix Boys Association, Vinings United Methodist Church, Good Samaritan Health Center and Calvary Children’s Home.

JOIN ARTISTS FOR A BROWN BAG LUNCH The South Cobb Arts Alliance will hold a Brown Bag Business event on Feb. 21 from noon to 1 p.m. at the Mable House Arts Center, 5239 Floyd Road, Mableton. Guests are encouraged to Brown Bag or Bring Something to Share during the lunch hour on Feb 21, with networking beginning at 11:30 a.m. “This the second community/business event as part of the outreach project with or NEA grant,” said SCAA President Sandy

Miller. “Many SCAA sponsors, business members, general business and local community organizations which support the arts, have never met. The goal is for organizations to engage with the community by meeting with others and enjoying the current Members Art Exhibit.” Last fall, the SCAA won a NEA grant for a Shared Community of Art: Reconnecting Artists, Art Educators, Families and Businesses.

We are looking for a special person: We are looking for a special person: • You know your way around malls, boutiques and shops in the Smyrna and Vinings area • You love to eat at the newest restaurant, but you have your favorites that have been here for years • You enjoy making friends with local merchants and checking in with them regularly just to know what’s new on the scene • You wish you had a little extra cash to spend at these local shops and eateries If this is you, we may have a job for you.

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Congressman David Scott congratulates Joy Howard (left) of Smyrna who attends Woodward Academy High School on her appointment to the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. At right, Isabel Miller of Campbell High School was appointed to the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis. Howard and Miller were among some 29 exceptional students from Georgia’s 13th Congressional District earning nominations to attend one of our nation’s military service academies. The ceremony was held at Brawner Hall in Smyrna on Feb. 4. “This is a very competitive process. It’s an effort of teamwork by the student, teachers and family members,” Rep. Scott said. Devin Maxwell of Campbell High School was also nominated to the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md.

BRAVES, CHOA TO BUILD KID-FRIENDLY ACTIVITY The Atlanta Braves announced a multi-year relationship with Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta to bring exciting baseball-themed activities to SunTrust Park for the Braves’ youngest fans. SunTrust Park will feature “Hope and Will’s Sandlot,” a large, kid-friendly area hosted by Children’s Healthcare of

Atlanta that will have the first-ever zip line and climbing tower inside a professional sporting venue. Visitors will be able to use the new Braves app to reserve a timeslot to access both of these attractions. There also will be a batting cage and a variety of other interactive games in addition to kid-friendly food and merchandise.

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