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The last of the cranes used in the construction of SunTrust Park was removed at the end of March and two preseason games have tested the staff operations, passing with flying colors. The Atlanta Braves are ready to open the season in their new home in Cobb County on April 14 against the San Diego Padres. “The pride is boundless,” said Terry McGuirk, Braves Chairman and CEO. “The effort by so many people get us here is overwhelming. There have been 2,500 people a day working on the project, sometimes in three shifts over the past 2 1/2 years.” “This was a five to eight year project done in 30 months,” Mike Plant, president of development, said. Construction work, and cranes still are completing The Battery, an entertainment district with venues, restaurants, 200,000 sq. ft. of retail and apartments adjacent to the park. McGuirk said that some 150 of the planned apartments are finished, and leased. "It's sort of a millennial heaven," he said. Construction on the Battery will continue throughout the summer with the The Omni hotel opening by Thanksgiving and the Comcast office building by late summer. The first concert at the Roxy is April 7. “By the end of the year everything will be open,” he said. Local fans are looking forward to being a part of the new ballpark. The Smyrna First United Methodist Church’s youth choir, God’s Light, will perform the national anthem on April 19. “They do it every year but this one is particularly exciting since it's in our own backyard,” said Julie Lischer. Another unique feature is the connectivity available at the park. With Comcast next door, and 730 wi-fi repeaters located at numerous spots around the field and in the seats, fans can enjoy free high speed wi-fi.


Arrive early, buy your parking in advance, use Uber and Waze and have patience as opening day approaches April 14 and a sell-out crowd arrives as SunTrust Park, officials advise. The third phase of the Cobb County Transportation Management was unveiled just prior to the soft opener preseason game March 30. A portion of the plan calls for uniformed officers to be placed at approximately 30 intersections around the new ballpark to support the flow of traffic to and from the 14 primary points of access to the new stadium and The Battery Atlanta. The traffic plan includes new technology from Uber, the team’s official ridesharing partner. Also, an updated Ballpark app is available, and for offsite parking the Cumberland Circulator is available. “By working hand in hand with our partners, we have been able to develop a detailed, comprehensive approach to getting to SunTrust Park,” said Mike Plant, president, development for the Braves. “Many elements of this approach are fundamentally different than the fan’s experience at Turner Field. From our partnerships with Uber and Continued on Page 7


The Smyrna Spring Jonquil Festival is coming April 29 – 30 on Smyrna’s Village Green. Presented by Superior Plumbing, the festival features some 175 Arts & Crafts booths, 15 food booths, an entertainment stage, and a variety of children's activities. The Jonquils will be in bloom in the midst of spring time in Smyrna. Bring the family

and shop, play, eat, drink and just have a great day together. Artisans are from all over the southeast feature their own hand-made crafts, paintings, clothing, furniture, jewelry and much more. The festival foods include: cotton candy, candy apples, corn dogs, handdipped ice cream, snow cones, polish sausage, chicken sandwiches, and BBQ. The

huge interactive children's area includes big and small inflatable activities, sand art, and more. So whether it’s your child or the child in you, there are plenty of food and activities for the whole family to enjoy. Peter Hart will be back, bringing his Atlanta Puppet Show that appeals to everyone in a family audience. His unique marContinued on Page 4

CAMPBELL DEBATERS WIN STATE CHAMPIONSHIP The Campbell High School Debate team swept the State Championship Tournament on March 18 at Georgia State University, taking home first place in all categories. Khushi Mehta earned the award of being the top speaker at the tournament, closely followed by Kayla Holloway who earned the 3rd place top speaker award. Completing the top five students at the entire tournament were Navya Katragadda and Anju Kumar, as they took home 4th and 5th place respectively. In addition, John Schmidt, Ben Davidson, and Jenny Shen all earned speaker awards within the top debaters at the tournament. Secondarily, four Campbell debate pairs finished with a perfect 4-0 record at the state tournament. Khushi Mehta and Anju Kumar took home the 1st place team award, followed closely by Jenny Shen and Ben Davidson (2nd place), Eden Rowe and Kayla Holloway (3rd place), Jack LeGrow and Nathan Cox (5th place), and John

Schmidt and Navya Katragadda (6th place). Due to all of this, Campbell High

School also won the 1st place sweepstakes award at the debate.

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It was a recent Sunday and I had a small role to play, leading the prayer after the offertory during each service. Knowing I would be leaving early that morning and wanting to look my best, I had my outfit chosen the night before. I was striving for perfection. As I was leaving the house, with no time to change, I noticed a smudge on my dress. I had to hope the sweater I wore over the dress would cover it up. After I came home, standing with my back to Allan, he noticed that my hose had a run all the way up one leg. So much for the lovely church attire! First a smudge and then a run; perfection was no longer possible. The nice thing about church is that we go there because we aren’t perfect. We can dress ourselves up in our best clothes and have an attitude of self-confidence, but our flaws are still there. Only one has ever lived on earth who was perfect and it is His death and resurrection that we focus on during Holy Week. The struggle for perfection affects some more than others. For some of us, there is the challenge to find the perfect word to say in any situation; the perfect column to write; the perfect house; the perfect family; the perfect life. I admit I have strived for perfection and become upset with myself when I let myself down. But, even if I expect perfection from myself, it’s not fair to expect it always from everyone else. And not fair to myself to expect it all the time. Life is a continuous chain of unexpected imperfections to be taken in stride, corrected or made right. The dress with the smudge will go to the laundry; the hose with the run will go in the trash; and the next outfit will be flawless – but then, again, maybe not. The important thing to focus on is how we handle life when it doesn’t go perfectly. Do we have a complete melt-down; do we give up; do we put our imperfections off on someone else; do we dwell on them and never move on? Or do we take a good look at the situation, figure out what went wrong

and try to do better next time? I feel bad for those in the public eye whose every flaw is replayed at will by those who wish to ridicule or do harm to the reputation of others. It’s important to have high expectations of those in public life, especially those making decisions that affect the rest of us, but not to ridicule them or distort their imperfections unnecessarily. As we enjoy the worship and celebration of Easter, let us focus on the One who was perfect rather than our own and our neighbors’ imperfections. Let us strive for our own personal perfections in things that matter rather than on the slight smudges of imperfection that clutter our everyday lives.

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By Dr. Derek Conte abnormally large and rigid, it exerts presPain and frustration seems to be the sure on three cranial nerves in the area lot for people with Eagle’s Syndrome. (Glossopharyngeal, Facial and Trigeminal) They run the gamut of doctors for help and potentially resulting in all of the symptoms scarcely get relief for their wide array of mentioned. Misdiagnosis or mistreatment symptoms: sharp, “electric-shock” pain in is common. Diagnosis is difficult to do by the tonsils, tongue and back of the throat X-ray, but the prominence of the caused when speaking or eating bones can be felt, usually behind or turning one’s head, the pain and under the angle of the jaw. often spreading to the temple, Trauma is thought to be the eye, ear or back of head; and the cause, as in the way a broken foot sense of “a foreign body” in the or hand bone may heal in a tangle throat or tongue. Other symptoms with adjacent bones due to overexinclude dry cough, vertigo, even uberant healing or loss of range of loss of consciousness. In speaking motion. But there may be another directly to a man who had Eagle connection I see, based on other syndrome, he reported to me the disorders also found in those with following symptoms: blurry and Dr. Derek Conte Eagle’s syndrome: 64% had bone dim vision, changes in head position causdiseases where trauma, inflammation or ing changes in heart rate and blood presbone growth miscues play a big role, 27% sure, altered taste (water tasting like maple had atherosclerosis, >11% had cervical/ syrup), facial numbness and spasticity, the facial trauma, and many others had autoears had a popping, bubbling and full feelimmune disorders (rheumatism) and infecing with decreased hearing sensitivity, jaw tions (tuberculosis). All are inflammatory. popping, crawling skin, blocked nasal pasEagle syndrome is present in about 1 in sages, chronic swollen glands and purulent 125 to 250 people (mostly women) the throat infections, difficulty swallowing, odds going up as we reach retirement age. insomnia, constant pain and, not surprisSurgical removal of the bones is superior ingly, a short temper. to anesthetics or steroids as treatments, Eagle syndrome is a condition where – which offer only temporary relief. now stay with me here- the styloid process The man I spoke to had been transof the temporal bone becomes elongated formed by the correction of his problem and the stylo-hyoid ligament becomes and looked years younger, finally happy calcified. The styloid process is a sharp, and hopeful, and grateful for the years of spike-like bone that points downward from life ahead: a true blessing. the underside of the skull, just behind each See: Clinic, Diagnostics and Treatear. The stylohyoid ligaments normally ment Peculiarities of Eagle’s Syndrome, form a chin-strap-like suspensory connecBy Gervicas, Kubilius and Sabalys; and tion from the points of the styloid to each see: An Unusually Lengthy Styloid Proside of the horseshoe-shaped hyoid bone, cess, By Prabhu, Nayak, Vadgaonkar, which is located in the throat, just above Krishnamurthy and Madhan. the Adam’s apple, thus the term, “stylohyDr. Derek Conte, Chiropractic Speoid”. cialists 1154 Concord Rd. 404-784-6008. When this stylohyoid complex is

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ENJOY FOOD, FUN, ART AT SMYRNA JONQUIL FESTIVAL Continued from Page 1 ionettes and puppet characters sing, dance, juggle, play fiddle, break apart and come back together, squirt water, and are even launched by catapult across the stage. New for 2017 is the Team Rock Ninja Experience. This amazing team of martial arts experts has been wowing audiences around the world with high-flying, jaw-dropping performances that showcase an extraordinary display of extreme breaking and theatrics. K-9s in Flight: Audiences of all ages will be entertained by this non-stop, actionpacked performance showcasing the top amazing K-9 sports, including K-9 dock diving, high jump and Frisbee all in a fun, high-flying atmosphere. Stilt Walkers: Also strolling through the festival will be the phenomenon known as the Walking TreeMan. Barely distinguishable from the real trees, Walking TreeMan moves slowly and deliberately down the street, enchanting all that meet him. At over 12 feet tall, TreeMan can be seen from 150 yards away! Keep your eyes peeled also for someone dressed as Woody from Toy Story…only he’s 10 feet tall. Kids and adults alike will be thrilled to hear Scott Thompson of Peachtree Station performing all the songs you know and love on the Veteran’s Memorial grand lawn adjacent to the Spring Jonquil Food Court. Bring a blanket, sing along, and relax in a beautiful setting with the family.

The festival hours of operation are 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., on Saturday, April 29, and noon – 5 p.m., on Sunday, April 30. Admission is free.


The Jonquil City Jog 5K will be run Saturday, April 29 to kick off the annual Jonquil festival. The 5K Run/Walk will be held at the City of Smyrna Municipal Building next to the Village Green (registration required call 770-319-5401 or on-line at Proceeds benefit the Campbell High School Educational Foundation, Inc. - a non-profit organization that provides financial and community support to Campbell High School students. The 5K is an accurately measured out & back course down Atlanta Road that is scenic and fast. The race begins on Bank Street throughthe Market Village then down Atlanta Road where it shoots down to Campbell Middle School, then returns finishing in front of City Hall and the Market Village, where it all began. Awards are presented to the Overall and Masters Male and Female winners, as well as the top three finishers in 15 age groups from 8 & under to 70 & over, male and female. And best of all...Key Lime Pies for all 1st place winners.


Smyrna American Legion Post 160 is sponsoring a Casino Night Fundraiser on April 22 from 7 to 11 p.m. Your $25 admission includes $5,000 in casino play chips for poker, blackjack, craps, and roulette. Along with fun casino games, your ticket includes dinner, a free raffle ticket all while enjoying the DJ, dancing, Silent Auction, and multiple raffles-including a Grand Prize Raffle at the end of the evening.

This event is hosted by the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 160, 160 Legion Dr., Smyrna, and all proceeds benefit Special Olympics Georgia-Cobb. Where can you go to have so much fun for so little money while aiding such a worthy cause? That’s right… No Place. So, put your dancing shoes on, put your lucky rabbit’s foot in your pocket and come join us for a fun night supporting Special Olympics Georgia-Cobb.

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WHITEFIELD SENIOR WINS NATIONAL LITERATURE AWARD After receiving a gold key award at the state level of competition earlier this year, Whitefield Academy senior Elizabeth Pridgeon received a national silver medal award for her critical essay "Great Literature: A Personal Definition" in the 2017 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Pridgeon’s essay beat out thousands of entries from teens across the nation in the contest, sponsored by well-known publishing company Scholastic, Inc. The contest is the nation's longest-running and most prestigious recognition program for creative teens in grades seven through 12. Pridgeon is an accomplished writer and hopes to major in English when she begins college next year, ultimately pursuing a career in writing or communications. She is still undecided as to where she will attend. Pridgeon has attended Whitefield for four years, playing varsity soccer and enjoying creative writing opportunities through her school work and beyond. She appreciates the encouragement of Whitefield English teacher Jessica Bonnem for urging her to submit her work to the national contest. Located in Smyrna, Whitefield Academy is a Christ-centered, college preparatory school serving more than 800 students in PreK4 through 12th grade.

SMYRNA BUSINESS EXPO TO FEATURE FOOD, LOCAL FIRMS APRIL 27 Smyrna area businesses and restaurants will show off their wares at The Smyrna Business Expo on April 27. Exhibitors will set up in the Smyrna Community Center, 200 Village Green Drive, Smyrna, from 4 to 6:30 p.m. “This is your chance to meet more than 200 local business owners, generate business leads, close deals and enjoy great food,” said SBA President Jabar Dozier. “Join us for networking, building business relationships and meeting local entrepreneurs.” The event is free and open to the public and door prizes will be awarded throughout the evening. All proceeds will support the Smyrna Business Association scholarship fund. Exhibit tables are now on sale at Food sponsors are also being accepted.







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WHAT'S ON THE MENU AT SUNTRUST PARK? Opening Day is April 14 and there’s more on the menu at SunTrust Park than just peanuts, popcorn and Cracker Jack. The ballpark’s concessions are provided by Delaware North Sportservice – a division of global hospitality and foodservice provider Delaware North. Other food vendors include Chick-fil-A, Waffle House and Fox Brothers Barbeque. “Like the ballpark, the food service is state of the art,” said Shawn Mattox, Delaware North’s general manager at SunTrust Park. A variety of themed outlets will provide regionally inspired, fan-favorite dishes using local ingredients and companies. The “Taste of Braves Country” program will feature traditional items from around Georgia and five other neighboring states considered “Braves Country,” while a “Farm to Fan” initiative will bring fresh, homegrown ingredients to the ballpark from Atlanta-area farms and other local producers. Delaware North Executive Chef Smithing noted that while the ballpark food prices are usually higher, “It’s all made in house so it’s similar to fine dining, but at the ball park.” He noted that for a family of four you might expect to budget about $60 for a meal during the game. A kids’ meal of a hot dog, chips and a drink is $7. “Delaware North has done an incredible job creating an authentic southern food experience for fans coming to SunTrust Park,” said Mike Plant, Braves president of development. “With everything from the flavors to the vendors having a local tie, we know our fans will enjoy and appreciate the

The Slice offers both pizza and the pizza burger. food experience and the quality service.” The Taste of Braves Country program was designed to showcase the best southern cooking from “Braves Country,” which encompasses Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, Mississippi and Alabama. Time-tested dishes and flavors from around the south will be found on concessions menus across the ballpark. Some highlights include: • Georgia: Fox Bros. BBQ; Hugh Acheson 1st & 3rd Hot Dog and Sausage Shack, Chick-fil-A; Waffle House. • South Carolina: Pimento Cheese Patty Melt, served with caramelized onions and smoked paprika on rye. • North Carolina: Smoked whole hog BBQ sandwich, served on white bread with chopped southern slaw and vinegar BBQ sauce. • Tennessee: Nashville Hot Chicken, served with bread & butter pickles. • Mississippi: Blackened Catfish Po’ Boy Taco, served with slaw and Comeback Sauce. • Alabama: Fried Tomahawk Pork Chop, served on an extra-large potato roll

with collard green slaw and white BBQ sauce. “Braves fans come from far and wide, and each one has a different and delicious food they enjoy while watching a baseball game,” said Shawn Mattox, Delaware North’s general manager at SunTrust Park. For its Farm to Fan initiative, Sportservice will draw from a network of more than 40 Atlanta-area farms, urban and college gardens, and other local producers to incorporate their produce into a variety of concessions dishes. The produce and fresh ingredients will vary throughout the season based on market availability and each game will feature a different farm or local company. Despite the myriad choices of food at the ballpark, the Braves will allow outside food in SunTrust Park, reversing an earlier announcement. The organization initially said no outside food or drink, except a sealed water bottle, would be allowed into the new stadium. Just before the March 31 preseason game, the Braves tweeted that, after receiving feedback from fans, they have changed that policy. “Over the past few days we have heard feedback from our fans expressing their desire to continue to bring food items into the ballpark on game days. We listened and have decided to amend our approach,” the organization posted on Twitter. Fans will now be allowed to bring food inside SunTrust Park as long as it fits inside a clear, gallon-sized plastic bag. Fans may still bring a sealed plastic water bottle.

Christian Rodriguez of Vinings and Jeffrey Webb of Kennesaw offer tomahawk-shaped ice cream by High Road.

Chefs cook up sausages from Patak Meats in Austell at Hugh Acheson 1st & 3rd Hot Dog and Sausage Shack.


In celebration of the Atlanta Braves’ rich history, an expansive area called Monument Garden is located in SunTrust Park that spotlights the team’s accomplishments, decorated alumni and franchise roots. Monument Garden will feature interactive exhibits as well as commemorative displays, and will be anchored by the new statue of Braves legend Hank Aaron. Outside of Monument Garden, fans will be able to take in additional memorabilia and tributes located in various areas of the ballpark. “The historical displays in Monument Garden and the rest of the ballpark represent our journey and our legacy as an organization – they represent the roots, the people, and the moments that have made Braves Country proud over the years. Building this history into the very foundation of our new home gives us and our fans the chance to acknowledge and honor these milestones as we look ahead to our bright future,” said Braves Vice Chairman John Schuerholz. The Hank Aaron statue replaces one that remains at Turner Field. It was unveiled at a fundraising reception March 29. The statue of Aaron was created by world-renowned artist and Atlanta-based Ross Rossin. Monument Garden will be located on the Lower Level concourse behind home plate and accessible to all ticket holders. In addition to the new statue of Hank Aaron at the heart of Monument Garden, a baseball bat sculpture that recognizes Aaron’s 755 career home runs will live adjacent to his statue. The columns in Monument Garden will also feature graphics of Hank Aaron, as well as other Braves Hall of Fame Members. Displays and exhibits in Monument Garden include: • Hank Aaron Statue: Commissioned by world-renowned and Atlanta-based

The Hank Aaron statue was unveiled in March as the centerpiece of Monument Garden.

artist Ross Rossin, the statue will show the moment of impact between bat and ball on Aaron's record-breaking 715th home run. • 755 Sculpture: A sculpture made up of 755 baseball bats in the shape of the number 755 will live across from the Hank Aaron statue in Monument Garden. • Braves Hall of Fame: Established in 1999 to honor players, managers, coaches and other individuals who have made an exceptional contribution to the organization. The 31 Braves Hall of Famers will be immortalized in Monument Garden with plaques. • Braves in Cooperstown: A bat or glove will represent each of the 55 Braves who have been inducted into the National

Baseball Hall of Fame. This includes Braves Vice Chairman John Schuerholz who will be inducted in July 2017. • Retired Numbers: The Braves have retired 11 jersey numbers and those numbers will be incorporated into a water feature at SunTrust Park. An interactive exhibit will also allow fans to learn more about each of the Braves legends whose numbers have been retired. • History of Braves Jerseys: The Braves have worn more than 25 different styles of jerseys since the franchise was born in 1871, and this new area will chronicle the evolution of the team’s iconic look. • Braves Honors and Awards: This section features reproductions of Greg Mad-

dux’s 1995 Cy Young Award, Hank Aaron’s 1957 MVP Award, Dale Murphy’s 1982 Silver Slugger Award, Andruw Jones’ 2005 Gold Glove Award and David Justice’s 1990 Rookie of the Year Award, along with a list of all the winners of these awards. • Braves Timeline: Fans will get a chance to visually experience Braves history with images from each decade. • Origin of Braves Name: A look at the many different names the Braves have been called since the organization’s inception in Boston, beginning with the Red Stockings. • Memorable Braves Moments: Artifacts from thrilling and historic moments in franchise history, along with their respective audio calls, will include Sid Bream’s slide home in Game 7 of the 1992 NLCS and Marquis Grissom’s final out in the 1995 World Series. In addition to the displays in Monument Garden, all fans will be able to view a variety of other tributes to the team’s history, including the 1995 World Series trophy, jersey displays, National Baseball Hall of Fame plaques and more located around the ballpark. Additionally, the Braves’ 35 pennants will find their home in SunTrust Park on the light poles in the outfield. Club areas and group spaces in SunTrust Park will also include commemorative features. These areas will showcase everything from artifacts to awards to photos and will be accessible for fans with tickets to those areas or on a SunTrust Park Tour. The best way for fans to see the artifacts, tributes and displays located in all areas of the ballpark is to take a SunTrust Park Tour. SunTrust Park Tours start on Opening Day, April 14, and will run yearround. SunTrust Park Tours are on sale now at

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Continued from Page 1 Waze to our request that all fans buy their parking in advance, these new tactics deliver a greater suite of choices for our fans. With our exhibition game against the New York Yankees on March 31, it’s important for us to let our fans know how they can access and best utilize these new transportation and parking strategies to provide them with the best experience possible.” The Braves and their partners – Cobb County Department of Transportation, Cobb County Police Department and Kimley-Horn – are working on a collaborative approach to transportation management. A traffic control center at the stadium is staffed with representatives from each agency and can make adjustments to traffic flow and signage and in real time. The Braves will offer more than 14,000 parking spaces owned or leased by the organization for game day. This is already 5,000 more spaces than were available at Turner Field, all serving a ballpark that features roughly 8,000 fewer seats. Additionally, Cobb County and the City of Smyrna have issued independent parking permits for several operators in the area, bringing more than 1,200 additional parking spots into play. Greg Mize, director of digital, urged to use the new MLB app on their phones for getting to, in and around SunTrust Park. “We have partnered with Waze to get people directly to the park,” he said. Tickets and parking can be linked to the phone app. An artificial intelligence bot on the app can also answer questions about travel, parking and the stadium itself. Uber is piloting a new technology that makes the pick-up experience faster and more efficient at SunTrust Park. Riders leaving SunTrust Park will be directed to the Uber Zone, which is located steps from the ballpark along Windy Ridge Parkway, through in-app messaging and physical signage. At the Uber Zone, fans will open their Uber app, set their destination and request a car as usual. Instead of having to navigate to find a specific car and driver, riders will see a personalized PIN code in their app and can simply give it to the next available driver in the Uber Zone. Braves officials encourage fans to make a plan in advance of their trip to the ballpark. That plan can be summarized through three key steps, all of which can be achieved through the updated Ballpark

The view from center field, looking toward home plate at SunTrust Park.


• Buy your ticket in advance: The Braves are the first Major League Baseball team to transition completely to a system of paperless tickets. Whether they are eyeing a game a few months down the road or a few hours beforehand, fans will be able to easily use the Ballpark app to buy their tickets. They’ll also be able to secure tickets by visiting or calling the Braves

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The new Uber Zone will be located along Windy Ridge Parkway, just steps from the ballpark allowing for ease of pick-up and drop-off. Uber also is launching an innovative new approach to pick-up at SunTrust Park, allowing riders to call for an Uber, receive a number they can give to the next available driver in line and then hop in and head home. This will allow for faster departures and easier access to waiting Ubers.

The Braves’ clubhouse has cubicles for each team member, a pool table and extra comfort as ther “office” during the season.

ticket office at 404-577-9100. • Buy your parking in advance: With more than 14,000 spaces dispersed around the ballpark, fans are strongly encouraged to purchase their parking in advance. Doing so will enable them to save money through a discounted advance purchase, as well as receive customized directions directly to their parking lot. The majority of game day lots will require pre-payment, though some will accept credit card payment on site.

• Trust Waze to get you to the ballpark: An official partner of the Braves, Waze will be receiving real-time information from Cobb County that will better inform fans traveling to the game than other smartphone map apps. Integrated into the Ballpark app, Waze will provide detailed directions to individual parking lots to help spread traffic out across a broader area, while also receiving official updates on traffic conditions around the ballpark.

FIREWORKS, BOBBLEHEADS, CONCERTS HIGHLIGHT BRAVES HOME GAMES The Atlanta Braves will celebrate the Inaugural Season at SunTrust Park with a robust schedule of giveaways, theme nights, ticket packages and more. The 2017 season leads off with Opening Weekend festivities which begin on Friday, April 14 and continue through Sunday, April 16 versus the San Diego Padres. Opening Weekend will feature pre and postgame concerts in the Plaza, special on-field ceremonies and flyovers, and during Sunday’s game the Braves will celebrate a special kids Opening Day. Weekly favorites including Friday Night Fireworks presented by Georgia Lottery, Kids Run the Bases presented by Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Alumni Sundays presented by Hyundai will return for the 2017 season. The 2017 promotional schedule includes more than 10 giveaways, with one scheduled for every Friday home game this season. From bobbleheads to t-shirts to koozies, fans won’t want to miss any of the inaugural season giveaways. In addition, every Saturday home game, starting with the May 6 contest against the St. Louis Cardinals, will be a theme night in the ballpark. Theme nights will give fans the chance to enjoy pregame and in-game activities related to the theme, limited-edition concession and merchandise items, and the option to purchase a ticket package that comes with a themed giveaway or experience. Theme nights will range from Star Wars Night to Christmas in July. The full promotional schedule can be

found online at Upcoming promotions include: Fri, Apr 14 - 7:35 pm, Padres: Friday Night Fireworks amd Commemorative Ticket Gate Giveaway, all fans will receive a commemorative ticket in celebration of Opening Day in the inaugural season at SunTrust Park. Sat, Apr 15 - 7:10 pm, Padres: Magnetic Schedule Gate Giveaway. All fans will receive an Atlanta Braves 2017 inaugural season magnetic schedule. Sun, Apr 16 - 1:35 pm, Padres: Alumni Sunday, Kids Run The Bases, Magnetic Schedule Gate Giveaway. Fri, May 5 - 7:35 pm, Cardinals: Friday Night Fireworks, Spring Training Tomahawk Cap Gate Giveaway. The first 20,000 fans will receive a Spring Training Tomahawk Cap. Sat, May 6 - 7:10 pm, Cardinals: Atlanta Braves Scout Patch and pregame parade, with purchase of a special ticket, R.A. Dickey Stormtrooper Bobblehead, with purchase of a special ticket Sun, May 7 - 1:35 pm, Cardinals: Kids Run The Bases, Alumni Sunday. Fri, May 19 - 7:35 pm, Nationals: Friday Night Fireworks; The first 20,000 fans will receive a Ender Inciarte "Game Ender Catch" Bobblehead. Girls Night Out Inaugural Season Print and Feather Boa, with purchase of a special ticket. Sat, May 20 - 4:10 pm, Nationals: Military Appreciation Day Sun, May 21- 1:35 pm, Nationals: Alumni Sunday, Kids Run The Bases, Mother-Son Ticket Package

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It’s spring planting time and Neighbors chicken supplies including organic chicken Feed & Seed Supply invites you to stock feed. We offer a full line of bulk and speup on all your garden needs, from plants to cialty wild bird seeds as well as feeders and seeds to fertilizer. accessories. Spring is our hallmark time of Neighbors Feed and Seed Supply Co. is year, where our huge selection of plants owned by James & Megan Smith, located and seeds are all non-GMO. We also offer at 1565 Roswell St. in the Williams Park a selection of organic seeds. Our soils, Neighborhood. The Feed & Seed has been in Smyrna for over 100 years, and in its current location since 1975. The Smiths have been owners since March of 2015 when the last owners retired. “We have been interested in suburban sustainability for some time (gardening and keeping chickens) in an effort to know where our food comes from and do our part in easing the strain on commercial food production,” Smith said. “Having grown up spending summers gardening alongside my grandparents in west Georgia, I am particularly fond of vegetable gardening as a way of keeping up their treasured knowledge and skills,” Megan Smith said. “When the feed & seed business came up for sale it was ripe for revitalization and we knew the Smyrna community needed a local place to support gar- James and Megan Smith welcome you to Neighdening and sustainability efforts as bors Feed & Seed Supply well as pet's well-being.” The Smyrna store carries products amendments and fertilizers range from a from a traditional "feed and seed" sense but basic 10-10-10 fertilizer to specialty organupdated to reflect the interest and needs of ics,” J.D. Smith said. our community. Several of Neighbors’ most popu“The dog and cat food we carry is lar product lines can't be found at big box natural and grain-free. We carry backyard stores. Both the Victor Premium Dog Food and Fox Farm gardening lines are not JONQUIL GARDEN CLUB offered at large stores because these companies believe in small batches, quality control SETS PLANT SALE and U.S. sourced raw materials. “Customers choose our business You have a special invitation to Jonquil because we are small and local in the sense Garden's club In-House Plant Sale on April that we get to know you, your pets and your 25 at 10:30 a.m. at Smyrna Library. Club garden. We are in a local neighborhood with members will share well-potted plants from a small building and lot, which means you their personal gardens, including perenni- can hop right in and out without dealing als, some hydrangeas, and natives. Follow- with Cobb Pkwy and huge shopping center ing a shorter business session, great plants parking,” Megan Smith said. will be auctioned off to the highest bidder in “We'll load the heavy stuff in your car this fast, furious, and fun event. and can even deliver large orders or heavy Save the date: Jonquil Garden Club's items when needed. When it comes to vege8th Annual Plant Sale-June 10 from 8 a.m. table plants, we can help you decide what's to noon at Smyrna Fresh (Farmers') Market. best for your space. Our plants are cared for Jonquil Garden Club meets monthly by people that love plants. The seeds we on the 4th Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. at Smyrna offer are varieties long-loved by southern Library. For more info about programs and gardeners for our climate,” J.D. Smith said. projects, call Shirley Priest at 770-433For more information go to www. 3248 or see our newly refurbished website or Facebook at at www. neighborsfeedandseed.

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Board members of Keep Smyrna Beautiful gather around the program's recent awards.


Keep Smyrna Beautiful honored its volunteers, noted its accomplishments and recognized its leaders at a dinner April 23. Liz Davis, chairman, thanked the crowd for their “time, support and hard work that you gave to make it great.” She noted that in 2016, more than 2,105 volunteers donated some 6,528 hours to help Keep Smyrna beautiful. In 2016 Keep Smyrna Beautiful was named one of the top State programs for the 20th straight year by Keep Georgia Beautiful. It also won a Sustained Excellence award with Keep America Beautiful competing against programs in cities up to 100,000 population that were previous award winners. Due to the public’s support, she said, “we have been in the top three programs nationally for 15 of the past 20 years. The Banquet also kicks off the 2017 Great American Cleanup and includes events throughout the year. The Great American Cleanup is a nationwide effort organized by Keep America Beautiful for affiliates like us to focus on community cleanups and the work volunteers. This year’s theme is “Clean Your Block Party.” A community cleanup event is planned for April 22 at Tolleson Park. Virginia Davis noted that some $422,883 in donated time, money and services were given to the City of Smyrna in the past fiscal year from Keep Smyrna Beautiful volunteers. That is a return of $1.96 for every tax dollar spent on the program. The speaker for the event was Jim Nordmeyer, Global VP of Sustainability for Owens- Illinois, one of the world’s largest glass container Manufacturers. In fiscal year 2016, KSB’s 26-year-old Adopt-a-Mile Program accomplished the following: 661 volunteers cleaned some 49

miles, filled approximately 455 bags of litter and gave 1,396 hours of service, valued at more than $32,760. This does not include any court - ordered community service time. “Picking up litter from the roadway is not glamourous work,” Dais said. “In fact, it can be rather frustrating picking up someone else’s trash.” Some 40 groups participated in the Adopt-a-Mile program, held four times a year to conduct clean-ups of their adopted miles. Recycling is one of the ways that the city handles its waste, saving energy and resources. With both curbside and drop-off recycling provided, the City of Smyrna has one of the most comprehensive recycling programs in the State. The city’s new Recycling Center came on line in FY2016 and served 22,860 patrons and weights were up 19 percent over 2015. The combined drop-off and curbside recycling totaled 2,933 tons, brought in over $24,000 in revenue. This also saved 27,853 cubic yards of landfill space. The volume diverted is equal to a line of washing machines 16 miles long. And while the population of Smyrna increased by over 2,000 in FY2016, the Municipal Solid Wasted tonnage was reduced by 182 tons. These programs are sustainable because our City had strong economic incentives to promote waste reduction and recycling in reducing tipping fees. KSB celebrated the 30th year of planting jonquil bulbs in 2016. In that time some 1,189,500 bulbs have been sold. The current board of directors includes Angie Bolton, Betty Williams, Ed Plansker, Eric Dennis, Eva Tackett, Gina Bridges, Holly Elemendorf, Judy Hartley, Karleen McNabb, Lisa Castleberry, Liz Davis, Lois Lewis, Maggie McGarity, Nell Robinson and Phyllis Owens.

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egg hunts broken down into age groups through age 10. Please bring your own baskets for the hunt. Special needs participants are included in all activities. Admission for the hunt is free. For more information please call 770-528-4333. ••• 21-22: PLANT SALE & GARDEN FAIR. Jim Miller Park – Free admission. April 21 & 22 The Plant Sale & Garden Fair features a wide selection of plants in every price range. Perennials, herbs, ferns, native plants, ornamental trees, shrubs and more will be for sale from knowledgeable vendors and the gardens of the Master Gardeners. This event also features unusual and unique plants, gardening accessories, yard art and jewelry from specialty vendors from around the southeast. ••• 22: CASINO NIGHT FUNDRAISER. This event is hosted by the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 160, 160 Legion Dr., Smyrna, and all proceeds benefit Special Olympics Georgia-Cobb. April 22, 7 p.m. to 11. Your $25 admission includes $5,000 in casino play chips for poker, blackjack, craps, and roulette. Join us for a fun night supporting Special Olympics Georgia-Cobb! ••• 25: JONQUIL GARDEN CLUB. A special invitation to Jonquil Garden's club In-House Plant Sale on April 25 at 10:30 a.m. at Smyrna Library. Club members will share well-potted plants from their personal gardens, including perennials, some hydrangeas, and natives. Following a shorter business session, great plants will be auctioned off to the highest bidder in this fast, furious, and fun event. Jonquil Garden Club meets monthly on the 4th Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. at Smyrna Library to explore gardening topics, community and school projects, and conservation efforts. JGC is open to all who wish to learn more about gardening and horticulture. For more info about programs and projects, call Shirley Priest at 770-433-3248 or see our newly refurbished website at www. Save the date: Jonquil Garden Club's 8th Annual Plant Sale-June 10 from 8 a.m. to noon at Smyrna Fresh (Farmers') Market. ••• 27: BUSINESS EXPO Spring Smyrna Business Expo Trade Show from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 27, Smyrna Community Center, 200 Village Green Circle, Smyrna. This is Smyrna Business Assn Business Trade Show. Local restaurant and Catering Food, Networking, and Door Prizes. ••• 30: ROCK'N AND ROLL'N CAR SHOW April 30 from 1-5 p.m. Live Music featuring "Odd Man Out" Food and Fun. Car entry fee $25 at event; $20 pre-registration until April 20. Benefits God's Light Youth Choir, Smyrna First United Methodist Church, 1315 Concord Road., Smyrna, Please enter parking lot at King Street entrance. For information, contact Ruben Roberts, or 404-427-4234. MAY 2: VBA. Vinings Business Association meets the first Tuesday of each month for lunch. Speaker Cobb Commission Chair Mike Boyce. Networking and speakers from 11:30 to 1 p.m. Guests are always welcome! (no industry restrictions). Lunch May 2 at Hotel Indigo, 2857 Paces Ferry Road. A Business After-Hours is held the 3rd Tuesday of each month. www.viningsbusi-

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Smyrna-Vinings 678-725-0099. After Hours May 16 at Crispina Ristorante & Pizzeria, 330 Cobb Pkwy (Kroger Shopping Ctr), Vinings. ••• 3: SOUTH COBB BUSINESS. On May 3. The SCBA meets the first Wednesday of each month at 11:45 at Presbyterian Village, East-West Connector. ••• 4: JONQUIL CITY INVESTMENT CLUB. Jonquil City Investment Club is a Smyrna-based all-female club looking for new members interested in attending monthly educational meetings and investing small amounts of money in the stock market. For more information contact Cindy Acker, Senior Partner, at cindyacker@bell-


y Calendar Meeting on May 4. ••• 4: BUSINESS EXPO. Cobb Galleria Centre from 3 to 6 p.m. May 4. As one of Cobb County's largest networking events, Business Expo presents exhibitors the opportunity to collaborate with over 1,000 attendees and 150 other exhibitors. With the addition of Summer JAM, exhibitors and attendees will gain special access to Cobb's 10 business associations. Open to the public and free to attend. ••• 4: SBA. Smyrna Business Association, Community Center, 11:30 a.m. Thursday, 4 with Speaker Jim Wilgus, Cobb DOT, for reservations: www. ••• 6: SPRINGFEST 2017. The Powder Springs Business Group along with local sponsors presents SpringsFest 2017 on May 6 on the Town Square. This family-friendly event from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. includes food trucks, caterers, music, kid’s activities, bouncy house, performances and local vendors. SpringsFest 2017 brings the best of what Powder Springs has to offer in one fun-

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filled day of food, entertainment, local finds, and family activities. ••• 6: AGING BY DESIGN 2017 EXPO Saturday, May 6 at Cobb County Civic Center, 548 South Marietta Parkway, Marietta, from 10 a.m. to 3.. Meet with local businesses and non-profit organizations to gather information on topics such as home health, transportation, financial planning, estate planning, and more. There will be health screenings and several valuable and informative breakout sessions. Event and parking free. ••• 13: MABLETON DAY Community Celebration. 8 – 4 p.m. Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre, 5239 Floyd Road, Mableton, The day begins with the Mableton Day 5K. Race starts at 8 a.m. ••• 20: SMYRNA GARDEN TOUR. Tour 5 private gardens, Smyrna Elementary garden, Tea Room and plant sale at the Taylor Brawner House. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 20. Tickets on sale May 1 $15 in advance and $20 at the door. An event of Keep Smyrna Beautiful. For information contact Ann Kirk at 770-431-2863. WEEKLY EVENTS THE LORD’S STOREHOUSE sponsored by Shaw Temple AME Zion Church provides free of charge clothing, small household items, canned goods and toiletries to needy families, individuals and shelters. We also accept donated items in gently used and clean condition. We are located at 775 Hurt Road, SW, Smyrna and are opened Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday from 10 am to 2 pm. For Info call Ms. Turner 678-437-5685 or email: ••• 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. Questions or to RSVP for a complimentary visit, call Jeff Daxe at 770-7955079 (or email at ••• JONQUIL CITY KIWANIS SMYRNA: 10 a.m. Tuesday, Wolfe Senior Center, 884 Church


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The Second Annual Smyrna Schools Celebrate the Arts event was held March 23 at Brawner Hall. The Smyrna Arts & Cultural Council was a co-sponsor along with various local artists. The Smyrna Area Art Teachers and the Smyrna Education Foundation showcased student artwork from elementary, middle and high school levels. Above, a King Springs exhibit featuring, from left, Robert Parker, 5th grad, Brie Swenson 4th, Art Teacher Merry Mullins, and Judith Coudon. Below left, Jayden Bullock-Taylor, a fifth grader at Smyrna Elementary, shows his origami project to his mother, Stephanie Bullock. Below right, are Gloria Romen and Alayme Romen 3rd grader at Smyrna Elementary.

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••• 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. ••• TOASTMASTERS: Interstate North Toastmasters at 3100 Cumberland Boulevard. We meet every Monday at 6:30 p.m. Visit our website: 2823. ••• TOASTMASTERS: T-Toasters. Paces West, 2727 Paces Ferry Rd., Bldg 1. We meet Wednesday nights at 6 p.m. and welcome visitors. Visit 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 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 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 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,, 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. ••• 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. ••• JONQUIL CITY INVESTMENT CLUB. Jonquil City Investment Club is a Smyrna-based all-female club looking for new members interested in attending monthly educational meetings and investing small amounts of money in the stock market. For more information contact Cindy Acker, Senior Partner, at cindyacker@ ••• LIBERTARIAN PARTY of Cobb County will host their Evening Social & Chapter Meeting, Event held on the first Thursday of every month at 7:30 p.m. Meetings Held at Fire Station #1112 Haynes St., Marietta. For more information like us on Facebook @ Libertarian Party of Cobb County or call Gretchen Mangan at 494.368.2865. ••• NEWCOMERS CLUB OF COBB COUNTY meets every 3rd Tuesday of the month 10 a.m. noon. John Knox Presbyterian Church, 505 Powers Ferry Road, Marietta, Visitors are welcome. ••• SMYRNA JONQUIL LIONS CLUB welcomes guests and prospective members. As a part of the world's largest service organization simply stat-

ed: 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. ••• 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@ ••• 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. For further info contact: Jack Williams at 404-256-4208 or ••• 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 or visit our new website: Members and Guests are welcome. SUPPORT GROUPS 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 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 Deadline for MAY issue is APRIL 23 with publication the week of MAY 5. Calendar items are accepted from civic groups, non-profits, schools and church organizations and run as space is available. Due to the increasing number of calendar listings, please keep announcements brief. Please do NOT send calendar announcements in flyer format. For more information about submitting calendar items or other news, contact us at 770-426-9388 or by e-mail to Find updated calendar items on our website at www.

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A recent gathering of 45 of Cobb Rotary’s leaders highlighted how active Cobb’s seven Rotary Clubs are. The Clubs, (East Cobb, Marietta, Marietta Metro, North Cobb, Smyrna, South Cobb, Vinings Cumberland) have over 400 members between them. The diverse men and women of the clubs include many of Cobb’s civic, business and community leaders. The Cobb Rotary Clubs have various fundraisers and individual members reach into their own pockets to do what they can for local, regional, national and international service projects. East Cobb Rotary Club, for instance, raises $85,000 in its annual East Cobb Job; Vinings Rotary also has a fundraiser, billed as the metro area’s fastest 5K; it has raised nearly $1 million over the past 20 years. North Cobb has its Smoke on the Lake annual barbeque. Various clubs have golf tournaments, and also the 400+ members donate generously. More importantly, with the funds, they do nearly 100 projects a year. For instance,

they support the Marietta Performance Learning Center, provide the Cobb Adult Education Center for GED test vouchers, the Center for Children and Young Adults with new bedding, hand out dictionaries to area Third Graders, buy robotics and science kits for middle schools, recognize police departments, fire departments and Veterans, provide funds for cancer hospitals in Bangladesh, fight diseases like polio and Alzheimer’s, provide disaster relief for regional victims of hurricanes, tornadoes, and much, much more. The leadership gathering let attendees exchange ideas and start planning for upcoming activities. Together, Rotarians can do more than ever to help address local, regional, national and international changes. Cobb’s Rotary Clubs are always looking for local business, community and service leaders to get involved. Interested in more information or joining one of the clubs? Please contact f12@


“Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” will be presented by The Theatre Project this spring at the Mable House Amphitheatre. This high-energy musical, written by Andrew Lloyd Webber, is based on the coat of many colors story of Joseph from the Old Testament. The play follows Joseph, the father’s favored son; as he is sold into slavery by his jealous brother and taken to Egypt where he becomes second in command to Pharaoh and eventually reunites his family. The musical journey is a kaleidoscope of colorful dance numbers and memorable music. Performances for “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” are scheduled for Friday, April 21 at 7 p.m.; Saturday April 22 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Sunday April 23 at 5 p.m. at the Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre, 5239 Floyd Road, Mableton. Advance tickets are $8 per adult 13 years and older general admission, and $60 per table (6 seat limit). Children 12 and under are Free. Tickets can be purchased from, the Mable House

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MUSIC CLASS MURAL TO BE UNVEILED APRIL 23 The Music Class has partnered with Georgia artist, Sonny Franks to create a beautiful mural in Williams Park, featuring real families of the neighborhood. The mural will be unveiled at a community event April 23 at 4 p.m. “Among the beautiful housing in the historic Williams Park neighborhood of Smyrna, a new porch has been built… or has it? What was once a 40-foot-long brick wall is now a front porch scene showing families enjoying music.

Funded by The Music Class Inc., 1446 Roswell St SE, Smyrna, the mural features actual parents and children from the neighborhood playing guitar, singing, and dancing. The artwork represents the mission of The Music Class– for children to grow up in a household where music is a regular part of their day. With music by fiddle extraordinaire, Moira Nelligan and cookies by Smyrna’s own The Grateful Bread Company, The Smyrna Mural Unveiling will be an afternoon to remember!

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Notes On The News SMYRNA IS NEW HOME MECCA; POWDER SPRINGS MOST AFFORDABLE By Allan Lipsett Editor/Publisher Smyrna has the most wanted home sites but Powder Springs is one of the most affordable according to a couple of recent surveys. A new report by RE/MAX Georgia named Smyrna the No. 1 hotspot for metro Atlanta real estate in 2017. The rankings are developed by looking at factors like increases in property values and the number of days homes spend on the market as well as surveys of brokers in the area. Joining Smyrna on the list were Chamblee at number two, Cumming at number three and Alpharetta at number four. Powder Springs ranks 10th in Georgia in the SmartAsset Affordability Index. According to the site, Powder Springs’ closing costs average $2,652, followed by property tax at $1,607, Homeowner’s Insurance at $1,100, and annual Mortgage Payment of $7.088. The average home price in Powder Springs is $173,750., down slightly from a year ago. Cusseta-Chattahoochee County ranked best in Georgia with other metro Atlanta cities including Conley at No. 2, Morrow at no. 3, Forest Park at 5 and Redan at no. 6. While Smyrna is hot, it’s not affordable. “Smyrna struggles with affordable housing, according to Tom Boland, the city’s economic development officer. New homes prioces average $350,000 due to land costs. “We need senior housing and most city employees, police and fire can’t find an affordable home.” New homes in Austell average in the low $200,000s with a new townhouse project running $180,000, according to Darrell Weaver of the city’s development office. Evans Eyes Governor’s Race Smyrna Rep. Stacey Evans, who passed up a request to run for U.S. Senate last year, could be looking at a run for Governor on the Democratic ticket in 2018 Reportedly, Rep. Evans has begun making phone calls, letting friends know that she is contemplating a run for governor. Evans, was first elected to the Legislature

in 2010. Only five years later, Democrats in Washington tried to lure her into a contest against U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson. She refused. The AJC’s Jim Galloway speculates, “On one hand, in a mid-term election that could become a national test for President Donald Trump, putting a woman at the top of the Democratic ticket in Georgia makes a world of sense. Exit polling says that, while she may have lost the state, Democrat Hillary Clinton beat Trump 54 to 43 percent among women last November.” Pundits predict that the race could pit her against Stacey Abrams of Atlanta, leader of House Democrats in the state Capitol for the last seven years. Both are attorneys, Evans earned bipartisan praise in the House on the push to restore funding that had been cut from the state’s HOPE scholarship program. This year she led the opposition to a move to ban strip state funding for private colleges that won’t cooperate with federal immigration authorities New Locks, New Keys Smyrna is changing the locks. A new access control system in all city buildings will soon be installed at a cost of $125,000 to $150,000. Some 85 – 90 doors will be outfitted with electronic locks and access cards, according to a spokesman from Croyle Engineering. Got an item for the news? Send to

YAARAB SHRINE CIRCUS COMES TO COBB The 75th Annual Yaarab Shrine Circus and Fair returns to Cobb May 20 through Monday 29 at Jim Miller Park. Packed with more excitement than ever, this year’s Tarzan Zerbini Circus features several new acts under the Big Top presented by the world-famous ringmaster Richard Curtis For the first time in Marietta see the Magnificent Big Cat Extravaganza and the Rage in the Cage presented by Bruno Blaszak. For details visit

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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. The center is open Monday – Thursday from 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. In addition to the exercise schedule there are several, fun and unique activities for our members. Here is the April schedule: Pickleball -- every Monday Handmade Fun -- April 20; May 4 Phase 10 -- April 10 Mexican Train -- April 11 Jarred Memories -- April 13 Bunco -- April 17 Paint with Paula -- April 18 Cornhole -- April 19 Color My World -- April 20 Jarrell Plantation Trip -- April 22 Genealogy -- April 24 Tax Free Luncheon -- April 26 Bring Your Own Device -- April 26 Parkinson’s Support Group -- April 26 Rutledge GA Trip -- April 27 Dorothy’s Travel Log -- TBA 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 call 678-631-5541 or stop by and take a look around. Freeman Poole Senior Center

able. Presented by Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP). Treat Yourself Tuesday -- Tuesday, April 11: Opa Greek Taverna, Smyrna. 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Separate checks; Registration required. Meet at restaurant. Coping and Recovering from Depression -- Wednesday, April 12, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Free; Registration required. Join as Donna McGrane with Ridgeview presents. Shuttle Trip – Allure Nails and Spa/ Creatwood Tavern -- Thursday, April 13, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Free; Registration required. Don’t miss out on this fun shuttle trip and pamper yourself to a mani/pedi at Allure Nails and Spa at The Shops at Belmont. You will get your nails done first and then we will have lunch at the Creatwood Tavern, which is within walking distance from the spa. Shuttle will pick you up at the center. Invite a friend or two. Limited seating. Ombudsman Program -- Thursday, April 20, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Free; Registration required. The Long Term Care Ombudsman Program advocates for quality of care and quality of life for residents of long-term care facilities. Please attend this seminar presented by the Office of the State Long Term Care. Friday Happy Hour -- Friday, April 21, 2 – 4 p.m. $5 /$6 Non-resident. Everyone is enjoying Friday Happy Hour, so don’t let your afternoon get away from you and plan to join in the fun social gathering! Light refreshments, music and socialization; first come, first served. Fundraiser to benefit Freeman Poole Senior Center. Bingo Bash -- Monday, April 24, 1– 3 p.m. $3 /$4 Non-resident. Fundraiser to benefit C. Freeman Poole Senior Center. Hearing Screenings -- Monday, April 24, 11a.m. – 1 p.m. Free. If you are having trouble with your hearing, now is your chance to get this free screening done.Walkins are welcomed and the screening will take less than 10 minutes per person. Wild Animal Safari -- Tuesday, May 23, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Plan to spend an adventurous day with us at the Wild Animal Safari in Pine Mountain. We will first have lunch at the Bulloch House in Warm Springs, where you will enjoy a delicious southern meal. The Wild Animal Safari has 65 different species adding to over 650 animals. Everyone will learn about various creatures as a park tour guide will join us. $67 Senior Council member; $72 Non-member. Payment due at time of registration. Deadline: April 25. Price includes motor coach transportation, admission fees, lunch, taxes and tips. No refunds will be given unless the trip is cancelled. Activity Level 1.

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STROKE SYMPTOMS SHOULDN’T PUZZLE YOU By Amy Carrier, President WellStar Cobb Hospital This is hard to talk about because it’s fresh. My mom had a hemorrhagic stroke – a brain bleed – in early March. Now this woman – whose career and hobbies centered around communication – is fighting to reclaim her words. It took us the better part of a day to recognize Mom needed medical help because the symptoms were not the more recognizable ones such as facial drooping, arm weakness and scrambled speech. Instead, her symptoms were headaches and confusion, symptoms that can be easier to dismiss and cause for delay in getting help. The morning of the stroke, mom woke up with the worst headache she can remember having. As the day went on, she couldn’t think of several simple words when sending a text. She couldn’t read things on social media. Much later in the day, she resisted when my dad wanted to call 911. They finally agreed to call their insurance company’s nurse hotline. That compassionate, lifesaving nurse on the other end of the call said, “Get to the emergency room as fast as possible.” For that, I will forever be thankful. It scares me to think that people don’t recognize these symptoms. Realizing something’s off could be the difference between recovering from stroke or having a permanent disability. My mom is actually lucky. She survived. She is alive. She can move around. But those words. They’re hard to come by. In that Pennsylvania hospital after her stroke, it was overwhelming to try to understand what was next. Did she need to go to a rehab facility? Did she need therapy? Why she was given certain medications? Her care team was great, yet there was something missing in our communication, a gap seen too often in our country’s health system. It’s a gap that we’ve made real effort to close at WellStar Cobb Hospital. Liz Peters is a registered nurse whose role as stroke coordinator is to help patients and families after a stroke. She helps them understand the road ahead. The next step. The next step after that. And the next. Anything patients and families need to know. She’s there. Liz is one of many reasons Cobb Hospital is accredited by The Joint Commission for stroke care. We can diagnose a stroke and intervene fast. We communicate with first responders in the ambulance before the patient arrives. We educate. And, we’re part of WellStar’s network with access to highly advanced stroke surgery if needed. It’s hard to see my mom struggle, but

Thursday, April 27 • 4 - 6:30 p.m. Smyrna Community Center 200 Village Green Blvd. The Smyrna Business Expo is your chance to meet local business owners, generate new business leads and enjoy local food. Join us for networking, building relationships and meeting entrepreneurs in the in the Smyrna area.

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Amy Carrier, Cobb Hospital president, joins team members who care for patients who have experienced strokes. From left are Angela Greene, environmental services; Saba Bejanishvili, M.D., neurologist and medical director of Cobb Hospital’s stroke program; Liz Peters, RN, stroke program coordinator; and Amy Carrier with Macie Marie, a pet therapy dog. I’m cheering her on as she improves. There is a takeaway for everyone in her story. We know our bodies and we need to listen to them. My hope is our community can stop making a puzzle out of stroke symptoms. Let’s make it simple. Just call 911.


The season is set for the 2017 Candlelite Concerts, presented by the South Cobb Arts Alliance at the Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre. The line-up for this summer includes: • May 20 - Domino, the Van Morrison tribute band. • June 17 - Peter Karp and the Roadshow Band, American blues. • Aug. 19 - Soulhound, groove-oriented R&B, soul and greasy funk of the late sixties and seventies. • Sept. 16 - Red Head Diamond, smooth California-style 70’s rock, such as Linda Ronstadt’s greatest hits, as well as favorites by Fleetwood Mac. The Amphitheatre is located at 5239 Floyd Road, Mableton. Admission is free. Gates open at 7 p.m.; performances begin at 8 p.m.

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Smyrna UMC Preschool teachers Debbie Pledger, left, and Dale Clark, right, are retiring this year with a combined 65 years of service.


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When Smyrna First United Methodist Church Preschool resumes this fall for the 2017/2018 school year, it will be missing two of Smyrna’s finest teachers: Dale Clark and Debbie Pledger, who are retiring from the school after a total of 65 years between them. Ms. Clark has taught for 35 years and Ms. Pledger for 30 years. Ms. Clark has taught 2, 3 and 4-year classes, many years teaching two classes at a time, nurturing over 1,000 children over the years. Ms. Clark’s children, grandchildren, and even great grandchildren have attended the school. Ms. Pledger taught in the 5K class her first year, and then moved to a 4K class where she has remained for the past 29 years, seeing almost 500 children come through her classroom.

Both ladies have even taught the children of some of their former students. The “grown-ups” have loved having their children enjoy the teacher that they remember and love. The greatest rewards, they both agree, are the hugs, the “I love you” cards, and the smiles that they receive daily. The a,b,c’s and 1,2,3’s that they have taught the children are an added bonus. They are both native to Smyrna. Ms. Clark plans to remain here and Ms. Pledger is relocating to Florida. The church invites you to a drop-in reception to honor these amazing women who have touched so many lives. The reception will be held on April 23 from 2 – 4 p.m. in the Welcome Center of Smyrna First United Methodist Church.


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HABITAT FOR HUMANITY RESTORE: Do you have a heart for Habitat? Join us on Saturday, May 6, to find out how volunteering at the Habitat ReStore-Smyrna will help support Habitat for Humanity of North West Metro Atlanta, as they provide affordable housing for families in the community who need it. The Volunteer Information Session will start at 10:30 AM and will take approximately 30 minutes. The ReStore sells donated furniture, household décor, appliances and building supplies to the general public at prices greatly reduced from retail and is located at 3315 S. Cobb Drive, Smyrna 30080. To register, contact James Currie, at or 770-415-1625 . MEALS ON WHEELS: Meals on Wheels has a great opportunity for volunteers to deliver meals to homebound seniors who are waiting for this needed service. Cobb Senior Services is in need of volunteer drivers in Mableton, Marietta and Smyrna. If you have some time to volunteer as a MOW driver, or if you belong to an organization or business that would like to “Adopt-A-Route,” call Volunteer Services at 770-528-5381.


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Page 19, January 2017

Sometimes it hurts more not to play.

With 3 Cobb locations and a team that specializes in and treats only young athletes, we know how to get them back on the field faster.

KENNESAW, MARIETTA & SMYRNA Each location is a service of Children’s at Scottish Rite hospital.

©2017 Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Inc. All rights reserved.

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Smyrna Police show off their new three-wheeled electric stand-up vehicles. The two T3 Motion Patrollers, purchased for $27,000 in forfeiture funds, will be used in crowded areas such as city events, road races, and the Silver Comet Trail. From left are MPO Gary King, MPO Mark Cole, MPO Louis Defense, McGruff the Crime Dog, and Officers Juan Lozez and Haran Green. The new equipment was on display at a meeting of the Smyrna business Association. Below, attendees check out the 100 foot aerial ladder, kids learn how to use a fire extinguisher.

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