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Smyrna Vinings

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Smyrna and Vinings’ Community Newspaper

Volume 8, No. 5

MAY 2012


Brawner Hall as seen from the porch of the Taylor-Brawner House.

Official notification arrived in April that Brawner Hall and the Taylor-Brawner House on Atlanta Road have been accepted for listing on the National Historic Register. The process of gaining this prestigious recognition took three years or more, but the actions that led to the designation began nearly 11 years ago. “This is surely a proud moment for Smyrna, as these two beautiful old buildings are the first ones in Smyrna to achieve this high honor,” said TBHF Historian, Mike Terry.

The City of Smyrna acquired the Brawner Hospital campus in 2001. A plan for rehabilitation and adaptive reuse of the 1910 hospital building was formulated to create office space as well as public meeting space with surrounding grounds dedicated to a passive park. The park and property covers approximately 11 acres and now includes a playground, gazebo, walking trails, and pavilion as well as passive park. Taylor-Brawner Park and property were made possible with funds provided through a voter-supported $24 million parks bond


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The Keep Smyrna Beautiful Garden Tour will be May 19, 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Are you thinking about what you might want to do with your yard this year? Want to learn the secrets of some of Smyrna’s best gardeners? Looking ahead for a great Mother’s Day gift? For only $10 ($15 the day of the event) you can tour five beautiful and unique home gardens, including the Larry and Marsha Freeman’s fabulous 2-acre woodland garden previously featured on the Atlanta Botanical Garden Tour. As an added bonus, local artists from Nest Home & Garden will be painting throughout the day at the garden of Nancy and Bill Thomas. The gardens of Dane and Anne Lorio and Sandy and Brian Talbot offer beautiful ways to create special spaces on sloped lots while preserving trees. Barbara Dondiego and David Stewart have created a beautiful and productive urban farm near Smyrna’s Market Village. The stone raised beds bring to mind old English stone walls and perfectly compliment the Tudor style of Continued on Page 10

At F.A.R.M. (Farmer’s Atlanta Road Market) at St. Benedict’s Episcopal Church on Atlanta Road at the East West Conncetor, above, Navita Gupta with Veer and Devan check out the drink mixes offered by Lynn Porter and Byrma Braham at Mo’ Mint ‘n Thyme at the Farmers Atlanta Road Market. Below left, Tim Gould and Abby buy bread from Valerie Stewart at Olde World Artistry Bread. Below right, Monique Hickey tries a whiff of a specialty tea at Tea Fuze of Vining’s booth from Davis Bloom as Betty Hall looks on.


Farmer’s Atlanta Road Market, at St. Benedict’s Episcopal Church in Smyrna is now open every Tuesday from 4:30 - 7 p.m. Vendors offer early season produce including strawberries, onions, lettuce and other vendors specializing in coffee, tea, salsas, soap and pasta. The Smyrna Fresh Market opened May 5, running each Saturday through September from 8 a.m. until noon. The market is located in the parking lot between Smyrna

First Baptist and the Market Village, 1275 Church Street SE Smyrna. The Market will be working with the Children’s Ministries at First Baptist to provide a variety of fun activities during the Market this season. The Mableton Farmers Market opens for the season Thursday, May 24, from 8:30-12:30 p.m. in the parking lot of the Mable House Arts Center.

referendum. Construction on the park and hospital property begain in 2007 and was completed in April 2009 with dedication on April 18, 2009. The Taylor-Brawner House, a c. 1890 Folk Victorian home that also sits on the 11 acres, had a more uncertain future until a group of citizens proposed fundraising to save, restore and furnish the house that was once the home of Brawner Hospital founder Dr. James Brawner. The TaylorBrawner House Foundation (TBHF) was Continued on Page 5


The City of Smyrna will observe Memorial Day with traditional ceremonies on Monday, May 28. The Memorial Service will be held at Smyrna’s Veterans Memorial Park on King Street across Bank Street from Smyrna City Hall. Public seating will begin at 9 a.m. assisted by ROTC cadets from Campbell High School, and the formal ceremony will begin promptly at 9:30 a.m. The Memorial Ceremony will include the presentation of the colors and rifle salute and laying of the Memorial Wreaths, and distinguished guest speakers. Music for the ceremony will be provided by the 116th Army Band, Georgia Army National Guard, and the Tara Winds Community Band. The memorial ceremony will conclude at 10:45 a.m. The ceremony is sponsored and coordinated by the Smyrna Veterans Committee, an organization composed of the City of Smyrna, The Veterans Memorial Association of Smyrna, and American Legion Post 160. The ceremony is a public event and all are cordially invited to attend and participate in this memorial service to honor those who have sacrificed in defense of our nation. In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be moved indoors to the Smyrna Community Center. Public parking, including handicappedaccessible, is available at either site. The speakers for this year’s ceremony are Captain (ret.) Joe Caley of the Wounded Warrior Program and keynote speaker MG James Livingston, USMC (ret.), a Georgia native awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor and veteran of numerous overseas deployments. After ceremonies are completed there will be an impressive array of activities for the public. They include numerous static displays of military hardware and public safety equipment on and around the traffic circle in front of the Community Center. A medley of patriotic music will be performed by the 116th Army Band, Georgia Army National Guard, followed by a performance of The Prayer and post-ceremony music by the Tara Winds Community Band (Amber Greer and Matt McCord, soloists and John Culvahouse, conducting.) Atkins Park restaurant, in Smyrna’s Continued on Page 4

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Comments By Cathy THERE’S A SPECIAL BOND BETWEEN MOTHER, DAUGHTER By Cathy Shattles Lipsett Editor/Publisher (I wrote and published the following column a week after our daughter’s birth; right before Mother’s Day 1983. This month she celebrates her 29th birthday and her first Mother’s Day as the mother of her own daughter. Now, she shares the special Mother-Daughter bond not only with me but with her own daughter.)

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Other mothers told me that having a daughter is very special, an experience that I didn’t want to miss. They kept telling me to “think pink” and hope for a girl. But I already had a little boy so I knew that boys are just as nice to have as little girls and that two little boys would do just fine. My “mother’s intuition” told me that the second baby would be another male and that their daddy would have two sons to follow him around and imitate his every move. I was wrong and I’m glad. On a beautiful, sunny Sunday afternoon, May 1 (1983), a beautiful little girl was born. And from the first moment that I held her, a special bond was formed between mother and daughter. When she looks at me with her dark, round eyes, already so expressive, her dainty lips forming a little “ooh” I feel that we are already communicating in a special motherdaughter way. As I feed her, we have delightful chats about her future. We discuss whether she’ll wear her hair long or short and I tell her that she has a mother with absolutely no talent for fixing hair. We talk about clothes and I tell her how beautiful she’ll look in ruffles but that she can wear jeans for keeping up with her very active big brother. I tell her about the books she will enjoy when she gets a little older, books that her mother once enjoyed. I tell her about Heidi and Little Women and other classic tales. And there are some things that I tell Mary Catherine that are the same things that I told her big brother, Peter, as he and I sat together in his nursery two years before. I tell her that she must become the very best person she can; that she must discover her own personal talents, develop them and use them in the best way possible. Mary Catherine and I discuss her future, sitting together in her nursery. We discuss the facts of life of being female – how in her future perhaps people will give females more credit for the work they do. How, when she is

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helping run a business like her mommy does, that people will not give all the credit to the males. Yes, there really is a special bond between a mother and daughter. Just like there is a special bond between mother and son. Nothing can take away the special relationship between Peter and me. But another dimension has opened in my life. Whereas Peter looks to his Daddy to learn how to act as a man, Mary Catherine will look to me to learn how to act as a woman. It is an awesome responsibility being a role model. It’s almost as frightening as it is exciting and challenging. Like father; like son; like mother; like daughter. Our little imitators are watching and so the challenge is ours, to be the best person we can, not perfect, but as good as we can be. It might be easier on a mother having two sons, but I think it will be more exciting and challenging having both a son and a daughter. Mary Catherine and I have only had a week together but the bond is already formed. The other mothers were right – a daughter is very special indeed.

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HEALTH, WELLNESS FAIR SET IN SMYRNA AARP Georgia, Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) and more than half a dozen other sponsors and community partners will host a free health and wellness fair in Smyrna from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, May 17, at Brawner Hall, 3180 Atlanta Road. The fair is part of Sickness Prevention Achieved through Regional Collaboration (SPARC), a program supported by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. SPARC brings together multiple agencies and nonprofits to give older adults free, convenient access to preventive health services, including immunizations and vital health screenings. SPARC events help the neediest by bundling services and providing them in community-based settings. Immunizations for pneumonia and tetanus will be offered May 17, and the first 100 persons who participate in core preventive screenings offered – including screenings for blood glucose levels, blood pressure, cholesterol, HIV, colorectal cancer, vision problems and depression – will receive free fresh fruits and vegetables.

Also, gas cards will be provided to church groups that register in advance to bring their older adults to the event. In addition to the health services offered, AARP will help low-income individuals and families register for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, the new name for the federal Food Stamp Program) to help buy the food they need for good health. Broad-based participation by community partners makes SPARC events possible. In addition to ARC and AARP Georgia, participating organizations for the health fair include sponsors Cobb & Douglas Public Health, Fuqua Center for LateLife Depression and WellStar Healthcare. They are joined by community partners Atlanta Medical Center, Family Health Center at Cobb, Georgia Cares, Marietta Eye Clinic, Southside Medical Center’s Windy Hill Clinic, and Woodland Ridge Assisted Living. For more information or to schedule the arrival time of a church bus, please call Janie Walker at AARP Georgia at 404-8703788.


By Dr. Derek Conte ously be evaluated for postural distortions). Imagine an athlete running a 26-mile The difference reveals how much energy is marathon in perfect form: head up and being wasted with every step, every day of straight, shoulders relaxed, arms pumphis life – even when he’s not running. ing fluidly, legs churning freely, powerfully I have seen differentials of greater than under him, the breath moving rhyth50 pounds in 250-pound bodybuildmically in and out. He finishes the ers who weren’t complaining of race in about 2 hours; a great time. pain yet and differences of over 25 Now, let’s strap a 16-ounce weight pounds in competitive marathon to his left wrist. What do you think runners. That’s 25 pounds X 1,500 his time will be now? How can such steps per mile X 26 miles = 975,000 an asymmetry hurt performance? pounds of poorly distributed weight Say the runner takes about 1,500 in a marathon! - an incredible waste steps per mile. Multiply that by 16 of energy. Over a lifetime, imbalances like these are a major cause ounces and you get 24,000 ounces or 1,500 pounds X 26 miles and you Dr. Derek Conte of degenerative arthritis. By simply adjusting the spine and pelvis it is possible get 39,000 more pounds carried on one side to completely balance the body to neutrality. of his body. This weight will not just be felt The implications are obvious: that energy in his arm but, as the entire spine and frame can be saved in huge amounts, longevity of must compensate, it will be felt throughout joints increased, and the probability of injury his frame. This weight imbalance creates proportionally reduced. One runner in my great inefficiency. Over the first 1/4 mile he office had his best triathlon time improve may not even notice the weight or lose any by 45 minutes and his best marathon time time but with every step the stresses grow, improve from 2rs 35in to 2rs 20in (a 10 persapping his energy and causing wear and tear cent improvement). These are not miracles; that will eventually lead to injury and joint they are the results that come from taking the destruction. time to analyze your mechanics and applying Obviously, no runner in his right mind it to performance. would strap a weight to his body at odd points but this is exactly what happens if his head or pelvis is tilted due to spinal misalignDr. Derek Conte is founder of Chiropracment. Weight imbalances such as these can be tic Specialists at 1154 Concord Rd. in Smyrna recorded by a simple test in which he would and is available to speak to your group. For stand on two identical scales simultaneously, questions, call: 404-784-6008. Facebook: one foot on each scale (he would simultaneChiropractor Smyrna Ga|Derek Conte, Dc

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By Robert Meyring estate goes to an unrelated friend. It’s an emotional hardship when a There are many helpful petitions that spouse dies and leaves a spouse may be used in the probate court behind. The law of the probate code to assist the surviving family. can actually help protect the widow These are the tools of the Probate or widower from some financial attorney. If these tools are not perils. For example, there are laws used while available, the survithat help the widow(er) claim a vors could be vulnerable to estate “spousal share” or “elective share” losses, creditor attacks and family of the estate. The “share” is a porfights. tion of the deceased spouse’s estate Robert S. Meyring, is a Vinwhich the surviving spouse may ings attorney. The Meyring Law claim in place or in addition to what Firm website is www.Meyringthe survivor was left in the will. Robert Meyring or call 678-217-4369. The idea is that just because your MEMORIAL DAY spouse died doesn’t mean you have to be left destitute and without a home – even if Continued from Page 1 that spouse left you out of the Will. In speMarket Village, will have its mobile kitchen cialized cases, the elective share may be near the Memorial Park to offer picnic food used to claim estate money or property on at reasonable prices. behalf of minor children left behind. There will be more than a dozen Sometimes accidents happen and a equipment displays, demonstrations, and surviving spouse is left to raise young chiltours located on or near the traffic circle dren and struggle with a mountain of debt including: in a house that’s “underwater.” Other times • An UH-72 Lakota scout helicopter and spouses disinherit each other in their wills, • UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter ( both yet a surviving spouse needs somewhere flown in) with tours by their crews to live and something to live on. Often • A Smyrna firetruck and a Smyrna money is tight and the financial situation Rescue Vehicle on display complicated. The financial survival of the • A weapons, equipment, and vehicle diswidow(er) could depend on whether or not play by the 94th Airlift Wing security detachthey take the initiative and “elect” for that ment from the Dobbins Air Force Reserve spousal share of the estate. The spousal share will be awarded by the probate court base. ONLY if the spouse petitions the court for it • A display of equipment, vehicles, and and it’s only available for a short time after bomb disposal techniques by the Dobbins the death. So, snooze and you will lose the ARB EOD (Explosive Ordinance Disposal, chance to petition for that share later. e.g., bomb squad) Detachment. The spousal share protects the surviv• Restored WWII, Korean War, and Vieting spouse, allowing the surviving spouse nam War vintage vehicles with their assorted to keep the home and up to one-third of armaments the estate - even if the will says the entire


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Continued from Page 1 formed and an agreement between the City of Smyrna and TBHF set forth a future for the house as a special events center. The building now supports events for groups of 45 to 50 people. Terry explained the process, “Four years ago and with the blessing of the city, The Taylor-Brawner House Foundation began the application process for this recognition. Knowing full well how difficult it is to obtain this recognition, foundation members plunged ahead with the research, filed the necessary applications, and hoped for the best. More than two years later, a long list of follow-up questions came to the foundation, along with a request for an extensive tour, more historic photos, tax records, engineered drawings and much more. The task was daunting and everyone wondered aloud if inclusion on the register was really possible.” For information about renting or viewing the facilities, please contact Smyrna Parks & Recreation at 770-431-2842.


By Robert Dothard When it comes to Fitness...”When you know better, DO better”! My mother used to always say, “Son, when you know better, then DO better”, and although neither of my parents finished High School, they made sure both of their kids graduated from college! The stats have been out for years, being very overweight , (not just the “cosmetic” 5 or 10lbs., that so many people I talk to seem to be hung up on), lack of exercise and/or improper nutritional habits can lead to many health issues! SO, why do so many people not “DO” better. Today, I hope to give you the information you need to do better, but first I need to tell you WHY!? Many of you might say my best fitness days are behind me, but what about your kids and grand kids! If they were in trouble with low grades in school, you would help them or hire a tutor. Well our kids are in trouble when it comes to health and fitness, and I have stats on weight and morality if any one would like to argue (email me at Anyone that would pick that fight, reminds me of the people who have to “Think About It” when it comes to starting a fitness routine, and these are the same people who would probably blame the school when “Johnny can’t read!” OK, we ALL need to eat better, and logging your food intake, planning meals, using “common” sense when eating. For example, have you ever heard of the “fast” food diet, designed to improve your health, there is a would not work! Instead, download an app like “” or buy a food log at the local book store. That is a great start. Start taking responsibility for your kids health. If you don’t buy junk, they won’t eat it. Next, make everyone in your life MOVE! At my home my 5-year-old does Karate, the 12-year-old plays B-ball, my wife runs, and Grandma does formal dance instruction and performances. Here is the Bottom Line - Outside of disease, over the last 20 years, I have NEVER trained someone whose health did not improve, when they had better nutritional habits, and regular exercise! It gets long as you are Human, you can start and benefit from a healthy and fit lifestyle, so now you KNOW better, so please go out and DO better, thanks. Robert Dothard is owner of Fit Family in Smyrna. For more information call 770436-1381.

3321 Campbell Road $200,000 The Sweetest House!! Much Larger than it looks, this home has FOUR Bedrooms and a kitchen to die for. And it hasn’t lost it’s charm with the renovation. Hardwood floors and wainscoating are in keeping with mid century ranch, but new baths, tiles, vanities, lighting bring it right into today’s lifestyle. Step outside the new french doors and you’re in the most peaceful back yard. Cross the threshold and be prepared to be amazed.

1113 Trumpet Vine Court $229,000 10+ Hardwood floors add charm to this 2 story traditional home, but that’s only the beginning. Multiple decks overlooking a tree filled backyard offers a super place to relax and enjoy nature. The master suite is beautiful, and the secondary bedrooms are super sized. Did I mention a finished terrace level complete with trey ceilings with another bedroom and bath. Do NOT miss seeing this property.


1925 Sadler Drive $489,000 Stunning Appointments A Bath for All FIVE Bedroom and a kitchen that is over the top. Heavy moldings and luxurious appointments and only a moment to major expressways for an EZ commute. A beautiful flat fenced yard too. Call to see this home today.




4543 Wilkerson Place $284,900 Master on Main Live the carefree life in this home in a gated community where the HOA manicures your lawn. Rear entry garages make for a pretty street view. Spacious and elegant this home offers 3 bedrooms and a bonus area upstairs. The main level provides an open floorplan with formal dining room, beautiful windows, state of the art kitchen with breakfast bar, double sided fireplace and lots of other perks. See this today.

1011 Vinings Falls Drive 1020 Oakview Drive $460,000 Precious Bungalow! Popular Vinings Glen Nothing to do here but Wonderful home with a move in. Featured on Master on the Main and the this year’s Smyrna lots of space to grow. A Garden Tour, this bungawarm study on the main low will be the talk of the level and beautiful win- town. The interior is as dows in the two story great sweet as the outside and room overlooking the pri- if you’ve seen that, there’s vate back yard and patio nothing more to do but as well as a chef’s kitchen get inside. with view to a keeping room can have you living on the main level if you wish. But there is plenty more space to expand. Lovely cul de sac lot.



792 Bellhaven Chase $469,000 Vinings Estates Beauty Too, too many things to say about this pretty home! A flat back yard at kitchen level and you still have a terrace level. Now that’s a real plus. Wonderful open floorplan with office/guest room on the main level. Finished terrace level with fireplace. built ins, porches, and just all around homey. Call for an appointment to see it today.

122 Kenninghall Court $154,500 EZ Living Just pull into your garage and call it a day. No yard work for you in this well cared for townhome so just move in and enjoy living. Great living spaces and spacious master bedroom with spa bath.

15 Harmony Walk $219,000 A Gardener’s Delight Enjoy the professionally landscaped backyard that has a bloom for every season - and enjoy it from the pergola at the back door that extends inside living right outside. A generous greatroom with vaulted ceilings and luxury master are just two of the many other features here. Just steps from the Silver Comet Trail.

4371 Cooper Oaks Drive $440,000 Beautifully Done 5 B/R and 4 1/2 Ba with finished terrace level. Chef’s kitchen with S/S appliances, granite and more. Hardwoods over the main level. Open Floor Plan and nice yard space. Located just moments to the E/W Connector in popular Cooper Lake Estates.

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Mid-Century Ranch, but it is NEW~ NEW ~ NEW from roofing to flooring to electrical and plumbing, from baths to kitchen - all of it. The new proud owner won’t have a project or a worry for quite some time - and it’s pretty! 4 Bedrooms/3Baths plus a gigantic flat private yard.

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Kayla Taylor performs Traditional Jazz on Sept. 8 and Men In Blues playing the Funky Classic Rock & Roll, Soul, R&B, Funk, Blues, Oldies, and Country sounds Oct. 6. Parking and General Admission are free and tables of four are sold for $50 each or $225 for the season. Gates open at 7 p.m. and the concerts begin at 8 p.m. Attendees are welcome to bring their own food and beverages. This year concessions will be sold to benefit South Cobb Arts Alliance and other local non-profit organizations.

NYSIA LANIER NAMED SENIOR ADVOCATE Nysia Lanier, President of the Cobb County Senior Citizen Council is the winner of the 2012 Martha Eaves Advocating for Positive Change Award for the Atlanta Region in ceremonies held in Newnan, on April 26. She was nominated by the Georgia Council on Aging, an agency of the Atlanta Regional Commission. This award recognizes adults 60 and above from across the state of Georgia who have devoted time and energy advocating for positive change at the local, state or federal level. Nysia has been a resident of Cobb County for over 42 years and engaged in myriad activities that make her a valuable asset to the community. She has served as the Cobb Senior Council president since 2007 and is completing a 2-year term as Chair of the Atlanta Regional Commission Advisory Committee on Aging. After her retirement from the banking business , her growth and leadership led her

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(A full version of our calendar for Smyrna/ Vinings and Mableton/Austell is available on our website: MAY 11: RELAY FOR LIFE. Walkers will go around the clock in the battle against cancer when the 19thAmerican Cancer Society Relay For Life® of Cobb County gets underway with teams of residents gathering at Jim Miller Park on Friday, May 11 with opening ceremony at 6 p.m.; candlelight hope and remembrance ceremony at 10 p.m., and closing ceremonies at 7 a.m. Saturday, May 12. Registration is open now and is just $10 per individual team member and all cancer survivors can register free of charge. Teams and individuals can register and learn more about our Cobb Relay For Life at ••• 17: CHAMBER BUSINESS EXPO. Business Expo on May 17 at the Cobb Galleria Centre!



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The Expo will run from 3-7 p.m. ••• 19: MABLETON DAY is May 19 – 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The Mable House Complex, 5239 Floyd Road, Mableton. ••• 22: BONE DENSITY SCREENING will be held at Emory-Adventist Hospital at Smyrna on Tuesday, May 22 from 4 -6 p.m. By taking a painless, low-powered x-ray of your heel, we can show you the current density of your bones. Results are given on site. (Pregnant women should not have this screening.) Please call 770319-2025 to schedule your time for this FREE screening. Space is limited. ••• 23: MENTAL HEALTH WORKSHOP, 7 p.m., Tuesday, May 23, presented at Emory-Adventist Hospital at Smyrna. Learn about mental health screenings and treatment options available to older adults. Call 770-319-2025 to enroll in this workshop. ••• 24: BENEFITS OF THE VA. Michelle Allen, LMSW, will present “The Hidden Secrets of VA Benefits” at Delmar Gardens in Smyrna on Thursday, May 24 from 6-7 p.m. The “Aid and Attendance” benefit is one of the VA’s best-kept secrets from our retired service men and women. Learn more about this “hidden benefit” and other non-service related benefits. The community is invited so please join us; contact Brittney Stroud at 770-432-4444 for more information. ••• 28: MEMORIAL DAY CEREMONY. The City of Smyrna will observe Memorial Day on Monday, May 28 at Smyrna’s Veterans Memorial between the Library and City Hall. Seating opens at 9 a.m. and the ceremony starts at 9:30. ••• 30 - JUNE: KIDS NATURE WALK. Kennesaw Battlefield has several children’s outdoor educational programs scheduled for this spring and summer. Each event is free of charge, but advanced registration is required. You may sign up by phone 770-427-4686 x 248 or by email to Kids’ Nature Walks – May 30 & 31, June 6 & 7; 10 a.m. – 11:30. Please pre-register by May 29 for the May walks, by June 5 for the June walks; parents are encouraged to attend as well. Dr. Mary Meyer will lead an exploration of the plants, insects, and animals that live at Kennesaw Mountain. JUNE 5: VININGS BUSINESS ASSOCIATION (VBA) meets the first Tuesday of each month for lunch at Social Vinings. Networking and speakers from 11:30 to 1 p.m. Lunch $15 for Members; $20 for Non-Members. Speaker LynnMarie Earl, Earl Marketing, “Dangers of SelfMarketing.”Register at viningsbusiness/com. A Business After-Hours is held the 3rd Tuesday of each month. ••• 7: SMYRNA BUSINESS ASSOCIATON: lunch meetings the first Thursday of each month at the Smyrna Community Center, 11:45 p.m. Presentation of Business Person of the

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Year, Scholarships and new officers. Register at ••• 8 AND 22: JUNIOR BIRDER BIRD WALKS. Kennesaw Battlefield – June 8 & 22; 10 a.m. This activity is a great way for younger audiences to learn about birds, as the walks are especially for children and conducted by Atlanta Audubon Society guides. Advanced registration is required; those participating should meet in the Visitor Center. Sign up by phone 770-4274686 x 248 or by email to Benita_Duling@nps. gov. WEEKLY EVENTS 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 ••• MANAGING DIABETES WITH INSULIN, 6:30 p.m. the last Monday of every month. Emory-Adventist Hospital at Smyrna. If you are


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knowledgeable about diabetes, but want more information about insulin or are having problems with your insulin, this would be an excellent review class for you. This free class is held the last Monday of the month at 6:30 p.m. in the hospital cafeteria. Please call the Education Department at 770-437-6913 to register or for further questions. ••• FARMER’S MARKET. Enjoy fresh produce and goods from the Marietta Square Farmers Market every Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m. noon, April through November on the Historic Marietta Square. For info, visit ••• SMYRNA FRESH MARKET, Opening day May 5, running each Saturday through September from 8 a.m. until noon. The market is located in the parking lot between Smyrna First Baptist and the Market Village, 1275 Church Street SE Smyrna. ••• OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS Meeting Every Monday at 7 p.m. Cumberland United Methodist 2375 Paces Ferry Road, Smyrna. ••• 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. ••• SMYRNA BUSINESS EXCHANGE. Every Thursday from 7 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. at the Smyrna Community Center. 770-795-5079. ••• TOASTMASTERS: Interstate North Toastmasters at 3100 Cumberland Boulevard. We meet every Monday at 6:30 p.m. Visit our website: ••• TOASTMASTERS: T-Toasters. Paces West, 2727 Paces Ferry Rd., Bldg 1. We meet Wednesday nights at 6:30 p.m. and welcome visitors. Visit to find out more. ••• VININGS ROTARY: 12:15 p.m. Wednesday, Vinings Club, Overlook III, 2859 Paces Ferry Road. ••• THE GALLERIA WORLDSPAN Wings Toastmasters Club Tuesdays 12 to 1 p.m., Building 300, main conference room. ••• MONTHLY OR MORE 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). Call 770-432-3049 or visit our website,, for more about us. ••• 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

Page 9, May 2012 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. ••• 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. ••• HUMANISTS OF GEORGIA. Monthly meeting is every third Sunday at 12:30 p.m. HGA meets at the Atlanta Freethought Hall 4775 N Church Lane, Smyrna. 770-432-9599. www. ••• THE JONQUIL GARDEN CLUB meets every 4th Tuesday at the library in downtown Smyrna at 10:30 a.m. For further information, you may contact Marilynn Parker at 770-949-6640. ••• SMYRNA JONQUIL LIONS CLUB – Now forming! The new club meets every 2nd and 4th Tuesday for lunch at noon at the Smyrna Community Center. Contact club Secretary Lisa Lawrence at 770-333-0772 for more information. ••• MEMORY SCREENING. Woodland Ridge Assisted Living, 4055 South Cobb Drive in Smyrna, holds free memory screenings the first Monday of each month 10 .a.m – 4. Call for info 770431-7055 ••• NAMI SOUTH COBB has monthly meetings on the 4th Tuesday of each month 7 to 8:30 p.m., except Dec. Macland Presbyterian Church 3615 Macland Road Powder Springs. Kathleen Breen, 770-943-5322, Our programs are educational and supportive. They provide insight and share information of getting the assistance we need. NAMI South Cobb Connections – Contact: Patricia Kramer, 770-222-3211, for information. ••• NEWCOMERS OF COBB COUNTY. We meet each month on the third Tuesday 10 a.m. for our general meeting, John Knox Presbyterian Church, 505 Powers Ferry Road, Marietta. Please call for details! 770-234-5068 or Email: Those new to Cobb County, or just looking for new friends and activities, are invited to join in. ••• SMYRNA FIRST MOPS offers fellowship with other mothers of all ages and stages. We welcome women from throughout the community, so you don’t have to be a member of Smyrna First United Methodist Church to join us! We typically meet the 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month from 9:30-11:30 a.m. at SFUMC. For more information, check out ••• SMYRNA LIBRARY READING GROUP: meets the first Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m., at the Smyrna Public Library, 100 Village Green Circle. ••• 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. ••• VISION REHABILITATION SERVICES SUPPORT GROUP (Pride) meets from 1:30 p.m. – 3 p.m. on the third Friday of each month. Contact Gloria Fisher, LCSW, for more details: 770-432-7280. ••• E-mail your organization’s calendar news to Deadline for the JUNE issue is MAY 23 with publication the week of JUNE 6. 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 770426-9388 or by e-mail to news@brightsidecobb. com. Find updated calendar items on our website at

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We Are Celebrating 10 Years... SMYRNA GARDEN TOUR IS MAY 19

Continued from Page 1 their home. Tour patrons can relax, sample great food, listen to music, and browse the sponsor tables, plant sale and silent auction for sweet deals at the Taylor-Brawner House Tea Room. The Taylor-Brawner House, recently named to the National Registry of Historic Places, has been beautifully restored and is a treat on its own. Live music from the Campbell High School String Quartet in the morning followed by local pianist Barbara Kinkaid will make this a special experience of Smyrna’s local talents and heritage. A map is provided with each ticket. Owners and trained volunteers will be on hand at each garden to guide you, answer your questions and share their resources. These gardens have examples of how to cleverly solve a variety of gardening problems. Come out for a day of fun, food, art, music, and learning! Proceeds this year go to the replacement of trees at Brawner Park. Tickets are on sale at the Smyrna Community Center, the Smyrna Recycling Center, Backyard Feed and Seed, and Love Street Gifts. Call 770-431-2863 for more information.

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ONI FITNESS IS A DIFFERENT KIND OF STUDIO There’s a difference at Oni Fitness bility balls, Resistance bands and Bosu Studio, 2810 Pace Ferry Road in Vinings. balls. The class is high intense cardio along There is only one class at a time going on, with weight training. It is similar to a boot so you are not interrupted with other people camp, but indoors. walking around or doing other things. We offer a special candle light yoga on “Everyone in that class is there for the Tuesday nights at 8 p.m. that is a big hit. same reason,” said Kellie Farguson, owner. “Our Pilates Reformer classes are great “That also means you are getting great because the class size is max 4 people. So one on one personal attention. It is differagain, they are getting great personalized ent than a gym because you are not going attention. They are paying class prices, but there and doing the exercises by yourself. it is somewhat like private lessons. The There is an instructor giving you the right instructor is really able to focus on the moves so you know you are doing it the client and give them personal attention. right way. Class sizes are very small and intimate at Oni. “It is different than a class at the big gyms because we don’t have a ton of people crammed into one room. The most we have in a class is usually 10 (15 max), but most class sizes are much smaller so they are getting that personalized attention from the trainer.” Oni offers three types of classes and is very specialized in what they do. “We offer Pilates Reformers, TRX circuit training Pilates Instructor Marisa Antolino at Oni Fitness and Yoga,” she said. “Our TRX 360 class is our own Oni is also different in that it doesn’t class that we invented. There is not another have any memberships, so people are not class out there that is the exact same. It is locked into it. They can come and go to a circuit training class that involves TRX classes as they please. Plus, they can try Suspension Training. TRX is great for the first class out for free to see if they your overall body. It works every muscle like it and then just pay per class as they in the body and uses your own body weight go along. instead of machines or free weights. In the For more information contact Oni at class we also incorporate Kettlebells, Sta770-433-3515 or online at

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Campbell High School honored students during Awards Day in April. Outstanding Seniors include, from left, Gabrielle Gray and Isaiah Hunter, Most School Spirit; Aaron Churchill and Nirosha Perera, Activity Award (Aaron also won the Good Citizenship Award); Priyanka Krishnan and Suraj Bhat, Most Intellectual; Princess Forbes, Most Athletic; Principal Denise Magee; and in front, Morgan Ford, Most Athletic.


Students From Campbell High School were named finalists for the Georgia Governor’s Honor Program. For four weeks this summer, these students will participate in challenging and enriching educational opportunities on a college campus. The Governor’s Honors Program, known as GHP, is a residential summer program for gifted and talented high school juniors and seniors. A function of the Georgia Department of Education, it takes place on the campus of Valdosta State University

(VSU). Since the program is fully funded by the Georgia General Assembly, there is no charge for students to attend. Campbell’s 2012 Governor’s Honors Program finalists are listed below: Elizabeth Boudreau, Visual Arts; Sarah Grisham, Visual Arts; Mark Ilao, Mathematics; Sahana Kuthyar, Biology; Demetrius Lewis, Theatre Performance; Heliben Patel, Executive Management; Timothee Schlumberger, Social Studies; Shilpa Suresh, Social Studies; Matthias Wilder, Communicative Arts.

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Zach and his dad explain about the safety gear that he is required to wear. Center. There will also be a 5K/10K race and bike ride at the track that day (benefiting Speedway Children’s CharitiesAtlanta), bandolero/legends racing (Zach will be racing) and there will be free tours of Club One. To find out more about Thursday Thunder go to To find out more about the Open House go to Artcraft Collision in Smyrna currently sponsors Zach along with Finish Master, NAPA, and Castrol. You can keep up to date with Zach’s racing endeavors on his website ( and his Facebook Page (www.facebook. com/LeonhardiMotorsports).

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There were 53 presenters from a variety of different lines of possible careers at Career Day at Teasley Elementary on March 23. For the first time, one of the Teasley students was a presenter. Zach Leonhardi, a 5th grader, wants to be a racecar driver when he grows up. Zach explained to the students that when he was four years old he was watching a NASCAR race on television and thought it would be a fun and interesting career. At age 5 he started racing karts on dirt and at age 8 went to a bandolero car -- a combination of a kart and a racecar. He races on quarter mile to 3/8-mile asphalt tracks and can reach speeds at more than 70 miles per hour. Zach and his dad showed the students Zach’s safety equipment that he wears and the safety features on the bandolero. Zach demonstrated how he gets in and out of the car through the roof and cranked the bandolero providing a thrill to the students. Zach also explained how he’s required to make good grades in order to be allowed to race. Zach is providing a free ticket to a Thursday Thunder race to each student at Teasley, compliments of Atlanta Motor Speedway. This series will begin the first Thursday evening in June and run for eight weeks. One of Zach’s bandoleros will be on display on May 12 at the Atlanta Motor Speedway Open House. This bandolero will be sporting a brand new paint scheme that was provided by ArtCraft Collision

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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 Rd, Smyrna. Call 770-801-3400 for more information or reservations. Activities limited to adults age 55 and above. National Civil War Naval Museum - Wednesday, May 16, 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. Come aboard and get the little known Navy view of the Civil War. Focusing on the themes of technology, commerce, blockade, amphibious operations and river campaigns. Cost: $52 Senior Council Member / $57 NonMember. Deadline: May 9. Price includes motor coach transportation, admission fees, snacks, tax and tips. No refunds after payment deadline date. Full refunds will be given if the trip is cancelled.


All Cobb County students will be dismissed early for the final two days of the school year, Wednesday, May 23 and Thursday, May 24. The early release schedule for each academic level is as follows: • High Schools: ALL Students released at 11:30 a.m. (no regular dismissal at 3:30 p.m.) • Elementary Schools: Students released at 12:30 p.m. (After-School Programs begin immediately after dismissal) • Middle Schools: Students released at 1:30 p.m.

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HIRING EVENT!! Saturday, May 12th • 8am-3pm 2511 Sullivan Rd., College Park GA 30337 This is an RSVP Event! Please contact Darrel Stern at 407-551-5388 or for more details. We support a drug free workplace.


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NOTES & NOTICES HELP WANTED CARE GIVER SEEKS WORK A reliable, dependable person with a clean background check seeking elderly care for hospital stay, assistant living or homecare at nights, evening or weekend. CNA, CPR. Excellent reference; someone you can really trust. Reliable transportation. If you are interested, please call Juanita at 404-207-4225. OPENING FOR PET CARE PROVIDER Professional pet sitting service is looking for a mature part-time individual to provide care for cats and walking dogs. Applicant should have the following qualifications: • loves animals; • dependable; • honest; • must communicate; • valid driver license; and • reliable transportation. Please call us at 770-319-8899. *background checks will be processed on all applicants CAREGIVERS NEEDED Be loved by your clients. Comfort Keepers is seeking mature, dependable people to fill open positions, caring for the elderly. If you enjoy providing companionship, preparing meals, shopping for the elderly, we want to hear from you. Please call 678-354-0102. VOLUNTEERS CSB SEEKS VOLUNTEERS Volunteers make a difference in the lives of our clients. The Cobb Community Services Board (CSB) needs volunteers as tutors and as assistants in various office positions including help with data entry and filing, in various program sites in Marietta, Smyrna, and Lithia Springs. Volunteers should have good organizational and computer skills and willing to make a six month commitment of at least one four hour shift per week. For more information contact CSB Volunteer Coordinator Mary Robeck at 770-8199229, ext. 226. The Cobb and Douglas Community Services Boards provide mental health, developmental disabilities, and substance abuse services to more than 10,000 residents of Cobb and Douglas Counties annually. . PLACING NOTES AND NOTICES ADS Holding a garage sale? Selling or renting your home, need an employee, tutoring, teaching, or in –home child care? We accept short reader ads for a fee of $25 per 45 words. Be sure to indicate in which edition you want the ad placed. The ads, with check, should be mailed or delivered to The Bright Side, 3330 Cumberland Blvd, Suite 500, Atlanta, GA 30339. (No copy accepted by phone) and received prior to our MAY 23 deadline with publication the week of JUNE 6. Ad copy should also be e-mailed to: Credit card payment accepted. Home-based business ads accepted only if they do not conflict with our display advertisers. Home sale ads are for homeowners only. For information, call 770-426-9388 or email to

WellStar Medical Group

Allergy & Asthma

Now accepting adult and pediatric patients

Grace Chiang, M.D. 770-333-2027 ★ 4480 N. Cooper Lake Road Suite 101 ★ Smyrna, GA 30082

Do you or your child suffer from allergies or asthma? Treatment is available to get your symptoms under optimal control. Dr. Grace Chiang, board-certified in both adult and pediatric allergy and immunology, will develop an individualized treatment plan that works for you. We offer allergy testing as well as immunotherapy (allergy shots), the only long-term, preventative treatment available for allergic disease. This can be very effective in reducing your symptoms and need for medications, allowing you to enjoy a healthy and active lifestyle.

Dr. Chiang specializes in: � ���Asthma � ���Allergic Rhinitis (Hayfever) � ���Sinusitis � ���Food Allergy � ���Atopic Dermatitis (Eczema) � ���Hives and/or Angioedema (Swelling) � ���Anaphylaxis � ���Insect Sting Allergy � ���Drug Allergy � ���Immune Deficiency � ���Skin Testing and Allergy Shots � ���Caring for patients of all ages, from infancy through adulthood


Saturday, May 19 is Mableton Day as proclaimed by The Cobb County Board of Commissioners. The 7th annual celebration will be held at the Mable House Arts Complex from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. Admission is free. The day will be fun for the whole family. The second annual 5K Race will also feature the first annual Mableton Junior Youth Race for kids 12 and younger. Entertainment will feature a wide variety of acts from throughout the metro Atlanta area. Of course, a festival wouldn’t be complete without games and jumpies for the kids, goodies to eat, arts and crafts for all ages and the sixth annual Classic Car Show. The event is hosted by the Mableton Day Coalition (MDC), a partnership of three not-for-profit organizations: Mableton Improvement Coalition, Inc.; South Cobb Arts Alliance, Inc.; and the Amateur Advocate Association, Inc.

Dr. Chiang looks forward to meeting your needs for exceptional healthcare.

770-956-STAR ★

Accepting most insurance plans, including Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO.

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$30 OFF OFF INITIAL VISIT WITH THIS AD DoctorsPlace Weight Loss & Wellness Center Nanette Cook, MD, Medical Director 4480 Cooper Lake Road Smyrna, Ga. 30082 770.431.2322

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Smyrna/Vinings - South Cobb 770-426-9388

Reach 40,000 homes of new customers within 5-10 miles of

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Combination Ad Rates 1/2 Page ad $900 in Combination 2.25¢ per household 1/4 Page Ad $450 in Combination 1.125¢ per household

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Each edition of The Bright Side: • Reaches some 40,000 upscale, single-family homes in your market area. • Reaches homes within 5-7 miles – a 10 minute driving time or less. • Is direct mailed to homes – not thrown on the driveway or left at the convenience store. • Is also distributed at select advertiser locations, Smyrna Library, Smyrna Visitors Center, Vinings Welcome Center and Cumberland Mall.





What people say about The Bright Side: “I get a call every month when the paper comes out. There hasn’t been a month when I haven’t gotten a call from the ad.” -- Jason Raper, Jasons’ Lawn Service

• Is read. People read it from cover to cover and use the Calendar page in the center to plan activities throughout a full 30 days or more.

“I am very happy with the Bright Side. It provides new business for me and is one of the top three ads I use. I highly recommend it. -- Greg Snyder, Little Bear Tree Service

• Commit to advertising three times in a row and we’ll write a story about you and your business.

“I love your paper, I read it every month.” -- Shirley Brecht, Smyrna resident.

 Smyrna & Vinings 30080, 30082, 30339 and Vinings Estates  South Cobb 30082, 30126, 30106, 30111, 30168 Greater Smyrna, Mableton, Austell & Clarkdale Each Edition has a mailed circulation of 20,000+ Homes * Based on a Half page ad at $900 in combination to 40,000 homes.

Smyrna/Vinings - South Cobb 770-426-9388 3330 Cumberland Boulevard, Suite 500, Atlanta, GA 30339

May 2012 Smyrna/Vinings Bright Side  

The Bright Side is a monthly newspaper reaching 40,000 upscale homes in Smyrna, Vinings, Mableton and Austell with news about people, events...

May 2012 Smyrna/Vinings Bright Side  

The Bright Side is a monthly newspaper reaching 40,000 upscale homes in Smyrna, Vinings, Mableton and Austell with news about people, events...