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Smyrna Vinings



Bright Side


Smyrna and Vinings’ Community Newspaper

Volume 8, No. 6

JUNE 2012


The Yumbii food truck always draws a crowd.

Soulhound performs July 14 on Smyrna’s Village Green


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Rain or shine, Tuesday is food truck day at the Galleria office Park. Some two to four of these rolling restaurants are parked in the center courtyard to serve Lunch every Tuesday between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Bobby Rodriguez, owner of Yumbii, serving a fusion of Korean Barbeque, tacos and southwestern fare, said his truck has been visiting there for nearly a year. Items run $3-5 with a combo priced at $9. At Hail Caesar, salads and wraps are priced at $6.50 to $7.50. Driver Will King said, “This is a good spot,” as it serves four office buildings and is beautiful background for a lunch break. The King of Pops was also setting up to sell frozen popsicles as the crowd started the lunch break. The Galleria Office Park also provides entertainment, such as a local jazz band, on several Tuesdays during the year.


Smyrna has announced its summer concert series on the Village Green. The Mustangs bringing their sound back to the Village Green on June 9 for a splash of the past and old favorites. Soulhound has played all over the Southeast and is a favorite at Atkins Park Tavern with their R&B, Soul & greasy Funk of the late sixties & seventies performing July 14. Concerts are 7 - 10 p.m., except the Birthday celebration Aug. 4 at 6 p.m. Banks & Shane help celebrate Smyrna’s Birthday each year and they’re back

for the biggest hometown party again this year on Aug. 4. Smokey’s Farmland Band is new to the Smyrna stage this year, blending musical influences ranging from bluegrass to gypsy jazz to Cajun, creating a progressive sound they like to call “ Goodtime Eclectic Bluegrass.” Celebrate the birth of Smyrna with family and friends. High-energy music, festival foods, birthday festivities, a giant birthday cake by McEntyre’s Bakery and a kids entertainment area and fireworks at the end add to the excitement.


Steve Frerkins, who works in a nearby building, gets a wrap from Hail Caesar’s Kasey Garner.

SAVE THE DATE, SEPT. 8, FOR AUCTION FOR HEROES GALA Save the date! The 3rd Annual Smyrna Heroes Gala takes place Saturday, Sept. 8 at historic Brawner Hall. The Gala is a community wide effort to celebrate and honor Smyrna’s own heroes, those police officers, firefighters, and other public safety employees who protect and serve our community 24/7, 365 days a year. The Gala benefits the Smyrna Public Safety Foundation (SPSF, created to promote and support Smyrna’s Police and Fire Departments. Last year’s Gala netted over $33,000 for the SPSF, and this year’s event promises to be even bigger and better. For information on becoming a sponsor, pledging a donation, or volunteering to help, contact Jim or Karen Carter at or

Vinings Jubilee is “jazzing” up Thursday evenings this summer with a new Jubilee Jazz series that brings live music to the Tower Stage from 6 to 8 p.m. every Thursday in June. Grab a bite to eat and sip on a cocktail on the patios of restaurants which overlook the stage. The schedule includes: Memory Lane Jazz Ensemble on

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June 14; Sal Gentille on June 21 and Os Ossos on June 28. Stroll through the boutiques and specialty shops and hang out with family and friends while jazz music fills the summer air. Specials and refreshments will be offered by select restaurants at Vinings Jubilee, and shops will stay open late for guests. For more information call 404-5778686.


The Randall Bramblett Band presents Jazz/Rock on June 16, as a part of the South Cobb Arts Alliance Summer Candlelite Concert Series 2012 free Concerts this season through October. Blair Crimmins and the Hookers perform with their Blues/Ragtime/Gypsy Guitar sound on Aug. 18. 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 sound Oct. 6. Parking and General Admission are free

and tables of four are sold for $50 each. 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 Randall Bramblett organizations.


SPC Enterprises Presents Jazz Flavors at the Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre on June 23 featuring Gritz and Jelly Butter, Julie Dexter, and Ed Jaxon and the NeoRenaissance Orchestra. The concert will be 6 - 10 p.m. and Tickets are $15 - $35 available through

TicketMaster or Mable House Box Office. Proceeds benefit St. Paul of the Cross Church. For more information, call 404696-6704 or the Mable House Box Office. This perfect Blend of Smooth Jazz, Classic R&B, Neo-Soul, and Jazz Vocals is presented by SPC Enterprises.

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Comments By Cathy HONORING OUR SON, PETER, ON HIS FIRST FATHER’S DAY By Cathy Shattles Lipsett Editor/Publisher

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sometimes as a whole family, sometimes just father and son or daughter. Just as Peter and his sister, Katie, were blessed with a wonderful dad; Lilly is blessed to have Peter as her caring, loving dad.

I have a photo in front of me, of our son, Peter, wearing a backpack filled with his happy little daughter at her first baseball game. They are in front of the Nationals Stadium in D.C., Peter wearing his Atlanta Braves hat. Lilly has on a Braves shirt, covered by a Nationals bib. (Her mom, AnnBailey, is a Nationals fan). We have other similar photos of the two of them, Peter with the special baby backpack with Lilly on a family hike in the Virginia mountains; Peter with Lilly in a smaller pack at the Woodruff Arts Center, viewing the art. It is so heartwarming to watch our grown-up son interacting with his baby daughter. Lilly Bell is only nine months old, but she has already spent some amazing quality time with her dad (and mom). This will be Peter’s first Father’s Day as a Dad. He comes from a long line of loving, caring, interactive fathers. He has had a great role model in his own father and fatherhood seems to come naturally to him. Each male must find his own style of parenting, but he is guided by the fathers who have been a part of his life. What does it take to be a great father? Love certainly must be the first ingredient. Without that, there is no foundation for the role. Although I’m sure it must happen, I can’t imagine a father, who, upon meeting his child, does not feel a bond, a kinship, and a deep swelling of love. The other fatherly traits build on this instinctual love. Kindness, patience, nurture: all of these are important components of fatherhood. It’s also important to give discipline and instruction, offered with love. Conversations are also important; not one way monologues, but speaking and listening. Already Peter and Lilly Bell have conversations, although her vocabulary is somewhat limited at the moment. But he talks to her, reads to her, and listens proudly to her babbling, excited by sounds that are becoming actual words. I have a lot of pictures in my mind from Peter’s youth: Allan helping him build a racer for the Scouts Pinewood Derby; the two of them cutting the grass, as Peter followed his dad with his toy mower; the two of them going on a Scout camping trip; and Allan watching Peter in a play or a soccer match. There has always been time set aside for interaction; time for being together,

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The Mayor’s Education Awards to the teacher, student and volunteer award winners from each of the Smyrna area schools was presented by Mayor Max Bacon at a May ceremony prior to the council meeting. Awards were presented in the categories of student, staff and volunteer for the semester from each of the 12 Smyrna area schools with the addition of the Imagine International Academy of Smyrna, a public charter school. Recipients are honored for their academic achievement, dedication and volunteer service. Each of the principals from the 12 Smyrna area schools select the names of the award recipients—student, staff member and volunteer—and brief description about the accomplishments, activities and/or service of each recipient. City of Smyrna elected leadership and staff remains dedicated to quality education and the healthy development of students’ minds and future. Smyrna Schools honorees, listed by Student, Staff and Volunteer:

Argyle Elementary: Amiyah Richardson, Roxanne Lopez, Dawn Simpson. Belmont Hills Elementary: Lisette Chavez Garcia, Linda Kelleher, Elizabeth Shedd. Brown Elementary: Jissela Florez, Monroe Turner, Heather Flury. Green Acres Elementary: John Anthony Campbell, Dianne Monroe, Adriana Nolazco & Jorge Rodriquez. King Springs Elementary: Spencer Ford, Bethany Snyder, Margaret Johnson. Nickajack Elementary: Jesus Ramirez, Teresa Williams, Jessica Powers. Norton Park Elementary: Lamin Darbo, Kenneth Fields, Aurora LaLana. Teasley Elementary: Trystan Wiggins, Jackie Jones, Angela Barros. Int’l Academy of Smyrna: Sophia Waring, Telana Hicks, Clarence Dorris. Campbell Middle: Jason Lewis, Evelyn Thames, Michael & Eshiqita Washington. Griffin Middle: Zoie Konneker, Sheir Miller, Erik Sims. Campbell High: China Cardriche, Linda Owens, Brad & Donna Hawkins.



By Dr. Derek Conte spinal misalignments can interfere with the Do you lose your balance often? Catchnerves that carry these positional signals and ing your feet on the carpet or cracks in the increase the likelihood of a fall. Chiropractic sidewalk or bumping into doorjambs and care can help improve posture and balance. misjudging steps? Scary, isn’t it? Falls in the What can predispose one to fall? Being elderly are a major cause of inactivinactive over a long period causes ity leading to general weakening of loss of muscle tone, muscle memory, the body and a decline in mental coordination and reflexes. Reintroand emotional well being. Too duction of simple activities such as often these people, healthy one day, walking, gardening or cycling can become seriously ill after a fall and restore the body’s balance system. may die prematurely. Some people Injuries, like sprains and strains, have wonderful balance and seem even when healed, can have longto just know how to avoid a fall. But lasting negative effects on balance one does not have to be older to be due to loss of accurate propriocepDr. Derek Conte tive input. This can be remedied with prone to falling down. Balance is an amalgam of several differspecific exercises to rehabilitate damaged tisent sensory inputs to the brain. 1) The eyes sues laden with sensors that relay positional judge distance and keep level with the horiinformation to the brain. Ear infections and/ zon. 2) The inner ears detect acceleration, or a clogged eustacian tube can cause balance deceleration, direction of movement and problems (such as vertigo) as well. Opening also our position at rest. 3) The muscles, tenup this tube can help discharge the infection dons, ligaments and joints give us a sense of from the middle ear and reduce pressure on weight, stretch, pressure, joint angle and even the inner ear, a major balance center. Your vibration. All of this positional information chiropractor can help with all these. is relayed to the mid-brain, cerebellum and The important thing is to remember that parietal lobes of the brain for assessment and, we are very adaptable to change and it is if necessary, correction of position. The sum never too late or difficult to restore excellent total of all this information is called propriofunction to the nervous system and the body ception or position-sense. The simple acts of as a whole. standing and walking are a series of minute Dr. Derek Conte is a founding member losses and corrections of balance. Just stand of Chiropractic Specialists on Concord Rd. still for a minute and tune in to the small in Smyrna. For questions, call: 404-784corrections your body automatically makes 6008. Visit facebook: Chiropractor | Smyrna to maintain balance. Postural problems and Ga | Derek Conte Dc

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The Smyrna Golden K Kiwanis Club presented four students with $1,000 scholarships at a May meeting. “These young people are very deserving,” said Marcia Curtis, scholarship chair. “This is an investment in their future.” Students, from left, include Nancy Hutanu, a senior at Kennesaw State College majoring in Business, who received the Emory Parish Scholarship; Emily Zoino, a junior at Clemson majoring in nursing, received the Dewayne Harris scholarship; Devin Jones of Smyrna, a sophomore at Georgia Southern majoring in computer science, received at the Jake Trainer scholarship; and Taylor Smith, a Campbell High School graduate from Mableton, who will major in chemistry and premed at Xavier University in Louisiana, received the John Sprague Scholarship. President Joe Bland is at right.


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By Robert Meyring happens if both you and your spouse die in Did you know that 7 in 10 people an accident and your children are under 18 don’t have a Will? Most people don’t have and hundreds of thousands of dollars of life a contingency plan in case they were to be insurance money are now payable to the incapacitated or dead. children? The solution is called a In fact, if you’re reading these “Contingent Testamentary Trust.” words, I’d take a 50% chance that These types of trusts are inexpenyou don’t have a Will, a Power of sive, but a necessary and useful Attorney, or an Advance Directive. component in the estate plans of Even if you have one, or some, of many young couples with chilthese documents, how do you really dren. know if you have a complete estate Then again if you only have plan? The answer is that ultimately a Will, your estate plan is defionly an attorney - of the Trust, nitely not complete. Who is going estates or probate type - can knowlto have the legal authority to run edgeably review your assets, your Robert Meyring your business if you’re in a coma plan for estate gifting, and give a for two months? What if you never legal opinion of how this could affect your come out of the coma and nobody will take legacy. If that’s important to you, it would you off life support - like Terry Schiavo be worth checking out to see if your plan because you didn’t state your end-of-life will work. If you don’t have a plan, then treatment intentions in an Advance Healthyou really don’t know what can happen to care Directive? What if you want to avoid your assets and to whom they will go if you probate altogether? How do you know are hit by a bus tomorrow. everything’s covered? Let’s say you have been provided a The moral of the story is that if you Will, by an employer’s in-house legal promake your estate plan cheaply it will be gram and consulted with an attorney to costly to your family and legacy. get the documents signed - you still may Robert S. Meyring, is a Vinings attornot have a complete estate plan for your ney. The Meyring Law Firm website is family. Here’s why: the unknown or call 678-217gencies are probably not covered. What 4369.

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A Smyrna man won BIG at Fifth Third Bank’s community celebration on April 21. Fifth Third Bank served free hot dogs and customers and neighbors registered to win prizes such as a 42” HD LCD TV, Ipad, gift cards and other prizes. The winner of the grand prize TV was Steven Jackson as shown here with Terrell Mathis, The Crossings Financial Center Manager. The community celebration brought in more than 1000 visitors. Fifth Third is continuing to expand their presence in Atlanta Metro area. The Crossings Bank Mart is located in the largest Kroger in the southeast and the fourth largest in the USA.


Teasley Elementary School’s Educational Foundation (PAWS) hosted its largest fundraiser event of the year May 4 with just over 150 guests in attendance. The event included dinner and a Live & Silent Auction at the Vinings Club. Everyone had a great time and $18,000 was raised to help fund a Science Specialist next year. Thank you to all the local businesses who supported Teasley with donations of goods and services.

1011 Vinings Falls Drive 1113 Trumpet Vine Court $229,000 $460,000 Popular Vinings Glen 10+ Hardwood floors add Wonderful home with a charm to this 2 story traMaster on the Main and ditional home, but that’s lots of space to grow. A only the beginning. Mulwarm study on the main tiple decks overlooking a level and beautiful win- tree filled backyard offers dows in the two story great a super place to relax and room overlooking the pri- enjoy nature. The master vate back yard and patio suite is beautiful, and the as well as a chef’s kitchen secondary bedrooms are with view to a keeping super sized. Did I menroom can have you living tion a finished terrace on the main level if you level complete with trey wish. But there is plenty ceilings with another bedmore space to expand. room and bath. Do NOT Lovely cul de sac lot. miss seeing this property.

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.


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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.

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.

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.



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1020 Oakview Drive $159,000 Precious Bungalow! Nothing to do here but move in. Featured on the this year’s Smyrna Garden Tour, this bungalow will be the talk of the town. The interior is as sweet as the outside and if you’ve seen that, there’s nothing more to do but get inside.

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3321 Collier Gate Ct. $489,000 Delightful Shake and Stone An open floorplan for today’s lifestyle is just the start of this very functional home. A bedroom on the main and perfect office space tucked in behind the kitchen are desirable features. A full terrace level gives you plenty of space to expand in whatever manner works for you. Bedroom suites are the order of the day and the property is private. Who can ask for more?

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Eight local piano pupils from the studio of Dr. Adriana van Rensburg performed in the National Guild of Piano Teachers, a Teacher Division of the American College of Musicians of which Dr. van Rensburg is a member. All eight students achieved the highest ratings of superior and excellence awards at the Pledge, Local and Hobbyist levels. The American College of Musicians evaluated the students’ performances based upon their presentations of Baroque, Classical, Romantic and Contemporary works. Each student performed in the presence of a professional adjudicator chosen by the National Piano Guild organization. Throughout the US and abroad, over 100,000 enthusiastic piano pupils participate in the annual National Piano Playing Auditions which are held in over 880 music centers. Each of Dr. van Rensburg’s entrants won a certificate, embossed pin, report card, and a year’s membership in the National Fraternity of Student Musicians. Established in 1929 by Dr. Irl Allison, the first Auditions were held at Hardin-Simmons University, Abilene, Texas. The National Headquarters is maintained in Austin, Texas. Piano students at the studio of Dr. van Rensburg annually participate in the National Piano Guild, Royal Schools of Music international exams, GMEA (Georgia Music Educators Association) Piano Auditions and local and statewide events. Front row, from left, Carys Thompson, Gareth Thompson, Alex Possert, Will Possert; back row, Kai Yost, Zach Smith, Caleigh Hatcher, Elena Possert.


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Physicians and staff from EmoryAdventist Hospital at Smyrna volunteered their time to provide sport physicals for the students of Campbell High School and Campbell Middle School’s athletic programs. Ron Wendt, co-athletic coordinator and CHS head varsity baseball coach, worked with Emory-Adventist again this year to see if the hospital would be willing to help him host a sports physical event for the students at Campbell High School. The physicals included weight and height, blood pressure, vision tests, musculoskeletal exam and a full physical check-up by one of nine physicians who volunteered their services for the students. Orthopedic physicians Jeffrey Kovacic, MD, Tedman Vance, MD, and Anthony Cabot, MD were joined by Internal Medicine physicians, Alexander Voljavec, MD, Madhu Vishwanath, MD, and Karina Belinfante, MD. Karen Artress, MD, family medicine, Alberto Alam-Gonzalaez, MD, general practice, and Alice Fazekas, PA, also volunteered their time to conduct athletic physicals. In addition to the doctors, volunteers from PT Solutions, Chattahoochee Tech, Campbell High School coaches and parents participated. The doctors were able to complete physicals for approximately 225 student athletes. “Campbell High School is so very grateful to their help in processing so many student-athletes in such an efficient manner. This annual event helps so much in clearing student-athletes for their physicals and allows them to participate in sports activities for the next school year. On

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Founded in 2001 in an apartment in learning about God together.” Marietta, Triumphant Community Church At Triumphant Community Church, has found a home in Austell. Triumphant we are “helping people to know, love, and Community Church is located at 3100 Joe follow Jesus Christ.” Jerkins Boulevard, Austell. From the dozen people who were present at the first service for the nondenominational church, Pastor Robert Moore now leads the flock of more than 100. Starting out as New Birth Community Church, the church has overcome several obstacles. In September of 2009 a flood left the sanctuary six feet under water. In September 2010, it changed its name after the Bishop Eddie Long scandals. “We are committed to Bible truth,” said Pastor Moore who Pastor Robert Moore welcomes visitors to Triumpcomes from a Baptist-Pentecostal hunant Community Church in Austell. background. “Our commitment is to Scripture.” Moore has more than 30 “We are committed to the great comyears in the ministry. “My whole life has mandment, to love God with all our heart; been church,” he said. and to love our neighbor.” Sunday worship services at 10 a.m. Beginning in June, the church will begin with worship and arts from a praise offer Christian life classes for adults, chilteam and a dance group, followed by the dren and teens each Sunday beginning at passing of the peace. “Nobody leaves here 9 a.m. without getting a hug,” the pastor said. The During worship, children ages three message follows, until 11:30 a.m. to teens and young children’s classes parChurch members also meet from 7 ticipate in arts and crafts snacks Scripture to 9 p.m. on Wednesday evenings, for a lessons and Bible quizzes. “Wednesday Night Live” Prayer & Wor“In the future, we’re hoping to become ship Service. During the school year, the more involved in the community. We hope church offers AWANA for youth, ages 3to be a positive influence for good.” 17. “Thirty minutes before each worship The pastor invites everyone to come service, we offer a time for Corporate as his guest, “they all even get a free gift,” Prayer and Meditation,” he said. “Come Moore said. “We even offer to adopt first dressed comfortable, and ready to enjoy time visitors as members.”


Thank You!

Keep Smyrna Beautiful would like to thank all of the people who made the 2012 tour such a great success. Not only did more than 400 people get to enjoy and learn from our five fabulous gardens, but more than $9,000 was raised to put trees in Brawner Park as well. Our thanks go to all of you: Thanks to our Garden Owners : Mr. and Mrs. Larry Freeman, Barbara Dondiego and David Stewart, Bill and Nancy Thomas, Sandy and Brian Talbot, Dane and Anne Lorio.


Thanks to our Sponsors: Andy and Melanie Hansel, Avant Gardener, Back Yard Feed and Seed, Bartlett Heating & Cooling, Inc., The Bright Side, Carl and Eva Tackett, Chick-fil-A, Crew One Productions, Downey Trees, Inc., Gina Bridges, Kroger , Love Street, Marietta Signs, Smyrna Business Association, The Music Studio, The Nest Home & Garden, Vickery Hardware. Thanks to the Friends of the Tour: The Anulewicz Family, Atkins Park Tavern, Barbara Kinkaid, Community Bank of the South, Floral Creations Florist, Friends of Stacey Evans, Howard’s Restaurant, Jack’s New Yorker Deli, Joan M. Stuart, the Jonquil Garden Club, Little Bear Tree Service , Publix, Rev Coffee, the Campbell High School Orchestra, The Garden Keeper, and Vinings Mortgage. Thank you to our Volunteers and Committee, headed by Liz Davis, Gina Bridges and Nell Robinson. Look for volunteers in their Garden Tour t-shirts! Finally, thank you to all of you who patronized the 2012 Tour. We hope that you had a wonderful time and that we will see you again next year as we work to make Smyrna a better place for all of us!

Celebrate Jesus Missions were started in Florida in 1999, and have become an instrument to form communities out of local churches and their neighborhoods. One of the dynamics of a Celebrate Jesus mission is the coming together of team members from all over the world. These are people of all ages, gifts and backgrounds who want to experience hands-on outreach with the church family to which they are assigned. Then those team members take back to their own churches a refreshed excitement and new tools to use in their own communities. Bethany United Methodist Church, in Smyrna, will be the first church to host a Celebrate Jesus Mission in Georgia, July 7-14. The Bethany congregation is looking forward to getting out into the Smyrna, Austell and Marietta communities and

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Imani Gibson, Baylee Hawkins, and Yvonne Wright, all Campbell High School graduates, will be attending Morris College in Sumter, S.C. Gibson and Wright signed Volleyball Scholarships and Hawkins signed a Basketball scholarship.


On May 17, Campbell High School senior Diamond Freeman signed a basketball scholarship with Cleveland State Community College in Cleveland, Tennessee. Back row: Coach Jason Smith, Coach Michelle Riley-Lipscomb, Coach Brenda Gilliam, Campbell High School Principal Dr. Denise Magee, Head Basketball Coach Randy Mc Clure, Cleveland State College Women’s Basketball Coach Dan Lumpkin. Front row: Aunt Eileen Mc Connell, Diamond Freeman, and mother Glynnis Freeman.

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22: JUNIOR BIRDER BIRD WALKS. Kennesaw Battlefield – June 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 770-427-4686 x 248 or by email to ••• 28: HIP ARTHROSCOPY: A Minimally Invasive Surgical Procedure for Hip & Groin Problems presented by Jon Hyman, MD, will be held on Thursday, June 28, 6 p.m., at EmoryAdventist Hospital at Smyrna. Dr. Jon Hyman, Orthopedic Surgeon, will discuss the main advantages of this procedure which includes increased tissue preservation, a faster recovery period, and an increased potential for returning to high physical functioning. Call 770-3192025 to register for this free seminar. ••• 27: EDUCATIONAL EVENT. Wednesday, June 27 from 6 - 7:30 p.m. – Delmar Gardens of Smyrna will be hosting a free educational event: “How to communicate with your loved one with a cognitive deficit” lead by national speaker Dr. David Hutchings, CCC-SLP.D. Event sponsored by Amedisys Home Health Care. RSVP to 770-432-4444. Contact Brittney Stroud for more details. ••• 29: JAZZ TRIO. Friday, June 29 from 6:30 - 8 p.m. – Free Candlelight Concert in the Courtyard of Delmar Gardens! Come and enjoy and evening of Jazz with the Bright Moments Jazz trio! Sumptuous hors’d’ oeuvres and fine wines to be served. Please RSVP to 770-432-4444. In case of inclement weather, the concert will be held inside. JULY 2: VOTER REGISTRATION. Registration Deadline: July 2 ••• 9: FIRST MONDAY BREAKFAST. Monday, July 9. Cobb Galleria Center 7:30 a.m. Speakers: Ed Baker, Publisher, Atlanta Business Chronicle and Paul Bennecke, Founder and Principal, Red Clay Strategies. Program: Regional Transportation Referendum & Leadership Cobb Graduates. General Admission: $60. Members: $25 online; $40 at door. Online Registration Closes: July 3 at noon ••• 12: SMYRNA AREA COUNCIL of Cobb Chamber joint meeting with Smyrna Business Association as Mayor Max Bacon presents the State of the City address. Thursday, July 12, Smyrna Community Center 11:30 a.m. General Admission: $30 Members: $10 online; $20 at the door. Online Registration Closes: July 10 at noon. ••• 18: SUMMER JAM. 2012 Summer JAM (Joint Association Meeting) for members of Cobb Business Associations and the Chamber of Commerce. This is the second annual summer networking event to be held this year on July 18 at the Cobb Civic Center. As last year’s attendees know, this is a chance for business association members to gather and network with hundreds of other association members. ••• 5: COBB FAITH PARTNERSHIP General

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Meeting, July 25: Join us at Turner Chapel AME Church for Cobb Faith Partnership’s Next General Meeting! Lunch starts at 11:45a. m. with the meeting following at Noon. For more information, contact us at communicatio, visit our website at, or visit our Facebook page at cobbfaithpartnership. 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,


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6:30 p.m. the last Monday of every month. Emory-Adventist Hospital at Smyrna is pleased to announce that in addition to our monthly Diabetes Education Classes, we have added an adjunct class for people who take insulin. 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 ••• MABLETON FARMER’S MARKET: Mable House Parking Lot from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 each Thursday. Cole Lake Creamery has joined us at the Mableton Farmers Market. Come visit Daniel and try some of his award-winning cheese. While at the market, pick up some preserves, sweet potato pies and delicious, Georgia-grown produce! ••• SMYRNA FRESH MARKET, 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. ••• SMYRNA ROTARY: noon Tuesday, Brawner Hall, Smyrna. For further information, see and/or please contact Narayan Sengupta at 770-850-1640. ••• KIWANIS CLUB OF SMYRNA now meets at the Smyrna Community Center every Wednesday from 11:30-1:00. Call 770-438-6961 for more info. ••• SMYRNA GOLDEN K KIWANIS: 10 a.m. Tuesday, Wolfe Senior Center, 811 Church Street, Smyrna. ••• SMYRNA OPTIMISTS: 7 a.m. Friday, American Legion Post 160, 160 Legion Drive, Smyrna. ••• 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. •••

Page 11, June 2012 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 ALZHEIMER’S & DEMENTIA Caregivers Support Group- free 3rd Thursday of each month- 6:30 p.m. 4005 S. Cobb Drive. Smyrna, It is facilitated by a local physician. Call 770431-7055 or email woodlandridge@caravita. com for details. ••• AMERICAN LEGION, Post 160 Membership Meeting at 7:30 p.m. every 3rd Tuesday and serves breakfast from 8:am to 11a.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 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 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 to a meeting of your choice. ••• WOMEN’S DIVORCE SUPPORT GROUP. This FREE support group, sponsored by Visions Anew, is facilitated by counselors and meets at the Vinings Fire Station (4336 Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta 30339) the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month from 6-7:30 p.m. For additional information, and to confirm times, please contact Visions Anew at 770-953-2882 or ••• HUMANISTS OF GEORGIA. Humanism is free from any belief in the supernatural and is dedicated to the search for meaning and values for individuals on this earth through reliance on intelligence and the scientific method, democracy, and social sympathy. 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. ••• THE JONQUIL GARDEN CLUB meets every 4th Tuesday at the library in downtown Smyrna at 10:30 a.m. The objective of the Jonquil Garden Club is to beautify and preserve our environment by encouraging conservation and plantings, not only in our own gardens, but including public places. Anyone interested in gardening, floral and landscape design is welcome to attend. 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

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Dr. Ron Newcomb, new president of Chattahoochee Technical College, gets a welcoming kiss from Babe Byrne at a reception at the Strand Theatre in Marietta in May as and Frank Moore and Bill Byrne look on. Newcomb, a former Smyrna City Councilman, became interim president Oct 1, 2011 and was officially named president of the college Feb. 2. To welcome him in as president, the Chattahoochee Tech Foundation and United Community Bank have joined together to sponsor the reception. The event was catered by culinary students from the college. (Photo by John A. Delves)


Where can a Fish Tale, an Incredible Story and a King of the Beast become a Summer Treat? They represent the three top rated animated movies of all time and all will be at Tillman United Methodist Church each month this summer beginning in June. Tillman UMC announces its “Animated Movie Festival” for the summer. The first movie will begin with the number one rated animated movie “Finding Nemo”. It will be shown the third Sunday in June. It will be followed closely by “The Incredibles” in July and “The Lion King” to com-

plete the series in August. Mark your calendars now because the fun will begin at 3 to 5 p.m. on Saturday June 16 at Tillman United Methodist Church. All children are welcome to this free community event. And yes, there will be door prizes, fun, festivities not to mention the top rated animated children’s movies of all time. Make your plans now to join us at Tillman United Methodist Church June 16 at 3 p.m. For more information, please call 404-590-0851 or visit our web site: www.

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The 3rd Annual Smyrna Heroes Gala benefits the Smyrna Public Safety Foundation (SPSF, created to promote and support Smyrna’s Police and Fire Departments. Last year’s Gala netted over $33,000 for the SPSF, and this year’s event will be Sept. 8 at Brawner Hall. Revenue the Gala raises directly impacts the professional and personal lives of Smyrna’s heroes, such as Smyrna Police Department’s Officer Michael Smith. Smith wears several hats for the SPD: Crime Prevention Officer, Public Information Officer, and Grants Manager; he’s also in charge of reorganizing the Neighborhood Watch Program. Unlike Smyrna firefighters who frequently receive kudos from grateful residents, Smyrna police officers may spend their shifts in atmospheres of suspicion and hostility. “We give people tickets; we arrest them and take them to jail,” he explained. “So it’s a rare moment when someone comes up and thanks us.” Rare, yes; but such moments do occur. Smith recalled an incident that took place one Christmas season: “It’s our goal,” he related, “to get through the holiday season without someone’s door being kicked in and all their money and gifts stolen.” But that’s exactly what happened one Christmas Eve day when a Smyrna family was

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Smyrna Officer Michael Smith absent from their home. The family was devastated and called the police, but the officers could do little at that time for the family other than take the report. Back at the station after investigating the break-in, Smith and the other officers involved passed the hat and were able to collect $500 from officers on duty. They went shopping for the kids, buying presents, and even had money left over to give to the parents to help with their holiday celebration. But the story doesn’t end there. About 8 months later, Smith was called to a Smyrna school and noticed a little girl hanging around him. He smiled at her, and she said, “You don’t remember me, do you, Officer Smith?” He responded, “No, sweetie, I’m sorry, I don’t. Where did we meet?” As soon as she started telling him of a Christmas Eve break-in, he immediately remembered the situation. He asked her, “Did you have a good Christmas?” She smiled shyly and responded, “Yes, I did. Thank you.” This unexpected encounter brightened his day. “It’s refreshing,” Smith related. “As police officers we sometimes get jaded. But when someone does come up and thank you, it reminds you that the community is behind you.” He summed up the experience by observing, “It’s why we do what we do.” And it’s why the Smyrna Heroes Gala is behind such heroes in our community. For more information on the Gala see

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SIX FLAGS CELEBRATES 45 YEARS On June 16, 1967, Six Flags Over Georgia opened its gates for the first time as the Southeast’s first regional theme park. Since that day, the park has entertained millions of guests through its innovative rides, shows and attractions. On Saturday, June 16, the park will celebrate its 45th anniversary with a day filled with live entertainment, a commemorative ceremony with celebrity guest Jeff Foxworthy, hundreds of cupcakes and a fireworks extravaganza to cap off the day. “It’s hard to believe that Six Flags Over Georgia has been entertaining guests for 45 years,” said Melinda Ashcraft, park president. “Our youngest guests visit the park each day with their parents and grandparents, many of whom visited the park when they were children back in 1967”. Live entertainment will fill the U.S.A. section of the park immediately following the ceremony, including jugglers, stilt-walkers and musical performances. A patriotic fireworks display will begin at nightfall inside the park. The park debuted all-new shows as a part of the 45th anniversary season, including iLuminate™, the sensational dancein-the-dark show that placed third on last summer’s hit television competition series “America’s Got Talent.” iLuminate will run through August 12.

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Campbell High School freshmen basketball coaches James Gwyn and Josh Kimball took their ninth grade team to the “Inside the NBA” studio at TNT in Atlanta on April 25. Players met studio host Ernie Johnson and analysts Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith, and Shaquille O’Neal. From left are Coach James Gwyn, Kiyah Collins, D. J. Wilkins, Jaylin Evans, Johnny Reed, Kelly Robinson, Julian Wright, D’ Marcus Andrews, Calvin Triplett, and Coach Josh Kimball.


••• THE MOMS CLUBS of Smyrna are nonprofit support groups for at-home mothers. Smyrna-East chapter includes zip code 30080 west of Atlanta Road and the Vinings Estates neighborhood. Please visit www.freewebs. com/momsclubofsmyrnaeast for more. The Smyrna-Northeast chapter includes zip code 30339 and zip code 30080 east of Atlanta Road. Please visit http://www.momsclubofsmyrnane. com for more. Smyrna-West chapter includes zip code 30082. Please visit for more. Smyrna/Vinings-West chapter includes zip code 30082 in the Nickajack & Russell school district. Please email momsclubofsmyrnaviningswest@yahoo. com for more information. ••• 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. ••• NAVY LEAGUE ATLANTA METRO COUNCIL. The Greater Atlanta Council meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month, 7 p.m. at the Navy Recruiting District HQ, 2400 Lake Park Drive, Suite 410, Smyrna. Membership is open to all civilian and retired military with an interest in supporting our men and women of the Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and Merchant Marines. For additional Information contact Frank Campbell at Campbellfc@comcast. net or 678-234-2310. ••• 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 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 and guests are always welcome! (no industry restrictions). A Business After-Hours is held the 3rd Tuesday of each month. ••• VISION REHABILITATION SERVICES SUPPORT GROUP (Pride) meets from 1:30 p.m. – 3 p.m. on the third Friday of each month. Contact Gloria Fisher, LCSW, for more details: 770-432-7280. ••• E-mail your organization’s calendar news to Deadline for the JULY issue is JUNE 23 with publication the week of JULY 8. Calendar items are accepted from civic groups, non-profits, schools and church organizations and run as space is available. Due to the increasing number of calendar listings, please keep announcements brief. Please do NOT send calendar announcements in flyer format. For more information about submitting calendar items or other news, contact us at 770-426-9388 or by e-mail to Find updated calendar items on our website at


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I CAN GUARANTEE COBB COUNTY RESIDENTS THAT: • I will NOT furlough police officers and fire-fighters NOR raise your property taxes to balance a “failed” budget. • I will continue to oppose using Cobb’s property tax dollars to subsidize the marketing agenda of the Chamber of Commerce. • I will continue to oppose the T-SPLOST proposal (HB – 277) that would increase sales taxes, “for ten years,” to fund a rail system from the Arts Center in Atlanta to Cumberland Mall in Cobb County and other projects Cobb voters clearly do not want. WE DO NOT NEED MORE TAXES….. WE NEED MORE TAX-PAYERS and that will be a major priority of mine as Commission Chairman. I need your help, support and vote on July 31st to bring our conservative values back Cobb County. Sincerely, Bill Byrne Republican Candidate for Commission Chairman. Cobb County Board of Commissioners P.O. Box 2211 Marietta, GA 30061

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The Class Of 2012 from Center Academy. Steve Hicks is at left, and and Ms. Mary Jane Ritchie, Principal, is at right. Photograph by Kevin Cook of Cooks Photo, Stone Mountain.


Center Academy is one of the best kept secrets in Smyrna. A private school dedicated to helping students who struggle in the normal atmosphere of a public school environment. These students weren’t given anything, they earned it all. Founded in 2008, A single senior graduated in 2009 on May 23. L.J.Peterson, who was on hand on Friday evening to congratulate 12 new graduates. He had a very personal reason to be there also, as his girlfriend was among the 12 new seniors. The commencement exercise took place at Sharon Baptist Church on South Cobb Drive in Smyrna. The Church was filled with more than 150 proud parents and relatives who came to witness and celebrate along with the young achievers. The students come from all over Cobb County as well as three other counties in the Metro. Smyrna, Marietta, West Cobb, East Cobb, Mableton and Austell were all represented in the celebration. Ms. Ann Tewelow of Mableton was recognized as the outstanding parent for the year and also there to cheer on her own graduate, Devin Stepp. John Delves spoke at this commencement and shared thoughts of what was ahead for these eager minds. He shared the story of “The Butterfly Effect” a wonder-

ful book by Andy Andrew, an inspirational writer from Orange Beach, Alabama. The concept is about how even a very insignificant effort can bring about tremendous change and he challenged them all to become the butterfly of change in their family, the community and in the world. The ceremony concluded, as you might well guess, with the awarding of diplomas to Devontae Bryant, Atlanta; Alexx Bunker, Powder Springs; Trey Dixon, Marietta; Brandon Edwards, Mableton; Mark Jenkins, Atlanta; Keith Myers, Smyrna; David Osborne, Kennesaw; Ashton Ponder, Stone Mountain; Scott Questad, Smyrna; Brenda Reece, West Cobb; Daniel Roberts, Marietta; Devin Stepp, Mableton. The posted photographs are in order of the graduates listed. Mary Jane Ritchie, principal, awarded the diplomas as Mr. Steve Hicks, Director, announced and congratulated each recipient. One last Group photo and they were off to the reception and the challenges of the world.

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SENIOR CENTER NEWS 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: chair yoga, gentle yoga, yogalates, low impact aerobics, Latin fusion cardio, sculpt and tone and senior stretch. And our most recent additions – Men’s Yoga, Intermediate Yoga, Mat Pilates and 20/20/20! 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 arthritis aqua class. There is also water walking and lap swimming times at the pool. The following activities are planned for June: June 7 - Blood Pressure & Glucose Screening, 11 a.m. June 12 - Line Dancing, 3:15 p.m. June 13 - Prime Time Health, 11 a.m. June 18 - Eating Seasonably, 12 p.m. June 19 - Show & Tell, 3:15 p.m. June 20 - Writer’s Work Group, 3:30 p.m. June 21 - Rah! Raw Foods, 11:30 a.m. June 28 - AARP Safe Driving, 9:30 a.m. And much, much more! For information on how to become a member of the Wolfe Adult Recreation Center and Therapy Pool or for more information on any of the activities, please contact us at 678-631-5541 or stop by and take a look around. Freeman Poole Senior Center Here’s what is happening at the C. Freeman Poole Senior Center 4025 South Hurt Rd, Smyrna. Call 770-801-3400 for more information or reservations. Activities limited to adults age 55 and above. Monday Movie Madness - Monday, June 11, Country Strong, 1 – 3 p.m. Cost: $2/$3 Non-Resident; Ticket required. Starring Garrett Hedlund, Gwyneth Paltrow, Leighton Meester. A drama centered on a rising country-music songwriter who sparks with a fallen star. Together, they mount his ascent and her comeback, which leads to romantic complications involving her husband/manager and a beauty queenturned-singer. Treat Yourself Tuesdays - Tuesday, June 12, El Solecito Mexican Restaurant, Veteran’s Memorial Hwy. 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Cost: On Your Own; Regis-

tration required. Get to know other people and enjoy the social gathering. This will be a fun time! Meet at restaurant. Bunco - Wednesday, June 13, 1– 3 p.m. Free. Join us for a fun, easy game of dice that promises to be a good time and a chance to win prizes! How to Negotiate - Friday, June 15, 1 – 2 p.m. Free. Do you feel you could use a few new tips on negotiating? See what Chris Miller has to say. It’s never too late to learn new skills. How to Talk to Your Doctor Monday, June 18, 1 – 2 p.m. Free. Wellstar specialists will talk about how to get the most from your doctor visits. Swallowing Disorders - Tuesday, June 19, 1– 2 p.m. Free. Amedysis will present how to recognize and treat this disorder. Get your questions answered. Just for Summer Meet & Eat Thursday, June 21, Cost: $7/$9 Non-Resident. 12 – 2 p.m. Plan to join us for this festive afternoon with the Swinging Saints performing live. If you like comedy, this one’s for you. You will see 13 ragtime musicians, armed with offbeat instruments and attired in comical costumes. What they lack in talent, they make up for in dedication: The ensemble recently gave its 1,000th performance. Bingo Bash - Thursday, June 7, Monday, June 25, 1 – 3 p.m. Cost: $3/ $4 Non-resident. Win gift certificates to local restaurants! Multiple tickets can be purchased. Blood Pressure Check - Thursday, June 7, Monday, June 25, 12 – 3 p.m. Free. AARP Driver Safety - Wednesday, June 27, 11 a.m. Cost: $12 AARP Members; $14 Non-Members. Speech Language Pathology (SLP) & Cognitive Disorders - Wednesday, June 27, 1 – 2 p.m. Free. Dr. David Hutchings, Regional Director at Amedisys Community Home Health, will discuss SLP as well as various cognitive disorders, such as dementia and Alzheimer’s. Lane Packing Peach Orchard Thursday, June 28, 7:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. We are off to visit Lane Packing to stock up on some fresh, juicy peaches, pecans and other yummy goodies! This is a riding tour through the peach and pecan orchards. Tour guides will explain the history of the peach industry in Georgia and how they are grown and harvested. Bring a box for your purchases. Lunch at Yoder’s in Montezuma. Cost: $55 Senior Council Member / $60 Non-Member. Deadline: June 21.


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Representative Rich Golick recently presented a proclamation honoring Mary Ann Sikes, for her work as President of the Vinings Historic Preservation Society. Under her leadership, the VHPS prepared the nomination of the Pace House for listing on the National Register of Historic Places in 2009. The proclamation was presented at the April meeting of the Vinings Civic Club.

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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.

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Isaiah Rogers, an eighth grader at Griffin Middle School, with a record-put became the 2012 State Champion in the shot put at the Georgia Recreation and Park Association Youth Track and Field state meet on May 6 in Augusta. Roger, 14, of Smyrna, had a record throw of 52 feet, which broke the district of 49 feet that stood since 2000. It was Rogers’ fifth state championship and he has medaled multiple times at nationals. Rogers, the son of Chris and Lisa Rogers, in completing his final year at Griffin Middle School where he also excels academically. In addition to competing for the Smyrna Track Club, Rogers is an A/B student that is involved in the National Junior Beta club, the Robotics club, the Kindness to Others club, Chorus and Band. His goal is to compete at the 2016 Olympics. Rogers will attend Campbell High School in the fall.

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The Vinings Historic Preservation Society raised $20,000 to use in repairs for the Yarborough House during the annual Golf Classic and Pairing Party at SOHO in May. Above, Auction Chair Danielle Passarella, Tony Chavez, Golf Chair; Executive Director Gillian Greer, and VHPS President Karen DeRuyter, announce the auction at the Pairings Party. Below left, Michael and Cheryl Spiva check out silent auction items. Below right, the winning golf team from SOHO Restaurant.

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June 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...

June 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...