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As the 10th anniversary of 9/11 nears, it is a fitting time for Smyrna to honor its own firefighter and police officer heroes who safeguard the community every day. Such is the mission of the Smyrna Auction for Heroes Gala, Sept. 10 at 6 p.m. at the historic Brawner Hall on Atlanta Road. The Gala is a community-wide effort on the part of area residents and businesses to come together and support Smyrna’s “heroes” with a fundraiser benefiting the Smyrna Public Safety Foundation (SPSF). Attendees to the Gala will mingle with area neighbors and businesses, City officials, and Smyrna’s firefighters and police officer “heroes.” The phenomenal Kingsized and Wesley Cook provide live entertainment as eventgoers enjoy delicious food and beverages from area restaurants such as Atkins Park Tavern, and bid on both live and silent auctions of goods and services from area residents, restaurants, and businesses. The SPSF is a 501(c) organization that promotes and supports the City of Smyrna’s public safety employees and the community. It is committed to providing the equipment, programs, and services the City needs to make it a safer and even more enjoyable place to live and work. Visit

malt beverages, wine and distilled spirits on Sundays between the hours of 12:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m., within the jurisdictional limits of Smyrna effective Jan. 1. Mayor Max Bacon has announced he will run for an eighth term for Mayor and expects one or more challengers. At least two council seats will be open as Ward 5 Coun-

cilman Jimmy Smith and Ward 7 Councilman Pete Wood have announced they will not seek reelection. Wood has served for 20 years on the council and Smith has served since 2003. Qualifying for office runs Aug. 29- 31 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Human Resources Room at the Smyrna City Hall,

2800 King St., Smyrna. The qualifying fees shall be $684 for Mayor and $513 for City Council. Registration to vote continues through Oct. 11. Residents may register to vote at any of the designated places for registering Cobb County residents or the Smyrna City Clerk’s Office.

NEW PRINCIPALS TAKE REINS AT 3 SMYRNA SCHOOLS Three schools in the Smyrna-Vinings area have new principals as they get ready for student to return to classes on Aug. 15. “There’s a fresh look at Teasley Elementary,” said Principal Leslie Mansfield. She expects to see a gain in student numbers this year and eight new teachers are on board. “My focus will be on community partnerships and continuing the community atmosphere of the school. Ms. Mansfield began her teaching career in Fulton County and has spent 10 years in the Cobb school system, as assistant principal at Nicholson and Blackwell Elementary Schools. She expects some 738 students at Teasley this year. Teasley has implemented “Standard School Attire” beginning this year. This standard dress will be worn Monday through Thursday and students may wear non-uniform attire on Fridays. “Our theme is ‘bloom where you are planted,’” Ms. Mansfield said. “We want to create a culture of excellence at the greatest little school in Cobb County.” Denise McGee is the principal at Campbell High School. She brings 19 years of experience as a special education teacher, counselor, and administrator. “For me it’s coming home. Campbell is where I started 19 years ago,” she said.

New Principals include, from left, Leslie Mansfield, Teasley Elementary; Denise McGee, Campbell High School, and Gail Johnson, Campbell Middle School. Previously she was principal at Campbell of academic excellence that has been the Middle School, so she knows many of the heart of Campbell High School.” students already. Gail Johnson, new principal at CampCampbell is expecting some 2,400 stubell Middle School, proudly announces dents to be enrolled this fall. the fact that “we are now Cobb County’s “We are happy about continuing our first International Baccalaureate Middle tradition of success and we will look at what School.” need to be done to improve,” she said. “I “This is a program that every student will work hard to maintain the rich tradition Continued on Page 16

‘WE ARE HAVING A GREAT YEAR,’ MAYOR SAYS IN STATE OF THE CITY ADDRESS Despite a declining budget and an increasing population, “We are having a great year, Smyrna Mayor Max Bacon told business leaders last month. Mayor Bacon gave his annual “State of the City” address to a crowd of more than 100 at a joint meeting of the Smyrna Business Association and the Smyrna Division of the Cobb Chamber July 14. “I don’t know if we’ve seen the bottom yet,” he said. “We have all had to think outside the box in these hard economic times.” The city continues to have a AA+ bond rating, has a balanced budget and has kept its millage at 8.99 mills since 2007. The 2012 budget is $70.9 million. “Our city is the best and we have room to improve,” the mayor siad. He cited that last year there were no furloughs, no tax increase and no facilities closed in Smyrna, all doen without dipping into reserves. Bacon defended the city’s purchase of the Hickory Lakes Apartments and a good investment. “Hickory Lakes opened as one of the

finest apartment communities in the area,” he said, but over time it became run down and crime-ridden. The city purchased the 48-acre property and relocated the residents of 726 units and hopes to sell the property. Bacon noted that the Smyrna downtown renovation project is celebrating its 20th year. Despite some challenges it has “become the talk of the country,” he said. Smyrna has seen a dramatic increase in population over the past decade, growing faster than Marietta. “We had a 25 percent population growth in the past 10 years,” Bacon said and joked that “soon the county seat will be in Smyrna.” The mayor noted that no activity is being seen at Belmont Hills and Jonquil Plaza, both due to the economy. On the positive side, a new super-size Kroger and other stores are under construction at The Crossings on South Cobb Drive at Concord. Kroger expects to be open this fall. Glock has expanded adding 100 new jobs and Adventure Outdoors is set to move

Smyrna Mayor Max Bacon into an expanded building. The new Smyrna Elementary will be built on some of the Belmont Property. His prediction for next year? “I hope it’s a little better. Since we are seeing an increase in construction, we should see in improvement next year.”

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When a young woman finds out she is with child, she is “expecting.” There is a known event that will be happening at an approximate time in the future. Plans are made and the waiting begins. Well folks, we are expecting…our first and second grandchild. The waiting is almost over and soon we will meet the first of the new arrivals. The second is expected to arrive in early September. Our daughter and son-in-law, Katie and Drew Long, surprised us back in December with the exciting news that they were expecting their first child. Before we had totally wrapped our minds around the idea of becoming grandparents, our son and daughter-in-law, Peter and Ann-Bailey Lipsett, shared their wonderful news of a child expected in September. As I write this I am sitting on go. By the time this newspaper is published we should have met Baby Long. Our daughter tells me she expects the baby to arrive a few days before his/her due date of August 3. So we are pushing to finish production of the newspaper, have a bag packed, the cat-sitter put on alert, the car filled with gas and ready to go when we receive a modern day text message that says she has gone to the hospital. The timing is critical; the

preparation essential since we have a fourhour drive to Charlotte before meeting our first grandchild. Of course, we don’t have to be there the minute the baby arrives, but it would be nice. We already know that we will not be able to time things as well for meeting Baby Girl Lipsett of Arlington, Virginia. But we will certainly be there in the first week or so of her little life as well. Our expectations are meeting with the realities of life as we work to make things happen according to our pre-set plans. It’s just like with other major events in our lives; planning, preparing; waiting and expecting things to go according to plan. And sometimes they do; but sometimes they don’t. We do know, however, that the expectation to love our grandchildren will be fulfilled; that the expectation that our children and their spouses will be fabulous, caring, loving parents will be fulfilled. My current expectation is for love-atfirst-sight; the reality of being a grandparent, I think, will be an even greater love for the babies than I expect.

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BANKS & SHANE HEADLINE SMYRNA BIRTHDAY The City of Smyrna hosts its annual Birthday Party, celebrating 139 years, on Saturday, Aug. 6 from 6 to 10 p.m. on the Village Green with music, fun and fireworks. The Brandon Perry Band opens the show with headliner Banks & Shane as headliner of the free concert. Celebrate the birth of Smyrna with family and friends High-energy music, fes-

tival 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. Fantastic fireworks at dark are the grand finale for Smyrna’s annual birthday celebration. Food vendors will line the sidewalks, offering hamburgers, hotdogs, wings, gyros, funnel cakes and many other tasty items.


Vinings Rotary Club’s annual “Vinings Down Hill 5K Run for the Kids,” is set for Sept. 10, at 8 a.m. at the top of Mt. Wilkerson in Vinings. The 13th annual event is a Peachtree qualifying race, formerly known as the “Run for the Kids.” Register online at The 5K Run For The Kids begins at Mt. Wilkerson Parkway and Overlook Parkway in Vinings and ends in the national park

at Cobb Parkway and the Chattahoochee River for a 330 foot net drop. The course makes it the fastest 5k in Atlanta. The children’s one mile fun run and one mile adult walk begins at 9 a.m. at the Vinings Jubilee shopping center. Many folks enjoy walking the 5K and 1 mile course. All runners will be transported back to the Vinings Jubilee shopping center for refreshments, prizes, and awards.


By Dr. Derek Conte traditional treatments. Can’t shake hands or grasp a can of Treatments typically done for epicongreens without pain in your elbow? You dylitis include: Rest, Ice, Compression, may have a condition called, medial or and Elevation (RICE); Heat, Aqua therlateral epicondylitis, meaning inflammaapy, Compression bands, Non-Steroidals tion of the forearm tendons that connect like Ibuprofen, Steroids (if the case has to the elbow and the bursae below lingered and conservative treatthem. Its onset is usually after ments have been fruitless; Tendondoing activities you haven’t done release surgery may be done if all in a while, like playing tennis or else fails. The treatment that isn’t golf, throwing a ball or swinging as common, but very effective, is a hammer, causing a strain/sprain specific manual release or trigger injury in the forearm flexor/extenpoint therapy aimed at relaxing the sor muscles and tendons that attach tight muscles, which in turn relaxes them to the epicondylar bones of the tendons, which then relieves the elbow. A single, strong and Dr. Derek Conte the pressure on the bursae. It just sudden effort of the arm can cause makes sense to do this first (find it as well. It can be very painful and hang a good massage therapist that knows the around for months, even if treated, and anatomy well). Electrical Stimulation can inhibit many activities weakening the arm be added to relax the muscles and relieve as a result of disuse. pain, and Ultrasound seems to work very The flexor and extensor muscles of well to heal the area more rapidly. the forearm are anchored at each end by From a chiropractic view, it is postendons which attach to the epicondyles sible that small misalignments of the wrist, of the elbow and to the carpal bones on elbow, shoulder, acromioclavicular (AC) either side of the wrist. When the muscles and sternoclavicular (SC) joints alter natare shortened on command by the brain, ural motions in the arm and contribute to the wrist will flex or extend as instructed. this type of injury. So getting an evaluation When the muscles and tendons work much is worthwhile. Sometimes, epicondlylitis harder than usual, they tighten and tend is self-limiting, but why wait months or to stay that way, exerting more pressure longer before you return to the activities than usual on the bursa below (which acts you love. Get help now. as a sort of Teflon furniture glide for the Dr. Derek Conte is co-founder of Chitendons’ smooth movement) and in turn ropractic Specialists on Concord Rd. in inflaming the bursa as well. This is a comSmyrna. For questions, call: 404-784-6008 plex of irritations we have here and I don’t or visit Facebook: Chiropractor Smyrna see all of the problems being addressed in Ga | Derek Conte DC

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Corporal Kenneth (“KB”) Owens with the Smyrna Police Department “Smyrna Auction for Heroes” featured public safety officer of the month. Cpl. Owens turned to the police force after a stint with the Marines in the first Desert Storm. During his time as a Marine, he felt he had “a mission to do.” Police work struck him as incorporating a similar kind of mission. Although he admits the phrase is a cliché, he believes he “made a difference” with the Marines, and he carried that sense of mission to the SPD. A strong work ethic drives his commitment. “You take care of your responsibilities,” he reports, and “work to make things better.” Owens is a Corporal in the Traffic Division with 15 years of service, 10 in Smyrna. “I come to work every day,” he says, “to take a bad person off the road, so the good people are safer.” Even after 15 years on the job, Owens sees “every day as an adventure” and wants to be in the middle of each one. “You’re not going to get rich,” he adds, “but you make a difference by helping people out.” In order to deal with the stress of his job, Owens runs, camps, hunts, and engages in all manner of sports. He enjoys the peace and solitude of some of these activities and the refreshed feeling he gets after exerting energy with the others. But more than just relaxation or venting energy drives his pursuits. “I want to be fit,” he says, “because people depend on me.” Owens is appreciative of the support he and the Department receive from both Smyrna citizens and the SPSF. “There’s community support for us,” he says, “and people willing to assist us even in hard economic times.” He is grateful for the many programs and services funded by the SPSF. About the Smyrna Auction for Heroes Gala 9/10/11, he says, “Anything generated to help out public safety is a major plus for us and the community.” The Smyrna Auction for Heroes Gala will be held Sept. 10 at 6 p.m. at the historic

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postmarked no later than August 24. The exhibit runs from Oct. 12 through Nov. 17. There will be an Artist’s reception Oct. 15 from 5 to 7:00. To download the prospectus and complete information please go to our website at For additional information contact: Nikki Davidson Event Coordinator at 678-429 9055 Lynne Byers Secretary at 770-445 4338 Shannon Davidson for online submission questions at 678-429 8862.

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Jesus and You … A Relationship Made In Heaven

True Christianity is not a religion. It is a close and personal relationship with the Almighty Creator God of the Universe, the God that is, the God who calls himself simply, “I Am,” the God who knows each of us be�er than we know ourselves. This relationship is the answer to the mess sinful mankind has made of the world; an environmental, economic and social mess that some would like to blame on the Creator, but which honest minds will acknowledge has been caused by the creature. To learn more, read the Bible. You might start with Psalms in the Old Testament and John and Hebrews in the New Testament. And Go to Church. The church sponsoring this ad is Smyrna Presbyterian located on Atlanta Road in Smyrna. Come join us this Sunday. Bring this ad and receive a copy of the New Testament and Bible study aids.

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ADMIRAL SPEAKS AT NAVY LEAGUE Rear Admiral William D. Baumgartner, Commander of the Coast Guard’s 7th District, Miami, will be the keynote speaker at the Atlanta Metropolitan Council, Navy League Dinner on August 9th at the Olive Garden Restaurant, Smyrna. As District Commander, RADM Baumgartner is responsible for all Coast Guard operations in the Southeast United States and the Caribbean Basin including Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and over 15,000 miles of coastline including nearby Lake Lanier and Lake Allatoona. In addition, the Seventh District shares operational borders with 34 Foreign Nations and Territories. The Atlanta Metropolitan

Council, Navy League supports the Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and Merchant Marines, providing community education programs on our nation’s need for seapower and hosting numerous area Naval ROTC, JROTC and Naval Sea Cadet programs. All are welcome to attend this no-host event at the Olive Garden, 2467 Cobb Parkway, Smyrna. Social Hour 6:00PM, Dinner 7:00PM. Please RSVP Frank Campbell, Atlanta Metro Council, NLUS (678) 2342310 or The September issue of The Bright Side will be published September 5, 2011 Deadline: August 23, 2011

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Zach Leonhardi is a typical 10 yearold-kid living in Smyrna. He will be in 5th grade at Teasley Elementary School this fall. He loves to play video games, listening to his IPod, likes to pick on his sister, Kaleigh and dreads doing homework. It is Zach’s dream to become a professional driver in NASCAR someday. When Zach was four years old he told his parents he wanted to be a racecar driver. At age five, he began racing go-karts on a dirt track in Chatsworth, Ga. He chose the #24 for his racecar after his favorite driver in NASCAR, Jeff Gordon. In 2009 he set the fastest lap track record at Dawgwood Speedway in the Beginner Purple class with a 14.00 lap and in Rookie Boxstock with a 13.49 second lap. In 2010, Zach moved to Bandolero car racing. The Bandolero Car is a turnkey, spec-series racecar designed for drivers as young as eight years old. It is a combination of a kart and a car and can reach speeds over 70 mph. Zach races on the quartermile track at Atlanta Motor Speedway during the Thursday Thunder and Winter Flurry series. Some of Zach’s sponsors include NAPA Auto Parts, Castrol, Martin Senior Paints, and Smyrna’s own Artcraft Collision Center. He is also involved with Speedway Children’s Charities and makes appearances

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People of all ages are invited to join the Cobb County Public Library System for its “Library Island” Celebration Saturday, Aug. 13 at the Central Library. The celebration will be held from 10 a.m. to noon and will include activities for all ages. The event is free. This annual celebration marks the end of the Summer Reading Program, which is the library’s initiative to engage all Cobb County residents in reading and literacy-related activities during the summer months. “We’re excited to be able to offer this event for families,” said event coordinator and associate director Jill Tempest. “There’s no better way to celebrate reading than with a fun island-themed party.”


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(A full version of our calendar for Smyrna/ Vinings and Mableton/Austell is available on our website: AUGUST 6: SMYRNA BIRTHDAY PARTY. The City of Smyrna hosts its annual Birthday Party, celebrating 139 years, on Saturday, Aug. 6 from 6 to 10 p.m. on the Village Green with music, fun and fireworks. ••• 13: UPWARD FLAG FOOTBALL AND CHEERLEADING: First Baptist Church of Smyrna offers an exciting flag football and cheerleading league for children and youth where Every Child is a Winner. Registration is open for the 2011 Upward Flag Football and Cheerleading league. Evaluations are Saturday, August 6 and August 13 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the FBC Smyrna Athletic Field. Practices start Monday, August 22, and league play on Saturday, September 10. Early registration is $100. To register, go to For more information visit the church office at 1275 Church Street, Smyrna, or call 770-435-3231. ••• 11: COBB SUPERINTENDENT Dr. Michael Hinojosa will be guest speaker at the first meeting of the Cobb Marietta Retired Educators Association Thursday, Aug. 11th at 11:30 in the Freeman Poole Multipurpose Center, 4025 South Hurt Road, Smyrna. Lunch will be provided by Mother’s Finest at a cost of $9 per person. Email to make a reservation. More information about this organization can be found at SEPTEMBER 1: SMYRNA BUSINESS ASSOCIATON: lunch meetings at 11:45 a.m. at the Smyrna Community Center, 11:45 p.m.Speaker Cobb School Superintendent Dr. Michael Hinojosa. Register at ••• 6: VININGS BUSINESS ASSOCIATON: 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! Speakers is Kevin Hanville, author and national speaker, “Change or Go Broke” ••• 10: “HEROES” the 2nd Annual Auction for Heroes Gala on Saturday, September 10 at Brawner Hall, Atlanta Road in Smyrna. ••• 17: TASTE OF SMYRNA “Festival of Delectable.” You will be able to sample all Smyrna restaurants have to offer on Saturday Sept. 17 from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. on the Village Green and Market Village in downtown Smyrna. Free admission! Samples from $1 up to $4. For more information contact Bill Watson or Matt Eyrich at JRM Management Services, Inc. at 770-4231330 or ••• 22: NORTH GEORGIA STATE FAIR. Sept. 22, through Sunday, October 2. OCTOBER 18: SENIOR ADULT CELEBRATION 2011 at First Baptist Church Smyrna on October 18. For registration form visit our web site at 222. and click on News & Events at the top of the page. Mail form with registra-

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tion fee to First Baptist Church Smyrna, 1275 Church St SE, Smyrna, no later than October 1. ••• WEEKLY EVENTS BOY SCOUT TROOP 61 meets every Monday night at 7:30pm in the Troop Lodge at Bethany Methodist Church at the intersection of Hurt and Hicks Roads. Cub Pack 61 meets Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. in the Bethany Gym. ••• BOY SCOUT TROOP ONE meets every Tuesday at 7 p.m. New Scouts Welcome! 2845 Log Cabin Drive, Smyrna (off Atlanta Road). ••• SMYRNA BOY SCOUT Troop 11 meets at 7 p.m. every Monday evening at Smyrna First United Methodist Church. New Scouts are welcome! Please visit our website:



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••• BOY SCOUT TROOP 88 meets 7 to 9 p.m. every Tuesday in the Troop scout hut adjacent to the Smyrna First Baptist athletic field on Church St. in Smyrna. See our web site for more information ••• PACES FERRY FARMER’S MARKET continues each Wednesday and Friday from 1 ‘til dusk. Fresh produce, homemade goodies, including Noemi’s great tamales, are available. The market is located at Cumberland United Methodist Church, 2375 Paces Ferry Road near Home Depot Headquarters. For more information, please contact the church office at 770436-7514. ••• SMYRNA PRODUCE MARKET – The Smyrna Fresh Market is open every Saturday from 80 a.m. until noon at the Smyrna First Baptist parking lot on King Street. Local fresh seasonal produce, including tomatoes, as well as honey, baked goods, salsa, spices, pickles, soaps, dog treats and beautiful plants are waiting for you. ••• FARMER’S MARKET. St Benedict Farmers Atlanta Road Market is open each Tuesday from 4 p.m. -8 p.m. ••• 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, Smyrna Community Center ••• KIWANIS CLUB OF SMYRNA now meets at

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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 OPTIMIST: 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: ••• VININGS ROTARY: 12:15 p.m. Wednesday, Vinings Club, Overlook III, 2859 Paces Ferry Road. ••• THE GALLERIA WORLDSPAN Wings

day 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. ••• BLIND & LOW VISION 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 ••• CANCER SUPPORT GROUP, The Star Group To help patients and their families feel more hopeful and less alone through the mua-Vinings tual 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 man Please call 770-732-3780 to RSVP. ••• CCC MOPS is a non-profit support group for Mothers of Preschoolers and infants which Toastmasters Club Tuesdays 12 to 1 p.m., meets the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month Building 300, main conference room. at 9:30 a.m. at the Cumberland Community Church in Smyrna. Please visit www.cumberMONTHLY OR MORE for more information. ALZHEIMER’S & DEMENTIA Caregiv••• ers Support Group- free 3rd Thursday of each CUMBERLAND VININGS OPTIMIST month- 6:30 p.m. 4005 S. Cobb Drive. Smyrna, CLUB: Meeting for breakfast the 2nd WednesIt is facilitated by a local physician. Call 770day of each month at the Vinings Club, 2859 431-7055 or email woodlandridge@caravita. Paces Ferry Road NW com for details. ••• ••• HUMANISTS OF GEORGIA. Monthly meetAMERICAN LEGION, Post 160 Membership ing is every third Sunday at 12:30 p.m. HGA Meeting at 7:30 p.m. every 3rd Tuesday and meets at the Atlanta Freethought Hall 4775 N serves breakfast from 8:am to 11a.m. on the 2nd Church Lane, Smyrna. 770-432-9599. www. Saturday of each month and the AMERICAN LEGION AUXILIARY, Unit 160 Membership ••• Meeting at 7:30 p.m. every 3rd Tuesday each JONQUIL GARDEN CLUB meets Prmrs_64004_5 x 6.5 - Summer 11THE Ad #1257 month. SONS OF THE AMERICAN LEGION, Continued on Page 12 THIS AD CAN NOT BE EDITED Squadron 160 meets at 7 p.m. on the first Tues-

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Hello, baby. This is one lucky kid. She may not know it yet, but WellStar is one of the region’s best places to be born. At WellStar, she can stay in the same room with her mom – from her very first minutes until she’s ready to go home. And if she needs extra special attention, she’ll have the neonatal intensive care units at WellStar Cobb and Kennestone Hospitals. From the moment her family came to WellStar, she was in good hands. Her mom took classes at one of the world’s largest Lamaze programs. No wonder nearly 12,000 of her new friends will be born this year at WellStar Cobb, Douglas and Kennestone hospitals. Want to say “hello” to WellStar? Call 770-956-STAR to find a physician or schedule a tour of our birthing centers.

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every 4th Tuesday at the library in downtown Smyrna at 10:30 a.m. Anyone interested in gardening, floral and landscape design is welcome to attend. For further information, you may contact Marilynn Parker at 770-949-6640. ••• 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 for more. Smyrna-West chapter includes zip code 30082. Please visit for more. Smyrna/ViningsWest chapter includes zip code 30082 in the Nickajack & Russell school district. Please email momsclubofsmyrnaviningswest@yahoo. com for more 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. ••• NEWCOMERS OF COBB COUNTY. We meet each month on the third Tuesday 10 a.m. for our general meeting. Locations vary throughout the summer months. Please call for details! 770-234-5068 or Email: newcomersof Those new to Cobb County, or just looking for new friends and activities, are invited to join in. ••• SMYRNA BUSINESS ASSOCIATON: lunch meetings the first Thursday of each month at the Smyrna Community Center, 11:45 p.m. ••• 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. ••• VININGS VILLAGE CIVIC CLUB meets the first Monday of each month September through June at 7 p.m. at various locations around Vinings. For further information, e-mail us at or visit our new website: Members and Guests are welcome. ••• E-mail your organization’s calendar news to Deadline for the SEPTEMBER issue is AUGUST 23 deadline with publication the week of SEPTEMBER 5. Calendar items are accepted from civic groups, non-profits, schools and church organizations and run as space is available. Due to the increasing number of calendar listings, please keep announcements brief. Do NOT send calendar announcements in flyer format. For more information about submitting calendar items or other news, contact us at 770-426-9388 or by e-mail to Find updated calendar items on our website at www.

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EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES; NO EXTRA STRESS By Tina Mabey Back to school! It’s that time of the year again! I have actually seen moms jumping for joy as the school bus pulls away with their beloved children aboard. Despite the celebration and cheers, we want the best for our children and believe that kids need more than just school. On that note, let’s talk about extracurricular activities that will enhance the cultural, intellectual, and athletic aspects of our children. How many times have you heard parents interjecting and offering their advice based on their own life experiences, and maybe you are guilty of this yourself! ‘When I was your age, I played this sport!’ or ‘Every kid should learn how to play the piano, my mother forced me to play for 5 years!’ The problem with this is that sometimes we are not focusing on the individuality and strengths of our child. In order for your child to be successful and stick with it, you want to involve your child in an activity that they enjoy. Keep in mind that they are spending 7 hours in school, plus homework on top of that. To involve them in an activity that they do not enjoy could be draining emotionally and physically, some children cannot or will not verbalize this sense of frustration. As parents, we have a good idea of the strengths or weaknesses in our children. This is important in order to help guide them and encourage the right activity for them. Most schools offer great choices, but just know that there are outside options that may be a great fit as well. Buckhead Gymnastics offers all levels of tumbling from beginner to competi-

tive gymnastics. Upward Sports is always a family friendly environment that shares good values with seasonal sports. There are lots of children that are not so athletically inclined, so what about Fencing or Martial Arts? They are still learning the sense of respect, self esteem, and muscle tone without being tackled or hit with a ball or a stick. Intellectually and culturally, there are

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Sunday Beer & BBQ many options like Mathnasium, where your child can brush up and learn math in a way that they may understand better or enhance the math skills that they have. It is a program that is created just for your individual child. Another thinking based activity is Chess. Chess 2 Children works with schools and has individual and group lessons. Art a la Carte offers art classes for children. Vinings Academy will be offering foreign languages such as Spanish and French. One place to keep your eyes out for is the Music Studio of Vinings. Starting September 1st, they will be offering group and private music lessons, located off of Atlanta Road in Smyrna.


It’s back to school time at Campbell High School. Returning students at Campbell High School will be attending “Cruise to Success” Aug. 9 at the school. This is an opportunity for 10-12th graders and retained ninth graders To receive updated student schedules, purchase student parking passes, pay fines, fees, class dues, and yearbook, and take school pictures The schedule includes: Seniors - 8:309:30 a.m.; Juniors and Retained Ninth Graders - 9:30-10:30 a.m.; Sophomores - 11 a.m. – noon in the Cafeteria at Campbell High School. Please bring your checkbook in order to make the necessary payments. Families can

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refer to the Campbell High School website for more details regarding services offered this day and about potential expenses. On Thursday, Aug. 11 the school will hold Freshman and New Student Orientation for all incoming ninth graders and new students to Campbell. This is a student-led orientation intended to help new students have a smooth transition to Campbell High School, receive class schedules and lockers, sign-up for clubs and activities. The Student program is 8:30 11:45 a.m. Sign-in table opens at 8 a.m. It will be held in the Campbell High School Cafeteria. For questions or help: Refer to the Campbell High School Website:, or call 678842-6850, Ext. 301.

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We love kids! That’s why SundayThursday from 5-6pm, children 12 and under eat free from the kids menu (with the purchase of an adult entree at the regular price).* Price does not include tax or gratuity. Please base gratuity on prediscounted total. Cannot be combined with any other offer. One child eats free per one adult entree purchased.


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Sept. 6 - Raising Children of Resilience & Character Sept. 13 - The Importance of Play in the Life of a Child Sept. 20 - The Importance of Spirituality in the Life of a Child - a Spiritual and Multi-Family Perspective


The Vinings Village Civic Club recently donated a beautiful antique, standing full length mirror to be used in the bedroom of the Pace House. “The mirror’s beautiful simplicity is very appropriate to the era and style of the Pace House,” said Anita Shippen, Vinings Historic Preservation Society Vice-President and Pace House Chair. The Civic Club donated the mirror in honor of Mary Ann (M. A.) Sikes, who was President of the Society during the time the Society was striving to receive recognition for the Pace House on the National Register of Historic Places. The mirror was presented to the Historic Society at the Pace House Gala held in May to celebrate the house’s designation and honor Mary Ann Sikes. From left are Betty Smith, President of Vinings Village Civic Club, Mary Ann (M. A.) Sikes, Karen DeRuyter, President of Vinings Historic Preservation Society.

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SENIOR CENTER NEWS Wolfe Center Activities The Wolfe Adult Recreation Center and Therapy Pool, 884 Church St, 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. 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 Wolfe Adult Recreation Center not only provides physical activities for its members but also provides several social opportunities throughout the month. The following activities are planned for August: Aug. 11 - AARP Safe Driving Class, 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Aug. 22 - Body Composition Testing, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Aug. 23 - Photoshop Class, 9 – 11 a.m. Aug. 24 -Blood Pressure and Glucose Screening, 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. Aug. 29 - Herb Talk, 11 a.m. Aug. 30 - Movie and Popcorn, 3:15 p.m. Aug. 31 - Lunch and a Movie, bus leaves at 11 a.m. September activities will include: Coffee and Canvas Paint Class, Carry In Lunch, Movie and Popcorn, and many

more great programs and trips. 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. 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, Aug. 8: Dear John, 1 p.m. Cost: $1/ $2 Non-resident; Ticket required. Treat Yourself Tuesday -- 2nd Tuesday of the Month, Tuesday, Aug. 9: Italian Kitchen E-W Connector, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Cost: On your own; Registration required. Preventing Health Care and Community Acquired Infections - Tuesday Aug. 9, 1 p.m. Free; Registration required. Safe Care Campaign has been featured in national media. Positive Aging -- Thursday, Aug. 11, 1 p.m. Free; Registration required, Get a positive perspective for living the rest of your life with meaning and passion. Using humor and specific exercises, you will gain a whole new perspective on positive living while aging. Bunco -- Wednesday, Aug. 17, 1 – 3 p.m. Free. Crochet by Numbers - Thursday, Aug. 18, 1 p.m. Free; Registration Required. Learn how to turn a personal picture into a portrait of fiber via crochet


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Fortis College, Atlanta President Bill Armour, center, is joined by Director of Dental Hygiene Dr. Donna Solovan-Gleason, left, and Director of Dental Assisting Terroll Farries during a ribbon cutting to formally celebrate the Smyrna campus’ transition from Medix School. The Fortis campus was celebrating its recent transition from Medix School and as well as the facility’s newly renovated dental and HVACR/welding labs. “We are proud to partner with the Smyrna community by providing area residents a strong learning environment that has been enhanced by newly refurbished laboratories and a focus on technology,” Armour said.


November 8, 2011 Mayor of Smyrna

Campbell Middle School has been approved as an International Baccalaureate school. The International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme is a framework for instruction where students are taught both the state required standards as well as standards that integrate curriculum from a multi disciplinary approach to develop an inquiry mind set to learning. The IB standards are common to all IB MYP schools world wide. “Campbell Middle School’s certification as an IB school is the result of a process in which staff were trained, and the school curriculum and instruction was aligned to these world class standards,” said Principal Gail Johnson. All students attending Campbell Middle School participate in the International Baccalaureate Programme, a highlight of which is taking a foreign language class each day for each middle school year. In addition, students will develop and explore a learning project that culminates their IB learning stan-

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Continued from Page 1 and teacher participates in,” she said. In addition to teaching the Georgia standards, “they get a world perspective and get out of their traditional view.” All students will take French classes daily as a part of the IB program. “We have hired an entire French department,” she said. “Students can pick up a second or third language.” Ms. Johnson spent five years as an assistant principal at Osborne. She is originally from Philadelphia and is a graduate of Temple University. Campbell Middle is expecting 1,200 students to begin classes this month. “We are a community school committed to the success of every child,” she said. Campbell Middle is also adopting Standard Student Dress, after a year-long review of the program.

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Campbell High School Band program is getting ready for a new season. It is led by, from left, Zac Codgill, Jeanne Kolter, Kirk Stroud and Steven Wallace.

NEW CAMPBELL BAND DIRECTOR TAKES OVER Campbell High School starts the school year with a new band director who has a challenge to the students and the community. Zachary Codgill, the music man who took the South Cobb High Band to the presidential inaugural parade in 2009, has been named Director of Bands at Campbell. While there are some 175 students in the music program -- not including chorus - the Marching Spartans only field about 50 musicians on the football field at halftime. Codgill has plans to grow that number. “I see a new energy and spirit behind the Campbell bands,” Codgill said. “We want to modernize and overhaul the band, partly by bringing the booster club in on a larger scale.” Working with him are two assistants, Kirk Stroud, Associate Director of Bands, and Steven Walker, Director of Percussion Studies. Jeanne Kolter is Department of Bands Secretary. The Band Boosters are led by Joanna Collins, President; Matt Teli, Kim Waters, and Leslie Moore, vice presidents; Sonya Gallman, Secretary; and Melissa Mikulka, Treasurer. The curriculum has three bands -Freshman, Concert and Symphonic -- while the marching band is extracurricular. Codgill and the Boosters have set a $100,000 fundraising goal, “Bucks for the Band.” The funds will be for capitol expenses like new uniforms, trailer for transporting the band to games and competitions, and an instructional tower for evaluating student rehearsal and performance. The community can donate on the web-site ( and all donations are

tax deductible. “The band’s current uniforms are entering their 11th season and are now over a decade old,” Codgill said. “The band does not have a trailer to transport their instruments or equipment. There is also no instructional tower for directors to evaluate student performance. “ The band program is developing relationships with area businesses known as “Friends of Campbell Bands.” Stevi B’s on East-West Connector in Smyrna is our first “Friend.” They will be feeding the marching band prior to all Friday night football games. The Department of Bands will be starting a winter guard program to provide training to the color guard students during the off-season. The Campbell High School Department of Bands offers three concert bands throughout the school year. Percussion students are divided into two separate percussion classes to allow for specialized instruction. The concert band and percussion program consists of four years of study. The Campbell High School Marching Spartan Band is one of the oldest marching bands in the South. It will debut its 2011 show “Journey to Jupiter” as one of the nation’s most innovative and modern marching band programs. The show title reflects the band’s journey into a new generation of leadership, attitude, and achievement and considers the current impossibilities facing our band and our world as achievable realities. . The Campbell Spartan Marching Band will perform its preview show on Friday, August 6 at 6 p.m. at the school’s stadium.

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The Band Perry, one of country music’s most exciting new acts, will perform at the North Georgia SFair Sep. 29. Contact Denise Serkedakis at 770-431-5019

NORTH GEORGIA FAIR CONCERTS ANNOUNCED The 79th annual North Georgia State Fair is coming to town Sept. 22, through Oct. 2, at Jim R. Miller Park in Marietta. Attracting nearly 300,000 people from throughout metro Atlanta, North Georgia and surrounding states, the North Georgia State Fair is the largest fair in metro Atlanta and the second largest in Georgia. The Georgia Lottery Concert Series for the 2011 North Georgia State Fair under the covered arena includes: Colt Ford - Friday, Sept. 23 at 8 p.m. Josh Kelley - Saturday, Sept. 24, 8 p.m. Chris Young - Wednesday, Sept. 28 at 8 p.m. The Band Perry - Thursday, Sept. 29 at 8 p.m. Big Daddy Weave - Friday, Sept. 30 at 8 p.m. Mark Wills - Saturday, Oct. 1 at 8 p.m. Colt Ford is a walking, talking, 300 pound celebration of country music and country living. Not only is Colt Ford considered one of the most fan-friendly performers in the business, this Georgia boy is also one of the hardest working and most entertaining. Josh Kelley’s first country music single, Top 10 hit, “Georgia Clay” is a sentimental tribute to his Georgia childhood. Josh is also more widely known for his Top 5 hit “Amazing”, and his music has been featured on numerous television shows. Chris Young’s star continues to rise. He is following up three consecutive #1 singles with his fastest rising single to date “Tomorrow”.

The Band Perry is one of country music’s most exciting new acts. The Academy of Country Music’s reigning Top New Artist and CMT’s Breakthrough Artist of the year is following up their first number one hit, “If I Die Young”, with “You Lie”; another clever and infectious tune currently in the Top 10. Big Daddy Weave is at the height of their creativity. This Dove-nominated band continues to inspire, celebrate, and praise like few others. Songs like “Let It Rise”, “Every Time I Breath”, and “Without You” remind us why Big Daddy Weave is one of our favorite Contemporary Christian groups. Mark Wills latest single “Looking for America” reminds us why we love this Georgia boy. With hits like “Jacob’s Ladder”, “19 something”, “Don’t Laugh at Me”, and “I Do (cherish you)”, Mark is a talent not to be missed. For information, call (770) 423-1330 or (770) 528-8989 after September 5 and visit or

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NOTES & NOTICES YARD/ ESTATE SALES CHILDREN’S CONSIGNMENT SALE Come visit us at Fall/Winter 2011 Children’s Consignment Sale at Smyrna First United Methodist Church, (Intersection of Atlanta Rd. & Concord Rd.), Friday, September 16 from 9:30 a.m. – 8 p.m. (NO STROLLERS PLEASE 9:30-11a.m. on Friday only) Saturday, September 17 from 9 a.m. – Noon. Save BIG $$$ on children’s clothes, coats, toys, baby needs & equipment, books, sporting goods & much more! Many items ½ price on Saturday! Visit us at

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