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JAY WALLACE IS SMYRNA CITIZEN OF THE YEAR

Jay Wallace, the owner of several and planning committee. He is also a genSmyrna businesses, has been named the erous contributor to the Center for Family 2012 Smyrna Citizen of the Year. Resources and a supporter of Trout Unlimited, Ducks Unlimited, He was presented the Buckmasters, Safari Club honor and a Lillie Glass International, the Ameritrophy at the Smyrna Area can Cancer Society, Must Council breakfast meeting Ministries and Operation on Nov. 8. One Voice. Wallace has been “We have enjoyed an active member in the doing business in Smyrna community for 35 Smyrna, Wallace said. “I years. He is the president am truly humbled by this and owner of Adventure award.” Outdoors and Smyrna Wallace’s profesPolice Distributors, a sional involvements sporting goods retailer and include the National police supply wholesaler. Shooting Sports FoundaOver the past two years tion, Performance 20, Inc, Wallace has revitalized a the National Rifle Asso60,000-square-foot vacant ciation, National Pawn retail building on South Brokers Association and Cobb Drive and relocated the Georgia Police Chiefs his business while expanding his operation. Association. Wallace was nomiSome past winners nated by Robert Chase of include, Ryan Byers, Jay Wallace BB&T for his civic contriWarren Stubbs, Col. James butions and for his investDavis, Kehl Arnson, ment in Smyrna. Wallace is on the City of Arthur Crow, Jr., Mayor Max Bacon, Liz Smyrna sign committee and the zoning Davis and Lillie and Pete Wood.

SANTA COMES TO SMYRNA

Optimist photographer Sam Forrest takes photos of children with Santa at the Smyrna “Home for the Holidays” Festival and Christmas Tree lighting in November. The City of Smyrna and the Smyrna Optimist Club will welcome Santa again this year on: Dec. 1, 2, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Santa will be at Aunt Fanny’s cabin on Atlanta Road across from Downtown Smyrna Village. Choral groups from Smyrna area schools presented music during the festival. Below left, Sanders Elementary students sing; below right, ‘Blitzen’ and the Brown Elementary Chorus entertain the crowd.

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KEEP SMYRNA BEAUTIFUL WINS 2 AWARDS

Keep Smyrna Beautiful won top state honors at the 34th Annual Keep Georgia Beautiful Awards Luncheon in November held at the Emory Conference Center Hotel. The annual program honors individuals and organizations working to improve Georgia’s environment. The 2012 Affiliate Award was given to Keep Smyrna Beautiful for its comprehensive environmental impact organizing programs supporting litter prevention, beautification and community improvement, waste reduction and recycling. Volunteers champion the organization’s efforts under the leadership of the Keep Smyrna Beautiful Board of Directors and City of Smyrna KSB Director Ann Kirk and Assistant Director Virginia Davis. Keep Smyrna Beautiful, Inc. also received the 2012 Litter Prevention award for its work in coordinating efforts for Keep America Beautiful’s “LitteringIsWrongToo.org” campaign as well as sustainable programs such as Adopt-a-Mile, Adopt-aStream, Adopt-a-Trail, litter-free events at City sponsored festivals and concerts, and participation in the Rivers Alive event.

CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING AT VININGS JUBILEE

Vinings Jubilee kicked off the season with is annual Christmas Tree Lighting with music and fun at the Tower Stage. Take a break from shopping as the Jubilee offers free horse drawn sleigh rides Friday, Dec. 7 and 14 from 5 to 8 p.m.


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By Cathy Shattles Lipsett Editor/Publisher It was our third Christmas as a married couple and Allan and I were first time home owners, comfortably settled in our remodeled craftsman-style house in College Park. As Christmas day drew near, however, we were not in a particularly festive mood. It was an unusual holiday with few decorations in the house and no tree. Allan was living during the week in Warner Robins where he had just started a job as news editor at the daily paper and I was completing my job as assistant editor of Presbyterian Survey Magazine and trying to sell our much loved home of less than a year. On Christmas Eve, Allan returned home, looked at the undecorated house and went out, returning with a scrawny little tree that had been abandoned at one of the neighborhood Christmas tree lots. Like the scene in a Charlie Brown Christmas, we decorated that ugly tree with the ornaments saved from our two previous Christmases. As we decorated, our spirits were uplifted and the house glowed with the lights of the season. We could have had a meaningful Christmas without the tree, but from our childhood, the tree has become a symbol, a tradition of the season. Each year we bring out the ornaments that have been collected during our 40 years of marriage. These ornaments tell our story, providing a timeline of Christmas past and a bridge to Christmas yet to come. We still have the red and gold ornaments from our first Christmas when I wanted an artistic tree, all red and gold. That idea didn’t last long, as we added decorations that didn’t fit the theme. We have my prized “Silent Night” ornament brought from my parent’s home and the handmade ornaments crafted by Allan’s dad. There are small angels and bells, cats, Nutcrackers and even a CocaCola Polar Bear. Each ornament is a part our Christmas story. Some of our special ornaments have been passed along to our now grown children for their trees. Many more treasured ornaments remain, however, and I look forward to explaining their history to our granddaughters when they are older. In 2005, the year we started The Bright Side Smyrna/Vinings, we added an orna-

ment purchased in the quaint seaside town of Kinsale, during that summer’s Marietta First Presbyterian Church choir trip to Ireland. The white ball, adorned with green shamrocks, is a physical reminder of that special trip. More importantly, however, it continues to remind us that Christmas is not just an American holiday, but rather a celebration for Christians worldwide. As we decorate with lights and ornaments and my prized Angel atop the tree, we remember not just the trees but the memories of Christmas past. Our decorations may not be spectacular, but they define the season. The Christmas tree, the wreaths on the windows, the Nativity, and the Advent candles transform our home from the everyday to the holiday. With our decorations, we proclaim Christmas has arrived. Once a year we have a visual that Christmas has arrived. And we know that even when the decorations have been boxed up and put away, the spirit of Christmas will continue to live within us throughout the year.

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UNFREEZING FROZEN SHOULDER

By Dr. Derek Conte giving an almost unlimited range of motion The Mayo Clinic website defines “frozen to pull, push, rotate and perform very comshoulder” (adhesive capsulitis) as “stiffness plex tasks like throwing a baseball, but it and pain in the shoulder joint that worsens must also be strong enough and taut enough over time and then resolves after two years. to perform on the still rings in gymnastics. The cause is unknown, but it seems to be The shoulder joint is a shallow ball-in-socket more frequent in people who’ve had a trauma joint. It is shallower than the hip joint and or procedure that affected the mobility of the thus has more flexibility but comes with the arm, such as stroke, mastectomy, trade-off of being less stable. Look fracture, diabetes, cardiovascular at the illustrations and note the shaldisease and Parkinson’s, among lowness of the glenohumeral joint others. Treatments may include and the ligaments and seven major stretching, corticosteroid or numbmuscles that stabilize and move the ing injections into the joint capsule. joint. The ligaments and muscles act Surgery may be needed to loosen like very taut rubber bands to keep the joint capsule to allow free the surfaces of the joint closely held, movement or ‘manipulation under but still permit proper movement. If anesthesia’, so the patient feels no the rubber bands become slack, the pain but can cause bone fractures Dr. Derek Conte joint becomes unstable and can dete(when literally forcing the joint to riorate or even its limits). Alternative medicine treatments dislocate. If, on include acupuncture and electrical stimulathe other hand, tion to nerve pathways (there is no mention the rubber of how chiropractic can help, but I will get to bands hold the that).” That’s certainly a mouthful, but there joint too tight, is, I think, a better way. there will be First, we a significant must examine loss of range of the shoulder motion and the anatomy to pressure in the joint will cause inflammation understand and a great deal of pain. So how might chirowhere the practic help this situation? tightness and All muscles and ligaments in the body inflammation get their cues for how tight they should be occur and why. from the nerves The shoulder joint is a remarkable thing, as signaled by the brain. The ‘MURDER GOES SOUTH’ nerves controlling these RETURNS IN JANUARY muscles and ligaments arise Murder Goes South... a Festival of from the lower Readers and Writers of the Southern Myspart of the neck tery will return in January. and the upper back. If there is a restriction or In past years, The Friends of Smyrna misalignment in this area, the nerve irritation Library has presented entertaining and would produce much tighter muscles in the informative programs that has pleased and shoulder girdle and thus a loss of free moveexcited lovers of the mystery genre. This ment and a lot of pain. If you have pain or year’s events includes a line-up of local restriction in this area, your frozen shoulder mystery writers discussing topics that are might be helped by a chiropractor. A chirosure to please even the most avid mystery practic adjustment is intended to remove such buff. nerve irritation and would relax the muscles The day-long event will be at the and ligaments. I have had patients who after Smyrna Community Center on Saturday months of physical therapy, with no success, Jan. 26, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Lunch be relieved in one or two visits and get all is Provided. Tickets are $30. their shoulder movement back. Chemical or Ever wonder what goes on behind surgical intervention should be explored only that yellow “crime Scene” tape? Or just after all else fails. See you chiropractor for an how does your favorite author come up examination. with such tantalizing stories that keep you Dr. Derek Conte is co-founder of Chiturning the pages? Come to Murder Goes ropractic Specialists at 1154 Concord Rd. in South and discover a whole new wonderful Smyrna. For questions, call: 404-784-6008. Please visit: drderekconte.com for more world of mystery. including photos and articles. Register at murdergoessouth.com.

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NEVER GOING TO RETIRE

By Robert Meyring in a foggy haze; if I can help it, I won’t. Recently I came to the conclusion that I Helping others with legal issues gives am never going to retire. This is not a politime gratification, meaning and purpose; cal statement about the state of Social Secuthree elements I need and have demanded rity, rather it’s mainly because I love in my daily work for 20 years. I’ve my work, office and practice. Why had many jobs, but to me, practicwould I want to stop? ing law is like a fish breathing in Another reason is because the water: seems natural to me, like attorney that has, and continues to, I’m inclined toward lawyering, or inspire me most was in post-retiremaybe called to it. Whether the reament age, in his 58th year of practice sons I practice law are existential when I met him. Now he is over 80 or theological does not matter and years old and he is still practicing aren’t much discussed. What matlaw and still loving the work he does ters is that people and families and every day. I cannot imagine where Robert Meyring businesses are better off after having I’d be in my career if my mentor did engaged my Firm’s services. not take me under his wing in his Robert S. Meyring, is a Vinings attorney. post-retirement age. If he had retired, I would The Meyring Law Firm website is www.Meynot have met him; things would be different. ringFirm.com or call 678-217-4369. I owe it to my mentor and to myself to repay the favor by being a mentor to others now BELMONT HILLS MEDIA and also mentoring young lawyers at a future CENTER HONORED time when I will be in my late 70s. My grandpa Arthur never retired. He The media center team at Belmont Hills loved to practice law and he was good at Elementary School was the recipient of 2012 it. He died suddenly during his 53rd year in Exemplary/Exceptional Library Media Propractice, I was 13 then. My dad, Arthur’s son, gram Award from the Georgia Department of did retire from a long career in public service Education. The awards spotlight the essential at the usual time. He’s now in his 80s. We role library media programs play in student recently visited. He has most of his faculachievement. ties, but his mild cognitive disorder has been The library media programs at Belmont progressing over the last few years. My dad’s Hills Elementary, operated by Tina Launey, mom had full blown Alzheimer’s disease was recognized as Exceptional. The schools when she was younger than my dad is now. met most of the target indicators and may If I’m genetically predisposed to lose reapply for the overall award in future years. my mind in my advanced years, I’d rather keep working and keep cognitive disorder at bay. I’d prefer my last memory to be: me, VISIT OUR WEBSITE AT pushing a pen, banging away at the keyboard www.brightsidecobb.com and talking on the phone to help resolve someone’s problems. I don’t want to go out

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CHURCH NEWS DRIVE-THRU NATIVITY

LIFE CHURCH Smyrna Assembly of God, at 4100 King Springs Road, Smyrna, will hold a Drive-Thru Nativity on Saturday, Dec. 22, from 6 to 8 p.m. There will be free hot chocolate and candy canes. Experience the sights, sounds and tastes of Christmas from the convenience and warmth of your car and it’s all free. For more information call 770.435.5478 or email info@MyLifeChurchSmyrna.com www.MyLifeChurchSmyrna. Website: com.

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Smyrna Christian Church, 910 Concord Road SE, Smyrna will hold a Candlelight Communion Service on Dec. 24 at 7 p.m. Carols are sung, Bible verses read and special music. The service will close with Candlelight Communion. Everyone is invited. For more information please contact Lee Delbridge at 770-435-1723.

CHRISTMAS SERVICES Smyrna First United Methodist Church, 1315 Concord Road Smyrna, invites you to join us as we Celebrate the Season. “Peace on Earth” Christmas Choir and Orchestra, Dec. 15 at 6 pm; and Dec. 16 at 6 pm in the Sanctuary. Christmas Worship Services: Dec. 24, Christmas Eve 5 pm Family Service in Fellowship Hall; 7 pm Candlelight Service in Sanctuary; 11 pm Candlelight and Communion in Sanctuary.

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Smyrna Golden K Kiwanis donated more than $10,000 in Scholastic Book Vouchers to six Smyrna schools in November. Kiwanis members volunteer at the Scholastic Warehouse in Kennesaw to help prepare for their semi-annual book sales and are compensated with vouchers that the club distributes to local schools for the purchase of books for their students and media centers. Media Specialists receiving the vouchers are, from left, Dr. Joyce Dumar of International Academy of Smyrna; Kiwanis Chair Tann Lightsey; Sheri Kress of Green Acres Elementary School; Beth Tovi of King Springs Elementary School; Evelyn Thames of Campbell Middle School; Marilyn Venenzuela of Belmont Hills Elementary School; Roshanda Wilson of Argyle Elementary School; and Kiwanis Chair Sandra Portanova. Also present were Bill Clifton and Lenny St. Pierre, managers of Scholastic Books Kennesaw facility.

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Putting the finishing touches on this year’s March of Dimes Tree are, from left, Allison Kent, Kevin Ronczkowski, and Nicole Ronczkowski.

Getting their tree ready for display are volunteers for Cobb-based Homeless Pets Foundation. From left are Nancy Couch, Cat Barnes, and (perched on the ladder) 13-year-old Emily Stark.

Thirty-six local non-profit organizations are participating in the third annual Festival of Trees, a charitable event sponsored by Embassy Suites Atlanta Galleria and other area businesses. Each group has decorated a Christmas tree – many donated by select partner businesses that will be on display in the hotel’s atrium for seven weeks – and all who come to see these wonderfully-decorated trees are invited to give donations on behalf of the participating charities. The tree with the largest monetary donations will receive an additional $1,000 gift from the Embassy Suites Atlanta Galleria. Admission to the tree viewings is free. The trees are ready

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Santa will be at Aunt Fanny’s cabin on Atlanta Road across from Downtown Smyrna Village. ••• 12: SOUTH COBB AREA COUNCIL. Wednesday, Dec. 12 South Cobb Area Council. Coach George E. Ford Center at 11:45 a.m. Online Registration Closes: Dec. 10 at noon. JANUARY 3: SMYRNA BUSINESS ASSOCIATION: Thursday, Jan. 3: lunch meetings the first Thursday of each month at the Smyrna Community Center, 11:45 p.m. Register at smyrnabusiness. org. ••• 8: VININGS BUSINESS ASSOCIATION. (VBA) meets for lunch at Social Vinings. Program: Awarding of Vinings Business of the Year. Networking and speakers from 11:30 to 1 p.m. Lunch $15 for Members; $20 for Non-Members and guests are always welcome! WEEKLY EVENTS AWANA® CLUBS at Vinings First Baptist Church meet on Sundays during the school year from 4-5:30 p.m. starting September 9. All children ages 3 through 6th grade are invited to participate in this fun-filled discipleship program for kids. For more information, please visit www.viningsfbc.org/awana or call the church office at 770-436-3737. ••• BOY SCOUT TROOP ONE meets every Tuesday at 7 p.m. New Scouts Welcome! 2845 Log Cabin Drive, Smyrna (off Atlanta Road). www.bsatroop1.net ••• SMYRNA BOY SCOUT Smyrna Boy Scout Troop 11 meets at Smyrna First United Methodist Church every Tuesday evening 7:30- 9 p.m. Join us for adventure and fun: camping, hiking, swimming, boating, & more! Make new friends; learn cool new hobbies; earn dozens of merit badges; become an Eagle Scout! Contact us at 770-883-1123. Please visit our website: www.smyrnatroop11.com. ••• BOY SCOUT TROOP 88 meets 7 to 9 pm 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 www.orgsites.com/ga/troop88 ••• 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 www.mariettasquarefarmersmarket.net. ••• SMYRNA BUSINESS EXCHANGE. Every Thursday from 7 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. at the Smyrna Community Center. 770-795-5079. ••• SMYRNA MUSEUM: Free admission at the Smyrna Museum, 2861 Atlanta Road, Smyrna, Tuesday - Saturday 10 a.m. to 4. Check Facebook at “Smyrna History Museum” for upcoming Museum events. See www.smyrnahistory. org for Museum volunteer opportunities and membership. ••• 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 OPTIMIST: 7 a.m. Friday, American Legion Post 160, 160 Legion Drive, Smyrna. •••


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ORAL MOSES RETIRES FROM KSU AFTER 28 YEARS

Smyrna resident Oral Moses has always known what he wanted to do in his life. As an undergraduate student, he decided he wanted to teach and to have a career in singing. After 28 years teaching at Kennesaw State University and performing locally and nationally, he has accomplished his goals and is retiring. The first step in achieving his goals was to obtain his doctorate in vocal performance and opera from the University of Michigan. Next, he applied for numerous teaching positions, including one at Kennesaw State. It would be a good fit for him for several reasons: not only was it close to his mom, but it also gave him the chance to join a new, up-and-coming music program with great potential. “When I first came to KSU,” Moses recalls, “it was a very sparse campus, with only about six or seven buildings and less than 5,000 students.” What Moses liked most about the music program, now the School of Music, was that it was ready to grow. For Moses, the growth that excites him most is not new buildings or equipment—it’s the students. “When students come in as freshmen, we hear them audition. To see what that student sounds like when they graduate is amazing,” Moses says. He is still in touch with many of his students, even some from his early years at KSU. “I think it is important to keep that connection going and to maintain a relationship with my students, even after they have moved on from KSU,” he explains. In addition to his impressive career as a professor of voice, Moses, a bass-baritone, has also had an impressive career of personal research and performance. His

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Continued from Page 9 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, www.atlantafreethought.org, for more about us. ••• 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. ••• MANAGING DIABETES WITH INSULIN, 6:30 p.m. the last Monday of every month. Emory-Adventist Hospital at Smyrna has added an adjunct class for people who take insulin. If you are knowledgeable about diabetes, but want more information about insulin or are having problems with your insulin, this would be an excellent review class for you. This free class is held the last Monday of the month at 6:30 p.m. in the hospital cafeteria. Please call the Education Department at 770-437-6913 to register or for further questions. ••• 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. www.georgiahumanists.org ••• 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 – 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. ••• 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 www.momsclubofsmyrnane.com for more. Smyrna-West chapter includes zip code 30082. Please visit www.momsclubofsmyrnawest.com for more. Smyrna/ViningsWest chapter includes zip code 30082 in the Nickajack & Russell school district. Please email momsclubsvw@gmail.com for more information. ••• NAVY LEAGUE ATLANTA METRO COUNCIL. The Greater Atlanta Council Navy League of the United States 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 civilian and retired military with an interest in supporting our men and women of the Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and Merchant Marines. For 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 www.smyrnafirstmops.com ••• SMYRNA LIBRARY READING GROUP: meets the first Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m., at the Smyrna Public Library, 100 Village Green Circle. ••• SMYRNA STITCH-IN GROUP meets the first Monday at the South Cobb Library - 805 Clay Road - Mableton. If you like to cross stitch, do crewel work, needlepoint, etc. and meet women in the area, please come join us.Contact Nadine Amy at theamys@bellsouth.net ••• VININGS VILLAGE CIVIC CLUB meets the first Monday of each month September through June at 6:30 p.m. at various locations around Vinings. For further information, e-mail us at viningscivicclub@gmail.com or visit our new website: viningsvillagecivicclub.org. Members and Guests are welcome. SUPPORT GROUPS ALATEEN and Al-Anon Family Groups meet every Monday at 8 p.m. at the Ridgeview Institute in the Day Hospital. 3995 S Cobb Drive, Smyrna ••• CANCER SUPPORT GROUP, The Star Group To help patients and their families feel more hopeful and less alone through the mutual sharing of thoughts, feelings, and concerns related to living with, and surviving cancer. Fourth Thursday of each month at Noon. (A light lunch is served) WellStar Cobb Hospital Magnolia Room Group leader: Raymond Coffman Please call 770-732-3780 to RSVP. ••• 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, rkbreen@comcast.net. NAMI South Cobb Connections – Contact: Patricia Kramer, 770-222-3211, patmkramer@bellsouth. net for information. ••• OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS Meeting Every Monday at 7 p.m. Cumberland United Methodist 2375 Paces Ferry Road, Smyrna. ••• PARKINSON’S SUPPORT GROUP. Emory-Adventist Hospital at Smyrna offers a new Parkinson’s Disease Support Group from 2 – 4 p.m. on the last Wednesday of Every Month in the hospital cafeteria. Please join us for this FREE class. Call 770-438-5220 to register or for more information. ••• 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. ••• 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, contact Visions Anew at 770-953-2882 or visionsanew.org. ••• 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 news@brightsidecobb.com. Deadline for the JANUARY issue is DECEMBER 27 with publication the week of JANUARY 7. Calendar items are accepted from civic groups, nonprofits, schools and church organizations and run as space is available. For more information about submitting calendar items or other news, contact us at 770-426-9388 or by e-mail to news@brightsidecobb.com. Find updated calendar items on our website at www.bright-

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Principals Telana Hicks and Dr. Gwen Miller are extremely proud of the 118 students in grades 5-8 who entered the program with grade point averages of 3.5 or higher. As their FIRST service projects, students were asked to bring a non-perishable item to be donated to MUST Ministries in Smyrna. For the ceremony, they asked that all students “Dress for Success.” Program sponsor is School Counselor Elektra Thompson and Co-Sponsor Assistant Principal Kyle Hibbler.

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Mayor Max Bacon presented the Mayor’s Education Award to the teacher, student and volunteer award winners from each of the Smyrna area schools on Monday, Dec. 3, at Smyrna City Hall. Honored at the meeting were the following, listed by School, Principal, Student, Staff, Volunteer: Argyle Elementary, Robert Babay, Amentari Scarborough, Roxanne Lopez, Alecia McLochlin. Belmont Hills Elementary, Bertha Nelson, Eric Patino, Patricia Terrell, Shirley Charyna. Brown Elementary, James Ward, Bonnie Wohl, Patsy Bassett, Jeff & Kristi Williamson and Helen Michael. Green Acres Elementary, Angela White, Miguel Morales, Angelica Montanez, Eloisa Rodriguez. King Springs Elementary, Linda Keeney, Mason Stockton, Dana Brian, Doug Pharr. Nickajack Elementary Beverly Parks Naomi Christian Eric Homansky, Charles

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10 REASONS TO VISIT THE DENTIST THIS HOLIDAY

Smyrna dentist Vivian Hudson D.D.S. is an expert in keeping her patients teeth healthy. She recently complied her own list of reasons to visit her or another dentist during the holidays. Dr. Hudson is the owner and dentist at Smyrna Smiles, 4579 South Cobb Drive, Smyrna. 1. Your smile will be brighter with clean teeth. All those Holiday pictures will look great with a pretty smile. 2. You can use the dental benefits you paid for in 2012 before you loose them Dec. 31. 3. Attention to a small problem now keeps your teeth and wallet in better shape. 4. You get to take care of yourself and spend on you as well as others. The Holiday season is a time of heightened spending. Give you and yours health.

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South City Kitchen Vinings was named “2012 Restaurant Partner of the Year” by Cobb Travel & Tourism at its “Spot On” Awards ceremony which took place on Nov. 15 at the Southern Museum of Civil War & Locomotive History. “South City Kitchen Vinings has been such huge supporters of Cobb Travel & Tourism for so long and this year with Restaurant Week, Kickoff Cook-Off, social media postings and more. It really couldn’t have gone to any place more deserving,” said Megan Stambaugh, Partner Services Director. Awards also went to Hotel, Attraction and Partner of the Year.

South City Kitchen Vinings is located in Ivy Walk at 1675 Cumberland Parkway SE, Smyrna. For reservations and directions, call 770-435-0700 or visit www. southcitykitchen.com/vinings today. The restaurant is open for dinner daily at 5 pm and Sunday brunch from 10 am - 3 pm. South City Kitchen Vinings is owned and operated by Fifth Group Restaurants (www.fifthgroup. com)—owners of South City Kitchen Midtown, La Tavola, Ecco, El Taco, Alma Cocina, Lure and Bold American Events. Fan on Facecbook at www.facebook.com/ sckvinings and follow on Twitter at www. twitter.com/SCKVinings.

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SIX FLAGS OVER GEORGIA EMPLOYEES AID COMMUNITY Six Flags Over Georgia employees commemorated the end of a great season by heading out into the community on Nov. 30 to take part in Project 6, the company’s annual Day of Service. The entire Six Flags Over Georgia and Six Flags White Water staff will collectively take a break from their daily duties to lend a helping hand this holiday season. Volunteer initiatives will benefit three nonprofit organizations in the Atlanta area including MedShare International, Open Hand and C.A.M.P Ministries. “Project 6 is our way of showing gratitude to the community that has supported us for over 45 years,” said Melinda Ashcraft, park president. “Volunteering at these deserving non-profit organizations is special to each and every employee at Six Flags Atlanta Properties.” Visit our website at www.BrightSideCobb.com

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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, senior stretch, men’s yoga, intermediate yoga, sculpt yoga, Tai Chi and 30/15/15! The Wolfe Adult Recreation Center also offers the following aquatic exercise classes: aqua tone and stretch, advanced water aerobics, low impact water aerobics, hip, knee and back class, ai chi, boot camp water aerobics and arthritis aqua class. There is also water walking and lap swimming times at the pool. The following activities are planned for December: Dec. 12, Writer’s Work Group, 3:00 p.m. Dec. 12, Prime Time Health, 11:00 a.m. Dec. 17, Candy and Christmas Treats, 10:00 a.m. Dec. 18, Cr-EAT-e “crafty lunch,” 11:00 a.m. Dec. 19, Dec. Luncheon, 11:30 a.m. Dec. 27, Bunco Party, 3:30 p.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, Dec. 10: The Christmas Blessing, 1 – 3 p.m. Cost: $2. / $3 Non-Resident; Ticket required; Rated PG. Treat Yourself Tuesdays -- Tuesday, Dec. 11: Cheesecake Factory, Cumberland Mall, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Cost: On your own; Registration required. Treat yourself to a lunch outing once a month with other seniors at local area restaurants. Get to know other people and enjoy the social gathering. Meet at restaurant. Bunco -- Wednesday, Dec. 12, 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. New Dawn Theatre & Park Café - Thursday, Dec. 13, Check-In: 11 a.m. Return: 6:30 p.m. Our day will start out with lunch at Park Café in Duluth and we

will then travel to New Dawn Theatre just a few minutes away to see the matinee performance of an original, new production of “Not So Silent Night.” Cost: TBA Senior Council Member / TBA Non-Member, Deadline: Dec. 6; Price includes motor coach transportation, lunch, snacks, and tips. No refunds after payment deadline date. Full refunds will be given if the trip is cancelled. Blood Pressure Check -- Tuesday, Dec. 18, 12 – 3 p.m. Free. AARP Driver Safety -- Wednesday, Dec. 19, 11 a.m. Cost: $12 AARP Members; $14 Non-Members Drama Club -- Second & Fourth Tuesdays, 12:30 – 2 p.m. The Drama Club is a fun club where you will get the chance to act in a skit, socialize with others and just have fun being creative. Wii Bowling -- Every Tuesday, 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

KEEPING YOUR CAT SAFE THIS HOLIDAY

By Michael D. Friedlander, DVM The holidays are always full of celebration and cheer, but may present challenges in keeping cats out of harms way. Special decorations, schedules, and holiday foods may take us out of our normal routines and shift our focus, or we may find ourselves tempted to feed our furry loved ones those foods and treats that we enjoy so much. The following are only a few tips to help keep you and your cat safe, healthy, and able to enjoy everything this holiday has to offer! • Holly and poinsettias, while not poisonous, can cause stomach or intestinal irritation resulting in vomiting, diarrhea, or loss of appetite when cats nibble on them. Ivy, though typically associated with gastrointestinal upset, has caused convulsions and even death in some animals. Keeping plants and arrangements safely perched away from your cat is always safest. • Stagnant or standing water from thirsty Christmas trees is a breeding ground for bacteria, though many cats see this as just another opportunity for a quick “drink.” Toxic fertilizer, or even aspirin products may be in the water. Covering the tree container with plastic wrap or tin foil will deter most cats from drinking the water. • Chocolate is always a favorite among our Christmas goodies but can be fatal depending on the type of chocolate and quantity ingested.

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NOTES & NOTICES EVENTS/TRAVEL HOSPITALITY TOURS Hospitality Tours December and January Trip Dates: Saturday, December 15th for Christmas at Biltmore Estate & Winery only $75 to travel and Saturday, January 12, 2013 to Harrah’s Cherokee Casino only $35 to travel For more information regarding Hospitality Tours, please contact Tammie Stallworth at 770-966-7039 or HospitalityTours-TammieStallworth.com. HELP WANTED HELP WANTED - FULL TIME House Cleaning and Teams Trainer for Maid Service in Smyrna. Available Tuesday-Saturday, 7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. $8-$10 per hour, $250$400 per week. Drivers License required. Men can apply. Fill out online application at www. TheChoreExperts.com or call Lisa at 678-9841560. CAREGIVERS NEEDED Be loved by your clients. Comfort Keepers is seeking mature, dependable people to fill open positions, caring for the elderly. If you enjoy providing companionship, preparing meals, shopping for the elderly, we want to hear from you. Please call 678-354-0102. SERVICES LITTLE BEAR TREE SERVICE Little Bear Tree Service offers complete tree removal with care and quality assured. At Little Bear we are “pruning and shaping specialists, storm damage specialists, fully insured, and provide 24 hour emergency service.” Ask about our monthly specials. Free, prompt estimates and work at competitive rates. Call 404-9759831. VOLUNTEERS CSB SEEKS VOLUNTEERS Volunteers make a difference in the lives of our clients. The Cobb Community Services Board (CSB) needs volunteers as tutors and as assistants in various office positions including help with data entry and filing, in various program sites in Marietta, Smyrna, and Lithia Springs. Volunteers should have good organizational and computer skills and willing to make a six month commitment of at least one four hour shift per week. For more information contact CSB Volunteer Coordinator Mary Robeck at 770-8199229, ext. 226. The Cobb and Douglas Community Services Boards provide mental health, developmental disabilities, and substance abuse services to more than 10,000 residents of Cobb and Douglas Counties annually. . MEALS ON WHEELS Meals on Wheels has a great need for volunteer drivers to deliver meals in the fowling areas: Austell, Smyrna, Mableton, Powder Springs, and Marietta. If you have some time to volunteer as a MOW driver, or if you belong to an organization that would like to “Adopt-A-Route,” call Shelia Perkins, Volunteer Coordinator at 770-528-5381. PLACING NOTES AND NOTICES ADS Holding a garage sale? Selling or renting your home, need an employee, tutoring, teaching, or in –home child care? We accept short reader ads for a fee of $25 per 45 words. Be sure to indicate in which edition you want the ad placed. The ads, with check, should be mailed or delivered to The Bright Side, 3330 Cumberland Blvd, Suite 500, Atlanta, GA 30339. (No copy accepted by phone) and received prior to our DEC. 23 deadline with publication the week JAN. 7. Ad copy should also be e-mailed to: ads@brightsidecobb.com. Credit card payment accepted. Home-based business ads accepted only if they do not conflict with our display advertisers. Home sale ads are for homeowners only. For information, call 770-426-9388 or email to ads@brightsidecobb.com EXTRA COPIES Looking for an extra copy of The Bright Side? Copies are available each month in the Smyrna Library, the Vinings Historic Society office, the Smyrna Community Center, Chick-fil-a Cumberland Mall, South Cobb Drive Kroger and at many of our advertisers’ locations. Extra copies of our Mableton/Austell edition are available each month in the Mable House Arts Center, Mableton Pharmacy, Thomas Drugs, The Treadmill, Austell Food Store and other advertiser locations. Read the current issue on the web: www.brightsidecobb.com.

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Smyrna Councilman Ron Fennel, left, with Library Director Michael Sigler, Police Chief Stanley Hook and Jim Duelmer of the Cobb Chamber.

SMYRNA CHAMBER HONORS RETIRING OFFICIALS

Two Smyrna Department heads were honored by the Smyrna Division of the Cobb Chamber of Commerce in November. Police Chief Stanley Hook and Library Director Michael Sigler will retire at the end of the year. Councilman Ron Fennel thanked and introduced the two men to the group. “We can’t do it without our employees,” he said. “It’s a privilege having talented people. We thank them for their service. Chief Hook will be retiring at the end of the year after nearly 50 years in law enforcement. He came to Smyrna in 1990 after 27 years as a New York state trooper. Hook, 73, and his wife, Patricia, plan

to stay in Smyrna. Fennel called Chief Hook, “a true professional lawman with nearly 50 years in public service.” Michael Sigler, Smyrna Library Director, is retiring after more than 25 years of service. Smyrna is one of only two municipal libraries in Georgia. Under Sigler’s leadership, the Smyrna library has received acclaim and recognition for its programming and innovation. Sigler said, “it has been my privilege and it’s been too much fun.” “We are well underway to full to find someone to fill their posts,” Fennel said.


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

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

December 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...

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