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ATLANTA BRAVES WILL MOVE TO NEW STADIUM IN COBB FOR 2017 SEASON
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The Rev. Susan Taylor and her husband Tony place Christian Nativity symbols on the Christmon Tree in the sanctuary of Bethany United Methodist Church. The church hold Christmas Eve Services at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Each service will be followed by family communion. The 5 p.m. service is a family event with birthday cake and the 7 p.m. service will have candlelight communion. The church is located at 760 Hurt Road, Smyrna.
The Atlanta Braves will be playing their first home game in the CumberlandGalleria area beginning in spring 2017 as the Cobb Commissioners approved a tax and financing plan Nov. 26 that will allow a new stadium and additional development to be built. The $672 million Braves stadium project announcement Nov. 18 was followed by a plan by the Braves for $400 million entertainment district, which will be funded solely by the club and private partners. This area around the stadium will include between 700,000 and 1 million square feet of retail, restaurant, residential, hotel and office space. The new stadium will have an Atlanta address (30339) at the intersection of I-75 and I-285. It will feature increased access to major roadways, a variety of transportation options and additional parking close to the stadium. “This is a significant day in the history of this franchise,” said Atlanta Braves President John Schuerholz. “We are grateful to the citizens of Cobb County and the leadership in the community who have worked tirelessly to bring this to fruition. I truly believe that this partnership will yield what will become one of the finest baseball and entertainment facilities in the country.” The Braves project the investment into Cobb County will yield annual revenues of $6 million in property taxes and more than $3 million for the school district. Pro-
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ANGIE BOLTON IS CITIZEN OF THE YEAR
Angie Bolton was named Smyrna Citizen of the Year by the Smyrna Division of the Cobb Chamber of Commerce in November. “She does so many things for our community,” said Smyrna Mayor Max Bacon. Through her work at IBM. Ms. Bolton has organized volunteer efforts for keep Smyrna beautiful, and serves on its board. She also organizes the fresh market during spring and summer.
jections also call for annual revenues of $800,000 to the Cumberland Improvement District and $480,000 to the Cumberland Special Service District tax, both of which will go toward the county’s bond for the stadium.
Commissioner Lisa Cupid was the lone dissenting vote. Cupid said she supports the Braves moving to Cobb County, but said the process moved too quickly and Continued on Page 12
SMYRNA-VININGS AREA TO SEE $2+ BILLION IN NEW INVESTMENTS
The Smyrna-Vinings area expects to see an influx of more than $2 billion in investment over the next several years “In a 30 day period, we have seen a $1.2 billion cash investment in the Smyrna area,” said Smyrna Councilman Ron Fennel at the Smyrna Division breakfast of the Cobb Chamber at Whitefield Academy. That was a few days before the Braves announced their move to Cobb, almost doubling the total. • The Atlanta Braves will move their home to land adjacent to Smyrna in a $672 million investment. • A year-round destination entertainment district has been announced by the Braves around the proposed stadium site. The $400 million walkable urban development includes restaurants, shops and an amphitheatre. • Sprouts, an organic grocery store chain that operates in the southwest is moving in Smyrna, building a $1 million store. Sprouts will anchor the Olde Ivy Village project, when it opens in early 2015 in a proposed 18,400 sq. foot. retail complex at the intersection of Cumberland Parkway and South Cobb Drive. Columbia Retail Management, is seeking additionaltenants for the property. • Jonquil Plaza has a rezoning request for a $40 million project, including housing and retail. • Riverview Landing on the Chattahoochee River was annexed into Smyrna in November. The 82 acre site includes a $300 million plan development. • WellStar announced its Smyrna/Vinings Health Park will begin construction next year and open in 2015. The $73 million project will bring some 125 to 150 new jobs and attract new businesses and new medical offices.
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The small Southern Baptist Church of my childhood worshiped with a quieter, simpler Christmas celebration than our current large Presbyterian Church in Marietta. There was no advent wreath and lighting of the advent candles. There was no candlelight Christmas Eve Service; no living nativity such as the one we enjoyed in our South Georgia church. But there were simple decorations of greenery; we sang Christmas Carols with gusto and listened prayerfully to the Christmas story and cherished the true meaning of Christmas. I grew up as a member of a small Baptist church that didn’t have a Christmas Eve service. After I married a Presbyterian, the Christmas Eve service became a part of our own family tradition. Before children and when they were very young, we were members of the First Presbyterian Church in St. Marys, Georgia, a small historic church near the intercoastal waterway. The first Christmas after our daughter Katie was born, we set out for the church in freezing cold weather. Looking back, I am amazed that, being the overprotective mother I was, that I agreed to take our little baby and toddler son out in record setting cold – minus three or so. But it was a beautiful service and the tradition has continued no matter what the weather. Several years ago, one of my Facebook friends asked folks to tell her about their Christmas traditions that they shared with their children. Along with several others, I began by talking about our tradition of going to the Christmas Eve service at our church. Christmas, more than most holidays, seems to be one in which the traditions of our childhoods play a major role in how we celebrate as adults. The beautiful decorations and Christmon Tree at our current Presbyterian Church fill me with the Christmas spirit. Throughout December we sing Advent songs and await the celebration of the birth of the Christ Child. Church, whether decorated elaborately or simply, draws us to the Christ-
mas message. Do we carry our Christmas decorating and celebrating from our homes into the church or do we carry the Church celebration and decorating into our homes? Does it really matter? The truth is the spirit of Christmas is alive wherever we are; in church; in our homes; with other people; or alone. The secular traditions of the holiday, the frazzled days of shopping and decorating, are secondary to those of the religious celebration. Trees; wreaths; stockings; lights; ornaments; Santa; gifts; cards; divinity; cookies; and fruit cake: all are the trappings of the season. These symbols of the season are meaningless, however, without putting the Christ in Christmas. And the best part of the Christmas spirit is that it doesn’t need to be December for us to hold the message of Christmas in our hearts and in our minds and in our lives.
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Many Vinings Jubilee businesses are participants in the 4th annual We Love Vinings Partners’ Card Sale sponsored by Vinings Village Woman’s Club. During the week of Feb. 21 – March 2, the $25 card offers a 20 percent discount on purchases from 65 Vinings area merchants. Partners’ Cards are available for purchase beginning in December at Antiques of Vinings, Cottonwood Gifts, Curves, Lana Rose Boutique, Sugarcoats, the Music Shop at Vinings, Vita-Prana Yoga and the
Vinings Historical Preservation Society. All 65 participating merchant partners will display the familiar Partners’ Card poster, featuring an aerial view of Vinings by Atlanta artist Charlotte Hill. The Vinings Village Woman’s Club designates card sale profits to the Vinings community. Past recipients include Fire Station No. 5, Teasley Elementary School, Vinings Civic Association, Vinings Historical Society, the outreach ministry at a local church and landscape beautification of Vinings public properties.
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LEDBETTER NAMED PRESIDENT OF PRO FOOTBALL WRITERS
Darryl Orlando Ledbetter, of Smyrna and the Atlanta Falcons beat writer for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, was unanimously elected as the president of the Pro Football Writers of America in their annual meeting at Super Bowl XLVII. The Pro Football Writers of America is the official voice of the Pro Football Writers, promoting and fighting for access to NFL personnel to best serve the public. Ledbetter, an awardwinning journalist, has covered the Falcons since 2005 and has also covered the Green Bay Packers for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and the Cincinnati Bengals for the Cincinnati Enquirer. D. Orlando LedHe was one of the lead better writers in the notorious Michael Vick federal dog-fighting federal and has won three Associated Press Sports Editor awards. Ledbetter is active in the community. He’s served as a head football coach and board member for the Smyrna Youth Football & Cheerleader, Inc., past chair of the Kings Springs’ PTA Dad’s committee and is a booster and announcer for the Campbell High School marching band.
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Mezza Luna Pasta & Seafood Resdo,” Tony said. taurant, in Smyrna brings the cuisine of The restaurant is cozy and Tony doesn’t the Lazio region of Italy with home-made want to get too big. “You can concentrate pastas and sauces. The new owners, Tony on the food and service in a smaller place,” Strangolagalli and Luigi Tartaglione bring he said. great authenticity to Atlanta. Located at 1669 Spring Road (across from Rev Coffee), Mezza Luna opened in April and Tony and Luigi took over the management in September, adding Pugliese cuisine. Luigi has recently moved from Rome, Italy, where he worked in “Caveau”, one of the most exclusive restaurants in the capital. He brought to Atlanta delicious traditional recipes from which he develLuigi Tartaglione, left, and Tony Strangolagalli oped a personal style. Also born welcome you to Mezza Luna in Smyrna. in Ceccano, Lazio, Tony came to the U.S. at a young age, and lived in Long The weekend is highlighted with an Island, NY for 38 years. In 2011 he moved artist singing the music of Frank Sinatra on to Cumming, and opened a restaurant Friday nights and an Italian accordionist on called “Mia Ristorante Italiano.” There, he Saturday night. “This is the music of Italy,” met chef Luigi and, after a couple of years, he said. the two decided to go out on their own. “If you want some good Italian food, “This is our taste of the Puglisi region come on to my place,” Tony said. of Italy,” Tony said. “We added a little Mezza Luna is open Tuesday through spark to what it already was. These are the Sunday, serving lunch and dinner. Beer and more traditional dishes of Rome. We are wine is available, including several Italian very actually Italian and want to introduce wines three types of Italian the as well as the real Italian cuisine to Smyrna.” domestic. The restaurant, can seat groups Everything is fresh as all the pastas of 20 to 25. and sauces homemade. Luigi provides difFor more information call 770-319ferent specials each night and even will 0333 or www.mezzalunatrattoria.com. take requests. “There’s nothing he can’t
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DECEMBER Now – JAN 1: FESTIVAL OF TREES. The Embassy Suites Atlanta Galleria is the destination for this 4th Annual Festival of Trees, through January 1. Thirty-seven local organizations will marshal their volunteers to create a design that best exemplifies their mission; who they help and why. For more information visit www.wcghotels.com/galleria-atlanta-hotel/festival-of-trees. ••• 12 THE SAE SCHOOL invites you to come inside and learn what makes us the most exceptionally Safe, Innovative and Rigorous school in Georgia! Open House Dec. 7 at 10:00am, or Walk & Talk Tours Dec. 12 & 17 at 9:30am. 6688 Mableton Parkway, 678-239-3200, saeschool.org ••• 14: CHRISTMAS GALA. Hurt Road Baptist Church Community Christmas Gala. Dec. 14 from 10-4 p.m. 17 Hurt Road, Smyrna. We will be having Bouncy Houses, a Live Nativity, Food Trucks, Santa and Mrs. Claus., Candy Cane Hunt, Live Performances from around the community, Local Independent Business, and many more activities for all ages. ••• 14: DIVAS WITH A CAUSE will host a ‘Diva Holiday Soiree’ on Saturday, Dec. 14 at Scenario Restaurant, 4279 Roswell Road, Atlanta from 7 to 10 p.m. Tickets for the event are $20 and provide Holiday musical entertainment, cocktails and hors d’oeuvers, a raffle and silent auction. The group is a musical fundraising collaboration of talented female vocalists that communicate, educate, raise awareness and needed funds in support of various non-profit charitable organizations, whose efforts in finding cures, aiding families, and sponsoring research commits them to enhance the quality of life in our communities. For more information or to register go to divaswithacause.eventbrite.com. ••• 15: SOUNDS OF CHRISTMAS. The Men’s Ministry of Saint Luke United Methodist Church, 5115 Brookwood Drive, Mableton, presents The Americolor Opera Ensemble in Sounds of Christmas, Sunday, Dec. 15, at 4 p.m. The program will include excerpts from Handel’s Messiah as well as other favorite sounds of Christmas. The eight singers include Mableton’s own Kathye J. Gary, soprano; world class symphony violinist, Dr. Roumena Georgieve; and the program’s Director and pianist, Dr. Sharon J. Willis. Program is open to the public. Rev. Fleming Thompson, Jr., Pastor. 770-948-8504. ••• 20: CHRISTMAS AT BRAWNER HALL. It’s Christmas at Brawner and a great time to come celebrate with friends and neighbors. The event is from 5 - 8 p.m. on Dec. 20. Bring the family to enjoy holiday music, a candy cane hunt, hay “sleigh” rides, story time, children’s activities and, of course, pictures with Santa! Please bring a new or gently-used coat for admission. Brawner Hall is located in Taylor-Brawner Park at 3180 Atlanta Road, Smyrna. ••• 20-22: LIVING NATIVITY. Since 1957, wise men, shepherds, angels, and a good portion of the Atlanta community have gathered on Love Street in Austell to see the baby Jesus. It is the annual Living Nativity at Austell Presbyterian Church Dec. 20-22 from 7 to 8 p.m. Austell Presbyterian Church is located at 5895 Love Street in Old Austell. For more details contact the church at 770-948-2822 or check out their web site at www.austellpres.org. ••• 21: FREE DRIVE-THRU NATIVITY. Saturday, Dec. 21, 5:30 – 8 p.m. LIFE CHURCH Smyrna Assembly of God, 4100 King Springs Rd. SE, Smyrna. Free hot chocolate and candy canes!! Experience the sights, sounds and tastes of Christmas from the convenience and warmth of your car!! All FREE!! For more information call 770-435-5478 or email info@MyLifeChurchSmyrna.com. www.MyLifeChurchSmyrna.com ••• 24: CANDLELIGHT COMMUNION. Smyrna Christian Church, 910 Concord Road, Smyrna will hold a Candlelight Communion Service on Dec. 24 at 7:00pm. 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.
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••• 31: RADIO DISNEY ATLANTA. Noon Year’s Eve childrens party at Smyrna Community Center at noon on Dec. 31. JANUARY 7: VININGS BUSINESS ASSOCIATION (VBA) meets for lunch at Social Vinings. Guest speaker is Atlanta Braves President John Schuerholz and naming of Vinings Business of the Year. Networking and speakers from 11:30 to 1 p.m. Lunch $15 for Members; $20 for NonMembers and guests are always welcome! (no industry restrictions). A Business After-Hours is held the 3rd Tuesday of each month.
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••• 13: FIRST MONDAY BREAKFAST Monday, Jan. 13, Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, 7:30 a.m. Speaker: Tim Lee, Chairman, Cobb County Board of Commissioners with the State of the County. Online Registration Closes: Jan. 8 at noon WEEKLY EVENTS ATLANTA WEST BIBLE STUDY. “Have you ever read the Bible for yourself? Would you like to learn more about God’s word and how to apply it to your everyday life? Do you desire a closer personal relationship with God and other believers? If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, the ladies of the Atlanta West Community Bible Study (CBS) would like to invite you to join us as we explore the Bible. We meet Wednesdays from 9:30-11:30 a.m. at King Springs Baptist Church. 3732 Kind Springs Road, Smyrna, 30080. Children’s programs are available from newborn through age 5. Contact Kesha Nettles at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.communitybiblestudy.org for information ••• 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 p.m.. 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. ••• SMYRNA ROTARY: noon Tuesday, Brawner Hall, Smyrna. For further information, see www.SmyrnaRotary.com ••• TOASTMASTERS: Interstate North Toastmasters at 3100 Cumberland Boulevard. We meet every Monday at 6:30 p.m. Visit our website: 2823.toastmastersclubs.org ••• TOASTMASTERS: T-Toasters. Paces West, 2727 Paces Ferry Rd., Bldg 1. We meet Wednesday nights at 6 p.m. and welcome visitors. Visit www.ttoasters.com to find out more. ••• VININGS ROTARY: 12:15 p.m. Wednesday, Vinings Club, Overlook III, 2859 Paces Ferry Road. ••• THE GALLERIA WORLDSPAN Wings Toastmasters Club Tuesdays 12 to 1 p.m., Building 300, main conference room. ••• MONTHLY OR MORE AMERICAN LEGION, Post 160 Membership Meeting at 7:30 p.m. every 3rd Tuesday and
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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 AmericanLegionPost160.org or call 770-436-2501. ••• ATLANTA FREETHOUGHT, Regular Meeting at 1 p.m. every 2nd Sunday. 4775 N. Church Lane, Smyrna (a mile inside I-285, just off Atlanta Rd). Our historic building was a church
in Smyrna/Vinings for 141 years. We’re a nonprofit educational organization and meetings/ programs are free and open to the public. Call 678-662-3857 or visit our website, 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. ••• 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 ••• SMYRNA JONQUIL LIONS CLUB. The club meets every 2nd and 4th Tuesday noon to 1:00 at the Smyrna Community Center. Please join us & find out how you can be a part of the world’s largest service organization. It’s casual, fun and rewarding. Bring your own lunch (drinks provided). For more information contact club president at email@example.com or club secretary at PattyPeck@Gmail.com. ••• THE MOMS CLUBS of Smyrna are non-profit support groups for at-home mothers. SmyrnaEast 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. ••• MOMS CLUB of Smyrna-West is a national non-profit organization which offers support to stay-at-home mothers. Our chapter includes mothers of all ages, as well as those who work part-time, in or out of their home. We offer you the opportunity to share activities during the weekday with other moms and their children. MOMS Club plans a monthly calendar full of events for mothers and their children, including park play dates, playgroups, trips to local attractions, Mom’s Night Out and more. MCSW includes the King Springs and Norton Park Elementary School Districts. For more information please contact us at momsclubofsmyrnawest@ yahoo.com. ••• SMYRNA FIRST MOPS offers fellowship with other mothers of children age birth to Kindergarten. For more info, visit www.smyrnafirstmops.com MOPS NIGHT GROUP. Smyrna First United Methodist Church’s MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) group will now offer a Night Group in addition to its traditional program. The Night Group will meet once a month on Wednesday evenings. All Smyrna-area Moms of kids age birth to Kindergarten are welcome, both SFUMC members and non-members alike. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.smyrnafirstmops.com. ••• SMYRNA BUSINESS ASSOCIATON: lunch meetings the first Thursday of each month at the
Page 9, December 2013 Smyrna Community Center, 11:45 p.m. ••• SMYRNA LIBRARY READING GROUP: meets the first Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m., at the Smyrna Public Library, 100 Village Green Circle. ••• SMYRNA STITCH-IN GROUP meets the first Monday in the class room at Hobby Lobby, 1355 East-West Connector, Austell. If you like to cross stitch, do crewel work, needlepoint, etc and want to meet women in the area, please come join us. Contact Phyllis Whittingham at email@example.com. ••• 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our new website: viningsvillagecivicclub.org. Members and Guests are welcome. SUPPORT GROUPS ADULT CHILDREN OF ALCOHOLIC and Dysfunctional Families meets every Sunday at 2 p.m. at Ridgeview Institute in the Professional Building North, 3995 S. Cobb Dr., Smyrna. www.ridgeviewinstitute.com/hosp_info_calendar_supp.htm ••• 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 ••• 10: DIABETES EDUCATION. Emory-Adventist Hospital at Smyrna offers Diabetes Education Classes. The class is conducted by a Registered Nurse, a Registered Dietitian, a Podiatrist, and a Pharmacist. The classes will be held January 10 9 to 1 a.m. and are held in the hospital’s cafeteria. Also February 7 and March 7. Cost is $25. A support person—without diabetes—may attend without charge. Call 770437-6913 or 770-438-4373 for upcoming dates or to register. Also register on-line at www. emoryadventist.org/education-events. ••• 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, email@example.com. Our programs are educational and supportive. They provide insight and share information of getting the assistance we need. ••• 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 at the Aline Wolfe Adult Recreation Center. 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. ••• E-mail your organization’s calendar news to firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline for the JANUARY issue is DECEMBER 23 with publication JANUARY 10. 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 email@example.com. Find updated calendar items on our website at www.brightsidecobb.com.
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Vinings Historic Preservation Society celebrated its 20 years with a “Celebration of Preservation” in November that also honored Vinings Jubilee creator, the late Felix Cochran. Partygoers gathered at the Pace Pavilion for a lavish dinner and dancing. Among those attending were Chantelle Cochran, Debbie Kimsey, and Chris and Christy Georges of Printpack, one of the corporate donors to Keeping Pace. At right, Rebecca McCune presents a painting to Lynn Cochran Schroder. Below, David and Karen DeRuyter, Rhonda and Bill Sterrett and Karl and Carol Fillip.
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SMYRNA SOCCER CLUB WINS CHAMPIONSHIP
Smyrna Soccer Club’s U-12 D.C. United team participated in the Kohl’s American Cup Soccer Tournament at McCurry Soccer Complex in Fayetteville, Nov. 16-17. The girls defeated three teams and swept the tournament to land a spot in the finals. The championship game was a nail-biter. The two undefeated teams, Smyrna’s D.C. United and Fayetteville’s PTC Strikers, went head-to-head. At the end of the second half, the score was tied, 3-3. After the first half of over-time, the score was still 3-3. In the last sixty seconds of the second half, D.C. United coaxed the Strikers’ goalie out of her position, and smoothly sent the ball rolling into the goal. The perfect end to an exciting soccer season. Team members showing their trophy include, front row: Laila Allen, Emily Mizuki, Nia Bozeman, Sydney Pennick, Abi Koenig, Lauren Stewart; Second row: Lola Akintobi, Elliot Bemis, Kendall Soltys, Riya Govin, Mena Sengupta, Mycala Covington, Kelsey Wilson, Adiyah Thomas. Back Row: Coach Adebayo Akintobi, Coach Todd Bemis, Coach Mario Miner (not pictured).
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NOTES & NOTICES HELP WANTED 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. CSB SEEKS HOLIDAY VOLUNTEERS Holiday Sponsors are needed to provide refreshments, gifts, and/or entertainment for our day centers for adults with mental health or developmental disabilities. Holiday Sponsors, groups or individuals, are needed to “adopt” individuals or families for Christmas to provide a gift. The people needing to be adopted are adults with mental health disabilities, and, in some cases, their families. For some of the clients we serve, the gifts we provide could be the only gifts they will receive. Volunteers are needed to sort and wrap gifts approximately one week before Christmas. For more information about any of these possibilities, call Mary Robeck at 770-429-5018 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The Cobb and Douglas Community Services Boards provide mental health, developmental disabilities, and addictive disease 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,
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Atlanta, GA 30339. (No copy accepted by phone) and received prior to our DECEMBER 23 deadline with publication tJANUARY 10. 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 770426-9388 or e-mail to email@example.com
FRIENDS OF SMYRNA LIBRARY SEEKING 4 BOARD MEMBERS
The Friends of Smyrna Library are seeking volunteers to join the organization in 2014 and fill a number of critical roles. Friends of Smyrna Library (FOSL) is an independent, non-profit, volunteer organization that has supported the award-winning Smyrna Public Library through fundraising events and volunteer activities since 1990. The organization is seeking candidates to fill four open board member seats due to retirements and term expirations. They hope to fill one seat with a person who can help with media relations and publicity. Another key need is a board member who can support membership and recruitment. The other two seats are for non-specific duties. The board meets once a month and a 2 to 4 hour overall monthly time commitment should be expected by those who apply. Other volunteer needs include new “volunteer from home” jobs that involve Internet research, graphic design and various social media functions. Please see FOSL’s volunteer page on their website www.FriendsOfSmyrnaLibrary.org for more information on how to apply for the board memberships and open volunteer opportunities.
Rev. Raymond Coffman, left, blesses a family pet at the Blessing of the Animals at Log Cabin Community Church.
LOG CABIN CHURCH HOLDS BLESSING OF ANIMALS
short service is held but the main event is the animals being blessed one by one. “The bond between person and pet is like no other relationship, because the communication between fellow creatures is at its most basic. Eye-to-eye, a person and their pet are two creatures of love” said the Rev. Raymond Coffman, pastor of the Log Cabin Church. “I believe every creature is important. The love we give to a pet, and receive from a pet, can draw us more deeply into the larger circle of life, into the wonder of our common relationship to our creator.” The blessing held anually is in October. The Log Cabin Church is located at 2699 Log Cabin Drive, Smyrna. Sunday services are at 10:45 a.m. and are non-denominational and open to all.
A Blessing of the Animals was held Oct. 27 at The Log Cabin Community Church in Smyrna. This custom is conducted in remembrance of St. Francis of Assisi’s love for all creatures. An annual event at The Log Cabin, held on the church grounds, where guests bring everything from dogs and cats, hamsters and rabbits to this year even a goat named Jeanette. A
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‘BRING ONE FOR THE CHIPPER’
What can you do with your live Christmas tree after the holidays are over? Bring it for the Chipper! Home Depot on Cumberland Parkway and Keep Smyrna Beautiful will again host the Smyrna-Vinings area site for the Christmas tree recycling event on Saturday, Jan. 4. Keep Smyrna Beautiful will offer citizens a free tree seedling for each tree dropped off while they last. Vegetable and flower seed packets will also be available. Volunteers will be on hand to direct traffic and to help citizens unload their trees. Davey Tree Experts will chip the trees and deliver free mulch. Last year, 67,175 trees were chipped in the Metro Atlanta area! Tree recycling is also offered at the Home Depot, 1200 East-West Connector, Austell from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.. How can you participate? If you would like to donate your tree, simply remove all the ornaments and the base and bring it to the Home Depot on Cumberland Parkway between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. on January 5th. Home Depot asks that trees not be dropped off until the day of the event because of space limitations. Also, please do not bring wreathes and garland. The wire used to hold them together cannot be chipped. To volunteer, call Keep Smyrna Beautiful at 770-431-2863. For information on mulch delivery call Davey Tree Experts at 770-451-7911. Over 20 years of treecycling in Georgia has made ‘Bring One for the Chipper’ the largest of its kind in the nation! The Keep Georgia Beautiful Foundation
spearheads this statewide event by bringing together news media, local governments, businesses and industries to educate Georgians on recycling and environmental conservation. Since the beginning of the program, 5.9 million trees have been recycled and diverted from the landfills. Last year 164,806 trees were collected across the state. Of these 160,462 were recycled into mulch for playgrounds, city and county landscaping projects, and individual homes
DIVAS WITH A CAUSE PLANNING HOLIDAY SOIREE DEC. 14 Divas with A Cause will host a “Diva Holiday Soiree” on Saturday, Dec. 14 at Scenario Restaurant, 4279 Roswell Road, Atlanta from 7 to 10 p.m. Tickets for the event are $20 and provide Holiday musical entertainment, cocktails and hors d’oeuvers, a raffle and silent auction. The group is a musical fundraising collaboration of talented female vocalists that communicate, educate, raise awareness and needed funds in support of various non-profit charitable organizations, whose efforts in finding cures, aiding families, and sponsoring research commits them to enhance the quality of life in our communities. For more information or to register go to divaswithacause.eventbrite.com.
HOLIDAYS CAN CAUSE FAMILY ISSUES
By Heather Donahue Other options include splitting holiAs the holidays approach, family days annually altogether. For example, Dad issues abound. Add on top of that—a has Thanksgiving and the time surrounding divorce, child custody dispute, or it for even years and Mom for odd other family law matters—and the years. stress level can be unbearable. Many factors must be reviewed As your family enters the before making a decision for what’s holiday season, previously simple best for your family and children. traditions become difficult. Where Of course, you must considered will you spend the holidays? Does geography and what’s feasible the extended family know about given travel time. You also need your struggles? Is now the time to consider if Mom if going to her to tell them or should you simply family for a holiday and what strain Heather grin and fake it? Each family is “double holiday” travel puts on the Donahue different and these questions will kids…and you! Another considerhave varying answers. ation is extended families, especially as If you’re dealing with visitation Mom or Dad remarry. during the holidays, certain stresses can be But, loading up single days with seven avoided. Some parents choose to split the different turkey dinners is likely too much day of the holiday every year—Mom has for your little ones. the children until 2 on Christmas Day, then Heather C. Donahue, of Merritt & they go to Dad’s. The parents will alternate Fletcher, LLC, specializes in divorce and this annually. Other parents choose not to family law. The firm is located in the split the day itself, but rather the time surMarket Village in downtown Smyrna. She rounding the holiday. can be contacted at: 404-445-0470 or at Heather@MerrittFletcher.com.
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REPAIR TO CLOSE 6 SILVER COMET TRAIL BRIDGES Page 14, December 2013 Six pedestrian bridges along Cobb County’s 12.8-mile Silver Comet Trail will be closed to the public this winter while Cobb County Department of Transportation (CCDOT) crews repair or replace pedestrian bridge ends over Powder Springs Creek, Lucille Creek, Noses Creek, Olley Creek, Nickajack Creek and Cooper Lake Road. The repair work, funded by the 2011 SPLOST, will result in consecutive closures of each pedestrian bridge from Jan. to April 2014, resulting in NO ACCESS and NO DETOURS across the bridges during construction. At the same time the pedestrian bridge work is being conducted, additional crews will be improving other areas along the Silver Comet Trail by repairing fences, drainage systems and grading. “The repairs will preserve the origi-
nal historic pedestrian bridges,” says Faye DiMassimo, Director of Cobb County Department of Transportation. “Once the work is completed, the pedestrian bridges will be reopened providing safe access to all who enjoy using them.” Built between 1890 and 1904, the 61.5-mile Silver Comet Trail follows the abandoned railroad line once traveled by Silver Comet train passengers traveling from Atlanta and Birmingham to New York, Philadelphia and Washington. CCDOT converted the trail into a scenic 12.8 mile paved multi-use trail in the 1990’s. The County section of the trail begins in Smyrna and travels west through southern parts of the County. Information and project updates will be posted at www.cobbdot.org.
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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. And our newest class ZUMBA is offered on Thursdays at 4:45 p.m. and Saturdays at 11:00 a.m.! 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: Fitness Tree Challenge during month of December 12 Days of Christmas Crafts, Cookies and Candies - Dec. 2, 4, 9, 11, 16 & 18 Bunco -- Dec. 3 & 23 Writer’s Work Group -- Dec. 4 & 18 B.Y.O.D. (Bring Your Own Device) -- Dec. 5 Three of My Favorite Things -- Dec. 10 Holiday Luncheon -- Dec. 12 Brain Aerobics -- Dec. 12 Mall of Georgia Trip -- Dec. 13 Holiday Team Trivia -- Dec. 19 Marietta Square Shopping -- Dec. 26 And 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 Road, Smyrna. Call 770-801-3400 for more information or reservations. Treat Yourself Tuesdays -- Tuesday, Dec. 10: Maggiano’s Cumberland, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Separate Checks; Registration required. Bunco -- Wednesday, Dec. 11, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. Free, Registration required The Alliance Theatre – A Christmas Carol -- Thursday, Dec. 12, 4 - 10 p.m. You will enjoy a catered dinner at the Center which will be provided by Ambrose Caterers. After dinner we will travel to the Alli-
ance Theatre for the performance of “A Christmas Carol.” $70 Senior Council member/ $75 Non-member. Deadline: Dec. 5. Price includes cost of dinner, transportation and theatre ticket. Monday Movie Madness -- Monday, Dec. 16: Flight, 1 – 3 p.m. $2 / $3 Nonresident. Starring Denzel Washington Nadine Velazquez, Don Cheadle. An airline pilot saves almost all his passengers on his malfunctioning airliner which eventually crashed, but an investigation into the accident reveals something troubling. This movie is Rated R for drug and alcohol abuse, language, sexuality/nudity and an intense action sequence. Holiday Meet & Eat -- Thursday, Dec. 19, 12 – 2 p.m. $10 / $12 Non-resident. Southern style lunch will be catered by West Cobb Diner. Maryline Blackburn, the Ice Diva, will perform contemporary and holiday music. Visit Santa while listening to the Russell Elementary School Chorus sing holiday favorites. Blood Pressure Check -- Monday, Dec. 30, 12 – 3 p.m. Free AARP Driver Safety -- Wednesday, Dec. 11, 11 a.m. $12 AARP members; $14 Non-members. Bring lunch for 30 minute break Monday Movie Madness -- Jan. 6: Parkland PG-13, 1 – 3 p.m. $2 / $3 Nonresident. Starring Zac Efron, Marcia Gay Harding, Paul Giamatti, Billy-Bob Thornton. Recounting the chaotic events that occurred in Dallas, Texas on November 22, 1963, Parkland weaves together the perspectives of a handful of ordinary individuals suddenly thrust into extraordinary circumstances: doctors and nurses; Abraham Zapruder; FBI agents; Secret Service; the brother of Lee Harvey Oswald and JFK’s security team. Treat Yourself Tuesdays -- Jan. 14: Cheesecake Factory, Cumberland Mall, 11:30 a.m. Separate checks; Registration required. Treat yourself to a lunch outing once a month with other seniors at local area restaurants near the Center. Get to know other people and enjoy the social gathering. Meet at restaurant. Atlanta Legal Aid Society -- Jan. 14, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. $5 / $7 Non-resident; Registration required. Elaine Poone, staff attorney at Atlanta Legal Aid Society, will give a presentation on trusts and wills. Seating is limited. Bunco -- Jan. 14, 1– 3 p.m. Free; Registration required. Join us for a fun, easy game of dice that promises to be a good time and a chance to win prizes.
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It’s Christmas at Brawner Hall and a great time to come celebrate with friends and neighbors. Bring the family on Dec. 20 from 5 - 8 p.m. to enjoy holiday music, a candy cane hunt, hay “sleigh” rides, story time, children’s activities and, of course, pictures with Santa. Attendees are asked to bring a new or gently-used coat for admission. Brawner Hall is located in TaylorBrawner Park at 3180 Atlanta Road, Smyrna.
MURDER GOES SOUTH RETURNS TO SMYRNA JANUARY 25
The Friends of Smyrna Library invite you to attend the annual Murder Goes South, a festival of readers and writers of the Southern mystery. Started in 2003, this year’s event will be held on Saturday, Jan. 25, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Smyrna Community Center. This year’s special guest presenter is Tamar Myers. Ms Myers is the author of 32 novels including the “Pennsylvania-Dutch Mystery with Recipes” and “Den of Antiquity” Tamar Meyers mystery series. Other guest presenters include: Debby Giusti, author of “The General’s Secretary,” “The Soldier’s Sister,” “The Colonel’s Daughter,” “MIA.” and “Countdown to Death”. Deborah Malone, author of “Murder in Marietta” and “Death in Dahlonega”. Pamela V Mason, founder of WriterMason Productions and promoter of writers. Bryan Powell, author of “Stranger in the Pulpit,” “Stranger in the Whitehouse” and “Sisters of the Veil”. Larissa Reinhart, author of “Still Life in Brunswick Stew,” “Portrait of a Dead Guy” and “Hijack to Abstract.” Louise B Richardson, 2014 president of Sisters in Crime - Atlanta Chapter. Lane Stone, author of the “Tiara Investigations” mystery series. Tina Whittle, author of “The Dangerous Edge of Thins,” “Blood Ash and Bone” and “Darker than Any Shadow.” Tickets cost $30 for the all day event and include a boxed lunch. See the website MurderGoesSouth.com to order tickets and for more information.
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SMYRNA ROTARY CLUB CELEBRATES 50 YEARS Smyrna Rotary Club celebrated its 50th anniversary Tuesday, November 5, at The Georgian Club with 80 Rotarians and family members attending. The evening included presentations that covered a history of the club, its service projects and its members. For 50 years, the club has performed an astonishing list of nearly 100 local, national and international projects. Project included fighting polio, making clean drinking water in the Caribbean, the Bahamas bloodmobile, Alzheimer’s research, YMCA camp scholarships, medical care in Sierra Leone, Kenya and the Ivory Coast, books to South Africa, youth leadership camps, sponsoring Smyrna Veterans Day, aid to disaster victims in Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, and Georgia, comfort packages for Marines in Afghanistan, bicycles for kids, Shelter Boxes to Haiti, Japan and Syria, area school and college scholarships, goodwill exchanges, adult education and literacy initiatives in Cobb County and more. In per capita giving, Smyrna Rotary Club has been number 1 in the world (out of 33,000+ Rotary Clubs), been in the top 12 globally five times and the seven times been the number 1 club of the 70+ clubs in Rotary District 6900.
Marietta Rotary Club sponsored the Smyrna club which in turn sponsored the Vinings Rotary Club more than 20 years ago. The club currently has 40 to 45 members representing a broad range of business and community leadership. Jimmy Freeman joined two weeks after it chartered. Members, including Snyder Turner have been recognized as Citizens of the Year in Marietta and Smyrna. The Club President is Anthony Iorillo. Rotary honored charter member Samuel Whitfield, his 50 years of perfect attendance and his staggering generosity and record of service to Smyrna and Cobb County. Whitfield joined the Smyrna Rotary Club in December 1963 and was club President in 1966. His perfect attendance record means that he has attended approximately 2,500 meetings. Whitfield was the Club’s Rotarian of the Year in 2009. He has started scholarships, been a Mason for more than 55 years, was a founder of what is now Sun Trust bank and was on the Cobb County School Board for about 12 years. Smyrna Rotary meets Tuesdays for lunch at Smyrna’s Brawner Hall. For more information about the club or membership, please email Narayan Sengupta at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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