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Fidelity Bank was named Vinings Business of the Year by the Vinings Business Association Dec. 5. The criteria for the honor involves a partnership with the community, longevity, community support and visibility, explained VBA Chairman Glenn Christian. Fidelity Bank has been located in the center of Vinings for more than two decades said Branch Manager Tod Ash in accepting the award. The bank was organized 40 years ago in Decatur. “We don’t have voice mail; we answer our phones,” Ash said. “We want to talk to our customers.” “We love Vinings and we love this

community,” he added. The other finalists were Vinings Massage and Wellness, WellStar Vinings, Canoe restaurant, and the Atlanta Braves. Speaker for the program was consumer investigative authority Dale "TrustDALE" Cardwell who outlined his seven points for creating a trusted business. The 2017 winner was selected by the VBA Board of Directors. Previous winners were Chick-Fil-A (2006), SOHO restaurant (2009), Courtyard Atlanta Vinings Hotel (2010), Vinings Jubilee (2011), Vinings Historic Preservation Society (2012), The Bright Side, Vinings Edition (2013), Social Vinings restaurant (2014), Walton Communities Vinings (2015) and Vinings Village Civic Club (2016).


Tod Ash, center, of Fidelity Bank, receives the Vinings Business of the Year Award from Chris Heuser and Glenn Christian, right.

Turnout was light, but voters selected a new state Senator and Smyrna City Council member on Dec. 5. Maryline Blackburn took the Ward 3 Council seat in a runoff against Travis Lindley. Blackburn had 511 votes (54%) to Lindley’s 439 votes (46%). In the Georgia Senate District 6 race Buckhead’s Jen Jordan took the lead against Smyrna’s Jaha Howard. Jordan had 10,681 votes (64%) to Howard’s 6,017 votes (36%). The seat was vacated by Republican Hunter Hill who is running for governor. Both contenders were Democrats. In an Austell election that originally ended in a tie, Marlin Lamar won the Council Ward 1 post by a margin of 88 – 46 votes (66% - 34%) over Ikaika Anderson.


Santa waves to the crowd at the Smyrna Coming Home For Christmas tree lighting event on Nov. 28 on the Village Green. Santa lit the tree from some 30 feet in the air on a fire truck ladder. Below left, youngsters make s’mores during the event and at right the Smyrna Boys sing Christmas Carols. See more photos on Page 16 and at www.brightsidecobb.com/coming-home/

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She is a jewelry professional by day and a philanthropist around the clock. For that reason and many others Rhonda Jacobson was named Smyrna Citizen of the Year. The award was presented in November by the Smyrna Division of the Cobb Chamber of Commerce. “Rhonda does so much good for her community,” said Dan Byers, division chair. He noted that she is active on boards and organizations such as the WellStar Foundation Board of Trustees and co-chair for WellStar Foundation – Women in Philanthropy as well as a member of the advisory council for the WellStar Vinings Health Park where the meeting was held. In her “day job,” as Byers put it, she is vice president, human resources and graduate gemologist at Cumberland Diamond Exchange in Smyrna. She gives her time to the liveSAFE Resources board and is chair-elect/VP, SafePath Children’s Advocacy Center, Cobb Executive Women and Cobb Chairman’s Club.

“As co-owner and founder of Cumberland Diamond Exchange, the businesses involvement in the community and partnerships with non-profits are key differentiators. Their Cufflinks +Charms 4 Charity makes custom designed jewelry for resale and recognition with proceeds benefitting the corresponding charity,” Byers said. In FY2016 the business made $79,593.98 in gifts, merchandise and cash donations. The family-owned store was founded by Rhonda and Mark Jacobson in 1982. It has been named "Jeweler of the Year" in 2016 and was named Cobb Small Business of the Year in 2015. According to her nomination, it was said, “Rhonda has the biggest heart and truly cares about others. Jewelry is her business but philanthropy is where her heart is.” “I am overwhelmed,” Mrs. Jacobson said. “It is all about giving back.” As a surprise, she was joined by family members, friends and staff of the business who revealed themselves after she was announced as the award winner.

Rhonda Jacobson receives the Smyrna Citizen of the Year Award from Dan Byers.


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Comments By Cathy IT WAS A THANKSGIVING LIKE NO OTHER By Cathy Shattles Lipsett Editor/Publisher Was it foreshadowing when I wrote last month about holiday traditions and change? I ended the column “And for the best holidays, we take the traditions of our past and blend them into our own adult traditions, adapting them as times change.” This Thanksgiving was like none we have previously experienced, and, hopefully, does not become a part of our traditions. You see, this year, on Thanksgiving Day, we were sharing a meal in Springfield, Virginia, with our son Peter’s children and his wife, Ann-Bailey and his wife’s Lynn family. This would be a nice tradition, except that Peter was having a turkey dinner in the hospital. Just before Thanksgiving this year, Peter was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. He had a rough time during Thanksgiving week, but is home now and doing better, with a long-range positive outcome expected. He has been very brave facing his illness; and his wife has been wonderful staying by his side throughout the hospital stay. We were able to spend the week taking care of the two granddaughters who so missed their mommy and daddy, but went bravely about their routine. We found ourselves being thankful for a mixed bag of blessings: that our daughter Katie and her family could enjoy a traditional holiday with her husband’s family in Greensboro, North Carolina; that we could enjoy a turkey dinner with the Lynn family; that they were willing not only to prepare the meal but bring it to Springfield so we would all be close to Peter. We are thankful that Peter has a good prognosis and excelent doctors and nurses who began treatment right away. We are thankful for all the people throughout the country who are praying for healing. He’s on a lot of prayer lists and we welcome more prayers continuing throughout his treatments. We are grateful for the encouragement from friends who have been cured of lymphoma or have had family members who were cured. As a parent, when your child hurts, you hurt. It doesn’t matter if the child is a grown-up. Our daughter, Katie, has, since college, an ongoing chronic health condition that keeps us praying for healing for her. Now we intensify our concerns for

both of our children. Parents want to make everything okay; to kiss the boo-boo and make the hurt go away. It works when it’s a scraped knee or cut finger. But cancer takes a lot more power to defeat than a mother’s love; which is, of course, where the prayers come into play. Peter wrote to his friends after his diagnosis to let them know what was going on. And he had good advice for them and for all of us: “I have Hodgkin’s lymphoma It’s well developed because I’m an otherwise young healthy male and we young healthy males don’t do things like get that strange pain in the chest checked out as quickly as we should (if you have one, go check it out).” I’m not predicting how we will celebrate the Christmas holiday or where, but, no matter what, we will celebrate the meaning of Christmas, the glory and wonder and magic.

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BRING ONE FOR THE CHIPPER JAN. 6 What can you do with your live Christmas tree after the holidays are over? Bring it for the Chipper! Keep Cobb Beautiful Sponsors “Bring One for the Chipper” on Saturday, Jan. 6, from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. at several Home Depot locations. For locations call 770-528-1135. Home Depot and Keep Smyrna Beautiful will again host the Smyrna-Vinings area site for the Christmas tree recycling event on Jan. 6. 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 by the truckload (6-12 cubic yards). If you would like to donate your tree, simply remove all the ornaments and lights as well as the base and bring it to the Home Depot located at 2450 Cumberland Parkway SE between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Jan. 6. 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 garlands. The wire used to hold them together cannot be chipped and will not be recycled. You may recycle old holiday lights at the Smyrna Recycling Center located at 3475 Lake Drive; Smyrna 30082. For information on mulch delivery call Davey Tree Experts at 770-451-7911.

SPINAL CANAL STENOSIS – WHAT IS IT? By Dr. Derek Conte having debilitating pain, burning, parestheSpinal canal stenosis is a condition sia, numbness and loss of function of the where the spinal canal which houses the muscles and, in emergency cases, loss of spinal cord is narrowed. Stenosis literally bowel or bladder control. means “to narrow, or constrict”. Stenosis, Spinal canal stenosis may be diagnosed therefore is not restricted to conditions of with conventional X-Ray, MRI, and CT the spine but of any passageway in scan, with each technique revealing the body, such as an intestinal stricdifferent features and information. ture blocking food as in pyloric steTypical medical treatment begins nosis, or a valve of the heart as in with pain relievers, anti-inflammaaortic stenosis. tories in conjunction with physical Spinal canal stenosis can be therapy and progresses to steroids caused by bulging discs encroachand finally, surgery. The typical suring on the central canal or lateral gery done is called a laminetomy, recesses which convey the indiwhere the “roof” of the spine is vidual nerve roots. A tumor can Dr. Derek Conte removed thus relieving the pressure also take up space in the canal and on the cord. exert pressure on the spinal cord and nerves. Exercise is also of benefit, as can be Stenosis can be caused by trauma. Examacupuncture. Traction and specific chirople: falling off a horse onto the tailbone, practic adjustments can help alignment and hyper-extending the low back injuring the reduce symptoms, even dramatically so. ligamentum flavum which can swell and Dr. Derek Conte is co-founder of Chicalcify. Another cause is spondylolisthesis, ropractic Specialists at 1154 Concord Road in which the bones become “loose”, losing in Smyrna. For questions, call: 404-784their alignment and begin to shear and com6008. For more articles, info, photos, go to: press the spinal cord. drderekconte.com Still another possible cause of canal stenosis is achondroplastic dwarfism -- a condition where the long bones of the body have lost their ability to lengthen normally, shortening the spinal pedicles and restricting the opening of the canal. Spinal canal stenosis can occur in the cervical, but most often in the lumbar area of the spine and the symptoms can be mild to severe and range from being asymptomatic to Note the closure of the central spinal canal at left.

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ROTARY DONATES TO TEASLEY MEDIA CENTER Ross Henderson, President of the Vinings Cumberland Rotary Club, presents a check for $1500 to Principal Leslie Mansfield and Media Specialist Amy Crosby for books and media supplies for the Teasley library.

Giving back is an important tradition for us.


Smyrna Mayor Max Bacon, along with City Council, recognized an outstanding student, staff member and volunteer from Smyrna area schools, both public and private at a ceremony prior to the Dec. 4 council meeting. Bacon created the Mayor's Education Awards in 2006. The awards program is held twice a year in May and December Recipients were honored for their academic achievement, dedication and volunteer service. Congratulations to this semester's honorees listed by School, Principal, Student, Staff and Volunteer: Argyle Elementary: Robert Babay, Retal Alsharif, Angela Bivins, Sandra Buckley. Belmont Hills Elementary: Ashley Campoli; Hanamy Ramirez-Luna; Gina Trickett; David Lee and Robert Harvey. Green Acres Elementary: Ashley Mize; Ingrid Rojas; Eva Cook; Lt. Matt Hurst. King Springs Elementary: Dr. Cindy Szwec; Bryce Dozier; James Lavender; Amy Stafford, Erica Manning, Carol Kirshner and Liz Li. Nickajack Elementary: Adam Hill; Kal-El McClain; Jessica Powers; Scott Tasker. Norton Park Elementary: Michelle Curry; Jacqueline Vazquez; Janesa Moreira; Shirley Willis. Russell Elementary: Tammy Watson; Maverick Toomer; Teresa Maurer; Marcela Juan. Smyrna Elementary: James (Brett) Ward; Abi Streger; Joy Cutno; Michael and LaWana Streger. Teasley Elementary: Leslie Mansfield; Melvin Washington; Marie Cook; Tee McSpadden. Campbell Middle: Jonathan Tanner; Tatiana Cobos; Carolyn Sullivan; Daniel Parker. Griffin Middle:Paul Gillihan; Emily Manqueros; Mia Beasley; Kim Trumble. Campbell High: Dr. Jeanne Walker; Jay Patel; Emily Hogarth; Susan Mitchell. Covenant Christian School:Dr. Robert Barber; Harrison Phipps; Phenette Pugh; Darragh Moore. International Academy:Kari Schrock; Elizabeth Aguilar; Julie Winslette; Najah Husser. Whitefield Academy: Kevin Bracher; Jared Jones; Jan Hawkins; Candice Comstock.

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in her letter to the Georgia Library Media Association. “They have also worked collaboratively with the teaching staff to design instructional plans that maximize the use of space and resources.” Blaydes and Spinks helped transform Campbell’s media center into a learning commons, which includes print resources for Hispanic students and families and extensive research sources for students enrolled in the International Baccalaureate program. “In addition to providing an engaging and instructional library program for the students and staff at Campbell High School, Marty and Andy are leaders in the broader library media community,” said Holly Frilot, Cobb County School District Supervisor of Library Media Education.

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Young girls in their quinceañera dresses are a part of the Campbell International Festival held in November. Beginning with a parade of nations around the gym, this 25th annual observance includes music, dance, and clothing to shine a light on the many cultures that thrive among the students. The Quinceañera celebration is a ceremony in many Latin American countries celebrating the 15th birthday of young ladies transitioning from childhood young womanhood. “It celebrates our diversity,” said Gene Eybelman, one of the teachers responsible for the International Festival. “Campbell High School has proven to be a positive and a rewarding environment for all students, and our pride in ourselves and anyone else of different culture, religion, race, or ethnic background has made our school one of the most unique schools in Cobb County. Everyone is welcome, accepted, and celebrated in Campbell High School. There are all types of languages spoken in this school. It opens their eyes that there are different cultures around the world.”

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Page 8, December 2017 (A full version of our calendar for Smyrna/ Vinings and South Cobb is available on our website: www.brightsidecobb.com) DECEMBER 1-10: CHRISTMAS HOUSE. SCAA presents their annual Christmas House Arts & Crafts Show December 1-10 Mon.-Sat. 10am to 6 p.m. and Sun. 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Mable House Arts Center, 5239 Floyd Rd SW, Mableton. For more information visit www.southcobbarts.org. ••• NOW - JANUARY 14: HOLIDAYS AT THE BATTERY ATLANTA - The Battery Atlanta. Start your new holiday tradition at the battery Atlanta! Featuring an inaugural tree-lighting ceremony, Atlanta’s newest ice skating rink, and our one-of-a-kind new years’ eve bash for families and adults ••• 9: UGLY CHRISTMAS SWEATER Block Party and Movie, “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” on an inflatable screen at Smyrna’s Twentieth Century Veteran’s Memorial lawn. Fun begins Dec 9 at 6 p.m. with movie at 6:30. ••• 20-22: LIVING NATIVITY. Austell Presbyterian Church, 5895 Love Street in Old Austell, December 20-22 from 7 to 8 p.m. The rustic tableau features live animals. After viewing the Nativity, the community is invited to tour the 126 year-old decorated sanctuary as well as enjoy cider and soup in the warmth of Kirk Hall. It’s not unusual for carol singing to break out in the midst of this traditional Christmas event. 770 948-2822. www.austellpres.org. ••• 24: CANDELIGHT COMMUNION. Smyrna Christian Church invites the community to a Candlelight Communion Service on December 24, at 6 p.m. The service lasts approximately 45 minutes and is “designed to remind us of what we say we are celebrating.” Make this service a part of your Christmas celebration this year. We are located at 910 Concord Road, Smyrna. For more information please call Lee Delbridge at 770-435-1723. JANUARY 2: VBA. Vinings Business Association meets the first Tuesday of each month for lunch: Networking and speakers from 11:30 to 1 p.m. Georgian Club. A Business After-Hours is held the 3rd Tuesday of each month. www.viningsbusiness. com. 678-725-0099. ••• 3: SOUTH COBB BUSINESS. The SCBA meets the first Wednesday of each month at 11:45 at Presbyterian Village, East-West Connector. www.sc-ba.org ••• 4: SBA. Smyrna Business Association, Community Center, 11:30 a.m. For reservations: www. smyrnabusiness.org ••• 6: TREE RECYCLING. Home Depot, 2450 Cumberland Parkway, and Keep Smyrna Beautiful will again host the Smyrna-Vinings area site for the Christmas tree recycling event on January 6. 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. Davey Tree Experts will chip the trees and deliver free mulch by the truckload (6-12 cubic yards). Bring it to the Home Depot located between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. on January 6. Home Depot asks that trees not be dropped off until the day of the event because of space limitations. You may recycle old holiday lights at the Smyrna Recycling Center located at 3475 Lake Drive; Smyrna. WEEKLY EVENTS BOY SCOUT TROOP 61 meets every Monday night at 7:30 p.m. 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 Sunday at 4:30 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. Contact us at 770-883-1123. Website: www. smyrnatroop11.com. ••• BOY SCOUT TROOP 220 meets every Tuesday Night at 6:30 p.m. at Life Church Smyrna NEU 9205 Neighborhood News Ad Dec.indd 1

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Assembly of God located at 4100 King Springs Road (right next to Griffin Middle School). For more information see our website www.troopwebhost.org/Troop220Smyrna/Index ••• THE LORD’S STOREHOUSE sponsored by Shaw Temple AME Zion Church provides free of charge clothing, small household items, canned goods and toiletries to needy families, individuals and shelters. We also accept donated items in gently used and clean condition. We are located at 775 Hurt Road, SW, Smyrna Ga. and are opened Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Sat-



Read full Calendar at ww urday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For Info call Ms. Turner 678-437-5685 or email: 1MomTurner@ ATT.net ••• 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. ••• SMYRNA BUSINESS EXCHANGE: The Smyrna Business Exchange is Smyrna’s premier close contact networking group representing over 30 local businesses (and growing). The Smyrna Business Exchange meets at the Smyrna Community Center every Thursday morning from 7-8:30 a.m. Questions or to RSVP for a complimentary visit, call Jeff Daxe at 770-7955079 (or email at jad@mijs.com). ••• JONQUIL CITY KIWANIS SMYRNA: 10 a.m. Tuesday, Wolfe Senior Center, 884 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 ••• SOUTH COBB ROTARY: noon, Thursday, Presbyterian Village, East-West Connector ••• 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: Noon. Wednesday, Georgian Club. ••• 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 serves breakfast from 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.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. ••• COBB-MARIETTA RETIRED EDUCATORS ASSOCIATION meets the second Thursday of each month. The monthly luncheon

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is held at the First Methodist Church in Marietta at 11:30 a.m. For more information visit www.cmrea.org. ••• COBB COUNTY MOCHA MOMS offers support to mothers of color. Mocha Moms, Inc. is the premier national support group for mothers of color. Cobb County Mochas are a mixture working and stay at home moms. We offer an array of opportunities to connect with other moms through Mom's Night Out, Sister Circles, playdates for kids, couples' nights, single moms support, family community service projects and


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ww.brightsidecobb.com MORE. For questions about our chapter or if you are interested in joining, please email us at cobbcountymochamoms@gmail.com ••• 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. ••• FREE DINNER – 6 p.m. the 3rd Tuesday of every month at Light of Hope Presbyterian Church, 1507 Hurt Road, Marietta. Community invited. ••• THE JONQUIL GARDEN CLUB meets every 4th Tuesday at the library in downtown Smyrna. Members assemble at 10 a.m. and the meeting opens 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 Shirley

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Priest at 770-433-3248. www.jonquilgardenclub. org ••• LIBERTARIAN PARTY of Cobb County will host their Evening Social & Chapter Meeting, Event held on the first Thursday of every month at 7:30 p.m. Meetings Held at Fire Station #1 at 12 Haynes St., Marietta. For more information like us on Facebook @ Libertarian Party of Cobb County or call Gretchen Mangan at 494.368.2865. ••• MOMS CLUB of Smyrna West: For stay-athome or part-time working moms, we have added to the elementary school districts served in the Smyrna area: in 30080 and 30082 zip codes and any of the four following school districts: Smyrna Elementary, Norton Park, King Springs, and Nickajack. We offer morning and afternoon weekly play groups and activities. For questions about our club or are interested in becoming a member, please contact us directly at momsclubofsmyrnawest@yahoo.com. ••• SMYRNA FIRST MOPS offers fellowship with other mothers of children age birth to Kindergarten. We welcome women from throughout the community, so you don't have to be a member of Smyrna First United Methodist Church to join. For more info, visit www.smyrnafirstmops. com. MOPS NIGHT GROUP. Smyrna First United Methodist Church’s MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) group Night Group meets once a month on Wednesday evenings. If you are interested in joining the MOPS Night Group, smyrnafirstmopsnight@gmail.com or visit www.smyrnafirstmops.com ••• NEWCOMERS CLUB OF COBB COUNTY meets every 3rd Tuesday of the month 10 a.m. noon. John Knox Presbyterian Church, 505 Powers Ferry Road, Marietta, Visitors are welcome. September through May. ••• SMYRNA JONQUIL LIONS CLUB welcomes guests and prospective members. As a part of the world's largest service organization simply stated: We serve. Check us out and join as we strive to make our community a better place. The

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MARYELLEN BERRY NAMED PRINCIPAL AT WHITEFIELD ACADEMY Maryellen Berry has been named Whitefield Academy’s new Lower School principal beginning next year. Ms. Berry comes to Whitefield from Trinity School in Buckhead, where she has served since 1991 in various positions including classroom teacher, placement counselor, curriculum coordinator and upper elementary division head. She will fill the position of Lower School prin- Maryellen Berry cipal being vacated by Mrs. Jeannie Brostrand, according to Whitefield Head of School Dr. Kevin Bracher. Mrs. Brostrand served as Whitefield’s Lower School principal for the past 12 years and is retiring at the end of Jeannie this school year to travel, enjoy being a grandparBrostrand ent, and do mission work with her husband, Roy. Brostrand was a founding member of the Whitefield Lower School faculty in 2002, teaching 1st grade for four years before becoming principal of the Lower School. The new principal holds a bachelor’s in elementary education from Stetson University and a master’s degree in elementary education from State University New York at Cortland. She lives in Smyrna with her daughter, who is a new student at Whitefield this year. “Our lower school at Whitefield is an incredible environment in which students are known, loved, and challenged to learn and grow. Under Maryellen’s leadership, we’ll continue to build on this foundation" Bracher said.

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The Wolfe Adult Recreation Center recently added some more equipment to their fitness center. The fitness center now has three treadmills, three recumbent bikes, a leg extension machine and a cable pulley corner system. Daniel Leo Toulouse works on the leg extension and in back, Keith Bentley is on the pulley system. All of these new pieces of equipment, along with the other pieces of equipment, are perfect for those over the age of 55 who want to get into shape or stay in shape. Stop by the Wolfe Center today, 884 Church St., Smyrna, and see how to take advantage of this great opportunity.

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What size is your shoe? When is your next game? Does everyone cheer you on? Is it fun playing? Those are some of the questions Argyle Elementary School students lobbed at the Atlanta Braves minor league players who visited the school November 1. The Braves players stepped off the field and into the classroom to pinch-hit as guest readers to students in kindergarten through fourth grade. The diverse group of players provided a unique experience for the students. Because a large percentage of students spoke Spanish in addition to English, the players read books in both languages. “It is very rare to find guests, outside the students’ families, [to] come in and speak their native language,” said Jennifer Murchie, Argyle academic coach. “We were very fortunate to have [the Braves read to them in Spanish.] A lot of the kids,

you could just see their eyes brighten as they were listening to them read in Spanish.” According to Murchie, the players helped the students make connections because they got an opportunity to meet individuals from other countries. Students like third grader LaKendrick and fourth grader Azjorya enjoyed listening to the guest readers and were excited to take home their new Atlanta Braves souvenirs. “The students were so happy to have baseball players in their classroom,” Murchie added. “The players were even interacting with [the students] about the books, which is even better.” Wright grew up watching the Atlanta Braves and confessed that he would have loved for baseball players to come read to his class when he was in elementary school. “I think it kind of brightens their day when we can read to them,” Wright said.

BRAWNER HALL HOSTS COAT DRIVE, MOVIE The Christmas at Brawner Coat Drive has an added feature this year; the movie, “A Christmas Story.” On Friday, Dec. 15 experience the season at Brawner Hall, 3180 Atlanta Road, Smyrna, and give the gift of warmth by donating a coat.

There will be holiday treats, a hay “sleigh” ride, children’s activities, Dickens carolers and the movie under the stars in Taylor-Brawner Park. Festivities Begin at 5 p.m. The movie, A Christmas Story, begins at 6:30 and is over by 8 p.m.


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MEALS ON WHEELS: Meals on Wheels has a great opportunity for volunteers to deliver meals to homebound seniors who are waiting for this needed service. Cobb Senior Services is in need of volunteer drivers in Mableton, Marietta and Smyrna. If you have some time to volunteer as a MOW driver, or if you belong to an organization or business that would like to “Adopt-A-Route,” call Volunteer Services at 770-528-5381.


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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, Chickfil-a Cumberland Mall and Akers Mill, 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, Floyd Road Kroger; and in Austell: The Treadmill, Austell Food Store, Food Depot; and advertiser locations. Read the current issue on the web: www.brightsidecobb.com. 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 DECEMBER 27deadline with publication the week JANUARY 5. 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 770-4269388 or e-mail to ads@brightsidecobb.com.

club meets at the Smyrna Community Center the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 5 p.m. and the 4th Tuesday at noon. ••• 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 pwhittingham@ comcast.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 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 ••• 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. ••• DIABETES SUPPORT. WELLSTAR HEALTH SYSTEM will hold monthly free diabetes support groups in the following locations: Smyrna Primary Care, 562 Concord Rd, Smyrna 1 – 2 p.m. on the 3rd Thursday of each month except December. No registration is required. ••• FOOD ADDICTS IN RECOVERY. Are you having trouble controlling the way you eat? Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) is a free Twelve Step recovery program for anyone suffering from food obsession, overeating, under-eating or bulimia. Meetings are held every Monday at Macland Presbyterian Church, 3615 Macland Road, Powder Springs, from 7 p.m. - 8:30. For more information or a list of additional meetings throughout Metro Atlanta call 800-566-9010, or visit: www.foodaddicts.org. ••• OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS now meets at Ridgeview Institute, Room 8, 3995 S Cobb Drive, Smyrna. Mondays 7 p.m. ••• SMYRNA PARKINSON'S SUPPORT GROUP meets at 2 p.m. on the fourth Wednesday of each month, January through November at the Aline Wolfe Adult Recreation Center at 884 Church St., Smyrna. Phone: 678-631-5541.The facilitator is Carl Proctor Email: carlcproctor@ aol.com Contact: 404-275-9383. Smyrna Parkinson's Support Group Membership is free to Parkinsonians, care partners, family members, medical professionals and other people whose lives have been touched by PD. ••• 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. ••• REFORMERS UNANIMOUS (RU) is a Christ-centered addictions program that meets

every Friday at 7 p.m. at Westside Church located at 4900 Floyd Road, Mableton next to Walgreens. RU helps adults find freedom from addictive behavior. Call Mark Baker at 404-354-8911 for more information or see www.wbcfamily.org. ••• E-mail your organization’s calendar news to news@brightsidecobb.com. Deadline for JANUARY issue is DECEMBER 27 with publication the week of JANUARY 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. 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 news@brightsidecobb.com. Find updated calendar items on our website at www.brightsidecobb. com.


The Ugly Christmas Sweater Block Party and Movie Night is coming to Smyrna’s Twentieth Century Veterans Memorial just off the Village Green. On Saturday, Dec. 9 there will be fun and games beginning at 5:30 p.m. Bring your own food. Beer and wine will be available for purchase. There will be ugly sweater contest, a movie themed photo booth, and much more.

POLICE WARN OF PACKAGE THIEFS With the holiday season approaching residents need to be aware of the increased frequency package thefts, according to Cobb County Police. Thieves are on the lookout for packages left at the front door of residences and businesses. This is a low risk crime and frequently very lucrative. Please take a moment to safeguard the delivery of your packages. Below are some tips to help: • Get a tracking number. Track your packages and try to be home at the time of delivery. When you're placing an order, try to schedule shipment for a day you expect to be home, if possible. • If your employer allows it, have packages delivered to your workplace. • Have your packages delivered somewhere else. If you know you won't be home when your package will be delivered, have it delivered to a family member or a neighbor who is home. • Have your packages delivered to a retail store or locker. They will stay safe until you can pick them up at your convenience. Use a secure mailbox service. Sign up for a PO Box. You can have all packages delivered to these locations. • Designate a specific delivery location. Some shippers allow you authorize them to leave packages at locations other than the porch. They could include a back door, side door, or even a garage. • Install a security camera at your front door. Having a video surveillance camera pointing at the front door, hallway or driveway is better than no camera at all. • Require a signature on delivery. Make sure your valuable package requires your signature upon delivery so that it is not left for someone to steal. • Require a vacation package hold. If you are going away for the holiday, you can place a hold on your package to keep your parcel safe.

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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: cardio fusion, gentle yoga, low impact aerobics, senior Pilates, 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 aqua zumba. There is also water walking and lap swimming times at the pool. In addition to our exercise schedule we offer several, fun and unique activities for our members. Here is the December schedule: Pickleball -- Dec. 11, 12, 19 and 20 Paint with Paula -- Dec. 12 Boggle -- Dec. 12 Canasta -- Dec. 13 and Dec. 27 Mahjong -- every Thursday Dorothy’s Travels -- Dec. 18 All Day Crafts -- Dec. 19 Holiday Covered Dish Lunch --Dec. 20 Phase 10 -- Dec. 20 Home Made Fun -- Dec. 21 Bring Your Own Device -- Dec. 27 And so 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 Tuesday -- Tuesday, Dec. 12: Red Lobster, 1805 E-W Connector, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Separate checks; Registration required. Meet at restaurant. Holiday Meet and Eat -- Thursday, Dec. 14, 12 – 2 p.m. $12 /$14 Non-resident. Join us for this festive and fun-filled afternoon where you will enjoy a scrumptious meal consisting of pot roast, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, salad, roll and dessert. Pebblebrook High School’s choral group, Phoenix, will perform live. Invite a friend or two. Fundraiser to benefit C. Freeman Poole Senior Center. Trivia Fun -- Wednesday, Dec. 20, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Free; Registration required. Get your thinking hat on and see

how you do in answering questions from back in the 50’s. Don’t miss out on this funfilled morning. Invite some friends. Understanding Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) -- Thursday, Dec. 21, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Free; Registration required. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a disease that makes it hard to breathe. It’s the result of lung irritants that have caused permanent damage to the lungs. COPD includes two conditions – emphysema and chronic bronchitis, or both of these conditions. Stay informed as Piedmont Healthcare’s pulmonary program manager presents. Mercedes-Benz Stadium Tour -- January TBD, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. $40 Senior Council member; $45 Non-member. Deadline Dec. 28. Join us as we have lunch (on your own) at the world’s largest drive-in restaurant, The Varsity. After lunch, we will travel to Mercedes-Benz Stadium for a guided tour, where you will see the locker rooms, the field, the 100 Yard Club and much more. Payment due at time of registration. Price includes motor coach transportation, guided tour and tips. No refunds will be given unless the trip is cancelled. Activity Level 4. Wii Bowling -- Every Tuesday, 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Free; Join in the fun for Wii bowling. Meet new friends and socialize while having fun. Shanghai Rummy -- Every Tuesday, 1 – 4 p.m. Free; Have fun meeting new friends and playing cards. Canasta -- Every Wednesday, 1 – 4 p.m. Free; Get your friends together for a fun afternoon of playing cards and meeting new friends.

AUDITIONS IN JANUARY FOR ‘HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME’ The Theatre Project at the South Cobb Arts Center will present “Hunchback Of Notre Dame” in the spring. Register today to audition on Jan. 7 for the Hunchback of Notre Dame. Registration fee is $250. Please call 770-819-3285 to reserve your time. Ages 9-18 “Based on the Victor Hugo novel and songs from the Disney animated feature, The Hunchback of Notre Dame showcases the film’s Academy Award-nominated score, as well as new songs by Menken and Schwartz. Peter Parnell’s new book embraces story theatre and features verbatim passages from Hugo’s gothic novel.”

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Five Fourth Grade students from Smyrna Elementary Schools were honored by the Smyrna Jonquil City Kiwanis Club with a Silver Pen award for their essays on how to be a good citizen. From left are Alejandero Galvan of Belmont Hill Elementary, Sonia Anderson of King Springs Elementary, Jada Dinkins of Smyrna Elementary, Jerimiah Alphonse of Green Acres Elementary, Timetra Gison of the International Academy of Smyrna. In back are Mike May, Silver Pen chair, and Mark Rakin, president. Essays from 500 fourth graders at the five schools were judged. “These children have achieved something special,” May said.

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The Jonquil City Kiwanis Club of Smyrna gave out thousands of dollars in vouchers for Scholastic Books recently to school media specialists. From left are Susan McCurry of King Springs, Julie Winslette of the International Academy of Smyrna, and Natasha Miller of Belmont Hills. In back are Lenny St. Pierre and Chris Thompson of Scholastic Books, Chair Joe Yorio and President Mark Rakin.


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Notes On The News INCREASE IN FEES RANKLES SOME SENIOR CITIZENS By Allan Lipsett Editor/Publisher A new membership fee for the use of any Cobb County senior center will go into effect Feb. 1 and is raising some concerns among seniors. “The senior citizens of Cobb County, when the (Senior Citizen) council was first started in Smyrna in 1972, and other local businesses and organizations designed programs and activities, yard sales, etc, that enabled Cobb County to be the first one in Metropolitan Atlanta to open Windy Hill Senior Center in the middle 1980's,” said Harold Smith of Smyrna. In November the Board of Commissioners voted to establish annual membership fees of $60 a year for residents and $90 annually for non-residents. Additional fees apply for classes. “Do you actually think the Senior Citizens of Cobb County will be happy to start paying a hefty fee, in their Social Security years, to use the buildings they paid for years ago? Don't count on it,” Smith said in an email. Market Village Changes Some retail changes are coming to the Smyrna Market Village. Café Luca, with a location in Atlanta’s Healy Building, is set to open this month. Two long-time favorites are leaving: The Wine Cellars and Village Sushi, while Hungry Howie’s is clearing out its location in the adjacent Village Pavilion. Economic development sources say these changes will allow the addition of one or more upscale restaurants. Meanwhile, Porch Light Café is considering adding a taps bar in one of the empty spaces. A few blocks south, Newk’s is opening at Jonquil as well as a Great Clips. Also coming to the center are a branch of LGE Credit Union and Bad Daddy’s which offers gourmet burgers, with a full bar and a selection of craft microbrews. The eatery also has locations in Chamblee, Ga., North Carolina, South Carolina, Colorado and Oklahoma.

Seniors In Movie Some residents of Presbyterian Village could be seen as extras in the upcoming movie “Uncle Drew,” expected to be in theatres next summer. Boston Celtics star Kyrie Irving brings his "Uncle Drew" character -- an older man who disguises his basketball skills and stars in local pickup games in a number of Pepsi commercials -- debuted in 2012 and instantly turned into a national phenomenon that garnered millions of YouTube views. The campaign's success led to Pepsi re-signing Irving in 2014 to do more work with the character. Now it’s getting a film treatment and the title character embarks on a road trip to round up a group of septuagenarian friends for one final tournament at hallowed Rucker Park, is set to hit theaters June 29. Presbyterian Village played the home of one character during the filming in the Atlanta area, according to Executive Director Ken Rhudy. In one scene the director needed a group of older extras and Rhudy put together a half dozen residents quickly. The call went out for some more older extras in a later scene and Village residents again came through. Filming in Atlanta occurred during August at the Atlanta Civic Center, Midtown and Conyers. Another Vinings Bank You can find the name “Vinings” on roads, subdivisions and apartments throughout the south Cobb area. Soon you’ll find it in Alpharetta also. Vinings Bank, now celebrating its 10th anniversary, is planning to open a branch in the north Fulton area next year. Vinings Bank President Dan Oliver made the announcement at a luncheon gathering at the bank Nov. 9 after KSU President Sam Olens was the speaker. Mike Simms will head up the Alpharetta location. Got an item for the news? Send to news@brightsidecobb.com.


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Smyrna Police Chief David Lee with Monica Brown, widow of the late Deputy Chief Michael Brown, admire the new sign.


Smyrna Police Department building has been renamed to honor the late Deputy Chief- Michael L. Brown. Deputy Chief Brown suffered a heart attack while on duty on Feb. 2, 2015. At the time of his passing, Deputy Chief Brown had served the Smyrna Police Department for 38 years. In addition to having served the Smyrna Police Department, Deputy Chief Brown was a United States Veteran having served in the United States Navy. In a ceremony Nov. 10 Monica Brown, widow of the deputy chief, assisted Chief Lee in unveiling a newly constructed memorial wall. Among the guests were several other relatives and former Police Chief

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Stanley Hook. “I knew Michael Brown for 30 years,” said Smyrna Police Chief David Lee in opening the ceremony. “He had a servant leadership style that we all hope to have.” “He knew everyone in Smyrna and I never heard anyone say anything bad about him” Lee said. Deputy Chief Brown was praised as a mentor and innovator. “Deputy Chief Brown is directly responsible for many of the officer’s careers that still serve the Smyrna Police Department today as well as many of the policing strategies that make the Smyrna Police Department a forward thinking and progressive law enforcement agency,” Lee said.

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