Page 1

APRIL 2011

AroundAbout — East Cobb


April 2011 Volume 4, Issue 12

32 Walton Lady Raiders Tennis Team.

Featured Articles

24 & 25 On the Cover Marietta Plastic Surgery — Enhancing your natural beauty.


Readers’ Choice Awards Party

Celebrating East Cobb’s best businesses.


Dreams Do Come True

Local resident shares her amazing story.


Summer Camps


AroundAbout — East Cobb is printed using soy-based inks and paper stocks that are at least 25% recycled. Our printer also recycles all paper and ink waste.

A helpful list to help plan your summer.

Teachers of the Year

Meet some of Cobb County’s best teachers.

In Every Issue Birthdays............................................ 7

Elected Officials................................ 40

Everyday Angels............................... 12

Clubs & Organizations....................... 42

Community Calendar........................ 16 School Information........................... 34

Community Numbers....................... 44

Humane Society............................... 37

Classifieds........................................ 46

Houses of Worship........................... 38

Advertiser Directory......................... 47

Contributing Writers

Lee Ann Jones is the Title Manager for AroundAbout — East Cobb. She has more than 20 years experience assisting clients grow their businesses. Look for her out and about in East Cobb! You can reach her at (770) 615-3318 or leeann@ 2

Judson Adamson.............................22 Don Akridge....................................10 James Ball........................................ 4 Dr. Cristi Cheek................................12 Allison Duffy....................................36 David Hecklemoser..........................21 Judson Hill........................................ 8 Lisa Huffman...................................11 AroundAbout — East Cobb

Jennifer Jarosick..............................20 Kara Kiefer.......................................21 Scott Lemmon.................................33 Dr. Mike Litrel..................................23 Colin Morris....................................36 Doug Rohan.....................................11 Becky Smith....................................20 Derin White.....................................22 APRIL 2011 Keeping you plugged into the latest online happenings Publisher AroundAbout Local Media, Inc.

by James Ball, Digital Marketing Director Have you noticed the changes to the AroundAbout-East website? Why the change? It’s actually more than just a simple case of Spring Fever, though the timing does feel right!

Executive Editor Kara Kiefer, (770) 615-3309

Advertising Director Leslie Proctor, (770) 615-3304

Our visitors have helped us determine what we need to do more of and what we need to abandon. You see, it really is your site, and we absolutely want it to be all it should be for you!

Title Manager Lee Ann Jones, (770) 615-3318

Art Director Michelle McCulloch

We certainly put our best foot forward when we launched the original site, but until it had some time and use from you, it was merely guesswork on our part. All of us here are very pleased with the new site. We hope that you find it as attractive, intuitive and easy to navigate as we do! We realize that our website is often the “front door” to many who may not receive our magazines. As such, it is a very important and integral part of who we are. It’s important that it represents us in a very real and transparent way, and that it functions as it should for our readers and site visitors. As a community magazine, we feel that it is absolutely necessary to evolve along with the digital realm and all that it has to offer. Communicating and connecting with others has never been easier or faster. We think that this is a benefit within a community that simply cannot be overlooked. We value the Internet for what it offers us as a company, and this is because it helps us to better serve our clients and our readership. We really do consider it a privilege that so many of you have chosen to connect with us online! If you have any questions about your own website, search engine optimization (SEO), social media marketing, or anything else digital in nature, please contact me at (770) 615-3310 or e-mail me at We do offer products and services designed to fit the digital and online needs of small businesses, and I’d be happy to speak with you further about them.

Follow us on

Join the AroundAbout East Cobb fan page: aroundabouteastcobb 4, (770) 615-3307

Digital Marketing Director James Ball, (770) 615-3310

Photographers C & W Photography • Rod Kaye • AroundAbout — East Cobb is a franchisee of AroundAbout Local Media, Inc., a monthly community magazine. The magazine’s goal is to build a sense of community and pride in the East Cobb area by providing its residents with positive stories and timely information. It is distributed free by mail to approximately 18,000 homes and businesses and 3,000 in racks throughout the East Cobb community. AroundAbout — East Cobb welcomes your comments, stories, and advertisements. The deadline is the 15th of the preceding month. Subscriptions are available for $24 per year. Send payment to the address below. The viewpoints of the advertisers, columnists and submissions are not necessarily those of the Editor/Publisher and the Publisher makes no claims as to the validity of any charitable organizations mentioned. AroundAbout — East Cobb is not responsible for errors or omissions. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means without written permission from the Publisher. All rights reserved. © Copyright 2011. AroundAbout — East Cobb 2449 Towne Lake Parkway, Woodstock, Georgia 30189 Fax: (770) 516-4809 Advertising: Editor: Website:

AroundAbout — East Cobb

Franchise Opportunities Available: Volume 4, Issue 12 APRIL 2011

APRIL 2011

AroundAbout — East Cobb



News Around East Cobb Local Scout Helps Pet Rescue Group Maddie Quirk (left), an eighth grade student at Dodgen Middle School, is helping the Atlanta Pet Rescue and Adoption as she works to earn her Silver Award in Girl Scouts. She collected supplies from community members to donate to the organization, and she also made several dog toys and treats to donate as well.

Cobb EMC Employee Serves as Principal for a Day Mark Justice, manager of education and community relations at Cobb EMC, was Principal for a Day at Dodgen Middle School. As the honorary principal, Mark visited classrooms and was able to get a close look at a typical day for Principal Robin Lattizori. Mark also presented awards to eighth grade students Claire Schatz and Lauren Wetzel, who designed the winning Christmas card that Cobb EMC used this past December. The Principal for a Day program is administered by the Cobb County Chamber of Commerce and is intended to help build greater understanding of the educational process and create opportunities for engagement with area schools. Left to right: Mark Justice and Principal Robin Lattizori.

Y Not Run! Race Set for April

Teacher and Student Co-Author Novel

The YWCA of Northeast Georgia and the Rotary Club of Marietta will co-host the Y Not Run! 5K Road Race and onemile Skirt Run on Saturday, April 16. Proceeds from will benefit the YWCA and Rotary-supported charities. The 5K run will begin at 8 a.m. near Polk Street Park at Marietta First United Methodist Church, and take participants through historic and scenic Marietta neighborhoods. The Skirt Run, beginning at 9:15 a.m., gives runners – especially men – a chance to wear a fun skirt and support the charities. Both events are open to women, men and children, and walkers are welcome. Entry fees are $25 and $30 the day of the race. Participants can register at

Five years ago, a writing relationship began with then fifthgrade student Kelly Huban (below right) and her teacher Eileen Jedlicka (below left). “I noticed Kelly’s talent for writing, and when I decided to write a book, I knew I needed Kelly’s help,” said Eileen. The result is the recently published novel In the Blink of an Eye - A Mannequin’s Tale. The book has been so popular with young readers in North America that it sold out the first publishing run. Kelly, now a freshman at Walton High School, said, “When Mrs. Jedlicka approached me about a book, I was really, really excited. But then I got concerned whether we could do it. That doesn’t concern me now,” Kelly said as she turned the finished novel over in her hand and pointed to her name on the front cover. Kelly and Eileen’s book can be found at or on

Enjoy Family Time During TV Turn Off Week The Cobb County Public Library System invites you to celebrate family time during the fourth annual TV Turn-Off Week, April 18 – 24. Free activities will be held at the Central Library’s children’s department in Marietta each day that week. Monday – Thursday events will be from 6 – 8 p.m.; the event is all day on Friday and on Saturday starting at 11 a.m. At the East Cobb Library, enjoy the classics with a variety of board games for families to play in the East Cobb Teen Zone and program room. Patrons are welcome to enjoy games set out by the library staff or bring their own games. For more information, call (770) 5282331.

We Are Your Community’s Source for Information • 6

AroundAbout — East Cobb

APRIL 2011

Happy Birthday! Wedding, Birthday and Anniversary Announcements are free! E-mail to: May deadline is April 15.

Paul Weston Age 16 on April 13 Love, Mom, Dad, Cassidy, Alexa, and Daniella

Robert Weston celebrating on April 6 We love you papi Daniella, Paul, Cassidy, Alexa and Nanu

Taylor White celebrating the BIG 21 on April 25

Jenna & Steve Spangler

H a p p y A n n i v e rs a r y !

celebrating 7 years of marriage on April 18!

Celebrating Moms! At AroundAbout-East Cobb, we feel that each and every mom is her family’s “Mother of the Year.” For this reason, we would like to honor as many of our moms as possible for our May issue with a special pictorial celebrating all mothers! We are looking for photos of our East Cobb area moms with their children. The photos can be from babyhood through present day. If you don’t have children, we also would love to share your photos of you and your mom, even if it was in the 70s! Here are the guidelines:

Pat & Bart Smith celebrating 45 years of marriage on April 29!

1. Please ensure all submitted photographs have identifications listed for each person in the photo. 2. Please submit the photos via email to or by mail to: AroundAbout-East Cobb, 2449 Towne Lake Parkway, Woodstock GA 30189.(Please include a selfaddressed stamped envelope for photo return)

Jenn & Jon Conway

3. The deadline for submissions is April 15.

celebrating 12 years of marriage on April 10!

APRIL 2011

AroundAbout — East Cobb



One Year Later: States Triumph Over Federal Mandate by State Senator Judson Hill

One year ago today, the Obama administration succeeded in forcing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as “ObamaCare,” through Congress. In just one year, ObamaCare is failing and the states are recognizing citizens’ rights to choose their healthcare.

legislation designed to block an individual mandate and protect patients’ rights. Six states (Virginia, Idaho, Arizona, Georgia, Louisiana, and Missouri) passed the ALEC model as a statute, providing state-level defenses against ObamaCare’s excessive federal power. Two states (Arizona and Oklahoma) passed the model as a constitutional amendment. And recently, the North Carolina and Tennessee legislatures sent the bill to the governor’s desk.

ObamaCare is truly an unprecedented piece of federal legislation, overstepping the federal government’s power over the states and our citizens. Neither Social Security nor Medicare demanded so much from taxpayers and state legislatures, or faced such widespread opposition from Republicans and Democrats alike.

Supporters of ObamaCare merely unaware of the vast and inevitable expenses demanded by the new regulations. ObamaCare’s expansion of Medicaid, for example, will literally drain state budgets. According to the Heritage Foundation, omore than 30 states will see their Medicaid expenses jump by 20-30 percent. Some will endure Medicaid increases of 40-50 percent. Considering that some states, like Ohio, already spend 40 percent of their budget on Medicaid, these increases are simply unsustainable.

Initially, the Obama administration claimed that its health reform plan represented a mandate from voters. Liberal supporters likened ObamaCare to FDR’s New Deal, promoting it as a heroic effort of the federal government on behalf of the American everyman. The people demanded health reform, and ObamaCare was offered to fulfill their wishes.

“ Employers and small businesses will endure one of the heaviest blows in decades from ObamaCare.”

Such a claim, questionable at the time, now rings hollow. ObamaCare never boasted more than a slim majority of approval, and public espousal of the program has declined steadily since its passage. Twenty-six states are suing the federal government for unconstitutional mandates, eight states have passed legislation against ObamaCare, and more than 900 waivers have already been granted. In January, the United States House of Representatives voted to repeal ObamaCare, and public opposition to the new health restrictions remains strong. Even the most generous of surveys point to the program’s dwindling popularity. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation Poll, only 19 percent of American citizens favor ObamaCare. Opposition, by contrast, remains strong: 76 percent of the public opposes ObamaCare’s individual mandate clause, 69 percent want to limit its Medicaid coverage expansions, 60 percent believe it will aggravate the deficit, and 51 percent oppose its employer mandate. Luckily, the states are fighting back. Legislators in 42 states have introduced or announced their intention to introduce ALEC’s Freedom of Choice in Health Care Act, model 8

On a broader scope, ObamaCare is estimated to result in more than $669 billion in new or increased taxes within its first 10 years of implementation. A significant percentage of these taxes will be siphoned from the health industry—a $20 billion tax on medical device manufacturers, a $22 billion tax on brand-name prescription drugs, and a $60 billion tax on large health insurers. ObamaCare is projected to cost Georgia taxpayers close to $600 million annually. Not exactly the best strategy for making healthcare more affordable. Employers and small businesses will endure one of the heaviest blows in decades from ObamaCare. The program’s employer mandate clause requires employers with more than 50 workers to provide federally dictated “minimum essential coverage” and imposes severe fines for failing to do so. The National Federation of Independent Business predicts that 1.6 million individuals will lose their jobs by 2014 as a result of ObamaCare’s employer mandate, with two-thirds of those lost jobs from small businesses. The President’s recent “concession” to let the states develop their own plans is merely a hollow gesture. In order to “opt out” from ObamaCare, states would have to adopt reforms that match the federal mandate. This will inflate state healthcare costs and

AroundAbout — East Cobb

continued on page 41 APRIL 2011

APRIL 2011

AroundAbout — East Cobb



Leaving a Legacy Plan We will all leave this world sometime. Why leave unanswered questions with those we love? by Don Akridge, MBA, CPA, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ U.S. Marine Corps Veteran – Emory University Alumnus

We all want to live a significant, successful life. Yet how many of us realize that our important, positive contributions can last long after we are gone? Two things are certain: death and taxes. Some of us grasp that reality early, so we create wills, living trusts and estate plans. Others deny this reality and leave their heirs with perplexing questions, added stress and even anger when they pass away. The truly farsighted among us opt for a full-fledged legacy plan. How does a legacy plan differ from an estate plan? An estate plan determines a destiny for your assets. A legacy plan does that and more. It communicates your values, wishes and memories as well as financial directions. If you ask someone about the “why” of estate planning – that is, why should you have an estate plan in the first place – the instant response is, “to avoid estate tax.” That is certainly a good reason to create an estate plan, but it may not be the best one. A legacy plan can convey your values and wishes when it comes to the following matters:

The distribution of the estate – selecting a steward, showing that person how these assets are to be managed according to your values and outlook. The future of a family business – you can share the knowledge only the owner and founder has, you can establish who will own it after you, who will manage it and who will benefit financially from it.


Protecting your business (and your estate) from “predators and creditors” – taking steps to insulate the business (and your heirs) against lawsuits, outstanding debts, and intrusions of relatives or past associates.


A legacy plan communicates more than financial details; it expresses your values, your final wishes and the life lessons you want to pass along. It conveys knowledge that may make things smoother for your heirs and your company at a time of grief and crisis. It imparts wisdom that your successor may use to guide inherited assets in the future, so that these assets might endure for more than a generation. In other words, it gives your heirs your business and some answers to the questions “what do we do now” and “what would he/she have wanted us to do.” Legacy plans are built taking many factors into account. The first factor is you. What are your goals, financial and otherwise? A legacy plan should first respect your wishes and intentions.

“A legacy plan communicates more than financial details; it expresses your values, your final wishes and the life lessons you want to pass along. ”



What do conventional estate plans risk ignoring? While basic estate plans establish where assets go, they don’t often communicate the personal and practical details that can aid heirs in the case of an unexpected loss.

The second factor is family. People define “family” in all kinds of different ways. A good legacy plan respects your definition, and is created with an understanding of it and your particular “family” dynamics. Only after this should the tax and financial strategies of the plan be determined.

Many estate plans are too boilerplate, and/or they aren’t designed to hand down the experiential wealth and wisdom that should accompany the assets. A good legacy plan transmits values, instructions and guidance to ease a family’s burden when it comes to settling financial and business issues at a time of grief. Don Akridge is President of Citadel CPA, Financial Planning & Investment Services founded in 1994 and conveniently located off Chastain Road between I-575 & I-75 in Kennesaw. Phone 770-9526707. Securities offered through 1st Global Capital Corp. Member FINRA, SIPC. Investment advisory services offered through 1st Global Advisors, Inc. Created by 1st Global or Peter Montoya, Inc. for use by our financial advisors.

AroundAbout — East Cobb

APRIL 2011

Sexting Is Bad

(for reasons you don’t even know yet) . . .

Save $$ on Kids Clothing at Seasonal Consignment Sales

by Douglas B. Rohan, Esq., ROHAN LAW, PC I suspect that 100 percent of my readers with a teenage son (perhaps even some 12 year olds) are at risk for being arrested right now and may not even be aware of it: and not for some traffic violation, but for a felony of child pornography. Forget whether or not you are guilty of such a crime. Simply an accusation is sufficient to destroy a career and jeopardize a marriage. I strongly urge you to take steps now to minimize that risk. In the modern age of Internet pornography, opportunities to view inappropriate material are everywhere. You can access pornography on home computers, tablet PCs and even smart phones. The media within which those access points occur are not limited to the web, but now include Twitter, Facebook, Skype and a host of other resources. It is not enough to simply monitor Internet pages anymore. After all, some youth are even engaging in direct messaging nude or semi-nude pictures from point to point via e-mail and texting. As a parent, I hope that I don’t have to explain why this behavior is corrosive to a healthy image and lifestyle. But perhaps you are a free spirit who believes in openness and the human body as artwork and that youth are free to express themselves so long as no one is getting hurt. To those individuals, I would point out that if you have a shared computer or shared media accounts, the police are likely to issue warrants against both the parents and the child for any illicit images that are found on the computer. This includes images that have been either transmitted to or received by that machine. The court system works, and the charges may eventually be dropped against you, the parent. But at what cost? After you were fired? After you lost your license? After your spouse needed to seek professional counseling? To avoid this and similar problems: Always place the family computer in a public room in the house like the kitchen or living room;


If there is a laptop, set family guidelines that it is to remain in one of these rooms;


If you feel compelled to provide your teenager with a smart phone or iPad, do not let them sleep with them in their rooms;


Utilize all the parental control features on the devices and set restrictions on age appropriate downloads;


Establish an expectation that you are entitled to review your child’s messages and devices at any time without advance


by Lisa Huffman Seasonal consignment shopping is a fast growing trend, especially for baby and children’s items. The economy and unemployment rates have made this increasingly more a necessity for some. Kids grow so fast, and items like clothes, strollers, car seats, cribs and toys many times seem barely used. Seasonal consignment sales offer a unique venue for both sellers and shoppers. Unlike a thrift store that is open every day, these sales set up shop for a weekend or a few days in the spring and fall. Some also offer a holiday sale around December that specializes in toys and holiday clothes. I have participated in a seasonal consignment sale for years now and have found it to be instrumental in helping me tackle the clothing budget for the kids. I receive 70 percent of the selling price, minus a $5 registration fee, with the remaining 30 percent going to the charity involved. As an added bonus, sellers are granted early access to the sale. It’s more important “I recommend these days to get there early, participating as a so you won’t miss the good stuff! shopper at a seasonal

sale to get your feet

I recommend participating as wet.” a shopper at a seasonal sale to get your feet wet. Most accept only cash or check. You should bring a laundry basket for your loot. It is exciting to stumble on a really nice outfit for a fraction of the cost. My kids get excited because they know Mom is coming home with loads of “new” clothes. Next, you should find a sale you like and become a seller. At each sale, I usually make $150 – 200 and spend $100 – $125. Participating as a seller does take time, but it’s worth it because I am taking what doesn’t fit anymore and getting new clothes that do fit with some extra money for the clothing budget. I certainly appreciate other folks doing the same or there would be nothing to buy at such great prices.

Tips for potential sellers:

1. Place a storage tub in each child’s closet and toss clothes in year-round for review closer to sale time. 2. Register early for your preferred sale and learn the rules and guidelines for a seller. 3. Pick a convenient location in your home for consignment sale set-up. A well-lit flat area works best. 4. Invest in an inexpensive clothes-hanging rack.

continued on page 41 APRIL 2011

AroundAbout — East Cobb

continued on page 41 11


Are Your Teeth Sensitive? by Cristi Cheek, DMD Do you wince when eating ice cream or does a cup of hot coffee make your teeth ache? If so, then you have sensitive teeth. Cavities and broken teeth can make the teeth sensitive, but if your dentist has ruled those out, your sensitivity may be coming from exposed root surfaces, missing enamel or cracks. Roots often become exposed when the gum tissue recedes because of aggressive brushing, periodontal disease, or clenching or grinding the teeth. Brushing hard at the junction between the tooth and gums can wear away the thin edge of tissue or cause it to retreat away from the tooth. With periodontal disease, as the bone level around the teeth drops so does the gum level, exposing the tooth roots. Grinding your teeth, which often occurs at night during sleep, torques the teeth side to side and often loosens the ligaments that hold the teeth in their sockets, causing the gums to pull away from the tooth. Enamel makes up the protective outer covering of the teeth. As enamel is worn away, whether through tooth grinding or chemical erosion, the dentin becomes exposed. The dentin layer of the tooth is porous, so when cold, hot, or acidic substances touch this layer, the nerves in the tooth are stimulated. Grinding your teeth can wear away the enamel on the chewing surfaces of the teeth and also can “bend” the tooth at the gum line, causing the enamel in this area to chip away. Acid reflux, sucking on lemons, or drinking carbonated beverages are examples of sources of chemicals that can erode the enamel. Cracks in the teeth can be caused by grinding the teeth, by an improper occlusion or “bad bite,” or by bad habits such as chewing ice. These cracks can lead down into the dentin layer allowing fluid to travel in and out of the tooth, aggravating the cells and nerves. Grinding or clenching your teeth puts excessive pressure on the teeth and over time, can cause a fracture in the tooth or can put such pressure on a filling that the tooth cracks. If your teeth don’t fit together properly, chewing can put heavier pressure on areas not designed to withstand such forces. Also, a bad bite can sometimes be the cause of nighttime grinding of the teeth. There are many causes of tooth sensitivity. Left unchecked, sometimes the underlying cause can lead to major problems, so notify your dentist of any acute or chronic issues with tooth sensitivity. Dr. Cristi Cheek, DMD, is the owner of Cristi Y. Cheek, D.M.D., P.C., Family and Cosmetic Dentistry. Dr. Cheek is also a member of the AroundAbout — East Cobb Community Board. You may contact her at (770) 993-3775 or visit


Dylan is a five-year-old boy who lights up a room. A year ago, Dylan began complaining of a sore ankle. His mom initially felt it was a result of playing soccer, which is his first organized sport. However, after a long year later of numerous doctor visits, casts, tests and MRIs, Dylan was diagnosed with Synovial Sarcoma, a rare form of soft tissue cancer. After the second MRI revealed a small tumor and surgery was scheduled, his mom felt some relief that this problem might soon be behind them. Unfortunately, an hour into the routine surgery, she received the words that dropped her to her knees. The tumor was cancerous and could not be removed because it was tangled in the soft tissues, nerves and arteries. Dylan grew up in south Florida with his 34-year-old single mother, who has played the role of mother, father and provider all of his life. As a waitress, she provided well for them until the medical bills began accumulating. She found herself having to work 10-hour days just to stay ahead. Her sister lives in our community and shared Dylan’s story with her friends. Luckily, one of her friends had a connection with a specialist who agreed to care for Dylan if she would move to Atlanta. Hopeful, Dylan’s mom did just that. She packed up her life and drove 780 miles to live with her sister, in hopes of saving her son. In just four days, her sister’s family (with three children of their own) prepared a small bedroom area and a half-bath for them, with help from the most wonderful friends and neighbors. Dylan is scheduled to undergo an aggressive chemo treatment in hopes that it will rid him of cancer, since his tumor is inoperable. However, a less-than-ideal scenario is also looming — amputation. His chemo begins with 3 – 4 days in the hospital and 3 days at home. The new family of seven is emotionally prepared for the unknown journey ahead of them. Dylan’s mom is unable to work while caring for him and will not only need to keep her transportation and insurance, but will also need to pay for gas to get them back and forth to the hospital. This past week, we shared Dylan’s story with a local builder, RJK homes, and they graciously offered to add a spacious shower for Dylan. This will allow Dylan and his mom the comfort and convenience of caring for him throughout his chemo sessions in their new home. This month, we simply ask that you consider picking up a small gas card or gift card next time you are in the grocery store line. Any additional assistance is always appreciated. Please pray for strength and healing for Dylan as he begins his battle. Everyday Angels has a new web page that will allow you to donate online through Paypal. Please visit or send your donations to our new address: Everyday Angels, 2449 Towne Lake Parkway, Woodstock GA, 30189. One hundred percent of your funds will go to the family you specify. Also, if you know of a special need within your community that you would like to share, please send an e-mail to for consideration and qualification.

AroundAbout — East Cobb

APRIL 2011

Customers NOT Leaping Through Your Door?

Call (770) 615-3318 to advertise in Around About - East Cobb Email:

APRIL 2011

AroundAbout — East Cobb



Readers’ Choice Awards The 3rd Annual AroundAbout-East Cobb Readers’ Choice award ceremony recently was held at Marlow’s Tavern at Merchant’s Walk. More than 20 winning businesses attended and received framed certificates and vinyl stickers to display in their storefronts. Congratulations to all our winners!

Best Orthodontist Dr. Tim Shaughnessy.

Columnist Jennifer Jarosick and husband Martin.

Jamie Andrews from Marlow’s Tavern, host of the event and winner in three categories: Best New Restaurant, Best All-Around Restaurant and Best Sports Bar.

CORRECTION: In our April issue, the winners of the Best Veterinarian should have read Montrose Animal Hospital and Sprayberry Animal Hospital. There was a tie, and Montrose was inadvertently left out. We apologize for the omission. 14

Left to right: Maura Lewis and Tricia representing Steven Lewis voted Best Insurance Agent and LeeAnn Jones, AroundAbout East Cobb Title Manager.

Amanda from Best Ethnic Restaurant Tijuana Joes.

Barry Blakely and Renato Alvarez from Pro Painting and Remodeling, voted Best Painters.

AroundAbout East Cobb owner Karen Flaig and Mike Peterson from St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church voted Best Day Care/ Preschool.

LeeAnn Jones and Dan Gordon from Best Physical Therapist Atlanta Falcons Physical Therapy. AroundAbout — East Cobb

APRIL 2011

Karen Flaig and Misti Moore owner of Sundial Plumbing, voted Best Plumber.

Left to right: Lindsey Fowler, Saderia Mosby,and Natasha Jones owner of Peachtree Gymnastics & More.

Dr. Cristi Cheek voted Best Dentist.

Dr. Chris Rechter and Dr. Justin Fiero owners of HealthQuest voted Best Chiropractors.

APRIL 2011

Nancy Tran from Nail Eagle voted Best Nail Salon.

Bud Capozzi owner of Capozzi’s Pizza, voted Best Italian Restaurant.

Scott Witkowski from Ken Stanton Music, voted Best Music Store.

Dr. Jerry Smith and columnist Becky Smith.

AroundAbout — East Cobb

Bob Blum from Pearle Vision, voted Best Optometrist.

LeeAnn Jones and Lynette Strickland owner of Dance Stop voted Best Dance Studio.

Eric Gabe from Arrow Exterminating, voted Best Pest Control.



Community Calendar Community event listings are Free! • E-mail to: kara@ • May deadline is April 15. April 16

KSU Community and Alumni Choir Time: 8 p.m. Location: 1000 Chastain Road, Building 30 on Kennesaw State University (KSU) campus. Information: O.M.G. (Oratorios, Madrigals and Gospel), with guest appearance by Debra D. Crampton and featuring works by Handel, Haydn, Mendelssohn, Moses Hogan and many others. Tickets are $10, $5 for students. Call (770) 423-6650.

(770) 423-1330 or e-mail billwatson@ or visit www.

April 27

East Cobb Civic Association Meeting Time: 7 p.m. Location: 4400 Lower Roswell Road Information: The speaker will be Phil Hogsed, Director and Chief Appraiser of the Cobb County Tax Assessor’s office. Contact Jill Flamm at jill@flammus or visit

April 18

Interactive Mystical Seder

be $1 – $5 each (cash only). E-mail Alan Abrams at or visit

May 7

Through the Garden Gate Time: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Locations: Off Dallas Highway Information: Tour the private gardens of the Cobb County Master Gardeners, rain or shine. Advance tickets are $10 or $15 the day of the show. Call (770) 528-4070 or visit

May 14

Time: 8:15 p.m. Location: Chabad of Cobb, 4450 Lower Roswell Road Information: Join Rabbi Ephraim Silverman for the first Passover Seder. Adults $48, children (4 – 9) $18, children (10-12) $28. Call (770) 565-4412 ext. 300.

Drake Walk and Festival

April 30 – May 1

Smyrna Spring Jonquil Festival

Time: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Location: Roswell United Methodist Church, 814 Mimosa Boulevard Information: All walks take place on the sidewalks; Registration is $15 per person or $30 per family. All proceeds to benefit the Drake House. Visit or e-mail

Times: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Saturday; noon – 5 p.m., Sunday Location: The Village Green, Smyrna Information: Admission is free. Arts and crafts booths, food booths, entertainment stages and children’s activities. Call (770) 423-1330 or e-mail billwatson@

April 23

Community Egg Drop Time: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Location: Sprayberry High School football field/stadium area, 2525 Sandy Plains Road Information: Egg hunts for all ages. There will be food, games, DJ and activities. Admission is free. Call


May 7

Taste of East Cobb Time: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Location: Merchants Walk shopping center Information: Food from area restaurants, music, silent auction and family fun! Beverage and dessert booths. Tastes will

AroundAbout — East Cobb

APRIL 2011

APRIL 2011

AroundAbout — East Cobb



Recent Consumer Product Recalls AroundAbout — East Cobb wants to help keep you and your family safe. The following items have been recalled by their manufacturers in cooperation with the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC). Golden Tea Lights. Pier 1 Imports® of Fort Worth, Texas, is voluntarily recalling approximately 370,000 (in the United States) and 30,000 (in Canada) Golden tea lights sold with ornament tea light holders. The flame from the tea lights can burn with a high flame, posing a fire hazard.

bolts provided with some SNIGLAR cribs to secure the mattress support are not long enough. This can cause the mattress support to detach and collapse, creating a risk of entrapment and suffocation to a child in the crib.

Jogging Strollers. B.O.B. Trailers, Inc. of Boise, ID is voluntarily recalling approximately 337,000 (in the United States) and 20,000 (in Canada) B.O.B.® single and double strollers. A drawstring on the stroller can get wrapped around a child’s neck, posing a strangulation hazard. Glass Lids. Le Creuset of America, Inc. of Early Branch, SC is voluntarily recalling approximately 1,800 Le Creuset glass lids. The glass lids can crack or break during use, posing a laceration hazard to consumers. Resistance Stretch Tubing. EB Brands, of Yonkers, NY is voluntarily recalling approximately 29,700 resistance stretch tubing units. The handle on the tubing, also called bands, can break or detach while in use, causing the tubing or handle to strike the user and posing an injury hazard. Also, Perfect Fitness of Mill Valley, CA is voluntarily recalling approximately 7,000 Perfect Pullups. The plastic handle on the recalled product can crack posing a fall injury hazard for the user. Children’s Watches. Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, of Lake Buena Vista, FL is voluntarily recalling approximately 1,200 Children’s Lightup Watches. Watch battery current interacting with nickel in the watch’s stainless steel back can cause skin irritation and/or burning sensations to children who are allergic to nickel. IKEA Cribs. IKEA Home Furnishings, of Conshohocken, PA is voluntarily recalling approximately 20,000 (in the United States) and 6,000 (in Canada) SNIGLAR cribs. The four

Child Chairs. Kristi G Company, of Atlanta, and SwimWays Corp. of Virginia Beach, VA are voluntarily recalling approximately 5,200 Kristi G Go & Grow chairs. The chair can tip over, posing a fall hazard. Heaters Sold Exclusively at Dollar General. Atico International USA, Inc. of Fort Lauderdale, FL is voluntarily recalling approximately 92,000 TrueLiving Heater Fans and Portable Quartz Radiant Heaters. These heaters have caught fire, posing a fire hazard to consumers. Bassinets. Burlington Basket Company, of Burlington, Iowa, is voluntarily recalling approximately 500,000 Bassinets. If the cross-bracing rails are not fully locked into position, the bassinets can collapse causing the infant to fall to the floor or fall within the bassinet and suffer injuries. Rechargeable Batteries in Video Baby Monitors, Sold Exclusively at Babies R Us. Summer Infant, of Woonsocket, RI is voluntarily recalling approximately 58,000 Rechargeable batteries sold with certain Slim and Secure™ Video Monitors. The battery in the handheld video monitor can overheat and rupture, posing a burn hazard to consumers. Canister Vacuum. Hoover Inc., of Glenwillow, Ohio, is voluntarily recalling approximately 142,000 Hoover® WindTunnel Canister vacuums. The power cord between the power nozzle and the wand connector can short-circuit posing fire and shock hazards to consumers. This condition can occur even if the vacuum has been turned off but left plugged in. Night Lights. American Tack & Hardware Co., Inc. (AmerTac), of Saddle River, NJ, is voluntarily recalling approximately 261,000 LED night lights. An electrical short circuit in the night light can cause it to overheat and smolder or melt, which can burn consumers or result in fire.

For more information on these and many other warnings issued by the Consumer Products Safety Commission, visit or call 1-800-638-2772. 18

AroundAbout — East Cobb

APRIL 2011

Phone NOT ringing off the hook?

Start Generating Calls For Your Business! Contact

today to advertise! 770-615-3318 Email: APRIL 2011

AroundAbout — East Cobb



Yours, Mine and Ours . . . Tales from the Blender

Diaperpails and Pigtails It’s All About the Party


by Jennifer Jarosick

by Becky M. Smith As the aftermath of the tragic death of one of “Lassiter’s Own” recently begins to sink in and the depth of the despair unfolds, it causes me to pause and reflect on my life and all its blessings. My heart and prayers go out to this family. I myself have experienced the loss of loved ones to suicide. I feel somewhat ashamed that it takes a monumental event to remind me to reflect on all that I’ve been given: a wonderful husband, beautiful and gifted children, a roof over our heads, my health and the love and support of dear family and friends. The death of a child, especially by his own hand, is an unspeakable tragedy and no parent should ever have to bury a child. It defies the very order of nature! My intention going forward is not to focus on death but to focus on this glorious life! Perhaps it is our weakness as an overwhelmed society that we focus on the one percent of the negatives instead of the 99 percent over which we have to rejoice. Today, for example, I was feeling overwhelmed by the amount of laundry I felt buried under. That may sound trivial, but with six kids, it can quickly become overwhelming. So I was hoping to make some serious headway when my toddler, Creed, decided to join me and unfold all of the underwear and T-shirts. My neatly organized pile of mismatched socks suddenly became a game of come-and-get-me as he began hiding under the bed with tiny fistfuls of strays. My instinct was to grab them all back and plop him in front of the television so that I could continue without interruption. Instead, I fought the urge to reprimand him and we made sock puppets and had a pretend “snowball fight” with the remains. His dimpled cheeks swelled with laughter and although he won’t remember this moment five years from now, I will remember it for a lifetime. Eventually, we snuggled until he fell asleep in my arms and I couldn’t help but smile with a tear in my eye as I laid him down gently into his crib. I will miss these moments when he is older. During this season of Lent, I typically give up a vice or two. This year, I will instead alter my behavior. I vow to kiss my husband “hello” a little longer, to hug goodbye to my children like I never want to let go, to listen more intently — without judgment and to pick up the phone whenever I think about someone I care about. After all, the laundry can wait. Life won’t. Becky is the busy mom of a blended tribe of six kids ranging from high school, middle school, elementary school and an active toddler. She can be contacted at


The topic typically comes up about 364 days before the big event. You’ve just polished off the last piece of birthday cake when your child begins planning what kind of party he or she wants to have next year. Most likely, the theme will change at least four times, but once you’re within 45 days of the celebration, it’s time to get serious and plan. Should the party be at home? Invite the whole class or just a few friends? It doesn’t take much to keep kids happy, so here are a few ideas to help you plan for your child’s next birthday celebration. If the weather is nice, take advantage of the area parks, neighborhood pools, amusement parks and even your own back yard. Some inexpensive activities to do outside include water balloons, squirt guns, races, scavenger hunts, bubbles and the popular soapy slide down a large sheet of plastic. For older children, try a backyard or indoor campout, bowling, paintball or cool off at the ice skating rink. Other locations for birthday parties include play places, hair salons, pottery studios, indoor swim centers, dance studios, athletic centers, gymnastic centers, movie theaters, tea rooms and even at a Cobb County fire department. Theme is always a big deal. Expand on the simple things your child loves to do; ask the neighborhood cheerleaders to teach fun cheer moves for the aspiring cheerleader, karaoke for the musical child, a scavenger hunt for the adventurous one or a dolly tea party for the little mommy. Theme and location can also affect the number of children invited. One standard that I like is to invite one more child than your child’s age. For example, for a three-year old’s party, keep the guest list at four children or less; this helps control cost and it keeps the party from becoming too crazy. Avoid misunderstandings with other parents and communicate whether or not it is a drop-off party and if siblings are invited. It can be stressful when there’s not enough food or activities for younger or older siblings! It doesn’t take much to have a memorable party. Pull out the video camera and record the event. As the kids get ready to leave, let the kids watch the DVD and the party will end with lots of laughter. Be creative and smart when planning a birthday party and remember to have fun. We learn so much from each other. If you’d like to share your ideas, please e-mail me at Jennifer Jarosick, a former teacher and MOMS Club chapter president, is the mother to three children ages five and under. E-mail her at

AroundAbout — East Cobb

APRIL 2011

Gruner Veltliner, the Groovy Wine

Recalculating by Kara Kiefer

by David Heckelmoser

The key to most articles is to write about something you know. And this month’s topic is something I know all too well. It’s something I have struggled with my entire life, and a lot of fun has been made at my expense over this. So here goes … I am missing the “sense of direction” gene. I can and have gotten lost in my own backyard. My children know that if I’m taking them anyplace for the first time, I will get lost, not once, not twice, but several times. They know to build “lost” time into any plans that involve me driving them for the first time. I have learned not to trust what I feel might be the right direction. If I feel one direction is correct, I will go the opposite because chances are my instincts are wrong. So with this seemingly unfixable personal defect, I got what any self respecting no-sense-of-direction-person would do — I invested in a GPS.

“ I have learned not to trust what I feel might be the right direction.”

My GPS, like a lot of models, came with several voices to guide you to your destination. I chose “Jack” because he sounded like a confident direction-giver.

One of the first times I used “Jack,” I was heading to a home tour in downtown Atlanta. Even with Jack, I managed to get off on the wrong exit. This is how it went down: Jack: Turn left at the next intersection So I did. Jack: Recalculating. Turn right at the next intersection. So I did Jack: Recalculating. Make a U turn when possible. “Jack!” I screamed. “You’re killing me! And what did he say in return? “Recalculating.” I later learned that GPS units sometimes fail their drivers when in congested downtown areas. DUH! My questionable sense of direction (or lack thereof) is something I have learned to accept, and I continue to have “recalculating” moments with and without Jack. One thing is for certain … it’s always an adventure! Kara Kiefer is the Editor of AroundAbout — East Cobb. She lives in southwest Cherokee with her husband Mike and sons Brandon and Garrett. APRIL 2011

This month’s article is on a grape with an interesting name: Gruner Veltliner. Pronounced GREW-nuhr Felt-LEENher, you might also hear folks refer to it simply as Gruner, GV, or even as GruVe (kind of like “groovy”). Most wines made from Gruner Veltliner are from Austria, where it’s the most planted grape variety. Almost all of it is grown in the northeast part of the country along the Danube to the west of Vienna. GV is Austria’s most famous white wine. Gruner means “green” in German, not because the grape is green, but because it’s used to create fresh wines that are best consumed while they are young. The finest GVs come from the Wachau area, and are deep and powerful due to the warmer region and the influence of the Danube River. The most elegant examples of GV come from the Kremstal and Kamptal regions. GVs are generally more pleasant, easier to drink, and better with food than most inexpensive Chardonnays. Chardonnays tend to have an oak influence, while GV does not. GV is generally fermented in stainless steel, and aged either in tanks or very old, large casks. What does a glass of Gruner Veltliner taste like? It tends to be a crisp, light-to-medium bodied dry white wine with an edge of spice. It can also be made in a richer, more full-bodied style. It can have mineral, herbal, floral, and even fresh pea or lentil notes. GVs typically have a perfumed nose, with hints of peach and other citrus and, most notably, hints of white pepper — white pepper is usually what distinguishes GV the best. GV is high in acid and extremely versatile with food. It pairs well with shellfish, as well as lighter meats like pork and veal. Its peppery and green character makes it a great pairing for green veggies from peas and lentils to quinoa and salads. Try this with hard-to-match foods like asparagus and artichokes. If you like Sauvignon Blanc, give GV a try! Typically you can find a bottle of GV in the $15 – 40 range. Until next time, cheers! David Heckelmoser is a professional member of the Society of Wine Educators, Certified Specialist of Wine CSW, Atlanta Chapter Sommelier Les Marmition.

AroundAbout — East Cobb



Good Humor = Good Health!

Today’s Real Estate Market

by Derin White

by Judson Adamson

April Showers may bring May Flowers, but for me, April is the month of Good Humor. Beginning right away with April Fools Day, April is the perfect month to remember that a good dose of good humor keeps us happy and healthy! It has been shown in medical studies that laughter, humor and generally good spirits help protect our immune systems, reduce stress and stave off depression. Practically speaking, it is also the best value for the buck with only positive side effects attached to its prescription! In the popular Disney classic movie “Mary Poppins,” the hilarious character of Uncle Albert proves that laughter is contagious. You can’t help but laugh when you are around others that are laughing. Check out this wonderfully humorous scene from the movie on YouTube. Simply watching it will give you a lift, too. Better circulation is a great benefit of increased laughter. It causes us to breathe more deeply. Laughter also strengthens relationships. Sharing a good laugh with someone else energizes the bonds of friendship, even among strangers.

“. . . Laughter Yoga is good, clean fun that engages people on a social level to laugh. ”

Laughter has proven to be so effective that there are now a full range of Laughter Yoga classes available around the country. Laughter Yoga therapies claim to help reduce mental stress, and host positive effects on arthritis, diabetes, and allergies. No matter what the actual health benefits, Laughter Yoga is good, clean fun that engages people on a social level to laugh. Dawn Reed, Executive Director of Aloha to Aging, is a certified Laughter Yoga instructor. “Good effective socialization and laughter go hand-in-hand.” At the Aloha Day Club, a dedicated staff of professionals and volunteers provide a stimulating, social and therapeutic program for adults age 55 and older. For participants at the Aloha Day Club, Dawn integrates lessons learned from Laughter Yoga to help these wonderful seniors relax and have fun. “If you haven’t laughed at least five times per your Aloha visit, then we haven’t done our job!” is Dawn’s mantra. I hope that you have a wonderfully fun April and that you seek more opportunities to laugh, sharing your laughter with those all around you. It will make everyone happier and healthier! Derin White is the Director of Market Development at Savannah Court of Marietta Assisted Living and Memory Care Community. Call (770) 977-4420 22

East Cobb has always been a great investment in real estate. Established as a family-friendly environment with excellent schools, recreational parks, convenient shopping and its close proximity to Atlanta, East Cobb is a premier choice that many people love to call home. Fortunately, East Cobb has been a safe and reliable resale investment and has not been hurt as much as other parts of metro Atlanta. If you are considering selling your current home and purchasing a new one, it can be one of the most stressful things you will ever do. But it doesn’t have to be. Your dream of successfully navigating through the home selling or home buying process can become reality if you set realistic goals, get sensible advice, and plan carefully. According to the real estate data from First Multiple Listing Service (Nov. 2010 — Jan. 2011), statistics for residential detached homes in East Cobb were as follows: n Average list price = $410,390 n Average sold price = $324,499 n Average days on the market = 90.4 days n Percentage of sales price to list price = 93.87 By analyzing trends, economic conditions and local reports, you can make more informed predictions about where your local market trend is going and the kind of investment your home can be. The wealth of most middle-class American families is connected to their home, unlike the very wealthy whose capital is tied to the stock market. Home equity is one of the largest sources of American’s personal net worth. Even in this depressed housing market, about 57 percent of Americans have positive home equity — 10 percentage points less than what the Census Bureau considers the nation’s rate of homeownership (source: CoreLogic, a leading provider of accurate residential property valuations for the mortgage industry). According to the Federal Reserve Survey of Consumer Finances, the net worth of the typical home owner in the last 12 years has ranged between 31 and 46 times that of the net worth of the typical renter. Homeownership gives us a sense of pride, independence and confidence for our future. Also, homeowners are more likely to protect their economic and emotional investment in their community because they move less than renters. That means local markets are more dependable and institutions that support businesses, such as schools, police and fire departments, are more likely to be better supported. Studies show that homeownership has a significant positive impact on educational achievement, civic participation, health and overall quality of life. That’s why for more than 100 years, Realtors® have helped people find their piece of the American dream. To find out how homeownership can benefit you, talk to an agent who is a Realtor®. Are you ready to wisely invest in your future? Judson Adamson is the President/CEO of Atlanta Communities Real Estate Brokerage. He can be reached at (770) 240-2001.

AroundAbout — East Cobb

APRIL 2011

by Mike Litrel, M.D.

The Boyfriend-ectomy Early in my medical practice, I stumbled upon a unique malady that hadn’t been described in my training. A young woman was sent to me from the emergency room. Only 30 years old, she had undergone multiple operations over the preceding three years Ann and Mike Litrel and their sons, to have diseased organs Tyler and Joseph. extracted from her body. Every few months she arrived at the E.R. in debilitating pain. Sometimes the surgeon on call would dutifully remove a suspect organ or cyst. Yet still, she suffered.

her to feign medical problems. After each of the dozens of emergency room visits and five surgeries, he had taken all of her pain medication – even when she was recovering from surgical incisions.

Her complaints of pain were so insistent it seemed possible the underlying problem hadn’t been diagnosed. I settled on exploratory laparoscopy as the next logical step: extensive and painful scar tissue could be removed to give her relief. Yet once the camera was inside, it revealed only pristine internal anatomy. Troubled, I sent her home from the procedure with a mild pain medication that afternoon.

And yes, he’s a good vampire because he struggles with his natural proclivity to suck human blood, taking it out on animals instead.

A couple of weeks later she reappeared in my office. She needed more pain relief. Her body was writhing. “Look,” I stopped her, “you’re perfectly healthy inside.” I pulled out the surgical photos so she could see. She insisted the pictures were wrong. Her face was contracted in agony. I am not a good poker player, but I knew by now she was bluffing. The knee-jerk answer was a drug addiction. But something about her didn’t fit the pattern. It was as though something else was going on. I stated the obvious, kindly but firmly: “I know you’re lying. If you want help, you need to tell me the truth.” Complete silence descended on the exam room. Conflicting emotions flitted across her face – she was struggling, holding something off in some inner battle. The minutes passed. Finally she began to speak. And when she did, it was like a dam breaking. “My boyfriend makes me go to the emergency room and pretend I’m in pain so I can get the pain medication he likes,” she blurted out. She covered her face with her hands and sobbed uncontrollably. Her breath came in gasps as she tried to suppress her crying and tell the rest of her story. There had been a divorce five years before when she discovered her husband’s infidelity. She met the boyfriend later, and it was nice to have someone pay attention to her again. He moved in three years ago and soon began coercing

A terribly diseased organ indeed was affecting her life, and radical surgery was required immediately. Medically speaking, it was time for a “boyfriend-ectomy” — slice this loser from her life. The best strategy of course is to avoid this type of guy in the first place. The problem is that kind and vulnerable women often make such lousy choices. Witness the estrogen-laden frenzy over Edward the Vampire in the Twilight series. Yes, he is very good looking. Yes, he is deeply in love.

But newsflash here, ladies — he’s still a vampire! The usual physical stuff isn’t enough for this guy — he wants to suck your blood, too? Vampires exist in real life, both men and women. But when it comes to vampire victims, I think women are especially vulnerable, because they are biologically engineered to sacrifice themselves: in marriage, in pregnancy, in motherhood. If these tasks fell on the average man — myself included — the human species would long since have gone extinct. A man’s biology encourages him to take more than he gives, and it’s only his maturity and love that enables him to overcome the natural male tendencies to selfishness. And this is why I caution my young patients against early sexual activity. There is an easy way to tell if a suitor loves a woman for herself, or if he’s just a vampire looking for a warm body to satisfy his physical needs. Say no, and if he proposes, he loves you. If he leaves, it was just your body. Perhaps you have to kiss a lot of frogs to find your true prince. The wise woman keeps it to just kissing. Dr. Mike Litrel practices with his fellow OB/GYNs Cherokee Women’s Health Specialists in Canton and Woodstock. Dr. Litrel lives in southwest Cherokee with his wife Ann and their two sons, Tyler and Joseph. E-mail Dr. Litrel at

Copyright © 2011 APRIL 2011

AroundAbout — East Cobb





P l ast i c S urg ery

Enhancing Your Natural Beauty


e’ve all had days where we look in the mirror and wonder, “what if?” What if I could make those wrinkles go away? What if I could get rid of that stubborn fat that won’t go away no matter how much I diet and exercise? What if I could contour my body so I could feel confident? And so on. If you’re like me, with every passing year comes the feeling that age has not only caught me but has a firm grasp. Whether we

like it or not, this has an impact on how we feel, some of the feelings are justified, some maybe not so much. They are still feelings that exist and when addressed can make a huge impact on how we feel about ourselves as a whole. The consideration of cosmetic surgery is not an idea to be taken lightly; however it might just be the answer to those in-the-mirror questions. Whether it is facial rejuvenation, breast enhancement or reconstruction or body contouring, you have a clear choice — in fact four — the surgeons at Marietta Plastic Surgery. Drs. West, McNeel, Fabian and Hanna bring unparalleled skills together into one practice with more than 20 years experience. All four doctors are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, the only plastic surgery certification recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties. “The benefits of a group practice are that we can consult with each other about specific procedures assuring the patients of receiving the desired results,” said Dr. West. With four highly skilled surgeons, patients know they can see a doctor when it is convenient and know the consultation will be custom to their exact needs. Marietta Plastic Surgery has been in the Marietta community for more than 18 years. The facility has a certified surgical center, which provides area residents with the convenience of all procedural services right here in their own backyard. “Only the doctors perform the procedures from face to breast to body,” shared Dr. Hanna. “This ensures our patients the expertise and skills honed through years of experience and education in the art of cosmetic surgeries,” he added.

Keith West, MD, FACS

Michael J. McNeel, MD, FACS

Dr. Keith West has been serving the Atlanta area with his skill and expertise since 1991. He specializes in facial aesthetic surgery, breast and body contouring. He graduated cum laude from the University of Georgia, and then attended the Emory University School of Medicine where he received his medical degree. Dr. West went on to complete his surgical training and served as chief resident in general surgery at Yale University and affiliated hospitals. After a year as the Winchester Research Fellow at Yale, he returned to Atlanta to complete his plastic surgery residency at Emory University, considered one of the premier programs for plastic surgery in the nation. Dr. West is a member of the prestigious American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. Dr. West lives with his wife and three children in Marietta.

Dr. Michael J. McNeel has served the area since 1997. Dr. McNeel graduated with honors from the University of Florida and received his medical degree from the University of Miami School of Medicine. He completed five years of general surgery training, including that as chief resident in general surgery at the Emory University School of Medicine. He went on to complete his plastic and reconstructive surgery residency at Emory University. While at Emory, Dr. McNeel shared his expertise and experience by teaching other plastic surgeons from around the world as an instructor of endoscopic plastic surgery. Dr. McNeel is also a member of the prestigious American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. Dr. McNeel and his family are active members of the community, where they are involved in their local church.


AroundAbout — East Cobb

APRIL 2011

While the practice has been in Marietta for close to 20 years, the doctors also have a Woodstock office, and recently completed the construction of its new state of the art facility with a soon-tobe complete surgical center, offering complete care and convenience. The Marietta office is located just west of Interstate I-75 on Campbell Street, just north of the Marietta square. It is a full-service building complete with consultation rooms, surgical center and quiet comfortable patient recovery rooms that maintain the highest level of discretion their patients appreciate. Every patient’s needs and desires are unique which is why the doctors at Marietta Plastic Surgery believe each must be addressed individually. Beauty, in large part, comes from the character and integrity that manifests itself in a person’s natural appearance. A different approach to traditional cosmetic surgery, the doctors refer to this as the “art of enhancement” where treatment is tailored to each patient’s goals in order to create natural beauty that enhances the individual’s personality. Building relationships with their clients offers the doctors an insight and perspective that helps them pinpoint with exacting precision the outcome that will enhance their natural beauty. Both the Marietta and Woodstock locations are convenient to East Cobb, with easy access from major highways; a nice alternative to the usually congested Perimeter and North Fulton physician centers.

Photos courtesy of Kim Bates,

Deep compassion, personal dedication and lauded experience — call Marietta Plastic Surgery for a personal consultation. You will find they have your desires and wellbeing close at heart and only want for you to feel the joy that comes from enhancing your own natural beauty.

MARIETTA LOCATION 823 Campbell Hill St. Marietta, GA 30060 770-425-0118

WOODSTOCK LOCATION 149 Towne Lake Pkwy, Ste 104 Woodstock, GA 30188 678-494-2380

Thaddeus S. Fabian, MD, FACS

Keith Hanna, MD, FACS

Dr. Thaddeus S. Fabian is one of the few Atlanta area plastic surgeons to perform advanced revisional cosmetic and reconstructive breast surgery. Dr. Fabian earned his undergraduate degree from Emory University. He completed his medical degree at Wake Forest University School of Medicine, followed by a general surgery internship and residency at the University of Tennessee College of Medicine. Dr. Fabian completed a residency in plastic and reconstructive surgery at Washington University School of Medicine’s BarnesJewish Hospital in St. Louis and a fellowship in cosmetic and reconstructive breast surgery at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore. Dr. Fabian is a member of the American College of Surgeons and has received numerous awards for his teaching excellence, as well as scientific research. Dr. Fabian lives in Marietta and enjoys travel.

Dr. Keith Hanna is skilled in all aspects of cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery with a special interest in aesthetic surgery of the face, eyes, and body, as well as permanent hair replacement. He holds an undergraduate degree cum laude from Clemson University and earned his medical degree at the Medical University of South Carolina, graduating with honors. Dr. Hanna completed a general surgery residency at the University of Tennessee - Memphis and then a plastic surgery residency at Vanderbilt University. Donating his time and services to the underprivileged is also a passion of Dr. Hanna and is demonstrated through his work with Childspring International, an organization that brings children to the United States for medical care not available in their own countries and returns them home with opportunities for a better life.

APRIL 2011

AroundAbout — East Cobb



Dreams Do Come True!

Karen and Kri

stin at a U2 co

Celebrity Chef Curtis Stone and Oprah

As far as fans go, Kristin Ribley is one of Oprah’s biggest. For more than 10 years, she faithfully watched her talk show, and when she couldn’t, she would record it. After a show that discussed Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose, Kristin created a vision board of the things she wanted to do or have in her life. One of her goals was to meet Oprah. One day, an e-mail appeared in Kristin’s inbox, asking: “Are you an ultimate Oprah viewer?” “Yes!” thought Kristin. In order to win tickets for a taping, Kristin had to answer several questions. But after several attempts at answering the questions, she talked herself out of sending the e-mail. “I figured so many people would be trying for these tickets, and I felt my answers weren’t perfect enough to even be considered,” she said.


barefoot on the beach, and had dinner. This was definitely my favorite part of the trip,” recalled Kristin. When Kristin and Karen were at the airport, Oprah gave each guest a personal “goodbye.” “I learned a lot from this experience,” said Kristin. “First, I learned to go for what you want, always, like sending that e-mail. Now, I wouldn’t hesitate. The thoughts and intentions we put forth into the world will come back to us. Count on that which is greater than yourself to make your life bigger than you could ever imagine.” Kristin lives in southwest Cherokee with her husband Dan and children Palmer, Zoe, Athan and Olivia.

Several weeks later, Kristin’s best friend, Karen Ferguson called her. Karen actually entered the contest, and received a call from representatives of the Oprah show, inviting her and a guest to a taping in Chicago. Karen chose Kristin to accompany her. Because it was Oprah’s final season, she wanted to do something big. The “something big” came in the form of this statement from Oprah: “I’m going to take all of you with me to the other side of the world! We are going to Australia!” Kristin and Karen flew to Sydney, where they stayed at the posh Intercontinental Hotel. They were greeted with a red carpet, live music, food and media. The winners were divided into groups, and Kristin’s group went to Queensland, Hamilton Island. Kristin went scuba diving at the Great Barrier Reef, held a koala bear, enjoyed a U2 concert, sailed on a private sailboat and surfed on Bondi Beach. One of the most memorable events was a private beach party with celebrity chef Curtis Stone. “While we were having cocktails, two helicopters arrived with Oprah and her best friend Gayle. We hung out with Oprah, 26

AroundAbout — East Cobb

ng with a

uggli Kristin sn


Koala Be

APRIL 2011

APRIL 2011

AroundAbout — East Cobb


Schools & Sports

Wheeler Robotics Team Wins Championship

Wheeler High School’s robotics team, the CircuitRunners, recently took first place at the FIRST Tech Challenge championship and won the Inspire Award, which is the most prestigious FTC (First Tech Challenge) award. This award is given to the team that embodied the challenge of the FTC program. Winning either of these awards individually qualifies a team to compete in the FTC World Championship, so the CircuitRunners are doubly qualified. This year’s world championship will be held in St. Louis, Missouri, April 27 – 30. Good Luck!

Tritt Student Wins State Reflections Contest Brayden Holness recently won first place at the school, county and now state level for the PTA Reflections Competition. Brayden’s entry, entitled “Together We Can Recycle” was in the Film Production category. The subject matter was recycling at home, and Brayden used Stop Action Film making. Brayden is in the fifth grade. Congratulations!

Send us Your Prom Pictures!

email Deadline is April 15

Tritt Receives Water Authority Award Tritt Elementary School recently was named Watershed Stewardship School of the Year 2010 by Cobb County Water Authority. Tritt students are guided by Tamera Neal a Target Teacher, leader of Tritt River Kids, and the creator of a unique school program for third graders called Life Is a River. Using field kits and hands-on lessons, Tamera designed an ongoing stream unit for her students where the kids learn about everything water-related, including the man-made water cycle, with a field trip to the local wastewater reclamation facility and multiple stream visits to monitor the local creek. She also set up parameter specific backpacks for their water quality testing so each team had all the equipment needed to complete a specific set of tests. The program was so well received that the Cobb County School District decided to make it one of the third grade target options for their year-long study. As a result, Tamera collected materials and developed training for her colleagues. 28

Left to right: Vicki Culbreath, Christy Goss, Joshua Yawn, Jennifer McCloy, Madalyn Corcoran, Maggie Jones, Tamera Neal and River Kids Mascot “Sissy.”

AroundAbout — East Cobb

APRIL 2011

Summer Camps Day Camps

Primrose of Sprayberry Dates: May 26 – August 12 Ages: 5 – 12 Location: 2531 East Piedmont Road Information: Call (770) 578-4832 or visit

Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta Dates: May 23 – August 12 Ages: Rising K-8th grade Preschool camps — 6 weeks – pre-K Locations: Shirley Blumenthal Park, Dunwoody and North Metro Information: New camps include Space, Aviation Creation, Built for Speed, Mixed Martial Arts and Lego Robotics. Visit for fees and registration.

Sports Camps

Green Acres Equestrian Center’s Summer Camp

Middle school, TBA Location: Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church, 4385 Lower Roswell Road Information: Call 9770) 578-1519 or visit

Arts Camps

“Stars” Performing Arts Camps Songs & Scenes in the Summer Sun Dates/Time: June 6 – 10, 9:30 a.m.– 3:30 p.m.; Age: 7th – 9th grade Dates/Time: June 20 – 24, 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Age: 4th – 6th grade When You Wish Upon a Star. Date/Time: June 13, 9:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., Age: K – 3rd grade Location: Act3 Playhouse, 6285-R Roswell Road NE, Atlanta (behind Trader Joe’s in Sandy Springs Plaza) Information:

Explorers Camp Dates/Times: May 26 – August 12, 6:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. Ages: 5 – 12 Location: Primrose School of Sprayberry, 2531 East Piedmont Road Information: Contact Kim Barnett at or visit

Camp Friendship Dates: June 13 – 23 July 5 – 15 Ages/Times: Grades 2 – 5, 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. Ages 4 – 7, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. APRIL 2011 Register at Register at

Paint with Print

Dates: Weekly (Monday – Friday) May 30 – July 29 Preschool, Tuesdays and Thursdays Ages: 6 and older; preschool 3-5 Times: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.; preschool 2:30 – 5 p.m. Location: 345 Bluebird Acres Road Cost: $300 week/ $275 siblings if registered by May 1. Preschool Camp: $75/week. Information: Register at www. or call (770) 517-5154.

Harrison Tennis Center Summer Tennis Camps Dates: Weekly starting May 31 – July 28 Ages: 4 – 17, boys and girls Location: 2653 Shallowford Road Cost: $ 25 – $ 145 Information: Contact Randy Hancock at, visit http://prca. htm or call (770) 591-3151.

Summer Sports Camps – Camp Gan Israel/Cobb

Dates: Weekly throughout summer Ages: K – 5th grade Location: 1240 Johnson Ferry Place, Suite A-30 Information: Each week will be a different theme. Visit, call Yael Swerdlow at (678) 467-3164 or email her at

Dates: Weekly May 23 – August 19 Time: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. (pre and after camp care available) Location: 4450 Lower Roswell Road Information: Visit or call (770) 565-4412 for registration and fee information. Arts Camp

Curtain Call Youth Players of Cobb, Inc

Pope Cheerleading Mini Camp

Dates: Weekly, June 6 – August 5 Ages: Kindergarten – 12th grade Information: Camps and times vary upon age of camper. Call Maryellen Keating at (678) 354-0922 (home), (770) 8333825 (cell) or email her at Emmak55@ AroundAbout — East Cobb

Dates: June 1 – 3 August 10 – 12 Time: 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Location: Hightower Trail Middle School, 3905 Post Oak Tritt Road Information: Visit www. 29


Teachers of the Year Since our children spend so much time in school, it’s important to fill those hours with quality, caring educators. And lucky for us, our school system is filled with excellent instructors! Each year, one teacher from each Cobb County school is named Teacher of the Year. It’s a prestigious honor, especially considering the nomination and voting comes from his/her peers! We are proud of the winners and honored to feature each of them below.

Cindy Heil — Simpson Middle School. Cindy currently

teaches 8th grade math. She has been teaching 28 years, 17 at Simpson. “I get inspired by my students when I see the light bulb come on when he/she finally understands a concept. It also means a lot to me when a former student returns to see me or writes me to tell me I made a difference in his/her life.”

Tahereh Seyedbagheri (Tata Bagheri) — Addison Elementary School. Tata is a special

education teacher and has taught 12 of her 14 years at Addison. “I have no doubt that my one true purpose in this world is to support and to provide an outlet for my students to achieve. My students are my number one priority. I work to personally make sure that they receive all of the love and support they need to, first, nurture their self-esteem, and second, to succeed.”

Marion Lister — Pope High School.

Marion is a special education teacher and department chair. She also coteaches 9th grade literature. She has been teaching for 18 years, all at Pope. Marion said, “I am inspired when I see students that have struggled in the past gain the needed confidence and skills to become successful in their academics and extracurricular activities.”

Stephanie Latimer — Garrison Mill Elementary School.

Stephanie is a 1st grade teacher and has been teaching for 12 years, all at Garrison Mill. “I am constantly inspired by my students. A huge grin after the light bulb goes off is what keeps me going! A hug from a child who appreciates you is priceless! I wouldn’t trade my job for any other. I love what I do! It is a big part of what defines me.”


Vivian Levinge — Murdock Elementary School. Vivian, a 2nd grade

teacher, is a 19-year teaching veteran and has been at Murdock for 11 years. “I am inspired when I see children develop a love for reading and writing. While it’s a challenge, I try to meet the needs of every child in my class.”

Catherine Anne Murray — Timber Ridge Elementary School. Catherine teaches 3rd grade. She has been teaching for 10 years, four of them at Timber Ridge. “Teaching is the greatest joy! It is truly a rewarding profession where you can change the lives of each individual student and watch them grow as you make a difference in each one that you teach. I wish I had more time in the day to plan and teach lessons as well as provide feedback to the students.”

AroundAbout — East Cobb

APRIL 2011

Inga Schorn — Hightower Trail Middle School.

Inga currently teaches 6th grade advanced content mathematics. She has been teaching for 15 years, 10 at Hightower Trail. “I love math and being able to help students make connections from the classroom to their everyday lives. My lessons center on application and problem solving, so it is thrilling when I can help students work through a challenge and have an ‘a-ha!’ moment!”

Kelly Moncrieff — Mabry Middle School.

Kelly has taught in Cobb County for 17 years, 10 at Mabry. She teaches Math 8 and 7th and 8th grade Math Support. “I have a passion for math because I was a poor math student growing up. I am a firm believer that anyone can get math; they just have to have the one explanation that turns the ‘light’ on. Math is generally a subject that is either loved or dreaded. It is amazing how this perception can be changed as a student begins to realize that they can do math and understand it!”

Glynis McGee — Rocky Mount Elementary School. Glynis teaches

2nd grade and has been at Rocky Mount for six years. “The curiosity of my students inspires me every day. I love their enthusiasm for learning. I love the opportunity to challenge my students to learn to be good thinkers. I try to make sure that every lesson I teach has students actively engaged and meeting or exceeding our standards while implementing technology.”

Shawn Maloney — Sope Creek Elementary School. Shawn has

been teaching for a total of 19 years and at Sope Creek Elementary for 8. Currently, he teaches physical education. “A strong PE program provides a foundation for healthy bodies and strong, active minds. I am inspired by the opportunity to provide such a program. Given the science connecting cardiovascular fitness and academic performance, the world of elementary physical education has never been more fundamental to learning,” he said.

Janice Kelley — Shallowford Falls Elementary School.

Janice is the Media Specialist at Shallowford Falls and has been there almost four years, teaching for a total of nine years. “I am inspired by a faculty that has high expectations of its students and students who are excited to learn.”

APRIL 2011

Not pictured: Maureen McLaughlin, Dickerson Middle School; Chris Whittington, Dodgen Middle School; Kelly Braziel, East Cobb Middle School; Mary Gualt, Eastside Elementary School; Jeff Smith, Kell High School; Debbie Poss, Lassiter High School; Joan Tinley, Mountain View Elementary School; Maribeth Smith, Mt. Bethel Elementary School; Shawn Maloney, Sope Creek Elementary School; Judith Overcash, Walton High School and Gerri Hajduk, Wheeler High School.

AroundAbout — East Cobb



Walton Lady Raiders Tennis Breaks State Record On March 3, the Walton Lady Raiders’ tennis team won its 135th straight game, setting a new state record. According to the National Federation of High School Sports, the longest winning streak was 134 games set by the Taylor County girls’ basketball team from 1968 – 1972. The Walton winning streak began in the 2004 season, and has included seven State Championships. This year’s team members are Emily Zabor, Maxie Weinberg, Stephanie Falcon, Claire Marshall, Amelia McIsaac, Marissa Pulido, Kayla Brady, Rachel Harte, Emily Harte, Katie Wagaski, Melissa Mashburn and Ansley Bridges. Several of the seniors have signed letters of intent to play in college. The team is coached by Roberta Manheim, who said, “I believe that breaking this record is tangible evidence of their hard work and dedication. The support we have from the parents and administration and the entire Walton community has contributed to our success.”

Pictures provided by Bush Enos ( 32

AroundAbout — East Cobb

APRIL 2011

A Fool for Hummingbirds! by Scott Lemmon Prepare for Cobb County to be all a-buzz because hummingbirds have been spotted throughout the area. These miniature marvels have been migrating between North and Central America for hundreds of years, a round trip in which millions of hummingbirds instinctively participate. It’s easy to remember when to put your feeders out – “April 1 is April Fool’s Day and I’m a fool for hummingbirds!” For the next seven months, backyards around the area will play host to these amazing, food-frenzied birds. They have the fastest metabolism of any animal on the planet. Although there are 19 varieties of hummingbirds in North America, the Ruby-Throated Hummingbird is most common here in the eastern US. The males have the distinctive red throat when the sun hits them just right (it sometimes looks black), and the females are green on their backs and gray below, with no red throat feathers. Despite popular belief, hummingbirds do not suck up nectar with their bills. Hummingbirds love to lap up nectar from flowers and feeders with their long tongues at a rate of almost 12 times a second. These tiny birds use so much energy flying that they need to eat nearly half their weight in nectar and insects each day. They love gnats, spiders and especially spider’s eggs.

that other birds cannot – they can fly up, down, forward, backward and even sideways. They’re quite bold too, so place your feeder close to the house so you can catch all the action. The best hummingbird nectar is a simple solution that you can make: Four parts water to one part white table sugar. You can make several batches at a time using this same ratio; just boil the solution and keep the extra in the fridge. That way, you’ll be ahead of the game when it’s time to clean and refill your feeders. In cooler weather, once a week is sufficient, but once the weather warms up, at least twice a week is recommended. Never add honey, artificial sweeteners or red food coloring to your nectar. Clean your feeders with hot water only, or if they’re really dirty, a quick soak in a mild bleach solution (10 to one) and a good scrubbing is the best way to go. Hummingbirds will head back to Mexico and Central America usually in October, which will be here before you know it. Then we’ll have to wait almost six months for the hummingbird show to return. So get your feeders outside, fill with fresh nectar and enjoy the show! Scott Lemmon can be reached at (770) 928-3014 or e-mail him at

These birds are most comfortable in the air, and they are capable of hovering while they feed. When they fly, they can perform some acrobatics

APRIL 2011

AroundAbout — East Cobb


Schools & Sports

School Information Elementary Schools Addison Elementary School 3055 Ebenezer Road, Marietta, GA 30066 (770) 578-2700 Principal: Karen Crowder Davis Elementary School 2433 Jamerson Road, Marietta, GA 30066 (678) 494.7636 Dr. Dee Mobley East Side Elementary School 3850 Roswell Road, Marietta, GA 30062 (770) 578-7200 Principal: Elizabeth Mavity Garrison Mill Elementary School 4111 Wesley Chapel Road Marietta, GA 30062 (770) 642-5600 Principal: Paula Huffman Mount Bethel Elementary School 1210 Johnson Ferry Road, Marietta, GA 30068 (770) 578-7248 Principal: Joan Johnson Mountain View Elementary School 3448 Sandy Plains Road, Marietta, GA 30066 (770) 578-7265 Principal: Dr. Renee Ingram Gariss Murdock Elementary School 2320 Murdock Road, Marietta, GA 30062 (770) 509-5071 Principal: Cynthia Hanauer Rocky Mount Elementary School 2400 Rocky Mountain Road, Marietta, GA 30066 (770) 591-5050 Principal: Gail May Sedalia Park Elementary 2230 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta, 30067 (770) 509.5162 Principal: Dr. Patricia Thomas Shallowford Falls Elementary School 3529 Lassiter Road, Marietta, GA 30062 (770) 642-5610 Principal: Dr. Doreen Griffeth Sope Creek Elementary School 3320 Paper Mill Road SE, Marietta, GA 30067 (770) 916-7085 Principal: Martha Whalen Timber Ridge Elementary School 5000 Timber Ridge Road, Marietta, GA 30068 (770) 642-5621 Principal: Dr. Tracie Doe Tritt Elementary School 4435 Post Oak Tritt Road, Marietta, GA 30062 (770) 642-5630 Principal: Karen Frost 34

Middle Schools Dickerson Middle School 855 Woodlawn Drive, Marietta, GA 30068 (770) 578-2710 Principal: Carole Brink Dodgen Middle School 1725 Bill Murdock Road, Marietta, GA 30062 (770) 578-2726 Principal: Robin Lattizori East Cobb Middle School 380 Holt Road, Marietta, 30068 (770) 578-2740 Principal: Tiffany Honoré Hightower Trail Middle School 3905 Post Oak Tritt Road Marietta, GA 30062 (770) 578-7225 Principal: Dr. Hilda Wilkins Mabry Middle School 2700 Jims Road, Marietta, GA 30066 (770) 928-5546 Principal: Merrilee Heflin Simpson Middle School 3340 Trickum Road, Marietta, GA 30066 (770) 971-4711 Principal: Andrew Bristow

High Schools Kell High School 4770 Lee Waters Road, Marietta, GA 30066 (678) 494-7844 Principal: Trudie Donovan Lassiter High School 2601 Shallowford Road, Marietta, GA 30066 (678) 494-7863 Principal: Chris Richie Pope High School 3001 Hembree Road, Marietta, GA 30062 (770) 578-7900 Principal: Rick Beaulieu Sprayberry High School 2525 Sandy Plains Road, Marietta, GA 30066 (770) 578-3200 Principal: Ed Wagner Walton High School 1590 Bill Murdock Road, Marietta, GA 30062 (770) 578-3225 Principal: Judith McNeill Wheeler High School 375 Holt Road, Marietta, GA 30068 (770) 578-3266 Principal: David Chiprany

Private Schools

Director: Gloria Kelley East Cobb Christian School At East Cobb Presbyterian Church 4616 Roswell Road, Marietta, GA 30062 Grades: K — 8 Principal: Teresa Staley Eastside Christian School 2450 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta, GA 30068 (770) 971-2332, Grades: K – 8 Principal: Judy Cripps Faith Lutheran School 2111 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta, GA 30068 (770) 973-8921, Grades: Pre-K – 8 Principal: Jack Hibbs Mt. Bethel Christian Academy 4385 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta, GA 30068 (770) 971-0245, Grades: K-prep – 8 Head of school: Dr. Bob Burris Lower School principal: Vivian Lovett Middle School principal: Jack Grimm Noble World Montessori School 2502 E. Piedmont Road, Marietta, GA 30062 Headmaster: Mehdi Sayfi Omega Private Academy 2960 Shallowford Road, Marietta, GA 30066 (770) 529-1717, Grades K – 12, Certified Teachers, SACS Accredited/GSNS Approved Director: Kathy Keeton Pathways Academy 4010 Canton Rd. Suite 120, Marietta, GA 30066 (770) 973-5588, Grades: 1 – 5 Director: Tina Gross Shreiner Academy 1340 Terrell Mill Road, Marietta, GA 30067 (770) 953-1340, Grades: 2K – 8 Director: Sarah Walker St. Joseph Catholic School 81 Lacy Street, Marietta, GA 30060 (770) 428-3328, Grades: K – 8

Cobb County Christian School 545 Lorene Drive, Marietta, GA 30060 (770) 434-1320 Grades: 3 – 12

Woodacres Day School 1772 Johnson Ferry Road , Marietta, GA 30062 (770) 971-1880, Grades: Pre-K – 8 Head of school: Judy T. Thigpen

AroundAbout — East Cobb

APRIL 2011


Business A Little Slow?

NOW to Advertise! 770-615-3318

Email: APRIL 2011

AroundAbout — East Cobb


Schools & Sports

Finish the School Year Strong

Moms and Kids

by Allison Duffy

by Colin Morris

Finishing anything strong and with your best effort (a race, a sporting event, etc.) will get you the best results. The same is true for the school year. As a parent, you might not think of your child’s schooling as a race, but it can be compared to that – a race to the next grade level!

April 15 is an important date. Everyone else in Georgia may be frantically doing financial paperwork, but my kids and I are planting our garden. My mother-inlaw has a green thumb. Many years ago, she Colin Morris with her children (left to counseled me to never right) Patrick, Micaela and Gabriel. plant anything in the yard before April 15. Of course, I didn’t listen to her advice since I was a young bride, and the weather outside was gorgeous and warm. I went to the garden store, bought a buggy full of happy little plants and spent the first week of April moving them into my yard. You don’t need a crystal ball to guess what happened. A cold snap killed all my little happy plants. Now, I hold fast to the April 15 rule.

One of the major concerns of parents is how our children are performing in school. If they are struggling, it’s difficult to see that, and we want to help. Not only do we want to help, but we want to help them efficiently. Some parents might see their child resisting them when they try to give them the help they need, while other parents might not have the ability to help their child (for me it would be the GA Math series, Chemistry, Physics; the list goes on!). To end the school year right, you want to get help now for any student who is starting to show signs of struggling. A lot of parents (and students) think the CRCT is the “be all, end all,” and after that is over (April 21, but who’s counting?!), the school year is “over.” The truth is, the students are still in school for a whole month after the CRCT is completed. There are still standards to be met, and material to be taught. The student should still have the frame of mind that they “Follow through will continue to learn new things in with your children school even after the CRCT is over.

and hold them accountable. ”

If your child does need some help staying focused through the END of the school year, there are many ways to pick the right avenue. Helping your child yourself is one option, although sometimes for sanity issues, it’s not the best option. A lot of the time, the classroom teachers will offer help to their students before or after school on certain days. Another option would be getting help for your child from an outside source. Usually, this option would give you consistency and more one-on-one attention than could be found in before or after school tutoring. The most important thing to remember is that children thrive on consistency, and it is critical for you, the parent, to provide that. Follow through with your children, and hold them accountable. Did they complete their homework? If so, have them show it to you. Even if you don’t know how to correct it (again, the upper level sciences and math subjects are hard!), you can still see that it is done. How did they do on their chapter test in language arts? What projects do they have coming up? Stay involved in your child’s schooling, and together, you will help them end the year strong! Allison Duffy is the education coordinator for Omega Learning Center and a certified teacher. For more information call (770) 529-1717.


I don’t claim to be an expert gardener. I learn something new about planting a garden every year that we do it. Last year we tried growing veggies from seed. We were operating on a tight budget, and buying seedling plants was many times more expensive than buying seeds. I discovered that the kids really enjoy planting the seeds inside and watching them sprout. I bought a little mini-greenhouse and we planted cucumbers, beans, tomatoes and some herbs. Within a week some of the plants were peeking up through the dirt. The lesson I learned was to start earlier. We did not start growing our veggies until early April. By the time they got big enough to move outside, I felt like my garden was woefully behind. The plants did grow and produce a sizable harvest, but our tomatoes were some of the last to turn red. Planting a garden with my kids gives them a sense of ownership and responsibility. My youngest son planted a bean plant in his classroom last year. When he brought it home, we planted it in our garden. From then on, it was Patrick’s bean plant. The plant grew like Jack and the Beanstalk until the caterpillars found it. Unfortunately, Patrick had to learn a hard lesson about “farming” and crop failure! It was eventually a positive experience because we captured as many caterpillars as we could and enjoyed watching them in our bug jar. I hope you don’t get an inflated mental picture of our garden. It is truly very humble. Up against our house, we have a small plot of maybe two feet by 15 feet where we plant several different types of tomatoes, some herbs and maybe a green veggie or two. However small it may be, it brings our family much benefit and enjoyment. Even if you only have the room or the budget for a small pot of herbs, plant something with your kids — just not before April 15!

AroundAbout — East Cobb

APRIL 2011

APRIL 2011

AroundAbout — East Cobb



East Cobb Area Houses of Worship Anglican The Church of Our Redeemer 2625 Canton Road (770-421-1928) Rector: Fr. James Danford

Apostolic Northside Apostolic Church 2115 Northfield Court, (770) 975-3001

Baha’i Faith Baha’i Faith of Marietta 2601 Sandy Plains Road, (770) 509-0070

Baptist Bible Baptist Church 2025 Eula Drive, NE, (770) 592-2660 Pastor: D.L. Cooper Chattahootchee Baptist Church 375 Johnson Ferry Road, (770) 977-2058 Pastor: Rick Shoup

Liberty Hill Baptist Church 1053 Liberty Hill Road, NE, (770) 422-1406 Pastor: Amos Williams Mt. Arbor Baptist Church 2235 Morgan Road, NE, (770) 971-9339 New Life Baptist Church 4010 Canton Road, (770) 592-6880 Pastor: Roger Brink New Providence Baptist Church 3740 Providence Road, (770) 971-3519 Pastor: Charles Whittaker Piedmont Baptist Church 570 Piedmont Road, Marietta, (770) 422-2566 Sandy Plains Baptist Church 2825 Sandy Plains Road (770) 971-8525 Pastor: Dr. Alvin Southerland

Cornerstone Baptist Church 1506 Sawyer Road, (770) 422-3579 Pastor: Carl George

Sewell Mill Baptist Church 2550 Sewell Mill Road (770) 971-3746 Pastor: David Watson

Crossview Baptist Church 1100 Piedmont Road, (770) 973-0063 Pastor: Greg Belcher

Shady Grove Baptist Church 1654 Bells Ferry Road, (770) 428-0216

East Cobb Baptist Church 1940 Shallowford Road, (770) 928-2233 Pastor: David York Eastside Baptist Church 2450 Lower Roswell Road, (770) 971-2323 Pastor: Dr. David H. Chauncey Eastwood Baptist Church 1150 Allgood Road, (770) 973-9011 Pastor: Mike Hatton Elizabeth Baptist Church 315 Kurtz Road, (770) 427-3325 Pastor: Steve Echols Galilee Baptist Church 2050 Bentley Lake Road (770) 422-6487 Holt Road Baptist Church 675 Holt Road, NE, (770) 971-3052 Johnson Ferry Baptist Church 955 Johnson Ferry Road, (770) 973-6561 Pastor: Bryant Wright


Shallowford Free Will Baptist 1686 Shallowford Road, (770) 926-1163 Pastor: Len Blanchard

Catholic Holy Family Catholic Church 3401 Lower Roswell Road, (770) 973-0038 Pastor: Darragh Griffith St. Ann’s Catholic Church 4905 Roswell Road, (770) 552-6400 Pastor: Tom Rielly Transfiguration Catholic Church 1815 Blackwell Road, (770) 977-1442 Pastor: Monsignor Patrick Bishop

Christian Chestnut Ridge Christian Church 2663 Johnson Ferry Road, (770) 971-8888 Pastor: Byron Wells Northside Christian Church 3535 Shallowford Road, (770) 565-6613 Pastor: Jason Burchfield AroundAbout — East Cobb

Walking By Faith Christian 1821 Kinridge Road, (678) 560-1144

Christian and Missionary Alliance Marietta Alliance Church 1787 E. Piedmont Road, (770) 973-2189 Pastor: David Hayes

Christian Science Christian Science Churches & Reading Rooms 2641 Old Sewell Road, (770) 565-7271

Church of Christ Church of Christ at East Cobb 5240 Roswell Road, (770) 587-5888 Pastor: Ray Hawkins Church of Christ-Piedmont Road 1630 Piedmont Road, (770) 971-9933 Minister: Neil Richey Emmanuel Tabernacle Christ Church 2692 Sandy Plains Road, #A32, (770) 422-3268 Pastor: Dwight Graves

Church of God Church of God of Prophecy 3393 Canton Road, (770) 427-5923 First Church of God 592 Shannon Drive, (770) 461-1925 Mount Paran North 1700 Allgood Road, (770) 578-9081 Town Center Church of God 1040 Blackwell Road, (770) 424-4004

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints 3195 Trickum Road, NE, (770) 509-9074 Pastor: Bishop Ho Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints — Paper Mill Ward 95 Holt Road, (770) 578-8734

Community Churches Cobb Community Church at Highlands 4649 Sandy Plains Road, (770) 992-3330 Pastor: Alan Daniels APRIL 2011

Shallowford Falls Community Church 3662 Shallowford Road, (770) 565-7468 Pastor: David White Vineyard Community Church 2692 Sandy Plains Road, #A25, (770) 565-1505 Pastor: Tommy Papevies

Episcopal Episcopal Church of St. Peter & St. Paul 1795 Johnson Ferry Road, (770) 977-7473 Rector: The Rev. Dr. Robert G. Certain Episcopal Church-Annunciation 1673 Jamerson Road, (770) 928-7916 St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church 571 Holt Road, NE, (770) 971-2839 Rev. Jim Nixon

Greek Orthodox Holy Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church 3431 Trickum Road, NE (770) 924-8080 Rev. Father Panayiotis Papageorgiou

Jehovah’s Witness Jehovah’s Witness 2065 Bells Ferry Road, (770) 427-1881 Pastor: Hope Torkornoo

Jewish Chabad of East Cobb 4450 Lower Roswell Road, (770) 565-4412 Congregation Etz Chaim 1190 Indian Hills Pkwy, (770) 973-0137 Rabbis Shalom Lewis and Paul Kerbel Temple Kol Emeth 1415 Old Canton Road, (770) 973-9205 Rabbi: Stephen Lebow

Korean Bethany Korean Presbyterian Multi-cultural (Korean, Brazilian and American) 4644 Sandy Plains Road, (770) 643-1459 Pastor: Byeongho Choi Korean Covenant Presbyterian 2100 Sandy Plains Road, (770) 565-4777 Pastor: Paul Sim Korean United Methodist Church 945 Old Canton Road, (770) 321-0020

Lutheran Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church APRIL 2011

2240 Shallowford Road, (770) 928-7919 Pastor: John Guse Faith Lutheran Church 2111 Lower Roswell Road, (770) 973-8877 Marietta, GA 30068 Pastor: Carl Schneidert Holy Trinity Lutheran Church 2922 Sandy Plains Road, (770) 971-4600 Pastor: Ronald Grunke Lutheran Church of Resurrection 4814 Paper Mill Road, (770) 953-3193 Marietta, GA 30068

Methodist East Cobb United Methodist 2325 Roswell Road, (770) 971-3643 Pastor: Brian Germano Mount Bethel United Methodist Church 4385 Lower Roswell Road, (770) 971-2880 Mountain View United Methodist 2300 Jamerson Road, (770) 928-0050 Sunday Services at 8:45 and 11 a.m. Sunday School at 10 a.m. Pastor: Bill Burch Mt. Zion United Methodist Church 1770 Johnson Ferry Road (770) 971-1465 Pastor: Dr. Joe Peabody Powers Ferry United Methodist Church 245 Powers Ferry Road, (770) 973-5271 Pastor: Jane Nugent Sacred Tapestry UMC 3000 Johnson Ferry Road, (770) 605-5083 St. Andrew United Methodist Church 3455 Canton Road, (770) 926-4961 St. Paul United Methodist Church 244 Kurtz Road, (770) 422-1089 Pastor: Dana Overton-Garrett Wesley Chapel United Methodist 4495 Sandy Plains Road, (770) 993-4919 Pastor: Jim Bocian

Non-Denominational Marietta Vineyard Church 1492 Roswell Road, (770) 977-9496 Pastor: Jeremy Graves AroundAbout — East Cobb

North Atlanta Church 2800 Johnson Ferry Road, (770) 518-0303 Overcomers World Church 2300 Shallowford Road, (770) 924-0607 Pastors: Allison and Isaac Crawford Restoration Life Church 2692 Sandy Plains Road, (770) 509-1481 Pastor: Ken Kessler

Orthodox St. Elizabeth Orthodox Church Sunday Divine Liturgy: 10 a.m. Service at the Woodstock Funeral Home Chapel 8855 Main Street, Woodstock (Olde Towne), (770) 485-0504 Priest Frederick Watson

Presbyterian Christ Presbyterian Church 495 Terrell Mill Road, (770) 956-7572 Pastor: Legree Finch East Cobb Presbyterian 4616 Roswell Road, (770) 973-4114 Pastor: Richard Holmes Eastminster Presbyterian Church 3125 Sewell Mill Road, (770) 977-2976 Pastor: Dr. Tim Erskine Geneva Orthodox Presbyterian 3605 Sandy Plains Road #240-161, (404) 786-9815 Pastor: John Fesko Hope Presbyterian Church 4101 Sandy Plains Road, (770) 971-4673 Pastor: Martin Hawley Ray-Thomas Memorial Presbyterian Church 4644 Sandy Plains Road, (770) 998-9321 Pastor: Carrie Scott

United Church of Christ Pilgrimage Church UCC 3755 Sandy Plains Road, (770) 971-0007 Pastor: Kimberleigh Buchanan

Unitarian Universalist Emerson Unitarian Universalist 2799 Holly Springs Road, NE, (770) 578-1533 Pastor: Rev. Jeff Jones

Unity Unity North Atlanta Church 4255 Sandy Plains Road, (678) 819-9100 Temporary Minister: Stephanie Seigh



Elected and Appointed Officials United States Government: President Barack Obama (D) 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue Washington, D.C. 20500 Website: e-mail:

(202) 456-1414 fax: (202) 456-2461

Senator Saxby Chambliss (R) (202) 224-3521 Senate Russell Courtyard-2 fax: (202) 224-0103 Washington, D.C. 20510 Website: e-mail: Senator Johnny Isakson (R) 1 Overton Park, Suite 970 3625 Cumberland Blvd,

(202) 224-3643 GA: (770) 661-0999

Atlanta, GA 30339 Website:

fax: (770) 661-0768

Rep. Tom Price (R), District 6 3730 Roswell Road Marietta, GA 30062 Website: e-mail:

GA: (770) 565-4990 fax: (770) 565-7570

Rep. Phil Gingrey (R), District 11 219 Roswell Street Marietta, GA 30060 Website: e-mail:

(202) 225-2931 GA: (770) 429-1776 fax: (770) 795-9551

State Government: Governor Nathan Deal (R) 203 State Capitol Atlanta, GA 30334

(404) 656-1776 fax: (404) 657-7332

Senator Chip Rogers (R), District 21

(404) 463-1378

Senator Judson Hill (R), District 32

(770) 565-0024

Rep. Sharon Cooper (R), District 41

(770) 956-8357

Rep. Don L. Parsons (R), District 42

(770) 977-4426

Probate Court Chief Judge Kelli Wolk

(770) 528-1900

Juvenile Court Presiding Judge James Whitfield

(770) 528-2220

Director of Juvenile Court Services Michele Marchant-Wellmon

(770) 528-2290 fax: (770) 528-2214

Solicitor General, Barry E. Morgan

(770) 528-8500 fax: (770) 528-8578

District Attorney, Patrick H. Head

(770) 528-3080 fax: (770) 528-3030

Cobb County Coroner Brian Frist 150 North Marietta Pkwy Marietta, GA 30060 Cobb County Board of Commissioners 100 Cherokee Street Marietta, GA 30090

(770) 528-2200

(770) 528-3300 fax: (770) 528-2606

Commissioners: Tim Lee, Chairman

Helen Goreham, District 1

(770) 528-3313

Bob Ott, District 2

(770) 528-3316

JoAnn Birrell, District 3


Woody Thompson, District 4

(770) 528-3312

Cobb County Sheriff’s Office Sheriff Neil Warren 185 Roswell Street, Marietta, GA 30060

(770) 591-6240

Rep. Matt Dollar (R), District 45

Board of Education Kathleen Angelucci, Post 4

(404) 656-0254

David Banks, Post 5

Scott Sweeny, Post 6

Superior Court Reuben Green

(770) 528-1800

Magistrate Court Chief Judge Frank R. Cox

(770) 528-8900


(770) 499-4600

Cobb County School System Superintendent, Fred Sanderson 514 Glover Street, Marietta, GA 30060 (770) 426-3453 fax: (678) 594-8559

Rep. Bobby Franklin (R), District 43

County Government:

(770) 528-3300

City of Marietta:

Mayor Steve Tumlin

AroundAbout — East Cobb

(770) 794-5501

APRIL 2011

One Year Later continued from page 8

increase teachers insurance costs to the full extent mandated by the new federal regulations; so what’s the difference? The simple fact is that the federal government and state legislatures are already burdened with massive debt. The early impact of implementing the ObamaCare mandates for Georgia’s state employees is increases in health insurance premiums for teachers and state employees of perhaps 20 percent. These are price tags no one can afford to pay. The array of taxes and regulations imposed by ObamaCare will only cause further harm, creating irreversible entitlements and a continual drain on taxpayers and businesses. The states must prevail and triumph over ObamaCare or else it will become the single most bloated, expensive and inefficient government program in America.

Connect with friends and keep up to date on what’s happening right here in East Cobb!

Senator Judson Hill serves as the Republican caucus vice chairman. He represents the 32nd Senate district which includes portions of Cobb and Fulton counties. He may be reached at (404) 656-0150 or

Sexting Is Bad continued from page 11

notice, AND FOLLOW THROUGH. This is a different world than the one in which we grew up. You must be vigilant and engage in parenting efforts that weren’t required of our parents. You are not being the bad guy; you are being the adult. Doug Rohan lives in East Cobb with his wife, Julia, and daughters Vivian and Claudia. He is a bi-lingual attorney and owner of Rohan Law, PC where he specializes in Criminal Defense and Workers’ Compensation claims. He also is a member of AroundAbout — East Cobb Community Board. You can email Doug at

3 ways to get connected Visit our new and improved website Join the AroundAbout East Cobb fan page aroundabouteastcobb

Save $$ on Kids Clothing continued from page 11

5. Save safety pins and wire hangers year round. Many sales are happening right now, and again in the fall. To find the consignment sales in your area, check out the events section of magazines like AroundAbout and websites like The Bargain Watcher ( I bet there are PLENTY around you! Lisa Huffman, wife of a Marine and mother of two, has enjoyed bargain hunting, couponing, and teaching others how to do the same for years. She has been interviewed by the Wall Street Journal and the American Association of Administrative Professionals. APRIL 2011

Follow us on

AroundAbout — East Cobb



East Cobb Area Clubs and Organizations Business Organizations The Association for Holistic Wellness Meeting: First Thursday at 7:00 p.m. Location: Meditating Mantis - Historic Roswell Contact: Chris Kell - East Cobb Business Association Meeting: 3rd Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. Contact: Susan Hampton, (404) 218-6216 East Cobb Open Networking A referral network for professionals Meeting: Fridays at 7:30 a.m. Location: Capozzi’s NY Deli, 4285 Roswell Road Contact: Tim Langley, (770) 289-9711 East Cobb PowerCore Team Meeting: Thursdays at 7 a.m. Location: IHOP, 3130 Johnson Ferry Road Contact: Mitch Lovell, (404) 572-1278 Joy of Connecting A networking dinner for professional women Meeting: 7 p.m., call for date Contact: Betty Goodman, (770) 906-3391 Northeast Cobb Business Association Meeting: Third Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. Location: Piedmont Church, 570 Piedmont Road Contact: or (770) 423-1330 Y Business Network Y membership not required. Meeting: Every other Friday, 7:30-8:45 a.m. Location: Northeast Cobb Y, 3010 Johnson Ferry Road Contact: Rosemary Macmillan, (678) 569-9622

Charitable Organizations Aloha To Aging, Inc. Support Programs for Seniors and their families. Contact: Dawn Reed, (678) 439-1177 Animals Deserve Better, Inc. Animal rescue and adoptions Contact: Kimberly Brenowitz, (770) 402-0297 Boys and Girls Clubs Contact: (770) 427-0418 Meals on Wheels Contact: Shelia Perkins, (770) 528-5381 MUST Ministries Contact: (770) 426-7667 SafePath Children’s Advocacy Center, Inc. Contact: Elizabeth Underwood (770) 801-3465

Civic Organizations Children of the American Revolution Contact: B. Schilling, (770) 643-1010


Cobb American Association of University Women Meeting: 2nd Tuesday at 7 p.m. Contact: Cobb County WWII Veterans Meeting: 2nd Tuesday at 1 p.m. Location: Windy Hill Senior Center Contact: Bill Hill, (678) 354-7059 East Cobb AARP Meeting: 1st Thursday at 1:30 p.m. Location: East Cobb Senior Center 3332 Sandy Plains Road Contact: Martha Boyce, (678) 290-9895 East Cobb Civic Association Meeting: Last Wednesday at 7 p.m. Location: Government Services Center 4400 Lower Roswell Road Contact: Jill Flamm, President East Cobb Civitans Meeting: 2nd and 4th Thursdays at 12 noon Location: Parc at Piedmont, 999 Hood Road Contact: Mary Karras, (770) 422-6485 East Cobb Community Friends for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Meeting: 3rd Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. Contact: Suzanne Strickland, (770) 992-2882 East Cobb Lions Club Meeting: 2nd and 4th Tuesdays at 7 p.m. Location: Eastside Baptist Church 2450 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta Contact: Susan Hampton, (404) 218-6216 East Cobb Optimist Clubs Meeting: Mondays at 7 p.m. Location: Shillings on the Square 19 N. Park Square NE, Marietta Contact: Jim David, (404) 683-0196 Kiwanis Club of East Cobb Meetings: Wednesdays at 7 p.m. Location: Scalini’s, 1205 Johnson Ferry Road Contact: Johnny Johnson, (770) 977-2026 Kiwanis Club of Marietta — Golden K Meetings: Thursdays at 10 a.m. Location: East Cobb Senior Center 3332 Sandy Plains Rd. Contact: Joe Van Horn, Sr., (770) 428-3419 League of Women Voters of Marietta-Cobb Meeting : 2nd Monday Location Various Contact: or Elizabeth at 770 592 0625 Rotary Club of East Cobb Meeting: Wednesdays at 7 — 8 a.m. Location: Indian Hills Country Club Contact: (770) 971-2605

AroundAbout — East Cobb

President’s Club Toastmasters Meeting: 1st, 3rd, and 5th Wednesdays at 7 p.m. Location: East Cobb Government Services Building, 4400 Lower Roswell Road Contact: Sean Ryan, VFW Post 2681 Location: 140 Powers Ferry Road Contact: (770) 977-2088

Political Organizations Cobb County Democratic Party Committee Meeting: 2nd Saturday at 9 a.m. Location: Piccadilly Cafeteria, 536 Cobb Parkway Contact: (770) 420-7133 Cobb Democratic Women Meeting: 2nd Thursday at 6 p.m. Contact: Beverly McMurry, (770) 426-6916 Cobb Young Democrats Meeting: Wednesdays at 12 noon Contact: East Cobb Democratic Alliance Meeting: 1st Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. Location: Spaghetti Factory, Delk Road Contact: David Lombrozo, (770) 649-8330 Cobb County Libertarian Party Meeting: 1st Thursday at 7:30 p.m. Location: Council Chamber Marietta City Hall Contact: Ted Skirvin, (770) 795-1331 Cobb County Republican Party Meeting: 1st Saturday at 8:30 a.m. Location: Williamson Bros. BBQ, Marietta Contact: (770) 421-1833, Cobb County Republican Women Meeting: 4th Friday at 11:30 a.m. Location: Marietta Conference Center 500 Powder Springs Street Contact: (770) 785-2522,

Support Groups Al-Anon Meeting: Location: Contact:

Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. Johnson Ferry Baptist Church 955 Johnson Ferry Road (770) 794-2978

Alzheimer’s/Dementia Support Group Meeting: 2nd Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. Location: Savannah Court, 866 Johnson Ferry Road Contact: Derin White, (770) 977-4420 Autism Support Group Meeting: 3rd Thursday at 9 a.m. or 7 p.m. Location: Mount Bethel United

APRIL 2011

Methodist Church, 4385 Lower Roswell Road, Room F002 Contact: (770) 971-2880

Community Center, 4608 Lower Roswell Rd. Contact: (678) 439-1177.

Blended Families Support Group Meeting: 3rd Sunday at 7 p.m. Location: Mount Bethel United Methodist Church, 4385 Lower Roswell Road Contact: (770) 971-2880

Grief and Loss Support Group All faiths are welcome. Meeting: 6 session format Location: Jewish Family & Career Services, 1501 Johnson Ferry Road Suite 100 Contact: Yael Stein, 770-677-9305, ystein@jfcs

Breast Cancer Support Group Meeting: 1st and 3rd Thursdays at 7 p.m. Location: St. Andrew United Methodist Church 3455 Canton Road Contact: Sandy, (770) 926-3488

Job Seekers Meeting: 1st and 3rd Saturdays at 8 a.m. Location: Eastminster Presbyterian Church, 3125 Sewell Mill Road Contact: (770) 977-2976

Cancer Support Group Meeting: 2nd and 4th Mondays at 7 p.m. Location: Johnson Ferry Baptist Church 955 Johnson Ferry Road Contact: (770) 794-2978 Career Quest Ministry Meeting: Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. Location: St. Ann’s Catholic Church 4905 Roswell Road Contact: (770) 552-6400 x 6104 Codependents Anonymous Meeting: Monday and Thursdays at 7:30pm Location: Unity North Church, 4225 Sandy Plains Road (Administration Bldg upstairs) Contact: Janet D. 770-578-6368 Website: Compassionate Friends support group for bereaved parents, grandparents and siblings. Contact: Kathy, (404) 429-4953, Erica, (404) 539-4287, Website: Dad 2 Dad, For stay-at-home dads Contact: Richard Collins, (770) 579-5445 Diabetes Support Group Contact: Wellstar, (770) 793-7828 East Cobb CHADD For parents with children who have ADHD. Contact: Website: Family Caregiver & Alzheimer’s Support Group Meeting: First Monday at 10:30 a.m. Location: Aloha To Aging, Inc. , Mt. Bethel Community Center, 4608 Lower Roswell Rd., Contact: (678) 439-1177 Foundation for Ensuring Access and Equity Contact: Mychal Wynn, (678) 395-5825 or (678) 620-3685 Website: Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Meeting: 2nd and 4th Tuesdays at 7:15 p.m. Location: Transfiguration Catholic Church Blackwell Road Contact: Jeannie DeCarlo, (770) 919-9275 Grief Support Group Meeting: First Monday at 2:30 p.m. Location: Aloha To Aging, Inc. , Mt. Bethel

APRIL 2011

Moms In Touch — East Side Elementary Meeting: Mondays at 10 a.m. Contact: Movita Stallworth, (770) 321-1783 Mothers and More Meeting: 2nd and 4th Tuesdays at 7 p.m. Location: Saint Catherine’s Episcopal Church, 681 Holt Road Contact: Newcomers of Cobb County Meeting: 3rd Tuesday at 10 a.m. Location: John Knox Presbyterian Church, 505 Powers Ferry Road Contact: Christine, (770) 234-5068 Next Century Youth, Inc. Location: 791 Mimosa Boulevard, Roswell Contact: Mary Brooks Green, (678) 278-9278 Website: Northwest Atlanta Moms of Multiples Club Meeting: 2nd Monday at 7 p.m. Location: North Metro Church on Barrett Pkwy. Contact: (678) 404-0034, Overeaters Anonymous Meeting: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 10 a.m. Location: St. Ann’s Catholic Church, 4905 Roswell Rd Contact: Betsy, (404) 226-4931, Parents of Prodigals (children with selfdestructive lifestyle) Meeting: 2nd and 4th Thursdays at 6:45 p.m. Location: Johnson Ferry Baptist Church 955 Johnson Ferry Road Contact: (770) 794-2978 Parkinson’s Disease Support Group Meeting: 2nd Sunday at 4 p.m. Location: Roswell UMC, 814 Mimosa Blvd., Bldg. A Contact: Robin Cleveland, (678) 819-3915 Parents Without Partners Contact: Ted Perskey, (770) 973-4087 PASA (Parents of All Stages and Ages) Meeting: Fridays at 10 a.m.Free child care available Location: East Cobb UMC Lower Level Activities Building, 2325 Roswell Road Contact: Lisa Hunt (770) 984-0699

AroundAbout — East Cobb

Road to Recovery Divorce Support Group Meeting: Wednesdays at 6:45 p.m. Location: Mount Bethel United Methodist Church 4385 Lower Roswell Road Mission House Contact: (770) 971-2880 Sexual Assault Support Group Meeting: Mondays at 7 p.m. Location: YMCA of NW GA, 48 Henderson St, Contact: Susan Roberts, (770) 427-3390 Single’s Ministry Location: Johnson Ferry Baptist Church 955 Johnson Ferry Road Contact: (770) 973-6561, Single Adult Ministry Location: Mount Bethel United Methodist Church, 4385 Lower Roswell Road Contact: (770) 971-3447, Treasures in Heaven (miscarriage/infant death) Meeting: 4th Monday at 7 p.m. Location: Johnson Ferry Baptist Church 955 Johnson Ferry Road Contact: (770) 794-2978 VOICE Today survivors of child sexual abuse Meeting: 1st & 3rd Tuesday at 7 p.m. Location: Johnson Ferry Baptist Church Room 334 Contact: Tom Scales, (678) 578-4888 Website: Widowed Helping Others Meeting: Twice each month Location: St. Ann’s Catholic Church, 4905 Roswell Rd Contact: Marguerite Williamson, (770) 977-8438

Recreation and Hobbies American Needlepoint Guild Meeting: 2nd Tuesday at 6:45 p.m. Location: Mountainview Library, 3320 Sandy Plains Road Contact: Penny Boswinkle, (770) 394-0065 Bridge Club Meeting: Mon. – Fri. 10:30 a.m., Mon. – Sat. 7:30 p.m. Location: 1089 Roswell Road Contact: (770) 973-7717 Cobb Alley Cats, people who help stray cats Contact: Sue Verner, (770) 436-6758 Cobb County Special Olympics Contact: (770) 819-3223 Cobb County Stamp Club Meeting: 2nd Sunday at 1:30 p.m. Location: Jewish Towers, 3160 Howell Mill Rd Meeting: 4th Sunday at 1:30 p.m. Central Cobb Library, 266 Roswell St. Contact: C. Rejent, (770) 330-0790 Dog Hikers of Georgia Meeting: Sundays at 10 a.m. Contact: Dan Batchelor, (770) 992-2362 Sope Creek Garden Club Meeting: 1st Wednesday at 10 a.m. Contact: Karin Guzy, (770) 955-1303



Community Information Numbers & Websites Emergency — 911 • AroundAbout — East Cobb • (770) 615-3318

Cobb County Chamber of Commerce Driver’s License Health Department Post Office Recycling Center

(770) 980-2000 (678) 413-8400 (678) 784-2180 (800) 275-8777 (770) 528-2500

Cobb County Government:

Business License Keep Cobb Beautiful Commissioners Engineering Office Traffic Signals Extension Office Jury Phone — State Court Jury Phone — Superior Court Planning and Zoning Senior Services Tax Assessors/Evaluation Taxes: License Plates/Tags Property Tax Voter Registration CCT Bus Service

(770) 528-8410 (770) 528-1135 (770) 528-1000 (770) 528-1616 (770) 528-1600 (770) 528-4070 (770) 528-2626 (770) 528-1804 (770) 528-2004 (770) 528-5355 (770) 528-3100 (770) 528-8247 (770) 528-8600 (770) 528-2581 (770) 528-8465


Aloha to Aging, Inc. Family Caregiver Support Department of Family and Children’s Services Next Steps (Child/Adolescent) Mothers Making a Change Child and Adolescent Services Meals on Wheels MUST Ministries Child Support Enforcement YMCA of Northwest GA, Rape Crisis Center

(678) 439-1177 (770) 528-5000 (770) 514-2300 (770) 499-2422 (770) 514-2300 (770) 528-5381 (770) 427-9862 (770) 528-2410 (770) 427-3390


AARP Kiwanis Club Lions Club Rotary Club

(678) 290-9895 (770) 912-9632 (404) 218-6216 (770) 422-7551

Fire Departments: 2905 Library Lane 4431 Trickum Road 3892 Oak Lane Georgia State Patrol Non-Emergency 911 Sheriff’s Department

(770) 528-8000

(770) 205-5400 (770) 499-3900 (770) 499-4600

Hospitals: 44

Wellstar Kennestone Hospital North Fulton Hospital Northside Hospital Atlanta

Poison Control Center Cobb Judicial Victim Assistance Domestic Violence Unit Drug Tip Public Outreach/Programs

(404) 589-4400 (770) 528-3047 (770) 499-4665 (770) 590-5520 (770) 499-4719


East Marietta Merchant’s Walk Gritter’s Mountain View Regional

(770) 509-2711 (770) 509-2730 (770) 528-2524 (770) 509-2725

Parks and Recreation:

Main Office Aquatic Centers: Mountain View Sewell Park East Cobb Park Mount Bethel Park Sweat Mountain Park Fullers Park Harrison Park Harrison Tennis Center


(770) 528-8800 (770) 509-4927 (770) 509-2741 (770) 591-3160 (770) 509-2748 (770) 591-3160 (770) 509-2737 (770) 591-3150 (770) 591-3151

(770) 977-5991


Animal Control Animal Shelter and Pet Adoptions Cobb County Humane Society Emergency Veterinary Clinic Cobb County Animal Control Good Mews Animal Foundation

(770) 499-4136 (770) 499-4136 (770) 428-5678 (770) 424-9157 (770) 499-4136 (770) 499-CATS


Board of Education

(770) 426-3300


Public Service:

Hotlines — 24 Hour Help Lines:

(770) 793-5000 (770) 751-2500 (404) 851-8000

AT&T Residential Phone Service AT&T Broadband/Comcast Atlanta Gas Light Co. Cobb County Water System Water Emergency Cobb EMC Georgia Power

AroundAbout — East Cobb

(888) 757-6500 (404) 266-2278 (770) 907-4231 (770) 423-1000 (770) 419-6201 (770) 429-2100 (888) 660-5890

APRIL 2011

Affordable Coupon Advertising Gets Customers In Your Door!

This Space Could Be Yours! Call NOW!

This Space Could Be Yours! To reserve your spot, call (770) 615-3318 or email today!

APRIL 2011

AroundAbout — East Cobb

Call NOW!



Classifieds FREE TO GOOD HOME (These Ads Are Free)

services In-Home Care by Lee’s Handy Mom Services. Our care-givers provide non-medical care for men and women who wish to remain living in familiar surroundings. Companionship, housekeeping, meal preparation, feeding, hygiene assistance, running errands and medication reminders. (678) 977-6497,

FREE TO GOOD HOME Three Beautiful Cats that I must give free to a good home. They are indoor cats and have been well cared for. Please call Karen. (404) 431-6900.

Looking For A Loving Home For Your Pet? You can place your ad here for FREE! home services E.P. Pressure Wash. Reasonable rates, free estimates, insured. (770) 380-2325. Local Handyman. No job too small. Great rates, free estimates. (678) 755-2943. Classified Deadline is the 15th of the month for the next month’s Issue.





PLEASE PRINT Month(s):  Jan  Feb  Mar


 July

 Aug

 Sept

Mail this Form with your Payment to: AroundAbout Local Media, Inc. 2449 Towne Lake Parkway Woodstock, GA 30189 • Fax: (770) 516-4809




(All Fields Must Be Completed)

 Apr  May  June  Oct  Nov  Dec

Category: Word Count:

¨ ADD A PICTURE (2.375" X 1.50") FOR ONLY $39 (Per Month).

, $1/word, per month (10 Word Minimum)

Box numbers, phone numbers, zip codes and abbreviations are counted as one word each.

Email picture to

Ad Wording (please include contact info):

Please make checks payable to AroundAbout Local Media, Inc. Form of payment: ¨ Cash or Check ¨ Visa ¨ Master Card ¨ American Express ¨ Discover CC Account #


Sec. Code (CVC):

Credit Card Authorization Signature: Name:

Street Address:

City, State, Zip: Daytime Phone: AroundAbout East Cobb Classifieds is a monthly feature. All ads are accepted and placed under categories at the discretion of the publisher. Rates are only $1 per word, per month, with a 10-word minimum. “Pet Lost and Found,” “Ride Share” and “Free to Good Home” pet placement ads are FREE.


AroundAbout — East Cobb

APRIL 2011

attorneys/legal services Rohan Law, P.C. (404) 923-7570


Humane Society of Cobb County (770) 428-9882 148 Fairground St. SE, Marietta


REstaurants/Food SErvices

Banking/Financial Services

Physicians and Medical Services

Citadel CPA & Wealth Care Services Inside Front (770) 952-6707 175 Town Park Drive, Kennesaw

Marietta Plastic Surgery Cover, 24, 25 (678) 494-2380, (770) 425-0118 149 Towne Lake Pkwy., Woodstock

Carpet & Upholstery Cleaners Carpet Dry Tech (678) 368-5991


churches First Baptist Church of Woodstock (770) 926-4428


Progressive Audiology Center Inc. (770) 592-4744, (706) 253-7244

Dentists/Orthodontists Cristi Y. Cheek DMD, P.C. (770) 993-3775

Northside Hospital Spine Center (404) 459-1809 Plastic Surgery Center of the South (770) 421-1242

Inside Front

Health & Beauty Patrick Carmen NR.9 Salon (678) 427-8000




Services/Retailers Miscellaneous Legends Elite All-Star Cheerleading


Maid Brigade (678) 905-6486


N.E. Cobb Community Egg Drop (770) 423-1330


Savannah Court of Marietta (770) 977-4420


Sweet Ps Arts Festival



Wellstar Health Systems (770) 956-7827

3, 17

Business Been Slow?

Bush Enos Photography (678) 360-6033


Real estate & related services 35.



Atlanta Communities (770) 240-2011

Lake Nantahala (828) 321-3101

Connect with friends and keep up to date on what’s happening right here in East Cobb! APRIL 2011

Good Measure Meals (404) 815-7695


Pet/Veterinarian Services & Supplies Frolic Canine Services LLC



LAWN MAINTENANCE/LANDSCAPING Crawford Landscaping (770) 509-0355


Resurgens Orthopaedics (678) 591-4215

Home Improvement/Repair & Service Georgia Hardwood (770) 374-5555

Reflection - Lake Nantahala Inside Back Cover



NOW to Advertise!


Inside Back Cover


Visit our new and improved website Join the AroundAbout East Cobb fan page AroundAboutEastCobb AroundAbout — East Cobb

Follow us on 47

April Issue  

April Issue