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30 & 31 On the Cover: Omega Learning


Meet James Ball, the man who is building our online community.


Coupon Mom


Not My Kid

Photos by Rod Kaye

Pope High School Senior Matt Hansen ready to face his opponents.

New contributor Stephanie Nelson will help your family save money!

An alarming trend in our community.


Football Highlights

Pope took on Wheeler for their season opener.

In Every Issue

34 It’s Time to ... meet Coach Jep Irwin.

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Birthdays................................................ 8 Calendar............................................... 21 Houses of Worship....................... 46 & 47 Elected Officials.................................... 48 Clubs & Organizations................... 50 & 51

Community Numbers........................... 52 Coupons............................................... 53 Classifieds............................................ 54 Advertisers Directory............................ 55

Contributing Writers Don Akridge......................................... 16 Dr. Cristi Cheek..................................... 22 Amy Corrigan....................................... 19 Donna Hecklemoser............................. 26 Sen. Judson Hill.................................... 13 Jennifer Jarosick................................... 10 Lisa Johnston........................................ 22 Kara Kiefer............................................ 26

Chris Leggett......................................... 16 Cindy Morrow...................................... 32 Stephanie Nelson................................. 20 Doug Rohan.......................................... 14 Kevin Scott........................................... 44 Becky Smith......................................... 12 Wendell Webb...................................... 34

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Meet Our Community Board AroundAbout — East Cobb is proud to introduce our Community Board to our readers. Our Community Board consists of well-respected community leaders and will serve as ambassadors for our publication while out in the community. Many of these Board members also are contributing writers. Our board consists of Ron Sumpter, Doug Rohan, Dr. Cristi Cheek, Kim Bethune and Ashley Womble.

Publisher AroundAbout Community Magazines, Inc. Owners Karen & Jon Flaig

Ron Sumpter — Ron is the Director, Community Marketing at Cobb EMC, an electric utility in Marietta. He serves in various leadership capacities in the business community and in his church, Destiny Metropolitan Worship Church. Ron and his wife Patrice have been married for 27 years and have two daughters, Faith, age 23, and Briana, age 20.

Executive Editor Kara Kiefer Advertising Director Leslie Proctor Title Manager Lee Ann Jones

Doug Rohan — Doug lives in East Cobb with his wife, Julia, and daughters Vivian and Claudia. He is a bilingual attorney with the law firm Castan & Lecca, P.C. where he specializes in Criminal Defense and Workers’ Compensation claims. He volunteers with the Boy Scouts of America and serves as the Troop Committee Chair for Troop 955, chartered by Johnson Ferry Baptist Church (JFBC). He also is an active member at JFBC where he serves as the director of his Sunday school class. He also is also is a supporter of the Friends of East Cobb Park. Dr. Cristi Cheek — Cristi is a dentist and owner of Cristi Y. Cheek, DMD, P.C. on Johnson Ferry Road in Marietta. She graduated suma cum laude from the Medical College of Georgia and is a member of the American Dental Association, Georgia Dental Association, Northwestern District Dental Society, Academy of General Dentistry and the Hinman Dental Society. She, her husband, Ron, and their three children are all members of Northpoint Community Church. Kim Bethune — Kim is the co-founder of Omega Learning Center with her sister, Kathy Keeton and mother, Joyce Smith. Having lived in the Cobb County Community for 10 years, Kim is a board member of the Northwest Atlanta YMCA and active supporter of the Cobb County school volunteer and football programs. Her two children, Jacob and Alexandra, are 12 and 14 years old and her pride and joy! Cobb Academics is her passion. Ashley Womble — Ashley has lived in the Atlanta area since 1973. He served and was honorably discharged from the United States Air Force in 1980. He is the owner of Womble Watch Works, a watch restoration and service business that will be celebrating its 30th anniversary this year.

Art Director Michelle McCulloch Digital Marketing Director James Ball Photographers Wendell Webb Rod Kaye AroundAbout — East Cobb is a franchisee of AroundAbout Community Magazines, 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 20th of August. 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 2010.

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News Around East Cobb LGE Opens East Cobb Branch While some banks are shrinking in today’s economy, LGE Community Credit Union continues to grow. LGE Community recently opened a branch at 4101 Roswell Road in the Providence Square Shopping Center (across from Merchants Walk). “We are privileged and excited to extend LGE Community Credit Union’s reach into the East Cobb area,” said Chris Leggett, President/CEO. For more information, visit or call (770) 424-0060.

Local Scouts Receive Eagle Award Andrew Evans (left) of Troop 955, chartered out of Johnson Ferry Baptist Church, and Tyler Baker of Troop 144, chartered out of First Baptist Church of Marietta, recently were awarded their Eagle Awards.

Oasis from Hustle and Bustle Mabry Park is 26.5 acres of green space near the corner of Sandy Plains and Wesley Chapel road. The park was purchased in 2007 from funds generated through the 2006 Parks Bond program. Although Cobb County Parks & Recreation will work to maintain the park, it was understood that there are no additional funds in the county’s budget to develop the park for public use. The park has inspired a group of residents to form the Friends of Mabry Park they formed this group in 2009, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with the goal to raise money for the build out of the park.

Cobb EMC Sponsors Run for Wounded Soldiers Cobb EMC recently sponsored the Run for Wounded Warriors 10K, 5K and one mile fun run. The inaugural event raised xx for the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP), a nonprofit organization that supports service members severely wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan and helps them transition from military to civilian life. Approximately 400 runners, including Cobb EMC employees, participated in the event held at Glover Park in the Marietta Square. The WWP aids wounded soldiers by ensuring they have quality healthcare and full access to benefits and compensation programs. They also work with soldiers’ families to ease emotional and financial stress. To learn more, visit


The first step is to create a master plan, which will illustrate features that will be included in the park and how the land will be laid out. The feedback from residents has been to keep the property primarily “passive use.” The Friends group has already raised half the money needed for the master planning process. For more information and to see photos of Mabry Park visit

Enjoy Art Walk in Marietta Square On the first Friday evening of every month, Marietta Square will transform into an Artists’ Alley, an intimate exhibit of juried artists showing a wide variety of styles. The selfguided tour will take participants through galleries, museums, cultural venues, restaurants and boutiques that will host artists. Participating businesses will have an official “Art Walk” banner in their windows. Artists’ Alley will be held from 5 – 9 p.m., rain or shine. For more information, visit www.artwalkmarietta. com.

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Happy Birthday!

Catalina Rodriguez

Gail May

Age 5 on July 7 Daughter of Alex & Juan Rodriguez Sister of Sofia

Celebrated on August 17

Billy Bolton

Thomas Strawder, Sr

Age 59 on October 1 Uncle of the Happy Bunch

Age 78 on October 15 Beloved Husband, Father, Papa

Sydney Brewster

Mackenzie Rose

Celebrating on September 24 Fischrupp Wife of Chris Age 7 on October 21 Mother of Haley, Jenny, Daughter of Kristi & Donald Hannah, Eric, Elias, and Cyril Fischrupp

Nicole Rose

Kari Kviten

Lee Ann Jones

Age 17 on September 9 Friend of Pope HS students, Jenny Goldberger & Alexis Weber

Age 18 on September 14 Granddaughter of Betty Rowell

Celebrating on September 10 Mother of Meredith Wife of Troy

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September 2010 Meet James Ball — Our Digital Marketing Director and Your Online Trust Agent

standards for our print, web and social networking presence. James is the agent ensuring our goals as a company and your goals as an engaged reader and online participant are met.

When it came time to create the ideal web presence to complement AroundAbout — East Cobb, we had definite ideas about what we wanted from this presence. It had to be easy on the eyes and easy to navigate. It had to be interactive, informative and entertaining. And it had to be an online presence like no one has ever experienced before.

“My years of experience as an advertising and marketing professional and social media consultant have truly galvanized for me the value of community. I’m so pleased to be working with people in an environment where community comes first.

Enter James Ball. James is our digital and online presence leader — he is your online trust agent. You can trust that when you log on to www., the information you find will be relevant, positive and entertaining. You can trust information posted on facebook and twitter will be engaging and interactive. You can trust our online presence like you trust our print product, confident in our efforts to maintain the highest publishing

My desire is that our web presence becomes a place that fosters open communication and relationships among our many valued readers and clients. Please don’t ever hesitate to contact me if you have questions, concerns, or if I can help you out in any way… it’s truly what I’m here for!” To reach James, call (770) 615-3310 or email him at james@ Hat tip to Chris Brogan of and for the term “Trust Agent”…when it fits, it fits!

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Diaperpails and Pigtails by Jennifer Jarosick It’s just the beginning of the school year, and we’re already planning for the first break, September 20 – 24. Not everyone agrees with the new schedule, but it’s here to stay for this year, which means it’s time to start planning. So what are your plans? Many families are going out of town. Disney is a favorite destination, while others are headed to places like Hilton Head, Destin and other Gulf area beaches. But what if you can’t get out of town? What are you going to do for the week? If you don’t have to work, a stay-cation at home can be just as fun and a lot less stress. Here are a few ideas to help you plan a fun-filled week with the kids: The North Georgia State Fair starts September 23.


Explore the outdoors at the Chattahoochee Nature Center, which has events for kids almost every day.


Do you have girls? Check out the area tearooms.


Tap into your creative side and go to one of the local pottery and paint places.


Bowling, roller skating and jump places are a great way to burn off energy if it’s raining.


Send Us Your Homecoming Photos! We will feature Homecoming photos in an upcoming issue of AroundAbout East Cobb Make sure your school is represented! It’s easy! Just email photos to kara@aroundaboutmagazines. com along with the names of the people in the photo and be sure to tell us which school you attend. Then look for your photos in an upcoming issue! Submission deadline is the 20th of October.

Don’t forget the parks in and around Cobb County. Pack a picnic and spend the day at the playground.


Provide a learning experience for your child and volunteer at a local non-profit organization.


There’s always the back yard. Pull out the sprinklers, water balloons, chalk, balls and bikes. The kids will love it!


We live in the perfect spot for fantastic day trips. Take a break from the heat at one of Atlanta’s museums or performing arts venues.


Take a drive up to the North Georgia Mountains for a hike, tubing or some fishing.


Check out one of the nearby state parks like Red Top or Stone Mountain or spend some time at Lake Allatoona.


If you have to work, it’s time to book a babysitter for the week. The good news is that the babysitters in middle and high school will also be on break. The bad news is that you might have trouble finding a sitter who won’t be at Disney. Do you have more ideas that are not listed here? Post them on AroundAbout East Cobb’s facebook page, aroundabouteastcobb. Happy vacation everyone! Jennifer Jarosick is the mother to two children, ages 1 and 5, and one that’s still growing. E-mail her at 10

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Yours, Mine and Ours When Braces Became “Bling” by Becky M. Smith Back in the dark ages of 1982, I remember hearing the dreaded words, “You need braces!” I was already a freckle-faced, knock-kneed, prepubescent middle schooler. Oh yeah, it WAS that bad! “Could life get any worse?” I remember asking myself. I was about to face the next two or two and a half years of my life as a metal- mouth. Didn’t my parents understand how important my middle school years were to my development as a social butterfly? This was not going to help. Of course, my mother assured me I would still be beautiful. What did she know? She was only my mom! I wasn’t the only one who felt that way. All of us middle school kids feared having our precious pearls wrapped in full metal jackets of steel, and I’m sure I wasn’t the only one who left a consultation with the orthodontist in tears. How ironic now, to have held my own orthodontist in such disdain, that I became a treatment coordinator for my orthodontist husband. I am now responsible for breaking the “bad news” to kids that it’s their turn to have metal mouths. So imagine my surprise when I had to tell one of our first patients that it was, indeed, her turn. I was prepared! I had the Kleenex box within reach, and I gave her mother a knowing glance… “It’s okay Momma, I’m going to help you get through this with your daughter…” when suddenly she let out one of those shrill middle school girl squeals of delight and began thanking me profusely. Huh? Now, I know braces have changed a great deal since my “incarceration.” They’re tiny, colorful and sometimes clear, and dare I say fun? When did this happen? The only tears I see in my husband’s practice these days are when we have to say, “No, you’re just not ready yet.” I’m not entirely sure when the metal became bling. One thing has become clear to me, though. What I once thought was going to kill my hopes of attaining any kind of status on the middle school social radar has now become an absolute “must-have” for kids these days. It’s a welcomed rite of passage. Three of my six kids currently are in braces. The oldest, Ryan, knew he had no choice, but was pleased that his friends thought he looked cool. Kathryn is a veteran at this point and loves to go wild with her colors. Ali, our braces neophyte, is thrilled to finally fall into the rank of “brace face.” So at least for the moment, all is right in their worlds and they, too, are beautiful. I ought to know. I’m their mom. Becky Smith is the energetic mother to a large “Yours, Mine & Ours” blended family with kids ranging from age 15 to 5 months. E-mail questions or comments to 12

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States Still the Solution by State Senator Judson Hill The federal takeover of health care may be more controversial since its passage than prior to becoming law. While Democrats failed to listen to the people as they advanced Obamacare, conservatives were and still are listening to health care professionals, to health care providers and, most importantly, to the people. Almost every day this summer, I walked door to door throughout my Georgia Senate district and listened to the people I am honored to represent. They told me, “We’re having challenges making ends meet and please do something to stop Obamacare because I’m afraid I can’t afford it.” Obamacare restricts individual freedoms and eliminates the free market. It does not improve quality, accessibility or health care affordability, but rather will increase costs and decrease access to doctors and nurses. This is not what Americans want. And Georgians cannot afford the projected $500 million plus annual cost beginning in 2014.

more than 70 percent of the popular vote. The Freedom of Choice Act prohibits individuals from being forced to participate in or purchase health insurance against their will. My Health Care Choice Act (Senate Bill 407), which allows people to purchase affordable health coverage across state lines, became a model national bill and has been introduced in almost two-dozen states and passed in Wyoming. The Georgia legislature still has not passed this common-sense bill that will help insure thousands of uninsured Georgians. And in 2008, the Georgia legislature passed my Affordable Health Insurance Act (House Bill 977 and Senate Bill 238), which was adopted as a national model bill and has been introduced and passed in several states.

The Affordable Health Insurance Act gives state tax breaks to individuals, businesses, and insurers who buy and sell low premium HSA health plans. Millions of Georgians working for more than 575,000 small companies can now save millions of dollars, enabling many more working families to afford health insurance. The act also allows Georgians to purchase health insurance with “before tax “Georgia is a national dollars” and rewards people who stay healthy with partial refunds of their health insurance premiums. leader passing The bill’s purpose was to give Georgians a conservative health patient-centered solution and encourage personal care reform measures responsibility.

Obamacare only created another massive government program. When existing government health programs like Medicare, Medicaid, TriCare and CHIP (PeachCare) are renowned for and we must continue.” their inefficiencies, sky-rocketing costs, fraud and poorer health outcomes, Americans don’t need Other states also have passed free market health nor want another federal health program. People care reform measures. State leaders often work do not want a government bureaucrat choosing what medical care is together and over the years, they have brought fundamental changes best for them. to health care helping to create a more patient-centered system which rewards people for making healthy choices. We must resolve Rather than eliminate Medicare Advantage, which is a successful to develop state-based free market solutions to preserve our freedom free market based health plan for seniors, we should build on rather than accept more government control of our lives. this positive experience of market competition and enhance such programs to save money and improve health benefits. But the There is no doubt that America needs health care reform, but it reality is that Medicare Advantage was eliminated to help finance should be done from the bottom up and not from the top down. national health care on the backs of fixed-income seniors. America needs health care reform that does not raise taxes, that incentivizes a healthy lifestyle, offers portability and helps lower Many believe that the states hold the key to real health care reform. insurance premiums. We need reform that is prevention focused This is especially true today. States must act now before Obamacare and patient centered. And, we need health care reform that does is fully implemented in 2014 and pass real free market solutions not increase our national debt. Yes, there is an alternative to that prove there are better alternatives and that conservatives have Obamacare. These conservative solutions can become state law, practical and affordable health care solutions that work. Georgia is showing the federal government that states have more viable and a national leader passing conservative health care reform measures sustainable health care solutions that will improve the lives of and we must continue. Americans without compromising both our health and the financial future of our great country. This year I introduced The Freedom of Choice Act as both a proposed Constitutional Amendment (Senate Resolution 794) and If national leaders can learn from the states’ successes, then we as a Bill (Senate Bill 317). My Senate Bill 317 legislation passed can truly lead America out of our health care crisis into a more under Senate Bill 411 and became Georgia law July 1, 2010. We affordable, accessible health care system that saves money and helped coordinate leaders in more than forty states to introduce saves lives. similar legislation as state solutions to preserve patients’ ability Senator Judson Hill serves as the Republican caucus vice chairman. He to make their own decisions about health coverage. The bill or represents the 32nd Senate district which includes portions of Cobb and constitutional amendments passed in seven states and Oklahoma Fulton counties. He may be reached at (404)656-0150 or successfully passed their constitutional amendment referendum with

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New Laws That Will Affect You in 2010 Part 2 by Doug Rohan, Esq. Castan & Lecca, PC Every year on July 1, a number of new laws take effect. This is the second of three articles analyzing these new laws and what they could mean to your family. We previously examined: Ban on Cell Phone use – under age 18 (HB 23). Ban on Texting while Driving – all ages (SB 360). DUI / Administrative Suspension of License (HB 1033). Super-Speeder Law (HB 160). On this month’s agenda: Failure to appear for a traffic citation: Previously, if you failed to appear in court when you were issued a traffic citation, your license was suspended. If you were subsequently pulled over for driving on a suspended license, you would go to jail and would have to answer to the old charges as well as the new suspended license charge. Before the new law took effect, the state was required to show proof of mailing of the notice of license suspension in order to obtain a conviction. Now, the state will have to show proof of receipt of the notice in order to support a conviction. This will likely be accomplished through the use of certified mail with return receipts. SB 396. Effective 07-01-2010. Elimination of Zero Tolerance Policy at Schools: This bill removed the language found in OCGA §15-11-63 regarding carrying or possessing a weapon on school grounds. The way the law was written before, possession – absent any intent - was sufficient to result in felony charges and a minimum five-year sentence. Now, there will be a little more common sense applied and the school administrators and district attorney will have a better opportunity to evaluate each disciplinary matter on a caseby-case basis. If the weapon was accidentally or unknowingly carried on to school property, the administrator and state can decline to prosecute. SB 299. Effective 05-25-2010. Limited Permit for Underage Speeders: A driver under age 21 will have his or her license suspended for driving 24 miles per hour or more over the speed limit. The new law provides for a limited driving permit where an individual is over the age of 18, and is going over 24 but less than 34 miles per hour over the speed limit. The limited permit will allow the individual to drive to or from school or work. The suspension lasts six months. The limited permit will be issued at the discretion of the presiding judge. HB 258. Effective 07-01-10. Doug Rohan lives in East Cobb with his wife, Julia, and daughters Vivian and Claudia. He is a bi-lingual attorney with the law firm Castan & Lecca, PC where he specializes in Criminal Defense and Workers’ Compensation claims. He also is a member of AroundAbout — East Cobb Community Board.


Everyday Angels “Altruism is an unselfish concern for the welfare of others. It is a generous way of expressing gratitude for all that you have been given.” “Reaching out a hand to lift someone else up is one of the greatest gifts for the heart. The gifts that one receives from giving back and from reaching out to help others are immense and priceless.” ( Everyday Angels received more than 32 calls in two weeks! What’s a small volunteer charity group to do with so many needs? With school back in session and hopefully cooler climates on the horizon, bills should begin to decrease. High utilities seemed to be the biggest complaint during these grueling hot summer months. We urge our readers to help out by donating even a small amount. A little adds up, and even $10 can make a difference if we all join together. For September, we will assist Jan, whose husband suffered a stroke after heart surgery and is struggling through the unknown. Today, they are not sure what the future holds or if he will be able to return to work in the near future or even at all. Between caring for her husband and family and holding down a job, this sweet wife and mom is in a desperate state. Any form of encouragement is a blessing! Additionally, we will assist several families with their utilities and groceries. Everyday Angels carefully screens the people we assist to make sure we are not enabling them. After consulting with the utility companies or landlords, we pay the companies directly. Everyday Angels takes great care with our readers’ contributions. We are grateful for the opportunities we are allowed to assist families in need. A special THANK YOU to the Bounce House in Canton. The Bounce House will be donating 50 percent of all Sunday open play admissions in August and September to Everyday Angels! What a great example of altruism. Thank you for setting the example for other businesses to make a difference as well! Please visit the Bounce House Amusement Center in Canton and remember to thank them for their compassion. Their website is Everyday Angels is a nonprofit organization that provides short-term funding (currently up to a maximum of $425 per month) to those in need in our community. If you would like to offer assistance, please send your donations or gift cards to Everyday Angels, 1025 Rose Creek Drive, Suite 340, Woodstock, GA 30189. No amount is too small. To contact us, please call (770) 615-3349 or email

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Will Things Improve for Medicare and Social Security?

Protect yourself Against Identity Theft

The healthcare reforms may lead to some short-term aid.

by Chris Leggett

by Don Akridge, MBA, CPA, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ U.S. Marine Corps Veteran – Emory University Alumnus Could Medicare soon be in better shape? Maybe. At the start of August, Medicare’s trustees reported to Congress that Medicare should remain financially in the black through 2029, a 12-year improvement over last year’s estimate.1 They credited the healthcare reforms carried out by Congress and the Obama administration, citing greater efficiency that would translate to savings for the program. However, there is no guarantee that Medicare will get to retain those federal savings, and no certainty that the savings projected by eliminating subsidies paid to private insurers will result. Additionally, as Concord Coalition executive director Robert Bixby told the Los Angeles Times, “You can’t spend the same money twice.”2 It would seem unwise to use Medicare savings to expand Medicare coverage. The Medicare trustees claimed that with the projected $192 billion in cuts to Medicare Advantage plans, home health care and hospitals across the next 10 years, both the 75-year shortfall for its hospital fund and projected costs of the Medicare Supplementary Insurance program will shrink. More alterations will be needed to keep Medicare running in decades to come, the August report notes.1,3 Social Security’s fortunes could be enhanced in 2019. Why 2019? In that year, a new tax is scheduled to kick in for socalled “Cadillac plans” – health insurance packages with annual premiums of $8,000 or more for individuals or $21,000 or more for families. In 2019, insurers offering these plans will have to pay a 40 percent federal tax for every dollar spent over the $8,000 or $21,000 cutoff.1,4 That tax is projected to give Social Security a bit of relief. In 2010, Social Security is paying out more than it is taking in – and by previous federal estimates, that wasn’t supposed to happen until 2016. According to government forecasts, it can continue using payroll taxes and interest income to cover benefits until 2024.1 The projection that Social Security’s accumulated surplus will run dry in 2037 is unchanged. After 2037 (assuming things don’t change), Social Security’s program revenues would only cover about 75% of its expenses – so payroll taxes would have to increase, or benefits would have to be scaled down.1

Did you know that every 3.2 seconds someone loses their identity? It’s a growing problem, and more than 11 million people in the United States have reported being victims. So how are thieves stealing your information? One way is by mail theft. Your bank statements or other personal documents are stolen from your mailbox. Mail may include sensitive information, including your name, address, account numbers, or even Social Security number. Thieves also go through garbage or recycling containers and look for documents that haven’t been shredded properly. To avoid this, shred mail and statements before throwing them out, and utilize electronic delivery of sensitive information that requires a password or other electronic means of identification. People also fall victim to identity theft by providing account information online. Identity thieves can access your information online if you do not exercise caution. Although shopping “Although shopping online can be convenient online can be convenient and safe, make sure you and safe, make sure you only purchase items only purchase items from from companies you companies you trust. ” trust. If you’re not sure of a particular company, check with the Better Business Bureau. Also, before giving payment information, look for signs that the site is secure, such as a closed padlock symbol on your Web browser’s address bar. When you are asked to provide payment information, the beginning of the Website’s URL address should change from “http” to “shttp” or “https,” which indicates that the site is secured or encrypted. Watch for these signs that someone may have stolen your identity: fraudulent charges on your credit card statement; credit card or bank statements don’t arrive in the mail; bills arrive for goods or services you didn’t request; suspicious inquiries on your credit report; phone calls from creditors, and suddenly denied credit. Many financial institutions offer electronic alerts via text messages or e-mail when there is certain activity occurring in your account. Monitor your accounts and take advantage of services to keep you tuned in to your account activity. Also, you are entitled to a free credit report from all three credit bureaus (Experian, Equifax, and TransUnion) every 12 months.

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Pathfinder of the Month DD Flynn “Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson Imagine holding your newborn baby — sweet, innocent and protected. You would do anything for this baby — go to any lengths to protect her every step of the way. But what if you couldn’t? What if this baby grew up and made a few bad choices? What if these choices led to the end of her life? If you’re DD Flynn, you would do everything in your power to make sure what happened to her daughter Christi would not happen to anyone else’s child. DD is turning what is every parent’s nightmare into a crusade of help and hope, which is why she is our Pathfinder of the Month. Christi started experimenting with drugs when she was 12, and would be in and out of drugs throughout her teens. DD did everything she could to save her daughter, which included taking her to an out-of-state rehab program. After Christi almost lost her life in a severe car accident, it seemed that she turned a corner and set new, positive goals for her life that included college. The morning of October 1, 2005, forever changed the lives of her family and those who knew Christi. It was early when a barking dog signaled something wasn’t right in DD’s house. When DD got up, she heard banging sounds in the basement, where Christi’s room was located. She found her daughter in a seizure with a plastic air mattress bed covering her face, poles across her legs and rope by her feet. Christi was rushed to the hospital, and was pronounced brain dead on October 5. At 20 years old, her life was over. Toxicology screens found cocaine, GHB (date rape drug) and possible chloroform in her system. DD was told, “No crime committed.” But DD knew better. It was physically impossible for Christi to have gotten herself in the state in which DD found her. DD determined that someone must have left Christi in the basement like that, and someone provided Christi with the drugs. “A simple drug overdose” is what one detective wrote. After sharing her story online, DD learned about Georgia law 16.5.1(c), which basically states that if a death occurs, even among friends, due to the exchange of drugs, irrespective of malice, it will be tried as felony murder. Of course, DD wanted to know where Christi got the drugs and who left her to die instead of helping her. To this day, it’s still a mystery, and DD won’t rest until she finds out. But out of her grief, DD has made a mission to “Prevent the next one. Prevent the next Christi.” She is an active participant and an invited “launcher” for the organization Friends Don’t Let Friends Die (FDLFD), a non-profit group dedicated to encouraging “friends” to call


Christi with her mom DD.

911 to save a fellow friend’s life, no matter the surrounding circumstances (including drug and alcohol related events). FDLFD provides an online resource house of information regarding drug laws, drug symptoms per drug, alcohol poisoning signs, what to do in the event of an overdose and drug street terms kids use. Over the last four years, DD has actively pushed passage of the Georgia Pharmaceutical Monitoring Bill, which would allow creation of a database to prevent people from going doctor to doctor for prescription medications. She promotes random drug testing in schools because, according to her research, states that allow it saw a reduction in drug use among young people. DD also encourages parents to do random, at home, drug screening tests, which are available at most drug stores. The bottom line for DD is this: Stop the pill mills, perform home drug testing, open the lines of communication. “We have security systems in our homes. We need security systems for our children against the break in of drugs,” she said. DD has lost a child, one of the most horrible things that can happen to a parent. But rather than curling up into a ball, she is out there making a difference in the hopes that no other parent has to endure the same tragedy. For more information on FDLFD, visit

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Corrigan Care to Honor Emmy

It’s Time . . . To Join our New Online Community

by Amy Corrigan

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Community Forums Polls Emily “Emmy” Corrigan was born in April of 2007. She was diagnosed with Down Syndrome, a heart defect and hearing loss. She overcame all of that and got sick in spring of 2009 with Parvovirus (Fifth Disease). Emily was in and out of the hospital and ultimately lost her battle on December 11, 2009. Emmy was only 2½ yrs old when she passed. She was the light of our life and always will be. Emmy left behind her parents, Amy and Jeff; her two sisters, Kara, age 5 and Anna Grace, age 1½, and loving grandparents. To read more about Emmy’s life visit In our attempt to honor Emmy’s life, we are starting a Special Needs Child Care center in East Cobb County, a non-profit center for all children, including special needs for ages 6 weeks through age 5. A location has yet to be determined, but the goal is to be open by this time next year. We recently held our first fundraiser, which was a huge success, raising more than $3,700.

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Donations can be made through www. or via mail to Corrigan Care, Inc., P.O. Box 680661, Marietta, GA 30068. On November 11, we will have a shopping event at the Chandlery in Roswell where 10 percent of the proceeds from the night’s shopping will be donated to Corrigan Care.

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Restaurant Savings Strategies with the Coupon Mom by Stephanie Nelson- The Coupon Mom This year, U.S. restaurant spending is expected to increase 2.5 percent according to over 2009, reaching a record $580 billion. In 2010, families will spend an astonishing 49 percent of their food budget outside the home, which can take a real bite out of anyone’s wallet. I have some savings tricks that you can take advantage of, to get more for less every time you eat out. Buy discounted restaurant gift certificates. Sites like,, and feature deeply discounted certificates that sell for 50-80 percent off the face value of the certificate. You also can buy certificates at a discount with a special coupon code. Diners typically pay $10 for a $25 gift certificate. However, Coupon Mom website users ( can find a special code that changes weekly, saving them up to 80 percent off the $10 cost. Certificates are limited to participating restaurants, and inventories are limited. Shop early in the month to get the best selection. Once certificates are printed, they are good for one year. Give deeply-discounted certificates as gifts. Seventy-eight percent of adults say they would like to receive restaurant gift cards or certificates on gift occasions. They are easy to order, are a great bargain and are appreciated and useful gifts. Using coupon codes and discounts available allows you to give a $25 gift at a cost of $5 or less. Visit restaurant websites. Diners can find special offers and review menus online to select restaurants that meet your budget and have options you like. Check to see if entree prices include side dishes, if they are family-friendly, or if they offer special discounts, such as “Kids Eat Free” days or senior discounts. Sign up for e-mail newsletters, and if the site asks for your birth date or anniversary date, you can expect a generous coupon to use on those occasions. Some restaurants will e-mail you a coupon immediately after signing up. Take advantage of “Kids Eat Free” programs. Go to a search engine and enter the term Kids Eat Free to find free websites and blogs that list current programs. Participants vary depending on location, so be sure to call your favorite restaurants and ask if they have the program.

not require a coupon. The free membership program provides cash back rebates of up to five percent at participating restaurants, including tax and tip. You need to use a registered credit card to earn the rebates. Your earnings are automatically tracked with the card, so you do not need to use a coupon or tell the server that you have a discount. Unlike most restaurant coupons, your rebate/discount is applied to the entire bill—including tax, tip and alcoholic beverages. Get free restaurant gift certificates using United Airlines miles. You can get one $25 gift certificate with 1,000 United Airlines miles or a $100 gift certificate with 2,500 United miles. To learn more, visit . Get an Entertainment book for your city. Each book has hundreds of coupons for fast food, casual and upscale restaurants. Typical offers are “buy one, get one free” and savings can be as high as $25 per coupon. The book’s coupons last from August through the following October (15 months) and the book’s price decreases over the course of the year, beginning at about $35 per book. Once you receive your book, go to to register its membership number, which will allow you to print many additional coupons and will give a free rental at Blockbuster. After you register, you will be sent extra coupons of your choice on your birthday. Get free printable coupons for your favorite restaurants. Search the web for local restaurant coupons by entering the name of the restaurant and the word “coupon.” Most restaurants have their own websites and many of them have e-mail newsletters with generous coupons. After you sign up for the e-mail newsletter, you may receive a thank you coupon immediately, more coupons over the course of the year in each newsletter, and even a free entrée coupon on your birthday if you share that information when filling out the newsletter form. Each family member can subscribe separately, with his or her own e-mail address, which will increase your family’s savings at your favorite restaurants. Look for links that say “E-mail newsletter,” “E-club,” “Birthday Club,” “Kids Club,” etc. Some sites will tell you what you will receive when you sign up. Check the grocery coupon circulars in the Sunday newspaper. These are a great source for fast food and casual restaurant coupons. Check the coupon packets mailed to your home. Also look for

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Community Calendar September September 11 – 18 Cobb County Restaurant Week Cost: $20.10 for three-course, prix fixe menus Information: A list of participating restaurants can be found at. www.

September 17 – October 2 “Southern Hospitality” Location: St. James’ Episcopal Church, 161 Church Street Times: Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays 8 p.m. Sunday Sept. 26, 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 30 8 p.m. Information: The historic Polk Street Players will open the 32nd season with

the hilarious farce “Southern Hospitality” by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten. Tickets, $12.50-$20 are available by calling the box office at (770) 218-9669. Visit www.stjamesmarietta. com/Polk.St.Players/Main.html.

September 17 – 18 Atlanta Smooth Jazz Festival Location: Barnes Mable House Amphitheatre, 5239 Floyd Road Southwest, Mableton Information: Pieces of a Dream will debut at the third annual festival. Other performers include sax player Paul Taylor, Sekou Bunch, Althea Rene, Gregg Karukas and Jessy J. Call (678) 819-3020.

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September 9 ROSH HASHANA Morning Service – 9:30 a.m. Shofar Blowing – 11:30 a.m. Tashlich Service – 7 p.m.

September 20 Chamber of Commerce/AT&T Golf Tournament

September 25 Community Fall Festival Location: Eastminster Presbyterian Church (corner of Old Canton and Sewell Mill Road) Time: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Information: Free activities for children include pony rides and inflatable slides. Also featuring crafts, bake sale, book sale, silent auction and live music. BBQ will be sold Friday night through Saturday. Proceeds will benefit church missions. Visit

September 10 ROSH HASHANA Shachrit (Morning Service) – 9:30 a.m. Shofar Blowing – 11:30 a.m. September 17 YOM KIPPUR Children’s Blessing and Kol Nidre – 7:15 p.m. September 18 YOM KIPPUR Morning Service – 9:30 a.m. Yiskor Service – 11:30 a.m. Neilah Services – 7 p.m. Information: To reserve a seat, call (770) 565-4412 ext. 300.

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Location: Friends & Family Chiropractic, 2500 Sandy Plains Road, Marietta across from Sprayberry High School Time: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., third Saturday of every month Information: Family event with vendors selling handmade and unique items, good food, great music, contests, giveaways, and more. Call (770) 8268951 or visit

Location: Indian Hills Country Club Time: Shotgun start at 11 a.m. Information: The cost is $250 per golfer or $1,000 per foursome. Money raised will go to the Cobb Chamber Foundation to fund leadership training, education programs, building maintenance and equipment needs.

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How Much Fluoride is in Your Drinking Water?

Rest Easy – A Woman’s Guide To A Good Night’s Sleep

by Cristi Cheek, DMD

by Lisa Johnston, M.D., medical director, Northside Hospital’s Sleep Disorders Center

In 1909, a dentist in Colorado noticed that many children were developing brown spots on their teeth. Those children also had fewer cavities than children living in other areas. It was later discovered that these children, who were living at the base of Pike’s Peak, were receiving high concentrations of natural fluoride. As rainwater ran down the mountain, fluoride was released from the rock and flowed into the town’s water reservoir. Studies found that nearby children who drank water with lower fluoride concentrations (around 1 ppm) had no staining of the teeth but also had the benefit of fewer cavities than children in areas farther away with water containing little to no fluoride. Since then, the American Dental Association has endorsed the fluoridation of community water supplies, finding evidence of a reduction in cavities by 2040%. Many cities in the U.S., including Marietta and Roswell, have regulated levels (around 0.8 ppm) of fluoride in the water supplied to their residents. Today, however, many of us are consuming less tap and more bottled water. The majority of bottled waters on the market do not contain optimal levels (0.7-1.2 ppm) of fluoride. And, some types of home water treatment systems can reduce the fluoride levels in water supplies. Well water does not have the benefit of regulated fluoride levels.

Sleep is a basic human need, as important for good health as diet and exercise. And for women on the go, sleep allows our bodies to rest and prepares us for the day ahead. Most people need seven to nine hours of sleep each night to function well the next day. However, according to the National Sleep Foundation, the average woman, age 30 to 60, sleeps much less. Sleep loss can make you more than just tired. It can make you less alert and attentive, and more irritable and stressed — problems that can negatively affect your relationships and productivity. It also can cause increased sickness and weight gain, and put you at risk for developing more serious medical conditions. While getting the right amount of sleep is vital, the quality of your sleep also is important. Women are more likely than men to have difficulty falling and staying asleep because of biological conditions unique to women, like the menstrual cycle, pregnancy and menopause. It helps to understand the effects of hormone changes, as well as environmental factors and lifestyle habits.

Getting your ZZZ’s Northside Hospital’s Sleep Disorders Center offers these tips for getting a better night’s sleep: Quash worries. If you’re concerned about something, make a list of the steps you’ll take to resolve the problem the next day.


The appropriate amount of fluoride is essential to help prevent tooth decay, but like a lot of things in life, it is possible to get too much of a good thing. Fluoride intake above optimal amounts creates a risk for enamel fluorosis in teeth still developing and before erupting through the gums. Enamel fluorosis affects the way teeth look, but does not affect their function. In most cases, it may be evidenced by faint white lines or streaks on the tooth enamel. In severe cases like those seen in Colorado, these fluorosis spots may appear brown, and pitting of the enamel may be evident. Swallowing excess fluoride also can cause nausea, diarrhea, and vomiting. Unless advised to do so by a dentist or other health professional, parents should not buy fluoride toothpaste for children ages two and younger. Children older than two should use only a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste at each brushing. In addition, children should always be supervised while brushing and taught to spit out, rather than swallow, toothpastes and fluoride mouth rinses. Many children younger than age six have not fully developed their swallowing reflex and may be more likely to inadvertently swallow fluoride products. continued on page 49 22

Take a warm bath, drink a cup of warm milk or read a book before bedtime to help you relax.


Don’t nap during the day for longer than 20 minutes or on a regular basis, and avoid naps after 5 p.m.


Make your bedroom more conducive to sleep – quiet, dark and comfortable.


Don’t read, watch TV or do work in bed for an extended time.


Finish eating at least two to three hours before your regular bedtime.


Exercise regularly, but finish at least three hours (preferably six hours) before bedtime.


Avoid caffeine, nicotine and alcohol after your evening meal.


It is best to keep as regular a sleep/wake time as possible. However, don’t get into bed unless you are sleepy.


For more information, call Northside Hospital — Atlanta (Sandy Springs) at (404) 851-8135 or visit

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Not My Kid! Our new, special feature series, “Not My Kid,” is aimed directly at parents of adolescents and teens. The objective of this series is to educate and inform our readers about the growing drug problems our kids are encountering right here. Our hope to create awareness of the alarming increase in abuse of certain kinds of drugs, the consequences of this abuse and how parents can proactively address this growing problem. This month, we will begin our series focusing on what we, and local experts, believe is our greatest concern today: the increased use of prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) drugs.


rescription pain killers and prescription anti-depressant abuse are certainly the current trend among adolescents. Our case statistics indicate this. It does appear that prescription medication abuse is on the rise among young people (teens to early twenties).” Lt. Tommy Pinyan, Chief of Narcotics, Cherokee County. As parents, our initial reaction is, “not my kid,” and in some cases, that is true. However, prescription drug abuse has no boundaries, affecting those you least expect, including honor students, athletes, cheerleaders and scholarship recipients. Today’s teens are growing up in a very different environment than their parents. The pressures, technology and priorities have vastly changed. Teenage abuse of prescription and OTC drugs is so prevalent, it is now considered everyday behavior. Many parents fail to recognize it because they don’t have a frame of reference; it wasn’t prevalent when they were teens or young adults. Teens underestimate the risk because they believe these drugs are safer than illicit drugs. The most commonly abused prescription drugs include, but are not limited to: Adderall, Ambien, Celexa, Codeine, Demerol, diet pills, Effexor, Fentanyl, Hydrocodone, Hydromorphone, Lexapro, Methadone, Oxycodone, OxyContin, Paxil, Percocet, Prozac, Ritalin, Tylox, Vicodin, Wellbutrin, Xanax and Zoloft. Additionally, OTC drugs of concern are those which contain Dextromethorphan or DMX, such as: Robitussin, Vicks 44, Theraflu, Nyquil, Alka Seltzer Plus. These drugs are found 24

at your local supermarket or drug store and can be purchased by anyone. We will discuss these drugs in more detail in the upcoming months. According to Lt. Pinyan, prescription drugs may come from drug dealers, but, alarmingly, may simply be found in the home of a parent, grandparent,

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relative or friend. Commonly, kids will take these drugs from unsuspecting parents, grandparents and relatives whom they occasionally visit. Many parents consistently keep meds in the home, but, because they do not use them regularly, would not notice some of them missing. The cycle continues as parents continue to refill their prescriptions without safeguarding their medicine cabinets or monitoring the number of pills. A local parent recalled: “My son has wonderful friends whom I have known since they were five years old. He recently had a group of them over and they stayed the night. I noticed several days later that my medicine cabinet had been ransacked and an old prescription AroundAbout — East Cobb

for pain after oral surgery had been replaced with aspirin.” Teens not only use these drugs to get high themselves, they can sell them to friends and make quite a profit. One example, OxyContin, typically comes in 5 different doses: 10, 20, 40, 80, and 160 mg. Kids will pay as much as $1 per mg on the street. “It is important to understand that possessing, and especially selling, illegal drugs is a felony, depending on the particular drug. No matter what the drug is, it would be a felony for someone to sell drugs. A felony charge may prevent employment, voting rights and the right to own a firearm. A felony drug conviction is a serious matter,” states Lt. Pinyan. Teens continue to take their lives into their own hands when they intentionally abuse prescribed medications. The reasons for using the drugs may vary: to get high, deal with tress, or to promote better performance in school or sports. T eens don’t realize that these medicines, when used without a prescription, can be every bit as harmful as illegal street drugs. Use of pain killers can result in tolerance for the drug, which means that users must take higher doses to achieve the same initial effects. Long-term use can also lead to physical dependence and addiction — the body adapts to the presence of the drug, and withdrawal symptoms occur if use is reduced or stopped. Teens may resort to drastic behaviors in order to obtain the drug. According to city police, in Kennesaw alone, the number of arrests for September 2010

prescription or over-the-counter drug abuse jumped by 15 percent in one year. In 2008, such abuse accounted for 13 percent of all drug arrests. By 2009, it was 28 percent. Though some teens may enjoy the drugs’ effects for a while, that drug use can come back to haunt them. The most devastating consequence, aside from addiction, could be an adverse reaction, overdose or even death. Additionally, the risks involved in using these drugs increases significantly when combined with alcohol or other drugs. Parenting a teen is already a tough job. Many teens feel they are old enough to make their own decisions without micromanagement from parents. Part of growing up is to experiment with new things and to test the limits. No matter how well parents try to stay informed about what’s happening in their children’s lives, many have no idea how prevalent and insidious prescription and OTC drug abuse really is. Even well informed parents can overlook warning signs or forget to be vigilant in monitoring their teens. Here are some suggested steps to take now.

Be observant of your child’s behavior, and ask questions. Any recognizable changes (mood, carelessness, impaired judgment, nausea, headaches, new friends) should be addressed. Have conversations with your teen about the dangers of drug use, including

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prescription and OTC drugs, and the effects that experimenting could have on their future.

Clean out your medicine cabinet today! Anything prescribed for pain or any of the above mentioned drugs should be discarded. Inform relatives and friends to do the same.

Parenting a teen is already a tough job. Many teens feel they are old enough to make their own decisions without micromanagement from parents. Part of growing up is to experiment with new things and to test the limits.”

Don’t give your teen excess cash. Giving them gift cards for gas and food insures that you know where your money is going.

Be a parent, not a friend! Your teen needs boundaries, curfews and someone to whom they are accountable. Follow up with other parents to insure your teens are, in fact, where they say they are. Although your teen wants freedom, they will appreciate your diligence later in life. Perform random drug tests. (At home tests available at Rite Aid, CVS, Wal-Mart and Walgreens). This is difficult to address, but important. Every parent wants their child to believe they can be trusted until proven wrong. Random drug testing gives your child an excuse when there is peer pressure. “No way! My parents give me drug tests!”

For teens of divorced parents who share homes, it is especially important for parents to put their emotions aside and parent their teen cohesively. Always communicate with each other about who is giving them money, how much, and follow up to make sure they are spending it as they should. Keep the same rules and curfews at both homes and make sure your teen is where they say they are.

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Parenting is the anti-drug. Never let your guard down and always remain alert and aware of what is happening in your children’s lives, as well as in the lives of their friends. It takes a village to raise a child – especially today! Don’t assume this will not happen to your child. You would be shocked to know how many good teens are experimenting with prescription drugs right before your eyes! Don’t wait to address these uncomfortable issues. Proactive parenting is the key to your child’s future. According to the Georgia Drug and Narcotics Agency, the number of deaths related to prescription drug overdoses is now higher than deaths related to illicit drug overdoses in Georgia. The Office of National Drug Control Policy says that abuse of prescription painkillers now ranks second, only behind marijuana, as the nation’s most prevalent illegal drug problem. For more information about prescription drug abuse go to the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy website www. Please look for more information in next month’s installment of “Not My Kid,” which will feature excerpts from a powerful interview of a former prescription drug addict. It is a real wake-up call. As always, AroundAbout Magazines loves to hear from our readers. Please contact us at with feedback or suggestions.



Missing Piece

Living with a Wine Snob — One Wife’s Story

by Kara Kiefer August 13, 2010 — the day he went missing. He wasn’t missing in the literal sense because we helped him go missing by moving him into his new dorm. But now, we had a missing piece in our home. This day was 18 years in the making. We started saving for his college education before he was even born. We were more excited than anxious for him to embark on this new phase of college life. But no one can prepare you for the wave of emotions when it hits you that he’s missing. Move in day was, of course, hot with 500 percent humidity thanks to a brief rain shower. I was glad I had a son to move in rather than a daughter, because those girls brought their entire bedrooms and then some! Boys bring only the essentials — bedding, bathroom stuff, clothes and maybe something to hang on the wall. Girls bring tubs of stuffed animals, bulletin boards with pictures of every friend they’ve had since Kindergarten, mirrors, shoes, shelving, etc. We discovered that he left his laptop and pillow at home. We forgot to buy toilet paper and trash cans and needed some basic food supplies and extra power strips. One trip home and to Walmart fixed those immediate needs, and he was done setting up his room in an hour. We knew we needed to go. I promised him I wouldn’t cry in front of his roommates. I almost kept that promise. I could see some anxiety and fear of the unknown in his eyes. His roommates were strangers; everything was new but exciting at the same time. I wanted to stay with him until I could no longer see that look in his eyes. And while that didn’t happen, I felt he was going to be OK and find his way just fine. That night, I went into his room and sat on his bed, looking at his trophies, his empty desk and closet and, now, empty bed. It was a bittersweet moment as I realized the child I had by my side for 18 years was one step closer to being a full-fledged, on-his-own adult. Until your child leaves, you can only imagine the roller coaster of emotions from pride and excitement to all out fear and worry. With a piece missing, your family now has changed. However, I have been warned, that when the “missing piece” returns, the sentiment of this article could be very different. I’ll let you know! Kara Kiefer is the Editor of AroundAbout — East Cobb. She lives in southwest Cherokee with her husband Mike and sons Brandon and Garrett.

by Donna Heckelmoser Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live with a wine aficionado? Have you ever dreamed of the perks of being married to a wine guy (or woman)? Have you relished the thought of tasting only the finest wine on the planet right in your very home because your spouse or partner is a wine expert? Have you wondered what it might be like just to pick a wine from your home at random, knowing it really didn’t matter which one because your wine expert picked them all? Well folks, I’m here this month to let you know what life is indeed like on the “other side!” First, a little about me. I’m not much of a foodie and certainly not a wine expert, but I do like an occasional glass of wine. I started lightly (whites and pinks, never reds). I was not much for tasting the differences and not paying one bit of attention to any other factor; I was enjoying the wine. Then, one day when a friend made a food item that happened to complement the wine (what, you can do this?) and pointed this out to me, I started paying attention, and I started enjoying the pairing part. Mind you, I’m still not a foodie, but this was appealing as long someone else went through the trouble! Then, slowly, over days which turned into months which turned into many years, my husband David began his thoughtful immersion into the world of wine and got accredited. At the same time, he began his gourmet food adventures with Les Marmitons. (I know ladies, I am so lucky!). This meant that I, the non-educated consumer of wine and gourmet cooking, simply would HAVE TO partake of the tastes, flavors and experimental wine and food pairings. The journey for me has been a slow one. There are so many different tastes for my very blah palate, and so many things to pair with so many different wines. There are so many different results depending on so many different variables! Over time, David became the king of the kitchen, and master of wine and food! So where am I now? I still have the blah palate, but it is now treated on a regular basis to the freshest and finest ingredients in unbelievable gourmet meals complemented by the perfect wine. I love those big, bold reds. I love when he comes to a senior tennis match and cooks a fabulous dish for the team and makes an unbelievable white sangria. Now, I know that when he cooks (and boy, can he cook!) and says he’s going to make something special and include a great wine pairing, I start salivating immediately, and typically I’ll take a seat by the cook top just to watch him do his magic. Miraculously, I have not continued on page 49


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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).

Lawn Tractors.

Televisions. PDi Communications, Inc. of Springboro, Ohio, is voluntarily recalling approximately 2,700 television sets. A capacitor on the television’s power supply board can fail, posing a fire hazard.

Husqvarna Professional Products, Inc. of Charlotte, NC, is voluntarily recalling approximately 1,700 Husqvarna riding lawn tractors. The fuel line on the rear-mounted fuel tank is too long and can come in contact with moving parts while the tractor is in use, posing a fire hazard.

Mini Bikes and Go-Carts. Baja, Inc.

Lacrosse Gloves. Brine, a division of Warrior Sports, Inc. of Warren, MI is voluntarily recalling Youth and Adult Brine VIP lacrosse gloves, approximately 7,000 in the United States and 30 in Canada. Screen printing ink used on the silver triad logo on the back of the glove contains excessive levels of lead, violating the federal lead paint standard. Nap Nanny® Recliners. Baby Matters, LLC of Berwyn, PA is announcing the voluntary recall of 30,000 Nap Nanny® portable baby recliners. CPSC is investigating a report of a 4-month-old girl from Royal Oak, Mich. who died in a Nap Nanny® that was being used in a crib. According to preliminary reports, the infant was in her harness and found hanging over the side of the product, caught between the Nap Nanny® and the crib bumper.

Pacifiers. Antonio Flores, of San Ysidro, CA is voluntarily recalling approximately 44,900 Kariño baby pacifiers. The pacifier fails to meet federal safety standards. The nipple can separate from the base easily, the pacifier handle is too long, the mouth guard is too small and there are no ventilation holes on the mouth guard. The pacifier could pose a choking and aspiration hazard to young children.

d/b/a Baja Motorsports of Phoenix, AZ is voluntarily recalling approximately 308,000 Baja Motorsports mini bikes and go-carts. The gas cap can leak or detach from the fuel tank on the recalled mini bikes and go-carts, posing a fire and burn hazard to consumers. In addition, the throttle can stick due to an improperly positioned fuel line and throttle cable, posing a sudden acceleration hazard to consumers.

Portable Playard Tent. Tots in Mind, Inc. of Salem, NH is announcing the voluntary recall today of approximately 20,000 (and 85 in Canada) Cozy indoor outdoor portable playard tents plus cabana kits. Clips that attach the tent to the top of the playard can break or be removed by a child. A child can lift the tent and become entrapped at the neck between the rigid playard frame and the metal base rod of the tent, posing a strangulation hazard.

Bamboo Torches. Atico International USA, Inc. of Fort Lauderdale, FL is voluntarily recalling approximately 324,000 bamboo torches. The fuel canister that holds the wick of the torch has a sharp edge inside the lip of the opening that poses a laceration hazard when consumers try to remove the wick.

Bicycles. Campus Cruisers, LLC of Boulder, CO is voluntarily recalling approximately 100 Eastside Fix bicycle forks. The bicycle’s front fork can crack or break, causing a sudden loss of steering control and posing a fall hazard to bicyclists.

For more information on these and many other warnings issued by the Consumer Products Safety Commission, visit or call 1-800-638-2772. 28

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Give Your Child the Advantage!


he beginning of any new school year is exciting — new teachers, new friends and new experiences. It also means new challenges for students. Typically, the beginning of each new school year is spent on individual student testing in order to help teachers determine where students stand academically. By the time teachers begin covering the actual curriculum, students with existing skill gaps will quickly find themselves in trouble, and grades will suffer. Getting a free assessment right now at Omega Learning Center will pinpoint any skill gaps before they affect classroom performance. For a limited time, Omega is offering a FREE academic assessment. This free assessment, worth $155, allows proactive parents to give their children an early school year advantage. “Parents have nothing to lose by having their student assessed,” said Kim Bethune, co-founder and Conference Director of Omega Learning Center. “If there are skill gaps, we will create an individualized plan with certified teachers, not proctors. The student will always have the same tutor and receive one-on-one attention. We guarantee success at a much lower price than many others.” Omega uses the Woodcock Johnson III assessment, which targets 17 academic areas and pinpoints current skill gaps. “This assessment will clearly chart where the student tests compared to other students their age,” said Kim. “This

assessment is very specific, and progress can be seen in classroom performance and building confidence.”

Leah’s Story — Leah is like a lot of children who come to Omega. She just started middle school and suddenly went from being a “Straight A” student to failing math and science. “How could this child go from continually receiving outstanding grades in elementary school to failing two subjects?” her worried mother asked. This was a familiar scenario for Kim. “Like Leah, we often see problems arise in middle school.” After Leah took the Woodcock Johnson III assessment, definitive skill gap were discovered in the areas of math fluency, calculation and math reasoning. Leah had been getting by on memorization techniques only, which worked in elementary school. However, now that she is in middle school, she needs certain critical reasoning skills in order to be successful. After completing her Omega individualized program, Leah successfully ended her first year in middle school. “During tutoring at Omega, she could not only do all of her homework, study for tests, but skill gaps were filled, leaving her ready for the next academic year,” said Leah’s mom. Omega Learning Center has success with students in Pre-K through 12th grades, improving their basic skills as well as preparation for CRCT, SAT and ACT testing.


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Similarly, the parents of a third-grade student recently used Omega to help their struggling son.

Jonathon’s Story — Jonathon was struggling with reading. He just didn’t enjoy it. Both of his parents worked, and there just wasn’t enough time in the day to provide Jonathon the help he needed. “We desperately wanted to help our son learn to enjoy reading as well as comprehend the material,” said his mom. After the initial assessment, a plan was put in place to help Jonathon with phonics, vocabulary and fluency. During the school year, Omega worked with him on book reports, social studies tests and school projects. “Instead of memorizing a paragraph, Jonathon began to look deeper into the passages. We taught him to look for context clues, and by the end of the third grade, Jonathon loved reading,” exclaimed Kim. His Omega program put Jonathon on the path to academic success. His parents plan to utilize Omega’s CRCT prep course when he’s in the eighth grade, and the SAT prep in high school. The key to success is to looking deeper into reading and math, according to Kim. “Helping the student’s develop abstract

with your teacher and his/her curriculum to make sure everyone is on the same page. Omega only hires certified teachers, and parents are assigned an on-call academic advisor to answer questions, address concerns, and serve as a parent advocate in IEP meetings at school, conferences, etc. Omega is a member of the Cobb County Chamber of Commerce, who sponsor the “Partner in Education” program. Omega is partners with a dozen schools in East Cobb, helping each day in the schools. “We invest time and money into our local schools,” Kim said. “We sponsor teacher breakfasts, festivals, reading programs and more. We have an excellent relationship with our schools. In fact, many teachers, guidance counselors and administrators will recommend Omega. We have a wonderful partnership with our schools.”

thinking skills is what sets Omega Learning Center apart. Most of our students come to us in elementary school or middle school needing help in applying critical thinking skills to both math and reading concepts. Once this process is learned, these skills can be used for a lifetime.”

The Omega Difference — One of the best attributes of the Omega Learning Center program is the amount of communication we offer. “We are in constant communication, not only with the student, but the parents AND the teacher at school,” said Kim. Omega uses a proprietary program called E-Tutor, which allows everyone involved to receive electronic updates after each tutoring session. Omega works in unison

The free Woodcock Johnson III assessment is only available through October 15. Be a proactive parent and help your child achieve academic success this year and for a lifetime!

Omega Learning Center 2960 Shallowford Road Marietta, 30066

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Peace of Mind by Cindy Morrow Since 9/11, Rhonda Ready had a plan for her family in case of a terrorist attack: everyone head to Aunt Alma’s in the country and call Momma in Mississippi as soon as they were safe. Good for Rhonda, she’s more prepared than most of us. But while the average American has a one in ten million chance of being killed by a terrorist, we have a one in 68,000 chance of dying in a natural disaster - tornado, hurricane or flood. What Rhonda Ready doesn’t know could hurt her.

basics when preparing for a possible emergency situation. Think in order of importance: fresh water, food and warmth. Consider the following: • What resources do we use daily, and what can we do if they aren’t available?

September is National Preparedness Month, a nationwide effort sponsored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to encourage Americans to take simple steps to prepare for emergencies in their homes, businesses and schools.

• Do you have at least a week’s supply of medications or treatments in your emergency kit?

No matter where we are when disaster strikes, we must have the tools and plans in place to survive. For example, your family’s chance of surviving a house fire depends as much on having a working smoke detector and exit strategy as a well-trained fire department. The most important things you can do to prepare for your family’s safety in an emergency are to make a plan and make a kit. Make it a family project by visiting where you will even find an age-appropriate section that involves kids in the preparation. Make a Plan Each family’s needs are unique, but we all should begin with the

• Where would you seek shelter outside your immediate area in case you need to evacuate? Consider any pets, and make plans for them.

• Are copies of important documents in a waterproof container? Basic Emergency Kit Most of the preparation for your family emergency kit can be done while you go about your regular day. Adding basic items like bottled water, flashlights and batteries to your shopping list requires few brain cells and minimal expense. Check www. for more suggestions for a basic emergency kit. When I made our family’s kit, I added a deck of cards, small books and games for the younger ones, a long-burning emergency candle and feminine products. It may seem overwhelming to prepare for a disaster. But if you break it down into manageable steps and involve your family, even the youngest ones, it becomes doable. These easy steps will leave your family prepared, and that preparation will breed confidence.

Disaster Prevention

Test and maintain existing safety measures. Here are tips to help you stay prepared: Test smoke alarms monthly Replace smoke alarm batteries yearly Review your disaster plan with your family Practice escape drills every six months Mark maintenance dates on your calendar as a reminder Rotate stored water and food every six months Visit these Web sites for ideas and tools to prepare your family for emergencies: Emergency Contacts— Homeland Security— American Academy of Pediatrics—


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Schools & Sports

Let’s Meet Jep Irwin! by Wendell Webb

Jep Irwin is the new football coach for Lassiter High School. AroundAbout — East Cobb (AAEC) recently sat down with Coach Irwin. AAEC: Coach Irwin, you came to Lassiter from Pelham High School near Birmingham where you were the offensive coordinator. What was attractive to you about being the head coach at Lassiter? Coach Irwin: I knew the previous coach here, Coach Lindsay. He has a family, I have a family; it’s a place that I want to live, and a place where I want my kids to go to school. The school has really high standards. I like to have high standards as a coach and an educator. I think the school is about excellence, and that’s the kind of school where I want to coach. I don’t want to coach and teach at a school without high standards and high expectations. So I think when you combine the aspects for my family and also the aspects for me as a coach, it makes it a great community for me to coach as well as teach. AAEC: Your last head-coaching job was at South Laurel High School in Kentucky. Now that you’ve spent time with your team, what differences have you seen in the talent level between South Laurel and Lassiter high schools? Coach Irwin: I think we have a more diverse student body here. South Laurel had a student body of 1,200 students, and we didn’t have a lot of students moving in and out of the area; it was a very static population. When you have a bigger school with a more diverse population, it attracts people because of the academic excellence and all of the opportunities here, and it’s a bigger metro area. There were only approximately 8,000 people in the entire school district. There are more than 100,000 people in the Cobb County School District which means there are more athletes with a bigger talent pool to draw from here. AAEC: It’s going to be tough to duplicate what Lassiter did last year, not only because they went undefeated in the regular season, but because you have lost several key pieces of the strong team that was in place for the last couple of years. Coach Irwin: That’s something that the team is going to have to deal with this year: the comparisons. The people in the public like to make comparisons. The team has to deal with the fact that a large portion of last year’s team was tied up with in a very strong willed, very talented senior class. We lost a lot from last year’s team. I think we lost as much off the field as we did on the field in terms of leadership, dependability and accountability. We have a young team this year, and we have high expectations, but we’re not guaranteed anything. Last year was great, the best year in Lassiter history, and we should be proud of that. It’s part of our tradition now, but we have to do the work all over again. 34

AAEC: You lost your first game in the Corky Kell Classic game. Were you able to learn a lot about what you have and where you are after watching that game? Coach Irwin: Yes. In the Colquitt County game, we took a fourhour bus trip and played a very good team, a top 10 team in Georgia on the road. We learned a lot In the Corky Kell Classic, we played another top 10 team in the state, North Gwinnett, and those were two tough opponents to start our season. They showed us where we want to go as a team, which is to be the type of team we were last year, which was a top ten team in the state. We learned that we have to be more consistent, more physical, stronger and more physical, and we have to get to work to improve our technique. Those were two fast, tough, well-coached, senior dominated football teams. AAEC: You have a Bachelor’s degree in both Political Science and in Education. You later got your Master’s degree in Educational Leadership. During your pursuit of these degrees, was coaching always a goal, or do you plan on teaching full time after your coaching career? Coach Irwin: I’ve always taught as a coach. I really think that coaching is teaching. Teaching is the ability to inspire learning. The only thing that changes whether you’re a coach or a teacher is the setting. I’ve always loved teaching, and I see myself as a teacher who just happens to coach football. Eventually, I would like to get back to teaching AP classes; I think I have a talent for that. I love the classroom environment, and I love working with young people. To me, coaching and teaching go hand in hand. AAEC: Thank you for taking this time for AAEC. Is there anything that you would like to say to the readership? Coach Irwin: You know we’re going to go out and try to do our best each game and to play the best we can. We are not going to lower expectations, but everyone needs to understand that this is a new team and a new year; they need to come out and support us. We appreciate the support that we’ve already had; it’s been tremendous so far! We’re going to continue to work hard to represent the Lassiter High School and the Lassiter community the best we can.

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East Cobb Braves Celebrate Stellar Season

Lassiter Hosts Marching Band Showcase

The 2010 10U East Cobb Braves recently completed the season with a total of 10 tournament championships including a USSSA Georgia State Title, Triple Crown State Championship, AABC State Championship and a top five finish in the national rankings. Team members are Caleb Bartolero, Michael Guldberg, Bryar Hawkins, Grant Jacobs, Blake Jones, Jet Kern, Austin Kirksey, Preston Kolesar, Zach Ottinger, Anthony Seigler, Max Smith and Stevie Szucs. Congratulations!

The 8th annual Lassiter High School Marching Band Showcase will begin at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, October 9, at Lassiter High School. Competing will be high school marching bands from around the Southeast. Final competition begins at 8:45 p.m. Lassiter’s two-time Grand National Champion band will be featured. This is a great opportunity to see some of the best bands in the area and is wonderful fun for the whole family! For a schedule and more information, go to

Lassiter Orchestra Takes Awards

Lassiter High School Orchestra members recently celebrated the several awards the group won at the Heritage Music Festival. The below photo includes members Chad Murray, Andy Creagan, Stephen Gorbachov, David Tran, Katie Crane, Emily Brooks, Katherine Ji, Jessica Ingall and Gabe Medford. Congratulations!

Sunshine School Relocates The Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta’s preschool, The Sunshine School, recently relocated to Temple Kol Emeth at 1415 Old Canton Road, Marietta. Visit for preschool registration information. Raye Lynn Banks, the school’s director, explained, “This is a true win-win. Temple Kol Emeth is more of a central location for the East Cobb families, allowing us to serve more children from throughout the community.”

Talent Show Includes Students, Teachers, Parents Pope High School will present “Pope’s Got Talent” at 7 p.m. Saturday, September 11, in the Pope Theater. The evening will include a showcase of talent featuring students, teachers and parents, prizes for first, second, third places and audience favorite. Tickets will be $10, for adults, $5 for children, students and teachers with I.D. The event is a fundraiser for the Pope Theater Booster Club.

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School Information Elementary Schools Addison Elementary School 3055 Ebenezer Road, Marietta, GA 30066 (770) 578-2700 Principal: Genie Byrd Davis Elementary School 2433 Jamerson Road, Marietta, GA 30066 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: Robin Lattizori Mountain View Elementary School 3448 Sandy Plains Road, Marietta, GA 30066 (770) 578-7265 Principal: Angela Huff Murdock Elementary School 2320 Murdock Road, Marietta, GA 30062 (770) 509-5071 Principal: Natalie Richman Rocky Mount Elementary School 2400 Rocky Mountain Road, Marietta, GA 30066 (770) 591-5050 Principal: Gail May Shallowford Falls Elementary School 3529 Lassiter Road, Marietta, GA 30062 (770) 642-5610 Principal: Dr. Doreen Griffeth 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: Dr. Rebecca Rutledge

Middle Schools

East Cobb Middle School 380 Holt Road, Marietta, 30068 (770) 578-2740 Principal: David Chiprany 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 PTSA president: Shelly Nordlinger Lassiter High School 2601 Shallowford Road, Marietta, GA 30066 (678) 494-7863 Principal: Chris Shaw PTSA president: Hazel Perez 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: Erin Barnett 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: Ed Thayer

Private Schools

Dickerson Middle School 855 Woodlawn Drive, Marietta, GA 30068 (770) 578-2710 Principal: Carole Brink

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

Dodgen Middle School 1725 Bill Murdock Road, Marietta, GA 30062 (770) 578-2726 Principal: James Snell

East Cobb Christian School At East Cobb Presbyterian Church 4616 Roswell Road, Marietta, GA 30062


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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 — 8 Head of school: Dr. Bob Burris Lower School principal: Vivian Lovett Middle School principal: Julie Smith North Cobb Christian School 4500 Lakeview Drive, Kennesaw GA 30066 770-975-4543, Grades: K3 – 12. Head of the School: Todd Clingman Admission: Beth Wright 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 13402 Terrell Mill Road, Marietta, GA 30067 (770) 953-1340, Grades: 2K – 8 Director: Sharon Wilensky St. Joseph Catholic School 81 Lacy Street, Marietta, GA 30060 (770) 428-3328, Grades: K — 8 Principal: Pat Allen The Walker School 700 Cobb Parkway, Marietta, GA 30062 (770) 427-2689 , Grades: Pre-K — 12 Headmaster: Don Robertson Woodacres Day School 1772 Johnson Ferry Road , Marietta, GA 30062 (770) 971-1880, Grades: Pre-K — 8 Head of school: Judith Thigpen September 2010

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Faith This month’s article is written by an incredible young man, Kevin Scott, one of my mentees. While a student at the University of Georgia, Kevin led one of the largest collegiate charities in the nation, presiding over unprecedented growth and a 400 percent increase in funds raised. His year-long term ended with more than 1,500 students involved and more than $300,000 raised for the cause. Recently named one of the “Power 30 Under 30” for his work as the Director of Global Outreach for the Global L.E.A.D. Program, Kevin has not only expanded the marketing efforts of Global L.E.A.D. across America, but also delivers the leadership curriculum on topics such as teamwork, visionary leadership, overcoming obstacles, and ethical leadership at global L.E.A.D. locations in South Africa and Greece. — Ike Reighard

What I Took Away From a Dollar a Day… by Kevin Scott Some of my best friends in the entire world live off a dollar a day in South Africa. In 2009, I met the Stallenberg family. Nicholas and Hannie, along with their children, graciously opened their home, and I had the opportunity to spend a night with them. My friend Garrett Gravesen challenged us to step outside of our comfort zones and live for 24 hours the way that more than one billion people around the world do – off of one dollar a day. And so I did. This summer, I had the opportunity to return to Cape Town just before the World Cup and reunite with the Stallenbergs. While I was catching up with Nicholas, a pastor in the community, he shared with me how his life and ministry were progressing. He told me his car was broken down, and how every Sunday it is necessary for him to hitchhike 20 miles each way to church. All of this effort, every single week, just to be able to do the work he believes in. Listening to his story, I realized that everyone has a story if you are only willing to listen. I walked away that day wondering about all of the stories you and I miss out on every single day of our lives because we don’t pause and pay attention to other people. Why? Very simply, we don’t take the time to listen. Why is it so easy for me, halfway across the world in Africa, to enter the home of a stranger and listen to their story, while I am often unwilling and uninterested to stop, even briefly, in my hometown of Atlanta to hear what people have to say? My mentor, Ike Reighard, shares that the greatest communication lesson he ever learned was while he was still in elementary school. Ike, as a school safety patrol person, had the job of helping fellow students safely cross the street. Ike’s responsibilities were summed up with a simple slogan: stop, look, listen. STOP: Learning to stop our agendas in order to discover what is taking place in the lives of others. In our multi-tasking, e-mailing, Tweeting, texting and calling world, we rarely stop to focus on someone else. Stopping is all about giving someone your mind’s attention. LOOK: Buried in our BlackBerrys and infatuated with our iPads, we often forget to look at people. Look up and actually see them!

“I walked away that day wondering about all of the stories you and I miss out on every single day of our lives because we don’t pause and pay attention to other people.”

LISTEN: Listening is an art, and a learned one at that. Good listeners give their undivided attention. They know that listening takes more than ears. It requires your head and your heart, as well as your eyes. Most importantly, they understand that they have two ears and one mouth and choose to use them accordingly. One of the things I always remind myself is, “You can’t help but love someone once you know their story.” I challenge you today to STOP, LOOK and LISTEN to the people you encounter. I promise you won’t regret it!


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East Cobb Area Houses of Worship 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 Cornerstone Baptist Church 1506 Sawyer Road, (770) 422-3579 Pastor: Carl George Crossview Baptist Church 1100 Piedmont Road, (770) 973-0063 Pastor: Greg Belcher 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 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 Sewell Mill Baptist Church 2550 Sewell Mill Road (770) 971-3746 Pastor: David Watson Shady Grove Baptist Church 1654 Bells Ferry Road, (770) 428-0216 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 Walking By Faith Christian 1821 Kinridge Road, (678) 560-1144 AroundAbout — East Cobb

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 September 2010

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 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 2240 Shallowford Road, (770) 928-7919 september 2010

Pastor: John Guse Faith Lutheran Church and School 2111 Lower Roswell Road, (770) 973-8921 Marietta, GA 30068 Interim Pastor: Rev. Robert Strickert Jack D. Hibbs, Principal 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 Sonny Perdue (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

Magistrate Court Chief Judge Frank R. Cox

(770) 528-8900

Probate Court Judge Kelli Wolk

(770) 528-1900

Juvenile Court Judge Joanne Elsey Judge Juanita Stedman Judge James Whitfield

(770) 528-2220

Cobb County Coroner Brian Frist 150 North Marietta Pkwy Marietta, GA 30060 Cobb County Board of Commissioners 100 Cherokee Street Marietta, GA 30090 Commissioners: Samuel S. Olens (R), Chairperson e-mail:

(770) 528-3316

Tim Lee (R), District 3 e-mail:

(770) 528-3318

Cobb County Sheriff’s Office Sheriff Neil Warren 185 Roswell Street Marietta, GA 30060 Cobb County School System Superintendent, Fred Sanderson 514 Glover Street Marietta, GA 30060 e-mail: See school listings on pages 34 and 35.

(770) 977-4426

Rep. Bobby Franklin (R), District 43

(770) 591-6240

Rep. Matt Dollar (R), District 45

David Banks, District 5 e-mail:

(404) 656-0254

Dr. John Crooks, District 6 e-mail:


(770) 528-3300

Bob Ott (R), District 2

Board of Education Dr. John Abraham, District 4 e-mail:

Cobb County Judges Superior Court Chief Judge S. Lark Ingram

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

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

County Government:

(770) 528-2200

(770) 499-4600

(770) 426-3300 fax: (678) 594-8559

City of Marietta: (770) 528-1800

Mayor William B. “Bill” Dunaway

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Until both programs receive true long-term fixes, we will all have to make do with these short-term encouragements.

gained a pound in weight, but I have gained a ton of incidental knowledge!

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 770-952-6707. Securities offered through 1st Global Capital Corp. Member FINRA, SIPC. Investment advisory services offered through 1st Global Advisors, Inc.

Are there any drawbacks? Only the occasional dinner party with friends when I know I’m going to hear those inevitable words: “What do you smell – what do you see – what do you taste?” I do have to remind him that sometimes, it’s not about all that. It’s about the sheer enjoyment of the moment, and that no further analysis is necessary. And we all laugh and giggle, and as always, really appreciate our wine guy!

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There are many services available to help protect against identity theft, but make sure you trust the source. You can check with your financial institution to see if it provides a program that offers prevention and detection as well as recovery from identity theft. There may be a small cost associated with this service, but in the end, it could end up saving you thousands of dollars and a great deal of time. Chris Leggett is CEO/president of LGE Community Credit Union, a federally insured banking alternative offering checking and savings accounts, certificates, money market accounts, IRA’s, credit cards, loans, and mortgages, with better rates and lower fees than you will typically find in a bank. If you have questions about your credit score, or are looking to apply for a loan in the near future, contact an LGE loan representative at 770-424-0060 or visit

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local coupon websites by doing an Internet search for “restaurant coupons” and the name of your city, suburb or state. Earn points toward free restaurant gift certificates when you make your reservation online through The program is free to join, and you’ll earn the equivalent of $1 when you make your reservation online via the site. Look for special offers that allow you to book during select times to earn the equivalent of $10 per reservation. Each reservation earns 10 points and you can redeem 2,000 points for a $20 gift certificate to any participating restaurant. Upromise Dining. Earn four to eight percent cash back rebates in your Upromise account when you dine at selected restaurants. Membership is free, and rebates are tracked automatically when using a registered credit card. It is not necessary to show a coupon, certificate, or even tell the server about the rebate. Coupon Mom Stephanie Nelson frequently appears on television and radio, where she teaches savings tips. More than 2.4 million members belong to, where she shares information on grocery deals. Stephanie lives in Atlanta with her husband and two sons.

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Whether you drink fluoridated water from the tap or buy it in a bottle, you’re doing the right thing for your oral health. But keep in mind, according to the American Dental Association: “Fluoride alone cannot prevent all dental diseases. Be sure to brush and floss daily. Eat nutritious foods and snacks low in sugar. See your dentist regularly. You can enjoy a healthy smile for life!” 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

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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) 993-0405 East Cobb PowerCore Team Meeting: Thursdays at 7 a.m. Location: IHOP, 3130 Johnson Ferry Road Contact: Amy Caplan, (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

Charitable Organizations 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 Organization Meeting: Last Wednesday at 7 p.m. Location: Government Services Center 4400 Lower Roswell Road Contact: Mark McClellan, (678) 222-3465 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 Rotary Club of East Cobb Meeting: Wednesdays at 7 — 8 a.m. Location: Indian Hills Country Club Contact: (770) 971-2605 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.

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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 Support Group Meeting: Third Thursday at 7 p.m. Location: 866 Johnson Ferry Road Contact: Janet Shiflet, (770) 977-4420 Autism Support Group Meeting: 3rd Thursday at 9 a.m. or 7 p.m. Location: Mount Bethel United Methodist Church, 4385 Lower Roswell Road, Room F002 Contact: (770) 971-2880 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 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 Cancer Support Group Meeting: 2nd and 4th Mondays at 7 p.m. Location: Johnson Ferry Baptist Church 955 Johnson Ferry Road

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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 Care Partner Support Group Meetings : First Monday of each month at 6 p.m. Location: Sunrise of East Cobb 1551 Johnson Ferry Road Contact: Dawn Reed, (678) 777-7241 or Caregivers/Alzheimers Support Group Meeting: 1st Monday at 10:30 a.m. Location: Mount Bethel United Methodist Church, 4385 Lower Roswell Road Contact: (770) 971-2880 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: East Cobb Moms For stay-at-home moms Contact: 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 and Loss Support Group All faiths are welcome, not only for Jewish faith. Meeting: 12-week programs Location: Jewish Family & Career Services, 1501 Johnson Ferry Road Suite 100 Contact: Barbara Dolin, (770) 933-0081 Health and Wellness Support Group Meeting: Wednesdays every other month at 6:30 p.m. Location: Mount Bethel United Methodist

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Church, 4385 Lower Roswell Road Room B118 Contact: Gina Murphy, (770) 971-2880 Job Seekers Meeting: 1st and 3rd Saturdays at 8 a.m. Location: Eastminster Presbyterian Church, 3125 Sewell Mill Road Contact: (770) 977-2976 MOMS Club of Marietta Northeast Meeting: 1st Monday at 9:30 a.m. Location: Hope Presbyterian Church 4101 Sandy Plains Road Contact: 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) 819-7531 Next Century Youth, Inc. Location: 791 Mimosa Boulevard, Roswell Contact: Mary Brooks Green, (678) 278-9278 Website: Northwest Atlanta Moms of Multiples Club (formerly the Cobb Parents of Multiples Club) Meeting: 2nd Monday of each month Location: North Metro Church on Barrett Parkway. Contact: 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 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 Road to Recovery Divorce Support Group

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Meeting: Location: Contact:

Wednesdays at 6:45 p.m. Mount Bethel United Methodist Church 4385 Lower Roswell Road Mission House (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 Widowed Helping Others A group for widows and widowers Meeting: Twice each month Location: St. Ann’s Catholic Church 4905 Roswell Road 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: Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m. Location: 1089 Roswell Road Contact: (770) 973-7717 Cobb Alley Cats A group for 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) 516-7105 Cobb County Chamber of Commerce Driver’s License Health Department Post Office Recycling Center

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


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

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

(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

(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

Public Service:

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


Wellstar Kennestone Hospital North Fulton Hospital Northside Hospital Atlanta

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

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

Schools: Board of Education

(770) 426-3300

Utilities: (770) 528-8000

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

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

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Hotlines — 24 Hour Help Lines:

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



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

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Classifieds HELP WANTED

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Be Loved By Your Clients. Comfort Keepers is seeking mature, dependable people to fill open positions caring for the elderly. If you enjoy providing companionship, preparing meals and shopping for the elderly, we want to hear from you. Call (678) 354-0102, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., M — F.

All Together Clean. Working in your area for 10 years. No teams, licensed, bonded. References available. (770) 294-0303.

Stressed? We’ll get you unpacked and organized the day after you move. (770) 634-1595.

Part-time or Full-time Opportunities. Flexible schedule. Call Tom at Primerica for more information. (678) 453-6855.

VACATION RENTAL Frameless Shower Enclosures. Update your bathroom now with glass benches, mirrors and frameless enclosures. By D’Sapone, (770) 9242871. Free estimates. Visit our website, www. Fix it Fast! Home repair & “honey do’s”, kitchens/ baths, carpentry, trim, weatherproofing, tile/ stone, drywall. Call Dean, (678) 661-1878.

FREE TO GOOD HOME (These Ads Are Free) 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.

CONDO Panama City Beach Gulf Highlands Beach Resort. 3 BR, 2 BA, sunroom, full kitchen, W/D, very nice view, swimming pools, large pool at beach house, tennis courts, putt putt golf. Call for daily rates and specials. (770) 592-1070, (770) 356-1059.

E.P. Pressure Wash. Reasonable rates, free estimates, insured. (770) 380-2325.

INSTRUCTION/TUTORING Educational Solutions provides tutoring for grades K — 12 and special education. No contracts. Reasonable rates. Certified. Free consultation. Call (770) 552-7133.


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Advertisers Directory Support the Advertisers that Support Your Community! Automotive

E.H. Sellars Goodyear..........................................35 (770) 973-8737 Legacy Coach Works............................................15 (404) 969-2277

Health & Beauty

Pediatric Associates...............................................7 (770) 993-2922

Home Improvement/Repair & Service

Plastic Surgery Center of the South........................... 7 (770) 421-1242

Patrick Carmen NR.9 Salon....................................5 (678) 427-8000 English Trades......................................................17 Georgia Custom Interiors....................................29 Harwood Services................................................17

Banking/Financial Services

Citadel CPA & Wealth Care Services....................43 (770) 952-6707 175 Town Park Drive, Kennesaw LGE Community Credit Union................ 8, 21, 36, 52 (770) 565-5118

Carpet & Upholstery Cleaners

Mad Hatters, The........................................................43 Mulkin Properties, Inc................................................12 No. Georgia Retaining Walls, Landscaping & Concrete.....................................................Inside Frt. (678) 402-5072

Progressive Audiology Center Inc...............................27 (770) 592-4744, (706) 253-7244

Wellstar Health Systems........................................3 (770) 956-7827


Rod Kaye Photography........................................29 (404) 786-4136

Carpet Dry Tech....................................Inside Front (678) 368-5991

Reliable Heating & Air.........................................35 (770) 594-9969

C & W Photography.............................................27 (770) 771-1340


Insurance services

State Farm............................................................... 35 (770) 792-6699

Atlanta 2-Day Walk for Breast Cancer........................11 (404) 531-4111

lawn maintenance/landscaping

Real estate & related services

Pike Nursery...................................................... 17, 44 (770) 640-6468

Reflection - Lake Nantahala.............Inside Back Cover

Pet/Veterinarian Services & Supplies

Good Measure Meals..........................................10 (404) 815-7695

Cristi Y. Cheek DMD, P.C.........................................5 (770) 993-3775


Chattahoochee Technical College........................53 (770) 528-4545 Furtah Preparatory School...................Inside Front (678) 574-6488 Kennesaw State University, Cont. Ed......................56 (770) 423-6765 www.kennesawedu/

Crawford Landscaping.........................................23 (770) 509-0355

Humane Society of Cobb County.........................37 (770) 428-9882 148 Fairground St. SE, Marietta

Omega Learning Center...................... Cover, 30, 31 (770) 529-1717 2960 Shallowford Road, Marietta

Physicians and Medical Services

Waldron Dental Staff School................................45 (678) 907-7907 3020 Roswell Road, Marietta

Northside Hospital................................................1

Recreation and Fitness

Lake Nantahala................................Inside Back Cover (828) 321-3101

REstaurants/Food SErvices

Services/Retailers Miscellaneous

Cobb County Dating............................................23

Comfort Keepers.................................................17 (678) 354-0102

Kitchen & Bath Overstock....................................12 (770) 419-9200

Dr. Judith Rausch.................................................23

Northwest Exterminating....................................27 (888) 466-7849

North Georgia Neurodiagnostics Inc.....................5 (404) 863-1242

The Framery........................................................15 (770) 977-8667

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