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Featured Articles

Volume 4, Issue 7

30 12 24 & 25 On the Cover: Brain Balance Photos by Kim Bates


Keegan LaVelle is on a mission.


Paying for College and Saving for Retirement


Not My Kid

Third in a series, highlighting the dangers of prescription drug abuse.


Football Friday Nights!

Dr. Peter Scire and Will Hewgley.

Honoring Cobb County Teachers of the Year.

Certified Financial PlannerTM Don Akridge helps you sort out the details.

Sprayberry and Walton High Schools are featured this month.

In Every Issue

12 It’s Time to ... get a mammogram!

Birthdays................................................ 8 Calendar............................................... 23 Houses of Worship....................... 38 & 39 Elected Officials.................................... 40 Clubs & Organizations................... 42 & 43

Community Numbers........................... 44 Coupons............................................... 45 Classifieds............................................ 46 Advertisers Directory............................ 47

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Don Akridge......................................... 18 James Ball.............................................. 4 Kim Bethune........................................ 14 Julie Brennan........................................ 24 Dr. Cristi Cheek..................................... 16 Allison Duffy......................................... 14 David Hecklemoser............................... 22

Jennifer Jarosick................................... 10 Kara Kiefer............................................ 22 Doug Rohan.......................................... 14 Becky Smith......................................... 13 Yael Swerdlow...................................... 13 Derin White.......................................... 36

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You have likely noticed our efforts to promote our newly designed website and social media channels. I wanted to take just a moment today and explain why we’re so excited about all of this. It’s all about “Community.”, (770) 615-3309

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AroundAbout Community Magazines, Inc., is just that; we’re the community magazine that you look forward to receiving each month. We’re now also the website that you can look to for real-time and relevant community information. We’re your friend on Facebook, and on Twitter … well, we Tweet! “Building Stronger Communities” is much more than simply a tagline for us. Our mission is to accomplish this by utilizing all of the resources that are available to us, and the Internet is undeniably a huge resource! Communication with members of our community helps us to shape and produce the best magazine and website possible. Our website has been redesigned to be a place where people can connect and interact. Social media channels like Facebook and Twitter facilitate and embrace those same principles. By our participation in these, and in connecting with you, we are able to accomplish our mission even more effectively. You and I — all of us — are the voices and personalities that make up our community. While we have always reflected this in our printed form, we now have the ability and resources to connect with you in real-time. We are so excited to have access to your voices, opinions, concerns, and input. We value this because it truly helps us become better at what we do as a company! So if you’ve not already, please take the time to connect with us the next time you sit down at your computer.

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Local News Special Needs Children Treated to Ice Show

2011 Women’s College Cup Coming to Cobb

Disney on Ice created a magical evening for 50 local special needs children and accompanying adults with a pre-show, private pizza party and a visit from one of the stars of Toy Story 3. Gas South and Feld Entertainment also were sponsors of the event.

Kennesaw State University (KSU) and the Atlanta Beat have been selected as hosts for the 2011 Women’s College Cup. The event, which includes the two national semifinals and championship game for Division I women’s soccer, will take place December 2 – 4 at the KSU soccer stadium. “We’re excited and honored to have been chosen as the host university for the 2011 Women’s College Cup,” said Rob King, KSU head coach and co-director of the tournament d. “The new KSU soccer stadium is the country’s premier women’s soccer-specific stadium and we look forward to showcasing college soccer’s most prestigious event.”

Left to right: Zack Bowen, 9, and 10-year-old brother Nicholas with their dad, Allen Bowen.

Cobb EMC Honors Partners in Education

Cobb EMC Luncheon Proceeds Benefit Youth The Cobb EMC Women’s Task Force, a volunteer group of approximately 90 members within the Cobb EMC service area, hosted an employee luncheon at Cobb EMC to raise funds to send local students on a Washington, D.C. youth tour. More than 200 guests attended the Western-themed event that included music from Doc Stovall, Georgia’s official cowboy balladeer and poet laureate of the Booth Western Art Museum in Cartersville. Gun handler, comedian and Western historian Jim Dunham demonstrated tricks from Western movies and television shows. Washington Youth Tour scholarships are awarded annually to three high school juniors and include a financial award, a weeklong, all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. and eligibility for a summer internship at Cobb EMC.

Cobb EMC hosted a luncheon to honor employees involved in its Partners in Education program, which includes activities such as mentoring, career day, mini-grants, Principal for a Day and other interactive learning events. Principals from four of Cobb EMC’s partner schools attending the event were Dr. Tracie Doe of Timber Ridge Elementary, Peggy Fleming from Due West Elementary, Robin Lattizori of Dodgen Middle School, and Les Conley from Kleven Boston Elementary. The Volunteer of the Year award was given to Nick Robinson, who hasplayed the role of Santa Claus for the past 12 years.

KSU Student Earns Eagle Award Alex Pretorius, a member of Troop 955 that’s chartered out of Johnson Ferry Baptist Church, recently received his Eagle award. Alex is the son of Sherry and Daan. Congratulations! Left to right: Donna Kimball; Lynn Askew, Sandra Wehunt, Cathy Lane and Carol Bowen.


Sherry, Alex and Daan Pretorius.

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News Around East Cobb

Happy Birthday!

Lillian Sledge

Brenda Kviten

Dot Pearson

Celebrating on November 23 Daughter of Jim & Betty Rowell

Celebrating on November 25

Celebrating on November 22


Cole Mason Blackman Age 1 on November 3

Happy Anniversary!

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Johanna Reynolds Celebrated the big 3-0 on October 28

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Brian Faughnan were married on October 2, 2010

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Diaperpails and Pigtails by Jennifer Jarosick Do you ever notice that in many holiday movies, a good part of the story is about the characters traveling to their destination? So many parents can relate to the stress of traveling, which must be why we find it so comical in the movies. My kids and I fly several times a year, and I’ve learned a lot through trial and error, by watching others and from a friend who is a flight attendant. If you plan to fly this holiday season, here are a few lessons I’ve learned that may make your journey less stressful. Try to schedule your flight during nap time; many flights are just long enough for a good snooze. Before you pack, find out if your airline checks pack-n-plays, car seats and other baby items for free. Strollers can be checked for free at the gate. If your child sits in a car seat on the plane, try a car seat cart. I strap my son into his car seat, attach it to the cart and roll him through the airport, onto the plane and buckle him into the airplane seat, cart and all. Unfortunately, it does not roll down the narrow aisles on the planes. Leave for the airport at least an hour earlier than usual, “And my cure for midproviding time for bathroom flight squirminess is stops and diaper changes. to pull out one or two Ditch the purse and carry one backpack that allows small surprise dollar you to keep your hands free. store items.” A backpack also makes it easier if you have a baby in a front carrier. Items in your backpack should include a change of clothes for the kids, healthy snacks, hand wipes, activity book, crayons, stickers, video game and portable DVD player if you have one. If your child is old enough, let him or her bring a backpack filled with some of these items. Bring empty water bottles to be refilled after you go through security, to help save money and time. If you have a pacifier baby like me, bring at least four pacifiers in case some get lost and dirty. And my cure to mid-flight squirminess is to pull out one or two small surprise dollar store items. It usually provides a much needed distraction. Preparation, keeping the carry-on minimal and building in plenty of time will make your travel experiences more pleasant. We learn so much from each other, so if you have additional suggestions, please share your ideas on Facebook at www. Jennifer Jarosick is the mother to two children, ages 1 and 5, and is expecting another in December. E-mail her at


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WellStar Launches “Talking Shop” to Promote Women’s Health WellStar is partnering with more than 100 local salons to present “Talking Shop,” a program designed to promote women’s health. The purpose of the partnership between salon owners, stylists and the WellStar Health System is to encourage women age 40 and over to have annual screenings. “Only about 60 percent of women receive an annual screening mammogram,” said Brant Vincent, M.D., radiologist with Quantum Radiology in Marietta. “This program was designed to inform salon owners and their stylists about the value of early detection of breast cancer so that they would then encourage their clients to get a mammogram.” Salon owners and stylists who have a close, personal relationship with their regular customers may have insight into their family health history. The employees who have been educated on women’s health issues can take advantage of their unique opportunity to talk comfortably about their concerns. A major topic for discussion will be mammograms and digital mammography, the latest technology in breast imaging that produces a safe, low-dose X-ray image of the breast, very much like a conventional screen-film mammogram. The digital procedure uses computers and specially designed digital detectors to produce an image that can be displayed on a high resolution computer monitor and stored as an image. Radiologists trained in breast imaging are able to manipulate the image to view the tissue at all angles. “Digital mammography has been shown to be as accurate as film mammography and, in fact, is more accurate in dense breasts, which can sometimes mask tumors,” said Dr. Vincent. For more information, call (770) 956-STAR (7827) or visit 12

Pope Student Making a Difference Most seniors in high school are focused on graduation and preparing for that next step in life. While Keegan LaVelle, a senior at Pope High School, is one of these seniors, he’s also committed to saving lives by providing free mammograms to women who otherwise could not afford them. Keegan started his foundation, MammoMe, in 2009 inspired by the close relationships with the women in his life: his mother, grandmother and great grandmother. “We all seem to have loved ones in our families, our churches or within our communities that are affected with breast cancer and other types of cancers. We also all have people in our families or in our community that are going through financial hardship. My goal at MammoMe is to assist these families that either cannot afford or do not have access to the recommended breast screening mammograms,” said Keegan To raise money, Keegan has held garage sales, sold T-shirts and pink ribbon silly bands, and asked for personal donations – 100% of which goes to MammoMe. “I have been very fortunate in that my family and friends have pitched in to help with everything,” said Keegan. Women who need a mammogram but are uninsured or, for other reasons, can’t get an exam, can visit www.mammome. org to complete an online breast screening form. From there, Keegan will schedule a mammogram for the woman, typically at an imaging center close to the recipient’s home. “My long term goal is that MammoMe receives enough support where we can keep creating awareness, individuals and corporations continue to donate and we keep funding mammograms for any woman in need,” he said. Recently, Keegan organized the first ever Pope “Pink Out,” which took place at a recent home football game, raising money and awareness of breast cancer. For more information, visit www.mammome. org or call Keegan at (678) 438-6510. Keegan is the son of Kim and Todd LaVelle.

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Taboo No More

Parent-Teacher Conferences – Now What Should I do?

by Becky M. Smith

by Yael Swerdlow

The history of tattoos dates back more than 5,000 years. In modern culture, the once taboo art form has now gone mainstream. Once associated with sailors and bikers, tattoos have become a rite of passage for our teenagers. Which leads me to wonder what I would do if one of my own kids wants a tattoo. Note to self: Do Not Scream! Now I have to admit, I have tossed the notion back and forth a few times since college about adorning my own body with a tattoo. I didn’t do it mainly because I was too indecisive. What would I choose? Where would I put it? I remember when I was in college, I considered having a small Irish four-leaf clover tattooed on the inside of my hip, where it could easily stay covered. I talked myself out of it, knowing that one day I would like to have children and the end result of my tattoo might look more like an Irish cabbage than an Irish clover. Unfortunately, I don’t know if teenagers have the understanding at such an impressionable age of all the risks associated with getting a tattoo. First of all, their taste may change. The once cute Winnie the Pooh tattoo may seem silly when they are adults. Second, despite the popularity of tattoos, there is still somewhat of a social stigma attached to them, which might come back to haunt them in the form of job discrimination. Could a corporate executive lose some credibility with an exposed tattoo? Probably the most significant risk is getting an infection along with the tattoo. It’s important to find a reputable salon. Most likely, if your teen approaches you seeking permission for a tattoo (most salons require parental permission for clients under age18) they’ve already given it a lot of thought. Instead of blowing up, take advantage of this opportunity to open up a dialogue about why they want one. In my household, we’ve talked about tattoos BEFORE they’ve expressed an interest, just like we’ve had talks about sex, drinking, drugs, peer pressure, etc. I have an adult friend who recently got her first tattoo and put a great deal of thought into its placement, the sentiment behind the design and the salon she selected. She involved her husband in the decision and the end result was very pleasing. I asked what she thought if her sons also wanted one, and she admits they won’t be getting one ANY time soon! It’s a very personal decision. but if your teen is considering a tattoo, be open to discussion or even allowing a temporary Henna tattoo that can be changed every few weeks. They may realize that a permanent tattoo may be worth waiting for, or the novelty will wear off as the temporary tattoo fades. 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

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Parent-teacher conference can create great anxiety, felt by both the teachers and parents. Teachers may have to tell parents that, while their children are wonderful, they are struggling in school. Parents often are not ready to hear this information, and become defensive. They respond by telling the teacher how well “Tommy” does at home when he builds Lego structures, or that he can remember what happened to him when he was three years old. While this may be true, they may not be connected to the struggles he is having in school. As difficult as it may be, parents should pay attention to the teacher’s report. Teachers spend eight hours a day with your child, and recognize things that you may miss. The earlier any problems are identified, the easier it is to correct them. For example, children who struggle with reading need to be helped immediately before their self esteem starts to dwindle. So what should I, as Tommy’s parent, do? Follow through on the teacher’s recommendations, or contact an educational consultant who can guide you to the next step. Find someone who has the expertise and experience with this type of work. Check the consultant’s qualifications and experience in the field. If you are considering a learning center, check that the person who works with your child has the qualifications and experience needed to use each session as a diagnostic opportunity. Many of us tend to measure improvement through grades, and while this is important, we want to be careful that we have not just put a band aid on the problem. It is important to be sure that we have truly corrected the problem, so that the child continues to improve and prosper in the immediate future and for years to come Yael Swerdlow is an Educational Consultant, she can be reached at (678) 467-3164.

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Faulty Logic by Parents Can Have Serious Consequences

Standardized Tests and Your Child

by Doug Rohan, Esq. Castan & Lecca, PC

by Kim Bethune and Allison Duffy

Three cases came into my office last month which brought this subject to mind. All three teens were cited for “minor in possession of alcohol” under O.C.G.A. §3-3-23. It may seem innocent enough, but the hazards are plenty. What qualifies as a “minor in possession” and what is the punishment for it? Under Georgia law, any person under 21 years of age who purchases or consumes alcohol shall be guilty of a misdemeanor. If a cop stops her while walking home, and smells alcohol on her, even though the bottles and cans are in the trash, she can be found guilty of possession. If she purchased the alcohol, she will lose her license for six months, and be subject to up to six months in custody and a $300 fine. The second conviction results in a one year suspension. If you are over 21 and purchased the alcohol for a minor, you are guilty of a high and aggravated misdemeanor, meaning the court can impose an even longer sentence than the 12 months in jail and the $1,000 fine typical of a misdemeanor charge. Can a parent serve alcohol to his or her child? Pursuant to OCGA 3-3-23(c), there is an exception carved out in the home when the parent or guardian provides the alcohol to his/her own children under supervision, but this can be a slippery slope. What was an innocent gesture on a special occasion may develop into a path with serious consequences. Recent studies have shown that even moderate drinking can have a profound impact on an adolescent’s brain. There is no reason to try to buy your child’s friendship with gestures like this. Be the parent. You are the only ones who qualify for that job. She has plenty of friends, but no one else can fill your role. What happens if my child wants to have friends over and they stay in the house? If you chose to step through this door, all bets are off. When you provide alcohol to minors in your home, not only will the legal defense be eliminated, but you are running the risk of being sued civilly if something goes wrong. In a well publicized case two years ago, Powder Springs mom Kecia Whitfield bought a bottle of rum for her son to drink at home. She claimed at her trial she was unaware that he would share it with friends. Her son’s 16 year-old friend was killed in a car wreck on his way home. His blood alcohol was 0.13. The legal limit for an adult over 21 is 0.08. Under 21 is 0.02. Whitfield was sentenced to 18 months in jail and another 30 months of probation. The next wave of litigation will be looking at whether parents

What is a standardized test? It is considered a test that is given under standardized or controlled conditions, and scored in a standardized manner. The results are compared against a standard. Every public school and most private schools in Georgia administer multiple standardized tests each year. Even though tests are standardized, they can be vastly different. And because they are different, the way in which your child prepares for them should be different. The two tests that are pretty much standard across the board in Georgia schools are the ITBS and the CRCT. The ITBS is short for the Iowa Test of Basic Skills, and the CRCT is the CriterionReferenced Competency Test. These two tests cover different topics and the results reveal different conclusions. The CRCT, given only in Georgia, is administered to grades 1-8 toward the end of each school year. This test measures whether or not the students have learned and remember the information they’ve just been “The two tests that are taught. It is important to see pretty much standrd if they meet the curriculum goals for each grade level across the board in in all of the main subjects Georgia schools are the Reading, English/Language, ITBS and the CRCT.” Math, Social Studies, and Science. Even though the test is given to students in grades 1-8, there are three critical years for the students taking the test. These grades are 3rd, 5th, and 8th. In 3rd grade, it is imperative that the students pass the reading section. In 5th and 8th grades, they must pass both the reading and math sections. If not, the students may have to repeat the grade. The ITBS is given toward the beginning of the school year to students in grades K-8 across the nation. The results are used for instructional purposes. The teachers can see what each child knows at the beginning of the school year, and use the results to plan their lessons. They should be able to customize the curriculum standards based on how their students tested. There is no chance of failing this test, and the results are quite helpful. With two such different standardized tests, you can probably guess that the preparation is different as well. A qualified certified teacher can best prepare the students for both tests. Kim Bethune is the co-founder of Omega Learning Center, 2960 Shallowford Road, Marietta. Allison Duffy is the education coordinator for Omega Learning Center and a certified teacher. For more information, call (770) 529-1717.

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The Gift of Love

Everyday Angels Compassion is the deep awareness of the suffering of another coupled with the wish to relieve it.

by Cristi Cheek, DMD I love this time of year, with the cool, crisp air, decorating for the holidays, and family gather for Thanksgiving and Christmas. I have so many wonderful memories of past holidays, and now new ones will be added. Seeing the wonderment and anticipation in my three young children makes the season magical. I wonder how many of these memories they will remember when they are adults. This time of year is also financially difficult for many families. Living in the affluent area of East Cobb, it is easy to forget how good we’ve got it. In fact, Americans in general are rich compared to 99 percent of the world. Sometimes I am asked to assist a family that may be struggling financially, and I help where I can. Recently, I received a call at my dental office from a desperate grandmother who was asking if I could do anything to relieve her teenage granddaughter’s pain. I was not prepared for the heartbreaking visit that followed. I met a beautiful 16-year-old girl who had been basically neglected and emotionally abandoned by her parents. She remembered her first experience with a painful tooth beginning as early as Kindergarten and had lived with dental pain off and on since then. After hours of reviewing her X-rays and consulting with specialists, I came to the agonizing realization that I could not save her teeth. I would have to remove all her teeth and make her a denture. As I explained this to her and her grandmother, I was stunned that they were so thankful for the care I was offering and said what a blessing this was for her. I am sure you can recall being a teenager and remember the self-confidence and esteem issues that we struggled with in high school. How much harder would it be to fit in with your peers with rotten, painful teeth and gums? And it is hard to believe in yourself and put value in YOU when it seems that no one else does. Almost as shocking as the extensiveness of her dental problems was the fact that she had been attending school and going out in public in our community every day, and help had not found her. I thought of my three lucky children with their fancy electric toothbrushes and special flavored toothpastes, not to mention all the love, admiration, and concern of their parents, and I felt guilty. One of my favorite movies from this year was “The Blind Side.” Sandra Bullock’s character goes through a realization and transformation as her family makes a disadvantaged boy part of their family. Her affluent lifestyle and possessions suddenly seem much less important and even embarrassing when she discovers the struggles this child has had. Taking care of the boy strengthens her family’s bond. I am fortunate in so many ways,

Compassion is not an easy virtue. It is kindness, but it is more than kindness. It is the wonderful capacity to put oneself in the place of the other, caring as if another’s sorrows were one’s own. Constantly asking yourself, “If it were me, what would I like someone to do for me to help me do or feel better?” To become really good at becoming a compassionate, loving being, we need to get our mind off our own concerns enough to really pay attention to others. Many times, we need to change our priorities in terms of what occupies our thoughts and our time. As we grow in the habit of compassion, we let go of the habit of self-absorption. We also grow spiritually in a very real way. As mentioned in last month’s edition, Everyday Angels has begun reintroducing ourselves to the local schools. We are working with teachers and counselors to determine certain needs of children and families within our community. During our first week of school visits, we were told of several students who simply needed clothing. They were coming to school each day, wearing the same clothes and shoes that did not fit their feet. A simple e-mail was sent out to friends and neighbors requesting clothing for these children, and within days we received bags of gently worn clothes for them. After dropping them off at the school to be sent home with the children, we received the following notes of appreciation that illustrate the great impact from simple acts of compassion. After mentioning our student’s need with you, almost immediately, we had some gently used clothes for him. He was very excited and went home right before our break with a big bag of clothes. This morning, he arrived happily at school and ran up to give me a high five. Thanks for showing our students what compassion and a giving heart looks like! I ran into one of our teachers who had the student mentioned previously in her classroom. She said he is a “new little guy.” She stated that he is happy, more energetic and is trying harder in class. I just wanted you to have all that info to pass on to everyone. Thanks again for being his angel!! While it took just 15 minutes to go through our kids’ closets to gather items they had outgrown, the difference it has made to this child is immeasurable. One can never underestimate the strength of compassion and our small acts of kindness.

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Paying For College While Saving For Retirement These two objectives are not mutually exclusive. by Don Akridge, MBA, CPA, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ U.S. Marine Corps Veteran – Emory University Alumnus It can be done. All across America, families are meeting a mighty financial challenge – paying college costs with retirement potentially on the horizon. How do they do it? They go about it consistently; they also get creative. First, make sure the priorities are in the right order. Strange as it may sound, your retirement may need to take precedence over your child’s college education. Think about it. Your son or daughter might qualify for student loans or financial aid. By the time they are 30 or 35, they will have the earnings potential to pay those loans back. Do you see any ads out there for “retirement loans” or “retirement aid?” For most, it is much harder to earn money at age 65 than at age 35. Because of this, many choose to allow the younger generation to assume the debt. The following are some short-term and longterm ideas you may want to consider if you have college costs on your mind:

your taxable income low. Will Roth IRA conversions raise eyebrows? Yes, they will. However, don’t stop contributing to your own retirement savings accounts, and feel free to pay off consumer debts with the money from your savings and checking accounts – the assets in these accounts aren’t used in financial aid formulas. Let the college know if your financial situation has changed. Has the value of your home fallen? Is your business netting you far less than it once did? Financial aid departments should be willing to review these developments and may be able to adjust aid for your student accordingly.

Make it a family affair. In some cultures, it is common for all members of a family to pitch in on the down payment or mortgage payments for a home. Consider this strategy as your family saves for college. Close friends and family members may be willing (or even excited) to make ongoing contributions to a college savings plan for your child, and/ or an annual “birthday” contribution. They “By the time they are 30 may find giving such a gift to be much more meaningful and fulfilling than a mere toy or or 35, they will have the item of clothing.

earnings potential to

Save for college the DCA way. While pay those loans back.” dollar-cost averaging is a useful way to In short, hunting for every scholarship or build retirement savings, its merit often goes alumni connection you can and finding a great unrecognized when it comes to saving for school at a reasonable price – that’s important. higher education. Move the money from a But it may be just as useful (if not more) to be checking account each month into a savings account, or … both creative and consistent as you save for college. While it has always been a challenge, by putting some thought into it, most Consider a tax-advantaged college savings plan. Contribute to families and students can find ways to respond. a 529 plan, which features tax-advantaged growth and tax-free Don Akridge is President of Citadel CPA, Financial Planning & Investment withdrawals when the withdrawn funds are used to pay qualified Services founded in 1994 and conveniently located off Chastain Road education costs. Not all 529 plans are the same – in fact, some of between I-575 & I-75 in Kennesaw. Phone 770-952-6707. Securities them will even provide a small cash “match” or “sign-up” bonus offered through 1st Global Capital Corp. Member FINRA, SIPC. Investment when you start your plan. Some 529 plans are even “prepaid” – advisory services offered through 1st Global Advisors, Inc. that means you may be able to secure future tuition rates at current prices, usually at in-state public colleges. Another advantage of This material was prepared by Peter Montoya Inc. For more complete the prepaid plans – they are often guaranteed by the state. information about the 529 savings plan, including investment objectives, Exploit your credit card. No, don’t pay for college with it … well, at least not directly. Some credit cards give you a cash-back rewards option. You may as well put the rewards toward college. Some of the major banks let you do this and so do online shopping websites such as Upromise. Keep your income as low as possible in the base income year. That is the calendar year that starts as your child is in the middle of his or her junior year in high school. That is the year when college financial aid departments start to look at a family’s earned and received income. If you can avoid taking capital gains or a distribution from a 401(k) or 403(b) in that year, that will keep 18

risks, fees and expenses associated with it, please read the issuer’s official statement. The issuer’s official statement can be obtained from your financial advisor. Please read it carefully before investing. Please consider, before investing, whether your home state offers any state tax or other benefits that are only available for investments in your state’s qualified tuition program. Other benefits may include reduced or waived program fees, matching grants, and scholarships to state colleges. Any state-based benefit offered with respect to a particular 529 college savings plan should be one of many appropriately weighted factors to be considered in making an investment decision. You should consult with your financial, tax or other adviser to learn more about how state-based benefits (including any limitations) would apply to your specific circumstances and you also may wish to contact your home state or any other 529 college savings plan to learn more about the features, benefits and limitations of that state’s 529 college savings plan.

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Not My Kid!


y making yourself aware of the influences in your life (good and bad), and how they affect you, you will be better prepared to stand up to the pressures that can change who you are and who you become in life. In this installment of our series, Not My Kid, we will continue to shed light on the false impression that many teens and others have concerning the use of prescription drugs. There clearly is a false assumption among many that prescription drugs are a safer high because they were prescribed by a physician. Prescriptions, and their dosages are prescribed carefully, based upon a patient’s symptoms (and severity thereof), height, weight, etc. When dealing with prescription drugs, one size does not fit all and can be fatal if taken by anyone other than the patient for whom it was prescribed. Let’s begin by looking at some important facts about today’s most commonly abused prescription drugs, which break down into three categories: Opioids/Painkillers, Depressants and Stimulants.

The most recent statistics in Georgia (July 2009) show prescription drugs are the contributing factor in almost 85 percent of all drug related deaths in Georgia. In 2008, there were 638 drug overdose deaths in Georgia. Of those 638 deaths, 543 involved prescription drugs or a combination of prescription and illicit drugs. — Center for Disease Control So how are teens getting these dangerous drugs? As mentioned in our June installment, it begins at home, in your medicine cabinets, or in homes of friends, neighbors or relatives. Also, suppliers/dealers easily obtain drugs by forging prescriptions or doctor shopping, known as “pharming” or “smurfing”, when several individuals visit several different

Opioids/Painkillers: Vicodin, Oxycontin, Hydrocodon, Percocet, Darvon, Demerol — Drugs in this class are the ones most often abused. Opioids, also called analgesics, are prescribed by a doctor to ease the symptoms of moderate to severe pain. Opioids are favored by drug abusers because they have the ability to create a sense of euphoria. They can be abused to the point that the abuser will have terrible withdrawal problems when they try to stop using them. Some of the physical effects of using Opioids include restlessness, dizziness, confusion, loss of appetite, lethargy and addiction.

Depressants: Xanax, Nembutal, Valium, Ambien — Depressants relax the muscles and affect the central nervous system. These drugs lower inhibitions and cause euphoric feelings due to stimulation of the pleasure centers of the brain. Most depressants are classified as barbiturates or benzodiazepines. Depressants are used to treat symptoms of anxiety and many sleep disorders. Some of the physical effects of their use include slurred speech, loss of coordination, respiratory depression, difficulty concentrating, dilated pupils, confusion and addiction.

Stimulants: Dexedrine, Ritalin, Adderrall — Stimulants are used to treat certain conditions, such as narcolepsy, obesity, asthma and brain dysfunction in children (ADD/ADHD). They will increase the heart rate and blood pressure; increasing physical activity and alertness. They are very dangerous when abused, as they can result in seizures or heart failure. Physical effects from use of stimulants include rapid heartbeat, decreased appetite, blurred vision, nervousness, dilated pupils, sleeplessness and agitation. 20

doctors to obtain prescriptions for the same medications and then have the prescriptions filled at different pharmacies. This allows the dealer to obtain more of the prescribed substance than any one physician or pharmacist would allow. To address this situation, PDMPs (Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs) have been successfully implemented in many states. These

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Teen Terms: Pharming: Harvesting drugs from a medicine cabinet, with the intent to take them to get high. Pharming Party or Skittles: Teens get together and combine all the pills that they have harvested from medicine cabinets, mix them up, and each teen then takes a handful from the bag and takes several, not knowing what they are taking.

Trail Mix: The mixture of drugs at a pharming party.

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programs are designed to provide physicians and pharmacists with a database which cross-checks “There clearly is a false prescriptions, allowing them to identify individuals assumption among many who potentially may be doctor shopping or pharmacy that prescription drugs are a shopping. These databases raise a red flag and alert physicians and pharmacists to any unusually high safer high because they were prescription activity, per type of drug sold and/or per prescribed by a physician. “ buyer and buyer’s region. As of July 2009, 40 states had laws providing for a PDMP. Thirty-three states have PDMPs in place and six more have legislation Next month, we will feature enacted, but are not yet operational. Georgia is one of the only southeastern underage drinking. states that does NOT use this monitoring system, allowing Georgians, as well as addicts and dealers from surrounding states, to inconspicuously pill-shop in our We’d love to hear from you: state. Georgia’s lack of drug monitoring causes a spill-over problem for these Aanotmykid@ for other states. Consequently, Georgia has been coined “The Pill Hub of the South.” suggestions, concerns or questions.

LEGALLY Speaking “There are a LOT of young kids running around with a very poor understanding of how seriously drug offenses are treated by the police, prosecutors, and judges, and, after getting caught, they are very surprised to learn the truth,” stated attorney Jess Bowers of Bowers and Roch, LLP. “Your choices today will impact you for the rest of your life. Children are treated as an adult when they reach the age of 17. A 17 year-old’s arrest goes on his/her permanent adult record. These arrests appear on a criminal history check, so even if he/she beats the charge, police officers who stop them in the future will know that they have been previously arrested on drug charges and they will, therefore, more closely scrutinize them. Arrests also can appear on employment background checks, even if the charges were dismissed,” said Bowers. A drug conviction will jeopardize scholarships (including athletic) and HOPE monies. Police do NOT issue warnings for drug offenses. Zero tolerance really means zero tolerance. Georgia law designates five categories (or schedules) of illicit drugs, and possession of these drugs without a prescription is illegal, unless the drug has been approved for over-the-counter sales. Illegal possession of these drugs typically results in a felony violation of the Controlled Substances Act. In addition, there are other dangerous drugs that are controlled, but it is a lesser, misdemeanor charge, to possess them without a prescription. The five schedules range from the most dangerous drugs, with little to no medical use (Schedule I), to less dangerous drugs

with accepted medical use among the public (Schedule V). Depending on the particular circumstances of a possession case, offenses can result in a broad range of potential criminal and administrative consequences, including probation, prison, property forfeiture and participation in a court-ordered drug treatment program. Possession of Schedule I and II drugs = 2-15 years prison for a first offense; 5-30 years prison for a second offense. Possession of Schedule III, IV, or V: 1-5 years in prison for a first offense; 2-10 years prison for a second offense. It’s important to note that the law forbids not only the sale of a drug, but also the distribution of a drug. If students share prescribed medicine with friends, the law considers them a distributor of an illegal substance, regardless of whether or not they received money for the drug. Additionally, Georgia code 16.5.1(c) indicates that in the event a death occurs as a result of a felony (i.e. felony includes selling and/or sharing and/or distributing and/or offering illegal drugs, including offering legal prescription drugs to other than prescribed), irrespective of malice, it is considered murder and the sentence is life or death.

Thanks to attorneys T. Jess Bowers and Don Roch, of Bowers and Roch LLP, for their insight, expertise and contributions. Bowers is a former Assistant District Attorney in the Cherokee County District Attorney’s Office. Don Roch is a former Public Defender in Fulton County. Together, they have been involved in hundreds of drug cases, both as prosecutors, public defenders and defense attorneys.

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The Good, the Bad and the Weird

Viognier — Say What? by David Heckelmoser

by Kara Kiefer Pets. If you have a family with children, the question inevitably will arise, “Can we get a pet?” For most of us, we acquiesce and a four-legged creature joins our lives. For us, it was a dog. In 2001, we adopted Tucker, a 7-monthold, full bred Labrador Retriever. My husband had a chocolate Lab after college, and she was everything you would expect from a Lab — she fetched, she swam and she was loyal and sweet. Because of this, we figured getting another Lab would be a great idea for our first family dog. The Good — Because he’s a Lab, he’s always eager to please. He’s never chewed up a pair of shoes or furniture, although his dog bowl has suffered a bit of toothy damage. He was potty trained very quickly, and he’s loyal beyond measure. He has a great temperament and has been a great family dog. The Bad — Tucker is a digger. He gets bored so he is digging a hole to China in the backyard. And his favorite time to dig is right after a bath! Bad dog! Tucker likes to show our guests that he thinks he’s the alpha dog so on occasion he will jump on our guests’ back and try to get busy — sorry Amanda, Robert, Michelle, Adam, Molly, and more. Very Bad Dog! The Weird — Tucker is pretty much a weirdo. If he hears the click of any camera, including cell phone, he will hide in the bathroom. If he’s on a walk and he hears anything that could possibly resemble thunder, he will stop, lie on the ground, and refuse to move (We call that his Stop, Drop and Roll move). Sometimes he does this move for no apparent reason at all. And every time my husband leaves town, he becomes one of two things: restless and bumping into the bed all night, or gastrointestinally upset, which can mean a nasty surprise in the morning. The gastro problems could stem from the fact he refuses to eat or drink anything until one of us is home, so he’s always eating and drinking late in the day. And bless his Labrador heart, he doesn’t fetch and is terrified of the water. Like the old man he’s becoming, he gets more eccentric with age. We continue to retrieve the tennis balls we toss to him, attempt to get his picture before he hides in the bathroom and do our best at keeping Tucker’s “ultra-friendly” side in check when we have guests. Long live Tucker! Kara Kiefer is the Editor of AroundAbout — East Cobb. She lives in southwest Cherokee with her husband Mike and sons Brandon and Garrett. 22

Viognier (VEE-oh-nyay) is an aromatic white wine, and my wife’s favorite white. For those who crave a softness and want less or no oak, Viognier might just be to your liking too. The wine will show notes of peaches, mangoes, honeysuckle, and other tropical fruits. Envision over-ripe apricots mixed with orange blossoms. The wine is well known for its floral aromas, which are also found in Muscat and Riesling wines. The color and aroma of the wine could lead you to believe it is a sweet wine, but Viogniers are predominantly dry. This wine is meant to be consumed while it is young, as it has a tendency to lose its aroma with age. The Viognier grape is low in acidity, and sometimes used to add fragrance and to soften wines made with the Syrah grape. An example would be French Syrah Cote Rotie. The Viognier grape is the only grape used for the Northern Rhone Appellation Condrieu and ChateauGrillet (look to spend $50.00+ for ChateauGrillet). The origin of the grape is unknown. It is presumed to be an ancient grape, and brought to the Northern Rhone by the Romans. Viognier likes the company of rich tasting seafood such as crab, lobster and scallops. Add some cream sauce to heighten the pairing. If you typically serve Chardonnay at Thanksgiving, try opening a bottle of Viognier to compare. Serve Viognier with your butternut squash, sweet potatoes and turkey. Also, give Viognier a go with Thai food or Sushi. Chardonnay and Viognier share tropical fruit flavors and a creamy mouth feel similar to crème brulee. Viognier can be as full-bodied as a Chardonnay, but offers much more distinctive fruit characteristics. If you’re a Chardonnay lover, you might want to give this wine a try! I recommend trying the following, which are under $25: Yalumba Eden Valley from Australia, Zaca Mesa from California, Miner Viognier from California, Fess Parker from California, or Robert Hall from California. Until next time, cheers! David Heckelmoser is a professional member of the Society of Wine Educators, Certified Specialist of Wine CSW, Atlanta Chapter Sommelier Les Marmition.

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Community Calendar November November 9 VA Benefits and Senior Scams Time: 1 – 2:30 p.m. Location: Mt. Bethel Community Center, 4608 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta Information: Miles Hurley will discuss VA benefits and senior scams at a seminar open to the public. Seniors are the most preyed upon group in our population and the schemes become more and more complex yearly. Learn how to identify and avoid this potential minefield. Please call to RSVP (678) 439-1177.

November 11 – 12 East Hampton Holiday Gift Sale Times: Thursday 5 – 9 p.m. Friday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Location: East Hampton Clubhouse, 2055 Kinsmon Drive (next to the Avenues of East Cobb) Information: Shop for handmade items along with gifts from your favorite sales vendors and register to win a gift basket. Call (770) 992-3192.

November 12 - 13 Mt. Zion Craft Show Times: Friday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Information: The show will feature 52 arts and crafts vendors, silent auction, door prize, bake sale, frozen casserole sale on Saturday only, quilt drawing, pictures with Santa, fresh baked apple pies and cookies prepared throughout the show. All proceeds will benefit local and church charities. Call (770) 9711465.

Church, 4495 Sandy Plains Road, and a shuttle will take you to the park and back. Information: Walking tours, K9 demonstrations, kids’ activities and a fire truck. Visit

November 14 Holiday Gift Vendor Fair Time: 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. Location: Temple Kol Emeth, 1415 Old Canton Road, Marietta Information: Contact Michelle Dobo at

November 14 Artisans at the Etz Time: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Location: Etz Chaim at 1190 Indian Hills Parkway, Marietta. Information: Call Linda Diamond at (678) 560-8275 or Pam Ziskend at (770) 645-7763.

November 24 – December 18 Lassiter Band Christmas Tree Sale Location: Highland Plaza Shopping Center (Corner of Gordy Parkway and Sandy Plains Road) Information: The band will selling trees, 6 ft. – 14 ft. Fraser Firs. Wreaths also available.

9 – 11 a.m. Leave your car at Wesley Chapel United Methodist

December 3 – 4 Apple Annie Crafts and Arts Show Times: Friday 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. Saturday 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Location: Catholic Church of St. Ann, 4905 Roswell Road, Marietta Information: More than 130 juried vendors will be present. Call (770) 5526400 ext. 6110.

December 4 HTMS Husky Foundation Holiday Shoppe and Craft Fair Time: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Location: Hightower Trail Middle School, 3905 Post Oak Tritt Road Information: Deadline for vendors is November 20. Contact Michelle Grey at

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Balance and Achievement: One brain cell at a time A break-through, a small change, a touch… gentle responses to everyday occurrences that we take for granted yet not as easy for some children who need help in reaching their physical, social and behavioral health and academic potential.

Will’s Story Will is a delightful six year-old little boy. “It became apparent at age 2½ that Will wasn’t developing typically. We began what seemed like a very long journey, but it was, in fact, thankfully much shorter than it could have been. Will began speech therapy which didn’t help at all,” explained Jennifer Hewgley. Her son Will was demonstrating characteristics that were not typical for a boy his age. “We were all just learning to cope with his abilities and differences.” And so began a journey that included visits to a biomedical doctor. “We spent an enormous amount of money and time with that approach with very little improvement. The doctor suggested a gluten and casein free diet for Will. Rather than being a big help, it was just a nightmare. We wanted to do whatever we could to help Will, and were willing to make any sacrifices needed, but the diet became what our life hinged upon in all areas. On the special diet, Will oftentimes would simply choose not to eat,” recalled Mrs. Hewgley. “We would eat out with friends and he would just eat ketchup (it was gluten free, but not a meal).” Will’s anger, frustration, crying and inability to eat became overwhelming. “We felt a little hopeless, but we loved our son and we knew God had a plan for his life. We spent the next year just enjoying our family time together, listening to Will’s teachers, and doing all we could to train him to talk and behave typically,” she added. The same month that Will turned five, the Hewgley’s sought a formal diagnosis. A psychologist diagnosed Will with Autism. “While we suspected he was on the spectrum, those were the hardest words I have ever heard someone speak to me. I was motivated to move forward and begin to explore options for Will,” said Mrs. Hewgley. Over the next three months, Mrs. Hewgley researched schools, therapies, and programs for Will. The family resolved to send Will to a neurodevelopmental school for Kindergarten, despite knowing that is was more than what they could afford. “Two weeks prior to our deposit being due to this school, I drove past Brain Balance. I noticed the sign only because I had just heard all the information on neurology in recent days at the school. I remember thinking 24

that Brain Balance was probably just a tutoring program.” But soon, The Hewgley’s found out that Brain Balance was not just a tutoring program, but an achievement center that could help Will in numerous ways. After attending a Parent Information Night and listening to Dr. Pete, they decided to try out the program, which would last between three and six months. “We were skeptical, but hopeful. That is just kind of how it goes in the life of a family with a special needs child,” Mrs. Hewgley stated.

Dr. Peter Scire’s Story Dr. Peter J. Scire, commonly known as Dr. Pete, is the Executive Director of Brain Balance Atlanta, and the one who The Hewgley Family credits with bringing their son back to life. As a child diagnosed with a learning disability and dyslexia, Dr. Pete knows firsthand what this diagnoses can do to a child and a family. “The road to becoming a doctor was literally impossible…. so they thought. My first three years of life were spent in and out of hospitals due to chronic bouts of asthma. The condition interfered with the normal maturation of my brain and body leaving me underdeveloped both physically and mentally. It was apparent there was a problem as I was suffering speech delays and was unable to read. That caused me to become extremely frustrated, and I had daily ‘meltdowns’, as my mother put it. Eventually, it led to an extreme lack of confidence and manic behaviors,” Dr. Pete explained. “By the age of six, I was labeled with a formal diagnosis of a learning disability and dyslexia. My mother and father set out to do whatever it took to find help for me. I was taken to many of the so-called ‘experts’ and unfortunately, they did not have encouraging news. The general consensus was that my problems were permanent, and I would struggle throughout life. My parents were even told that there was no need to prepare for a college fund because I would be lucky to get a high school diploma. That was unacceptable for my parents, so they continued to look for answers. What happened next changed my life forever. I had been going to various therapists and learning resource classes for years,” Dr. Pete continued. “While in graduate school, I took a special interest in neurobehavioral disorders. One of my teachers was Dr. Robert Melillo, the author of best-selling book Disconnected Kids: The Groundbreaking Brain Balance Program for Children with

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Autism, ADHD, Dyslexia and other Neurological Disorders. He spent over a decade of his life developing protocols to recover kids suffering from ADD/HD, Dyslexia, Learning Disorders, Tourette’s, and autism spectrum disorders. He inspired me to do what I do today,” Dr. Pete added.

Brain Balance: As seen by a mother and coach

in brain science, dramatic changes can be made in a matter of months, not years,” he stated. The Brain Balance Program® is an individualized and comprehensive approach to helping children with neurobehavioral and learning difficulties surmount their unique challenges. This proprietary, non-medical program has been successful in helping hundreds of children reach their physical, social/behavioral health and academic potential. The centers work with children who suffer with ADD/ ADHD, Dyslexia, Tourette’s, Asperger’s and Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Susan Obryan knows Brain Balance well, as a parent and a coach at the center. “My son went through the Brain Balance program at the late age of 17. After the program, his reading comprehension (which had not improved in three years) went up two years, he The Brain Balance Program addresses a child’s underlying brain spontaneously started asking ‘why’ questions (“Why are you dysfunction through unique protocols which target sensory/ juggling the eggs?” as I was separating the yolk and white as motor deficits, academic concerns, and nutritional needs. Each he had seen me do every morning for years), he started using a child’s individualized program at Brain Balance will address the cell phone which increased his independence (and mine!), and cause of his/her disorder rather now he also calls his sister and than focusing on its symptoms, father just to speak with them,” “You don’t move because you have a brain. resultant behaviors or only one Obryan recalled. “I like to say You have a brain because you move.” component of the disorder. Over the program increased his “gray’ matter. Before the program, he — Dr. Robert Melillo the last ten years, Brain Balance has helped hundreds of children answered questions black or become more focused, improved their academic performance, and white, simply yes or no - after, he started quantifying his answers enhanced their communication and social interaction skills. (‘just a little,’ ‘not really,’ ‘maybe later’).” As a sensory motor coach at Brain Balance, Obryan is reminded that each session is a chance to have to impact on a child; “there are no ‘do-over’s here. I’m able to see child after child come into bloom, and as a parent, I’m able to understand the impact this has not only for the child but for the entire family. I see children who are totally out of control become calm and well mannered and able to go out and about in daily life. I see kids who are belligerent become smiling kids; those who are insecure become confident; kids who are failing school making great grades, kids who are sickly become healthy and well, Obryan added.

When thinking back on her family’s journey with Will and his treatment, Mrs. Hewgley recalled her relationship with Dr. Pete. “He talked me through all issues, concerns, and questions. I was amazed at his availability and willingness to help even when we were not currently in session. He made himself available by cell, email, text, or in person. I even called him once on the weekend while we were on vacation with a concern. I cannot say enough about Dr. Pete’s desire to help children and his availability to families. That kind of involvement is a RARE find today with any doctor or therapist.

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Will is now reading better, his attention is improved, his communication skills are amazing, he is eating a healthy diet, sleeping well, has better overall strength and energy levels, and is even beginning to make friends with other children. The family could not be happier with his progress. “While joining this program is a commitment of time, money, and effort, it is one of the most unforgettable and unbelievable journeys of our life. Words cannot express appropriately the gratitude we feel for Dr. Pete and for the Brain Balance program,” Mrs. Hewgley concluded.

Each child at Brain Balance has an individualized program where each exercise or activity at each and every session is recorded so improvements can be noticed and changes made as necessary. Progress reports are based on data, not observations. To gain a full understanding of each child’s difficulties, a comprehensive assessment of all areas of his/her brain and body function is conducted first. “Then, by integrating physical and cognitive exercises with dietary change, we are able to correct the underlying imbalance, improve function and reduce/eliminate negative behaviors,” Dr. Pete explained. Dr. Pete trains the staff in the neurology of the brain and how the motor skills and the brain skills are connected. The connection between Dr. Pete and his patients cannot be duplicated. “I feel I have a unique connection with the children in our center, as I have overcome most of the frustrations and struggles they are dealing with. I know how embarrassing it is to not be able to read. I know the anger they feel when made fun of by their peers. I know what it felt like to not have many friends. But I also know that change is possible. And I witness these changes every day in our center. Because of the breakthroughs November 2010

For more information about The Brain Balance Program, contact the centers or visit their website at

Brain Balance Achievement Centers

780 Peachtree Industrial Blvd. Suite 400, Suwanee GA 30024 (770) 614-4790 30 E. Crossville Road, Suite 150, Roswell GA 30075 (770) 650-8010

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Schools & Sports

Pope and Sprayberry Receive Sportsmanship Awards Cobb EMC awarded Pope and Sprayberry high schools with the Georgia High School Association (GHSA) Cooperative Spirit Sportsmanship Award, which promotes sportsmanship at competitive events and is a tribute to the student body, athletes, parents, coaches and spectators.

Faith Lutheran Students Help Refugee Family National Junior Honor Society members recently joined forces with Lutheran Services of Georgia to set up an apartment for an Iraqi refugee family. The students, their families and the congregation contributed all the necessary items for the apartment. More than $600 collected in chapel offerings was given to the family to help offset additional costs.

Cobb Teachers of Year Honored Teachers of the Year from every Cobb County school recently were honored at the “Give our Schools a Hand” pep rally at Roswell Street Baptist Church. The teachers received an enthusiastic reception as they made their way into the auditorium with the Campbell High School marching band leading the procession. Each teacher was individually honored and awarded a special plaque by Superintendent Fred Sanderson. Partners in Education the Cobb Chamber of Commerce provided gifts for the teachers. The Ed Voyles Automotive Group awarded a oneyear lease on a new car to district-level winners Chris James, Kathy O’Hara-Rosa and Lisa Tatum. Congratulations! Left to right: Tarrah Suggs of Cobb EMC and Sprayberry High School Athletic Director Tim Crunk.

Left to right: Christine Mullinax of Cobb EMC and Pope High School Athletic Director Steven Craft.

Tritt Student Wins Poster Contest Second-grader Ellie Watkins’ award winning design for a bus safety poster contest has won first place at Tritt Elementary and at Cobb County competition, and is headed to compete at the state level. Her entry in the K-2 division illustrates the theme “Be Aware – Know the Danger Zone!” The contest is sponsored by the Cobb County School District. Congratulations! Left to right: Ellie Watkins and Principal Karen Frost

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Lassiter High School recently inducted 98 students into its National Honor Society (NHS) chapter. Total membership is now 185. Juniors and seniors qualify for NHS by having a cumulative GPA of 3.9 or higher. Abbie Balevic, Vice-President of Lassiter’s National Honor Society.


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Tritt Student Meets Literary Idol Anna Rose Swierski, a Kindergarten student at Tritt Elementary School, received a gift from her grandfather, “Butch the Blue Jay” by Debbie Rankin. Anna loved the book so much that she wrote Ms. Rankin and requested she visit Tritt and read to her class. Ms. Rankin obliged her young fan’s request, and Anna’s classmates enjoyed the story of a baby blue jay that fell out of a tree and needed help.

Left to right: Anna Rose Swierski and author Debbie Rankin.

Wheeler Students Receive Free Laptops Four Wheeler High School students have received laptops through a Google laptop grant, awarded to some of the most promising students from more than 600 schools across the country who support STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education. The students received a Lenovo G550 laptop. Congratulations!

Left to right: Iyana Moore, Charles Crawford, Jack Reece, Samuel Horace Gantt and Allison Brackin.

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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: Joan Johnson 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: Robin Lattizori

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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-prep – 8 Head of school: Dr. Bob Burris Lower School principal: Vivian Lovett Middle School principal: Jack Grimm 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 November 2010

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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).

Transportation Station Toys.

Cordless Electric Lawnmowers. Black & Decker

Step2 Company, of Streetsboro, Ohio, is voluntarily recalling approximately 56,000 in the United States (7,700 in Canada) Sand & Water Transportation Station toys. The light blue plastic wheels on the train cars can detach, posing a choking hazard to young children.

(U.S.), Inc. of Towson, MD is voluntarily recalling approximately 160,000 Black & Decker and Craftsman brand cordless electric lawnmowers (these lawnmowers were previously recalled in September 2002, and that recall expanded in August 2006, for a fire hazard). The lawnmower’s motor and blade can unexpectedly turn on after the mower’s safety key is removed, posing a laceration hazard to consumers. Removing the safety key is designed to keep this from occurring.

Inflatable Balls. Fisher-Price, Inc. of East Aurora, NY, is voluntarily recalling approximately 2.8 million Baby Playzone™ Crawl & Cruise Playgrounds™, Baby Playzone™ Crawl & Slide Arcades™ , Baby Gymtastics™ Play Wall, Ocean Wonders™ Kick & Crawl™ Aquarium (C3068 and H8094), 1-2-3 Tetherballs™, and Bat & Score Goals™ (in the United States and 125,000 in Canada). The valve of the inflatable ball on these toys can come off and pose a choking hazard to young children.

Night Lights. Molenaar LLC of Willmar, MN is voluntarily recalling approximately 315,000 electroluminescent night lights. The night lights can become hot to the touch and melt, resulting in risk of possible shock or fire.

High Chairs. Fisher-Price, Inc. of East Aurora, NY is voluntarily recalling approximately 950,000 Healthy Care, Easy Clean and Close to Me high chairs (in the United States and 125,000 in Canada). Children can fall on or against the pegs on the rear legs of the high chair resulting in injuries or lacerations. The pegs are used for high chair tray storage.

Little People Wheelies Stand ‘n Play Rampway. Fisher-Price, Inc. of East Aurora, NY is voluntarily recalling approximately 100,000 Fisher-Price Little People Wheelies Stand ‘n Play Rampways (in the United States and 20,000 in Canada). The wheels on the purple and the green cars can come off, posing a choking hazard to young children.

Children’s Trikes. Fisher-Price, Inc. of East Aurora, NY is voluntarily recalling approximately 7 million Fisher Price trikes and tough trikes toddler tricycles (in the United States and 150,000 in Canada). A child can strike, sit or fall on the protruding plastic ignition key resulting in serious injury, including genital bleeding.

Notebook Computers. Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc. of Irvine, CA is voluntarily recalling approximately 41,000 (worldwide) Satellite T135, Satellite T135D and Satellite ProT130 Notebook Computers. The notebook computers can overheat at the notebook’s plug-in to the AC adapter, posing a burn hazard to consumers.

Children’s Mood Rings and Necklaces. D&D Distributing-Wholesale, Inc. of Tacoma, WA is voluntarily recalling approximately 19,000 mood rings and 4,000 necklaces. The metal rings and necklaces contain high levels of lead. Lead is toxic if ingested by young children and can cause adverse health effects. Light-up Rings and Star Glasses. CEC Entertainment, Inc. of Irving, Texas, is voluntarily recalling approximately 1,100,000 light-up rings and 120,000 star glasses. If crushed or pulled apart, the plastic casing can break into small pieces and possibly expose the batteries, posing an ingestion hazard to children. If ingested, the batteries may be damaging to either the stomach, intestine, esophagus or nasal mucus membrane.

For more information on these and many other warnings issued by the Consumer Products Safety Commission, visit or call 1-800-638-2772. 34

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November 2010

November 2010

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Capture a Memory and Save a Library! by Derin White There is an old saying that calls us to action: “When an elder dies, a library burns to the ground.” This Thanksgiving season is a perfect time to purposefully engage in conversations and capture undocumented history from the elders in your life. “I remember at age 5 I had my first orange. I can still see the spray that flew through the air from that first juicy bite. It was freshness that I had never tasted before,” remembers Dorothy M., who grew up in a copper mining town that had very limited access to fresh foods. “My family was in the brewery business before prohibition … life changed drastically when the new laws went into place. I learned to pick cotton to help make ends meet.” She believes that her family’s dramatic lifestyle change, which took them from riches to rags, helped her to successfully face the many other challenges that would come along in her lifetime. “I thought they were going to take my leg after a wound I got almost turned to gangrene during the war.” Cliff became a candidate for a new experimental treatment during World War II. The new drug that saved his leg and changed his life? Penicillin. These are just a few of the buried treasures that we discover through casual, but purposeful conversations that unveil the experiences and wisdom gained through a life of living for 80-plus years! This Thanksgiving, as you prepare to set your holiday table, think about questions that you and your family can ask of the elders in your life. Get your children and grandchildren involved in discussions about life during the early to mid 1900s. Dig out old photographs and learn the stories that touch the lives of the people pictured, of the landscapes that surrounded them, and of the economic and political situations that shaped their decisions. Reach for the lessons learned as you reach for the gravy. Building the books in your library is a gift of honor that will return blessings to you many times over. Let us give thanks for our elders, and save a library! Derin White is the Director of Market Development at Savannah Court of Marietta Assisted Living and Memory Care Community. Call (770) 977-4420 36

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November 2010

November 2010

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(770) 977-4426

Probate Court Chief Judge Kelli Wolk

(770) 528-1900

Juvenile Court Presiding Judge James Whitfield

(770) 528-2220

Director of Juvenile Court Services Michele Marchant-Wellmon

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

Solicitor General, Barry E. Morgan

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

District Attorney, Patrick H. Head

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

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

(770) 528-2200

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

Commissioners: Tim Lee, Chairman

Helen Goreham, District 1

(770) 528-3313

Bob Ott, District 2

(770) 528-3316

Thea Powell, District 3


Woody Thompson, District 4

(770) 528-3312

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

(770) 591-6240

Rep. Matt Dollar (R), District 45

Board of Education Dr. John Abraham, Post 4

(404) 656-0254

David Banks, Post 5

Dr. John Crooks, Post 6

Superior Court Chief Judge Kenneth O. Nix

(770) 528-1800

Magistrate Court Chief Judge Frank R. Cox

(770) 528-8900


(770) 499-4600

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

Rep. Bobby Franklin (R), District 43

County Government:

(770) 528-3300

City of Marietta:

Mayor Steve Tumlin

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(770) 794-5501

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As we begin our month of Thanksgiving and move into the holiday season, make an extra effort to practice compassion. Be an example to your children and teach them the importance of thinking of others before themselves. Everyday Angels, along with our sister charity organizations, will network with schools in assisting with food and clothing needs. As always, we need our readers’ support to make a difference, especially during the holidays. May God bless you all!

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

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.

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and being able to meet the dental needs of this young girl is truly a blessing for me. My hope is that everyone has an opportunity to improve someone’s life. What may be a small thing for you to give may truly change the world of another person. At this time of year, and all through the year, the best gift of all is LOVE.

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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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can be held liable as the owner of a vehicle that the children are driving while impaired. This could expose you to millions of dollars in liability. The conclusion here is that parents need to be parents. A sip of wine on Thanksgiving Day may be socially acceptable, but you will be hard pressed to find a sympathetic jury if you provide your child with a fifth of Jack Daniels or a six pack of beer. It is better to avoid this situation all together.

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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.

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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) 289-9711 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 Aloha To Aging, Inc. Programming and support for Seniors and their families. Contact: Dawn Reed, (678) 439-1177 Animals Deserve Better, Inc. Animal rescue and adoptions Contact: Kimberly Brenowitz, (770) 402-0297 Boys and Girls Clubs Contact: (770) 427-0418 Meals on Wheels Contact: Shelia Perkins, (770) 528-5381 MUST Ministries Contact: (770) 426-7667 SafePath Children’s Advocacy Center, Inc. Contact: Elizabeth Underwood (770) 801-3465

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

Location: Windy Hill Senior Center Contact: Bill Hill, (678) 354-7059

Contact: Beverly McMurry, (770) 426-6916

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

Cobb Young Democrats Meeting: Wednesdays at 12 noon Contact:

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 American Association of University Women Meeting: 2nd Tuesday at 7 p.m. Contact:

Cobb County Democratic Party Committee Meeting: 2nd Saturday at 9 a.m. Location: Piccadilly Cafeteria, 536 Cobb Parkway Contact: (770) 420-7133

Cobb County WWII Veterans Meeting: 2nd Tuesday at 1 p.m.

Cobb Democratic Women Meeting: 2nd Thursday at 6 p.m.


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East Cobb Democratic Alliance Meeting: 1st Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. Location: Spaghetti Factory, Delk Road Contact: David Lombrozo, (770) 649-8330 Cobb County Libertarian Party Meeting: 1st Thursday at 7:30 p.m. Location: Council Chamber Marietta City Hall Contact: Ted Skirvin, (770) 795-1331 Cobb County Republican Party Meeting: 1st Saturday at 8:30 a.m. Location: Williamson Bros. BBQ, Marietta Contact: (770) 421-1833, Cobb County Republican Women Meeting: 4th Friday at 11:30 a.m. Location: Marietta Conference Center 500 Powder Springs Street Contact: (770) 785-2522,

Support Groups Al-Anon Meeting: Location: Contact:

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

Alzheimer’s/Dementia Support Group Meeting: 2nd Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. Location: Savannah Court, 866 Johnson Ferry Road Contact: Derin White, (770) 977-4420 Autism Support Group Meeting: 3rd Thursday at 9 a.m. or 7 p.m. Location: Mount Bethel United 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 Contact: (770) 794-2978 November 2010

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

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

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

MOMS Club of Marietta Northeast Meeting: 1st Monday at 9:30 a.m. Location: Hope Presbyterian Church 4101 Sandy Plains Road Contact:

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:

Moms In Touch — East Side Elementary Meeting: Mondays at 10 a.m. Contact: Movita Stallworth, (770) 321-1783

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 Support Group Meeting: First Monday at 2:30 p.m. Location: Mt. Bethel Community Center, 4608 Lower Roswell Rd., Marietta Contact: (678) 439-1177. 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 Church, 4385 Lower Roswell Road Room B118 Contact: Gina Murphy, (770) 971-2880

November 2010

Mothers and More Meeting: 2nd and 4th Tuesdays at 7 p.m. Location: Saint Catherine’s Episcopal Church, 681 Holt Road Contact: Newcomers of Cobb County Meeting: 3rd Tuesday at 10 a.m. Location: John Knox Presbyterian Church, 505 Powers Ferry Road Contact: Christine, (770) 234-5068 Next Century Youth, Inc. Location: 791 Mimosa Boulevard, Roswell Contact: Mary Brooks Green, (678) 278-9278 Website: Northwest Atlanta Moms of Multiples Club (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 Meeting: Wednesdays at 6:45 p.m. Location: Mount Bethel United Methodist Church 4385 Lower Roswell Road Mission House

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Contact: (770) 971-2880 Sexual Assault Support Group Meeting: Mondays at 7 p.m. Location: YMCA of NW GA, 48 Henderson St, Contact: Susan Roberts (770) 427-3390 Single’s Ministry Location: Johnson Ferry Baptist Church 955 Johnson Ferry Road Contact: (770) 973-6561, Single Adult Ministry Location: Mount Bethel United Methodist Church, 4385 Lower Roswell Road Contact: (770) 971-3447, Treasures in Heaven (miscarriage/infant death) Meeting: 4th Monday at 7 p.m. Location: Johnson Ferry Baptist Church 955 Johnson Ferry Road Contact: (770) 794-2978 VOICE Today Meeting: 1st & 3rd Tuesday at 7 p.m Location: Johnson Ferry Baptist Church Room 334 Contact: Tom Scales, (678) 578-4888 Website: Widowed Helping Others 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



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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


Aloha to Aging, Inc. 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

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

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

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:

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


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


(770) 528-8247 (770) 528-8600 (770) 528-2581 (770) 528-8465

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


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

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

(770) 977-5991


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

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

Board of Education

(770) 426-3300

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



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E.H. Sellars Goodyear............................................7 (770) 973-8737 Legacy Coach Works............................................15 (404) 969-2277

Banking/Financial Services

Citadel CPA & Wealth Care Services......................7 (770) 952-6707 175 Town Park Drive, Kennesaw LGE Community Credit Union.....Inside Front Cover (770) 565-5118

Hardwood Services..............................................15

Rausch Family Practice............................................ 5 (678) 384-7305

Mad Hatter Service Co., The................................45 (770) 740-8133

Steven Berger, Phd..............................................19 (770) 971-3303

Reliable Heating & Air........................................... 33 (770) 594-9969

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


Pike Nursery........................................................11 (770) 640-6468

Pet/Veterinarian Services & Supplies

pHOTOGRAPHer C&W Photography.......................Inside Back Cover (770) 771-1314

Carpet Dry Tech...................................................36 (678) 368-5991

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

Kim Bates Photography..............Inside Front Cover (770) 617-7595


Physicians and Medical Services

Mullikin Properties..............................................10 (678) 381-7134

Carpet & Upholstery Cleaners

Cristi Y. Cheek DMD, P.C.........................................9 (770) 993-3775


Kennesaw State University, Cont. Ed...................17 (770) 423-6765 www.kennesawedu/ Waldron Dental Staff School................................48 (678) 907-7907 3020 Roswell Road, Marietta

Aloha to Senior Solutions......................................9 (678777-7241 Brain Balance...................................... Cover, 24, 25 (770) 614-4790, (770) 650-8010 Comfort Keepers.................................................33 (678) 354-0102 North Georgia Neurodiagnostics Inc.....................5 (404) 863-1242

Yael Swerdlow & Assoc........................................15 (678) 467-3164

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

Health & Beauty

Pediatric Associates.............................................19 (770) 993-2922

Patrick Carmen NR.9 Salon....................................5 (678) 427-8000 Shade.....................................................................5 (770) 634-3374

Home Improvement/Repair & Service

English Trades......................................................15


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

REstaurants/Food SErvices Good Measure Meals..........................................11 (404) 815-7695

Services/Retailers Miscellaneous Cardsmart............................................................10 (678) 560-6745 Cobb County Dating............................................36 Decorators Den....................................................11 (770) 509-8773

Plastic Surgery Center of the South.....................19 (770) 421-1242

Learning Express....................................................9 (770) 321-3975

Progressive Audiology Center Inc............................ 7 (770) 592-4744, (706) 253-7244

State Farm...........................................................33 (770) 792-6699

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