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Our Town Travel – Dubai


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FRESH PRODUCE MARKET: Saturdays through September 27, 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. Here’s a great market in your backyard! Visit our local farmers market on Saturdays and stock up on all your fresh fruits and veggies at the Fresh Produce Market. Market opens at 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the parking lot between Smyrna First Baptist and the Market Village (1275 Church Street SE Smyrna, GA 30080-3595). Enjoy and be healthy! To participate as a market vendor, contact Keep Smyrna Beautiful at 770-431-2863. SMYRNA FOOD TRUCK TUESDAYS ARE BACK!: Join us for Smyrna Food Truck Tuesdays each Tuesday now through September 30 at Taylor-Brawner Park from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. (3180 Atlanta Road, Smyrna Ga, 30080). The City of Smyrna, Georgia Power and Cobb Travel & Tourism (Atlanta’s Sweet Spot) have “powered” up to bring you Food Truck Tuesday along with lots of entertainment and fun. We look forward to weekly announcements. Stay tuned to for the latest and the weekly lineups, too. This event is the best Food Truck event series around! Enjoy the offerings from a weekly gathering of quality mobile gourmet trucks and a bit of sweet mixed in and music, too. Please follow parking directions and remember to park legally. At/after 5:00 p.m. you may find additional parking at Community Bank of the South on Atlanta Road near the intersection of Atlanta Road and Concord/Spring. MOMS CLUB OF SMYRNA/VININGS WEST: Are you looking for a support group of other at-home moms and their children? If so, the MOMS Club of Smyrna/ Vinings West would love to meet you! We are a chapter of MOMS Offering Moms Support International, and we organize fun, daytime social activities and play dates for the moms and kids in our club. We even have a monthly Moms Night Out! Contact us at momsclubsvw@ or visit for more info. Our chapter is zoned for Teasley, Nickajack and Russell elementary school residents in the 30080 and 30082 zip codes. SMYRNA MOPS (MOTHERS OF PRESCHOOLERS): Smyrna First United Methodist Church’s MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) group will now offer a Night Group in addition to its traditional program. Keeping up with the program demand and meeting the needs of working Moms, the Night Group will meet once a month on Wednesday evenings. All Smyrna-area Moms of kids age birth to Kindergarten are welcome, both SFUMC members and non-members alike. If you are interested in joining the MOPS Night Group, please contact or visit NORTH COBB MOCHA MOMS: Are you looking for a support group for moms of color?. Well look no further! Mocha Moms, Inc. is a national support group for mothers of color interested in enriching their lives as mothers, wives, sister friends, entrepreneurs and advocates for their communities . North Cobb Mochas are a mixture of stay at home mothers, part time, and full- time working mommies. Join us for Mom’s Night Out, play-dates, family events, couples’ nights, Sister Circles, get fit days/night, community service projects and MORE. We have planned a truly exciting and enriching year. The annual membership fee is $50. To learn more you can visit our website at Mocha Moms, Inc. does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, sex, gender, socio-economic level, education, or religion. Anyone who supports the mission and purpose of Mocha Moms, Inc. is welcome to join. JONQUIL GARDEN CLUB: The Jonquil Garden Club meets every 4th Tuesday at the library in downtown Smyrna at 10:30 a.m. The objective of the Jonquil Garden Club is to beautify and preserve our environment by encouraging conservation and plantings, not only in our own gardens, but in public places as well. For further information regarding registration or inquiries about membership, contact Marilynn Parker at 770-949-6640. You may also want to learn more about the club and upcoming events at: MOVIE BY MOONLIGHT AT TAYLOR-BRAWNER PARK: June 21st from 8:30 to 10:30pm. Join your friends for an evening under the stars and enjoy the full lenghth feature film, “Despicable Me 2” (rated PG). Gru is recrited by the Anit-Villian League to help deal with a powerful new super criminal. Movie begins at dark. LEGO KIDSFEST: Cobb Galleria Center, from June 27th to June 29th (recurring daily). Times, Friday, 4-8:30 pm, and Saturday & Sunday 9am to 7:30 pm. The LEGO® KidsFest, a giant nationally-travelling LEGO expo, is coming to Georgia from June 27-29 at the Cobb Galleria Centre. This hands-on, educational, all-ages LEGO extravaganza features millions of LEGO bricks not to mention lots of construction zones, dozens of life-sized LEGO models and displays, LEGO Ninjago, and LEGO friends, group builds such as Creation Nation and the LEGO Art Gallery, live LEGO Master Builders, and so much more covering over three acres of space. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit (Continued on page 30) (Continued on page 27)


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Our June cover features five 2014 high school graduates that first met when they were preschoolers. Photographer, Lisa Phillipson, gathered the group together to celebrate this special milestone and wish them luck with their exciting futures.

Grace Miller attended Whitfield Academy and will begin her college education at the U.S. Naval Academy. Nick Russell graduated from Whitfield Academy and is enrolled at Auburn University (NROTC). Shelly Eidson is the 2014 Valedictorian graduate of Dominion Christian School, and will be joining the freshman class at the University of Georgia this fall. Elaine Sharitz graduated from Whitfield Academy and will be attending Virginia Tech. Mary Beth Robertson graduated from Campbell High School’s International Baccalaureate Program and is enrolled at the University of Georgia.

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WELLSTAR WORKING TO PREVENT MATERNAL DEATHS DURING PREGNANCY AND BIRTH Partnering with Leading Nurse Association to Improve the Treatment of Obstetric Hemorrhage WellStar is joining a multi-year, three-pronged initiative launched by the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) to improve the treatment of pregnancy related complications. The first initiative focuses on improving the treatment of obstetric hemorrhage—one of the leading causes of death during labor and delivery. AWHONN’s Postpartum Hemorrhage (PPH) Project has gathered 54 birthing hospitals in Georgia and New Jersey to assess and improve clinical practices. Additional hospitals in the District of Columbia are expected to join the PPH Project later this year. Of participating hospitals, they had more than 125,000 births in 2012. A full list of the participating hospitals is available on “WellStar Cobb, Douglas and Kennestone hos hospitals are leading the charge for improv improving pregnancy and delivery care for women in Georgia,” said Deborah Roegge De Vita, vice president, WellStar Women’s and Pediat Pediatric Networks. “We’re honored to participate in this initiative for improving health care for women and their newborns.” Women in the U.S. experi experience greater risk of death from pregnancy-related complications than women in 46 other coun countries. While two to three women die every day in the U.S. from pregnancy-re pregnancy-related complications, more than half of these deaths are preventable. Incidents of obstetric hemorrhage (or bleeding too much during childbirth) have increased in recent years along with an overuse of inductions of labor.


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COMMUNITY EDUCATION CLASSES AT EMORY-ADVENTIST HOSPITAL Emory-Adventist Hospital of Smyrna is hosting a free class about Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) on Tuesday, June 3 at 7 p.m. In this session presented by Carolyn Heinl, LPC, of Northside Psychological Services, participants will learn about the mental and physiological symptoms of PTSD, the neurological processes that reinforce attacks, and effective strategies for treatment and relief from symptoms. Special focus will be given to understanding the unpredictable nature of this disorder and how it impacts the daily functioning of individuals and their families. This class will be held in the hospital cafeteria. To register, please call 770-319-2025 or visit Emory-Adventist Hospital at Smyrna will host a free community class, “Creating a Better, Balanced Life” on Tuesday, June 11 at 7 p.m.



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DUBAI - REALLY! by Pam Walker I have been invited to Dubai many times. Every chain hotel of substance has built behemoths there, expecting the millions of visitors and $$$$ that this planned city could host. “A glorified Las Vegas”, “Miami Beach on steroids” “an over the top playground for Arabian royalty”......I had heard it all! But what I found was an amazing surprise. Yes, I was expecting the worst. The city of Dubai had been “sand blasted” out of the Arabian Desert as a shopper’s paradise for people from all over the world. Once just a small city on the Persian Gulf, Dubai is one of 7 Emirates (or states) of the United Arab Emirates. Each of these is governed by an Emir who is part of the Royal Family. Each son or family member inherits his Emirate, and then passes it down to another relative upon his passing. The family’s wealth comes, of course, from oil......and there is plenty of it flowing in the Arabian Desert.

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The Dubai International Airport is perhaps the largest airport I have ever been in...and I have been in many, many airports. After passing hundreds of Palm trees, glass walkways, waterfalls, flying mobiles, and numerous escalators, I cleared customs with hardly a glance at my passport and was out the door to my waiting car. At the Armani Hotel, there were Maserati’s, Jags, Rolls, Lamborghinis, oh and a few Mercedes like the one I arrived in. This hotel sits at the base of the tallest building in the world. Burj Kalifa is only 163 stories high + a 46 floor spire. Burj encompasses the hotel, a shopping mall with 1000 stores, apartments, offices and a tourist attraction 120 stories up called At The Top, where there is a viewing platform. Outside are dancing waters – al la Bellagio in Vegas- more hotels and apartments and further down the road, the world’s only indoor ski slope in another Mall that also has too many shops to see in a week.

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Shopping and hotels aside, Dubai has one of the most fantastic skylines in the world. There is a historic center, filled with gold souks, food stalls and much more, but why go there with so much else to see? Everywhere there are building cranes adding to the landscape. Out in the water, huge barges suck up sand from the bottom of the sea to make new islands to build resorts and homes on. Sand blasted islands shaped like palm trees and now a map of the world sprouting up as are neighborhoods with mansions on every planned street. Beautiful golf courses and green spaces are kept that way by a huge desalinization plant that supplies water to the city and its people. Many desert excursions are available to see what the Arabian Peninsula is really like..... prior to fabulous skyscrapers. Dune buggies or a camel, the choice of the excursion is yours. The Emir of Dubai has also planned International Festivals and World Cup horse races to bring more visitors to his Emirate. I only scratched the surface during my short stay. I don’t want to miss what comes next! Pam Walker is a Virtuoso travel consultant and can be reached at Walker Adventures You can follow her travels by visiting Pam’s blog at

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DO FATHERS MATTER? by Leisa A. Bailey, Ph.D. While the role of mothers on the development of children is well established, research is also clear on the essential contributions an involved father makes in the lives of his children. There is a upsurge of interest in this issue, and a new science of “fatherhood” was born as psychologists, geneticists, neuroscientists, anthropologists, and sociologists all began to investigate the role of fathers in their children’s and families’ lives. In many ways fathers have been minimized as little more than sources of authority and economic stability in the lives of children. However, research shows that fathers play many roles in the family, including those of companions, care providers, spouses, protectors, role models, moral guides, teachers and breadwinners. Many of the findings of this new science of fatherhood have appeared in scholarly journals and not available to the public. Psychologist, award winning journalist, and father of five, Paul Raeburn has authored Do Fathers Matter? What Science Is Telling Us About the Parent We’ve Overlooked, to be published for Father’s Day, 2014. Dr. Raeburn has spent the past eight years investigating fatherhood and his book pulls together the research and explains what it means for fathers, families, and children. Dr. Raeburn overturns many myths and stereotypes of fatherhood as he examines the latest scientific findings. Drawing on research from neuroscientists, animal behaviorists, geneticists, and developmental psychologists, Raeburn examines the stages of fatherhood, revealing the profound emotional and physiological connections between children and fathers, from conception through adolescence and into adulthood. Some of the findings about paternal influence over the life span Dr. Raeburn shares are: 1. At Conception. Biologist David Haig has detected that some paternal genes push a fetus to extract as much nourishment and energy from the mother as possible while some maternal genes seek to deliver the fetus only as much as it needs. 2. In Pregnancy. A recent University of South Florida study shows that infants whose fathers were absent during pregnancy were more likely to be born prematurely or with lower birth weights than those whose fathers were present. 3. At Birth. From the 1930’s to the late 1960’s, fathers were most often not a part of the birthing process. As men routinely were welcome into the delivery room, women reported feeling less pain, and requests for pain medication declined. Additionally, men present for their children’s birth report being more attached to their infants and more involved in their care. 4. Toddlerhood. Swedish researchers found that kids whose fathers helped care for them, played with them, and took them on outings had fewer behavioral problems in early childhood and a lower likelihood of delinquency as adolescents. 5. Early Childhood. Researchers have shown that fathers have more impact on language development than mothers. It is hypothesized that since mothers spend more time with children, they’re more likely to use words with which kids are most familiar, while fathers, less attuned to the child’s “linguistic comfort zone”, introduce a wider vocabulary. 6. The Teen Years. It has been widely known that girls with absent fathers tend to reach puberty earlier and have higher rates of teen pregnancy. Psychologist Sarah Hill of Texas Christian University states that she believes a father’s absence delivers girls a subconscious cue about “the mating system they are born into: Men will not stick around, so they need to find mates quickly.” Their genes then effectively push the girls into early puberty. Dr. Raeburn’s book identifies how the role of the father is distinctly different from that of the mother, and that embracing a fathers’ significance in the lives of children is a benefit to all. “Do Father’s Matter?”….the answer is a clear YES!

Dr. Bailey is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist with a private practice in Marietta. You can learn more about her by visiting: www.marietta-psychologist.comor . You may reach her at (770) 428-6698 Your comments or questions are welcome.


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Hair On The Verge. by Laura Fitzgerald With the last name Hair, Amanda’s destiny was determined long before she owned her first salon. Shaping, inspiring and creating an unprecedented beauty business in Atlanta is simply part of this CEO’s DNA. Over the last ten years, this all-round people person has successfully owned and drastically grown three Bob Steele Salon locations in Atlanta, Marietta and Alpharetta. Although her free time this summer will be spent with her family at the West Smyrna Swim and Tennis club, the launch of her newest salon has been keeping Amanda and her leadership team very busy. Amanda is proud to announce a new level of service within the Bob Steele family - enter The Verge by Bob Steele Salon located in Smyrna Market Village. The Verge is the fourth installment of Bob Steele Salon in the Atlanta area and can best be described as a boutique collection of hair stylists who are on “the verge” of making their big break. “Our friendly and professional teams at each one of our current Bob Steele locations provide guests with a consistent, high-quality service experience. Trained the same as all other Bob Steele stylists, we are excited to expand our team and our style of service to The Verge!” From Charleston, South Carolina all the way to her junior high school years spent in Portugal, to her high school years spent in Southern Illinois – Amanda’s last 14 years (and plans for many, many more!) have been happily spent in Smyrna. Her travels may take her across the world, but the moments spent sipping coffee at REV, or dinning at Muss and Turners or Zucca with husband Michael and daughter Mia are some of her favorites! Interested in checking out The Verge? Call 678.691.4515, visit today, follow @thevergesalon or follow Amanda on Instagram @abhair!


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School’s Out, Clock In The crooked rows in the yards are a sign that high school boys are racing each other for the title of Fastest Lawn Mower in the neighborhood. Bedhead teens drag Radio Flyer wagons down to the pool with toddlers in tow; the kids won’t fit for all the float toys and snacks teetering precariously over the sides. Summer jobs are in full swing…which takes us back to our first paychecks.

Holly During a spring slumber party at the end of tenth grade, my friend and I brainstormed the brilliant idea of busking (playing for tips) at La Madeleine’s in Vinings. Violin virtuosos that we were, we perfectly timed our Haydn duets between the deafening roar of the passing trains every quarter hour. Besides the $25 we received each night – total, not each – and the French bread and water we were welcome to – as were all the patrons – we garnered a whopping $10-12 in tips, usually from our dining parents. To this day, I still refuse any responsibility for La Mads going out of business.

Diana My favorite food in the world is ice cream. Why would I not work at Baskin-Robbins? My first day on the job was also my first experience with carpal tunnel syndrome, as I spent six hours scooping Rocky Road, dutifully weighing it, groaning to myself if it exceeded three ounces again, and dumping it back into the tub. By the end of the day, it looked like a small hailstorm had blown through the freezer. I lasted a week.

Holly My last summer of high school, Dad was “done” by the end of my third week vegging on the couch. He tossed me the keys to the family car and instructed me not to come home that afternoon without a job.


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Sobbing my way out the door, I screeched out of the driveway and sniffled my way through three temp applications, one library inquiry, and a final effort at a pizza joint. There I was hired without references, interview, or application. After three sporadic shifts without a defined position, the owner called me into his closet-sized office and asked me how many inches my waist measured. I quit, and Dad was glad. I also never got paid.

Diana My dad also “encouraged” an entrepreneurial spirit at a young age. One of my high school summers, three of my sisters and I found ourselves cleaning air conditioning coils – every teenage girl’s dream of how to spend her summer. After demonstrating how to measure the correct proportions of acid and water in self-pumping pressurized spray containers, Dad led us to the first of 267 apartment units to complete the tutorial. A small grimace crossed his tanned cheeks as he discovered that the management had cut corners by passing on the on/off power switches to the outside units. “No problem, girls. Just untwist these two wires here before you spray the acid and hose it off, but don’t forget to reconnect them.” The only other piece of advice he might have conferred was that we should definitely put the running hose down before trying to play electrician with a 230-volt contraption. To this day, my oldest sister has really curly hair. We’d like to portray the idyllic Norman Rockwell picture of happy, wage-earning teens, but the truth of the matter is, it’s a dog-eat-dog world out there. As you sit outside on your hastily-mowed lawn sipping a cold lemonade after work this summer, don’t forget they’ve probably had a long day too.

Diana and Holly Parks are a mother-daughter duo who have co-authored the book I Didn’t See Me Do It. Visit their website at or go to Amazon to order.

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Love and Marriage

by Mark Orler

June is marriage month. It’s not the officially recognized month, but it sure seems that way with all the invitations we receive from people wanting us to witness their initiation into the life-long commitment that is marriage; with the added bonus of a free meal. Since most of our peers have already been down the aisle, my wife and I have graduated to the cast of invitees who the bride or groom’s parents invite and who spend most of the time at the buffet line instead of the dance floor. We get to be the haggard couple who are paying the baby-sitter by the minute and log our time spent enjoying the nuptials by how short the ceremony was and how quickly we can get to the Prime Rib station and down a piece of cake before the cell phone starts ringing with our “emergency-only” call from the sitter. I say all this because we recently spent some time in a “Marriage” class at our church and got to enjoy some of the insight to a happy marriage that was offered by a few young couples that were either just recently married, or barely engaged. The insight these young people provided was invaluable and it truly opened our eyes to how we could improve our relationship and make our marriage better….Yeah, Right! My wife and I spent most of the time in the class rolling our eyes so far back in our heads that we could see our earlobes and scribbling notes back and forth that generally went something like, “they are clueless,” or “God help them.” Therefore, in an effort to keep June the number one marriage month and reduce August’s claim to fame as the number one divorce month, I am going to share some of our “clues” to a successful marriage. Number one, you are going to fight. The books say you should stay calm and say three positive things to every negative thing you say during an argument. Our rule is that you throw three soft objects to every hard object. It improves your spouse’s reaction time and reduces the debris field.

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Second, you know everything there is to know about parenting, until you actually have a child. Trust me, as you sit there in the corner booth of the restaurant shaking your head and saying “our children will never behave like that,” know that they WILL and know that we parents see you over there enjoying your pitcher of smug while silently saying to ourselves, “just you wait.” Third, being right is not always getting it right. You can spend an awful lot of time on a couch sleeping in your “rightness” while a warm bed of humble awaits. Some say that roses and oysters are aphrodisiacs, but I am here to say that the word “Sorry” trumps them all. And finally, there are literally thousands of books that purport to tell you how to have a successful marriage, but only one of them is quoted during your ceremony, and if you keep that once central to your life then the other clues will fall into place.

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Celebrating Father’s Day by A. Wood

The celebration of Father’s Day began in this country less than a century ago. According to Wikipedia, while suggested in 1908, it was not recognized as an official holiday until 1972. It describes Father’s Day as a “complement (to) Mother’s Day in celebrating fatherhood and parenting by males, and to honor and commemorate fathers and forefathers.” Many countries have their own ancient and modern day versions. According to Hallmark, “Father’s Day is the fourth-highest card-sending holiday in the US, with 105 million cards exchanged annually. 50% of these cards are purchased for dads, and nearly 20% for husbands.” The remaining 30% falls into the realm of other special figures. We have shifted from only honoring our own dad to including other fathers. Father’s Day has moved from a sincere, low-key expression of appreciation to a retail event. Here are some suggestions of ways to show your love without breaking the bank: Send a greeting card Send a card to show you are thinking of someone, especially if they’re long distance. From free e-cards to paper options, there are options for every budget. The Hallmark Recordable Card allows you to record a 10 second personal message. You can always make Dad his own card. Get creative by including some of his favorite things on the card, either with a picture or drawing. Personalize a greeting or product What could be better than a picture of the family, pet, or beloved hobby? Upload a photo you took to such sites as or (members only) to personalize a card or create merchandise such as a mouse pad, coffee mug or blanket. Give a professional picture or create a photobook of the kids Get a portrait taken, frame it, and you’re done! You can also create your own photobook from pictures you’ve taken and saved on your computer. Give Dad his very own book showing his kids through time. Check online for different specials on photobooks by visiting, or Cook his favorite meal Pay attention to the food dad loves, and serve a special lunch. Kids can help, especially with dessert. It’s easier than standing in a holiday restaurant line. Honor what he wants to do A man who spends his weekends on a “honey-do” list and watching the kids needs time for himself. Give him the day off! Maybe he wants to spend the day with the family instead, and that is wonderful too. Let dad do whatever makes him happy. Ask kids to help Let them paint a card, make a craft, or do dad’s chores. Websites such as give project ideas, and allow children to send Father’s Day messages. While families celebrate differently, the common message is: I love you. I appreciate you. I remember you.

Make it a Happy Father’s Day! A. Wood is a local author who traded in a successful corporate leadership career to stay home with her three wonderful children. She is now a freelance writer with a passion for consumer advocacy, recreational activities, and children’s issues. She holds a Bachelor’s in Spanish, a Master’s in Organizational Management, and a Project Management certification.


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Review your hair, skin and eye colors Bathing suit shopping can be overwhelming when you walk into the department and see lots of bright, wild colors. Focus on finding one that repeats or compliments your hair, skin, or eye colors. Already you’ll feel more attractive in a bathing suit. Push the envelope Take what you know about your colors and put them in a bold print. Explore bathing suits and/or cover-ups in eye-catching prints: graphic, animal, floral, tropical. Don’t forget the extras These are the things that make you feel dressed. Sunglasses, big tote bag, the cover up, the accessories, and the shoes are part of the complete ensemble. Make sure all the pieces relate and harmonize with each other. What to wear if you’re at the pool but not swimming If you are not splashing in the water, you are making a splash in your outfit. Look for a relaxed floral or striped dress that comes to the knee or the ankle. Consider wearing a tunic over a white jean or a linen pant. Focus on fabrics Warm weather fabrics to choose from are cotton, linen, lace, eyelet, seersucker, or Indian silk. Straw is perfect for your bag, hat or wedge sandal. One bold move is all you need If you prefer wearing neutral colored separates, all you need to make your poolside entrance is one bold accessory. Consider the wide brimmed floppy hat, a generous lightweight infinity scarf, or a metallic heeled sandal. Sunglasses are the must-have accessories Protect your face and don’t be afraid to let your sunglasses be the main event. Choose from aviator, cat eye, oversized, or round frames. Don’t be afraid to wear colored frames. Consider mail ordering Have your suits delivered to your door so you can try them on in the privacy of your own home. Get a faux tan Slather on some self-tanner the night before you go shopping. Having a little color will lessen the shock of seeing yourself in the unflattering light of the dressing room.

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Here’s the dirt on...DIRT! by Doug Scott, Redeem Your Ground | Exterior Design Studio I love dirt. I love the way it feels between my fingers and toes. I love the way it smells. I love what it represents. I love seeing it on my kids’ hands and faces because of what they’ve likely been up to. I just love dirt. But all that dirt is to me…it’s not nearly what it is to my plants. But unfortunately most of us take dirt for granted when planting our plants. Dirt’s dirt…right? Well, no…it’s not. Once you understand the basics of “dirt”…err, “soil” in the gardening world…you’ll understand why it is so important to your plants. Although not as easy as just throwing a plant into the ground, it is actually quite easy to make sure that your plants’ soil needs are met so that they live long and healthy lives. Put very simply, your plants need to be able to spread their roots…and they need to have both air and water circulating about their roots. Both of these things allow your plants to absorb what they need to in order to grow big, strong, and green! On one in the spectrum you have soil with high clay content… and on the other end, high sand content. And it’s the difference between the size of particle that makes up clay vs. sand that determines the “type of home” that the soil provides your plants. • Having tiny particles that pack very closely together, clay-heavy soils are almost impossible for water or air to penetrate. As a result, water won’t drain from the effective clay pot you’ve dug for your plant…so its roots will likely become swamped and impacted. Sounds lovely, huh? • On the other extreme, sand-heavy soils have very large particles…so air and water run right through it. So as a result, nutrients are washed away and the soil dries out very quickly – not giving the roots time to absorb what little there is to absorb. So as you guessed it, a good healthy soil is a balance between the two…actually a mix of the two. Gardeners will say that the perfect soil is “loamy” – which is composed of particles of varying sizes…allowing for both greater aeration and appropriate water retention. So not only will your plants’ roots be able to grow deep and wide, but the soil will retain both the water and nutrients needed for your plants to thrive. One quick and easy way to figure out what type of soil you have is…take a fist of soil and lightly squeeze your hand together. If it keeps its shape, your soil is good. If it breaks apart real easily, it’s sandy. If you can squeeze it between your finger and thumb and it forms a ribbon of sorts, it has too much clay. And if you’re here in Atlanta you’re very likely dealing with clay-heavy soil.


The good thing is, if you’re soil isn’t “loamy”…and odds are it isn’t, all you’ll need to do is amend it with organic matter when you’re planting your plants. And don’t get freaked out by the fancy word “amend”…all you’re doing is “adding and mixing in” some organic material (e.g., compost)…that’s it. To do that… • Dig a hole about twice the size of the pot your plant came in. • Shovel some organic material into said hole – 1 part organic material to every 2 or 3 parts original soil. • Drag the original soil back into the hole and mix it all together. You just amended your soil! • Now all you need to do is make room for your plant...then put it in the ground (after loosening the roots a little)…and backfill with the excess mixed soil…pack it down and water. That’s it…not only have you given your plants the home it needs to thrive, but the nutrients it needs as well…at least for the first year. Beyond that you’ll likely need to fertilize and possibly add a bit more organic material…but that’s for another article. Until then, I hope you find some time to redeem a little ground…perhaps by planting a plant with just the right kind of dirt! [Doug is the owner and chief designer of Redeem Your Ground | Exterior Design Studio. Smyrna residents, he and his wife, Brittany, also write a family, home & garden blog –, where they hope to help and inspire others to redeem their ground as well.] [Enter the chance to win an onsite consultation…a $250 value for free. Go to and click on the “CONTACT RYG” link in the right-hand ad navigation bar and complete the form. Provide us your name, email address…and in the “Subject” line put “Our Town – RYG/June” and then YOUR ZIP CODE. June’s winner will be announced on Saturday, July 10th in our RYGblog Weekly Recap email. If you haven’t already subscribed to RYGblog, we’ll do that for you as part of the entry process. Note: Only Our Town subscribers from the Smyrna/Vinings and West Cobb areas are eligible to enter.]

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Looking For a Great Place for a Staycation this Summer? RESIDENCE INN BY MARRIOTT ATLANTA MIDTOWN AT 17TH STREET UNVEILS SENSATIONAL NEW UPGRADES Now that summer has arrived many of metro Atlanta residents are looking for something to do on their weekends. If you don’t like to travel far from home, but enjoy the many sites and sounds of Atlanta, you may be interested in knowing that the Residence Inn by Marriott Atlanta Midtown has just unveiled some terrific new upgrades. The market leading Residence Inn by Marriott Atlanta Midtown at 17th Street has completed an extensive renovation and enhancement of its 160 suites and public living areas. The completion of guest suite and living space upgrades offer its guests a valuable environment to balance work and rejuvenation while traveling for business or pleasure. “The physical new look of our Residence Inn by Marriott reflects the vibrant and innovative feel of the Midtown area,” said Melissa Turner, general manager of the hotel. “Midtown is known as Atlanta’s epicenter of culture and business and we are proud to be in the heart of it. Green space, art venues, dining and a fantastic hotel; we’ve got them all right here.” The new studio, one bedroom and two bedroom suites offer guests spacious accommodations, which exceed the typical size and amenities of traditional hotel rooms. By offering separate living quarters, guests can unwind, spread out and enjoy the luxuries of home. Travelers can live comfortably while enjoying the suite’s warm and soothing colors and stylish décor, all meant to inspire and refresh the Residence Inn by Marriott guest. Each suite contains a fully equipped kitchen featuring a full-sized refrigerator, adding convenience and balance to life away from home. Business travelers can take advantage of extensive workspaces, complete with modern technology and complimentary high-speed Internet access. Significant enhancements were also incorporated into the hotels public living areas. From a newly developed health and fitness center to technologically enhanced meeting spaces, no amenity was left untouched. Guests will enjoy a larger lobby living room area and the hotel now affords business travelers a second business center. The hotel’s spectacular hearth room features a large communal table with access to multiple nodes of technology, making it a perfect gathering place for family, friends and co-workers. While at the same time, travelers can also enjoy quiet workspaces found within the communal area. Meet up in the morning to enjoy a hot complimentary breakfast or gather on weeknights to take part in complimentary food and cocktails. “Our unique location in the heart of Midtown Atlanta allows our guests access to some of Atlanta’s top rated restaurants and entertainment venues,” said Turner. “We are also only minutes away from the major business districts in Atlanta, perfect for the corporate traveler. Combine this with our amazing service team, who will exceed your expectations throughout your stay, and you will see there truly is a difference when you stay with us.” The Residence Inn Atlanta Midtown offers a great package complete with tickets to the High Museum of Art. Other attractions and events this summer include the annual Peachtree Road Race, The BBT Atlanta Open, the Fox Theatre, Georgia Aquarium and much more!


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REAL ESTATE in OUR TOWN by Deb Ratchford

GETTING YOUR YARD READY FOR A SPRING SELL Spring is an optimum/excellent time to sell your home. Landscaping determines whether your home feels inviting from the outside. It is a potential home buyer’s first impression. Curb appeal is important to 71 percent of homebuyers when choosing their abode, according to a 2013 National Association of Realtors survey. Landscaping is a large part of that curb appeal. An eye-catching and well-maintained landscape can add as much as 10 percent to the value of your home. So, if you want your property to stand apart from the competition, it’s Our petsitters do! going to take a little extra effort on your behalf.

HERE ARE SEVERAL TIPS TO GET YOUR YARD READY FOR A SUCCESSFUL SPRING SELL: Plant instant color: A collection of beautiful contrasting flowers is a sure sign that spring is here. It fills the landscape with beautiful vibrant colors and can be relatively inexpensive. A good tip is to plant flowers in odd numbers. Plants growing in large drifts or colonies create harmony in the landscape and appear more natural. Splashes of color can make the average yard one to be desired. Mow your lawn: Frequently mowing your lawn results in a greener healthier lawn. Cut no more than one-third of the grass at a time in one mowing. Mowing high and mowing often produces a stronger turf that crowds out unsightly weeds and is less vulnerable to summer heat and dehydration. The result is a greener lawn that saves you time and resources. Aerate your lawn: Aerating allows oxygen, water and nutrients to easily reach grass roots. An easy way to do it is use a soil conditioner product. Soil conditioners are fortified with beneficial microorganisms that aerate the soil so roots grow better and it attaches to your garden hose for spraying at ease. The overall result is a lush green lawn and a healthier, more productive garden. How simple is that?

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Prune Limbs: Any broken, diseased or dead limbs from trees and other woody plants need to be routinely pruned for health and aesthetics. Prune back spring-blooming shrubs after flowering. Now is the time to thin out and trim up summer-blooming shrubs and most roses. Mulch Mulch Mulch: Spruce up your yard with a new application of mulch. Apply a fresh layer in all of your garden beds. The color enhances the contrast of the surrounding plants and flowers and makes everything POP! Mulch is relatively cheap and easy to apply. Keep it simple: Don’t crowd your front yard with too many objects or plants. Have a clear structure to the design and a focal point of your yard.

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Summer Outdoor Fun by Amber Burckhalter Summer has arrived and we are all looking forward to a little break from the hectic school days. During the summer months, I love to get out with my family and visit local parks and trails and enjoy a picnic while watching the wildlife. This month, I am introducing my favorite places to spend family and doggie time together. Remember, as the summer heat rolls in, pack ice water for yourself and your dog, keep an eye on your pup for signs of over-heating, incorporate water splashing locations and walk during cooler hours. Taylor-Brawner Park, a 12 acre park on Atlanta Road, features walking trails around a large lawn, a gazebo, a large playground, a picnic pavilion, adult swings, a small seating area for concerts and a fountain near the entrance. This park also hosts Tuesday food truck night so bring your family and your pup for a nice picnic on the beautiful lawn. My favorite feature is the dog fresh water fountain, located by the playground. Tolleson Park, located on King Springs Road, has 26 acres that contains tennis courts, a large swimming pool, playground facilities, a sand volleyball court and several well-groomed ball fields. The trail loops around the park, in and out of shade trees and has several splash areas to cool pup’s feet. This is a quiet place to walk, one of my favorites, with little foot traffic. Park by the tennis courts to start your walk. Brinkley Park, located by the American Legion, includes baseball fields, an open space field, trails, footbridges over creek, a playground and pavilion, concessions/restroom facility and ample parking. The trail is short but well shaded and good for a quick exercise session. The Silver Comet Trail is a quiet, non-motorized, paved trail used by walkers, hikers, bicyclists, rollerbladers, horses, dog walkers, and is wheelchair accessible. The trail is 61.5 miles long and starts in Smyrna, Georgia, ending at the Georgia/Alabama state line. Great for the kids who want to ride their bikes while you walk with the dog. There is a large bathroom located at Mavell Road Trailhead and ample parking. This trail can get very busy and hectic on


weekends so mid week is best. Sope Creek, just north of Atlanta, offers over 3 miles of well shaded hiking, mountain biking and running trails that feels as if one is hiking in the remote mountains. Located on the banks of Sope Creek, the trail includes the multi-story ruins of a paper mill, the picturesque Sibley Pond and lots of places to play on the rocks and in the water. The well-marked trails can be a bit steep and strenuous so this trail is best for older children and healthy dogs. Looking for a day trip? Check out the trails at Kennesaw Mountain. My favorite is the Burnt Hickory Trail, which is less travelled and winds through meadows and wooded areas. There are a few splash spots for the pup and plenty of wildlife for the kids; we have seen deer and bunnies every time we visit. Picnic areas are plentiful and a break in the meadow at the crest of the trail is a must. You can peer out at where the Union and Rebel forces fought and even have a fun history lesson. So get out there and enjoy your local parks and trails! Have fun, take in the sights and sounds of our wonderful city and make some memories with your family and pup. Winter will be here before we know it and we will all yearn for the sunshine again. Happy summer break! Established by Certified Canine Behavioral Consultant and Certified Pet Dog Trainer, Amber Burckhalter, K-9 Coach is Atlanta’s ONLY complete canine experience, providing industry-leading: Training, Playcare, Lodging & Grooming. K-9 Coach is recognized as Cobb County Small Business of the Year Award for 2011 Voted: Atlanta Magazine’s Best of Atlanta Dog Training, Boarding & Daycare, every year since 2008. Voted: Best of Smyrna/Vinings Doggy Daycare - 2011, 2012, 2013, Angie’s List Silver Service Award Winner - 2012, 2013.

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VITAS INNOVATIVE HOSPICE CARE OF ATLANTA Recruiting Volunteers for its Hospice Inpatient Units VITAS Innovative Hospice Care of Atlanta welcomes volunteers to join its care teams in its inpatient units located in Austell (5990 Love St.) and Stockbridge (931 Rock Quarry).

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Hospice volunteers give their time to terminally ill patients and their families at a critical time. Volunteers are trained in listening skills, family dynamics and the right words to say to terminally ill patients and their family caregivers. Assignments are made according to the volunteer’s location preference and work and family schedules.

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To become a VITAS volunteer and attend a volunteer orientation class, please call Andrea Temple, VITAS volunteer service coordinator, at 678-398-2098. VITAS Innovative Hospice Care, a pioneer and leader in the hospice movement since 1978, is the nation’s leading provider of end-of-life care. With headquarters in Miami, VITAS (pronounced VEE-tahs) operates 51 hospice programs in 18 states and the District of Columbia, including: Alabama, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia and Wisconsin. To learn more about VITAS, visit

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Things around the Our Town office have been unusually busy! Film crews are setting up movie sets for SELMA, a film that details Dr. Martin Luther King’s struggle to secure voting rites for all people. 109 Anderson St appears to be going back in time, as well as, the Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art that will serve as the courthouse in the movie. Oprah and Brad Pitt are two of the producers involved with SELMA. We’re keeping our eyes peeled for any celebrity sightings! PAGE 29

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Campbell High School – “Spartan Academy” Taking her Spartan Academy students to great math academic gains over the last two years, Dr. Ivia Redmond, Program Director realizes the importance of having an afterschool program. The Spartan Academy Program began three years ago when Campbell was granted funds from the State Dept. of $850,000 for a three year program. It’s now time to say “farewell” for the previous grant and “hello” to the new State grant, of course, providing Cobb County Board Approval. Under the leadership of Dr. Denise Magee, Principal at Campbell High School, Dr. Redmond and her grant team, Ms. Enose Hunter, and Ms. Lucena Ross wrote another grant proposal to Ga. State Dept. for a new five year grant in the amount of $1.260 million dollars for 21st Century afterschool program. Out of the many Ga. School applicants that wrote grant proposals, only 160 grants were approved by the State Dept. Campbell High School ranking 29th at the top. Four phrases of Campbell’s grant passed the state department’s approval, however, it’s final approval MUST come from Cobb County School Board. With the School Board’s final approval, the new grant is headed for new enrichments for Campbell’s students. Beginning September, 2014,” The Spartans Diplomats” hope to begin their new challenges by going in a different direction with the STEM grant. Enroll Enrollment will be open for students in 9th – 12th grades. New goals and objectives sci are implemented to accommodate academic performance in the areas of, science, technology, engineering and math. Science modules will allow students to be exposed to Computer Science, En Environmentalist, Forensics, and Medical ex Science. Technology modules will expose the difference between media and technology where topics will include Computer Science, Information system, Networking, Interactive Development, Programing, and Video Game Design. The engineering module will focus on concepts that relate to Robotics, Solar Design, Chemical, Mechanical Aerodynamics, and Mechanical Engineering. In the math module students will explore how everyday items and how their decisions are impacted by math. Topics will include Geometry, Algebra, Nanotechnology, and Fashion and Software Design. Further, the Spartan STEM Diplomats Academy is designed to better engage families in the academic achievement of their children.

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SUPPORT GROUPS OFFERED THROUGH VISIONS ANEW: Visions Anew, a non-profit which assists women through the divorce process, sponsors a number of free support groups around the city each week. Please see for places, dates, and times in your area. Support Groups offered by Visions Anew for Men only at the Vinings Fire Station, 4336 Paces Ferry Rd Atlanta, 30339. Meets 1st & 3rd Friday of each month, 7:00-8:00 PM

BREAKTHROUGH FELLOWSHIP: Are you looking for something real? Searching for community? If so, The Breakthrough Fellowship is your answer! We are a new church serving the Smyrna/Vinings and metro Atlanta communities. Our vision is simple: Seeking God. Building Community. Achieving Wholeness…through a more intimate relationship with Jesus Christ. Join us every Sunday at the AMC Parkway Pointe 15 (3101 Cobb Parkway, Atlanta, GA 30339). Hugs and coffee start at 9:30AM; worship begins at 10AM. For more information, please visit DAUGHTERS OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE: The Daughters of the British Empire is a nationwide organization for women of British or British Commonwealth birth and ancestry. If you would like to meet for a cup of tea and a chat, or learn more , please contact Maureen at SMYRNA OPTIMIST CLUB: at the American Legion Hall on Legion Dr. each Friday morning at 7:00 am. Our program includes a breakfast and program of local interest. The purpose of the Optimist Club is to develop Optimism as a philosophy of life utilizing the tenants of the Optimist Creed which we recite at the close of every meeting. For further information check our web site at GARY HILL NETWORK: Gary Hill Network meets the 3rd Thursday of every month at the Smyrna Community Center in the community room. Call Gary for more information at 770-438-6961. VININGS BUSINESS ASSOCIATION: Join us for our monthly luncheon held the first Tuesday of each month at Social Vinings Restaurant from 11:30 to 1pm. Important issues affecting your business will be discussed. Speakers and Agenda TBA. The VBA consists of business owners and managers committed to the enhancement of the economic vibrancy of Vinings and the promotion of its physical and financial health of the community through social, cultural, and business networking activities. For meeting times, please visit VININGS VILLAGE CIVIC CLUB: The Vinings Village Civic Club meets on the first Monday of each month at various locations around Vinings. All of Vinings welcome! The VVCC sponsors numerous programs and special events of interest to the Vinings community. Vinings residents and businesses sharing a commitment to maintain the character and beauty of Vinings are encouraged to become members.


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THE ROTARY CLUB OF VININGS: Every Wednesday at 12 noon at The Vinings Club in Overlook III, the Rotary Club of Vinings meets for lunch with business leaders and friends from the Vinings/ Smyrna area, and then conducts a 20 to 25 minute meeting to listen to prominent speakers from around the Atlanta area. The community service oriented club raises money also for many organizations, from the Calvary Children’s Home, The Good Samaritan Health Center, to the Vinings Rotary Charity Fund. For more information, contact PR Director Ross Henderson at 770 633 0196 ROTARY CLUB OF SMYRNA: Smyrna leaders meet each Tuesday for fellowship. We invite you to get involved and learn more about the Smyrna Rotary. We meet each Tuesday in the City of Smyrna Community Center (200 Village Green Circle) at 12:15 p.m. with rich programs. Smyrna Rotary meetings are loaded with fellowship and our speakers program is outstanding. To learn more, please visit www. KIWANIS CLUB OF SMYRNA: A spirited group of men and women, dedicated to improving the quality of life in the Smyrna community. Every Wednesday from 11:30-1:00PM in the Arts & Crafts Room #2 of the Smyrna Community Center. Call Gary at 770-438-6961 for more information. PARENTS OF MULTIPLES CLUB: Providing support, education and fun to all parents and caregivers of multiples who live, work or like to play in the Intown Atlanta area (inside and near 285). For detailed information, please visit or email MOMS Club: Ever feel like you’re the only mother who stays home? You are not alone! Come meet other at-home mothers at the MOMS Club! We are an international nonprofit organization for the at-home mother of today! Chapters have monthly meetings with speakers, park play days, holiday family parties, outings for mothers and their children, and activity groups like playgroups, arts and crafts, a monthly MOMS Night Out, and babysitting co-ops. We also do service projects to help needy children. Our activities are during the day, when mothers at home need support, and mothers may bring their children with them to our activities. For meeting times and more information about MOMS Club or to find the chapter nearest you, please visit www. If you have an event for the Our Town Calendar, please e-mail us at Listings are free, but space is limited! Deadline for calendar submissions is the 15th of the month for the following month’s issue.

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Our Town Smyrna/Vinings June 2014  

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