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lthough it just recently opened, this location of Chicago Pizza and Sports Grille is already an instant hit. “Customers are craving the Chicago pizza experience and are willing to drive to get it. Many of them have said to us that the pizza is so authentic that it brings back great Chitown memories. at’s how we know we are connecting with our customers,” said the daytime manager. With Chicago-native owners and operators, you can bet your taste buds are going to experience the nest in authentic Chicagostyle brick-oven pan pizzas, thin-crust pizzas, as well as other traditional Chicago-style dishes at our restaurant. ey import most of their fresh ingredients from Chi-town itself, so you know it’s the real deal. Addat’s to that list

the fact that it is a real fun dining experience with televisions everywhere you look so not to miss a minute of your favorite sport. If pizza is not your thing... no problem. e expanded menu has many other favorites, even some with interesting and tasty twists. Truly all it takes is one trip here and you will be hooked too. As for me, I am going back for the third time in two weeks.









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ATLANTA CYCLING RIDES-SATURDAY VININGS LOOP: Year round on Saturdays, at Atlanta Cycling Vinings, 4335 Cobb Pkwy, Atlanta, GA 30339. Meet at 9am for a 55 mile ride and at 10am for a 22 mile in-town ride. Pace on all rides is optional, so ride at your own pace and enjoy the route or ride with the group. The painted routes are very well marked and easy to follow. For more information, call 770.952.7731 or visit

SMYRNA FRESH PRODUCE MARKET: Saturdays, through Fall, 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!

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

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MOM’S WALKING GROUP: Meets Monday, Wednesday and Saturday at 10am at Smyrna First United Methodist Church, 1315

F.A.R.M. FARMERS ATLANTA RD. MARKET: Every Tuesday at 4:30pm at St. Benedict’s Episcopal Church, 2160 Cooper Lake Rd., SE, Smyrna. St. Benedict's Episcopal Church as a weekday source for Cobb Co. and Atlanta residents to buy fresh local produce and other foods. Local means we eat seasonal items that will taste better and be better for you while supporting farmers in our own community. Weekly Seasonal Produce from Georgia Farmers. FARM is a "Georgia Only" Market. Our vendors either grow their own produce or their creations are from Georgia ingredients. FOOD TRUCK TUESDAYS: Food Truck season is upon us! Taylor-Brawner Park will roll out the dinner bell each Tuesday from 6pm-9pm beginning in in April. From April to October nine trucks with dinner options and three trucks featuring deserts will be serving it up to Smyrna familes. 10% of the proceeds are given to a non-profit charity. Make it a weekly family event!

JONQUIL GARDEN CLUB: “The Prettiest Native Plants” Master Gardner and Master Gardener Volunteer of Cobb County garden tour

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docent, Carmen Cudd, will present a visual program of the prettiest of the native plants; including trees, shrubs, and perennials that will encourage all of us to “ go native.” 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:

FREE BABY AND ME ORIENTATION AT SARAH’S SCHOOL OF FISH: Sarah's School of Fish offers Baby and Me orientation for current and prospective customers. We feel it is critical participants understand the program and why it is important their child participate on a consistent basis as well as continue in the program until they become safer in the water as quickly as possible. Continued enrollment in Baby & Me also ensures when your child is ready for private lessons they will be comfortable in the water and the lessons will be productive. Some of the scheduled sessions are at time where you will be able to arrive early or stay late to observe a Baby & Me class or observe our private swim lessons. The program will last 20 minutes followed by a question and answer session. You may attend orientation before your session begins or after you have begun the session. Please call 770.434.6914 to schedule orientation session Sarah's School of Fish 1318 Concord Rd Smyrna, GA 30080.

23rd ANNUAL MISTLETOE MARKET: Three day event, October 10th, 9:30am – 6pm, October 11th, 9:30am to 6:30pm, and October 12th, 9:30am to 4:30pm at the Cobb County Civic Center, 529 S. Marietta Parkway, Marietta, GA 30060. The three-day event features merchants from around the state of Georgia and throughout the Southeast showcasing apparel, jewelry, children's items, home decor, gourmet foods and more. As the largest fundraiser for the JLCM, all net proceeds raised from the Mistletoe Market will be utilized to promote JLCM's mission of improving the lives of women and children in Cobb County through collaboration with community partners. Tickets will be available for purchase beginning Wednesday, Sept. 11 from any League member or online at

SPOOKTACULAR CHASE: Saturday October 19, 2013 at Cobb Park (2776 Sanford Road Smyrna, GA – across from Campbell HS) for the Spooktacular Chase 5k/1k race through the Haunting Hills of Smyrna! Mash it up at the Monster Market Pre Race Expo on Friday October 18 (11Am-7PM at VRS)! Pick up Pre Race essentials, meet our Spooktacular Sponsors, vote for our Teams Pumpin’ Pumpkin Carving Contest and Raffle on Ghoulish goodies! Please contact Lily Pabian at for any questions, or visit

BOXERSTOCK ALL DAY MUSIC FESTIVAL: Sunday, October 20th, from noon to 6pm at Jim Miller Park, 2245 Callaway Rd., Marietta, GA 30008. Atlanta Boxer Rescue and presenting sponsor, Paces Ferry Veterinary Clinic are hosting the sixth annual Boxerstock music festival. Your ticket grants you access to an entire day of music and family fun. All proceeds will benefit Atlanta Boxer Rescue. Musicians from a variety of genres are on the bill, as well as vendor booths, food trucks, silent auction and pet portraits by Alex Neely. This year Kids’ Village is packed with fun things to do, plus Human Hamster Balls – Come walk on water!! Bring your fur family. There will be a mini dog park, canine agility and obedience demonstrations and a doggie costume contest! For more information, please visit

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FALL JONQUIL FESTIVAL: October 26th 10am – 6pm, and October 27th from 12noon to 6pm at Village Green. Shop the arts and crafts market--175 vendors from across the country--and experience a wide selection of festival foods as you stroll through Smyrna's Fall Jonquil Festival. Be sure to visit the Featured Artists Market and Fresh Harvest Market. Enjoy the Kid's Zone and Master Puppeteer, Peter Hart as well as Scott Thompson - Acoustic music at the Veterans Memorial. For vendor and/or sponsor information, contact JRM Management Services 770-423-1330 or CASPER’S FRIENDLY CASTLE: October 31st, from 10am – noon. Happy Halloween fun for the wee ones--get your costumes ready! Bring your little ones to the Smyrna Community Center for a fun morning full of carnival games, inflatable giant slide and moon walk, magic show, hay rides, face painting and much more! Admission is $10 per family. Register online or call Parks & Recreation at 770-431-2842 for more information. LIFE CHURCH FALL FESTIVAL: Thursday, October 31, 5:30 – 8:00 pm LIFE CHURCH

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The move to Georgia and being close to her family allowed Suzie to pursue adoption, which had long been something that she considered. After building her house in Smyrna and getting her business up and running, she began the process of adoption with Adoption Information Services (AIS) in Lawrenceville, GA. She was concerned that it would be difficult to adopt as a single woman, but AIS assured her that it was possible and that birth mothers choose different types of adoptive families for many different reasons. Suzie began her process immediately after Thanksgiving, 2012. Two weeks later, her profile was chosen by a birth mother in another state. Two weeks after that, Joey was born! Suzie was there the day he was born and took him home from the hospital 2 days later the end of 2012, 4 weeks after she started the adoption process! Joey is a very happy, healthy, delightful little boy. His growth and development are a constant source of joy and wonder to Suzie and her family. They are very happy in the West Village home that they share with their dog, Tucker. Suzie knows that Joey and she were meant to be together. They enjoy spending time together and with family and friends in the area.

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by Holly and Diana Parks

He looks into the rearview mirror as he pulls into his driveway. Great, another one. I thought I was supposed to be done with zits by now. He yanks his book bag from the backseat and winces as it knocks against his hip beginning to bruise after that last tackle. Shoving the essay in all of its red-inked glory deeper into his backpack, he slams the car door behind him. HAVEN


He comes into the kitchen, heaves his pack onto the table, and slumps into the nearest chair. He grunts at his middle school sister staring vacantly into the open fridge. She turns to him. “Hey, how was practice?”

He slips in the back door and passes quickly through the kitchen to grab an apple before escaping to his room. Already at the fridge, his sister looks up. “Whoa, what exploded on your face?”

“Pretty rough.”

He reddens, as embarrassed, as he is frustrated. “Like you’ve never had a pimple.”

“Well, the season’s almost over. Here, catch.” She tosses him the last Fuji apple. Mom walks in. “Hey sweetie, good day?” “Not really, got the History paper back. Didn’t do so hot.” “Bummer, you put a lot of time into that.”

Mom walks in. “I expected you home thirty minutes ago. Why are you late?” “Coach kept us over, sorry.” He heads for the stairs. Just don’t ask me about my paper. She calls up the stairs behind him. “Make sure to shower that football stink off before dinner.”

You don’t have to live with Aunt Bee in Mayberry for home to be a safe place. Good-natured teasing is a sign of a close-knit family; antagonizing is not. Giving each other grief is fine; patronizing one another is not. When you put the car in park, do you look forward to walking through the door or do you sit a little longer in the front seat, gathering your defenses against the exhausting jabs and criticisms? Laughing with someone is a far cry from laughing at someone. The key is to first be able to laugh at yourself, but you’ve got to feel safe in order to do that. How do you create that environment at home? • Home should be the one place you can vent or brag without fear of it leaving the house. What would come off as boastful on “the outside” should be met with celebration on “the inside.” What might be perceived, as being critical or negative by your friends at lunch should be met with empathy around the dinner table. • Poke fun at idiosyncrasies, not at failures. For instance, a tendency to space out might earn the nickname, “Cloud.” Punch lines that sometimes fall flat might be endearingly referenced as “Dad jokes.” On the flip side, honing in on failures, even with humor, is hurtful. Off-handed comments such as “That’s just stupid,” or “You WOULD do that,” stings far more than evoke laughter. “Nice fumble tonight, butterfingers,” is funny… to almost everyone. If humor is at someone’s expense, it’s not a joke; it’s a jab. • Tone of voice says far more than words; delivery determines the meaning. The exact same comment spoken two different ways can either build up or tear down. If home is a haven, you’ve got to be able to leave your guard at the door. Welcome humor and wit with open arms, but shut out degrading sarcasm, no matter how funny. OK, so maybe the zit does slightly resemble Mount St. Helen, and maybe that violin solo does sound eerily like a slowly dying cat. Hold your tongue; some things are just best left unsaid. Diana and Holly Parks are 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.

COMMUNITY EDUCATION CLASSES AT EMORY-ADVENTIST HOSPITAL Diabetes Education Classes: Whether you have pre-diabetes, have recently been diagnosed with diabetes, or have had to live with diabetes for a while, this class is for you! The class is conducted by a Registered Nurse, a Registered Dietitian, a Podiatrist, and a Pharmacist. Topics include signs and symptoms, monitoring, key test results, complication prevention, exercise, medications, a personalized meal plan, carbohydrate counting, label reading, eating out and sick day management. The classes will be held from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. and are held in the hospital’s cafeteria. Cost is $45.00 for three classes. A support person—without diabetes—may attend without charge. Fee is payable the first night of class. Call 770-437-6913 or 770-438-4373 for upcoming dates or to register. You may also register on-line at Managing Diabetes with Insulin: If you are knowledgeable about diabetes, but want more information about insulin or are having problems with your insulin, this would be an excellent review class for you. This free class is held in the hospital cafeteria on the 4th Monday of each month at 6:30 pm. Please call the Education Department at 770-437-6913 to register or for further questions. Emory-Adventist Hospital will offer a class on “Dizziness and the Older Adult” on Tuesday, October 15 at 7:00 p.m. Dizziness is one of the most common complaints among patients age 50 and older who visit their primary care physician. Dizziness can interfere with performing everyday tasks and can lead to imbalance and falls. Tricia Creel and Doherty Riebesell of PT Solutions will discuss the common causes of dizziness in older adults and how a physical therapist can guide you in reducing the dizziness and imbalance. To register, please call 770-319-2025.


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The Three Phases of Halloween Halloween is happening this month, just in case you haven’t been to your local pharmacy, Target or mailbox in the past six weeks. I think it was shortly after the Fourth of July that I noticed costume magazines coming in the mail and bulk candy coupons arriving in our local mailer just in case I was about to forget this dreaded event… I don’t consider it a holiday. Don’t get me wrong. I don’t dislike Halloween. I have young children, so I relish the opportunity to keep them up late during the work week and filling them up with enough sugar to fuel an aircraft carrier. It’s just that I have noticed some things about Halloween that are concerning. The first is that in case you haven’t noticed, Halloween has been divided into three distinct phases. Phase one is the cute phase. This usually occurs just before dusk and involves all the small kids and their doting parents who just want to let their child experience the event, but don’t want all the trappings of Evil and Death that hang tightly to the fringe of this evening. This group is happy, and the kids, when they can speak at all, are generally dressed in the cutest and most expensive outfits you have ever seen. “Twik o’ Tweet.” “Oh my, you look precious, are you a fairy princess?” “She is, honey show the nice man your Tiffany wand.” “WOW, that deserves another Reese’s Cup. Daddy must have taken a second job to afford that!” The next group is less happy. They come around soon after dark and are never accompanied by their parents. They are the middle-school kids. The outfits have gone from cute to ominous and you get a surlier contingent at your front door. Think more Edward Scissorhands and less Thomas the Tank. “Trick or Treat, smell my feet!” “Haha, good one. Now what are you supposed to b...HEEEY, take only one. Save some for the rest of the kids.” “Smell ya later, hahahah.” “Rats, they took all the Kit Kats.” The third and final phase is when you are sitting in the house trying to decide if you should blow the candle out of the pumpkin and turn off the porch light, because the kids in the streets are fewer, but noisier, and harder to see in the black pitch of the night.


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This group will typically not be in any costume, and if you think they are, it is probably the same outfit they wear all the time. Just cleaner. “Well helloooo there, out kinda late huh?” “Trick” “No thanks mister…or misses? I’m sorry what are you supposed to be?” “A problem, if this pillow case doesn’t see some Snickers quick.” “You betcha, cute fake sword you got there. That sure would be dangerous if it was real?” “Then I guess it’s dangerous” “Here, take the bowl, better yet, take cash!” I hope you have a safe and eventful free annual shakedown, politely called Halloween.

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Common Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Problems by Sudhir R. Belagaje, M.D. Orthopaedic surgeons often have specialized training in treating symptoms in a specific area of the body. One of these areas is the foot and ankle. Pain and/or discomfort in this region, whether in a small area of the toes or a large area of the heel, can be frustrating for patients. It can make the simplest of activities such as standing or walking difficult and prevent participation in sports or recreational activities. Since we spend a considerable amount of time on our feet, simple measures that may be helpful in treating pain in other areas of the body such as “avoid using it” may not be realistically possible. With an evaluation by a Foot and Ankle specialist, a specific cause for the underlying pain can be found. Listed below are some of more common complaints along with a small description which cause patients to see a Foot and Ankle specialist. Many of these problems can be treated without surgery depending on the specific situation with the patient and the severity of the problem. Deformities of the toes: Bunions or hammertoes are created by misalignment of the small bones within the toes and/or feet. Putting the cosmetic appearance aside, these deformities can cause significant problems with finding shoes that do not rub against the deformity and create pain or sores in that area. These problems are often due to genetics and the use of improperly fitting shoes. Arthritis: There are 26 bones in the foot which form 33 small joints. However, just like any joint in the body, the cartilage cushion between many of these joints can get worn down creating arthritis and result-


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ing in pain that is most severe with walking or standing. The arthritis in these joints may have occurred from a prior injury to the foot or an underlying alignment issue which causes uneven stress to be applied to certain areas. In larger joints in the area such as the ankle stiffness can develop in addition to pain from the arthritis. Ankle Sprains: These are one of the most common injuries seen due to organized league or recreational sports participation. The most common type of sprain is when the foot rolls inward creating pain on the outside of the ankle. While most patients with these injuries heal without further problems, there are some who have to decrease or adjust activity level due to feelings of pain or the ankle feeling unstable. These patients may benefit from evaluation by a Foot and Ankle specialist. Heel Pain which is aggravated by walking and most severe in the morning after waking up is likely from plantar fasciitis. This problem is due to inflammation of the plantar fascia (a band of tissue on the bottom of our feet which maintains the arch). We are all at risk for this as we age since we lose flexibility and motion resulting in structures which are stiff. The above only comprises a small subset of the problems treated by a Foot and Ankle specialist on a daily basis. It is important to have a thorough evaluation by a specialist so that options can be discussed and a treatment plan for the problem which meets the patient’s goals can be made. Dr. Belagaje is an orthopaedic surgeon at Pinnacle Orthopaedics. Get to know Pinnacle. Call 770-944-3303 or visit for a complete list of services, physicians and locations near you.

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COuNtERtOPS dEmyStiFiEd A guide for choosing the right countertop for your kitchen by Meredith Warnock, RID When renovating your kitchen, choosing your countertop may be the biggest decision you make, and rightly so. Your countertop selection greatly impacts the overall aesthetic and it is expected to perform and uphold according to how you use your space. To help with your decision, I have assembled a list of my favorite countertops to specify for my clients. Engineered Stones (Quartz)

Granite Perhaps the most popular countertop material, granite is a good-looking option. Granite is very strong and there is a great variety of types on the marketplace. While granite is relatively low-maintenance, it does require an application of sealant about once a year. Also, some granites vary greatly within a slab. Thus, make sure you view the slabs going in your kitchen prior to purchase and installation.

Meredith is a registered interior designer (RID) with a design career that spans 12-years with residential, commercial and hospitality projects throughout the U.S., including Georgia, Texas, California and New York.

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Engineered quartz is one of my favorite materials for countertops because it is so easy to maintain, and it is a true workhorse in your kitchen. Engineered stone needs no sealing or polishing and it is both heat & scratch resistant. Depending on the granite or marble you compare it to, engineered stone might be a more expensive investment. The color options and varying sizes of quartz within the slabs is great, so you can find something that fits your unique criteria and aesthetic. At a recent trade show, I viewed two new quartz slabs that look like Cararra marble (blue-gray veining) & Calcutta marble (golden, caramel veining). Thus, if you love the look of these beautiful white marbles, but are wary of the upkeep, you have a very nice option in a quartz material. 210.464.2366

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Marble Marble is very similar to granite. It requires a regular application of a sealant, it is very strong, and there is a wide variety available. Perhaps even more so than granite, marble widely varies within each slab because of the veining inherent in the material. Thus, if you want a more consistent, uniform countertop, this may not be the best option for you. If you view the slab prior to purchase and installation, you can discuss with your designer and fabricator how to layout the material best for viewing and minimize the veining, as you like. Also, some marble varieties may be more porous and require your tolerance as it attains beauty marks and patina over time. Wood A popular client request I often receive is a wood-topped island. This is great for softening kitchen interiors. One of my favorite woods to use is black walnut. It is stunning, warm and oh-so functional. A wood countertop gives you an instant prep area and cutting board. Sensitive to temperature and moisture fluctuations, wood countertops will require regular maintenance for protection from water and stains. However, wood will age beautifully with just a little bit of care. Soapstone Goodness! I love soapstone. In harmony with engineered quartz surfaces, soapstone can withstand a beating in the kitchen and still impress your guests. Consisting of mineral deposits, soapstone withstands heat, spills and it is very low maintenance. It is also naturally antibacterial. Over time, soapstone will darken in color. This material looks just as good in a traditional setting as it does in the most contemporary interiors. Compared to the other materials, soapstone can be the most expensive investment among your countertop options. Meredith is a registered interior designer (RID) with a design career that spans 12-years with residential, commercial and hospitality projects in Georgia, Texas, California and New York.


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the stOry of stingy Jack by Mercedes Verhine Halloween. a time in which “the muted cries of boys and girls, full of costumed dreams and pumpkin spirits, preparing for the greatest night of the year” Ray Bradbury- The Halloween Tree All Hallows Eve, a tradition carried over from the Celtic new year, Samhain. A Gaelic word meaning “summer’s end.” A holiday that has evolved into a time for scary stories and candy corn. But as you purchase treats for the neighborhood goblins, do you ever give thought to the origins of Halloween’s folklore? Well, gather around and I will tell you a story. A story of why we carve Jack O’ Lanterns to grace our front steps. It started in 17th century Ireland; when villagers became frightened by a natural phenomenon known as “will of the wisps”. These strange flickering lights rise over marshlands, and are caused by gasses released from decaying plants. Always seen from a distance, the Celts believed them to be ghostly lanterns. From these fears, the story of Stingy Jack was born. A drunkard and trickster, Stingy Jack found himself pursued by an angry mob one moonless night. As he sprinted from the village, he stumbled upon the Devil. The Devil told Jack that he had caused the mob to turn on him and chase him from the village. Once away from town, Lucifer could lay claim to his soul. Jack beseeched the Devil to allow him to toast his cleverness at a nearby tavern. As they emptied their glasses, Jack confessed that he did not have any money to pay the barkeep. Ever the trickster, Jack devised a plan. He suggested the fun it would be if the Devil would transform himself into a gold coin. Jack would then pay the bill and once outside, the Devil could change back into his human form and horrify the tavern owner. Lucifer, envisioning the terrified barkeep, agreed. However, when he changed, Jack quickly placed the coin inside his pocket next to a silver cross (trapping him in this form) and fled the tavern. Knowing that even the Dark One must keep a bargain, Jack eventually granted the Devil’s release on the condition that he would leave Jack alone for a year. Lucifer grudgingly agreed. One year later, the Devil returned to demand Jack’s soul. Sorrowfully, Jack resigned himself to returning with the Devil to Hell. Along the road, they passed an immense apple tree, boasting the most handsome apples Jack had ever seen. “I will soon be in your realm and will never again enjoy the taste of food. I beg you to allow me one last taste before we continue our journey, for have I not been a worthy opponent, and deserving of a last wish?” Only after Lucifer consented, did Jack confide in him that he did not know how to climb a tree. Unable to break his word, the Devil climbed the tree to gather the fruit. While he was high in the branches, Jack quickly carved a cross into the bark of the tree, again trapping him. Once more, Jack struck a bargain for the Devil’s release. He would free him, only if he left him alone for ten years and promised not to take his soul to hell. Angered and humiliated, the Devil had no choice but to agree to the terms. Jack went on his way and within a short time died. He flew to heaven and was barred from entering by God himself, who declared that he would not permit such a nefarious man into heaven. Next he flew to Hell’s Gates where the Devil, keeping his bargain, refused Jack entrance. Jack cried, “I am condemned to wander the Earth forever in darkness!” At which time the Devil laughed and tossed him a fiery coal to light his way. Jack placed this coal in a hollowed out turnip and used it as a lantern to light his way as he wandered through the night. Jack of the lantern, as the Irish called him, has wandered the darkness ever since. Believing spirits roamed the earth on all Hallows Eve, the Celts would hollow out turnips and place candles in them. They placed these lanterns on their front steps to help guide the lost spirits back to the underworld. Some people carved scary faces in the turnips in hopes of warding Stingy Jack from their door. The tradition of Jack O’ Lanterns came to America in 1846, when many Irishmen fled here because of the potato famine. However, turnips were hard to find in North America, and soon pumpkins were substituted. So this year, as you carve your pumpkins for the festivities of the night, keep a watchful eye out for Stingy Jack, lest he wander to your door. Mercedes Verhine has had a passion for writing since she was a small child. A high school English teacher secretly submitted one of her short stories to a contest, which she won. Mercedes is a member of the Georgia’s Writing Association and has written short stories, fanzines, and articles. She is currently working on a supernatural thriller. www.Mercedes


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Jitterbug: Summer camp is one of our favorite times of the year! Our themes are changing constantly. We always have a blast and it’s great because we can do more when the kids are with us for extended periods of time. After a few requests for camps during school breaks, we decided to go all out and will be offering mini-camps throughout the year!

The excitement and enthusiasm levels are at all time high at Jitterbug Performing Arts Studio in Smyrna this month. Owner, Lindsay Prather and her staff are geared up to celebrate their Grand Opening on October 12th from 1pm-3pm dedicating their new studio with a Jitterbugpaloza, filled with fun activities including class demonstrations featuring their Princess Class, Superhero Training and dance parties. Face painting, crafts and additional fun will be served up to the community introducing their new stage and everything that comes with it. After two years, of searching for a permanent home, Jitterbug invites you to explore the fun with them! Our Town caught up with Lindsay Prather, the brainchild behind Jitterbug, to find out what makes Jitterbug, well, dance, sing and have fun… OT: Can you explain to our readers how Jitterbug was born? Jitterbug: I created Jitterbug to offer a program completely focused on the kids. I wanted to give children the opportunity to be themselves in a nurturing, comforting environment while learning life skills and having a blast! My background is in performing arts and I have also worked with kids for years. Having performed professionally for many years and teaching all ages, I found that I constantly used my performance skills with the children. Time and time again, I have seen how beneficial a simple confidence booster can be for a child. After receiving my BA in Theatre and Performance Studies, I decided to combine my two passions and created Jitterbug Performing Arts. Jitterbug started out as one class at a preschool in January of 2011, and now we are proud and excited to have our own studio and a huge family of Jitterbugs! OT: What makes Jitterbug Performing Arts studio so special? Jitterbug: Jitterbug is a unique and completely organic program. Every class is different and is influenced by the type of children enrolled. We keep the classes small with an extremely low student-teacher ratio. Each child is made to feel important and contributes creatively during class. In addition to confidence boosting, our curriculum also promotes body control, communication, co-operation, and creative thinking. There is nothing more precious and rewarding than watching our Jitterbugs feel proud of themselves. We also have an incredible staff of teachers who have backgrounds in both performing arts and children as well. Their enthusiasm and passion for the program and our kids inspires me daily. Our slogan is, “Sing, Dance, Create & Play”, and that's what we do every day! Our mission is to build confidence and imagination in children of all ages.

OT: We also realize how big birthday parties are for young children. What does Jitterbug specialize in? Jitterbug: We want to offer kids the party of their dreams, which is why we customize every event at an affordable price. Sophia the First, Brave, or Toy Story? You got it! We do offer party packages and themes to pick from, but can always create or help parents create something specifically unique and spectacular for their child! Most parties consist of learning 1-2 songs and dances and performing them on our Jitterbug stage! Parties can also include face painting, craft making, or a special guest from your theme or more. But they always include an unforgettable party experience and a ton of fun!

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We also offer Jitterbug PJ Parties (or Parent's Night Out). Along with a movie on our big screen, the kids learn choreography to dance along with the film and get a fun themed meal! Plus, they do it all in the pjs and are ready for bed when their parents arrive. In addition to our in-studio parties and events, we can come to you to offer entertainment at a location of your choosing for holiday parties, super bowl events, etc. Do you and your kids Jitterbug? Save the date if they do or don’t – October 12th from 1pm to 3pm for the Jitterbug Performing Arts Grand Opening and join in on the fun at their Jitterbugpalooza! Your kids will definitely thank you! Jitterbug is located at 1125 Concord Road in Smyrna, 30080 678-424-1256

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WHAT EXACTLY IS RADON? AND WHY SHOULD YOU BE CONCERNED? Radon is odorless, colorless and tasteless, but it is a potentially dangerous gas. Radon occurs naturally from the decay of uranium and radium in the soil underneath your home. Studies have shown that inhalation is a leading cause of lung cancer. Radon can become a problem in areas with inadequate ventilation, where high amounts of radon gas can build up. This usually occurs in underground mines, basements, and in homes or buildings. Radon, like all other radioactive elements or gases, decays over a period of time, giving off tiny radioactive particles. When these particles are inhaled, they can damage DNA in the lung cells. Radon poisoning symptoms include persistent coughing, difficulty breathing, and recurring infections such as bronchitis or pneumonia, just to mention a few. Consult your Realtor for advice on how to test your home and if a radon test is needed in purchasing a home. It should only run you $200.00 for a professional test, and can be done at the same time as your home inspection when purchasing. This is not a big expense to give you peace of mind for you and your loved ones. If for some reason you have discovered radon in your home, you should consult your Realtor for a recommendation of professional companies that can provide remediation services. When testing your home, to get the best results, you should not interfere with testing. Here are some things to keep in mind when testing for Radon: a. You should allow the proper time to test without interruptions. b. Make sure the right equipment is being used for testing. c.

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MOMMY MOMENTS LET’S CHAT by Shasta Clark I wish I knew you, the ladies who read my column. I imagine you as “real” moms who live in homes that aren’t as tidy as you’d like, but where you’ve learned that tidiness isn’t worth making yourself miserable. Moms who have hidden dreams. Big dreams like starting a business, quitting a job, going back to school, going on a missions trip, or small dreams like sleeping in on Saturday, finishing a book, finishing the laundry, and going to the bathroom alone- just this once. Moms who wish their kids would get along. Moms who are trying to balance their own desires with their family’s needs. But because of the nature of writing, I don’t get to know you. This is a one-way relationship. Still, in a strange way, I feel like we’re friends. And if I was talking with a friend, we’d share what’s happening in our lives right now. So here it goes.


RIGHT NOW… I’m hoping…I don’t have rabies. That’s right, I said rabies. Last week, my cat chased a chipmunk into my house. He cornered it, so I tried to pick it up. Yeah, I know, bad idea. Turns out, real chipmunks aren’t as friendly as Alvin, Simon and Theodore. Turns out, the little suckers bite. Hard! And draw blood. I’m taking…antibiotics in case the little sucker gave me rabies. I’m a bad pill-taker, but with stakes so high, I can’t think of another pill I’d remember better. Scratch that. I’d remember “The Pill” the best. Those stakes are higher than rabies. I’m wondering…if I’m in over my head with homeschooling. I’m enjoying…my daughter. She is like sunshine. I’m reading…Galatians. Well, I haven’t started, but my husband and I joined a small group that’s studying Galatians. It was written by Paul, and of all the men in the Bible, I love Paul the most because he was so real. He had real afflictions. He was a real sinner. And he had an amazing transformation to become a real follower of Christ.


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I’m feeling…thankful. My life isn’t perfect. My landscaping looks terrible, and it really bothers me. My garden is being choked out by weeds. A towel rack in my bathroom has been broken for months. My daughter screams a lot. I lose my temper with my kids. But I’m thankful. Are you?

Summer may still be lingering, but Our Town Smyrna/Vinings is gearing up for our Annual Gift Guide in the November issue!

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HALF-DAY WEDNESDAYS! PAY HALF-DAY PRICE FOR FULL-DAY OF PLAY! October is a beautiful month everywhere. Here at home, the fall colors are exploding, Halloween is coming…and there is a crisp feeling to the air that only the fall season brings. Most of the Northern Hemisphere is enjoying the same seasonal delights but in the Southern Hemisphere, it is springtime and things are just beginning to bloom. People on the southern side of our globe are happy with warmer weather and the expectations of summer are not too far in the future. This season in Australia brings spring festivals to Melbourne and Sydney and the golf season is just getting under way. Best of all, it is time to start thinking about a trip to the Great Barrier Reef for both the Australians and Atlantan’s who want to plan a warm weather getaway. A trip to Australia in late spring with a first stop in Sydney is a must. I recommend a stay in The Rocks on Sydney Harbor, within view of the great iconic Sydney Opera House. Then head north to the central coast and on to the Daintree Forest for some great hiking. From here it is an easy jump to Ayers Rock and the spectacular Great Barrier Reef, so large that it can be seen from space. There are a number of small towns along the central coast of Australia and hotels from super deluxe to bed and breakfasts are everywhere. The Reef is close by and although hotels exist there too, the real thrill is flying to the Reef in a float plane. With the expanse of the ocean dead ahead, when the pilot starts his landing procedures in his small 4 seater plane, the sensation of crashing is all too real. But when he touches down softly on top of the waves and coasts to a stop…wow! That is special! Then taxi to one of the small floating platforms that are anchored along the Reef to begin a day of activities. Swimming, snorkeling, diving and sailing are all possible on the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef. Lunch and drinks, as well as shade, are available on your floating island in the sea. There is any number of islands and atolls to explore from, as well. Spring is also the season to see the Pacific Right Whales as they swim north to cooler waters. In the Whitsunday Islands, the warm clear water and psychedelic coral reefs are just two feet below the floating island. Snorkel through vivid coral canyons and past marine turtles, and for the more experienced diver explore the deep drop offs, underwater tunnels and caves with a certified dive school. There are even shipwrecks to dive in. If water sports are not your thing, you can also check out the technicolor coral and marine life through a glass-bottomed boat from Cairns or Port Douglas. So if the fall weather and the coming winter aren’t for you, and the constant sunny weather and summer “Down Under” is...….think about Australia for your next vacation. Pam Walker is a Virtuoso Travel Advisor and can be reached at


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hallOween and yOur Pet Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. I love all the children in all their costumes, everyone running and laughing, the scary decorations, the parties and all that goes with the season of ghouls. However, when it comes to dogs, this is a holiday many of them would rather pass on and go straight to Thanksgiving! The noise and changes to their environment and all of it in the dark is enough to send most dogs for the hills! So here are a few tips to keep your pup safe and happy when the scary skeletons roam your neighborhood.

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CANDY SAFETY: Everyone knows that dogs cannot have chocolate but another very dangerous candy additive is xylitol. Xylitol is a sweetener added to many sugar free gums, baked goods and candies that is very dangerous to your dog. This chemical can cause damage to the pancreas and liver and in same cases, the additive can be fatal to dogs. Signs of exposure to these toxic substances include vomiting, diarrhea, seizures, bruising and lethargy. Keep all candy and other goodies elevated and away from your dog and teach your children to never feed candy to dogs. If you suspect your dog has ingested chocolate, candy wrappers, xylitol or any other candy, see your veterinarian immediately. Do not wait to see signs of toxicity as waiting may place your dog's health at risk. DOORBELL: We all know the sound that sends many dogs into orbit: dingdong!!! The doorbell rings over and over on Halloween so what is an owner to do? You have a few options. Place your dog as far away from the noise as you can with music or a television on, maybe to the new Dog TV channel. Give them a special chew and let them relax in the peace. Another choice is to have someone sit outside your home and handout candy. This is the option we choose and it gives us the chance to interact with all the neighbors, see the



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costumes and make new friends. Make a party of it, bring some chairs, a cooler and your candy and let the doorbell have the night off. COSTUMES: Ok I know, the costumes for dogs can be really funny and cute. Dressing the Dachshund up as a hotdog is hilarious, no matter who you are! But some dogs are not really fashion focused and may not enjoy the extra attention a costume gets them from strangers. Some dogs will panic, get scared or try to eat the costume off. Skip the costume if your pup doesn't seem to enjoy looking like Yoda or your favorite Avenger. CHILDREN: Halloween brings children, lots and lots of them. Now is not the time to work on Fido and his lack of affinity for children. Even if your dog likes children, he may not like children in costumes or a mask, with glow sticks in the dark, running and screaming. If your dog shows signs of stress or has in the past, leave them at home. If you have a child or children to watch, maybe taking Fido along should be skipped this year as dividing your attention between children and the family dog can be challenging and lead to trouble just when you take your eyes off one or the other. DECORATIONS: Halloween decorations are my favorite, second to Christmas. Pumpkins, scary witches and bones, smoke machines and candles round out my list. However, be sure that you think of your dog and her safety when decorating. Place candles in a safe place or use flameless lights, glass and plastic decorations should be elevated as well and electrical cords hidden out of sight from curious teeth. Any decoration that seems to frighten your dog or cause a little too much curiosity should be avoided. Enjoy the holiday and decorate fully but make sure you keep your beloved furry companion safe too!

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The School Corner

Our Town is pleased to introduce a new informational column called The School Corner. Our goal is to share school news, events, and accomplishments with our readers. We’d like to help spread the word about the activities that today’s kids are involved in, and the things that they are engaged in to make “a difference.”

Nickajack Elementary Nickajack Elementary students are enjoying their first day in their new greenhouse. Thanks to the IBM Community Grant program and the Vining’s Home Depot, they were able to purchase and assemble the new greenhouse this summer. Nickajack currently participates in the Captain Planet Gardening program with five raised beds and an outdoor classroom. The addition of the greenhouse brings them closer to their 21st Century goal to teach students how to plant year round gardens using sustainable growing practices. Nickajack Elementary students are also working on their STEM goals of integrating science, technology, engineering, and math in their curriculum. Ultimately they strive to guide the students toward their role as responsible adults by exposing them to the scientific inquiry skills (life skills) needed to be successful. Teasley Elementary School Celebrates 50th Anniversary Current and former student families and staff are invited on Sunday, October 13 from 3:00-5:00 pm. The school is located at 3640 Spring Hill Road, Smyrna, 30080. Overflow parking will be available at Campbell Middle School at 3295 South Atlanta Road and ride the shuttle over to Teasley Elementary. RSVP:, or 770-437-5945. King Springs Girls on the Run If you happen to stop by King Springs Elementary after school on a Monday or Thursday, be prepared to meet 45 unique, energetic, kind, funny girls in grades 3rd-5th. These girls participate in a national program called Girls on the Run (GOTR). Three teams of 15 girls, each with two to three coaches, meet twice a week for 90 minutes and work toward a common goal: to be better humans. While they do run, GOTR is much more than a running program. On any given day they set goals, build self-

esteem and confidence, bond as a team, discuss healthy choices, celebrate their individuality, help their community, move their bodies, and make new friends. The season culminates with a fun 5K event, where each girl is encouraged to proceed at her own pace. The girls learn that it’s not a race; it’s about moving forward in a positive manner. King Springs is fortunate to have so many girls interested in GOTR that they have three full teams – more


than any other school in Georgia! King Springs Is grateful for their coaches – teachers, parents, family members, and women from the community – who volunteer their time to help enrich and empower their girls. In turn, the girls often inspire their coaches. The girls are encouraged to involve their entire family by being active together and making healthy food choices. Team members are reminded to be active at least twice a week outside of GOTR. With soccer players, swimmers, dancers, taekwondo students, and expert hula hoopers on our teams, it’s not a difficult task. If Girls on the Run sounds like fun, it is! Being active with a Girl on the Run is magic. When they run, they talk and share, and you want to be listening. St. Benedict’s Episcopal Day School St. Benedict’s Episcopal Day School in Smyrna, GA is getting a “jump” on things this school year. Students practiced jump-roping skills all summer with hopes of joining the school’s traveling performance jump rope team. The jump rope team was created last year by Physical Education teacher Robin Hornik-Kish as part of St. Benedict’s participation in Jump Rope for Heart. The St. Benedict’s jump rope team is unique in that it is comprised of students as young as six years old, while many other teams only take fourth and fifth graders. The goal of the team is to inspire students at St. Benedict’s and across the Southeast to get active and be “heart healthy”. Last year, the school of 250 students raised more than $42,600 for the American Heart Association, which placed the school No. 1 in the Southeast and No. 8 in the nation among participating schools. Last year the AHA named Coach Kish Outstanding Jump Rope for Heart Coordinator of the year. This year the jump rope team has set its sights on performances at the Atlanta Heart Walk, The Marietta Heart Walk, the Share the Wealth PE Convention in Jekyll Island, The Atlanta Hawks, Georgia State University, the Atlanta Healthiest Business Awards plus demonstrations at area elementary schools such as Teasley, Burnt Hickory and Nickajack. St. Benedict’s own Jump Rope for Heart event will take place this spring, on April 11, 2014. Center Academy – A Great Little Secret in Smyrna Center Academy, located in Smyrna, Georgia specializes in learning differences and attention issues. Our commitment is to excellence in education, while providing a nurturing, learning environment. We serve a diverse student population. Many children attending Center Academy utilize the funds from the Georgia Special Needs Scholarship (SB 10) to help pay the tuition. Our focus is on the student, offering an individualized program to meet the needs of each child. We are a SACS/NAIS accredited school enrolling students from grades 5 through 12. Generally, students come to Center Academy because they are not achieving success, are in need of individualized instruction and/or smaller class sizes. We serve ADD and ADHD students, as well as students with Aspergers.. 2013-14 is an exciting year for Georgia Special Needs Scholarship (SB10) students. For the first time, students are permitted to transfer from a public school to Center Academy at any time during the school year without losing their scholarship funding. This is GREAT news for families who have started the school year and realize that they need to find a different school setting immediately. No longer are students expected to remain in a difficult situation until the end of the school year. Center Academy will be holding a Fall Open House November 4 through November 8. Coffee and information will be available daily from 8:00 to 10:00 a.m. Please come and join us to learn more about our wonderful school. We offer shadowing for all prospective students to experience the Center Academy difference. We would love to share our great little school with you. Feel free to contact us at: If you would like to submit information to The School Corner, please email your submission to by the 12th of each month for the next month’s publication. Submissions should be limited to 250 words or less and photos submitted in a jpeg format are welcome.

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