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Sacred Tapestry offers Confirmation Classes

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Confirmation classes begin August 24, 9:45am, at Sacred Tapestry, UMC, 3000 Johnson Ferry Road, Marietta, 30062. For more information, call Nancy Kuhn at 770-891-9624.

Sacred Tapestry is a somewhat non-traditional church that has services in an informal environment. You may attend in shorts, jeans, T shirts, etc. and sit at the table and just enjoy the fellowship of Christ.


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Learn to make a rainwater harvesting system

A rain barrel is a rainwater harvesting system that is connected to a downspout from a house or building. By collecting rainwater, one can save energy, water, and money. Rain barrels also help reduce erosion and storm water runoff and increase water quality.

Come learn how to make a rain barrel and take it home with you at this free workshop noon-1 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 16 at the Cobb County Water System Water Quality Laboratory Training Center. It is located at 662 South Cobb Drive, Marietta, GA 30060. Limit one barrel per household, Cobb County residents only. Space is limited.

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High Meadows New Preschool Playscape Encourages Learning through Play

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High Meadows Sixth Grader McKenzie Pascal and Eighth Grader Hayden Shickler cut the ceremonial ribbon as Roswell Mayor Jere Wood and Executive Assistant to the Mayor Robyn Kenner cheer them on.

High Meadows School celebrated the opening of its one-of-a-kind, nature-based “playscape” with a special a ribbon-cutting ceremony on August 20. Roswell City Mayor Jere Wood, School Founder Jody Holden, and members from civic organizations were all in attendance for the event.

From the beginning, High Meadows’ mission and curriculum have been rooted in outdoor experiential play. When planning the transformation of its preschool playground, creating a space that encouraged connection to nature, discovery, and exploration were vital elements.

The planning committee wanted to create a space for the school’s youngest students to climb, build, balance, and imagine in a space that reflected the school’s core values. High Meadows employed HGOR, a landscape architectural firm, to design the playscape based on those values. The work was completed over the summer under the supervision of Bill Kolbrener, a former High Meadows board member and parent.

“A play area for young children is much more than a place for slides and toys; it is an integral part of a child’s academic and social curriculum,” said Head of School Jay Underwood. “A well-planned play area engages a child’s imagination, creativity and thinking skills. Unlike in traditional play areas, our children balance on logs, climb on hills and boulders, and portray imaginary characters on an outdoor stage. Our Preschool Playscape encourages our youngest children to live our values of experiential and environmental education…and, of course, have great fun along the way!”

High Meadows is a private, nonprofit, coeducational, independent and nonsectarian day school for student preschool through eighth grade. Established in 1973 and located on 42 acres of meadow and woodland in Roswell, Ga., High Meadows School’s innovative, inquiry-based, integrated curriculum emphasizes love of learning, creativity, meaningful connections, and environment responsibility. High Meadows is a U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School. Information at 770.993.2940 or

High Meadows School is located at 1055 Willeo Road, Roswell, Ga. 30075. For more information call 770.993.2940.

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Register for the 2014 Georgia Public Policy Forum


Registration is open for the Fifth Annual Georgia Legislative Policy Forum, a daylong event on Friday, September 19, that will bring national and state policy experts to the Renaissance Atlanta Waverly Hotel to discuss free-market solutions to Georgia’s challenges. The event will be held from 7:30am-3pm at Renaissance Atlanta Waverly, 2450 Galleria Parkway SE.

The only forum of its kind in Georgia, the theme of this year’s event hosted by the Georgia Public Policy Foundation and the Conservative Policy Leadership Institute is, “Tearing Down Walls,” a tribute to the 25th anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall.

This not-to-be-missed event  has been described by state leaders as “the opening shot” to the legislative session and is attended each year by hundreds of legislators, businesspeople and interested citizens.

This year, state and national experts will focus on tearing down the walls to education, tax and health care reform in Georgia. Keynote speakers are Herman Cain, former presidential candidate and popular radio talk show host, and Clint Bolick, director of the Goldwater Institute’s Scharf-Norton Center for Constitutional Litigation. The day’s events will include a retrospective of the Fall of the Berlin Wall by special guests Tom Harrold, Chuck Clay and Hans Rueffert.

Registration is open to the public; the deadline is Monday, September 15. The cost is $125 and includes a continental breakfast and lunch. For more information, the agenda and to register, go to  If you have difficulty registering, email

For directions visit requested is Business, Business Casual. No jeans, cut-offs, tennis shoes, collarless sport shirts, shorts or athletic attire.

Tickets available online for Greater Atlanta Hadassah

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Greater Atlanta Hadassah is excited to announce a fun-filled and community heart health education event for the entire family, their first ever Touch A Truck Family Festival to Benefit Heart Health on Sunday, September 7, 2014 (Severe Weather Date: Sunday, September 14, 2014), 11am – 5 pm. There will be an hour set aside for special needs children from 11am to noon, giving those children and their families a chance to explore without horns, sirens and flashing lights.

Touch A Truck is an educational hands-on family event for kids of all ages. Children love to climb aboard a fire truck, police car, big rig or bulldozer. Touch A Truck provides a unique opportunity for them to explore and interact with vehicles of all types –public service, crime fighting, emergency, utility, construction, landscaping, transportation, delivery and just plain cool – all in one place! Children will be allowed to touch, climb on and ask questions about their favorite trucks in a safe, supervised environment. Children will meet the people who build, protect and serve the metro Atlanta community. Accompanying personnel will teach them about the equipment displayed and how these machines help us and our community.

Enjoy family-friendly entertainment including crafts, activities, appearances by local mascots, kid-friendly food venders, and more to make this a perfectly entertaining day for the entire family! Health and public safety information round out the fun.September 7th is also National Grandparents Day. What better way for every generation of the family to explore, play and learn together? Cars and trucks fascinate children, and they can explore all different types of vehicles in a safe, controlled environment from noon to 5pm. Food, entertainment, kid-friendly activities and demonstrations for healthy living are all a part of this festival. It is part of Hadassah’s Every Beat Counts: Hadassah’s Heart Health Program™ as we will be focusing on heart health for the entire family and raising funds for Hadassah’s heart health programs in Israel and the United States.

Admission is $5 per person, with a maximum of $15 per family for tickets purchased in advance online at (Buy Tickets), or $20 at the event. Children under 2 are free. Food will be available for purchase at the festival.

Parking is available at Centennial High School. Additional parking is at Kohl’s across from Centennial High School.

Centennial High School is located at 9310 Scott Road, Roswell, GA 30076. Visit for more details.


Nader Parman II Memorial Run has been CANCELLED

With great sadness and disappointment, the committee of the Nader Parman II Memorial Run has announced that this year’s Interfaith Community Run has been cancelled. With a week to go before the September 1st event, advance registrations were too low (about 40) to justify the many thousands of dollars that the event would cost.
The Foundation will continue to work toward education and support of keeping our children safe at play and at school, and hope to have the run return in the future. In these next weeks all monies will be returned.   
Anyone with questions or concerns should call Sherri Parman at 404.483.7222 or email her at


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Scenes around East Cobb: Chattahoochee Plantation

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We Have a Winner! *Facebook Friday Freebie*

Is everyone ready for our favorite time of the week? That’s right- it’s time to announce this week’s Facebook Freebie winner! The Lucky East Cobber who wins 4 tickets to Noshfest’s Saturday Night Kickoff Show “Mystery Dessert Theatre: An evening of Desserts, Drama and Drinks” on August 30th is.………Jeanne Alexander Colon!!! Congrats Jeanne  !! Please email to claim your awesome freebie!!

Didn’t win? Don’t despair! EAST COBBER brings you wonderful ways to win each and every Wednesday and Friday on our contest blog and Facebook page. Good luck, and may the odds ever be in your favor.

BoC OKs Northside development

Special to the MDJ.This rendering shows the planned four story, 80,000 square foot medical office facility Northside Hospital plans to build at the corner of Olde Towne Parkway and Johnson Ferry Road in east Cobb. The Cobb County Board of Commissioners voted 5-0 to approve a site plan modification for the property at their meeting on Tuesday, giving Northside the go ahead to proceed with their plans for the facility.


Out with the old and in with the new.

This week, the Cobb Board of Commissioners gave Northside Hospital its approval to move forward with a medical office facility it plans to build in east Cobb. 

The proposed four-story, 80,000-square-foot building, which will be constructed at the corner of Olde Towne Parkway and Johnson Ferry Road, could open as early as fall 2016, according to Russ Davis, spokesman for Northside.

“The future campus will offer a wide array of medical services and specialties,” Davis said.

An estimated 400 jobs could be created when the project is complete, he added.

Sharon Gay with McKenna, Long and Aldridge, attorney for Northside, said the health care provider has “worked extensively” with the east Cobb community, including reaching out to East Cobb Civic Association, and has worked to “incorporate all the recommended and suggested stipulations and requirements that they have requested.”

Lee O’Neil, president of the ECCA, has said his group is in favor of the new development.

“They’re taking something that already exists and repurposing it to be more useful. That’s a good idea, as opposed to creating excess inventory of commercial space. They’re trying to invest in the community,” he said.

Gay said Northside designed the proposed facility with an eye toward existing properties on Johnson Ferry and will follow the area’s guidelines regarding landscaping, streetlights and signage.

“Northside tries to fit their office buildings into the surrounding community,” she said. “So, we’ve designed a building specifically for this location; it’s not just the same thing they did somewhere else.”

The proposed medical office building is about three miles from the new WellStar facility at the corner of Roswell and Providence roads. WellStar’s facility is expected to open in September.

During Tuesday’s meeting, Commissioner Bob Ott lauded Northside’s community outreach.

“I think that this is a good use for this site. Northside has done a very good job of reaching out to the community. I appreciate your efforts in working with the Johnson Ferry Plan and design guidelines that the community has asked for,” he said.

Most of the complaints he has received were traffic-related, Ott said, adding he is working with businesses in the area to come up with solutions to the increased traffic.

“It is an issue, and I think if the shopping center was fully occupied, traffic would be a lot worse. So, one of things I’ve been doing over the last probably about 30 to 45 days is working with the area property owners — trying to come up with alternative solutions to the traffic,” he said.

Davis said he does not have a specific cost or timeline for the facility’s construction because Northside was waiting for the zoning decision from the commissioners before closing on the property, which currently houses the Fountains of Olde Towne Shopping Center. 

Even after purchasing the property, he said the company must wait for the shopping center’s tenants to vacate before the buildings can be demolished.

“That’s why the timeline for that first building opening is as far out as it is.”

‘The end of an era’

Linda Fryer has owned the Mellow Mushroom pizza restaurant in the Fountains of Olde Towne shopping center for the last 18 years and spoke up during the meeting. She said while she is happy Northside is coming to the community, she “(wishes) they would consider a multi-use proposition because there’s not a lot of land left in east Cobb to develop.”

Fryer, an east Cobb resident for 25 years, said she doesn’t know when she will have to close her business, but thinks it will probably be in May or early summer. She said she is “actively seeking” a new location in east Cobb, but increased requirements from the Mellow Mushroom corporate office — a 5,000 square foot, free-standing building with a full bar — may make it difficult.

“That’s going to be an issue because right now, there is no space for lease that meets those requirements in the east Cobb area,” she said.

Fryer, who also owns the Mellow Mushroom at the corner of Shallowford and Trickum roads near Lassiter High School in east Cobb, said she hopes she will be able to open a new location around the time the current one closes so her employees — some of whom have worked with her for 16 years — won’t have to go without work.

“So, that’s kind of where things are at — a little depressing. The man wins,” she said. “It’s the end of an era. It’s been a great run.”

(Reprinted from the Marietta Daily Journal. Written by Ricky Leroux, August 21, 2014. Read more: The Marietta Daily Journal – BoC OKs Northside development)

Cobb County Police Homicide Investigation Continues

The Cobb County Police Department released the following updates to a Homicide Investigation that occurred on January 27, 2014, at approximately 6:39pm in Zone 4.

The Cobb County Police Department’s Crimes Against Persons Unit is investigating an apparent homicide, which was discovered inside a residence at 2808 Gracewood Drive in Marietta, Georgia.

According to investigators, uniform officers from Precicnt-4 were dispatched on a report of a deceased male, which was discovered inside his house.  When they arrived, they confirmed that the male was deceased from apparent stab wounds.

The Cobb County Medical Examiner’s Office has assumed jurisdiction of the body and will not only confirm the identity of the victim, but the manner and cause of his death.

Detectives from the Cobb County Police Department’s Crimes Against Persons Unit have identified the victim as 46 year old Jerry L. Moore of Marietta, Georgia.

On Friday, August 15, 2014 investigators from the Cobb County Police Department’s Crimes Against Persons Unit secured an arrest warrant for a suspect involved in the homicide of 46 year old Jerry L. Moore of Marietta, Georgia.

According to detectives, as a result of their continuing investigation into the death of Mr. Moore, Friday afternoon they received information which lead them to obtain an arrest warrant for   31 year old Johnathan Allan Wheeler of Stockbridge, Georgia charging him with Aggravated Assault and Murder.

Johnathan Allan Wheeler is currently in custody in Macedonia, Ohio on unrelated charges.

This investigation continues and anyone with information about it is asked to call (770) 499-3945.