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GG’s Fashion Forward – East Cobb Moms on Local TV!

When we hit the stores, we not only want sales, we also want a shopping experience. How about an experience that doesn’t involve stores or the internet, but is on wheels! That’s what you get with GG’S Fashion Forward.

For more information visit

Registration open for Performance & Success with QuickBooks workshop

Use the power of QuickBooks to take control of your business accounting on Wednesday, September 17, 1-3 pm. Presented by SCORE with speaker Wendy Lerner.

In this workshop you will be introduced to the process of:

  • setting up a company
  • entering checks and deposits
  • creating invoices
  • receiving payments

QuickBooks is designed for small to medium size businesses that want to incorporate powerful, effective software with a traditional approach to accounting. If you are new to QuickBooks or just getting underway, this workshop will introduce ways to gain control over the financial aspects of your business. Included is a presentation on profit and loss statements, balance sheets and aged accounts receivables.

The workshop will be presented using the Windows desk top 2014 version of QuickBooks and the on-line version.

Registration closes Monday, September 15 at noon. To register, click HERE.

DJ Neezy Bringing the Party to Annual Festival


Ben Needle, aka DJ Neezy

By day, Ben Needle is a social studies teacher at Kell High School. But when he’s not teaching, he transforms into DJ Neezy, a local DJ whose motto is  “Any Party. Any Place. Any Time.”

DJ Neezy will be the featured entertainment at this year’s annual EAST COBBER Festival, which follows the EAST COBBER parade to be held starting at 10 a.m. on Sept. 13.

Becoming a DJ was a natural fit for Ben. “Growing up, I was that kid at dances and bar mitzvahs who was on the dance floor as soon as the music was  playing and didn’t leave until the end of the party,” he recalled. Ben has been a DJ for four years. “This job has allowed me to merge things I am  passionate about: music; dancing and creating lasting memories,” he said.

He provides entertainment for almost any function including private parties, school parties and dances, bar mitzvahs, weddings or any other festive occasions. Ben will tell you that what makes him stand out as a DJ is his dance moves. “I have unbelievable dance moves. They are not the best moves, but they empower the audience to feel comfortable to dance too!” I am able to connect with all ages, and I want to see everyone having a good time,” he said.

Participants at this year’s EAST COBBER Festival can expect an engaging and fun time with DJ Neezy as he entertains from the festival stage. “We live in  a great community, and we should celebrate it! Expect to see me out with the crowd dancing,” he said. For more information on DJ Neezy, please visit And for more information on the annual EAST COBBER Parade and Festival, please visit

(Paid advertisement. Reprinted from the September 2014 issue of EAST COBBER.)


Visit our 2014 Parade & Festival Guide for all you need to know about this year’s event!

Don’t miss the EAST COBBER Parade & Festival on Saturday, September 13! For Parade and Festival details click HERE!


ECCA members invited to participate in EAST COBBER Parade

The East Cobb Civic Association will be among the business and community organizations marching in the annual EAST COBBER parade on Saturday, September 13 at 10am. All ECCA individual and organizational members are invited to come out and parade with the group. The parade will begin at the Mt. Bethel Elementary School and proceed south approximately one mile on Johnson Ferry Road from Princeton Lakes Drive to The Fountains of Olde Towne Shopping Center.

Following the parade there will be live entertainment, arts and crafts, food and drinks, and carnival games in the parking lot of The Fountains of Olde Towne Shopping Center from 11am-3pm.

For additional information, call (770) 640-7070.


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Groundbreaking set for Brave’s $672M stadium

The Atlanta Braves are on deck to break ground on the organization’s new $672 million ballpark during a ceremony Sept. 16 at 11 a.m.

Officials say the groundbreaking will begin the construction phase of the project, putting it on schedule to welcome fans for opening day in 2017.

The new ballpark at the intersection of I-75 and I-285 will feature three decks, 41,500 seats, 14 access points, a wide concourse and an overhang approximately three times larger than most ballparks.

“This new ballpark will be a world-class venue that will give Braves Country the ultimate fan experience, both inside the park and out,” said Terry McGuirk, Braves chairman and CEO. “We look forward to continuing to build great memories for our fans at this wonderful new location.”

(Reprinted from the Marietta Daily Journal, September 3, 2014. Click HERE for the original MDJ article.) 


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Web site shares information about planned stadium project

Atlanta Braves

In an ongoing effort to keep the public informed on the Braves stadium project, a central Web site contains a wealth of information and is updated frequently. The site, which can be found by clicking here, includes quick facts, frequently asked questions, financial projections, zoning, resolutions and agreements, a proposed transportation plan and a Braves economic benefit study.

The latest monthly project update, presented to the Board of Commissioners in August, is also available for viewing. The Web site can be found by visiting and clicking on the “Braves” tab to the right.

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Why Do We Celebrate Labor Day?



Every first Monday of September, Americans take a moment to recognize the contributions of the working man. It was officially inaugurated in 1882 and there are several reasons why people celebrate Labor Day.

To Make Amends

There are many theories concerning its origin. Some claim President Cleveland signed it into law to make up for what he did in the past. There was a rally by railway unionists in Chicago. The President ordered state troops to take command. The ensuing battle led to the deaths of over 30 workers.

Others claim that the holiday was put in place because of an incident in Chicago wherein 8 workers were unjustly accused (and executed) for crimes they didn’t commit.

There are other legends, but they have a common theme. That is, it was to pay back the workers for the wrongs committed against them. This probably doesn’t just apply to the American holiday. In many parts of the world, the reason why people celebrate Labor Day was actually the government’s way of trying to make amends.

To Honor Their Contribution to Society

Whatever its origin, its purpose now is clear. The day is meant to recognize the contribution of the working man / woman. In the early years the day was meant for those who worked in factories. Today it encompasses everyone who toils, from those who plant crops to those who work in government.

These people perform different jobs, but each of them contributes something to society. Teachers educate the young, doctors take care of the ill and factory workers all help make society function.

Although there are many explanations, the main reason why people celebrate Labor Day is to show appreciation for the workers. In countries where the holiday is observed, it is all about giving the worker his due.

To Recognize Their Sacrifices

The day allows everyone to pause and recognize the sacrifice these people make. These men and women toil everyday. Their efforts don’t just require physical and mental sacrifice. Often times, family and personal time are set aside because of work. In most countries people are only supposed to work five days a week. In most cases however, they end up toiling virtually every day.

By setting aside a day, governments assure workers that their efforts are not in vain. This is one reason why people celebrate Labor Day. The holiday is their way of showing that the efforts they put in day in and day out are duly appreciated.

To Celebrate Life

In recent years the Labor Weekend in the US has become the time when families come together. In the US and increasingly in other countries, it has become the custom to hold some parades and other events. This gives the working individual the opportunity to spend time with the family.

To Make Their Feelings Known

In other parts of the world, the holiday is associated with rallies and speeches. During these events, laborers make their sentiments known. In other countries it’s the time when they make demands for wage increases.

The reason why people celebrate Labor Day has remained the same through the years. No matter what the economic situation may be, it’s still the time when governments take time out to pay homage to the worker.

RUMC’s to host Avalon Career Fair on September 8


Roswell United Methodist Church’s Job Networking ministry is excited to announce that it will host a community-wide job fair for Alpharetta’s new Avalon development on Monday, September 8. More  than 40 employers will be hiring during this first phase of development and will ultimately hire more than 4,000 people.

The career fair will be held at Roswell United Methodist Church in the heart of historic Roswell at 814 Mimosa Blvd. Roswell, GA 30075and is open to the public. The event will begin with employer introductions at 6:45pm and will conclude at 9pm.

Employers will include stores, restaurants and other businesses including American Threads, Arhaus, Athleta, Banana Republic, Bantu, Bocado Burger, Dry Bar, The El Felix, Exhale, Fab’rik, Fly Wheel Sports, Free People, Goldberg’s, Kendra Scott, Kinnucan’s, LensCrafters, Lululemon, Marlow’s Tavern, Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, Oak Steakhouse, Pottery Barn Kids, Road Runner Sports, Sage, The Cosmetic Market, Tommy Bahama, west elm and many more.

Hiring managers will be onsite to interview and discuss employment opportunities one-on-one. Job seekers are asked to wear business attire and come prepared with several copies of their resume. No advance registration is required. For a full-day agenda starting at 12:30 PM, visit For more information about Avalon and a complete list of attending companies, visit and click on “Career Fair.”

Prior to the career fair, job seekers can attend a series of career workshops taught by professional job coaches and business leaders beginning at 12:30pm. A free hot dinner and dinner program will be provided at 5:30pm in the RUMC Fellowship Hall before the Avalon Career Fair.

The RUMC Job Networking event will be the first job fair held for Phase I of Avalon Properties, a $600 million mixed-use development in Alpharetta at the intersection of GA 400 and Old Milton Parkway. Phase I – which includes 250 luxury rental homes, 101 single-family homes, 400,000 square feet of retail and restaurants and 108,000 square feet of loft office space – is scheduled to open October 30.


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Have you signed up for the 19th Annual EAST COBBER Festival? These East Cobbers Have!

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In addition to the entertainment stage, arts & crafts exhibits and carnival games, the Festival is a venue for local civic groups, churches, synagogues, and other non-profits to raise awareness about their organizations’ contributions to East Cobb County. The EAST COBBER Festival also provides an opportunity for local businesses to introduce their goods and services to East Cobb residents. Because space is limited, each application for space is subject to approval by the EAST COBBER Festival committee.

Applications are still being accepted for the 2014 EAST COBBER Festival. To sign up, click HERE. Thank you to the following groups who are registered for this year’s Festival:

1st Choice Dental Care
AdaMark Jewelers
Advanced CPR Training
Allstate – The Forman Agency
Andrea Taylor Studio
Arrow Exterminators
Ashford Apartment Homes
Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education
Atlanta Swim Academy
Brat SO Stop!
Bubba D’s Dawgs
Bubblegum Tree/Origami Owl Jewelry
Cactus Car Wash
Cheer Revolution Allstars
Chestnut Ridge Christian Church
Cirque de Soleil
Cobb County Commission on Children and Youth
Cobb County Republican Party
Cobb Republican Women’s Club
Craft Beer Factory
Delta Community Credit Union
E.H. Sellars
Earthwise Pet Supply
East Cobb Foot & Ankle Care
East Cobb Wellness Center
Edward Jones Investments
EngAGE Senior Advocacy
Enopi East Cobb
Farmers Insurance Cheever Agency
Floss Dentistry for Children and Adolescents
GG’s Fashion Forward
Glamour Girls Day Spa
Groovy Lil Art Place
Hope Designs
Hospitality Incorporated
Humane Society of Cobb County
Innovative Orthodontics
Iron Tribe Fitness
Johnson Ferry Baptist Church
Johnson Ferry Christian Academy – NHS
Kid Chess
Kona Ice
Last Strand CLRS, LLC
Marietta East Cobb Jazzercise
Mary Kay Cosmetics
Mediterranean Grill
Museum of History & Holocaust Education at Kennesaw State University
Pope High School Robotics
Radio Disney Atlanta
Safari Global Fashions
School of Rock East Cobb
State Farm Agency – Floria Izadi
Stella & Dot
Susan Plenzick Fine Art
The Avenue
Thru My Lens Photo
Vascular Surgical Associates
Walton Robotics
Water Walkers
Young Living Essential Oils

Come check out all the fun, food and local vendors at the EAST COBBER Festival on Saturday, September 13, from 11am-3pm at the Fountains of Olde Towne Shopping Center, 736 Johnson Ferry Road. And don’t miss the EAST COBBER Parade that morning. The Parade begins at 10am at Mt. Bethel Elementary School, 1210 Johnson Ferry Road and travels one mile south along Johnson Ferry Road from Princeton Lakes Drive to Fountains of Olde Towne Shopping Center.

Both the Parade and Festival are FREE and open to the public. See you there East Cobbers!

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Northeast Cobb Business Association to host UP-BEAT this Wednesday

The Northeast Cobb Business Association will host UP-BEAT, United Partners – Business Education Advancing Together on Wednesday, Aug. 27, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Piedmont Church, 570 Piedmont Road in Marietta.                

The keynote speaker will be Georgia Sen. Lindsey Tippins (R-West Cobb). To register for the event, visit


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