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Features stories on East Cobb residents doing good and giving back to the community. A place for East Cobbers to recognize random acts of kindness and announce volunteer opportunities.

Condos go up in flames in East Cobb

Dozens of people are out of a home after flames ripped through an east Cobb County condo building Thursday.

Channel 2’s Tyisha Fernandes talked to firefighters, who said the freezing temperatures made it difficult for them to battle the flames.

The water firefighters were spraying on the building was turning into ice.

Crews put down salt, so that firefighters could keep their balance.

Despite the firefighters’ efforts, the building was destroyed.

“It went up in minutes, I mean I had to just grab my jacket and run and it’s all gone, everything is gone,” said Lucy Lee, who lost everything in the fire.

Lee was in her second-floor condo at Parkaire Crossing in Marietta when the fire started.

She said her neighbors downstairs were doing renovations when something went wrong.

“They had a contractor there doing soldering and a spark apparently got ignited and had flown up into, basically, our unit, like in between the walls.” Lee said.

According to fire officials, that small spark probably turned into the huge fire.

“Smoke was actually coming out everywhere and it caught up in flames in maybe 30 minutes,” Lee said.
The building contained eight condos.

While Lee was standing outside watching her home burn, she sent her husband, Chris, pictures and told him to get home as soon as he could.

“It’s pretty horrific. She called me when I was in the car and I was not expecting for it to get that bad that quickly,” said Chris Lee.

The wind played a part in how quickly the fire spread. Fire crews got a handle on it, though, and kept it contained to the one building.

“I’m so grateful everyone was safe and nothing happened, but that’s my whole life in there. Everything is gone,” Lee said.

The Lee family has a GoFundMe account for anyone who would like to help them.

Out of the eight families displaced by the fire, four of them are being helped by the Red Cross.

The rest of them are staying with relatives.

Firefighters put a fence up around the building and boarded up what’s left of it.

The American Red Cross is assisting four of the families who have been displaced by the fire, while the other four are staying with nearby family. A friend of one displaced family has established a GoFundMe page to help them rebuild their lives.  If anyone knows other ways people can help these displaced families, contact the EAST COBBER ( so we can share with our readers.


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Murdock Elementary Pencils Reach Ethiopia

Former Murdock ES student Eli Gleason passes out pencils collected by Murdock students for their peers in Ethiopia. Photo courtesy of Katie Gleason

Former Murdock Elementary School students Eli and Isabelle Gleason recently distributed pencils collected by their classmates to students in their new home — Ethiopia. Eli and Isabelle moved with their family from Cobb County to Addis Ababa, Ehiopia earlier this year.

Students at Murdock were paired with students in Ethiopia, who became “pencil pals.” Through the experience, the students hope to learn more about Ethiopian culture and how students in the country learn.

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Sell your used dresses at 5th Annual Prom Dress Consignment Sale


Strength in Stilettos (SIS) a non-profit student organization will be hosting the 5th Annual Prom Dress Consignment Sale on Saturday, February 28 from 10am-2 pm at Allatoona High School in Acworth.  Come shop our fabulous selection of gently loved prom dresses, shoes and handbags!

“This is a great opportunity to find the perfect dress for prom, as well as earn some extra cash by giving your gently loved dress a second date,” stated Anya Brante, President of Strength in Stilettos.  “We hope to make prom affordable and memorable for all girls. Last year we had an inventory of more than 400 dresses.  There is something for everyone at a price they can afford.”

The consignment sale will accept long and short formal dresses, shoes and hand bags.  Sellers set their own prices and receive 70% of the sale price.  Register to sell by February 22, 2015.  Sellers may choose to donate any unsold dresses to Becca’s Closet, a local organization that provides prom dresses to girls in need.

Vendor tables will be available for businesses to promote their products and services for only $50. Sponsor fee includes a 6 ft table, company name on volunteer t-shirts and the option to include coupons/give-a-ways in the shopper gift bags.

The consignment sale is made possible by Strength in Stilettos, a non-profit student organization dedicated to supporting, enhancing and empowering girls by promoting academic achievement and community service. Proceeds from the sale benefit college scholarships for girls and programs at local schools.  Since 2011, Strength in Stilettos has awarded $3,000 in scholarships, awarded $2,500 in program grants to local schools and donated more than 350 dresses to girls in need.

Sellers and volunteers needed.  Volunteers shop early at 9am.  For seller registration, vendor/sponsorship and volunteer opportunities, visit us at or email us at


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Circle For Children Emerald Ball is March 28

Pictured left to right – Vice Presidents Ball: Heather Rees, Patricia Leuallen President: Kim Sherk Vice Presidents Auction: Marianne Detling, Melanie Mueller (not pictured) Portrait donated by: Julie Paulk Porter, Julie Paulk Photography


In its 88th year, the Circle for Children carries a rich tradition of giving aid, hands-on support, and emotional encouragement to Georgia’s most disadvantaged at-risk children and youth.  A Circle for Children tradition since its inception, the annual Ball serves as its largest fundraiser.  The elegant, black tie evening will be held at Atlanta’s Georgia Aquarium on Saturday, March 28, 2015.

This year’s Circle Ball will benefit the Center for Children and Young Adults (CCYA), an organization recently recognized by the State of Georgia as the “Outstanding Agency of the Year”.  The CCYA is a residential therapeutic facility located in Atlanta, providing a safe and nurturing environment for Georgia’s homeless youth with abusive backgrounds.   Sponsored in part by Neiman Marcus and Carithers Flowers, The Emerald Ball will offer a multiple-course dinner with wine pairings, music, and dancing to the popular Uncle Mike Band, as well as live and silent auctions.  Luxurious vacations to Costa Rica and St. George Island are among those items in the travel category, as well as an array of unique and dazzling jewelry pieces and accessories, such as a loose emerald gemstone and a one-of-a-kind Mel Boteri luxury emerald clutch.  Additional home and garden and special occasion auction items will also be available.  Annual Ball Co-Vice Presidents are Heather Rees and Patricia Leuallen and Auction Co-Vice Presidents are Melanie Mueller and Marianne Detling.

The Circle for Children is a 100% volunteer organization of women who provide aid – both financial and emotional – to children and youth of Georgia who are victims of abuse, neglect, and abandonment.  Notably the oldest children’s charity in Georgia, operating continuously since 1927, was originally formed to provide funding for the building of the Tallulah Falls School, a school for rural children in the North Georgia Mountains, for which it still funds scholarships.

According to Circle President Kim Sherk, “The Circle for Children has a rich and glowing history of devotion to making a difference as a shining light in the lives of Georgia’s children in need.  We are deeply rooted as a sparkling example of determination to aiding thousands of at-risk youth in our state with emotional encouragement and educational funding.”

A by-product, but important component of the Circle, is friendship, which forges amongst the membership based on a calendar of uplifting social events weaved within an agenda of service for needy children.  This camaraderie combined with charity has resulted in a proud history, and motivates its members to sustain the legacy – which has raised millions of dollars and impacted thousands of lives.

For more information on the Circle for Children or the Emerald Ball, visit

Workshops to help those seeking grants

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The Cobb County Community Development Block Grant Program Office is now receiving applications from organizations requesting 2016 Community Development Block Grant funds, HOME Investment Partnership funds, and Emergency Solutions Grant funds. Applications will be accepted from non-profit organizations, participating cities in Cobb County, Cobb County departments and other public agencies including local housing authorities, mental health agencies and public health agencies.

The application period runs until Monday, April 6.  All interested organizations should submit a completed application to the CDBG Program Office. Applications must be physically received at the CDBG Program Office no later than 5 p.m. on Monday, April 6. Any applications received after this deadline will be returned to the applicant and will not be considered for funding by Cobb County.

If you have any questions about the application or the application process, please contact Eryca Fambro, Deputy Director or by phone at (770) 528-1460.

Applications should be submitted to:

CDBG Program Office
121 Haynes St.
Marietta, GA 30060
Attn: Eryca Fambro, Deputy Director

Applicants should prepare to attend one of the scheduled workshops to learn more about the CDBG, HOME, and ESG applications process. Program staff will be available to answer questions and provide instruction on how to complete the application. The workshop will be held at the following locations:

2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19
The Roberts School
4861 School St., Acworth

2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 17
Vinings Public Library
4290 Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta

2 p.m. Tuesday, March 3
East Marietta Public Library
2051 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta

10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 24
Mountain View Community Center
3400 Sandy Plains Road, Marietta

11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 10
South Cobb Regional Library
805 Clay Rd., Mableton

2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26
3820 Macedonia Road
Powder Springs

For more information, contact: Cobb County CDBG Program Office, Eryca Fambro, Deputy Director at or call (770) 528-1455.


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Share the good news with #ilovecobb

It’s always great to be reminded of all the wonderful aspects of our community, so we want to know what you love about Cobb. The next time you’re posting on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Vine or YouTube — whether it’s your child’s first soccer game, a trip to Cumberland Mall or a beautiful run on the Silver Comet Trail — spread the word using the hastag #ilovecobb. Your tweets and posts will help spread the good news about happenings in our community.

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February Publisher’s Note: Work from the heart

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Work is love made visible.
Most of us do not consider our work in a romantic way. But I believe work as a parent, a teacher, volunteer or whatever vocation we pursue allows us to show our love for others by contributing our talents for a greater good. The poet Kahlil Gibran observed, “When you work, you fulfill a part of earth’s fondest dream assigned to you when that dream is born.” This edition of the EAST COBBER spotlights those people in our East Cobb community fulfilling their part of the “earth’s fondest dream” by working from the heart.

From Lucia McBeth starting a nonprofit and becoming a political activist (see page 10) to the members of the Big Chicken Chorus singing Valentine’s Day wishes (see page 7) to the organizers of the Amazing Grace Race (see page 54)—all are examples of East Cobbers showing their love through their work.

This edition also marks the 17th anniversary of the special section, “Child Care and Preschool Guide.”  Born out of my own need for quality child care for my then preschool-aged children, I realized that other parents may be in search of those services. After hours of research and revisions, I am proud to present not only the plethora of child care and preschools offered right here in our own backyard, but also the high caliber of child care facilities that play a vital role in the healthy development of our children. The information on pages 20-27 fulfills the EAST COBBER’s mission to provide, you, the reader, with useful information about our community.

It is my hope that this issue, like every issue, is a handy reference for East Cobb residents in search of local resources as well as a source of inspiration.

Working from the heart,


Cynthia M. Rozzo
Founder l Publisher

Reprinted from the February 2015 issue of EAST COBBER. Read the February issue HERE.

Founder and president of EAST COBBER, Cynthia Rozzo, created the free monthly publication, EAST COBBER, in 1993 to serve East Cobb County residents by providing a forum for them to share their ideas and a source for them to learn more about their community. Ms. Rozzo is also the proud producer of the annual EAST COBBER Community Parade and Festival. An East Cobb County resident since 1991, Rozzo lives in the Park Ridge subdivision with her husband, George Haralabidis, and three children, Lee, Nikos and Eleni.

Cobb Community Foundation accepting applications for Impact Grant

Cobb Community Foundation’s mission is to strengthen local nonprofits so they may continue improving the quality of life for our residents. The foundation is now accepting Cobb Community Impact Grant applications from nonprofit organizations in the county for new and expanded projects and programs. Applications must be submitted by Friday, Feb. 20, and will be awarded in April.

All prospective grant applicants are invited to attend an orientation and question and answer meeting 10-11 a.m., Monday, Feb. 9, in the community room at the Cobb Chamber of Commerce. Please RSVP to For more information on the streamlined grant application process, including qualifications and exclusions, visit or call 770-859-2329.


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Workshops for organizations interested in grant funds

Cobb Community Development Block Grant Program Office staff will host a series of application workshops for organizations seeking grant funding through the CDBG Program, HOME Investment Partnership Program and Emergency Solutions Grant Program. All interested organizations should plan to attend at least one of the grant application workshops.

There will be one workshop in District Three.
10:30 a.m., Tuesday, Feb. 24
Mountain View Community Center
3400 Sandy Plains Rd., Marietta, GA

District One
2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28
Charles D. Switzer Public Library, 266 Roswell St., Marietta

District Two
3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 4
Wolfe Adult Recreation Center and Pool, 884 Church St., Smyrna

2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 17
Vinings Public Library, 4290 Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta

2 p.m. Tuesday, March 3
East Marietta Public Library, 2051 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta

To view the other workshop dates and locations, click here. For more information, contact Eryca Fambro, deputy director of CDBG, at 770-528-1455or


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“Do Good” Idea for the Day: Help the American Red Cross



Consider helping: the American Red Cross.

The American Red Cross provides care to those in need. A network of generous donors, volunteers and employees who share a mission of preventing and relieving suffering.

For more information contact our local branch at 2145 Roswell Road, Suite 250 Marietta, GA 30062, online at or call 770-578-1977.

(Source: From the January issue of the EAST COBBER’s annual special section, “Do Good Guide.”)


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