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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.

Participate in the Inaugural ’13 Can Make A Difference’ Food Drive at Lassiter Football Game Friday


Lassiter High School and the newly created Lutzie 43 Foundation ( are joining forces for the inaugural “13 Can Make A Difference” food drive to be held on Friday, September 12 during the Lassiter and Woodstock varsity football game.

The Lutzie 43 Foundation and Lassiter High School are asking students and members of the community to donate 13 non-perishable food items or home products such as soap, detergent, personal care products, cooking oil, etc.  Monetary donations will be accepted throughout the school day at both Lassiter and Woodstock as well as at Frank Fillmann Stadium during the game.

The first 1,000 food drive contributors will receive a commemorative ”Lutz”  bracelet from the foundation, and all students will be eligible for one of four community service scholarships for $430 from the Lutzie 43 Foundation to be announced approximately one week after the game.  T-shirts for the event also will be for sale for ten dollars throughout the week at Lassiter.

The food drive will benefit the St. Vincent De Paul food pantry, which provides food and other home products on a non-denominational basis to those in need in the community.  Several Lassiter organizations including, the cheerleading team, student council, and Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) are working together to coordinate the event.  In addition, Woodstock High School will also be participating in the food drive.

The “13 Can Make A Difference” food drive will serve as one of the initial events offered by the Lutzie 43 Foundation, whose mission aims to develop the character of young athletes and their coaches focusing on leadership, charity, compassion, mentorship, hard work, honesty, and faith. The Lutzie 43 Foundation was created in honor of Lassiter and Auburn University Alum, Phillip Lutzenkirchen, who died in a car accident this past June.

For information regarding the food drive, please contact Cathy Zingler at or e-mail the Lutzie 43 Foundation at

Special Thanks to our EAST COBBER Parade & Festival Sponsors

Thank you to our EAST COBBER Parade & Festival sponsors for 2014!



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!


AAUW Annual Bookfair is September 23-28 at Perimeter Mall


AAUW (American Association of University Women) is holding its 55th Annual Bookfair at Perimeter Mall, September 23 – 28, Mall hours, no fee to shop. Opening Night is Monday, September 22 from 6-9 p.m. with a $10 fee to shop. The sale will offer over 75,000 gently used books in 50 categories at bargain prices. Many books are in the $2 – $3 price range.

Bookfair offers novels, science fiction, romance, children’s books (pre-K through young adult), history, religion, military, cookbooks, sports, hobbies, and much more.

AAUW’s Cobb County branch partners with North Fulton and Atlanta branches to earn funds for scholarships and community activities that benefit women and girls.


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Children’s Miracle Network Torch Relay coming to Atlanta in October


The Annual Torch Relay for Children’s Miracle Network will kick off on Saturday September 27 in Tampa, FL and make its way to Atlanta on Sunday October 26. Please visit to register. The Torch Relay website has tools and tips to help you raise funds for this amazing cause!

The Event in Atlanta on October 26 will begin and end at Southern Company Amphitheatre at Centennial Olympic Park.  This event will include a 5K Walk.  

The Torch Relay for Children’s Miracle Network is an exciting and unique fun, multi-day event where participants walk between 3 – 15 miles, run 5 – 10 miles or cycle as much as 110 miles at events throughout the country to raise money for their local Children’s Hospital. Every event segment is supported by a team of trained volunteers who travel with the event each year.

The Torch Relay for Children’s Miracle Network is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit corporation dedicated to raising funds for children’s hospitals across the country. All funds go to the local Children’s Hospital in the city where they were raised. The national network of children’s hospitals included in the Children’s Miracle Network, include 170 children’s hospitals in North America. Every year CMN hospitals treat 17 million children or every disease and injury, regardless of their ability to pay.


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Girl Scout teaches “Be Prepared, Not Scared.” Girls in 3rd-5th grades encouraged to register.


Girl Scout Ambassador, Maria Granros, will be hosting “Be Prepared, Not Scared” Emergency Preparedness training for girls aged 3rd – 5th grades on Saturday, September 6, from 9am – 12pm, at Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, 1770 Johnson Ferry Road in Marietta/East Cobb.

Maria will be teaching skills to prepare for and  cope with emergencies such as thunderstorms, fire, floods, winter storms and  tornadoes. Girls will participate in many hands-on learning activities, including decorating take-home pillowcases from The Pillowcase Project  sponsored by the American Red Cross.

In addition, girls will receive information from Cobb County Emergency Management Association about local area resources and upcoming plans for National Preparedness month in September.

Registration is required and space is limited. Girls attending 3rd-5th grades are eligible to attend. A parent or guardian must be present during the training. To register, please email

Maria Granros, a Girl Scout Ambassador with Troop  23202 in East Cobb, is achieving the Girl Scout Gold Award by designing and  teaching the “Be Prepared, Not Scared” emergency preparedness program for  younger Girl Scouts and girls in her community. Maria collaborated with the  American Red Cross to offer The Pillowcase Project curriculum to empower young  girls to prepare for and cope with emergencies. In addition, Maria worked with Cobb County Emergency Management Agency to include information about local emergency resources.

Maria has personal experience coping with disaster when, as a first grader, her childhood home caught fire.

“I’ll never forget the American Red Cross giving me a teddy bear the night of my fire,” recalls Maria. “That bear was such a comfort to me,” she adds. “Ever since the fire, I’ve always wanted to be able to help other children cope with disaster.”

After relocating to Georgia and experiencing duck and cover tornado warnings at school, local area flooding, and a crippling winter storm, Maria witnessed how frightening other emergencies could also be for younger girls. Working with national and local organizations to create the emergency preparedness program not only offered Maria the chance to fulfill her wish, but also provided her with valuable lessons in project management, team building, technology, public relations, budgeting, and fundraising. Maria is excited about this milestone and enthusiastic to share her “Be Prepared, Not Scared” message with other girls.

Maria joined Girl Scouts at age 5 in Sudbury, MA, and has remained active since relocating to Georgia with her family in 2006. Maria has also earned the Girl Scout Silver Award and Bronze Award. Maria, daughter of Annamarie and Rory Granros, lives in Marietta, GA, and is a Senior at Walton High School.


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September Publisher’s Letter: Honoring East Cobb Police

Cynthia Rozzo, September 2014 headshot

What a coincidence selecting a police officer to be on this month’s front cover. I wanted to honor a public safety officer to commemorate the 13th anniversary of 9/11 and chose Capt. Jerry Quan because: 1) he is head of Precinct 4-East Cobb’s police force; and 2) he has provided security (from 11pm to 7am) at the EAST COBBER Festival site for the past 10 years.

Then as we were preparing this issue, the shooting of an unarmed teenager in Ferguson, Missouri, set off nearly two weeks of protests and backlash against police in that St. Louis suburb, but it also had citizens evaluating police and community relations not only in Kansas City but also the rest of the country. So, the front cover photo of Captain Jerry Quan takes on a deeper significance of what, I think, is right with our local police. By going beyond his official job as East Cobb’s precinct commander, Capt. Quan, an East Cobb resident, is often seen out and about in our community (like directing traffic at a school or grabbing a coffee with an East Cobber) which allows him to understand the nuances of our East Cobb neighborhoods while also fighting crime.

With the lowest crime rate in Cobb County, we East Cobbers often overlook the role law enforcement officers have in making that happen. We are lucky to have Capt. Quan who goes beyond arrests and citations and, because he genuinely likes to help people, affects the livability of East Cobb in a positive way.

The 19th annual EAST COBBER Parade & Festival, to be held on September 13, is another way the EAST COBBER showcases all that is good here in East Cobb County. This hometown tradition has been, for the past 19 years, a great opportunity for East Cobb residents to come together and share their pride and have some good old-fashioned fun.

Our Parade & Festival special section (pages 12 to 21) reviews all the different groups marching, entertaining, and feeding us that day! Hope to see you, there!



Cynthia M. Rozzo

Reprinted from the September 2014 issue of EAST COBBER. Read the September 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.

MUST Ministries Expands Leadership Board

MUST Ministries

MUST Ministries announces eight new members are joining the Board of Directors. MUST is a regional faith-based charity serving eight counties by providing food, housing, employment services and clothing. The new directors are Brian Cartwright, Brannon Fitch, Kevin Isaacs, Sharon Mason, Nelson Mumma, Mitch Rhoden, Bill Robinson and Monte Wilson.

The Vice President and General Manager of Zep Distribution, Brian Cartwright held several positions within the trade organization Consumer Specialty Products Association before joining MUST’s Board of Directors.

Brannon Fitch is the Market President for BB&T Bank and currently a Cobb Chamber of Commerce Board Member

The Director of Sales at Salem Communication, Kevin Isaacs has more than 15 years’ experience in marketing and sales. He is also a former adjunct professor of marketing at Kennesaw State University.

Sharon Mason is Chief Operating Officer at the Cobb Chamber of Commerce and is very active in the community. She has served in numerous leadership roles.

New board member Nelson Mumma is Senior Director of Global External Affairs at the Coca-Cola Company. Over the years, Mumma has been actively engaged in numerous church leadership ventures and fundraising endeavors.

Mitch Rhoden is Pres. And CEO of Futren Corp and a licensed real estate broker. He has an MBA and was formerly an engineer officer in the U.S. Marine Corp. He is on the board for the Cobb Chamber, and has volunteered at MUST for 20 years.

Bill Robinson is currently the executive vice president and chief human resources officer at the global technology company, Sabre. Robinson connected to MUST through his volunteering experience with the homeless shelter, The Elizabeth Inn.

WellStar Kennestone Regional Medical Center COO Monte Wilson is joining the MUST board with extensive experience as a board chairman for several non-profit organizations. He is active in the Cobb Chamber of Commerce and a member of the 2014 Class of Leadership Cobb.


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Noonday Creek Trail ribbon-cutting is September 3


The community is invited to the Noonday Creek Trail ribbon cutting at 10 a.m., WednesdaySept. 3.

Celebrate the linking of Town Center west to Alabama and south to Atlanta. A tent for the occasion will be visible along the north side of Town Center at Cobb Mall. Parking will be available in the mall’s parking lot. 

For more info, visit

Look who’s in the 19th Annual EAST COBBER Parade & Festival!

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This fall, East Cobb will once again welcome the hometown tradition of a community parade and festival when the 19th Annual EAST COBBER Parade & Festival takes place on Saturday, September 13. The EAST COBBER Parade features floats and high school marching bands as well as a cornucopia of East Cobb groups and will be followed by the EAST COBBER Festival featuring local entertainment, carnival games and plenty of good food.

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, 736 Johnson Ferry Road where the EAST COBBER Festival will take place from 11am-3pm.

Both the EAST COBBER Parade and the Festival are FREE and open to the public.

Registered to participate in the EAST COBBER Parade are:

Abbadabba’s Cool Shoes
Addison Elementary PTA
Aireserv of North Atlanta
Arrow Exterminators
Aviation Wing of the Marietta Museum of History
Board of Commissioners
Brumby Elementary School
Cactus Car Wash
Cheer Revolution Allstars
Cobb County Fire Dept
Cobb County Public Library System
Cobb County Republican Party
Cobb County Schools of Transportation
Corrigan Care, Inc.
Cub Scout Pack 744
Cub Scout Pack 770
Cub Scout Pack 795
Cub Scout Pack 797
Dance Stop Company
Daniell Middle School & PTSA
Dickerson Middle School
Dodgen Middle School
East Cobb Business Association
East Cobb Civic Association
East Cobb Lions Club
EAST COBBER Mother of the Year
East Marietta National Little League
Faith Lutheran School
Friends for the East Cobb Park
Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta -Chattahoochee Service Unit
Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta Redbud Unit
Girl Scouts-Daisy Troop 14406, Timber Ridge Elementary School
Glamour Girls Day Spa
Groovy Little Art Place
Hightower Trail Middle School
Johnson Ferry Christian Academy
Joyful Noise Marching Saints Homeschool Band
Junior League of Cobb-Marietta
Keheley Elementary School
Kid Chess
Lassiter Junior Trojans Dance Team
League of Women Voters of Marietta-Cobb
Lockheed ES Girl Scouts
Mellow Mushroom
Moohan Martial Arts
Mount Bethel Elementary School
Mt. Bethel Christian Academy
Mt. Bethel UMC – Habitat Road Race
Mt. Bethel UMC Cub Scouts Pack 121
Mt. Bethel Unicycle Club
Murdock Elementary School
Nicholson Elementary School
Pope Drama Club
Pope Habitat for Humanity
Pope High School Chorus
Pope High School Marching Band
Pope High School PTSA
Pope High School Robotics
Price for Congress
Primrose School of Sprayberry
PRO Martial Arts
Rotary Club of East Cobb
School of Rock East Cobb
Sedalia Park Elementary
Simpson Middle School
Sparkles Family Fun Centers
State Farm Agency-Floria Izadi
State Representative Sharon Cooper
Temple Kol Emeth
Tritt Elementary School
Walton High School Band
Walton Jr. Raider Cheerleaders
Walton Robotics


The EAST COBBER Parade & Festival was established to build a sense of community and reinforce East Cobb County’s status as one of the best places to live in the metro Atlanta area. Booths at the festival will showcase everything from jewelry to local schools. Young East Cobbers will have lots to do in the Kids Zone like getting their faces painted, playing carnival games or hopping on a moonwalk. And all festival visitors can enjoy food from East Cobb restaurants and civic clubs while listening to some great local entertainment.

The EAST COBBER Parade & Festival thanks presenting sponsor WellStar for supporting the 2014 event.

Interested participants should contact 770-640-7070 or visit to find out more.


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Casino Night to support the Northeast Cobb Business Association charities

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The Northeast Cobb Business Association will host the 2014 Casino Night and Silent Auction, to benefit the Northeast Cobb Business Association charities. Casino night will be held on Thursday, August 28, 5:30-8:30pm at First Landmark Bank, 307 North Marietta Pkwy NE, Marietta. Admission is $25. To register or for more informatino, visit  


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