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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.

David Douglas owner seriously injured in tractor accident

Doug Meadows of David Douglas Jewelers in East Cobb was seriously injured Thursday afternoon, March 26 in a tractor accident while preparing for his son’s upcoming wedding. Friends of Meadows have started a “GoFundMe” page where members of the community can offer help.

According to the Restore Doug Meadows GoFundMe pageDoug’s son, Peter, is getting married April 11th. To prepare for the outdoor wedding, Doug was with his sons working Thursday, clearing some brush from the property in north Georgia.  The tractor they were using got stuck in the mud and while they were trying to free it, it wheelied backwards and flipped over while Doug was operating it. He was pinned between the tractor’s steering wheel and the ground with the entire weight of it on top of him. 

Doug arrived via ambulance to Kennestone hospital Thursday afternoon, conscious and in shock – where he was admitted into the ICU and treated for 8 broken ribs, internal bleeding, fluid around the lungs, a bruised lung, a possible skull fracture and a broken pinky. He will spend several days hospitalized and is still in a great deal of pain – he is required to take deep, painful breaths to prevent pneumonia. On March 27, he was released from the ICU and it looks like he will not need surgery. The EMT on the scene said rarely do people survive these type of tractor accidents. Doug is blessed to be alive, and that is the real miracle here.

Doug is a third generation jeweler. He is a great man – kind, caring and generous – an American small business owner. We have continued to grow our business each year and finished our best year ever in 2014. However, all of Doug’s money goes back into the business, and our actual profitability is small. We have been unable to ever offer medical coverage to our staff, and Doug himself does not have medical coverage.

It is anticipated that Doug will be hospitalized for many days. And his recovery time is unknown at this time. While he’s recovering, we want to continue running the business smoothly. The best way to help Doug – and his family and us – is to come into our store and buy something, get something repaired, or come in and say hello. As the family is dealing with so much (wedding preparations, hospital visits, etc), I have tasked myself to keep the business running smoothly and to try to raise funds for Doug’s medical expenses.

You can stop in to redeem your gifts at the store, hugs are freely given to all. David Douglas Diamonds & Jewelry store is located at 3605 Sandy Plains Road, Suite 260, Marietta, GA 30066.

To offer help, visit Doug’s GoFundMe page at http://www.gofundme.com/RestoreDoug.

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Share your input for Cobb 2040 – Vision for a New Era

The Cobb 2040 Plan Development document is a framework that will guide the plan development team, stakeholders and residents in the creation of the Cobb 2040 Comprehensive Plan. A draft of the document is posted online at www.cobbcounty.org under the Community Development Agency Web page for public inspection.

Any comments, suggestions or ideas that could make this process easier and more efficient can be emailed at ComDevPlanning@cobbcounty.org or submitted from the online link. Once the comment period ends, changes to the guide will be made and the Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing to consider approval of the Cobb 2040 Plan Development guide.

 

 

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Mt. Bethel UMC Habitat for Humanity Fundraiser

Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church partnering with Platinum Auto Spa on Johnson Ferry to raise money for Habitat for Humanity. For the past 22 years Mt. Bethel UMC has partnered with Habitat for Humanity to raise money for and build homes for families in need.
The Mt. Bethel UMC/ Platinum Auto Spa fundraiser will be held on Saturday, April 18, during normal business hours at Platinum Auto Spa, 1075 Johnson Ferry Rd, Marietta, 30068.
The build for this year’s house will receive a portion of the sales from car washes that day in addition to other funds collected the same day. This is just a small part of the year round effort to raise enough money to build a Habitat home each year. The main fundraiser is sponsorship of the Annual Habitat Road Race 5k, 1mi Fun Run and Tot Trot held at Mt. Bethel UMC each October. For more information about the race and build visit habitatroadrace.com.

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Discover your potential at workshop

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Learn how to tap into the best you at a workshop 6-8:30 p.m., Monday, April 13, at the UGA Extension Office, 678 South Cobb Drive, Suite 200, Marietta. This session will teach how to discover and demonstrate your best daily. The goal is to leave empowered with tips and exercises to help you tap into your potential every day. The cost is $10 and includes dinner and materials. Please bring an accountability partner and RVSP to 770-528-4070 by Friday, April 3.

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Golf Tournament benefitting Orphans in Kenya

 

Project 82 Kenya is hosting their inaugural Golf Tournament benefiting their infant rescue ministry in Kenya. The golf tournament will take place on Monday, April 13, 2015 at Pinetree Country Club located in Kennesaw. The Platinum sponsor for the tournament is Merrill Lynch.

Breakfast at the course and registration will begin at 7:30am, followed by a shotgun start at 9am. Participants will be entered in various competitions held in conjunction with the tournament, including hole-in-one, longest drive and closest to the pin contests. Boxed lunches will be served on carts. Following the tournament, there will be an awards ceremony and reception. A silent and live auction for event tickets, weekend packages and entertainment experiences will also be held, along with raffle prize drawings.

“I am so pleased that we are approaching our first annual golf tournament,” said Project 82 Kenya’s executive director Anita Colley. “Organizations who are sponsoring our event and golfers who participate will directly impact the orphans and widows we serve in Kenya. Proceeds from the tournament will go directly to our programs in Kenya. A big thank you to all the sponsors involved in this year’s event and for making it possible.”

Project 82 Kenya is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charitable organization. Project 82 Kenya is called to serve orphans and widows by providing food, water, shelter, healthcare, education and life skills to the communities they serve. For more information on Project 82 Kenya, please visit www.project82kenya.com.

A limited number of golf sponsorships and foursomes are still available. Please contact Gayle Haden at gaylehaden@project82kenya.com for more information.

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Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking panel at Lassiter High School

 

Rocky Mount PTA and Foundation is hosting an event at Lassiter High School tonight,  March 17, at 7pm regarding Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking.  Come hear attorney general, Sam Olens and a panel of other important guests help unite our community to take a stand against the atrocity that is occurring in our suburbs. Contact Sharon.lightstone@cobbk12.org to RSVP or ask questions.

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Extreme Couponing helps local East Cobb school pantry

Extreme Couponing is a program created to stock the food pantry located in Sprayberry High School. This pantry serves students and families at Sprayberry High School, Daniell Middle School and Bells Ferry Elementary School. Once a month, selected families are able to come to the pantry and get four bags of food, toiletries, and household items.

The Extreme Couponing program is how the food pantry gets stocked efficiently, keeping the cost of donating low which in turn makes it accessible to most community members. The Sprayberry food pantry is an extension of the Alive Ministries’ Save It forward initiative, which provides food and toiletries for Cobb County students in need. They currently have 15 food pantries operating in 15 different schools around the county.

Another neat aspect of this initiative is the involvement of the special needs students at SHS. They shop, cut coupons, and work at the Alive Ministries central food warehouse. In addition, they are helping to maintain and organize the pantry.

YOU can help – every week or once a month or even just whenever you’re able! Just stop by the office at one of our participating schools (Bells Ferry, Daniell, or Sprayberry) to pick up an envelope. Then shop and return the items to one of the schools. It is very easy and you’ll never know what a difference you’re making to a family who needs a little help.

For more information, contact Jonathan Tabb at (770) 656-5098 or jonathan.tabb@cobbk12.org.

 

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Friends of GSO host Eighth Celebrity Luncheon For Symphony

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The eighth annual Celebrity Luncheon hosted by the Friends of the GSO will be held at the Marietta Country Club on March 28th, 2015 from noon to 3 pm. This year’s keynote speaker is Condace Pressley, an accomplished, award-winning broadcaster.

Pressley is currently Manager of Programming Operations for News 95-5 and AM750 WSB; and anchor of news mornings on KISS104.1 and on B-98.5. Additionally, she leads Community affairs for all five Cox Media Group Atlanta radio stations. Condace Pressley is producer and host of the Sunday show Perspectives. She was profiled in 2014 by The HistoryMakers and is a former President of the National Association of Black Journalists. She was named the Atlanta chapter’s 2012 Pioneer Black Journalist.

Additional celebrities include: Dr. Michael Alexander, GSO music director and Interim Director of KSU School of Music; Tommy Allegood, Mayor of Acworth and Cobb Community Foundation CEO; Marie Barnes, former First Lady of Georgia; Brandt Blocker, Atlanta Lyric Theatre Artistic Director and General Manager; Dr. Uzee Brown, Jr, Chair of the Morehouse College Department of Music, performer, composer/arranger, educator/lecturer and choir director; Jim Burress, award-winning senior reporter for WABE; Elaine Calloway, Marietta author; Leigh Colburn, Marietta High School principal; Mickey Fishback Gazaway, Pike Nurseries’ Garden Club Coordinator, Philip Goldstein, Marietta City Council representative; Harper Harris, Civil War Historian; Holly Irwin, multi- media artist; Reynold Jennings, President /CEO of WellStar Health Systems; Helen Hwaya Kim, acclaimed violinist; Tom McEachern, Executive Chef at Pirch Atlanta; Ric Reitz, actor, writer, composer, director and producer, Gail Cameron Wescott, reporter and writer and author of “Rose, A Biography of Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy”; and Debra Ashley-Williams, Kennesaw City Council representative.

A silent auction will benefit the symphony. To make reservations, visit GeorgiaSymphony.org or for assistance call 470-344-4763.

 

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Marietta Performance Learning Center Presents: Considering Maya: A Performance Dialogue

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Marietta High School students and staff, as well as community members, will perform Considering Maya: A Performance Dialogue on Sunday, March 15th at 3pm at the Marietta Performing Arts Center at Marietta High School.

In celebration of Women’s History Month, the students hope to call attention to the importance of Ms. Angelou’s work, and how her stories agelessly relate to the lives of girls and women. The performance also highlights Ms. Angelou’s experiences with domestic violence. The show includes song, dance, poetry and spoken word.

Director Dr. Rona Roberts states, “Putting together a show like this has helped join together staff, teachers, students and community members to celebrate the power of women. We are grateful to celebrate Maya Angelou’s work in this way, and to also benefit the YWCA of Northwest Georgia.”

Tickets can be purchased online at mpac.marietta-city.org. $20 for adults, $10 for students. Tickets will also be available at the box office one hour before the show. If you have questions, please contact the Marietta Performing Arts center by phone at 770-428-2631 ext. 2131, or by email at mpac@marietta-city.k12.ga.us. All proceeds from the performance will benefit the YWCA of Northwest Georgia, which operates the only domestic violence shelter in Cobb County. The YWCA of Northwest Georgia provides services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

CEO and Executive Director of the YWCA of Northwest Georgia explains that “domestic violence is not only a personal tragedy; it is a serious crime that negatively affects women, men, children, families, neighborhoods and communities. We hope that this performance will open a dialogue amongst families and members of our community about domestic violence. Unfortunately, domestic violence is neither unusual nor rare, and impacts people regardless of gender, race, class or sexual orientation.”

One in four American women report being physically or sexually abused by a husband or boyfriend at some time in their lives. The YWCA of Northwest Georgia’s mission is a community free of domestic violence and sexual assault, and partnerships with schools, such as Marietta High School, help the organization in fulfilling this mission.

 

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