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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.

Join the fun of the 9th Annual Dog Days Run!


Join the fun and register for the Rotary Club of East Cobb’s 9th Annual Dog Days Run, benefitting East Cobb Charities. The run is August 9 and the race begins at 7:30am. To register visit or go to Big Peach Running Company, 1062 Johnson Ferry Road.

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End of Summer Reading Celebration scheduled for August 2


“Among the Stars,” the End of Summer Reading Celebration for Cobb County Library System, will be held on Saturday, August 2 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Switzer Library in Marietta.

The library will be transformed into a spacecraft, creating a setting for family-friendly fun, music, storytelling, games, food trucks, and much more! The free event is expected to draw about 2,000 people.

The community celebration’s lineup includes:

  • Real Science demonstrations by Jodi Wheeler-Toppen presented by Cobb EMC
  • Party music from the DJ Mello, Marquis Gabriel
  • Rocking Chair Theatre by storyteller Queen Glitter
  • Rockin’ Robots demonstrations by students from Faith Lutheran School
  • Magnets demonstrations from Lakeshore Learning
  • Games, such as hula hoops and Jenga, the suspenseful block building game
  • Special appearances by CAREing Paws therapy dogs

For more information on the End of Summer Reading Celebration, please call (770) 528-2330. Updates will also be posted online at


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Haagen Dazs Shops to Donate 50% of Sales to Charity July 25th

The Häagen-Dazs Ice Cream brand invites Atlanta regional media and consumers to their local Häagen-Dazs shop to raise money for Bert’s Big Adventure, a non-profit organization that provides children with chronic and terminal illnesses with a five-day, all expenses paid trip to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

On July 25 only, Häagen-Dazs Shops will donate 50% of total sales from the Atlanta Shops to the organization. There will also be donation boxes available for additional contributions. This is the fourth year that Häagen-Dazs Shops has raised money for Bert’s Big Adventure, and to date, almost $23,000 has been collected – enough to send five kids and their families on a trip of a lifetime.

Bert’s Big Adventure has taken 135 families to Walt Disney World since 2003 and hopes to continue to spread the joy. In addition to the trip, the organization provides year-round programs that further their mission of supporting connections for these special families.

For more information, please visit, join the company’s fan page, follow the brand at or ©HDIP, Inc.

Visit Haagen-Dazs at multiple metro-Atlanta locations including:
Lenox Mall
3393 Peachtree Road NE
Atlanta, GA 30326

Perimeter Mall
4400 Ashford Dunwoody Road Northeast
Atlanta, GA 30346

Cumberland Mall
1000 Cumberland Mall
Atlanta, GA 30339

Cumberland Festival Shopping Center
2980 Cobb Parkway
Atlanta, GA 30339


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Enjoy family fun at Safety Village event this Friday

Cobb County Safety Village staff will host a Family Fun Safety Day 9 a.m.-noon, Friday, July 18. Bring your family for a fun-filled time of safety awareness. Activities include a tour of Sparky’s House, water safety games, free finger printing kits and up-close views of emergency vehicles. The cost will be $5 per person with a $20 per family maximum charge. For group rates of more than 20, please call 770-852-3270. Refreshments will be provided by Harry’s Farmers Market.

Other participants will include Cobb County 911, Animal Control, Fire and Emergency Services, PARKS, Police Department, School District Transportation, Sheriff Office, Cobb and Douglas Public Health, Cobb EMC, Colonial Pipeline, Marietta Fire, Safe Kids Cobb County, SafePath Children’s Advocacy Center and the WellStar Health System. The Cobb Safety Village is located at 1220 Al Bishop Drive, Marietta.

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Have you read our Summer issue?

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Summer’s in full swing and our June/July issue is still on newsstands, chock full of all the local East Cobb summer news you can use! Summer events, restaurant deals and coupons all around town! Get it before it’s gone – our August issue hits newsstands in just a few weeks.

Click HERE to read our summer issue!

Happy summer East Cobbers!

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Brides Across America comes to Atlanta – July 14-15

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Wedding Angels Bridal Boutique is thrilled to present Brides Across America in Atlanta. Brides Across America, a nationwide charity dedicated to providing free wedding gowns for military brides.

The event will take place at Wedding Angels Bridal Boutique in Roswell on July 14, 2014 from 3:00pm – 6:00pm and July 15, 2014 from 10am – noon.

All military brides who are engaged or had a civil ceremony and planning a wedding within the next 18 months are invited to attend along with friends and family.  Brides may arrive earlier to secure a place in line.  This is a first-come-first-served event and gowns go quickly!  Brides are encouraged to bring a friend or family member to share the experience.

“We are so grateful for the service men and women who are showing their commitment to our country. There is no better way to thank them than to help them celebrate their wedding!” says Jacqueline Westney, Owner of Wedding Angels Bridal Boutique.  With over 650 dresses given away since 2008, the “Wedding Angels”  are experts at matching military brides-to-be with their dream dress, at no charge.

For the sixth year running, brides will have their pick of designer wedding gown at no cost to them, courtesy of Wedding Angels Bridal Boutique.  Many couples have fast approaching wedding dates because of challenges with planning leave from their deployment.  Wedding Angels is prepared to help the brides look their best and feel like the belle of the ball for her wedding day.

Over 100 gowns in varied sizes and colors will be available FREE of charge to military brides who meet the qualifications.  Brides or their fiancé’ must be serving in the military; either currently deployed or have a future deployment.  Qualifications can be found  and all brides must pre-register before the event.   Visit for a full list of details and qualifications.

Brides will have a 30 minute “mini” appointment with a Wedding Angels bridal consultants to choose the gown of their dreams!

For more information regarding the July 14 & 15 events please call Wedding Angels at (770) 645-0404.

What:           Brides Across America at Wedding Angles Bridal Boutique

When:          Monday, July 14 from 3 – 6PM and

Tuesday, July 15 from 10

Where:        Wedding Angels Bridal Boutique, 395 South Atlanta Street, Roswell, GA 30075


Additional photos are available; please contact Donna Jakulski/Engage A Bride for photos, video and more info. at 404-512-9933. or Linda Surles- (678) 667-2247


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Last Chance to Nominate: Honorary Commanders 2015 Class

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Honorary Commanders, one of the Cobb Chamber’s premiere leadership programs sponsored by Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, is seeking nominations for the 2015 class. Honorary Commanders is a cooperative effort of the Cobb Chamber, Dobbins Air Reserve Base (ARB), General Lucius D. Clay National Guard Center, Navy and Marine Corps. The Honorary Commanders Association annually selects community and business leaders and pairs them with military commanders in a yearlong program, giving those leaders the opportunity to learn more about local military activities, their impact on our economy and various aspects of the national defense system.

Please note that the Honorary Commanders program year requires a significant dedication of time and energy. We ask that you discuss the benefits of the program as well as the commitment involved with your employer. Each nominee will receive an email with application instructions once the nomination period has closed. You may nominate yourself.
Click here to complete a nomination. All nominations must be submitted by July 11.

For more information, contact Julie Kim at or 770-859-2348.

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Atlanta Dream to Host Cobb County Appreciation Night Benefiting the YWCA of Northwest Georgia


Cheer on Atlanta’s own WNBA team while supporting the YWCA of Northwest Georgia. The Atlanta Dream is sponsoring their first Cobb County Appreciation Night on Wednesday, August 13 at 7 p.m. at Philips Arena, with a portion of the ticket sales going to support the YWCA of Northwest Georgia, an organization committed to creating a community free of domestic violence and sexual assault. Tickets range in price from $24 – $46 and should be purchased directly from the Atlanta Dream using the following link for the YWCA to receive a donation from the purchase:

During the game, purple ribbons will be distributed to promote domestic violence awareness and the YWCA of Northwest Georgia will be awarded a 2014 Inspiring Women Award from the WNBA. Domestic violence affects one in four women in their lifetime; and sexual assault affects 1 in 6 women and 1 in 33 men in their lifetimes.

“With Cobb County’s estimated female population this means that more than 88,000 women are affected, who are your mothers, sisters, colleagues and friends. We have a goal of selling 1,000 tickets to Cobb County Appreciation Night and we need the help of the community to buy tickets and to share the information to help us raise funds to help us serve and protect these women.” “Blocks of tickets are also available for companies wishing to purchase tickets for employee recognition and entertainment.” states Holly Tuchman, CEO and Executive Director of the YWCA of Northwest Georgia.


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East Cobber joins Swim Across America to make waves in the fight against cancer

photo of Brad with the team that he is swimming with, called Electric Sea Turtle. Pictured, from left to right, are Joshua Safalow, Brad Safalow, Cody Jones, John Fox and David Henry. Team Electric Sea Turtle is swimming this year in memory of Robin Metro

Pictured, from left to right, are Joshua Safalow, Brad Safalow, Cody Jones, John Fox and David Henry. Team Electric Sea Turtle is swimming this year in memory of Robin Metro and Harold Safalow, and swimming in honor of Alecia Farley, Lisa Kalish and Maggie Burke, who are fighting their battle right now.

Bradley Safalow of East Cobb has joined Swim Across America (SAA) to make a splash for pediatric cancer programs at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and MassGeneral Hospital for Children Cancer Center. Safalow will swim in the Boston Harbor 22-mile relay swim July 11th.

“The swims are a great way for people to come together and participate in a sport they love alongside Olympic swimming legends while raising critical funds for pediatric programs at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and at MassGeneral Hospital for Children Cancer Center,” says 1988 Olympic Silver Medalist Janel Jorgensen McArdle, who is also the president of Swim Across America.

The SAA – Boston Harbor swim is an all-day event beginning at 7 a.m. from Rowes Wharf behind the Boston Harbor Hotel. A minimum fundraising pledge of $1,500 is required for individuals to participate. The one-mile competitive ocean swim at DCR Nantasket Beach in Hull, Mass., starts at 9 a.m. from the Mary Jeannette Murray Bathhouse. Half-mile swimmers enter the water at 9:15 a.m. All participants must raise a minimum of $250 each.

Swim Across America is a non-profit organization that runs events from Boston to San Francisco to support cancer research at the country’s finest hospitals and institutions. At SAA, money raised locally, stays local, ensuring that swimmers always know the impact that they are making. Proceeds from the Boston-area swims benefit the David B. Perini, Jr. Quality of Life Clinic at Dana-Farber, where experts help pediatric cancer survivors with an array of issues, including long-term effects of treatment, social and psychological concerns, and the risk of second cancers. Proceeds also benefit the MassGeneral Hospital for Children Cancer Center for cancer care and research initiatives that enhance the quality of life for the hospital’s youngest cancer patients.

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Now tell us your favorite! Top 10 Versions of “God Bless America.”

To celebrate America’s Birthday, EAST COBBER publisher Cynthia Rozzo, selected the best performances of Irving Berlin’s classic patriotic song, “God Bless America” and we’ve posted them throughout the day on our Do-gooders blog. Now that you’ve seen all 10, tell us your favorite version by commenting below or on our Facebook page,

Missed a post? Below are the links to the YouTube videos of each performance:  

Publishers Choice:  God Bless America sung by Kate Smith. I especially like the vintage images but the feelings remain the same! Enjoy!

Martina McBride singing “God Bless America” at the 2002 Rose Bowl Parade.

Celine Dion sings “God Bless America” aboard the USS Harry S. Truman on CBS’s “Rockin’ for the USA – A National Salute to the US Military”.

Irving Berlin sings “God Bless America” on The Ed Sullivan Show on May 5, 1968.

Donna Summer sings ‘God Bless America’. A live a cappella version sung on a cold night during the seventh inning stretch of the 2004 Fall Classic. (Live)

Liza Minnelli sings “God Bless America” in 2007 at the US Open.
With Billy Stritch, at the piano.

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square present Irving Berlin’s “God Bless America,” arranged by Roy Ringwald.
Barbra Streisand Sings God Bless America in 1992
Diana Ross sings God Bless America at the U.S. Open (2006)


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