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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.

Brumby Elementary joins national volunteer event, receives facelift

Brumby Elementary is getting a face lift from local volunteers as part of Comcast Cares Day 2014. Area residents are invited to join Comcast Cares Day volunteers at Brumby Elementary on April 26, 8am-2pm, to participate in the nation’s largest single-day corporate volunteer event and beautify the school inside and out – from cleaning to landscaping..

In 2013, more than 85,000 volunteers activated at more than 750 project sites across the country. Since 2001, half a million volunteers have given over three million hours of service at more than 5,000 project sites as part of Comcast Cares Day. This year the cable provider expects more than 80,000 employees to volunteer at 700 Comcast Cares Day projects across the country.

Comcast Cares Day is the nation’s largest corporate volunteer event.

To learn more about Comcast Cares Day, or for information about how to get involved, visit www.comcastinthecommunity.com.

Brumby Elementary is located at 1306 Powers Ferry Road Marietta, GA 30067.

 

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Atlanta firefighter, husband of Lassiter teacher, killed in New Orleans bike wreck

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Credit: Jac Landa Photography
Sgt. Frank Guinn with his wife Kimberly Guinn, and their daughters.

 

On Friday afternoon, officials at Lassiter High School received the devastating news that the husband of one of their teachers, Kimberly Guinn, was involved in a tragic biking accident in New Orleans. Guinn is an English teacher at Lassiter and mom to seven year old triplet daughters. According to an email distributed to the Lassiter community, “(The) school community has always demonstrated the importance of giving back to others, whether it is helping a student, parent, or faculty member in need. There is no doubt that we will see a tremendous amount of support once again for the Guinn family as we support them in the days, weeks, and months ahead. Kimberly knows that her Lassiter family will be there to support her in every way that we can.”

For ways to help Kimberly and her family, view the following links:

http://www.ajc.com/news/news/breaking-news/atlanta-firefighter-killed-new-orleans-bike-wreck/nfYPr/

http://www.gofundme.com/89mhhs

 

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Emmy’s Putt Putt Classic is this Saturday

Golf Ball

A family miniature golf tournament benefiting Corrigan Care, Inc. will be held this Saturday, April 19, from 9am-noon at The Fringe Miniature Golf at Aurora Cineplex, 5100 Commerce Parkway Roswell, GA 30076.

Ticket price includes:

  • One round of Mini Golf
  • A bottle of water
  • One free balloon pop per family plus contests, prizes and craft table phantom golf participants.

Can’t attend the event, but still want to support Corrigan Care? Purchase tickets so you can golf at a later date. Tickets will be mailed to you after the event. Register today at www.corrigancare.org.

 

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VOICE Today White Out 5K Run and Spring Festival

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Join VOICE Today and co-sponsor, Exodus Health Center, in bringing awareness to child sexual abuse by participating in its first annual 5k Run and Walk on May 3, 2014, from 8am-2pm. The run will begin at the VOICE Today office, 3855 Shallowford Road NE, Suite 110. Registration is $25 in advance, $35 day of the race.

Following the run, enjoy fun activities brought to you by the Atlanta Hawks tricked out ambulance and rescue van; Blue Bell Ice Cream; Bouncy Houze;  Exhibitors and so much more. For more information, Like them on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/Runforavoice .

Register for the run at www.voicetoday.org. For more information or sponsorship opportunities, contact Chris Ugi at 678-578-4888 or chris@voicetoday.org.

 

 

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Big Day Out changed to BIG DAY IN. A party honoring individuals with special needs!

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The Golden Soldiers, Inc. after less than 24 hours of delivering the sad news of having to reschedule BIG DAY OUT announce BIG DAY IN on Saturday, May 3rd, 2014 at Brunswick Zone XL in Kennesaw, GA. from 10am-2pm. Registration for this FREE event is currently open and is limited to the first 2,000 people. BIG DAY IN, promises to be a wonderful day full of family-fun honoring those individuals with special needs, their families, and those who care and support them.

At BIG DAY IN families will enjoy Over 50,000 square feet of pure fun!, 34 lanes of unlimited bowling, The Lazer Zone arena and it’s anything but your average lazer tag game. A bright and colorful world where surprises lurk around every turn! You and your friends can navigate and battle it out in this uncharted, exciting new world. A Giant Buffet with pizza, hotdogs, salads, pasta, soft drinks, tea, and water! Ping Pong, Face Painting, a Photo Booth, a Bouncy House, 7 Billiard Tables. Also included is the Game Zone with unlimited play with something for video and arcade fans of all ages. From the latest video games to classic action games like air hockey and Pop-a-Shot, Game Zone is buzzing with excitement. There will also be visits from special guests including Star Wars Storm Troopers, Scrappy The Owl, the Kennesaw State University Dance Team, the Atlanta Dream and much more and it’s allFREE! For more information and FREE registration, please visit www.goldensoldiers.org

The Golden Soldiers Founder and President, Lindsey Turner, is thrilled with the launch of this new event saying, “It truly is amazing how everything unfolded over the past couple of days. From announcing heartbreaking news to announcing some very exciting news, it has been a mix of emotions. Brunswick Zone XL of Kennesaw is truly amazing and saved the day, we are extremely grateful of them! I strongly believe BIG DAY IN could turn out to be the largest event in our history and families are currently registered from all over the state of Georgia!”

 

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East Cobb Business Helps Hearing- and Speech-Impaired

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Have you ever wondered how people who are deaf, hard of hearing, deaf-blind, or have difficulty speaking call a business? Years ago, they didn’t. But assistive communication devices, such as text telephones and videophones, have changed all that…or at least they should have.

Unfortunately, people who use assistive communication devices still experience difficulties when calling businesses, often because the person on the receiving end of the call mistakes it for a telemarketing solicitation. East Cobber Michelle Hutchinson, president of Wordhelper.com, wonders how many times she made that mistake before she was recently trained as a certified Georgia Relay Partner.

Georgia Relay is the state’s free public service that provides the hearing- and speech-impaired with assistive communication devices and educates businesses and their employees in the simple steps for receiving and placing Relay calls.

Years ago, callers and recipients both needed special phones, but with Georgia Relay, businesses no longer need particular equipment. Instead, speech- or hearing-impaired citizens type or sign their phone conversations to a specially trained communications assistant who voices the Relay user’s words to the hearing party and types or signs the hearing party’s words back to the Relay user.

Michelle says, “The training was easy and convenient. The trainer came to my office. Now that Wordhelper has been certified as a Georgia Relay Partner, I feel more comfortable helping hearing- or speech-impaired consumers with their editing and resume needs.”

If you have questions about Georgia Relay, visit www.GeorgiaRelay.org or contact Ellen Rolader, Georgia Outreach Coordinator at ellen.rolader@hamiltonrelay.com or 678-620-6776. If you have questions about Wordhelper’s services or their work with the hearing- or speech-impaired, contact Michelle Hutchinson at info@wordhelper.com or 770-518-0010.

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Kiwanis Tee it Up for Kids

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The Marietta and Lost Mountain Golden K Kiwanis Clubs are holding their 19th annual Kiwanis Youth Charity Golf Tournament at Eagle Watch Golf Club, Woodstock on May 14, 2014. Registration is at 9am, buffet lunch at 10:30am,  and shotgun start is at noon. Entry fees for the tournament are only $95 per golfer or $380 per foursome. Sponsorships are still available. Great prizes and a silent auction. To play or for more information, contact Joe Van Horn, Jr. at 404-358-1432 0r Jim Farley at 678-227-9340.

The tournament is held to support numerous Kiwanis activities, events and programs primarily in Cobb and Cherokee counties that directly benefit children in all school levels, as well supporting programs globally through Kiwanis International. Over 20 local organizations benefit directly from the tournament including Must Ministries, Partners in Education and reading programs with 13 schools, Head Start, Special Olympics, Murphy Harpst Childrens Home, Salvation Army, and Rally Foundation for Childhood Cancer.

Combined membership of the Marietta and Lost Mountain Golden K Kiwanis Clubs is over 200 members. Over 50,000 hours of community service are volunteered each year. The major focus of Kiwanis lies in the support and development of our youth. www.kiwanisinterantional.org

 

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East Cobb Civitans invite you to their next meeting

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Do you want to be involved in making the East Cobb community the best?

On April 10, the East Cobb Civitans are inviting guests to their luncheon meeting to learn about Civitan projects, meet the members and learn about Civitan. Attend for the free lunch and learn how you can become involved!

The meeting begins at noon at the Olde Towne Athletic Club, 4950 Olde Towne Pkwy., Marietta 30068. To attend, RSVP to Roselle Wilkinson at 678-548-9635.

The East Cobb Civitan Club was founded in 1986 as the first international service club in the area to include women members. Learn more at http://www.eastcobb.civitan.net/Home.php.

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April Publisher’s note: Love Local

Cynthia Rozzo Spring 2014

When you read this issue, the azalea bushes and cherry trees should be bursting with color against the beautiful blue Georgia sky. We’ll be serenaded by the sounds of chirping birds and whirring lawnmowers. Signs that spring has sprung and summer is just around the corner. Ahhh, summer . . . School will be out and how will your children pass the lazy, hazy days of summer? This April issue features our 14th Annual Day Camp Guide (pages 16-29). We have put together a list of day camps offered right here in East Cobb County and/or a short drive away. While day camp can help  our children learn a better backhand in tennis, acquire a stronger stroke in swimming, or get in touch with nature, the true payoff of camp will be apparent when your child becomes a bit more self-reliant, self-sufficient, and self-confident.

I hope you love East Cobb as much as I do. In addition to helping our readers find things to do locally, and featuring the do-gooders in our community, I also promote small businesses and the value  they add to our local community. Since 1993, this magazine has been dedicated to supporting and promoting small businesses in our exceptional community of East Cobb County. This issue  exemplifies that mission — from our front cover feature, Julie Turner, who opened a beautiful boutique she wanted to see in her northeast cobb neighborhood to our advertisers who are mostly local entrepreneurs serving our community with their special set of skills and hard work. Locally owned businesses build strong communities by linking neighbors in a web of economic and social  relationships, and contributing to local causes.

I hope you join me on this journey to “Love Local” – follow me (and I’ll follow back too!) on any of my social media sites or get in touch with me directly if you think we could work together or if you know of any “hidden gems.” I’d love to hear from you!

Happy Spring!
cynthia

Cynthia M. Rozzo
Founder l Publisher
cynthia@eastcobber.com

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

Right in the Community is Here to Help Special East Cobb Families

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Jim and Kathy McGowan with their son, Michael.

Are you a primary caregiver for a child or adult with a developmental disability? If so, Right in the Community is here for you. Serving Cobb and surrounding counties for more than 50 years, Right in the Community offers programs and services for children and adults with developmental disabilities.

The not-for-profit organization offers respite care, crisis care, residential services, workshops and acts as a referral source for families. From completing daunting paperwork to referring a physician to providing affordable housing, Right in the Community’s assistance has been invaluable to families.

“Every family is unique and has different needs, and we try to be there for them every step of the way,” said Executive Director Jerrie Paschal.

Jim and Kathy McGowan’s grown son, Michael had been participating in respite care for many years.

“It was a helpful break for us as his parents, and Michael enjoyed the social interaction of leaving our home and seeing other people,” said Jim. “Last year, Michael moved into his Right in the Community home, and we knew from his respite care experience that he’d do well there.”

Right in the Community provides many different options for respite care and long-term living opportunities. They have built 24 homes that are affordable, stylish and include features to help people with physical and mental disabilities to live as barrier free as possible.

Darrell and Sandra Tapp’s daughter Cassie has cerebral palsy. She now lives in a group home that gives her some independence with in-home care.

“It provides us peace of mind that she is in a safe, comfortable place and will be taken care of now and in the future,” said Darrell.

If you know someone with a disabled child or adult family member, be sure to direct them to Right in the Community. Through their experience, resources and community network, Right in the Community has been lifesavers to more than 400 local families. For more information, visit their website at www.rightinthecommunity.org or call 770-427-8401.

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