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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.

Spring Cleaning Sought for Our Local Cemeteries


Helga Hong

We pass by them on a regular basis causing us to stop and adjust our perspective, they are often the setting for a late night campfire story, and history buffs spend hours in these places of long-forgotten beauty and heritage – the older cemeteries located in Cobb County.

Due to vast growth and development, many of the old cemeteries and family burial grounds in Cobb County have been lost and the few that remain are in need of pre-spring care such as brush removal, weeding, trash collection and leaf raking. Want to help preserve this rich part of the history of Cobb County? Gather friends, families, scout organizations or groups to support the efforts of the Cobb County Cemetery Preservation Commission. This all-volunteer commission comprised of Helga Hong, Mike Jones and Elizabeth Parker provides guidelines for the identification, preservation, protection, and maintenance of Cobb County cemeteries, graveyards, and burial grounds; all of which are non-renewable cultural resources.

Several cemeteries in East Cobb are available as part of the Adopt-A-Cemetery program offered as service opportunities for individual or group consideration. Currently, the Noonday Baptist Extension Cemetery (located on White Circle), the Mount Beulah Cemetery (located near the intersection of Shallowford Road and Gordy Parkway), the Davis #1 Family Cemetery (located on Davis Road) and the Antioch Cemetery (located on Roswell Road, near the intersection of Roswell Road and Old Canton Road) are all in need of adoption.

It’s easy to participate in this program – organizations/individuals simply need to complete an application found on the CCCPC’s website ( or contact Helga Hong at 770-993-
2970 and then perform general clean-up once a month November through March and twice a month April through October for one year.

In return for the adoption of a cemetery, the Cobb Country Cemetery Preservation Commission will provide preliminary procedures for cleaning non-perpetual cemeteries, coordinate removal of litter bags and brush and provide signage after the first clean-up. Additionally, one of the commission members will be on-site for the first clean-up. Together we can keep these records of our roots beautiful!


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Swim-a-Thon to support Sunshine on a Ranney Day

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Atlanta Swim Academy will host a USA Swimming sanctioned Charity Fundraiser Swim-A-Thon on Saturday, May 3, from 9am-3pm at 732 Johnson Ferry Rd, Marietta GA 30068. 100% of donations raised by Swim-A-Thon participants will be donated to Sunshine on a Ranney Day, a non-profit organization creating dream room makeovers for children with long term illness or disability.

The event will feature swim team members ages 6-18 and Atlanta Swim Academy staff swimming laps in consecutive sessions. Channel 2 News will be on-site along with representatives from Sunshine on a Ranney Day including Ta, an 8yr old swimming enthusiast with cerebral palsy, and his family who will be receiving a room makeover from the organization.

For additional information contact Brad Grzelka at 770-973-3120×555,


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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

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


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:


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Emmy’s Putt Putt Classic is this Saturday

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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


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VOICE Today White Out 5K Run and Spring Festival

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 .

Register for the run at For more information or sponsorship opportunities, contact Chris Ugi at 678-578-4888 or



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

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

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, 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 or contact Ellen Rolader, Georgia Outreach Coordinator at 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 or 770-518-0010.

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Kiwanis Tee it Up for Kids


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.


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East Cobb Civitans invite you to their next meeting


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

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