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Youth can earn scholarships by serving on associate board

Keep Cobb Beautiful staff is offering local youth the opportunity to join the Associate Board Member program, which is an excellent chance to explore the benefits of working with a non-profit organization to educate, beautify and improve our environment. It also gives youth hands-on experience implementing programs and hosting events. These activities will build community service hours and add an excellent highlight to college resumes.

Associate board members will sit on KCB’s board, participate in various committees, help organize and run events and represent the organization at luncheons and ceremonies. They may also qualify for college scholarships that will be awarded to the top achievers and engaged members.

To be eligible, participants must:

  • Be a current Cobb County resident and student (high school junior or senior or attend college in Cobb)
  • Be at least 16 years old (at the time of application)
  • Have an interest in environmental or community service
  • Be able to pledge a total of 35 hours to KCB
  • Be able to commit for the duration of the term, October through May
  • Have leadership skills, including the ability to interact with local politicians, legislators and other community leaders

Completed applications must be submitted by Friday, Sept. 26. The top candidates will be notified by Oct. 3, so they can attend the Board of Directors meeting Oct. 7. To download the application, click here or visit

If you See Something, Say Something – A Reminder from Cobb County Department of Public Safety


Cobb County Department of Public Safety has recently put out a Department of Homeland Security campaign reminder out to all Cobb County employees. “IF YOU SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING.” This is a good reminder also to our citizens. If you see something suspicious taking place then report that behavior or activity by calling 911. Factors such as race, ethnicity, national origin, or religious affiliation alone are not suspicious. For that reason, one should report only suspicious behavior and situations (e.g., an unattended backpack in a public place or someone trying to break into a restricted area) rather than beliefs, thoughts, ideas, expressions, associations, or speech unrelated to terrorism or other criminal activity.

Be available to make that report to the responding officer. Remember, police reports are not only reviewed for local criminal activity, they are also reviewed for local and or national threats to public safety.

If You See Something, Say Something

The nationwide “If You See Something, Say Something™” public awareness campaign – is a simple and effective program to raise public awareness of indicators of terrorism and terrorism-related crime, and to emphasize the importance of reporting suspicious activity to the proper local law enforcement authorities. The campaign was originally used by New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), which has licensed the use of the slogan to DHS for anti-terrorism and anti-terrorism crime related efforts.
Homeland Security Begins with Hometown Security

If you see something suspicious taking place then report that behavior or activity to local law enforcement or in the case of emergency call 9-1-1. Factors such as race, ethnicity, national origin, or religious affiliation alone are not suspicious. For that reason, the public should report only suspicious behavior and situations (e.g., an unattended backpack in a public place or someone trying to break into a restricted area) rather than beliefs, thoughts, ideas, expressions, associations, or speech unrelated to terrorism or other criminal activity. Only reports that document behavior reasonably indicative of criminal activity related to terrorism will be shared with federal partners.

DHS is working to expand “If You See Something, Say Something ™” throughout the country by partnering with a variety of entities including: transportation systems, universities, states, cities, sports leagues and local law enforcement.

Pope HS to realize Arbor Terrace resident’s cheerleading dream


On Friday, September 26, Second Wind Dreams and the Pope High School cheerleading squad will make a cheerleading dream come true for an elder of the East Cobb community. This dream fulfillment will take place during the home football game against Cherokee High School at 7:30 pm. The public is invited to the game. Admission is $7 and parking is $5.

Lynn, an 85-year old dreamer and resident of Arbor Terrace of East Cobb, will cheer alongside the school’s cheerleaders during the game’s first quarter. Lynn will also escort the school’s mascot during the “dog walk.” Lynn grew up cheerleading through high school and at the University of Georgia. Pope student, Shelby Stokes, a volunteer at Arbor Terrace of East Cobb, discovered this dream of Lynn’s. It is being made possible by Second Wind Dreams which is an international, nonprofit organization founded in 1997. This organization is changing the perception of aging through the fulfillment of dreams and educational programs including its flagship program, The Virtual Dementia Tour.

Please join the Pope community as they show acceptance and respect to a noble elder in the community. Most importantly, an energetic, lifelong cheerleader will be able to smile big as she cheers on the home team. Please visit the Second Wind Dreams website at, to learn more about this organization.

Pope High School is located at 3001 Hembree Road, Marietta, GA 30062.

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Feeling blue? Signs it could be something more serious.


Feelings of sadness, grief, anger and denial are all normal emotions most people will experience at some point in their lives. But when these feelings last a long time or get in the way of daily activities, it may be time to seek medical attention.

Stages of depression

There are typically four stages of depression:

1) Sadness

2) Mild depression

3) Clinical depression

4) Suicidal ideation

Sadness and mild depression are normal responses to challenging life circumstances – a death of a loved one, a divorce or the loss of a job, for example. However, clinical depression and suicidal ideation are signs that intervention is needed. The sooner depression is diagnosed, the sooner the coping process may begin.

“If you are feeling sad or upset, it’s important to reach out for help,” says Angela Buttimer, LPC, a facilitator at Thomas F. Chapman Family Cancer Wellness at Piedmont. “There are so many resources available today that people don’t have to turn to medication as their only source of hope.”

Signs of clinical depression

Buttimer shares some of the warning signs that may indicate normal sadness and mild depression have turned into clinical depression:

  • More bad days than good days for several consecutive weeks
  • Can’t seem to shake the sadness
  • Loss of interest in loved ones, friends, hobbies, etc.
  • Loss of appetite
  • Irrational thinking
  • Lack of concentration
  • She has also seen a tendency for people who do not have a strong support system to fall prey to depression more easily.

Overcoming clinical depression

People suffering from any stage of depression can be empowered by many different support programs, including:

  • Enrichment programs
  • Exercise
  • Stress management
  • Relaxation techniques (yoga, Tai Chi, meditation)
  • Journal writing
  • Signs of suicidal ideation

There are some people who dive into a deeper state of depression where they are overcome with hopelessness. They lose all hope in the possibility of getting well. They may even have suicidal thoughts and at this point, therapy is the primary intervention.

“A person suffering from suicidal thoughts is placed in therapy – usually family, individual and group therapy,” Buttimer says. “All three of these platforms can help with the healing process.”

Medication may also be used to treat depression.

Seeking professional help

There is no shame in seeking professional help, even if you aren’t sure you have depression. Talk to your primary care physician about your symptoms – he or she can refer you to the appropriate specialist.

(Source: Piedmont Healthcare) 

World premiere of ‘A Reckless Pause’ coming to GOOD Theatre


One family, one perfect child; one challenged. A rift is caused between two sisters, when one collapses days before the other’s elaborate wedding. Can their mother repair the damage before the family comes together that night?

Find out when ‘A Reckless Pause’ opens Thursday, October 2, 2014 and runs thru October 5, 2014 at GOOD Acting Studio, 507 Roswell Street NE, Marietta 30060.

Showtimes are Thursday-Friday, 8pm, Saturday 3pm and 8pm, Sunday 3pm. General admission tickets are $15. Purchase online at or call the Box Office at 678-403-8508.

Run time is 1 hour, 28 minutes. Show includes adult language – for mature audiences only.


GG’s Fashion Forward – East Cobb Moms on Local TV!

When we hit the stores, we not only want sales, we also want a shopping experience. How about an experience that doesn’t involve stores or the internet, but is on wheels! That’s what you get with GG’S Fashion Forward.

For more information visit

Senior Day at the North Georgia Fair


You are invited to Senior Day, for adults 55 plus, at the North Georgia State Fair on Friday, Sept. 19. Play Bingo with the Cobb County Board of Commissioners at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

Enjoy entertainment, cake walks, exhibits and more. Come out to Jim Miller Park at 2245 Callaway Road in Marietta.

To learn more, visit


Cobb County Schools CLOSED this week for Fall Break

All Cobb County Schools will be closed for Fall Break September 15-19. Classes will resume on Monday, September 22.

Should your pet be our pet of the month?

Fill out the information on your pet and send it to:
EAST COBBER, P.O. Box 680445, Marietta, GA 30068

Please include a picture with your entry. Or email description and a jpg to:

Pet’s Name:
Age & Gender:
Favorite Food:
Favorite Person:
Best Trick:
Turn Ons:
Turn Offs:
Favorite Toy:
Last Seen:
What makes your pet so special:
Owner’s Name:

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East Cobb Chef Jeffrey Gardner Wins Prestigious Award

Chef Jeffrey Gardner of Common Quarter

Springer Mountain Farms, a Georgia-grown poultry producer known for its flavorful chicken with no antibiotics, has awarded Chef Jeffrey Gardner of Atlanta’s Common Quarter with its prestigious Celebrate the Chef Award. Named one of Open Table’s Top 100 Best Neighborhood Gem Restaurants in America, Common Quarter provides a no-boundaries celebration of culinary heritage and the warm hospitality of the South.

Known for its flavorful chicken raised without antibiotics, Springer Mountain Farms presents this award to a chef each quarter for his or her established background, community involvement and commitment to serving innovative dishes. The chef must also represent a high-end restaurant that provides top-notch service and features Springer Mountain Farms chicken on the menu.

“It’s a luxury to work with people who share a like-minded commitment to quality and integrity,” said Chef Gardner. “I’m proud to be associated with a group of people who believe in raising chickens the right way: with care in a clean environment and void of any hormones or antibiotics. The love they put into the process comes through in a chicken with superior flavor and texture. Cooking with great ingredients like Springer Mountain Farms chicken makes my job that much more enjoyable.”

Growing up in Natchez, Mississippi, Gardner acquired his passion for food while cooking with his mother and grandmother. He graduated from Millsaps College and Johnson & Wales University before moving to Atlanta, where he worked at local Fifth Group Restaurants South City Kitchen Midtown and Alma Cocina before beginning his current role as executive chef at Common Quarter. Chef Gardner has been featured on Food Network’s “Chopped” and Cooking Channel’s “How to Live to 100”.

Gardner joins a select group of esteemed previous award recipients in Atlanta, Nashville and Charlotte, including Chef Jon Fortes of Mimosa Grill, Chef Edgar Pendley of Urban Grub, Chef Chip Ulbrich of South City Kitchen, Chef Linda Harrell of Cibo E Beve, Chef Ron Eyester of Rosebud, Chef Trey Cioccia of The Farm House and Chef Asha Gomez of Cardamom Hill.