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It’s an Egg-cellent week for everyone! Community Events April 18 – 24.


Celebrate the season all around East Cobb this week.

Easter eggs, Earth Day. the end of Passover and events for everyone! It’s another wonderful week all around East Cobb. For even more to do, check out our online calendar HERE.

Every Tuesday and Saturday, Feeding Time at the Chattahoochee Nature Center. Join a naturalist for an in-depth look at one of their resident animals as they are being fed. 4pm. Admission: $10 adults/ $7 seniors/ $6 children ages 3-12 and free for 2 and under and members. Chattahoochee Nature Center, 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell. More info: 770-992-2055.

Trail Hikes, Every Saturday and Sunday. A docent guides you on a journey through the Chattahoochee Nature Center trails using biofacts and activities to spark you “natural” curiosity. 1pm. Admission: $10 adults/ $7 seniors/ $6 children ages 3-12 and free for 2 and under and members.. Chattahoochee Nature Center, 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell. More info: 770-992-2055.

FREE Chess Matches every Saturday. Hone your chess skills with games every Saturday starting at 3pm, Cool Beans Coffee Roasters (31 Mill St. Marietta, GA 30060) in Marietta Square. There no cost to play, email or visit for more information.

Every Wednesday, Wednesday Walks in the garden at Barrington Hall. Share in the garden’s history and learn some gardening tips for your own yard. 9:30-10:30am. Free. Barrington Hall, 535 Barrington Drive, Roswell. More info/reservations: 770-640-3855.


Every Saturday
Marietta Square Farmers Market. featuring products that are grown and produced in Georgia, including produce, plants, honey, breads, cheese and other items. 9am-12pm. Rain or shine. Now open all year. Glover Park-Marietta Square. More info: 770-499-9393 or

Free Arts and Crafts. at Lakeshore Learning Materials. 11am-3pm. Ages 3 and up. Lakeshore Learning Store, 4287 Roswell Road, Marietta. More info: 770-578-3100 or


April 18
The Wiz presented by Christian Family Theatre is a musical adaptation of the classic Wizard of Oz story, based on the book by L. Frank Baum. Thursday-Friday: 7pm. Saturday: 2pm & 7pm. Tickets: $10. The Art Place, 3330 Sandy Plains Road, Marietta. More info: 678-824-2381 or

The Cobb County Public Library System is highlighting the value of libraries, librarians, and library workers to the Cobb County community. National Library Week is observedApril 13-19, 2014 throughout the United States with the theme “Lives change @ your library.” Sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) since 1958, National Library Week is observed each April by public, school, academic and special libraries. With the local observance of National Library Week, we encourage you to explore the many resources and programs offered by your libraries.

Annie. The sun will come out at The Lyric when the legendary musical Annie returns to delight a new generation of theatre goers. Fridays & Saturdays: 8pm. Sundays: 2pm. $32-52/front floor seat. $32-42/Orchestra seat. The Cobb Civic Center, 548 S. Marietta Parkway, Marietta. More info: 404-377-9948 or


April 19

For a complete list of East Cobb Egg Hunts happening today, click HERE. 

DEPARTURE: The Journey Tribute Band. Departure has become the most respected Journey tribute band in the nation. Featured lead vocalist, Brian Williams, has an amazing singing voice flawlessly matching Steve Perry’s vocal range and movements. 8pm. $15 in advance and $18 at the door. Earl Smith Strand Theatre, 117 North Park Square, Marietta. More info: 770.293.0080 or

Emmy’s Putt Putt Classic. A family miniature golf tournament benefiting Corrigan Care, Inc. will be held from 9am-noon at The Fringe Miniature Golf at Aurora Cineplex, 5100 Commerce Parkway Roswell, GA 30076.

Partners in Philanthropy: Lunch with Lt. Governor Casey Cagle. Benefits Cobb Community Foundation’s mission to create charitable giving resources that support the new partnership with the Cobb Collaborative. 11:30am. $100/ticket. Marietta Hilton Conference Center, 500 Powder Springs Street, Marietta 30064. More info: 770-859-2329.


April 20
Happy Easter East Cobbers! Wishing you food, fun, family, friends and festivities all day long!


April 21
League of Women Voters April Meeting. Lin Tatum, Director of Volunteer Services at Homestead Hospice, will speak on hospice care at the League of Women Voters Marietta-Cobb general meeting. The meeting will be held Monday, April 21 at 7pm at the Marietta Firehouse Museum conference room – 112 Haynes Street NE Marietta, GA 30060. This event is free and open to the public.

A Post 6 Forum for the race for the Cobb County Board of Education will be held from 6-7:30pm at Sope Creek Elementary. The Forum will host candidates Kevin Nicholas and Scott Sweeney. Moderator will be Cynthia Rozzo, founder and publisher of EAST COBBER magazine. Sope Creek Elementary School is located at 3320 Paper Mill Road, 30067. The event is collaboratively hosted by the Sope Creek Elementary School Council, PTA, and Foundation. Complimentary on-site childcare provided by Sensible Sitters, Childcare reservations are recommended, though not required. To reserve a childcare spot, visit A maximum of 60 childcare spots have been generously donated by the SCES PTA & Foundation.


April 22
Earth Day. 
Reduce, reuse, recycle, and honor the Earth everyday.

Passover ends this evening.

The Genealogical Society of Cobb County, 7pm. The meeting will feature Ruthanne Warnick discussing “Writing Your Family Story.” Warnick holds a master’s degree in geography, is a former travel industry professional and has worked on numerous special projects to capture people’s stories. All of these were driven by a desire to learn about and learn from people’s experiences, whether they live across the street or across the world, featuring their everyday life as well as exotic adventures. Warnick’s own story is featured in the book Thin Threads: Real Life Stories of Hadassah Life Changing Moments. The meeting will be held at First Presbyterian Church, 189 Church St, Marietta, GA 30064. For more about the Genealogical Society of Cobb County, visit

Women’s Premier Fitness Open House event and one day membership sale. Women’s Premier Fitness offers FREE childcare, 60 group fitness classes per week and affordable small group and personal training, plus a luxurious spa. Visit Women’s Premier Fitness at 4961 Lower Roswell Road or online at


April 23
Booked for Lunch. The Cobb Library Foundation Presents award winning author June Hall McCash at the Marietta Country Club. Registration opens at 11am, program runs 11:30 to 1pm. Tickets for April’s Booked for Lunch are $25 per person, with proceeds going to continue the mission of the Cobb Library Foundation. Click HERE to purchase tickets.

Curb Your Cholesterol, 11am – 12pm Free Registration required It’s easy to eat your way to an alarmingly high cholesterol level. The reverse is true, too — changing what you eat can lower your cholesterol and improve the amount of fat floating through your bloodstream. Learn strategies to improve your cholesterol from Cindee Sweda of the Cobb Extension Service. Call the East Cobb Senior Center at 770-509-4900 for reservations and/or more details.


April 24
Walton High School Drama Spring Revue April 24 – 26th

The Wiz presented by Christian Family Theatre is a musical adaptation of the classic Wizard of Oz story, based on the book by L. Frank Baum. Thursday-Friday: 7pm. Saturday: 2pm & 7pm. Tickets: $10. The Art Place, 3330 Sandy Plains Road, Marietta. More info: 678-824-2381 or\

Georgia Democrats will hose the 2014 Jefferson Jackson Dinner at the Georgia World Congress Center. This year’s special guest speaker is none other than the Ragin’ Cajun himself—Political Strategist and Professor of Practice at Tulane University James Carville. The general reception begins at 6:30 pm and the dinner program begins at 7:30 pm at the Georgia World Congress Center, 285 Andrew Young International Blvd. General admission tickets are $250 and can be purchased at Current members of the Yellow Dog Club can purchase a ticket for $200. Current members of the Young Democrats of Georgia or the Emerging Leadership Council can purchase a ticket for $125. To purchase a ticket at a discounted rate, email

Rain Garden Work Day. Come learn more about the garden and get your hands dirty! 9-11am. Quality Laboratory, 662 South Cobb Drive, Marietta. More info/to register: 770-528-1482 or

Personal Safety in your Home and Community presented by the Neighborhood Safety Commission Community Awareness Committee. Panel: Cobb County Public Safety Director, Sam Heaton; Cobb County Police Detective, Street Grace; Kim McCoy, Moderator. 7pm. Cobb County Government, Building A, 100 Cherokee Street, Commissioners Hearing Room, 2nd Floor, Marietta 30060. More info: 770-565-2343 or


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The Good Life Club Promotes Health and Well-being for Seniors


Join The Good Life Club, for people 50 and older, to benefit from social events, travel, classes, healthcare discount privileges and more. The Good Life Club (GLC), offered through WellStar Health System, is an organization for people 50 and older who want to learn how to live better, be healthier, and stay active. Their focus on wellness, health education, travel/social activities and providing valuable membership benefits affirms WellStar’s commitment to healthy aging in the community. Their low annual membership fee is $12 per person. Some membership benefits include: an online  discount program providing savings through local vendors, national retail stores, and travel discounts (You must have an email address to register as a Good Life Club member), a bi-monthly  newsletter containing valuable program information and tips for healthy aging, 10% discount on a wide range of classes at Kennesaw State University/ Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, and parking discounts at WellStar hospitals: $1 off/1 day; 20% off 8-day and 30-day passes.

For more information about The Good Life Club , call 770-793-7141 or

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Sophia Academy becomes Catholic, adds to High School


In November, Archbishop Wilton Gregory conveyed that “It is with great happiness and gratitude that I express congratulations to Sophia Academy.  It is official that I recognize Sophia Academy as an independent school in the Archdiocese of Atlanta.”

Sophia Academy’s High School was established in 2012. They will begin their first 11th grade this fall, 2014. Since the beginning, students have been involved in choosing uniforms, program offerings, and coursework for the future.

Although the high school is young, this is a unique time to define and develop an exceptional educational experience that includes athletics, fine arts, leadership opportunities and community service. As a Marist school, Sophia Academy provides personalized education tailored to meet student needs and instilling in each a quest for excellence.  The preK through High School experience highlights small classes and highly trained teachers using the Orton-Gillingham approach. The SAIS/SACS accreditation team reports that “the school offers a range of opportunities rare in a school its size.”

“We are so blessed to be part of the Catholic schools in Atlanta and to provide a continuum of schooling to go through twelfth grade.  With a reputation for excellence in academics, extracurriculars and forming the whole child in the image of Christ, this strong alliance will help us become even stronger.  We look forward to serving more students who want to be known and valued and taught in the way they learn best. We’re celebrating 15 years of success and an exciting future of educating more students. Come celebrate with us,” said Founding Director Marie Corrigan.

Ninety percent of Sophia Academy students master their personalized goals, and 80% participate in extracurriculars. Sophia Academy is located at 2880 Dresden Drive, Atlanta, GA 30341. For more information call 404-303-8722 or visit

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Outdoor Burning Ends April 30


Until the end of April, limited yard debris including leaves, pine straw, and small limbs from growth on your property may be burned.  Burning for the purposes of land clearing using an air curtain destructor is also allowed by permit during this time period. During the burning period, fire officials may prohibit burning at times when atmospheric conditions or local circumstances make burning hazardous. For information on the requirements for having an outdoor fire, go to theCobb Fire Marshal’s webpage.



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Nominate your favorite dad for EAST COBBER’s Father of the Year!

Caroline Hall with her “Daddy of the Year”, G.W. Hall

EAST COBBER’s 2013 Father of the Year G.W. Hall with his daughter, Caroline

All EAST COBBER readers are encouraged to nominate a father who either lives or works in East Cobb County to be this year’s EAST COBBER Father Of The Year.

In 200 words or less explain why this man should receive this honor. The Father Of The Year will appear on the front cover of the June/July edition of the EAST COBBER, participate in our annual
Parade, and be eligible to receive gifts fron our local merchants.

Mail your essay along with photo to:

EAST COBBER, P. O. Box 680455,
Marietta, GA 30068

All entries must be postmarked by May 8, 2014.

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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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Taste of East Cobb is back!

Taste of East Cobb

Get your taste buds ready! Taste of East Cobb returns Saturday, May 3, 11am-5pm at The Fountains of Olde Town, 736 Johnson Ferry Road. Rain or shine!

Tastes are $1-$5 each, cash, debit and credit cards accepted.

In addition to delicious food, enjoy great shopping, live jazz and a silent auction, plus inflatables and face painting for the kids!

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Cobb Government Offices to Close in Observance of Good Friday

Cobb County Government offices and facilities will be closed on Good Friday which is Friday, April 18.

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Shop the weekend birthday sale at Back By Popular Demand Consignment!


Back By Popular Demand’s Marietta store is turning three this month and they are celebrating in a major way!

For the first time ever, shop a huge three-day blowout Thursday, April 17 – Saturday, April 19. From open to close at both the Marietta and Lilburn stores, everything will be 20% off. That includes all those fabulous designer purses, jewelry and shoes and best of all we have been working tirelessly to get out as many new pieces as possible for this event.

Coupons and Store bucks will not be valid for those three days but you still earn them by shopping. Saturday will finish the three-day extravaganza with enough PINK sugar to make you float.

Back By Popular Demand is located at 1255 Johnson Ferry Road in East Cobb. Visit
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Chair: Sweeney and Promethean link is ‘conflict of interest’ with BoE


Cobb County School Board member Scott Sweeney, center, directs questions to Chief Financial Officer Brad Johnson during a special called meeting Monday morning to present the proposed 2015 fiscal year budget. Cobb Board of Education members Kathleen Angelucci and Randy Scamihorn said Tuesday they want more information about fellow board member Sweeney’s involvement with Promethean Ltd. and the company’s links to the school system’s foundation.
Staff/Kelly J. Huff

Cobb Board of Education members Kathleen Angelucci and Randy Scamihorn said Tuesday they want more information about fellow board member Scott Sweeney’s involvement with Promethean Ltd. and the company’s links to the school system’s foundation.

Sweeney, in the middle of a tough re-election bid against fellow Republican Kevin Nicholas, informed the school board late last year he had been hired by the digital whiteboard manufacturer as a consultant. Though Promethean markets its products directly to school systems, Sweeney said nothing about it, given two previous chances to disclose his interests.

Angelucci, the school board chair, said she would have acted differently.

“It’s concerning to me,” she said. “Mr. Sweeney has to make his own decisions. If he decided to do this and said, ‘I’m going to abstain or recuse myself if a vote comes up,’ for him that’s the ethical choice. For me, it’s a conflict of interest.”

Angelucci said it would be different if the district had nothing to do with the company.

“But we do, and I don’t know to what extent. I’d like to ask more questions to find out,” she said.

The two also took issue with Sweeney’s insistence that he will abstain from any votes pertaining to Promethean.

Angelucci said the role of a school board member is to vote.

“Our job is to vote,” she said. “When you start recusing yourself from votes, you know, we’re supposed to represent not just our post but the district as a whole and it affects the district.”

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Promethean’s ties the Cobb County School District go deeper than Sweeney. The Cobb Schools Foundation, a fundraising group with an employee — its executive director — on the district’s payroll, has multiple ties to the company.

Jim Marshall, CEO of Promethean, is a member of the Cobb Schools Foundation board. Morten Brante, Promethean’s senior vice president of services for Promethean, is married to Sheri Brante, executive director of the foundation.

Sweeney said his first contact with the company was through Marshall.

Both Angelucci and Scamihorn said they had a lot of questions about the Cobb Schools Foundation after reading the MDJ’s initial story Sunday.

“We should know a lot more than we do,” Angelucci said.

Sheri Brante is paid $43,000 per year by the Cobb school district as a part-time employee. Overall, the district pays the Cobb Schools Foundation $136,000, according to Scamihorn, but the foundation only raises $150,000 to $175,000 for the district.

“It makes me uncomfortable,” Angelucci said. “Perception sometimes becomes reality.”

What’s more, Angelucci said she is a member of the Cobb Schools Foundation board, but had no idea until recently. She has never been invited to a meeting of the foundation’s board and never received copies of meeting minutes.

The group is chaired by John Crooks, a former Cobb school board member.

Scamihorn, last year’s school board chairman, said he doesn’t recall ever being invited to the foundation’s board meetings either, despite also sitting on the group’s board at the time.

Both said that in a month or two they will know a lot more about what’s going on.

“Our job is to find out what’s going on and ask the questions that need to be asked,” Angelucci said. “And we will.”

Asked directly if she would work for any vendor marketing a product to school systems while serving on the school board, Angelucci said, “No.”

Scamihorn was equally resolute.

“You have to be far enough ahead of that curve that you are above reproach,” he said.

Sweeney says contract is confidential

On Tuesday, the MDJ asked Sweeney if he would be willing to disclose his contract with Promethean in the interest of transparency.

“The contractor contract between Promethean and me is confidential and is stipulated as such within the contract,” he said in an emailed response. “The contract does not include any incentive and/or commission element.”

Sweeney attended the National School Boards Association Conference April 5 to 7 in New Orleans. But he said he went on behalf of Promethean, not the Cobb school board.

Sweeney said he was clear about his affiliations while visiting the crescent city.

“I did not register for the conference and I represented myself as working with Promethean during my meetings in New Orleans,” he said.

Sweeney is finishing up his first term representing Post 6, an east Cobb district including Walton and Wheeler high schools. His re-election bid will be decided May 20 during the Republican primary. The winner between Sweeney and Nicholas will represent the district from 2015 to 2018.

(Reprinted from the Marietta Daily Journal. Written by Haisten Willis, April 16, 2014. Read more: The Marietta Daily Journal – Chair Sweeney and Promethean link is conflict of interest with BoE)