Get our e-newsletter

Ho ho ho….Holiday Happenings all around town!

Santa’s sleigh has arrived at Town Center Mall and all around East Cobb. Find out more in our 2014 Holiday Happenings Guide.

Metro Atlantans celebrate the holiday season by continuing old traditions, decorating public spaces and putting on plays. The EAST COBBER is happy to provide a sampling of those special events to help you get in the holiday spirit. For more great area events (both holiday and everyday) visit our online calendar.



Click HERE to read our December issue online. Then VISIT OUR FACEBOOK PAGE and tell us what you think!

‘Twas the Night Before Finals

‘Twas the night before finals,
When all through the house,
Came the sounds of the flu,
To the dismay of my spouse.

The feverish children were tucked in their beds,
My constant harping lingering in their heads:
“Drink your Gatorade! Finish your soup!”
All playing in an endless loop.

Now Tamiflu! Now, Motrin! Now Tylenol and Aleve!
A temp less than 102 we will achieve!
More Popsicles! More Saltines! More Jello and Toast!
Yet another trip to Publix after all have been dosed.

I heard them exclaim as the garage door came to rest,
“To our friends at school, best of luck on every test,
enjoy the class parties, the snacks, and good cheer.
enjoy your Christmas. We’ll see you next year!”

Original Poem by Elizabeth Clancy Wagner


LIKE THIS BLOG? Then you’ll love our newsletter! Click HERE to sign up for our weekly e-newsletter and be a neighbor in the know!

High School Final Exam Dismissal – Buses to run at 11:30am


On December 18-19, CCSD will offer an early bus run at 11:30 a.m. for HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS who have completed their final exams. Some high schools may be offering a special activity later in the school day or perhaps final exam tutoring, so please check with your local school for specific details.



LIKE THIS BLOG? Then you’ll love our newsletter! Click HERE to sign up for our weekly e-newsletter and be a neighbor in the know!

County airport continues growth and expansion


Workers successfully competed against high winds this week to place the 67,000-pound top on the new air traffic control tower at McCollum Field.

The $2.9 million tower, scheduled to be completed in January, will improve visibility, provide proper layout of equipment and offer an improved work environment for controllers. The construction is part of many improvements at McCollum Field, including the planned building of a U.S. Customs inspection facility.

Cobb County airport is the second busiest general aviation airport in Georgia and is home to 250 aircraft, while generating an annual economic impact of more than $112 million to the local community and supporting 842 local jobs, according to county officials.


LIKE THIS BLOG? Then you’ll love our newsletter! Click HERE to sign up for our weekly e-newsletter and be a neighbor in the know!

Christmas 365 Serving Seniors Year Round


Cobb Senior Services is excited to launch Christmas365 (formerly known as Senior Santa) as a way to connect the needs of seniors in Cobb County with the generosity of  his great community…on a year round basis! Your gift to Christmas365 may be made any time during the year, not just during the holidays. How can you help? Donate New generic items or make a $30 donation to assist seniors year round.

Sugested Items to Donate Include:

  • Adult diapers: all sizes
  • Adult pull-ups: Male & Female (all sizes)
  • Bath sets: Male & Female
  • Bath towels & wash cloths
  • Bed Sheets: all sizes
  • Compression stockings: all sizes
  • Diabetic socks: Male & Female (all sizes)
  • Disposable wipes (such as baby wipes)
  • Ensure & Glucerna
  • Gowns: button down the front (need 3x, 4x, 5x)
  • Grocery gift cards: Kroger, Publix, Walmart
  • Blankets: all sizes
  • Hat & Gloves sets: Male & Female
  • Pajamas: Male & Female (all sizes)
  • Slippers (non-skid): Male & Female
  • Socks: Male & Female (all sizes)
  • Toothbrushes & Toothpaste


For additional information please call 770-528-5364 Donation sites: Mon- Fri 8:30am-4: 30pm

East Cobb Senior Center 3332  Sandy Plains Road, Marietta, GA 30066
Freeman Poole Senior Center 4025 South Hurt Road, Smyrna, GA 3008
North Cobb Senior Center 4100 Old HWY 41, Acworth, GA 30101
Senior Wellness Center 1150 Powder Springs Street, Marietta, GA 30064
West Cobb Senior Center 4915 Dallas Highway, Powder Springs, GA 30127


LIKE THIS BLOG? Then you’ll love our newsletter! Click HERE to sign up for our weekly e-newsletter and be a neighbor in the know!

Donate to Toys for Tots at Red Sky this Thursday

Child watching a cool firework

On Thursday, December 18th, starting at 5pm, Red Sky Tapas and Bar is hosting their Annual Toys for Tots Toy Drive. A few members of the United States Marines will be on hand to collect donated new, unwrapped toys, in order to support families in need this holiday season. Red Sky’s goal is to provide 150 new, unwrapped toys, so that we can support the nationwide efforts of the United States Marines.

As a benefit to people who donate toys, for every new, unwrapped toy of any value donated, guests will receive a $5 coupon good towards Red Sky’s new Weekday Lunch Menu.

During Thursday evening’s Toys for Tots Drive, Red Sky will offer food and drink specials and an acoustic guitar performance by Chip Jones.

Red Sky is located at 1255 Johnson Ferry Road, Suite 16 in Marietta. For reservations and more information please call 770.973.0100.


LIKE THIS BLOG? Then you’ll love our newsletter! Click HERE to sign up for our weekly e-newsletter and be a neighbor in the know!


EAST COBBER readers receive $500 off a new roof


In the market for a new roof? Call Crist Roofing & Construction and receive $500 off any new roof when you mention the ad on page 3 of our December issue.

No job too big or small, they do it all. Call 770-514-9653 or visit


LIKE THIS BLOG? Then you’ll love our newsletter! Click HERE to sign up for our weekly e-newsletter and be a neighbor in the know!

Child struck by vehicle near Simpson Middle School


A child was struck by a vehicle in Cobb County on Monday evening.

The child was hit near Simpson Middle School, which is located at 3340 Trickum Rd. NE in Marietta.

The child was alert when taken to the hospital, according to a spokesperson with Cobb County police.

Copyright 2014 WGCL-TV (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.

(Read more:

Cobb County Schools announces graduation dates


The Cobb County School District has released dates, locations and times for the 2015 Spring Commencement Schedule. Pope and Kell will hold ceremonies on Thursday, May 21. Lassiter, Sprayberry, Walton and Wheeler ceremonies will be held on Friday, May 22. For locations and times, please visit

(Source: Cobb County Schools)


LIKE THIS BLOG? Then you’ll love our newsletter! Click HERE to sign up for our weekly e-newsletter and be a neighbor in the know!

Latkes Like Your Bubbe Used to Make



A favorite Hanukkah food is latkes,or potato pancakes. Originally, the pancakes were made of cheese. Eventually, the custom grew to incorporate eating pancakes of all kinds.Latkes (potato pancakes)are eaten because they are cooked in oil and thus remind the Jews of the miracle of the single cruse [pitcher of oil]. Rabbi Solomon Freehof, a great contemporary Jewish scholar, has hypothesized that the eating of latkes may have grown out of an old custom of eating milchig (dairy) foods on Hanukkah. Milchig foods evolved into milchig pancakes and then into latkes, possibly because the main potato crop became available about the time of Hanukkah. No-one knows for certain how the association began, but for anyone who feasts on latkes at Hanukkah time, a historical rationale is unnecessary.

Light the menorah and celebrate the traditional Jewish festival of lights with this Latkes recipe from Pamela Morton, Marketing & Communications Manager at the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta.

Latkes Like Your Bubbe Used to Make

(Makes about 28 potato pancakes, 2-3 inches each)

2 pounds russet (baking) potatoes, peeled and placed in a bowl of cold water
⅓ cup grated onion
2 eggs, lightly beaten (1 egg per pound of potatoes)*
1 cup all-purpose flour (best) or ½ cup matzah meal**
1 teaspoon salt, plus additional to taste
Freshly ground black pepper to taste
Peanut or canola oil for frying

Line a large baking sheet with paper towels. If not serving the latkes immediately—out of the frying pan into the dining room—preheat the oven to 200 degrees. Have a large bowl of cold water ready.

Grate the potatoes, using a hand grater or food processor fitted with the medium shredding disc. As potatoes are grated, transfer them to the bowl of water. When all of the potatoes are grated, set aside for 5 minutes. Drain the shredded potatoes in a large colander, rinsing with cold water. Transfer to a clean bowl.

Add the onion, the eggs, flour, salt, and pepper. Thoroughly combine the mixture.

In a large, preferably straight-sided pan, add oil to a depth of ¼ to ⅓ inch. Heat oil until a shred of potato dropped in the oil sizzles immediately.

Form pancakes, using 2 tablespoons from a regular silverware set. Scoop up a generous spoonful of the potato mixture with one spoon, flatten the mixture with the other spoon. Slide the latke into the oil. Repeat until the pan is full, but not crowded. Cook the latkes until browned at the edges. Turn the latkes over and cook until fully browned. Transfer the finished latkes to the lined baking sheet to drain excess oil. Repeat with the remaining mixture.

If not serving the latkes immediately, transfer the sheet to the preheated oven to keep warm. If serving even later, set the latkes aside to cool to room temperature, then freeze until ready to serve. Reheat the latkes in a 350-degree oven, and drain again on paper towels because reheating will release more oil.

Serve with sour cream or applesauce. Add salt to taste.

* Too many eggs will overwhelm the taste of potato.

** Too much starch will make the latkes heavy. Use only about ½ cup flour or ¼ cup matzah meal per pound of potatoes—just enough to bind the mixture. If doubling the recipe, add flour slowly; the full amount may not be needed. Toward the end, the mixture gets very loose. It is better to release the extra liquid by squeezing it on a spoon rather than by adding more flour.

Do you have a favorite holiday recipe? Tell us in the comments below or on our Facebook page,