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Dispose of unwanted medications safely at free event

The largest source of pharmaceutical byproducts in drinking water comes from the improper disposal of unused medication flushed down the drain. Residents are encouraged to safely dispose of outdated or unused over-the-counter and prescription medications 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, April 26.

This Medication Disposal Day will take place at the Cobb County Super Station 8/Police Precinct 1 at 2380 Cobb Parkway in Kennesaw. Staff and law enforcement personnel will be at this location to collect medications and properly dispose of them in accordance with federal law.

Medicines do not have to be removed from their containers or labels removed to assure privacy. Everything collected will be immediately sealed in boxes and destroyed. Items accepted will be liquid and pill form medications, sharps and needles, diabetes materials, catheters and tubing. No durable medical equipment (CPAP, nebulizers, etc.) Nothing will be accepted at this address or by any Cobb County staff person before or after the scheduled drop off day. This event is sponsored by Keep Cobb Beautiful, in partnership with Cobb Public Safety and Cobb Water System. For more information, call KCB at 770-528-1135.


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East Cobber Writes Novel that Inspires

Margaret McBride

Margaret McBride

When there is anger in the heart, will anger or love prevail? Childhood disappointments, like invisible phantoms, often lead to a lifetime of personal denial overshadowed by grief and regret - we often lie the loudest when we lie to ourselves.

Author and East Cobb resident Margaret McBride has written her new novel, “That Melvin Bray,” to inspire people to forgive, to heal, and to embrace a life filled with spiritual meaning and personal abundance. McBride creates the backbone of the story for love and healing from a mixture of personal insights and the experiences of those she loves. Add in a heap of psychological ingenuity and a dash of lighthearted adventure and you’ve got a full-blown spiritual thriller.

“That Melvin Bray” follows two young women who must confront and reconcile the burdens of their personal regrets in life while trying to solve the mystery of a missing child. Along the way, a higher power guides them toward the personal healing they seek.

“Much like my own characters, I struggled to find  the path to personal healing,” McBride said. “With some guidance from above, I found mine and hope my novel helps others do the same.”

Aiming to stir the soul, this novel demonstrates that the written word is far from silent. This journey of healing not only provides inspiration to accept life’s disappointments, but also to recognize
the compelling power of forgiveness, hope and healing.

“After all, my sincerest belief is when the heart truly forgives then there is nothing to forget,” McBride said.

“That Melvin Bray” is available at and

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Register for the 2nd annual Atlanta Moon Ride


Registration is now open for the 2014 Atlanta Moon Ride, which takes place on Friday, June 13th, 2014. If you didn’t participate last year, the Atlanta Moon Ride is a 6.5 mile night bike ride through some of Atlanta’s coolest neighborhoods. Gear up your bikes with a head lamp, bust out the flair and get ready to ride the streets. Costumes encouraged!

This is a chance to safely cruise through Atlanta neighborhoods at night without having to battle traffic as the Atlanta Police Department will be blocking the route.  This event is open to anyone who wants to hit the streets, whether you’ve got a street bike, a mountain bike, a wheel chair or a good ole cruiser. This is a fun ride, and is appropriate for any skill level so come ride!

The evening’s schedule is:

  • 7 p.m. – Registration and kick off party with live music, outdoor bar areas and more
  • 10 p.m. – Hit the streets for a fun ride alongside Atlanta Police Department escorts and live DJ trucks
  • 10 p.m. – 2 a.m. – Hang out at Park Tavern for the after party

Atlanta Moon Ride begins and ends at Park Tavern in Midtown, 500 10th St. NE, Atlanta, GA 30309. Everyone is encouraged to ride with flair – dressing in costume, gearing up bikes with headlamps, glow sticks, bullhorns, unicorn horns – anything goes. All proceeds go to Bert’s Big Adventure!

Check out the Atlanta Moon Ride website to see videos and photos from last year, updates for the upcoming ride and to register. Tickets are only $25 right now, but the price will go up soon so don’t wait!

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Still time to register for free Aging by Design Summit


Registration is still open for the Aging by Design Summit 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday, April 28, at the Cobb Galleria Centre. This free seminar will share important information on issues that impact older adults. Space is limited and the registration deadline is Monday, April 21. To register, click here.

Topics will include “Views about Aging,” “Housing and Transportation Options,” “Elder Abuse,” “Dementia and Caregiving” and a “Health and Wellness Panel of Experts.” Cobb Galleria is located at 2 Galleria Parkway SE, Atlanta. For more information about the summit, click here.

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Murdock Elementary School Sets Record for American Heart Association Fundraiser


Jeff Crocker, Student teacher; Brittany Collins-Physical Education Para Pro; Marc Renna, Physical Education Teacher; and Allison Redhead, P.E. Para Pro.

Murdock Elementary School set a new record in their fundraising efforts for the American Heart Association (AHA).

Sponsored by the school’s P.E. Department, this year’s Jump Rope for Heart proved to be a huge success. Marc Renna, Murdock’s P.E. teacher for the past nine years, has one main goal for his students: Exercise and have fun! So naturally, he made sure the Jump Rope for Heart event was not only successful but fun.

When the fundraising began, the school goal was set at $10,000. That goal was met within a record 5 days, and that amount included only online donations; the next goal of $20,000 was met within a few weeks with time still left before the deadline of February 21. Murdock ended up collecting an amazing amount of $34,700.68, over 3 times the original goal! Not only was this the most amount raised for Jump Rope for Heart in the history of Murdock (since 1975), but the school ranked number one in Cobb County, the state of Georgia AND the Southeast region, which includes surrounding states and Puerto Rico!

“I attribute this success to the amazing students, families and the Murdock community. . . I’ve never seen this much money raised for the AHA in my 18 years teaching in Cobb County.


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CRCT time is here: A+ Strategies to Boost Test Scores

CRCT testing school sleep

In addition to working hard in school, name three ways your child can optimize CRCT scores?

  • Get a good night’s sleep
  • Eat right
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Get active

Before test day, be sure your child gets to bed at a reasonable hour so his mind is well rested and ready to show its stuff. On test mornings, serve a balanced breakfast, including 100% whole grains, giving kids plenty of energy and preventing a blood sugar drop for several hours. Try a piece of 100% whole wheat toast, 1 hardboiled egg, fruit and wash it down with a delicious glass of low-fat milk. Keep young brains well lubricated with plenty of water, before the test and during breaks.

Testing Tip #1
Students who get enough sleep are better able to remember and recall what they’ve learned. Don’t stay up late to cram; it’s better to get your Z’s. Rule of thumb: 7-12 year olds need 10-11 hours/day. 12-18 year olds need 8-9 hours/day.

Testing Tip #2
Get their test day (and every day!) started with the right fuel. It’s a tall order, but try to serve at least three of the four food groups with this meal. Include a variety of foods, like whole grains (bread, brown rice, oatmeal), protein (eggs, lean meat, tofu, nuts, beans), fresh fruits or veggies, and low fat dairy (milk, yogurt, cheese).

Testing Tip #3
Don’t forget about water! Our brains are more than 85% water, so they need plenty of the wet stuff to work well. Thirsty brains can experience short-term memory loss, trouble focusing and difficulty with math problems. If teacher allows, send your child with a water bottle to keep him energized, alert and focused.

Testing Tip #4
Pack your child a healthy snack. If he’ll be going longer than four hours between meals, a nutritious snack mid-way will help regulate blood sugar, and keep energy level and mental focus high.

Snack suggestions: fruit, veggies, cheese and crackers, mini bagels and cream cheese.

Testing Tip #5
Avoid giving kids simple sugars. Whether you’re sending in snacks for your own little Einstein or the whole class, nix the sugary cereals, toaster pastries, juice, cookies and candy. Sure, they provide an energy burst. But they’re followed by a crash, leaving your kid feeling tired and sluggish – not what they need on test day.

Testing Tip #6
We know being active is good for our muscles and body, but did you know it is also good for your brain? Physical activity is linked to increased concentration and ability to focus and what’s more important than focus on test day? Did you know? Physical activity increases blood flow in your body which means more nutrients and oxygen are traveling to your brain.

Your child has worked hard all year to prepare for the CRCT (and other standardized tests). Now it’s your turn to help him shine by making sure he eats right and sleeps well beforehand. Study hard + eat right + sleep tight = the right equation for testing success!

For more nutrition tips to keep your kids on their game all year long check out Strong4Life at


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Hospice Care focus of April LWV 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.


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April is National Donate Life Month


Did you know that more than over 270 people die every day in the United States waiting for an organ transplant because there are simply not enough organs available?

Support Matching Donors by donating cars, trucks, boats, RVs, planes or real estate to help people needing organ transplants. 100% of all donations on go to help people get organ transplants on

MatchingDonors is a 501c3 nonprofit organization and the nation’s largest online living organ donor organization finding living organ donors for people needing organ transplants.

Currently, patients waiting for an organ donation are placed on a national waiting list through the government. A computer system matches patients to donor organs according to objective criteria such as blood and tissue type, immune status, medical urgency and time spent on the waiting list -the average time to receive a deceased organ is 7 to 12 years on this list. This ranking system determines which patients are offered available organs. This process is extremely important in anyone’s organ search, but offers a way to enhance the search with a more active approach. Many patients receive their kidney transplant within six months of registering on

To learn more, visit

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Money Smart Week April 5-12


Celebrate Money Smart Week with free workshops! ObservedApril 5-12 by libraries throughout the United States, Money Smart Week is a public awareness campaign promoting financial education for all ages. Money Smart Week was started by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.

Programs at Cobb libraries include:

‘Money Smart Kid 2014′ Family Program, Saturday, April 5, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., East Cobb Library. A family story time, especially for children ages 3 and up, presented by Country Financial with a 25 book giveaway and a coin piggy bank activity. Registration is required. Please register online or by calling (770) 509-2730.

Teen Advisory Board Meeting followed by Money Smart Week @ Your Library, Tuesday, April 8, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., South Cobb Regional Library. Kids explore how people earn, manage and save money to buy and trade good and services. Ages 14-17. Information: (678) 398-5834.

Savvy Social Security Planning, Wednesday, April 9, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., at East Marietta Library. Join financial consultant Marta Shen as she discusses what baby boomers need to know to maximize retirement income. The seminar covers the basics of Social Security and strategies for maximizing your benefits. Information: (770) 509-2711.

School Age Special: Money Smart Week @ Your Library, Thursday, April 10, 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., South Cobb Regional Library. Kids explore through book and hands-on activities how people earn, manage and save money to buy and trade goods and services they need and want in their lives. Ages 7 and up. For more information, please call (678) 398-5834.


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Play Strong4Life Spring Break BINGO this weekend


Spend the last few days of Spring Break playing Strong4Life BINGO from CHOA. In an effort to help busy parents Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta is serving up a fun, simple way for families to have fun this spring break by breaking out the Strong4Life Spring Break BINGO card and letting the adventures begin. Visit Cobb locales like Kennesaw Mountain and the Silver Comet Trails or explore a new-to-you part of the metro area.

To play, visit and download your BINGO card. Then complete any combination of adventures during spring break week so you get “BINGO” by going across, down or diagonal. (Don’t forget you can choose to use the free space in the middle). Remember to snap a photo of your family doing each of the activities, then send photos of your adventures and a photo of your completed BINGO card to

Strong4Life will randomly select four families to win a Strong4Life prize pack.


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