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East Cobbers love their homes and gardens. The EAST COBBER home and garden blog features awesome home and garden happenings, ideas, deals and tips to improve your living environment. Do you have an idea for the H&G blog? Email submissions and photos to hg@eastcobber.com.

Newcomers Club welcomes residents

The Newcomers Club of Cobb County meets the third Tuesday each month at 10am. Attend for various social activities throughout the month for those new to Cobb County or just looking for new friends and activities. Meetings held at John Knox Presbyterian Church, 505 Powers Ferry Road, Marietta. More info: 770-234-5068 or newcomersofcobbcounty@yahoo.com.

 

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Cobb Extension now taking orders for 4-H Annual Plant Sale

A great way to keep a landscape fresh and inviting is to update with a few new plants. Cobb County 4-H is offering a great selection of ornamental and fruiting plants again this year as part of its annual fundraising activities.

Orders for plants can be made beginning in mid-January. Plants can be picked up at Jim Miller Park on March 21. For order forms and additional information, call the Extension office at 770-528-4070 or visit www.cobbextension.com.

 

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Attend the Neighborhood Safety Commission Panel Discussion

On Wednesday, January 21, 7 – 8:30 pm, attend the Neighborhood Safety Commission Panel Discussion in the County Commission Meeting Room, 2nd Fl., 100 Cherokee St. Marietta.

This is another in a series of community awareness and education programs sponsored by the Cobb Neighborhood Safety Commission. This month’s program focuses on safe driving topics. Representatives of the Cobb, Smyrna, Marietta police departments will be on the panel, along with a representative of each the Georgia State Patrol and the Cobb County District Attorney’s office. No pre-registration is required. The program is free and open to the public.

 

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Review Comprehensive Plan amendments before Jan 20

County staff makes annual updates to Cobb’s Comprehensive Plan and Future Land Use Map. The book containing these proposed Comprehensive Plan amendments for 2015 is now available and may be viewed by clicking here.

The Board of Commissioners will hold the final public hearing 9 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 20, at the same location. For more information, visit the Cobb Community Development Agency’s Web page by clicking here.

 

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Details, detours for Mabry Road closure

 

Mabry Road will be closed to through traffic beginning Monday, Jan. 19 through Friday, March 6, Huntridge Drive and Defender Drive NE/Hedge Sparrow Ct NE.

Mabry Road (Huntridge Drive to Defender Drive NE/Hedge Sparrow Ct NE)
The Mabry Road project includes safety barrier installation as well as shoulder stabilization and improvements. A road closure is necessary to protect the safety of the traveling public and roadway contractor while a retaining wall is built to improve the shoulder on the west side of the road. DOT has coordinated with both public safety and Cobb County School District to ensure services are maintained throughout the closure. Detailed closure and detour information can be found at the following link:
http://www.cobbgis.org:81/CobbRSISMobile/Handheld.html?viewer=cobbviewer&extent=-9403901.76325157,4031042.85992491,-9395612.96862856,4039169.57573156

Public safety response:

The public safety response to residents in the area of the closure is not hindered. To assist in that endeavor, please make note if access to your residence is north or south of the closure. In an event where emergency response is needed to your residence, you will be able to provide 911 with that information. 911 Dispatch will then be able to tell responding units what side of the closure you are on, enabling them to take the most direct route possible.

Northbound Mabry Road:
From Shallowford Road (Roswell) – West (straight) on Shallowford Road to Gordy Parkway; northwest (right turn) onto Gordy Parkway; northeast (right turn) onto Sandy Plains Road; east (right turn) onto Alabama Road/Woodstock Road (SR92) – approximately 1000 feet to Mabry Road.

From Sandy Plains Road (Marietta) – Northeast (straight) on Sandy Plains Road; east (right turn) onto Woodstock Road (SR92) – approximately 1000 feet to Mabry Road.

Southbound Mabry Road:
From SR 92 (Roswell) – West (straight) on Woodstock Road (SR92) to Sandy Plains Road; southwest (left turn) onto Sandy Plains Road; southeast (right turn) onto Gordy Parkway; east (left turn) onto Shallowford Road to – approximately 1.7 miles to Mabry Road.

From SR 92 (Woodstock) – Southwest (right turn) onto Sandy Plains Road from Alabama Road (SR 92); southeast (left turn) onto Gordy Parkway; east (left turn) onto Shallowford Road – approximately 1.7 miles to Mabry Road.

(Information provided by Commissioner JoAnn Birrell)

 

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Protect your valuables in the New Year

A reminder from the Cobb County Police Department:
It is the start of the New Year and after the holiday season. You have likely been blessed with new gifts that you treasure. It is the perfect time to document those and all of your valuables. If tomorrow evening you returned home and had to tell a Cobb Police Officer what was taken from your home, would you be able to provide the necessary information for your items? This includes the make, model, serial number, color, value, and any owner applied numbers and inscriptions etc. This may be best accomplished by taking digital pictures of your valuables. Take one overall shot of the item and then a close up of any recordable information like the make, model and serial number tag. Then save the photos in more than one location, to possibly include an online storage option. If you are unfortunate to become a victim, at least you will be able to have photos to provide the police and also your insurance company.

Documentation of your valuables can lead to additional arrests and an opportunity for recovery. You will see below where a burglary theft ring was arrested and we served a search warrant on the apartment. Matching stolen items to possible victims was hindered by the lack of information provided in the police reports by the victims. Documenting your valuables may not only help us get them back to you, but will provide the charges needed to get the offender in jail and off the streets.

 

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Historic gardens highlighted in class

The Cobb County Master Gardeners is a service-oriented group of volunteers with the mission of advancing horticultural education and practices and promoting interest in gardening. Cobb Master Gardeners will host a free class about “Historic Gardens: From the Roman Empire to Colonial America” during the Gardeners’ Night Out event 7-8 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 13. Master Gardener Sue Burgress will host the event at East Cobb Regional Library, 4880 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta.

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Attend the public hearing for 2015 Comp Plan & Future Land Use Map

There will be a public hearing for the 2015 Comp Plan & Future Land Use Map amendments at 9 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 20. The proposed amendments can be found at http://cobbcounty.org/images/documents/comm-dev/land-use/2015_CPA_Book.pdf.

If you have any comments or concerns contact Commissioner JoAnn Birrell at JoAnn.Birrell@cobbcounty.org.

 

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Genealogy Society of Cobb County Georgia Monthly Meeting

The Genealogy Society of Cobb County Georgia monthly meeting for January will be held on Tuesday, January 27, 2015, 7-8pm, at Cobb County Spitzer Library (formerly Central Library), 266 Roswell St., Marietta, GA 30060.

Featured program is “Those Genealogy Forms… the Why and How.” Following the Gen101 class on forms for use in genealogy, organizers will present this refresher course to benefit even the experienced researcher on different kinds of charts and forms. What is their purpose? When does one use them? What are the differences between them, and how to fill them out and utilize them to help you track, manage, and view your data to assist you in your research?

In addition, the annual Genealogy 101 course will begin on January 17. Information about the curriculum and course signup can be found online at http://www.cobbgagensoc.org/wrkshp_sem1.htm.

 

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Enjoy free gardening workshops

The Cobb County Master Gardeners is a service-oriented group of volunteers with the mission of advancing horticultural education and practices and promoting interest in gardening. Cobb Master Gardeners will host a free class on Vermicompost, or recycling with worms, noon-1 p.m., Friday, Jan. 9. Learn how and why to set up your own worm-based recycling center at home. This event is part of the Master Gardeners’ lunch and learn series and will be held in the Cobb Water Lab classroom, 662 South Cobb Drive, Marietta.

Learn about “Historic Gardens: From the Roman Empire to Colonial America” during the Gardeners’ Night Out event 7-8 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 13. Master Gardener Sue Burgress will host the event at East Cobb Regional Library, 4880 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta.

 

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