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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.

Keep Cobb Beautiful and give back

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On Saturday, Sept. 13 from 9 a.m. to noon, Piedmont Church will host Keep Cobb Beautiful’s free document shredding and shoe collection event. Household documents will be securely shredded on site at no cost. Gently-worn shoes will be collected and donated to people in need. Please bind or tape shoes in pairs. Only paper products will be shredded. 

The following items are NOT acceptable: plastics, CDs, floppy discs, electronics, cardboard and large binders with metal rings or clips. 

The church is located at 570 Piedmont Road in Marietta.

Barbara Purdy Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Provides Personal Touch to Real Estate Search

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Buying and selling a home is one of life’s biggest decisions. In today’s competitive market, it takes more than desire to  successfully navigate a real estate transaction. It takes an intimate knowledge of the financial and personal aspects of the buying and selling process.

East Cobb Realtor Barbara Purdy has been on both sides of the closing table. When relocating to East Cobb from England  two and a half years ago, Purdy used her knowledge of real estate to secure the ideal home for herself, her husband and their three teenage sons.

An associate with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Georgia Properties, Barbara Purdy understands what it’s like to search for a home in and around East Cobb. The need for good schools, good neighborhoods and an ideal commute  time are top priorities for local buyers.

“The right location is crucial,” believes Purdy. Purdy credits East Cobb’s wealth of friendly neighborhoods, excellent schools, local amenities and burgeoning restaurant scene with attracting residents, including her family. As a Realtor with BHHS Georgia Properties, Purdy has access to the latest technology to aide in home buying and selling, including a mobile app to search for homes on the market. Purdy and her team market homes for top dollar and assist clients in finding the right home for their family.

“A qualified real estate agent is essential in buying and selling a home, for the information they can provide the client,” said Purdy.

To contact Barbara Purdy about buying or selling a home, email Barbara.purdy@bhhsga.com or call 404-662-6137.
(Paid advertisement. Reprinted from the August 2014 issue of EAST COBBER.) 
 

 

 

East Cobb Civic Association meets Wednesday

The East Cobb Civic Association meets Wednesday, August 27 at 7pm. The meeting is open to the public and will be held at the East Cobb Government Service Center, 4400 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta. For more information, visit eastcobb.net.

The East Cobb Civic Association brings individual homeowners and associations together to promote and maintain the community, lifestyle and camaraderie we moved to East Cobb to enjoy.

The ECCA Board and members influence the Cobb County government’s decisions, initiatives, and zoning and variance rulings that impact East Cobb communities. Through their participation, ECCA members are kept aware of important votes, meetings and issues, and are encouraged to be active in voicing their support or concerns.

General membership meetings are held the last Wednesday of each month, except for November and December, which are combined as a special planning meeting scheduled for December 3, 2014. Meetings begin at 7:00 p.m. and are held at the East Cobb Government Service Center, 4400 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta, unless otherwise noted.

 

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Learn to make a rainwater harvesting system

A rain barrel is a rainwater harvesting system that is connected to a downspout from a house or building. By collecting rainwater, one can save energy, water, and money. Rain barrels also help reduce erosion and storm water runoff and increase water quality.

Come learn how to make a rain barrel and take it home with you at this free workshop noon-1 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 16 at the Cobb County Water System Water Quality Laboratory Training Center. It is located at 662 South Cobb Drive, Marietta, GA 30060. Limit one barrel per household, Cobb County residents only. Space is limited.

Register online http://watershed.cobbcountyga.gov/files/rainbarrels.htm

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Pope Band sponsors recycling day

Band Recycling Day will be held at Pope on Saturday, September 6 from 9am-4pm for metal, electronics, paint and paper shredding. A $10 minimum donation is required for unlimited electronics and metal. Additional fees apply for TV and CRT monitors, paint and paper shredding. Pick up available within 10 miles of Pope High School for additional fee. Detailed information can be found at www.popeband.com/recycle. If you have questions, please email mjg6@bellsouth.net and state RECYCLING in subject line for quick response. Proceeds benefit Pope High School Band.

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

 

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Free Admission, Volunteer Opportunities Offered September 27 During Georgia’s “Your State Parks Day”

Free admission, dozens of volunteer projects and family-friendly events await Georgia State Park and Historic Sitevisitors on Your State Parks Day set for Saturday, September 27. Sponsored by Friends of Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites, the nonprofit dedicating to preserving and enhancing the state’s natural treasures, Your State Parks Day is Georgia’s annual celebration of National Public Lands Day. The statewide event showcases how parks enrich communities while emphasizing the importance of local volunteerism.

Throughout the day, visitors can join volunteer projects such as re-routing a trail at Cloudland Canyon or invasive plant removal at Skidaway Island. Guests can also join fun activities such as fishing and paddling. To encourage participation, Friends of Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites will pay the regular $5 parking fee and historic site admission fees for all visitors. More than 60 participating locations may be found atwww.GaStateParks.org/map.

“Your State Parks Day is about providing opportunities to practice stewardship through volunteer projects at state parks and historic sites,” said Friends Executive Director Andy Fleming. “We welcome all Georgia residents and visitors interested joining us on Your State Parks Day; however, it is important to remember that the need to preserve our parks for future generations isn’t limited to a single day. It is our hope that the individuals and families who volunteer with us on September 27 will continue to make a difference at parks throughout the year.”

Georgia’s Director of State Parks, Becky Kelley, said that volunteers are crucial to the park system, helping with everything from landscaping and trail maintenance to junior ranger programs for children.

“We wouldn’t be able to offer the activities and facilities that we do without our volunteers and Friends members,” said Kelley. “Even those who come out for a few hours during Your State Parks Day are making a difference. Many have such a good time that they come back as regular volunteers.”

To see a complete list of events planned for Your State Parks Day, visit www.GeorgiaStateParks.org/stateparks-day. The statewide event is part of National Public Lands Day, the nation’s largest single-day volunteer effort for America’s public lands.

 

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Keep Cobb Beautiful and give back

On Saturday, Sept. 13 from 9 a.m. to noon, Piedmont Church will host Keep Cobb Beautiful’s free document shredding and shoe collection event. Household documents will be securely shredded on site at no cost. Gently-worn shoes will be collected and donated to people in need. Please bind or tape shoes in pairs. Only paper products will be shredded.

The following items are NOT acceptable: plastics, CDs, floppy discs, electronics, cardboard and large binders with metal rings or clips.

The church is located at 570 Piedmont Road in Marietta.

 
 

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Paint any room for $99 with ProPainting and Remodeling

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Paint any room in your house for $99 through January 1, 2015. Interior and exterior painting, home improvement, remodeling and more. Call 404-587-4573 for a FREE estimate.

 

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Your library card: ‘The Most Important School Supply’

The launch of the 2014-15 school year is an excellent time for Cobb students and parents to make certain everybody has a Cobb County Public Library System library card.

We encourage students and parents to make sure library cards are up to date. Library cards for Cobb County residents are valid for two years.

Visit any Cobb library location to get a library card. Getting a library card is easy and only takes a few minutes. Parents and guardians should visit the library with their children, bring proof of residency and photo identification, and fill out a short form. While you’re at the library, learn how libraries can be part of students’ educational and entertainment plans during the busy school year.

Classes at the Cobb County School District and Marietta City Schools began this week. Classes also start soon at many area private schools and for several homeschooled students.

For more information on CCPLS library cards, please visit our website at www.cobbcat.org. September is Library Card Sign-Up Month, a national drive led by the American Library Association (ALA). As the ALA campaign says, “a library card is the most important school supply of all.”

 

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Genealogy Society of Cobb County Georgia will meet August 26

The next meeting of the Genealogy Society of Cobb County Georgia will be held on August 26, 2014, at 7pm at First Presbyterian Church, 189 Church St, Marietta.

For the August 2014 meeting the Genealogy Society of Cobb County Georgia will have a presentation by Dianne Bean Barfield on ‘Religious Records and What They Offer the Genealogist’. Dianne is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the National Genealogical Society, and is a lifetime member of the General Society of Mayflower Descendants. Dianne is also a member of the Genealogy Society of Cobb County Georgia and serves as its Education Coordinator.

For more information visit http://www.cobbgagensoc.org/index.htm or contact ccgs@cobbgagensoc.org.

 

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