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AAA Offers Tow to Go for Memorial Day


If you’re planning to party this weekend, you must plan for safety first. This means using a Designated Driver, staying where you are celebrating, or arranging for another form of sober transportation.

“Memorial Day weekend is a great time to spend with family and friends,” said Gerry Gutowski, Senior Vice President, Automotive Services, The Auto Club Group. “Please keep those special people in mind by not letting them drive impaired.”

Whether you are a AAA member or not, you can call for a Tow to Go ride anytime Friday, May 22nd through 6 a.m. on Tuesday, May 26th. AAA will then safely transport you and your vehicle home or somewhere safe within 10 miles.

“The Tow to Go program is an effective way to promote the use of Designated Drivers and help prevent impaired driving,” said Kathy Casso, Vice President of Corporate Social Responsibility for Anheuser-Busch. “We are proud to partner with AAA and their roadside assistance drivers to help keep our roads safe.”

Since its inception in 1998, Tow to Go has safely removed more than 24,000 impaired drivers from the roads. The service is designed to be used as a last resort. It is offered based on availability of AAA drivers and tow trucks during times of high call volume. The Auto Club Group Traffic Safety Foundation provides the Tow to Go service because it helps keep all motorists safe from the dangers of drunk driving.

Tow to Go Services:

  • Confidential local ride within a 10-mile radius to a safe location
  • Service is provided in Florida, Georgia and Tennessee
  • Free and available to both AAA members and non-members
  • The AAA service vehicle transports the driver and their car
  Tow to Go Service Area   Phone Number
  Florida, Georgia and Tennessee   (855) 2-TOW-2-GO or (855) 286-9246

Anheuser-Busch Wholesalers have been cosponsors of the program since its inception in 1998. Not only has the company provided funding for the service, it has also worked with local bars and restaurants throughout Florida, Georgia and Tennessee to help educate servers on the importance of not over-serving their customers.

For nearly three decades, Anheuser-Busch and its nationwide network of 600 wholesalers have invested more than $1 billion in national advertising campaigns and community-based programs to encourage responsible drinking and prevent underage drinking and drunk driving.  For more information on these efforts and the progress being made in fighting underage drinking and drunk driving, visit


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East Cobb Civic Association meets monthly

The East Cobb Civic Association meets the last Wednesday of every month. The meetings are open to the public and held at the East Cobb Government Service Center, 4400 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta. For more information, visit

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. Meetings begin at 7:00 pm.


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Home for sale in Sope Creek, Dickerson, Walton cluster


In the market for a new home? Check out this fantastic East Cobb address!

Stunning brick home on quiet cul de sac in sought after Sope Creek/Dickerson/Walton school district. Main level master suite with dual custom closets, updated spa bath with maple cabs, granite, marble. Frameless shower door opens to nine head double shower. Study with fireplace and built-ins. Two story great room with fireplace opens to large bright kitchen with full sized breakfast room. Relax on the incredible two story covered porch with fireplace. Finished terrace level with stone fireplace, rec room, bar, bath and guest room. Covered porch on lower level. A sports court completes this fabulous property.

View more information and photos by following this link:

Offered by Lori Greenwald, Lori Greenwald, Realtor, Keller Williams Atlanta North, 404-805-5401 or


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Cobb Police report fraudulent home solicitations

Cobb County Police have received a report of three black males soliciting door to door as landscapers. The men lay pine straw, then attempt to charge the homeowner an exorbitant rate stating they put down five times more pine straw than is realistic. In this case, the homeowner, recognizing the scam, called police who responded to the dispute.

As the weather warms up, Cobb Police say they experience an increase in overall outdoor activity, this includes door-to-door sales. Below, is information on the Cobb County ordinances dealing with door-to-door solicitors.

Door-To-Door Solicitations

The county permits door-to-door solicitations only if the person has registered with the county’s business license office. A registration badge must be worn by solicitors and will in-clude their name, address, organization and a photograph. Solicitation without a registration badge is prohibited. Police will respond to reports of unregistered solicitors. Excluded from this are persons who solicit orders for goods, wares or merchandise, or other things of value from house to house for charitable organizations or purposes or on behalf of religious organi-zations, political organizations and political candidates.

Below, I have included the ordinances most often dealing with door-to-door sales. You may view the county ordinances in their entirety at:!/ga/cobb_county/codes/code_of_ordinances?nodeId=PTIOFCOCOCOGE_CH78LIPEBU_ARTIIISPLIREFE_DIV2PEDO-DSAMOFOVE

• Sec. 78-81. – Definitions.

The following words, terms and phrases, when used in this division, shall have the meanings ascribed to them in this section, except where the context clearly indicates a different meaning:

Charitable organization. Any benevolent, philanthropic, patriotic, or eleemosynary (of, relating to, or supported by charity or alms) corporation, partnership, limited liability company, association, joint-stock com-pany, trust, unincorporated organization or individual who solicits or obtains contributions solicited from the general public, any part of which contributions is used for charitable purposes.

Charitable purpose. Any charitable, benevolent, philanthropic, patriotic, or eleemosynary purpose for re-ligion, health, education, social welfare, arts and humanities, environment, civic or public interest.

Door-to-door salesperson. Any person who shall solicit orders on behalf of a firm, corporation, company, association, partnership or individual of any goods, wares or merchandise, or other things of value from house to house shall be deemed a door-to-door salesperson. Any person who obtains orders for merchandise or other things of value shall be deemed a door-to-door salesperson. Excluded from this definition are persons who so-licit orders for goods, wares or merchandise, or other things of value from house to house for charitable organi-zations or purposes or on behalf of religious organizations, political organizations and political candidates.

• Sec. 78-85. – Door-to-door salespersons—Conduct generally; rights of occupants.

(a) The supervisor of the license office shall provide to each door-to-door salesperson an in-formation card, and the door-to-door salesperson shall present this card to each household he visits. It is the responsibility of the door-to-door salesperson to make sufficient copies of the information card to furnish to each household he visits. Such card shall contain infor-mation as required by the business license supervisor.

(b) The door-to-door salesperson is not to enter a home except at the express invitation of the occupant.

(c) The occupant has the right to refuse entry or to ask the door-to-door salesperson to leave the premises, and, if the salesperson should fail to leave the premises after such instruc-tions, he shall be in violation of the laws of this state and ordinances of the county.

(d) Any discourteous conduct should be reported to the business license office of the county.

(e) If a person purchases the product of the door-to-door salesperson, the person has the right to cancel a home solicitation service agreement any time until midnight on the business day after the day on which he signs the agreement, provided he gives notice of the cancellation to the seller at the place of business as set forth in the agreement or by certified mail, return receipt requested, which shall be posted not later than midnight on the day following execution of the agreement.

(f) A door-to-door salesperson shall place his name and permit number in the blank provided on the card and shall present it to the occupant of each home that he visits.

• Sec. 78-86. – Same—Failure to present information card to occupant.

It shall be unlawful for a door-to-door salesperson to fail to present the card described in section 78-85 to the resident or occupant of a home at which the door-to-door salesperson solicits business.

• Sec. 78-87. – Same—Announcement to occupant.

At each house, the door-to-door salesperson shall announce to the owner or occupant of the home his name and that he has been issued a permit by or has registered with the county license bureau as a home door-to-door salesperson, and shall announce the purpose of his call and present the card provided for by this division and shall allow time for the occupant or owner to read the card.

• Sec. 78-88. – Same—Invitation required to enter home; compliance with sign.

No door-to-door salesperson shall enter a home without the express invitation of the occupant or owner. If a “no soliciting” sign is posted, no soliciting shall be made.

• Sec. 78-89. – Same—Courtesy; leaving premises upon instruction.

A door-to-door salesperson shall at all times maintain a courteous decorum and shall not use opprobrious words to any homeowner or occupant. No door-to-door salesperson shall remain upon the premises of an occu-pant or owner after such occupant or owner has requested the door-to-door salesperson to leave or indicated that he is not interested in purchasing the door-to-door salesperson’s product.

• Sec. 78-115. – Solicitation permit.

All door-to-door salespersons, both nonresident and resident, who shall solicit orders from house to house shall first obtain from the supervisor of the license office a permit for such solicitation.

• Sec. 78-116. – Badge.

All door-to-door salespersons shall wear a badge, the design of which shall be in the discretion of the li-cense office, but which shall be uniform as to all door-to-door salespersons, which badge shall provide the fol-lowing information: the name of the door-to-door salesperson, the name of the company, and an identification number, in large enough type to be read and seen by persons with normal vision at a distance of ten feet. At all times, the door-to-door salesperson shall wear on either the left or right shoulder of his garment the badge pre-scribed by the license office so that such badge can be readily seen by the owner or occupant of the premises.


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Spring Garden Party will toast the season

Cobb Landmarks and Historical Society cordially invites you to the Spring Garden Party/Garden ‘Stroll’ on May 23, 2015  (Rain Date: May 24), 5-8pm, 400 Church Street, Marietta & 429 Cherokee Street, Marietta.
Enjoy cocktails and light hors d’oeuvres from 5 until 6:30 pmin the garden of Katie and Bob Sanstead.

At 6:30 pm, guests will be invited to stroll around the corner to the home of Chris and Cathy Brown, where heavy hors d’oeuvres will be offered in the garden.

Parking will be available in a lot on Brumby Street as well as a lot on Cherokee Street. A parking map will be sent via email after you RSVP.

This member only event is free, but guests must RSVP via email, or by calling 678-594-4994. Not a CLHS member? Join here.

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E. Smith Spring Specials keep East Cobbers Cool



Spring flowers are already beginning to wilt under the summer sun in East Cobb. Keep your indoor temperature tolerable with a Spring Air Conditioning Tune-Up from E. Smith Heating & Air Conditioning.

Through May 31st, a certified E. Smith technician will perform a comprehensive check to ensure your air conditioner is working efficiently for the summer months for just $75 for one unit, $50 each additional unit. Appointments are scheduled at the customer’s convenience between 7:30am and 7pm. E. Smith staff will give a 30 minute “courtesy call” to let you know they are on the way, so there’s no need to spend your entire day waiting at home.

In the market for a new air conditioner? With rebates through Carrier and E. Smith you could save up to $3,100 through May 31st. How’s that for a cool deal?

For more than 50 years, East Cobb families and businesses have relied on the E. Smith family to install, service and maintain their heating and cooling systems. Established in March of 1962 by Earl and Rachel Smith, E. Smith continues to be a family owned and operated company and enjoys helping those within
the community. The company helps groups and causes including the Center for Family Resources, YWCA of Northwest Georgia, Cobb Community Gardens, Master Gardener Volunteers of Cobb County, Garrison Mill Elementary school garden and the Earl Smith Strand Theatre.

Wondering what you can do to ensure peak performance from your HVAC system? According to Debbie Abernathy you should consider a maintenance plan to keep your system running smoothly and efficiently, saving you money over the life of your system.

To schedule an appointment for the Spring Air Conditioning Tune-up or any other service with E. Smith, call 770-422-1900 or visit them online at Don’t forget to find E. Smith on Facebook for valuable discounts.



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Go ‘Through the Garden Gate’ this weekend

The “Through the Garden Gate” garden tour will be held 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, May 9. It is designed to show the public how Master Gardener Volunteers of Cobb County maintain their own landscapes, which will include the Green Meadows Preserve, private gardens and an elementary educational garden. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the gate. Tickets are available online at or by calling 770-528-4070. #ilovecobb

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Celebrate Preservation Month in Cobb


The Marietta Historic Preservation Commission and Cobb Landmarks invite the community to a reception celebrating Preservation Month 2015 at the home of Marion and Milan Savic on Thursday, May 7, 6-8pm. Refreshments will be provided.

The event is free and open to the public. The Savic home is located at 227 Forest Avenue in Marietta.


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Party under the bridge!


It is time to celebrate the completion of the CID’s newest trail segment! A community block party will be held 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Saturday, May 30. It will take place out on the new trail under the Interstate 285 bridge at the Powers Ferry and Akers Mill Road intersection (across from Walton on the Chattahoochee).

The eastern portion of the Akers Mill Trail provides the critical east/west connection for the community’s trail network. Starting at the Cochran Shoals National Park Service trailhead, the segment links to the Bob Callan Trail at the parking lot on Interstate North Parkway. From there, bikers, runners, and pedestrians can take the Bob Callan Trail south all the way to the Paces Mill Trailhead on the Chattahoochee River.

This portion of the trail is a $1 million investment, soley advanced through CID funds. The project was recognized this fall by PEDS at their 2014 Golden Shoe Awards for its excellence in helping to create a more safe and walkable community.

RSVP for the party today on Eventbrite.

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Life Lessons from My Garden

Over the years, as my husband Rick has transformed our back and side yards of our Atlanta home into a bountiful oasis, I have benefited greatly. From both the fruits of his labor (blueberries, apples, figs, grapes, lemons, tomatoes, cucumbers, snow peas, peppers, collards, kale, etc.) and the life lessons learned.

I’ve learned about the power of preparation, planning and patience. That it pays to pay attention if you want things to grow and not go to seed.

I’ve learned the pride and joy that comes from sharing our harvest with neighbors and friends and, occasionally, the woman who delivers our mail.

I’ve learned the therapeutic gifts of retreating from my office for a while to capture the fleeting beauty of that day’s flowers by taking pictures like this. If you’re not inspired every day by nature, you need to get out more!


I’ve also learned about deadheading the roses. When a rose blooms and then it dies, it continues to take energy from the bush until you clip it off so the energy can go to the new blooms. What a great analogy that is to life! Where can you “deadhead” or let go of what no longer serves you so you can focus on what’s most important?

(Reprinted from the newsletter of East Cobber Tricia Molloy.) 

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