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Moms and dads from East Cobb talk about issues that are important to families. Family-friendly events are also featured. Join in and share.


This isn’t about us; it’s about you—the people of East Cobb County. Everybody has a story, and we want to hear yours. If you know of a person, group, or event that should be featured in the pages of or event that should be featured in the pages of the EAST COBBER for any reason, please call 770-640-7070 or e-mail to let us know.




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Special after school program for children this week

Enjoy after school snacks, monsters and fun during the “Booked After School” event 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 20. This Cobb Library Foundation fundraiser is a special after school program for children and adults. Award-winning author Danny Schnitzlien will be on hand with his book “The Monster Who Ate My Peas.”

Schnitzlein is a Marietta-based author of three books that address people’s inner monsters who procrastinate and put off the unknown. “The Monster Who Ate My Peas” has received several awards and represented Georgia in the 2004 National Book Festival. It was recently adapted to a musical play that is being performed all over the country.

The “Booked After School” event will be held at the Mansour Center, 995 Roswell St. NE, Marietta. Children 12 and younger are $5 and adults are $10. For more information, or to purchase tickets, click here.


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Playground at East Cobb Park is under renovation


The lower playground at East Cobb Park is in the midst of a total renovation! The finished playground area will include new equipment with larger umbrellas to provide more shade, a cargo net and more! One thing that won’t be missing? Swings! The new space will feature updated swings along with the new equipment. Completion date is slated for late August or early September, depending on the weather. The upper playground will remain open during the renovation.




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There’s Still Time to Be a Home Run Reader with Cobb Libraries

Cheers greeted Freddie Freeman’s arrival for the Home Run Readers event on July 23 at Switzer Library

All-Star Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman and SUBWAY Restaurants spokesman Jared Fogle greeted nearly 100 Cobb County students during a special event for Home Run Readers at Switzer Library on July 23. The special guests took turns reading Dan Gutman’s “Casey Back at Bat” to the students in third through fifth grade, answered questions, played a word game with them and gave away Braves-related prizes to the winners.

Cobb County students are eligible to participate in Home Run Readers, the Atlanta Braves Summer Reading Partnership with Georgia Public Library Service (GPLS), presented by SUBWAY Restaurants.

Home Run Readers rewards students in grades K-12 throughout Georgia with a free Braves ticket and a free SUBWAY “Fresh Fit For Kids Meal” for reading books and completing an online activity.

Designed to encourage a love of reading, as well as strengthening reading skills during the summer months, Home Run Readers was launched in 2013. Freeman is the Braves’ ambassador for the program’s second year.

The sign-up period for Home Run Readers runs through August 24. Program rules, a list of suggested titles, registration information and redemption forms are available online at


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Local Consignment Sales Recycle by Reselling


Are you a bargain hunter when it comes to your kids’ wardrobe or toys? Consignment sales offer everything from strollers, bouncy seats, cribs, any kind of toy you can think of, to diaper bags, bedding, infants’ and kids’ clothes, and maternity clothes. You can also find winter coats, boots, and Halloween costumes. Shoppers can find a wide variety of children’s items that are usually screened for quality, all under one roof. You don’t have to drive around town to different garage sales where it’s a hit-or-miss on what items you might find and in what shape, as the local consignment sales have quality standards. We’ve scouted and scoured our sources to provide EAST COBBER readers a list of upcoming local consignment sales.

August 21-23
Due West Treasure Chest Children’s/Junior’s Consignment Sale. Thursday: 9:30am-7pm. Friday: 9:30am-6pm. Saturday: 8am-Noon. Many items half price on Saturday. Due West United  Methodist Church, 3956 Due West Road, Marietta. More info: 770-427-3835 or

Mt. Bethel UMC Fall/Winter Consignment Sale. Preview Shopping for volunteers and first time moms Thursday, Aug. 21. Friday: 9:30am-7pm. No children allowed on the sales floor until 12pm. Saturday: 9am-12pm. Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church, 4385 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta. More info:
August 22-23
All 4 Kids- East Cobb. Friday: 9:30am (or 8:30am w/$5 Cash for Missions) -8pm. No strollers prior to 11am. Saturday: 9am-1pm. Accepting Cash, Debit ($1 fee), MasterCard and Visa ($2 fee). No checks. Mt. Paran North Church of God, 1700 Allgood Road,  Marietta. More info:

The Blessing Line Consignment Sale. Friday: 9am-6pm. Sat: 9am-Noon. First Baptist Church Woodstock, 11905 Highway 92, Woodstock. More info: 770-926-4428 or

September 4-5
Divine Children’s Show Boutique Overstock and Consignment Sale. Preview show Wednesday, September 3, for volunteers, consignors, and new moms. New moms need to register online for Wednesday preview show. Thursday: 9:30am-9pm. Friday:  9:30am-2pm. The Mansour Center, 995 Roswell Street, Marietta. More info:

September 5-6
Kids’ Consignment Sale. Thursday (volunteers only): 5-7pm. Friday: 9am-4pm. Saturday: 9am-Noon. Everything 30% off on Saturday. The Episcopal Church of St. Peter & St. Paul, 1795 Johnson Ferry Road, Marietta. More info: 770-977-7473 or

Roswell United Methodist Church Preschool and Kindergarten (RUMCK) Children’s Consignment Sale. Friday: 9am-2pm. Saturday: 8am-12pm. Roswell United Methodist Church, 814 Mimosa Blvd., Roswell. More info: 770-853-2333 or

Tots to Tweens Consignment Sale. Multiple Club & those with a Friends and Family Pass Friday: 7pm-9pm and Saturday: 8:30am. Open to public: Saturday: 9am-2pm. Sandy Plains Baptist Church, 2825 Sandy Plains Road, Marietta/East Cobb. More info: 678-453-6993 or

September 11-13
Lil’ Lambs Closet. Thursday: $5 Public preview: 6-8pm. Friday: 9am-7pm. Saturday: 9am-1pm. Many items half off on Saturday. Proceeds go to the Good Samaritan Fund, Children’s Ministry, and Weekday Ministry. First United Methodist Church of Marietta, 56 Whitlock Avenue, Marietta. Childcare available with reservations. More info: 770-429-7850 ext. 7860 or 7858, or

September 12-13
KinderMart Children’s Consignment Sale. Friday: 9:30am- 8pm. No strollers before 11am. Saturday: 9am-Noon. Many items ½ price on Sat. Benefits Smyrna FUMC Preschool/Kindergarten. Smyrna First United Methodist Church, 1315 Concord Road, Smyrna. More info:

The Children’s Garden Consignment Sale. Friday: 9am- 6pm. Saturday: 9am-1pm. East Cobb Church of Christ, 5240 Roswell Road, Marietta. More info: 770-587-5999 or


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Touch A Truck Family Festival To Benefit Hadassah Heart Health Programs

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Greater Atlanta Hadassah is excited to announce a fun-filled and community heart health education event for the entire family, their first ever Touch A Truck Family Festival to Benefit Heart Health on Sunday, September 7, 2014 (Severe Weather Date: Sunday, September 14, 2014), 11am – 5 pm. There will be an hour set aside for special needs children from 11am to noon, giving those children and their families a chance to explore without horns, sirens and flashing lights.

Touch A Truck is an educational hands-on family event for kids of all ages. Children love to climb aboard a fire truck, police car, big rig or bulldozer. Touch A Truck provides a unique opportunity for them to explore and interact with vehicles of all types –public service, crime fighting, emergency, utility, construction, landscaping, transportation, delivery and just plain cool – all in one place! Children will be allowed to touch, climb on and ask questions about their favorite trucks in a safe, supervised environment. Children will meet the people who build, protect and serve the metro Atlanta community. Accompanying personnel will teach them about the equipment displayed and how these machines help us and our community.

Enjoy family-friendly entertainment including crafts, activities, appearances by local mascots, kid-friendly food venders, and more to make this a perfectly entertaining day for the entire family! Health and public safety information round out the fun.September 7th is also National Grandparents Day. What better way for every generation of the family to explore, play and learn together? Cars and trucks fascinate children, and they can explore all different types of vehicles in a safe, controlled environment from noon to 5pm. Food, entertainment, kid-friendly activities and demonstrations for healthy living are all a part of this festival. It is part of Hadassah’s Every Beat Counts: Hadassah’s Heart Health Program™ as we will be focusing on heart health for the entire family and raising funds for Hadassah’s heart health programs in Israel and the United States.

Admission is $5 per person, with a maximum of $15 per family for tickets purchased in advance online at (Buy Tickets), or $20 at the event. Children under 2 are free. Food will be available for purchase at the festival.

Parking is available at Centennial High School. Additional parking is at Kohl’s across from Centennial High School.

Centennial High School is located at 9310 Scott Road, Roswell, GA 30076. Visit for more details.


Fifty Years of 19th Century Fashion coming to Roswell

On September 4, the Roswell Historical Society will present Fifty Years of 19th Century Fashion with Janine and Phillip Whiteman at 7 p.m., the Historic Gardens of Great Oaks, 786 Mimosa Boulevard in Roswell.  This program is free and open to the public.  For additional information visit

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August Publisher’s Note: Education is key

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We cannot have a sense of community without having a sense of shared values. One of those values we share in East Cobb is a belief in quality education. After all, isn’t that why most people move to this side of Cobb County?

The reputation of East Cobb’s public schools’ top test scores and quality learning environments draws people to East Cobb. Even if you  don’t have a child in school we all have a stake in our community’s educational system—from our property values to future leaders to future employees. On pages 6 -18, we pulled together those education stats, school by (East Cobb) school- which provides evidence for East Cobb’s great reputation for its schools. While the test scores offer a quick take that helps parents and teachers measure a school’s success, it is important to note that beyond the rankings, each school needs to be assessed for other qualities, such as: strong school leadership, parental and community support, creating an environment where students can learn and grow, access to up-to-date textbooks and technology.

I have three children attending schools in East Cobb: Lee will be a senior at Walton High School; Nikos will be a sophomore; and, Eleni will be an eighth-grader at Dickerson Middle School-so I have a personal interest in the information presented in our Back to School Guide! I hope the test scores and stats help you gain some insight on your neighborhood school(s) and our East Cobb community. In the meantime, I, like so many other East Cobb parents, will be in the trenches collecting on the ground intelligence by attending PTA meetings, volunteering at my child’s school, and/or bumping into other moms to help me make sure my son or daughter is in a place where they experience the excitement — and the relevance — of learning, and where the next generation of intelligent, hard-working, disciplined leaders is being nourished.

Speaking of nourished: everyone needs to eat, so why not enjoy a local restaurant as an opportunity to sit down, slow down and enjoy life?

When deciding to dine out, I hope you’ll refer to our 17th Annual Dining Guide (pages 36-51) for inspiration. So, eat, drink, and be merry—right here in East Cobb!



Cynthia M. Rozzo
Founder l Publisher

Reprinted from the August 2014 issue of EAST COBBER. Read the August issue HERE.

Founder and president of EAST COBBER, Cynthia Rozzo, created the free monthly publication, EAST COBBER, in 1993 to serve East Cobb County residents by providing a forum for them to share their ideas and a source for them to learn more about their community. Ms. Rozzo is also the proud producer of the annual EAST COBBER Community Parade and Festival. An East Cobb County resident since 1991, Rozzo lives in the Park Ridge subdivision with her husband, George Haralabidis, and three children, Lee, Nikos and Eleni.

Outdoor Adventure Festival to include fun family activities

The second annual Outdoor Adventure Festival will be held 9 a.m-noon, Saturday, Aug. 16, at the Cobb County Corps Property (Allatoona Creek Trails, 5690 Old Stileboro Road, Acworth). At this free, family-friendly festival, participants will enjoy outdoor recreation and conservation activities through a variety of how-to sessions. Expert facilitators will introduce participants to activities such as: archery, birding, boating safety, bicycling, trapping, fly fishing, obstacle courses, shooting sports and hunting safety.

The festival will have bicycle, running and hiking activities. Guided hikes are planned as well as guided trail runs. Bicycle demos will be on hand to let you try out the newest bikes on the market. There will be several bicycle contests for adults and kids such as: wheelie contest, limbo, bike toss and a slow race.

For those outdoors men, women and children who like to show off two activities at once, there will be a bicycle biathlon. The bicycle biathlon will be very similar to what you would see at the Winter Olympics; with a bicycle instead of cross country skis.

Outdoor vendors will also be on hand to show the latest and greatest outdoor products. If you would like to be vendor, exhibitor or facilitator for this event or would like additional information, contact John Purcell at or 770-528-8825.



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Back to School is around the corner. How will you prepare?


August has arrived and the school supplies are flying off the shelves.

We’re looking for the best back to school tips out there – from the tried and true to the latest and greatest, tell us how you plan to send your kids back to school with the tools they need to succeed.

Share your comments below or email them to The best tips and tricks just might make it onto our blog.


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