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Consignment season continues! Shop this week’s sales.


The Episcopal Church of St. Peter & St. Paul is one area church hosting their consignment sale this weekend, September 5-6.

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.


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

Sales scheduled for later this month include:

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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Walton unseats Harrison in county tournament

Tai Bierria stepped up for Walton in the final match of Saturday’s county tournament, helping Walton win the title by handing Harrison its first loss of the season. Staff photo by Jeff Stanton


Walton may be a stronger team than it thinks.

After winning four straight state championships, the Lady Raiders had some concerns after graduating most of their top hitters from last year’s title team.

While it’s still early in the season, Walton seemed to be pleased with the offensive output it got Saturday.

The Lady Raiders played in the Cobb County Tournament for the first time in five years and had enough firepower to not only win the title, but hand defending champion Harrison its first loss of the season with a 25-23, 17-25, 15-9 victory Saturday at Marietta High School.

Senior Ashley Miller and junior newcomer Tai Bierria stepped up as the offensive stalwarts for Walton (6-2), giving the Lady Hoyas fits up front with seven kills each and a combined three block-assists.

But what really helped Walton overcome Harrison (16-1) is its experience of playing under pressure. The Lady Raiders came out a different team in the third set, after the Lady Hoyas dominated the second.

“I think that we just had to settle down and relax and to take pressure off ourselves,” Walton coach Suzanne Fitzgerald said. “We kind of turned against each other in the second set when things got intense, rather than channeling our energy against the opponents.

“In the third set, we just settled down and realized that we were playing our favorite sport in the world.”

Walton also benefitted from several hitting and mental errors by Harrison’s players.

With the third set even at 2-all, the teams engaged in what turned out to be the lengthiest point of the match, ultimately ending when Maddie Bright missed a cross-court kill attempt that landed just past the sideline. Bright’s miss gave Walton its first lead of the third set, and it was the start of a six-point Lady Raider run on Dalaney Hans’ serve.

Walton gained even more momentum on the following point when Bierria and Miller blocked a Harrison attack. Another hitting error by Harrison followed, and Walton then caught a break when Bierria’s serve tipped the net and fell on Harrison’s side of the court.

Ahead 6-2 in the final set, the Lady Raiders got more separation when Bierria followed with a kill, and then another service ace, before Harrison coach Clay Taylor called his second timeout of Walton’s run.

Walton held its lead by allowing Harrison to win just two points on serve. A kill by Ashley Dean gave the Lady Raiders a 13-8 lead, and they would go on to win the final two points of the match on Harrison miscues.

“We just put it all out there (in the third set), and it was great to win,” Bierria said. “We passed a lot better. We didn’t let (Harrison) get into our heads. We really just stuck together as a team.”

Hans, typically a defensive specialist, finished with 15 assists as a setter after switching positions with Celeste Fitzgerald, who moved to libero. The switch was made to give Walton more offensive options.

Harrison’s Caroline Ostman and Katie Doering each finished with eight kills. Over the weekend, Ostman became the first Harrison player to eclipse 1,000 career kills and 1,000 career digs.

Bright and Abigail Moss each had three kills, while Jocelyn Mahayag, Camryn Bihary and Kodi Smith had two aces apiece.

“The team played well all day,” Taylor said. “Proud of the effort put forth. We have work to do each day to make our team better. We will be back in the gym on Tuesday to reach our team beat.”

Walton defeated Walker and Lassiter in straight sets in bracket play to reach the finals. Harrison advanced to the championship with two-set wins over Pope and North Cobb.

(Reprinted from the Marietta Daily Journal, August 31, 2014. Written by Adam Carrington. Click HERE to read the MDJ article.)

Panel discussion to focus on gang activity prevention


The Neighborhood Safety Commission will conduct a panel discussion on Gang Activity at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 10 in the Board of Commissioners hearing room at 100 Cherokee Street, Bldg A, Marietta 30090. 

The panel members are Cobb Assistant District Attorney Mike Carlson; Cobb County Police Sgt. Tim Plunkett; Leslie Walker, recreation coordinator and facility manager for the Six Flags Community Center. The session will also be televised on TV23.


Why Do We Celebrate Labor Day?



Every first Monday of September, Americans take a moment to recognize the contributions of the working man. It was officially inaugurated in 1882 and there are several reasons why people celebrate Labor Day.

To Make Amends

There are many theories concerning its origin. Some claim President Cleveland signed it into law to make up for what he did in the past. There was a rally by railway unionists in Chicago. The President ordered state troops to take command. The ensuing battle led to the deaths of over 30 workers.

Others claim that the holiday was put in place because of an incident in Chicago wherein 8 workers were unjustly accused (and executed) for crimes they didn’t commit.

There are other legends, but they have a common theme. That is, it was to pay back the workers for the wrongs committed against them. This probably doesn’t just apply to the American holiday. In many parts of the world, the reason why people celebrate Labor Day was actually the government’s way of trying to make amends.

To Honor Their Contribution to Society

Whatever its origin, its purpose now is clear. The day is meant to recognize the contribution of the working man / woman. In the early years the day was meant for those who worked in factories. Today it encompasses everyone who toils, from those who plant crops to those who work in government.

These people perform different jobs, but each of them contributes something to society. Teachers educate the young, doctors take care of the ill and factory workers all help make society function.

Although there are many explanations, the main reason why people celebrate Labor Day is to show appreciation for the workers. In countries where the holiday is observed, it is all about giving the worker his due.

To Recognize Their Sacrifices

The day allows everyone to pause and recognize the sacrifice these people make. These men and women toil everyday. Their efforts don’t just require physical and mental sacrifice. Often times, family and personal time are set aside because of work. In most countries people are only supposed to work five days a week. In most cases however, they end up toiling virtually every day.

By setting aside a day, governments assure workers that their efforts are not in vain. This is one reason why people celebrate Labor Day. The holiday is their way of showing that the efforts they put in day in and day out are duly appreciated.

To Celebrate Life

In recent years the Labor Weekend in the US has become the time when families come together. In the US and increasingly in other countries, it has become the custom to hold some parades and other events. This gives the working individual the opportunity to spend time with the family.

To Make Their Feelings Known

In other parts of the world, the holiday is associated with rallies and speeches. During these events, laborers make their sentiments known. In other countries it’s the time when they make demands for wage increases.

The reason why people celebrate Labor Day has remained the same through the years. No matter what the economic situation may be, it’s still the time when governments take time out to pay homage to the worker.

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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.

Noonday Creek Trail ribbon-cutting is September 3


The community is invited to the Noonday Creek Trail ribbon cutting at 10 a.m., WednesdaySept. 3.

Celebrate the linking of Town Center west to Alabama and south to Atlanta. A tent for the occasion will be visible along the north side of Town Center at Cobb Mall. Parking will be available in the mall’s parking lot. 

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Battle and Brew moving to Sandy Springs


OTP game bar Battle & Brew closed over the weekend in Marietta and is moving to a new location in Sandy Springs. First opened in 2005, Battle & Brew offers a wide selection food, beer and cocktails, and video games across several consoles. No word yet on a grand reopening date. Have info on when the new Battle & Brew will launch? Let us know via the tipline. [EaterWire]

(Source: Eater Atlanta)