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Happy Thanksgiving, East Cobb! EAST COBBER wishes you a safe and happy holiday!


* The first Thanksgiving was celebrated by the pilgrims in the fall of 1621 after surviving a year in the new world.

* To spur the struggling economy in 1939, President Franklin D. Roosevelt made Thanksgiving occur on the third Thursday of November, making the holiday shopping season longer.

* It remained that way until 1941, when Congress declared Thanksgiving to be held on the fourth Thursday of  November once more.

* The first Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade was held in 1924. It featured Central Park zoo animals, people in costumes, and floats. The first large helium-filled balloon was of Felix the Cat in 1927.

* Black Friday, the phrase for the day after Thanksgiving, was coined by the Philadelphia Police in 1966, who were not happy about the traffic the day brought to their city.

(Source: COZI)


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Meeting to share information on Braves’ SunTrust Park

Cobb County staff and Braves staff will host a public information meeting 3-7 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 9. There will be no formal presentation, so people may drop in any time during the allotted hours. The open house format will feature displays from the Atlanta Braves, Cobb Department of Public Safety, Cobb Department of Transportation and Cobb Community Development. Stop by each display, converse with staff and gain a greater understanding of all the measures being taken in preparation for the opening of SunTrust Park. The meeting will be held in the BOC Room on the second floor of 100 Cherokee St., Marietta.


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The Nutcracker starts this weekend


Tis the season for festival performances! Tolbert Yilmaz School of Dance and The Roswell Dance Theatre will present The Nutcracker November 28 – December 7. Sugarplums will surely be dancing in your head as you witness over 300 cast members from the Tolbert Yilmaz School of Dance and The Roswell Dance Theatre in this annual production. Tickets are $15-$55. Performances held at Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forest Street, Roswell. For more information call 770-998-0259, 1-855-222-2849 or visit


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Know your status: free HIV testing available Dec. 1

Cobb and Douglas Public Health staff will offer free rapid HIV testing and counseling Monday, Dec. 1, in support of World Aids Day. Testing will be offered from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Marietta Public Health Center, 1650 County Services Parkway, Marietta, and the Douglasville Public Health Center, 6770 Selman Drive, Douglasville. The event is open to everyone and no appointments are needed. All testing results are confidential and are available in 20 minutes.

According to the Georgia Department of Public Health, Georgia ranked fifth in the nation for cumulative HIV/AIDS cases in 2012, with 64 percent of those cases living in the metro Atlanta area. People may be HIV positive for many years without symptoms. Studies state that almost 40 percent of people with HIV are not diagnosed until they already have developed AIDS. This can be up to 10 years after they become infected with HIV.

For more information, contact the Cobb and Douglas Public Health Epidemiology Department at 770-514-2815 or 770-514-2432.

Share input to help shape Cobb’s transportation plan

Share your thoughts and opinions on the Cobb County Comprehensive Transportation Plan 2040 update at an open house 5:30-7:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 4. Your input is needed on major transportation investments in Cobb including pedestrian and bicycle facilities, public transit, roadway capacity and upgrades, bridges, intelligent transportation systems, maintenance and programs and policies. The open house will be held in the BOC Room on the second floor of 100 Cherokee St., Marietta.

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Black Friday Shopping Tips from The Avenue

Know before you goResearch the Black Friday sales, make a list of gift priorities, compare prices and plan your day around store opening times. Have store ads as back-up on price differences.
Gather your reward cards - Have reward cards with you, and check your credit card rewards program for special points that could add up on Black Friday.
Set your per item budget What’s the most you’re willing to spend on each gift?  Don’t blow your budget and end up paying credit card interest – no money savings there.
Beat the Early BirdsWatch for pre-Black Friday sales at key retailers on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving to learn each store’s floor plan in advance. Some stores offer diagrams of where sale items are located.
Know the return policies and get a gift receipt - Restocking fees and shorter return windows may impact you, so know store policies before you shop. Keep your receipts and make returns easier for  recipients by getting a gift receipt to include with the gift.

What are you planning to shop for on Black Friday? Visit our Facebook page and share your thoughts with your neighbors!

*It’s Where in the World Wednesday!* Play to WIN an I Heart East Cobb T-shirt!


Where in the world (well, East Cobb) was this photo taken?


Submit your guess as a comment below or on our FACEBOOK PAGE. Be the first person with the correct answer and win an I HEART EAST COBB t-shirt! Good luck!

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Holiday Safety Tips for Your Pets

With the Holiday Season ahead of us, it’s timely to share this great article from Dr. Courtney Rosenthal at Rose Animal Hospital in Roswell.  Here are 10 important tips to keep your pet safe this holiday season!  You can learn more about Dr. Rosenthal’s practice by  CLICKING HERE TO VISIT Rose Animal Hospital
  1. Costume Holiday Hazards: Your safest choice in a pet Halloween costume or other holiday attire would be a loosely tied bandana; however, if you choose to dress up your pet, outfit your dog or cat with a simple approach. Pets can become tangled in elaborate, tight-fitting costumes with strings, ties, belts and sashes. Difficulty in mobility can lead to bodily injury, including strangulation. Never leave a pet unattended while wearing a costume. Small (or large) parts of a costume can become chewed and ingested and can in turn potentially lead to foreign body ingestion which can be life threatening to your pet.
  2. Decorations and Fire Hazards: If you like to decorate your home in the holiday spirit, take into consideration what you’re putting on display and where the decorations will be placed. Easy-to-reach decorations – or candles – can be eaten or knocked over, potentially leading to choking, foreign body ingestion, electrical shock and even burns and fires. In particular, tinsel is very bad for cats. They are attracted to shiny objects, and tinsel is often swallowed by cats, leading to severe intestinal injury.
  3. Holiday Anxiety: Holiday times can bring about stress in our pets. Being left alone, crowds, changes in surroundings, car travel, and loud noises are just some of the causes for anxiety in pets. Take steps to prevent anxiety, whether it is at-home remedies (training, Thundershirts, supplements) or prescription stress management. Ask your veterinarian for more details.
  4. Hazardous Holiday Plants: Many plants we keep around during the holidays can be deadly to our pets if ingested. Keep these harmful plants out of reach from your pets: Mistletoe, Holly, Christmas trees, Lilies, Daffodils, and Poinsettias.
  5. Hazardous Holiday Foods: Here is a list of just some of the foods around that could bring harm to your pet: Chocolate, fruit pits and seeds, garlic, onions, grapes, raisins, currants, macadamia nuts, mushrooms, nutmeg, sugar-free foods, and raw potatoes.
  6. Alcohol is Dangerous: Never give your pet alcoholic drinks. Alcohol causes decreases in blood sugar, blood pressure, and body temperature which can lead to seizures, respiratory failure, and death. Alcohol can be found in surprising places including holiday fruitcakes. Even unbaked cooking dough can result in alcohol poisoning through fermentation.
  7. Pancreatitis – a Potentially Deadly Disease: Leftovers and fatty meals (bacon, chicken skin, table scraps) can trigger inflammation of the pancreas, an organ that helps digest food and control blood sugar, and lead to pancreatitis. This disease, more common in older and obese dogs, causes inappetance, vomiting, diarrhea, and pain. If left untreated, it can even cause death.
  8. Watch where you hide your presents! Many of the items talked about above are given as gifts, and pets are great at sniffing things out. Make sure and keep presents out of reach so your pet doesn’t get into something dangerous.
  9. Know what to do in case of emergency: Be familiar with where your local emergency vets are located. If you think your pet may have ingested a potentially poisonous substance, call the ASPCA’s animal poison control at(888) 426-4435.
  10. Enjoy the holidays! Enjoy the season, cherish this quality time with your pets and loved ones. By all means, go crazy sprucing up your home, wrapping presents, preparing the meals, and having fun. Just make sure you do it in a way that is safe for your pets this holiday season.


 (Source: You Lucky Dog rescue) 

Volunteer for chance to win free rafting trip

Gather your friends and participate in the Chattahoochee Basin Volunteer Challenge for an opportunity to win a free rafting trip on the Chattahoochee River with a park ranger from the National Park Service.

In this fun and exciting challenge, individuals, clubs, scouts, families, community organizations and businesses are encouraged to attend and organize waterway related volunteer events in Cobb County’s Chattahoochee watershed.

At the end of the contest, the individuals or groups who have accumulated the most volunteer service hours will win a free rafting trip. To participate in the challenge, register yourself or your group on the Cobb Watershed Stewardship Web site, The registration deadline is Monday, Dec. 1.

Qualifying events must take place between Aug. 1, 2014, and April 30, 2015. As part of the challenge, Watershed Stewardship Program staff is offering volunteer opportunities on Dec. 13, Feb. 14, March 28, April 11 and May 16. For more information, visit, email or call 770-528-8214.

Holiday lights celebration at East Cobb Park

Kick off the season to be jolly at East Cobb Park’s 2014 Holiday Lights Celebration Sunday, Dec. 7. This special evening will begin at 5 p.m. and feature the Mt. Bethel Christian Academy and Simpson Middle School choirs, live music by Loose Shoes band, special guest appearances by Santa Claus and Rudolph and the lighting of the live 40-foot East Cobb Park tree.

Share in the holiday spirit by giving back to our community. The proceeds from this event will go toward refurbishing and enhancing the park. The Center for Family Resources staff will also be collecting donations for its food pantry. Items to donate may be placed in marked barrels at East Cobb Park beginning 3 p.m., Friday, Dec. 5, through the holiday lights event Sunday evening. Suggested donations include canned meats, peanut butter, jelly, pasta, rice, spaghetti sauce, cereal, breakfast items, beverages, canned fruit and dry beans.

For your safety and the safety of others, please do not park along Roswell Road for the Holiday Lights Celebration. If possible, consider walking, biking or carpooling to the park. Additional parking will be available at Fuller’s Park.


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