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Join the East Cobb Friends and support CHOA

East Cobb Community Friends for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA) meets the third Tuesday of every month at 7pm. Meetings are in members’ homes and vary each month. The group works to benefit CHOA with fundraisers and service projects.

For more about East Cobb Friends, call Suzanne Sstrickland at 770-992-2882 or email Patricia Laffaldano at Patricia.laffaldano@gmail.com.
 

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Georgia Parkinson’s Association meets monthly

The Parkinson’s Support Group meets the third Saturday of each month at 1pm at Northside Hospital Cherokee Education Building, 130-B Oakside Court in Canton.

For more information, contact James Trussell at 706-413-3264 or james@gaparkinsons.org.
 

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Cobb & Cherokee Emergency Vet Clinics: When every second counts

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When every second counts for your pet, visit Cobb and Cherokee Emergency Veterinary Clinics. Two locations: 630 Cobb Parkway North and 7800 Highway 92. Visit www.cobbevc.com for more information.

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Adopt-A-Stream Bacteria Monitoring Workshop

Macro of bamboo fountain

The Bacterial Monitoring Workshop will teach volunteers how to monitor E. coli levels in their streams. E. coli is an indicator organism that is often used to assess water quality. Monitoring levels of E. coli can help identify possible sources of pollution. This workshop will focus on proper collection of a water sample, transfer of sample onto plates that will be incubated and proper interpretation of results. Volunteers who successfully perform the bacterial monitoring and pass the written test with a score of 90 percent or better will be considered a QA/QC volunteer for one year. The workshop will be held 6-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 6, from at the Cobb County Water System Water Quality Laboratory Training Center, 662 South Cobb Drive, Marietta. To register or for questions, email Mike Kahle: water_rsvp@cobbcounty.org

 

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Food Trucks return TONIGHT

The Food Trucks return to Paper Mill Village on Monday, July 28, from 5-8pm. Enjoy street food and live music. Paper Mill Village is located at 255 Village Parkway in East Cobb.

 

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Making walking safer: New sidewalks on Ebenezer Road to improve connectivity near elementary school

 

Students who walk to class at Addison Elementary School in Marietta will soon have a safer commute thanks to SPLOST-funded sidewalks.

Commissioners voted this week to approve a $1.1 million contract for the construction of sidewalks along Ebenezer Road, which connects Sandy Plains and Blackwell roads.

Commissioner JoAnn Birrell, who represents the northeast Cobb area in which Addison Elementary is located, said the sidewalks will run from the Oak Creek subdivision to Sandy Plains.

“I’ve walked with the students and the principal up Ebenezer from the subdivisions there up to the school, and there’s a huge gap where there are no sidewalks on either side of the street,” Birrell said. “There are a lot of children who could walk to school, and would walk to school, if there were sidewalks.”

Birrell said people in the area had been requesting sidewalks since before she joined the Board of Commissioners in 2011.

The county looked at a variety of factors when deciding to make the Ebenezer sidewalks a priority on the 2011 SPLOST list, she said.

“Connectivity, especially around schools, is a major factor we look at,” Birrell said.

She said the county submitted an application to receive grant funds from a state-run program called Safe Routes to School in an effort to make the path more walkable, but were denied.

The project later ended up on the county’s SPLOST list.

Laraine Vance, strategic planning and grant administrator for Cobb’s transportation department, said she applied to the Safe Routes to School program in 2009, after spending about a year surveying the area.

The federal government originally created the program to encourage elementary school students to walk and bike to school rather than get rides from their parents, Vance said, adding that the Georgia Department of Education manages the program.

“We were looking at safety, reducing congestion in the area, improving the air quality, those were the primary things,” Vance said of the factors Cobb DOT considered when applying for the state funds.

She said education is an important element of the Safe Routes program.

“In addition to working with that, as a component, you would educate kids about walking to school and help parents to know they don’t have to drive their kids to school,” Vance said. “There’s also a health component as well. They’re getting more physical activity.”

Earl Smith, former commission chairman, said he has “mixed feelings” about the number of sidewalk construction projects the county pursues.

“I know I have a problem with so much money for sidewalks,” Smith said. “Each district commissioner wants to demonstrate they want to do something for their district.”

He said sidewalk proposals find their way onto the SPLOST list for “political reasons.”

Smith noted there are some areas where sidewalks are necessary additions to the sides of heavily-walked roads.

“Most of the areas we’re talking about don’t fall into that category,” he said. “It’s very evident, if you live in these areas where the sidewalks are out in, all they do is cut the grass.”

Birrell said the “notice to proceed” allowing construction to begin should go out by the end of August or first of September.

She said the sidewalks should be completed after nine months.

(Reprinted from the Marietta Daily Journal. Written by Sarah Westwood,July 26, 2014. View the original article HERE.) 

A Christian Devotion

Summer in Vermont

Acts 2:44-47

All who believed were together and had all things in common; they would sell their possessions and goods and distribute the proceeds to all, as any had need. Day by day, as they spent much time together in the temple, they broke bread at home and ate their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having the goodwill of all the people. And day by day the Lord added to their number those who were being saved.

Reflection by Jim Kennedy

All who believed were together and had all things in common. This was a community of believers, a community who shared the same values and thereby had all things in common.

And they decided as a community that they would sell their possessions and goods and distribute the proceeds to all. They would just do it as people had need for their generosity, so it wasn’t a redistribute the wealth gig, but as they saw people who had need they sold their goods and possessions and made sure that those in need got the proceeds.

After doing this they were able to spend much time in the temple, breaking bread and eating their own food, the food they had not given to the needy. And they did this with glad and generous hearts because they had followed God’s wish that they share their bounty with the needy.

And this was a statement of praise to God, their giving of their goods to the needy as they needed them. And the community had the goodwill of the people in the rest of the society, the people who were watching them give their goods to the needy as they needed them.

And this is what God wanted in the world, for people to give as a community to those in need as their need arose. So God added to the community who was willing to do so from the people who were watching the community give their goods to the needy as they needed them. The community was doing God’s work on earth, and for this God saved them.

Prayer

Dear Lord I pray that I may work in community to give my goods to the needy as they are needed and thereby do your work and be saved.

(Source: Pilgrimage United Church of Christ) 

Do you have a favorite prayer from your faith? Email cynthia@eastcobber.com. Be sure to include “Faith” in the subject line. 

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US Senate nominee David Perdue to Speak at August 2 Cobb County Republican Party Breakfast

David Perdue

US Senate nominee David Perdue will speak at the August 2014 Breakfast for the Cobb County Republican Party on Saturday, August 2, from 8:15 to 10am at the Cobb County Republican Party headquarters, 799 Roswell St, Marietta.
The breakfast buffet opens at 8:15, and the program begins at 8:45. Admission is $10 per person.  There is no extra charge for breakfast or coffee.
For more information, please contact Joe Dendy at 770-820-6545.

 

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EAST COBBER Frugal FunMom Field Trip of the Day: FIRE!

Marietta Fire Museum The Marietta Fire Museum has many items on display used by the Marietta Fire Department. Come down to beat the heat with the history of our heroes.

Cost: FREE

Time: Open 8AM-5PM

Where: 112 Haynes St. Marietta, GA

For more info: http://www.mariettaga.gov/city/fire/museum

Did you do something fun and frugal today? Email details to cynthia@eastcobber.com. You could inspire our next field trip!