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Fall back this Sunday. Don’t forget to change your clocks.

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Daylight Saving Time ends on Sunday, November 2, at 2am. Make sure you set your clocks back an hour. Enjoy that extra hour of sleep East Cobbers!

 

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Halloween Safety Tips from Cobb County PD

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Halloween is just two days away and now is a good time to start discussing safe practices with your children.

Increased visibility is extremely important on Halloween night and there are several inexpensive ways to help make sure your children can be seen. Glow in the dark bands can be worn around the neck, wrists, or ankles and are a fun way to brighten up a child’s costume. You can also place reflective tape on the sleeves and back of the costume and have each child carry a flashlight. You may want to write your cell phone number on the tape of younger children in case you get separated.

If your children are young you will likely accompany them but even then with all of the excitement, they can be unpredictable. Encourage everyone in the group to stay together and monitor them closely so that they don’t dash across the street and into the path of vehicles. If there is no sidewalk available, it is important to walk on the far edge of the road facing traffic. Out of courtesy to your neighbors and to help prevent falls, children should use the driveway instead of cutting across the yard.

For the older kids who plan to trick or treat without an adult, it is important to discuss what streets they will be visiting and set a specific time for them to be home. Make sure they keep a cell phone with them and remind them that if they are in danger, they should call 911 first and then follow up with a parent. They should only visit houses that are well lit and should never enter a home or car or go to the rear of a house to get candy. Encourage your kids to trust their instincts and if a situation doesn’t feel right, get out of it.

There are many families that do not live in a subdivision or live in one that is very large. Often these parents will drive through the neighborhood stopping every few houses to let their kids out. The combination of a large number of young excited pedestrians along with an increase in vehicular traffic can present a dangerous situation. Consider posting signs at the entrance to your subdivision asking people as a courtesy to park their vehicle and walk with their kids from house to house. This will go a long way toward creating a safer environment for everyone.

While discussing Halloween safety tips with your children, take the opportunity to introduce or reinforce personal safety and “stranger danger” concepts. Family Watchdog is a free service that provides a wealth of safety tips specifically for children. The site allows you to enter your address to view a map of all registered sex offenders in your area and includes their address, photo, and the type of crime for which they were convicted. You can also sign up to receive alerts when an offender moves near you or moves away. For additional Halloween safety tips visit http://www.familywatchdog.us/tips/Oct2012.asp

The information on this site is provided to you to increase awareness of potential dangers and to provide visual reinforcement to your children that these criminals are real and they live among us. If you see something, say something – DON’T hesitate to call 911. Have a safe Halloween with your children.

(Source: Cobb County Police Department, Precinct #4)

Halloween Safety Tips from CHOA

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Take the scare out of Trick or Treating with these tips from Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.
Costumes

Avoid costumes with excessive flowing fabric, such as capes or sleeves. Loose clothing can easily brush up against a jack-o-lantern or other open flame, causing your child’s costume to catch on fire.

Make sure your child’s costume fits properly. Oversized costumes and footwear, such as clown or adult shoes, can cause your child to trip and fall, bringing them home with more scrapes and bruises than candy. Avoid wearing hats that will slide over their eyes.

If possible, choose a brightly colored costume that drivers can spot easily. If not, decorate his costume with reflective tape and stickers. Other fun accessories that help children be seen when trick-or-treating in the dark are glow sticks or flashlights. While glow sticks are good for visibility, remember that the liquid in glow sticks is also hazardous, so parents should remind children not to chew on or break them.

Accessorize with flexible props, such as rubber swords or knives. Inflexible props can cause serious injury in case of a fall. Choose face paint and make-up whenever possible instead of masks, which can obstruct a child’s vision. Apply face paint or cosmetics directly to the face, and make sure it is non-toxic and hypoallergenic. If a mask is worn, be certain it fits securely and cut the eye holes large enough for full vision.

 

Curfews and Crosswalks

Always supervise children under the age of 13. Older children should trick-or-treat in a group, and a curfew should be established for them. Attach the name, address and phone number (including area code) of children under age 13 to their clothes in case they get separated from adults. Have each child carry a cell phone or some loose change in case they need to call home or get lost.

Children should only go to well-lit houses and remain on the porch within street view. Teach your child to cross the street only at crosswalks or intersections. Make sure he understands never to cross between parked cars and to always look both ways before crossing. Remind your child to stay on the sidewalk, if possible, and to walk facing traffic. Children should walk, not run, and avoid using shortcuts across backyards or alleys.

 

Candy

Remind your child not to eat any treats before you have a chance to examine them thoroughly for holes and punctures. Throw away all treats that are homemade or unwrapped.

Parents of food-allergic children must read every candy label in their child’s Halloween bag to avoid a potentially life-threatening situation for the child.

 

 

 

Meeting to discuss future growth of Dobbins Air Reserve Base

Cobb County staff will host the second public workshop for the Dobbins Air Reserve Base Joint Land Use Study 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 30, at Marietta High School. Attend this meeting to learn more about the compatibility issues identified and to provide input on priorities. The goal of the study is to protect the viability of current and future missions at Dobbins ARB, while accommodating community growth, sustaining the economic health of the region and protecting public health and safety. The meeting will take place in the seminar room of Marietta High School, 1171 Whitlock Ave., Marietta. For more information, contact Community Development Deputy Director Dana Johnson at 770-528-2018, dana.johnson@cobbcounty.org or visit dobbinsjlus.com.

 

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Residents invited to take emergency preparedness classes

 

The Community Emergency Response Team program trains people to be better prepared to respond to emergency situations in their communities. When emergencies happen, CERT members can give critical support to first responders, provide immediate assistance to victims, and organize spontaneous volunteers at a disaster site. CERT members can also help with non-emergency projects that help improve the safety of the community.

Initial CERT training will take place in November at the Cobb County Emergency Operations Center, 140 North Marietta Parkway, Marietta. The classes are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Nov. 1, 8 and 15. Students must attend all sessions listed in order to complete the program. Participants must be at least 16 years old. If you would like to register, please contact Kimberly Schneider atkimberly.schneider@cobbcounty.org or at 770-499-4567.

 

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Groundbreaking will kickoff improvements to Windy Hill Road

Major road construction will begin along the Windy Hill Road corridor and a groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled for 10 a.m., Monday, Oct. 20. The event will be held at the Hyatt Regency Suites, 2999 Windy Hill Road, Atlanta, in the lower parking deck. U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson will be the guest speaker. RSVP torplummer@cumberlandcid.org or 770-859-2347 by Wednesday, Oct. 15.

High crash rates and heavy congestion are the focus of the 2.5-year, $34.5 million dollar multi-faceted project, which will include widening roads, adding medians and providing enhanced pedestrian facilities. The main area of construction will take place from the Windy Hill Road and Cobb Parkway intersection to Powers Ferry Road. In late 2015, the intersection of Windy Hill Road and U.S. 41/Cobb Parkway will undergo safety improvements and a diverging diamond interchange will be added over the Interstate 75 bridge overpass. Projects are expected to be completed by spring 2017.

Motorists may wish to consider alternative routes during heavy construction periods. Updates and information about the Windy Hill projects will be provided at www.cobbdot.org.

 

Register your teen for Accident Avoidance Workshop at Pope

Driving on Highway

Did you know…

  • Teen fatalities are up 19%
  • 1 in 4 teens crashes before they’re 17
  • Cars remain the #1 killer of teens.

Why?

Because basic Driver’s Education is all that is required for our student drivers. We need to require more because today’s roads are different, today’s society is different, and frankly, our kids deserve it. Whether building confidence in new drivers, or knocking the hot-rods down a few pegs, the Accident Avoidance Workshops’ goal is to save lives by positively impacting new drivers’ development, in both their decision making abilities and the physical skills necessary to maximize on their own vehicle’s capabilities without losing control of their vehicle, or themselves.

Don’t bet your kid’s life on the hopes they’ll survive their first crash. Register your student driver today for the November Accident Avoidance Workshop sponsored by Pope PTSA. All students with their learner’s permit or driver’s license are eligible to take the class with one parent for the reduced price of $249.  A second parent may also sign up for an additional $40 fee. The classroom portion will be conducted at Pope High School on Wednesday, November 12 from 6:25-9:45pm, and the driving portion held in the upper parking lot on your choice of either Saturday, November 15 or Sunday, November 16 with time choices of 7:45am-12:45pm or 1:30-6:30pm. Contact 770-262-7009 for more information, or click here  to register.

 

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Business community recognizes public safety employees in Precinct 4

 

The East Cobb Business Association (ECBA) hosted the 2nd annual East Cobb Public Safety Appreciation Celebration. This was an opportunity to say thank you to all of our public safety personnel in Precinct 4 for keeping the community safe.

Orgainzers are also grateful to the WellStar East Cobb Health Park for being a Presenting Sponsor of the event. They would like to thank all of the celebration sponsors and committee members for their support.

 

Attend the Gun Safety Seminar at Lassiter High School

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There are many reasons citizens own firearms. Those reasons vary from individual to individual. Some may own them for the purpose of home or self defense while others may hunt, participate in organized sport shooting events or merely enjoy recreational shooting. Regardless of an individual’s reason for owning a firearm, the fact remains that education in gun safety is critical.

Gun ownership is a great responsibility that falls on the shoulders of all of those who choose to own a firearm either in their home or place of business. The Cobb County Police Department in partnership with Cobb County School District Department of Public Safety will be hosting a “Gun Safety Seminar” at Lassiter High School. In this seminar, you will learn about gun safety and the updated Georgia carry laws. Our guest speaker will be Sgt. Wayne Delk, Cobb County Police Department Weapons Training Unit.

Please plan to attend this informative seminar which will be held on October 21st, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. in the Lassiter High School auditorium. Attendance will be free of charge but will have limited seating.

Please R.S.V.P Sgt. Craig Dong at craig.dong@cobbcounty.org or call 770-499-3971 to reserve your seats.

 

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Major construction projects coming to Windy Hill Road to improve safety and traffic flow

Major road construction will begin along the Windy Hill Corridor late 2014. Motorists may wish to consider alternative routes during heavy construction periods.

High crash rates and heavy congestion are the focus of the 2.5-year, $34.5 million dollar multi-project which will include widening roads, adding medians and providing enhanced pedestrian facilities. The main area of construction will take place from the Windy Hill Road and Cobb Parkway intersection to Powers Ferry Road.

In late 2015, the intersection of Windy Hill Road and US 41/Cobb Pkwy. will undergo safety improvements and a Diverging Diamond Interchange (DDI) will be added over the I-75 bridge overpass.

Projects are expected to be completed by Spring 2017. Updates and information about the upcoming Windy Hill Road projects will be provided at www.cobbdot.org.

A ground breaking ceremony for the project will take place, Monday, Oct. 20. More details will be posted on the website.

 

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