East Cobber http://www.eastcobber.com Your source for East Cobb news and information Tue, 03 May 2016 20:00:54 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.5.1 http://www.eastcobber.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/cropped-26-96x96.pngEast Cobberhttp://www.eastcobber.com 32 32 EAST COBB STUDENT LANDS CANNES FILM FESTIVALhttp://www.eastcobber.com/east-cobb-student-cannes-film-festival Tue, 03 May 2016 20:00:54 +0000 http://www.eastcobber.com/?p=80988 Kimberly Macharia, a sophomore philosophy major at Rhodes College, has accepted a highly sought-after spot in the Creative Mind Group at Cannes Internship Program.” I’ve always wanted to work in the film industry and am so excited to be able to get a taste of it through such a wonderful opportunity,” she says. The Creative […]

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Kimberly Macharia, a sophomore philosophy major at Rhodes College, has accepted a highly sought-after spot in the Creative Mind Group at Cannes Internship Program.” I’ve always wanted to work in the film industry and am so excited to be able to get a taste of it through such a wonderful opportunity,” she says.

The Creative Mind Group is a company located in Hollywood, Calif., which provides international film programs at the world’s most prestigious film festivals and markets. Only a select number of interns are chosen for the Cannes Film Festival in France. The internship is two weeks in May and affords participants opportunities to work with noteworthy film/television companies, meet with major directors and producers, attend exclusive parties and networking events, and receive assistance securing a job after the festival.

For the application process, Macharia submitted a resume, recommendation letter, and a video about transformative experiences that have shaped who she is, including her gap year in Bolivia and her screenwriting fellowship at Rhodes. She also had to answer a series of essay questions about her industry and career goals. Macharia has been interested in the film industry from a young age. Up until graduating from George Walton Comprehensive High, she says she was particularly interested in acting. “This passion was intensified after I took a week-long trip to Los Angeles with the Atlanta Workshop Players and met casting directors at places such as Nickelodeon Studios, networked with working film/TV actors, and got a sense of what life in Hollywood is like.”

Rhodes provides students the flexibility to pursue their own personal interests through self-designed fellowships that complement coursework, strengthen analytical/creative abilities, and lead to personal and social development. Macharia attended an information session during her first semester at Rhodes and created “A Cultural Critique of American Values Through Comedy” as a result of working with the director of fellowships. “Through this multi-semester fellowship, I perform ethnographic research on different American values while taking an online comedy writing class. I then use my research and classwork to help me create comedic screenplays that I submit to various screenplay competitions.”

The online course Macharia refers to is offered through Second City, an improvisational comedy enterprise whose alumni include Tina Fey, Bill Murray, and Keegan-Michael Key. In addition to being a scriptwriter, Macharia enjoys working as a guest relations host at the Fedex Forum and writing for the Her Campus online publication for college women. She also is the host of “The Real Diehl” on Rhodes Radio.

“I have a lot of work to do before I can attain my dream of working on a satirical news show like ‘Last Week Tonight,’ and Cannes is a starting point,” says Macharia. “The experience and connections I stand to gain from the Cannes program is massive, so I intend to step outside my comfort zone and fully embrace every part of this opportunity. And I’ll make sure to keep some business cards handy at all times.”

 

Do you know other East Cobb students who are doing extraordinary things? Please share their name and accomplishments below!

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EAST COBB SENIOR CENTER ACTIVITIES SCHEDULED FOR MAYhttp://www.eastcobber.com/east-cobb-senior-activities-may Tue, 03 May 2016 16:00:50 +0000 http://www.eastcobber.com/?p=80985 All Cobb residents age 55+ are invited to participate in activities at various senior centers throughout Cobb. The following is a list of activities scheduled at the East Cobb Senior Center, located at 3332 Sandy Plains Road, Marietta 30066. Call the East Cobb Senior Center at 770-509-4900 for reservations and/or more details. Planning for What’s […]

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All Cobb residents age 55+ are invited to participate in activities at various senior centers throughout Cobb. The following is a list of activities scheduled at the East Cobb Senior Center, located at 3332 Sandy Plains Road, Marietta 30066. Call the East Cobb Senior Center at 770-509-4900 for reservations and/or more details.

Planning for What’s Next
May 10 | 10:30-11:30am
Free/Registration required
Do you know what signs to look for to see if elderly loved ones are in need of assistance and extra care? Wouldn’t it be nice to have someone available to lend a hand when you need extra help? This seminar will help guide you in planning for what’s next. It can be overwhelming this seminar will help you understand your options. Presented by Valerie Gatling with NorthStar Place.

Dine-a-Round: Café 33  
May 11 | 11:30am
Registration required; Separate checks.
Everyone meets at the restaurant. Café 33 #6907; 2520 E Piedmont Rd #106, Marietta 30066

Hypertension Basics
May 12 | 11am-12:30pm
Free/Registration Required
Seminar to learn general heart facts, meaning of blood pressure, causes, and risk of high blood pressure. Presented by Comforting Arms.

Older Americans Month: Blaze a Trail Luncheon
May 13 | 11am-1:30pm
$11 Cobb residents; $14 Non-residents
May is Older Americans Month, a time to celebrate the perennial contributions of older adults to the nation. This year’s theme is “Blaze a Trail”. Blaze your own trail through North America by discovering national parks. Enjoy a documentary movie on national parks and have fun playing National Parks Trivia. A delicious lunch will be catered through Café 33.

Healthy Habits
May 18 | 10am-11:30am
Free/Registration required
Science is able to provide insights into how to make lifestyle choices that may help keep the brain and body healthy as you age. Learn about research in the areas of nutrition, exercise, cognitive activity and social engagement. Use hands-on tools to help incorporate these recommendations into a plan for healthy aging. Presented by Kayley Fleming from the Alzheimer’s Association.

Luncheon & Book Signing with Richard Croker
May 20 | 11am-1pm
$11 Cobb residents; $14 Non-residents
Join for a delicious meal catered by West Cobb Diner and hear an interesting story about the book “Y’all” Is Always Plural! Presented by author Richard Croker. Learn all about customs, traditions and language of the South (for folks who are not from around heah). Books will be available to purchase and signing.

Zuckerman Museum of Art – A View Beyond the Trees
May 24 | 1-2pm
Free/Registration required
The Zuckerman Museum of Art is pleased to present an in-depth, behind the scenes preview of their upcoming exhibition, A View Beyond the Trees. Learn more about their exhibit and how it will offer a variety of historic and contemporary artistic approaches to landscape and geography. The exhibition will also include an educational presentation illustrating the life of a painting from concept to conservation. Contemporary artists featured include: Joe Hamilton, Dawn Holder, and Stacy Lynn Waddell. The work of these artists will be shown alongside a group of freshly conserved 19th century America landscape paintings from the ZMA collection, researched and curated by Kennesaw State University faculty Dr. Daniel E. Sachs.

 

Do you plan to attend any of the events mentioned above? We’d love to see photos! Send them to Cynthia@eastcobber.com.

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CONGRATULATIONS TO WHEELER PTSA FOR BEING NAMED OUTSTANDING LOCAL UNIThttp://www.eastcobber.com/wheeler-ptsa-outstanding-local-unit Tue, 03 May 2016 10:00:33 +0000 http://www.eastcobber.com/?p=80982 Wheeler PTSA received first place among high schools from six counties as Outstanding Local Unit at the District 9 PTA Conference for the second year in a row! The organization also received the Hearst Family-School Partnership Award for Standard #5 Sharing Power, where its legislative committee events with elected officials, parents, staff, and area PTA […]

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Wheeler PTSA received first place among high schools from six counties as Outstanding Local Unit at the District 9 PTA Conference for the second year in a row! The organization also received the Hearst Family-School Partnership Award for Standard #5 Sharing Power, where its legislative committee events with elected officials, parents, staff, and area PTA units were highlighted. They also were named a Model PTA at the district level.

Wheeler PTSA thanks all of the PTSA volunteers whose work helped them be recognized!

 

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PHOTO OF THE DAYhttp://www.eastcobber.com/photo-of-the-day-1545 http://www.eastcobber.com/photo-of-the-day-1545#comments Tue, 03 May 2016 10:00:08 +0000 http://www.eastcobber.com/?p=80979 Like the Photo? Your mission should you choose to accept: take some pictures and then share them with our online community. We are always looking for local photos that capture the wonder of our East Cobb world – from a birthday pic, to a photo of your backyard garden, to an image from a special […]

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EAST COBB MAN TO SERVE 30 YEARS FOR SEX WITH CHILDhttp://www.eastcobber.com/timothy-joey-carroll-sex-offender http://www.eastcobber.com/timothy-joey-carroll-sex-offender#comments Mon, 02 May 2016 21:00:09 +0000 http://www.eastcobber.com/?p=80973 Cobb District Attorney Vic Reynolds announced that an East Cobb man has pled guilty to dozens of charges related to sexual abuse of a little girl. Timothy Joey Carroll, 59, pled guilty Tuesday morning to 58 counts, including statutory rape, enticing a child for indecent purposes, and child molestation. Carroll admitted to repeatedly taking the […]

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Cobb District Attorney Vic Reynolds announced that an East Cobb man has pled guilty to dozens of charges related to sexual abuse of a little girl.

Timothy Joey Carroll, 59, pled guilty Tuesday morning to 58 counts, including statutory rape, enticing a child for indecent purposes, and child molestation. Carroll admitted to repeatedly taking the child to a Smyrna motel for sex between 2012 and 2014, as well as to the commission of sexual acts with the girl at his residence in Marietta, all beginning in 2009 when she was just eight years old.

The victim’s parents were present for the plea hearing, with the girl’s mother giving a tearful statement to the Court about the devastation the defendant’s actions have left in his wake.

“The defendant used the victim as his own personal sex object for a period spanning many years,” said Assistant District Attorney Susan Treadaway, who prosecuted the case. “He showed her pornography, had her dress in lingerie, and used sex toys on her to effectuate his perverse fantasies. It was clear from his demeanor in court on Tuesday that this is an individual who has no remorse for his abuse of this little girl. It brings great satisfaction to the victim’s family and to the State that this resolution precludes the child from taking the witness stand to relive these horrible memories, and also prevents the defendant from seeing his victim again.”

Superior Court Judge C. LaTain Kell sentenced Carroll to 50 years, with 30 years to serve in prison and the rest on probation. Once released, he will be subject to sex offender monitoring for life.

“After all of the cases I’ve heard over the years, it still amazes me to see how the conduct of one person can affect so many lives,” Judge Kell said.

Marietta attorneys Jimmy Berry and Reid Thompson represented the defendant, who has been jailed without bond since Dec. 22, 2014. He is also wanted in Henry and Clayton counties for similar charges related to the same victim.

Det. Amy Worthington led the investigation for Cobb Police, and also coordinated efforts with other law enforcement agencies to make the arrest.

 

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VIDEO OF THE WEEK: DON BRADEN SOLO, “THE TIME WE SHARED”http://www.eastcobber.com/don-braden-the-time-we-shared Mon, 02 May 2016 16:51:19 +0000 http://www.eastcobber.com/?p=80976 This week we are featuring a performance by Don Braden. A tenor saxophonist, Braden will perform with the Wheeler High School Jazz Ensemble on May 14, 2016, followed by a set with an all-star big band comprised of some of metro Atlanta’s finest jazz musicians. Named “An Evening with the Stars Jazz Showcase,” the event […]

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This week we are featuring a performance by Don Braden. A tenor saxophonist, Braden will perform with the Wheeler High School Jazz Ensemble on May 14, 2016, followed by a set with an all-star big band comprised of some of metro Atlanta’s finest jazz musicians. Named “An Evening with the Stars Jazz Showcase,” the event is a fundraiser for the Wheeler High School Band. The show starts at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $20/single student and adults. The performance will be held at Wheeler Performing Arts Center, 375 Holt Road in Marietta / East Cobb. More info/tickets: 770-578-3266 or www.wheelerbands.org.

 

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ECBA TO SPONSOR LUNCH & LEARN ON TUESDAYhttp://www.eastcobber.com/ecba-lunch-learn Mon, 02 May 2016 11:30:12 +0000 http://www.eastcobber.com/?p=80967 The East Cobb Business Association will sponsor a Lunch & Learn on Tuesday, May 3, 2016, at the East Cobb Government Center, 4400 Lower Roswell Road in Marietta / East Cobb. The luncheon begins at 11:30 a.m. and will conclude at 1 p.m. The presenters are as follows: Tina McKenna, owner of McKenna Marketing Group; Larry […]

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The East Cobb Business Association will sponsor a Lunch & Learn on Tuesday, May 3, 2016, at the East Cobb Government Center, 4400 Lower Roswell Road in Marietta / East Cobb. The luncheon begins at 11:30 a.m. and will conclude at 1 p.m.

The presenters are as follows: Tina McKenna, owner of McKenna Marketing Group; Larry Howard, president of Digital First Social Media; and Trenton Carson, owner of TC Productions Video Production Company. They will be discussing the leading trends in new media marketing and how local businesses can use these techniques to compete in their industry. This is a free event.

The East Cobb Business Association seeks to transform East Cobb by developing business leaders through Networking and Education with an emphasis on Community.

CLICK HERE to register for the Lunch & Learn.

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PHOTO OF THE DAYhttp://www.eastcobber.com/photo-of-the-day-1544 http://www.eastcobber.com/photo-of-the-day-1544#comments Mon, 02 May 2016 10:00:44 +0000 http://www.eastcobber.com/?p=80963 Like the Photo? Your mission should you choose to accept: take some pictures and then share them with our online community. We are always looking for local photos that capture the wonder of our East Cobb world – from a birthday pic, to a photo of your backyard garden, to an image from a special […]

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ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION: FROM TRASH TO TREASUREhttp://www.eastcobber.com/environmental-education Mon, 02 May 2016 10:00:00 +0000 http://www.eastcobber.com/?p=80793 Have you ever heard the saying that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure? Usually we think of knickknacks sold at garage sales when we hear this, but the saying holds true even for our every day household trash. The average American throws away roughly four pounds of garbage each day. One-third of landfill waste […]

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Have you ever heard the saying that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure? Usually we think of knickknacks sold at garage sales when we hear this, but the saying holds true even for our every day household trash. The average American throws away roughly four pounds of garbage each day. One-third of landfill waste is made up of materials we could be composting: fruit and vegetable peels, paper towels, stale bread, apple cores, half-eaten bagels, old papers, etc. Often referred to as “black gold,” compost is decayed organic material that can be used as plant fertilizer or soil amendment. It is a treasure for your garden.

In honor of Earth Day, try starting a simple compost pile. First, designate a compost site in your backyard. This can be as small as a 3 foot by 3-foot area. Purchase a compost tumbler to speed up decomposition or build your own bin. There are many online videos to help you do this with old 30-gallon garbage bins, wooden pallets or wire fencing like chicken wire. Be creative — composting is a learn-as-you-go project. You only need water, air and heat to get your pile going.

Next, save fruit and vegetable kitchen scraps in a small bin or plastic produce bag that you keep in the freezer. Freezing helps break down the plant material so it decomposes faster. Avoid composting any animal products such as bones, oils and fats. After one week, begin building your pile or filling your tumbler with scraps, leaves and shredded paper. A good rule of thumb is to use 1/3 green materials to 2/3 brown materials. Green materials such as vegetable scraps, coffee grounds and grass are nitrogen rich. Brown materials such as paper, cardboard and leaves are carbon rich. The 1/3 to 2/3 ratio allows for a well-balanced pile. Add topsoil and a little water to your heap. This will inoculate the compost with the necessary microorganisms (bacteria, fungi) that aid in breaking down and recycling the nutrients found in your scraps.

Your compost should be moist but not soggy or slimy. If you notice an offensive smell add brown materials like leaves or paper to dry out the pile a bit. In the beginning, turn your pile with a pitchfork or rotate it in the tumbler at least once a week. This helps to aerate the center and encourage the right microorganisms to flourish. When you see the pile shrink and later darken, you will know that nature is at work decomposing. This could take weeks or months, depending on the size of your pile and how often you tend to it. Remember, compost is teeming with millions of bacteria and fungi that need the right working environment. A well-working pile will heat up to 140-160 degrees. If your pile does not feel warm to the touch check to see if it is too dry or too wet.

Next time you are in the kitchen think of your food waste as compost treasure not trash. The end result will be rich, organic fertilizer for your garden and less garbage to take to the curb.

Unable to commit to a backyard science project? Consider contacting Compostwheels, a local company that picks up food scraps weekly and returns the finished compost to you or a local farm.

Reprinted from EAST COBBER’s April 2016 issue

About the Writer:
Harlika Watzman lives in Wigley Preserve with her husband, Larry Watzman, and her two boys, who attend Davis Elementary. Harlika is an environmental education committee co-chair for the ECCC PTA and a volunteer for the Davis Elementary School PTA.

 

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HOLY TRANSFIGURATION CELEBRATES GREEK ORTHODOX EASTER TODAYhttp://www.eastcobber.com/holy-transfiguration-greek-orthodox-easter Sun, 01 May 2016 23:00:54 +0000 http://www.eastcobber.com/?p=80955 The streets of Greece and Greek Orthodox communities throughout the world ring with happy voices sharing “Christos Aneste” ! – Christ is Risen! Easter time, from the carnivals that come before the Lenten fast through Holy Week and the celebrations of Easter, is a special season in Greece. Greek Orthodox Easter 2016 Since the date […]

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The streets of Greece and Greek Orthodox communities throughout the world ring with happy voices sharing “Christos Aneste” ! – Christ is Risen!

Easter time, from the carnivals that come before the Lenten fast through Holy Week and the celebrations of Easter, is a special season in Greece.

Greek Orthodox Easter 2016

Since the date of Greek Orthodox Easter is based on a modified Julian calendar (while the Western world uses the Gregorian calendar), the festivities sometimes do not occur at the same time as other Christian Easter celebrations. Sometimes the dates can be as much as a month apart.

In 2016, Greek Orthodox Easter is celebrated on Sunday, May 1st, more than a month later than Easter observances in the Western church — and marked by unique traditions that make Easter in Greece different than Easter celebrations in other lands.

Greek Lenten & Easter Traditions

Greek foods and traditions mark the season as uniquely Hellenic. The history of Greece traces back far past the beginnings of Christianity, but from the very earliest days of the Christian faith the Islands of Greece and the Greek people have embraced these beliefs and made them part of the Greek heritage. Of all the Christian feast days, Easter is the greatest time for foods, feasting and celebration to people in the Greek Orthodox faith.

If Apokria, Kathari Deutara and Lenten Sunday feasts are the preliminaries for Greek Easter, Holy Week is the peak of these activities. On Holy Thursday the bright dyed red eggs that are symbolic of Easter in Greece are prepared. Tradition says that the Virgin Mother, Mary, dyed eggs this color to celebrated the Resurrection of Christ and to celebrate life. Every Greek family prepares these eggs as part of the Easter Sunday Resurrection Table.

Greek families are enjoy eating koulourakia – butter twist cookies and tsoureki – traditional sweet bread for the Easter feast.

Holy Saturday is filled with anticipation of the religious celebration of Easter and the Resurrection. People begin to gather in the churches and squares in cities, towns and villages by 11:00 p.m. for the Easter services. Large white candles are carried by just about all of the faithful. At midnight the church bells toll as the priests announce Christos Anesti!…Christ is Risen! Fireworks are set off, in some areas gunshots are fired and the each person in the crowd answers with the joyous responses of Alithós Anésti – Truly He is risen.

Greek Easter – A Time for Family

The people leave the churches and crowded squares and make their ways to homes of friends and relatives. The candles they carry are placed in each home and burn through the night to symbolize the Light returned to the world. Celebrations continue with the cracking of eggs and The Resurrection Table. The Kokkina – pasxalina avga – dyed red Easter eggs that are found on the Resurrection Table become pieces of a traditional game. Each person takes an egg and challengers attempt to crack each others’ eggs. The breaking of the eggs is meant to symbolize Christ breaking from the Tomb. The person whose egg lasts the longest is assured good luck for the rest of the year.

The main dish at the Easter Table is the Easter lamb or goat (usually kid). Served in honor of the Lamb of God who was sacrificed and rose again on Easter, a whole spiced lamb roasted over a charcoal fire is the most traditional of Greek Easter foods. The Easter Sunday celebration lasts through the day while visits are made to family and friends and the Easter feast is shared with every guest.

Each person that enters the home is greeted with Gia to kaló tis iméras! – “For the good of the day!” with a plate of food and an invitation to join in the feast.

Kaló pásha …Happy Greek Easter!

Holy Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church is located at 3431 Trickum Road in Marietta / East Cobb.

 

Does your family celebrate Greek Orthodox Easter? What are some of your favorite traditions? Please share with us below!

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