East Cobber https://www.eastcobber.com Your source for East Cobb news & information Sat, 21 Jan 2017 13:00:37 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.1 https://www.eastcobber.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/cropped-26-96x96.pngEast Cobberhttps://www.eastcobber.com 32 32 Huntington Learning Center Helps Students Achieve Academic Successhttps://www.eastcobber.com/huntington-learning-center-helps-students-achieve-academic-success Sat, 21 Jan 2017 13:00:37 +0000 https://www.eastcobber.com/?p=94473 For almost 30 years across the United States, Huntington Learning Centers (HLC) have helped hundreds of thousands of children succeed in school. For the past two years, local HLC franchise owners, Frank and Montse Fabregas have been offering subject tutoring and test prep to students from kindergarten through high school. Lassiter High School parents Frank […]

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For almost 30 years across the United States, Huntington Learning Centers (HLC) have helped hundreds of thousands of children succeed in school.

For the past two years, local HLC franchise owners, Frank and Montse Fabregas have been offering subject tutoring and test prep to students from kindergarten through high school.

Lassiter High School parents Frank and Montse Fabregas are both natives of Barcelona, but met an ocean away at Columbia Teacher’s College in New York. Both teachers, Frank, who has two degrees, extensive experience teaching primary grades and has led a corporate training company, GECSA, for more than 10 years, and, Montse, an engineer seasoned in teaching multiple science curriculums, moved to Marietta two years ago, with a desire to support academic success to more children than just those they could reach inside one classroom.

“I see so many children struggling with reading, with math and ultimately, their self-esteem,” reflects Frank, Executive Director. “Every child can soar at school and some just need help to fill in the gaps, basic skills in one area or another that prevents them from being successful learners. Tutoring children is as much nurturing and supporting them as individuals as it is teaching them subject matter. We know that by using a custom designed program targeting each child’s learning style, we can transform the children who saw school as a label of shame to proud, confident and eager learners.”

East Cobb has some of the highest-ranking schools in the state and parents here make their child’s school success a priority–key reasons the Fabregas family chose to make East Cobb their home. Frank observes, “But there are students, smart students, who aren’t reaching their potential because there are some specific skill sets they lack, or in many cases, they have them but they need a “reboot” to get back on track.”

The certified educators at HLC are passionate teachers that share their reading, language, math, science, special education and foreign language expertise. Each child receives a personalized academic assessment in all subject areas, which is vitally important. Parents may be concerned about math grades but the team at HLC recognizes that reading comprehension is the building block of all learning and can impact a child’s ability to excel in other academic areas.

Through specialized testing, teachers determine at what level each child is and pinpoint the specific skills they need to achieve school success. A focused curriculum is assigned specifically for that student and the personalized tutoring begins. After fifty hours of the program, another assessment determines what strides the student has made and the results have been “simply amazing”, says Frank. “It never ceases to thrill me, to sit down with a worried parent to go over the test results at the end of their child’s program. We enjoy their surprise and delight when they see, for example, their child soared from testing at 40% of grade level in reading comprehension to 95%. And what happens when a child experiences that kind of success? An explosion of new-found self-esteem and a new attitude toward school. Excitement replaces dread when waiting for the report cards to come home,” says Frank, “I believe all children truly have it within them to be an honor student. I see the transformation here all the time. As an educator, nothing is more rewarding.”

HLC works with the youngest learners from kindergarten to second grade, many struggling with phonics and reading and with older children who may be deterred by organizational and study skills. High school students needing support and strategies in all subjects, particularly those preparing for those all-important college entrance tests illustrate the impact of the skills acquired with higher scores on the ACT, SSAT and the SAT tests.

When asked what really sets the Huntington Learning Center technique apart from other programs, Frank says “We have a proven assessment and curriculum model that is custom designed for each child’s individual learning style. Children are not all cut from the same cookie cutter, so their study plan should be as individual as they are.”

Frank compares learning to working out in a gym. As he explains, “The treadmill alone will not help you reach your
fitness goals. You can start with that and then add other work outs, increasing your strength over time. It is the same with learning. Beginning with comprehension skills, you practice until you master it and then move on to the next
exercise to strengthen your mind. It cannot be monotonous or boring. Learning can and really should be as fun and
invigorating as playing a sport.”

Children with learning disabilities, attention deficit disorders and dyslexia are embraced with the same commitment to individualized instruction. Huntington Learning Center also welcomes students who may not be struggling, but are voracious learners eager to excel. Huntington Learning Center offers advanced tutoring and foreign language classes in Spanish, German, French, Arabic and more.

Tania, an East Cobb mom states, “My son, Nick, was struggling a lot in 3rd grade, his grades were not good and we decided to help him and signed him up at Huntington. Best decision we have ever made in terms of his education. Nick now has very good grades and we couldn’t be happier about how the program handled his academic situation.”

Huntington Learning Center is in the East Cobb Crossing shopping center, 4381 Roswell Road, Suite 240, in Marietta/East Cobb. For more information, visit www.huntingtonhelps.com/center/east-cobb or call 770-977-3112 for an appointment.

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We Have A Winner!!! Facebook Friday Freebie!https://www.eastcobber.com/we-have-a-winner-facebook-friday-freebie-26 Sat, 21 Jan 2017 02:10:18 +0000 https://www.eastcobber.com/?p=94484 Happy Friday! Is everyone ready for our fav time of the week? That’s right- it’s time to announce this week’s Facebook Friday Freebie winner! This week we have TWO Winners!! The winners of $20 Gift Certificate to J. Christopher’s  is …………Lori Welker and Sandra Fortune! ! Congrats!! Please email tiffanie@eastcobber.com to claim your fantastic freebie! […]

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Happy Friday! Is everyone ready for our fav time of the week? That’s right- it’s time to announce this week’s Facebook Friday Freebie winner! This week we have TWO Winners!! The winners of $20 Gift Certificate to J. Christopher’s  is …………Lori Welker and Sandra Fortune! ! Congrats!! Please email tiffanie@eastcobber.com to claim your fantastic freebie! Congrats!

Didn’t win? Don’t despair! EAST COBBER brings you wonderful ways to win each and every  Friday on our contest blog and Facebook page. Good luck, and may the odds ever be in your favor. LIKE THIS BLOG? Then you’ll love our newsletter! Click HERE to sign up for our weekly e-newsletter and be a neighbor in the know!

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East Cobb County Council Of PTAs Celebrates The Artshttps://www.eastcobber.com/east-cobb-county-council-of-ptas-celebrates-the-arts Fri, 20 Jan 2017 19:19:09 +0000 https://www.eastcobber.com/?p=94464 By Rachael Astorga, the East Cobb County Council (ECCC) PTA Reflections Chair and the art specialist at Mt. Bethel Elementary School. What is your story? If you were to answer that question in a painting, drawing, or photograph, what would it look like? This fall, over 1,000 East Cobb students pondered that question and created […]

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By Rachael Astorga, the East Cobb County Council (ECCC) PTA Reflections Chair and the art specialist at Mt. Bethel Elementary School.

What is your story? If you were to answer that question in a painting, drawing, or photograph, what would it look like?

This fall, over 1,000 East Cobb students pondered that question and created original dances, music compositions, short stories, poems, paintings, films and sculptures that reflected who they are, what they dream of and where they want to go in life.

Each fall, PTAs serving our schools across the country participate in the National PTA Reflections Program, and our East Cobb County Council of PTAs (ECCC PTA) and East Cobb schools also embark on this journey together to celebrate our children’s artistic ability.

National PTA Reflections is America’s oldest and largest arts education program of its kind. The program was developed in 1969 by Colorado’s PTA President Mary Lou Anderson to encourage students to explore their talents and express themselves. Since then, the Reflections Arts Program has inspired millions of students to reflect on a specific theme and create original artwork.

Each year, students in grades Kindergarten through 12 are recognized forbringing the theme to life through Film Production, Dance Choreography, Literature, Music Composition, Photography, and Visual Arts.

During the fall, students work tirelessly on their entries, which are judged at the local school level on how well they represent the year’s theme, which currently is “What is Your Story?” Winning entries from each of our 35 local East Cobb schools advance to represent their school at an additional level of judging, coordinated by our ECCC PTA.

For the ECCC PTA Reflections Art Contest, judges select two winners per grade and category, and those entries advance to the Georgia PTA competition.

Subsequent winning entries move on to the National PTA Reflections contest. Judges look for personal interpretations of the theme that best exemplify creativity and technical skill.

This year, over 1,000 East Cobb area students participated in the Reflections program at their schools, and 450 winners advanced to the ECCC PTA level of the competition. After conducting its own contest, the ECCC PTA submitted 130 winning entries to the Georgia PTA Reflections contest. We are hopeful again that East Cobb students will win at the GA PTA competition level and move on to compete in the National PTA Reflections contest.

Last year, The ECCC PTA advanced fifteen submissions to the national level and two elementary students (from Shallowford Falls ES and Sope Creek ES) won Awards of Excellence and Merit in Photography.

The ECCC PTA will hold a Reflections Award Ceremony for the students who won at the ECCC PTA competition level in January.

Taking part in the Reflections program is a powerful way for students to engage in and explore the arts. As an arts educator, I have seen the power of transformation that the arts can have on a child. Nothing can explore and develop students’ creativity and imagination better than participation in the arts. Art helps children understand other subjects much more clearly—from math and science, to language arts and geography.

As a community, let us continue supporting our students as they express themselves creatively by showcasing their art in our workplaces, by volunteering as judges and as Reflections committee chairs, and by supporting the Reflections program.

It’s not too early to reflect on the 2017-2018 Reflections program theme, which is “Within Reach.” For more information on the Reflections Program, please visit: www.ecccpta.org/reflections.

While not teaching art, Astorga is the also the proud mom of a Shallowford Falls 5th grader, a Hightower Trail 7th
grader, and a Pope freshman.

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East Cobb Realtor To Serve On Berkshire Hathaway Councilhttps://www.eastcobber.com/east-cobb-realtor-to-serve-on-berkshire-hathaway-council Fri, 20 Jan 2017 18:59:33 +0000 https://www.eastcobber.com/?p=94460 Marietta native and Cobb County resident Ellen Hill has been chosen as one of 15 innovative, top-producing agents to serve on the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices (BHHS) national REthink Council. Ellen serves the Metro Atlanta market including East Cobb and West Cobb. Members of this council are selected through a nominating process for their professional achievements […]

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Marietta native and Cobb County resident Ellen Hill has been chosen as one of 15 innovative, top-producing agents to serve on the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices (BHHS) national REthink Council. Ellen serves the Metro Atlanta market including East Cobb and West Cobb.

Members of this council are selected through a nominating process for their professional achievements and contribution to their communities and offices; each member is an exemplary agent or broker with outstanding innovation, participation and leadership who will serve on this think tank of top BHHS network talent.

During Ellen’s two-year term, she will create resources and tools to enhance the BHHS network and provide feedback to BHHS and its parent company, HSF Affiliates LLC, around the country as well as brand leadership.

After years working as an interior designer published in several national magazines, Ellen knows what consumers want and how to catch their eye in advertising. She joined BHHS in 2013 and is a Luxury Collection Specialist.

As a volunteer with the Junior League of Cobb Marietta, Ellen advocates for the women and children of Cobb County including the Cobb Youth Museum, the Cobb County Safety Village, the Center for Family Resources, and Kids2Leaders Inc. among others. She is a member of the East Cobb Business Association, the Cobb Chamber of Commerce, and Atlanta Young Professionals. Ellen is a 2006 graduate of Samford University.

 

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Facebook Friday Freebie! Win a Gift Card to J. Christopher’s!!!https://www.eastcobber.com/facebook-friday-freebie-win-a-gift-card-to-j-christophers https://www.eastcobber.com/facebook-friday-freebie-win-a-gift-card-to-j-christophers#comments Fri, 20 Jan 2017 11:08:07 +0000 https://www.eastcobber.com/?p=94068 J. Christopher’s is celebrating T W E N T Y years strong, all month long!!! They are offering different specials throughout the month of January!! For this week’s Facebook Friday Freebie, we’ve teamed up with J. Christopher’s to offer not just one winner, but 2 winners a $20 gift card to enjoy at J. Christopher’s!!! […]

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J. Christopher’s is celebrating T W E N T Y years strong, all month long!!! They are offering different specials throughout the month of January!! For this week’s Facebook Friday Freebie, we’ve teamed up with J. Christopher’s to offer not just one winner, but 2 winners a $20 gift card to enjoy at J. Christopher’s!!!

Enter to win a $20 Gift Card to J. Christopher’s!!! You have double the chance of winning this week, thanks to J. Christopher’s!


The Freebie:

Two lucky winners will win a $20 Gift Card to J. Christopher’s!

Twenty years ago, East Cobber Jeff “Jay” McCann and Chris Brogdon hatched a new idea for a different restaurant concept: a neighborhood daytime breakfast and lunch featuring traditional house-made favorites, healthy choices, and creative menu options in a comfortable, friendly atmosphere! Here are the remaining specials J. Chistopher’s is offering:

 

  • January 20 – $5 Skillets and $0.20 Coffee – We will be serving CAKE at all our locations to celebrate our 20th Anniversary

  • January 21 & 22 – Travel Mug Giveaway

  • January 23-28 – $5 ShortStack Blueberry Crunchcakes in celebration of National Blueberry Pancake Day — January 28th

 

Join them throughout the month of January (2017) — THEY ARE CELEBRATING ALL MONTH LONG!!!

J. Christopher’s menu features traditional favorites along with mouth-watering signature items for breakfast, brunch and lunch. Breakfast and brunch specialties, include Eggs Christopher (think eggs Benedict), hot off the griddle Blueberry Crunchcakes and Chocolate Chipcakes, and delicious skillet creations like Turkey & Avocado. An Omelet fan? J. Christopher’s has those too. Lunch entrees include salads, sandwiches and warm selections like burgers and Grilled Quesadillas. J. Christopher’s also offers seasonal menu specials as well as an array of specialty, gourmet coffee drinks. Currently J. Christopher’s operates restaurants throughout the greater Atlanta area, Athens, Macon and Savannah, as well as in Tennessee. We continually look for locations that will expand us into new neighborhoods throughout Atlanta and the southeast.

Visit their website, www.jchristophers.com, to find a location,

Like them on Facebook, www.facebook.com/JChristophersRestaurant,   and follow us on Instagram http://instagram.com/jchristophersrestaurant

 

To Enter the Freebie:

Go to http://www.facebook.com/eastcobber, and tell us your favorite breakfast or brunch dish!

Check back on our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/eastcobber after 9 pm to see if you’re a winner!

 

MORE RULES:

  •    You must be a follower of EAST COBBER to win. Click HERE

  •    You must “LIKE” EAST COBBER on Facebook. Click HERE

EXTRA CHANCES:


* One extra entry if you follow EAST COBBER on Twitter. Click HERE

* One extra entry if you SHARE this giveaway on Facebook!

* Please leave a comment telling us how many entries you have! (1 for following and liking EAST COBBER, and 2 optional entries) That’s 3 more ways to win!

 

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Thanks to J. Christopher’s for this week’s freebie!

Various locations throughout East Cobb

 

Powers Ferry

1275 Powers Ferry Rd, Suite 110-120

Marietta, Georgia

 

Woodlawn

1205 Johnson Ferry Rd #114,

Marietta, GA 30068

East Lake

2100 Roswell Rd,

Marietta, GA 30062

 

www.jchristophers.com

www.facebook.com/JChristophersRestaurant

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Shake Off The Winter Blues! Community Events Jan. 20-27https://www.eastcobber.com/shake-off-the-winter-blues-community-events-jan-20-27 Thu, 19 Jan 2017 21:53:21 +0000 https://www.eastcobber.com/?p=94066 Yes, it doesn’t exactly feel like winter with another spring-like week on tap. But from the Official Blues Brother Revue concert at the Cobb Civic Center to a jazz concert at Kennesaw State and the Georgia Special Olympics Indoor Games, late January abounds with fun, energetic and educational activities for all ages. For even more options in and around […]

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Yes, it doesn’t exactly feel like winter with another spring-like week on tap. But from the Official Blues Brother Revue concert at the Cobb Civic Center to a jazz concert at Kennesaw State and the Georgia Special Olympics Indoor Games, late January abounds with fun, energetic and educational activities for all ages. For even more options in and around East Cobb, check out our online calendar HERE!

Free Mulch. Cobb EMC offers free mulch from the clearance maintenance of Cobb EMC power lines. It is available throughout the year and can be delivered when crews are in your area. More info: 678-355-3413.

TUESDAY AND SATURDAY

Feeding Time at the Chattahoochee Nature Center. Join a naturalist for an in-depth look at one of their resident animals as they are being fed. 4pm. Admission: $10/Adult, $6/Child (3-12), $7/Senior 65+, $7/ Student (Ages 13 -18), Children 2 & under are free. Chattahoochee Nature Center, 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell. More info: 770-992-2055 or www.chattnaturecenter.org.

EVERY FRIDAY

The Gritters Knitters. Do you knit, crochet, or work with yarn in anyway? If you would like to get together to craft, get inspired, and make new friends, then this group is for you. All skill levels are welcome the only requirement is your enthusiasm! Just bring your yarn and yourself. Fridays: 11am-1pm. Gritters Library, 880 Shaw Park Road, Marietta. More info: 770-528-2524

EVERY SATURDAY

Marietta Square Farmers Market features products that are grown and produced in Georgia, including produce, plants, honey, breads, cheese and other items. Saturday 9am-12pm. Rain or shine. Now open all year. Glover Park-Marietta Square. More info: 770-499-9393 or mariettasquarefarmersmarket.net.

THROUGH JANUARY 22

Greetings Friend, Your Kind Assistance is Required presented by the Georgia Ensemble Theatre. World premiere comedy from Atlanta’s favorite playwright, Topher Payne. When retired schoolteacher Rhonda Charles opens an email in her spam folder with the subject line, “Greetings Friend your kind assistance is required,” the journey of a lifetime begins. Showtimes: Wednesday: 7:30pm, Thursday-Friday-Saturday: 8pm, Sunday: 2:30pm. Tickets start at $24.77. Georgia Ensemble Theatre, Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest Street, Roswell. More info: 770-641-1260 or www.get.org.

THROUGH JANUARY 26

Man and Machine. This Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM) exhibit features artwork from Cobb County students. Mon-Thurs: 10am-5pm. Call for weekend and evening hours. The Art Place, 3330 Sandy Plains Road, Marietta. More info: 770-509-2700 or theartplace.us.

JANUARY 19-21 

The Military Family Support Center On-site Sale. The sale is available to retired veterans and active duty personnel and their families who have been granted commissary privileges. This sale features grocery goods sold at cost plus a 5 percent surcharge, and features a stock assortment of about 1,000 items including fresh meat, fresh produce, chilled and frozen items. Thurs-Fri: 9am-5pm; Sat.: 9am-4pm. Military Family Support Center, 1901 Terrell Mill Road, Marietta (intersection of U.S. Highway 41 and Terrell Mill Road). More info: Susan Edmonds, susan.edmonds2@deca.mil or 478-222-7618.

JANUARY 20-22

Special Olympics Georgia State Indoor Winter Games. Special Olympics athletes from around the state head to Cobb County for the Indoor Winter Games. Over 1,800 athletes from across the state of Georgia will participate in: Basketball, floor hockey, gymnastics, bowling, and roller skating. Opening ceremony Friday at 7:30pm. Free. Various events at various locations. More info/volunteer info: Paul McNeil, 770-414-9390, ext. 116 or paul.mcneil@specialolympicsga.org or www.specialolympicsga.org.

JANUARY 21

The Official Blues Brothers Revue recreates the music-infused comedy routine of the original team, John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd. 8-10pm. Tickets: $30. Jennie T. Anderson Theatre, 548 South Marietta Parkway SE, Marietta. More info: 770-528-8490.

JANUARY 23

Trey Wright, Some of My Best Friends are Saxophonists featuring Sam Skelton, Mace HIbbard, Marc Miller and Marlon Patton (in the photo above). 8-10pm. FREE. Kennesaw State University, Morgan Concert Hall at the Bailey Performance Center, 1000 Chastain Road, Kennesaw. More info: 470-578-6650 or boxoffice@kennesaw.edu.

JANUARY 25-FEBRUARY 25 (Saturdays)

Genealogy 101 presented by the Genealogy Society of Cobb County. 9:30am-12:30pm. Registration: 9am on January 28. Classes are free. If you wish to purchase a set of course materials, the notebook with class handouts are available for $39 if you register by January 11 or $59 thereafter. First Presbyterian Church, 189 Church Street, Marietta. More info/to register: www.cobbgagensoc.org.

JANUARY 26

ICM’s Celebration of Children Conference 2017. Sponsored by Interfaith Children’s Movement (ICM), this educational event is for anyone who is interested in learning more about service and advocacy opportunities for Georgia’s children. The conference will include panel discussions on issues facing Georgia’s children in juvenile justice, education, child protection, health care, and child poverty. Keynote: Duaine Hathaway, Executive Director, Georgia CASA. Forum: 10am-2pm. $10 for program and lunch. Marietta First United Methodist Church, 56 Whitlock Avenue, Marietta. More info/to register: www.celebrationofchildren.campaignsites.net.

The Nature Club Monthly Dine and Discover for Adults. Spend your night socializing with like-minded folks and learning from experts in the field. Learn about Susan Caster’s epic journey on the Pacific Crest Trail and beyond. For ages 16 and up. The potluck dinner starts at 7pm and the program starts at 8pm. $10/non-members. $5/members. Chattahoochee Nature Center, 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell. More info: 770-992-2055 or www.chattnaturecenter.org.

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Sign Up Now For Jan. 24 Expedia Cruise Night Information Sessionhttps://www.eastcobber.com/sign-up-now-for-jan-24-expedia-cruise-night-information-session Wed, 18 Jan 2017 18:08:26 +0000 https://www.eastcobber.com/?p=94056 On Tuesday, Jan. 24, the Expedia Cruise Ship Center in Roswell will be holding an information session about their Wave Season promotions. If you book your trip by Jan. 31 you’ll get the following savings: Two FREE perks for booking at Oceanview level and above Four FREE perks for Suites level Additional guests in triple, […]

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On Tuesday, Jan. 24, the Expedia Cruise Ship Center in Roswell will be holding an information session about their Wave Season promotions.

If you book your trip by Jan. 31 you’ll get the following savings:

  • Two FREE perks for booking at Oceanview level and above
  • Four FREE perks for Suites level
  • Additional guests in triple, quad, family or suite staterooms (3rd, 4th and 5th guests) automatically receive a FREE Classic level non-alcoholic beverage package and a 40-minute Internet package

Space is limited so please RSVP today. Phone: 770-415-1030. Cruise Night starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Expedia Cruise Ship Center, 725 Crossville Road, located in the Trader Joe’s Shopping Center (King Road & Hwy. 92).

For more information on Cruise Night and the special savings listed above, visit the center’s website: http://www.cruiseshipcenters.com/Roswell.

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East Cobb Rotary Seeks Nominees for David Butts Awardhttps://www.eastcobber.com/east-cobb-rotary-seeks-nominees-for-david-butts-award Tue, 17 Jan 2017 13:47:37 +0000 https://www.eastcobber.com/?p=93963 The David Butts’ Award is named for East Cobb Rotarian Dr. David Butts. David joined the Rotary Club of East Cobb in its first year of existence, and he has been a dedicated and enthusiastic Rotarian from that moment until now.  David has mentored, encouraged, and inspired literally generations of East Cobb citizens, not only […]

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The David Butts’ Award is named for East Cobb Rotarian Dr. David Butts. David joined the Rotary Club of East Cobb in its first year of existence, and he has been a dedicated and enthusiastic Rotarian from that moment until now.  David has mentored, encouraged, and inspired literally generations of East Cobb citizens, not only through his work with Rotary, but as an educator, father, husband, friend, citizen, and servant to all who have had the pleasure to know him.

Recently, David has faced a daunting personal challenge in the form of an aggressive cancer. True to his nature, David not only met the challenge with tenacity, he did so without losing his buoyant, faith-driven optimism. David’s journey has been physically, mentally, and emotionally grueling to say the least. There have been setbacks to match many of the steps forward. More than once, the news was very, very grave. David never seemed to waiver from his love of life and the joy he found in being around his friends and family.

That David maintained perfect attendance at the East Cobb Rotary (sometimes even doing make-up meetings at M.D. Anderson Hospital in Houston) is just one example of David Butts’ undaunted spirit in the face of great adversity. And he didn’t just attend Rotary meetings—David has remained active in Rotary events and activities throughout.

It is with great pride, and loving admiration for David Butts, that the Rotary Club of East Cobb has established the David Butts Award in his honor. Each year, the club will select a citizen of East Cobb—nominated by the community at large and voted upon by club membership—to receive the David Butts Award. The recipient shall be a citizen of our community who has demonstrated courage and perseverance in the face of a personal challenge.

The Rotary Club of East Cobb hopes to inspire others by shining a light each year on an individual who, like David Butts, uplift with his or her strength in overcoming adversity. Adversity can take many forms; it can be of short or long duration, and that there are countless ways people may face and conquer these challenges. For that reason, the Rotary Club is placing no other restriction upon nominees than they demonstrate the qualities outlined broadly above.

To further honor these deserving recipients of the David Butts Award, the East Cobb Rotary Club will make a donation in the amount of $1,000 to the charity of the recipient’s choice.

You can submit a deserving nominee by emailing a summary of their David Butts-like qualities to DavidButtsAward@gmail.com. Please include contact information for the nominee as well as for the person who is making the nomination. All nominations must be submitted by Feb. 24, 2017.

For more information regarding the Rotary Club of East Cobb, please visit its website at www.EastCobbRotary.com.

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Sunday Brunch At Drift Fish House & Oyster Bar Begins This Sundayhttps://www.eastcobber.com/sunday-brunch-at-drift-fish-house-oyster-bar-begins-this-sunday Mon, 16 Jan 2017 20:30:40 +0000 https://www.eastcobber.com/?p=93955 Seafood lovers on the lookout for exciting, high-quality brunch options will soon be charting a course for Drift Fish House & Oyster Bar at The Avenue East Cobb. The popular restaurant is launching Sunday brunch on Jan. 22 with the same alluring combination of mouthwatering starters, inspired entrées and raw bar selections that has made Drift a […]

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Seafood lovers on the lookout for exciting, high-quality brunch options will soon be charting a course for Drift Fish House & Oyster Bar at The Avenue East Cobb. The popular restaurant is launching Sunday brunch on Jan. 22 with the same alluring combination of mouthwatering starters, inspired entrées and raw bar selections that has made Drift a must-visit destination since its opening last year.

“We’ve been looking forward to launching Sunday brunch since Day One,” says chef/owner Doug Turbush, the man behind popular East Cobb restaurants Seed Kitchen & Bar and Stem Wine Bar. “We’re thrilled to offer East Cobb a creative, chef-driven brunch option in a one-of-a kind casual setting. Our goal is for brunch at Drift to become a cherished Sunday tradition for Marietta and the entire metro area.”

Current lunch favorites such as crab deviled eggs ($9), fish and chips ($16) and raw oysters are bolstered by imaginative brunch options like the lobster chilaquiles with chipotle, avocado, Cotija cheese and crema ($17) and the “Hangtown” Benedict with 12-hour thick-cut bacon, fried oysters, poached eggs and brown butter hollandaise ($16). Non-seafood selections—including sweet and savory dishes such as house-made doughnut holes ($6), praline French toast with salted caramel and bourbon cream ($12), Dutch baby “pancake” with lemon sabayon ($11) and the Drift burger ($14)—round out the menu alongside tasty soups, salads and sides.

“We’ve worked hard to perfect the menu because we truly want this to be an experience you can’t get anywhere else,” says executive chef Brendan Keenan. “I think we’ve come up with an exceptional mix of signature brunch flavors that highlight our sustainable approach to seafood.”

The menu is complemented by a selection of brunch cocktails courtesy of beverage manager Jose Pereiro. Soon-to-be favorites include the Just Beet It (vodka, beet shrub, lime and mint) and the Rock the Boat (rum, mango, jalapeño and cilantro).

Located in The Avenue East Cobb at 4475 Roswell Road in Marietta, Drift now opens at 10 a.m. on Sundays for brunch, with lunch served Monday through Saturday beginning at 11:30 a.m. and dinner nightly. For more information, call 770-635-7641 or visit driftoysterbar.com.

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East Cobb Teens Create Rally Idol 2!https://www.eastcobber.com/east-cobb-teens-create-rally-idol-2 Mon, 16 Jan 2017 16:11:32 +0000 https://www.eastcobber.com/?p=93948 The Rally Foundation for Childhood Cancer Research announced Rally Idol 2, a rocking night of live musical performances is scheduled for Saturday, January 28. “Rally Kids,” kids who are fighting or who have fought cancer, will be the stars of Rally Idol 2 as they take the stage in front hundreds of fans at The Buckhead Theatre to perform “American Idol-style” with […]

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The Rally Foundation for Childhood Cancer Research announced Rally Idol 2, a rocking night of live musical performances is scheduled for Saturday, January 28. “Rally Kids,” kids who are fighting or who have fought cancer, will be the stars of Rally Idol 2 as they take the stage in front hundreds of fans at The Buckhead Theatre to perform “American Idol-style” with a live band. American Idol alumni Clark Beckham, Haley Reinhart, Casey Abrams and Anthony Fedorov will act as celebrity judges, giving their feedback after each performance. The live audience at the Buckhead Theatre will “vote” on their phones throughout the evening to support childhood cancer research. Each vote is a donation and every Rally Kid is a winner!

This very special event wouldn’t be possible if it weren’t for two East Cobb teenagers, Emily and Courtney Roach. As volunteers for the Rally Foundation for Childhood Cancer Research, Emily and Courtney, got to know many families fighting this disease, and also became friends with these “Rally Kids.” Some Rally Kids have succeeded in beating their cancer, and sadly, some have earned their angel wings.

Heartbroken by their difficult treatments and uncertain outcomes, a few years ago, Emily and Courtney Roach, were inspired to find a bigger way to join the fight. Led by big sister Emily, the Roach family began brainstorming ideas during road trips and around the dinner table. Soon the idea for a Rally Idol concert was born, with Rally Kids performing in American Idol-style – with a live band, a panel of judges, and a crowd of cheering fans. On March 21, 2014, at the Buckhead Theatre in Atlanta, five Rally Kids performed for a sold-out crowd. The Rally Kids magical performances inspired and moved those in attendance all to tears of celebration, while a huge community of support raised nearly $60,000 for childhood cancer research! In the months that followed, Rally granted these funds to Dr. Saro Armenian at the City of Hope National Medical Center.

The support arrived just as his current funding had been depleted. The Rally grant enabled Dr. Armenian to begin his first clinical trial in reducing life-threatening heart disease, often a side effect in children fighting cancer. Those trials have now expanded to children around the country!

Now, the younger sister, Courtney, currently a seventh-grader, is taking the family lead to create another Rally Idol concert! She is eager to introduce her Rally Kid friends Meredith, Gage, McKenzie, Mary Tipton, Audrey, and Ruby. They are each fighting or beating childhood cancer, and Meredith and McKenzie will perform in memory of their angel-sisters, Kylie and Hailey. Rally Idol will also be more than just one night of celebration. The backstories and videos of the Rally Kid performers are available online at RallyIdol.org, along with a social media campaign on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. “We’ll share their passion for music and their fight against cancer. And we’ll highlight the Rally Foundation and why research makes a difference,” says Courtney.

Once the site is launched, followers can start making a difference by casting a $10 vote at RallyIdol.org. They can vote once, or vote a thousand times to cheer on any or all of the Rally Kid performers! Supporters can also buy tickets and t-shirts for the event. “We are hopeful the community will show these kids its support as they rally for cancer research,” says Courtney.

Tickets for Rally Idol 2 are $20 for single admission and $80 for a family pass. To learn more about Rally Idol 2 or to purchase tickets, visit RallyIdol.org or follow @RallyIdol on Facebook and Twitter.

“There will be much to celebrate – Courtney’s and Emily’s vision, stars giving back and talented kids affected by cancer pursuing their dreams,” said Dean Crowe, CEO and Founder of the Rally Foundation.

The Rally Foundation for Childhood Cancer Research (Rally), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, empowers volunteers across the country to raise awareness and funds for childhood cancer research to find better treatments with fewer long-term side effects and, ultimately, cures. Rally received the Independent Charities Seal of Excellence and GuideStar Valued Partner seal, and according to independently audited financials, 93 cents of every dollar raised, supports Rally’s mission. For more information, visit RallyFoundation.org.

Photo above taken at the last Rally Idol 2 band practice. Front Row (L-R): Rally Kid Meredith Myers, Courtney Roach, Rally Kid Kenzie Trainer, Rally Kid Mary Tipton Carter; Second Row (L-R): Rally Kid Bailey Moody, Rally Kid Ruby Kaufman, Emily Roach, Rally Kid Audrey Arrowood, Ryan Elwart; Back Row (L-R): Geoff Melkonian and Webb Vandiver.

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