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September Publisher’s Letter: Honoring East Cobb Police

Cynthia Rozzo, September 2014 headshot

What a coincidence selecting a police officer to be on this month’s front cover. I wanted to honor a public safety officer to commemorate the 13th anniversary of 9/11 and chose Capt. Jerry Quan because: 1) he is head of Precinct 4-East Cobb’s police force; and 2) he has provided security (from 11pm to 7am) at the EAST COBBER Festival site for the past 10 years.

Then as we were preparing this issue, the shooting of an unarmed teenager in Ferguson, Missouri, set off nearly two weeks of protests and backlash against police in that St. Louis suburb, but it also had citizens evaluating police and community relations not only in Kansas City but also the rest of the country. So, the front cover photo of Captain Jerry Quan takes on a deeper significance of what, I think, is right with our local police. By going beyond his official job as East Cobb’s precinct commander, Capt. Quan, an East Cobb resident, is often seen out and about in our community (like directing traffic at a school or grabbing a coffee with an East Cobber) which allows him to understand the nuances of our East Cobb neighborhoods while also fighting crime.

With the lowest crime rate in Cobb County, we East Cobbers often overlook the role law enforcement officers have in making that happen. We are lucky to have Capt. Quan who goes beyond arrests and citations and, because he genuinely likes to help people, affects the livability of East Cobb in a positive way.

The 19th annual EAST COBBER Parade & Festival, to be held on September 13, is another way the EAST COBBER showcases all that is good here in East Cobb County. This hometown tradition has been, for the past 19 years, a great opportunity for East Cobb residents to come together and share their pride and have some good old-fashioned fun.

Our Parade & Festival special section (pages 12 to 21) reviews all the different groups marching, entertaining, and feeding us that day! Hope to see you, there!

 

cynthia

Cynthia M. Rozzo
Founder|Publisher
cynthia@eastcobber.com

Reprinted from the September 2014 issue of EAST COBBER. Read the September issue HERE.

Founder and president of EAST COBBER, Cynthia Rozzo, created the free monthly publication, EAST COBBER, in 1993 to serve East Cobb County residents by providing a forum for them to share their ideas and a source for them to learn more about their community. Ms. Rozzo is also the proud producer of the annual EAST COBBER Community Parade and Festival. An East Cobb County resident since 1991, Rozzo lives in the Park Ridge subdivision with her husband, George Haralabidis, and three children, Lee, Nikos and Eleni.

August Publisher’s Note: Education is key

Cynthia fall

We cannot have a sense of community without having a sense of shared values. One of those values we share in East Cobb is a belief in quality education. After all, isn’t that why most people move to this side of Cobb County?

The reputation of East Cobb’s public schools’ top test scores and quality learning environments draws people to East Cobb. Even if you  don’t have a child in school we all have a stake in our community’s educational system—from our property values to future leaders to future employees. On pages 6 -18, we pulled together those education stats, school by (East Cobb) school- which provides evidence for East Cobb’s great reputation for its schools. While the test scores offer a quick take that helps parents and teachers measure a school’s success, it is important to note that beyond the rankings, each school needs to be assessed for other qualities, such as: strong school leadership, parental and community support, creating an environment where students can learn and grow, access to up-to-date textbooks and technology.

I have three children attending schools in East Cobb: Lee will be a senior at Walton High School; Nikos will be a sophomore; and, Eleni will be an eighth-grader at Dickerson Middle School-so I have a personal interest in the information presented in our Back to School Guide! I hope the test scores and stats help you gain some insight on your neighborhood school(s) and our East Cobb community. In the meantime, I, like so many other East Cobb parents, will be in the trenches collecting on the ground intelligence by attending PTA meetings, volunteering at my child’s school, and/or bumping into other moms to help me make sure my son or daughter is in a place where they experience the excitement — and the relevance — of learning, and where the next generation of intelligent, hard-working, disciplined leaders is being nourished.

Speaking of nourished: everyone needs to eat, so why not enjoy a local restaurant as an opportunity to sit down, slow down and enjoy life?

When deciding to dine out, I hope you’ll refer to our 17th Annual Dining Guide (pages 36-51) for inspiration. So, eat, drink, and be merry—right here in East Cobb!

 

cynthia

Cynthia M. Rozzo
Founder l Publisher
cynthia@eastcobber.com

Reprinted from the August 2014 issue of EAST COBBER. Read the August issue HERE.

Founder and president of EAST COBBER, Cynthia Rozzo, created the free monthly publication, EAST COBBER, in 1993 to serve East Cobb County residents by providing a forum for them to share their ideas and a source for them to learn more about their community. Ms. Rozzo is also the proud producer of the annual EAST COBBER Community Parade and Festival. An East Cobb County resident since 1991, Rozzo lives in the Park Ridge subdivision with her husband, George Haralabidis, and three children, Lee, Nikos and Eleni.

Publisher’s Note: Celebrating Dad

Cynthia Rozzo

As the saying goes “Behind every great man there is a great woman,” the inspiration behind the celebration of a Father’s Day is due in part to Mother’s Day. After hearing sermons on the significance of setting aside a day for mothers, Mrs. John B. Dodd, of Spokane, Washington, first proposed the idea of a “Father’s Day” in 1909. Mrs.
Dodd wanted a special day to honor her father, William Smart. William Smart, a Civil War veteran, was widowed when his wife (Mrs. Dodd’s mother) died in childbirth with their sixth child. Mr. Smart was left to raise the newborn and his other five children by himself on a farm in Washington state. It was after Mrs. Dodd became an adult that she realized the strength and selflessness her father had shown in raising his children as a single parent. The first Father’s Day was
observed on June 19, 1910 in Spokane, Washington. Father’s Day has become a day to not only honor your father, but all men who act as a father figure. Stepfathers, uncles, grandfathers, and adult male friends are all honored on Father’s Day.

In that same spirit the EAST COBBER continues its Father of the Year essay contest. It’s fun to read all the great
tributes written about East Cobb dads. The winning essay written by Erin Davenport, about her father, Stephen, can be read on page 6.

In this world of hype and celebrity, many young (and older,too!) men and women are looking for a role model. Our popular culture promotes great athletes, movie stars and/or popular rock stars as people to admire. The EAST COBBER magazine focuses on the role models within reach and that we can truly be inspired by. Moms and dads are
the most obvious heroes for us to emulate. This publication is happy to grant them a few minutes of fame. Hence, the annual Father of the Year contest. EAST COBBER also features stories of other East Cobb residents that contribute to our quality of life. The people featured in this edition—from the parishioners at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church (see page 14) to the East Cobb high school valedictorians spotlighted on page 18—are excellent examples of role models right here in our own backyards, within our reach. There’s a lot of good we can learn from our parents, friends, and fellow East Cobbers.

I hope after reading this edition, like every edition, you will not only learn a little bit more about what is going on in
our community but also be inspired by the people that make East Cobb such a great place to live!

 

 

cynthia

Cynthia M. Rozzo
Founder l Publisher
cynthia@eastcobber.com

Reprinted from the June/July 2014 issue of EAST COBBER. Read the June/July issue HERE.

Founder and president of EAST COBBER, Cynthia Rozzo, created the free monthly publication, EAST COBBER, in 1993 to serve East Cobb County residents by providing a forum for them to share their ideas and a source for them to learn more about their community. Ms. Rozzo is also the proud producer of the annual EAST COBBER Community Parade and Festival. An East Cobb County resident since 1991, Rozzo lives in the Park Ridge subdivision with her husband, George Haralabidis, and three children, Lee, Nikos and Eleni.

Attend the Post 4 Candidate Forum Candidate Forum this Monday

Post 4 Candidate Forum and Meet & Greet for Cobb County Board of Education Post 4 Race, hosted by Keheley Elementary School PTA, Monday, May 12, 2014.  Forum will be held in the Keheley Elementary School Cafeteria, 1985 Kemp Road, Marietta, GA 30066. 6:00 p.m.  Doors open for Meet & Greet, 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Candidate Forum.

All Candidates for the Cobb County Board of Education Post 4 Race have been invited (alphabetical order):

  • David Chastain
  • Bill Scott

Moderator is Cynthia Rozzo, founder and publisher of EAST COBBER magazine. Email questions for the Forum in advance to cynthia@eastcobber.com by Thursday, May 8.  Please include Keheley Post 4 Candidate Forum in the subject line.

 

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School Budget Forum Tonight

Cobb County Schools

There will be a public forum on the Cobb County School Budget at Davis Elementary School, 2433 Jamerson Road on Thursday, May 8th at 6p.  Speakers include current Cobb County Board of Education members: Chair, Ms. Kathleen Angelucci, Mr. David Banks, and Mr. Randy Scamihorn.  The moderator will be Cynthia Rozzo, founder and publisher of the EAST COBBER.

This meeting is a timely opportunity to ask questions about the school budget before the final budget vote on May 29.  This event is hosted by the Davis Elementary School PTA. Email questions for the Forum in advance to cynthia@eastcobber.com, including “Davis Elementary Candidate Forum” in the subject heading.

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April Publisher’s note: Love Local

Cynthia Rozzo Spring 2014

When you read this issue, the azalea bushes and cherry trees should be bursting with color against the beautiful blue Georgia sky. We’ll be serenaded by the sounds of chirping birds and whirring lawnmowers. Signs that spring has sprung and summer is just around the corner. Ahhh, summer . . . School will be out and how will your children pass the lazy, hazy days of summer? This April issue features our 14th Annual Day Camp Guide (pages 16-29). We have put together a list of day camps offered right here in East Cobb County and/or a short drive away. While day camp can help  our children learn a better backhand in tennis, acquire a stronger stroke in swimming, or get in touch with nature, the true payoff of camp will be apparent when your child becomes a bit more self-reliant, self-sufficient, and self-confident.

I hope you love East Cobb as much as I do. In addition to helping our readers find things to do locally, and featuring the do-gooders in our community, I also promote small businesses and the value  they add to our local community. Since 1993, this magazine has been dedicated to supporting and promoting small businesses in our exceptional community of East Cobb County. This issue  exemplifies that mission — from our front cover feature, Julie Turner, who opened a beautiful boutique she wanted to see in her northeast cobb neighborhood to our advertisers who are mostly local entrepreneurs serving our community with their special set of skills and hard work. Locally owned businesses build strong communities by linking neighbors in a web of economic and social  relationships, and contributing to local causes.

I hope you join me on this journey to “Love Local” – follow me (and I’ll follow back too!) on any of my social media sites or get in touch with me directly if you think we could work together or if you know of any “hidden gems.” I’d love to hear from you!

Happy Spring!
cynthia

Cynthia M. Rozzo
Founder l Publisher
cynthia@eastcobber.com

Reprinted from the April 2014 issue of EAST COBBER. Read the April issue HERE.

Founder and president of EAST COBBER, Cynthia Rozzo, created the free monthly publication, EAST COBBER, in 1993 to serve East Cobb County residents by providing a forum for them to share their ideas and a source for them to learn more about their community. Ms. Rozzo is also the proud producer of the annual EAST COBBER Community Parade and Festival. An East Cobb County resident since 1991, Rozzo lives in the Park Ridge subdivision with her husband, George Haralabidis, and three children, Lee, Nikos and Eleni.

March Publisher’s Note: Doing good in East Cobb County

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With one of the highest household incomes in metro Atlanta, East Cobb County residents enjoy a reputation of living the “American Dream.” Drive around East Cobb and one cannot help but notice the expensive cars, subdivision after subdivision of lovely homes, beautifully landscaped lawns, and other symbols of wealth. For so many East Cobb residents, the “American Dream” also includes sharing their wealth, and/or their time to help others.

This edition of the EAST COBBER, as well as previous publications, features those East Cobbers that are giving back to their community and helping those in need. From high school student Robert Roper earning Eagle Scout status (page 7) to the nonprofit Right in the Community helping children with developmental disabilities (page 22) and Laine Liss, PTA Youth Services Chair sharing safety tips for prom (page 8 & 9). Our Club Calendar and Support Groups sections list many groups that come together on a regular basis to serve those in need whether it be a Moms Club or a service club.

It is so gratifying to hear that many of you have responded to EAST COBBER stories by donating money or signing up to volunteer or passing along information found in the EAST COBBER to help those in need. That is what this paper is all about! Consider it an “idea book” on how you can fulfill the “American Dream.”

All the best!
cynthia

Cynthia M. Rozzo
Founder l Publisher
cynthia@eastcobber.com

 

Reprinted from the March 2014 issue of EAST COBBER. Read the March issue HERE.

Founder and president of EAST COBBER, Cynthia Rozzo, created the free monthly publication, EAST COBBER, in 1993 to serve East Cobb County residents by providing a forum for them to share their ideas and a source for them to learn more about their community. Ms. Rozzo is also the proud producer of the annual EAST COBBER Community Parade and Festival. An East Cobb County resident since 1991, Rozzo lives in the Park Ridge subdivision with her husband, George Haralabidis, and three children, Lee, Nikos and Eleni.

Publisher’s Note: Snowpocalypse 2014

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I am writing my publisher’s letter during the aftermath of the now infamous Snowpocalypse 2014-a winter storm that dumped three inches of snow on metro Atlanta, iced roads, forced the cancellation of almost 800 flights, caused roughly 1,200  accidents, injured at least 130 people, killed two, wrecked countless commutes and stranded thousands in local schools and businesses. Stories of commuters’ struggles, politicians spinning, and Northerners mocking us abound. However, in the midst of this Snowjam, Metro Atlantans and East Cobbers demonstrated grit, Southern hospitality, ingenuity and/or experienced random acts of kindness.

As is always our intent here at the EAST COBBER, we shine a light on those doing good in the community. There are not enough pages to share all of the Snowmageddon stories, (not to mention I am past deadline and the February issue was already laid out for printing) but I felt it important to acknowledge the silver lining in this unprecedented Snowjam:

> To our Cobb County police, 911 operators and fire personnel who did their best to manage the chaos and keep us safe.

> Here’s to the commuters who got out of their gridlocked cars and walked miles and miles home.

> Heartfelt thanks to our schools’ staff members and bus drivers who went above and beyond to keep our students safe throughout the day and even through the night as some were unable to leave.

> Much gratitude to the schools, stores and churches that offered refuge for those who needed a break from the traffic, and in  some cases, overnight accommodations.

> To those East Cobb neighbors who were inspired to offer random acts of kindness—from passing out water and snacks at gridlocked street corners to those mom and dads that squeezed extra passengers in their cars so students wouldn’t be left at school.

> Kudos to East Cobber Michelle Sollicito who created SnowedOutAtlanta on Facebook. Her efforts connected those able to help to those in need. I was proud to see her get national acclaim for her efforts.

> Congratulations to East Cobber Amy Anderson who gave birth to a baby girl on an Atlanta highway during the winter storm
Tuesday. Amy’s husband, Nick, is a lacrosse coach at Pope High School.

East Cobb County is such a great place to live because it is filled with great people as the above list exemplifies. Snowpocalypse gave us an opportunity show what we are made of East Cobb. And, every issue of the EAST COBBER magazine is another opportunity to relish in all that goodness that goes on around us every day-not just in a Snowjam.

I heart East Cobb!

cynthia

Cynthia M. Rozzo
Founder l Publisher
cynthia@eastcobber.com

Reprinted from the February 2014 issue of EAST COBBER. Founder and president of EAST COBBER, Cynthia Rozzo, created the free monthly publication, EAST COBBER, in 1993 to serve East Cobb County residents by providing a forum for them to share their ideas and a source for them to learn more about their community. Ms. Rozzo is also the proud producer of the annual EAST COBBER Community Parade and Festival. An East Cobb County resident since 1991, Rozzo lives in the Park Ridge subdivision with her husband, George Haralabidis, and three children, Lee, Nikos and Eleni.

Publisher’s Note: ‘Tis the Season!

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‘Tis the season to celebrate miracles—Hanukkah and Christmas. Though this holiday season is one of the most magical times of the year for children, many of us often find the season to be stressful. I hope by reading this issue of the EAST COBBER you are giving yourself a break from the holiday rush. You can get some gift-giving ideas on pages 18-21 in our annual gift guide.

The merchants mentioned are in our own backyard so that should make your shopping a little easier. Please check them out, you’ll be  awed and inspired by the gift selections they offer.

When the going gets really tough, another stressbuster is eating out. The Dining Guide on pages 38-43 should give you a short-list of local restaurants that you can enjoy with friends and family during the holiday season—or to just simply enjoy while giving yourself a break from the busyness of the season!

As always, this issue includes stories about the good people that share their “gifts” making East Cobb (and beyond) a better place to live. From Scott Feight, founder of the Foundation for Hospital Art to Drs. Azita and Michael Mansouri who coordinated a free dentistry day, I hope you, EAST COBBER reader, are inspired by their “gift”-giving and may be more inspired to share your “gift” for a better East Cobb and beyond. And if you already are contributing to the quality of life here in East Cobb, let me share your story, too! Just give me call or e-mail the EAST COBBER.

For me, the best presents I’ll receive this holiday season can’t be wrapped. Of course, the best gifts are my three healthy children. And another favorite present is the joy of being able to work on this paper every month for such a great community. It’s a gift I’m thankful for not just during the holidays but everyday.

Happy Holidays!

cynthia
Cynthia M. Rozzo
Founder l Publisher
cynthia@eastcobber.com

 

Reprinted from the December 2013 issue of EAST COBBER. Founder and president of EAST COBBER, Cynthia Rozzo, created the free monthly publication, EAST COBBER, in 1993 to serve East Cobb County residents by providing a forum for them to share their ideas and a source for them to learn more about their community. Ms. Rozzo is also the proud producer of the annual EAST COBBER Community Parade and Festival. An East Cobb County resident since 1991, Rozzo lives in the Park Ridge subdivision with her husband, George Haralabidis, and three children, Lee, Nikos and Eleni.

 

Flip through our December 2013 issue by clicking HERE.  Then visit our Facebook page at Facebook.com/EASTCOBBER and tell us what you think of this month’s issue.

Publisher’s November Note: Giving Thanks for your Stories

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Cynthia with Sgt. Gardner and Detective O’Neal at the first annual Public Safety Celebration Dinner which honored the officers and staff of East Cobb’s Precinct IV.

Much has been written about the first Thanksgiving regarding the brave band of people who landed in Plymouth to start a new, better world for themselves, their families and for future generations. Well, this month, like every edition, the EAST COBBER features a brave band of people making a better life for others right here in East Cobb, right now. In this edition, you can read about the East Cobb Teachers of the Year (page 6), leaders from different faiths coming together for a special ecumenical celebration (page 8), and the “Friends” group (page 12) —to name just a few East Cobb “pilgrims”.

We also share some photos from two special events held here in East Cobb: the first annual Public Safety Celebration (page 54) and the Pope High School’s Foundation Fundraiser (page 62). All of these East Cobbers spotlighted are our modernday Pilgrims. Many, if not most, have been transplanted to this area and are determined to help build a better world right here in East Cobb.

Sharing their stories is my way to give thanks for their earnest efforts to better our East Cobb community. I hope you will consider the EAST COBBER your Thanksgiving table. This publication unearths the riches of East Cobb County and shares the harvest of stories with you. Every month I hope you’ll sit down with an EAST COBBER and feast on the information and ideas contained in this publication, take time to appreciate the many blessings bestowed on East Cobb and share your good times with your neighbors, family, and friends.

Remember, you are always welcome to “break bread” with us year-round.
Happy Thanksgiving!

 

cynthia
Cynthia M. Rozzo
Founder/Publisher
cynthia@eastcobber.com

 

Reprinted from the November 2013 issue of EAST COBBER. Founder and president of EAST COBBER, Cynthia Rozzo, created the free monthly publication, EAST COBBER, in 1993 to serve East Cobb County residents by providing a forum for them to share their ideas and a source for them to learn more about their community. Ms. Rozzo is also the proud producer of the annual EAST COBBER Community Parade and Festival. An East Cobb County resident since 1991, Rozzo lives in the Park Ridge subdivision with her husband, George Haralabidis, and three children, Lee, Nikos and Eleni.

 

Flip through our November 2013 issue by clicking HERE.  Then visit our Facebook page at Facebook.com/EASTCOBBER and tell us what you think of this month’s issue.