December is a month to celebrate miracles—Hanukah and Christmas. Though this holiday season is one of the most magical times of the year, 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 20-23 in our annual gift guide. The merchants featured are in our own backyard so that should make your shopping a little easier. Please check them out, you’ll be inspired by the gift selections they offer and you’ll be supporting our local economy. I am proud of the Holiday Happenings (see pages 24- 31) we have compiled to help you make special memories this season. When the going gets really tough, another stressbuster is eating out. The dining directory on pages 40-43 should give you a short list of local restaurants that you can enjoy with friends or family!
As always, this issue includes stories about East Cobbers that share their “gifts” to make life better for others. From East Cobb Citizens of the Year, Mary and Ed Ettel putting care packages together for our troops to our local PTAs promoting family engagement (see page 12) to the Big Chicken Chorus making the season a bit brighter with their popular Christmas show performances. I hope you, EAST COBBER reader, are inspired by their “gift”-giving and may be encouraged to share your gift to create a better East Cobb. And if you are already helping or bringing happiness to someone in need, let me share your story!
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–my three healthy children. 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.
From my family to yours: Happy Holidays!
Cynthia M. Rozzo
Founder l Publisher
Reprinted from the December 2014 issue of EAST COBBER. Read the December 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.