24 years is a long time for anything. Like marriage. Or living in the same house. Or working for the same company. But in this challenging magazine industry, 24 years is an eternity. Many local magazines have come and gone over the years, but for those with an interest in reading about the East Cobb community, EAST COBBER magazine has been the go-to publication for more than two decades! This October edition marks the 24th anniversary of the EAST COBBER monthly. 277 monthly issues, 22 community parades, a weekly E-newsletter (with 21,000+ email subscribers), a website, a Facebook page, and 3 children later, I am still focused on informing local residents about our good neighbors, special events and local issues in East Cobb County. Since 1993, I (an East Cobb resident) have been publishing articles about my neighbors—volunteers, artists and advertisers, clubs and community leaders, musicians and moms. The EAST COBBER front cover will continue to feature those people in East Cobb County making this area an even better place to live. The EAST COBBER has also become well-known for its special sections, such as, our Camp Guide, Pet Guide, Preschool Guide—and more! This issue features our 12th annual Private School Guide as well as our monthly Community Calendar, Dining Guide and Health & Wellness sections. It has always been my intention to provide useful and relevant information that you can’t find anywhere else and that focuses exclusively on East Cobb.
I hope you enjoy reading the EAST COBBER as much as I enjoy putting each edition together month after month. After so many years of meeting readers and business owners, I am reminded everyday of how many really nice people there are in this community. East Cobb has so many people who take the initiative to help out, to share their opinions and/or talents, in order to make East Cobb County a better place to live. The annual EAST COBBER Parade & Festival is another example of neighbors coming together to celebrate our great community, and for me, as the producer/ director of the parade, I am able to witness firsthand the genuine kindness, generosity, and cooperation East Cobbers demonstrate to make what has now become the largest parade in all of Cobb County such a rousing success. See pages 6-8 for some photos taken from this year’s special event.
Written by an East Cobber for East Cobbers! I may put the magazine out, but it belongs to the East Cobb community. Special credit goes to the East Cobbers that call me to discuss story ideas, submit articles, and to advertise. Of course, I am grateful to those who just pick up the paper at one of our 500+ drop-off points every month and actually read the paper! In a world of conglomerates and sensational journalism, your kind comments and constructive criticisms inspire me to continue my work as publisher of a truly grassroots publication that promotes the positive.
Here’s to another great 24 years!