June 15, 2016 

From the President...

It may be summertime, but we aren't taking a summer break at MIC. We are working daily to make Mableton an even better place to live and do business!
Members of the community are always welcome to come to MIC Board meetings and in June and July we will have some special guests. On June 16th, Commission Chairman Tim Lee will be attending to share his vision in the State of the County address and on July 21st, Col. Mike Boyce, candidate for Commission Chairman, will be attending to present his vision of what he would like to accomplish if elected. (Read more about the run-off election below.)  The meetings start at 7 pm sharp and the first 30 minutes will be devoted to Chairman Lee and Col. Boyce. At 7:30, the regular business meeting will begin. Both meetings will be held at 6108 Mableton Parkway SW, Suite A, in Mableton at Quick Tax Professionals. Please join us.
Summer also makes us think about time outdoors. You will recall that in 2008 voters approved a $40,000,000 Parks Bond. This Parks Bond was designed to identify, secure and purchase precious tracts of land which are of historic or natural significance and are in danger of being developed, so that residents of Cobb County could enjoy them as parks instead.  Unfortunately, the decision was made not to collect and allocate those funds that the voters approved for green space. So now, instead of the full $40,000,000, the amount of money which can be collected will be considerably less.  In the meantime, some of those tracts of land have now been sold and/or developed, which represents a permanent loss for us as Cobb Countians. Please join us at MIC as we gather to support our parks, our families and the future of our neighborhoods and urge the Board of Commissioners to set aside and collect the full $40,000,000 that the Cobb County residents approved, when they thought that the money was going strictly to green space.
Please help us to show your support for the purchase of parks by appearing in person and wearing a solid green shirt at the upcoming Board of Commissioners' meetings June 28th at 7pm and on July 12th at 9am at 100 Cherokee Street Marietta, GA 30090.  Nothing makes a statement quite like your personal appearing at such a meeting.
Finally, please come out and support our friends at the South Cobb Arts Alliance and their Food Truck events.  They have held two so far and they were great, and I hope to see you there. In the meantime, give me a call or send me an email if you have questions or just want to share an idea. I'm always ready to talk about Mableton!
Joel Cope
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MIC President
(404) 550-0475 

Mableton Farmers Market Every Week through August
Thursdays, 8:30am to 12:30pm
The Mableton Farmers Market has started its seventh season at the Mable House Market Complex at 5239 Floyd Road in Mableton.  Market days will be every Thursday, 8:30am to 12:30pm, through August 25th. Come and shop for nutritious locally-grown fresh fruits and vegetables, eggs, organic energy bars, bites, granola, nuts and more. Visitors will also experience quick and easy food preparation demonstrations. 
The Market is a Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) retailer. Customers with SNAP EBT cards can double food item purchases up to $50 per market day, thanks to the market's partnership with Wholesome Wave Georgia (WWG), a non-profit organization. WWG will have a representative at the Market Thursday, July 7th, 8:30am - 12:30pm, to help low income folks who do not have a SNAP EBT card check their eligibility and apply for benefits.  Send a friend, or better yet, bring a friend to find out more. Click here  for details about the information needed when applying.  WWG assistance is completely confidential.
The Mableton Farmers Market is a community project of the Mableton Improvement Coalition (MIC), supported by partners from Cobb County P.A.R.K.S., Cobb County Extension Service, Cobb & Douglas Public Health and Cobb Collaborative.  

For more information, contact Dave McDaniel, Market Manager.  
Moovies at the Mable 
Friday, June 17th at dusk
Moovies at the Mable continues on Friday, June 17th at dusk with "Hotel Transylvania 2." Dracula, who operates a high-end resort away from the human world, goes into overprotective mode when a boy discovers the resort and falls for the count's teen-aged daughter.

Gates open at 7:30pm for this family favorite. Free admission for all! Covered seating and plenty of room on the lawn, too! Bring your picnic basket or purchase food from the concession stand.
The movie is sponsored by Kaiser Permanente in coordination with Cobb PARKS. For more information, call (770) 819-3285.

Free Candlelite Concert Series Continues
Saturday, June 18th at 8pm
The South Cobb Arts Alliance will continue the 2016 Candlelite Concert series on June  mable house concert 18th when it presents The Dappled Grays . The band describes itself as combining straight-ahead bluegrass, progressive jazz, blues sensibilities, pristine vocals, and top-flight songwriting into a startlingly fresh and original sound.   

Don't miss such great fun in your own back yard! The Mable House Barnes Amphiteatre has plenty of covered seating and room on the lawn, too. Bring a picnic - and your friends and neighbors too!

Gates open at 7pm; concert starts at 8pm.  Admission is free Tables for six are available for $60.00. Call 770-819-3285 for reservations.  
Community Zoning Meeting
Wednesday, June 22nd at 6pm
Commissioner Lisa Cupid and Planning Commissioner Galt Porter will hold their zoning sign small monthly Community Zoning Meeting in Mableton on Wednesday, June 22nd at 6pm at the South Cobb Community Center, 620 Lions Club Drive. This is an excellent opportunity to speak directly to Commissioner Cupid and Mr. Porter about upcoming zoning applications.

This meeting will focus on applications that will have hearings in July. These are:
  • Z-11,  Hilltop Shopping Center for conversion to self-storage,
  • Z-40, Elite Auto Collision for an auto body shop at 380 Veterans Memorial Highway.
  • Z-58, LIDL grocery store and Bojangles fast food on Floyd Rd. at White Blvd.
Questions about zoning applications in Mableton? Contact  Robin Meyer, MIC's Zoning Committee Chairperson.  
School of Rock, Jr. at the Amphitheatre
Wednesday, June 24th at 7:30pm
The Theatre Project presents "School House Rock JR." on June 24th at 7pm at the Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre, 5239 Floyd Rd. in Mableton. The Emmy Award-winning Saturday morning educational cartoon series and pop culture phenomenon is now the basis for one of the most fun and easily mounted musicals ever to hit the stage. Admission is free for everyone. 
The Threatre Project provides an opportunity for kids to explore their interests in the performing arts. Call the Mable House Arts Center at 770 819-3285 for more information.
Free Football Camp
June 27th through July 1st
The Cobb County Police Athletic League (PAL) strives to make a positive impact on the football_50_yard_line.jpg lives of kids in South Cobb by focusing on athletic and recreational activities. This summer, PAL is offering a free football camp led by Cobb police officers at Wallace Park, 6289 Pisgah Road, Austell. The non-contact camp will enhance skills, speed, agility and endurance, and there will be flag football games on the last day.
The camp will be held from 6:30 to 8pm on June 27th through July 1st and is open to girls and boys ages 4 through 15. Registration is required! Click here or call Alicia Hicks at (770) 499-3921.

You can also help the PAL football program by donating your footballs and cleats to the Cobb Police Athletic League. All equipment will be provided to youth participating in PAL football at no cost. Call (770) 499-3921 for a location convenient for you.

Independence Day Concert and Celebration
July 2nd at 7pm
Celebrate Independence Day with a jazz concert under the stars at the Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre. Valerie Simpson, Roy Ayers and Michael Henderson will combine for a concert that will be the talk of the town.

Enjoy the holiday weekend right here in Mableton. Covered seats are available, as well as the open area on the lawn.

Tickets are available at the Mable House Box Office or on Ticketmaster. 

The Food Trucks are Coming!
Wednesday, July 13th from 5 to 8pm
It's the start of the summer season! Bring your family, friends and neighbors to the shady lawn of the Historic Mable House for great food and relaxing music. Plenty of room to spread out and for the kids to play.

The Mable House is located at 5239 Floyd Road in Mableton. Built by Robert Mable before the Civil War, this farmhouse is the cultural center of our community, adjacent to the Mable House Arts Center and the Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre. 
Election Day Again in July!
Primary Run-Off on July 26th
Two races from the May 24th General Primary and Nonpartisan Election require a runoff Vote graphic on July 26 - the Chairman of the Board of Commissioners and the Post 3 Judge of State Court. All precincts will be open on Election Day from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
There will be two ballots available, Republican and Nonpartisan, because no Democratic Primary races required a runoff. The Republican ballot contains both the chairman and the judge race. The Nonpartisan ballot contains only the Post 3 Judge race.
You can choose the Republican ballot if you did not vote May 24th, you selected a Nonpartisan ballot on May 24th or you selected a Republican ballot May 24th. You can choose the Nonpartisan ballot if you did not vote May 24th, if you selected a nonpartisan ballot on May 24th, or if you selected a Democratic ballot May 24th.

Advance in-person voting begins July 5th. 
Neighborhood Watch Update
East Mableton
The neighbors of the East Mableton Neighborhood Watch, which area includes Greer Park, Garner Road, Lane Drive, and Austin Drive/Hilltop Extension, held a quarterly neighborhood watch on May 3, 2016.    The guest speakers included Captain Hamilton, Lt. Knoblach and Lt. King from the Cobb County Police Department.  
This meeting was particularly timely due to the recent rash of burglaries within the neighborhood.  The speakers helped to empower the residents with useful information regarding the prime time in which criminals operate, suspicious activities to look for, and tips for how to prevent burglaries from happening in the first place.  
For further information about this part of Mableton, or any helpful hints regarding your own area, please feel free to contact facilitator of the Watch Lessie Matthews at 404-828-0273. 
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