January 1, 2015 

From the President...



Happy New Year!  Many of us are making New Year's resolutions today - are you?  If so, consider adding one to the list for your community - resolve to get connected and take action for Mableton.


Over the last year, we have seen what committed groups of neighbors and friends can do.  In the Historic Mableton area, residents have organized a Neighborhood Watch program with the involvement of the Cobb County Police Department.  On Old Alabama Road, neighbors are meeting and talking about a proposed development, working with MIC's Zoning Committee.  The South Cobb Lions Club has adopted roadways in Mableton, most notably part of Veterans Memorial Highway, and committed to trash pick-up on a regular basis.  The River Line Historic Area continues to care for the historic Turner-Sewell Cemetery and residents all over Mableton are active in the Connect the Comet movement, which will link the Silver Comet Trail to the Atlanta Beltline.


I know there are many other initiatives all around Mableton that I don't have space to list or that I'm unaware of.  Write to me and let me know what's up in your neighborhood.  Let's share the good news and successes, and learn from each other. 


And, while you are thinking about Mableton, click here to renew your membership.  Your dollars are needed to cover our administrative costs and your membership gives us "strength in numbers" when we advocate for Mableton.




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Mableton Day Community Meeting
Tuesday, January 13th at 7pm 

Planning for Mableton Day 2015 is underway and it's time for everyone to get on board!  The first Community Meeting will be held at the Mable House Arts Center on Tuesday, January 13th at 7pm.  Each committee will report its progress. Organizations competing for the the Community Spirit prizes will be there for orientation and volunteer opportunities will be explained.  


Mableton Day is Saturday, May 16th at the Mable House Complex. The day begins with the Mableton 5K and Mableton Jr. Fun Run, and continues with live entertainment, classic cars, vendors, arts and crafts, kids' corner and more!  Fun for the whole family right here at home. 


Want to know more?  Want to get involved?  Contact the Mableton Day team via email. Mableton Day is produced by the Mableton Day Coalition, made up of MIC, the South Cobb Arts Alliance and the Amateur Advocate Association.


Adopt-A-Mile Clean-up Set
Saturday, January 17th at 9am
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Our first Adopt-A-Mile of 2015 will be Saturday, January 17th, starting promptly at 9:00am. We will meet in front of the Pizza Hut in the Publix shopping center on Floyd Road. With the Floyd Road improvement project complete, we have returned to the segment between the Post Office and the old Rite Aid store where Floyd and Hicks Roads intersect.  With the road widening and traffic islands, it's a bigger job than before, so your help will be greatly appreciated.


It takes only about an hour for MIC volunteers to pick up the accumulated trash and it's an hour well spent! Floyd Road will look a whole lot better when we are done. Wear sturdy shoes or boots and bring gloves if you like. We provide latex gloves, safety vests, trash bags, bottled water -- and a warm welcome. 

For more information, contact Dave McDaniel
Zoning News
Coming in February.... 
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An application  for a subdivision on Old Alabama Road (Z-86) on property surrounding New Harvest Baptist Church is set to be heard by the Planning Commission on February 3rd. It was postponed in December and there are no zoning hearings in January.  The application is for 42 homes on this 18 acre tract in the RA-5 zoning category. The existing zoning is R-15 for 27 homes.  The MIC Board voted to oppose this application because the density does not fit the character of the surrounding neighborhoods and there are unresolved issues about stormwater and the layout and look of the community. Neighbors are circulating a petition in opposition to the development, preferring instead the current zoning.  For information about this rezoning, contact Sonya Wheatley, a member of MIC's Zoning Committee.

At 1884 Old Alabama Road (Z-5), an application has been filed to change the zoning from General Commercial to Neighborhood Retail Commercial for an auto mechanic shop.  Neighbors are encouraged to contact Robin Meyer with thoughts on this application.

An application has been filed to change the zoning from R-20 to OI ("Office Institutional") for 1092 Veterans Memorial Highway (Z-15) with the proposed use being a veterinary clinic.  The property includes floodplain along Nickajack Creek which is part of the proposed Nickajack Creek trail.  


Questions? Want to get involved? Contact Robin Meyer, MIC Zoning Committee Chair. 


Heritage Park
Natural Areas and Mill Ruins
Want to go for a walk in the park?  We have a recommendation - Heritage Park right here in Mableton.  There are two access point for the park - one at the corner of Nickajack and Fontaine Roads and one off the Silver Comet Trail near the Concord Road trailhead.  Click here for a map.



From the Nickajack/Fontaine access point, the trail includes a boardwalk over the wetlands and continues along the Nickajack Creek.  You'll see the work of the Georgia Native Plant Society, marking native plants and removing invasive privet. The trail continues to the ruins of the Concord Woolen Mill near the Silver Comet Trail.


If you'd like to focus your walk on the Mill ruins, the closest access point is at the Silver Comet Trailhead is on Concord Road.  Leaving the parking lot, walk down the paved walkway to the Silver Comet Trail.  Turn left on the Silver Comet Trail and walk about two-tenths of a mile.  Then turn right and follow the paved trail.  This time of year, you'll see the Mill ruins right away.  The Concord Woolen Mill was built about 1847 by local businessmen and burned by Union troops during the Civil War.  It was rebuilt and operated for many years afterwards.


South Cobb High School Grad is Rhodes Scholar
One of 32 Named in US 

Ridwan Hassen, a graduate of South Cobb High School, has been named as one of 32 Rhodes Scholars in the US for 2014.  The scholarship will enable Ridwan to study at Oxford University upon graduation from Dartmouth.  A child of African refugees, Ridwan credits his parents with encouraging him to excel educationally, first in public schools and then at Emory and Dartmouth universities.  Ridwan and his four siblings have all graduated from college or are currently enrolled.


Ridwan's academic career has focused on computer science and neuroscience, but he is considering public policy studies at Oxford so that he can challenge himself in that arena. In 2013, Ridwan founded the Global Development Project to help communities in developing nations.  He has also served as a chemistry mentor, refugee tutor, youth counselor for the Boys & Girls Club and regularly visits South Cobb High School to speak with students there.


Congratulations Ridwan!

Auditions Open for MLK Day Celebration
Three dates available 

Cobb County Government and the Cobb County Branch  of the NAACP will celebrate the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday, January 19th at 9am. Those interested in performing during the celebration must audition. Entertainment such as dance interpretations, dramatic readings and musical performances are welcome.

Auditions will be held Saturday, January 3rd at 10am; Thursday, January 8th at 6pm, and Saturday, January 10th at 10am at the Jennie T. Anderson Threatre. The celebration's theme is "50 Years Later: Believe It, Achieve It." Performances will be limited to three minutes and should relate to the theme or Dr. King's message. The Theatre is in the Cobb Civic Center, 548 S. Marietta Parkway, Marietta.  Reservations for an audition are required; please call (770)425-5757.


New Programs at South Cobb Regional Library
805 Clay Road 
Where in Mableton can you find book clubs, board games, reading with a canine south cobb library helper, story time for toddlers and computer help?  At the South Cobb Regional Library!  If you think libraries are just for books, think again and check out all that our Library has to offer.  (And, of course, check out the books, too!)  Click here to see our Library's programs.



The Library is located just off Floyd Road at 805 Clay Road.  Hours are 10am to 9pm Monday through Wednesday, 11am to 6pm Thursday through Saturday, and closed on Sundays.


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