MABLETON IMPROVEMENT COALITION

NEWSLETTER

October 16, 2014 

From the President...

  

 

South Cobb voters have been heard!  Cobb County has added a Saturday to the early voting schedule - October 25th at the South Cobb Community Center at 620 Lions Club Drive in Mableton. Our thanks to Commissioner Cupid for leading this effort and to the rest of the Board of Commissioners, Director Eveler and the Board of Elections for responding. And of course, thanks to all of you who spoke up for equal ballot access.

 

Now that we have secured the ability to early vote for an additional day, let's show up to vote!  Areas of the county where early voting is heavily used got more early voting days.  Even with the addition of one Saturday voting day, South Cobb does not have as many early voting days as East Cobb.  And, of course, exercising your right to vote is critically important. Voters will be selecting a Governor, U.S. Senator, the entire State legislature, a Cobb County school board member and weighing in on many ballot questions, including the continuation of the SPLOST. (More on the SPLOST below.) Please vote all the way down the ballot - do not vote simply for the first two or three offices. Every vote counts!

 

Next, we need to continue to press the issue of equal ballot access.  MIC will keep you posted as we follow this issue.  Vote at the South Cobb Community Center on October 25th and let the Cobb County elections office know that we support this change. For all the early voting locations, dates and times, click here.  

 

In addition, we would urge all of you come out to the October Haunt event being held at Six Flags on October 21, 2014 from 4 - 8 pm. There will be food and fun and you will get to help local businesses...

 

MIC will be helping to kick off the Neighborhood Watch program in historic Mableton on October 30, 2014 at 7 pm at First Baptist of Mableton. If you have an interest in one in your neighborhood - and some of you have contacted us since the last meeting on this - please make plans to attend.

 

Thanks for your involvement in this issue.  If you want to talk about voting or any other issue affecting Mableton, give me a call @ (404) 550-0475 or send me an email. I'm always ready to talk about Mableton!

 

Sincerely,   

   

Joel Cope Join Button tan

 

MIC President

(404) 550-0475 

president@mableton.org   

 

SPLOST 2016 up for a Vote
Continuation of 1% Sales Tax

The 2016 SPLOST referendum will be on the November ballot. If approved, shoppers will not notice a difference in sales tax at the cash register because the 2016 SPLOST will begin just as the current SPLOST ends. The SPLOST is a 1% sales tax that funds capital improvements, such as police and fire equipment, roads, sidewalks, trails, parks and libraries. For the County's complete list of projects proposed for the 2016 SPLOST, click here.

 

For a one page summary prepared by MIC, click here.  Of direct benefit to Mableton are these projects included in the 2016 SPLOST: 
  • New Fire Station to replace one on Mableton Parkway near Veterans Memorial Highway intersection
  • Improvements to Mable House Complex
  • Development of Chattahoochee River Line parks
  • Improvements to South Cobb Regional Library in Mableton
  • Replacement bridges for Brookwood Drive at Clay Branch and James Road over Pine Creek
  • Roundabout at Hicks and Concord Roads in lieu of turn lanes
  • Pedestrian and Bicycle Improvements, including sidewalks and transit stops
  • Silver Comet bridge repairs
  • Improvements to Oakdale, Dickerson and Riverview Roads
School Board Post 2 Candidates at Forum
Wednesday, October 22nd, 7pm 

School Board Candidates Kenya Pierre and Susan Thayer will meet the voters at Vote graphic a Town Hall Meeting hosted by the Mableton Alliance for Children and Schools (MACS) on Wednesday, October 22nd at 7pm at Harmony Leland Elementary School.  The school is located at 5891 Dodgen Road in Mableton.

 

Ms. Pierre and Ms. Thayer are running for Post 2 on the Cobb County School Board, a seat presently held by Tim Stultz who was defeated in the primary election.  Post 2 includes the northern part of Mableton. The remainder of Mableton is in Post 3, which is held by David Morgan.  Mr. Morgan is in the middle of a 4 year term. For more information about the Cobb County School Board, click here.

 

South Cobb School News
Awards and Accomplishments

Congratulations to Bryant Elementary School and Clay Elementary School for winning Promising Practices grants for this school year.  This grant is awarded by the Cobb County School District Teaching and Learning Division to promote practices that will use creative initiatives and activities to engage students in learning.

 

South Cobb High School posted the greatest gains of any Cobb County high school in SAT scores -- 24 points for an average SAT score of 1331. Way to go War Eagles!

Mableton Elementary School was named the Elementary category winner for the  2014 Georgia STEM Education Awards.  "Our STEM program is on the way to being one of the best in the state.  Not only does it link our actions and strategies for improved student achievement together, it gives students who would not have normally had the opportunities to experience a challenging, problem-based program to do so," said Kym Eisgruber, MES Principal.  

 

Storytelling Festival at the Mable House
Thursday, October 18th, 11am to 4pm 

Preparations are underway for the annual Storytelling Festival, set for October 18th storytelling festival from 11am to 4pm at the Historic Mable House. Not only are there amazing storytellers, but also hayrides, pony rides, fun and games, and great food, too. Click here to watch a video of one of the past Storytelling Festivals and plan now for a great time this fall.

 

The South Cobb Lions Club will be there for their annual Bar-B-Que.  Plates are $7 each. Drinks and dessert are extra.  The Lions Club will also be offering hayrides for all, at no charge.

 

This great family event is presented by the Friends of the Mable House (part of the South Cobb Arts Alliance) and is supported by individual volunteers, Cobb P.A.R.K.S. and Cobb Travel and Tourism.

 

At the Mable House Complex
Shrek, the Musical - November 5th, 2014
Presented by The Theatre Project at the Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre, you won't want to miss this amazing musical starring Jeffrey Bigger as Shrek, accompanied by a fantastically talented cast of actors 9 to 18 years old in other roles.  

 

Tickets are $8 for adults and kids over 13; kids 12 and under are free. Get your tickets from the Mable House Box Office at 5239 Floyd Road or from Ticketmaster.  More information is here.  

 

Canvas and Cocktails - October 24th, 2014

 

Enjoy a night out with friends on Friday, October 24th at 7pm at the Mable House Arts Center.  Learn the basics of acrylic painting in a relaxed atmosphere. The class is suitable for both the artistically experienced and the rest of us too!  Call (770) 819-3265 to register.  

 

Silver Comet Half Marathon
Saturday, October 25th, 7:45am

Cobb County P.A.R.K.S and the Silver Comet Races have teamed up to present the Silver Comet Half Marathon on October 25th.  The race will begin at the Mable House Arts Center on Floyd Road and then head for the Silver Comet Trail.  The racers will turn onto the trail at Floyd Station and then race toward Powder Springs, the halfway point.

 

Registration is now open and volunteers are needed too.  Click here for all the information.

 

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