March 16, 2014 

From the President...



Congratulations to our new Board Members - Cherri Belew, Bob Carreker, Michael Delano, Ellen Russ and Broderick Santiago! We are happy to have them join the MIC Board of Directors and look forward to the energy and new ideas they will bring to our work and mission.

These days, MIC is even busier than ever! We held one Town Hall in February along with Commissioner Cupid and we are just coming off of our Annual Meeting of March 13th, which Vinings Lake Church graciously allowed us to hold in their space. As MIC does every campaign cycle, we are holding our Candidates Forum where we invite all the candidates running for local office from our community and give you the chance to ask them questions and evaluate their responses.
This Forum is one of the best ways to acquaint yourself with those who seek your vote. For example, we have contested races for Post 2 of the Cobb County School Board, and many  State House and Senate Districts representing the Mableton area.
The Forum will be held on May 8th at the South Cobb Community Center on Lions Club Drive. So mark your calendar now and join us for a good meeting.
As always, please contact me with any questions about MIC and Mableton.  




Joel Cope Join Button tan


MIC President

(404) 550-0475 



Mableton Day 5K and Fun Run Registration Open Now
Race Day is Saturday, May 17th 
Registration is open now for the 4th Annual Mableton Day 5K race.  Friends and families around South Cobb and beyond are signing up to run and walk this great course that begins and ends at the Mable House Complex.  The 5K begins at 8am on Mableton Day, May 17th.  The early registration fee is just $20.

When you sign up online at the Mableton Day website for the 5K, you can also donate $5 and 5 points to your favorite community organization competing for the Community Spirit Program Trophy and cash award. 

As the 5K ends, the Mableton Jr. Fun Run begins!  Limited to only 100 entrants, this event is great fun for kids -- and for adults who prefer the shorter one-mile distance.  Early registration for kids is just $10!

Questions about the 5K or Fun Run?  Contact Lee Miller or read the FAQs.


Mableton Day Community Spirit Program Going Strong!
Area Schools and Nonprofit Organizations Compete 
A central feature of Mableton Day is the competition for the Community Spirit Program trophy and checks!  Area schools and nonprofits who contribute the most to making Mableton Day a success win cash prizes of $1,000, $750 and $500.  Points towards the award are earned by registering racers for the 5K and cars for the Car Show, signing up for the Mableton Day newsletter, building a spirit display, and other fun and easy steps.  All the details are online at the Mableton Day website.

Last year, Harmony Leland Elementary School PTA won the grand prize, edging out the prior year winner, Mableton Elementary School.  Who's in the competition this year?  As of today, here are the entrants:  Cumberland Christian Academy, Floyd Middle School, Giving A Hand, H.O.P.E. Resource Center, Harmony Leland Elementary School PTA, Mableton Elementary School PTA, Pebblebrook High School, Riverside Primary School PTA, Speak Out Loud and United Vessels. 

If your school or nonprofit is not on this list, it's not too late!  Visit the Mableton Day website and learn all about the Community Spirit Program
Connect the Silver Comet Trail to the Metro Area
Sign the Petition! 
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Connect the Comet is a local group working to connect the Silver Comet Trail to the trail system across the Chattahoochee River in Atlanta. Only 3 miles of unused railroad track in Cobb County prevent our community from connecting with the rest of the metro area. Completing the trail will provide both recreational and commuting options.  


The organizers of Connect the Comet need your help! Sign the petition supporting the Trail connection located on the Connect the Comet website and share the information with friends, family and colleagues.


If you are a cyclist, please join Connect the Comet in celebrating "Georgia Rides to the Capitol" on March 18th. This event, sponsored by Georgia Bikes, is dedicated to bringing bicycle issues to the Gold Dome. At the Capitol, there will be a short announcement about Connect the Comet from organizers of the event.


Cobb Police Community Meeting in Mableton
Wednesday, March 26th at 7pm 

The next PENS meeting for the Police Precinct covering Mableton will take place on Wednesday, March 26th at 7pm the South Cobb Library at 805 Clay Road in Mableton.  Lt. King of the property crimes unit for Precinct Two will be there as will the Captain of Precinct Two, Capt. Jeff Adcock. Our speaker for the event will be Sgt. C. Michael of the Quality of Life unit whose area of expertise covers everything from illegally parked cars to trash issues and even the sign ordinance.   


"PENS" stands for Police Emergency Notification System and is used for many of the Police Department's public information initiatives. These meetings are always very informative, so plan to attend!  You'll learn more about how to stay safe and what your police officers are doing to safeguard our community.


Historic Turner-Sewell Cemetery
Volunteers Needed 
Turner marker

Volunteers from the River Line Historic Area are working to restore the historic Turner Sewell Cemetery on Veterans Memorial Highway. Volunteers are needed to give this effort an extra push in anticipation of the unveiling of an interpretative sign on Saturday, May 10th. The sign contains information about the Turner family and the ferry they operated across the nearby Chattahoochee River.


If you can help remove ivy and do other similar work, please plan to join the group on Saturday, March 29th or Saturday, April 26th from 10am to noon. Please contact Roberta Cook via email to RSVP.

Community Garden Meet and Greet
Saturday, March 22nd from 9am to 11am 
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On Saturday, March 22nd, MIC's Historic Mableton Community Garden on Floyd Road will have a Meet and Greet from 9am until 11am.  You can come out and see the garden plots that are still available and meet fellow gardeners.  You can pay for your plots at that time as well.  Plots are $35 to $45 depending on the size.  There is also a discount for seniors 60 and over.  We have a picnic table but encourage you to always bring your own chair and supplies to the garden with you.  It is your home away from home so please make it comfortable while you are there. For information, contact the Garden Leader.

The Garden Leader at the MIC's Community Garden at Riverview Landing is also available to answer your questions and help you select a plot for the summer growing season.  While a specific event isn't planned right now, you can contact the Garden Leader by email and arrange a time to visit the garden.

For more information about MIC's community gardens, please visit our website.

Great American Clean-up at Pebblebrook High School
Saturday, March 22nd at 9am  

In celebration of the Great American Clean-up, Keep Cobb Beautiful has organized a tree planting and litter clean up at Pebblebrook High School on Saturday, March 22nd at 9am. Volunteers and staff will plant 35 trees and clean up litter along Old Alabama Road. This is an excellent opportunity for the community to come together and volunteer with students to help beautify our area.


Registration will begin at 8:30am at Pebblebrook High School, located at 991 Old Alabama Road in Mableton. To volunteer for this event, contact Nekeshia Griffin at 770-528-1100 or via email.


Floyd Middle School Art Exhibit
Open Through April 2nd  

You won't believe what the Floyd Middle School Art Club can do -- unless you visit the Mable House Arts Center and see their annual exhibit "Floyd Celebrates the Arts."  Under the guidance of Art Teacher Lisa Collins, the students have produced an amazing collection of pieces in many media, including fabric, metal and recycled plastic bottles.   


The gallery is open weekdays from 9am until 5pm and evenings and weekends when classes are in session.   Call the Mable House at 770-819-3285 to confirm the opening times.


Register to Vote!
Deadline for Primary Election is April 21st 

The deadline to register to vote in the May 20th primary election is April 21st. To be voter registration qualified to register, you must be a U.S. citizen, a resident of Cobb County and at least 17-and-a-half years old (but you cannot vote until you turn 18). Any mail-in applications must be postmarked 30 days prior to that election. If you move, you must notify the Board of Elections 30 days prior to the election.  


You can register in person at any Cobb County Library.

If you are not already registered, do it now! Our right to vote is precious and every election is important!


Not sure if you are registered? Click here.  For more information, visit the Cobb County Elections website.


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