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fp.ncBorn Again Blessings Children’s Consignment Sale
Children’s and maternity clothes, shoes, toys, nursery items, baby equipment, furniture and more! Friday February 22, 9am-7pm. Saturday February 23, 9am-noon. Preview sale: Thursday open to workers and sellers only. First time moms can sign up for early shopping privileges. Cobb County Civic Center. 548 Marietta Parkway, Marietta. More


fp.ncCheck out the Bright Side’s updated information on their Newsupdate page and Calendar page – online at  Lots of fun things going on and great positive news for our community.  Send us your articles for the March Kennesaw and Acworth papers — deadline is Friday, Feb 22.  Want ad information?  Call us at 770-851-5469.  Advertising in the Bright Side Newspapers is the most cost effective way for a business to reach their target market.


Red Cross Blood Drive On Friday, February 15, the Acworth Parks and Recreation Department is hosting a Red Cross Blood Drive from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Acworth Beach House located in Cauble Park.  The Acworth Beach House is located at 4425 Beach St. Acworth, GA  30101.

 The Red Cross is the nation’s largest blood provider, and supplies more than 120 hospitals and heath care facilities throughout the state.  Remember one donor could potentially save up to three lives!

The American Red Cross blood supply continues to be at an emergency level. Severe Winter Storm impacts blood donations. Donors needed to ensure blood inventory is replenished.

The recent winter storm that hit the Northeast has forced the cancellation of more than 160 American Red Cross blood drives in nine states, resulting in a shortfall of nearly 7,000 units of blood and platelets.
To date, blood drive cancellations have occurred in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania.
The Red Cross is encouraging blood donations to help areas hit by this storm. While all types are needed, the Red Cross urges those with blood types O negative, B negative and A negative to make a lifesaving appointment.

 To schedule an appointment, call Jeff Chase at the Parks and Recreation Office at 770-917-1234 or email at


Cobb Travel & Tourism is excited to welcome Breakaway Lacrosse, who announced the 5th Annual Southern Showdown at Kennesaw State University Stadium between North Carolina (UNC) and the University of Massachusetts (UMASS), two preseason Coaches Poll Division 1 Top Ten Men’s Lacrosse Programs, on Saturday, February 16 at 1 p.m. Gates open at 9:30 a.m.
The game will include two of the best senior attackmen in the country, Marcus Holman of UNC and Will Manny of UMass. Both men are frontrunners for the Tewaaraton Award, the highest individual honor in lacrosse.
Tickets are available online at, at the Breakaway Sports office in Smyrna and through the KSU box office.


3d-happy-valentinesGood Morning everyone.  The Bright Side Newspapers February enews is available online at ENEWS FOR THE BRIGHT SIDE.   Check out the calendar of events, see the Marietta Welcome Center’s new app.  Have an awesome day and call us at 770-851-5469 if you have a question.


Strength In Stilettos

3rd Annual Prom Dress Consignment Sale at Allatoona High School March 2, 2013!
Strength in Stilettos (SIS) student organization will be hosting the 3rd Annual Prom Dress Consignment Sale on Saturday, March 2 from 10am-2 pm at Allatoona High School in Acworth.  Come shop our fabulous selection of gently loved prom dresses, shoes and handbags!

CAM_WOW_144This is a great opportunity to find the perfect dress for prom, as well as, earn some extra cash!  The consignment sale will accept long and short formal dresses, shoes and hand bags.  Sellers set their own prices and receive 70% of the sale price.  Register to sell by February 20, 2013.

Vendor tables will be available for businesses to promote their products and services for only $50. Sponsor fee includes a 6 ft table, logo on volunteer t-shirts and the option to include coupons/give-a-ways in the shopper gift bags.

The consignment sale is sponsored by Strength in Stilettos, a non-profit student organization dedicated to supporting, enhancing and empowering girls by promoting academic achievement and community service. Proceeds will benefit Allatoona and Kennesaw Mountain High School programs, as well as, college scholarships for girls.
Sellers and volunteers needed.  Volunteers shop early at 9am.  For seller registration, vendor/sponsorship and volunteer opportunities, visit us at or email us at

Hip Hip Hooray!

The February Kennesaw/Acworth Bright Side Newspaper is online at  Click on the menu button: Kenn/Acw News and then again at the top of the page.  Paper at the printer and if all goes well should be in the mail this Friday.  Email us with questions at  Have an awesome day.

Cobb Chamber Presents 2013 Health Hero Awards

After receiving a record number of nominations, the Cobb Chamber recognized one individual and one organization who have made a significant positive impact on the health of the Cobb community at its First Monday Breakfast, sponsored by WellStar, Monday at the Cobb Galleria Centre.

Dr. Cris Eaton-Welsh of Eaton Chiropractic was awarded the individual Health Hero Award. Dr. Eaton-Welsh’s determination and willingness to serve sets her apart as a leader and community activist. Along with her 13-year Chiropractic career, she became Councilwoman and implemented several programs to encourage a healthy, active community. Fit City Kennesaw, the Kennesaw Grand Prix race series and the developments of Swift-Cantrell Park were all realized through the support of Dr. Eaton-Welsh. Her influence extends far into the community, through quality patient care, innovative programs, support of Leadership Cobb Health programs and support of community recreation services, earning her this year’s Health Hero Award.

The Good Samaritan Health Center of Cobb was presented the Health Hero Award for a deserving organization. Good Samaritan is a group founded out of the need for affordable access to quality health care for Cobb’s uninsured, low income families. Since opening its doors in 2006, Good Samaritan has provided an opportunity for those in need to receive proper and consistent primary health care at an affordable cost. Through these services and Good Samaritan’s Christian values, families are able to receive affordable primary care, dental care, access to prescriptions and health education while avoiding an unnecessary emergency department visit.

Because of their tireless efforts, innovative programs and dedication, Cobb is a healthier community.

For more information on the Cobb Chamber’s Health Hero Awards, contact Samantha Ovsak at, or 770-859-2374.

SEVERE WEATHER TIPS – 6 Common Misconceptions about Tornados

With severe weather once again threatening Georgia, and tornadoes reported today in Adairsville, David Grant of State Farm®, the leading insurer of cars and homes in the nation, provides the following information. Residents are encouraged to monitor weather reports, tune in to local news outlets and stay alert to weather conditions. When you’re in the path of a twister, every second counts. Knowing effective ways to protect yourself and your family could help save lives.
Take a few minutes and review these 6 common misconceptions about tornados:

Myth 1: Opening windows equalizes air pressure and helps prevent the roof from being ripped off.
Fact: This act does little or nothing to prevent damage and wastes precious minutes in an emergency.
Tip: The powerful winds of a tornado can shatter windows. Help avoid injuries caused by flying, broken glass by taking shelter in a windowless room.

Myth 2: Taking shelter under an overpass during a tornado will protect me.
Fact: Overpasses and bridges can actually concentrate airflow from a tornado and become dangerous “wind tunnels.” Hiding under an overpass may subject you to severe injuries from flying debris or even cause you to be blown out into the storm itself.
Tip: While not an ideal solution, it may be safer to find a low spot, such as a ditch, and lie face down with your hands covering your head.

Myth 3: The safest place to hide in a storm is the southwest corner of the basement.
Fact: A corner is often safer than against the middle of a long wall, which may be vulnerable to collapse in a tornado. A better bet is to gather in a small, windowless interior room on the lowest floor in a home.
Tip: Protect yourself from flying and falling debris by taking shelter under a heavy desk, mattress or sturdy stairwell.

Myth 4: Tornadoes are easy to spot.
Fact: A tornado may not be visible until it has picked up sufficient dirt and debris. Waiting to take shelter until you can actually see a funnel cloud puts you at risk.
Tip: Listen to weather reports for tornado warnings. A warning tells you a tornado has been spotted on radar and that you should seek shelter immediately.

Myth 5: I could outrun a tornado in my car.
Fact: It’s never a good idea to try. The average ground speed of a tornado is 30 mph, but its winds can exceed 200 mph. Even if you’re able to stay ahead of the funnel cloud, you could find yourself driving through drenching downpours and flying debris. You might also encounter downed power lines, trees, and other dangerous obstacles in the road.
Tip: While it does not recommend escaping a tornado by car, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) says if you are in open country and the tornado is distant, it may be possible to drive out of harm’s way. After detecting the
direction of the storm’s movement, drive at a right angle away from the tornado.

Myth 6: Tornadoes never strike here.
Fact: While some areas have a greater likelihood of tornadoes, these dangerous storms have occurred in every state in the U.S., in both urban and rural areas, and over land, mountains, and water. Never assume a particular location will be spared and always heed tornado warnings when they are issued.
Tip: Even if tornadoes are rare in your area, develop an emergency plan and practice it with your family.

February Kennesaw and Acworth papers – Deadline Approaching

Happy Monday everyone — The Februrary deadline for Kennesaw and Acworth papers is this Friday, January 25.  Send us your articles, purchase an ad, grow your business.  Advertising in the Bright Side Community Newspapers is the most cost effective way for your business to reach your target market and let your customers know you are very much a part of this community.  For more information call us at 770-851-5469 or visit