The "Among the Stars" end of summer reading celebration will be held 5-7 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 2, at Switzer Library. The library will be transformed into a spacecraft, creating a setting for family-friendly fun, music, storytelling, games and food trucks. The community celebration will include science demonstrations, party music, Rocking Chair Theatre, Rockin' Robots, magnet demonstrations, games and special appearances by the CAREing Paws therapy dogs. Switzer Library is located at 266 Roswell St., Marietta. For more information about the Summer Reading Program, or the celebration, visit cobbcat.org/srp or call 770-528-2330.
There are important issues facing our region, such as strengthening our economy, improving transportation, enhancing quality of life and protecting natural resources. Public input into what should be in the regional plan for Metro Atlanta is important. The regional plan is designed to ensure growth, prosperity and a high quality of life for the next 25 years. Through the end of September, Atlanta Regional Commission staff is reaching out to the public to share the vision developed by the ARC board and get feedback and opinions about actions to achieve these goals. One of the ways feedback is being collected is through an online survey available at atlantaregional.com/TheRegionalPlan. You will be able to share what issues you think are most important for our region to consider and which solutions you think will work best.
A safety summary report of 2005 Special Local Option Sales Tax projects released by Cobb Department of Transportation staff shows several safety and operational road projects from the 2005 SPLOST significantly decreased crash and injury rates, and in some cases, wait times. According to data, a.m. commute crashes are down by 85 percent after SPLOST safety improvements. The safety report studied six intersection and corridor projects to determine the safety differences, using before-project and after-project crash data.
"Time is clearly showing these safety and operational investments have been effective in making our Cobb County residents and roads safer and more efficient," Faye DiMassimo, Cobb DOT director, said. "Even with the improvements, because of the large volume of traffic, we encourage drivers to always be alert and drive defensively."
Atlanta Road at Paces Ferry Road: This 2005 SPLOST project included removal of a center two-way left- turn lane and addition of a southbound left-turn lane. The project resulted in a 66 percent overall reduction in crashes, 45 percent reduction in injuries, 64 percent reduction in rear-end crashes, 85 percent reduction in a.m. peak hour crashes and a 71 percent reduction in crashes in dry conditions. Design and construction for the project cost $779,980.
Villa Rica Road at West Sandtown Road: This 2005 SPLOST project converted an all-way stop to a modern roundabout at West Sandtown Road and Villa Rica Road, decreasing wait times by 83 percent in a.m. peak hours, while decreasing wait times by 68 percent in p.m. peak hours. Design and construction of the roundabout cost $756,852.
Childers Road from Shallowford Road to Fulton County line: This 2005 SPLOST project included roadway alignment improvements, adding sidewalks and crosswalks and updating signage and markings. The project resulted in a 72 percent reduction of overall crashes, 64 percent reduction in rear-end crashes, 79 percent reduction in non-peak crashes, and 72 percent reduction in daylight hour crashes. Design and construction for the project cost $2,027,282.
Wooten Lake Road, from Wade Green Road to Shiloh Road: This 2005 SPLOST project included roadway alignment improvements, removed acceleration lanes and added new markings. The project resulted in a 14 percent overall reduction in crashes and 17 percent reduction of crashes with injuries, a 30 percent reduction in rear-end crashes, 30 percent reduction in non-peak crashes, a slight increase in p.m. crashes and an increase in sideswipe crashes. Design and construction for the project cost $7.4 million.
For updates on all Cobb County Department of Transportation projects, visit www.cobbdot.org.
Cobb Senior Services staff will host a free viewing of the new documentary titled “Age of Champions,” Monday, July 28. This film is the inspiring story of a group of athletes — a 100-year-old tennis champion, 86-year-old pole vaulter, team of basketball grandmothers and a pair of swimming brothers — all chasing gold at the National Senior Olympics. The 9:30 a.m. showing will be held at Cobb County’s Senior Wellness Center, 1150 Powder Springs St, Marietta, with a special appearance by neurologist Dr. Marshall L. Nash and one of the film’s producers, Tad Ochwat. Nash will give a brief presentation on steps to take to prevent Alzheimer's disease. A continental breakfast will be provided. Registration is required to attend. Contact a nearby Cobb County senior center to register. For more information, click here.
Registration for the 2014 Cobb County Senior Games is open until Aug. 8. Events will include basketball (three point shot and free throw), billiards, bocce ball, bowling, field events, golf, pickleball, putting, swimming, table tennis and track events. Registration is $20 for Cobb residents and $25 for non-residents. Bowling has an additional fee of $5 and includes three games and shoe rental. Golf has an additional fee of $40 and includes greens fees, cart, continental breakfast and lunch. Opening ceremony will be held Aug. 20 and closing ceremony Sept. 16. There is a $10 guest fee for each ceremony. For more information, including sponsorship opportunities, contact Cheryl James at 770-528-1447. To download the registration form, click here or visit cobbseniors.org.