Since launching in November 2010, Northeast Cobb Patch has been diligently appealing to the community with a topical blend of news, information, events and calendar listings and conversation.
In fact, this site launched the same day as nearby East Cobb Patch, which I have edited from the start.
Beginning today, I will be assuming primary editorial responsibilities for Northeast Cobb Patch, in addition to my usual duties with East Cobb Patch.
What's the difference between the two? I've been asked this quite a bit, so let me explain.
Northeast Cobb Patch essentially covers everything in ZIP code 30066, north of Sandy Plains Road, and east of the Town Center area. It includes most, or all, of the Kell, Lassiter and Sprayberry high school districts, and its feeder schools.
Some venerable faith communities serve as exemplary pillars of the Northeast Cobb area, including St. Andrew United Methodist Church, Holy Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church, Sandy Plains Baptist Church, Transfiguration Catholic Church, Piedmont Church and Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, to name just a few.
The cluster of Cobb County Government services in the Sandy Plains-Shallowford vicinity -- the Mountain View Regional Library, The Art Place, the Mountain View Aquatic Center and the East Cobb Senior Center -- also is in this area, as is the Canton Road corridor.
Northeast Cobb is also the place where I spent a good part of my childhood, attending Blackwell Elementary School and checking out books at the Gritters Library.
Our coverage of the Northeast Cobb community will be unchanged. Our aim is to provide you with the most relevant, important stories that affect your lives: local government, schools, business, transportation, public safety, recreation and leisure activities and sports, among other topics.
Community interaction is a very big part of what we're trying to accomplish with Patch, and I invite all of you to sign up to use Northeast Cobb Patch, and to post announcements and calendar and event listings.
You can even start your own blog and write about what interests you, whether you're an individual or part of an organization. You can even post pictures and videos from an event. We're always looking for more Local Voices to foster greater conversation about what's important to you and your neighbors.
The user-generated tools Patch has developed are ideal for community groups, especially churches and faith communities, youth sports leagues, civic and volunteer organizations and more.
So if you're signing kids up for soccer, having a charitable event for your church or holding a car wash for a band trip, Patch is the place to let the Northeast Cobb community know what's going on.
I'd like to especially invite members of Northeast Cobb's school communities to take advantage of these services, whether you're a teacher or staff member at a school, a PTA member or simply a parent.
If you have any questions about using these services -- did I mention that they're absolutely free to anyone? -- and about Northeast Cobb Patch in general, please feel free to contact me. My e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
I'm thrilled to be asked to help serve a community I've grown up with, so please don't hesitate to get in touch.
Marietta Patch editor Melissa Kory also will be contributing to this site, and she can be reached at: email@example.com.
One more thing: If you haven't done so already, you can get your Northeast Cobb news several other ways: By subscribing to our daily e-mail newsletter and breaking news alerts, by "liking" us on Facebook and "following" us on Twitter.