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Girl Scouts Honored at City Council Meeting

Girls of all ages presented Mayor Mark Mathews with Girl Scout cookies after he proclaimed March 12 "Girl Scout Day."

The City of Kennesaw honored the 100th anniversary of the Girl Scouts of America by declaring March 12 "Girl Scout Day" in the city.

Kennesaw presented a proclamation Monday to members of Troop 12437 from and, in turn, the girls handed over several boxes of Girl Scout cookies for the Mayor and to enjoy.

Also receiving recognition were students at , who , and St. Catherine of Siena students who won first place at the State of Georgia First Lego League Robotics Tournament.

One of their teachers, Alice Garrity, was also recognized as the first recipient of the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Educator Award given by Southern Polytechnic State University in Marietta. Garrity is the middle school science teacher and science fair coach at St. Catherine of Siena and was chosen "for dedication and skill in facilitating student participation in the science fair process."

Other items of business at the meeting included a report by Kennesaw Youth Council vice-chair Rebecca Fant, who said the council will be sponsoring an effort to donate old tennis shoes at , and high schools. The shoes will then be turned into rubber chips by Georgia Tech students and eventually used at area playgrounds as ground cover.

The only public comment of the evening came from licensed massage therapist Rebekah Wright, who owns Wright Touch Natural Health at 3745 Cherokee Street in Kennesaw. Wright took exception to wording in an amendment regarding massage businesses' responsibilities in applying for business licenses with the city.

"I appreciate being notified of this meeting, but the language they use is very patronizing," said Wright. "And calling us massage parlors? Really?"

Wright said she doesn't agree with the amendment wording that states, "a log must be maintained with the date and hour of each treatment and the name of the massage therapist when treating persons of the opposite sex."

Another public hearing on the amendment is scheduled for March 19 at the next city council meeting.  The council also voted 4-0 to approve a massage therapist license for Alexander Stadler of Chiropractic for Health, located at 2639 Hickory Grove Road.

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