Marietta High School senior Abraham Leon attends a group study session the evening before an International Baccalaureate exam Saturday. Leon received a scholarship to attend the University of Notre Dame. He is a first-generation American who began attending Marietta City Schools in second grade. <br>Staff-Kathyrn Ingall
Marietta High School senior Abraham Leon attends a group study session the evening before an International Baccalaureate exam Saturday. Leon received a scholarship to attend the University of Notre Dame. He is a first-generation American who began attending Marietta City Schools in second grade.
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City Councilman Anthony Coleman looks out over the gymnasium from a second-floor workout room.
City Councilman Anthony Coleman looks out over the gymnasium from a second-floor workout room.
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City Councilwoman Michelle Cooper Kelly, left, Parks Bond Project Manager Rich Deckman, City Councilman Anthony Coleman and Marietta Parks and Recreation Director Rich Buss talk about the renovations to the Custer Park Recreation Center outside of the center in Marietta on Thursday. The renovations are set to open in September. <br>Staff-C.B. Schmelter
City Councilwoman Michelle Cooper Kelly, left, Parks Bond Project Manager Rich Deckman, City Councilman Anthony Coleman and Marietta Parks and Recreation Director Rich Buss talk about the renovations to the Custer Park Recreation Center outside of the center in Marietta on Thursday. The renovations are set to open in September.
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Custer Park renovation set to open in September
by Brittini Ray
May 03, 2015 09:36 PM | 37 views | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend | print
City Councilwoman Michelle Cooper Kelly, left, Parks Bond Project Manager Rich Deckman, City Councilman Anthony Coleman and Marietta Parks and Recreation Director Rich Buss talk about the renovations to the Custer Park Recreation Center outside of the center in Marietta on Thursday. The renovations are set to open in September. <br>Staff-C.B. Schmelter
City Councilwoman Michelle Cooper Kelly, left, Parks Bond Project Manager Rich Deckman, City Councilman Anthony Coleman and Marietta Parks and Recreation Director Rich Buss talk about the renovations to the Custer Park Recreation Center outside of the center in Marietta on Thursday. The renovations are set to open in September.
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City Councilman Anthony Coleman looks out over the gymnasium from a second-floor workout room.
City Councilman Anthony Coleman looks out over the gymnasium from a second-floor workout room.
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MARIETTA — Marietta residents will have a revamped fitness and recreation center this fall, but there may be membership fees to offset some of the operational costs. The city is moving into the final stages of a $2.5 million renovation of the Custer Park Recreation Center, near the intersection of Kenneth E Marcus Way and North Fairground Street. It is scheduled to open to the public in September. The renovated building, which sits on a 3.8-acre tract, will feature a two-story, 27,500-square-foot building and include a range of fitness equipment, said Rich Buss, the city parks director. The center will include two fitness rooms outfitted with new technology called “fitness on demand,” which will feature drop down screens for video viewing and audio input capabilities for group fitness classes, Buss added. The center’s renovations, which are funded by 2009 parks bond money, started in spring 2014 and are expected to be completed by June, but will officially be open to the public in September, Buss said. “That’s when the parking lot should be finished. We’re tying things to the parking lot. The building construction itself will be done before that, but then we’ve got to come in and install our furniture and computer systems and equipment. Then we need to train our folks as well so we can provide optimal customer service for the folks that are going to be paying to use the place.” The recreation center will also feature a gymnasium with two basketball courts, aerobics rooms, padded floors for tumbling, and large transparent windows above the gym and aerobics rooms, so parents can watch their children during recreational activities, Buss added. The city purchased the property for $1.2 million in 2013 from Turner Chapel AME Church, according to city documents. The church property originally included 152 parking spaces, Buss said, which will be increased to 320 parking spaces once renovations are completely finished. The city’s park, recreation and tourism committee reviewed pricing options for memberships at its meeting last week for the new fitness facility inside the recreation center, which would help offset the center’s yearly operational costs of $238,000, according to city documents. The council committee considered two fee options: From $5 to $8 for daily passes for the center’s fitness facilities and from $15 to $45 for monthly passes. The fees were formulated based on a study conducted by the city, which investigated membership fees of similar facilities, such as the YMCA. Buss said the facility will offer a combination of amenities similar to local fitness and recreation centers, in addition to the neighboring park’s 8-acre green space. Custer Park features two multipurpose fields, a reservable group pavilion, picnic tables and an outdoor playground. City Council Member Michelle Cooper Kelly, who chairs the city’s parks, recreation and tourism committee, said the renovations are evidence of how much the area has improved. “A lot has been done here,” she said. “It had been really blah before. This was one of the earlier projects we focused on. … I love to just come out here and see kids kicking the ball around. That’s structured activity and fun play right there.” Councilman Anthony Coleman, who represents the area where the park is located, said the center is shaping up nicely and he is excited to see it be opened to the public. “I think it’s something the residents of the community will be very proud off,” he said. “I think we’re going to have not only people from Marietta utilizing the facility, but also people from outside Marietta is going to take advantage of this nice facility. It’s very important (to have a facility like this),” he said. “You know, it brings a lot of pride to the community. It’s a place where kids can come have clean, wholesome recreation, enjoy their friends. A lot of these centers bring discipline and I think having kids in something structured is very good.”
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Hypocritical Hillary perfect Democratic candidate for ’16
by Melvyn L Fein
May 03, 2015 09:35 PM | 43 views | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Some terrible things are being said about Hillary Clinton. The atmospherics have become so acidic that many Democrats are worried about whether the former first lady is their best candidate for president. They fear she may have too much baggage. But how can this be? Hillary is the perfect person to represent liberal aspirations. She is a fitting symbol for everything that progressives epitomize. Dishonest and incompetent, with a smug sense of entitlement, she incorporates the Democratic spirit in a single package. Secretary Clinton tells us that she aims to be a champion for the middle class — or it is the working class — or perhaps the poor and disinherited. One way or another, she will rebuild the economy and distribute social assets such that justice is returned to our benighted land. So where has she been for the last seven years? Why wasn’t she a champion while Barack Obama was president? After all, for four of those years, she was part of his administration. Did the “vast right-wing conspiracy” perhaps hold her back? If so, why wouldn’t it keep doing so with her in the White House? Ms. Clinton tells us that the current charges against her are a “distraction.” These accusations of cupidity have all been addressed; so let’s move on. She is obviously forthright and candid; hence her detractors ought to allow her to get on with the business of saving the nation? In truth, the only people Hillary is saving are herself and her family. If she is anyone’s champion, she is theirs. The evidence? Although she regularly rails against the one percent, she is a charter member of the crony capitalist contingent. Back in Arkansas, she magically converted a $1,000 investment into $100,000. Nowadays, of course, she has participated in converting an ostensible charity into a billion-dollar slush fund. Yet all of this was legal and transparent. Despite the critics, those deleted emails would not have shed light on any inappropriate extra-curricula activities. They could not have helped us understand how she and Bill — or their friends — raked in millions. Yet Hillary was only doing what Democrats have always done. After all, didn’t Harry Reid and Barack Obama also grow rich in public service? That pesky man behind the curtain, the one saying there were quid-pro-quos and maybe bribery, is an enemy agent. He is not to be believed. Remember, however, Democrats are adept at shooting the messenger. They always find enemies who are responsible for their distress — or ours. As they see it, they — and she — are perpetually helping others. Have we forgotten HillaryCare? Or those peripatetic travels intended to bring world peace? While people are now asking embarrassing questions about what Hillary accomplished, this is preposterous. Nonetheless, can’t this also be asked of Democrats in general? Despite their grand promises about producing social justice and prosperity, what have they actually done to improve education, eliminate poverty, reduce crime, end the recession, deal with immigration or balance the budget? Democrats are clearly phonys. But who is phonier than Hillary Clinton? Does anyone believe her painted on smile? Who, likewise is a more worthy successor to Obama’s mendacities. While she is not as smooth, she is every bit as deceitful. Peter Schweizer’s book “Clinton Cash” is merely the opening salvo of what should be a long campaign to remind people of Hillary’s history. Standing by a husband who had sex with an intern in the Oval office is not the best qualification for chief executive. Democrats may be having doubts about Secretary Clinton, but they have no alternative. Between them, Barack Obama and Bill Clinton took the air out of their party. Its presidential bench is consequently so bare that there seems to be no alternative to a coronation. All the same, Democrats should be of good cheer. Their political program is so faulty that they have become well-practiced hypocrites. And nobody is a more accomplished hypocrite than Hillary. Melvyn L. Fein, Ph.D. is a professor of Sociology at Kennesaw State University.
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