Around Town: Status 10/4 for 20/20 group and it’s almost ...Ready to Start
by Bill Kinney and Joe Kirby
Around Town Columnists
September 18, 2012 01:02 AM | 3801 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
THE MARIETTA CITY COUNCIL’s 14-member Vision 20/20 Committee continues to fill up. The Committee was formed in July at the urging of Mayor Steve “Thunder” Tumlin and is charged with examining such topics as downtown tree canopies, railroad quiet zones, trash management and parking. Its organization meeting is slated for Oct. 1, although most of its members are expected to be present on an informal basis at Wednesday’s presentation of plans for tree plantings along Church Street. Wednesday’s gathering, which will include public comment, will take place at 5:30 p.m. at The Brickyard, 129 Church St.

The DMDA on Thursday named its two members to the committee: attorney Tom Browning, who chairs the DMDA; and businesswoman Paula Shea, sister of downtown Marietta land czar and City Councilman Philip Goldstein.

Browning and Shea were elected by a 5-2 vote, with Tumlin and member James Eubanks voting against them.

“Philip’s got his sister on there,” Tumlin said. “I wanted somebody with James’ ownership interest and age to be on that, but I came in second.”

Others on the Committee are Theresa Jenkins, head of the Marietta Welcome Center, who was appointed by Tumlin; businessman John Rossiter, who was appointed by Councilwoman Annette Lewis; high school science teacher Pic Petelle, who was appointed by Councilman Grif Chalfant; car dealer Lloyd Hildreth, who was appointed by Councilman Johnny Sinclair; Marilyn Massey, appointed by Councilman Andy Morris; Leon Leak of the North Marietta Neighborhood Association, appointed by Anthony Coleman; and former Mayor Bill Dunaway, appointed by Councilman Jim King.

Restaurant operators in the downtown area appointed Kelly Contreras of Marietta Pizza Co. to represent them on the committee. Downtown churches selected Phyllis Miller, director of administration at Marietta First Baptist. Downtown merchants selected as their representative Randall Heard of the Marietta Wine Market. And the Downtown Branding Project selected art dealer Kee Carlisle as their representative.

The final appointment will be that by Councilman Goldstein.

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SPEAKING OF CARLISLE, here’s what he had to say after attending Wednesday’s funeral for late MDJ publisher Otis A. Brumby Jr.: “I’ve now been to two ‘Big O’ funerals — those of Otis Redding and Otis Brumby. Both were spectacular and wonderful in many ways. God bless the Brumby family!”

Carlisle, like ’60s soul-singing legend Otis Redding, is a native of Macon.

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ATLANTA TV newscaster Monica Kaufman Pearson, who retired this summer from WSB-TV, will be the special guest at Wednesday’s breakfast meeting of the Georgia Republican Foundation, reports Foundation Chairwoman Sue Everhart of east Cobb and Chairman Chip Pearson.

Could this be the occasion on which Pearson — arguably the most consistently popular on-air personality in the history of the Atlanta TV market — finally reveals her political preferences? MDJ syndicated columnist Matt Towery of FOX 5 TV, who for years was an on-air political analyst on WSB, wrote in his column in June that her leanings were a mystery.

“No one — and I mean no one — who knows her has any clue as to what her opinion is on political issues or even what party she supports,” he wrote back then.

The Foundation’s breakfast will take place at 7:30 a.m. at The Georgian Club, 100 Galleria Parkway in the Galleria.

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ACORN/PROJECT VOTE whistleblower Anita MonCrief will be the speaker at the Cobb County Republican Women’s Club meeting Sept. 28. MonCrief has appeared on such shows as “The ‘O’Reilly Factor,” “The Sean Hannity Show” and others. The meeting will take place at 11:30 a.m. at the Marietta Hilton Conference Center on Powder Springs Street in Marietta. For more go to www.ccrwc.org.

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BEWARE! “Strandemonium” is coming to The Strand Theatre at Halloween.

The Strand’s latest musical review follows on the heels of the hit “Best of Broadway” and, according to the press release from Strand Director of Business Cassi Costoulas, will feature “the ghastliest ghouls and voluptuous vampires this side of the Chattahoochee.”

“No magic potion will be able to protect patrons from intoxicating numbers” like “Monster Mash”, “Purple People Eater,” “Dead Man’s Party,” “Zombie Prom” and “Bring on the Freaks.”

In other words, she said, “There will be music for all ages and blood types.”

The show is sponsored by Georgia Power and will run Oct. 26 to Oct. 31. Tickets are $20. For more, go to www.EarlSmithStrand.org.

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HARD AS IT MAY BE to believe, the annual Marietta Pilgrimage Christmas Home Tour is just over three months away. Organizers will conduct a wine-and-cheese party from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday on the rooftop of the Strand Theatre, at which the identities of the homes to be showcased will be revealed, according to Marietta Welcome Center director Theresa Jenkins.

Plans for the 2012 Tour Gala also will be announced that night.

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THOSE WHO’VE SHOPPED at the Marietta Square Farmer’s Market know that it’s almost as popular with dog-walkers as it is with fans of fresh produce. But there will be a noticeable absence among the canine corps on Saturdays to come. Sebastian — the massive, 150-pound-plus St. Bernard that usually accompanied Van and Patti Pearlberg to the event — passed away on Friday, a victim of cancer, they report.

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LIKE “THE TASTE OF MARIETTA?” Then you’ll probably enjoy chowing down at the fourth annual Whole Hawg Happenin’ BBQ & Music Fest, which moves this year to Marietta Square for the first time and will crank up from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 30. The event will benefit local Boys & Girls Clubs as well as the Earl Smith Strand Theatre, Marietta Museum of History and Marietta’s Gone With the Wind Museum, reports festival coordinator Mary Claire Andres. There’ll also be music from the likes of Roger “Hurricane” Wilson and Banks & Shane.

Be there to “Be Square!”



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