Smyrna Mayoral Candidate Defends Himself
A quick look around at what's in the news on a soggy holiday evening.
Were you able to take advantage of the Columbus Day holiday and take the day off? I’m guessing that many of you were probably like me in that you didn’t. Hence, if you’re like me, you’re already behind this work week. Oh, well…
But let’s try to play a little catch up here. As was mentioned Sunday here at the site, Smyrna mayoral candidate Alex Backry expressed concern to me about user generated comments concerning his once employment with the City.
It has been posted here that he had been fired from the City. As he promised, Mr. Backry supplied me with a letter on City of Smyrna letterhead Monday indicating that employment records confirm that he “voluntarily resigned from employment on July 12, 2003.’’
Mr. Backry also told me that about 35 of his campaign signs have gone missing in the last couple of weeks.
As you know, we’re now less than a month away from the Nov. 8 General Election. Tuesday is the final day for voter registration and early voting will be open to the public beginning on Oct. 17 in the Elections and Registration office located at 736 Whitlock Avenue in Marietta. City residents may call 770-528-2581 for any questions regarding registration or voting.
Incumbents spoke about non-election matters at last week’s city council meeting. Ward 3 Councilwoman Teri Anulewicz, who is running unopposed, had just returned from a 10-day trip to St. Petersburg, Russia as part of the Legislative Fellows Program, an exchange program funded by the U.S. State Department.
She described it as an “amazing experience’’ and said she delivered numerous talks on how municipal government works in the United States and Smyrna. At the council meeting, she also encouraged Smyrna citizens to become more involved with their government through communication with their elected officials. “Citizen engagement is important to the City; it’s important to who I am as a councilperson.’’
“If you have not yet gotten involved in helping with a school…I urge you to do so. Whether you have children or not, it’s one of the most blessed things you can do. Every week in our schools there’s wonderful success stories taking place, it just doesn’t always get reported.’’
And still on the topic of education, JRM Management Services recently donated $4,000 to the Smyrna Education Foundation. JRM Management assists the City in staging the Spring and Fall Jonquil Festivals, the latter which will be held Oct. 22. To learn more about the Smyrna Education Foundation, see here.
Moving along, Burger Park, one of Smyrna’s popular dog parks, closed Monday for lawn maintenance and is not scheduled to re-open until Nov. 1. The nearby dog park at Lake Court Park will remain open during this maintenance period.
Which leads us to the fall cleanup event, It’s My Park Day, which will be this Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon. Citizens are invited to clean, prune and paint in their neighborhood parks, and the parks and recreation department will reward its hard-working volunteers with a showing of “Gnomeo and Juliet” in Taylor-Brawner Park later that evening. Call 770-319-5400 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
There’s plenty going on at local restaurants this week. As part of Atlanta Beer Week, Crepe Revolution is celebrating with a five-course paired beer dinner featuring fall foods and flavors on Tuesday. It’s $45 not including tax and tip. Call 770-485-7440 or 770-601-6858 for more info.
According to their tweets, the new restaurant Twelve06, located at 2355 Cumberland Parkway, is scheduled to open Wednesday. The upscale restaurant will specialize in soul food. Follow them at @twelve06 (which by the way is inspired by the owner’s son’s birthday – 12/12/06).
Meanwhile, down the street, Tomo Japanese Restaurant has served its last meal at 3256 Cobb Parkway in the Riverview Village Shopping Center. But it sounds as if the space has already found new occupants and could be up and running by the end of the month. But we’ll have to cover that another time as it’s Monday night and all this talk of food reminds a certain editor with an expanding waistline that he needs to get to the gym before it closes.