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LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga., July 16, 2010 -- The Aurora Theatre has announced its line-up of plays to be produced in the coming season, and offering discounted rates for season ticket holders.
The theatre, located just off the square in Lawrenceville, is Gwinnett's premier stage, bringing professional actors to the stage in well-acclaimed and often classic plays. The 250 seat theatre -- with nary a bad seat or obstructed view, is now in its 15th season, and its fourth season in Lawrenceville. Play-goers enjoy benefit from the free covered attached parking garage.
The performing season opens on August 5 through September 5 with Singin in the Rain, based on the MGM film of Betty Comden and Adolf Green, with songs by Nacio Herb Brown and Arthur Freed. It is one of the great movie musicals of all time. The musical is set in 1927, with Hollywood being in a panic over the transition from silent films to the newfangled "Talking pictures." This romantic comedy will thrill you with timeless melodies, Fit as a Fiddle, Good Mornin' and Make 'Em Laugh.
On stage from October 7-31 will be Robert Louis Stevenson's Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher, this chilling new version of the classic tale tips the scales with dangerous experiments, bringing forth Dr. Henry Jekyll's other self, the horrifying monster, Edward Hyde. And wouldn't you know it: only a woman can stop this vicious cycle. This fiendishly clever adaption reveals the many faces of Edward Hyde as each talented actor has a hand at portraying the monster himself.
An audience favorite of Aurora patrons, the annual Christmas Canteen 2010 is Gwinnett's longest running theatrical holiday tradition. Aurora's sentimental musical review harkens back to its jukebox roots to span the best of the wartime Canteens mixed with new Christmas standards. Soon it's a Winter Wonderland that just keeps getting better. Coupled with the awe-inspiring Festival of Trees, audience members will get themselves ready for The Most Wonderful Time of Year. This offering runs November 26-December 23.
The new year will see the southeastern premier of Sirens, by Deborah Zoe Laufer, on the Aurora stage from January 13-February 6. After 25 years, a couple's marriage passion had ebbed. The cure seems to be a romantic cruise to the mythical Greek Isles. But then a washed up songwriter hears a siren calling, chunking himself overboard, as the audience embarks on this captive comedy about finding one's muse.
Academy by John Mercurio, conceived and developed by Andrew Kato, was first suggested in Faust by Wolfgang von Goethe. The tensions as a school academy heats up as a short-sighted bet between two upperclassmen fails. Two seniors manipulate a naive freshman, resulting in a catastrophe for all involved. It's a story about the coming of age of boys learning to become men, and offers a lesson for all ages. The play runs March 14-April 10.
The final presentation for the coming season is Over the River and Through the Woods by Joe DePietro, scheduled for May 12-June 6. Sunday sinners at the Gianelli house is not to be missed. When the only grandson is offered a promotion that will take him to the West Coast, the family is in a panic, with no amount of cooking able to solve the problem. This heartfelt comedy about growing old allows one generation's struggle to understand another.
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Those enjoying live professional theatre can save up to 45 per cent with discounts for performances. At the same time, season ticket holders sit in the best seats and get the most perks and privileges. For more on season ticket offers, go to https://auroratheatre.com/secure/.
JULY 16, 2010 There are several reasons to participate in early voting. However, one aspect of early voting bothers us.
We can see that if you were going to be out of town on Election Day, or you were particularly busy that day, that you might opt to vote early.
It also allows people who want to take more time to vote and not to be rushed, to enjoy voting in this manner. We also see voting early if you were in some way incapacitated, were temporarily on crutches, or in a wheel chair.
Overall, we think early voting has meant more people participate in our democracy, and this is good.
But one aspect of early voting we worry about. We don't want to vote early for one major reason: we want to be aware of every aspect of the political races, and don't want to have voted early and find out something about one of the candidates at the last minute that might have changed our mind in a particular race. That's why we vote on election day, having seen all the rhetoric about all the many races.
Maybe we're just curious enough to want to hear all the hoopla that the candidates put out. On, sure, we realize that there will be last-minute attempts at smearing opponents. We hope we are sharp enough to recognize that for what it is, and not be influenced by it. But there just may be one or two new revelations that come out at the last moment we would judge to be critical, that might cause us to change our minds, in any race.
But how about your endorsements you made earlier? you ask.
We made them well in advance to get our readers to thinking about particular races. At the time we made the endorsements, we were secure in the belief that a particular candidate was the best person in that race. And while the election is several days away, so far nothing has come forth that has changed out mind. But....we realize, something could. So we wait to vote until the last day, while being happy with others who vote early.
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Talking with Lori Hackney, absentee supervisor of the Gwinnett Elections Voter Registration Department, we find that early voting is popular in the county. Through July 14, there were 6,872 citizens getting an early ballot. A total of 3,357 voted in the office early, while another 3,279 had ballots mailed to them, and of these, still 69 percent have not yet been returned.
The totals are a little behind the 2008 primary, which through July 10, 2008, had 7,758 people getting ballots early. Through the entire 2008 season, 8,373 requested early ballots.
By the way, for 2010, Republicans are requesting early ballots far more so than Democrats. Only 21 percent of the early ballots were requested by Democrats. In the 2008 voting, by the same time, Democrats had requested 30 per cent of the ballots.
Lori Hackney tells us that in the Gwinnett 2008 Primary Early Voting, there were 9,498 citizens requesting ballots, and 8,373 valid returns. But in the 2008 General Election, 120,198 people in Gwinnett asked for early ballots, with 117,267 valid returns. That was amazing!
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The year 2010 has turned out a large crop of candidates. Now you have until Tuesday (if you have not voted) to make up your mind on who you want to be the people who guide the fate of our state and county. Study hard and select your best candidates....and enjoy democracy.
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RED-FACED: Oooops. We made an error in the last edition. The Gwinnett Jets football team plays its home games in Sugar Hill, all right, but at Gary Pirkle Park, not as previously reported. Our pardons!
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Editor, the Forum:
to news stories, County Commission Chairman Charles Bannister admitted
to having one beer. Another story reports he had one or two. In
yet another, the waitress in the bar said three. But both the breath test
and blood test showed 0.00 alcohol, after Bannister could not recite the
alphabet. Im told that taking a dose of cold medicine will register
above .000, so something is amiss.
Overspeaking and what it can get you into quickly
Editor, the Forum:
This is written with the greatest of respect for our friendship and your wisdom in MOST matters. However, this morning in GwinnettForum, you referred to UGA as "the state's premier institution, (which, of course, no longer employs Mr. Evans).
The state's premier institution, which educated my son and also is his employer, is Georgia Tech!!! I know, that in your heart, you know that!!! And hopefully, at the annual Georgia-Georgia Tech football game, our Tech students can come up with a fitting symbol of last week's "episode" and perhaps twirl red panties or some other significant item the way we do the "wave" at baseball games!
The Gwinnett Technology Forum will hear a mid-year state of the technology industry report at its July 20 meeting at 7:30 a.m. at the Busbee Center of Gwinnett Technical College.
Speaker will be Melanie Brandt, who serves as Technology Association of Georgia's Chief Operating Officer. Before joining TAG, Brandt was part of the Gwinnett Chamber's Economic Development team.
The Technology in Georgia Report was created to be a useful tool for Georgia's many technology stakeholders. The report includes:
Gwinnett Community Clinic's new executive director is Sheila C. Adcock. She initially took the position of Interim Director on December 1, 2009, and became the permanent directorship on June 30th. Her background includes over 30 years in management/leadership, as a health care and health insurance executive.
Adcocks role will focus on increasing awareness of the Clinic and highlighting the need for more financial, in-kind and volunteer support. Last year Gwinnett Community Clinic treated almost 800 unique patients in nearly 3,000 visits. Clinic patients must be Gwinnett County residents, uninsured, and meet the U.S. Federal Poverty Guidelines to qualify for services. To offer financial support or to learn of volunteer opportunities, call the Clinic at 770-985-3640.
Group works on making blankets for those recently hospitalized
With the goal of providing comfort blankets to babies and young children who have been hospitalized or put into foster care, 100 women from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) gathered recently for a day of quilting . The women represented 12 LDS congregations from eastern Gwinnett, Rockdale and Newton counties.
Many of the women had been working on blankets and quilts during the last few months. At the beginning of the day, there were approximately 200 completed quilts and blankets donated and more than 100 additional blankets were completed during the quilting bee. The blanket collection included pieced quilts, machine stitched quilts, tied quilts, crocheted and knitted blankets, fleece blankets, and others. These quilts will be given to Childrens Healthcare of Atlanta, Gwinnett County Department of Family and Children Services (DFACS), Newton County DFACS, and other local church congregations.
president of the LDS womens organization known as Relief Society,
says: So many children have to be away from their families when
they are in the hospital or when they are placed in foster care. Sometimes
all they have for security is a blanket. We are excited to be able to
share these blankets and quilts made with such love.
In Georgia, unlike most states with large cities, the county is still the center of political and cultural life for a majority of the state's citizens. Counties carry out locally a variety of state programs and policies, including collecting taxes, overseeing elections, conducting courts of law, filing official records, maintaining roads, and providing for the welfare of citizens.
How many counties does it take to run a state?
The first state constitution in 1777 created eight counties: Burke, Camden, Chatham, Effingham, Glynn, Liberty, Richmond, and Wilkes. These were carved out of the coastal areas that were settled when Georgia was a British colony. Since then, each revision of the state Constitution has increased the number of counties, until the total reached 159, the limit specified in the Constitution of 1983.
Only Texas, which is considerably larger in area, has more counties than Georgia has. According to anecdotal history, Georgia established enough counties so that a farmer traveling by mule-drawn buggy could go to the county seat, take care of business, and return to his farm in the same day.
Politically, it served Georgians, the majority of whom lived on farms in rural areas, to have smaller counties. Each county has at least one representative in the General Assembly, the state's governing body. Moreover, many towns wanted to be a county seat, the location of the courthouse and jail and the center of local political activities, social gatherings, and trade. Having a large number of counties gave Georgians more representation in state government and more business in towns.
(To be continued.)
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Candidates with no primary opposition are noted. They'll be asked in the fall by us to fill out issues surveys, which we'll publish before the November election.
2010 FEDERAL CANDIDATES
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2010 STATEWIDE CANDIDATES
Georgia Lieutenant Governor
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Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture
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Georgia Labor Commissioner
Georgia Secretary of State
Georgia State School Superintendent
Georgia Public Service Commission
State Senate, District 40
State Representative, District 51
State Representative, District 88
State Representative, District 95
State Representative, District 96
State Representative, District 98
State Representative, District 101
State Representative, District 102
State Representative, District 103
State Representative, District 104
State Representative, District 106
2010 GWINNETT COUNTY CANDIDATES
Gwinnett County Commissioner, District 2
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