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Issue 10.42 | Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2010
ELLIOTT BRACK'S PERSPECTIVE
Ga., Aug. 24, 2010 -- The Georgia Department of Transportation will hold
a construction information session on the Interstate 85 Express Lane Project
on September 1 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Gwinnett Civic Center. The
project to convert 16 miles of HOV lanes to HOT lanes will offer more
choices to all motorists, including single occupant vehicles and more
reliable trip times in the corridor.
Vance C. Smith Jr. says: "This is the first project of its kind in
Georgia. With construction expected to begin in mid-September, it is extremely
important that motorists understand how changes along the interstate will
impact their commutes."
AUG. 24, 2010 -- Catch up time: some tidbits from recent thoughts.
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One reason that the November election is important is that the next batch of legislators will determine how the state is to be reapportioned in 2012.
Estimates of the population from Georgia in the 2010 Census anticipate that again, South Georgia is losing population, compared to North Georgia. One person has estimated that the area below Macon will lose six seats in the Georgia House of Representatives. Places like Gwinnett will gain more seats in the Legislature. Most of the losses of seats will be in the inland counties of South Georgia.
Look at it another way: it's estimated that the 28 counties that surround Atlanta will control 56 percent of the 180 seats of the legislature, while the remaining 131 counties in the state will have only 80, or 44 percent, of the seats. Not only that, but the size of each legislative district, because of the overall population growth for the same number of House seats, will grow from representing 45,000 people to representing more like 55,000 people.
Georgia's coastal counties will feel less of the sting of North Georgia's growth, since the coastal areas are growing at a rate of 12 percent. The growth rate in overall North Georgia is 18 percent since the 2000 census.
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Baseball lost a good one Sunday when Lou Piniella retired as the Chicago Cubs' manager. Piniella's style of playing and managing has always been a favorite of ours, back when with the Yankees, and in his successful career as a manager. Now he is suddenly retired, and we also face the next baseball season without Bobby Cox managing the Braves. Two great managers, both who were at their best when head-to-head with an umpire! It'll be another day when we see such luminaries again!
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Those driving in the left lane on interstate-like highways need to be aware of the rules of the road, one person asked us to report the other day. Quoting from Corporal David Schiralli, the public information officer of the Gwinnett County Police, Code section 40-6-184 (Impeding traffic flow; minimum speed in left-hand lanes) reads:
So, if slower than the maximum speed, you're supposed to be in the right lane! Now you know!
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residents should mark their calendars, and save the date of Saturday,
October 9, 2010. On this one day, there will be four re-cycling-clean-up
events. The City of Norcross will again host a Community Clean-up Day,
Shred Day, and Electronics Recycling events and a Canned Food Drive.
An Electronics Recycling event means pack rats can get rid of old cell phones, computers and keyboards without guilt. For a complete list of what can and can't be recycled, visit the City website. At this year's recycling, the city will be accepting TV sets, though not console and projection sets, for a $10 fee. This event is open to the public and will be held at the Norcross Community Center, 10 College Street, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.
Last April, the Shredding Event was incredible. The city shredded 9,572 pounds of sensitive and confidential records. American Security Shredding will bring two on-site shred trucks again this time because of the high volume of participation last year. Residents can watch their materials being shredded on the video display monitor. So, go-Green and be secure! (Did you know that one three foot high stack of paper is equal to a tree standing thirty feet tall?)_ After the secure shredding is complete, all materials will become recycled. This event is open to the public at Norcross City Hall, 65 Lawrenceville Street from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.
given to the Canned Food Drive will be donated to local food banks. Bring
non-perishable food items to be donated to the local food banks and given
to members of the community in need.
For complete information on these four events and what materials will be allowed at each event visit www.norcrossga.net and view the informational flyers, or contact Philomena Robertson at 770-448-7327 or email@example.com.
HyOx Medical Center to open regional office in Lawrenceville
with Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development and Partnership Gwinnett, HyOx
Medical Treatment Center- a hyperbaric medicine and rehabilitation facility
based in Marietta, will expand its medical services to Lawrenceville.
The expansion includes a regional headquartered office, $1.8 million in
capital, 10-15 high-wage jobs over the next few years and one of the largest
Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS) accredited facilities in
the State of Georgia.
Mill Creek Athletic Association and other community members officially opened the 144,000 square foot multi-purpose artificial turf field at Duncan Creek Park on August 14 during their 2010 Football Jamboree. The field was dedicated to District 4 Commissioner, Kevin Kenerly, by Mill Creek Athletic Association, for his service and volunteerism to the community and his commitment and mentorship to Gwinnett County's Youth and the Mill Creek Athletic Association from 1995 - 2010.
This field is the first artificial turf field installed in a Gwinnett County Park. It is striped for football, soccer and lacrosse, and composed of two inch tall polyethylene fibers filled with 468,000 pounds of rubber (recycled tires). The extensive drainage system of this field is designed to absorb a rainfall intensity of nearly 30 inches an hour. The surface can be cooled in warm weather with a twelve zone irrigation system. The project was completed under budget in 100 days which was earlier than anticipated. Construction of this project, costing approximately $810,000, was funded by the 2005 Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (or SPLOST). For more information on Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation, visit www.gwinnettparks.com.
Judy Johnson to seek office of Lawrenceville mayor again
Johnson announces that she will seek the office of Mayor of Lawrenceville
during the November 2 general election. Johnson says she is motivated
by a strong drive to enhance the quality of life while returning the city
to its commanding role as the county seat. Johnson lost her last race
for mayor by 24 votes in 2008.
too long Lawrenceville has been content as our contemporaries make tremendous
quality of life advances," Johnson, 58, says. "We need leadership
from a strong Mayor with a vision to regain our place of prominence. Lawrenceville
has every asset to excel; all we need is new leadership to move us forward."
Georgia Perimeter College is one of 12 community colleges nationwide chosen by the Association of American Colleges and Universities to take the lead in a new initiative funded by MetLife Foundation as part of their commitment to improving the success of community college students.
Through this new initiative, "Developing a Community College Student Roadmap: From Entrance to Engagement in Educational Achievement and Success," GPC will join with 11 other community colleges to create a proactive programs of academic support-tied to expected learning outcomes-that engage students at entrance and teach them, from the outset, how to become active partners in their own quest for educational success. The project seeks to "connect the dots" among the varied student support programs and create roadmaps for success. These roadmaps will be anchored in a set of expected learning outcomes essential for all students to succeed in life beyond college.
The other Roadmap institutions are:
GPC and the other participating institutions are expected to create best practices and models that can be replicated at other schools across the nation.
This initiative also builds on the research sponsored as part of AAC&U's Liberal Education and America's Promise initiative, including the research on high-impact educational practices that are proven to increase retention and graduation, especially for students traditionally underrepresented in higher education. For additional information about outcomes and high-impact practices, see www.aacu.org/leap.
Gwinnett students win award from landscape group
Technical College Environmental Horticulture students, Catherine Buckley
and Barbara Fite, were recently awarded academic scholarships by the Metro
Atlanta Landscape and Turf Association (MALTA). MALTA is a trade organization
for professionals in the landscape design, construction and maintenance
"I heard the news of the death of 10 aid workers killed in Afghanistan just as I was finishing journalist Jere van Dyk's book, Captive. It is the story of van Dyk's 2008 return visit to Afghanistan and Pakistan, to conduct research on the northwest tribal areas. On the way to a chieftain's home, van Dyk and three Afghanis were captured and held prisoner for several weeks. Van Dyk is able to convey the gut-wrenching feeling of psychological torture and possible death. Every day van Dyk wondered who might behead or shoot him as he pleaded for his life with his captors. Throughout the book, van Dyk states that he wasn't physically tortured. His descriptive writing puts the reader into a constant state of claustrophobia as the events unfold in a barbaric Afghan 'structure.' Captive will bring you one step closer to gaining a better understanding of the Taliban."
(Continued from previous edition)
Joseph and his younger brother, John, pursued careers in the Continental Army that eclipsed the career of their elder brother, James Jr., who remained satisfied with political and financial involvement in the Revolution. Joseph rose to the rank of colonel but resigned Continental Army service during the war. His resignation stemmed partly from his involvement in the notorious McIntosh-Gwinnett duel and partly from his desire to enter state politics as a moderate opposed to the liberty faction of Midway and Sunbury. John continued his career in the Continental Army, rising to the rank of major. He was twice captured (at the fall of Savannah and the fall of Charleston, S.C.) and twice exchanged in active service throughout the war.
At war's end the Habersham brothers concentrated on restoring family plantations at Dean Forrest, Silk Hope, and Beverly. Though involved in commerce on the eve of the Revolution, they did not reenter business. All three engaged in postwar politics as members of the Georgia assembly. Joseph and John also were appointed to the Confederation Congress in the 1780s. The brothers actively supported the adoption of the constitution in 1788.
As rewards for Revolutionary service, during the 1790s President George Washington appointed Joseph Habersham postmaster general of the United States and his brother, John, port collector for Savannah. In 1799 both James Jr. and John died suddenly within a few months of each other. Joseph thereupon became the second-generation family patriarch, helping third-generation descendants achieve success as planters, merchants, lawyers, and physicians in the antebellum era.
Prompted to resign as postmaster general by President Thomas Jefferson in 1801, Joseph Habersham, having served under presidents Washington and Adams, resumed a planter-merchant career in Georgia. With the assistance of Federalist political friends, he became the first president of the Savannah branch of the Bank of the United States, a position he held until the termination of the bank in 1815. Thereafter, he retired to his planting-business career until his death in 1815. Habersham County was named in his honor upon its creation in 1818.
Members of the third Habersham generation and their offspring continued as noteworthy economic, professional, and cultural figures in Savannah and beyond well into the antebellum years. One descendant, Josephine Clay Habersham, is particularly remembered for her diary of Savannah in the Civil War (1861-65). The Habersham family name seems to have disappeared by the 20th century, though descendants are still to be found.
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