Issue 11.70 | Friday, Dec. 2, 2011
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Ga., Dec. 2, 2011 -- Gyun Hur, the winner of the $50,000 Hudgens Prize,
will open her solo exhibit at the Hudgens Center for the Arts in Duluth
on December 6. Titled, "In a Landscape Anew," the exhibit will
be on view through February 11, and will include a chance for the public
to observe the artist at work December 6 through 10. Visitors can watch
as Hur and her helpers painstakingly install the central work of art.
Five finalists were chosen from a pool of 369 artists to participate in a Finalists Exhibit, from which the jurors selected Hur to receive the major award. The prize money and funding to administer the competition were donated by a foundation that prefers to remain anonymous to support and elevate the arts in Georgia.
receipt of the Hudgens Prize, Hur has participated in a project at Lenox
Square, sponsored by the Flux Project, been selected to receive an Artadia
Award, and has exhibited in Hong Kong.
DEC. 2, 2011 -- Man alive! Talk about your legislative gerrymandering! There's no better example than the proposed new Gwinnett school board districts map passed by the special session of the Georgia Legislature this year.
Where the present map (from the 2000 districting) was straight-forward and make geographic sense, keeping most communities intact, the new map passed by the Gwinnett delegation to the General Assembly is about as good an example of open gerrymandering as you can find.
The new map creates districts that look like dragons, or scissors, and stretch miles and miles along a line, instead of being compact and easily understandable.
What creation of meandering districts like this does is erode the confidence of people in their government. It creates confusion, and should make representing such far-flung districts difficult for the people elected from these districts.
Now don't get me wrong: we think that there is no nefarious purpose in this new re-districting to open up an access for someone to run for office, or other such questionable tactics. But come now: drawing of such districts is no difficult task. And as they say, it's not rocket science.
All needed is to apply a capacity of math to get near equal size districts ("one man, one vote"), intelligence, understanding of keeping areas tightly intact with commonality, then use some common sense, and there you will have a district that is reasonable.
Of the five districts on a map we got from the Legislative and Congressional Reapportionment Office, only one district would be called "compact," that of District 4, which represents the southern portion of the county. Even it could be squared off a little better.
District One, for instance, goes from Auburn on the north to nearly Stone Mountain on the south side. It cuts around Lawrenceville, then dips down into the middle of the county.
District 2 is the one that looks like a dragon, from the uppermost portion of Gwinnett, down into the middle of the county, then strikes out toward Suwanee. Look at that shape! There's no ready "community" in that district.
District 3 is also far-flung, and would be difficult to represent, going from the second most western precinct in the southwest, all the way to Sugar Hill!
District 4 is the most compact, but makes a mockery out of straight lines, going only one precinct along the Chattahoochee River in deep southwest Gwinnett up to alongside both forks of the Interstate 85-Highway 316 split.
Just compare the map to the relatively reasonable and squared-off previous map, and you can see all the maneuvering.
Apparently one key component in this re-districting process was to insure that districts had a similar minority population compared to the previous district's share. While this may be the federal guidelines, it makes no sense when it comes to common sense. Sometimes we over-govern ourselves, and this seems to be the latest example.
The maps were essentially directed by the two chairs from Gwinnett of the re-districting process, Don Balfour in the Senate and Tom Rice in the House. With that many squiggles in the lines of the district, you can call them nothing but political.
The world won't end with the adoption of these maps. Yet their adoption is one more step toward a further eroding of the people's confidence that their government is capable of reason as it governs.
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Editor, the Forum:
I am an avid reader of your GwinnettForum email, which I normally find interesting and informative. Today's edition however served to further an urban legend - the release of cell phone numbers to telemarketers.
Having spent many years in the telecom industry, I am well familiar with the rumor. A series of hoax emails about this began in 2004, and have been making the rounds ever since. According to various sources, there is no plan to release cell phone numbers. Snopes issued a report on this some time back, but you can find refutations of this rumor from various sources on the Internet, including the FCC's own Web site:
Editor, the Forum:
This idea that telemarketers will get cell phone numbers has long been the subject of urban legend. Snopes.com still lists it as a hoax. The do not call is still for land lines only.
Editor, the Forum:
This idea that telemarketers will get cell phone numbers is false and has been circulating on the internet for years. Please check out http://www.snopes.com/politics/business/cell411.asp for more information.
She's totally awed at mysteries of the human body
Editor, the Forum:
not take a rocket scientist to grasp that our body is one remarkable "machine!"
The body alone is all that is needed to present reasons why teaching creation
should be taught to those in whom we have the responsibility of making
sure they have all facts at their finger tips for the purpose of making
Dr. Brand states that: "The king of cells, the one I have devoted much of my life to studying, is the nerve cell. It has a aura of wisdom and complexity about it." Well said and just one reason why it is 'okay' to teach creation in all schools of learning, esp. starting in elementary. Talk about bringing us into reality, but, these subjects so deserve to be taught and thought about, especially by our future leaders. Hopefully, many will want to become science teachers, as well as medical doctors and nurses.
a buzz in the air about what's happening in Duluth. The core downtown
has experienced an awakening and a new cultural scene is beginning to
emerge. Pure Taqueria and Best of Brews growler shop are attracting people,
many of whom have never been to downtown Duluth.
currently three stages in the Duluth. New Dawn Theater produces shows
on one of the stages; an outdoor stage is used by the City of Duluth for
community events; and now Eddie Owen, an icon in the music industry, is
opening Eddie Owen Presents at the Red Clay Theatre Friday night, December
2. Mr. Owen is the founder of Eddie's Attic in Decatur.
see the potential here for adding a whole other dimension to the wheel,"
Owen says. His stated goal is to provide a fine listening venue in the
world. He envisions a restaurant, a songwriters' school and a broadcast
studio, where he will host his weekly national radio show. He sees a potential
to work with the city to bring even more activity to the outdoor stage
and Town Green.
Walton EMC customers should look for refund on bill
Walton Electric Membership Corporation (EMC) customer-owners should look at their December electric bill very closely. That's because it may include their part of a $3 million refund.
Customer-owners who received electric service from the cooperative during 1986 and/or 2010 will receive a bill credit reflecting their share of the refund. The refund is based on the amount of business the customer-owner did with Walton EMC in those years.
This year's refund brings the total returned over the last 24 years to $43 million. Because the customers own the company, it doesn't make sense to show a profit. When more is taken in than what's needed to operate, the excess is assigned to each customer-owner's capital credit account.
County seeking donation of heaters to help seniors
portable heaters (UL tested) are desperately needed to help keep Gwinnett
seniors warm this winter. This is the third year Gwinnett County Senior
Services (GCSS) and the Gwinnett County Department of Fire and Emergency
Services are working together to provide heat assistance to senior citizens
through Project AWARE (Added Warmth Assistance for Residences of our Elderly).
Elleene Morgan of Lawrenceville has been recognized as the recipient of the Region 5 "Volunteer of the Year" for 2011 in front of a record crowd of over 700 attendees in Lexington, Ky. at the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship, International.
Mrs. Morgan received this prestigious award for her dedicated service to Dream Quest Equine-Facilitated Psychotherapy and Therapeutic Riding, Inc. located in Gwinnett County. Dream Quest provides counseling services for individuals with behavioral and emotional challenges by working with horses, as well as providing recreational horseback riding for those with special needs.
According to Kay Watson, president and licensed professional counselor of Dream Quest, "Elleene is special lady who volunteers faithfully each week for our PATH center. She works at the yearly Fun show and Camp Dream Quest doing anything needed from tacking horses to leading academic centers at camp." Additionally, Mrs. Morgan serves as the treasurer of the non-profit Dream Quest Board of Directors. Ms. Watson states, "She is dedicated, hard-working and dependable. Most importantly, she loves horses and children, demonstrating compassionate, patient skills earned in a lifetime of experience with both."
In one specific example of her skill, Elleene volunteered in an Equine-facilitated psychotherapy session with a teenage girl who had a dramatic mood swing of irrational rage at the end of her session. Elleene remained calm and in control of the horse, allowing the therapist to deal with the challenging teenager. Afterwards, Elleene contributed valuable insight in processing the experience. Elleene continued to volunteer with this foster child, serving as a positive role model and friend, in spite of this girl's unpredictable, bizarre behavior.
Dream Quest EFP & TR, Inc. was established in 2002 to help individuals overcome challenges to reach their dreams by working with horses. Dream Quest is located in Bethlehem, Ga. (Gwinnett County) at the Korges family farm with five program horses and three part-time staff members. Dream Quest is a 501C3 non-profit corporation and serves approximately 20 children and adults. Dream Quest has also developed unique programs with two Gwinnett County Public Schools.
Georgia Gwinnett hires Martelli as women's soccer coach
Veteran women's soccer coach Domenic Martelli of Lawrenceville has been chosen to lead the women's soccer program at Georgia Gwinnett College, with the team's inaugural season less than a year away.
Martelli comes to GGC with 18 years of Division I coaching experience. He spent the last 12 seasons at Georgia State University, where he served as the institution's winningest coach in school history, amassing a record of 109-106-25.
A native of Newburgh, N.Y., Martelli played collegiate soccer at Ohio State University where he earned a bachelor's degree in business administration in 1989. He returned home to Newburgh to obtain a master's degree in elementary education at Mount St. Mary's College and began coaching collegiately at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, serving as an assistant women's coach (1993-2000) until taking the head position at Georgia State.
In addition to his collegiate coaching experience, Martelli served as a Region III Olympic Development Program staff coach from 2003-2007 and has spent countless hours recruiting, coaching and teaching soccer in metropolitan Atlanta. With Grizzly soccer slated to begin in fall 2012, Martelli's primary goal is to build program awareness and start the recruiting process immediately.
GGC has applied to become a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. The Grizzlies plan to field varsity teams in men's and women's soccer, softball, men's and women's tennis, and baseball by the 2012-2013 school year.
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In 1990 Deen opened her first restaurant, The Lady, in a Best Western hotel in Savannah. In 1996, after the lease expired, she opened The Lady and Sons, a larger restaurant, in Savannah. The restaurant, serving such southern favorites as hoecakes, fried chicken, and fried green tomatoes, proved to be a great success. The following year she published her first cookbook, The Lady and Sons Savannah Country Cookbook. Deen sold the cookbook on QVC, a home-shopping television network, and as a result became well known outside the Southeast. Her restaurant also benefited from the influx of tourists who came to Savannah in 1997 for the filming and premiere of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, the adaptation of John Berendt's best-selling book.
In 1999 Deen met Gordon Elliott, a television producer, and he asked her to be a guest on his cooking show. She began appearing on several Food Network shows as a guest star, and in 2001 she shot a pilot episode of a cooking show. In November 2002 her first show, Paula's Home Cooking, premiered on the Food Network. She has since starred in two additional Food Network series, Paula's Party and Paula's Best Dishes.
Deen's method of food preparation, promoted on her shows and in her cookbooks, involves using recipes that are inspired by traditional southern foods and can be made at home with readily available ingredients.
Deen married Michael Groover, a harbor-ship pilot from Savannah, in 2004. That same year she opened Uncle Bubba's Oyster House, a seafood restaurant in Savannah, with her younger brother, Bubba Hiers. In 2005 she began publishing the magazine Cooking with Paula Deen, and in March 2008 she launched a line of housewares and cooking appliances. In 2007 her memoir, Paula Deen: It Ain't All about the Cookin', reached number two on The New York Times best-seller list for nonfiction, and she received two Emmy Awards for Paula's Home Cooking. By 2010 she had published more than ten cookbooks.
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"How did it
get so late so soon?
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Previously out of print, Elliott Brack's 850-page history, "Gwinnett: A Little Above Atlanta," is now available again. Since its original publication, the book was declared the winner of the 2010 Award of Excellence for documenting Georgia history by the Georgia Historical Records Advisory Board.
The book includes 143 demographic and historic tables, with more than 4,000 names in the index, and 10,000 names in the appendix.
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Model Train Exhibit: At George Pierce Park Community Center through January 2. This is a "G" Scale train, and is presented by the Vines Garden Railroad Club. Exhibit is open Monday through Saturday.
Old Town Holiday Festival and Caboose Lighting: 6:30 p.m., Dec. 2, in Suwanee. Choral performances, hot chocolate, cookies and hot dogs, plus Santa's arrival.
(NEW) Buford Yule Festival and Parade: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Dec. 3. The parade will begin at 2 p.m. from Tannery Row with Phil Niekro as the grand marshal. Tree lighting will be at dusk.
(NEW) Snellville Tree Lighting: Activities begin at 3 p.m. with tree lighting at 7 p.m., Dec. 3, on the Town Green. Join us for crafts, inflatables, music and other activities. Read more online.
30th Anniversary Production of The Nutcracker by the Gwinnett Ballet Theater: Through Dec. 18, Gwinnett Performing Arts Center in Duluth. Over 150 dancers will be on stage for the 16 shows, with cast members from age 4 to adults. For more information, contact the GBT office at 770-978-0188 or visit the Web site at www.gwinnettballet.org.
A Christmas Carol: The Radio Show: Dec. 2 through Dec. 18, New London Theatre in Snellville. WFAT Diet Radio in Snellville has hired a new theatrical troupe to put together a lively holiday version of the Christmas classic. For more details and to buy tickets, call 770-559-1484 or email here.
Civil War Holiday Program at McDaniel Farm Park: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Dec. 3. This fourth annual program takes guests back to December, 1862, as Gwinnettians are on furlough to spend Christmas with their family. This is presented by the Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center. Admission is $5 per person, with children under three free. For details, visit www.gwinnettEHC.org.
Sugar Hill Tree Lighting: 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Dec. 3, on the Town Green. There will be caroling from local school choirs, carriage rides, snacks and the arrival of Santa Claus. More info.
Duluth Tree Lighting, the 29th annual event: 6:30 p.m. Dec. 3, on the Duluth Town Green. Music will be by Chattahoochee Elementary and Duluth High Schools, with music by the Duluth High School Chorus beginning at 5 p.m. Santa arrives on a sleigh with live reindeer. More details.
Safe Teen Driving Course: 6:30 p.m., Dec. 6, Suwanee Police Department. This is a two-hour course to encourage safe teen driving habits. Applications are at www.suwanee.com, and are due by November 28; space is limited.
(NEW) Success Lives Here Breakfast: 7:30 a.m., Dec. 9, 1818 Club, 6500 Sugarloaf Parkway. Hear Dr. Frances Davis, chief human resources officer of Gwinnett County Public Schools speak. Presented by the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce.
(NEW) Seventh Annual Christmas Concerts by the Sugar Hill Latter Day Saints Choir: 7 p.m., on Dec. 10 and Dec. 11, at the church at 4833 Suwanee Dam Road. The concerts are free. The all-volunteer choir always performs for free and is accompanied by Eric Kristjanson of Lawrenceville and Michelle Whetten of Suwanee. For more information, contact 404-375-7882 or visit online.
Appreciation Reception for retiring Duluth City Councilman Doug Mundrick: 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., Dec. 12, Duluth City Hall Community Room.
Georgia Leadership Luncheon: 11:30 a.m., Dec. 14, at The Gwinnett Center. Speaker will be Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle. Sponsored by the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce.
New Exhibit, "Lateral Thinking," is up now through Jan.14 at Kudzu Art Zone, 116 Carlyle Street in Norcross. Admission is free. Artists were challenged to construct images from a list of unrelated objects to explore their reaction to disparate items.
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