RUFF, RUFF: Even in Taipei, Taiwan, you still find "Dawg fans," as Duluth's Charles Summerour (right) found out recently. He was in Taipei for his son Knox's, wedding recetion. Charles says: "Knox and I went to a baseball game in Taipei, and we ran into the guy who was wearing the identical cap like mine. Most likely he had no idea who his hat was representing, but he was quite enthusiastic, like most of us Dawg fans, so he may be our rep for Tiawan! (Note that he lowered his mask, so he likely trusted that I was not carrying any diseases!) Just proves you never know where Dawg fans are going to show up!"
Issue 12.05 | Tuesday, April 17, 2012
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DULUTH, Ga., April 17, 2012 -- Barefoot in the Park Fine Arts Market will launch its eighth annual event with a Gala on May 4 at 7 p.m. in Duluth's Town Green. The Gala will feature the theme "Carnevale" and include entertainment, a silent auction, and food and wine from many of Gwinnett's finest restaurants.
kick off the evening, a special performance by Atlanta's "Dance Truck"
will be performed for party-goers on the Festival Stage accompanied by
Duluth's "Zephyr Instrumental." This event will be the first
performance of "Dance Truck" in the Gwinnett area.
featured part of the evening will be the Gwinnett Public Library's Pulp
Fashion II, a 2012 collection of paper fashions. Created from altering
books, magazines and newspapers, this fashion event will take place immediately
after the Dance Truck performance on the Festival Stage.
Director Caryn McGarity says: "The inclusion of 'Dance Truck' is
an exciting element in the artistic mix that makes Barefoot such a special
event. This young performing group has been exciting audiences all over
Atlanta and the Southeast, and we know our Gwinnett patrons will enjoy
For more information about Barefoot in the Park contact email@example.com.
APRIL 17, 2012 -- Have you noticed a distinct absence of any positive news lately about the possible commercialization and privatization of Briscoe Field, Gwinnett's airport?
There's a reason.
The one firm proposing vast improvements to commercialize the airport is legally hampered from being a party to any discussion of their proposal now in front of the Gwinnett County Commission. This is not anything unusual; it is simply the format that the county uses when any proposal for a contract is submitted to them. The submitting part(ies) are hindered from trying to influence the Commission's deliberations as the County goes through the process of evaluating the proposal before them.
So, Brett Smith and his Propeller Investments group must sit meekly on the sidelines, doing nothing to give the hint that they are seeking to expound on their idea that they have submitted to the Commission. Mr. Smith has fully kept his word by not talking about this.
Meanwhile, opponents of the airport commercialization have full liberty to take one swipe at the proposal after another, seeking to influence the Commission against the proposal. Those submitting the proposal can say nothing, even to defend themselves. While it may seem unfair, we can understand that the Commission should not be under a full-court press of lobbying by a group seeking to win any contract. The Commission should study the proposal on its merits, perhaps ask additional questions, and then make their decision in a timely manner.
So for now, the negative charges flow.
One recent comment railed about the "increased traffic" on Georgia Highway 316 that a commercial airport would bring. That comment made me laugh.
Here's why. The traffic count at Highway 316 amounts to approximately 56,860 automobiles a day. (However, the major bottleneck at Highway 20 and Collins Hill Road is under construction now to improve the intersections by eliminating the signals for through traffic on Highway 316.)
But consider: if the commercialized airport had its full proposed 70 flights a day, averaging 100 person per flight, that would add only 12 percent more traffic, if every traveler was traveling alone! That's not a severe impact, especially on what would soon be an improved road without the current bottleneck.
Now back to the muzzling of comments.
The Propeller proposal is the only one submitted to the County about the airport question. With there no competing proposal, is there any reason why the county simply doesn't make this proposal public?
There would be nothing to lose in such a situation, except to slay rumors that twist around this subject. It would even make for a more intelligent discussion of the issues, since critics and proponents each would have the concrete ideas presented by Propeller to the County, instead of rumors and ramifications.
The question about the commercialization of Briscoe Field is one of, if not the most important questions before the present Gwinnett County Commission. The implementation of the privatization of this airport will greatly benefit the county, bringing in enormous economic impact, and greatly improve the air traffic movement for many people in Northeast Atlanta.
We urge the County Commission to move more rapidly on this question, and to open the floor for more discussion by making the Propeller Investment proposal public.
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Editor, the Forum:
I have been following the discussions about email overload and can't help but feel most of the problem is a result of not wanting to or knowing how to take the time to manage your email traffic.
These are just a few suggestions. Email has changed the way we communicate and will be here for awhile - you should control it not the other way around.
Remembers obituaries on the radio back in Barbados
Editor, the Forum:
Your GwinnettObits.com is a great idea. I know it may sound morbid to some people but, back home in Barbados, listening to the death announcements read on live radio everyday is a local event. Folks will stop whatever they are doing at 6:55 a.m. to "Listen to the deaths." The minute you heard that music prelude, it is as if everyone stops, to pay tribute to the deceased.
In Barbados we also have print media, and most recently moved to an online version of death announcements.
the beauty of the hand hooked rug by experiencing Off the Hook -- Exploring
Our Rug Hooking Heritage from April 9 through June 30, in the state-of
the-art galleries of the Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center (GEHC)
Central Gwinnett Cluster plans "A Knight in Vegas" April 21
The Central Gwinnett Cluster Foundation announces the fundraiser gala "A Knight in Vegas" on Saturday, April 21, from 7-11 p.m. at the Northwood Country Club in Lawrenceville. Event proceeds and donations benefit the K-12 academic initiatives of the ten cluster schools of Central Gwinnett, home of the Black Knights, through grants and scholarships not otherwise available to the school.
Tickets are $50 per person and can be purchased through the events menu at www.centralgwinnettclusterfoundation.org. Donations and sponsorships can also be processed through the website. Ticket purchase provides $250 in "Casino Cash" for the gaming tables. There will be heavy hors d'oeuvres, dessert, dancing, music, gift basket raffles, and a silent auction, plus cash bar.
Still wins Braselton Festival T-shirt design contest
Still, a seventh grade student at Bethlehem Christian Academy, won the
contest for T-shirt design for the 2012 Braselton Beach Bash Festival,
the Town Council reports.
Beach Bash Festival will be staged in the downtown park on Saturday, May
19 from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. It will feature bounce houses, a petting
zoo, bungee jumping and face painting. Eighteen tons of white sand will
be spread in front of the stage for playtime. Arts, craft and food vendors
will attend along with musicians. The festival is free. For additional
information or vendor registration forms, visit www.braseltonfestivals.com
or telephone 706-654-3915.
The Gwinnett Village Community Improvement District (CID) has won unanimous approval from its caucus of electors to renew the CID for an additional six years, reports CID Chairman Shiv Aggarwal.
Georgia law requires CIDs to seek renewal every six years. Founded in 2006, the Gwinnett Village CID is the largest in the state of Georgia. Encompassing 14 square miles, the CID spans the I-85 corridor from the Gwinnett/DeKalb county line to Beaver Ruin Road. The CID is composed of roughly 550 commercial property owners who agree to pay an additional tax to fund improvements in their community.
Upon formation, the CID's first project was the landscaping of the three I-85 interchanges within the CID (Jimmy Carter Boulevard, Indian Trail Road and Beaver Ruin Road).
In addition to landscaping, the CID has made increased public safety a top priority. The CID currently funds four private security patrols and two full time Norcross police patrols. Those efforts have shown significantly positive results as crime has declined every year the initiative has been in place.
With major arteries running through the CID, enhancing mobility has also been a major area of focus. Major roadway projects are underway at Indian Trail Road and I-85, North Norcross Tucker Road and Jimmy Carter Boulevard and construction is soon to start on enhancements at Jimmy Carter Boulevard and I-85 and Jimmy Carter Boulevard and Singleton Road.
"We are extremely pleased with the progress we've seen in the community in just six short years, but we understand that we have a long way to go before the district realizes its full potential," said Chuck Warbington, executive director for the CID. "We are grateful that the local property owners have seen fit to continue their investment in the community."
At last week's meeting, the CID board of directors also elected its slate of officers for the upcoming year. Shiv Aggarwal was reelected chairman for the sixth consecutive year. Michael Deming was elected vice-chairman, replacing founding board member Bruce LeVell who stepped down from the board. Also retiring from the board this year was State Senator Curt Thompson, who served as secretary since the CID's inception. Replacing him in his post is Emory Morsberger. Chris Braun was reelected to the treasurer post and Tim Le received an at large appointment as vice-secretary.
Lilburn CID re-elects two members and its officers
The Lilburn Community Improvement District (CID) recently re-elected Lisa Reeves and Jim Vaught as members of the CID's Board of Directors.
Reeves has long-standing personal ties to the greater Lilburn community. She is the manager of a commercial real estate development company that focuses on converting retail shopping centers into new commercial environments.
Vaught, a retired Army lieutenant colonel, has lived in the Lilburn area for most of his life. He has been headmaster of the Lilburn-based Providence Christian Academy for 18 years.
CID board officers were re-elected with Ed O'Connor continuing as chairman; Reeves as vice chairman; and John Souter as secretary/treasurer. O'Connor is vice president of the Connolly Realty Services Inc. commercial real estate firm; Souter owns the Oyster Barn Bar and Grill and is active in redevelopment efforts.
With the board elections complete, CID representatives joined with City of Lilburn leaders for a guided bus tour of the area. Mayor Johnny Crist and staff members discussed city initiatives.
"Recommendation? I have mixed feelings about Anne LaMott's Some Assembly Required. I usually love her writing and believe her Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life should be required reading for any would-be writer. Her newest endeavor was written with her son, Sam, and relates the story of how her unmarried son becomes a father at 19 and the resulting impact on their lives. The best parts are those told by Sam detailing his reaction to each phase. Anne's portions are somewhat rambling and self-involved, which I never noticed either trait in her prior writings. Perhaps this subject was simply too close to home. The one thing that does bother me about her writing is her liberal use of the F word. You're happily reading along and there it is, slapping you in the face. I'm on the fence about recommending this one. Hope I've told you enough so that you can make your own decision."
Ulrich Bonnell Phillips was the first major historian of the South and of southern slavery, and his work has attracted as much attention and generated as much controversy as that of any southern historian. Phillips was born in LaGrange on November 4, 1877. His father, a merchant, was of yeoman stock, but his mother, whom Phillips considered his foremost inspiration, had a plantation background.
Phillips attended Tulane Preparatory School in New Orleans, La., before entering the University of Georgia, where he earned a bachelor's degree in 1897 and a master's degree in 1899. He attended the 1898 summer term at the University of Chicago. Phillips received his doctorate in 1902 from Columbia University in New York. His dissertation, Georgia and State Rights, won the Justin Winsor Prize.
From 1902 to 1908 Phillips taught at the University of Wisconsin and published widely, including History of Transportation in the Eastern Cotton Belt to 1860 (1908). Phillips's early scholarship addressed the unprofitability of slave labor and slavery's ill effects on the southern economy.
During the fall term of 1907 Phillips taught as a visiting professor at Tulane University in New Orleans. The following year he accepted the position of chair of the Department of History and Political Science at Tulane. He established himself as a leader in systematically researching plantation records, census data, and other primary sources, many of which appeared in Plantation and Frontier Documents (1909). The University of Michigan hired Phillips in 1911, the same year he married Lucie Mayo-Smith. They had three children: Ulrich Jr., Mabel, and Worthington.
During his 18 years at Michigan, Phillips emerged as the nation's foremost southern historian. In The Central Theme of Southern History (1928), Phillips maintained that the desire to keep their region "a white man's country" united southerners.
Phillips's best-known works are American Negro Slavery (1918) and Life and Labor in the Old South (1929). American Negro Slavery was the first systematic analysis of slavery in the South as a whole. It surpassed in scope and detail previous books on North American slavery and influenced virtually all subsequent books on the subject. The success of Life and Labor earned Phillips the year-long Albert Kahn Foundation Fellowship in 1929-30 to observe blacks and other laborers worldwide. In 1929 Yale University appointed Phillips professor of history.
At Yale Phillips hoped to complete two volumes on the history of the South, one on the coming of the Civil War, another on the modern South. Though his death from throat cancer on January 21, 1934, left Phillips's life work uncompleted, in 1934 he stood as the leading authority on the history of the American South, especially on slavery. Today historians remember Phillips as a path-breaking scholar, as a pioneer in the use of plantation and other southern manuscript sources, as the inspiration for the "Phillips school" of state slavery studies, and as a conservative, proslavery interpreter of slavery and the slaves.
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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. It is also the winner of the Gwinnett Historical Society's Whitworth-Flanigan Award for 2011 for preserving the history of Gwinnett County.The book includes 143 demographic and historic tables, with more than 4,000 names in the index, and 10,000 names in the appendix.Two versions of the book are available. The hardback edition is priced at $75, while a softback edition is $40. Books are available at:
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Community Gardens is the topic of the night at the next meeting of the Greater Gwinnett Group of the Sierra Club. Next meeting is 7 p.m. April 19 at Berkmar High School. Fred Conrad, Community Garden coordinator, with the Atlanta Community Food Bank, will be the speaker, talking of how to plan for one, and how they work in urban environments, how individual HOAs or condo communities can have one. Email for more info.
SMTA Expo: 9:30 a.m. To 4 p.m., April 19, Gwinnett Civic Center in Duluth, open from 9:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. This is the electronics industrys Surface Mount Technology Association free annual trade show and presentation. For more information, go online to this page.
Ribbon-cutting and blessing of new building of Rainbow Village: Noon, April 20, at 3427 Highway 120 in Duluth. An open house of the new facilities will continue until 7 p.m. A complimentary lunch will be provided by Sandra and Clyde Strickland.
Fourth Annual Senior Lifestyle Showcase: 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., April 21, Bethesda Senior Center, 225 Bethesda Church Road. The Showcase will have products and services specifically cater to senior's lifestyles. For more information call (770)-822-5147 or visit gwinnettcouncilforseniors.org.
SOON AND ONGOING
Car Show at Vines Botanical Gardens: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., May 5. This is the second annual show sponsored by St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, Snellville. There will be a Kids' Zone, vendors, and unique crafts and products from local artisans. Admission is free. Visit www.stmattscarshow.com for more details.
Snellville Days Festival: May 5-6, T.W. Briscoe Park on Lenora Church Road in Snellville. The annual parade will start from Wisteria Drive on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. For more details, visit www.snellvilledays.com.
Beauty and the Beast Ballet, presented by Northeast Atlanta Ballet at Gwinnett Center in Duluth: 7:30 p.m., May 18, and 3 p.m., May 20.
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