HOW IT COULD LOOK: The Briscoe Field question remains uppermost in the mind of many people. A recent 50-page report from the a Gwinnett County Airport Privatization Citizens Review Committee is given new light now that a minority report from members of this same Committee has become available. Here is a proposed view of the ticketing counter at the airport. To read more about the story, and have a link to the nine-page report from the minority, go to Notable.
Issue 12.13 | Tuesday, May 15, 2012
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NORCROSS, Ga., May 15, 2012 -- Onion Man Productions will present their annual festival, featuring a collection of 10-minute plays by local playwrights that stroll through the open fields and looming woods of relationships. The plays will be presented Thursday through Sunday, June 14-24 at Lionheart Theatre, 10 College Street, Norcross. The plays begin at 7:30 p.m. on weeknights and 3 p.m. on Sunday. Prices range from $12 to $16.
The plays, directors and cast include:
MAY 15, 2012 -- Elections will be a major focus in Gwinnett this year, with the primary coming on July 31, followed by the General Election in November.
Now keep an open mind, but think about it: do we in Gwinnett benefit from the two opposing political parties having candidates for electing a county commission and a board of education? Put it another way: do partisan politics really work at the local levels?
We think not. It would be far better for Gwinnett to be have non-partisan politics when electing people to represent us on the County Commission and Board of Education, than for people to have to adopt a party label when running.
There's no doubt in our mind that some candidates, since 1984 in Gwinnett, have been elected solely because they chose the party label. Meanwhile, a capable and perhaps even better, candidate may have lost simply because he chose the wrong party in which to run for office.
The big issues that our nation face each year in reality have very little to do with local politics. While issues such as abortion, a balanced budget, whether to pull troops out of foreign locations ..are often wrapped in partisan politics, local issues are not partisan political questions.
In local elections, people can talk to the actual candidates, see them at rallies or forums, and get to know them quite well. People in both parties seem to want better government, low but reasonable taxes and efficient use of facilities.
But instead, Gwinnett elections get caught up in party politics. These days in many local races, candidates often must cloak themselves in the Republican politics to get elected. But does this benefit the county? Not necessarily.
There are already two models of non-partisan politics among us in Gwinnett. Years ago, the Legislature declared that in races for judgeships, a non-partisan election was required. In addition, municipal elections in Gwinnett are held with disregard of party label. And yes, cities in Gwinnett have generally had good government without partisan politics sullying the process.
Now when it comes to electing people to represent Gwinnett in the General Assembly, we draw the line. With statehouse politics being very much two-party politics, a non-partisan statehouse race would simply not work.
However, for both county commission and the board of education, we yearn for non-partisan election for these boards. We look forward to the day when Gwinnett will reject partisan politics for these offices.
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Up until 1984, Democrats controlled the county with a tight fist. About the only Republican elected was Louise Radloff, who ran as a Republican in 1972 and won a seat on the School Board. Interestingly, she has served faithfully since that time. Now this year she found the re-drawing of School Board districts put her in a precarious district, so she's switching party labels and will run as a Democrat this fall. It takes a lot of courage to switch parties, and we applaud her for that.
It'll be interesting to see who the Republican Party draws to oppose a 40 year incumbent ..and who will prevail in the re-drawn school board district. You wonder: is this the beginning of a revitalized Democratic Party in Gwinnett?
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I, too. have heard traffic signals often called "red lights" or "stop lights." Zig Ziglar, an American author, salesman and motivational speaker, calls them "go lights." Just think of the delays we would experience without them, some involving serious accidents at intersections.
Remembers driving with pleasure ... with fewer traffic lights
Yes, beagles and basset hounds bark, but it's what they do
Editor, the Forum:
Randy DeCarlo of Lilburn is a wonderful human being who has rescued and saved so many animals. He should be applauded for his courage and love. His case was such a waste of money. To threaten jail time is so ridiculous.
Can't he just be left alone to do what he does best, save beagles and basset hounds? They bark and howl, that's what they do. It's an innate trait for those breeds. I am glad it is over for him and hope he can continue his mission in peace.
South Gwinnett Rotary Club will hold Aimee's Blood Drive, in honor of
South Gwinnett High School graduate Aimee Copeland, on Monday, May 21
from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at First Baptist Snellville. The church is located
at 2400 Main Street East, Snellville. Registration is requested for planning
here online to register to give blood.
Gwinnett Village Alliance plans 3rd annual job fair June 22
The Gwinnett Village Community Alliance will hold its third Annual Career and Job Fair on June 22, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Victory World Church, 5905 Brook Hollow Parkway, Norcross. Job seekers will have the opportunity to meet with approximately 30 employers including businesses such as BB&T, Gwinnett Medical Center, Chick-Fil-A and many more.
In addition, industry experts from partner organizations will offer workshops on handling change; building your resume; interview skills; and dressing for success. Those interested in attending are encouraged to bring updated copies of their resume. This event is free to the public and is a great opportunity to meet with potential employers. For more information, email Wesley Wilson at or call 770-402-4697.
A stand-alone minority report from the Gwinnett County Airport Privatization Citizens Review Committee tells a far different story than from the earlier report by the Committee.
The nine-page report is signed by five of the 12 members: Gus Custar, vice chair; B.E. "Woody" Woodruff; Nickie Summers; Paula Hastings; and Mark Grams.
Among its conclusions:
The report recommended that the County Commission continue the privatization process and if it selects a private partner, another Citizens Review Committee, "one that is truly bi-partisan," as mandated by the FAA, be appointed.
Two new honor societies are at Georgia Gwinnett Colleges
Two honor societies are organizing at Georgia Gwinnett College.
Sigma Tau Delta, the international honor society for English majors, inducted 11 charter members into its new chapter at Georgia Gwinnett College. The student officers for the chapter are Erin Corrigan-Smith, president; Amber Satterfield, vice president; Erika Dillingham, treasurer; Darlene Vincent, secretary; and Nick Bon, historian. The Sigma Tau faculty adviser is Rebecca Flynn, assistant professor of English.
Entrance into the society is reserved for students who have completed at least six hours of 2000-level (or above) English courses and have attained a minimum grade point average of 3.0 in both their English courses and general studies. Members must rank in the top 35 percent of their class, and have completed at least three semesters of college-level coursework.
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The College recently saw the induction of 90 charter members into Sigma Beta Delta, the international honor society for students of business, management and administration.
Membership in Sigma Beta Delta is reserved for students who rank in the upper 20 percent of their junior or senior class.
The chapter's student officers are Matthew Darrow, president; Jason Fitzpatrick, vice president; Natalie Davis, treasurer; and Phillip George, faculty liaison. Its faculty advisors are Janita Rawls, assistant professor of management and Marieke Schilpzand, assistant professor of management.
Walton EMC awards scholarships to Gwinnett students
Outstanding students from across Walton Electric Membership Corporation's (EMC) 10-county service area are the beneficiaries of the cooperative's latest round of Operation Round Up college scholarships.
Winners from Gwinnett County include Jonathan Joiner, Archer High School; Michael Bottone, Neal Raines, Patrick Riley and Ian Schwaner from Brookwood High School; Donovan Mahone and Kayla Thompson, Dacula High School; Sarah Etheridge and Caitlin Haynes, Grayson High School; Justin Myers and Taylor Pender, Loganville Christian Academy; Kimberly Reed, Loganville High School; Michael Everett, Vasily Hillis, Katherine Stilley and Sean Sweet, Parkview High School; Brianna Canady, Providence Christian Academy; and Arlando Griffin, South Gwinnett High School.
The money for these scholarships comes from a unique source -- unclaimed refunds. Every year, hundreds of customer-owners move away and discontinue their Walton EMC electric service without leaving a good forwarding address. The company tries to find these people through ads and lists. When the search comes up empty, the money goes into an endowment fund with the interest being used for the scholarships.
Bomar named to national board for transportation group
Marsha Anderson Bomar, a senior principal with Stantec, was recently elected to the to the Board of Directors of WTS International, at the organization's annual meeting in Denver, Colo.
WTS is a 5,000-member professional association dedicated to the advancement of women in the transportation planning and engineering practice. Bomar is based in Stantec's Duluth, Ga. office. She has held previous national positions with the Transportation Research Board and the American Society of Civil Engineers. She was the first woman to serve as the International President of the Institute of Transportation Engineers. Stantec provides professional consulting services in planning, engineering, architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, surveying, environmental sciences, project management, and project economics for infrastructure and facilities projects.
NAMAR awards $4,000 scholarship to Paige Pate of Jefferson
Paige Pate has received a $4,000.00 college scholarship from the Gwinnett County Board of Realtors Scholarship Foundation, through the Northeast Atlanta Metro Association of Realtors (NAMAR). Paige is the daughter of Pamela Steele of Jefferson, who is a Realtor with Prudential Georgia Realty in Hoschton. The winner is a senior at Jefferson High School. She is graduating with honors and will attend the University of Georgia in the fall where she plans on majoring in pre-law. From left are NAMAR President Joan Shanks; Paige Pate, her mother, Pam Steele, and grandmother, Barbara Chadwick.
"With out-of-town guests last week, we visited a lot of local restaurants. We found ourselves going back to Gary's Bistro, at 1250 Scenic Highway, Lawrenceville. Why? First, it's always warmly welcoming, with a great selection of food! On Wednesday, they had live music, but it was not intrusive and we were able to converse comfortably. There's a friendly, helpful wait staff plus reasonable prices. I took the leftover bread home to have for breakfast the following day. As always, you are treated like visiting royalty. This is a welcome addition to an already fine selection of places to dine in the area."
Equally important in Savannah is the way the city grew between the American Revolution (1775-83) and the Civil War (1861-65).
Until the mid-19th century, the plan was regularly expanded by the city into the common by the addition of wards until a total of 28 wards had been created. According to urban historian John Reps, "Savannah . . . used the power gained through municipal ownership of the common to shape growth in the public interest. The decisions to do so . . . produced America's most unusual city plan." All but four of these repeated wards had the characteristic squares.
Today 21 squares remain, each approximately one acre in size. A park system also runs along the Savannah River on top of the bluff; Forsyth Park culminates the plan on the south while the intervening streets and avenues have center or side tree lawns. The result is an urban forest of unsurpassed beauty and utility. Savannah's squares form a public outdoor extension of the restricted living space of the narrow urban lots. Many of the squares are further adorned by monuments commemorating various aspects of the city's history.
The Savannah plan influenced other settlement proposals, notably Ebenezer, Darien, Brunswick, and Radnor, S.C. It continues to provide inspiration, as shown in the 1993 creation of Bois-Franc, a 500-acre development in St. Laurent, Quebec. To create a flexible street/block pattern that would accommodate a range of densities and residential and recreational uses, the Canadian planners adapted the street grid of Savannah to allow development of individual but continuous neighborhoods.
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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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sought concerning the Yellow River Park Trail Rehabilitation Project:
6:30 p.m., May 17, Mountain Park Activity Building, 1063 Rockbridge
Road, Stone Mountain. The goal is for the renovated trail system to benefit
all park user types while protecting the natural resources of the park.
Striped Bass Fishing Tournament: 6 a.m. to 3 p.m., May 18, Harbor Pavilion at Lake Lanier Islands. Includes breakfast and lunch. Sponsored by The Cross Group of Merrill Lynch. Proceeds benefit Gwinnett Children's Shelter. Info: Call (678) 474-1817.
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.
Boat Show and Sugarloaf Leisure Living Tour: 10 a.m to 4 p.m. on May 18 and 19. Hosted by Sugarloaf Country Club Charities; among the beneficiaries will be the Duluth-based Foster Children's Foundation. The Tour will showcase the outdoor living spaces and indoor terrace levels of four homes. The boat show will be at the TPC Sugarloaf Country Club! More info online.
15th Annual Norcross Car Show: 8 a.m. until 4 p.m., May 19, in downtown Norcross. Proceeds benefit medical scholarships. For more info, call Liz or Dodger DeLeon at 770-448-2664 or send email.
Eighth Annual Beach Bash: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., May 19, Braselton. Festival to be in downtown Park, and features many activities, including arts, crafts and food vendors, plus musicians. Event is free. More info.
Music Recital by two seniors: 7:30 p.m., May 21, Pearce Auditorium, Brenau University. Performing will be Tenor Jeff Akana, from Suwanee, and Trumpeter Matt Scout of Flowery Branch. The program is free and open to the public. More info.
SOON AND ONGOING
(NEW) Grand opening of Cavanna Packaging USA: 2:30 p.m., May 24, 2150 Northmont Parkway, Duluth. The subsidiary of a global Italian company is moving its North American headquarters to Duluth. Program will include remarks by Riccardo Cavanna, CEO of the firm, located in Prato Sesia, Italy. Details: firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 770 232-1174.
(NEW) Book signing by former Atlanta Braves Pitcher John Smoltz: 6 p.m., May 25. CoolRay Field, Lawrenceville. This event is free for ticket holders of Friday's game. A portion of the proceeds benefit the Gwinnett Public Library, sponsor of the event. Info: www.gwinnettpl.org, call (770) 978-5154.
Memorial Day Parade in Dacula: 10 a.m., May 28. Bill Tiller, a Korean War veteran of the U.S. Navy, will be the Grand Marshal. Theme for the 19th annual parade is "Their Sacrifice, Our Gratitude." A one-mile Fun Run begins at 8 a.m. and a 5K run starts at 8:30 a.m. For more information, send email.
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