WINNERS: The inaugural Patti-Jo Shapiro Scholarship Awards were presented to two high school seniors by Shapiro's daughters along with the Lilburn Woman's Club, which serves as stewards of the funds on behalf of the Shapiro family. In the top photo, sisters Laurel and Alaina Shapiro are at left, with scholarship winner Brookwood High Senior Alice Schuermann and Pat Gabilondo, of the Woman's Club. In the bottom photo, the group is shown with Parkview High School senior Mary Claire Nay. The scholarships were presented at Lilburn City Hall to an auditorium filled with family, friends and local educators. Schuerman wins a $1,000 scholarship and will attend the University of Georgia, while Nay was awarded $750 and has been accepted at Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville to study business economics. (Photos by Sally Baker.)
Issue 12.15 | Tuesday, May 22, 2012
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DACULA, Ga., May 22, 2012 -- Former Buford Superintendent of Schools Beauty P. Baldwin will be celebrated for 50 years of service and continued commitment to the Georgia community on Saturday, June 2 at 1 p.m. at the Atlanta Marriott Gwinnett Place.
A visionary and member of the Upsilon Alpha Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Baldwin has been a servant to service as a member of her sorority for 50 years. She retired from teaching in the public schools after 31 years, and has been associated with Hopewell Christian Academy since 1994. She participates in a number of civic, professional, and service organizations, and has served on a number of association boards.
of Baldwin are planning this special milestone on June 2. The community
is also invited to attend this plated affair. Tickets are $65, which includes
a $25 tax deductible donation to the UAO/Beauty P. Baldwin Endowed Scholarship
Fund. Donations or checks should be made payable to the Gwinnett Pearls
of Service Foundation, Inc. and mailed to Gwinnett Pearls of Service,
P.O. Box 670, Lawrenceville, Ga. 30046. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
In admiration and in honor of her commitment to education the Gwinnett Pearls of Service Foundation, the charitable arm of Upsilon Alpha Omega Chapter, created a scholarship in her name: The UAO/ Beauty P. Baldwin Endowed Scholarship. Each year the chapter awards scholarships to deserving youth in the effort to make the dream of continuing education a reality.
Among her accomplishments, Baldwin was also appointed by Gov. Joe Frank Harris to chair the Georgia Board of Medical Assistance, where she reviewed medical cases of the disenfranchised. Gov. Roy Barnes also appointed her to the Georgia Board of Adult Literacy. She has also served on the boards of other educational associations.
Baldwin places the highest importance on serving close to home. A member of Hopewell Baptist Church, she chaired the Deaconess Guild, Finance Committee, and other ministries. In 1997, she turned her pastor's vision into reality by opening Hopewell Christian Academy, which educates over 300 students (grades Pre-K - 11), as its headmaster.
married to Lucious Baldwin and they are residents of Dacula. They have
one daughter and son-in law, Geri and Lorenzo; one granddaughter, Loren;
and one grandson, Evan.
MAY 22, 2012 -- Oh, the antics of politics! Fiction cannot do politics justice. You have to see and hear it for yourself to sometimes believe it.
The latest, for instance, has the Georgia Republican Party wanting to question whether politicians should be ethical, apparently, as they have voted in convention to put a non-binding ethical question on the July 31 Republican Primary ballot.
Meanwhile, it is now the official position of the Georgia Republican Party that lobbyists should be barred from giving unlimited gifts to lawmakers. The party on Saturday approved a resolution urging the General Assembly to adopt a "reasonable" limit on the value of meals, tickets and other gifts from lobbyists.
Even so, they now ask voters in July whether Georgia should restrict lobbyists gifts to a $100 limit. Why the party has to ask the voters this question is debatable. Maybe they merely want to know to what limit they should be ethical. If this one fails to pass, perhaps the GOP could come back and ask is it OK to be ethical with a $1,000 limit?
In other words, how ethical do they want their legislators to be, that is, up to what limit.
We suggest the legislators ought to be 100 percent ethical, with no dollar limit put on it. And not only should this apply to Republicans, but to Democrats, Tea Partyers, or anyone in government, at any level. We feel most Georgians feel that way, that is, that all elected officials should be ethical. And even though legislation might pass requiring ethical actions, who would know otherwise except that individual public official?
Give the Republicans credit: they have innovated this non-binding technique in Georgia for several years now, asking voters to give their view on a number of questions that the party could face. We doubt it does much good, though they sometimes point to it when trying to get legislation updated.
The Democratic Party of Georgia, meanwhile, sits idly on the sidelines, with little effort to be creative and innovative. It's mostly the same old Pabulum from the Democrats, who are no longer the Top Dog in Georgia. They need a boost of energy and innovation (big-time) to catch up with the GOP today in Georgia.
Ethics is not the only topic the Republicans will question their loyal stalwarts about in their upcoming primary. They will also seek to test the waters of their supporters on casino gambling. That's certain to be of interest in Gwinnett, with people dickering to have a casino-type operation at Interstate 85 and Jimmy Carter Boulevard. Should GOP voters cast a majority of the votes favoring such an operation in Georgia, it might allow Gov. Nathan Deal and House Speaker David Ralston a little wiggle room not to block such a move, and pave the way toward legal gambling here. We hope not.
Other issues that the Republicans will put on the non-binding questionnaire include gun licenses for military personnel, party registration for elections and the abortion question. Luckily, these items are mere questions, and won't be binding. Yet these questions sometimes can get traction for future deliberations.
Somehow, to us it seems out-of-order to even suggest that we should even be asked on the limits of integrity and ethics. Some day, we hope, these high values should become a standard by which all public officials perform. In fact, we thought they already were.
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disagree with this sentiment, largely because Briscoe Field, as we know
it, will undergo a significant transformation: from a relatively quiet
little airport to something much larger and noisier. Having lived near
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intrusive noise. Nor am I a fan of what this could do to our property
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Wants his college senior to see column on favorite books
Editor, the Forum:
Loved your book list and am inspired from reviewing it to make certain my 21 year old college senior son reads many of them as insight into our beloved Georgia and the South. Dr. Ferrol Sam's Run with the Horsemen and Whisper of the River, for this south Georgia boy who thinks he was "raised right," are longstanding personal favorites. And, with my Dad having represented McIntosh County as part of Georgia First Congressional District in the 70's, Praying for Sheet Rock is a personal favorite, too.
Fondly remembers 68-mile, one-way trip to Mammy's Shanty
Editor, the Forum:
Robert Hanson's letter brought back some memories of the '50's, when I was a student at the University of Georgia. We thought nothing of loading up whatever car was available and driving over to Atlanta for dinner at Mammy's Shanty.
I can't remember where that restaurant was in Atlanta, but I do know that the 68 mile drive was a piece of cake! Very few traffic lights, and not much traffic. Snellville was just a dot on the map.
In that same vein: anybody ever drive to Gastonia, N.C. from Northwest Georgia? When I lived in Rome, Ga., back in the early '60's, we went through Gastonia on the way to Norfolk, Va., for Christmas. I counted 28 traffic lights on the road into town. One time we got into a snow storm and had to spend the night in Gastonia.
I have to agree with Mr. Hanson. Change and progress are NOT synonymous!
It wouldn't be Memorial Day weekend in Suwanee if it didn't start with a performance of military marches and patriotic tunes. In what has become a firmly rooted community tradition, Suwanee will kick off the Memorial Day weekend at Town Center Park with a free concert that honors those who serve and have served in the United States military.
The Gwinnett Community Band will perform Friday, May 25. The concert will begin immediately following a 7 p.m. demonstration jump, weather permitting, by Silver Wings, the Command Exhibition Parachute Team of the U.S. Army Infantry based at Fort Benning.
The Gwinnett Community Band, led by Music Director Jack Randall, is a nonprofit group of adult musicians from throughout the Atlanta area, who perform for public enrichment. The band provides ongoing performance opportunities for enthusiastic amateur musicians.
The event is sponsored by the Gwinnett Daily Post. Bring chairs, blankets, friends and neighbors, but no alcohol. Also, you are invited to bring canned goods for the Gwinnett Municipal Association's Can Do project; the food will be donated to the North Gwinnett Food Co-op. Parking is available at Town Center as well as along Main Street.
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GGC to introduce unique digital media focus starting fall 2012
Georgia Gwinnett College has introduced a digital media concentration within its information technology degree program, starting in fall semester 2012. This new concentration is a response to the growing video gaming and entertainment industry within Georgia and will offer students in-depth study of emerging interactive styles in producing digitally mediated forms.
This new line of study will bolster Gwinnett's fast-growing video gaming industry by helping to provide a ready-made work force for game-developing companies in Georgia. There are more than 75 video gaming companies in Georgia, many of them in Gwinnett County. With that number expanding, video gaming business leaders are excited about the opportunities this new concentration offers.
According to the Georgia Department of Economic Development, the core of Georgia's digital entertainment and digital media industry is the development of digital content that blends art and technology for both entertainment and software applications. Much of this cutting-edge development is driven by a trained workforce with expertise in software and artistic development including visual media, graphic design, animation, music and storytelling, as well as a wide range of technical computer programming and engineering talents.
State officials are excited about this new studies program because it will help provide a trained workforce for Georgia companies that are developing games and digital media for the global marketplace.
"My husband and I tried out the new Movie Tavern (movies plus food) experience now in Gwinnett County in Suwanee. This is a venue where you watch the movie while you eat. Servers are awaiting your at the push of a button to order. We enjoyed it and it was a nice venue and good food. I had a healthy salad and my husband ordered the fruit and cheese spread. The pitas and pizza were also very tempting. The seats were very comfortable and spacious and all went smoothly with the sound, etc. The location is east of I-85 at 2855 Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road."
As editor of the Georgia Review from 1977 until his death, Stanley Lindberg was nationally and internationally recognized for transforming a good regional literary magazine into one of the best magazines of its time. It was a handsome and colorful quarterly filled with excellent essays, poetry, fiction, and artwork created by distinguished artists from the state, the South, the nation, and abroad.
In addition, he conceived and produced, or shared responsibility for, some of the most daring and stimulating cultural events the state of Georgia has hosted, including a celebration of Georgia's own heritage in creative writing-the "Roots in Georgia" Literary Symposium of 1985-and a remarkable international gathering of recipients of the Nobel Prize in Literature held in conjunction with the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta. In 1986 Lindberg received the first Governor's Award in the Humanities.
Stanley W. Lindberg was born on November 18, 1939, in Warren, Penn. He wrote his Ph.D. dissertation at the University of Pennsylvania on the 18th-century essayist and dictionary maker Samuel Johnson, a model of the clear, intelligent, strong expression that he later sought in the writers he published in the Georgia Review. Lindberg had achieved distinction as a scholar and editor before he came to the Department of English at the University of Georgia in 1977 from Ohio University, where he had already raised a regional literary magazine, the Ohio Review, to national prominence.
The success of the Georgia Review during Lindberg's more than 20 years as editor marks his greatest achievement. Under his direction the Georgia Review received increasing praise and won a number of state and national awards for its editorial excellence. In 1986, outshining such well-financed commercial magazines as the New Yorker, Atlantic Monthly, and Harper's, the Georgia Review won a prestigious National Magazine Award in Fiction.
In recommending Lindberg for a University Professorship at the University of Georgia, which he received in 1999, a committee of scholars and writers observed that Lindberg had made the Georgia Review "the single most widely respected and sought after literary review published in the United States." Competing against commercial magazines with enormous budgets, Lindberg repeatedly attracted such notable writers as Rita Dove, Shelby Foote, Henry Louis Gates Jr., Seamus Heaney, Joyce Carol Oates, John Updike, Robert Penn Warren and Eudora Welty.
Lindberg's high regard for clarity and precision extended to a love for music and a dedication to the humanistic enterprises of the University of Georgia and its Department of English, both of which he served in important capacities. His greatest legacy to the state of Georgia remains, however, his tenure with the Georgia Review. He not only attracted writers who were well established and sought after, but he also discovered, nurtured, and promoted many new talents. Lindberg died in Atlanta on January 18, 2000.
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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.
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.
(NEW) World War II Veteran's Breakfast: 8:30 a.m., May 28, Fellowship Hall of the First Baptist Church in Lawrenceville. The breakfast will be hosted by Mayor Judy Jordan Johnson of Lawrenceville. Veterans and a member of their family or friend are invited. For more information, or to reserve a spot, call 678-407-6576.
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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(NEW) Success Lives Here Breakfast: 7:30 a.m., June 15, 1818 Club, 6500 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth. Featured speaker will be Norcross Mayor Bucky Johnson. For more details, call 770 232-3000.
Career and Job Fair at Gwinnett Village Community Alliance: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., June 22, Victory World Church, 50905 Brook Hollow Parkway, Norcross. Approximately 30 employers will be there. This is the Alliance's third Fair. Learn more by email or call 770-402-4697.
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