RIBBON CUTTING: The town of Braselton has cut the ceremonial ribbon to open Davis Street in its historic downtown. Davis Street, the prime local artery connecting Georgia Highways 53 and 124, also serves as the gateway to the town's library. From left are Senator Frank Ginn; Bayne Smith of GDOT; Councilman Dudley Ray; Mayor Bill Orr; Councilman Tony Funari; Councilwoman Peggy Slappey and Downtown Development Authority members Cindy Phillips and Kathy Robinson, Rep. Tommy Benton, Brady Kriegel and DDA member Peggy Kriegel.
Issue 12.22 | Tuesday, June 19, 2012
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JOHNS CREEK, June 19, 2012 -- For many teen drivers, buying a car is likely influenced by speed, style, color, and brand, while for parents, it's a focus on safety and reliability while not breaking the bank.
Unfortunately, like settling on a curfew, finding a happy medium is not so easy. AAA Traffic Safety, The Auto Club Group, understands finding the right car for a teenager can be a big decision. In an effort to simplify the process, AAA has released the list of top vehicles for teens.
AAA's top picks are selected by its AAA Car Buying experts who test drive and evaluate hundreds of vehicles each year.
Here is a list of AAA's List of Top Vehicles for Teens. Safety, style and reliability make this list of cars top picks by AAA Car Buying experts:
The Georgia office of AAA is located at 7150 McGinnis Ferry Road.
JUNE 19, 2012 -- The State of Georgia averted an immediate black eye last week when Gov. Nathan Deal made it known he didn't want the Ku Klux Klan to be given a permit for picking up trash on a portion of Georgia Highway 515 in Union County.
While the governor's refusal to allow the permit to be granted may face stiff opposition on free speech grounds if challenged in court, at least the governor had his ire in the right place.
And if the state is sued in court, we suggest no less an attorney than former Governor Roy Barnes be hired to defend the state's 22 year old Adopt-a-Highway rules. The former governor knows the laws back and forth, and we figure, would present a solid, innovative defense, and possibly save the state from further embarrassment. (Earlier the Ku Klux Klan sought a similar in permit in Missouri, was denied, but won the case in court on free speech grounds.)
The Georgia regulations concerning picking up trash under the Adopt-a-Highway plans are simple and straight-forward. About anyone is allowed to pick up the trash, though a permit is required. Here's what the regulations say:
Any civic-minded organization, business, individual, family, city, county, state or federal agency is welcome to volunteer in the Georgia Adopt-a-Highway program. Each volunteer group must have at least six members, with three backup members. All members' names, addresses and phone numbers will be provided to Georgia DOT prior to acceptance of the application. Children 12 to 15 years must be supervised by adults at a rate of one adult for every three children. Children under the age of 12 are not eligible for participation in the program.
However, the state must first issue the permit to allow litter collection.
Perhaps which organizations could apply for picking up highway trash might be strengthened, so that the state would have more control. For instance, how about only allowing organizations that had a state business license, or a charitable organization (like a 501c3 non-profit), or similar state-approved entity, to be eligible to pick up trash? It might stop fringe organizations while not eliminating civic organizations.
Another comment from this came from the Chattanooga Times-Free Press:
At least immediately, Georgia isn't faced with allowing a state-sanctioned sign saying the Ku Klux Klan is being a "good citizen" by picking up trash. This story may not be over ..though we hope so.
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Editor, the Forum:
A few weeks
ago the city council was presented with a preliminary budget proposal
totaling $2.87 million. The public reaction to this was predictably negative.
Following the incorporation vote in November, the council candidates all
campaigned on that same $761,000 'city-lite' budget.
$300,000 worth of salaries for a city manager, planning and zoning manager,
accounting manager and a city clerk. And last but not least, there is
$100,000 for a call center. Despite the objections of council members,
and against the recommendation of the consultants, the mayor was quoted
in the AJC as saying that residents want "somebody to be there at
a specific location to talk with. I heard you loud and clear." I
would respectfully suggest that the mayor get out and about town more
often, because I haven't met anyone yet who thinks it is a good idea to
spend more than $8,000 per month to have somebody answer the phone, especially
when a majority of the calls will be forwarded to the county. After all,
we're a city-lite, offering only three services. Just how many calls is
he expecting the city to receive?
An open house for the consideration of a corridor between downtown Lawrenceville and Georgia Gwinnett College will be held on June 21 at 7 p.m. at the City Hall.
A conceptual master plan will be presented for the area between the campus and downtown Lawrenceville. A special focus of the presentation will be preliminary recommendations for improving the intersection of Collins Hill/Northdale Road, which is located between Georgia Highway 316 and downtown Lawrenceville.
Mayor Judy Johnson says: "The Open House is a major milestone in the corridor study planning process, and in taking steps toward improving connections between the GGS campus and the city's downtown hub."
The meeting is the third of four public meetings to collect input from residents, property owners, businesses and the GGC community on anticipated improvements to the area. The final such meeting is scheduled for the fall. For more information, go to www.ggc-law-corridorstudy.com.
Team is a group of representative leaders from the community that will
provide feedback on the study process and preliminary recommendations.
The group will meet up to four times throughout the study process and
is inclusive of members of the consultant team.
Qualifying closes June 27 for council post in Suwanee
The City of Suwanee will hold a special election July 31 to fill an unexpired City Council term. Jace Brooks has resigned his City Council post after nearly 10 years of service in order to run for the District 1 seat on the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners.
Council candidates must be registered voters and have lived within the city limits for 180 days. Candidates may qualify at City Hall, 330 Town Center Avenue, from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. June 25 and 26 and 8:30 a.m. until noon June 27. The qualifying fee is $270.
Voting for the City Council post will take place at City Hall; those casting ballots must be registered voters living within the City of Suwanee limits. Ballots for the Transportation Investment Act and other items must be cast at voters' Gwinnett County polling locations.
Poll workers are needed for Suwanee's special election. For more information or to apply, contact Elvira Rogers at 770/945-8996.
More summer programs for kids at Hudgens Arts Center
Looking for something fun to do this summer? Are your kids already complaining that there's 'nothing to do'? Then check out the great summer art camps, workshops for kids and adults, exhibits, events and more at the Hudgens Arts Center in Duluth.
kids up now for the last session of the Color Wheel summer art camp, June
25-29, for children ages 5-12. This camp gives kids a chance to print,
paint, draw, sculpt, sew, throw, hammer, carve and glue.
for something to do on a rainy summer afternoon? Visit the children's
Art Zone at the Hudgens. There are three different make and take art projects
for kids to do, plus a well-stocked reading nook to enjoy, a giant kaleidoscope,
a puppet theatre, and musical stations. Get those kids out of the house
and using their imaginations! The Hudgens also has a fun Scavenger Hunt,
which will lead you and your children through the current exhibits as
you search for different objects. Win a prize for finishing your hunt!
These activities are free for members, and included in general admission
in Gwinnett Tech's new Health Information Technology (HIT) programs will
have access to the leading-edge technology and software applications that
are shaping this rapidly growing field, including the Interoperability
and Integration Innovation Lab (I3L) developed by the Georgia Institute
Gwinnett Habitat for Humanity has tapped Jennifer Smith to join their board of directors. She is vice president and director of project management for Brand Mortgage.
Smith has been appointed to the Family Selection Committee for the Gwinnett-based organization. Established in 1988, the organizers for Gwinnett Habitat for Humanity hoped to emulate on a local level a similar success to that of Habitat for Humanity International, which has provided housing for more than a million people worldwide. In the 24 years since it was founded, Gwinnett Habitat for Humanity partnerships with local businesses, churches, and volunteers from all walks of life have constructed more than 110 new homes, and put over 250 children in Gwinnett County schools.
Most recently, Smith chaired Grayson's Starling Elementary School campaign for an Outdoor Classroom through Gwinnett Clean and Beautiful. Construction is already underway, and expected to be complete in time for the students' return in Fall 2012. She also chairs the Couch Middle School PTSA Legislative Committee and was selected as a participant in the Georgia Future Leaders Program through the Mortgage Bankers Association of Georgia.
A single mom with an 18-year-old son and 10 year-old daughter at home, she says: "I believe it's important for my children to learn the value of doing something nice for others, merely for the sake of doing something nice. During my time at Gwinnett Habitat for Humanity, I would like to see the organization form a synergy with local banks to renovate existing foreclosed homes to use as Habitat Homes. It just seems a waste to let them sit abandoned and unused. I'm really excited to do a whole lot of good for a whole lot of people, plus I get to wear my tool belt!"
To learn more about Gwinnett Habitat for Humanity, sign up to volunteer, or make an online donation, please visit www.habitatgwinnett.org.
"Full of English actors many Americans are familiar with through British television dramas, this easy-going movie highlights the fascinating and always distinctive chaotic life in a town in India, to which these Brits have fled in retirement. Each person has their own story of why they left England, which comes out eventually. Tastefully done amid the exciting and crowded life in India, some call this a comedy, but it has a far deeper and intense story underneath. Not as satisfying as some movies, but you get to enjoy Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Tom Wilkinson and Maggie Smith in this solid presentation. It also introduces Dev Patel." --eeb
Ed Moulthrop, a self-taught wood turner who made his home in Atlanta, was considered a master craftsman. His turned bowls are characterized by their large sizes, typically spherical or elliptical forms, and highly polished, clear finishes. Wood turning is a process in which a piece of wood is spun on a lathe and shaped with a tool drawn against it.
Edward Moulthrop was born in 1916 in Rochester, N.Y., and brought up in Cleveland, Ohio. He developed an interest in wood turning as a teenager and sold magazines to earn money for his first lathe. He received his undergraduate degree from Case Western Reserve University in 1939 and his graduate degree in architecture from Princeton University in 1941. After completing school he taught architecture at the Georgia Institute of Technology and then practiced as an architect.
Wood turning remained a strong interest of Moulthrop's, though it was only a side activity during his time as an architect. In the early 1970s he set aside his architectural career and became a wood turner full time.
Moulthrop's turned wood bowls reach up to 40 inches in diameter and four feet in height. These large sizes necessitated his development of a special lathe and long-handled tools fit to turn wood on such a scale. Moulthrop also developed methods for strengthening his wood and for creating a plastic-like finish. He turned the wood to create a rough form, which he then soaked in polyethylene glycol from a period of six weeks to three months. This chemical fixed the wood's color and replaced the natural moisture, stabilizing the material and preventing shrinkage and cracking. Next, he turned the treated vessel to create a finished form, which he coated with resin.
Like noted wood turners Rude Osolnik and Melvin Lindquist, Moulthrop often used wood that earlier turners would have considered flawed. He frequently used wood that was diseased, struck by lightning, or streaked and discolored because of fungal growth. Such natural variations in the wood resulted in turned bowls with interesting patterns and colors. He sought to find shapes and finishes that revealed "the myriad complexities, the subtle or exotic range of colors, and the etching-like patterns of growth rings" in the wood. Also, Moulthrop's method of treating wood allowed him to use pieces that otherwise might have been too fragile.
Moulthrop's work is represented in the collections of many major museums, including the Museum of Arts and Design, the Museum of Modern Art, and Metropolitan Museum of Art, all in New York City; the Art Institute of Chicago; the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston; the Detroit Institute of Arts; and the Smithsonian Institution's Renwick Gallery in Washington, D.C.
Moulthrop died in November 2003 after a long illness.
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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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IN THE COMING WEEK
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.
Miles-4-Smiles Race/Walk: Beginning 9:30 a.m., June 23, Tribble Mill Park, Lawrenceville. This second annual Amanda Riley Foundation event consist of a 10K, 5K and Mile Walk/Run, with the course certified as a Peachtree Road Race qualifier. Details via email.
Field Day of the Gwinnett Amateur Radio Society and Gwinnett Amateur Radio Emergency: Starting at 2 p.m. June 23 and lasting for 24 hours. The event is at Sweetwater Park, 800 Bethesda School Road near Lawrenceville. The public is invited to attend and see ham radio's new capabilities. For more details, go to www.gars.org or call 770 840 9664.
Cultural Food Camp for ages 8 to 12: 10 a.m. to noon, June 25 to June 29, Centerville Community Center, 3025 Bethany Church Road, Snellville, Cost is $12 per person. To pre-register, call 770-985-4713. Children with learning disabilities are welcome.
T-SPLOST INFO program: 7:30 p.m., June 25, Christ the King Lutheran Church, 5575 Peachtree Parkway, Peachtree Corners. Sponsored by the United Peachtree Corners Civic Association. Jane Hayse, director of transportation at the Atlanta Regional Commission, will speak.
SOON AND ONGOING
Championship Chess and Tennis Summer Camp for ages 7 to 14: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., June 25 to June 29, and July 9 to July 13, Centerville Community Center. Cost is $65 per week ($3 sibling discount). For curriculum information, contact instructor Rodney Lewis at 770-560-1071.
Kudzu Art Zone will present Evelyn Breit, a figure and landscape artist, demonstrating her figure drawing technique: 7 p.m., June 25, Art Zone, 116 Carlyle Street, Norcross. More information.
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