Issue 12.27 | Friday, July 6, 2012
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LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga., July 6, 2012 When seeking a partner for their Heart Hats community involvement program, McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. Southeast Division of Atlanta knew they needed to identify a special organization. They found that partner in Lawrenceville-based Creative Enterprises, Inc., an organization dedicated to fostering success in individuals with disabilities. Since the programs inception in 1979, Creative Enterprises mission has been to assist individuals with disabilities and others with barriers to employment in maximizing their potential. Creative Enterprises provides social, vocational and economicallyindependent programs for adults with a number of disabilities, ranging from mental or emotional problems to physical disabilities.
The programs provided by Creative Enterprises give their clients opportunities to connect and contribute to the community while learning valuable job skills. In Creative Enterprises sprawling greenhouse, clients grow plants, fruits and vegetables, all of which are available to the public for a nominal amount of money. The organizations thrift store, which is also open to the public, is another successful program that gives clients the opportunity to engage with the community and learn the retail business. Additional programs include an on-site licensed animal shelter where clients are responsible for the care of animals, an art program, and a workshop program where clients provide assistance to local businesses.
Over the years, Creative Enterprises has undergone a number of changes, including growth on its campus to provide new services. With the recent acquisition of a new building and plans for expanded services, Creative Enterprises found a partner in McCarthys Southeast Division to bring their vision of an enhanced center to fruition.
Kevin Kuntz, president of McCarthys Southeast Division, says: Creative Enterprises is a collection of inspiring and passionate individuals. The opportunity to give back to an organization that has given so much to the community made for a memorable experience for the entire McCarthy team.
Over two days, the McCarthy team provided a number of renovations to the Lawrenceville facility. The team converted four small rooms into one large classroom, replaced old carpet, and refinished and painted walls. Future renovation plans also include new tile flooring and additional shelving for the thrift store.
Leigh McIntosh, executive director of Creative Enterprises, says: These new renovations are a tremendous addition to our center and will serve our current and future clients for years to come. McCarthys generosity and support of our mission is appreciated by everyone here at Creative Enterprises.
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McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. is the nations fifth largest education builder, fourth largest health care construction manager, and eighth largest domestic general contractor (Engineering News-Record, May 2012). With nearly 150 years of experience, McCarthy is one of the nations oldest, privately held construction firms. Committed to the construction of high performance buildings, the company provides general contracting, construction management, and design/build services for education, laboratory, biotechnical, health care, parking structure, entertainment, commercial, retail, civil and industrial facilities. In addition to Atlanta, McCarthy has offices in Newport Beach, Sacramento, San Francisco, San Diego, Phoenix, Las Vegas, Dallas, Albuquerque, Houston, Collinsville, Ill., and St. Louis. McCarthy is 100 percent employee owned.
JULY 6, 2012 The year 2012 turns out to be politically quieter than 2010, when there were many statewide candidates. What follows today will be endorsements for Congressional and statewide offices.
Gwinnett, in the 2012 reapportionment of the U.S. House of Representatives, will be served by three Congressmen, not two as before, in the upcoming session. New to the county is a portion of the Tenth District, which basically serves eastern Gwinnett and East Central Georgia.
Of the statewide candidates, Georgians will only vote this year for two seats of the Public Service Commission.
During the past month, we have asked all candidates who will appear on any portion of the Gwinnett ballot to visit with us in our Norcross office for 30 minutes, so that we can assess the individuals running, and generally get to know them. We do this since many citizens do not have the time to do this individually, nor do the candidates have the time to visit with each citizen. We act, you could say, as a surrogate for the voters in trying to determine which of the candidates we feel will be best suited for the job.
We will make endorsements in all primary races, Democratic and Republican, where we have met with candidates. Unfortunately, several candidates chose not to spend time with us. We will make no comment on these candidates, nor will we give those who chose not to visit with us space to answer questions we put to other candidates.
our endorsements of the following candidates:
Henry C. Hank Johnson, 57, the incumbent: Mr. Johnson is seeking his fourth term in the Congress. He has voted along Democratic lines while in office, and is in line to become a Democratic member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee should the Democrats take over the next House. He is also on the Armed Services and Judiciary Committees. The Lithonia resident is a former county commissioner and magistrate judge. Two years ago, we were concerned about his health, but in 2012, he appears to be in robust health to continue to serve well.
U.S. CONGRESS, 4th District, Republican primary:
Greg Pallen, 43, a Rockdale County businessman, presents a credible candidacy. He hopes to go to Congress to cut spending to lower taxes, an admirable idea, but difficult for anyone. Mr. Pallen presents a five point plan, among which is to cut the salary of Congressmen from $174,000 to $100,000. He also says he will accept no money from special interests, and gain campaign money only from individuals. He also wants to institute a program whereby Congressmen shall have no benefit that is not available to the average citizen.
U.S. CONGRESS, 7th District, Republican primary:
Rob Woodall, 42, the first-term incumbent, who is now a resident of Peachtree Corners. As a protégé and former staffer of ex-Congressman John Linder, if there is one bone to pick with the current Congressman, it is his continual promotion of the Fair Tax Plan, a wholly-unacceptable and never-to-pass taxing scheme which is doomed by its own principles. However, Congressman Woodall has otherwise served reasonably well, and looks after constituent requests with alacrity and diligence.
CONGRESS, 10th District,
Stephen Simpson, 61, A retired Army officer and Milledgeville businessman, Mr. Simpson presents a fresh and bright face, running against Incumbent Rep. Paul Broun, in a greatly-reconfigured 10th District. He is experienced in the ways of Washington, after serving with distinction at the Pentagon and as a military Congressional liaison officer. His energy and grasp of the key issues facing our nation make him an attractive alternate to the current Congressman, known for his one-side approach to many issues. With no Democrat offering for office, the winner of the primary should become the next 10th District Congressman.
GEORGIA PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION, District 3, Republican primary:
Chuck Eaton, 43, the incumbent, is our choice for this seat in the primary. Election to this position is for a six year term. Mr. Eaton has concentrated on Georgia having a favorable rate plan for electric consumers, while at the same time making sure that the plan is a reliable one. This office regulates electric, natural gas and telecommunications services. The complications of this office make it one where with good results, citizens should retain their current office-holders, such as Mr. Eaton. There are five commissioners, with only two seats under consideration this year.
GEORGIA PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION, District 5, Republican primary:
Neither of the Republican candidates chose to visit with us. We then will make no endorsements in this race.
WHATS NEXT? On July 10, candidates running for the Georgia General Assembly will be endorsed.
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Andrew King is the next visual artist exhibiting artwork at City Hall as a continuation of the Art on the Wall at City Hall program. View these original works of art in the community room at Snellville City Hall during normal business hours and running until July 30.
Andrew King is a professional architectural illustrator and fine artist based in Snellville. His interest in art and painting began while attending architectural school at Georgia Tech. After graduating with a Bachelor of Architecture degree, he began work as a design architect, where he used his artistic talent to illustrate his own designs.
Kings fine art is a reflection of his laid back personality---he loves to break the "rules. Although watercolor is his medium of choice, King likes to mix watercolor, acrylic, pastel, oil, sticks, leaves, dirt, condiments, or whatever he happens to find lying around to create his paintings. King has produced about 5,000 professional illustrations and hundreds of fine art paintings. In February King donated an original piece of work to the City of Snellville which is displayed in the Mayors office.
Artists and groups interested in having a solo show of their own at City Hall are encouraged to contact the Snellville art jurors. The application and selection criteria can be found on the city Web site, www.snellville.org or by calling 770-985-3587.
GMC, GGC announce sports medicine partnership
Gwinnett Medical Center (GMC) has announced a new partnership between its Sports Medicine Program and Georgia Gwinnett College (GGC) that will provide a high level of care to GGCs athletes. A member of the University System of Georgia (USG), the GGC Grizzly Athletics program includes mens baseball, mens and womens soccer, womens softball and mens and womens tennis, and was recently accepted into the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).
The team doctor will be Gary Levengood, MD, an orthopedic surgeon at GMC, a veteran in sports medicine for 20 years who serves as chairperson of the hospital systems Sports Medicine Committee. The program will introduce ImPACT (Immediate Post-concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing) and performance training to the GCC athletics department. With ImPACT, it will reduce the chance of follow-up concussions for these students so that they perform at optimum levels athletically and academically.
GMC Certified Athletic Trainer James Williams will provide on-site management for sports medicine at GGC. His experience includes working with the Atlanta Falcons, and at universities such as Indiana State and Auburn. He is now designing the layout of the services, purchasing equipment, supplies and initiating policies and procedures to prepare for the next season with this partnership.
Heritage Center offers Crime Lab Detective exhibit this summer
Environmental and Heritage Center (GEHC) will bring a Crime Lab Detective
exhibit to its campus, from July 14, until October 15. The exhibit teaches
crucial elements of the scientific process, and focuses on a home that
has been burglarized while the homes family was vacationing.
Visitors to the exhibit will be tasked with discovering who stole several
items and why.
Stephanie Wilding of Lawrenceville is among a group of 22 University of Georgia undergraduates named 2012 summer fellows by UGA's Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunities. She and the other students are spending the summer engaged in faculty-guided research projects on a variety of topics.
The participants earn academic credit and are invited to submit their research for presentation at the CURO Symposium, UGAs annual spring research conference for undergraduates.
David S. Williams, associate provost and director of UGAs Honors Program, says: CURO Summer Research Fellows participate in an intensive, immersive research opportunity, guided by their faculty mentors. One key facet of the program is that, through interaction with one another, Fellows discover how research is approached in different disciplines.
Wilding, who is pursuing a bachelors degree in genetics, is studying under the guidance of pharmaceutical and biomedical sciences professor Brian Cummings. She is conducting research on prostate cancer, the second leading cause of cancer-related death in men in the United States. After graduation, Wilding would like to enter medical school.
Advanced Disposal converting garbage truck fleet to CNG
Advanced Disposal has announced that it will convert its entire fleet of residential garbage trucks that service Gwinnett County to be powered by Compressed Natural Gas (CNG).
Advanced Disposal currently has 27 CNG trucks on order, which will make up our first CNG fleet, with more to come. The new CNG trucks, when compared to 2010 diesel models, reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 23 percent. The total capital investment for this CNG fueling station and its accompanying truck fleet will be approximately $22 million.
The fueling station will be located at the firms landfill in Forsyth County. It will be an 8 to 10 week process to put the new fleet into operation. The fueling station will be capable of producing 445 diesel gallon equivalents per hour and able to fuel up to 95 trucks in 10 hours.
Why the move?
engines burn cleaner than traditional diesel engines typically used by
No doubt books such as this could be written about any country ravaged by oncoming foreign troops. Yet the fact that the intruders were American, nee Yankees, and the descriptions are from mostly Georgia women whose males were fighting elsewhere, makes this work so interesting. Using many older diaries and similar papers, the author marches with Sherman through Georgia, with stories of how Georgia women reacted, with tempers, with cunning, and always bravely. This is a quick read, of 124 pages, softbound. The author lives in Marietta. eeb, via Gary Taylor.
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The commission appointed by the legislature in 1786 to find a new site for the capital was not entirely unbridled in its task, for the legislature's mandate also stipulated that the commission select a location within 20 miles of an Indian trading post known as Galphin's Old Town, or Galphinton, on the Ogeechee River in what is now Jefferson County. George Galphin had established a trading post at the site two decades earlier.
The commission was authorized to purchase 1,000 acres for the new capital, which would be patterned after Philadelphia, Penn., the first capital of the United States. The legislature also directed that the new capital site be called Louisville in honor of Louis XVI of France, in appreciation for French assistance during the Revolutionary War.
The actual site selected for the capital was at the intersection of three roadsone leading to Savannah, one to Augusta, and one to now-forgotten Georgetownwhere a market, built in 1758, still stands today. Approved plans for the new capital city called for five streets on each of the four sides of the market, with a statehouse and governor's mansion located an equal distance on either side.
Despite the designation of the new capital city, Augusta continued to serve as the state capital for ten more years, until 1796. The building of the capital at Louisville was delayed by a lack of funds, the death of the contractor, and the rush to obtain and disburse Creek and Cherokee lands.
Finally in 1795, a special constitutional convention was held, in part to correct for land speculation during the infamous Yazoo Land Fraud. The convention members adopted a new amendment to the Constitution of 1789 that officially designated Louisville as the "permanent seat of government" and directed that the governor and other state officials be in the new capitol at Louisville before the next meeting of the legislature.
By March 1796 a new capital building designed in the red-brick Georgian architectural style was completed, and Georgia's state government soon occupied it. There are no known paintings or sketches of the building, except for several artists' renderings of the burning of the Yazoo Act on the grounds of the Louisville capital.
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The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.
For the 2012 primary
season, GwinnettForum asked all candidates facing primary opposition
in Gwinnett County to provide answers to a few questions. You can read
their answers below by clicking on the links.
Candidates with no
primary opposition are not listed. Those with opposition in the General
Election will be asked questions, which we'll publish before the November
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Congress, District 7
Congress, District 10
Public Service Commission, District 3
Public Service Commission, District 5
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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
Brown Bag Concert:
11 a.m. to 1 p.m., July 6 at the Gwinnett Historic Concert, Lawrenceville.
for more information.
Portrait and Figure
Art Classes: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., for four Mondays starting July
9 at Kudzu Art Zone in Norcross. Connie Reilly, portrait artist, will
teach classes in oils and pastels. To register, go to www.kudzuartzone.org.
Beyond Rosie, Women in World War II: Through July 31. This traveling museum is now on display at the Norcross Welcome and History Center. The museum is located at 169 Lawrenceville Street.
Tips and Tools for the Teenage Job Search, for Grades 6 to 12: 1 p.m to 3:30 p.m., July 11 to 13 at Centerville Community Center, 3025 Bethany Church Road, Snellville. Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta will sponsor this workshop for teenagers seeking a job. Cost is $3 for registered Girl Scouts; $15 for non-registered Scouts. For curriculum information, contact email@example.com or 770-702-9119.
(NEW) Daybreak Dash Fun Run: 7:30 a.m. on July 14 for registration; run at 8 a.m., Settles Bridge Park, 380 Johnson Road, Suwanee. A registration fee is charged. The course is nearly 5K long, with three different trails, for beginners, intermediate and advanced runners. Those completing the race will get a T-Shirt. For more details, www.gwinnettparks.com.
Camp for ages 8 to 12: 10 a.m. to noon on July 16 to July 20,
Centerville Community Center, 3025 Bethany Church Road, Snellville. Cost
is $20 per child ($5 sibling discount). For camp information, call The
Little Red Math and Grammar School, 404-826-6818. For pre-registration
and payment information, call 770-985-4713. Children with learning disabilities
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