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Issue 12.45 | Friday, Sept. 21, 2012

TODAY'S FOCUS
:: Parents should talk about obesity

ELLIOTT BRACK'S PERSPECTIVE
:: Charter amendment concerning

FEEDBACK
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McLeod, substation, city living

UPCOMING
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New industry, more

NOTABLE
:: Homeownership, improvements

ALSO INSIDE

IN THE SPOTLIGHT
:: Precision Planning, Inc.

GEORGIA TIDBIT
:: Morris Museum of Art

LAGNIAPPE
:: Distinctive decorations

GWINNETT CALENDAR
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TODAY'S QUOTE
:: Comparing reactions

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TODAY'S FOCUS
Georgia parents in denial about epidemic of childhood obesity
By DR. STEPHANIE WALSH
Medical director, Child Wellness, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta
Special to GwinnettForum

ATLANTA, Ga., Sept. 21, 2012 -- Children's Healthcare of Atlanta is urging Gwinnett parents to take a stand against childhood obesity. In a recent study commissioned by Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, researchers found that while the majority of Georgia parents recognize the severity of the childhood obesity epidemic in the state, parents of overweight and obese children still don't believe the issue affects their family.

With Georgia having the second highest rate of childhood obesity in the nation, Gwinnett parents can now visit the recently re-launched www.Strong4Life.com to find resources, including tips on how to have "The Talk" with their children about healthy behaviors and habits.

The Talk helps parents realize that before they can talk to their kids, they have to have an honest conversation with themselves about family health risks, habits and the kind of role models they want to be for their children. Additionally, The Talk helps parents learn that this dreaded conversation with their children is actually not about their weight, but their health, making it less intimidating. Strong4Life.com walks parents through this self-reflection while building their confidence and providing the necessary tools and resources to take their first simple steps toward a healthier family.

As a mother and pediatrician, I know parents are willing to go to any length for the health of their child, so why stop when it comes to issues regarding childhood obesity? It's time for parents to be stronger than the thoughts that hold them back. The Talk asks parents to first take a step back, candidly evaluate their family's habits, choose one simple step, and then, only once they have done their due diligence, engage their family in a positive and reassuring way.

Here are some tips to help you make simple improvements in your household:

  • If your child spends more than an hour in front a device with a screen (example: TV, mobile phone, computer, video game, etc.) a night, try cutting this time down by 30 minutes three times per week.

  • If your kid is not getting 60 minutes of activity each day, try going on a family walk, or hosting a family dance off for 30 minutes three times per week.

  • If your child consumes more than one or two sugary drinks a day, try replacing one drink each day with water three times per week.

  • If your child does not consume fruits and veggies, try adding in one veggie or fruit to the family dinner three times per week.

Remember: it's all about your child's health!

ELLIOTT BRACK
Unelected yet appointed group trying to gain public school funds
By ELLIOTT BRACK
Editor and publisher

GwinnettForum.com

SEPT. 21, 2012 -- There are several aspects of one proposed Constitutional Amendment that will be put to Georgia voters in November that worry me. The subject of the question concerns "charter schools."


Brack

Notwithstanding whether charter schools are good or bad, here are several aspects of this proposal that are of worry.

1. The proposal would give the State of Georgia, in addition to individual county school boards, the power to establish schools in any county in the state, no matter whether the local school board is in agreement, upon the request of "the community." This by-passes the local school board and creates an unelected and unaccountable body to get state funds.

2. In effect, the state approving local charter schools would mean that state funding which went to the charter school would be deducted to that county's state funding, further eroding public schools in favor of charter schools.

3. The wording on this amendment that voters will see on the ballot is highly questionable and even points to the way some want you to vote. Here's what the wording says:

First, there is a preamble: "Providing the improving student achievement and parental involvement through public chapter school options." Then it puts the amendment to you in this way: "Should the Constitution of Georgia be amended to allow state or local approval of public charter schools upon the request of local communities? Yes or No?"

While the proposal itself can by-pass the duly-elected school board, we now find that at the "request of local communities," that is other people than the school board in any county, such unofficial groups can propose and possibly get funding of a charter school. That alone usurps the authority of local schools. It would amount to having a county-wide public school system, and then a group of others having funding for a parallel school.

Something's not right here.

Now to the sinister aspect. The wording on the ballot appears to be possibly unconstitutional, in that it directs your response to the eventual question by telling you it would mean improved student achievement, and more parent involvement, through the public charter options.

It's saying something like: surely you want this, for it's improving and giving more parental options.

Why all this? Proponents of charter schools were thwarted by a Supreme Court decision, limiting their establishment. But even now, the state already has that power through the State Board of Education, though limited. Simply put, charter school proponents want not the state elected officials, but a rogue group named by the governor, to create more charter schools. We might….and spend taxpayer dollars.

We're always told to "follow the money." And if the State creates a charter school which the local school did not choose to create, it means that the state will FUND the new charter school, while reducing the funding for public school board. That is wrong. It comes at a time when the state has defunded public schools in the last few years.

Georgia ranks low in education, we all know. Taking more funding away from public schools, even if that money is used in another way in the community, still does not fund the local public schools as they should be. They need more money, not have funds taken away from them (even if from a charter school.)

Georgians should reject the amendment on charter school funding. But with the ramifications, the complications and the sinister wording, such an amendment could pass. We can only hope not.

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FEEDBACK
Noted publisher from Donalsonville, Bo McLeod, passes at 86

(Editor's note: Well-known newspaper publisher Bo McLeod, 86, died last week. Though living in the small town of Donalsonville in deepest southwest Georgia, he had great impact on Georgia journalism, chairing and the master of ceremonies of the Georgia Cracker Crumble, writing for the Atlanta newspapers, and occasionally contributing anonymously to Piney Woods Pete, a front page political and commentary feature. We asked his good friend and neighbor Sam Griffin for thoughts about his career.---eeb.)

Editor, the Forum:

If one sought the finest, most accurate example of the complete country newspaper editor of fact and fiction, Waldo "Bo" McLeod of Donalsonville would have been the obvious choice.


McLeod

He personified that special combination of enthusiastic community cheerleader and sharp-witted curmudgeon who encouraged the worthy, chastised the errant, ridiculed the pompous, recognized the achievers, dispelled fears, exposed opportunities, noted failures, mirrored history, pointed to the future and tickled the fancy of all. He served as a writer who lived among the people and in the community he loved.

Bo was truly a legend in his own time; he provided an example-and entertainment-for his peers and a model for upcoming generations who entertained the notion of pursuing a career in the craft.

He loved his family, his God, his church, his friends, his community, his country, The Donalsonville News and his profession with all his being. Those of us privileged to call him "Friend" never knew anyone more loyal or supportive. He celebrated them all, every day, and no "boogerality"--to use his coined term--was ever severe enough to separate him from those he loved, and who loved him.

And besides all of that, he was a heck of a lot of fun to be around.

-- Sam M. Griffin, Jr., former editor and publisher, The Post-Searchlight (Bainbridge)

Doesn't like idea of new Suwanee Police training facility

Editor; the Forum:

Yes, I am suspicious about the new Suwanee police training facility that has opened with much fanfare recently. The project reeks of having access to taxpayer money and trying to find a way to spend it rather than an inescapable conclusion that something had to be done through a public expenditure.

The city should not be holding prime commercial real estate for a police training facility - an activity that could be performed in the back of some industrial park where the parking is better. I can remotely see a fire station there because of the ready access, but not a shimmering salute to municipal largess that should make any Suwanee taxpayer wonder what developer and what councilman profited from the transaction.

Also, what is the net increase to my property and/or sales taxes for the new people that will be staffing the facility? Municipal benefits like health insurance and pension alone will be at least $25,000 a year. This is a sign, in my view, of municipal government gone adrift.

-- Joe Briggs, Suwanee

Dear Joe: I would have thought that most Suwanee residents, especially those on the east side of I-85, would have been appreciative of the sub-station. And to get the visibility to be a deterrent to crime, you must have that up-front location. --eeb

Loves walkable life with culture, energy of the city

Editor, the Forum:

Let me respond to your column "Do we recognize the quiet we have living here?" because I came away from a trip to Europe this summer with an entirely different perspective.

My brother's wedding was in a tiny village called Icomb in the Cotswolds. It was a beautiful pastoral landscape, and it was very quiet (at least until the wedding festivities began). It provided a stark contrast to London, where I was lucky enough to spend some time both before and after the wedding. While the English countryside is beautiful, given the choice I would much rather live in a place like London with its crowds, traffic, and noise - because along with all these things, London has the culture and energy that can only be found in cities.

I certainly understand that the quiet in the suburbs appeals to many people, but I would much prefer to live in a smaller home within walking distance of restaurants, retail, and parks. While you appreciate privacy, the idea of being in a single family home seems isolating to me. I do not want to live somewhere where I must rely on a car to get anywhere I need to go. We have many options for quiet suburban living in Metro Atlanta, but we have few walkable places with access to transit. While you appreciate this abundance of sprawling single family suburban housing, it feels limiting to those of us who would prefer to have more choices.

-- Alyssa Sinclair, Buckhead

Dear Alyssa: You know what? Perhaps the difference is our generational gap. But yessiree, give me the simpler life these days, for I'm in the "Senior" category. --eeb

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UPCOMING
Scientific company relocates from Boston to Norcross

Galectin Therapeutics is relocating its corporate headquarters to Gwinnett County. Galectin Therapeutics, a leader in galectin science and drug development to treat fibrotic disease and cancer, will move from the Boston area to its new facility at 4960 Peachtree Industrial Boulevard in Norcross.

Galectin Therapeutics chose Gwinnett County based on its advantageous proximity to the University of Georgia's Complex Carbohydrate Research Center, one of the world's premier centers for carbohydrate research, and the robust research and clinical assets throughout metro Atlanta. The Norcross facility will now house Galectin Therapeutics' executive, strategic and development functions, while its Boston location will continue selected lab-based product development.

Peter G. Traber, MD, president, CEO and chief medical officer of Galectin Therapeutics, says: "This reorganization is an important move for the company that will strengthen our ability to deliver on the promise of our carbohydrate-based therapeutic agents and afford us greater opportunities to attract highly-skilled talent in the field of carbohydrates to our Company. We will be able to expand on the work we are doing with researchers at the Complex Carbohydrate Research Center, while maintaining the work being done with our collaborators at SBH Sciences. In addition to enhancing our development activities, the move and re-organization will decrease our operations expenses which we will put back into our programs in liver fibrosis and cancer."

The relocation of Galectin Therapeutics to Gwinnett County positions the company within the region's Innovation Crescent, which is both a geographic area and coalition of more than a dozen counties and life science and economic development entities, all dedicated to supporting Georgia's life science growth. The Innovation Crescent, anchored by Atlanta on one end and Athens-Clarke County on the other, encompasses the resources of top research organizations in the Southeast to further life science research.

Applications being accepted for garden plots in Suwanee

Want access to the very freshest herbs and produce? Here's your opportunity to grow your own: The City of Suwanee will accept applications for garden plots next year at its Harvest Farm Community Garden on Wednesday, October 3. Applications will be accepted from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at White Street Park, where the community garden is located.

The garden's 76 plots are available first to City of Suwanee residents and then to other area residents. The annual fee for a plot ranges from $50-$100, depending upon the size of the plot requested; City residents receive a 25 percent discount. Applications are available at www.suwanee.com.

"When my family and I were looking at Suwanee last year as a possible place to live," says Julie Chahboune, "the Harvest Farm Community Garden was a huge selling point. My kids love coming to the garden…and we've all enjoyed the experience of meeting the other plot holders. Gardeners are some of the nicest, most generous people I've ever met. They not only share information and anecdotes, but their extra produce, too."

Applications due 5 p.m. today for Suwanee Police Academy

The Suwanee Police Department is once again offering its popular Citizen's Police Academy. Over the past eight years, more than 300 individuals have participated in this hands-on, eight-week program.

Classes for this fall session will be offered at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday evenings beginning October 2 at the Suwanee Police Department's new training facility/substation at 2966 Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road in the Gateway area. Those wishing to participate must provide notarized applications by 5 p.m. Friday, September 21. Applications are available at www.suwanee.com.

The program, open to Suwanee residents and those who work in Suwanee, offers a better understanding of the day-to-day functions, risks, and experiences of Suwanee police officers.

Redevelopment forum coming to Red Clay Theatre on Oct. 11

A redevelopment forum is scheduled in Gwinnett on October 11 from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Red Clay Theatre in Duluth. Join Partnership Gwinnett for an interactive discussion about energizing redevelopment; creating the infrastructure for future investment and implementing innovative revitalization strategies.

Keynote Speaker will be Charles Waldheim, chair of Landscape Architecture, Harvard Graduate School of Design. He is internationally recognized for coining the term "landscape urbanism." This school of thought contends that landscape, rather than architecture, is more capable of organizing a community and enhancing the urban experience. The concept of landscape urbanism is sweeping design schools, academia, the avant-garde and the media.

Landscape urbanism is an ecological alternative to "new urbanism" and has gained wide recognition quickly because of its unique ability to reconcile contemporary economic systems with the underlying ecological conditions around which communities are created.

NOTABLE
County renews contract aiming at more home stabilization

Gwinnett Commissioners on Tuesday renewed a contract with three firms to carry out a grant-funded program aimed at stabilizing neighborhoods that have been hard hit by high rates of foreclosure. Atlanta Neighborhood Development Partnership, Gwinnett Window and Door and The Macallan Group will continue to purchase foreclosed homes, rehabilitate the properties and sell them to working families. The Lawrenceville Housing Corporation and View Point Health are non-profit partners working with these firms.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) created the Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) in 2008 to reverse the negative effects of foreclosures on communities. Gwinnett County first received NSP grants from HUD and the Georgia Department of Community Affairs in 2009 and again in 2011.

Gwinnett County is using the most recent grant award of $5.6 million to target designated neighborhoods in and around Lawrenceville with a goal of selling 40 homes to income eligible families. To date, the program has sold two of the 14 homes it has acquired and rehabilitated.

In addition, the county used $14.4 million it received in 2009 to acquire and rehabilitate 101 foreclosed single family homes and a foreclosed 92-unit townhome development. The program has sold 93 of these homes to low, moderate and middle income families. In total, the program has invested in more than 30 individual Gwinnett County neighborhoods.

  • To learn more about the Neighborhood Stabilization program, visit www.nspgwinnett.com or call the local NSP office at (678) 518-6026.

Commissioners OK $1.79 million in water, drainage upgrades

The Gwinnett Commissioners on Tuesday approved four projects totaling $1.79 million, to replace aging water mains and drainage pipes. These much-needed upgrades will improve water and stormwater services, according to Water Resources Director Ron Seibenhener.

Gary's Grading and Pipeline Co. will replace more than 500 feet of 48-inch diameter corrugated metal drainpipe in the Avalon Forest subdivision along Camelot Woods Drive off Cruse Road south of Lawrenceville. The new pipe will be 66-inch reinforced concrete for durability and increased capacity to prevent flooding. Moreland-Altobelli Associates Inc. designed the $338,731 project that will take about four months to complete.

Gary's Grading was also the low bidder to replace a similar metal culvert on Camp Branch Road at Still Meadows Lane near Buford, another area that flooded in 2009. Crews will also replace about 300 feet of 48-inch water main during the construction of the $635,841 project. Steve Leo, who heads the stormwater management division, said, "Combining these two infrastructure projects is more cost-effective and will minimize the impact to residents in the area."

Residents of Snellville's Wynterset Lake subdivision will soon get news through their homeowner's association about the Water Resources department's plans to replace about a mile of break-prone water main from Mink Livsey Road along Wynterset Drive and Lake Mist Lane. Low bidder Po Boys Plumbing will complete the $332,315 project.

The fourth project will stabilize about 1,000 feet of stream banks and install storm drainage structures along Kitchen Creek inside Best Friend Park in the Norcross area. The improvements, designed by Manhard Consulting, will improve and protect water quality and aquatic habitat as required by the state. A&S Paving was the lowest of six bidders at $392,451.

Skin Alley improvements in Norcross now well underway

The "Skin Alley Block Project" in Norcross began back in July, when new infrastructure such as a conduit for future underground utilities, new grease traps and new above-ground electrical poles were installed. With these elements in place and Georgia Department of Transportation permits secured, the next construction phase began recently, with the focus now on hardscape improvements.

Local historians don't seem to agree why the alley behind the old buildings facing Norcross' historical commercial district is called "Skin Alley," but modern consensus was the alley and adjoining streetscapes needed attention. Over a century of use had reduced the alley to a narrow, roughened strip often blocked by supply trucks. Norcross' Livable Centers Initiatives Study outlined plans to make the area more inviting and in July, the first phase began for realizing that vision.

According to Norcross City Engineer Jeff Mueller, the entrance from Jones Street into Skin Alley will have a "plaza-like" appearance, with curbs, pavers and landscaping. College and Jones Streets are adjacent to the alley, forming three-sides of the block around which the improvements will take place. Streetscape upgrades to the fourth side, Holcomb Bridge Road, have already been completed.

Mueller explains: "Skin Alley itself will be widened with a concrete and paver band that will allow pedestrians to walk through the area safely, and an area adjacent to the buildings where delivery trucks can park while still allowing through-traffic. There will be a new sidewalk with landscaping beds and benches along College Street, and it will look like the streetscapes along Holcomb Bridge Road between South Peachtree and Buford Highway."

Norcross' Community Development Department Director Chris McCrary has coordinated the project construction contractor, AT&T and the city utilities team. The whole project, including the hardscape improvements along College and Jones Streets, is projected to take 180 days (from September, 2012) and be completed in the spring of 2013.

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GEORGIA ENCYCLOPEDIA
Morris Museum has center for study of Southern paintings

(Continued from previous edition)

In addition to its permanent collection at the Morris Museum of Art in Augusta, the museum presents temporary exhibitions drawn from or inspired by works in the museum's collection. Other exhibitions offer a broader context, highlighting American art or international art movements that influenced artists who lived or worked in the South. The museum also organizes traveling exhibitions. Select pieces from the collection have toured institutions in locales as diverse as Seattle, Washington; Akron, Ohio; Amarillo, Texas; and Ardmore, Oklahoma.

In conjunction with its exhibitions, the museum publishes catalogs as well as monographs and other books on southern art and artists. Complete lists of publications and past exhibitions can be found on the museum's Web site.

The museum's Center for the Study of Southern Painting, also located at the Augusta Riverfront Center, houses more than 9,500 volumes and periodicals relating to general art history and southern art and culture, and more than 2,100 files on artists who have worked in the South, as well as letters and other primary materials on southern artists. The center serves in a reference and research capacity and receives inquiries from around the world through the museum's Web site. Because the art of the South is as complex and diverse as the South itself, the museum actively supports research and publication.

The museum's award-winning education department offers a variety of services for students in preschool through the university level, an annual literary competition for grades K-12, and internships for secondary and postsecondary students. "Georgia Studies: Images and Artifacts," a collaborative program with the Augusta Museum of History, includes tours of both museums and a teacher resource package containing books, videotapes, and curriculum-based lessons in social studies and visual arts. "Draw on Nature," a student tour program, integrates science, technology, and art through the study of nature.

The collaborative program with Fort Discovery features museum tours, a self-guided tour of the Riverwalk, and a Web site with interactive lesson plans. Through in-service training, such as the National Faculty-Morris Museum of Art Professional Development Initiative, and curriculum-based resource materials, teachers can integrate works of art into the classroom. The museum also sponsors community programs, including "Artrageous Sunday" family programs and lecture series. Newly introduced classes in art history and appreciation provide in-depth experiences for the lifelong learner.

LAGNIAPPE
Familiar decorations


Norcross Cluster Schools Partnership Harvest Ball table decorations should look familiar because they are actual school supplies. Glue, notebooks and crayons are among the items used by Tanya Moore to make these clever items. Each will be for sale at the upcoming event, September 28, at the Hilton in Norcross, starting at 7 p.m. Proceeds help all the public schools in Peachtree Corners and Norcross. Register at www.norcrosscsp.org. From left are Louise Radloff, Ranae Heaven, Marilyn Whitmer and Tanya Moore.


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TODAY'S QUOTE
Comparing how people react to two religious leaders

"Funny how bizarre stories about Jesus don't do more than raise a few eyebrows, and those about Mohammed cause death and destruction."

-- The Rev. William P. McLemore, McHenry, Ill.

MORE COPIES AVAILABLE
Gwinnett history book in second printing

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:

  • Atlanta History Center, Atlanta
  • Books for Less, Buford
  • Gwinnett Historical Society, Lawrenceville
  • Parsons Gifts and Cards, Duluth
  • Vargas and Harbin Gallery, Norcross

You can also order books through the Internet. To do that, go to www.elliottbrack.com to place your order. For mail orders, there is a $5 shipping and handling fee. Purchases are also subject to the 6 percent Georgia sales tax.

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THIS WEEK

Stuart Woods luncheon: Doors open 11 a.m. for noon lunch, Sept. 26, Garden Plaza, 230 Collins Industrial Way in Lawrenceville. Woods will discuss his autobiographical, Blue Water, Green Skipper. Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door. Proceeds benefit Gwinnett County Public Library.

Harvest Ball benefitting Norcross Cluster schools: 7 p.m., Sept. 28, Northeast Atlanta Hilton, 5993 Peachtree Industrial Boulevard, Norcross. Tickets are $50 per person. Black tie optional. Food, surprise activities, dancing and silent auction. For more details, contact rheaven@norcrosscsp.org.

COMING SOON

Genealogical workshop: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sept. 29, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Lawrenceville at 3355 Sugarloaf Parkway. Sponsored by the church, and the Daughters of the American Revolution, William Day Chapter, and Sons of the American Revolution, Atlanta Chapter. Learn how to use census records, courthouse records and other sources, many on the Internet, to start to research and document your family history.

Children's author to appear: Gwinnett Kid's Read, Too! features children's author Carmen Deedy. She will appears on Saturday, Sept. 29 at 6 p.m. at the Lawrenceville Library Branch, 1001 Lawrenceville Highway. She will greet fans and promote her newest book Return of the Library Dragon. Illustrator Michael White will also make an appearance.

Sign-Up Time for Gwinnett Great Days of Service. This year's event will be held on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 5-6, 2012 with over 300 different projects to choose from. This annual event offers Gwinnett residents the opportunity to donate their time and energy to doing community service and helping those in need. For more information and to sign up, visit this site.

Third Annual Gala of the Northeast Atlanta Ballet: Sept. 29, Northwood Country Club. Now in its 16th season, the goal of the night is to raise $25,000 toward providing high quality, affordable arts programming, with live orchestra for all performances, and unsurpassed performing opportunities for aspiring dancers. More.

Ninth Annual Suwanee Music Festival: Oct. 6, Town Center Park, sponsored by Amigos for Christ. Music begins at 10 a.m. and continues through beginning of The Lovin' Spoonful presentation at 7:30 p.m. Events for all ages at $10 per person. Details.

(NEW) Halloween-for-Haiti Carnival: 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., Oct. 27, Christ Episcopal Church, 400 Holcomb Bridge Road, Norcross. Music, food, kids' activities throughout the event. Costume parade with prizes at 5 p.m. Haunted trail from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Proceeds benefit the children of Jasmin, Haiti.

MORE EEB PERSPECTIVE

12/14: Army-Navy game
12/11: Who stole American dream?
12/7: Lock 'em in a room
12/4: On Partnership Gwinnett

11/30: Hera Lighting
11/27: Voting out scalawags
11/20: Arts alive in Gwinnett
11/16: Hope Clinic needs help
11/13: Casino coming?
11/9: GOP and Georgia Dems
11/6: Early voting, more
11/2: Will Sandy impact election?

10/30: Georgia and GI Bill
10/26: Barge making name
10/23: Our 2012 endorsements
10/19: Pet peeves, more
10/15: Long plane flights
10/12: NO on Amendment 1
10/9: Elisha Winn Fair
10/5: Lots of construction
10/2: Texting while walking

9/28: WSB sets lower bar
9/25: State Archive fracas
9/21: Charter concerns
9/18: Benefits of living here
9/14: Continuing objectives
9/11: Trip to France, Spain
9/7: Community pride

8/31: Conversation on guns
8/24: More robocalls ahead
8/21: Newspaper museum
8/17: Seem easier to vote?
8/14: Western ridges, fall line
8/10: Runoff endorsements
8/7: New UGA health campus
8/3: Primaries raise more questions

  FOCUS ARCHIVES

12/14: C. Brack: Give a little
12/11: Goodman: Suwanee's art
12/7: Duke: Director of Encouragement
12/4: Dorough: Food co-op

11/30: McHenry: CID redevelopment
11/27: Sutt: Gwinnett arts' questions
11/20: Urrutia: Grad wins award
11/16: Collins: Las Vegas
11/13: Barksdale: Storm prep
11/9: Houston: Kettle Creek
11/6: Stilo: Christmas Canteen
11/2: Crews: View Point Health

10/30: Willis: Amendment One
10/26: Brown: Doc's research
10/19: Hudgens Prize jurors picked
10/15: Urrutia: $2 million gift to GGC
10/12: Young: Lilburn city hall
10/9: Long: Charter schools
10/5: Jones: PGA golf to return
10/2: DeWilde: Suwanee's red code

9/28: Stilo: Pinter's Betrayal
9/21: Love: Model for Nigeria
9/21: Walsh: Childhood obesity
9/18: Ashley promoted
9/14: Wiener: CID's initiative
9/11: Olson: $50K Hudgens contest
9/7: Stilo: Acting classes for all

8/31: Havenga: Great Days of Service
8/24: Griswold: Casino for OFS site
8/21: Brooks: Taking the Megabus
8/17: Summerour: Newspaper family
8/14: Sharp: Newport visit
8/10: Thomas: On schizophrenia
8/7: Carraway: Amendment wording
8/3: Willis: Ready for school parents?


CONTINUING OBJECTIVES FOR GWINNETT

Gwinnett Forum publisher Elliott Brack suggests that Gwinnett County needs a long-range list of continuing objectives for improving the county. Read more.

  • Development of a two-party system for local offices
  • Transparent operations to restore faith in Gwinnett's County Commission
  • Moving statewide non-partisan judge election runoffs to the General Election
  • Light rail for Gwinnett from Doraville MARTA station to Gwinnett Arena
  • Extension of Gwinnett Place CID area to include Arena and Discovery Mills Mall
  • Banning of tobacco in all Gwinnett parks
  • Making Briscoe Field a commercial airport for jet-age travel
  • Approval of Educational SPLOST in 2013
  • More diverse candidates for political offices and appointment to local boards
  • Physical move of former St. Gerard's Catholic Church in Buffalo, N.Y., to Norcross
  • Creative efforts to support the arts in Gwinnett
  • Advancement and expansion of city and Gwinnett historical societies
  • Stronger regulation of late-night establishments with alcoholic licenses

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