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Issue 12.47 | Friday, Sept. 28, 2012

TODAY'S FOCUS
:: Aurora presents Pinter's Betrayal

ELLIOTT BRACK'S PERSPECTIVE
:: WSB changes lower media bar

FEEDBACK
::
Charter schools, Archives

UPCOMING
::
Ghost tours, Relay for Life

NOTABLE
:: Voting rules; judge nominees, more

ALSO INSIDE

IN THE SPOTLIGHT
:: EMC Security

RECOMMENDED
:: A Course Called Ireland

GEORGIA TIDBIT
:: Confederate Navy blocked

LAGNIAPPE
:: Constitution speaker

GWINNETT CALENDAR
:: Lots of events on tap

TODAY'S QUOTE
:: Why to read history

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TODAY'S FOCUS
Aurora Theatre will present Betrayal from Oct. 4 to 28
By AL STILO
Special to GwinnettForum

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga., Sept. 28, 2012 -- Aurora Theatre continues its 17th season presenting master playwright Harold Pinter's most famous work, Betrayal, opening October 4 and continuing through October 28. Betrayal explores the seven-year infidelity of married couple Emma and Robert and their "close friend," Jerry. Told in reverse chronology, this classic drama exposes the wounds displayed by narcissistic competition, dishonesty and self?deception. It heartlessly shows that the very capacity for love itself is sometimes based not only on betraying loved ones, but even ourselves.

The production team for this play features Artistic Directors from two of Atlanta top theatres as well as many Suzi Award-winning performers and designers. Aurora Theatre welcomes back real-life husband and wife Mark Kincaid and Tess Malis Kincaid, who in an interesting twist, portray illicit couple Jerry and Emma. Not only are the pair two of the region's busiest actors, they are both nominated for 2012 Suzi Bass Awards for Outstanding Lead Actor/Actress respectively.

In the role of the not-entirely-blameless husband, Robert, is Aurora Theatre Producing Artistic Director Anthony Rodriguez. He returns to the Aurora main stage in a play for the first time since he was in Noises Off in 2008.

Making his Aurora Theatre debut is Adam Fiddler, a member of the Aurora Theatre's inaugural Apprentice Company, a post-graduate professional development program now offered at Gwinnett's only professional theatre.

Directing this production is Actor's Express Artistic Director Freddie Ashley, back for his 11th show at Aurora Theatre.

Harold Pinter is one of the most influential modern British dramatists with a writing career that spanned more than 50 years. A playwright, screenwriter, director and actor, his best-known plays include The Birthday Party (1957), The Homecoming (1964), and Betrayal (1978), each of which he adapted to film. Betrayal was inspired by Pinter's seven-year affair with television presenter Joan Bakewell.

Aurora Theatre Producing Artistic Director Anthony Rodriguez says: "We have produced many of the 20th century's great playwrights, so it is high time we take on a modern classic from Harold Pinter. For our season ticket holders we always try to offer a good balance of comedy, drama, new works and modern classics. We have two great new comedies coming up after the holidays. This play is an exquisitely written drama that audiences will adore."

Programming in Aurora Theatre's 2012-2013 Main Stage Season is possible through generous support from Metro Waterproofing and the Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund. Betrayal is sponsored by Brand Mortgage.

Performances will be Wednesdays through Saturdays from October 4-28 at 8 p.m., plus Saturdays and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. Tickets $20-$30, with an October 24 10 a.m. discount matinee at $16.

For more information, dial 678-226-6222 or visit www.auroratheatre.com. The Theatre is located at 128 Pike Street in Lawrenceville, with City of Lawrenceville free parking deck at 153 Crogan Street attached to the Aurora Theatre.

ELLIOTT BRACK
Adding Limbaugh to WSB Radio line-up not seen as positive
By ELLIOTT BRACK
Editor and publisher

GwinnettForum.com

SEPT. 28, 2012 -- You don't have to be a rocket scientist to know that America's media is quickly changing, and going down hill fast. All media seem more and more of a pawn of the appetite of the lowest common denominator of consumer.


Brack

The only bright spot on the media horizon is that there are more media than ever. What was once seen as a limited horizon, today there is a wider scope than ever before. The problem with the proliferation of the media is that you have to search far and wide to find high quality products, and ones that have credibility.

That's what we try to do at GwinnettForum: distribute items of high quality, and at the same time, earn the confidence of the readers. We use what we call a "moderated forum," meaning any material must get past the editor (eeb), before it goes in the Forum.

An indication of the low level some media can stoop to happened in Atlanta this week, as the venerable WSB Radio, owned by the Cox Corporation that also publishes the major daily newspaper and owns the prime local television station, has added none other than Rush Limbaugh to its WSB offering each afternoon. He will be on from noon until three starting October 1, taking the place of one hour of Neal Boortz and two hours of Clark Howard. Limbaugh is leaving the Clear Channel-owned WGST station after being there for 20 years.

That's bad enough.


Howard

But WSB is also shifting Clark Howard from his 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. slot and moving him to 8 p.m. until 10 p.m. No longer will long-time WSB listeners get to hear Mr. Howard in daytime hours. We suspect many of them who might listen to him during the day won't be on their radios at night, but prefer television at night.

Mr. Howard has become quite a force in broadcasting as he offers advice to listeners about scams, ways to save money, and save the environment. His program has become national in scope, heard now on 220 stations. He has also become a new television personality on HLM cable channel, videotaping his radio show, and presenting the best parts of it on the cable. Mr. Howard is doing a great service. We will miss him not being on during the day, and lament him not being on WSB in the afternoon.

All this means is that WSB radio seems desperate to keep its ratings high. However, what was once the Number One radio station in Atlanta according to many, has slipped to what some say is the Number Nine position now. The station seems more and more geared toward the right wing elements of society in the line-up of its media personalities. In other words, their move is toward a lower common denominator, no doubt all in the guise of higher profits. What a shame for the station that once promoted itself as "Welcome South Brother," and was one of the finest stations in the nation. (We remember tuning to WSB for the 10 p.m. (CST) news when we lived in Atlanta. There's not that much to tune in for any more.)

We lament the moves announced this week, and especially will miss hearing Clark Howard in Atlanta in the afternoon as we come back from lunch. These changes we suspect will be pleasantly accepted by the lower common denominator of the population.

But let's look at the bright side: perhaps good radio, such locally-produced WABE or nationally satellite radio, like Sirius, can gain a better foothold.

SPOTLIGHT
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FEEDBACK
State superintendent is against charter school amendment

(Editor's Note: the following comment has appeared in several Georgia newspapers and is run as a letter to allow GwinnettForum readers to know the considerations of the charter school amendment by the elected state school superintendent.-eeb)

Editor, the Forum:

Here's why I'm voting NO to constitutional amendment on charter schools. I fully support the continued creation of high-quality charter schools for Georgia's students.

But after careful consideration of what is best for all of Georgia's students, I am opposing the constitutional amendment that will be on the Nov. 6 ballot.

Until all of our public school students are in school for a full 180-day school year, until essential services like student transportation and student support can return to effective levels, and until teachers regain jobs with full pay for a full school year, we should not redirect one more dollar away from Georgia's local school districts - much less an additional $430 million in state funds.

That's what it would cost to add seven new state charter schools per year over the next five years (the annual average of the Charter Commission that would be revived if the amendment passes).

I cannot support the creation of a new and costly state bureaucracy that takes away local control of schools and unnecessarily duplicates the good work already being done by local districts, the Georgia Department of Education and the state Board of Education.

What's more, this constitutional amendment would direct taxpayer dollars into the pockets of out-of-state, for-profit charter school companies whose schools perform no better than traditional public schools and locally approved charter schools (and worse, in some cases).

I trust our local school districts will continue do their important work - which includes approving only high quality charter schools for Georgia's students. This is the way it should be.

-- Dr. John Barge, state school superintendent

Writer wants State Archives restored to public access

Editor, the Forum:

Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp has announced that the Georgia Archives will be CLOSED to all public access beginning November 1, 2012. He cites as reason the requirement for a three percent budget reduction for all state agencies. Secretary Kemp has chosen to take the required cut of $750,000 entirely and only from the State Archives.


Olson

This action further cripples an institution that was among the first state archives established (1918), has won many awards for its programs and state-of-the-art archival facility, The Georgia Archives, and has been a respected leader in archives, government records programs, newspapers and research use. Over the past decade, however, the Georgia Archives has been eviscerated by regular budget cuts, reductions in staff and reductions in public hours to two days a week. Now Secretary Kemp wants to eliminate even those few hours of access for Georgia's citizens, making the Georgia Archives the only state archives without public access hours. Business owners, authors, students, professional researchers, professional genealogists, archivists, historians and attorneys are just a few of those that will be directly affected by the closing.

The last reasonable annual budget (2010) for the Georgia Archives amounted to 55 cents per person in the state of Georgia. Over the last five years, the Archives has taken a disproportionate amount of cuts compared to other state agencies.
As Georgia citizens, we have the right to access the historical and public records of the Georgia at the nearly-new facility designed to protect those records. These records are owned by the people of Georgia. Georgia is an open records state; the law requires that citizens have "reasonable" access. It will be impossible for a staff of two to fill Georgia open records requests.

The citizens of Gwinnett, and Georgia, need to be aware of the importance of the records at the archives. These records:

  • protect the rights of citizens and businesses;
  • support transparent government;
  • enable the government to defend lawsuits and settle disputes (such as the early 20th century dispute over the Hightower Trail, the boundary between Gwinnett and DeKalb);
  • enable the legislature and government agencies to know actions taken in the past
  • are essential for lawyers to learn about such things as court cases (precedents) and real estate transactions; and
  • tell how things used to be, adding to our cultural identity and sense of place and time.

What should the citizens of Georgia do?

Contact the Georgia General Assembly, now. Tell them the decision must be reversed. Go to www.legis.ga.gov.

Gov. Nathan Deal told a group at the capitol last Wednesday that he would keep the Georgia Archives open. He must keep his promise. The governor must find funds to replace those Secretary Kemp is cutting from the Georgia Archives budget to keep the archives open and protect the jobs of the employees.

  • Secretary Kemp must reinstate the seven employees fired at least until the General Assembly can meet in January. The collective intellectual knowledge of the staff is a resource the state cannot afford to lose.

  • In January, the people of Georgia must insist the General Assembly fund the operating budget of the Georgia Archives and work on identifying long-term funding solution.

    -- Elizabeth Stewart Olson, Suwanee

  • We welcome your letters and thoughts. Our policy: We encourage readers to submit feedback (or letters to the editor). Send your thoughts to the editor at elliott@brack.net. We will edit for length and clarity. Make sure to include your name and the city where you live. Submission of a comment grants permission for us to reprint. Please keep your comments to 300 words or less. However, we will consider longer articles (no more than 500 words) for featuring in Today's Focus as space allows.

UPCOMING
Lawrenceville Ghost Tours marking 7th anniversary in October

Lawrenceville Ghost Tours celebrates its seventh Halloween as Gwinnett's longest-running and most-visited ghost tour. The spooktacular holiday schedule includes tours every night in October. Come to the oldest city in metro Atlanta for an evening of history, haunting and horror like no other.

The tour highlights vivid stories of the strange and supernatural as a costumed guide leads ghost tour groups on a 90-minute adventure through downtown Lawrenceville. Your guide will take you into the old jail, show you where the corpses flew down Honest Alley and tell you other chilling tales. Lawrenceville Ghost Tours relies on great stories told by the best storytellers in the region making the tour very popular with both children and adults.

Group pricing is available for Reunions, Scout Troops, Red Hat Groups, Church Groups, Company Outings or Neighborhood Associations, you can even schedule a private tour. Dress appropriately for the weather and wear comfortable shoes as this is a walking tour that begins and ends at the Aurora Theatre, rain or shine.

Every Friday in October, Lawrenceville Ghost Trolley will travel off the square to more haunted Lawrenceville locations. At the Lawrenceville Female Seminary, ghosts of school girls still run up and down the stairs. At the train depot, a robbery went terribly wrong with deadly consequences. Most shocking to Trolley riders will be the eerie trip to the historic Lawrenceville Cemetery, long regarded as a haunted hot spot by nationally known paranormal investigators.

Interested in Relay for Life team? Join Oct. 2 meeting and learn

Join Gwinnett Relay For Life team captains at the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce on October 2 at 6 p.m. to learn more about leading a Relay For Life team.

This team captain meeting is for new team captains, team captains who would like a refresher for themselves or co-captains, or anyone who is interested in learning more about how a Relay For Life team operates. Topics that will be covered include team and participant registration, fundraising, accounting procedures, and other tools to help participants have a successful 2013 Relay For Life fundraising season.

For more information, visit www.gwinnettrelayforlife.org or contact Kelly Smith at the American Cancer Society at 770-814-0123 (Press 3).

NOTABLE
Deadline is Oct. 9 to register to vote

The 2012 General Election will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 6 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at all precincts in Gwinnett County. Before residents can cast a ballot, they must be registered to vote. The deadline to register to vote in the November election is Tuesday, Oct. 9.

Voters in Gwinnett County have a variety of options for casting a ballot this year. Registered voters may request an absentee ballot by completing an application available on the Elections website at www.gwinnettelections.com or calling 678-226-7210. Completed applications can be mailed to the Elections Office, faxed to 678.226.7209 or emailed to absentee@gwinnettcounty.com.

Once the ballot has been received, state law requires that absentee ballots be returned by mail via the United States Postal Service or express services such as FedEX or UPS or delivered in-person to the Elections Office. Voters are only permitted to deliver their own ballots, unless they are an attendant care provider or immediate family member of a disabled elector.

Voters may also cast their ballots in person from October 15 to November 2, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the Gwinnett County Elections Office, located at 455 Grayson Highway in Lawrenceville. In addition, satellite voting locations will be open October 29 to November 2, from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. at the Centerville Community Center in Snellville, George Pierce Park Community Recreation Center in Suwanee, Dacula Park Activity Building in Dacula and Lucky Shoals Park Community Recreation Center in Norcross.

Saturday voting will be available at the elections office and satellite voting locations on October 27, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information about absentee and advance voting, visit www.gwinnettelections.com.

Four nominated for Gwinnett Superior Court judgeship

The Judicial Nominating Commission has submitted recommendations to fill a vacancy within the Gwinnett Superior Court Judicial Circuit. The vacancy was created by the appointment of the Honorable William M. Ray, II to the Court of Appeals of the State of Georgia. Governor Deal will fill the vacancy from among the list.

The following names were submitted to Governor Deal:

  • George F. Hutchinson, III - Chief Magistrate Judge; Magistrate Court of Gwinnett County;

  • John S. Melvin - Deputy Chief Assistant District Attorney, DeKalb County;

  • Randy Rich - Judge, State Court of Gwinnett County; and

  • Robert D. Walker, Jr. - Judge, Magistrate Court of Gwinnett County.

Georgia Gwinnett College names White as Health Science dean

Georgia Gwinnett College has named Dr. Diane E. White as dean of its new School of Health Sciences. The school will be housed in the college's recently approved $25 million Allied Health and Sciences building, scheduled for completion in 2014. Georgia Gwinnett previously received approval from the University System of Georgia Board of Regents to develop a nursing program.


White

White received her master's degree in nursing in 1993 and her doctorate in nursing in 2005, both from Georgia State University.

She comes to Georgia Gwinnett from Georgia Perimeter College, where she has served as dean of Health Sciences since 2009. In that position, she oversaw programs in nursing, dental hygiene and six collaborative programs with Georgia Health Sciences University, the DeKalb Medical Center Radiology Technology Program and the Grady Health Systems School of Radiology. She was responsible for strategic planning and the development of new degree and non-degree programs.

Before her service as dean, White was Georgia Perimeter's department chair of nursing for three years. She managed 23 full-time faculty, 40 part-time instructors and several staff members in serving 300 students. White has taught nursing courses at Georgia Perimeter since 2007, and for the previous 10 years at Georgia Baptist College of Nursing at Mercer University in Macon.

Gwinnett Tech names Keith as adjunct instructor of the year

Gwinnett Technical College (GTC) has named Joyce Keith its Adjunct Instructor of the Year. Keith, who teaches in GTC's Early Childhood Care and Education program, has been a GTC adjunct faculty member for seven years.


Keith

Dr. Priscilla Smith, Early Childhood Care and Education program director, nominated Keith for the honor. "The relationship Joyce develops with students is a model for all of us. She helps students look within themselves to see strengths and to assist them in addressing areas where improvement is needed. She has mentored students and provided valuable connections with Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) for them," says Smith.

Keith had a key role in developing Gwinnett Tech's certificate program for Early Childhood Exceptionalities, launched last year. Smith says: "Joyce worked with GCPS administrators to tailor the specialization to industry needs. She developed and taught the two classes, bringing in guest speakers from GCPS to enrich the learning experience. The wealth of information that our students are receiving will make them outstanding paraprofessionals in Special Education classrooms and we owe it to Joyce Keith's expertise."

RECOMMENDED
A Course Called Ireland
By Tom Coyne

"This is a book about travel, history, endurance and overcoming physical obstacles. It's also about Ireland's people and its quirks. Oh! It's also about golf. At age 30, American golfer Toy Coyne set out to walk around the entire island of Ireland playing as many courses as he could. Hiking from one course to the next, he called it "the greatest round of golf ever attempted." His adventure covered more than 1,000 miles and took four months. He played more than 60 courses, sometimes on blistered feet and under dangerous conditions. People thought he was crazy. This is a great book if you plan to go to Ireland because Coyne gives his opinions of towns, hotels, restaurants, scenery and especially pubs. It's filled with subtle humor, and I loved it. The full title is A Course Called Ireland: a Long Walk in Search of a Country, a Pint, and the Next Tee."

-- Susan McBrayer, Sugar Hill

  • An invitation: What Web sites, books or restaurants have you enjoyed? Send us your best recent visit to a restaurant or most recent book you have read along with a short paragraph as to why you liked it, plus what book you plan to read next. --eeb

GEORGIA ENCYCLOPEDIA
US blocks Chattahoochee at Apalachicola during the Civil War

As part of the Union naval strategy to blockade Southern ports during the Civil War (1861-65), the U.S. Navy closed access to the Chattahoochee River system at Apalachicola, Fla., on June 11, 1861, and maintained its coastal presence there for the remainder of the war. In response, the Confederate Navy built both a steam-powered gunship, the CSS Chattahoochee, and an ironclad, the CSS Jackson (pictured below; also known as CSS Muscogee), to descend to open seas and break the blockade.

However, the shallow coastline, the Chattahoochee's unpredictable flow, and a series of management and engineering mishaps prevented the enemies from engaging in battle throughout the course of the war. The Union navy settled into a long, dull presence on the coast, while Confederate officers and engineers upriver struggled to build a ship that could break the blockade and restore trade to the region.

Within a year of the Union navy's arrival, military and civilian life on the lower Chattahoochee ground to a frustrating standstill while engineers, officers, politicians, and businessmen upriver struggled to convert industrial strength into naval might for the Confederacy. The strategic importance of the blockade was threefold: Columbus, Ga., one of the most industrialized cities in the Deep South, sat at the head of the navigable portion of the Chattahoochee River; Apalachicola, a major shipping center, lay on the coast; and a fertile cotton-growing region, the lifeblood of the Southern economy, sprawled between the two.

Apalachicola became a ghost of its antebellum self as farmers and industrialists to the north began using the railroad system to ship their goods. Columbus, meanwhile, expanded its industrial production and began manufacturing many of the Confederate Navy's steam engines. The overall effect of the blockade was to swiftly shift economic and military importance elsewhere for the remainder of the war.

Although the U.S. Navy never ascended the Chattahoochee River to attack the Naval Iron Works at Columbus, it held the blockade of Apalachicola successfully, thereby circumscribing Confederate movement in and out of the port. Despite this success, seamen serving in the blockade experienced the desperate boredom of their duty and recognized the marginality of their contribution to the war effort. As the war dragged on, the Union ships stationed off Apalachicola became less likely to chase blockade runners and more likely to take on refugees, Confederate deserters, and runaway slaves looking for transport out of the area.

(To be continued)

LAGNIAPPE
Constitutional speaker


Several members of the local Daughters of the American Revolution chapter were on hand to hear Constitutional Scholar Dr. Brion McClanahan speak at the Constitution Week Luncheon in Atlanta recently, commemorating the U. S. Constitution's 225th birthday. From left are Philadelphia Winn chapter Daughters Mary Swint and Helen Hay of Lawrenceville, Regent Peggy Freeman of Lilburn, Constitutional Scholar Dr. Brion McClanahan, Daughters Debbie Houston of Lilburn and Tommy Moore of Lawrenceville. Dr. McClanahan concluded his speech with the poignant words, "We live under the liberty of the Founders' posterity."

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AFTER A YEAR of working and planning the Duluth Fall Festival will be here this Saturday and Sunday, September 29-30. It is definitely going to be the best and biggest held in the 30-year history (if the weather cooperates!). Be sure to plan to visit several times over the weekend because there is too much to see in just one trip, and it is FREE! Go to the website www.duluthfallfestival.org for information on events, times, shuttle service, etc. We look forward to seeing you there!

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TODAY'S QUOTE
One big reason why you better read about history

"History is a strange teacher. It never repeats itself exactly, but you ignore its lessons at your peril."

-- U.S. stateswoman who became the first female U.S. secretary of state, Madeleine Albright (1937- ).

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

Harvest Ball: 7 p.m., Sept. 28, Northeast Atlanta Hilton in Peachtree Corners. This benefits the Norcross Cluster Schools Partnership. Live music, dancing, food and silent auction. At 7 p.m. there will be a special presentation by the Norcross High School Quintet. Price is $50 per person. For more details, contact rheaven@norcrosscsp.org.

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.

Take Back Initiative in two locations in Gwinnett: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sept. 29. In cooperation with the Drug Enforcement Agency, the City of Suwanee and the Gwinnett County Sheriff's Department are accepting prescription medications for safe disposal. Get rid of expired, unused or unwanted prescriptions of over-the-counter medications in this safe manner. Medications may be dropped by the Suwanee Police Station, 373 Buford Highway, or the Sheriff's Department, 2900 University Parkway in Lawrenceville, anonymously.

(NEW) Around the World visits Snellville: 1 p.m. to 7 p.m., Sept. 29, at Briscoe Park. Designed to represent the heritage present throughout the community, this will feature an array of international art, cultural displays, traditional costumes, dances, music and some global flavors to entice the palate. There will be main stage performances and demonstrations, along with global bazaars.(NEW) Enjoy art and meet Aimee Copeland: 6 p.m., Sept. 29, Norcross Welcome Center. Refreshments, music, art, and an appearance by Aimee Copeland is on tap in a fundraiser for her health care.

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.

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.

COMING SOON

(NEW) Learn about Amanda Riley Foundation: noon, Oct. 2, Snellville Commerce Club. Barbara Riley will be the speaker. Amanda Riley was a Brookwood High student who died 17 years ago after a fight with cancer. Meeting is at the Snellville City Hall.

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.

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) Poet laureate to speak: 5 p.m., Oct. 7, Georgia Gwinnett College Student Center. Natasha Trethewey will focus on her works. Books will be for sale at this event, light refreshments will be served, and music will be provided by harpist Joyce Parks, director of the B.J. Chorale.

Girl Scout engineering careers for women: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Oct. 13, Alpharetta campus of DeVry University, 2555 Northwinds Parkway. Women in engineering careers will help lead girls in a variety of hands-on science activities about science careers. Lunch will be provided to all registered.

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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