Insert your email for free automatic delivery

BEFORE AND AFTER: Lilburn's City Council has commissioned a $10,000 mural on the former Cofer Electric building in downtown Lilburn. Work on the Cofer Building mural could begin as early as January, local artist Sonny Franks says. A full-sized rendering of the mural will be projected onto the building during the Lilburn Christmas Parade on December 1. Franks is part of a group of artists that travel the country painting murals. "This is really the beginning of something a lot bigger." Franks and Mayor Johnny Crist are working to form an art association in Lilburn that will commission works of public art, support local artists of all kinds, and create studio space in Old Town.


Cost of the mural is funded through the city's Public Art Fund. Businesses constructing a building valued at more than $750,000 contribute to the fund in lieu of placing a work of art in their commercial development. Those interested in participating in a city art association may contact Sonny Franks at 770-923-9933.

Issue 12.61
Friday, Nov. 16, 2012

TODAY'S FOCUS
:: Visit to neon glory of Vegas

ELLIOTT BRACK'S PERSPECTIVE
:: Hope Clinic needs volunteers

FEEDBACK
::
Gwinnett as Ohio of Georgia?

UPCOMING
::
More shade in Suwanee, CID

NOTABLE
:: Ricoh addition, more

ALSO INSIDE

IN THE SPOTLIGHT
:: Heaven & Associates, P.C.

GEORGIA TIDBIT
:: On Harry James

LAGNIAPPE
:: More Las Vegas neon

GWINNETT CALENDAR
:: Lots of events on tap

TODAY'S QUOTE
:: What FDR says about leadership

OUR SPONSORS

ABOUT US

GwinnettForum.com is a twice-weekly online community commentary for exploring pragmatic and sensible social, political and economic approaches to improve life in Gwinnett County, Ga. USA.

:: Contact us today

:: Subscribe for free

:: GeorgiaClips.com

 
 

TODAY'S FOCUS
Checking Out Las Vegas: Casinos to street signs to the Mob
By LIZ COLLINS
Special to GwinnettForum.com |
Permalink

LAS VEGAS, Nev., Nov. 16, 2012 -- My poker tournament-playing boyfriend and I just returned from four days in Las Vegas -- what a trip! His tournament was in the Fremont Street area, so we stayed at the Golden Nugget, a long-time Vegas institution. These casino hotels are huge. Our room was at the end of two long hallways, which actually was not bad. An end-of-hall room means no one is running past or loudly talking as they head towards their rooms. It was blissfully quiet, and upgraded 'pillow-top' mattresses were very comfortable after walking all day.

While the boyfriend played poker (he came in 20th out of over 400 national champs, so he was pleased after 10 hours of play), I explored. Fremont Street, a pedestrian-friendly four blocks of Vegas casinos, shops and restaurants, was filled with street performers, three band stages, and restored 1950s-60s era neon signs, courtesy of The Neon Museum. The neon was fabulous. I took photos in daytime and nighttime for the contrast; some of the signs really came to life at night.

Another day, I took the local bus (two hour pass, $6; 24-hour pass, $8, three-day pass, $20) to "The Strip," most notably, the MGM Grand complex. My goal was to participate in a CBS Television City Research Center screening. CBS gets volunteers to watch prototype shows for viewer feedback; it was quite interesting as a process; unfortunately, what I had to watch for 22 minutes (no commercials!) was a horrible reality program. The dial-style monitor was consistently below the "50" median on that one. In particular, it dipped to zero at every recap of already-seen footage.

Contrasting The Strip to Fremont Street, I felt very comfortable on Fremont, which was once a blighted downtown area. The city of Las Vegas has made a tremendous effort to clean it up, and it shows. I saw a number of bicycle cops and every casino seemed to have armed security. I didn't see anyone "out of line" or drunk, which I was surprised and pleased by. Activities were more family-friendly than I expected. I saw nothing untoward, regarding dress, either.

However, along the Strip, where all the fabulous hotels and their attractions are, the vibe was quite different. Granted, I was there around noon on a Sunday, but it felt like the area was half tourists and half locals (some of whom were of the shady nature). I felt much less safe along The Strip, which is under county management, not City of Las Vegas oversight.

The best thing we did was to visit The Mob Museum which opened on February 14 of this year, the anniversary of the St. Valentine's Day Massacre. We got there about two hours before it closed for the night, and I really could have stayed another hour. It's an interactive museum, and one of the best. Housed in the historic former federal courthouse and post office, the building is one of the few remaining historically significant buildings in Las Vegas. It's a gem. We saw several short films, got to shoot a Tommy gun (lasers replacing the bullets) and a handgun (again with the lasers), stand in a line-up, learn about the mob, scams, gambling, early Vegas, etc. It was fascinating, and well worth the $19.95 per adult.

All in all, a great trip! I look forward to returning and donating again to the Mob Museum!

ELLIOTT BRACK
Hope Clinic is successful, but needs people to volunteer
By ELLIOTT BRACK
Editor and publisher

GwinnettForum.com
| Permalink

NOV. 16, 2012 -- Most of the charitable institutions in Gwinnett need resources of all kinds, and, yes, of course, financial donations, to keep them alive.


Brack

But the charities can usually also benefit from finding people in the community who can help them in another major way---routinely volunteering their time with their own set of skills.

More volunteer time is one of the key needs of the Hope Clinic, the Lawrenceville internal medicine practice center that provides care for uninsured people who desperately need it. Now in its 11th year, the Hope Clinic has expanded from numerous charitable gifts over the years, and currently needs to find ways to extend their care to a broader segment of the Gwinnett community.

The Clinic, which opened July 1, 2002, provides ongoing care to more than 8,500 patients who visit annually, though there are 14,000 patients on its rolls. Most cannot afford medical services elsewhere, and 65 percent of its patients (with a family of four) earn less than $20,800 annually.

The Clinic gets some 250 patients referred to it from other medical facilities, churches, and other charitable groups each month, but the Clinic is able to take only about 100 of these patients. The Clinic is not closed to new patients, but determines who becomes its patients.

Its income is $1.2 million, while program patients provide $506,000 (in 2011) of its overall expenses, based on a sliding fee scale for services. (However, no one is refused care because of a lack of financial resources.) The balance must come primarily from grants, charitable contributions and the kindness of individuals.

By having Hope Clinic in Gwinnett, this helps the overall community, since the patients the Clinic treats, left untreated, would turn to public facilities, like overcrowded Emergency Rooms, for costly health care.

The Hope Clinic received a shot in the arm in 2010 when a Community Block Grant helped gain new quarters in its own building in Lawrenceville, and eliminated an $8,000 a month rental agreement for previous facilities. Now the Clinic hopes eventually to expand its services, through adding to its staff of two physicians, to provide more services.

Yet before getting larger, the immediate goal is to make up a shortfall in current operations. The shortfall amounts to about $30,000 a month, which over the years, has somehow been met.

Pam Martin, executive director of the Clinic, is on the lookout for unknown benefactors. "The shortfall is constantly with us, as we seek grants and gifts, but we have been so blessed with individuals stepping up, often out of the blue. Yet we see the need to do more for the community, and keep working toward that end."

Meanwhile, for any individual or company looking to volunteer, there are specific areas where the Clinic would benefit from finding ways to meet certain needs, such as:

  • An expert to advise on web site activities.
  • A very specific need for a healthcare attorney with a major firm.
  • Someone to direct or advise on marketing and media activities.
  • Individuals to work with claims, accounts payable and collections.
  • People with office skills working with data bases.

If you have such skills, or know of others who have them and would like to find a meaningful way to help the community, and find an extra way to make oneself useful, call the Hope Clinic at 678 462 8500.

SPOTLIGHT
Heaven & Associates, P.C.

The public spiritedness of our sponsors allows us to bring GwinnettForum.com to you at no cost to readers. Heaven & Associates, P.C., is a certified public accounting firm, dedicated to being your partner in navigating a changing world. They are located at 4720 Peachtree Industrial Boulevard, Suite 201, Norcross, Georgia. The firm offers cloud services for accounting and payroll. They work with clients to minimize their tax obligations, address the financial and accounting needs of their businesses and address the broader accounting needs of estate planning, business succession planning, and benefit and retirement planning. They can be reached at 770-849-0078. Their web site is www.heavencpa.com.

  • For a list of other underwriters of this forum, click here.

FEEDBACK
Brings question: Is Gwinnett becoming the Ohio of Georgia?

Editor, the Forum:

A recent bit in GwinnettForum said that the Gwinnett voting patterns are getting to be more like the overall patterns of the State of Georgia.

New slogan? "Gwinnett County: The Ohio of Georgia?" Interesting analysis.

-- Brian James, Peachtree Corners

  • Send us your opinions. 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
Watch out! More shade coming to the City of Suwanee parks

More shade is coming to City of Suwanee parks. The City is currently installing shade structures at the Sims Lake Park playground and plans to install additional shade sails around the Big Splash fountain area at Town Center Park early next year.

The playground at Sims Lake Park, located at 4600 Suwanee Dam Road, has been closed so that the shade structures, which include metal poles and a polytex fabric in sail shapes, may be installed. (Only the playground has been closed; the rest of Sims Lake Park remains open.) The project will take about two weeks, with the specific completion date depending on weather conditions. In the meantime, children looking for a fun place to play can check out PlayTown Suwanee, the community-built super playground on Main Street.

The shade fabric at Sims Lake Park is forest green. These shade structures were purchased from Ocala, Florida-based Shade Systems, Inc., and are being installed by 5 Guys Contracting of Lawrenceville. The City has budgeted about $44,500 for shade at Sims Lake Park.

Deas Construction of Suwanee will provide the shade structures for Town Center Park at an anticipated cost of about $55,500. The shade fabric, in aqua marine blue, will be installed over some of the benches surrounding the interactive fountain.

Gwinnett Place CID adds two new directors to its board

Two new members were elected Wednesday to serve on the Board of Directors of the Gwinnett Place Community Improvement District.


Irving

Kaufman

Debra Irving, of Snellville, serves as Property Manager of Gwinnett Place Mall for McKinley, Inc. She previously served for 18 years in commercial property management for Connolly Realty Services, Inc. She is a graduate of Jacksonville State University.

Craig Kaufman has 25 years of experience in real estate/development and management. He is the founder of Kaufman Realty Group. Prior to forming Kaufman, he worked as a financial analyst and real estate consultant in New York City and St. Louis. He serves on the Executive Committee and Board of Directors for Camp Sunshine, a non-profit organizations that holds year-round programs and summer camps for children with cancer. He also serves on the Board of the Jewish Education Loan Fund and on the regional Board of the Anti-Defamation League.

Gwinnett Place CID increases public safety for holidays

The Gwinnett Place Community Improvement District (CID) is again increasing the public safety presence throughout greater Gwinnett Place in time for the holiday shopping season. Extra private security professionals contracted by the CID will expand upon the current seven-day patrols. The added measures will continue for a six-week period accounting for the balance of 2012.

Uniformed professional public safety personnel from Specialized Intelligence and Security Inc. will monitor retail centers, high-traffic areas and other Gwinnett Place area businesses, according to CID Executive Director Joe Allen.

The public safety officers operate in close cooperation with Gwinnett County Police to notify law enforcement of any potential criminal activity. Officers will use vehicles bearing CID markings.

Enhanced security efforts made by the Gwinnett Place CID continue to yield results. Crime continues to decline in the area, with robbery down 57 percent, commercial burglary down 27 percent, thefts down 35 percent, and motor vehicle theft down 35 percent. Total crime has been reduced by 34 percent over the last five years.

NOTABLE
Ricoh Electronics making another expansion in Lawrenceville

Ricoh Electronics, Inc., one of the largest North American producers of high-quality thermal papers and thermal labels, is creating 58 jobs in a 35,500-square-foot expansion of its thermal media coating facility in Lawrenceville.

Jeff Briwick, president of Ricoh Electronics, says: "This expansion of our thermal media operations enhances our capability to meet our customers' increasing demands and expectations for high-quality products and affirms our commitment to investing for the future. We look for this facility to play a key role in meeting the needs of the North American market and expanding into new markets."

The Lawrenceville facility opened in 1990, and has expanded several times on its 69.5 acre campus. The current expansion will house a cutting-edge thermal media coater that will produce paper to be converted into tags and labels used in a variety of industries including transportation, retail, industrial and medical.

Quick Start will be designing, developing and delivering job-specific training for the new employees in the plant's advanced manufacturing processes, as well as safety, quality and leadership. Leaders from Ricoh, Quick Start and Gwinnett Tech will sign the training agreement on Fri., November 16 at 2 p.m., at Ricoh's Lawrenceville facility.

The training program involves three distinct partners: Ricoh, Gwinnett Technical College and Quick Start. Each partner will be responsible for the successful completion of this program. The partnership will not end when the Quick Start training is completed. Gwinnett Technical College will be available to assist Ricoh Electronics with ongoing training programs.

State recreation group recognized two from Gwinnett


Flynt

Patterson

Dr. Steve Flynt, chairman of the Gwinnett Recreation Authority, was recognized at the 67th annual Georgia Recreation and Parks Association meeting with the statewide Volunteer Award for his continuous efforts and dedication to the Authority. Dr. Flynt, associate superintendent for school leadership and operation, has played an integral part in the preservation of greenspace and in park master planning in Gwinnett County.

Another Gwinnettian, Dr. Mark Patterson, grounds maintenance coordinator for the Parks and Recreation Conservation District, was also honored with the Association's Mike Daniel award. He has been directly involved with the programming and environmental education aspects of the Department.

Varney to be new interim director of Artworks! Gwinnett

Raye Varney will become Interim Executive Director of ArtWorks! Gwinnett, the non-profit arts council organization. She will take over the role for departing Executive Director Sally Corbett. Following 18 years with the metro-Atlanta's arts community, Corbett returns to New York, accepting a position minutes from her family.

ArtWorks! Gwinnett was developed between 2008 and 2010 by volunteer civic leaders representing business, arts, and government (schools, libraries and municipalities). In the last year and a half ArtWorks! Gwinnett has produced award-winning, mission-driven programs that promote and support arts opportunities that enrich the local economy, education, and quality of life.

Upcoming Artworks! programmatic highlights will include a February 25 fundraiser and awards celebration "Fusion: Second Annual ArtWorks! Gwinnett Awards."

Varney brings more than 20 years of arts management expertise to Gwinnett. She is a graduate of Wake Forest University with a B.A. in English and speech communication. For more information about ArtWorks! Gwinnett, to volunteer or support the arts in Gwinnett, or for an events calendar and arts directory, the public may visit http://artworksgwinnett.org.

Braselton names Pinnell as its downtown director


Pinnell

Amy K. Pinnell has been named downtown director for the Town of Braselton to focus on economic development. Most recently, Pinnell was a customer service representative with Northeast Georgia Bank. Among other duties, Pinnell will staff the Braselton Downtown Development Authority, which was created by the Town Council in 2009. She will facilitate the makeover of the historic downtown and market the town for premier destinations, retail and community activities. The Authority's office will be in the Heritage and Visitors Center on Frances Street, formerly home to the town's library.

RECOMMENDED

  • 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
Band leader Harry James was born, by chance, in Albany, Ga.

Harry James was one of the most renowned trumpet players and band leaders of the swing era. He gained even greater popularity as a Hollywood actor and the husband of actress Betty Grable.

Born on March 15, 1916, in Albany to a bandmaster and a trapeze artist traveling with the Mighty Haag Shows circus (which was passing through town), Harry Haag James began performing music at a young age. He started out playing drums and switched to trumpet, under his father's tutelage. Living in a circus environment gave James free reign to focus on learning the instrument, and as a young teenager he led the second-line band of the Christy Brothers Circus.

James got his first job playing jazz with Joe Gill's Phillips Flyers, which led to brief stints in a number of groups before drummer Ben Pollack hired him. In Pollack's band, James wrote his first arrangement, made his recording debut, and met other important jazz sidemen, like Glenn Miller and Charlie Spivack, who would both go on to greater fame.

Benny Goodman, a clarinetist who had also played for Pollack, hired James in 1937, about a year after Goodman's group became the dominant big band of the time and Goodman had become known as the "King of Swing." James played with Goodman's band at the height of its popularity and in its most famous concert at New York City's Carnegie Hall in 1938. While with Goodman, James also recorded with Miff Mole and Lionel Hampton, and he made his recording debut as a band leader.

In early 1939, James left Goodman to start his own big band, Harry James and His Orchestra. James hired Frank Sinatra, then unknown, as his vocalist, the first in a long string of gifted singers that included Helen Forrest, Connie Haines, Dick Haymes, and Kitty Kallen.

In an attempt to produce hit records, James and his orchestra began to feature more songs that showcased his singers, and the group moved away from the traditional swing sound. Hence the group became well known as a "sweet" band that performed popular hits of the period. In 1941 James added strings to the orchestra and began acting in Hollywood movies for the first time, and the following year he started broadcasting his own national radio show.
James's time in Hollywood led to a romance with and subsequent marriage to the movie star Betty Grable; the two became the most celebrated Hollywood couple of the time. Grable was the second of three wives James would have over his lifetime.

Swing and big band music began to lose its audience in the years following World War II and James disbanded his group in 1946. He reformed the band in late 1946, and they continued playing until 1951. In the ensuing years James fronted bop, sweet, swing, and small combos in order to stay employed. Though none of his later bands attained the success of his 1940s-era orchestra, James continued as a bandleader for many years at the Flamingo and at the Frontier in Las Vegas, Nev. He died of lymphatic cancer in 1983 in Las Vegas and was inducted posthumously into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame that same year.

LAGNIAPPE
More Las Vegas signs

This may be one of the key symbols of Las Vegas, Nev., the neon sign, and in particular, a cocktail glass. Note the differences between the daytime sign (on the left) and when the sign is illuminated at night.


CREDITS

GwinnettForum is provided to you at no charge every Tuesday and Friday. If you would like to serve as an underwriter, click here to learn more.

Send your thoughts, 55-word short stories, pet peeves or comments on any issue to Gwinnett Forum for future publication.

UNSUBSCRIBE

We hope you'll keep receiving the great news and information from GwinnettForum, but if you need to unsubscribe, click here.

SISTER PUBLICATIONS

We encourage you to check out our sister publications:

GwinnettObits.com is a daily compilation of the latest area deaths, brought to you by local funeral homes and GwinnettForum.com.

Georgia Clips offers a similar daily news compilation for the scores of newspapers in Georgia's 159 counties.

SC Clips -- a daily news compilation of South Carolina news from media sources across the state. Delivered by email about the time you get to work every business day. Saves you a lot of money and time.

CharlestonCurrents.com -- an online community commentary for exploring pragmatic and sensible social, political and economic approaches to improve life in Charleston, S.C.

Statehouse Report -- a weekly legislative forecast that keeps you a step ahead of what happens at the South Carolina Statehouse. It's free.

2012, Gwinnett Forum.com. Gwinnett Forum is an online community commentary for exploring pragmatic and sensible social, political and economic approaches to improve life in Gwinnett County, Ga. USA.

GWINNETTOBITS.com

Visit this site to see details of the upcoming funerals of Gwinnett Countians from local funeral homes. On the site, sign up at top right and we'll send you GwinnettObits each day.

Click on the names below to see details of their funerals.

TODAY'S QUOTE
What type of leadership the USA needs, according to FDR

"This country needs, and unless I mistake its temper, the country demands, bold, persistent experimentation."

-- The 32nd president (1933-1945) of the United States, Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882-1945.)

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.

SEARCH GWINNETT FORUM

Loading

GWINNETT CALENDAR

THE WEEK AHEAD

15th America Recycles Day: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Nov. 17, Recycling Bank of Gwinnett, 4300 Satellite Boulevard, Duluth. Come for free paper shredding, cash for aluminum cans, free recycling of foam food containers, cash prizes, and recycling of newspapers, cardboard, etc.

Another America Recycles Day: 9 a.m. to noon, Nov. 17, Coolray Field, home of Gwinnett Braves. Sponsored by Gwinnett County Solid Waste and Recovered Materials Division. This event will have paper shredding, electronics recycling, and tire recycling. Kid's activities, free food and giveaways are on tap.

Fourth annual Johns Creek Poetry Festival: 10:15 a.m. to 1 p.m., Nov. 17, Northeast Spruill Oaks Library, 9560 Spruill Road, Johns Creek. Featured speaker will be Judson Mitcham, new poet laureate of Georgia. Details: 770-876-2904.

Basket Weaving Workshop: 10:30 a.m. to noon, Nov. 17, McDaniel Farm Park, 3252 McDaniel Road, Duluth. Ideal for those 10 and older. Admission is $10 per person. Participants must pre-register at www.gwinnerrehc.org. Organized by the Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center.

Book Signing: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Nov. 17, Books for Less, 2815 Buford Drive, Buford. Doug Dahlgren of Decatur will be signing Four Samaritans, the fourth in The Son series.

Fall Art Scholarship Fundraiser: Noon to 5 p.m., Nov. 17, Artists' Open Studio in Suwanee. Funds will benefit the Rosemary Benavides-Williams Scholarship Fund, honoring the artist who passed away last spring. Fifteen businesses are participating.

Southern Wings Bird Club: 7 p.m., Nov. 19, second floor of the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center. Author John Yow of The Armchair Birder will speak on coastal birds. More info.

ONGOING AND COMING SOON

(NEW) 25th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting: 5:30 p.m., Nov. 22, Gwinnett Historic Courthouse in Lawrenceville. Gwinnett Parks and Recreation continues this Great Tree tradition on the former courthouse lawn. Enjoy live performances, music, crafts, food and much more!

(NEW) Groundbreaking of Phase 2 of the Gwinnett Senior Center: 10:30 a.m., Nov. 30, 567 Swanson Drive, Lawrenceville. For more information, call 770 822 7180.

Wink Art Exhibit: Through Nov. 24, Tannery Row Artist Colony in Buford. Shown will be resident art with a hint of humor, a turn of the phrase or visual twist to make you smile. Details: 678-428-4877, or visit www.TanneryRowArtistColony.com.

Photo Exhibit: Through Nov. 28, George Pierce Park Community Room, Suwanee, during Community Center hours, Monday through Saturday. Frank L. Sharp presents "Israel, the Holy Land," while Wendell Tudor features "Images of the Sea," coastline and landscape images, including photographs from Canada.

Stitched Art Show by Adele Steele: Through Nov. 30, Chocolate Perks in Duluth.

MORE EEB PERSPECTIVE

12/21: Fort Daniel, Chambliss
12/18: Ban assault weapons
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

12/21: Wiggins: Recycle trees
12/18: Two canal cruises to take
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

CONTACT US TODAY

2001-2012, Gwinnett Forum.com is Gwinnett County's online community forum for commentary that explores pragmatic and sensible social, political and economic approaches to improve life in Gwinnett County, Ga. USA.

PHONE: 770.840.1003
EMAIL: elliott@gwinnettforum.com

Site designed and maintained by
The Brack Group.