Issue 12.83 | Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013
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NORCROSS, Ga., Feb. 12, 2013 -- To Rep. Woodall:
lady who attended your Town Hall meeting last night (January 24) and stood
up to complain about the email responses I get from your office. After
three minutes, I was booed and yelled at to sit down and shut up. At that
point, you started to reply, amidst the hissing, so I interjected my last
line, which was just, "Fix your correspondence problem, let us know
you heard and understood us, not necessarily that you agree with us!"
ended the evening by acknowledging that America doesn't know who it wants
to be right now, going on to list opposing philosophies of a few major
issues facing voters, Congress and the President. What I found disheartening
is that, while personally polite in your response to my complaints about
your office and yourself as my Representative, you lacked even the basic
Southern gentlemanliness to tell your older male audience to "let
the lady speak her peace."
is the response that Ms. Allen got from the Congressman. -eeb)
that we had about our nation's pressing issues and my recent votes on
your behalf are critical to directing the future of this nation. As we
debate spending, debt, the economy, and the multitude of other issues
facing our country, I ask for your continued participation, knowledge,
experience, and passion.
FEB. 12, 2013 -- Consider, if you will, what sort of activity goes on in Gwinnett between the hours of 2 a.m. and 5 a.m.
How about this description: "Not much good!"
Some law-abiding citizens may get home from work routinely at 2 a.m. or 3 a.m. (We feel for them.) We know some early-birds who arise at 5 a.m. We suppose they are just built that way.
Yet there are others among us who are still not in bed by 2 a.m., and in fact, make it their normal routine to be out and about during these darkened hours. We find that the way the law is written in Gwinnett, many establishments that serve alcoholic beverages are staying open well past the deadline for halting the sale of alcoholic beverages. One such outlet, pictured above, advertises as staying open until 5 a.m.
Gwinnett ordinances read that if the establishment serves alcoholic beverages for consumption on the premises, they can only serve between the hours of 9 a.m. until 1:55 a.m. Monday through Saturday. On Sundays, they may serve from 12:30 p.m. until midnight, but only at places which derive at least 50 percent of their annual gross sales from prepared food or from overnight lodging.
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Now let's go into this further.
If these establishments (some may be known in the vernacular as "bars," or even by other terms, such as "joints") have to halt sales at 1:55 a.m. at the latest, what happens from then until 5 a.m.?
Of course, we suppose a person could order another drink at 1:50 a.m., or two or three, and sit around and consume those (maybe warm) drinks well past 1:55 a.m. Perhaps some sit there and drink until 5 a.m. (Code Section 6-93.)
Far more possible, we suspect, is that the bulk of heated discussion, arguments and perhaps fights and gun shots, take place between 2 a.m. and 5 a.m. than at other times. And there is no telling what else those in attendance at such joints will get into after the technical end of serving time. We would be more literal in suggesting that what goes on at these late hours could not, in many ways, be considered "pretty" or "wholesome" or even "nice." You perhaps can imagine some such shenanigans. You could also probably correlate unusual activities during these hours with calls to the police to come to these establishments.
All this, you understand, without even mentioning other possibilities, such as activities with drugs, taking place during this time slot.
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Yes, we would like to see change:
Gwinnett is not a good-time convention county. We see no reason for our county, one where most people like to say that they believe in "family values," to routinely allow long, after-midnight activity in places serving alcoholic beverages.
Governments have long used the tool of regulation for establishments serving alcoholic beverages. We feel Gwinnett needs to get tougher in this area. The county commission is the authority in these matters. It should investigate just what goes on between 2-5 a.m. at these places.
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Editor, the Forum:
Good comment by Kathy Fincher on her mother, Margaret Parsons Andrews. I know of Kathy and her husband, Jef. What comes to mind is legacy building. I think that we all would like our good influence to continue after we pass on to glory.
From what I have observed in this wonderful family, the apple hasn't fallen far from the tree. And it's my good estimation that Mrs. Andrews's ways shall extend on for many generations through her surviving loved ones and friends.
Would hate to have to feed that bulldog!
Editor, the Forum:
"Holy canine Batman...that is one big bulldog!" of Kelly Herndon's shown in the February 8 edition of the Forum. Yes I am so glad I don't have to supply the groceries for Dozer. And thanks so much for sharing the photo and clearing up the mystery photo for us.
Also great idea for the Postal Service to cut Tuesday deliveries...Perhaps Robert Hanson should share some other ideas; I like the way he thinks!
The City of Peachtree Corners is beginning the process of developing a comprehensive plan to set the vision for the city in the next 20 years. This plan will include a land development component, which will determine how different parts of the city will be redeveloped.
A city wide meeting on the plan will be held February 21 at 7 p.m. at the City Hall, 147 Technology Parkway. The city seeks to get people to get involved in the planning process. The City has contracted with a local engineering firm, Pond, to lead this process.
Romance, chef specials, carriage rides Feb. 14 in Norcross
Romance is on the calendar in downtown Norcross on February 14 from 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m.. Singles, couples and groups of friends can enjoy the evening, with local restaurants offering walk-up wine tastings and chef specials (reservations are recommended).
Heart Throb will be playing at Lionheart Theatre. This is a collection of short pieces about the struggle to find romantic love.
Along the historic shopping district on South Peachtree, there are free carriage rides and a kissing booth. Bella Vita Gallery is offering free roses with a discounted photo for your dating website or your honey's desk. The city judge will renew your vows, or check out the singles' scene inside Iron Horse Tavern.
Even the downtown chiropractor is getting into the spirit, handing out chocolate covered strawberries.
It promises to be a fun evening for singles, a perfect first date, or a fabulous reason to celebrate years of being in love. Downtown Norcross' historic charm invites romance.
Gwinnett Federal Credit Union is entering its 52nd year of service with a new name, Peach State Federal Credit Union, to better reflect its membership base and footprint in Georgia.
This new name is a testament to the credit union's growth over the last 20 years as it has expanded from Gwinnett into six other counties, including Barrow, Clarke, DeKalb, Jackson, Oconee and Walton. According to Peach State's President/CEO, Marshall Boutwell, "We now serve more than 41,000 members, 26,000 of whom live outside Gwinnett County. The name Peach State not only acknowledges our entire membership base, but it also allows for future growth without geographic constraints."
One thing that will not change is the credit union's commitment to its members and the support it provides to school systems. "Members can expect the same friendly, personal service, the same value and the same dedication to excellence," said Boutwell. "Our underlying dedication to education is part of our foundation. We will continue to support education in our service areas through sponsorship of the Teacher of the Year awards, and awarding student and career advancement scholarships because we believe this tradition should be maintained."
Peach State is a $231 million credit union that operates as a not-for-profit financial cooperative. The credit union's mission is to provide quality financial services that meet the needs and exceed the expectations of its member-owners. For more information, visit www.peachstatefcu.org.
Waddell is Gwinnett Tech Perkins Award winner
Dr. Penny Joyner Waddell, speech program director at Gwinnett Technical College, has been honored with the college's 2013 Rick Perkins Award of Excellence in Technical Education.
The Rick Perkins Award of Excellence in Technical Instruction honors technical education's most outstanding instructors. The award has been an ongoing statewide program since 1991. The recipients are technical college instructors who make significant contributions to technical education through innovation and leadership in their fields.
Dr. Waddell has been with Gwinnett Tech since 2002. She holds a bachelor's degree in speech education from Wesleyan College, a Master of Education in instructional technology from Troy State University, and a Doctor of Education in instructional leadership higher education from Argosy University. Before coming to Gwinnett Tech, Waddell served as a speech instructor at Georgia Perimeter College.
"I have the opportunity to motivate, inspire and energize adults
who want to mold themselves into someone better than the person they were
when they first walked into my classroom. Teaching students who are ready
to learn is a dream come true."
Also nominated for Gwinnett Tech's Rick Perkins Award were:
Gwinnett Tech offers more than 50 degree, diploma and certificate options that can be completed in two years or less. For more information, visit www.GwinnettTech.edu or call 770-962-7580.
"This entire book takes place on one cold November day in the Adirondack Mountains of New York. The local rescue team is called out to look for a young woman reported missing. Clare Fergusson, ex-Army pilot turned Episcopal priest, is on the team. An Asian company is buying a portion of the woodlands and planning to restore it to its natural state, thereby putting local loggers and mills out of business. Emotions are running high. People are feeling desperate. This book reads like a normal novel until about halfway through when two or three things happen at once. It gets most interesting very quickly and it doesn't let up. This story pulls you into the characters - their problems, their flawed thinking and their fears. Please don't read the book jacket. It gives too much away. This book is part of a really good series, but it can stand alone."
But Washington, at left, had his critics, none more stringent than another leading black educator and scholar of his day -- W. E. B. Du Bois. Du Bois, a native of Great Barrington, Mass., was educated at Fisk University Harvard University, and the University of Berlin in Germany. In 1897 he accepted an appointment to the faculty of Atlanta University (later Clark Atlanta University) and moved to Atlanta. Although Du Bois recognized Washington's speech as important, he soon came to see Washington's ideas of gradualism for civil rights as acquiescence to many southerners who wanted to maintain the inferior status of blacks. In Du Bois's view, "Mr. Washington represents in Negro thought the old attitude of adjustment and submission. ... [His] programme practically accepts the alleged inferiority of the Negro races."
Du Bois's upbringing in New England and his exposure to liberal democratic views elicited a very different response to the Negro problem. He believed that blacks should launch legal and scholarly attacks on racism and discrimination without hesitation, and he called for education of the most talented blacks to lead this struggle. The "talented tenth," he believed, should represent the antithesis of gradualism and should seek to free blacks in the present.
The Atlanta Compromise represented Booker T. Washington's strategy for addressing the Negro problem and has long served as the basis for contrasting Washington's views with those of Du Bois. Even today, scholars and educators debate the utility of Washington's educational ideas. Most agree that to understand Washington's speech, it is necessary to place his thinking within its historical context. Despite the continued debates over the speech and the criticisms of Washington by many black progressive thinkers, his address continues to be one of the most important speeches in African American letters.
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Previously out of print, Elliott Brack's 850-page history, "Gwinnett: A Little Above Atlanta," is now available again. Since its original publication, the book was declared the winner of the 2010 Award of Excellence for documenting Georgia history by the Georgia Historical Records Advisory Board. It is also the winner of the Gwinnett Historical Society's Whitworth-Flanigan Award for 2011 for preserving the history of Gwinnett County.
The book includes 143 demographic and historic tables, with more than 4,000 names in the index, and 10,000 names in the appendix.Two versions of the book are available. The hardback edition is priced at $75, while a softback edition is $40. Books are available at:
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Mind/Body Health Fair: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Feb. 16, Norcross High. Presented by the Georgia Psychological Association, the Fair is free and is a collaborative venture between Norcross High School and GPA and is sponsored, in part, by the City of Norcross and Trader Joe's. More: www.gapsychology.org/events or call (404) 634-6272.
Event for Quilters: 10 a.m., Feb. 19, Cannon United Methodist Church, 2424 Webb Gin House Road, Snellville. Meet Marie Bostwick, a quilter who is author of the Cobbled Court Quilt novels. The event is put on by the Gwinnett County Public Library and the Gwinnett Quilter's Guild. There is a $5 charge to attend for non-members of the Guild. For more information, visit www.gwinnettpl.org.
Breakfast Networking of Buford Business Association: 8:30 a.m., Feb. 19, Springhill Suites, 3250 Buford Drive (across from Mall of Georgia).
Open Meetings and Records Workshop: 7 p.m., Feb. 19, Holy Martyrs of Vietnam Catholic Church, 4545 Timmers Way, Norcross. Speaking will be Stefan Ritter, senior assistant attorney general. The event is free. Details: 678-632-3255.
Legislative Update at the Sierra Club meeting: 7 p.m., Feb. 21, Berkmar High. Speaking will be Lobbyists Mark Woodall and Neill Herring, updating about environmental measures being considered by the General Assembly. For more information, contact Dan Friedman.
Meet the Author Series: 7:15 p.m., Feb. 21, Norcross Cultural Arts Center, 10 College Street. Featured will be bestselling author Brandon Sanderson and Robert Jordan's widow and long-time editor Harriet McDougal. They will be celebrating the conclusion of Robert Jordan's epic fantasy series, The Wheel of Time. They will discuss and sign the new book, A Memory of Light. For more information about library events, visit www.gwinnettpl.org, or call (770) 978-5154
Gun Violence Reduction program: 7:30 p.m., Feb. 21, Northwest Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 1025 Mount Vernon Highway, Sandy Springs. Join Alice Johnson, Gun Safety Georgia; Kathryn Grant, The Campaign to Keep Guns Off Campus; attorney Michael Manely; and the Rev. Terry Davis, Northwest Unitarian Universalist Congregation for a discussion on strategies for "Gun Violence Reduction, a discussion on where we go and what we do post-Sandy Hook."
Caregiver's Conference: 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Feb. 23, First United Methodist Church of Lawrenceville, 395 West Crogan Street. Guest speaker will be Maria Greene, a consultant with the National Association of States United for Aging and Disabilities. Cost, including breakfast and lunch, is $10. This is a program from the Gwinnett Coalition of Health and Human Services supported by Gwinnett Neighborhood Leadership and Friends of Gwinnett County Senior Services. For more information, call 678 964 4838.
(NEW) Working on Purpose is the title of a talk in the GLOW series at the 1818 Club on Sugarloaf Parkway on March 1 at 7:15 a.m. Speaker will be Lori Billingsley, vice president of Community Relations for Coca-Cola Company. For more details, send email here.
"Doors and Portals" is the title of the new exhibit at the Kudzu Art Zone, 116 Carlyle Street in Norcross. Juried art work in a variety of styles and mediums will be on display. The gallery is open Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. The current exhibit continues through March 23.
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