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CROSSTOWN TRAFFIC: Time the ink was dry on Friday's GwinnettForum perspective on the construction work at Georgia Highways 316-20 in Lawrenceville, Department of Transportation officials announced that the Highway 20 bridge over Highway 316 would be open to traffic last weekend. This eliminates some of the bottleneck motorists have felt in the area. DOT officials cite their next goal, to open the Collins Hill Bridge, also part of this project, before fall classes start at Georgia Gwinnett College. It's anticipated that traffic on Highway 316 will flow unobstructed through this area by the end of the summer. (Photo by Frank Sharp.)

Issue 14.11 | May 6, 2014

TODAY'S FOCUS
:: Report from India from former resident

ELLIOTT BRACK'S PERSPECTIVE
:: "Not Even Once" on meth

FEEDBACK
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Send us your letters

UPCOMING
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Search members for GT prez; more

NOTABLE
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New department head, top student

IN THE SPOTLIGHT
:: EMC Security

RECOMMENDED
:: "Leap of Faith"

QUOTE
:: Troubled by which path man takes

GEORGIA TIDBIT
:: Freedom Riders unmolested in Ga.

MYSTERY PHOTO
:: Only one person recognized Sitka

LAGNIAPPE
:: Spring brings out wildlife

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Gwinnetian now in India working with husband and orphans
By JEANNIE LaBARBERA
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(Editor's Note: Jeannie Barge LaBarbera, formerly of Lawrenceville, has just arrived in Southeast India to join her new husband, Carl, in his missionary work. Since 1960 Jeannie has lived in various areas of Gwinnett, and was recently associated with Hebron Community Health Center in Lawrenceville as director for five years. We thought readers of GwinnettForum would enjoy learning of her new life in India.)

CHENNAI, SOUTHEAST INDIA, May 6, 2014 -- Enjoy a trip with Carl and Jeannie LaBarbera today from the comfort of your easy chair and nice air-conditioned home. You find us to India, where the heat every day in the summer is well over 100, but cools down drastically in the winter - to about 70!

After just three weeks in this country, these are my immediate eye-openers:

  • Cows that are given more respect on the roads than trucks;
  • Cars that play the 60's version of chicken racing and swerving to the legal lane just in time to pass the car in front of them;
  • Motorized three-wheel rickshaws designed to carry four that carry up to 12 and often load the top 5 feet high with merchandise;
  • Motorcycles outnumbering all other vehicles!
  • The fresh markets are everywhere and close enough to walk to - vegetables, fruits, nuts, spices - and even Coca-Cola, a much appreciated pause that refreshes!

Jeannie and Carl LaBarbera

Everyone seems to wear sandals here, as you traditionally take off your shoes when entering a church, hospital, or someone's home. So instead of umbrellas in the church vestibule when it's raining in Lawrenceville, you would see dozens of sandals lined up outside the many churches here.

Carl has been here for two years, working as the representative for a Christian ministry in Walton County that provides care and love for hundreds of orphans and misplaced children in this area of India. He asked me to marry him on his recent furlough home, and I joined him to work alongside him for as long as God determines our time is needed here.

We were honored guests today at a beautiful, outdoor-tented wedding, where hundreds of the village gathered to celebrate the wedding and reception. We have traveled to three of the six children's homes in the past three weeks, and taken 42 children of one home to the beach two hours away.

We also have visited four different small village churches where Carl has preached through a translator, as he does most Sundays. Their beautiful little sanctuaries are no more than 10 feet wide and 20 feet long, with a thatch roof resting on walls of hard, dried mud, coated with a type of stucco - and a much-appreciated latticed gap of about 8 inches for air between the walls and roof.

The hard dirt floor is covered with bamboo mats, where women sit to the left and men to the right for about three hours. Their worship is like their sanctuary: simple, humble, and real. We may not know what they said, but their singing, whispered prayers, and love for one another let us know that we've truly worshiped with God's people!

We miss our combined family of eight children, 24 grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren, who mostly live in the Gwinnett area. Emails and Facebook are our sources for staying in touch - with a few calls occasionally.

But life is short - and only what's done for Christ will last. We are privileged to serve Him in India!

ELLIOTT BRACK'S PERSPECTIVE
"Not Even Once" is way to address methamphetamine menance
By ELLIOTT BRACK

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MAY 6, 2014 -- Gwinnett is indebted to the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in Suwanee, and the Community Foundation of North Georgia, for sponsoring a forum to spell out the insidious problems of methamphetamine ("meth") that our society faces.


Brack

The problems are vast, and deep. Meth can quickly destroy an individual.

Since 2010, the Georgia Meth Project has sought to sound the alarm about this new menace, citing facts. Unthinking people don't pay attention to this, to their harm.

Among the dangers:

  • Not only is meth highly addictive, but meth can lead to an almost instant addiction.
  • Meth is five times as addictive as cocaine. Highs last 6-12 hours.
  • Only 5 percent of meth users ever break their habit.
  • After first use, 30-40 percent become addicted.
  • Of foster kids, 67 percent have at least one Meth parent.
  • Georgia has the third highest meth users ages 12-17 in the country.

You see how scary it is?

Look at it another way, by looking at the physical changes in persons using Meth. Just click here to see before-and-after photos which should put a real scare into you.

It goes further. Meth is not only an individual health user problem, it directly affects society, impacting workplace attendance, productivity and performance. It costs all of us in higher insurance claims, meaning it gets into our individual pocketbooks. Because it is virtually impossible for meth users to ever recover from their addiction, this has real ramifications in the workforce today and for generations to come.

Look at some of the problems the use of meth causes:

SHORT-TERM EFFECTS

  • Loss of appetite
  • Increased heart rate, blood pressure, body temperature
  • Dilation of pupils
  • Disturbed sleep patterns
  • Nausea
  • Bizarre, erratic, sometimes violent behavior
  • Hallucinations, hyperexcitability, irritability
  • Panic and psychosis
  • Convulsions, seizures and death from high doses

    LONG-TERM EFFECTS

  • Permanent damage to blood vessels of heart and brain, high blood pressure leading to heart attacks, strokes and death
  • Liver, kidney and lung damage
  • Destruction of tissues in nose if sniffed
  • Respiratory (breathing) problems if smoked
  • Infectious diseases and abscesses if injected
  • Malnutrition, weight loss
  • Severe tooth decay
  • Disorientation, apathy, confused exhaustion
  • Strong psychological dependence
  • Psychosis
  • Depression
  • Damage to the brain similar to Alzheimer's disease, stroke and epilepsy

Jim Langford, executive director of the Georgia Meth Project, spoke at the recent Gwinnett gathering. He suggested how the Gwinnett community might fight this menace. "Meth is a highly addictive synthetic stimulant that affects the pleasure centers of the brain, leading to an almost instant addiction. According to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, the Atlanta area is a strategic hub for meth and the Interstate 85 transportation corridor makes Northeast Georgia communities especially vulnerable. It was very clear to all involved in the dialogue that this is not a problem in someone else's community, but one right here at home."

Since its founding in 2010, the Georgia Meth Project has been focused on channeling an aggressive education and awareness campaign towards teens, parents, and adults across Georgia about the dangers of meth use. They have aired a powerful television commercial campaign and are now focused on delivering prevention messages via online media channels that prove most effective in reaching teens ages 12-17. Georgia Meth has also developed an effective curriculum that teachers can easily download for use directly in the classroom.

Talk to your kids. Show them pictures and videos. Ensure that they understand the reasons why…….."Not Even Once."

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UPCOMING
Search committee named to help select new Gwinnett Tech head

A search committee has been named that will assist in the process of selecting the next president of Gwinnett Technical College. The new president will replace Sharon Bartels, who retired on May 1.

The search committee will be chaired by Wendell Dallas, the vice president for operations at Atlanta Gas Light and Chattanooga Gas and chairman of the Gwinnett Technical College Board of Directors. In the coming weeks, the committee members will conduct interviews with applicants who respond to a national announcement for the position. Their job will be to narrow the applicants down to three candidates and then provide the technical school board with those names.

Joining Dallas on the committee are Kerry Armstrong, the senior vice president of Pope and Land Enterprises, Inc.; Robert Avoss, the superintendent of the Fulton County School System; State Senator Brandon Beach of the 21st District, who is also president of the North Fulton Chamber of Commerce; Fran Forehand, the East Region vice president for Georgia Power; Julie Haley, the chief executive officer of Edge Solutions; Davis Belle Isle, mayor of the City of Alpharetta; Dr. Daniel Kaufman, president of the Gwinnett County Chamber of Commerce; Dan King, a retired partner with King and Spalding and chairman of the Gwinnett Tech Foundation; Doug Meyer, president of InExpress North Atlanta and a member of the Gwinnett Technical College Board of Directors; Michael L. Sullivan, the executive director of the American Council of Engineering Companies of Georgia and a member of the State Board of Technical College System of Georgia; and J. Alvin Wilbanks, the chief executive officer and superintendent of Gwinnett County Public Schools.

Greer to be speaker at Georgia Gwinnett graduation May 15

Karyn Greer, Emmy award-winning news anchor for the Channel 11 Morning News, will be the featured speaker at Georgia Gwinnett College's spring commencement. The ceremony will be held at 10 a.m., May 15, on the main campus lawn.


Greer

A native of Chicago, Ill., Greer obtained a bachelor's degree in liberal arts from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She started her broadcast career as a chyron operator and technical director at WCIA TV-3 in Champaign, and quickly found her way on air as a reporter at WCID TV-15 in Champaign and then at WCSC TV-5 in Charleston, SC.

In 1989 Greer moved to Atlanta where she anchored and reported for the newly-formed WGNX, now WGCL TV-46. In 1999, she joined the news team at 11Alive/WXIA TV-11, Atlanta's NBC affiliate.

Greer is known for her commitment to the community and extraordinary work in the fight against breast cancer. She is past president of the Atlanta Press Club and currently serves on the Board of Governors for the National Academy of Television, Arts and Sciences. In her free time Greer enjoys reading and traveling with her husband, Tony, and being a soccer, baseball, lacrosse and swim mom to their sons, Kyle and Tyler.

Four local artists in exhibition in Atlanta during May


"Marsh Morning" by Donna Biggee

Four artist friends from the Atlanta area who have been painting together outdoors for the past few years are showing a selection of their landscape work at Artists Atelier Gallery, 800 Miami Circle NE in Atlanta through May 30. The show features the works of Donna Biggee, Barbara Jaenicke, Jill S. McGannon and Nancy Nowak. The works express their connection to the landscape that has developed through painting "plein air" (on location), often in areas throughout Georgia and the Atlanta area. Come meet the artists at the opening reception May 17 from noon until 4 p.m.

NOTABLE
Linkous to head Gwinnett County Law Department

New head of the Law Department for Gwinnett County is William J. Linkous III, who comes to the post with more than 20 years experience in local government, litigation and employment law.


Linkous

He worked as a senior assistant county attorney for Gwinnett County early in his career and spent the intervening years in private practice and as counsel to several other local governments. From October 2001 to December 2008, he served DeKalb County, first as Chief Assistant County Attorney and then as County Attorney. There he was responsible for all of the county's legal affairs, leading a team of 17 staff attorneys and coordinating. He will begin his tenure on May 19.

Linkous earned his juris doctorate from the Georgia State University College of Law. He also studied at Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary in Columbia, S.C., and holds an undergraduate degree from Roanoke College in Salem, Va.

Gwinnett Tech names Hegarty as the 2014 distinguished student

Gwinnett Technical College honored hundreds of its high achieving students recently, recognizing leaders in academics, program excellence, leadership and community outreach. Aidan Hegarty, a Game Development student, was named the 2014 Distinguished Student, earning one of the college's most prestigious awards.


Hegarty

Outstanding students in each Gwinnett Tech program of study were recognized, as were members of National Technical Honor Society, Collegiate DECA Award winners, SkillsUSA winners and a host of individual program honorees. In all, almost 300 students were recognized.

John Thacher, program director for the Game Development program, nominated Hegarty. "He is an outstanding student in our Game Development program where he is a class leader and helper to other students. He is willing to give advice and help anyone who asks him."

Hegarty is a GTC Student Ambassador, vice president of the Association of IT Professionals, volunteered with the college's Achieving the Dream Initiative, was a GOAL finalist, is on the Student Leadership Council, a member of Toastmasters and competed in Skills USA.

RECOMMENDED
Leap of Faith: Quit Your Job and Live on a Boat
By Ed Robinson

The dream of every Jimmy Buffett Parrothead out there, Ed Robinson's book is an entertaining and practical guide to simplification in life, and the importance of the moment. If you ever wanted to succumb to a change in latitudes, and seek out that one particular harbor, this is the book for you. Mr. Robinson realistically describes the steps he and his wife took to downsize to a boat where they could live 24/7. They systematically sold off their belongings, critically looked at opportunities to fit their budgets, and ended with an adventure that they are still living today. He describes the skills necessary to survive (boat mechanics are very important here), but he also describes the rewards they receive on a regular basis, and the sunsets they never miss. Daydream inspiration for certain!

-- Karen Garner, Dacula

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GEORGIA ENCYCLOPEDIA
Freedom Riders unmolested in Georgia, even served at lunch

To test compliance with recent court rulings barring segregation in interstate travel, the Congress on Racial Equality (CORE) sponsored a series of integrated bus rides throughout the South in the spring and summer of 1961. Known thereafter as the Freedom Rides, the protests galvanized national support for civil rights reforms and compelled federal engagement in the African American freedom struggle. Although they met with violent resistance elsewhere in the region, Freedom Riders traveled unmolested through Georgia and were served courteously at multiple lunch counters throughout the state.

Even as the civil rights movement gathered momentum in the early 1960s, many leading activists expressed frustration with the slow pace of change. Apart from perfunctory promises to uphold the law, officials in U.S. president John F. Kennedy's administration remained on the sidelines of the struggle, and even national observers who favored civil rights reforms expressed ambivalence toward direct action protest.

In 1960, however, when the U.S. Supreme Court issued its landmark judgment barring segregation in bus and train terminals in Boynton v. Virginia Supreme Court, CORE organizers recognized an opportunity to galvanize national support for their cause and, perhaps more important, to compel federal involvement in the African American freedom struggle. To gauge compliance with the ruling, CORE director James Farmer announced in February 1961 that his organization would sponsor a series of integrated bus rides throughout the South.

Though controversial, the idea itself was not new. In the wake of a similar ruling barring segregation on interstate buses fourteen years earlier, CORE activists launched a protest called the "Journey of Reconciliation." Like the Freedom Rides, the Journey of Reconciliation featured an interracial team of activists that defied local customs and laws by riding in sections of interstate buses reserved for members of the other race. However, unlike their predecessors, whose travels were limited to the Upper South, the Freedom Riders charted a path through the Deep South, where violent resistance was all but certain.

Following a careful selection process and a weekend of intensive training in the methods of nonviolent protest, the 13 original Freedom Riders departed Washington, D.C., on May 4, 1961. Traveling aboard two separate coaches, one operated by Greyhound and the other by Trailways, the group passed with little difficulty through Virginia and North Carolina, but they encountered violent opposition upon reaching South Carolina. Two riders, Albert Bigelow, a white retired naval officer, and John Lewis, a black seminary student who later represented Georgia in the U.S. House of Representatives, were assaulted in Rock Hill, a working-class town with a large Ku Klux Klan presence.

(To be continued)

MYSTERY PHOTO
Not from around here, but where?


CLUE: Most of you will recognize that today's Mystery Photo isn't of fertile fields of the Deep South. But where is it, and on what continent? Send your idea, name and hometown to elliott@brack.net.

The last mystery photo stumped everyone but Mark Barlow of Norcross. He recognized the street scene from Sitka, Alaska. Good eye, Mark!

We also made a mistake in identifying who sent in the recent photo of the inside of Old North Church in Boston. We had it coming from Susan McBrayer, but it was really sent in by Diana Preston of Lilburn, and we mixed up the identification. Diana also identified it….and she says: "I sent it to you in January. When I sent in the answer last week, I sent you another email stating that I had forgotten I had taken the photo. I kept thinking that it was the organ in St. Phillips in Charleston, and then I went back to my Boston photos and realized that I had taken the picture in Boston!" Our apologies to all.

LAGNIAPPE
Busy, busy, busy


All is busy in springtime in the wildlife world. Photographer Frank Sharp captured this scene of a young heron passing a Canada Goose sitting on a new nest on a rock in Lawrenceville City Lake at Rhodes Jordan Park. For sure, that nest is not hidden, but out in the open, no doubt detracting the goose, as she guards her position skillfully.



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TODAY'S QUOTE

Troubled By Which Path Mankind Takes

"More than any other time in history, mankind faces a cross-road. One path leads to despair and utter hopelessness, the other to total extinction. Let us pray we have the wisdom to choose correctly."

-- Actor, Director, Playwright and Wry Humorist Woody Allen (1935 -).

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2014 PRIMARY CANDIDATE PROFILES
Meet this year's candidates

For the 2014 primary season, GwinnettForum asked all candidates facing primary opposition in Gwinnett County to provide answers to six questions. You can read their answers below by clicking on the links for each race. (Candidate answers are provided by race; scroll down the document if you don't immediately see the candidate you want to read about.)

Candidates with no primary opposition are not listed. Those with opposition in the General Election will be asked questions, which we'll publish before the November election.

PROFILE KEY

  • (DNR) indicates a candidate did not respond to our interview request.

  • (NoQ) means the candidate visited with GwinnettForum, but did not send answers to six questions.

  • indicates a candidate has received GwinnettForum's endorsement.

FEDERAL CANDIDATES

U.S. SENATE

Democrats (click on link to see answers)

M. Michelle Nunn (DNR)
O. "Steen" Miles
(DNR)
Branko "Rad" Radulovacki

Todd Anthony Robinson

Republicans (click on link for answers)

Paul Collins Broun (DNR)
Arthur A. "Art" Gardner
J.P. "Phil" Gingrey
(NoQ)
Derrick E. Grayson
Karen Handel
(NoQ)
J.H. "Jack" Kingston
David A. Perdue

U. S. CONGRESS, DISTRICT 4

Democrats (click on link to see answers)

Thomas E. "Tom" Brown

Henry C. "Hank" Johnson Jr.

U.S. CONGRESS, DISTRICT 10

Republicans (click on link for answers)

Mike Collins
Gary Gerrard
Jody Hice
Donna Sheldon
Stephen Simpson
Brian Slowinski
Mitchell Swan


GEORGIA STATEWIDE CANDIDATES

SECRETARY OF STATE

Democrats

Gerald B. Beckum
Doreen Carter
(DNR)

SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS

Democrats (click on link to see answers)

Tarnisha L. Dent
Marion Spencer "Denise" Freeman
Jurita Forehand Mays
Alisha Thomas Morgan
(DNR)
R. "Rita" Robinzine
Valarie D. Wilson

Republicans (click on link for answers)

Ashley D. Bell
Mary Kay Bacallao
Michael L. "Mike" Buck
Sharyl H. Dawes
Allen Bowles Fort

Nancy T. Jester
T. Fitz Johnson
(DNR)
Kira G. Willis
Richard L. Woods

COMMISSIONER OF INSURANCE

Democrats

Keith G. Heard
Elizabeth Liz Johnson
(DNR)

PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION, Northern

Republicans

Douglas T. Kidd (DNR)
Charles C. "Craig" Lutz
Lauren "Bubba" McDonald


GEORGIA LEGISLATIVE CANDIDATES

SENATE DISTRICT 9

Republicans (click on link for answers)

Don Balfour
Mike Beaudreau
P.K. Martin

SENATE DISTRICT 40

Democrats (click on link to see answers)

Tamara Johnson
Benedict Truman
(DNR)

Republicans

Dick Anderson
(DNR)
Fran Millar

SENATE DISTRICT 55

Democrats

Gloria Butler

Mark Williams
(DNR)

HOUSE DISTRICT 97

Republicans

Brooks Coleman
Jef Fincher
Dahlys R. Hamilton

HOUSE DISTRICT 98

Republicans

Michael D. Brown
David Hancock

HOUSE DISTRICT 105

Democrats

Renita Hamilton
Tim Hur


2014 GWINNETT LOCAL CANDIDATES

COUNTY COMMISSION, District 4

Republicans (click on link for answers)

John Heard
Alfie Meek

SCHOOL BOARD, District 2

Republicans

Leon Hobbs
Ileana McCaigue
Dan Seckinger


GWINNETT CALENDAR

(NEW) Diverging Diamond Interchange Dedication, Tuesday, May 6 at 11:30 a.m. at The Jameson Inn, 1920 Pleasant Hill Road in Duluth. DOT officials will lead the ribbon-cutting for the Interstate 85 project on Pleasant Hill Road. This is the first such project in Gwinnett, as it shifts traffic to the opposite side of the bridge , improving left turns onto the interstate. Another similar project is now underway at Jimmy Carter Boulevard and I-85, to be completed mid-year 2014.

Farmers' Market begins in Norcross on Tuesday, May 6 from 4-6 p.m. This is the sixth year of operation, and there's a new wrinkle this year: food trucks. The Market is located in Thrasher Park in downtown Norcross.

(NEW) Mark Earth Day, Saturday, May 10, at 9 a.m. at the Gwinnett Braves' Coolray Field. Sponsored by Gwinnett County Solid Waste and Recovered Material Division. This free event will feature recycling, paint collection and collection of used old sneakers. There will be kids' activities. For more information, visit www.gwinnettcb.org.

(NEW) Peachtree Corners Clean-Up Day is Saturday, May 10. Sponsored by the United Peachtree Corners Community Association and Gwinnett Clean and Beautiful, volunteers are needed for cleaning several thoroughfares in the city. Volunteers are asked to work a two hour shift between 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Orange vests, large bags and long grippers will be supplied. For more information or to volunteer contact Pat Bruschini.

Paw-Fest 2014 will be Saturday, May 10, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. at Lilburn City Park, 76 Main Street. Sponsored by the Gwinnett Humane Society, this is a community awareness event seeking to educate people on pet-related issues. All leashed, well-behaved dogs are welcomed. Activities include a 3.5-Mile Pack Hike led by the Atlanta Dog Whisperer, Angie Woods; K9 Agility and Frisbee Demonstrations by K9 Einstein; Silent Auction; Animal Wellness Clinic; Therapy Dog and Canine Good Citizen Testing; Vendors, and much more. For details: 678-549-2006,

(NEW) Uterine Fibroid Seminar, Saturday, May 10 from 10:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. at Kingdom Now Church, 1805 Shackelford Court in Norcross. Attendees can increase awareness of uterine fibroids, which affect 40 percent of childbearing age women. The event will include a free breakfast and Zumba class. To pre-register, call 678-861-7787.

(NEW) Bird magazine editor speaking at the May 12 meeting of the Southern Wings Bird Club, at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center at 7 p.m. Ken Blankenship, editor of North American Birds, will speak about recording information about the birds and how important that can be. For more details, visit www.southernwingsbc.com.

(NEW) Brass Band Concert by the Lawrenceville Corps of Salvation Army band, in concert, Sunday, May 18 at 5 p.m. at Christ Episcopal Church, 400 Holcomb Bridge Road, in Norcross. There is no admission charge. Hear church hymns in a stirring fashion by the band led by Bandmaster Nick Simmons-Smith.

Electric Waste Recycling and Paper Shredding, Saturday, May 17, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1826 Killian Hill Road, Lilburn. There is no charge for this recycling. For a list of what is acceptable for recycling, visit www.tlc-lilburn.org.

To Feel the Clouds is the current exhibit at the Hudgens Center for the Arts. Nationally-known Georgia photographer John Slemp will exhibit 25 photos of aircraft and the medium they fly in-clouds, The exhibit remains up through June 28. More of his work can be seen at www.aerographs.com.

MORE EEB PERSPECTIVE

7/22: Peachtree Corners update
7/18: On election runoffs
7/15: Gwinnett's water use
7/11: Georgia Guidestones
7/8: 40 years in Gwinnett
7/3: Primary runoff endorsements
7/1: About the shining sun

6/27: A busy Congress
6/20: Property mystery solved
6/17: Civil War, tanning, more
6/13: On cleaning your plate
6/10: Fairness cuts several ways
6/6: Obama's carbon emissions plan
6/3: "Community Through Diversity"

5/30: GGC's Ginger
5/27: Remembering Jesse Long
5/23: Primary election recap
5/20: Trip out West
5/16: Get out and vote
5/13: Our top 5 denominations
5/9: Political winds shifting?
5/6: Not even once on meth
5/2: Bottleneck relief, more

4/29: Sparring with 56 candidates
4/25: Primary endorsements
4/22: Franken takes on cable
4/18: Two new restaurants
4/15: Two missionaries
4/11: Five great local schools
4/8: Endorsements coming soon
4/4: A look at state politics
4/1: Forum's 14th year starts

3/28: Better recruiting needed
3/25: Why meet so much?
3/21: Be careful of wishes
3/18: GGC's Buildings A - D
3/14: What if legislature met less?
3/11: When Brits fired on French Navy
3/7: Sutts to get Aurora award
3/4: Tests not best predictor

FOCUS ARCHIVES

7/22: DeWilde: Suwanee's Cinderella
7/18: Zaken: Glance Gwinnett
7/15: Callina: Gift card scam
7/11: Cochran: Closed meetings
7/8: Lang: On health care act
7/3: Miller: Leukemia grants
7/1: Andrews: Sugar Hill's EpiCenter

6/27: Georgia Cup criterium
6/20: Gross: L'ville's 4th
6/17: Gardner: Senate bid
6/13: Adcock: Clinic openings
6/10: Wilson: GGC's top athletics
6/6: Waters: Leadership Gwinnett
6/3: Myers: GA-PMOC graduation

5/30: Tran: Berkmar grad's story
5/27: Bowen: Political webinar
5/23: Ramey: New GGC president
5/20: Wilson: Wealth inequality
5/16: A. Brack: Atlantan's play
5/13: Stilo: Aurora's camps
5/9: Leiba: Barefoot in the Park
5/6: LaBarbera: Report from India
5/2: Wilkerson: Chamber winners

4/29: Toppins: Forest trash
4/22: Putnam: P'tree Crnrs CBD
4/18: Dahlgren: Internet radio
4/15: Stilo: Aurora's 19th season
4/11: Jones: Jackson EMC's 75th
4/8: Nichols: Hudgens Prize winner
4/4: Fenton: Kiss-A-Pig coming
4/1: Eberle: The White Castle

3/28: Wilkerson: Valor Awards
3/25: Callina: Scholarship scams
3/21: Mays: Water for Ghana
3/18: Fitch: Linen Closet collaboration
3/14: James: United Way to honor 4
3/11: Erdy: Simpsonwood property
3/7: Wiggins: Cleaning up Gwinnett
3/4: Fenton: Annandale at top


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 county offices
  • 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
  • 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
  • Requiring the legislature to meet once every two years.
  • Development of more community gardens.

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