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NEW SCHOOL: Steel is already going up on what will be the new Summerour Middle School in Norcross. The site is the former Norcross High area. Part of those buildings can be seen behind the steel. Work is being done by Carroll Daniel Construction of Gainesville and is expected opening is fall of 2015. Gwinnett Schools Chief Operations Officer Danny Jardine says that when completed, the building will be able to accommodate 1,650 students. It will be three stories tall, have 61 classrooms, 20 science labs, four music rooms and four computer labs. The only part of the former high school to be used will be the gymnasium, plus using the former football field as a multi-purpose field. The former Summerour school will be remodeled to become an elementary school for 1,000 students, to open in August of 2017.

Issue 14.12 | May 9, 2014

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:: Wind still blowing from right?

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Tenth annual Barefoot in the Park Festival in Duluth this weekend
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DULUTH, Ga., May 9, 2014 -- The 10th Annual Barefoot in the Park Arts Festival is this weekend, May 10-11. This festival is a Fine Artist Market with performances and artists from all over the Southeast and beyond. Duluth is celebrating the tenth consecutive year of bringing some of the most outstanding regional artists, entertainment, and flavors to Greater Atlanta.

The main focus is on educating our communities in the arts through a fun, approachable and a non-intimidating festival-like environment. Festival-goers can browse the Juried Fine Artist Market, made up of more than 40 hand-picked artists with diverse mediums including: glass, metal, jewelry, printmaking, ceramics, watercolor, photography, wood, sculpture, painting, and mixed media.

Proceeds from Barefoot in the Park go to an Arts Education Scholarship Fund. Each year, the Festival provides scholarships to area fine, visual, and performing arts students. Since the beginning, The Arts Education Scholarship Fund has granted over $53,000 in arts scholarship awards and $5,000 in artist awards. Students submit their art work into the Student Art Exhibit for an opportunity to showcase their work.

The festival offers something for everyone on Mother's Day weekend. Visitors can find a gift for Mom in the Artist Market. Children can participate in an array of free activities in the Children's Art Park where artists will teach and assist children with various art projects. Adults can take part in the Adult Learning Village will they can get hands on with the potter's wheel.

Food and drinks will be available. There will be drinks available in the Beer Garden, while live music will be provided.

Here is the schedule for performances on the main stage:

Saturday, May 10:


10:30 - 10:45: Taiwanese Drums
10:45 - 10:50: Children's Exhibit Awards Presentation
11:00 - 12:15: Gwinnett Community Band
12:45 - 1:15: Gwinnett Choral Guild
1:15 - 1:20: Artist Awards Presentation
1:30 - 2:00: Atlanta Harmony Celebration
2:15 - 2:45: Lawrenceville Community Orchestra
3:00 - 3:30: Stone Mountain Chorus
3:45 - 4:15: Kalavani Indian Dance
4:30 onward: Gwinnett School of Rock

11:00: Taiwanese Drums
12:00: Sean Dean, Singer
1:00 - 2:00: Gwinnett School of Music

2:00 - 3:00: Green Flag Band

3:00 - 4:00: Adam Crane Classical Music Society
4:00 - 4:30: The Dance Project

Sunday, May 11:


12:00 - 12:30: Sounds of Suwanee
12:30 - 1:00: Raven and Red
1:15 - 2:00: Atlanta Chinese Dance Company
2:15 - 2:45: Drake School of Irish Dance
3:00 - 3:30: Jahara Phoenix
3:45 - 4:15: Compa Flamenco
4:30 - 5:00: Flat Rock Swing
5:00: Exit Strategy

12:30 - 1:00: Aananda Indian Dance
1:15 - 1:45: Raven and Red
2:00 - 2:45: Lawrenceville Com. Orchestra Quartet
3:00 - 3:45: Compa Flamenco
4:00: Gene Richards, the Sax Man

The Festival would not be possible without sponsors. For 2014 Barefoot in the Park Festival they include City of Duluth, Primerica, Binder's Art Supply, Gwinnett Medical Center, Gwinnett Magazine, Costco, Rotary Club of Duluth, Power House and Remodeling Group, Mobile Communications, Big Ring Media, Graphic Communications, American Backyard, Woody's Wholesale Nursery, Georgia Trail Golf Carts, Eye Candy, Forrestall CPA, and Daven's Clay.

The political wind in Georgia? We suspect it's blowing from right

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MAY 9, 2014 -- Is there a political change blowing in the wind in Georgia?


We won't know until November, though some say yes. Somehow, we doubt that Georgians will vote for wholesale political change in their leadership this year.

Yet talking with people throughout the state, you get two feelings:

1. Many are not at all happy with the way Nathan Deal has handled himself as governor. Besides what they perceive as a leader, they see him continuing to shoot himself in the foot by the way he handles matters.

2. The emergence of two well-known names in Democratic circles is giving rise to some people thinking perhaps the Democrats might have a chance at winning more races in this political year. Recognizable names at the top can't hurt the Democrats any, for sure.

Consider the political spectrum of the state: what was once entirely a Democratic landscape has changed greatly in the last 12 years. People are no longer voting automatically in the Democratic column. Republicanism has swept not only North Georgia, but we have seen old, entrenched Democratic strongholds in South Georgia courthouses make amazing changes.

Some of these very people who at one time would never consider voting Republican have been doing that in much of South Georgia for several years now. But these days some are getting disenchanted with the Republicans, and thinking about making a reverse switch. They will tell you: "It's the same old crowd who's running things. They are Republicans in name only, and it's time to show them up." So, somewhat unexpected for some conservatives, they're thinking of voting Democratic "to give some new people in the Democratic Party some energy."

Another element that has shown itself in recent years is that the Democratic Party has a heavy African-American bent today. That seemed to spell doom for Democrats for several years. Yet no viable major black Democrat has emerged to lead the party. While Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed seems waiting in the wings, he hasn't stepped forward on the statewide stage lately, even though his steady approach could appeal to disenfranchised whites.

Yet in 2014, here comes Jimmy Carter's grandson, a state senator, making waves and getting some attention in taking on what seemed to be a shoo-in of a sitting Republican governor. Couple that with Sam Nunn's daughter, Michelle, running for a Senate seat at the same time, so here are two attractive legacies turning some heads, not only among Democrats, but also among independents.

For Ms. Nunn's chance, it may all boil down to who the Republicans nominate in the primary to be their Senate candidate. If they nominate Paul Broun or Phil Gingrey, that would mean the centrist Republicans might be looking for a better candidate, no matter what the party. That would make Michelle Nunn's chances look better.

We suspect the Republicans will hold with a broader nominee, perhaps David Perdue or Jack Kingston. In that case, the chances for the Democrats winning a Senate seat in Georgia would be far less likely. That also might help doom Senator Carter having a better chance at victory against Governor Deal.

As we started with, when the voting is counted, we suspect Georgians will favor the Republicans in 2014. But you can never tell. Gwinnettians, especially Democrats, were sure surprised 30 years ago (1984) when Republicans swept every single contested election.

We must await the tally to find out.

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Gates Millennium scholarships go to 15 Gwinnett achievers

A group of Gwinnett County Public Schools seniors recently learned that their hard work in high school will benefit them in college as they will have their entire college career paid in full.

The 15 students have been named 2014 Gates Millennium Scholars and join a group of 1,000 students from across the nation to receive the honor this year. This year's honorees from Gwinnett and the colleges they plan to attend are:

  • Micheline Amisi of Archer High: University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill;
  • Oluwatomisin "Tomi" Adelusi of Brookwood High: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT);
  • Paula Deroseney of Dacula High: Emory University;
  • Chinye Ijeli of Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology: University of Chicago.
  • Jonathan Peraza of Meadowcreek High: Emory University;
  • Nabilah Khanam of Meadowcreek High: Georgia State University;
  • Caridad Milanes of Meadowcreek High: Georgia State University;
  • Thaxton Lipscomb of Mountain View High: Clemson University;
  • Thien-Phuoc Do of Norcross High: Emory University or University of Chicago;
  • Josselyn Garcia of Norcross High: Emory University;
  • Benazir Haseen of Norcross High: Georgia State University;
  • Annie Yang of North Gwinnett High: University of California, Berkeley or University of Georgia.
  • Hildana Haileyesus of Parkview High: Duke University.
  • Brian Chung of Peachtree Ridge High: Dartmouth University;
  • Brandon Johnson of Shiloh High: New York University.

In addition to the full scholarship for undergraduate work, the Gates Millennium Scholars also qualify for funding to cover graduate and doctoral work in the areas of computer science, education, engineering, library science, mathematics, public health or science. The program, funded by a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, promotes academic excellence for outstanding minority low-income students.

National Forest offers summer Youth Conservation Corps

Chattahoochee Oconee National Forests are partnering with the Greening Youth Foundation (GYF) to recruit and hire young people ages 15 to 19 for summer Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) crew. Applications and resumes will be accepted until May 19, 2014.

YCC is a summer employment program for youth from all segments of society who work, learn and earn together by doing projects on public land. Youth are provided an opportunity to increase their self-esteem and learn self-discipline. They learn work ethic and build lasting cultural bridges with other youth. YCC is administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture - Forest Service, and the U. S. Department of Interior's Fish and Wildlife Service and National Park Service.

Youth selected for the four-person crew and crew leader positions will learn how to reduce, plan, and mitigate impacts to natural resources through trail maintenance and dispersed recreation management projects. Crew members will work June 2, 2014 through July 18, 2014, from the Blue Ridge Ranger District office in Blairsville.

The program is open to all 15 through 19 year-olds who are citizens or permanent residents of the United States. Applicants must be 15 years of age by the program start date and not over 19 years of age by program end.

Those interested may complete applications at, or pick them up at the Blue Ridge Ranger District office. Applications and resumes may be emailed to Abita Jones at For additional information, phone (404) 254-4827.

Suwanee's 4th annual Arts in the Park festival coming May 17

Arts in the Park returns to Suwanee's Town Center Park for the fourth year on Saturday, May 17, with a retro theme of "Peace, Love and Arts in the Park." The park will be filled from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. with more than 75 exhibiting artists, tie-dyed t-shirts, look-alike performers from the 1970s, and a happy, energetic vibe.

Presented by the North Gwinnett Arts Association and sponsored by Nalley Automotive, Arts in the Park celebrates art in all its wonderful forms. Exhibiting artists' works, all of which have been juried, include jewelry, painting, pottery, woodworking, glass, photography, iron, multimedia, and more. Many artists will demonstrate their work onsite as well.

NGAA President Vickie Johnson says: "I love all the creativity in the air, It's exciting for me to see how young people really get into this. There's just such an energy. It's really an extension of Suwanee's play, live, and smile. It's the creative side of Suwanee."

In addition to artists and their artwork, the festival will offer performance art. The Imperial OPA group, who offered such energetic performances at the festival two years ago, will return with colorful high-wire and human pyramid stunts. Others will perform music from the 1970s in a variety of genres, including country and bluegrass

Once again this year, the festival will host a chalk walk competition for children and adults. The $10/person registration is available at or at the festival. Area businesses also may sponsor a chalk re-creation of their logo for $50.

The Suwanee Public Arts Commission is sponsoring a sidewalk painting by Florida street artist Michael V. LasCasas, to be unveiled between the Town Center stage and Buford Highway during the festival. This artwork, says NGAA member Chris DeJaegher, is to be "an ethereal, very colorful, 70s-ish type drawing" that will incorporate the bubbles of Suwanee's new logo and appear to be 3D when viewed through a camera lens. The acrylic sidewalk painting is designed to last about one year.

Onion Man Productions plans 6th 10-minute plays presentation

Onion Man Productions will again present a collection of 10 minutes plays in Norcross at Lionheart Theatre, 10 College Street. The plays will run Thursday through Saturday plus Sunday from May 29 to June 8. Tickets for the plays are from $12-$16.

This is the sixth year that Onion Man Productions has presented local playwright dramas in Norcross. Director James Beck says the plays are "….a journey through a collection of original 10-minute plays that explore different worlds and bring us home to places we know well."

Other directors for the collection include Daniel Carter Brown, Patrick Young. Providing the original score is Jeremy Clark. Actors in the production include Sheila Allen, Maggie Blaeser, Celeste Campbell, Jeremy Clark, Nicole Convis, Lory Cox, Adelle Drahos, Ben Humphrey, Jenish Joseph, Brandi Kilgore, Nikki LaShae, Daryle Maroney, Erin McCulley, Stephanie McFarlane, Joe McLaughlin, Susan Moss, Derek Odom, Rick Perera, Erika Ragsdale, Cat Roche, Kevin Savage, Bob Smith, Paige Steadman, Anna Tucker, Jillian Walzer and Evan Weisman.

The playlist includes:

  • Train to Tranquility by Raymond Fast: We share the same space, but do we live in the same world?
  • Voice Activated by Steven D Miller: Being human is a very curious thing.
  • Far From Connecticut by Laura King: Candace's white-washed world explodes into a kaleidoscope of color when she exits the train at the wrong stop.
  • Art - Official Intelligence by Daniel Guyton: Steampunk style, two robots grapple with sabotage, perfection and the question of art.
  • The Mullahs and the Mamas by Sondra Ilgenfritz: Welcome to the Queendom, where women create the law and men are expected to obey.
  • The Samaritan by Kevin Kincheloe: No man is an island, until your car breaks down.
  • Getting By by Janie Young: When you're pounding the pavement, don't forget to look both ways.
  • Pleased to Meet You by Steve Pryor: The upgrade has never meant quite so much.

Greer joins Eagle Ranch as director of development


Eagle Ranch, one of Georgia's largest homes for children in crisis, has a new Director of Development. Kelly Greer will help lead the Ranch's community outreach and fundraising efforts. Greer joins the Ranch after serving 16 years as the publisher of Gwinnett Magazine.

Greer replaced Jan Ros, who retired from her role as Director of Development after more than 20 years of service in various roles with the Ranch. In her new role, Greer will be responsible for helping to share Eagle Ranch's mission throughout Northeast Georgia as well as overseeing fundraising events and activities. Greer received a bachelor of Science in Business from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Local agency names Manley as interim creative director

Rock Paper Scissors supports small businesses, non-profits, and manufacturers with graphic design, branding, marketing and web development in the greater Atlanta area. Beckie Manley, its new interim creative director (CD), comes to the agency after the recent passing of Cynthia Sutt, founder, and creative director of the agency, who was with the agency for 28 years.


Mrs. Manley was among the first designers Cindy Sutt hired in the mid-90's as RPS's growth accelerated. Seeing her potential, Cindy offered Ms. Manley her first design job over 20 years ago. In doing so, Cindy left her mark, and that mark has been with Manley throughout her career. Currently, Manley is president and CD of her own agency, JDA, with multiple offices across the country.

This is the first of many changes on the horizon for Rock Paper Scissors as it cultivates Cindy's garden and plants new seeds, developing high-caliber creative campaigns to serve the clients that RPS supports.

Lilburn Woman's Club spearheads post office beautification

Members of the Lilburn Woman's Club Conservation Program organized a community event which brought together several volunteer organizations with one purpose -- to give the Lilburn Post Office grounds a spring makeover in celebration of Earth Day.

A recent clean-up day

LWC members Kate Pittman, Barbara Brooks, Penny Brown, Gloria Sill, Sandra Hawkins, Chris Giddens, Jenny Nall and Gloria's husband, Bob Sill, set aside time on a Saturday and brought implements and lots of positive energy. This is the second year that the LWC Conservation members have tackled the Post Office beautification project. Trees and shrubs have been pruned, the roses are blooming, the trees that were planted last year are leafing out, and much of the overgrowth has now been tamed. Thanks to Jim Lacey from Georgia Outdoor Solutions, Inc. who donated free mulch, and Diana Preston who donated pine straw from the Lilburn Community Partnership funds. Parkview and Brookwood ROTC volunteers, the Parkview Beta Club volunteers, and Tommy and Toni Monti from the Knights of Columbus worked together to help lighten the workload.

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Freedom Riders' bus firebombed when it reaches Alabama

(From previous edition)

Though the Freedom Riders chastened by their first encounter with violence in South Carolina, the activists maintained their course through South Carolina, arriving on May 12 in Augusta, Georgia, where they were served courteously at both terminal lunch counters. Buoyed by their reception there, they departed for Atlanta the following morning, passing without incident through Athens, the site of a recent desegregation struggle at the University of Georgia.

If they were relieved by their experiences in Augusta and Athens, the riders were likely shocked by what awaited them in Atlanta. In "the City Too Busy to Hate," riders were greeted by throngs of supporters, many of them students and veterans of the city's sit-in movement.

That evening, they dined at one of the city's most popular black-owned restaurants with Martin Luther King Jr., who commended their courage and commitment to nonviolent protest. Although his comments to the larger group remained positive, King confided to Simeon Booker, a journalist covering the journey for Ebony and Jet, that segregationists were plotting to attack the riders when they reached Birmingham, Ala. "You will never make it through Alabama," warned the civil rights leader.

Events in Alabama confirmed King's worst fears. Although riders aboard the Greyhound coach suffered no serious injuries, their bus was firebombed when a pair of flat tires forced it to pull over to the side of the road outside the city of Anniston. Riders aboard the Trailways bus were less fortunate; a mob of angry whites descended on the group when they attempted to disembark in Birmingham, seriously injuring many of the passengers.

Despite their hopes of pushing forward toward Montgomery, the injuries sustained in Birmingham and the unavailability of police protection forced the original group of Freedom Riders to suspend their journey. With logistical support from the attorney general's office in Washington, the group boarded a plane on May 15 bound for New Orleans, La., the trip's final destination.

Only two days later, however, a second group of Freedom Riders composed of veterans of the student-led Nashville Movement in Nashville, Tenn., volunteered to resume the protest. After securing financial support, the group departed for Birmingham, where they were arrested and detained overnight. Shortly before midnight on May 18, a police caravan led by Birmingham Chief of Police Eugene "Bull" Connor escorted the Nashville riders out of town and dropped them off in a remote location just over the Tennessee state line.

By the following afternoon, however, the Nashville riders had arranged for a return passage to Birmingham, where they were welcomed by a second group of Nashville-based volunteers that had arrived only a few hours earlier to continue the trip to Montgomery and beyond.

Under pressure to defuse tensions in the region, U.S. Attorney General Robert Kennedy meanwhile worked behind the scenes to secure police protection for the riders from Alabama governor John Patterson. Despite the governor's commitment, however, the riders were unprotected when they entered Montgomery on May 20, 1961. Unaccompanied by police escorts, they were attacked upon their arrival at the terminal, and many riders suffered serious injuries.

(To be continued)

Colorful patterns

CLUE: Today's Mystery Photo may be an easy one, as these colorful patterns may tell you something. Now tell us where you think this is, along with your name and address, and send to

First in with the correct answer to the last Mystery Photo was Charles Anderson of Lawrenceville. Then came Karen Burnette Garner of Dacula, who recognized the "Double Arches in Arches National Park, Utah, five miles north of Moab, Utah." The photo was sent in by Beverly Loughter of Lawrenceville.

Others recognizing the scene included Susan McBrayer, Sugar Hill; Bob Foreman, Grayson; Jim Nelems, Peachtree Corners; and Harriett Nichols, Trickum, who said: "I recalled from over 50 years ago, that it is Double Arch located in Arches National Park, Moab, Utah."

On carrier

Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Equipment) Airman Malikia Greene, from Dacula, tightens a clamp on an arresting gear wire aboard aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). Ronald Reagan is currently moored and homeported in San Diego, Calif. at Naval Base Coronado. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jacob Estes.)


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More Thoughts Along the Road Less Traveled

"Sometimes the road less traveled is less traveled for a reason."

-- Entertainer and Comedian Jerry Seinfeld (1954 - )



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.


  • (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.



Democrats (click on link to see answers)

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

Todd Anthony Robinson

Republicans (click on link for answers)

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


Democrats (click on link to see answers)

Thomas E. "Tom" Brown

Henry C. "Hank" Johnson Jr.


Republicans (click on link for answers)

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




Gerald B. Beckum
Doreen Carter


Democrats (click on link to see answers)

Tarnisha L. Dent
Marion Spencer "Denise" Freeman
Jurita Forehand Mays
Alisha Thomas Morgan
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
Kira G. Willis
Richard L. Woods



Keith G. Heard
Elizabeth Liz Johnson



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



Republicans (click on link for answers)

Don Balfour
Mike Beaudreau
P.K. Martin


Democrats (click on link to see answers)

Tamara Johnson
Benedict Truman


Dick Anderson
Fran Millar



Gloria Butler

Mark Williams



Brooks Coleman
Jef Fincher
Dahlys R. Hamilton



Michael D. Brown
David Hancock



Renita Hamilton
Tim Hur



Republicans (click on link for answers)

John Heard
Alfie Meek

SCHOOL BOARD, District 2


Leon Hobbs
Ileana McCaigue
Dan Seckinger


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

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,

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.

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

(NEW) Business after hours, May 13, at 5:30 p.m. in Buford at the North Gwinnett Co-op, 4395 Commerce Drive in Buford. Hosted by the Buford Business Alliance.

(NEW) Studio Open House by Artist Kathy Fincher, May 16-18, Friday, Saturday from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., at 1881 Calvin Drive, Duluth. This will be the second annual open house. Come and enjoy.

(NEW) Local Author Day at the Five Forks Branch of Gwinnett County Public Library, Saturday, May 17, from 1 to 5 p.m. Meet local authors James Newnan, Mike Brown and Richard Hardin who will be selling and signing copies of their books. The branch is located at 2780 Five Forks Trickum Road in Lawrenceville, For more information, visit, call 770-978-5154.

(NEW) Stream Cleaning of Brumbelow Creek in Duluth, Saturday May 17, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Sponsored by Gwinnett Clean and Beautiful and the Department of Water Resources, the event will focus on recycling. Objects collected will be inventoried and repurposed in future art projects at the Hudgens Center for the Arts. Individuals and groups can register online at

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

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.

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


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


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


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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