RECYCLING VICTORY: Gwinnett Clean and Beautiful’s 31st Annual Bring One for the Chipper treecycling event was a great success, with some 8,000 trees recycled this year. Executive Director of GC&B Shelly Marlatt said: “I want to extend a special thank you to Gwinnett County’s Departments of Transportation, Parks and Recreation, as well as Fire and Emergency Services, for their continued partnership. This event would not be possible without their support or that of 1123 volunteers. The same holds true for all of our wonderful volunteers, recyclers and other community partners.“ The next event on GC&B’s calendar is Earth Day 2017, as it partners with Gwinnett County’s Solid Waste Division to host a free paper shredding event at Coolray Field on Saturday, April 22 from 9 a.m. to noon.IN THIS EDITION
TODAY’S FOCUS: Medical School To Hold $8 Million Groundbreaking for Addition
EEB PERSPECTIVE: Lawrenceville Getting New Way To Buy Books Saturday: By the Pound
ANOTHER VIEW: American Concern about Global Warming at Eight Year High
SPOTLIGHT: Gwinnett County Public Library
FEEDBACK: Marginalizing One Segment of Voters Nothing but Gerrymandering
UPCOMING: Suwanee To Have First Full Marathon in Gwinnett on February 26
NOTABLE: Four from Gwinnett Among Top 40 Innovative Companies in Georgia
RECOMMENDED: It Can’t Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis
GEORGIA TIDBIT: Alliance Theatre in Atlanta Grows in Offering Prestige Plays
TODAY’S QUOTE: Why Wilbur Wright Declined a Speech
MYSTERY PHOTO: This Time the Mystery Is a Famous Horseman
LAGNIAPPE: Boy Scout Creates Snellville Memorial of 9/11 Attack
CALENDAR: Read what’s happening around GwinnettTODAY’S FOCUS
Medical school to hold groundbreaking for $8 million addition
By Barbara Myers, Suwanee, Ga. | A groundbreaking and ribbon cutting for a more than $8 million facility investment are planned for Wednesday, Feb. 22, at 11 a.m. at Georgia Campus – Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (GA-PCOM) in Suwanee. The Gwinnett community is invited to help the medical college celebrate.
With a combined investment of $8 million+, a physical therapy education center and additional research space are being constructed in a 20,000 square foot area. In addition, a Simulation Center opened recently in another area and will be officially dedicated.
Chief Campus Officer Bryan Ginn says: “PCOM continues to invest and grow its health science programs in Gwinnett in response to demonstrated educational need in our region and our state.” He added, “These capital investments of more than $8 million will pay dividends toward our student’s educational outcomes in both existing and new academic programs, and enhance GA-PCOM’s role in educating future healthcare providers.”
The theme of the day will be: “Together we are building a stronger, healthier community” which speaks to both the PCOM community and the Gwinnett and Georgia communities at large. As GA-PCOM adds and enhances programs, the campus-wide community benefits. As these programs educate students and produce graduates, the wider community benefits as more providers are available to treat patients.
As the physical therapy education center is constructed, a physical therapy education program is under development. GA-PCOM is seeking accreditation for this program from the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE). The college plans to submit an Application for Candidacy, which is the formal application required in the pre-accreditation stage, on December 1, 2017.
If candidacy status is granted, the college will admit the inaugural class of students in June 2018.
Through the use of patient actors and simulators, the Simulation Center gives GA-PCOM students a supportive environment to practice clinical skills, develop crucial communication abilities, and demonstrate clinical competence prior to treating real patients. Patient actors, also known as standardized patients, are trained to document the skills of students and to provide them with honest and constructive feedback based on clinical performance. Sessions are recorded on video for evaluation and review by faculty members and students.
The Center also uses state-of-the-art human patient simulators to train students. The simulators are full-body mannequins that breathe and have heartbeats, pupils that react to light and medications, pulses that can be felt at eight locations, and lung sounds. They can also talk and accurately mimic human physiology responses to procedures such as CPR, intubation, ventilation, and catheterization. In addition, birthing and neonatal simulators are available to provide a complete birthing experience before, during and after delivery. Surgical, virtual, ultrasound and multi able trainers are also available.
Ginn sums it up: “Together we are building a stronger, healthier community.”
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Lawrenceville getting new way to buy books Saturday: By the pound
By Elliott Brack, editor and publisher | Gwinnett and all of Atlanta on Saturday will have a new way to buy high quality used books — by the pound!
The book store’s name is “Books by the Pound,” a new concept opening Saturday in Lawrenceville at 860 Georgia Highway 120, across from Fairview Presbyterian Church, near the intersection of Georgia Highway 316. The new retail idea will also sell used video games, music CDs and boxed sets of television shows….all at tremendous discounts.
Justin Krewatch of Suwanee, founder of the idea, who has three partners, says the pricing is designed to be at least half what competitors of used items charge.
More than 70,000 titles are to be available initially, in 38 categories of books and games. And if after three months the concept takes off, the owners are anticipating eventually stocking 250,000 titles at this first location. The parent company, four year old Amerfolio LLC of Suwanee, which moved to Suwanee from Charleston, S.C. in 2014, already fulfills used books online through many third party web sites, including Amazon, Book World, ABE Books and other similar sites. Its online sales are approximately $3 million annually.
When you walk into the 20,000 square foot site (formerly a Staples), all you see is folding table-after-folding table (230 of them) loaded with books with the spine up. Customers may feel overwhelmed. Carts are available for them to load their choice books. “Eventually we plan shelves, so we can add more books,” he says.
While the company will sell books, it will also buy books—for store credit. Teachers as well as active and retired military receive 10 percent off all purchases, with ID.
The company buys and processes 90,000 used books a week. It then sorts each individual book through a sophisticated computerized program, which sends each book to different segments for placement in the retail or wholesale sites.
The titles are current, but the prices are a fraction of retail: $3.99/pound for the first three pounds, $2.99/pound for the next five pounds and $1.99/pound for the rest.
Krewatch is married with four children, and originally from Mount Pleasant, S.C. He is a graduate of William and Mary College, and was attending the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky. when he got the idea to re-sell books. “I saw several copies of a theological textbook selling for $4.99, and I bought them all, knowing that those textbooks were selling for $25 or more. I put a notice on the bulletin board and immediately sold them. That’s when I figured I was on to something.”
He came to feel that “used books were too expensive for the public, and should be more affordable. We’ve been working on this concept for several years, and officially open on Saturday.”
CEO of Amerifolio is Kevin Shaw of Snellville, who is married and has three children. He quips: “Since I am a Georgia Tech engineer, books are new to me.”
Shaw said their firm has about 40 total employees, most in the processing center in Suwanee. “We process about two truckloads a week. Sometimes we find a first edition. And we also find books autographed by famous people, both going to the auction sites.”
Another location on Riverside Drive, with four employees, handles fulfillment for online book sites, processing on an average day 1,000-2,000 books.
The other principal investor is Todd Harrison of Lawrenceville, of PureFun, which distributes items to child care centers. Another owner is Chris Williams of Louisville, Ky., who works remotely, finding suppliers on the wholesale market.
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American concern about global warming at 8-year high
(Editor’s Note: The writer is a retired civil service employee and a member of the Gwinnett chapter of the Citizens Climate Lobby.—eeb)
By Bert Schuster, Buford, Ga. | Americans are taking global warming more seriously than at any time in the past eight years, according to a March 2016 Gallup Poll. Sixty-four percent of US adults say they are worried either “a great deal” or “a fair amount” about global warming. Forty-one percent believe that global warming “will eventually pose a serious threat to them or their way of life.”
Another important finding of this survey is that “65% of Americans [are] now saying increases in the Earth’s temperature over the last century are primarily attributable to human activities rather than natural causes.” This is a significant shift in popular opinion, though it lags significantly behind the overwhelming consensus in the scientific community.
What can we, as individuals and as a society, do about climate change? What can we do to cut down on greenhouse gas emissions that are responsible for an array of climate impacts all over the world? To reduce their “carbon footprint,” some people opt for hybrid or electric cars, reset their thermostats, put solar panels on their roofs, or make sure their funds are not invested in fossil fuel companies. Such individual steps are laudable, but we need to act as a community. Our country’s energy system as whole is already changing–witness the increased use of solar and wind energy–but we need to take steps to speed up the process.
To gradually but drastically reduce our reliance on coal, oil, and gas, we must have a plan to bring about the desired changes in our energy markets. But how do you do that without hurting the economy or cutting jobs or limiting people’s freedom of choice or creating more government bureaucracy? The answer, put forth by many economists, is to put a price on the carbon content of fossil fuels and thereby provide incentives for industry to develop cleaner energy technologies.
Fee and Dividend is the name of one particular proposal, espoused by the eminent climate scientist James Hansen and former Treasury Secretaries George Shultz and Hank Paulson. Fee and Dividend is a market-based solution: once adopted, the fee would be levied at the point of extraction (mine of well) or point of entry at the rate of $15 per ton on the CO2 equivalent emissions of fossil fuels.
Each subsequent year, the rate would increase by $10. All funds collected by the fee, minus a small administrative fee, would be returned as a monthly dividend to American households, based on their size. It is estimated that two thirds of households would break even or receive more than they would pay in higher prices.
As a result, consumers would be able to make smart choices about their energy use. An independent study of the probable effect of this policy on the US economy predicted that after twenty years, there would be a 50% reduction of carbon emissions below 1990 levels. Furthermore, 2.8 million additional jobs would be created, and 230,000 premature deaths due to air pollution would be avoided. More.
While the incoming Trump administration does not take climate change seriously, there are some encouraging signs that Senators and members of Congress are more inclined to listen to scientists and economists. And a Yale public opinion poll taken after the last election showed that more than six in ten Trump voters support taxing and/or regulating the pollution that causes global warming. More.
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Marginalizing one segment of voters nothing but gerrymandering
Editor, the Forum:
Since gerrymandering is the most powerful tool for the political party in charge to best stay in charge for the next decade, it’s no wonder that the process isn’t being legislated out of use in most all states.
In the last elections, only 36 of the 435 seats were competitive. In my home state of Virginia, a Democrat was anticipating a strong challenge from a Republican, so he was able to have the lines redrawn which removed a small chunk of his district where the potential Republican candidate resided, so that he was no longer eligible to compete. But, as it turned out, he got the location of the residence wrong, so the Republican successfully ran and defeated the Democrat.
It’s illegal to draw district lines based on racial makeup, but not on party makeup. However, that line must be very blurry since the African-American presidential vote has been 90 percent or higher Democratic for the last 40 years, and all non-white voters have voted Democratic at a rate of 85 percent or higher. I’m not a betting man, but I would guess that state redistricting lines seem to marginalize the non-white votes in Republican states and vice-versa for Democratic controlled state legislatures.
— George Graf, Palmyra, Va.
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Suwanee to have first full marathon in Gwinnett on Feb. 26
The City of Suwanee has recently released its 2017 events calendar, featuring over 40 events, including 18 runs/walks and 11 brand new events.
On Saturday, April 15 at 5:30 pm, the city invites everyone to get lit in Town Center at the Glow in the Park community lantern parade! Inspired by the Atlanta BeltLine Lantern Parade, Glow in the Park will feature a strolling jazz band leading an illuminated pageant of light, music, and color through Old Town and down the Brushy Creek Trail, ending at a concert starring 80s cover band Electric Avenue at Town Center Park.
Suwanee will kick off the new events with the first full marathon ever held in Gwinnett County – the Suwanee Marathon on February 26. Furry favorite Woofstock will return in an expanded form on Saturday, May 6 and Sunday, May 7. The very popular Food Truck Fridays are back the first Friday of the month April-September, with the exception of July.
Other returning favorites include:
- Suwanee Beer Fest – March 18;
- Arts in the Park – May 13;
- August Concert and Wing Fest – August 12;
- Suwanee Fest – September 16-17;
- Movies Under the Stars (double features) – June 3, July 22, August 19; and
- Farmers Market – Saturdays from May 13-September 20.
The full calendar of new and returning events is available on the What’s New/Events page at Suwanee.com.
Gwinnett’s Concussion Institute to host 3rd annual event
Gwinnett Medical Center’s Concussion Institute will host the third annual Concussion Baseline Testing Day at various locations across Gwinnett County on Saturday, February 25. This year’s events, held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., will include testing opportunities for children, youth and adults.
Concussions can happen anytime, anywhere and to anyone. Having a baseline of how your brain functions on a normal day helps doctors better diagnose and treat you if you are ever concussed. It’s a simple, computer-based test that only takes about 30 minutes to complete.
Through its partnership with Gwinnett County Public Schools, Gwinnett YMCA locations and the Gwinnett County Public Library, GMC welcomes anyone ages five and up to visit the following locations to receive a free baseline: Discovery High School; Mountain View High School; North Gwinnett High School; Peachtree Ridge High School; Shiloh High School; JM Tull Gwinnett Family YMCA; Robert D. Fowler YMCA; and Hamilton Mill Library (Pediatric Testing Site)
- Registration is required and space is limited. To register testers ages 12 and up, visit gwinnettmedicalcenter.org/baselineday. Call 678-312-7880 to register testers ages 5-11.
Fun day at Kudzu Art Zone will benefit Down Syndrome Association
Among the activities there will be face painting and creativity stations for children, a fine art exhibit, refreshments, and a silent auction. Offerings at the auction will include small works of original art, wine, activity baskets, children’s books and other items. The bidding continues until 3 p.m.
Kudzu Art Zone is located at 116 Carlyle Street in Norcross. For details on this event or news of classes, workshops and other activities at Kudzu call 770-840-9844 or see the website: www.kudzuartzone.org.NOTABLE
Four from Gwinnett among top 40 innovative companies in state
Four Gwinnett companies are among the top 40 Innovative Technology Companies of Georgia, as announced by the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG). The Top 40 Awards recognize Georgia-based technology companies for their innovation, financial impact, and their efforts at spreading awareness of the state’s technology initiatives throughout the U.S. and globally.
This year four Gwinnett area companies were among the 2017 Top 40 Innovative Technology Companies:
- ETI Software Solutions, Norcross;
- GoProcure, Duluth;
- Navicure, Duluth; and
- Sovereign Systems, Norcross.
This year’s Top 40 were selected from among over 110 applications submitted by companies from across Georgia. Companies selected for the “Top 40” will be showcased in an exhibition at The 2017 Georgia Technology Summit.
Duluth’s Senthil wins William Day DAR Chapter essay contest
Duluth High student Vani Senthil , center, has won the Christopher Columbus Essay Contest, sponsored by the William Day Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution in Duluth. Her topic was “Technology’s Impact on the Voyage of Christopher Columbus.” Duluth’s DAR chapter awarded Vani a medal, certificate and check. On the left is Essay Chairman Kris White, while Regent Ginny Harrell is on the right. The annual essay contest is sponsored by NSDAR and the National Italian American Foundation for students in grades 9-12.RECOMMENDED
It Can’t Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis
From Mike Wood, Peachtree Corners | In a moment ripe for right-wing extremism, It Can’t Happen Here, written in 1935, becomes a cautionary, dystopian tale about the fragility of democracy. It portrays autocratic presidents making ‘unkeepable’ promises to restore mainstream, middle-class Americans to the comfortable lives they once enjoyed. Current promises would punish enemies of the displaced middle-class (corporations engaged in global labor sourcing and immigrants to America, especially illegals) embroiled in economic turmoil and desperately seeking solutions. The 1935 enemies were primarily bankers, but included the liberal media. Lewis taps into the angst many felt in 1935; he somehow anticipates the concerns that many Americans feel in 2017. The threats then and now will make today’s people wonder where our federal government will lead us. For a clear-eyed look at what America may find itself up against, read this prescient, 82-year old novel.
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Alliance Theatre in Atlanta grows in offering prestige plays
(Continued from previous edition)
As a direct result of Kenny Leon’s efforts, the African American audience at Alliance Theatre productions grew from less than five percent in 1990 to 25 percent in 2003. Also during the 1990s the theater hosted several world premieres by Georgia playwrights, including Blues for an Alabama Sky (in 1995) by Pearl Cleage and Alfred Uhry’s The Last Night of Ballyhoo (in 1996).
Plays by African Americans featured on the Alliance stage during Leon’s tenure include Joe Turner’s Come and Gone (in 1988), August Wilson’s Fences (in 1989), Cleage’s Flyin’ West (in 1992), and James Baldwin’s The Amen Corner (in 1996).
Multicultural musicals, such as David Bell’s The Boys from Syracuse (in 1994), adapted by Bell from the Rodgers and Hart original, and Hot Mikado (in 1997), also adapted by Bell from Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado, were also part of Leon’s legacy, as were dance productions like Debbie Allen’s Soul Possessed (in 2000). Leon’s tenure helped to raise the Alliance’s national profile, and significant funding from the Shubert Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Lila Wallace Reader’s Digest Fund was awarded during this time.
The company turned 3o years old during the 1998-99 season and noted its anniversary with the world premiere of Elton John and Tim Rice’s musical, Elaborate Lives: The Legend of Aida. The production moved to Broadway under the name Aida in the spring of 2000 and won four Tony Awards.
Leon resigned as artistic director in June 2001, and a national search led to the appointment of Susan V. Booth, from the Goodman Theatre in Chicago, Il., as artistic director in July 2001. Kent Gash, from the Alabama Shakespeare Festival in Montgomery, Ala., also joined the company as associate artistic director. Under Booth’s tenure, the Alliance Children’s Theatre has grown significantly and has added to the season’s calendar a production created by a young adult. Booth also created a City Series showcase for the Alliance Stage that highlighted the work of four Atlanta theater companies.
In 2004 the organization changed its name to the Alliance Theatre. That same year, the Alliance premiered the musical stage version of Alice Walker‘s novel, The Color Purple, which opened on Broadway in December 2005.
The Alliance sponsored its first annual playwriting competition in 2003. Students from approximately 20 graduate playwriting programs are invited to submit works for consideration, and the winning play is produced on the Alliance stage. The winner and finalists are also offered networking opportunities with the theater communities in Atlanta and New York City.
In 2005 the Kendeda Fund, of the Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund, pledged $1.5 million to finance the competition, which was subsequently named the Kendeda Graduate Playwriting Competition at the Alliance Theatre. In 2007 the Alliance received a Tony Award for outstanding regional theater.
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This time, the mystery is a famous horseman
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The mystery for the last edition was sent in by Roving Photographer Frank Sharp of Lawrenceville, after visiting Fernbank Museum of Natural History in Atlanta. It depicts the new Fernbank Forest trails which can be entered at the back of the museum on the lower level by the atrium.
There are two loop trails. The outer loop is 1.7 miles and the Interpretive loop is .8 mile. Frank says that “The trails are very easy to walk with no steep grades and lots of tree coverage. One neat future is the actual trees by the trail and a cut-off log attached to the trail showing the trees texture which you can feel. They also have a sensory display which you can also feel. A restroom is found in the Kendeda Pavilion on the trail.” You can see other features of this trail in additional photos here.
Only person to recognize the new Atlanta landmark was someone from Virginia, the usual George Graf of Palmyra, Va. He wrote: “This is the Wildwoods Entrance to Fernbank Forest which are part of the Fernbank Museum of Natural History which is on Clifton Road. In the late 1800s, a nature-lover named Emily Harrison grew up in an area east of Atlanta which she called ‘Fernbank.’ Along with others, Harrison created a charter for Fernbank in 1938 and purchased the 70 acres of woodland on which Fernbank Museum now stands. Following master planning and designs by the Cambridge, Mass.-based architectural firm, Graham Gund Architects, ground was broken in 1989, and on October 5, 1992, Fernbank Museum of Natural History opened to the public.”LAGNIAPPE
Boy Scout creates Snellville memorial of 9/11 Attack
Keval Amin was just an infant during the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. But the soon-to-be Eagle Scout chose to create an everlasting memorial recalling the tragic events of that day. On Monday, that memorial was revealed during a ceremony on the front lawn of City Hall. He’s shown with Mayor Tom Witts. Amin contacted the Port Authority of New York/ New Jersey and obtained a piece of the World Trade Center which sits on top of the memorial. The bottom of the monument, painted by Billie Bradford, features an American Flag.CALENDAR
Internal Revenue Service Coffee and Questions will be Saturday, February 18 at noon at the Centerville Branch of the Gwinnett County Public Library, 3025 Bethany Church Road, Snellville. IRS Manager Lonnie Melancon will be on hand to take questions. For more information, visit www.gwinnettpl.org or call 770-978-5154.
Wine About the Issues on February 21 at the 1910 Public House in downtown Lilburn to two legislators, Sen. P.K. Martin and Rep. Clay Cox. Sponsored by the Lilburn Woman’s Club, attendees can enjoy a complimentary beverage and light hors d’oeuvres. Seating is limited. For more details, contact to email@example.com.
Free Photography Workshop at Collins Hill Library Branch, 455 Camp Perrin Road, on February 21, at 6:30 p.m. Join the Georgia Nature Photographers Association for this informal talk and Q&A photography workshop. They will provide information about cameras, editing software, and tips for getting better photographs with the equipment you already have.
Oil and ‘Cold Wax’ is the focus of a new class at Kudzu Art Zone in Norcross. Expand your personal vocabulary and vision through a series of exercises that will loosen you up and help you discover techniques of moving paint. The class explores cold wax and other media to create expressive, richly surfaced paintings, using pigment sticks, graphite, ink, pastels and oil paint. This runs from February 22-25, from, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For details, supply lists or to register for classes, go www. kudzuartzone.org or phone 770-840-9844.
Looking for information on citizenship and naturalization? Let the Gwinnett County Public Library help you! Learn about the requirements and resources available to prepare for the naturalization test. Get help finding the forms you need, learn how to prepare for the interview, find free or reduced rate legal assistance, and learn how to avoid potential scams. In partnership with the U.S. Immigration Services, Gwinnett County Public Library is offering this free Citizenship Information Workshop on Thursday, February 23 at 6 p.m. at the new Lilburn Branch, 4817 Church Street, Lilburn, GA 30047. For more information, call 770-978-5154 or visit www.gwinnettpl.org.
Genealogy interest has exploded with the ease and availability of online research. Learn how to get started in this fun hobby and explore free genealogy databases, including the Library Edition of Ancestry.com and HeritageQuest. Join Gwinnett County Public Library, in partnership with the United Ebony Society of Gwinnett County, Inc., for this free Trace Your Roots: An African American Genealogy Workshop. This event takes place on Saturday, February 25 at 11 a.m. at the Centerville Branch, 3025 Bethany Church Road, Snellville. For more information, visit www.gwinnettpl.org or call 770-978-5154.
World Through the Lens Photo Show at the Tucker Library, 5234 LaVista Road. Photographer Frank Sharp’s images ae on display through February 25. The library is open on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. and on Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.
Cartooning for Teens and Cool Adults, with Lawrence Hardy. Drop-ins Welcome. Have you ever wanted to learn how to draw from your imagination? Want to learn how to draw action figures, faces and more? Welcome artist Lawrence Hardy as he shows you the fundamentals of drawing. The class is for the beginning to intermediate artists. Come sharpen your skills and pencil at Kudzu Art Center! Through March 11, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. To register for classes, go to www.kudzuartzone.org. Kudzu Art Zone is located in Norcross at 116 Carlyle Street, Norcross, phone 770-840-9844.SERVICES
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