1/5: Gwinnett Tech and vets; Waffle House’s founders; Coming elections

GwinnettForum  |  Number 16.74  |  Jan. 5, 2018

WELCOME CENTER: The city of Suwanee and the North Georgia Arts Association cooperate in a Welcome Center in Suwanee.  This joint venture allows the Association to have much-needed studio and class space in Suwanee Town Center, while also creating and staffing a welcome center for the city. Located at 3930 Charleston Market Street, the site is funded out of the hotel/motel tax fund. The 2,297 square-foot facility will feature studio space, art classes and workshops, open studio time, and a gallery.
For more information about the NGAA or art classes, visit www.ngaa4arts.com.
TODAY’S FOCUS: Two Military Organizations Rank Gwinnett Tech High in Veteran Circles
EEB PERSPECTIVE: CBS-TV Recognizes Contributions of Waffle House Founders
ANOTHER VIEW: Looking Ahead Toward the National Elections in the Coming Years
SPOTLIGHT: Precision Planning
FEEDBACK: More Suggestions on How You Can Protect Yourself Against Scammers
UPCOMING: Traveling Bicentennial Local Art Exhibit Starts Journey on January 16
NOTABLE: Rapidly Developing LED Bulbs Can Save Your Household Big Money
RECOMMENDED: The Greatest Showman (movie)
GEORGIA TIDBIT: Augustus Baldwin Longstreet Publishes First State Literary Work
TODAY’S QUOTE: Where W.C. Fields Wanted To Be If Living Life Over
MYSTERY PHOTO: Stone Wall Is The Photo Today; Where Is It?
CALENDAR: Realtors Plan Upcoming Business Expo

Two military organizations rank Gwinnett Tech high in veteran circles

CPO Galusha at Gwinnett Tech. Photo provided.

By Debra Bloom, Lawrenceville, Ga.  |  Gwinnett Technical College has once again been recognized as one of the best in the nation. The College has earned significant national recognition for their outstanding Veterans Services in Military Times and Military Friendly magazines.

Military Times released their Military Times Best: Colleges 2018 rankings, formerly known as Best for Vets. Gwinnett Tech is ranked fourth in the nation among career and technical colleges for its commitment to education and providing opportunities to America’s veterans, service members and their families. This marks the second consecutive year Gwinnett Tech has moved up in the rankings. In 2017, the College was ranked 19th in the nation.

Military Friendly has ranked Gwinnett Technical College eighth in the nation for its commitment, effort and success in creating sustainable and meaningful benefit for the military community. Gwinnett Tech also earned the 2018 Military Friendly Gold School designation by Victory Media, publisher of G.I. Jobs, STEM Jobs, and Military Spouse.

Dr. D. Glen Cannon, president of Gwinnett Technical College, says: “Gwinnett Tech is honored to be named one of the top colleges in the nation for Veterans. Our Office of Veterans Affairs continually strives to help prospective and current students transition from military life to civilian life.”

Travis Simpson, coordinator of Gwinnett Tech’s Office of Veterans Affairs adds: “Our office is deeply committed to helping veterans repurpose their military training and skills into lucrative careers in both public and private sectors. Through private philanthropy, Gwinnett Tech was the first technical college in Georgia to establish a dedicated Office of Veterans Affairs committed exclusively to serve veterans, spouses and dependents. Our community continues to financially assist the College in ensuring that those who have served our country, have outstanding service and assistance at Gwinnett Tech.”

Gwinnett Tech Veteran Services include benefit support, scholarships, dedicated computer lab, a  resource advocate and career counseling.

Each year, the distinguished list of Military Friendly Schools is provided to service members and their families across the country, helping them select post-secondary university and college, to receive the education and training needed to pursue a civilian career. Institutions earning the Military Friendly School designation are evaluated using both public data sources and responses from Victory Media’s proprietary survey. Only 1,160 institutions in the U.S. were awarded the designation this year.

Annually, Military Times invites career and technical colleges from across the U.S. to complete a rigorous survey comprised of 150 questions, about their operations involving current and former service members and their families. Additional data is then collected from the Veterans Affairs and Defense departments, as well as three Educational Department sources: the IPEDS Data Center, College Scorecard, and the Cohort Default Rate Database. Institutions are independently evaluated in five key categories: university culture, student support, academic outcomes/quality, academic policies and cost and financial aid.


CBS-TV recognizes contributions of Waffle House founders

By Elliott Brack, editor and publisher  |  Last Sunday on the CBS television program with Jane Pauley, Sunday Morning, it made me feel proud to hear the names of two Gwinnettians mentioned among those who died during the past year. It was perhaps the first time on Sunday Morning that anyone from Gwinnett had been highlighted as among the significant persons who had passed away in the previous year.

Pauley said: “Joseph Rogers and Tom Forkner shared a dream — of waffles, served 24 hours a day, 7 days a week! They both died this year at 97, and 98.”

How fitting that these two pioneers in “Good food fast” were mentioned. The Waffle House chain that the two built has long been a well-accepted operation for many, mostly in the South. However, now Waffle House has expanded to 25 states, and has more than 1,800 similar yellow-signed locations well known to travelers, and locals alike. The company has more than 40,000 people on the company roles.

Waffle House has become a barometer of conditions in areas where there has to have major catastrophes. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has its Waffle House Index, an informal metric to determine the likely scale of assistance required for disaster recovery.  The term was coined by FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate in May 2011, following the 2011 Joplin tornado, during which the two Waffle House restaurants in Joplin remained open. It is a barometer for how well an area will recover from a hurricane, tornado or other hazard.

Forkner, left, and Rogers. Photo via WaffleHouse.com

Waffle House has a hurricane relief team ready to jump into an affected area with loaded trucks and move to help in times of significant weather events, or any other disruption. The team takes along its own generators to keep the restaurant open in case of no electricity.

Waffle House became this powerhouse company when those two guys, Joe Rogers Sr. and Tom Forkner, who early on recognized that they were not just in the food business, but in the people business. Their teams are a friendly, close-knit group intent on helping people. You get that feeling when you walk into their restaurants, and are greeted by the employees calling out a “Good morning!” to each customer.

With its iconic name, and known for being open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, the company dishes out waffles, yes, but breakfast, lunch and dinner as well. It serves more T-bone steaks than any other group of food outlets.

Founded in 1955 in Avondale Estates, the two World War II veterans had their own area carved out to work in. Joe Rogers took care of the internal operations, while Forkner’s forte was selecting locations and handling construction. It wasn’t until 1999 that the two founders moved to more of an ambassador role in the company. However, both founders still kept their hand involved in the company up to near the time of their death.

They taught Waffle House executives to get out of their Norcross office, and spend most of the week visiting restaurants. Like the founders, when visiting these locations, the executive would find out if any staff member was absent and, if so, the executive would start washing  dishes, or cooking or busing tables to keep the operation smooth, fast and efficient.

Joe Rogers and Tom Forkner, long residents of Gwinnett, have left us with  tremendous legacy, and given particularly the South a symbol and formula for hard work and success. May they both rest in peace.


Looking ahead toward the national elections in the coming years

By Jack Bernard, contributing columnist  |  Frank Luntz is a conservative Republican pollster…  perhaps the most astute of his kind. In a Nov. 21, 2016 Time magazine column, he analyzed the results of the “shake-up” Presidential election. I believe he was spot on.


Per Luntz, 2016 polls were off because a certain segment of voters were so alienated that they chose not to participate in polling. I assume that when they were contacted, they probably said that they were just too busy to take the call. Undoubtedly, some of the more apathetic said that they were undecided, even though they were not, just to avoid an explanation or what they anticipated would be tacit disapproval by the interviewer.

But, more to the point, Luntz stated that the key to a successful presidency would be “if he can make peace with those he profited from attacking.” Per his Election Day polling, an amazing 69 percent of swing voters wanted “leaders who are willing to compromise and work with everyone to get things done.” Although 65 percent of Democrats agreed…only 35 percent of Republicans did.

Therefore, Trump has played to the base, taking extreme right-wing actions and unilaterally gutting regulations as well as issuing sometimes outrageous executive orders. For example, he withdrew from the Paris climate accords, although virtually all scientists (and many business leaders) opposed the move.

He, Ryan and McConnell pushed through a very unpopular tax cut for corporations and the wealthy with absolutely no input from across the aisle…and no Democrat voted   in either the Senate or the House. It is entirely Republican.

Using Luntz’s rationale, elections in 2018 and 2020 should be much different. Trump’s base, about one-third of the electorate, will be 100 percent with him. I spoke recently with a friend, a retired blue-collar worker barely making ends meet, and asked him why he still supports Trump. His answer was that he is not a Democrat.

Swing voters, the independents and moderates who voted for Trump because they wanted positive change rather than the same old party politics, will remember his intransigence and irrationality. They have turned against Trump and the GOP. And, African-Americans and Latinos are furious with our President.

One indication is that in Alabama, the reddest of red states, both of the Trump endorsed candidates (Luther Strange in the primary and Roy Moore in the general) lost. Minority voters are disgusted enough with Trump that they should come out in record numbers, as they did against Moore.


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More suggestions on how you can protect yourself against scammers

Editor, the Forum:

Your recent article about scammers I loved!  These folks, really criminals, are out there and they are vicious.  One thing I wish you would remind people about is the contact information.

Most of these scammers give you a phone number to call for verification.  People don’t always think and might call those numbers.  They should call others for verification, such as a car dealership of their brand of auto, or UPS, US Postal Service and the other delivery companies. They all have fraud units where you report any calls or emails to them.  Also, AOL doesn’t call, nor do the other Internet services, about repairs, etc.  They, too, have a fraud unit.

When in doubt call the company’s main number and you will be referred to the fraud department.  Ask for that fraud department number or email address so you can notify them directly.  If scammers get you once, you will get hit again.

Apparently, I have the worst computer in the world, because some company is always alerting me to hackers trying to get in and I need to up my protection.  They will fix everything and keep it running for $200-250 a year.  Of course, they would be the ones to cause the problems, I am sure.  Everything they offer is already FREE through your own internet provider. I guess I am going to have to learn other languages so I can give them a piece of my mind.

Also, did you know you have the right to ask to speak to a different service technician if you are having problems understanding.  My husband can’t hear thunder and if you put an accent or fast talker on the line, he really doesn’t get anything.  Just tell the person on the line you are having trouble understanding and you need to speak to someone else.  The company is required to get you to someone else and you can request as many changes to speakers as you need.

Another thing you might mention is that most of these people who help you on line get nothing but grief.  They didn’t cause the problem, but they are trying to solve it for you.  Ask to speak to their supervisor and brag on them by name. I know it is their job, but they take a lot of abuse and a kind word goes a long way in their job, just as it does in ours.

— Marlene Ratledge Buchanan, Snellville  

Found 366 Facts about Gwinnett great for trivia among the family

Editor, the Forum:

My family and I are enjoying your newest book, 366 Facts about Gwinnett.  Initially ordered them as stocking stuffers, and our family so enjoyed using/reading/playing Gwinnett County trivia after Christmas dinner this year.  Happy New Year 2018 and Happy Birthday Gwinnett County in December 2018.

— Linda Turner, Grayson.

Finds recent comment worthy of further discussion

Editor, the Forum:

This is in response to George’s Wilson’s opinion on the tax plan, “Once more unto the breach…”

Perhaps George is being intentionally dishonest, or if he’s just willfully ignorant. If I may, I’d like to respond to his remarks.

According to the Brookings Institute, the recently signed Tax Cuts and Jobs Act provides an income tax cut for just over 80 percent of taxpayers, with the average savings being $2,140. Feel free to look up their credentials. Brookings is not known as a hotbed of conservative policy. That does work out to about 2 percent, based on an average of $100,000 of family income.

Of course,2 percent of minimum wage is a lot smaller number, but many folks making minimum wage don’t pay income tax anyway. The reductions in the tax rates are targeted to the middle class. Folks making more money will get more tax relief, but they also pay a larger percentage of their income in taxes.

A family making $150,000 per year pays a lot more in than a family making $75,000. Simple math tells one that your real dollar benefit will be larger than that realized by a lower earner, but that only makes sense!

As for the repeal of the Obamacare individual mandate, that will not take health care away from anyone. People will be offered the choice to buy health insurance, not forced to do it. Those 13 million folks will be handed back their freedom of choice and their money, to do with as they see fit. I’m sure many will choose not to spend that money on insurance, but it is their money after all, yes?

Finally, I’ll remind George that several companies have indeed announced increases in their starting salaries. To name a few; Wells Fargo Bank, Comcast, BB&T, Wal-Mart, Target, and several more.

Reducing the tax on business income injects money into the private sector, which is the primary driver of economic activity in the US and the world. “Progressive” thinkers such as George forget that the government does not actually make any money….every dollar they spend is taken from someone in the form of taxes and fees. Keeping dollars in the hands of the people that earn them is a core conservative principle. I don’t see the need to launder my money through Washington, DC!

— Rick Hammond, Lawrenceville

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Traveling bicentennial local art exhibit starts journey on Jan. 16

As part of the Gwinnett 200 Bicentennial, a traveling art exhibit by local artists will tour the county from January 16 until December 18 with projects on life in Gwinnett County.

The Gwinnett 200 Bicentennial Art Exhibition celebrates Gwinnett’s rich history by bringing together original art, photos and book excerpts from several Gwinnett County artists. On display will be artwork and book excerpts from the late Charlotte Edwards Howerton, oil paintings by artist Peggy Sullens, mixed media artwork by several Kudzu Art Zone artists and a pictorial documentary of historic Gwinnett County.

Pieces of the exhibition will rotate among four locations: the Gwinnett Historic Courthouse in downtown Lawrenceville, George Pierce Park Community Recreation Center in Suwanee, Bethesda Park Senior Center in Lawrenceville, Peachtree Corners Branch Library, and Pinckneyville Park Community Recreation Center in Norcross.

The public is invited to attend the free artists’ reception on January 9 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Gallery Hall of the Gwinnett Historic Courthouse. Guests attending the reception can meet the artists and their families, enjoy light refreshments and get a sneak preview of the touring exhibition.

The Art Exhibition traveling schedule is below:

  • January 16 to April 10: Charlotte Howerton, Gwinnett Historic Courthouse, 185 Crogan Street, Lawrenceville; “Looking Back Through the Lens,” George Pierce Park Community Recreation Center, 55 Buford Highway, Suwanee; Kudzu Art Zone Artists, Pinckneyville Park Community Recreation Center, 4650 Peachtree Industrial Boulevard, Berkeley Lake; and Peggy Sullens, Bethesda Park Senior Center,225 Bethesda Church Road, Lawrenceville.
  • April 16 to July 10: Charlotte Howerton, George Pierce Park Community Recreation Center, Suwanee; “Looking Back Through the Lens,” Peachtree Corners Branch Library, 5570 Spalding Drive, Peachtree Corners; Kudzu Art Zone Artists, Bethesda Park Senior Center, 225 Bethesda Church Road, Lawrenceville; and Peggy Sullens, Gwinnett Historic Courthouse, Lawrenceville.’
  • July 16 to October 9:  Charlotte Howerton, Pinckneyville Park Community Recreation Center, Berkeley Lake; “Looking Back Through the Lens,” Bethesda Park Senior Center, Lawrenceville; Kudzu Art Zone Artists, Gwinnett Historic Courthouse, Lawrenceville; and Peggy Sullens, George Pierce Park Community Recreation Center, Suwanee.
  • October 15 to December 18; Charlotte Howerton, Bethesda Park Senior Center, Lawrenceville; “Looking Back Through the Lens,” Gwinnett Historic Courthouse, Lawrenceville; Kudzu Art Zone Artists, George Pierce Park Community Recreation Center, Suwanee; and Peggy Sullens, Pinckneyville Park Community Recreation Center, Berkeley Lake.

The traveling bicentennial exhibition is organized by staff members of Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation. For more information, call the Gwinnett Historic Courthouse at 770.822.5450 or visit www.gwinnettparks.com.

Improvements coming to 132-acre Alexander Park

A new dog park, picnic facilities, a playground and more will be added to Gwinnett’s 132-acre Alexander Park at 800 Old Snellville Highway south of Lawrenceville. Commissioners on Tuesday approved a nearly $4.6 million contract with Lovvorn Construction Inc.

The project includes a new entrance from Scenic Highway, an additional 325 parking spaces connected to the existing entrance drive off Old Snellville Highway, a pavilion, a playground, new trail connections, a restroom complex and a picnic shelter. A two-acre dog park will feature a separate area for small dogs.

Board of Commissioners Chairman Charlotte Nash said, “These upgrades will be great for Alexander Park, which already features a fishing lake and an 18-hole disc golf course.” She said funding comes from the 2014 and 2017 SPLOST programs approved by voters. Future plans for the park include the creation of a nature preserve on about 40 acres of land the County purchased last year. A timeline for that project has not yet been set.


Rapidly-developing LED bulbs can save your household big money

In Jackson EMC’s latest  Ty Talks installment, television star and home energy expert Ty Pennington discusses reasons why lighting a home with LED (Light Emitting Diode) bulbs is the best choice for lessening energy consumption and saving money.


The light-emitting diode, or LED, bulbs are rapidly-developing lighting technology—and today’s most energy efficient bulb. These brilliant innovations emit less heat and use less electricity than both their incandescent and CFL counterparts.

In fact, residential LEDs use up to 80 percent less energy and can last 25 times longer than traditional lightbulbs. That means if you twist in a new LED bulb today, considering the average use of a lightbulb, you won’t have to change it for another 10-15 years. Not only do today’s LED lightbulbs last longer, they are more durable and offer comparable and sometimes even better light quality than other lighting methods.

Further, unlike LED bulbs, incandescent bulbs produce heat that the HVAC system needs to compensate for and use more energy. Cooling the heat produced by 100-watt incandescent light bulbs costs around $1 per month. An LED bulb can also be turned off and on frequently without its lifetime or light emission being affected.

LED bulbs are more expensive than traditional bulbs, but their life expectancies are much longer. Traditional light bulbs last around 1,500 hours, while LED bulbs could last anywhere from 25,000 to 60,000 hours. A $12 LED bulb that meets ENERGY STAR requirements and is left on for three hours a day will pay for itself in roughly two years. LEDs cost less to operate and will last years longer, saving you money, in the long run, on both your power bill and bulb purchases.

Homeowners who change 40 light bulbs from traditional incandescent bulbs to LED bulbs could save $11 weekly on energy costs, which can add up to more than $500 yearly on energy bills.

So, that pack of LED bulbs may be more costly upfront, but they will need to be replaced less frequently and cost less in energy usage than traditional bulbs. As technology improves and LED manufacturers continue to innovate, more and more forms of LED bulbs will appear and become easier to maintain, provide connectivity with smart home devices and more.

You will get the greatest return on investment by replacing the bulbs you use most frequently or those that are difficult to replace.

Available on the Jackson EMC website, Ty shares tips on using smart thermostats, solar energy, home automation and more. View Ty’s Talk on lighting, and other at www.JacksonEMC.com/TyTalks.

Ty says, home energy is all about “doing more while consuming less.” Get started on your path toward an energy-efficient home by contacting Jackson EMC at 770-822-3211 to schedule a Home Energy Evaluation.

Ga-PCOM students coordinate gifts for Angel Tree project

If you look closely, you would have seen angels in our midst at Georgia Campus -Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (Ga-PCOM) prior to Christmas.

In the Atrium was an “Angel Tree,” surrounded by a multitude of donated gifts, a reminder of the generosity and goodwill of Ga-PCOM students, faculty and staff members.

The Angel Tree project, a campus-wide endeavor collected wished-for toys and supplies to give back to the community during the gift-giving season, was started last year by Hershika Patel (PharmD ’18), the 2016-17 Student Government Association (SGA) president. With her help, the SGA continued the project this year and hopes to make it an annual endeavor.

Students, including current SGA president Tyler Raeford (MS ’18), experienced the spirit of the season by delivering the donated gifts to shelters across Atlanta.

“We received about 65 gift donations from individuals and organizations,” Raeford explained. Items—including toys, clothing, bedding, toiletries and cleaning supplies—were selected from “wish lists” each shelter provided. These donations, he added, are being delivered to local shelters, such as the Atlanta Day Shelter for Women and Children and Solomon’s Temple.


The Greatest Showman (movie)

Reviewed by Cindy Evans, Duluth | Over the holidays, we saw this movie and really enjoyed it! Hugh Jackman was at his best! The dancing and music were also wonderful! I especially liked the A Million Dreams song. There were also great messages about making people smile and being loyal to your family and treating all people right. I would strongly recommend seeing this uplifting film on the big screen! It’s rated PG and is under two hours.

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Longstreet publishes first state literary work

In 1835 Augustus Baldwin Longstreet published Georgia’s first important literary work, Georgia Scenes, Characters, Incidents, Etc. in the First Half Century of the Republic. Because of this book he is remembered most often as a literary figure. Longstreet, however, only dabbled in fiction writing, just as he dabbled in many other careers, including roles as a lawyer, judge, state senator, newspaper editor, minister, political propagandist, and college president.


Augustus Baldwin Longstreet was born in Augusta in September 1790 to Hannah Randolph and William Longstreet. His father was a sometime politician and failed inventor. His mother was the driving force behind his education. He received his early schooling at Richmond Academy in Augusta and Hickory Gum Academy in Edgefield District, South Carolina.

In 1808 he enrolled in Moses Waddel’s famous academy in Willington, S.C., and in 1811 he matriculated at Yale University in New Haven, Conn. While in college Longstreet regaled his teachers and fellow students with stories that he would later publish in Georgia Scenes. In 1813 he began his legal studies at Tapping Reeve’s law school in Litchfield, Conn.

In 1814 Longstreet returned to Georgia, where he passed the bar exam the following year. While tending to legal business in Greensboro, he met Frances Eliza Parke. They married in 1817 and remained married, by Longstreet’s count, for “fifty years, seven months, and ten days.” Of their eight children, only two—daughters Frances Eliza and Virginia Lafayette—lived to adulthood.

In 1821 Longstreet began a term in the Georgia General Assembly as a representative from Greene County. This term was cut short the following year when the assembly appointed him to serve for three years as the judge of the Superior Court of the Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit.  Two years later, however, in 1824, Longstreet was campaigning for the U.S. Congress when the death of his first-born child, Alfred Emsley, prompted him to withdraw from the race.

Longstreet had never been religious, but his acute grief over the death of his son led to a conversion. He began earnestly to read the Bible and to pray, and soon he was “a thorough believer in Christianity.”

After the term of Longstreet’s judgeship ended, he and his family moved to Augusta. He joined the Methodist church in 1827 and felt called to preach the following year. In the fall of 1828 he was licensed to preach locally. His full-time ministerial career began nearly a decade later in December 1838, when he became a traveling Methodist minister.

Longstreet’s earliest publications have been lost. His first was a hoax letter to a newspaper, supposedly written by two escaped convicts who were awaiting death. The date of this publication is unknown. Lost as well is Longstreet’s “Review of the Decision of the Supreme Court of the United States in the Case of McCulloch vs. the State of Maryland” (1819). His earliest surviving publication, An Oration, Delivered before the Demosthenian and Phi Kappa Societies of the University of Georgia, did not appear until 1831.

(To be continued)       


Stone wall is the photo today, but where is it?

Look at the height of this formation, compared to the people in the foreground. This is a significant spot and begs you to determine where it is. Send your ideas to elliott@brack.net, and be sure to include your hometown.

The previous Mystery Photo was difficult, with only George Graf of Palmyra, Va. finding out what the photo represented. He writes:  “This is a photo from the William Enston Home in Charleston S.C., an early example of a planned community for the elderly. Developed in the late 19th century, the home is comprised of 24 residential cottages; Memorial Hall, a community building; an infirmary; an engine house; a water tower and an entrance gate. Designed in 1889, the water tower served as the centerpiece of a model waterworks system, and the spacious, landscaped grounds exemplified suburban planning ideals of the 19th century. The buildings also constitute a significant collection of Romanesque Revival architecture, a style rare in Charleston.

“William Enston was the Home’s philanthropic benefactor. He was an English immigrant to Charleston, who made his fortune in trade. Upon his death, he bequeathed the majority of his estate to the City of Charleston to establish a benevolent home for the city’s aged and infirm residents which would ‘make old age comfortable.’ Enston specified that the complex be comprised of neat and convenient two-story brick cottages with at least eight acres of land. Enston’s estate at his death in 1860 was valued at $1 million, but reduced by half after losses from the Civil War. The majority of the cottages were built in 1889 on 12 acres with shaded and stone-paved roadways, named after various English sites and historical figures. The remaining buildings were all added by the 1930s. Today the complex is owned by the Housing Authority of Charleston, and the restored cottages are home to persons of low to moderate income.”


AUTHOR VISIT: Meet Brig. Gen. (retired) A.J. Tata Saturday, January 6 at 7 p.m. at Prototype Prime, Suite 100, 147 Technology Parkway, Peachtree Corners, presented by Gwinnett County Public Library. General Tata’s latest novel, Direct Fire, is the fourth novel in his Jake Mahegan thriller series.  He served 28 years in the military before retiring in 2009.  Among his many accomplishments, General Tata was awarded the Combat Action Badge and Bronze Star. The event is free and open to the public.  RSVP is requested, not required, by emailing events@gwinnettpl.org.

(NEW) BUSINESS EXPO: The Northeast Atlanta Metro Association of Realtors (NAMAR) will hold their 10th Annual Business Expo January 18, at the Infinite Energy Center from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free and the public is welcome.

(NEW) CHILDREN’S PROGRAM: Bestselling children’s author Carmen Agra Deedy of Atlanta, along with John McCutcheon, a Grammy nominated singer-songwriter, will appear in Gwinnett on Saturday, January 20 at 4 p.m. at Christ the King Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall, 5575 Peachtree Parkway, Peachtree Corners. Gwinnett County Public Library is the sponsor, and the program is part of the North Georgia Reads program, created to promote collaboration between neighboring library systems and to bring bestselling authors to a community of 46 libraries in the region. For more information, please visit www.gwinnettpl.org or call 770-978-5154.


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