Issue 13.93 | March 7, 2014
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DULUTH, Ga., March 7, 2014 -- Launched by Keep America Beautiful in 1999, the Great American Cleanup represents the nation's largest annual community improvement program. Designed to enlist the involvement of volunteers from all walks of life, everyone can join together to clean-up, fix-up, paint-up, and green-up in a combined effort to keep their community beautiful. At least 20,000 Gwinnettians have participated in the past, though the 2014 goal is 35,000.
Throughout the course of the three-month event, Keep America Beautiful mobilizes more than four million volunteers and concerned citizens in communities all across the nation in a combined effort to beautify neighborhoods, reduce waste, initiate recycling programs, plant trees and gardens, and so much more. On the local level, Gwinnett Clean and Beautiful is proud to partner with Keep America Beautiful as it hosts the 15th Great American Cleanup - Gwinnett Challenge, which runs now through May 31, 2014 throughout Gwinnett.
We really want 2014 to be our best year ever for this event. Together, the county can bring about lasting change in an effort to make Gwinnett the best place to live, work, and play. This year, we are tying in a very special promotion that we hope to carry out throughout the remainder of 2014 -- the "I Pledge Campaign."
To become involved in the Great American Cleanup -- Gwinnett Challenge, interested parties are encouraged to visit the Great American Challenge page on the Gwinnett Clean and Beautiful website. The page offers visitors the opportunity to take the Pledge, choose from a list of activities, or design a Great American Cleanup activity of their own imagining. They can review rules and guidelines for participation, and register their project idea online. Projects must be completed by May 31, 2014, and teams are encouraged to take and submit photos of their project. Once they have submitted their post-project results form, participants may be considered for special recognition and cash prizes. To begin by first taking the Pledge, prospective environmental stewards are invited to visit the Pledge to Keep Gwinnett Clean and Beautiful page at www.gwinnettcb.org.
Great American Cleanup activities can include anything from:
Once the Great American Challenge has come to a close, Gwinnett Clean and Beautiful will organize additional beautification projects, recycling events, and environmental education opportunities throughout the year. Citizens who wish to take part are encouraged to check the event calendar regularly for upcoming dates. For those companies and individuals who wish to show their support for Gwinnett Clean and Beautiful, but are unable to give the gift of their time - financial contributions and corporate sponsorships are always gratefully welcome and can be made securely online at www.gwinnettcb.org.
MARCH 7, 2014 -- It's suggested that people wear a "green tie" for the Barbara Awards at the Aurora Theatre on Monday, March 17. The green tie is suggested, of course, since it is St. Patrick's Day.
The key persons being recognized this year are two of the original co-founders of the Theatre, Cindy and Randy Sutt of Duluth. The pair operate the design and advertising firm of Rock, Papers, Scissors in Lawrenceville. They have served on the Aurora board for many years.
The Aurora Theatre will bestow their highest honor, the Barbara Award on the Sutts for their legacy of support to Aurora Theatre. The Barbaras, named in honor of theatre patron Barbara Howard of Peachtree Corners, are awarded each year at Aurora's annual Gala celebrating sponsors, donors, patrons and artists who shine a bright light on the cultural arts community Aurora Theatre has created that helps to make Gwinnett a first class place in which to live.
Patrons can vote online for their favorite shows and performers in seven distinct categories. To further honor the contributions of the Sutt family, Aurora will announce the establishment of "The Sutt Family Artist Fund." This fund will allow Aurora to expand its ability to hire the best artists from across the country -- a goal inspired by the high level of artistic quality the Sutts always challenged Anthony Rodriguez, Ann-Carol Pence and their dedicated staff to achieve. Ann-Carol says: "The Sutts were integral to the creation of many artistic efforts in the area, and most especially Aurora Theatre. As an avid painter, potter, jewelry maker, Cindy is very skilled in many facets of the visual arts. They are our most vocal crusaders for the tangible economic value the arts bring to this community."
The Barbara Awards recognized key volunteers and supporters of the Aurora Theatre, and also honor the actors from the previous year's productions. The Aurora audience votes on their favorite actors. (Voting is online at www.aurora.org.) The night's activity will also include some songs from the previous year, and talk about the upcoming season.
From the earliest days when the theatre was located in Duluth, Cindy and Randy Sutt have served as an integral part of Aurora Theatre's success. As founding board members, Cindy and Randy served on the Aurora Theatre board for 15 years. Cindy and Randy were not only financial contributors, but had a lot to offer in the way of artistry and expertise. The pair provided virtually all scenic design and set construction for Aurora's first few years. Producing Artistic Director Anthony Rodriguez is quick to note, "Without their passionate support of the arts, Aurora Theatre may not have survived."
As Aurora grew, Rock Paper Scissors designed marketing material for the theatre and continued to provide pro-bono graphic design services a full 14 years into the company's existence. When Aurora Theatre expanded to their home on the square in downtown Lawrenceville, the Sutt family made significant capital campaign contributions that helped propel Aurora into a regional and now national force in the arts. There is no price tag that can be put on the guidance and sweat-equity that Cindy and Randy Sutt have contributed to the success of Aurora Theatre.
The 2014 Barbara Awards will be a night of performances, food, complimentary champagne and the excitement of an awards ceremony all in one evening! Merriment begins at 7 p.m. with a "green" carpet entrance and reception followed by the awards ceremony at 8 p.m. Tickets are $40 per person or $75 per couple. Those unable to attend may consider contributing to the Sutt Family Artist Fund by donating online or sending a check to Aurora Theatre, P.O. Box 2014, Lawrenceville, Ga. 30046.
Professional healthcare programs leading to doctorate degrees in Pharmacy (PharmD) and Osteopathic Medicine (DO) are offered at Georgia Campus - Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (GA-PCOM) in Suwanee, Ga. Graduate degrees at the master's level can be earned in Biomedical Sciences and Organizational Development and Leadership. The Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Organizational Development and Leadership is also offered. In addition, GA - PCOM has partnered with Brenau University in Gainesville, Ga. to provide a joint BS/MS degree in Physician Assistant (PA) studies, as well as an optional MBA with a healthcare focus for DO and PharmD candidates.
The Board of Trustees has recently approved plans for a Physician Assistant program to be established at the Georgia campus. The program will operate as a distant campus location of the main Physician Assistant program in Philadelphia, PA with a year of classroom studies in Philadelphia followed by clinical training in Georgia hospitals and outpatient sites. Plans call for approval of distant campus accreditation status by September 2015, which will allow the transition to a full Georgia-based 26-month program starting in June 2016.
Editor, the Forum:
I feel compelled to respond Robert Hanson's rant on the bill before the legislature in Atlanta. He states that "many unbalanced people for some strange and unexplained reason want to carry guns to a church, a school or a bar. How about "some" unbalanced people?
I carry concealed, have for years, but would never consider carrying into a bar. Alcohol and firearms just don't mix. But, to imply most are unbalanced just because they feel safer with a firearm strapped on the side is ludicrous.
He further states: "A well regulated militia refers to the National Guard, not a bunch of yahoos sporting AK-47s." Thank you for clearing up that mystery for me, Sir! I didn't know we had the National Guard back in the days our Republic was forming! We didn't! The Militia was composed of ordinary citizens who furnished their own firearms.
Churches, schools and bars are gun free zones. Does that tell you something? Like, maybe a criminal doesn't give a tinker's damn about laws. Guess where he or she is inclined to carry out their devious crimes? "Gun free zones!" Easy pickings! Kind of like going to a gun fight with a knife.
I'd like to add a few things to Howard N. Williams, Jr. letter. I am also
a NRA member. I contribute to the NRA/ILA which opposes asinine gun laws
or proposed laws.
I feel HB 875 needs to be rewritten and streamlined. Leave out the bar section. Nobody needs a pistol or revolver strapped on while tossing down a few and socializing in public.
Feels immigration proclamation was at best confusing the issue
The remainder should undertake the same grueling process of receiving citizenship as legal immigrants do. Legal immigrants should stay at the front of the line. Illegals go to the back. I think this is doable.
Rant, rave and send us your opinion
Conference is bringing two initiatives to the 2014 Women's Basketball
Tournament, now going on through March 9 at The Arena at Gwinnett Center.
Dickens in America performance coming soon to Buford
Local enthusiasts of Charles Dickens can see a performance of Dickens in America, with Actor James Ridge portraying Dickens in two performances on the Sylvia Beard stage in the Buford Community Center, (2200 Buford Highway, Buford). The staging will be at 7:30 p.m., March 15 and 2:30 p.m., March 16.
production is an offering of GTA-SouthernStage, which began last year
as a partnership between the Gainesville Theatre Alliance and the city
of Buford. GTA was formed in 1979, and is a nationally acclaimed collaboration
between the University of North Georgia, Brenau University, theatre professionals
and the north Georgia community.
Ticket prices for the production, which is general admission, are $10 for adults and seniors, and $5 for students (of any age). Patrons can select and purchase seats on the website, www.gainesvilleTHEATREalliance.org, or by calling the GTA Box Office at 678-717-3624.
Gwinnett Ballet Theatre to present new version of Cinderella
Ballet Theatre (GBT) will present a new production of the ballet Cinderella
on Saturday and Sunday, March 29-30 at the Gwinnett Performing Arts Center.
The fairy tale is enjoying a restaging in both choreography and costuming.
New tutus, ball gowns and other costumes will be worn by GBT's dancers.
The choreography by Artistic Director Wade Walthall will provide a family
friendly event of the highest artistic quality.
are using brocades, antique lace, old jewelry, and hundreds of yards of
tulle," Mock continues. "I am also using over 3,000 crystals
to be hand sewn on the costumes."
DAR chapter to hear program on First Ladies of the United States
Dr. Lawrence Rifkind will speak on "First Ladies of the United States of America" at the March 9th meeting of Philadelphia Winn Chapter DAR. The group meets at Ashton Hall, 1155 Lawrenceville Highway in Lawrenceville at 2 p.m. Rifkind is an associate dean and professor emeritus of Georgia State University. He received his Ph.D. in Speech Communication from Florida State University at the age of 23. After graduating from Florida State, he was hired by Georgia State University where he taught for 29 years.
In addition to teaching, he also served in many administrative capacities, such as Interim Department Chair, Interim Director of Athletics, Assistant Dean, and Associate Dean, as well as the chair of many committees.
Lilburn Daze Arts and Crafts Festival accepting applications
The Lilburn Daze Arts and Crafts Festival is now accepting vendor applications and sponsorships. This year's event will be held on October 11 at the Lilburn City Park. With over 200 vendors and an estimated 12,000 attendees, this family friendly festival is one of the most popular in the area. Hosted by the Lilburn Woman's Club and co-sponsored by the City of Lilburn.
James Riker as its sole finalist for the position for Duluth City Manager. He is the city's current Planning Director, where he has served for the past year. He is expected to be formally named to the position at the Council meeting March 24.
Riker is a native or Arcadia, Calif., and graduated from Cal Poly State University with a bachelor's degree, and has a master's degree from the University of Southern California.
He met his wife, who is originally from Lilburn, when she was a student at UCLA. His wife is the former Karla Bloodworth. The couple live in DeKalb County.
Riker was for six years in the planning department of Pica Rivera, Calif., a town of 70,000. For the last eight years, he has been in planning for Flowery Branch.
New sidewalk coming to Buford Highway corridor and Club Drive
County Board of Commissioners have awarded a contract to build a sidewalk
on the north side of Buford Highway between Amwiler Road and Jimmy Carter
Boulevard. The project also includes curb, gutter and other drainage improvements.
Signal modifications and pedestrian improvements will be made at Amwiler
Road, Pleasantdale Road, Jones Mill Road/Button Gwinnett Drive and Oak
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Gwinnett commissioners have also awarded a contract to build sidewalks on Club Drive. The $308,393 contract went to the lowest of four bidders, Johnson Landscapes, dba Vertical Earth.
curb and gutter will be installed along the south side of Club Drive from
Pleasant Hill Road to Club Drive Park. Similar work on the north side
extends from Pleasant Hill to Sweetwater Club Drive for a total distance
of just under one mile. The County also plans to install a rapid flashing
pedestrian beacon and crosswalk at the entrance to the park.
Collins Hill sports field to get wireless-controlled lighting
field lights at Collins Hill Park soon will be controlled by wireless
signals sent from any computer or cell phone. The Collins Hill Youth Athletic
Association will pay the estimated $17,000 cost, which includes a warranty
and service fees, over the next 10 years. Gwinnett commissioners approved
the arrangement on Tuesday.
Bestselling romance writer Jude Deveraux begins a new chapter in the lives of the Montgomery-Tagger family. Set on Nantucket Island, the atmospheric island is home to ancestral secrets, including the disappearance of Valentina Kingsley more than 200 years ago. Recently deceased matriarch Adelaide Kingsley has bequeathed Alix Madsen a year in the family home named 'To Sea Forever.' Alix's charge is to determine what happened to Valentina Kingsley all those years ago. This quirky gift comes at an opportune time since she is completing her architectural studies and is at the end of a romantic breakup. Along with Jared Montgomery-Kingsley, a renowned architect, they traverse the bounds of time with the assistance of the family ghost, to resolve a complex and emotionally charged mystery. The meaning of the title is not simplistic and the resolution of the plot lines most enjoyable.
G. Lombard Kelly served as dean and president of the Medical College of Georgia (later Georgia Health Sciences University) from the 1930s to the early 1950s, an era of growth for the institution and political challenges to its continued existence in Augusta.
George Lombard Kelly, right, was born on October 8, 1890, in Augusta, a few blocks down the street from where the Georgia Health Sciences University administration building named in his honor now stands. Kelly spent his boyhood in Augusta, where his father was a railroad engineer. He graduated with distinction from the Academy of Richmond County in 1907 and the University of Georgia in 1911.
He entered the Johns Hopkins Medical School in Baltimore, Md., in 1911, but the first of several serious illnesses led to his withdrawal during the fall term. After he had recovered, he taught science and Latin in high schools in Georgia and North Carolina. He married his first wife, Adeline Mina Weatherly, in 1913. In 1914 he entered the Medical Department of the University of Georgia but illness once again forced him to interrupt his studies.
After years of teaching and newspaper reporting, and the death of his wife in 1918, Kelly volunteered for officer training, but the end of World War I (1917-18) resulted in cancellation of his service. He then spent four years instructing anatomy while studying medicine at the School of Medicine, followed by two years devoted solely to his studies, and received his M.D. degree in 1924.
In 1920 Kelly married his second wife, Ina Melle Todd Hoffman, a widow with a three-year-old daughter. The couple subsequently had a daughter in 1925 and a son in 1931. After medical school Kelly served a year-long internship in Augusta and then spent the following year as city physician. He left Augusta the next year to become a research assistant at Cornell University, where his work included collaboration with Dr. George N. Papanicolau, developer of the Pap smear. In 1927 he returned to the Medical Department of the University of Georgia as an associate professor of anatomy. Two years later he became head of the department and then acting dean in 1934 and dean in 1935.
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The Lilburn Community Garden is expanding by adding 25 new plot rentals which will be available for the 2014 growing season. Gardeners of all ages and skill levels are invited to apply for space in the garden. The Garden is located near the Lilburn City Park on Main Street. Plots are available in two sizes, 4 x 8 and 4 x 12 feet. Applications are now being accepted. For more information, visit this site or call Mandy McManus at 678-207-9614.
Plant Sale Orders will be taken by the Gwinnett County Extension Service, through March 11. A variety of blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, figs, apples, native azaleas and other landscape plants will be available. Order forms may be obtained from this Web site or calling 678-377-4010. All orders must be prepaid and picked up at the Gwinnett County Fairgrounds in Lawrenceville on Wednesday, March 19, between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.
11th Annual Southeastern Cowboy Gathering, Through March 8, at Booth Western Art Museum in Cartersville. See three art exhibitions including Today's West! Contemporary Art from the Buffalo Bill Center of the West; have lunch straight off of a chuck wagon just as they did in the 1800s as part of the Southeastern Chuck Wagon Cook-off; listen to the western sounds of our featured entertainers; enjoy live entertainment; interact with characters from artwork in the Museum. Details.
Affordable Care Act Seminar, Saturday, March 8, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Gwinnett Medical Center Resource Center, 665 Duluth Highway, Lawrenceville. This is an ACA enrollment event to connect residents and resources as it relates to the national healthcare enrollment process. In addition, ACA healthcare navigators will be on-site to assist the public with the process. For event registration, call 678-312-5000 or send email.
Grand Opening of Lions Club Park in Lilburn on Saturday, March 8, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Lots of free events and games will be on tap, including face painting and crazy hair. The park is located at 5500 Rockbridge Circle, and the ceremonies are with partnership between the Greater Lilburn Athletic Association and Gwinnett Parks and Recreation.
Cotillion-Beautillion Ball, Saturday, March 8, from 7 p.m. until Midnight at the Gwinnett Center, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway in Duluth. Under the auspices of the Gwinnett County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, the event's court consists of 15 debutantes and eight beaus. The theme is Crème de la Crème-Raising the Standard of Excellence. Tickets are $65. Proceeds will benefit the GCAC Scholarship Fund and Service Projects. More.
Re-Scheduled State of Duluth Address, by Mayor Nancy Harris, Monday, March 10 at 7:15 p.m. at the City Hall. The address will take place in the council chambers and will follow the regularly scheduled council meeting, which begins at 6:30 p.m. A reception, hosted by the Duluth Civitan Club, will follow in the lobby of Duluth City Hall.
(NEW) Business After Hours of the Buford Business Alliance, (BBA) Tuesday, March 11 at 5:30 p.m. at Make It Loud Web Design, 2828 Buford Drive, Suite 300, in Buford. The BBA is a forum for ideas to promote and improve Historic Buford. The Buford Business Alliance meets on the second Tuesday of every month at 5:30 p.m. Info: www.visitbuford.com/.
Photographic exhibit by Lawrenceville's Frank Sharp will be open at the Fernbank Museum of Natural History through August 24. The show is entitled "Birds of Bali." Admission is $13 for adults; $12 for seniors, students.
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