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BIG GRANT: Rainbow Village, Inc. received a $25,000 grant from The UPS Foundation, the charitable arm of UPS (NYSE:UPS). The grant will be used toward the purchase of tables and chairs to furnish the Community Center for the after-school program, life skills classes, early childhood development and workforce development for Rainbow Village families. The completion of the Rainbow Village Community Center and the opening of the new Early Childhood Development Center will support family members of all ages, equipping the children and youth of the program with necessary life and educational skills and giving the adults innumerable opportunities for transformation. Accepting the grant at the right is Nancy Yancey, director of the center, while Charlene Palmisano (Rainbow Village Volunteer) and Christy Davis (South Atlantic District Community Relations for UPS) are left to right.

Issue 14.35 | July 29, 2014

:: Cleaning, repair comes after house fire

:: Major recent events for metro Atlanta

Upset about recommendation, more

P'tree Corners to get new sidewalks

New Rotary president, for-profit schools info

:: EMC Security

:: The Wind in the Willows

:: On a better-educated electorate

:: On Georgia Military Institute

:: Identifying statue in Chicago gardens

:: Do you see the deer in here?


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After a house fire, tremendous job of cleaning is before you
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DULUTH, Ga., July 29, 2014 -- Because smoke had filled our entire house after a lightening bolt struck nearby, a mitigation company was called to begin cleaning up the damage.  Kristy and I didn’t understand at the time, but have since learned that when smoke fills a house, everything in the house must be removed and cleaned. That includes every drawer, every piece of clothing, every pencil that was in a drawer…..every single item has to be removed.


Meanwhile, the house repairs will soon begin taking place. This will include removing sheetrock from the walls and even tiles off the backsplash in the kitchen. Every area that was burned will have to be completely taken out and replaced, including the floor joists.  Most, if not all, of the carpet in the entire house will need to be replaced. 
After speaking with the fire investigator, we learned that lightning struck the gas meter at the road, about 100 yards away. Then it followed the underground line into the house.  Fire traveled through the HVAC and in a matter of seconds, drew smoke through the entire house.  Though the house itself wasn’t hit, still the fire got into the house through the underground gas line. Therefore, all of the ductwork in the home must be replaced as well.  A second lightening strike also hit an outside air conditioning unit, and came into the house that way.
Almost all of our important documents were kept in a closet; the exact spot where the fire traveled.  While the documents weren’t burned, they are a bit brown and will forever smell of smoke. We wish we had kept them in a fireproof safe!
Our insurance carrier, State Farm, has been fairly quick to respond.  They set us up with a company that gave us guidance in locating a rental home.  We moved in one week to the day after the fire.  That company also set us up with furniture and basic housewares since all our belongings are covered in soot. 
Countless numbers of friends and family came to our aid, asking what they could do to help.  The only thing anyone could really do is laundry.  We soon found that it was virtually impossibly to remove the smoke smell from most of the clothes with regular washing or dry cleaning.  We were forced immediately to go out and purchase the basic items that we need on a daily basis.
It’s been two weeks and at this time we still haven’t even begun to look at the total time and cost it will take to repair the damage to our home.  This is going to be quite a process and require much patience; something I have very little of. 
Advice after going through all this:

  • Make sure your homeowner’s policy is paid for and up to date!

  • Be sure to keep all of your important documents in a fireproof safe.

  • If you have children, be sure to discuss an “escape plan” if there ever is a fire.

  • Lightning is dangerous and can cause a chain reaction.

  • Take a photo inventory of everything you own.

If I knew at 11:15 p.m. on July 9 what I knew at 4 a.m. on July 10, I would have gladly poured a five gallon bucket of orange juice on our brand new carpet.

Good week for metro Atlanta with new Hall of Famers, Cyclorama

Editor and publisher |

JULY 29, 2014 -- Two major events took place last week impacting Metro Atlanta. Sunday was virtually an all-Georgia day in Cooperstown, N.Y., as each of the inductees into the Baseball Hall of Fame had something to do with Georgia.


Three players closely associated with the Atlanta Braves, Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and Bobby Cox, were inducted into the Hall, along with former Braves Manager Joe Torre and Tony La Russa, who was at one time with the Braves organization. Then there was Frank Thomas, an Columbus native, also on the inductee list. It was great day for baseball fans from Georgia!

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The other major announcement of last week was of the successful negotiations to move the Atlanta Cyclorama from Grant Park to the campus of the Atlanta History Center in Buckhead. This move will establish the Cyclorama painting at the logical spot on the History Center campus, and will also restore it to its original sizing, including part that was cut away when locating at a building at Grant Park that was too small for the original. The Civil War locomotive, The Texas, will also be moved to the site.
It’s all part of an already-funded effort to erect a special building for the world-famous painting and locomotive adjacent to the present History Center building.
What was especially pleasing to me what that the painting will now come under the auspices of the History Center, with sufficient endowment to maintain it properly. Under the auspices of the City of Atlanta, political maneuvering often cut the maintenance budget of the painting. It was falling into major problems and needs significant repair before it can be properly exhibited.
Several years ago, the History Center was in negotiations with another City Administration at City Hall for the move of the Cyclorama to be under the umbrella of the History Center. For those of you who have had any dealings with the Atlanta City Council, you may imagine how difficult these talks were. Eventually, all came to nothing, as politicians would not negotiate, as the History Center lamented the lack of upkeep of the Cyclorama. Through lots of hard work, the History Center now has raised $32.2 million from a select group of donors and foundations, including a $10 million endowment for the long-term care of the Cyclorama. That gift comes from Lloyd and Mary Ann Whitaker, who saw the need, which means that the Cyclorama can be in great shape for viewers to see in perpetuity.
All in all, it was a good week for Metro Atlanta.

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Recognition may jinx it, but hasn’t it been cool so far this summer?

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The Duluth Fall Festival, coming on the last weekend in September, 27-28, has activities going on all year. It takes a boatload of some 400 volunteers, to put on what is one of the largest weekend festivals in Gwinnett. For instance, here is a current list of upcoming Festival activities you might put on your calendar:

  • Saturday, September 13 at 6:30 p.m., Festival Concert  with Rupert's Orchestra on the Town Green.

  • Thursday, September 18 at 6:30 p.m., the Taste of Duluth at the Payne-Corley House.

  • Friday, September 26 from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m., Festival Community Lunch at Duluth Festival Center.

  • Friday, September 26, from 6 to 9 p.m., Fair Weather Sneak Peek at the  Festival Food Court. Put these on your schedule.

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Will matters change in 100 days? That's how much time we have left before Election Day. A few people will be happy, others sad, and most of us will be wondering, “What can we expect now?”

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Takes great issue with stance of writer who recommended book

Editor, the Forum:
I was appalled to read the review of Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf that you published because it grossly and dangerously misrepresented the nature and value of the book. It  suggested that the book is a “detailed analysis” — essentially a benign academic sociological treatise — of early 20th century Germany. 
Mein Kampf is anything but that. It is a political and racist screed written by a lunatic who in a decade and a half after its publication would plunge most of the civilized world into the bloodiest, most destructive war and genocide in human history, costing the lives of tens of millions of people. To characterize the book as anything but that is an insult to the millions of innocent civilians and valiant service men and women who perished as a result of the madness he unleashed. 
Similarly, to say “some of his solutions” have some “relevance” to our current economic situation is to give credence to policies that dehumanized specific groups of people to justify their ultimate subjugation or extermination. Mein Kampf is hardly a “detailed analysis of the failure of German culture…” It is an account of an angry, self-aggrandizing, bigot’s distorted view of a world he could only understand in paranoidal and conspiratorial terms.
I am not suggesting that Mein Kampf should not be read. It should be. But only because it provides a valuable window into the mind and logic of a man who was unequivocally evil and can serve as a warning to anyone who seeks simple expedient answers to complex problems proposed by demagogues with more charisma than character. Mein Kampf should not be read by people unfamiliar with its true nature and its ultimate consequences, and who believe it is history.
I was so upset when I read his review that I clicked on unsubscribe. I apologize. It was a gut response, not a reasoned one. Please reinstate my subscription.

-- Dick Goodman, Suwanee

Voter doesn't like being referred to in such a manner

Editor, the Forum:
In your comment column in the last edition, you seem to have insulted at least 75 percent of voters.  You said:

“You see, the wing-nuts on both sides always come out, and in a low turnout, dominate the electorate, meaning that the rank-and-file (who didn't vote) are not heard from. That translates into the moderates (the majority) of either party virtually giving up their influence by not offsetting the extremes. We'll be talking more about that in coming issues.”

I realize that the extremes do tend to vote during low-turnout elections, but I would like to point out that there are also both conservative and liberal voters who vote because it is the right thing to do. I am not sure that I appreciate being classified with the wing-nuts, as I did vote on Tuesday.

-- Name Withheld by Editor
Dear Withheld: Sorry to have insulted you, and maybe others. But you put yourself into the wing-nut category, not me. I was trying to indict both sides. How did I go wrong?  No matter which side you are on, we do agree you did the right thing by voting.—eeb

Summing up candidacy of Michelle Nunn from one point of view

Editor, the Forum:
As the November elections are upcoming and in view of your comments recently on the Senatorial candidates from Georgia, I thought I'd throw a few things in the mix.
Michelle Nunn is the past CEO of Points of Life, a non-profit volunteer service organization and the daughter of former Senator Sam Nunn, Democrat, from Georgia. She went to the all-girls private National Cathedral School in Washington, D.C., graduating in 1985.  She attended the University of Virginia where she majored in history, which should be a plus, as the younger electorate in our country is just plain dumb when it comes to our history. I, being a history buff can appreciate this attribute.

She graduated from the University of Virginia in 1989 and earned a Master of Public Administration degree from Harvard in 2001.  The same year, she married Ron Martin, Jr., who works in the real state business and is a stay-at-home dad.
Michelle opted to keep her own name, saying it never occurred to her to change it! 
Well................DUH!  Her father being Sam Nunn might have had something to do with her decision wouldn't one think?  "The apple doesn't fall far from the tree."  Georgia voters better remember that Sam Nunn endorsed and backed Obama when he ran for President the first time. Michelle Nunn was assessed by Emory University political  scientist Merle Black in 2004, when she considered a run for Zell Miller's office, as having few political assets other than her father's name. 

-- David Earl Tyre, Jesup

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Peachtree Corners area will get new sidewalks, crosswalks
Crooked Creek Road will get new curb, gutter and sidewalks, pedestrian crosswalks and drainage improvements thanks to an agreement between Gwinnett County and Peachtree Corners. The project will add sidewalks to the east side of Crooked Creek Road between Jay Bird Alley and the entrance to Mary Our Queen Catholic Church, where it will connect to existing sidewalks.
The city and the county will each pay half of the estimated $375,000 project cost and the Gwinnett DOT will manage the engineering, right-of-way acquisition and construction. County funds will come from the 2005 SPLOST program while the city will use a grant from the state DOT.
The new section of sidewalks, together with other projects in the area, will link several neighborhoods to Peachtree Elementary School and improve pedestrian safety.

Evans becomes new president of Rotary Club of Peachtree Corners
The Rotary Club of Peachtree Corners welcomed its president for 2014-2015, Sam Evans, during a June 26 ceremony at Berkeley Hills Country Club.  He  succeeds Todd Evans of Jackson EMC (no relation) the previous president. 

Sam Evans

After celebrating a number of successes from the previous year the membership was challenged by Evans (Sam) to make the citizens of the local community aware that the Peachtree Corners Rotary Club is the “best kept secret” in the area.  Evans added that he would like to see the members more active in the community by doing more outreach and reminded them of two events coming up. 
The Rotary Club of Peachtree Corners meets Mondays at noon at the Carlyle House in Downtown Norcross and adheres to the Rotary International theme of “Service Above Self.”
Sam Evans is a wealth adviser at Evans Wealth Management located in Duluth. He has held the Chartered Financial Analyst designation since 2009. He is a member of the Atlanta Society of Finance and Investment Professionals. He holds a BS degree in Accounting and an MBA with a Financial Services concentration from Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tenn. A resident of Alpharetta, GA, he enjoys spending time with his wife and three daughters, playing golf and tennis and watching Auburn University football.
Watch for these red flags when checking for-profit schools

Enrollment at for-profit schools—including trade schools and online universities—has skyrocketed in recent years. Unfortunately, not all schools offer a quality education and enrolling in a sub-par program can be a waste of time and money. When checking out for-profit schools, Atlanta’s Better Business Bureau recommends doing your research and looking for seven red flags.
When applying to a for-profit school, BBB recommends looking out for the following red flags:

  • The recruiter uses high-pressure sales tactics. If a sales rep is subjecting you to high pressure sales tactics—including bullying you or claiming you have to sign up immediately, just walk away.

  • The recruiter exaggerates potential income or guarantees a job. Beware of any school that guarantees you will get a job after completing their program.

  • The prices are inflated when compared to other options. In some cases, schools are charging as much as $14,000 for a certification in massage therapy while a similar certification at a local public college would have cost only $520.

  • The school is not accredited.  Ask the school’s representative about national and regional accreditation and then confirm with the accrediting organization. You can check with the US Department of Education at to learn which post- secondary schools are accredited by approved agencies.

  • The degree or program seems too easy to obtain. If the degree seems too easy to earn—this includes simply taking a test online or earning your degree based largely on life experience—it probably isn’t legitimate.

  • The school does not disclose information as required. Don’t be afraid to ask plenty of questions when talking to recruiters and if you get the runaround instead of clear, concise answers, it’s a bad sign.

  • The recruiter encourages you to lie on financial aid forms. If you get caught lying on your financial aid forms, not only will you have to pay the government back the money you borrowed, you could be fined and sent to prison.

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The Wind in the Willows
By Kenneth Grahame

A lazy day by the river, ‘simply messing around in boats’, sounds pretty good in these hectic days!  A children’s novel by designation, but a delight at any age, we follow the adventures of Toad, Ratty, Badger and Mole as they become friends and explore the English countryside. All is not idyllic as intervention becomes necessary when one of the friends becomes a hazard to himself (and others), and needs assistance.  Ebbing and flowing like the river, the story is at times laid back and quiet, while at other times, full of action.  As then-president Teddy Roosevelt once wrote to the author, ‘I have come to accept the characters as old friends’, and they will become real to you as well! A wonderful read to share with your children, with many examples of choices and the consequences those choices bring.

-- Karen Garner, Dacula

  • An invitation: What Web sites, books or restaurants have you enjoyed? Send us your best recent visit to a restaurant or most recent book you have read along with a short paragraph as to why you liked it, plus what book you plan to read next. --eeb

Georgia Military Institute in Marietta provided aid to Confederacy
Established in Marietta and opened to students in July 1851, the Georgia Military Institute (GMI) was the principal source of education for new engineers and teachers in the state during the decade prior to the Civil War (1861-65). Originally funded by private subscription and donations, GMI began its official relationship with the state in 1852, when the legislature chartered the school and presented it with muskets, swords, and a battery of four cannons. Although GMI began with only three instructors and seven students, it quickly attracted a large number of cadets from Georgia's wealthiest families. Between 1853 and 1861, GMI's student body fluctuated between 150 and 200 cadets.
GMI's 110-acre campus included a parade ground, an academic building, four student barracks, and a residence for the school superintendent. Like most southern military schools of the late antebellum period, GMI based its curriculum on the course of study at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York. Between 50 and 75 percent of students left GMI each year because of the tough physical and academic standards.
Sometime during the 1850s the state legislature began subsidizing the education of ten cadets yearly as a way of providing qualified engineers and teachers for state projects. Upon graduation, those cadets were required to perform two years of service to the state.
GMI's existence was threatened in 1861, when Georgia seceded from the Union and Governor Joseph E. Brown called upon GMI superintendent Francis W. Capers to provide drill instructors for the new Georgia volunteers then flooding training camps in the state. Other GMI cadets left to serve in newly forming Southern armies in 1861 and 1862.
The school survived by admitting more students, but the Confederate government's April 1862 Conscription Act left cadets susceptible to the draft, again threatening GMI's survival. Brown interceded on behalf of GMI and protected the institution by making it home to the state's engineer corps. Brown appointed Capers as chief engineer of Georgia with the military rank of major.
Although the cadet battalion spent most of the Civil War serving as funeral details, provost guards, prisoner escorts, and drill instructors, the arrival of Union general William T. Sherman's troops in spring 1864 forced Georgia officials to reassign every available man to the active defense of the state. Desiring to see his cadets enter service as a volunteer unit and not under the draft, Capers led them into the regular Confederate army in May. As Sherman's army approached Dalton, GMI cadets were assigned to active duty in the Confederate Army of Tennessee. Although Sherman's troops burned the GMI buildings in Marietta, the cadet battalion entered active service against the Union men and contested the Union invasion along the Chattahoochee River in July and during the siege of Atlanta in August.
During the late summer and fall of 1864 Brown reassigned the GMI cadets to protect the state capital at Milledgeville from Union cavalry raids. In mid-November 1864 the cadets left Milledgeville as part of a ragtag group of militia and convicts hoping to stop Sherman's march to the sea. Despite their efforts Savannah fell in December, and the GMI battalion spent the remainder of the war acting as guards in Milledgeville and Augusta. The battalion officially disbanded on May 20, 1865.
After the war GMI alumni and Capers made several attempts to reopen the school, but all attempts failed to garner the needed financial support from the state. The Georgia legislature instead used the limited funds available during Reconstruction on public education at nonmilitary schools. The site is now the home of the Marietta Hotel and Conference Center, the Hilton Atlanta, in Marietta.

Looks like a painting, but it's real

This edition’s mystery photo looks much to us like an oil painting. Just where is it, and can you identify it also?  If so, send your answer to, and be sure to include your hometown.
Last week’s mystery photo was that of a bronze statue of Carolus Linnaeus at the Chicago Botanic Garden, sent in by Bill McLemore of McHenry, Ill. Identifying it was Karen Garner of Dacula, who said: “Carolus Linnaeus [1701-1778] was a Swedish botanist, physician, and zoologist, who laid the foundations for the modern scheme of binomial nomenclature, the international system of naming plants and animals that is still in use today. He is known as the father of modern taxonomy, and is also considered one of the fathers of modern ecology. He is shown reaching eagerly toward the plants in his path with a collector’s enthusiasm. The prominent bird in the sculpture — a golden plover, which can fly for thousands of miles — refers to the many students of Linnaeus who traveled the globe collecting plants for him to name.” Linnaeus is regarded as the father of Taxonomic Botany.
Also making the identification was Hillary Wilson of Duluth, who frequents botanical gardens throughout the world.

Colorful display

This bright patch of Black-Eyed Susans colorize the land in front of the Atlanta History Center on West Paces Ferry Road, captured recently by Photographer Frank Sharp. Our roving photographer also found a deer in this setting. No, that’s not a real deer in the background, though initially it sure looks like one.


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Another Person Advocating a Better Educated Electorate
"A better educated electorate might change the reason many persons vote."

-- American Journalist and Political Adviser Lyn Nofziger (1924-2006), via Marshall Miller, Lilburn.




(NEW) Food Trucks return to Suwanee Town Center Park on August 1 from 5:30 until 9:30 p.m. The tentative food truck line-up includes Freckled and Blue, King of Pops, Mac the Cheese, MG's Burger Que, Nana G's Chicken and Waffles, On Tapa the World, Pressed for Time, Smiley's Street Eats, Tex's Tacos, and Tracey's Tasties. Students in the Suwanee Youth Leaders program are responsible for planning activities and entertainment at the August Food Truck Friday event.
(NEW) Georgia Cup Criterium debuts Saturday, August 2, in downtown Duluth at 1 p.m. With some 600 cyclists, this bicycle race will feature some of the top professional and amateur racers in the Southeast, and offer $15,00 in prizes. Races will continue throughout the afternoon. There will be a festive atmosphere, with food, games and fun for kids and grown-ups alike. For more info, call 678-475-3506.
(NEW) Stuff the Bus and Stuff Your Belly, Saturday, August 2, $10 for two meats and trimmings, Noon to 3 p.m. at Farmhouse 17 on Holcomb Bridge in Norcross. This benefits school children through your donation of school supplies. Sponsored by Norcross Cluster Schools Partnership, Lions Lighthouse Foundation, Farmhouse 17 and Communities in Schools.
(NEW) Workshop for Aspiring Writers, at Suwanee Public Library, Thursday, August 14 at 6:30 p.m. Leading the workshop will be Author Joe Samuel Starnes (author of Fall Line), using the topic: “Research: A Writer's Best Friend and A Writer's Worst Enemy- Using Research in Your Fiction.” For more details, visit

Informal Discussion with members of Duluth City Council, Monday, August 4, at 6:30 p.m. at Point Berkeley International Village, 3645 North Berkeley Lake Road. The program calls for an informal chat with Council members about Development and Redevelopment in the Duluth area.

Housing Forum, Monday, August 4 starting at 6 p.m. at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center in Lawrenceville. Hosted by the Northeast Atlanta Metro Association of Realtors, there will be a panel of experts to discuss the programs and options available to eligible low, moderate, and middle income homebuyers. For more information about the Housing Forum, contact Tim Hur at 404-954-2322.


9/19: Gwinnett's special weekends
9/16: Four legacy candidates
9/12: Remembering Jim Cowart
9/9: DeKalb to offer Sunday voting
9/5: The 2014 elections
9/2: Police personnel raids

8/29: Little Free Library
8/26: Buford's Michael Brown
8/22: Oh, for Braves of past
8/19: Good idea about Olympics
8/15: Churchill and battlefronts
8/12: New Duluth manager
8/8: On corporate moves
8/5: Club recognizes bus drivers
8/1: On better candidates

7/29: Good week for Atlanta
7/25: Can GOP keep control?
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"


9/19: Hendrickson: Great Days of Service
9/16: Paul: Recent visit to Israel
9/12: Hassell: Land Trust
9/9: Varga: Peace Corps novel
9/5: Szabo: Solicitor's caseload
9/2: Foreman: Phone hacking

8/29: Waters: Consider liberalism
8/26: Swanson: On an internship
8/22: Stewart: Dog-tethering law
8/19: Sever: Road timing improves
8/15: Brill: Helmet sensors
8/12: Light: Cannon heads GTC
8/8: Fenton: Corporate Games
8/5: A. Brack: Summers to be hotter
8/1: Starnes: Enjoy writing

7/29: Lail: House fire, part 2
7/25: Lail: House fire, part 1
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


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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