Issue 14.40 | Aug. 15, 2014
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LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga., Aug. 15, 2014 -- The Gwinnett Football League (GFL), comprised of 18 member associations in Gwinnett County, has endorsed the use of Brain Sentry helmet-mounted impact sensors that alert when an athlete suffers an unusually rapid - and potentially dangerous - acceleration of the head. The devices, which weigh less than an ounce, also help to monitor sub-concussive hits, and have been recommended to parents and guardians of players in the GFL for use in the 2014 season. The sensors cost $75 each, which the parents must purchase for their child.
With roughly 7,500 players ranging from age 6 to grade 8 and hundreds of volunteer coaches, the GFL is one of the nation's largest youth football programs. Now with the expected widespread use of Brain Sentry sensors, it will also be one of the safest, joining the Gainesville-based North Georgia Youth Football Association, which in late July also endorsed use of Brain Sentry sensors.
Erik Richards says: "With 3.8 annual concussions reported nationally
from youth sports activities, it is critical that we are educating parents
and coaches on how they can make our local games safer for our players.
Brain Sentry sensors will help our coaches identify players with techniques
that include excessive head/helmet contact. The Brain Sentry Impact Counter
Plus will be an essential part of our league."
Greg Merril, co-founder and CEO of Bethesda, Md.-based Brain Sentry, says, "Athletes don't want to be pulled off the field. They hide symptoms of concussion. They might not even know they have one, and knowing is critical because many catastrophic brain injuries are the result of second impacts to already concussed athletes. Brain Sentry monitors impact and helps identify athletes that should be assessed for concussion."
Merril adds: "Our compact sensor measures impact forces, and it's affordable and light weight. It's also waterproof, there is nothing to maintain, and the batteries last all year without charging."
Brain Sentry's sensor estimates direction, peak acceleration, and duration of impacts as experienced at the center (CG) of the head. Brain Sentry's patent-pending sensor technology includes a micro-electromechanical, tri-axial accelerometer capable of measuring acceleration from any direction. Helmets provide varying levels of impact protection depending on the direction of the hit. Brain Sentry's proprietary, DAS technology (Directionally Adaptive Sensing) provides a consistent alert level - independent of hit direction or helmet type.
Brain Sentry sensors are made in the U.S. and easily affix to the outside back of the helmet. The product senses head impact and serves as an early warning for possible brain injury.
It's anticipated that most youth football leagues will set up a simple protocol where a coach will be assigned to watch for a blinking red light (signifying a hit in excess of 80g) after each play in practice and games to signal that a player has taken a hit.
Brain Sentry was named a 'Top Startup of the Year' in 2013 by The Wall Street Journal, and 'Best Tech Product of the Year' by Baltimore Innovation Week. The official sensor provider for the Arena Football League, Brain Sentry's initial focus is to provide sensors for the three most popular helmeted contact sports: football, lacrosse, and hockey.
AUG. 15, 2014 -- For today, a different perspective, learning from history.
Reading Winston Churchill's massive six-book history of World War II gives new insights into that war, at least for me. For instance, it appears that my main interest was the fight against the Germans, by the English, Russian, French and Allied forces.
Perhaps others had more interest in the war in the Pacific Theatre. Even I, as one alive during World War II, remember the massive fighting emanating out of the Philippines, in the Coral Sea area, Okinawa and Iwo Jima, other areas, and finally, the dropping of the Atomic Bomb on two Japanese cities. You can't forget those headlines.
Yet there were other sectors of this world where I did not realize how fragile these areas were, and how they threatened the entire Allied war effort.
One thing comes through strongly in the Churchill books: how one man, Churchill as prime minister, was the fulcrum and the key person keeping the entire effort worldwide foremost up until the time the United States came into the war in late 1941. Even before then, he and Franklin D. Roosevelt were in contact, nearly daily, with messages and planning between them. After the U.S. declared war, it may have been more difficult for Churchill to "manage" the war, since he had to make sure that FDR was in agreement with major moves, so it was more delicate.
By the way, in "managing" the war, Churchill (right) had a cohesive group of experts around him, yet when it came down to final decisions, it was all Churchill.
I never was aware of areas of the world that often were so threatened and important. I had heard of them, but did not recognize their strategic importance. Among them:
Meanwhile Churchill and FDR were working tirelessly to support Russia through its warm water ports in Murmansk and Archangel for equipment and supplies, helping the Russians hold back the invading Germans. This took an enormous system of Naval convoys, with the Allies losing much tonnage and supply-laden ships to U-boat and open-sea battles.
Churchill was constantly trying to ensure that his Navy (before 1941) retained their superiority on the oceans, constantly battling U-boats. As much as anything, this British naval effort kept Germany from invading England in the early days of the war.
Reading Winston Churchill has opened up an entirely new appreciation of the entire world at war. More than anyone, Churchill, sitting in London, and flying to many Allied conferences, held it all together.
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Editor, the Forum:
Benjamin Netanyahu, the prime minister of Israel, and his party, Likud, do not believe in or want a two-state solution to settle the conflict in Gaza. They are content to keep the Palestinians in an open air prison in the small area of Gaza.
It reminds me of how the Nazis bottled up the Jewish people in the Warsaw ghetto in the early forties. Therefore it is in our best interest to change our policy towards Israel to encourage their right-wing government to come to terms with their neighbors. We can start by reducing aid to Israel unless they quit building settlements in disputed territories.
Since Israel's start as a nation, the U.S. has given Israel over $181 billion and continues to give them over $3 billion a year in aid. Let me suggest:
Our policy towards Israel has become dysfunctional because of the Jewish lobby and money. Let's not forget the millions that gambling casino owner billionaire Sheldon Adelson gave to the Romney campaign. Even Georgia Governor Deal is in Las Vegas this week to pick up a few coins from him. Also, we have a local Republican congressman, Tom Graves of the 14th district, visiting Israel for a briefing, paid for by a Jewish lobbying group after he voted to give another $230 million to Israel. Our uneven and unfair policy is contributing greatly to instability in the Middle East. Moreover, Israel is surrendering the moral high ground by killing hundreds of innocent women and children .
Finally, the United States should go ahead, as many other countries have done, and recognize the Palestinian state in the United Nations.
Wonders what tax rate makes move not unpatriotic
Finding it difficult to put an acceptable headline on this letter
Editor, the Forum:
When Utah resident Robert Redford tried to dodge the exorbitant corporate income tax in New York state, it was great or at least acceptable behavior, since Redford has good liberal credentials, maybe even "feels our pain."
Somehow wealthy liberals understand what is just and get a pass from the media establishment. Conservatives and corporations (many run by liberals) aren't allowed this freedom by the media, since they supposedly haven't paid their "fair share," whatever that means, maybe even believe in the profit motive. There's different treatment for different classes of tax victims.
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back in session and families settling into the school year, Aurora
Theatre announces an array of classes for students this fall. The
Aurora Theatre Academy offers sessions for any student. From beginners
to advanced and covering students in grades 1-12, as well as an Adult
Acting Class. Aurora Theatre Director of Education Jaclyn Hofmann, has
put together an team of veteran teaching professionals.
Sign up for any Aurora Academy Fall Class on August 21 and get $25 per student off your total registration. The offer is good all day on August 21 online or in-person at Aurora Theatre.
Aurora Theatre Academy's Mini (Grades 1 -3) and Master Classes (Grades 4-5) give students the opportunity to learn what it takes to put on a play. Students will be provided with valuable stage experience, all the while encouraging teamwork and collaboration with peers. The experience instills a sense of self-confidence in our students. They will be active participants in creating portions of the sets, costumes, and props for these exciting, whirlwind productions presented to family and friends.
Edge classes for Middle and High School students encourage teens to take
the drama out of their life and put it where it belongs - on stage! Through
a series of theatre games, exercises, and exploration, the class will
become an ensemble of players rehearsing a collection of scenes to be
performed for friends and family. Students learn acting technique, team-building
skills, and are given an outlet to express their creativity in these classes.
Library system to present program on Asian stories on Sept. 6
Gwinnett County Public Library will present a program celebrating Asian stories and culture, focusing on the Mid-Autumn Festival, at the Suwanee branch on Saturday, September 6 at 2 p.m.
will include "Tales of China," a presentation with storyteller
Cathy Kaemmerlen that introduces traditions and folklore representing
different facets of Chinese culture. Families will also learn how to create
their own moon lanterns and a delicious selection of mooncakes will be
available to sample.
Lake Lanier Islands has become a member of the Southern Living Hotel Collection (SLHC). As an extension of the magazine devoted to celebrating the "best of life in the South," The Southern Living Hotel Collection is a list of Four and Five Star independent resorts, hotels and inns in 11 states that are dedicated to offering high-quality and authentic Southern travel hospitality. Other destinations making the list include Grove Park Inn in Asheville, N.C. and historic Keswick Hall in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Charlottesville, Va.
Bradley Anderholm, chief operating officer for Lake Lanier Islands Resort, says: "We are both delighted and humbled by this honor from the editors at Southern Living Magazine. Boasting more than 15 million readers and a history that spans nearly 50 years, Southern Living is the venerable authority on the subject of Southern hospitality. At the Islands, we strive to not only be a provider of Southern hospitality to all of our guests but also a source of experiences that in turn create memories that keep our guests coming back for more, year after year. As we prepare to launch our tenth year under the management and vision of the Williams Family, this distinction as a member of the Southern Living Hotel Collection tells us that we are doing something very right."
At the heart of the resort, the Legacy Lodge and Conference Center lays claim to 216 guest rooms and suites, rejuvenating spa, two restaurants, Legacy Kids Club, state-of-the-art fitness center overlooking the lake, full-service business center, and 22,000 square feet of flexible meeting and event space.
Having recently completed Phase I of a $1.4 million renovation to the outdoor pool in time for summer guests, Phase II is expected to be realized before December 2014. Upon completion, the Legacy Pool Pavilion will feature a heated saltwater pool with bench seating encompassed by a stone and timber pavilion with retractable ceiling and walls for an enjoyable indoor swim in the cold months and an open air swim complete with lakeside breezes in the heat of spring and summer in the South. The extended patio provides enough space for 200 people to lounge poolside, and includes an expansive firepit with superlative views of the water. Poolside service and regularly scheduled activities serve to enhance the experience. Rounding out the list of accommodation choices at the Islands are the luxury lakeside Legacy Villas and newly renovated "home-away-from-home" LakeHouses.
The Resort's crown jewel, Lake Sidney Lanier, is one of the United States' most popular man-made lakes, encompassing 38,000 miles of surface area and 690 miles of shoreline in Northeast Georgia.
Lilburn adds 2.3 acres to its city park through grant
The Lilburn City Council voted Monday to add 2.3 acres to Lilburn City Park. A specific use has not been designated for the property, which is adjacent to the Lilburn Community Garden on Camp Creek Road. An existing sidewalk will connect the new parcel to the existing 10-acre park. Lilburn City Park has a large lawn, playground, pavilion to seat 160, and tennis courts. The park is the trailhead for the Camp Creek Greenway, which offers more than four miles of paved or gravel walkway.
The property was purchased with a Federal Mitigation Assistance award from the Federal Emergency Management Agency in the amount of $131,450 for the acquisition, demolition, and cleanup of the property at 26 Camp Creek Road. The house on the property suffered significant damage during the 2009 flood.
This grant will fully fund purchase and rehabilitation of the property. The purchase will be complete and the property turned over to the City of Lilburn by the end of August.
The Council also approved a rule change to allow leashed pets in City Park.
A sacred yellow diamond, murder, deception, suicide and intrigue are all elements in the story of the Moonstone. The fabulous jewel is stolen in India from the head ornament of a Hindu god, and transported to England. Once there, it brings misery to whoever owns it. When the stone is maliciously inherited by18-year old Rachel, it is stolen. The ensuing 'who-done-it' is full of twists and turns. Several narrators, all with a different perspectives of the theft of the Moonstone from its English owner, pull together a startling discovery. Behind it all, lurks the Indians, searching for their sacred stone. A 'sensation' novel from the mid-1800s, it is a very early detective story, pitting both professional and amateurs in the search for the missing jewel.
Described by many as decades ahead of his time, sociologist Arthur Franklin Raper exposed Georgia's racial and economic inequities at a time when it could be professionally risky to oppose Southern practices and customs. He was one of the first scholars to criticize the damaging institutions of lynching, sharecropping, and tenancy. Raper's work provoked criticism from Southerners, but it also forced them to discuss issues that would have been taboo only a few years earlier.
Born in 1899, Raper (left) grew up in central North Carolina on his family's struggling tobacco farm. Raper attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he distinguished himself with his grades and his involvement in community service. After receiving his master's degree in sociology at Vanderbilt University, Raper returned to Chapel Hill in 1925 and entered the doctoral program under Howard W. Odum, who headed the university's renowned Institute for Research in Social Science.
Raper eventually grew weary of classroom drudgery, and when Will W. Alexander, executive secretary of the Commission on Interracial Cooperation (CIC), came to offer Odom's students an opportunity to go to Georgia and study sociology among the people, Raper jumped at the chance. He arrived in Atlanta in 1926 and began working with the local interracial committees, which were established to prevent lynchings and increase positive contact between whites and blacks. Despite his ability to work comfortably with members of both races on the committees (ironically, a trait unusual for whites on the CIC), Raper again became restless.
He soon learned that Greene County, a Black Belt community 80 miles east of Atlanta, was experiencing massive out-migration because its system of plantation agriculture was gradually dying of soil depletion, low cotton prices, and boll weevil attacks. His interest piqued, Raper began a comparative study of Greene County and the more stable Macon County in an attempt to determine the effects of plantation life on their respective residents. He eventually published the results of his study in Preface to Peasantry (1936). Raper argued that the plantation system served not as a "school of civilization" for black sharecroppers but instead taught them dependence and irresponsibility; the plantation system's decay became a "preface to American peasantry."
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(NEW) Dog Days at Lilburn Farmers Market, Friday, August 15 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Because of heavy rain last Friday, the Lilburn Farmers Market is moving its annual Dog Days of Summer to this Friday. The Lilburn Farmers Market is a co-sponsored event with Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church. More information about the market can be found here. The Lilburn Farmers Market is a tasty way to start your weekend.
(NEW) Nature Photography Show at Norcross Cultural and Arts Center, Opening Reception, Friday, August 15, 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. Co-host is the Northeast Atlanta chapter of the Georgia Nature Photographer's Association. More than 70 photos by 44 local photographers will be on display. The exhibit will be open on the balance of Saturdays in August from noon until 4 p.m.
Creative ways to harvest and grow Social Security benefits through retirement is the theme of an August 19 program at 9 a.m. at The 1818 Club in Duluth. The Community Foundation of Northeast Georgia is putting on this program, sponsored by Sugarloaf Wealth Management LLC. Maximize your Social Security income stream with significant tools, such as sound education, good planning and the application of smart decision-making tools.
Gwinnett Police Job Fair, Saturday, August 23, from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Gwinnett Police Training Center, 854 Winder Highway in Lawrenceville. The department seeks candidates for police officer and E-911 Communication positions. Interested applicants are encouraged to apply before attending the fair on the Police Employment webpage.
Forum for 2014: Thursday, October 16, 7: 30 a.m. until 1 p.m.
Studio Movie Grill, Duluth. Topics include maximizing re-development,
financing and opportunities through Public-Private Partnerships. Keynote
speaker will be Ellen Durham Jones of Georgia Tech, talking on "Sustaining
vibrant communities." To
register, click here.
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