Issue 14.82 | Jan. 20, 2015
SNELLVILLE, Ga., Jan. 20, 2015 -- A meet-up event extraordinaire, Pop-Up Public Marketplace, is expected to draw hundreds of visitors to a catalyst site of The Towne Center at Snellville on May 16, thanks to a $15,000 grant from the Atlanta Regional Commission.
The Wisteria Pop-Up Marketplace, to be located on 10.5 acres of city-owned property on Wisteria Drive, across from the Snellville Police Department, will offer a one-day experiential event showcasing local businesses and entrepreneurs.
demonstration marketplace is a multi-vendor commercial village that models
a lifelong public space, featuring only locally owned and operated businesses.
The purpose is to promote the growth and development of these businesses.
The marketplace will showcase The Towne Center at
The marketplace, sponsored by the Downtown Development Authority of Snellville, Snellville Arts Commission, Snellville Farmers Market, CommunityGarden@Snellville and Snellville Tourism and Trade, was made possible after the DDA received a $15,000 Lifelong Tactical Urbanism Demonstration Project grant. The funds will be used to create the marketplace which will be housed under tents and offer local business owners a central location in The Towne Center and the Livable Centers Initiative to shop their wares.
Eric Van Otteren,
the city's Economic Development manager, asks: "Local? Sustainable?
Entrepreneurial? Healthy? Place making? Have you heard of lifelong communities?
Lifelong communities provide a full range of options for residents, ensuring
a high quality of life for all. The city of Snellville's award of a Lifelong
Tactical Urbanism Demonstration Project grant will allow the community
of Snellville an opportunity to experience the benefits of a public market
and how it enriches ongoing community initiatives."
Van Otteren says: "We in Snellville are excited about the coming together of Snellville's community and business organizations to demonstrate a next step in serving persons of varied ages and interests to learn and experience how a lifelong community looks and feels. Public markets are a wonderful year-round, multi-vendor activity. The merchants within tend to be independent owner-operators who are often, but not always, involved in the production of the products they sell."
A group of city officials, local business owners and leaders and students from SGHS will plan the event. Volunteers are needed to help with the marketplace. Local businesses are encouraged to participate to help propel the pop-up event.
JAN. 20, 2015 -- The preservation of our area's natural resources, recycling, and even our good-looking and substantial buildings, is important to many of us. Many of us have learned this over the years, primarily through Gwinnett Clean and Beautiful, which is always preaching the doctrine of conservation. Connie Wiggins should get the credit for her ground-breaking work for many of us on the environment in Gwinnett.
That's why the understanding that the buildings at the former Simpsonwood Methodist Conference Center might be leveled by bulldozers, since no one may be wanting to use them, is upsetting.
Those substantial buildings along the Chattahoochee, built at the cost of thousands in contributions from Methodist laymen, and still in pretty good conditions, are facing extinction. It really saddens me.
Of course, nothing will be decided until Gwinnett County closes on purchasing the land, along with Peachtree Corners. That should take place soon.
(There's another situation here. With the county putting up the bulk of the purchase price, $14 million, for the site, the City of Peachtree Corners also put up $2 million to complete the $16 million purchase. The obvious question is how the ownership will fall out. Will they own the property jointly? That seems unreasonable with the county putting up the bulk of the monies. Or will Peachtree Corners end up with part of the land? That would seem to violate the gift of Miss Ludie Simpson when she gave the land, not wanting it sub-divided. We have faith that the two entities can figure this out positively.)
Yet, come what may, something must take place regarding the buildings.
Here's a proposal.
Since the Methodist Church has its Conference offices on the property, how about the county and city consider leasing those offices of the Conference to them for a reasonable sum, and allow the Methodist Conference office to remain within the county? After all, the 30 or so employees of the Conference must be located somewhere. Plus, allowing the Conference to remain would mean that the Methodists would not have to find new space and moving, which is always difficult and costly.
Right now the Conference occupies about half of the newest building on the Simpsonwood campus. So, another suggestion:
Why not let one of the new owners of the property, the City of Peachtree Corners, have its city offices in the other half of the building? After all, the City is now in rented, temporary, facilities now. Since they own part of the land of the anticipated park, the City might could save some money, and put the building to use, too. That would be better than seeing this fine structure torn down.
Mayor Mike Mason of Peachtree Corners has also been in contact with federal governmental officials about the possible uses of some of the buildings at the land. These other buildings were previously used as motel-like units. It may be difficult to find users for them, and they could face the bulldozers.
But the other prime building on the property, the Simpsonwood offices, kitchen, dining hall and meeting facilities, are in a beautiful and well-maintained building just feet from the Chattahoochee River. It would really be a shame to see these buildings torn down. It could easily be the site for day-only conferences and meetings for all sorts of organizations, amid a pristine environment.
It would make a nice center for gatherings for the county and its residents. We hope some way can be determined to save a substantial permanent building from destruction.
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Editor, the Forum:
Six years ago, NCR received tax breaks and incentives from the state and Gwinnett County of $109 million. They are now moving to Atlanta to get tax incentives for $3.2 million plus property tax breaks.
Meanwhile, Mercedes is reported getting about $24 million in tax incentives to relocate from its corporate headquarters in New Jersey to Georgia. By the way, $60 million was spent by the state for Mercedes to develop a track of land in Pooler, Ga. They then decided not to use this developed tract for a manufacturing plant.
Also, on another giveaway back when fuel prices were high and business was suffering, the Republican legislature in Georgia gave over $33 million in a sales tax exemption on fuel sold to Delta Airlines. The list goes on and on, but the unemployment rate in Georgia remains one of the highest in the nation.
Here is some good news; the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) announced in October that it would soon issue a draft standard to require states and localities to account for the revenue they lose to economic development tax breaks.
This is a huge event in the decades-long struggle to rein in corporate tax breaks. When states and localities start issuing the new data in 2017, it will enable massive new bodies of analysis and policymaking: in state and local finance, tax policy, government transparency, economic development, regionalism and sprawl, public education finance, and campaign finance.
The state says it doesn't have the money when its citizens want improved education, transportation and an expansion of Medicaid insurance. Now we know why.
Be informed: School bus cameras might cost you a pretty penny
Editor, the Forum:
Please inform your readers: Gwinnett County school buses are starting to be equipped with cameras that will automatically ticket idiots who run school bus stop signs.
These knuckleheads will be getting an expensive letter in the mail after each infraction, as they should, for risking the safety of our school children. Eventually all buses will have these.
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Editor, the Forum:
In the Anglican/Catholic tradition, we are now in the season called "Epiphany," which always begins on January 6. The last day of Epiphany is the day before Ash Wednesday. Since Ash Wednesday's date depends on the date of Easter, the length of the Epiphany season is different every year. (Easter is on April 5 in 2015.) This year, Ash Wednesday is February 18.
Epiphany celebrates "the manifestation of Christ to the Gentiles" -- the Magi (who were not Jewish) acknowledging the birth of Christ. Thus, in shorthand, the season demonstrates the belief that Jesus came to all people, all over the world. The color associated with Epiphany is green, connoting life and growth.
After all the excitement of Christmas, the season of Epiphany offers a time to relax and reflect-to breathe, knowing that very shortly will begin the profound and arduous season of Lent.
has begun initial site clearance activities at the 30 acre Duluth tract
it purchased in December 2014 to be a mixed-use development, called Sugarloaf
Market, located at the Southwest intersection of Peachtree Industrial
Boulevard and Sugarloaf Parkway.
Lawrenceville kicks off economic development strategic process
With 2015 well underway, the City of Lawrenceville is kicking off its Economic Development strategic planning process. The first activity is Wednesday, January 21, at 7 p.m.
A schedule of events:
Gwinnett Women's Pavilion at Gwinnett Medical Center (GMC) has received the 2015 Women's Choice Award® as an America's Best Hospitals for Obstetrics. This designation is based on the criteria that consider female patient satisfaction, clinical excellence, and what women say they want from a hospital.
The America's Best Hospitals for Obstetrics scoring process is unique in that it is the only national list that focuses on female patient satisfaction
Cathie Brazell, assistant vice president of clinical operations at GMC, says: "Being recognized for what you do - and how well you do it - by the very consumers you are in the business of serving is an incredible accolade. Sensitivity, safety and patient care have always been and will continue to be our hallmarks as we care for families during this very special time."
Georgia EMCs to recognize 9 Harrison Scholars
Jackson Electric Membership Corporation (EMC) is currently accepting applications for the Walter Harrison Scholarship, a program sponsored by Georgia's 41 electric cooperatives. The scholarship fund will provide $1,000 scholarships to local students who plan to pursue a post-secondary education in Georgia.
The $1,000 Walter Harrison Scholarship can be applied to academic expenses at any accredited two or four year university, college or vocational-technical institute in Georgia.
Full or part time students who apply for the scholarship must be accepted or enrolled in an accredited undergraduate degree program, a customer of Jackson EMC or the son or daughter of a customer and a resident of the home served by Jackson EMC.
In 2015, Walter Harrison Scholarships will be awarded to nine students who demonstrate exceptional academic performance. Factors for consideration include grade point average, test scores, academic standing, scholastic honors and community involvement. A scholarship committee comprised of EMC directors and managers judge blind applications and select recipients who exceed in these areas and demonstrate a financial need.
Snellville announces streets to be paved in coming year
Snellville's annual street paving project will begin early next month.
The successful bidder
for the street paving projects was ER Snell Contracting Inc. which will
begin with preliminary sampling and coring on Tanglewood Drive beginning
in February, weather permitting.
The streets targeted for the project are: Abilene Court, Abilene Lane, Abington Drive, Epping Forest Court, Ivy Way, Ramblewood Way, Summit Chase Court, Summit Crest Lane, Ferndale Lane, Hemlock Trail, Tanglewood Drive, Summit View Court and Summit View Way.
Medical Association recognizes Sen. Renee Unterman
Sen. Renee Unterman (R-Buford) was recently honored with the 1849 Friend of Medicine Award from the Medical Association of Georgia (MAG). The organization specifically recognized Sen. Unterman's leadership of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee, as well as her support of Georgia's medical personnel and work to improve safety and licensing regulations.
MAG President Dr. Manoj H. Shah says: "MAG reserves this award for legislators who demonstrate extraordinary leadership. In her role as the chair of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee, Senator Unterman has earned her reputation as a genuine advocate for patients and physicians in Georgia." With more than 7,500 members, MAG includes physicians in every specialty and practice setting in the state.
from Macon will boast of the quality of Nu-Way wieners, a downtown hot
dog paradise that has expanded over the years to several locations. It's
the second oldest hot dog stand in the nation (just after Nathan's). The
neon sign outside the restaurant spells it "Weiner," now recognized
as incorrect, but that's the way it is in the vintage sign, regardless
of the book title. The place has been a mainstay of Macon since 1916,
and locals boast that it preceded Atlanta's Varsity, and anyway, tastes
far better. Macon Telegraph Columnist Ed Grisamore has penned this
story with love and care, making you aware of the smell, the taste, the
Macon way of life and the remembrance of this institution that the city
loves. Bet you this: If you've ever been to the Nu-Way, your mouth will
water as you read this book. And for those who have never tasted a Nu-Way,
stop by on your next trip southward. The book is available through Amazon.
As editor of the Georgia Review from 1977 until his death, Stanley Lindberg was nationally and internationally recognized for transforming a good regional literary magazine into one of the best magazines of its time, a handsome and colorful quarterly filled with excellent essays, poetry, fiction, and artwork created by distinguished artists from the state, the South, the nation, and abroad.
In addition, he conceived and produced, or shared responsibility for, some of the most daring and stimulating cultural events the state of Georgia has hosted. This includes a celebration of Georgia's own heritage in creative writing-the "Roots in Georgia" Literary Symposium of 1985-and a remarkable international gathering of recipients of the Nobel Prize in Literature held in conjunction with the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta. In 1986 Lindberg received the first Governor's Award in the Humanities.
W. Lindberg (right) was born on November 18, 1939, in Warren, Penn.
He wrote his Ph.D. dissertation at the University of Pennsylvania on the
18th-century essayist and dictionary maker Samuel Johnson, a model of
the clear, intelligent, strong expression that he later sought in the
writers he published in the Georgia Review. Lindberg had achieved
distinction as a scholar and editor before he came to the Department of
English at the University of Georgia in 1977 from Ohio University, where
he had already raised a regional literary magazine, the Ohio Review, to
Under his direction the Georgia Review received increasing praise and won a number of state and national awards for its editorial excellence, outshining in 1986 such well-financed commercial magazines as the New Yorker, Atlantic Monthly, and Harper's, as the Georgia Review won a prestigious National Magazine Award in Fiction.
In recommending Lindberg for a University Professorship at the University of Georgia, which he received in 1999, a committee of scholars and writers observed that Lindberg had made the Georgia Review "the single most widely respected and sought after literary review published in the United States." Lindberg repeatedly attracted into the pages of the Georgia Review such notable writers as Rita Dove, Shelby Foote, Henry Louis Gates Jr., Seamus Heaney, Joyce Carol Oates, John Updike, Robert Penn Warren, and Eudora Welty.
Recognition of Lindberg's editorial role in the development of the Georgia Review made him widely sought after as a speaker and consultant on editing, publishing, and writing.
legacy to the state of Georgia remains his tenure with the Georgia
Review. He not only attracted writers who were well established and
sought after, but he also discovered, nurtured, and promoted many new
talents. Lindberg died in Atlanta on Jan. 18, 2000.
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(NEW) Job Fair on Tuesday, January 20, at 9 a.m. until noon at Norcross Cooperative Ministry, 2275 Mitchell Road, Norcross. Positions open for assembly, soldering, data entry, construction, and machine operators. Meet directly with recruiter. Bring your resume. Questions? Call 770 263-8268.
(NEW) Business After Hours of the Lilburn Community Partnership, Tuesday, January 20 at 6:30 p.m. at Lil' Barn Restaurant (formerly The Oyster Barn), 411 Beaver Ruin Road, Lilburn. Refreshments will be served at this "meet and greet," with a presentation by Rep. B.J. Pak of District 108. For more info, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
(NEW) Sports Expo at Lucky Shoals Park, 4651 Britt Road, Norcross, Saturday, January 24, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. The largest in the state, it will have as the keynote speaker sports personality Brian Finneran of Radio 680. The expo is free to attend and will include special activities and entertainment for kids five years and older. Educational sessions will range from volunteer recruitment, athlete nutrition, sports injuries, marketing, park safety, challenges in sports and concessions and tournaments. Registration is encouraged as space is limited. Visit www.gwinnettparks.com for more information or call (678) 277-0850
Georgia Cares Presentation, Monday, January 26 at 10:30 a.m. at the Gwinnett Council for Seniors office, 196 East Pike Street, Lawrenceville. Learn more about health insurance information, counseling and assistance for senior adults, and their families as well as other eligible individuals when they need help understanding Medicare. Call 770 822 5247 to make a 45 minute appointment.
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