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  1. Featured FIV+ Furkid: LeoFri, 24 Oct 2014 14:17:03 GMT
    Click here for more information on this special promotion. FIV stands for Feline Immunodeficiency Virus - it is a virus that affects a cat's immune system. More...
  2. Successful college opportunities available for students with disabilitiesFri, 24 Oct 2014 10:22:16 GMT
    Gwinnett College Fair for Students with Disabilities happening Saturday, October 25, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Gwinnett County Public Schools is inviting students with disabilities and their parents to explore the opportunities and possibilities of transitioning into post - secondary education during a college fair happening Saturday, October 25. While some earlier research has indicted that students with disabilities do not always have the same chances of graduating as students without disabilities, there is a growing trend revealing that early preparation and knowledge is the key to opening the doors to a successful college experience. More...
  3. VFFS Manufacturer Opens North American HQsFri, 24 Oct 2014 06:38:12 GMT
    Rovema GmbH ceased its ongoing partnership with Rovema Packaging Machines L.P. and opened a 27,000-square-foot facility in Norcross, Ga., that will serve as the headquarters for its new entity Rovema North America. Though Rovema North America will initially focus on sales and service, it is planned that the plant will eventually be utilized for engineering and manufacturing as well. More...
  4. Jobs: Gwinnett, Duluth See Significant Drops in Unemployment RateFri, 24 Oct 2014 02:50:51 GMT
    The jobless rate in metro Atlanta fell significantly last month, according to data released by the Georgia Department of Labor Thursday. The September unemployment rate was 7.3 percent, down from August's rate of 8.0. The metro rate a year ago was 7.6 percent. More...
  5. Gwinnett Fire: Day Care Center Evacuated, Home Extensively DamagedThu, 23 Oct 2014 22:57:11 GMT
    The following is a brief synopsis of the fire response activity for Thursday morning, from Gwinnett Fire PIO Capt. Tommy Rutledge. More...
  6. Gwinnett Weekend: Glads, Comedy Nights, Country Living Fair and Lots of Halloween TreatsThu, 23 Oct 2014 18:57:05 GMT
    Looking for something to do this weekend in Gwinnett County? Check out the Gwinnett Weekends list below from Explore Gwinnett. Party with ghouls, goblins, superheroes, and princesses! It's a spooktacular time with crafts, DJ, light refreshments, and special games! Come dressed for individual and group costume contests! $6 678-277-0920 www.gwinnettcounty.com Featured movie "Word War Z" rated PG-13 to be shown at dusk. More...
  7. Dacula Restaurant Scores: Five Guys, Stars and Strikes, Caprese & MoreThu, 23 Oct 2014 14:55:17 GMT
    Remarks : Multiple pans of food were not maintaining the proper hot holding temperature of 135F and/or above. Two bottles of medicine were stored above single use condiments. More...
  8. Faith-Based Organizations in Gwinnett Gear Up For DisasterThu, 23 Oct 2014 11:00:08 GMT
    A free Disaster Preparedness Summit for the leaders of faith-based and civic organizations and diverse communities will be hosted in Gwinnett County by Noah's Ark in partner with Joseph's Network and the American Red Cross. This half-day event encourages leaders to network amongst diverse and multi-denominational faith and civic groups, establish relationships with disaster response agencies, and learn how to be an involved community partner in times of disaster. More...
Gwinnett County News
  1. Police department hosts job fair: November 15Tue, 14 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EDT
    The Gwinnett County Police Department will host a job fair on Saturday, November 15 from 8:00am to 3:00pm for Police and Communications Officer positions. The job fair will take place at the Gwinnett County Police Training Center, located at 854 Winder Highway in Lawrenceville. The Gwinnett County Police Department is a nationally accredited, full-service department with specialized units such as SWAT, K-9, DUI Task Force, and more. The department offers a competitive compensation/benefits package along with on-the-job training. Interested applicants are encouraged to apply before attending the fair on the Police employment webpage; however human resources staff will be present at the fair and will be taking walk-up applications during the event. For more information about the opportunities available with the Gwinnett County Police Department, visit the Police employment webpage. More...
  2. Change to paper recycling at Gwinnett fire stationsFri, 17 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EDT
    Please be aware that because the previous vendor has discontinued paper recycling pickup, residents may no longer drop off paper, cardboard, junk mail, or magazines at Gwinnett County fire stations. Aluminum cans recycling for the Burn Foundation will continue. Residents can drop off their recyclable paper items at the Recycling Bank of Gwinnett, located at 4300 Satellite Boulevard in Duluth. For more information, please call 770.242.6433. Residents who live in unincorporated Gwinnett County may recycle paper, cardboard, junk mail, and magazines at the curb. More...
  3. Beat the lines and vote in advance of the November electionTue, 14 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EDT
    The 2014 general election will take place Tuesday, November 4 at your regular at your regular voting precinct. To find your voting precinct or view a sample ballot, visit the Georgia Secretary of State’s My Voter Page.For advance voting locations and information, click here. Registered voters may request an absentee ballot by mail or cast their ballot in person from October 13 – 31, Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 5:00pm at the Gwinnett County Voter Registrations and Elections Office, located at 455 Grayson Highway in Lawrenceville. There are several other options to cast your ballot in advance of the November 4 election: Saturday voting: October 18 and 25 the Voter Registrations and Elections office from 9:00am to 4:00pmSatellite voting: October 25 from 9:00am to 4:00pm and October 27 – 31 from 9:00am to 7:00pm; visit the Polling Place Locator webpage for locations. Voters will be able to view the results of the November 4 election, including advance voting results, on the Secretary of State’s Georgia Elections Results webpage on election night. For more information, visit www.gwinnettelections.com. More...
  4. ZBA Meeting Date Change: November 18Thu, 09 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EDT
    The regularly scheduled Zoning Board of Appeals meeting for Tuesday, November 18, 2014 has been moved to Monday, November 17, 2014 at 6:30pm. More...
  5. Learn about the Human Relations Commission at its annual Open HouseTue, 14 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EDT
    Join the Gwinnett Human Relations Commission on Monday, October 20 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm for its annual open house. Residents will have an opportunity to meet the members of the commission, learn about its work and mission, and how members of the Gwinnett community can get involved. This open house is free and food will be served, so come out and share a meal with the Gwinnett Human Relations Commission. Spaces are limited, so please visit http://gchrc.eventbrite.com to RSVP for this event. The event will take place at Lupita’s Mexican Restaurant, located at 2040 Beaver Ruin Road #3 in Norcross. For more information about this event, please email hrc@gwinnettcounty.com. More...
  6. Be safe this HalloweenTue, 07 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EDT
    Halloween is coming up, and the Gwinnett County Department of Fire and Emergency Services wants to remind you to be safe. Here are a few tips to use on Halloween night: For your home: Only use decorations that are tested by an independent laboratory Never overload electrical outlets with holiday lighting or special effects Keep paper and dry decorations such as leaves, cornstalks, and hay bales away from open flames or any other heat source Use flashlights in jack-o-lanterns instead of candles to prevent a fire Avoid using decorative candles at Halloween festivities and parties, especially around pets and small children Eliminate tripping hazards on your porch or walkway to the front door; light the path for a safe entry and exit for children Costumes: Costumes should fit properly; baggy sleeves or billowing capes pose a tripping hazard as well as a fire hazard Use soft or flexible props for costumes and avoid those that have sharp points or jagged edges If kids are carrying toy weapons as part of their costumes, make sure they do not look authentic; use only soft or plastic toy replicas to prevent injury Carry a flashlight or glow stick as part of the costume Consider adding reflective tape to costumes and trick-or-treat bags for better visibility Choose costumes that are bright-colored and made of flame-resistant materials; look for a fire-retardant label on any store-bought costume More...
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Gwinnett County Press News
  1. COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR NAMES ACTING DOT DIRECTORMon, 20 Oct 2014 08:57:42 EDT
    (Lawrenceville, Ga., Oct. 17, 2014) – County Administrator Glenn Stephens has named an acting transportation department director. Alan Chapman, who currently serves as deputy transportation director, will run the department following Gwinnett DOT Director Kim Conroy’s retirement on Oct. 24. County Administrator Glenn Stephens said, “I am thankful to have someone like Alan with the credentials and experience to lead the department during this transition. I know he will do a good job.” Alan joined the Gwinnett County Department of Transportation in 1997 as project manager for the road improvements capital program and was promoted in 2004 to the role of deputy director where he oversees the preconstruction and construction divisions. Alan holds an MBA from Georgia State University and a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from Georgia Tech and is a registered professional engineer in the state of Georgia. Before coming to work for Gwinnett County, he was with the Georgia Department of Transportation and also worked as an engineering and construction consultant. He lives with his wife, Anne, and two daughters in Lawrenceville. More...
  2. AYERS NAMED GWINNETT POLICE CHIEFMon, 20 Oct 2014 08:57:42 EDT
    (Lawrenceville, Ga., Oct. 17, 2014) – County Administrator Glenn Stephens has named A.A. “Butch” Ayers as Gwinnett’s new police chief effective Oct. 25. Ayers, a 30-year veteran of the Police Department, will replace Charlie Walters, who is retiring after serving Gwinnett County for 35 years. The Board of Commissioners will be asked to ratify Ayers’ contract on Tuesday. Stephens said, “The Gwinnett County Police Department is an excellent example of the strong succession planning and leadership development that the County strives to cultivate and develop in all of its departments. Because of this planning and leadership development, the County is fortunate to have the ability to choose from seasoned leaders within the Police Department who will provide continuity and strong leadership skills within the department and the County. Like Charlie, Butch began his law enforcement career with the Gwinnett County Police Department and earned his way up through the ranks. He has gained valuable knowledge and honed his skills from having worked in nearly every area of the department over the years. Along with these assets, he is a person of character and I admire him greatly. Butch is the right person to lead the men and women of this vital department, and I have every confidence he will serve the residents of Gwinnett County well.” Commission Chairman Charlotte Nash said, “It’s hard to believe we are saying goodbye to Charlie after 11 years as chief. I will miss him, but I also know that Butch is a great choice to lead the department. He will be a valuable member of Glenn’s senior leadership team.” Ayers’ career in public service began in 1984 when he joined the Gwinnett County Police Department as a police officer. As assistant chief, he most recently commanded the department’s administrative services division. He has also overseen professional standards, SWAT, the Central Police Precinct, and the support, operations, criminal investigations and uniform divisions. A resident of Dacula, Ayers holds an associate degree in criminal justice from Gainesville State College, a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Georgia, and a Masters of Public Administration from Columbus State University. He is a graduate of the Georgia Law Enforcement Command College as well as the FBI National Academy and has logged more than 3,700 hours of specialized training during his career. He also holds several certifications from the Georgia Peace Officers Standards and Training Council as an instructor. Note: Click for head shot www.flickr.com/photos/gwinnettcounty/15558693195/in/set-72157627927509099. More...
  3. SENIOR CITIZEN ATTENDS 18th PROM Thu, 16 Oct 2014 14:57:18 EDT
    (Gwinnett County, Ga., Oct. 16, 2014) – Maria D’Antonio will be attending her 18th prom on Friday, Oct. 17 at the Bethesda Park Senior Center in Lawrenceville. The event is hosted by Gwinnett County Senior Services. D’Antonio didn’t have a date 73 years ago during her senior year in high school and still remains independent. “If you go without a man, it doesn’t matter. Now you don’t even need a partner since you can line dance,” smiles D’Antonio. At the age of 91, D’Antonio mentions the difference with today’s prom and her own, “There was no limo, we all pitched in for gas – a quarter a piece,” she said. “Some things never change – boys on one side and the girls on the other. It is always the girls coaxing the boys to dance.” Gwinnett County Senior Services has hosted their senior prom for 17 years and Maria D’Antonio has never missed one. She loves to dance and can’t imagine life without music or dancing. D’Antonio has always been independent and has explored Europe and the United States by herself despite society’s disapproval in the 1940’s of a young lady traveling alone. Her advice to young folks is to travel and see how other people live, “Enjoy your life. There is so much to see,” she said. Gwinnett County Senior Services operate four senior activity centers located in Lawrenceville, Buford, Norcross, and Snellville. The centers offer a safe environment for the older population to gather, socialize, and enjoy a well-balanced nutritional meal. Activities at the centers include exercise and nutrition classes, musical entertainment, games, and health presentations. For more information on how to become a participant, you may visit www.gwinnettseniorservices.com or call 678-377-4150. More...
  4. WEEKEND CONSTRUCTION WILL CLOSE JIMMY CARTER BOULEVARD BRIDGE NOV. 14Thu, 16 Oct 2014 14:16:23 EDT
    (Lawrenceville, Ga.,Oct. 16,2014) –TheGwinnett County Department ofTransportation will close the I-85 at Jimmy Carter Boulevard bridge for the diverging diamond interchange crossover.The project involves shifting traffic to the opposite side of the bridge, which will make left turns onto the interstate more efficient and improve the flow of traffic across the bridge.The closure will begin at 9p.m.on Friday, Nov. 14, weather and conditions permitting. The bridge will open to traffic by 5a.m.on Monday, Nov. 17 with the new interchange configuration. Should conditions prevent the closure from occurring as planned, the backup closure period will be from Nov. 21-24. The bridge will be closed to all through-traffic during the weekend, although construction will not impact right turn access to or from I-85.Drivers and pedestrians should take one of the planned detours detailed on www.gwinnettDDI.com. Pedestrian traffic should continue to use the detour route for at least one month following crossover during the construction ofpedestrian walkways. “We ask that drivers in this area be especiallycautious and alert during construction," said Transportation Deputy Director Alan Chapman. "We understand thisisan inconvenience, so Gwinnett DOT staff will closely monitor traffic flow and signals during the crossover weekend to help keep traffic moving.” After crossover, construction will continue on the center median and pedestrian facilities, while crews will finalize the signals, interchange lighting and pavement markings. The project is expected to be substantially complete in spring 2015. Once the project is complete, the bridge at Jimmy Carter Boulevard and I-85 will be Gwinnett County’s second diverging diamond interchange. The Georgia Department of Transportation is currently constructing a new “flex lane” on the northbound lanes of I-85 adjacent to the project. That project is also expected to be complete in spring 2015 and will add a new lane on I-85 northbound from Jimmy Carter Boulevard to Indian Trail Road for use during the afternoon rush hour. The Georgia Department of Transportation project will further improve the flow of traffic in the area. “Jimmy Carter Boulevard is one of the busiest access points in Gwinnett County and helps to fuel the commerce of thousands of businesses in the area,” said Chuck Warbington, executive director for the Gwinnett Village Community Improvement District. “The mobility improvements the diverging diamond design offers will help local businesses get out of traffic and get back to what it is they do best—driving the economy for Gwinnett.” For information on how to drive the diamond, including a video rendering of the completed project, visit www.gwinnettDDI.com. More...
  5. LIGHTS ON AFTERSCHOOL RALLY SET FOR OCTOBER 23Tue, 14 Oct 2014 14:56:49 EDT
    (Lawrenceville, Ga., Oct. 14, 2014) – Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation and Live Healthy Gwinnett will join community partners JM Tull YMCA, Kidsplosion, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Gwinnett Public Library, Gwinnett 4H and Gwinnett County Health and Human Services on Oct. 23 to host a Lights On Afterschool event from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. at Alexander Park located at 800 Old Snellville Highway in Lawrenceville. The theme for this free family event is Hollywood: A Walk Among the Stars. Kids and adults are encouraged to dress as their favorite stars, walk the red carpet, take part in hands-on activities, and enjoy active games, live music, food trucks and inflatables. Children’s imaginations will soar while visiting areas decorated like Frozen, The Lego Movie and The Wizard of Oz. Kids will be able to exercise their minds with a game of checkers during a visit with Dorothy and Toto, have some STEM fun making snow with Olaf and get physical with Ninja Legos. A Zumba party and the chance to walk among the stars in the park will get everyone up and moving. Lights On Afterschool is the only nationwide rally for afterschool programs. More than 8,000 events are expected to take place this year across the country and at U.S. military bases worldwide to promote the benefits of afterschool programs. A large and growing body of evidence demonstrates improvements in attendance, behavior and academic achievement among children in afterschool programs. Researchers have also found that afterschool programs encourage increased parental involvement, an important building block for student success. This event is open to the public. For more information, please contact Gwinnett Parks Operations Director Tina Fleming at (770) 822-8875. As an Afterschool Ambassador, Fleming promotes the benefits of afterschool programs and is available to speak to groups about the initiative’s goal of making more programs available to children and families in need. More...
  6. GWINNETT COUNTY PARKS AND RECREATION CELEBRATES HALLOWEEN ALL MONTH LONG!Tue, 14 Oct 2014 13:38:52 EDT
    (Lawrenceville, Ga., Oct. 14, 2014) – Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation (GCPR) will be celebrating Halloween all month long with events at various parks. There is an event for everyone, regardless of age or ability and some for even the furry friends. Below are the various events and locations: Oct. 17, Return of the Mummy and Son Ball at George Pierce Park Community Recreation Center from 7p.m. – 9p.m., $11 per person. For more information call (678) 277-0910. Oct. 24, Halloween Family Fun Fest at Pinckneyville Park Community Recreation Center from 7p.m. – 9p.m., $6 per person. For more information call (678) 277-0920. Oct. 25, Trick or Treat Trail at Rhodes Jordan Park Community Recreation Center from 3p.m. – 5p.m., Free. For more information call (678) 277-0890. Oct. 25, Howl-O-Ween Dog Costume Party at Bogan Park Community Recreation Center from 11a.m. – 1p.m., $8 per dog. For more information call (678) 277-0850. Oct. 25, Haunted Halloween Festival at Lucky Shoals Park Community Recreation Center from 5p.m. – 8p.m., $10 per person. For more information call (678) 277-0860. Oct. 25, Howell at the Moon Zombie Walk/Fun Run at Shorty Howell Park from 6p.m. – 9p.m., $15 per person. For more information call (678) 277-0906. In an effort to offer safe and healthy alternatives, GCPR in partnership with Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta is passing on the following tips: Plan Ahead and consider how you can provide healthier options. Think pretzels, stickers, pencils, plastic spider rings, etc. Giving out candy is ok, but try to select candies with nutritional value like chocolates (the darker the better) or candies with nuts. Sending kids out trick-or-treating on a full stomach decreases the chance they will want to binge on their goodies when they get home, so plan ahead for an easy meal, like a bowl of whole-wheat pasta or a quick peanut butter and banana sandwich. Talk to your child in advance so you can set expectations about how many pieces of candy will be eaten Halloween night; the recommendation is between three and five. Let your kids choose the ones they want to eat. When they are part of the process it's easier on everyone. Halloween parties at school are lots of fun but they easily become a sugar-fest filled with cupcakes, candies, sodas and juice, so help plan the party or provide input to the room moms. For more information about the events listed, visit www.gwinnettparks.com. For more Halloween safety tips visit www.choa.org/Halloween. More...