Researchers found these women appear to be less likely to need a cesarean-section delivery and more likely to have a normal-sized baby. "These findings are important because we were able to confirm that obese women who undergo bariatric [weight-loss] operations prior to conceiving do not have worse outcomes, compared with obese women who don't have these procedures," said senior study author Dr. Aliu Sanni. More...
Less than a week before Athens-Clarke County commissioners are scheduled to consider proposed local ordinance amendments targeting alleged discriminatory admissions practices at some downtown Athens bars, Commissioner Kelly Girtz is asking his commission colleagues to consider expanding that initiative to start moving toward creation of a local civil rights committee. On Thursday, Girtz filed a "commission-defined option" for consideration in conjunction with the commission's discussion of the proposed ordinance amendments. More...
Grane brings with him over 28 years of experience in consulting, training and management in both the automotive and financial industries. In his new role, Carl will spearhead the development and execution of new advanced finance, sales and service training programs – in addition to refining the company's overall training strategy – for EasyCare's internal employees, agents and dealers. More...
After four years, six large urban school districts made significant progress in building stronger principal pipelines, according to a new independent study of The Wallace Foundation's Principal Pipeline Initiative. The study especially noted direct benefits to novice school principals by raising the quality of their training, hiring, evaluations, mentoring and other support during their crucial first years on the job. More...
Last fall, John Nagel from Lawrenceville, Georgia, was introduced as the Pro Shooter representing Magnum Research at shooting events across the U.S. Now, Magnum Research is proud to announce that Nagel has earned even higher honors among the shooting community. Since July of this year, John has earned three Grand Masters classifications in the USPSA/SCSA. More...
Baby rejected for a clothing advert 'because he has Down's syndrome' - but his mom fights back on Facebook with adorable pictures of him shared over 120,000 times A mom whose son was rejected for a children's clothing store advert by a talent agency because he has Down's syndrome fought back on Facebook, with a photograph she posted of him captioned with a #changingthefaceofbeauty hashtag receiving over 120,000 shares. Meagan Richter Nash, from Buford, Georgia, submitted photographs of her 15-month-old boy, Asher, when the agency put out an open casting call for an OshKosh B'gosh advert, but was shocked when she was told that the firm hadn't 'requested a special needs baby'. More...
Here's a star-studded casting roundup for you! Marvel's upcoming "Black Panther," starring Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, and Lupita Nyong'o , will hold an open casting call for background talent. If that isn't enough to intrigue you, we also have three more jobs ranging from a Showtime drama to regional theater. More...
ADVANCE IN-PERSON VOTING
Registered voters may cast a ballot in person on the following dates during advance in-person voting:
Monday through Friday, October 24 – 28 from 8:00am to 5:00pm Gwinnett County Voter Registrations and Elections Office 455 Grayson Highway Lawrenceville, GA 30046 George Pierce Park Community Recreation Center 55 Buford Highway Suwanee, GA 30024 Lenora Park Activity Room (not the gym) 4515 Lenora Church Road Snellville, GA 30078
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OTHER WAYS TO CAST A BALLOT BEFORE ELECTION DAY
Absentee by Mail: Registered voters may also request an absentee ballot. A completed application must first be received before an absentee ballot is issued. Visit the Absentee Voting by Mail for more information.
Satellite Voting: Registered voters may also cast their ballot in person at these locations on the following dates:
Saturday, October 29 from 7:00am to 7:00pm Monday through Friday, October 31 – November 4 from 7:00am to 7:00pm Gwinnett County Voter Registrations and Elections Office 455 Grayson Highway Lawrenceville, GA 30046 Bogan Park Community Recreation Center 2723 North Bogan Road Buford, GA 30518 Dacula Park Activity Building 2735 Auburn Avenue Dacula, GA 30019 George Pierce Park Community Recreation Center 55 Buford Highway Suwanee, GA 30024 Lenora Park Activity Room (not the gym) 4515 Lenora Church Road Snellville, GA 30078 Lucky Shoals Park Community Recreation Center 4651 Britt Road Norcross, GA 30093 Mountain Park Activity Building (adjacent to the Aquatic Center) 1063 Rockbridge Road Stone Mountain, GA 30087 Shorty Howell Park Activity Building 2750 Pleasant Hill Road Duluth, GA 30096
ELECTION DAY VOTING November 8 Election Day: General Election will take place Tuesday, November 8 at your regular polling location from 7:00am to 7:00pm. The main Elections Office is not a polling location on election day.
To find your voting precinct or view a sample ballot, visit the Georgia Secretary of State’s My Voter Page. More...
Celebrate America Recycles Day with the Solid Waste and Recovered Materials Division and Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful on Saturday, November 19 from 9:00am to noon at Coolray Field, home of the Gwinnett Braves, in Lawrenceville.
This free event offers paper shredding, plus electronics, tire, toner/printer cartridge, and paint recycling. In addition, bring your old sneakers and gently used clothing to be donated to those in need or to be recycled into new products. Come for free kids’ activities, including touch-a-truck, and meet your haulers.
Here are some things to remember before you come:
Paper shredding is limited to five copier paper boxes
Paint collection is limited to eight, one-gallon cans
No dealer tires for recycling
Electronics recycling is free with the exception of TVs, monitors, and printers
There is a $10 cash fee per TV or computer monitor and a $5 cash fee per printer
For more information, please call the Solid Waste and Recovered Materials Division at 770.822.7141.
Calling all volunteers! Looking for some volunteer service hours? Volunteer during the America Recycles Day event. Volunteers will be assigned to serve from 8:00am to 1:00pm. Visit www.volunteergwinnett.net to sign up as a volunteer for this event. More...
County and state officials joined members of the Gwinnett Village Community Improvement District earlier this month to celebrate the official grand opening of the Jimmy Carter Boulevard diverging diamond interchange at Interstate 85.
District 2 Commissioner Lynette Howard said, “I am so proud of the Gwinnett County DOT staff and our partners at the State Road and Tollway Authority and the Gwinnett Village CID for their collaboration. Their hard work created a tangible benefit for everyone who travels this corridor by making traffic flow smoothly across the bridge. And the bridge, especially at night when it lights up, really is a beautiful way to say, ‘Welcome to Gwinnett.’”
For motorists who haven’t driven it, the DDI shifts traffic to the opposite side of the road, making left turns onto the interstate easier and improving the flow of traffic across the bridge. It is also less expensive than replacing or widening the bridge.
Marsha Anderson Bomar, executive director for the Gwinnett Village Community Improvement District, said, “There are countless examples of infrastructure serving as unforgettable, iconic structures for the communities in which they exist. The CID viewed this project as an opportunity to create a memorable gateway for the hundreds of thousands who travel to or through the Village every day. It took the work of many partners to pull this project together and the CID is grateful to all of them for their support.”
The project included more than a half-mile of widening, median construction, signing, pavement marking, and signalization along Jimmy Carter Boulevard, including minor bridge rail and sidewalk reconstruction.
A right-turn lane was also added to the Goshen Springs Road approach to Jimmy Carter Boulevard, as recommended by previous Gwinnett County traffic and signalization studies on the corridor.
While the primary focus of the project was to improve traffic flow, the project included additional features that improve pedestrian safety, including the upgrade of pedestrian signals to current standards and the construction of an 8-foot sidewalk along the median of the bridge, flanked by barrier walls.
This project, budgeted at approximately $7.5 million, was funded by a number of sources. In addition to the 2009 SPLOST, funds were provided by the Gwinnett Village CID and the State Road and Tollway Authority to enable the additional enhancements. More information about SPLOST road improvement projects can be found on the County’s website at www.gwinnettsplost.com. More...
October is national Adopt-a-Shelter Dog Month and to celebrate, the Gwinnett Animal Welfare and Enforcement Center will reduce adoption fees for dogs to just $20 throughout the month. You can also adopt a cat for $20. Adoption feeds include the first round of vaccines, microchip and spay/neuter.
This a great season to fall in love with a shelter pet; visit the Gwinnett Animal Welfare and Enforcement Center at 884 Winder Highway in Lawrenceville from 11:00am to 4:00pm, Monday through Saturday. You can also visit www.gwinnettanimalcontrol.com or follow us on Facebook @Gwinnett Animal Shelter to see adoptable dogs, puppies, cats, and kittens, get details on upcoming events, and learn helpful tips on how to care for your shelter pet. More...
Make plans to attend the Fall Into Health Senior Wellness Fair on Friday, October 28 from 9:00am – 1:00pm at the Bethesda Park Senior Center, located at 225 Bethesda Church Road in Lawrenceville. The event will feature live cooking demonstrations, wellness presentations, health screenings, live entertainment, interactive fitness demonstrations, health and wellness exhibitors, and a chance to win a trip for two to Biloxi, Mississippi this December. This event is free to attend and typically serves more than 800 seniors ages 50 and older.
This event is held in partnership with Live Healthy Gwinnett, Gwinnett County Senior Services, Positive Public Image, and the UGA Extension – Gwinnett. Special thanks to this year’s sponsors: Gwinnett Medical Center, Seniors on the Go Travel, Walgreens, Brookdale Senior Living Solutions, and Clear Captions. For more information, visit www.gwinnettparks.com or call 678.277.0179. More...
The Citizens Project Selection Committee has recommended funding allocations for 10 categories of road improvements to be funded by the proposed 2017 Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax.
Developing these allocations was the initial task of the newly formed CPSC. If the SPLOST is approved by voters on November 8, the CPSC will reconvene to discuss project priorities to recommend to the Board of Commissioners. Projects will be selected from the list of potential projects developed in conjunction with update of the County’s Comprehensive Transportation Plan. The committee will also consider citizen requests for projects that have been compiled and are part of the list of potential projects. Additional public input during the CPSC’s work and study of congestion and safety concerns by the County will also be used by the committee to determine its final project priorities for recommendation to the Board of Commissioners.
The 10 categories and their potential allocations are shown below. Because the penny sales tax collection is based on estimated proceeds, two levels of funding were recommended by the group. While it is uncertain if collections would reach the higher amount of $455,497,500, Gwinnett staff considers the minimum of $406,863,000 to be a sound minimum collection amount. An additional amount of approximately $30.8 million for joint County/City projects would also be budgeted.
Board of Commissioners Chairman Charlotte Nash said, “We’ve followed this process with each SPLOST program beginning in 1997, and with the exception of the recession that affected 2009 SPLOST collections, we’ve consistently reached the minimum level identified by our financial staff.”
Bridges, Culverts and Transportation Drainage
Capital Projects Rehabilitation and Resurfacing
Residential Speed Control
Road Safety and Alignment
Sidewalks and Pedestrian Safety
“I appreciate the time and the effort given by the CPSC members. If the 2017 SPLOST is approved, the committee will have a lot more work to do to,” added Nash.
The CPSC is made up of representatives of 11 major interest groups – homeowners in each commission district, businesses, environmentalists, schools, civic organizations, freight, young professionals, and seniors. Gwinnett residents answered the County’s call to create the CPSC. At an August meeting, more than 350 residents sorted themselves into groups and chose a representative and an alternate.
In addition to reviewing and prioritizing prospective project categories and projects for the proposed SPLOST program, CPSC members are also expected to share information with their respective interest groups and maintain an open line of communication between county government and the public.
For information on the proposed 2017 SPLOST, visit www.gwinnettsplost.com. More...
(Lawrenceville, Ga., Oct. 27, 2016) – The Georgia Recreation and Park Association (GRPA), District 7 held its annual banquet on Oct. 26, in Roswell to recognize the many talented and hardworking members in the parks and recreation industry. The Volunteer Award was presented to Liberty Mutual for their Serve with Liberty program that provides assistance and resources to Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation (GCPR) on volunteer workdays. The Serve with Liberty program is Liberty Mutual Insurance’s employee community service program. For the past 4 years, this program has averaged 70 volunteers per year completing 450 hours of service moving mulch, trimming trails, picking up trash, planting flowers, cleaning playgrounds, enhancing parks and more.
GRPA also presented the prestigious Distinguished Program Professional Award to Pam Hoffman for her commitment to excellence and extensive involvement in the community for the last 26 years. The Parks and Outdoor Professional Award was presented to John Rowe for being an outstanding member of the conservation park district. GCPR would like to congratulate all the winners of the GRPA District 7. For more information on GRPA, visit www.grpa.org. More...
(Lilburn, Ga., Oct. 25, 2016) – The Gwinnett Parks Foundation held its semi-annual Park’nership event on Oct. 22 to cleanup and enhance different areas of Sweet Water Park in Lawrenceville. There were 52 volunteers completing 182 hours of service moving 18 pallets of rocks to shore up drainage throughout the park, and 5 tons of mulch to beautify the front entrance. The event was in partnership with Gwinnett Great Days of Service. Through their dedication, energy, and commitment, these volunteers are both invaluable and inspirational.
Park'nership offers an exciting and rewarding opportunity for the community to come together and serve with other volunteers to enhance Gwinnett's beautiful parks. Volunteers help with park maintenance, streambank stabilization and habitat creation, providing manpower that the county could not otherwise afford. More importantly, events like this bring people together to be good stewards of their parks. To find out more information on the Gwinnett Parks Foundation and the programs and volunteer opportunities it offers, visit www.gwinnettparksfoundation.org. More...
WHAT: The 30-foot Norway Spruce has been selected and will be traveling from the mountains of North Carolina to the Gwinnett Historic Courthouse on Wednesday, Nov. 9 to be decorated for the 29th Annual Lighting of the Tree. The tree will be installed on Thursday, Nov. 10, and on display to the public throughout the holiday season.
WHEN: Thursday, Nov. 10 WHO: General public
WHERE: Gwinnett Historic Courthouse 185 Crogan Street Lawrenceville, GA 30046 More...
(Lawrenceville, Ga., Oct. 20, 2016) – Starting Monday, Gwinnett County voters will have two more places where they can cast an early ballot for the 2016 General Election.
Advance in-person voting has been taking place this week at the Gwinnett County Voter Registrations and Elections Office in Lawrenceville. That office will be open Friday, Oct. 21 and Saturday, Oct. 22 from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.
Next week, voters will have the option of going to the main elections office, Lenora Park Activity Room at 4515 Lenora Church Road in Snellville or George Pierce Park Community Recreation Center at 55 Buford Highway in Suwanee. Polls at all three locations will be open Monday through Friday, Oct. 24 – 28 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Advance voting further expands on Saturday, October 29 when these three sites plus five more locations will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and continue Monday through Friday, Oct. 31 – Nov. 4 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Voters also have the option to request an absentee ballot or vote at their assigned polling location on Election Day. For more information, please visit www.gwinnetteelections.com. More...
(Lawrenceville, Ga., Oct. 20, 2016) — The Gwinnett County Department of Water Resources Ostara Nutrient Recovery Process was named the winner in the Liquid Assets category at the Metro Atlanta Chamber’s 2016 E3 Awards presentation on Tuesday, Oct. 4. The E3 awards celebrate metro Atlanta companies, organizations and individuals that are creating innovative solutions and technological advances in sustainability.
Lynette Howard, Commissioner, Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners, and Tyler Richards, Deputy Director, Gwinnett County Department of Water Resources, accepted the award on behalf of the county.
“I am incredibly proud of the work our Department of Water Resources does,” said Howard. “I was honored to be with them as they accepted this award.”
Phosphorus is a by-product of water reclamation at Gwinnett County’s F. Wayne Hill Water Resources Center (WRC). As part of the County’s permit to discharge high quality, reclaimed water to Lake Lanier, they operate under some of the most stringent discharge limits in the United States. Reducing the amount of phosphorus is a critical environmental challenge, as phosphorus causes the proliferation of algae blooms that can debilitate waterways and destroy aquatic life.
The Ostara Nutrient Recovery Process addresses this concern by recovering nutrients produced during the water reclamation process and converting them into an environmentally sound, slow release fertilizer. The process recovers more than 85 percent of phosphorous and 40 percent of nitrogen from the processed water. This phosphorous would be taken to a landfill if it were not converted into the Crystal Green fertilizer.
“In addition to the revenue generated by the fertilizer, the nutrient recovery facility will create annual cost savings in chemicals, solid waste disposal, maintenance and power,” said Richards. “This benefits, not only the environment, but Gwinnett County ratepayers as well.”
The Gwinnett County Department of Water Resources (GCDWR) is a publicly-owned utility, committed to providing excellent water, wastewater, and stormwater services at the best possible value to residents and businesses. DWR is widely recognized for innovation and service excellence, as well as stewardship of the environmental resources in Gwinnett County. For more information, visit www.gwinnettH2O.com. More...
(Lawrenceville, Ga., Oct. 19, 2016) – Hundreds of Gwinnett families will come together at a free Lights On Afterschool rally on Thurs., Oct. 20 from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Lenora Park, 4515 Lenora Church Road in Snellville.
Live Healthy Gwinnett will host Walk Among the Stars, a free outdoor Hollywood themed festival that celebrates the importance of afterschool programs. Children and adults who attend this year’s event are encouraged to dress as their favorite movie characters. The event will include enjoying interactive games, hayrides, STEM activities, face painting, inflatables, crafts and more.
Community partners involved in this year’s event include J.M. Tull-Gwinnett Family YMCA, Challenge Island, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta-Strong4Life, GUIDE Inc., Gwinnett County Public Library, Gwinnett 4-H, Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation, Future Men of Distinction, Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta, Learning Hive Kids Club and Gwinnett County Health and Human Services.
“We want to recognize our community partners during this event and the afterschool opportunities they provide year-round,” said Tina Fleming, Director of Community Services. “This event, like other events throughout the nation, is a time to shine a light on the importance of afterschool and community partnerships.”
Gwinnett County’s Walk Among the Stars event will be one of more than 8,000 events across the nation that emphasize the importance of keeping the lights on and the doors open after school. Lights On Afterschool is organized by the Afterschool Alliance, a nonprofit public awareness and advocacy organization working to ensure that all children have access to quality afterschool programs. More information on the Afterschool Alliance, Lights On Afterschool and America After 3PM is available at www.afterschoolalliance.org. More...