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Thursday, November 12 2015

 
 
 
 
 
Distributed by Lilburn Community Partnership          November 11, 2015        

We have republished this issue with some corrections in red and additions.  Please note that the Family Photo event at the Wynne-Russell has been cancelled.  Also, the deadline for the coloring contest is Monday, Nov. 16. We have also added information on the Lilburn Citizens Police Academy for 2016.

And the Season Begins!

This month's issue gives you a sample of news, events and celebrations for the coming weeks.  If your organization or business would like to add to it, send us your item in a Word document by Nov. 15 for publishing around Nov. 20.

(Go to the Blog page to translate this issue. www.lilburncp.com or read it later.)


UPCOMING Events/Meetings

Thurs. Nov. 12, Lions Club Meeting

Thurs. Nov. 12, Veterans Job Fair (Tucker)

Thurs. Nov. 12, Wynne-Russell Pres. Comm.

Fri. Nov. 13, Lilburn CID Board Meeting

Fri. Nov. 13, Parade Entry & Sponsorhip Due

Sat. Nov. 14, Family Photos Cancelled

Sat. Nov. 14, Diwali Fireworks

Mon. Nov. 16, Coloring Contest Entries Due

Tues. Nov 16, LCP Board Meeting

Wed. Nov. 18, Lilburn DDA Meeting

Fri.-Sat. Nov.20-21, Open House -Antiques in OT

Sat. Nov.  21,  Bow Making Workshop

Sat. Nov. 21, Recylcing at Coolray Field

Tues. Dec. 1, Lilburn Treelighting

Sat. Dec. 5,  Christmas Parade

Sat. Dec. 12, Cookie Swap and Craft Sale

Tues. Dec. 15, Citizens Police Academy Apps. Due

(details on these events contained within)


Lilburn Community Partnership

Wynne-Russell Family Photos Cancelled

Bow Making Class at WR

Learn to make the bows that you’ve been paying big bucks for and make all of your Christmas presents really special. Jimi Taylor of Taylor Made Gift Basket Consulting will be offering a class 10-11:30 am Saturday, Nov. 21 at the Wynne-Russell House in Lilburn. Materials will be provided to make three bows and all you need to bring is a pair of sharp scissors. Class fee is $10 which includes materials for three bows and a light snack. All proceeds benefit the Wynne-Russell House. Class size is limited; please register on-line at:  www.lilburnevents.com or info@lilburncp.com.

Cookie Swap and Crafters Return Dec. 12

Last year's successful Cookie Swap and Craft Sale will return on Saturday, Dec. 12 from 9:00 am until 3:00 pm.  Come with your favorite cookies to swap and then stay for browsing the crafts and baked goods ... or just come to browse the crafts.  We'll have a sampling table and hot cider.

Cookie Swap guidelines: No charge. Bring 2 ½ dozen cookies, minimum of 2 inches in diameter on a tray with tongs and copies of the recipe to share with the baker's name and contact information. Cookies must be baked and contain flour. Participants may bring more in lots of 2 ½ dozen. Whatever quantity is brought will be swapped for the same amount minus the ½ dozen which will be donated to the WR House. Take-home boxes will be provided. Advance sign-up is required. We will list participant first names and type of cookie on this page.  Contact info@lilburncp.com  to register for the cookie swap.

Girl Scouts Gather to Swap Gross Goodies

Lilburn area Girl Scouts gathered at the Wynne-Russell House on Oct. 31 to swap home crafted gross goodies. The pictures here and in the Picture Gallery tell the story of these taste-better-than-they-look treats.

Need a Gathering Place?

The Wynne-Russell House will be decorated for Christmas this year and will be an ideal location for your holiday gathering of up to 40. Rental rates are $25 per hour with a two-hour minimum.  For rental info, contact info@lilburncp.comLINK for information on the house and events.

Lilburn Community Partnership Board Meeting

The LCP Board will meet at the Wynne-Russell House on Tuesday, Nov. 16 at 8:30 am.  Currently the Board is seeking volunteers to help with data entry, graphic design, and as needed volunteers for WR Clean-ups and Events.  Plan to come to the board meeting to find out more about what we do or contact us through info@Lilburncp.com.

 
Wynne-Russell Historic Preservation Committee News
 
The Wynne-Russell Preservation Committee would like to thank the David and Shannon Byers for hosting and presenting the recent Paranormal Investigation event held at the Wynne-Russell House. The event was a sold out success and netted much needed funds for the historic structure. Thanks also for community support. 
 
The Committee will meet on Thursday, Nov. 12 at 5:pm at the Wynne-Russell House.  Visitors are welcome.
 

News from the City

 
 
 
 

Upcoming Events

 
 
Treelighting and Coloring Contest
 
Tuesday, Dec. 1, from 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm in front of City Hall at 76 Main St.
 
Be part of this annual tradition, as the City of Lilburn lights the tree on Main Street. Lilburn Middle School Chorus will perform at the event.
 
Coloring Contest is open to children, k-5.  Entries must be submitted to the City by Nov. 16.  Click HERE for this year's contest sheet.
 
Please click here for sponsorship information.
 
Christmas Parade, Sat. Dec. 5, 10 am
 
 

Celebrate the season with this longtime annual tradition in Lilburn. This classic Christmas parade will include marching bands, antique cars, local celebrities, and, of course, Santa Claus! Free, professional photos with Santa will be available at City Hall following the parade until 1:pm.

Click here for parade entry information.
Click here for sponsorship information.

Parade entry and sponsorship deadline is Nov. 13.

Adult volunteers are needed to help at the morning of the Christmas Parade, Contact Roz Schmitt at 770-638-2225.

Meetings

Nov. 3 Election Results

Brian Burchik was elected to Post 1 Council Seat.

Nov. 9 City Council Meeting Summary

Mayor Johnny Crist was absent. Mayor Pro Tem Tim Dunn did not vote. Council members Scott Batterton, Teresa Czyz, and Eddie Price were present.

  • State to review speeds on Main Street

The City of Lilburn will request that the Georgia Traffic Engineering Department review the speed limit ratings on Main Street and Pleasant Hill Road, following unanimous Council approval. City staff recommends reducing the Main Street speed limit from 30 to 25 mph, because the roundabouts are designed for 25 mph speed. Staff will also ask the state to approve the use of speed detection devices to enforce the existing 45-mph speed limit on Pleasant Hill Road from the city limits to Lawrenceville Highway.

  • Council reduces business license penalties

Council voted 3-0 to eliminate some fees and penalties in the Occupational Tax Ordinance. There will no longer be a $25 late filing fee and a $125 late payment penalty applied in May. Business license renewal applications are due Jan. 31, and the fee must be paid by March 31. There will continue to be a 10-percent penalty plus 1.5-percent interest charged to delinquent business owners after March 31. Learn more about business licenses.

  • Alcohol license approved for CVS

Council unanimously approved an alcohol license for CVS at 5575 Lawrenceville Highway. The location has never held an alcohol license, so council approval was required. Learn more about alcoholic beverage licenses.

Lilburn DDA Wed. Nov. 18, 6:30 pm

The Downtown Development Authority is a coalition of business leaders appointed by the City Council to assist with revitalization and redevelopment of the central business district and the Lawrenceville Highway U.S. 29 Corridor Overlay District.

Town Hall Meeting Mon. Nov. 23, 7-8 pm

Join Mayor Johnny Crist at City Hall for an open forum about topics that interest Lilburn residents.

2016 Citizens Police Academy

When:  Beginning on Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016, every Thursday from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. 
Where:  Lilburn Police Department, 76 Main St., Lilburn, GA.  
How to apply:  Applications can be downloaded online or a copy can be picked up in the Lilburn Police Department lobby.
Application deadline:  Dec. 15, 2015, at 5 p.m.  
Questions:  Sgt. Tim Allen, 770-279-3712, tallen@cityoflilburn.comFor security reasons, you must enable JavaScript to view this E-mail address.

Description of the Academy
The Lilburn Police Department Citizens Police Academy (CPA) is a 10-week program that meets once a week on Thursday evenings from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. This program is designed to provide members of the Lilburn community with additional knowledge about their police department. It allows citizens of Lilburn to become more educated on Lilburn Police Department procedures and the pressures associated with law enforcement. We seek and invite applicants from a diverse group of people who either live in or work in the City of Lilburn. There is no cost to attend the Citizen Police Academy.

The purpose of the Lilburn Police CPA is to accomplish three goals:
•             To educate community members in Lilburn Police Department procedures and the pressures associated with law enforcement
•             To allow the citizens of Lilburn to meet the men and women who serve them
•             To provide Lilburn Police Department officers the opportunity to meet and hear from the citizens they serve.

Presentations consist of lectures, demonstrations, videos, computer presentations, and "hands on" participation. Each participant is given the opportunity to ride with an officer for one shift. Lilburn Police Department CPA members are given a realistic view of the Department. 

Topics presented include:
•             Community Policing
•             "Meet the Chief"
•             Gwinnett County Jail Tour
•             Laws of Arrest
•             Search and Seizure
•             Gwinnett County Communications Tour
•             Internal Affairs
•             Criminal Investigations
•             Crime Scene Processing and Forensics
•             Patrol Operations
•             K-9 Demonstration
•             Special Operations (Traffic, Motor Unit, Bike Patrol and CSU)
•             Use of Force Training
•             Traffic Stops
•             Ride-A-Long Program

Who Can Apply? 
•             Must be at least 21 years of age
•             Preference given to those who work or live within the city limits of Lilburn
•             Must have no prior felony arrest
•             Must have no misdemeanor arrest within the last three years of application
•             Must be able to attend 9 of the 10 classes
•             Must possess a valid Georgia Driver’s License
•             Must sign ALL consent and waiver forms


Business Info

Chick-fil-A Treats Veterans

The Lilburn Chick-fil-A showed its true red, white and blue patriotic colors this evening (Nov. 11) as it treated veterans and their immediate family members to dinner.  The event kicked off with the singing of the National Anthem by the youth choir of Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church.  As veterans and their families entered the restaurant they were greeted by Brownies of Troop 3011 and Girl Scouts of Troop 3067 from Camp Creek Elementary.

Chick-fil-A staff proudly wore their red I Love the Military shirts as they ushered the Vets to their decorated tables and then brought meals on trays.  And no Chick-fil-A would be complete with out one of the famous Cows showing up to love on the Vets. Thank you Lilburn Chick-Fil-A!

Open House at Antiques in Old Town

Get in the holiday spirit for a "Heavenly Christmas" at Antiques in Old Town, 83 Main St. on Friday, Nov. 20 from 6 pm - 9 pm and Saturday, Nov. 21 from 10 am - 6 pm. The shop will be decorated to give you that back-in-time experience with all the sights and smells of the Christmas season.

Main Street Market Relocates

While it was sad to see the signs at 79 Main St. announcing that Main Street Market was closing, it's great to see that Bruce and Marie have relocated their business in a space in Antiques in Old Town.  Note the following from their Facebook page:  "We have officially relocated. Main Street Market is now located inside Antiques in Old Town, 93 Main Street, Lilburn. We are grateful to have the opportunity to remain in Old Town to serve you. We will continue to carry Honey Creek local honey and local Stone Mtn. pecans as well as our Amish line, our Main Street Market local line, pecan oil and soups (don't forget the popular Frontier line is gluten free, low sodium)."

See more on their Facebook page and stop by to see for yourself.

Shopping local is for business owers, too!

3 Reasons to Shop Small this Holiday Season

By Karen Vujnovic, Manta Staff Writer - November 10, 2015

The holidays are hovering just weeks away—and Small Business Saturday (November 28, 2015) will be here in a flash. But, according to an online Manta poll, 57% of small-business owners haven’t heard of this shopping day. And maybe even more concerning, 69% of small-business owners said they would not be supporting other small businesses this holiday season. Shocking? We thought so.

Here are just three reasons to shop small:

Mo’ money. Why let money slip out of your local area? Keep it in your community. Shopping small keeps over half of every $100 you spend right in your backyard. This positively affects schools, safety, roadways and so on. It’s a win for everyone.

Pay it forward. Every small-business owner spends money and time marketing and advertising their brand—but what better way to show others they should be shopping small than by doing it yourself? And supporting fellow small-business owners will likely bring more business to your door. You scratch their back, they’ll scratch yours.

Small Business Saturday: Why let Black Friday and Cyber Monday get all the glory? For the millions of small-business owners that participate in this high holiday of shopping, there are often great deals and offers (just like at big box stores). But shopping small gives you more. Avoid overworked salespeople, obnoxious crowds, and risking life and limb. Instead, opt for better customer service, a unique gift, investing in your community, and your sanity.


Lilburn Community News

Festival of Lights, Sat. Nov. 14, 6:00 pm

BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Lilburn, Georgia, hosts the largest Diwali (Festival of Light) and Hindu New Year celebrations in the state. The fireworks display which accompanies Diwali can be seen a various viewpoints near the Mandir which is located at 460 Rockbridge Rd. in Lilburn.  Map
View video of the past Diwali celebration at the Mandir: bit.ly/seethecelebration



Check their Facebook page for updates and future meeting info

https://www.facebook.com/LilburnArtsAlliance. Guests are always welcome.

Please contact Andy Triemer, President, at (770) 931-2295 or visit their website
www.lilburnartsalliance.org for more information about the Lilburn Arts Alliance.


Lilburn Business Association

The Lilburn Business Association will have its monthly lunch meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 17, 11:30 am - 1:00 pm.  Jeff Tweed of Big Frog will be speaking on "Branding Your Small Business Identity."  The location is Bambinell's Restaurant at 4153 Lawrenceville Hwy, Lilburn, Ga 30047

Lunch will be ordered from the lunch menu ($8.99 entree, salad and drink).

http://bambinellispizza.com

Each guest will order and pay individually the restaurant. There is no other charge for this meeting.


Lilburn CID

The Lilburn CID Board of Directors will meet on Friday, Nov. 13 beginning at 8:30 a.m. Unless otherwise posted, the Board meets at Providence Christian Academy (high school building) - 4575 Lawrenceville Highway.




 

Lilburn Lions

Meetings: Nov. 12 and Dec. 3

The Lilburn Lions Club would like to invite those interested to attend this month's meeting on Thurs. Nov. 12 at noon at the Taste of Paradise Restaurant located in the Market Place Shopping Center at 4805 Lawrenceville Hwy. in Lilburn (intersection of Indian Trail Rd. and US 29).  

On Thurs. Dec. 3 at 6:30 pm we will have a social pot luck at Berkmar Middle School, located opposite the Post Office on Hwy. 29 at the traffic light at Postal Way. Note that the December meeting date is not consistent with our normal 4th Thursday meeting time.  We will resume our regualr 2nd and 4th Thursday meeting schedule in January. For information on Lion's Club International, please follow this LINK.


Lilburn Woman's Club

The Lilburn Woman's Club is getting ready for their annual Christmas Dinner and Auction on Thursday, Dec. 3. The annual event, which takes place at 6:30 pm at Mt. Carmel Christian Church, raises money for the needy in the greater Lilburn area and is always a sellout. Contact mandymcmanus@hotmail.com by Nov. 23 for ticket availability or to donate items.


The Tucker Civic Association is holding its Veterans Job Fair at Rehoboth Baptist Church; 2997 Lawrenceville Hwy, Tucker, GA 30084 on Thursday, Nov. 12 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The fair will  feature information on veterans’ services as well as complementary résumé critiques and on-site printing.

there will be a host of employers attending, such as Goodwill of North Georgia, Rockdale County Sheriff's Office, Georgia Department of Labor and big-name companies such as Delta Air Lines and institutions of higher learning like Emory University and Georgia Perimeter College.

For more, click HERE.          


County ESPLOST Passes

During the recent ESPLOST vote, 23,692 residents voted at their precincts; 317 voted absentee by mail; 1213 voted advance-in-person for a total of 25,222 total votes cast.  Yes votes totaled 18,838 (74.69%) and No votes totaled 6,384 (25.31%).


America Recycles Day at Coolray Field

Celebrate America Recycles Day with the Solid Waste and Recovered Materials Division on Saturday, November 21, 2015, from 9:00am to noon at Coolray Field, home of the Gwinnett Braves, in Lawrenceville. This free event offers paper shredding, as well as 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
  • Cans must contain at least 25 percent wet, usable paint; no rusted cans, no oil-based paints,  stains, spackle, thinners, or dried paint
  • Tire recycling is limited to eight tires per vehicle; no dealer tires
  • 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


         

From SafetySmart Lilburn

(Submitted by Margot Ashley, President)

Caregiving from a Distance

 By Sarah Stevenson

“I don’t think many adult children think much about what to do when our parents can’t live alone any more until we are faced with the need to move them into a place that is secure and safe,” says Dana H., a member of the A Place for Mom community.

For family members whose loved ones live far away, caregiving decisions pose an extra challenge, from additional time and stress to financial worries. “Living out of state only compounded the logistics and shortened the time frame in which to deal with my father’s relocation,” says Sharon B.

In other words, if you live in a different city or state from your aging parents, you may not be on hand to address any sudden changes in their health or day-to-day needs. Whether it’s simply gathering information about your loved one’s care needs, or coordinating senior living and medical services, caregiving from a distance involves a substantial investment of resources.

Long-Distance Caregiving in the U.S.

According to a MetLife/National Alliance for Caregiving report, it’s estimated that about 34 million Americans are caregivers for an older parent — and of that number, 15% live one or more hours away from the care recipient. Nearly one third of adults providing care at a distance are helping someone with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, reports a 2004 MetLife study. A fourth of long-distance caregivers also reported that they were the primary or only caregiver; however, in many cases a sibling or other relative provided help. Why this surge in long-distance caregiving?

There are a number of contributing factors, but what it boils down to is an overall increase in our society’s mobility — and it’s not just students moving across the country for university or working adults moving to take on a new position or career.

Even seniors 65 and older are increasingly mobile, reports MetLife:

The number of seniors who have switched states over the last decade has increased 65%.

When those seniors experience a change in being able to care for themselves, it’s often up to the adult children living some distance away to coordinate senior care.

The Challenges of Taking Care of Aging Parents from a Distance

Researching and coordinating senior care is a challenge even at the best of times, but when you add in the factor of distance, there are additional issues that may crop up.

Some challenges include:

  1. Deciding on a primary caregiver. Determining who is the main caregiver in the first place can be a trial if siblings or other immediate family cannot agree on individual roles, especially if time is of the essence. “Everything happened so quickly and we were very pressed for time due to my siblings going back to their homes out of state,” says Janel G. If you are the primary caregiver, then you’ll be the one faced with much of the research and decision-making, regardless of how far away you live.
  2. Juggling family and career demands. A large proportion of long-distance caregivers are “sandwich caregivers,” supporting families of their own while also caring for aging parents at a distance. Also, “research has shown that employed caregivers often are required to make significant adjustments to their work in order to accommodate their caregiving responsibilities,” from missing work days to rearranging schedules (MetLife/National Alliance for Caregiving).
  3. Handling new sources of financial strain. Long-distance caregivers reported spending $193 per month out-of-pocket on average on their loved ones — from medications to home upkeep — and $199 per month in travel and phone expenses, reported the MetLife study.
  4. Assessing care needs and finding resources at a distance. It can be difficult to determine when your parent needs you, especially if they are unable or unwilling to communicate their needs. Researching resources and senior care local to your loved one can be one of the biggest challenges. “The choices for assisted living are plentiful but overwhelming in the number, variety and locations,” says Dana Holstine.

Long-Distance Caregiving Tips

Fortunately, there are strategies long-distance caregivers can follow to make the process easier. You can — and should — schedule family meetings to discuss decisions ahead of time, organize important documents and paperwork before you need them, and gather all necessary contact information for concerned parties, including friends, family, neighbors and care providers. “Advance preparation is not usually our best suit, so we find ourselves scrambling to keep everyone happy,” Dana Holstine says. Having as much in place as possible ahead of time will make things go much more smoothly in the event your loved one’s situation changes.

In particular, seeking help from knowledgeable parties can be invaluable if you face the situation of looking for senior care at a distance: community organizations in the area where your parent lives; online resources like theEldercare Locator; groups like the local area Agencies on Aging; professionals like elder law attorneys; andsenior care referral services like A Place for Mom. Any and all of these can help you determine what kind of senior care will best fit your loved one’s needs and budget.

“A Place For Mom helped me narrow the choices by focusing on the specific area we wanted to relocate my husband’s 87-year-old aunt last summer,” Dana told us. “I felt comfortable using their advice as a starting point and quickly found a perfect place for her near to us.” Don’t be afraid to ask for help, she says, because help is out there.

What resource has been most helpful to you in caring for senior loved ones at a distance? What did you wish you’d known ahead of time? Share your tips with us in the comments below.

Related Articles:

Long-Distance Caregiving Tips by Sarah Stevenson

About the Author

Sarah J. Stevenson is a writer, artist, editor and graphic designer living in Northern California. Her visual art has been exhibited around California, and her writing has appeared in a variety of web sites and print publications. In addition to writing about older adults, she also writes for younger ones--her first novel for young adults, THE LATTE REBELLION, was published in 2011 by Flux. For more information, please visit: http://www.sarahjamilastevenson.comView Sarah's Google Profile.


Please submit story ideas, comments or suggestions to info@lilburncp.com, attention Diana Preston.

 
Contents
UPCOMING EVENTS
 
LILBURN COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP
Family Photos Cancelled
Bow Making Class
Cookie Swap &Craft Sale
WR Rental Information
LCP Board Meeting
Historic Preservation Com.
CITY OF LILBURN
Events
Tree Lighting
 Coloring Contest
Christmas Parade
Meetings/News
Nov. 3 Election Results
Council Mtg Summary
Lilburn DDA
Town Hall Meeting
Cit. Police Academy
BUSINESS CORNER
Lilburn Chick-fil-A Honors Vets
Open House on Main St.
Shop Local for Businesses, Too
COMMUNITY HAPPENINGS
Festival of Lights
Lilburn Arts Alliance
Lilburn Business Association
Lilburn CID
Lilburn Lions
Lilburn Woman's Club
Tucker Civic Assoc. Job Fair
SafetySmart Lilburn
"Aging from a Distance"
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 

Sponsors

Bambinelli's

Mail & Package Center

Music Go Round

Legacy Station

City of Lilburn

Kona Ice

SafetySmart Lilburn

Sign Creations

1910 Public House

Taqueria Los Hermanos

Lilburn Farmers' Market

Small Town 
Big World
Festival
Sponsors
 
 
Platinum
 
 
 
 

Gold

Silver

Bronze

Patrons

Gwinnett Human Relations Commission

Carothers & Mitchell

Attorneys at Law

Music on Main Street

Friends

Dr. Scott Batterton

Eddie's Automotive

Lilburn Woman's Club

Muslims for Peace

 
 
 
 
 
 
Info Links
Lions Poster Contest
 
 
 
Median CID Clean-up
 
Girl Scout Gross Goodie Swap
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Chick-fil-A Vet Fete
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Fall Festival at MOMS
(Thanks to Ferris Photography)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
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Wednesday, November 11 2015

 
 
 
 
 
Distributed by Lilburn Community Partnership          November 11, 2015          

And the Season Begins!

This month's issue gives you a sample of news, events and celebrations for the coming weeks.  If your organization or business would like to add to it, send us your item in a Word document by Nov. 15 for publishing around Nov. 20.

(Go to the Blog page to translate this issue. www.lilburncp.com or read it later.)


UPCOMING Events/Meetings

Thurs. Nov. 12, Lions Club Meeting

Thurs. Nov. 12, Veterans Job Fair (Tucker)

Thurs. Nov. 12, Wynne-Russell Pres. Comm.

Fri. Nov. 13, Lilburn CID Board Meeting

Fri. Nov. 13, Parade Entry & Sponsorhip Due

Sat. Nov. 14, Family Photos at Wynne Russell

Sat. Nov. 14, Diwali Fireworks

Tues. Nov 16, LCP Board Meeting

Tues. Nov. 16, Coloring Contest Entries Due

Wed. Nov. 18, Lilburn DDA Meeting

Fri.-Sat. Nov.20-21, Open House -Antiques in OT

Sat. Nov.  21,  Bow Making Workshop

Sat. Nov. 21, Recylcing at Coolray Field

Tues. Dec. 1, Lilburn Treelighting

Sat. Dec. 5,  Christmas Parade

Sat. Dec. 12, Cookie Swap and Craft Sale

(details on these events contained within)


Lilburn Community Partnership

Wynne-Russell House Family Photos

Plan now to have a unique family Christmas photo taken at the Wynne Russell Historic Home on Saturday, Nov. 14. Between the hours of 11:am and 2:pm, professional photographer Richard Ferris will take family photos, including pets, on the front porch of the home and post your picture on his website where you can download it without charge. Depending on the weather, the photo may be taken inside.  Sitting fee is $10 and all proceeds benefit the Wynne-Russell House. Register your time slot through info@lilburncp.com.

Bow Making Class at WR

Learn to make the bows that you’ve been paying big bucks for and make all of your Christmas presents really special. Jimi Taylor of Taylor Made Gift Basket Consulting will be offering a class 10-11:30 am Saturday, Nov. 21 at the Wynne-Russell House in Lilburn. Materials will be provided to make three bows and all you need to bring is a pair of sharp scissors. Class fee is $10 which includes materials for three bows and a light snack. All proceeds benefit the Wynne-Russell House. Class size is limited; please register on-line at:  www.lilburnevents.com or info@lilburncp.com.

Cookie Swap and Crafters Return Dec. 12

Last year's successful Cookie Swap and Craft Sale will return on Saturday, Dec. 12 from 9:00 am until 3:00 pm.  Come with your favorite cookies to swap and then stay for browsing the crafts and baked goods ... or just come to browse the crafts.  We'll have a sampling table and hot cider.

Cookie Swap guidelines: No charge. Bring 2 ½ dozen cookies, minimum of 2 inches in diameter on a tray with tongs and copies of the recipe to share with the baker's name and contact information. Cookies must be baked and contain flour. Participants may bring more in lots of 2 ½ dozen. Whatever quantity is brought will be swapped for the same amount minus the ½ dozen which will be donated to the WR House. Take-home boxes will be provided. Advance sign-up is required. We will list participant first names and type of cookie on this page.  Contact info@lilburncp.com  to register for the cookie swap.

Girl Scouts Gather to Swap Gross Goodies

Lilburn area Girl Scouts gathered at the Wynne-Russell House on Oct. 31 to swap home crafted gross goodies. The pictures here and in the Picture Gallery tell the story of these taste-better-than-they-look treats.

Need a Gathering Place?

The Wynne-Russell House will be decorated for Christmas this year and will be an ideal location for your holiday gathering of up to 40. Rental rates are $25 per hour with a two-hour minimum.  For rental info, contact info@lilburncp.comLINK for information on the house and events.

 
Wynne-Russell Historic Preservation Committee News
 
The Wynne-Russell Preservation Committee would like to thank the David and Shannon Byers for hosting and presenting the recent Paranormal Investigation event held at the Wynne-Russell House. The event was a sold out success and netted much needed funds for the historic structure. Thanks also for community support. 
 
The Committee will meet on Thursday, Nov. 12 at 5:pm at the Wynne-Russell House.  Visitors are welcome.
 

News from the City

 
 
 
 

Upcoming Events

 
 
Treelighting and Coloring Contest
 
Tuesday, Dec. 1, from 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm in front of City Hall at 76 Main St.
 
Be part of this annual tradition, as the City of Lilburn lights the tree on Main Street. Lilburn Middle School Chorus will perform at the event.
 
Coloring Contest is open to children, k-5.  Entries must be submitted to the City by Nov. 16.  Click HERE for this year's contest sheet.
 
Please click here for sponsorship information.
 
Christmas Parade, Sat. Dec. 5, 10 am
 
 

Celebrate the season with this longtime annual tradition in Lilburn. This classic Christmas parade will include marching bands, antique cars, local celebrities, and, of course, Santa Claus! Free, professional photos with Santa will be available at City Hall following the parade until 1:pm.

Click here for parade entry information.
Click here for sponsorship information.

Parade entry and sponsorship deadline is Nov. 13.

Adult volunteers are needed to help at the morning of the Christmas Parade, Contact Roz Schmitt at 770-638-2225.

Meetings

Nov. 3 Election Results

Brian Burchik was elected to Post 1 Council Seat.

Nov. 9 City Council Meeting Summary

Mayor Johnny Crist was absent. Mayor Pro Tem Tim Dunn did not vote. Council members Scott Batterton, Teresa Czyz, and Eddie Price were present.

  • State to review speeds on Main Street

The City of Lilburn will request that the Georgia Traffic Engineering Department review the speed limit ratings on Main Street and Pleasant Hill Road, following unanimous Council approval. City staff recommends reducing the Main Street speed limit from 30 to 25 mph, because the roundabouts are designed for 25 mph speed. Staff will also ask the state to approve the use of speed detection devices to enforce the existing 45-mph speed limit on Pleasant Hill Road from the city limits to Lawrenceville Highway.

  • Council reduces business license penalties

Council voted 3-0 to eliminate some fees and penalties in the Occupational Tax Ordinance. There will no longer be a $25 late filing fee and a $125 late payment penalty applied in May. Business license renewal applications are due Jan. 31, and the fee must be paid by March 31. There will continue to be a 10-percent penalty plus 1.5-percent interest charged to delinquent business owners after March 31. Learn more about business licenses.

  • Alcohol license approved for CVS

Council unanimously approved an alcohol license for CVS at 5575 Lawrenceville Highway. The location has never held an alcohol license, so council approval was required. Learn more about alcoholic beverage licenses.

Lilburn DDA Wed. Nov. 18, 6:30 pm

The Downtown Development Authority is a coalition of business leaders appointed by the City Council to assist with revitalization and redevelopment of the central business district and the Lawrenceville Highway U.S. 29 Corridor Overlay District.

Town Hall Meeting Mon. Nov. 23, 7-8 pm

Join Mayor Johnny Crist at City Hall for an open forum about topics that interest Lilburn residents.


Business Info

Chick-fil-A Treats Veterans

The Lilburn Chick-fil-A showed its true red, white and blue patriotic colors this evening (Nov. 11) as it treated veterans and their immediate family members to dinner.  The event kicked off with the singing of the National Anthem by the youth choir of Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church.  As veterans and their families entered the restaurant they were greeted by Brownies of Troop 3011 and Girl Scouts of Troop 3067 from Camp Creek Elementary.

Chick-fil-A staff proudly wore their red I Love the Military shirts as they ushered the Vets to their decorated tables and then brought meals on trays.  And no Chick-fil-A would be complete with out one of the famous Cows showing up to love on the Vets. Thank you Lilburn Chick-Fil-A!

Open House at Antiques in Old Town

Get in the holiday spirit for a "Heavenly Christmas" at Antiques in Old Town, 83 Main St. on Friday, Nov. 20 from 6 pm - 9 pm and Saturday, Nov. 21 from 10 am - 6 pm. The shop will be decorated to give you that back-in-time experience with all the sights and smells of the Christmas season.

Main Street Market Relocates

While it was sad to see the signs at 79 Main St. announcing that Main Street Market was closing, it's great to see that Bruce and Marie have relocated their business in a space in Antiques in Old Town.  Note the following from their Facebook page:  "We have officially relocated. Main Street Market is now located inside Antiques in Old Town, 93 Main Street, Lilburn. We are grateful to have the opportunity to remain in Old Town to serve you. We will continue to carry Honey Creek local honey and local Stone Mtn. pecans as well as our Amish line, our Main Street Market local line, pecan oil and soups (don't forget the popular Frontier line is gluten free, low sodium)."

See more on their Facebook page and stop by to see for yourself.

Shopping local is for business owers, too!

3 Reasons to Shop Small this Holiday Season

By Karen Vujnovic, Manta Staff Writer - November 10, 2015

The holidays are hovering just weeks away—and Small Business Saturday (November 28, 2015) will be here in a flash. But, according to an online Manta poll, 57% of small-business owners haven’t heard of this shopping day. And maybe even more concerning, 69% of small-business owners said they would not be supporting other small businesses this holiday season. Shocking? We thought so.

Here are just three reasons to shop small:

Mo’ money. Why let money slip out of your local area? Keep it in your community. Shopping small keeps over half of every $100 you spend right in your backyard. This positively affects schools, safety, roadways and so on. It’s a win for everyone.

Pay it forward. Every small-business owner spends money and time marketing and advertising their brand—but what better way to show others they should be shopping small than by doing it yourself? And supporting fellow small-business owners will likely bring more business to your door. You scratch their back, they’ll scratch yours.

Small Business Saturday: Why let Black Friday and Cyber Monday get all the glory? For the millions of small-business owners that participate in this high holiday of shopping, there are often great deals and offers (just like at big box stores). But shopping small gives you more. Avoid overworked salespeople, obnoxious crowds, and risking life and limb. Instead, opt for better customer service, a unique gift, investing in your community, and your sanity.


Lilburn Community News

Festival of Lights, Sat. Nov. 14, 6:00 pm

BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Lilburn, Georgia, hosts the largest Diwali (Festival of Light) and Hindu New Year celebrations in the state. The fireworks display which accompanies Diwali can be seen a various viewpoints near the Mandir which is located at 460 Rockbridge Rd. in Lilburn.  Map
View video of the past Diwali celebration at the Mandir: bit.ly/seethecelebration



Check their Facebook page for updates and future meeting info

https://www.facebook.com/LilburnArtsAlliance. Guests are always welcome.

Please contact Andy Triemer, President, at (770) 931-2295 or visit their website
www.lilburnartsalliance.org for more information about the Lilburn Arts Alliance.


Lilburn Business Association

The Lilburn Business Association will have its monthly lunch meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 17, 11:30 am - 1:00 pm.  Jeff Tweed of Big Frog will be speaking on "Branding Your Small Business Identity."  The location is Bambinell's Restaurant at 4153 Lawrenceville Hwy, Lilburn, Ga 30047

Lunch will be ordered from the lunch menu ($8.99 entree, salad and drink).

http://bambinellispizza.com

Each guest will order and pay individually the restaurant. There is no other charge for this meeting.


Lilburn CID

The Lilburn CID Board of Directors will meet on Friday, Nov. 13 beginning at 8:30 a.m. Unless otherwise posted, the Board meets at Providence Christian Academy (high school building) - 4575 Lawrenceville Highway.




 

Lilburn Lions

Meetings: Nov. 12 and Dec. 3

The Lilburn Lions Club would like to invite those interested to attend this month's meeting on Thurs. Nov. 12 at noon at the Taste of Paradise Restaurant located in the Market Place Shopping Center at 4805 Lawrenceville Hwy. in Lilburn (intersection of Indian Trail Rd. and US 29).  

On Thurs. Dec. 3 at 6:30 pm we will have a social pot luck at Berkmar Middle School, located opposite the Post Office on Hwy. 29 at the traffic light at Postal Way. Note that the December meeting date is not consistent with our normal 4th Thursday meeting time.  We will resume our regualr 2nd and 4th Thursday meeting schedule in January. For information on Lion's Club International, please follow this LINK.


Lilburn Woman's Club

The Lilburn Woman's Club is getting ready for their annual Christmas Dinner and Auction on Thursday, Dec. 3. The annual event, which takes place at 6:30 pm at Mt. Carmel Christian Church, raises money for the needy in the greater Lilburn area and is always a sellout. Contact mandymcmanus@hotmail.com by Nov. 23 for ticket availability or to donate items.


The Tucker Civic Association is holding its Veterans Job Fair at Rehoboth Baptist Church; 2997 Lawrenceville Hwy, Tucker, GA 30084 on Thursday, Nov. 12 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The fair will  feature information on veterans’ services as well as complementary résumé critiques and on-site printing.

there will be a host of employers attending, such as Goodwill of North Georgia, Rockdale County Sheriff's Office, Georgia Department of Labor and big-name companies such as Delta Air Lines and institutions of higher learning like Emory University and Georgia Perimeter College.

For more, click HERE.          


County ESPLOST Passes

During the recent ESPLOST vote, 23,692 residents voted at their precincts; 317 voted absentee by mail; 1213 voted advance-in-person for a total of 25,222 total votes cast.  Yes votes totaled 18,838 (74.69%) and No votes totaled 6,384 (25.31%).


America Recycles Day at Coolray Field

Celebrate America Recycles Day with the Solid Waste and Recovered Materials Division on Saturday, November 21, 2015, from 9:00am to noon at Coolray Field, home of the Gwinnett Braves, in Lawrenceville. This free event offers paper shredding, as well as 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
  • Cans must contain at least 25 percent wet, usable paint; no rusted cans, no oil-based paints,  stains, spackle, thinners, or dried paint
  • Tire recycling is limited to eight tires per vehicle; no dealer tires
  • 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


         

From SafetySmart Lilburn

(Submitted by Margot Ashley, President)

Caregiving from a Distance

 By Sarah Stevenson

“I don’t think many adult children think much about what to do when our parents can’t live alone any more until we are faced with the need to move them into a place that is secure and safe,” says Dana H., a member of the A Place for Mom community.

For family members whose loved ones live far away, caregiving decisions pose an extra challenge, from additional time and stress to financial worries. “Living out of state only compounded the logistics and shortened the time frame in which to deal with my father’s relocation,” says Sharon B.

In other words, if you live in a different city or state from your aging parents, you may not be on hand to address any sudden changes in their health or day-to-day needs. Whether it’s simply gathering information about your loved one’s care needs, or coordinating senior living and medical services, caregiving from a distance involves a substantial investment of resources.

Long-Distance Caregiving in the U.S.

According to a MetLife/National Alliance for Caregiving report, it’s estimated that about 34 million Americans are caregivers for an older parent — and of that number, 15% live one or more hours away from the care recipient. Nearly one third of adults providing care at a distance are helping someone with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, reports a 2004 MetLife study. A fourth of long-distance caregivers also reported that they were the primary or only caregiver; however, in many cases a sibling or other relative provided help. Why this surge in long-distance caregiving?

There are a number of contributing factors, but what it boils down to is an overall increase in our society’s mobility — and it’s not just students moving across the country for university or working adults moving to take on a new position or career.

Even seniors 65 and older are increasingly mobile, reports MetLife:

The number of seniors who have switched states over the last decade has increased 65%.

When those seniors experience a change in being able to care for themselves, it’s often up to the adult children living some distance away to coordinate senior care.

The Challenges of Taking Care of Aging Parents from a Distance

Researching and coordinating senior care is a challenge even at the best of times, but when you add in the factor of distance, there are additional issues that may crop up.

Some challenges include:

  1. Deciding on a primary caregiver. Determining who is the main caregiver in the first place can be a trial if siblings or other immediate family cannot agree on individual roles, especially if time is of the essence. “Everything happened so quickly and we were very pressed for time due to my siblings going back to their homes out of state,” says Janel G. If you are the primary caregiver, then you’ll be the one faced with much of the research and decision-making, regardless of how far away you live.
  2. Juggling family and career demands. A large proportion of long-distance caregivers are “sandwich caregivers,” supporting families of their own while also caring for aging parents at a distance. Also, “research has shown that employed caregivers often are required to make significant adjustments to their work in order to accommodate their caregiving responsibilities,” from missing work days to rearranging schedules (MetLife/National Alliance for Caregiving).
  3. Handling new sources of financial strain. Long-distance caregivers reported spending $193 per month out-of-pocket on average on their loved ones — from medications to home upkeep — and $199 per month in travel and phone expenses, reported the MetLife study.
  4. Assessing care needs and finding resources at a distance. It can be difficult to determine when your parent needs you, especially if they are unable or unwilling to communicate their needs. Researching resources and senior care local to your loved one can be one of the biggest challenges. “The choices for assisted living are plentiful but overwhelming in the number, variety and locations,” says Dana Holstine.

Long-Distance Caregiving Tips

Fortunately, there are strategies long-distance caregivers can follow to make the process easier. You can — and should — schedule family meetings to discuss decisions ahead of time, organize important documents and paperwork before you need them, and gather all necessary contact information for concerned parties, including friends, family, neighbors and care providers. “Advance preparation is not usually our best suit, so we find ourselves scrambling to keep everyone happy,” Dana Holstine says. Having as much in place as possible ahead of time will make things go much more smoothly in the event your loved one’s situation changes.

In particular, seeking help from knowledgeable parties can be invaluable if you face the situation of looking for senior care at a distance: community organizations in the area where your parent lives; online resources like theEldercare Locator; groups like the local area Agencies on Aging; professionals like elder law attorneys; andsenior care referral services like A Place for Mom. Any and all of these can help you determine what kind of senior care will best fit your loved one’s needs and budget.

“A Place For Mom helped me narrow the choices by focusing on the specific area we wanted to relocate my husband’s 87-year-old aunt last summer,” Dana told us. “I felt comfortable using their advice as a starting point and quickly found a perfect place for her near to us.” Don’t be afraid to ask for help, she says, because help is out there.

What resource has been most helpful to you in caring for senior loved ones at a distance? What did you wish you’d known ahead of time? Share your tips with us in the comments below.

Related Articles:

Long-Distance Caregiving Tips by Sarah Stevenson

About the Author

Sarah J. Stevenson is a writer, artist, editor and graphic designer living in Northern California. Her visual art has been exhibited around California, and her writing has appeared in a variety of web sites and print publications. In addition to writing about older adults, she also writes for younger ones--her first novel for young adults, THE LATTE REBELLION, was published in 2011 by Flux. For more information, please visit: http://www.sarahjamilastevenson.comView Sarah's Google Profile.


Please submit story ideas, comments or suggestions to info@lilburncp.com, attention Diana Preston.

 
Contents
UPCOMING EVENTS
 
LILBURN COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP
WR Family Photo Shoot
Bow Making Class
Cookie Swap &Craft Sale
WR Rental Information
Historic Preservation Com.
CITY OF LILBURN
Events
Tree Lighting
 Coloring Contest
Christmas Parade
Meetings/News
Nov. 3 Election Results
Council Mtg Summary
Lilburn DDA
Town Hall Meeting
BUSINESS CORNER
Lilburn Chick-fil-A Honors Vets
Open House on Main St.
Shop Local for Businesses, Too
COMMUNITY HAPPENINGS
Festival of Lights
Lilburn Arts Alliance
Lilburn Business Association
Lilburn CID
Lilburn Lions
Lilburn Woman's Club
Tucker Civic Assoc. Job Fair
SafetySmart Lilburn
"Aging from a Distance"
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 

Sponsors

Bambinelli's

Mail & Package Center

Music Go Round

Legacy Station

City of Lilburn

Kona Ice

SafetySmart Lilburn

Sign Creations

1910 Public House

Taqueria Los Hermanos

Lilburn Farmers' Market

Small Town 
Big World
Festival
Sponsors
 
 
Platinum
 
 
 
 

Gold

Silver

Bronze

Patrons

Gwinnett Human Relations Commission

Carothers & Mitchell

Attorneys at Law

Music on Main Street

Friends

Dr. Scott Batterton

Eddie's Automotive

Lilburn Woman's Club

Muslims for Peace

 
 
 
 
 
 
Info Links
Lions Poster Contest
 
 
 
Median CID Clean-up
 
Girl Scout Gross Goodie Swap
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Chick-fil-A Vet Fete
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Fall Festival at MOMS
(Thanks to Ferris Photography)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
Posted by: LCP AT 09:37 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email
Wednesday, November 04 2015

 
 
 
 
 

Distributed by Lilburn Community Partnership          October 31, 2015             

Hallowe'en Boos to You!

This update gives you some last minute reminders on:

  • Safety tips for trick or treaters,
  • Changing your clocks to Standard Time before you go to bed tonight,
  • Info on E-Splost and City of Lilburn Post 1 Council Candidates
  • Some upcoming events

(Go to the Blog page to translate this issue. www.lilburncp.com or read it later. Please submit items in Word documents by the 20th of the month.)


Hallowe'en Safety

From Gwinnett County Fire Department

Click HERE for a video on Hallowe'en Safety.


         

From SafetySmart Lilburn

(Submitted by Margot Ashley, President)

Nextdoor.com offers a means of informing neighbors if your house is a candy supply zone. Check it out if you haven’t already.

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BBB offers the following tips to ensure that you and your children have a safe and fun Halloween night. (This article has been edited for length.  Go to this LINK for the full version.)

Candy Safety:
Eating sweet treats is a big part of the fun on Halloween. If you’re trick-or-treating, health and safety experts say you should remember these tips:

  • Don’t eat candy until it has been inspected at home.
  • Trick-or-treaters should eat a snack before heading out, so they won’t be tempted to nibble on treats that haven’t been inspected.
  • Tell children not to accept—or eat—anything that isn’t commercially wrapped.
  • Parents of very young children should remove any choking hazards such as gum, peanuts, hard candies, or small toys.
  • Inspect commercially wrapped treats for signs of tampering, such as an unusual appearance or discoloration, tiny pinholes, or tears in wrappers. Throw away anything that looks suspicious.

Lawn Safety:

  • If the tag says “Indoor Use Only,” keep electronic products inside and minimize your liability.
  • Make your yard a No Tripping Zone
  • Keep the good stuff out of reach. Besides being notoriously clumsy, kids are also insatiably curious.

Costume Safety:

  • Make sure the costume fits – not too small or too big. Also, make sure children aren’t overloaded. If they can circumnavigate the house without bowling over a lamp or smashing the big screen, they can probably make it along the sidewalk in safety.
  • “Seeing” works both ways. Consider how well the child can see inside the mask. Likewise, consider how well children can be seen at night in their costume.
  • Consider the footwear. Practicality counts more than having the perfect costume footwear. Selecting the proper footwear can avoid a Halloween misstep.

Final Thoughts:

  • Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult.
  • Hold a flashlight while trick-or-treating to help you see and others see you.
  • Look both ways before crossing the street. Use established crosswalks wherever possible.
  • Only walk on sidewalks or on the far edge of the road facing traffic to stay safe.
  • Eat only factory-wrapped treats. Avoid eating homemade treats unless you know the cook well.
  • Enter homes only if you’re with a trusted adult. Otherwise, stay outside.

For companies you can trust, please visit bbb.org/atlanta.

http://patch.com/georgia/lilburn/bbb-tips-having-safe-halloween

UPCOMING EVENTS

Daylight Saving Ends, Standard Time Begins, Nov.1

Oct. 31 Change your clocks back one hour before going to bed. 

Nov. 1:  Some are celebrating the Day of the Dead.  Click HERE for more info.

Nov. 2:  Special Elections in the County and City.  (more inside the Update)

Nov. 7:  Free Tour of Wynne Russell 10 am until noon.

Nov. 7:  Luxomni BBQ.

Nov. 8:  City of Lilburn Veteran's Day Celebration, (more inside the Update)


Lilburn Community Partnership

Have Your Holiday Gathering at the Wynne Russell House

The Wynne-Russell House will be decorated for Christmas this year and will be an ideal location for your holiday gathering of up to 40. Rental rates are $25 per hour with a two-hour minimum.  For multiple rentals, contact info@lilburncp.comLINK for information on the house and events.


Wynne-Russell Historic Preservation Committee News
 
The Wynne Russell Historic Preservation Committee will meet on Thursday, Nov. 12 at 5:00 am.  Visitors are welcome.
 
Wynne-Russell  Free Tour Sat. Nov. 7
 
Longtime resident Elmer Nash will be hosting a free tour of the Wynne Russell Historical Home on Saturday, Nov. 7 from 10 am until noon.  This will be the last of the free tours until spring.
 
Family Pictures Nov. 14.
 
Plan now to have a unique family Christmas photo taken at the Wynne Russell Historic Home. Between the hours of 11:am and 2:pm, professional photographer Richard Ferris will take family photos, including pets, on the front porch of the home and post your picture on his website where you can download it without charge. Depending on the weather, the photo may be taken inside.  Sitting fee is $10 and all proceeds benefit the Wynne-Russell House. Register your time slot through info@lilburncp.com.

News from the City

 
 
 
 

Upcoming

(Check the City website for updates)

City Council Meeting, Monday, Nov. 9, 7:30 pm.

Work session starts at 6:30 pm.
 
Veteran's Day, Sunday, Nov. 8,  2-4 pm
 
 
 
Following a ceremony in Lilburn City Park honoring local veterans, the Continental Dance Orchestra will perform swing music and patriotic favorites.
 
 

 COMMUNITY EVENTS

Annual BBQ at Luxomni Church, Nov. 7th

On the first Saturday of November each year the Luxomni/Lilburn community comes together for an incredible time of food, fellowship and fun with the Luxomni Baptist Church BBQ, Bake and Yard Sale!   A pork plate sells for $8.00 and additional chopped pork and Brunswick stew can be purchased by the pound and quart. In addition to the mouth watering BBQ, you’ll want to stock up on some of the many baked goods prepared by hand by the ladies of the church.  Be sure to stop by Youth Yard Sale. which helps fund the annual youth summer trip.

Gwinnett County Veterans Day, Nov. 11

Make plans to attend Gwinnett County's annual Veterans Day Ceremony, which will be held Wednesday, November 11 at 11:00am at the Gwinnett Fallen Heroes Memorial. This event is held each year to celebrate our county's military veterans and public service personnel. The Fallen Heroes Memorial is located on the grounds of the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center, 75 Langley Drive in Lawrenceville. For more information about the Gwinnett Fallen Heroes Memorial, visit www.gwinnettfallenheroes.com


Election News from Gwinnett

Special Election Voting Information

Note that no voting will take place on Monday, November 2. If you did not vote early or absentee, you must cast your ballot on Election Day, Tuesday, November 3 at your voting precinct. For more information, visit the Elections webpage or call 678.226.7210.
 

Vote November 3rd between the hours of 7:00 am and 7:00 pm at your regular poling place in a special election to decide whether or not to continue the current E-SPLOST for education. (Yes, we have already been paying a little extra to fund our nationally acclaimed school system. For more on national awards, go to Gwinnett Daily Post LINK.)

See below for information gathered by Parkview High School Newsletter Panther Pause .

GCPS Plan for 2017-2020

To learn even more, an informational pamphlet from GCPS is provided.   CLICK HERE


City of Lilburn Special Election Tues. Nov. 3rd

Lilburn has only one contested race to decide: that of Post 1 held by Council Member Teresa Czyz.

Registered city voters may vote in the special city election today until 4:30 pm at City Hall, and Tuesday, Nov. 3 from 7 am until 7 pm.

Learn More About the Candidates

LCP sent a questionnaire to each of the Post 1 candidates: Brian Burchik, Teresa Czyz, and Michelle West. The questions and their unedited responses are below.

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Brian Burchik, Self-employed – founder of Live Fully, LLC

What are your qualifications for serving as City Council Member? (75 words)

My background (grew up in Lilburn) and professional life has uniquely positioned me for serving in city council. For 8 years, I served as a pastor, which involved organizational leadership & vision setting, creating events that cultivate community, and recruiting/training over one hundred adult volunteers to serve over 400 students. Now, as an entrepreneur, I understand the importance of small business, while engaging in the community, such as starting a running club, creating Lilburn merchandise, and recruiting numerous families to Lilburn.

Why do you want to hold the office? (100)

I desire to hold office because I want to represent the next generation of Lilburn families that will work to build Lilburn’s best future possible. As a city, Lilburn’s potential is incredible, but we need a representative in the council that can share and voice the vision of the next generation that is raising families and thinking through what kind of city they want their kids to experience and love. Additionally, I hope to help increase social/business life in the downtown area, champion entrepreneurship in our town so that people start their businesses here, and to cultivate city pride in its residents. I’m also very passionate about seeing all schools thrive that are located in Lilburn.

What do you consider Lilburn’s strengths to be and how should they be utilized? (200)
 

I believe Lilburn is a family-oriented community that has proven to be an incredible place to raise kids and build a life. This strength needs to continue to grow. Lilburn also has a charm and small town feel, which is increasingly becoming the very thing that people are seeking to be a part of. Our downtown area has the potential to be a walkable community where people, young and old, can reclaim the “small town” way that is a more connected and holistic way of living. Maintaining the charm of Lilburn while embracing growth and development is of the utmost importance.

Another strength of Lilburn is its diversity, both in terms of ethnicity as well as age. We must continue to embrace and celebrate all the different cultures here. Also, I believe that the different age demographics need each other. Young millenials that are just starting to build their lives and grow their families need the support, wisdom, and grounding that comes from being in relationship with more seasoned adults, such as empty nesters or retirees. And those empty nesters can find incredible purpose and significance in coming alongside the next generation. To cultivate unity in our diversity will make Lilburn an incredibly unique place to live.


What do you consider major issues in Lilburn and how do you propose addressing them? (200)

Lilburn’s Next Generation

I will continue working to attract the next generation of adults and families to put down roots in Lilburn and join in building its best future possible. Every great organization, whether a business, a school, or more broadly an entire city must pass the baton from one generation to the next so that the community can continue to flourish.

Champion the Entrepreneurial Spirit

As a small business owner, I am passionate about fostering an entrepreneurial spirit in our city. Specifically, I will champion efforts to bring a small business incubator to Lilburn that will offer workspace opportunity and encourage collaboration for current entrepreneurs and future start-ups that will positively impact our city. Rather than ambitious entrepreneurs feeling like they have to leave Lilburn to go to larger cities, I want to change the perspective so they see Lilburn as a place to develop their businesses.

Increase Social Life in Downtown

Every great community has places for people to gather and connect, and our city has a unique opportunity to establish new restaurants and a coffee shop in the walk-able downtown area. I will work to bring high quality businesses here, as well as supporting development in our beautiful park so that our downtown is an increasingly attractive place for people to live and visit.

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Teresa A. Czyz, Georgia Transmission Corporation - Electrical Engineer

What are your qualifications for serving as City Council Member? (75 words)

I currently serve on City Council, so I have the knowledge and experience to understand what it takes to serve you.

I’ve lived in Lilburn for 13 years and have been involved in the community by organizing NNO for 4 years, serving on Lilburn’s Alcohol Review Board and Planning Commission and by also serving on boards of SafetySmart Liburn and the Lilburn Community Garden.

Please check my website, www.teresa4council.com, for more information about my qualifications.

Why do you want to hold the office? (100)

It’s simple, because I really do care about the people of this community.  I believe the safety of our residents is a priority, as is a good quality of life.

I want to hold the office to advocate for body cameras for the police, to bring a K-9 unit to the city, to install a Tornado Warning System for our residents, to support expansion of the trails and continuation of park events.

Finally, I want to serve because the people of Lilburn deserve representatives that will help them, speak for them, and protect them in an honorable and trustworthy way.

What do you consider Lilburn’s strengths to be and how should they be utilized? (200)

I believe that one of Lilburn’s greatest strengths is our low crime rate.  The Lilburn Police Department (LPD), clearly, one of the finest police departments in the Greater Atlanta area, has done an excellent job in building relationships with neighborhoods and businesses.  I believe that they should continue to expand and maintain neighborhood and business watches by using organizations like SafetySmart Lilburn and the Lilburn Citizens Police Academy Partnership.  Communication between watches is the key and if we can use the LPD as the “center of the wheel” to send out important information to our watch leaders, this will continue to make Lilburn one of the safest places to live.

A strength also lies with the many different kind of people who call this city home.  We all share similar goals:  a safe neighborhood, good schools, a home where we feel secure and a community that cares.  There are opportunities to attend ethnic festivals and events throughout Lilburn.  We have our own International Festival, which celebrates the uniqueness of our community.   I would hope that we use this cultural diversity to learn from one another and about one another.

What do you consider major issues in Lilburn and how do you propose addressing them? (200)

The biggest issue that needs to be addressed is the mistrust that many citizens feel toward city government.  Many people, who I have talked to, feel disenfranchised, feel like decisions are being made with no due consideration given to them as taxpayers.  We should give our residents the chance to express their concerns and ask questions prior to making decisions that could impact their taxes and their neighborhoods.  They deserve to know what’s going on and we need to be willing to listen.  It’s perceived that “minds are already made up”.  That we don’t care what they think.  And honestly, I believe that if we have good justification for what we are doing, then we should be able to communicate our position and should be able to adequately address their questions and concerns.  Realistically, we won’t win over everyone, but I believe that the majority of people will at least appreciate that we were open and honest and gave them a chance to voice their questions and concerns.  We need to improve communication and build trust between our citizens and their government.  And, I believe, it all starts with allowing our residents, our taxpayers the chance to express their voice.

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Michelle West, M West Legal, LLC, State Bar of Georgia - Attorney

What are your qualifications for serving as City Council Member? (75 words)

I have participated in numerous city, county, community and professional leadership programs and boards over the past several years.   This experience, coupled with being an attorney and certified mediator, has served to prepare me for the position I seek on the Council.  I direct you to my website www.michelleforlilburn.com to see a complete list of my qualifications since I am limited here in my response.


Why do you want to hold the office? (100)

Practically speaking, I am passionate about being of service and championing the rights and voices of people whether it is through my profession or in a service oriented community position.  I believe in Lilburn’s potential.  I seek to use my qualifications, mentioned above and more specifically at www.michelleforlilburn.com , to assist the Council in its improvement of our great city.  My keen sense of collaboration, negotiation, relationship-building and inquiry are some of my many traits that would add value to our Council.  I have a fresh perspective and am willing to look at all issues with the community’s interests at the center of any decision.

What do you consider Lilburn’s strengths to be and how should they be utilized? (200)

Lilburn’s strengths are its small town charm, schools, geographic location, public safety and sense of community.  Although growth is inevitable, these strengths can be leveraged to bring in responsible and calculated development.  Lilburn has a unique quaint atmosphere, which sets it apart from many cities in Gwinnett County.  Its geographic location makes it easily accessible to Atlanta and the greater metro area while maintaining a somewhat small town feel.  This characteristic should be considered when ensuring that all development is in line with the balanced interests of the residents and business.  Lilburn should play up these strengths to bring in reasonable development that will serve to bolster our community and tax base.  Since we are a bedroom community that many northern city residents have to pass to reach their destination we should ensure that we have businesses that both our residents and non-residents would want to frequent, as another means of raising revenue for our city businesses and city alike.  Our great schools and public safety can also be utilized to demonstrate that there is value in continued investment our community, which is furthered bolstered by great our sense of community.

What do you consider major issues in Lilburn and how do you propose addressing them? (200)

One of Lilburn’s major issues, based on resident feedback, is traffic/ congestion.  I agree with the saying that “we are not in traffic, we are traffic.”  As further development continues traffic and congestion will likely increase.  It would be premature to propose how I would address this issue considering I do not currently have all the facts.  However, given what I do know at this time, I would propose doing research through the Department of Transportation on all high traffic areas, the numbers of cars present daily and the existence of accidents that have occurred at the most prominent intersections or roadways.  I would then propose collaboration with the county in establishing a method of combatting this trend.  Although an intersection may be a non-city street, many times it is close enough to the city to affect its residents.  Just because a road is a not a city road, we must still keep a dialogue going with the county so that traffic does not continue to adversely impact the quality of life for all citizens.  Another option would be to make our city a more walkable community, working with our Community Improvement District and working to obtain necessary funding to implement suggestions for improvements on the Lawrenceville Highway corridor.

Please submit story ideas, comments or suggestions to info@lilburncp.com, attention Diana Preston.

 
Contents
UPCOMING EVENTS
 
HALLOWE'EN SAFETY
Fire Department
SafetySmart Lilburn
UPCOMING EVENTS
Change Your Clocks
Day of the Dead
Wynne-Russell Tour
Luxomni BBQ
Veterans' Day
LILBURN COMMUNITY PARTERSHIP
Historic Preservation Com.
Holiday Rentals
Meeting
Free Tour
Family Photos
CITY OF LILBURN
Council Meeting
Veterans Celebration
COMMUNITY EVENTS
Luxomni BBQ
Veterans Day Ceremony
 COUNTY ELECTION INFO
E-SPLOST Info
LILBURN CANDIDATE INFO
Brian Burchik
Teresa Czyz
Michelle West
 
 
 
 

 
 

Sponsors

Bambinelli's

Mail & Package Center

Music Go Round

Legacy Station

City of Lilburn

Kona Ice

SafetySmart Lilburn

Sign Creations

1910 Public House

Taqueria Los Hermanos

Lilburn Farmers' Market

Small Town 
Big World
Festival
Sponsors
 
 
Platinum
 
 
 
 

Gold

Silver

Bronze

Patrons

Gwinnett Human Relations Commission

Carothers & Mitchell

Attorneys at Law

Music on Main Street

Friends

Dr. Scott Batterton

Eddie's Automotive

Lilburn Woman's Club

Muslims for Peace

 
 
 
 
 
 
Info Links
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 

Distributed by Lilburn Community Partnership          October 31, 2015             

Hallowe'en Boos to You!

This update gives you some last minute reminders on:

  • Safety tips for trick or treaters,
  • Changing your clocks to Standard Time before you go to bed tonight,
  • Info on E-Splost and City of Lilburn Post 1 Council Candidates
  • Some upcoming events

(Go to the Blog page to translate this issue. www.lilburncp.com or read it later. Please submit items in Word documents by the 20th of the month.)


Hallowe'en Safety

From Gwinnett County Fire Department

Click HERE for a video on Hallowe'en Safety.


         

From SafetySmart Lilburn

(Submitted by Margot Ashley, President)

Nextdoor.com offers a means of informing neighbors if your house is a candy supply zone. Check it out if you haven’t already.

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BBB offers the following tips to ensure that you and your children have a safe and fun Halloween night. (This article has been edited for length.  Go to this LINK for the full version.)

Candy Safety:
Eating sweet treats is a big part of the fun on Halloween. If you’re trick-or-treating, health and safety experts say you should remember these tips:

  • Don’t eat candy until it has been inspected at home.
  • Trick-or-treaters should eat a snack before heading out, so they won’t be tempted to nibble on treats that haven’t been inspected.
  • Tell children not to accept—or eat—anything that isn’t commercially wrapped.
  • Parents of very young children should remove any choking hazards such as gum, peanuts, hard candies, or small toys.
  • Inspect commercially wrapped treats for signs of tampering, such as an unusual appearance or discoloration, tiny pinholes, or tears in wrappers. Throw away anything that looks suspicious.

Lawn Safety:

  • If the tag says “Indoor Use Only,” keep electronic products inside and minimize your liability.
  • Make your yard a No Tripping Zone
  • Keep the good stuff out of reach. Besides being notoriously clumsy, kids are also insatiably curious.

Costume Safety:

  • Make sure the costume fits – not too small or too big. Also, make sure children aren’t overloaded. If they can circumnavigate the house without bowling over a lamp or smashing the big screen, they can probably make it along the sidewalk in safety.
  • “Seeing” works both ways. Consider how well the child can see inside the mask. Likewise, consider how well children can be seen at night in their costume.
  • Consider the footwear. Practicality counts more than having the perfect costume footwear. Selecting the proper footwear can avoid a Halloween misstep.

Final Thoughts:

  • Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult.
  • Hold a flashlight while trick-or-treating to help you see and others see you.
  • Look both ways before crossing the street. Use established crosswalks wherever possible.
  • Only walk on sidewalks or on the far edge of the road facing traffic to stay safe.
  • Eat only factory-wrapped treats. Avoid eating homemade treats unless you know the cook well.
  • Enter homes only if you’re with a trusted adult. Otherwise, stay outside.

For companies you can trust, please visit bbb.org/atlanta.

http://patch.com/georgia/lilburn/bbb-tips-having-safe-halloween

UPCOMING EVENTS

Daylight Saving Ends, Standard Time Begins, Nov.1

Oct. 31 Change your clocks back one hour before going to bed. 

Nov. 1:  Some are celebrating the Day of the Dead.  Click HERE for more info.

Nov. 2:  Special Elections in the County and City.  (more inside the Update)

Nov. 7:  Free Tour of Wynne Russell 10 am until noon.

Nov. 7:  Luxomni BBQ.

Nov. 8:  City of Lilburn Veteran's Day Celebration, (more inside the Update)


Lilburn Community Partnership

Have Your Holiday Gathering at the Wynne Russell House

The Wynne-Russell House will be decorated for Christmas this year and will be an ideal location for your holiday gathering of up to 40. Rental rates are $25 per hour with a two-hour minimum.  For multiple rentals, contact info@lilburncp.comLINK for information on the house and events.


Wynne-Russell Historic Preservation Committee News
 
The Wynne Russell Historic Preservation Committee will meet on Thursday, Nov. 12 at 5:00 am.  Visitors are welcome.
 
Wynne-Russell  Free Tour Sat. Nov. 7
 
Longtime resident Elmer Nash will be hosting a free tour of the Wynne Russell Historical Home on Saturday, Nov. 7 from 10 am until noon.  This will be the last of the free tours until spring.
 
Family Pictures Nov. 14.
 
Plan now to have a unique family Christmas photo taken at the Wynne Russell Historic Home. Between the hours of 11:am and 2:pm, professional photographer Richard Ferris will take family photos, including pets, on the front porch of the home and post your picture on his website where you can download it without charge. Depending on the weather, the photo may be taken inside.  Sitting fee is $10 and all proceeds benefit the Wynne-Russell House. Register your time slot through info@lilburncp.com.

News from the City

 
 
 
 

Upcoming

(Check the City website for updates)

City Council Meeting, Monday, Nov. 9, 7:30 pm.

Work session starts at 6:30 pm.
 
Veteran's Day, Sunday, Nov. 8,  2-4 pm
 
 
 
Following a ceremony in Lilburn City Park honoring local veterans, the Continental Dance Orchestra will perform swing music and patriotic favorites.
 
 

 COMMUNITY EVENTS

Annual BBQ at Luxomni Church, Nov. 7th

On the first Saturday of November each year the Luxomni/Lilburn community comes together for an incredible time of food, fellowship and fun with the Luxomni Baptist Church BBQ, Bake and Yard Sale!   A pork plate sells for $8.00 and additional chopped pork and Brunswick stew can be purchased by the pound and quart. In addition to the mouth watering BBQ, you’ll want to stock up on some of the many baked goods prepared by hand by the ladies of the church.  Be sure to stop by Youth Yard Sale. which helps fund the annual youth summer trip.

Gwinnett County Veterans Day, Nov. 11

Make plans to attend Gwinnett County's annual Veterans Day Ceremony, which will be held Wednesday, November 11 at 11:00am at the Gwinnett Fallen Heroes Memorial. This event is held each year to celebrate our county's military veterans and public service personnel. The Fallen Heroes Memorial is located on the grounds of the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center, 75 Langley Drive in Lawrenceville. For more information about the Gwinnett Fallen Heroes Memorial, visit www.gwinnettfallenheroes.com


Election News from Gwinnett

Special Election Voting Information

Note that no voting will take place on Monday, November 2. If you did not vote early or absentee, you must cast your ballot on Election Day, Tuesday, November 3 at your voting precinct. For more information, visit the Elections webpage or call 678.226.7210.
 

Vote November 3rd between the hours of 7:00 am and 7:00 pm at your regular poling place in a special election to decide whether or not to continue the current E-SPLOST for education. (Yes, we have already been paying a little extra to fund our nationally acclaimed school system. For more on national awards, go to Gwinnett Daily Post LINK.)

See below for information gathered by Parkview High School Newsletter Panther Pause .

GCPS Plan for 2017-2020

To learn even more, an informational pamphlet from GCPS is provided.   CLICK HERE


City of Lilburn Special Election Tues. Nov. 3rd

Lilburn has only one contested race to decide: that of Post 1 held by Council Member Teresa Czyz.

Registered city voters may vote in the special city election today until 4:30 pm at City Hall, and Tuesday, Nov. 3 from 7 am until 7 pm.

Learn More About the Candidates

LCP sent a questionnaire to each of the Post 1 candidates: Brian Burchik, Teresa Czyz, and Michelle West. The questions and their unedited responses are below.

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Brian Burchik, Self-employed – founder of Live Fully, LLC

What are your qualifications for serving as City Council Member? (75 words)

My background (grew up in Lilburn) and professional life has uniquely positioned me for serving in city council. For 8 years, I served as a pastor, which involved organizational leadership & vision setting, creating events that cultivate community, and recruiting/training over one hundred adult volunteers to serve over 400 students. Now, as an entrepreneur, I understand the importance of small business, while engaging in the community, such as starting a running club, creating Lilburn merchandise, and recruiting numerous families to Lilburn.

Why do you want to hold the office? (100)

I desire to hold office because I want to represent the next generation of Lilburn families that will work to build Lilburn’s best future possible. As a city, Lilburn’s potential is incredible, but we need a representative in the council that can share and voice the vision of the next generation that is raising families and thinking through what kind of city they want their kids to experience and love. Additionally, I hope to help increase social/business life in the downtown area, champion entrepreneurship in our town so that people start their businesses here, and to cultivate city pride in its residents. I’m also very passionate about seeing all schools thrive that are located in Lilburn.

What do you consider Lilburn’s strengths to be and how should they be utilized? (200)
 

I believe Lilburn is a family-oriented community that has proven to be an incredible place to raise kids and build a life. This strength needs to continue to grow. Lilburn also has a charm and small town feel, which is increasingly becoming the very thing that people are seeking to be a part of. Our downtown area has the potential to be a walkable community where people, young and old, can reclaim the “small town” way that is a more connected and holistic way of living. Maintaining the charm of Lilburn while embracing growth and development is of the utmost importance.

Another strength of Lilburn is its diversity, both in terms of ethnicity as well as age. We must continue to embrace and celebrate all the different cultures here. Also, I believe that the different age demographics need each other. Young millenials that are just starting to build their lives and grow their families need the support, wisdom, and grounding that comes from being in relationship with more seasoned adults, such as empty nesters or retirees. And those empty nesters can find incredible purpose and significance in coming alongside the next generation. To cultivate unity in our diversity will make Lilburn an incredibly unique place to live.


What do you consider major issues in Lilburn and how do you propose addressing them? (200)

Lilburn’s Next Generation

I will continue working to attract the next generation of adults and families to put down roots in Lilburn and join in building its best future possible. Every great organization, whether a business, a school, or more broadly an entire city must pass the baton from one generation to the next so that the community can continue to flourish.

Champion the Entrepreneurial Spirit

As a small business owner, I am passionate about fostering an entrepreneurial spirit in our city. Specifically, I will champion efforts to bring a small business incubator to Lilburn that will offer workspace opportunity and encourage collaboration for current entrepreneurs and future start-ups that will positively impact our city. Rather than ambitious entrepreneurs feeling like they have to leave Lilburn to go to larger cities, I want to change the perspective so they see Lilburn as a place to develop their businesses.

Increase Social Life in Downtown

Every great community has places for people to gather and connect, and our city has a unique opportunity to establish new restaurants and a coffee shop in the walk-able downtown area. I will work to bring high quality businesses here, as well as supporting development in our beautiful park so that our downtown is an increasingly attractive place for people to live and visit.

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Teresa A. Czyz, Georgia Transmission Corporation - Electrical Engineer

What are your qualifications for serving as City Council Member? (75 words)

I currently serve on City Council, so I have the knowledge and experience to understand what it takes to serve you.

I’ve lived in Lilburn for 13 years and have been involved in the community by organizing NNO for 4 years, serving on Lilburn’s Alcohol Review Board and Planning Commission and by also serving on boards of SafetySmart Liburn and the Lilburn Community Garden.

Please check my website, www.teresa4council.com, for more information about my qualifications.

Why do you want to hold the office? (100)

It’s simple, because I really do care about the people of this community.  I believe the safety of our residents is a priority, as is a good quality of life.

I want to hold the office to advocate for body cameras for the police, to bring a K-9 unit to the city, to install a Tornado Warning System for our residents, to support expansion of the trails and continuation of park events.

Finally, I want to serve because the people of Lilburn deserve representatives that will help them, speak for them, and protect them in an honorable and trustworthy way.

What do you consider Lilburn’s strengths to be and how should they be utilized? (200)

I believe that one of Lilburn’s greatest strengths is our low crime rate.  The Lilburn Police Department (LPD), clearly, one of the finest police departments in the Greater Atlanta area, has done an excellent job in building relationships with neighborhoods and businesses.  I believe that they should continue to expand and maintain neighborhood and business watches by using organizations like SafetySmart Lilburn and the Lilburn Citizens Police Academy Partnership.  Communication between watches is the key and if we can use the LPD as the “center of the wheel” to send out important information to our watch leaders, this will continue to make Lilburn one of the safest places to live.

A strength also lies with the many different kind of people who call this city home.  We all share similar goals:  a safe neighborhood, good schools, a home where we feel secure and a community that cares.  There are opportunities to attend ethnic festivals and events throughout Lilburn.  We have our own International Festival, which celebrates the uniqueness of our community.   I would hope that we use this cultural diversity to learn from one another and about one another.

What do you consider major issues in Lilburn and how do you propose addressing them? (200)

The biggest issue that needs to be addressed is the mistrust that many citizens feel toward city government.  Many people, who I have talked to, feel disenfranchised, feel like decisions are being made with no due consideration given to them as taxpayers.  We should give our residents the chance to express their concerns and ask questions prior to making decisions that could impact their taxes and their neighborhoods.  They deserve to know what’s going on and we need to be willing to listen.  It’s perceived that “minds are already made up”.  That we don’t care what they think.  And honestly, I believe that if we have good justification for what we are doing, then we should be able to communicate our position and should be able to adequately address their questions and concerns.  Realistically, we won’t win over everyone, but I believe that the majority of people will at least appreciate that we were open and honest and gave them a chance to voice their questions and concerns.  We need to improve communication and build trust between our citizens and their government.  And, I believe, it all starts with allowing our residents, our taxpayers the chance to express their voice.

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Michelle West, M West Legal, LLC, State Bar of Georgia - Attorney

What are your qualifications for serving as City Council Member? (75 words)

I have participated in numerous city, county, community and professional leadership programs and boards over the past several years.   This experience, coupled with being an attorney and certified mediator, has served to prepare me for the position I seek on the Council.  I direct you to my website www.michelleforlilburn.com to see a complete list of my qualifications since I am limited here in my response.


Why do you want to hold the office? (100)

Practically speaking, I am passionate about being of service and championing the rights and voices of people whether it is through my profession or in a service oriented community position.  I believe in Lilburn’s potential.  I seek to use my qualifications, mentioned above and more specifically at www.michelleforlilburn.com , to assist the Council in its improvement of our great city.  My keen sense of collaboration, negotiation, relationship-building and inquiry are some of my many traits that would add value to our Council.  I have a fresh perspective and am willing to look at all issues with the community’s interests at the center of any decision.

What do you consider Lilburn’s strengths to be and how should they be utilized? (200)

Lilburn’s strengths are its small town charm, schools, geographic location, public safety and sense of community.  Although growth is inevitable, these strengths can be leveraged to bring in responsible and calculated development.  Lilburn has a unique quaint atmosphere, which sets it apart from many cities in Gwinnett County.  Its geographic location makes it easily accessible to Atlanta and the greater metro area while maintaining a somewhat small town feel.  This characteristic should be considered when ensuring that all development is in line with the balanced interests of the residents and business.  Lilburn should play up these strengths to bring in reasonable development that will serve to bolster our community and tax base.  Since we are a bedroom community that many northern city residents have to pass to reach their destination we should ensure that we have businesses that both our residents and non-residents would want to frequent, as another means of raising revenue for our city businesses and city alike.  Our great schools and public safety can also be utilized to demonstrate that there is value in continued investment our community, which is furthered bolstered by great our sense of community.

What do you consider major issues in Lilburn and how do you propose addressing them? (200)

One of Lilburn’s major issues, based on resident feedback, is traffic/ congestion.  I agree with the saying that “we are not in traffic, we are traffic.”  As further development continues traffic and congestion will likely increase.  It would be premature to propose how I would address this issue considering I do not currently have all the facts.  However, given what I do know at this time, I would propose doing research through the Department of Transportation on all high traffic areas, the numbers of cars present daily and the existence of accidents that have occurred at the most prominent intersections or roadways.  I would then propose collaboration with the county in establishing a method of combatting this trend.  Although an intersection may be a non-city street, many times it is close enough to the city to affect its residents.  Just because a road is a not a city road, we must still keep a dialogue going with the county so that traffic does not continue to adversely impact the quality of life for all citizens.  Another option would be to make our city a more walkable community, working with our Community Improvement District and working to obtain necessary funding to implement suggestions for improvements on the Lawrenceville Highway corridor.

Please submit story ideas, comments or suggestions to info@lilburncp.com, attention Diana Preston.

 
Contents
UPCOMING EVENTS
 
HALLOWE'EN SAFETY
Fire Department
SafetySmart Lilburn
UPCOMING EVENTS
Change Your Clocks
Day of the Dead
Wynne-Russell Tour
Luxomni BBQ
Veterans' Day
LILBURN COMMUNITY PARTERSHIP
Historic Preservation Com.
Holiday Rentals
Meeting
Free Tour
Family Photos
CITY OF LILBURN
Council Meeting
Veterans Celebration
COMMUNITY EVENTS
Luxomni BBQ
Veterans Day Ceremony
 COUNTY ELECTION INFO
E-SPLOST Info
LILBURN CANDIDATE INFO
Brian Burchik
Teresa Czyz
Michelle West
 
 
 
 

 
 

Sponsors

Bambinelli's

Mail & Package Center

Music Go Round

Legacy Station

City of Lilburn

Kona Ice

SafetySmart Lilburn

Sign Creations

1910 Public House

Taqueria Los Hermanos

Lilburn Farmers' Market

Small Town 
Big World
Festival
Sponsors
 
 
Platinum
 
 
 
 

Gold

Silver

Bronze

Patrons

Gwinnett Human Relations Commission

Carothers & Mitchell

Attorneys at Law

Music on Main Street

Friends

Dr. Scott Batterton

Eddie's Automotive

Lilburn Woman's Club

Muslims for Peace

 
 
 
 
 
 
Info Links
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
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