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Wednesday, October 07 2015

Distributed by Lilburn Community Partnership                            September 30, 2015

Fall into...

This September issue just barely makes being sent before the month is out and will keep you updated with lots to do in October as the festivals and activities continue to whet our appetite for the new and different.  This month's edition, while a bit lengthy, is interesting if not informative. Our Lilburn community organizations are putting forth great effort to educate us on some social issues that need our help in addressing. Consider taking the time to do your part for the good of our community.

Look for the October issue mid-month as we try to get back to an earlier publishing date.  As always, we appreciate submissions of articles of general interest.

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


Portal de Salud Health Fair, Oct. 3rd

Portal de Salud Health Fair will take place on October 3, 8:00 - 4:00 pm at Our Lady of the Americas Catholic Mission in Lilburn. The Health Fair’s mission is to provide health screenings and health education to Hispanic/Latino families in the greater Lilburn area. Portal de Salud connects the families to health care providers and also works to identify medical needs, referrals and follow up care.

Our Lady of the Americas Catholic Mission is located at 4603 Lawrenceville Highway in Lilburn 30047. Go to for more info or to volunteer.

Wynne-Russell Ghost Tour, Sat. Oct. 3rd

Don't miss October's free tour of the Wynne-Russell House.  Timeless Paranormal will host the tour and include some of their investigative findings along with known history of the house and its occupants.  Tour begins at 10:am and ends at noon. Booklets on family history and investigations on sale.  All proceeds to benefit the Wynne-Russell House.

School Success Program, Sun. Oct. 4th

Sunday, Oct. 4, 1-3 pm.  "Helping your Child Succeed In School," Trickum Middle School, 130 Killian Hill Rd. Lilburn.

Keynote Speaker Kathy Jones, former principal of Camp Creek Elementary School,

Sponsored by Discipleship International. For more information: // or call 770-359-9022.

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SafetySmart Fire Safety Program Oct. 8th

The community is invited to attend a fire safety presentation by Gwinnett County Department of Fire and Emergency services on Thursday, Oct. 8, 7:00 - 8:30 pm.  The program will present startegies to keep you and your family safe including: fire safety, safe cooking habits, fire escape plan, home safety, how to survive a fire, and fire prevention in the community.  The free program is sponsored by SafetySmart Lilburn and will take place  in Lilburn City Hall Auditorium located at 76 Main Street in Lilburn.

Lilburn Community Partnership

Luxomni Presentation at Wynne-Russell

Richard Ferris was on hand to photo record the event.  Go to this LINK for more photos of the house and of Dale's historical artifacts. (You just might find a family member pictured!)

Wynne Russell House Rental Information

The Wynne-Russell House is an ideal location for meetings, presentations, and events of 20-30.  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.

International Festival 2015 Recap

Small Town, Big World: Lilburn International Festival 2015 on September 12 was bigger and better than last year's.  An estimated crowd of 6,000-7,000 came through the four hour event and enjoyed great  entertainment, exhibits and food.  Ferris Photography was on hand as well as volunteer photographers, Mayor Pro-tem Tim Dunn, Council Member Teresa Czyz, Sudhir Agarwal, and Tracy Preston.  Go to this Link to see more photos.  If you attended, please send your thoughts to  so that we can start planning for bigger and better in 2016.

Many thanks to the volunteers from SafetySmart Lilburn, Berkmar High School French Club, Parkview HS Marine JROTC, First Baptist Lilburn, the Lilburn PD Explorers and the community.

Also, special thanks to our presenting sponsors:  Nam Dae Mun Farmers Market, Vida Radio and Discipleship International, as well as Vega Allstate Insurance, First Baptist Lilburn, Agavero Mexican Cantina, Georgia Power, I luv Pho Restaurant,  Exolore Gwinnett, Tucker Home Depot, and B.J. PAk.  Other Patrons and Friends are listed on the side bar.  The planning committee hopes that you will show your appeciation to all of these good community neighbors.

Wynne-Russell Historic Preservation Committee News
October Ghost Tour and Ticketed Investigation

On Saturday, October 3, 10 am - noon,  come out for a free Ghost Tour conducted by Timeless Paranormal investigators Shannon and David Byers. The Byers will give a guided tour (10:00 am) of the Wynne-Russell House with details about the residents of the house since it was built in 1826.  Afterwards they will give a demonstration of the equipment that they use when investigating structures and areas.

Booklets containing a paranormal investigation of the house, history and geneology of the residents and Civil War records of Private James Wynne will be on sale for $10.  All proceeds benefit the Wynne Russell House.

On Saturday, Oct. 24, the Byers will be hosting four evening investigations for small groups.  This is a ticketed event with all proceeds benefitting the Wynne-Russell House.  Times are 5, 6, 8, and 9 pm.   The 8 and 9 pm sessions are sold out and a few spots remain in the 6 pm session. Go to for ticket reservations and email Shannon Byers: to secure your spot in the small group sessions.

Historic Preservation Committee Meeting

The Wynne-Russell Historic Preservation Committee meets on Wednesday, Oct. 14 at 5:00pm at the Wynne-Russell House.  Visitors are welcome.

News from the City


Upcoming Meetings

(Check the City website for updates)

  • City Council convenes on October 12 for work session at 6:30 pm and for formal meeting at 7:30 pm.
  • Downtown Development Authority meets on October 21 for work session at 6:30 pm followed by formal meeting.
  • Planning Commission meets on Oct. 22 at 7:30 preceeded by a work session.

October and November Events


Lilburn Daze, Oct. 10, 9 am - 5 pm. City Park  (Click on picture above for slide show.)

Food Truck Tuesday, Oct.13

Bring your lawn chair and enjoy an evening in the park! 5:00 pm until 8:00 pm. 

Trucks scheduled to be at the event include;
Mac the Cheese
Pressed for Time
Spiedie Zone
Tasting Maine
King of Pops
Chay J's
Sweet Jeanius

1910 Public House Restaurant will be selling beer and wine.  Live entertainment TBD. Check the Facebook Page for updates. Food Truck Tuesdays will end after Tuesday, Oct. 13.

Costume Swap - Saturday, Oct. 17 

Recycle and reuse!  Join the City of Lilburn’s Halloween Costume Swap on Saturday, October 17 from 12-3 p.m.

Parkview Cluster Foundation "Spirit" Fun Run -  Sunday, Oct. 18

Parkview Cluster Foundation is hosting a 5K and 1 mile fun run to support and raise grant money for Parkview Cluster schools.

For registration information, please email
Movie PosterMoonlight Movie: Oct. 24
Bring your blanket or lawn chair and watch "Hotel Transylvania" in the park! Concessions and children's activities will be available. Kids are encouraged to wear their costumes. Movie will begin at dusk. (6:00 -9:30 pm. Lilburn City Park, 76 Main St.
Daffy's Day Hike for Hungry Pets, Sun. Oct. 25 
This annual fundraiser will include pet adoptions and a pet hike.  Visit vendor booths and enjoy live music!  For more information, please visit

Lilburn City Election Nov. 3

A general election for the City of Lilburn will be held on Nov. 3, 2015, for the seats held by Mayor Johnny Crist, and Council Members Teresa Czyz and Scott Batterton.

The only contested race will be that of Council Member Teresa Czyz.  Michele West and Brian Birchick have qualified to run.

Only registered voters who reside in the city limits may vote in this election. The last day to register and be eligible to vote in this election will be Oct. 5. The polls will be open on Election Day, Nov. 3, from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. at Lilburn City Hall, 76 Main St.

From the Police Department

Discard Old Prescriptions

National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day was officially Saturday, but you can discard old prescriptions anytime at the Lilburn Police Department. The "Big White Box" in the lobby is accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Help keep addictive prescription drugs off the streets, out of children's hands, and away from our water supply by disposing of them properly. More information. 

News from Our Businesses

1910 Public House - The restaurant announces that it is launching a new fall menu for the restaurant and Taproom on Oct. 4. The Market Taproom and Gwoler has 28 taps of craft beer.   Also they are taking reserations for holiday parties to be held in their soon to be added event space.  Contact Rich at 770.564.6911 to book.  Like their Facebook Page and be invited to a free preview where you'll be able to taste the new menu and drink some great beer.

Bambinelli's in Lilburn:  Enjoy great daily menu specials and $2.00 draft beer (Bud Light,Yeungling or Shock Top) Sundays through football season.

The Barn Smokehouse: Starting on Friday, Oct. 2 they will begin full table service for dinner datrting at 5:00 pm and thereafter everty Thursday, Friday and Saturday night.  Bring in any lunch receipt from Barn Smokehouse on Friday and every member of your party will receive a free dessert.  Also, for a limited time, for takeout orders, puchase one whole smoked chicken and get a second free. (These are really good and work well for a quick tasty dinner at home.)

Doug Dorough Landscape Co. Don't miss their October Clearance Sale Oct. 2nd, 3rd, and 4th 2015, FRI/SAT 8 am – 5 pm, SUN 12 pm – 4 pm. 30 %-50 % off.  Pine Straw $3.50 per bale. 5444 Lawrenceville Highway, Lilburn, 30047, 770-921-6485,

Lilburn Community News

First Baptist Lilburn Celebrates 175 Years and Festival of Nations Oct. 18

A Backward Glance ~ A Forward Vision

The year was 1840, the setting was the shade of a large oak tree in Lilburn resident, William McDaniel’s yard. None of them knew it at the time, but the gathering of five men and four women was about to embark on an adventure that would still today bear witness of their insight, passion for Christ, and vision for the future.  First Baptist Church of Lilburn, formerly Liberty Baptist Church, is the fulfillment of that vision and the evidence of the faithfulness of God to honor the obedience of His people.

Rapidly the small congregation grew into a full-fledged church and became a vital part of the Lilburn community. The past 175 years have seen Pastors and members come and go, programs and outreach be redefined, and “The Church That Loves” continue to minister to and assimilate with the community. In keeping with the changing demographics of Lilburn, the single culture congregation has grown to include eighteen language congregations from all over the world.

Although many changes have occurred in Lilburn since 1840, one thing has not changed. First Baptist Church of Lilburn is still committed to sharing the unchanging saving message of Jesus Christ in a rapidly changing world.

Worship at 10:00 AM on Oct. 18 with special Guest, Rev. Carl Marshall (Pastor, 1977-1983), followed by a BBQ Dinner - $10.00 for Adults and $5.00 for Children.  Victory Quartet Concert at 1:30 pm.

Purchase Dinner tickets  by October 5, 2015. For more information: or 770-921-1220.

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!  Luxomni is know for it’s incredible BBQ.  So good, it can only be prepared once a year.  If you like BBQ, you don’t wan’t to miss this year's delicious event!  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.  HINT: If you want Fired Apple Pies you need to pre order at the Baked Goods table at 10:00am when they open!  With all of this incredible food, you’ll also want to take a walk through the Youth Yard Sale.  This event always has something for everyone, with all proceeds going to help fund the annual youth summer trip!

Lilburn Area Girl Scouts

Gross Goodies Swap at Wynne-Russell House, Sat. Oct. 31, 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Gross Goodies is a Girl Scout Tradition held annually around Halloween, which is also Juliette Gordon Low's birthday.  Girl Scouts and invited guests gather to share and swap portions of dishes made to look disgusting but actually Taste delicious. There are enless examples online. 

To participate, please RSVP your information (troop or individual and number of attendees) and if you can bring your own table to Lesslie at

In the giving spirit of Juliette Gordon Low, we request donations of deordorant, travel-sized toiletries, toothbrushes and toothpaste for distribution to the homeless downtown.

The Wynne-Russell House is located at 4685 Wynne-Russell Drive in Lilburn.

The Lilburn Arts Alliance will show case members'  art work on Saturday, Oct. 10 at the Lilburn Daze Arts and Crafts Festival in Lilburn City Park.

Check their Facebook page for updates and future meeting info Guests are always welcome.

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

Lilburn Business Association

Lilburn Daze is almost here. Members should have their items for the "goodie bags" ready in time to assemble at the October breakfast. You can drop items off at Beth Kellerman's office in Tucker or bring them to breakfast.

We are also planning for this meeting to be a time for input on ways to improve our organization.

Breakfast will be at 7 am at IHOP, 4018 Lawrenceville Hwy, Lilburn, GA 30047.

The LBA generally has its lunch meetings the third Tuesday of the month 11:30 am - 1:00 pm at A Taste of Paradise restaurant located near Harbor Freight in the Market Place Shopping center,  4805 Lawrenceville Hwy, Lilburn, Ga 30047. Be sure to check the LBA website and newsletter for meeting details.

Register and Pay Online (members: $12, non-members: $15). Registration is not required but is encouraged. You do not need to be a member to attend.

Lilburn CID News

Emory Morsberger was recently appointed by the CID board as Executive Director. Emory is a longtime Lilburn area resident who, with his wife, has raised seven daughters while also serving as State House Representative for the area. With extensive involvement in redevelopment both as an investor as well as with CID's in Gwinnett and DeKalb Counties, he will be focusing his early efforts on increasing taxpaying members in the Lilburn CID. The Lilburn CID has been very successful since its inception in 2010 with noticeable improvements along the Highway 29 Corridor. Commercial property owners  and residents who are interested in learning more about the Lilburn CID should contact

News from the Lilburn Citizens Police Academy Partnership
Members of the LCPAP recently showed their appreciation to the Lilburn Police Department by providing breakfast and dinner over two days. Officers and support staff during all shifts enjoyed home cooked dishes and desserts from the LCPAP members.  Kuddos to the LCPAP organizers for showing much deserved appreciation for our Lilburn PD officers and support staff who protect and serve us 24/7.


Lilburn Lions

Meetings:  Oct. 8 and Oct. 22

The Lilburn Lions Club would like to invite those interested to attend meetings the second Thursday of the month 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) and the fourth Thursday of the month at 6:30 pm at Berkmar Middle School, located opposite the Post Office on Hwy. 29 at the traffic light at Postal Way. For information on Lion's Club International, please follow this LINK.

The Lions are taking orders for pecans the first week of October.  Pecans from Ellis Brothers in 12 oz. bags will come in the First weeek of November and sell for $10.  Contact if interested.  All funds raised will go toward Lions club national and local projects.

The Lilburn Lions will have a work project with volunteers from Anthem on Sunday, Oct. 11 from 12 pm - 4 pm at Berkmar High School.  The Lions recently received a grant from Anthem to assist with making some repairs and improvements at the school. 


Lilburn Woman's Club

Lilburn Daze Oct. 10th, 9 am - 5 pm in Lilburn City Park

(Click on the scarecrow for a slideshow by Richard Ferris)

A Lilburn tradition for more than 40 years, Lilburn Daze features 200 arts and crafts vendors and a variety of food vendors. The kid zone features free art activities, a train ride, pony rides, and lots of other fun. With an estimated 12,000 attendees, this family-friendly festival is one of the most popular in the area.

The festival is hosted by the Lilburn Woman's Club and co-sponsored by the City of Lilburn. Visit for more information

LWC Offers Training to Reduce Child Abuse

Did you know that 1 in 10 children are sexually abused before their 18th birthday? And that 90% of children know and trust their abusers?

Please help us change this statistic and make our community a safer place for our children. Join us on Monday October 19th, 9:00 am to 11:30 am, at Lilburn City Hall for breakfast and training.

Learn how to prevent child sexual abuse. The Stewards of Children "Darkness to Light" training program teaches adults how to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to child sexual abuse.  Our trainer is Carol Neal Rossi, Regional Prevention Coordinator (Atlanta Metro) for Georgia Center for Child Advocacy.  Workbooks will be provided.

The planning team for this training is the Gwinnett Coalition for Health and
Human Services, the Child Sexual Assault Prevention Committee, Lilburn Police Chief Bruce Hedley and the Lilburn Woman's Club. 

Breakfast will be provided by the Lilburn Woman's Club. Please RSVP to Pat
Swan by email if you plan to attend at or call 770-923-6550.

Let's take responsibility as a community! Take the training!  This class is free. (CEUs offered.) 



From SafetySmart Lilburn 

(Submitted by Margot Ashley, President)

DOT Needs Our Help

Over the years [a NextDoor neighbor] has called about blown traffic light bulbs, street sign issues like missing upper screw or run over, tree limbs blocking street signs and traffic lights, pot holes, etc. 

It is important we let GwDoT know about these issues so they can address them. You should never assume someone else has reported the issue. Last year [he] reported a blown bulb at a Pleasant Hill intersection. GwDoT said no one had reported it. Now think about that it was a major road and no one had said a thing. 

[He] has always found GwDoT to be very responsive and quick to address items. If you see one of the following (or other road issues) report it: 

- Traffic light bulb not working (yes even LED's can fail) 
- Limbs blocking traffic light or street sign 
- Street sign damaged or missing 
- Pot holes (or even pot hole repairs that are failing) 

For Gwinnett county roads you may contact the Gwinnett Department Of Transportation's Service Request Center: 

Phone: 770-822-7474 

Remember they can't fix what they don't know! Plus, again, don't assume someone else called or reported the issue. Obviously the contact information is for Gwinnett so if you see something you would like to report in another county contact the correct jurisdiction. If the road is State maintained the county DoT should be able to pass the word along to the state DoT.

Long Distance Scams

This long distance phone scam causes consumers to inadvertently incur high charges on their phone bills. Consumers usually receive a message telling them to call a phone number with an 809, 284, 649, or 876 area code in order to collect a prize, find out information about a sick relative, etc. The caller assumes the number is a typical three-digit U.S. area code; however, the caller is actually connected to a phone number outside the United States, often in Canada or the Caribbean, and charged international call rates. Unfortunately, consumers don't find out that they have been charged higher international call rates until they receive their bill.

AT&T recommends the following tips to help avoid the 809 area code scam:

  • Return calls to familiar numbers only. As a general rule, return calls from numbers that contain familiar or recognizable area codes. You may call your directory assistance or long distance operator to check the area code location.
  • Carefully read your telephone bill. Make sure that you only receive charges from your provider of choice. Ensure you thoroughly understand charges listed on your phone bill, have chosen to do business with all of the listed providers billing for those charges and have authorized additional fees invoiced. If your local service provider has changed, you will receive a final bill from the former provider and a notice of service disconnection.

If you believe that you have been scammed:

  • Contact the carrier with whom the charge originated, whose name and toll-free telephone number should be printed on the same bill page as the charge in question. Often, the problem can be resolved with a single phone call.
  • If the carrier with whom the charge originated does not agree to resolve the problem, contact AT&T. AT&T will work with you and the carrier to help remove fraudulent charges from the phone bill.

Additional information:

10 Essential Questions to Ask Your Aging Parents 

by Jeff Anderson

Whether an unexpected illness leads to a hospitalization or a fall requires rehabilitation at a nursing home, it’s vital that your parents have their essential legal documents in order so that you have a good picture of their state of affairs.

Are you prepared to handle difficult decisions on behalf of your aging parent? Do you know what legal planning you should have in place? You can’t predict when something might happen to your aging parent, so preparation will help in making legal and medical decisions for your loved one. Here are 10 questions to ask your senior parent to make sure your family is prepared for the unexpected.

1. Do You Have a Durable Power of Attorney?

durable power of attorney designates who will take care of your affairs if you are unable to decide for yourself in the case of mental or physical incapacitation. Seniors can designate one person to handle health decisions (the health care proxy) and another for financial decisions (the financial proxy) or they can designate one person for both roles.

2. What Are Your End-of-Life Wishes?

A living will, also known as an advance health care directive, is used to indicate choices about end-of-life care. For instance: Would you want a ventilator and feeding tube used to keep you alive even in an irreversible coma? Do you want CPR initiated if your heart stops, even if you are terminally ill? Make sure the health care proxy is aware of your parent’s decisions.

3. Do You Have a Will or Living Trust?

Wills and living trusts are the legal methods used to designate what happens to your possessions and money after you pass. A will simply specifies, in writing, who gets what and how much. A living trust is an alternative to a will. A senior who prefers a trust puts their assets in the trust and names a person to take charge in case of death or if they become incapacitated.

4. Do You Have Long-Term Care Insurance or Another Plan in Case Long-Term Care is Required?

The national average cost for assisted living is $3,074, according to an analysis of the pricing of communities in A Place for Mom’s network. In some regions it’s much higher. This can decimate a senior’s nest egg rapidly, so it’s important to know if your parent has insurance to offset these costs, or some other plan in place should long-term-care needs arise. If your parent does have long-term insurance, read the policy to make sure you understand it. Call the insurer if you have questions about what is and is not covered.

5. Have You Made Sure That These Documents Are Current?

All of the documents we’ve mentioned need to be up-to-date and current for them to work properly. Encourage your parent to revisit estate planning and care planning measures each year.

6. Where Can I Find These Documents If I Ever Need Them?

It doesn’t do any good for your parent to have these documents in order if they can’t be found in an emergency. Make sure you know where they are and how to get to them. For example, if they’re in a safe deposit box, see to it that a trusted family member has a key and permission to access the box. If they’re in a fire-safe, someone besides the parent should have the combination.

7. Is Someone Advising You on Financial Matters?

Older parents are often fiercely independent regarding their finances, which is understandable. Even so, it’s important to know who is advising your parents regarding financial decisions. This knowledge will not only allow you to reach the adviser in case of an emergency, but also gives you a chance to make sure your parent is working with someone who is reputable.

8. If You Can No Longer Take Care of Yourself, Have You Thought About Where You’d Prefer Living?

Start the discussion about long-term care options before crisis hits. Get your parent involved early, and look at options before the need arises. This gives your parent an opportunity to provide input about preferences and to get involved in the process rather than having to passively accept arrangements hastily made at the last minute by well-meaning but uninformed loved ones. A Place for Mom can help you identify quality senior communitiesand home care providers so that your family has a plan B in place. To help in your planning, we also encourage you to compare your parent’s current cost of living with the costs of assisted living and in-home care in your area using our handy Cost of Care Calculator.

9. Do You Visit the Doctor Regularly?

Your parent may be seeing several specialists in addition to a primary care physician. If your parent becomes hospitalized, information from one of these doctors could be critical. If possible, ask your parent to provide you a list of physicians seen regularly, and how to contact them. On the other hand, some seniors may have the opposite issue. Their idea of a doctor’s visit may be a weekly session in front of the TV with Dr. House. This question can also help prompt a meaningful discussion about your parent’s general health and well-being.

10. Do You Feel Like You Understand Why You’re Taking the Medicines You’ve Been Prescribed?

Many seniors end up on a dozen medicines or more. This question can help you gauge whether your parent is able to manage his or her medications independently, and also may provide a clearer overall picture of medical status. Just as it’s important to know who your parent’s physicians are in case of emergency, it’s also important to know what medicines your parent takes. Being able to provide this information to hospital staff in case of a medical crisis can be vital to effective treatment.

Have you dealt with an emergency involving a senior parent who did not have their affairs in order? Do you have advice of your own? Share your story in the comments below.

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About the Author

Jeff Anderson attended the University of Alaska Fairbanks on an academic scholarship and also studied creative writing at University of Hull's Scarborough Campus (UK). Jeff found his professional calling in 2009 when he began working with seniors and their families at A Place for Mom. His passion for helping seniors and his fondness for the written word are evident in his articles about issues affecting older adults and their families. Jeff also writes and records music under the moniker Mysterious Inventors. Additionally he’s an avid chess player and a proud parent.| Jeff Anderson's Google+ Profile

Alert from G.U.I.D.E.

(Gwinnett United in Drug Education)

Parents, YOU are the key to your teen’s future.

By being caring and supportive, maintaining open lines of communication, not providing alcohol to teens and setting clear expectations and consequences, you help prevent underage drinking and positively impact the rest of your teen’s life.

Gwinnett United In Drug Education, Inc. (GUIDE) created public service announcements in English ( and Spanish ( with the assistance of the Gwinnett County Communications Department to raise awareness of the impact parents can have on underage drinking prevention as well as to remind parents of the consequences of providing alcohol to minors.

Parents are the #1 influence in a teen’s decision NOT to drink. Does your teen know how you feel? Talk to your teen today!

GUIDE, Inc. is a substance abuse prevention agency serving Gwinnett County since 1986. To find out more about them, please visit

News from Schools

Volunteer to Read at Lilburn Elementary

Volunteer with Lilburn Elementary School as they celebrate the 10th anniversary of Jumpstart’s Read for the Record®, a global campaign that generates public support for high-quality early learning and highlights the importance of building children’s vocabulary and love for reading. On October 22, 2015 children and adults worldwide will take action by participating in the world’s largest shared reading experience.

Each year, Jumpstart selects one children’s book as the catalyst for Read for the Record. This year’s campaign book, Not Norman: A Goldfish Story, written by Kelly Bennett and illustrated by Noah Z. Jones, is a humorous tale about a child who finds a new friend in an unexpected place. With vivid illustrations and expressive language, the story is sure to engage children and adults of all ages. Help break the world reading record
(again!) for the most people reading the same book on the same day.

Contact Maria Garcia at: or 678-380-7208 if you are interested in volunteering to read Not Norman: A Goldfish Story.

Lilburn Middle School

Lilburn Middle School students have improved student achievement scores and are no longer on the State's Needs Improvement Schools List.

The school is looking for mentors to work with students on Friday mornings from 9:25 - 10:00.  Please contact Assistant Principal Michael Doyne at 770-638-2383  or

Parkview Orchestra News

Oct. 10th: Please join us on Saturday for:

  • "Lilburn Daze" - Fiddle Music on Stage in Lilburn Park at this well-known annual fall festival.
  • "10th Annual Spaghetti Supper" - Special small groups of music students perform on stage at Mountain Park First Baptist Church Family Life Center, while guests are served a scrumptious Italian dinner. There is a choice of meal times: 5 pm or 7 pm Advance Ticket Sales are available from any orchestra student or Mrs. Sampson in Room 5.107 starting Sept. 15th.

Select > Dinner Reservation Form and Instructions

E-SPLOST Information

On November 3, 2015, Gwinnett voters will be asked to consider continuing the E-SPLOST (education special purpose local option sales tax). Over the years, Gwinnett students and school communities have benefited from the E-SPLOST which has provided thousands of needed classrooms in nearly 60 new schools and nearly 80 school additions, as well as technology improvements that are essential to teaching and learning.  More information at the GCPS Website

Gwinnett County News

Self-serve Kiosks for Paying Taxes

(Lawrenceville, Ga. September 25, 2015) Tax Commissioner Richard Steele announced that self-service kiosks have been added to all tax commissioner locations to allow customers to pay property tax using credit or debit cards.

“As customers come into our tag offices to renew their motor vehicle registration, they can also pay their property tax using credit or debit cards with the new kiosks. For the approximately 40% of Gwinnett property owners who pay their own property tax, this will add another convenient way to pay.” Steele said.

To pay property tax at the kiosk or online, there is a 2.29% service fee for using a credit card and a $3.95 flat fee for using a debit card. Checks are accepted online at  without a fee.

The 2015 property tax bills have a single due date of October 15. Taxpayers can make multiple payments as long as the total amount due is paid by the due date.

Flower Arrangement Workshop

October 1 from 7:00pm to 8:00pm. Come and learn the overall concept of flower arrangement and design. The cost to attend is $2 per person, non-refundable in cash only. Registration deadline is September 28. To pre-register, call 770.985.4715. Centerville Community Center, 3025 Bethany Church Road in Snellville.

Home Food Preservation: Fall Fruits and Vegetables |FREE

October 2 from 11:00am to 1:00pm. Join us as we learn a variety of methods for safely preserving nature's bounty, including how to can, freeze, and dehydrate fruits and vegetables. Minimum of eight participants required to hold class. Registration deadline is September 28. To pre-register, call 770.989.4713. Centerville Community Center, 3025 Bethany Church Road in Snellville.

The Elisha Winn Fair

October 3 to October 4 from 10:00am to 5:00 pm. The Gwinnett Historical Society hosts this annual arts and crafts festival with lots of vendors, good food, and live bluegrass/country music by the famed Skillet Lickers. The fair will end Sunday with a drawing for a beautiful handmade quilt. Tickets may be purchased onsite. For more information, please visit

The Elisha Winn House, 908 Dacula Road in Dacula.

Homebuyer Education Workshop - FREE

October 30 from 8:30am to 5:00pm. Join us as we discuss homebuyer education. We will cover budgeting and mon­ey management, the ABCs of credit and credit reports, down payment assistance programs, what to expect from a realtor, mortgage loan process, home inspections and appraisals, homeowner's insurance, the closing day, your legal rights, and more. To register, please call 1.866.625.0129. Norcross Human Services Center, 5030 Georgia Belle Court in Norcross.

Zumba Gold for Seniors - FREE

Wednesday from 11:00am to noon. Want a gentle and effective aerobic movement class set to exciting Latin music using steps in salsa, merengue, and samba? Join us for Zumba GOLD. Classes taught by Diane Adams, an instructor certified in senior fitness by ASFA. For more information, call 678.225.5430.

Job Readiness Workshop - FREE

October 10 from 9:00am to noon. Join us for a one-day workshop as we cover resume writing and interview skills. The workshop is provided by Lift Up Atlanta Inc. To pre-register, please call 678.225.5400. Norcross Human Services Center, 5030 Georgia Belle Court in Norcross.

Want to Be More Involved?  Be a Poll Officer

Poll officials are still needed for upcoming elections in 2015 and 2016. Successful poll officials demonstrate patience, enjoy working with people, take direction well, possess basic computer skills, and are detail-oriented. To apply, visit and select the Elections Poll Official position.

Public Safety Fall Festival Oct. 3rd

The sixth annual Public Safety Fall Festival is coming soon, so make plans to attend this year's event. Gwinnett County Police and Fire and Emergency Services will host the festival October 3 from 10:00am to 3:00pm at Coolray Field, home of the Gwinnett Braves. Come out for displays of fire trucks and police vehicles, safety training demonstrations, kids' activities, pet adoptions, lots of giveaways, and a softball face-off between police officers and firefighters. You won't want to miss out on all the fun!

For more information about the festival, please contact the Gwinnett Police Crime Prevention Unit at 770.513.5119 or Gwinnett Fire Community Risk Reduction - Education Section at 678.518.4845.


(Lawrenceville, Ga., Sept. 23, 2012) – Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation has a history of including public input in their planning processes. In keeping with that reputation, the Department of Community Services through its Parks and Recreation division, is scheduling a series of public meetings in October. Residents with concerns or interests in the provision and maintenance of new or existing park facilities in Gwinnett will have the opportunity to provide input about their personal recreational desires at these meetings. This series of Public Input Meetings will be held throughout the County during the month of October. Meeting times and locations are as follow:

Thursday, Oct. 1   7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. Pinckneyville Park Community Recreation Center 4650 Peachtree Industrial Boulevard, Berkeley Lake

Thursday, Oct. 9   7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. Centerville Community Center 3025 Bethany Church Road, Snellville

Thursday, Oct. 15   2 p.m. – 3 p.m.        Bethesda Park Senior Center 225 Bethesda Church Road, Lawrenceville

Thursday, Oct. 16   7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.  Bogan Park Community Recreation Center     2723 North Bogan Road, Buford

Thursday, Oct. 29   7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. George Pierce Park Community Recreation Center, 55 Buford Highway, Suwanee

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