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Saturday, October 24 2015

Distributed by Lilburn Community Partnership          October 22, 2015                  

(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.)


Lilburn Woman's Club New Member Information meeting, Sat. Oct. 24, 9:am - 11: am.

Moonlight Movie, Sat. Oct. 24 at dusk in City Park.  Hotel Transylvania

Paranormal Investigation at Wynne-Russell, Sat. Oct. 24, 5-10pm. Sold Out.

Understanding Estate Planning - Wed. Oct. 28, 4-5:30pm, 1818 Club, Duluth, Community Foundation of Northeast GA, free.

Advance voting in Lawrenceville for special county election to decide E-SPLOST, now through Oct. 30.

Advance voting in Lilburn for City voters to elect City Council, Post 1. now through Oct. 30.

(details on these events contained within)

Lilburn Community Partnership

City Council Candidate Q and A

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

Registered city voters may vote in the special city election on weekdays during business hours at City Hall from now thru Oct. 30 and Tuesday, Nov. 3 from 7 am until 7 pm.


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.


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,, 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.


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 today on the Council.  I direct you to my website 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 , 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 distance 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 that I have heard many times 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.

Wynne-Russell Preservation Committee

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
October Ticketed Investigation

On Saturday, Oct. 24, Timeless Paranormal will be hosting four evening investigations for small groups.  This is a ticketed event with all proceeds benefitting the Wynne-Russell House.  All four evening sessions have sold out.  Thank you for your support!

News from the City


Upcoming Meetings

(Check the City website for updates)

Mayor's Town Hall Meeting, Monday, Oct. 26 at 7 pm.

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

Downtown Development Authority, Wednesday, Nov. 18, 6:30 pm.

Upcoming Events

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
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.
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

Dec. 5, 2015, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

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.

Arcado Elementary School Principal Penny Palmer Young will serve as Grand Marshal for the parade. Make plans now to come out and join your neighbors and friends as we welcome the Christmas season in Lilburn.

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.

Business Info

Travel at the Speed of Your Business: Pack Your Mobile Phone for Overseas Travel

By Kitty McConnell, Manta Contributor - October 20, 2015

Traveling abroad presents a particular challenge for small-business owners: You want to stay connected to your business, but you’re wary of exorbitant international roaming rates. Here are some smart ways to minimize the worry of vacation communication—so you can focus on having fun!

  • International unlocking: Smartphones operating on what is known as the GSM (Global System for Mobiles) can be “unlocked.” This means the SIM card inside which connects your device to your carrier can be temporarily replaced with a SIM card for a carrier that serves your destination. Check with your carrier to determine whether your phone can be unlocked for international travel.
  • Explore carrier plans: Before you head to the airport, make an appointment to go over your mobile phone service options. Sprint offers International Data Pack add-ons for domestic data plans, along with special Canada Roaming rates. Verizon’s International Travel Program transfers your number to a loaner “world phone” for trips lasting 21 days or less. AT&T offers special Passport and Cruise Ship Packages for international travelers.
  • Buy a prepaid phone: Ask your carrier about special international phone rentals, or purchase a pre-paid phone that will allow you to pay for international calls as you go. These can be ordered online prior to your vacation, or purchased on the ground when you land.
  • Go digital: Don’t forget that this is your vacation—instead of being tethered to your smartphone, set aside a half hour before breakfast and a half hour after dinner to check in with your business back home. Take advantage of the complimentary business centers and Wi-Fi access located in most hotels and resorts. These workstations will allow you to communicate via email or video conferencing meetings free of charge.



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Volunteers, Judges and Sponsors Needed

(Editor's Note:  The population in the City of Lilburn doubles everyday school is in session; while businesses are the life blood of our greater community, the quality of our schools has a greater impact on the future sustainability of our greater community.  Please consider getting involved in this year's Science in some way.)

Save the Date to Participate in the Science Fair

The 2016 Gwinnett Science, Engineering + Innovation Fair will take place on Friday, February 26th at the Infinite Energy Center. We hope you'll get involved in this great event that supports STEM Education and provides a economic impact in Gwinnett County.
There are 6 ways to get involved!
To get involved or for more information, contact Rachel Jeffers at

1. Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsorships are an investment in the future by providing awards and scholarships to encourage the pursuit of careers in science and engineering, supporting our future workforce and hopefully retain top talent in Gwinnett.
2. Become a Judge

Judges will have the opportunity to meet and interact with talented middle and high school students who are exploring their passions in science, engineering and innovation. Fair participants are eager to share their work with experts in their particular fields of interest. Judges will evaluate the quality of the work exhibited in the students' projects.

Click Here to Learn How to Become a Judge

3. Innovation In Action
The Innovation in Action Showcase, a NEW to the Gwinnett Science, Engineering + Innovation Fair  is opportunity for students to take projects a step further with design, develop and implement an innovative product or solution to a given challenge.
After initial exhibit projects are judged, top finalist of innovated projects will be assessed by a panel of judges comprised of business professionals, higher-education faculty and experts in various industries for an exciting Innovation In Action Showcase.  Extend an opportunity for student finalists to observe science, engineering, technology and innovation practices in real business settings to experience "Innovation in Action."
4. Donate an Award
Each project category will have a 1st, 2nd & 3rd place winner, as well as honorable mention. First place winners at the Regional Fair will advance and be eligible to participate in the Georgia Science and Engineering Fair.  In addition, three select projects will directly advance to the prestigious Intel® International Science Fair.
There will also be several special awards and scholarship prizes that will be awarded! Donate an award for a winner ($100 Gift Card, iPad, computer accessory, electronics, educational item, etc.) in an award category that supports your business industry.
5. Participate in the Career Expo
Career Expo participants will have the opportunity to share professional experience of real world applications of science and engineering with exceptional young men and woman.
The Expo has become one of the highlights throughout the day for the students! There is no financial commitment required to participate in the Career Expo. The time commitment is minimal (9:00 am - 2:00 pm, which includes breakfast and lunch); the impact you could have is great.
6. Volunteer Your Time
The Gwinnett Regional Science, Engineering + Innovation Fair is run almost entirely by volunteers, from the Board of Directors Members who help guide policy of the event and organization, to the judges who evaluate the student's research.  The only way this event happens is through the wonderful people who volunteer their time.

To get involved or for more information, contact Rachel Jeffers at

Lilburn Community News

Trunk of Treat at Good Shepherd, Oct. 24.

Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church presents "Trunk of Treat" on Saturday, Oct. 24th, 4 pm to 7 pm.  There will be hayrides, Mystery Maze, games, music, prizes and food.  Wear your favorite costume and join the fun. Good Shepherd is located at 1400 Killian Hill Rd.  More info at this LINK.

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 endless examples online. 

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

In the giving spirit of Juliette Gordon Low, we request donations of deodorant, 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.

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.

Dentistry From The Heart - Dental Services

On Nov. 7, 8:00 am, Dentistry From The Heart will treat the first 50 people who arrive.  The location is Rausch Family Dentists, located at 1172 Rockbridge Rd. across from Imperial Chinese Restaurant.

For more information about Dentistry From The Heart, visit the organization’s national website at

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

BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Lilburn, Georgia, hosts the largest Diwali and Hindu New Year celebrations in the state. Open to one and all, the celebration is an opportunity for the whole family to enjoy the traditions, colors and rich culture of the Hindu faith. The BAPS Mandir is located at 460 Rockbridge Rd in Lilburn. Map

Diwali - the festival of light, is one of the most important and colorful festivals of the Hindu calendar. It will be celebrated with a festive display of music, lights and fireworks.
View video of the past Diwali celebration at the Mandir:

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

The LBA generally has its lunch meetings the third Tuesday of the month 11:30 am - 1:00 pm.  Meeting locations change so 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.

Community Garden Work Day

In conjunction with Gwinnett Great Days of Service, the Lilburn Community Garden is asking for volunteers to help with a landscape installation and grounds clean-up. Come out on Saturday, Oct. 24th from 9 am until 1 pm. 

Garden is located across the Railroad tracks from Lilburn Park City park and Greenway Trail.

From Peggy Bergman, President,

Lilburn Lions

Meetings:   Oct. 22 and Nov. 12

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 Lilburn Lions Club and Anthem employees recently teamed together on a painting project of athletic buildings at Berkmar High School.

 At the Oct. 22nd meeting the Lions will be picking a winner for the Peace Poster Contest.

In an effort to raise funds for community projects, Lions Club members will be taking orders now fresh Georgia pecans.  The pecans will be delivered the first week in November. A 12 oz. bag sells for $10.  Contact if interested.

The Rockbridge Road Clean-up will be Saturday, Nov. 7 (correction to last issue's date of Oct. 24) 9:00 - 11:30 am.  Bring gloves, water and trash poles if interested in helping. 

Lilburn Woman's Club

New Member Info Meeting Oct. 24th.

The GFWC Woman’s Club will be hosting a Membership Orientation on Saturday, Oct 24th from 9am-11am at 212 North River Rd. Anyone who is interested in exploring potential club membership and learning more about our history and purpose is invited to join us and bring a friend or neighbor. All we ask is that those planning to come RSVP in advance so that we can be sure to have enough supplies and coffee and donuts! Email your RSVP to We look forward to meeting you and sharing a fun morning

Please call Jeannie at 770-381-1963 for more information and location


A Stewards of Children Workshop was held at Lilburn City Hall Monday October 19, 2015.  The facilitator was Carol Neal Rossi a member of the Gwinnett Coalition for Health and Human Services, Child Sexual Assault Prevention Committee.  Stewards of Children is a prevention training program that teaches adults how to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse.  It is a nationally recognized evidence based program proven to increase knowledge, improve attitudes, and change child protective behavior. The workshop co-sponsored by the GFWC Lilburn Woman’s Club was made possible by a grant from the Community Foundation for Northeast Georgia.  The attendees were local leaders of the community. (Pictured l-r is District Attorney Danny Porter, Pat Swan, and Lilburn Police Chief Bruce Hedley.  Head photo is Carol Neal Rossi, Regional Coordinator for the Georgia Center for Child Advocacy.)


From SafetySmart Lilburn

(Submitted by Margot Ashley, President)

Take Step to Prevent Fires

October is Fire Prevention Month in Gwinnett County.  Firefighters suggest installing smoke alarms on every level of the home and in each of the bedrooms.  A smoke alarm should also be placed in the attic of the home.  Smoke alarms provide early warning when a fire strikes and gives added time for people to escape.  Develop a home fire escape plan and practice fire drills with the entire family.

For additional information on home fire safety, please contact the Gwinnett Fire Community Risk Reduction Section at  678.518.4845 or e-mail  The department offers free home safety surveys and smoke alarm checks as part of its community outreach programs.


It's Deer Mating Season: How To Not Hit One With Your Car

With the peak of the deer "rutting season" coming soon in Georgia, the chances of deer-vehicle collisions increase.

Originally posted on the Dacula, GA Patch

By SCOTT BERNARDE (Patch Staff) October 18, 2015

October brings with it Halloween and cool weather, but it’s also the start of deer season and the time to make sure Bambi doesn’t come crashing through your windshield.

The odds of a U.S. driver making a claim for hitting a deer, elk or moose is 1 in 169, according to claim data analyzed by State Farm.

The cost? For each deer hit, $4,135.

And it’s not just deer or property affected. In 2013, 191 people died from hitting an animal, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

“Insurance claims for collisions with deer tend to spike in November,” Russ Rader, spokesman for the institute, told Patch. “We’re entering the peak period.”

The top five states nationwide where a driver is most likely to have a collision are, in order, West Virginia, Montana, Iowa, Pennsylvania and South Dakota, according to State Farm.

Fall is prime breeding season for deer across Georgia. It’s also when drivers are more likely to hit one, according to a new study from the University of Georgia.

UGA researchers looked at breeding data and compared it to deer-vehicle collision statistics in the state in a county-by-county analysis of peak times for possible deer-vehicle collisions.

According to the study, between 2005 and 2012, there were 45,811 reported deer-vehicle collisions in the state.

Deer-vehicle collisions increase during “rutting season” because white-tailed deer move around a lot more looking for mates, according to James Stickles, lead researcher on the project. Stickles, who led the study while earning his master’s degree from UGA’s Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, said researchers were able to create a map that more accurately reflects when motorists are in greater danger of hitting a deer. The new map lists specific peak dates for each of Georgia’s 159 counties.

Deer are mostly active from dusk to dawn and are rarely alone, researchers say.

And it’s not just deer or property affected. In 2013, 191 people died from hitting an animal, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

“Insurance claims for collisions with deer tend to spike in November,” Russ Rader, spokesman for the institute, told Patch. “We’re entering the peak period.”

The top five states nationwide where a driver is most likely to have a collision are, in order, West Virginia, Montana, Iowa, Pennsylvania and South Dakota, according to State Farm.

Fall is prime breeding season for deer across Georgia. It’s also when drivers are more likely to hit one, according to a new study from the University of Georgia.

UGA researchers looked at breeding data and compared it to deer-vehicle collision statistics in the state in a county-by-county analysis of peak times for possible deer-vehicle collisions.

According to the study, between 2005 and 2012, there were 45,811 reported deer-vehicle collisions in the state.

Deer-vehicle collisions increase during “rutting season” because white-tailed deer move around a lot more looking for mates, according to James Stickles, lead researcher on the project. Stickles, who led the study while earning his master’s degree from UGA’s Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, said researchers were able to create a map that more accurately reflects when motorists are in greater danger of hitting a deer. The new map lists specific peak dates for each of Georgia’s 159 counties.

Deer are mostly active from dusk to dawn and are rarely alone, researchers say.

How To Avoid Hitting A Deer On The Road

1. Know the time of day

Dusk and dawn are the prime times for deer to be out in the road, according to the Association of Fish and Wildlife agencies.

Those times also can limit visibility, with the sun being near the horizon causing glare and affecting vision.

2. Don’t swerve

“You want to avoid the secondary collision,” Rader said. “And if you’re swerving suddenly, you’re increasing your risk by hitting another car or leaving the roadway.”

Instead, you should brake firmly when you see an animal in your path, but continue to stay in your lane.

3. Drive slowly

“The best advice is to heed deer warning signs and slow down in areas where deer are prevalent,” Rader said.

And if you see one, other deer are likely to be nearby. You can give your horn a short, firm blast to scare others in the area away.

4. Use your brights (when there’s no oncoming traffic, of course)

Not only will this help you see the road better, but it will help you detect deer more easily.

“The high beams will better illuminate the eyes of deer on or near the roadway,” the Insurance Information Institute says.

5. Don’t use special devices

Deer whistles and special reflectors for your car are marketed to scare deer away, but it’s more likely that they’re just another way to swindle some sucker out of five or 10 bucks.

“These devices have not been proven to reduce deer-vehicle collisions,” the institute says.

So I Hit A Deer; Now What?

State Farm gives six steps to take if you do end up hitting a deer:

1. Move your vehicle to a safe place: Get it off the road, if possible, and turn on your hazard lights.

2. Call the police: They can make sure traffic gets stopped, if needed, and take down information for your insurance claim.

3. Document the incident: Take photos of everything — the deer, your car, any injuries to you or your passengers. You should also get contact information from any witnesses who saw the crash.

4. Don’t touch the animal: It could be carrying disease, or if it’s still alive, it could get scared and hurt you.

5. Contact your insurance agent: Get the claims process going ASAP.

6. Don’t assume your vehicle is safe to drive: Check it for fluid leaks, tire damage, broken lights or anything else that may have gone wrong during the crash. If you have any doubts, call a tow truck.

The State Farm study used the company’s insurance claim data from July 1, 2014, through June 30, 2015, and projected nationwide trends using data on state-licensed drivers. For more information, check out the full State Farm report here.

News from Schools

E-SPLOST Proposed Projects for Lilburn

The upcoming E-SPLOST has a number of proposed construction projects planned for the greater Lilburn area schools.  In addition to three new schools, there are three additions/renovations to existing schools in the Berkmar, Meadowcreek and Parkview Clusters.

Opening in 2018 will be the Meadowcreek Cluster Theme High School (new school) with 79 instructional units.  Opening in 2019 will be a Meadowcreek Cluster elementary school with 93 instructional units.  In 2020 Berkmar Cluster will get a new elementary school with 76 instructional units.  In the same year Parkview High School will open an addition with 20 instructional units.  In 2021, Lilburn Middle School with open with a 26 instructional addition and Berkmar High School will get a new theater addition plus 4 instructional units.

Additionally, if the E-SPLOST passes on Nov. 3, schools in the Lilburn area would benefit from technology improvements, expansion of eCLASS, and other system-wide facility modifications. More information and be found at:   Check the Gwinnett Voter Information Page  for location information for advance and absentee voting.

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Special Election Voting Information

Vote in advance of the November special election.

A special election will take place on Tuesday, November 3 at your polling location. To find your voting precinct or view a sample ballot, visit the Georgia Secretary of State’s My Voter Page.

Registered voters may request an absentee ballot by mail for the special election. A completed application must first be received before an absentee ballot is issued. Please access the form online or call 678.226.7210 to request an application.

Voters may also cast their ballot in person from October 12 – 30, Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 5:00pm at the Gwinnett County Voter Registrations and Elections Office, located at 455 Grayson Highway in Lawrenceville. More information on the Voter Registration Information Page.



(Lawrenceville, Ga., Oct. 20, 2015) – Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation welcomes brides and grooms-to-be, bridesmaids and their family members on Oct. 25 to A Fanciful Fabulous Faux Wedding event from 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at the Gwinnett Historic Courthouse located at 185 West Crogan Street in Lawrenceville. Guests will have the opportunity to experience wedding day ins and outs beginning with the ceremony and ending with the last dance of the reception. The event costs $17 per person to attend and will feature a DIY session, a delicious lunch, dance exhibition and door prize drawings. Each bride and groom attending will also receive a t-shirt. Wedding professionals will be available to answer any questions throughout the event.

Featured wedding professionals include Spectrum Entertainment, Bravura Fashion, Cornbread and Caviar Catering, Lovin Florist, Porche Photography, International Dance Studios, Savvi Formalwear, Encore Events, Nancy’s Candy and Spice, Wedding Belles Atlanta, The Baking Grounds, Reverend Tom Johnson, The Bench Jeweler and Harpist for the King. This event is open to the public but pre-registration is required. To register, please call (770) 822-5450 prior to Oct. 22.

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.


(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 follows (one meeting remains):

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


(Lawrenceville, Ga., Oct. 20, 2015) – Bethesda Park Senior Center will be hosting the Fall Into Health Senior Wellness Fair on Friday, Oct. 30 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. in partnership with Live Healthy Gwinnett, Gwinnett County Senior Services and the Gwinnett Extension Service. This year’s event will feature live cooking demonstrations, a farmer’s market, breakout information sessions with special presenters, live entertainment, interactive fitness demonstrations and health screenings in addition to health and wellness exhibitors.The event which has typically served more than 800 seniors ages 50 and older, is expectedto double the number of participants this year. Bethesda Park Senior Center is located at 225 Bethesda Church Road in Lawrenceville. Interested exhibitors should call (678) 277-0179 for more information.

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Gwinnett Clean and Beautiful

Discover Why the ME Campaign is About ALL of Us!

Posted October 7, 2015 by kbolling & filed under News

In September 2015, Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful and our partners at the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners kicked off a very special initiative designed to foster a sense of pride and personal responsibility among local citizens, businesses, civic groups and organizations. Touting a memorable acronym that stands for “My Environment,” the first leg of the ME Campaign is focused primarily on the Beaver Ruin Watershed in the heart of Gwinnett County.


The reason for the development of this very special campaign is to meaningfully engage and actively motivate people throughout the community to become stewards of our surrounding environment. In addition to potential environmental impacts, the physical appearance of our public lands can have wide-reaching economic and social impacts.  Unfortunately – because many people feel no sense of ownership for public lands – areas of our community such as roadsides, medians and streambanks are frequently littered and used as dumping grounds. Due to an increase in litter along our roadsides and in our waterways in recent years, it is vital that we act now to care for our environment. While many people can see the issue, they don’t act because they believe that these areas are someone else’s responsibility. The ME Campaign is designed to change that by inspiring a sense of ownership, spreading awareness and providing opportunities for Gwinnett residents and businesses to take personal action to care for ‘ME’ because this is our HOME!


The reasons to protect the health and sustainability of our watersheds reach far beyond their impact on the physical beauty of the area. The alarming truth is that everything that happens in and around the watershed – which is all of the area surrounding a lake, stream or pond – can have an impact on nearby waterways. The very same waterways that sustain life for local flora and fauna also serve as a place for fishing, canoeing and kayaking, and sometimes even provide drinking water for our neighbors further downstream. Water from rain and runoff flows downhill from the watershed into the waterway, often carrying with it any cigarette butts, fast food bags, plastic bottles, motor oil, grass clippings, chemical pollution and the like.

The Beaver Ruin Watershed is particularly important to our community because this area drains into Beaver Ruin Creek, where the consequences of littering are becoming an increasing problem. Through the ME Campaign, we won’t merely be asking aspiring environmental stewards to volunteer to help clean up litter – we’re also asking every single individual in Gwinnett to keep “ME” clean by not contributing to the ever-growing litter issue.

Over the course of the coming months, additional areas of concern will be revealed in future phases of this campaign.


The first – and most important – step is for all of our neighbors to never litter in the first place! Please put trash in a litterbag or trash can.

Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful provides a number of additional ways in which local residents, organizations, civic groups and companies can get involved in “taking care of ME,” including:

Community Foundation for Northeast Georgia

Understanding Estate Planning

Jack Sawyer is a partner at Alston & Bird LLP who practices in the areas of wealth planning, asset protection planning, fiduciary and tax litigation, conservation easements and exempt organizations.

Jack received his B.B.A. degree, cum laude, from the University of Georgia School of Accounting and his law degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Notre Dame. Following law school, Jack served as a judge advocate in the U.S. Marine Corps.  He has authored many books and articles and has been quoted in Forbes, Fortune, Georgia Trend, and Modern Healthcare. Jack has received extensive training in arbitration and mediation, and is listed as a Dispute Resolver by the AHLA.

Jack Sawyer's father was one of the founders of the Community Foundation for Northeast Georgia. Jack carries on in his father's footsteps serving as one of the Foundation's legal advisors and as an active member of the Professional Advisors Committee.

There event is Wednesday, October 28, 2015, from 4:00-5:30 PM with a wine and cheese reception following.  Location is The 1818Club, 6500 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth  There is no cost to attend; however seating is limited and registration is required.  (CLICK HERE)

 Editor's Note:  Jack Sawyer, the speaker, is a graduate of Berkmar High School and grew up in Lilburn.  His father, Jack Sawyer, was mayor of Lilburn in the 1970's.

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 Coloring Contest
Christmas Parade
International Phone Use
Science Fair Needs You
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Luxomni BBQ
Dentistry From The Heart
Diwali at BAPS Mandi
Oct. 22 Poster Judging
Nov. 7 Road Clean-up
New Member Information Mtg.
Child Abuse Recap
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Home Buyer Workshop
Parks and Recs Meeting
Senior Health Fair
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