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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.

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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: or

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  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

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.


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:

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 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).

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 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.

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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, attention Diana Preston.

Family Photos Cancelled
Bow Making Class
Cookie Swap &Craft Sale
WR Rental Information
LCP Board Meeting
Historic Preservation Com.
Tree Lighting
 Coloring Contest
Christmas Parade
Nov. 3 Election Results
Council Mtg Summary
Lilburn DDA
Town Hall Meeting
Cit. Police Academy
Lilburn Chick-fil-A Honors Vets
Open House on Main St.
Shop Local for Businesses, Too
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"




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