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Here to provide you with information of what's happening in Lilburn. We apologize for our absence and ask your patience as we transition and learn. As many of you know, we lost our friend, our President, and all around Lilburn champion, Diana Preston, to cancer on November 5, 2018. Diana was responsible for creating and distributing our newsletter. And in the last year of her battle she was determined to continue with her duties and was not ready to hand over her responsiblity for this newsletter. We admired her courage, fight, and determination to get back to it, unfortunately that did not happen......
Tribute to Diana Preston
The members of the Lilburn Community Partnership (LCP) and the Wynne-Russell House Preservation Board (WRH) were deeply sadden by the loss of former Lilburn Mayor and Community Leader, Mrs. Diana Preston. Surrounded by family and friends Diana succumbed on November 5, 2018 to her battle with cancer.
Diana dedicated years of her life to the City of Lilburn. As former council member and mayor of the City of Lilburn, Diana was instrumental in moving Lilburn forward with an intense drive, a can do attitude, and a stubbornness that was unparalled when it came to the welfare of her community and her city. She was named as one of Gwinnett County’s most influential women during her tenure as mayor. And there's no doubt that she was the most influential woman in the City of Lilburn.
After politics, Diana remained involved in the Lilburn Community and did anything and everything she could to promote Lilburn. She helped to found the Lilburn CID and led the effort to create the LCP in order to support businesses, groups, and organizations within the city and surrounding Lilburn community. She served for over 10 years as its President. She was a founding member of the Lilburn Lions Club and a heartfelt supporter of the Lilburn Relay Rally against cancer. She organized events to bring people together for a good time or for a good cause. She led the drive to open up the WRH to the community by taking steps that allowed the LCP to oversee operation of the house. She established the WRH Preservation Board and worked endlessly to promote the house. She was instrumental in the formation of Staged Right Theatre and the Lilburn Arts Alliance. If there was anyone you could count on to get things done….it was Diana.
For her willingness to serve, volunteer, and be a leader in this community, the Lilburn City Council honored Diana and proclaimed at the Feb. 12, 2018 council meeting, "That each Dec. 12 will be known as “Diana Preston Day” to honor the former mayor and longtime councilwoman." A beautiful glass lily was presented to Diana to show appreciation for all that she has done for the Lilburn community.
Even for as much as she loved Lilburn, there’s no question that she loved her family so much more. Our hearts go out to her beloved husband Larry, her children, grandchildren, and the rest of her family. We hope that you find comfort in knowing that she touched our hearts and will always be remembered fondly.
Yes, we are sad. Lilburn has lost its bright shining star. We are grateful for all you have done for the Lilburn community and we will miss you. We will do our best to carry on what you have created and nurtured over the years. Rest in Peace Dear Friend.
In Honor and Loving Memory of Diana
On December 18, 2018 a Weeping Cherry Tree was planted and a plaque was erected at the Wynne-Russell House to show gratitude for all that Diana has done for the Lilburn community. A few years ago, Diana convinced the City of Lilburn to turn over operation and maintainance of the home to the LCP. Since then, the house has been opened up to organizations, businesses, and citizens to rent for family functions, business meetings, and other events. Diana loved the Wynne-Russell Home and Lilburn, so it's fitting that she be honored at a place that will forever hold her memory.
“The Wynne-Russell House
By Jim Nelson
Come meet Hudson Parker, candidate for District Attorney, at a dinner hosted by Wynne and Victoria Carlyle. You may think your coming to a political fundraiser, but a death that occurred at the house many, many years ago foreshadows a night of chaos, intrigue, suspense, and MURDER! You'll want to be a part of this whodunnit written exclusively for the Wynne-Russell Home.
Proceeds go to the Preservation of the WRH and Staged Right Theatre.
The event takes place Friday, February 22, and Saturday, February 23. Drinks and appetizers will be served from 6:30pm-7:00pm, with dinner starting at 7:00pm.
For more info and tickets go to lilburnevents.com and click on the "Murder Mystery Theater" Button.
Staged Right Theatre Presents.....
"Every Brilliant Thing"
A one-person play, delicately performed by Amy Serafin, detailing the poignant story of an individual dealing with the sadness and loneliness of having a mother suffering from manic-depression and her attempts at and ultimate death by suicide. After her first attempt the child, then age seven, was simply told by Dad, Your mother's done something stupid." In an attempt to make Mom feel better, that very night the child started compiling a list of Every Brilliant Thing in the world; a list which took over 30 years to complete. Ultimately, it is a story of hope as "the list" helps the child, now an adult, realize, "...in order to livein the present we have to be able to imagine a future that will be better than the past."
January 18, 19 ,20, 2019 Friday/Saturday @ 8 PM Sunday @ 2:30 PM
Performances held: Hanarry Swim and Racquet Club 595 Johannah Place Liburn GA 30047
Tickets can be purchased at the door, or at www.StageRightTheatre.org - $15.00 Adults - $12.00 Students/Seniors - $12.50 Member - Adults - $10.00 Member - Students/Seniors
Lilburn Citizens Police Academy
A FREE 13 week course to educate citizens about the issues that face law enforcement efforts in the City of Lilburn.
The goal of the Lilburn Citizen's Police Academy is to help local residents understand police work in their community, and to develop stronger ties between the community and the Lilburn Police Department.
Each CPA session consists of 13 consecutive, two-hour Thursday night classes. The instruction is comprehensive, and each week a separate area of the department is covered. Topics include crime prevention and community based policing, drugs, K9, traffic enforcement and accident investigations, criminal investigations, the Use of Force Model and use of force training, firearms safety and the law, as well as a tour of the Gwinnett County jail.
Who Can Apply?
• Minimum age of 21
• Preference given to those who live or work within the city limits of Lilburn
• No prior felony arrests or crimes of moral turpitude
• No misdemeanor arrests within one year of the application
• Must commit to attending a minimum of 10 out of 13 classes
• Must possess a valid Georgia Driver’s License
Course begins Thursday, February 21, 2019.
Registration deadline is Feb. 15, 2019. Click here for more information.
Lilburn PD Polar Plunge for Special Olympics
The Lilburn Police Department will be participating in the "Polar Plunge" on February 23. This event is a fundraiser for Special Olympics and raises awareness for the 26,640 Special Olympic Georgia athletes!
The Lilburn Police goal is to raise $2000 through online donations. If you would like to donate and see our senior command staff take an icy dip....CLICK HERE
The Polar Plunge 2019 will be held at Acworth Beach at Cauble Park (4425 Beach St NW, Acworth, GA 30101) on February 23, 2019. The gates open at 1100 hours and the plunge is at 1300 hours.
MLK Day ON!
Gwinnett Parks & Recreation is hosting a day of positive enrichment with fun activities based on the life of Martin Luther King, Jr., as they celebrate the national holiday.
MLK DAY ON! will take place Monday, January 21, from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. at the Lilburn Activity Building (former Library). Kids ages 6 - 13 can make crafts, participate in a service project and meet former Harlem Globetrotter, Hollywood Brown. Participants are encouraged to bring a sack lunch, wear comfortable clothes and athletic-type shoes.
Pre-registration is required by January 17, and the cost is $25/child. Use activity code: LAB41602 at www.gwinnettPARKS.com. Register now and make new friends!
Please submit story ideas, comments or suggestions to email@example.com, attention Teresa Czyz.
If your organization or business would like to submit, send us your item in a Word document by January 25 for publishing around February 8.