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Give back to your community at Gwinnett Parks Foundation Park'Nership Work Day

The Gwinnett Parks Foundation Gwinnett residents can give back to the community by helping with maintenance at Collins Hill Park on Park’Nership Work Day Aug. 17. They can then treat themselves to a free movie under the stars.
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Zoe Wellness — Restoring body balance one person at a time

Zoe Wellness, a Duluth-based weight loss, and ‘body balance’ spa is taking the Gwinnett and Metro Atlanta area by storm. Dozens of clients are reporting a weight loss of up to 30 pounds in just 30 days through a technology-driven, medication-free program designed to accelerate noticeable change that will last.
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Buford GA Native Awarded $1000 National Nursing Scholarship

The team at Platinum Educational Group understands the struggles and obstacles that are presented to students obtaining higher education in the healthcare industries. In 2015, Platinum Educational Group launched its inaugural scholarships program geared at Emergency Medical Services (EMS) students.
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Give back to your community at Gwinnett Parks Foundation Park'Nership Work Day

The Gwinnett Parks Foundation Gwinnett residents can give back to the community by helping with maintenance at Collins Hill Park on Park’Nership Work Day Aug. 17. They can then treat themselves to a free movie under the stars.
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JapanFest Atlanta 2019

The theme: "Get Ready to Travel Japan- Olympics 2020!" Experience Japan like never before at this year's JapanFest Atlanta! Our 33rd JapanFest this year is all about "traveling" to Japan to enjoy the traditions, natural beauty, and pop culture of the nation that is hosting the 2020 Olympics!
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Buford GA Native Awarded $1000 National Nursing Scholarship

The team at Platinum Educational Group understands the struggles and obstacles that are presented to students obtaining higher education in the healthcare industries. In 2015, Platinum Educational Group launched its inaugural scholarships program geared at Emergency Medical Services (EMS) students.
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School lunches then and now — A look at the history of school lunches in Gwinnett

Lunches have come a long way since the first meal was served in Gwinnett County Public Schools. The first documented school lunch was served in January 1944, at what was then called “Lilburn Highschool”.
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Some Snellville Storm Water Charges Incorrect on Property Tax Bills

The City of Snellville is working to correct its error and new bills will be sent soon. About half of the residents in Snellville will be receiving a corrected tax bill soon, the Tax Commissioner’s Office advised today.
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Gwinnett Medical Center-Duluth's Concussion Institute Announces Integration of Telemedicine into Offerings

Institute partners with rural south Georgia school district to offer concussion care and reduce healthcare gap Gwinnett Medical Center (GMC)-Duluth announced today that its Concussion Institute has partnered with Ware County Schools to provide concussion care for, potentially, 6,000 students and athletes via telemedicine. Through this partnership, GMC-Duluth will be the first hospital in Georgia to offer school-based concussion care through telemedicine, broadening area students' access to critical, specialty care with the convenience of virtual appointments.
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2019 Gwinnett County Property Tax Bills mailed, due Oct. 15

As of today, tax bills can be viewed and paid online. Tax Commissioner Richard Steele announced today that 2019 property tax bills are being mailed in batches beginning today and are due Oct. 15.
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Cancer support group meets first Saturday of the month at Grayson Coffee House

“Most of your support groups are in a church organization, and I have never heard of anything on any website or any ad that doesn’t show them in church, so I’m like ‘You know what? I’m going to do something different,’” said Barb Brown, who then sipped from an orange to-go cup at Grayson Coffee House.
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Georgia Launches New, More Secure Licenses and IDs

But What's in Your Wallet Still Works Until Expiration! The Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS) recently began issuing new, more secure driver's licenses and identification cards at its 67 Customer Service Centers. The cards have a modern design and feel with the most secure credentials the State of Georgia has ever issued.
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Tennessee Aquarium Celebrates More Than 25 Years of Certified Excellence in Animal Care and Conservation

Dan Ashe, the president and CEO of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums visited the Tennessee Aquarium today in recognition of more than a quarter-century of continuously meeting the Association of Zoos and Aquariums' (AZA) expectations for excellence.
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September 2019 Adult Programming Events

For more information, please visit www. gwinnettpl.org or call 770-978-5154. SMALL BIZ MARKETING SERIES: DRIVE NEW BUSINESS WITH SOCIAL MEDIA
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New Life Retreat Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation and Education

Narconon reminds families that abuse of heroin and opioid drugs has become a national health crisis. Learn to recognize the signs of heroin abuse and get your loved ones help if they are at risk.
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Soup Nite in Grayson gives Hungry Families Warm Meals

Some of the women at Highlands Presbyterian Church have found a solution to world hunger. Or at least, a solution for their part of the world.
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Gwinnett Medical Center’s new Primary Care and Specialty Center is now open in Peachtree Corners

Gwinnett Medical Center recently celebrated the opening of its second Primary Care & Specialty Center in Gwinnett. The new state-of-the-art facility is located in Peachtree Corners and conveniently provides corporate health services, primary care, 3D Mammography, and X-Rays, as well as a full suite of specialty services, all in one building.
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Norcross to host famed Atlanta muralist Yehimi Cambron

Muralist Yehimi Cambron is coming to the Norcross Community Market on August 10! On Saturday, August 10, the City of Norcross and Norcross Public Arts Commission (NPAC) will host famed Atlanta artist and muralist, Yehimi Cambron. Ms. Cambron will be doing “demonstration art” for both children and adults at the Norcross Community Market at Lillian Webb Park, which is a project of the Sustainable Norcross Commission every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. during the summer months.
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Hearts to Nourish Hope helps wayward youth in Gwinnett find purpose

Patrice Wuerth, COO and Co-founder of local non-profit “Hearts to Nourish Hope”, is on a mission to provide work and education opportunities to troubled youth in the community. With a new center in Lawrenceville that focuses on ages 16 to 24, Patrice sees all kinds of possibilities to make a difference for those in DEFACS, the Juvenile Court system, and out-of-school teens in Gwinnett.
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Citizens’ Police Academy accepting applications for fall session

The Snellville Citizens’ Police Academy is accepting applicants for its 28th session.
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Gwinnett Teen Dreams of Broadway

Ally Copeland, a sophomore at Grayson High School, started acting in Couch Middle School’s theater program in the sixth grade. Working to hone her craft, Ally has grown as an actor and as a person, and there’s no other life she can imagine for herself besides the lights, the action and all the pizazz that comes with musical theater.
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Squirrel hunting season opens August 15th

Time to hit the woods in pursuit of Ole Bushytail! Squirrel hunting season provides the first opportunity of the year to start replenishing that meat in the freezer, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division. Unlike some big game hunts, the pursuit of squirrels often involves more action for energetic youth, providing a greater level of interaction with the outdoors.
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Books for Bingewatchers

Summer is often a teen’s favorite time of year because we get to waste time, which makes Netflix and other streaming sites the best pastime. But there comes a time when we feel pressured to engage in more stimulating activities instead of simply sitting around and watching TV.
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New 2019-2020 Georgia Hunting Seasons & Regulations guide now available

Now online and in print, the 2019-2020 Georgia Hunting Seasons and Regulations Guide is available, announces the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division.
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GMC Sports Medicine Program Helps Gwinnett Schools Achieve Important Safety Designation

14 schools honored as Safe Sports Schools by the National Athletic Trainers' Association The Sports Medicine program at Gwinnett Medical Center (GMC) announced today that 14 of its partner schools in Gwinnett County have achieved "Safe Sports School Status" awarded by the National Athletic Trainers' Association. The designation is given to schools that have taken crucial steps to keep their athletes free from injuries.
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Catching up with the Petersens – Former pizzeria owners start Cottage-style bakery

For those who enjoy Italian food that doesn’t come from a chain, Franco’s Pizza was amongst the city of Grayson’s best-kept secrets. Located off Grayson Hwy., the family-run pizzeria was a casual sit-down joint serving simple pastas, chicken wings, salads and, most importantly, pizzas made with Mark Petersen’s handmade doughs.
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The Little Gym Gives Kids a Boost

When Paul and Tammy Mazurkiewicz decided to enroll their daughter in gymnastics lessons, they tried a few locations before finding what they considered a perfect fit at The Little Gym.
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BAPS Charities Donates 15,000 Pounds of Items to Berkmar High School CARE Closet

Over the past three years, through the continuous support of the BAPS Charities, the CARE (The Community Assistance and Resource Effort) of Berkmar High School is able to serve students throughout the community.
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With Snellville Post Office Relocation, City hopes to begin construction on Towne Green in 2020

The Post Office on Oak Rd. is moving to the former SunTrust Bank building at 2440 Wisteria Dr. to free up space for the new Towne Center, and the city is calling it “a historic” event for the Snellville community.
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United Community Banks, Inc. Reports Strong Second Quarter Results

EPS of $0.55 and ROA of 1.40%; Operating ROA reaches 1.50% United Community Banks, Inc. (NASDAQ: UCBI) ("United") today announced its second-quarter financial results, including solid year-over-year loan and deposit growth, improved operating efficiency and strong asset quality.
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Gwinnett Medical Center Recognized for Excellence in Care for Heart Attack and Stroke

American Heart Association honors GMC with three awards for outstanding achievements in patient care Gwinnett Medical Center (GMC) announced today it has been recognized by The American Heart Association for its world-class care for heart attack and stroke patients.
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Gwinnett-based Athletic Club Competes in U.S. Youth Soccer Championship

The Kalonji Soccer Academy (KSA) ranks top in the GA Youth Soccer Association, and two of its teams have qualified for Nationals in Kansas. The teams left July 21 and will return on Sunday, July 28, 2019.
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Big Orange Auction fundraises for Parkview’s Marching Band and Football Programs

Students on Parkview’s marching band are preparing for a trip some consider the opportunity of a lifetime. On January 1, 2020, the Band will participate in the London New Year’s Day Parade, which is expected to have an audience of about 500 million tuning in through a variety of international television networks and live streaming.
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Living

You’ve got to love those TELEMARKETERS

10:05 PM. Exhausted after a hard day, had just dozed off. Telephone jangles. Sleepily, “Hello, it’s your dime, talk.” Syrupy voice, “Is this William York?”
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Early Warning Signs of Dementia

The most common reason people call my office seeking in-home care is that the caller is responsible for a loved one suffering from dementia and that loved one can’t be left alone. One of the most important things we can ask when dealing with loved ones as they age is “what are the early warning signs of dementia?”
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Stop Comparing Yourself to Others

In life, we all feel like we have been cheated at times. We do not always get what we think we deserve. When this happens, we can suffer from resentment.
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What happened to customer service?

While training employees at Sears Roebuck I recall the instruction manual. When there’s a complaint employees are told to apologize first, determine the problem and satisfy the customer’s complaint.
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Educational Concepts | Who’s in Charge at Your House?

As a parent, are you sometimes afraid you will make your children angry with you if you discipline them and/or require responsible, respectful behaviors? Are you worried you may cause them emotional harm if you hold them to your expectations and require certain behaviors? Do any of your children refuse to do homework, study for tests, attend after-school tutorial sessions, and/or earn grades lower than his or her abilities? Have your children taken charge of your home?
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Live Healthy Gwinnett Encourages Healthy Habits

Free yoga in Gwinnett County parks, an initiative of Parks and Recreation’s award-winning Live Healthy Gwinnett program, is expanding this fall due to its popularity.
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Regrets

“Did you brush your teeth, Billy Gene? I was maybe 6 years old. “Yes, Grandma.”
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How do I downsize?

This is a question with which most of us must deal at some point. In our society, we tend to buy larger houses as our family grows and fill those houses with “stuff.” In some cases, lots and lots of stuff.
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Who Killed Jesus?

Recently, churches all over the world observed Good Friday and Easter Sunday as we celebrated the life, death, and resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. According to the Scriptures, Jesus died on the cross for our sins, was buried, and was raised to life on the third day.
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What is Credit Recovery?

A new buzz phrase in education today is “credit recovery”. And, no, it has nothing to do with finances and the recovery of money!
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Rotary Fellowships

Rotary Club of Lawrenceville is ending another productive year in June as a “Bronze” club. While this is not as prestigious as earning “Gold” club status, it still requires the efforts of many people to make it happen.
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County Offering Meals for Kids in Summer, New After School Program in Fall

Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation has offered summer camps for more than 25 years and they keep getting better. Last summer, 7,581 campers attended 350 camps.
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"And Now, Summer!"

June heralds the beginning of Summer! We are conditioned to think of the Summer as an opportunity to "kick back," slow down, vacation. We long to get away from the hectic pace of life.
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BrightStar receives award

Shelly Sun, Founder and CEO of BrightStar Franchising, recently traveled to Atlanta to present the Home Care Pulse Provider of Choice Award to Tim and Carolyn Golden, Lawrenceville and Athens, Georgia franchisees.
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I saw a fox

It was a flame-colored young fox that caught my attention. I have only seen a few while hunting in Georgia. It was running in a ditch alongside the road.
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Developing Effective Study Strategies this Summer!

Woohoo! School is out for the summer so students can now take a break, sleep late, splash around the pool, and go to the movies! Learning can stop now! Right? Wrong!
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Prayer, Our Necessity for Living

Luke 18:1-8: Now He was telling them a parable to show that at all times they ought to pray and not to lose heart, saying, “In a certain city there was a judge who did not fear God and did not respect man. There was a widow in that city, and she kept coming to him, saying, ‘ Give me legal protection from my opponent.'
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Keep on Walking: Pedestrian Safety is Paramount

Last month I focused on safe driving with tips for when you’re behind the wheel. Now with warmer weather and more hours of daylight, more people are out walking and kids are playing in parks until well into the evening, so I want to urge caution for pedestrians and drivers alike.
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Are You “Good Enough” to Serve God?

The Summer before my junior year of college I made a commitment to God, “Anywhere, Anything, Anytime. God, I will go anywhere you want me to go. I will do anything you want me to do. And I will do it anytime you want me to do it.”
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April Means Maternal and Child Health Month for Rotary

In much of the world, malnutrition is a concern for children due to extreme poverty. Rotarians address these concerns all over the world but let’s not forget the children in our community who are also facing food challenges.
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Spring is Here, Please Drive Safely

When I found out April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, I reached out to Sgt. Daniel Arrendale of the Gwinnett Police accident investigation unit to share safe driving tips. He said that Gwinnett Police responded to about 30,000 traffic collisions last year and about a third of those involved injuries. Sadly, 57 people died in traffic accidents last year in Gwinnett, including 19 pedestrians.
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Is Your PreSchool/PreKindergarten Child Ready to Learn?

Pre-school and/or Kindergarten Readiness Assessments can provide helpful information for you to consider in making decisions about your young child’s school placement.
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The Necessity of Prayer for the Child of God

If there is any time in our lives that prayer proves to be a necessary part of our daily life, it is today! Prayer is one of the four main vehicles that help us exercise our faith in Christ Jesus.
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Is God Punishing Us or Protecting Us?

I think many Christians and people, in general, have two different views of God when it comes to the Old Testament and the New Testament. People tend to view the “God of the Old Testament” as an angry God who brings his punishment and wrath down on anyone who does not follow his laws. And they view the “God of the New Testament” as a gracious, loving and merciful God.
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Rotary’s Push for Clean Water

I paid my Gwinnett County Water bill today for a grand total of $14.99. I take it for granted that I can drink clean and safe water directly from the tap for a small monthly fee.
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Walls

Expecting an invasion of Europe by Allied Forces a concrete wall was built by Adolf Hitler, beginning at the border of Spain, along with the French coast, the English Channel and then along the Danish coast continuing the length of the Norwegian west coast.
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Voters are now deciding the future of Gwinnett

There’s a special election under-way to decide how people in Gwinnett will get around and make connections in the future.
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Georgia Milestones Assessments

Did you know that Georgia Milestones are a comprehensive assessment program for students in 3rd through 12th grade which are administered in the public schools?
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Boy Scout motto, Be Prepared

After retiring from the fur business, I worked for Ace Hardware for seven years. Noticing dust on some shelves, I wondered why there was little turn-over of important merchandise.
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Get the facts about the March 19 transit referendum

Gwinnett County voters will go to the polls March 19 to consider expansion of our transit options through a contract with MARTA. If voters choose to approve the transit contract that Gwinnett County has negotiated with MARTA, the expansion will follow a plan developed by Gwinnett County with substantial public participation. It would also mean the establishment of a one-cent sales tax to pay for the transit improvements and expansion.
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The theme: "Get Ready to Travel Japan- Olympics 2020!"

Experience Japan like never before at this year's JapanFest Atlanta! Our 33rd JapanFest this year is all about "traveling" to Japan to enjoy the traditions, natural beauty, and pop culture of the nation that is hosting the 2020 Olympics!

Muralist Yehimi Cambron is coming to the Norcross Community Market on August 10!

On Saturday, August 10, the City of Norcross and Norcross Public Arts Commission (NPAC) will host famed Atlanta artist and muralist, Yehimi Cambron. Ms. Cambron will be doing “demonstration art” for both children and adults at the Norcross Community Market at Lillian Webb Park, which is a project of the Sustainable Norcross Commission every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. during the summer months.

Branch Manager Carisa Buffington, left, and Member Service Agent Karen Harmon at the Delta Community Branch in Buford.

Carisa Buffington is new to the Delta Community Credit Union retail branch in Buford, but she is not new to the role of manager, or to serving credit union members in Gwinnett County. Since joining Delta Community in 2012, she has worked at three different branch locations - all of them in Gwinnett.

Richard T. Alexander Jr., Esq., Clerk of Courts in the Gwinnett Judicial Circuit, launched the clerk's new web portal July 10, 2019. The new portal will take the place of the previous webpage and is compatible with the clerk's new case management system, Odyssey, by Tyler Technologies Inc.

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