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INSIDE THIS ISSUE: Mr. Lockett Walking Trail Dedication
New Section: Childhood Memories
Mother’s Day Brunch
Wellness/Planning and Development
House Bill 673 “Hands Free Law”
May Pay Dates
Don’t’ forget check out our new Childhood Memories Page and find out who this little darling is?
William “Bill” Lockett Walking Tail Dedication
City Employee Art Show Are you an artist who also works for the City of Augusta? We'd love to hear from you! The Greater Augusta Arts Council would like to program a show for your artwork at the Municipal Building Gallery in 2018. Please call the Arts Council office at 706-826-4702 or email gallery coordinator Christina Berkshire firstname.lastname@example.org to be included in future announcements and planning. Include the following: Name: Phone: Email: Type of artwork you make: Would you be interested in selling your work in the show? y/n/maybe: Click here to learn more about the Municipal Building Gallery
My Grandfather and Grandmother were my best friends. They taught me that the joys in life come from hard honest work. I use to stand in a chair at 7 years old to cook and wash dishes with Grandma. I Still love to cook to this very day.
I remember going to my Nana’s house for cookouts. The smell of barbeque sometimes sends me back to her back yard where my cousins and I are playing. My nana is 92 now and when I go to visit her in that house, I sit and smile thinking about all the fun I use to have in her back yard.
My Grandfather always took me with him to work in the fields, slop the pigs, to feed the mules, smoke the meat and plant seeds. I drove the tractor to till the dirt. We both loved to bust open the watermelons in the field and dig our hands in to eat them. I was driving at the age of 9 to take huge bags of seed down to the fields. Feels like I learned to shift gears and push in a clutch before I could walk or talk.
As a child, I played touch football in the parking lot with one of my best friends as my teammate. The boys in the neighborhood could not beat the two Karen’s and we found ourselves playing every Saturday until we lost interest. I played baseball on the sidewalk in between the clothes lines, cheered on the sidelines in High School and took African Dance lessons at the Charleston city gym but my fondest memory was playing in the backyard at my Nana’s house.
Every Saturday, beginning March 18 (8am-2pm) – Augusta Market at the River: From March through November, this outdoor market offers local vendors, showcasing and selling fruits, veggies, honey, baked goods and coffee, along with locally made art, home décor, accessories and entertainment. The Augusta Market at the river is located at the 8th Street Plaza. May 18th - May 20th at the Newman Tennis Center (All Day)- Walton Foundation Wheelchair Tennis Tournament: Augusta, Georgia hosts the Annual Walton Foundation Wheelchair Tennis Championship - part of the Georgia Wheelchair Tennis Grand Prix. Youth and Adult Wheelchair Tennis players will play Singles and Doubles. Admission is free. May 20th at the Savannah Rapids Park (8:00am) - Lock to Lock Bike Ride: Augusta, Georgia hosts the annual Lock to Lock Bike Ride - a scenic bike tour of Augusta. The ride starts at the Savannah Rapids Park, passes the Augusta Common and ends at New Savannah Bluff Lock & Dam. Pre-Registration is required. May 20th at the Augusta Common (7:30pm-9:30pm) - Candlelight Music Series: Augusta, Georgia hosts the Candlelight Music Series at the Augusta Common with live music from all different kinds of genres. Admission is $8.00. May 25th at the Augusta Common (7:30pm) - Movies on the Common: In cooperation with iHeart Media and Amerigroup, Augusta, Georgia hosts the Movies on the Common. Admission for the event is free. The movie starts at dusk, a kids play zone and food vendors are on site. The movie on May 25th is Disney Pixar’s “Coco”. May 27th at the Augusta Common (7:30pm-9:30pm) - Candlelight Music Series: Augusta, Georgia hosts the Candlelight Music Series at the Augusta Common with live music from all different kinds of genres. Admission is $8.00.
June 1st at the Augusta Common (7pm - 11pm) - First Friday: Augusta, Georgia hosts First Friday in Downtown Augusta and at the Augusta Common on every first Friday of the month between May and October. Each event will have a different theme with live entertainment and concerts, food vendors and a kid's zone. Admission is free. June 3rd at the Augusta Common (7:30pm-9:30pm) - Candlelight Music Series: Augusta, Georgia hosts the Candlelight Music Series at the Augusta Common with live music from all different kinds of genres. Admission is $8.00.
Robert Howard Community Center Presents:
Sundress and Sandals Motherâ€™s Day Brunch was held Saturday, May 5th at the Robert Howard Community Center. THE
Joanie Adams 35 years Joanie Adams has worked with Recreation and Parks for over 35 years. She started working for the department in 1983 as a Play Leader. Her career has since expanded over several decades taking on several titles throughout her career such as individual activities supervisor, playgrounds and aquatics supervisor, program supervisor, support service manager, program manager, facilities and aquatics manager to her now title Deputy Director of Recreation. Joanie has chaired various statewide committees with the Georgia Recreation and Park Association (GRPA). She also holds membership to the National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA). Mrs. Adams was appointed to the executive committee as First Vice President of GRPA where she later received two presidential citations and Distinguished Professional Award. In October of 2010, Mrs. Adams was awarded the GRPA First District Leadership Award. Congratulations to Joanie on 35 years of continuous service to the department.
Kristy Banks-Jones 5 years
Neil Howerton 5 years
Thank you for your service!
Sarah Hanes Receptionist Administration Jonathan Phillips Lifeguard Acquatics
Sufeng Tian Recreation Associate Recreation Division Raymond Sharp Groundskeeper I Parks Division
Comments on Wellness From Planning and Development Fifteen-minute fitness Have you been meaning to be more active, but just haven’t yet made it happen? If so, you are not alone! It is hard to find time in a busy day to make time for your health, even if it’s only 15 minutes to go for a walk at lunch. However, studies have shown that these short periods of exercise add up and are just as effective as longer workout sessions. Additionally, even a short walk boosts mood, helps relieve stress, counteracts some of the negative impacts of sitting, and boosts creativity and problem solving. Personally, I feel more rested after exercise than before, which is my secret weapon to get myself to the gym when I don’t really want to go. What is your secret trick you use to get yourself to do what’s good for you? If you don’t have one, the following is a short list of what studies have shown work for many people:
Get moving with a friend. A workout buddy doesn’t have to be your favorite person, just as long as they help get you moving and help hold you accountable to be more active. A good workout friend asks, “What time do you want to go for a walk this afternoon?” Or, be that friend to somebody. It’s a win for both of you! Make it easy. Keep comfortable shoes and socks in the car, or keep a packed gym bag in the trunk. The goal is to eliminate excuses so you don’t have to think about it. Once begun its half done. The hardest part is getting started, but once you have started, moving more gets easier. Take it slow, and watch your endurance, fitness and distance improve.
COMMUNITY MEETINGS! 2035 COMPREHENSIVE PLAN UPDATE LET’S PLAN FOR OUR FUTURE IN AUGUSTA RICHMOND COUNTY AUGUSTA, Ga. – Residents of Augusta-Richmond County are invited to attend community meetings to help PLAN OUR FUTURE FOR HOW WE LIVE, WORK, SHOP AND PLAY. These community meetings will guide the Augusta Planning and Development Department in updating the Comprehensive Plan through 2035. The current Comprehensive Plan was last updated in 2008 and focused on growth and land development through 2030. This 2035 Comprehensive Plan Update will provide a unified vision and goals for growth and land development that will serve as a blueprint to guide how and where growth will occur through 2035. The Augusta Planning and Development Department, on behalf of the Augusta Planning Commission will host four (4) community meetings during May 2018. These meetings are designed to encourage county residents, property owners, business owners and others to give input into future plans that will focus on: Augusta’s Vision for Quality of Life and Economic Development How do we improve your neighborhoods Where will growth and development occur How do we plan for community facilities, public services, utilities, streets, parks and recreation? How we make land use and zoning decisions. Residents will have two options to participate; attend a meeting at a location nearest you or participate in our online public forum. The public online forum will be available during each community meeting via the internet with Go To Meeting and dialing a teleconference line. The link and teleconference number are listed on the community meeting invite below: MEETING DATE
ATTEND IN PERSON
ATTEND VIA GO TO MEETING OR CONFERENCE CALL
5:30 - 7PM Lucy Craft Laney Museum 1116 Philips Street Augusta, GA 30901
https://www.gotomeet.me/augustainfotech/comprehensive-plan-publicmeeting-4 You can also dial in using your phone. United States: 669) 224-3412 Access Code: 330-535-693 OR Conference Call dial-in number: (712) 770-5120 Access Code: 413791
5:30 - 7PM Municipal Building Linda Beazley Room - 1st Floor 535 Telfair Street Augusta, GA 30901
https://www.gotomeet.me/augustainfotech/comprehensive-plan-publicmeeting-2 You can also dial in using your phone. United States: (646) 749-3122 Access Code: 951-501-229 OR Conference Call dial-in number: (712) 770-5120 Access Code: 413791
5:30 - 7PM Augusta Canal Authority 1450 Greene St. Suite 600 Augusta, GA
https://www.gotomeet.me/augustainfotech/comprehensive-plan-publicmeeting-1 You can also dial in using your phone. United States: 872) 240-3212 Access Code: 601-869-549 OR Conference Call dial-in number: (712) 770-5120 Access Code: 413791
- Diamond Lakes Library 101 Diamond Lakes Way Hephzibah, GA 30815
https://www.gotomeet.me/augustainfotech/comprehensive-plan-public -meeting You can also dial in using your phone. United States: (224) 501-3412 Access Code: 507-478-429 OR Conference Call dial-in number: (712) 770-5120 Access Code: 413791
If you have questions, please call the Augusta Planning and Development Department at 706.821.1796 or Email:
Planning_Commission@augustaga.gov For more information: Martin Laws, Deputy Director Augusta Planning and Development Department
535 Telfair Street, Suite 300 Augusta, GA 30901 (706)-821-1796 Phone (706) 821-1806 Fax
House Bill 673 “Hands Free Law” HOUSE BILL 673- “HANDS FREE LAW”
COMMERCIAL MOTOR VEHICLE OPERATORS
House Bill 673 also known as the “Hands Free Law” was passed by the Georgia General Assembly and signed into law by Governor Nathan Deal. The Hands Free Law will take effect on July 1, 2018. The following is a brief description what the law states and some frequently asked questions. A link to the complete law can be found at www.gahighwaysafety.org.
1. Commercial Motor Vehicle Operators can only use one button to begin or end a phone call 2. Cannot reach for a wireless telecommunications device or stand-alone electronic device that it no longer requires the driver to be a seated position or properly restrained by a safety belt
A driver cannot have a phone in their hand or use any part of their body to support their phone. Drivers can only use their phones to make or receive phone calls by using earpieces, wireless headphones or a smartwatch. GPS navigation devices are allowed.
SCHOOL BUS DRIVERS
Headsets and earpieces can only be worn for communication purposes and not for listening to music or other entertainment.
1. The driver of a school bus cannot use a wireless telecommunication device or twoway radio while loading or unloading passengers.2. The driver can only use a wireless telecommunication device while the bus is in motion as a two-way radio to allow live communications between the driver and school and public safety officials ENFORCEMENT
A driver may not send or read any textbased communication unless using voicebased communication that automatically converts message to a written text or is being used for navigation or GPS
When the Hands-Free law takes effect July 1, the Georgia State Patrol and local law enforcement officers will be issuing warnings in the first few months for most violations as part of their effort to educate motorists on A driver may not send or read any ethe new law. However, citations can and will mails, social media or other internet content be issued starting July 1 for some violations A driver may not watch a video unless it including those where the violation involves a traffic crash. There is no 90-day grace is for navigation. period in the Hands-Free law. A driver may not record a video (continuously running dash cams are exempt)
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Why is this law needed in Georgia? Our state has seen significant increases in vehicle traffic crashes, fatalities and bodily injury. The vast majority of these increases 1. Reporting a traffic crash, medical have been in rear-end crashes, single-car emergency, fire, criminal activity or crashes and crashes by drivers from 15 to 25hazardous road conditions. years-old. State and local law enforcement 2. An employee or contractor of an utility have stated that these incidents are a clear service provider acting within the scope of indication of driver inattention. The 15 states their employment while responding to an that have passed hands-free driving laws saw utility a 16 percent decrease in traffic fatalities in emergency. 3. A first responder (law enforcement, fire, the two years after the law was passed. In EMS) during the performance of their official addition, traffic fatalities were reduced even further in subsequent years. duties. 4. When in a lawfully parked vehicle—this Could I still talk on my phone while driving? Yes, as long as it is done hands-free. Drivers DOES NOT include vehicles stopped for would be able to use their phone’s traffic signals and stop signs on the public speakerphone, Bluetooth technology, an roadway. earpiece, a headphone or other device to allow them to communicate on a hands-free basis. EXCEPTIONS TO THE LAW ARE AS FOLLOWS:
Could I touch my cellphone to dial a number or receive or end a call? Yes. The law would simply prohibit drivers from holding or supporting the phone. Would I be required to purchase a handsfree accessory, such as a mount or bracket? No. The proposed law simply states that a driver cannot hold or support a mobile phone. A phone can be left on a vehicle’s console, a front seat, etc. However, for the safety of all Georgians, state and local law enforcement recommend the purchase and use of a hands-free device if using a mobile phone while driving. My vehicle does not have Bluetooth technology/capability. How could I comply with the law? Many online retailers offer a Bluetooth adapter for vehicles without Bluetooth or similar technology built into the vehicle. These adapters can be found at local retailers or online by searching “Bluetooth hands-free car kit” in an internet search engine. What would the fines/penalties be? · First conviction: $50, one point on a license; · Second conviction: $100, two points on a license; Third and subsequent convictions: $150, three points on a license. Could I listen to online radio apps while driving? No. These types of programs (i.e. Spotify, Pandora, etc.) require internet data to be streamed while driving, and this proposed law would maintain this internet prohibition. Could I listen to music stored on my mobile phone, thus not requiring an internet connection? Yes, as long as the driver is not holding or supporting the phone. Could I talk to someone via video telephony apps, such as FaceTime or Skype, if doing so “hands-free?” No. The proposed hands-free driving law states that a driver shall not “record or broadcast a video” on any mobile phones, iPads, computers, etc. while operating a vehicle.
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