Snellville Spirit Fall 2014

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Where Everybody’s Proud to Be Somebody! Fall 2014


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Fall 2014 - Volume 16 Snellville Spirit Magazine is produced by: Snellville Tourism & Trade Association Fall is finally upon us; it’s my favorite time of the year. The hustle and bustle of summer is behind us, evenings are beginning to cool and the excitement of football season is finally here. We’ve planned a phenomenal fall line-up of family friendly events here in Snellville that we hope you’ll enjoy. On Sunday, September 21st, join us at the fourth annual Around the World Visits Snellville festival, celebrating the many different heritages of those who are proud to be somebody in Snellville. It’s a great opportunity to experience a sampling of the many cultures represented in our community. I would also like to invite you to attend the Fifth Annual Snellville Fall Festival on October 25th. We’re planning a fun-filled family day! Enjoy the harvest season before we begin the hectic days of the holidays.

Snellville Tourism and Trade Association’s mission is to promote business, tourism and events in the City of Snellville. President Don Britt Vice President Gretchen Schulz Secretary Ronnie Bentley Treasurer Krish Dhokia Board Member Stephen Brust

Bringing awareness to our community is important to me, and as we settle into our fall routines and events, I’d like to encourage you to make a habit of shopping locally. Several years ago, the Small Business Saturday campaign brought an awareness of “Mom & Pop Shops,” locally owned restaurants, and neighborhood producers. But “buy local” is more than just an incentive or promotional marketing tool; for many of our locally owned businesses, it is the difference between a successful year or closing the doors. By keeping dollars in our local economy, we create an environment in which small businesses flourish and jobs stay in our community. And though Small Business Saturday is on November 29th, I challenge you to make this initiative a personal one that you can practice and promote every day. You can make a difference.

Executive Director Kelly McAloon

Throughout this fall season, we’ve got more music, movies, the Art Commission’s Ghost Tours and activities planned for your enjoyment, right here in town! You can find more information about these and other events in this edition of the Snellville Spirit or visit our website at

Mayor of Snellville Kelly Kautz City Council Tom Witts - Mayor Pro Tem, Barbara Bender, Diane Krause, Bobby Howard and Dave Emanuel

Come out and enjoy Fall with us!


Don Britt President, Snellville Tourism and Trade

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P.O. Box 669 • Snellville, GA 30078 Website:

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Board Member Brian Pendley Board Member Susan Chappelear Board Member Sam Roper Board Member Alice Snipes

City Council Website: Magazine Design by Gail Lane Cover shot on location at Family Tree & Garden Contributing Writers and Photographers: Gretchen Schulz, Kelly McAloon, Kathy Emanuel Tom Witts, Eric Van Ottern, Mike Stock Don Britt, Brian Arrington, Gail Lane





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A COP 20 TIP Serving more than just public safety for a good cause!



An International Day of family fun!


Our Fifth Annual Fall Festival ... bigger and better than ever!









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A spooky, inside look at Snellville!

Community Garden @ Snellville’s new Pavilion Right in our own backyard! Entreprneurial Tool Box


And what a bountiful summer it was!


The Second Annual Scarecrow Contest in Snellville


Take your choice!

AFTER HOURS 22 BUSINESS The ultimate networking event! & RECREATION 24 PARKS Schedules and activities for the whole family. ON THE GO! 30 SENIORS Lots of things going on for Snellville’s seniors. K-9 UNIT 32 SNELLVILLE’S More than your average working dog! SUMMER FULL OF FUN 34 AA photographic round-up of Summer in Snellville FOR BUSINESS 36 OPEN Snellville is a businesss-friendly city. FALL RECIPES 38 Favorite recipes for cooler evenings! 5 5


International Festival Sunday, September 21, 2014 Noon - 6:00 p.m. Towne Green


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Come and experience a world of culture...right here in Snellville ... at the city’s only international festival. On Sunday, September 21st, Snellville Tourism & Trade presents the fourth annual Around the World Visits Snellville. Last year’s event was a big hit, as more than a thousand people enjoyed a variety of international foods, performances and exhibits. This year, enjoy favorites like Japanese Swordmanship of Gwinnett and the sensational Heidi Hernandez of Jahara Phoenix Dance Company along with new performances by Indian dancers, Moksha, and African storyteller Akbar Imohtep. We will also feature authentic menus ranging from Greek to Mexican cuisine with a variety of cooking demonstrations and cultural exhibits.

Join neighbors and friends as we celebrate Snellville’s growing international community with a dazzling array of international art, cultural displays, traditional costumes, music and an array of global flavors to entice the palate. Get your “passport” stamped from each of the countries represented to document your experiences throughout the day. Bring the whole family for a fun-filled, educational day dedicated to culture, food and family. For more information, please go to the Snellville Tourism and Trade website at

Global Sports Zone • International Kids Craft Zone Dancers and Drummers from Around the World Cooking Demonstrations • Parade of Nations at Noon Japanese Swordsmanship of Gwinnett Wide Variety of International Flavors to Satisfy Any Palate Celebrating the Ultimate Cultural Experience Cultural Attire Encouraged


FIFTH ANNUAL FALL FESTIVAL Noon - 7:00 p.m. on the Towne Green As the leaves start to change to the warm colors of Fall, we are busy planning our Fifth Annual Fall Festival. Bring your entire family for an enjoyable experience filled with great fun and lasting memories. Over 75 craft vendors will line the street in Oak Road and around the Towne Green. The smell of festival food will fill the air only to bring you flavors that will satisfy every palate. Join us for great family-friendly entertainment, fun, food, music and the following activities throughout the day:

Please visit our website for updated information on our Fall Festival at

Costume Contest Prizes for everyone! Dog Costume Contest Pumpkin Bowling Pie and Cake Baking Contest Home Depot Build-It Activity Bungee Jump • Trackless Train Spaceball • Inflatables • Hay Rides

MANY THANKS TO OUR FALL FESTIVAL SPONSORS: Gold Sponsor - E.R. Snell Bronze sponsor - The Gwinnett Citizen Friend of Snellville Sponsors - Southeast Urgent Care, Summit Chase Country Club, Gwinnett Braves, Country Financial, and Securlock Storage


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ON THE LAWN September 13 - 6-9 p.m. On the Towne Green An evening of jazz under the stars in Snellville! Food Trucks will be on site. Beer and wine will be available for purchase.

October 25 - 7-9 p.m. On the Towne Green

The last in our concert series, the Fall Festival welcomes the music of Snellville’s favorite band - Banks & Shane!

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THE CONTEST The Snellville Arts Commission thanks all the entrants in the Snellville Ghost Tours Ghost Writing Contest. It was a tough competition ... a lucky thirteen excellent stories were submitted! The writing contest, sponsored by www., was judged by Mayor Kelly Kautz, SAC Chairman Kirk Buis, Snellville Pubic Information Officer Brian Arrington, and Arts Commission members Jean Baldwin and Judy Leavell. The first place winner was Jonathan Cates’ “The Ghost Bride.” Kelli Harvey’s “Untitled Ghost Story” won second place, and Marlene Ratledge Buchanan won third place with “Even the Grass Won’t Grow.” Mr. Cates will have his story printed in Snellville Scene, the Arts Commission magazine. His ghost, along with those in the other stories, will be the featured ghost in the Ghost Tour. THE TOUR

The Snellville Arts Council will host tours October 24th, October 31st, and November 1st from 7-9 p.m. at Snellville’s City Hall. There will be a Snellville Ghost for each decade of Snellville’s history and visitors will be guided by ghosts and ghouls from stage, screen and literature ... you might see Lily Munster, Beetlejuice, the Ghost of Christmas Past or even Dracula!

WANT TO BE A GHOULISH GUIDE? Please check the Snellville Arts website for opportunities for auditions and rehearsal schedules:


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NEW PROJECTS CONTINUE TO ENHANCE the Community Garden @ Snellville

Another dream is coming true for the Community Garden @ Snellville. A beautiful pavilion has been erected in the garden this summer. The structure has been paid for with funds raised at the 2013 and 2014 Casino Night events, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Gwinnett Sunrise, Greater Eastside Chamber of Commerce, Snellville Tourism and Trade Association and the Community Garden @ Snellville Committee. Additional funds have been donated by the Snellville Farmers’ Market to bring the total up to what was needed to build the pavilion this year. “We’re very proud of this addition to the garden,” said Kurt Schulz, Community Garden @ Snellville Committee co-chair. “Not only is it a handsome focal point in the garden, it also provides shade for the gardeners and will serve as an outdoor classroom when the master gardeners on our committee wish to teach classes for the community.” While the structure itself is complete, additional work is still planned before the pavilion will be finished, including electrical work, a concrete pad, a water feature and landscaping. Another garden project will be underway this fall. Six raised beds are being constructed as an Eagle Scout project by a team led by Michael Habetler of Boy Scout Troop 506. Michael is a senior at Brookwood High School and is the son of Bridget and Thomas Habetler. Some of the funds for his project come from a very special source. His grandfather, Steve Penskowski, was an avid gardener and when he passed away, Michael’s grandmother gave some of the money donated in her husband’s memory to Michael’s mother and asked that it be used for something to do with gardening. When Michael began to pursue the idea of building raised beds for the Community Garden @ Snellville for his Eagle Scout project, it seemed like a perfect tribute to his grandfather. The Community Garden @ Snellville is very grateful to all the groups that are helping to make the garden a very special place in our city.


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The Next Generation of Entrepreneurs IS GROWING IN SNELLVILLE’S BACKYARD by Caitlin Costello and Eric Van Otteren On August 5th the new school year began with a new crop of students seeking to start their own businesses. Before we expand the focus to these newest entrepreneurs, I would like to share with you the progress of Weed ‘Em and Reap. Weed ‘Em and Reap is a landscape design company started in 2013 by Erica Mills and Caitlin Costello, two students of Cindy Quinlan in the Entrepreneurship Alliance program at Brookwood High School. Last May, the company participated in the Snellville Shark Tank and was rewarded a $1,000 investment for the business. The students then advanced to the second round of Shark Tank where they were granted the title of Best Young Entrepreneurs of 2014. The award has been used to purchase a trailer and hitch to allow the landscape teams to transport equipment and materials. Through the publicity of these events as well as the feature in the Spring 2014 edition of the Snellville Spirit, the young entrepreneurs have received around eight job requests and have completed three this summer. One of the completed jobs was a full-scale, professional remodel of a client’s front yard. The girls were able to hire an employee over the summer and have already hired another to work with them during the school year.

in a short time period from the passion of the two girls and the efforts of the Snellville Entrepreneurship Alliance. Erica Mills starts in the Landscape Architecture program at UGA this fall and will work in the business as her schedule allows. Caitlin Costello is beginning the Entrepreneurship Alliance II class at Brookwood and is continuing to expand her knowledge of business operations including the hiring of employees. Weed ‘Em and Reap is now looking to expand their customer base by beginning to research possible advertising outlets. They are also looking to possibly hire more employees throughout the year as they hope to receive job requests more frequently. Erica and Caitlin look forward to the this year’s crop of entrepreneurs and the successes and opportunities they will chase. To further support Weed ‘Em and Reap and keep in touch with their progress, please visit their website: Also follow them on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest: Facebook Weed ‘Em and Reap: A Landscape Design Company Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest @weedemandreapco

Weed ‘Em and Reap is a landscape design company created out of an intense love of landscaping and has become successful

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By Executing This Strategy

Private businesses in/around Snellville: • Self‐employed/Start‐up • Small: <$1 Million Revenue • Medium: $1 Million ‐ $50 Million Revenue

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The sustainable success of private businesses in/around Snellville…from start‐up through profitability and growth stages

Our Mission

Help entrepreneurs start, fund and grow businesses… with the best business‐ building and advisory/ mentoring expertise and tools


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• Staff the SEC with people having the right expertise and commitment • Build/sustain a strategic network including regulatory, funding, marketing and industry resources • Launch PR, marketing and “preview” events (to let Snellville know) • Value delivery based on a “peer advisory board” model • SGHSEA advisory board • Continuous refinement based on evolving needs and demands

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• The “one stop” for entrepreneurs to get started on the right path to success • Direct, ongoing advice, mentoring and tools for private businesses at all stages of growth • Precise focus on developing actual business solutions and continuous improvement of business results • The benefit of networking and collaborating with (non‐competing) entrepreneurial “peers”

…To Meet These Demands From Core Customers

• Actual/tangible business solutions that can be implemented • Access to reliable information and tools • Personalized advice and mentoring • Cutting‐edge business thinking and processes • Addressing the needs of the business…and the needs of the entrepreneur

• Subject matter experts on SEC • Successful/qualified/official strategic networking partners • Successful entrepreneurs & experts as advisors/mentors • Confidential (no competitors) peer advisory boards • No contract required for participation (free to leave if no value realized) • Snellville‐based…Snellville focused

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Are you looking for the answers to your business questions in all the wrong places? The City of Snellville collaborates with a variety of resources to help you succeed in your business endeavor. Have you heard of the Small Business Development Centers (SBDC), SCORE, or the Snellville Entrepreneur Council? Do you know about the Snellville Commerce Club, the business resources at your local Gwinnett library, and the Small Business Administration (SBA)? The resources abound, however, why is it that I so often hear, “I did not know about that!” The City of Snellville is working hard to bring the business resources you need to be successful right here in the community. The Snellville Entrepreneur Council and the City of Snellville Economic Development Office are planning a business resource evening on September 23. The program will start about 6:30 p.m. The location is still to be determined. Representatives from a number of business resources will be on site to share their information. One key presentation will be from the SBA. Jorge Valentin-Stone will share with the participants an overview of SBA programs and be able to answer your questions.

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This opportunity is focused on providing you with answers to your questions. Bring your business challenges and you will have opportunity to share them with someone in the know. You will leave the session with answers and connections to important resources.

Snellville Entrepreneur Summit WHEN:

October 21st at 6:30 p.m.


Snellville City Hall


Hiring and Engaging People Who Will Help An overview of how to hire people that will contribute to the success of your business.

For more information e-mail: or call Eric Van Otteren, City of Snellville Economic Development Manager, 770.985.3502.

Solutions Seminar An opportunity for hands on training. Come away from this training having done it! You can register at solutionsseminar. There is one remaining Solutions Seminar planned for this year. November 15, 2014 - Hiring & Engaging People Who Will Help You…Not Hurt You Guest speaker Dennis Daniels will help you figure how to hire engaging people who will help your business grow. This in-depth discussion will focus on: •

Getting what you need out of the interview/selection process.

Understanding “eligibility” (hard skills/experience) and “suitability” (styles, value, behaviors)

Knowing who’s fully engaged in your business...and how to keep them that way. For more information e-mail: or call Eric Van Otteren, City of Snellville Economic Development Manager, 770.985.3502. 15

ANOTHER GREAT SEASON at Snellville Farmers Market

Recently referred to as the “Mother of all Gwinnett farmers’ markets,” Snellville’s Farmers Market finishes up its 5th season at the end of September. The Market has reached award-winning status because of the amazing volunteers who provide a warm welcome to Snellville each week as vendors provide farm-fresh produce and baked goods straight from the oven. The Snellville Farmers’ Market, held on the Towne Green, is a community gathering place that nourishes the community with healthy options for the table as well as fellowship with neighbors. Organizers are already planning for the 2015 season. For more information, you can follow the Snellville Farmers’ Market on Facebook or on the website:



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Calling all business owners, schools, churches, and residents to join in the fun! Great advertising for businesses, too! Entrance fee is $20. How will this work? You create a scarecrow and put it on display outside your business, school, church, home or club. We’ll make sure that there is a map of all locations where Scarecrows are on display for voting. Patrons will be encouraged to visit your location and vote on who has the BEST SCARECROW in Snellville. Contest is available to everyone in Snellville. To ensure that your scarecrow is on the map, the deadline to receive the registration form is October 4th. Voting will run from October 11 – 24th. You will bring your scarecrow to the Snellville FALL FESTIVAL on the Towne Green on Oct. 25th for display. Contest winners will be announced at 5:30 PM during the Fall Festival and then your scarecrows will be auctioned off to the highest bidder with bids starting at $10.00. Scarecrows need to be able to stand on their own; delivery is to be made to the designated spot behind the stage on the the Towne Green on Saturday, October 25th by 10 AM. Please include a 3 x 5 card clearly marked with the scarecrow’s name, your name and business information. The winning scarecrows (1st, 2nd & 3rd Place) will be presented a trophy and cash prizes (1st-$100.00, 2nd- $75.00 and 3rd- $50.00) and also receive recognition on our Snellville Tourism and Trade website and Facebook page. The winning scarecrow will be judged on creativity, overall presentation. BE CREATIVE AND HAVE FUN! All proceeds from the auction will benefit the Gwinnett Southeast Food Co-op. Your money will go to a worthy cause! Any questions can be sent to or call Kelly McAloon at 770-310-0429

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ANNUAL TIP-A-COP October 16 One of the primary goals of the Snellville Police Department is to work with residents in a proactive and positive way to keep city residents safe. And on October 16th from 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm, you will see many of Snellville’s finest waiting tables at O’Charley’s on Scenic Highway. Tip-A-Cop, now in its sixth year, is an annual event sponsored by the Snellville Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association (SCPAAA). The event, which has always been held at O’Charley’s, is a fun evening featuring Snellville police officers assisting the restaurant waitstaff in serving diners. In return, O’Charleys donates 10 percent of food sales to the SCPAAA. Tips are distributed between the officers, on behalf of the SCPAAA, and waitstaff according to the customer’s wishes. The event also includes a bake sale with items donated by SCPAAA members and typically raises between $1800.00 and $2000.00 for the organization. The money is used to cover police department expenses and enhancements not included in the annual city budget. The money has been used to purchase a K9 officer and train both the dog and his

handler; pet insurance for the K9s; additional computers and printers; flat-screen televisions for the interrogation rooms; personal cameras, earpieces and flashlights for the officers; lightweight white shirts for officers doing police duty for summer events; sponsorship of the annual Gwinnett County Valor Awards; sponsorship of Snellville’s new Cop Cab; and Christmas decorations for the department’s building. “Tip-A-Cop is a way that a business can involve the local citizens to help the community, “ said SCPAAA president Mary Fergus. “It’s also another way to showcase our awesome community.”

The Cops and Robbers 5K and 10K run will follow a beautiful course through Briscoe Park and surrounding neighborhoods. 4 1 20 Proceeds benefit the Snellville Citizens Police Academy Alumni and the Snellville Rotary Club

October 11, 2014 Pre-registration ends October 4, 2014

7:00 am: Registration/Check In 8:00 am: 10K Start - 13 years and older 9:00 am: 5K Start - 13 years and older Must be registered & checked in at least 30 minutes before the start of your event

Pre-registration Fee $25.00 * Day of Registration Fee $35.00 Runs will begin in T. W. Briscoe Park in Snellville




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Tuesday, September 30th, 2014 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm Members of the Snellville Police Department will be out in force hosting its annual Snellville Public Safety Night on the Snellville Towne Green (in front of city hall). Bring the family for some fun and get some great information on protecting yourself, your family, your pets, your home & business and your personal identity. Meet and speak with members of your police department.

The event is free and all are encouraged to attend.

Eddie Eagle, a Treasure Hunt & a drawing will keep the kids engaged & entertained. A Flag Ceremony will begin at 5:30 pm Police vehicles with anti-crime accessories, tactical equipment & weapons & the SRT (special response team) will be on display. County Fire Equipment & personnel will be on hand. EMS and 1st responders will be available with information.

Demonstrations will include: * Several demonstrations by the Snellville K-9 Department * Personal Self Defense * How to manage a traffic stop Exhibitors will be providing information on: * Personal Safety * Road safety for adults, teens and young children * Gun Safety and Training * Financial Security Sponsored by the Snellville Police Department * Home Security and the Snellville Citizens Police Academy * Pet Security Alumni Association * Fingerprinting of kids * CodeRED - A free emergency notification system 21

DO YOU WANT TO RIDE HOME IN A TAXI ... or the back seat of a police car? That’s the question Snellville Councilman Bobby Howard wants you to think about when you see the city’s Cop Cab-- and when you may have had too much to drink. A refurbished police car, the Cop Cab made its debut in June and will be placed in locations around the city as a visual reminder that if you’ve had too much to drink, you have a choice; you can drive home drunk and risk having an accident being arrested or worse someone dies or you can call a cab. The now-retired police car is painted to look like a Snellville police car on the front half and a taxi cab on the back half.

Chief Whitehead, Councilman Howard and Harris Blackwood, Director of the Governors Office of Highway Safety,

No taxpayer funds were used for Snellville’s Cop Cab. It was completely funded by private donations. Sponsors include: Snellville Police Department Snellville Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association Snellville Tourism & Trade Walton EMC The Snellville Lions Club Texas Roadhouse Snellville Sunrise Rotary Walker-Smith Body Shop A Better Sign Emergency Equipment Specialists Wild Wing Cafe


Howard said it is designed to point out the cost difference between taking a $40 cab ride home and a $10,000 driving while under the influence arrest. Howard and Police Chief Roy Whitehead point out that the vehicle will not be providing cab service. Its purpose is to raise public awareness of the tremendous costs and hardships caused by drunk driving, and the simple, safe and low cost alternative.

... the vehicle will not be providing cab service ...

“I want to express my thanks to everyone who has supported this project.” Howard said. “This vehicle will be a great ambassador for our city and we will begin immediately sending it out into the community. The car really looks fantastic and many thanks go to Kathy Emanuel and A Better Sign for getting it done!”

BusinessAfterHours Thursday, October 30th • 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM Summit Chase Country Club Snellville Tourism and Trade, Greater Eastside Chamber of Commerce and New Lawrenceville had another successful networking event in July with local business owners and citizens in our community. This is a great way to find out what is happening in and around our community.

basis. We are adding a little more fun to the mix at our October 30th Halloween Networking Party. Come dressed in your business attire or in a costume for your chance to win a prize for “Most Creative Costume” or “Overall Best Costume”.

We invite you to join these three POWERHOUSE networking groups for one of the largest networking events in Gwinnett County. You do not need to be a member to participate in this event and it is absolutely FREE to attend. Promotional business tables will be available on a first come first serve

A big thank you to Summit Chase Country Club for being the perfect host on October 30th and Fratelli’s Pizzaeria Restaurant NY Style in Snellville for sponsoring the food for this event.


To reserve a promotional table please contact Kelly McAloon at

Save the Date! Mark your calendar and start the holidays in Snellville! Start planning your Christmas float ... bring out the lights and the holiday music ... join us for Snellville’s first Lighted Christmas Parade!

August, 2014 will forever be known as the month that Social Media brought awareness to ALS (Amytrophic Latereal Sclerosis), or Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Ice bucket challenges with video evidence made Facebook sensations of those who participated. Perry Eidson, owner of Stone Mountain Ice in Snellville, challenged the Snellville Police Department to “bring it” ... Officers showed up along with members of Snellville’s Council and administration. A community of supporters stood side-by-side with officers who wanted to make a difference and bring awareness to the cause. More than just getting cooled off on a steamy August day, the effort raised more than $250.

November 29th Parade Begins at 5:30 p.m. Tree Lighting at 7:00 p.m. For more details please visit our website at Christmas Parade applications will be posted on-line by September 15th. 23

Parks & Recreation Fall 2014 T.W. Briscoe Park ~ 2500 Sawyer Parkway ~ Park Office (770) 985-3535

YOUTH ACTIVITIES LANGO FOREIGN LANGUAGES FOR KIDS For further info contact Agatha Stokes, (770) 899-7515; choose class locations. Scroll down to “Briscoe Park in Snellville” YOUTH SOCCER Recreational soccer for Boys and Girls ages 4 – 18 Practices are weekday evenings Games are on Saturdays For more info: (770) 466-7177 BNG Rising Star Kickers Youth Kickball Season is 9/13 to 10/25. Games on Saturdays 1-4 p.m. Age groups 10-13 and 14-18 $95 new players; $85 returning players Call (678) 472-9767 or visit UNDER 10 QUICK START TENNIS Four week programs Contact Coach Jones (404) 642-8393 YOUTH FLAG FOOTBALL-i9 Sports Boys & Girls, ages 4-14 For more info: (404) 551-2036, , enter zip “30078” and select “Briscoe Park” YOUTH BASEBALL - i9 SPORTS (Instructional Program) Boys & Girls - ages 3-6 For info: (404) 551-2036 - , enter zip “30078” and select “Briscoe Park”

Park office is open Monday - Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information on registration and classes, check out the Parks & Recreation Department on Snellville’s website (on the left hand side, choose Departments and then Parks & Recreation) or visit our Facebook page at


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7v7 ADULT FLAG FOOTBALL LEAGUE Tuesday evenings - 6, 7, 8 & 9 p.m. based on registration Teams: City Residents $425; Gwinnett County Residents $475 Non-Gwinnett Residents $500 Contact:

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BOOT CAMP Monday-Thursday at the Park Office Five-week sessions; various hours available. Contact Tammy Jones (678) 558-5212 or GROUP DOG TRAINING Five-week training course, enrollment now open. Contact: Karen Garmon (770) 695-3096 INTERNATIONAL ADULT SOCCER League Director: (678) 629-6755 or (917) 744-3461 Friday nights $650 per team: $65 per player for house team ADULT SOFTBALL - Master Plan Phase IIB Two-Field Softball Complex Construction June 2014 to January 2015 Funded through your SPLOST pennies. ADULT KICKBALL LEAGUE Games played Tuesday evenings - 6, 7, 8 & 9 p.m. based on registration $50 City Residents; $55 Gwinnett County Residents Contact COMMUNITY FLEA MARKET Saturday - October 18 - 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. More details available later at our Facebook page and at CAR SHOW Coming in November More details available later at our Facebook page and at TENNIS & BASKETBALL COURT Available on a first come-first served basis. No lights - 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. - 7 Days a week.


Park Rentals Require 14 days notice

INDOOR RENTALS Courtland Williams Pavilion

Air conditioned; holds 35. Includes six 6-foot rectangular tables & 35 chairs; microwave, refrigerator and sink. $100 refundable deposit PLUS: Snellville City Limits Gwinnett County Outside Gwinnett County

NON PROFIT OR INDIVIDUALS $90 (Mon-Thur) / $100 (Fri-Sun) $120 (Mon-Thur) / $130 (Fri-Sun) $130 (Mon-Thur) / $140 (Fri-Sun)

BUSINESS FOR PROFIT $140 (Mon-Thur) / $150 (Fri-Sun) $165 (Mon-Thur) / $175 (Fri-Sun) $175 (Mon-Thur) / $185 (Fri-Sun)

NOTE: WE ARE NOW RENTING ALL FACILITIES (EXCEPT THE BETTY MCMICHAEL ROOM) ON ALL HOLIDAYS Rent any 4 hour time period from 7 am to 10 pm; all fees including deposits are due up front; deposit is refunded after the rental if all conditions of the rental are met.


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Air conditioned; holds 100. Includes twelve 8-foot rectangular tables and 100 chairs; microwave, refrigerator and sink. $200 refundable deposit PLUS: Snellville City Limits Gwinnett County Outside Gwinnett County

NON PROFIT OR INDIVIDUALS $205 (Mon-Thur) / $220 (Fri-Sun) $265 (Mon-Thur) / $280 (Fri-Sun) $275 (Mon-Thur) / $290 (Fri-Sun)

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Betty McMichael Room - Park Office

BUSINESS FOR PROFIT $340 (Mon-Thur) / $355 (Fri-Sun) $400 (Mon-Thur) / $415 (Fri-Sun) $410 (Mon-Thur) / $425 (Fri-Sun)

Rent any 4 hour time period from 7 am to 10 pm; all fees including deposits are due up front; deposit is refunded after the rental if all conditions of the rental are met. For room or pavilion rentals, please call the park office at (770) 985-3535. Field Rentals call Chris Madden (770) 985-3533. We accept cash, check, money order, Visa, or MC



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OUTDOOR PAVILION RENTALS Bonnie Rose Gazebo and Lakeside Pavilion

We have four outdoor open air covered pavilions holding 35 to 50 people and one gazebo holding 10. PRICING PER 2 HOUR BLOCKS Rental Times: 8 a.m. - 10 a.m 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. INCLUDES PICNIC TABLES AND BENCHES • REQUIRE 14 DAYS NOTICE Snellville City Limits Gwinnett County Outside Gwinnett County

NON PROFIT OR INDIVIDUALS $40 (Mon-Thur) / $45 (Fri-Sun) $55 (Mon-Thur) / $60 (Fri-Sun) $65 (Mon-Thur) / $70 (Fri-Sun)

BUSINESS FOR PROFIT $75 (Mon-Thur) / $80 (Fri-Sun) $90 (Mon-Thur) / $95 (Fri-Sun) $100 (Mon-Thur) / $105 (Fri-Sun)

■ Affordable nightly, weekly and monthly rates ■ Average suite features over 300 square feet of comfortable living area ■ Each room includes a separate living area, ample work space with desk, remote control cable tv with HBO or Showtime, iron and ironing board, and in-room hi-speed Internet access ■ Apartment size kitchen with refrigerator, two-burner stovetop, full size microwave, in-room coffee maker, in-room toaster, dishes, cookware & utensils, and a well-lit kitchen table/work area ■ Interior corridors with key card access for added security and always clean & friendly service

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■ Clean, well-lit property with beautiful grounds and plenty of free parking ■ Exclusive in-lobby coffee bar

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Briscoe Park • 6 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Free Concerts On the Towne Green


September 13 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. Food Trucks from 6-9 p.m. Beer & Wine will be available for purchase 5-9 p.m.

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Spotlight on Snellville Seniors Snellville Senior Center ~ 2350 Oak Road ~ Snellville, Georgia 30078 ~ (770) 985-3580


COMPUTER CLASSES $40/9 Classes - 3 Weeks Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday Call Senior Center for dates and times. Prerequisite: Students should have an e-mail address and be able to send and receive e-mails.

PAINTING CLASSES $25/4 Classes Thursdays - 1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. (Instructor can provide supplies for additional $25)

How to Buy and Sell Your House Wednesday, September 17 - 11:00 a.m.

EXERCISE We offer a variety of exercise opportunities for our members. AEROBIC CLASSES 9:15 a.m. Light Impact and 10:15 a.m. Medium Impact every Monday & Thursday at no charge. PILATES Tuesday & Friday at 10 a.m. $3 per class ZUMBA Tuesday at 11 a.m.$5 per class. Our weight room consists of two bicycles and two arm and two leg machines. You will need to participate in one of our training classes to utilize the equipment.

BINGO First Friday of each month. Bring a snack to share and join in the fun. Who knows? You could be a winner!


SPANISH Mondays & Thursdays - $25/Month Beginner - 9 a.m. Advanced - 11:15 a.m. Must have some Spanish for these classes. Crochet & Knitting Tuesdays at Noon - FREE


The Senior Center welcomes members to come try out the pool table. We have pool sticks onsite for your use or you can bring your own.

MERLIN ENHANCED VIEWER This machine will magnify any small print document so that it will be easier for you to read. It is located in the billiards room.

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EVENTS & TRIPS September 8 Card Making Class (1:00-3:00) $15pp September 10 & 11 Overnight Trip to Helen/Dahlonega ($173pp/dbl; $270pp/single) September 18 Hearing Screenings Walk-ins welcome (first come, first serve) Free September 19 Hearing Screenings By Appointment Only, Free September 25 Day Trip – Breakfast, Tour and Bingo at Southern Plantation, The Pecan Company, Braxton’s Antiques and Lunch at Journey’s End $3.00pp October 13 Card Making Class (1:00-3:00) $15pp October 17 Roswell Ramblers Players & Lunch “Dracula”-Comedy $20pp October 25 Snellville Senior Center Arts & Crafts Expo (12:00-4:00) If you are a member of the senior center and interested in a space, please contact us.

ACTIVITIES & TRIPS The Senior Center offers day and overnight trips as well as special events. Information is updated bi-monthly in the Snellville Senior Center Spotlight Newsletter which includes a current calendar of events. Newsletters can be picked up at the Senior Center or found on our website at Please contact the Senior Center for more information and to register ahead for classes or trips. Senior Center Hours - Monday - Friday 9 a.m. - 4 p.m 770-985-3580


2014 Senior Center Annual Memberships (January-December) Snellville City Limit Residents $15 Gwinnett County Residents $25 Join after July 1 and the cost for the remainder of the year is only $9 for City Residents and $15 for County Residents. Additional persons from the same household receive a $5 discount


SNELLVILLE K-9 OFFICERS These dogs are more than just “man’s best friend.” by Brian Arrington The dogs of the Snellville Police Department K-9 Unit are partners who protect and help officers each day in the line of duty. They are also beloved family members of the officers who bring them home each night. It’s been 10 years since the Snellville Police Department K-9 Unit has been on city streets. In that time the dogs and their handlers have been called into service more than 26,000 times and taken part in 1,420 arrests.

K-9 Officer Euro

BY THE NUMBERS The Snellville Police Department K-9 Unit was formed in 2004. The following is data collected in the more than 10 years of the unit’s existence through July 2014. Calls for service....................... 26,813

7,063 Traffic Stops . .......................... 15,892 Citations ................................. 20,082 Arrests ........................................ 1,420 Fugitives......................................... 196 Drug & DUI Charges .................... 297 Building Searches ........................... 66 Tracks . ............................................. 15 Area Searches ............................... 274 Evidence Searches ......................... 121 Other Deployments ...................... 150 Apprehensions ................................. 37 Vehicle Sniffs ............................. 2,157 Other Sniffs .................................. 289 Arrests from K-9 Sniffs ............... 360 Seizures from K-9 Sniffs .............. 36 PR Events – K-9 Demos .............. 418 K-9 Call Outs ................................ 315 Back-ups....................................

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“The Snellville Police Department K-9 Unit has been instrumental in locating people and contraband since its inception,” said Chief Roy Whitehead. “The officers and their K-9 partners are dedicated to patrolling our streets in an effort to prevent crime and serve as a force multiplier. However, once an incident occurs, they are ready to respond and always perform at a high level.” The K-9 unit’s service is well-respected in Snellville as evidenced by the death of Euro years after he retired. A resolution and proclamation were read into the record at a city council meeting in April, just days after the dog passed away. Euro was one of the original dogs in Snellville K-9 unit; he was trained by Officer Dennis Peters and lived with his family. April 2, 2014 was declared Euro Day in the city and Peters received a key to the city on Euro’s behalf. Pictures of the dog are still on display in the city’s police station, showing the mark Euro left on the department. “While tracking from the scene of a homicide, Officer Peters and K-9 Euro located a mask and sweatshirt worn by the perpetrator,” Whitehead recalls of Euro’s service. “This find was instrumental in identifying a suspect who has now been charged with murder.” Whitehead worked to get a K-9 Unit for Snellville after experiencing its benefits while working in a South Carolina department. There are currently four dog teams. Sergeants David Matson and Will Collins and officers Peters and J.R. Huff are the handlers - Chris, Coop, Bart and Tox are the dogs. Together the teams cover the city 24 hours per day seven days each week. While each dog has been trained for different skills, the units can cover tasks including apprehension, drug detection, tracking and explosives sniffing. The teams not only cover Snellville but they are called to other nearby municipalities which do not have K-9 units regularly. “We are very lucky to have four dog teams here,” Matson said. “There is always going to be a need for dog teams.” Matson’s dog, Chris, is near retirement. His replacement is waiting in the wings, currently training at a Pennsylvania kennel, learning the ropes of police work. Most police dogs are shepherds and are imported from Germany or Holland. As a puppy in training they can command upwards of $7,000. Training can last up to three months before a dog is fit for service. Then once on the job, police dogs are required to continue training four hours per week.

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Matson will pick up his partner in October, allowing Chris to retire. Chris will live the life of a retired hero at the Matson home as a family dog. Matson explains that the bond between police dogs and their handlers is unique. “Some people that just have a dog say, ‘I have a cocker spaniel at home, I know what you go through.’ No you don’t.” “That dog is never going to do a job for you. That dog is never going to jump out and save your life in a life or death situation. They do it because it’s expected. It is very hard to think that … if we go out on a call and he gets killed how it will affect me. But if the worst-case scenario happens he did what he loved doing.” Snellville’s unit has been fortunate that they have not lost a K-9 officer in the line of duty. The dog wears two collars – one on the job and the other at home. When the collars change, the functions change. According to Matson, when a dog is on the job, it’s all business and when the dog is at home, he is a part of the family, just like any other dog. “These dogs, when they go home, they get to be off duty just like us,” Matson said. “They are truly part of the family.”

Officer Matson with K-9 Officer Chris Chris sleeps on Matson’s bed, he cuddles with his children, but when it’s time to work Chris “certainly knows when it’s time to go to work,” he said. Not only are the dogs a crime deterrent, but they also help the department with public relations. The dogs are a big hit at festivals, events like Public Safety Night and at school visits. Matson wants people to know the unit’s dogs are not aggressive, they are just doing their job. When it’s time to greet a classroom full of children, the dogs are up to the task. “I want my dog to be as social as possible,” Matson said. “But when I tell him to do his job he will do his job and continue to do his job.” For more information on the SPD K-9 Unit visit: www.facebook. com/Snellville.Police.K9

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2nd Annual Gwinnett Braves

Craig Barton was awarded the 10th Man spot as most dedicated employee in Snellville.

City Manager Butch Sanders throw the first pitch.

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Popcorn In The Park

The 2014 Popcorn In The Park series presented by Children’s Health Care of Atlanta! Our thanks for a summer of fun!

Food Truck Friday

Star Spangled Snellville

What a great way to celebrate our independence! Fireworks, music, food ... presented by Eastside Medical.

Live on the Lawn Concert Series

Electric Avenue ROCKED Snellville! Our Live on the Lawn Concert series presented by About Face Skin Care. 35


NEW & RENEWED BUSINESS LICENSES JUNE 2014 A and A Brewing, Inc. A Mother’s Love Learning Ctr Aaron Burks Air Evac EMS, Inc. Atlanta Car Connection, Inc. Courtesy Emissions, LLC Eastside Behavioral Health First Defense Debt Rehab Hometown Sales & Marketing Hydro Logical Solut Hair by Honey James Burnett Kingwere Furniture Lashane Does My Hair Magic Motors Nara Ola, Inc. Nationwide TV Premier Non Emergency Transport RL Services Racetrac Petroleum Real Dealz Royal Renovations

S&D Enterprises Salima & Sania (Texaco Foodmart) Skin Market The Beauty Boutique The Cottage Kids of Grayson Xhale Vapors, LLC Yizclusive Cuts JULY 2014 Athens Orthopedic Basement Wizards Doors On The Side El Paisa Auto Sales Farrs Gregory and Gregory Intelligent Quotient Lincoln Trucket Live Balanced Counsel The Kleaninators Liquidation Center Enterprises Goodwill of North Georgia

by Brian Arrington Apparently the word is out about Snellville’s business-friendly confines. It seems almost every week city officials gather at the front door of a new business to cut a ribbon, welcoming the enterprise to Snellville. Large companies like Cabana Grill, RaceTrac and Goodwill are just some of the recent businesses that have opened in new locales in the city. Denny’s, Krispy Kreme, Pollo Tropical and Chipotle are all on the way. For these large businesses, drawing customers is not a problem considering the heavy flow of traffic on Highway 124. The city’s location between Atlanta and Athens make it an attractive area to catch shoppers from the suburbs of both cities. Smaller, independently owned businesses like Rice Box, Lincoln Fill Station & Home Brew, Resurgens Ortheopaedics and Covenant Health Pharmacy have also opened their doors within city limits recently. The city offers plenty of resources for small businesses to assist in startup and continued success. Snellville’s Economic Development Office offers the Snellville Business Toolbox (, a website which helps local businesses grow from concept to grand opening and beyond. Smaller business owners can also count on plenty of help from other businesses in the way of networking and mentoring. With the help of Snellville Tourism and Trade’s Commerce Club (snellvillecommerceclub. org) and the Greater Eastside Chamber of Commerce ( there are plenty of local opportunities locally. It would seem that Snellville’s recent wealth of grand openings is reflective of a rebound in the national and local economy. “The key is that while the economy is still in flux, indicators show it is getting a little better,” said Greater Eastside Chamber of Commerce President Jamie Dempsey. “People are finding they have to create their own work as opposed to going to work for others. Snellville and its businesses are reaping the benefits of this economy.” It’s a trend both city leaders and business owners hope continues.


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From some of our favorite cooks!

TACO SOUP 1 pound ground beef 3 (14.5-ounce) cans stewed tomatoes 1 (15-ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed 1 (15-ounce) can pinto beans, drained and rinsed 1 (15-ounce) can kidney beans, drained and rinsed 1 (15-ounce) can niblet corn, undrained

CHICKEN BOSCAIOLA 1 (1-ounce) package Hidden Valley ranch dressing mix (original flavor) 1 (1.25-ounce) package taco seasoning mix 1-1/2 cans water (use one of the bean cans) Sour cream for garnish Shredded Mexican cheese blend for garnish Broken tortilla chips for garnish

In a large pot over medium-high heat, brown the ground beef; drain. Add all remaining ingredients and bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer to blend the flavors. If desired, garnish with a spoonful of sour cream, shredded cheese and broken tortilla chips. Candace Pulliam Administration Department, City of Snellville

1/2 stick butter 2 cups of sliced mushrooms 4 strips of bacon chopped 8 oz. of spinach 4 chicken breasts cut into small pieces

1/2 cup of Marsala wine 4 cups of heavy cream 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese 1 sm. tomato 1/2 cup chicken stock salt and pepper to taste

Saute chopped chicken and bacon in oil over med-high heat until cooked to a golden brown color. Drain oil from pan, leave the chicken and bacon in the pan, then add butter and mushrooms and Saute for one minute. Add Marsala wine and saute an additional minute. Add in heavy cream and grated Parmesan cheese. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Bring to a boil until the sauce thickens, then add in the spinach and stir in the chicken stock. Take off the stove and serve over fettuccine. Garnish with fresh tomatoes. Makes 4 servings Chef Danny Gomez Fratelli’s Pizzeria Restaurant New York Style Snellville

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