Snellville Spirit Fall 2015

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Where Everybody’s Proud to Be Somebody! Fall 2015

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Fall 2015 - Volume 20 Snellville Spirit Magazine is produced by: Snellville Tourism & Trade Association

P.O. Box 669 • Snellville, GA 30078 Website: Fall is almost here. After a long hot and wet summer, I am looking forward to my favorite season of the year. And this fall, there is also a chance for you to become more involved and exercise one of your most important civic duties. In November, voters in Snellville will elect a mayor and three council members. The people you choose to serve will be your neighbors and you may see them every week in places like the grocery store, church or at a local restaurant. I would encourage you to take the time to get to know the candidates and make an informed decision on the individual that will lead our community. Be sure you’re registered to vote. Then, on Nov. 3, go to City Hall and cast your ballot. Whether the candidates you vote for win or not, you will have participated in the process, and made your voice heard. It is important for everyone to be involved in the local community and it all starts with the basic fundamental of electing our local leadership. Of course, there’s more going on this fall than elections. In September, you can help celebrate the heritage of everyone that makes us proud to be somebody in Snellville at the annual Around the World Visits Snellville International Festival. It’s a great opportunity to experience some of the culture or our area’s residents that you may not see every day. Come celebrate all the different cultures that help make Snellville a great community. I hope you plan to attend the annual Snellville Fall Festival in October. It’s a wonderful opportunity to enjoy being outdoors before colder weather sets in, and a great place to do some early holiday shopping from some of the many arts and crafts vendors that line Oak Road. There are so many additional events coming in the fall and you can read more about all the great things happening in the community in this edition of The Snellville Spirit.


President Don Britt Vice President Gretchen Schulz Secretary Alice Snipes Treasurer Jamey Toney Board Member Kathy Emanuel Board Member Brian Pendley Board Member Susan Chappelear Board Member Sam Roper Board Member Stephen Brust Executive Director Kelly McAloon Mayor of Snellville Kelly Kautz City Council Tom Witts - Mayor Pro Tem, Barbara Bender, Diane Krause, Bobby Howard and Dave Emanuel City Website: Magazine Cover Photo Provided by An Ka Fo Drum & Dance

Don Britt President, Snellville Tourism and Trade

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Snellville Tourism and Trade Association’s mission is to promote business, tourism and events in the City of Snellville.

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Magazine Design by Brian Arrington Contributing Writers and Photographers: Gretchen Schulz, Kelly McAloon, Eric Van Otteren, Don Britt, Barbara Bender, Brian Arrington, Gail Lane



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INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL The world comes to Snellville.



































Event rings in the fall season. City officials work to bring in business YSS Athletics. Words from supporters of Shark Tank event. Another great year at the Farmers’ Market. Community Garden @Snellville continues to grow. Movies and concerts for free. Snellville DUI vehicle not alone on Georgia roads. Upcoming events at Briscoe Park.

Get a look at what the department has to offer. Area principals talk about start of school year. Schedule for Snellville’s three high school football teams. Rules of the road when it comes to buses.

There’s plenty to do at the Snellville Senior Center. What’s the city’s Arts Commission up to? Snellville Police Department working with community. How and where to vote in this year’s City, County elections. A look inside the planning and zoning decision process. 5 5

INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL Sunday, September 20th, 2015 Noon - 6:00 p.m. Towne Green SPONSORED BY:

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Come and experience a world of culture...right here in Snellville ... at the city’s only international festival. On Sunday, Sept. 20, Snellville Tourism and Trade presents the fifth 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, An Ka Fo Drum & Dance, Mexican, Caribbean and Filipino dancers, bagpipers and many more cultural performers. 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


SIXTH ANNUAL FAL Noon - 6 p.m. • Towne Green • Concert 6 - 8 p.m. As the leaves start to change to the warm colors of Fall, we are busy planning our Sixth 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 on Oak Road and around the Towne Green. The smell of festival food will fill the air 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:

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• Costume Contest Prizes for everyone! • Dog Costume Contest • Pie and Cake Baking Contest • Home Depot Build-It Activity • Bungee Jump • Trackless Train • Inflatables • Scarecrow Silent Auction • Trunk or Treat at First Baptist Church • Hay Rides MANY THANKS TO OUR FALL FESTIVAL SPONSORS: Bronze sponsor - The Gwinnett Citizen Friend of Snellville Sponsors - Southeast Urgent Care, Summit Chase Country Club, ChoicesToYou, Home Depot, Lowe’s and Securlock Storage


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LL FESTIVAL SATURDAY - OCTOBER 10th Snellville Tourism and Trade teams up with First Baptist Church Snellville during the Fall Festival. The church will offer more than 150 cars with trunks filled with treats. Visit the front parking lot of the church from 4 to 6 p.m.


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Economic Development Fall 2015

BUSINESS GROWTH IN SNELLVILLE How a garment company was brought to the city

With the help of city officials, Torey Rose, owner of YSS Athletics moved her company to Snellville after working for years outside city limits. By Brian Arrington When you’re watching the Summer Olympics next year, take a look at the uniforms members of the U.S. Women’s Tennis Team are wearing. They were made right here in Snellville. The clothes some of the jockeys are wearing in the Kentucky Derby? They were made here too, at YSS Athletics, in Fountain Plaza just inside city limits on Highway 78. The city can get a taste of high-level athletic fame thanks to the efforts of city officials who worked with YSS owner Torey Rose to bring her athletic apparel company to Snellville. Previously, Rose’s 22-year-old business was located just outside city limits, but Snellville officials said they wanted Rose to locate here, bringing with her more than 20 workers. “We have been located outside the city limits of Snellville for 15 years,” Rose said. “This is a centrally located place for our employees. I am very involved with Snellville through the Snellville Entrepreneur Council and with the entrepreneurship 10

program at the local high schools. We believe that Snellville’s greatest days are ahead and we want to be a part of that.” Rose said YSS was in its previous location for nine years and as the company grew she found the building becoming more and more inefficient. There were three separate suites in the building with no interconnecting walkways and product was being transported outside the building all day long. At the old location the sewing department was in all three different suites which was a huge problem, she said. Enter the City of Snellville. “(Snellville Economic Development Director) Eric Van Otteren has been a huge encouragement to me and our team for quite some time,” Rose said. “He had been looking for a location that would be suitable for an operation like ours within the city. Eric connected me with several properties that he thought might work. Once we thought this location may work out, Eric and (City Manager) Butch Sanders worked with the owner of the shopping center to see if this was something they were interested in having in their property. Snellville, Where Everybody’s Proud to be Somebody

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“They also connected me with people like Scott Walker with Walton EMC to see what would need to be done to make the new location efficient from an energy perspective.” Van Otteren said he began looking to work with YSS in 2010 while researching entrepreneurship and Economic Gardening, a practice which seeks growth companies and attempts to provide resources and support to help them grow successfully. “Growth cycles pose a significant challenge to small businesses,” he said. “In my research of potential growth companies in and around Snellville, I met Torey and identified her company, YSS Athletics, as a good potential for growth,” he said. “However, with no industrial space in the city we looked for alternatives. I identified a vacant strip mall bay that met YSS Athletics’ current needs and offered opportunity for future growth/expansion. The city worked to offer the space as an adaptive reuse of otherwise outdated retail space. After much investigation and planning, the space was determined to meet the company’s needs.” Not only are clothes and uniforms made at YSS going to be featured at the Olympics and Kentucky Derby, but FUBU clothes and New Balance softball and baseball apparel will be made there.

YSS Athletics Employee Manal Abbas, works on a garment as Torey Rose, owner of YSS Athletics, looks on. Abbas works with Rose through a program to help immigrants hone their employable skills.

“I never thought 22 years ago we would be working with and for some of the great clients we have,” Rose said. “We get to help other business owners and entrepreneurs see their dreams come to reality with their sewn products. It is so exciting to know that we have helped someone else become successful. It has been great to see the surge in manufacturing beginning to come back to the USA and be part of that growth for our economy.” Rose also works closely with Savannah College of Art and Design students at her shop and has trained employees from a faith-based organization who are legal refugees. “The move of YSS Athletics into the city of Snellville capped a four-year effort on the part of all involved,” Van Otteren said. “The adaptive reuse of an old retail store front and the subsequent move into the city has provided a strong foundation from which YSS Athletics’ can grow.”

Come celebrate YSS Athletics’ move to Snellville at a special ceremony at the business at 2:45 p.m. Oct. 22 at 2110 Fountain Square. Snellville, Where Everybody’s Proud to be Somebody


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The Entrepreneur Alliance’s Shark Tank on May 6 was once again a major success. The event allows high school students to pitch ideas to area business owners who critique the students and ultimately pick the best ideas. The students with winning concepts are given seed money to start their businesses.

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SHARK TANK THANKS! Sponsors share thoughts on event

“The Greater Eastside Chamber of Commerce sees a real benefit in not only supporting CURRENT businesses in our area, but also emerging businesses. Education and support of our high school students is very important to show kids that we, as a community, believe in their dreams, and stand behind their building business in the City of Snellville” “Walton EMC is proud to support the business pitch competition, Shark Tank, at South Gwinnett High School. The Shark Tank brings a relevance to the student’s education, and a unique experience to our local budding workforce.” “We see our support of the Entrepreneurship Alliance Shark Tank as an outstanding opportunity to put our commitment to young people with an entrepreneurial philosophy into action. The Shark Tank embodies WTPM & W focus on the legal needs of corporations, small businesses, and individuals.” “It was our privilege to be a part of the 2015 Shark Tank and support these young and aspiring entrepreneurs. We were very impressed with the quality of the business plans presented! These young adults and their ideas and hard work will help build the future of Snellville and Gwinnett County, and we hope to be involved with the Shark Tank again in the near future.” - Philip Gossling, “Delta Community Credit Union is committed to improving the lives of people who live in the communities it serves. As a not-for-profit financial cooperative, the Credit Union partners with local schools and other organizations to help ensure these neighborhoods remain great places to work, live and raise families. We’re proud to sponsor and participate in the Snellville Entrepreneur Alliance’s capstone Shark Tank event, as it aligns well with Delta Community’s mission to invest in education, financial literacy initiatives, and programs that support the physical and financial health of young people.” - Maria Peifer “As an entrepreneur myself, I love the opportunity to share that experience with young entrepreneurs. It is very impressive how the City of Snellville and the community have teamed up with the high schools to provide this type of engagement to give students different perspectives while encouraging them to become entrepreneurs, especially since small business makes up 65 percent of new jobs created in the workforce. I am just happy to be a part of something with such impact on young people’s lives.” - Aysha Cooper, SarahCare of Snellville Snellville, Where Everybody’s Proud to be Somebody

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SNELLVILLE FARMERS’ MARKET The Snellville Farmers’ Market had another successful season. The Market will close for another year at the end of September. Next year promises to be bigger than ever! Thank you to all the wonderful and dedicated volunteers and vendors who made this year such a success.

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COMMUNITY GARDEN @SNELLVILLE Season winding down, but still busy

By Gretchen Schulz The summer crops are dwindling in the beds at the Community Garden @ Snellville. But gardeners who planted sweet potatoes are getting excited about seeing their harvest this fall. And almost all gardeners are beginning to think about cool-season vegetables to plant: broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, collards, kale, spinach and lettuces. For dedicated gardeners, the beds at the garden yield something almost year round. In addition to the harvest from the beds, there are other exciting activities going on at the garden. We are in the process of installing a concrete slab in the pavilion, which will enhance its function as a place to get out of the shade for the gardeners as well as an outdoor classroom. Gardeners and volunteers extraordinaire Ronnie Bentley, Wes Nettleton and Kurt Schulz have been digging trenches to install conduit for electricity in preparation for the slab.


The garden is also partnering with the University of Georgia Extension Program in a research project titled “The Urban Double Crop.” This project involves growing cool-season vegetables in dormant established warm-season turf. The project at our garden will be led by Wes Nettleton and Ileen Meggison, master gardeners who have beds at the garden. The university will provide all supplies. We also have a gardener who, in addition to the tomatoes he grows for his family’s consumption, grows beans for use in research. Dr. Lawrence Blumer, Professor in the Department of Biology at Morehouse College, studies bean beetles, which are agricultural pests in Africa and Asia. How exciting it is that our Snellville garden is producing beans to benefit agriculture in other parts of the world. The Community Garden @ Snellville is an exciting project to be a part of. The garden is located in Briscoe Park across the street from the city’s Recycling Center. Snellville, Where Everybody’s Proud to be Somebody

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Snellville Tourism and Trade, Greater Eastside Chamber of Commerce and the Heart of Gwinnett invite you to join us for our Business After Hours Halloween Networking Party on October 22nd at Summit Chase Country Club from 5:30 – 8 p.m. Join these three POWERHOUSE networking groups for one of the largest networking events in Gwinnett County. Meet new people and expand your horizons. You never know who you may meet that can help bring your business to the next level. 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 basis. Since our Halloween theme was so well received last year, we are having the costume contest again this year. Come dressed in your business attire or come dressed in your favorite costume for a chance to win a prize for “Most Creative Costume” or “ Overall Best Costume.” We want to thank Summit Chase Country Club for being the perfect host on October 22nd and to Main Street Restaurant for sponsoring the food for this event. To reserve a promotional table for this event please contact Kelly McAloon at GREAT NETWORKING • GREAT FOOD • GREAT DOOR PRIZES STAY CONNECTED

Snellville’s Cop Cab has company on the road By Brian Arrington

Snellville’s Cop Cab isn’t alone on Georgia roads. The roving billboard which encourages those who see it to not drink and drive, is one of at least five in the state. “The idea behind the Cop Cab is to make sure people think before they drink and drive,” said Councilman Bobby Howard. “I’m glad to see other cities spreading that same message using cars like the one we have in Snellville.” Pooler, Savannah, Kennesaw and Marietta also have Cop Cabs, which are painted with one half as a taxi cab, the other a police car. The cars literally ask those who have been drinking to “Choose Your Ride.” Do you want to take a cab home, or take a ride in a police car? Pooler and Savannah’s Cop Cabs met up with Snellville’s at the recent Georgia Municipal Association annual meeting. “The idea was to station it at highvisibility events to illustrate the difference in costs of going home in a taxi versus a police car after a night on the town,” said Savannah Chatham Metropolitan Police Department Spokesman Julian Miller. Wording on the taxi side says: ‘This

Ride About $20.’ Wording on the police car side reads: ‘This ride about $1,800.’

that it hasn’t made an impact and created awareness.”

The SCMPD car was rarely used for several years but new police Chief Joseph H. “Jack” Lumpkin Sr. has asked Green to transfer the title so it can be added to the SCMPD fleet and be maintained as such. He has asked that it be used more often in high-profile events.

The Kennesaw Police Department’s car has been on the road for 18 months and is parked outside local bars for patrons to see.

“The car was first put into its current use in February of 2011,” Jim Ward of the Pooler Police Department said about Pooler’s car. “It is used for both static and mobile display. Regardless of its location it draws a lot of attention. I don’t have any (specific) stories, but I can’t imagine that with the amount of attention it draws

“It’s a piece of conversation for some folks in regards to the vehicle giving them a ride to their home,” KPD Officer Richard Rivera said. “This gives you an opportunity to elaborate on the message to the public. I honestly didn’t know any other cities except Marietta and Savannah had a car. I wish we could have a least one car in every county to spread the word that lives do matter. Don’t drink and drive, save a life, get a cab.”

Organization using horses for therapy in Snellville Horses do more than race around a track in Snellville. Parkwood Farms Therapy Center is a non profit organization which uses a therapeutic horseback riding program to provide important stimulation and interaction for those with a wide range of physical, cognitive, emotional/ behavioral, and developmental disabilities. The horse’s movement and the warmth of the animal’s body provide the foundation for the numerous benefits to the individuals who have been diagnosed with these various disorders. When a rider straddles the back of a horse, the warmth of its body, combined with the three-dimensional rhythmical movement of the horse, provides the method to normalize muscle tone in the rider’s hips and legs and also increases core strength through their bodies. The organization is hosting a golf tournament fundraiser. The Holes 4 Horses Third Annual Charity Golf Tournament is set for Sept. 18 at the Country Club of Gwinnett. For more information visit Snellville, Where Everybody’s Proud to be Somebody

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Parks & Recreation Fall 2015 T.W. Briscoe Park ~ 2500 Sawyer Parkway ~ Park Office (770) 985-3535

Guns & Hoses, Canine Carnival highlight park fall events By Brian Arrington It will be a battle of heroes as the Snellville Police Department squares off against the Gwinnett County Fire Department in a charity softball game Sept. 12. It is the first Guns & Hoses Charity Softball game and will be played on Briscoe Park’s new softball fields with activities starting at 12 p.m. and the first pitch at 2 p.m. The Guns (SPD) will be playing for the Amanda Riley Foundation, an organization named after Snellville resident Amanda Riley who passed away after a battle with cancer when she was a teen. The Hoses (GCFD) will be playing for the Gwinnett Fire Employee Benevolent Fund. “Our officers and staff are excited to participate in this worthwhile event,” said SPD Chief Roy Whitehead. “We appreciate the working relationship with the Gwinnett County Fire Department and their willingness to engage with our City and all who worked so hard to bring this to fruition.” There will be fire trucks and police vehicles including a SWAT truck and Snellville’s Cop Cab. Concessions will be available from the Masonic Lodge. There will be free admission for those who bring a canned food item, which will be given to the Give Hunger the Boot effort which benefits the Southeast Gwinnett Co-op. “The ‘Firefighters from Gwinnett’ softball team is looking forward to participating in a friendly competition against our counterparts in law enforcement at the Snellville Police Department,” said GCFD Capt. Tommy Rutledge. “Both

departments are playing for a worthy-charitable cause. I have always said that when it comes to softball against fire and police, it’s anybody’s match. It’s been said that police can run, they just can’t hit - and firefighters can hit, they just can’t run. Come out to the park and bring your family and friends for a great game and time of fellowship with those who serve and protect our community.” The park on Lenora Church Road will celebrate another first as it will host the Canine Carnival from 12 to 4 p.m. Oct. 17. The event is presented by the city and the Gwinnett Humane Society with proceeds benefiting Gwinnett Animal Control. Residents are encouraged to register their dogs in events like the Peanut Butter Lick-off and a Popcorn Toss. Registration fee is $5 until Oct. 16 and $10 the day of the event. There will also be vendors, a DJ, a raffle to benefit GAC, free nail trimming, pet photography, food trucks and more. For more information on either event email jbouchard@ or call 770-985-3533.

Tennis anyone? New tennis courts have been installed at Briscoe Park on Lenora Church Road as part of the Special Local Option Sales Tax project. For playing availability call 770-985-3533.


Parks & Recreation Fall 2015 T.W. Briscoe Park ~ 2500 Sawyer Parkway ~ Park Office (770) 985-3535 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

Briscoe Park is open daily 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Park Office is open Monday - Friday 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. (770) 985-3535 (on the left hand side choose Departments, then Parks & Recreation)


Also watch a K-9 demonstration Admission is free with the donation of one canned food item per person

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CANINE CARNIVAL For you and your dog Oct. 17 from 12 to 4 p.m.

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ADULT ACTIVITIES BOOT CAMP Monday-Thursday at the Park Office Five week sessions, various hours available. Contact Alvin Hill, 678-920-4136 or gimmiesomesports@ OUTDOOR TENNIS & BASKETBALL COURTS Available on a first come-first served basis No lights - 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. - Seven days a week GUNS & HOSES CHARITY SOFTBALL GAME Come out and watch the Snellville Police Department take on the Gwinnett County Fire Department Go inside a police cruiser, SWAT truck, Snellville’s Cop Cab and a fire engine

ADULT KICKBALL LEAGUE Wednesdays 7, 8 and 9 p.m. Team are made up of 9-15 players with a minimum of 4 women $55-$60 per player depending on residency Registration includes 8 games plus playoff and a league T-shirt Contact Jillian at or call 770-9853533 for more information League sponsored by Summit’s Wayside Tavern ADULT SOFTBALL LEAGUE Games begin Sept. 8 Join us at the new Briscoe Park Softball Complex All games will be played at 7,8, and 9 p.m. Men’s - Tuesday nights Co-ed - Friday nights $425 per team - Majority Snellville residents $475 per team - Non-majority Snellville residents 8-week season and a single elimination playoff tournament ASA and Park rules Contact Jillian at or call 770-9853533 for more information BRISCOE PARK COMMUNITY YARD SALE 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Oct. 17 Softball Field Parking Lot. $10 for a space, $15 for two Contact Jillian at or call 770-9853533 for more information

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Parks & Recreation Fall 2015 T.W. Briscoe Park ~ 2500 Sawyer Parkway ~ Park Office (770) 985-3535

PARK RENTALS PARK RENTALS (REQUIRE 14 DAYS NOTICE) We now rent facilities, except the Betty McMichael Room, on all holidays. OUTDOOR PAVILION RENTALS (Includes picnic tables and benches) We have four outdoor open air covered pavilions holding 35 to 50 people & one gazebo holding 10. Rental times: 8 to 10 a.m.,10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., 1 to 3 p.m., 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Price per two-hour block: NON PROFIT OR INDIVIDUALS Snellville City Limit - $40 (M to T) / $45 (F to S) Gwinnett County - $55 (M to T) / $60 (F to S) Outside Gwinnett County - $65 (M to T) / $70 (F to S) BUSINESS/FOR PROFIT Snellville City Limit - $75 (M to T) / $80 (F to S) Gwinnett County - $90 (M to T) / $95 (F to S) Outside Gwinnett County - $100 (M to T) / $105 (F to S) INDOOR RENTALS (air conditioned and heated) Rent any four-hour time period from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.; all fees including deposits are due up front. Deposit is refunded after the rental if all conditions of the rental are met. COURTLAND WILLIAMS PAVILION - HOLDS 35 PRICES PER FOUR-HOUR BLOCK, $100 refundable deposit plus: NON PROFIT OR INDIVIDUALS Snellville City Limit - $90 (M to T) / $100 (F to S) Gwinnett County - $120 (M to T) / $130 (F to S) Outside Gwinnett County - $130 (M to T) / $140 (F to S) BUSINESS/FOR PROFIT Snellville City Limit - $140 (M to T) / $150 (F to S) Gwinnett County - $165 (M to T) / $175 (F to S) Outside Gwinnett County - $175 (M to T) / $185 (F to S) Includes six 6-foot rectangular tables and 35 chairs; microwave; refrigerator and sink

BUSINESS/FOR PROFIT Snellville City Limit - $340 (M to T) / $355 (F to S) Gwinnett County - $400 (M to T) / $415 (F to S) Outside Gwinnett County - $410 (M to T) / $425 (F to S) Includes 12 8-foot rectangular tables and 100 chairs; microwave; refrigerator and sink


For room/pavilion rentals call the park office at 770-9853535; field rentals Jillian Bouchard 770-985-3533. We accept cash, check, money order, Visa, or MC;

NON PROFIT OR INDIVIDUALS Snellville City Limit - $205 (M to T) / $220 (F to S) 24 24

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PRINCIPALS’ CORNER School is back in session in Snellville. The following are back to school messages from Brookwood, Grayson and South Gwinnett high schools principals. Brookwood High School is off to a great start for the 2015-2016 school year. Our students and staff opened school with great anticipation for the best year ever. Our faculty members are focused on the positive difference they make in the lives of students over the course of this school year, or 180 days. We call this the 180 Day Effect. There is no other profession that has greater ability to significantly impact and positively influence our society. High school educators have the opportunity to work with hundreds of students every single day. The positive impact on their lives has an exponential impact on our community, state and nation. We challenge our faculty and students to seize the opportunity of each day and work to partner with our community to support citizenship, teaching and learning. Our “Tradition of Excellence” and high expectations are alive and well at Brookwood High School and in the Brookwood community. There has never been a better time to be a Bronco! William “Bo” Ford, Jr., Principal Brookwood High School

I look forward to the 2015-2016 school year. It is truly an honor to serve as principal of Grayson High School. We will hold true to our school motto, “First Comes Learning”. Students are expected to be respectful, responsible, on time, and ready to learn each day. Grayson High School will have many opportunities for students to connect and engage in their learning. Students are encouraged to pursue their interest inside and outside of the classroom at every opportunity. We are looking forward to having a successful school year. It is always a great day to be a Grayson Ram! Dana Pugh, Principal Grayson High School

Welcome back Comets! We are excited about the great opportunities set in place for our students as the new school year is always filled with enthusiasm. Our focus is to provide each child with new challenges that will result in a rewarding school experience and lifelong memories. As we continue to transform our teaching and learning experience through the Academy at South Gwinnett, our school’s learning community is strengthened by the partnerships we build together. At South Gwinnett, our faculty and staff are committed to providing a plan for college and career. Together we will provide the best education for our students filled with learning, lifelong relationships and success. Go Comets! Eric Thigpen, Principal South Gwinnett High School 26

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SNELLVILLE AREA HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL Brookwood Broncos 8/22 At Mill Creek 8/28 Norcross 9/11 Parkview 9/18 At Berkmar 9/25 South Gwinnett 10/02 At Shiloh 10/09 Central Gwinnett 10/16 At Dacula 10/30 Grayson 11/06 At Archer

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At Gainesville Hughes Archer At Parkview Berkmar At South Gwinnett Shiloh At Central Gwinnett Dacula At Brookwood

South Gwinnett Comets 8/21 Walton 9/04 At Collins Hill 9/11 At Central Gwinnett 9/18 Dacula 9/25 At Brookwood 10/02 Grayson 10/09 At Archer 10/16 Parkview 10/23 At Berkmar 10/30 OPEN 11/06 Shiloh

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Two-lane roadway: When a school bus stops with its amber or red lights flashing, ALL traffic from both directions must stop.

Two-lane roadway with a center turning lane: When a school bus stops with its amber or red lights flashing, ALL traffic from both directions must stop.

Divided highway of four lanes or more with a median separating traffic: When a school bus stops with its amber or red lights flashing, ONLY traffic following the bus must stop. Roadway with four lanes or more with a center turning lane: When a school bus stops with its amber or red lights flashing, ALL traffic from both directions must stop.


Four-lane roadway without a median seperation: When a school bus stops with its amber or red lights flashing, ALL traffic from both directions must stop.

This past spring, GCPS bus drivers conducted a one-day count of vehicles that passed stopped buses. They counted over 3,000 violations in that one day.

This past spring, Gwinnett County Public Schools bus drivers conducted a one-day count of vehicles that passed stopped buses. They counted over 3,000 violations in that one day. For more information visit and look for transportation.

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Spotlight on Snellville Seniors Snellville Senior Center ~ 2350 Oak Road ~ Snellville, Georgia 30078 ~ (770) 985-3580 The Snellville Senior center is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.



The Senior Center offers Day and Overnight Trips as well as special events. Information is updated bi-monthly in our Spotlight Newsletter which includes a current calendar of events. Newsletters can be picked up at the Center, found on our website at or mailed to your home once you join. Contact the Senior Center at 770-985-3580 to register and for additional information.

CARD MAKING CLASS by Jeanne Monday, Sept. 14, Oct. 19, Nov. 23 and Dec. 14 1 - 3 p.m., $10 per class PAINTING CLASSES $25/4 Classes Thursdays - 1 - 3 p.m. (Instructor can provide supplies for additional $25) CROCHET & KNITTING GROUP Tuesdays at Noon – FREE with Membership SPANISH Mondays and Thursdays - $25/Month Intermediate - 9 a.m.; Advanced - 11:15 a.m. Must have some Spanish for these classes. MEDITATION with Dawn FREE Learn how to relax and meditate Fridays at 2 p.m. from Sept. 18 – Oct. 23


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Senior Center Arts and Crafts Expo Saturday, Oct.10 - Noon-5 p.m. Along with the Annual Snellville Fall Festival on the lawn, we will again have our Arts and Crafts Expo inside the senior center. The Fall Festival booths will continue until 6 p.m. Concert on the lawn following from 6 - 8 p.m. Halloween Party Friday, Oct. 30 - 1 p.m. FREE Time for everyone to dress up as a “creative character” (scary, funny, quirky, or just different than your usual self) so you can be a part of our costume contest. Also be sure to bring your best decorated pumpkin with you (carved, painted, embellished, etc.) so you can enter it into our Pumpkin decorating contest. Prizes will be awarded! Light refreshments will be served. Christmas Brunch Wednesday, Dec. 16 - 11 a.m. Join us for a delicious brunch as we listen to some of our favorite Christmas songs. Cost will be $10 per person. Thelma Lewis has a wonderful menu planned for us! More details to come in our bi-monthly newsletter. Cherokee/Bryson City Sept.16-17 $211 pp/double or $293/single ($150/$193 due at Sign Up) We will visit Bryson City and do a little shopping prior to boarding the Smokey Mountain Railroad. We will be staying at Harrah’s Hotel and Casino. Lunch will be at the famous Dillard House on our way home. Memphis & Nashville Tour May 16-20 $959 pp/double or $1239 pp/single ($100 Deposit Due at Sign Up) Take a VIP tour of Elvis Presley’s home at Graceland, visit the Rock ‘N’ Soul Museum, Country Music Hall of Fame, tickets to the Grand Ole Opry with a backstage tour, Johnny Cash Museum, General Jackson Riverboat Dinner Cruise and much more! Join us on this fabulous trip! Snellville, Where Everybody’s Proud to be Somebody


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Tuesday, September 29th, 2015 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.

Area Mascots, 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 32

SNELLVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT Police form partnership with community By Brian Arrington The Snellville Police Department is what the city is known for, according to Mayor Pro Tem Tom Witts. The councilman once called the department “the jewel of the city.” While the department is known for keeping residents and visitors safe, its officers do quite a bit in the community behind the scenes. “We do a lot of community outreach,” said Chief Roy Whitehead. “A lot” may be an understatement. Perhaps the largest community outreach project the department takes part in is Snellville Public Safety Night which offers a showcase of police equipment, personnel from other agencies and a time for residents to interact with officers. This year’s event is set for 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 29 on the Towne Green. For two years, SPD has been putting on a Halloween contest for kids. They host a Shop With a Cop program during which police officers take their time to take needy children to a store to get Christmas gifts their parents may not be able to afford. Officers also give their time to make appearances at local businesses, even reading to children at Barnes & Noble. Tours for Scout troops are always welcome. Recently, the SPD K-9 Unit was at Cannon United Methodist Church giving students there an insight into how police dogs and their handlers work. Police officers are a common sight in schools as Whitehead said it is important for police to have a strong yet positive influence on children. Officers are required to walk schools two times a month to talk to students and learn the layout of schools in case of an emergency, Whitehead said. No task is too small for the men and women of SPD as they offer vehicle identification number verifications, background checks, child seat inspections and advise residents who are making an online transaction with another citizen to exchange goods and money in the SPD parking lot on Wisteria Drive. “Someone who is scamming someone is not going to want to use a police department parking lot,” Whitehead said.

orchestrates an Explorers program for young adults looking at a career in law enforcement.

The Citizens Police Academy has been a popular community outreach program since 2003 and allows residents to get a first-hand look at how the department operates. The SPD also

“The most important aspect of law enforcement is the relationship with the community,” Whitehead said. “We have to build trust and that’s the basis of all that we do.”

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ELECTION 2015 Races in Snellville, county school district The Nov. 3, 2015 elections are just around the corner. City Election The nonpartisan municipal election for the city of Snellville is set to take place at City Hall, 2342 Oak Road, on Tuesday, Nov. 3. The election will be to elect a mayor and three members (Post 1,2 and 3) of the City Council. The posts for this election are currently occupied by Mayor Kelly Kautz, Mayor Pro Tem Tom Witts and Council members Dave Emanuel and Diane Krause. Advance (Absentee In-person) voting begins for the November General Election Oct. 12 until Oct. 30. The hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Snellville City Hall. Absentee ballots for the election will be available on the city’s website - To find out where you go to vote for federal, state and county elections visit To register to vote visit gwinnett/Departments/Elections/RegistertoVote. School District Referendum The Gwinnett County Board of Education has called for a referendum on continuing the 1-cent Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax for education for another five years. The E-SPLOST is not a new or additional tax but an extension of the 1-cent tax already being collected on sales. The current sales tax will not increase. If approved by Gwinnett County voters, the 1-cent sales tax currently in place for schools would

be continued for another five-year period. Sales tax would be collected July 1, 2017, through June 30, 2022. A total of $950 million is projected to be raised in the five-year collection period. It will be shared by Gwinnett County Public Schools and Buford City Schools, based on each district’s enrollment count. GCPS will receive up to $927,675,000 and BCS will receive up to $22,325,000 if the total amount is collected. The GCBOE proposes the following capital projects, which will benefit all clusters: •Construct 4 new schools (two theme-based high schools to provide relief for Norcross and Meadowcreek high schools, an elementary school in the Meadowcreek Cluster, and an elementary school in the Berkmar Cluster). •Renovate and add classrooms to 9 existing schools (Chesney ES, Richards MS, Berkeley Lake ES, Parkview HS, Brookwood HS, Lilburn MS, Grayson HS, Berkmar HS, and Benefield ES). •Provide significant technology improvements in every cluster to support teaching and learning. •Catch up on preventive maintenance of existing facilities. •Purchase school buses and land, and pay off existing debt associated with previous building programs. For more information visit the school district’s web site at

VETERAN’S DAY CELEBRATION November 11th • 7:00 p.m. In Front of Snellville’s Veteran Memorial 34 34 34

For more information: Snellville Veterans Memorial

Q&A about Snellville’s planning and zoning process When those yellow planning signs go up near a neighborhood, blood pressures seem to rise. Often times, neighbors feel they are being steam rolled by another new development that has already been approved. However, the yellow signs are just the beginning of the process….a process in which you have every right to participate. Here are a few common questions and answers raised about the planning process and how it works.

Construction at the new Snellville Best buy is under way on Scenic Highway.

Why does the city allow development proposals to be discussed when they know a lot of people won’t like it?

When I see the yellow signs on the property, has it already been decided to accept the project?

The City does not bring development proposals to the citizens… the property owner (or developer) does. Every land owner has the legal right to seek to develop their property to the highest and best use. If their idea of highest and best use agrees with how the property is zoned, then no additional approvals are needed from the Mayor and Council and the development can proceed. This is the case for the new Best Buy center under construction on Scenic Highway. However, if the property is not zoned for the property owner’s idea, then the development proposal goes through the planning process.

No – those signs are required by the Georgia “Sunshine Laws” to notify the public of a pending application.

The City cannot stop a developer from submitting a proposal if the developer submits their plans and pays the required fees. Once this step happens, that developer has a legal right to a process to vet the proposal before the Planning Commission and on to the Mayor and Council for a final vote. This process requires opportunities for residents to voice their opinions whether in favor or opposed. Understanding the process is the key to make sure your concerns are heard and addressed before the final vote takes place.

What is the best way to communicate my thoughts (pro or con) on a proposed development?

Who makes up these development ideas? Typically the property owner presents ideas for development. However, most of the time the idea is first presented to the Planning and Development Department to get a general feeling for what the chances of success are. It is the property owner’s final decision of whether to move ahead with the proposal at this point. What is the process for a new development to get approved? • Applicant presents idea to Planning Department • Planning Department generalizes (estimates) chances for success based on current codes. • Applicant has legal right to request amendment of current codes (i.e. land use map and zoning map) • Applicant submits development proposal amendment request. • Staff reviews application and suggests approval or denial based on current codes • Planning Commission has public hearing and makes a recommendation to council for approval or denial. • Mayor and Council has a public hearing and makes final legally binding decision based on staff review, Planning Commission recommendation, applicant’s presentation, public input, and legal rights of the property owner. Snellville, Where Everybody’s Proud to be Somebody

Is it true that once a project goes before the Planning Commission (PC), it’s a done deal and nothing I say will matter? No – that is only the beginning of the process and is the first step for formal public input. The PC is the board where the most public input is usually considered and passed on to the Mayor and Council.

Attend the Planning Commission and Mayor & Council meetings, call or email the Planning Department, Planning Commission members and/or Mayor and Council members. (Email addresses are online at • Know the facts of the proposal. The earlier you express your concerns the better the process will work. •Please provide reasons for your concerns (especially when you are opposed) and express whether there are any modifications that could be made that would alleviate your concerns. Some issues can be addressed and changes made to the initial proposal if this information is known. You don’t have be an expert, just list what bothers you so the decision makers know what to be considering when coming to a final decision. If I am okay with a proposed development, do I really need to say anything? Sending support is just as important as showing opposition. Supporting an application helps let the decision makers know that the public is ok with the project. Who gets to speak at the planning commission and city council meetings about proposed developments? What if I don’t live in the city but live near a proposed development? The staff, the applicant, board members, and any interested individual regardless of where they live. Where do I get the details about a proposal? You can get it online at or by calling the department directly at 770-985-3513. 35


Singer Alexis Greene

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Cheers to Lincoln Fill Station which sponsored the 1st Annual Veterans Memorial Craft Beer Garden.


Good people make Snellville great: Mary Jane Gresham, co-chair of the Snellville Days Committee, received a proclamation for her 25 years of dedicated service to the Snellville Days Festival; and Lincoln Fill’s Tiny McClannan receives a plaque of appreciation from Llaiyjah James of Explorer Post 805 after Lincoln Fill donated $1,000 to the Snellville Police Department Explorers Program.




Having fun at the outdoor movie at Briscoe Park - ‘Big Hero 6.’

The G-Braves mascot Chopper joins Snellville Tourism and Trade’s mascot STAT the CAT at the outdoor movies. Canned goods for Give Hunger the Boot.

The Czaricks.



Enjoying all the jazz with the Metro Jazz Club.

Family, friends, food and fun at the Gold Standard Band concert. Snellville, Where Everybody’s Proud to be Somebody


From some of our favorite cooks!

Fall Favorites



1/2 cup celery chopped 1/2 cup carrots chopped 1/2 cup onions chopped 2-20 oz. cans of diced tomatoes 1-box of frozen Spinach 1-cup elbow macaroni 1-beef bouillon cube 2-20 oz. cans of ground tomatoes 1-20 oz. can of black eyed peas 1-20 oz. can of pinto beans Pinch of Parmesan cheese

1 large spaghetti squash 2 tsp. olive oil (for drizzling on squash) 1 tsp. Greek Seasoning (for seasoning squash) 1 large European cucumber (or 2 smaller cucumbers) 1/2 cup chopped red onion (optional) 1/2 cup chopped green pepper (optional) 1/4 cup Kalamata olives, sliced in half 1/2 cup cherry or grape tomatoes, sliced in half 1/3 cup (plus some for garnish) crumbled Feta cheese (if you have some fresh Greek oregano, that would be great chopped and added to this.)

Bring all ingredients to a boil for approximately. 30-45 minutes. Add noodles last, after veggies are cooked. Season to taste Serves 12- 15

Bill Marchese, Main Street Restaurant Like many Italian dishes, minestrone was probably originally not a dish made for its own sake. In other words, one did not gather the ingredients of minestrone with the intention of making minestrone. The ingredients were pooled from ingredients for other dishes, often side dishes or contorni plus whatever was left over. Some argue that in the 17th and 18th centuries minestrone emerged as a soup using exclusively fresh vegetables and was made for its own sake, while the others say the dish had always been prepared exclusively with fresh vegetables for its own sake, but the name minestrone lost its meaning of being made with left-overs. 38 38



Dressing Ingredients 3 T fresh-squeezed lemon juice 3 tsp. red wine vinegar ¾ tsp. dried Greek Oregano (often just labeled “oregano” but do not use Mexican oregano) fresh-ground black pepper to taste ¼ + 2T cup olive oil - Preheat oven to 415° - Microwave whole squash 4 minutes. Cut stem end off as close to the stem as possible, then slice squash in half lengthwise and scoop out pulp and seeds. - Brush inside of squash with olive oil and sprinkle with Greek seasoning. Place cut side down on prepared baking sheet and roast in oven until flesh shreds easily with a fork (approximately 35 minutes). - Chop and mix cucumber, onion, green pepper, olives, tomatoes and feta. - Mix the dressing and add to vegetable mixture. (It will seem like a lot of dressing for the amount of vegetables, but you want enough for the squash as well.) - When the roasted squash is cool enough to handle, shred the flesh with a fork and return to the shell. Top with vegetable mixture and garnish with feta. - Kerry Hetherington

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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 September 18th. Voting will run from September 25th - October 9th. You will bring your scarecrow to the Snellville FALL FESTIVAL on the Towne Green on October 10th 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 Towne Green on Saturday, October 10th 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 in our Winter Snellville Spirit Magazine, Snellville Tourism and Trade website and Facebook page. The winning scarecrow will be judged on creativity, and overall presentation. BE CREATIVE AND HAVE FUN! All proceeds from the auction will benefit the Southeast Gwinnett Food Co-op. Your money will go to a worthy cause! For more information, rules, tips and applications, visit Any questions can be sent to or call Kelly McAloon at 770-310-0429

The STAT the CAT Christmas ornament is $10. Available at all Snellville Tourism and Trade events and on sale at City Hall, Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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

November 28th Parade Begins at 5:30 p.m. Tree Lighting at 7:00 p.m. Christmas Parade applications and more details are available online at

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