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Fall 2017 - Volume 27 Snellville Spirit Magazine is produced by: Snellville Tourism & Trade Association

Time flies when you are having fun! 2017 is flying by! Where did the summer go? Before you know it we will be parading in front of City Hall and lighting the Christmas Tree on the Towne Green. It has been a great year of fun and fellowship in Snellville. I am so proud to be a part of Snellville Tourism and Trade and all the wonderful volunteers that make our city a great place to live, work and play. From the great Live on the Lawn concert series to the Snellville Farmers’ Market or Food Truck Friday, there is something for everyone to enjoy in Snellville. We are looking forward to a great Fall lineup of STAT events and activities. Our Live on the Lawn in September will feature Bennie and the Jets, an Elton John Tribute Band. If food is your passion, don’t miss our popular Taste of Snellville or our casual Food Truck Friday events. When the weather cools down, join us for our Fall Festival in October and we will finish the year with our annual Christmas Tree Lighting in November. Come be a part of the celebration of Snellville. For more information go to www.exploresnellville.com.

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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 Kathy Emanuel Treasurer Jamey Toney Board Member Regina Hart Board Member Brian Pendley Board Member Susan Chappelear Board Member Tom Morris Board Member Stephen Brust Executive Director Kelly McAloon Mayor of Snellville Tom Witts City Council Barbara Bender - Mayor Pro Tem, Bobby Howard, Dave Emanuel, Cristy Lenski and Roger Marmol City Website: www.snellville.org Magazine Design by Brian Arrington, Perry Cox, Kathy Emanuel and Kelly McAloon Magazine Cover Design by Perry Cox

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

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Contributing Writers and Photographers: Kelly McAloon, Eric Van Otteren, Don Britt, Brian Arrington, Tom Witts, Gretchen Schulz, Ryan Burden, Austin Shelton and Perry Cox


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News you can use from around the city.

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Preview of the city’s Taste of Snellville event.

AROUND TOWNE

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GET A TASTE

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POWERFUL PARTNERSHIP

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GOING GREEN

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NEW YEAR, NEW CHALLENGE

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EASTSIDE’S NEW DIGS

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PARK POSTS

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PUBLIC SAFETY NIGHT

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FALL FUN

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City and county team up for new city market-library.

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Local leaders are working to bring a greenway to Snellville.

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Snellville Youth Commission kicks off new school year.

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A new emergency room has opened close to home.

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A look at events in city parks.

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The popular event is back Sept. 26.

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The city’s Fall Festival is approaching.

ROCKET MAN

Elton John Tribute Band to play on the Towne Green.

DECISION 2017

Snellville has three races to be decided in November.

FOOTBALL’S BACK

Schedules for all four Snellville-area teams.

EYE ON EDUCATION

Snellville heads back to school.

FARMERS’ MARKET

Award-winning market wraps up another great year.

SENIOR LIVING

New options for senior citizen housing coming.

NEW PARK

Oak Road Park opens to much fanfare.

SALUTE OUR TROOPS

Veterans Day program planned for Snellville.

FOOD TRUCK FRIDAY

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MAYOR’S MESSAGE Well that didn’t take long ... Summer that is. Seems like Memorial day was last week, yet here we are at Labor Day.

Please remember that the 124/78 intersection work will be beginning sometime in the next 90 days. Patience is guaranteed to be required. Stay tuned for more information on the project on the city’s website - www.snellville.org.

The community concerts this summer were outstanding. My hats off once again to Kelly McAloon and everyone at Snellville Tourism and Trade for a job well done. I can’t wait to attend the future events between now and the holidays. The Fall Festival will feature a German polka band, which should give the festival an Octoberfest feel. In my past life, I played accordion in a band, so I have committed to break out my accordion and attempt to keep up with the polka band. It has been 40 years since I’ve played professionally, so don’t expect too much ... but it should be a lot of fun so come on out and join us.

Mayor Tom WITTS

If you want to learn more about the city, join me at 11 a.m. each Wednesday following council meetings for a live Facebook chat on the city’s Facebook page.

You can always contact me via my email address at tom.witts@snellville.org. See you on the Green or around town.

If you want to learn more about the city, join me at 11 a.m. each Wednesday following council meetings for a live Facebook chat on the city’s Facebook page.

AROUND TOWNE SPD Citizens’ Police Academy now in 24th session The 24th session of the Snellville Police Department’s Citizens’ Police Academy is under way. The popular class is offered to strengthen the bond of friendship and cooperation between citizens and the police department. The 12-week class began Aug. 31 and ends Nov. 16. This class also helps citizens gain a better understanding of the risks and responsibilities of officers. Some of the classes included in this training are on domestic violence, traffic stops, building searches, a tour of the jail and narcotics identification. This program also includes a ride along program with a Snellville police officer. CPA instructors are Snellville police officers, each teaching a specific topic. Several of the instructors are Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council certified police instructors.

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Anyone who is over the age of 18 can enroll. You do not have to be a Snellville resident to participate.

Space is limited - approximately 20 students are accepted for each academy. Police are looking for participants for next year’s class which will take place in March. An application for the CPA is available at http://www. snellville.org/citizens-police-academy or at the police station. The application must be filled out completely, must include an email address and must be notarized. You will be notified via e-mail or phone call as to the status of your application. If you have any questions contact Lt. R. Pendleton at 770985-3573 or rpendleton@snellville.org.

Media training for police takes place in Mississippi Lt. Dean Boone and Sgt. Brian Rankin of the Snellville Police Department attended News Media Training for Narcotics Commanders and Law Enforcement Leaders at the Regional Counterdrug Training Academy in Meridian, Miss. Aug. 8-10. Snellville, Where Everybody’s Proud to be Somebody


They received instruction on developing and maintaining a relationship with the media, how to combat fake news, do’s and don’ts when dealing with the media, scenario-based press releases, on camera skills and the use of social media. On Aug. 9, they went to WTOK news station and The Meridian Star for tours.

finance officers to become more efficient and effective in their jobs.

The class instructors were Wadi Sawabini and Gary Nurenburg, accomplished news anchors with over 30 years experience.

•Creates the opportunity for clerks to further their professional development to gain the recognition they deserve.

This was the first time this class was taught at RCTA.

•Increases managerial competence of municipal and county clerks to meet new challenges and demands placed on local government.

State law requires anyone hired as of April 1, 1992, holding the title of “clerk” or performing the duties of a municipal/ county clerk pursuant to the local charter, ordinance, or code shall attend a 15-hour mandated orientation training. The training consists of a basic overview of job duties and functions required of clerks. The 15-hour mandated training counts toward the 100 hours required for full certification.

City gets recognition for financial reporting excellence The city has received a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States for its comprehensive annual financial report. The city’s finances are headed up by Controller Jan Burke.

From left, Snellville Councilman Roger Marmol, City Clerk Melisa Arnold, Councilman Dave Emanuel and Councilwoman Cristy Lenski.

City Clerk completes state education certification program City officials are proud to announce City Clerk Melisa Arnold has completed the Georgia Clerks Education Institute Certificate Program. The program for city and county clerks, is designed to establish minimum standards and professional goals for municipal clerks. The Georgia Clerks Education Institute Certificate Program is jointly sponsored by the Georgia County Clerks Association and the Georgia Municipal Clerks and Finance Officers Association. “I am very proud to have achieved this certification and look forward to continuing to dedicate what I have learned to the betterment of the city,” Arnold said. Arnold, was originally hired in July of 1991 at the Snellville Police Department, and later transferred into the city’s Administration Department. She became City Clerk in 2009. The Georgia Clerks Education Institute Certificate Program: •Introduces new methods and approaches to enable clerks and

The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management. The city has applied for this award in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2016 and received it each time under Burke’s leadership. “I am proud to have helped the city receive this award and am committed to continuing our tradition of excellence of accurately and responsibly reporting Snellville’s finances,” Burke said. The CAFR has been judged by an impartial panel to meet the high standards of the program, which includes demonstrating a constructive “spirit of full disclosure” to clearly communicate its financial story and motivate potential users and user groups to read the CAFR. From left, City Manager Butch Sanders and Controller Jan Burke with the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association of the U.S. 7


Great Food

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Experience a diverse taste of many cultures as the “Great Chefs of Snellville” and surrounding area Chefs prepare their favorite foods for the 2nd Annual “Taste of Snellville”

September 16th, 2017 • 4:00 – 8:00 PM • Towne Green

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any restaurants will feature their favorite foods and offer samplings for the tasting at the 2nd Annual “Taste of Snellville” event. All tickets will be sold at the information booth. When you purchase your tickets, you can also pick up a card that will have each restaurant’s name on it that can be stamped once you visit each restaurant. Fill your card and drop it in the box at the information tent for a chance to win some great door prizes that will be awarded at the end of the event. Back by popular demand is Jazz Fusion Kings that will play from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. and the ever so popular Metro Jazz Club that will take the stage from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. with favorites that will keep you on your feet, so don’t forget your dancing shoes. The Snellville Arts Commission will be on site offering wine glass painting. You can sign up at the event. There will be a fee for the wine glass painting sessions. All tickets for the rides can be purchased at the activitiy ticket booth on the City Hall side of the road.

Some of the great restuarants participating are: • Ionies Caribbean Kitchen • Fratelli’s • Beren’s Frozen Custard • Chick-fil-A • American Tavern • Zoës • Wild Wing Cafe • Baby Jane’s Home Cooking • The Village Corner German Restaurant and Bakery • Cari’s Corner Italian Bakery • • Pollo Tropical • Nothing Bundt Cakes ... plus many more. Lincoln Fill Station will be on site with Beer and Wine as well.


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By Brian Arrington, Public Information Officer The City and County have partnered on an intergovernmental agreement (IGA) that will create a city market and new public library on Wisteria Drive. The IGA marks the first development step in the city’s Towne Center project which will create a vibrant, livable and walkable downtown. “This is a major step in bringing the Towne Center vision to reality,” said Mayor Tom Witts. “With the help of Gwinnett County, the new city market and library will be a centerpiece of our ambitious plan to create a new downtown Snellville, one that will spur commercial and residential growth and be a catalyst for development in the city for decades to come.” The city market will house local merchants as well as restaurants. A state-of-the-art library is planned to be located on the first floor in the three-story building which opens onto Wisteria Drive with the city market above. “The parties agree it is in best interests of the staffs of both the city and county to jointly design this public asset and it is efficient and economical to combine these design projects to create an amenity that is in the best economic and cultural interests of their respective citizens,” the agreement reads. The facility will be jointly owned and operated by both the city and county, with approximately one-third of the space to be occupied by the County as the Snellville branch of the Gwinnett County Public Library System and the remaining two-thirds to be used by the city as a public market, restaurants, retail shops and other public, civic or educational facilities. Both parties will jointly contract for the design of the library/

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market with the city being responsible for providing funding for two-thirds of the design cost and the county providing funding for one-third of the design cost. The costs associated with the facility and a construction timeline will be byproducts of the design process. The facility will include an attached parking structure to be jointly owned and operated by the parties with the county bearing the costs of operation of the library and the city being responsible for the costs of operating the market. The property on which the library/market is proposed to be constructed is currently owned by the city. City officials are currently in talks with potential private and public partners expected to lead to the building out of the planned Towne Center area.

“This is a major step in bringing the Towne Center vision to reality. With the help of Gwinnett County, the new city market and library will be a centerpiece of our ambitious plan to create a new downtown Snellville, one that will spur commercial and residential growth and be a catalyst for development in the city for decades to come.” - Mayor Tom Witts 11


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By Austin Shelton, City Planner Greenways are a hot topic in planning and urbanist circles at the moment, and many communities across Georgia and the nation are exploring the possibility of greenways both inside and beyond city boundaries. Locally, cities like Suwanee and Lilburn have already developed their own greenway projects, and several new developments in Snellville are incorporating walking paths and trails of their own. For those who may be unfamiliar with the term, a greenway is essentially a trail. They are usually used for a combination of transportation and leisure, and are meant to provide dedicated infrastructure for pedestrians, cyclists and other non-automobile forms of transportation. They are most often found in urban and suburban areas, but rural greenways also exist. A common type of greenway is the conversion of an old or abandoned railway (the BeltLine is the best example in the Atlanta region) but greenways can take many shapes.

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Greenway project under way in Snellville to make walking, biking easier

Gwinnett County is currently refining its own Greenway Master Plan. The goal of the city’s initiative is to assist wherever possible in expediting the projects that pertain to Snellville, and to identify potential areas for increased connectivity within the city limits. This could include spur trails, linking the greenway to existing parks, or the potential creation of new greenspace to beautify and accompany the trails. The ultimate goal for Snellville is to become a city that gives just as much weight to the needs of pedestrians and cyclists as it does automobiles. Greenways are a great way to work towards this goal; they provide dedicated infrastructure for people who cannot or do not want to get around via car, and give them a safe space to do so. They also increase connectivity within the city without taking up as much space as roads and parking lots. A robust greenway network is something the city is aggressively pursuing, and something we look forward to accomplishing.

The City of Snellville recently began an initiative to explore the development of greenways in the city. The city is interested both in trails within the city limits and those that could connect Snellville to its neighbor cities, Gwinnett County and the rest of the Atlanta metro region. The goal is to create a network that will allow pedestrians and cyclists to safely travel around the city without having to walk or bike alongside highways. The first meeting of this greenway Initiative took place in late June at Snellville City Hall. The purpose of the meeting was to figure out who was interested in participating, who should be participating and what direction the project should take. Two of the most important projects that emerged were connecting Snellville to its immediate neighbors (Grayson, Loganville and Lawrenceville) as well as a connection to Stone Mountain and, by extension, the rest of the region’s burgeoning trail network.

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SYC starts with new school year By Christopher O’Donoghue, Snellville Youth Commission Coordinator The Snellville Youth Commission (SYC) is back to work for the 2017-18 school year! With additional leadership in place and the same excitement as before, they look forward to taking on the challenges of the upcoming year. Established in 2016, the SYC has taken on the responsibility of equipping the youth of our community with the tools to be informed and invaluable citizens. They are looking forward to expanding their presence in Snellville and surrounding areas, not only by continuing to support the community through volunteering, but also in championing useful initiatives that affect change beyond just the members of the program. A major goal for the SYC this year is to hone in on its purpose and mission. The objective is to even more clearly define the direction of the SYC so that all of the activities and events going forward work toward that goal. Members of the SYC program have been very active with regard to volunteering and have definitely made their presence felt. But after much thought, planning and deliberation, both the students and the SYC Advisory Board members have concluded that in order to fully reach the potential of the program, the SYC has to go beyond just volunteering and truly pioneer opportunities for our youth to inspire civic growth and progress in the community With that said, the hope is to give the students a more hands-on experience with civics and local government and to allow them to use their own skills and creativity to give the

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program a larger student “fingerprint”. Through an Open Legislative Forum with government officials and a Student Shadow Day, where students will get the opportunity to shadow city and local officials, they are hoping students are able to gain a better fundamental understanding of their officials’ day-today functions and responsibilities. In its second year, the leadership will also be encouraging the students to take on larger roles in the actual planning of SYC events, which will develop their leadership skills.

The key is not only to introduce these students to “the processes” of local government, but to also make them a part of the process. It is often said that the best way to learn is through experience. This year, the Snellville Youth Commission plans to put that saying into action.

A major goal for the SYC this year is to hone in on its purpose and mission. The objective is to even more clearly define the direction of the SYC so that all of the activities and events going forward work toward that goal.

Why do business in Snellville? Here’s why By Ryan Burden, Intern Are you interested in starting up a business but just not sure where? Well look no further. Snellville is just the place and it has everything a new business needs to be great. 1. A well-educated work force. Georgia’s university system is one of the largest in the U.S. and it turns out 60,000 new graduates every year. This provides skilled workers for your new business. 2. The cost of living is cheaper here than the national average. 3. The location is perfect. The two major highways, 124 and 78, run through the business district. This promotes easy access for your business. 14

4. Snellville has a population of 19,439 and Gwinnett County has 805,321. It is a culturally diverse population of all ages. There are thousands of potential customers! 5. Snellville is atheistically appealing and getting betterlooking all the time with our downtown redevelopment project. 6. Community involvement is high in Snellville, great for promoting a business. This list could go on but I have a better idea. Take a drive around the city and you will see what I see. A beautiful city full of southern hospitality that embraces growth and development. From the Shoppes at Webb Gin, to the business-lined streets of highway 78 and 124, the entire area has a downtown feel. The new Towne Center @ Snellville has a vision of commerce meets community. It is a great opportunity for new businesses to start up and thrive. Snellville, Where Everybody’s Proud to be Somebody


(Left) From left, Director of Emergency Services, Kevin Dalrymple, RN and Eastside Medical Center CEO Trent Lind at new South Campus Emergency Room.

By Hope Moeck, Communications Specialist, Eastside Medical Center Eastside Medical Center, a healthcare leader in Gwinnett County for over 37 years, has expanded emergency services to their South Campus hospital in order to meet the growing needs for high quality and convenient emergency care close to where Gwinnett residents live and work. Eastside Medical Center officially opened the doors to their new South Campus Emergency Department on June 26. The new South Campus ER is a full-service, 11-bed ER that is open 24 hours a day, 7 days per week. The South Campus Emergency department is located at 2160 Fountain Drive, here in Snellville.

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Inside Eastside’s new Emergency Department

said Eastside Medical Center’s Chief Executive Officer Trent Lind, “During an emergency, it is important to have access to the healthcare services you need quickly. With the growing concern of traffic in the nearby area, this additional access point was much needed to provide our community with an additional location for emergency care. Eastside looks forward to continuing to serve our community and remains committed to improving the care and quality of life for Gwinnett County and the surrounding area.” For more information on Eastside Medical Center’s new South Campus ER, you can visit EastsideSouthCampus.com.

The new addition to Eastside’s South Campus hospital included the renovation of 7,800 square feet of existing space. The South Campus Emergency Department will complement Eastside’s existing 45 bed full-service ER at the hospital’s Main Campus location at 1700 Medical Way in Snellville. The new ER is a $2.8 million investment to expand emergency services to the surrounding communities of Snellville, Loganville, Grayson and Stone Mountain. Eastside Medical Center celebrated the new ER with a ribboncutting ceremony and community open house on Thursday, June 22. In attendance were hospital leaders, local community leaders, Gwinnett Chamber representatives, and local residents that came out to support the cause and to get a sneak peak of the new ER prior to officially opening to see patients. When an emergency occurs, Eastside understands that every second counts. “Eastside Medical Center is extremely excited to be offering this new access point for emergency care in Gwinnett County,”

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Parks & Recreation Fall 2017

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 www.snellville.org Please visit Snellville’s new walk-in neighborhood park, Oak Road Park (see page 31 for more information) featuring a pavilion, playground, and walking trail. Come out and support the Snellville Police Department as they take on the Gwinnett Fire Department in a game of softball between these two squads dubbed the annual “Guns N Hoses” softball game. The event begins at 12 p.m. Sept. 9 at the park. There will be K-9 officers, and chances to enter a police car, fire truck and Snellville’s own Cop Cab. Admission is free with a canned food item which will be donated to Give Hunger the Boot, a local program designed to feed the needy.

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Swing out to the park from 1 to 6 p.m. Sept. 16 for a Community Yard Sale. Register for a space to sell or simply stop by to scope out all of the fantastic deals! If you would like to sell items, spaces are $10 for one or $15 for 2 (9’x 18’ parking spots). Register at the Park Office, 2500 Sawyer Parkway in Snellville by Sept. 15. Contact Tracey Glass at tglass@snellville.org or call 770-985-3535. Got Youth Recreational Soccer? You can have it if you are ages 4-19. Please check allinfcsnellville.com or call 678-5174789 for more information. There’s also Youth National Flag Football for boys and girls ages 4-14; eight weeks Sundays at Briscoe Park starting Oct. 1; NationalFlagFootball.com or 678-210-3253. How about kickball? X-TREME KICKERS Youth Kickball League is a seven-week league and playoffs. Game are Sundays 1 to 6 p.m. Visit unlimitedsportsclub.com or call 678-446-1299 for more information. Snellville, Where Everybody’s Proud to be Somebody


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T.W. Briscoe Park ~ 2500 Sawyer Parkway ~ Park Office (770) 985-3535

For the adults, T.W. Briscoe Park also has plenty of activities. Boot Camp takes place Monday through Thursday and Saturday at the Park Office. The course consists of fiveweek sessions, morning and evening available. For more information call instructor Alvin Hill at 678-920-4136 or email gimmiesomesports@yahoo.com. Outdoor tennis and basketball courts are available on a first-come-first-served basis without lights daily from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tennis courts can be reserved with lights for a fee. To do so, call the office at 770-985-3535. In the daytime the cost is $5 per hour (city limit resident); $10 per hour (non-resident) Evening (with lights): $10 per hour (city limit resident); and $20 per hour (non-resident). Adult Softball Leagues start Sept. 5. There are Men’sTuesdays, Co-ed B-Thursdays and Co-ed A-Fridays. For more information contact Todd Mayfield at tmayfield@snellville.org or visit the Recreation Department website at www.snellville. org/parksrecreation. Co-ed Adult Kickball starts Sept. 6. A & B Divisions are ready to form. For more information contact Todd Mayfield at tmayfield@snellville.org.

PARK RENTALS

Facilities at the park can be rented with 14 days notice. There are outdoor pavilion rentals and large rooms for rent. For room/ pavilion rentals call the park office at 770-985-3535. For field rentals, call Todd Mayfield at 770-985-3532. The park accepts cash, check, money order, Visa, MC or debit card. For a list of property for rental visit www.snellville.org/parks-recreation.

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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.

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Area Mascots & Activities will entertain the kids

Come enter for Great Door Prizes!!

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 by the Snellville K-9 Officers will show off the talented dogs * How to manage a traffic stop Exhibitors will be providing information on: * CodeRED - A free emergency notification system * Personal Safety Speak with SPD Officers * 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 Children


8th Annual Fall Festival

October 2 1 • Noon – 6PM •

Snellville Towne Green

With the Fall season upon us, comes the changing of the leaves, cool crisp air and our ever so popular 8th Annual Fall Festival. We have planned a fun filled day for the entire family to enjoy. More than 75 craft vendors will line the street on Oak Rd and around the Towne Green. Make plans to stop by and shop early for Christmas as many unique vendors will be selling their wares from 12:00 – 6:00 p.m. The Senior Center next to City Hall will also have their Arts and Craft Fair going on from 12:00 – 5:00 p.m. You won’t want to miss all the hand made items for sale.

You won’t want to miss this as they will interact with the crowd and have fun with everyone. Mayor Tom Witts will play his accordion with the band at 1:00 p.m. Don’t forget to get to the Green early and register for the costume contest for all ages… yes, that means Mom and Dad too. Check in to the left of the stage and register by 1:30 p.m. to enter. Dog costume contest will follow and you must register by 2:30 p.m.

The smell of festival food will fill the air to bring you flavors that will satisfy any palate. A wide variety of food will be available for purchase throughout the day.

The Trunk or Treat will be held in the First Baptist Church front parking lot hosted by several area churches including First Baptist Church, Snellville United Methodist Church, St. Oliver’s Church and many more local churches. Over 100 cars will be participating in the Trunk or Treat from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

New this year, is an interactive German Polka Band that will be coming from Ashville, SC and will be entertaining us from 12:00 – 2:30 p.m.

Back by popular demand, Banks and Shane will take the stage at 4:00 p.m. on the Towne Green. After shopping with our vendors, sit

Keystone Sponsor.... Eastside Medical Center

Bronze Sponsors....Choices To You • The Gwinnett Citizen Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Friends of Snellville.... Summit Chase Country Club • Wild Wing Cafe

Thank you to our hotels.... LaQuinta Inn and Suites • InTown Suites

back and relax. Bring a chair or blanket to sit on and enjoy the music. All Day Activity Wrist Band is $10.00 and includes all rides and mini golf. • Bungee Jump • Rock Wall • Inflatables • Trackless Train • Hay Rides • Mini Golf

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Entertainment Schedule 12 NOON Mountain Top Polka Band (Fun, Music, Interactive Games) 1:00 PM Mayor Tom Witts will play a song on his accordion with the Polka band 2:30 PM Costume Contest (must register by 1:30 PM) 3:20 PM Dog Costume Contest (must register by 2:30 PM) 3:50 PM Snellville Arts Commission Announcement 3:50 PM Scarecrow Contest Winners and Scarecrow Silent Auction Winners Announced 4:00 PM Trunk or Treat (First Baptist Church Side of Road) 4:00 PM Banks and Shane (Main Stage on Towne Green) For more information please visit: www.SnellvilleEvents.com

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SNELLVILLE CONCERT SERIES SEPT. 23, 2017 • 6-9 P.M. TOWNE GREEN Bennie and the Jets is led by Greg Ransom whose vocals naturally emulate Elton John. Greg’s piano playing is right on the money and has the ability to make you believe that you’re at an Elton John concert. With a Bennie and the Jets show, you get a great concert experience, complete with the costumes and showmanship of the classic Elton John.

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Snellville City Election 2017

Snellville will hold a General Election on Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017 for the purpose of electing three members of council. The council posts to be voted on are Post 3, Post 4 and Post 5. The voter registration deadline is Oct. 10, 2017 for persons to be eligible to vote in the Municipal General Election and, if necessary, a runoff. If no candidate receives a majority vote, then a runoff election will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017 at the same location.

This election will be held in the Snellville Senior Center, located at 2350 Oak Road. The polls will open for the Nov. 7, 2017 General Election at 7 a.m. and will close at 7 p.m.

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2017 Snellville Area High School Football Schedule Brookwood Broncos

8/19 At Archer (Corky Kell) 8/25 At Walton 9/01 South Gwinnett 9/15 Colquitt County 9/22 Berkmar

10/06 At Meadowcreek 10/13 Central Gwinnett 10/20 At Parkview 10/27 Norcross 11/03 At Lakeside, DeKalb

Grayson Rams

8/25 Hoover, AL 9/01 McEachern 9/09 At John Curtis, Shreveport, La 9/22 International Sch. of Broward, FL 9/29 Ramsay, AL

8/18 Collins Hill 8/25 At Parkview 9/01 Westlake 9/08 At Lowndes 9/15 At Mountain View

8/18 8/25 9/01 9/08 9/22 24

10/06 At Shiloh 10/13 At Archer 10/20 At Newton (SH) 10/27 Rockdale County 11/03 South Gwinnett

Shiloh Generals

9/29 At Rockdale County 10/06 Grayson 10/20 At South Gwinnett 10/27 Newton 11/03 Archer

South Gwinnett Comets

Central Gwinnett At Lanier At Brookwood South Forsyth At Hillgrove

9/29 Newton 10/13 At Rockdale County 10/20 Shiloh 10/27 Archer 11/03 At Grayson


By Ryan Burden, Intern Gwinnett County Schools and the City of Snellville are creating a culture of excellence in the local schools. The school clusters strive for innovative ways to promote learning and engage the students. Talking with Jill Landtroop, Grayson High School’s assistant principal; William Bo Ford, Brookwood High School’s principal; and Monique Lee, South Gwinnett High School’s principal; an average school day is anything but ordinary here in Snellville. Growth at South Gwinnett Academies - Monique Lee, Principal, South Gwinnett High School Summer continues to be a time of learning at South Gwinnett. For the second summer, the state court of Gwinnett County has offered the SMILE program (summer mentoring in legal education), and South Gwinnett had 12 of the 25 graduates. The program is offered to South Gwinnett, Central Gwinnett, North Gwinnett, and Norcross High Schools. Students eager to learn the legal system can participate and gain knowledge of the justice system, the trial process, and the Constitution. This past summer, the students listened to expert speakers such as State Sen. PK Martin, attorney Ron Greenwald, Sgt. Rain Nieddu, and attorney Eric Provitt. Martin lead an interactive discussion regarding legislative process and running for political office. Greenwald, a local defense attorney with decades of experience, gave the students an inside look at the criminal justice system Nieddu discussed police encounters and Provitt spoke on his decision to become a lawyer after a successful career in banking. This is a great mentoring program in our community. Way to go South Gwinnett! What did you do at school today? - Dr. Dana Pugh, Principal, and Jill Landtroop, Assistant Principal, Grayson High School How many times have you heard a student respond to the question, “What did you do at school today?” with an unemotional, flat response of “Nothing”? The mission of the Grayson Technical Education Program at Grayson High School is to change that answer! When students are participating in internships, completing dissections, making commercials for local businesses, catering an event for 500 people or launching

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their own business, the answer will be quite different. The Grayson Technical Education Program is a non-traditional, hands-on program that allows students from across Gwinnett County to explore a career field in which they are interested. Grayson offers 11 programs including entrepreneurship, culinary arts, veterinary services, music technology, TV and video production, audio engineering, sports medicine, IT & network systems, law and justice, digital media, and commercial photography. When students complete these programs, they have hands-on experience that places them a step ahead of others when entering the job market or college! Defining Excellence in the Brookwood Cluster - William Bo Ford Jr., Principal Brookwood is sustaining a “Tradition of Excellence” in the community. They have several annual events planned this upcoming year to engage the students in community affairs. The annual homecoming parade will be September 22, 2017. Late October, Brookwood will host the Community Pep Rally. There will be booths, a hayride, food, and family fun for everyone. In the spring, Brookwood students and staff will participate in Relay for Life. Last May, the Brookwood team raised $19,940.72 which was $9,940.72 higher than the original goal! Every February, the school partners with UGA to raise money for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Every March, they promote an “empty bowls” fund raiser for charity. Currently, BHS has a March to 1 Million campaign, in which the ongoing endeavor to raise and donate one million dollars is underway.

Furry Friend Photo Winner Woodrow McCall

Snellville Tourism and Trade recently had its first Four Legged Furry Friend Dog Contest on Facebook. STAT received more than 60 entries in the contest and Woodrow McCall, owned by Shelby Miller, received the majority of votes on STAT’s Facebook page. They won a certificate (pictured) and a $50 gift certificate which was awarded at the August Food Truck Friday event. By the way, Woodrow loved Mac the Cheese Food Truck at the event, his owners said. 25


JUST A FEW WEEKS LEFT TO ENJOY the Snellville Farmers’ Market

By Gretchen Schulz Hopefully you’ve been a regular customer at the Snellville Farmers Market since the market began its eighth season in early June. It is, after all, THE PLACE to be in Snellville on Saturday mornings from June through the last Saturday in September. It’s the place to purchase beautiful local produce and other locally made food products and crafts while you catch up with neighbors and friends. The market is also known as being very dog friendly and many of our canine customers eagerly await Saturday mornings. The market season will soon end on September 30th and it’s been a great season. We’ve had the best vendor attendance we’ve ever had. And in case you have not noticed, we have absolutely the best team of volunteers who give the vendors set-up assistance and are there to greet customers, both human and canine. So if you are a regular, or not-so-regular customer, it’s time to stock up! Some items you can purchase at the market will last throughout the winter months, including honey, jams and jellies, coffee, spices and spice mixes, and soap and other body care products. Then there are products that will last at least a month or two in your freezer, such as sausage and other meats and baked goods. Give a thought also to market products that would make great Christmas gifts, including jewelry, bird houses, handmade rag dolls and unique signs that spell out the names of nearby universities as well as other phrases with architectural photos. The market is on the Towne Green on Saturday mornings, 8:30 am to 12:30 p.m. 26


NEW BUSINESS ‘UNIQUE’ SENIOR CITIZEN HOUSINGthe Snellville’s newest proposed development

By Brian Arrington, Public Information Officer

By Brian Arrington, A five-story, 102-room Hampton Inn & Suites will be built in the Public Information Officer city following a unanimous vote by the Mayor and Council earlier thisSNELLVILLE year. – A 24.73-acre senior housing development on Highway 78 has been approved by Mayor and Council. The 64,400-square-foot building will be located in Park Place, a development located at the corner of Pharrs and Scenic The project by Ridgecliff LLC, calls for aRoad mixed-use senior Highway which recently saw the grand opening of Cracker citizen development including retail and restaurant space,Barrel, Freddie’s, Zaxby’s and Dental. living units, 55 assisted medical buildings, 225Aspen independent living units, 24 memory care units and 85 single-family There had for beenthose concerns theolder. hotel The would cause located traffic issues at the townhomes 55 and project, at 1672 busy intersection, but, according to the developers, daily trips would Athens Highway at Crestview Drive, will be one of the few in be by nearly two thirds of what was previously approved for thereduced region which combines senior housing options with retail and arestaurant 12,000-square-foot restaurant. space and fills a void for senior housing options in the city, officials said. “There is a need in the city for a quality limited-service hotel in the Scenic Highway Commercial Corridor as there are very “This is a win for the City of Snellville,” Planning and few options for travelers to utilize while staying in the area,” saidif Development Director Jason Thompson said. “There are few, Planning and Development Director Jason Thompson. “Eastside any, senior housing options in the area that offer doctor’s offices, Medical adjacent restaurants, retailfor businesses and offers retail andCenter, restaurant space on a campus seniors which neighboring residents could all benefit from having a nice Hampton varied levels of care and living choices.

Inn & Suites by Hilton within the city. Finally, Hampton Inn & Suites, under the Hilton (Hotels) umbrella, has a reputation for being a high-quality brand and product that would be an asset to the city for many years to come.” “We have identified a need for senior housing and this will do

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

Snellville Senior Center staff and members celebrated #CityHallSelfie Day Aug. 15. Participants were encouraged to take their selfies in front of City Hall in this worldwide event. The Snellville Senior Center is the place to be for those 55 and over.

and a package of four classes is $28. The classes run from 1 to 3 p.m.

in conjunction with our regular ongoing scheduled classes.

Located next to Snellville City Hall, the Senior Center is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

A group of crafters meets Tuesday at noon for crocheting and knitting. The meeting is free with membership.

The Senior Center will have an Arts and Craft Fair in conjunction with the Fall Festival from 12-5 p.m. at the Senior Center.

Spanish classes are offered for beginners, intermediate and advanced speakers throughout the week. Call the Senior Center at 770-985-3580 for class times.

Please stop by our center or visit our website at www.snellville.org to view our bimonthly newsletter located under Parks and Recreation for additional classes and events.

There are numerous classes for seniors to take part in. Aerobics are free with membership and take place Mondays and Thursdays at 9:15 and 10:15 a.m. Pilates are also available for $5 per class at 10 a.m. on Tuesdays and Fridays.

There are also card-making classes and courses in understanding computers, tablets and smartphones. Billiards, Bingo and an exercise and weight room is also available and free to members.

Painting classes are offered Thursdays

The Senior Center offers other classes

MEMBERSHIP

2017 Senior Center Annual Memberships: Snellville City Limit Residents $15, Gwinnett County Residents $25; Out-of-County $30. If you join after July 1, the cost for the remainder of the year is $9 for City Residents; $15 for County Residents; and $18 for Out of-county Residents. Additional persons from the same household receive a $5 discount.

EVENTS AND TRIPS

The Senior Center offers day and overnight trips as well as special events. Information is updated bimonthly in our Spotlight Newsletter which includes a current calendar of events. Newsletters can be picked up at the center, found on our website at www. snellville.org or mailed to your home once you join. Contact the Senior Center at 770-985-3580 to register and for additional information.

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COOLER SEASON VEGGIES COMING TO the Community Garden @Snellville By Gretchen Schulz Those of us who garden at the Community Garden @ Snellville love our red-ripe tomatoes, all kinds of varieties of peppers, squash, eggplant and other summer vegetables, but now it’s time to pull up these plants that are looking gangly and a bit worse for the wear. They are going in our compost pile at the garden. And we’re giving a lot of thought to our cool-season garden beds. There are several advantages to cool-season gardening. Many vegetables prefer cooler temperatures. There are also fewer insect problems during the cooler months. And as for the gardeners, we often enjoy the cooler air for working in the garden.

Cabbage

Swiss Chard

Here are some of the plants the gardeners at the Community Garden will be planting for the cooler months: •Collards: Large bluish-green leaves that improve in flavor after a light frost. Rich in Vitamin A, Vitamin C and folate. Also a good source of calcium and fiber and low in calories. •Swiss chard: The sturdy stalks come in a rainbow of colors, making it one of the prettiest vegetables in the garden. A rich source of Vitamins A, C and K as well as fiber. •Lacinato kale: Bumpy green leaves are hardy and tasty. Kale is considered by many to be a “superfood” because it is rich in Vitamins A, C and K and well as antioxidants. •Cauliflower: This cruciferous vegetable has a creamy white head that is rich in flavor and is low in calories and rich in Vitamin C. •Cabbage: Who does not enjoy a great homemade cole slaw? Cabbage is low in calories and rich in fiber and antioxidants. •Red cabbage: Deep burgundy leaves that are stunning in the garden and on the plate. Rich in disease-fighting phytochemicals. •Spinach: Deep green leaves that are rich in Vitamins A, C and antioxidants. Also a good source of iron...one of the highest of any of the green leafy vegetables. Makes a colorful and healthy salad. Come visit us at The Community Garden @ Snellville. We’re located in Briscoe Park, across the street from the Snellville Recycling Center. 30

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NEW PARK OFFERS QUIET RETREAT to those neighboring Oak Road

By Brian Arrington, Public Information Officer

City officials would like to thank the following for their help in opening the park:

SNELLVILLE – City and project officials were joined by residents from the neighborhoods surrounding the new Oak Road Park for a ribbon-cutting ceremony in July.

Oak Road Park Neighbors

The property spreads over 4.67 acres. It has a heavily wooded area on back side of the property with an active stream along the rear property line. Due to grant limitations, the space was only to be developed as a passive park which by definition means no organized activities, limited lighting, no paved parking and the property must stay as natural as possible.

Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners

The land for Oak Road Park was purchased in May of 2003 with Governor’s Greenspace Funds, a program created by former Gov. Roy Barnes through the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. Cities and counties were allowed to apply for funding to preserve green space. Snellville Parks and Recreation applied for funds and was approved. Monies were received to purchase property with the intent of developing a passive neighborhood park.

City of Snellville Mayor/Council

Snellville Parks & Recreation Advisory Board Snellville Planning Department Zaveri Enterprises, Inc. Goodwyn/Mills/Cawood

The park was built in two phases: Phase I - December 2013 - removed trees in preparing for open space at front of property and began process of spraying to remove non-native plant species. It took more than a year-and-ahalf to get vegetation under control. Phase II - August 2016 - revised design plans were accepted from Goodwin/Mills/Cawood. November 2016 - construction bid awarded to Zaveri Enterprises, Inc and work began in February of 2017. 31


SNELLVILLE AMERICAN HERO Military Banner Program A MERICA N HE Remember Your RO Military Hero Today An American Hero Banner will honor our currently active military or pay tribute to and remember our Veterans who fought for our freedom. In addition, it will have a direct and substantial civic and community benefit and enrich the aesthetic and visual appearance of the city thoroughfares.

All profits are used for the maintenance and upkeep of the Snellville Veterans Memorial.

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 The American Hero Military Banners will be displayed on the lamp posts in the   Snellville Towne Center area along Oak Road, Clower Street, and Wisteria Drive.   The cost to memorialize or honor a veteran is $150 for two years and the banners   will be displayed approximately 30 days prior to the Veterans Day holiday and approximately 30 days prior to the Memorial Day holiday. Renewal after the   first two year period will be available.  Two different banners will be displayed on each lamp post, one on each side. Location of the banner is at the discretion of Snellville Tourism and Trade, however, requests for up to 2 family members to be displayed on the same pole will be accommodated on a first come, first serve basis. To order a banner, pick up an application at the Snellville City Hall or on-line at the Snellville Tourism and Trade website at www.snellvilletourism.com. A portrait-style photo scan of the service person in dress uniform is required and must be scanned at a minimum size of 5 x 7 and at a mimimum dpi of 150. Please label the scan with the veteran’s name and email to kelmca@comcast.net. Deadline for Banners to be displayed for Veterans Day 2017 is September 15th

Thank you to all those who have already purchased an American Hero Banner.

For more information about the banner program please visit www.snellvilletourism.com or contact Kelly McAloon at kelmca@comcast.net

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SNELLVILLE VETERANS DAY CELEBRATION A program to honor all veterans SATURday, November 11, 2017 ★ 6:00 – 8:00 PM Snellville Towne Green

★ Recognition of Veterans ★ Button Gwinnett Chapter Militia ★ ★ Food Trucks ★ Luminaries ★ Military Vehicles ★ ★ Music by the Gwinnett Community Band ★

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The Scarecrows are coming To Snellville ... 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. To ensure that your scarecrow is on the map, the deadline to receive the registration form is Friday, Sept. 22. Contest is available to everyone in Snellville. Voting will run from Oct. 6-20 at 10 p.m. You will bring your scarecrow to the Snellville FALL FESTIVAL on the Towne Green on Oct. 21 for display. Silent Auction and Contest winners will be announced at 3:45 p.m. during the Fall Festival. Scarecrows will be auctioned off to the highest bidder with bids starting at $10. 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 by 10 a.m. Oct. 21. 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, 2nd- $75 and 3rd- $50) and also receive recognition in our 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 Gwinnett Southeast Food Co-op. Your money will go to a worthy cause! Any questions can be sent to kelmca@comcast.net or call Kelly McAloon at 770-310-0429.

For more information, rules, tips and applications visit www.SnellvilleEvents.com.

2nd Annual Festival of Trees is now accepting applications Vote for your favorite Christmas Tree Showcase your decorated Christmas Tree in Snellville City Hall from Nov. 25 through Dec. 15. Spaces are limited to 15 Christmas trees this year, so don’t delay. Fill out the application that can be found at www.SnellvilleEvents.com and send it in. Everyone will be able to vote on their favorite tree by placing dried food, canned goods or toys under the tree of choice. 34

All dried food and canned goods will be donated to Give Hunger the Boot for the Southeast Gwinnett Co-op Food Bank and all toys will be donated to Toys for Tots. Voting will begin at our Christmas Tree Lighting on Nov. 25. We will also be accepting monetary donations for those of you who want to vote on the tree of your choice at www. SnellvilleEvents.com.


October 6th from 4 - 8 PM Last Food Truck Friday of the Season!

Sack Races

Mega Checkers

9-Hole Mini Golf

Cousins Maine Lobster Gyro Chef Mediterranian Exotic Que Hole in the Wall Tex’s Tacos Philly Connection Triple J’s Pizza Tracy’s Tasties Not As Famous Cookie Company Sweet Jenius Dessert Truck

Grab your food before your favorite High School Football Game!

Halloween Networking Party Thursday, October 26th • 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Summit Chase Country Club Event Hosted By:

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 26th 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 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. 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.” To reserve a promotional table for this event please contact Kelly McAloon at kelmca@comcast.net.

GREAT NETWORKING • GREAT FOOD • GREAT DOOR PRIZES • STAY CONNECTED


SNELLVILLE IS ... Star Spangled Snellville

Live on the Lawn DEPARTURE - A Journey Tribute Band

Many thanks to Team Snellville Volunteers,


... THE HAPPENING PLACE TO BE Food Truck Fridays

Live on the Lawn

MIMIC w/ Special Guest Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Roger Fisher

Snellville Police Department and Public Works


Fall Favorites

From some of our favorite cooks!

BURGER BUNDLES

SQUASH CASSEROLE

1 ¼ cup stuffing 5 ½ tblsp water 1 tblsp butter 1 lb lean ground beef 1/3 cup evaporated milk 1 can cream of celery or mushroom soup 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce 1-2 tblsp ketchup

(Suitable for fellowship supper, family gathering, or bereavement feedings)

Preheat oven to 350 Prepare stuffing with 5 ½ tblsp water & 1 tblsp butter Mix ground beef with evaporated milk and divide into 5 flattened patties Spoon ¼ cup of stuffing in each patty and roll into ball Place in baking pan Mix soup Worcestershire sauce and ketchup Cover balls with sauce and bake for 45-60 minutes

Add 4 tbsp. Butter ½ cup milk 1 Cup shredded sharp cheddar ¾ Cup seasoned bread crumbs 1 tsp. salt and ground pepper to taste (Optional) 1 cup diced onion and 1 cup real bacon crumbs

- Mayor Pro Tem Barbara Bender’s husband Greg Bender.

Wash 6-8 yellow squash and slice in circles Cook on stovetop in water or microwave with water until soft Drain cooked squash and transfer to mixing bowl Crush with whisk or potato masher leaving some texture

Transfer to greased oven safe casserole dish Top mixture with more seasoned bread crumbs and sharp shredded cheddar Place in preheated 350 degree oven for 30 minutes Cut center to check done and cool before serving - Glyndia Norton, “Busy Mother of Two”

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ECLIPSE 2017 WC Britt Elementary School Fourth-grade FOCUS students at W.C. Britt Elementary School helped create some of the solar eclipse viewers used Aug. 21. Designing and constructing pinhole viewers was a natural and relevant way to incorporate the students into the curriculum. Also, the students wanted to show how the eclipse impacted the environment as it lost heat and light. Not only did students use thermometers to track the Mayor Pro Tem Barbara Bender and Principal Melissa Madsen with students temperature, they used a multi meter to measure the voltage of a solar panel looking at the eclipse Aug. 21. throughout the event.

Mayor Pro Tem Barbara Bender and Tom McNeill, science coach/gifted coordinator, after the eclipse.

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Snellville, Where Everybody’s Proud to be Somebody

A Family-Centered Approach to Maternity Care

1800 Tree Lane, Suite 300 • Snellville, GA

Gwinnett Gynecology is now Gwinnett Gynecology & Maternity At Gwinnett Gynecology & Maternity, you can expect more while you’re expecting. Our physician team provides experienced and compassionate care and serves as a vital component for patients and their families during the journey to motherhood.

Dr. Vonda Ware Obstetrics & Gynecology

Our team provides in depth services throughout every stage of pregnancy – from preconception healthcare services while planning for parenthood to continued care after your special delivery has arrived. We’re here every step of the way.

WELCOME! Dr. Brittany Merritt Obstetrics & Gynecology

Dr. Carmen McGee Obstetrics & Gynecology

For more information, please call 770-972-6464 or visit Gwinnett-Gyn.com

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