Snellville Spirit Fall 2018

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Fall 2018 - Volume 32 Snellville Spirit Magazine is produced by: Snellville Tourism & Trade Association

Summer is winding down The summers seem to be getting shorter. It is hard to believe that the kids are back in school and football season is off and running. We have been fortunate to dodge the numerous rain storms at most of our events this summer. We have a great lineup of activities and events for you to attend in the fall including our Live on the Lawn Concert Series and A Taste of Snellville where Snellville’s best eats will all be available on the Towne Green. Our Fall Festival is right around the corner, with fun for the entire family. It includes great music, a wide variety of craft vendors and that fabulous Fall Festival Food. If you would like to participate or volunteer at any of our great events go the www.snellvilletourism. com and shoot us an email. Enjoy your last days of summer and I hope to see you in Snellville during the fall.


Snellville Tourism and Trade Association’s mission is to promote business, tourism and events in the City of Snellville. President Don Britt Vice President Tom Morris Secretary Kathy Emanuel Treasurer Jamey Toney Board Member Regina Hart Board Member Billy Franklin Board Member Kurt Schulz Board Member Alice Snipes Executive Director Kelly McAloon Mayor of Snellville Tom Witts City Council Barbara Bender - Mayor Pro Tem, Gretchen Schulz, Dave Emanuel, Cristy Lenski and Roger Marmol City Website: Magazine Design by Brian Arrington, Perry Cox and Kelly McAloon Magazine Cover Design by Perry Cox

Don Britt, President, Snellville Tourism and Trade

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

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Contributing Writers and Photographers: Kelly McAloon, Don Britt, Brian Arrington, Barbara Bender, Eric Van Otteren, Gretchen Schulz and Perry Cox




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Community Garden is a great place for kids.



The Towne Green will host an Elton John Tribute.



A listing of events at T.W. Briscoe Park.



The city is ready to celebrate our veterans at an event.



The Snellville Senior Center has a lot going on.



A list of school bus passing rules and important numbers.



The popular event is coming to Snellville again.



Get information on the upcoming Scarecrow Contest.



Christmas trees will come to City Hall again.







Mayor Pro Tem Barbara Bender gives a city update.


The latest from the police department and public works.


A preview of the city’s annual food fair.


Familiarize yourself with the new hands free law.


The latest with the highway 124/78 intersection.


Plans for the city’s Greenway project are now public.


Snapshots of Snellville Farmers’ Market fun.


There’s lots going on at the city’s business incubator.


New businesses are always opening in Snellville.


With cooler weather comes Snellville’s Fall Festival.


Former crossing guard greets visitors at Farmers’ Market.


Meet the leaders of Snellville’s newest hotel.






There’s always something going on at T.W. Briscoe Park.


Get a look at the fun times at city events.


Recipes from some of Snellville’s best cooks.


MAYOR PRO TEM’S MESSAGE Rowboats and buses. If you have spent any time in corporate America, you know the business vernacular about rowboats and buses. Many books have been written about getting everyone in the company rowing in the same direction. Scores more have been written on getting the right people on the proverbial bus to create a successful operation. I am not giving you a review of business books, however, I do want to tell you about our rowboat and the people on our bus. While we often talk about the volunteers who work so hard at our Snellville Tourism and Trade events, the Farmers’ Market and Community Garden, the volunteerism does not stop there. There are a host of other volunteers serving important roles in our city government on the Planning Commission, Board of Appeals and the Parks and Recreation Board. There are members of our Downtown Development Authority, Urban Redevelopment Authority and Development Authority of Snellville who are hard at work supporting the city in making the vision of a walkable downtown a reality. Volunteers are working on the Community Task Force to guide the consultants preparing the 2040 Comprehensive Plan to be sure the plan is reflective of our community. Thank you to all of you who have completed the surveys so your thoughts and opinions can be incorporated into this guidebook.

Members of the Snellville Historical Society are also involved in meetings and activities surrounding the development of the downtown. Snellville does not have an old downtown to build on, however, we do have a rich, documented history and it is very important that we incorporate our history into our future. These volunteers offer support to the Mayor and Council and the city staff in carrying out our vision and mission. They are a great cross-section of our community which adds even more citizen input into our deliberations and planning.

Mayor Pro Tem Barbara Bender

These are the people on our city bus and I believe we have the right people on our bus. And, most importantly, all these people and organizations are working together with a level of commitment and cooperation I have not experienced in the 12 years I have been involved in the city government. It is incredible to be involved in the discussions, the disagreements and then finding the solutions. The business books have it right. When you get everyone in your boat rowing in the same direction, remarkable things can be achieved. We are experiencing it right now.

AROUND TOWNE Snellville officer receives national award Police officer Brett Chism was honored by the City Council for winning a national award after making the largest seizure of MDMA in the country last year. The National Criminal Enforcement Association recognized Chism for making the largest seizure of MDMA – commonly known as ecstasy - in the country in 2017. The organization provides training and networking opportunities for its 7,000-plus international members in aggressive criminal patrol and “looking beyond the ticket.”

From left, Snellville Police Department Chief Roy Whitehead presents officer Brett Chism with the National Criminal Enforcement Award for making the largest ecstacy bust in the U.S. in 2017. 6

“Brett is dedicated, energetic and driven as he serves and protects our city,” Chief Roy Whitehead said. “He deserves to be honored for this effort as well as for what he does every day. His actions have brought tremendous recognition to our city and our department. I couldn’t be more proud of him.” At about 2 a.m. on Sept. 29, 2017, Chism stopped a car for Snellville, Where Everybody’s Proud to be Somebody

an equipment violation on East Main Street. The driver and passenger exhibited several indicators leading Chism to believe they were involved in criminal activity. He asked the driver for consent to search the car, but he refused. A K-9 officer on the scene conducted a free air sniff of the car, giving a positive indication for the odor of narcotics.

Snellville to become Purple Heart City

Chism searched the car finding 45,000 MDMA pills, marijuana and two handguns (one stolen). He arrested both occupants and between them charged them with trafficking ecstasy, possession of marijuana, possession of drug-related objects, possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and theft by receiving for the stolen handgun. Chism attended the National Criminal Enforcement Association National Conference in Denver for additional training and to receive this well-deserved recognition. The NCEA was founded in memory of Capt. Robbie Bishop of the Villa Rica Police Department who was killed in the line of duty.

Public Works: Try composting your leaves Fall is knocking at our door and that means leaves, leaves and more leaves! Composting is the earth’s way of naturally recycling old plant material. When mixed with soil, compost improves soil structure, adds a wide variety of minerals and nutrients, and improves the soil’s ability to retain moisture. Not only is composting beneficial from a soil management perspective, but it also can help to prevent stormwater pollution. In autumn, fallen leaves that are left on the ground enter storm drains and end up in our waterways, resulting in an overload of organic materials in rivers and streams. The decomposition of this material can reduce sunlight penetration, increase nutrient loads and decrease dissolved oxygen content, all affecting the health and vitality of waterways. Composting is one of many ways to reduce stormwater pollution and keep our streams and rivers clean. You too can use composting in your own backyard to manage your yard waste, improve your soil and prevent stormwater pollution!

Snellville is on its way to becoming a Purple Heart City in honor of the wounded combat military men and women who have protected us on the battlefield. A new parking spot designated for Combat Wounded is now available at Snellville City Hall. Stay tuned for other initiatives to honor our Combat Wounded.

More notes from Snellville Public Works •Remember to utilize the American Kidney Foundation truck located at the Snellville Recycling Center, 2591 Marigold Road, Snellville, for all your donations.

Other than composting, you have two options for getting rid of yard debris if you live inside the city limits of Snellville.

•Holiday curbside sanitation and recycling collection will observe the following days: Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day - no pick-ups on these days.

1. Bring up to a truck load to the Snellville Recycling Center for free - subsequent load is $15.

When these holidays fall on a weekend, no changes will be made to our weekly pick-up schedule.

2. Purchase the official city brown bags with the city seal and phone number for curb pick up. These are sold at Public Works, City Hall and Kroger and Publix on Scenic Highway. When you purchase the brown bag you are paying for the curbside pickup. Pick-ups are normally done on Wednesdays so call by noon on Tuesday to be scheduled.

When the actual holiday falls on a weekday, they will not run the regular routes. All pick-up days following the observed holiday will be delayed one day.

The official blue City of Snellville bags for extra garbage are available at the same locations as the brown yard debris bags.

Contact Public Works if you have any questions about the schedule at 770-985-3527, Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. •Visit our page on the City of Snellville Website for more information at


September 15th

4:00 – 8:00 PM

Towne Green

Experience a diverse taste of many cultures as the “Great Chefs of Snellville” and surrounding area Chefs prepare their favorite foods for the 3rd Annual “Taste of Snellville” Many restaurants will feature their favorite foods and offer samplings for the tasting at the 3rd Annual “Taste of Snellville” event. All tickets will be sold at the information booth. One ticket equals one dollar and all samples of food will be sold for one, two or three tickets. 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 out at least 10 spots on your card and drop it into the Door Prize box for a chance to win some great door prizes

that will be awarded at the end of the event. Many door prizes will be gift cards to local restaurants. Back by popular demand is Jazz Fusion Kings that will play from 4-5 p.m. and the ever so popular Grains of Sand Band from Athens that will take the stage from 5-8 p.m. with favorites that will keep you on your feet, so don’t forget your dancing shoes. All tickets for food must be purchased at the information booth. Cash and credit cards accepted.

All tickets for the rides can be purchased at the activitiy ticket booth on the City Hall side of the road. Rides include the bungee jump, inflatables and train ride. Lincoln Fill Station will be on site selling craft beer. Home Brew, the new winery in town will be selling wine. Bring your chairs and blankets to sit on and enjoy the tastes and sounds of Snellville!

Some of the great restuarants participating are: • • • •

Ionies Caribbean Kitchen • Fratelli’s • Beren’s Frozen Custard • Jim ‘N Nick’s • Chick-fil-A Hwy 78 • Mom’s Creole Cookin The Village Corner German Restaurant and Bakery • Honey Baked Ham • Cracker Barrel • Bonefish Grill • Wild Wing Cafe Great Harvest Bread Co. • Summit Chase Country Club • Tropical Smoothie Café • Nothing Bundt Cakes • Brown’s BBQ Nawlins Praline Candy • Snellville Honey... plus many more.

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DON’T TEXT AND DRIVEccc The new hands-free law is now in effect, warning drivers not to text while driving. Drivers cannot have a phone in their hand or touching any part of their body while talking on their phone while driving. Even with hands-free technology, drivers cannot write, read or send text messages, e-mails, social media content and other internet data while on the road (Voice to text is allowed). Drivers cannot watch videos when they are on the road (Navigational/GPS videos are allowed). Drivers cannot use their phones or electronic devices to record video when they are on the road (Continuously running dash cams are allowed). Drivers may listen to streaming music that does not include videos on the screen of their phone or device while driving but cannot touch their phones while on the road to activate or program any music streaming app. The fine for a first conviction is $50 and one point assessed against the driver’s license. The fine is $100 and two points for a

second conviction and $150 and three points for three or more convictions. The fines for a second or third offense only apply when date of a second or third conviction takes place within 24 months of the date of the first conviction. First-time offenders can have the charge dropped by showing the court they have obtained a device that allows them to talk on a phone with hands-free technology or devices. Snellville Police Department officials say the new law, which went into effect July 1, is already having positive results. “Last month we worked 130 traffic accidents,” a SPD Facebook post reads. “Eighty-nine of those accidents occurred on the roadway and 41 on private property. Last year in July we worked 176 accidents (120 roadway and 56 private property). In June of this year, one month before the new law took effect, we worked 181 accidents (117 roadway and 64 private property). We issued 93 citations last month for improper use of a telecommunication device. In all of 2017, we issued 81 citations for texting/unsafe use of cell phone.”

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Q&A about GDOT’s 124/78 intersection project Snellville Economic Development Director Eric Van Otteren recently sat down with Robert Moon of Pittman Construction, the company in charge of building the Georgia Department of Transportation’s highway 124/78 intersection project. Here’s what he found.

Q: How is the project going so far? A: So far we are within 5 percent of our schedule. Rain has held us up and still waiting on some utilities to be relocated. Q: When will the work start on the Main Street/78 lanes and impact traffic in the drive lane? A: I don’t see the impact happening until December or even January. Which will be when we start the asphalt paving on Main Street. Don’t hold me to that because we might have to pave sooner or later depending on the remaining utilities that have to be relocated. Q: When will the Henry Clower Boulevard work finish? A: Henry Clower is part of the Main Street project. You may have noticed that we started on Henry Clower with minor grading, then base, curbing and paving up through the inter layer asphalt course. The final asphalt course won’t be put on until next year. We still have the wall to construct at the intersection of 124 and Henry Clower. The wall work will start (this month). 12

Q: What is the one thing you wish drivers knew as they go through the work zone? A: All of the road workers have a family to go home to every evening so please obey the construction signs. There are a few that cut through parking lots and go around our barrels to make better time, but it only takes one to make that fatal mistake. Q: Please share the anticipated work over the next month or two. A: We will continue grading and placing the stone base along the north side of Main Street from the Bank of America up to Captain D’s as well as the wall construction as mentioned. Q: What is your favorite part of the project? A: My favorite part is the fact that the majority of the public has been very understanding and patient. Thank you for that. The other favorite part is when we complete the project I think everyone will like the way it was designed to accommodate the traffic flow. Snellville, Where Everybody’s Proud to be Somebody

Pictured is the first phase of the multiuse path network to be installed in the city. It will be a roughly 1-mile loop around City Hall and part of downtown Snellville. The City Hall parking lot will be used as a trailhead, where trail users can come and park, and the route will take it right past the location of the new Library + Market building. The trail will make use of existing 10foot sidewalks along Oak Road, Clower Street and Wisteria Drive, and also run alongside a creek in the woods behind Wisteria. Signage will be added along the route, and the sidewalks will be striped to show their new designation as a multiuse path. New crosswalks and pedestrian shelters will also be added where it crosses the street. Surveying for the properties is nearly complete and construction should hopefully commence before the end of the year. The city will look into connecting downtown to Briscoe or Oak Road Park,

or possibly beginning the connection between Snellville and Lawrenceville along North Road.

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Plans for Phase 1 of Greenway Plan revealed

To read the Snellville Greenway Master Plan and view a map visit www.snellville. org/snellville-greenway-master-plan-1.

Local student entrepreneurs are making waves

Education. Each student received a scholarship to attend this threeday residency conference. For more information about Foundations of Economic Education visit For more about South Gwinnett’s Business, Entrepreneurship and Hospitality Academy visit www. For more about Gwinnett County Academies visit www.

South Gwinnett’s entrepreneurship students participated at a three-day summer camp that focused on economic development and leadership. From left are: Katie Fossaceca, FEE staff; and SGHS students Jamaia Browning, Gaberiele Selver, Jaylen Barnes, Juan Cruz and Sydney Gray. South Gwinnett’s entrepreneurship students were inspired and empowered this summer at Emory University. Five students participated in a three-day summer camp that focused on economic development and leadership. They had the opportunity to network with community leaders and gained knowledge on leveraging the entrepreneurial mindset. In addition, they were able to gain real world leadership skills covering topics about global issues.

Also, three of the winners in Partnership Gwinnett’s first ever Amazing Student Entrepreneur competition got their start in Snellville’s Shark Tank student entrepreneur competition. Mya Swaby, a rising senior at Brookwood High School, won Snellville’s competition in May and then took the top prize for the county’s first-ever event Aug. 2. Swaby runs ContraBand Clothing, an apparel company that designs and produces augmented reality clothing. AkeyJah Charles, a rising senior at South Gwinnett High School, who owns a photography business called The Key Images, placed second. Komlan “CJ” Amousou, a recent graduate of Grayson Technical High School, who will attend Gwinnett Tech in the fall and major in Photography, finished third for his photography business.

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SNELLVILLE FARMERS’ MARKET Here’s a look at the fun things going on at the SFM each Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. through September on the Towne Green! 4












Pictures by number:

1. The Georgia Grown logo. The market has been designated as a Georgia Grown market by the Georgia Department of Agriculture. 2. Ollie loves to come to the market. We’ve named him our “unofficial market mascot.” 3. Another dog who loves to come to the market. 4. Bonnie Zapfe of BZ Pet Delights. 5. Seed to Petal Flower Farm 6. Laura Drake (director of Southeast Gwinnett Co-op) and Greg Earle of Gralan Farms. Greg has donated thousands of pounds of produce to the Co-op this season.





7. Gralan Farms booth 8. Squash and corn 9. Blooming Beauties booth 10. Edward Sezenov of Snellville Honey 11. Little boy with plant 12. Kriss Johnson opened the market with the National Anthem. 13. Pearson Farm 14. Wade Lipsey of Cooking with Bubba (sells boiled peanuts) 15. Georgia Buffalo 16. Steel City Pops

For more information on the market, including vendor lineups, visit:


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GarageWorx: It’s more than just a desk

(Above) Brookwood High School Work Based Learning Coordinator Cindy Quinlan and GarageWorx’s Walter West create a video for GarageWorx. (Left) From left, Economic Developer Eric Van Otteren and GarageWorx’s Josh Sweeney.

By Eric Van Otteren, Economic Development Director The latest evolution in office space, co-working is too often seen as nothing more than a desk to work from and unlimited coffee. In reality, co-working is so much more than just a desk. The co-working concept is built on collaboration, community and increasing quality of life with just one common shared workspace. The “desk” is just a small piece of the whole co-working experience. Co-working spaces are a forum that brings people of all different industries and experience levels together, enabling the exchange of ideas, networking opportunities and collaboration. In addition, co-working spaces often increase the quality of life of those who utilize them by eliminating lengthy commutes and providing a work space that is more conducive to productivity than a traditional office. Unfortunately, the majority of co-working spaces are found in major metropolitan areas which leaves suburban entrepreneurs and businesses out of the mix. However, that is what inspired Josh Sweeney, the founder of GarageWorx, to partner with the City of Snellville to open a co-working space within this suburban community. Sweeney and the City of Snellville agree that coworking spaces are imperative for fostering economic growth and business development which made Snellville the ideal location for GarageWorx. Since its inception, GarageWorx has consistently involved itself in the Snellville community from hosting organizations such as the Greater Eastside Chamber of Commerce and Score to participating in entrepreneurship events like the Snellville Shark Tank. 16

In addition, GarageWorx works closely with the City of Snellville and other community leaders to foster entrepreneurship and business development within the local community. Co-working spaces provide a facility that business professionals can find community, collaborate on projects and start-ups, and easily work from. These advantages are what makes co-working spaces so attractive to entrepreneurs and businesses and what makes these spaces so much more than just a desk. GarageWorx has also expanded to include GED and English language classes with Gwinnett Technical College. The are two classes meeting each day. City leadership began several months ago to work with Gwinnett Tech to located the classes. After considering a couple of options, Gwinnett Tech, the City and GarageWorx agreed that class would a valuable addition to other offerings at GarageWorx. The classes started Aug. 6. There are a total of 18 students divided between two classes. Gwinnett Tech provides an instructor and materials for each class. “Co-working spaces are a forum that brings people of all different industries and experience levels together, enabling the exchange of ideas, networking opportunities, and collaboration,” Snellville Economic Development Director Eric Van Otteren said. For anyone interested in finding out more about the GarageWorx space, make sure and follow us on social media @GarageWorxCo and visit its website at to schedule your tour today. Snellville, Where Everybody’s Proud to be Somebody

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NEW BUSINESSES IN SNELLVILLEccc The months of May, June and July saw the opening of more than 50 businesses in Snellville. For a complete list, visit the city’s website at www.snellville,org. Highlights from some of the openings are included below. Country Financial - 2092 Scenic Highway

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9th Annual Fall Festival October 20 • Noon – 6PM Snellville Towne Green

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By Kelly McAloon


fall season upon us, comes the changing of the leaves to the bright orange, yellow and red colors. This means our 9th Annual Fall Festival is right around the corner and is shaping up to be one of the best events around. It is hard to believe we are in our 9th year and we have certainly planned a fun filled event for the entire community to enjoy. Don’t miss out as hay bails, pumpkins, scarecrows, music and great festival food will give you the full Fall Festival experience. Over 100 vendors will be participating this year and will line the street on Oak Road in front of City Hall and around the Towne Green. Make plans to stop by and shop early for Christmas gifts as many unique craft 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 Crafts Fair going on from 12:00 – 5:00 p.m.

The Trunk or Treat will be held in the First Baptist Church front parking lot, hosted by First Baptist Church Snellville with many local churches participating. Over 100 cars will be participating in the Trunk or Treat from 4 – 6 p.m.

You won’t want to miss all the great hand make items that will be for sale. 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 including Jim ‘N Nick’s BBQ, Fratelli’s, Funnel Cakes, Brown’s BBQ with turkey legs and grilled corn, Beren’s Frozen Custard and Chick-fil-A, just to name a few.

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 back and relax. Bring a chair or blanket to sit on and enjoy the music.

J. Kyle Reynolds and band straight from Loganville, Ga. will be entertaining us from 12:15 – 2:15 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 must register by 2:30 p.m.

All Day Activity Band is $10.00 and includes all rides and mini golf. • Bungee Jump • Inflatables • Trackless Train • Hay Rides • Mini Golf


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Entertainment Schedule 12:00 PM Welcome 12:15 PM J. Kyle Reynolds Band 2:30 PM Costume Contest (must register by 1:30 PM) 3:15 PM Dog Costume Contest (must register by 2:30 PM) 3:45 PM Scarecrow Contest Winners and Scarecrow Silent Auction Winners Announced 3:55 PM Introduction of Dignitaries 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:

GRETA GOES FROM CROSSING GUARD to Farmers’ Market greeter

She’s gone from greeting students at Britt Elementary and South Gwinnett High School to greeting shoppers each Saturday at the Snellville Farmers’ Market.

Even though she’s retired, longtime crossing guard Greta Coble, can’t seem to stop saying, “Hello and welcome.” Coble recently retired after 47 years as a crossing guard and a school food assistant at Britt Elementary. In June, the city honored her for her efforts. “In her position as a crossing guard, Ms. Coble has assisted hundreds of

Snellville children and teachers each day as they crossed Skyland Drive, helping these students and teachers begin and end their school day safely and with a wonderful Ms. Greta smile,” Councilwoman Gretchen Schulz read from the proclamation. “The Mayor Pro-Tern and City Council of the City of Snellville wish to show their heartfelt appreciation to Greta Coble who has served and protected Snellville’s most valuable resource, our children, and has made Snellville a city ‘Where Everybody is Proud to be Somebody.’”

You can visit Coble at the Snellville Farmers’ Market from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. each Saturday through September on the Towne Green.

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From left, Saun Matthews, general manager, and Erin Ritchie, director of sales, of Hampton Inn & Suites are ready to open the facility in the winter.

By Eric Van Otteren, Economic Development Director Months ago, ground was broken off Pharrs Road for a new Hampton Inn & Suites. If you have driven by you have watched the building grow. The Hampton Inn & Suites was brought to Snellville by Swope & DeThomas Investment Group, LLC. The hotel is planned to open, weather permitting, sometime in early winter before the holidays. You will be able to book reservation later this fall for dates after the hotel opens. Hampton Inn & Suites will be led by two key staff members experienced in opening a new hotel and meeting the needs of each guest. The general manager and director of sales have both worked in Gwinnett County for some time. The general manager of the new Hampton Inn is Saun Matthews who now calls the South Gwinnett area home and recently opened the Hampton Inn and Suites in Dunwoody. Matthews has worked her way up the ladder in the hospitality

Economic Development Fall 2018

Hampton Inn to open in winter; for now, meet the staff

industry since 2005. The Hampton Inn & Suites in Snellville is the second hotel that she as the privilege of opening. She is originally from Thailand and came to the U.S. in 1990. Matthews has lived in Georgia for 28 years and has three children in middle school in the Snellville area. She did not expect a career in the hospitality industry when she started in 2005 as a front desk agent. She has grown fond of the industry and Hampton Inn & Suites and is excited about opening the Hampton this winter. Erin Ritchie was recently hired as the director of sales for the Hampton Inn & Suites in Snellville. She has lived in the Gwinnett/Sugarloaf market for 10 years. Ritchie moved to Gwinnett County in 2008 to become the director of sales with the Hampton Inn Sugarloaf. Her family lives in the Snellville area. She has two children that attend school in the Brookwood cluster in the fifth grade and kindergarten. Ritchie is originally from Florida and came to Georgia to attend the University of Georgia. Ritchie Graduated from UGA in December of 2002. She started in the hotel industry in 2005 with the Doubletree in Alpharetta and was on the opening team as a Room Service Attendant. She moved to Gwinnett County in 2008 and became the Director of Sales with the Hampton Inn Sugarloaf. Ritchie has an “outspoken” dog named Tin Tin, a rescue dog who thinks he is a guard dog, but only weighs in at 14 pounds. Hampton Inn & Suites is a top branded hotel that strives to meet the needs of each of its guests. Matthews and Ritchie look forward to serving you and your families as they become more a part of our Snellville family …Where Everybody is Proud to be Somebody.


TIME IN COMMUNITY GARDEN can be a rewarding experience

(Left) Susan Langley and her son, South; (Center, top) Black (Negrito Manduvi) peanuts; (Center, bottom) White (Spanish Pearl) peanuts and black sesame seeds; and (Above) Matthew Casebeer watering his raised bed. By Gretchen Schulz, Councilwoman Gardening with children can be a very rewarding experience... for both children and their parents. And the Community Garden @ Snellville can be a perfect place for that experience. “It’s something we do together. We can spend time together,” said Susan Langley, a city resident who is often accompanied when she comes to the garden by her son, South, who is 9 years old and in fourth grade. “I want him to know where food comes from so he can make good choices.” South enjoys the experience of gardening with his mother. “I like planting. And this year we got to use the greenhouse for our plants and I really liked that. Also planting peanuts because my dad and I like boiled peanuts.” Susan and South grow a large variety of plants at the Community Garden, including black and white peanuts (also know as Negrito Manduvi and Spanish Pearl peanuts), black sesame seeds, Jerusalem artichokes and sweet potatoes, as well as the veggies that almost all the gardeners grow, such as tomatoes and squash. Snellville resident Cynthia Casebeer is another gardener who is often seen at the garden with her sons, Matthew, 12, and Simon, 9. “I like bringing them here so they can see where food comes from. And they know that it is hard work for the farmers who 24 24

grow our food,” she said. Matthew enjoys the outdoors and coming to the garden provides lots of outdoor time for him. “I like how I can get out in the sunny outside and pick some vegetables,” he said. Gardening can offer children the opportunity to develop many important life skills and can have many positive effects on their bodies. They experience the satisfaction that comes from caring for something over time, while observing the cycle of plant life. They can learn about pollinators, such as bees and butterflies, which are plentiful at the Community Garden. Growing fruits and vegetables promotes a healthy body by encouraging children to eat what they have grown and parents can use gardening as an opportunity to teach their children about a variety of vitamins and minerals and their positive effects on the body. Gardening also involves physical activity, such as moving soil, digging in the dirt and pushing a wheelbarrow, all activities that promote gross motor skills and overall strength. Very importantly in this electronic age, gardening offers time for meaningful family connection. Taking care of their plants and watching them grow can give children a sense of purpose and responsibility. And the self-esteem a child gets from eating a perfect tomato that he grew himself is priceless. For more information on the Community Garden @ Snellville visit Snellville, Where Everybody’s Proud to be Somebody

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Sept. 22

BENNIE AND THE JETS Elton John Tribute

Bennie and the Jets is led by Greg Ransom whose vocals are exactly like Elton John’s naturally and Greg’s piano playing is right on the money! Greg has the ability to make you believe that you’re at an Elton John concert. If you were to attend an Elton John concert today, you would miss seeing the plumage and costumes of yesteryear. With a Bennie and the Jets show, you get both - superb musicianship and an amazing theatrical event.

Parks & Recreation Fall 2018

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

Briscoe Park is open daily 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. (770) 985-3535 Oak Road Park 1925 Oak Road (Passive neighborhood park)

The pool will be open Fridays 12-6 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 12-7 p.m. only until Labor Day weekend. The last day pool is open for the season is Sept. 3. Kids. Do you want to play Recreational Soccer? You can if you are ages 4-19. Please check allinfcsnellville. com or call 678-517-4789 for more information. Visit our website or call for our Youth Soccer Summer Camp for Rec. & Academy. Youth Flag Football registration is open now. League starts Sept. 30. Games are played at Briscoe Park on Sundays. Register online at falconsflagfootball. com or call 678-210-3253. Ladies of Pearls Kickball in partnership with Snellville Parks and Recreation introduces a Women’s Adult Kickball League. Games started Aug. 25 but late registrations are accepted. Games will be played at Briscoe Park on Saturdays between 4-7 p.m. Please email to register or call 404-956-8347. Outdoor basketball courts are available on a first-come-first-served basis without lights daily from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tennis courts are first-comefirst-served, but can be reserved during

day or at night 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 (nonresident). T.W. Briscoe Park hosts Community

Yard Sales near the pool in the fall. Dates include Sept. 15, Oct. 13 and Nov. 17. If you would like to sell items, spaces are $10 for one or $15 for two (9’x18’ parking spots). Register at the Park Office, 2500 Sawyer Parkway in Snellville. Contact Tracey Glass at or call the Park Office for info. Our next sale is Sept 15.


Facilities at the park can be rented with 14 days notice. There are outdoor pavilion rentals, large rooms for rent and the pool can be rented. For room/ pavilion rentals call the park office at 770-985-3535 For field rentals, call Meghan Purvis at 770-985-3532. The park accepts cash, check, money order, Visa, MC or debit card. For a list of property for rental visit 26

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Sharing Christ with the


Come and join us as we give thanks and celebrate 135 years of ministry and mission for Jesus Christ!


We invite all of you to join us for a service of worship Sunday, September 23rd at 10:30AM.

In 1883 a small group of Methodist Christians began meeting and formed the Snellville Methodist Church. Those of us who think of SUMC as our church home want to celebrate that our congregation is turning 135 years old. One of our beloved former pastors, the Rev. Dr. Phil DeMore, will be the guest preacher for the day and we will continue the celebration with lunch in the Christian Life Center after the service of worship concludes.

2428 Main Street East // Snellville, GA 30078 // 770.972.9360 //

SNELLVILLE VETERANS DAY CELEBRATION SATURday, November 10, 2018 ★ 3:00 – 4:30 PM In front of the Veterans Memorial

★ The Gwinnett Community Band will kick off the event with patriotic music at 3:00 PM ★ ★ Veterans Program will begin at 3:30 PM ★ Button Gwinnett Chapter Militia ★

Spotlight on Snellville Seniors

Snellville Senior Center ~ 2350 Oak Road ~ Snellville, Georgia 30078 ~ (770) 985-3580 The Snellville Senior Center is the place to be for those 55 and over. Located next to Snellville City Hall, the Senior Center is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. 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 $3 per class at 10 a.m. on Tuesdays and Fridays. Painting classes are offered Thursdays and a pack of four classes is $28. The classes run from 1 to 3 p.m. A group of crafters meets Tuesday at noon for crocheting and knitting. The meeting is free with membership. Spanish classes are offered for beginners, intermediate and advanced speakers throughout the week. Call the Senior Center at 770-985-3580 for class times. There are card-making classes, piano, sewing and acting classes as well. Beginning computer, smartphone and tablet classes coming soon. Call center for dates. Billiards, Bingo and an exercise and weight room are also available and free to members.

The Senior Center offers other classes in conjunction with our regular ongoing scheduled classes. Please stop by our center or visit our

website at to view our bimonthly newsletter located under Parks and Recreation for additional classes and events.


2018 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 ofcounty Residents. Additional persons from the same household receive a $5 discount.


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. or mailed to your home once you join. Contact the Senior Center at 770-985-3580 to register and for additional information. 29

SCHOOL BUS PASSING SAFETY School’s back in session. Do you know the rules of the road when it comes to passing buses?

Area School Telephone Numbers Alton C. Crews Middle School 1000 Old Snellville Highway 770-982-6940 Bay Creek Middle School 821 Cooper Road 678-344-7570 Britt Elementary School 2503 Skyland Drive SW 770-972-4500 Brookwood Elementary School 1330 Holly Brook Road SW 770-736-4360 Brookwood High School 1255 Dogwood Road SW 770-972-7642


Centerville Elementary School 3115 Scenic Highway S 770-972-2220 Craig Elementary School 1075 Rocky Road 770-978-5560 Grayson Elementary School 460 Grayson Parkway 770-963-7189 Grayson High School 50 Hope Hollow Road 770-554-1071 Grace Snell Middle School 3800 Brushy Fork Road SW 770-554-7750 Gwinnett County Public Schools 678-301-6000

J. C. Magill Elementary School 3900 Brushy Fork Road SW 770-554-1030 McConnell Middle School 550 Ozora Road 770-554-1000 Norton Elementary 3050 Xavier Ray Court 770-985-1933 Pharr Elementary School 1500 North Road SW 770-985-0244 Rosebud Elementary School 4151 Rosebud Road SW 678-639-3800 Snellville Middle School 3155 Pate Road 770-972-1530

Shiloh Elementary School 2400 Ross Road SW 770-985-6883 Shiloh High School 4210 Shiloh Road 770-972-8471 Shiloh Middle School 4285 Shiloh Road 770-972-3224 South Gwinnett High School 2288 Main St. E 770-972-4840 Trip Elementary School 841 Cooper Road 678-639-3850 W. J. Cooper Elementary School 555 Ozora Road 770-554-7050

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Snellville Food Truck Friday Sponsors:

SEPTEMBER 7 • Cousins

Maine Lobster

• Cousins

• Gyro

Chef Mediterannean

• Hole

in the Wall

• King


• Triple

Sack Races for the Children!

J’s Pizza

• Exotic • Kona




• Sweet

Treats Mega Checkers and Games!

Music and Entertainment with talented D.J. Lee!

Everyone Has Fun at Snellville Food Truck Fridays!

9 Hole Miniature Golf!

Kona Ice: Another Proud Sponsor!

Maine Lobster • Tex’s Tacos • Sticks and Cones • Hole in the Wall • Mac the Cheese • Exotic Que • South of Philly • Kona Ice • Tracy’s Tasties

Come Out to The Last Two Snellville Food Truck Fridays!

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. 21, 2018. Contest is available to everyone in Snellville. Voting will run from Oct. 5-19 at 10 p.m. You will bring your scarecrow to the Snellville FALL FESTIVAL on the Towne Green on Oct. 20 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. 20. 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 Southeast Food Co-op. Your money will go to a worthy cause! Any questions can be sent to or call Kelly McAloon at 770-310-0429.

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Halloween Networking Party

By Brian Arrington, Public Information Officer

Thursday, October 25th • 6 to 8 p.m. Summit Chase Country Club

A five-story, 102-room Hampton Inn & Suites will be built in the city following a unanimous vote by the Mayor and Council earlier this year. The 64,400-square-foot buildingBy:will be located in Park Place, Event Hosted a development located at the corner of Pharrs Road and Scenic Highway which recently saw the grand opening of Cracker Barrel, Freddie’s, Zaxby’s and Aspen Dental.

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Inn & Suites by Hilton within the city. Finally, Hampton Inn & Suites, under the Hilton (Hotels) umbrella, has a reputation for being There had been concerns the hotel would cause traffic issues at the a high-quality brand and product that would be an asset to the city Snellville Tourism and Trade, Greater Eastside of many Commerce and the Heart of Gwinnett invite you to join us busy intersection, but, according to the developers, daily tripsChamber would for years to come.” for our Business After Hours Halloween Networking Party on Oct. 25 at Summit Chase Country Club from 6–8 p.m. Join be reduced by nearly two thirds of what was previously approved for these three POWERHOUSE networking groups for one of the best networking events in Gwinnett Meet new a 12,000-square-foot restaurant. And justCounty. this month, people and expand your horizons. You do not need to be a member to participate in this eventpaperwork and it iswas absolutely FREE filed to attend. Promotional business tables will be available on a first come, first serve basis. “There is a need in the city for a quality limited-service hotel to bring an Outback dressed inCommercial your business attire or come to win a prize in Come the Scenic Highway Corridor as there are verydressed in your favorite costume for a chance Steakhouse to Parkfor “Most Creative Costume” or “Overall Best Costume.” few options for travelers to utilize while staying in the area,” said Place. reserve aDirector promotional table for“Eastside this event please contact Kelly McAloon at Planning andTo Development Jason Thompson. Medical Center, adjacent restaurants, retail businesses and neighboring residents could all benefit from• having a nice Hampton GREAT NETWORKING GREAT FOOD • GREAT DOOR PRIZES • STAY CONNECTED ■ Affordable nightly, weekly and monthly rates ■ Average suite features over 300 square feet of comfortable living area ■ Each room includes a separate living area, ample work space with desk, remote control cable tv with HBO or Showtime, iron and ironing board, and in-room hi-speed Internet access ■ Apartment size kitchen with refrigerator, two-burner stovetop, full size microwave, in-room coffee maker, in-room toaster, dishes, cookware & utensils, and a well-lit kitchen table/work area ■ Interior corridors with key card access for added security and always clean & friendly service

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FESTIVAL OF TREES 3rd 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. 24 through Dec. 21.

Spaces are limited to 15 Christmas trees, so don’t delay. Applications will be accepted on a first-come-first-served basis. Fill out the application that can be found at 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. 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. 24. We will also be accepting monetary donations for those of you who want to vote on the tree of your choice at All monetary donations and non-perishable food items will be donated to the Southeast Gwinnett Co-op to “Give Hunger the Boot” and all toys will be donated to the Toys for Tots program.

Please help us embrace the true meaning of the Christmas season and make a difference in the lives of others by participating in the 3rd Annual Festival of Trees.

For more information visit

Furry Friend Photo Winner Indigo Dean

Snellville Tourism and Trade recently had its second Four Legged Furry Friend Dog Contest on Facebook. STAT receive lots of entries in the contest and Indigo Dean, owned by Yolanda Dean, received the majority of votes on STAT’s Facebook page. They won a certificate (pictured) and a $50 gift certificate which was awarded at Snellville City Hall last month. Congratulations to sweet little Indigo!

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Parks & Recreation Fall 2018

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

Briscoe Park is the place for fun PawFest Pool and Pizza Party

By Brian Arrington, Public Information Officer The Towne Green in front of City Hall isn’t the only place to have fun in Snellville. T.W. Briscoe Park has its share of events as well. Of course there’s Snellville Days, the city’s largest event, which is held the first week in May. But there are also events like Movies at Briscoe, where families can catch a flick under the stars; there’s Pawfest, an event for cat and dog lovers and cats and dogs themselves; softball tournaments; and the ever popular pool parties. And park officials hope to expand the event schedule at the 95-acre city park located across from the fire station on Lenora Church Road in the near future. Parks and Recreation Director Lisa Platt said she hopes to see events like car shows, touch-atruck days and cornhole contests.

For more information about events at Briscoe Park, visit its Facebook page at or on the city website at To call the park dial 770-985-3535.

“We want people to know something is always going on at Briscoe Park. We are seeking the community’s input on what they would like to see at the park.” Remaining 2018 Events at Briscoe Park Community Yard Sale - 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. - Sept. 15

“We want people to know something is always going on at Briscoe Park,” Platt said, adding her staff is always looking for input on new events. “We are seeking the community’s input on what they would like to see at the park.”

Movies @ Briscoe - 7 to 10 p.m. - Oct. 6

Briscoe Park also features a 5-acre lake, 1.25 miles of walking trails and four pavilions and gazebos and two rooms. All of the facilities can be rented. There are also four multi-purpose fields, two softball fields and four tennis courts.

Community Yard Sale - 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. - Nov. 17

Community Yard Sale - 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. - Oct. 13


Snellville is ... Public Safety Night

Live on the Lawn Concert Series

Many thanks to Team Snellville,

... the Place to Be Star Spangled Snellville

Food Truck Friday

Snellville Police Department and Public Works

Fall Favorites

From some of our favorite cooks!

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Ingredients: •1 cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar, divided •1 cup all-purpose flour •1 teaspoon cinnamon •1/4 teaspoon salt •1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted •2 large eggs •1 teaspoon vanilla extract, or to taste •1/2 to 1 teaspoon almond extract, or to taste •2 cups plus 1/4 cup fresh blueberries, divided (I have only made with fresh and cannot comment on using frozen) Directions: 1. Preheat oven to 350F. Spray a 9-inch round pie dish very well with cooking spray; set aside. I used a glass pie dish; baking times may vary if using metal. 2. To a large bowl, add 1 cup sugar, flour, cinnamon, salt, and whisk to combine; set aside. 3. To a medium microwave-safe bowl, add the butter and heat on high power to melt, about 45 seconds. Wait momentarily before adding the eggs so you don’t scramble them. 4. Add the eggs, extracts, and whisk to combine. 5. Pour the wet mixture over the dry and stir to combine; don’t over mix. 6. Add 2 cups blueberries and stir to combine; batter is very thick. 7. Turn mixture out into prepared pie dish, smoothing the top lightly with a spatula. 8. Evenly sprinkle 1/4 cup blueberries over the top. 9. Evenly sprinkle 2 tablespoons sugar over the top and bake for about 34 to 39 minutes, or until edges are set and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean or with a few moist crumbs but no batter. I prefer to underbake slightly (35 minutes) for a more gooey center but it’s personal preference and since all ovens, climates, and berries vary, watch your pie and not the clock. Allow pie to cool in pie dish on a wire rack before slicing and serving. Optionally serve with whipped topping or ice cream. Pie will keep airtight at room temp for up to 5 days. -Mike Stock, Snellville Farmers’ Market Committee Member

Ingredients: •4 tablespoons of olive oil •6 meaty lamb chops •1 average sized Vidalia Onion (chopped) •3 carrots (sliced) •2 celery stalks (sliced) •2 Large peeled baking potatoes (cut into small cubes) •1 teaspoon of chopped garlic •½ teaspoon of coarse black pepper •4 bay leaves •2 32-ounce cartons of chicken broth •1 ½ cup of barley •1 teaspoon of kosher salt In a large saucepan, over medium heat add the olive oil and brown the lamb chops. Once they are browned, add the onions, celery, garlic and carrots. Stir frequently, until the onions are translucent. Add the chicken broth, black pepper and salt and let simmer for about 2 hours. This will make the rich lamb stock. Meanwhile, in a separate pot, bring 4 cups of water to a full boil and pour in the barley and simmer that for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally until the barley Is plump and tender but still chewy. Drain the barley and place in the fridge. At the 2 hour mark, when the meat is soft and falling of the bone, remove it from the broth and cut the meat up into small chunks and put it back into the broth. Add the barley and potatoes to the broth and simmer for another hour and a half. Just prior to serving remove the bay leaves, -Tim Van Valkenburg, Snellville Tourism and Trade Volunteer

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