Snellville Spirit - Fall 2019

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Where Everybody is Proud to Be Somebody FALL 2019

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In 1972, Jerry Phillips and David Johnston entered the Gwinnett County Schools’ Social Science Fair.

The students examined the history of Snellville, showed graphs of the population explosion of the previous 40 years and included a list of stores from days gone by. Had the boys been able to look into the future, they would’ve been astonished. The population of Snellville was merely 105 in 1930. The boys were eager to report it grew to 2,770 by 1972. Now the city’s population has climbed to about 20,000. Back in 1972, the students pointed out there were 71 businesses in Snellville including the Sack-A-Lot, Ray’s Nursery and Wes Garret’s Men’s Shop. Those businesses are gone, replaced with mega stores like WalMart and Target. While a business in then-sleepy Snellville may not bring in $100 per day, the shopping corridor on Scenic Highway now collects more than $1 billion in sales annually rivaling only the Mall of Georgia for the most sales in Gwinnett County. As every history of Snellville must note, commerce is the cornerstone of the city’s past, present and future. And now a new chapter has been added with the announcement last month of a development deal to build The Grove at Towne Center. A mixeduse development which will feature more commercial options for Snellvillians. From the Snell & Sawyer Store to The Grove, no one saw it coming, not even Jerry Phillips and David Johnston in good ol’ 1972.

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Jerry Phillips and David Johnston made this map of Snellville in 1972. Each dot represents a store.

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Fall 2019 - Volume 37 Publisher/Editor: Kelly McAloon Editor: Brian Arrington

A great time to be in Snellville It has been a great year for Snellville Tourism and Trade. We are in our 10th year of working with the city and the community partners of Snellville to play a role in making our hometown a great place to live, work and play. Over the past several years, you may have heard about the Towne Center project in Snellville. Our City Council, staff and partners have been working tirelessly to accomplish a dream project of giving Snellville a true downtown. This dream is now moving toward becoming a reality. On Aug. 26, the City Council, the Downtown Development Authority and CASTO-MidCity entered into a development agreement with plans to break ground on The Grove at Towne Center in 2020. This project will build a downtown area with residential, dining and shopping, a library, a market building and a great place to gather. For more information about the project, go to the City of Snellville’s website. Great things are happening in Snellville. We are glad to be a part of the future of our great city.

Don Don Britt, President, Snellville Tourism and Trade

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Snellville Spirit Magazine is produced by: Snellville Tourism & Trade Association

P.O. Box 669 • Snellville, GA 30078 Website: Snellville Tourism and Trade Association’s mission is to promote business, tourism and events in the City of Snellville. President Don Britt Vice President Billy Franklin Secretary Kathy Emanuel Treasurer Jamey Toney Board Member Regina Hart Board Member Kurt Schulz Board Member Alice Snipes Board Member Kyle Emerson Executive Director Kelly McAloon Administrative Assistant Summer Daniels City Council Mayor Barbara Bender, Mayor Pro Tem Dave Emanuel, Cristy Lenski, Roger Marmol, Gretchen Schulz and Tod Warner City Website: Magazine Design by Brian Arrington, Perry Cox and Kelly McAloon Magazine Cover Design by Kelly McAloon and Perry Cox Magazine Cover Photo by Mayor Pro Tem Dave Emanuel Contributing Writers and Photographers: Kelly McAloon, Don Britt, Brian Arrington, Gretchen Schulz, Eric Van Otteren, Barbara Bender, Marianette ReFour and Perry Cox






The Snellville Historical Society remembers Aubrey Peters.



What’s the latest with the city youth leadership group?



Snellville welcomes Gwinnett Tech classrooms to City Hall.



Find out how to enter this fun, fall contest. Officials urge residents to attend park plan meeting.

Looking back at Snellville’s population and commerce.


Mayor Barbara Bender recaps Towne Center process.


News to know in Snellville.


Get your taste buds tuned up for the annual event.




City signs deal to build new Towne Center.




Dorothy Jarrett comes back to South Gwinnett.




New businesses open with ribbon-cutting ceremonies.



There’s plenty to do at the Snellville Senior Center.


Who’s playing the last Live on the Lawn of the year?



Come to this tasting event for the first time on the Green.


Food trucks to return to the Towne Green.




Greater Eastside Chamber of Commerce serves businesses.



Be a part of history and buy a “Grove” jersey.


What’s going on at T.W. Briscoe Park?



Mayor Pro Tem Dave Emanuel’s certification program starts.


Ring in the season with the annual festival.



The popular Christmas fund raiser returns to City Hall.


The Snellville Farmers’ Market gears up for offseason.




Gardeners selling their products at farmers’ market.





Come to this Halloween-themed networking event!



Snellville to celebrate veterans at this patriotic event.




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MAYOR’S MESSAGE More than 15 years ago, the city embarked on a visionary project to transform a sleepy block sandwiched between Oak Road and Wisteria Drive into the jewel of South Gwinnett County. Throughout this time period there have been many small steps and a few large leaps taken to move us closer to this vision. The vision began with a land swap with the church for the old Kroger shopping center on Oak Road and Highway 78. Oak Road was re-aligned, and the new city hall was built. Some property was cleared to create the Snellville Towne Green which began an explosion of events being held in the City’s front yard. A $2 million-dollar grant allowed for sidewalks and streetscape improvements in the downtown area. I believe this is when the downtown idea really started to permeate the community. An update and expansion of the Towne Center vision came in 2011 which allowed us to reassess and realign the vision to current community needs and desires.

And here we are. With agreements in place to move the U.S. Post Office and to build The Grove at Snellville Towne Center, we are realizing a vision created more than 15 years ago. This is a monumental and transformative moment in Snellville’s rich history.

Mayor Barbara Bender

The City Council, staff and citizens across the city are truly excited about the new development and the doors it opens for us to have a vibrant and active downtown area with local restaurants, businesses and shops. Kirk S. Demetrops, president and founder of MidCity, and Mayor Barbara Bender sign the development agreement for The Grove.

We took advantage of the economic recession by working on necessary studies and infrastructure plans that would be needed for the vision to become a reality. Hours of meetings with staff, potential developers, urban planners and city leaders across the state have aided in determining the right elements necessary to create a successful and thriving hub of activity in Snellville.

AROUND TOWNE Snellville police vehicles getting new stripes

Snellville election to decide two council posts between six candidates There will be an election for City Council Nov. 5 after six candidates qualified for two seats. Mayor Barbara Bender was not challenged.

You may have noticed a slight change to the look of the vehicles at the Snellville Police Department. In all, 25 crime-stopping vehicles a will get a facelift to give a new, fresh look and to make the name of the city’s police department more prominent after the previous gray lettering had faded. The Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association paid for 10 cars to be redone and SPD paid for five vehicle lettering and striping out of confiscated assets. The department’s five new vehicles delivered late last month have the new lettering - and five are being redone using monies from the general fund within the next few weeks. 6

Those who qualified are as follows: (I) Denotes incumbent Mayor Barbara Bender (I) No opponent Post 1 Dave Emanuel (I) Cortez Riden Post 2 Wanda Blow Solange Destang Brittany Marmol Thomas S. Mwambay (Incumbent Roger Marmol did not seek re-election.) The election will take place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Nov. 5 at Snellville City Hall, 2342 Oak Road. Early voting begins Oct. 24. Visit for more information. Snellville, Where Everybody’s Proud to be Somebody

Heavenly Lane, Beaver Creek Lane, Brooks Court, Valley Drive, Valley Way, Twin Springs Drive, Deer Valley Court, Summit Turf, Timberline Trace and Zermatt Way. For more information on the Public Works Department visit

Church to offer seminar on how to prevent falls Westminster Presbyterian Church is hosting a Falls Prevention Awareness Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 27, at the church located at 2208 E. Main St.

Residents may not often see their work, but Public Works crews are always busy working on stormwater projects underground.

Public Works takes on under-the-radar projects, often under the street Residents may not always see all the work the city’s Public Works Department does. That’s because much of it is underground and done before issues become visible.

Lunch will be provided at the event which urges residents to “step up to stop falls.” The event will feature Tai Chi and at-home exercises, health checks including blood pressure and cholesterol checks, screenings including a fall risk assessment and vision and hearing, and prescription reviews and counseling. To register for this event, visit tinyurl,com/y4xpvbzg. For more information email

City declares Aug. 7 Purple Heart Recipient Recognition Day

During the 2018-2019 fiscal budget year, Public Works crews took on four emergency projects totaling $172,516. Though these projects may not be seen on the surface, they saved streets from collapsing and stormwater infrastructure from failing, potential woes city officials are eager to prevent. “People should know, while the consequences of these issues are not dire, certainly the fixes helped prevent potential injury and damage to homes and vehicles in the street,” said City Manager Butch Sanders. Public Works’ largest emergency repair last fiscal year took place on Bennett Ridge where a hole more than 7-feet wide and 8-feet deep opened up. A sinkhole arises when pipes, some of which can be more than 50 years old, are badly deteriorated. When water pressure increases during a storm in the pipes, rainwater siphons dirt into the pipe, wearing it away, according to Allan Snipes, assistant director of Snellville Public Works. The hole, which was big enough to swallow a car, took two weeks to repair. This fiscal year, which started July 1, Public Works is taking on 11 capital projects totaling $762,000. Stormwater projects are expected on Greenturf Drive, Classic Drive, Summit Chase Drive, Valley View, Harbor Oak Drive, Riverbend Drive, Grand Central and Classic Drive. Also during this fiscal year, Public Works is slated to spend $696,000 on 2.96 miles of resurfacing on 15 city streets. Along with city funds, these projects will be paid for with state Local Maintenance and Improvement Grant monies and Special Local Option Sales Tax funds. The streets include Scenic Drive, Lanier Drive, Lanier Way, Vail Valley Court, Aspen Ridge Court,

Mayor Barbara Bender recently presented a proclamation to members of the Military Order of the Purple Heart Chapter Post 465 designating Aug. 7, 2019 as ‘Purple Heart Recipient Recognition Day’ in the City of Snellville. Last year Snellville was named a ‘Purple Heart City’ and city officials have pledged to honor those wounded or killed in the line of duty while serving in the military each year. MOPH members attending were: Lou Zayas, chapter commander; Don Bullard, trustee; Robert Nelson, chapter adjutant; and James Gordon, state adjutant.


Experience a diverse taste of many cultures as the Great Chefs of Snellville and surrounding area Chefs prepare their favorite foods for the 4th Annual

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“Taste of Snellville.”

September 14th | 4 – 8 PM | Towne Green Local area restaurants will feature their favorite foods and offer samplings of their favorite foods for one, two or three tickets (one ticket = one dollar) at the 4th Annual “Taste of Snellville”. All tickets will be sold at the information booth. When you purchase your tickets, you can also pick up a game card that will list all participating restaurants. Purchase a sample from at least seven of the restaurants and have your card

stamped along the way to be eligible for a chance to win some great door prizes. Drop your stamped food card in the box at the information tent for a chance to win a door prize. Drawing will be held at approximately 7:15 p.m. Back by popular demand is the Metro Jazz Club that will play throughout the day from 4 – 8 p.m. with favorites that will keep you on your feet, so don’t forget your dancing shoes.

All tickets for food or activity band must be purchased at the information booth. Cash and credit cards will be accepted. Activites include: Train Rides, inflatables, bungee jump and 9-hole mini golf. Be sure to bring your lawn chairs or blankets to sit on while enjoying some great food and music with us.

Some of the great restuarants participating are: Ionies Caribbean Kitchen – Fratelli’s – Beren’s Frozen Custard – Chick-fil-A ( Hwy. 78) – Mom’s Creole Cookin – Honey Baked Ham – The Village Corner German Restaurant and Bakery – Cracker Barrel – Bonefish Grill – Tropical Smoothie Café – Brown’s BBQ – Cari’s Corner Bakery – Grecian Gyro – Summit Chase Country Club – Texas Roadhouse... plus many more. Lincoln Fill Station will be on site selling beer and Dragon Queen Winery will be selling wine.

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INTRODUCING THE GROVE $85-million Towne Center project has developer

An agreement has been reached with a development team to build the first phase of the City’s highly anticipated The Grove at Towne Center. The project’s $85 million first phase will commence construction in 2020 . The project will include multiple private and public buildings to be developed through a public-private partnership. By Brian Arrington, Public Information Officer Mayor Barbara Bender is proud to announce an agreement has been reached with a development team to build the first phase of the city’s highly anticipated The Grove at Towne Center. The project’s $85 million first phase will commence construction in 2020 and begin to deliver in 2021. The project will include multiple private and public buildings to be developed through a public-private partnership. The project will be led by CASTO, one of the country’s leading commercial real estate companies, along with Atlanta based development partner MidCity Real Estate Partners, in a joint venture with the City of Snellville. The Grove at Towne Center, will be a large scale, mixed-use town center property, comprising 18 total acres between Oak Road, North Road, Clower Street and both sides of Wisteria Drive, in downtown Snellville. The Grove at Towne Center’s first phase will include over 50,000 square feet of retail, restaurant, office and entertainment space, and approximately 250 multi-family luxury apartments. In addition, the new Elizabeth Williams Library will be constructed and include a second-floor community/incubator/ education space. The city and Gwinnett County previously entered into an intergovernmental agreement to build the library and parking for library patrons. The Grove at Towne Center will be a walkable, destination space that will feature inviting restaurants, entertainment and retail spaces that will serve as key amenities for office users, residents and visitors. Shared use paths for pedestrians and cyclists will be located throughout the development, connecting the various components of the master planned project and the surrounding neighborhoods via the Snellville Greenway.

“This project is a major piece in our goal to create great places to live, play, work, learn and shop in Snellville,” said Mayor Barbara Bender. “The Grove at Towne Center’s design and its connections to existing parks via greenways and neighborhoods will be a wonderful place where community and commerce meet.” The Market Center building will be a unique anchor of the project. CASTO and MidCity are working with the city to customize the overall design and uses within the building. Early ideas include a brew pub on the first floor and upscale event space on the second floor. The Grove Apartments will provide residents upscale urban living in the heart of The Grove with designer finishes and will include amenities such as a state-of-the-art fitness center, pool, grilling area, parking deck and business center. The Commons area will allow the city to host many of the community’s wonderful festivals and activities in one centrally located space. The first phase of construction of The Grove at Towne Center project will include relocation of the city’s U.S. Post Office, expected to occur in early 2020 with a groundbreaking on the project anticipated for the summer of 2020. For more information and updates on the Grove at Towne Center project visit

CREATING A CULTURE OF EXCELLENCE Dorothy Jarrett returns to South Gwinnett

By Kelly McAloon, Executive Director, Snellville Tourism and Trade Dorthy Jarrett has come back home. After serving at South Gwinnett High School from 2004-2009, Jarrett is now its principal. Her first stint at SGHS ended when she was assigned a new role as principal at Summerhour Middle School, where she served for ten years. She was considering retiring when Gwinnett County Public Schools Superintendent Alvin Wilbanks called her to take on yet another assignment - to return to South Gwinnett as principal. “Mr. Wilbanks is a visionary leader, he knew the timing was right,” Jarrett said. Working at a middle school for ten years was an incredible opportunity. The experience gave her a clear picture of the vertical alignment K-12 needed to assist students in transitioning from one level to the next. Fast forwarding to today, she knows exactly what rising ninth grade students need. Jarrett says “South Gwinnett is evolving. We are striving to be a world-class high school.” She wants to get to the heart of the school community by listening to all the stakeholders. Her goal is to lead the people and manage the operations while creating an environment conducive to high levels of teaching and learning.

Structure is key and getting the students focused on what is important. The students are very receptive when they know why changes are being made, she said. “Teaching and learning is South Gwinnett’s core business,” Jarrett said. “Our purpose is to ensure we are supporting students in having the academics, knowledge and skills for a career or postsecondary education upon graduation from SGHS. The students have the capability and the teachers are teaching at the proficient and distinguished level, at the same level they are assessed at.” Jarrett is maximizing every moment the students are in the building with a focus on teaching and learning and to continue to increase the graduation rate. She is passionate about SGHS, emphasizing that all clubs and organizations count. “We are all South!” she said. “We are hyper focused and want everyone to be proud to be here. The county has invested in the students by putting many upgrades in at South. There is a new Entrepreneurial Wing and the Field House has been renovated. South Gwinnett received the new artificial turf football field which is absolutely beautiful, she said. “So much talent has come out of South Gwinnett and there is so much talent here,” she said. “I believe on the Promise of Gwinnett for our students. We have so much to be thankful for. When we believe it, we will achieve it!”

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Sept. 28th The Stranger - Bil y Joel Tribute • 6-9 p.m. Formed by native Long Islander Mike Santoro (piano/lead vocals) in the summer of 2009, The Stranger has amassed an impressive list of clientele, high profile events, festivals and concerts that would rival many national acts. With all six members residing in the Charlotte, N.C. area, The Stranger is a musical powerhouse that is recognized as one of the best and most entertaining live bands in the business.

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Economic Development Fall 2019

GECC serves businesses in Snellville, elsewhere By Marianette ReFour, President, Greater Eastside Chamber of Commerce As well as the Snellville Commerce Club, the Greater Eastside Chamber of Commerce serves Snellville and is a strong voice for businesses. GECC, which also serves Grayson and Loganvile, takes pleasure in being a resource for these three cities by providing low cost Lunch and Learns and Luncheons which are open to all businesses. Lunch and Learns consist of topics which focus on building your business and other aspects of successful business ownership. Luncheons consist of motivational and informational topics. GECC offers free to its members, exclusive access to a library of videos that address the tangible and abstract questions and concerns that most businesses face. GECC provides several platforms for business building such as Networking Groups (open and closed) where businesses can come together, build relationships, be a source for professional contacts, and learn what’s happening in the community. The open group is free to non-members and members. The closed group is exclusive to Members only. GECC provides ribbon cuttings, grand openings, etc. exclusively for members to promote their services. These ribbon cutting events are free and open to all. GECC sets itself apart from other chambers by hosting fundraiser events that support charitable organizations and non-profits in the Snellville,

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Loganville and Grayson areas. GECC’s main fundraiser is the Hot Tamale Chili Cook Off. For 2019, the Hot Tamale Chili Cook Off will be from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., Nov. 9 on the Snellville Towne Green the same day and place as the Snellville Veterans Day Ceremony. “Supporting these charities makes our community stronger and that is what GECC is all about. Strong Business and Strong Community. GECC is truly Where Business and Community Meet,” GECC President Marianette ReFour said. Learn more about GECC at

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Parks & Recreation Fall 2019 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 Briscoe Park Pool is open Saturday and Sunday, noon to 7 p.m. The last day the pool is open will be Labor Day, Monday Sept. 2. The admission fee for ages 4 to 49 is $4; all others $1. Briscoe Park offers fall soccer leagues for kids ages 4-19. Visit for late registration information! Briscoe Park will be offering a fall Youth Flag Football league starting Oct. 6. Practices and games are on Sundays. Visit or call 678210-3253 for more information. T.W. Briscoe Park will host a Community Yard Sale on Sept. 21 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. New location near the tennis courts. Email for more information or call 770-985-3535. T.W. Briscoe Park hosted an Atlanta United Watch Party Aug. 23. The event featured food trucks and an inflatable screen which showed the game to more than 50 attendees. Look for events like this and more in the future at T.W. Briscoe Park.

There will be two Movies @ Briscoe Park coming in the Fall! The two dates will be Saturday, Oct. 12 and Nov 9 from 5-9 p.m. Movies will be announced on our website at

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call the office at 770-985-3535. Tennis Court rental fee is $5 per hour (city limit resident); $10 per hour (non-resident).

Snellville Parks and Recreation will be partnering with Georgia Cool Cruisers for our 2nd Annual Car Show at Briscoe Park on Saturday, Nov. 16 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Entry fee for cars is a donation to Planned

Outdoor tennis and basketball courts are available on a first-come-first-served basis without lights daily from 6 a.m.-10 p.m. Tennis courts can not be reserved with lights during summer months. To reserve,

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10th Annual Fall Festival October 19 Noon – 6PM |

Snellville Towne Green By Kelly McAloon Executive Director, Snellville Tourism and Trade Association

Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of our Fall Festival, we are excited to bring a fabulous fun filled day to the Towne Green that the entire family can enjoy. With the Fall season upon us, comes the changing of the leaves, cool crisp air and our ever so popular Snellville Fall Festival. 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 – 6 p.m. The Senior Center next to City Hall will also have their Arts and Craft Fair going on from 12 – 5 p.m. You won’t want to miss all the hand made items for sale.

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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. Mulligan Stew will kick off the entertainment from 12 – 2 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 constest will follow and must register by 2:30 p.m. The Trunk or Treat will be held in the First Baptist Church front parking lot and

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hosted by several area churches. Over 100 cars will be participating in the Trunk or Treat from 4 – 6 p.m. After shopping with our vendors, sit back and relax. Bring a chair or blanket to sit on and enjoy the sweet sounds of Rupert’s Orchestra from 4 – 6 p.m. All Day Activity 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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Keystone Sponsors: Eastside Medical Center • Walton Gas • E.R. Snell Bronze Sponsors: The Gwinnett Citizen Friends of Snellville: Summit Chase Country Club • State Farm Insurance, Paola Cuartas Thank you to our hotels: Hampton Inn & Suites • LaQuinta Inn & Suites • InTown Suites

Entertainment Schedule 12:00 PM Mulligan Stew 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 Introduction of Dignitaries 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 Ruperts Orchestra (Main Stage on Towne Green) For more information please visit:

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SNELLVILLE FARMERS’ MARKET Summer season winding down ... off-season market in works By Gretchen Schulz, Councilwoman, SFM organizer There’s no need to be disappointed when the Snellville Farmers’ Market summer season ends at the end of September because, again this year, the market will offer an “extended season.” The off-season market will be offered on the first Saturday of each month, 9 a.m. to noon, October through May, in the City Hall parking lot, 2342 Oak Road. “Our extended market was a huge success for both customers and vendors. It’s a win-win,” said Regina Hart, a farmers’ market volunteer who was one of the off-season market managers. “Customers are thrilled to be able to purchase some of their market favorites in the off-season.” Last year an average of about 12 vendors participated each month, bringing local produce, meats, eggs, honey, baked goods, jams and jellies, and other locally produced foods. Richard Presley of Presley’s Farm and Garden in Maysville participated in every off-season market last year, selling beef, pork, eggs and seasonal vegetables. He intends to participate again this year. “It’s a great opportunity for customers to get fresh products throughout the year,” he said. The first extended season market will be Oct. 5.

(Top) Wheat grass and sunflower microgreens by Cedar Seeder Wellness Farm at the Snellville Farmers’ Market. (Above) Breads from Cari’s Corner Italian Bakery.

SFM to offer cooler-weather veggies from Community Garden The hot days of summer are coming to an end. And as we usher in the months of fall, many gardeners start to plan for their cool-season vegetable garden. At the Community Garden @ Snellville, the gardeners who volunteer on the Greenhouse Team are now growing vegetable plants that will thrive in cooler temperatures. Among the plants they are growing are arugula, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, green and Chinese cabbage, cauliflower, kale, collards, leaf lettuce, bok choy, green and red mustard, and spinach. The gardeners will sell the plants at the Snellville Farmers’ Market in mid to late September, with the exact date to be determined based on the plants’ growth. Watch the Snellville Farmers’ Market Facebook page or newsletter for the date. You may subscribe to the newsletter at In the “Describe Your Request” field note that you would like to subscribe to the newsletter. All proceeds from the plant sale will benefit the garden. - Gretchen Schulz, Councilwoman, SFM organizer 22

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Remembering Aubrey Peters: Snellville’s first gas man One of Snellville’s lesser known businessmen, Aubrey Peters, opened Snellville’s first oil station in downtown Snellville in 1931. With a $100 loan from his father, he approached James Sawyer, one of Snellville’s co-founders, about buying Doc Smith’s building located at the intersection of highways 78 and 124. This was the corner where Hardee’s would eventually be located. What a great location that turned out to be. Peters’ Pure Oil Station was a gathering place for many during the next 50 years. And Hardee’s followed in its shadow as a place where old men gathered to drink coffee in the mornings and chat. In the 1940s the young men caught the bus at Aubrey’s station as they headed off to Fort MacPherson in Atlanta. Aubrey had the first phone in Snellville as well, so if you needed a doctor you contacted Aubrey. It was Aubrey who provided the gas for the school buses. And Aubrey was instrumental in purchasing the land where South Gwinnett High School would be built. He was also a part of the Nob Hill water tower purchase. - Melinda Franklin, Director of IT, Snellville Historical Society

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Youth Commission looking to leave mark on city By Christopher O’Donoghue, Intern Coordinator, Snellville Youth Commission It’s that time of year again! The Snellville Youth Commission is kicking off our fourth year and we are excited about what we have in store for both the community and our students. We are sad to see our graduates go, but we are pleased to welcome in our new members as we get ready for the 2019-20 program year. This year, an important goal for the SYC is to leave a bigger footprint on the City of Snellville and its surrounding communities. We recognize that the lessons and knowledge being delivered to our students are valuable and that we need to make sure that we are sharing that with the people around us. So, don’t be surprised if you see us, or our logo, around a bit more. And if you see us, say “Hi!” In addition, the SYC is continuing in the tradition of delivering our staple events. We will again be hosting our Youth Forum and Youth Summit in October and February, respectively. Our Youth Forum will feature guests that include local community leaders and officials who will have the opportunity to participate in interactive and genuine conversations with our young citizens of Snellville on a more personal level. Last year, our newest Board of Education Member Everton Blair, really made an impression on our students, as did the rest of our awesome guests. This year we have already confirmed former Senator, Curt Thompson, who will also be running for the Chair position on the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners, as an attendee. We expect this to, once again, be an awesome experience for both our students and guests. This year our Youth Summit will be done in conjunction with Emory University. It will still be a student-focused event where

Each year, Snellville Youth Commission and city officials join together to teach students lessons in city government and economic development. our future leaders will work together and discuss an important topic in our community. With that said, Emory University will also be working with us to bring their poverty simulation to the SYC Youth Summit. This portion of the event will be open to students, adults and local officials. This simulation gives a unique perspective on poverty and hopes to provide a bit of insight into the struggles of our poverty-stricken neighbors. Hopefully everyone will learn and grow from the overall Youth Summit experience. Registration for this event will be available soon. We expect this year to be an exciting and active year, so look out for our students doing great things around you. For more information related to the Snellville Youth Commission, please feel free to contact us at

Adult education classes kick off in Snellville City Hall Adult education classes took place Aug. 26 in Snellville City Hall’s new education and business space, kicking off a new era of citizen engagement in the city. Gwinnett Technical College is offering GED classes in the new space on the second floor of City Hall currently. “As a Gwinnettian myself (I grew up in Lawrenceville) I feel this program is a powerful investment in the Snellville community,” said Gwinnett Tech Adult Literacy Instructor Kevin Black. “Our goal is to help those students who would benefit from a high school equivalency gain the tools they need to succeed in a college or in a career. I tell students that earning a GED is a worthy goal but that it should never be the end goal.” Half of the second floor of Snellville City Hall was renovated this year to bolster local education and business opportunities. The Greater Eastside Chamber of Commerce has already secured office space and others are soon to sign on, according to Economic Development Manager Eric Van Otteren. Those interested in registering for the Gwinnett Tech program can complete an application at 26

The first Gwinnett Technical College adult education classes began at Snellville City Hall Aug. 26. More educational and business opportunities will be offered in the near future. Snellville, Where Everybody’s Proud to be Somebody

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T.W. BRISCOE PARK MASTER PLAN Officials looking for input on park; second meeting Sept. 19 By Brian Arrington, Public Information Officer City officials are still looking for residents’ input on what they’d like to see at T.W. Briscoe Park following the first of two meetings regarding the park’s Master Plan update. More than two dozen attendees of the first meeting Aug. 15 had an opportunity to pick five items or improvements they’d like to see at the park – a gymnasium, hiking trails, splash pad and indoor meeting rooms were the top picks. The forums are designed to identify the needs of the community as part of Phase III of the park’s Master Plan update. The second public hearing will take place from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Sept. 19 at City Hall, 2342 Oak Road. “This information will be noted and the comments made on the three possible (community building) design layouts will also be noted,” said Parks and Recreation Director Lisa Platt. “We will make a few adjustments based on this meeting feedback and put it out to those that come to the September meeting to get even more feedback. Once we get feedback from the September meeting the building design ideas will be updated to reflect citizen comments and priorities. Designs of the park and possible new additions will then be presented.” After the designs and specific items are determined, the Park Advisory Board then the Mayor and Council must approve the proposals and then funding sources must be determined. “We want residents to come to the Sept. 19 meeting and let us know what they want to envision at the park,” Platt said. “We depend on residents’ input to make these changes. If you’d like to see something at the park, please attend the meeting and let us know.” Residents can also email comments to Platt at

“Once we get feedback from the September meeting the building design ideas will be updated to reflect citizen comments and priorities. Designs of the park and possible new additions will then be presented.” 28

Residents gathered at T.W. Briscoe Park Aug. 15 to discuss changes to the park’s Master Plan as part of Phase III of improvements. Residents will have another chance to let their voice be heard at the next public meeting Sept. 19 at Snellville City Hall.

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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 group 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 quilting 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. Self-defense classes are forming. Call the center for dates or go online and look for dates in our newsletter 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.


2019 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.


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. 31

Snellville Veterans Day Celebration & Program SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2019 | 3:00 – 4:30 PM IN FRONT OF THE VETER ANS 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 ★

November 9th | 11AM - 3 PM Snellville Towne Green The Greater Eastside Chamber of Commerce (GECC) is having its’ Annual Hot Tamale Chili Cook Off Fundraiser event in the City of Snellville, hosted by Snellville Tourism and Trade Association. This year’s Presenting Sponsors are Eastside Medical Center and The Sheridan at Eastside. This annual fundraiser is used to support charitable organizations and Non-Profits in the Snellville, Loganville, and Grayson areas. This year a percentage of funds will go to the Veterans Memorial in Snellville. This event is open to all ages.Come out and try a variety of different chili’s, browse the vendor booths, and let the little ones engage in outdoor fun! And of course, don’t forget to vote – may the best Chili Cook Win! Join us on the Towne Green and after the Hot Tamale Chili Cook-off at the Veterans Memorial Celebration and Program which starts at 3:00 PM. 32


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With such an overwhelming response to the jerseys on signing day for the Towne Center, we decided to offer the jerseys to the public. You can purchase the jerseys and take part in a promotional photo shoot that will take place early to mid November. Back

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Introduction to the Digital Badge Program Hosted by Mayor Pro Tem Dave Emanuel For over 10 years, digital badge programs have been providing unique out-of-the-classroom educational opportunities that open up a variety of employment and promotion options. Snellville is taking the lead with the first digital badge program in Georgia. You can learn more by attending the city’s introductory program at City Hall on October 3rd from 6:30 to 8 pm.

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By Brian Arrington, Public Information Officer 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 building will be located in Park Place, 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. There had been concerns the hotel would cause traffic issues at the busy intersection, but, according to the developers, daily trips would be reduced by nearly two thirds of what was previously approved for a 12,000-square-foot restaurant.

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FESTIVAL OF TREES 4th 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. 20 (City Hall is closed Saturdays and Sundays). 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. Voting will begin 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 More ways to vote for your favorite tree: •Vote by dropping off an item to put under your favorite tree •Vote by making a donation on the website A separate contest for those taking selfies with the trees gives you a chance to win prizes. Vote by taking a selfie with your favorite tree and your donation using a specific # (hashtag) that will be assigned to each tree. All dried food and canned goods, monetary donations and nonperishable food items will be donated to the Southeast Gwinnett Coop 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 4th Annual Festival of Trees.

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Ingredients 16 oz of skinless, boneless chicken breast, sliced 1 oz of olive oil 8 oz of cooked spaghetti 1 cup of sugar snap peas 1 cup of shredded carrots 1 bell pepper, sliced 1 cup of yellow onion, sliced 1 cup of mushroom, sliced

For the sauce: 1/3 cup of reduced sodium soy sauce 3 cloves of garlic, minced 2 tablespoons brown sugar, packed 1 tablespoon oyster sauce 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger 1 teaspoon of sesame oil Instructions 1. Whisk together soy sauce, garlic, brown sugar, oyster sauce, Saute onion and garlic in butter for five minutes. Combine all ginger and sesame oil and set aside. other ingredients and mix well. Bring to a boil then reduce heat 2. Heat 1/2 ounce of olive oil in large, nonstick skillet over and simmer for 1 1/2 hour. medium heat. Cook chicken pieces until browned on both sides, *Pro Tip: BBQ sauce will scorch so heat stew very gradually. For and no longer pink in the middle, about 4-6 minutes. Remove chicken and set aside. extra deliciousness throw in a diced peeled potato! 3. Add remaining olive oil, and add snap peas, carrots, pepper, onion and mushroom, and cook, stirring frequently, until tender, - Lucy and Scott DeForest, about 2-3 minutes. Poppi’s BBQ, 4. Stir in the spaghetti noodles, chicken and the soy sauce Snellville Farmers’ Market mixture, and toss gently to combine. Serve immediately. * Top with toasted sesame seeds - optional Prep Time: 10 minute(s) Cooking time: 15 minute(s) Entire recipe makes 6 servings - Summer Daniels STAT Administrative Assistant 38

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