Snellville Spirit Spring 2020

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Snellville, Where Everybody’s Proud to Be Somebody SPRING 2020

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Spring 2020 - Volume 40 Publisher/Editor: Kelly McAloon Editor: Brian Arrington

Coming together as a community Hoping to continue providing great activities and programs for the Snellville community, we have been preparing for the upcoming 2020 event season. We have planned a great new concert schedule, Food Truck Fridays, as well as our great annual events on the Towne green. Unfortunately, with the COVID-19 outbreak, we are asking everyone to please check our website - SnellvilleEvents.com - for any changes or cancellations due to the CDC advisories. These are very trying and unsure times that no one expected and no one has experienced. The Snellville Tourism and Trade Board of Directors and staff want to encourage you to follow the guidelines set by the CDC and our government officials to ensure that we quickly move through this threat and we are able to return to our everyday lives as soon and as safely as possible. We don’t know what to expect but our hope is that the great community will come together and support each other now and after this crisis passes.

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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: www.snellvilletourism.com 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 Treasurer Kurt Schulz Secretary Kathy Emanuel Board Member Lucy DeForest Board Member Jared Eakins Board Member Regina Hart Board Member Alice Snipes Executive Director Kelly McAloon Administrative Assistant Summer Daniels City Council Mayor Barbara Bender, Mayor Pro Tem Dave Emanuel, Cristy Lenski, Gretchen Schulz, Tod Warner and Solange Destang City Website: www.snellville.org Magazine Design by Brian Arrington, Perry Cox and Kelly McAloon Magazine Cover Design by Perry Cox Contributing Writers and Photographers: Kelly McAloon, Don Britt, Brian Arrington, Gretchen Schulz, Barbara Bender, Intrepid Marketing Group, Perry Cox, Danielle Swaby and Lisa Sperling


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Mayor Barbara Bender on the COVID-19 Pandemic.

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The city will play host to a conference of police K9s.

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A preview of the city’s two-day festival.

MAYOR’S MESSAGE

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South Gwinnett High School names court after NBA player.

K9 CONFERENCE

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News from South Gwinnett and Brookwood high schools.

SNELLVILLE DAYS

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The Towne Green will soon be filled with Food Trucks.

THE GROVE

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Snellville remembers those who died for our freedom.

FLAG DAY 2020

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The history of the Snellville Historical Society’s home.

JUST BEACHY

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A guide to recycling in Snellville.

UPCOMING EVENTS

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FARMERS’ MARKET

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EASTER SERVICE SCHEDULES

VFW AWARDS 37 Veterans group gives awards to students, emergency workers.

PARKS AND SENIORS

YOUTH SUMMIT 37 Area students take poverty simulation at annual event.

COMMUNITY GARDEN

SPRING RECIPES 38 Recipes from our favorite cooks.

LIVE ON THE LAWN!

PUBLIC SAFETY NIGHT 39 The popular event brings police and the community together.

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Who’s been talking about The Grove at Towne Center?

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Flag Day celebrations set for June 13 in Lawrenceville.

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The popular Beach Blast takes place in May.

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Events slated to take place this spring and summer.

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We’re gearing up for another nutritious season.

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Holiday programs for area places of praise.

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What’s happening at city parks and the Senior Center?

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Things are blooming at the Community Garden @ Snellville. 2020 concert series lineup revealed.

LOU WILLIAMS DAY SCHOOL NEWS

FOOD TRUCK FRIDAY MEMORIAL DAY

HISTORIC HOUSE

RECYCLING GUIDELINES VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR

Snellville Tourism and Trade names top volunteers.

CITY NOTES

News from the City of Snellville.

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Mayor’s Message - Mayor Barbara Bender As I write this message, we are amid the Coronavirus Pandemic. The situation is changing rapidly, so I encourage you to stay up to date through the CDC and Gwinnett/ Rockdale/Newton Public Health websites.

While our hospitals, assisted living and nursing homes close their doors to visitors to protect our sick and elderly, we can find new ways to show our love and support. Old fashioned cards and FaceTime can take the place of a visit.

My prayer is that our Snellville area citizens will heed the call to stay at home to reduce the community spread of this virus. If we pull together and work together, we may come out of this much faster with less strain on our medical and business community. Our economy, especially our small businesses and restaurants, is in turmoil right now. Please support your local businesses and make it a point to order food from our restaurants to help them weather this storm. If you have extra, please consider donating to the SE Gwinnett Co-op. There are many food donation sites open. There is also a critical blood shortage so check with the Red Cross and Life South for donation sites. We can find the good in this unprecedented time of adjustment to our daily lives and routines. Families will be home together without the stress and strain of early mornings, long commutes, ball practices or dance classes. Family meals around the dinner table can take the place of eating on the run. Alternative ways of handling our daily routine can be tried, perhaps finding a better way of doing things.

T.W. Briscoe Park remains open and provides large areas of greenspace to come out and walk or kick the ball around with your kids. I urge you to follow the guidelines and recommendations from the CDC and local public health officials. We need to pull together to do what is best for ourselves and our neighbor. Snellville shines when our times require us to work together. Let’s sacrifice now to suppress the virus so we can get back to our busy lives….well, if we still want to.

My prayer is that our Snellville area citizens will heed the call to stay at home to reduce the community spread of this virus. If we pull together and work together, we may come out of this much faster with less strain on our medical and business community.

COVID-19 INFORMATION The City of Snellville and Snellville Tourism and Trade want to keep you informed of important information regarding the COVID-19 outbreak. While the events and activities in these pages was as current as possible when it went to press, please note because of the unknown nature of the pandemic, some events may be rescheduled or canceled. At this point, we ask residents to continue to check both the city website at www.Snellville.org and the Snellville Tourism and Trade website at www.SnellvilleEvents.com for any activity or event cancellations or changes due to the CDC COVID-19 advisrories. Our thoughts and prayers are with our community during this time of uncertainty. We will get through this together! Please stay safe and stay well! Please refer to these valuable resources for relevant information: Center for Disease Control cdc.gov

Snellville Tourism and Trade SnellvilleEvents.org

Gwinnett Cares (ways to help) cfneg.org/gwinnettcares/

Gwinnett, Newton and Rockdale County Health Departments gnrhealth.com/

Eastside Medical Center EastsideMedical.com

Southeast Gwinnett Co-op (food assistance) segwinnettcoop.org/ 770-985-5229

City of Snellville 770-985-3500 Snellville.org

Small Business Adminstration (relief for small businesses) sba.gov/page/coronavirus-covid-19-smallbusiness-guidance-loan-resources


Snellville Police Department

Snellville to be site of major K9 conference Police department K9 units from all over the state will converge in Snellville in June for Next Level K9 Summer Workshop. It’s a big win for the Chief Roy Whitehead and the Snellville Police Department K9 Unit, which, along with Gwinnett County Sheriff Butch Conway, will be hosting the only workshop of its kind in the state. The workshop, which could draw more than 150 It is an honor to officers to the city, will take place June 15-19. be able to show are very excited to be a part of the conference other departments and“We are looking forward to showing what our growing how supportive city has to offer,” said Lt, Rain Nieddu, who has been a K9 handler since May of 2016. “While the event is SPD, the City of not open to the public, my hope is the influx of officers for this week will make our citizens proud to be part of Snellville, and such an event. It is an honor to be able to show other its citizens are of departments how supportive SPD, the City of Snellville, its citizens are of our K9s and the K9 program in our K9s and the and general.” K9 program in The workshop will feature K9 experts from across the general. state and seminars on narcotics, explosives and patrol and feature subjects such as case law updates, scenariobased training and building searches.

There will be a special guest speaker who will be providing a lecture on marijuana versus hemp and related topics. The information is from the only academic research group working on this issue. The workshop will be a showcase for SPD’s dedication to K9-based policing and offer K9 units from across the region a chance to learn from Snellville’s K9 Unit and others. “We want other departments to know that SPD promotes and encourages the K9 program,” Nieddu said. “This conference will allow our K9 program to have access to unique training, networking with various handlers in an effort to improve our program, and utilizing the week to show our developing city and police department in the best possible light. At times, we have other handlers assist us and we too are asked to assist other agencies. The conference will continue to promote the positive network of K9s available to us. This benefits our city tremendously with additional resources.” Nieddu handles K9 Cezar, who helped Officer Brett Chism make the largest (Ecstacy) bust on the East Coast in 2017. Chism was recognized nationally for the arrest. Officer Jacob Callaway handles K9 Aron and they will be joined by Officer Nick Moore when his K9 completes the unit in June. -Brian Arrington. Public Information Officer

^^^ MEET THE TEAM

(Top) Lt. Rain Nieddu and K9 Cezar. (Above) Officer Jacob Callaway and K9 Aron.

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Snellville Days 2020 May 2, 2020 • 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 3, 2020 • Noon to 5 p.m. ENTERTAINMENT ON THE COMMUNITY STAGE Day and Times TBA Norton Elementary Cheerleaders Cheer Routine J. C. Magill/Elite Comet Steppers Step Team Rosebud Elementary School Junior Chorus

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e v o r G e h T r e t n e C e n w o at T What’s they’re saying about Snellville’s new downtown development As the Spring of 2020 begins to brighten the flowers and daylight allows us to get outside more, it also means that we are that much closer to officially seeing visible work take place on the site of The Grove at Towne Center! While we’re patiently awaiting the groundbreaking, we thought it would be fun to take a look back at a few of the key moments in the progression of the project over the last few months. We start by flashing back to August 2019 when the Atlanta Journal Constitution made the first major public announcement by saying – “Snellville signs on to $85 million development with 250 apartments.” For many around town, this story was a major moment, as they had heard about the project for years, but now they could read in detail about the depth and scope of the expansive project. The announcement really put Snellville on the map for economic development recognition across the region. Perhaps, one of the most surreal moments for the team that has been working hard to bring this project to life was releasing the official logo for The Grove at Towne Center. It was truly a sense of accomplishment to then see it quickly being distributed throughout various media outlets in October of 2019. This was a special moment for Snellville and project co-developers – MidCity and CASTO. Now, everyone had an image to represent all of the hard work taking place behind the scenes. Most recently, the city announced they had approved zoning for the project. News outlets like the AJC assisted with the announcement by sharing

headlines that read like “Snellville approves zoning for Towne Center project”. This was yet another major milestone in the push to breaking ground on The Grove at Towne Center. The news, which came out in January, was an awesome way to kick-off the new year and provided another reassurance to the citizens of Snellville about the progression of the project. While these have definitely been some exciting developments in the progression of The Grove at Towne Center, we know that the true excitement still awaits! We look forward to sharing more news with you in the very near future about our next steps as we close in on our official groundbreaking. Until then, we can’t wait to say, “See you all at The Grove!”


Flag Day 2020

Flag Day ceremony planned for June 13 at GJAC Each year, on the Saturday closest to Flag Day, there is a celebration of the Flag of our United States of America, right here in Gwinnett. This year, all are invited to celebrate the Gwinnett Flag Day Committee’s 9th annual event at 10 a.m., June 13 at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center’s Armed Forces Memorial. The ceremony will include appearances and participation from many community organizations such as the Georgia National Guard, the Gwinnett Sheriff’s Department, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Daughters of the American Revolution, Sons of the American Revolution, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts as well as local and national politicians. The flag that will be flown on June 13 has been draped over George Washington’s seat in Independence Hall. This flag and all others like it, reminds us of the many freedoms we enjoy as citizens of this amazing, diverse and beautiful country of ours. The Gwinnett Flag Day Committee has been busy throughout

this year, planning our annual event and developing plans for growth in our scope and vision. This year, on Jan 27, Gwinnett Flag Day Committee members Mike Sabbagh, Warren Auld, Pat Sims and Troy Adler attended the Snellville City Council meeting. At the meeting the flag members presented Lt. Rob Pendleton and Officer Albert Thomas with a photo taken of them raising the flag at the 2019 Snellville Flag Day Ceremony held at the Snellville Masonic Lodge. Additionally, the committee presented the Snellville Mayor and Council Members with a flag which we had draped at Independence Hall in Philadelphia.

Snellville Art Gallery Tucked away in the back of City Hall is an art gallery regularly displaying world class art. Don’t believe it? Come see for yourself. When periodic events and meetings aren’t taking place in the city’s Community Room, it is the city’s Art Gallery. And this isn’t a gallery with amateur art. To the contrary. Most artists are accomplished in their own right. Most have had their works displayed before. Most are formally trained. Some are art instructors. Jes Wilson is one of those artists who has studied their craft. She’ll be displaying her art in April at the City Hall Art Gallery - a collection called “Daydream in Spring.” Wilson is a contemporary artist creating from her sunny studio outside Atlanta. She attended Georgia State University where she earned her BFA in drawing, painting and printmaking. Since then she has been releasing seasonal collections of work, taking commissions, and showing work around the states and abroad. Curated by Nedra Bailey, the art gallery is free to visitors. Art collections are on display for a few months at a time and can be viewed when City Hall is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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By Kelly McAloon, Executive Director, Snellville Tourism & Trade (STAT)

Can’t make it to the beach? No worries! Snellville is bringing the beach to you on May 9th from 12 - 5 PM. We will be giving away a surprise to the first 500 people who attend our Beach Blast on May 9th.

Beach Blast is going to transform Oak Road into a beach with 70 tons of soft white sand.

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Come to the Towne Green in front of City Hall, 2342 Oak Road, for fun in the sun and sand. Snellville’s Annual

Come play in the paddle boats!

Have fun in the sand and sun!

Everyone loves sack races!

Play inside the water rollers!

Bungee jump and flip out!

Fun, sun and plenty of sand!

Please continue to check our website www.SnellvilleEvents.com for any event cancellations or changes due to the CDC COVID-19 advisories.


Join STAT the CAT and all his furry mascots friends for a parade around the Green, fun and games and photo opportunities. The Big Kahuna water slide, bungee jump, trackless train, 9-hole mini golf, water rollers and paddle boats will be on location for hours of fun throughout the day. DJ Lee will be looking for the fun seekers to participate in the sack races and hula hoop contests.

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Include: Big Kahuna Water Slide, Inflatables, Trackless Train, 9-hole Mini Golf, Water Rollers, Paddle Boats and Bungee Jump

Corn on the Cob, Hot Boiled Peanuts and Lemonade

DJ Lee will entertain with fun and games from 12 - 3 PM The ever so popular Swingin’ Medallions will rock the Green from 3 - 5 PM

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ON THE LAWN

2020 Presented by Keystone Sponsors

May 9 - 12:00pm - 5:00pm DJ LEE - 12:00pm - 3:00pm SWINGIN’ MEDALLIONS 3:00pm - 5:00pm

MEMORIAL CELEBRATION AND CONCERT May 23- Memorial Program - 4:30pm-5:30pm In Front of the Veterans Memorial J. KYLE REYNOLDS - 6:00pm - 7:00pm THE WILDFLOWERS - 7:00pm - 9:00pm Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers Tribute

Saturdays - 8:30am - 12:30pm

May 23 - THE WILDFLOWERS Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Tribute July 25 - THE RAY HOWARD BAND Earth, Wind and Fire Tribute August 22 - 20-RIDE - Zac Brown Tribute September 26 - PURPLE MADNESS & TIMELESS TINA Prince & Tina Turner Tribute

FOOD TRUCK FRIDAY

STAR SPANGLED SNELLVILLE

July 4th - 4:00pm - 10:00pm MULLIGAN STEW - 4:30pm - 6:30pm CONTAGIOUS BAND - 7:30pm - 9:30pm FIREWORKS! 9:30pm

October 24 - 12:00pm - 6:00pm Over 75 Craft Vendors Tent or Treat with the vendors Costume Contest • Scarecrow Contest RUPERTS ORCHESTRA 4:00pm - 6:00pm

November 7 - 11:00am - 3:00pm

First Friday - May - October - 4-8 pm Variety of Food Trucks • Fun & Games May 1 • June 5 • No FTF in July August 7 • September 4 • October 2

All events will be held on the Towne Green.

FARMERS’ MARKET

6:00pm - 9:00pm • Beer, Wine, and Food Available on Site

September 12 - 4:00pm - 8:00pm Over 20 Restaurants ATLANTA 17 - 4:00pm - 8:00pm

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VETERANS DAY CELEBRATION November 7 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm

CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING NOVEMBER 28 - 5:00pm - 8:00pm Parade Starts at 5:30pm Tree Lighting Starts at 7:00pm

Events subject to change.


Snellville Farmers’ Market It’s almost time for another Farmers’ Market season In just a few short weeks the Snellville Farmers Market will open for its 11th summer season. Begun in 2010 by a group of highly committed volunteers, the market has thrived as a self-sustaining project of the Snellville Tourism and Trade Association. The market is funded solely by the nominal booth fees charged to vendors. No city funds are designated for the operation of the market, however the city does contribute to the market’s success by allowing it to operate on the Towne Green in front of City Hall, a location that provides excellent visibility along Highway 78 and Oak Road. “We’ve always had tremendous support from the city,” said Councilwoman Gretchen Schulz, who led the effort to organize the market and has continued to administer the market as a volunteer. “The market was my retirement project and it certainly has kept me active and engaged.” The market will open on June 6 and will be held every Saturday morning through Sept. 26, with the exception of July 4 due to the Towne Green being used for the annual Star-Spangled Snellville event. Market hours are 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Customers may park in the City Hall parking lot and those with a valid handicapped permit may park in an area designated with handicapped signage adjacent to the Green. Many vendors from previous years will be returning and a few new ones have been approved. A list of vendors will be found on the market’s website, www.snellvillefarmersmarket.com. And by the end of the week prior to each market a list of vendors who are expected to participate will be posted on the market’s Facebook page. In the meantime, don’t forget about the “extended season” markets held on the first Saturday of each month through May. The monthly market is held in the City Hall parking lot, 9 a.m. to noon. -Gretchen Schulz, Market Coordinator, Councilwoman

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Good Friday Gathering Grace Snellville at 7:00 p.m.

Good Friday Service April 10 – 7:00 p.m. / Doors open at 6:30 p.m. In Worship Center

Saturday April 11 12 Noon Worship Service & Easter Egg Hunt

Easter Sunday Services April 12 – 9:00 a.m. - Blended Service 11:15 a.m. - Contemporary Service Both in Worship Center

Easter Sunday April 12 Worship 6:00 a.m., 7:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.

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Easter Service April 12 – Class at 9:00 a.m., Service at 10:00 a.m.

Sunday, April 12 Resurrection Sunday, 10:00 a.m. South Gwinnett High School performance theatre

Easter Service, April 12 – 10:30 a.m.

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Please check local church websites for any Easter week service changes or live streaming due to the CDC COVID-19 advisories.


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SNELLVILLE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

ST. OLIVER PLUNKETT CATHOLIC CHURCH

Palm Sunday Services Sunday, April 5 8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. with Palm Procession before each service

Please join us for Holy Week and Easter Services!

Palm Sunday Masses - April 5 Gather in Kane-Beltran Center prior to each mass for blessing and distribution of palms.

Thursday, April 9 Maundy Thursday Service at 7:30 p.m. with Hand and Foot Washing, and Stripping of the Altar

Maundy Thursday Service April 9, 7:00 p.m. in Sanctuary

Friday, April 10 Good Friday services: Stations of the Cross at 11:30 a.m. and 6:45 p.m. Good Friday Service at 12:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. Sunday, April 12 Easter Sunday Services at 8:00 a.m. with incense, & at 10:30 a.m. with baptism and incense 1520 Oak Road, Snellville GA 30078 770.979.4210 | stmatthewssnellville.org

Palm Sunday Services April 5, 8:30 a.m. , 9:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m.

Good Friday Service April 10, 12 p.m. in Sanctuary EASTER SUNDAY CELEBRATION, April 12 6:45 a.m. - Community Sunrise Service (Snellville Towne Green) 8:30 a.m. - Traditional Service in Sanctuary 9:30 a.m. - Contemporary Service in CLC 11:00 a.m. - Traditional Service in Sanctuary 12:30 p.m. - Latino Ministry Service in Chapel 2428 Main Street East, Snellville, GA 30078 770.972.9360 l snellvilleumc.org

Good Friday A Service of Shadows April 10 at 6:30 p.m. Easter Sunday April 12 8:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m., & 11:00 a.m. 8:00 & 11:00 a.m. – Traditional Worship 9:30 a.m. Modern Worship Children’s Program – 9:30 a.m. & 11 a.m. Youth Program – 11:00 a.m. 2424 Webb Gin House Rd., Snellville, GA 30078 770.972.5463 | cannonchurch.org

Holy Week Tuesday, April 7 Seder Supper - Adult Ed Center, 6:30 p.m. By Reservation Only Holy Thursday - April 9 Bilingual Holy Thursday Mass 7:00 p.m. Good Friday - April 10 Seven Last Words - English, 3:00 p.m. Good Friday Service/English Ch, 7:00 p.m. Good Friday Service/Spanish KBC, 7:00 p.m. Seven Last Words - Spanish KBC, 8:00 p.m. Easter Liturgies and Events Holy Saturday - April 11 Church Decorating, 9:00 a.m. Blessing of Easter Food, 11:00 a.m. Easter Vigil - Bilingual Liturgy, 8:30 p.m. Easter Sunday - April 12 Sunrise Service Ch 7:00 a.m. Easter Liturgy - Ch (Family Liturgy), 9:00 a.m. Easter Liturgy - KBC (Life Teen Liturgy), 9:00 a.m. Easter Liturgy - Ch, 11:00 a.m. Easter Liturgy - KBC, 11:00 a.m. Easter Hispanic Liturgy, 1:00 p.m.

CANNON UNITED METHODIST CHURCH Palm Sunday April 5 – 8:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m., & 11:00 a.m. 8:00 & 11:00 a.m. Traditional Worship 9:30 a.m. Modern Worship Children’s Program – 9:30 & 11:00 a.m. Youth Program – 11:00 a.m.

New Mass Schedule: Saturday Vigil 5:00 p.m. Sunday 7:00 a.m., 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. (Spanish), 5:00 p.m.

WESTMINSTER PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH April 5 - Palm Sunday Worship

3200 Brooks Drive, Snellville, GA 30078 770.979.2500 | www.stolivers.com

Easter Musical Cantata 10: 30 a.m. Children’s Easter Egg Hunt and Potluck Lunch 11:45 a.m. April 9 - Maundy Thursday Worship 7:00 p.m. April 10 - Good Friday Service 7:30 p.m. April 12 - Easter Day Community Sunrise Service at 7:00 a.m. Snellville Towne Green Celebration of the Resurrection Worship 10:30 a.m. 2208 Main Street East, Snellville, GA 30078 770.979.9676 l www.wpcsnellville.org www.facebook.com/WPCSnellville

COMMUNITY OF GRACE LUTHERAN CHURCH Easter Sunday services are 9:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. 1200 Athens Highway, Grayson, GA 30017 770.972.4304 l transformlives.org


What’s Going On? Snellville Parks and Recreation Snellville Senior Center

Briscoe Park is open daily 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. 770-985-3535

770-985-3535. Briscoe will host a pool party on May 16 from 12-5 p.m. and June 19 7:30-9:30 p.m.

Oak Road Park 1925 Oak Road (Passive neighborhood park)

Atlanta United Watch Party @ Briscoe Park will be held 7-10:30 p.m. June 13. Game on 19-foot screen, FREE admission, FREE axe throwing and other games, food/drink for purchase and raffles.

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 at www.snellville.org/parks-recreation. Please “like” our Facebook page for more information on our upcoming events and happenings: www.facebook.com/SnellvilleParks. Briscoe Park is partnering with the non-profit, Generals Athletic Club, to help offer a variety of sport programs and mentorship to the Snellville and Shiloh community. Visit www.gac-sports.org for a list of activities and registrations! Visit the website if you are interested in coaching! National Flag Football is still holding registrations for youth flag football starting at Briscoe Park on Sundays in April. Please visit www.falconsflagfootball.com for more information on registration! If you are interested in tennis instruction, clinics, and/or round robin tournaments conducted by certified tennis instructors at Briscoe Park please visit www.aetennis. com or call 470-417-4547 for more information! Ladies of Pearl Kickball is still accepting registrations for their Women’s Kickball League on Saturdays at Briscoe Park starting in April. Visit www.lopkl.com for more information! Briscoe Park Pool opens May 22. Information about the pool and swim lessons can be found at www.snellville.org/parks-recreation or call 22

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 be rented from 6-8 p.m. with lights at a cost of $10 per hour and daylight hours at $5 per hour. To reserve, call the office at 770-9853535. Park Rentals Planning a picnic, family reunion, or a wedding? Briscoe Park has indoor and outdoor rentals to accommodate your needs. Three outdoor, open air pavilions (Lakeside, Sager, and Peters pavilions) hold an estimated 35 people. Williams pavilion holds 60. One indoor room holds 100 and is inside the Briscoe Park Office. Come see our newly remodeled Courtland Williams Pavilion that holds 35 people and the newly remodeled restroom beside it. It will be available starting April 2. Rates for these facilities, along with photos can be found at snellville.org/rentals. Facilities at the park can be rented with 14 days notice. For room/ pavilion rentals call the park office at 770-985-3535 or visit the website at www.snellville.org/rentals For field rentals, email Meghan Meegan at mmeegan@snellville.org. For a list of property for rental visit snellville.org/parks-recreation.

Snellville Senior Center 2350 Oak Road Snellville, Georgia 30078 770 985-3580 Aerobics are free with membership and take place Mondays and Thursdays at 9:15 a.m. and 10:15 a.m. Pilates are also available for $3 per class at 10 a.m. on Tuesdays and Fridays. Get Movin’/Line Dancin’ available on Tuesdays at 9 a.m. for $5 per class. New Exercise Class “Twist and Tone” is available on Fridays at 9 a.m. for $3 per class. 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 1:30 p.m. for crocheting and knitting. The meeting is free with membership. Also a group of quilters meet on Fridays at 12:30 at a cost of $9 per person per class. Beginners, intermediate and advance quilters are welcome. Spanish classes are offered for beginners, intermediate and advanced speakers throughout the week. Call the Senior Center at 770-9853580 for class times. There are card-making classes, piano, sewing and quilting classes as well. Computer classes started in March and smartphone/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 and chair exercise classes are available at various times. 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. Visit the Snellville Senior Center on Facebook at www.facebook.com/snellvilleseniorcenter. Where Everybody is Proud to be Somebody


Community Garden @ Snellville

Community Garden on display at Snellville Days once again

Now that temperatures have warmed up, many of us are making plans to plant vegetables, herbs and flowers in our gardens. Come to Snellville Days May 2 and 3 in Briscoe Park and you will have the opportunity to purchase seedlings for your garden. Representatives of the Community Garden @ Snellville will be at the festival selling seedlings they have been growing in the garden’s greenhouse since February. All proceeds from the sale of the seedlings will be used to support the Community Garden, which is a self-supporting project of the Snellville Tourism and Trade Association. “We will be selling vegetables, herbs and flowers,” said Wes Nettleton, a master gardener who spends many hours volunteering in the garden’s greenhouse. “Almost everything will be $2.” Seedlings that will be offered for sale include multiple varieties of tomatoes, including those best suited for slicing and making tomato paste, as well as cherry tomatoes and varieties for containers. Many types of peppers will be available, including both hot and sweet varieties. Cucumbers, squash and okra plants will be available as well as herbs, including basil, dill, rosemary, sage, thyme and cilantro. Some flowers will also be available for purchase, including several types of marigolds and zinnias. Some of the garden’s master gardeners will be available at the booth throughout the festival to provide tips for planting and caring for the plants. - Gretchen Schulz, Market Coordinator, Councilwoman

^^^ Community Garden Pictures Top left - From left are Martha Whitman, Susan Langley and her son South, Wes Nettleton, Lucy Nettleton and Sharon Noy. Top right - From left are Martha Whitman, Sharon Noy and Wes Nettleton. Right middle - The Community Garden booth at Snellville Days. Above - Seedlings in the greenhouse.

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WE BUY GOLD!

Hill Top Pawn and Gun

At Hill Top Pawn and Gun we want everyone to know we are “Large Enough to Handle your Needs and Small Enough to Care.�

Hill Top Pawn Inc. 1882 Athens Highway Snellville, GA 30078 770-978-7079 Hilltop@bellsouth.net

With over 50 years of combined experience in the Gold buying industry, we are confident that we can offer top dollar for your Gold and Silver.

Firearm Sales

In our Firearm department we have a wide variety of new and used firearms with a staff that is friendly knowledgeable and willing to help.

$Cash Loans$

At Hill Top Pawn we specialize in loaning out cash! We loan money on just about anything with amounts up to

$10,000

Gold, Guns, Electronics, Tools, Instruments, Sporting Goods, Cars, Trailers, Boats, Motorcycles and more. (All loans are collateral based)

visit gwinnettcitizen.com for local community news Have a story to share? Email sharing@gwinnettcitizen.com

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2020

CONCERT SERIES

Presented by:

Concerts are FREE to the public and take place on the Towne Green in front of City Hall from 6-9 p.m.

May 23

The Wildflowers - Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Tribute - 7-9 p.m. J. Kyle Reynolds - opens show at 6 p.m.

July 25

The Ray Howard Band - Earth, Wind and Fire Tribute - 7-9 p.m. The Ray Howard Band - Motown Favorites - 6-7 p.m.

The Wildflowers have become one of the most popular Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers tribute shows across the Southeast U.S. and is quickly gaining recognition in other regions. Equipped with decades of experience and a passion for Tom Petty’s magic way with songs, The Wildflowers bring music lovers of all stripes what they adore. J. Kyle Reynolds is a local singer/songwriter and veteran of the Live on the Lawn! stage.

The Ray Howard Band members/vocalists have toured with well known top R&B and Contemporary vocalists & groups, appeared in recent movies, and starred in stage plays. RHB can put you in the mood of love and grooving, while at the same time make you move and dance to the beat throughout the night. Their timeless old school ballads and reminiscent sounds take you back in time to the “good old days.” RHB specializes in a variety of Motown, R&B, Classic Soul, Funk, Jazz & Pop/Soft Rock. Be part of the Ray Howard Band Experience!!

Aug. 22 20-RIDE - Zac Brown Tribute from 7-9 p.m.

20 RIDE is American Country/Folk music at its finest. The first Zac Brown Tribute Band of it’s kind, 20 RIDE is taking audiences by storm. This is not a wig wearing, lip syncing, pretending to play tribute. These are real players, doing the great music the way Zac does at all his concerts. Up close and personal, moving, and fun! With nine hit singles, two platinum selling albums, and countless fans, Zac Brown is quickly becoming a country music legend.

Sept. 26

Purple Madness - Prince Tribute - 7 -9 p.m. Timeless Tina - Tribute to Tina Turner - 6-7 p.m.

Purple Madness is the ultimate celebration of the most widely beloved entertainer and profoundly influential artist of all-time. Bobby Miller presents an electrifying performance that can be best described as, high energy and a “must see” performance. The Timeless Tina Tribute Show has the magic of audio and visual effects coupled with the raw undeniable talent of Chimere Scott and her band of musicians and dancers, this show promises a time that you won’t soon forget.

Reserve a table for eight people with light snacks for $160. Tables are limited and available on a first come, first serve basis. Register online at www.SnellvilleEvents.com or email STAT Executive Director Kelly McAloon at kelmca@comcast.net.

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Lou Williams Gymnasium Dedication NBA star Lou Williams returns to South Gwinnett High School in January as the gym where he played in as a teenager now bears his name. Los Angeles Clipper Lou Williams and his teammates were on hand in front of hundreds of SGHS students at the ceremony which saw his silhouette permanently etched on the basketball court AKA “Lou Willville.” Williams played basketball at Snellville Middle School and South Gwinnett High School. As a sophomore at South Gwinnett, he scored a season high 50 points in one game. As a junior, Williams led South to the 5A Georgia State Championship. At the end of his senior year, Williams was named the Naismith Prep Player of the Year, McDonald’s All-American, as well as FirstTeam Parade All-American. He was named Mr. Basketball both his junior and senior years at South Gwinnett. Williams finished his high school career as the second all-time leading scorer in Georgia high school basketball history. Williams was selected out of high school by the Philadelphia 76ers with the 45th overall pick in the 2005 NBA Draft. He was named the NBA Sixth Man of the Year in 2015, 2016 and 2019. In March of 2019, he joined Jamal Crawford as the only three-time winner of the award and in March of that same year, he became the NBA’s career leader in points off the bench. For the past 14 years, Williams has held his annual summer camp at South Gwinnett High School for kids in the South Gwinnett community. Through his teaching on the fundamentals of basketball, the attendees have worked on perfecting their basketball skills as well as becoming positive role models in the community. His talents helped put South Gwinnett High School on the map. Williams has held many public events in Gwinnett County from Martin Luther King Jr. celebrations to youth development programs. Williams has been a stellar example for South Gwinnett High School, the City of Snellville, Gwinnett County and the State of Georgia. He was given a proclamation for his dedication to SGHS by Mayor Barbara Bender. - Brian Arrington, Public Information Officer

STAT Awards <<< KUDOS Snellville Tourism and Trade,

known as STAT, recognizes dedicated board members for serving on the Board of Directors. Jamey Toney (far left) served as STAT treasurer for four years, from 2016-2019. Kyle Emmerson (left) served on the STAT board in 2018. We appreciate the dedication and service that both Jamey and Kyle brought to the board. They were a great asset to the organization and gave of their time selflessly.

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South Gwinnett High School

South Gwinnett to host Internship Fair April 23 South Gwinnett High School will be hosting an Internship Fair on April 23. Almost 100 students have signed up to request an internship. Our goal is to provide each student with a summer job opportunity. Our students are trained in the areas of social media, web design, culinary, healthcare (students are HIPAA and OSHA Certified), law, public service, engineering, computer programming and more. Over the next six weeks students will receive comprehensive Softskills training from industry business partners. Students will participate in each of the following workshops prior to the April 23 Internship Fair: •Resume and LinkedIn profile writing •How to “sell” your brand •You’ve got the job, what Softskills are required to keep the job? •Interviews skills - How to give a great interview? •Mock interviews Our students are truly thankful for this opportunity to gain real world exposure and experience. However, we currently don’t have the number of internships we need for our students. If anyone is seeking a summer intern, they can please contact our South Gwinnett Academy Coach, Danielle Swaby at Danielle_swaby@gspsk12.org.

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^^^ ACADEMY HIGHLIGHTED South Gwinnett

Academies, with a focus on the Health and Human Services Academy, was featured on WSB-TV Channel 2 news. The primary focus of the piece was to highlight the HHS Academy as a prelude to the Health Fair which took place recently. Just over 20 different Health Fair Industry professionals attended the health fair to help provide students with exposure to various health care professions. (Top) Nurse Practitioner Earl Delk talked with students about the nursing profession. (Above) Morehouse School of Medicine attended and brought virtual reality glasses for students to view a virtual surgery. The student turnout was great and the school received great feedback from both our business partners and students.

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Brookwood High School Maker Faire at Brookwood taps STEAMfocused interests The Fourth Annual Brookwood Cluster Schools Maker Faire attracted more than 1,000 children and adults to the high school in late February. Exhibitors and fairgoers celebrated invention, creativity, and resourcefulness in the part science fair, part county fair event. More than 60 stations were active during the four-hour function aimed to entice the technology enthusiast, science lover, crafter and artist in all of us. All seven cluster schools participated, covering every letter in the STEAM curriculum for broad appeal: Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics. It was hard to miss the enormous 20-by-20-foot cage housing a drone obstacle course or to pass up on the chance to try liquid nitrogen ice cream. Chemistry professor and entrepreneur Kelli Bain made concoctions of liquid nitrogen ice cream, demonstrating how liquid nitrogen causes tiny fat and water particles to freeze rapidly, reducing the size of ice crystals to give the ice cream an extra-creamy consistency. Brookwood High School’s Brookwood Aquaponics sustainable program was also a hit with its system that combines fish tanks with plant cultivation to grow food in the classroom. Situated among herbs and lettuce plants growing in the classroom’s aquaponics setup, science teacher Carrie Settles Livers and her students shared their passion for good stewardship of natural resources for economic, recreation, health, and community purposes. They also sold the fresh produce and some of their handcrafted soap and jewelry in The Commons. The high school and middle school robotics teams demonstrated technology expertise and thumb dexterity maneuvering robotics to pick up and stack blocks. “We also built a couple of robots that were simple and easy to use to offer the average layperson or younger child the opportunity to work a robot,” said Brookwood High School robotics teacher Mike Myers. At the elementary school level, students demonstrated FIRST LEGO League robotics. Several professional vendors set up activities, including paper circuits, an engineering tunnel, music coding, computer programming, and a computer-driven machine equipped with a cutting tool to carve designs into plastic and wood items. Fairgoers interested in making or buying craft goods had plenty of options as well, from knitted creations to sticker and paint stations. Brookwood High School’s National Art Honor Society also set up an area to make personalized key chains using polystyrene, a versatile plastic. “It doesn’t take much to ignite the imagination,” said Brookwood High School art teacher Chris Vigardt. “Seeing the combination of art, technology, and science come together reflects on the twenty-first century skills our student will use to succeed.” At the Cluster Schools Maker Faire, young and old alike had a chance to observe and try their hand at some of those very skills. 29 29


2020 Snellville Food Truck Fridays • 4-8 pm

Snellville Tourism and Trade (STAT) is celebrating serving Snellville with top notch events in 2020 and is proud to showcase this year’s first two Food Truck Friday’s line-up.

Keystone Sponsors:

Bronze Sponsor:

Friend Sponsor:

Hotel Sponsors: Hampton Inn & Suites, LaQuinta Inn & Suites and the InTown Suites

MAY 1 On the Roll Maine Lobster Gyro Chef Mediterranean Hole in the Wall South of Philly Greedy Man’s BBQ 6 Pack Subs Vietnamese Grubbin’ Out Hibachi World Frozen Sweets Dolphins Water Ice Factory

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JUNE 5 The Patty Wagon Hole in the Wall Uptown Food Truck Gyro Chef Mediterranean Greedy Man’s BBQ Hibachi World Chay J’s New Orleans Candy Kona Ice SoFishticated Tex’s Taco’s

Join us for a wide variety of food trucks, music & fun and games with DJ Lee

Please continue to check our website www.SnellvilleEvents.com for any event cancellations or changes due to the CDC COVID-19 advisories.


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8thAnnual Snellville Memorial Celebration May 23th H 4:30-5:30 PM

To be held in Front of theVeterans Memorial

Memorial Day was created to honor those who have paid the ultimate price to ensure our freedom and to remind us of the sacrifice that men and women who have valiantly and selflessly devoted themselves to defending and protecting our freedom that so many Americans take for granted. Memorial Day was originally known as Decoration Day. The current name for this day did not come into use until after World War II. We hope you will take the opportunity and join us on May 23rd to remember those who served to protect our freedom. All American Hero banner holders will be recognized at the Memorial Day program.

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Snellville Historical Society The history of Snellville’s house of history

Have you visited the Snellville Historical Society on North Road? We are honored to occupy the E.R. Snell homeplace, purchased in 1938 from L.B. Sanders. It was part of a large 800-plus acre estate belonging to Sidney C. Williams, the son of William Pittman Williams who fathered most of Snellville’s Williams family (18 children). Sidney was a store owner in the 1870s. The 800-acre tract remained essentially intact until 1948, except for the tract sold to the Sanders family and 10 acres sold to Gladstone Snell. E.R. purchased the house and 8.4 acres from Mr. Sanders on Oct. 26,1938, but little else is known about the property including how Sanders acquired it or when exactly the house was built, but it likely dates to 1930. There were several outbuildings on the property when E.R. bought the house for his bride. His sons, Ferle and Jack, recalled a large dairy barn, milking building, milk- processing building, smokehouse, chicken coop, and another bigger barn across the small creek in the rear of the property. Sadly, none of those buildings remain. The house and 8.4 acres cost just $3,000 in 1938. The electricity and indoor plumbing enjoyed by the Sanders did not pass along to the Snells, since he did not leave the generator. Walton EMC brought electricity

up North Road circa 1940. Before then homework was done by candle light or lanterns. Water was heated on a wood burning stove to bathe in. The house has four masonry fireplaces, one in each of the three bedrooms and another in the living room. A large wood stove heated the ‘sitting room’ which later became the dining room. The house can be toured on Mondays and Fridays between 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. when the Snellville Historical Society is open. Article completed with excerpts from an article by Jim Cofer in Volume 19, Issue 1 of the Snellville Historical Society newsletter.

Snellville Veterans’ Memorial

SNELLVILLE

AMERICAN HERO

Freedom is Never Free

Military Banner Program

Honor Your Veteran

The Snellville Veterans’ Memorial Freedom Flame is located in the City Hall complex on Oak Rd. The centerpiece of the Memorial Day and Veterans’ Day Celebrations, this georgeous memorial includes the Wall of 6x6 Veteran’s Tile (Veterans Only) $120.00

Replica of tile $50.00 No Graphics are allowed on the Veteran Tiles and they must follow the format of: Lines 1 & 2 - Name Line 3 - Branch of Service Line 4 - Years of service or war/conflict

4x8 Paver $120.00 Replica $50.00 8X8 Paver $175.00 Replica $75.00

Direct delivery of replica to home - Additional $10 If paying by check: Please make checks payable to Snellville Veteran’s Memorial and send to: Snellville Veterans’ Memorial, 2342 Oak Rd, Snellville, GA 30078

- Melinda Franklin, Director at Large and Newsletter Editor

Veterans, an eternal flame, the Paver Walk and a dramatic water fall. It has been completely funded by donations, and through the sale of tiles, (reserved for veterans’) and brick pavers (for those who want to support the memorial). How to Order: https://www.thatsmybrick.com/snellville Just follow the simple step by step process to place your order. Be sure you are happy with your brick design. They will look close to the computer image. Payment Options: Pay online with a major credit card (VISA / MC / AMEX / DISC). Pay by check or money order. Follow the directions during checkout. If you have any questions, please contact Barbara Bender at (770) 235-9006

The Snellville American Hero Military Banner Program is a tribute to recognize and honor veterans who are currently serving or who have served in the United States Armed Forces. The banners will be displayed on the lamp posts in the Snellville Towne Center area along Oak Road, Clower Street, and Wisteria Drive. The cost to memorialize or honor a veteran is $200 for a banner located on the Towne Green or in front of the Veterans Memorial, and $150 for all other lamp posts in the Towne Center area.

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The Banners will be displayed approximately 30 days prior to the Memorial Day holiday and again approximately 30 days prior to the Veterans Day holiday.

All proceeds will benefit the Snellville Veterans’ Memorial. For more information about the banner program please contact Kelly McAloon at (770) 310-0429

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Snellville Recycling Center The Snellville’s Public Works Department oversees the city’s recycling and sanitation services. The city contracts with a commercial hauler to provide both of these services. The Snellville Recycling Center opened in 1991 and has since had a volume increase of materials of over 1,040 percent. The Recycling Center has received several grants that have contributed to both the construction of and the equipment used in the center. The Georgia Environmental Facilities Authority was gracious in awarding our center Recycling and Waste Reduction Grants, which were used to purchase our new horizontal baler, fork lift and to fund construction of our “Recycled” office. We also received grant monies from the Keep Georgia Beautiful Foundation. The Georgia Recycling Coalition has recognized the Snellville Recycling Center as the Outstanding Government/Community Program in the Spirit of Green Awards. Our “State of the Art” Drop-off Recycling Center is located at 2531 Marigold Road, off Lenora Church Road in Briscoe Park. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday - Saturday. Everyone is welcome to use the recycling containers. There are restrictions for the yard debris and miscellaneous junk containers only. The junk container is for use by City of Snellville residents to assist them with cleaning up their residences. It is not for use in assistance with remodeling jobs, construction or add ons. There is also an American Kidney Services Donation Center located on site.

The Snellville Recycling Center Accepts the Following Items: Newspaper

Scrap Metals (Appliances)

Magazines

Freon Aluminum Cans

Mowers, Grills and Magnetic Metals Freon Fee: Resident - $15, Non-Resident - $25

No Food Cans

Phone Books

Car Batteries Boat and Mower Batteries

Cardboard and Pasteboard

Carpet Pad Foam Only No Rubber Pads

Corrugated Boxes and Pasteboard

Computer/Office Paper

Plastic Jugs & Bottles #1 and #2 Bottles and Jugs Only

Junk Mail

Glass (Brown, Clear & Green)

Electronics Most Electronics Accepted

The Snellville Recycling Center DOES NOT Accept the Following Items:

Household Garbage

Tires

Hazardous Materials

* The recycling portion of the center is open to everyone. Only City of Snellville tax paying residents are allowed to use the junk and yard trimming facilities.

You can reach the recycling center at by calling 770-9853539.

Curbside Recycling

Remember not to place glass containers in the mix of recyclables. Drop off sites used by garbage haulers are no longer accepting recyclables co-mingled with glass therefore there is no curbside pick up of glass. You may bring your glass to the Snellville Recycling Center, located in Briscoe Park as we separate our glass and have it hauled directly to a processor.

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Paint, Cleaners, Etc.

Items to recycle in your curbside bins:

•Aluminum and steel food and beverage containers •Aluminum baking tins •#1-7 plastic bottles and containers •Cardboard boxes (broken down) •Kraft paper (grocery & lunch bags) •Cereal, shoe, tissue and other packaging boxes •Soda, beer and other drink box cartons •Paper towel and tissue paper cores •All junk mail •Newspaper and inserts •Mixed paper •Phone books, catalogs, paperback books and magazines Where Everybody’s Proud to be Somebody


Volunteers of the Year

NEW BUSINESS

STAT names top volunteers of the year

Church where she volunteers for activities with the Children’s Ministry as well as other areas.

By Brian Ann Arrington, McGill named the 2019 Snellville Marcy Pharris Volunteer Public Information Officer of the Year.

Many thanks to Ann McGill for her endless hours of volunteer work helping others.

A five-story, 102-room Hampton Inn & Suites will be built Ann is no stranger to in the Others were awarded city following a unanimous vote byvolunteering the Mayor and Council earlier and serving her Volunteer of the Year this year. community. She has volunteered from their organizations at the Snellville Farmers’ Market they served on The 64,400-square-foot building for willthe be last located Park Place, fourinyears. Due to her throughout the year a development located at the cornerexperience of Pharrs Road andup Scenic setting a tent for and each of them were Highway which recently saw the grand opening of Cracker Barrel, tailgating at University of Georgia nominated Freddie’s, Zaxby’s and Aspen Dental. Innfor & the 2019 games, she is considered one of ourInn & Suites by Hilton within the city. Finally, Hampton Ann McGill “tent set-up specialists, ” accordingSuites, under the Hilton (Hotels) umbrella, has aSnellville Pharris reputationMarcy for being Volunteer There had been concerns hotel would cause traffic issues at the a high-quality brand and product that would be an asset to of thethe cityYear to Gretchen Schulz, the the Farmers’ Market administrator. award. busy intersection, but, according to the developers, daily trips would for many years to come.” be reduced by served nearly two of what wasSoutheast previouslyGwinnett approved for Ann has as athirds volunteer at the Snellville Citizen Police Academy Alumni - Bobby a 12,000-square-foot restaurant. And Association just this month, Cooperative Ministry for ten years and served as president of Howard paperwork was filed the board for the last two years. Shes serves on the selection Snellville Tourism and Trade Association - Alice “There is a need in the city for a quality limited-service hotel to bring an Snipes Outback committee for the Reid Mullins Scholarship for the last nine Community Garden@Snellville - Rob Steakhouse Stewart in the Scenic Corridor as there are very to Park years. YouHighway will alsoCommercial see Ann helping at STAT events, with her Snellville Farmers’ Market - Ann McGill fewfavorite optionsrole for travelers utilize while staying in the said Place. being thetotrain engineer, wearing herarea,” train engineer Snellville Historical Society - Melinda Franklin Planning Development “Eastside hat andand blowing her trainDirector whistle,Jason saysThompson. Schulz. Ann has served as The Gwinnett Sunrise Rotary Club - Angela Wirt Medical Center,atadjacent restaurants, retail businesses andfor five years. a volunteer The Fabulous Fox Theatre in Atlanta South Gwinnett High School - Anna Omar neighboring could all benefit from having aUnited nice Hampton She is alsoresidents a very active volunteer at Snellville Methodist ■ 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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City News In the early 2000s, Adams relocated to Lawrenceville, where she was a substitute teacher. She had a passion to bring children and seniors together and this led her to becoming a vital volunteer at Delmar Gardens. One of the residents, Dorothy Higgs, would come to her class and read regularly to her students. This friendship led to Adams becoming an official volunteer at Delmar Gardens for over 7 years. After recovering from a bone marrow transplant in 2019, Adams then joined the Snellville Senior Center and as no surprise, jumped right in and began volunteering with various programs. Last year, in addition to decorating and organizing at the center, Adams stepped up and helped to plan a special event celebrating Black History month. This turned out to be one of the most successful events due to her creative ideas and enthusiasm.

^^^ TOP SENIOR From left are Parks and Recreation Director Lisa Platt, Mayor Barbara Bender and Beverly Ann Adams.

Snellville Senior Center’s 2019 Volunteer of the Year Award Join us in congratulating Beverly Ann Adams, the winner of the 2019 Snellville Senior Center’s Volunteer of the Year Award. Adams was born and raised in New York City. Her parents instilled a love for community and church in all their children. Her life was filled with serving by singing in the choir, visiting nursing homes, attending Sunday School, participating in youth conferences and volunteering as an after-school youth worker. Adams eventually became a Sunday School teacher, a Girl Scout Troop Leader and Summer Camp Leader. She even won an allexpense-paid trip to California for being one of the most popular Summer Camp Workers.

Adams has gone above and beyond by helping in so many ways. The Snellville Senior Center is so very fortunate to have such an outstanding volunteer. City officials truly appreciate all her efforts in helping offer successful programs for all our citizens.

City’s Economic Development Shark Tank Contest is back for another year The 2020 Shark Tank is gathering. Young entrepreneurs from South Gwinnett and Brookwood high schools will gather in City Hall on May 5 and 7 to pitch their business ideas to a group of area business leaders who will judge their pitches just like the popular TV show. The students have been preparing their pitches and working in their businesses all year. The winners of the contests will be awarded seed money to make their ideas turn into reality. Stay tuned for results at Snellville.org.

Census 2020 <<< CENSUS 2020 Councilwoman Solange Destang is leading

Snellville’s effort to make sure all residents are counted during the 2020 Census. Health clinics, fire departments, schools and roads and highways are dependent on Census data. Census results help determine how billions of dollars in federal funding flow into states and communities like Snellville each year. The results determine how many seats in Congress each state gets. It’s mandated by the U.S. Constitution in Article 1, Section 2: The U.S. has counted its population every 10 years since 1790. Be sure to take the census and make sure #SnellvilleCounts. For more information visit 2020census.gov.

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VFW Awards On Feb. 20, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4180 in Snellville honored and recognized members from the community. The Patriot Pen Contest winners are from Youth Middle School in Loganville. Out of 47 entries the winners were 1st Place (tie): Ian Ward, Lily Schwab and Riley Harper 2nd Place: Wade Weldon 3rd Place: Addison Simpson Patriots Pen Outstanding Teacher Recognition was presented to Pam Arnold for teaching her students about American Patriot values. She was awarded the VFW Citizenship Education Award. Voice of Democracy Contest Essay Winners Theme was “ What Makes America Great” 1st Place: Samantha Richard 2nd Place: Nia Kidd

3rd Place: Sara Richard Teacher of the Year - Jacob Parker was nominated by one of his students from Grayson High School. Parker teaches 11th grade American History. Public Safety Award winners were recognized from local law enforcement, firefighters and emergency medical technicians. Law Enforcement - Myesha Finny, Snellville Police Department. Firefighter – Thomas Crowe, Gwinnett County Department of Emergency Services. Emergency Medical Technician – Trent Garrison, Gwinnett County Department of Emergency Services. - Kelly McAloon, STAT Executive Director

Snellville Youth Summit

^^^ Snellville Youth Summit 2020 The Snellville Youth Summit brought together

70 students from Brookwood, Grayson, Shiloh, Central Gwinnett and South Gwinnett high schools in an effort ‘for students and adults to assess the world around them and figure out how they can contribute to making their communities better.’ The event started with a poverty simulation presented by the Emory University Urban Health Initiative, a role playing exercise that attempts to simulate life while in poverty. Students participated in seminars about becoming better versions of themselves and a mental health training session presented by Mental Health America of Georgia.

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Spring Recipes

Savory Smoked Chicken Salad

Ingredients 3 lbs - Boneless Chicken Thigh Meat 3 Tablespoons - Olive Oil 3 Tablespoons - Chef Hank’s Bistro Seasoning** 1-1/4 Cup - Mayonnaise 2 Tablespoons - Worcestershire Sauce 2 Cups - Chopped Celery ½ Cup - Dried Cranberries 1/2 Teaspoon - Liquid Smoke

Marinate the chicken with Olive Oil and Chef Hank’s Bistro Seasoning** for a minimum of 25 to 30 minutes (Can be done one day ahead). Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lay chicken in an oven safe baking dish and cook for 25 to 35 minutes to an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit. Allow chicken to cool and rough chop to the desired texture. In a mixing bowl, combine the Mayonnaise, Worcestershire, Chopped Celery, Dried Cranberries and Liquid Smoke. Allow Cranberries 15 to 20 minutes to rehydrate (This can also be made ahead of time). Combine the chicken with the prepared mixture. Serve Chilled for safety below 41 degrees. **Chef Hank’s Bistro Seasoning is a product of LETTUM EAT! Inc. This ingredient can be substituted with a Savory Blend of your choice. -Chef Hank Reed, Founder and CEO of LETTUM EAT! Inc. a local nonprofit Hunger Relief Organization, Executive Chef of First Baptist Church of Snellville

Fruit Swirl Coffee Cake

Ingredients 1 cup sugar 1/2 cup margarine or butter, softened 1/2 cup shortening 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 teaspoon almond extract 4 eggs 3 cups all-purpose flour 1 can (21 oz.) cherry or blueberry pie filling Glaze: 1 cup powdered sugar 1 to 2 tablespoons of milk Beat powdered sugar and milk until smooth and of desired consistency.

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease jelly roll pan, 15 1/2 x 10 1/2 x 1 inch. Beat sugar, butter, shortening, baking powder, vanilla, almond extract and eggs in large mixer bowl on low speed, scraping bowl constantly, until blended. Beat on high speed, scraping bowl occasionally, for 3 minutes. Stir in flour. Spread 2/3 of the batter in pan. Spread pie filling over batter. Drop remaining batter by tablespoonsfuls onto pie filling. Bake until light brown, about 20-30 minutes depending on oven. Drizzle with glaze while warm. Cut cake into bars 2 1/2 x 2 inches and serve. Makes about 30 bars.

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Bring the family for some fun and get some great information on protecting yourself, your family, your pets, your home & business and your personal identity.

The event is free and all are encouraged to attend. Area Mascots & Activities will entertain the kids Food, Funnel Cakes and Ices for Sale

Come Dunk Your Police Officers in the Dunk Tank

Police vehicles with anti-crime accessories, tactical equipment & weapons & the SRT (special response team) will be on display. County Police and Fire Equipment & personnel will be on hand. EMS and 1st responders will be available with information.

Demonstrations by the Snellville K-9 Officers will show off the talented dogs Officers will demonstrate how to manage a traffic stop

Exhibitors will be providing information on: Personal Safety Home Security Pet Security Gun Safety and Training Financial Security Road safety for adults, teens and young children

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