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Where Everybody is Proud to Be Somebody SUMMER 2019

July 4th H Towne Green H 4 -10 PM H Departure – A Journey Tribute Band H Contagious Band H Watermelon Eating Contest H H Train Rides H Big Kahuna Waterslide H Bungee Jump H Inflatables H H STAT The Cat H A Wide Variety of Delicious Food Vendors H


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Visit lle i v l l e Sn There’s no doubt Snellville has become a prime destination for area shoppers - the Scenic Highway Shopping Corridor boasts more than $1 billion in sales annually.

Sawyer Store

But the city has always had roots in commerce. The city’s co-founder ran the Sawyer Store in the 1800s and the plaza which currently houses Provino’s was once a gathering spot for travelers to grab a bite to eat and trade wares. Travelers stopped at “The Grove” when rolling through Snellville. Many celebrations and family reunions were held in The Grove. The Gypsy Caravans came through once or twice a year to spend a few days. People would travel to Snellville for their shopping and park horses and wagons, later cars, in the area on Highway 78. Families and tradesmen traveling from other areas often stopped for the night to rest in there. The Grove was the center of the community and of trade and stores were built around it, cementing Snellville’s trade-rich legacy.

The Grove

Snellville still has that entrepreneurial spirit today as we are a city which promotes and embraces commerce and encourages tourism for recreational, leisure and business purposes. Snellville is perfectly situated near Stone Mountain and between Atlanta and Athens, optimal for overnight stays for family reunions, traveling sports, events and many other activities. We encourage you to visit, stay and shop in Snellville and take part in our tradition of offering quality tourism and trade opportunities today!

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Summer 2019 - Volume 36 Publisher/Editor: Kelly McAloon Editor: Brian Arrington

Summer is here, bring on the fun! Summer is here and I am ready for the fun! We are blessed to live in a community that has so much to offer. Whether it is shopping, having a great meal at one of our local restaurants, or attending an event on our Towne Green, Snellville always has something new and exciting to help keep you engaged in the community. We have had an unfortunate start with weather this year that forced us to cancel the Beach Blast and the second Food Truck Friday, but we have an action packed year of events still planned for this year. The Farmers’ Market is underway on Saturday mornings and the events will keep rolling this summer highlighted by the Concert Series, Food Truck Friday and Star Spangled Snellville. For the business community, come have lunch with us at the Snellville Commerce Club the first Tuesday every month. Snellville Tourism and Trade is proud to have been serving the local community for a decade. We look forward to continuing to offer a variety of events and activities to the citizens and visitors of Snellville. We are so proud to continue to produce the Snellville Spirit magazine in order for everyone in the community to know a little bit more about what is available in Snellville. We also want to welcome our new administrative assistant Summer Daniels to the team. She will be a great asset to our organization. If you would like to learn more about our events, how to become an event vendor, how to become a volunteer, or if you just want to know a little more about STAT, visit our website www. exploresnellville.com. I look forward to seeing you in Snellville this summer

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: 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 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: www.snellville.org Magazine Design by Brian Arrington, Perry Cox and Kelly McAloon Magazine Cover Design by Kelly McAloon and Perry Cox Contributing Writers and Photographers: Kelly McAloon, Don Britt, Brian Arrington, Gretchen Schulz, Eric Van Otteren, Barbara Bender and Perry Cox


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Snellville has roots in tourism and trade.

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Mayor Barbara Bender is looking for ‘change agents.’

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The latest from the police and public works.

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City to celebrate America’s birthday with big event.

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VISIT SNELLVILLE

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Beat the summertime blues with a variety of activities.

MAYOR’S MESSAGE

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New certification program welcomed to the city.

AROUND TOWNE

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Snellville runs on the dedication of its volunteers.

INDEPENDENCE DAY

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Senior housing projects are popping up all over the city.

CONGRATULATIONS

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See what’s growing in the Community Garden@Snellville.

SUMMER CONCERT SERIES

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What’s the latest with the highway 124-78 intersection?

BOOK OF LAUGHS

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Meet an 8-year-old author who released a book on elections.

FOOD TRUCK FRIDAY

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The senior offers stimulating activities for older adults.

SHARK TANK

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Snapshots from Snellville’s wonderful events!

FARMERS’ MARKET

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South Gwinnett JROTC member gets scholarship money.

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Three shows remain in the city’s summer concert series.

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Local author pens book of amusing musings.

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Food on the Towne Green is oh so good.

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Students wow judges with money-making proposals.

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The Snellville Farmers’ Market is back for its 10th season.

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City parks offer relaxation, fitness and entertainment.

SUMMERTIME FUN BADGE PROGRAM VOLUNTEERS

SENIOR HOUSING

COMMUNITY GARDEN

INTERSECTION UPDATE CHILD AUTHOR

SENIOR CENTER PICTURE PAGES GOOD FOOD

Here’s two recipes for summertime chefs.

PARKS AND RECREATION

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MAYOR’S MESSAGE The one thing that is constant is change. I am sure you have all heard this expression and it certainly applies to our city. It comes in all forms and can be so small/slow that it goes unnoticed or so big/fast that it is hard to grasp. Regardless of form, change is inevitable and happens every day. We get older, our children grow up, businesses close and new ones open, neighbors move out and new neighbors move in – the list goes on and on. Once we recognize that change is going to happen, it opens the door to understanding how we manage and mold the change makes the difference. When we anticipate it, we can create an environment that encourages the results we would rather have.

Mayor Barbara Bender

are working on the Towne Center to spur a livable, walkable and workable community center. We are also working to support our citizens with amenities such as the Senior Center and Briscoe Park, offering many programs and activities; the Community Garden @ Snellville; the weekly Farmers’ Market and the many events planned by Snellville Tourism and Trade (STAT). Add to this the best police department around that keeps our community safe.

Your Mayor and Council are continually working to create an environment that encourages the change our community wants while maintaining the existing qualities of our city. As we sift through the multitude of opportunities and options that present themselves to align them to the community’s vision, we also are working hard to manage the challenges that come with a growing county.

In addition, we are working on other challenges such as: reviewing our Code of Ordinances for the standards of property maintenance; updating our ordinances to combat the advertising litter thrown on driveways and reducing the instances of panhandlers at the shopping centers; and created the Snellville Clean & Proud program to partner with Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful to pick up the litter along our streets.

Managing and molding change in a community like Snellville is a continuous process. It takes long-range vision (which we have in our Towne Center plan), long-term planning (in our 2040 Comprehensive Plan) and stick-to-it-ness to keep working through the myriad of challenges and obstacles that arise along the way.

Help us by being a change agent! We need your thoughts and ideas about what will make Snellville a better place to live, work and play. We need your support at our community events and our local businesses and restaurants. We need you to report issues you see in the community – either to the Mayor and Council, city departments or the police.

We are working to encourage the right environment by updating our development regulations to give property owners a clear picture of what our community wants to look like. We

It takes us all working together to mold the inevitable change to what we would like to see in the future.

DRUG TAKE BACK The Snellville Police Department’s spring drug take back event collected 274.58 pounds of unwanted prescription drugs during the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day April 27. Residents were able to drive up to the Snellville Police Department and drop off their prescription drugs for safe and lawful disposal. Top row from left are the Snellville Police Department’s Andre Sullivan, Leroy Ranel, Jordan Hodges and Thad Clark. Bottom row from left are PCOM School of Pharmacy at Georgia Campus - Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine students Ganiyat Asuni, Elizabeth Asibey, Kayla Marshall, Jessica Mulbah, Deirdre Moultry, Eunice Ezechukwu and Victoria Oshunkentan.

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AROUND TOWNE Two SPD officers lauded for efforts to keep city, residents safe Snellville Police Department officer Brett Chism was awarded the National Criminal Enforcement Association Street Level Interdiction Officer of the Year award. Chism attended the National Criminal Enforcement Association annual conference in Overland Park, Kan. earlier this year because of his interest in Criminal Interdiction. The National Criminal Enforcement Association is an international organization with over 8,000 members throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico founded in memory of Capt. Brett Chism Robbie Bishop of the Villa Rica, Georgia Police Department who was killed while conducting a criminal interdiction stop on Interstate 20. The NCEA recognizes officers engaged in criminal interdiction activities each year by judging the prior year’s efforts, tallying the results and announcing the winner in multiple categories based on the type of interdiction and roadway jurisdiction of each candidate. Chism posted his activity for the year 2018, placing him in consideration for recognition. During the year, Chism recovered over 100 counterfeit/fraudulent/stolen financial transaction cards. This constituted the largest recovery of this type in the nation in 2018 receiving the award in this category. Chism submitted his body of work for the year 2018 culminating in the recovery, drug seizures, arrests, weapons seized, warrants served and other activities. In addition to Chism being recognized by the NCEA, he was also recognized by Mayor Bender and the rest of the City Council for his efforts during the May 13th City Council Meeting. On April 21, SPD Lt. Ray Gunter was at home, off-duty, when his wife told him his neighbor had collapsed into the shrubbery outside. Gunter immediately ran to his neighbor’s aid finding him unconscious, not breathing and with no pulse.

Ray Gunter

Gunter immediately dropped beside his neighbor, even though he has a prosthetic leg making such a maneuver difficult, and began cardiopulmonary resuscitation as bystanders called for an ambulance.

Gunter continued CPR until the paramedics and ambulance arrived to relieve him. The paramedics continued their lifesaving efforts, transported Gunter’s neighbor to Gwinnett Medical Center where he received medical care. The efforts of Gunter and the other first responders allowed his neighbor to live for another seven days, and were called heroes by the neighbor’s wife. Gunter was recognized for his life-saving efforts by Mayor Barbara Bender and the other City Council members during the May 13 city council meeting.

CPA graduates another class

Snellville Citizens’ Police Academy graduation was on May 23 and had 22 students in this class. CPA will be starting its fall session on Aug. 29 which will run until Nov. 14.

Stormwater Utility funds paying dividends for residents

The Snellville Stormwater Utility fund has been used to complete 12 scheduled and four emergency stormwater improvement projects. A total of $775,010 was spent on these projects from the stormwater fund. Looking forward to Snellville Public Works’ upcoming budget year, the department already has three emergency projects moving to the top of its capital improvement list for 2019-2020. The upcoming construction project areas include Harbour Oaks Drive, Summit Chase Drive, Green Turf Drive, Classic Drive, Summit Turf Drive, Valley View Road and Grand Central Drive. For more information about the Stormwater Management Plan contact the Public Works Department at 770-985-3527. 7


Departure – A Journey Tribute Band

Event Schedule ▼ 4:00 PM Kriss Johnson – National Anthem ▼ 4:45 PM Contagious Band ▼ 6:50 PM Introduction of Dignitaries and Keystone Sponsors ▼ 7:00 PM Watermelon Eating Contest

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▼ 7:30 PM Departure – A Journey Tribute Band ▼ 9:27 PM God Bless America ▼ 9:30 PM

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TOWNE GREEN FIREWORKS! ONE OF THE LARGEST FIREWORKS SHOWS IN THE SOUTHEAST! ALL DAY ACTIVITY BAND – $10 Includes Big Kahuna Water Slide, Inflatables, Bungee Jump, Train Rides & 9-Hole Mini Golf

JULY 4TH STAR SPANGLED SNELLVILLE CELEBRATION By Kelly McAloon Join us as Snellville Tourism and Trade Association presents an unforgettable Fourth of July experience in the heart of Snellville on the Towne Green as we celebrate our 10th year of doing events in the city. Star Spangled Snellville begins at 4:00 p.m. as Kriss Johnson, Miss 2018 National Patriot will kick off the celebration singing our National Anthem from the main stage on the Towne Green. Family friendly entertainment, including the tastes and smells of some of your favorite festival foods along with a large playground of inflatables, the BIG KAHUNA water slide, train rides, bungee jump and 9-hole mini golf will be available throughout the day. Ride as often as you like with an all day band for only $10. We will have a wide variety of food vendors on site to satisfy any appetite. Food vendors include: Rey’s Cuban Café, Funnel Cakes, Fratelli’s, Brown’s BBQ, Berens Frozen Custard, Chick-fil-A, Ski Bob Sno Cones, Nawlins Praline Candy, Naje’s Tropical Paradise, Exotic Que, Kona Ice and many others. Stop by for some of the favorite festival foods like hot boiled peanuts, grilled corn on the cob, fresh squeezed lemonade, funnel cakes, and your favorite flavored shaved ice.

dark, approximately 9:30 p.m., and will be accented with patriotic music. Come in your best red, white and blue, and bring your blankets and chairs to assure your seats for the music and fireworks show. Get to the Green early as space on the Green and surrounding areas fill up quickly.

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STAT would like to thank Snellville First Baptist Church for its continued support and sharing their property to stage the fireworks. Due to construction this year, there will be no inflatables or food vendors on the First Baptist side of the road, but you still may bring chairs or blankets to sit on the property. All food vendors will be set up on Oak Road in front of Snellville City Hall.

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We also want to thank Snellville United Methodist Church for allowing residents to park in their parking lot during the July 4th festivities. Our partnership within the city is what makes Snellville such a great place to live.

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The Community Blood Bank will be on site July 4th for those of you who would like to give a pint of blood. The Community Blood Bank services those in need in our local area.

Don’t forget to get your face painted at this celebration and stop by the STAT info tent for a We are excited to feature two bands that will ROCK the Star Spangled tattoo. Towne Green throughout the day. CONTAGIOUS Band A big thank you to all of our volunteers, police will take the stage at 4:45 p.m. followed by DEPARdepartment and public works department who help TURE - A Journey Tribute Band at 7:30 p.m. The make our events so successful. fireworks display will begin when the sky becomes

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She is an Advanced Placement student at South Gwinnett and plans to study criminal justice at Jarrett, was a beloved Howard. teacher at South A five-story, 102-room Hampton Inn & Suites will be built in the Gwinnett from 2002 city following a unanimous vote by the Mayor and Council earlier Alex Mobley and Skye to 2004 and assistant this year. Williams are two South Gwinnett principal there from JROTC cadets appointed to the The 64,400-square-foot building will be located in Park Place, U.S. Military Academy at West 2004-09. She has a development located at the corner of Pharrs Road and Scenic Point. They will begin training been principal at Highway which recently saw the grand opening of Crackerthis Barrel, summer. Summerour Middle Freddie’s, Zaxby’s and Aspen Dental. Inn & Suites by Hilton within the city. Finally, Hampton Inn & School sincehas 2009. She replaces under the of Hilton umbrella, a reputation for being Williams, Suites, the cadet leader the (Hotels) principal Monique work There had been concerns the hotel would cause traffic issues at the a high-quality brand and product that would be anLee, assetwho to thewill city South Gwinnett JROTC program, busy intersection, but, according to the developers, daily trips would appointments for many years to come.” at the Gwinnett County Public Schools’ received to two be reduced by nearlyincluding two thirdsthe of what previously military academies, U.S. was Air Force. Sheapproved aspires tofor work in the courtroom as Department of Student Discipline and 12,000-square-foot restaurant. And just this month, aa JAG officer, and her appointment is the first step to pursuing that career. Behavior Interventions. paperwork was filed “There isaastudent need in at theGwinnett city for aOnline quality Campus, limited-service hotel to bring an Outback Mobley, said the U.S. Military Academy will Make sure to check out the fall edition of in the Scenic Corridor as and theregive are back. very Steakhouse to Park allow him to Highway pursue hisCommercial career in engineering few options for travelers to utilize while staying in the area,” said the Snellville Place. Spirit for an article about Planning and Development Director Jason Thompson. “Eastside - Gwinnett Daily Post Jarrett and her new position. Medical Center, adjacent restaurants, retail businesses and neighboring residents could all benefit from having a nice Hampton By Brian Arrington, Public Information Officer

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Aug. 17th Slippery When Wet - Bon Jovi Tribute Slippery When Wet has played over 1,500 shows throughout the U.S. alone and has traveled to Africa, Mexico, Singapore, Puerto Rico, Honduras and the Dominican Republic. They have headlined on over 60 cruises and played the pre-game of Super Bowl 48 in East Rutherford, NJ. The band’s shows are the most attended and highest grossing of any Bon Jovi Tribute in the country.

Sept. 28th The Stranger - Bil y Joel Tribute 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 6 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.

Reserve a table for eight people with light snacks for $150. Tables are limited and available on a first come, first serve basis. Register online at www.Snellvil eEvents.com or email STAT Executive Director Kelly McAloon at kelmca@comcast.net.


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BUCHANAN’S BOOK URGES LAUGHTER Historical Society secretary pens memoir Those who have met Marlene Ratledge Buchanan will tell you she’s always quick with a joke or a tidbit aimed to make you smile. So it’s only fitting the Snellville Historical Society secretary’s new book, “Life is Hard Soften It with Laughter,” is filled with humorous tales. “Did the domestic gene pass you at birth?” Buchanan asks. “It did me. My idea of making dinner is making reservations. Instead of having cookbooks lining a cute shelf in my kitchen, I have a folder full of take-out menus. My last attempt at cooking involved a response from the fire department.” The book also touches on Buchanan’s battles with Mother Nature and her critters, funny tips on how to manage your life, her quirky interactions with her family and the trials and tribulations of growing older. Some of the stories may sound familiar to those who catch her column “Hey Y’all” in the Gwinnett Citizen and those who had an opportunity to learn from her during her role as a teacher for more than 30 years. The book is available at the Snellville Historical society, 2145 North Road from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday through Friday. Buchanan will also be a guest speaker at next month’s Commerce Club luncheon, beginning at 12 p.m., July 2 in City Hall. Marlene Ratledge Buchanan and her book ‘Life is Hard Soften It with Laughter’

- Brian Arrington, Public Information Officer

New ordinances designed to improve quality of life The city recently passed updated ordinances to proactively address two issues promoted citizen complaints. In order to be effective in curbing these issues, city officials need your help by reporting any instances when they occur. If you receive advertising materials you have not requested thrown on your driveway, gather it and call the City Code Enforcement at 770-985-3519 or report it on the website by scrolling to the bottom of the main page, click on Report a Problem and select Code Compliance. The code enforcement officers will need the materials in order to move forward with the complaint. If you see someone distributing these materials, call the Snellville Police at 770-9853555 to report immediately. If you experience anyone approaching you in a shopping center asking for money in an aggressive manner, please get to a safe place and call the Snellville police at 770-9853555. Many of those asking for money travel from other cities and are not telling the truth when they tell citizens they need money for basic needs such as food or gas. The ordinance, which is similar to Gwinnett County’s law, is designed to keep those asking for money from having physical contact, following or generally scaring or intimidating those they are asking for money. Property owners must give permission to solicit on their property. If the solicitor does not have proper documentation, they will receive a warning and be asked to leave. A second offense can result in a charge and/or arrest for criminal trespass. - Mayor Barbara Bender

Snellville Tourism and Trade is pleased to welcome Summer Daniels to the organization as the new administrative assistant. Daniels, who lives in Snellville, is ready to jump in and help STAT continue providing quality events, business and tourism efforts. STAT works to improve the community in many ways. STAT produces numerous events throughout the year, including the Snellville Beach Blast, Star Spangled Snellville, the Snellville Fall Festival, and the annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. The Snellville Farmers’ Market provides an opportunity for area residents to purchase fresh produce, meat and more each Saturday from June through September. The Snellville Commerce Club works to promote the city’s businesses by hosting regular lunch meetings and special events. STAT also publishes a quarterly magazine, Snellville Spirit, which highlights the community, its businesses and its events. For more information on STAT contact Executive Director Kelly McAloon at 770-310-0429.


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Maine Lobster (as seen on Shark Tank) • Tex’s Tacos • Gyro Chef Mediterranean • Hole in the Wall • Vietnamese 6-pack subs • Exotic Que • Not So Famous Cookie

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Food Truck Fridays are always popular! Get there early to avoid long lines!

Snellville Food Truck Friday Sponsors:

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Sack Races are always a Big Hit at Food Truck Friday!

Music, Games and Fun with D.J. Lee!

Maine Lobster • The Patty Wagon • Frozen Sweets • Triple J’s Pizza

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Economic Development Sunmer 2019

Students shine during annual Shark Tank By Eric Van Otteren, Economic Development Director

The 2019 Shark Tanks wrapped up on May 9 with Michelle Moses from South Gwinnett High School pitching her business, Fruit of the Spirit. Fruit of the Spirit is a line of clothing to encourage young people to have more confidence in themselves. The presentations started on May 7 with a pitch for Auto-Flip, by Simon Bratescu. Simon is purchasing Jeep Cherokees and rebuilding them. He had completed one rebuild and sold it for a profit of about $1,200.

Samantha Parker

Emiya Jackson

On each of the two days, the jury members awarded the sum of $2,000 to one or more youth businesses and nominated one candidate to be considered for Entrepreneur of the Year 2019. The nomination from the Tuesday Shark Tank was Shiloh High School student Emiya Jackson pitching her company B.A.B.E (Beauty and Brows By E). Jackson hosts Glam Parties for special occasions including birthdays, bridal parties, girls nights and also provides glam services to models, TV hosts, and celebrities. Jackson’s company B.A.B.E has already earned over $2,000. In order to participate in the Shark Tank the students and their businesses must show sales or orders for sales. They also must hold a Youth Business License.

The winner of the Snellville Young Entrepreneurs of the Year 2019 was Samantha Parker, pitching Seeking Through Speaking. Parker is launching a public speaking career along with supporting material including a journal and clothing. Parker was awarded the full amount of her request for funding of $700. She was also awarded $500 for Young Entrepreneur of the Year.

The Shark Tank is not possible without the generous support of local business owners that truly understand the challenge of starting a business. These business owners come together to serve as the jury for each Shark Tank. Each juror made a financial contribution to create the venture funds awarded to the young business owners. This year the jury members were: Leslie Trimmer Powell & Edwards, Atty. Kurt Schulz Snellville Tourism and Trade Doug Adams GECC Rebecca Kay Sapp Sapp Law Firm Kathy Emmanuel Random Technology Sandra Hill New Horizens Coaching Ed McFarlane Fast Signs Chris Howard Culvers Tom Vooris choicestoyou.com Jamie Parker Keller Williams Realtor Dale Eich Sunrise Rotary/URA Ashlie Franklin Walton EMC Joan Miller Blind Ladies Karen Foote LEAADS/ DAS A few businesses supported the Shark Tank and did not send a jurist. These businesses include Heal Pros, Urban Redevelopment Agency of Snellville and the Development Authority of Snellville. Walton EMC funded two jury seats.

SunTrust building figures big in Towne Center Mayor and Council approved the purchase of the vacant SunTrust building on Wisteria Drive at a called meeting in May. This recently vacated building is being offered to the U.S. Post Office as their new home. City leaders feel the access and parking around this building offers a significantly better situation than the difficult parking and traffic pattern around the existing Post Office building, allowing the city to acquire the current location for the Towne Center development. The city, through the Downtown Development Authority, purchased the building this month. This is another piece of the puzzle falling in place. This building will be on the planned Towne Center greenway. The Towne Center greenway will provide a pleasant walking and biking opportunity to Towne Center residents and visitors.

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City leadership anticipates construction to begin on the greenway in early 2020. Leadership is also looking forward to the moving dirt for the larger Towne Center development in 2020. - Eric Van Otteren, Economic Development Director Snellville, Where Everybody’s Proud to be Somebody


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SNELLVILLE FARMERS’ MARKET 10th season opens to rave reviews! By Gretchen Schulz, Councilwoman, SFM organizer Our 10th season...it seems hard to believe! And we’re better than ever! “This was my best opening market” Greg Earle of Gralan Farms said of the market’s opening day on June 1. Greg is a popular produce vendor at the market who has been a vendor for nine seasons. Other vendors also reported a terrific opening market. Ty Cowart of TyCo B Farms said he only had a few potatoes left at the end of the market. In fact, his wife had to come from their Snellville farm in the middle of the morning to replenish blackberries. And Scott and Lucy DeForest, Snellville residents who are known at the market as Poppi’s BBQ, changed their chalk board about an hour before the market ended to read “Sold Out!” The DeForests sell smoked pulled pork and smoked chicken salad. The market is held Saturdays through the end of September, 8:30 am to 12:30 pm, on the Towne Green in front of City Hall. Parking is in the City Hall parking lot with handicapped parking available at the side entrance adjacent to the Green. (Look for the “Handicapped Parking” sign.) To keep up with Snellville Farmers’ Market news, follow the market on our Facebook page. Towards the end of every week we post a list of vendors we expect to be at the market. You can also subscribe to the market’s weekly newsletter at snellvillefarmersmarket.com/contact-us. In the “Describe Your Request” field note that you would like to subscribe to the newsletter.

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Parks & Recreation Summer 2019

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

Park office is open Monday - Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information on registration and classes, check out the Parks & Recreation Department on Snellville’s website www.snellville.org.

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

Briscoe Park offers soccer leagues for kids ages 4-19. Visit www.allinfcsnellville. com for upcoming summer events including a summer soccer league and camps! Registration for Campalooza Sports Summer Camp @ Briscoe Park is now open! Camp is weekly Monday-Friday 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. Contact Darryl at 678-4461299. Interested in tennis? There will be a tennis camp weekly Monday-Friday 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. For more information email Wade at dowa12@yahoo.com Briscoe Park will host a Lego Camp July 29 - Aug. 2 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Registration for the week is $295. Contact Julie DeSantis at julie@ play-well.org for more information. The Briscoe Park Pool is open, Monday through Thursday noon to 6 p.m. and Friday to Sunday, noon to 7 p.m. Ages 4 to 49, $4; all others $1. Full season, half season, or adult lap passes may be purchased at the park office. You can also sign up for swim lessons at the park office Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. All dates, times, and descriptions are listed on city website under Parks and Recreation Page.

Top row, from left are: Snellville Parks and Recreation employees Keith Scott, maintenance; and Emmanuel Penn, athletic assistant. Bottom row, from left are: Meghan Purvis, parks facility coordinator; Deborah Puette, administrative assistant; Kathi Gargiulo, senior program supervisor; and Tracey Glass, senior program assistant II. Come splash at the pool after hours! There will be a party on Aug. 16 from 7 to 9 p.m. $1 admission and $1 concession. Bring your towel, chair and be ready to just relax from the heat!

Outdoor tennis and basketball courts are available on a first-come-first-served basis without lights daily from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tennis courts can not be reserved with lights during summer months. To reserve, call the office at 770-985-3535. Tennis Court rental fee is $5 per hour (city limit resident); $10 per hour (non-resident).

PARK RENTALS

Facilities at the park can be rented with 14 days notice. There are outdoor pavilion rentals, large rooms for rent and the pool can be rented. For room/ pavilion rentals call the park office at 770-985-3535 For field rentals, call Meghan Purvis at 770-985-3532. The park accepts cash, check, money order, Visa, MC or debit card. For a list of property for rental visit www.snellville.org/parks-recreation. 23


Snellville Summer Fun! (and surrounding area)

Snellville Farmers’ Market www.snellvillefarmersmarket.com Saturdays through September 8:30 am – 12:30 pm • No Cost to Attend!

Snellville Briscoe Park www.snellville.org Pizza Pool Party $1 admission • $1 sodas • $1 slices Friday, August 16 7:30 – 9:30 pm

Summer Soccer Camps www.allinfcsnellville.com (678) 517- 4789

Swimming Lessons Swim Lesson Registration Now Open. Sign up at the Park Office. Mon-Fri 8am-5pm

770.985.3535 Urban Air Adventure Park The Adventure Hub is Opening Soon!

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Vacation Bible School! Please check with the local church of your choice to see about Summer camps and programs offered! St. Oliver’s

“Roar and Roar more!” July 15 - 19

St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church “Miraculous Mission” July 8 -12

Westminister Presbyterian Church “SONRISE National Park” July 8 -12

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Economic Development Summer 2019

Digital Badge Program kicks off in Snellville The City of Snellville is excited to announce the launching of its new Digital Badge Program.

The purpose of this program is to prepare high school students for career readiness and civic engagement and to present an opportunity for adults to achieve additional credibility and higher achievement levels for employment. Mayor Pro Tem Dave Emanuel and the Department of Economic Development has partnered with LRNG, a new online platform geared towards equipping young people, educators, communities, and corporations with skill sets to reach their highest potential. LRNG is accessible from a phone, tablet, or laptop so there’s always a new opportunity to earn badges on the go. There are badges for almost any academic discipline or subject. The badges range from healthcare, entrepreneurship, time management, and professionalism to learning how to produce beats, coding, manufacturing, or civic engagement. In 2018, LRNG established a merger with Southern New Hampshire to increase their influence and resources to drive more individuals and their communities towards success. Economic Development intern and Georgia State University student Shay’na Fields, will be administering the Digital Badge Program during the summer and fall of this year. During the spring,

Mayor Pro Tem Dave Emanuel and Economic Development intern and Georgia State University student Shay’na Fields review the Badge program. Fields presented a PowerPoint introducing the program with Emanuel and Economic Development Director Eric Van Otteren to Snellville corporate stakeholders at TOMCO2 Systems and Eastside Medical Center. Afterward, she was awarded a $6,000 budget for the City of Snellville’s Digital Badge Program to finally launch. The City of Snellville is confident in its efforts to equip our young people and employees for a successful future, and to continue to bring the best out of Snellville. For more information call Van Otteren at 770-985-3502.

City Hall build out offers education space Mayor and Council approved a contract to build out an unused portion of the second floor of City Hall.

The space - approximately 3,000 square feet - is being built out as two classrooms, a conference room, three offices and an open work area. The intention is to provide a space for Gwinnett Technical College to continue to offer classes in Snellville. The two classrooms may be combined into one large room that will seat approximately 50 people. The classrooms will be available to the community when not in use by Gwinnett Tech. One office will accommodate counselors from SCORE and Small Business Development Centers. Both organizations provide counseling to small businesses and entrepreneurs to grow and improve their business practices. SCORE provides volunteers from the business world to counsel startup and ongoing business ventures. The SBDC offers free and feebased counseling to businesses of all sizes. The Greater Eastside Chamber of Commerce will also have a part-time office in the space. Construction started on May 6 and is scheduled to be completed on July 19.

The northwest corner of Snellville City Hall is being renovated for education space.

- Eric Van Otteren, Economic Development Director

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SHINING STARS OF SNELLVILLE

Volunteers Extraordinaire - Making our Community a Better Place to Live Wes Nettleton

Ann McGill

Ann helps out at the Snellvill e Farmers You will find Wes most days at the Market and some of the STA T events ng worki ville Snell in en Gard Community on the Towne Green. You will also find on the greenhouse, helping students from Ann actively volunteering thro ughout the ng worki just or ol Scho High nett Gwin South community. She is very acti ve at the Co-op in the garden. Wes is a Master Gardener and is also the chairman of the board for r and president of the Gwinnett Maste the Southeast Gwinnett Coop. As a true his find will You n. ciatio Asso s Gardener’ Georgia Bulldog fan, Ann was presented wife, Lucy working side by side with him the big “G” from Melvin Eve rson. the for love true a has He n. garde the at Snellville Community Garden!

Marcy Pharris

Marcy was awarded the very first City of Snellville Volunteer of the Year Award. She is still going strong and continues to volunteer in many capacities throughout the city. She actively works at the Snellville Farmers’ Market, the Community Garden, volunteers at most STAT events, is the Treasurer of the Snellville Citizens’ Police Academy Alumni and serves many hours at Eastside Medical Center with H2U.

If you would like to be involved and volunteer, please email info@snellvilletourism.com.

Kurt and Gretchen Schulz

This power team is definitely in the volunteer extraordinaire group. They are the administrators and founders of the award winning Snellville Farmers’ Market and Snellville Community Garden. You will also find these two volunteering at many STAT events throughout the year along with other organizations in the city. Gretchen currently serves as one of the Snellville council members, while Kurt serves on the Snellville Tourism and Trade Board of Directors.

COMMERCE CLUB SCHOLARSHIPS The Snellville Commerce Club awarded two area students with $1,000 scholarship checks in May. Each year, the Snellville Commerce Club, the business arm of Snellville Tourism and Trade, awards two $1,000 scholarships to a student active in either FBLA or the DECA program from Brookwood and South Gwinnett high schools. Students must demonstrate academic success and have been engaged in the community. South Gwinnett’s recipient was Oreoluwa Aina. Brookwood’s winner was Matthew Lescota. For more information about STAT and the Snellville Commerce Club visit www.snellvilletourism.com.

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Economic Development Summer 2019

Once a ‘critcal need,’ senior housing is on the rise By Brian Arrington, Public Information Officer

More than 10 years ago, city officials said there was a “critical need” for senior housing. At that time, options were scarce or non-existent for empty nesters looking to downsize or seniors who sought assisted living facilities. However, in the last few years city officials have helped meet that demand with a handful of developments geared towards Snellville’s vibrant and growing senior population. “As the rapid increase of senior-oriented development in Snellville and the Atlanta metro will attest, there is a large and growing need for housing for an aging population other than detached single-family homes on large lots, which is by far the most common development type in Snellville,” Planning and Development Director Jason Thompson said. “Not all present and future residents wish to give up that lifestyle, but more and more are expressing a desire to at least have other options, so that they do not have to make the choice between an unsustainable lifestyle or leaving their city.” The city’s Towne Center will have its first new development after the Mayor and Council gave the go-ahead to an 88-unit affordable senior housing development adjacent to Snellville United Methodist Church. Wendover Housing Partners’ 55plus age restricted housing project is also the first development approved under the new 2040 Comprehensive Plan regulations. The 111,412-square-foot building will be located on the southwest corner of the SUMC campus on the corner of Henry Clower Boulevard and Pate Street. The development will be on existing church property, mostly in an existing parking lot. Named Asbury Pointe, the L-shaped development will have one- and two-bedroom living quarters. The building will feature two elevators, interior air conditioned hallways, and clubhouse amenities may include a hair salon, social gathering room, an exercise room and/or business center. Some of the outdoor amenities may include a gazebo, a garden area and a shuffleboard court. Senior Lifestyle Corporation, a privately-held owner, operator and developer of senior housing communities and its codeveloper, Griffin Fine Living, LLC, announced development plans for The Sheridan at Eastside in 2017. Construction at the Sheridan began in the fall of 2017. The Sheridan has opened its 81 independent-living homes and 60 assisted-living apartment homes, 24 independent-living cottages and 32 memory care residences are in the works. The 190,000-square-foot retirement community will sit on approximately 15 acres of land a few blocks north of Ronald Parkway on Tree Lane, adjacent to Eastside Medical Center. Once fully occupied, The Sheridan at Eastside will directly create more than 100 new full and part-time permanent jobs in the community. Currently under construction, Gladstone Landing is an 80unit, age restricted housing development on Highway 78 near Crestview Drive.

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A recent ribbon-cutting ceremony for for independent living homes at the Sheridan at Eastside development.

An assisted living facility under construction on the Sheridan at Eastside campus near Eastside Medical Center.

Saddle Brook is an age restricted community currently under construction on Pinehurst Road. Plans are in the works to add an assisted-living facility in phase two of the project. The Saddle Brook project, located at Pinehurst and Ridgedale roads, will bring dozens of homes for those 55 and older to the city. The latest senior-aged housing to be approved was a 280-unit development to be built on nine of the 18 holes at Summit Chase Country Club and features high-end homes. Snellville, Where Everybody’s Proud to be Somebody


COMMUNITY GARDEN @SNELLVILLE Summer brings new crops to gardeners

The arrival of summer means vegetables will soon be plentiful in the raised beds being tended by the gardeners who have rented space at the Community Garden. Lots of different varieties of tomatoes, peppers and squash as well some more unusual veggies like bok choy, Jerusalem artichokes and fennel are flourishing. Lots of herbs are also found in the beds while some gardeners prefer to focus entirely on flowers. The garden also hosts educational events that are open to the community. Recently Gwinnett Extension Agent Timothy Daly conducted a class on Vegetable Pests in the Garden. He talked about the most common garden pests and provided tips on controlling them. The garden is located in T.W. Briscoe Park at the intersection of Marigold Road and Sawyer Parkway, across from the Snellville Recycling Center.

Bees and butterflies love the garden’s coneflowers.

Antoninette Alexander tends to her garden.

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Kathy Keyes shows off her gardening skills.

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Intersection information on city website New animation and information regarding how the state’s improvements to the highway 124-78 intersection will work is now on the city’s website.

SR 10/US 78 at SR 124 Intersection Improvement Project

Eastbound DLT – Spring 2019

Residents can visit www.snellville.org/highway-78-and-124intersection and read or watch a video on how to navigate the intersection from all directions. The information was unveiled last month at a Georgia Department of Transportation meeting held a First Baptist Church Snellville of Snellville. Residents were able to watch the video the city posted online and view the written materials provided by GDOT, also available on the city’s website. The final lane configurations and traffic signals will be in place in September, construction officials said. Final paving work will be done shortly after and landscaping will be done in the spring to allow for optimal growth. Paving on Henry Clower Boulevard will be completed as weather allows.

Completed Project - End of 2019 INTERSECTION IMPROVEMENT GWINNETT COUNTY SR 10/US 78 AT SR 124 GDOT PI NO. 0006439

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What is a DLT? A Displaced Left Turn (sometimes referred to as a Continuous Flow Intersection) implements unopposed left turns at intersections by moving traffic over to the other side of the road, in advance of the intersection. Traffic crosses the opposing through lanes at a separate signalized intersection before pulling up to the main intersection. At the main intersection, left-turning and through-traffic move simultaneously, increasing efficiency and improving safety by reducing potential conflicts. Traffic signals at the advance crossovers are coordinated with the main intersection to minimize multiple stops.

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YOUNG SCRIBE MAKING LITERARY WAVES 8-year-old has book in Library of Congress

He’s a published author who’s book is in the Library of Congress, he’s been featured on “The View” and the “Steve Harvey Show” and he goes on book tours. Not bad for an 8-year old. And that’s why the Mayor and Council honored the author, Nicholas Buamah, with a proclamation, in April. Buamah, a student at Trinity Prep, wrote the vocabularybuilding book “Kayla & Kyle The Walking Dictionaries, Election Day,” to help elementary school students expand their vocabularies and learn about the election process. Buamah said “there are a plethora of elementary school libraries” and is working to have his book added to all of them. “Kayla & Kyle.” “Snellville is known for its volunteers,” Emanuel said. “So it’s fitting we recognized Nicholas because he goes to school and meets with kids his age and shares his experiences with them. One girl told him she wanted his address so she could mail him her book when she wrote it after one of his school visits. Nicholas embraces the giving spirit Snellville is known for.” For more information about Nicholas’ book and his travels visit motherhubbard.us.

From left, Mayor Pro Tem Dave Emanuel, author Nicholas Buamah and Mayor Barbara Bender.

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Spotlight on Snellville Seniors

Snellville Senior Center ~ 2350 Oak Road ~ Snellville, Georgia 30078 ~ 770 985-3580 The Snellville Senior Center is 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. The Senior Center offers other classes in conjunction with our regular ongoing scheduled classes. Please stop by our center or visit our website at www. snellville.org to view our bimonthly newsletter located under Parks and Recreation for additional classes and events.

MEMBERSHIP

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.

EVENTS AND TRIPS

The Senior Center offers day and overnight trips as well as special events. Information is updated bimonthly in our Spotlight Newsletter which includes a current calendar of events. Newsletters can be picked up at the center, found on our website at www. snellville.org or mailed to your home once you join. Contact the Senior Center at 770-985-3580 to register and for additional information. 35


Making Memories ... Snellville Days

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Snellville Concert Series • Head Games - Foreigner Tribute

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Summer Favorites From some of our favorite cooks!

PATTI’S ITALIAN SAUSAGE PASTA TOSS

Serves 6-8 Ingredients: 1 lb. Good Italian sausage 8-12 oz. penne pasta or angel hair pasta Olive Oil 4 garlic, minced 1 bunch green onions, sliced diagonal 1 red bell pepper, sliced diagonal 1 yellow bell pepper, sliced diagonal 4 sprigs of fresh basil or 2 tsp. of dried 1 tsp. salt ¼ tsp pepper ½ tsp. anise seed ¼ cup parmesan/romano cheese

Cook pasta according to box directions. Set aside, sprinkle with olive oil. Cook whole links of Italian sausage. Drain sausage, place on a plate to cool before slicing on an angle into bite-size pieces. Sauté bell peppers 3 minutes in same pan you cooked the sausage. Add a little oil if needed. Add garlic and green onions. Cook 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Add sausage, pasta and all seasonings. Toss. Sprinkle with cheese. Serve with salad and bread. It tastes best the next day. Enjoy!

GAYE’S VERMICELLI SALAD

1 box Vermicelli (broken) cook 6 to 8 minutes, drain well in colander Mix these ingredients: 1 ½ tbsp. Accent 2 tbsp. Lawry’s seasoned salt 1/3 cup oil 1/3 cup lemon juice

Pour over pasta and refrigerate for 2 days mixing occasionally After 2 days add the following ingredients: ¾ cup chopped green peppers ¾ cup chopped onions 1 ¼ cups chopped celery 2 or 3-3.8 oz. can sliced ripe olives 1 can green chiles (optional) 1 cup mayonnaise Mix well and refrigerate. Keeps for days! Do not substitute any of the ingredients. You may add chicken, ham or shrimp for a more filling dish. - Gaye Johnson, director of Public Works

- Patti Ruiz, St. Oliver’s Catholic Church parishioner

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