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Monday, February 08 2016
Distributed by Lilburn Community Partnership          February 7, 2016

February is Heart month - time to think about taking care of our hearts by eating healthy and exercising so we can do something special for those we love on the 14th!

Since our own General Beauregard did not see his shadow last week, we are expecting an early spring and all the activity and fun that longer, warmer days promise to bring.  

Look below for some save-the-date activities, scheduled new and returning events and great informational meetings.  There are Web sites where you can go to for spring break camps and summer camps. You will also notice one of our schools planning now for a new and different scheduling option for school year 2016-17. While you are planning what you'll do for Valentine's Day, also remember to show some love for our Lion's Club Community Food Drive.  (Details below).

Happy Reading - Please forward on to new neighbors and business owners.

(Go to the Blog page to translate this issue. or read it later.)

February Food Drive

Lilburn area businesses and the Lilburn Lions Club are partnering to stock a local food pantry.  As of today, 13 businesses/schools have food donation boxes.  During the month of February these businesses are welcoming the community to drop off canned food and household staples.  The Lilburn Lions Club will collect the food donations throughout the month and deliver to the St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry here in Lilburn.  The club’s goal is to collect 500 lbs. of food. 

97 Main Salon - 97 Main St. Lilburn, GA

Berkmar High School - 405 Pleasant Hill Rd. Lilburn, GA

Berkmar Middle - 4355 Lawrenceville Hwy, Lilburn, GA

Georgia Gift Baskets - 4838 L'ville Highway, Lilburn

Gwinnett Christian Terrace - 414 Berkmar Way, Lilburn

House of Payne Personal Training - 4565 Lawrenceville Hwy, Lilburn, GA

Mail & Package Center - 4155 Lawrenceville Hwy, Lilburn, GA

Mr. Transmission & Clutch - 4450 L'ville Hwy, Lilburn

Music on Main - 113 Main Street, Lilburn

Springleaf Financial Services - 4153 L'ville Hwy, Lilburn

Taste of Paradise - 4805 Lawrenceville Hwy, Lilburn

Udai Singh, PC - 331 Arcado Road, Lilburn

Unique Treasures Antique Flea Market - (watch repair booth), 3635 U.S. 78, Snellville

If you would like a food box, contact Lions Club Member Rachel Payne at 678-641-9188 or email:

Active Shooter Civilian Training a Success!

by Shannon Byers, Lilburn Citizens Police Academy Partnership, Photos by Klyle Hess, Gwinnett Daily Post

Over 200 people attended Lilburn Police Department’s presentation of A Citizen’s Response to Active Shooter training on January 21st.  The large crowd was greeted at Providence Christian Academy by members of the Lilburn Citizens Police Academy Partnership and the Lilburn Explorers. At the beginning of the program Chief Bruce Hedley welcomed everyone and introduced Sgt. Tim Allen who opened the presentation by saying, “This seminar is not to scare you”.

This seminar, put together by Texas State University is designed to teach the Avoid, Deny, Defend (ADD) response method and included a demonstration video of just what that means.  Sgt. Allen supplemented the presentation with other scenarios to explain other things you should know, such as knowing the location of all the exits in a place you are gathered in the event you need to flee and why “playing dead” is not the best of ideas if you find yourself in this situation.

As Sgt. Allen explained, there is no profile of an active shooter, it could be anyone, and being aware of your surroundings at all times is important. “A person does not become a super hero just because they became a police officer and put on a uniform, it is important for citizens to know their part as well”. He went into great detail explaining the things we all should do and should not do in order to help and not hinder law enforcement when they arrive at the scene.  Sgt. Allen also fielded many questions from concerned citizens, including those who were concealed-carry license holders.

The LPD plans another presentation of this free seminar later in the year and everyone is encouraged to attend. 

Berkmar HS Plans School Day Scheduling Change

Berkmar High School Principal, Al Taylor, in a letter to parents on the school web site, recently revealed sweeping changes for the next school year. For the past few years, Principal Taylor and his staff have been researching ways to give students better preparation for post-secondary education and careers.
Some months ago school leaders made the decision to implement College and Career Academies for the fall of 2016.  As Principal Taylor says in his letter, “When you were in school, did you ever ask yourself, ‘When am I ever going to use this stuff? The purpose of our academies will be, in short, to answer that question!” Now it's fall course selection time, and students are in the process of selecting a career pathway (three consecutive courses focusing on a specific career theme) that will assign them to one of five College and Career Academies when they start back to school in the fall.  The five academies at Berkmar High are: (1) Architecture & Construction, (2) Entrepreneurship & Leadership, (3)Health Sciences & Human Services, (4) STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering & Math, and (5)Media, Arts, & Communication. 
The academy concept isn’t the only change. Principal Taylor and his staff have also decided to change the school day to what is known as the 4x8 Block Schedule or A/B Block Schedule.  Instead of dividing the school day into 7 class periods of 55 minutes each, earning 7 credits per year, they will take four classes on A day at 90 minutes each and another four classes on B day with one day meeting each of the 8 classes for a brief 40 minutes each.  Thus, a student will be able to earn 8 credits per year toward graduation. The hoped for results will be more options regarding graduation, joint enrollment and college acceptance as well as being able to take more classes focusing on chosen interest areas.  
We applaud Principal Al Taylor and his staff for the considerable time and thought that has gone into the decision to implement the proposed Career Academies as well as the innovative A/B Block Schedule at Berkmar High School for School Year 2016-17.  We are fortunate to have school leaders who go the extra mile to make the necessary changes that will give our students every possible educational advantage that will help ensure their future success in a very competitive world.  Click HERE for the text of Principal Al Taylor's letter.

Lilburn Community Partnership News

Board Meeting

The LCP Board of Directors will meet at the Wynne-Russell House on Tuesday, Feb. 16 at 8:30 am. Visitors are welcome.

Historic Preservation Committee

The Wynne-Russell Historic Preservation Committee met on Wednesday, Feb. 3.  The committee agreed to house Lilburn area artifacts as space permits for future displays.  They also set dates for 2016 tours and events. See more below and updates on

The committee also affirmed Randy Burdette as Vice-Chair and Shannon Byers as Secretary. In the coming months the group will be working on a way to expand the cemetery border to include two unmarked graves. Future meetings will be the second Tuesday of the month at 5 pm - 6 pm at the Wynne Russell House with the next on March 9.  Visitors are welcome.

LCP Sponsored Events 

LCP After-Hours Returns Tuesday, March 15

AutoRama, located at 332 Luxomni Rd and 4064 Lawrenceville Hwy. will host LCP After Hours event from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm.  Owner Tom Mitchell will be our host for the evening and State House Representative B J Pak will give us a 2016 legislative update.  This event welcomes business operators and residents. Businesses who would like to present doorprizes should contact  Make plans now to come out to meet your neighbors and business operators and find out what's happening in our community. Directions.

Taste of Lilburn 2016 Outdoors - Sat. April 23

After two successful sell-out seasons of Taste of Lilburn indoors at Lilburn City Hall, organizers are moving the event outdoors in order to accommodate a larger crowd. This year's event will be held on Saturday, April 23 from 2 pm until 5 pm in the Nash Pavilion located in Lilburn City Park and will feature a larger array of eateries.  As in the past tickets will be sold in advance through Several restaurants have already committed, and event sponsorships are available. Contact if your business is interested in participating.    

Wynne-Russell Tours to Start in April

The popular free tours of the Wynne-Russell House will resume on the second Saturdays of the month beginning on Saturday, April 9.  The tours will begin at 10 am and end at noon. The Historical Committee will also host a ticketed paranormal investigation on Saturday, Oct. 22. Look for more details later on the monthly themes or go to

Homeowner H2O:  Water Conservation Workshop - Tuesday, March 22, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm at the Wynne-Russell House, 4684 Wynne-Russell Dr. Lilburn

Learning how to reduce your water use means lower water bills every month. This FREE workshop will provide the knowledge and tools you need to improve the water efficiency inside and outside your home. The presentation will focus on leak detection and repair, installing water-efficient fixtures and ways to increase your family’s water-saving behaviors. Please pre-register by emailing: and include name, address, and telephone. 

Every participant will receive:  a low-flow home retro fit kit that includes faucet aerators, a showerhead and other efficiency products; an outdoor watering kit that includes an auto-off hose nozzle and a rain gauge; toilet leak detection dye tablets; a step-by-step guide to performing a do-it-yourself home water audit; and information on how to apply for Gwinnett County's toilet rebate program and receive up to $200 towards the purchase of new Water Sense toilets for your home.

Photography Classes at the Wynne-Russell House

A Beginner Photography workshop taught by professional photographers Tami Chappell and John Klippel will be offered at the historic Wynne-Russell House in Lilburn.

Classes will be for 2 hours in three separate photo sessions March 19th, 26th and April 2nd. Classes will meet from 10am-12pm. $155.00 per person

These beginner classes will teach you the basics of how to use your camera and what all those buttons are for. Classes will cover shooting outside as well as shooting inside. Taught over 3 weeks this will give you plenty of hands on training. Class will be limited to 15 students so you have plenty of one on one experience with two instructors. And you'll take home a print of your best shot at the end of the course.

Tami Chappell is an award winning freelance photojournalist working for over 25 years along with being a photo instructor. Photographer John Klippel, besides specializing in racing sports pictures and portraits, also has instructed photographers for over 15 years.

Call Tami Chappell @ 404-909-9610 or go to to register. Look under Photography classes.

News from the City


Council Meeting - Feb. 8, 6:30 pm Work Session followed by 7:30 pm Meeting

Agenda Items to be Considered:

  • Annexation of residential property at 212 River Rd.
  • Request from Providence Christian Academy for change in conditions regarding soccer/football/baseball fields.
  • Mayor and Council appointments to Merit Board, Zoning Board of Appeals and Board of Adjustments
  • Change in mayor/council qualifying period from 5 days to 3 days
  • Easment requested by Georgia Power to serivce new city/county complex

Mayor's Town Hall Meeting  - Monday, Feb. 22, 7 pm - 8 pm

Register Now for the White Elephant Garage Sale

This community garage sale is a great opportunity to repurpose unwanted items and maybe find some new treasures while you're at the sale!  

Advance registration for the sale is highly recommended. The advanced registration fee of $15 reserves your 9-foot parking space. After the advance registration deadline, the fee is $20 per space, while they last.  Day of sale registrants are not guaranteed a space. 

See registration form for rules and more information about the sale.  Remember this is not a craft sale and commercial vending is not permitted.  If you are a craft vendor or merchandise distributor, please contact and you will be directed to other events with vendor opportunities.

American Kidney Services will be onsite after the sale to accept donations. If you have any questions regarding donations, please call American Kidney Services at 770-441-2220.

Sale layout

No More Curbside Glass Recyling 

Advanced Disposal will no longer have two separate trucks to pick up leaves and recycling. Starting Dec. 8, 2015, one truck will pick up both. The truck has two compartments, and a worker will separate the yard waste from the recycling items.

Pickup will occur in the early morning on the assigned garbage collection day. Customers are advised to set out their recycling and yard waste the previous night or before 6:30 a.m. on the day of collection.

In addition, glass is no long accepted in the recycling bin. Continue to recycle paper, junk mail, magazines, newspaper, plastics #1-7, aluminum and steel cans, and cardboard. Click here for more information.

Residential customers in the City of Lilburn receive refuse collection service at a reduced rate, which the City of Lilburn has contracted through Advanced Disposal. New customers should contact Lilburn City Hall at 770-921-2210 or email to set up an account.

Additional Garbage/Recycling Info...

No more Glass in the bins. 

Business Corner

Valentine's Day is just around the corner and what better way than to celebrate with a night out close to home. Check out these restaurants who have been great neigborhood supporters: 1910 Public House for their special Valentine's Dinner as well as specials at Agavero, Bambinelli's, I Luv Pho, Messina's, Rivals on Five, Taqueria Los Hermanos, Taste of Paradise, The Barn Smokehouse, Three Blind Mice and Always Fresh. See their links on the right sidebar. You probably have some other favorites and feel free to let us know who they are for future issues.

Flowers and gifts are nice as well so check out Nikki's Old Town Flowers and Gifts, Antiques in Old Town or Georgia Gifts and Baskets for suggestions.

Rivals on Five Fundraiser Feb. 16

February 16: #‎PintsAndPraise
We are very excited to announce P&P is partnering with NG3 Parkview! A portion of the proceeds from this month's 2/16 event will be donated to this awesome organization. Join us for another amazing evening of music,food and fun for the whole family while also helping us raise money for a great cause. We look forward to seeing you next Tuesday at#‎RivalsOnFive!

Lilburn Community News

The Lilburn Arts Alliance will meet on Wednesday, March 9 at 7 pm at the Wynne-Russell House located at 4684 Wynne-Russell Drive in Lilburn. Guests are always welcome.

Check the Facebook page for updates and future meeting info. 

Please contact Andy Triemer, President, at (770) 931-2295 or visit their website for more information about the Lilburn Arts Alliance.

The Lilburn Business Association will meet on Tuesday, Feb. 17 from 11:30 am until 1:00 pm at the Jade Dragon Restaurant located at 4230 Lawrencevile Hwy, Lilburn. There is no meeting fee.  Members and guests are welcome to order from the menu (under $7).

For more information visit their Web site.

News from Lilburn Lions Club

The Lilburn Lions Club meets on the second Thursday of the month at Berkmar Middle School at 6:00 pm. The next meeting is Feb. 11 and visitors are welcome.

Lilburn Woman's Club

The Lilburn Woman's Club  woud like to encourage the community to support the Lilburn Relay Rally either by sponsoring or by starting a team. The date of this year's event is Friday, April 29 beginning at 5 pm. Go to  For more information: Contact Pat Swan at or Gail Zarnik at

Club members focus on seven interest areas as they serve the community: Art, Conservation, Domestic Violence, Education, Home Life, International Outreach, and Public Issues. New members are welcome, and the next meeting is at Calvary Baptist Church on Thursday, March 3 at 7 pm.


From SafetySmart Lilburn

(Submitted by Margot Ashley, President)

SafetySmart Lilburn would like to commend the Lilburn Police Department for its role in the recent major drug bust involving units from the Drug Task Force. Click HERE for more.

News from Our Schools

Parkview High School

Parkview Football and Baseball have teamed up in a fundraiser and are selling firewood.  Information on how to buy the firewood is below:

  • Per Stick: .80 cents A Bundle is 10 sticks
  • Per Bundle (1 to 12 bundles) are $8.00 each  
  • Per bundle (13 or more bundles) are $6.50 each
  • Small Pallet (one truck load): $125 each
  • Large Pallet: $225

All the prices above are U-load / U-haul prices

Delivery charges within the Parkview District:

  • $50 per truck load (NOT stacked)
  • $100 per truck load delivered and stacked

For Delivery charges outside of Parkview and any other questions, email either: or

Pick up days/time are every Saturday in Feb.,

9:00 AM to 10:30 AM at the field house by the stadium.

Note: If unable to pick up on a Saturday
send an email to Mr. Godfree or Mr. Brown to set up a time for pickup

Academic Decathlon

On Thursday, Jan. 14th, the Parkview Academic Decathlon team won in competition with several other district teams in the county.  The winning team members were Angad Joshi, Jack Wang, Jordon White, Lauren Silvers, Shu Jin Zhao, Jared Welser, Jordan Billie, Asher Aloni and Lance Ballentine.

The district win is the first step toward their dream of representing Georgia at the USAD National competition that will be help in Anchorage, Alaska during the last week of April.  The Parkview team now moves on to state competition in February that will be held at Berkmar High School.

News from Gwinnett County

Norcross Human Services Center Offerings

Check out some of these offerings from the Norcross Human Services Center located at 5030 Georgia Belle Court, Norcross (Actually off of Indian Trail near Greater Atlanta Christian School - more Lilburn area than Norcross.)

AARP Smart Driver Course

Thursdays, February 24, April 28, June 30, August 25 from 9:00am to 3:30pm. Any age with a valid Driver's License. After completion of the course, you may be eligible for a 10 percent discount on your auto insurance depending on your driving record. Cost: $15 for AARP members or $20 for non-AARP members. To register, please call 470.201.8519 and leave a message for the class you wish to register for as well as your phone number so your request can be confirmed.

AARP Tax Aid - FREE!

Tuesdays and Thursdays: February 2 through April 14 from 9:00am to noon. First come, first serve basis. Trained and certified volunteers will prepare your federal and state income tax return. Please bring a copy of all previous year forms indicating federal income tax paid, including W-2 forms from each employer, and all 1099 and 1095 forms. If you were paid Social Security benefits, bring your SSA-1099. If you received a pension or annuity, bring your 1099R. If applicable, unemployment compensation statements, child care provider information (name, employer ID, and SSN), mortgage interest paid, charitable contributions, and Social Security numbers for all dependents. AARP Tax Aid is administered by the AARP Foundation.

Rapid HIV Testing - FREE!

Thursdays: January 28, February 25, March 24, April 28, May 26, June 23, July 28, August 25, September 22, or October 27 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm. No needles. No appointment needed. Just a quick mouth swab and results in 20 minutes. Sponsored by AID Gwinnett. For more information, call 678.990.6430 or visit  

MS Office 2010 Training - FREE!

7 Saturdays: February 13, 27, March 12, 26, April 9, 23, and May 14 from 10:00am to 12:00pm. This 7 class training will cover Microsoft Office basics, formatting, tables, proofing, and more. Training provided by Lift Up Atlanta Inc. To register, visit  or call 678.322.7079.

Math Tutoring - FREE!

Saturdays: February 13, 27, March 12, 26, April 9, 23, May 14, 28, August 13, 27, September 10, 24, October 8, 22, November 12, and December 10 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm for elementary to high school students. Tutoring is provided by students of GUIDE. Presented by One 2 One Educational Support, Inc. Students should bring paper, homework, classwork, and textbooks to each session. Call the center to register.

Conversational English - FREE!

Saturdays February 13, 27, March 12, 26, April 9, 23, May 14, 28, June 11, 25 from 2:30pm to 3:30pm. This ongoing class will help you learn the basics of conversational English and practice what you have learned in an informal setting. No pre-registration required. Register in class with the teacher. All ages welcome!

Other Gwinnett County Offerings

Gwinnett 101 gives residents an up-close look at county government
Have you ever wondered why a fire truck responds to your medical emergency? Or why the County has a SPLOST program? Or how clean water gets to your house? The Gwinnett 101: Citizens Academy can help answer those questions and more.

Gwinnett County Government is accepting applications for the spring 2016 class of Gwinnett 101. It's a free program designed to develop and nurture informed and engaged residents, students, and business owners in Gwinnett. Class members will get a first-hand glimpse of how the County works and build a network with others who live, work, and learn in Gwinnett County.

Classes will be held on Thursday evenings from 6:00pm to 9:00pm beginning with an orientation on April 12 and ending with graduation and recognition by the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners on June 28.

You must be at least 18 years old and be a resident and/or business owner in Gwinnett or attend a Gwinnett college or university to apply. You must also have an interest in learning about county government and be able to attend all sessions. Class size is limited to 30 participants who will be chosen by a selection committee.

Applications are available online at and must be received by Tuesday, March 1 in order to participate in the spring 2016 session. 

For more information, visit or contact Nicole Love Hendrickson at

 Make Your Voice Count - Voting Opportunities

The Election season is underway, so make sure your voter registration is up to date. Please take note of the upcoming elections:

Presidential Preference Primary: March 1

General Primary/Nonpartisan Election: May 24

General Primary/Nonpartisan Election Runoff: July 26

General Election: November 8

State General Election Runoff: December 6

Federal General Election Runoff: January 10, 2017

To register to vote in Georgia, you must be a citizen of the United States, a legal resident of Georgia and of the county in which you wish to vote, and at least 18 years old by Election Day.

You may not register to vote if you are currently serving any sentence imposed by the conviction of a felony or have been judicially determined to be mentally incompetent. Visit to download and complete a voter registration application.

You can now register to vote online if you have a Georgia issued personal identification card or driver's license. To register, visit the Georgia Secretary of State's website at

If you need to locate your polling place, visit the Secretary of State's My Voter Page at You can also get a list of candidates and their websites, view sample ballots, and get updates on your voter registration and absentee ballot requests.

Advance and absentee voting is available, so be sure to visit for dates and locations

Free Workshop:  Fix a Leak

March 15, 2016 7 pm - 8:30 pm. Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center. 

HIgh water bills are often caused by leaks inside or outside the home.  Learn how to perform a test that will tell you if your home has a leak. We'll explain how to track down a leak and demonstrate simple repairs you can do yourself.  A licensed plubmber will be on hand to answer your questions and all attendees will receive a free low-flow home retrofit kit.  Pre-register by emailing your name, address and phone number to or by calling 678.376.7126.

The Gwinnett County Extension is offering varieties of blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, figs, apples, pomegranate, native azaleas, and other landscape plants as part of their annual plant sale. Orders will be taken now through March 8 with pick up on March 17, 2016. Visit or call 678.377.4010 to request an order form.

Recreation and Parks Spring offerings

Leisure is for Everyone! Gwinnett L.I.F.E. is your complete program guide to exciting classes and recreational activities. If you prefer a hard copy of Gwinnett L.I.F.E. you can pick one up at any of the Walk-in Registration locations or at the following: All Gwinnett County libraries, Gwinnett Animal Control, Department of Motor Services, Gwinnett Conventions and Visitor's Bureau, Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce, Gwinnett Justice and Administration Building, or Elections offices.

 Check out this LINK to park and community center classes and spring break camps.


Environmental and Heritage Center

Summer Camp 2016 Registration Info

It may be cold outside right now but summer is right around the corner! Be sure and join the EHC for Summer Camp 2016. There are multiple camps offered at both the McDaniel Farm for ages 2 to 13!

Beat the rush and register early by becoming an EHC Member.  Summer camp registration opens for EHC Members on Feb. 1, 2016.  For the general public registration opens on Feb. 15, 2016.

Detailed descriptions, camp dates and pricing is online at

Wynne-Russell Rental Info

Need a Gathering Place?

The Wynne-Russell House, a beautiful historic home, is a wonderful venue for seated meetings of 25-30 and larger groups such as family reunions, showers, and weddings of up to 50 inside and 100 on the grounds. Rental rates are $25 per hour with a two-hour minimum.  For rental info, contact  LINK for information on the house and events.

Please submit story ideas, comments or suggestions to, attention Diana Preston.

If your organization or business would like to submit, send us your item in a Word document by Feb. 25 for publishing around March 10.

Community Food Drive
Shooter Training Recap
Board Meeting
WR Preservation Com.
LCP Sponsored Events
After Hours
WR Tours
H2O Workshop
Photography Classes
February Meeting Agenda
Mayor's Town Hall Mtg.
April Garage Sale
Glass Recycling Ends
Valentine's Hints
Rivals on Five Fundraiser
Lilburn Arts Alliance
Meeting Notice
Lilburn Business Assoc.
Meeting Notice
Lilburn Woman's Club
Lilburn Relay Rally
Meeting Notice
SafetySmart Lilburn
Kuddos to LPD
Norcross Human Services
Gwinnett 101
Elections Info
Fix a Leak 
Extension Plant Sale
Parks Spring Offerings
Environmental Heritage C.
2016 Summer Camp Info
Wynne-Russell Rental 



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