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Christmas Business After Hours at Smoke Rise

Christmas Business After Hours at Smoke Rise

Oct 23, 2013

Business never sleeps when savvy business minds get together. $10.00 admission or DONATE 2 unused toys and get in for free. Toys will be collected for kids in need on behalf of the Salvation Army. Door prizes, great food, lots of networking. Free parking, cash bar. Attire: casual. AT 3 P.M. Pre-event golf. 9 hole scramble. Cost ONLY $20.00. To sign up for golf or if you are interested in sponsoring the event, contact Art Wood at 404-909-3567 or art@artwoodonline.com Click on the button and tell us you will be...

Gwinnett Ballet Theatre

Gwinnett Ballet Theatre

Oct 22, 2013

Gwinnett Ballet Theatre’s Official Photographer, Richard Calmes, has been selected by the National Museum of Dance in Saratoga Springs, NY to have a solo exhibition of his work from April, 2014 to April, 2015. Titled “Art in the Foyer,” the Museum has hosted many prominent dance photographers such as Lois Greenfield and Jordan Matter with this opportunuity. We are proud that Richard is receiving this honor, and proud for GBT, where he first started taking dance photos!...

Snellvile Election Season Facts & Rumors

Snellvile Election Season Facts & Rumors

Sep 30, 2013

Shortly after being sworn in as member of the Snellville City Council, I began writing “Council Confidential”, a section of the CutToThe-Chase.com blog devoted to City Council activities. “Council Confidential” posts are written to provide an insight into the process and reasons behind Council decisions, which are often far more complex than they appear. With election season at hand, the complexities of city business take on a new life as they are compounded by opinions, misunderstandings and incorrect information. Many times, wrong information is spread because people didn’t understand what they heard, and then repeated facts that are incorrect.Fortunately, the true facts are almost always well documented matters of public record, and can be easily verified by contacting the City Manager’s office, or reading through meeting minutes on the city’s web site.  (Please feel free to contact me if you have trouble finding any documentation.) A few examples of some recent false claims that are circulating: the City is broke, the Council is preventing Wi-Fi from being installed on the Towne Green, the City is going to sue the Summit Chase HOA for Lower Johnson Lake repairs and the Council has blocked installation of “Welcome” signs at entrances to the City. Residents of Snellville should rest easy because all of these claims are false. City Financials The City is actually in excellent financial shape, with cash reserves that well exceed the recommended minimums. Every city should have cash on hand to handle emergencies and unexpected events; the figure referenced by many experts in the field is 22-25% of a city’s annual budget. As a result of the Service Delivery Strategy (SDS) settlement with the county, and a carefully crafted budget that eliminated unnecessary and excessive expenses, Snellville has considerably more than 35% in cash reserves. This despite the fact that over the past three years, the millage rate has been reduced one full point. Better yet, during the past year, the value of Snellville’s capital assets increased by $2 million, debt decreased by over $1.8 million, total revenues exceeded the budgeted amount and total expenditures were lower than the budgeted amount. The bottom line is that Snellville began the fiscal year with a balanced...

Local Artist Nancy Alhabashi

Local Artist Nancy Alhabashi

Aug 28, 2013

By Nancy Alhabashi I was always a dreamer since I was a little girl. Far East by river Jordan I grew older loving to write and paint. By age 15 I moved to the United States. It was nothing but a hobby. Not till 2007 when I had to watch my dear father die from stomach cancer, I started painting more and more. I could not grief him enough because I had to put a smile on my face for my two 6 months old twin girls and 18-month-old son. So every night when I put them to sleep I would paint for hours. Only 3 months later I was myself diagnosed with 6 cm mass in my right lung. (Choriocarsinoma) .  . I spent almost 2 years partially watching my kids grow older. Between three surgeries and four long Chemo sessions I would go to my basement and paint. I poured on canvas all kind feelings. (Hope, sad, love, grief…Etc. I finally won the battle. Although cancer is never good news but in my case it was I knew what I wanted to do with. I have contacted Aurora Theatre and did my first solo exhibit there. It was a very successful solo exhibit with an outcome of seven pieces sold which was the first in the Theatre history. I am very blessed to be given another chance to stay round for my wonderful children (Hisham, Razanne, and Rowanne), and loving husband (Hashem Abuaisheh). Artist Statement: I believe in the power of colors. Yes you can stir feelings with only colors. I use several layers to create texture and depth. I am very daring with putting colors together. I  mix impressionism with abstract. Good art is what stirs feelings and touches your heart. I am still learning each day about myself through painting and writing. Art in all of its forms is a way of healing physically and mentally. Love is the most powerful feeling that can change lives. I paint and write about love in a very soft yet strong way. Most of my work is dreamy and somewhere else out of this world. About My Book  Soul Whispers : As much...

AJC: Gwinnett School Board May Be Illegally Funding Chamber

AJC: Gwinnett School Board May Be Illegally Funding Chamber

Oct 16, 2012

Note: This story will have additions to it. The Georgia Department of Audits and Accounts Education Audit Division report will be published by us soon.————————————————————————————————— By Nancy Badertscher and David Wickert The Atlanta Journal-Constitution A state agency says Gwinnett County Public Schools may be breaking the law by contributing $150,000 annually to a local economic development program. The school district pays the salaries of two economic development strategists at Partnership Gwinnett, a Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce program that markets the county to businesses worldwide. School officials justify the expense — which has totaled $900,000 over six years — by saying that new businesses attracted by the program expand the local property tax base, which, in turn, gives them more tax money to educate students. A local watchdog group, Gwinnett Citizens for Responsible Government, has questioned the legality of the expenditures, saying district tax dollars should be spent directly on schools, not on economic development. The Georgia Department of Audits and Accounts agrees. And the state Department of Education plans to seek an attorney general’s opinion on the legality. “We are not attorneys. We can’t interpret the law,” said Claire Arnold, director of the audit department’s education audit division. “But it appears to us it would not be (legal.)” School officials issued a statement Thursday, saying the school system “could not and did not” make a monetary contribution to the partnership. The system reimburses the partnership for the two salaries dedicated to economy developpment, something allowed both under school board policy and state law, said Sloan Roach, school system spokeswoman. “There is signficant value to the school district in ensuring the economic vitality of Gwinnett County,” Roach said. The partnership’s economic development efforts have generated more than $800 million in five years, boosting school district tax revenue by about $6 million, she said. Sabrina Smith, a member of the citizens group that filed the complaint, welcomed the audit department’s finding. “Education funds, we feel, should be used for education,” Smith said. “That’s the way the state law reads.” Smith’s group has criticized public funding of Partnership Gwinnett, whose successes include luring NCR’s corporate headquarters from Ohio in 2009. The program has a budget of about $1.8 million annually –...

Office Depot Supports Small Business

Office Depot Supports Small Business

Oct 13, 2012

Office Depot offers Georgia Commerce Club members and their members’ employees the chance to take advantage of savings on office supplies. The Office Depot personal and company discount programs offer exclusive savings on office supplies, computer accessories, printing services, school supplies and much more. No minimum order is required and can be done as frequently or infrequently as needed. Enrollment is FREE. Signing up is as easy as 1-2-3: ENROLL in the program. RECEIVE your account information within 3 business days. SHOP conveniently by phone, fax, online or in-store.      Enjoy these benefits: FREE next business day delivery on orders of $50 or more (excluding furniture purchases) Discounts on more than 100 of the most-ordered office supplies Monitor expenses with monthly reporting to track spending, control costs and improve efficiency Save on technology purchases through Tech Depot (an Office Depot owned company) Save on printing services. For More Information Contact: Jonathan Oster (770) 596-6408...