Saturday, March 30, 2013
Seven schools benefited from the foundation's generosity.
On March 19, the Brookwood Cluster Foundation awarded over $22,000 to schools within the Brookwood cluster. The foundation is made up of dozens of parents, business owners and teachers in the community dedicated to maintaining the "tradition of excellence" the district is known for. "It's our job as a foundation to support the school," said foundation member Ron Weber during the ceremony at Summit Chase Country Club. The foundation provides "private funding of innovative programs and creative teaching methods to enhance the learning opportunities for the students of Brookwood Cluster Schools," according to their website. 2013 Grants Awarded Teachers, principals and local dignitaries, including the Gwinnett County School Board's Bob …
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
The incident occurred earlier this month in Snellville.
A Snellville resident was so terrified by a screaming man who knocked on his door one night that he ended up giving cash to the stranger so that he would leave him alone. According to the Gwinnett County Police report, the incident occurred around 11 p.m. earlier this month off the 3500 block of Brittany Oak Terrace, near Mink Livsey Road and Lee Road. The homeowner, 41, told police that an unknown woman knocked on his door and asked for William. He told her there was no William at the home, so she left. A short time later, a man came up to the door and asked for the same person. The homeowner repeated that there was no William who lived there and no William visiting the house. According to the victim, the man then kicked the front door …
Thursday, March 7, 2013
The 6-year-old reportedly fell asleep in the bus and was left in there for 90 minutes.
The AJC reported that a 6-year-old girl was locked inside a Prodigy Point Early Childhood Center bus for 90 minutes. The school is located at 2845 Centerville Highway. State officials are investigating the case, but no criminal charges are pending. According to WSB-TV, the girl fell asleep on the four-row bus on her way to the center after her Kindergarten class and woke up alone. She told her mother that when she tried to exit the bus, all the doors were locked. Another parent saw the girl from the parking lot and notified school staff. Drivers are supposed to walk the aisles of the bus before they park, followed by staff of the school, according to the AJC. The bus transportation program has been suspended for 12 months. --Do you …
Saturday, March 2, 2013
Rennie Curran, a 2007 Brookwood High graduate, spoke recently in Snellville to around 150 attendants.
NFL free agent Rennie Curran, a 2007 Brookwood High School graduate, gave back to his hometown over the weekend. On Feb. 23, he and the school district's Community-Based Mentoring program hosted a summit at Curran's former stomping ground that focused on preparing young men in grades 6-12 for career success. He encouraged participants to "dress for success," and offered advice on everything from choosing your friends wisely to performing well academically in order to go far in life. --For a blast from the past, see the attached YouTube video of a 2006 game featuring Curran. In the video, he also reveals how he hopes to be seen as a man of character more than a sports icon. Curran met James Rayford, Director of Academic Support for …
Thursday, February 28, 2013
Ben Burger, a 2009 graduate of Brookwood High School in Snellville, Ga., is banking on the success of this creative, one-of-a-kind endeavor.
You have an idea. It’s brilliant. You know that it could work, that it would change the world or simply make life a little easier. But, you have no money and no head for business. How many incredible concepts have been lost simply due to financial constraints or lack of know-how? That’s the idea behind 2009 Brookwood High School graduate Ben Burger’s "Thought Market," a website devoted to trading ideas and creative projects as commodities. Burger had his “Aha” moment as he watched a TED Talks speech by Don Tapscott (see attached video) about our role in building a “global computer.” He was attending the University of South Carolina at the time and realized that those of us who are building this enormous machine called the Internet should …
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Various jewelry valuing up to $1,600 was also taken in the Snellville heist.
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Wednesday, February 20
Almost $3,400 in coins and jewelry were taken in a Snellville home burglary last week. According to a Snellville Police report, two men, 89 and 54, returned to their home on the 1800 block of Cates Court around 10:40 p.m. Feb. 8 to find that their home had been broken into. They discovered a number of high value items missing, including a Krugerrand, a 22-karat South African coin made of 1 oz. of pure gold. The police report lists its value at $1,726. That wasn't the only big thing the culprit got away with, though. Various earrings, necklaces, pendants and a bracelet valuing $1,600 were taken. Additionally, the victims reported miscellaneous change and state quarters totaling $60 stolen, too. The pair told police that they had a new lock …
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
The game winning half court shot by Shiloh's Nate Mason got a strong reaction from the former NBA player.
Nate Mason, a junior at Shiloh High School in Snellville, made a last minute shot that got superstar Shaquille O'Neal out of his seat during the Montverde Academy Invitational in Florida. O'Neal is now an NBA analyst. The invitational was played near his Florida home. The play sealed the deal against Baltimore's St. Francis Academy, resulting in a 65-64 game in late January. According to Gwinnett Prep Sports, Mason finished with 23 points and five assists in the victory. The Shiloh Generals basketball team has been named as one of the top ten teams in Georgia by AllMetroHoops.com. For further reading:
Monday, February 11, 2013
Restaurant review: this unique eatery in Snellville offers a wide variety of palate pleasing flavors.
As the only restaurant in town to offer vegan and gluten-free menu items, this cafe in the Snellville Oaks shopping center has already gained quite a loyal following. (Never fear, meat lovers - they also have quite an array of carnivorous dishes!) Items on the hot bar and in the deli are preservative- and hormone-free, have no artificial dyes and are typically organic and, when possible, locally sourced. Definitions The items on the hot bar, located at the back of the store, switch out daily. On the day Snellville Patch went by to sample the fare, it included Mediterranean quinoa cakes over tomato sauce (vegan and gluten-free), beef stroganoff, lemon and thyme roasted chicken and three different soups, while the cold bar included beef …
Saturday, February 9, 2013
Exposé, from Rick and Ruby Montgomery, is in the Fountain Square shopping center, off McGee Road.
Over a decade ago, Eric (Rick) Montgomery heard an "angelic voice" singing a solo at church. He hadn't heard a voice like that since he was a child, when his mother would sing and encourage her children to do the same. He discovered the mystery singer's name: Ruby. And as it so happened, Rick played the piano, and had quite a singing voice as well. He introduced himself, and the rest, as they say, is history. Married for 13 years now, Rick and Ruby Montgomery have finally realized a dream and opened up a small performing arts venue in Snellville. Exposé, an intimate, family-friendly arts and entertainment venue, will host live performances of aspiring and current artists. And, on Friday nights, the couple will serenade the audience with …
Thursday, January 31, 2013
In a letter to the editor, councilman Bobby Howard discusses a number of issues, including a Facebook post by Mayor Kelly Kautz that Howard asserts is misleading.
(Editor's note: the following is a letter to the editor sent by Snellville councilman Bobby Howard. This letter does not express the views of Snellville Patch. If you would like to respond to this opinion piece, send in your own letter to Crystal.Huskey@patch.com.) When I was elected as a member of the Snellville City Council, I made a commitment to represent all citizens, regardless of whether or not we agreed politically. Unfortunately, recent events related to our city have created a number of challenges to those of us on the City Council who are working to move our city forward. The events I speak of include a lawsuit that was settled out of court, resulting from the mayor’s violation of a citizen’s 1st Amendment rights. The cost to …