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Gwinnett Police Joins Neighborhood Watch Company to Fight Crime

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The Gwinnett County Police Department is partnering with a private neighborhood watch program to deter crime. Under an agreement approved by the Board of Commissioners on May 7, the department will be able to access videos submitted by subscribers of Ring, a doorbell video company that forms online crime watch networks with neighborhood users.

The company will donate 80 Ring Video Doorbell 2s valued at $15,920, which the department will give away and help install. However, residents do not need the Ring security system to be a part of the Ring online crime watch network, called Neighbors. Unlike other social media-type networks, Ring is solely dedicated to crime prevention.

Gwinnett Police Chief Butch Ayers said, “This agreement will allow the Gwinnett County Police Department to engage the community with a tool that can assist in solving crimes, help in reporting suspicious activities, and provide timely notifications by residents of potential problems in their neighborhoods.”

Ring sells doorbells equipped with video cameras triggered by motion. Residents can volunteer those recordings to help police investigate crimes. Police cannot access live stream video and cannot access videos that residents do not submit.

Ring also offers an app that allows users to post on a page with neighbors to alert one another of possible criminal activity. The agreement with Ring allows Gwinnett police to follow those conversations to track burglars and other criminals.

Gwinnett County Police Department will meet with neighborhood groups that are designated COPS communities to discuss the Neighbors crime watch app. Residents of these neighborhoods who download the app will be entered into a raffle to win a doorbell video camera. One Ring doorbell camera will be raffled per COPS community. The Gwinnett County Police Department will help install the device at the winners’ residences at a later date.

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Bark in the Park at Town Green, September 14th

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Pooches are taking over the Town Green at Bark in the Park! Dogs and their humans can enjoy this FREE event on Saturday, September 14th. Give your pooch the ultimate day in the park with bacon bubbles, ball pits, fur painting and more! Pinot’s Palette will be giving demonstrations on their special paint your pet classes while Hollywood Feed will be supplying everyone with special treats. The pups can take a break and beat the heat with King of Pups!

The Fine Print 

  • All pets must be kept on leash at all times during the event
  • Please be a responsible pet owner and clean up after your pet

Parking

Parking is available within the Town Center – 5200 Town Center Blvd.

Additional parking is available off Davinci Court off Peachtree Corners Circle (3720 Davinci Ct, 3715 Davinci Ct or 2745 Davinci Ct). You’ll cross Peachtree Corners Circle and access the Town Green via a path – look for the signs!

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Public Invited to Intersection Improvement Meeting

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Intersection of State Route 141/Peachtee Parkway at East Jones Bridge Road and Medlock Bridge Road

The city’s Public Works Department invites you to attend a public information meeting to learn potential intersection improvement options for the intersection of State Route 141/Peachtee Parkway at East Jones Bridge Road and Medlock Bridge Road.

  • When: 7 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019 
  • Where: Community Chest Room at City Hall, 310 Technology Parkway (The entrance to the Community Chest Room is located on the north side of the building). Look for “Event” signs directing you to the entrance.

A short presentation will be followed by a Q&A session and an opportunity to discuss the potential improvement options with staff and engineers.

Feedback on the options and potential improvements will be solicited from the audience, and comment forms will be available to submit at the meetings.

Comments via forms or emails will also be accepted following the meeting.

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Georgia Unified Invitational Brings Together Swimmers for Competition and Fun

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Competitive swimmers are invited to participate in the 2019 Georgia Unified Invitational (GUI): Celebrating the Olympian in All of Us, to be held September 21 at West Gwinnett Park Aquatic Center.

“This event is all about bringing together many different groups. The purpose is really to drive home that they’re all one,” said Kai Akubo Smith, AngelfishGA/ATAQ, Area 18 Agency for Special Olympics Georgia. “With Special Olympians leading the way, GUI celebrates the Olympic spirit in all of us, recognizing that everyone has daily struggles and challenges to conquer.”

The invitational, a sanctioned Special Olympics and USA Swimming observed traditional sprint swim meet, is open statewide this year to all qualifying athletes of Special Olympics, USA Swimming, Paralympics, YMCA and US Masters, as well as uncertified athletes who have been certified through GUI.

“Uncertified athletes are swimmers who swam for summer league, middle or high school swim teams,” Smith explained. “They will need a letter from their summer league coach, verifying their times and their ability to perform race starts off the block.”

In addition to racing each other, athletes will have the opportunity to race against some of the top swimmers in the world, including 2016 Rio Olympic Gold Medalists Anthony Ervin and three-time Olympian, Gold Medalist and former world record holder Dana Vollnmer.  The fun doesn’t stop with the swim meet. Participants can continue their good time at the Victory Village, which is open to the public.

“There will be a DJ cranking out hot tunes, a pool party, food trucks, local artisans and much more,” Smith said. “So save the date, participate, donate and celebrate at the 2019 Georgia Unified Invitational!”

GUI—pronounced “GOO-wee”—was formed to provide greater access, exposure and opportunities for athletes with intellectual disabilities seeking to participate in traditional sporting events.

The admission fee for the pool party is a $10 donation. All donations are directed to Special Olympics Georgia.

West Gwinnett Park Aquatic Center is located at 4488 Peachtree Industrial Boulevard, Berkeley Lake, Ga. 30092. Visit georgiaunified.com for more information.

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