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Light Up the Corners: A Fun Way to Help Families



The Fowler YMCA has been a pillar of the Peachtree Corners community for the past 22 years, and a part of that longstanding relationship is the annual Light Up The Corners Fun Run. The race, which has been described by its organizers as a “glowing, flashing, blinking, shining nighttime running party and fundraiser,” is known for its decked out, neon outfits and high energy participants, but, in reality, the roots of the race run much deeper.

Since its establishment in 1997, the Fowler YMCA has always been more than a fitness center. The organization works with the members of our community to provide assistance for financially challenged children and families, giving them the chance to participate in programs and services to help them be successful in school and life.

By participating in the race, as an athlete, sponsor or volunteer, the citizens of Peachtree Corners are given the opportunity to support this cause and better the lives of fellow community members.

On Saturday, August 10, 2019, the race starts in the Forum, located in the heart of Peachtree Corners, and gives runners an exceptional view of the city.

For both events — The 4-Mile Run and Twilight Trot 1K — runners are encouraged to dress up in their brightest outfits, but the fun doesn’t stop there. After the race, there will be contests for the “glowiest” men, women, boys, girls and teams. Whether you consider yourself a fast runner, casual jogger or devoted walker, everyone is invited to be a part of the excitement.

Sponsorships are an integral part of making the race successful. In the words of Amy Massey, this year’s race coordinator, “We couldn’t put on this cool PTC event without the generous support of our sponsors and the local business community.”

She added that she hopes everyone takes the time to thank those who donated because their selfless contributions are also put toward critical funding for the YMCA’s programs.

The 1k Twilight Trot will begin at 8 p.m., followed by the 4 Mile Glow Run at 8:30 p.m. And remember, this race welcomes runners of all ages to come and participate — strollers included! So pack up your family and join us for a night of lights, laughter and fun in Peachtree Corners.


WHAT: A glowing flashing, blinking, sparkling 4-mile moving party and a half-mile Twilight Trot.

WHEN: Saturday, August 10th TWILIGHT TROT begins at 8:00 pm; GLOW RUN begins at 8:30pm

WHERE: Clock Tower (near Barnes & Noble) at The Forum on Peachtree Parkway

Annie Fogle is a junior at Norcross High School and Copy Editor for the school’s yearbook. Her interests include traveling, non-fiction books, and spending time with friends and family. She would describe herself as a dog lover and Jeopardy enthusiast.

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Volunteers Needed at County’s America Recycles Day Event



Help Gwinnett County maintain a sustainable environment by volunteering at the annual America Recycles Day event Saturday, Nov. 9 from 9am to 12pm at Coolray Field.

Gwinnett residents are invited to recycle paper, paint, electronics, tires, clothing, sneakers and ink/toner cartridges. Volunteers ages 14 and up are needed to unload vehicles, break down boxes, distribute recycling information and support other America Recycles Day activities.

The event is rain or shine. Volunteers should register at www.VolunteerGwinnett.net.

For more information, please contact Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful at (770) 822-5187 or email gwinnettcb@gwinnettcb.org.

Coolray Field is located at 2500 Buford Drive in Lawrenceville.

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Prime Lunchtime with Brian Johnson – Olli, Autonomous Vehicles, 5G and Smart City



Prime Lunchtime with Brian Johnson

On my recent podcast, “Prime Lunchtime with Brian Johnson,” City Manager for the City of Peachtree Corners, we discussed Olli (a 3D printed, self-driving shuttle developed by Local Motors, that made its debut at Technology Park Atlanta), 5G technology, facial and plate recognition systems, and what it means to have privacy in a smart city.

Related links: https://curiositylabptc.com/

More podcasts and city information can be found at http://livinginpeachtreecorners.com

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Outdoor Burn Ban Ends, But Still Limited in Gwinnett



The annual ban on outdoor burning put in place by the Georgia Environmental Protection Division has now ended, but Gwinnett residents must still take precautions and check whether burning is allowed before burning yard debris or hosting bonfires.

The annual summer ban restricts open burning in metro Atlanta and larger counties between May 1 and September 30 to comply with Federal Clean Air Regulations. 

Even though the ban is now lifted, burning may still be restricted on a given day due to weather conditions and in accordance with High Fire Danger Warnings from the National Weather Service or Red Flag Warnings from the Georgia Forestry Commission. Recent drought conditions may also impact when and if outdoor burning is allowed.    

Residents who wish to burn limited amounts of yard debris are allowed to do so between October 1 and April 30, but are required to follow County ordinance restrictions that cover all types of outdoor burning.  Residents should review the outdoor burning ordinance and take required safety precautions before burning to reduce the potential risks of outdoor burning.

The types of fires that are allowed without a permit are:

  • The burning of leaves, limbs, and natural vegetation that may fall on one’s property.
  • Fires for the purpose of keeping warm when the outdoor temperature is 50-degrees or less.
  • Fires for the purpose of cooking food for human consumption.
  • Recreational fires in commercially available chimineas or outdoor fireplaces.

The types of fires that require written permits from Gwinnett County Fire Plan Review are:

  • Land clearing pit fires.
  • Bonfires.

The following general rules govern all outdoor burning:

  • Never leave an outdoor fire unattended.
  • Have a water hose or other means available to control the fire.
  • The Fire Marshal’s Office may temporarily prohibit any and/or all outdoor fires.
  • Burning is not permitted when prevailing winds are predicted to be, or are, in excess of 15 miles per hour, when the National Weather Service issues a Red Flag Warning or a Fire Weather Watch, or during an air pollution episode, such as an air pollution alert, warning or emergency declared by proper authorities. You also must wait at least 24-hours (one-day) following the passage of a cold front before burning.
  • No burning of solid waste or household garbage is allowed. No burning of any materials that emit a heavy dark smoke, such as rubber products, oils, roofing material and petroleum-based products, etc.
  • No burning when smoke presents a health hazard to persons near the fire.
  • No burning within 25-feet of a property line.
  • No burning shall be conducted within 20 feet of flammable or combustible materials (inclusive of homes, outdoor structures and decks) or in close proximity of explosive materials unless otherwise specified by the Fire Marshal’s Office.
  • No outdoor burning of limbs, leaves and yard debris is allowed on Sundays or at night. Any burning limbs, leaves or yard debris must be completely extinguished by nightfall.
  • Compliant bonfires, cooking fires and recreational fires in chimineas and outdoor fireplaces    may be burned at any time provided all other criteria and restrictions are applied.

In addition to the rules listed above, there are certain times during the outdoor burning period that may be designated as a “NO BURN” day due to weather conditions or Red Flag Warnings from the Georgia Forestry Commission. Outdoor burning may also be restricted in certain areas of the county where a medical burn ban area has been established.

Visit www.gwinnettfiremarshal.comfor more information and to see a brochure covering safe burning practices for outdoor and open burning. You can also contact the Gwinnett Fire Community Risk Reduction Division-Fire Marshal’s Office at (678) 518-4980 and select Option 3 for the Burn Information Line, or call the outdoor burn line at (678) 518-4979. Information on outdoor burning is updated daily by 9 a.m. both online and through the outdoor burn line.

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