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Peachtree Corners Children Lend Their Hands to Unique Town Green Project

Years from now these 25 pairs of handprints will be a reminder of just how far we’ve come since we incorporated as a city just 6 ½ years ago.

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Children from Peachtree Elementary born in 2012 put their hand prints in wet cement at a large circular concrete area at the Peachtree Corners Town Center PHOTO / JASON GETZ

Long after the ribbon has been cut on the new Town Center and the last vestiges of the grand opening ceremony have disappeared, a group of children are set to leave a lasting memory of the Town Center’s early days.

On Tuesday, Dec. 18, a group of 25 students from Peachtree Elementary School gathered on the Town Center plaza and placed their handprints in the wet cement along a circular concrete pad that will be dedicated as a Children’s Plaza when the Town Center opens next year. The children, who were all born in 2012, are a nod to the city’s founding date, July 1, 2012.

Despite the chilly weather, the children were eager to add their handprints thus cementing their contribution to the city’s Town Center. The Children’s Plaza, still under construction, is located near the town green. Teachers and parent volunteers assisted in ensuring each little handprint was set to leave a lasting impression.

“This will be a wonderful addition to our Town Center,” said Mayor Mike Mason. “Years from now these 25 pairs of handprints will be a reminder of just how far we’ve come since we incorporated as a city just 6 ½ years ago.”

The Town Center, which is expected to open in spring 2019, is a 21-acre mixed-use development located on the 5200 block of Peachtree Parkway and features entertainment venues, restaurants, shops, townhomes and a 2-acre town green. The town green, designed to be the heart of the Town Center, will include two open-air pavilions, large oval-shaped lawn, performance stage, large screen TVs and café tables. It will also be the site of a veterans’ monument which will honor our men and women who served or are serving our country.

For additional information on the Town Center, including a list of restaurants, retail shops and entertainment venues, please visit the city’s website, www.peachtreecornersga.gov, and select the link marked “Town Center News” on the top right side of the homepage.

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Gwinnett County Celebrates Freedom During Juneteenth Family Day Event

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Gwinnett County and the United Ebony Society are teaming up for a national event right here in Gwinnett County.

The family-friendly Juneteenth Celebration will be held at Rhodes Jordan Park tomorrow, June 19 from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. The fun event will include historical presentations, performances, music, vendors, games and food trucks.

“We’re excited to partner with the United Ebony Society for this celebration of our vibrantly connected community,” said Gwinnett Community Outreach Director Shaunieka Taylor. “Together, we can commemorate Juneteenth, not just for its impact on the lives of African Americans, but for its indelible mark on American history.”

Juneteenth’s legacy dates back to June 19, 1865. On that day, Union troops marched into Galveston Bay, Texas to announce an executive decree that all those enslaved in Texas were now free.
Rhodes Jordan Park is located at 100 E. Crogan Street in Lawrenceville.

The Juneteenth Celebration follows a soil collection ceremony hosted by the County, city of Lawrenceville, the Gwinnett Historical Restoration and Preservation Board and the Gwinnett Remembrance Coalition near the Gwinnett Historic Courthouse. The ceremony will honor the life of Charles Hale — a black man who in 1911 was kidnapped and lynched by a white mob in downtown Lawrenceville.

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Attend a virtual lawn care and pest management workshop

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Learn to identify causes of common lawn and garden problems along with tactics to address these problems in an environmentally friendly way. A virtual Lawn Care and Pest Management workshop is being held on July 15 at 6 p.m. Register at Gwinnetth2o.com by sending an email with your name, address, and phone number to DWRWorkshops@GwinnettCounty.com; or by calling 678.376.7193

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Memorial Day Services at Town Center [Photos]

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The city commemorated Memorial Day Monday with a ceremony at the Peachtree Corners Veterans Monument. Mayor Mike Mason, Bob Ballagh gave remarks, on behalf of Ms. Anne Harris, a Gold Star family member.

Photos courtesy of Ludwig Keck

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