Snellville councilman now cancer-free

Bruce Garraway has a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving.

The Snellville city councilman said he is now cancer free.

Garraway underwent surgery earlier this month to remove a melanoma and have biopsies done on his lymph nodes.

A portion of Garraway's ear was removed after a dermatologist found cancer cells in it.

About a week after the outpatient procedure, Garraway learned that the lymph nodes tested negative.

"I'm very relieved," he said. "It was a lot of waiting and anxiety but it all came back fine."

Melanoma is the most serious form of skin cancer.

Garraway said he'll have to continue regular visits to the doctor. "You have to trust that everything's OK," he said.

The 34-year-old councilman said he's growing a beard because he can't shave near the incisions.

Masino named to board

Homelessness isn't a big issue in Suwanee - at least before Hurricane Katrina.

But the suburban town's mayor is now a leader on the issue.

Nick Masino was named to the State Housing Trust Fund for the Homeless Commission by Gov. Sonny Perdue last month.

In November, Masino got a crash course in homelessness during the aftermath of Katrina.

He invited a family who was flooded out of its New Orleans home to live in his basement.

For a short time, Masino was actually violating the city's occupancy ordinance, but the city council voted to suspend the law for the sake of hurricane victims.

Political Notebook appears in the Thursday and Sunday editions of the Gwinnett Daily Post.

Camie Young can be reached via e-mail at camie.young@gwinnettdailypost.com.